One of the other highlights from my trip to Los Angeles with Disney, ABC and Disney Junior was the opportunity to get dressed up and attend a live Dancing with the Stars episode. It just so happened that we were going to Los Angeles when it was semi-finals time so we attended that one! I cannot tell you how excited I was for this part of the trip! I have never attended a live show of any sort so I couldn’t wait to see what the experience was like.
We arrived at the studio and proceeded inside to our seats. We had colored wristbands to let security know what section we were to be seated in. I was seated, along with some other bloggers, on the balcony behind the judges which gave us a GREAT view of the stage for the entire show.
Before the show started, we were all invited down on the floor for some warming up – it was so fun to go down there with the others in the audience to get ready for the upcoming show! Then, we returned to our seat and waited for the show to begin. What was cool was that they did a practice run of the beginning of the show and there was a guy running around the audience telling us when we had a few seconds left of a commercial. In DWTS, the audience is VERY interactive – it was fun to be a part of that.
We watched Bindi and Derek dance first, and wow- what a great dance!! When I was preparing for this trip I was sure I was voting for Bindi but the performances that evening and the stories from the contestants really made it hard for me to make a decision.
We enjoyed watching the shows and I have to say my favorite part was the trio dances! All four teams did a great job and it made me anxious and excited for the Finale to come on next week!!!! When the live show was over, we joined the judges and hosts on the floor of Dancing with the Stars for a group photo – what a fantastic opportunity:
Here are the details about the Finale:
FOUR COUPLES REMAIN, BUT ONLY ONE CAN TAKE HOME THE MIRRORBALL TROPHY ON THE TWO-PART FINALE OF “DANCING WITH THE STARS”
Musical Performers Include Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Nick Carter, Andy Grammer and More
The Season 21 Champion Will Be Declared on Tuesday, November 24
“Episode 2111 & 211A” – After weeks of competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the FINALS of “Dancing with the Stars” this MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold, Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough, Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson, and Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess have one last night of competitive dancing, fighting to win the judges’ and America’s votes to be crowned the “Dancing with the Stars” champion on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
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.
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.