Immunity up for grabs on “Dancing With The Stars,” Monday, 8 p.m.

The remaining seven couples will fight for immunity this week on “Survivor” – um, we mean “Dancing With The Stars.”

One of the remaining seven couples will win immunity Monday night and extend their stay on DWTS. Photo: ABC
One of the remaining seven couples will win immunity Monday night and extend their stay on DWTS. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, November 1, 2015 – The seven remaining couples on “Dancing With The Stars” could be forgiven if they get a little confused about which reality competition show they are on this week. DWTS introduces a twist taken from “Survivor.” No tribal council vote, but one couple will win immunity thanks to a real time fan vote during the live broadcast. Sorry West Coast, you’ll have to keep an eye on social media and vote for your favorite earlier in the afternoon.

The couples will dance twice this week. Their main routine is an “Icon” dance, which is supposed to pay tribute to someone who has inspired the star. Whether this is someone famous or someone they know personally isn’t clear.

We give Andy Grammer our "Most Improved" Award, dancing the Paso Doble last week with pro Allison Holker. Photo: ABC
We give Andy Grammer our “Most Improved” Award, dancing the Paso Doble last week with pro Allison Holker. Photo: ABC

The dances are the Argentine Tango, Contemporary, Foxtrot, Paso Doble, Salsa, and the Viennese Waltz.
After the individual routines, the top scoring couple will receive immunity from elimination next week, along with three additional judges points. It could get sticky if the couple happens to be the one who gets eliminated Monday night based on last week’s judges scores and fan votes. It’s possible, although probably not likely.

The couple winning immunity gets excused out of Round 2, a Dance Off. The remaining couples will pair off and compete head to head, with the winner determined by a combination of the judges’ choice and votes by fans via the website. The couple who receives the most votes in the entire Dance Off will receive an extra two points to increase their overall score. Got all that? The Dance Off styles will be the Cha Cha, Jive, and Samba. What do you bet we see Carlos and Alexa battle each other?

Alek Skarlatos is struggling a little but hanging in there with partner Lindsay Arnold. Photo: ABC
Alek Skarlatos is struggling a little but hanging tough with partner Lindsay Arnold. Photo: ABC

The couples likely to be in jeopardy this week are Nick and Sharna and Tamar and Val, who were tied for last, and Alek and Lindsay, who were just one point ahead. There is a gulf between this group of three couples and the rest of the pack.

The confirmed dance assignments are for Bindi and Derek, Nick and Sharna, and Carlos and Witney; the others are our best call at press time based on the published list and the dances the couples have already performed this season.

Join Communities for our weekly Live Online Chat on Monday at 8 p.m. ET to see who the couples honor as their icons and how this whole immunity thing really works. Could we also go a little easier on the smoke and mirrors this week?

Come on DWTS, lighten up on the smoke so fans can actually SEE the dancing. Photo: ABC
Come on DWTS, lighten up on the smoke so fans can actually SEE the dancing. Photo: ABC

Week 8 Assignments

Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: Contemporary, “Holding Out For A Hero” by Ella Mae Brown

Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas: Argentine Tango, “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay

Andy Grammer and Allison Holker: Viennese Waltz, “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder

Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: Foxtrot, “Grace Kelly” by MIKA

Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: Salsa, “Valio La Pena” by Marc Anthony

Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: Contemporary, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Haley Reinhart

Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy: Paso Doble, “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga

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 and on Facebook at 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.

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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