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Dancing with the Stars 20
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Presented By: Tom Bergeron
Erin Andrews
Judges: Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli
Julianne Hough
Broadcast
Original Channel: ABC
Original Run: March 16, 2015 – May 19, 2015
Season Champions
Celebrity Winner: Rumer Willis
Professional Winner: Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Series Chronology
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The twentieth season of Dancing with the Stars premiered on March 16, 2015.

Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews returned as hosts.

Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Julianne Hough all returned as judges.

This season marked the tenth anniversary of the show. In honor of the anniversary, this season's winner received a unique, golden Mirrorball Trophy.

On May 19, 2015, actress/singer Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy were announced as the winners; singer/actor Riker Lynch and Allison Holker placed second, and former soldier Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess placed third.

DevelopmentEdit

Ten professional partners were revealed on February 11, 2015, on Good Morning America. Professionals from last season not returning include Cheryl Burke and Karina Smirnoff. Kym Johnson returns as a professional dancer after taking three seasons off to judge the Australian version of the show.

Eleven of the celebrity competitors and their professional partners were revealed on Good Morning America on February 24, 2015. Witney Carson's celebrity partner was reported to be Chris Soules from The Bachelor on March 4, 2015; this was confirmed six days later, after that show's finale, by Good Morning America. At the age of 14, Willow Shields is the youngest contestant ever to compete on the show (taking the record from Zendaya, who was 16 when she competed on Season 16). This is the first season since season 15 with only three finalists instead of four, and the first season since season 14 with only four semi-finalists instead of five.

Joining Lindsay Arnold, Sasha Farber, Henry Byalikov and Jenna Johnson in the troupe this season are Brittany Cherry (from the tenth season of So You Think You Can Dance and the 2014–15 DWTS Live Tour) and Alan Bersten (also from the tenth season of So You Think You Can Dance).

CouplesEdit

Celebrity Known For Professional Partner Result
Redfoo Closeup 20 Redfoo Singer & rapper Emma Closeup 20 Emma Slater Eliminated 1st
on March 23, 2015
Charlotte Closeup 20 Charlotte McKinney Model Keo Closeup 20 Keoikantse Motsepe Eliminated 2nd
on March 30, 2015
Michael Closeup 20 Michael Sam NFL player Peta Closeup 20 Peta Murgatroyd Eliminated 3rd
on April 6, 2015
Suzanne Closeup 20 Suzanne Somers Actress & author Tony Closeup 20 Tony Dovolani Eliminated 4th
on April 13, 2015
Patti Closeup 20 Patti LaBelle Soul singer Artem Closeup 20 Artem Chigvintsev Eliminated 5th
on April 20, 2015
Willow Closeup 20 Willow Shields Actress Mark Closeup 20 Mark Ballas Eliminated 6th
on April 27, 2015
Robert Closeup 20 Robert Herjavec Businessman Kym Closeup 20 Kym Johnson Eliminated 7th
on May 5, 2015
Chris Closeup 20 Chris Soules Reality television star Witney Closeup 20 Witney Carson Eliminated 8th
on May 5, 2015
Nastia Closeup 20 Nastia Liukin Olympic gymnast Derek Closeup 20 Derek Hough Eliminated 9th
on May 12, 2015
Noah Closeup 20 Noah Galloway Iraq veteran &
personal trainer
Sharna Closeup 20 Sharna Burgess Third Place
Riker Closeup 20 Riker Lynch Singer & actor Allison Closeup 20 Allison Holker Runner-Up
Rumer Closeup 20 Rumer Willis Actress Val Closeup 20 Valentin Chmerkovskiy Winner

Scoring chartsEdit

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Average score chartEdit

Rank by
average
Place Couple Total
points
Number
of dances
Average
1 2 Riker & Allison 560 15 37.3
2 1 Rumer & Val 555 15 37.0
3 4 Nastia & Derek 439 12 36.6
4 7 Willow & Mark 272 8 34.0
5 3 Noah & Sharna 494 15 32.9
6 6 Robert & Kym 303 10 30.3
7 5 Chris & Witney 294 10 29.4
8 8 Patti & Artem 200 7 28.6
9 10 Michael & Peta 108 4 27.0
10 9 Suzanne & Tony 134 5 26.8
11 12 Redfoo & Emma 53 2 26.5
12 11 Charlotte & Keo 70 3 23.3

