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Dancing with the Stars: Athletes
DWTS26Promo
Presented By: Tom Bergeron
Erin Andrews
Judges: Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli
Broadcast
Original Channel: ABC
Original Run: 30 April - 21 May 2018
Season Champions
Celebrity Winner: Adam Rippon
Professional Winner: Jenna Johnson
Series Chronology
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Dancing with the Stars: Athletes is an interim, special of Dancing with the Stars. It premiered 30 April 2018.

The special lasted four weeks and only featured athletes.

Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews returned as hosts. Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba all returned as judges.

On 21 May 2018, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson were announced as the winners; NFL player Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess placed second; and former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber placed third.

Development

Cast

The professional dancers were revealed 12 April 2018. The eight professionals returning from last season are Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko, and Emma Slater.

The two remaining professional dancers were both in the troupe last season, and have previously been professional dancers on the show: Sasha Farber (last competed in season 24) and Jenna Johnson (last competed in season 23).

The five professionals from last season that did not return are Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd, and Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

The celebrity cast was revealed 13 April on Good Morning America.

Couples

Celebrity Known for Professional Partner Result
JamieAnderson-Athletes-Closeup Jamie
Anderson
Professional
snowboarder
Artem-Athletes-Closeup Artem
Chigvintsev
Eliminated 1st
on 30 April 2018
JohnnyDamon-Athletes-Closeup Johnny
Damon
Former MLB
player
Emma-Athletes-Closeup Emma
Slater
KareemAbdulJabbar-Athletes-Closeup Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar
Former NBA
player
Lindsay-Athletes-Closeup Lindsay
Arnold
Eliminated 2nd
on 7 May 2018
ArikeOgunbowale-Athletes-Closeup Arike
Ogunbowale
Basketball player Gleb-Season25-Closeup Gleb
Savchenko
JennieFinch-Athletes-Closeup Jennie
Finch
Daigle
Former Olympic
softball pitcher
Keo-Athletes-Closeup Keo
Motsepe
Eliminated 3rd
on 14 May 2018
ChrisMazdzer-Athletes-Closeup Chris
Mazdzer
Olympic Luger Witney-Athletes-Closeup Witney
Carson
MiraiNagasu-Athletes-Closeup Mirai
Nagasu
Figure skater Alan-Athletes-Closeup Alan
Bersten
TonyaHarding-Athletes-Closeup Tonya
Harding
Former Olympic
figure skater
Sasha-Athletes-Closeup Sasha
Farber
Third place
JoshNorman-Athletes-Closeup Josh
Norman
NFL player Sharna-Athletes-Closeup Sharna
Burgess
Runner-up
AdamRippon-Athletes-Closeup Adam
Rippon
Olympic
figure skater
Jenna-Athletes-Closeup Jenna
Johnson
Winner

Scoring Charts

Couple Place 1 2 3 4
Adam & Jenna 1 24 37+37=74 39+2=41 30+28=58
Josh & Sharna 2 24 30+33=63 36+2=38 27+30=57
Tonya & Sasha 3 23 33+33=66 33+2=35 26+30=56
Jennie & Keo 4 21 26+37=63 29
Chris & Witney 21 33+33=66 33
Mirai & Alan 23 37+37=74 35
Kareem & Lindsay 7 17 26+33=59
Arike & Gleb 20 33+37=70
Jamie & Artem 9 19
Johnny & Emma 18
Red numbers Indicates the lowest score for each week.
Green numbers Indicates the highest score for each week.
The returning couple that was the last to be called safe.
The couple was eliminated that week.
The winning couple.
The runner-up couple.
The third place couple.

Average Scoring Chart

This table only counts dances scored on a 30-point scale (scores by guest judges and points awarded in the dance-offs are excluded).

