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DWTS 14 Week 7 Power Rankings

If there is one take-home point I want you guys to glean from this season, it’s that THEME WEEKS OFTEN SCREW THE COUPLES! No exception here – I think only two couples managed to churn out something worthwhile from the pieces of music they were given, and the rest either muddled through or failed miserably.  Consequently, I find myself cutting some breaks tonight, just due to some really bad music selections.  And let’s just say there was some “creative” storytelling going on this week…warriors & mannequins & vampires, oh my! 8O I am beyond relieved that it’s back to business as usual next week…no wacky themes to throw couples off their game.  So there’s also going to be no excuses for subpar performances…game on, kiddies ;-)

Thoughts on the team dances: I thought Team Tango (aka Team Tiny Hat :-P) was quite a bit better than Team Paso (aka Team No Shirt, No Problem ;-)).  I saw no timing issues or missteps on Team Tango – everything was in synch, and aside from a couple of small wobbles from Jaleel & Maria, I saw no glaring mistakes.  I also thought they had the more interesting floor patterns  – lots of visually-pleasing shapes and transitions.  I do think Derek was right in his claim that more couples = more interesting patterns.  It can be a good thing, if you can manage to get everyone in synch and on time…and I think that last thing is the real challenge.  I would hearby like to dub Roshon the MVP of Team Tango – the boy was a revelation tonight.  He came out with such determination and attack, and he KILLED his solo on Team Tango.  Zero mistakes, 100% commitment, 100% attack.  Bravo, Ro! Hell, I would even go so far as to say that he was the overall standout in terms of both teams – he was really the only one that made me sit up and go “WHOA!!! Where did that come from???!”  As for Team Paso – I thought they had the more exciting piece of music and had more theatricality and drama than Team Tango, but they suffered in terms of synchronization and just overall cleanliness of their choreography.  I kind of anticipated those two problems, as they had the added challenge of throwing in a lot of open work that Team Tango didn’t really have to worry about.  I loved the parts of the guys’ cape section that were actually in synch (which I must say is a pretty impressive feat), but the parts that were out of synch just kind of reminded me of my cousins playing Zorro as kids – it was a little chaotic. I could’ve done without the shirtlessness (more on that later), but I can’t say I’m surprised that they did it.  If I had to pick, I’d say Donald was the MVP of Team Paso – I loved how much control he showed in his solo, and his choreo was clean.  In the end, I’d say the scoring was just about right – I might have deducted a point from Team Paso, since the objective of the team dance for me is to stay in synch, first and foremost, and they seemed to struggle with that a bit more.

1.) Maria & Derek – I think these two were the only ones who managed to really OWN their individual dance tonight, and not get pwned by the song they were given.  I can’t say that I was wild about the vampire storyline (between Twilight, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, etc., I’m kinda over the whole vamp thing…), but they did make it work for them, and overall the choreography was clean, exciting, and a good representation of paso doble.  Did it deserve a 30? I think so…with all of the overscoring we’ve seen this season for dances that I thought were nowhere near as good as this paso (or at least had nowhere near as much content as this paso), I can’t say that I think the judges were too far off in giving it the first 30 of the season.  Given tonight’s spread, I think these two are safe.

2.) Katherine & Mark – I’m told their rumba was Game of Thrones-inspired, but as someone who does not have premium cable (and whose regular cable it only intermittently available these days – thanks again, AT&T!), I actually thought it looked more gladiator or Roman-y.  Whatever it was – I’m afraid the costuming made Katherine look kinda out of her element, and although I thought her legs looked FANTASTIC and she was at least flirting with some nice hip action, I never felt 100% commitment from her, and the routine never felt super romantic or rumba-y to me.  It tiptoed near being a good rumba, but never really reached it – and Katherine had another week of “deer in the headlights” eyes from time to time, I’m afraid.  I also have to raise a bit of an eyebrow to some creative camera work I noticed – seemed like they changed the shot so you couldn’t see Kath’s legs whenever they went for a move that might possibly get called out as a lift.  Possibly a “if the viewers can’t see it, they can’t get mad at Carrie Ann for not calling them out on it!” strategy? Who knows…but it just seemed a bit fishy to me, especially given a few other things I noticed tonight.  Overall, I think these two are probably safe this week – but I’m starting to see some cracks in her facade.  She’s not as flawless as the judges initially thought, methinks…

3.) Donald & Peta – This was the only other couple I thought really handled their piece of music well tonight, and I thought their “royalty at court” kinda theme was a cute interpretation.  Although Donald gave it a valiant effort and I did see some really good moments (especially when he was out of hold), he did seem to have some footwork issues (a problem all of the VW’s this week seemed to have), and I thought I saw him get off time once or twice.  Then again, it was hard to tell whether someone was on or off-time this week, as so many of the pieces of music had some wacky tempo changes.  I wish Carrie Ann could have just praised them, instead of bringing up some non-issue about a lift that she herself didn’t see but thought might have been there anyway (seriously? WTF??? Just score what you saw and shut up about things you didn’t!), but I think the judges were about right in their scoring.  I think Donald’s pretty safe, but I think he still has some work to do on his ballroom frame if he wants a shot at the finals… Read more..

