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Dancing with the Stars 3
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Presented By: Tom Bergeron
Samantha Harris
Judges: Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli
Broadcast
Original Channel: ABC
Original Run: September 12, 2006 – November 15, 2006
Season Champions
Celebrity Winner: Emmitt Smith
Professional Winner: Cheryl Burke
Series Chronology
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The third season of Dancing with the Stars premiered on September 12, 2006.

The number of couples expanded from ten the previous season to 11.

Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris both returned as hosts. Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli also returned as judges.

For this season, the scoring system was changed. Fan vote only counted for 25% of the total score and scoring was now translated directly from percentages rather than into ordinals. The judges scores were added up, and each performer was given points based on the percentage of the total points distributed among all performers. (For example, a team received a score of 25. A total of 207 points were awarded to all nine performers. The team received 12.08% of that total, so that team earned 12.08 points. The couple happens to be Sara & Tony.) The fan vote was handled the same way, with the points based on how much of the total fan vote the star received.

The results shows of this season featured the Slim Fast Dance Challenge, where Tysonia Sichinga and Christian Perry illustrated how exercise such as dancing could aid weight loss. Unfortunately, Tysonia wound up gaining 5 pounds from what she said, "too much Slim Fast".

The season finale brought in 27.8 million viewers, making it the highest rated Dancing with the Stars season finale to date.

On November 15, 2006, NFL player Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke were announced as winners; actor Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff placed second, and actor Joey Lawrence and Edyta Śliwińska placed third. Emmitt Smith returned to compete in the all-star season and was voted off in the ninth week of the competition.

CouplesEdit

Couples Celebrity Notability Professional partner Result
Tucker-Carlson-Promo Tucker
Carlson
Political news
correspondent
Elena
Grinenko
Eliminated 1st
on September 13, 2006
Shanna-Moakler-Promo Shanna
Moakler
Miss America 1995 &
reality television star
Jesse
DeSoto
Eliminated 2nd
on September 20, 2006
Harry-Ashly-Promo3 Harry
Hamlin
Film & television
actor
Ashly
DelGrosso
Eliminated 3rd
on September 27, 2006
Vivica-Nick-DWTS3 Vivica
A. Fox
Movie actress Nick
Kosovich
Eliminated 4th
on October 4, 2006
Willa and Maks S3 Willa
Ford
Pop singer
& actress
Maksim
Chmerkovskiy
Eliminated 5th
on October 11, 2006
Sara and Tony S3 3 Sara
Evans
Singer
songwriter
Tony
Dovolani
Withdrew
on October 13, 2006
Jerry-Kym-Promo3-1 Jerry
Springer
Talk show
host
Kym
Johnson
Eliminated 6th
on October 25, 2006
Monique and Louis S3 1 Monique
Coleman
High School
Musical
actress
Louis
Van Amstel
Eliminated 7th
on November 1, 2006
Joey Joey
Lawrence
Television
actor
Edyta
Śliwińska
Third place
Mario-Karina-Promo3 Mario
Lopez
Actor &
television host
Karina
Smirnoff
Runner-up
Emmitt-Cheryl-Promo3 Emmitt
Smith
Former NFL
running back
Cheryl
Burke
Winner

Sara Evans' withdrawalEdit

On October 12, 2006, Sara Evans announced her withdrawal from the competition to be with her kids after filing for divorce from her husband, Craig Schelske. In a "final appearance", a pre-taped interview with Evans about her decision was shown on the October 17 episode.

Willa Ford stated on Headline News' Robin & Company that ABC had invited her to return to the competition, but she declined. At the end of the October 18 results show, after showing the bottom two, it was revealed that there would be no elimination for the week due to Evans' departure. The scores of week six were combined with the scores of week seven for the October 25 elimination. Evans returned for the season finale.

