Double trouble and Trios on Dancing With the Stars Monday, 8 p.m. ET

We’re glad to see Trio dances are back; the six remaining couples dance twice in Week 8. Photo: Melissa Gilbert with Val and Maks Chmerkovskiy, Season 14 / ABC Photo Adam Taylor

SAN DIEGO – May 6, 2013 – Fans first saw Trio dances in Week 8 of Season 14 of “Dancing With The Stars” last May. At the time, we wrote about this new twist with some skepticism, but admitting that “DWTS producers know how to keep the audience watching.”

It turned out to be one of the most successful new additions to the show. Trio dances are back as the second dance in a week where the six remaining competitors will all dance twice.

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But sadly, there will not be another Chmerkovskiy sandwich. Zendaya Coleman will be dancing with Val Chmerkoskiy and the equally talented Gleb Savchenko. It worked for Melissa Gilbert, but it probably would have been too much for Zendaya to handle. 

Melissa Rycroft’s perfect paso doble trio with Tony Dovoloni and Henry Byalikov from Season 15. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

We will see tangos, foxtrots, and waltzes in the solo dances first round. For the second round, the Trios include two Jives, two Paso Dobles, a Jazz Trio and a Salsa Trio. Paso doble trios are particularly successful. Melissa Gilbert’s Paso was her best dance of the competition. Last season Mirror Ball champion Melissa Rycroft danced a spectacular Paso Doble with Tony Dovoloni and Henry Byalikov and received a perfect score of 30. It’s good news for Kellie Pickler and Jacoby Jones who will both dance the Paso Doble in their Trios routine.

Stamina is going to play a major role in the outcome for all the couples this week, which should favor the ladies and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones. The soap opera star Ingo Rademacher and the Bachelor Sean Lowe are fit, but neither has youth or an athletic career in their pocket.

Producers are bringing back Twitter voting by the audience to determine the dance styles for the remaining couples next week. The new styles will include Afro-Jazz, Disco, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Lindy Hop, and Charleston. It’s not entirely clear how this is going to

The ladies continue to shine on the show. They remain the ones to beat and it’s looking ever more likely we will see a second straight season with an all-woman final. Jacoby Jones has an outside chance of surviving if he does extremely well while one of the women has a bad week.

Is anyone else out there disappointed that Andy Dick didn’t make it to Trio Week? The imagination runs wild as to what Andy might have been able to do along with his terrific partner Sharna Burgess and a third woman added, such as the sassy and fun-loving Anna Trebunkskaya? Please, we beg the producers to stage a special Trio dance for Andy in the finale. We need a final Dick fix in the mix and we would be forever in your entertainment debt.  

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: Argentine Tango: Jive Trio with Henry Byalikov
Voting # 1-800-868-3408

Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: Foxtrot; Jive Trio with Lindsay Arnold
Voting # 1-800-868-3403

Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: Tango; Jazz Trio with Sharna Burgess
Voting # 1-800-868-3407

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: Viennese Waltz; Paso Doble with Tristan McManus
Voting # 1-800-868-3401

Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy: Foxtrot; Salsa Trio with Gleb Savchenko
Voting # 1-800-868-3406

Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: Viennese Waltz; Paso Doble Trio with Cheryl Burke
Voting # 1-800-868-3412

“Dancing With the Stars: Season 16” airs Monday night, May 6, 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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