“Dancing with the Stars” celebrates “Ballroom Greats” week, Monday, May 2 at 8:00 pm ET/PT, on The ABC Television Network. Serving as guest judge, alongside Carrie Ann, Len and Bruno, is Donnie Burns MBE, the most decorated Latin dancer of all time and head of the World Dance Council. Each couple, who will dance a style they have yet to perform, will have received a “master class” from one of ballroom’s best, either former Latin World Champion Shirley Ballas or Luca Baricchi, former Ballroom World Champ.
Monday is also the first time that the couples perform two dances, the second, the Team Cha Cha Competition. Captains Hines Ward and Chelsea Kane lead their teams, Kirstie Alley & Kendra Wilkinson and Ralph Macchio & Romeo, respectively, each to be scored as a group by the judges.
On Tuesday, May 3 at 8:00 pm ET/PT, the evening begins with “Dancing with the Stars: The Encore,” which will show highlights from the previous night’s performances. Then on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” at 9:00 pm ET/PT, another couple will be eliminated from the competition, and musical guests James Blunt and Nicki Minaj perform. James Blunt will sing “I’ll Be Your Man” and, in honor of “Ballroom Greats” week, Amateur U.S. Latin champions Val Chmerkovskiy and his partner, Daria Chesnokova, will dance. Nicki Minaj performs “Moment 4 Life” — Lacey Schwimmer, Chelsie Hightower, Kiki Nyemchek and Sonny Pederson dance.
This week’s “Macy’s Stars of Dance” is a special tribute to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, in celebration of his birthday. The multitalented Wayne Brady stars in the number and is choreographed by creative directors Kevin and Marcel Wilson.
In the first “Spotlight Segment” of the season, the spotlight shines on 17-year-old ballerina Patricia Zhou. Patricia currently studies at the prestigious Kirov Academy of Ballet and has just been accepted at the Royal Ballet. In the weeks to come, “Spotlight Segments” will feature people whose lives have been changed by dance.
British singer/songwriter and 5x Grammy(r) nominee James Blunt recently released his third album, “Some Kind of Trouble.” The album, which includes the international smash “Stay the Night” and the new single “I’ll Be Your Man,” has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide, bringing Blunt’s total global album sales to a staggering 19 million. Blunt is without question among the most gifted and successful singer/songwriters of his generation. He first captured the world’s attention with his 2x RIAA platinum-certified debut, “Back to Bedlam,” which featured the history-making No. 1 classic, “You’re Beautiful.” “All the Lost Souls” followed two years later, debuting atop the album charts in 10 countries and earning unanimous critical acclaim for such hits as “1973” and “Same Mistake.”
Minaj debuted her studio album, “Pink Friday,” in 2010, breaking into the Billboard 200. One month after its release, the Recording Industry Association of America certified the album platinum. Minaj is the first artist to have seven songs in the Billboard Hot 100 at one time. “Your Love” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart. She is the first artist to top the chart unaccompanied since 2002, and is the first female artist to be included on MTV’s Annual Hot MC List. Minaj is a finalist for four Billboard Music Awards, including Top New Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Album and Top R&B Song. “The 2011 Billboard Music Awards” air May 22 on ABC.
By Tuesday evening’s end, one couple will be eliminated from the competition, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes for Monday’s performance. Who among the seven remaining teams will leave the ballroom floor?
* KIRSTIE ALLEY, television and movie star, and MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
* CHELSEA KANE, Disney star, and two-time champ MARK BALLAS
* RALPH MACCHIO, movie star, and KARINA SMIRNOFF
* ROMEO, rapper and actor, teamed up with CHELSIE HIGHTOWER
* HINES WARD, Super Bowl MVP, and Season 9 champion KYM JOHNSON
* KENDRA WILKINSON, reality star, with LOUIS VAN AMSTEL
Hosted by Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke, 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.