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Dancing with the Stars 8
Dwts8
Presented By: Tom Bergeron
Samantha Harris
Judges: Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli
Broadcast
Original Channel: ABC
Original Run: March 9, 2009 – May 19, 2009
Season Champions
Celebrity Winner: Shawn Johnson
Professional Winner: Mark Ballas
Series Chronology
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Season 9

The eight season of Dancing with the Stars premiered on March 9, 2009.

The show generally followed the format of previous seasons, with 13 couples, although there were some changes, including two new dances (Argentine Tango and Lindy Hop), and an occasional dance-off between the bottom two couples, in order to determine who will be eliminated.

Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris both returned as hosts.

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

On May 19, 2009, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas were announced as winners; actor Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke placed second, and reality star Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani placed third. All three finalists returned for the all-star season. Melissa Rycroft was agian partnered with Tony Dovolani and crowned the winner of that season. Shawn Johnson was partnered with Derek Hough and finished in second place. Gilles Marini was partnered with Peta Murgatroyd and finished in sixth place.

DevelopmentsEdit

Two replacements took place prior to the season premiere. Country singer Jewel, partnered by Dmitry Chaplin, suffered a fractured Tibia and was forced to withdraw. She was replaced by Playboy model Holly Madison. Nancy O'Dell, the then co-host of Access Hollywood, was forced to withdraw from the competition due to a torn meniscus, which required surgery. She was replaced by Melissa Rycroft, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader who won season 13 of The Bachelor. She only had two days to practice her first dance.

CouplesEdit

Couples Celebrity Occupation Professional partner Result
Belinda and Jonathan S8 Belinda
Carlisle
Music Legend Jonathan
Roberts
Eliminated 1st
on March 17, 2009
Denise and Maks S8 Denise
Richards
Actress/Model Maksim
Chmerkovskiy
Eliminated 2nd
on March 24, 2009
Holly and Dmitry S8 Holly
Madison
Actress/Model Dmitry
Chaplin
Eliminated 3rd
on March 31, 2009
Steve-Karina-Promo8 Steve
Wozniak
Apple Co-Founder Karina
Smirnoff
Eliminated 4th
on March 31, 2009
David-Kym-Promo8 David Alan
Grier
Comedian Kym
Johnson
Eliminated 5th
on April 7, 2009
Steve-O and Lacey S8 Steve-O Stunt Performer
& TV Star
Lacey
Schwimmer
Eliminated 6th
on April 14, 2009
Lawrence-Edyta-Promo8 Lawrence
Taylor
Super Bowl
Champion
Edyta
Śliwińska
Eliminated 7th
on April 21, 2009
Chuck-Julianne-Promo8 Chuck
Wicks
Country Star Julianne
Hough
Eliminated 8th
on April 28, 2009
Lil Kim-Derek-Promo8 Lil' Kim Grammy Award
Winning Rap Star
Derek
Hough
Eliminated 9th
on May 5, 2009
Ty-Chelsie-Promo8 Ty Murray Rodeo Champion Chelsie
Hightower
Eliminated 10th
on May 12, 2009
Melissa & Tony S8 Melissa
Rycroft
Reality Star Tony
Dovolani
Third place
Gilles-Cheryl-Promo8 Gilles
Marini
Actor Cheryl
Burke
Second place
Shawn and Mark S8 2 Shawn
Johnson
Olympic Gold
Medalist
Mark
Ballas
Winner

Scoring chartsEdit

Scoring Chart S8

Average score chartEdit

Rank by average Place Couple Total points Number of dances Average
1 2 Gilles & Cheryl 449 16 28.1
2 1 Shawn & Mark 431 26.9
3 3 Melissa & Tony 430 26.8
4 5 Lil' Kim & Derek 284 11 25.8
5 6 Chuck & Julianne 209 9 23.2
6 4 Ty & Chelsie 291 13 22.4
7 9 David & Kym 104 5 20.8
8 7 Lawrence & Edyta 138 7 19.7
9 12 Denise & Maksim 55 3 18.3
10 13Belinda & Jonathan 35 2 17.5
11 11Holly & Dmitry 69 4 17.3
12 8 Steve-O & Lacey 95 6 15.8
13 10 Steve & Karina 52 4 13.0

