Dancing with the Stars producers had to get creative when the first of the American Presidential Debates, which will take over all the broadcast networks beginning at 9 pm, forced the performance show into an hour-long format.
To accommodate the truncated episode, there will be no performances from individual couples. Instead the remaining 12 pairs will be pitted against each other in a new “Face Off” format.
After the judges score the couples individually, the high scoring half of the Face Off will be immune from elimination. The six low-scoring couples will rely on judges scores and viewer votes to remain in the competition. One couple will be sent home during a special Tuesday results show. The judges this week have more power than usual over who stays and who goes home!
FYI: The results show on Tuesday begins at 8 pm, but the first hour is a clip show. Franky will begin live blogging at 9 pm ET.
An exciting, brand-new theme night comes to the show, as the 12 remaining celebrities find themselves pitted against each other in a quest to keep themselves immune from elimination, as Face Off night comes to Dancing with the Stars, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. Two couples will each be tasked with dancing the same dance style, but to different songs. After each couple dances, they will receive their scores from the judges, who will comment on the highs and lows of each dance for each Face Off. The couple with the highest score will find themselves immune from elimination, but the other couple will be in jeopardy. At the end of the night, the six low scoring couples will rely on the viewers’ votes to help save them, and one of those couples will be eliminated on Tuesday night’s results show.
The Face-Off Parings Are as Follows:
- Jana Kramer & Gleb Savchenko – Jive – “Too Many Fish in the Sea” by Bette Midler
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds & Allison Holker – Jive – “Great Gosh A’Mighty” by Little Richard
- Laurie Hernandez & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – Tango – “Into the Sunset” (Headhunterz Radio Edit) by Crystal Lake featuring Kifi
Marilu Henner & Derek Hough – Tango – “Battle Cry” by Imagine Dragons
- James Hinchcliffe & Sharna Burgess – Cha Cha – “Big Trouble” by Outasight
Ryan Lochte & Cheryl Burke – Cha Cha – “If It Ain’t Love” by Jason Derulo
- Calvin Johnson Jr. & Lindsay Arnold – Viennese Waltz – “Woman’s World” by BJ The Chicago Kid
Terra Jolé & Sasha Farber – Viennese Waltz – “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls
- Maureen McCormick & Artem Chigvintsev – Salsa – “Tres Deseos” (“Three Wishes”) by Gloria Estefan
Amber Rose & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Salsa – “Booty” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Iggy Azalea
- Vanilla Ice & Witney Carson – Paso Doble – “Save Tonight” by Zayde Wølf
Rick Perry & Emma Slater – Paso Doble – “Tamacun” by Rodrigo Y Gabriela
No couples will be eliminated on this episode.
The second elimination of the season will take place on Dancing with the Stars: The Results, live, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. Based on the viewers’ votes and the judges’ scores from last night’s show, one of the six low-scoring couples from Face Off night will be exiting the ballroom. Florida Georgia Line, CMA Award winners for Vocal Duo of the Year, will perform their number one hits “Cruise” and “H.O.L.Y.,” and Fitz and The Tantrums will perform “HandClap,” from their self-titled album. Viewers will also have a chance to see the couples’ dances from the previous night one more time. The show will be packed with never-before-seen footage, including extended training packages, exclusive interviews with the couples and judges, and a glimpse of what’s to come on week four of “Dancing with the Stars.”
At the end of the night, the second elimination of the season, based on combined viewer and judges’ scores from September 26, will take place.
Hosted by two-time Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews (sports host and Dancing with the Starsseason 10 finalist), Dancing with the Starsis the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including head judge, Len Goodman, dancers/choreographers Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough.