Let's Dance (German TV series)

Summary

Let's Dance
GenreReality competition
Based onStrictly Come Dancing
Presented by
Judges
Opening themePepe Lienhard OrchesterLet’s Dance TV Theme
Country of originGermany
Original languageGerman
No. of seasons14
No. of episodes151
Production
Production locationsCologne, Germany (1–2, 4–)
Berlin, Germany (3)
Production companiesITV Studios Germany (1–7)
Seapoint Productions (8–)
Release
Original networkRTL
Original releaseApril 3, 2006 (2006-04-03) –
present
External links
Website

Let's Dance is a German dance competition television series that premiered on April 3, 2006, on RTL and filmed live in Cologne. The show is based on the British BBC Television series Strictly Come Dancing and is part of BBC Worldwide's Dancing with the Stars franchise.

The format of the show consists of a celebrity paired with a professional dancer. Each couple performs predetermined dances and competes against the others for judges' points and audience votes. The couple receiving the lowest combined total of judges' points and audience votes is eliminated each week until only the champion dance pair remains.

Format

Celebrities dance in the programs with a professional or successful tournament dancer in several dances. At the end of each performance, each jury member gives a score between one and ten. Which couples on the next Let's Dance show will participate and which not, will be determined by the jury rating and the audience, who can vote for their favorites by telephone at the end of the program. The last placed in the jury evaluation receives one point, the penultimate two points and so on. The same applies to the placements of the audience rating. (The organizer does not publish the results of the audience rating (number of callers or ranking list).) The highest placed person receives as many points as there are still couples in the race in the respective episode. Jury and spectator ratings are added together, the pair with the fewest points is eliminated. If there are several last-placed couples with the same rating, the couple with the lowest audience rating will be eliminated.[1]

Cast

Hosts

Nazan Eckes has been the host for seasons one to three. In season one and two, her co-host was Hape Kerkeling and in season three Daniel Hartwich. Between season four and ten Hartwich has been presenting alongside Sylvie Meis. The program is currently hosted by Hartwich and Austrian singer and former winner Victoria Swarovski. Oliver Geissen replaced Daniel Hartwich in the first regular show of season 11.

Presenter Season
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Nazan Eckes Main Contestant
Hape Kerkeling Main
Daniel Hartwich Main
Sylvie Meis Contestant Main
Victoria Swarovski Contestant Main
Oliver Geissen Guest

Judging panel

The judges in season one were Michael Hull, Markus Schöffl, Katarina Witt and Joachim Llambi. In season two Ute Lemper replaced Katarina Witt. The judges in season three were Harald Glööckler, Peter Kraus, Isabel Edvardsson and Joachim Llambi. In season four Roman Frieling replaced Peter Kraus and Motsi Mabuse replaced Isabel Edvardsson. In season five Maite Kelly replaced Harald Glööckler. From season six the judges are Jorge González, Motsi Mabuse and Joachim Llambi. Dieter Bohlen filled in for Ute Lemper for the season 2 final due to Lemper's scheduling conflicts.

Judge Season
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Joachim Llambi Main
Michael Hull Main
Markus Schöffl Main
Katarina Witt Main
Ute Lemper Main
Harald Glööckler Main
Peter Kraus Main
Isabel Edvardsson Professional dancer Main Professional dancer Professional dancer
Motsi Mabuse Professional dancer Main
Roman Frieling Main
Maite Kelly Contestant Main
Jorge Gonzalez Main
Dieter Bohlen Guest

Professional partners

Color key:

  Winner
  Runner-up
  3rd place
  Celebrity partner was eliminated first for the season
  Celebrity partner withdrew from the competition
  Still participating in the current season
  • Bold Denotes Current Professional Dancer

