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Ricki Lake Says Dancing With The Stars Is ‘Like Giving Birth’

Ricki Lake tells the Miami Herald that doing Dancing With The Stars may be “like giving birth” these last 6 weeks, but, “the grind will all be worth it in the end.” She also discusses what the atmosphere is like behind the scenes this week. It may have a “little tension” in it since what happened Monday night with Maks and Len, but, they are use to it and everyone is rooting for each other. Ricky also dishes on what it’s like to work with Derek and how they got paired up which you can read on below. Be sure to read the link for the full interview.

How do you like working with pro partner Derek Hough?
All I can say is that he is so committed to doing the best and making me look my best. He’s tough sometimes, really hardcore, but you have to be to pull a performance from people who aren’t comfortable doing what we’re doing. There’s a reason he’s won three times. He really has these blinders on and is very focused. I’m just doing what he tells me to do to the best of my ability.

How did you guys get paired up?
I think they try to match personalities, but I don’t know what goes into it and how you get a certain partner. I was secretly hoping I would get Derek but didn’t say anything because I thought that would affect my chances of actually getting him.

You seem like you have a good chance of being the last one standing.
In the beginning, I played to win, whether it’s a poker tournament or playing my kids’ Monopoly. It’s definitely shifted. Now that we’re near the end I’m really just into making people think I’m a dancer. I would gladly come in second to a war hero [J.R.].

Ricki also did a new interview with US Weekly. She chats about how she has pushed her body when she took on dancing and more. There is new video at the link (for some reason it won’t embed).

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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.

New Pure DWTS Polls On Who Will Win, Favorite Couple, Rate Judges, & More (VOTE)

As most of you are aware, half the season for Dancing With The Stars is over with only six remaining couples. Let’s get some numbers in some new Dancing With The Stars Polls for who are your favorite couples currently (sometimes this can change from how a person feels at the beginning of the season), who you think will win Season 13 (this can also sometimes change for how a person feels at the beginning of the season), and how the judges are generally fairing this Season. Also, is it time for a new set of Judges for Season 14? Please vote in the Polls below and let us know what you think. ;)

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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 13, Week 7 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

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It’s going to be a very scary Halloween. Hope you all have lots of candy and booze. You’re going to need it. Well, some more than others. :-)

Rob/Cheryl – Tango (Song: Theme from The Addams Family The Addams Family (Main Theme) - Halloween Party : Songs and Sound Effects)
Dancing 4th
Phone: 1-800-868-3402

Nancy/Tristan – Jive (Song: Devil Went Down To Georgia Devil Went Down to Georgia - 100 Country Hits by Charlie Daniels Band)
Phone: 1-800-868-3405

David/Kym – Cha Cha (Song: Abracadabra Abracadabra - Abracadabra by Steve Miller Band)
Dancing 1st!!
Phone: 1-800-868-3406

Hope/Maks – Samba (Song: Werewolves of London Werewolves of London - Excitable Boy (Remastered) by Warren Zevon)
Phone: 1-800-868-3408

JR/Karina – Tango (Song: Ghostbusters Ghostbusters - Ghostbusters (Original Soundtrack Album) by Ray Parker Jr.)
Phone: 1-800-868-3410

Ricki/Derek – Paso Doble (Song: Sweet Dreams Sweet Dreams - I Am... Sasha Fierce (Deluxe Version) by Beyonce)
Their routine has a “Little Red Riding Hood” theme to it.
Phone: 1-800-868-3411

Team Paso - Song: Bring Me To Life Bring Me to Life - Fallen by Evanescance – Dancing LAST!!
Ricki & Derek
Hope & Maks
Rob & Cheryl

Team Tango - Song: Disturbia Disturbia - Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded by Rihanna
JR & Karina
Nancy & Tristan
David & Kym

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DWTS Maksim Chmerkovskiy And Hope Solo’s Halloween Samba To Be A Lot Of Fun

Due to busy rehearsals, Maks wasn’t able to pen a new blog for TV Guide last week, but, he’s made up for it today tenfold. Maks writes of how he’s put his spat with Len behind him. He also writes how much he respects and loves all of his Dancing With The Stars “family” (including Derek). Below is what he writes for week 7 and the two dances he and Hope have….

