SAN DIEGO, November 3, 2013 – If you love Cher, this week’s “Dancing With The Stars” is a dream come true. If not, make use of your DVR.
The seven couples left will dance their routines to songs from Cher’s long career. Cher herself performs and sits in as a guest judge. Cher is no stranger to the show. Her son Chaz Bono appeared on Season 14 in Fall 2011, and Cher was in the audience for at least one of Chaz and partner Lacey Schwimmer’s performances.
Still, some might think it a little beneath the Oscar/Emmy/Grammy winner to appear on DWTS. But it is as close to the modern version of an old-school variety show like “Sonny and Cher” in the English speaking world as we have on television today. The production values are high quality and the show draws a big audience. So why not?
On her Facebook page Thursday, Cher told fans, “I’m EXCITED. I have no idea what it’s like to be a judge but I was just a mentor on “The Voice.” Chaz said that he would come and give me some pointers.”
Viewers are promsed at least three costume changes. If the DWTS costume department is working with Cher on her outfits, it will be well worth checking out. Cher opens the show in a production number of her 1998 hit single “Believe.” She will close the show with a ballad from her new album “Closer to the Truth,” called “I Hope You Find It.”
One thing you won’t see Cher do on the show is dance. She’s nursing a foot injury, so the action on the ballroom floor will be left to the seven couples remaining in the competition.
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater have been at the bottom of the leaderboard the last few weeks but continue to dodge the elimination bullet. Fans sacrificed Nicole Polizzi and Sasha Farber to save Bill and Emma, an unfair outcome based on performance. Who knew that Snooki’s fans would let her down by not voting in big enough numbers to help save her?
The producers have added a dance-off this week, a smart move to prohibit Bill and Emma from sending home another more skilled but less popular couple this week. Assuming they are in the bottom two, those couples will perform a second dance and the judges will decide who goes home.
Which Cher hits do you hope the competitors will dance to on this week’s show? Tell us in the comments section. We predict “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “Half Breed,” “Dark Lady,” and the disco-fabulous “Take Me Home.” Perhaps “I Got You Babe” or “The Beat Goes On” from the Sonny and Cher catalog?
The assignments at the time of publication:
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy, Jazz
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Tango
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd, TBA
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, Disco
Amber Riley and Derek Hough, Rumba (Song is “If I Could Turn Back Time”)
Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni, Viennese Waltz
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Argentine Tango
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 4 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
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