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DWTS Derek Hough On Winning, What Really Matters, And More!

Below is a new interview I missed posting this past week With Derek and OMG Yahoo. Derek dishes on his and Ricki’s chances to win Dancing With The Stars (I love what he said to Ricki about it and it’s so true, isn’t it?). He also talks of their biggest competition and the judges critiques. Be sure to read the full interview at the link because he talks on the dating rumors with Lauren Conrad (so, not true), writing music, and more.

Do you think you have a good chance of winning this season?
“I don’t want to be honest cause if I’m honest then it’s gonna sound like I’m defeated. I don’t know if it’s our season to win, but it’s not [about that]. I tell Ricki, ‘Listen, who was your favorite last season?’ She goes ‘Kirstie Alley.’ ‘Do you remember her scores?’ She went, ‘No, I have no idea what her scores were.’ ‘Did she win?’ ‘No.’ That’s what matters. What matters is being memorable.”

Who is your biggest competition?
“I feel that J.R. [Martinez] is definitely the frontrunner and has been from day one. It’s in his blood — the rhythm and the timing and things like that — and [pro dancer] Karina [Smirnoff] is doing a great job with him. If I had to guess who would make the final, it’s gonna be tough. I think Rob [Kardashian's] been doing such a great job. He’s really improved a lot, so I think that he has a chance to make that final. As a person, he’s really evolved. It’s really great to see him — in a very sort of non-patronizing way. He’s kind of blossomed into a man.”

I think the toughest part of being on “Dancing” is standing there and getting critiqued by the judges. Do you think they’re fair?
“[Some seasons] I’ve become very sort of protective with my partners, and I lashed out at the judges. But after a couple of seasons I realized the best way to approach it. What I do now is I prepare my partners. I prepare them so, for instance, if they’ve got a dance, even if I think she deserves a 10 or a nine or whatever, we don’t talk about scores ever. It never comes into our vocabulary. But if I think she might deserve better I still tell her before I go out there, ‘Okay, even if you nail this dance, even if you’re gonna kill it, the judges might pick you on small things and mark you down so just be prepared for that.”

In a new interview with On The Red Carpet, Ricki and Derek speak about their freestyle, what she’s most terrified of, and more….

Lots more at Pure Derek Hough including the new People Magazine “Sexiext Man Alive” VIDEO, new Paparazzi photos, videos, and 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 Season 13, The FINALE – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Well, I think this will be the closest finale that we’ve had in a very long time – and also the first in a very long time that I will be happy regardless of who wins. :-)  Seriously, these three contestants all seem happy as clams to be there, satisfied with however it shakes out and really friendly with each other.  As a result, I expect/hope/pray to see some great dancing on Monday night!!   I’ll just be happy to have a happy show once again. :-)

Who has the advantage??  Beats me. :-)  I think JR is the odds on favorite to win, but I don’t know that he has a particular advantage over the other two when it comes to dances and songs.  They all have advantages – and weaknesses.  A lot will depend on what the judges do – if they decide they want JR to win or if they decide to throw it to the viewers.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they throw it to the viewers, since Ricki is only 0.4 percentage points ahead of JR in average score.  Now, throwing it to the viewers doesn’t necessarily mean that they make a faux tie. I can also easily see all three of these dancers getting similar scores because they danced at close to the same level. I would expect Ricki and JR to be at about the same level, Rob maybe a bit lower.  But it’s possible that he could really up his game.  Just saying now – if the scores end really, really close, it’s not necessarily that the judges copped out – that will be up for debate after the show. :-)

Not shown below is the Instant Samba that the final two will do after third place is announced. Also, the “Favorite Dance” will be ranked, not scored – first place gets a 30, second 28 and third 26. At that point it is unlikely to have a true impact on the outcome unless someone is way behind and they take first place. Even then, it’s unlikely to have an impact.

