SAN DIEGO, May 14, 2016 – Of the many variations on ballroom dance themes each season on “Dancing With The Stars,” the Trio dances have produced some of the most memorable routines ever on the show.
Donald Driver, Peta Murgatroyd and Karina Smirnoff made a big impression with his high energy Jive trio in Season 14, the first season for the Trios. He went on to win. Melissa Rycroft turned the corner with her Paso Doble trio with Tony Dovolani and Henry Byalilov during Season 15; she also went on to win.
So did Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson after their Paso Doble trio with Lindsay Arnold. It’s so good it’s worth seeing again to see how it’s done.
But even when someone goes home, the Trios are always a joy to watch. No one had more fun than Melissa Gilbert with the Chmerkovskiy brothers in her Season 14 trio.
So we can’t wait to see the five Trios this Monday.
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For the trio dance, Ginger Zee and Valentin Chmerkovskiy add Artem Chigvintsev. Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess add Hayley Erbert. Wanyá Morris and Lindsay Arnold bring in Witney Carson. Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas add Alan Bersten. Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd partner with Jenna Johnson.
The couples perform a style they haven’t yet attempted for their individual dances. We will see Contemporary, Quickstep, Argentine Tango, Charleston, Jive, Samba or Paso Doblé.
There will be a double elimination, based on last week’s combined judges’ scores and viewer votes, determining the final three couples who will go on to the finals to vie for the mirrorball.
The assignments in alphabetical order are:
Antonio and Sharna: Contemporary, “Hall of Fame” by The Script
Ginger and Val: Quickstep, “Fire Under My Feet” by Leona Lewis
Nyle and Peta: Argentine Tango, “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors
Paige and Mark: Argentine Tango, “One Time” by Marian Hill
Wanyá and Lindsay: Charleston, “Shame on Me” by Avicii
The couples plus a third dancer will dance to the following songs for the Trio Dance (in alphabetical order):
Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess with Hayley Erbert: Argentine Tango,“Mi Confesion” by Gotan Project
Ginger Zee and Valentin Chmerkovskiy with Artem Chigvintsev: Paso Doblé, “Shot Me Down” by David Guetta
Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd with Jenna Johnson: Jive, “Hit the Road Jack” – Hermes House Band
Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas with Alan Bersten: Samba, “Hip Hip Chin Chin” by Club Des Belugas
Wanyá Morris and Lindsay Arnold with Witney Carson: Paso Doblé, “Explosive” by David Garrett and Franck Heijden and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
On last week’s leaderboard, Wanyá Morris ended up in a surprising place at the bottom after a rough week. Judges scores are so close together fan votes will be the determining factor. Can he stage a come from behind victory with help from Boyz II Men fans? Is the final remaining NFL player peaking at just the right time? Will there be a sunny forecast for our TV meteorologist? Could America’s Next Top Model become America’s latest Mirror Ball Trophy champion? Will an MMA star knockout her opponents and win?
Week 8 Leaderboard
Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy: 59 points
Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd: 58 points
Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas: 57 points
Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess: 56 points
Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold: 54 points
“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Week 9, “Trios Week” on Monday, May 16 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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