Voting on Dancing with the Stars - How to Vote and How it Works
There are many wonderful things about the reality show Dancing with the Stars. The costumes, the music, the interactions between the celebrities and their professional partners to name but a few.
But the most intriguing and unique aspect is the darn voting system. There are many aspects to it - each one simple and sensible - but it is when you put all the elements together that it forms something like Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.
Here's an attempt to break down those elements and explain as simply as possible how it works.
What is Dancing with the Stars?
Dancing with the Stars is based on the BBC show "Strictly Come Dancing" shown in the UK. It pairs celebrities with professional dancers, with one celebrity being voted off each week.
It is hosted by Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet and has a panel of three judges - Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Julianne Hough.
How the Voting Works
Each couple is scored each week. The voting is based on the judges' scores and viewer votes. The couple with the lowest combined score (50% judges, 50% viewers) leaves each week.
Viewer Voting Methods
There are three methods to register your vote for the best couple each week:
Phone - each couple has their own number and votes can be can up to an hour after the show.
Online - viewers can register at ABC.com and vote for their favorite couple up to midday the following day. Facebook is also an option.
Phone lines and online polls will open at the top of each 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 11am (Eastern Time) the next day.
DWTS Season 20 Voting Information
Viewers are able to vote online at ABC.com. Email validation is now required so it might be an idea to pre-register. You can also vote on Facebook.
Here are the contestants:
Charlotte and Keo – 1-855-234-5601 - eliminated
Chris and Witney – 1-855-234-5602 - eliminated
Michael and Peta – 1-855-234-5603 - eliminated
Nastia and Derek – 1-855-234-5604 - eliminated
Noah and Sharna – 1-855-234-5605
Patti and Artem – 1-855-234-5606 - eliminated
Redfoo and Emma – 1-855-234-5607 - eliminated
Riker and Allison – 1-855-234-5608
Robert and Kym – 1-855-234-5609 - eliminated
Rumer and Val – 1-855-234-5610
Suzanne and Tony – 1-855-234-5611 - eliminated
Willow and Mark – 1-855-234-5612 - eliminated
How to Vote
Viewers can cast votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the Dancing with the Stars broadcast in each time zone. Fans can also head online and cast votes at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings.
The votes are totalled, the percentage for each couple is halved and then added to the judges' score.
Example: Six celebrities left, each performs one dance
Celebrity % of votes score
A 30 15
B 20 10
C 16 8
D 14 7
E 12 6
F 8 4
Total 100 50
The scores in the last column are added to the judges scores.
Each judge scores each dance out of 10. That means that each couple can score up to 30 points from the judges. This score is then divided by the total number of points awarded by the judges. That is NOT the maximum number of points the judges could give, but the actual number of points.
If we take our example:
Celebrity Judges Score Percentage Score
A 25 20.5 10.2
B 23 18.9 9.4
C 23 18.9 9.4
D 18 14.8 7.4
E 15 12.3 6.1
F 18 14.8 7.4
Total 122 100.0 50.0
Rge scores are then combined with the viewers' scores.
Who Gets the Boot?
The couple with the lowest combined score is eliminated from that week. Here are the results for our example:
Celebrity Viewers' score Judges' Score Total Score
A 15 10.2 25.2
B 10 9.4 19.4
C 8 9.4 17.4
D 7 7.4 14.4
E 6 6.1 12.1
F 4 7.4 11.4
This season the show has introduced a "dance-off". The two couples with the lowest scores (in this case E and F) will each dance again and be re-scored by the judges. This new judges score will be combined with the viewers' votes to decide who goes home.
So, as you can see, it's not rocket science, but it's close.
There are also variations - when a couple dances twice, or if the dancing is split over two evenings.
The dance-off has brought a new dimension to the show - we'll see how well it does!
Dancing with the Stars Links
- Official Site for DWTS
Official Dancing with the Stars site at ABC.com
- Dancing with the Stars (US) on Wikipedia
Dancing with the Stars is a reality show airing on American Broadcasting Company in the United States. The show is based on the United Kingdom BBC Television series Strictly Come Dancing and is part of BBC Worldwide's international Dancing with the S
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