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‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea’ Heats Up the Stage on the Champions Cruise

The “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champions Cruise aboard ms Westerdam is well underway, and everyone onboard is having a great time enjoying the electrifying performances and “Dancing with the Stars” atmosphere.

Since embarking, the 15 finalists have been busy rehearsing and preparing for their performances. Through a series of elimination rounds, the group of 15 will be narrowed down to just three finalists who will compete for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.

The finalists having some fun with their shipboard dance partners.

The finalists having some fun with their shipboard dance partners.

Social media has been on fire with tweets, photos and comments posted from the professional dancers and celebrities from “Dancing with the Stars” who are onboard to perform and judge the competition. A select group of journalists also were invited to sail, and they’ve been reporting on the events throughout the week.

This week the “Dancing with the Stars” production took place in the ship’s show lounge, featuring pro dancers Kym Johnson, Artem Chigvintsev, Sharna Burgess and Jaymz Tuileva, as well as celebrities Sabrina Bryan and Carson Kressley.

Photo courtesy of journalist Jason Leppert of Popular Cruising.

Photo courtesy of journalist Jason Leppert of Popular Cruising.

Photo courtesy of journalist Jason Leppert of Popular Cruising.

Photos courtesy of journalist Jason Leppert of Popular Cruising.

It’s not all work for the “Dancing with the Stars” team. Kym, Artem and Carson Kressley have been chronicling their adventures on Instagram and Twitter:

Photos from @kym_johnson, @carsonkressley and @artemchigvintse.

Photos from @kym_johnson, @carsonkressley and @artemchigvintse.

Below are the results to-date as the guest competitors advance toward the Final Round to compete for the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Mirror Ball Trophy.

Top 15 – Round 1

Day 1, clockwise from top: the contestants performing an elegant waltz, getting ready for the tango, Jacoba doing the jive, Caroline and her sassy samba, Summer performing the Jive and Ian's exciting cha cha.

Day 1, clockwise from top: the contestants performing an elegant waltz, getting ready for the tango, Jacoba and the jive, Caroline and her samba, Summer and the jive and Ian’s cha cha.

Cha Cha – 1. Jamie (Rotterdam) & John 2. Frances (Volendam) & Tiago 3. Ian (Zuiderdam) & Varinia
Tango – 1. Maurice (Noordam) & Melissa 2. Marie Liza (Ryndam) & John 3. Kelly (Oosterdam) & Ian
Samba – 1. Caroline (Zaandam) & Derek 2. Ritchie (Westerdam) & Jamie 3. Simona (Amsterdam) & O’Brien
Waltz – 1. Matthew (Eurodam) & Leighann 2. Elaine (Maasdam) & Ian 3. LeeAnn (Statendam) & Tiago
Jive – 1. Jacoba (Prinsendam) & O’Brien 2. Summer (Veendam) & Derek 3. Brenton (Nieuw Amsterdam) & Whitney

Eliminated after Round 1 were Elaine, Maurice, Jamie, LeeAnn and Summer. Before taking a final bow, they showed the crowd some more moves.

The eliminated guests showed off some final moves.

The eliminated guests showed off some final moves.

Top 10 – Round 2

Day 2, clockwise from top: The judging panel of professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev, actress Sabrina Bryan  and Cruise Director Johnathon Rogers; Frances doing a tango; Matthew flicking his feet in the jive; Simona's foxtrot; Kelly did the samba; and Caroline and her jive.

Day 2, clockwise from top: The judging panel of professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev, actress Sabrina Bryan and Cruise Director Johnathon Rogers; Frances doing a tango; Matthew’s jive; Simona’s foxtrot; Kelly’s samba; and Caroline and her jive.

Cha Cha – 1. Todd (Amsterdam) & Larissa 2. Kristin (Noordam) & Ken
Tango – 1. Frances (Volendam) & John 2. Ian (Zuiderdam) & Melissa
Samba – 1. Kelly (Oosterdam) & Ian 2. Marie Liza (Ryndam) & John
Foxtrot – 1. Simona (Amsterdam) & O’Brien 2. Ritchie (Westerdam) & Jamie 3. Brenton (Nieuw Amsterdam) & Whitney 4. Jacoba (Prinsendam) & O’Brien
Jive – 1. Matthew (Eurodam) & Leighann 2. Caroline (Zaandam) & Derek

Eliminated after Round 2 were Simona, Jacoba, Marie Liza and Caroline.

Top 6 – Round 3

Tango — Matthew (Eurodam) & Leighann
Foxtrot — Brenton (Nieuw Amsterdam) & Whitney
Cha Cha — Kelly (Oosterdam) & Ian
Jive — Frances (Volendam) & John
Waltz — Ritchie (Westerdam) & Jamie
Samba — Ian (Zuiderdam) & Melissa

Clockwise from top left: Brenton, Ritchie, Matthew, Kelly, Ian and Frances.

Clockwise from top left: Brenton, Ritchie, Matthew, Kelly, Ian and Frances.

Following one more elimination just before the finale tomorrow, the final three contestants will perform their last dance in hopes of winning the Mirrorball Trophy and being crowned Holland America Line’s “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champion! The winner will be revealed on Facebook Friday night or Saturday morning, and we’ll feature the winner on the blog next week.

Don’t you wish you were onboard the Champions Cruise? Book the 2015/16 Champions Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam departing Jan. 6, 2016, and you can experience the thrill and excitement of “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea!”

Photos of the dancers and performances when not noted are by Vladimir Ramljak.

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