via press release:
THE COMPETITION HEATS UP WITH ALL-NEW CELEBRITY PERFORMANCES
ON “DANCING WITH THE STARS,” MONDAY, MARCH 25
One Couple Faces the First Dramatic Elimination on
“Dancing With The Stars The Results Show,” Tuesday, March 26
Josh Groban & Icona Pop to Perform Tuesday Night
“Episode 1602 & 1602A” – The competition heats up on “Dancing with the Stars” as the celebrities take on new dance routines and fight for survival, MONDAY, MARCH 25 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET). The couples will be performing a Jive, Quickstep or Jazz routine.
On TUESDAY, MARCH 26, one couple will face the first nail biting elimination on the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET). The show will feature a musical performance by signer Josh Groban, who is set to perform his current single, “Brave,” with an 18-piece band accompanied by “Dancing with the Stars” alumni Chelsie Hightower and Dmitry Chaplin. Adding to the excitement, acclaimed Swedish duo Icona Pop will perform their hit song, “I Love It.” The results show will feature a spectacular opening performance by this season’s pros and Troupe dancers.
Possessing one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music, singer, songwriter and actor Josh Groban has entertained fans around the globe with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (25 million sold worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. The 32-year-old Los Angeles native is the only artist who has had two albums appear on the Top 20 Best-Selling Albums list of the past decade, according to Billboard. Last year he appeared in the feature film “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” as well as on NBC’s “The Office,” and completed a sold-out world tour. In February 2013, Groban released his 6th studio album, entitled “All That Echoes,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. An active arts education philanthropist and advocate, he is a member of Americans for the Arts Artists Committee, and his Find Your Light Foundation helps enrich the lives of young people through arts, education and cultural awareness.
Icona Pop – Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt – were among the most widely praised acts appearing at the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) Music & Media Festival in Austin, Texas. Both Billboard and Idolator included the duo in their SXSW previews, with the latter declaring “I Love It” to be “an instant party classic,” while noting that their “high-energy pop gems will clear your brain…leaving you at peace with their sweet, sweaty hooks.” Wired commended Icona Pop for “(drawing) an enthusiastic crowd that included skinny indie kids, throwback ravers and backward-capped, devil-horn-throwing bros.” Now based in NYC, the Stockholm-born duo came together in 2009 and immediately reaped rapturous applause for their exuberant melding of synthwave, house, punk and pop. 2012’s “I Love It (Feat. Charli XCX)” proved their platinum-certified breakthrough, packing dance floors everywhere, while also scoring top 10 success around the globe.
Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (“Dancing with the Stars” Season 7 champion), the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
ABC.com is back with a new web series, “Dancing with the Stars: Pre-Show,” presented by AT&T. The original online video series promises to be the go-to resource for fans to come together before the Monday night episode of “Dancing with the Stars.” Beginning with the premiere episode, each week fans will be able to log on http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/pre-show and watch as host Marc Istook (“After Party: Dancing with the Stars,” “After Party: The Bachelorette”) and field correspondent Jake Whetter (Radio Disney) speak with an array of expert panelists and celebrity fans. Additionally, guest correspondents Jessica Radloff (Glamour.com) and television personality Jeannie Mai join the panel to discuss the season’s performances, offer insight and solicit demonstrations from ballroom dance experts who’ve previously appeared on the show.
On March 18, ABC Radio re-launched its popular “Dancing with the Stars” station on Slacker, providing viewers exclusive backstage interviews with all the contestants, dancers and judges. The station will be available where Slacker Radio is available, including smartphones, the iPad and Ford vehicles with SYNC AppLink and on the web at: http://www.slacker.com/dwts. Every Monday and Tuesday, the ABC station will also feature insight and analysis from a variety of guest contributors, including “Dancing with the Stars: All Stars” champion Melissa Rycroft, former contestant and ”The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd and Entertainment Weekly’s Annie Barrett.
“Dancing with the Stars” and “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” returns this season with new surprises and all the performance elements viewers have come to know and love. “Macy’s Stars of Dance,” featuring some of the best choreographers and performers from different styles of dance who offer viewers performances that represent the pinnacle of achievement in their genres, will also return.
The show also welcomes the return of the “AT&T Spotlight Performance,” which features and celebrates people whose lives have been changed forever by dance. AT&T is also helping the search to find these performers by allowing fans to nominate potential dancers.
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 60 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars” performance shows. AT&T customers may also vote by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply). Online voting at www.ABC.com is open from the start of each episode on the East Coast and closes at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT on Tuesday mornings. Additionally, fans can again vote on Facebook www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars. A custom Facebook app sponsored by AT&T will let fans vote, share who they voted for and why, as well as see who friends voted for. They can also access the “Dancing with the Stars” Social Scene page, and the “AT&T Spotlight Performance” and Casting Call from the app.
“Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.
About BBC Worldwide Productions
BBC Worldwide Productions is one of five core businesses under BBC Worldwide America, the U.S. division of the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), BBC Worldwide. Led by Jane Tranter, BBC Worldwide Productions is based in Los Angeles and develops and produces scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. The production company is responsible for titles including “Top Gear” (HISTORY), “What Not to Wear” (TLC), “Richard Hammond’s Crash Course” (BBC AMERICA), “The Week the Women Went” (Lifetime), “Torchwood: Miracle Day” (Starz) and the cultural phenomenon “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC).