Dancing with the Stars 8

Dancing with the Stars 8 (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Season eight of Dancing with the Stars premiered on Monday, March 9, 2009, as part of ABC's spring line-up. The show generally followed the format of previous seasons, with 13 couples, although there were some changes, including two new dances (Argentine Tango and Lindy Hop), and an occasional dance-off between the bottom two couples, in order to determine who will be eliminated. The show was again hosted by Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris. Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba all returned as judges again this season.

Originally, the season was advertised as the first U.S. season where a husband and wife would compete against each other: rodeo champion Ty Murray and singer-songwriter Jewel. The two had married the previous year after a ten-year courtship. However, just prior to the series, Jewel fractured both her tibias and was unable to perform. She was replaced on the show by Playboy model Holly Madison. Murray chose to continue on the show, and Jewel appeared during the season as a special musical guest.

Nancy O'Dell, the then co-host of Access Hollywood, was also originally announced to be on the show, but was forced to withdraw from the competition due to a torn meniscus, which required surgery. She was replaced by Melissa Rycroft, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader who won season 13 of The Bachelor. She only had two days to practice her first dance.

Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson won the competition, beating actor Gilles Marini by less than 1%. She is the youngest competitor and champion on the series. Both of them also competed on season 15 all-stars edition in 2012 along with Rycroft.


