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Instant Choreography Music on Dancing with the Stars

Time again for the list of Dancing with the Stars Music. Two dances each makes for double the DWTS Music.

Rob & Cheryl danced a Quickstep to the song “Take On Me” Take On Me - Rhino Hi-Five: a-ha - EP—A-ha
Rob & Cheryl danced a Jive to the song “Maneater” Maneater - The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates (Remastered)—Hall & Oates
Hope & Maks danced a Quickstep to the song “Valerie” Valerie - Version—Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse
Hope & Maks danced a Jive to the song “The Best Damn Thing” The Best Damn Thing - The Best Damn Thing—Avril Lavigne
Ricki & Derek danced a Waltz to the song “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin: 30 Greatest Hits—Aretha Franklin
Ricki & Derek danced a Jive to the song “Land of a Thousand Dances” Land of a Thousand Dances - The Commitments, Vol. 2 (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)—Wilson Pickett
Nancy & Tristan danced a Tango to the song “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane” The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane - Greatest Hits—The Ames Brothers
Nancy & Tristan danced a Jive to the song “Upside Down” Upside Down - Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful—Paloma Faith
J.R. & Karina danced a Waltz to the song “What the World Needs Now” What the World Needs Now Is Love - What the World Needs Now - Burt Bacharach Classics—Burt Bacharach
J.R. & Karina danced a Jive to the song “Tutti Frutti” Tutti-Frutti (Re-Recorded) - 20 Greatest Hits - Little Richard's Very Best (Re-Recorded Versions)—Little Richard

November 7, 2011 I Written By

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DWTS13 Week 8 Power Rankings

Let me just get it off my chest first: the judges are on crack.  Plain & simple.  And sometimes, I like the kind of crack they’re smoking…other times, I don’t.  Tonight was a bit of both.

I don’t think the instant jive really benefited anyone except JR, and even though everyone else really struggled, I don’t think it really & truly screwed anyone except Nancy – but then again, the judges seemed hellbent on screwing her over after scoring her first dance, so I can’t really say I was surprised.  Oh well…on with it…

1.) JR & Karina – I’m sure many of you saw me gushing about these two on Twitter, and I have to say – both of their routines were my favorites of the night, as they were both good dances with great entertainment value.  In fact, JR’s jive may have overtaken Kyle’s as my favorite instant dance ever. But I’m actually in agreement with a lot of you that they were not exactly worthy of not one, but TWO perfect 30’s.  I think I saw a few timing issues in his waltz where his footwork got a bit wonky, and his jive felt a bit disjointed in a few spots –  for which I’m actually going to blame Karina’s choreographic strategy, since the whole “choreograph in pieces and then put them together” method runs the risk of there not being enough transitions between sections.  However, I will say this: with all of the overscoring going on tonight, is it really all that surprising that someone got a perfect score? I mean, if they’re suddenly giving Hope (who has gotten in the neighborhood of 24’s for most of the season) a 27, it kinda sets the bar high – not to say that it’s right or fair, but it does put them in the sticky situation of having to then go even higher on dances that are better…and I would daresay that JR & Karina were head & shoulders above Hope & Maks in both dances, so I guess 60 just doesn’t feel totally outrageous to me.  Aaaaaanywho…since they really seem to have given another couple their walking papers, I think JR & Karina oughta be safe…for now.  I’m fulling expecting backlash next week, so I’m warming up my voting finger!

2.) Hope & Maks – This is the portion of my post where I remind everyone that the power rankings are not my opinion of who did the best or who I like the most ;-) , but who I think has the most staying power.  And this week, Hope & Maks seem to have quite a bit of staying power, with the scores they got. While her quickstep was a vast improvement from previous weeks (I still say her foxtrot was her best dance, though), I firmly believe that Hope deserved at least 2 points less than Rob, for the simple reason that Rob had the more difficult choreo and I thought he handled it more fluidly and with more skill than Hope did with her routine.  I think 25 was probably about right for her jive, and it was a pleasant surprise to see her staying on-time and actually having fun – but man, she still looks like she just muscling her way through it.  The catch-22 of jive is that it IS difficult & high-energy, but a well-done jive is supposed to look effortless & kinda “springy”.  Hope looked like she was about to go all Bruce Lee on someone, with the force with which she was doing those flicks! Take it with a grain of salt, but compared to a very similar side-by-side section in JR & Karina’s routine, Hope looks amateurish, with the way she’s kicking her legs out with such force.  But enough technique for now.  I know there’s still quite a bit of buzz about these 2 after last week, so I daresay they’ll live to dance another week.  Read more..

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DWTS 2011 Ricki Lake’s New Documentary “The Business of Being Born Two”

Ricki Lake has a new TV Documentary where celebrity birth mom’s share their amazing stories. Their goal to help make birthing more safe for women everywhere. It’s called “The Business of Being Born Two.” Ricki talked about it on Good Morning America today and all the different ways a baby can be brought into the world and how every woman in this world should have access to good care. Very cool. More below and information on how you can help as well.

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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.

Melissa Rycroft On The “Dancing With The Stars Diet”

On Good Morning America today, Melissa Rycroft reveals the weight-loss secrets behind Dancing With The Stars. It’s no wonder why so many of the celebrities lose weight when they burn 250 calories an hour while rehearsing 30+ hours a week. They owe the weight loss to the Dancing With The Stars diet as well. Very interesting!

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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 Hope Solo Addresses Drama With Maks, Turning Down The Intensity, And More!!

Hope was Ryan Seacrest’s guest on his radio show this morning. They talked of the drama with Maks. Hope wants everyone to know that she did not let Maks actions last week go unnoticed. She has addressed the incident with him and he knows that he was in the wrong. From Hope at the link:

“I almost quit the show right then and there. I almost walked out, but I told myself I am in this for the long haul, through all the bumps and bruises, through all the challenges. Maks knew exactly where I stood with it and he knows that it could never happen again,” Hope tells us. “I did everything I could for our fans to not let it get the best of me. I did whatever I needed to do to control myself and to handle it outside of the camera’s.”

You can listen to the full interview below. Special thanks to Lori for the heads up on this interview!! I have to say, I’m glad Hope did this interview today. I always respect honesty and I hope, if nothing else, much was learned from it. The question is: will fans and voters forget and be forgiving tonight? Hmmm…

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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.

DWTS13 Week 8 Cheryl Burke On Rob Kardashian’s Determination, Focus, And More

People.com posted a new blog today by Cheryl Burke. She talks about her and Rob’s two dances and Rob’s determination. Cheryl thinks Rob will do well tonight if he brings energy, personality, and fun. More on that below. She also talks about how he is focused despite the news on his sister’s recent divorce which you can read about at the link. The Kardashians will be in the audience again tonight. Just what most of you wanted to know, I know. LOL

He’s not really nervous about the end of the competition, but he just really wants to make it to the finals. It’s already week 8. He’s doing everything in his power to stay in this. I really can’t believe there are only two weeks left

This week, we’re doing the Quickstep and the Insta-Jive. We did the jive in week 2, and that was kind of Rob’s breakthrough dance, but it’ll be interesting, because we don’t get our music until three minutes before we actually dance it.

But the good thing with Rob is that he’s pretty musical, so it shouldn’t be too difficult for him to pick up the tune quickly.

I think he’ll do well as long as he brings the energy – and it really comes through in his personality that he’s having fun and stuff like that. I think the whole personality thing has been a challenge for Rob on the show. He’s such a great guy with a fun sense of humor, but I think he needs to ham it up a little bit more on TV.

Picture above from DWTSseason13 at facebook!!!

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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.