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DWTS Derek Hough On Cobu3D Set, Sporting A Tattoo For The Movie, And More!

Many of you have probably seen the Instagram above from Derek Hough’s twitter or Pure Derek Hough. It’s a still from his movie Cobu3D. It’s so hot, I had to post it too. :) I have other reasons for posting it as our Princess Heidi has a new video teaser you all need to see of Derek on the set and looking fabulous as always. What’s more, Derek is sporting a tattoo (note: Heidi reports the tattoo was done only for the MOVIE!) Be sure to read all about it, view the video, and see some new set pics at Pure Derek Hough. This movie is just looking that more interesting by the day. Who plans to go see it on it’s premiere weekend? :)

Just a reminder: Don’t forget Derek will be helping to co-host on LIVE! With Kelly again on February 6th!!!

January 31, 2012 I Written By

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.

Maks Chmerkovskiy, Kirstie Alley, Sherri Shepherd, Tony Dovolani Talk DWTS, All Star Season, & More

Entertainment Tonight interviewed Maks at his Birthday bash last Friday night!! He talks of how thankful he is for everyone who came for the event. He remarks on Demi Moore’s recent troubles saying he hopes everyone will leave her in peace so she can get better. Kirstie Alley is interviewed as well. She’s asked on whether she will be Mak’s partner if there is an “Dancing With The Stars All Star Season” which is possibly in the works two seasons from now as you might have read from a previous posting. They interview Tony and his wife. He plugs Victor Cruz for Dancing With The Stars. Check out Sherri Shepherd as well. She is literally dying to dance on Dancing With The Stars (in my opinion!). She remarks of wanting to Samba, but, doesn’t think she can “keep up with the youngsters”. Erin Andrews and Chelsie Hightower gives Maks’ future partners some good advise (and I mean some REALLY good advise!! LOL). Lots more below….

Below is Tony with Extra also interviewing Kirstie. He also asks her on the Dancing With The Stars All Star Season too. I am so game if she will be his partner!!

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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 Judge Carrie Ann Inaba To Host Humane Society Genesis Awards 2012

Known for her love, compassion, and charity work for animals, Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba has been picked to host The Humane Society of the United States 26th Genesis Awards!! The awards show will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The annual Genesis Awards honors the news and entertainment media for raising awareness of animal issues. It is set to air as a Television Special on Animal Planet in May. Below is a quote from Carrie Ann…

“I’m honored to have been asked to host an awards show that is both a celebration and a consciousness raiser,” said Carrie Ann. “In a busy awards season, The Genesis Awards stands out as an event that has true meaning in the larger scope of things– it’s the OscarsÒ for animals and the people in the media who give voice to their plight.”

You can read the full story at Celebrity Mound. You can also try to win tickets to the event if interested here.

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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 Karina Smirnoff Finds Time For Hawaiian Fun In The Sun

Dancing With The Stars Pro Karina Smirnoff may be in Hawaii teaching some DanceFIT workshops currently (which you can view her doing below), but, that doesn’t mean she isn’t enjoying some fun in the Hawaiian sun. Karina has been posting pictures at her twitter account of the Islands as well as her learning how to “Hula” from some Middle School girls who say she is a “natural” at it. Are we surprised? Be sure to check the pics out here when you get a chance. Karina is gorgeous as always. You can view more pictures like the one above at Zimbio. I want that hat!! :)

Thanks to PureDWTS reader Alicia for the video above!!xx

ADDING: Karina did a new interview with KITV.com in Hawaii today. She talks about last season and her DanceFIT program. She also mentions the pros finding out who they get for partners around Feb. 26th. More here. She looks really pretty. I love her hair right now.

January 30, 2012 I Written By

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.

Positive Reviews For DWTS Pros Tristan MacManus And Lacey Schwimmer In Florida

Isn’t this a beautiful dance pose? Tristan MacManus fan and photographer, Shannon Quinlan, continues to post some awesome photos of Dancing With The Stars Pros Lacey Schwimmer and Tristan MacManus. As you might know, the two, have been in Florida teaching dance classes at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios. You can see a whole slew of new photos with Lacey and Tristan like the one seen above here. Other fans have been posting new pictures at TristanMacmanus Fans Page at facebook as well. It’s fun reading their reactions to seeing Tristan and Lacey dance and teach. Nothing but positive reviews!

Adding: See this link at Fred Astasire Dance Studio for even more new pictures.

