Season thirteen of Dancing with the Stars premiered on September 19, 2011. Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli returned as the judges, and Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet returned as hosts. Twelve couples competed in this season. Starting this season, Alan Dedicoat, the announcer, introduces Harold Wheeler and his band after the introduction of the remaining competitors.
Actor J.R. Martinez won the competition with over 9 million votes. A first time in Dancing with the Stars history were the winner was millions ahead in votes by the runner up. J.R. Martinez won over reality TV star Rob Kardashian and actress Ricki Lake who took 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
The couples perform for the first time.
Exciting moments from the contestants' first performances and their weeks of training. And the couple with the lowest score face elimination; Harry Connick Jr. performs; LMFAO performs.
It's all about the Jive and the Quickstep as the 11 remaining stars take to the stage to show us their latest dancing moves in a fast-paced Week 2
With Elizabeta & Val gone from the competition, Rob Kardashian & Cheryl, Kristin Cavallari & Mark , Chynna Phillips & Tony, Nancy Grace & Tristan, David Arquette & Kym, Hope Solo & Maksim, Carson Kressley & Anna, J.R. Martinez & Karina, Ricki Lake & Derek, and Chaz Bono & Lacy take to the dance floor for Story Week.
In a two night live event the couples will be dancing the Paso Doble, Tango or Foxtrott, except Carson and Anna, who will be dancing the Viennese Waltz to famous soundtracks of movies.
In the results show Julianne Hough is coming back to the dance floor prior to the premiere of her film Footloose to dance with her brother Derek.
It's the Eighties Week and the eight remaining couples will dance to hits from the eighties.
The celebrity dancers and their pro partners will dance to popular songs from great Broadway musicals. Additionally they will perform a group dance.
Having combined the judges' votes with the viewers' votes another couple will be going home. Kristin Chenoweth and Martina McBride are the guest stars.
With David Arquette & Kym out of the running, the competition is down to their Final Five: Rob Kardashian & Cheryl, Nancy Grace & Tristan, Hope Solo & Maksim, J.R. Martinez & Karina and Ricki Lake & Derek. Each dancer is going to have to do two dances.
In the Latin Dances the semi-finalists will dance either the Samba or the Paso Doble. Then it's time for the Argentine Tango with close embrace. Finally there will be a Cha Cha Cha rela
The three finalists J.R., Rob and Ricki and their Pro-Dancer Partners Karina, two-times champion Cheryl and three-times champion Derek will compete against each other in two dances. First they have to dance an unlearned dance and then they will hit the floor for the most anticipated freestyle.
The three finalists will dance their favorite dance of the season once more. Then having combined the judges' scores with the viewers' votes two couples with the highest scores will dance an Instant Samba. Lady Antebellum is the special guest star of the two-hour Season 13 Finale. They'll perform the television debut of "Dancing Away with My Heart" and then their mega-hit "Need you Know". The winner of season 13 will be announced and will get the most anticipated mirror ball trophy.