UPDATE, May 19, 7 p.m.: Mark Ballas injured his shoulder during dress rehearsals on Sunday with Candace Cameron Bure while practicing a lift. He was taken to a hospital for examination. He has undergone two MRI exams in the last 24 hours. Monday afternoon, his mother Shirley Ballas posted a photo of her son with his arm in a sling, saying she was “sad for him and sad for Cameron.” It seems unlikely he will be able to compete tonight. The most likely scenario is that another professional will take his place. Nothing has been announced from show producers. The substitute could be Tony Dovoloni, who danced with Cameron during the switch-up week.
SAN DIEGO, May 19, 2014 – It is the first of two nights of final competition on Season 18 of “Dancing With The Stars” tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. None of the Final Four should play it safe. The judges and the longtime fans have seen a lot of ballroom dancing over the years. Excellence in execution is a must, but innovations in choreography and movement are what make an impression and give a routine that “it” factor that scores points, wins votes, and makes you the winner.
Join Communities Digital News in the virtual ballroom for our next to last live chat of Season 18 as we enjoy and comment on the final four and what it’s taken to get this far.
Each competitor will dance two routines. The first is a repeat of the “Switch Up” dance performed this season with each star dancing the same routine with their regular partner.
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd will dance the Tango; James originally danced with Cheryl Burke. Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy bring back their Argentine Tango which Meryl originally performed with Val Chmerkovskiy. Amy Purdy and Derek Hough dance the Salsa Amy danced first with Mark Ballas; and Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas dance the Quickstep she performed the first time with Tony Dovoloni.
The couples will then perform their freestyle routines. Many voting fans make their decision on their winner based on these routines. Since DWTS went to the “supersized” freestyle era, the couples can use additional dancers, props, lighting, and anything else that comes to mind.
One couple will be eliminated at the end of Monday’s show, and the remaining three will put together a 24-hour routine for Tuesday night. The Mirror Ball Trophy will be presented on Tuesday.
Communities Digital News will host its final Live Chats of the season on Monday and Tuesday nights. Be sure to take your seat in the virtual ballroom with us to enjoy and comment on all the performances.
Finals Night One Lineup
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: Tango / Freestyle
Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Argentine Tango / Freestyle
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: Quickstep / Freestyle
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Salsa / Freestyle
“Dancing With the Stars” returns with night one of The Finals week tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.