Rank by
average
Place Couple Total
points
Number
of dances
Average
1 1 Adam & Jenna 166 6 27.7
2 2 Josh & Sharna 155 25.8
4 Mirai & Alan 103 4
4 3 Tonya & Sasha 151 6 25.2
5 7 Arike & Gleb 71 3 23.7
6 4 Chris & Witney 94 4 23.5
7 Jennie & Keo 88 22.0
8 7 Kareem & Lindsay 60 3 20.0
9 9 Jamie & Artem 19 1 19.0
10 Johnny & Emma 18 18.0

Highest- and Lowest-Scoring Performances

The best and worst performances in each dance according to the judges' 30-point scale (scores by guest judges are excluded) are as follows:

Dance Highest scored dancer(s) Highest score Lowest scored dancer(s) Lowest score
Salsa Mirai Nagasu 23 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 19
Cha-Cha-Cha Adam Rippon
Josh Norman
24 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 17
Foxtrot Mirai Nagasu
Josh Norman
27 Johnny Damon 18
Viennese Waltz Tonya Harding 26 Jamie Anderson 19
Paso Doble Josh Norman 23
Quickstep Adam Rippon 28 Tonya Harding 24
Team dances Jennie Finch Daigle
Mirai Nagasu
Arike Ogunbowale
Adam Rippon
27 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Tonya Harding
Chris Mazdzer
Josh Norman
24
Rumba Tonya Harding 24
Contemporary Adam Rippon 29 Josh Norman 27
Jazz Adam Rippon 30
Freestyle Tonya Harding
Josh Norman
30 Adam Rippon 28

Couples' Highest- and Lowest-Scoring Dances

Scores are based upon a potential 30-point maximum (team dances and scores by guest judges are excluded).

Couple Highest scoring dance(s) Lowest scoring dance(s)
Adam & Jenna Jazz (30) Cha-Cha-Cha (24)
Josh & Sharna Freestyle (30) Paso Doble (23)
Tonya & Sasha Freestyle (30) Foxtrot (23)
Jennie & Keo Foxtrot & Viennese Waltz (21) Cha-Cha-Cha (19)
Chris & Witney Viennese Waltz (25) Salsa (21)
Mirai & Alan Foxtrot (27) Salsa (23)
Kareem & Lindsay Salsa (19) Cha-Cha-Cha (17)
Arike & Gleb Foxtrot (24) Salsa (20)
Jamie & Artem Viennese Waltz (19)
Johnny & Emma Foxtrot (18)

Weekly Scores

Individual judges' scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.

Week 1: First Dances

  • This week featured a double elimination.
Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Chris & Witney 21 (7, 7, 7) Salsa "Mr. Put It Down" - Ricky Martin ft. Pitbull Safe
Kareem & Lindsay 17 (6, 5, 6) Cha-Cha-Cha "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" - Stevie Wonder Safe
Jennie & Keo 21 (7, 7, 7) Foxtrot "All-American Girl" - Carrie Underwood Safe
Jamie & Artem 19 (6, 7, 6) Viennese Waltz "Feeling Good" - Avicii Eliminated
Mirai & Alan 23 (7, 8, 8) Salsa "No Excuses" - Meghan Trainor Safe
Arike & Gleb 20 (7, 6, 7) Salsa "Them Girls" - Whitney Myer Safe
Adam & Jenna 24 (8, 8, 8) Cha-Cha-Cha "Sissy That Walk" - RuPaul Safe
Johnny & Emma 18 (6, 6, 6) Foxtrot "Centerfield" - John Fogerty Eliminated
Tonya & Sasha 23 (8, 8, 7) Foxtrot "When You Believe" - Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey Last to be called safe
Josh & Sharna 24 (8, 8, 8) Cha-Cha-Cha "Finesse" - Bruno Mars Safe

Week 2

Individual judges' scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Rashad Jennings, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.

