‘Dancing with the Stars’ to Feature The Bangles, Kelly Clarkson and The Band Perry

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The competition gets heated as the remaining eight couples perform any style dance to favorite classic ’80s hit songs. And iconic pop group The Bangles visit the ballroom with a special performance, singing some of their biggest hits, “Manic Monday” and a medley of “Eternal Flame” and “Walk Like an Egyptian,” on MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

On Tuesday, American pop singer/songwriter Kelly Clarkson is set to perform the first single “Mr. Know It All” off her upcoming album, “Stronger,” as well as her hit song “Walk Away,” accompanied by pro dancers Mark Ballas, Sharna Burgess, Val Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd. Also rocking the stage is this year’s five-time Country Music Award nominee The Band Perry, who will perform “If I die Young, their triple-platinum single, accompanied with pros Louis Van Amstel and Karina Smirnoff. Also for the first time we welcome an “AT&T Spotlight Performance,” with this week’s spotlight on Charm Ladonna, a talented young lady who will be performing a memorable piece with pros Mark Ballas and Derek Hough. And the fifth couple will be sent home on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

With their common love for rock’s golden age and the crystalline sound they naturally created, The Bangles began their long and winding road together 30 years ago, and it is evident that their bond still remains with the release of their latest album, “Sweetheart of the Sun.” The album is their first release of new material in nearly eight years and is filled with a fresh batch of definitive Bangles songs. Some of the 10 original songs on this 12-song album are new, while others had extremely long gestation periods, tucked away but not forgotten. The Bangles — guitarist/singer Susanna Hoffs, guitarist/singer Vicki Peterson and drummer/singer Debbi Peterson — are currently on tour performing a mix of their classics and new material from “Sweetheart of the Sun.”

Kelly Clarkson’s bold empowerment anthems, including the first single, “Mr. Know It All,” from her new album “Stronger,” has proven that her lyrics sell to the fullest with her soulful, powerhouse voice and down-to-earth reliability. The album “Stronger,” which is set to release October 24th, includes fizzy pop melodies, bright choruses and driving dance floor-friendly beats, from producers Rodney Jerkins, Greg Kurstin, Josh Abraham and Tody Gad, only making the songs that much more appealing to her fans. Clarkson is an international pop icon, selling over 20 million albums worldwide and notching seven singles on the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. She has released four studio albums, including 2003’s double-platinum No. 1 “Thankful,” 2004’s six-time platinum “Breakaway,” 2007’s platinum selling “My December,” and 2009’s “All I Ever Wanted,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200. Clarkson has also received two Grammy ® Awards, two American Music Awards, two MTV Music Awards, and 11 Billboard Music Awards.

The Band Perry has won the hearts of millions of music fans with their “modern throwback” style. They have been nominated for and earned top honors for their debut album, “The Band Perry,” which combines masterful lyrics and traditional Country influences mixed with classic Rock ‘n Roll. They have toured extensively with icons such as Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, and are now touring with Reba through the fall. Recently the members of The Band Perry racked up a total of five Country Music Award nominations and now have a new reason to celebrate — their smash single, “If I Die Young,” has been certified triple platinum. This milestone arrives as the family band marks the anniversary of their self-titled debut album, “The Band Perry,” which was released just one year ago this week on Republic Nashville.

New this season is the “AT&T’s Spotlight Performance,” which features and celebrates people whose lives have been changed forever by dance. This week “Dancing with the Stars” has chosen to spotlight dancer Charm Ladonna. This talented young lady has overcome adversity and now uses her talents to give back to her community. Her natural ability to dance was recognized at a very young age. However her family was unable to afford dance lessons. With the help and support of her mother, who worked a second job to pay for lessons, Charm used dancing as a way to stay positive and focused despite a rough upbringing in one of Compton’s toughest neighborhoods. Now a professional dancer, Charm gives back to her community, teaching dance to underprivileged kids at her childhood elementary school. She wants the kids in her community to know that they too can overcome adversity by believing in themselves and following their dreams.

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 eight couples will be the next 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.
* 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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7 thoughts on “‘Dancing with the Stars’ to Feature The Bangles, Kelly Clarkson and The Band Perry

    • I am not a fan of David, Chaz, Carson, Nancy Grace, Hope or Rob. I was really hoping that Chynna would win the Mirror Ball, she was by far the best dancer. I also hoped that Mark Ballas’ partner would be in the finals. But since neither one of them made it,I now hope that JR wins. Derek has won too many Mirror Balls, it is time someone else won for a change. I don’t like Maks he is too cocky.

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