‘DWTS’ Latin Night to Feature Carlos Santana, Train and Selena Gomez; Judges to Decide Sendoff

It’s Latin Night on “Dancing with the Stars” and Global Music Icon Carlos Santana takes over the ballroom with performances of some of his classic hits throughout the evening. In a stunning opening number with the Troupe, Carlos Santana will perform his first ever Top 10 hit, “Evil Ways.” He will also perform his popular hit song “Maria, Maria,” featuring dancers Louis Van Amstel and Anna Trebunskaya. And the remaining nine couples will heat up the floor dancing either the Salsa, Argentine Tango or the Samba, Monday, April 16 at 8:00 pm ET on ABC.

On Tuesday night, Grammy® Award-winning band Train take to the stage with an awesome performance of “Drive By,” their first single from their latest album, “California 37,” accompanied by Louis Van Amstel and Cheryl Burke. Pop sensation Selena Gomez and her band, The Scene, will perform their hit single “Hit the Lights.” The Latin themed performances continue with this week’s “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance called “Carnaval,” a celebration of Latin dances featuring acclaimed percussionist Sheila E. The performance is choreographed by the talented Liz Imperio, who has directed Gloria Estefan’s last three world concert tours and choreographed for Madonna and Jennifer Lopez. Also, this week’s bottom two couples will face off in a Dance Duel. The two couples will perform the same dance style, this week the Cha-Cha, to the same song at the same time. The dance floor will be split in half as the couples dance side by side and the judges will decide who stays and who goes home, Tuesday, April 17 at 9:00 pm ET.

Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. His latest album, “Shape Shifter,” is the first for his new label, Starfaith Records. The 13-song set is an instrumental tour de force long awaited by fans (only one song features vocals). Santana boasts 20 RIAA gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums (including their first 14 consecutive certifications), 10 Grammy Awards and lifetime sales of more than 90 million albums worldwide. Next he will begin a two-year run of unique performances – “An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” — in the re-configured House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, beginning May 2. With a dedication to humanitarian outreach and social activism that parallels his lifelong relationship with music, Santana is as much an exemplary world citizen as a global music icon.

The multi-platinum band Train made their mark on music history with their Grammy ® Award-winning song, “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me),” and chart-topping singles “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels.” In 2011 the band earned their third Grammy ® for the worldwide smash “Hey Soul Sister” from their previous album, “Save Me, San Francisco.” “Save Me, San Francisco” sold over one million albums worldwide and “Hey Soul Sister” was the biggest selling single of 2010 and hit # 1 at radio in the U.S. and 15 countries abroad. On Tuesday, April 17, Train is set to release their newest album, “California 37.” The first single from the album, “Drive By,” has rocketed up the sales and radio charts with over 1 million single sales.

Sheila Escovedo, best known to music fans as Sheila E., is an established performer and one of the most talented percussionists/drummers in the world. She became a top session and touring musician before the age of 20, performing and/or recording with artists like George Duke, Steve Nicks, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Gloria Estefan. In recent years Sheila E. has served as drummer of Ringo Starr All Star Band, and as musical director for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Prince. In 2010,\ she was nominated for an Emmy® for Outstanding Music Direction in recognition for her leadership as musical director for President Obama’s “Performance at The White House: Fiesta Latina.”

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 nine 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
* JALEEL WHITE and partner KYM JOHNSON

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 60 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars” performance shows. AT&T customers may also vote by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply).

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