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Dancing with the Stars 2014 Results Tonight, Elimination Rules Changes Season 18

By Staff
Mar 17, 2014
DWTS 2014 - Rules Changes for Results, Eliminations for Season 18.

Tonight is the first night of Dancing with the Stars for the 2014 season, what are the rules changes for the results going forward?

DWTS has decided to give viewers votes more weight for season 18 and the show is making a big change to the way couples will be eliminated this season.

Last season, Dancing with the Stars combined the prior week's voting results from fans with the current week's judges scores to decide who would be going home for that week.

This season, the judges scores won't count directly towards the elimination, only the viewers votes will count towards sending a DWTS couple home each week.

The show is again on only on Monday night, so each Monday the couple's will dance and receive judge's scores from Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Toniolo.

The viewers will then vote for their favorite couple and those votes will be the way couples are eliminated.

That means after each Monday's show, DWTS will know by Tuesday morning who is going home.

However...

That already eliminated couple will still dance the next week and receive scores from the judges, but their votes won't count as they will be officially eliminated at the end of the show.

Another rules change this year is called "The Switch Up" and will allow America to vote on how they'd like to change up the celebrity and professional partner pairings at some point in the season, reportedly as soon as Week 3.

Here are the couples who are on Dancing with the Stars 2014 to start season 18 (before 'The Switch Up).

DWTS Couples 2014:

Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas

Wonder Years actress Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Swimmer Diana Nyad & Henry Byalikov

Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani

Pop star Cody Simpson & Witney Carson

The Price is Right host Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke

Olympic ice dancing gold medalist Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Olympic ice dancing gold medalist Charlie White & Sharna Burgess

Para-snowboarder Amy Purdy (who lost both her legs after contracting menigitis) & Derek Hough

Former NHL player Sean Avery & Karina Smirnoff

Singer/actor Billy Dee Williams & Emma Slater

Big Time Rush band member/actor James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd

DWTS Season 18 premieres Monday, March 17 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Tonight's dances and results, including the judges scores:

NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani danced the Cha-Cha-Cha

Judges' Scores: 7+7+7=21

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd danced the Foxtrot

Judges' Scores: 7+7+7=21

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy danced the Foxtrot

Judges' Scores: 8+8+8=24


Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff danced Contemporary

Judges' Scores:7+6+7=20


Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater danced the Cha-Cha-Cha

Judges' Scores: 5+5+5=15

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced the Cha-Cha-Cha

Judges' Scores: 8+8+8=24

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas danced Contemporary

Judges' Scores: 9+8+8=25


Cody Simpson and Witney Carson danced the Cha-Cha-Cha


Judges' Scores: 7+7+8=22


Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke danced the Foxtrot


Judges' Scores: 7+7+7=21

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough danced the Cha-Cha-Cha

Judges' Scores: 8+8+8=24

Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov danced the Foxtrot

Judges' Scores: 6+6+6=18

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess danced Contemporary

Judges' Scores: 9+9+9=27

Next week - one couple will be eliminated on tonight's votes.

(Image: ABC)

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