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DWTS Season 11, Week 7 – The “Non-Elimination” Mystery

Well, this is very interesting indeed.  First, we read this in People Magazine Online:

• A rep for DWTS announced backstage that next week’s competition will feature two teams, led by former DWTS champions. Contestants’ scores will be added together, and the team with the higher score will be free from elimination. Apolo Ohno will lead Jennifer Grey, Brandy and Kurt Warner. And Kristi Yamaguchi will work with Palin, Rick Fox and Kyle Massey.

But here is the ABC Press Release from Thursday:

By Tuesday evening’s end, one couple will be eliminated, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes on dances performed on Monday’s performance show. Who among the six remaining teams will be next to leave the ballroom floor?

* BRANDY, actress and singer, and partner MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY.
* RICK FOX, former NBA champion and partner CHERYL BURKE.
* JENNIFER GREY, beloved film and television actress, DEREK HOUGH.
* KYLE MASSEY, television teen star, and partner LACEY SCHWIMMER.
* BRISTOL PALIN, teen advocate and Alaska’s first daughter, and partner MARK BALLAS.
* KURT WARNER, former pro-NFL quarterback, and partner ANNA TREBUNSKAYA.

Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke (“Dancing with the Stars” Season 7 champion), the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 30 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars” performance shows. Wireless customers with AT&T may also text message their votes by texting the word “VOTE” to the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply). Viewers may also vote online at www.abc.com starting from the opening of each episode on the East Coast. Fans may cast the maximum limit of votes for each voting method.

So, who screwed the pooch here? Did People Magazine TOTALLY get it wrong, or did the producers change their mind after seeing a bit of an uproar over the idea?? Because it was not just people on this site who saw that and had the same reaction we did. In any case, it sounds like the team dances will be business as usual. I said this in the comments earlier in the week (comment #99):

Hmmm….I wouldn’t put so much stock in the way People reports it. It doesn’t quite make sense. Like WHAT scores are added together? Are they going to individually score each member of the team and then add those numbers up to get a total? Because that would be new. If they add the individual dance numbers up, why even have a group dance at all?? I think there is a piece missing here.

Really, kind of a crock of shit, but they’re just being more blatant about doing what they’ve always done – they use the group dances and the double scores, etc. as a way of thinning the herd.

Either way, it’s a VERY good example of why you shouldn’t just automatically believe what you read on the web. The bad thing is, if People screwed up then they should print a retraction, because they did some damage, IMO. I will still expect the judges to use the team dances to benefit Jennifer and Brandy, but People put a spotlight on the ability of the producers to mess around that some might not have realized before. Some people might believe that the producers changed their mind after they saw the uproar on the net. Not really a good thing to have out there.

Also interesting, when trying to find the original source of the “non-elimination” thing, I saw a blog from associated content that cracked that it seemed like dancing was no longer the emphasis of Dancing with the Stars. No sh*t, Sherlock. :-) THAT, my friends, is a succinct statement of my problem with DWTS this season.

After all this, who will have time to think about next week’s dance performances? Because after this season’s distracting themes and the shocking ousting of Audrina Patridge, it’s starting to look like the dance is the least important part of “Dancing With the Stars”.

October 31, 2010 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 11 – Hallows Eve And One More Day Until Show Time Media!

Just a few things to share with you on the “calm before the storm”. lol

First up, and special thanks to fan Moeynj, we have a new blog from Cheryl writing about last weeks dances and what’s to come this week. Here is a snippet from it from MSN Reality TV.

I was so proud of Rick this week. Our tango was powerful and intense. I also felt that the passion that the judges keep saying is lacking in Rick was really there. You could really feel it in the audience.

The dance marathon was fun to do. We all got the chance to be a little crazier in how we presented on the dance floor, and we also got to do lifts.

As far as the elimination this week, I’ve learned through all of my seasons on the show to expect the unexpected. It was sad to see Audrina leave. She really had so much more to show the audience with her dancing. You have to bring your all every week and let the audience decide your fate. I really don’t think Audrina deserved to go home at all.

Brandy and Max were in the number one spot again this week. They are doing really well. Brandy is improving each week, and that is what this competition is all about.

Next week Rick and I have the quickstep. For the 200th episode we’re all dancing to songs that were already used on the show, and that produced some of the most memorable moments over the last 10 seasons. We’re going to be judged by the contestant who originally danced to that song. It’s a little daunting, but I think Rick knows how to handle all that additional pressure. He has so many NBC Championships that if there’s one thing he knows–it’s pressure. We also have a team dance Cha Cha that we’ll be doing. We’re on Team Yamaguchi.

Mark also wrote more in his journal yesterday on USA Today. Here is a sneak peak into he and Bristol’s dance and the team dance. Be sure to see more at the link.

This week we have the Viennese Waltz! I had a suspicion that the VW would be our dance step this week.

After the group rehearsal Tuesday night, we spent six hours on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday getting the routine down. And because Bristol is doing well with it, I feel confident we’ll get the intricacies nailed down this weekend. All she needs is some polish on her toe-pointing, arm movements and head position, which is exactly where she was last week. If you pay attention to her feet and steps, she really is fantastic in that area and in fact, I’m willing to say her footwork is the best in the competition. Take that, competitors!

Speaking of group rehearsal, let’s just say that it’s good to see my old pal Kristi (Yamaguchi). I may or may not be on her team for the group routine, so you’ll have to tune in to see. Group routines typically are not difficult; they’re just quite time consuming. They are such a hurdle because it takes time away from our regular dance routine, which really puts a lot of pressure on Bris to get it all down and remember. We had the first high-intensive group rehearsal Tuesday night, as you know, and our next on is on Saturday.

Here is a little interview Maks gave to E On-Line on this last week’s dances. Check out what he says on his leather pants. lol

First of all, what was up with those leather pants? Were they hard to dance in?It was the most uncomfortable I’ve ever been in my entire life I think, because there’s no breathing. It’s obviously pleather and it was not a pleasant experience. Lets just say that my thighs and above are a little bigger than your average rocker’s so I guess the tight leather pants are just not for me. It’s safe to assume it’s not going to happen again.

