'Paula Abdul' joins the show as a guest judge for this episode in which the contestants perform dances chosen for them by their competitors. This format introduces several new dance styles to the show and to the pros who find they need help with the choreography.
With the Country Music Awards just three days away Dancing With the Stars presents country music week. The stars dance to country music favorites and perform a brief solo. Then all the couples are on stage together for a group dance competition. But several of the performers are nursing injuries.
Apolo and Karina perform their Viennese Waltz for the judges' request dance. Then contestants choose the dance combinations for their competitors in next weeks fusion dance. Finally, the judges and audience are shocked as one of the leaders is eliminated from the competition.
For fusion dance week contestants combine two dances into one performance. Most contestant perform the one quick and one slow dance sequentially while a few accept the challenge to merge the two. Then couples have a chance to win extra points in a dance marathon. Due to the November 6 election there is no elimination this week.
Kylie Minogue opens this double elimination show. Then the cast of Newsies performs a number from this hit Broadway show. In preparation for next week couples choose from dances that are new to DWTS complete with some strange themes that their competitors will perform.
This week DWTS celebrates Michael Jackson's music on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his "Bad" album. In this semifinal round couples begin performing dances new to DWTS to the odd themes chosen last week. Then the couples dance to Michael Jackson favorites.
For the first night of the first all female stars finale couples perform a favorite dance from a previous week followed by a freestyle. The freestyle includes production enhancements including additional performers so Shawn takes the opportunity to invite her Fierce Five team mates to dance with her.
After Shawn and Derek reprise last night's dance at the the judges request the previously eliminated couples return to reprise their favorite or most memorable dances from season 15. Then the judges select a dance style for couples to perform in their final dance of the season; the instant dance. Dance Center provides commentary throughout the show.