  • Week 1: Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke received (the highest score of the night) for their cha-cha-cha. Although having only two days to practice for their Waltz, Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani tied for second place with Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas. Steve Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff received the lowest score of the night, a , for their cha-cha-cha.
  • Week 2: Steve-O suffered a pulled back muscle while performing his salsa during dress rehearsal, and therefore could not perform live. Instead, the judges' scores were based on his pre-recorded dress rehearsal video, which earned him a , the lowest score of the night. Gilles Marini performed a quickstep, which earned him a , the highest score of the night. Once the scores from weeks one and two were combined, Gilles & Cheryl held the top spot with 51, Mellissa & Tony, were placed in second, with 49 points, and Shawn & Mark, in third with 47. Steve Wozniak and Belinda Carlisle were revealed to be in the bottom two. They both participated in a dance-off, and they both scored . In the end, Belinda & Jonathan were eliminated.
  • Week 3: Shawn & Mark, Melissa & Tony, and Gilles & Cheryl all scored , making a three way tie. David Alan Grier improved greatly from his score of 17 the previous week, to a score of the next week. Steve Wozniak & Karina Smirnoff received the second lowest score in the history of the show for their Samba: (4, 3, 3). Still, Wozniak managed to escape the bottom two and avoided the dance-off. Denise & Maks and Holly & Dmitry were revealed to be in the bottom two, and they would be participating in the dance-off. Holly improved her score by one point, receiving 18, while Denise improved by four points, receiving a 20. However, Denise Richards was eliminated. This was the second time Maksim Chmerkovskiy was eliminated after a samba, since Tia Carrere in season two.
  • Week 4: Gilles & Cheryl received the first of the season for their Argentine Tango, tying him with Sabrina Bryan in season five for the earliest awarded. Melissa & Tony came in second, receiving a for their Lindy Hop, while Lil' Kim & Derek came in third, receiving a (9, 8, 10) for their Argentine Tango. Steve & Karina received the lowest score, a on their Aregentine Tango. Holly & Dmitry, Steve & Karina, and Steve-O & Lacey were revealed to be in the bottom three. In the end, Holly Madison and Steve Wozniak were eliminated in the show's only mid-season double elimination.
  • Week 5: Once again, Gilles & Cheryl climbed to first place, with a score of for their Paso Doble. Shawn & Mark and Lil' Kim & Derek, both came in second place, receiving for their Vienesse Waltzes. They were also the only couple to receive 10s (from Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno). Steve-O & Lacey Schwimmer received lowest scores of the night, a for their Viennese Waltz, yet they still managed to escape the bottom two and the dance-off. David & Kym and Lawrence & Edyta were revealed to be in the bottom two and the dance-off. David danced his Vienesse Waltz and improved his score by two points to a , while Lawrence did not improve his Paso Doble receiving a . However, David Alan Grier was eliminated.
  • Week 6: For the first time since the start of the competition, Gilles did not receive the highest score. Lil' Kim & Derek had the highest score, with a for their Jive. Steve-O & Lacey received the lowest score of the night, for their Rumba. Len Goodman gave them a 4, and Carrie Ann gave them a 7. Such a difference between judges' scores is rare. Furthermore, 4 is the lowest Week 6 score in the history of the show. They were subsequently eliminated.
  • Week 7: The stars were given the chance to design the costumes for their dances. Also occurring for this week, was the first group dance of the season dedicated to the 1960s. In fact, this is the only Dancing With The Stars season to say the "Treasure Of Rainbow Beard's Motto" in this show's history. Melissa & Tony took the top of the leaderboard for the second time with a near perfect. Lawrence Taylor & Edyta ?liwi"?ska ended up with the lowest score, a for their Waltz, and they were later eliminated.
  • Week 8: Melissa suffered a hairline fracture in her ribs, and could not perform her Jive live. Instead, the judges' scores were based on her rehearsal video. She received the lowest score of the night, a . Lil' Kim & Derek received the highest score, a for their Paso Doble. Team Tango (Gilles & Cheryl, Lil' Kim & Derek, and Ty Murray & Chelsie Hightower) managed to beat Team Mambo (Shawn & Mark, Lacey Schwimmer & Tony, and Chuck & Julianne) with a to Team Mambo's . Melissa's spot in the Team Mambo was filled in by Lacey Schwimmer who learned the dance in less than a day. Lacey and Tony were ignored during the scoring; however, the team score was added to Melissa's individual score. Chuck Wicks was eliminated in what Tom Bergeron called "the most shocking elimination this season".
  • Week 9: Despite her sustained injury, Melissa & Tony scored a perfect for their Samba, the second perfect score of the season. This, combined with their score of for the Viennese Waltz landed them in the top spot, with a total of . Ty and Chelsie landed in the bottom with a total score of , scoring a for their Argentine Tango (their highest individual score of the competition) and a for their Rumba (the lowest score of the night). However, Lil' Kim was eliminated. This elimination was met by boos from the audience and the judges gasping (with Carrie Ann Inaba holding back tears).
  • Week 10: Shawn and Mark received their first for their Argentine Tango. Gilles and Cheryl received a perfect for their Waltz and Salsa. This was the first time since season five that a perfect 60 has been achieved in the Semi-Finals as well as the first time since season five that a 30 alone was achieved in the Semi-Finals. Ty Murray and Chelsie were at the bottom of the leaderboard with a , receiving for their Viennese Waltz and for their Samba, and were eliminated.
  • Week 11: Gilles received a perfect score of for the Group Paso Doble. Shawn and Mark were the only couple to receive a perfect score for the Freestyle round. Shawn's combined score of 88 gave her the highest score of the night, tied with Gilles; the first time in eight weeks. Mark became the third, and only male, two-time champion. Shawn, Gilles, and Melissa are the only three couples to get perfect 30s this season, they were also the part of four dancers to maintain above a judges score of 7 (along with Lil' Kim) with Gilles receiving nothing below an 8 and Shawn receiving only one 7 (in week 1). Shawn and Gilles were the only couples not to be in the bottom two or at least not under the red light. Shawn Johnson, Drew Lachey, Brooke Burke, Kristi Yamaguchi, Donny Osmond, Nicole Scherzinger, Hines Ward, and Melissa Rycroft are the only winners not to be in the bottom two on their winning season. Shawn is the fourth female winner, and additionally the sixth winner to get a perfect 30 on the freestyle.


The 13 celebrities and professional dancers who competed were:

Celebrity Occupation Professional partner Result
Belinda Carlisle Pop singer Jonathan Roberts Eliminated 1st
on March 17, 2009
Denise Richards Actress Maksim Chmerkovskiy Eliminated 2nd
on March 24, 2009
Holly Madison Playboy model & reality TV star Dmitry Chaplin Eliminated 3rd
on March 31, 2009
Steve Wozniak Apple co-founder Karina Smirnoff Eliminated 4th
on March 31, 2009
David Alan Grier Comedian & actor Kym Johnson Eliminated 5th
on April 7, 2009
Steve-O Jackass star Lacey Schwimmer Eliminated 6th
on April 14, 2009
Lawrence Taylor Retired football player Edyta ?liwi"?ska Eliminated 7th
on April 21, 2009
Chuck Wicks Country music singer Julianne Hough Eliminated 8th
on April 28, 2009
Lil' Kim Rapper Derek Hough Eliminated 9th
on May 5, 2009
Ty Murray Rodeo cowboy Chelsie Hightower Eliminated 10th
on May 12, 2009
Melissa Rycroft The Bachelor star Tony Dovolani Third place
on May 19, 2009
Gilles Marini actor Cheryl Burke Runner-up
on May 19, 2009
Shawn Johnson Olympic gymnast Mark Ballas Winner
on May 19, 2009

