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Tony Dovolani
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Information
Full Name Driton Dovolani
Nickname(s) Tony
Gender Male
Date of Birth July 17, 1973
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Brown
Network
Job Pro Partner (2–22)
Production
First Season Season 2
Last Season Season 22
Duration 2006–16

Driton "Tony" Dovolani (born July 17, 1973) is an Albanian professional ballroom dancer, instructor and judge based in New York City. He is known for his involvement in the American version of Dancing with the Stars on ABC. Dovolani also portrayed a Latin bad boy in the hit film Shall We Dance? and spent time coaching actress Jennifer Lopez.

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Dovolani was partnered with professional wrestler Stacy Keibler in Season 2, where they made it to the finals and finished in third place. In Season 3, he was partnered with country music star Sara Evans. Midway through the season, Evans withdrew from the competition for personal reasons. He returned to the show on March 19 for Season 4, this time partnered with talk show host Leeza Gibbons.[3] They were the third couple eliminated from the competition and finished in 9th place.

He competed in Season 5, partnered with actress Jane Seymour.[4] They were the seventh couple eliminated from the competition and finished in sixth place. In Season 6, his partner was Broadway actress Marissa Jaret Winokur. They were eliminated in the semi-finals and finished in fourth place. Dovolani competed in Season 7 of Dancing with the Stars with actress Susan Lucci of All My Children as his partner. They were eliminated in Week 7 and came in sixth.

In the eighth season, he was originally paired with Nancy O'Dell, the then-host of Access Hollywood. However, on March 5 she withdrew from the competition because of a torn meniscus sustained during pre-season practice. With only two days to practice, Melissa Rycroft, fresh off her The Bachelor appearance, stepped in and became his new celebrity partner. They made it to the finals and took third place in the competition.

In the ninth season, he was partnered with former model and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland. They were the third couple to be eliminated, finishing in 14th place. For Season Ten, Dovolani was partnered with former reality star Kate Gosselin from Jon and Kate Plus 8/Kate Plus 8. They were the fourth couple eliminated, finishing in 8th place. For the eleventh season, he was partnered with The Hills star Audrina Patridge. They were the sixth couple eliminated, finishing in 7th place. For Season 12, his partner was talk show host Wendy Williams. They were the second couple eliminated, finishing in tenth place. For Season 13, his partner was singer Chynna Phillips. Phillips was eliminated in week four. For Season 14, his partner was tennis champion Martina Navratilova. They were the first couple to be eliminated. Dovalani was once again partnered with Melissa Rycroft forseason 15 and they became champions of the season. For season 16, he partnered with country singer Wynonna Judd and were eliminated in the third week of competition. For season 17, he was partnered with actress Leah Remini and finished in 5th place. For season 18, he is partnered with reality star NeNe Leakes.

Season Partner Place
2 Stacy Kiebler 3rd
3 Sara Evans 6th
4 Leeza Gibbons 9th
5 Jane Seymour 6th
6 Marissa Jaret Winokur 4th
7 Susan Lucci 6th
8 Melissa Rycroft 3rd
9 Kathy Ireland 14th
10 Kate Gosselin 8th
11 Audrina Patridge 7th
12 Wendy Williams 10th
13 Chynna Phillips 9th
14 Martina Navratilova 12th
15 Melissa Rycroft 1st
16 Wynonna Judd 11th
17 Leah Remini 5th
18 NeNe Leakes 7th
19 TBA TBA

Performances[edit]Edit

Season 2 - With celebrity partner: Stacy Kiebler

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz/ "I Wonder Why" 8 6 8 Safe
2 Rumba/ "I'm like a Bird" 9 10 10 Safe
3 Tango/ "Cell Block Tango" 9 9 9 Safe
4 Foxtrot/"Cold, Cold Heart" 8 9 9 Safe
5 Samba/"Bootylicious"

Group Salsa/"Rhythm Is Gonna Get You"

10

No

10

Scores

10

Given

Safe
6 Jive/"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"

Group Viennese Waltz/"Fallin'"

10

No

10

Scores

10

Given

Safe
7 Quickstep/"You Can't Hurry Love"

Cha-Cha-Cha/"Since U Been Gone"

9

9

9

9

9

10

Bottom 2
8 Jive/"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"

Freestyle/"Stayin' Alive" Samba/"Livin' La Vida Loca"

10

8 10

10

9 10

10

9 10

Third Place

Season 3 - With celebrity partner: Sara Evans

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "Mandy" 5 5 5 Safe
2 Mambo/ "Papa Loves Mambo" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Jive/ "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" 8 9 8 Safe
4 Paso Doble/ "The Phantom of the Opera" 6 7 7 Safe
5 Samba/ "I Wish" 8 8 8 Withdrawn

