Chris Jericho posted a blog on TV Squad today. He said he had a case of jitters for week one on the show (who wouldn’t?), but, he felt “in the groove and in the pocket” for week two. Even more gratifying was the all the praise he recieved from the judges afterwards and especially from his own son. More below in a take. Did you see his little boy in the audience? What a little doll.
It was also gratifying to hear the judges’ positive comments, especially when Bruno Tonioli upgraded me from a “dancing beast” to a “dancing gazelle,” which I assume means I have much better posture and stepping qualities. Next time I party in the Serengeti, I’ll make sure to check out some gazelles.
It was also good to hear Len Goodman say that, while he was expecting me to be a plodding lump farting across the dance floor, he was pleasantly surprised at how light on my feet I was and how effortless I looked. While I’ve made a career off of low expectations, being light on my feet could be my secret weapon. It’s actually one of the most important qualities of a good wrestler, and I was a good wrestler.
But now I am transforming into a dancer. I am the Black Swan of ‘DWTS’! I may be a little beefier than Natalie Portman (and not as pretty), but you get where I’m coming from.
This transformation was evidenced by my 7-year-old son Ash’s reaction to my performance. You might have seen him — the cute little blond guy in the dapper suit who was sitting between two hot blondes (my wife Jessica and WWE diva Maryse) in the front row of the audience. He was holding his arms up in the air and screaming as if he was signaling for a field goal in the world’s most exciting football game.
Ash has always appreciated my wrestling career, but he never really paid too much attention to my matches. However, after the ‘DWTS’ show, he ran across the room and jumped into my arms with the biggest smile on his face. He said, “You were awesome, Dad! You’ve got nothing to worry about. All my friends are going to vote for you! You were great!” My heart melted.
So that’s the real reason why I decided to do ‘DWTS’ — I wanted to have my son sit in the front row and tell me I did great. As a father (and a dancing gazelle), it’s a moment I’ll never forget.
By the way, did anyone see this on Jimmy Kimmel Live?
Also, here is Cheryl and Chris on the Gayle King show yesterday dishing on the show and their partnership.
ET Online takes a ‘look inside’ Louis and Kendra’s rehearsals this week. They find out the two are going to showcase “The Power of Love” and promise a steamy hot performance. Check it out and more below. I really like what I’m seeing of her dance in this video so far. So, will she make her stand Monday night? Time will soon tell.
Update: I think most of you figured it out, but just in case. This was definitely an April Fool’s joke.
I just got word that Kirstie Alley has chosen to leave Dancing with the Stars. The details are still coming out, but word is that she can’t handle spending more time dancing with Maks because he was being too “flirtatious.” Sounds like there’s something more going on under the covers to me.
This is the first time that anyone has left DWTS and so it will be interesting to see how the producers handle her leaving. Although, they’ve always been ones who love controversy. Will they try to convince her to come back? You’d think they could just kick Maks off Dancing with the Stars instead of having Kirstie leave. Makes you wonder what really happened. Maybe the producers will have to grovel to Edyta to convince Alec back on the show as a replacement for Maks. Why would Alec flirt with Kirstie when he’s married to Edyta?
It’s really too bad that we won’t get to see Kirstie on DWTS anymore. Especially since in our latest DWTS voting she was the second highest vote getter. Kirstie’s only comment on leaving the show is, “Look who’s talking now.”
Word out of Maks’ camp is that he’s not happy with these change of events at all. He was really mad that she would make such allegations as someone flirting on a show as respected as DWTS. Makes you wonder if the girl he picks on The Bachelor Ukraine might have a role to play in this. Maks’ representative says that while he’s disappointed, he’ll ramp up work on his other TV project: Dancing with Convicts. A new reality series where Maks takes former female convicts and uses dancing to reform their life.
Ralph Macchio heard the news of Kirstie Alley’s departure and said, “That’s what I call, Sweep the Leg.”
Oh, and it’s pretty ironic that we’d hear about something like this on April 1st.
And the above picture is just a sneak peek!! If you haven’t checked into Pure Derek Hough in the last few days, be sure to do so as Heidi has updated the site with coverage of Derek vacationing and dancing in South Carolina. See gobs of new pictures, interviews, and him teaching dance to fans (including one lucky lady who blogged on her touching experience with Derek). A MUST SEE DANCE FANS AND FANSETTES MISSING DEREK!!
Edit To Add: Here is a fun video PureDWTS reader Dee @upclose22 just sent to us too. Thanks Dee! GOOD GOOD STUFF! DEREK YOU ARE SO MISSED!
Dance Teacher Magazine pays tribute to ‘the one and only’ Tony Dovolani this month. He graces the cover. They also interview him as well about his whole life from when he started dancing at age 3 to now. His story is phenomenal. Here is a take but, the link has much more. Fantastic read!!!
Tony may tango with the stars, but he’s got his feet firmly on the ground.
