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Michael Bolton and Ne-Yo Music on DWTS

Well, I’m sure that all of you were disappointed that Susan Boyle wasn’t able to perform on Dancing with the Stars tonight. To be honest, I wasn’t. Considering the really amazing talent that has performed on Dancing with the Stars, Susan Boyle seems like a major step down as far as I’m concerned. Nothing against Susan Boyle in particular. I just prefer other music on DWTS.

Either way, here’s the music they used on tonight’s episode of DWTS:

Michael Bolton sang “Hallelujah” with Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts performing. Yes, that’s right. Another great dance from Anna and Jonathan and definitely my highlight of the night. In fact, here’s the video:

Ne-Yo sang “One in a Million” One with the Ne-Yo’s dancers

I’m not sure what song was used for Mark Ballas’ number. Anyone know?
Mark and Val did an acoustic version of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” Toxic.

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Better known as Charlie.

Margaret Cho and Louis Talk More on their Samba Today

Heidi Note: Vogue wrote this before the results show aired and as a result it doesn’t doesn’t reflect real time in terms of what happened on the show.

Today Margaret wrote a new blog which you can read below. Also Louis was out trying to clean up and explain as well at his Twitter and his Facebook page this afternoon where he wrote:

“Last night our storyline was NOT explained at all.It was Margaret’s personal story of discrimination 4 being overweight many years ago.She ended up in the hospital 4 anorexia n almost killed herself.We used the lyrics of Copacabana.Now Lola is a show girl n celebrates her new found confidence n inner beauty.A celebration of ending ANY discrimination.”

 He continues on with;

The reason for the rainbow colors was simply to celebrate and demonstrate it doesn’t matter what race,color,size,sexuality,religion, or gender u r,we all have the right to express n be treated w dignity.After all, 7 billion people live on this planet, ALL under the same rainbow!Let’s celebrate that fact…..

And then again with;

Since i didn’t have any opportunity to say anything ‘live’ last night i wanna give a shoot out to all families who lost their kids who committed suicide due to bullying.Our hearts go out to all of u.It’s horrible what’s going on w bullying.All the bullying!That was supposed to b our message last night, but it became very one sided n labeled.That’s not who i am n don’t believe how a better world is created.

Louis, your heart was in the right place for this idea. It was heart felt and magnificent. But, America only got the dance “after” you explained in my opinion. Otherwise what most of us saw were only colorful costumes. But, I applaud you and Margaret for your efforts and moving message anyway this week and I hope it helps all the victims out there who suffer from ignorance and hatefulness in our society …especially those who are pushed over the edge. If anything be proud of this dance if the two of you go home tonight for all of those reasons.

Here is Margaret’s new blog;

The Samba
by Margaret Cho
I am proud of our performance on Dancing with the Stars. We danced our collective ass off, represented the community with a fabulous rainbow flag and got a really important message of pride and self esteem across in a very exuberant way. Watching the show back, I actually didn’t notice he mistakes that I made! Perhaps I had learned it wrong to begin with! That might be it. I am not as hard on myself and am enjoying the process more, relaxing into it. Maybe that isn’t the way to go, but I want to have fun and not take it so seriously. Trying to do everything, both dancing and touring is very tough, and I’m so tired beyond anything I have ever experienced before. I felt great when the night was through. My feeling is dancing is a wonderful thing, but if you have a moment where you can tell the world something, something so vitally important that it is bursting out of your heart, you have to. I wanted to call an end to the gay teen suicides. I wanted to reach out to their families, prevent it from ever happening again. We will never heal from this loss, but we can protect our children from now on, strengthening them with messages of pride, loving them as hard as we can, making sure they are strong and happy with themselves and can face anything. I made my moment in the spotlight all about that, and that’s the best dance of all.

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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.

SPOILERS!!! DWTS Season 11, Week 3 – The Results

I had forgotten that I typically did a “who got eliminated and how did the bloggers do in their predictions” post after every results show. So busy!! But now that we have Vogue picking up some of my duties (Thank you baby Jesus), I may have more time to remember stuff. :-)

Anyway, as many of you know, Margaret and Louis left us tonight. How did we bloggers do??

