Team Markingjay: How to Vote

Michele over at has written instructions on how to vote and keep Team Markingjay on Dancing With The Stars for as long as possible. Be sure to read below if you are not familiar with the show/voting process. Thank you Michele!

Looking forward to watching Willow Shields and Mark Ballas dance on Dancing With the Stars? If so, remember they will not get to keep dancing without the help of the fans. Not familiar with the show? Here is some basic information about how the show works and how you can keep Team Markingjay dancing!

The couples dance on Monday nights for a score from the judges. Then the fans vote for their favorite. The judges’ score counts 50% and the fans 50%. The key to the judges’s score is that they convert it to a percentage. They take all the scores from the judges and add them together. Then that number is divided into the score for the individual couple. That gives the 50% that counts as the judges scores. Same thing with the fan vote. All the votes are totaled and that number is divided into the couples fan vote. The lowest combined judges scores and fan scores send a couple home.

There will be three ways to vote an account. Each week the number of votes per account will change. Week one there will be 12 couples, so you can vote 12 times per account. Once the competition gets down to five competitors, the vote will stay at five votes per account for the rest of the season. You may vote an account by calling, using the Facebook application, or online.

The first is by phone. The number for Team Markingjay is 1-855-234-5612. The number will remain the same throughout the competition. Phone lines open as soon as the show starts and stay open for one hour after the show ends for each time zone. You can only phone vote during this time frame for your time zone. For example: New York residents would phone vote from 8PM-11PM EST. California residents can not phone vote until the show airs in their time zone. Fans should try to vote as soon as the show starts. After they dance and at the end of the show are hardest times to get through and we want every single vote. You can vote on as many phones as you have access to.

Fans can also vote on Facebook through the Facebook voting account, You can vote from 8PM EST on Monday to 8PM EST on Tuesday with this option.

The final way is online. In order to vote online, you must have an account. Fans go to At the top of the page in small print is a place that say Join. Click on this and it will walk you through the process of making an account. Fans should make their accounts before the show starts because when the show is going the site crawls. There is no limit to how many online accounts you may have, but each must be attached to a valid email. voting times for online voting are 8PM EST on Monday to 8PM EST on Tuesday.

So that’s how you do it! Season 20 is going to be a very competitive season! Please keep Team Markingjay dancing by sending votes their way!

Dancing With The Stars Rehearsal Images

Some photos of Willow and partner Mark Ballas practicing their moves for Dancing With The Stars have been released! I have added the photos to the gallery. Don’t forget to tune in to ABC on Monday, March 19, to watch Willow LIVE on DWTS!

Thirst Project: Dirty Little Secret

Willow is helping Thirst Project spread the world’s dirtiest secret. Over 748 MILLION people do not have access to safe, clean drinking water. Want to help? Visit their website here and watch Willow’s video where she explains how you can help make a difference (PS: there’s a contest!). Text “SECRET” to 97779 to stay updated with this wonderful organization.

Willow’s DWTS Blog: “Hungry For The Mirrorball”

Willow will be joining Access Hollywood as their celebrity blogger for season 20 of Dancing With The Stars. Her first blog post is out now on their website. Willow talks about why she decided to do the show and how tough it was keeping it a secret from her friends/family for so long. We can’t wait to read more!

OK, so the headlines are out. By now you probably realize I’m going to be on “Dancing with the Stars” this year, their 10th year anniversary! It’s been only a couple weeks since the show approached me to see if I would be interested in dancing on the show. When they first asked me, I thought I was being punked. Then I thought to myself. . .maybe it’s not so crazy; this could be fun. I’ve always loved to dance and took some ballet classes and gymnastic classes when I was very young just like all the other kids in the neighborhood, BUT I’m not a dancer, I’m an actor. Don’t believe me? Google ‘Willow Shields dancing’—yep, no results. Is this something I really want to get myself into? Is this something I can even do? Are you wondering what my parents thought? Well, they pretty much said, “The only way you’re going to do this is if YOU want to do it.” Hmm. . .I had bookmarked a really cool dance camp on my laptop hoping I could spend a week in Chicago learning some serious dancing someday, but maybe this is even better? Maybe a LOT better! I’m gonna do it!

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