April 30, 2012 I Written By

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Dancing with the Stars Season 14 Music – Classical Week

Dancing with the Stars season 2012 classical week music is here!! Time again for the list of Dancing with the Stars Music. Here’s the list of DWTS music from tonight’s show:

Katherine & Mark danced a Rumba to the song “Canon in D Major” Canon in D Major - The 50 Most Essential Pieces of Classical Music—Johann Pachelbel
Melissa & Maks danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Marriage of Figaro” Marriage of Figaro - Overture—Wolfgang Mozart
William & Cheryl danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Ave Maria” Ave Maria - Sacred Arias— Franz Schubert (Performed by Jackie Evancho)
Roshon & Chelsie danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Bad Romance” Bad Romance - The Fame Monster (Deluxe Version)—Lady Gaga
Donald & Peta danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “La Donna è Mobile” —Giuseppe Verdi (Performed by Vittorio Grigolo)
Maria & Derek danced a Paso Doble to the song “Montagues and Capulets” Montagues and Capulets - Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2
Jaleel & Kym danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Did I Make the Most of Loving You?” Did I Make the Most of Loving You - Downton Abbey—Mary-Jess Leaverland
Maria & Derek, Katherine & Mark, Roshon & Chelsie and Jaleel & Kym danced a Team Tango to the song “Toccata from Symphony No. 5″Toccata from Symphony No. 5 - Music for a Perfect Day -Charles-Marie Widor
Donald & Peta, Melissa & Maks and William & Cheryl danced a Team Paso Doble to the song “O Fortuna” O Fortuna - Orff: Carmina Burana—Carl Orff (Performed by Vittorio Grigolo)

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Going Into Dancing With The Stars Rehearsals With Kym Johnson And Jaleel White

Kym tells ET how Jaleel and her are a stronger team now after being on a roller coaster ride with scores. They are taking one week at a time. They have a new koala mascot to “boost their spirits” and “inspire” them to achieve their goals…

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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.

Conrad Green Talks About The Dance Duel, Voting, An All-Star Season Of Dancing With The Stars, & More

Conrad Green, the producer for Dancing With The Stars, tells the New York Post conversations are indeed underway about an all-star season of Dancing With The Stars and as early as next season. He talks about the Dance Duel this season and how voting works too. Lots more below….

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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 Stats Class – Week 7

Yay Week 7 aka Classical Week, and you know what that means? It means that later this week you’ll get my Predicted Scores Scorecard for the “Middle Third” of the season. Are you wondering what I mean by the “middle third” well… continue reading.
– First “Third”: Weeks 1 through 4
– Middle “Third”: Weeks 4 through 7
– Last “Third”: Weeks 7 through 10

And in case you’ve forgotten here is the post of how the “Age”, “Occupation”, “Professional Partner” categories breakdown.

Since this is Week 7 how does that affect the predicted scores since I have Week 7 in both the “middle third” and “last third”… simply that I will have individual average scores for the two thirds and average it out from there… I had a reason for doing this, because I did the same in Week 4, but for the life of me I forgot why… anyway… onward!

ROSHON FEGAN
Dance: Argentine Tango
Average Scores:
– Age: 23.667
– Occupation: N/A
– Professional Partner: 22.000
Predicted Score / Rank: 25 / 7th
Comments: Oh boy, in a dance where lifts are actually allowed, Roshon isn’t going to be able to take full advantage of that little nuance unless they pull some of the lower lifts like the pseudo one they did during the Rumba last week. The only Disney kids to have done the Argentine Tango were Season 11’s Kyle Massey (29) and Season 12’s Chelsea Kane (28), but they did the Argentine Tango in Week 9 which are in the “last third” of the season breakdown. Whether Roshon could get anywhere near that high is anyone’s guess, I’m hoping he can, but the numbers are telling a different story here.

