You want a smooth DWTS Results Show? Enter Sade. Suddenly, there’s just that much less stress on set. (Except for Aiden & Edyta, but let’s not kill the buzz.)
“Passion Night” got passionate results on Week 4, with two performances by Sade and a Macy's "Stars of Dance" routine featuring New York City Ballet's principal ballerina, Tiler Peck, and violin duo Nuttin' But Stringz in a ballroom in performance choreographed by Travis Wall.
Who are those people? Glad you asked.
Sade (pronounced Shaw-DAY) isn’t just a woman, it’s also the name of the English R&B band that formed in 1983. The band was named after British-Nigerian lead vocalist, Sade Adu, whose full name is Helen Folasade Adu. Folasade means “honor confers your crown” and apparently it’s a fitting name since the 51-year-old Nigeria-born Sade appears to be ageless.
She joined a soul band, Pride, while in college and sang backup vocals. Her solo performance on “Smooth Operator” attracted attention and in 1983 she signed a solo deal with Epic Records, taking three members of the band with her: Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Denman. Since the release of their debut album "Diamond Life" in 1984, the band has seen all five of their studio albums land in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart, selling a total of more than 50 million albums worldwide to date.
They've been nominated for American Music Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, and have won three Grammy Awards — first in 1986 for Best New Artist, then in 1994 for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group for "No Ordinary Love", and again in 2002 for Best Pop Vocal Album with Lovers Rock. Sade has been called the most successful solo female artist in British history.
Performed by: Sade, with backup from Sade’s teenage daughter, Ila Adu, as one of the two young singers wearing suspenders. "Babyfather" is a hit song from Sade’s most recent #1 platinum selling album, "Soldier of Love."
“Sweetest Taboo” is one of Sade’s biggest hits, from their second studio album, "Promise," released in 1985.
NUTTIN BUT STRINGZ:
Nuttin' But Stringz is made up of brothers Damien and Tourie Escobar from Jamaica, Queens, who both play violin. The brothers big break came when they appeared on Season 3 of NBC's America's Got Talent and placed third behind the winner Neal E. Boyd and runner-up Eli Mattson. Their music was featured during a montage at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
As they said before the show, “We will be making history on Dancing with the Stars as the first instrumental music presentation," said Tourie Escobar. "It’s never been done on the show before, and well have lots of eye-popping surprises.” "I couldn't believe it, until Dancing with the Stars airline tickets arrived in the mail," said Damien Escobar.
Tiler Peck, 21, was born in Bakersfield, California, and began her dance training at the age of seven. She entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 2003. In September 2004 she became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in February 2005 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. Tiler is now a principal with the NYCB and recently made her debut as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty.
Travis Wall, 22, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a contemporary and hip-hop dancer best known for his 2006 appearance as a competitor on Season 2 of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, where he was the runner-up to winner Benji Schwimmer, sister of DWTS pro Lacey Schwimmer. Travis is now a choreographer on SYTYCD.
MACY'S STARS OF THE DANCE ROUTINE:
Performed by: Tiler Peck and Nuttin But Stringz, choreographed by Travis Wall.