Put on your cowboy wear… It’s Country night, on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Each couple will be performing to a Country hit song where the celebrity will be required to perform a solo during his or her routine. Three-time CMA Award-nominated group Little Big Town will rock the stage, performing their smash hit, “Pontoon,” accompanied by The Troupe. The remaining eight couples will perform together in a Freestyle Group Dance. Accompanying the Group Dance, Country legends Big & Rich, along with Cowboy Troy, will perform a medley of “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” and “I Play Chicken with the Train,” two of the show’s most exciting freestyle songs from previous seasons. This is the first time the show’s Group Dance will be accompanied by musical guests.
The next night, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET), multi-platinum recording artist and six-time Grammy(r) winner Taylor Swift will perform her mega hit single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” from her new blockbuster album, “Red.” In addition Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Jason Mraz will hit the stage to perform his chart topping hit single, “I Won’t Give Up,” from his latest album, “Love is a Four Letter Word.” Pro dancers Chelsie Hightower and Mark Ballas will dance during his live performance. And this week’s “Macy’s Stars of Dance” welcomes RJ Durell and Nick Florez, two of the hottest choreographers in the business, having worked with Katy Perry, Cher Lloyd and, most recently, Pink. Their dance will bring a modern day twist on Marie Antoinette, featuring incredible costumes, amazing hair and makeup, and 14 of some of the best dancers out there.
Taylor Swift is a six-time Grammy winner and the youngest winner ever of the music industry’s highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. She writes all of her own songs, and has career record sales in excess of 22 million albums and 50 million song downloads. Swift’s fourth studio album, “Red,” was just released this week and is already garnering widespread critical acclaim and setting new sales records. The album’s lead single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” has been certified double platinum and spent three weeks at No. 1 atop Billboard’s all-genre Hot 100 Chart. The track topped the iTunes charts in 32 countries, and set a new record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a female artist. Her 2010 album, “Speak Now,” was lauded on Rolling Stone’s prestigious 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, and Time magazine named Swift one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Hailed as one of today’s most gifted pop troubadours, Jason Mraz has taken his musical journey from coffee houses to stadiums globally and now has two Grammy Awards and six Grammy nominations to his credit. Mraz’s latest album, “Love is a Four Letter Word,” debuted in the Top 15 in 13 countries, including No. 2 in the United States, with the first single, “I Won’t Give Up,” debuting in the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s Digital Songs Chart one week after its release. Mraz’s previous album, “WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS.” was a multi-platinum, best-selling album that featured the record breaking single, “I’m Yours.” The album also helped him garner two Grammy wins to add to his long list of accomplishments, winning Best Male Vocal Performance for “Make It Mine” and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Lucky,” his duet with Colbie Cailbat.
Platinum-selling group Little Big Town first entered the music scene over 13 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It on Home” and “Little White Church.” The band recently earned the highest album debut of their career with the release of “Tornado,” which sold 112,758 units in its first week. “Tornado” held the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart for five consecutive weeks. The album’s two-week No. 1 single, “Pontoon,” has sold over 1 million downloads, and their current single, “Tornado,” is their fastest rising to date. Little Big Town have three nominations for the upcoming CMA Awards, including Vocal Group of the Year, Single of the Year and Video of the Year for “Pontoon.” They have performed for over 4 million fans nationwide.
Big & Rich are America’s Technicolor cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Individually John Rich and Big Kenny Alphin are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers and entertainers. Together they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed. With the release of “Hillbilly Jedi,” they reassert their position as modern music’s best party soundtrack with songs like “Party Like Cowboyz,” “Rock the Boat” and “Get Your Game On.” Also contributing to the proceedings is Cowboy Troy, whose rapping adds to the energy and attitude of “Rock the Boat” and “Get Your Game On.” As “Hillbilly Jedi” finds the duo on top of their studio game, their live performances find them at their hell-raising best, with crowds as intense and appreciative as any they’ve ever faced. Big & Rich are also nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at this year’s CMA Awards.
Hosted by Emmy Award winner 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.
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