Did you enjoy the first part of MacManiacs.org’s interview with Tristan MacManus? If so, you will love part two as well below. Tristan chats more about partnering on Dancing With The Stars. He also talks of doing Dancing With The Stars: Live In Las Vegas this summer and how he blew his knee again for the second time. He’s still getting therapy for it but, he’ll be in good shape to go when rehearsals start for Dancing With The Stars. More below with the humble Tristan MacManus.
Not only was Kym Johnson pictured at the WWE SummerSlam VIP Kick-Off Party at Beverly Hills Hotel on August 16th in Beverly Hills (see our previous posting here for photos ), she was interviewed about her Dancing With The Stars All Stars partner Joey Fatone at the event. Kym says it’s going to be a different dynamic for the them since they’ve known each others for years now versus the first time. Lots more below.
For Joey’s best dance, I picked his 2nd jive to “Jump, Jive, & Wail”:
And for his worst dance, I picked his 2nd cha-cha to “Groove is in the Heart”:
Without a doubt, Joey sure has got the showmanship portion of dancing down pat – to this day, I still think he’s one of the most entertaining celebs that have ever graced the DWTS floor. And he moves big – he always seemed to do a really good job of using the entire floor and stretching each step to its limit. However, the big caveat that often comes with moving big is moving sloppy – and I think Joey, being a bigger guy, sometimes loses a bit of technique & precision in the process of “moving big”. I find it a bit interesting that he & Drew seem to have the opposite problem: Drew has the precision, but not the size & degree of motion; Joey has the size & degree of motion, but seems to lack the precision. And unfortunatley, when it comes down to it, I think the judges will (or at least SHOULD) favor precision & technique over size & impact. With strong technicians like Gilles in the competition, I think Joey’s going to have to work on really refining his movements, while not sacrificing the big entertainment value he brings to the stage. I’m also noticing another possible problem – and I actually think the fault lies more with Kym: some of their choreography in their original season seems to favor style over substance. I’m guessing that Kym was trying to really choreograph to Joey’s strengths as a showman, but upon close scrutiny, it seems like there’s a lot of “fluff” and not a whole lot of basic steps in some of their routines – I think they got called out for it big time in that 2nd cha-cha. They may have been able to get away with excess “fluff” in their original season, but with so many talented, strong technicians this season, I don’t think they’re going to have any choice but to buckle down and give Len some good meat-and-potatoes choreography.
So now comes the obvious question: how is his time in the Vegas show going to give him an edge this season? Well I think obvious benefit is just being in the “swing” of being onstage – as I said in my post about Drew, I think anyone who has been performing on stage within the last year or so is probably going to have a bit of advantage in that they are still in the groove of performing, and are likely feeling confident in their stage presence.. Given that Joey has actually been doing ballroom for the past few months in the DWTS Vegas show, too, I daresay he is a lot less rusty than some of the others who haven’t done any dancing since their initial seasons. In particular, he seems to have cleaned up his technique and become quite the lifter:
All in all, I think it will be a big advantage for Joey, given that it’s actually given him time to sharpen up his skills. But I do see a few possible drawbacks, the biggest of which being burnout – Joey has already been dancing for a little over 3 months straight in the Vegas show, and although he seems to have a bit of a break between when the Vegas show wrapped earlier this month and when rehearsals begin in the next week or so, I think its entirely possible he may just get exhausted by the middle of the season. We’ve seen how celebs meltdown after only a few weeks – can you imagine a few MONTHS? And keep in mind that the pace of the tv show is pretty breakneck compared to the Vegas show – Joey really just had to repeat the same routines night after night out there; now he’s gotta go back to learning & performing new ones (and performing them well!) in only a few days. Keep in mind, too, that the Vegas show is a lot less “strictly ballroom” than the show – there was quite a bit of hip-hop, jazz, disco, and other genres thrown in out there. It was what I like to call “watered-down ballroom” – and we all know that’s not Len’s cup of tea. Will Joey be able to make the transition?
Court’s verdict: Joey will definitely be one to watch this season, but he’s going to have to clean up his technique quite a bit if he wants to be a real contender. Kym is also going to have to focus on giving him routines with a lot of basic steps and without a ton of fluff, so they don’t get called out for lack of content. Overall, though, I see him lasting quite awhile, and possibly even making it to the finale 8-)
So what are your thoughts on Joey? Big contender, or overrated?
The sweet pics of Derek’s new adorable addition to the family continue! From appearances, it looks like Derek’s sis, Julianne, has fell in love with Romeo (hook, line, and sinker) as well. Don’t miss seeing more new pics at Pure Derek Hough. Our Princess Heidi also has a new Ryan Seacrest interview featured at the site where Derek chats about Romeo and how he found and formed a bond with him so quickly. Derek also chats about new Dancing With The Stars partner Shawn Johnson and the pressure to do well this season and how everyone is going to bring their A-game. A MUST to listen and see!!
Hey, not only did Karina Smirnoff make a dazzling appearance at VH1’s 2012 Do Something Awards, dancing star Anna Trebunskaya did as well. Celeb Dirty Laundry caught up with Anna at the awards. Anna commented that she is so excited to have Drew Lachey as her partner for the Dancing With The Stars all star season. “We were on season 2 together when he won. I was the runner up, destiny brought us together,” she said. You can view more photos of our beautiful, sweet Anna at Zimbio Pictures and Celeb Dirty Laundry. Celeb Dirty Laundry also chatted with Karina Smirnoff and posted pics of her.
Today dancers from Maks, Tony, and Val’s ‘Dance With Me Studios’ were on Good Morning America. They set the stage in the background dancing while Sabrina campaigned for votes for the All Stars wild card spot on Dancing With The Stars. Fun! Check it out!
UPDATE: Below is Sabrina Byran on Ryan Seacrest On Air. She campaigns some more and also dishes on who she thinks will win the all star season of Dancing With The Stars. She picks Derek Hough and Shawn Johnson.
Hunky as always depending on your taste (the scruff is starting to come back! Yay! :) ), Dancing With The Stars’ Maks Chmerkovskiy attended the Sugarpova Candy Launch at Henri Bendel in New York City. Tennis Player Maria Sharapova was also one of the celebs at the event. Wouldn’t she be a cool contender and future partner for Maks on Dancing With The Stars? I’d like to see it. Lots more pics at Zimbio Pictures.
Isn’t this a fun take? Sunday night, Dancing With The Stars pros and alumni Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Chelsie Hightower, Ricki Lake and Karina Smirnoff gathered together to support Gavin DeGraw at his concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. You can read all about the night at People.com. Note how Julianne gave Gavin a lap dance!!! Too fun!!