‘DWTS’ Preview: Double Elimination Looms

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Dancing with the Stars” has explored a myriad of themes this season, including Motown, rock, and classical music. But the remaining six competitors can expect less structure on Week 8, as they face another new twist … and a double doozy of an elimination.

“We do not have a theme next week, which I am happy about because it gives us freedom,” said Roshon Fegan‘s partner Chelsie Hightower, who finds it a relief after the couple survived last week’s dance duel against Jaleel White. “Freedom of choreography, freedom of anything we want to do.”

And there’s another twist for Week 8–the dance duel is history, but instead, two celebrities will be booted on Tuesday’s show.

Donald Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd will perform tango and jive next week. With no theme, Peta said, “It’s sort of make your own thing up really. You can do whatever you want—create it based on the song, you can create it based on your character, anything, which is kind of cool.”

Peta told xfinityTV that she and Donald feared the double elimination, “a little bit. I’m not going to lie. I can’t remember the last time they did a double elimination.”

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Melissa Gilbert, with her pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, revealed Monday night’s performance show will also feature threesomes!

Well, trios on the dance floor, that is. For one of their two dances, the couples will get to choose one of the pros who has already been eliminated–or one of the “troupe DWTS” dancers–to perform with them. The actress had a picture of Maks’ brother Val Chmerkovskiy attached to her chest and said he was their obvious choice: “I feel really good about that. They’re both brilliant dancers.”

Maks explained, “The rules are that you have to use whoever that is for at least 20 percent of the dance or for the whole thing.”

“Dancing with the Stars” airs tonight at 8/7c on ABC.

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