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'Dancing with the Stars': Spice Girls' Emma Bunton, *NSYNC's Joey Fatone guest judges on 'Boy Band & Girl Group Night'

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Tue, Nov 5th 2019 05:25 pm

The seven remaining celebrity and pro-dancer couples competed Monday night on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” “Dance-Off Week.”

After a first-round dance to a style they have not performed before, the second round was the dance-off challenge. Two at a time, couples faced off against one another in the ballroom floor as they danced head-to-head in the same style at the same time. The winner of each of the three dance-offs were selected by the judges and received two bonus points added to their totals for the night. The dances included a variety of songs, including Elle King's "American Girl," John Legend's "All of Me," Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Queen's "Don’t Stop Me Now.”

At night’s end, Kate Flannery was sent home.

Next up is “Boy Band & Girl Group Night.” The six celebrity and pro-dancer couples return to the ballroom to compete on the ninth week of the 2019 season of “Dancing with the Stars,” live, Monday, Nov. 11 (8 p.m. EST), on ABC (TV-PG, L). Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

Choreographed by Brooke Wendle and Rodrigo Basurto, the show will open with a medley of songs from some of the most popular boy bands and girl groups in history. For this week, there will be two rounds of competitive dance performances. In the first round, couples will dance to music from girl groups such as TLC, Spice Girls, En Vogue and The Pointer Sisters, among others; the second round will be music from boy bands including Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and *NSYNC.

For the first time ever – and joining judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba – two guest judges will be in the ballroom: Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) of the Spice Girls and Joey Fatone of *NSYNC (a “DWTS” alum). Bunton will judge the girl group dances, while Fatone will judge the boy band dances.

Vying for America’s vote, each couple will dance to a variety of songs, including The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love,” Spice Girls’ “Wannabe,” En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind,” The Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited,” Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” New Kids on the Block’s “Step by Step,” and Jonas Brothers’ “Only Human,” among others.

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. The live votes will occur each week only during the live broadcast in the EST/CST time zones (but fans in all U.S. time zones may vote within that window). At the end of the night, Goodman, Tonioli and Inaba will decide which celebrity up for elimination stays in the competition, and which celebrity’s journey comes to an end.

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

  • Country artist Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko (quickstep and Rumba)
  • Pop star Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber (samba and Jazz)
  • “The Bachelorette” Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten (quickstep and tango)
  • Comedian and actor Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson (paso and Viennese waltz)
  • Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold (Argentine tango and samba)
  • TV and film actor James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater (jive and jazz)

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