Normally, Dancing With the Stars Week 9 is the Semifinals. But Season 17 has 11 weeks of dancing, not 10, and we still have six couples left. This week, the couples have an individual routine and the Trio Challenge, bringing back either a pro who was eliminated earlier this season or one from the troupe. Here’s who is dancing what this Monday, November 11.
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Viennese Waltz and Samba
Cheryl told AfterBuzz they, like everyone, have two dances this week. “We've got a Samba Trio. ... and we have the Viennese Waltz, which is gorgeous. Samba's going to be a tough one,” she said, turning to Jack, “but thank god you've got two girls to hide your hips." They weren’t sure they’d even attempt Samba rolls.
Cheryl talked to On the Red Carpet about their decision to pick Sharna Burgess for the Trio. "We picked Sharna because he's never had girl on girl action before so he really wanted Sharna.” Jack laughed. "And she is a hotter version of me,” Cheryl added. “That's what he said." Jack quipped, "Well I'm just glad to actually dance with a hot chick for once." Cheryl added, "Oh, I love him."
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Slow Waltz and Jazz
Karina tweeted, "So excited 4 our dances! We have slow waltz and jazz! Love the music and where we r going with it! Thank u all 4 supporting us! We luv u!"
She told On the Red Carpet they picked Witney Carson from the troupe for the Trio because "we have a very sexy, very seductive song that's got a lot of mystery to it. If there is a man who can handle two women, it's Corbin." Witney tweeted about doing Jazz for the Trio dance.
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, Charleston and Salsa
"We have the Charleston, which is our solo dance," Emma told AfterBuzz. They have Peta Murgatroyd with them for the Trio, and Peta tweeted, "Can't wait for trio rehearsal with @EmmaSlaterDance and @billengvall tonight! This is gonna be so quirky and fun #Salsa."
Bill also shared a message for his haters: "All those people who said he's too old, he can't dance, go to hell! I'm going to Week 9!"
Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy, Viennese Waltz and Salsa
Val told On the Red Carpet, "We chose Gleb, 'cause I need some Russian back-up. Tall, dark and handsome." Elizabeth said "it's kind of a girl's dream" to be dancing with two men like Val and Gleb. Lucky, lucky lady — and lucky gentlemen!
Amber Riley and Derek Hough, Salsa and Quickstep
"We have Salsa and Quickstep,” Derek told AfterBuzz, “so two like, tough dances but I think we'll be all right. We're looking forward to this week with positivity. It's going to be a really hectic week, personally for me. ... But it'll be fun. I'm excited."
They picked Mark Ballas for the Trio "because he's my bro," Derek told On the Red Carpet. "We're like brothers, man." Amber said she had no decision on that. "No, I'm just kidding. I love Mark. I wanted Mark too. I think those rehearsals are going to be insane." Derek said he and Mark work very well together and bounce ideas off each other. (Remember their Trio Samba with Shawn Johnson?) So at least one member of the Hough family still supports Mark! Amber also tweeted about the Trio being a Salsa.
Amber and Derek also said they were very surprised to be immune this past week; they were completely prepared to be part of the Dance Off.
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani, ??? and Jive
"We picked Henry [Byalikov]," Tony told On the Red Carpet. "I just think he'd be complementary to Leah, and Henry's a great dancer and I think we can come up with some great choreography together just to highlight Leah. He's not like a camera hog. So for me, it's always about the star, not necessarily about the dancer."
So we know they have Jive for their Trio, but they’ve yet to reveal their individual dance. Leah just told OTRC she feels she needs to up her game and focus on what she can do, not what she can’t do.
Which dance are you most excited to see this week? Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.