There have been many pinnacle moments in ballroom dancer Tony Dovolani’s career—an Emmy nomination for “Dancing with the Stars,” working on the movie Shall We Dance? and entering a dance business partnership with “DWTS” co-star Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Yet in Dovolani’s mind, one stands out above the rest. It was Labor Day weekend 2005, and he had just snared a first-place finish at the Embassy Ball in Irvine, California. As he watched the American flag being raised in his honor, the charismatic dancer was overcome with emotion. Not only was it his first world championship, but it also marked a major passage for the one-time immigrant.
“I truly felt like I thanked America back for saving my life,” says Dovolani, who emigrated from Kosovo with his family as a teenager. “My dad was there and we shared a smile; we were both teary-eyed because we knew what we’d been through to get to that point. It made me feel like I was worthy of being in this country.”
Six years later, Dovolani is now a staple on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and known worldwide as a celebrity ballroom dancer. But amid all the trappings of fame, he remains down-to-earth, family-oriented and full of gratitude. “If dancing is your passion, it will keep rewarding you throughout your entire life,” he says. “I cannot imagine my life without dancing in it.”
Also, see how Tony coaches a couple and some behind the scenes of the cover shoot in a fun video >>>>HERE .
Some of the cast of Danicng With The Stars were ‘less than thrilled’ about Chris Brown’s visit to the show this past week. Robin Quivers’ (filling in for Joy Behar on her show) interviewed Cheryl yesterday. In the interview Cheryl talked of how wrong she thought it was. Many of you have expressed the same. Watch below and see if she has a point.
According to All Headlines News, Cheryl wasn’t the only cast member with the same feelings about Chris Brown being on the show.
Contestants Wendy Williams and Kirstie Alley, as well as professional dancer Cheryl Burke, are also less than thrilled that Brown visited the set.
Cheryl told Popeater after the singer’s performance, “As a victim of domestic violence, I don’t agree with him coming on the show, but it’s out of my control.”
A source added, “Usually when a big star comes in to sing, the entire cast is excited to meet them and spend the day together at rehearsals. With Chris, no one wanted to be around when he rehearsed.”
“Kirstie wanted to spend as little time as possible around him. It was hard enough for her to be in the same building as him.”
And while everything went without a hitch on stage, with Brown even helping bring ratings to the show, it wasn’t as smooth backstage.
The insider said, “No one wanted anything to do with him. Most of the cast thinks it’s a disgraceful that ABC invited him on in the first place, but after he smashed a window backstage at ‘Good Morning America,’ almost everyone participating in the competition thought he should have been canceled.”
By the way, the press (one example of many) keeps mentioning how Chris Brown gave the show top ratings Tuesday night as if it was all his doing? In my opinion, Chris Brown performing or not, the show would have received top ratings since it was the first results show and it can hold it’s own. They need to stop raving on Chris Brown and give the dancers, hosts, judges, the new Dance Troupe, the crew, etc., props instead!!
The LA Times has a new interview up with Hines Ward. Read how he felt during the first elimination, what he thinks about the costumes and more below. More at the link.
Q: This week was the first elimination week. Give people at home a sense of what it is like to be standing on that stage waiting to find out if you are safe or in jeopardy.
It’s nerve-wracking. I didn’t think it would be that bad, but when those lights dim and that serious music comes on, you are just hoping your name is not called as being the one with the lowest score. I was fortunate enough this time to continue on and it’s a good feeling. I really want to go all the way to the end and win this thing.
Q: Are any of your teammates giving you a hard time (good-naturedly) about appearing on the show?
Of course. At first I got a bunch of texts from my teammates teasing me about being on a dancing show. And I was worried about having to wear costumes that are too tight and too colorful and all because I try to be very fashion conscious. But I think I earned their respect after these first two performances and fortunately was able to wear outfits that weren’t too off the wall. I owe a lot to my partner, Kym. She is a great coach and choreographer. My first week I had Franco Harris, Mel Blount and Jerome Bettis at the show. This week my teammate Rashard Mendenhall came. And so far they all thought I did pretty well so I guess they don’t think my dancing is that bad.
Q: If you win the Mirror Ball trophy, will you consider this as the seventh Super Bowl trophy for Steeler Nation?
I really don’t think you can compare the Mirror Ball trophy to the Lombardi because they both stand for two totally different things. But I am going to try to win the Mirror Ball trophy just as hard as I would the Lombardi. I feel bad that we couldn’t bring our third Super Bowl championship back to the city of Pittsburgh so I really want to bring our fans back their first Mirror Ball trophy and represent the Steel City well. I want to become the first active NFL player to win it and make all of Steeler Nation proud.
Also, did you notice the black and gold rubber band Hines wore on the show this past week (see in picture above on his right hand)? He wears it on honor of the Steelers. More below on the bracelet from WTAE and how he plans to help others with it (and you can too!) after a large reponse from the fans.
Ward and dance partner Kym Johnson have been seen wearing the Steelers-themed wristbands on the show.
Due to the large response from fans, Ward and his team are creating their own wristband since the one he wears on the show was given to him by a friend of the Steelers.
Fans will soon be able to purchase the rubber bracelets on HinesWard.com and a portion of the proceeds will go to Ward’s Helping Hands Foundation.