SEVEN COUPLES COMPETE IN ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED WEEKS IN
“DANCING WITH THE STARS” HISTORY, ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK
Singer Pia Toscano (“American Idol”) Performs as Pros Mark Ballas and Karina Smirnoff Dance
HANSON performs their new song, “Give A Little” Tuesday evening during the one-hour special, “Dancing with the Stars: The Road to the Finals,” TUESDAY, APRIL 26 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). Within the live hour, the remaining couples will look forward, through live interviews and video, to what it will take for each couple to reach the finals. Past DWTS celebrities and the judges will also provide their commentary on each couple.
Also performing in the jam-packed Tuesday 8:00 hour is the cast of the five-time Tony Award®- nominated musical “Rock of Ages.” Starring Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis and Rebecca Faulkenbery, the cast will sing a special medley of the show’s hits especially created especially for “Dancing with the Stars”.
On a highly-anticipated “Dancing with the Stars the Result Show”, a fifth couple will be eliminated from the competition and special musical guests pop icons NKOTBSB (“New Kids On the Block”/”Back Street Boys”) will perform their smash hit “Don’t Turn Out the Lights,” accompanied on the ballroom floor by DWTS pros Lacey Schwimmer & Tony Dovolani and members of our DWTS Troupe, and a two-song medley of their megahits “Step by Step” and “I Want It That Way,” accompanied by Anna Trebunskaya and Peta Murgatroyd. And singer Pia Toscano (“American Idol”) will sing “I’ll Stand by You,” accompanied by pros Mark Ballas and Karina Smirnoff, on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” TUESDAY, APRIL 26 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Also this week, a wedding-themed “Macy’s Stars of Dance” number will celebrate the highly anticipated Royal Wedding with a romantic performance illustrating a fairy tale love story throughout the ages. The number will be choreographed and star one of the hot new names in choreography, Chris Scott, the Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of the acclaimed web series, League of Extraordinary Dancers (The LXD).
In their biggest joint appearance to date on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011,” NKOTBSB sent thousands of screaming and dancing fans into a frenzy. NKOTBSB first thrilled fans when they took the stage together at the sold out NKOTB Radio City Music Hall show and recently announced 16 new shows for a total of 41 confirmed dates for the anticipated 2011 boybandbananza!The NKOTBSB tour, produced by Live Nation, begins June 2nd with confirmed shows through July 30th.
New Kids on the Blocksold more than 80 million albums worldwide — including back-to-back international #1 songs, 1988’s “Hangin’ Tough” and 1990’s “Step By Step” — and a series of crossover smash R&B pop hits like “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” “Cover Girl,” “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” “I’ll Be Loving You” and “Tonight.” The group shattered concert box office records, playing an estimated 200 concerts a year in sold out stadiums worldwide and still hold many of these records to date. They were Forbes highest paid entertainers of 1990 and had an extensive and highly profitable merchandise line which included everything from lunch boxes and sleeping bags to comic books, marbles and dolls.
With countless #1s, record-setting tours and worldwide sales in excess of 100 million, Backstreet Boys are among pop’s most influential and successful bands in music. The band made history when all tickets for their anticipated 11-week, 39-city Millennium North American Arena Tour sold out almost immediately. They are also among the few bands to have received the Diamond Award from the R.I.A.A. for sales of more than 10 million on both the Backstreet Boys and Millennium albums. The band is currently wrapping up a worldwide tour in support of their recent album “This is Us.”
Native sons of Tulsa, Oklahoma, HANSON has been making their soul-inspired brand of American pop-rock & roll for nearly two decades. They recently released their fifth studio album, “Shout It Out,” on their label 3CG Records. The album was produced and written exclusively by the band and augmented with special guests Funk Brothers bassist Bob Babbitt and famed horn arranger Jerry Hey. Together, the three brothers have received multiple Grammy nominations (drummer Zac is the youngest nominated songwriter in history), headlined at venues from Carnegie Hall to The Hollywood Bowl, made world records for the loudest concert audience in history (chronicled in the documentary film “StrongEnough To Break”) and formed their own independent record company, 3CG Records. Simultaneously with the launch of their 2007 album, “The Walk,” they championed calls for action on humanitarian efforts, galvanizing tens of thousands of people to participate in barefoot one-mile walks to fight HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. They’re committed to their live concert experience, with special events like their sold out five-night stand in NYC featuring each of their albums performed in their entirety, culminating with the debut of “Shout It Out”live.
The week’s romantic “Macy’s Stars of Dance” wedding-themed number will be choreographed and star one of the hottest new names in choreography, Chris Scott, the Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of the acclaimed web series, League of Extraordinary Dancers (The LXD). His credits also include the Academy Awards and Miley Cyrus.
By Tuesday evening’s end, one couple will be eliminated from the competition, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes for Monday’s performance. Who among the seven 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
· RALPH MACCHIO, movie star, and KARINA SMIRNOFF
· ROMEO, rapper and actor, teamed up with CHELSIE HIGHTOWER
· HINES WARD, Super Bowl MVP, and Season 9 champion KYM JOHNSON
· KENDRA WILKINSON, reality star, with LOUIS VAN AMSTEL
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. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.
About BBC Worldwide Productions:
BBC Worldwide Productions is based in Los Angeles and develops and produces scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. The production company is responsible for the smash hit “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC), “Top Gear” (HISTORY), “What Not to Wear” (TLC) and “Torchwood: Miracle Day” (Starz). BBC Worldwide Productions is one of seven core businesses within BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).