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Get up close, personal with ‘Dancing With the Stars’

If you’ve ever wanted to watch “Dancing With the Stars” live, with no distracting camera movements, no grandstanding judges and none of those pesky commercials to slow down the momentum, you’ll want to be at Ovens Auditorium (2700 E. Independence Ave.) at 8 p.m. on Sunday night.

The ABC hit series’ “Perfect Ten Tour” waltzes into town with a lineup that includes pro dancers Witney Carson, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater; and troupe dancers Alan Bersten, Brittany Cherry, Sasha Farber and Jenna Johnson.

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Other than that? Here are a few things to keep in mind for Sunday’s show:

1. Don’t expect to see reigning “DWTS” celebrity champion Rumer Willis.

The rumors are true: Rumer – daughter of Hollywood stars Bruce Willis and Demi Moore – is joining the tour this summer in select cities… not including Charlotte.

The 26-year-old will sing at 18 upcoming shows, but revealed Thursday that she can’t dance right now because of stress fractures in her right foot.

2. So, yes, the lineup is heavy on professionals and light on celebrities. But this means that, overall, the dancing you see on the tour will be sharper and more advanced than the dancing you see on TV.

“With the celebrities, we have to do simpler choreography. But for this show, you’re with other professionals, so you can really go for it,” said fall 2014 “DWTS” champ Carson, who is expected to do a rumba and a foxtrot with Chigvintsev and a freestyle performance with Chmerkovskiy.

She said she’ll also participate in seven group numbers.

3. It’ll be hard not to watch this show without thinking of “The Bachelor.” Two reasons:

(1) The tour’s host/emcee is former celebrity champ Melissa Rycroft (she won “DWTS: All-Stars” in fall 2012). Fans of ABC’s dating show will recall that she received a proposal from then-“Bachelor” Jason Mesnick in 2009.


4. By the way, Rycroft will be dancing, in case you were wondering.

That was the plan from the start: She would do double duty for this tour both as host and as a performer.

But at a tour stop in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., earlier this month, she injured her knee mid-show and reportedly refrained from dancing (while hanging onto emcee chores) at multiple shows. Anyhow, it apparently wasn’t too serious: Rycroft’s publicist confirmed that she is a “go” for performing here.

Check out her moves:

 Photo by Charlotte Observer.

Théoden Janes has been writing about entertainment for the Observer since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @theodenjanes.

 Théoden Janes has been writing about entertainment for the Observer since  2006.  Follow him on Twitter @theodenjanes.