ScoresEdit

Judges' scoring summaryEdit

Couple Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 6+7 8 9 10
Emmitt & Cheryl 1 24 24 19 24 27 25 28+29=57 82 25+29=54 29+30=59 30+30+29=89
Mario & Karina 2 26 21 22 29 27 28 29+27=56 84 28+29=57 30+29=59 29+30+30=89
Joey & Edyta 3 21 29 22 27 25 24 29+28=57 81 28+26=54 29+30=59
Monique & Louis 4 19 26 27 24 27 23 27+27=54 77 24+29=53
Jerry & Kym 5 16 19 21 22 24 18 24+22=46 64
Sara & Tony 6 15 21 25 20 24
Willa & Maksim 7 22 23 22 28 27
Vivica & Nick 8 22 24 27 24
Harry & Ashly 9 17 21 22
Shanna & Jesse 10 18 22
Tucker & Elena 11 12
Red numbers indicate the couples with the lowest score for each week.
Green numbers indicate the couples with the highest score for each week.
Bold numbers indicate that the entire score board was tied.
Indicates the couples eliminated that week.
Indicates the returning couple that finished in the bottom two.
Indicates the returning couple that was last to be called safe.
Indicates the winning couple.
Indicates the runner-up couple.
Indicates the couple withdrew from the competition.
Indicates the third-place couple.
Indicates the couple that would have been eliminated had an elimination taken place.

Highest and lowest scoring performancesEdit

Dance Best dancer Best score Worst dancer Worst score
Cha-Cha-Cha Emmitt Smith 30 Tucker Carlson 12
Foxtrot Mario Lopez
Joey Lawrence
29 Sara Evans 15
Mambo Emmitt Smith 30 Sara Evans 21
Quickstep Joey Lawrence 29 Jerry Springer 19
Jive Monique Coleman
Mario Lopez
27 Joey Lawrence
Willa Ford
22
Tango Mario Lopez 30 Emmitt Smith 19
Waltz Emmitt Smith 29 Jerry Springer 22
Rumba Joey Lawrence 30 Joey Lawrence 24
Paso Doble Mario Lopez 30 Jerry Springer 18
Samba Emmitt Smith 30 Monique Coleman 23
Freestyle Mario Lopez 30 Emmitt Smith 29

Shanna Moakler, Harry Hamlin & Vivica A. Fox are the only celebrities to not land on this list.

AverageEdit

This table only shows for dances scored with a traditional 30-point scale.

Rank by
average
Place Couple Total Number of
dances
Average
1 2 Mario & Karina 414 15 27.6
2 1 Emmitt & Cheryl 402 26.8
3 3 Joey & Edyta 318 12 26.5
4 4 Monique & Louis 253 10 25.3
5 7 Willa & Maks 122 5 24.4
6 8 Vivica & Nick 97 4 24.3
7 6 Sara & Tony 105 5 21.0
8 5 Jerry & Kym 166 8 20.8
9 9 Harry & Ashly 60 3 20.0
10 Shanna & Jesse 40 2
11 11 Tucker & Elena 12 1 12.0

Couples' highest and lowest scoring performancesEdit

According to the traditional 30-point scale.

Couples Highest Scoring Dances Lowest Scoring Dances
Emmitt & Cheryl Cha-cha, Samba & Mambo (30) Tango (19)
Mario & Karina Tango, Paso doble & Freestyle (30) Quickstep (21)
Joey & Edyta Rumba (30) Cha-cha (21)
Monique & Louis Cha-cha (29) Foxtrot (19)
Jerry & Kym Samba & Foxtrot (24) Cha-cha (16)
Sara & Tony Jive (25) Foxtrot (15)
Willa & Maks Waltz (28) Foxtrot & Jive (22)
Vivica & Nick Tango (27) Foxtrot (22)
Harry & Ashly Tango (22) Cha-cha (17)
Shanna & Jesse Mambo (22) Foxtrot (18)
Tucker & Elena Cha-cha (12) Cha-cha (12)

Weekly ScoresEdit

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

Week 1Edit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Joey & Edyta 21 (7, 7, 7) Cha-Cha-Cha "I Like The Way (You Move)" - Body Rockers Safe
Sara & Tony 15 (5, 5, 5) Foxtrot "Mandy" - Barry Manilow Safe
Tucker & Elena 12 (5, 4, 3) Cha-Cha-Cha "Dancing In The Street" - David Bowie & Mick Jagger Eliminated
Monique & Louis 19 (6, 6, 7) Foxtrot "Baby Love" - The Supremes Safe
Emmitt & Cheryl 24 (8, 8, 8) Cha-Cha-Cha "Son of a Preacher Man" - Dusty Springfield Safe
Willa & Maksim 22 (7, 7, 8) Foxtrot "True" - Spandau Ballet Safe
Mario & Karina 26 (9, 8, 9) Cha-Cha-Cha "Walkin' on the Sun" - Smash Mouth Safe
Shanna & Jesse 18 (7, 5, 6) Foxtrot "Saving All My Love For You" - Whitney Houston Safe
Harry & Ashly 17 (5, 6, 6) Cha-Cha-Cha "Disco Inferno" - The Trammps Safe
Vivica & Nick 22 (6, 8, 8) Foxtrot "I Just Wanna Make Love to You" - Etta James Safe
Jerry & Kym 16 (5, 5, 6) Cha-Cha-Cha "Hey Daddy" - Della Reese Safe

