Train performed "Hey, Soul Sister" while Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Dmitry Chaplin, Tony Dovolani, Chelsie Hightower and Lacey Schwimmer danced, and also performed "Drops of Jupiter", which featured dancing by Karina Smirnoff and Louis van Amstel.

The Macy's Stars of Dance segment featured Viva Elvis by Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil.

This season also features other changes such as the "red room" being inside of the ballroom, enclosed by glass walls (affectionately referred to as "The Celebriquarium" by Bergeron), a balcony with a railing where the cast can stand and watch the performances live rather than on a monitor, and theme nights.

Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger won the competition over Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek and ESPN Sportscaster Erin Andrews, who took second and third, respectively.

Debi Nova performed "Drummer Boy", featuring dancing by Dmitry Chaplin, Tony Dovolani, Derek Hough and Damian Whitewood.

The Macy's Stars of Dance segment featured Iconic Movies dance by Marguerite Derricks with Debbie Allen.

Season ten of Dancing with the Stars premiered on March 22, 2010. Samantha Harris did not return as co-host for this season, due to her expanded correspondent duties on The Insider and Entertainment Tonight.

There was not an elimination the first week of competition. On March 8, 2010, Tom Bergeron announced on Good Morning America that his new co-host is season seven champion Brooke Burke.

Purdue advanced to the finals, with viewer votes offsetting their 24 to 22 deficit in judges' scores.

The May 18 episode featured Rutgers and Utah Valley.

Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba continued as the judges this season. Damian Whitewood, from the Broadway dance revue Burn the Floor, joined the list of professionals this season.