SAN DIEGO, October 2, 2016 – “Dancing With The Stars” will make up for its abbreviated competition last week with a spectacular showcase featuring a partnership with Cirque de Soleil as couples perform Cirque-inspired routines in Week 4.
All of the assigned ballroom dances are inspired by a specific Cirque du Soleil show, using a song from the show. Featured productions include KÀ, Zumanity, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, PARAMOUR, Michael Jackson ONE, “O,” The Beatles LOVE, Mystère and La Nouba.
Cirque de Soleil acrobats, aerialists, dancers and fire stick performers will join the couples onstage as they dance. “Dancing With The Stars” is also borrowing props, costumes and makeup for Monday’s show.
In a first for the show, several of the couples will perform outside the DWTS ballroom in Hollywood on the actual sets of the Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas. Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko have said they’ll be performing from the LOVE Theater at The Mirage.
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke will perform to music from “O,” the spectacular water-themed edition of Cirque. They’ve been rehearsing at the O Theater with its 1.5 million gallon tank stage. It would be disappointing not to see Ryan and Cheryl perform there and have Ryan in the water tank at some point.
The Cirque set-up favors the more athletic, acrobatically inclined competitors. We’re looking at you, Laurie Hernandez. The Cirque theme could overwhelm the actual ballroom dancing. How much of each performance will be actual ballroom skills and how much will be Cirque razzle and dazzle and tricks?
We were doubtful when the “Disney Week” theme debuted, but it’s ended up being one of the most enjoyable and heartfelt shows every season. So we’ll withhold any criticism until we actually see it Monday.
Join our Live Online Fan Chat as we watch, and we’ll decide together whether we like what we’re seeing.
No one will be eliminated Monday. There will be a full two-hour recap show on Tuesday.
ABC did not announce the dance styles. They have been assembled from the stars’ comments in interviews and on social media, and a hat tip to the indispensable fan website PureDWTS, which you must follow if you’re a true fan.
The assignments for Week 4:
Amber Rose and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Tango, Music from “Zumanity”
Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold: Charleston, Music from “Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities”
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: Quickstep, Music from “Paramour”
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: Foxtrot, “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles from “LOVE”
Babyface Edmonds and Allison Holker: “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles from “LOVE”
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy: “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson from “ONE”
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough: Paso Doble, “Battlefield” from “KA”
Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev: Argentine Tango, Music from “Mystere”
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke: Waltz, Music from “O”
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber: Samba, Music from “O”
Vanilla Ice and Witney Carson: Music from “La Nouba”
Voting information: For week three, viewers may cast their votes for only the six couples in jeopardy 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 Tuesday evenings.
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