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'Dancing With The Stars' couples to perform to country songs

Four couples perform their Freestyle Team Dance in the ballroom on 'Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars' on Monday, Oct. 23, 2012. (Adam Taylor)
October 29, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
"Dancing With The Stars" takes on a little Nashville flair on Monday night. All eight couples will perform to country songs.

The show will also include a performance by three-time CMA nominee "Little Big Town."

No one was eliminated last week, so those scores will be combined with Monday night's scores and viewer votes to determine who goes home next.

Fans will see the Cha Cha, the Tango, the Rumba, the Viennese Waltz and the Foxtrot. And the celebrity will be required to perform a solo during his or her routine.

A few of the couples told me they are big fans of country music, but others, not so much. Apolo Ohno said he's not really into it, but Karina Smirnoff loves it. On top of that, she's choreographing one of her favorite dances: the Viennese Waltz.

"It's going to be the most emotional dance that we have yet to do on the show," she said. "It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it's going to be connected to the family members that I lost and the family members that he lost to cancer."

Last week, it was Kirstie Alley who was weeping through the tough week. But in spite of her tears, she and Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned their best scores yet for this season.

Our country couples will also perform in groups again. The group routine will be accompanied by country stars "Big and Rich" and "Cowboy Troy." During the group dances, the pairs can earn extra points by shining in the spotlight during their solo time.

During last week's group dance, it was Team Shawn that earned the most points. That score, combined with their solo scoring, put Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel in the lead last week. The duo was thrilled with what their team was able to bring to the dance floor because the emphasis was on team.

Melissa Rycroft gave us a scare last week after she injured her neck during rehearsals. She is fine and plans on showing off the Viennese Waltz.

The country edition of "Dancing With The Stars" begins at 8 p.m. on ABC7.


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