SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 7, 2018 – Don’t blink, or you’ll miss major moves on this abbreviated four week season of “Dancing With The Stars: Athletes.” We are already at the halfway point after tonight, and it’s a doubleheader dance event for the athletes. Though it is only week two of the contest.
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Last week’s Dancing With The Stars review and results
After just two hours into Season 26, competitors Johnny Damon and Jamie Anderson have said buh bye to the ballroom. Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber had a scare put into them when they were named to the bottom three, but escaped elimination.
Anyone else beside me think it was a stunt by the producers to generate votes for this season’s controversial entrant?
This week’s Dancing With The Stars previews and predictions
Tonight, the eight remaining athletes have amped up their training sessions as they prepare to head into week two with two dance assignments, the regular individual routines plus a team dance. Yes, in week two – this is how fast the show is moving.
In round one, each couple will perform an individual dance: quickstep, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, cha cha, paso doblé or salsa. Then, in round two of the evening, the athletes and their pros will be grouped into two teams – Team 1950s Tennis and Team 1970s Football.
The team dance scores will be combined with the athlete’s individual dance scores along with the previous week’s overnight votes for a final tally to determine the eliminations at the end of the night.
Two couples not coming back to the Ballroom for week three.
Two more couple go home tonight. If Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s fans don’t save him, he’s likely one of them. Notre Dame basketball star Arike Ogunbowale may be the other eliminated dancer.
She isn’t a bad performer at all, but she is up against some tough competition, she’s only 20, and she’s not that well known.
Week 2: Individual Dance Assignments
Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson: Quickstep, “Make Way” by Aloe Blacc
Arike Ogunbowale and Gleb Savchenko: Foxtrot, “What About Us” by Pink
Chris Mazdzer and Witney Carson: Viennese Waltz, “Next To Me” by Imagine Dragons
Jennie Finch Daigle and Keo Motsepe: Cha Cha, “Do It Like This” by Daphne Willis
Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess: Paso Doblé, “The Plaza of Execution” by James Horner
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lindsay Arnold: Salsa, “La Malanga” by Eddie Palmieri
Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten: Foxtrot, “It’s a Small World” by The O’Neill Brothers Group (”We Love Disney”)
Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber: Quickstep, “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson
Team dances are composed of the following couples:
Team 1950s Tennis: “… Baby One More Time” by The Baseballs
Chris Mazdzer and Witney Carson
Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lindsay Arnold
Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber
Team 1970s Football: “Instant Replay” by Dan Hartman
Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson
Arike Ogunbowale and Gleb Savchenko
Jennie Finch Daigle and Keo Motsepe
Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten
Dancing With The Stars voting details
For week two, viewers can start voting for their favorite couples via toll-free phone from the beginning of the live show at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT until 5 a.m. EDT/2 a.m. PDT on Tuesday. Those votes count toward next week’s elimination.
Tonight’s elimination combines the phone votes from week 1 and tonight’s live online voting ONLY at ABC.com at and on Facebook which is open at the beginning of the live show at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT and closes at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT on Tuesday. When voting online at ABC.com or Facebook, viewers can reallocate their votes until the voting window closes.