There doesn’t seem to be an overriding theme to Dancing With the Stars Season 18, Week 8 — like Disney Night or next week’s American Icons theme — but the top six couples will have two more dances on Monday, May 5, and Abby Lee Miller will be the guest judge to provide commentary and scores (and controversy).
All six pairs have now shared their dance styles, although we’re still not 100 percent sure what’s up with the second dance — which ABC is calling the Celebrity Dance Duel. Here’s the breakdown:
James explained a bit about the partner dance in his blog. The six couples will broken into groups of two, and James and Peta will be dancing with Amy and Derek. The four of them will dance for about 20 seconds, then the pros will leave and the celebs will dance together for 20 seconds, then they all come back together.
ABC later added, in a press release, in the Celebrity Dance Duel round, two couples will be paired up to perform a style of dance that they’ve both previously performed. All four members of the mini team will dance together to the same song but during the middle of the performance, the Pros will leave the floor, leaving the two celebrities to dance together.
So far, so good, but we still don’t know what the other pairings will be. Maybe the Chmerkovskiys will pair up, or maybe they’ll put Charlie with Meryl so the ice dancers can perform together. (UPDATE: Yep, the bros are sticking together! So Charlie and Candace will be paired in the duel.)
Which dance, or dances, are you most excited to see on Monday — provided our many injured stars are up for the challenges?
DWTS Season 18 airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.