HOW IT WORKS: During the live shows, judges will give a score based on several factors, including technical execution. But the judges' scores alone do not decide a couple's fate. Phone lines, text votes (AT&T customers only) and online polls will open at the top of each Monday night performance show so that viewers can vote for their favorites. Phone lines will stay open for 30 minutes after the end of the show.
Online voting will remain open until noon (Eastern Time) on the day of the results show.* The following night, in the Dancing with the Stars Results Show (premiering Wednesday, September 26 at 8/7c, then moving to Tuesdays at 9/8c), the couple with the lowest combined score from the judges and the viewers will be eliminated from the competition. The scoring is divided evenly between the judges and the viewers at home, ensuring unpredictable outcomes at the end of every show. When the final two couples remain, the ultimate dance-off will determine who wins the trophy.
*In Week One, online voting opens on Monday at the start of the show for couples on that nights show and closes the next day at noon (Eastern Time). The online vote then reopens for the couples dancing on the Tuesday show and closes the next day at noon (Eastern Time). Votes are tallied for the first elimination in the Results Show, airing on Wednesday for that first week. Viewers can vote via phone, text message or online for their favorites ONLY on the night they perform.
PHONE NUMBERS: Check back for the phone and text vote numbers for your favorite couple!
FORMAT SUMMARY: Lines open at the beginning of each show for viewers to phone and text vote for their favorite couples and stay open for 30 minutes after the end. The whole country can vote. One (or more) couple(s) will be knocked out of the competition each week, starting with the first week. The couple with the lowest overall score is knocked out of the competition. The scoring and format of the show is unique to the series and is not based on a standard dance championship. The decision regarding which dances are to be performed by each couple each week rests with the Producers.
THE PROCEDURE FOR ELIMINATING COUPLES: Each week every couple receives points from the judges and votes from the public. For every couple we work out the share they got of the points given by the judges on the night, and the share they got of the public's votes on the night and we add these two shares together. The couple with the lowest combined total is eliminated from the show. For example if couple A, B and C receive 38, 26 and 14 points from the judges, we calculate what share these points represent of the total awarded by the judges on the night. In this case the judges gave 78 points in total, and each couples' share of 78 points breaks down as follows: 38= 48.72% of 78, 26= 33.33% of 78, 14= 17.95% of 78. Let's suppose that when the public votes are tallied, each couple has the following shares: A= 20%, B=40%, C=40%. To determine who's eliminated we combine these two shares for the total: Couple A: 20+48.72%= 68.72% Couple B: 40+33.33%= 73.33% Couple C: 40+17.95%= 57.95% In this case, the bottom two couples would be A and C, and C would be eliminated. In Week One of competition, the procedure above is slightly different as we have two performance shows on consecutive nights and the audience size could be significantly different on each night, putting those competing on the night with less viewers at a disadvantage. In this week, the six dancers on Night One will have their share of the judges scores given that night with their share of the phone, online and text-in votes gained that same night, creating a total share for each couple. The six couples dancing on Night Two will have their share of the judges points given on NIGHT TWO with the share of public votes (phone, online and text-in votes) given on NIGHT TWO, creating a total share for each couple. The couple that will be eliminated on Wednesday's show will be the couple who had the lowest total share across both nights of competition.