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Dancing with the Stars Week 8 Music

I was traveling during the show this week. So, no witty commentary for you. Just the list of music, since I’m sure you’d miss it if I didn’t post it. Plus, I’d hate to ruin my streak of listing all the Dancing with the Stars music.

Chelsea & Mark danced a Waltz to the song “My Love” My Love - The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Deluxe Version] — Sia Furler
Chelsea & Mark danced a Salsa to the song “Get Busy” Get Busy - Dutty Rock — Sean Paul
Hines & Kym danced a Foxtrot to the song “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Inseparable — Natalie Cole
Hines & Kym danced a Jive to the song “Chantilly Lace” Chantilly Lace - Classic Country: Gold — Jerry Lee Lewis
Romeo & Chelsie danced a Tango to the song “Hold It Against Me” Hold It Against Me - Femme Fatale (Deluxe Version) — Britney Spears
Romeo & Chelsie danced a Salsa to the song “Tequila” Tequila - Greatest Hits / Tequila — The Champs
Ralph & Karina danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Maybe I, Maybe You” No One Like You - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Scorpions — The Scorpions
Ralph & Karina danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Stuck in the Middle With You” Stuck In the Middle With You - Reservoir Dogs (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) — Stealers Wheel
Kirstie & Maks danced a Argentine Tango to the song
Kirstie & Maks danced a Salsa to the song “Cobrastyle” Cobrastyle (feat. Mad Cobra) - Cobrastyle - EP — Teddybears ft. Mad Cobra

May 9, 2011 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS12 Week 8 Power Rankings

Gee, funny what happens when you don’t have a specific “theme” night – you actually get some pretty good dancing, across the board! I don’t think anyone really “sucked” tonight – granted, there were no “perfect” routines, but I think all the couples stepped their game up quite a bit this week. The question is – are the judges strategically scoring in order to keep their favorites safe and get rid of the others? After tonight, I have no doubt in my mind that that’s exactly what they’re doing.  Definite over and under-scoring going on.  And it all makes me want to go back previous seasons, when there were definite ringers and we didn’t have mediocre dancing rammed down our throats as being 10-worthy.  Hmph. On with it…

1.) Hines & Kym - I found myself laughing the hardest while watching Hines dance tonight – and unfortunately, I think I was laughing AT him, rather than WITH him.  The poor guy got not one, but TWO completely silly dances tonight, and by the end of the night I’m fairly certain he felt like a complete nincompoop, especially with his teammates watching :-) What likely soothed that blow to his ego was some definite overscoring from the judges.  I’m sorry, but a 28 for a foxtrot that, in my opinion, looked kinda jumpy & flaily? Negative, ghostrider.  MAYBE 26-worthy.  Granted, Hines did seem to be having quite a bit of fun, but it doesn’t change the fact that his feet were bad, his arms were out of control, and he seemed to be a bit rushed at times.  It was fun and it made me happy, but it was overscored…sorry, Steeler Nation.  As for his instant jive…*sigh*.  I couldn’t help but smile as I watched Hines try to muddle through that one looking like a little lost black/Korean leprechaun :-D I give him points for effort, but when he wasn’t missing steps, he was barely moving his feet; and when he was moving his feet, he was missing steps.  I guess I’m a bit spoiled, after that phenomenal instant jive Kyle did last season – seriously, go back and watch it on Youtube, then watch Hines’ and tell me with a straight face that Hines’ was as good or better than Kyle’s.  I DARE you.  Kyle was fearless and didn’t miss a beat.  Hines…not so much.  I do kinda feel for Hines, though – I worry that he may have peaked too early, and thus set the bar pretty damn high for himself…because these past few weeks, I’ve found myself going “He can do better than this.” Regardless of what I think, Hines has been Mr. Consistent this season (even if Hines’ consistent isn’t in the same ballpark as a J. Grey or Nicole “consistent”), and I doubt that’s going to change.  Plus he’s got a pretty damn good cushion to keep him safe – guess your plot worked, judges. *eye roll*

