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DWTS 12, Week 8 – The Cheesecake Awards!!

You know, there are possibly a few more cheesecake moments out there, since I didn’t finish watching the results show for the second time, but I think it’s safe to say that Courtney and I are rather tired of DWTS right at this moment in time. :-) This show can be draining when so many turds are involved. And my favorite boy is absent. :::sob::: I do know that I forgot the mention Kenny and Jerry playing ping pong with the 10 paddles – cuz Len never uses them. LOL. Ah well, on with the show.

Celebrity Most Likely to Test Higher than Her Professional Partner on the “How to Win Votes on DWTS” Quiz: Chelsea Kane

Heidi: I gave a big “whoo hoo” when Chelsea and Mark had their little talk, I confess. I like the girl very much, but her partner is annoying me to no end this season. Wait, deja vu – didn’t we give her a similar award earler in the season?? I might have to deduct a point for backsliding, but still…it’s progress. :-)

Courtney: At the end of the day, I do feel sorry for Chelsea – she is technically the best dancer left (at least in my eyes), but I feel like her partner’s behavior may have cost her the MBT this season.  Poor girl can do a pretty good dance and then I can see her standing there, stifiling a cringe with a painted-on smile while Mark shoots them in the foot.  As a member of the Disney family, Chelsea has a Ph.D in being PC (aside from the occasional ageist comment) – and Mark still seems to be struggling to get his GED in the subject.  Learn ‘im good, Chelsea – learn ‘im good. 

The Muppet/Orangutan Award for Biggest Production Snafu: the jumped musical cue for Chelsea & Mark’s instant salsa; (dis)honorable mention for the camera guy making a mad dash across the floor as Chelsea & Mark finished their waltz

Courtney: Gee, I sure h0pe the show is saving a TON of money by bringing on Muppet & primate technical staff like this :-) That music cue was wayyyyy too early – we didn’t even get to hear the pleasant English voice from the heavens finish his little intro. And dammit, people, without the voice from heaven, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT KIND OF DANCE I’M WATCHING!!! Or who the hell is dancing.  (kidding) Then again, this salsa did kinda look more like a jive…anywho, I digress.  The look on Mark’s face was priceless – a split second of utter horror, and then he just started gyrating furiously.  Poor Chelsea looked back at him in confusion and I could practically hear him hissing “GO!!! JUST GO!!!” I do have to give them credit for going with it and still managing to at least look like they were on time. As for the darting camera guy – some of you who were more enthralled with their waltz probably didn’t notice it, but for those of us less taken by the emotion of it, I was amsued by the camera guy scuttling across the floor in the background to get out of the shot (skip to the 1:49 mark).  :-) The juxtaposition was hilarious to me: a lovely, heartwrenching waltz…and a camera guy who’s pants are ablaze. :-) While I did have to chuckle a bit at both of the above goofs, I have to wonder if the Muppets are out to sabotage Chelsea & Mark…or maybe they’re just drawn to their own kind (Mark).

Heidi: Did the guy have orange, feather-like hair and was he screaming, “Animal, animal, ahhhhh”? Or however Animal used to do it. I guess I’m too old to remember. College killed those brain cells.

Courtney: Not to sound haughty, m’dear, but I believe Animal’s hair is hot pink and not orange :-) And I believe it was more “A-ni-mal, a-ni-mal, a-ni-mal, aaaaaahhhhhhh!” Not that I’m a Muppet aficianado or anything… ;-)

Award for Most interesting Motivational speech: Kym Johnson for “Your butt looks cute in those white pants. Got the booty in the white pants.”

Heidi: I’m sorry, but these two are so freakin’ cute. She’s singing that last part and twirling her skirt. What is UP with that? Cute. If she was male, she’s slap him on the ass and say, “huddle up!!” Somehow, though, I think that Aussie accent talking about his butt is about all the motivation Hines needs to shake it. :-)

Courtney: To quote R. Kelly “My mind’s tellin’ me nooooooo….but my body, my body’s tellin’ me yeeeessss…” ;-)

Most Ill-Advised Accessory: Hines Ward, for the James Brown wig

Heidi: What the hell was that? I thought for a minute it was Eddie Murphy straight out of Saturday Night Live. Or that singer dude from Animal House. Or Kym had killed a Wallaby and put it on his head. Whatever it was, the producers need to be spanked for not showing us more of exactly how that came about.

