ET Online has posted some video footage from the Dancing With The Stars All Star title shoot interviews. The contestants talk of why they did the show again, the importance of winning the mirror ball, their relationships, and much more. Check it out below or you can see and read on it at the link. We finally get to see Kirstie too!! 19 more days, Everyone!
ABC has released a new promo video for Dancing With The Stars All Star couple Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd today! It was shot during their title shoots. It’s beautiful, romantic, full of charm, and classic old hollywood. Peta’s dress is so gorgeous and she reminds me of Marilyn Monroe. You can watch the new promo at the Dancing With The Stars Official facebook here. I bet they will add this to the official site soon. Let’s hope there are more of these promos coming of the other couples. Let us know what you think?
Val Chmerkovskiy talks of what is motivating Kelly Monaco to dance on Dancing With The Stars again. He tells Access Hollywood that Kelly is fit, she’s talented, she’s super humble, and very excited. Val plans to do his best on the show. More below (his hair is so cute. I love it!)…
Let’s continue on with my analysis of this season’s contestants – today we move onto Melissa. Finally getting more into the ladies of this season! To check out any of my previous posts in the series, check out the Sabrina Bryan edition…there are links to the previous editions.
For Melissa’s best dance, I picked her samba – which I believe she performed about 3 times in a 2 week period:
For her worst dance, I picked her jive – which she never actually performed live, due to injury:
I think Melissa’s biggest asset could also be her biggest obstacle to overcome: her cheerleading background. It does give her a bit of an edge in terms of picking up choreography, having rhythm, and just having good movement quality – but I think it also tends to make her look a bit wishy-washy in terms of ballroom technique, judging from these videos. If my big complaint about Sabrina is that she hits everything too hard, my big complaint about Melissa is that she tends to hit everything a bit too softly and fluidly – perhaps even a bit generically. It’s the same problem I see with some of my friends who have gone on to dance for NBA & NFL teams: their movement takes on almost a robotic, inoffensive quality, which I guess does come in handy when dancing in sync with 30 other girls and no one is supposed to stand out. But blending into with everyone this season is definitely NOT something Melissa should be aiming for – so I think she’s going to need to sharpen up her steps and avoid any of the cheerleading “pitfalls”…are you listening too, Tony? Because I think the choreography is part of the problem, too. I can understand falling back on her high-kicking & piroutting skills the first week – poor thing only had a week to learn the waltz. But beyond that, I think Tony really should have avoided a ton of “cheerleader tricks” and really made Melissa focus on ballroom technique – and unfortunatley, I think the majority of their routines were less meat-and-potatoes ballroom and more “ok, you’re going to high-kick here, do a series of pirouttes there, and then do a split – and we’ll just shove some easy ballroom steps in between!”. I’m not saying he should totally abandon her obvious dance skills – I’m just saying he should probably figure out a better way to make them more “ballroom-y”. Some of the fundamental principles are the same – spotting turns, using your core to really elongate your limbs, etc. – and can be easily incorporated into a ballroom vocabulary. If she can do an underarm turn using the same principles she would use to do a piroutte – Melissa could have the best damn technique of any of the dancers on the show. But Tony MUST teach her how to apply it. Melissa IS a good jazz dancer – now she has got to become a good ballroom dancer.
Melissa’s injury also brings up an interesting point: how are injuries going to come into play this season? With the level of competition so high and all of the couples working harder than ever before to up their game, there’s bound to be injuries – the question is, who will be smart enough to avoid them, who will be able to work through them, and who will be sidelined by them? I’m inclined to think that those who got injured on their original season (Melissa, Gilles, & Pam all come to mind) may be at a greater risk to incur the same injuries – will they be able to work through them this time? Gilles’ performance in particular seemed to really suffer due to his shoulder injury. I think it will be interesting to see who is able to soldier through the pressure of this season, and whose injuries really affect their performance negatively.
Court’s verdict: Melissa’s a good dancer – but she needs to shake off the “cheerleader-yness” and focus on ballroom technique. Ditto for Tony – cut back on the high kicks & pirouttes and really drill that Latin technique into her.
So what do you guys think? Is Melissa a contender…or is she still stuck in cheerleader mode?
What a stunning dress! Last night, Dancing With The Stars pro Kym Johnson arrived at the premiere of CBS Films’ “The Words” at the Arclight Theatre in Los Angeles, California. She looks fantastic, doesn’t she?! You can view more takes of her at this event at Zimbio Pictures. Other stars on tap were Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Brian Klugman, and Lee Sternthal.
More DWTS All Star Title Shoot Pics: Louis Van Amstel, Sabrina Bryan, Maks Chmerkovskiy, Kirstie Alley
Thanks to the Dancing With The Stars Official Site, above are Maks & Kirstie and Louis Van Amstel & Sabrina Bryan’s title shoot pics. What do you think?
I’m loving Kirstie and Maks’ pic. It captures their personalities and union so perfectly! Louis and Sabrina’s pic is a great take too.
If you haven’t seen the other title shoot pics for Dancing With The Stars Season 15, be sure you link here.
ADDING: Our apologies for not getting this news up sooner. We had technical issues with the site last night. John has been working on it. Also, stay tuned for Part 2 of Who Wore It Better from Court and Heidi. It’s going to be a goodie, but, that’s all I’m saying!
ADDING #2: You can see their individual pics at Getty Images here.