Another season of Dancing with the Stars is under way. It’s hard for me to believe that we’re on Season 13 of Dancing with the Stars and still going strong. Sorry I’m a little late posting the Dancing with the Stars music tonight. I’ll normally try to post it a little earlier than this. Be sure to check back each week as we list all the Dancing with the Stars season 13 music.
Ron & Peta danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Krazy” —Pitbull feat. Lil Jon
Rob & Cheryl danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Lake Michigan” —Rogue Wave
Kristin & Mark danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Dynamite” —Taio Cruz
Chynna & Tony danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “If I Ain’t Got You” —Alicia Keys
Nancy & Tristan danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Cry Baby” —Cee Lo Green
David & Kym danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Somebody to Love” – Queen
Elisabetta & Val danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” —Katy Perry
Hope & Maks danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Satellite” —Dave Matthews Band
Carson & Anna danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Moves Like Jagger” —Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera
J.R. & Karina danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Breakaway” —Kelly Clarkson
Ricki & Derek danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “This Years Love” —David Gray
Chaz & Lacey danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Dancing in the Street” —Mick Jagger & David Bowie
Which song was your favorite on tonight’s DWTS season 13 premiere?
So ends the first night of competition in season 13 I must say, tonight was…interesting, as far as premieres go. On the downside, the bad performances seemed to outweigh the good ones; on the upside, even some of the bad ones were still pretty entertaining! The judges are still under the influence, the new stage still looks like a tripping hazard, and Brooke…is still the same old ditzy Brooke, just with a fancy new hyphenated last name. But on with the rankings!
1.) JR & Karina – I know I had already pegged this guy as the one to win this season, but man – I still got a little slack-jawed (and misty-eyed) watching him tonight :-) He’s extraordinarily fluid in his movements – he was the only one I saw who really finished his lines tonight – and wasn’t in a hurry to do so. Everything felt like a piece of cake to him, while the level of difficulty impressive. And Carrie Ann was right – JR was one of the few tonight that managed to connect both with the dance AND their partner/the audience. I find that highly impressive at this stage of the competition, when so many celebs can only either dance or connect, and not do both. He did seem to get a bit thrown off by some of the fancier turns, but considering how fluid the rest of the dance was, it’s not a huge deal. Personality-wise, I can honestly say I’m inspired by how positive and grateful JR is in his attitude towards life – in a society where we place so much emphasis on looks, it’s incredibly refreshing to see someone who can be secure (and even crack jokes!) about a very traumatic and disfiguring injury. Not only do I feel inspired, but Karina seems inspired as well – it’s nice to see the smile she had with Ralph last season, back again even brighter this season :-D I think these two have a long, hard, gorgeous journey ahead of them on the show…which I can’t wait to see! Read more..
Last night, several of the cast members of Dancing With The Stars attended the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and the ET party afterwards.
Here is Judge Carrie Anne on the Red Carpet looking stunning in a black Carmen Mark Valvo creation…..
Below is Brooke Burke looking all glam in a Roberto Cavalli design…
And here is Peta Murgatroyd looking stunning as always in white, gold, and silver. Check out Miss Girl’s stilettos…
Lastly, here is the great, beautiful Russian Goddess Anna giving good face in black….
You can click on the picture to see them in full size. Unfortunately, Dancing With The Stars didn’t win an Emmy for the Top Reality prize. The honor went to the Amazing Race instead (what? grrr). For a full list of the winners, go here.
Cheryl Burke has penned a new blog at People.com. She writes about the “brother-sister relationship” she has with her partner Rob Kardashian. They bicker and ‘literally’ throw punches, but, she feels comfortable with him and he brings out the funny side of her. More below and at the link on the journey so far.
I’m happy I’m dancing with Rob. Every person I dance with is a whole different experience. But I can definitely tell that this one with Rob is going to be the most memorable for sure. We’re just really good friends. I’ve known Rob from before the show started. We used to hang out all the time, so it’s kind of like I’ve never trained anyone that I knew already.
He’s pretty good. He’s really fast on his feet and he loves just having fun with the whole thing. He doesn’t make fun of the dance, but he really brings out the lighter side of himself.
When it comes to personality, he’s really funny. He’s so sweet. I kind of thought he was going to be stuck-up, maybe and immature, but he’s opposite. He’s so sweet, he’s so charming, and he’s so funny. He has this dry, sarcastic sense of humor, so in the beginning, I wasn’t sure if he was joking or being honest, but he’s funny and he knows how to take things seriously as well though.
We’re both not nervous yet for the first night of the show. But I think once we have our first rehearsal on stage, it might bring out his nervous side. But I think for now, we’re really just a good match. I told him to just smile and have fun.
On Friday, Elisabetta Canalis talked with Good Day L.A. They talk of new PETA campaign and how much fighting for animals means to her. She tells them how nervous she is to do the show tonight. She knew what she was getting into though because of the version of the show in her country. They insist on asking her about her break up with George Clooney and she doesn’t want to answer. I don’t blame her. Why is it any of their or our business? They go back to talking about dancing and how much she loves the cast. More below.
Good Morning America went behind the scenes to see how the new cast is preparing for Dancing With The Stars tonight! You can see some “never seen before dancing action”. They get interviewed too. I don’t want to spoil it for you. Take a peak below to see what I mean.
