Calling all fans of Dancing with the Stars: the show will air its 10th anniversary special Tuesday night, instead of airing the usual elimination rounds. ABC says this special show will be one that viewers will remember as it will bring together a variety of celebrities and past competitors to collaborate with this season’s dancing contestants. As ABC is proud that the show is still well loved by many, ten years later, they are marking their 10th anniversary with a show that will supposedly wow viewers, giving them many surprises around the corner. It will be a dance-off like viewers have never seen, and since their are no elimination rounds this week, no one will have to go home!
June 1, 2005 is the day when the first episode of Dancing with the Stars aired. Featuring judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli (judge Julianne Hough was later added permanently in season 19, after being a guest judge in season 17 and 18), the show was an instant hit, with 13 million views during the first week. Though many thought the show would be dumb, it turned out that watching celebrities learn to dance and perform what they learned, was something that many could take interest in. Though the shows demographics consisted of older generations, leaving out much of the younger generation that ABC was hoping to get, many enjoyed watching the dance numbers that Dancing with the Stars competitors and their professional partners came up with.
As millions tuned in each week to see celebrities and their professional dance partners take the stage, they voted for their favorite performance, slowly eliminating dance couples, until only one remained. While some of the judges new much about professional dancing others, such as Carrie Ann Inaba, admitted that they did not know everything there was to know about dancing. Regardless of knowledge, the judges picked for Dancing with the Stars made a great addition to the show, making comments that viewers and dancers both seemed to appreciate. While many of the comments were constructive criticism, designed to help dancers better their techniques in competition, others were statements that reflected the judges surprise to how well the dancers competed.
Even the host Tom Bergeron, and the variety of co-hosts that have been on the show, have used wordplay to their advantage, as many comments are remembered by viewers for their humor and wit. One recent comment on season twenty reflected Patti LaBelle’s Salsa performance to the song In Da Club by 50 Cent. As she danced “through her pain” on stage in a silver, diamond-studded dress, she, at one point in time, held up her chest as a “dance move.” Bergeron made the statement, “Patti LaBelle holding it all together, literally in places,” after the dance ended.
The tenth anniversary special is sure to see the same kind of wit and will also see a variety of previous dancers returning to the stage to lay it down. As much as viewers love the show Dancing with the Stars, ABC is promising that they will love the tenth anniversary edition even more. The show, which has been pre-recorded according to sources, will feature 45 stars, combined of season 20’s pro dancers and competitors, 15 celebrity alums, judges, hosts, and even seven professional dancers who will be returning for the show. Some of the guest stars include Melissa Rycroft, former ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi, Atlanta’s Hines Ward, season nineteen winner Alfonso Ribeiro.
This week is also a big week for other shows, beside Dancing with the Stars, as the spin-off of Shark Tank also airs on Friday, titled Beyond the Tank. Many of the other hit shows on ABC also continue this week, but it may be appropriate to say that fans are eagerly awaiting the Dancing with the Stars anniversary special, more than any other show this week. As the special airs on Tuesday, Dancing with the Stars will surely make their 10th anniversary special a great celebration, as the show marks an important time in its history.
Tonight’s episode will be themed “eras.” Contestants will dance numbers from different eras in time, a theme which has always brought many interesting performances in the past. As the Dancing with the Stars episode that airs tonight will follow the normal pattern of the show’s season, the difference is that the elimination show, which normally airs Tuesday night will be replaced with the 10th anniversary special. Viewers can tune in both Monday and Tuesday to watch their favorite celebrities perform.
By Crystal Boulware