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Double elimination dead ahead on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Written By | May 1, 2017

Even with a perfect score, Heather Morris was sent home last week. Two more stars will join her on the sidelines after Monday’s double elimination. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, May 1, 2017 – Fans get another new theme for the second week in a row on Season 24 on “Dancing With The Stars.” This time, it’s “Let’s Go To the Movies.” After the show kicks off with an opening number choreographed by Mandy Moore, who did the choreography for “La La Land,” Moore will join Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba as a guest judge.

Each of the seven remaining couples will perform a routine in the spirit of a specific movie genre – western, romance, silent films, action, horror, sci-fi and foreign films.

Then things get a little more complicated than usual. The couple with the highest judges’ scores will receive immunity and be safe from the evening’s elimination. The rest will be paired off in a “Dance Off” for additional judges’ points to lift their scores. It might make all the difference. At the end of the night, based on the evening’s judges’ scores and votes from last Monday, two couples will say their goodbyes to the ballroom in a double elimination.

Even a perfect score won’t guarantee against elimination. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

After last week’s elimination of Heather Morris and Maks Chmerkovskiy, no one is feeling too safe anymore. Even with a perfect score, if the fan votes aren’t there the competitors are going home. Was there a backlash over Heather’s professional dance background? It seems so. Who’s at risk this week? We have to think it’s the cowboy and The Bachelor, but without help from his fans in Chicago, David Ross better be prepared.

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev have to turn it up a notch to escape elimination. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

Week 7 Assignments:

Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess: Western, Paso Doble, “Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes” by Aaron Copeland

David Ross and Lindsay Arnold: Science Fiction, Salsa, “Universal Mind Control” by Common

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev: Romance, Tango, “Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison

Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd: Action, Argentine Tango, “Dangerous” by David Guetta featuring Sam Martin

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy: Foreign Films, Argentine Tango, “Quizas, Quizas, Quizas” by Andrea Bocelli featuring Jennifer Lopez

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater: Horror, Paso Doble, “O Fortuna” by Carl Orff

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber: Silent Films, Charleston: “Charleston” by Bob Wilson and the Varsity Rhythm Boys

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at 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.

“Dancing With The Stars: Season 24: Week 7” airs on Monday, May 1, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She also covers the Sweet Science of boxing for Communities. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.

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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.