  • This week featured a double elimination.
Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Josh & Sharna 30 (7, 7, 8, 8) Paso Doblé "The Plaza of Execution" - James Horner Safe
Jennie & Keo 26 (6, 7, 7, 6) Cha-Cha-Cha "Do It Like This" - Daphne Willis Safe
Kareem & Lindsay 26 (7, 7, 6, 6) Salsa "La Malanga" - Eddie Palmieri Eliminated
Chris & Witney 33 (9, 8, 8, 8) Viennese Waltz "Next To Me" - Imagine Dragons Last to be called safe
Tonya & Sasha 33 (8, 9, 8, 8) Quickstep "Redneck Woman" - Gretchen Wilson Safe
Mirai & Alan 37 (9, 10, 9, 9) Foxtrot "It's a Small World" - The O’Neill Brothers Group Safe
Arike & Gleb 33 (8, 9, 8, 8) Foxtrot "What About Us" - P!nk Eliminated
Adam & Jenna 37 (9, 9, 9, 10) Quickstep "Make Way" - Aloe Blacc Safe
Chris & Witney
Josh & Sharna
Kareem & Lindsay
Tonya & Sasha
33 (8, 9, 8, 8) Team 1950s Tennis "… Baby One More Time" - The Baseballs
Adam & Jenna
Arike & Gleb
Jennie & Keo
Mirai & Alan
37 (9, 10, 9, 9) Team 1970s Football "Instant Replay" - Dan Hartman

Week 3: MVP Night (Semifinals)

Individual judges' scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, David Ross, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.

  • This week featured a triple elimination.
  • The couples performed one unlearned dance dedicated to the "MVP" in their lives, and participated in "ballroom battle" Dance-Offs for extra points.
  • Former contestants were brought in to mentor the couples for the ballroom battles.
Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Mirai & Alan 35 (9, 9, 8, 9) Quickstep "Bo$$" - Fifth Harmony Eliminated
Jennie & Keo 29 (7, 8, 7, 7) Viennese Waltz "The Rest of Our Life" - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Eliminated
Chris & Witney 33 (8, 9, 7, 9) Foxtrot "I Got Rhythm" - Ella Fitzgerald Eliminated
Tonya & Sasha 33 (8, 9, 8, 8) Rumba "See You Again" - Tyler Ward Safe
Adam & Jenna 39 (10, 10, 9, 10) Contemporary "O" - Coldplay Safe
Josh & Sharna 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Contemporary "Stand By Me" - Bootstraps Last to be called safe

Dance-offs

Couple Scores Public vote Dance Music Result
Jennie & Keo Tonya, Jennie, Tonya, Tonya Jennie (60%) Cha-Cha-Cha "Dance" - DNCE Loser
Tonya & Sasha Winner (2 pts)
Adam & Jenna Adam, Mirai, Mirai, Adam Adam (64%) Jive "Johnny B. Goode" - Chuck Berry Winner (2 pts)
Mirai & Alan Loser
Chris & Witney Chris, Josh, Josh, Josh Chris (55%) Salsa "WTF (Where They From)" - Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell Williams Loser
Josh & Sharna Winner (2 pts)

Week 4: Finale

Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Tonya & Sasha 26 (8, 9, 9) Viennese Waltz "The Time of My Life" - David Cook Runner-up
30 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "I Will Survive" - The Pussycat Dolls
Josh & Sharna 27 (9, 9, 9) Foxtrot "Conqueror" - The cast of Empire
30 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "Walk on Water" - Thirty Seconds to Mars
Adam & Jenna 30 (10, 10, 10) Jazz "Anything You Can Do" - from Annie Get Your Gun Winner
28 (9, 9, 10) Freestyle "Scooby Doo Pa Pa" - DJ Kass

Trivia

Gallery

  • 10th/9th place: Jamie & Artem
  • 10th/9th place: Johnny & Emma
  • 8th/7th place: Kareem & Lindsay
  • 8th/7th place: Arike & Gleb
  • 6th/5th/4th place: Jennie & Keo
  • 6th/5th/4th place: Chris & Witney
  • 6th/5th/4th place: Mirai & Alan
  • 3rd/2nd place: Josh & Sharna
  • 3rd/2nd place: Tonya & Sasha
  • 1st place: Adam & Jenna
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