Stevie Wonder-ful week on Dancing With The Stars, Monday 8 p.m. ET

Fans once again get a say via Twitter on the first team dances to help their favorite competitors stick around for another week Photo: Will Stevie Wonder come to Andy Dick's rescue this week on DWTS? / Photo ABC Adam Taylor

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SAN DIEGO – April 22, 2013 – If you’re a Stevie Wonder fan – and who isn’t – you’ll be happy with Monday’s theme on “Dancing With The Stars.”

It’s “Stevie Wonder Week,” with all of the remaining couples dancing their routines to songs from the massive Stevie Wonder catalog of songs. We don’t know the specific song choices as of publication for the individual dances. But this week, team dances come into play, and the songs “Higher Ground” and Superstition” have been assigned to the teams.

Stevie Wonder will be performing live on “Dancing with the Stars” in honor of the 50th anniversary of his first number one hit. DWTS musical director and conductor Harold Wheeler says Wonder will perform twice, and promises some additional surprises are in store.

Wheeler says the producers considered having Wonder play live for every single performance, but Wheeler nixed the idea, explaining that the dances are only a minute and a half long. “Stevie would have to learn abbreviated version of every single dance, and there can’t be any ad libbing, which Wonder is known for,” according to Wheeler.

At the halfway point, Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy are the ones to beat for the Mirror Ball Trophy. Photo: ABC / Adam Taylor.

Fans will get to vote via Twitter for the winners of the Team dances. Points will be factored into each couples’ overall score. DWTS producers have fallen in love with Twitter voting by fans because they want to encourage viewing by the desirable younger demographic, the same demographic they imagine being on Twitter.

The truth is, there are hardcore fans doing the voting on Twitter who would be watching and cheering on their favorites anyway. As gimmicks go, it’s relatively harmless. These votes don’t make or break any one couple at this point of the competition.

Reminders about voting: vote online, by phone, or vote via text message using the last four numbers for any couple. You can vote online at the official Dancing With The Stars page on Facebook,  or the ABC Dancing With The Stars page.

Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: Foxtrot, Dancing 1st
Voting # 1-800-868-3408
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold: Rumba
Voting # 1-800-868-3402
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: Tango
Voting # 1-800-868-3403
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: Samba
Voting # 1-800-868-3407
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: Quickstep (Song choice rumored to be “Part Time Lover”)
Voting # 1-800-868-3401
Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy: Cha Cha Cha
Voting # 1-800-868-3406
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess:  N/A (Song choice rumored to be “Signed Sealed Delivered”)
Voting # 1-800-868-3411
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: Quickstep (Song choice rumored to be “Sir Duke”)
Voting # 1-800-868-3412

Team Samba – Dancing to “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder
Kellie Picker and Derek Hough, Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess, Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, and Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd

Team Paso – Dancing to “Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder
Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy, Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff, Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold, and Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson

“Dancing With the Stars: Season 16” airs Monday night, April 22, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, on the ABC Television Network.


Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +


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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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