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'Dancing with the Stars': Stakes are high as 5 celebrity & pro-dancer couples compete in semifinals

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Wed, Nov 13th 2019 04:35 pm

Continuing on from last week's competition, the six remaining celebrity and pro-dancer couples competed this past Monday on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," "Boy Band & Girl Group Night.” For this week, there were two rounds of competitive dance performances.

In the first round, each couple danced 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.

Joey Fatone of *NSYNC, a "DWTS" alum, served as guest judge. At show’s end, Sean Spicer was sent home.

The five remaining celebrity and pro-dancer couples will return to the ballroom to compete on the 10th week of the season live, Monday, Nov. 18 (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.

For this week, there will be two rounds of competitive dance performances – and the stakes are high to get into the finals. In the first round, celebrities will repeat a style of dance they struggled with earlier in the season with a new song. The judges will mentor each of the couples. The second round will be the last time the couples will perform to a style of dance they haven’t performed before.

Vying for America’s vote, each couple will dance to a variety of songs, including Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger,” The Temptations’ “Get Ready,” Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind,” Hozier’s “Take Me To Church,” Vanessa Williams’ “Save the Best for Last,” Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” among others.

This week, 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, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann 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 (paso and Viennese waltz)
  • Pop star Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber (Viennese waltz and Charleston)
  • “The Bachelorette” Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten (rumba and contemporary)
  • Comedian and actor Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson (tango and contemporary)
  • TV and film actor James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater (cha cha and foxtrot)

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