Scoring Chart

Couple Place 1 2 1+2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Shawn & Mark 1
30 +26=56
28+ 30 + 30 = 88
Gilles & Cheryl 2
28 =55
29 +27=56
30 +
30 =
30 +28+
30 =
Melissa & Tony 3
30 =
30 =86
Ty & Chelsie 4
24+ 28 =52
Lil' Kim & Derek 5
28 +
28 =
Chuck & Julianne 6
Lawrence & Edyta 7
Steve-O & Lacey 8
David & Kym 9
Steve & Karina 10
Holly & Dmitry 11
Denise & Maks 12
Belinda & Jonathan 13
Red numbers indicate the lowest score for each week.
Green numbers indicate the highest score for each week.
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Average score chart

This table only counts for dances scored on a traditional 30-points scale.

Rank by average Place Couple Total points Number of dances Average
1 2 Gilles & Cheryl 449 16 28.1
2 1 Shawn & Mark 431 16 26.9
2 3 Melissa & Tony 430 16 26.9
4 5 Lil' Kim & Derek 284 11 25.3
5 6 Chuck & Julianne 209 9 23.3
6 4 Ty & Chelsie 289 13 22.2
7 9 David & Kym 104 5 20.8
8 7 Lawrence & Edyta 138 7 19.7
9 12 Denise & Maksim 55 3 18.3
10 13 Belinda & Jonathan 35 2 17.5
11 11 Holly & Dmitry 69 4 17.2
12 8 Steve-O & Lacey 95 6 15.8
13 10 Steve & Karina 52 4 13.0

Highest and lowest scoring dances

The best and worst performances in each dance according to the judges' marks are as follows:

Dance Best dancer(s) Best score Worst dancer(s) Worst score
Cha-cha-cha Shawn Johnson 30 Steve Wozniak 13
Jive Lil' Kim 28 Ty Murray 18
Rumba Melissa Rycroft
Gilles Marini
27 Steve-O 16
Paso Doble Gilles Marini 30 Lawrence Taylor 20
Samba Melissa Rycroft 30 Steve Wozniak 10
Waltz Gilles Marini 30 Steve-O
Belinda Carlisle
Quickstep Melissa Rycroft 28 Steve Wozniak 17
Foxtrot Gilles Marini 29 Steve-O 15
Argentine Tango Gilles Marini
Shawn Johnson
30 Steve Wozniak 12
Viennese Waltz Gilles Marini
Melissa Rycroft
27 Steve-O 18
Salsa Gilles Marini 30 Steve-O 14
Lindy Hop Melissa Rycroft 29 Steve-O 15
Freestyle Shawn Johnson 30 Melissa Rycroft 27


Week 1

Unless indicated otherwise, individual judges scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.

Running Order
Couple Score Style Music
Lil' Kim & Derek 21 (7,7,7) Cha-cha-cha "Nasty""?Janet Jackson
Belinda & Jonathan 17 (6,6,5) Waltz "What the World Needs Now Is Love""?Jackie DeShannon
Lawrence & Edyta 16 (6,5,5) Cha-cha-cha "25 Miles""?Edwin Starr
Steve-O & Lacey 17 (6,5,6) Waltz "Vito's Waltz""?101 Strings Orchestra
Gilles & Cheryl 24 (8,8,8) Cha-cha-cha "Addicted to Love""?Robert Palmer
Chuck & Julianne 20 (6,7,7) Waltz "Are You Lonesome Tonight?""?Elvis Presley
Holly & Dmitry 18 (6,6,6) Cha-cha-cha "Just Dance""?Lady Gaga
Ty & Chelsie 14 (5,4,5) Cha-cha-cha "Train in Vain""?The Clash
Shawn & Mark 23 (8,8,7) Waltz "It is You (I Have Loved)""?Dana Glover
Steve & Karina 13 (5,4,4) Cha-cha-cha "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet""?Bachman-Turner Overdrive
David Alan & Kym 19 (6,7,6) Waltz "You Light Up My Life""?Debby Boone
Denise & Maksim 18 (6,6,6) Cha-cha-cha "Nothin' but a Good Time""?Poison
Melissa & Tony 23 (8,7,8) Waltz "Moon River""?Andy Williams

