“Dancing With The Stars” goes to the movies (and more) Monday

The competitors will perform their version of an “iconic” dance from pop culture including movies and music videos.

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy guest judged alongside Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli and delivered their first perfect score of the season in week 5. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
Maksim Chmerkovskiy guest judged alongside Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli and delivered their first perfect score of the season in week 5. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

SAN DIEGO, October 17, 2015 – “Dancing With The Stars” tries out a new theme for Week 6 of Season 21. It’s called “Iconic Dances,” which producers describe as routines inspired by great routines of the past.

DWTS is also using the description “Famous Dances” interchangeably. This is more realistic when you run down the list of dances being included. Example shown here: “Magic Mike.” Iconic? Not really. Crowd-pleasing?

Of course, what’s not to like about shirtless ballroom dancing men?

Other choices also seem a stretch, and there are a few songs which have been used before, including “Vogue” by Madonna and “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis. Both routines by Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya (“Vogue”) and Lil Kim and Derek Hough (Elvis) were memorable for all kinds of reasons, which adds an extra layer to the challenge.

Derek Hough and Bindi Irwin recreate the lake scene from "Dirty Dancing" while rehearsing for "Dancing With The Stars" this week. Courtesy @DancingABC/Twitter
Derek Hough and Bindi Irwin recreate the lake scene from “Dirty Dancing” while rehearsing for “Dancing With The Stars” this week. Courtesy @DancingABC/Twitter

According to Derek Hough on his blog, DWTS producers have asked the pros to use the original choreography as much as possible. Hough and partner Bindi Irwin have taken this to heart for their routine from the movie “Dirty Dancing,” even recreating the famous scene at the lake and posting photos of it on Instagram.

Hayes Grier and Emma Slater will dance to “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease, right in front of the woman who made it famous with her partner John Travolta. This week’s guest judge on the show is Olivia Newton-John. No pressure.

Olivia Newton-John is this week's guest judge on "Dancing With The Stars." Photo: ABC
Olivia Newton-John is this week’s guest judge on “Dancing With The Stars.” Photo: ABC

One more cast change: Erin Andrews will be on assignment covering football Monday, so former competitor Leah Remini will stand-in for Erin. Remini has been a guest co-host and she is a positive addition to the team.

There is a double elimination looming this week, and Paula Deen should have her bags packed based on her previous scores, which are far lower than the rest of the cast. She had her best week so far with the Switch-Up, and she should Vogue her little booty off and enjoy herself before she goes home.

Paula Deen and Louie Van Amstel get their Vogue on. Photo: @DancingABC/Twitter
Paula Deen and Louie Van Amstel get their Vogue on. Photo: @DancingABC/Twitter

The second couple joining her is a bigger question mark, and it will come down to fan votes. Tamar Braxton didn’t impress the judges last week and could be in danger. Andy Grammer had a good performance during the Switch-Up, but it might not be enough to help if fans aren’t behind him. The double elimination will be based on two weeks’ worth of judges scores and fan votes.

Join Communities for our weekly Live Online Chat on Monday at 8 p.m. ET to see how the performances stack up, and which two couples are going home in the double elimination.


Week 6 Assignments

Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: Jive, “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis, from Jailhouse Rock)
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Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas: Cha Cha, “I’m A Slave 4 U,” Britney Spears
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Andy Grammer and Allison Holker: TBA, “Good Morning” from Singin’ in the Rain
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Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: Rumba, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes, from Dirty Dancing

Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: Rumba, “Pony” by Ginuwine, from Magic Mike
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Hayes Riley and Emma Slater: TBA, “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease
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Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: Samba, “You Should Be Dancing” by the Bee Gees, from Saturday Night Fever
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Paula Deen and Louis Van Amstel: TBA, “Vogue” by Madonna
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Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy: Jazz, “Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson
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Bindi Irwin brought out the sunny side of Switch-Up partner Val Chmerkovskiy in Week 5. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
Bindi Irwin brought out the sunny side of Switch-Up partner Val Chmerkovskiy in Week 5. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

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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