The show premieres September 14th, which means you have until the following Monday, September 21st, to register for the pool.
To register for the pool
The pool for this season will be run a bit differently from previous seasons. Instead of choosing a star couple, team members, and a reserve, you will pick a starting team of 5 couples (one being your star couple) and then get an endless reserve. As you lose dancing couples, you’ll pick up new ones so you always have a team of 5 until there are no more couples left to add.
To register for the pool, you’ll submit a list ranking contestants in the order that you want to put them into play. Your star couple will be #1 and the next four will be the remainder of your starting team. When one of your starting team is eliminated, you’ll get the next couple on your list added to your active team. If the next couple in your lineup gets eliminated before you put them in play, I’ll go down to the next couple on your list. Your star couple will earn double points for you. However, when they get eliminated, the couple that’s put into play to replace them will not earn double points
In addition, we’ll be voting for the pool team with the best name. The winner will get 10 bonus points added to their score.
Stars competing this season
Alek Skarlatos, Legion of Honour recipient & soldier, dancing with Lindsay Arnold
Alexa Vega, Actress, dancing with Mark Ballas
Andy Grammar, Singer–songwriter, dancing with Allison Holker
Bindi Irwin, Wildlife conservationist, presenter & actress, dancing with Derek Hough
Carlos Pena, Jr., Big Time Rush singer & actor, dancing with Witney Carson
Chaka Khan, R&B & funk singer, dancing with Keo Motsepe
Gary Busey, Actor, dancing with Anna Trebunskaya
Hayes Grier, Vine & social media personality, dancing with Emma Slater
Kim Zolciak, Reality television star, dancing with Tony Dovolani
Nick Carter, Backstreet Boys singer, dancing with Sharna Burgess
Paula Deen, Celebrity chef & entrepreneur, dancing with Louis Van Amstel
Tamar Braxton, R&B singer & reality TV star, dancing with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Victor Espinoza, Jockey, dancing with Karina Smirnoff
Still in competition: 10 points
Carrie-Ann’s scores: from the show
Julianne’s scores: from the show
Bruno’s scores: from the show
Guest judge’s scores: from the show
Voted out: -10 points
In Finale: 10 points
Season winner: 30 points
Runner-up: 15 points
Don’t forget! September 21st (before the second show airs) is the deadline to submit your team.