SAN DIEGO, November 23, 2015 – With the road to the finals nearly at its end for Season 21 on “Dancing With The Stars,” the four remaining couples in the competition must dance well, but they must also please the fans to win their votes with the single most important routine of the season, their Freestyle Routine.
A smart freestyle routine must have a few key ingredients: a theme the fans can embrace; a style that shows off the star at his or her best with choreography that’s challenging but not too tricky; and music that is accessible and grabs votes. The stars are encouraged to “Super Size” their freestyle routines, bringing in additional dancers, stars, props, scenery, lighting, and whatever else they can dream up.
Big production numbers can be fun, like Amber Riley and Derek Hough’s sassy Western style freestyle which showed off Amber’s bold moves and personality, helping her win Season 17. Enjoy a look back:
Last season, Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy proved a minimalist approach can work just as well.
Of the four couples remaining, three aren’t unepected: Bindi and Derek, Nick and Sharna, and Carlos and Witney. The couple few expected to see make it to the final is “everyday hero” Alek Skarlatos with partner Lindsay Arnold, herself a last minute replacement for the injured Peta Murgatroyd. Alek is this year’s Noah Galloway, the double amputee and Iraq war veteran who made it to the final. Noah has visited Alek and thrown his support behind him.
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 ballroom style they believe the couple can improve on the second time. The dance style will get a new song and new choreography. Each couple will have special coaching from one of the judges. Carrie Ann Inaba will work with both Bindi and Derek and Alek and Lindsay; Julianne Hough works with Nick and Sharna; and Bruno Tonioli works with Carlos and Witney.
Then it’s time for the Freestyle routines. Thanks to various comments on social media, ABC, and fan blogs, we know which routines the judges chose. No surprises so far with what we know about the Freestyle routines. Nick Carter is going full throttle Backstreet Boy; Carlos PenaVega will dance a hip hop routine. Alek Skarlatos has chosen a patriotic theme. Bindi Irwin will dance a Contemporary routine set to the song “Footprints in the Sand” by Leona Lewis, which we can be is a tribute to her late father, Steve Irwin. Get out the Kleenex for this one.
One couple will be eliminated Monday night based on last week’s scores and votes. The final three will dance one more repeat routine, and the infamous “24 Hour Fusion Dance” routine assigned at the end of Monday night’s show.
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough
Judges Choice: Quickstep, “Dr. Bones,” Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Freestyle Routine: “Footprints in the Sand,” Leona Lewis
Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold
Judges Choice: Rumba
Freestyle Routine: “Marchin’ On,” One Republic
Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson
Judges Choice: Foxtrot, “The Hills” by The Weekend
Freestyle Routine: “WTF (Where They From),” Missy Elliott
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess
Judges Choice: Jive, “Runaway Baby,” Bruno Mars
Freestyle Routine: “Larger Than Life,” Backstreet Boys
Voting information: Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday night 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 at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ 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 Wednesday.
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