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'Showstoppers' night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars'


Thu, Nov 3rd 2016 06:15 pm

6 remaining celebrities will dance to music from some of the hottest Broadway musicals

Idina Menzel to guest judge and perform; special performances from Mark Ballas and his 'Jersey Boys' co-stars, as well as Leona Lewis

The six remaining celebrities will dance two show-stopping dances - one from some of the hottest Broadway musicals, and a second where they are paired up for a "Team-Up Challenge" - as "Showstoppers" night comes to "Dancing with the Stars," live, Monday, Nov. 7 (8-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

Idina Menzel will perform her new single, "Queen of Swords," and join Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough as a guest judge.

For the first dance, the couples will each dance a style they have not yet danced to a song from a hit Broadway musical. The teams traveled the country to see famous shows in person to get inspiration for their dances in the ballroom on Monday night. Couples will re-create dances from "Chicago," Broadway's longest-running American musical, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month and playing at the Ambassador Theatre in New York; the Tony and Grammy Award-winning hit musical "Jersey Boys"; multi-Tony Award-winning "Cats," one of the most recognizable and longest running shows, recently revived on Broadway; "Sweet Charity"; "The Wiz"; and the Tony-nominated "Waitress." Each couple will perform either a samba, Argentine tango, waltz, Charleston, paso doblé, contemporary or jazz.

Following their first dance, each couple will be paired up with another couple to perform in the "Team-Up Challenge." Each team will dance together to one song, and for a portion of the dance, the two celebrities will dance together without the assistance of their professional partners. Each team will perform either a paso doblé, contemporary or jazz routine. The judges will score the "Team-Up Challenge" dances.

The points from the "Showstoppers" routine and the "Team-Up Challenge" will be added together for the final judges' scores. At the end of the night, one couple will be eliminated, and the five remaining couples will advance to the semifinals.

The couples will dance to the following "Showstoppers" songs (in alphabetical order):

  • Marilu Henner & Derek Hough - samba - "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" from "Jersey Boys," featuring guest performances by Mark Ballas and his "Jersey Boys" co-stars.
  • Laurie Hernandez & Valentin Chmerkovskiy - Argentine tango - "Cell Block Tango" from "Chicago"
  • James Hinchcliffe & Sharna Burgess - jazz - "A Brand New Day" from "The Wiz"
  • Calvin Johnson Jr. & Lindsay Arnold - waltz - "Memory" from "Cats," featuring a guest performance by Leona Lewis
  • Terra Jolé & Sasha Farber - Charleston - "If My Friends Could See Me Now" from "Sweet Charity"
  • Jana Kramer & Gleb Savchenko - waltz - "She Used to Be Mine" from "Waitress"

The Team-Up Challenges are as follows and will dance to the following songs:

  • Team-Up No. 1: James & Sharna/Calvin & Lindsay - paso doblé - "No Good" by Kaleo
  • Team-Up No. 2: Jana & Gleb/Laurie & Val - contemporary - "Bird Set Free" by Sia
  • Team-Up No. 3: Marilu & Derek/Terra and Sasha - jazz - "Big Noise from Winnetka" by Bette Midler

Hosted by two-time Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron and former finalist Erin Andrews, "Dancing with the Stars" is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts.

For week nine, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday night during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the "Dancing with the Stars" 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. and closing at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

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