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4 couples remain as competition heats up for semifinals on 'Dancing with the Stars'


Thu, May 11th 2017 09:05 am
Special judges' challenge finds each judge paired with a couple, tasks them with a specific challenge for their dance
Cheryl Burke returns to dance floor for a special performance
The four remaining couples advance to the semifinals, as the competition heats up and the show edges closer to the following week's crowning of the coveted Mirrorball trophy, on "Dancing with the Stars," live, Monday, May 15 (8-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
Each couple will dance two dances - one being a judges' challenge, in which Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough have each been individually paired up with one couple, tasking them with a specific challenge for their dance, and the second being a style the couple has not danced to yet.
In addition, two-time "Dancing with the Stars" Mirrorball champion and Emmy-nominated choreographer Cheryl Burke returns to the ballroom with a special performance from her 30-city tour, "Love on the Floor." The live dance show kicks off its national tour of intimate performing arts theaters across the country on Oct. 17 in Palm Desert, California.
As an added treat, breakout U.K. artist, singer and songwriter Calum Scott will perform his poignant version of Robyn's "Dancing on My Own," alongside a dance from pros Witney Carson and Artem Chigvintsev. "Dancing on My Own" has become a global sensation, quickly charting in over 34 countries on Spotify and hitting No. 1 on iTunes in 11 countries. Scott will also perform his new original song, "Rhythm Inside."
Each couple will perform a rumba, quickstep, jazz, tango, jive, Viennese waltz or foxtrot. At the end of the night, based on scores and votes from last Monday, one couple will be eliminated.
For the judges' challenge, the couples will dance to the following songs (in alphabetical order):
  • Simone Biles & Sasha Farber - Carrie Ann Inaba - jive - "Faith" by Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande
  • Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater - Bruno Tonioli - rumba - "Say You Won't Let Go" by James Arthur
  • Normani Kordei & Valentin Chmerkovskiy - Len Goodman - Viennese waltz - "Desperado" by Rihanna
  • David Ross & Lindsay Arnold - Julianne Hough - foxtrot - "You Make Me Feel So Young" by Michael BublĂ©
For the second full dance, the couples will dance to the following songs (in alphabetical order):
  • Simone Biles & Sasha Farber - rumba - "Skyscraper" by Demi Lovato
  • Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater - quickstep - "Yes I Can" by Superhumans
  • Normani Kordei & Valentin Chmerkovskiy - jazz - "What a Wonderful World" by Ray Chew Live
  • David Ross & Lindsay Arnold - tango - "Castle on the Hill" by Ed Sheeran
The judges' scores from both dances will be combined along with viewer votes.
For week nine, 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 ABC.com at http://dwtsvote.abc.go.com/ and on Facebook at http://bit.ly/2o1VO7b 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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