Brandy was very emotional this week. Is she going to have a nervous breakdown by the end of the season?She’s not a weak person. She’s a very strong person and she just expresses certain things her own way. It’s a hard show and a lot goes into it, and girls—I guess that’s what they do. Girls cry. It pains me to see her cry, and I try to be supportive, but it’s very, very difficult when I’m the only one trying to make her do stuff.

I saw Melanie Griffith in the audience. Have you met her or know anything about her being on the show?Jamie Lee Curtis a big fan of the show and she’s been coming every week. Yesterday, she calls me over and says, “Hey, I have somebody for you to meet.” I’m not going to lie, I almost crapped myself and had a heart attack at the same time. To introduce me to Melanie Griffith, I know exactly who she is. We had Martha Stewart there yesterday. She wants to be on the show. She’s been talking to Erin [Andrews]. It just feels like everybody wants to be on the show. (FYI: Stewart told E!’s own Ryan Seacrest on his radio show this morning she would need a year to prepare for DWTS)

How tired were you and Brandy doing the rock marathon right after doing your tango?I’m not going to lie to you, [it] cost me probably a liver and a kidney and a lung because this thing was just never ending. They did not make it simple, did they? I’m going to start a petition for next season to do a rumba marathon. Jesus! It was exhausting. We were tired. Where she pulled out the energy to finish, I don’t know.

Speaking of….here is a clip of Maks on “Celebrity Ghost Stories” last night. I’ve been watching You Tube closely and haven’t seen anyone post the full story yet. If anyone sees it posted, be sure to let us know. For those that missed it, it will air again today on the Bio Channel at 1:00pm ET. They will also have it eventually available to watch at Biography.com.

Ok, that wraps this up for now. Have a fun and safe halloween. I leave you with this Halloween vision. Kurt Warner posted this picture on his twitter of he and his wife all dressed up for the occasion. Special thanks to Heidi sending me this. We hope more of the dancers and celebrities will post more pics of themselves in their costumes. We’ll see. ;)

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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 . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 11, Week 6 – Media Weekend Edition

Gearing up for the show Monday, here are some media things hitting the news this weekend. First, we have Rick and Cheryl on ET showing you their pre-rehearsal rituals and a sneak peak into their quickstep coming up.

Special thanks to PureDWTS fan Carlos for this link and video from Zap2it with Rick disclosing just a tiny hint of what’s to come of their team dance.

“Our team is Kristi Yamaguchi’s team,” Rick tells us, “and we’ll be performing the cha cha to her freestyle with Mark Ballas, the Michael Jackson performance…”

Anna has given us just a tiny hint of her and Kurt’s tango on her Facebook page. Here’s a pic she posted. lol

Here is Bristol and Mark on Access Hollywood. The interviewer focuses a lot on her mother, Sarah. I wish they wouldn’t do that. Shouldn’t they just focus on Bristol and not make this about her Mom always?

Maks has his new blog posted at TV Guide of his and Brandy’s dance last week, the elimination, and the new challenges which face them this week. Here is a take.

As you saw in the package, she felt the pressure to stay on top. She cried, like, four times. I think everybody expresses themselves differently. I realized that when she cries, it’s not necessarily my fault. It was good for her and something she needed to do to let her emotions out. I don’t want her to bottle everything up. I want her to feel good and to feel confident. Unfortunately, the show is such that you have to do it even when you don’t feel confident. When we, the pros, start to push, it’s because we know what the end result will be and should be, but the celebrities don’t, so they get really frustrated. Everybody expresses it differently. I just felt really bad because she didn’t need to beat herself up. She’s doing great and she can relax a little, but she’s very responsible and focused. We didn’t have time to sit down and talk it out after she came back in. I felt like it would be better for her if we didn’t say anything. So we just went right back to dancing and she was hitting every mark. We’re working hard and are doing our best. We want to do great every week so that there’s as much consistency to it as possible and everybody can see that we’re not a one-time deal.

Last week was also tough since Audrina and Tony left. It was terribly unfortunate since they have been doing great and I think had a real shot at the final. I’m not just saying that because Tony is my best friend — they were doing well and had one of the best scores of the night. But, you know, as we’ve seen before, these things happen. You just never know how people are going to vote and how the math all works out. That’s why it’s important for everyone to vote for their favorites. Don’t rely on the judges’ scores.

Next week is the 200th episode and it’s Icon Week. Everyone has to redo a famous routine of a past couple. We have Gilles and Cheryl’s foxtrot. I’m not using the same choreography, but just the style and the idea. It’s not about the doing the same steps. What was successful in their routine was Gilles’ interpretation, so we have to take that and put a feminine twist to it.

Then we have the group cha-cha. We’re on Apolo’s team. We’re still finishing up the choreography. I’ll tell you — we’re absolutely exhausted from our first rehearsal. We did it immediately after the show Tuesday. I am wiped this week! I think we’re going to have a good time. Jennifer and Kurt are on our team. I think the one advantage that the other team has is that Bristol and Kyle have already done the cha-cha, but I don’t think it’ll make that much of a difference. It helps, but it’s not like they’re doing the same routines. We all bring something different and exciting to the table, so now we have to highlight everyone’s strengths.

Here is a new Access Hollywood interview with them as well. RIGHT ON for what Maks said on CARRIE ANNE!!

Also and lastly, for you Maks lovers out there, don’t miss him on Celebrity Ghost Stories tonight on the Bio Channel at 8:00pm ET. Here is what the Examiner reported on him and this special Halloween episode. What a fascinating story this is….

As a teenager, Dancing With the Stars’ Maksim Chmerkovskiy was a standout dancer in the youth circuit. After crashing into a pole in a sledding accident, his doctor told him that dancing would never again be a possibility and that the best he could hope for was to walk with a cane. Chmerkovskiy spent three months getting physical therapy in the hospital, often from a woman named Maria who manipulated his shattered leg in strange and powerful ways.

