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DWTS Season 18 Week 9 Semifinals (American Icons) Music

Dancing with the Stars season 18 week 9 American Icons week is in the books. As always, be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music. I can’t believe it’s the semifinals. Should be an interesting finish.

Candace & Mark danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “If I Knew” —Bruno Mars
Candace & Mark danced a Jazz to the song “Nasty” —Janet Jackson
Charlie & Sharna danced a Foxtrot to the song “New York, New York” —Frank Sinatra
Charlie & Sharna danced a Samba to the song “Mo Money Mo Problems” —The Notorious B.I.G.
Amy & Derek danced a Quickstep to the song “You Can’t Hurry Love” —The Supremes
Amy & Derek danced a Jazz to the song “Too Darn Hot” —Ella Fitzgerald
James & Peta danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Love Never Felt So Good” —Michael Jackson
James & Peta danced a Rumba to the song “Islands in the Stream” —Kenny Rogers feat. Dolly Parton
Meryl & Maks danced a Jive to the song “Hound Dog” —Elvis Presley
Meryl & Maks danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Just a Fool” —Christina Aguilera & Blake Shelton

May 12, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS Season 18 Week 8 Celebrity Dance Duels Music

Dancing with the Stars season 18 week 8 celebrity dance duels is in the books. As always, be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music. How did you like the dance duels? What did you think of the music tonight?

Charlie & Sharna danced a Quickstep to the song “My Heart Goes Boom” —Miss Li
Danica & Val danced a Tango to the song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” —Lorde
Meryl & Maks danced a Rumba to the song “Read All About It (Pt. III)” —Emeli Sandé
Candace & Mark danced a Foxtrot to the song “That’s It, I Quit, I’m Movin’ On” —Sam Cooke
James & Peta danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “6-2″ —Marie Miller
Amy & Derek danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Heart Upon My Sleeve” -Avicii
Meryl & Maks and Danica & Val danced a Samba to the song “I Luh Ya Papi” —Jennifer Lopez feat. French Montana
Candace & Mark and Charlie & Sharna danced a Contemporary to the song “Stay with Me” —Sam Smith
James & Peta and Amy & Derek danced a Jive to the song “Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That” —Robert Randolph and the Family Band

May 5, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS Season 18 Week 7 Latin Night Music

Dancing with the Stars season 18 week 7 latin night is in the books. As always, be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music. I always love latin night. What did you think of the music tonight?

Amy & Derek danced a Rumba to the song “Light My Fire” —José Feliciano
James & Peta danced a Samba to the song “Gasolina” —Daddy Yankee
Danica & Val danced a Salsa to the song “Watch Out for This (Bumaye)” —Major Lazer feat. Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Green
NeNe & Tony danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Can’t Remember to Forget You” —Shakira feat. Rihanna
Charlie & Sharna danced a Paso Doble to the song “Sail” —Awolnation
Candace & Mark danced a Argentine Tango to the song “1977” —Ana Tijoux
Meryl & Maks danced a Salsa to the song “Adrenalina” —Wisin feat. Ricky Martin & Jennifer Lopez
Team Vida danced a Freestyle to the song “The Cup of Life” —Ricky Martin
Team Loca danced a Freestyle to the song “Livin’ la Vida Loca” —Ricky Martin

April 28, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 18 Week 6 Party Anthem Music

Dancing with the Stars season 18 week 6 is in the books. As always, be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music. Who doesn’t enjoy a good party anthem? Let me know what party anthems you wish they’d used on the show in the comments.

NeNe & Tony danced a Salsa to the song “Hot in Here” —Nelly
Candace & Mark danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “I Love It” —Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX
James & Peta danced a Quickstep to the song “You’re the One That I Want” —John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
Danica & Val danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” —Whitney Houston
Meryl & Maks danced a Tango to the song “Feel So Close” —Calvin Harris
Drew & Cheryl danced a Tango to the song “Super Freak” —Rick James
Charlie & Sharna danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” —C+C Music Factory feat.Freedom Williams
Amy & Derek danced a Jive to the song “Shout” —The Isley Brothers

April 21, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 18 Week 5 Disney Music

Dancing with the Stars season 18 week 5 is in the books. As always, be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music. Of course, most of these songs you likely already know and Court already spoiled them anyway. We’ll still list them for posterity’s sake.

