Couples take on TV themes Monday on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Themes from your favorite shows provide the music for this week’s dances, some current and some vintage.

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The Season 21 cast of
The Season 21 cast of "Dancing With The Stars" tackles TV theme songs this week. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, September 26, 2015 – ‘Dancing With The Stars’ has run through plenty of themes for its show over the years: Best Year of My Life, Rock Week, Party Anthems, Trios, and the infamous Switch-Up.

This week all the couples will dance to a theme from a hit TV series. What took them so long? It seems an obvious choice and the lineup of songs and dances announced by ABC doesn’t disappoint us.

Bear in mind if one of your favorites isn’t on the list, often it’s due to the song not being made available for the show, or “cleared.” Whoever owns the song’s license gets a say, and sometimes the owner won’t permit it. With one exception, Prince will not clear his songs. David Bowie won’t clear his.

Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough rocked the house with their Tango to AC/DC. Photo: ABC
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough rocked the house with their Tango to AC/DC. Photo: ABC

Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough had to go with their backup song choice after their original choice (we don’t know what it was) for a Foxtrot wasn’t cleared. In a blog post for TV Guide, Hough said he already worked on the choreography for a day, and had to switch gears Thursday. The couple will now dance a Quickstep to the theme from “The Jeffersons” (“Movin’ On Up”). Later in the week the original song was cleared after all, but Hough said on his blog it was too late to switch back to the first choice.


The good news for the couples is the return to just one routine this week. The newly added dance style for the week is the Samba.

The show adds a guest judge this week, Season 19 champion Alfonso Ribeiro. Count on plenty of promotion for his new role as host of “America’s Funniest Videos,” taking over for Tom Bergeron. Do we really need this show anymore with YouTube? Nevertheless Ribeiro is one of the show’s most popular ever champions and he will be warmly welcomed for whatever ulterior motive.

Who will be standing under the red lights in jeopardy in Week 3? Photo: ABC
Who will be standing under the red lights in jeopardy in Week 3? Photo: ABC

One more couple will be eliminated at the end of the show based on last week’s votes and scores. Gary and Anna, Paula and Louis, and Kim and Tony are likely to be in danger.

“Dancing With the Stars” returns with “TV Week” on Monday, September 28, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Week 3 Assignments

Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: “True Blood”
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Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas: “Breaking Bad”
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Andy Grammer and Allison Holker: Quickstep, “American Bandstand”
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Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: Quickstep, “The Jeffersons”
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Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: Jazz, “The Golden Girls”
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Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya: Tango, “The Addams Family”
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Kim Zolciak Biermann and Tony Dovoloni: Samba, “I Dream of Jeanie”
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Hayes Riley and Emma Slater: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”
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Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: “Downton Abbey”
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Paula Deen and Louis Van Amstel: “Gilligan’s Island”
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Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy: Tango, “Mad Men”
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Voting information: Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples 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 Wednesday.

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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