SAN DIEGO, September 21, 2014 – The Season 19 premiere of “Dancing With The Stars” raised the curtain on plenty of potential for great ballroom dance entertainment over the next few months.
Week 2’s theme is new to the show: “My Jam Monday.” It’s along the lines of last year’s “Party Rock Anthem” week. What constitutes a Jam? It’s in the ear of the beholder.
For several seasons insiders have managed to find out ahead of showtime all of the assigned dances, songs, and even the dance order, led by the excellent fan blog often recommended here, Pure DWTS. ABC apparently decided if you can’t beat them, then beat them and get out in front with the information.
This week for the first time in our recollection, all of the songs and assigned dances were listed in an ABC news release. It is a plus in my book and allows fans to anticipate what they might see and enjoy on the upcoming show.
There are more Foxtrots, Jives and Cha Cha Chas. The new dances this week include several Sambas and Salsas, plus one Jazz routine for Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas. Ballas says he started in Jazz and loves it. Fans are already buzzing about this routine, set to “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean.
Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson dance the Samba. Their assigned song will make a lot of people happy: “Getting Jiggy Wit It” by Ribiero’s former “Fresh Prince” co-star, Will Smith.
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater also dance the Samba to the country song “Girls in Bikinis” by Lee Brice. Waltrip promised after last week’s show, “I’m going to Samba my rear off.” He expressed disappointment about the first week. “I’m confident I’m going to pick it up a lot quicker and be ready next Monday.” Let’s hope he doesn’t hurt himself. Get the pit crew ambulance ready just in case.
The Salsa went to Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd, dancing to “Higher” by Gloria Estefan. Is the theme for Tommy and Peta clear yet? If he continues to entertain like in Week 1, he’ll remain a fan favorite.
Antonio Sabato and Cheryl Burke drew a Rumba. It is a dance that is much more difficult than it looks. Sabato will have to loosen up a lot from Week 1 or he may leave the show earlier than expected.
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigsintsev dance the Jive and we’ll see what Lea is made of. They get a headstart with a song everyone knows and loves, “Land of 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett. Thompson said “They’re going to take their phones, dial the number and vote.”
The three Foxtrots are Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovoloni, Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy, and Bethany Mota and Derek Hough. Betsey and Tony dance to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Johnson’s musical lookalike, Cyndi Lauper. Janel and Val have the light hearted hit “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. Let the conspiracy theories begin about Bethany and Derek drawing another current hit for the second week in a row, “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor. It is an unconventional choice for a Foxtrot, but this is when the genius choreographer in Hough shows what he can create.
Three couples dance the Cha Cha Cha: Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker, who promise a “spicy” routine to “Sing” by Ed Sheeran; Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess say they’re excited to dance to Earth Wind and Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland;” and Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff dance to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones. We will find out if Randy and Karina’s strong performance the first week was a fluke.
Communities will host its live online chat during the show. Join us and fans across the U.S. where everyone gets a chance to comment and judge.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday night, September 22, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
Week 2 Dance Assignments (alphabetical/voting number order)
Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson: Samba
Song: “Getting’ Jiggy Wit It” by Will Smith
Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: Rumba
Song: “Adorn” by Miguel
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Foxtrot
Song: “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovoloni: Foxtrot
Song: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: Foxtrot
Song: “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker: Cha Cha Cha
Song: “Sing” by Ed Sheeran
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: Jive
Song: “Land of 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: Samba
Song: “Girls In Bikinis” by Lee Brice
Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff: Cha Cha Cha
Song: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: Jazz
Song: “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean
Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess: Cha Cha Cha
Song: “Boogie Wonderland” by Earth Wind and Fire
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: Salsa
Song: “Higher” by Gloria Estefan
For the first two weeks viewers can vote via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after 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.
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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