SAN DIEGO, November 23, 2014 – The Season 19 Mirror Ball Trophy winners will hoist that shiny prize over their heads on “Dancing With The Stars” this Tuesday. The likely winner hasn’t changed since the cast was announced, but nearly anything can happen between now and then.
Make time for two live chats this week: first for the finals Monday at 8 p.m. ET, and then we will be back for the wrap-up show and winners on Tuesday night.
The four most deserving competitors are all safely into the semifinals. It would have been fun to see Tommy Chong make it, but it would have taken away a spot from a more talented star based on sheer popularity.
But make no mistake here about popularity. There is a reason it is half of the score. Viewers are invested in “Dancing With The Stars” and it is one of the most successful network TV shows in using social media to get its fans involved. Involved fans mean loyal fans who watch, week in and week out. Advertisers love it, networks love it.
The judges’ scores aren’t likely to make a huge difference this week. The competitors are all talented and evenly matched. Unless a freestyle routine really goes wrong (remember Marie Osmond’s psycho doll routine?), it will come down to what the fans see.
Competitors will dance two routines Monday. The first is a routine danced earlier in the season the judges want to see again now that the stars have more experience and improved skills. Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson repeat their Week 1 Jive which received 36 points. Bethany Mota and Derek Hough also repeat their Week 1 Jive, which scored 32 points. Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy repeat their Week 6 Samba which was criticized by guest judge Pitbull for lacking passion. It scored 33 points. Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas repeat their “Duck Dynasty” flavored Samba which scored 37 points.
Then the couples get to let loose with their Freestyle routines, always a season highlight. All the song choices are known and should please fans. Alfonso and Witney chose the classic swing number “Sing Sing Sing.” We promise you’ll know the tune even if you don’t recognize the title. Online gossip says Alfonso is going to include a little tap dancing.
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas are going for the fun factor dancing to the Super Mario Brothers theme. Can you call video game beeps and chirps a theme? It suits her happy personality and allows for a lot of creativity.
Janel and Val are going for a Contemporary romance theme with their choice, an emo flavored version of a bouncy hit you know, but will hardly recognize in this version.
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough show the most ambition choosing a wicked dance track with sexy hooks and big bass beat. Expect a dynamic routine full of attack. Hough is the best choreographer on the show and he will give Bethany every chance to beat the other girls.
But it’s not likely any of the women will beat Alfonso. He can beat himself through injury, mistakes, or bad choices. But none of these are likely. It’s a race for second and to make the final show on Tuesday.
Finals Week Assignments
Alfonso and Witney
Jive: “3-6-9″ by Cupid feat. B.o.B
Freestyle: “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” by Benny Goodman
Janel and Val
Samba: “La Vida Es Un Carnaval” by Celia Cruz
Freestyle” “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by Sleeping At Last
Sadie and Mark
Samba: “Hunter” by Pharrell Williams
Freestyle: Theme from Super Mario Brothers
Bethany and Derek
Jive: “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
Freestyle: “Revolution” by Diplo
Good luck to all! Who do you want to win? Vote in our prediction poll.
Viewers can vote via phone starting at the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT the next day. These votes count toward the following week’s elimination.
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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