Week 2Edit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Willa & Maksim 23 (7, 8, 8) Mambo "Get Busy" - Sean Paul Safe
Harry & Ashly 21 (7, 7, 7) Quickstep "Lust for Life" - Iggy Pop Safe
Monique & Louis 26 (9, 8, 9) Mambo "Bop to the Top" - Ashley Tisdale & Lucas Grabeel Safe
Mario & Karina 21 (7, 6, 8) Quickstep "Do Your Thing" - Basement Jaxx Safe
Shanna & Jesse 22 (8, 7, 7) Mambo "Jump" - Kris Kross Eliminated
Jerry & Kym 19 (7, 6, 6) Quickstep "Sing, Sing, Sing" - The Andrews Sisters Safe
Vivica & Nick 24 (8, 8, 8) Mambo "Betece" - Africando All Stars Safe
Joey & Edyta 29 (10, 9, 10) Quickstep "I Got Rhythm" - Ella Fitzgerald Safe
Sara & Tony 21 (7, 7, 7) Mambo "Papa Loves Mambo" - Perry Como Safe
Emmitt & Cheryl 24 (8, 8, 8) Quickstep "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" - KT Tunstall Safe

Week 3Edit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Emmitt & Cheryl 19 (7, 6, 6) Tango "Simply Irresistible" - Robert Palmer Safe
Monique & Louis 27 (9, 9, 9) Jive "The Heat Is On" - Glenn Frey Safe
Harry & Ashly 22 (7, 8, 7) Tango "Santa Maria" - Gotan Project Eliminated
Willa & Maksim 22 (7, 7, 8) Jive "SOS" - Rihanna Safe
Jerry & Kym 21 (7, 7, 7) Tango "Hernando's Hideaway" - Ella Fitzgerald Safe
Sara & Tony 25 (8, 9, 8) Jive "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" - Nancy Sinatra Safe
Mario & Karina 22 (8, 6, 8) Tango "What You Waiting For" - Gwen Stefani Safe
Vivica & Nick 27 (9, 9, 9) Tango "Hey Sexy Lady" - Shaggy Safe
Joey & Edyta 22 (8, 6, 8) Jive "Blue Suede Shoes" - Elvis Presley Safe

Week 4Edit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Monique & Louis 24 (8, 8, 8) Waltz "If I Were A Painting" - Kenny Rogers Safe
Emmitt & Cheryl 24 (8, 8, 8) Paso Doble "España cañí" - Erich Kunzel Safe
Willa & Maksim 28 (9, 9, 10) Waltz "You Light Up My Life" - Debby Boone Safe
Sara & Tony 20 (6, 7, 7) Paso Doble "The Phantom of the Opera" - from The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack Safe
Jerry & Kym 22 (7, 7, 8) Waltz "Tennessee Waltz" - Patti Page Safe
Vivica & Nick 24 (8, 8, 8) Paso Doble "It's My Life" - Bon Jovi Eliminated
Joey & Edyta 27 (9, 9, 9) Waltz "Take It to the Limit" - The Eagles Safe
Mario & Karina 29 (10, 9, 10) Paso Doble "Cancion Del Mariachi" - Desperado Los Lobos & A Banderas Safe

Week 5Edit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Joey & Edyta 25 (8, 8, 9) Samba "Freedom! '90" - George Michael Safe
Willa & Maksim 27 (9, 9, 9) Rumba "Every Breath You Take" - The Police Eliminated
Sara & Tony 24 (8, 8, 8) Samba "I Wish" - Stevie Wonder Withdrew
Mario & Karina 27 (9, 9, 9) Rumba "The Way You Look Tonight" - Michael Bublé Safe
Jerry & Kym 24 (8, 8, 8) Samba "Eso Beso" - Paul Anka Safe
Monique & Louis 27 (9, 9, 9) Rumba "So Nice" - Bebel Gilberto Safe
Emmitt & Cheryl 27 (9, 9, 9) Samba "Cha Cha" - Chelo Safe

