via ABC press release:
DANCING WITH THE STARS” TO HONOR MICHAEL JACKSON IN A SPECIAL
“MACY’S STARS OF DANCE” PERFORMANCE, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20 ON ABC
All 16 Professional Dancers from Season 9 to Pay Tribute on the Ballroom Floor
“Episode 905A” – In a special “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance, the “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancers will honor Michael Jackson’s music and influence on dance with a fusion of classic ballroom and Latin styles. Choreographed by the professional dancers, this performance will pay tribute in a medley of three of Michael Jackson’s hit songs representing different styles and eras of his work, on “Dancing with the Stars The Results Show,” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET).
Contributing to this special dance performance are all 16 professional dancers from Season 9: Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Anna Demidova, Tony Dovolani, Chelsie Hightower, Derek Hough, Kym Johnson, Alec Mazo, Jonathan Roberts, Lacey Schwimmer, Edyta Sliwinska, Karina Smirnoff, Anna Trebunskaya and Louis Van Amstel. Here’s what some of them had to say about Michael Jackson and this “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance:
“Michael Jackson and his music are an inspiration to every dancer. As a performer he was such an innovator that to be able to choreograph part of this tribute to him is an honor.” – Cheryl Burke
“Michael Jackson is the reason why I started to dance. I find it hard not to incorporate some element of Michael Jackson into any dance I do. His style and inspiration is forever engraved in my soul.” – Derek Hough
“Michael Jackson was my absolute idol and inspiration. It's extremely important for me to do a great job with this routine. I love the song I'm choreographing to and all of us in my portion are having a blast dancing the number.” -- Maksim Chmerkovskiy
“Michael Jackson is the reason I do what a do. He has been a lifelong idol and inspiration of mine. There will never be anyone or anything like him again -- simply the best.” – Mark Ballas
“Dancing with the Stars” is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Rob Wade is co-executive producer. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround.
About BBC Worldwide Productions:
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). In the U.S., BBC Worldwide Productions, one of BBC Worldwide’s seven core businesses, is based in Los Angeles and New York. It is responsible for the smash hit “Dancing with the Stars” and develops scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks.