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Battle of the sexes in a new ‘Dancing With The Stars’ theme week

Written By | Apr 24, 2017

SAN DIEGO, April 24, 2017 – Producers have come up with a new theme for fans on ‘Dancing With The Stars.’ Love it or hate it, it isn’t easy after 24 seasons to find something new and different.

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We were convinced themes like “Trios Week” would crash and burn, but the Trios have turned out some of the best routines each season. Let’s see what this debut brings.

Nick Viall, AKA “The Bachelor,” could be in danger of elimination this week on ‘Dancing With The Stars.” Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless)

The eight remaining competitors will dance to songs from some of the most popular boy bands and girl groups in music history for their individual routines. With four men and four women remaining, they’ll team up against each other. Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter joins Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough as a guest judge.

This week also marks the return of Maks Chmerkovskiy to dance with partner Heather Morris. Chmerkovskiy suffered a calf injury, and troupe member Alan Bersten has been filling in. Producers, please make Alan a pro competitor with his own partner next season – he deserves it. Whether this was by design or coincidence, Maks will ease back in performing a Rumba with Heather.

Each couple will perform a samba, rumba, tango, paso doblé, salsa, Argentine tango or jive.

So far Chicago Cubs player David Ross and pro partner Lindsay Arnold have been safe, but they will need to step on the gas. Photo ABC/Eric McCandless

At the end of the night, based on scores and votes from last Monday, one more couple will be eliminated. It’s not looking good for The Bachelor, Nick Viall. Shockingly, Rashad Jennings will also need fan votes to help him avoid elimination this week.

Week 6 Assignments:

Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess, Rumba, “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys

David Ross and Lindsay Arnold, Argentine Tango, “I Want You Back” by NSYNC

Heather Morris and Maks Chmerkovskiy, Rumba, “Waterfalls” by TLC

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev, Paso Doble, “Free Your Mind,” En Vogue

Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd, Jive, “Fun Fun Fun” by the Beach Boys

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy, Salsa, “When I Grow Up” by the Pussycat Dolls

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater, Tango, “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” by the Four Tops

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber: Samba, “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater were near the bottom of last week’s leaderboard. Fans will need to help them get past a rough week. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless)


Bonner Bolton, Nick Viall, David Ross and Rashad Jennings will dance to a medley of “Dancing Machine” by Jackson 5, “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block and “Best Song Ever” by One Direction.


Simone Biles, Nancy Kerrigan, Normani Kordei and Heather Morris will dance to a medley of “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Chiffons, “No Scrubs” by TLC and “BO$$” by Fifth Harmony.

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

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 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: Week 6” airs on Monday, April 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.