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Donald Driver Promises A Lot Of Fun For Week 8 On Dancing With The Stars

The LA Times has a new interview up with Donald Driver today. He takes us through his busy daily schedule currently with his family and Dancing With The Stars. He also talks of costuming and who’s tougher, Dancing With The Stars judge, Len Goodman or Green Bay Packer coach, Mike McCarthy?

Q: Take us through a typical dance practice day. What time do you get up, get started with Peta, get back home, etc.?

I usually will get up around 7 to spend some time with my family, eat a little breakfast and get a football workout in before heading to the studio for practice at 10. Most days we’re scheduled to practice for 6 hours, but we usually go longer than that to make sure we have the dances down perfect. We’ll have some lunch delivered to the studio so we don’t miss out on too much practice time. Some days after practice I’ll have a costume fitting or an interview for Monday’s show. It can definitely get crazy, but I always make sure I’m home for dinner with my beautiful family!

Q: Nice jacket you wore Monday night. How much input do you get into what you will wear on the show?

I have lots of input. I told Peta at the beginning of the season that I wasn’t going to wear any of those see-through lace shirts or anything like that…and there’s only a few weeks left in the show and I haven’t worn one yet. Ultimately we have to be comfortable, otherwise we won’t perform well.

Q: Who’s tougher to please, Len Goodman or Mike McCarthy?

That’s a tough one! I’m going to have to plead the Fifth! I have a lot of respect for both of them, they’re at the top of their professions for good reason.

You can read the full interview here. Donald has also penned a new blog at JS Online where he speaks a little of he and Peta’s next dances…

Believe it or not, there are only three performance shows left in the entire competition. We’re definitely coming down to the wire.

We have two more dances next week. The first one will be like normal, just Peta and me. For our second dance, we’re teaming up with another one of the talented dance pros to bring you all something really special. If you haven’t watched the show yet, make sure you tune in next week because it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Lastly, don’t miss a whole slew of new “behind the scenes” photos at Dancing With The Stars Make-up of these two and the cast from Week 7. Below is a picture of our beautiful Miss Peta. They get my best vote for “Best Costuming” this season. What do you think?

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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 Maria Menounos New Spokeswoman For New Bud Light Lime-a-Rita (Interview, Photo)

Esquire has a fun new interview up with Maria Menounos. She talks about being the new spokeswoman for the new Bud Light Lime-a-Rita. They also ask her about Dancing With The Stars and what it felt like to receive three 10’s this week lining up with her win this year on Wrestle Mania? There is also a big party in Las Vegas this week promoting her new Bud Light gig. Some of her cast mates of Dancing With The Stars will be attending too. Details below…

MM: Dancing with the Stars, for me, is the most vulnerable I’ve ever had to be in front of people. Dancing is something that I’ve never been comfortable with. It’s nothing I’ve ever trained in, so I started completely fresh. Even though I’m not a wrestler, I grew up wrestling with my cousins. We’d watch the moves on TV and replicate them, sometimes more painfully than we probably would have liked.

ESQ: So you’re more gifted as a wrestler than as a dancer?

MM: I don’t know! I think three “10”s is starting to say I’m becoming a dancer.

ESQ: And now you’re selling us Bud Light Lime-a-Rita.

MM: Yeah. We’re hosting a huge party at the poolside of Mandalay Bay [Hotel in Las Vegas], and I’m bringing some of my cast mates from Dancing with the Stars down. I jumped at the chance to do it. ‘Cause A, I’ve always been a Bud Light fan. B, I’m obsessed with the Lime-a-Ritas. And C, we need some pool time.

ESQ: And just in time for Cinco de Mayo. But what does a Greek girl from Boston know about margaritas and celebrating a Mexican holiday?

MM: Well, everyone thinks I’m Latin. With Dancing with the Stars, we’ve hammered home the Greek thing, but everyone always thought I was Latin. So I always say I’m Latin in my heart. I love margaritas. It’s funny — I don’t like alcohol generally. If you see me out anywhere, I always have a But Light in my hand. Then there are those rare moments when I like a margarita. This was perfect, because it’s a margarita with a little bit of Bud Light. I’ve been drinking it this morning, and I’m feeling kind of guilty, because it’s 8 a.m., and I’m gonna start working soon for Extra, and I might be drunk by then. Just kidding.

LOL! Too cute! Be sure to read the full interview at Esquire as Maria also reveals her and Derek’s new dances. As always, don’t miss checking out Pure Derek Hough for even more on this adorable and fun couple currently.

Picture above is of the Team Tango Girls with Brooke Burke ‘behind the scenes’ of the show this week courtesy of Dancing With The Stars Make-up at Facebook.

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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.

Roshon Fegan Says Dancing With The Stars Partner Chelsie Hightower Is A Wild One

Roshon tells The Huffington Post that he and Chelsie rehearse for 6+ hours a day. Sometimes with all the promos they have to do, costume fittings, etc, they go until Midnight. He’s loving his journey and even when it’s all over, he’s going to still continue dancing. Below is more from Roshon including some fun mentions on Chelsie.

“You go to wardrobe and then it’s back to rehearsals,” he said. “Sometimes they want to over-bedazzle stuff, so I have to make sure I keep the bedazzling at a minimum.”

Roshon also said he has to keep his eye on his partner, Chelsie Hightower — for his own safety.

“She’s got serious elbow, she’s a wild one. She likes to jump on me without any warning. She puts a lot of passion into it, but I’ve got to watch those elbows,” Fegan laughs, before confessing that neither he nor Hightower get any choice when it comes to their performance music.

“They actually pick the music for us each week, so that’s another challenge people don’t really know about. If it’s a whack song or a lousy song, we have to make some magic out of nothing. I’ve been really lucky to get a lot of great songs. I haven’t had one I didn’t really like at all.”

