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DWTS13 Who Danced it Better? Halloween Edition

And the parade of song dittos just keeps on coming.  :-) Seriously, I find myself groaning aloud each week when I see the song list – “Ugh, that one AGAIN!” or “I feel like they just used that song!!!” But alas, at the very least, it makes throwing these posts together a cinch ;-)

Lotsa dittos this past week – the only ones who managed to make it through semi-unscathed by the reuse of songs that probably shouldn’t have been reused were Nancy, Hope, & David.  Guess that was to be expected, though, since there aren’t too many songs that are both Halloweenish and suitable for ballroom!

Battle of Evanescence “Bring Me to Life”

As most of you already know, it was Evan & Anna’s paso doble song in season 10:

And then, this past week, it was the song for Team Paso Doble:

Court’s take: I have to say I was a bit shocked that they were reusing the music from a very memorable routine, and I gotta give this one to Evan & Anna.  Both routines are great, and this song is damn near perfect for a very dramatic, intense paso doble – but compared to Evan & Anna, who were absolutely KILLING their routine, team paso doble was just kinda kicking it in the shins.  :-) And on a side note, it’s amazing what you notice when you watch these routines the 2nd or 3rd time around – Evan looks a lot better than I remembered him being at the time (guess a few seasons of subpar dancing will make you recognize REAL talent even more!), and Hope looks off-time in several parts of team paso.  That cape section Evan did was SUPERB. 

Battle of Rihanna’s “Disturbia”

Lance & Lacey had their tango to it in season 7, Lacey’s very first season on the show:

 And it was Team Tango’s song this past week:

Court’s take: Why oh whyyyy did they pick this song to reuse for a tango??? I mean, the lyrics are edgy…but the beat is so clubby & dancey.  Not edgy enough for a tango, IMO.  But anyway.  As overrated as I thought Lance & Lacey’s tango was at the time (and I still kinda do), it was better than team tango’s interpretation of the song.  I liked how Lance & Lacey went the classy-edgy route, with the dark costuming and slight tweaks in choreo to make the dance feel “creepier”; in retrospect, it just seems like team tango was doing a regular tango in straightjackets and kinda let that be our only indicator that it was a scary Halloween tango.  I will say this, though: I still think Lacey’s ballroom is horrid.  You could drive a boat show between her & Lance…and that footwork? Yeesh.  And as ho-hum as I felt about the team tango on the whole, I actually really liked JR & Karina’s section, upon second viewing.  Liked that body wave move they did in reverse :-)

 Battle of Beyonce’s “Sweet Dreams”

It was first used as Chad & Cheryl’s tango in season 10:

 And then it was Ricki & Derek’s paso this week:

 Court’s take: Considering that most of you probably didn’t remember that it was Chad & Cheryl’s tango, you’ll probably agree that Ricki & Derek had the better interpretation :-) Chad & Cheryl were just a non-event to me – it was just a garden-variety example of their usual routine each week that season, with Chad just kinda walking through the steps while Cheryl danced circles around him.  I think I remembered Cheryl’s dress more than the dance itself – that was during her sheer-skirted ballgown phase, and I remember the back being vaguely…thong-like.  :-P It may not have been the most compelling paso doble that Derek has ever choreographed, but for me it at least managed to take a step beyond the stereotypical Halloween schlock we saw this week.  Plus I just kinda dig Little Red Riding Hood – my favorite Halloween costume everrrrrr. ;-)

 Battle of Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters”

Monique & Louis had it as their cha-cha song during the first Halloween show back in season 3:

And JR & Karina got it as their tango this week:

 Court’s take: This is almost a no-contest to me – Monique & Louis!!! The song was positively sucktastic as a tango and I think JR may have been 2nd only to Nancy in song screwage this week.  Wayyyy too hard to keep timing.  And let me just say this: I think Monique may be one of the most underrated contestants that’s ever been on this show, and I think Louis is capable of being every bit as creative as Derek, Maks, or Mark – when he has the right partner :-) I loved this cha-cha – it was fun, cute, cheeky, creative, and yet still a proper cha-cha.  And Monique is like the DWTS-conceived love child of Kyle Massey & Lil Kim – she was a sassy showgirl like Kim, with the skill & youthful appeal (and Disney pedigree) of Kyle.  That girl could DANCE, too – kinda makes me wonder if she would have fared better (and possibly won) if she was in a less-competitive season. 

