New guest judges will make their virtual way into the ballroom during Week 8 of “Dancing With the Stars”: the audience. In the episode of ABC’s hit series Monday, viewers will get a chance to score their Season 22 favorite twosomes when the remaining six couples partake in the Judges’ Team Up Challenge.
This new challenge will shake up the competition, requiring each ballroom duo to pair off in teams of two. The teams will then be coached and choreographed by the show’s three judges: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli. The viewers will then help decide the scores of the performances.
Carrie Ann dished on “Live! With Kelly & Michael” that she’ll be creatively directing Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess as well as Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas. “They’re going to be great together,” she said, teasing that they’ll be doing a “really cool number.” According to a picture from her Instagram, Team Carrie Ann will perform a paso doble to Lorde’s “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.”
Meanwhile, Len Goodman’s team, made up of Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold in addition to Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy, will perform a sexy samba as Bruno Tonioli’s team, Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd and Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe, hit the dance floor together during Week 8. During the Team Up Challenge, viewers can expect the celebrity contestants to take the dance floor without the pros at some point during the group routine.
But before the contestants perform their anticipated group numbers, each couple will take over the ballroom with an individual routine. Antonio and Sharna will perform a romantic Viennese Waltz to Rhianna’s “Love on the Brain,” but they won’t be the only couple dancing to the popular style. Paige and Mark will also tackle the waltz sound tracked to Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold.”
Wanya and Lindsay will then speed things up a bit with a country inspired jive to Aloe Blacc’s “Can You Do This.” Jodie and Keo will also perform the fast-paced dance style to “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” by Christina Aguilera from her 2010 movie “Burlesque.” Ginger and Val will then shake it out to another pop tune when they hit the dance floor during Week 8. The couple is set to perform an Argentine tango to “Telephone” by Lady Gaga. Nyle and Peta, however, will perform a dramatic paso doble to the high energy tune “Victorious” by Panic! At The Disco.
Make sure to tune in to “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC Monday, May 9, at 8 p.m. EDT to catch the Week 8 performances.