Despite his doctor’s dire predictions, Chmerkovskiy recovered and is now recognized world-wide for his dancing talent on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Chmerkovskiy invited Maria to the premiere of DWTS, and when she didn’t show up he went to the hospital to look for her. But the hospital insisted that there was no record of the Maria he remembered. Later, Chmerkovskiy and his mother went through some old photographs and came across a picture of his long deceased great grandmother. He recognized her immediately as the ‘Maria’ that helped to heal his leg.

Ok, that is for now! Thanks for reading always!! Have a safe Halloween weekend everyone!xxx ;)

October 30, 2010 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 . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 11, Week 6 – Odds and Ends Media Part 2

Well, I don’t know about you. But, I’m still harping on this past week’s elimination. I don’t know what is up with these Judges this year? They all three take turns being b*tchy every week. Kristen at E On-line thinks so as well. She called Carrie Anne a… well, I’ll let you read below for yourself. lol

Actually, they all did OK. It was Jennifer Grey who ended up with a 20 on her paso doble, including a 6 from Carrie Ann Inaba, the same Carrie Ann who cried after Jennifer’s waltz in week one.

“You need to calm down a little bit,” she sternly told the Dirty Dancing star after a paso doble that seemed to be going really well until Jennifer did indeed lose her control and stumble to the finish line.

“That was totally disjointed,” Carrie Ann continued, pointing out a lift and other flaws in Jen’s paso doble. “You’re like the chosen one, and you’re going downhill.”

OK, Obi-Wan, she gets the point.

Here is Anna talking on the judges and the bad scores and comments along with how much she respects Kurt….

Anyway, like many of you, I hope the judges are a little more careful with the way they critic now and in the future. Every week we see some kind of outragious or over the top remarks or scores. Do they think they need to do this to make the show go? Is DWTS that desperate for ratings? Or are they doing it to “level the playing field” like EW has suggested? If so, is that fair to people who are the better dancers?

At the very end of last night’s Rock Week paso doble to Pink’s “So What” (watch it below), she lost her balance on a turn, then her timing, and propelled herself down to Derek’s knee after the music had ended (but right on cue with some dramatic puffs of steam that complemented the pyrotechnics!). The judges pounced. Now, I agree that her angry paso doble wasn’t as visually stunning as it could’ve been — her legs did look a bit weird as she stomped her way across the dance floor — but a 6, Carrie Ann? I can’t figure that out. Carrie Ann seemed… overly angry. It was as though she took it personally that the contestant she openly admitted was this season’s “Chosen One” had the nerve to screw up. “Jennifer, you need to calm down a little bit. You were out of control,” she said, way to seriously for a celebrity dance competition.* As Annie Barrett noted in her recap, “I had trouble telling whether Jen’s facial expression during the dance conveyed anger or pain, but I’m not sure I saw that.” Carrie Ann continued, telling Jennifer that she should know her limits next time, and try to stay in them. Len and Bruno each gave the couple a 7: Len was the most levelheaded, explaining that the paso is about balance and while Jennifer had the attack, aggression, and attitude, she sacrificed control of her movements; Bruno likened her to a woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown.

None the less, there is something to learn from it, and like Heidi mentioned after the elimination this past week, it’s important that we get out there and vote if we don’t want to see another repeat of what happened to Audrina and Tony. Don’t let the judges rule the day.

What class acts Audrina and Tony have been about it though. They’ve taken the elimination without hard feelings and are making the best of it. She has signed to do a new show on VH1 that begins in January. She’s thankful to DWTS for the exposure. Here they are talking to Jimmy Kimmel.

Here are more details on her new show from NBC Chicago. Note how she will be using Maks and Tony’s dancing studios.

“My new show with [reality TV producer] Mark Burnett just got picked up,” she said backstage after being eliminated from the competetion on the October 26 episode of the show. “It’s going to be on VH1 and we’re going to start filming soon. I’m sure Tony will be on that.”

The Tony she reffered to is her “DWTS” partner, Tony Dovolani, who expressed his desire to appear with the former “Hills” star again.

Dovolani and “DWTS” co-star Maksim Chmerkovskiy are planning to open a new dance studio together and it will serve as a setting in Patridge’s new show.

“I’ll be going to Tony’s new dance studio with my girlfriends and bringing the cameras,” she said.

Though she said she was “in shock” over being kicked off the ABC reality juggernaut, she called her involvement a “great experience.”

She even offered up her thoughts on who would win the competetion.

“I think Brandy’s really good,” she said. “Jennifer [Grey]‘s good too, but Brandy has this drive. She wants it.”

In other DWTS news, would you like to win tickets for the DWTS Finale this year while helping Prostate Cancer Awareness? Here are some details being reported from PR Newswire in a new press release.

Today, AdMeTech Foundation in cooperation with Nick Kosovich of Dancing with the Stars, Arthur Murray International (AMI), Philips Healthcare, Mary Murphy of Fox TV Hit So You Think You Can Dance and other key leaders of the dancing community have launched Dance for the Cure of Prostate Cancer as a national awareness and fundraising campaign to end the prostate cancer crisis. This morning, Dr. Faina Shtern, President of AdMeTech Foundation, John Kimmins, President of AMI and Mr. Kosovich made this announcement at the AMI’s worldwide dancing competition, Superama, which is taking place until October 31 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Other key leaders of the dancing community offered unprecedented support. ABC’s Dancing with the Stars donated VIP tickets for this season’s Grand Finale for a fundraising drive, and ballroom dance competitions on both the East and the West Coast are featuring Dance for the Cure. Hollywood Dancesport Championships in Los Angeles, California and Commonwealth Classic in Burlington, Massachusetts are leading the way on November 4 through November 6.

Dance for the Cure has emerged as a national movement akin to Race for the Cure of Breast Cancer, which continues to be instrumental in transforming women’s health. While the prostate cancer epidemic strikes as many as 1 in 6 American men and is even more common than breast cancer (1 in 8 women), men do not have accurate tools for early detection similar to mammograms which are critical for cure and saving lives. AdMeTech Foundation and its partners launched Dance for the Cure in support of the AdMeTech’s mission to create a Manogram, a life-saving imaging for men.

