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.