DWTS Season 26, Week 3 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Ugh, I hate when they do this – it’s always the judges shot to have more control over who moves on and who is eliminated – and it’s worse this season since they already know who needs the votes. From ABC press release:

In round one, each couple will perform an individual dance inspired by the MVP in each athlete’s life. Each couple will perform a foxtrot, Viennese waltz, quickstep, rumba or contemporary routine. Then in round two of the evening, the athletes will lace up for a Ballroom Battle dance-off with three toe-to-toe performances. Each dance-off pairing will perform a cha cha, jive or salsa. During each dance-off, the public will be allowed to vote for their favorite couple via an online “Passion Meter” at abc.com during the live EDT/CDT airing of the show – and in the event of a tie on the judges’ panel, the couple that wins America’s Vote will be named winner of the dance-off. The couple that wins each dance-off will receive bonus points, which will be combined with their individual dance scores from round one. Those totals will be added to the previous week’s public votes to determine the results of the triple elimination at the end of the night.

ETA: The dancing order per George. Not good for Mirai unless she absolutely kills it.

Mirai Nagasu and Alan – Quickstep (Song: “Bo$$” by Ray Chew Live)
Dancing 1st

Jennie Finch Daigle and Keo – Viennese Waltz (Song: “The Rest of Our Life” by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill)
Dancing 2nd

Chris Mazdzer and Witney – Foxtrot (Song: “I Got Rhythm” by Ray Chew Live)
Dancing 3rd

Tonya Harding and Sasha – Rumba (Song: “See You Again” by Tyler Ward)
Dancing 4th

Adam Rippon and Jenna – Contemporary (Song: “O” by Coldplay)
Dancing 5th

Josh Norman and Sharna – Contemporary (Song: “Stand By Me” by Bootstraps)
Dancing 6th

Also from the Press Release…I don’t get the “alphabetical order” thing. Someone please explain. 🙂

For the Ballroom Battle Dance-Off, the teams are divided up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Adam Rippon & Jenna Johnson and Mirai Nagasu & Alan Bersten – Jive – “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry

Chris Mazdzer & Witney Carson and Josh Norman & Sharna Burgess – Salsa – “WTF (Where They From)” by Missy Elliott featuring Pharrell Williams

Tonya Harding & Sasha Farber and Jennie Finch Daigle & Keo Motsepe – Cha Cha – “Dance” by DNCE