'Dancing with the Stars' Week 9 Preview: 300th Episode Celebration
'Dancing with the Stars' Week 9 Preview: 300th Episode Celebration
Scott Taylor
Scott Taylor
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Week nine will be showcasing a couple big episodes for season 16 of Dancing with the Stars. Yes, there are only five more pairs left and the season finale is just over a week away, but that isn't even the big news.

Dancing with the Stars will be celebrating its 300th episode Tuesday night. So what does the show have in store for viewers? I'm glad you asked.

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Brand New Dances

Tonight, each of the remaining five pairs will perform a brand new dance chosen by the fans by a Twitter vote. Fans voted for Zendaya and Val to perform Hip-Hip in addition to the Quickstep. Aly and Mark will be giving Afro Jazz a try along with performing the Rumba. The other season 16 favorites, Kellie Picker and Derek Hough, will be performing the Flamenco (fans' choice) and Argentine Tango.

This leaves Jacoby Jones and Ingo Rademacher. It will take a miracle for Ingo to move onto the final week, but he will give it a try performing the Charleston (fans' choice) and the Samba. Jacoby is a long shot to make it to the final three, unless of course the show goes with the top four going into week 10. He will be performing the Lindy Hop for the fans' choice, but he and Karina Smirnoff have yet to reveal their second dance.

300th Celebration

To celebrate the show's 300th episode, Dancing with the Stars will open Tuesday's show with a choreographed number by Jason Gilkison. There will be 22 pros performing on the ballroom floor, including some returning favorites.

Tomorrow night's results show will also feature performances from Avril Lavigne and The Wanted. Lavigne will perform her new single, "Here's to Never Growing Up," while The Wanted will perform "Fill a Heart."

What to Watch For

Tuesday night will be a night of stars and drama. With the show celebrating its 300th episode, it'll be star-studded affair. However, tonight is the show to watch, for those of you who have been following all season.

Jacoby has done a fantastic job this season, but this is a three-person race. Forget Ingo and Jacoby, this season comes down to Aly, Kellie and Zendaya. Although I don't expect the fan-chosen dances to screw any of them up, maybe we can finally get a clear-cut favorite after tonight.

Going into the performances, the breakdown from the top three during their individual performances this season goes like this:

Zendaya is averaging a 26.6 with two high scores of 29.
Kellie Picker is averaging a 26.4 with two high scores of 29.
Aly is averaging a 25.6 with two high scores of 29.

It's razor thin atop the Dancing with the Stars leaderboard. Tune in tonight at 8pm on ABC to see if any of these three stars can pull away heading into the final week.

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