Dancing with the Stars 28 Premiere: What to Expect, Voting Dances Songs

DANCING WITH THE STARS - (ABC/Justin Stephens) HANNAH BROWN, LAMAR ODOM, SEAN SPICER, MARY WILSON, ALLY BROOKE, RAY LEWIS, KARAMO, KATE FLANNERY, JAMES VAN DER BEEK, LAUREN ALAINA, KEL MITCHELL, CHRISTIE BRINKLEY
DANCING WITH THE STARS –  (ABC/Justin Stephens) HANNAH BROWN, LAMAR ODOM, SEAN SPICER, MARY WILSON, ALLY BROOKE, RAY LEWIS, KARAMO, KATE FLANNERY, JAMES VAN DER BEEK,  LAUREN ALAINA, KEL MITCHELL, CHRISTIE BRINKLEY

Dancing with the Stars season 28 begins with a two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPT. 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

Highlights of the new season include voting changes, a brand-new set, a new creative team behind the competitive dances and the return of a loved pro, Peta Murgatroyd, and two new professional ballroom dancers.

Throughout the first evening, the celebrity and pro duos will perform the time-honored dances of the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Salsa or Tango. Some of the songs featured in the premiere will include Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” Shania Twain’s “Man, I Feel Like a Woman!,” Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard for the Money,” Jonas Brothers’ “Sucker,” Michael Buble’s “Feeling Good,” Lizzo’s “Juice” and Imagine Dragons’ “Whatever it Takes,” among others.

For the show’s first broadcast, there will not be a viewing audience vote, and only the judges will score the routines. Those scores will carry over and be combined with judges’ scores from week two, which also marks the first weekly live viewing audience vote of the season (via abc.com and SMS/text) – and the first elimination. The live votes will occur each week only during the live broadcast in the EDT/CDT time zones (but fans in all U.S. time zones may vote within that window).

Moving forward with each subsequent Monday night, the live vote combined with the judges’ scores will be revealed during the broadcast. 

The celebrity cast and professional dancers are listed below. However, the Celebrity/Pro Dancer pairings have leaked. Check them out here:

Dancing with the Stars 28 SPOILERS: Who Are Celebrities’ Pro Partners? (UPDATE 9/7)

And more on the this season’s cast:

Dancing with the Stars 28 Photo Gallery – Lauren Alaina, Ally Brooke Pics
Dancing with the Stars 28 Cast Includes Lauren Alaina, Ally Brooke

Hosted by two-time Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, Dancing with the Stars is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including head judge, Len Goodman, and dancers/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. 

Celebrities:

  • Supermodel and actress Christie Brinkley
  • “The Office” actress Kate Flannery
  • Country artist Lauren Alaina
  • Popstar Ally Brooke
  • “The Bachelorette” Hannah Brown
  • Legendary “Supremes” singer Mary Wilson
  • Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
  • TV and film actor James Van Der Beek
  • Two-time NBA Champion Lamar Odom
  • Super Bowl MVP Ray Lewis
  • Comedian and actor Kel Mitchell
  • TV host and “Queer Eye” star Karamo

Professional dancers:

  • Brandon Armstrong
  • Lindsay Arnold
  • Alan Bersten
  • Cheryl Burke
  • Witney Carson
  • Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Sasha Farber
  • Jenna Johnson
  • Daniella Karagach
  • Keo Motsepe 
  • Peta Murgatroyd
  • Pasha Pashkov
  • Gleb Savchenko
  • Emma Slater

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