As was announced and then beaten into our heads during the week 4 Results Show
, Dancing with the Stars
will be celebrating Patriot's (or, apparently, Patriots') Day this week. If you're like me, however, this announcement was met with little more than, "What?"
So what is Patriot's Day?
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Well, if you live in Massachusetts or Maine (or attend public schools in Wisconsin), it's an actual holiday. Those states have celebrated the holiday on the third Monday in April since 1969. Why? Apparently, the date commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord during the Revolutionary War. That's on April 19. But the states celebrate on the Monday, since who doesn't want a long weekend?
In addition to a dedicated Dancing with the Stars
performance show, Patriot's Day is celebrated with battle reenactments in Lexington and Concord, horseback riders doing the Paul Revere thing, a Boston Red Sox home game and the Boston Marathon.
What does Patriot's Day mean for the rather large percentage of the American population that doesn't live in one of the three observing states? Well... I guess now it means a special Dancing with the Stars
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It's safe to say that we won't get a full reenactment of Revolutionary War battles. But I wouldn't put it past the DWTS
producers to dress Tom Bergeron up in a powdered wig or to get the Dancing with the Stars
Troupe to stage a "battle" on the dance floor. That would actually be quite awesome.
Alas, probably all we will get is what was announced on Tuesday. The remaining eight couples will perform a foxtrot, samba, Viennese waltz, quickstep or rumba to "patriotic" music. It should be interesting to see an expression of American patriotism (I didn't get the impression we were going international on this) expressed by dancers, half of whom owe at least partial allegiance to another country. Not to mention a panel of judges that is two-thirds non-American in origin.Which dances for which performers?
Every pair must perform a dance they haven't tackled yet. Other than that, it's a bit of a free-for-all. Based on Twitter feeds and interviews, the dances break down as follows:
- Hines and Kym: Rumba
- Ralph and Karina: Samba
- Chelsea and Mark: Samba
- Kirstie and Maks: Foxtrot
- Chris and Cheryl: Viennese Waltz
- Petra and Dmitry: Quickstep
- Romeo and Chelsie: Foxtrot
- Kendra and Louis: Foxtrot
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