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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 and Val Chmerkovskiy Attend 1 Oak’s Grand Opening In Las Vegas

Looks like this crazy, sibling duo are lighting up Las Vegas in all of their fine form and charm. The picture above was taken at 1 OAK’s Grand Opening at The Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday. Below is more from the New York Gossip Gal on the two and the night…

It was sibling night with Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Paris and Nicky Hilton partying all night at 1 OAK, singing and dancing along to Katy Perry. The brothers enjoyed the night where they were surrounded by an entire table of beauty queens.

Mechad Brooks, Christina Milian, and Michelle Tractenberg were seen dancing with the colorful and flashing 1 OAK light sticks.

You can view more cute photos of Maks and Val at Getty Images. Photographer: David Becker

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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.

Mark Ballas Performs At Feinstein’s, Talks Of DWTS 14 Unknown Partner, The Partner Reveal, and More

Last night, Mark Ballas performed at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency Ballroom in New York City. Photographer Astrid Stawiarz of Getty Images was there to capture some shots from backstage which you can view more of at Zimbio. Olympic skater, Sasha Cohen, was at the event to watch as well which raised my eye brows a little for the way they were tweeting back and forth afterwards. Wouldn’t it be fun to see her dance on Dancing With The Stars? You can see a sweet picture of the two of them together here.

Mark also gave ABC7 an interview before performing at Feinstein’s where he talks about his music and dancing on Dancing With The Stars. If he had to choose between the two, he couldn’t. They remember his time with Bristol Palin on the show and how Mark is still friends with her to this day. At the end of the interview they ask him straight up who his partner will be for Season 14 (without asking him if he’s dancing). Mark smiles and answers that he doesn’t know who his partner will be and that they will find out who they dance with the day before the revealing on Feb. 28th. Does this mean Mark is officially dancing? You be the judge below. He also plugs Jennifer Aniston again.

If you’d like to watch Mark sing, he will be performing a free show at the Mohegan Sun on Friday, Feb. 10th. For details, visit their official site.

ADDING and back to Sasha, below is another tweet she made this morning after this post as posted. Hmmm….


“@: @ Handsome couple! I want you to dance with Mark on DWTS!” Me too!
@SashaCohenNYC
Sasha Cohen

Thanks Sheery! ;)

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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 14 – Oh Come On, That’s Not Gonna Happen! Chapter 2

The second chapter in what will likely be a very long book. :-) In case you missed chapter 1, this is a series where I talk about what I see on Twitter that makes me roll my eyes in exasperation or laugh…or just groan in disbelief. :-)

Today’s edition of OCOTNGH (heh) revolves around the inability of many Twitter users to READ and comprehend the written word. Seriously, this edition scares me. Let’s do it in list form, shall we??

1) Michelle Obama is NOT going to be on DWTS, partnered with Maks. If you read that on the internet, you need to look up some of the words in the article – mainly the word “Spoof”. If someone you know and/or love told you that she was going to be on DWTS, buy them a dictionary. If you believed them…what the hell is wrong with you?? :-) Here is the source of this particular bit of silliness —-> Michelle Obama on DWTS

Some of you are probably thinking, “Heidi is full of crap, no one REALLY believed that story.” How much would you like to bet? Any Mitt Romneys out there willing to part with 10K?? :-D

2) When someone who happens to be an actor/former co-worker (Brent Spiner) of Marina Sirtis urges people (via his twitter account) to “vote for Marina Sirtis to be on DWTS” he is NOT saying “Marina Sirtis is going to be on Season 14 of DWTS”. Come on. Go look at his twitter time line and you will clearly see that he’s campaigning just like all her other fans. Geez, people. I’m looking for real rumors – not people who can’t read chattering false info across the internet.

3) Get a sense of humor and/or actually WATCH the video where Derek says one of his partners had him crying every night. Geez, that was Derek being goofy. Hardly headline news. :::rolls eyes:::

4) Erin Andrews showing up at Maks’ birthday party doesn’t mean she’s “the one” and madly in love with him.  Kirstie, Tony, and Chelsie were there too, just sayin’. Are they all in love with him? Shippers. They’re enough to make a person nuts. Especially when the Erin shippers and Kirstie shippers fight. Oh wait, that’s actually kinda fun… :-)

5) To those complaining on Twitter that GSN is airing DWTS which “isn’t a game show!” – get a dictionary. From Websters (and really, this should be obvious to most), one of the definitions of “game”:  a physical or mental competition conducted according to rules with the participants in direct opposition to each other. Duh.  Synonyms of “game” include: bout, competition, contest, event, match, matchup, meet, sweepstakes (also sweep-stake),tournament, tourney.  Anyway you look at it DWTS does belong on the Game Show Network. It is either a dance competition or a popularity contest…or both. Note both in the synonyms.  :-)  Just because some dude in polyester pants doesn’t have the chance to win a million bucks doesn’t mean it’s NOT a game.