Series overview

Season Number of Duration dates Celebrity honor places
Couples Weeks Premiere Finale First place Second place Third place
1 8 8 April 3, 2006 May 21, 2006 Wayne Carpendale & Isabel Edvardsson Wolke Hegenbarth & Oliver Seefeldt Sandy Mölling & Roberto Albanese
2 10 May 14, 2007 June 30, 2007 Susan Sideropoulos & Christian Polanc Katja Ebstein & Oliver Seefeldt Giovane Élber & Isabel Edvardsson
3 April 9, 2010 May 28, 2010 Sophia Thomalla & Massimo Sinató Sylvie van der Vaart & Christian Polanc / Christian Bärens Nina Bott & Roberto Albanese
4 9 March 23, 2011 May 18, 2011 Maite Kelly & Christian Polanc Moritz A. Sachs & Melissa Ortiz-Gomez Thomas Karaoglan & Sarah Latton
5 12 11 March 14, 2012 May 23, 2012 Magdalena Brzeska & Erich Klann Rebecca Mir & Massimo Sinató Stefanie Hertel & Sergiy Plyuta
6 10 9 April 5, 2013 May 31, 2013 Manuel Cortez & Melissa Ortiz-Gomez Sıla Şahin & Christian Polanc Paul Janke & Ekaterina Leonova
7 March 28, 2014 May 30, 2014 Alexander Klaws & Isabel Edvardsson Tanja Szewczenko & Willi Gabalier Carmen Geiss & Christian Polanc
8 14 12 March 13, 2015 June 5, 2015 Hans Sarpei & Kathrin Menzinger Minh-Khai Phan-Thi & Massimo Sinató Matthias Steiner & Ekaterina Leonova
9 March 11, 2016 June 3, 2016 Victoria Swarovski & Erich Klann Sarah Lombardi & Robert Beitsch Jana Pallaske & Massimo Sinató
10 13 February 24, 2017 June 9, 2017 Gil Ofarim & Ekaterina Leonova Vanessa Mai & Christian Polanc Angelina Kirsch & Massimo Sinató
11 March 9, 2018 June 8, 2018 Ingolf Lück & Ekaterina Leonova Judith Williams & Erich Klann Barbara Meier & Sergiu Luca
12 March 15, 2019 June 14, 2019 Pascal Hens & Ekaterina Leonova Ella Endlich & Valentin Lusin Benjamin Piwko & Isabel Edvardsson
13 February 21, 2020 May 22, 2020 Lili Paul-Roncalli & Massimo Sinató Moritz Hans & Renata Lusin Luca Hänni & Christina Luft
14 February 26, 2021 May 28, 2021 Rúrik Gíslason & Renata Lusin Valentina Pahde & Valentin Lusin Nicolas Puschmann & Vadim Garbuzov

Dances

Dance Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4 Series 5 Series 6 Series 7 Christmas
special
Series 8 Series 9 Series 10 Series 11 Series 12 Series 13 Series 14
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Records

Highest-scoring celebrities

The scores presented below represent the best overall accumulative average scores the celebrity gained each season. Points have been adjusted because some seasons had 30 points and others 40 points.

Rank Celebrity Professional Average score Place Season
1 Ella Endlich Valentin Lusin 28.53 2/14 Season 12
2 Lili Paul-Roncalli Massimo Sinató 27.95 1/14 Season 13
3 Vanessa Mai Christian Polanc 27.55 2/14 Season 10
4 Valentina Pahde Valentin Lusin 27.37 2/14 Season 14
5 Victoria Swarovski Erich Klann 27.00 1/14 Season 9
Jana Pallaske Massimo Sinató 3/14 Season 9
7 Rúrik Gíslason Renata Lusin 26.89 1/14 Season 14
8 Luca Hänni Christina Luft 26.63 3/14 Season 13
9 Gil Ofarim Ekaterina Leonova 26.35 1/14 Season 10
10 Pascal Hens Ekaterina Leonova 26.26 1/14 Season 12

Lowest-scoring celebrities

The scores presented below represent the worst overall accumulative average scores the celebrity gained each season.

Rank Celebrity Professional Average score Place Season
1 Bernhard Brink Sarah Latton 5.25 7/10 Season 7
2 Ulli Potofski Kathrin Menzinger 6.70 6/14 Season 9
3 Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen Helena Kaschurow 6.75 12/12 Season 5
4 Niels Ruf Otlile Mabuse 7.00 14/14 Season 9
Jörg Draeger Marta Arndt 14/14 Season 10
6 Cora Schumacher Erich Klann 8.00 13/14 Season 8
7 Arthur Abraham Nina Uszkureit 8.25 10/10 Season 3
8 Chakall Marta Arndt 8.40 11/14 Season 11
9 Cindy Berger Marius Iepure 8.50 9/10 Season 7
10 Jenny Elvers Sascha Karabey 9.00 10/10 Season 2
Patrice Bouédibéla Ekaterina Leonova 10/10 Season 7
Cathy Hummels Marius Iepure 14/14 Season 8
Kerstin Ott Regina Luca 10/14 Season 12
  indicates the winning contestant in his/her season.
  indicates the runner-up contestant in his/her season.
  indicates the third place contestant in his/her season.
  indicates the contestant eliminated first in his/her season.