Highest and lowest scoring dancesEdit

Dance Best dancer(s) Best score Worst dancer(s) Worst score
Cha-Cha-Cha Shawn Johnson 30 Steve Wozniak 13
Jive Lil' Kim 28 Ty Murray 18
Rumba Melissa Rycroft
Gilles Marini
27 Steve-O 16
Paso Doble Gilles Marini 30 Lawrence Taylor 20
Samba Melissa Rycroft 30 Steve Wozniak 10
Waltz Gilles Marini 30 Steve-O
Belinda Carlisle
17
Quickstep Melissa Rycroft 28 Steve Wozniak 17
Foxtrot Gilles Marini 29 Steve-O 15
Argentine Tango Gilles Marini
Shawn Johnson
30 Steve Wozniak 12
Viennese Waltz Gilles Marini
Melissa Rycroft
27 Steve-O 18
Salsa Gilles Marini 30 Steve-O 14
Lindy Hop Melissa Rycroft 29 Steve-O 15
Freestyle Shawn Johnson 30 Melissa Rycroft 27

David Alan Grier, Denise Richards, Chuck Wicks and Holly Madison did not land on this list.

Couples' highest and lowest scoring danceEdit

Couples Best dances Worst dances
Shawn & Mark Argentine tango, Freestyle & Cha-cha-cha (30) Waltz (23)
Giles & Cheryl Argentine tango (twice), Waltz, Salsa, & Paso doble (30) Cha-cha-cha (24)
Melissa & Tony Samba (twice) (30) Jive (21)
Ty & Chelsie Lindy Hop, Argentine tango & Viennese Waltz (25) Cha-cha-cha (14)
Lil' Kim & Derek Jive & Paso doble (28) Cha-cha-cha (21)
Chuck & Julianne Samba (27) Waltz & Salsa (20)
Lawrence & Edyta Jive (22) Cha-cha-cha (16)
Steve-O & Lacey Viennese Waltz (18) Salsa (14)
David & Kym Foxtrot & Viennese Waltz (Dance-off) (24) Salsa (17)
Steve & Karina Quickstep x2(17) Samba (10)
Holly & Dmitry Cha-cha-cha, Quickstep & Samba (Dance-off) (18) Argentine tango (16)
Denise & Maks Quickstep (21) Samba (16)
Belinda & Jonathan Salsa (18) Waltz & Salsa (Dance-off) (17)

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 1Edit

Couple Score Style Music
Lil' Kim & Derek 21 (7, 7, 7) Cha-Cha-Cha "Nasty" - Janet Jackson
Belinda & Jonathan 17 (6, 6, 5) Waltz "What the World Needs Now Is Love" - Jackie DeShannon
Lawrence & Edyta 16 (6, 5, 5) Cha-cha-cha "25 Miles" - Edwin Starr
Steve-O & Lacey 17 (6, 5, 6) Waltz "Vito's Waltz" - 101 Strings Orchestra
Gilles & Cheryl 24 (8, 8, 8) Cha-Cha-Cha "Addicted to Love" - Robert Palmer
Chuck & Julianne 20 (6, 7, 7) Waltz "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" - Elvis Presley
Holly & Dmitry 18 (6, 6, 6) Cha-Cha-Cha "Just Dance" - Lady Gaga
Ty & Chelsie 14 (5, 4, 5) Cha-Cha-Cha "Train in Vain" - The Clash
Shawn & Mark 23 (8, 8, 7) Waltz "It is You (I Have Loved)" - Dana Glover
Steve & Karina 13 (5, 4, 4) Cha-Cha-Cha "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
David & Kym 19 (6, 7, 6) Waltz "You Light Up My Life" - Debby Boone
Denise & Maksim 18 (6, 6, 6) Cha-Cha-Cha "Nothin' but a Good Time" - Poison
Melissa & Tony 23 (8, 7, 8) Waltz "Moon River" - Andy Williams

