The interview we’ve all been waiting for with Val Chmerkovskiy is up now at Dance Junkies TV. Their beautiful and talented hosts, Stuart Brazell and Elena Grinenko, ask Val as many questions as they can for what we all submitted last week. Because they had such an overwhelming response of questions, they posted more of the interview with Val at their facebook page which you can read HERE!! THANK YOU Stuart, Elena, and Val!!! You are the best!!!! xxxx
So we now know for sure what the team dances are (paso doble & tango) and who’s on what team (Katherine, Maria, Jaleel, & Roshon vs. William, Donald, & Melissa). So who’s gonna win? Let’s see how they stack up. I looked at several factors that could come into play in helping to determine who has the advantage – experience level of the pros on each team, experience level of the couples on each team, number of couples on each team, what dance each team has, and other miscellaneous factors that may affect the outcome. So let’s get to it!
Pro Team Dance Experience
Derek: 6 wins (seasons 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13), 0 losses, 0 ties; average team dance score: 27.5
Cheryl: 4 wins (seasons 7, 8, 10, 13), 1 loss (season 11), 0 ties; average team dance score: 26.8
Kym: 2 wins (seasons 7 & 9), 1 loss (season 13), 1 tie (season 12); average team dance score: 25.75*
Maks: 2 wins (seasons 11 & 13), 1 loss (season 10), 1 tie (season 12); average team dance score: 25*
Chelsie: 1 win (season 8), 0 losses, 1 tie (season 12); average team dance score: 25*
Mark: 0 wins, 2 losses (seasons 8 & 11), 1 tie (season 12); average team dance score: 23.67*
Peta: 0 wins, 0 losses, 0 ties (never been in a team dance); average team dance score: 0
*Since there were 4 judges’ scores given for the team dances in season 12, I subtracted Donnie Burns’ score from the two team dances in that season in order to normalize with all of the other seasons, which only had 3 judges’ scores.
Team Tango: I’d say their biggest advantage is having Derek – the guy’s undefeated, so he’s clearly figured out the formula for what works and what doesn’t work in the team dances. Say what you will about team dances being a product of all the pros working together (I agree to some extent), but the only common denominator in every single team dance win has been Derek, regardless of what other pros have been on each team with him, what the dance style has been, etc. Many of the pros have also gone on record as saying that they tend to let Derek take the lead when choreographing the group portions of the team dance, so I’d say he probably has a lot to do with the success of each of the teams he’s on, as the judges do tend to really harp on synchonization, interesting formation patterns, and overall performance quality in the group portion of team dances. I’d say Kym is an asset as well – she’s been on a team with Derek twice before (one of those times was another team tango), and when she hasn’t been on a team with him, she’s managed to tie once, and the 1 team dance she lost was not really all that bad, IMO. I don’t really know if Chelsie is battle-tested enough to say whether she’s good in the team dance or not – but I don’t get the impression that she is one to make waves, so she will probably be very cooperative and easy to get along with. My only concern is Mark – he seemed rather volatile in the team dance rehearsals in season 12, and seems to have a penchant for very flashy, high-energy, in-your-face choreo…which doesn’ t always translate well in the team dances. I’m hoping that he lets Derek take the lead on the group choreography, and really focuses on giving Katherine some good, solid solo choreography this week.
Team Paso: While I think they don’t have quite the same edge that Team Katherine does, I don’t think they’re super weak, either. Both Cheryl & Maks have been on teams with Derek before, so they’ve probably at least picked up a few tricks and strategies – I would say Maks is probably the stronger choreographer, judging from what I’ve seen him do in other team dances and pro dances. The big question mark here is Peta – we just don’t know how she’s going to fare, since this will be her first team dance. I doubt she’s going to suck at it (I don’t think anyone has really sucked at it – except maybe the unfortunate souls in the team mambo in season 8…), but it may take her a little longer to really get a feel for how the team dances work and what to do for Donald’s solo. I think she’s probably going to rely on Cheryl & Maks for the group choreo, and isn’t likely to make any sort of big fuss, since she’s the new kid on the block.
Who has the edge in pro experience? I’ve got to give this one to Team Tango – they’ve got the only undefeated pro, and each of the other pros has been in at least 2 team dances. Read more..
Pictured above is Chelsie Hightower, her partner Roshon Fegan, and Jaleel White at a Dancing With The Stars after-party Monday night at the Mixology in Los Angeles. Now the couples are working hard on their next rounds of dances for Monday. About Dancing With The Stars (I’m assuming), Jaleel White tweeted, “Slow & steady wins the race.” Last night, Chelsie tweeted, “Rehearsal went well today, I love the argentine tango… For real”.
You can view more pics from this album at Zimbio Pictures.
PureDWTS Mark Ballas And Katherine Jenkins Interviewed & Perform A Song Together On Good Morning America (Video)
Mark and Katherine were on Good Morning America today. They were interviewed about Dancing With The Stars and then they performed a song together too. They talked a little of the All-Star season as well which Mark hasn’t heard much on. More below!
UPDATE: Here they are on ‘LIVE with Kelly’ today as well!!
Donald writes all about this past week on Dancing With The Stars at JS Online. He and Peta are so thankful to their fans for voting. He writes of how much Motown meant to him and why. He’s going to miss Gladys too and is so glad he made a friend in her. Below is more about their upcoming dance and what they hope to accomplish. You can read the full blog at JS Online.
The competition is heating up, week in and week out. Peta and I are still aiming for those triple 10’s, so this week we have to come back, go through our workouts, get our moves together and make sure we’re ready to wow the judges. I think we’re starting to win Len over a little bit, but until we see him raise his 10 card up, we know we still have work to do.
Next week’s theme is classical, and our dance is the Viennese waltz. It’s a very traditional dance and maintaining posture is key. We’re going to take Len’s advice and really push ourselves to make sure every little detail is perfect.
Also, I’ve gotta post this. The video was taken before he and Peta danced this past week, but, it’s cute for what he says about Hollywood versus living in Wisconsin at the end. Check it out if you have a moment….
Stay tuned and be sure to set your DVRs! These two will be on The Ellen Show on Monday, April 30th, to perform!
Picture above courtesy of ABC. Go here to see this week’s gallery of more.