Dancing With the Stars Season 16 Semi-Finals on Monday, 8 p.m. ET

Couples dance twice on Dancing With The Stars in Week 9 to make it into next week's finals, with one dance chosen by fan votes. Photo: Dancing With The Stars judges / Photo ABC Adam Taylor

SAN DIEGO – May 13, 2013 – It’s down to the final five couples on “Dancing With The Stars” for Season 16, and none too soon. The last few weeks haven’t gotten viewers excited, and it’s been reflected in some of the lowest ratings for the show ever last week, despite the appearance of the Trio dances.

With the networks announcing their fall schedules this week, there has been speculation ABC would take “Dancing With The Stars” off the fall schedule and wait to bring it back a year from now in Spring 2014. Hardcore viewers will be upset, but it might be the best thing in the long run for the show.

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But for now there are just two more weeks of competition. This week in the semi-finals, the couples dance twice. The first dance is a familiar style. The second dance is one of the more “fringe” styles chosen by a fan vote on Twitter. 

The couple that appears to have the edge based on the styles assigned is Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, who have the Argentine Tango and Flamenco. Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy shouldn’t have any trouble with the Quickstep or Hip-Hop. Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas asked for the Afro-Jazz style from Twitter voters and they got it, but the Rumba may be a challenge for Aly. Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff may struggle with the Lindy Hop.

Judge Len Goodman and Peanut Rademacher show off their moves. Peanut needs to convince viewers to vote for his dad Ingo, or he’s going home. Photo: ABC.


Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson will struggle with the Samba and Charleston, so let’s hope he enjoys himself. Who are we kidding, it’s Ingo’s week to go with the rest having a great shot at the finals. Four couples will make it in this season; in previous seasons only three have danced in the final.

If Ingo has any chance of moving on, he has to launch his secret weapon: his adorable son Peanut. Peanut has endeared himself to the entire cast and crew and has attended all the shows to watch his dad. Peanut got a little airtime on the results show last week. Who didn’t love seeing him hang out with Jacoby and drive around the studio lot in a little electric car with Andy Dick? Peanut, if you beg the viewers to vote for your dad, it might work.

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: Rumba and Afro-Jazz
Voting # 1-800-868-3408

Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: Samba and Charleston

Voting # 1-800-868-3403

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: Argentine Tango and Flamenco

Voting # 1-800-868-3401

Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy: Quickstep and Hip-Hop
Voting # 1-800-868-3406

Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: Lindy Hop
Voting # 1-800-868-3412

“Dancing With the Stars: Season 16” airs Monday night, May 13, 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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