Season 4 - With celebrity partner: Leeza Gibbons

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "Strangers in the Night" 5 5 5 No Elimination
2 Mambo/ "Independent Woman Part I" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Tango/ "Jealousy" 8 8 8 Bottom 2
4 Paso Doble/ "You Give Love a Bad Name" 6 5 5 Eliminated

Season 5 - With celebrity partner: Jane Seymour

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" 8 8 8 Safe
2 Mambo/ "Cuban Pete" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Tango/ "Perfida" 9 9 9 Safe
4 Vienesse Waltz/ "Piano Man" 8 9 9 Safe
5 Rumba/ "Breathe Again" 8 9 9 Bottom Two
6 Jive/ "Modern Love"

Group Rock 'n Roll/ "Rockin Robin"

8

No

7

Scores

7

Given

Safe
7 Quickstep/ "I Walk the Line"

Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Venus"

8

8

8

9

8

9

Eliminated

Season 6 - With celebrity partner: Marissa Jaret Winokur

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Low" 6 6 6 No Elimination
2 Quickstep/ "Flip, Flop and Fly" 7 7 7 Last to be called safe
3 Jive/ "Girlfriend" 6 7 6 Safe
4 Paso Doble/ "My Family is My Life" 8 8 8 Safe
5 Samba/ "Tambourine" 8 8 8 Safe
6 Vienesse Waltz/ "Delilah"

Country Western/ "Cotton-Eyed Joe"

9

No

8

Scores

9

Given

Safe
7 Tango/ "Champagne Tango"

Rumba/ "Quando, Quando, Quando"

9

9

9

8

9

8

Bottom 2
8 Foxtrot/ "New York, New York"

Mambo/ "Ritmo de Chunga"

9

8

8

8

8

9

Safe
9 Quickstep/ "Around the World"

Rumba/ "Just the Two of Us"

9

8

9

9

8

9

Eliminated

Season 7 - With celebrity partner: Susan Lucci

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"

Quickstep/ "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"

5

7

5

7

5

8

Safe
2 Rumba/ "Waiting on the World to Change" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Jive/ "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" 7 7 7 Safe
4 Tango/ "La Bohemia" 8 8 8 Safe
5 Hustle/ "Upside Down" 7 7 8 Bottom 2
6 Mambo/ "Si Señor!..."

Old School Hip Hop/ "It Takes Two"

8

No

8*

Scores

7

Given

Last to be called safe
7 Paso Doble/ "The Ride"

Team Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Mercy"

8

6

8

7

8

7

Eliminated

Season 8 - With celebrity partner: Melissa Rycroft

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz/ "Moon River" 8 7 8 No Elimination
2 Salsa/ "The Cup of Life" 9 8 9 Safe
3 Foxtrot/ "Recipe for Love" 9 9 9 Safe
4 Lindy Hop/ "Brown Derby Jump" 10 9 10 Safe
5 Paso Doble/ "Poker Face" 8 8 9 Safe
6 Rumba/ "If I Were a Boy" 9 9 9 Safe
7 Argentine Tango/ "Mi Confesión"

1960's Group Dance/ "The Clapping Song"

10

No

9

Scores

10

Given

Safe
8 Jive/ "We Got the Beat"

Team Mambo/ "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"

7

8

7

8

7

9

Bottom Two
9 Viennese Waltz/ "Angel"

Samba/ "Jaleo"

9

10

9

10

9

10

Safe
10 Quickstep/ "I Got Rhythm"

Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Save the Last Dance for Me"

9

9

10

9

9

9

Bottom Two
11 Paso Doble/ "So What"

Freestyle/ "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" Samba/ "Jaleo"

10

9 10

9

9 10

10

9 10

Third Place

Season 9 - With celebrity partner: Kathy Ireland

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Salsa/ "Mambo Gonzon"

Foxtrot relay/ "The Best is Yet to Come"

6

Awarded

5

4

5

Points

Last to be Called Safe
2 Quickstep/ "Shall We Dance?" 6 6* 6 Eliminated

Season 10 - With celebrity partner: Kate Gosselin

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Viennese Waltz/ "She's Always a Woman" 6 5 5 No Elimination
2 Jive/ "I'm Still Standing" 5 5 5 Safe
3 Paso Doble/ "Paparazzi" 5 5 5 Safe
4 Tango/ "For Your Entertainment" 4

6

5

6

5

6

Safe
5 Foxtrot/ "Don't You (Forget About Me)" 5 5 5 Eliminated

Season 11 - With celebrity partner: Audrina Patridge

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "California Gurls" 6 7 6 Safe
2 Quickstep/ "Love Machine" 8 8 7 Safe
3 Waltz/ "Let It Be Me" 8 9 9 Safe
4 Argentine Tango/ "Somebody to Love" 8

7

8

7

8

8

Safe
5 Rumba/"Unwritten" 7 8 8 Safe
6 Paso Doble/"Another One Bites the Dust"

Rock 'n Roll/"La Grange"

