Season 8

Season eight of Dancing with the Stars premiered on Monday, March 9, 2009, as part of ABC's spring line-up. The show generally followed the format of previous seasons, with 13 couples, although there were some changes, including two new dances, and an occasional dance-off between the bottom two couples, in order to determine who will be eliminated. The show was again hosted by Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris. Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba all returned as judges again this season. Originally, the season was advertised as the first U.S. season where a husband and wife would compete against each other: rodeo champion Ty Murray and singer-songwriter Jewel. The two had married the previous year after a ten-year courtship. However, just prior to the series, Jewel fractured both her tibias and was unable to perform. She was replaced on the show by Playboy model Holly Madison. Murray chose to continue on the show, and Jewel appeared during the season as a special musical guest. Nancy O'Dell, the then co-host of Access Hollywood, was also originally announced to be on the show, but was forced to withdraw from the competition due to a torn meniscus, which required surgery. She was replaced by Melissa Rycroft, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader who won season 13 of The Bachelor. She only had two days to practice her first dance.

Season episodes list 8

S08E01

S08E01 : Episode 801 (aired on 03/09/2009)

Season eight begins with an all new set of dancers and an all-new feature in which a dance off will…
S08E02

S08E02 : Episode 802 (aired on 03/16/2009)

Week two of performances finds the contestants dancing the salsa or the quickstep.
S08E03

S08E03 : Episode 802A (aired on 03/17/2009)

The results from the first round are revealed. Jewel (who was forced to leave the show due to an…
S08E04

S08E04 : Episode 803 (aired on 03/23/2009)

Week three finds the performers dancing the fox trot or the samba.
S08E05

S08E05 : Episode 803A (aired on 03/24/2009)

The third results show also has a performance by singer Adele and the duo Hall & Oates.
S08E06

S08E06 : Episode 804 (aired on 03/30/2009)

Week four's performances include the Argentine tango and the Lindy Hop.
S08E07

S08E07 : Episode 804A (aired on 03/31/2009)

The fourth round of performances has led to two more contestants being released.
S08E08

S08E08 : Episode 805 (aired on 04/06/2009)

Week five performances has the contestants dancing the paso doble or Viennese waltz.
S08E09

S08E09 : Episode 805A (aired on 04/07/2009)

Week five brings another elimination for one team, after Grammy Award singer Etta James and Demi…
S08E10

S08E10 : Episode 806 (aired on 04/13/2009)

Week six in the competition finds the performers dancing the rumba or the jive.
S08E11

S08E11 : Episode 806A (aired on 04/14/2009)

The results of round six are revealed, along with a performance from Rascal Flatts.
S08E12

S08E12 : Episode 807 (aired on 04/20/2009)

Week seven finds the contestants participating in a 1960's themed group dance.
S08E13

S08E13 : Episode 807A (aired on 04/21/2009)

Week seven finds one more dancer removed from the show, along with a performance from Natasha…
S08E14

S08E14 : Episode 808 (aired on 04/27/2009)

Week eight of the competition finds the contestants dancing as a single and as a team.
S08E15

S08E15 : Episode 808A (aired on 04/28/2009)

Week eight of the competition finds one more voted off. Also, a performance by Robin Thicke, and…
S08E16

S08E16 : Episode 809 (aired on 05/04/2009)

Week nine finds the remaining contestants having to perform in two different dance styles.
S08E17

S08E17 : Episode 17 (aired on 05/05/2009)

S08E18

S08E18 : Episode 810 (aired on 05/11/2009)

Week 10 finds only four dancers remaining as they have two new dances to learn.
S08E19

S08E19 : Episode 810A (aired on 05/12/2009)

The results for week 10 are revealed as one more dancer is eliminated. Also, a performance from…
S08E20

S08E20 : Episode 811 (aired on 05/18/2009)

Week 11 is also the final week of performances for season 8, as each of the three remaining couples…
S08E21

S08E21 : Episode 811A (aired on 05/19/2009)

The season eight finale finds the remaining three celebrities performing a third dance before a…