“Dancing with the Stars” returns Monday to ABC with a whole new set of celebrities who have been working relentlessly to hone their dancing skills these past few weeks.
The first episode of the season will be a two-hour special that will see each couple dancing a cha cha, Fox trot, jive, tango or a quickstep in a bid to impress the judges as well as the American audience. There will not be an elimination in the first week.
Here are a few interesting facts about Season 22:
Athlete-heavy: Season 22 of “Dancing with the Stars” features the most number of NFL players ever to appear on the show. Antonio Brown, Doug Flutie and Von Miller are vying for the Mirror Ball Trophy this year. “It wasn’t planned as such,” executive producer Rob Wade told TVGuide. “We obviously look for people with different careers… [The players] are very different people, but we liked them all individually.”
Unscripted moments: This year will feature a lot more interviews and behind-the-scene shots that will help viewers get an insight into the personality of the stars.
Dance numbers for opening night: Find below the list of songs and dances that have been prepared for the premiere night.
Mischa Barton & Artem Chigvintsev: Tango to “In the Night” by The Weeknd
Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess: Quickstep to “Bad Man” by Pitbull
Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd: Cha Cha – “Cake by the Ocean”by DNCE
Kim Fields & Sasha Farber: Cha Cha to “Sax” by Fleur East
Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff: Fox Trot to “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
Marla Maples & Tony Dovolani: Quickstep to “Sparkling Diamonds” from Moulin Rouge soundtrack
Von Miller & Witney Carson: Fox Trot to “My House” by Flo Rida
Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold: Cha Cha to “Motownphilly” by Boyz II Men
Geraldo Rivera & Edyta Sliwinska: Cha Cha to “Treasure” by Bruno Mars
Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe: Tango to “Confident” by Demi Lovato
Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas: Fox Trot to “Ain’t Got Far To Go” by Jess Glynne
Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy: Jive to “Move” from the musical Dreamgirls
“Dancing with the Stars” returns Monday, March 21 at 8 p.m EDT on ABC. Click here to watch the episode online.