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.