Dancing with the Stars

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Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition television series that premiered on June 1, 2005, on ABC. It is the U.S. version of the U.K. series Strictly Come Dancing. The show is hosted by Tom Bergeron, alongside Erin Andrews. Samantha Harris co-hosted seasons two through nine. There are typically two seasons per year.

The format of the show consists of a celebrity paired with a professional dancer. Celebrities come from a variety of media and occupations, including actors, singers, athletes, and YouTube broadcasters. Each couple performs predetermined dances and competes against the others for judges' points and audience votes. The couple receiving the lowest combined total of judges' points and audience votes is eliminated each week until only the champion dance pair remains. The show has featured both celebrities and dancers with Birmingham area connections.

Birmingham connections

Season Year Name Involvement Result
6 2008 Fabian Sanchez Cast Eliminated fifth
20 2015 Noah Galloway Celebrity Third place
25 2017 Terrell Owens Celebrity Eliminated eighth
25 2017 Jordan Fisher Celebrity Winner

Dance instructor Fabian Sanchez joined the cast of the show for season 6 in 2008. He was partnered with deaf actress Marlee Matlin. The couple was the fifth one eliminated. Sanchez did not return to the show.

Army veteran and motivational speaker Noah Galloway competed as a celebrity in season 20 in 2015. Galloway was severly injured by an IED in Iraq in 2005 and had had portions of this left arm and leg removed. The only accommodation he was given for his injuries was not being assigned a jive or quickstep. He and his professional dance partner, Sharna Burgess, made it to the finals, finishing in third place.

Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens and singer/actor Jordan Fisher competed as celebrities in season 25 in 2017. Fisher and his professional dance partner, Lindsay Arnold, went on to win the season.