Smiles and sambas, tears and tangos on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Competitors share their memories of good times and life changing experiences in a DWTS favorite, the "Most Memorable Year" theme week.

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Antonio Brown finds himself near the bottom of the leaderboard after Week 2. Will Steeler Nation save him from elimination: Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
Antonio Brown finds himself near the bottom of the leaderboard after Week 2. Will Steeler Nation save him from elimination: Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

SAN DIEGO, April 2, 2016 – ‘Dancing With The Stars’ takes a walk (or waltz, foxtrot, jive or tango) down memory lane for each of the celebrities competing in Season 22 on Monday.

Eleven couples return for a fan favorite theme, “Most Memorable Year,” an emotional week when the stars reflect on a personal triumph or tragedy that shaped who they are today. It is a fan favorite because the stars feel a special commitment to do justice to their routine and especially to anyone they honor. Their heartfelt performances promise to showcase more exciting and challenging choreography and routines.

Wanyá Morris dances to the powerful memory of singing the national anthem at the Olympics with Boyz II Men. As promised, Kim Fields celebrates her bus trip from Harlem to Los Angeles for a TV commercial assignment, which ultimately led to her breakout role as Tootie on “The Facts of Life.” Von Miller brings back the memory of Super Bowl 50 and his MVP honor. Marla Maples commemorates the year her daughter Tiffany Trump was born, and Doug Flutie honors his son, born with autism.

Latin Night Man Candy. Because we can. Left to right: Alan, Nyle, Keo and Shannon. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor ALAN BERSTEN, NYLE DIMARCO, KEO MOTSEPE, SHANNON HOLTZAPFFEL
Latin Night Man Candy. Because we can. Left to right: Alan, Nyle, Keo and Shannon. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

Each celebrity will perform a Foxtrot, Waltz, Contemporary, Samba, Jive, Tango or Paso Doblé.


Special guest Andra Day performs her hit song, “Rise Up,” as well as “Rainbow Connection,” alongside dances by Jodie Sweetin and Doug Flutie.

At the end of evening, one couple will be eliminated from the ballroom competition. This week’s assignments:

Antonio and Sharna: Foxtrot, “7 Years” by Lukas Graham
Doug and Karina: Waltz, “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog
Ginger and Val: Contemporary, “Home” by Phillip Phillips
Jodie and Keo: Foxtrot, “Rise Up” by Andra Day
Kim and Sasha: Foxtrot, “Facts of Life” TV Theme Song by Gloria Loring
Marla and Tony: Jive, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
Mischa and Artem: Samba, “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus
Nyle and Peta: Tango, “Verge” by Owl City, Aloe Blacc
Paige and Mark: Paso Doblé, “300 Violin Orchestra” by Jorge Quintero
Von and Witney: Contemporary, “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins
Wanyá and Lindsay: Waltz, “National Anthem 96’ Olympic Ceremonies” by Boyz II Men

Mischa Barton continues to struggle and finds herself in danger of elimination this week without a strong performance. Photo ABC/Adam Taylor
Mischa Barton continues to struggle and finds herself in danger of elimination this week without a strong performance. Photo ABC/Adam Taylor

Sitting at the bottom of the leaderboard last week were Mischa and Artem, Kim and Sacha, and Antonio and Sharna. Doug and Karina were the most improved in week 2. Based on the assignments in Week 3 and prior scores, unless Mischa and Artem have a breakout week it is likely her time to exit the show.

“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Week 3 on Monday, April 4 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

Week 2 Results ( with difference from Week 1)

Paige VanZant and Alan Bertsen subbing for Mark Ballas: Salsa = 24 points (up 3)
Phone: 800-868-3410

Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold: Salsa, 8-8-8 = 24 points (up 3)
Phone: 800-868-3412

Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe: Samba, 7-7-7 = 21 points (up 1)
Phone: 800-868-3405

Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy: Samba, 7-7-7 = 21 points (down 2)
Phone: 800-868-3404

Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd: Rumba, 7-6-7 = 20 points (down 1)
Phone: 800-868-3409

Marla Maples and Tony Dovoloni: Argentine Tango, 7-6-7 = 20 points (down 1)
Phone: 800-868-3407

Von Miller and Witney Carson: Cha Cha, 7-6-7 = 20 points (down 1)
Phone: 800-868-3411

Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff: Paso Doble, 7-6-7 = 20 points (up 5)
Phone: 800-868-3402

Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess: Rumba, 6-6-7 = 19 points (down 2)
Phone: 800-868-3401

Kim Fields and Sasha Farber: Salsa, 7-6-6 = 19 points (down 1)
Phone: 800-868-3406

Mischa Barton and Artem Chigvintsev: Cha Cha Cha, 5-5-5 = 15 points (down 1)
Phone: 800-868-3408

Geraldo Rivera and Edyta Sliwinska: Salsa, 5-4-4 = 13 points (same) ELIMINATED

Doug Flutie saved himself from elimination with a strong Paso Doble performance in Week 2. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
Doug Flutie saved himself from elimination with a strong Paso Doble in Week 2. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

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.

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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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