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'Dancing with the Stars' has first elimination, announces 'Movie Night'


Tue, Sep 24th 2019 02:30 pm

The 12 celebrity and pro-dancer couples competed a second week with the first elimination of the 2019 season, live, Monday on ABC. For the show’s second broadcast, scores from the judges from week one were carried over and combined with judges’ scores from week two, which also marked the first weekly live-viewing audience vote of the season. And for the first time in “DWTS” history, a big format change in voting changes everything, which was revealed in the broadcast: head judge Len Goodman, and dancers/choreographers/judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba decided which of the two lowest-scoring competitors would be eliminated.

In the end, Mary Wilson and Brandon Armstrong were eliminated.

It will be “Lights, camera, action!” next week, on “Movie Night,” as 11 celebrity and pro-dancer couples compete on the third week of the season live, Monday, Sept. 30 (8-10 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

Vying for America’s vote, each couple will dance to a variety of songs inspired by the celebrity’s favorite movies, including Wilson Philips’ “Hold On,” “Here We Go Again” from “Mamma Mia!,” Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman,” Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” Selena’s “Dreaming of You,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” and Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” among others.

The show will open with a behind-the-scenes look at some movie magic on ABC’s very own “backlot.” Weaving through three “movie sets” on the way to the ballroom, viewers will run into stars and pros as they make their way to stage. In addition, the broadcast will include a special “Star Wars” moment.

Each Monday night, the live vote (via abc.com, the ABC app and SMS/text) will be combined with the judges’ scores and tabulated in real time, with the bottom two revealed during the broadcast. And for the first time in “DWTS” history, voting is changed this season. The judges will decide which celebrity up for elimination stays in the competition, and which celebrity’s journey comes to an end.

The live votes will occur each week only during the live broadcast in the EDT/CDT time zones (but fans in all U.S. time zones may vote within that window).

The couples (with their dance choice) include the following:

  • Country artist Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko (tango)
  • “The Bachelorette” Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten (rumba)
  • Model and photographer Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Val Chmerkovskiy (tango)
  • Pop star Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber (rumba)
  • “The Office” actress Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov (quickstep)
  • TV host and “Queer Eye” star Karamo and Jenna Johnson (jive)
  • Super Bowl MVP Ray Lewis and Cheryl Burke (cha cha)
  • Comedian and actor Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson (rumba)
  • Two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom and Peta Murgatroyd (cha cha)
  • Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold (cha cha)
  • TV and film actor James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater (rumba)

For the first time ever, “Dancing with the Stars” now has an official podcast! Every week, “Dancing with the Stars” fans can listen in and get a behind-the-ballroom perspective for all the latest backstage action, reactions and exclusive interviews with their favorite couples and cast members. These special access episodes will be released weekly on Tuesdays on Apple, Spotify, Acast and other podcast platforms.

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

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