Dancing With The Stars goes back in time for ‘Eras Week’

Step back in time as Dancing with the Starts duo are assigned dances and a decade to depict in their performance this week.

Listen up, pros and stars: It's Eras Week on 'Dancing With The Stars.' Photo: ABC
Listen up, pros and stars: It's Eras Week on 'Dancing With The Stars.' Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, April 25, 2015 – Seven couples are left on “Dancing With The Stars” as a theme used in past seasons is brought back: “Eras Week.” Each couple gets a ballroom dance style assigned along with a specific decade. This week, the couple with the highest overall score gets “immunity” from elimination. (What, is ABC getting this show confused with “Survivor”?)

The remaining six couples then compete in a dance-off for extra judges’ points to help their overall score. The longer the couple stays on the floor before being eliminated, the more points they earn.

Despite what host Tom Bergeron announced last week, ABC’s news release says that just one couple will be sent home, as usual.

Nastia Liukin gets a new partner this week, although new to us and not really to her. Troupe member Sacha Farber will not have to wear the crab costume for the sixth time this week. He will be filling in for Derek Hough, who is out injured after a Monday night rehearsal accident for the 10th anniversary show.

Derek has been diagnosed with a broken toe on his right foot and sprains to his left ankle on both the inside and outside aspects and a bone bruise on the same ankle. Derek will remain in Los Angeles this week to rehab his injuries and his understudy will be filling in for him for New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Sasha and Nastia have rehearsed together when Derek hasn’t been available, so it isn’t a big shocker.

To confuse the schedule even more, “Dancing with the Stars: 10th Anniversary Special,” airs on Tuesday, April 28, at 8 p.m. The episode promises show-stopping performances featuring past and present “Dancing with the Stars” cast members and pro dancers, plus a look back at fan-favorite moments from the past 20 seasons.

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Week 7 Assignments (in order of voting number)

Chris and Witney: 1940s Foxtrot

Nastia and Sasha Farber (substitute for Derek Hough): Modern (2010s) Charleston

Noah and Sharna: 1970s Jazz

Riker and Allison: 1920s Quickstep

Robert and Kym: 1980s Argentine Tango

Rumer and Val: 1960s Jive

Willow and Mark: Futuristic Jazz

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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