Participating in the National Launch of Dance for the Cure of Prostate Cancer are:

ABC TV Hit Dancing with the Stars’ (DWTS) choreographer and former cast member Nick Kosovich who coached Donny Osmond to victory in Season 9; and a cast member Corky Ballas who appeared in the current season with Ms. Florence Henderson of the Brady Bunch fame. Len Goodman, a Judge for DWTS, made a public announcement last year that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Arthur Murray International’s President, John Kimmins; Vice President, Tom Murdock; and Area Chair for New England, Mark Lightner (www.arthurmurray.com).

Hollywood Dancesport Championships’ organizers Mary Murphy, who is also a judge and choreographer on the Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, and Michael Chapman, a world champion of the exhibition ballroom dancing. They will join Messrs. Kosovich and Ballas in announcing a winner of the Dancing with the Stars’ tickets on November 6, between 8 and 11 pm at the Warner Center Marriott in Los Angeles (http://www.hollywooddancesport.com).

Wrapping this up and in case some of you missed this on The Ellen Show today, Brandy and Maks….

Ok, that is all for now. Once again, a special thanks to our Queen Heidi for helping with this post as well.xxx

October 29, 2010 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 . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 11, Week 6 – Odds & Ends Media Part 1

So much to report today! Good thing Heidi has collaborated with me on this one again!! :-)

First up, more news on next week’s shows. According to Playbill, the 200th show, along with Rod Stewart and Taylor Swift, will include a broadway performance from the cast of “Mary Poppins”.

The 200th episode of “Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show,” which airs Nov. 2 at 8 PM ET on ABC, will feature the cast of Mary Poppins. Led by Caroline Sheen as Mary and Nicolas Dromard as Bert, the company will perform “Step in Time.” The performance will mark the second time “Dancing with the Stars” has hosted a Disney on Broadway musical. Last year, the cast of The Lion King performed “Circle of Life.”

Also, for you Damian Whitewood and Peta Murgatroyd fans like myself, stay tuned. She’s confirmed to me at facebook that the two will be dancing in the Results show again this week. They’ve been tweeting about it too. *dies* I love these two!! :)

There is also more news on Maks’ and Brandy’s special Halloween appearance on The Ellen Show today from The Examiner. Apparently, he’s going to be escorting Brandy as Prince Charming. Brandy will be dressed as Minnie Mouse. Be sure to tune in today on ABC. It’s an Ellen show you won’t want to miss.

Speaking of Maks and Brandy, more pics have been released of their “OK” shoot and the full interview has been released. Here is one of the pictures and a snippet from the article. Be sure to see and read more at the link. 9 photos in total.

What’s the most important thing being on Dancing With the Stars has taught you?Brandy: Staying in the moment. Dance is all about trusting the moment and letting the dance flow through you, instead of over analyzing.

It’s a lot of exercise. How are you feeling?Brandy: Great, very energized. I’m starting to develop some calf muscles and we all want those Britney Spears legs, so if I keep dancing and keep doing my lunges, I’ll have some killer legs. And my midsection is looking a little muscular. Not a six-pack yet but watch out, Janet Jackson!

What surprised you about doing DWTS?Brandy: The level of fear that comes with the show is unexpected. You are so
nervous on Mondays. There’s judgment, constructive criticism and being compared to other people. I’m really proud that I’m able to get out there every Monday.
Maks: I think she retains choreography quick, but she still gets nervous on Mondays and it can jeopardize our performance. But I feel like now, week by week, she gets more and more comfortable.

Are you enjoying the costumes?Brandy: Oh, when I wear the costumes I feel like a completely different
person. With the hair and the makeup — I feel like a real-life Barbie doll. My favorite so far was the one for the samba. It was really tight at the top and flowy at the bottom. I felt really sexy in it and I don’t feel sexy a lot in my real life!

In other fun interviews out there, Lacey talks to TooFab. Here is a take from that interview.

On her chances of winning with partner Kyle Massey …“You never have any idea with this show. Obviously, we ‘d love to be at the end, but at the same time we’re happy we’ve made it this far!”

On Audrina’s elimination …“She’s so lovable and so sweet and was doing amazing on the show. I was definitely shocked to see her go. At this point in the game though, we’re shocked no matter what. We’re like a family, we never want to see anybody go. She’ll be really missed.”

On why Bristol Palin’s lasted so long, despite low scores …“She’s more of the underdog and she knows she’s the underdog. She’s working her butt off, she’s sweet and such a great girl, she’s having a blast.”

On dancing with Kyle …“He’s like a little brother. He’s super fun at all of our rehearsals. And I totally understand how my mom felt raising me and my brother.”

On what we haven’t seen on the show …“Kyle has a basketball he named Jacko Wilson. It can’t leave his sight during rehearsals. He’ll go talk to it for 5 minutes. We play basketball, kickball with Jacko. It’s really fun.”

On their toughest competition …“At this point, it’s hard to say. We’re all really consistent at this point, but there are ones that will definitely make it to the finale, like Jennifer [Grey].”

And YOU GO William Shatner on Jimmy Kimmel!! Check out who he thinks is “America’s Greatest Dancer” and even compares him to Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in one. I have to say he’s pinned it about Derek. What do you think? He loves Dancing With The Stars. See why here.

More coming up Guys. So, stay tuned!! ;)

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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 . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Dancing With The Stars – TV Ratings for Oct. 18 – 24

It appears our show took a small dip in ratings last week. *shocked* Here are the prime-time viewership numbers compiled by the Nielsen Co. for Oct. 18-24. Where is Glee, House, and Hawaii-Five-O? No Blue Bloods either. (Heidi: Cute story about Vogue – she has this weird habit of writing “Dances with the Stars” instead of Dancing..pretty hilarious. I caught this one just in the nick of time before it posted that way. :-) You by any chance a Kevin Costner fan, Vogue?)

1. NFL Football: Minnesota at Green Bay, NBC, 25.68 million.

2. “NCIS,” CBS, 19.41 million.

3. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 19.34 million.

4. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 19.33 million.

5. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 16 million.

6. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 15.79 million.

7. “Dancing With the Stars Results,” ABC, 15.53 million.

8. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 14.96 million.

9. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 14.46 million.

