Dancing With The Stars Season 28 has come and gone. With the show’s season 29 on the way, we have decided to take a look at everything one needs to know about the 28th season. The dance show has grown to become a people’s favourite with audiences and fans actively rooting for their preferred contestants. Being ABC’s top dance program showing in the spring and fall, the show has proved to be popular among fans and gained cult followership over the years.
However, there was no show during the spring season in 2019, hence, speculations as to why the station decided to skip a season. While nothing has been confirmed, it might have to do with the controversial results from the previous season which was won by Bobby Bones as voted by his fans despite his low weekly scores from the judges’ assessment. The organizers took a break to investigate and review some of their systems. Here is a look at how the show fared after everything was put in a new light.
A Highlight of Dancing With The Stars
Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) is a dance competition and television series showing on ABC. It is the United States version of the show Strictly Come Dancing of the United Kingdom. It premiered on the 1st of June 2005 and has now had 28 seasons (including the latest season) with 448 episodes in all showing twice a year (Spring and Fall). From the first season, the host has been Tom Bergeron with different co-hosts. Erin Andrew joined him as a co-host in Season 18 and has remained since then.
Based on the show’s regular format, a professional dancer is paired with a celebrity and the couple performs dance steps that have been predetermined and rehearsed to earn scores from the judges and votes from the audience to remain in the competition. The scores are then added up and the couple with the lowest votes leave the show until the last couple emerges.
The show has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program category since its inception. It has won the People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and Imagen Awards amidst several nominations. Tom Bergeron received an Emmy in 2012 for ‘Outstanding Host for a Reality-Competition Program. The show has also received awards related to production, makeup, choreography, hairstyling, costume design, technical direction, light design, art direction, amongst others.
Dancing With The Stars Season 28
Season 28 kept to all the promises it made to be the season with the difference as the organizers seemed to have listened to the cries of the followers of the show and made some major changes. First, the dance troupe that has been part of the show since its 12th season was dropped and then voting is made to be more on dance skills and performance rather than popularity.
Also, there was a change to the general voting pattern, apart from voting on ABC’s website, one could also text the star’s first name to 21523. At the end of the day, judges had the power to save one of the bottom couples.
Like most other seasons before this, the show maintained its September to November calendar. It premiered on September 16 and ran until November 25, 2019. It aired every Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. There was also the option for fans to log on to ABC’s Go and stream it live or watch it the next day on Hulu.
Cast Of Dancing With The Stars Season 28
The season featured some very impressive celebrities, including sportsmen, singers, and a politician. Unlike other times, the cast members were not announced beforehand until the season premiere. Here’s a quick look at the cast members.
Mary Wilson and Brandon Armstrong
American singer, Wilson teamed up with professional dancer, Brandon Armstrong. The two became the first to be eliminated from the competition.
Ray Lewis and Cheryl Burke
The former NFL star and two-time Super Bowl champion partnered with model and dancer, Cheryl Burke. Unfortunately, they became the next duo to leave the show after Lewis withdrew due to a foot injury.
Lamar Odom and Peta Murgatroyd
The NBA star’s partnership with Peta Murgatroyd who has won the contest twice did not stop him from becoming the third person to be eliminated.
Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Christie Brinkley’s daughter teamed up with Ukrainian-American professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy. They were eliminated around the middle of the show.
Karamo Brown and Jenna Johnson
The American TV host got Latin and ballroom dancer, Jenna Johnson, as his partner. They were the next to be eliminated from the show.
Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov
The American actress was partnered with Ballroom dancer Pasha Pashkov. They became the fifth set to be eliminated.
Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold/ Jenna Johnson
Probably the most surprising cast member to join the show, former White House press secretary teamed up with Lindsay Arnold and then Jenna Johnson.
James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater
The actor danced alongside English dancer Emma Slater with whom he became the seventh person to be eliminated.
Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko
The American Country Awards winner paired with Russian dancer Gleb Savchenko. The duo ended in fourth place.
Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber
the Fifth Harmony singer took to the stage with Australian professional dancer Sasha Farber. They ended in third place.
Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson
Partnering with Witney Carson who won the show in its 19th season, the American comedian and actor ended the competition as the show’s runners-up.
Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten
When speculations came that The Bachelorette star was joining the show, there was a lot of excitement that would come to be worth it. She emerged winner, together with Alan Bersten who ended fourth place in the previous two seasons.
Judges On The show
As mentioned earlier, the hosts of the season remained Tom Bergeron who has been on the show since 2005 when it first premiered and Erin Andrews who joined in 2014.
The Judges of Dancing With The Stars Season 28 still remained the familiar faces of Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman as the head judge. All of them have been a part of the show since its first season, although Goodman was absent from the show during some part of season 19. He was also absent from season 21 and a part of season 23.
With Carrie’s new gig on CBS’ ‘The Talk‘, there were speculations that she might not return as a judge. But Carrie featured on the show after confirming she would return.
Leah Remini who was a contestant on the show’s season 17 and then a guest co-host in seasons 19 and 21 appeared as a guest judge in week four of season 28.