Trio time on “Dancing With The Stars,” Monday, 8 p.m.

The DWTS semifinals serve up Trio routines and a dance-off along with individual ballroom routines.

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Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas had their best week of the season on DWTS including a perfect score for their Contemporary routine, but still went home. Photo: ABC
Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas had their best week of the season on DWTS including a perfect score for their Contemporary routine, but still went home. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, November 14, 2015 – Season 21 is down to the semifinals after a week of high drama. Or is it?

There should still be five couples left on the show. But after she managed to dance and avoid elimination despite illness, Tamar Braxton withdrew from the competition. While her determination to carry on last week was admirable, it meant an able-bodied competitor who had her best week ever ended up out of the running, Alexa PenaVega. Alexa and partner Mark Ballas were devastated to leave, but imagine how much worse they must have felt realizing they could have stayed if Tamar and partner Val Chmerkovskiy had withdrawn last week before the competition.

So we are down to four couples, which is usually the semifinals. Does it mean no one will be eliminated this week, and we get to see the final four twice? No one at DWTS is saying.

Peta Murgatroyd returns to dance a trio with her pal Sharna Burgess and star Nick Carter. Remember their trio with Tommy Chong? Photo: ABC
Peta Murgatroyd returns to dance a trio with her pal Sharna Burgess and star Nick Carter. Remember their trio with Tommy Chong? Photo: ABC

What we do know is that it’s Trios Week, one of the more successful themes added to the competition in recent years. Count me as one of the original skeptics of this stunt, but I was sold after seeing one sensational trio routine after another.


The competitors can add any pro already eliminated, or any of the pros from the troupe. One of the show’s most popular pros, former Mirror Ball Trophy champion Peta Murgatroyd, was unable to compete this year due to injury. She has recovered and will dance a Trio with Nick and Sharna.

Last week Carlos PenaVega and Alek Skarlatos danced together. This week they compete in a head to head Dance Off for extra points. Photo: ABC
Last week Carlos PenaVega and Alek Skarlatos danced together. This week they compete in a head to head Dance Off for extra points. Photo: ABC

In addition to these two routines, the producers have decided to add a head-to-head “Dance Off’ between couples, with the winner adding three additional points to his or her score. It’s Bindi against Nick, and Carlos against Alek. Some fan sites suggest this is a way to give Nick a boost over the odds-on favorite, Bindi, but the matchups also appear to be the number one and two dancers by overall points, and the number three and four dancers.

Join Communities for our weekly Live Online Chat on Monday at 8 p.m. ET to see how the couples perform in their quest to make the finals. The Mirror Ball Trophy is so close these couples can feel it in their hands.

Enjoy highlights from last week:

Week 10 Assignments

Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: Waltz, “America the Beautiful”
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Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: Salsa, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile,” Sia
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Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: Contemporary, “Drag Me Down” by One Direction
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Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: Tango, “Scars” by Alesso featuring Ryan Tedder
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Trio Dances

Alek and Lindsay with Emma: Argentine Tango
Bindi and Derek with Mark: Jazz
Carlos and Witney with Karina: Samba, “Dirty Work” by Austin Mahone
Sharna and Nick with Peta: TBA

Dance-Off

Bindi and Derek vs. Nick and Sharna: Samba

Carlos and Witney vs. Alek and Lindsay: Cha Cha

Can anyone beat Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough? Photo: ABC
Can anyone beat Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough? Photo: ABC

Voting information: Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday night 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 Wednesday.

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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