Heidi (me): Predicted Margaret and Louis (I finally picked one right!!)

Courtney: Predicted Florence and Corky

Marianya….did you make a prediction Marianya?? I don’t think you did. But you took the hard road in predicting the scores. :-)

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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 Week 3 Press Review Roundup: “The Hills are Alive”-or are they?

JOHN’s Comment: I just wanted to welcome the newest blogger to the Pure DWTS family, Voguerista. Her name will be familiar to you if you participate in the comments. Vogue, as we sometimes call her, will be covering all the various media, blogs and Twitter items that are available about DWTS. No small challenge indeed. A big welcome to Voguerista!!

This is a serious competition Guys. Are we having fun yet? :D In doing a search of all the reviews in the press on last night’s competition, it should be of no surprise Audrina and Tony are definitely dominating the news waves. Just when many ‘Dances with the Stars’ fans thought Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough were the couple to dominate this year (and they still may?), in comes Audrina Patridge with eyes that daze  who “changed the tale” with her dance partner Tony Dovolani. They moved the judges and most of the audience with a graceful, elegant, moving, and romantic piece dedicated to all of the soldiers who we’ve lost in the war and their families. But, are major press sources convinced Audrina and Tony are at the top of the boards to stay?
 
EW.com writer Annie Barrett writes;
 
“Audrina earned the first 9 of the season — two of ‘em! I’d have given them two 10s merely based on the way Audrina’s sequined corset made the war portrait of Soldier Tony twinkle. Props to the props department for Story Week! Tony taught Audrina to dance with her heart during their waltz, but I wasn’t quite as convinced as the judges of her sudden ability to emote. Their routine was technically beautiful, but I thought Audrina’s finely whipped hair told a more vivid story than her face. “

This is just a snippet. You can read more of Miss Barrett’s thoughts on all the dances and the night night HERE. She doesn’t miss a beat. ;)  

The Los Angeles Times called the night a “Glittery Rectagon”. Here’s a snippet from their review;

“This third week of competition marked Story Night in the glittery rectagon, the first of what seems to be a series of theme nights on “Dancing With the Stars.” Props were not just allowed: They were encouraged! And the stars and their pro partners danced out everything from love in a coffee shop to gay pride to an ode to an Alpine flower from the “Sound of Music.” The top story, however, was not the time machine that took the Situation to a place where mesh and pleather joined forces to make an outfit. No, it was the waltz that propelled “Hills” show pony Audrina Patridge and partner Tony Dovolani to the top of the ballroom pack. (Oh Tony, how far you’ve come since “Paparazzi.”) The story was about a wife dreaming of being reunited with her Marine husband, and the props included a vanity table, a military cap and the Smoke Monster from “Lost.” The waltz was undeniably well danced, and lilted in all the right places, though I didn’t see as much emotion from the dancers as the judges did: Len thought it was “the most touching dance of the night.” Carrie Ann said it was “beautifully acted” and “beautifully danced,” though Audrina should point her toes a bit more. Bruno said it was “compelling and touching storytelling … every move was connected to an emotional journey.” Audrina dedicated the dance to the armed troops. And Tony waxed his legs.”

You can read more on the night and on all of the dances from the LA Times HERE.

With surprise, E Online says Audrina “Is a Beautiful dancer and…Actor” and has shown “more nerve than she did all six seasons on The Hills”;

“Instead, Audrina Patridge was the belle of the ballroom Monday, with her waltz, dedicated to our fallen troops and their families, being called “the most touching dance of the night” and earning 9’s from Bruno Tonioli and the ever-discerning Len Goodman. It may have something to do with the fact that Tony Dovolani is more man than Brody Jenner -and-whoever all put together, but, in our opinion, the reality-TV star has shown more verve in three weeks on this show than she did in six seasons of The Hills.”

