Dancing With The Stars: Latin Week, todo está bien, Monday, 8 p.m.

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Lea Thompson and Val Chmerkovskiy were the most successful pair during a lackluster Switch-Up Week. Photo: ABC
Lea Thompson and Val Chmerkovskiy were the most successful pair during a lackluster Switch-Up Week. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, October 19, 2014 – The nine couples remaining on “Dancing With The Stars” in week 7 need to get their hips and booty in gear. It’s time for one of the longest running theme weeks on the show, “Latin Week.”

Or perhaps it’s really “Pitbull Week.” Fans longing for the return of judge Len Goodman will have to wait another week. Sitting in for Latin Week is Cuban rapper “Mr. Worldwide,” Pitbull. Pitbull is a longtime friend and fan of the show, and should have more to offer than Jessie J. We also get a guest co-host. Former DWTS competitor Leah Remini will step in for Erin Andrews this week, who is working at the World Series for Fox Sports.

Three of the couples so far have revealed that they will dance to a Pitbull song: Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker, Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson, and Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev. Will it help them, or hurt them? Either way, one judge’s score won’t make a lot of difference.

If Michael Waltrip's NASCAR fans come through with votes, Jonathan Bennett is likely to go home Monday. Photo: ABC
If Michael Waltrip’s NASCAR fans come through with votes, Jonathan Bennett is likely to go home Monday. Photo: ABC

We get three Salsas, a Tango, Argentine Tango, Samba and Rumba this week, but we also get a Foxtrot from Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd and a Jazz routine from Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker. Neither are dancing to a song you might think of as Latin. Qué haces, DWTS producers? Conspiracy theorists might believe they are trying to push these two couples down in the standings and off the show. Not that we would suggest such a thing.


Recall that no one was eliminated after last week’s “Switch-Up” performances. They were among the most lackluster mid-season dances in 19 seasons of the show. It was a temporary blessing, because those judges scores plus fan votes will be added to the previous week’s judges scores and fan votes to determine who goes home Monday.

Jonathan and Allison and Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater are in the biggest trouble and likely to go. But if Waltrip’s NASCAR Nation came out in support with their votes, it’s going to be the “Mean Girls” actor who leaves the show.

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“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday night, October 20 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

Latin Week (AKA Pitbull Week) Assignments

Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson: Salsa
Song: “Booty” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull
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Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: Salsa
Song: TBA
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Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Tango
Song: “Jealous (I ain’t with it)” by Chromeo
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Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: Samba
Song:TBA
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Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker: Jazz
Song: “Back in Time” by Pitbull
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Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: Salsa
Song: “Sexy People (The Fiat Song)” by Arianna featuring Pitbull
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Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: Argentine Tango
Song: TBA
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Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: Rumba
Song: “Diamonds” by Rihanna
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Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: Foxtrot
Song: “September” by Earth Wind and Fire
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Alfonso Ribiero and Cheryl Burke dance the Tango. Photo: ABC
Alfonso Ribiero and Cheryl Burke dance the Tango. Photo: ABC

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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