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Dancing with the Stars Season 25, Week TWO – Live Blog

So, who’s going home tonight?? If you want to hear my thoughts on the matter and you have some time to kill before the show, you can read Dancing by the Numbers. 🙂

Big mistake to use this song. Any dance can’t hope to stand up to Season 5’s opener.

Injured parties tonight are Drew and Vanessa – keep that in mind when watching them dance.

First up, Debbie. Like her attitude thus far.

Pretty good dance even though there is a lack of body contact and her legs looked a bit weird at the beginning.

As I said in DBTN, I wonder if a couple going first is a sign from producers to underscore that couple – because it’s pretty damn consistent, such that you’d think they’d notice it. Anyway, Len didn’t comment on the body contact issue? Lots of ass kissing going on makes me a bit scared for her. But she did do a good job at the same time, so I guess we’ll see.

Debbie gets a 20 which is pretty darn good for going first. No Erin interview. I think I’ll try to keep track of that tonight.

Nikki is up next with Artem. Gorgeous dress. Wardrobe is doing a great job tonight so far. I hope they’re not making Nikki in to cannon fodder in order to keep others around longer.

Doing a beautiful job, but Artem needs to work on her leg kicks. I don’t know how to explain it, but she throws it away.

Len wants more in hold – I can’t hate him for that as I tend to agree.

Nikki gets a 21 and gets an interview with Erin – so she’s doing good. 🙂

I see Mark’s…interesting wardrobe choices are starting early this season. 😀

I wish I could pull off the hairstyles that Lindsey does – very cute. So there is a method to Mark’s madness – a butterfly.

Damn, she is a really good dancer. Might get some flack for that costume change bit. And Mark broke hold – big trouble and not a good idea this season. But damn, she’s amazing.

Yep, Len called the breaking hold but he was very nice about it. He’s on the good drugs tonight. I think this show has missed Mark and without Derek, he’s needed.

Lindsey isn’t getting Erin time but she is getting good extended Tom time, so that helps. And Lindsey gets a 21. Very good, but should be a point higher, IMO.

Ooops. Almost missed Barbara when I flipped over to SYTYCD. Oh, Barbara – I’m sorry. Don’t listen to those judges.

She’s having fun with the dance anyway. She moves a little small, but it wasn’t horrible. Loved the bit at the end.

Judges are being very nice to her – not a good sign. And she gets a 17 with Erin time.

Nick and Peta doing a foxtrot to Barry Manilow’s Mandy…which doesn’t seem very foxtrotty to me.

He’s rushing a bit. But a vast improvement from last week. I think he won’t do well at latin but his ballroom is nice.

I didn’t even notice the stumble in the middle due to the dress. Agree with Carrie Ann, he did improve. I didn’t even notice the stumble in the middle due to the dress. Agree with Carrie Ann, he did improve. And here’s the trick – they get judges comments and time with Tom…and will get their scores and Erin time after the commercial. Nice extended camera time there. :::rolls eyes:::

So we’re going to do the dual pimpage of the couples every single week?? Was it this bad with Alexa and Carlos??? I don’t think so.

Nick gets a 19…too high, too close to Lindsey. I agree with the person in the comments thinking Nikki and Lindsey shouldn’t have the same score.

Drew up next.  Showin his injury of course. He’s moving pretty good though, in spite of it. Vast improve ment from last week. He needs to get his head facing the right way, and he was still a bit gawky in the beginning but he started killing it toward the end. He also does really well on his own – better than in hold!

You can tell Emma really loves Drew because she’s very protective of him during the judges scores.  J

Drew is getting Erin time…and he gets a 19. Interesting. Did they feel the heat from the very low scores last week?

LOL – Mark Ballas doing Mark Ballas face.

They gonna call that lift on Vanessa?? As per usual in a Maks routine, there is a ton of screwing around and use of the troupe in the beginning of the dance.