2.) Chelsea & Mark – As much as I LOVED that Chelsea stood up to Mark at the beginning of the show and made it clear that his outbursts shouldn’t be reflected as her own opinions about the show, I think these two were overscored as well.  Aaaand cue the “Mark hater!” accusations from the peanut gallery :-) But peanuts, beware – don’t come out swinging if you aren’t capable of having a mature, logical argument.  My trigger finger is comfortably rested on the “delete” button for those who chose to fling insults or try to tell people they’re wrong. Anyway…the waltz was a definite improvement, yes; but I have to agree with Len – the emotion was a bit over-the-top, and I could have done without the kiss…a kiss that early in the dance just says to me “I have nothing truly dynamic in my bag of tricks, so this is my one ‘Look at me!’ move!” It just reads as kind of desperate, and I would have preferred some sort of dramatic sweep across the floor or some well-executed spins from Chelsea instead.  What I did see from her was quite pretty – she turns well and extends her arms very nicely.  As for their salsa – let me put it this way: I know of no bona fide salseros that move with such staccato as Mark.  Didn’t the judges even say later on that salsa was supposed to be a relaxed, FLUID club dance? Mark was not moving fluidly at all, and it just made it hard to pay attention to Chelsea with him moving so spastically – plus it seemed to throw her off a bit. Yes, she did all her moves and threw some good attitude into it; but I kinda felt like she was just going though the motions of her routine, like in her head she was like “Ok, what’s next? Ok turn and look and arms and head and turn again and…” without any regard to the music.  I guess I just kinda hoped she could connect better with the music.  But hey, it doesn’t really matter what I think, because the judges have also done a quite nice job of shielding her from elimination as well. 

3.) Kirstie & Maks – As much as I love Kirstie, I would be lying if I said I didn’t think her A. tango was a bit overscored.  I was definitely impressed that Maks threw in a couple of lifts and it didn’t seem to phase Kirstie; they were smooth & well-executed.  I thought she kept up pretty well with the footwork – but there were a few moments of uncertainty, and overall I think the routine was a bit elementary.  Ditto for her salsa – I think she kept up semi-well for most of it, but it was also choreographically the least complicated of the 3 salsas we saw tonight.  She did do a pretty damn good job of getting into character, though – she smoldered in the tango and was sassy in the salsa.  But here’s my biggest problem: she’s starting to get a bit lost in the shuffle to me.  She’s neither failing miserably nor truly excelling, so I find myself with a bit of writer’s block with her – I just don’t have a whole lot to say.  What I can say, though, is that the judges clearly seem to want keep her around at least through this week (and possibly to the finale), with the way they’re scoring her.  The question is: do they love her as much as they seem to love Hines & Chelsea, or could she become a sacrificial lamb should Romeo or Ralph bust some serious moves next week? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see next week, since she too has a pretty good cushion from the judges, on top of her huge fanbase.

4.) Romeo & Chelsie – Poor Romeo certainly seemed like one of the judges’ favorite punching bags tonight.  He just couldn’t seem to catch a break – he does a tango that, in my opinion, was cleaner than Hines’ foxtrot and every bit as good as Chelsea’s waltz – and he gets scored lower than both, and Carrie Ann just can’t help but nitpick about some “iffy” footwork.  EVERYONE tonight had some moments of iffy footwork – it was just a matter of whether the judges chose to call them out on it or conveniently look the other way.  I thought his lead in the tango was great, and his head snaps were incredibly crisp and on-time.  He looked great during the pivots.  When it came to the instant dance, I have to say – I feel like Romeo was really the only one tonight that actually seemed to connect to the music, rather than just bulldozing through it.  Did he miss steps in his salsa? Of course.  But did it feel like he was actually trying to dance to the beat? YES. Plus the kid just seems to be having a blast out there – if I were in a salsa club and saw him grooving, I would definitely ask him to dance.  But alas, the judges just don’t seem to be feeling the Romeo love – by the way they scored this week, it looks to me like they’re definitely setting us up for a Ralph & Romeo bottom 2 tomorrow night.  Which sucks, because I feel like Romeo has probably improved the most of all the contestants left this season.  I think due to scoring, he’s at least cleared to make it to the semi-finals; but just watch, next week – he will be at the bottom of the scoreboard, regardless of how well he dances.  God I hate storyboarding.