Week 2Edit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Holly & Dmitry 18 (6, 6, 6) Quickstep "We Are in Love" - Harry Connick, Jr. Safe
David & Kym 17 (6, 5, 6) Salsa "El Cumbanchero" - Angel Melendez and the 911 Orchestra Safe
Denise & Maksim 21 (7, 7, 7) Quickstep "We Go Together" - from Grease Safe
Belinda & Jonathan 18 (6, 6, 6) Salsa "Higher" - Gloria Estefan Bottom two
Ty & Chelsie 20 (7, 6, 7) Quickstep "Life Is a Highway" - Rascal Flatts Safe
Shawn & Mark 24 (8, 8, 8) Salsa "Las Muchachas" - Johnny Pacheco Safe
Steve & Karina 17 (6, 5, 6) Quickstep "Oh, Boy!" - Buddy Holly Bottom two
Chuck & Julianne 20 (6, 7, 7) Salsa "Say Hey (I Love You)" - Michael Franti & Spearhead Safe
Lawrence & Edyta 20 (7, 6, 7) Quickstep "As Long as I'm Singing" - The Brian Setzer Orchestra Safe
Steve-O & Lacey 14 (5, 4, 5) Salsa "Cobrastyle" - Teddybears Safe
Lil' Kim & Derek 23 (8, 7, 8) Quickstep "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" - Marilyn Monroe Safe
Melissa & Tony 26 (9, 8, 9) Salsa "The Cup of Life" - Ricky Martin Safe
Gilles & Cheryl 27 (9, 9, 9) Quickstep "Kryptonite" - 3 Doors Down Safe
Dance-off
Belinda & Jonathan 17 (5, 6, 6) Salsa "Higher" - Gloria Estefan Eliminated
Steve & Karina 17 (6, 5, 6) Quickstep "Oh, Boy!" - Buddy Holly Safe

Week 3Edit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Denise & Maksim 16 (5, 6, 5) Samba "Take a Picture" - Filter Bottom two
Chuck & Julianne 23 (8, 7, 8) Foxtrot "All I Want To Do" - Sugarland Safe
Holly & Dmitry 17 (5, 6, 6) Samba "Bananza (Belly Dancer)" - Akon Bottom two
Steve-O & Lacey 15 (5, 5, 5) Foxtrot "I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz Safe
Lawrence & Edyta 20 (7, 6, 7) Samba "I Can't Get Next To You" - The Temptations Safe
Shawn & Mark 27 (9, 9, 9) Foxtrot "More Than This" - Norah Jones Safe
Gilles & Cheryl 27 (9, 9, 9) Samba "El Matador" - Los Fabulosos Cadillacs Safe
David & Kym 24 (8, 8, 8) Foxtrot "Come Rain or Come Shine" - Natalie Cole Safe
Steve & Karina 10 (4, 3, 3) Samba "Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)" - Harry Belafonte Safe
Melissa & Tony 27 (9, 9, 9) Foxtrot "Recipe for Love" - Harry Connick, Jr. Safe
Lil' Kim & Derek 25 (8, 8, 9) Samba "Remedio P'al Corazon" - Alberto Plaza Safe
Ty & Chelsie 23 (8, 8, 7) Foxtrot "Come Dance with Me" - Frank Sinatra Safe
Dance-off
Holly & Dmitry 18 (6, 6, 6) Samba "Bananza (Belly Dancer)" - Akon Safe
Denise & Maksim 20 (6, 7, 7) Samba "Take a Picture" - Filter Eliminated

Week 4Edit

Couple Score Style Music Result
David & Kym 22 (8, 7, 7) Lindy Hop "Bandstand Boogie" - Barry Manilow Safe
Lil' Kim & Derek 27 (9, 8, 10) Argentine tango "Taquito Militar" - Conjunto Tipico Del Tango Safe
Chuck & Julianne 22 (8, 7, 7) Lindy Hop "Summertime Blues" - Brian Setzer Safe
Lawrence & Edyta 19 (7, 5, 7) Argentine tango "Suite Punta Del Este" - Ástor Piazzolla Safe
Ty & Chelsie 25 (9, 8, 8) Lindy Hop "You and Me and the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)" - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Safe
Steve & Karina 12 (4, 4, 4) Argentine tango "Cité Tango" - Gotan Project Eliminated
Melissa & Tony 29 (10, 9, 10) Lindy Hop "Brown Derby Jump" - Cherry Poppin' Daddies Safe
Holly & Dmitry 16 (5, 6, 5) Argentine tango "Libertango" - Bond Eliminated
Steve-O & Lacey 15 (5, 5, 5) Lindy Hop "Dance Little Sister" - The Rolling Stones Bottom three
Gilles & Cheryl 30 (10, 10, 10) Argentine tango "Assassin's Tango" - John Powell Safe
Shawn & Mark 25 (8, 8, 9) Lindy Hop "Ready Teddy!" - Little Richard Safe