Hope and I had fun doing the rumba, and I’m proud of her performance. It’s not new for Hope to be criticized and to have to prove herself. We had a long conversation. She called me and said, “This is our seventh week. That’s pretty crazy.” I realized that, and I always say during the show every season, “We should all embrace it.” We blinked and it’s Week 7. It’s a milestone of sorts. It’s not going unnoticed in my book. I’m very proud of her and how much she’s done. Even if she’s not good enough of a dancer to compete with some of the front-runners, I don’t look at it that way. It’s the fact that she was given the opportunity to dance. There won’t be another Olympic gold medalist, Golden Glove-winning goalkeeper that will also have an opportunity to learn how to dance. That’s something to be proud of. We’re focusing on the positive.

We have the samba next and a team paso doble with Ricki and Derek, and Rob and Cheryl. Rehearsals have been going great. We started our group rehearsal Tuesday after the show and now we mostly have to work on our solo spots in the routine. Our samba has a Halloween theme, of course, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s just another opportunity to dress up, so I think it will be a fun show.

Maks also writes of the Dance With Me showcase this weekend. I love what he says about what dancing is about….

One last thing: We have an incredible event on Sunday. It’s a Dance with Me showcase in Brooklyn at Grand Prospect Hall. Kirstie’s participating in it and it’s going to be great. Kirstie’s a dear, dear friend of mine and she’s just been incredible. She’s been phenomenal for everything dance. She hasn’t stopped dancing since we last danced in May. It’s an absolute honor to know I was part of her dance experience. She’s been traveling and raising money for charities, and for her to make a stop deliberately to participate in an event of ours is beyond any honor that I can even imagine. We’ll have all our dancers. Val is back, Dasha is back. It’s going to be beautiful. I’m really going to encourage people to come and enjoy dancing. It’s just dancing. No judging. No comparing. No confrontation. Just come and see somebody express emotions through movement. They’re putting their heart and soul into it, just like everyone on the show is. I want people to watch Dancing with the Stars for the dancing. It’s not Judging the Stars. People sometimes forget what dancing is. When I started teaching at 16 in my first studio, one thing I remember was from my first class of 33 students. Their parents came and some of the kids were older than me. I said to them: “Do you know what dance is? Dance is simply an interpretation of what you feel. It’s non-verbal communication. It’s how to communicate without speaking.” When Chaz, Carson, Kirstie, Brandy or Hope dance, they don’t try to be better than others, they’re dancing for themselves and are trying to convey their message through dance.

Much more at TV Guide!!

Note: Late last night, Maks posted he has a broken toe! Let’s hope this isn’t an issue come Monday night.


One thing that could make this Halloween weekend better—-NOT having a broken toe! Got @ & @ helping out!
@MaksimC
Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Picture above from DWTSSeason13 Facebook who has one of the most extensive Dancing With The Stars photo galleries on the internet.

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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.

Bruce Jenner Says No One Has Tamed Down Rob Like Cheryl Has (DWTS Rehearsal Video)

Rob Kardashian tells Access Hollywood that he never expected to go this far on Dancing With The Stars, but, he’s confident and happy going into week 7 to dance his Tango. He just wants to keep on improving to try and get to the top spot. Check out how Bruce Jenner has been telling Cheryl that no one has been able to tame Rob down like she has. LOL I have to say this guy has proved me wrong in a lot of ways this Season. I like how he seems to have grown up before our very eyes?

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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 13 David Arquette Talks Dancing With The Stars And More On Chelsea Lately!

David Arquette was Chelsea’s guest on her 800th show last night. The two discuss how much fun he’s having on Dancing With The Stars this season. Coco, his daughter, met Cher and he had to explain how legendary she was. David was also disappointed to see Chaz leave the show this week. More below. David is silly as always.

