‘Dancing with the Stars’ to Feature Performances by Mary J. Blige, Estelle

On Tuesday, Multi-platinum R&B recording artist Mary J. Blige will take the stage for an unforgettable performance singing two songs, “Real Love” and “25/8.” Tuesday night’s “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance pays tribute the beloved and iconic dance of an entire generation, “The Twist,” in celebration of its 50th year mark, featuring Grammy(r) Award winner, Estelle. Also, pro dancers Val Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd reunite with the Troupe for a special performance themed to “Gone with the Wind,” as a preview to next week’s Movie Scores theme, on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Since her 1992 debut, “What’s The 411?,” Mary J. Blige has sold over 60 million albums worldwide. Among her many accolades, Blige can claim six multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards, with a staggering 28 nominations, as well as garnering four American Music Awards. Blige is the co-founder of the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN), whose mission is to empower women from all walks of life to reach their full individual potential. On July 31, 2010, Blige sold over 60 thousand bottles of her “My Life” perfume on the Home Shopping Network. Her perfume was the first to sell over 60,000 bottles in one day on HSN, and $1 from each purchase was donated to FFAWN. This past summer she released her second perfume called “My Life Blossom.” This November she is releasing her highly anticipated new album entitled “My Life II….The Journey Continues (Act 1).” She also has an original song featured in the film “The Help.” On the acting front, Blige will star as a lead in “Rock of Ages,” the Tony-nominated hit Broadway musical due next June, and will begin filming her role as Nina Simone in the autobiographical film this fall.

She may be a born-and-raised West London girl, but Estelle Swaray is right at home in the energy of New York, her newly adopted city. The Homeschool/Atlantic recording artist’s highly anticipated new album, “All of Me,” is heralded by three critically acclaimed singles, “Fall in Love (Feat. Nas),” “Break My Heart (Feat. Rick Ross)” and the recently released “Thank You.” “All of Me” followed the Grammy Award-winning singer’s 2008 U.S. debut, “Shine,” which marked the premiere release from Grammy Award-winner John Legend’s Homeschool Records label, in partnership with Atlantic Records, and was without question one of 2008’s most compelling releases. Executive-produced by Legend and Atlantic Records Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman, the album proved Estelle’s global breakthrough, fuelled in part by the phenomenal hit single, “American Boy (featuring Kanye West).” In addition to hitting #1 in the UK, “American Boy” topped the European Airplay Chart, along with airplay charts in the UK, France, Italy, Belgium, Denmark and Ireland. In the U.S., “American Boy” has been certified two-time platinum by the RIAA for digital sales exceeding 2 million. And in 2009, the track earned Estelle her first-ever Grammy Award, among many other prestigious honors.

By 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 third team to leave the ballroom?

* DAVID ARQUETTE, actor and producer, and partner KYM JOHNSON.
* CHAZ BONO, author and activist, and partner LACEY SCHWIMMER.
* NANCY GRACE, TV host and journalist, and partner TRISTAN MACMANUS.
* ROBERT KARDASHIAN, reality star, and partner CHERYL BURKE.
* CARSON KRESSLEY, television star and style guru, and partner ANNA TREBUNSKAYA.
* RICKI LAKE, talk show host and actress, and partner DEREK HOUGH.
* J.R. MARTINEZ, veteran and actor, and partner KARINA SMIRNOFF.
* CHYNNA PHILLIPS, singer, and partner TONY DOVOLANI.
* HOPE SOLO, World Cup star, and partner MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY.

Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (“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.

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