Week 2

Running Order
Couple Score Style Music Result
Holly & Dmitry 18 (6,6,6) Quickstep "We Are in Love""?Harry Connick, Jr. Safe
David & Kym 17 (6,5,6) Salsa "El Cumbanchero""?Angel Melendez and the 911 Orchestra Safe
Denise & Maksim 21 (7,7,7) Quickstep "We Go Together""?from Grease Safe
Belinda & Jonathan 18 (6,6,6) Salsa "Higher""?Gloria Estefan Bottom two
Ty & Chelsie 20 (7,6,7) Quickstep "Life Is a Highway""?Rascal Flatts Safe
Shawn & Mark 24 (8,8,8) Salsa "Las Muchachas""?Johnny Pacheco Safe
Steve & Karina 17 (6,5,6) Quickstep "Oh, Boy!""?Buddy Holly Bottom two
Chuck & Julianne 20 (6,7,7) Salsa "Say Hey (I Love You)""?Michael Franti & Spearhead Safe
Lawrence & Edyta 20 (7,7,6) Quickstep "As Long as I'm Singing""?The Brian Setzer Orchestra Safe
Steve-O & Lacey 14 (5,4,5) Salsa "Cobrastyle""?Teddybears Safe
Lil' Kim & Derek 23 (8,7,8) Quickstep "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend""?Marilyn Monroe Safe
Melissa & Tony 26 (9,8,9) Salsa "The Cup of Life""?Ricky Martin Safe
Gilles & Cheryl 27 (9,9,9) Quickstep "Kryptonite""?3 Doors Down Safe
Belinda & Jonathan 17 (5,6,6) Salsa "Higher""?Gloria Estefan Eliminated
Steve & Karina 17 (6,5,6) Quickstep "Oh, Boy!""?Buddy Holly Safe

Week 3

Running Order
Couple Score Style Music Result
Denise & Maksim 16 (5,6,5) Samba "Take a Picture""?Filter Bottom two
Chuck & Julianne 23 (8,7,8) Foxtrot "All I Want To Do""?Sugarland Safe
Holly & Dmitry 17 (5,6,6) Samba "Bananza (Belly Dancer)""?Akon Bottom two
Steve-O & Lacey 15 (5,5,5) Foxtrot "I'm Yours""?Jason Mraz Safe
Lawrence & Edyta 20 (7,6,7) Samba "I Can't Get Next To You""?The Temptations Safe
Shawn & Mark 27 (9,9,9) Foxtrot "More Than This""?Norah Jones Safe
Gilles & Cheryl 27 (9,9,9) Samba "El Matador""?Los Fabulosos Cadillacs Safe
David & Kym 24 (8,8,8) Foxtrot "Come Rain or Come Shine""?Natalie Cole Safe
Steve & Karina 10 (4,3,3) Samba "Jump In The Line (Shake, Senora)""?Harry Belafonte Safe
Melissa & Tony 27 (9,9,9) Foxtrot "Recipe for Love""?Harry Connick, Jr. Safe
Lil' Kim & Derek 25 (8,8,9) Samba "Remedio P'al Corazon""?Alberto Plaza Safe
Ty & Chelsie 23 (8,8,7) Foxtrot "Come Dance with Me""?Frank Sinatra Safe
Holly & Dmitry 18 (6,6,6) Samba "Bananza (Belly Dancer)""?Akon Safe
Denise & Maksim 20 (6,7,7) Samba "Take a Picture""?Filter Eliminated