Other than that, I would say she was as good as last week but it didn’t seem like there was a lot of dancing. Maybe I was so pissed at this damn website that I missed it.  Vanessa is so goofy it’s impossible to not like her.

But man, this massive pimpage of those two couples is out of control – and a 24??? Are you kidding me?? There is no way that was a better dance than Lindsey OR Nikki. Ridiculous. I wonder if she’s in trouble?? Not for this week but in the coming weeks. They seem to be starting the narrative of “she’s so amazing you should vote for her” that so much of the audience buys into.

Everybody watch out for Frankie, yo. Dude is a GOOD dancer – excellent!! He was all over that dance!

Over aggressive, Len? WTF are you smoking?? First Vanessa gets 8s and now Frankie is too aggressive?? You started the night so well and then you just hit the crack pipe during one of the commercials.

Frankie gets a 23 – which I’m fine with. But again – I think the people dancing in the first hour get overly harsh judging and I have to wonder how planned that is.

TO throwin’ shade at Barbara – the real TO comes out.

Despite the shade and all the whining, that was a decent dance. LOL to Jordan’s face in the sky box when CAI is being her usual idiotic self.

If TO also gets a higher score than Lindsey I’m going to be PISSED. Oh, spoke to soon – Len is going to keep it real.

Sadly, I missed most of Sasha although I did feel sorry for her getting ganged up on.  Looks good on the rewind.

So let me get this straight – Lindsey, who is without question one of the top two dancers on this season, is now in the bottom half of the leader board thanks to massive overscoring of other couples.

So I suspect they’ll give Victoria all 9’s to keep her safe?? Any bets?? Remember all those Maks/Val fans complaining about Bindi talking about her dad or Amy talking about her feet?? Where is their bitching now??

Her legs are way too soft, which I can understand, and she missed a couple steps right at the beginning. Val’s choreo, as usual, leaves a lot to be desired.

Come on – they’ve even showed on replay how soft her legs were and nothing from Len. I guess the producers have put all their eggs in the C-bro basket.

And she gets a 24. She couldn’t TOUCH Lindsey and Val certainly can’t touch Mark’s choreography. This show just pisses me off. To think we had ONE good week.

I love Derek’s mom…and how sweet was it them dancing together?

Not sure how I feel about that dance. He did fine but the choreo was a little to cutesy for him I think.

CAI, after not calling the lift on Vanessa, I think you need to shut up.

In other news, the fam member Kiki got forth place on SYTYCD.  Taylor just got third – I was rooting for her, but I also really love the last two standing.

Jordan – what will they do with Jordan? Since he is the other half of the best two dances this season, will he get underscored?

Great dance from Jordan – was it too sharp for a V. Waltz though?

Yeah, Len is a little luke warm and calls it staccato.  Bruno loves it, of course. I don’t think CAI knows what she’s talking about either.

Jordan gets a 24 and I don’t think he is three points better than Lindsey either. He was about on par with her. Lindsey had the dance of the night and got hosed.

Now for the elimination….

First couple in jeopardy is – Terrell and Cheryl.

Second couple in jeopardy is – Barbara and Keo.

Everyone else is safe.

Eliminated: Barbara and Keo.

September 25, 2017 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Season 25, Week 1 – Dancing by the Numbers!

Welp. Here we are again. It’s still summer, so I’m going to keep this brief – hopefully – then I’m going outside.

Overall, I thought the show was really good this past Monday – I don’t have any real gripes other than I think TO was underscored by a point or two.  I wonder why they seem to do that on purpose? It’s got to have been pointed out to them by NOW that they really almost always low ball the first dancer out of the gate, not just in week one, but in many/most weeks. WHY??? Seems stupid and artificial.

