Double your pleasure on “Dancing With The Stars,” Monday, 8 p.m.

In addition to their individual dances, couples will pair up for a Duet dance this week.

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Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess were at the top of the leaderboard last week. Photo: ABC
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess were at the top of the leaderboard last week. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, November 8, 2015 – No rest for the couples as they head for the finish line on “Dancing With The Stars.” Just a half dozen competitors are left, and they all believe they have the chance to win Season 21’s Mirror Ball Trophy. They will all have to perform two dances per week from here out. This week, couples all perform an individual dance in a new style to them. Then each couple will pair up with another couple to dance a “Duet Dance.”

To ‘inspire’ them, DWTS sent the paired up pairs on a little trip.

Alexa, Mark, Derek, and Bindi visited the cast of the musical "Chicago" this week for inspiration. Photo: ABC
Alexa, Mark, Derek, and Bindi visited the cast of the musical “Chicago” this week for inspiration. Photo: ABC

Nick Carter, Sharna Burgess, Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy made a quick trip to Las Vegas to see the Cirque du Soleil show “Love” featuring the music of the Beatles. Alek Skarlatos, Lindsay Arnold, Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson visited the brand new Royal Caribbean cruise ship “Anthem of the Seas” while docked at its home port of Bayonne, New Jersey. Can we say product placement, ABC? A production of the musical “We Will Rock You” is being performed on board the ship. Alexa PenaVega, Mark Ballas, Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough saw a performance of the musical “Chicago” for their inspiration.

Witney, Lindsay, Carlos and Alek had the tough assignment of visiting the newest Royal Caribbean cruise ship this week. Photo: ABC
Witney, Lindsay, Carlos and Alek had the tough assignment of visiting the newest Royal Caribbean cruise ship this week. Photo: ABC

ABC’s official website for “Dancing With The Stars” promises “Big inspiration will undoubtedly mean supersized routines, elaborate costumes and lots of steps to impress the judges.”


Since there is no mention of immunity, extra judges’ points or any other twists, it seems each couple has the potential to earn two scores of 30 points, one for the individual dance and one for their Duet routine. No guest judges named this week. There is a guest host for this week’s “All Access” show online. Former competitor and Backstreet Boy Joey Fatone will sit in this week.

Join Communities for our weekly Live Online Chat on Monday at 8 p.m. ET to see how the couples perform in their quest to make the finals. That Mirror Ball Trophy is shining in the distance.

Can Carlos and Witney step it up all the way to the finals? Photo: ABC
Can Carlos and Witney step it up all the way to the finals? Photo: ABC

Week 9 Assignments

Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: Salsa, “Back It Up” by Prince Royce featuring Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull
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Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas: Contemporary, “Make It Rain” by Ed Sheeran
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Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: Viennese Waltz, “Roses and Violets” by Alexander Jean
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Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: Argentine Tango, “What Do You Mean” by Justin Bieber
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Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: TBA, “A Cool Cat In Town” by Tape Five
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Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy: TBA, “Wicked Game” by James Vincent McMorrow
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Duet Dances

Sharna and Nick with Tamar and Val: Rumba, “Hey Jude” by the Beatles

Mark and Alexa with Bindi and Derek: Jazz, “All That Jazz/Honey Rag” from “Chicago”

Alek and Lindsay with Carlos and Witney: Paso Doble, “We Will Rock You” by Queen

Voting information: 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 Wednesday.

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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