5.) Ralph & Karina – I knew Ralph was going to have a rough night if he did indeed chose to dance – and I have to give him mad, mad props for doing so despite his injury.  However, what I didn’t expect was a near-complete lack of sympathy from the judges – both in scores and in critiques.  Aside from a few tiny moments of what had to be intense pain, I really didn’t notice any huge missteps in his Viennese waltz – he was still moving fluidly & extending those gorgeous arms of his.  And that smoldering pose at the end?! MAGIC.  I thought 25 was a decent score, but it wouldn’t have killed the judges to toss in an extra point for dancing injured or something.  Ralph was a SOLDIER out there tonight.  As for his instant cha-cha – cute, valiant effort by both Ralph & Karina, and like Romeo, Ralph actually seemed to let go and really have fun out there.  It was as if he just said “Y’know what? F*ck it. I’m just gonna enjoy myself…except for the pain in this leg.” :-) But man, the judges just seemed to love rubbing salt in Ralph’s wound after that dance – a fleeting moment of “nice try” followed by a barrage of “The technique wasn’t there, you got off time, yadda yadda yadda yadda…” It was all just too much for me, especially since they were soooo understanding of Kirstie’s fall & shoe malfunction…and that mess of a jive.  But hey, I guess that’s what happens when you aren’t one of the judges’ “chosen ones”.  Now I did a quick calculation of the numbers…and either I’ve done it completely wrong, or the judges really and truly screwed Ralph this time.  I mean, REALLY screwed the poor guy – I’m not sure his huge fanbase, which has saved him from the bottom several times now, could come close to overcoming it.  And then there’s my looming suspicion that Ralph may decide to withdraw tomorrow night – I know he said it’s an injury that is supposedly going to heal in a few days, but when you only have about 5 days to crank out 2 more dances, is it going to be enough? And will it be fully healed in time to deal with the demanding 4-dance schedule of the finale? I just don’t know…part of me is praying for a miracle, that Ralph’s fans manage to pull off the impossible; and part of me is kinda wishing he’d bow out gracefully and not risk injuring himself further.  It all just makes me very, very sad :-(

Well, kids, I guess that’s all I have left to say for tonight.  What did you guys think of tonight’s scoring?

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DWTS Week 8 – Kym Johnson On The Challenge About To Get Greater

The Pittsburgh Gazette caught up with Kym and Hines to see how they were coming along this week with their dancing. This team have been working 10 hours a day relentlessly. But, the two somehow managed to take a little time out to see “Burn The Floor” (instead of the new premiere of “Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”) which Kym said might be more beneficial and inspiring (smart move on her part, as always). They talk about their dances tonight and some of the challenges coming. More below and at the link as well which includes a video I can’t embed. Be sure to see it. Special thanks to Pure DWTS reader Jenny for bringing this news to our attention.

The challenge is about to get greater. On tonight’s program, he and Ms. Johnson will perform a foxtrot that she said includes some fun but “super-cheesy” elements.

“Hines is pretty much skipping around the floor, giddy.”

Giddy might work for Mr. Ward, whose last two dances demanded keeping a straight face. “This week, Hines can go back to being himself; he has that great smile,” his partner said.

Not so fun is the return of the “instant dance,” where teams prepare a routine but are only told 20 minutes ahead of time what music — which could vary in length — they’ll dance to. Theirs will be the jive.

“It’s kind of adjusting on the run. … But it’s going to be hard on everybody,” said Mr. Ward.

“I’ve been playing different music for Hines so he’s not getting used to any one track,” said Ms. Johnson, who carries around video of their performances and rehearsals on her iPad. “I think it’ll be good because he won’t have too much time to think — he’ll just have to feel it and dance it.”

They’ve been putting in 10-hour days. It didn’t help when, early last Thursday, Mr. Ward and an acquaintance giving him a ride home were pulled over by Los Angeles police.

The driver had reported her car stolen but failed to contact police when she discovered it had not been. Gossip site TMZ “just ran with the story,” said Mr. Ward, adding that he did not consider the incident a distraction to this week’s training.

At this point, the team is beyond Latrobe-training-camp levels of practice.

“He’s like a machine,” Ms. Johnson said. “Now is when you kick the work up another level.”

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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.