October 27, 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 Quick Quiz……

I’ve been here and there on the internet to try to find some information I need. DWTS had a performance show on Halloween before, so be on the look out for eventually seeing a review of that past performance show. Season 3, week 8, by the way. Also, trying to figure out the team dances…

Meanwhile, I found a lot of interesting stuff, and anyone who is “into” trivia may be interested. So here’s how it’s going to work…. I’ll post a few questions, and you answer in the comments. Simple. All the answers can be found if you look, and I’ll try to make some easy, and some not so easy. I’ll post tomorrow in the comments the correct answers, or if people found the correct answers! OH! And some of the questions MAY NOT refer to just our version…

DWTS QUICK QUIZ #1:

1.) How many celebrities have withdrawn from the US version of the show?

2.) How many professionals have had back to back wins?

3.) There are versions of the show in over 30 countries around the world, and so far, there have been 2 Dancing With The Stars World Championships. Name the country that came in first place in the first one.

That’s it! Happy hunting!

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Chaz Bono Lands New Reality Special Which Will Include DWTS Footage!

Good news for Chaz Bono!! He may have been voted off Dancing With the Stars this week, but it’s only the beginning for him! He’ll soon be returning to TV with his own reality TV special called “Being Chaz”. Below are some details from Entertainment Gather. Note how the new special will include Dancing With The Stars footage.

Being Chaz will be a follow-up to his Emmy nominated special Becoming Chaz. It will look at Chaz’s life since transitioning from a woman to a man, and will include DWTS rehearsals and the controversy that his appearance as a contestant on the show created.

Fans will have to wait until late November–November 27th to be exact, to watch Being Chaz on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). That gives Chaz Bono a brief break from the media spotlight before allowing people to witness more of his personal and behind-the-scenes challenges.

Hopefully the special won’t only concentrate on the many challenges that Chaz Bono has faced and will likely continue to face, but will also highlight the joys he has experienced since transitioning to manhood. His example could certainly be enlightening for many young men and women who are facing similar struggles in their personal lives.

Also, if you missed Chaz and Lacey on The View today, you can see the full interview at The View’s official site. There is some fun backstage footage at the link as well. Chaz focuses on the positive as always!

For those interested, Chaz will also be Joy Behar’s guest tonight on her show on HLN!

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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.

Pee-wee Herman To Do Dancing With The Stars Season 14??

I had a hard time deciding whether to post this news or not, but, since Perez Hilton has a fairly good reputation of disclosing possible celebrities to dance on Dancing With The Stars, this possible contender for Season 14 can’t be ignored. Pee-wee Herman! Below is a quote from an inside source.

I just heard Pee-Wee Herman signed with DWTS for next season. He has been back stage twice watching the show this season. I personally heard him say he was vying for a spot next season.

So, what do you think? Yes or No to Pee Wee dancing on the show next season if this information comes true?

I think Pee-wee would be a major hoot. I’d be all for it!!

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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.

Dancing With The Stars Season 13 Las Vegas Odds For Oct. 31st

The Las Vegas Odds continue to amaze me. After the controversy surrounding Maks and Hope these last few weeks, the odds makers in Las Vegas surprisingly have Hope ranked at 3rd….though, note, it’s not a strong 3rd place position and David and Rob are tied and neck and neck with her. They have Nancy at a good distance from the pack, but can she continue to prove the Las Vegas Odds wrong again or will she not? I hate to say it, but, I worry all of this controversy with the judges and Maks is going to finally take it’s toll on the two and they will find themselves going home this upcoming Tuesday night unless they have one show stopping, perfect performance. At this point, I can’t see this happening? But, you never know? Here’s to getting back to why we are all here and that is seeing some GOOD DANCING!!

J.R. Martinez 1.25

Ricki Lake 3.75

Hope Solo 21.00

David Arquette 26.00

Robert Kardashian 26.00

Nancy Grace 51.00

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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.