Courtney: Did I miss this? I must have.  But the mere thought of it is bringing to mind a 30-something, black version of Bieber.  *shudder* Moving right along…

Heidi: OTIS DAY!!! It just came to me! That’s totally who I thought of when I saw Hines in that wig. Which is why I found it so funny. And Otis ain’t no Beiber

Award for Funniest Dance Center Bit by Production: Kirstie Alley’s stats

Heidi: Let’s recap shall we? Kirstie’s Shoe? “Removable”. Weight? “Diminishing” Notes: “Everybody Knows Her Name” and “Part Time Floor Inspector”. Maybe I’m easy, but that one is LOL funny. And that whole bit with not being able to pronounce Maks’ name and saying she could be his grandma, Kenny’s sister, Len’s wife – the tangents are often funnier than the commentary on dancing. For example, the fact that they got ahold of a big clip from The Bachelor, Ukraine. Then the Kirstie “noises” and Jerry Rice dipping a picture of himself in a bottle of “sex”. Jaysus! What can I say? I got nuthin’ other than a big LOL!! I think I snorted beer up my nose.

Courtney: I really wish I could understand what the hell they were saying in those Bachelor ads.  Just the voice makes me laugh.  The guy could be saying “enema” or “banjo” or “aardvark” and it wouldn’t matter – it still sounds uber-sexy! As for Dance Center – the Kirstie segment was really the only funny part for me.  Although something about Jerry seductively licking a cardboard cut-out of himself dipped in some mysterious sticky stuff labeled “sex” made me a little nauseous. :-/

Heidi: Okay, I’m weird, that was my favorite part. ;-)

Award for the Celebrity Who is the LEAST Ambiguous about His Reasons for Doing the Show: Romeo

Heidi: I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure he’s doing it for the kids.

Courtney: *eyes wide* Seriously??? I thought he was doing it for those snazzy shoes he got to wear ;-)

The Award for Best Verification that We are INDEED watching DWTS: Dmitry Chaplin

Heidi: As soon as I spotted his bare chest, I was so relieved. I thought we had stumbled into an alternate universe where short men and tall beautiful women wail together in some sort of mating ritual. Then I was all, “Oh look, there’s Dmitry’s chest. IT IS Dancing With The Stars.” :::whew::: (Sarcasm brought to you by Corona, the tasty Mexican beer)

Courtney: Dmitry must have a built-in shirt repellant module in his chest that prevents anything from covering up his pecs.  He’s like the Russian, glittery Iron Man. 

The STFU!! Award for the Bearer of Bad News: Brooke Burke, for her mention of the BonASS dance and subsequent Heidi lightbulb moment of “Hey…wait a second….”

Heidi: Credit to Brooke for that first mention of the BonASS dance which made me sit up straight and go “WHUT?!?!” shortly followed by, “No she di’int!” and “You’ve got to be f@#king kidding me!!” Yes, that is exactly what went through my head. :-) Then I ran the numbers and it was “OH HELL NO?!?!” Seriously, only DWTS producers could be as brilliant as Dance Center and as asinine as the BonASS dance all in one week. But, I bet we can easily give most or all of the writing credit for Dance Center to Kenny Maine and the boys. Why? I SAID SO, that’s why. Why yes, I am irate, what’s it to ya??

Courtney: I find it highly suspect that they said it with such nonchalance…just like “Oh yeah, wasn’t Dance Center great? Next week we’ve got Pitbull, Stevie Nicks, a dance worth 15 points that could basically guarantee that person goes to the finals, some midgets on roller skates, a live komodo dragon, Carol Channing, and much, much more!” Call me a paranoid conspiracy theorist, but there is a reason why we’ve heard NOTHING from ABC about this dance – because they know if they said anything official, riots would ensue.  People would be flipping over cars & raiding store fronts & setting fire to piles of rubble if they knew just how truly f*cked this dance really is. Proverbially, of course. :-) But I do have to credit Heidi with picking up on it and saying “Wait a minute…this ain’t right…” because so far, I feel like we’re the only site that’s actually addressed the true screwiness of it, and any other discussions that have cropped up have *gasp* referenced Heidi’s post about it.  And of course, some are poo-pooing it…saying “ABC can’t possibly be that crazy! Those crazy bitches at PureDWTS are smoking crack!” But alas, they are, and when some lucky couple gets a free pass to the finals on Monday night and Armageddon is upon us, Heidi & I will be sitting in our figurative nuclear shelters, power voting for Ralph with the 500+ verified accounts we’ve created as a precaution, sipping on some brewskis and saying “Welp, we told you so…but you didn’t listen.” Heidi’s like Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day - the nerd with the calculator being dismissed when he tries to tell everyone the aliens are coming.  I guess that makes me…Will Smith? Or his exotic dancer girlfriend?  Idk…this simile has gotten far too complicated.  *sips mimosa*

Heidi: Hey, Will, everyone knows that…say it with me people…crack is wack. It’s entirely possible we’ll end up being wrong (I don’t THINK so, though), and part of me is praying that all the rioting would have the effect of making them change their mind. I am willing for people to believe I’m wrong because they changed their mind just so this DOESN’T happen this way. But I think it will, because at the end of the day the producers seem to be a bunch of little boys sitting in a room with no connection to the outside world, exhausted after playing Mortal Kombat, when one of them says, “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if….”