8

Awarded

8

8

8

Points

Eliminated

Season 12 - With celebrity partner: Wendy Williams

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "I'm Every Woman" 5 4 5 No Elimination
2 Quickstep/ "Do Your Thing" 6 5 6 Safe
3 Foxtrot/ "Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life" 5 5 5 Eliminated

Season 13 - With Celebrity partner: Chynna Phillips

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Viennese Waltz / "If I Ain't Got You" 8 7 7 Safe
2 Jive / "The Boy Does Nothing" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Rumba / "Hold On" 8 9 9 Safe
4 Tango / "Theme from Mission: Impossible" 7 7 7 Eliminated

Season 14 - With Celebrity partner: Martina Navratilova

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" 7 6 7 No Elimination
2 Jive / "Tell Her About It" 6 5 6 Eliminated

Season 15 - With celebrity partner: Melissa Rycroft; average: 28.0

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "Big Spender" 7.0 7.0 7.0 Safe
2 Jive / "Shout" 8.0 8.0 7.5 Safe
3 Samba / "Conga" 9.0 9.0 9.0 Safe
4 Jitterbug / "This Cat's On A Hot Tin Roof" 9.0 9.0 9.5* / 9.5 Safe
5 Tango / "Toxic"

Team Freestyle (Shawn) / "Call Me Maybe"

9.0

9.5

9.0

10.0

9.0

10.0

No Elimination
6 Viennese Waltz / "Why Ya Wanna"

Group Country Western / "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" & "I Play Chicken with a Train"

9.5

No

10.0

Scores

10.0

Given

Safe
7 Tango & Cha-Cha-Cha / "Die Young"

Swing Marathon / "Do Your Thing"

10.0

Awarded

9.5

10

9.5

Points

No Elimination
8 Quickstep / "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"

Paso Doble (Trio Challenge) / "Rumour Has It"

10.0

10.0

10.0

10.0

10.0

10.0

Safe
9 Hustle / "Walk the Dinosaur"

Argentine Tango / Dirty Diana

9.0

10.0

9.5

10.0

9.0

10.0

Safe
10 Samba / "Conga"

Freestyle / I Was Here Instant Samba / "Life Is A Highway"

10.0

10.0 9.5

10.0

10.0 9.5

10.0

10.0 9.5

Winners

^* The additional score of 9.5 was awarded by guest judge Paula Abdul.

Season 16 - With celebrity partner: Wynonna Judd; average: 17.0

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "I've Got The Music In Me" 6 6 6 No Elimination
2 Quickstep / "Neutron Dance" 6 6 6 Safe
3 Prom Group Dance / "The Rockafeller Skank"

Samba / "Pour Some Sugar on Me"

No

5

Scores

5

Given

5

Eliminated

Season 17 - With celebrity partner: Leah Remini; average: 24.8

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Tears Dry On Their Own" 7 7 7 No Elimination
2 Samba / "María" 8 8 8 Safe
3 Rumba / "Skyfall" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Cha-cha-cha / "Papi" 8 8* 8 Safe
5 Contemporary / "Roar" 7 7 8 Last to be called safe
6 Quickstep / "Man Wanted"

Switch-Up Challenge /Various

9

Awarded

9

1

9

Points

No Elimination
7 Salsa / "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)"

Team Freestyle / "Bom Bom"

9

9

8

9

9

9

Safe
8 Viennese Waltz / "I Got You Babe"

Rumba Dance Off / "I Found Someone"

8

Awarded

9*

3

8

Points

Safe
9 Tango / "Love Me Again"

Jive (Trio Challenge) / "We're Not Gonna Take It"

9

9

9

9

9

9

Safe
10 Paso Doble / "Bad Romance"

Argentine Tango / "Bad Romance" (acoustic version)

8

8

8

8

8*/8

8*/9

Eliminated


Season 18 - With celebrity partner: NeNe Leakes; average: 23.5

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Give It 2 U" 7 7 7 No Elimination
2 Jive / "Do My Thing" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Rumba / "I Believe in You and Me" 8 7/81 8 Safe
42 Jazz / "Grown Woman" 8 8/83 8 No Elimination
5 Foxtrot / "Cruella de Vil" 9 9/94 9 Safe
6 Salsa / "Hot in Herre" 8 95/8 8 Safe
7 Argentine Tango / "Can't Remember to Forget You"

Team Freestyle / "The Cup of Life"

8

8

86 / 7

10 /8

8

9

Eliminated

1The additional score of Week 3 was given by Robin Roberts

2For this week only, as part of the "Partner Switch-Up" week, NeNe Leakes did not perform with Dovolani and instead performed with Derek Hough.

3Additional score of Week 4 was given by Julianne Hough

4Additional score of Week 5 was given by Donny Osmond

5Additional score of Week 6 was given by Redfoo

6Additional score of Week 7 was given by Ricky Martin

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