Drew & Cheryl danced a Quickstep to the song “Friend Like Me” from the movie Aladdin
Charlie & Sharna danced a Jazz to the song “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from the movie Mary Poppins
Danica & Val danced a Quickstep to the song “Be Our Guest” from the movie Beauty and the Beast
Amy & Derek danced a Waltz to the song “So This Is Love” from the movie Cinderella
Cody & Witney danced a Samba to the song “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from the movie The Lion King
NeNe & Tony danced a Foxtrot to the song “Cruella de Vil” from the movie One Hundred and One Dalmatians
James & Peta danced a Contemporary to the song “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen
Meryl & Maks danced a Samba to the song “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” from the movie The Jungle Book
Candace & Mark danced a Samba to the song “Under the Sea” from the movie The Little Mermaid

April 14, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 18 Week 4 Music

Dancing with the Stars season 18 week 4 switch up is done. As always, be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music.

Candace & Tony danced a Quickstep to the song “The Ballroom Blitz”—The Sweet
James & Cheryl danced a Tango to the song “Dark Horse”—Katy Perry feat. Juicy J
Drew & Witney danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Sugarfoot” —Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
Danica & Maks danced a Jive to the song “Love Me Right!” —The Swag Geeks feat. Brook Penning
Charlie & Peta danced a Rumba to the song “Wildest Moments” —Jessie Ware
Amy & Mark danced a Salsa to the song “Brand New” —Pharrell feat. Justin Timberlake
Cody & Sharna danced a Foxtrot to the song “I’m Yours” —Jason Mraz
NeNe & Derek danced a Jazz to the song “Grown Woman” —Beyoncé
Meryl & Val danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Too Close” —Alex Clare

April 7, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 18 Week 3 Music

Dancing with the Stars season 18 week 2 is upon us. What are your thoughts? Are you liking all the changes? I think there’s a mixed feeling about the new band. Many hate it. Many feel bad for the old band. Many hate the music they’re selecting. What do you think? As always, be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music.

James & Peta danced a Jive to the song “The Middle” —Jimmy Eat World
NeNe & Tony danced a Rumba to the song “I Believe in You and Me” —Whitney Houston
Cody & Witney danced a Jazz to the song “Surfboard” —Cody Simpson
Danica & Val danced a Contemporary to the song “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)” —Billy Joel
Drew & Cheryl danced a Waltz to the song “Fade into You” —Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen
Meryl & Maks danced a Foxtrot to the song “All of Me” —John Legend
Amy & Derek danced a Contemporary to the song “Human” —Christina Perri
Charlie & Sharna danced a Jive to the song “Happy” —Pharrell Williams
Candace & Mark danced a Jive to the song “Blue Suede Shoes” —Elvis Presley

March 31, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 18 Week 2 Music

Dancing with the Stars season 18 is looking to mix up the music. What are your thoughts? Do you like the new mix of music or hate it? As always, be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music.

Drew & Cheryl danced a Jive to the song “You Can’t Sit Down” —The Dovells
Danica & Val danced a Samba to the song “All Nite (Don’t Stop)” —Janet Jackson
Billy Dee & Emma danced a Tango to the song “Peter Gunn Theme” —Henry Mancini
Meryl & Maks danced a Swing to the song “Big and Bad” —Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Diana & Henry danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Move Your Feet” —Junior Senior
Candace & Mark danced a Rumba to the song “Say Something” —A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera
Amy & Derek danced a Swing to the song “Swing Set” —Ani DiFranco
James & Peta danced a Salsa to the song “Follow the Leader” —Wisin & Yandel feat. Jennifer Lopez
Charlie & Sharna danced a Tango to the song “Addicted to You” —Avicii
NeNe & Tony danced a Jive to the song “Do My Thing” —Estelle feat. Janelle Monáe
Sean & Karina danced a Salsa to the song “Dance Bailalo” —Kat DeLuna
Cody & Witney danced a Tango to the song “Yeah 3x” —Chris Brown

March 24, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 18 Premiere Music

Dancing with the Stars season 18 is back and as usual, we’re back with a list of music from the premiere of DWTS. As always, be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music.

What did you think of the new band?

NeNe & Tony danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Give It 2 U” —Robin Thicke feat. Kendrick Lamar
James & Peta danced a Foxtrot to the song “Story of My Life” —One Direction
Danica & Val danced a Foxtrot to the song “Walk Away” —Kelly Clarkson
Sean & Karina danced a Contemporary to the song “Somewhere Only We Know” —Keane
Billy Dee & Emma danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Star Wars Theme”
Meryl & Maks danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “All Night” —Icona Pop
Candace & Mark danced a Contemporary to the song “Burn” —Ellie Goulding
Cody & Witney danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Timber” —Pitbull feat. Kesha
Drew & Cheryl danced a Foxtrot to the song “Money (That’s What I Want)” —Barrett Strong
Amy & Derek danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Counting Stars” —OneRepublic
Diana & Henry danced a Foxtrot to the song “Beyond the Sea” —Bobby Darin
Charlie & Sharna danced a Contemporary to the song “Let Her Go” —Passenger

March 17, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

So, they fired the Orchestra? Here’s what we won’t get to see again!

