Helio Castroneves will start this Monday, September 24th, his second season on Dancing With The Stars, the popular television show on ABC, along with dancer and choreographer Chelsie Hightower. The Brazilian will be defending the title he won on his debut in the ballroom dancing competition among celebrities in 2007, having the opportunity to partner with the dancer, actress and singer Julianne Hough.
This new series has a special character because it is an All-Stars season, bringing together some of the leading names of past editions to define a kind of “champion of champions”. An audience Phenomenon, Dancing With the Stars, records an average of 25 million viewers and a peak of 32 million in the season finale which crowned the driver and Julianne Hough.
The program was launched in the U.S. in 2005 and, since then, 14 editions have been aired. This Monday will be the 15th and the first All-Stars.
The show consists of two parts. On Mondays, all couples are presented and evaluated by the judges. Upon completion of the program, voting starts by the website, and by phone. On Tuesday, one couple is eliminated. The remaining couples continue their training in Los Angeles and return next week for another marathon of presentations and votes. A full season lasts just over two months, from which two couples will remain to dispute the grand final.
If before the Dancing With The Stars Helio Castroneves’ popularity was already large, after his victory dancing, it became much larger.
“I have no doubt that I was much more popular in the United States after participating in Dancing,” said Castroneves, revealing that, as a result, there was an “explosion in the demonstrations from fans and the media since it was announced back in my show. ”
The driver for Team Penske revealed that this is also a chance to expand the visibility of the racing series, IndyCar as a whole is enthusiastic about their participation.
The program is hosted by Tom Bergeron(who just won an Emmy for Best Reality Host, yesterday) and Brooke Burke. Judges are: the professional Englishman ballroom dancer Len Goodman, the Italian choreographer Bruno Tonioli and American Carrie Ann Inaba, choreographer, dancer, actress, TV presenter and singer.