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DWTS 13 J.R. Martinez Could Make A Difference To Soldiers And War Veterans, Not To Mention Dance Fans

J.R. Martinez may be an unfamiliar face to many of us especially if you’ve never seen him on “All My Children” like myself, but, his turn on Dancing With The Stars “could make a difference to soldiers and war veterans, not to mention dance fans” according to the LA Times. Just how serious could JR’s role play on the show and help those who have suffered from catastrophic burns and who have went through numerous cosmetic and skin graft surgeries? The LA Times explores this question while interviewing some doctors on it. Here’s a take…

“No question about it,” said Dr. Timothy Miller, executive director of Operation Mend, a partnership among the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and the V.A.-Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System that treats U.S. military members who have been seriously wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. “He’s got some scars, but I’m sure he looks better than he did. I can’t speak for him, but I’m willing to say he’s more pleased or happier now than before his reconstruction.”

Miller says he’s seen spirits lifted among patients treated via Operation Mend: “Sometimes we’re averaging six to eight operations on someone, and some go to 15,” he says. “They can extend over a year and a half. I can tell you without hesitation that their mood is definitely improved [as reconstructive surgeries improve their wounds]. They are much more outgoing and much happier.”

Having a solid support system is critical to helping patients through tough times, he adds. “So many people have very strong families that are very dedicated — that’s the most important thing, I think.” Fellow patients help each other as well, as Martinez has done for his fellow soldiers. “I know there’s a certain understanding and special feeling among people who have had serious injuries. They want to be helpful — it’s a natural thing.”

Can I just say I am so loving this guy!!

August 30, 2011 I Written By

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 13 More Press Conference Interviews After The Cast Announcement (Videos)

After the ABC Dancing With The Stars Cast Announcement last night during The Bachelor, the show held a press conference. On The Red Carpet was there to meet and talk a little with all of the celebrity contestants. George Pennacchio from ABC 7 in L.A. gets deep with them with some awesome questions one being a hint to who their partners are. Here are a few videos below with small commentaries, but, for all of the interviews, be sure to visit this link.

Here’s Nancy talking about how excited she is to just really have “fun” and let her hair down so to speak. She plans to give some of her show earnings to a children’s charity. She wants to “put her money where her mouth is”. She talks of the stiff competition….but, she plans to bring her twins to L.A. and show her long heart. George asks her on her partner. She said he’s handsome, but, when the music starts, it’s like someone sprinkled magic on him and he makes a complete transformation (Hello Tristan! :) ).

Below is Ricki Lake! She’s excited and talks of how she was in the audience last year. The journey with Kirstie last year helped her to decide to do the show. She’s also dancing for a hospice society. On her partner, she said, “He’s the best”. She asked for him and was so glad she got him. (Could this be Derek? I would say so! :) )

Chaz Bono says he’s already learned something on himself just by saying “yes”. He’s looking forward to the physical challenge as well as savoring the whole journey. On his partner, he said she’s perfect for him. She knows how to get inside of him and how to be positive and fun. He plans to focus on the task at hand and not let any negativity or pressure get to him. (Lacey anyone?)

Access Hollywood also has some cool interviews with the contestants that you can watch as well HERE. PopTV.com was there to interview them on the way to their cars, etc. See their coverage at this link.

Adding: Here is a fun gallery of pics as well of some of them (along with Maks and Derek) at a Party.

Wow, this cast spells diversity, thinking out of the box, old hollywood, grace, giving, and beauty(in and out!) to me! I think we are ‘all’ going on a “journey” with this one and not just the celebrities and their partners. Hmm? Please take an hour or so out of your day and watch everything and Heidi’s GMA and Press Conference post too. They are must sees!

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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.

Ricki And David on GMA!!

Both are very funny and engaging.  Both are learning the Viennese Waltz. Ricki said she didn’t come to place second (and David pointed at her and said “she’s going to be tough”) and she usually gets what she wants. Wonder if she wanted Derek? Anyway, I liked both of them. The showed Chaz talking about his mom, Elizabetta got asked about George and jokingly not thrilled about it. Nearly the whole cast called David the front runner mainly because he’s not the least bit afraid to get out there and DO it.  They may be right.  I’m hoping someone will put GMA up on YouTube and I can add it later. Until then, here are a few videos from ABC of a few of the cast members.