Read more of E On-line’s review of the night HERE.
 The New York Daily definitely has some fun reviewing the night. But, convinced of Audrina’s and Tony’s dance they are not;
 
“Audrina Patridge is having a hard time tapping ino her emotions, which is ironic considering how easily she acted them out on “The Hills.” Snap! She and Tony Dovolani proceed to do possibly the most cheesily set up dance this show has ever seen. The opening has Audrina staring at a framed photograph of her uniformed partner while smoke billows around her. We kid you not. In her silk nightdress, Audrina rises from the sofa and everyone cheers as Tony swings her around confusing us as to whether  it’s her or the outfit that’s doing all the work. But the audience falls for it and gives them a standing ovation.”
You can read more of this colorful review on all the dances and dancers HERE.

So, for the most part, this week’s dance belonged to Audrina and Tony according to the Press and the media alike. But, will the results show prevail out in the same way?  Time will soon tell. :) 

 

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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 11, Week 3 – Media Bits

I had to post this because I just found it way too funny, and probably accurate. TV Guide has an article about backstage this season. Here is an excerpt (bolding mine):

What? The Situation sticking to the dancing drill and keeping his shirt on? “I was never a good dancer,” he says after his fox trot Monday night, which earned a respectable 20 points. “So not only was it a privilege for me to learn from a professional like Karina (Smirnoff), but I also wanted to show America that I am well-rounded, that I am intelligent, that I am generous and sweet to people.”

He’s not particularly sweet to women on Jersey Shore. “It’s all done with humor, and meant to be entertaining, not harmful,” says Sorrentino. “I do have a mother and a sister. I love my mother. I love my sister. What you see on Dancing With the Stars is the real person. I’m putting in the work. And people are starting to say, ‘Hey, we’re rooting for you. You’re the underdog and you’re awesome. You’re a nice kid, contrary to what we’ve seen on that MTV show.'”

So, no fireworks. Dancing’s producers must want to kill him.

I give a “bwahaha” to Lisa De Moraes from the Washington Post:

It’s “Every Dance Must Tell a Story” week on “Dancing with the Stars.” The bar was set very high last season when Kate Gosselin gave a tour de force performance as Boris Karloff, in character as Frankenstein, dancing to the Lady Gaga tune “Paparazzi.” Can any of this season’s celebrities hope to top that?

and I give her another “bwahaha” to her for this (I think Derek was thinking about “waxing the floor” too):

This season’s front-runner Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough kick things off with a samba. The story: An English schoolboy in a school where the teachers are cross-dressing flamenco dancers falls asleep at his desk and dreams that he must wax the floor with his teacher. The judges, Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli, love it but feel compelled to note they got tangled up in each other once or twice. Even so, all three award her 8 points for a total or 24 points out of a possible 30. This week, unlike last, 24 is a fine score.

OMG – the whole article is full of gems. Read it. :-)

Comic Margaret Cho and partner Louis Van Amstel do a samba. The story: A man pursues a slow-moving, brightly colored piñata around a party, but it proves hard to pop despite his efforts to forcefully squeeze and drag it.

Abstinence advocate Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas do a foxtrot. But first, in a taped bit, Bristol makes her pitch for abstinence as we see her addressing an audience on the road, and all of America – at least all of us watching “Dancing with the Stars” – get to hear her best argument: You can’t get pregnant. The story: A talented but homeless dancer living in a packing crate is lifted up to high social status by a well-dressed woman but in a tragic twist she turns out to be easy to tip over, and he must give up dancing for very careful, slow paced walking.

Disney star Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer do a waltz. The story: A man in a Hooters restaurant feels an instant attraction to a waitress and expresses his love by wheeling her around the place, and she reciprocates with a surprising wind-milling gesture. Because cute goes a long way, the judges bestow 23 points on them.

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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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars 11, Week 3 – Dancing by the Numbers

I’m going to complain right off the bat. Was I hearing things or did Tom say “Accoustic Night” and “TV night”….and how many more freakin’ theme nights are we going to have? Just Dance, damn it.

Okay, with that out of the way I will say that for the most part, I enjoyed Story night. There are a few people I’m getting tired of and a few I really genuinely like, although I don’t think they’re good dancers. But let’s talk about numbers. As regular readers know, every week I figure out what it will take for someone to stay and how big the risk is for others.

