Time again for the list of Dancing with the Stars Music. A number of people have started complaining about all the theme weeks. Another reason the theme weeks are wearing on me is that they don’t introduce us to new music. I love when they pull out some music that we’ve never heard before. With all the theme weeks that just hasn’t happened as much. It’s too bad. Without further ado, the Broadway music from tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars.
Rob & Cheryl danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Walk Like a Man” —The Four Seasons from Jersey Boys
Nancy & Tristan danced a Foxtrot to the song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from Monty Python’s Spamalot
David & Kym danced a Quickstep to the song “We Go Together” from Grease
Ricki & Derek danced a Quickstep to the song “Luck Be a Lady” from Guys and Dolls
Chaz & Lacey danced a Tango to the song “The Phantom of the Opera” from The Phantom of the Opera
Hope & Maks danced a Rumba to the song “Seasons of Love” from Rent
J.R. & Karina danced a Quickstep to the song “Hot Honey Rag” from Chicago
Group Broadway Dance to the song “Big Spender” & “Money Money” from Sweet Charity & Cabaret
Well, another season, another mis-placed Maks blow up. Oy veh. It’s a shame – he had me until the sky box. Where he lost me. And then he apparently unfollows Derek because Derek speaks his mind for a change?? Hypocrisy, thy name is Maks. Dude, if you want the freedom to speak your mind, you have to give the same freedom to everyone else. I find it most shocking of all that he doesn’t SEE all this. Any thinking being would say, well, he’s free to air his opinions, good or bad. And that’s true. But where does it say that he gets that freedom, yet Derek (or Len, or Carrie Ann or Karina or Bruno) doesn’t? And, if you’re going to air your opinions loudly on TV, you have to take the responses you get, good and bad. We all do. Instead, he un-follows Derek and his fans lambaste Derek on twitter – um, who was the ass on TV again?? Hint: it wasn’t Derek. Or Karina. Or JR. Or Nancy – all of whom expressed opinions similar to Derek’s, or at least displeasure.
Were the judges badly behaved? Bruno was, in his comments to Chaz, whose feelings I think were terribly hurt. It’s a cumulative effect – there’s only so long you can take those comments. I don’t think Len deserved what he got. We’ve all discussed how the judges can suck – but we’ve known this for YEARS. For the love of god, this isn’t new and the complainers have certainly benefited from them being wacky in the past – and will in the future, most likely. There is a lot to be said for professionalism…and as Maks himself said, he’s been on the show long enough to know how this game works. Or he should.
Unfortunately, Maks will likely come out the winner in all this. Gain followers through controversy, gain sympathy votes, gain another week – maybe even gain a role in Dirty Dancing for being a complete ass, since the director was in the audience. Mission accomplished?? We’ll see.
As for the rest of the cast? Well, the cynical side of me wonders if Maks does this with half a mind to getting attention for him and Hope because the rest of them seem to be an afterthought, with the exception of Derek and his brouhaha. Have a bad dance and need votes?? Instigate massive, attention getting fight, thus getting your fans all riled up on your behalf.
Seriously – conspiracy theories generally don’t fly with me. Occam’s Razor – the simplest explanation is likely the correct one (in a nutshell). He was probably just having a blow after bottling it in for years (um, theoretically?). Just a momentary flight of fancy on my part. I do think that Evaine and her sparkle/glitter crew need to give Maks a twirl and a glitter shower. I think she’s up for the task.
Apart from the blow out, Hope certainly got the personality of the dance right – and I actually liked her more last night than I have before. But the girl is not a great dancer, no matter what Maks is trying to sell. I don’t think the judges were that far off the mark, personally.
Nancy!! Hurray for Nancy!! Don’t think she deserved a 9, but Len balanced it out. Of course, that damn song is stuck in my head forever now. And I’m whistling a lot. Hurray for Tristan too – that was some nice, bright, choreography. I think they both had a breakthrough.
Ricki and JR – both fantastic dances. My only concern is the same as it always is – the top of the leaderboard, combined with a massive fight between another couple and the judges, can lead to a lack of votes for other dancers – just through sheer neglect. I don’t think either of them will be in trouble, but it could spell trouble for someone like David or Nancy.
David, Rob and Chaz – I’ll be honest and say that I don’t remember much about their dances. Is the dance the problem or everything that followed? Hard to say. Oh, but go back and watch over Tom’s shoulder in the third tier of seats – before Chaz dances. Hilarious. Anyway, enough blather.