But other than that, I thought we had a pretty good night. No one really sucked. That happens from time to time, but usually week 2 is a real eye opener. We’ll see how it goes this week with two dances. …Read more

September 24, 2017 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Season 25, Week 2 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

How much would I kill to see Derek’s choreography to “Look What You Made Me Do”?? So, so much. :::sigh:::

Anyway, everyone does a dance on Monday night (first song and dance listed for each couple). Those who survive the Monday night elimination do the second dance to the second songs listed below. Latin on Monday Night, Ballroom on Tuesday?? Or do I have them backwards? Sorry, Vogue is in charge of the press release. Vogue? Eh, doesn’t matter at this moment – All first dances listed are on one night, all second dances listed are on the other night. Good enough for now.

Winners: Vanessa, for sure. Really?? Foxtrot and Salsa?? Lindsay isn’t faring too badly with Salsa and Quickstep, although the quickstep is going to be harder than the foxtrot – but Mark is a better choreographer, so there you go.

Losers: Everyone who got Samba – widely recognized as the hardest dance to do. Rumba is also going to be tough. I think Debbie may be especially hosed with Quickstep and AT – harsh.

Opportunity: Sasha, Jordan and Nikki, in particular, have a real opportunity to show two very different sides to themselves and show a lot of range.

Other thoughts?

ETA: Instastory order from DWTS Instastory from camera blocking on Saturday – except Drew, he wasn’t included so I stuck him at the end. He could go anywhere in this lineup. And the lineup was only partially right last week.

ETA2: Yeah, so far the instastory thing is only partially right this week too. 🙂 Per George Pennachio. After killing it last week they move Lindsey to 3rd??
That bites. Well, as long as no one stays at the end of the night…But it seems Nick and Vanessa get the top of the hour again. Are Jordan and Victoria the only two who didn’t move from the second hour to the first hour??

Debbie Gibson and Alan
Dancing 1st (Monday Night)
Argentine Tango (Song: “Havana” by Camila Cabello)
Quickstep (Song: “This is My Time” by Amy Stroup)
1-800-868-3402

Nikki Bella and Artem
Dancing 2nd (Monday Night)
Samba (Song: “Despasito” by Luis Fonsi)
Waltz (Song: “Come Away with Me” by Norah Jones)
1-800-868-3409

Lindsey Stirling and Mark
Dancing 3rd (Monday Night)
Salsa (Song: “Mani Picao” by Ricky Campanelli)
Quickstep (Song: “Swing Set” by Jurassic 5)
1-800-868-3407

Barbara Corcoran and Keo
Dancing 4th (Monday Night)
Cha Cha (Song: “Bongolia” by Incredible Bongo Band)
Tango (Song: “Whatever Lola Wants” by Sarah Vaughan)
1-800-868-3401

Nick Lachey and Peta
Dancing 5th (Monday Night)
Argentine Tango (Song: “She’s a Lady” by Lion Babe)
Foxtrot (Song: “Mandy” by Barry Manilow)
1-800-868-3408

Drew Scott and Emma
Dancing 6th (Monday Night)
Rumba (Song: “Lights Down Low” by Max)
Quickstep (Song: “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Louis Prima)
1-800-868-3404

Vanessa Lachey and Maks
Dancing 7th (Monday Night)
Salsa (Song: “Instruction” by Jax Jones)
Foxtrot (Song: “Hit Me With a Hot Note” by Tami Tappan Damiano)
1-800-868-3412

Frankie Muniz and Whitney
Dancing 8th (Monday Night)
Cha Cha (Song: “Perm” by Bruno Mars)
Tango (Song: “Whatever it Takes” by Imagine Dragons)
1-800-868-3405

Terrell Owens and Cheryl
Dancing 9th (Monday Night)
Samba (Song: “Hot in Herre” by Nelly)
Foxtrot (Song: “Pillow Talk” by Zayne Malik)
1-800-868-3411

Sasha Pieterse and Gleb
Dancing 10th (Monday Night)
Samba (Song: “Most Girls” by Hailee Steinfeld)
V. Waltz (Song: “I’m Going Down” by Rose Royce)
1-800-868-3410

Victoria Arlen and Val
Dancing 11th (Monday Night)
Rumba (Song: “Easy” by Sky Ferreira)
Tango (Song: “Look What You Made Me To” by Taylor Swift)
1-800-868-3413