Rob/Cheryl
Unlearned Dance – Waltz
Freestyle – Song: “Minnie the Moocher” by Cab Calloway
Favorite Dance (Tues) – Foxtrot to “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra
Phone: 1-800-868-3402

JR/Karina
Unlearned Dance: Cha Cha Cha – Song: “Let’s Get Loud” by Jennifer Lopez (???*)
Freestyle – Song: “Whine Up” by Kat Deluna
Favorite Dance (Tues) – 1st Jive to “Jump, Jive, and Wail” by Brian Setzer Orchestra
Phone: 1-800-868-3410

Ricki/Derek
Unlearned Dance – Cha Cha Cha
Freestyle – Song: “Can’t Touch It” by Ricki Lee
Favorite Dance (Tues.) – Psycho Tango
Phone: 1-800-868-3411

Note: Ask Courtney and I our opinions on JR’s favorite dance. :-) Clue – it starts with “bad idea”. :-)
*Another Note: We know either JR or Ricki has “Let’s Get Loud” – just not sure which. This is our best guess. And yes, both JR & Ricki’s freestyle songs have been used before: JR’s was both Cody & Julianne AND Rick & Cheryl’s samba song, and Ricki’s was the season 11 finale opening dance.

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Family and Cheryl Burke Speak About Rob Kardashian’s Transformation On Dancing With The Stars (Videos)

Celebuzz talked with Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian to promote their new novel “Dollhouse”. While doing so, they asked them about Rob’s dancing and making it to the finals on Dancing With The Stars. Below is what they had to say about it. It sounds like he has surprised them as much as he has us.

LS: Well as you know all of us at HarperCollins send her our best. And we’re all very much cheering for your brother Rob.

Kourt: It’s so exciting. Like watching him last night, how the judges picked him to do the dance because they wanted to see his dance—it’s so cool, I’m so excited for next week.

Khloe: I literally cried when they said he was safe. I was like, I’m so lame, all alone in my hotel room, crying by myself, but it’s just so cool to see the growth from week one to whatever week it is now. None of us thought he would last this long—just because he has no dance background; he’s the youngest on the show… He’s definitely confident with us, in the privacy of our own home, but I can see how much more confident he is now. And I’ve loved seeing that transformation.

LS: He never danced as a little kid, around your house?

Kourt: No, never. Like Khloe said they used to do the running man together.

Khloe: Like, play-dancing. But we don’t even do that right. So this is amazing to see.

LS: Well we’re very excited and we hope that he takes it all!

KK: Thank you!

Watch live streaming video from thekardashians at livestream.com

Rob and Cheryl talk on Rob’s transformation with On The Red Carpet 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.

DWTS J.R. Martinez And Diana Jones To Be Interviewed On Nightline

J.R. on his long time girlfriend, Diana Jones;
“She’s definitely my number one fan, outside of my mother … she always kind of reminds me, that ‘you have the ability.’ She always kind of tells me that ‘you’re one of the few people I know that when you put your mind to something, I really believe that you can do it.’”

Nightline interviewed J.R. and his longtime girlfriend Diana Jones, executive assisant for “All My Children”. Diana talks of the first time she met J.R. and how she wasn’t thrown off by his scars. J.R. knew from the beginning that Diana looked at him in a different way and on a deeper level. You can see a teaser of the interview below. Lots more at the link. The full interview with Diana and J.R. will be aired on “Nightline” Monday night at 11:00pm ET.

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ADDING: Also, below is a new Rehearsal interview with J.R. and Karina with On The Red Carpet;

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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.

Slight Changes & Differences In Las Vegas Odds For The DWTS Season 13 Finale

The Las Vegas Odds have had some slight changes since our last post on Thursday. At that time, OLBG was showing this outcome from the odds makers;

J.R. Martinez 1.47

Rob Kardashian 4

Ricki Lake 5.5

Now here are the figures OLBG is showing as of today, Sunday, Nov. 20th. They still have Ricki placed at 3rd, but, the numbers are a little tighter.

J.R. Martinez 1.5

Rob Kardashian 4.33

Ricki Lake 5

Also, SportsboDog has their odds calculations posted. Below is how their figures stand as of today, Sunday Nov. 20th. Note how they have Ricki coming in 2nd place;

J.R. Martinez 1/2

Ricki Lake 3/1

Robert Kardashian 4/1

Interesting, hmmm? Ready for tomorrow night yet?

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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.