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Dancing with the Stars: THE SEASON FINALE PREVIEW

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THE SEASON FINALE PREVIEW

FOUR COUPLES REMAIN -- BUT ONLY ONE WILL TAKE HOME THE COVETED MIRRORBALL TROPHY ON THE SEASON FINALE OF ABC’S “DANCING WITH THE STARS.”
Musical Performances from Pitbull, Wynonna, PSY and Jessica Sanchez

“After 10 weeks of entertaining, stylized dancing from  Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff, Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough, Alexandra Raisman & Mark Ballas and Zendaya & Valentin Chmerkovskiy, only one couple will be crowned “Dancing with the Stars” Champions. These four remaining couples will have one last opportunity to impress the judges and viewers on MONDAY, MAY 20, concluding with the Season Finale, TUESDAY, MAY 21 on the ABC Television Network.

In the final two-hour performance show on MONDAY, MAY 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), the remaining couples will compete in three rounds of dance. In the first round, each couple will take on a new routine in a dance style that the judges would like to see again. In round two, the couples will be challenged to a Cha Cha relay, where each pair dances to a different section of the same song. In the last round -- and one of the biggest competitive dances of the season -- the couples take on a supersized freestyle featuring special effects, additional dancers and unexpected surprises.

In the two-hour Season Finale on TUESDAY, MAY 21 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), the entire celebrity cast returns, including Any Dick, Dorothy Hamill, D.L. Hughley, Wynonna Judd, Victor Ortiz, Ingo Rademacher, Sean Lowe and Lisa Vanderpump. The returning stars will perform a show-stopping opening number with the pro and troupe dancers. The show will feature music from Pitbull, who will perform his new single, “Hands Up,” and Wynonna will sing “I Want to Know What Love Is.” In addition, PSY will take to the stage with his latest hit, “Gentleman,” and Jessica Sanchez will sing her version of Pitbull’s “Feel This Moment.” The fourth-place couple will be eliminated within the first hour of the show, and in a final element of the competition, the three remaining couples will perform a new routine in an “Instant Dance”– where they will tackle a style they know, but to music given to them for the first time live on television. This routine will be scored out of 30 and will round out the judges’ scores across both nights.

Miami-native Pitbull, a.k.a. “Mr. Worldwide” and “Mr. 305,” is a globally successful musician, performer, business entrepreneur, fashion icon and actor whose career sales exceed 5 million albums and 40 million singles worldwide. Pitbull has had No. 1 hits in more than 15 countries, and his videos have been viewed more than 3 billion times. His world tour sold out concerts in Latin America, Canada and Europe, before bringing the party to the United States, Japan and Australia. Pitbull’s new single, “Feel This Moment” featuring Christina Aguilera, from his critically-acclaimed album “Global Warming,” is another worldwide smash. The song is the third Top 10 hit from “Global Warming,” which also includes his global smash “Don’t Stop the Party” and ”Back in Time,” the chart-topping anthem from the action-adventure-comedy, “Men in Black 3.”

Five-time Grammy winner and New York Times bestselling author Wynonna Judd has always revolved her career around telling stories. Whether performing alongside her mother as one half of the legendary duo, The Judds, or pushing the boundaries on her own mega-successful solo path, Judd’s ability to reach the heart of the human spirit through her bold and unflinching honesty is the entertainer’s true gift. Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and her undeniable talent, Judd’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning her epic 29-year career. Charting countless singles, including 20 No. 1 hits and over 60 industry awards, the iconic performer was once dubbed by Rolling Stone “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” Judd’s highly anticipated eighth studio album, in which she’s Joined in the studio by her husband, bandleader and producer Michael “Cactus” Moser, is scheduled for release this year. This effort, known as a true labor of love, features her upcoming single “Something You Can’t Live Without,” released by Curb Records. Most recently she published a novel, Restless Heart, and was part of “The Judds” docu-series on OWN.

“Gangnam Style” transformed Korean pop trailblazer PSY into a worldwide juggernaut. Boasting the first music video in history to surpass 1 billion views on YouTube, the song went on to become both the “most-viewed” and “most-liked” ever on the site—an historic milestone. And yet, with the irresistible and inimitable multiplatinum single merging Korean flavor with global pop panache, PSY fever was only just beginning. Having hinted online at what was to come, he debuted the track’s follow-up, “Gentleman,” in front of 50,000 hometown fans at the Seoul World Cup stadium in April 2013, broadcast live on YouTube. As fast as you could repeat the title, it set a new YouTube record for “most views in a day.” It hit No. 1 on iTunes in over two dozen territories and climbed to the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100. But his is no overnight success story: Born Jai-Sang Park, PSY crossed the world and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston as, as he puts it, “a freshman for ten years.” Immersing himself in East Coast culture, he embraced hip-hop, learning everything he could about it. As a result, he infused his first two offerings, “PSY from the PSYcho World!” and “Cheap 2,” with a slick rap style. Rising in his native Korea, he co-wrote every song he released and penned hits for numerous national stars. He even penned the official tune for the South Korean national team in the 2012 London Olympics, dubbed “Korea.” Employing traditional instruments and melodies, it’s a fitting tribute to his heritage and an invigorating anthem.

Jessica Sanchez, the 17-year-old California native who won over “American Idol” viewers with her diva-worthy vocal range, released her debut album, ”Me, You & the Music,” last month on 19 Recordings/Interscope Records. The high-energy, beat-soaked first single, “Tonight,” featuring Ne-Yo, has just gone for adds at radio. Born and raised in Chula Vista, California, Sanchez has worked on honing her vocal versatility for almost her entire life. She started singing when she was two and lists Mariah Carey, Etta James and Ray Charles among her musical influences. At age ten she performed Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” on an episode of “Showtime at the Apollo.” A year later she competed on the premiere season of “America’s Got Talent,” reaching the wild-card round before being cut. Over the next few years, Sanchez performed at venues both large and small, including a 2008 San Diego Chargers game, and released a number of covers (such as Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind”) through an independent record label. After nailing her “American Idol” audition in 2011, she climbed to the final two and landed her deal with Interscope soon after the season finale. Diving into the recording of her debut last summer, Sanchez took a break from the studio to tear through a rousing, choir-backed rendition of Marvin Gaye’s “All I Need to Get By” at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (“Dancing with the Stars” Season 7 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 60 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars” performance shows. AT&T customers may also vote by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply). Online voting at www.ABC.com is open from the start of each episode on the East Coast and closes at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT on Tuesday mornings. Additionally, fans can again vote on Facebook www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars. A custom Facebook app sponsored by AT&T will let fans vote, share who they voted for and why, as well as see who friends voted for. They can also access the “Dancing with the Stars” Social Scene page, and the “AT&T Spotlight Performance” and Casting Call from the app.

“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 one of five core businesses under BBC Worldwide America, the U.S. division of the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), BBC Worldwide. Led by Jane Tranter, 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 titles including “Top Gear” (HISTORY), “What Not to Wear” (TLC), “Richard Hammond’s Crash Course” (BBC AMERICA), “The Week the Women Went” (Lifetime), “Torchwood: Miracle Day” (Starz) and the cultural phenomenon “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC).

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