Patti LaBelle, who was eliminated from competition on April 20, returns to the “Dancing with Stars” (DWTS) ballroom for the show’s “10th Anniversary Special,” airing Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
The star-studded episode will be filled with show-stopping performances featuring past and present “DWTS” cast members and pro dancers, plus a look back at fan-favorite moments from the past 20 seasons. Dancing history will be made with the show’s largest opening number ever, featuring over 45 stars including the judges, hosts and Season 20 pro dancers performing alongside 15 celebrity alumni and seven returning pros.
According to the network, viewers can expect to see exciting new routines, with everything from an NFL football player ensemble to a “bromance” dance. Trading in their cleats for dance shoes, Super Bowl Champions Donald Driver, Hines Ward, Kurt Warner, Jacoby Jones, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice will perform a Latin pasodoble with Karina Smirnoff, Emma Slater and Anna Trebunskaya.
Throughout the night, nine Mirrorball winners will take the stage, including a dance showdown between season 18 winners Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and reigning champions Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson. Also scheduled to perform are Katherine Jenkins, Chelsea Kane, Kristi Yamaguchi, Amy Purdy, Maria Menounos, Melissa Rycroft and Kelly Monaco. Closing out the show will be a powerhouse performance of the Labelle hit, “Lady Marmalade,” by Grammy winner Patti LaBelle, hip hop diva Lil’ Kim and season 17 Mirrorball champion, Amber Riley of “Glee.”
“This is an outstanding milestone and a testament to the creativity and dedication of all the people who have been involved in the show over the last 10 years,” said “Dancing with the Stars” executive producer Rob Wade.