Highest and lowest scoring performancesEdit

Dance Highest Scored dancer(s) Highest score Lowest Scored dancer(s) Lowest score
Cha-cha-cha Rumer Willis 32 Chris Soules 21
Jive Nastia Liukin 40 Charlotte McKinney 22
Foxtrot Rumer Willis 40 Patti LaBelle 25
Argentine tango Nastia Liukin 36 Chris Soules 28
Samba Rumer Willis 39 Suzanne Somers 25
Rumba Rumer Willis 40 Charlotte McKinney 22
Salsa Riker Lynch
Willow Shields
34 Michael Sam 24
Paso doble Rumer Willis
Riker Lynch
40 Chris Soules 30
Tango Riker Lynch
Nastia Liukin
34 Noah Galloway 31
Waltz Rumer Willis 35 Patti LaBelle 27
Jazz Riker Lynch 39 Suzanne Somers 28
Contemporary Riker Lynch 40 Noah Galloway 32
Quickstep Nastia Liukin 40 Robert Herjavec 24
Viennese Waltz Riker Lynch 39 Chris Soules 31
Charleston Nastia Liukin 38
Fusion Dance Riker Lynch
Rumer Willis
40 Noah Galloway 36

Couples' highest and lowest scoring dancesEdit

Couples Highest scoring dance(s) Lowest scoring dance(s)
Rumer & Val Rumba, Paso doble, Foxtrot, Freestyle & Foxtrot/Paso doble fusion (40) Foxtrot, Cha-cha-cha & Jazz (32)
Riker & Allison Contemporary, Paso doble, Freestyle & Salsa/Quickstep fusion (40) Jive (31)
Noah & Sharna Freestyle (40) Cha-cha-cha (26)
Nastia & Derek Jive & Quickstep (40) Foxtrot (30)
Chris & Witney Contemporary (34) Cha-cha-cha (21)
Robert & Kym Waltz (34) Quickstep (24)
Willow & Mark Contemporary (39) Cha-cha-cha (25)
Patti & Artem Jazz (30) Cha-cha-cha (22)
Suzanne & Tony Jive, Foxtrot & Jazz (28) Cha-cha-cha & Samba (25)
Michael & Peta Rumba (30) Salsa (24)
Charlotte & Keo Cha-cha-cha (26) Jive & Rumba (22)
Redfoo & Emma Jive (31) Cha-cha-cha (22)

Weekly ScoresEdit

Unless indicated otherwise, individual judges scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli.

Week 1: Premiere NightEdit

  • Couples performed the cha-cha-cha, foxtrot or jive.
Couple Dance Score Music
Willow & Mark Cha-Cha-Cha 25 (6, 6, 6, 7) "Lips Are Movin" - Meghan Trainor
Robert & Kym Cha-Cha-Cha 28 (7, 7, 7, 7) "Bills" - LunchMoney Lewis
Riker & Allison Jive 31 (8, 7, 8, 8) "What I Like About You" - The Romantics
Charlotte & Keo Jive 22 (6, 5, 5, 6) "Shake a Tail Feather" - The Blues Brothers
Patti & Artem Foxtrot 25 (7, 6, 6, 6) "Lady Marmalade" - Labelle
Chris & Witney Jive 26 (7, 6, 6, 7) "Footloose" - Kenny Loggins
Michael & Peta Cha-Cha-Cha 26 (6, 6, 7, 7) "Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Nastia & Derek Foxtrot 30 (7, 7, 8, 8) "New York, New York (FWB Remix)" - Ray Quinn feat. Ultra Love
Redfoo & Emma Cha-Cha-Cha 22 (6, 5, 5, 6) "Juicy Wiggle" - Redfoo
Noah & Sharna Cha-Cha-Cha 26 (7, 6, 6, 7) "I Lived" - OneRepublic
Suzanne & Tony Cha-Cha-Cha 25 (6, 6, 6, 7) "Physical" - Olivia Newton-John
Rumer & Val Foxtrot 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) "Take Me to Church" - Hozier

Week 2: My Jam MondayEdit

  • Couples performed unlearned dances to some of their favorite songs
  • Argentine tango, rumba, salsa and samba are introduced.
Couple Dance Score Music Result
Chris & Witney Cha-Cha-Cha 21 (5, 6, 5, 5) "Time Of Our Lives" - Pitbull & Ne-Yo Safe
Suzanne & Tony Jive 28 (7, 7, 7, 7) "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" - Jerry Lee Lewis Last to be called safe
Robert & Kym Foxtrot 28 (7, 7, 7, 7) "You Make Me Feel So Young" - Michael Bublé Safe
Charlotte & Keo Cha-Cha-Cha 26 (7, 6, 7, 6) "California Gurls" - Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg Safe
Michael & Peta Foxtrot 28 (7, 7, 7, 7) "Working My Way Back To You" - The Spinners Safe
Rumer & Val Cha-Cha-Cha 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) "Rumour Has It" - Adele Safe
Redfoo & Emma Jive 31 (8, 7, 8, 8) "My Sharona" - The Knack Eliminated
Willow & Mark Argentine Tango 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) "Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye feat. Kimbra Safe
Noah & Sharna Samba 27 (7, 6, 7, 7) "Homegrown Money" - Darius Rucker Safe
Nastia & Derek Rumba 34 (9, 8, 8, 9) "Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran Safe
Riker & Allison Foxtrot 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) "Sugar" - Maroon 5 Safe
Patti & Artem Salsa 28 (7, 7, 7, 7) "In Da Club" - 50 Cent Safe

Week 3: Latin NightEdit

  • Couples performed unlearned latin-themed dances
  • Paso Doble is introduced.
Couple Dance Score Music Result
Rumer & Val Salsa 33 (8, 9, 8, 8) "Turn the Beat Around" - Gloria Estefan Safe
Charlotte & Keo Rumba 22 (6, 5, 5, 6) "Empire" - Shakira Eliminated
Michael & Peta Salsa 24 (6, 6, 6, 6) "Celebrate" - Pitbull Safe
Riker & Allison Salsa 34 (9, 7, 9, 9) "Limbo" - Daddy Yankee Safe
Suzanne & Tony Samba 25 (6, 6, 6, 7) "Copacabana" - Barry Manilow Safe
Chris & Witney Argentine Tango 28 (7, 7, 7, 7) "Dangerous" - David Guetta ft. Sam Martin Last to be called safe
Robert & Kym Rumba 29 (7, 7, 8, 7) "How Long Will I Love You?" - Ellie Goulding Safe
Patti & Artem Cha-Cha-Cha 22 (6, 5, 5, 6) "Oye 2014" - Santana ft. Pitbull Safe
Willow & Mark Paso Doble 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) "Hanuman" - Rodrigo y Gabriela with John Tempesta Safe
Noah & Sharna Argentine Tango 30 (7, 7, 8, 8) "Rather Be" - Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne Safe
Nastia & Derek Samba 34 (9, 8, 9, 8) "Chillando Goma" - Fulanito Safe

Week 4: Most Memorable YearEdit

  • Couples performed one unlearned dance to celebrate the most memorable years of their lives.
  • Contemporary, jazz, tango and waltz are introduced.
Couple Dance Score Music Result
Nastia & Derek Argentine Tango 36 (9, 8, 9, 10) "Variations on Dark Eyes" - Lara St. John Safe
Michael & Peta Rumba 30 (7, 7, 8, 8) "Not My Father's Son" - from Kinky Boots Eliminated
Riker & Allison Tango 34 (8, 8, 9, 9) "Shut Up and Dance" - Walk the Moon Last to be called safe
Robert & Kym Waltz 34 (8, 9, 8, 9) "The Last Waltz" - Engelbert Humperdinck Safe
Chris & Witney Rumba 27 (7, 6, 7, 7) "The Book of Love" - Gavin James Safe
Patti & Artem Jazz 30 (8, 7, 7, 8) "Dan Swit Me" - Patti LaBelle Safe
Rumer & Val Waltz 35 (9, 8, 9, 9) "Turning Tables" - Adele Safe
Suzanne & Tony Foxtrot 28 (7, 7, 7, 7) "Three's Company Theme" - Dominik Hauser Safe
Willow & Mark Contemporary 39 (10, 9, 10, 10) "Atlas" - Coldplay Safe
Noah & Sharna Contemporary 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) "American Soldier" - Toby Keith Safe

Week 5: Disney NightEdit

  • Couples performed one unlearned dance to a song from a Disney film.
  • Quickstep is introduced.
Couple Dance Score Music Movie Result
Suzanne & Tony Jazz 28 (7, 7, 7, 7) "He's A Tramp" - Peggy Lee Lady and the Tramp Eliminated
Robert & Kym Quickstep 24 (6, 6, 6, 6) "Step in Time" - Dick Van Dyke Mary Poppins Safe
Patti & Artem Waltz 27 (7, 6, 7, 7) "When You Wish Upon a Star" - Cliff Edwards Pinocchio Safe
Willow & Mark Foxtrot 34 (8, 8, 9, 9) "Alice's Theme" - Danny Elfman Alice in Wonderland Safe
Chris & Witney Quickstep 27 (7, 6, 7, 7) "Zero to Hero" - Ariana Grande Hercules Last to be called safe
Noah & Sharna Foxtrot 28 (7, 7, 7, 7) "A Whole New World" - Brad Kane & Lea Salonga Aladdin Safe
Riker & Allison Paso Doble 38 (10, 9, 9, 10) "He's a Pirate" - Hans Zimmer Pirates of the Caribbean Safe
Rumer & Val Samba 39 (10, 9, 10, 10) "Poor Unfortunate Souls" - Pat Carroll The Little Mermaid Safe
Nastia & Derek Jazz 38 (9, 9, 10, 10) "Love Is an Open Door" - Kristen Bell & Santino Fontana Frozen Safe