Perfect scores

This is a list of celebrities who earned perfect scores (team dances are not included).

Professionals with perfect scores

Specials

Let’s Dance – Let’s Christmas

The show celebrated a special called Let’s Dance – Let’s Christmas with 5 Celebrities from the past seasons on December 20, 2013, and on December 21, 2013.

Magdalena Brzeska won the special.

Celebrity Known for Let's Dance
history
Professional partner Status
Manuel Cortez Actor season 6 winner Oana Nechiti Eliminated
on December 20, 2013
Susan Sideropoulos Actress season 2 winner Stefano Terrazzino Eliminated
on December 20, 2013
Moritz A. Sachs Actor season 4 runner-up Isabel Edvardsson Third place
on December 21, 2013
Sophia Thomalla Actress season 3 winner Massimo Sinató Runner-Up
on December 21, 2013
Magdalena Brzeska Gymnast season 5 winner Erich Klann Winner
on December 21, 2013

Let’s Dance – Die große Profi-Challenge

  indicates the winning couple.
  indicates the runner-up couple.
  indicates the third-place couple.

2019

Under the motto Let's Dance – Die große Profi-Challenge (The big professional challenge), only the professionals competed for the first time on June 27, 2019. The judges were Jorge Gonzalez, Motsi Mabuse and Joachim Llambi, they judged but didn't gave points. The hosts were Daniel Hartwich and Victoria Swarovski. A vote in the studio audience decided on the winners.

The solo dancers and some of the couples had other dancers on the floor. The professional challenge was won by Ekaterina Leonova and Massimo Sinató, second came Kathrin Menzinger and Vadim Garbuzov and third came Renata Lusin and Valentin Lusin. The two winners were promised to choose their partners among the celebrities themselves at Let's Dance 2020.

Running order
Order Couple Freestyle dance
1 Renata Lusin & Valentin Lusin Tango & Slowfox
2 Christina Luft Aerial acrobatics & Freestyle
3 Regina Luca & Sergiu Luca Hip Hop & Rhythmic gymnastics & Cha-Cha-Cha & Rumba & Jive
4 Ekaterina Leonova & Massimo Sinató Argentine tango
5 Kathrin Menzinger & Vadim Garbuzov Contemporary & Rumba
6 Robert Beitsch & Anastasia Bodnar Cha-Cha-Cha & Charleston & Waacking & Breakdance & Samba & Salsa
7 Marta Arndt & Evgeny Vinokurov & Evgenij Voznyuk Contemporary & Rumba & Paso Doble
8 Christian Polanc Contemporary & Paso Doble
9 Katja Kalugina & Andrzej Cibis Samba & Rumba & Commercial
10 Oana Nechiti & Erich Klann Argentine tango & Contemporary

2020

Also in 2020 there was a professional challenge, which was broadcast live on May 29, 2020, differently than in the previous year due to the pandemic without a studio audience, who had decided on the winner in the previous year. The judges were again Jorge Gonzalez, Motsi Mabuse and Joachim Llambi, they judged but didn't gave points. The hosts were again Daniel Hartwich and Victoria Swarovski.

Christina Luft and Christian Polanc won the second professional challenge and second came Isabel Edvardsson and Marcus Weiß. Renata and Valentin Lusin took third place, as in the previous year. For Let's Dance 2021, the two winners can choose their partners among the celebrities themselves.

