Let's Dance (German TV series)

Let's Dance is a German dance competition television series that premiered on April 3, 2006 on RTL and filmed live in Cologne. The show is based on the British BBC Television series Strictly Come Dancing and is part of BBC Worldwide's Dancing with the Stars franchise.

Let's Dance
GenreReality competition
Based onStrictly Come Dancing
Presented by
Judges
Opening themePepe Lienhard OrchesterLet’s Dance TV Theme
Country of originGermany
Original languageGerman
No. of seasons13
No. of episodes132
Production
Production locationsCologne, Germany
Production companiesITV Studios Germany (1–7)
Seapoint Productions (8–)
Release
Original networkRTL
Original releaseApril 3, 2006 (2006-04-03) –
present
External links
Website

The format of the show consists of a celebrity paired with a professional dancer. Each couple performs predetermined dances and competes against the others for judges' points and audience votes. The couple receiving the lowest combined total of judges' points and audience votes is eliminated each week until only the champion dance pair remains.

CastEdit

HostsEdit

Nazan Eckes has been the host for seasons one to three. In season one and two, her co-host was Hape Kerkeling and in season three Daniel Hartwich. Between season four and ten Hartwich has been presenting alongside Sylvie Meis. The program is currently hosted by Hartwich and Austrian singer and former winner Victoria Swarovski.

Key
  Presenter
  Contestant
Presenter Season
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Nazan Eckes Main - -
Hape Kerkeling Main -
Daniel Hartwich - Main
Sylvie Meis - Main -
Victoria Swarovski - - Main

Judging panelEdit

The judges in season one were Michael Hull, Markus Schöffl, Katarina Witt and Joachim Llambi. In season two Ute Lemper replaced Katarina Witt. The judges in season three were Harald Glööckler, Peter Kraus, Isabel Edvardsson and Joachim Llambi. In season four Roman Frieling replaced Peter Kraus and Motsi Mabuse replaced Isabel Edvardsson. In season five Maite Kelly replaced Harald Glööckler. From season six the judges are Jorge Gonzalez, Motsi Mabuse and Joachim Llambi. Dieter Bohlen filled in for Ute Lemper for the season 2 final due to Lemper's scheduling conflicts.

Key
  Judge
  Professional dancer
  Guest judge
  Contestant
Judge Season
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Joachim Llambi Main
Michael Hull Main -
Markus Schöffl Main
Katarina Witt Main -
Ute Lemper - Main -
Harald Glööckler - Main -
Peter Kraus - Main -
Isabel Edvardsson Main - -
Motsi Mabuse - Main
Roman Frieling - Main -
Maite Kelly - Main -
Jorge Gonzalez - Main
Dieter Bohlen - Guest -

Professional partnersEdit

Color key:
  Winner
  Runner-up
  3rd place
  Celebrity partner was eliminated first for the season
  Celebrity partner withdrew from the competition
  Still participating in the current season
  • Bold Denotes Current Professional Dancer

Series overviewEdit

Season Number of Duration dates Celebrity honor places
Couples Weeks Premiere Finale First place Second place Third place
1 8 8 April 3, 2006 May 21, 2006 Wayne Carpendale & Isabel Edvardsson Wolke Hegenbarth & Oliver Seefeldt Sandy Mölling & Roberto Albanese
2 10 May 14, 2007 June 30, 2007 Susan Sideropoulos & Christian Polanc Katja Ebstein & Oliver Seefeldt Giovane Élber & Isabel Edvardsson
3 April 9, 2010 May 28, 2010 Sophia Thomalla & Massimo Sinato Sylvie van der Vaart & Christian Polanc/Bärens Nina Bott & Roberto Alabanese
4 9 March 23, 2011 May 18, 2011 Maite Kelly & Christian Polanc Moritz A. Sachs & Melissa Ortiz-Gomez Thomas Karaoglan & Sarah Latton
5 12 11 March 14, 2012 May 23, 2012 Magdalena Brzeska & Erich Klann Rebecca Mir & Massimo Sinato Stefanie Hertel & Sergiy Plyuta
6 10 9 April 5, 2013 May 31, 2013 Manuel Cortez & Melissa Ortiz-Gomez Sıla Şahin & Christian Polanc Paul Janke & Ekaterina Leonova
7 March 28, 2014 May 30, 2014 Alexander Klaws & Isabel Edvardsson Tanja Szewczenko & Willi Gabalier Carmen Geiss & Christian Polanc
8 14 12 March 13, 2015 June 5, 2015 Hans Sarpei & Kathrin Menzinger Minh-Khai Phan-Thi & Massimo Sinato Matthias Steiner & Ekaterina Leonova
9 March 11, 2016 June 3, 2016 Victoria Swarovski & Erich Klann Sarah Lombardi & Robert Beitsch Jana Pallaske & Massimo Sinato
10 13 February 24, 2017 June 9, 2017 Gil Ofarim & Ekaterina Leonova Vanessa Mai & Christian Polanc Angelina Kirsch & Massimo Sinato
11 March 16, 2018 June 8, 2018 Ingolf Lück & Ekaterina Leonova Judith Williams & Erich Klann Barbara Meier & Sergiu Luca
12 March 15, 2019 June 14, 2019 Pascal Hens & Ekaterina Leonova Ella Endlich & Valentin Lusin Benjamin Piwko & Isabel Edvardsson
13 February 21, 2020 May 22, 2020 Lili Paul-Roncalli & Massimo Sinato Moritz Hans & Renata Lusin Luca Hänni & Christina Luft
14 TBA February 26, 2021 2021 TBA TBA TBA

