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DWTS13 Freestyle Retrospective: The Top 10 Worst Freestyles in DWTS History

So every season, as we draw nearer & nearer to the finale, it seems like the question on everyone’s lips is “What are they gonna do for their freestyle?” We debate which pros are the stronger freestyle choreographers, which celebs can handle the lifts, who’s got the most dance skills, who is going to struggle, etc. So Heidi & I decided to tackle the big question: what makes a good DWTS freestyle?

While everyone may argue over what works and what doesn’t, with 12 seasons under our belts, we have enough historical data to see some patterns – and there are definitely some things that all good freestyles seem to have in common, and some things that the bad freestyles have in common. Today we’re starting with the worst – these are examples of what this season’s finalists should likely avoid, and of which they should probably try to do the opposite :-)

A little insight into how we arrived at this list: I made a list of my own, and then bumped it against a list Heidi made and we looked for similarities. I also asked for suggestions on Twitter, to see if my finger was on the pulse of the more dedicated viewing audience; I polled my co-workers (likely more representative of the average viewer than most of us lurking on the Net ;-)) as well to get their thoughts. Turns out, most of you guys came up with the same examples of good & bad – which is good, since it shows that opinions on freestyles seem to be pretty universal. But without further ado, I give you the top 10 WORST freestyles in DWTS history:

10.) Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas, season 12

Courtney: This was one that a lot of you seemed divided on – some of you loved it, some of you hated it. I ultimately decided to include it in the “worst” list because it seemed to have something in common with a lot of the other freestyles on this list: it wasn’t reflective of the celeb it was meant to showcase. Yes, it was high-energy, it was well-executed (for the most part), and it was entertaining – but what did it really have to do with Chelsea? While she managed to keep up with Mark fairly well and got through the choreography, I never really got the feeling that it was a routine she really felt connected to, or that she even would have picked for herself. It was as if she had given Mark carte blanche with the routine and he chose everything – the music, the costumes, the theme, etc., and Chelsea was just along for the ride. I think choosing an obscure song didn’t help, and the choreo seemed to showcase Mark more than Chelsea – the poor girl just seemed to be trying to keep her head above water. Add to that some bland costumes and a wardrobe malfunction, and you’ve got a freestyle that’s overall just “Meh.” Definitely not 30-worthy, IMO.

Heidi: Well, this one I would have put in “dishonorable mentions” but it’s almost in that pile anyway, at slot #10. :-) The problem here, like you say, was Chelsea wasn’t connected to it (and similar ideas appear throughout this post). Not only that, but the music didn’t really match the costumes and none of it matched the choreo. It seemed all mixed up to me. It had a latin flavor, yet they were doing a light hip hop type choreo (I don’t really know how else to explain that) and their costumes matched neither. Then – why the lights and the bike?? I feel like I missed something on this one. There was also a section where it seemed like they just went from one cool trick to the next. The best freestyles (including some of Mark’s) had a good bit of actual ballroom dancing thrown in in places. This one is just a bit weird for me.

9.) Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya, season 10

Heidi: PEOPLE, unless your pro is Dmitry – do NOT argue with them about choreography. At all. Geez. That said, this is another freestyle that was good on paper, but in execution just didn’t work for some reason. Clearly it worked in person, since the studio crowd loved it…but the dance didn’t seem to fit either Evan OR Footloose. When Derek did Grease with Brooke, there was a clear, but brief, homage to the movie. The dance went with the song and it worked perfectly for Brooke. When he did a song from Dirty Dancing with Jennifer – again, a subtle, brief homage to the movie and it worked for Jennifer because, of course – she was in the movie. I think by the time they get to the freestyle the pros are just drained and they forget to really tie it altogether – and if you pick an iconic song, you have to really tie it altogether so that the dancing fits the iconic song but also works for your partner. It seems like this dance doesn’t fit either. He didn’t dance it badly by any stretch, but neither did Gilles in their Flashdance freestyle. That doesn’t make it good.

