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Semi Finals Music on Dancing with the Stars

Time again for the list of Dancing with the Stars Music. Two dances each and the Cha-Cha-Cha relay. Enjoy!

Hope & Maks danced a Paso Doble to the song “Can’t Be Tamed” Can't Be Tamed - Can't Be Tamed — Miley Cyrus
Hope & Maks danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Whatever Lola Wants” Whatever Lola Wants - Sarah Vaughan's Golden Hits – Sarah Vaughan
J.R. & Karina danced a Paso Doble to the song “Theme from The Legend of Zorro” Legend of Zorro (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - James Horner – James Horner
J.R. & Karina danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Bust Your Windows” Bust Your Windows - Fearless – Jazmine Sullivan
Rob & Cheryl danced a Samba to the song “I Go to Rio” I Go to Rio - Worlds Away – Pablo Cruise
Rob & Cheryl danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Libertango” Libertango - Shine – Bond
Ricki & Derek danced a Samba to the song “Jump in the Line” Jump In the Line - Harry Belafonte: Greatest Hits – Harry Belafonte
Ricki & Derek danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Allerdings” Allerdings Otros Aires - Vivo en Otros Aires – Otros Aires
Rob & Cheryl, Ricki & Derek, J.R. & Karina, and Hope & Maks danced a Cha-Cha-Cha Relay to the song “I Like How It Feels” I Like How It Feels (feat. Pitbull & The WAV.s) - I Like How It Feels (feat. Pitbull & The WAV.s) - Single – Enrique Iglesias

November 14, 2011 I Written By

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DWTS Season 13, Week 9 – Dancing by the Numbers

Well, tonight was a night for some to come back to earth, and for our favorite hero to struggle with an injury. I worry a bit for him, but I think his fanbase is solid, passionate and crazy voting.

Really not all that much to say. I felt so bad for JR; it was clear he was in pain. Was happy for Rob and Ricki and felt like they finally scored Hope about right.

Anyway, on with the nunbers:

The Judges Scores and Percentages

Place Celebrity Score Percentage
1. Ricki 67 28.27
2. Rob 65 27.43
3. JR 56 23.63
4. Hope 49 20.68

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DWTS13 Week 9 Power Rankings

So I’m guessing the judges either got laid or did shots in between JR’s paso and Rob’s samba, because they rather inexplicably got very generous very quickly with the points 8O Definite overscoring of some parties going on tonight, although I don’t think there was so much underscoring – I thought most of the scores were right-on or kinda cushy. Oh, and in case you didn’t know, tonight’s episode of DWTS was brought to you by the reused song (if I remember correctly, all but the pasos and the cha-cha relay song were repeats) and patterned tights :-P

1.) Ricki & Derek – Ricki was (quite literally, in her samba costume) the judges’ golden girl tonight, and managed to deliver 3 very clean, well-executed dances.  Can’t say that the choreo in any of the 3 was particularly genius, but I think Derek was probably smart to keep the steps much simpler than the usual fare we see from him. Ricki’s been struggling the past few weeks, and I think it was wise to give her simple choreo that she could do well than really try to wow the judges with complex stuff.  Their samba was cute, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much content it had – I think samba is my least favorite dance on DWTS, and even Derek’s choreo doesn’t usually impress me because he seems to do a lot of side-by-side, open work as opposed to real samba steps.  But this actually had plenty of real samba! I liked the mood & execution of their Argentine tango, but felt a little let down by the choreo – again, I guess I’m just used to seeing dynamite A. tangos from Derek, so this felt a little…light.  Their cha-cha, too, was rather simple; but compared to Hope & JR, who both looked rather sloppy to me, Ricki’s clean-and-simple cha-cha really worked tonight.  Thankfully, there is a pretty good-sized points margin tonight, which should keep these two safe at the top of the leaderboard.  And I’m glad – I think they very much deserve a spot in the finale.  However, I don’t think they’re going to be able to go with “clean & simple” next week – with Rob busting major moves and JR likely on the road to recovery, they’re going to need to stand out.

