SAN DIEGO, November 16, 2015 – “Dancing With The Stars” saved one of our favorite themes for the semifinals in Season 21: Trios routines.
The competitors can add any pro already eliminated, or any of the pros from the troupe. Communities is happy to see pro Peta Murgatroyd making her first appearance of Season 21 in the Trios, dancing with Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess. The former Mirror Ball Trophy champion was unable to compete this year due to injury.
In addition to these two routines, the producers have decided to add a head-to-head “Dance Off’ between couples, with the winner adding three additional points to his or her score. It’s Bindi against Nick, and Carlos against Alek. Some fan sites suggest this is a way to give Nick a boost over the odds-on favorite, Bindi, but the matchups also appear to be the number one and two dancers by overall points, and the number three and four dancers.
If it seems like a couple is missing this week, you’re right. Tamar Braxton withdrew from the competition due to illness, after a drama-filled show on Monday where she apparently left her hospital bed to come back and perform to stay in the competition. It meant Alexa PenaVega. Alexa and partner Mark Ballas made an emotional exit after their best performance of the season, a perfect score for their Contemporary routine.
Many fans have expressed the desire to see Alexa and Mark brought back via social media and fan blogs. No word from producers whether they’ve considered it.
So we are down to four couples, which is usually the semifinals. Does it mean no one will be eliminated this week, and we get to see the final four twice? No one at DWTS is saying.
Join Communities for our weekly Live Online Chat on Monday at 8 p.m. ET to see whether someone gets eliminated this week.
Week 10 Assignments
Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: Waltz, “America the Beautiful”
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: Salsa, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile,” Sia
Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: Contemporary, “Drag Me Down” by One Direction
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: Tango, “Scars” by Alesso featuring Ryan Tedder
Alek and Lindsay with Emma: Argentine Tango
Bindi and Derek with Mark: Jazz
Carlos and Witney with Karina: Samba, “Dirty Work” by Austin Mahone
Sharna and Nick with Peta: TBA
Bindi and Derek vs. Nick and Sharna: Samba
Carlos and Witney vs. Alek and Lindsay: Cha Cha
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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