SAN DIEGO, November 11, 2013 – The producers of “Dancing With The Stars” love their gimmicks and theme shows. They are one way to keep the program fresh for fans. Not all of them work. Some experiments should be one and done. Please, no more dance marathons. Lose the silly head to head dance challenges. Don’t give us “Rock Week” without some real rock bands in the house.
When the Trios were first introduced, it seemed like a truly bad idea. So wrong. It turned out to be a smashing success with creative, exciting routines. The fans get to see featured performances by some of the eliminated pros and DWTS troupe members they like. The competitors get a shot in the arm and extra coaching as they head toward the finals. It’s all good.
For those new to the show or if you need a reminder just how good the Trios can be, watch the video above of our all-time favorite Trio, a sizzling Paso Doble by Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovoloni with Henry Byalikov. It scored a perfect 30 and played a part in Melissa and Tony winning the Mirror Ball Trophy in Season 15.
The six couples will compete in two rounds including the Trios on this week’s DWTS. In the first round, each couple will perform an individual dance in a style they have not previously performed: the Viennese Waltz, Tango, Charleston, Argentine Tango and Quickstep. In the second round, the couples take on the Trio. The trio dance routine will be in a style the celebrity has not yet performed as an couple including the Samba, Jive, Salsa, Paso Doble and Jazz. At the end of the night, one couple will face elimination.
From the assigned styles, Leah and Tony seem to face the biggest challenge. But Leah has dodged the elimination threat so far. Jack and Cheryl are showing the most improvement, but he may not be getting the fan votes he needs to stick around over the wildly popular Bill and Emma.
If you’ve ever scratched your head over the scoring and tally of the fan votes wondering what it really takes to avoid elimination, read the outstanding explaination of the mathematics by blogger “Princess Heidi” on the excellent PureDWTS.com fan site. She’s got the nerd credentials and mad math skills to provide clarity even to the statistically challenged DWTS fan.
Princess Heidi reinforces that fan votes are more important than ever down the stretch to the finals, and a significant factor in the success of the competitors. So don’t consider your evening finished on Monday until you vote.
The assignments at the time of publication:
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy, Viennese Waltz / Trio Salsa with Gleb Savchenko
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Viennese Waltz / Trio Samba with Sharna Burgess
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, Charleston / Trio Salsa with Peta Murgatroyd
Amber Riley and Derek Hough, Quickstep / Trio Salsa with Mark Ballas
Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni, Argentine Tango / Trio Jive with Henry Byalikov
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Waltz / Trio Jazz with Witney Carson
Fans can vote via phone for one hour only afer the end of the show in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook will be open for 24 hours beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at the same time on Tuesday. A couple will go home at the end of each Monday show until the season finale on Monday, November 25.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday, November 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
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