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Paying Homage to Derek Hough and Lil’ Kim’s Departure

Maybe this happens when every star/professional dancer gets sent home on Dancing with the Stars, but I feel like some of the people really were extremely disappointed that Derek Hough and Lil’ Kim were sent home instead of Ty and Chelsie last night. I was emailed one example which seems to sum up really well a lot of people’s feelings about Derek and Lil’ Kim’s dancing on DWTS. It comes from tamdayc who describes themselves as “not the typical demographic of his fanbase” but who’s now someone who “really care about his career.” Check out what they wrote:

Yes, I am crying… sobbing! Those reading the outrage posted about Kim’s departure, let me explain why such emotion. I am a DWTS fan! When they announced S8 pairings, the thought from many was Derek and Kim were the oddest pair ever and that people felt bad for Derek. There were mean and racist postings(not on this MB but others) I was not a Kim fan, but felt the nasty comments were unfair. I began to watch KIMBERHOUGH interviews b4 the season and started to think they are onto something. A Black woman from Bed Stuy and a White Mormon kid from UT were looking past their differences to form a friendship and formidable partnership. Derek admitted he was unsure about the pairing but opened himself up. Then they danced and they were good! Not only good, but gave MEMORABLE performances. Derek created routines with Kim in mind. He had already thought up jailhouse routine b4 week 1. I cried watching their VWaltz.The chemistry was infectious! They supported each other outside DWTS. Kim performing with BHB and Derek appearing in Kim’s video. They had such an effect on me, I bought a BHB CD and I am SO not their demographic. I know I should get a grip and this is only a show but they brought me SO much joy. I knew they probably wouldn’t win, but longed for one more week, one more dance! Kim taught me not to judge. Derek taught me to open myself to new people and experiences. For the other teams left, I wish you nothing but the best. However, my DWTS champions have left the stage!

I imagine that things like this must be really nice to read if you’re in Derek and Lil’ Kim’s shoes.

May 6, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Derek Hough and Mark Ballas May Not Return To DWTS for Season 9

Derek Hough and Mark Ballas Not back for Season 9 of DWTS??

This is per Derek in an interview with E! Online’s Mark Malkin. Here is what Derek says about he and Mark possibly not returning for Season 9 (click to read the whole article).

Julianne Hough may not be the only pro skipping out on Dancing With the Stars next season.

Her brother, Derek, just told me that there’s a chance he and Mark Ballas could be following in her footsteps.

“Mark and I might not be back, either,” Derek says. “We have other things going on.”

Like what exactly? Read on…

Derek and Mark’s band, Ballas Hough Band, released their debut album, BHB, in March. “There’s a bunch of stuff on the table right now,” Derek said, “and we’re going on tour this summer.”

His comment about “stuff on the table” again takes me back to Footloose. I’m still not getting my hopes up. ;-) What that has to do Mark, I don’t know.

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. :-)

Mayo Alanen Videos Before Dancing with the Stars

I have a sneaking suspicion that Mayo Alanen is a very popular dancer with all the female fans of Dancing with the Stars. When you see these two videos I found of Mayo Alanen dancing before he was on Dancing with the Stars, I think he’ll have even more fans.

I think that right now I’m predicting Mayo Alanen as the next professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars season 9. If not, as least we have the following two videos of Mayo to enjoy.

Mayo Alanen and Lisa Vogel dance a Waltz to the Bob Thiele (George Douglas) melody “What a Wonderful World” sang by Luis Armstrong Louis Armstrong - Louis Armstrong's All-Time Greatest Hits - What a Wonderful World

Mayo Alanen and Lisa Vogel performed at the Manhattan Dancesport Championships 2008, Hurt (the sound on this one is pretty loud)

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Afton DelGrosso’s Sister Ashly DelGrosso

I’ve search all over for some videos of Afton DelGrosso before Dancing with the Stars and I can’t find some anywhere. If someone knows of ones I’m missing, please let me know so that I can post them. I think they may be harder to find because Afton DelGrosso’s sister Ashly DelGrosso was on Dancing with the Stars before. I guess the show likes keeping it in the family (see Derek and Julianne and the other married couples on the show). Maybe I should put a poll up for the 3 professional dancers trying to be on Dancing with the Stars season 9.

Well, as a consolation video (since I can’t find any of Afton) here’s a cool video of Ashly DelGrosso and Louis van Amstel doing a Tango routine on DWTS.

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Anna Demidova Before Dancing with the Stars

I just knew that there had to be some other videos of the three professional dancers trying to make it as the new professionals on Dancing with the Stars season 9. First up is Anna Demidova. Check out the following 2 videos of Anna Demidova before Dancing with the Stars.

ABC Primetime video of Anna Demidova. Anna shows up about 2 minutes in, but the whole video is an interesting look at Ballroom dancing.

This video is marked as a waltz at the International Championship 2007 by Anna Demidova. Sometimes hard to see Anna, but I just love these ballroom competitions.

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.