When "Dancing With The Stars" 2016 continues Sept. 26 with a Presidential debate-shortened one-hour episode, all 12 couples will hoof it during a high-stakes pair-to-pair Face-Off. So how does this newest "DWTS" season 23 feature work and who's dancing against whom, and to what? Read on for details.

'DWTS' 2016 Face-Off Night: How will it work?

According to Just Jared Jr., each of the night's six rounds will see two couples dance head-to-head. Both will dance the same style (for example, a cha cha cha), but they'll perform to different music.

After the usual critiques by "Dancing with the Stars" 2016 judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli, the higher-scoring pair will automatically advance to week four, while the lower-scoring duo is automatically up for potential elimination.

So by the end of "DWTS" 2016 Face-Off Night, six couples will be safe to dance again, while the other six will need America's votes to stay alive. The week three results will be revealed during the Sept. 27 results show.

Who's Facing Whom during "Dancing with the Stars" 2016 week 3?

The pairings for Face-Off Night are as follows:

  • Salsa: "The Brady Bunch" star Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev ("Tres Deseos") versus model Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy ("Booty")
  • Jive: Singer Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko ("Too Many Fish in the Sea") versus Grammy winner Babyface and Allison Holker ("Great Gosh A'Mighty")
  • Cha Cha: IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess ("Big Trouble") versus Olympian Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke ("If it Ain't Love")
  • Tango: Actress Marilu Henner and Derek Hough ("Battle Cry") versus Olympian Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy ("Into the Sunset")
  • Viennese waltz: "Little Women: LA" star Terra Jole and Sasha Farber ("Iris") versus former NFL star Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold ("Woman's World")
  • Paso doble: Rapper Vanilla Ice and Witney Carson ("Save Tonight") versus former Texas governor Rick Perry and Emma Slater ("Tamacun")

Exactly how the "Dancing with the Stars" 2016 Face-Off Night match-ups were determined is a mystery, though some make logical sense.

For example, Johnson and Jole each have significant height differentials with their partners that will make their performances more challenging, while Kramer and Babyface are both singers who have, so far, fared well with the judges and could wind up being Mirrorball Trophy contenders.

Tune in to "Dancing with the Stars" 2016 week three on Sept. 26 to see which six couples wind up in jeopardy and remember to vote to save your favorites.

Then come back Tuesday to find out who gets the boot.

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