Party Anthem Week on ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ Mon 8 p.m.

Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke might need a genie to grant their wish to avoid elimination this week.
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke might need a genie to grant their wish to avoid elimination this week. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, April 20, 2014 – What makes a song a party anthem? Consulting both traditional and urban dictionaries, an anthem is “a celebratory song or composition for a distinct group,” such as a national anthem. A “rock anthem” is a powerful, celebratory song unifying a large group as in an arena that becomes so popular it is considered universal. A great example is Queen’s “We Are The Champions.” Five year olds and grandmothers know this song.

How about party anthems? These are the songs played at every single high school dance on the planet.

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But honestly, isn’t a party anthem a little like pornography: you know one when you hear it. Let’s see whether the producers of “Dancing With The Stars” truly capture the party anthem spirit on this week’s “Party Anthems” theme show. Note the word “rock” is not included, so expect some dance floor hits that are more pop than rock.

Guest judge Redfoo of the group LMFAO had a huge hit with the song titled “Party Rock Anthem,” so he should know a good party anthem. Whether he knows much about ballroom dancing or not, if he’s sitting between Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, the entertainment value of the show should be off the charts this week.

With eight couples left and everyone at least competent with moments of inspiration, the scores are tight and fan votes will continue to make the difference as they did when Cody Simpson and Witney Carson left last week. Fans of all the stars should have gotten the message and voted a little more vigorously to keep their deserving favorites on the show.

All the routines are up tempo, with three Cha Chas and a Salsa, plus two traditional Tangos, and Jive and a Quickstep.

Sitting in the bottom third and needing fan votes to save them are NeNe Leakes, Drew Carey, and Candace Cameron Bure, the same as last week when they all survived.

The dance styles assigned to the couples are all public thanks to interviews and online comments; some of the songs are also known and listed in our lineup.

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd received the season's first perfect score last week. They will have a serious change of pace for Party Anthem week with a Quickstep.
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd received the season’s first perfect score last week. They will have a serious change of pace for Party Anthem week with a Quickstep. Photo: ABC

Fans commenting on blogs have been harsh about NeNe Leakes’ behavior shown during rehearsal last week, although her pro partner Tony Dovoloni says it was overblown. NeNe and Tony will dance Salsa to Nelly’s “Hot in Herre.” It’s going to be either a train wreck or wildly entertaining. There won’t be any middle ground.

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd drew the Quickstep, an odd choice for Party Anthem week. Did the producers want to take them down a notch after a perfect score for their Contemporary routine last week to “Let It Go” from “Frozen”? Their song wasn’t known at press time. Let’s hope Peta gets creative and James turns on the charm.

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Week 7 Lineup  

NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovoloni: Salsa (Nelly, “Hot In Herre”)

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: Quickstep (song TBA)

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: Cha Cha (Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”)

Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Tango (Calvin Harris, “Feel So Close”)

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: Cha Cha (Icona Pop, “I Love It”)

Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: Tango (song TBA)

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Jive (song TBA)

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: Cha Cha (“Everybody Dance Now,” C&C Music Factory)

“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Party Anthem Week on Monday, April 21, 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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