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DWTS Season 11, Week 7 – Another Shocking Elimination & New Unfair Gimmick Coming

I don’t know about all of you, but, this has to be the strangest and most unpredictable DWTS season I’ve ever experienced. First, they announced this lack luster cast. Then many of us we’re pleasantly surprised to find ourselves drawn to them. Then bang, the judges start hitting them where it doesn’t count and giving good scores to those who don’t deserve them and the list goes on. The result: all of these unknown, shocking eliminations. I think it’s safe to say at this point that not one of this Season’s couples are safe no matter how well they dance. I’ll be scared for them all every week from this time forward. :o

If that’s not all, and some of you have mentioned in our blogs, the producers are now throwing another challenge to the dancers this upcoming week one of which includes practicing to one of their two dances without any music until showtime next Monday. Special thanks to Heidi sending me this interview with Maks from E On-line while I was on a business and shopping run to Colorado yesterday which mentions this new gimmick. What the ?? Can the dancers or us take much more of these so-called “gimmicks”?

What dance are you and Brandy working on for next week?
We’re doing the waltz as our main dance and then there’s this new crazy thing where they’re going to give us the dance after the show tonight but they won’t give us the music. So we’re going to have to prepare a dance without the music and get the music next Monday [during the show] and…we’ll have 20 minutes to prepare our dance.

It seems like the producers are trying to make it really hard on everyone.I’m not really sure if I think it’ll make for great TV. I just think it’s absolutely unnecessary pressure on celebrities that are already under pressure. But I’m not the producer. It’s not my show. What the production doesn’t realize is that it doesn’t make it any easier or harder on the celebrities. It makes it harder for the professionals. It’s really unfair to us because we are doing way too much.

Maks and Brandy talk more on this new gimmick here;

Anyway, to Rick Fox! Many of us are sorry to see him leave which includes all of his fellow dancing competitors. They talk in interviews on him, how they’ve made it this far, as well as a little on their future dances.

Bristol and Mark;

Kurt and Anna;

Brandy;

Jennifer and Derek;

Kyle and Lacey;

Finally, here’s Rick and Cheryl on his dancing experience;

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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 7 – Who Had The Best Costumes This Week?

Weren’t there some great costumes this week? Once again, Randall Christensen had his work cut out for him with the contestants as well as past celebrities returning. Here are some takes from Stylist on the challenges he had.

“Seeing over 50 celebrities return to the ballroom was a very fun night for me,” Christensen says. “There was a lot of chatting and reminiscing.”

Christensen tells StyleList he had a scant 10 minutes to create looks for the group dances of rival teams led by former Olympians and prior “DWTS” champs Apolo Anton Ohno and Kristi Yamaguchi. “I hated infringing on their already precious rehearsal time,” he says. “But they were all team players.”

Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke: The basketball player performed a top-rated quickstep in a Jolly Green Giant-esque zoot suit reminiscent of Castroneves’s banana-yellow number.

“We wanted to pay homage to Helio and the movie ‘The Mask,’ which the music was from,” says Christensen. The $125-a-yard tie fabric was a splurge “but set off the polka-dot suit lining.” The overall look “had a lot of personality, just like Rick Fox.”

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: Grey’s dress was an almost-exact replica of the gown Burke wore to tango with football great and season 3 champ Smith. Christensen went with the original because “the cut of the back revealed Jennifer’s phenomenal body and the skirt accentuated the sexiness of Derek’s choreography. Jennifer mentioned this was her favorite costume so far and I have to agree with her. Wow, did it ever soar and fly!”

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: The political daughter had “big shoes to fill” for attempting a Viennese waltz first danced by Osbourne, but she gave it her own spin in a dreamy gown featuring a triple-tiered skirt with 18 panels.

Christensen added a nude sheer insert accented with gold-plated crystals. “It was quite the dream gown,” says Christensen.

Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: “Watching Brandy dancing to ‘Fever’ made me break out in a sweat,” confesses Christensen of the singer’s re-creation of the dance first performed by Cheryl Burke and Gilles Marini.

Her leopard-print gloves, suggestively draped over Chmerkovskiy’s back, set the steamy tone. ”

Those gloves brought out some passion,” says Christensen, who added rhinestone-encrusted red bangles to the costume after dress rehearsal.

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: The young duo took on a difficult paso doble in edgy black looks inspired by the Mel B/Chmerkovskiy originals.

“Sexy and powerful describes not only the costume, but Lacey,” says Christensen. “The look paid homage to Mel B, but also put Lacey’s own style in the forefront.”

In other related news, Stylist is reporting that the ponytail Kelly Osbourne wore this week was from a new “Dancing With The Stars” wig, hair extensions, and hairpiece line from VogueWigs.com. That is a really cool line. Be sure to check it out.

The collection features seven styles ranging from the Bellissima braided headband to the Bango Tango clip-in bangs to the SalsaLoosa hair wrap. And the hairpieces cost $10 to $49.

In honor of this week’s 200th episode, Kelly Osbourne returned to the reality TV show sporting the Flirtini ponytail clipped into her platinum blonde locks. Does that mean the retro ponytail we spotted her with recently was a fake?

Ok, so who looked the best this week?

With an exception to Rick and Cheryl and Bristol and Mark, I’m having trouble deciding on a favorite? But, I think I’m going with Jennifer and Derek. I just loved the deep red in Jennifer’s dress and she looked great in it. Stunning. My second favorite was Brandy and Maks. Those leopard gloves were the ultimate.

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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 6

I meant to post this last night and for some reason I never hit the button. Here it is now. :-)

Another week another elimination and I already have lots of material for the Cheesecake Awards. Hint: Lacey, quit projecting your bleached brain onto other people. :-)

Okay, enough blather (aka white space) to block the result in the auto tweet. Our eliminated couple tonight was Rick and Cheryl. Yes, I was as surprised as Lacey, even though I don’t think Rick’s dancing has been good for a while. Of course, I also commented that with a 7 point spread no one is truly safe – that’s just not very many votes. I still think that Kyle was utterly forgettable and he will probably leave before Bristol does. But it appears that I wasn’t the only one scratching my head at the praise heaped on Rick last night. He’s lovely, he’s nice – but his dancing wasn’t all that. Still think Bristol should have gone, but I think she’s destined for the final four.

Note to you Dial Idol and Learn to Dance watchers – Learn to Dance had Rick and Cheryl as number 1 (they were wrong last week too). Dial Idol had Rick and Cheryl at Number 4. I always call mine a guess based on the scores, but readers try to sell those sites as harbingers. Don’t do it or your favorite could go prematurely. VOTE for your favorite.

Before you all start talking about Bristol, Kyle and Kurt’s massive fanbases, lets review the numbers – it didn’t take much to send Rick home. Remember, for Rick to leave the following happened:

-Bristol got 11,000 more votes per 1 million votes cast than Rick, AND;
-Kyle got 5,500 more votes per 1 million votes cast than Rick.

That’s chump change, folks, compared to what the numbers have been in the past. Upset that Rick left instead of Bristol?? You can thank your judges who have continually overscored the hell out of her. Remember, the girl forgot steps and didn’t move her arms and got 3 8s and a 9 last night. Of course, Rick was overscored too, but how about we start giving people OTHER than Brandy and Jennifer scores they deserve. Bringing lesser dancers up to their level isn’t doing anyone any favors.

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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. :-)