Wish I could say I had a blast watching the show tonight, but unfortunately, I found myself counting down the minutes until it was over With the exception of a few bright spots,I was left with an overall feeling of “meh” tonight, and there were a few cringeworthy moments. But I will say this: I commend all of the stars tonight for actually looking like they had FUN Seriously, it seemed like every single one of them enjoyed themselves out on the floor, even if things weren’t so rosy off the floor.
Thoughts on the group dance: First off, a shout-out to Amanda, a fellow Blockhead who reminded me that Kevin Maher, the guy who choreographed the group routine, has also worked with NKOTB, namely choreographing their video to “Single”. Instant points in my book Anywho! I think I enjoyed this dance more than any of the other group dances in the past, for the simple reason that it felt more theatrical and also less-obviously structured – the ones in the past have always driven me nuts with the whole “Ok we’re dancing as a group, in unison – now here’s this couple doing a solo bit, and then this couple, now this couple, etc etc etc”. Nancy stood out for me – loved that she seemed to be having a ball. But really – how could any dance go wrong with Carson as the creative director? 😉
1.) TIE: Ricki & Derek and JR & Karina – Obviously they’re tied in terms of score, but there were specific things I enjoyed about each performance. I thought Ricki & Derek’s was a bit cleaner and better-executed, but I thought JR & Karina had the more eye-catching, theatrical choreography. Loved Ricki’s fearlessness in just attacking the dance head-on; loved JR’s fun-loving, energetic attitude. I really love both of these couples, and I’d be fine with either winning…although I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t pulling for JR a bit 😉 I think it would take some pretty eye-popping voting going on by fans of the other couples to topple either one of these couples this week, but Martinoff & Drickilous fans beware: the judges could try to pull the ol’ storyboarding act in the weeks to come in order to keep things “interesting”, and it could be to the detriment of one of them. Keep voting!!!!
3.) Nancy & Tristan – FINALLY! We get a routine out of these two that’s equal parts meat-and-potatoes choreo and carefree fun Definitely the cutest, most upbeat routine of the night – and Heidi got her Spamalot! wish! 😀 It was the most relaxed and uninhibited I’ve seen Nancy, and I loved it. Loved the little hop-steps Tristan threw in – a nice, very Monty Python touch. I’m glad these two were finally able to get out of the funk they’ve been in the past few weeks. I’m thinking they’re probably going to be safe, given that they’ve had a breakthrough week and got a comparatively good score. Read more..
If you haven’t seen the Sneak Peek teasers for Dancing With The Stars tonight at the Official Dancing With The Stars site, be sure you do so. They have released three costume sketches of Cheryl’s “Jersey Boy” inspired costume (seen above), Tristan in a “Knight” costume, and Karina in her “white and silver” quickstep costume.
Also, the Dancing With The Stars Make-Up Team at facebook has released some more “Behind The Scenes” shots from 80’s week of Peta (seen below) and the Troupe. Be sure to check them out as well. They are gorgeous!!
And just in case you need something to fill the time before watching the show tonight, below is some paparazzi footage of the cast arriving and leaving rehearsals yesterday.
ADDING: GO to Entertainment Weekly to listen to Tom dish on the themes, spray tanning, the judges crankiness this Season, and more!!
This is going to be quick, not much commentary, just the facts. Or rather, the videos. I’ve found myself much busier than I plan to be… But, to get us ready for the fun Group Dance, I’m searching for the videos of the group dances from past seasons. When possible, I’ll post the practice sessions, also.
Season 1, Viennese Waltz. Rachel Hunter and Jonathan Roberts, John O’Hurley and Charlotte Jorgensen, Kelly Monaco and Alec Mazo, Joey McIntyre and Ashly DelGrosso.
Season 2, Salsa. Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke, Jerry Rice and Anna Trebunskaya, Lisa Rinna and Louis Van Amstel, Stacy Keibler and Tony Dovolani, George Hamilton and Edyta Sliwinska, Tia Carrere and Maks Chmerkovskiy.
