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DWTS Season 10, Week 4 – Blogging with the Stars

First up, Evan Lysacek blogged earlier this week for People Magazine:

After last week’s performance, my left foot was a little tender. I’m glad to say that the tango is a bit kinder to my broken toes. I’m really enjoying this dance a lot. Our version has more of a fun twist to it than a classic tango. Anna and I get to have a great time with it. We also have some great music to accompany us, which is a little nod to our fellow cast mate Nicole Scherzinger. Yes, we are doing the tango to The Pussycat Dolls’ “Wait A Minute.”

Even though the show doesn’t go live to the East Coast until 8 p.m., the ballroom begins buzzing as early as 8 a.m. The women usually get to the studio on the earlier side to get their hair and makeup done. Because we’re not in L.A. during the week, Anna and I get to the studio around 10 a.m. and go directly to the wardrobe department to try on our costumes. Most couples have their final fittings over the weekend, but ours is done on Monday morning. The show’s amazing costumers, who are used to doing things on the fly, make the necessary adjustments to our outfits while we do a music check. That’s when we perform our routine with the show’s live band. After that, we take a break and have a bit of lunch before hitting the full dress rehearsal with the cast. That’s when we all run through the entire show from top to bottom. We then have about one hour, generally from 3:30 until 4:30 in the afternoon, to relax in our trailers, listen to music, or go over our routines one last time. A lot of times the cast will visit with friends and family, and each other. I know I’ve mentioned before that we’re a pretty tight group, so during the final 30 minutes before we hit the air, we go around and wish each other good luck.

Next up, Maks for TV Guide. We can always count on Maks for his commentary on the judging. :-)

I thought it [double scoring] was a good idea. In the end, it doesn’t really matter out if your score is out of 30 or 60 — you can think of it like combining two weeks of scores without an elimination. But if they’re going to bring it back, the judges need to be a little bit more constructive in their criticism. They got it wrong in many couples’ cases this week. Backstage, everyone was like, “Why are you marking everybody so low?” Then all of the sudden some couples got higher scores than what we expected. I don’t know how they were judging with the separate scores.

We can only examine ourselves the best, and honestly, I am confused why we got straight 6s on technique. Listen, I can take criticism — just tell me exactly what it is you have an issue with. I had no idea what we were going to get with the two scores. I even told Erin that. I wasn’t upset with the scores, but I was confused. We had a little mishap, but that shouldn’t lead to a nearly 50 percent drop in the scores, especially when they didn’t even comment that much on our technique. Len talked about Erin’s heels a little, but that’s it. Bruno and Carrie Ann kept talking about Erin coming out of character. OK, but that’s performance, so why did we get a higher score for performance? Carrie Ann again commented on the death grip. But enough with the death grip! I don’t think a death grip is worth a four-point deduction. Plus, in dancing, technique is largely about footwork. That’s not to say you can slack off with the upper body, obviously, but technicality with dance starts at the bottom and goes up. You can stand in a pretty frame, but movement starts with the footwork and you’re nothing without the footwork. So that was just confusing. If they want to give us a 6, fine. Just give us a reason too.

Next week, we’re going to do the jive to Pulp Fiction — but we’re not recreating anything from the movie. I have a different idea. The mood is going to be good. I’m doing something different with the way the song is played. We’ve only had one practice so far, but everything is looking good. We’re feeling relaxed. I think it will be fun. It’s refreshing to stop doing the hold a little bit and step away from so many strict rules. I give Erin a little more freedom and a lot of stuff to do on her own. I have a lot more experience in Latin as well, so I see things that don’t work and adapt to certain difficulties that she might have. Her back is fine. She’s a trooper. I felt like it was necessary for her to see the doctor as a preventive measure. It took a lot of convincing! She was like, “Football players just pop their shoulders back in and get on the field.” I was like, “That’s not the same! What we do is about finesse. We don’t tackle anyone. You need your body to be healthy.” So she’s doing well and is treating it. It’s less contused now!

