The ninth-season opener begins with 16 celebrities, the show's largest cast ever. Competitors include Donny Osmond, Melissa Joan Hart, Michael Irvin and Chuck Liddell. On the first night of competition, the male celebrities perform.
The first results show of the season includes a double elimination: One male and one female celebrity will depart. Also: The cast of the musical "The Lion King" performs "Circle of Life," and Patrick Swayze (1952-2009) will be honored with a tribute.
The second-round results show has Baz Luhrmann as a guest judge. Also: Selena Gomez and Joss Stone sing, the USC Marching Band perform, and "Stomp the Yard" choreographer Chuck Maldonado and Jimmy R.O. Smith design a special dance routine.
The seventh-round results show. Also: Mark Ballas and Derek Hough perform as the Ballas Hough Band and unveil their new song, "Move"; Rod Stewart sings "It's the Same Old Song"; and Colbie Caillat sings "Fallin' for You."
The eighth-round results show. Included: performances by Michael Bublé and Susan Boyle. Also: DanceCenter with Kenny Mayne, Jerry Rice and Stacy Keibler; and the Design-a-Dance performance with Sabrina Bryan and a male professional dancer.
The 10th and final week of performances for the ninth season. The final three couples will each perform three new dances during three rounds: ballroom or Latin; freestyle; and megamix, in which they will all dance at the same time.
A winner is announced in the ninth-season finale. Included: two performances by Whitney Houston and two dance-offs. Also: return appearances by all 16 of this season's contestants, Jeffrey Ross, Adam Carolla and the Muppets.