Here are the GMA interviews with the cast lastnight and Ricki and David this morning;

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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. :-)

Quick Poll: Are you excited for the DWTS season 13 cast?

Now that we know the Dancing with the Stars season 13 cast, I thought it would be cool to see whether people are excited for the new cast or not. Just click the link below and of course feel free to sound off in the comments.

August 29, 2011 I Written By

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DWTS Season 13 – Who’s Dancing With Who??

Okay, I do this every season and as most of you know, I’m really bad at it. :-) I used to be good, but my track record lately leaves a lot to be desired. Remember, in most cases these are just guesses.

Of course, I’d like to thank Hope Solo for making my job easier. :-) Also, TMZ for busting David Arquette outside what appeared to be 3rd Street Dance along with Kym Johnson. You had to know they weren’t going to use the DWTS rehearsal facility yet.  I also confess that I am pretty sure on Mark’s and Tristan’s partner due to…stuff.   So where does the guessing come in?? Well, there’s still a lot of turf to cover.

So, here’s my stab at it. We find out on Wednesday just how badly I suck. :-)  After this, I’m going to bed. I think I’ve had too much wine. ;-)

Who’s Dancing With Who??

Celebrity Celeb Height Pro Height Pro Dancer
Hope 5ft. 9in. 6ft. 2in. Maksim
Ricki 5ft. 4in. 5ft. 10in. Derek
Kristin 5ft. 2in. 5ft. 8in. Mark
Chynna ?? 6ft. 1in. Tony
Elizabetta 5ft. 7in. 5ft. 10in. Val
Nancy 5ft. 2in. 5ft. 9in. Tristan
David A. 5ft. 11in. 5ft. 7in. Kym
Rob 5ft. 10.5in. 5ft. 4in. Cheryl
JR Martinez 5ft. 10.5in. 5ft. 5in. Karina
Carson 5ft. 10in. 5ft. 4in. Anna
Chaz 5ft. 1in. 5ft. 3in. Lacey
Ron 6ft. 7in. ?? Peta

 

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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 Season 13 Video Coverage Of New Cast Reveal

If you missed the LIVE Dancing With The Stars Cast Announcement during The Bachelor Pad tonight, thanks to Codebear4, you can watch it in full below.

Also, the official site for Dancing With The Stars has released a “Meet The Cast” page. You can view pictures, read bios, etc. >>>>>HERE.

What a night and what a cast. I am so excited!!! Stay tuned! We hope to have press conference and GMA video coverage tomorrow!!

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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.

Ricki Lake Announces Participation in DWTS Season 13!!

Cute. :-)

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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. :-)

The Cast of Dancing with the Stars Season 13!! Live Blog of the Announcement!

Okay, here we go – Bachelor Pad.  Real trash TV – like stopping for a train wreck. :-)  Do not be surprised if I update this post just with commentary on this show. If I have to suffer, you have to just a little bit. :-)  I suspect they will make us wait till the end of the show – or perhaps half in the middle and half in the end?? You know how the producers like to change stuff up.   Vogue will be tweeting the announcement on Twitter, if you follow @PureDWTS and/or @TVBlog.  I’ll add in @PureDerekHough so she can tweet from there as well.

Blargh…Jake Pavelka.

Who wants wine?? :-) Read more..

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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 Who Wore it Better? Part XIII – The Chelsie Appreciation Edition

Well she may not be on the show this season, but “out of sight” is certainly not “out of mind” for us here at PureDWTS! What better time to show Chelsie she’s loved than now? :-)

I must confess, due to my own pessimistic tendencies, this was originally supposed to be the Anna Apprecation Edition, because I was so certain she wouldn’t be back this season.  But thankfully, she is, and now I have inspiration to create subsequent editions of WWIB featuring all of the female pros – eventually. ;-) Finding costume dittos is hard sometimes, even for someone with a freakishly near-photographic memory like mine…

Battle of the peach jeweled ballgown: Brooke’s Viennese waltz with Derek in season 7 vs. Chelsie’s pro dance with Dmitry to Jewel in season 8

