Derek posted a series of videos on his website that show a variety of things he and the other pros (and Maria, Katherine and William) did this past week. Rather entertaining. :-) Click the link to see all the videos, but I’ve put two of them below. The second one is an example of what we were describing on another post – some of the pros and celebs getting out in front of the crowd during the pre-show warm up. Looks kinda fun. :-)
Last week, we reported how the judges met with Cameron Mathison for a new interview. ABC Medianet has released more information about it. The interview and special “behind the scenes” look at Dancing With The Stars will take place on a special edition of 20/20 on Monday, April 23rd at 11:00pm ET. Note how Kirstie Alley, Joey Fatone, Julianne Hough, Ricki Lake, and Mario Lopez will also be a part of this special. Below is more…
“Dancing with the Stars” has become a part of America’s television landscape and inspired millions around the world to waltz, cha-cha and samba. Now, for the first time in its 14 seasons, the hit show gives television cameras unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to see how the wildly unpredictable reality show comes together on and off the dance floor. Hosted by “Good Morning America’s” Lara Spencer and by actor, “Good Morning America” contributor and former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Cameron Mathison, “Dance Floor Confidential” takes viewers backstage to reveal the secrets to the music, the dance, the costumes, the tanning, the judges, and even the tension and high octane pressure that make the show one of the most competitive on TV. Also, former “Dancing with the Stars” favorites including Kirstie Alley, Joey Fatone, Julianne Hough, Ricki Lake and Mario Lopez talk candidly about the show that brought them a new level of fame, and in some cases, some dramatic weight loss. “Dance Floor Confidential: Behind the Scenes of ‘Dancing with the Stars'” airs as a special edition of “20/20,” MONDAY, APRIL 23 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Such good news! Melissa Gilbert has returned to rehearsals today. She joked about her injury on Twitter. Below is more from ABC.
“Nobody puts Halfpint in the corner!” she tweeted to her actor friend Craig Bierko, referencing her character’s nickname from “Little House on the Prairie.”
Later, she tweeted that she was “very happy” to be back dancing with professional partner Maksim Chmerkovkiy.
Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy hurt themselves on Monday following an aggressive paso doble. Chmerkovskiy injured his elbow and pulled his groin; Gilbert suffered a mild concussion and whiplash and was taken to the hospital after feeling dizzy and nauseous backstage.
Gilbert was well enough to watch the show Tuesday night. In response to Sherri Shepherd’s elimination, she tweeted that she was “truly stunned.” “If they can go any of us is fair game!” she added. “This makes my head hurt even more…”
According to People.com, Maks has his protective hat on. Here is more for how Maks is reevaluating his ballroom tactics….
“I think we are coming back,” he says. “I’m pretty sure. It’s not up to me, it’s up to her, [but] I haven’t heard talks of not coming back. Although, if she wakes up tomorrow and continues to have a headache, I won’t let her in the studio.”
The week’s events do have the dance pro reevaluating his ballroom tactics, questioning if it’s worth it to put so much effort into the dances and risk injuries, only to be eliminated so quickly like favorite Sherri Shepherd, who got the boot on Tuesday.
“We owe it to our fans to give them a reason to vote for us,” he says. “I’ve always been very vocal about how you have to earn your stripes. But I’m not sure if this is the right strategy this season, because it’s clearly not appreciated.”
Even though Chmerkovskiy has “a problem with easy choreography,” he says, “Honestly, at this point, I’m not really sure if it’s worth killing yourself and trying to put on a show.”
I agree! They need to be really careful. Let’s hope all goes well!!
UPDATE: Maks has penned a new blog at TV Guide on Melissa’s condition, their rehearsals, and more. Below is a take. More at the link.
First things first, Melissa is doing well. She’s quite an inspiration. It’s not like her injury was a crazy trauma, but it’s definitely scary and not something you want to see on the show. This is not The Hunger Games. It’s Dancing with the Stars. It’s not without struggle and adversity, but it’s not a blood sport. We love to see people fall down and get up metaphorically speaking, not literally. Watching the playback made me think, “Am I doing the right thing? Am I pushing her too hard?” There was a lot of debating within myself. But Melissa and I spoke afterward on how to proceed and where we’re gonna go. We’re gonna try to take this week easier. It goes against everything I believe in and my process, but I’ve matured enough to understand that sometimes, certain things are not worth it. This is one of those moments where it’s not worth the drama and not worth putting her through it.
I think the show amplified her injury. Having said that, Melissa’s injury wasn’t really blown out of proportion, but we had to tell viewers what happened, why she got carried out with an oxygen mask and why she’s not here. The picture is dramatic, so we had to comment. Sometimes it becomes overdramatic afterward when people start talking, but she did almost pass out. She did take my leg out with her head so fast that she didn’t even remember that it happened. I didn’t even know it happened! It tells you how unexpected it was. At the same time, it was a very hard hit. It takes a lot to take my leg out. Her neck is very sore. Those are facts. When you hear that, you can take it as you wish and then people start writing things and talking about it. Honestly, I would take her falling over backwards and hitting her head over what happened. What happened is more dangerous. She has a fused vertebrae in her neck area. Her doctor came to her house and said that she should not attempt to be a hero.