Season 3 Disco. Monique Coleman and Louis Van Amstel, Joey Lawrence and Edyta Sliwinska, Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff, Jerry Springer and Kym Johnson, Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke
Season 4 Swing. Laila Ali and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough, Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson, Billy Ray Cyrus and Karina Smirnoff, Heather Mills and Jonathan Roberts,John Ratzenberger and Edyta Sliwinska, Ian Ziering and Cheryl Burke
Season 5 Rock and Roll Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough, Jennie Garth and Derek Hough, Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas, Marie Osmond and Jonathan Roberts, Jane Seymour and Tony Dovolani, Cameron Mathison and Edyta Sliwinska, Mel B and Maks Chmerkovskiy
Season 6 Country Western. Sorry, my brain has melted, and I don’t remember the names of the people I’m seeing in the video….. I know them all, but their names are no longer connected. In my brain.
Season 7 Old School Hip Hop Thanks to Gitte and Elara for helping to find this one….
Season 8 1960’s.Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska, Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower, Lil Kim and Derek Hough, Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas, Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough, Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani, Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke
Season 9 Hustle. Louie Vito & Chelsie Hightower, Melissa Joan Hart & Mark Ballas, Kelly Osbourne & Louis Van Amstel, Mark Dacascos & Lacey Schwimmer, Aaron Carter & Karina Smirnoff, Donny Osmond & Kym Johnson, Joanna
Krupa & Maksim Chmerkovskiy (in the place of Derek Hough who was out with the flu), Mya & Dmitry Chaplin, Michael Irvin & Anna Demidova and Natalie Coughlin & Alec Mazo
In a new interview that took place Friday night with Broadway World, Ricki discloses details about her upcoming projects, passions, and being a huge Broadway fan. In fact, Ricki would love to do Broadway someday and hopes her dancing on Dancing With The Stars will help her get a role.
RL: Oh, yeah. I am hoping to do Broadway someday. I mean – really. I am not a dancer – clearly, I am not a dancer – but, I am working really hard to make it look like I am. I am singer, though. So, if this leads to some opportunity onstage, I would love it.
Ricki also discusses the good times and the challenges of doing Dancing With The Stars. She also gives us a hint of what to expect of her and Derek’s dance tonight which includes tap dancing (you would not believe the happy dance twirl I just did after reading this and I about broke my neck! lol )….
PC: How have you been enjoying your time on DANCING up until now?
RL: Well, I have to tell you: we just had this halfway point party and at the party people were just maniacs – they were throwing down on the dance floor!
PC: Well, given it’s a DANCING WITH THE STARS party, I’d expect no less.
RL: It was crazy! I mean, it was a bar, but people were cutting loose. It was really the crew that was doing it – there were the dancers, too – but the crew went crazy! I didn’t stay for too long because I had to dance the next day.
PC: How have you been handling all the responsibility and pressure inherent in the experience of doing this show?
RL: Oh, like, right now, I am racing home to get ready for the Chaz Bono event tonight. He is being honored and we are going. I am a lunatic – but, I am having a great time, at the same time, you know? [Laughs.]
PC: You must be stressed out.
RL: Yeah, it’s a lot – and, I have Derek beating me up. This week, in this dance, I am doing the quickstep and I am doing a little tap-dancing in it, too. It’s just exhausting. It takes so much out of me. Just doing it once, I am just sweating buckets.
Cameron Mathison from Good Morning America says J.R. “has charmed everyone on Dancing With The Stars” and isn’t that the truth. His “charisma, jest for life, and all of his dances have kept him at the top of the leader board for 5 weeks running.” Cameron is so proud to call him his “close friend” which you can see is apparent in this interview.
While they walk in a park discussing J.R.’s life, you can also see J.R.”s dog, Romeo, who has the same amazing “focus” as J.R.
The camera goes into rehearsals and Cameron gives J.R. advise on dancing as well.
Great personal interview!!!
ADDING: In this new touching video on Access Hollywood, J.R.’s former nurses and doctors send him good luck wishes for Dancing With The Stars. I can’t embed it, but, be sure to watch it at the link.
Ryan Seacrest says he’s learned that Hope is a “nervous wreck” leading into tonight being she had two learn two dances this week. As Heidi has reported to you in the new “Who’s Dancing What …and When?” post (more performance details and song spoilers at the link), Hope and Maks are doing a performance to “Rent”. Ryan says Hope’s only exposure to the Broadway show before now was a tiny portion she saw put on at her middle school.
So, let’s get the coffee rolling. The countdown to tonight begins now!!