Reality bites with double elimination on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Two of the competitors will go home after their “Icons” dances and their first team dances on Monday night.

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Did Antonio Brown put in enough work to avoid elimination this week? Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
Did Antonio Brown put in enough work to avoid elimination this week? Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

SAN DIEGO, May 1, 2016 – The reality of a week without an elimination will hit hard at the end of Monday’s night show on “Dancing With The Stars.” Two couples will leave the show in a double elimination. Ouch. With the competition tight, someone’s favorites are going home.

The eight couples remaining will all dance a routine to music from favorite musical icons including Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, and U2. Each celebrity will perform a Tango, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Samba, Foxtrot, Jive or Salsa.

Paige VanZant was groovy, baby and will likely avoid the double elimination this week. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
Paige VanZant was groovy, baby and will likely avoid the double elimination this week. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

The assignments in alphabetical order are:

Antonio and Sharna: Tango, “Paint It Black” by the Rolling Stones
Ginger and Val: Viennese Waltz, “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston
Jodie and Keo: Quickstep, “For Once In My Life,” Stevie Wonder
Kim and Sasha: Samba, “ABC” by the Jackson 5
Nyle and Peta: Foxtrot, “Beautiful Day” by U2
Paige and Mark: Jive, “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner
Von and Witney: Salsa, “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley
Wanyá and Lindsay: Foxtrot: “I Say a Little Prayer” by Aretha Franklin


The stars then perform their first team dances. For the first time ever in 22 seasons, it’s a battle of the sexes with the men facing off against the women. The men have named themselves “Team James Brown.” The women have gone with “Team Beyonce.”

Wanya Morris is the captain of "Team James Brown." Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
Wanya Morris is the captain of “Team James Brown.” Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

In another first, the opening number featuring the show’s professional ballroom dancers will be shown in full 360 degree virtual reality. It can be seen simultaneously with the broadcast on the “Dancing With The Stars” Facebook page, www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars, and also on YouTube at www.youtube.com/dancingwiththestars. The virtual reality will let viewers experience the show as if they are with the dancers on the ballroom floor. It expands beyond the traditional bounds of a TV or mobile screen

On last week’s leaderboard, Wanyá Morris stands at the top, with Paige VanZant and Antonio Brown right behind him. Ginger Zee, Von Miller, and Kim Fields are all tied at the bottom. Fan votes will be crucial in determining who goes home. One wrong step is all it takes at this point.

Kim Fields needs a little help from fans to avoid elimination this week. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
Kim Fields needs a little help from fans to avoid elimination this week. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

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Week 6 Leaderboard

Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold: Jazz, 10-9-10 = 29 points
Phone: 800-868-3412

Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas: Jazz, 9-10-9 = 28 points
Phone: 800-868-3410

Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess: Jive, 9-9-9 = 27 points
Phone: 800-868-3401

Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe: Contemporary, 9-8-8 = 25 points
Phone: 800-868-3405

Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd: Quickstep, 8-8-9 = 25 points
Phone: 800-868-3409

Kim Fields and Sasha Farber: Jive, 8-8-8 = 24 points
Phone: 800-868-3406

Von Miller and Witney Carson: Jazz, 8-8-8 = 24 points
Phone: 800-868-3411

Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy: Jazz, 8-8-8 = 24 points
Phone: 800-868-3404

“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Week 7, “Icons Week” on Monday, May 2 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

Voting information: Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ 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.

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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