SAN DIEGO, October 20, 2013 – Eight couples remain in the competition on Season 17 of “Dancing With The Stars” but there are still two hours of air time to fill.
Bring on the group dances and dance marathons.
Group routines and dance marathons have long been a part of the show. Producer put a new spin on the standard dance marathon, calling it the “Switch-Up Challenge.” As described in an ABC news release, couples will compete side by side in two rounds. They will not be told the dance style, or the musical accompaniment.
One by one, the judges will select couples to be tapped-off/removed from the dance floor. Extra judges’ points will be awarded to couples based on longevity. These scores will be added to the individual performance scores.
All the couples will perform a ballroom or Latin style they have not danced yet. We will see two tangos from Bill Engvall and Emma Slater and Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd. The rest of the performers each dance something different split up evenly between Latin and ballroom styles. Watch for Amber Riley and Derek Hough’s Samba, and Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff’s Viennese Waltz.
The show features an opening number with the entire cast choreographed by former DWTS pro Lacey Schwimmer and her brother Benji. Musical guests Ariana Grande and Mike perform their duet “Popular.”
What won’t change is that one couple will go home at the end of the show. Likely candidates for the bottom three this week are Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni, and Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke. Fan votes have been saving Bill and Emma. Will it happen again? It’s up to you, the fans.
The assignments at the time of publication:
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, Tango
Amber Riley and Derek Hough, Samba
Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni, Quickstep
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd, Tango
Nicole Snooki Polizzi and Sasha Farber, Foxtrot
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Paso Doble
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy, Cha Cha Cha
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Viennese Waltz
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, October 21 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
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