Katherine Jenkins, Jennifer Hudson and David Garrett to Perform on ‘Dancing with the Stars” Classical Week
“Dancing with the Stars” has its first-ever classical themed week, as the show’s nine couples try to outshine one another on the dance floor performing to traditional and modern classical music from world renowned musicians. Conducted by “Dancing with the Stars” band leader Harold Wheeler, a full 46-piece orchestra will be joined by multi-platinum mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins and international violin virtuoso David Garrett, Monday, April 11 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.
On “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” Tuesday, April 12 at 9:00 pm ET/PT, special musical guest Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson sings “Don’t Look Down” and “Feeling Good,” and a third couple is asked to leave the ballroom. Also, David Garrett returns to perform his rocking rendition of “Walk This Way” with the 46-piece orchestra and accompanied by the “Dancing with the Stars” Dance Troupe. This week the first “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance of the season gets underway with world renowned ballet dancers.
As part of Classical Week, the season’s first “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance features three of the most legendary ballet dancers in the world today, performing together on national television for the first time in a specially choreographed routine from “Swan Lake.” The stars of the number, who are also three of the crowning jewels of the Cuban National Ballet, will be the famous sister duo of Lorena and Lorna Feijoo, principles for the San Francisco Ballet and Boston Ballet. Starring alongside them will be Jose Manuel Carreno, now principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre.
By Tuesday evening’s end, one couple will be eliminated, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes for Monday’s performance. Who among the nine remaining teams will leave the ballroom floor?
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Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke (“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.
Oscar-winning actress and Grammy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson (left) poses Jan. 19, 2011 at Port Canaveral, Fla. with Walt Disney Company president and CEO Robert A. Iger (middle), Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Thomas O. Staggs (right) and a ceremonial bottle of Champagne at the christening ceremony for the new “Disney Dream” cruise ship.
Hudson is the godmother for The Dream, the newest Disney Cruise Line ship which will have its maiden voyage on January 26. Before performing on “American Idol” and winning an Academy Award for “Dreamgirls,” Hudson was a performer for one of the Disney Cruise Line ships.
Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy of Disney Cruise Line
As previously announced, Jennifer Hudson, the multitalented actress-singer whose accolades include an Academy Award for the movie “Dreamgirls” and a Grammy for “Best R&B Album,” heads back to her hometown of Chicago to share childhood memories of the music, people and places that set the stage for her phenomenal success in her first television special, “Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” MONDAY, DECEMBER 14 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Joining Hudson in her first holiday music special is guest Grammy Award® winner Michael Bublé, whose new CD “Crazy Love” debuted last month at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart. Bublé is set to perform the Christmas classics “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “Let It Snow” as duets with Hudson. Hudson will also perform holiday hits such as “Silent Night,” “The Christmas Song” and “O Holy Night.”
The special will be produced by Tall Pony Productions. Tony Eaton serves as executive producer and David Mallet as director. Rickey Minor serves as the musical director.
Oscar® and Grammy Award-Winner Jennifer Hudson Returns to Chicago for Her First Holiday Music Special on ABC
Jennifer Hudson, the multi-talented actress-singer whose accolades include an Academy Award for the movie “Dreamgirls” and a Grammy for “Best R&B Album” heads back to her hometown of Chicago to share childhood memories of the music, people and places that set the stage for her phenomenal success, in the hour-long primetime music special, “Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” airing this December on the ABC Television Network.
Hudson relives her childhood Christmases with musical performances shot on location at the small neighborhood church where she brought the congregation to its feet week after week; the music academy where she studied; and other Chicago sites. Hudson also visits with family members, childhood friends and others whose influences have been instrumental in her rise from humble beginnings to Hollywood stardom.
“I am thrilled that Jennifer chose ABC to be the home for her very first holiday special,” said Vicki Dummer, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials and Late-Night, ABC Entertainment Group. “I can’t wait to hear her take on Christmas classics as we discover what she loves about her hometown of Chicago.”
In addition to winning an Academy Award, Hudson’s breakout performance in “Dreamgirls” also brought her a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA and an NAACP Image Award. She has also been honored by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and as “Entertainer of the Year” at the Soul Train Awards. Hudson’s self-titled first album won a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Album.” The album also won three awards at the 2009 NAACP Image Awards including “Best Album.” The RIAA Gold Certified album marked the biggest first week sales for an R&B entry since 2004.
More recently, Hudson has continued to build impressive film credits and demonstrate her range in the films “The Secret Life of Bees” and “Sex and the City: The Movie.” She performed the national anthem at the 2009 Super Bowl, and she had her debut national tour, co-headlining with Robin Thicke, earlier this year.
The special will be produced by Tall Pony Productions. Tony Eaton serves as executive producer and David Mallet as director.
Air date and time to be announced.