The news is OFFICIAL in every way possible – Nick Carter WILL be on this season of Dancing With The Stars and he WILL be dancing with fan-favorite pro dancer Sharna Burgess! The premiere is less than two weeks away and some fans are left confused about how things work. Have no fear – we’ll get you in the know! Keep reading…
1. Who IS Sharna Burgess?
She’s a badass on the dancefloor. In her 6th season on Dancing With The Stars, she has been paired with men from all ends of the celebrity spectrum, from comedian Andy Dick to Olympic winning figure skater Charlie White. Perhaps most notably was her 3rd place finish with war vet and double amputee, Noah Gallaway. Noah’s journey was an incredible one to watch and Sharna worked hard to make sure that he made it to finale night and to feature his strengths in such a way that he became a real star. The Australian born dancer is always fresh and fun with her choreography and comes to the floor with a large fanbase of her own – it’s really impossible not to love her!
2. Ok, you know it comes on Monday nights – but how does this voting thing work?!
You can vote by phone, online, AND on Facebook. The maximum number of votes per voter per medium is equal to the number of couples performing that night, or five votes, whichever is larger.
Voting by phone (U.S. ONLY) will begin DURING the live show on Monday and will conclude 60 minutes after the show (based on your local timezone). The phone number to vote for Nick and Sharna each week will be 1-855-234-5610.
Online voting (U.S. / International) can be done at ABC.com and will have a longer “open period” than telephone. Online voting at both ABC.com and Facebook opens each Monday when the show begins on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) and stays open until 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) the next day. During the season’s eighth, ninth and tenth weeks, online voting will open when the show begins on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) and will stay open until 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT) the following morning. (Source: ABC.com) You will have to register with your name and email (or Facebook account) before you can vote.
Facebook voting will be available here –> http://apps.facebook.com/votedwts.
Your votes alone will not make or break Nick, however. Votes will be combined with judges scores to determine who stays in the ballroom and who leaves the following week! Nick and Sharna will absolutely need the Backstreet army to do what they do best and VOTE, VOTE, VOTE. At this time, voting is only available INTERNATIONALLY online (To be able to vote on ABC, you’ll have to use a proxy such as Hola, that will help you navigate from the US.)
3. When will you know if Backstreet Burgess will get a chance to dance again the next week?
With the exception of the first week, which will feature a 2 hour premiere on September 14th and elimination on Tuesday, September 22nd, Dancing With The Stars kicks someone off at the end of every Monday night show. This is not something we have to worry about really, since we know that Nick is going to win. 😉
4. Is there anything else you can vote for?
Keep your eyes peeled during the season to “help” Nick and Sharna out! Many times throughout the season, couples will take to social media to ask for opinions on different things. Other times, the show itself will throw something out there like America’s Choice that will ask you which pro you’d like to see with which celeb and they will switch for a week! The show will keep you on your toes (no pun intended).
5. Why are we so sure Nick is going to win the Mirror Ball Trophy?
Because why wouldn’t he? For 22 years, we’ve watched Nick grow (literally and figuratively). We know he’s a competitive beast and he’s a pretty fantastic dancer. He and Sharna are a match made in Heaven! As a DWTS viewer, I have every bit of faith that she can take our Boy to the finals. Historically, there is only one time that a boyband member placed lower than 3rd… and they weren’t as awesome as Nick Carter! Also, their hardcore fanbases don’t hurt. We all want that trophy!!
Tune into the Dancing With The Stars premiere on September 14th at 8/7c on ABC. Follow us on Twitter (@WHOTheBckstreet) for updates and how to watch the show outside of the U.S. I will also be updating nickcarter.net with recaps every Monday and hanging out in the forum to discuss with you live!
INTERNATIONAL FANS – Here are two links where you can watch ABC live:
Option #1 – Watch TV Live
Option #2 – Earth Dispatch
If you can not watch either link, I will post the video of performances to Nick’s website as soon as they are available.