Hurricane Sandy could affect voting Monday on Dancing With the Stars (VIDEO)

SAN DIEGO, October 28, 2012 – It’s Country Night on a two-hour edition of “Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars” on Monday, October 29. Each couple will perform their individual dance to a country hit song. Whether it’s a waltz, tango, cha cha cha or rumba, the star must also perform a solo during the routine.

Before you groan over hearing country songs on DWTS, let’s point out that the show’s all-time favorite freestyle routines were performed to country songs. “Save A Horse” was the winning routine for Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke in Season 3; “I Play Chicken With The Train” earned Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd the Mirror Ball Trophy last season.

To get you in the mood, we’ve got video of Donald and Peta’s boot-ilcious routine above.

Following each couple’s individual turn on the dance floor, there will be a Group Dance featuring all of the remaining contestants and professionals together. Country artists Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy will play “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy) and “I Play Chicken With The Train” live for the Group Dance.

Couples are eligible to earn bonus points during the group dance. The couple with the best solo as chosen by the judges will receive six bonus points; second place will earn four bonus points; and third place will earn two bonus points. The cynical among you might think this is a shameless attempt by the show producers to keep certain stars on the show… say, one on an ABC soap opera or another who hosts a talk show.

Gilles Marini posted this photo from the rehearsal studio on Twitter this weekend. Perhaps his feelings about what’s going to happen to them on Country Week? Photo: G. Marini via Twitter

But it might not matter thanks to Mother Nature and Hurricane Sandy. With evacuations and power outages expected across the East Coast and as far inland as Cleveland, Sandy should be hitting the coast just about time voting will be taking place after Monday’s show. Fans on blogsites and Twitter are already expressing concerns about not being able to vote for their favorites. DWTS fans have their priorities. 

Do certainly stars and dancers have more of a fan base in certain parts of the country? Stars with a heavy proportion of East Coast fans will suffer if so. Val and Maks Chmerkovskiy, the popular professionals and brothers, strike me as East Coast favorites. The pair operates a group of four dance studios in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Their fans are extremely supportive but if many are in Sandy’s path, Val and Maks’ and their partners Kelly Monaco and Kirstie Alley – already at the bottom of the leaderboard - could be in trouble. 

Dance order will be added as it is made public.

Monday night’s lineup:

Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy
Rumba to “Home” by Blake Shelton
Voting #: 1-800-868-3412

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy
Tango to “Good Girl” by Carrie Underwood
Voting #: 1-800-868-3411

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd
Cha Cha Cha to “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” by Shania Twain
Voting #: 1-800-868-3410

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovoloni
Viennese Waltz to “Why You Wanna” by Jana Kramer
Voting #: 1-800-868-3406

Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel
Rumba to “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes
Voting #: 1-800-868-3403

Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff
Viennese Waltz to “Skin” by Rascal Flatts
Voting #: 1-800-868-3407

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough
Cha Cha Cha to “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” by Kenny Chesney
Voting #: 1-800-868-3402

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke - Dancing 8th
Foxtrot to “Islands In the Stream” by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
Voting #: 1-800-868-3413

Group Dance: “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy) / I Play Chicken With The Train” by Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy

As a reminder, here are the current scores held over from last week’s individual and team dances. Even with the bonus points from the Group Dance, this week’s scores add just one-third of the total judges’ scores. Fans were able to vote last week and they will get to vote again this week, so there will be a whole lot of number crunching by the DWTS accounting firm, whoever they are.

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough: 56.5/60
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: 56.5/60
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff: 56.5/60 
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd: 56.5/60 
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke: 56/60 
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 52.5/60
Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 51.5/60

“Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars” airs Monday, October 29, at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC; the results show airs on Tuesday, October 30, at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC. 


Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.


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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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