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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Sets Taylor Swift Night of Competition

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Coming up on the November 21st episode of Dancing with the Stars, the ballroom dance competition will feature the songs of Taylor Swift in a special night of season 32 entitled: A Celebration of Taylor Swift.

The season’s six remaining couples will take the dance floor for an evening of Swift’s music when the Taylor-focused episode airs at 8 p.m. ET; the show will be simulcast live across both ABC and Disney+ in local time zones and the next day on Hulu.

On hand as a guest judge will be Mandy Moore, the longtime Dancing With the Stars choreographer who also serves as the lead choreographer of Swift’s Eras Tour. The couples and the dance styles they will perform their routines to, and to which of Taylor’s songs, will be announced soon.

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Back in October, Billboard had learned that there would be a Taylor-centric ballroom dancing episode on the horizon when pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd revealed the plans featuring the pop superstars music, expressing, “We will be having a Taylor Swift week here  …. am I allowed to say that?”

Two nights before the remaining celebrities and their pro partners take to the dance floor to compete in routines to Swift’s deep library of smash hits, Taylor is in the running with 20 nominations across numerous categories at the 2023 Billboard Awards on November 19th.

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Over the weekend, Swift’s the release of 1989 (Taylor’s Version) topped the Billboard 200 chart with 1.653 million equivalent album units, becoming her biggest release ever. Her previous record was held by her latest album of new material Midnights which earned 1.578 million after its release just over a year ago.

Carrie Ann Inaba, Derek Hough and Bruno Tonioli are the resident judges of Dancing with the Stars with Alfonso Ribeiro and Julianne Hough as co-hosts.

So, what songs do you hope the contestants and pro dancers chose for their routines from the catalog of Taylor Swift? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Cannot stand her or her music, but love the dancing. I will watch on mute! I truely wish she would disapear from all news feeds! There are many more items in the news to discuss besides TS!!

Enough is enough glad to see dancing back on abc but the Disney night is rough as is the Halloween night now more corniness as we are subjected to Taylor swift night GottA give it to someone like Madonna she would never hand over her catalog for a full night Taylor get some mystery going because the overexposure is happening

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DANCING WITH THE STARS: Semi-Finals Conclude with A Shocking Twist

Talk about giving people a near heart attack! After a night of high level competition from the remaining celebrity contestants and their pro partners, the ‘semi-finals’ edition of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars featured a jaw-dropping ending.

This week saw each couple tackling two all-new dances; one ballroom-style routine and one Latin-style routine. Marvel star Xochitl Gomez topped the leaderboard after two rounds of competition with pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy. Xochitl and Val scored a perfect 60 points from the judges performing a samba to Gloria Estefan’s “Samba’ and then a stunning waltz to Lady Gaga’s “La Vie en Rose”.

Following the waltz, judge Derek Hough became emotional and was moved to tears telling Xochitl and Val that the late head judge, Len Goodman, would have loved their performance, adding, “That was absolutely perfect.”

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Going into the semi-finals, the couples were told of the five couples remaining only four would survive and move on the finals. With everything on the line, and through her back pain, Ariana Madix and Pasha Pashkov finally received their first perfect score from the judges performing a foxtrot.

Jason Mraz and Daniella Karagach also received a perfect score in their second round waltz. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said that Jason showed “emotional freedom” in this precise routine.

Charity Lawson and Artem Chigvintsev received 59 out of 60 and a perfect score for their second round performance to the quickstep. The judges commended the former star of The Bachelorette for finally showing some emotion in her performances, instead of just always showing them precision in her dance routines.

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When it was time to reveal which couple was going home and which couples made it to the finals … in a heart-stopping moment, Alyson Hannigan and Sasha Farber, who believed they would be the couple going home, were first named as “safe!” As each couple learned their fate, the final two couples left  and supposedly in the bottom two were … Ariana and Pasha and Xochitl and Val.  How could this be? Did America vote off the wrong couple?

Then, in a stunning twist, co-hosts Alfonso Ribeiro and Julianne Hough announced that no one was going home meaning all five couples from the semi-finals were moving on to the finals, and their scores for the night would carry over into the final round.

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Ariana Madix was moved to tears, thinking her time on the show was over.  She later told Page Six (after the episode came to an end), “That pretend elimination was the most terrifying thing. It was sick and twisted. I was like, ‘I love you guys, but also, I hate you guys for that!’”

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Alyson Hannigan weighed-in on the shocking conclusion as well: “When (Alfonso) called my name, I thought he made a mistake. I was in total disbelief and I was waiting for him to correct himself .. and then he didn’t correct himself and I was like, ‘What universe are we in?’”

The three-hour Season 32 finale kicks off Tuesday, December 5th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC and Disney+.

