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Dancing with the Stars: Athletes
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Presented By: Tom Bergeron
Erin Andrews
Judges: Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli
Broadcast
Original Channel: ABC
Original Run: April 30, 2018 - May 21, 2018
Season Champions
Celebrity Winner: Adam Rippon
Professional Winner: Jenna Johnson
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Dancing with the Stars: Athletes is an interim, special of Dancing with the Stars. It premiered on April 30, 2018.

The special will last four weeks and will only feature athletes.

Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will return as hosts.

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

On May 21, 2018, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson were announced as the winners; NFL player Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess and former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber tied for second place.

This is the first win for pro dancer Jenna Johnson.

DevelopmentEdit

CastEdit

The professional dancers were revealed on April 12, 2018. The eight professionals returning from last season are Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko, and Emma Slater.

The two remaining professional dancers were both in the troupe last season, and have previously been professional dancers on the show: Sasha Farber (last competed in season 24) and Jenna Johnson (last competed in season 23).

The five professionals from last season that are not returning are Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd, and Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

The celebrity cast was revealed on April 13 on Good Morning America.

CouplesEdit

Celebrity Known For Professional Partner Result
JamieAnderson-Athletes-Closeup Jamie
Anderson
Professional
snowboarder
Artem-Athletes-Closeup Artem
Chigvintsev
Eliminated 1st
on April 30, 2018
JohnnyDamon-Athletes-Closeup Johnny
Damon
Former MLB
player
Emma-Athletes-Closeup Emma
Slater
KareemAbdulJabbar-Athletes-Closeup Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar
Former NBA
player
Lindsay-Athletes-Closeup Lindsay
Arnold
Cusick
Eliminated 2nd
on May 7, 2018
ArikeOgunbowale-Athletes-Closeup Arike
Ogunbowale
Basketball player Gleb-Season25-Closeup Gleb
Savchenko
JennieFinch-Athletes-Closeup Jennie
Finch
Daigle
Former Olympic
softball pitcher
Keo-Athletes-Closeup Keo
Motsepe
Eliminated 3rd
on May 14, 2018
ChrisMazdzer-Athletes-Closeup Chris
Mazdzer
Olympic Luger Witney-Athletes-Closeup Witney
Carson
McAllister
MiraiNagasu-Athletes-Closeup Mirai
Nagasu
Figure skater Alan-Athletes-Closeup Alan
Bersten
JoshNorman-Athletes-Closeup Josh
Norman
NFL player Sharna-Athletes-Closeup Sharna
Burgess
Runners-up
TonyaHarding-Athletes-Closeup Tonya
Harding
Former Olympic
figure skater
Sasha-Athletes-Closeup Sasha
Farber
AdamRippon-Athletes-Closeup Adam
Rippon
Olympic
figure skater
Jenna-Athletes-Closeup Jenna
Johnson
Winner

Scoring chartsEdit

Average scoring chartEdit

Highest and lowest scoring performancesEdit

Couples' highest and lowest scoring dancesEdit

Weekly scoresEdit

Individual judges' scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.

Week 1: First dancesEdit

  • This week featured a double elimination.
Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Chris & Witney 21 (7, 7, 7) Salsa "Mr. Put It Down" - Ricky Martin ft. Pitbull Safe
Kareem & Lindsay 17 (6, 5, 6) Cha-Cha-Cha "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" - Stevie Wonder Safe
Jennie & Keo 21 (7, 7, 7) Foxtrot "All-American Girl" - Carrie Underwood Safe
Jamie & Artem 19 (6, 7, 6) Viennese Waltz "Feeling Good" - Avicii Eliminated
Mirai & Alan 23 (7, 8, 8) Salsa "No Excuses" - Meghan Trainor Safe
Arike & Gleb 20 (7, 6, 7) Salsa "Them Girls" - Whitney Myer Safe
Adam & Jenna 24 (8, 8, 8) Cha-Cha-Cha "Sissy That Walk" - RuPaul Safe
Johnny & Emma 18 (6, 6, 6) Foxtrot "Centerfield" - John Fogerty Eliminated
Tonya & Sasha 23 (8, 8, 7) Foxtrot "When You Believe" - Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey Last to be called safe
Josh & Sharna 24 (8, 8, 8) Cha-Cha-Cha "Finesse" - Bruno Mars Safe

Week 2Edit

Individual judges' scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Rashad Jennings, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.

