SEVEN COUPLES ENJOY THEIR MOST GUILTY PLEASURES,
ON MONDAY'S "DANCING WITH THE STARS" ON ABC
HANSON Performs Live in a "DWTS" Monday First
"Episode 1206" - "Dancing with the Stars" celebrates Guilty Pleasures Night as each of the seven remaining couples compete -- with either a latin or ballroom style they have yet to perform -- set to the tunes of some of their favorite musical "guilty pleasures." Monday night's show also features the first-ever Monday night performance by a live band when pop music sensations HANSON sing their fan favorite, "MmmBop," MONDAY, APRIL 25 (8:00-9:31 p.m., ET) on The ABC Television Network.
Native sons of Tulsa, Oklahoma, HANSON have been making their soul-inspired brand of American pop-rock & roll for nearly two decades. They recently released their fifth studio album, "Shout It Out," on their label 3CG Records. The album was produced and written exclusively by the band and augmented with special guests Funk Brothers bassist Bob Babbitt and famed horn arranger Jerry Hey. Together the three brothers have received multiple Grammy nominations (drummer Zac is the youngest nominated songwriter in history), headlined at venues from Carnegie Hall to The Hollywood Bowl, made world records for the loudest concert audience in history (chronicled in the documentary film "Strong Enough to Break") and formed their own independent record company, 3CG Records. Simultaneously with the launch of their 2007 album, "The Walk," they championed calls for action in humanitarian efforts, galvanizing tens of thousands of people to participate in barefoot one-mile walks to fight HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. They're committed to their live concert experience, with special events like their sold out five-night stand in NYC, featuring each of their albums performed in their entirety, culminating with the debut of "Shout It Out" live.
The seven remaining couples are:
· 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
· 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.
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 30 minutes after the "Dancing with the Stars" performance shows. AT&T customers may also text message their votes by texting the word "VOTE" and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply). AT&T will also offer customers exclusive mobile video footage of weekly backstage highlights to keep fans connected to some of their favorite couples all season long. Viewers may also vote online at www.abc.com starting from the opening of each episode on the East Coast with voting closing at 8:00 a.m., PT/11:00 a.m., ET on Tuesday mornings.
"Dancing with the Stars" is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, "Strictly Come Dancing." This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. "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.
About BBC Worldwide Productions:
BBC Worldwide Productions is based in Los Angeles and develops and produces scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. The production company is responsible for the smash hit "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC), "Top Gear" (HISTORY), "What Not to Wear" (TLC) and "Torchwood: Miracle Day" (Starz). BBC Worldwide Productions is one of seven core businesses within BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).