So, with all five couples moving on to next week’s season 32 finale, who do you think deserves to win the newly-named Len Goodman Mirror Ball Trophy? Share your picks via the comment section below.  But first check out the dance of the night from Xochitl and Val.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS: The Season’s First Perfect Score and ‘Brady Bunch’ Favorite Barry Williams Eliminated

It was “Whitney Houston Night” on Dancing with the Stars as the seven remaining couples battled it out featuring songs from the iconic late Grammy-winning vocalist.

The episode contained: a sad farewell, one couple receiving the first perfect score of the season, and another couple almost locking up the second perfect score. but just off the mark by a point. The special guest judge for “Whitney Houston Night” was Billy Porter who opened the show with his rendition of Houston’s “How Will I Know?”

During the competition, Xochitl Gomez with partner Val Chmerkovskiy performed the Tango to “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” And even though Gomez suffered an ankle sprain last week, it did not show in her flawless dance choreographed  beautifully, as always, by Val. The judges were abuzz. Bruno said, “That was flawless. So absolutely pristine.” Porter raved calling it, “magical” and “extraordinary!” A 40 out of 40 gave Xochitl and Val the season’s first perfect score.

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In the other top performance of the night, Vanderpump Rules star Ariana Madix with partner Pasha Pashkov danced the Paso Doble to Whitney’s “Queen of the Night”. The judges were more than impressed. Derek Hough said the routine was “fantastic,” while Billy Porter stood up and cheered Ariana, expressing “It was so clean, it was so sharp! That was one of my favorites!” Ariana and Pasha received a 39 out of 40 securing three out of four ’10’s’ from the judges.

After round one, six of the couples (Madix and Pashkov got a bye from last week’s scoring) were split into groups of two. Each couple would be tasked with performing the same dance style to their own routine, but on the dance floor together. The judges would pick which couple they felt delivered the dance style and routine best and award them additional points.

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The highlight of the night came when Jason Mraz and partner Daniella Karagach went up against Barry Williams and Peta Murgatroyd both performing the Salsa. Williams, ever the showman, went all out including ripping open his shirt to get the judges attention which distracted Mraz. The judges were also astounded and awarded the points to Williams with Derek Hough expressing, “Barry, when I grow up I want to be like you. I mean, the gyration, the movement and you are such a competitor! That was astounding to watch and I loved it!”

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However, it was not enough to save Williams from elimination. At the end of the night with The Bachelorette’s Charity Lawson, Mraz and Williams and their pro partners left on the stage, it was Barry and his partner Peta who were sent packing.  What followed was a loud chorus of “boo’s” from the in-studio audience.

Before DWTS went off the air, Williams addressed the crown and the audience at home. “This has been the most wonderful experience of my life,” Barry said. “Everyone here has made it a complete delight… and I knew I won from the first night.” Next week, it’s a “Celebration of Taylor Swift” as the remaining couples perform from songs from Swift’s hefty catalog.

So, do you think America got it wrong and Barry should have been left in the competition? What do you think about Harry Jowsey still being in the running for the Mirror Ball Trophy when he is clearly the celebrity contestant having the most difficulty with the dance routines. Comment below.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS: Tribute to Len Goodman Moves Dancers Plus Bruno and Carrie Ann to Tears

You needed to reach for the hankies, during Tuesday’s episode of Dancing with the Stars.  The tear-filled moments came in the middle of the show, when, as had been promoted, the ballroom dance competition series was going to pay tribute to Len Goodman, the head judge of the show who passed away in April from prostate cancer.  Len was 78.

To honor the beloved Goodman, the dance troupe featuring many current and former pros, performed a waltz to absolute perfection and beauty to Len’s favorite song, Moon River.

Taking part in the dance were: Kym Johnson, Anna Trebunskaya, Karina Smirnoff, Edyta Sliwinska, Tony Dovolani, Louis van Amstel, Maks Chmerkovskiy, Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough and more.

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Before the dance was performed, a touching clip package aired, where the dancers shared their sentiments on his passing and how Len was so instrumental to their careers.  At one point, Derek Hough, struggled to get the words out through his tears.

After the waltz was performed, the troupe gestured to an empty middle chair at the judges’ table with tears in their eyes. However, the most heartbreaking moment came watching judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli holding each other while weeping.  Bruno, who was so close to Len, was seen having such an emotional response to the dance in tribute to his dear friend.

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While Len’s tribute took center stage, the current celebrity contestants and pros were earning scores during week 5’s theme of “Most Memorable Year’ for the contestants.  In the end, after the voting had closed, Oscar winner, Mira Sorvino and her pro dance partner Gleb Savchenko, were sent home.

The night also featured the first 10’s of the competition given out this season: one 10 went to Charity Lawson (The Bachelorette) and her partner Artem Chigvintsev, and the other 10 went to Xochitl Gomez and partner Val Chmerkovsky.

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Watch the emotional tribute and dance performance to Len Goodman below.

Now, let us know what did you think of how Dancing with the Stars honored the late head judge? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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