Flashback Friday: DWTS Season 1

First, I want to give Vogue complete credit for the idea, because she has started  a flashback Friday post over on PDH.

Since Season 20 will be a big 10 year anniversary for DWTS, I thought it would be a nice idea to take the time to look back on each of the past seasons, and see and discuss how the show evolved. We’ll do one season a week, and one dance from each of the contestants. If possible, I’ll try to find a pro dance from the season.

So here we are!

SEASON ONE premiered  June 1, 2005 and ran for 6 weeks. with 6 stars competing. Harold Wheeler Orchestra and his singers provided the music, and we had 3 judges, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Tom Bergeron was our host, and his co-host number one was Lisa Canning.


TRISTA SUTTER and LOUIS VAN AMSTEL was the first couple eliminated on DWTS. They danced a waltz and a rumba, and left the show on June 8, 2005. Here’s their waltz.

EVANDER HOLYFIELD and EDYTA SLIWINSKA was the second couple eliminated, on June 15, 2005. They danced a cha cha, quickstep and a jive. Here’s their quickstep.

RACHEL HUNTER AND JONATHAN ROBERTS were the third couple eliminated, on June 22, 2005. They danced waltz, rumba, tango, samba. Here’s their tango.


JOEY McINTYRE and ASHLY DEL GROSSO were the fourth couple eliminated, on June 29, 2005. They danced cha cha, quickstep, jive, samba, foxtrot, paso doble, and a group Viennese Waltz. Here’s their paso.

JOHN O’HURLEY and CHARLOTTE JORGENSEN and KELLY MONACO and ALEC MAZO were the last 2 standing. Kelly was crowned the winner on July 6, 2005, and then they had a Dance Off, where John was crowned the winner.  John and Charlotte danced cha cha, quickstep, tango, samba, foxtrot, paso doble, quickstep and freestyle as well as a group Viennese Waltz during the season, and rumba, waltz and freestyle in the dance off. Here’s John and Charlotte’s foxtrot.

Kelly and Alec danced waltz, rumba, jive, samba, foxtrot, paso doble, samba, freestyle, a group Viennese waltz and in the dance off, cha cha, quickstep and freestyle. Here’s their rumba.

And for fun, here’s the group Viennese Waltz.

Next week, we’ll look at Season 2.