Dancing With The Stars: Latin Week shakes it up in Week 3

Several couples have drawn tough assignments this week, and it could mean a quicker exit than they expected.

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Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess will have to navigate an Argentine Tango, one more challenge for the most inspiring competitor on DWTS. Photo: ABC
Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess will tackle the Argentine Tango, one more challenge for the most inspiring competitor on DWTS. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, March 28, 2015 – One more couple will have their last dance Monday on “Dancing With The Stars,” but only a few should be worried. There are many solid contenders with a few favorites emerging after only two weeks.

A longtime favorite theme is back for Season 20, “Latin Week.” The remaining 11 couples will dance one of the Latin ballroom styles: Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Salsa, Argentine Tango, or Paso Doble.

It's a shame Redfoo missed Latin Week by being eliminated. He promised to braid his hair and shave for an Argentine Tango this week. Instead he was voted off first. Photo: ABC
It’s a shame Redfoo missed Latin Week by being eliminated. He promised to braid his hair and shave for an Argentine Tango this week. Instead he was voted off first. Photo: ABC

Several couples seem to have it tougher than others this week. Charlotte and Keo and Robert and Kym have both been assigned the Rumba, which has tripped up many competitors in the past. It is deceptively difficult, because it requires continuous fluid movement, often to a slower tempo. It won’t help that Nastia and Derek did an exceptionally beautiful Rumba last week.

Sambas can be tough as well for opposite reasons. The quick footwork with action through the knees creating the critical “Samba bounce” is difficult to master, especially with barely a week to learn. Suzanne Somers will have to muster a lot of energy, but she has one of the best Samba pros on the show to teach her, Tony Dovolani. Don’t deny us our Samba Rolls either, Tony.


Noah Galloway will face yet another unique challenge dancing the Argentine Tango with Sharna Burgess. Noah says he will use a prosthetic arm for the first time on the show. Noah’s strength will help him execute the lifts, but the choreography will have to work around the Tango’s ganchos. This is the sharp move when a dancer hooks a leg around a partner’s leg by bending the knee and then straightening. Kind of a tough thing to do with one leg missing a knee joint.

Riker and Allison, Rumer and Val, and Michael and Peta are all dancing the Salsa. Since they are all scoring well, this will provide a comparison where they all stand against each other, and where their strengths and weaknesses lie.

Willow Shields and Mark Ballas showed off creativity along with dance moves with their Argentine Tango. Can they do it again with the first Paso Doble of Season 20? Photo: ABC
Willow Shields and Mark Ballas showed off creativity along with dance moves with their Argentine Tango. Can they do it again with the first Paso Doble of Season 20? Photo: ABC

Willow Shields and Mark Ballas drew the first Paso Doble of the season. It will be challenging for the young teen to muster up the aggression the dance requires. But she surpassed expectations with a strong, creative Argentine Tango. If Mark Ballas is on a roll with choreography, it will be exciting to watch.

Since we’re going through “Empire” withdrawal, this week’s highlight video is Patti and Artem’s Salsa to “In Da Club” by 50 Cent. It’s the perfect Latin Week preview.

“Dancing With the Stars” features “Latin Week” on Monday, March 30. 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
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Week 3 Assignments (in order of voting number)

Charlotte and Keo: Rumba, “Empire” by Shakira
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Chris and Witney: Argentine Tango, “Dangerous” by David Guetta featuring Sam Martin
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Michael and Peta: Salsa, “Celebrate” by Pitbull
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Nastia and Derek: Samba, “Chillando Goma” by Fulanito
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Noah and Sharna: Argentine Tango, “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
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Patti and Artem: Cha Cha Cha, “Oye 2014” by Santana featuring Pitbull
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Riker and Allison: Salsa, “Limbo” by Daddy Yankee
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Robert and Kym: Rumba, “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding
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Rumer and Val: Salsa, “Turn the Beat Around” by Gloria Estefan
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Suzanne and Tony: Samba, “Copacabana” by Barry Manilow
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Willow and Mark: Paso Doble, “Hanuman” by Rodrigo y Gabriela
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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.

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