MELISSA GILBERT
Dance: Argentine Tango
Average Scores:
– Age: 20.833
– Occupation: 24.333
– Professional Partner: 24.000
Predicted Score / Rank: 25 / 6th
Comments: Only Season 10’s Pamela Anderson has done the Argetine Tango and she got a 22 (actress in her 40s), what is also odd is that she has had a lot of 7-paddles up to Week 6 only to finally break the barrier in Week 7 (she’s had a couple more 8 paddle in her run up to the point, but the scores were roughly in the same area). So the trends seem to be rather similar between Melissa and Pamela in general. Maybe this would be Melissa’s week to shine like it was Pamela’s break out week? But would it be enough, since Pamela was voted off in Week 7 as well? I guess only time will tell.

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PureDWTS Week 7 Before Showtime Interviews With Peta Murgatroyd And Donald Driver

We hope to have the new Ellen Show interview up shortly with Peta Murgatroyd and Donald Driver. In the meantime, you can read a new interview with Peta at Fitness Magazine where she talks of her predictions, her favorite season so far, how she and Donald prepare for the show, and what the cameras don’t catch on Dancing With The Stars. More at the link.

I predict the three couples in the finals will include… “Fingers crossed, Donald and I will make it! Katherine [Jenkins] has amazing skills and William [Levy] has the fan base. But there are a lot of great dancers this season who could surely go to the end!”

My favorite season so far… “I’ve only been on two, but when I was with Meta World Peace [nee Ron Artest], we were knocked out in the first round. Donald is dedicated, willing to put in the hours and is so kind. We’re working so hard for the mirrorball trophy and are planning to add better skills and harder choreography moving forward.”

To prepare for one show… “We dance at least six hours daily, and sometimes come back in the evening for more. Then Donald goes home to his family—he’s great at balancing it all!”

The cameras don’t catch… “Despite the strong competition, everyone becomes a big family. I’m really good friends with Katherine and Maks [Chmerkovskiy].”

Also, Lori has told me that the two will be playing a “King and Queen” tonight. She heard this in a new Ryan Seacrest interview this morning.

More in a bit with these two. Watch this space!

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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 Derek Hough And Maria Menounos Interviewed By Good Morning America On Their Sexy & More (Video)

Finally, some more promos for Derek and Maria! Today Good Morning America showed them in rehearsals. You can see them in some powerful dance poses for the Paso Doble and wow, are they ever hot!! They also interviewed them to see how Maria is fairing with her injuries. Lots more below.

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Here they are on Extra as well today. Derek is wearing that fun hat again. There is some footage with their team goofing around 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.

Brooke Burke-Charvet and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Pictured At Propel Zero Just Dance Off

Pictured above is Dancing With The Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet and pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy at the Propel Zero Just Dance Off held yesterday at the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Studio Lot in Los Angeles, California. You can read all about what took place at this event at Market Watch. You can view more fun pictures at Zimbio and Getty Images. You can see the winner of the dance off at Propel Facebook.

ADDING: Thanks loads to Evaine, below is a video of Maks dancing with the winners of the dance contest….

And thanks to Sheery, here’s another…

UPDATE: Below is Maks talking about the Propel Zero dance competition. He also talks about he and Melissa and Dancing With The Stars….

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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, Week 7 – Who’s Dancing What…and when?

Well, another week, another set of dances.  I’ll be curious to see the running order this week, even though I don’t believe it means as much at this stage of the competition. Especially since the two team dances will either be first or last.  If they put them first and continue their trend of having certain celebrities in the last half of the show, I’ll cry foul again.  They are certainly doing everything they can for certain couples, while others dance in the first hour most of the time.  Maria, Melissa, Roshon and Jaleel have jumped all over the place, with Maria, Melissa and Roshon more heavily in the first hour. Donald has been in the second hour or the middle of the pack except for week 1. Jaleel made it to the second hour again last week likely due to having one of the better dances I’ve seen on this season so far. And that includes anything done by William or Katherine.

And that brings us back to our two favored children, William and Katherine.  The Royal couple. :::snicker:::  I do wonder if the British producers of this show see those two names and unconsciously pimp them or if they are just totally overt in wanting them to win and doing what they can to make it happen. :-) Katherine has actually danced in the first hour and has spent MOST of her time dancing at the top of the hour, which is also a good spot. William has never danced in the first hour. He’s the only celeb to get the pimp spot THREE times (and in 6 weeks, that’s pretty good).  I actually like Katherine, and William seems like an okay dude – but I can’t root for anyone who is so heavily favored at the expense of everyone else. Roshon got seriously hosed last week and Donald has yet to get a score that he deserves, relative to others – both are better dancers than William, IMO.  Never has this show felt more manipulative than it does right now. And why?

