ABC’S “DANCING WITH THE STARS” WELCOMES WORLD FAMOUS AUSTRALIAN DIRECTOR BAZ LUHRMANN AS GUEST JUDGE ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AND TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

“Dancing with the Stars” welcomes Baz Luhrmann to the ballroom as a guest judge during Week 2 of the competition, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET) and TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m.) on the ABC Television Network. Luhrmann joins dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges’ table while head judge Len Goodman takes a week off from the competition.

Baz Luhrmann is a Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated Australian film director, screenwriter and producer best known for his “Red Curtain Trilogy,” comprising the films “Strictly Ballroom,” “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge!” In 2008 he completed the outback epic “Australia,” starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. His work as a writer and director extends beyond film to opera, the stage, as a music producer, including the hit single “Everybody’s Free (to wear Sunscreen).” Luhrmann also devised, produced and directed the influential 2004 campaign to re-launch Chanel No. 5 with Nicole Kidman and the “Go Walkabout” campaign for Tourism Australia in 2008.

“Dancing with the Stars” is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Rob Wade is co-executive producer. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

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