or


[05/10/05 - 12:00 AM]
Dancing with the Stars Teams Celebrities with Professional Dancers in a Dazzling and Suspenseful Live Ballroom Dancing Competition

[via press release from ABC]

�DANCING WITH THE STARS� TEAMS CELEBRITIES WITH PROFESSIONAL DANCERS IN A DAZZLING AND SUSPENSEFUL LIVE BALLROOM DANCING COMPETITION

Series Features Trista Sutter (�The Bachelorette�), Supermodel Rachel Hunter, Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield, Joey McIntyre (Formerly of New Kids on the Block), John O�Hurley (�Seinfeld�) and Soap Star Kelly Monaco (�General Hospital�), All Paired with Professional Ballroom Dancing Partners for a Live, Knockout Competition

What do a reality show star, a supermodel, a boxing champ, an actor, a singer and a soap star have in common? They�re all embarking on an intense competition, learning to ballroom dance in front of the nation and be critiqued by both viewers and judges alike!

�Dancing with the Stars� is a totally unique and original series that pairs a celebrity with a professional dance partner as they train and then compete in front of a studio audience in a televised dance competition. They will be judged by a panel of experts and also by viewers at home, with one couple being eliminated each week. �Dancing with the Stars� debuts WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), live!

�Dancing with the Stars� has broad appeal, offering viewers dazzling costumes, dancing, celebrity gossip, behind-the-scenes training and contemporary music performed by a live 15-piece band. The format has already been an international hit in several countries.

The following pairs will compete:

Trista Sutter and Louis van Amstel � As the star of the romantic reality series, �The Bachelorette,� Trista is no stranger to televised competition: She met and married her husband of 17 months on television. Trista comes to the competition with some dance experience, having performed with the Miami Heat dancers at NBA games. She admits that hip-hop dancing is very different from ballroom-style dancing. Luckily her dance partner, Louis van Amstel, is a legend in the dance world, particularly in the style of Latin dance. He holds several titles, including the United States Professional Latin Champion and World Professional Show Dance Champion, and he directed and produced �Latin Fusion� on Broadway.

Rachel Hunter and Jonathan Roberts � Since 1989, when she posed for the cover of Sports Illustrated, Rachel Hunter has become one of the world�s most recognizable faces. She has posed for hundreds of magazines, including Vogue and Elle, and has represented such cosmetic lines as Revlon, Covergirl and Pantene. Recently she�s moved into the acting arena with appearances on �Suddenly Susan� and �The Drew Carey Show,� and in one of last year�s most popular music videos, �Stacey�s Mom,� by the Fountains of Wayne. She will be led by Jonathan Roberts, who brings ten years of dance experience to the competition. Jonathan is the 2004 USA Rising Star Latin Champion and the twice-undefeated USA Pro-Am 10 Dance Champion. He continues to compete and represent the USA in several Pro-Am competitions.

Evander Holyfield and Edyta Sliwinska � Evander Holyfield became the Heavyweight Champion of the world in 1990 and has won the title four times. As a professional boxer, he has faced numerous legends in the ring, including George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe, Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson. His dance partner is Edyta Sliwinska, who took first place in both the 2001 International Grand Ballroom Competition and the 2001 Holiday Ball. Edyta is currently dating her dance partner and another competitor, Alec Mazo (Kelly Monaco�s dance partner).

Joey McIntyre and Ashly Delgrosso � As a former member of the one of the original boy bands, New Kids on the Block, Joey McIntyre grew up dancing and singing -- but never ballroom! As an adult he transitioned into acting and recently starred on Broadway, first in �Tick Tick Boom� and then in �Wicked.� He has also appeared on ABC�s �Boston Legal.� His dance partner is Ashly Delgrosso, who has danced for her entire life. With her former dance partner and ex-husband, she has won several Amateur Ten Dance titles.

John O�Hurley and Charlotte Jorgensen � Best known for his role as charismatic catalogue king J. Peterman on the hit series �Seinfeld,� John is an all-around entertainer. In addition to his numerous television credits, he has many stage credits. He also runs a busy company and performs comedy. His partner, Danish beauty Charlotte Jorgensen, has been dancing since the age of ten. She has held several titles, including 1999 U.S. Open Champion and 1998 Japanese Open International Ballroom Champion. Charlotte was Richard Gere�s dance instructor as he prepared for the film �Shall We Dance.�

Kelly Monaco and Alec Mazo � Currently starring on the ABC Daytime drama �General Hospital,� Kelly gained national attention when she was featured in the May 1997 edition of Playboy magazine. Her partner, Alec Mazo, began dancing at age five in his native Russia. He was the Emerald Ball Latin Champion and placed first in the 2001 International Grand Ball and the 2001 Holiday Ball. He also runs the largest and most successful dance studio in Southern California. Alec recently began competing professionally with his girlfriend of four years, Edyta Sliwinska, who is partnered with Evander Holyfield for this competition.

