Thursday, November 17, 2011
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ON THE FINAL TWO EPISODES OF DANCING WITH THE STARS (11/21 & 22)
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SEASON FINALE


WHO WILL TAKE HOME THE COVETED MIRROR BALL TROPHY... THE WAR HERO 
AND ACTOR, THE TALK SHOW HOST, OR THE REALITY TV STAR?, ON THE FINAL 
TWO EPISODES OF THIS SEASON'S "DANCING WITH THE STARS" 


Multiple Grammy-Winning Country Music Superstars Lady Antebellum 
Take the Stage for Television Debut of "Dancing Away with My Heart" 


"Episode 13010 & 13010A" - After ten weeks of the most riveting performances, dramatic eliminations and shocking moments of the show's 13 seasons, Robert Kardashian and two-time champion Cheryl Burke, Ricki Lake and three time champion Derek Hough, and J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff will hit the dance floor for a chance to outshine the rest and be crowned "Dancing with the Stars" champions. Next week, Season 13's three finalists will try to impress the judges and viewers to emerge the victors in two final nights of competition, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET), concluding on the Season Finale TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

In the final one-hour performance show on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), all three couples will compete against one another with two dances. The first number is a style the couples have not yet done. Then, all three contenders will perform the always popular and fan favorite Freestyle dances. 

The anticipation builds and the competition continues for the two-hour Season Finale on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), as the three finalists perform their favorite dance of the season. The two couples with the highest combined fan votes and judges' scores will then go on to perform the Instant Samba to determine who will reign as champions of "Dancing with the Stars" and take home the coveted mirror ball trophy. Also on Tuesday, each of this season's 12 couples returns to the dance floor for a special performance. 

On Tuesday's spectacular Season Finale, Lady Antebellum comes to the ballroom for the television debut of "Dancing Away with My Heart" off their new album, "Own the Night," accompanied by Troupe members Sasha, Teddy, Kiki, Sharna, Dasha and Oksana on the dance floor. They'll then perform their megahit "Need You Now," accompanied by "DWTS" pros Kym, Dmitry, Peta and Val. Platinum certified album "Own the Night" debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard's Top 200 album chart in the U.S. and in Canada this September, becoming the biggest first week debut by a Country artist this year. Its current Top 5 hit, "We Owned the Night," follows the album's chart topping lead single, "Just a Kiss." The trio's three studio albums have sold over seven million copies across the globe, spawned five No. 1 hits, scored six Grammys and over a dozen other award show trophies. They are currently out on the road headlining the first leg of their Own the Night 2011 Tour, which was recently extended into 2012. 

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, led by Jane Tranter, 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 sits within one of six core businesses that form BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).


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