It’s time to plan a trip to California if you are a fan to Anna Trebunskaya and husband, Jonathan Roberts. The two will be hosting “Ballroom With A Twist” on January 20th and 21st at the Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego. Below are some more details on all the performers….
Star Watch: It’s the who’s who of the dance and singing world, joining together for an evening of grace, athleticism, and passion. Dancing with the Stars hot-shot couple Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts host both nights of Ballroom with a Twist and are joined by vocals from LaKisha Jones, David Hernandez, Gina Glocksen, and Michael Sarver. The show is conceived and choreographed by Dancing with the Stars’ Emmy-nominated Louis van Amstel and conducted by Matthew Garbutt.
As previously reported, Chelsie Hightower is now expanding her love for dance by opening her own dance and performing arts studio in Draper, Utah. The date is set for January 23rd. Below is a cute little promo she did for it….
Guys, It’s with great pleasure that I write you to once again to say that Noelia and her partner Hernan Piquín won Bailando 2011! I haven’t watched all their final performances yet, but I’ve read some reviews and with “a little help from my friends”, I’m going to tell you how it went. Are you ready? Let’s go!
Well, let me start saying that this week was a little insane. There were 3 nights of dancing. Four couples danced for the two spots in the final. As I’ve mentioned on a previous post, Bailando debuted May, 17th, with 30 couples. Six of them gave up and were replaced.
On Monday, Dec. 19th, Noelia and Piquin danced the semifinal against Patrícia “Coki” Ramírez and Juan Leandro Nimo. The rhythms: Cumbia, Adagio Latino, Cha cha cha and Árabe.
The other semifinal was on Tuesday, Dec. 20th, with Paula Chaves and Paulo Juin against Héctor “Tito” Speranza and Nadia Hair. Rhythms: Cuarteto, Adagio de Novela, Disco and Axé. Winners: Tito and Nadia.
The final aired this past Thursday (December, 22th). The couples had to dance four times on the same day: Reggaeton, Adagio, Pop Latino and Electro Dance.
Note: both in the semifinals and finals, the couples just repeat the routines they had danced on earlier weeks.
The finals (and the semifinals) went like this: the five judges picked the best couple on each rhythm. The rhythm winner couple gets one point. The audience winner of the night earns 4 points, and then elimination takes place.
Noelia and Piquín won Reggaeton, Adagio and Electro Dance. Tito won Pop Latino. It gives you 3 X 1. Our dear Dwarf lady earned more 4 points from the 52.59% from audience vote against 47.41% Tito earned. Noelia was named the winner! =] Roughly 1,100,000 people voted via internet and text messages.
Do you remember when I mentioned that the original name of Bailando is “Bailando por un Sueño” and it means Dancing for a Dream? Well, Noelia was the dreamer of the couple and her dream was to buy a van to help the Escuela Especial de Pampa Del Infierno transport the children with special needs. If Tito had won, he’d have liked to build a sports court to the Club 2 de Abril de Misiones, who helps kids that live on the streets. Fortunately, a Volkswagen executive helped Noelia and the Governor of Misiones helped Tito. In the end Showmatch gave an extra $100,000 pesos (roughly 25,000 USD) to help Noelia’s charity.
More random notes: Noelia is a singer and entertainer. She had this dream to be on Bailando since a long time and she cried a lot when they announced that she’d be in during a popular TV Show. She never get the bottom 4 and never ever used the fact she is a dwarf to get votes. She was the second best avarage, losing just to Cinthia Fernandes who left the competition two dances/nights (not weeks) before the semifinal. Hernán Piquín is one of the greatest ballet dancers of Argentina. As the winners, they are automatically invited to be on next season of Bailando to defend their title. A lot of “stars”/couples always returns to Bailando; some of them had been on the show like twice before… In Bailando we don’t have clearly the figure of the “star” and the “pro”, but the “dreamer” and the pro or something equivalent. The pro doesn’t choreograph the dance: each couple has its own choreographer (you may see them when the two finalists receive their trophies). Tito was one of the bodyguards of TV personality (or something like that) Ricardo Fort, grandson of the founder of Feltfort Chocolate Company. How did he get to Bailando? I HAVE NO IDEA!!!! (So we blame Bristol Palin… LOL) Well, I haven’t seen many of his dances, but the news mentioned Tito was the most improved guy on competition and has a great personality.
