Here’s how voting will work on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’

Lots of things are different about “Dancing with the Stars” this season — it will feature just athletes, will only last four weeks, will have double eliminations every week, and will have a new voting system. In a recent Instagram video, Sharna Burgess, who’s partnered with Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, revealed how the voting will work — the IG story has since expired, but the good folks at @DancingABCStats recapped what she said — and ABC has since confirmed it.

So here’s how it goes:

– For Week 1, eliminations will be based on judges’ scores and votes cast in the ET/CT time zones during the live broadcast. Voting will open only at at the beginning of the show and will close a few minutes after the last couple dances. Puerto Rico can also vote now.

– You can change your vote on the official “Dancing” website during the show. So if, say, you had already voted for Adam Rippon’s amazing tango, but Tonya Harding later throws down a killer cha-cha and you’re like, “Damn! I didn’t know she had that in her,” just log on and switch your vote.

– Votes and scores will be tallied at the end of the the premiere for the eliminations.

– After the premiere episode ends, overnight voting will open for phone, and Facebook to be factored into the Week 2 eliminations. Phone voting is open until 5 a.m. ET on Tuesday, and and Facebook voting are open until 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday. You can change your vote as many times as you want on and Facebook during the voting window.

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Since “Dancing” switched to a once-a-week format in Season 17, the show has typically done a non-elimination week the first week in order to use that week’s votes for the following week’s elimination. But that obviously won’t fly in a truncated installment like this.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out because the show is not live coast-to-coast, so those on the West Coast and in the Mountain time zone won’t be able to watch and vote at the same time for Week 1. This means some fans would be voting for a couple just because they like them without having seen them dance, so anyone coming in with a large fan base is at a big advantage. (Suggestion to ABC: Post a clip immediately after every couple dances so the other half of the country has the ability to see them before they vote.)

What do you think of this format?

Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” premieres Monday, April 30 at 8/7c on ABC.

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