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‘Dancing With The Stars’ First-Ever Classical Theme

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“Dancing with the Stars” has its first-ever classical themed week, as the show’s nine couples try to outshine one another on the dance floor performing to traditional and modern classical music from world renowned musicians. Conducted by “Dancing with the Stars” band leader Harold Wheeler, a full 46-piece orchestra will be joined by multi-platinum mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins and international violin virtuoso David Garrett, MONDAY, APRIL 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
On “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” TUESDAY, APRIL 12 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), special musical guest Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson sings “Don’t Look Down” and “Feeling Good,” and a third couple is asked to leave the ballroom. Also, David Garrett returns to perform his rocking rendition of “Walk This Way” with the 46-piece orchestra and accompanied by the “Dancing with the Stars” Dance Troupe. This week the first “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance of the season gets underway with world renowned ballet dancers.
As part of Classical Week, the season’s first “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance features three of the most legendary ballet dancers in the world today, performing together on national television for the first time in a specially choreographed routine from “Swan Lake.” The stars of the number, who are also three of the crowning jewels of the Cuban National Ballet, will be the famous sister duo of Lorena and Lorna Feijoo, principles for the San Francisco Ballet and Boston Ballet. Starring alongside them will be Jose Manuel Carreno, now principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre.
By Tuesday evening’s end, one couple will be eliminated, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes for Monday’s performance. Who among the nine remaining teams will leave the ballroom floor?
KIRSTIE ALLEY, television and movie star, and MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
CHRIS JERICHO, WWE star, with two-time champ CHERYL BURKE
CHELSEA KANE, Disney star, and two-time champ MARK BALLAS
SUGAR RAY LEONARD, boxing legend, and ANNA TREBUNSKAYA
RALPH MACCHIO, movie star, and KARINA SMIRNOFF
PETRA NEMCOVA, supermodel, with DMITRY CHAPLIN
ROMEO, rapper and actor, teamed with CHELSIE HIGHTOWER
HINES WARD, Super Bowl MVP, and Season 9 champion KYM JOHNSON
KENDRA WILKINSON, reality star, with LOUIS VAN AMSTEL
A Third Couple is Eliminated from the Competition, and Grammy Award Winner
Jennifer Hudson, Acclaimed Rock Violinist David Garrett and Multi-platinum
Opera Singer Katherine Jenkins Perform.
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ABC Announces Dancer-Celebrity Pairings For Dancing With the Stars

The season 12 star-studded cast and their professional partners get ready to break in their dancing shoes on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” for the long awaited two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. In alphabetical order, with their professional partners, the 11 stars making their dancing debut are:
·       KIRSTIE ALLEY, television and movie star, joins MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, who is back for his tenth season.
·       “PSYCHO” MIKE CATHERWOOD, radio personality, partners up with LACEY SCHWIMMER, who is back for her fourth season.
·       CHRIS JERICHO, WWE star, teams up with two-time champ CHERYL BURKE, who is back for her eleventh season
·       CHELSEA KANE, Disney star, teams up with two-time champ MARK BALLAS, who returns for his eighth season.
·       SUGAR RAY LEONARD, boxing legend, joins ANNA TREBUNSKAYA, who returns for her seventh season.
·       RALPH MACCHIO, movie star, teams up with KARINA SMIRNOFF, who returns for her eighth season.
·       PETRA NEMCOVA, supermodel, partners with DMITRY CHAPLIN, who returns for his third season.
·       ROMEO, rapper and actor, teams up with CHELSIE HIGHTOWER, who returns for her fifth season.
·       HINES WARD, Super Bowl MVP, teams up with Season 9 champion KYM JOHNSON, who returns for her ninth season.
·       KENDRA WILKINSON, reality star, partners with LOUIS VAN AMSTEL, who returns for his eighth season.
·       WENDY WILLIAMS, talk show host, joins TONY DOVOLANI, who is back for his eleventh season.

All 11 couples will dance for the first time on live national television on MONDAY,
MARCH 21
(8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), with couples either performing the Foxtrot or the Cha Cha Cha. The couple with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home the following week on the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” TUESDAY, MARCH 29 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET).

Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke (“Dancing with the Stars” Season Seven 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.
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 30 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars” performance shows. AT&T customers may also text message their votes by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply). AT&T will also offer customers exclusive mobile video footage of weekly backstage highlights to keep fans connected to some of their favorite couples all season long. Viewers may also vote online at www.abc.com starting from the opening of each episode on the East Coast with voting closing at 8:00 a.m. ,PT/11:00 a.m., ET on Tuesday mornings.
“Dancing with the Stars” is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

‘Dancing With The Stars’ 2011 Cast Revealed

“Dancing with the Stars” 2011 Season 12 begins a new season with two-hour premiere on March 21 (ABC-TV). The cast: KIRSTIE ALLEY, HINES WARD, CHRIS JERICHO, RALPH MACCHIO, WENDY WILLIAMS, TOM BERGERON, BROOKE BURKE, “PSYCHO” MIKE CATHERWOOD, ROMEO, SUGAR RAY LEONARD, KENDRA WILKINSON and CHELSEA KANE. Photo:ABC

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