10. “The Mentalist,” CBS, 14.42 million.

11. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 13.69 million.

12. “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 13.54 million.

13. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 13.05 million.

14. “Survivor: Nicaragua,” CBS, 12.26 million.

15. “The Good Wife,” CBS, 12.17 million.

16. “Desperate Housewives,” ABC, 12.16 million.

17. “Undercover Boss,” CBS, 12 million.

18. “Modern Family,” ABC, 11.97 million.

19. Baseball: San Francisco vs. Philadelphia, Game 6, Fox, 11.64 million.

20. “Amazing Race 17,” CBS, 11.42 million.

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October 28, 2010 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 . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS 11, Week 6 – The Cheesecake Awards!!

Heidi is feeling rather monosyllabic this evening. And since Heidi is the one writing this sentence, she is also strangely speaking in 3rd person. Probably because Heidi has had nothing to drink.

And Courtney is feeling rather blah as well – this week’s awards were a stuggle for both of us after such a dismal week.  Let’s hope next week is better…with all of this 200th episode nonsense, there are bound to be bloopers galore ;-)

Biggest Harbinger of Doom that “Rock Week” Was Going to Be a Failure: The removal of the black dance floor 30 minutes before showtime; (dis)honorable mention for wardrobe ix-naying Brooke’s leather dress

Courtney: Ok, so technically this didn’t happen during the show, but when Twitter was abuzz with these two nuggets of information mere minutes before showtime, I had to wonder: “Is this night going to be a total disaster?” The answer: yep.  I knew the dance floor must have either been a hazard to the dancers (perhaps too slick, as indicated by Lacey’s slip during the dress rehearsal, which she vehemently scolded Kyle for…poor kid!) or was messing with the lighting, since it was so shiny, but whatever it was…they must’ve been pretty damn desperate for options if they decided it had to go A HALF HOUR BEFORE THE SHOW STARTED.  I have to wonder if it maybe affected some of the routines negatively, since the couples had done the rehearsal on that floor and were likely used to it – if it was indeed too slick, maybe Derek & Jennifer made a point of really roughing up their shoes in order to get some traction, and then when they switched back to the regular floor, the extra grip made them stiff & wobbly.  Maybe Maks had the same problem, which is why he wobbled a bit when he dipped Brandy during their tango.  Who knows.  And then Brooke tweeted that her dress had been vetoed by the “Boob Patrol” – had to wonder just how treacherous this dress was, if they decided to scrap it and go with something else with so little time left to spare.  Personally I think  we’re about due for another good wardrobe malfunction…I’d love to see the censors blow a gasket if Brooke had a bit of a nip slip :-P

Heidi: Did you notice during the opening blather when all the couples were standing on the floor that Derek was looking down at the floor and scuffing it with his foot?? Harbinger of doom indeed. Not just the difference in the floor between dress rehearsal and the show, but the frenzy that pulling it up 30 minutes before showtime that likely got passed to everyone involved. So yeah, this all occurred to me too. And the first tendrils of…concern?…were born. :-)

The Anna Trebunskaya “Lost in Translation” Word O’ the Week: “Curtains” instead of “Cardinals”

Courtney: Oh, that adorable, unassuming, unintentionally funny little redheaded Russian of ours :-) Last week she was comparing Walter Payton to the Russian space dogs Belka & Strelka (who, I have learned through wikipedia, were the first Earth-born creatures to go into space and return alive – if you’re a dork like me and wanna hear the full, interesting story, go here.) This week she was trying to illustrate her methods of coaxing aggression out of Kurt for their paso: reminding him that his team lost in the Superbowl.  However, what should have been “cardinals” came out sounding more like “curtains”.  Not sure if the word was just escaping her, or she was having trouble saying “Kurt” and “cardinals” in the same sentence, but it just sounded really, really cute.  I just love Anna :-)

Heidi: My DVR musta cut that out. :-) Seriously – I missed it. And I’m feeling inordinately cranky right now. “This show sucks” level of cranky. :-) That’s MY fucking THEME for the week! How do you like that one, asshat producers??!?!

Asshat O’ the Week Award: Carrie Ann Inaba; (dis)honorable mention for Lacey Schwimmer

Courtney: A few weeks back it was Bruno just being flamboyantly insulting…this time it was Carrie Ann just kinda being, well…bitchy.  And arrogant.  I mentioned in my rankings that it really rubbed me the wrong way when she told Jennifer that she needed to “calm down” and seemed as though she took it as a personal insult that Jennifer didn’t do so hot this week.  What, like they’re all there to dance for YOUR viewing pleasure, Carrie Ann? And you’re gonna tell them to calm down like you’re the parent and they’re rowdy kids disrupting your soap opera viewing? What are you gonna do next, spank them like you tried unsuccessfully to do to Maks a few weeks ago? It’s just not a manner that I think adults should talk to other adults in. The crankiness continued with Kurt, whom she just kinda brushed off, saying “It wasn’t good.  It didn’t come together. Sorry.” Granted, there was a half-assed attempt at an apology (if you can call it that) when it came down to Audrina & Tony and Jennifer & Derek under the red lights, but even then, she just kinda glossed over it, saying “Yah, I was hard on Jen, but she deserves to be there.” Heidi tells me that Carrie Ann had been getting some pretty nasty @replies on Twitter all day…maybe this was a feeble attempt to save face.  I did have to snicker that they seemed to deliberately replay clips of her bitchiness during the results show, hehe. Jeez…you know it’ s a weird season when Len is the most likeable  judge up there! As for Lacey – she seemed unusually tantrum-y this week, and I can’t tell if she’s just getting flustered with Kyle or she’s coming to realize that she’s really gonna have to step up her choreo to please the judges and stand a chance against some of the other couples that are left.  Screaming during rehearsals.  Screaming at him after she slipped during their dress rehearsal (that looked particularly nasty :-(). Screaming at him when he slipped up during their performance.  Yikes.

Heidi: Carrie Ann Inaba can kiss my lily white ass. How’s that for bitchy?? :-) Ya know what? It makes you look stupid when you say shit like that to contestants and then have the nerve to be all outraged that they’re “in jeopardy” – like you had no hand in it at all. And Lacey?? STFU. The end.