This is just an appreciation post for the Orchestra, led by Harold the Amazing Musical Wizard! Without him, and the orchestra, DWTS probably wouldn’t have become the powerhouse show that it’s been for several years now. Without them, I think we will lose an integral part of the show, since Harold worked well with the pros to create the best music for each dance. Let’s face it, many songs that they’ve had to deal with were HORRIBLE choices, and Harold Wheeler and the Orchestra and our pros somehow managed to MAKE the songs and the dance styles fit together. Nathan’s post did a great job starting the discussion, and now we know that the orchestra has indeed been cut, all we can do is “deal with it” even if we don’t want to. I would MUCH prefer that they all be rehired, but I’m just one viewer, and what I want is supposed to be what they tell me I am supposed to want for the show, whether it’s what I really want or not. Yes, send emails. But if they get enough, will they simply delete unread? I’d LOVE if we could find a LOT of dances to put here, and hope that sometime, someone from our wonderful orchestra can read and realize how much we really appreciate how much they’ve done for DWTS. We know, and we appreciate, and we will remember. And THANK YOU for all of your hard work and dedication, they will not be forgotten.

I love that Harold was the one who did the musical arrangements for every song that they’ve played over the last 17 seasons. I love that he’s ALWAYS been very respectful of the music, of the original, and many times, of the professional dancer and the dance itself.

It can’t be easy to basically rewrite that many songs every week, so that they everything meshes best… Harold and the orchestra were truly the best!!

I’ve always loved the dances where the professional worked closely with Harold to change details in the songs to better fit the dance… Derek was always great with that, but several others were, too. I almost feel as if I’m in mourning for the loss of the orchestra, and the dancers ability to make better use of a crappy song.

I’d love to add as many dances to this post, so if you think of any, add it in the comments… DO NOT POST LINKS! but instead, PLEASE try to give me the couple and the season, and which dance style. I don’t know if I will be able to find them if you give me the song titles without the dance. They’ll be added when possible, please be patient.

First up, Maria and Derek’s rumba….. Madonna’s Material Girl as a rumba? Without the orchestra’s genius, THIS never would have worked…
Maria and Derek’s Material Girl Rumba

Let’s not forget Season 17’s PLUGGED/UNPLUGGED challenge during semi-finals, where each couple did 2 different dance styles to the same song. That NEVER would have been possible without OUR orchestra. And, we have THESE dances to remember…

Amber and Derek’s Viennese Waltz to “Locked Out of Heaven”
Corbin and Karina’s rumba to “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark”
Leah and Tony’s Argentine Tango to “Bad Romance”
Jack and Cheryl’s Argentine Tango to “Roxanne”
Bill and Emma’s Argentine Tango to “Sexy and I Know It”

Jimmbboe loves Aaron and Karina’s Muppet Quickstep and I do too!

Susan2 loves Mario and Karina’s Tito Puente Mambo and Gilles and Cheryl’s “killer” Argentine Tango!

Sandy’s pick is Hines and Kym’s “Explosive” Paso Doble! Another great pick!

PLEASE keep them coming, I love reminiscing like this!

Rich loved Nicole and Derek’s Foxtrot and while watching that, I found another of MY favorites, Nicole and Dereks Im-PASO-ble 1950’s Paso Doble

I found some CAN’T LEAVE OUTS!

Shawn and Derek’s Knight Rider Bhangra! Hard for both the orchestra and dancers, I’d say!

Helio and Julianne’s Mambo VS Shawn and Derek’s Mambo

and

Helio and Julianne’s Quickstep VS Shawn and Derek’s Quickstep

Here’s more from Craig:

Nicole and Derek’s Pretty Woman Tango

Nicole and Derek’s SOS Jive

Emmitt and Cheryl’s All-Star Cha Cha to Chain of Fools

Ingo and Kym’s Cha Cha from Len’s Side by Side Challenge

Jacoby and Karina’s Jive from Len’s Side by Side Challenge

Kellie and Derek’s Foxtrot from Len’s Side by Side Challenge

February 5, 2014 I Written By

Just a typical, ordinary DWTS fan..