 Battle of “The Addams Family Theme”

Another gimme from the original Halloween episode in season 3, it was Joey & Edyta’s tango:

And Rob & Cheryl had it again this Halloween episode:

Court’s take: This is a little bit of a weird one for me, as I’m not particularly fond of “The Addams Family” as a tango – even though it has a strong tango beat, it just seems…hokey. :-) And I think both guys had different strengths in their respective routines – Joey’s was definitely better from a technical standpoint, but I thought Rob played the character a bit better.  I enjoyed both for different reasons.  But overall – I just don’t ever want to hear this song again on DWTS!

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Nancy Grace And Tristan Macmanus Talk On DWTS Halloween Week & More

This morning, Nancy and Tristan did Good day LA! They dish on their complete journey from the beginning. Tristan had never heard of Nancy before Dancing With The Stars since he’s from Ireland. They talk of how people’s perceptions of Nancy has softened since her time on Dancing With The Stars and why. They show her cute twins as well. More of this fun interview below…

Nancy Grace &Tristan MacManus on GDLA: MyFoxLA.com

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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 Make-Up Team Releases Halloween Week Photos

The Dancing With The Stars Make-Up team may not have been able to release some “behind the scenes” photos last week, but, they’ve made up for it this week. Below are some amazing takes of Derek, Hope, Tristan, Ricki and Cheryl. Be sure to visit the Dancing With The Stars Make-Up Facebook to see more just like them.

Special thanks to Tristan MacManus Fanpage at facebook for the heads up on these photos!!

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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 The Elimination Interviews With Kym Johnson And David Arquette

Did David and Kym know they were leaving after their dance Monday night? George Pennacchio asks them about it straight up in this interview from On The Red Carpet! They also talk of David’s heart and soul and how he brought that to Dancing With The Stars.

David told Access Hollywood that he has many fun memories that he will take with him after doing Dancing With The Stars. David also speaks on his future plans.

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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, Week 7 Interviews After The Elimination, Information On Week 8 Dances Revealed

George Pennacchio was there to greet and interview all the couples after the elimination last night. He asks them their thoughts on it as well as their next two dances next week. The couples have the instant Jive (that they won’t get a song for until 30 minutes before they dance) and another dance which you can read more on below.

First up, Derek!! He won’t speak much of Ricki and his second dance except to say it’s a “Slow Waltz” and he wants to make it emotional and fun. Derek thinks Ricki is looking beautiful in her presentations…especially in her top frame which keeps improving every week. He’s having fun designing costumes for her and doing new things for her new figure with it. Ricki isn’t here for this interview. Derek sent her straight home to rest her ribs so they could practice hard today.

Rob feels his dedication and focus really need to come now if they want to make it to the finals. Cheryl says they have to step it up and put even more time into practices. Rob is ready! Their second dance is the Quick Step which Rob says will be fun and “cool”. He talked of how he will miss David. He made him laugh every week.

J.R. and Karina are going to miss David’s energy like they missed in Carson. They have the Slow Waltz next week as their second dance. Karina is hoping to show two sides of J.R. again…the romantic side and the fun side. J.R. says Dancing With The Stars has been life changing for him and it’s been a tremendous honor to do the show.

Nancy believes the competition right now is between themselves since they are all such good friends. Tristan plans to remained focused on what they’ve been doing all along and “do their best” not necessarily “being the best”. Their second dance next week is the Tango. They have the same two dances next week as this week. They hope to use this week’s dances as inspiration to do better.

Maks seems more himself in this interview versus last night’s interview. He admits to not being in a good place yesterday. Some of his past partners texted him about it. He wants to make it clear how much he is enjoying this ride with Hope.

In this interview by Access Hollywood, Maks admits to being too intense and how he lost the focus of why they are doing the show. He hopes the fans don’t feel betrayed by him and think he isn’t the person we thought he was (is he reading our posts?). He is not the person we saw yesterday. Hope goes on to say she’s appreciated how Maks has coached her, but, they hope to have more fun in the coming weeks. They have the Quick Step as their second dance.

Derek was interviewed by Access Hollywood as well. He talks of his triple duty this past week. He speaks of he and Ricki’s two dances next week. Nancy jumps into the interview and unzips Derek’s shirt. LOL

Ok, that is all for now!! Here’s to next week’s dances!!

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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.