Running order
Order Couple Freestyle dance Music
1 Marta Arndt & Robert Beitsch Contemporary, Rumba & Samba Tarzan medley
2 Kathrin Menzinger & Vadim Garbuzov Argentine Tango, Rumba, Paso Doble & Contemporary "Lose Yourself" - Eminem, "I Believe I Can Fly" - R. Kelly, "Natural" - Imagine Dragons, "Titanium" - Madilyn Bailey
3 Andrzej Cibis & Victoria Kleinfelder-Cibis Rumba, Contemporary, Argentine Tango & Paso Doble "O Gente Da Minha Terra" & "Libertango" - Mariza Piazzolla
4 Christina Luft & Christian Polanc Paso Doble, Flamenco, Samba, Salsa, Argentine Tango & Rumba "Ameksa (The Shepard)" & "El Mariachi" - Taalbi Brothers
5 Alona Uehlin & Anton Skuratov Slowfox, Tango, Viennese Waltz & Hip Hop Michael Jackson medley
6 Evgeny Vinokurov & Nina Bezzubova Rumba, Samba & Contemporary "Diese Liebe" - Joel Brandenstein
7 Regina Luca & Sergiu Luca Samba, African Dance & Rumba "Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran, "Ndonele" - Ndlovu Youth Choir, "Waka Waka" - Vusi Nova
8 Renata Lusin & Valentin Lusin Tango, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep & Slowfox Anastasia Medley
9 Erich Klann & Anne-Marie Kot Contemporary & Pole dance "Somebody's Watching Me" - Hidden Citizens
10 Isabel Edvardsson & Marcus Weiß Rumba, American Smooth & Slowfox "Endless Love" - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

2021

Running order
Order Couple Freestyle dance Music
1 Andrzej Cibis & Victoria Kleinfelder-Cibis Contemporary, Freestyle & Jitterbug "You're the One That I Want"–John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John/Alex & Sierra
2 Evgeny Vinokurov & Nina Bezzubova Rumba & Contemporary "Childhood Remembered"–Kevin Kern
3 Marta Arndt & Christian Polanc Paso Doble, Argentine Tango, Slow Jive, Rumba & Contemporary "Cry Me a River"–Michael Bublé/"No Time to Die"–Billie Eilish
4 Robert Beitsch, Oxana Lebedew & Kashka Acrobatics, Rumba, Contemporary & Samba "Sing It Back"–Moloko
5 Christina Luft & Luca Hänni Contemporary, Viennese Waltz & Freestyle "Wo warst du"–Luca Hänni
6 Alexandru Ionel & Patricija Belousova Tango, Slowfox & Paso Doble "Amore Mio O Mare E Tu"–Andrea Bocelli & Dulce Pontes
7 Renata Lusin & Valentin Lusin Tango, Waltz & Paso Doble "The Queens Gambit (Main Theme)"–C. R. Rivera/"Chess"–Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
8 Kathrin Menzinger & Vadim Garbuzov Rumba, Paso Doble, Argentine tango, Samba, & Contemporary "Ain't No Sunshine"–Bill Withers
Alona Uehlin & Anton Skuratov (with Anton Tsarenko & Mark Tsarenko) Tango "Libertango"–Astor Piazzolla
Malika Dzumaev & Zsolt Sándor Cseke Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba & Jive "María"/"La Bomba"/"She Bangs"/"Casi un Bolero"/"Livin' la Vida LocaRicky Martin
Regina Luca & Sergiu Luca Paso Doble & Argentine Tango "Natural"–Imagine Dragons

Llambis Tanzduell

In 2019 and 2020, RTL broadcast the spin-off show Llambis Tanzduell (Llambi's dance duel). In each episode, Let's Dance judge Joachim Llambi sends two professional dancers or celebrities abroad, where they learn unknown local dances. They are supported by local dance trainers. Afterwards, both of them present their skills in front of spectators in national costume together with a local dance group and also solo. Back in Germany, the professional dancers meet Llambi again and review their experiences with the images. At the end of the dance, the local dance trainers and Llambi give it a grade between 1 and 10. The sum of both points awarded determines the winner of the duel.

Let’s Dance – Kids

In March 2021, RTL announced that it would broadcast Let’s Dance – Kids on its own streaming platform TVNOW from April 9, 2021, for four episodes. As in the original version, Daniel Hartwich and Victoria Swarovski were the presenters. Also formed Joachim Llambi, Motsi Mabuse and Jorge Gonzalez the jury.

The show is based on the American version Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.

References

  1. ^ "Let's Dance: Was ist erlaubt und was ist verboten?". rtl.de (in German). June 1, 2016.

External links

  • Let's Dance at IMDb
  • Official website