6) Saying that Giulianna Rancic has been approached to be on DWTS is NOT the same thing as “Giulianna is going to be on DWTS”.  Can you tell this annoys me? :-)

I sense number 6 will be a recurring theme right up to the moment that they announce the cast for Season 14. :::sigh:::  Either the internet is like a massive game of Telephone…or people don’t read well. Or some mixture of both.

January 29, 2012 I Written By

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. :-)

LIVE Stream To Watch DWTS Maksim Chmerkovskiy Judge Miss Nevada Pageant Tonight

Gear up Maks, Tony, and Dancing With The Stars fans! As you have read in some earlier postings, Maks will be judging the Miss Nevada Beauty 2012 Pageant. The fun begins tonight (Sunday) at the Palms’ concert venue, The Pearl, in Las Vegas. Cool too is that Tony Dovolani has choreographed part of the show. Below are some details on the show from the Las Vegas Sun.

“The panel of judges really has their work cut out for them. I honestly believe we have some girls who could truly take the national pageant. It is going to be a very fun and exciting time, and all the girls have worked so hard to compete.”

There are 24 blondes, brunettes and redheads in contention for the Miss Nevada USA title and simultaneously 12 hopefuls in the Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen Pageant.

“I have to make my farewell walk and farewell speech just before I crown the new winner,” Sarah said. “It’s not sad because I’m looking forward to all the things to come. I won’t have time to even think about the reign change because I will be helping the girls backstage.

“We have had Tony Dovolani from ‘Dancing With the Stars’ teaching them best stage presence and how to strike a pose after going through the onstage walking patterns. We have an opening dance number — not too technical! — and he’s also been guiding them with that…

Be sure to read the full article at this link for more. Note too, as we’ve reported before, that Val is judging the Miss Nevada Teen Pageant. Hopefully, we’ll get lots of new pictures.

Also, a fan at Miss Nevada USA Facebook is reporting you can also watch the pageant all go down on-line at U Stream TV if interested.

On another note: we’ve also added a video link to Maks Birthday Bash post which includes some of the dancing and coverage from Friday night!! So, be sure to visit that post again here if you haven’t yet for more fun from that night.

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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 End-of-Season Award Winners – What Change Do You Most Want to See in Season 14?

Soooooo many write-in responses for this one…and the results were quite interesting ;-)

Other responses:

No more theme nights – 10

No Maks/Maks taking a break/Maks sitting out a season/get rid of Maks – 9

New judges – 7 (I think this could fit under “better judging”, as it’s implied that “better judging” could be new judges altogether…)

More Tristan – 4

Better quality of dances/ringers/celebs with better dancing capabilities – 4

No troupe/troupe actually dancing in sync – 3

All of the above – 3

More Derek – 3

Replace Brooke with Carson/Carson added in any format – 2

Get rid of Brooke/new co-host – 2

Bring Chelsie back – 2

Bigger cast/more celebs – 2

I love the show the way it is/If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – 2

Better band – 1

Start sooner – 1

TIE: Better judging & better music – 1

Less talking in between dances – 1

More traditional music (no Katy Perry/Gaga/Beyonce/etc.) – 1

Less Derek – 1

No more Carrie Ann – 1

NO MORE NANCY – 1 (Ummm yeah, pretty sure you don’t have to worry about that, ya asshat.)

Total season’s votes included in calculation of winners – 1

Better intro packages before the dances – 1 (HA! Keep dreaming…)

