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Dancing with the Stars

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Category: TV Show
Genre: Reality competition
Based on: Strictly Come Dancing
Original language(s): English


Dancing with the Stars is the name of several international television series based on the format of the British TV series Strictly Come Dancing, which is distributed by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. Currently the format has been licensed to over 42 territories.


Versions have also been produced in dozens of countries across the world. As a result, the series became the world's most popular television program among all genres in 2006 and 2007, according to the magazine Television Business International, reaching the Top 10 in 17 countries.

The show pairs a number of well known celebrities with professional ballroom dancers, who each week compete by performing one or more choreographed routines that follow the prearranged theme for that particular week. The dancers are then scored by a panel of judges. Viewers are given a certain amount of time to place votes for their favourite dancers, either by telephone or (in some countries) online. The couple with the lowest combined score provided by the judges and viewers is eliminated. This process continues until there are only two or three couples left; when they have competed for the last time one couple is declared the champion and win a trophy

National versions

All Dancing with the Stars series

Albania "Dancing with the Stars" , Argentina "Bailando por un Sueño" , Armenia "Գլխավոր" , Australia "Dancing with the Stars" , Austria "Dancing Stars" , Belgium "Sterren op de Dansvloer" , Brazil "Dança dos Famosos" , Bulgaria "Dancing Stars" , China "與星共舞 Dancing with the Stars" , Colombia "Bailando por un Sueño" , Croatia "Ples sa zvijezdama" , Czech Republic "StarDance" , Denmark "Vild med dans" , Estonia "Tantsud tähtedega" , Finland "Tanssii tähtien kanssa" , France "Danse avec les stars" , Germany "Let's Dance" , Greece "Dancing with the Stars" , Hungary "Szombat esti láz" , India "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa" , Israel "רוקדים עם כוכבים Rokdim Im Kokhavim" , Italy "Ballando con le Stelle" , Latvia "Dejo ar zvaigzni!" , Lithuania "Šok su manimi" , Mexico "México Baila" , New Zealand "Dancing with the Stars" , Norway "Skal vi danse?" , Poland "Taniec z Gwiazdami" , Portugal " Dança Comigo no Gelo" , Romania "Dansez pentru tine" , Russia "Танцы со звёздами" , Slovakia "Let's Dance" , South Africa "Strictly Come Dancing" , Spain "Mira quién baila!" , Sweden "Let's Dance" , Turkey "Yok Böyle Dans" , Ukraine "Танці з зірками" , United Kingdom "Strictly Come Dancing" , United States "Dancing with the Stars" , Vietnam "Bước nhảy hoàn vũ" .

China (including Hong Kong)

The Chinese version is a co-production between mainland China's HBS and Hong Kong's TVB, under licence from the BBC. In mainland China it is aired on Hunan Television and in Hong Kong on TVB Jade. The Chinese title (simplified Chinese: 舞动奇迹; traditional Chinese: 舞動奇跡; pinyin: Wǔdòngqíjì) is difficult to translate, but could be rendered as Miracle Dancing or "Miracles of Dance Moves". The official English title is Strictly Come Dancing. Each broadcaster provides five male and five female dancers, for a total of twenty. Pairs were determined by audience SMS votes. The programme began airing in late 2007, in order to mark the anniversary of the 1997 handover of Hong Kong from the UK to the People's Republic of China.


The Indian version is called Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. It was first broadcast in September 2006 on Sony Entertainment Television (SET). A lot of people confuse Dancing With The Stars with Nach Baliye which airs on StarPlus. Nach Baliye and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa have similar content and presentation but there are minor differences in the concept. The celebrity dancers on Nach Baliye are real life couples, and work with an assigned choreographer. The dancers on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa have one celebrity paired with a trained dancer/choreographer. A notice at the end of the show verifies that the Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa is indeed a version of Dancing With The Stars.


The Japanese version is called Shall We Dance? It has the same title as the 1996 movie by the same name, but it has no relation to it beyond the shared name. Due to the fact that there was already a series-special dancing program, and that many cast members from it also appeared in the new program, the Japanese version was confused with a regularly scheduled version of the series-special, rather than its own version of the TV series. This one ran from 8 April 2006, to 17 March 2007 on NTV-4.


The Turkish version was called Yok Böyle Dans. Thirteen couples were participating in the competition.[10] Lilia Kopylova was the head of the judging panel of four. Azra Akın won the competition with her partner Nikolai.


In Ukraine the show started in September 2006 on television channel 1+1 under the name "Танці з зірками" ("Tantsi z zirkamy") which stands for "Dances With The Stars". The show was hosted by Yuriy Horbunov and Tina Karol. The star contestants were paired with famous Ukrainian dancers, who had won major international competitions. The winners of the show were rewarded with the tour to the Rio Carnival, while the runners-up went to the Carnival on Cuba. The show was extremely popular with Ukrainian viewers. The show finale held on the November 26, 2006 had the TV rating of 26.83% with the share of 54.64%, meaning that a quarter of the Ukrainian population and more than half of all TV viewers at that moment watched the final. The show overall was watched by nearly 16 million Ukrainians. The pair of Volodymyr Zelenskyy (leader of a famous Ukrainian comic troupe) and Olena Shoptenko won the main prize.

United States

In the United States, the show is called Dancing with the Stars, which airs on ABC featuring athletes, singers, actors, and professional dancers. It is currently hosted by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. The show is a huge hit since it debuted in 2005. The Spanish-language network Univision also has its own version in 2010 under the name Mira Quien Baila ("Look Who's Dancing"), which airs on Sunday night. The Mirror Ball trophy is manufactured by the New York firm Society Awards.

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