Press release from ABC, May 18, 2017:
After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final three couples advance to the finals of “Dancing with the Stars,” live, MONDAY, MAY 22 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. It’s one of the tightest competitions ever on the show, with some of the most skilled dancing the celebrity contestants have ever pulled off. Night one finds the couples each completing a Redemption Style and Freestyle dance. On night two, the three couples will have one last chance at competitive dancing as they perform a 24-Hour Fusion Challenge, vying to score some extra judges’ points, and one couple will be crowned the “Dancing with the Stars” champion, culminating an incredible season, which will be announced, live, on TUESDAY, MAY 23 (8:30-11:00 p.m. EDT).
On MONDAY, MAY 22 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT), the three finalists will each perform two dances – a Redemption Style dance (Viennese waltz or quickstep), and a Freestyle dance – one of the biggest competitive dances of the season.
ABC and “Dancing with the Stars” continue to bring innovation to the dance floor with a unique companion experience, a LIVE multi-camera 360 degree/VR internet stream from the set of Monday’s episode. Fans can have their own front-row seat for the event, viewable on desktop and mobile devices via Facebook and YouTube, as well as other popular social VR platforms. All of the action will be captured using breakthrough technology of Nokia’s OZO+ cameras and live streamed direct from the “Dancing with the Stars” set with OZO Live.
The couples will dance to the following songs (in alphabetical order):
Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater
Redemption Style: Viennese Waltz – “Dark Times” by The Weeknd featuring Ed Sheeran
Freestyle: “Let’s Go”/”Uptown Funk” (Medley) from Drumline/Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
Normani Kordei & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Redemption Style: Quickstep – “Check It Out” by Oh the Larceny
Freestyle: “What the World Needs Now is Love” by Andra Day
David Ross & Lindsay Arnold
Redemption Style: Viennese Waltz – “Let’s Hurt Tonight” by OneRepublic
Freestyle: “It Takes Two”/”Take Me Out to the Ballgame” (Medley) by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock/Ronnie Neuman
There will not be an elimination at the end of the night, and the three remaining couples will go on to vie for the coveted Mirrorball.
In the 2-1/2 hour season finale on TUESDAY, MAY 23 (8:30-11:00 p.m. EDT), the three finalists advance to the final stage of the competition. The night kicks off with a rousing opening number, featuring a reunion of all 12 of this season’s couples, along with judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough, and hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. Exciting season finale performances include Academy® Award-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld performing her latest single, “Most Girls,” OneRepublic performing their latest hit, “No Vacancy,” alongside a dance by Sharna Burgess and Gleb Savchenko, and Lady Antebellum performing their hit song, “You Look Good,” alongside a dance with Witney Carson, Hayley Erbert, Artem Chigvintsev and Gleb Savchenko. Also, from ABC’s upcoming new adaptation of the global pop-cultural phenomenon “Dirty Dancing,” celebrating the 30th anniversary year of the iconic film, rising star Colt Prattes, who portrays Johnny, and season 10 “Dancing with the Stars” champion Nicole Scherzinger, who plays ‘Penny,” will dance to the hit song from the movie, “Do You Love Me?” The TV musical movie event airs Wednesday, May 24 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Additionally, fans will get a sneak peek at the sensational “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Hot Summer Nights” tour that will be traveling across America over this summer.
There will also be separate girls and guys’ numbers. The girls’ number features Heather Morris and female Pros and Troupe dancing to “River” by Bishop Briggs, and the guys’ number incorporates the male Pros and Troupe dancing to “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars.
In the last element of competition, the three couples will perform a new routine as part of a 24-Hour Fusion Challenge. The 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.
The viewer votes and judges’ points from May 15 and May 22 will be combined along with the judges’ points from the 24-Hour Fusion Challenge to determine the winner. At the end of the night, a champion will be named, and the winner will be presented with the coveted Mirrorball trophy.
Hosted by two-time Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including head judge, Len Goodman, dancers/choreographers Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough.
For week 10, viewers may cast their votes on Monday for their favorite couples via phone during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at ABC.com at http://dwtsvote.abc.go.com/ and on Facebook at http://bit.ly/2o1VO7b is open beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PDT and closing at 11:00 a.m. EDT/8:00 a.m. PDT on Tuesday morning.
“Dancing with the Stars” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are executive producers. Phil Heyes directs. “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.