Tom Bergeron Line O’ the Week: “ANGRY ROCK MOB!!! YES!!!”

Courtney: Once again, Tom diffuses a terribly awkward situation (in this case, the audience still booing quite loudly long after Kurt & Anna got their scores) by not only being funny, but managing to tie in the night’s theme :-) God I love that man.  I’d love to get stuck in a mosh pit with him anytime!

Heidi: I thought I had dibs on The Bergeron??? Are you poaching?? :-)

Tom Bergeron Line O’ the Week, Part Deux: “Bandana Boy is Goin’ DOWN!” (in reference to Apolo Ohno)

Heidi: He manages to give that the emphasis that Kristi is too sweet to manage. :-) Cracks my shit up. Poor Brooke, trying to ad lib a follow up to that, murmuring something about it being “on” now.

Courtney: Kristi gives, quite possibly, the most PC little spiel ever about the team dances, and then Tom punctuates it with this one.  He was like a kid who had downed an entire back of Pixi Sticks this week, with the comments he was making! LOL :-P

The WTF?! Costuming Award of the Week, Female: Lacey’s feathered, gartered, corseted nightmare of a tango dress

Courtney: Word to the wise: dressing like Adam Lambert only works for Adam Lambert…and even then it sometimes still looks ridiculous.  The garter/skirt (which reminded me vaguely of her dress from her Viennese waltz with Steve-O) with the boyshorts underneath just seemed to make her thighs look huge, and I couldn’t stop focusing on the feathers on the shoulders.  I really wish the wardrobe folks would stop indulging her every edgy, rebellious whim…

Heidi:What the hell was she wearing?? Who thinks to cross a merry widow with a skirt?? And then pile more crap on top of it? In no way do I think Lacey is heavy – not at all – but I have to say that the cut of the skirt with the shorts was just not a flattering look on her. But then, it might not be flattering on anyone.

The WTF?! Costuming Award of the Week, Male: Maks’ Stormtrooper pants/shoes

Courtney: The top was ok, if not slightly Hans Solo-ish, but between the shoes and boots – he may as well have been an extra in Star Wars.  Seemed to make him look kinda flat-footed.  Brandy was equally as bad in some Halloween costume store metallic leggings…and which judge was comparing them to something out of Mad Max? Bruno? I know the costumes are slightly reminiscent of that movie, but “Holding Out for a Hero” is almost iconically associated with the famous chicken-played-on-tractors scene in Footloose.  I kept wondering when the tractors were gonna come rolling in during this tango. 

Heidi: What he did to Brandy was worse – Silver pants?? Girlfriend has great legs – you know, rocker chicks wear skirts too. And those stormtrooper pants didn’t do him the favors that his Marathon Pants did…do you want babies someday, Maks?? Then step away from the pleather. Heat and friction and tight quarters = bad for the swimmers. :-)

The “Holy Shit it never fails to Impress” Award: Kym Johnson for her AT Dress from the Top 10 Dances

Heidi: Dayum, I’m jealous of the rockin’ bod Kym has going on in her Argentine Tango dress from Season 9, even two seasons later. I was impressed all over again. Little did I know that it would be one of the few times that I would be impressed on Monday Night.

Courtney: Kym is hotttttt.  Huh huh, huh huh.

The “Holy Shit that’s a Nice BUTT” Award: Derek Hough and Maksim Chmerkovskyi

Heidi: The gift that keeps on giving. And something for everyone. Like them big and burly with dark hair?? In this corner we have Maks of the mesmerizing marathon butt. Like them blond and slender and fast? In this corner we have Derek of the tight, tight…buns….:::thud:::

Courtney: Call me crazy but I wasn’t paying attention.  I was crabby and I’m really more of a pec girl anyway.  Speaking of which…I miss the Situation ;-)

Heidi: I’m feeding you lots of wine next week, girly. Priorities, priorities – butts are high on the list!!

Best Use of Guyliner in a Ballroom Competition: Derek Hough; Honorable Mention – Rick Fox

Heidi: Not only does guyliner really make Derek’s blue eyes pop, but it’s a press tool too. He jokingly cracks that it’s the guyliner’s fault that he and Jennifer screwed up their dance. He creates this relatively elaborate tale about sweat, etc. ending with: “If you’re a guy, don’t use eyeliner.” And proceeds to make fools out of half the press corp who borrow the story from the original source and who proceed to print it as if it WEREN’T a joke. It would be hilarious if it wasn’t pathetic. As for Rick Fox – well he just looks hot in it. :-) Hey, when the show generally sucks you guys are going to hear a whole lot about Derek and hot male butts because that was pretty much all there was for me. Well, The Bergeron, too. :-) Who I’m sure has a very nice butt.

Courtney: Good ol’ Rick – I get the feeling he’s someone who rolls with the punches very well.  Cheryl tells him he’s getting a faux hawk? “Ok!” Guyliner? “Sure, why not?” Wish I had more to say but…yah, guyliner looks good.  Damn these awards suck this week :-( Sorry guys…

Heidi: Hey, we work with what we’re given. And what we were given made us exceedingly cranky. There ain’t enough wine in the world…

Award for LOL Moment, Non-Tom Bergeron Instigated: Derek Hough

Heidi: Poor Derek, ditched under the red light. Shit like that should happen more often because I LOL’ed at the way he hunched himself over like a scared little nerd. And really, how often can a pro intentionally make the Master of the Funny, Tom Bergeron, laugh without pinching his ass?? Derek seems to manage at least once a season.

Courtney: I gotta give him props for handling it way better than Karina did when the Sitch stepped over to shake Bolt’s hand during the week he was eliminated…she was freaking the hell out. 

The “Oh Please Frickin’ Spare Me” Award: The producers for another time wasting bit from all the contestants discussing how they want to win, how they’re tired, blah blah blah.

Heidi: Oh shut the hell up. :::rolls eyes:::

Courtney: Agreed.

The Broad Still Has IT Award: Ann and Nancy Wilson (HEART)

Heidi: Gee, look at that, current pop tarts!! You CAN sing live and sound pretty kick ass, even though you are not getting any younger. Dang, I love me some Heart. The pro dance was okay – still prefer the old way of doing them sans musical guest. Ah well. I’m sure that someone will say they didn’t sound that good – someone who’s a fan of Britney or some other chickie who always sounds good because she’s always lip syncing.

Courtney: I still say Ann Wilson sounds just as good now – if not better! – than she did 20 years ago.  And Nancy Wilson is just freakin’ beautiful…looks fantastic for someone that is supposedly going through a divorce right now.  I really wish they had ix-nayed some of the filler (see above award) and had Heart sing a 2nd song – “Alone”, “What About Love”, “These Dreams”, “Crazy on You”, “Never”…take your pick, they all rock.  I really wish one of them would do the show in an upcoming season…someone’s gotta salvage the reputation of 80s rockers after Belinda Carlisle got the boot so early!

The “Oh Dear God it Runs in the Family and It’s Skeery” Award: Mark Ballas

Heidi: So when he and Bristol are standing up on the steps and Brooke is reading her speil “Are they safe, or did the viewers..blah blah”, Mark actually is staring without blinking – like he’s fallen asleep with his eyes open. Skeery. Not as skeery as his dad last week, but still. The worst part is that when he is sleeping he slouches so he looks even more like a little tiny man next to Bristol. :-)

Courtney: Once again, my theory on Mark’s birth: Shirley isn’t really his mom.  Corky just split down the middle like a paramecium and the result was Mark.

Heidi: Bwhahahaha…and she pulls one out folks!! Mark the amoeba!! I almost aspirated my diet Coke. :-)

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Pure DWTS Giveaway and Viewing Party

Dancing with the Stars Viewing Party
Pure DWTS is teaming up with PHILO to host a viewing party this Monday and Tuesday night for Dancing With The Stars week 7!  It’s an online viewing party. Plus, we’re giving away 10 DVD Box Sets of the DWTS workout DVDs to spice up the party.

To Enter to Win a DVD Box Set:
1. Check-in to Dancing With The Stars using the big yellow “Tune-In” button on Philo’s DWTS page. (sign-up required if not a PHILO user).

2. Comment to the Philo activity feed. Every comment you also push to Facebook and/or Twitter will count as an additional entry. Contest is open for Monday and Tuesday night’s performance and results episodes.

Plus, myself and some of the other Pure DWTS readers will be participating on Philo as well (just remember that I’m west coast, but some of the other writers are east coast). I’m Pure TV Network on Philo and have the sexy picture of Alec and Edyta.

It should be a lot of fun to see people’s real time reactions to the show. Let’s see if we can overwhelm the Philo stream with Pure DWTS readers on Monday.

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DWTS, Season 11, Week 6 – Recovering from the Aftershock and Media

As most of you know, next week, Dancing with the Stars will celebrate its 200th episode. Associated Content is reporting that each celebrity will perform a dance they have not learned yet as well as a team dance. To celebrate the 200th episode, past DWTS contestants will return. Among those confirmed to return to the ballroom are Helio Castroneves, Kelly Osbourne, Emmitt Smith, Drew Lachey, Mel B. and Gilles Marini. There will also be two group dances, led by “DWTS” winners , team captains Kristi Yamaguchi (season 6) and Apolo Ohno (season 4). Musical guests include Taylor Swift and Rod Stewart.

Right now, this is all very confusing to me and messy. I hope that isn’t the case next week. We are all confused enough by what happened this past week with the elimination of Audrina and Tony which I still haven’t recovered from. lol (Heidi: It didn’t confuse me. ;-) )

Speaking of….Erin Andrews dished to Movie Line on her thoughts on the devastating elimination. Here are some snippets from that interview. Be sure to see the link for more.

In fact, it’s probably good to have a bad week. Then people remember to vote for you. Otherwise you end up like Audrina did yesterday!I’m… stunned. Are you stunned?

Traumatized!Ha! I was shocked. I was actually flying back from LA, and I hadn’t gotten to see the show. When I landed, I read Maks’s Twitter, and it said, “America got it wrong.” And I was like, “What?!” They were the last people I thought would be eliminated. I was with Tony [Dovolani, Audrina’s partner] at dinner the night before. Let me tell you, there are some nights you think you’re going home. But that was not the vibe any of us felt about those two.

Ouch, you got to talk to them the night before? Were they at all pessimistic? I mean, they tied for second place this week.Second place. It was unbelievable. I don’t think either one of them had the sense they’d be leaving at all. I think everyone kind of thought, “Ehh, maybe this person will go, that person. Maybe it’s time for that person to go.” But not those two!

On Maks, Brandy, and Bristol, she said this…..

Yeah, you got to witness the Brandy-Maks dynamic firsthand. What did you think?I liked it! You know, I thought their dance was great. I thought he kind of stole the show with the leather pants — no offense to Brandy. I mean, he comes out in those pants and it’s like, what else are you supposed to focus on? But I loved meeting her. She was great. You can tell she really, really, really wants to win this thing. She kept saying it over and over. She kept saying, “I really want to win this. I really want to win this.” She said she was glad I was came and she appreciated the support. So I enjoyed meeting her.

I know you said Bristol did better this week, but how optimistic are you for her future on the show?I don’t know. It’s just going to get harder. Obviously the night of the dance marathon that night, I was there. But they’re going to have to start doing two dances. It’s going to get worse. The competition will get more difficult. I mean, if she can stay in it, and I know she wants to, I’m all for it. Good for her. But it’s just going to start getting harder. I don’t remember what her criticism was that night, but I thought she did have the technique. Her technique looked great. She’s just got to let herself go, emotions-wise. I don’t know what dances she has coming up, but it’s not going to be any easier. And the judges aren’t going to get any easier as well.

Mark Ballas has blogged a little about the next week’s dances and Bristol at USA Today. Here’s what he wrote;

Time to kick it into overdrive!