Maybe the ratings grabbers are going in the second hour??  Well, how do they know a particular person is grabbing ratings??  I don’t think they do, for sure, plus they MADE William into the ratings grabber – they pimped him heavily so that he got news, then that generated more news and hype – till he got the cover of People magazine.  I have to wonder if that was their goal all along.  Just the hype and “DWTS” on the cover of People magazine.  Actually, they did the exact same thing last season with JR – who was a very likable guy with a great backstory.  But not the amazing dancer that everyone claimed.  I’m starting to think that the producers see guys like JR and William and see people they can hype right on to the cover of magazines – which garners free PR for the show.  Yep, I’m cynical. :-) How can one not be with all the over scoring and dance duels and the double elimination coming soon?? And really, how long till it backfires and everyone sees the man behind the curtain?? This play for ratings is a plan with diminishing returns, IMO.

But I have to wonder…will they give William the first spot and put the team dances at the end of the show?? Because really, dancing the last individual dance isn’t going to be that good of a spot in the running order if they do the team dances last.  I will have to laugh, as I can hear it now – “William finally goes in the first hour!!”  Um, yeah, because he might get lost in the fun of the team dances….and we can’t have that. :-) I think I might even make that my guess…

ETA: SCORE!! Both William and Katherine in the first half of the show with the Team dances at the end…Team Paso going last. Gee, I’m so surprised. :-)

ETA 2: And after I hypothesize that going towards the end of the individual dances might not be good….we find Maria and Derek in the second to last position. At least Derek is excited about both dances….

Katherine and Mark – Rumba; Dancing 1st
Voting # 1-800-868-3410

Roshon and Chelsie – Argentine Tango
Voting # 1-800-868-3405

William and Cheryl – V. Waltz; Dancing 3rd
Voting # 1-800-868-3408

Melissa and Maks – Argentine Tango;
Voting # 1-800-868-3407

Donald and Peta – V. Waltz; Dancing 5th
Voting # 1-800-868-3403

Maria and Derek – Paso Doble; Dancing 6th
Voting # 1-800-868-3401

Jaleel and Kym – V. Waltz;
Voting # 1-800-868-3412

Team Tango:
Katherine/Mark
Maria/Derek
Roshon/Chelsie
Jaleel/Kym

Team Paso:
William/Cheryl
Melissa/Maks
Donald/Peta

If the running order ends up being something like that, above, then my money is on the team dances going last. If William is in the second half, again, then my money is on the team dances going first. They’ve only been first one other time, as I recall – Season 10?? Someone look it up for me. :-)

I predict right now that Katherine gets a 30 this week – whether she deserves it or not. :-)  William is tough. He’s doing the V. Waltz and Cheryl can’t sex it up.  Someone in the comments on another post predicted that the judges are going to start scoring him more realistically, and that they’ve shown signs of it already. I tend to agree with that. It will be interesting to see. I don’t think that the judges scoring always corresponds to the producer pimpage. The team dances?? Just on the face of it, Team Tango looks stronger. Not just because they have Derek, but because that team seems to have the better over all dancers. But they are handicapped by having four couples instead of three. Maria’s injuries also appear to be getting worse, so she might be an issue. Frankly, I wonder how much longer she can go on.

I’ve read that the dance duel this week (spare me the agony of another of these horrendous things, please) is rumba, although Wiki says Salsa. Either way, it’s guaranteed to suck, big time. No matter who’s doing it.

April 29, 2012 I Written By

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Roshon Fegan On Dancing With The Stars: I’m just a little ant trying to just stick around”

People.com has a cute little article and video up of Chelsie and Roshon today. He talks of feeling like an ant last week. See why below and then see the link for more.

“It’s like [being] an ant – an ant in a big world,” Fegan, 20, tells PEOPLE. “[I'm] just trying to hang out in the picnic basket. Everybody’s oh, so giant. I’m just a little ant trying to just stick around.”

Up against what he calls “big, giant, sexy guys” like William Levy, Fegan always has his Michael Jackson-style dance moves that earlier impressed the judges.

“I just don’t have the same thing going on,” he says. “But I’m hangin’ in there. I’m proud to be who I am, and I’m definitely working on it.”

He may not have the same thing going on, but, that’s why I like him. :)

UPDATE: Below is Roshon on 933 FM in San Diego this morning…

UPDATE 2: And finally the new KTLA interview which you can see here.

UPDATE 3: Here they are in rehearsals. A good promo push for Roshon and Chelsie today. I hope it works.

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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.