DANCING WITH THE STARS Tuesday 4/23/12 (9:00-10:01 PM) on ABC
Grammy® Award Winning R&B Group Boyz II Men Perform Tuesday Night
“Macy’s Stars of Dance” Featuring Dance Company Shaping Sound and “AT&T’S Spotlight Performance” Spotlighting a Performance from Michaela DePrince Tuesday Night
“Episode 1406A” – Best-selling R&B group of all-time Boyz II Men returns to the ballroom with an incredible performance of their latest single, “One More Dance,” off their landmark 20th anniversary album,” Twenty.” Their performance will be accompanied by Dmitry Chaplin and Anna Trebunskaya. The show will open with an amazing number from the Troupe, Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd, Louis Van Amstel and Snejana Petrova, featuring a medley of Motown hit songs. This week’s “AT&T’s Spotlight Performance” spotlights the beautiful story of Michaela DePrince. And this week’s “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance is the long awaited television debut of the hottest new contemporary dance company in America, Shaping Sound. The dance performance is choreographed by and features Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini and Teddy Forance. The performance is a special preview of the following week’s Classical theme with an arrangement recorded by Aston, a classical group from Sydney, Australia, that create symphonic masterpieces out of pop music. The Dance Duel continues, and this week the bottom two couples will dance the Jive to the same song at the same time as the judges decide who the next eliminated couple will be.
Boyz II Men remains one of the most truly iconic R&B groups in music history. The group’s 4 Grammy ® Awards are just the tip of the iceberg: throughout their 20-year career. Boyz II Men have also won a whopping 16 American Music Awards ®, 9 Soul Train Awards, 3 MTV Awards and 3 Billboard Awards. Given the monumental success of their albums and the timeless quality of their vocals, it’s easy to see why Boyz II Men remains an inspiration to some of the most successful stars in the industry, with an astounding 60 million albums sold. Most recently Boyz II Men have marked their 20th anniversary by releasing a landmark album, fittingly titled “Twenty.” The album contains the group’s first original material in nearly a decade as well as a dozen remasetered classic, career-defining hits. “Twenty” debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, #4 on the Billboard R&B album chart, #10 on the Billboard Digital Album Chart, and placed #1 on the iTunes R&B Soul Album chart. The first song from “Twenty,” “More Than You’ll Ever Know,” cracked into the top 15 on Urban AC charts and is still climbing.
“AT&T’s Spotlight Performance,” features and celebrates people whose lives have been changed forever by dance. This week “Dancing with the Stars” has chosen to spotlight dancer Michaela DePrince. She was born in Sierra Leone and her parents died in the conflicts there when she was very young, so Michaela ended up in an orphanage. She always wanted to dance, but never had the opportunity. She finally got her chance when she was adopted by an American couple a few years later. Her mother enrolled her in ballet classes and Michaela excelled! Recently she earned a scholarship to the JKO School at American Ballet Theater and she is soon hoping to become a principal in a ballet company. Her story is featured in the award-winning documentary, “First Position,” by Bess Kargman, which follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries all while navigating the drama of adolescence. “First Position,” directed and produced by Bess Kargman from Sundance Selects, will be released May 4, 2012. During her performance on “Dancing with the Stars,” Michaela will be dancing with Ade Chike Torbert, who competed on “SYTYCD.” Natasha Bedingfield will be performing live with Michaela, singing her powerful hit song “Wild Horses.”
While the theme of her music is always soulful, Natasha Bedingfield’s gifts as a singer and songwriter continue to reflect that infectious pop sensibility that catapulted her to being the first British female artist in 20 years to score a No.1 on the U.S. Billboard pop chart with her smash hit “Unwritten.” Since the release of her massive debut album, “Unwritten,” in 2006, Bedingfield has sold more than 10 million singles and albums worldwide. In 2004 “These Words” became her first UK No. 1 single, and was followed by worldwide smash “Unwritten,” which has been certified double platinum and became the most played track at U.S. pop radio in 2006, garnering the singer-songwriter her first Grammy® nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Natasha’s success continued with the release of her sophomore album, “Pocket Full Of Sunshine,” which featured the hits “Love Like This” with Sean Kingston and “Pocket Full of Sunshine,” which has sold nearly 3 million copies to date.
By Tuesday evening’s end, one couple will be eliminated, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes on dances performed on Monday’s performance show. Who among the eight couples will be the next to leave the ballroom?
* DONALD DRIVER and partner PETA MURGATROYD
* ROSHON FEGAN and partner CHELSIE HIGHTOWER
* MELISSA GILBERT and partner MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
* KATHERINE JENKINS and partner MARK BALLAS
* GLADYS KNIGHT and partner TRISTAN MACMANUS
* WILLIAM LEVY and partner CHERYL BURKE
* MARIA MENOUNOS and partner DEREK HOUGH
* JALEEL WHITE and partner KYM JOHNSON
“Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.