After last week's elimination of former governor Rick Perry and pro partner Emma Slater, eleven couples remain on "Dancing with the Stars" to perform dances in a Cirque du Soleil-themed show on Monday, October 3. Even though the live show will be in the ballroom, the audience will feel like they are under the big top. The dancers went backstage at the circus to learn tips and tricks to channel their dances. Acrobats, aerialists, and dancers from the circus will perform alongside the contestants and their pro partners.

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Fans don't have to wait until the popular circus comes to their town. They can get a glimpse of the acts by watching ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” when it airs for two hours. Celebrities and their partners will dance to their favorite circus act. It will be interesting to see how the couples will perform the acts they have chosen. The dancers have different tastes and different dance styles. Viewers will see and probably enjoy the unique dances

One judge will be missing

Dancers have been inspired by a circus act they will perform hoping they will get enough scores from judges and viewers votes to keep them dancing another week. Only three judges will critique the dances because head judge Len Goodman announced last week that he will be absent until the final week.

He also judges "Strictly Come Dancing" in England, and the traveling back and forth is getting to be a bit much for the 72-year-old. 

About the circus

Cirque du Soleil, a Canadian entertainment group, means "Circus of the Sun" that has been around since 1984. It is advertised to be the largest theatrical production in the world. The company is headquartered in Quebec, Canada, but it performs in cities nationwide every year. One of the circus' trademarks is that the performances are always done to live music.

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The performers change their own props rather than having to wait for stagehands to do it for them. It will be a special treat to see the circus entertainers perform along with the eleven remaining couples on "Dancing with the Stars."