Week 4

Running Order
Couple Score Style Music Result
David & Kym 22 (8,7,7) Lindy Hop "Bandstand Boogie""?Barry Manilow Safe
Lil' Kim & Derek 27 (9,8,10) Argentine Tango "Taquito Militar""?Conjunto Tipico Del Tango Safe
Chuck & Julianne 22 (8,7,7) Lindy Hop "Summertime Blues""?Brian Setzer Safe
Lawrence & Edyta 19 (7,5,7) Argentine Tango "Suite Punta Del Este""?Ástor Piazzolla Safe
Ty & Chelsie 25 (9,8,8) Lindy Hop "You and Me and the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)""?Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Safe
Steve & Karina 12 (4,4,4) Argentine Tango "Cité Tango""?Gotan Project Eliminated
Melissa & Tony 29 (10,9,10) Lindy Hop "Brown Derby Jump""?Cherry Poppin' Daddies Safe
Holly & Dmitry 16 (5,6,5) Argentine Tango "Libertango""?Bond Eliminated
Steve-O & Lacey 15 (5,5,5) Lindy Hop "Dance Little Sister""?The Rolling Stones Bottom three
Gilles & Cheryl 30 (10,10,10) Argentine Tango "Assassin's Tango""?John Powell Safe
Shawn & Mark 25 (8,8,9) Lindy Hop "Ready Teddy!""?Little Richard Safe

Week 5

Running Order
Couple Score Style Music Result
Chuck & Julianne 23 (7,8,8) Viennese Waltz "Feels Like Today""?Rascal Flatts Safe
Lawrence & Edyta 20 (6,7,7) Paso Doble "Granada""?Agustín Lara Bottom two
Shawn & Mark 26 (9,8,9) Viennese Waltz "Ordinary Day""?Vanessa Carlton Safe
Melissa & Tony 25 (8,8,9) Paso Doble "Poker Face""?Lady Gaga Safe
David & Kym 22 (7,8,7) Viennese Waltz "I Put a Spell on You""?Screamin' Jay Hawkins Bottom two
Gilles & Cheryl 29 (10,9,10) Paso Doble "Habanera""?Charlotte Church Safe
Steve-O & Lacey 18 (6,6,6) Viennese Waltz "Complainte de la Butte""?Rufus Wainwright Safe
Ty & Chelsie 21 (7,7,7) Paso Doble "Barracuda""?Heart Safe
Lil' Kim & Derek 26 (9,8,9) Viennese Waltz "I'll Be""?Edwin McCain Safe
David & Kym 24 (8,8,8) Viennese Waltz "I Put a Spell on You""?Screamin' Jay Hawkins Eliminated
Lawrence & Edyta 20 (6,7,7) Paso Doble "Granada""?Agustín Lara Safe

Week 6

Running Order
Couple Score Style Music Result
Ty & Chelsie 18 (6,6,6) Jive "The Girl's Gone Wild""?Travis Tritt Last to be called safe
Shawn & Mark 26 (8,9,9) Rumba "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room""?John Mayer Safe
Lawrence & Edyta 22 (7,7,8) Jive "Ain't That Peculiar""?Marvin Gaye Safe
Melissa & Tony 27 (9,9,9) Rumba "If I Were a Boy""?Reba Safe
Lil' Kim & Derek 28 (10,8,10) Jive "Jailhouse Rock""?Elvis Presley Safe
Steve-O & Lacey 16 (7,4,5) Rumba "Fall for You""?Secondhand Serenade Eliminated
Gilles & Cheryl 26 (9,8,9) Jive "Dance, Dance""?Fall Out Boy Safe
Chuck & Julianne 23 (8,7,8) Rumba "She Will Be Loved""?Maroon 5 Safe

Week 7

Running Order
Couple Score Style Music Result
Melissa & Tony 29 (10,9,10) Argentine Tango "Mi Confesión""?Gotan Project Safe
Lawrence & Edyta 21 (7,7,7) Waltz "Open Arms""?Journey Eliminated
Lil' Kim & Derek 26 (9,8,9) Rumba "Lost Without U""?Robin Thicke Safe
Chuck & Julianne 27 (9,9,9) Samba "Baila, Baila""?Angela Via feat. Joe Budden Safe
Ty & Chelsie 24 (8,8,8) Waltz "Strawberry Wine""?Deana Carter Last to be called safe
Shawn & Mark 28 (9,9,10) Cha-cha-cha "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)""?Michael Jackson Safe
Gilles & Cheryl 27 (9,9,9) Viennese Waltz "I Go to Sleep""?The Pretenders Safe
Ty & Chelsie
Shawn & Mark
Melissa & Tony
Lil' Kim & Derek
Gilles & Cheryl
Chuck & Julianne
Lawrence & Edyta
N/A 1960s Group Dance "The Clapping Song""?Shirley Ellis