Week 5Edit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Chuck & Julianne 23 (7, 8, 8) Viennese Waltz "Feels Like Today" - Rascal Flatts Safe
Lawrence & Edyta 20 (6, 7, 7) Paso doble "Granada" - Agustín Lara Bottom two
Shawn & Mark 26 (9, 8, 9) Viennese Waltz "Ordinary Day" - Vanessa Carlton Safe
Melissa & Tony 25 (8, 8, 9) Paso doble "Poker Face" - Lady Gaga Safe
David & Kym 22 (7, 8, 7) Viennese Waltz "I Put a Spell on You" - Screamin' Jay Hawkins Bottom two
Gilles & Cheryl 29 (10, 9, 10) Paso doble "Habanera" - Charlotte Church Safe
Steve-O & Lacey 18 (6, 6, 6) Viennese Waltz "Complainte de la Butte" - Rufus Wainwright Safe
Ty & Chelsie 21 (7, 7, 7) Paso doble "Barracuda" - Heart Safe
Lil' Kim & Derek 26 (9, 8, 9) Viennese Waltz "I'll Be" - Edwin McCain Safe
Dance-off
David & Kym 24 (8, 8, 8) Viennese Waltz "I Put a Spell on You" - Screamin' Jay Hawkins Eliminated
Lawrence & Edyta 20 (6, 7, 7) Paso doble "Granada" - Agustín Lara Safe

Week 6Edit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Ty & Chelsie 18 (6, 6, 6) Jive "The Girl's Gone Wild" - Travis Tritt Last to be called safe
Shawn & Mark 26 (8, 9, 9) Rumba "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" - John Mayer Safe
Lawrence & Edyta 22 (7, 7, 8) Jive "Ain't That Peculiar" - Marvin Gaye Safe
Melissa & Tony 27 (9, 9, 9) Rumba "If I Were a Boy" - Beyoncé Safe
Lil' Kim & Derek 28 (10, 8, 10) Jive "Jailhouse Rock" - Elvis Presley Safe
Steve-O & Lacey 16 (7, 4, 5) Rumba "Fall for You" - Secondhand Serenade Eliminated
Gilles & Cheryl 26 (9, 8, 9) Jive "Dance, Dance" - Fall Out Boy Safe
Chuck & Julianne 23 (8, 7, 8) Rumba "She Will Be Loved" - Maroon 5 Safe

Week 7Edit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Melissa & Tony 29 (10, 9, 10) Argentine tango "Mi Confesión" - Gotan Project Safe
Lawrence & Edyta 21 (7, 7, 7) Waltz "Open Arms" - Journey Eliminated
Lil' Kim & Derek 26 (9, 8, 9) Rumba "Lost Without U" - Robin Thicke Safe
Chuck & Julianne 27 (9, 9, 9) Samba "Baila, Baila" - Angela Via ft. Joe Budden Safe
Ty & Chelsie 24 (8, 8, 8) Waltz "Strawberry Wine" - Deana Carter Last to be called safe
Shawn & Mark 28 (9, 9, 10) Cha-cha-cha "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" - Michael Jackson Safe
Gilles & Cheryl 27 (9, 9, 9) Viennese Waltz "I Go to Sleep" - The Pretenders Safe
Chuck & Julianne
Lil' Kim & Derek
Gilles & Cheryl
Ty & Chelsie
Lawrence & Edyta
Shawn & Mark
Melissa & Tony
N/A 1960s Group Dance "The Clapping Song" - Shirley Ellis

