My family and I love watching Dancing with the Stars and I have always been a bit curious about what goes on behind the scenes of each performance. By the grace of God, I was blessed to attend the semi-finals of Dancing with the Stars, where I received a bird’s-eye view of how all the magic happens. I was able to attend this event because Disney/Pixar, Disney Channel, and ABC sent me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses-paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage of DWTS, as well as many other events. All opinions are my own.
Entering the set of Dancing with the Stars was amazing. I’ve been watching the show for years, so it was truly a blessing to actually see the set up close. My seat was located in the balcony, where I had a great view all of the performances. Something neat that I discovered is that as you are watching the segment about each star that is about to perform on TV, we are watching that same intro on a big monitor that is located on the side of Carrie Ann Inaba. What’s more, while the intro segment is going on, the crew is setting up for the stars performance.
One thing that surprised me about watching the show live is that we had to stand during each performance. Originally, I thought that you sit down and enjoy the show like you would normally do when you go to a theater. However, since this is a televised performance, they have us clapping and cheering during the performance to add to the excitement of what viewers are watching, and it also encourages the dancers.
My favorite performance of Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Semi-finals was the trio dance by Bindi, Derek and Mark.
After the show, I was blessed to meet my favorite Judge, Julianne Alexandra Hough, and grabbed a selfie with her. Unfortunately, there was something blocking our lights a bit, but I think this picture turned out great. I just love how beautiful Julianne’s eyes are in this shot.
Thank you ABC for blessing me with such an incredible opportunity.
Don’t miss Two-Night Season Finale details!
Musical Performers Include Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor,
Nick Carter, Andy Grammer and More
On Monday, November 23 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), the finalists will compete in two rounds of dance. In the first round, one judge will help each couple choose the creative elements of each dance, which is a re-do to a new song. Carrie Ann Inaba will work alongside Linsday and Alek, as well as Bindi and Derek. Julianne Hough is with Nick and Sharna, and Bruno Tonioli is with Carlos and Witney. In the second round, in one of the biggest competitive dances of the season, the couples take on a freestyle dance featuring special effects, additional dancers and unexpected surprises. There will be special performances from Meghan Trainor, singing “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” and Who Is Fancy, Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor performing “Boys Like You.” At the end of the night, the couple with the lowest combined viewer and judge votes from the previous two weeks will be eliminated.
The Season 21 Champion Will Be Declared on Tuesday, November 24
In the two-hour season finale on Tuesday, November 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), the three finalists advance to the final stage of the competition. There will be live dancing and show-stopping performances at the Grove shopping center and in the DWTS ballroom. The night kicks off with a high-energy opening number, featuring a reunion of all 13 of this season’s couples at the Grove. The finale will be filled with performances from Alexander Jean, Andy Grammer, Chaka Khan, Elle King and Nick Carter. Kim Zolciak returns to the ballroom to dance a Samba with Tony Dovolani to “I Dream of Jeannie,” which she was never able to perform, along with encore dances from the eliminated celebrities. The cast of the upcoming “Dancing with the Stars: Live! Dance All Night Tour” will perform a dance to Avicii’s “Broken Arrows” as a sneak peak of the 90-minute show traveling the country this winter. The three finalists will each dance a repeat dance from this season. In the last element of competition, the couples will perform a new routine as part of a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge.” The remaining couples will fuse two contrasting dance styles that they’ve performed this season and they’ll have less than 24 hours to prepare that dance for judges’ points. At the end of the night, the winner of the coveted Mirrorball trophy will be announced!
Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews (sports host & “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10 finalist), “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and ballroom dancer and Emmy® Award-winning choreographer Julianne Hough.
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.abc.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode Monday, November 23 on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day.