Week 8

Running order
Couple Score Style Music Result
Gilles & Cheryl 27 (9,9,9) Lindy Hop "Go Daddy-O""?Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Safe
Lil' Kim & Derek 28 (9,9,10) Paso Doble "El Gato Montes""?Manuel Penella Safe
Chuck & Julianne 26 (9,9,8) Cha-cha-cha "I'm Outta Love""?Anastacia Eliminated
Shawn & Mark 27 (10,8,9) Samba "Get Down On It""?Kool and the Gang Safe
Melissa & Tony* 21 (7,7,7) Jive "We Got the Beat""?The Go-Go's Last to be called safe
Ty & Chelsie 24 (9,7,8) Salsa "Vehicle""?The Ides of March Safe
Chuck & Julianne
Melissa & Tony*
Shawn & Mark
25 (8,8,9) Team Mambo "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)""?Beyoncé
Ty & Chelsie
Gilles & Cheryl
Lil' Kim & Derek
28 (9,9,10) Team Tango "Womanizer""?Britney Spears
* Due to an injury, Melissa Rycroft was unable to perform her Jive, or as part of Team Mambo, on the live show. Lacey Schwimmer filled in for her on Team Mambo instead. Rycroft's rehearsal tape for her Jive was shown and scored, as Steve-O was forced to do in Week 2.

Week 9

Running order
Couple Score Style Music Result
Shawn & Mark 27 (9,9,9) Quickstep "Friend Like Me""?Robin Williams Safe
29 (10,9,10) Paso Doble "Gotta Get thru This""?Daniel Bedingfield
Ty & Chelsie 25 (8,9,8) Argentine Tango "Amor Que Se Baila""?Otros Aires Electronic Tango Orchestra Bottom two
21 (7,7,7) Rumba "Free Fallin'""?Tom Petty
Lil' Kim & Derek 25 (8,9,8) Waltz "When I Need You""?Leo Sayer Eliminated
27 (9,9,9) Salsa "Por Arriba, Por Abajo""?Ricky Martin
Gilles & Cheryl 29 (10,9,10) Foxtrot "Fever""?Peggy Lee Safe
27 (9,9,9) Rumba "Sexual Healing""?Marvin Gaye
Melissa & Tony 27 (9,9,9) Viennese Waltz "Angel""?Sarah McLachlan Safe
30 (10,10,10) Samba "Jaleo""?Ricky Martin

Week 10

Running order
Couple Score Style Music Result
Melissa & Tony 28 (9,10,9) Quickstep "I Got Rhythm""?Ella Fitzgerald Last to be called safe
27 (9,9,9) Cha-cha-cha "Save the Last Dance for Me""?Ben E. King
Gilles & Cheryl 30 (10,10,10) Waltz "Come Away with Me""?Norah Jones Safe
30 (10,10,10) Salsa "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)""?Pitbull
Shawn & Mark 30 (10,10,10) Argentine Tango "Asi Se Baila El Tango""?Bailongo Safe
26 (9,8,9) Jive "Reet Petite""?Jackie Wilson
Ty & Chelsie 25 (8,9,8) Viennese Waltz "Tuesday's Gone""?Lynyrd Skynyrd Eliminated
23 (8,7,8) Samba "Concrete and Clay""?[[Unit 4 + 2]]

Week 11: Final

Running Order (Night 1)
Couple Score Style Music
Shawn & Mark 28 (9,9,10) Paso Doble "So What""?Pink
Melissa & Tony 29 (10,9,10)
Gilles & Cheryl 30 (10,10,10)
Shawn & Mark 30 (10,10,10) Freestyle "Do Your Thing""?Basement Jaxx
Melissa & Tony 27 (9,9,9) Freestyle "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)""?[[C+C Music Factory]]
Gilles & Cheryl 28 (9,10,9) Freestyle "Flashdance (What a Feeling)""?Irene Cara
Running Order (Night 2)
Couple Score Style Music Result
Shawn & Mark 30 (10,10,10) Cha-cha-cha "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)""?Michael Jackson Winner
Melissa & Tony 30 (10,10,10) Samba "Jaleo""?Ricky Martin Third place
Gilles & Cheryl 30 (10,10,10) Argentine Tango "Assassin's Tango""?John Powell Runner-up

