FIRST COUPLE ELIMINATED ON THE PREMIERE OF
"DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW,"
TUESDAY, MARCH 17 ON ABC
Injured "Dancing with the Stars" Contestant and Singer/Songwriter Jewel Performs
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Performs
Bottom Two Couples Compete in the First Live "Dance Off"
"Macy's Stars of Dance" Returns for a Fourth Season with Choreographer Michael Rooney
"Episode 802A" � After two exciting and impressive performance shows, the first couple to be eliminated will be announced on the Season Eight premiere of "Dancing with the Stars The Results Show" with its first ever "Dance Off," as well as a performance from injured former contestant Jewel, TUESDAY, MARCH 17 (9:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
After an injury sidelined her dancing, singer/songwriter and former Season Eight contestant, Jewel will take to the stage to perform the classic, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," from her upcoming new album, "Lullaby." The three-time Grammy nominee, who has sold 27 million albums worldwide, will release the album on May 5, 2009. The 15-track acoustic album, featuring 10 self-penned songs and a few standards, is reminiscent of Jewel's 12-time platinum album, "Pieces of You." Last year she released her first country record, "Perfectly Clear," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Jewel was originally paired with professional dancer Dimitry Chaplin, who is now dancing with her replacement, reality television star Holly Madison. Jewel's husband, World Champion bull-riding superstar Ty Murray, is teamed with professional dancer Chelsie Hightower.
The award-winning Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will bring the big band and swing back to the dance floor with a lively performance of "Calloway Boogie" from their soon to be released CD, "How Big Can You Get?: A Tribute to Cab Calloway." In stores April 21, 2009, this will be the first release in five years for the multi-platinum selling band.
In a thrilling new twist, the bottom two couples facing elimination, determined by the lowest combined viewer votes and judges' scores from the first two weeks of the competition, will "Dance Off" to determine who is dismissed in the first Results Show. The couples will select one of the two dances they have performed to dance for new scores from the judges for that specific dance. The judges' scores from the "Dance Off" performance will replace their scores from the first two weeks. A combination of just the new judges' scores from the "Dance Off" dance, along with viewers votes from both Mondays' shows, will be calculated following the "Dance Off" to determine the eliminated couple.
"Macy's Stars of Dance," which features some of the most renowned performers and choreographers of our time, will also be back for a fourth season on "Dancing with the Stars the Results Show." In the first performance of the season, "Macy's Stars of Dance" will bring world famous choreographer Michel Rooney to the dance floor for a spectacular Busby Berkeley-inspired performance to kick off the season.
By evening's end one couple will be eliminated, as determined by a combination of the judges' scores and viewers' votes. Who among the following 13 teams will leave the ballroom floor?
Belinda Carlisle (lead singer of the Go-Go's) and partner Jonathan Roberts
David Alan Grier (comedian and actor) and partner Kym Johnson
Shawn Johnson (Olympic gymnastics medalist) and partner Mark Ballas
Lil' Kim (Grammy Award winning rapper) and partner, reigning champion Derek Hough
Holly Madison (reality television star) and partner, newcomer Dmitry Chaplin
Gilles Marini (model and actor) and partner Cheryl Burke
Ty Murray ("King of Cowboys") and partner, newcomer Chelsie Hightower
Steve-O (star of "Jackass" and "Wildboyz") and partner Lacey Schwimmer
Denise Richards (actress) and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Melissa Rycroft (from "The Bachelor") and partner Tony Dovolani
Lawrence Taylor (National Football League Hall of Famer, a.k.a. "LT") and partner Edyta Sliwinska
Chuck Wicks (country music star) and partner Julianne Hough
Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple, a.k.a. "The Woz) and partner Karina Smirnoff
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 30 minutes after the "Dancing with the Stars" performance shows. AT&T subscribers may also text message their votes by texting the word "VOTE" and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (standard text message rates apply). Viewers may also vote online at www.abc.com starting from the opening of each episode on the East Coast and until 12:00 Noon, ET the following day.
Hosted by Tom Bergeron ("America's Funniest Home Videos") and Samantha Harris ("The Insider"), the celebrities will perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
"Dancing with the Stars" is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, "Strictly Come Dancing." This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Rob Wade and Matilda Zoltowski are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. "Dancing with the Stars" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP.
About BBC Worldwide Productions:
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). BBC Worldwide Productions, with headquarters in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Miami, brings together all of BBC Worldwide's businesses in the North and South America region. The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the UK license payer and invests in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Channels, Sales and Distribution, Content and Production, Home Entertainment, Digital Media and Magazines. Under these businesses fall two key brands in the U.S. - digital cable channel BBC America and a bi-coastal production arm responsible for the smash hit "Dancing with the Stars" for ABC.