Dancing With The Stars: America’s Choice and trios are back

Two couples face going home before next week’s semifinals.

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If you don't vote, you may see another favorite go home before the semifinals next week. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
If you don't vote, you may see another favorite go home before the semifinals next week. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor MARK BALLAS, WILLOW SHIELDS

SAN DIEGO, May 3, 2015 – Who is still recovering from Willow Shields and Mark Ballas being eliminated? My working theory: fans were so concerned about saving couples near the bottom including Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson , fans forgot to vote for Willow and Mark. It has happened before, twice to the talented Sabrina Bryan. Lesson learned as the season comes down to the finals.

This week, one of the most successful style twists returns: trio dances. Each couple pairs with an eliminated pro or member of the troupe to dance a routine as a trio. The trio styles include the Jive, Paso Doble, Samba and Salsa, all crowd pleasers. When first introduced it was hard to imagine it working. Now it is a week most fans get excited about.

A trio of trio dancers in rehearsal. Clockwise from top left: Val, Rumer, and Artem; Chris, Witney, and Lindsay; Noah, Sharna, and Emma. Photo: ABC
A trio of trio dancers in rehearsal. Clockwise from top left: Val, Rumer, and Artem; Chris, Witney, and Lindsay; Noah, Sharna, and Emma. Photo: ABC

The trios are the second of two dances. The first will be the “America’s Choice” routine. Fans voted through social media for the dance style and song. They also had “input” (however this is defined) on wardrobe, set design, and visual effects.

The stakes are high, because two of the six couples will be eliminated. The four remaining couples move on to the semifinals.


It’s a high stakes Communities Digital News chat this week. Join us as we watch two couples perform for the last time, and look ahead toward who is likely to win the Mirror Ball Trophy.

See America’s Choice and Trios Week on “Dancing With the Stars” Monday, May 4. 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

Week 8 Assignments (in order of voting number)

Chris and Witney: Contemporary, “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith for America’s Choice
Paso Doble Trio with Lindsay Arnold, song TBA
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Nastia and Sasha Farber (substitute for Derek Hough): Paso Doble, “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy for America’s Choice
Jive Trio with Derek Hough, “Diane Young” by Vampire Weekend
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Noah and Sharna: Tango, “Geromino” by Sheppard for America’s Choice
Salsa Trio with Emma Slater, “Mr. Put It Down” by Ricky Martin and Pitbull
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Riker and Allison: Viennese Waltz, “What Now” by Rihanna for America’s Choice
Jazz Trio with Brittany Cherry, “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie
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Robert and Kym: Contemporary, “Champagne Kisses” by Jessie Ware for America’s Choice
Samba Trio with Jenna Johnson, “Cinema Italiano” from the movie “Nine”
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Rumer and Val: Rumba, “Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps” by Doris Day for America’s Choice
Paso Doble Trio with Artem Chigvintsev, “Scott & Fran’s Paso Doble” from the movie “Strictly Ballroom”

Voting information:

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights 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 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.

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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