Dance chart

Couple Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11
Shawn & Mark Waltz Salsa Foxtrot Lindy Hop Viennese Waltz Rumba Cha-cha-cha 1960s Dance Samba Team Mambo Quickstep Paso Doble Argentine Tango Jive Paso Doble Freestyle Cha-cha-cha
Gilles & Cheryl Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Samba Argentine Tango Paso Doble Jive Viennese Waltz 1960s Dance Lindy Hop Team Tango Foxtrot Rumba Waltz Salsa Paso Doble Freestyle Argentine Tango
Melissa & Tony Waltz Salsa Foxtrot Lindy Hop Paso Doble Rumba Argentine Tango 1960s Dance Jive Team Mambo Viennese Waltz Samba Quickstep Cha-cha-cha Paso Doble Freestyle Samba
Ty & Chelsie Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Foxtrot Lindy Hop Paso Doble Jive Waltz 1960s Dance Salsa Team Tango Argentine Tango Rumba Viennese Waltz Samba Lindy Hop
Lil' Kim & Derek Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Samba Argentine Tango Viennese Waltz Jive Rumba 1960s Dance Paso Doble Team Tango Waltz Salsa Jive
Chuck & Julianne Waltz Salsa Foxtrot Lindy Hop Viennese Waltz Rumba Samba 1960s Dance Cha-cha-cha Team Mambo Samba
Lawrence & Edyta Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Samba Argentine Tango Paso Doble Jive Waltz 1960s Dance Jive
Steve-O & Lacey Waltz Salsa Foxtrot Lindy Hop Viennese Waltz Rumba Foxtrot
David Alan & Kym Waltz Salsa Foxtrot Lindy Hop Viennese Waltz Viennese Waltz
Steve & Karina Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Samba Argentine Tango Quickstep
Holly & Dmitry Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Samba Argentine Tango Samba
Denise & Maksim Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Samba Quickstep
Belinda & Jonathan Waltz Salsa Salsa
{{colorbox}} Highest Scoring Dance
{{colorbox}} Lowest Scoring Dance
{{colorbox}} Danced, but not scored

Dance schedule

The celebrities and professional partners danced one of these routines for each corresponding week.

  • Week 1: Cha-cha-cha or waltz
  • Week 2: Salsa or quickstep
  • Week 3: Samba or foxtrot
  • Week 4: Lindy Hop or Argentine tango
  • Week 5: Paso Doble or Viennese Waltz
  • Week 6: Jive or Rumba
  • Week 7: One unlearned dance from week one to week six and 1960s group dance
  • Week 8: One unlearned Latin dance from week one to week six and Team mambo or tango
  • Week 9: Two unlearned dances (one ballroom, one Latin) from week one to week six, with a 15-second solo during the Latin routine
  • Week 10: Final two unlearned dances (one Ballroom, one Latin) from week one to week six
  • Week 11 (night 1): Paso Doble face-off, freestyle
  • Week 11 (night 2): Favorite dance of the season, eliminated stars return

Professional dancer competition

Six professional dancers, three men and three women, will compete live in a weekly dance competition for a guaranteed spot as a professional dancer to be paired with a celebrity next season.

  • For the first week, six professionals will be paired into three couples and will compete in the first round with their chosen style of dance, either Latin or Ballroom. Of the six dancers, one male and one female will be eliminated based on fewest viewer votes.
  • In the second week, the four remaining professionals will pair up and compete in whichever style dance they did not do the first week. The dancer with the lowest number of viewer votes, whether it be male or female, will be eliminated.
  • In the third week, the three remaining professionals will teach a celebrity from a previous season, and the dancer with the lowest number of viewer votes will be eliminated.
  • In the fourth week, the two professionals will pair up with a current pro and choreograph a Ballroom and a Latin routine. The dancer with the highest number of votes will win.
The competing dancers are:

  • Mayo Alanen (Runner-Up)
  • Brent Borbon
  • Afton DelGrosso (3rd Place)
  • Anna Demidova (Winner)
  • Genya Mazo
  • Snow Urbin
The celebrity partners for Round 3 are:

The professional partners for Round 4 are:

