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Trio dance with a new twist on “Dancing With The Stars”

Written By | Nov 5, 2017

San Diego, Calif., November 5, 2017 – After a surprising double elimination sending home both Nikki Bella and Sasha Pieterse, the six remaining couples will each perform two numbers on “Dancing With The Stars.” In addition to their regular individual routine, the couples will perform a Trio Dance routine.

The Trios have become a season highlight. This season produces a new twist on the successful formula. Instead of adding another pro to the mix, couples will dance with a past season winner or finalist. Give plenty of credit to the previous competitors willing to come back to the ballroom and put in the time to perform again.

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Rashad Jennings (season 24 champion) will be joining Drew and Emma for a Cha Cha. Laurie Hernandez (season 23 champion) is teamed with Victoria and Val for a Jive.

Kristi Yamaguchi (season six champion) joins Lindsey and Mark for a Jazz routine. Alfonso Ribeiro (season 19 champion) teams up with Frankie and Witney on a Jive.

Corbin Bleu (season 17 runner-up) partners with Jordan and Lindsay for a Salsa. Kelly Monaco (season one champion) joins Terrell and Cheryl for a Rumba.

Rashad, Laurie, Kristi, and Alfonso are all joining their previous professional partners.

Kelly originally danced with Alec Mazo; Corbin originally danced with Karina Smirnoff. The trio dance scores will be combined with the celebrity’s individual dance scores for a final tally.

Alfonso Ribeiro Kelly Monaco, and Corbin Bleu return to the ballroom for Trio Dances. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless


Trio Dance Details

For the individual dance routines, each couple will perform a waltz, Viennese waltz, quickstep, samba, Charleston or Argentine tango. For the trio dance, each will perform a cha-cha, jive, salsa, jazz or rumba.

At the end of the night, based on scores and votes from last Monday, one couple will be eliminated. At this point of the show, all of the celebrities are dancing well and there aren’t any obvious weak links. Eliminations at this point cut into bone.

It’s only two weeks until the finals.

Trio Dance Assignments and Songs:

Drew Scott and Emma Slater: Waltz – “Both Sides Now (Torch Songs)” by Years & Years

Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson: Viennese Waltz – “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran

Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold: Quickstep – “Chuck Berry” by Pharrell Williams

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas: Samba – “Morning Drums” by Gregor Salto

Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke: Charleston – “Bad Boy Good Man” by Tape Five (feat. Henrik Wager)

Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy: Argentine Tango – “Down” by Marian Hill

Trio Dance list:

Drew Scott & Emma Slater with Rashad Jennings: Cha Cha – “Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown

Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson with Alfonso Ribeiro: Jive – “Good Place” by Leo Soul

Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold with Corbin Bleu: Salsa – “Que Viva La Vida” by Wisin

Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas with Kristi Yamaguchi: Jazz – “Let’s Face The Music And Dance” by Seth MacFarlane

Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke with Kelly Monaco:  Rumba – “Slow Hands” by Niall Horan

Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy with Laurie Hernandez: Jive – “Magic” by B.o.B (feat. Rivers Cuomo)

Week Eight Trio Dance Details

For week eight, 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 at and on Facebook at 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. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.

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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.