Courtney: I was always a bit puzzled as to why they picked Footloose – did one of them really, really like the movie? Or was it just another easy, dance movie theme to go with? I think that’s the one big difference between a freestyle like Jennifer’s and a freestyle like Evan’s (or Mya’s, or Gilles’, or Stacy’s – see below) – relevance. Dirty Dancing was relevant to Jennifer; but was Footloose really relevant to Evan? I want a freestyle to basically sum up a partnership for me – I want it to feel like both the celeb & the pro connect to both the dance and each other, and for the routine to feel like a nice closure to their season together. For me, going with Footloose as their theme left more questions than answers. Ooh, and can I just say that I think bringing in an outside choreographer is the absolute kiss of death? It doesn’t see to mesh well with the chemistry the couple has forged over the course of the season, and usually leads to coupled being led dangerously out of their comfort zone. And both Evan & Anna seemed uncomfortable with this one – almost pained, at times. Read more..

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Do You Agree With Access Hollywood’s Dancing With The Stars Top 10 Dancing Transformations?

Access Hollywood’s Laura Saltman was joined by pro Louis Van Amstel to do a count down of the Top 10 dancing transformations of all time on Dancing With The Stars. Would you like to guess and comment on who you think placed first before watching? After watching, do you agree with who they picked?

Where is Rob? I think he should be on this list!! I don’t understand how Kate Gosselin or Bristol Palin made their cut either? :? Oh well. 8O

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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.

Lady Antebellum To Perform On Dancing With The Stars Season 13 Finale Show

According to the tweet below at twitter last night and The Boot, the Country group Lady Antebellum will be performing on next Tuesday’s Finale show. The trio will perform their current single ‘We Owned the Night’ We Owned the Night - Own the Night which they also sang at last week’s CMA Awards. The new single is from their new ‘Own The Night’ album Own the Night - Lady Antebellum which has sold more than a million copies in just a month. Be sure to read more on them at the link.


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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 Costume Designers Steven Lee and Daniela Gschwendtner Give Tips From The Set

Several of you have asked recently and in the past who the new costume designers are for Dancing With The Stars this season. The two new costume designers have been a part of Randall Christensen’s team in the past, but, this Season, they were hired to take his place. Their names are Steven Lee and Daniela Gschwendtner. You saw them in a new fun segment with Carson Kressley on the show last night which you can watch here if you missed it or would like to rewatch it again. You can also see them giving some “tips from the set” in a new video made by ABC below.

I think these two have done an outstanding job this season. What do you think? It was refreshing to see some brand new designs and not so many repeats as we’ve seen in previous seasons.

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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 13, Week 9 Interviews After The Results Part 2 (Videos)

So, the final three couples were on Jimmy Kimmy LIVE last night to talk about Dancing With The Stars. They also did Good Morning America today. All three are happy to be in the finals. They talk of who their favorite is to win and all point to each other. They talk of the courage it took to do the show and the odds that were for and against them. Lots more below about their rehearsals this coming week, their inspiration for the free style and selling it, and more….

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“Because I love to dance!” ~Rob Kardashian! Does that line not just say it all?? I love that!

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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 9 Interviews After The Results Part 1 (Videos)

Well, there won’t be any interviews with the eliminated couple, Hope and Maks, this week. We’re not sure why, but, one source below mentions how Hope was escorted out of the press room last night (more details towards the end of this post on that). Instead the finalists were on Jimmy Kimmy LIVE last night. They will also be doing Good Morning America today according to Heidi in her Spoilers post. More on those interviews in a while, but, first let’s get the On The Red Carpet interviews with George Pennacchio.

J.R. tells George how scary it was being along side Hope in the bottom two last night, but, he’s thankful he made it and looks forward to next week’s dances. Karina is not in the interview since she went straight to the studio to start working the choreography. He plans to do whatever she says.

Ricki is surprised and feels so blessed she made it this far. She feels like she’s beating the odds and it’s all because of Derek. He has some tricks up his sleeves for their final dances.

Rob’s number goal is to keep focusing and trying to improve as he’s done every week since the season began. He never thought he’d get this far and he plans to bring 200% to rehearsals this week. He wants that Mirror Ball Trophy!

Here are some interviews with Ricki and Rob from Access Hollywood 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.

Kym Johnson Gives A Dancing With The Stars 13 Finale Sneak Peek (Video)

Below is another fun video released by ABC where Kym breaks the finale down on each of the finalists….

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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.