According to Twitter today, Carson was a huge success filling in for Regis on LIVE With Regis And Kelly!! PureDWTS reader Evaine called Carson “elegant and debonair”. Tweeter @Phoenixeffect said Carson provided “major laughs” and said he was “so entertaining.” This makes me wonder if Carson would be a good replacement for Regis? I very much think so!! Who agrees?
His Dancing With The Stars partner, Anna Trebunskaya, was a guest as well. Below are the two doing a repeat performance of their fun Tango.
Good Day NY interviewed Maks this morning!! He discusses Hope and how she was picked as his partner. Being she is an athlete, Hope personally understands the hours of training it takes to be a dancer. Maks also goes through his career and how he became a dancer on Dancing With The Stars. He talks of what he plans to do in ten years time. The reporters ask him some great questions…not the same old, same old. Lots more below…
Below is a take from Maks’ new blog at TV Guide where he talks on their new dance. Much more at the link. Thanks to @DWTSMaksimFans at twitter for the heads up.
Next week, we have the foxtrot. It’s movie theme week. It’s funny because we thought we’d get something serious since a lot of famous movie themes are dramatic. But nope! We got Toy Story! We’re going to go all out as Woody and Jessie. We’re going to fully embrace the characters and do the best we can. Rehearsals are going well. We’re traveling again this week, so it’s tough. But we’re both responsible and just do as much work as we can with the time we have each day regardless of the circumstance. I’m not going to lie. It’s really crazy to travel during the show. It takes a lot of energy. When you don’t have to travel during the show, you get into the same routine, going to the same rehearsal space every day, dance for six, seven hours, go home and pass out. On the road, you can’t have that pleasure. Her schedule has been insane. Her people are on her schedule down to the minute. I give her all the credit because as we all know, the window of a professional athlete is quite small and this is Hope’s time to capitalize. This is her only time off because she’s goes to Olympic training after this, so she’s taking advantage of it. But when we’re in the studio, she’s all mine.
I love this part too for what he wrote on their Cha Cha last week….
You can be a tomboy and a girly girl. Hope was having a hard time being sexy and feminine, but I think she’s now embracing it. The cha-cha was quite revealing and seductive. It’s definitely a far cry from what she’s known for, but that’s what’s so great about it — she’s proving that you can be both. She’s an inspiration for girls everyone. I will admit though, she’s not quite sex on a stick yet! Well, she’s sex on a stick — in a different way! Just look at her ESPN magazine Body issue cover!
Be sure to watch the Nancy Grace show on HLN tonight. Hope, Tristan, and Val will be her guests.
In gearing us up further for Julianne Hough’s return to Dancing With The Stars next week, below is a new interview from Extra. Julianne and her co-star, Kenny Wormald, talk of the movie as well as giving us a little glimpse into their upcoming performance. The two will dance a duet and then the cast of Footloose will back them up. Julianne remembers her roots saying if it weren’t for Dancing With The Stars, she wouldn’t be where she is today as they “launched her career” and it’s her “home”. She’s excited to see her “bro” again too and tells her thoughts on him and Ricki’s dancing.
Also, in a new interview with Movie Hole, Julianne talks of some coincidental things about herself, Derek, Dancing With The Stars, and Footloose that fans might find interesting….
Julianne: For one, I grew up in Utah where the original was shot. Two, my first dance on Dancing with the Stars was to ‘Let’s Hear it from the Boy’. Three, my brother played Ren on the west end in London. Four, I played Ariel in this like small musical version of Footloose during high school. Five, when I finished my audition I rang up my mother and she was like, ‘Wait, I just have to turn down the radio’, I was like ‘Wait, what was that?’ and she was like ‘Footloose was playing’. She didn’t even know I auditioned for the movie.
Cool, huh? Here’s to a fun results show coming our way soon!!! Also, who plans to see Footloose at the theatre like I do? This is one movie I’m not waiting to see on my satellite like I usually do.
As many of you may have noticed, costumes aren’t the only things that get reused on DWTS – songs get recycled as well, sometimes ad infinitum! After oodles of requests from you guys for a feature like this, I’ve finally carved out the time to sit down and make it happen :-) Marianya actually used to do these posts awhile back – if you go to the search bar and type in “dance comparison”, you’ll see several editions she did for season 10. Heidi & I are going to try and do it as well as she did, but you know us – if it doesn’t involve snark, we probably have the attention span of goldfish. :-)
Battle of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”
This was actually the VERY FIRST song ever used on DWTS, when Joey McIntyre & Ashly Costa (née Delgrosso) danced their cha-cha to it back in season 1…
After that, it didn’t pop until again until 10 seasons later, as the opening pro number for the 200th episode results show in season 11:
And of course, most recently, Kristin chose it as her “most memorable year” song for her samba with Mark:
Court’s take: I was pleasantly surprised at how the band managed to tweak the beat to feel more “samba-y” for Kristin, but as much as she tried to shake her booty and flip her hair – she just didn’t manage to fully embody Beyonce’s swag. Loved Joey & Ashly’s attitude for their cha-cha, although in retrospect Joey was probably not as good as I thought he was back then – the standard of competition has definitely gone up in 13 seasons ;-) But for me the real standout was the 200th episode pro dance; loved the fact that we saw multiple styles in it (cha-cha, quickstep, a little bit of samba) as well as a TON of pros from the past coming, almost literally, out of the woodwork – all the usual suspects, as well as some rarer ones like Anna D., Corky, Ashly, & even Inna (remember her?) While they may have a bit of an unfair edge…gotta give it to the pros in this one. That dance was HOT.
Battle of No Doubt’s “It’s My Life”
First, Louie Vito had it for his foxtrot with Chelsie in season 9:
And of course, our favorite fashionista, Carson, tangoed to it with Anna for his “most memorable year” dance:
Court’s take: Poor Louie never stood a chance against the fabulousity of Carson :-P Plus the song just feels better as a tango for me.
Battle of Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon”
Fittingly, it was astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s foxtrot with Ashly in season 10…
And then Rob honored his late dad with the song when he foxtrotted with Cheryl to it this week:
Court’s take: While I thought Buzz was adorable, his age kinda limited his range of motion – and by extension, the tempo of the music he danced to. It just felt so slooooow. I actually really enjoyed Rob’s – it was light and carefree, and Rob looked like he really connected to the song and enjoyed himself.
So whose renditions of these songs do YOU guys prefer? :-)
Disney has released two new video promos of Karina and JR. They answer some tweets from the fans on choreography as well as give us teasers for their new dance Monday. Get ready for a silly and funny J.R. like they hinted at in their interviews after the Results show!! Karina says he’ll be wearing a “unitard” too and J.R. doesn’t look too pleased about it. LOL
Then in this new interview with ET, JR talks of his horrible accident in Iraq. One minute he was laughing and in the next minute he was feeling the pressure of being burned. He also talks of his emotional dance this past Monday and everything that ran through his mind at the time. Inspirational as always…