My Dancing with the Stars Live Audience Experience

Dancing with the Stars Audience Experience

My Dancing with the Stars Live Audience Experience

My Dancing with the Stars live audience experience was absolutely amazing and just one of the many experiences on my most recent Disney press trip. I’m sure you’ve heard of the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines, many of whom have never danced before in their life in the DWTS ballroom. They are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and ballroom dancer and Emmy® Award-winning choreographer Julianne Hough.

Here’s some of us enjoying the show!

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Before the show the audience can dance on the DWTS ballroom floor to live music by the DJ. We took pictures and had so much fun feeling like we were a part of the show. Here I am with one of my blogger friends Melissa from Sippy Cup Mom.

Dancing with the Stars Audience Experience
Melanie (left) from Giveaway Bandit and Melissa (right) from Sippy Cup Mom.

I was able to periscope before the show started to show our viewers how high-energy it is! During the live taping the excitement continues as audience members clap, boo and cheer as the judges make their statements. Dancing with the Stars Audience ExperienceAudience members are dressed to the nines and if you look close you can catch some celebrity viewers. I couldn’t believe it when I found Royals third baseman, Mike Moustakas and his gorgeous wife sitting in the audience!

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Mike Moustakas and wife, Stephanie Moustakas, in the audience at DWTS.

After the live taping we went to Mixology, a stylish cocktail lounge located in the Farmer’s Market at the Grove in Los Angeles, where we enjoyed food and drinks while watching DWTS on television. mixology laContestant Alek Skarlatos came in to enjoy a meal with his family and was nice enough to take pictures with us!

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Alek Skarlatos, celebrity contestant on Dancing with the Stars, with some of the bloggers.

Only four couples remain and the Season 21 champion will be declared Tuesday, November 24.

DWTS finalists
Photo Credit ABC/Adam Taylor

The final four couples advancing to the finals are Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold, Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough, Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson, and Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess.

DWTS finalists
Photo Credit ABC/Adam Taylor

They will dance and compete Monday, November 23 to win the judges’ and America’s votes. Which couple will be crowned the Dancing with the Stars champions?

Tune in to the season 21 two-part finale of Dancing with the Stars today, Monday, November 23 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) and Tuesday, November 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

Watch as the finalists compete in two rounds of dance on Monday, November 23 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). In the first round, one judge will help each couple choose the creative elements of each dance, which is a re-do to a new song. Carrie Ann Inaba will work alongside Linsday and Alek, as well as Bindi and Derek. Julianne Hough is with Nick and Sharna, and Bruno Tonioli is with Carlos and Witney. In the second round, in one of the biggest competitive dances of the season, the couples take on a freestyle dance featuring special effects, additional dancers and unexpected surprises. The couple with the lowest combined viewer and judge votes from the previous two weeks will be eliminated at the end of Monday night’s show.

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Dancing with the Stars Judges: Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli. Photo Credit ABC/Adam Taylor

They will also have amazing special performances from Meghan Trainor, who will sing “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” and Who Is Fancy, Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor performing “Boys Like You.”

On Tuesday, November 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) be sure to tune in to the two-hour season finale as the three finalists advance to the final stage of the competition. We’ll get to see live dancing and performances at the Grove shopping center and in the DWTS ballroom. There will be a reunion opening number of all 13 of this season’s couples. The finale will be filled with performances from Alexander Jean, Andy Grammer, Chaka Khan, Elle King and Nick Carter. Kim Zolciak returns to the ballroom to dance a Samba with Tony Dovolani to “I Dream of Jeannie,” which she was never able to perform, along with encore dances from the eliminated celebrities. Kim left the competition early due to an illness.

The cast of the upcoming “Dancing with the Stars: Live! Dance All Night Tour” will perform a dance to Avicii’s “Broken Arrows” as a sneak peak of the 90-minute show traveling the country this winter. The three finalists will each dance a repeat dance from this season. In the last element of competition, the couples will perform a new routine as part of a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge.” The remaining couples will fuse two contrasting dance styles that they’ve performed this season and they’ll have less than 24 hours to prepare that dance for judges’ points. At the end of the night, the winner of the coveted Mirrorball trophy will be announced!

Dancing with the Stars
Photo Credit ABC/Adam Taylor

“Dancing with the Stars” is hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews (sports host & “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10 finalist). I am sure you can recognize Tom Bergeron from “America’s Funniest Home Videos”. Since I am a huge Royals fan and they won the World Series this year I have seen a lot of Erin Andrews the past few months on television since she’s also a sports host. And look, there’s Mike Moustakas peeking through behind them.

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at and on Facebook at is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode Monday, November 23 on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day.

Here’s the results from the semi-finals!

Tune in to the season 21 two-part finale of Dancing with the Stars today, Monday, November 23 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) and Tuesday, November 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

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Which couple are you routing for to win the Season 21 coveted Mirrorball trophy? Comment below and share your favorite!

My Dancing with the Stars Live Audience Experience

Melanie Kampman

Melanie Kampman is a web designer, developer and owner of Giveaway Bandit and Farm News for Kids. She lives in Northwest Missouri on a large family farm with her husband and eight year old son, the Giveaway Bandit. They raise cattle with a variety of pets including horses, chickens, ducks, and a slew of cats. By Melanie Kampman If you are interested in writing a sponsored post on Giveaway Bandit please email me at melanie (at) giveawaybandit (dot) com.

  • Candice Montgomery

    What did you think of the final?

  • lisa

    I have never watched this show. I have been to a taping of a live show a few years ago. It is fun to see how it’s done.

  • Pamela Gurganus

    Oh my goodness! This looks like it would have been so much fun! I’m glad you had such a great time!

  • inkchick

    You all look like you’re having such a wonderful time. Also, it’s great to see people dressing up for an event.

  • lauriedamrose

    That must have been quite an experience.

  • Natalie

    I have always wanted to go behind the scenes at Dancing with the Stars! I missed the finale this year because I was working.

  • Sandi Tymchuk

    Thanks for sharing such an interesting experience!

  • Nena Sinclair

    Wow! Lucky you! What an amazing experience!

  • Nikolina Vukelić

    Wow, what an experience!! Hope you had the time of your life!!!

  • Mark Chamberlin

    Strictly Come Dancing UK is my fix because I’m unable to watch this!

  • Molli Vandehey

    i dont have cable so i have never seen this, but i have friends who are extremely hooked. looks like an incredible live experience!

  • Tami Lewis

    I dont watch the show but I can see how exciting it would be to be in the audience! I didn’t know they had celebrities in the audience!

  • mary czerczyk

    I love the show and never miss it . I bet that was so much fun to do.

  • Jennifer Bree Peters

    My mother & I have watched this show for years. It would be great to see it live

  • tabitha20634

    i cant pick a winner but we watch because my 9yr old daughter loves Tom Bergeron she became a huge fan after watching afv

  • Mai

    What an amazing experience! I love watching that show and am so envious that you got to see it live! 🙂

  • Wow, what an incredible experience! I love this show and that would be awesome.

  • Jerry Marquardt

    I love Dancing With The Stars. What a truly great experience.

  • tiago rosado

    i always find amazing the way this program’s are always a success at every country!!!

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