SAN DIEGO, October 15, 2016 – Latin rhythms are essential to ballroom, and it’s essential competitors on “Dancing With The Stars” channel their inner fire if they want to win the Mirror Ball Trophy.
You won’t see graceful waltzes or lively Foxtrots this week. The nine remaining couples will all perform one of the classic Latin dances: paso doble, Argentine tango, cha cha, samba, or the dreaded rumba.
This is no time for couples to hold back, especially those near the bottom of the leaderboard last week. There was no elimination last week, so the previous week’s scores and fan votes will count along with this week’s scores and fan votes to determine who goes home. No chance of forgetting what happened during “My Most Memorable Year” Week.
The leaderboard was tight, with four couples tied for last with 24 points: Calvin and Lindsay, Amber and Maks, Ryan and Cheryl, and Maureen and Artem. James and Sharna are at the top, followed by Marilu and Derek and Terra and Sasha.
James drew the Rumba, which is especially tough for the men. If he does well enough to survive, he’s passed the toughest test he’ll face all season and is sure to make the finals. Marilu had a big breakthrough last week with her Viennese Waltz, and drew the easiest Latin dance, the Cha Cha. Terra and Sasha tackle the Paso Doble.
With Terra’s fierce attitude, we’re looking forward to seeing what she and Sasha come up with this week.
Among the group on the bottom, all of them have their own personal challenge this week. Ryan Lochte must muster all his energy and get into the party spirit to dance a Salsa to a classic Cuban vocalist. Calvin and Lindsay drew the Argentine tango; if Lindsay takes advantage of Calvin’s strength it will be spectacular, but it could also be a spectacular failure. Put that game face on, Megatron. Maureen and Artem dance the Samba to a modern version of an all-time favorite Brazilian melody. Amber and Maks have the relatively easy Cha Cha to a song with a slower rhythm that smacks of attitude. Amber needs to channel her fiercest SlutWalk bad girl to impress the judges.
Cuban born singer/rapper Pitbull returns as a performer and guest judge.
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The assignments for Week 5:
Amber Rose and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Cha Cha, “Bla Bla Bla Cha Cha Cha” by Petty Booka
Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold: Argentine Tango, “Hotel California” by The Eagles
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: Rumba, “Need the Sun to Break” by James Bay
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: Argentine Tango, “Hands to Myself” by Selena Gomez
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy: Salsa, “Light It Up” by Major Lazar featuring Nyla and Fuse ODG
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough: Cha Cha, “Echa Pa’lante” by Thalia
Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev: Samba – “Mas Que Nada” by Sergio Mendes featuring The Black Eyed Peas
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke: Salsa, “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” by Celia Cruz
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber: Paso Doble, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by Santa Esmeralda
Voting information: For week five, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday night during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday evenings.
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 Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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