'Dancing With the Stars' Season 26: Everything you need to know about the all-athlete season

The new season of Dancing With the Stars is almost here -- and it's unlike anything we've seen before. 

The show is switching things up for season 26, with a condensed season featuring all athletes. That means heightened competition, higher stakes and even more devastating eliminations, but we can hardly wait. 

With five Olympians, three which are figure skaters, and two basketball players, things are bound to get intense as the fight for the mirrorball trophy kicks off on Monday night's premiere. From the best team names to the show's new format, ET has everything you need to know about DWTS: Athletes.

WHO'S GOT THE BEST TEAM NAME?

1. #TeamBackThatPassUp: Josh Norman & Sharna Burgess

2. #TeamAxellent: Tonya Harding & Sasha Farber

3. #TeamPitchPerfect: Jennie Finch & Keo Motsepe

4. #TeamMoveItOrLougeIt: Chris Mazdzer & Witney Carson

5. #TeamFireandIce: Mirai Nagasu & Alan Bersten

6. #TeamMirrorBallers: Arike Ogunbowale & Gleb Savchenko

7. #TeamTallandSmall: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Lindsay Arnold

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8. #TeamJustFriends: Adam Rippon & Jenna Johnson

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9. #TeamHomeRun: Johnny Damon & Emma Slater

10. #TeamSpirit: Jamie Anderson & Artem Chigvintsev

HOW WILL ELIMINATIONS WORK? 

With the shortened season, the stars will only have four weeks to win the mirrorball -- altering the show's elimination schedule. Unlike regular seasons, there will be an elimination during week one, with voting taking place during the live show. 

The decision on who goes home will be based on both the judges' scores and viewers' live votes during the broadcast -- which means fans on the west coast and mountain time won't be given the opportunity to vote during their broadcast week one. 

HOW WILL THE SHOW BE FORMATTED? 

Fans will be faced with hard decisions for the rest of the season, as each week will most likely see two couples go home. 

"What I think is going to happen, we're going to have two dances a week," Gleb told ET earlier this month. "We have three weeks of rehearsals, four weeks of the show, and each week, we have two couples go home. So, it'll be really intense. It’s gonna fly!"

According to Artem, however, the compacted season is the perfect setting for an all-athletes competition. 

"Athletes notoriously do so well on the show, so I feel like it's going to be very competitive," he said. "I think everyone's really going to love it."

WHO'S A FRONTRUNNER?

Well, pretty much everyone. Artem put it best when he said that athletes have done well on the show, and it's no secret why. No matter what sport they come from, each contestant's body has been conditioned for physical activity -- and long hours in the gym. 

Now retired, Kareem is entering DWTS with 20 seasons of professional basketball under his belt. He was a record six-time NBA MVP, a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA selection and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. 

Also coming from the basketball world is Arike, while Josh comes from football and Johnny from baseball. And the season is also full of Olympic athletes, like Jennie (softball), Jamie (snowboarding) and Chris (luging). 

Tonya, meanwhile, is one of three figure skaters in the competition -- joining Olympians Mirai and Adam -- and was the first American woman to successfully land a triple axel in competition. It's that drive that Witney told ET makes her and the other skaters ones to watch out for. 

"They've had a lot of success on the show, for sure. A lot of them had won, so we're definitely eyeing them down," she confessed. "They're going to be our biggest [competition]."

WHAT'S NEW THIS SEASON? 

In addition to only athletes competing and the shortened time frame, this season of DWTS also has a new showrunner, Andrew Llinares, who plans to bring a little more emotion to the series. 

"The challenge is to find a way to hold on to the key values of the show, while moving it forward while keeping current and fresh," Llinares told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's definitely about evolution rather than revolution."

"Story and emotion are absolutely key for me. With that in mind, I want us to find ways to make the stories on the show even more compelling and the emotional connection, which the viewer has to the performances, even stronger," he continued. "I also want us to come up with ideas that surprise and excite the viewers every week, so that they keep coming back for more."

WHAT IS EACH PAIR DANCING TO?

The music choices on night one will include a couple special tributes. Most notably, Avicii's "Feeling Good" will set the stage for Jamie and Artem's dance, 10 days after the DJ's tragic death. And Adam will be dancing to RuPaul's "Sissy That Walk," after gushing about him to ET!

