No room for error enroute to the ‘Dancing With The Stars’ finals

It’s down to the top half dozen couples as we head toward the finals in just two weeks.

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Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy scored the first perfect 30 of Season 7 for their Viennese Waltz. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy scored the first perfect 30 of Season 7 for their Viennese Waltz. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

SAN DIEGO, May 8, 2016 – Following the double elimination of Von Miller and Lindsay Arnold, and a stunned Kim Fields and Sasha Farber, we are down to six couples who cannot have a single misstep if they want to reach the Season 22 finals of “Dancing With The Stars.”

Kim Fields and Sasha Farber were shocked to be elimianted last week. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
Kim Fields and Sasha Farber were shocked to be eliminated last week. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

This week, the couples dance their individual routines, which will be one of these four traditional and challenging ballroom styles: Viennese Waltz, Argentine Tango, Jive or Paso Doble.

For their second performance, we get something new from DWTS. The show describes is as the Judges Team Up Challenge.” It isn’t the judges teaming up. Each judge chooses two couples along with their song, dance style, and the creative presentation including staging and costuming. The judges will also coach their chosen couples. Then the pairs go head to head to vie for extra points. As part of their routines, each star will have to dance by themselves on stage for a portion of their routine. Got all that?

The men's team dance was more successful last week than their women competitors. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
The men’s team dance was more successful last week than their women competitors. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

Judges will be paired with the following couples:

Carrie Ann: Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess, and Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas

Len Goodman: Wanyá Morris & Lindsay Arnold, and Ginger Zee & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Bruno Tonioli: Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd, and Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe

The two remaining judges will score and you the fans will step in as the third judge. To participate, viewers must visit abc.com to score the performances. A combined overall viewer score for each performance will be counted alongside the judges’ score. You score the performance just once, and you only have a two minutes and 15 second window, beginning at the start of each routine. So you need to move fast.

The assignments in alphabetical order are:

Antonio and Sharna: Viennese Waltz, “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna
Ginger and Val: Argentine Tango, “Telephone” by Lady Gaga f. Beyonce
Jodie and Keo: Jive, “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” by Christina Aguilera
Nyle and Peta: Paso Doble, “Victorious” by Panic at the Disco
Paige and Mark: Viennese Waltz, “Stone Cold” by Demi Lovato
Wanyá and Lindsay: Jive, “Can You Do This” by Aloe Blacc

The judges awarded two sets of perfect scores for the first time this season to Ginger and Val, and Paige and Mark. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
The judges awarded two sets of perfect scores for the first time this season to Ginger and Val, and Paige and Mark. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

A reminder of last week’s results which included the team dances:

Week 7 Leaderboard

Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd: Viennese Waltz, 28 + 28 team dance = 56 points
Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold: Foxtrot, 27 + 28 team dance = 56 points
Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy: Waltz, 30 points + 25 team dance = 55 points
Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas: Jive, 30 points + 25 team dance = 55 points
Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess: Tango, 24 + 28 team dance = 52 points
Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe: Quickstep, 26 plus 25 team dance = 51 points

Join our weekly live chat as we watch the show. We play judges every single week, so we will be ready to go when the team up challenge wants our scores.

“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Week 8, “Judges Team Up Challenge” on Monday, May 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

Voting information: Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights 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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