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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Celebs and Pros Share Their Thoughts on Taylor Swift Night

As the competition draws closer to the finale, there are just six couples remaining on Dancing with the Stars. Tonight, those six couples will participate in “A Celebration of Taylor Swift,” dancing to songs from the multi-Grammy Award-winning recording artist’s repertoire.

Alyson Hannigan and Sasha Farber, Ariana Madix and Pasha Pashkov, Charity Lawson and Artem Chigvintsev, Jason Mraz and Daniella Karagach, Harry Jowsey and Rylee Arnold, and Xochitl Gomez and Val Chmerkovskiy are the remaining couples.

Parade spoke with a number of the celebrities and their professional partners in the ballroom last week to get more about their thoughts on being a part of DWTS’s Taylor Swift night. They couldn’t disclose the music they will be dancing to, of course, but this is what they said:


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The person at the top of the scoreboard, Ariana, commented, “It depends on what kind of mood I’m in.” While “Style” is nice when you’re just relaxing with the windows down, “Look What You Made Me Do” is great when you’re feeling moody. “Wildest Dreams” is a nice song to listen to when you’re feeling very dreamy. Because she has a song for every mood, it’s interesting. My favorite song is the one we’re playing next week.

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Instead of mentioning any favorites, her partner Pasha describes how he listens to Taylor’s music.

“As a dancer, I can always relate to Taylor’s songs,” he explains. She has a lot of lovely melodies that are perfect for foxtrots, rumbas, and Viennese waltzes. I was therefore overjoyed that we would be able to dance the rumba to one of her tunes. I always listen to music as if I were dancing when I listen to it in general. I always immediately consider how I could physically embody this song. Taylor’s lovely Viennese waltzes, foxtrots, and rumbas are how she always speaks to me.

He says that the song “Lover” would be ideal for a Viennese waltz.

Although Charity acknowledges that she isn’t a Swiftie, she still values Taylor as a role model for her generation.

“She’s incredible,” declares the ex-Bachelorette. Although I’m not a huge fan of Swiftie, I still adore her music. I believe that the night of next week will be quite spectacular. She’s clearly performing her Eras Tour, but it will be fascinating to see how we can replicate that in this room with the many dancing forms that we’ll all be performing. I’m thrilled. Indeed, I am.

Charity says of Taylor’s songs that resonate with her, “She has so many.” One song from her most recent album, “Lavender Haze,” is one that I really enjoyed lately. Next came “Cruel Summer.” But “Love Story,” which was my classic when she was really little, That seems like a part of who I am now.

Artem, her partner, claims that Taylor’s diverse fan base appeals to him.

He notes, “She’s one of the few artists that you see moms listening to, along with little kids and people of all ages.” “I find it astounding that she can capture people of such a wide age range. She seems unique to me. She’s incredibly gifted, and the way she pulled this all together almost makes her a genius.

Compared to Charity, Alyson is more of a Swiftie. She still can’t put her finger on a single Taylor song that resonates with her. Instead, she declares, “I simply adore everything.” There isn’t just one song. Along with the growth, I adore all the variations. She truly is amazing.

“I always think of ‘Love Story’ because it was the first song that I ever listened to that made me a fan of Taylor Swift,” declares Harry, taking us back to the beginning. It’s a charming tune and always enjoyable.

Furthermore, Rylee and Peta both enjoy “Shake it Off.” Peta enjoys “22” as well since “it’s just fun and upbeat.”

Live simulcasts of Dancing with the Stars air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and Disney+, followed by a follow-up on Hulu.

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