2.) Rob & Cheryl – Gotta agree with some of you that the judges made it pretty clear tonight that they REALLY want Rob in the finale.  Some definite overscoring going on here – his samba, while cute, energetic, and much better than I was expecting out of him, was just  not 27-worthy.  25? Maybe.  But I LOVED that he looked like he was having so much fun out there! I also give him an E for effort, for attempting a barrel roll – it was stiff, but he gave it the ol’ USC try.  I was a bit more torn on his A. tango – it’s a dance that definitely seems to suit him well, and he was a good leading man with clean footwork.  But I don’t think he had as much content as JR, and was maybe not quite as invested as JR, either.  I will say that I think he probably had the best combination of content & execution in his cha-cha – Ricki may have had the better technique, but I think her choreo was bound to look a bit simple & boring next to some of the flashier stuff Cheryl gave Rob.  In the end, though, overscoring or not – I do think Rob belongs in the finale, based on his dancing.  He’s still somewhat lacking in the performance department for me, so he’ll really need to hone in on that if he makes it through to next week – and I think he will, given the margin of points.

3.) JR & Karina – I really felt bad for JR tonight – he seemed like he was in a good deal of pain after each dance, and I do think it negatively affected his performances.  I’m afraid I set my hopes too high for his paso – I was so excited about him having that song, that I felt a bit let down when he really didn’t knock it out of the park.  He wasn’t 100% in the dance like he usually is, and I gotta say – the choreo felt a bit repetitive to me, too.  LOVED his Argentine tango – I do have to credit Karina with not going too easy on him due to his injury.  She gave him a lot of difficult footwork and lifts to do, and I think of the 4 A. tangos tonight, his probably had the highest level of difficulty and the most content.  And he handled it well, for the most part – caught him wincing in pain a few times, but he still managed to give a pretty damn good performance.  It was just sooo fluid – where Rob & Hope seemed to have a few stops and stutters in between steps, JR didn’t.  His cha-cha was just ok – I think by that point, he had soldiered through about as much pain as he could have, and was just tired.  It seemed a little stiff, but again, I’m thinking that had more to do with his ankle than any lack of ability in the cha-cha.  If he can knock the samba out of the park, he can handle the cha-cha, no problem.  When it comes down to it, I definitely think JR belongs in the finale – he’s been consistently good all season long, yet has still managed to improve a bit each week as well.  Knock on wood, I think his fans alone will keep him safe this week, and he may also get a few sympathy votes due to what looked like a pretty painful injury.  His biggest hurdle heading into the finale will simply be healing – right now, his injury seems to be the most inhibiting of the remaining contestants.  Hopefully this is something that he can shake in the next 24-48 hours!

4.) Hope & Maks – Well, tonight was unfortunatley an example of how overscoring a couple earlier in the competition can lead to a rude awakening later on when the judges decide to get serious.  Hope stuck out like a sore thumb for me tonight – all 3 of her dances paled in comparison to those of the other 3 remaining contestants.  Her paso doble seemed to take forever to get started, and once she started moving, she seemed to get wobbly in her turns and ended up on the floor for several counts while Maks danced around her…again.  Did it feel like the team paso all over again to anyone else? Her Argentine tango was a bit better than I expected, but man – those KNEES. They’re always bent, even when she’s mid-lift! At one point, my mom even asked “Are her legs supposed to look like that?” If she had been doing a lindy or a jitterbug, it could have looked cool and flapper-esque; but in her tango, it just looked awkward.  I thought she made a decent effort in her cha-cha, but once again, it looked like she powered through it so hard that it looked awkward – those arms could be lethal weapons, the way she flings them out when she finishes a turn! I think the judges were spot-on in scoring her – I have to think to myself “What score would this have gotten at an earlier stage in the competition?” Part of the problem a year ago with Bristol was that I think she thought by making it to the semifinals & finals, she automatically deserved to be getting 9’s & 10’s…and I’m of the opinion that just because it’s the semifinals, does not mean the judges should just be throwing up the 9 & 10 paddles left & right. If it’s deserved? Absolutely.  But just because it’s a certain phase of the competition? No. Sorry Hope fans, but up against the 3 other couples tonight – Hope looked pretty amateurish to me, and it will only get worse in the finale.  She simply has not improved enough in 9 weeks to deserve a spot in the finale, IMO.  I want a finale that’s going to be as entertaining & competitive as possible – and for me, that’s going to be best achieved with Ricki, JR, & Rob as the finalists.