Here’s how it works: The judges give everyone a score. All the scores handed out are added up to a total. That total is then divided into an individual couples score to determine their percentage of the judges scores. The voting goes the same way. Total number of votes cast is added up and divided into the votes for a given couple to determine their percentage of the vote. The two percentages are added together. The couple with the lowest combined total goes home. Of course, this makes the judges scores misleading. You might think someone who has 2 judges points more than another person makes them safe – but no. When there are a large number of couples, and a pretty decent range of scores, it’s easier to narrow down who goes home because the math does work in the first place couples favor. Frighteningly enough, the scores are getting closer (although in many cases they shouldn’t be). But there is still enough disparity to narrow it down to a few “in danger” couples. So, what are those percentages?

The Judges Scores and Percentages

Place Celebrity Score Percentage
1. Audrina 26 11.76
2. Jennifer 24 10.86
3. Brandy 24 10.86
4. Rick 24 10.86
5. Kyle 23 10.41
6. Kurt 23 10.41
7. The Sitch 20 9.05
8. Florence 20 9.05
9. Bristol 19 8.6
10. Margaret 18 8.14

Last week, we saw Jennifer under scored by 2 points, IMO. Well, this week I think she gets the correct score, but Audrina is OVER scored by 2 points. Beautiful dance from Audrina, and a charming dance from Jennifer, but there is no way that Audrina was 2 points better. Nope, not even with a boo boo from Jennifer.

I would also knock a point off Brandy for having wimpy arms, and a couple points off Kyle for having NO footwork at all. Not to mention the frat boy humor is starting to wear very thin. Yer wearing me out, Kyle – tone it down and try dancing. The request for a new song doesn’t bother me – what bothers me is that the pros can’t pick their own music to begin with, so if they want to demand a new song, go for it. If people could pick their own music, we wouldn’t have gotten the bizarre dance from The Sitch – but then again we also wouldn’t have gotten that brilliant 50’s Paso out of Derek last season. So I guess there are pros and cons. :-)

Anyway, despite my gripes with the scores, they are what they are and we have to live with them. Or die with them, as the case may be. :-) This week, it’s a four way race for last place between Marge, Bristol, The Sitch and Florence. Who will go home? I’m betting Margaret, but I’ve been wrong before and I’ll be wrong again.

Here’s what it takes for Margaret to STAY on the show:
Marge needs approximately 4,550 more votes per 1 million votes cast to pass Bristol
OR
Marge needs approximately 9,100 more votes per 1 million votes cast to pass either Sitch OR Florence

What are the odds of any of these scenarios happening? I don’t see her getting the votes to beat Bristol or The Situation, but I could see her getting the votes to beat Florence. Remember, she only has to get that many more votes than ONE of them in order to stay on the show.

What would it take for a “shocking” elimination?? In this case I think it would be shocking for any of those with a score of 24 or higher to get sent packing. Is this a possibility? Well, it’s always possible. Kyle and Audrina started this thing with two of the smallest fanbases, but their dancing is either good (Audrina) or they have personality out the wazoo (Kyle). Here’s what it would take, numbers-wise for Audrina and Kyle to be in danger – not only would every single other contestant have to get the requisite votes to close the gap created by Audrina’s higher score, but Marge would have to get 36,200 more votes than her per 1 million votes cast. No way in hell. Sorry Marge.

Kyle, with a score of 23 – if all the contestants below him in score close the gap with more votes AND Marge gets 22,625 more votes than him per 1 million votes cast, he would go home. Again, no way in hell. Just increase the number of more votes per 1 million votes cast to 27,165 and you have what it would take for Marge to beat either Jennifer, Rick or Brandy – and I honestly don’t see it happening for them because it would also mean that everyone else below them in score got enough votes to close the gap and then some. Nope.

What does all this mean? Well, since we don’t know how the actual voting is going, and we can only go off anecdotal evidence it’s all really playing the odds using numbers. What are the odds that Margaret can get the required number of votes to close the gap and surpass any of the others she’s competing against? I keep coming back to Florence as the only one that she has a real shot of beating.

So who’s it going to be? Margaret or Florence?? Or are my odds way off on someone else and how they are doing vote-wise? Could the Situation have worn out his welcome?? Is Bristol’s conservative backing weaker than I think?

I’m going to say Margaret will be leaving us. We will see. :-)

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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. :-)