SAN DIEGO, May 18, 2015 – It’s down to the three finalists on “Dancing With The Stars.”
Two aren’t a real surprise: Rumer and Val and Riker and Allison have looked good to get to the end from their first appearances on the show. They have both improved, especially in their performance skills as their confidence in their dance skills has grown.
The couple no one expected to see in the final week is double amputee and Iraq war veteran Noah Galloway, dancing with Sharna Burgess. Their accomplishments have been a highlight of the season for everyone. They made it to the final not on judges’ scores alone, but by the overwhelming support of the fans.
In a way, Noah and Sharna have it the easiest on Monday night, because they have already won as “the people’s champion” and on the basis of the sheer accomplishment of dancing around Noah’s physical limits and emphasizing his assets in every type of ballroom style.
On Monday, fans will see two dances to help make the decision. The three couples will dance a routine performed earlier in the season at the request of the judges. The judges choose a routine they believe the couple can improve on the second time.
Then it’s time for the most important dance of the season, the Freestyle dance. Couples can dance in any style they wish, to any music. They can use props, scenery, backup dancers and throw every bit of creativity possible in a live show.
Risk taking often pays off, as with Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd’s country line dance freestyle; and Amber Riley and Derek Hough’s sassy Western themed routine.
There are a few clues about the dances, including this photo posted to Instagram by Sharna Burgess of rehearsal with Noah; their Contemporary routine includes Mark Ballas, Paul Kirkland, Lindsay Arnold, and Jenna Johnson.
Viewers, it’s never been more important to vote.
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night 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 at is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode Monday, May 18 on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day.
A custom Facebook app lets fans vote, share whom they voted for and say why, as well as see whom friends voted for.
Communities Digital News will host its weekly fan chat. Don’t be late to the ballroom, as it is only a one hour show this week. Your columnist will be in the ballroom in Hollywood live, and will provide a behind the scenes recap after the show.
See the Season 20 Finals on “Dancing With the Stars” Monday, May 18, 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
FINALS LINEUP (in order of voting number)
Noah and Sharna: Return Dance
Riker and Allison: Return Dance
Rumer and Val: Return Dance
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com 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.
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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