Derek Fisher and Sharna
Dancing 12th (Monday Night)
Paso Doble (Song: “Diablo Rojo” by Rodrigo y Gabriella)
Foxtrot (Song: “Hallelujah I Love Her So” by Ray Charles)
1-800-868-3403

Jordan Fisher and Lindsay
Dancing 13th (Monday Night)
Samba (Song: “Mi Gente” by J. Balvin and Willy William)
Viennese Waltz (Song: “Count on Me” by Judah Kelly)
1-800-868-3406

September 21, 2017 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Private Members Area – DWTS Season 25 Week 2 Discussion

It’s time again for Dancing with the Stars chatter! Share your thoughts and insights on this week’s episode of Dancing with the Stars from the comfort of the Pure DWTS Private Members Area. If you’re not a Pure DWTS Insider yet, you can do so here. If you are, then I look forward to the discussion in the comments.
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September 25, 2017 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing With The Stars 25 Week 2 Rehearsal Photos, Celebs And Pros Play ‘Truths And A Lie’ Video

From ABC, enjoy….

Click the link below for some rehearsal photos for Week 2….

ETA: Also, Vanessa has hurt her toe…

ETA2: And a new promo for week 2 as well….

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

New Dancing With The Stars Pre Week 2 Interviews, Q & A From Fans, Treat From Ballas Stirling Camp, And More

On Dancing With The Stars things below….a new interview with Witney and Frank, nobody puts Nikki in the corner, Val says he has a new purpose outside the ballroom, Cheryl and Terrell were on Access Hollywood and The Real today, Mark and Lindsey get “So Bad”, and Sasha and Gleb answer questions from fans. Don’t miss some fun Dancing With The Stars articles at People as well.

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September 22, 2017 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Jordan Fisher, Frankie Muniz, And More Interviewed On Dancing With The Stars, Derek Hough Performs On AGT

Hi All! Below are more interviews after the show Monday Night. Also below are some new interviews that took place yesterday. Also, Derek Hough performed on America’s Got Talent last night and he was ON FIRE! Enjoy!!!

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September 21, 2017 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS Season 25, Week 1 – Power Rankings

So we end the season premiere of DWTS’ 25th season (and my 17th season blogging!) and I’m left feeling possibly the most vague and uncertain I’ve ever felt about a season before – about the only thing I feel fairly confident in saying is that Lindsey & Jordan will likely be the last two standing, as I’ve already expressed. But the rest of them? None of them suck terribly, per se, but not many of them really sparkle, either…at least not yet. I think we’ll get a clearer picture of where the audience’s heads are at next week, after eliminations 1 & 2, and after the celebs have had a few more dances and another week to let everything marinate.

I had to chuckle a bit when Tom announced that only (1) judge would be critiquing each couple – I think I may have said out loud “Yeah, good luck with that!”, as we all know that the judges just LOVE hearing themselves talk.  And sure enough, whichever two judges didn’t get to give a full critique to a specific couple gave a quick one before throwing up their scoring paddle – Carrie Ann in particular looked like she was about to implode if she didn’t get to offer her opinion of a dance. Why they did this, I’m not sure – could have just been a time-saving measure, could have been an attempt to appease an audience that seems to grow increasingly bored of the judges’ pious soap-boxing – but I’m glad they did it, because probably 80% of what the judges say anymore seems like scripted filler. Less talky.  More dance-y.  Me likey 🙂

Wish I could say I was as pleased with the scoring, which on the whole seemed to error on the conservative side, and wasn’t always what I would consider congruent with the quality of dance we were seeing. There may be an agenda in play – particularly with regards to our married couple(s) and possibly Jordan – but like so many other things, I don’t think it will become fully clear until we’ve gotten a few weeks under our belts and can identify some patterns. The score distribution is pretty dense, though – seems like a good chunk ended up in the 17-19 point range. And having scores bunched up so closely can often lead to some unexpected eliminations…

…other observations? I thought Erin looked stunning last night – for once, her dress was on-point. The whole “married couple vs. married couple!” schtick has already worn thin and has reached the point of beating a dead horse…and we’re only in week 1! Unfortunately, I don’t see it ending until one of them goes home – and that could be awhile. Opener was cute and fun, but not really all that different from the past few seasons’ openers we’ve seen – not sure there’s a whole lot else they can do to keep things fresh.