The Deja Vu Moment of Week 8 Brought to You By “Backsliders Anonymous”: Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his poor, shattered mic pack

Heidi: Fer a minute there I thought we had time traveled back to Season 10 and his next move would be a most hilarious, jumping up and down, full-on temper tantrum. At which point I would again cackle with glee and start typing out a cheesecake award. Oh. Wait…

Courtney: You can take the Maks out of the Erin Andrews-induced toddler phase – but you can’t fully take the toddler out of Maks. :-)  He had a momentary, 1-year deevolution. But luckily, he managed to lock it up and get back to business…but RIP undoubtedly expensive mic pack.

Heidi: Yep, Mr. “I am sex on a stick” laid out some serious coin for that little tantrum. :-) I have to hand it to him – he lasted all the way till week 8 before he slipped. He probably called his sponsor (Kirstie) and got right back on the wagon.  

Least Suprising Revelation by a Host: Brooke Burke sometimes “forgets to eat”

Courtney: So Kirstie’s explaining why she felt faint during practice, that she’s just not been eating like she should and that she “forgot” – and Brooke chimes in “Oh, me too!” :-) Why am I not at all surprised by this?

Heidi: Perhaps it’s the fact that you can count her ribs or cut yourself on her collarbone?? :-) HI, Brooke, here’s a sandwich.

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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. :-)

Pure DWTS 2011 – Carrie Ann Inaba’s “Grace” Doesn’t make The Final Cut

Carrie Ann posted some disappointing news at her twitter last night. Her new TV project (that she’s been working on for months) “Grace” didn’t get picked up by ABC for the Fall 2011 Season. Eric Roberts (one of my favorite actors) was to lead the cast in this new drama about a dysfunctional family in the world of professional dance. Roberts is to have said he thought Grace could become a “gigantic hit“. He had this to say on the project as well…

“All I can do is say it’s probably the best thing, as a whole unit of production, that I’ve been involved in since 1983″

Like Eric, I thought “Grace” was a brilliant idea and I was so looking forward it. What are ABC execs thinking? I guess they’d rather have crime shows instead. :(

Anyway, when you get a chance and if you have a twitter account, be sure to send Carrie Ann some love. I’m sure she is really disappointed.


Sad News today: GRACE did not get picked up today. I thank everyone who helped us create the pilot..the cast and crew – I Love you all!!!
@carrieanninaba
Carrie Ann Inaba


To the Grace Family -Thank you for the incredible Journey!!! You are all amazing!!!And thanks to all who supported us! Gratitude and <3
@carrieanninaba
Carrie Ann Inaba

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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 – Mark Ballas: “We’ll have four dances ready to go for Monday”

Mark has penned his new blog at USA Today. Sometimes I have to wonder what he knows that the rest of us don’t? All week, some of the other dancers have commented that there are THREE dances (two new and one 45 second Cha Cha that they may have to dance twice). ABC Medianet also reported they dance to three dances. Yet below, Mark says they’ve been “preparing four dances to impress the judges”. Here’s a take below where Mark talks about it.

While friggatriskaidekaphobia is an ugly word, it’s not as ominous to me as JudgePanelOfThree, or as nerve-wracking as FourDancesThisWeek. And here I am, writing to you during our Friday the 13th, the busiest week of the season so far, as we prepare four dances to impress three judges. All during Friday the 13th. How appropriate.

When I first met Chelsea in the end of February, we had three weeks to learn one dance. We spent some of that time going over our Week 2 performance, giving us a total of two weeks to learn the jive. Starting Week 3, we were given only five days to make our weekly dance performance-ready. That was enough time, and then, fittingly, a second dance was added. That made it more difficult. Once we got the hang of that, we then faced the challenge of two dances plus a group dance. Then we had to learn and get used to an instant dance on top of our other dance last week.

And now, finally, we’ll have four dances ready to go for Monday. Four. That gives us basically one day per song to choreograph, learn, tweak, and perfect each dance. It’s a huge challenge for us, but Chelsea is working harder than ever. Being at the top of the leader board again is really driving us. The finals are so close we can smell it. Sweat never smelled so sweet!

What’s more, and if you haven’t seen this tweet yet, Chelsea asked which re-do dance fans would like to see again (which wouldn’t happen until Finals, right?).


If you could see #TeamKanenball dance one song over again, what routine would you like to see?
@ChelseaKane
Chelsea Kane

So, what do you make of all this? Do they have three or four dances this week? What do they know that we don’t? Or are Mark and Chelsea just getting ahead of themselves assuming they will be in the finals and are they just gearing up for it? If it’s the later, I find that to be a little presumptuous.

