It’s a night of firsts — the first-ever “Plugged/Unplugged” night plus Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s first time as guest judge! Dancing With the Stars‘ most vocal and controversial pro will be tossing out critiques alongside Carrie Ann, Len, and Bruno (how will there be room behind that measly table for so many abs?!) as the five remaining couples dance two different styles.
They’ll first perform either a Jazz, Paso Doble, Cha Cha or Tango to an original or “plugged” version of a track, and later try a Viennese Waltz, Argentine Tango or Rumba to an acoustic or “unplugged” version of that same song. (Look for special musical guests Kerli, who will perform a version of Fall Out Boy’s “My Song Knows (Light em up),” and YouTube sensation Noah Guthrie, who will perform his cover of “Sexy & I Know It.”)
UPDATE: And the eliminated couple is…
Bonus: I had a lovely chat with DWTS showrunner Conrad Green about the difficulty of downsizing the show to one night a week. Click here to read his thoughts on less-than-ideal voting, the judges’ eternal dilemma, and the future of the series.
Discuss tonight’s Dancing With the Stars here, and stay tuned for my full episode recap….