In addition to learning precise movements and maneuvering in extravagant costumes, the pairs must maintain their focus, grace and composure during extremely high-pressured competition. Will they remain compatible during the process?

The couples have already embarked on intense training in preparation for the first live show. During the live shows, judges will give a score based on several factors, including technical execution. But the judges� scores alone do not decide a couple�s fate. Viewers at home can call in and vote for their favorites. The scores from viewers are combined with the judges� for an ultimate score that determines each couple�s ranking. At the end of the evening, the couple with the lowest score is eliminated (although no couple will be eliminated in the first show). When the final two couples remain, the ultimate dance-off will determine who wins the trophy.

�Dancing with the Stars� is the American version of the international smash hit series, �Strictly Come Dancing.� This version is produced in America by BBC Worldwide. Richard Hopkins (UK) and Conrad Green (USA) are executive producers. Izzie Pick is supervising producer. Alex Rudzinski directs.





  [may 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· BACHELORETTE, THE (ABC)
· BOSTON LEGAL (ABC)
· DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
· DREW CAREY SHOW, THE (ABC)
· SUDDENLY SUSAN (NBC)





[05/04/16 - 04:31 PM]
ABC Announces the Teams Competing on the "Battlebots: The Gears Awaken" Preview Special, Airing Tuesday, May 10
The epic robot-fighting tournament "BattleBots" is back for season two this summer on Thursday, June 23.

[05/04/16 - 04:00 PM]
GSN Celebrates Mother's Day with Special Mom-Themed Marathon of "Family Feud," Sunday, May 8
Each of the 10 specially selected half-hour shows features questions designed to remind viewers about the woman they love the most - their mom - on her special day.

[05/04/16 - 02:15 PM]
Seth MacFarlane to Create, Executive-Produce and Star in New Hour-Long, Live-Action Comedic Drama Series for FOX
Set 300 years in the future, the series follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar Fleet.

[05/04/16 - 02:11 PM]
Geniuses Face Off in an Intense Test of Knowledge and Stamina on the Season Premiere of ABC's "500 Questions"
The five-night event series concludes with a two-hour season finale on Wednesday, June 1.

[05/04/16 - 01:03 PM]
"Saturday Night Live" Returns in May with Three Back-to-Back Shows
Brie Larson (May 7), Drake (May 14) and Fred Armisen (May 21) will close out the show's season.

[05/04/16 - 01:01 PM]
Megyn Kelly to Sit Down with Laverne Cox during "MEGYN KELLY presents," Airing Tuesday, May 17, on FOX
As previously announced, the special also will feature Kelly's first extensive sit-down interview with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

[05/04/16 - 12:02 PM]
"Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule" Season 4 Premieres Friday, June 17th at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim
The new season will be followed by "Decker: Unclassified," starring Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington.

[05/04/16 - 12:00 PM]
Start Your Summer with an Animated Adventure During Freeform's "Funday" Weekend Programming Event on May 14 and 15
Experience college through Mike Wazowski's eye, whip up recipes with Remy, and cheer on Wreck-It Ralph and Aladdin as they attempt to prove themselves as heroes.

[05/04/16 - 11:57 AM]
GSN to Launch First Spinoff Series from "Skin Wars" Franchise; "Skin Wars: Fresh Paint" Debuts Wednesday, June 15 at 10PM ET/PT
The series features three of "Skin Wars" top former contestants who mentor six new, highly accomplished artists each week.

[05/04/16 - 10:49 AM]
National Geographic Launches a Covert Investigation Into the Disappearance of Adventurer Cody Dial in Riveting True-Crime Series, "Missing Dial"
The six-part series launches Sunday, May 22 at 10:00/9:00c on the network.

[05/04/16 - 10:25 AM]
Valerie Bertinelli Entertains Friends & Family on the Return of "Valerie's Home Cooking"
Valerie is back in the kitchen sharing her tips for easy-to-make, delicious dishes and homemade recipes, adding her own signature touches and flavor along the way.

[05/04/16 - 10:08 AM]
TNT Teams Up with E4 on "Foreign Bodies"
The series is the story of a motley gang of travellers embarking on a three-month trip around Asia.

[05/04/16 - 10:01 AM]
2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion Abby Wambach Joins ESPN
Wambach will cover international sporting events for the network later this summer at the UEFA European Football Championship 2016 in France and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

[05/04/16 - 09:39 AM]
E! Announces Four New Unscripted Series as the Pop Culture Powerhouse Continues to Expand on Successful Primetime Slate
Highlights include a spin-off of hit franchise "WAGS" (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars) set against the sunny, sexy backdrop of South Florida.

[05/04/16 - 09:34 AM]
Netflix Celebrates "Marseille"
In advance of the series launch on May 5, Netflix surprised the residents of Marseille today in true Hollywood fashion when a french twist of the original "Hollywood" sign was erected to overlook the city.