Week 6: Spring Break SpecialEdit

  • Couples performed one unlearned dance and a team dance.
  • Viennese Waltz is introduced.
Couple Dance Score Music Result
Patti & Artem Quickstep 29 (8, 7, 7, 7) “Heat Wave” - Martha and the Vandellas Eliminated
Nastia & Derek Tango 34 (9, 8, 8, 9) “Summer” - Calvin Harris Safe
Willow & Mark Salsa 34 (9, 8, 8, 9) “Tequila” - Xavier Cugat Safe
Robert & Kym Jive 28 (7, 7, 7, 7) “Surfin’ Safari” - The Beach Boys Last to be called safe
Noah & Sharna Rumba 29 (7, 7, 7, 8) “Waves” - Mr Probz Safe
Rumer & Val Jazz 32 (8, 8, 7, 9) “Bootylicious” - Destiny’s Child Safe
Chris & Witney Viennese Waltz 31 (8, 7, 8, 8) “Hopelessly Devoted to You” - Olivia Newton-John Safe
Riker & Allison Samba 37 (10, 8, 9, 10) “Work It” - Missy Elliott Safe
Willow & Mark

Noah & Sharna
Robert & Kym
Nastia & Derek

Freestyle
#TeamYOLO
39 (10, 9, 10, 10) “Wipeout” - The Surfaris
Rumer & Val

Chris & Witney
Riker & Allison
Patti & Artem

Freestyle
#TeamTrouble
39 (10, 9, 10, 10) “Trouble” - Iggy Azalea ft. Jennifer Hudson

Week 7: Eras NightEdit

  • Couples performed one unlearned dance representing a different historical era; the couple with the highest score earned an immunity from elimination, while the rest of the couples participated in dance-offs for extra points
  • Charleston is introduced.
  • Nastia performed with Sasha Farber instead of Derek Hough, due to Hough having injured both feet.
Couple Dance Score Music Result
Riker & Allison '20s Quickstep 37 (9, 10, 9, 9) "Wiggle" - Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg Safe
Chris & Witney '40s Foxtrot 31 (8, 7, 8, 8) "Five Minutes More" - Frank Sinatra Safe
Rumer & Val '60s Jive 35 (8, 9, 9, 9) "Dear Future Husband" - Meghan Trainor Last to be called safe
Noah & Sharna '70s Jazz 36 (10, 8, 9, 9) "Super Bad" - James Brown Safe
Robert & Kym '80s Argentine Tango 31 (7, 8, 8, 8) "Word Up!" - Cameo Safe
Nastia & Sasha Modern Charleston 38 (10, 9, 9, 10) "Honey, I'm Good" - Andy Grammer Safe (Immunity)
Willow & Mark Futuristic Jazz 37 (9, 9, 9, 10) "Electric Feel" - MGMT Eliminated

Dance offsEdit

  • For each dance-off, the couple with the highest remaining score (the first team listed) picked the opponent against whom they wanted to dance; the chosen opponent was allowed to pick the dance style (from cha-cha-cha, foxtrot and salsa).
  • The winner of each dance-off earned two points.
  • For winning immunity, Nastia & Sasha received a three-point bonus.
Couple Judges' votes Dance Music Result
Willow & Mark Willow, Willow, Willow, Willow Salsa "Temperature" - Sean Paul Winner (2 pts)
Riker & Allison Loser
Noah & Sharna Robert, Noah, Noah, Robert Cha-Cha-Cha "Dance with Me" - Kelly Clarkson Winner (2 pts)
Robert & Kym Loser
Rumer & Val Rumer, Rumer, Rumer, Rumer Foxtrot "Orange Colored Sky" - Nat King Cole Winner (2 pts)
Chris & Witney Loser

