‘Dancing with the Stars’ to Feature Double Dose of KISS for Rock Week

Rock Week returns, with KISS opening the show with a spectacular performance of “Rock and Roll All Nite,” accompanied by the Troupe. Bringing lots of leather and lots of fire, the remaining ten couples will perform to some of the greatest Rock songs of all time Monday, April 9 at 8 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

On Tuesday, KISS hits the stage for another rockin’ performance of “Lick it Up,” with Mark Ballas, Chelsie Hightower, Henry Byalikov and Oksana Dmytrenko accompanying their performance. “DWTS” alums Sabrina Bryan and Kyle Massey will return to the ballroom with a sneak peek at their “Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” show, which debuts April 14 at the New Tropicana Las Vegas. Also during Tuesday’s show, a special performance featuring Karina Smirnoff and one of the world’s best ballet dancers, Jose Manuel Carreno, who was a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. Their dance will be accompanied by a live performance from Gotan Project’s “Santa Maria,” the band’s U.S. network TV debut, and one more couple will be sent home, Tuesday, April 10 at 9 pm ET on the ABC Television Network.

KISS remains one of the most influential bands in the history of Rock & Roll. As one of America’s top gold-record champions, KISS has released 44 albums and sold more than 90 million albums worldwide. Decades of record-breaking tours around the globe have included high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and the Rockin’ The Corps concert, dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the “Hottest Band in the World” is a striking testament to the band’s unbreakable bond with its fans, and just one of the reasons KISS was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. KISS is currently in the studio recording “Monster,” the follow up to their 2009 chart topping album, “Sonic Boom,” and preparing for their upcoming summer tour, “THE Tour,” with Mötley Crüe, which kicks off July 20.

In 2000, Gotan Project, the trio founded by Philippe Cohen Solal, Eduardo Makaroff and Christoph H. Müller, released their debut album, “La Revancha del Tango,” a record that brought the band’s modern take on the tango to the world. Since then they have sold over 3 million albums worldwide and have played venues from Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House. Their music is now familiar everywhere, from the cool and chic clubs of New York to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, and through numerous television shows and films that have used it, including “Sex in the City,” “Six Feet Under,” “Oceans 12,” “The Bourne Identity” and more. Their second album, “Lunático”(2006), saw Gotan Project adding more live recording and jazz influences to their sound. Their most recent album, “Tango 3.0,” arrived a decade after the group formed and is still faithful to its founding principles, but featured a host of exciting guests and collaborators, including Dr. John.

“Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” is an 80-minute live entertainment show produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, directed by Amy Tinkham and choreographed by Australian sensation Jason Gilkison. The show kicks off a 12-week run beginning Saturday, April 14. Set at the all New Tropicana Las Vegas, “Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” transports the stars of the hit TV show to the stage for a night of sexy, stunning and surprising performances. The Tropicana Theater will transform into the “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom, showcasing fan-favorite dances from past seasons along with new and thrilling routines. Some beloved “DWTS” alums will be featured in the opening run, including Carson Kressley, Joey Fatone, Kyle Massey, Sabrina Bryan, Tia Carrere, Dmitry Chaplin and Lacey Schwimmer. Attendees will also meet the one and only “Las Vegas Troupe.”

By Tuesday evening’s end, one couple will be eliminated, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes on dances performed on Monday’s performance show. Who among the ten couples will be the next to leave the ballroom?

GAVIN DEGRAW and partner KARINA SMIRNOFF
DONALD DRIVER and partner PETA MURGATROYD
ROSHON FEGAN and partner CHELSIE HIGHTOWER
MELISSA GILBERT and partner MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
KATHERINE JENKINS and partner MARK BALLAS
GLADYS KNIGHT and partner TRISTAN MACMANUS
WILLIAM LEVY and partner CHERYL BURKE
MARIA MENOUNOS and partner DEREK HOUGH
SHERRI SHEPHERD and partner VAL CHMERKOVSKIY
JALEEL WHITE and partner KYM JOHNSON

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