Finally, Derek with Ok! Magazine:

Dancing with Nicole is feeling so fantastic and I’m working so hard with her. We’re in there six or seven hours a day, not just when the cameras are there. It’s not easy. The hours are definitely being put in. She’s open and willing to do anything.

Last night, the judges were right — Nicole WAS quivering and nervous. Rumba is one of the hardest dances on the show. It shows everything. You’re completely exposed and vulnerable and it’s interesting for me to see Nicole, this superhuman singer, a little anxious. You saw in her face during the scores it really got to her — for judge Carrie Ann Inaba to confront her about being nervous—it was like, whoa, somebody just touched on my insecurity in front of millions of people. It was really scary for Nicole.

After the show, we talked about it — she told me, “I was scared,” and I’m like, “It’s okay, this is why you’re here, for people to see you like a human being.” And I reminded her, “By the way, you still gave a phenomenal performance.”

April 16, 2010 I Written By

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Dancing with the Stars Season 10 – Interview with Tiler Peck

Tiler is the principal dancer with the NYC Ballet that danced in the Macy’s Stars of Dance segment on last tuesday’s show. She gave an interview to the New York Times about her experience on the show. Sounds like it was fun for everyone. Excerpts below – follow the link for the whole interview. See video of the Macy’s Stars of Dance from a previous post on the subject.

Q. What was performing like, were you nervous?

A. I was a little nervous because it was on national TV. It’s a lot different from just regular performance. You can see the audience very close to you and you can feel the energy. It’s not like in a [City Ballet] show, where they don’t start clapping or cheering in the middle of it. It’s different in that sense. Also that the [City Ballet] had never been on a show like that, I thought it was cool and the crowd loved it. They had never experienced anything like it and it’s great for them to see our side too. To get a little glimpse of the ballet world that they might not be exposed to.

Is she correct about this? I would swear that DWTS had ballerina’s on before. Am I mis-remembering?

Q. How long were you in rehearsal?

A. I flew out [to the Los Angeles studio] on Saturday. We had two hours and then blocking with the camera and that’s it. We’re all young, the people who were in it, so we were just excited to be doing it. And the show loved it and respected it. They never had a ballerina, so I was treated like royalty.

Q. What was it like being backstage?

A. I got my makeup done in between Nicole and Pamela Anderson and they were just talking and that was cool, and to meet the ballroom dancers. Other people were like wow, we’ve never seen anything like that, when can we come see you? And that’s exactly what I thought would be great for the company.

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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 10, Week 4 – The Ratings?

It appears to be a tie, folks. :-) But this article/blog in the Washington Post is just hilarious – I recommend reading the whole thing for the way she calls the ratings race like a horse race, but I’ve put a few excerpts below:

Even so, the air was electric with excitement, in our own head anyway, to see which show would come out on top this week: Monday’s “Dancing” performance show or Tuesday’s “Idol” competition night. The expectation was that “Idol” would return to the top spot now that the first blush of excitement is over on the new season of “Dancing,” which debuted in March — about two months into the “Idol” season.

And, of course, this week was Elvis week on “Idol” — always a crowd-pleaser — and last season’s Really Big Deal (though not winner) Adam Lambert had been booked to mentor the Idolettes. And all that mind-numbing padding would be taken out of this week’s performance show — always a plus for viewers — in order to get it down to one hour and 28 minutes in length, making way for the highly hyped return of Fox’s musical dramedy “Glee.”

But, over at ABC, they brought out the heavy artillery on “Dancing.” Which is to say: rumba, tango and Pamela Anderson. Some deep-thought thinker also put a cap on the women’s clothing at 10 percent body coverage.

Monday’s potent rumba/tango and barely covered Pamela would be tough to beat.

“Dancing With the Stars” and “American Idol” had tied, with 20.6 million viewers each.

Actually, if you take it out to enough decimal points, “Idol” (20.639 million) barely edged out “Dancing” (20.562 million) by the population of Sandusky, Ohio (pop. 77,000) — the Roller Coaster Capital of the World.

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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. :-)