ABC to premiere 'Dancing with the Stars' tenth season on March 22
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/12/2010
ABC has announced that Dancing with the Stars' tenth season will premiere with a two-hour performance episode on Monday, March 22 at 8PM ET/PT.
Following its debut, all of the tenth-season couples will return for another two-hour performance show on Monday, March 29 at 8PM ET/PT. Home viewers will be able to vote following each episode.
The first live tenth-season results show will then air the following night at 8PM ET/PT -- with one couple being eliminated based on a combination of the judges' scores and home viewer votes from both performance episodes.
ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson told reporters at the Television Critics Association's press tour on Tuesday that Dancing with the Stars would be "scaled back" for its tenth season, according to Access Hollywood.
McPherson added it will feature fewer celebrity participants after last fall's ninth season had 16 couples -- the most ever for Dancing with the Stars, which had featured 13 couples during its seventh and eighth seasons.
"We had some lucky breaks [with] people dropping out the last time," added McPherson, Access Hollywood reported.