And for fun, be sure to see ESPN today to read some fun advise from some of the former “athelete” contestants!! I love this one from Kristi Yamaguchi…
Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic champion figure skater
Season 6: Champion
Kristi Yamaguchi and her partner Mark Ballas Most challenging style of dance: The samba was a tough one for me — lots of technique that is just too hard to pick up in four days.
The one thing I wish I’d known before the show started: I wasn’t prepared for the emotional and mental stress. As the weeks go on, there is so much to learn and remember — lots of mental stamina required.
Most challenging aspect of the show: Learning how to dance. And then it was being ready for live TV every Monday.
Most exciting part: Learning how to dance. I had an amazing teacher and partner in Mark Ballas.
Burning a lot of calories on the show means: For me, it was everything in moderation as always. As an athlete, I’m sure Hope knows how to gauge what she needs for energy and stamina. I did treat show days like game or competition days as far as diet is concerned.
Biggest piece of advice: The No. 1 thing is to have fun. Be open and go with the flow. If you take it too seriously and get too stressed out, you won’t enjoy all it has to offer. Pace yourself, too!
How to become the champion: Stay healthy! Eat well, sleep as much as possible. … Also, take the judges’ comments seriously. They are usually trying to be constructive and appreciate it when they see you trying to apply it. And again, have fun. If you’re having fun, the audience will have fun right along with you.
It’s a Dancing With The Stars holiday!
Adding: And here’s this too from yesterday;
Below is more on tonight and tomorrow nights shows from ABC MediaNet:
“Episode 1301 A + Meet the Cast”– A live one-hour special, “Dancing with the Stars: Meet the Cast,” airing TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network, features the most exciting moments from Monday night’s performances, along with commentary from the judges and never-before-seen footage from the teams’ first weeks of training. Following the one-hour special will be the Season Premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), with musical performances by Harry Connick, Jr. and LMFAO. By evening’s end, the first couple of the season will be sent home.
This week, Grammy ® and Emmy® Award winner Harry Connick, Jr. is set to perform “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” from his upcoming Broadway musical by the same title. Electro hip-hop duo LMFAO also hits the stage, performing a medley of “Sexy and I Know it” and “Party Rock Anthem.” Both musical acts will be accompanied by “Dancing with the Stars” pros on the dance floor. Tuesday night’s musical acts will be the first to perform on the spectacular newly redesigned set that incorporates touches of the original ballroom, but now with three tiers of amphitheatre style balconies and state of the art staircase that moves with the band on a rising platform.
Tom Bergeron talks to TV Guide about the controversy surrounding Chaz. He says, “Just relax already. It’s a ballroom show, for God’s sake! I have no idea why Chaz being on is a problem. I sort of expected there to be a reaction, but nothing this big. Chill out.” (Right on Tom!) He also talks of the new set, the new caast, the new dancers, and how the theme weeks will continue. Below is a take, but be sure to read more at TV Guide for the funny stuff he says on Maks!!! LOL
Still, it’s not the massive hostile response to the transgendered activist’s participation that is the most shocking to the Bergeron, but rather the casting department’s ability to snag Bono in the first place. “I’m constantly impressed, and impressed with Deena Katz at this point, six years and 13 seasons in,” the quick-witted host says. “They still manage to come up with casting announcements that generate buzz and press and interest.”
This season’s crop is one of the most eclectic ever. Others hitting the hardwood include David Arquette, Ricki Lake, Elisabetta Canalis (aka George Clooney’s ex-girlfriend), Hope Solo, Nancy Grace and Ron Artest — “or whatever the hell he’s calling himself this week.” Ryan O’Neal was supposed to be on too before dropping out with a knee issue, but Bergeron hopes he’ll come back next season.
“I was really pleased to hear about Hope because it was such a timely booking after this summer [with the World Cup],” Bergeron says. “David Arquette, I was surprised to hear about. Ricki, I knew, because I had taped her pilot for her talk show and she told me then. Nancy Grace surprised me. I had never met her and the first thing she said to me at the announcement during rehearsals was, ‘I want to get this out of the way: I’m a big fan of America’s Funniest Videos!’ I’m not sure if she was buttering up to the host!”
The cast also features three new pros, Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s brother, Val, and last season’s troupe members, Peta Murgatroyd and Tristan MacManus. But the biggest fresh face may not be human at all — there will be a brand new set. “It’s like a logical expansion of our original set,” Bergeron says. “It’s bigger, better, but still recognizably Dancing with the Stars.”
Bergeron admits he liked the old set the way it was, but thinks the change-up — coupled with the cast — will reinvigorate the show and is ultimately necessary during a very stacked fall. “It’s nice to freshen the paint, particularly when you’re coming into a strong, competitive season with The X Factor and The Sing-Off [which airs opposite Dancing],” he says. “There are a lot of reality shows all around us, so it’s a good time to brighten our look. I’m not going to sneeze at improvement.”
With the focus, not to mention money, going into revamping the set, Bergeron doesn’t foresee the show changing the set drastically to reflect the weekly themes like they did last season. But you can expect theme weeks to remain — and perhaps see some new ones too.
“They’ve always worked well for us,” he says. “The producers have always expanded the range of the show while keeping the essence intact. Like the classical week last season — I was so worried about that! Oh my God! I was calling it Find the Remote Week! But I was so wrong about it and I was happy to be. Everything was top-notch. The production values were as much stars as anyone else in the cast. I hope that’ll be back this season. We always do a few new ones each year, so I’m sure there will be those as well.”