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'Dancing with the Stars' All-Athletes Edition premiere date announced by ABC


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/08/2018 

Dancing with the Stars' premiere date for its special all-athletes edition has been announced.

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ABC has announced Dancing with the Stars will debut its special mini-season with a two-hour episode on Monday, April 30 at 8PM ET/PT.

As previously announced, 10 athletes from all corners of the sports world will be paired with Dancing with the Stars' professional dancers and compete to win the coveted mirrorball trophy.

Hosted by Tom Bergeron and co-hosted by Erin Andrews, the all-athletes edition will air live each week.

The athletes will perform choreographed dance routines judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts as well as viewers watching at home, who will cast their votes for their favorite couple.

ABC announced in November 2017 that, instead of a typical approximately nine-week season, Dancing with the Stars will air a condensed athletes edition in Spring 2018, with the show's official 26th season premiering in Fall 2018.

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Tom first revealed the big news during the Season 25 finale of Dancing with the Stars late last year when Jordan Fisher and pro Lindsay Arnold were crowned champions.

"We're going to see you in the spring for a special four-week all-athletes edition of Dancing with the Stars!" Tom said while signing off at the end of the night.

Athletes have a history of doing incredibly well on Dancing with the Stars.

Past contestants from the sports world who have competed include Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward, Donald Driver, Rashad Jennings, Apolo Anton Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson, Meryl Davis, Laurie Hernandez, and Helio Castroneves.

Dancing with the Stars is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and executive produced by Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur.


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