Dancing with the Stars (American season 8)

Season eight of Dancing with the Stars premiered on Monday, March 9, 2009, on the ABC network.

Dancing with the Stars
Season 8
Dwts8poster.jpg
Promotional poster, featuring pro dancer Edyta Śliwińska
Celebrity winnerShawn Johnson
Professional winnerMark Ballas
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes21
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseMarch 9 (2009-03-09) –
May 19, 2009 (2009-05-19)
Season chronology
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Season 9

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.

Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson won the competition at the age of 17, making her the youngest champion until Laurie Hernandez (another Olympian gymnast) won in season 23 at 16. Johnson beat out Gilles Marini by less than 1%.

CastEdit

CouplesEdit

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. 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. The 13 celebrities and professional dancers who competed were:

Celebrity Notability (known for) Professional partner Result
Belinda Carlisle Singer-songwriter Jonathan Roberts Eliminated 1st
on March 17, 2009
Denise Richards Actress Maksim Chmerkovskiy Eliminated 2nd
on March 24, 2009
Holly Madison Model & reality television star Dmitry Chaplin Eliminated 3rd
on March 31, 2009
Steve Wozniak Apple Inc. co-founder Karina Smirnoff Eliminated 4th
on March 31, 2009
David Alan Grier Actor & comedian Kym Johnson Eliminated 5th
on April 7, 2009
Steve-O Jackass star Lacey Schwimmer Eliminated 6th
on April 14, 2009
Lawrence Taylor Former NFL linebacker Edyta Śliwińska Eliminated 7th
on April 21, 2009
Chuck Wicks Country 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 artistic gymnast Mark Ballas Winner
on May 19, 2009
Shawn Johnson, Gilles Marini, and Melissa Rycroft later competed in the All-Stars season, where this time Johnson was paired with Derek Hough, Marini was paired with Peta Murgatroyd, and Rycroft remained with her original partner, Tony Dovolani. Marini finished 6th, while Johnson finished as the runner-up to Rycroft, who was the first and only contestant to win with Tony Dovolani.

Host and judgesEdit

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.

Scoring chartsEdit

Couple Place 1 2 1+2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Shawn & Mark 1 23 24 47 27 25 26 26 28 27+25=52 27+29=56 30+26=56 28+30+30=88
Gilles & Cheryl 2 24 27 51 27 30 29 26 27 27+28=55 29+27=56 30+30=60 30+28+30=88
Melissa & Tony 3 23 26 49 27 29 25 27 29 21+25=46 27+30=57 28+27=55 29+27+30=86
Ty & Chelsie 4 14 20 34 23 25 21 18 24 24+28=52 25+21=46 25+23=48
Lil' Kim & Derek 5 21 23 44 25 27 26 28 26 28+28=56 25+27=52
Chuck & Julianne 6 20 20 40 23 22 23 23 27 26+25=51
Lawrence & Edyta 7 16 20 36 20 19 20 22 21
Steve-O & Lacey 8 17 14 31 15 15 18 16
David & Kym 9 19 17 36 24 22 22
Steve & Karina 10 13 17 30 10 12
Holly & Dmitry 11 18 18 36 17 16
Denise & Maks 12 18 21 39 16
Belinda & Jonathan 13 17 18 35
Red numbers indicate the lowest score for each week.
Green numbers indicate the highest score for each week.
  indicates the couple (or couples) eliminated that week.
  indicates the returning couple that finished in the bottom two (or bottom three).
  indicates the returning couple that was the last to be called safe.
  indicates the winning couple.
  indicates the runner-up couple.
  indicates the third-place couple.

Average score chartEdit

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 26.9
3 3 Melissa & Tony 430 26.9
4 5 Lil' Kim & Derek 284 11 25.8
5 6 Chuck & Julianne 209 9 23.2
6 4 Ty & Chelsie 291 13 22.4
7 9 David & Kym 104 5 20.8
8 7 Lawrence & Edyta 138 7 19.7
9 12 Denise & Maks 55 3 18.3
10 13 Belinda & Jonathan 35 2 17.5
11 11 Holly & Dmitry 69 4 17.3
12 8 Steve-O & Lacey 95 6 15.8
13 10 Steve & Karina 52 4 13.0

Highest and lowest scoring performancesEdit

The best and worst performances in each dance according to the judges' 30-point scale are as follows:

Dance Highest scored dancer(s) Highest score Lowest scored dancer(s) Lowest 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
17
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

Couples' highest and lowest scoring dancesEdit

Scores are based upon a potential 30-point maximum.

