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Dancing with the Stars All Star Season Opponents’ Choice Music

Time again for the list of Dancing with the Stars music from the All Star Season (Yes, this was posted late and back dated in case you’re wondering why you didn’t see it before.). This week the music was from Opponents’ choice week. If you’re looking for past week’s music we have the full list of Dancing with the Stars music.

Kirstie & Maks danced a Charleston to the song “Forty-Second Street” Forty-Second Street - That's How Rhythm Was Born—from 42nd Street
Bristol & Mark danced a Rock n’ Roll to the song “At the Hop” At the Hop - Fabulous 50's—Danny and the Juniors
Sabrina & Louis danced a Disco to the song “You Should Be Dancing” You Should Be Dancing - Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack) [Remastered]—Bee Gees
Emmitt & Cheryl danced a Bolero to the song “Better in Time” Better In Time - Spirit (Deluxe Version)—Leona Lewis
Gilles & Peta danced a Bollywood to the song “Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)” Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) [feat. Nicole Scherzinger] - Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) [feat. Nicole Scherzinger] - Single—Pussycat Dolls feat. A. R. Rahman
Melissa & Tony danced a Jitterbug to the song “This Cat’s on a Hot Tin Roof” This Cat's on a Hot Tin Roof - The Dirty Boogie—Brian Setzer Orchestra
Shawn & Derek danced a Mambo to the song “Para Los Rumberos” Para los Rumberos - Santana III—Santana
Apolo & Karina danced a Hip-Hop to the song “Poison” Poison - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bel Biv DeVoe—Bell Biv DeVoe
Kelly & Val danced a Contemporary to the song “Fix You” Fix You - X & Y—Coldplay

October 15, 2012 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS 15, Week 4 – Power Rankings

Well, this blasted non-ballroom (save for the mambo, and sorta-kinda the bolero) night played out just about like I thought it would: the hapless judges (aided and abbetted by the perpetually out-to-lunch Paula) kind of copped out on giving any seriously harsh scores, likely for the simple reason that they just didn’t know enough about the dances themselves to actually score properly.  The end result was some pretty general overscoring, and perhaps a tiny bit of relative underscoring.  But what worries me is that even though the spread may seem pretty big this week, more total points = smaller margins between points…meaning that it’s going to require fewer votes for those at the bottom to catch up with the rest of the pack.  And it makes me nervous for another “shock” elimination…but this time, I think it has the potential to be truly shocking.  8-O Let’s get on with it, shall we?

1.) Shawn & Derek – Best routine of the night, without a doubt – great, PROPER mambo choreography, and flawless execution.  I think these two may have had the toughest dance to contend with, for the simple reason that mambo has been done on the show before as a regular dance – and it has been done far more than any of the other dances on the list.  Add to that the constant pressure of the all-star season? If they had a bit of an off-week, I wouldn’t have blamed them.  But luckily, they absolutely KILLED this mambo – great tricks, a good amount of meat & potatoes choreography, and best of all – Shawn pulled off the “sassy” and sexy without a hitch, and looked great doing it.  :-) Very impressed with how she’s matured since her original season.  If I REALLY had to nitpick, I would say that it seemed like Shawn was sliding a little bit when coming out of her turns – very slight bobble, but it made me wonder if the floors tonight were a little slick – and could also be the cause of other snafus tonight.  Anyway, I think if they gave that hot mess of a Bollywood number that Gilles crapped out a 39.5, then this should have been a 42.  But Len, ever the fuddy-duddy, withheld that last half a point that would have put them at the top of the leaderboard.  Oh well – luckily it matters even less this week :-P

2.) Kelly & Val – Like almost all of their other dances this season, this came out far better than I would have anticipated – even if these two were kinda giving me the creeps with all of their brooding in the background all night.  :-P Was it truly “contemporary”? Meh…it had elements of contemporary, and it came far closer to contemporary than Emmitt did to bolero or Bristol did to rock ‘n’ roll.  But it was a pretty dance, and I do feel like they injected some emotion into it – which is really how contemporary came to be in the first place: ballet with emotion.  Kelly had some nice extensions and seemed to really connect to the dance…and really, Val did too, as much as he may have hated the style they got.  And he did get a few brownie points from me for calling Cheryl the b-word on national television, for all to hear :-P I think they may have gotten a little out-of-synch on the side-by-side sections, and I must confess that I didn’t really understand the purpose of the platform they climbed onto.  But overall, a very nice effort for a dance that neither party was particularly jazzed to have…and I’m sure we’ll be hearing buzz about this one for the rest of the week.  ;-) Read more..

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DWTS 15: Karina Smirnoff Talks Fitness, Supplements, & JR Martinez with SELF Magazine

There’s a little something for both the guys (jimmbboe) and the ladies (Heidi, myself, and anyone else who salivates over Apolo’s physique) in this one ;-)

Karina sat down with SELF magazine to talk about the success of her first fitness DVD (Shape Up with Karina Smirnoff), her own energy supplement, and her philosophy on fitness & health.  She also had some sweet things to say about JR (“We developed a friendship that will stand the test of time and became a true team in every sense of a word, supporting each other and pushing each other to be the best that we could be.”), and talked a bit about AIM, the charity she has been working with:

AIM stands for Alternative Intervention Models. It’s an organization that was set up by Leila Steinberg, and it has divisions for charities in the foundation like art, singing, sports and dancing. It’s an organization that allows me to teach underprivileged kids how to express themselves through the arts. Kids who can’t afford it, who come from low socio-economic families, or schools at risk, can become a part of AIM and express themselves in any way that they want to, whether it’s coming up with a song or learning how to cha-cha. I love being a part of it! You can check it out at my website, www.karinasmirnoff.com, or AIM’s website for more information.

