Preview: Dancing With The Stars debut: Join Live Chat, 8 p.m. ET

Preview: Dancing With The Stars debut: Join Live Chat, 8 p.m. ET

It's great to be back in the ballroom for Season 19 of
It's great to be back in the ballroom for Season 19 of "Dancing With The Stars" Monday night. Photo: Courtesy ABC

SAN DIEGO, September 15, 2014 – One competitor will be one and done after his or her first appearance Monday night in the season premiere of “Dancing With The Stars” Season 19. No one wants to be the first to go and join this exclusive club along with Billy Dee Williams, Metta World Peace, David Hasselhoff, and Martina Navratilova. Kenny Mayne of ESPN made a career boast out of it.

The good news is also the bad news: the Tuesday night results show is back this season after the failed experiment consolidating DWTS into one night weekly during Season 18. So the first competitor out will only get the one night to perform, but at least the agony won’t be drawn out for another week.

Join our live chat on Communities at 8 p.m. ET and you’ll get to see who the likely candidates to join the previous 18 in the DWTS One and Done Club are. Bring your opinions and your observations and join us in the virtual ballroom.

The Season 19 competitors are Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff; Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas; Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke; Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy; Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovoloni; Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd; Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker; Lolo Jones and Keo Matsepe; Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev, Bethany Mota and Derek Hough; Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess; Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson; and Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater.

Who will follow Meryl and Maks as the Season 19 winner of the Mirror Ball Trophy? Everyone has a shot tonight. Photo: ABC
Who will follow Meryl and Maks as the Season 19 winner of the Mirror Ball Trophy? Everyone has a shot tonight. Photo: ABC

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All of the couples have revealed their dance assignments via social media or in interviews. There will be three styles that traditionally appear early in the season because they are fairly easy to learn: the Cha Cha Cha, the Foxtrot, and the Jive.

Six of the couples will dance the Cha Cha Cha; four couples drew the Foxtrot; and three couples perform the Jive.

Some of the songs are known at press time, as well as a few of the lineup placements. Dancing first out of the gate on the first show of the season is daunting; dancing last gives the couple every chance to maximize their scores and be memorable with the fans. DWTS producers are well aware of this; watch this season and see if you can figure out what producers are doing to push the sort of results they’d like to see by keeping popular performers in the competition.

Song assignments also matter. Current popular hits help get votes. So when you see a couple dancing to “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, or “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, they’re getting a boost. When they are assigned something as randomly wacky as “Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dogg (and no, I can’t make that up), producers are going for the laugh factor because that’s all they’ve got to work with.

“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday night, September 15, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

Dancing With The Stars Assignments, Week 1 (at press time):

Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson: Jive

Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: Cha Cha Cha
Song: “Tonight (I’m Loving You)” by Enrique Iglesias

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Jive
Song: “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift

Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovoloni: Cha Cha Cha
Song: “Material Girl” by Madonna

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: Jive
Song: “Bang, Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker: Jive
Song:”Dance With Me Tonight” by Olly Murs

Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: Foxtrot
Song: “This Will Be” by Natalie Cole

Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe: Cha Cha Cha
Song:”Tell Her” by Rizzle Kicks

Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: Cha Cha Cha
Song: “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf

Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff: Foxtrot
Song: “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: Cha Cha Cha
Song: “Birthday” by Katy Perry

Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess: Foxtrot

Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: Cha Cha Cha
Song: “Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dogg

For the first two weeks viewers can vote via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at and on Facebook at 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.

Starting in week three until the finale, online voting will stay 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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