Before the “Shake It Up” star rushes back to rehearsals, he said, “When this is over, I’m still going to be dancing.”

You can read the full article at the The Huffington Post.

Picture above courtesy of the Official Dancing With The Stars Week 7 Gallery. The dance pose above was a cool one this week, wasn’t it? Love these two! :)

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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 8 – Who’s Dancing What…and when?

We’re doing the Who’s Dancing What post a bit earlier this week since there is so much info coming out on the dances, including which TWO dances the couples do, and who they might have as their extra Pro in a first ever “latin trio dance”. Most of you already know my thoughts on this so I won’t expound on it again. :-)

My predictions thus far for the week? Katherine will be at the top of the leader board once again as she’s got the easiest set of dances of those revealed so far. The only question in my mind is: will they start “Ralphing” Maria this week or next (provided she makes it through)?? You know they are going to probably harsh on Melissa and Roshon…but will they include Maria in their little quest to ensure a top 3 of Donald/Katherine/William?? You know they will going into the final if she’s still there. Heaven help Melissa if she makes it through. Yikes. I hate that I’m getting so cynical about this show, but this seems to be a pattern that has been building over the last couple seasons – since Ralph’s season, actually. In my quest to re-watch all seasons to do a series on judges scoring, I had gotten all the way through season 8…and seasons 10, 11, 12 and 13 are pretty fresh…and I just don’t think there was as much of an agenda until we got to Ralph’s season. And this season it seems worse than ever; but maybe that is compounded by the dance duel. It just seems more…blatant.

Anyway, here’s what we know so far:

ETA1: William mentions in a new interview that Vogue will be putting up shortly, that their trio partner is MALE and that the 3rd person is required to dance at least 20% of the time. Lovely.

ETA 2: Mark thinks he’s clever. He’s not. (See Mark’s most recent blog if you don’t know what I’m talking about.)

ETA 3: This update is based on DMs between dancers and fans…and some other random tweets of Troupers suddenly doing a bit of celeb pimping. Since we’re not technically SURE, you’ll see question marks. Tony is placed through the process of elimination. If we manage to confirm any of these, we’ll remove the question marks. Also, one of the judging criteria, as many of you know from reading the press release that Vogue posted, is how well they manage to showcase the celebrity.

ETA 4: In a move that surprises exactly NO ONE, TPTBWTHUCA have put William dancing 6th and Last. Because heaven knows, we can’t have William being forgotten by putting him NOT in a great running order, regardless of whether it really matters at this point or not. The only question that remains is…how far are the judges willing to go to make sure he’s in the final four??

ETA 5: Wow, I called Mark and Katherine right – but then how hard is it?? They always put her in the middle of the pack. Not sure what kind of sign that is. And this came across my tweetdeck (and was mentioned by someone in the comments as well) – ABC/Univision teaming for News Network in English. Well, well – isn’t that interesting??  I especially like this line near the end of the article:

Although the content is still being determined, the networks said that lifestyle and entertainment programming will be included along with news.

And then there’s this little gem:

Disney and ABC Television Group chairwoman Anne Sweeney say the venture is an important step in broadening ABC’s reach.

There is always a method to the madness. :-D

ETA: Melissa and Maks dancing 3rd and 9th…which probably means that Maria and Melissa are in the worst possible positions of the night, provided that it still matters at this point. If Maria is second, I expect her to get hosed on scores and for Roshon to have a come back…which might just lend credence to the conspiracy theory that he was just being used to get rid of “lesser dancers” in the dance duels. Watch the judges scores to see. Hope I’m wrong. If Roshon falls from second place into the bottom two, that’s the way it goes.

Donald and Peta; Dancing First and Seventh
Tango and Jive (with Karina)
Voting # 1-800-868-3403

Maria and Derek; Dancing
Waltz and Samba (with Henry??)
Voting # 1-800-868-3401

Melissa and Maks; Dancing 3rd and 9th
Foxtrot and Samba (with Val)
Foxtrot Song: Maggie May by Rod Stewart
 Voting # 1-800-868-3407

Katherine and Mark; Dancing 4th and 10th
V. Waltz and Cha Cha (With Tristan)
Voting # 1-800-868-3410

Roshon and Chelsie
Foxtrot and Paso Doble (with Sasha)
Voting # 1-800-868-3405

William and Cheryl – Dancing 6th and Last
Foxtrot and Paso Doble (with Tony???)
Voting # 1-800-868-3408

“Confirmed” Trio Dancers:
Henry
Tony
Val
Karina
Tristan

MAYBE: Emma and Sasha

If you have additional information that needs to be added send me a LINK. :-) Thanks.

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Dancing With The Stars Season 13 Champ J.R. Martinez Welcomes Baby Girl Into The World

Congratulations to Dancing With The Stars Season 13 Champ and Iraqi war veteran, J.R. Martinez. He and girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones welcomed daughter Lauryn Anabelle Martinez into the world lastnight in Los Angeles. Below is a take from People.com with J.R.’s reaction. So cute!!

“She’s already got a nickname — Belle,” Martinez, 28, tells PEOPLE of his newborn baby girl, who weighed in at 7 lbs., 13 oz. and is 21 inches long.

“She has a couple of cute little freckles on her cheeks, a full head of hair and the cutest little lips,” he continues.

“It’s just amazing to see her, finally. She’s beautiful.”

The Iraq war veteran and Gonzalez-Jones met when he landed a role on All My Children in 2008, and announced in December that they were expecting their first child.

“God has a tremendous sense of humor that he wants to continue to surround me with women,” Martinez said with a laugh, revealing that a baby girl was on the way.

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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.