Dancing With The Stars Season 28 is in full swing, complete with a cast of new stars, a couple of new pros, and most controversially of all – a new voting and elimination method!
Big Changes in the ‘DWTS’ Ballroom
How Do I Vote?
For the first time ever, there is no call-in voting, but there are two other methods that can be used to support your favorite teams. The show explains the new system like this:
“Each Monday night, the live vote (via abc.com, the ABC app and SMS/text) will be combined with the judges’ scores and tabulated in real-time, with the bottom two revealed during the broadcast. And for the first time in DWTS history, voting has been changed this season where the judges will decide which celebrity up for elimination stays in the competition and which celebrity’s journey comes to an end … Moving forward with each subsequent Monday night, the live vote combined with the judges’ scores will be revealed during the broadcast.”
‘DWTS’ Voting Online
To vote online, simply go to the “vote” page on the DWTS website during the live broadcast (8:00 to approximately 9:50 pm Eastern Time) and log in to your ABC account (you can create an account using an email and password if you don’t already have one, and you will only be able to do so from an American IP address).
Once logged in, you will be able to send up to 10 votes to each couple remaining in the competition.
‘DWTS’ Voting Via Text
Unlike with the previous phone call method of voting, the number is the same no matter who you are voting for; simply text the first name of the celebrity you are voting for (example, “JAMES”, “KATE”, “ALLY”, etc.) to the number 21523. Once again, you will only be able to send up to 10 votes to each contestant per phone number you are messaging from.
But Wait, What About The West Coast?
Unfortunately, due to the new nature of the elimination process, those in the Mountain and Pacific time zones will not be able to vote as the show is broadcast in their areas. However, if they log on to the website or text the number as the show is airing in the Eastern and Central time zones (so starting at 5:00 pm Pacific or 6:00 pm Mountain) their votes will still be counted towards that evening’s results.
Who are you rooting for this season of DWTS? Let us know in the comments below!