Week 8: America's ChoiceEdit

  • One unlearned dance & trio dances.
  • This week featured a double elimination.
Couple
(Trio Dance Partner)
Dance(s) Scores Music Result
Noah & Sharna
(Emma Slater)
Tango 31 (8, 7, 8, 8) “Geronimo” - Sheppard Safe
Salsa 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) "Mr. Put It Down" - Ricky Martin ft. Pitbull
Chris & Witney
(Lindsay Arnold)
Contemporary 34 (9, 8, 9, 8) “Lay Me Down” - Sam Smith Eliminated
Paso Doble 30 (7, 7, 8, 8) "Outside" - Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding
Riker & Allison
(Brittany Cherry)
Viennese Waltz 39 (10, 9, 10, 10) “What Now” - Rihanna Last to called safe
Jazz 39 (10, 9, 10, 10) "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)" - Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock
Robert & Kym
(Jenna Johnson)
Contemporary 33 (8, 8, 9, 8) “Champagne Kisses” - Jessie Ware Eliminated
Samba 29 (7, 7, 8, 7) "Cinema Italiano" - Kate Hudson
Nastia & Sasha
(Derek Hough)
Paso Doble 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) “Centuries” - Fall Out Boy Safe
Jive 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) "Diane Young" - Vampire Weekend
Rumer & Val
(Artem Chigvintsev)
Rumba 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps” - Doris Day Safe
Paso Doble 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) "Scott & Fran's Paso Doble" - David Hirschfelder & The Bogo Pogo Orchestra

Week 9: SemifinalsEdit

  • Couples performed a routine to an unlearned dance, as well as a routine coached and styled by one of the four judges. To avoid favoritism, the judges did not score the couple they coached, so the second round dances received a total score out of 30 instead of the usual 40 points.
  • Additionally, during the show, Bergeron revealed that, for the first time in the show's history, the semifinalists had all had at least one week at the top of the combined leaderboard (judges' scores + audience voting).
Couple
Judge
Dance(s) Scores Music Result
Rumer & Val
(Bruno Tonioli)
Viennese Waltz 38 (10, 9, 9, 10) "Earned It" - The Weeknd Last to be called safe
Contemporary 30 (10, 10, 10, X) "Theme from Swan Lake, Op. 20" - Tchaikovsky
Noah & Sharna
(Carrie Ann Inaba)
Viennese Waltz 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) "The Time of My Life" - David Cook Safe
Paso Doble 30 (X, 10, 10, 10) "Unstoppable" - E.S. Posthumus
Riker & Allison
(Julianne Hough)
Contemporary 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) "Work Song" - Hozier Safe
Argentine Tango 30 (10, 10, X, 10) "Für Elise" - Beethoven
Nastia & Sasha
(Len Goodman)
Quickstep 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) "Feelin' Good" - Christina Grimmie Eliminated
Viennese Waltz 30 (10, X, 10, 10) "Fall for You" - Leela James

Week 10: FinaleEdit

Night 1

  • On the first night, couples danced to a dance previously performed, as well as a freestyle routine.
Couple Dance(s) Scores Music
Noah & Sharna Argentine Tango 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) "Rather Be" - Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne
Freestyle 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) "Titanium" - David Guetta ft. Sia

"Fix You" - Coldplay

Riker & Allison Paso Doble 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) "He's a Pirate" - Hans Zimmer
Freestyle 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) "I Won't Dance (Step Up 3D Remix)" - Fred Astaire
Rumer & Val Foxtrot 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) "Take Me to Church" - Hozier
Freestyle 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) "Toxic" - Rumer Willis

Night 2

  • On the second night, the remaining couples perform a fusion challenge, having only 24 hours to prepare for the dance.
Couple Dance Score Music Result
Noah & Sharna Argentine Tango
Cha-Cha-Cha
36 (9, 9, 9, 9) "Surrender" - Cash Cash ft. Julia Michaels Third Place
Riker & Allison Salsa
Quickstep
40 (10, 10, 10, 10) "Classic" - MKTO Runner-Up
Rumer & Val Foxtrot
Paso Doble
40 (10, 10, 10, 10) "Big Jet Plane" - Angus & Julia Stone Winner

TriviaEdit

  • For the first time in the history of the competition, all couples that made it to the semifinals, had spent at least one week at the top of the leaderboard.
  • Noah Galloway proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Jamie Boyd, during the season 20 semifinals. On October 26, 2015, the couple announced via Instagram, that they have decided to end the engagement.

GalleryEdit

  • 12th place: Redfoo & Emma
  • 11th place: Charlotte & Keo
  • 10th place: Michael & Peta
  • 9th place: Suzanne & Tony
  • 8th place: Patti & Artem
  • 7th place: Willow & Mark
  • 6th place: Robert & Kym
  • 5th place: Chris & Witney
  • 4th place: Nastia & Derek
  • 3rd place: Noah & Sharna
  • 2nd place: Riker & Allison
  • 1st place: Rumer & Val

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