SAN DIEGO, November 2, 2014 – After 19 seasons, it must be tough to come up with new twists on the formula for fans on “Dancing With The Stars.” We would be fine if the show producers didn’t mess with success, but once in a while they come up with something successful, like the Trio dances or Disney Week.
This week, the seven remaining couples will perform in character as famous “Dynamic Duos” of history, both fictional and real. Some of the assignments make more sense than others, but what else is new? We’re most excited to see Bethany Mota and Derek Hough dance a Salsa as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, and Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd channel Johnny and June Cash during a Paso Doble.
Then things get complicated. Whoever scores the highest for the week including their Dynamic Duo routine gets immunity from elimination. The other six will have a “dance off” against another couple, and the winner of each head to head competition gets a few extra points. Those six then find out who will be going home.
The second place couple gets to pick their opponent, and the opponent chosen picks either the Jive, Cha Cha Cha, or Rumba as the dance style. Couples who have already danced these routines so far in the competition have an advantage. Then the next highest scoring couple left picks their opponent, and the remaining two face off.
Got all that?
After watching “Dancing With The Stars” all this time, it’s best not to sweat these little details too much. Enjoy the fact you get to see the couples each dance twice this week. It’s likely whoever goes home won’t come out of the blue no matter what the scoring situation. Fans still determine half the scoring with their votes and this isn’t likely to change much. By the time of the finals, four deserving competitors will get a chance to fight it out and whoever wins will be worthy.
But if you are getting fives in the seventh week of the show, you really need to be the one going home. Ahem.
Be sure to join our weekly Live Chat, and since it’s “Dynamic Duos” week, partner up and bring a friend along.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday night, November 3 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
Week 8 Assignments
Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson: Cha Cha Cha as “Batman and Robin”
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Salsa as “Lucy and Ricky Ricardo”
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: Contemporary as “Romeo and Juliet”
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: Rumba as “Bonnie and Clyde”
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: Foxtrot as “Tarzan and Jane”
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: Contemporary as “Adam and Eve”
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: Paso Doble as “Johnny and June Cash”
Viewers can vote via phone starting at the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT the next day. These votes count toward the following week’s elimination.
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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