Very cool to see what Karina’s been up to outside of the ballroom :-) But the highlight for me was the behind-the-scenes rehearsal pix of she & Apolo this week…

 Nice biceps you got there, Apolo.  ;-)

 Again, with the biceps…meeeeooooowwww.

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

DWTS 15 Week 4: Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel Dance on Ellen Show

The segment Sabrina & Louis taped for the Ellen Show on Friday aired today.  They did their cha-cha.
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 That’s the only clip I can find, so I don’t know if they actually talked to Ellen at-length later on, or if that was it.  If someone finds another clip, let me know :-)

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

Louis Van Amstel Talks to Parade Magazine about DWTS Season 15

Thanks to @DWTSGossip for the heads up on this one.

Oh boy. Look away, LVA fans, this dude works my last nerve and I ain’t afraid to say so.  Louis talks to Parade and he sounds…bitter. To say the least.

We have changed our tune a little bit. We got a message from Carrie Ann [Inaba] and the other judges. They complimented Sabrina on her technique and dancing, but somehow they’re not looking for dancing on a dance show. Carrie Ann said, ‘You’re playing it safe.’ We were not playing it safe, we were trying to stay within the rules. To me, that’s being respectful, but somehow being respectful was not appreciated. Having said that, it lights a fire, and it made us change some of our thinking. So in the end, I’m thankful. It’s like Christina Aguilera‘s “Stronger,” about thanking her ex-boyfriend for how he cheated on her because it made her a stronger woman.

On tackling the disco tonight.
We’re going for what a disco represents—a lot of fun and making sure we’re having a good time. I actually went and did research, and I was in for a lovely surprise that a lot of hip hop and jazz heritage comes from that era. I also looked at Saturday Night Fever, and I was surprised that the dance level has changed tremendously over the last 40 years. If I would literally do what John Travolta did then, it would not come across the same. So it’s kind of interesting how you have to kind of edit the iconic moves to make it interesting in 2012.

On their disco outfits.
We’re so close to Halloween, and with disco outfits, you can so quickly go costumey. We didn’t want to make a parody or make fun of disco, so we’re still going classy. We’re trying to really make a contribution rather than walking out in something over-the-top or cliche.

So, they’re not looking for dance on a dance show?? Er…sure they are, but they expect you to up your game. You absolutely WERE playing it safe. There was nothing new or creative there. And I suppose you think you’re the only ones dancing?? Uh huh. Let me guess – you’re pissed that Derek and Shawn did so well despite having gymnastics along with their dancing. Why don’t you look to Apolo for an exciting dance…hell, Kelly stayed with in the rules and was wobbly…but she was better than you and Sabrina were as well. Wait!!  Melissa and Tony too. :-)

By the way, maybe lose the window treatment disguised as a costume and I could at least focus on the dance more! You say you’re going classy…we’ll see. :-D

Who are the ones to beat from LVA’s POV?? Well, there’s a very notable name missing. I guess he doesn’t see the threat there??

From a dancing point of view, you can say Gilles [Marini], Shawn [Johnson], and Melissa [Rycroft], but then again, don’t count out Kirstie [Alley] and Bristol [Palin’s] fan bases, because they have been on the bottom of the leaderboard. Kirstie was in jeopardy last week but Bristol hasn’t even been in the bottom two once. Emmitt Smith has a great fan base, he’s a phenomenal guy, and he has the moves. It just goes to show you that everybody is our competition.

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Season 15, Week 4 – Kelly and Karina Talk About their Dances

Kelly’s up first, and I have to say, I like how blunt she is. It kinda cracks me up. Or it could just be that I love the idea of someone telling Cheryl to “F@#k off”. :-)  From Today’s Clicker:

“I personally told her to (expletive) off for giving me (contemporary),” Kelly told The Clicker. “I’d never even heard of it! I don’t watch ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ … I was like, ‘This isn’t the show I signed up for!’ I didn’t know I’d be doing this!”

And it seems her pro partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, wasn’t expecting it either.

“We called in a choreographer because Val had no idea what to do, so we’re both being taught,” Kelly, who won the first season of “DWTS,” explained. “It’s an interesting dynamic having both of us sort of in the same position. I mean, clearly, he is a lot more trained in dance lingo so he can follow better than I could ever dream of.”

The pair, who tied for first place last week with their powerful paso doble, aren’t the only ones unfamiliar with their new dance. “I know every couple is in the same boat with their professional dancer (with this) not being their forte,” Kelly said. “I think it’s going to make for a great show. … You’re going to see the couples working together in a way we’ve never worked together before.

Karina on Hip Hop via X17 video which I can’t embed – she basically says that Hip Hop isn’t her thing, but she now thinks their routine is really cool. And may I just add that Apolo looks FIIIINE. I mean, really.

How much longer till Vogue is back?? Not to be too much of a whiner but her job AND my job together is too much. The Cheese takes a lot of time, dang it. :-)

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)