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Maksim Chmerkovskiy returns to guest judge the first plugged/unplugged night on 'Dancing with the Stars'

by jmaloni

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Fri, Nov 15th 2013 07:00 am

Five remaining couples compete in the semifinals

Maksim Chmerkovskiy returns to the ballroom and for the first time participates as guest judge alongside Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli on "Dancing with the Stars" first ever plugged/unplugged night Monday, Nov. 18 (8 p.m.). Not a stranger to expressing his strong opinion, Maksim is sure to unleash his unique brand of critique during the intense semifinal competition.

The night will begin with an opening number by Emmy-nominated choreographer Mandy Moore, featuring the pro dancers. The couples then must rise to a new challenge and perform to two different versions of the same song.

In the first round of competition, the couples will perform either a jazz, paso doble, cha cha or tango routine to an original or "plugged" version of their selected song. In round two of competition, the couples will perform either a Viennese waltz, Argentine tango or rumba routine to an acoustic or "unplugged" version of that same song. Special musical guests will accompany the unplugged performances, including singer Kerli, who will perform a version of Fall Out Boy's "My Song Knows (Light em up)," and YouTube sensation Noah Guthrie, who will perform his popular cover of "Sexy & I Know It." At the end of the night, one couple will face elimination.

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