“Macy’s Stars of Dance” Honors the American Dream with a Stirring Number by Famed Film Choreographer Jamal Sims.
“Dancing with the Stars” celebrates American Week as all eight remaining couples strut their stuff to classic American themed songs, MONDAY, APRIL 18 (8:00-9:31 p.m., ET/PT) on The ABC Television Network.
On Tuesday, a fourth couple will be eliminated from the competition and special musical guest country star Toby Keith performs two of his biggest hits. In a moving tribute to his country and U.S. Troops overseas, the Grammy-nominated artist will sing “American Soldier,” accompanied by “Dancing with the Stars” pros Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts, and “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” with Maks Chmerkovskiy, Lacey Schwimmer and the “Dancing with the Stars” Dance Troupe. This week’s “Macy’s Stars of Dance” American week performance is a powerful number choreographed by Jamal Sims. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” airs TUESDAY, APRIL 19 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The Oklahoma-based Keith opened last year topping the charts with his Grammy-nominated “Cryin’ for Me (Wayman’s Song),” and is once again doing the same with the title track from his current album, “Bullets in the Gun.” Recently The American Country Awards presented him with their Video Visionary Award for his cinematic performance. “Bullets” was Most Added upon its debut at radio, and ended the year near the top of the charts. The album itself debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre album charts in October. Last year Keith performed on the 37th Annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July 4, and continued his Ford Trucks-sponsored American Ride Tour, which concluded as one of Pollstar’s top-ranked outings of the year. Keith continues his commitment to American troops overseas, with Forward Operating Bases in the Persian Gulf, Korea and elsewhere, this year marking his eighth USO Tour. His annual golf tournament event supports the Toby Keith Foundation and its efforts to spearhead construction and operation of OK Kids Korral, a home for pediatric cancer patients and their families near OU Medical Center Children’s Hospital. On the professional front, his Tokeco Tunes publishing company was named the No. 6 publisher in Billboard’s year-end list. It was the highest-ranked independent publisher, in and among industry powerhouses like Sony and EMI. Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill restaurant chain will expand to its eleventh location this spring. He is also producing his daughter Krystal’s debut album, to be released later this year.
As part of American Week, Tuesday’s “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance will be inspired by the classic story of the journey of a small town boy through the Big Apple in pursuit of the American dream. Jamal Sims (“Footloose,” “Rock of “Ages”) will choreograph and star in the moving number, which will feature a variety of iconic New York City scenes. Sims’ other recent choreography credits include the “Step-Up” film series and numbers for such artists as Madonna, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus.
By Tuesday evening’s end, one couple will be eliminated, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes for Monday’s performance. Who among the eight remaining teams will leave the ballroom floor?
KIRSTIE ALLEY, television and movie star, and MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
CHRIS JERICHO, WWE star, with two-time champ CHERYL BURKE
CHELSEA KANE, Disney star, and two-time champ MARK BALLAS
RALPH MACCHIO, movie star, and KARINA SMIRNOFF
PETRA NEMCOVA, supermodel, with DMITRY CHAPLIN
ROMEO, rapper and actor, teamed up with CHELSIE HIGHTOWER
HINES WARD, Super Bowl MVP, and Season 9 champion KYM JOHNSON
KENDRA WILKINSON, reality star, with LOUIS VAN AMSTEL
Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke (“Dancing with the Stars” Season Seven Champion), the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.