Rehearsals are going well. We are taking it easier. I’m going at her pace. If I see any sign of any kind of anything, I’m stopping. She’s like, “Let’s continue.” I’m like, “No, we’re stopping.” I think we’ll be fine on Monday. More than anything, I really respect how cool we are as friends. We’re very cool together. I was speaking to someone and they said, “She loves you. She talks about you all the time. She really likes hanging out with you.” This is a person who has nothing to do with us. I’m not saying this to toot my horn or something, but I thought it was very sweet. And I love spending time with her. I really do feel that we’re not fake with each other. We’re have each other’s best interests in mind. I’m trying to be the supportive partner and someone who has her back. That means that I alter my views on what the dance should be. As long as she’s happy and smiling and healthy, I’m good.
These two are just cute as pie! I am having the biggest “awwww” moment right now. Take a look at WBay.com to see why for the pics they have up of Donald Drivers’ two kids. They’ve also interviewed them about their Dad and Dancing With The Stars.
Both kids agree they love watching their dad dance. They already know what they’d do if he brings the mirror ball trophy back home.
“I would put it in my room, and if anybody would touch, if anybody would be — ‘Don’t touch it! Don’t touch it, don’t touch it!'” Christina says.
“I would take it to school, let my friends touch,” Christian says.
“What if they break?” Christina asks.
“I’d do this. I call this the shark knife,” Christian says, holding his hand up straight.
Speaking of moves, Christian and Christina have some dance skills of their own. Christian says he wants to grow up and be just like his dad, play football, and maybe be an actor, too.
In the meantime, he’s trying out a different profession… as dancing judge.
“If I was one of the judges, I would put 10, 10, 10. Bang, 30!” Christian says.
“That’s what I would do, too,” Christina says.
So cute. Be sure to read the full interview for more. Also, if you missed the video below posted yesterday in one of our media posts, be sure you see it too. It’s of Donald and his family after the show Monday night.
So, have you had an “awww” moment yet?
I always see lots of wild theories flying around after (and this time BEFORE) a DWTS Results show about why someone got eliminated. My future former husband, Tom Bergeron, was one of the people acting a bit cray cray – or he hit his head at the same time Melissa did. :-)
Seriously, the only thing shocking the other night was that Roshon in the bottom two on a night with such a nice spread. So, let’s take a look at what all had to happen for Sherri to leave and for Roshon to find himself in a real bottom 2 situation.
The Sherri deal is pretty easy to explain. Gladys got at least 4,300 more vote per million votes cast than Sherri did. Not a huge number and, considering she’s Gladys Knight, not at all shocking or surprising. The woman is an icon, fer cryin’ out loud. The other part of Sherri’s equation is the other contestants. The important thing to remember is BOTH sides of the equation…it’s not that they might be getting more votes than Sherri at all. She might have been getting similar numbers of votes as all of them, BUT because she had a lower score, it’s not enough to get “the same” number of votes as everyone else, she had to get MORE. That’s what I’m talking about every week in my numbers posts. She has to cover the spread and beat it by a vote. And this week, that was 4,300 votes to surpass either William, Jaleel or Melissa – the next closest competitors.
Let me explain it another way: say that Melissa gets 10,000 votes on Monday night and Gladys knocks it out of the park, getting a ton of votes. In order for Sherri to stay, she would have had to get 14,300 votes. Period. It’s that simple, really. If Sherri is getting MORE votes than Melissa, she can still go home if she doesn’t cover that spread. If Melissa is getting 10,000 votes and Sherri gets 14,000, Sherri still goes home. Now, the reason why the judges are actually important and why it’s important that they do their job well is because the voters don’t do that good of a job either. I don’t find it impossible to believe that Sherri was getting more votes than several dancers…just not ENOUGH more. If that makes sense. :-) THIS is why it’s not a good idea to leave it up to just the viewers or just the judges – they balance each other’s crazy. :-) Read more..
Pictured above is Cheryl Burke and William Levy of Dancing With The Stars Season 14. Yesterday, Extra’s Mario Lopez, interviewed the two at The Grove in Hollywood. You can view more fun pics of them at Zimbio Pictures.
William is also gracing the cover of this week’s People Magazine. They’ve got a little cover story on him too. You can view and read a sneak peek here. Below is a little take. If interested and for more, you can pick up this issue of People in newsstands everywhere on Friday.
“To come to this country and receive this kind of love from people you don’t even know, it’s amazing,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.
The Telenova star and father of two – to son Christopher, 6, and daughter Kailey, 2, with on-and-off girlfriend Elizabeth Gutiérrez – also opens up about his early lean years in Cuba before emigrating to the U.S. at 15.
“I try to give my kids everything I never had,” he says.
UPDATE: Below is The Grove interview from Extra and a take from it….
As for the sex symbol stuff (People dubbed Levy “the hottest man on TV”), Burke explained her partner will not be taking off his shirt for every performance. “I can’t take his clothes off every week, and he doesn’t want to do it. We’ll show a little bit here and there.”
Mario asked Levy about his own childhood, growing up dirt poor in Cuba, and how he wants to raise his kids. “I look back then, and I understand so much what my parents went through. “You can work all you want in Cuba and you don’t get paid. So here, eat a chicken every day if you want to. Back in Cuba, you get a quarter of a chicken every month.”
Last week, many of our readers at Pure Dancing With The Stars submitted questions to Dance Junkies TV for a new interview with Anna Trebunskaya. Along with their twitter followers as well, they had an overwhelming response as you will soon see. Without further ado, below are Stuart Brazell and Elena Grinenko with Anna. Enjoy and see is she answered your question(s): Carlos? Teresa? Sally? Steve? Kristin? Martin? Metevaine? ;)
If you missed Part 1 of this interview where Anna made predictions for who will win this season, you can view it here.
Thanks loads Elena, Stuart, and Anna!!! We love you and you rock! THANKS! Too fun! xx