Thanks again to my friend Renata and all the brazilian DwtS fans crew. =]
People.com has a nice holiday piece up with Cheryl where she discloses her tips for staying in shape over the holidays. She also tells her plans for the off season as well as her dream partner for Season 14. I love who she mentions (*sigh*) and someone with a lot of “charisma” would be cool, wouldn’t it?
“It’s all about doing something fun, whether it’s an outdoor activity or yoga,” says Burke. “For me, Jazzercize works amazing. If you don’t have time, just run on a treadmill. It makes you want to eat better.”
“If I go a week without working out, it makes me feel that I might as well keep indulging,” she says. “If you really care about your body, then your mind starts to work better. So it’s important that it all stays balanced.”
Burke adds that she’ll keep busy during the show’s off season with endorsement deals, but that doesn’t mean she’s not thinking ahead to potential partners for next season.
Her dream pick? Says Burke: “I think anyone with lots of charisma, like Antonio Banderas, would be great.”
Hey All!!! How did your Christmas go? We hope it was fantastic!! Also, if you happened to miss the Nancy Grace Dancing Special Friday night, you can watch it in full below. Mark your calendars if interested. Part 2 will be shown this upcoming Friday night on Nancy’s show on HLN at 8:00pm ET.
Maks has written a new blog today wrapping up 2011 for what he’s learned from a year full of ups and downs. He’s expresses how much love he has for his family, friends, and fans. He mentions how he is going on vacation and then afterwards he will return to New York for his birthday bash at Dance With Me Studios. Below is a take where he mentions a few details and teasers for what he knows and doesn’t know. Note how he mentions inviting his “LA LA land” friends as well. I wonder who that will be?
This year, I’m really excited because my studios and family have found a way to let me express myself through dance. And they still have found a way to let me bring both my worlds together.
My friends from Hollywood will see my world and where I come from. They will experience a show that they will enjoy and also get to meet my family and then celebrate my bday with me.
And the studios, my creative team, and family have also been doing some planning “behind my back” surprises for me and the fans. I say that and smile because it is actually right under my nose and in corners, here and there when I’m around but too busy to know what they are up to.
So there will be parts of the show that even I don’t know about. I am personally looking forward to seeing what is in store. I trust them to make it fun for us both.
What I do know is Tony and Val have been contacting our La La land friends. So there are some surprises I can only speculate about. I have asked. And on this one, their lips are sealed. So if it isn’t all great, you can blame them not me. LOL!
I also know my family has been whipping out photo albums and videos in spades. I have no idea why anyone would want to even try to go through what they are for this. Because when I say my family has lots of videos. I’m talking about boxes of VHS tapes. BOXES!!! So I just wish them luck. And as I know what is in those boxes, we’ll see how surprised I will be. But I think it’s kind of cute that they are trying so hard for me. And I appreciate them for it.
Dancing With The Stars Louis Van Amstel and his dancers take us behind the scenes of a new LaBlast photoshoot. He promises a new LaBlast DVD series is coming out soon. While doing so, they wish everyone “Happy Holidays” as well. More below…
PureDWTS reader @ElmariL sent us “an oldie, but goldie”. Below is Dancing With The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman dishing on his life and dancing career up to the point he became a judge. Did you know he didn’t start dancing until he was 21? He didn’t have a son until he was 40. He never was asked to do anything on TV until he was 60. He shares pictures, tells stories, and more. Just a mere example of why Len might be “Len. If you’d like to know more, you can order his book “Better Late Than Never: My Story” here.
Fascinating! I get put out by Len’s harshness sometimes, but, I really would not trade him being a judge on Dancing With The Stars for anything, would you? That doesn’t mean we can’t complain though when he’s been over the top, right? LOL!