Week 8Edit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Gilles & Cheryl 27 (9, 9, 9) Lindy Hop "Go Daddy-O" - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Safe
Lil' Kim & Derek 28 (9, 9, 10) Paso doble "El Gato Montes" - Manuel Penella Safe
Chuck & Julianne 26 (9, 9, 8) Cha-Cha-Cha "I'm Outta Love" - Anastacia Eliminated
Shawn & Mark 27 (10, 8, 9) Samba "Get Down on It" - Kool and the Gang Safe
Melissa & Tony * 21 (7, 7, 7) Jive "We Got the Beat" - The Go-Go's Last to be called safe
Ty & Chelsie 24 (9, 7, 8) Salsa "Vehicle" - The Ides of March Safe
Chuck & Julianne
Lacey & Tony *
Shawn & Mark
25 (8, 8, 9) Team Mambo "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" - Beyoncé
Ty & Chelsie
Gilles & Cheryl
Lil' Kim & Derek
28 (9, 9, 10) Team Tango "Womanizer" - Britney Spears

* Due to an injury, Melissa Rycroft was unable to perform her Jive, or as part of Team Mambo, on the live show. Lacey Schwimmer filled in for her on Team Mambo instead. Rycroft's rehearsal tape for her Jive was shown and scored, as Steve-O was forced to do in Week 2.

Week 9Edit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Shawn & Mark 27 (9, 9, 9) Quickstep "Friend Like Me" - Robin Williams Safe
29 (10, 9, 10) Paso doble "Gotta Get thru This" - Daniel Bedingfield
Ty & Chelsie 25 (8, 9, 8) Argentine tango "Amor Que Se Baila" - Otros Aires Electronic Tango Orchestra Bottom two
21 (7, 7, 7) Rumba "Free Fallin'" - Tom Petty
Lil' Kim & Derek 25 (8, 9, 8) Waltz "When I Need You" - Leo Sayer Eliminated
27 (9, 9, 9) Salsa "Por Arriba, Por Abajo" - Ricky Martin
Gilles & Cheryl 29 (10, 9, 10) Foxtrot "Fever" - Peggy Lee Safe
27 (9, 9, 9) Rumba "Sexual Healing" - Marvin Gaye
Melissa & Tony 27 (9, 9, 9) Viennese Waltz "Angel" - Sarah McLachlan Safe
30 (10, 10, 10) Samba "Jaleo" - Ricky Martin

Week 10: SemifinalsEdit

Couple Score Style Music Result
Melissa & Tony 28 (9, 10, 9) Quickstep "I Got Rhythm" - Ella Fitzgerald Last to be called safe
27 (9, 9, 9) Cha-Cha-Cha "Save the Last Dance for Me" - Ben E. King
Gilles & Cheryl 30 (10, 10, 10) Waltz "Come Away with Me" - Norah Jones Safe
30 (10, 10, 10) Salsa "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" - Pitbull
Shawn & Mark 30 (10, 10, 10) Argentine tango "Asi Se Baila El Tango" - Bailongo Safe
26 (9, 8, 9) Jive "Reet Petite" - Jackie Wilson
Ty & Chelsie 25 (8, 9, 8) Viennese Waltz "Tuesday's Gone" - Lynyrd Skynyrd Eliminated
23 (8, 7, 8) Samba "Concrete and Clay" - Unit 4 + 2

Week 11: FinalsEdit

Night 1

Couple Score Style Music
Shawn & Mark 28 (9, 9, 10) Paso doble "So What" - Pink
Melissa & Tony 29 (10, 9, 10)
Gilles & Cheryl 30 (10, 10, 10)
Shawn & Mark 30 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "Do Your Thing" - Basement Jaxx
Melissa & Tony 27 (9, 9, 9) Freestyle "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" - C+C Music Factory
Gilles & Cheryl 28 (9, 10, 9) Freestyle "Flashdance (What a Feeling)" - Irene Cara

Night 2

Couple Score Style Music Result
Shawn & Mark 30 (10, 10, 10) Cha-Cha-Cha "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" - Michael Jackson Winner
Melissa & Tony 30 (10, 10, 10) Samba "Jaleo" - Ricky Martin Third place
Gilles & Cheryl 30 (10, 10, 10) Argentine tango "Assassin's Tango" - John Powell Runner-up

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