NINE REMAINING COUPLES TAKE ON “LEN’S SIDE BY SIDE CHALLENGE”
ON ABC’S “DANCING WITH THE STARS,” MONDAY, APRIL 15
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Anna Trebunskaya, Tristan MacManus, Tony Dovolani,
Gleb Savchenko and Chelsie Hightower Return
Selena Gomez, The Band Perry and Kerli to Perform on
“Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” Tuesday, April 16
“Episode 1605 & 1605A” – Nine remaining couples hit the dance floor and face an exciting new challenge MONDAY, APRIL 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). In another first for “Dancing with the Stars,” a new twist called “Len’s Side By Side Challenge” tasks each couple to perform a portion of their individual dance alongside a pro dance couple. The pro couples will include returning favorites Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Anna Trebunskaya, Tristan MacManus, Tony Dovolani, Gleb Savchenko and Chelsie Hightower. This new twist will allow the audience as well as judges to compare the celebrity’s dance technique in real time to a professional’s. Monday will also feature a show stopping opening number with the entire cast, returning pros and dance troupe.
On TUESDAY, APRIL 16 one couple will be eliminated on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET). The show will feature music by multi-Platinum-selling artist Selena Gomez who will perform her new single, “Come & Get It,” and Country Rock group The Band Perry will perform their hit No. 1 song, “Better Dig Two.” The results show will also feature a spectacular opening number choreographed by Mark Ballas and Derek Hough.
“Macy’s Stars of Dance” returns for its second installment of the season. Choreographed by Emmy-nominated Stacey Tookey, this sexy and powerful performance will feature dancers Tyne Stecklein and Jeremy Hudson and music by singer/songwriter Kerli, who will perform “Love Me or Leave Me.”
World-wide, multi-Platinum-selling Hollywood Records recording artist Selena Gomez debuted her new single, “Come & Get It,” this April. “Come & Get It” is the first single from her upcoming album, to be released this summer. Written by Ester Dean (Katy Perry, Beyonce, Usher), M.S. Erikson & T.E. Hermansen (Ne-Yo, Rihanna) and produced by Stargate for 45th & 3rd Music LLC, “Come & Get It” showcases Gomez’s sultry vocals in a beautiful and simmering love song. She has already sold over 10 million singles in the U.S., along with three RIAA-certified top-ten debuting Gold albums, and three No. 1 Billboard Dance singles. Currently adorning the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, Gomez has most recently been nominated for a Radio Disney Music Award.
The Band Perry, comprised of siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry, combines classic Country with an eclectic infusion of Rock and Soul that is rounded out by perfect three-part harmonies. The sibling trio’s latest offering, “Better Dig Two,” garnered the family band a multi-week No. 1 and their third ascent to the top of the charts. The lead single has been certified Platinum for sales of over one million copies and marks the fastest-rising of their career. Since signing to Republic Nashville in 2009, The Band Perry has quickly catapulted into the mainstream, in part due to the success of their Platinum, self-titled debut album. Now approaching sales of 1.5 million, the project produced the Gold-certified No. 1 hit, “All Your Life,” the Platinum-certified “You Lie” and the Quadruple-Platinum “If I Die Young,” which took the No. 1 position on both Country and AC charts. Their sophomore album, “Pioneer,” was released on April 2, 2013, and topped Billboard’s Country Album sales chart with its debut.
Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and producer Kerli will perform her new single, “Love Me or Leave Me,” an emotive, heartfelt ballad from her EP, “Utopia,” out now on Island Records. “Love Me or Leave Me” is one of seven songs included on “Utopia” written and performed by Kerli. Much of it draws inspiration from both pop and dance genres and was recorded with SeventyEight, U.K. producer Switch (M.I.A., Diplo) and Australian DJ/producer tyDI, while overseen by former Katy Perry A&R man Chris Anokute at Island Def Jam. Her first single from the EP, “The Lucky Ones,” landed the top spot (No. 1) on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart, marking Kerli’s second No. 1 dance hit following “Army Of Love” in 2011.
Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (“Dancing with the Stars” Season 7 champion), the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
ABC.com is back with a new web series, “Dancing with the Stars: Pre-Show,” presented by AT&T. The original online video series promises to be the go-to resource for fans to come together before the Monday night episode of “Dancing with the Stars.” Beginning with the premiere episode, each week fans will be able to log on
http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/pre-show and watch as host Marc Istook (“After Party: Dancing with the Stars,” “After Party: The Bachelorette”) and field correspondent Jake Whetter (Radio Disney) speak with an array of expert panelists and celebrity fans. Additionally, guest correspondents Jessica Radloff (Glamour.com) and television personality Jeannie Mai join the panel to discuss the season’s performances, offer insight and solicit demonstrations from ballroom dance experts who’ve previously appeared on the show.
On March 18, ABC Radio re-launched its popular “Dancing with the Stars” station on Slacker, providing viewers exclusive backstage interviews with all the contestants, dancers and judges. The station will be available where Slacker Radio is available, including smartphones, the iPad and Ford vehicles with SYNC AppLink and on the web at:
Every Monday and Tuesday, the ABC station will also feature insight and analysis from a variety of guest contributors, including “Dancing with the Stars: All Stars” champion Melissa Rycroft, former contestant and “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd and Entertainment Weekly’s Annie Barrett.
“Dancing with the Stars” and “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” returns this season with new surprises and all the performance elements viewers have come to know and love. “Macy’s Stars of Dance,” featuring some of the best choreographers and performers from the different styles of dance who offer viewers performances that represent the pinnacle of achievement in their genres, will also return.
The show also welcomes the return of the “AT&T Spotlight Performance,” which features and celebrates people whose lives have been changed forever by dance. AT&T is also helping the search to find these performers by allowing fans to nominate potential dancers.
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 60 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars” performance shows. AT&T customers may also vote by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply). Online voting at www.ABC.com is open from the start of each episode on the East Coast and closes at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT on Tuesday mornings. Additionally, fans can again vote on Facebook www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars.
A custom Facebook app sponsored by AT&T will let fans vote, share who they voted for and why, as well as see who friends voted for. They can also access the “Dancing with the Stars” Social Scene page, and the “AT&T Spotlight Performance” and Casting Call from the app.
“Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.