The results show just wrapped and I only have about 20 minutes before the remaining cast hops into a minibus and heads to rehearsal for three hours tonight. We have two dances next week: a partner dance like we always have, and a group dance. For the group dance, we’re separating into two teams of three couples, each headed up by either (former season champs) Apolo (Ohno) or Kristi (Yamaguchi) my partner when we won Season 6. I really hope I’m with Kristi, as we’re close friends and work very well together.

It might sound redundant by now, but I’m really proud of Bristol. After getting the poor scores and doing our worst last week, getting the encore performance this week was incredible! I knew heading into Monday’s show that Bris would do well, and she killed it. I wish (judge) Len (Goodman) hadn’t docked us the point for separating, but it doesn’t matter because Bristol is coming alive on the floor!

Have you noticed how she’s really owned the judges’ critiques of more emotional performing, playing a character and enjoying the dance? The more comfortable she feels, the better I think we’ll do. Isn’t it fun watching Bristol get better every week? I know I love it, and I get a front-row seat. Each week, this competition will get more heated. The dancers are a close bunch, and we become like a big family with the celebs. But on show days and with someone going home on results shows, backstage gets really tense. I mean awkward tense. Everyone is working hard, and no one wants to lose.

We hope to have more blogs coming up. So, stayed tuned.

Thanks to Heidi and Pure Derek Hough for this interview of Derek at Popwatch. He may like the “Theme Nights” but, I think it’s safe to say from the reaction here, fans of the show are over them. More at the link.

Does anyone on the show take the “in jeopardy” thing seriously at this point? Were you and Jen shaken at all to be “under the red light”?You forget while it’s happening that it may not be a real bottom two. That red light is like the warming light at a diner. You hope that something good comes out of it, but you never really know.

How important do you think is the order in which couples dance on Mondays? Any idea how the order is determined? Are you relieved whenever you find out you’re dancing near the end of the show?
Every couple is different. I’m not sure how they choose who goes first and last, but I’d prefer if we always went in the middle somewhere.

So many theme nights this fall! Are you tired of shaping dances around themes, or do you think themes are necessary to keep things interesting after so many seasons?
The themes present new challenges. I like that aspect of it — we get to think even more creatively about choreographing and props.

Heidi’s Note: Found an article about Audrina’s elimination and the guest judges next week at Access Hollywood:

Next week’s “Dancing” episode will mark the show’s 200th episode and more than 50 former celebrity contenders will be back for the monumental event.

Helio Castroneves, Kelly Osbourne, Emmitt Smith, Drew Lachey, Mel B and Gilles Marini will all return to serve as guest judges, while Apolo Anton Ohno and Kristi Yamaguchi will also be back to serve as head team captains for a group dance round with the show’s current contenders.

On Tuesday, Kristi, who returned to the ballroom, said she’s ready to take down her fellow skater after seeing him land a couple of his “Dancing” numbers in the Viewer-Voted All Time Top 10. (Click HERE to see which dances made the list)

“He had two dances in the top 10 and that just stoked my fire because I want to turn the heat on now,” she said. “I want my team to beat his.”

In TV Alerts out there: Be sure to watch The Ellen Show on Friday. Maks and Brandy are making a guest appearance on Ellen’s special “Halloween” show. Should be good.

Lastly, just a reminder that today is the last day you can vote in the “Design a Dance” competition for your favorite dancers. So be sure to get your votes in if you want to see your favorites dance.

Ok, that is for now All!! More later if you are good. ;)

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DWTS, Season 11, Week 6 – Which Costume Was Your Favorite?

Once again the costume designer for the show, Randall Christensen, and his team had their work cut out for them. To their already busy schedules they had to create “rocker” looks as well as additional costumes for the dance marathon. On the ‘sense of panic’ they were feeling, he said, “I literally chew my nails down to the quick because we have to shop for fabric and trim for 28 costumes in a day.” Here is more from Style List.

Brandy and Maksmim Chmerkovskiy: Dressed in form-fitting metallic pants, an inventive half skirt of silver and foil burnout chiffon, and a skintight bustier that miraculously didn’t bust loose, Brandy wore Christensen’s (and StyleList’s!) favorite costume of the night.

“Brandy has long, dancer legs, and we just had to show them off, even if they were wrapped in chrome and foil,” he says. “Her body screams dance. She’s a designer’s dream.”

As for that bustier, Christensen was mum on his workroom secrets. “All I can say is that after 25 years in the business, I have literally seen it all and learned tricks to keep everything in place.”

Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani: The effortless drama of the Bongo model’s red-hot, abdomen-baring paso doble costume had StyleList curious: How do you make fabric move like that?

“Bias cuts and silk charmeuse are great helps,” Christensen explains. “Also we added a one-inch band of horsehair to the hem to give the skirt the lift it needed as it spins.”

Rick Fox and Chery Burke: The hand-sewn R & F on the back of the athlete’s mod, sleeveless jacket was inspired by some “fantastic crystal rhinestone trims” Christensen found on his manic pre-show shopping spree.

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: Christensen’s tendency to put the crowd-pleasing teen star and his youthful partner in playful colors is a nod to their youth.

“It is really refreshing to work with such energy,” he says. “And Lacey definitely loves to be different and try unexpected things.”

From the DWTS Make-up team at Facebook, here is how they did Brandy’s “lips”.

Brandy’s lip’s were FIERCE! I created them by first applying MAC’s gel liner in blacktrack all over lips then Makeup Forever’s Flash color in # 731 on top with Beth Bender Beauty’s Glam Gloss in Nashville on top….Vamp!

They said will be posting more information for how they created the “rock” looks soon.

In something related, here is something Cheryl posted on her twitter before the show last night. With this picture, she said, “That’s where my hair extension went!!!” :D

So, what did you think of the costumes and make-up this week? Did you like all the “Guy-liner” on the male dancers? Personally, I thought they over did that a little. lol But, it was ok. Be sure to vote in our Poll below while adding your thoughts. Consider what they wore for both dances as you weigh in.

My Fave: So many good ones. But, I’m going with Maks and Brandy. The Mad Max feel was strong and both were sexy for both dances!

My Least Fave: Bristol and Mark. It looked liked she pulled out a pair of her own sweats for the group dance. Boring.

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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 . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.