Dancing With The Stars Week 3: Most Memorable Year plus ‘the switch’

Which couple will be missing from this group after Monday's results on DWTS?
Which couple will be missing from this group after Monday's results on DWTS? Photo: Adam Taylor, ABC.

SAN DIEGO, March 30, 2014 –  The stars get to shake it with their original professional partners one more time before the first shake up of the season on Week 3 of “Dancing With The Stars” with challenging Contemporary and Jive routines plus a Rumba and Waltz thrown in as of publication time.

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The theme of the week is a long time favorite brought back season after season, a dance symbolizing the star’s “Most Memorable Year.” Most performance are emotional for the competitors. But it might just be the warm-up for the water works when the stars find out which new pro partner they will end up with next week after “The Switch” takes place.

Voting continues through Monday night. It seems likely the announcement will come on Tuesday’s edition of “Good Morning America” on ABC. We advise you to have the popcorn ready alongside the tissues for breakfast.

Meryl Davis won't be able to hold onto Maks Chmerkovskiy after the stars all switch partners.
Meryl Davis won’t be able to hold onto Maks Chmerkovskiy after the stars all switch partners. Photo: Adam Taylor, ABC.

As the switch up is a brand new wrinkle in the show, no one is entirely sure how it’s going to work. No one is completely sure about the voting process, either. Fans are supposed to post on Twitter with the hashtag #DWTS followed by the pairing they want, with the star’s name and the pro’s name. But is there supposed to be a space? If you tweet #DWTS Meryl Val, will it only count if it’s #DWTS Meryl Valentin? Or #DWTS MerylVal (or MerylValentin)? Heads are spinning out there in DWTS land.

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What we do know is that the star with the most overall votes “wins” if there is a tie for the professional picked between them. If NeNe Leakes and Danica McKellar both have Derek Hough as their preferred pro, but NeNe receives 100,000 tweets and Danica only 90,000, NeNe will dance with Derek next week, and Danica will dance with the pro who is number two on her list.

Got all that?

If you’d like to get in on this experiment, ABC has an online tool on its DWTS web page here to help you connect the stars with a new partner. You can vote until 11:59 p.m. PT on Monday night, March 31. You’re allowed to vote as often as you like, although it will irritate all of your Twitter followers like crazy.

If you’re like the majority of fans, this is all too much craziness and you’ll sit back and watch what the hardcore fans do.

Some of the pros and stars are lobbying for specific changes. Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy want to “keep it in the family” and swap parnters Meryl Davis and Danice McKellar with each other. Val’s previous partner Zendaya is also asking her fans to vote this switch up. Meanwhile, Derek Hough’s fans want to see HIM end up with Meryl, and his pal Mark Ballas end up with Amy Purdy.

The Chmerkovskiy fans want to see Derek end up with NeNe Leakes, apparently snickering at the prospect of Hough dancing with someone taller than he is.

A lot of Star Wars fans must be voting. Billy Dee Williams is back for Week 3 of DWTS.
A lot of Star Wars fans must be voting. Billy Dee Williams is back for Week 3 of DWTS. Photo: Adam Taylor, ABC.

It could be a hot mess the producers regret forever. But in the meantime this week, we have Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater dancing a waltz. Messy enough for you?

The first of several guest judges joins the regulars this week: Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America,” who says she’s taking her assignment very seriously.

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What do you think of all this messing about, as Len Goodman would say? Tell us in the Comments section. We will talk about it at length during our weekly Live Communities Chat during the show.

“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Week 3 on Monday night, March 31, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

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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Week 3 DWTS Dance Assignments as of Publication Time

NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovoloni: Rumba

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: Jive

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: Contemporary

Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater: Waltz

Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: TBA

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: Jive

Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: Jive (to Cody’s new single “Surfboard”)

Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: TBA

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Contemporary

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: Jive

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