DancesEdit

Dance Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4 Series 5 Series 6 Series 7 Christmas
special
Series 8 Series 9 Series 10 Series 11 Series 12 Series 13
Cha-cha-cha                            
Waltz                            
Rumba                            
Quickstep                            
Jive                            
Tango                            
Paso doble                            
Foxtrot/Slowfox                            
Samba                            
Viennese Waltz                            
Freestyle                            
Salsa                            
West Coast Swing                            
Rock'n'Roll                            
Discofox                            
Contemporary                            
Argentine tango                            
American Smooth                            
Disco                            
Charleston                            
Hip Hop                            
Bollywood                            
Flamenco                            
Jazz                            
Team Dance                            
Lindy Hop                            
Lambada                            
Merengue                            
Burlesque                            
Streetdance                            

RecordsEdit

Highest-scoring celebritiesEdit

The scores presented below represent the best overall accumulative average scores the celebrity gained each season. Points have been adjusted because some seasons had 30 points and others 40 points.

Rank Celebrity Professional Average score Place Season
1 Ella Endlich Valentin Lusin 28.50 2/14 Season 12
2 Lili Paul-Roncalli Massimo Sinato 27.90 1/14 Season 13
3 Vanessa Mai Christian Polanc 27.60 2/14 Season 10
4 Victoria Swarovski Erich Klann 27.00 1/14 Season 9
Jana Pallaske Massimo Sinato 3/14 Season 9
6 Alexander Klaws Isabel Edvardsson 26.80 1/10 Season 7
7 Luca Hänni Christina Luft 26.60 3/14 Season 13
8 Gil Ofarim Ekaterina Leonova 26.40 1/14 Season 10
Julia Dietze Massimo Sinato 4/14 Season 11
10 Pascal Hens Ekaterina Leonova 26.30 1/14 Season 12

Lowest-scoring celebritiesEdit

The scores presented below represent the worst overall accumulative average scores the celebrity gained each season.

Rank Celebrity Professional Average score Place Season
1 Bernhard Brink Sarah Latton 5.3 7/10 Season 7
2 Ulli Potofski Kathrin Menzinger 6.7 6/14 Season 9
3 Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen Helena Kaschurow 6.75 12/12 Season 5
4 Niels Ruf Otlile Mabuse 7.0 14/14 Season 9
Jörg Draeger Marta Arndt Season 10
6 Cora Schumacher Erich Klann 8.0 13/14 Season 8
7 Chakall Marta Arndt 8.4 11/14 Season 11
8 Cindy Berger Marius Iepure 8.5 9/10 Season 7
9 Patrice Bouédibéla Ekaterina Leonova 9.0 10/10 Season 7
Cathy Fischer Marius Iepure 14/14 Season 8
Kerstin Ott Regina Luca 10/14 Season 12
  indicates the winning contestant in his/her season.
  indicates the runner-up contestant in his/her season.
  indicates the third place contestant in his/her season.
  indicates the contestant eliminated first in his/her season.

SpecialsEdit

Let’s Dance – Let’s ChristmasEdit

The show celebrated a special called Let’s Dance – Let’s Christmas with 5 Celebrities from the past seasons on December 20, 2013 and on December 21, 2013.

Magdalena Brzeska won the special.