Heidi: I think the look worked on Brooke simply so that the dress didn’t detract from the emotion of the dance, which was a Viennese Waltz to Daughters, by John Mayer.  It’s kind of plain on her, otherwise. I prefer it on Chelsie, and I like her softer hairstyle with this dress. Of course, it could just be the lighting. :-)

Courtney: I noticed several patterns with Chelsie’s costume choices while compiling this post.  The first is that she has an affinity for doing very lifty, contemporary choreo while wearing shortened ballgowns.  You can’t see in this picture, but this dress has actually been shortened substantially – check it out on the Randall website. May not be of any consequence to you guys, but I do find it kind of interesting how the costume department, when pressed for time & unable to create new costumes, just takes what they have on hand & changes it to work for them – very resourceful.  Anywho! I always thought the dress was very pretty on Brooke, but I’m not sure it’s a color she would pick for herself – seems too demure, and better suited to someone more wholesome and youthful, like Chelsie. And I’m not wild about Brooke’s hair – looks too…plastered down? Idk.

The winner: Chelsie, for better coloring…or maybe lighting.

Battle of the black, fringed, jewel-trimmed Latin dress: Chelsie in the season 11 finale opening dance vs. Anna’s opening credits shoot with Sugar Ray in season 12

Courtney: Another pattern I noticed with Chelsie: she is so freaking hard to get a decent screen cap of!!!!! Seriously – she never stops moving, and her technique is so good that she moves with such a range of motion that she’s seldom in a position where she’s facing the camera, in a neutral position.  I got so many bad screenshots of her moving her body in crazy ways that made it impossible to see her costume well.  She also seems fond of black-fringed costumes – this one is pretty similar to the one she wore for her cha-cha with Romeo, and she wore gloves for both.  In truth – I’m not wild about this version of the black-fringed costume.  Since there’s very little sparkle, it just seems to look a little blah on both ladies for me.  At least with the Romeo version, there was quite a bit of sparkle to give the costume some depth.  I prefer colored versions of this particular style, such as the hot pink & multicolored versions featured in WWIB Part XI.

Heidi: I don’t care for the long black gloves with the short, fringed latin dresses – I don’t get that wardrobe choice at all. Other than that, there isn’t much to say about it really – it’s hard to see but I really prefer the dress on Anna – and again, it could just be the background and the lighting influencing me. I’m so easy. :-)

The winner: Anna by a hair…with an assist from the background & lighting :-)

Battle of the sheer, white, feather-trimmed ballgown: Cheryl’s Viennese waltz with Chad in season 10 vs. Chelsie’s dance with Mark in the “America’s Favorite Dancers” show

Heidi: They all have their “tics” don’t they?? :-) Mark’s is high water pants and polka dots, Cheryl’s is the sheer ballgown skirt.  I much prefer Cheryl’s tic in this case, although I do find it a rather strange choice. As for who wore it better?? Well, I think Chelsie is wearing it like it’s a dress made for CHERYL, if that makes sense. It doesn’t really seem like it belongs on her, and I also prefer Cheryl’s hairstyle, as it is fancy, fancy, fancy…just like the dress.

Courtney: Ahhh yes – another representative of Cheryl’s ongoing infatuation with sheer-skirted ballgowns :-) This one is odd for me: I think the bodice is gorgeous, with all of the beading & delicate details, but the skirt…looks totally silly to me. Like they let a class of preschoolers decorate it with a bunch of feathers & pom-poms.  All that’s missing is the uncooked macaroni and you’ve got yourself a craft project! I don’t know…they both look good from the waist up, and bizarre from the waist down.  I’m apathetic.

The winner: Cheryl loves her some sheer skirts…and rocks them well.

Battle of the red, jeweled midriff Latin costume: Chelsie in the pro dance with the Mwano family in season 11 vs. Edyta’s salsa relay with Ashley in season 9

Courtney: Chelsie costuming pattern #3: she will never show her stomach completely.  Seriously…find me an example of her midriff being completely exposed and I will gladly admit I’m wrong.  She’ll wear cut-out dresses, or ones that show a teeny-tiny bit of belly, but then you’ve got 2-piece costumes like this where they slap a piece of mesh down the front.  This costume definitely had to go through some un-Edytafication before Chelsie would wear it…the mesh, the extra layer of fabric on the skirt to cover the sides, the increased chest coverage.  Normally I would give this one to Edyta, no contest, but the open sides of the skirt look weird to me.  Gotta go with Chelsie this time.