Date Round Pair Dance Song Eliminated
April 21, 2009 1 Brent & Afton Cha-cha-cha "Damaged""? Danity Kane Brent Borbon
Snow Urbin
Mayo & Anna Waltz "Weekend in New England""? Barry Manilow
Genya & Snow Rumba "Stop and Stare""? OneRepublic
April 28, 2009 2 Genya & Afton Quickstep "I'm Sitting on Top of the World""? Bobby Darin Genya Mazo
Mayo & Anna Jive "Wild One""? Jerry Lee Lewis
May 5, 2009 3 Afton & Cody Samba "Dance Like This""? Wyclef Jean feat. Claudette Ortiz Afton DelGrosso
Mayo & Lisa Quickstep "Walking on Sunshine""? Katrina and the Waves
Anna & Maurice Tango "La Yumba""? Lalo Schiffrin
May 12, 2009 4 Mayo & Kym Tango "Jalousie""? Alfred Hause's Tango Orchestra Mayo Alanen
Cha-cha-cha "Shake Your Groove Thing""? Peaches & Herb
Anna & Maksim Quickstep "Almost Like Being in Love""? Frank Sinatra
Samba "Crayons""? Donna Summer feat. Ziggy Marley
The winner, guaranteed a spot as a pro in season nine, is Anna Demidova.

Musical Guests

Date Performers Tracks Performed Dancers
March 17, 2009 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy "Calloway Boogie" Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani, Lacey Schwimmer, Derek Hough, and Julianne Hough
Jewel "Over the Rainbow" Dmitry Chaplin and Chelsie Hightower
March 24, 2009 Hall & Oates "Maneater" Karina Smirnoff, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, and Dmitry Chaplin
Adele "Chasing Pavements" Edyta ?liwi"?ska and Alec Mazo
March 31, 2009 Kevin Rudolf "Let It Rock" Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Chelsie Hightower, Lacey Schwimmer, and Artem Chigvintsev
Boyz II Men "It's the Same Old Song" Cheryl Burke, Dmitry Chaplin, Tony Dovolani, and Kym Johnson
"Reach Out I'll Be There"
"End of the Road"
April 7, 2009 Etta James "At Last" Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Demi Lovato "La La Land" Benji Schwimmer and Torri Smith
April 14, 2009 West Side Story "America" 2009 Broadway revival cast
Rascal Flatts "Here Comes Goodbye" Julianne Hough and Tony Dovolani
"Revolution" Mark Ballas, Chelsie Hightower, Aliona Vilani, and Artem Chigvintsev
April 21, 2009 Natasha Bedingfield "Soulmate" Dmitry Chaplin and Lacey Schwimmer
Celtic Woman "You Raise Me Up" Eric Luna and Georgia Ambarian
April 28, 2009 Robin Thicke "When I Get You Alone" Alec Mazo, Edyta Sliwinska, Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani, Kym Johnson, and Dmitry Chaplin
"Sidestep" Pasha Kovalev and Anya Garnis
May 5, 2009 Jamie Cullum "I Get a Kick out of You" Urs Geisenhainer and Agnieszka Kazmierczak
May 12, 2009 Raphael Saadiq "100 Yard Dash" Raphael Saadiq Dancers
May 19, 2009 Lady Gaga "Just Dance" Lady Gaga Dancers
"LoveGame" Lady Gaga Dancers

Macy's Stars of Dance

Date Performers Music
March 17, 2009 Michael Rooney " "The Golden Age of Musicals" "The Boy Does Nothing""?Alesha Dixon
April 7, 2009 Le Rêve
April 14, 2009 Lindsley Allen " Cabaret Routine with Carmen Electra "Stuff Like That There" by Bette Midler
April 21, 2009 Jason Gilkison " Burn the Floor
May 5, 2009 Marty Kudelka & Dee Caspary "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay
May 12, 2009 Design a Dance " Mark Ballas, Lacey Schwimmer, Derek Hough & Julianne Hough
  • For the May 12 "Design a Dance" performance, viewers had voted in the weeks beforehand about what style dance they wanted (Quickstep), what song they wanted the dance to ("It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"), and what professionals they wanted to do the dance (Mark Ballas, Lacey Schwimmer, Derek Hough, and Julianne Hough). Also, Dancing with the Stars held an online contest where viewers could submit their drawings for outfits for the performance. The winner was Rebecca Farmer from New York City. Her designs were turned into the outfits for the performers, and she won a trip to the show.

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