Just a reminder for those of you that have been here before, and a crash course for those that haven’t: the power rankings are NOT just a ranking of who danced the best, or who is the most popular, or who has the most fans, etc.  It’s a comprehensive ranking, where I try to take into account scores, memorability, popularity, running order, technique, etc. – basically anything and everything that could affect whether a couple stays or goes.  Top of the list are the couples I think are the LEAST likely to get eliminated; bottom of the list are the ones I think are most in danger of getting eliminated. So please – don’t be “that guy/girl” that shows up in the comments and starts in with “Your rankings are wrong, [insert couple here] scored better than [insert another couple here], so they should be higher in your rankings!” It’s not all about the scores, folks – we appreciate nuance around here 🙂 Shall we begin? Read more..

September 19, 2017 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

HQ Photos Of Dancing With The Stars Season 25 Week 1

I always love looking at the performance photos every season. Aren’t these beautiful? Click the photos to see even more…

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS Season 25 Week 1 Media, Recaps, Scores, and Interviews After The Dances

Wow! Where do I start? First of all, I want to thank the producers of Dancing With The Stars for not getting any political figures to dance this season and trying to cause friction and alienate fans like the Emmy producers did Sunday night (stupid!). Instead, we are getting a season of “celebration” just like Tom Bergeron teased a few weeks ago. I have to say, I am loving all the contestants so far. They are all so different and fun. More on that later in Courtney’s Power Rankings post. 😉 For now, let’s review the scores;

Lindsey & Mark 22 (7, 8, 7)
Jordan & Lindsay 22 (8, 7, 7)
Vanessa & Maks 21 (7, 7, 7)
Nikki & Artem 20 (7, 7, 6)
Victoria & Val 19 (7, 6, 6)
Frankie & Witney 19 (7, 6, 6)
Sasha & Gleb 18 (6, 6, 6)
Derek & Sharna 18 (6, 6, 6)
Nick & Peta 18 (6, 6, 6)
Debbie & Alan 17 (6, 5, 6)
Drew & Emma 16 (6, 5, 5)
Terrell & Cheryl 15 (5, 5, 5)
Barbara & Keo 14 (5, 4, 5)

To watch the dances again, see Idolxfactor.com (these videos work internationally) and the official Your Tube page.

Ok, onto some media, recaps, and interviews. First up, see People. I loved what Victoria Arlen said of her dance below. Be sure to read more from others at the link;

“I feel like as much as it was seven years ago, I can go right back there and I saw a particular clip of me in the hospital and suddenly I was right back there trying everything to get something out of my legs,” said Arlen, who was visibly emotional and wiped away tears before performing. “To have watched this show through those challenging times and to finally be here, and then to look over and Val was getting emotional too, I was like, ‘I’m about to dance here in pink fringe and sparkles.’ It was just very surreal and incredibly emotional and far beyond anything that I could ever imagine. It was one of those moments where I just thought, ‘I’m really glad I lived.’ ”

Although Arlen admitted that the dance was a “challenging” one to learn, she is proud of herself for achieving her goal.

“I did it. I survived and made it. I climbed to the top of the mountain and my feet did what I needed them to do. It was incredible. It was just something – you set these dreams when you’re little and you never imagine the things that are going to take place that will derail everything,” she shared. “And to be so derailed and for it all to fall apart just to come back and be better and sparklier and just to nail it was incredible. I was like, ‘Don’t cry on national television, Victoria.’ But I did.”

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.