Heidi: Edyta, by a mile.  It was originally designed for her and by adding back material it just makes an already unfortunate dress worse. :-)  When you add the mesh on the front it make the whole dress look heavy, what with the double patterned belts around the hips and under the bra line.  I think Edyta is just playing the part here better than Chelsie is – and damn that woman has a body.  :-)

The winner: Edyta, for playing the part.

Battle of the lavender, jewel-trimmed, one-shoulder ballgown: Kym’s Viennese waltz with Donny in season 9 vs. Chelsie’s Viennese waltz with Jake in the season 10 finale

Heidi: I think Chelsie is a bit too short for this dress – maybe if it was straight to the floor instead of layered it would work better for me. Both women look very pretty, but I’m gonna have to go with Kym, I believe.

Courtney: This is another thing I hate about screen-capping – it always makes colors look too warm.  The dress is closer to the color on the left than the color on the right – but it’s a pretty color, regardless.  I think it’s a good example of the “less is more” concept of costuming – very simple silhouette, flattering color, minimal trim.  Lovely :-) Looks great on both ladies, but I have to give this one to Kym – love her romantic wavy hair.  Looks like Chelsie may have been the victim of the dreaded quick-change, which usually necessitates un-fussy, generically-styled hair to fit multiple costumes.

The winner: She of the Awesome Boobage dominates once again.

Battle of the gold, fringed, halter-top Latin dress: Chelsie in the season 8 intros vs. Ashly in the 150th episode pro dance to “Hard to Handle” in season 6

Heidi: Hmmm….tough call. Both ladies wear this dress well. It compliments both Chelsie’s sunny, California girl look, and Ashly’s darker hair and complexion.  This one is a tough call!!  I think I’m leaning toward Chelsie, but I have to idea why. :-)

Courtney: Maybe because we have a hard time believing a wholesome Mormon mommy like Ashly would pick out an outfit like this for herself? ;-) I dunno, at least that’s what I think – both ladies are on the wholesome side, but Chelsie is able to pull off sexier, flashier outfits a bit better, IMO.  The impression I get from Ashly in this dress is that “I had to wear a gold dress to match the other dancers, so I bit the bullet and picked out the most conservative one I could.” Plus I love the way a gold outfit looks paired with blonde hair :-)

The winner: Chelsie, for looking more comfortable being sexy.

Battle of the pale blue, jeweled high-neck ballgown: Nicole’s waltz with Derek in season 10 vs. Chelsie’s pro dance with Dmitry to Goo Goo Dolls in season 11

Courtney: I had completely forgotten about this one – and now that I’m looking at it, I’m realizing that it is really a beautiful dress. Simple silhouette with delicate details.  Again, looks great on both ladies, but I’m gonna go with Nicole on this one – I think this dress is better balanced as a long dress, and the high neck looks a bit odd on Chelsie.

Heidi: I think the high collar on this dress rather begs for an upswept, formal hairstyle. It draws the eye to a nice neck and you don’t want your hair ruining the effect. So, I have to go with Nicole also. The bodice of the dress with the shorter length (and lack of shoes) on Chelsie just doesn’t look quite right.

The winner:  Nicole, by a length…of dress.

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Are You More Excited for the DWTS Season 13 Pros or DWTS Season 13 Stars?

As I read through the comments and DWTS tweets, I get the feeling that there’s a mixed reaction to the Dancing with the Stars Season 13 cast. Although, I’d say it’s about like every year where some hate certain stars and others love them.

One thing that has continued to grow is fans of DWTS’s love of the DWTS pros. In fact, I’m now regularly seeing people talk about being more excited for the DWTS Season 13 pros than they are for the DWTS season 13 stars. I decided to put it to a vote, and the early results are quite clear who DWTS fans like more (click which one you like better to see the results):

Side Note: I’m still hating that it seems Chelsie Hightower isn’t on this season of DWTS. I’m not sure Peta will make up for my loss of Chelsie and Edyta.

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Better known as Charlie.