SAN DIEGO, September 28, 2014 – Get out the popcorn and dim the lights, it’s “Movie Week” on “Dancing With The Stars” Season 19.
Among the challenges in producing this show is getting clearance for the song choices of the competitors. The person or company who owns the rights to the song must grant permission to the show for its use. Sometimes permission is granted, but with a prohibitively high licensing fee. In those cases, a substitution must be made.
According to various reports including the insider blog Pure DWTS and comments via social media accounts of the stars and pros, there was some scrambling over song clearances this week, along with a pleasant surprise or two.
Lea Thompson didn’t disappoint fans hopeful she would dance to a song from her movie series “Back To The Future.” She and pro partner Artem Chigvintsev will dance a Cha Cha Cha to “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News.
The fan buzz this week goes to Bethany Mota and Derek Hough, who will dance a Jazz routine to “Singing In The Rain.” Gene Kelly is a hero and idol for Hough. The song is not easy to clear, but Hough and Kelly’s widow Patricia Ward Kelly know each other. It’s a lot for Bethany to live up to, particularly if her ankle problems from Week 2 aren’t healed up yet.
Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson will take a lighthearted approach to their Quickstep using the song “Hey Goldmember” by Beyonce from the comedy “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” At the opposite end of the spectrum, Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovoloni will tackle a Contemporary routine to “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers from the film “Ghost.”
Antonio Sabato and Cheryl Burke will Foxtrot to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, used on the soundtrack of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” It’s a smart move using a song that is a classic favorite for the older viewers, introduced to newer viewers through this summer hit.
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas will dance Season 19’s first Viennese Waltz to “Married Life” by composer Michael Giacchino from “Up!” Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater need a breakthrough to their waltz from “Robin Hood” with “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” or he may be going home.
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy switched their dance style midstream, presumably because of the inability to clear a particular song. They will perform a Jazz routine to “America” by the cast from “West Side Story.” The shorter rehearsal time will be a challenge but they should escape elimination this week. Chmerkovskiy has too many fans to go out this early.
Three couples will need to bring drama to the dramatic Latin ballroom styles. The Paso Doble seems a perfect fit for MMA champion Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff. Their song is “Eye of the Tiger” from “Rocky III.” Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker need to regroup after a tough week with their Tango to “Back to Black” by Beyonce and Andre 3000 from “The Great Gatsby.” Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd are the wild card with an Argentine Tango to “Por Una Cabeza (By A Head),” a classic Tango composed by Carlos Gardel which has appeared on many movie soundtracks, most memorably in “Scent of a Woman.” Can Tommy Chong channel his inner Al Pacino? If he does it will bring the house down.
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“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday night, September 29, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
Week 3 Assignments
Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson: Quickstep
Song: “Hey Goldmember” by Beyonce from “Austin Powers in Goldmember”
Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: Foxtrot
Song: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell from “Guandians of the Galaxy”
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Jazz
Song: “Singing In The Rain” by Gene Kelly from “Singing In the Rain”
Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovoloni: Contemporary
Song: “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers from “Ghost”
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: Jazz
Song: “America” by the cast from “West Side Story”
Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker: Tango
Song: “Back to Black” by Beyonce and Andre 3000 from “The Great Gatsby”
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: Cha Cha Cha
Song: “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News from “Back to the Future”
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: Waltz
Song: “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams from “Robin Hood”
Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff: Paso Doble
Song: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor from “Rocky III”
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Married Life” by composer Michael Giacchino from “Up!”
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: Argentine Tango
Song: “Por Una Cabeza (By A Head)” composed by Carlos Gardel, performed by The Tango Project from “Scent of a Woman”
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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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