So we’re one step closer to the finale!!! Who do you guys want to see advancing this week? Who should go home? And is anyone else as excited about the Muppets as I am??? :-D

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Derek Hough On Ricki Lake, His Past DWTS Partners, His Family, Cobu3D, and More!

Derek joined the Good Day LA team to talk about Ricki and Dancing With The Stars. He told them Ricki wasn’t a “natural” at dancing as some people assume. If we saw her dance in the first few weeks, we would have thought differently. They ask him on his feud with Maks. Derek jokes how they had a dance battle in a cage. LOL Lots more below! I love how Derek handles the press and some of their questions!

DWTS’ Derek Hough 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.

DWTS Week 9 Cheryl Burke: “Expect Rob to be better than you’ve ever seen him!”

In her new blog at People.com, Cheryl writes of how well Rob handles “pressure” and is “keeping the mood light in and out of rehearsals.” She has written even more on Rob which you can read below…

Rob handles pressure really well. He’s very good at keeping the mood light in and out of rehearsals, and that actually helps me focus and not get too stressed out.

We’ve worked hard and Rob has really improved each week, which is what the show is about. Everyone works so hard on this show, and if you’ve made it this far you deserve to be there.

Rob has surprised a lot of people that counted him out week one. He has been learning and growing as a dancer each and every week, and I think the audience really responds to that.

This week, we’re doing the Argentine tango, samba and cha cha. Expect Rob to be better than you’ve ever seen him!

Be sure to read the full blog when you get a minute because Cheryl also writes of the freestyle next week and how important it is.

Who can’t wait for tonight? :)

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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.

Karina Smirnoff Talks About Her And J.R. Martinez’s Three Dances Tonight on DWTS!

Over the weekend, Access Hollywood caught up with Karina at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s “40 Years of Family” Gala. She tells them how her and J.R. have been rehearsing for 10 hours a day. She talks about each dance tonight as well. Get ready. Their Argentine Tango is going to “have a lot of lifts”.

Kat Tales also shot this video of J.R. and Karina in the rehearsal parking lot over the weekend. J.R. comments “not good” when he’s asked about this week.

Things look a little tense. I can’t imagine the pressure they all must be under and sometimes the people expected to do the best have even more pressure since there are so many high expectations. But, I’m sure everything will be ok for tonight for these two.

Bring it J.R. and Karina!! Don’t fold under the pressure now!

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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.

Cameron Mathison Interviews The Final Four Going Into The DWTS Semi-Finals (Video)

Cameron Mathison of Good Morning America interviews the remaining four couples on Dancing With The Stars getting us ready for tonight! He gets their personal thoughts on each other. Be sure to check this out before the show. I’m not going to ruin it by telling you anything more. :)

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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 Maksim Chmerkovskiy And Hope Solo In A “Twilight Zone” (Rehearsal Video)

ET has a new rehearsal video up with Maks and Hope. They say they have “no game plan” and are “taking one day at a time.” Hope has also abandoned all high expectations. Hope says she doesn’t think they are going to win, but, they “might as well go down fighting.” Maks looks at her and then they start laughing. Cute, and they look good rehearsing. More below….

ADDING: Below is some new audio with Hope on Ryan Seacrest today where she comments dancing is harder than soccer…

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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.