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Vanessa Lachey and Maks Chmerkovskiy dance next, performing a cha cha to “Woman” by Kesha feat. The Dap-Kinds Horns.

Bruno Tonioli says he liked that it was a proper cha cha, adding that her footwork and lines were excellent. He encourages her to keep it up. They score a 21 out of 30.

Watch Vanessa Lachey and Maks Chmerkovskiy’s Empowering Cha Cha

Welcome to the shining silver season of “Dancing with the Stars”! On Monday night, ABC’s hit reality competition officially returns for its 25th season and the 13 couples are bringing the fierceness to the dance floor. The dances featured on tonight’s two-hour-long premiere episode include the salsa, foxtrot, tango and cha cha. Audiences will get their first look at the stars and will also catch a glimpse of a few familiar faces, including two returning, fan-favorite pros. Two couples will be sent home next week as part of a double elimination—one on Monday night and the other on Tuesday during a live results show.

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According to ABC, Lachey is a 1998 Miss Teen USA winner who has since hosted or served as a correspondent for several television specials. “For two seasons, Lachey was the New York-based correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, the #1 syndicated entertainment newsmagazine in the world. During her time with Entertainment Tonight, she reported on the latest news regarding music, film, television and fashion.” She will be competing against her husband Nick.

The star-studded lineup for the 25th season of “Dancing with the Stars” includes former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, Hamilton’s Jordan Fisher, “Shark Tank” investor Barbara Corcoran, “Pretty Little Liars” star Sasha Pieterse and “Property Brothers” co-host Drew Scott. Other stars include Victoria Arlen, Nikki Bella and Nick Lachey. Fan-favorite pros Mark Ballas and Cheryl Burke also return to the dance floor this season, along with hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.

The judging panel features Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Their scores, along with America’s votes, determine which couples will go home and which ones will advance to compete for the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

“Dancing with the Stars” airs every Monday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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