The 18th-season opener begins with 12 celebrities, including Drew Carey, Billy Dee Williams, Candace Cameron Bure, NeNe Leakes and Cody Simpson. In a new twist, viewers get to vote to switch the stars' dance pairings at a certain point in the season. Also: Jason Derulo performs.
Another elimination occurs after the fourth week of performances, during which the stars' dance pairings are switched. Also: a "Macy's Stars of Dance" performance featuring Kathryn McCormick ("So You Think You Can Dance"). Julianne Hough serves as a guest judge.
Another elimination occurs after the sixth week of performances, featuring party-anthem music. Included: Redfoo from LMFAO serves as a guest judge; and Derek Hough choreographs a Macy's Stars of Dance number.
Another elimination occurs after the ninth week of performances, featuring Kenny Ortega as the guest judge. The contestants perform two dances each, to music by both legendary and current American icons. Also: a dance tribute to classic Hollywood.
A winner is announced in the 18th-season finale, following a fusion-dance challenge performed by the remaining couples. Also: performances by Amber Riley; Christina Perri; Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; Cody Simpson; and Ariana Grande.