Adam & Jenna 
Cha Cha, "Sissy That Walk" by RuPaul

Arike & Gleb
Salsa, "Them Girls" by Whitney Myer 

Chris & Witney 
Salsa, "Mr. Put It Down" by Ricky Martin feat. Pitbull 

Jamie & Artem 
Viennese Waltz, "Feeling Good" by Avicii

Jennie & Keo
Foxtrot, "All-American Girl" by Carrie Underwood

Johnny & Emma
Foxtrot, "Centerfield" by John Fogerty

Josh & Sharna
Cha Cha "Finesse" by Bruno Mars 

Kareem & Lindsay 
Cha Cha, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" by Stevie Wonder

Mirai & Alan
Salsa, "No Excuses" by Meghan Trainor 

Tonya & Sasha 
Foxtrot, "When You Believe" by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey

Dancing With the Stars returns Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: TV personality Drew Scott (R) and dancer Emma Slater pose at 'Dancing with the Stars' season 25 at CBS Televison City on November 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2509' - The five remaining couples advance to the Semi-Finals as the competition heats up in anticipation of next week's crowning of the coveted Mirrorball trophy, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) DREW SCOTT, EMMA SLATER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2509' - The five remaining couples advance to the Semi-Finals as the competition heats up in anticipation of next week's crowning of the coveted Mirrorball trophy, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) EMMA SLATER, DREW SCOTT
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2509' - The five remaining couples advance to the Semi-Finals as the competition heats up in anticipation of next week's crowning of the coveted Mirrorball trophy, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) EMMA SLATER, DREW SCOTT
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2508' - The six remaining couples are prepping for a special night of dancing, in which they will perform two numbers - a regular couples dance and a special trio dance, in which one past season winner or finalist will be paired with each couple to compete, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 6 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) RASHAD JENNINGS, EMMA SLATER, DREW SCOTT
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2508' - The six remaining couples are prepping for a special night of dancing, in which they will perform two numbers - a regular couples dance and a special trio dance, in which one past season winner or finalist will be paired with each couple to compete, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOV. 6 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) EMMA SLATER, DREW SCOTT
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2507' - The eight remaining couples have spent the week learning all of the bloodcurdling tricks that it will take to treat the viewers to some terrifyingly fun dances, as Halloween Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCTOBER 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. ABC/Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) DREW SCOTT, EMMA SLATER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2507' - The eight remaining couples have spent the week learning all of the bloodcurdling tricks that it will take to treat the viewers to some terrifyingly fun dances, as Halloween Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCTOBER 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. ABC/Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) EMMA SLATER, DREW SCOTT
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: TV personality Drew Scott (L) and dancer Emma Slater pose at 'Dancing with the Stars' season 25 at CBS Televison City on October 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: TV personality Drew Scott (L) and dancer Emma Slater pose at 'Dancing with the Stars' season 25 at CBS Televison City on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2505' - The 10 remaining celebrities will transform into some of the most magical Disney characters from their favorite Disney films and celebrate the magnificence of 'Disney Night,' on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. ABC/Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) EMMA SLATER, DREW SCOTT
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2505' - The 10 remaining celebrities will transform into some of the most magical Disney characters from their favorite Disney films and celebrate the magnificence of 'Disney Night,' on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. ABC/Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, EMMA SLATER, DREW SCOTT
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2504' - The 11 remaining celebrities wax nostalgic as they stroll down memory lane and celebrate with a dance to a time in their lives that left a lasting impression, as Most Memorable Year night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. ABC/Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) DREW SCOTT, EMMA SLATER, JONATHAN SCOTT
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: TV personality Drew Scott (R) and dancer Emma Slater attend 'Dancing with the Stars' season 25 at CBS Televison City on October 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2502A' - With the first elimination having taken place on Monday, the 12 remaining celebrities ready themselves for one of the hottest nights in the ballroom - Latin Night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Each couple will perform a samba, rumba, cha cha, Paso Dobl� Argentine Tango or salsa, vying for America's vote. At the end of the night, the second elimination of the season will take place. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) EMMA SLATER, DREW SCOTT
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Drew Scott and Emma Slater attend 'Dancing With The Stars' season 25 taping at CBS Televison City on September 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2502' - The 13 celebrities dance to some of the most classic ballroom styles that everyone knows and loves, as Ballroom Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Each couple will perform timeless favorites, including a quickstep, waltz, tango, foxtrot or Viennese waltz, vying for America's vote. At the end of the night, the first elimination of the season will take place. ABC/Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) DREW SCOTT, EMMA SLATER
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: TV personality Drew Scott (L) and dancer Emma Slater attend 'Dancing with the Stars' season 25 at CBS Televison City on September 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - EMMA SLATER AND DREW SCOTT - The celebrity cast of 'Dancing with the Stars' are donning their glitzy wardrobe and slipping on their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, as the season kicks off on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - The cast of Season 25 of 'Dancing with the Stars,' are announced live on 'Good Morning America,' Wednesday, September 6, 2017 on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) EMMA SLATER, DREW SCOTT
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