Week 6Edit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Mario & Karina 28 (9, 9, 10) Mambo "Ran Kan Kan" - Tito Puente Safe
Monique & Louis 23 (9, 7, 7) Samba "ABC" - The Jackson 5 Safe
Joey & Edyta 24 (8, 8, 8) Rumba "Father Figure" - George Michael Safe
Emmitt & Cheryl 25 (8, 8, 9) Jive "Lewis Boogie Blues" - T-Bone Burnett Safe
Jerry & Kym 18 (7, 6, 5) Paso Doble "Habañera" - Charlotte Church Safe
Emmitt & Cheryl
Monique & Louis
Jerry & Kym
Joey & Edyta
Mario & Karina
N/A Group Disco "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" - Michael Jackson N/A

Week 7Edit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Jerry & Kym 24 (8, 8, 8) Foxtrot "My Way" - Frank Sinatra Eliminated
22 (7, 8, 7) Mambo "Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy" - Kid Creole and the Coconuts
Monique & Louis 27 (9, 9, 9) Quickstep "Luck Be a Lady" - Frank Sinatra Safe
27 (9, 9, 9) Paso Doble "The Reflex" - Duran Duran
Emmitt & Cheryl 28 (10, 9, 9) Waltz "Hushabye Mountain" - from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Safe
29 (10, 10, 9) Mambo "Que Bueno Baila Usted" - Oscar d'Leon
Mario & Karina 29 (10, 9, 10) Foxtrot "I Wanna Be Loved By You" - Marilyn Monroe Safe
27 (9, 9, 9) Jive "Shake a Tail Feather" - Ray Charles & The Blues Brothers
Joey & Edyta 29 (10, 9, 10) Foxtrot "Singin' in the Rain" - Gene Kelly Safe
28 (9, 9, 10) Mambo "Mambo No. 5" - Lou Bega

Week 8: Halloween weekEdit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Joey & Edyta 28 (10, 9, 9) Tango "The Addams Family Theme" - from The Addams Family Safe
26 (9, 8, 9) Paso Doble "Sympathy for the Devil" - The Rolling Stones
Mario & Karina 28 (9, 9, 10) Waltz "Dark Waltz" - Hayley Westenra Safe
29 (10, 9, 10) Samba "Superstition" - Stevie Wonder
Monique & Louis 24 (8, 8, 8) Tango "Somebody's Watching Me" - Rockwell Eliminated
29 (9, 10, 10) Cha-Cha-Cha "Ghostbusters Theme" - Ray Parker Jr.
Emmitt & Cheryl 25 (8, 8, 9) Foxtrot "[Witchcraft" - Frank Sinatra Safe
29 (9, 10, 10) Rumba "Spooky" - Dusty Springfield

Week 9: SemifinalsEdit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Mario & Karina 30 (10, 10, 10) Tango "Whatever Lola Wants" - Gwen Verdon Safe
29 (10, 9, 10) Cha-Cha-Cha "Bad" - Michael Jackson
Emmitt & Cheryl 29 (9, 10, 10) Waltz "At This Moment" - Billy Vera & The Beaters Safe
30 (10, 10, 10) Cha-Cha-Cha "Dance to the Music" - Sly & The Family Stone
Joey & Edyta 29 (9, 10, 10) Quickstep "42nd Street" - Lee Roy Reams Third place
30 (10, 10, 10) Rumba "Eternal Flame" - The Bangles

Week 10: FinalsEdit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Emmitt & Cheryl 30 (10, 10, 10) Samba "Sir Duke" - Stevie Wonder Winner
30 (10, 10, 10) Mambo "Que Bueno Baila Usted" - Oscar d'Leon
29 (10, 10, 9) Freestyle "U Can't Touch This" - MC Hammer
Mario & Karina 29 (10, 9, 10) Samba "Sir Duke" - Stevie Wonder Runner-up
30 (10, 10, 10) Paso Doble "Cancion Del Mariachi" - Desperado Los Lobos & A Banderas
30 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "It Takes Two" - Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock

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