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Wham!, Whitney House, Stevie Wonder songs to be featured on next 'Dancing with the Stars'


Thu, Oct 17th 2019 01:55 pm

9 celebrity & pro-dancer couples compete for Mirrorball Trophy on Monday, Oct. 21

ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ brought magic to the dance floor on ‘Disney Night’ this past Monday. The remaining nine celebrity and pro-dancer couples competed live, and for the first time in the show’s history, the opening dance number took place at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It featured the cast on Main Street, U.S.A., and in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, choreographed by Zach Woodlee (“Grease Live” and “Glee”).

The magical night continued with dances featuring beloved Disney songs including “We’re All in This Together” from “High School Musical,” “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid,” “A Spoonful of Sugar” from “Mary Poppins,” “Beauty and the Beast” from the live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from the live-action “The Lion King,” among others. In addition, a special dance inspired by new song “Into the Unknown” from “Disney’s Frozen II” was featured.

After a memorable “Disney Night” there was no elimination. So, these same nine celebrity and pro-dancer couples will return to the ballroom and compete on the sixth week of the 2019 season of “Dancing with the Stars,” live, Monday, Oct. 21 (8 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

The show will open with the couples entering the ballroom to “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang. In addition, the cast of “Dancing with the Stars – Live Tour 2020” will perform a dance choreographed by Emmy Award-winner Mandy Moore. The nationwide tour kicks off Jan. 9 in Richmond, Virginia. To purchase tickets or get the full list of tour dates, visit dwtstour.com.

Vying for America’s vote, each couple will dance to a variety of songs, including Carrie Underwood’s “Southbound,” Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” Stevie Wonder’s “Part-Time Lover,” and Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved,” among others.

The live vote (via abc.com, the ABC app and SMS/text) of weeks five and six will be combined with the judges’ scores of both weeks and tabulated in real time, with the bottom two revealed during the broadcast. The live votes 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). For the first time in “Dancing” history, judges decide which celebrity up for elimination stays in the competition and which one’s journey comes to an end.

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

  • Country artist Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko (contemporary)
  • Model and photographer Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Val Chmerkovskiy (jazz)
  • Pop star Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber (quickstep)
  • “The Bachelorette” Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten (samba)
  • “The Office” actress Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov (Viennese waltz)
  • TV host and “Queer Eye” star Karamo and Jenna Johnson (rumba)
  • Comedian and actor Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson (quickstep)
  • Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold (Viennese waltz)
  • TV and film actor James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater (samba)

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, including head judge Len Goodman, and dancers/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

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