Dancing with the Stars 2011: Voting

This season (12) there are 11 celebrity contestants–five women and six men.  You can vote by phone, online or by text. For iPhone users, there’s a new app. You will need to re-register at ABC.go.com in order to vote online. Do it quick!

Voting begins with the opening of the performance show on Mondays and ends by phone 30 minutes after the end of the show. Online voting, however, continues until 11 a.m. East Coast time or 8 a.m. Pacific time the following day (Tuesday).

1. Kirstie Alley: Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress
2. Chelsea Kane (Staub): Disney actress
3. Petra Nemcova: Supermodel and humanitarian
4. Kendra Wilkinson: Playboy model and reality star
5. Wendy Williams: Talk show host

1. Mike Catherwood: Radio talk show host
2. Chris Jericho: WWE Wrestler
3. Sugar Ray Leonard: Boxer
4. Ralph Macchio: Actor
5. (Lil) Romeo Miller: Rapper and actor
6. Hines Ward: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver

To vote by text message, text the word “VOTE” to your favorite couple’s number below from your AT&T phone.

And now, iPhone users can download the Dancing with the Stars iPhone app to vote!

Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas 800-868-3401
Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke 800-868-3409
Hines Ward & Kym Johnson 800-868-3403
Kendra Wilkinson & Louis van Amstel 800-868-3407
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy 800-868-3411
Mike Catherwood & Lacey Schwimmer 800-868-3410
Petra Nemcova & Dmitry Chaplin 800-868-3404
Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff 800-868-3408
Romeo & Chelsie Hightower 800-868-3405
Sugar Ray Leonard & Anna Trebunsakaya 800-868-3406
Wendy Williams & Tony Dovolani 800-868-3402

Lines open at the beginning of each show for viewers to phone and text vote for their favorite couples and stay open for 30 minutes after the end. The whole country can vote.

One (or more) couple(s) will be knocked out of the competition each week there is a results show. The couple with the lowest overall score is knocked out of the competition.

The scoring and format of the show is unique to the series and is not based on a standard dance championship. The decision regarding which dances are to be performed by each couple each week rests with the Producers.


Each week every couple receives points from the judges and votes from the public. For every couple we determine the share they received of the total points given by the judges on the night of the performances, and the share they received of the public’s votes and add these two shares together. The couple with the lowest combined total is eliminated from the show.

For example if couples A, B and C respectively receive 38, 26 and 14 points from the judges, we calculate what share these points represent of the total awarded by the judges on the night. In this example the judges gave 78 points in total, and each couples’ share of 78 points breaks down as follows: A: 38 points = 48.72% of 78; B: 26 points = 33.33% of 78; C: 14 points = 17.95% of 78. Let’s suppose that when the public votes are tallied, each couple has the following shares: A= 20%, B=40%, C=40%. To determine who’s eliminated, we combine these two shares for the total:

Couple A: 20+48.72%= 68.72%
Couple B: 40+33.33%= 73.33%
Couple C: 40+17.95%= 57.95%

In this example, the bottom two couples would be A and C, and C would be eliminated.
The competition is governed by the Official Rules made available to each couple. The above is a summary for informational purposes only.

The Internet browser on user computers must allow cookies, have Javascript enabled and have the latest version of Flash installed in order to vote. If cookies and Javascript are disabled and Flash is not installed, users will be unable to access the online ballot.

VOTE WINDOW: Voting is open Mondays from the start of the show until 11am Eastern/8am Pacific Tuesdays


About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on March 22, 2011, in Chelsea Kane, Chris Jericho, Dancing with the Stars Season 12, Hines Ward, Kendra Wilkinson, Kirstie Alley, Lil Romeo, Mike Catherwood, Petra Nemcova, Ralph Macchio, Sugar Ray Leonard, Wendy Williams and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I really miss Derek Hough. Sure hope he is back in the fall.

  2. I would LOVE Jason Mraz to be on Dancing with the stars!!!! Do you want him to be on there?.

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