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One couple is eliminated after two rounds of dancing, including freestyle performances featuring special effects.
At the beginning of the show it was announced that Billy Dee Williams would have to withdraw from the competition due to a back injury. Therefore, no one was eliminated at the end of the show.
The first elimination of the season occurs after the second week of performances.
The 18th-season opener begins with 12 celebrities, including Drew Carey, Billy Dee Williams, Candace Cameron Bure, NeNe Leakes and Cody Simpson. In a new twist, viewers get to vote to switch the stars' dance pairings at a certain point in the season. Also: Jason Derulo performs.