“Dancing with the Stars” is going patriotic for Week 5 of performances Monday night with the first-ever American theme.
While we will be seeing a whole lot of red, white, and blue, and songs about America, we won’t necessarily be seeing American dances. (What, no, square dancing or krumping?) The theme is more pegged to the songs, rather than the dance, therefore some of the contestants are dancing the Brazilian Samba, or the Viennese Waltz, among others.
While the remaining eight celebrities aren’t allowed to reveal their songs, they did dish a bit on their dances and what viewers can expect. “Yes, it is American week and we’re going to show our American pride and do a sexy Fox Trot. It’s basically celebrating America. It’s all American songs,” explained Romeo‘s partner Chelsie Hightower.
“We can’t say what the song is, but we are doing the Viennese Waltz. The theme is more about the song,” said Chris Jericho‘s dance pro Cheryl Burke. Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas tackle the Samba and the Disney star said, ” I’m equally as stoked for my costume as the samba. It’s going to be epic!”
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson will perform the Rumba, and though football is an American tradition, Hines said, “There won’t be a football.” But it will be romantic. “It’s the dance of love, but it’s going to be tricky because, with being American week, it can’t be too raunchy or sexy, so it’ll be a bit more romantic I think.”
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Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff have what she dubs “the sweetheart song of America.” “I’m so excited. Everyone loves it. Everyone knows it. We have the Samba, which is a Brazilian dance, but we’re going to Americanize it all the way. The Rumba would be better because it’s the dance of love, but the Samba is a Brazilian party dance and we are going to make it very American.”
How do the Russian and the Czech feel about American week? “I’m an American citizen so I have full rights to do the American thing,” joked Dmitry Chaplin (the Russian). “I’m a green card holder,” laughed Petra Nemcova (the Czech).
As for Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’sdance, the actress said she’s most looking forward to “acting like a hooch.” What? “Acting like a hooch,” she repeated to which Maks responded, “You heard her right.”