Couple Highest scoring dance(s) Lowest scoring dance(s)
Shawn & Mark Argentine tango, Freestyle & Cha-cha-cha (30) Waltz (23)
Gilles & Cheryl Argentine tango (x2), Waltz, Salsa, & Paso doble (30) Cha-cha-cha (24)
Melissa & Tony Samba (x2) (30) Jive (21)
Ty & Chelsie Lindy Hop, Argentine tango, Viennese waltz (25) Cha-cha-cha (14)
Lil' Kim & Derek Jive & Paso doble (28) Cha-cha-cha (21)
Chuck & Julianne Samba (27) Waltz & Salsa (20)
Lawrence & Edyta Jive (22) Cha-cha-cha (16)
Steve-O & Lacey Viennese waltz (18) Salsa (14)
David & Kym Foxtrot & Viennese waltz (24) Salsa (17)
Steve & Karina Quickstep (x2) (17) Samba (10)
Holly & Dmitry Cha-cha-cha, Quickstep & Samba (18) Argentine tango (16)
Denise & Maks Quickstep (21) Samba (16)
Belinda & Jonathan Salsa (18) Waltz & Salsa (17)

Weekly scoresEdit

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

Week 1Edit

Running order
Couple Scores Dance 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 featuring Colby O'Donis
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 & Kym 19 (6, 7, 6) Waltz "You Light Up My Life"—Debby Boone
Denise & Maks 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 2Edit

Running order
Couple Scores Dance 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 & Maks 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, 6, 7) 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
Dance-off
Belinda & Jonathan 17 (5, 6, 6) Salsa "Higher"—Gloria Estefan Eliminated
Steve & Karina 17 (6, 5, 6) Quickstep "Oh, Boy!"—Buddy Holly Safe

Week 3Edit

Running order
Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Denise & Maks 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
Dance-off
Holly & Dmitry 18 (6, 6, 6) Samba "Bananza (Belly Dancer)"—Akon Safe
Denise & Maks 20 (6, 7, 7) Samba "Take a Picture"—Filter Eliminated

Week 4Edit

Running order
Couple Scores Dance 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 5Edit

Running order
Couple Scores Dance 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
Dance-off
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 6Edit

Running order
Couple Scores Dance 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"—Beyoncé 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 7Edit

Running order
Couple Scores Dance 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
Chuck & Julianne
Lil' Kim & Derek
Gilles & Cheryl
Ty & Chelsie
Lawrence & Edyta
Shawn & Mark
Melissa & Tony
N/A Swing "The Clapping Song"—Shirley Ellis

Week 8Edit

Running order
Couple Scores Dance 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
Lacey & Tony*
Shawn & Mark
25 (8, 8, 9) Mambo "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"—Beyoncé
Ty & Chelsie
Gilles & Cheryl
Lil' Kim & Derek
28 (9, 9, 10) 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 9Edit

Running order
Couple Scores Dance 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 10Edit

Running order
Couple Scores Dance 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: FinalsEdit

Running order (Night 1)
Couple Scores Dance 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 Scores Dance 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 chartEdit

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

Couple 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Shawn & Mark Waltz Salsa Foxtrot Lindy hop Viennese waltz Rumba Cha-cha-cha Swing Samba 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 Swing Lindy hop Tango Foxtrot Rumba Waltz Salsa Paso doble Freestyle Argentine tango
Melissa & Tony Waltz Salsa Foxtrot Lindy hop Paso doble Rumba Argentine tango Swing Jive 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 Swing Salsa Tango Argentine tango Rumba Viennese waltz Samba Lindy hop
Lil' Kim & Derek Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Samba Argentine tango Viennese waltz Jive Rumba Swing Paso doble Team Tango Waltz Salsa Jive
Chuck & Julianne Waltz Salsa Foxtrot Lindy hop Viennese waltz Rumba Samba Swing Cha-cha-cha Mambo Samba
Lawrence & Edyta Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Samba Argentine tango Paso doble Jive Waltz Swing 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
  Highest scoring dance
  Lowest scoring dance
  Danced, but not scored

Professional dancer competitionEdit

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.[1]

The competing dancers are:

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 guestsEdit

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 Śliwińska 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 (Swing Dance Champions)
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 DanceEdit

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. 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pro-dancer Competition". Abc.go.com. Archived from the original on August 1, 2009. Retrieved April 23, 2010.

External linksEdit