While we’ve already seen some originality from “Dancing with the Stars” this season in regards to the theme, the show is bringing back an oldie and a fan-favorite for Monday’s episode: Dances that celebrate the most important year of their lives. There will be emotion for sure in these, but there will also be a chance to learn more about each one of these people. While these people may be super-famous in some cases, you want to be able to relate to them. This week helps to have some of them remove their armor.
In this article, we’re going to share with you the song choices for each star and their pro partner, which should give you a little bit of an idea as to what their story is going to be.
Andy Grammer and Allison Holker – “Good to Be Alive” by Andy Grammer. Given that this is a new song from Andy, is this a reference that his most memorable year is this year? Maybe, or maybe it’s the year when this song first started to come together. Either way, it’s probably recent.
Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas – “Mama Said” by The Shirelles. We don’t have much of an idea about this one. We’re sure that the producers would love to focus on the “Spy Kids” era, but does Alexa want to?
Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold – “Wake Me Up” by Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc. It almost surely will be recent for Alek, and maybe even this year given that his life has changed ever since the train rescue in Paris. This will be an even more poignant week for him when you remember the tragic shooting in his home state of Oregon, and the community college he was set to attend before being cast on this season.
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough – “Every Breath You Take” by Aaron Krause featuring Liza Anne. It’s interesting that this arrangement in particular was chosen. The easy assumption to make here is that this is probably a tribute to the year she lost her father Steve Irwin, who was beloved by the entire world before he died.
Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson – “Amazing Grace.” The musical credit here is Ray Chew Live, but that makes sense given that this is thought of mostly as a spiritual hymn. We anticipate this one being particularly emotional.
Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya – “That’ll Be the Day” by Buddy Holly. Given that Busey was nominated for an Academy Award for “The Buddy Holly Story,” this is probably about this time in his life.
Hayes Grier and Emma Slater – “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes. He’s still a teenager, and this is a current song. How can his most important year be anything other than 2015?
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess – “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by the Backstreet Boys. This is probably the Nick performance everyone is waiting for.
Paula Deen and Louis van Amstel – “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. Once again, no clue on this one. Paula’s had her fair share of highs and lows that this could go either way.
Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy – “King” by Tamar Braxton. May her most important year was when she found herself musically? There’s not much of a clue here other than that this is also a current song.
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