  • This week featured a double elimination.
Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Josh & Sharna 30 (7, 7, 8, 8) Paso Doblé "The Plaza of Execution" - James Horner Safe
Jennie & Keo 26 (6, 7, 7, 6) Cha-Cha-Cha "Do It Like This" - Daphne Willis Safe
Kareem & Lindsay 26 (7, 7, 6, 6) Salsa "La Malanga" - Eddie Palmieri Eliminated
Chris & Witney 33 (9, 8, 8, 8) Viennese Waltz "Next To Me" - Imagine Dragons Last to be called safe
Tonya & Sasha 33 (8, 9, 8, 8) Quickstep "Redneck Woman" - Gretchen Wilson Safe
Mirai & Alan 37 (9, 10, 9, 9) Foxtrot "It's a Small World" - The O’Neill Brothers Group Safe
Arike & Gleb 33 (8, 9, 8, 8) Foxtrot "What About Us" - P!nk Eliminated
Adam & Jenna 37 (9, 9, 9, 10) Quickstep "Make Way" - Aloe Blacc Safe
Chris & Witney
Josh & Sharna
Kareem & Lindsay
Tonya & Sasha
33 (8, 9, 8, 8) Team 1950's Tennis "… Baby One More Time" - The Baseballs
Adam & Jenna
Arike & Gleb
Jennie & Keo
Mirai & Alan
37 (9, 10, 9, 9) Team 1970's Football "Instant Replay" - Dan Hartman

Week 3: MVP Night (Semifinals)Edit

Individual judges' scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, David Ross, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.

  • This week featured a triple elimination.
  • The couples performed one unlearned dance dedicated to the "MVP" in their lives, and participated in "ballroom battle" dance-offs for extra points.
  • Former contestants were brought in to mentor the couples for the ballroom battles.
Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Mirai & Alan 35 (9, 9, 8, 9) Quickstep "Bo$$" - Fifth Harmony Eliminated
Jennie & Keo 29 (7, 8, 7, 7) Viennese Waltz "The Rest of Our Life" - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Eliminated
Chris & Witney 33 (8, 9, 7, 9) Foxtrot "I Got Rhythm" - Ella Fitzgerald Eliminated
Tonya & Sasha 33 (8, 9, 8, 8) Rumba "See You Again" - Tyler Ward Safe
Adam & Jenna 39 (10, 10, 9, 10) Contemporary "O" - Coldplay Safe
Josh & Sharna 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Contemporary "Stand By Me" - Bootstraps Last to be called safe

Dance-offs

Couple Scores Public vote Dance Music Result
Jennie & Keo Tonya, Jennie, Tonya, Tonya Jennie (60%) Cha-Cha-Cha "Dance" - DNCE Loser
Tonya & Sasha Winner (2 pts)
Adam & Jenna Adam, Mirai, Mirai, Adam Adam (64%) Jive "Johnny B. Goode" - Chuck Berry Winner (2 pts)
Mirai & Alan Loser
Chris & Witney Chris, Josh, Josh, Josh Chris (55%) Salsa "WTF (Where They From)" - Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell Williams Loser
Josh & Sharna Winner (2 pts)

Week 4: FinaleEdit

Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Tonya & Sasha 26 (8, 9, 9) Viennese Waltz "The Time of My Life" - David Cook Runner-up
30 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "I Will Survive" - The Pussycat Dolls
Josh & Sharna 27 (9, 9, 9) Foxtrot "Conqueror" - The cast of Empire
30 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "Walk on Water" - Thirty Seconds to Mars
Adam & Jenna 30 (10, 10, 10) Jazz "Anything You Can Do" - from Annie Get Your Gun Winner
28 (9, 9, 10) Freestyle "Scooby Doo Pa Pa" - DJ Kass

TriviaEdit

  • This marks the first win for Jenna Johnson
  • Adam Rippon is the first openly gay person to win Dancing with the Stars.
  • Having hosted the show for a ninth season, Erin Andrews became the longest running co-host (breaking the tie with Samantha Harris and Brooke Burke who each hosted eight seasons.)
  • This is the first season that no professionals from season 2 were competing.
    • In fact it is the first season that no professionals that have competed from seasons 1 through 15 were competing.

GalleryEdit

  • 10th/9th place: Jamie & Artem
  • 10th/9th place: Johnny & Emma
  • 8th/7th place: Kareem & Lindsay
  • 8th/7th place: Arike & Gleb
  • 6th/5th/4th place: Jennie & Keo
  • 6th/5th/4th place: Chris & Witney
  • 6th/5th/4th place: Mirai & Alan
  • 3rd/2nd place: Josh & Sharna
  • 3rd/2nd place: Tonya & Sasha
  • 1st place: Adam & Jenna