SAN DIEGO, October 5, 2014 – This week on “Dancing With The Stars,” a favorite theme returns. The ten remaining couples all perform a routine depicting the most memorable year in the stars’ lives. This theme has a way of bringing out the best in the stars with heartfelt performances that mean something beyond the competition. They are frequently dedicated to someone important to them.
Three of those routines will be sambas, two will be jives, two will be rumbas, plus jazz, contemporary, and a quickstep. And yes, we’ll get to see The Carlton this week from Alfonso Ribiero.
While the fans always have plenty to say about the performances, this time it will count as part of the scoring. Here is how it works. For each routine, viewers can vote online at ABC.com for exactly two minutes and 15 seconds from the start of the routine. The average from all fan votes will be the official fourth score on the leaderboard.
This means fans on the West Coast will be left out, unless they follow the live behind the scenes discussion on ABC.com at 5 p.m. Pacific Time, or follow via social media including our live Communities chat. Being one of those West Coast fans, it’s irritating to be shut out of having a real say. But the fourth score is mostly window dressing and probably won’t differ much from the regular judges.
We won’t see how it plays out until next week, since this week’s elimination will be based on last week’s judges’ scores and fan votes. The three performers at the bottom of the leaderboard were Michael Waltrip, Antonio Sabato, and Betsey Johnson. Whose fans rallied to help save them?
The surprising Tommy Chong and Betsey Johnson could run into trouble this week with both tackling fast-paced jive routines. At the other end of the spectrum, Ribiero’s routine is one fans have been waiting for.
So far the Samba routines have left a lot to be desired. Will we get a proper bouncy Samba with Samba rolls from Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas, or Antonio Sabato and Cheryl Burke, or maybe Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker? My bet is on Sadie and Mark.
Several fan blogs have also pointed out that for the fourth week in a row, Janel Parrish and Bethany Mota have been assigned the same dance. They are dead even head to head with a victory apiece and a tie last week.
Fans can also continue voting for the Switch-Up, where the stars will all swap pro partners for next week. Vote by Twitter by using the #DWTS followed by the first name of the star and then the pro you want together. For example, #DWTSValBetsey Voting ends at 12 midnight ET on Monday (9 pm. PT).
Whether you vote or not, join our weekly Live Chat. You need not be an expert. We welcome all good company to our virtual ballroom.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday night, October 6 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network. Join our live chat and help determine who goes on to next week!
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday night, October 6 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
Week 4 Assignments
Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson: Jazz
Song: “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones
Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: Samba
Song: “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” by Janet Jackson
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Rumba
Song: “Try” by Colbie Caillat
Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovoloni: Jive
Song: “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain & Tennille
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: Rumba
Song: “How Will I Know” by Sam Smith
Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker: Samba
Song: “Milkshake” by Kelis
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: Contemporary
Song: “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: Quickstep
Song: “Giving It Up For Your Love” by Delbert McClinton
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: Samba
Song: “Hunter” by Pharrell
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: Jive
Song: “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley
Viewers can vote via phone starting at the end of each broadcast in each time zone until 11 a.. ET/8 a.m. PT. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ 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.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday night, October 6, 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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