Courtney: Thank goodness this is the last award, because you guys (as much as I love you all) are killing me with all of these write-in responses.  Anywho…I agree that improving the judging could definitely help take some of the edge off of watching the show.  Looking back at a lot of my power rankings from the past few seasons, I see that I most often got upset when the judges were way off in their scoring…either for better or worse.  Now I don’t think getting rid of the judges we have and starting anew is the solution – and it seems like a lot of you agreed in our poll about the judges last season – new judges altogether could be even worse, especially if those judges haven’t judged on a dance show before.  However, I’m not sure how to really force Len, Carrie Ann, and Bruno to judge more fairly – it’s such a subjective thing.  As for “better celebs” – I guess I should have been more specific about that one, as “better” can mean different things to different people – better could mean “more famous”, or better could mean “more skilled dancers”.  And speaking of which – there is something to be said for having ringers, kids.  The past 2 seasons, we haven’t really had a skill ringer – and I notice that a lot of you have complained that the dancing has not been as good as it has in previous seasons.  Ringers can ensure that we get to see dynamite dances each week, and tend to raise the level of competition during the seasons in which they compete.  More pro dances are always welcome for me – just as long as they’re not troupe dances ;-) Better music? Yeah, it would be nice if they didn’t ditto quite so many songs; but to whoever wants “more traditional” music, be advised that this could severely limit the music that can be used on the show, and can run the risk of alienating more casual viewers – contemporary music can make the dances more relatable.  I don’t think we need more dance styles OR more couples – whenever someone starts clamoring for that, I start to worry that we might have another season 9 on our hands, aka the “Kitchen Sink” season, where there were just so damn many dances, couples, and nuances that it was hard to keep up.  Now to the 2 write-ins I found most interesting: “total season’s votes included in calculation of winners” and “better intro packages before the dances”.  Sorry, but I find both of these to be pretty implausible.  What would including the total season’s votes in the calculation of the winner accomplish? Do you really think it would change the outcome of a season? It’s possible – but it could have unintended consequences.  I think it would tend to help bad dancers who stuck around far too long (think Bristol, Marie, Hope, Kendra, etc.) and could hurt really good dancers that maybe had smaller fanbases (Mya, Chelsea, Brandy, etc.) The bottom line: as much as the whole “50 % scores, 50% votes” scheme may piss off fans who don’t get their desired outcome, it’s probably the fairest system they can use on this show – it’s equal parts popularity contest and dance contest.  And as for the “better intro packages before the dances” – I have to wonder if this was written by a Maks fan, as they seemed to be the ones most concerned about the intro packages this past season.  I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – the producers are going to cut together the footage that will generate the most “buzz”…and if that means using the footage of a couple fighting or crying or storming out of the studio, so be it.  The solution? Don’t give them anything negative to work with.  If you’re seeing a couple fight in their intro packages week after week, it’s because they’re probably actually fighting week after week and that’s all the editors have to work with – not because the producers are conspiring to ruin them.  Asking them to make a warring couple look like they’ve got rainbows shooting out of their ass is futile if all they have footage of is a couple screaming at each other.  It’s a tv show, people – they’re gonna go for ratings.

Heidi: Correct – and any pro who’s been on the show for more than a season KNOWS this and SHOULD react accordingly. Just sayin’.  :-)  As for the total season votes? I don’t think that will work like you would want it to work. :-) Increasing the number of votes  would likely just make the winner more of a solid winner – it’s a percentage of the whole, not a count. If they don’t have a high enough percentage at the end of the season, adding in their votes through out the season won’t likely change anything, except make the individual votes count less. Particularly if the judging portion remains the same.  You wanna make it votes only, like American Idol?? Well, how often does the best singer win that show?? Like, less than half the time? And who’s to say an individual is “best” – it’s subjective.  The judges may suck from time to time (particularly when they are for YOUR couple), but I actually trust them to balance out the wacko fans in the audience who will vote for Kate Gosselin just for giggles.  Was Donny Osmond the best dancer? No, but if it were up to the audience alone, Mya probably wouldn’t have made it to the final two. This is an extreme case of “be careful what you wish for.” I have a feeling that some haven’t considered the potential ramifications.  As for me…I don’t remember what I voted for.  I may not have voted because I pretty much like the show the way it is, better the “devil you know” and all that. I would normally say “more pro (non-troupe) dances” but I was pretty happy with that this past season as well, simply because I got a lot of Derek. For a change. I do think they could use more all pro dances similar to those in seasons 5 and 6 – no musical act, just great dancing.

Vogue: I was at a loss on this polling. It seems during the last several seasons I complain the most about the judging. I really think the judges go too far sometimes when they get too “personal” instead of just judging a dance. For instance, dissing about a person’s weight or things a celebrity can’t help is just low. At the same time, I really don’t want any judging changes as all three of them add excitement and diversity to the show. In the end, I voted for “better music”. There is so many times I wish they’d stick to traditional music that fits the dancing styles instead of what they use for theme weeks that don’t match the style of dance.

*photo courtesy ABC/Adam Taylor

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!