SAN DIEGO, April 27, 2014 – Moneymakers will be shaking on Week 8 of “Dancing With The Stars” for Latin Week.
All seven remaining couples dance a Latin dance they haven’t performed yet such as the Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Argentine Tango, or Paso Doble. This week’s guest judge is Latino pop star Ricky Martin. (It could be worse. Abby Lee Miller from the Lifetime series “Dance Moms” is the guest judge next week. Brace yourselves).
There will also be a team dance this week. The teams are pictured and named on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars Facebook page. “Team Vida” is Charlie and Sharna, NeNe and Tony, and James and Peta, dancing to Ricky Martin’s “Vida.” “Team Loca” is Amy and Derek, Danica and Val, Meryl and Maks, and Candace and Mark, dancing to Ricky Martin’s (wait for it) “Livin’ La Vida Loca.”
One star’s moneymaker is playing hurt. Danica McKellar reported she injured a rib earlier this week in practice via her Twitter account. She posted photos of a math event she appeared at with partner Val Chmerkovskiy in two, and commented that you could barely see her back brace under her clothes. The report is that Danica and Val missed three days of rehearsal for their individual dance, a Salsa. Whether it will affect her participation in the team dance routine is another unknown.
Stars that are more comfortable with the standard ballroom styles like the Foxtrot and the Waltz face a real challenge with dances that are all about heat and hip action. We’re talking about you, Candace Cameron Bure. She had trouble with the Cha Cha last week, and she’s sitting at the bottom of the leaderboard. Her scores this week won’t count toward elimination, but she might be unable to help herself much unless she pushes past the mental blocks judge Carrie Ann Inaba talked to her about last week. She and Mark Ballas will dance an Argentine Tango.
The dance styles assigned to the couples are all public thanks to interviews, Twitter and other online comments including the fan blog Pure DWTS (which all serious DWTS fans need to follow).
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Week 8 Lineup
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovoloni: Argentine Tango (“Can’t Remember to Forget You” by Shakira)
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: Samba (“Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee)
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: Salsa (“Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” by Major Lazer)
Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Salsa
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: Argentine Tango (“1977″ by Ana Tijioux)
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Rumba
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: Paso Doble (“Sail” by AWOL Nation)
“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Latin Week on Monday, April 28, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
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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