SAN DIEGO, May 20, 2017 – One NFL star, the show’s first Major League Baseball player and a pop singer launched by a reality show are your Season 24 finalists on “Dancing With The Stars.”
Rashad Jennings and Normani Kordei were strong right out of the gate in Week 1. Traditionally Olympic athletes have done well, especially gymnasts. Was it really a shocker or not to see Simone Biles and Sasha Farber go home before the finals?
Despite the judges’ and online reaction, not at all. David Ross is this year’s Bill Engvall with more skill. He’s got the Cubs Nation behind him, and it’s obvious they are voting. It’s a fan-driven show, not a technical competition. You need to be a crowd-pleaser as well as a good dancer.
So we’re down to three, and it’s one of the tightest competitions ever on the show, with some truly skilled dancing by the celebrity contestants and their pros. But it’s all in the past. Now they’ve got to bring it, and we know the finals Freestyle can make or break the competitors.
On Night One Monday, each of the couples will complete a Redemption Style and their Freestyle dance. There will not be an elimination at the end of the night, and the three remaining couples will go on to vie for the coveted Mirrorball.
On Night Two on Tuesday, the three couples will have one last chance at competitive dancing as they perform a 24-Hour Fusion Challenge, vying to score some extra judges’ points. One couple will be left standing with the trophy in hand at the end of Tuesday night and will be forever introduced as “Dancing With The Stars” champion.
In the 2-1/2 hour season finale on Tuesday, May 23 starting at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, all three finalists advance to the final stage of the competition. All 12 of this season’s couples will participate in the opening number alongside the judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough, and hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.
The three couples will perform a new routine as part of the traditional 24-Hour Fusion Challenge. The couples will fuse two contrasting dance styles they have already performed this season, with less than 24 hours to prepare their dance for judges’ points.
The viewer votes and judges’ points from May 15 and May 22 will be combined along with the judges’ points from the 24-Hour Fusion Challenge to determine the winner. At the end of the night, either Rashad and Emma, Normani and Val, or David and Lindsay will be holding the Mirror Ball Trophy high.
We predict it will be Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy, with Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater second, and David Ross and Lindsay Arnold third – but we may change our minds after watching the final performances on Monday.
David Ross and Lindsay Arnold
Redemption Style: Viennese Waltz, “Let’s Hurt Tonight” by OneRepublic
Freestyle: “It Takes Two”/”Take Me Out to the Ballgame” (Medley) by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock/Ronnie Neuman
Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy
Redemption Style: Quickstep, “Check It Out” by Oh the Larceny
Freestyle: “What the World Needs Now is Love” by Andra Da
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater
Redemption Style: Viennese Waltz, “Dark Times” by The Weeknd featuring Ed Sheeran
Freestyle: “Let’s Go”/”Uptown Funk” from Drumline/Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
An ABC news release announced “Dancing with the Stars” will offer a LIVE multi-camera 360 degree/VR internet stream from the set of Monday’s episode. Fans can have their own front-row seat for the event, viewable on desktop and mobile devices via Facebook and YouTube, as well as other popular social VR platforms. All of the action will be captured using what it calls “breakthrough “technology of Nokia’s OZO+ cameras and live streamed direct from the “Dancing with the Stars” set with OZO Live. Well worth checking out.
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at ABC.com and on Facebook 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.
“Dancing With The Stars: Season 24: The Finals” airs on Monday, May 22, at 8 p.m. on ABC, with the winners announced in a special finale on Tuesday, May 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She also covers the Sweet Science of boxing for Communities. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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