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New twist on the Trio theme on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Written By | May 6, 2017
One couple will leave short of the semifinals this week. Will it be David Ross and Lindsay Arnold? Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

One couple will leave short of the semifinals this week. Will it be David Ross and Lindsay Arnold? Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless LINDSAY ARNOLD, DAVID ROSS

SAN DIEGO, May 8, 2017 – Just five couples are left with a chance to win the Mirror Ball Trophy for Season 24 of “Dancing With The Stars.” Among them are four athletes and one lone singer, but she’s got the dancing chops of an athlete and the style to potentially beat them all.

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One of last week’s surprising double eliminations was Nancy Kerrigan and pro partner Artem Chigvintsev. Photo: Eric McCandless/ABC

The couples will perform their solo routines in the first round, either an Argentine Tango, Waltz, Contemporary, Jive or Foxtrot. The pros chose the song and dance style they felt best suited their star partners.

Then they take on a Trio routine, either Jazz, Paso Doble, Jive or Argentine Tango.

This season’s twist on the Trios is that the judges have chosen which troupe member would join the couple. Not another competing pro previously eliminated, and not chosen by the competitors. The motivation might be to break up the pairs of pros we see season after season in the Trios. Witney and Lindsay, Peta and Sharna, Val and Artem. Get our drift? We like the visibility and opportunity being given to the hard working pros in the troupe to show what they’ve got.

Normani Kordei and Valentin Chmerkovskiy are heading for the finals and don’t bet against them taking the Mirror Ball Trophy. Photo: Eric McCandless, ABC

In addition, there will be a sneak-peek preview performance from the upcoming tour, “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Hot Summer Nights,” featuring the show’s competing and troupe pros. The all- new tour will be traveling to over 40 cities nationwide starting June 16.

Week 8 Assignments:

Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess: Argentine Tango, “Believer” by Imagine Dragons
TRIO with Britt Stewart, Jazz, “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars

David Ross and Lindsay Arnold: Waltz, “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw
TRIO with Hayley Erbert, Paso Doble, “Gangsta’s Paradise” by 2WEI

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy: Contemporary, “Freedom” by Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boynton
TRIO with Alan Bersten, Jive, “Feeling Alive” by Earl St. Clair

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater: Jive, “Shake a Tail Feather” by the Blues Brothers
TRIO with Witney Carson, Argentine Tango, “Dreams” by Gabrielle Aplin and Bastille

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber: Foxtrot, “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
TRIO with Brittany Cherry, Paso Doble, “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater have been surprisingly strong contenders in Season 24. Photo: Eric McCandless, ABC

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone 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 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.

“Dancing With The Stars: Season 24: Week 8” airs on Monday, May 8, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She also covers the Sweet Science of boxing for Communities. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.