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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 – DWTS Alumni & Pros, Stevie Nicks, Pitbull Featuring Ne-Yo To Perform On Dancing With The Stars

Along with our 4 remaining couples competing for the semi-finals where they will perform three dances, previous Season Champions, Stevie Nicks, and Pitbull Featuring Ne-Yo will be performing. More details below and at ABC Medianet. This is getting even more exciting as we inch closer to Monday and Tuesday nights. Who’s ready?

“Episode 1209″ – The competition is closer than ever as the four remaining pairs perform three pressure packed routines — one ballroom and one Latin dance they’ve not yet done, and one winner-takes-all Cha Cha – for the chance to make it to the Season 12 finals, on “Dancing with the Stars,” MONDAY, MAY 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET/PT), on the ABC Television Network.

Tuesday’s exciting two-hours of dance begin with “Dancing with the Stars Live: Freestyle Special,” in which “DWTS” alums Apolo Anton Ohno (Season 4 champion), Donnie Osmond (Season 9 champion), Warren Sapp (Season 7 finalist) return to the ballroom to provide color commentary on their memorable individual freestyle routines. In addition, “DWTS” pros and the dance troupe perform two medleys to some of the best music from past freestyles. Season 2 winners Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke will also be back to perform their fan favorite freestyle, “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy,” on “Dancing with the Stars Live: Freestyle Special,” TUESDAY, MAY 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).

Then, on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show: Episode 1209A,” TUESDAY, MAY 17, (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), one semifinalist couple will leave the ballroom and the three Season 12 finalist couples will be determined. On this action packed Results show, guest musical artist, Grammy Award-winning and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Nicks performs two songs, the iconic “Landslide,” accompanied by Tony and Cheryl on the dance floor, and the new single “Secret Love” from “In Your Dreams” — her first new CD in over a decade — accompanied by Dmitry, Anna, Peta and Damian on the dance floor. Also this Tuesday, music sensation Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo and Nayer perform his single, “Give Me Everything,” from his newest album, “Planet Pit.”

This week’s powerful “Spotlight Segment” features the moment of a lifetime for 13-year-old Tayla Kelley, as she performs to “Bulletproof” with “DWTS” pros Lacey Schwimmer and Chelsie Hightower. Born with Primary Immune Deficiency Disease, the Rochester native has spent her entire childhood unable to fight infection, which has led to multiple surgeries, organ failure and shortened life expectancy. Despite these insurmountable odds, Kelley has found inspiration and strength to fight this severe, chronic illness through dance since age 2, and was recently recruited by the Timothy M. Draper School of Dance the training school for the Rochester city Ballet.

I can’t wait to see Damian Whitewood again!!

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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 2011 – Randall Christensen On The Costuming Process for Dancing With The Stars and More (Video)

Well, the costume designer to Dancing With The Stats, Randall Christensen, didn’t do his weekly spread for Stylelist this week. But, here is Access Hollywood interview with him instead on the costuming process. Models also show off some of his greatest creations on the show while he critiques them and shows you how you can pull them off. This is fun.

The Dancing With The Stars Make-up Team has some great new pictures up at the Facebook page as well. Here they are working on Brooke this past week. Don’t you wish you could see what her note card for the show says? More fun pics at the link.

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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 – Hines Ward On Overcoming Fears, Sizing Up The Competition, and More (Videos, Interview)

Hines Ward told Jay Leno he never thought he’d be dancing like he is on the show. He wanted to do Dancing With The Stars in overcoming and facing his fears. He went into it blindly and is having a blast. He has a new respect for women for wearing heels. He sizes up the competition as well. Great interview below.

Hines sizes up the competition in his new blog for the LA Times as well. He’s just too cool.

There are just four people left. Size up the rest of the competition for us.

Kirstie Alley?

She has a lot of appeal cause she has a huge Hollywood fan base and she speaks her mind. People love her personality. And she has been dancing well. She is going to be someone to watch out for in the finals.

Chelsea Kane?

Chelsea looks and moves like a professional dancer. Her facial expressions are always great and she is a crowd pleaser and a judge favorite. Again, a tough competitor in this competition. She has style and grace.

Ralph Macchio?

Another tough competitor. Never quits. Always knows how to get the crowd pumped. He is light on his feet and is graceful in his moves. Ralph is in this competition to win it like the rest of us. The bottom line is from this point on any one of us could win this. It is so close and there is really no clear-cut front-runner. We all need to bring our ‘A’ game the next two weeks to have a chance to win.

More on this past week’s dances and more >>>>>HERE .

Also, see our earlier posting on Kym and a new injury >>>>HERE.

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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.