DWTS12, Week 8 – Adele, Dancing With The Stars “Greatest Results Show Performances”, & More On Tap

Get ready for another two hour Results Show tomorrow night. According to ABC Media, tomorrow night’s show is dedicated to the “Greatest Results Show Performances”. Not only that, but, Grammy Aawrd winning artist Adele will perform two songs. There is something special planned for the “Spotlight Segment” again as well. More in a take below. Be sure to read the link in full which outlines both tonight and tomorrow night’s shows. Who’s ready I say? :D

On TUESDAY, MAY 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), two hours of “Dancing” get underway with the special, “Dancing with the Stars: Greatest Results Show Performances,” featuring the most extraordinary Results performance moments in the show’s history. Then, on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show: Episode 1208A” (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), another couple will be asked to leave the ballroom and this season’s semifinalists will be determined in what could be the most dramatic elimination so far. Also this week, Grammy Award-winning artist Adele will perform two songs, the classic ballad “Natural Woman,” with Cheryl Burke and Louis Van Amstel on the dance floor, and the enormously popular first single from her No. 1 bestselling album, “21.”

In this week’s “Spotlight Segment,” all eyes will be on Hefa Tuita (19) and his brothers, Solane (16) and Tu’iniua (12), as they perform to LMAFO’s Party Rock Anthem. The “Dancing with the Stars Spotlight” features talented performers whose lives have been changed forever by dance. Born in Hawaii and raised in Utah, all three boys have trained in hip hop, jazz and ballet throughout childhood thanks to their father, who worked three jobs to keep his sons in dance school. When their father passed away in 2008, the eldest brother began dancing professionally as a means to support his family and still continues to do so, working with such artists as Rich and Tone and Chris Brown.

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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.

Pure DWTS 12 – Tony Dovolani Weighs In On The Show

PopStop TV interviewed Tony about the show over the weekend. He dished about how well he got along with his partner Wendy Williams and how much she wanted to learn to dance. He thinks George Lopez should dance on the show (to see what it’s like to be made fun of). He’s also rooting for Kirstie to win this Season. He says she’s working hard and yet, has the right attitude about having fun. He also dishes on the judges and who is the toughest (I like this part). More in detail below.

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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 12 – Backstage at Dancing with the Stars

Blogher went backstage last week during the Results Show. They interview Chelsea on her journey so far. But, in the process, they find out what makes the show tick in other ways. I highlighted the parts that caught my attention. You might find some of this interesting too….especially on their “music choices” every week. I remember Mark saying in one of their first dances how we shouldn’t fault them for their edginess and far out, untraditional choreography with the music they had. Well, according to this interviewer, he chose or had a say in the music and yet, blamed the producers. *sigh* Anyway, read below and the link for much more on the show and the couples.

Having now spent just that little time backstage and in the audience, I can tell you this: These stars are not kidding when they talk about how bad they want to win. Whatever motivations drive them to start the process, once they start spending 5, 6, and ultimately ten hours a day “training,” they have the eye of the tiger, all right.

We were supposed to interview Chelsea at 3PM, but it was not a typical dress rehearsal, apparently, and they were running far behind. Chelsea wouldn’t be done until 3:30, had a costume consult and hair/make-up at 4, and we really needed to be in our seats by 5:30 for a 6PM start.

Meanwhile, the delay meant we’d be watching the filming of the taped segments from backstage, instead of from our seats. In the end I confess I was glad, because when you attend such a show you end up getting a lot of coaching on clapping and cheering and smiling and clapping and reacting and clapping. I was only doing that for the actual one hour of the show, and my arms (and cheeks) were tired from the clapping and the smiling. Can’t imagine how the folks who were doing that for three hours felt!

I’ve always wondered how much control they had over their own routines, particularly the music, and apparently they do get to pick their music. Not all of it clears, so sometimes songs end up being chosen for them, but their Paso Doble song last week, by Deadmouse, was their choice.

I am very glad to know this, because I am going to stop feeling sorry for some of them when they end up with really sucky music. Apparently, they only have themselves to blame.

I asked Chelsea if she was gonna take the whole competition, and walk away with that famed mirror ball trophy, and she said “I would like to. I really would like to.”

And that’s what I love about the show: Those stars get really competitive and intense about it, and I totally believe they want to win, and that it really matters to most of them to make it through to another week. To see people you are used to thinking of as famous and perhaps a bit impervious to life’s disappointments get that invested makes all the difference.