Celebrity Known for Let's Dance
history
Professional partner Status
Manuel Cortez Actor season 6 winner Oana Nechiti Eliminated
on December 20, 2013
Susan Sideropoulos Actress season 2 winner Stefano Terrazzino Eliminated
on December 20, 2013
Moritz A. Sachs Actor season 4 runner-up Isabel Edvardsson Third place
on December 21, 2013
Sophia Thomalla Actress season 3 winner Massimo Sinató Runner-Up
on December 21, 2013
Magdalena Brzeska Gymnast season 5 winner Erich Klann Winner
on December 21, 2013

Die große Profi-ChallengeEdit

2019Edit

Under the motto Let's Dance - Die große Profi-Challenge (The big professional challenge), only the professionals competed for the first time on June 27, 2019. The judges were Jorge Gonzalez, Motsi Mabuse and Joachim Llambi, they judged but didn't gave points. The hosts were Daniel Hartwich and Victoria Swarovski. A vote in the audience decided on the winners.

The solo dancers and some of the couples had other dancers on the floor. The professional challenge was won by Ekaterina Leonova and Massimo Sinató, second came Kathrin Menzinger and Vadim Garbuzov and third came Renata Lusin and Valentin Lusin. The two winners were promised to choose their partners among the celebrities themselves at Let's Dance 2020.

Running order
Order Couple Freestyle dance
1 Renata Lusin & Valentin Lusin Tango & Slowfox
2 Christina Luft Aerial Acrobatics
3 Regina Luca & Sergiu Luca Cha-Cha-Cha & Rumba & Jive
4 Ekaterina Leonova & Massimo Sinató Argentine tango
5 Kathrin Menzinger & Vadim Garbuzov Contemporary & Rumba
6 Robert Beitsch & Anastasia Bodnar Cha-Cha-Cha & Charleston & Wacking & Breakdance & Samba & Salsa
7 Marta Arndt & Evgeny Vinokurov & Evgenij Voznyuk Contemporary & Rumba & Paso Doble
8 Christian Polanc Contemporary & Paso Doble
9 Ekaterina Kalugina & Andrzej Cibis Samba & Rumba & Commercial
10 Oana Nechiti & Erich Klann Argentine tango & Contemporary

2020Edit

Also in 2020 there was a professional challenge, which was broadcast live on May 29, 2020 differently than in the previous year due to the pandemic without a studio audience, who had decided on the winner in the previous year. The judges were again Jorge Gonzalez, Motsi Mabuse and Joachim Llambi, they judged but didn't gave points. The hosts were again Daniel Hartwich and Victoria Swarovski.

Christina Luft and Christian Polanc won the second professional challenge and second came Isabel Edvardsson and Marcus Weiss. Renata and Valentin Lusin took third place, as in the previous year. For Let's Dance 2021, the two winners can choose their partners among the celebrities themselves.

Running order
Order Couple Freestyle dance
1 Marta Arndt & Robert Beitsch Contemporary & Rumba & Samba
2 Kathrin Menzinger & Vadim Garbuzov Argentine tango & Rumba & Paso Doble & Contemporary
3 Andrzej Cibis & Victoria Kleinfelder Rumba & Contemporary & Argentine tango & Paso Doble
4 Christina Luft & Christian Polanc Paso Doble & Flamenco & Samba & Salsa & Argentine tango & Rumba
5 Alona Uehlin & Anton Skuratov Slowfox & Tango & Viennese waltz & Hip Hop
6 Evgeny Vinokurov & Nina Bezzubova Rumba & Samba & Contemporary
7 Regina Luca & Sergiu Luca Samba & African Dance & Rumba
8 Renata Lusin & Valentin Lusin Tango & Viennese Waltz & Quickstep & Slowfox
9 Erich Klann & Anne-Marie Kot Contemporary & pole dance
10 Isabel Edvardsson & Marcus Weiss Rumba & American Smooth & Slowfox

Llambis TanzduellEdit

In 2019 and 2020, RTL broadcast the spin-off show Llambis Tanzduell (Llambi's dance duel). In each episode, Let's Dance judge Joachim Llambi sends two professional dancers or celebrities abroad, where they learn unknown local dances. They are supported by local dance trainers. Afterwards, both of them present their skills in front of spectators in national costume together with a local dance group and also solo. Back in Germany, the professional dancers meet Llambi again and review their experiences with the images. At the end of the dance, the local dance trainers and Llambi give it a grade between 1 and 10. The sum of both points awarded determines the winner of the duel.

Let’s Dance – KidsEdit

In 2021, RTL broadcasts the spin-off show Let’s Dance – Kids.

External linksEdit