It’s also nice to see the camaraderie that forms between the dancers, the stars and everyone else, and according to Chelsea, they don’t need to fake that. There’s a fun, playful atmosphere, and this cast is spending time together even when they don’t have to. Going out to dinner, going dancing, hanging out even though they’re “not contractually obligated” to do so.

When we finally made it into our seats (front row, thanks Chelsea!!) for the show, you could see the how each couple responded to each other and the crowd. Kirstie works the crowd from the moment she walks in…waving, winking, making faces. Kendra really did seem so scared stiff and out of her element. Chelsie and Romeo looked extremely nervous…I think Chelsie thought they were going to go. They’re all very easy and affectionate with one another, and during breaks looking out into the crowd for familiar faces. All of which were smiling and clapping and cheering…until our hands, arms and cheeks hurt!

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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 12, Week 8 – Ralph Macchio And Karina Smirnoff Doing a Viennese Waltz That’s Never Been Done Before And More

TV Guide has a new interview up with Karina. She gives a hint of how her and Ralph’s new dances (the Viennese Waltz and the Cha Cha) are coming along. Sounds like they have something edgy, sexy, and different planned for tonight for their Viennese Waltz. This is sounding cool so far. Here is a take. Be sure to read the link for the full interview.

You’ve said your Viennese waltz is one that’s never been done before.
Karina Smirnoff: It’s going to be so awesome! I requested this song in the beginning of the season, so I’ve been waiting to do this for a while. It’s just going to be a completely different spin on the Viennese waltz. It’s usually romantic and elegant, but ours is dark, edgy and sexy. Ralph is so different and so sexy and so dominant in it. It’s really cool. He’s totally into the character of the dance. I’m so excited about it.

How do you think the judges are going to react to it, especially Len? Is it still a traditional routine?
Smirnoff: It’s still traditional. I’m not changing the moves. They’re all Viennese waltz elements. Len won’t say we broke any rules. The only difference is the mood. I think it’s going to take everyone by surprise, but I think it’s going to work. We’re both really pumped about it. It’s just a fresh twist on something you’ve seen plenty of times before. I think the judges will love it. I hope they will!

How’s the cha-cha going?
Smirnoff: Great! It’s so funny because that was the team dance last week and Ralph was nervous about doing all the moves and shaking his hips and stuff, but he slowly got comfortable with it and now he can’t wait to do a whole routine. It’s going to be hot and fun. Let me tell you, he’s really gotten into the cha-cha. He is shaking it and working it! Between this and the Viennese waltz, this will be the sexiest you’ll ever see him!

The cha-cha’s also the Instant Dance. What’s your plan? Are you not worried about the music?
Smirnoff: Yeah, I’m not worried about it. It’s choreographed in a way that’s adaptable to whatever music they give us. It’s obviously not completely done, but we have most of it down and I left some leeway if we need to change anything. We have option A or option B, and we’ll just work on it in those 30 minutes or whatever before we have to dance.

How has Ralph been handling not only having two dances, but one where he doesn’t even know the music?
Smirnoff: It’s so tough, especially at this point in the show, but he’s been doing well. You do get really tired sometimes, and you have brain farts. Like I could tell him to step right and he’ll step left. And I’ll say, “No, right!” And he’ll keep stepping left! [Laughs] It’s hard, but we always pull through at the end of the day. This show is a testament to how powerful the human mind and will is for the pros and the celebrities. I was talking to Mark Ballas today and he was like, “Are you OK?” I said yes, but I’m just, like, exhausted. It’s an effort to talk. It took me four hours to get out of bed today!

Also and according to Karina and Ralph’s tweets, it appears Ralph is nursing an injury of some sort. Let’s hope and pray this injury won’t set these two back in any way tonight. They deserve to be in the finals in my opinion.


Hey guys, sorry for being MIA. @ and I r dealing with an injury and hoping to be ok by Monday. Please pray for a quick recovery!
@Karina_Smirnoff
Karina Smirnoff


Been down this wk dealing w/some serious pain management, but as someone once said “nothing’s gonna ever keep me down” :-) @
@ralphmacchio
Ralph Macchio

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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.