Before going on let’s look at how the scores could stack up if Week 6 did NOT have Week 5 added on to it.
A few things to note:
- Since we are in Week 6, the calculations above is strictly based off of scores from Weeks 4 through 7 in a traditional 10-week season. Just to keep the scoring semi-reasonable.
- Although Apolo Anton Ohno has a score from his original season for the Viennese Waltz… in actuality he has done the Waltz in his season and did not dance to the Viennese Waltz.
- Does anyone else find it odd that Derek – until this season – has never done a Cha-Cha between Weeks 4 through 7?
Now let’s look at how the scoring went down in Week 5 (including the Team Dances). Read more..
Sabrina Bryan answers questions from the fans about the best part about being on Dancing With The Stars this season. She talks about what she’s doing when the show is over too.
Louis has written a new blog for ABC as well. He talks all about last week’s dances. Then he gives a preview for he and Sabrina’s Rumba tonight. He also talks of camera blocking yesterday, the camaraderie between the couples, and how the eliminations will take place tomorrow night and the coming weeks. Read the last paragraph carefully below for how only the judges will get their say for who goes home next week. We don’t get to vote as Courtney and Heidi have been reporting to us.
With this week’s Rumba, we will show a very different side. Our song touches Sabrina in a way that exposes her vulnerability. Even though she’s scared about opening up like that, it’s such a beautiful side to see from her. As in real life, love is not always about being sexy or lovey dovey, it’s about the ups and downs between two people that love each other and the raw emotions. Our Rumba is more like “The Notebook” rather than a shallow love story.
Yet again, the production this week has gone all out. All the couples I’ve seen doing their camera blocking yesterday have beautiful set pieces. A big time thank you is necessary to the producers for giving us so much more freedom and opportunities than in any other season. This week’s theme is “Country Week” and it’s going to be off the charts. I love all of these new themed weeks. It’s so exciting to have Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy, and none other than Taylor Swift perform on Monday and Tuesday. You don’t want to miss seeing the entire show!
You might wonder if the camaraderie between the couples is sincere when you watch the show on TV. I can tell you that it is and in my opinion, that’s the part that makes this season so special. Everyone is so nice to each other and helps each other out when needed. True friendships are being built. Yes, it’s a competition, but everyone focuses on their own dances and tries their hardest to bring their A game every week. It’s all about personal growth and wanting everybody to be at their personal best. It’s truly the healthiest way to compete. You guys, on the other hand, can fight on the message boards and so can the judges over their scores…haha.
It was so nice last week to have no elimination, but it makes this week even more nerve wracking. I can’t even begin to talk about the elimination process in week 7 and week 8. Actually, let’s talk about it since it’s different almost every week now.
This week’s elimination is based on scores and votes from last week and this week. Next week (week 7), there’s no Tuesday show due to the election. This means there will be an elimination at the end of Monday night’s show (Nov. 5), which is based only on judges’ scores. Week 8 is back to normal, but we will have the dreaded double elimination again. Are you still with me?
ADDING: And here is an interview in the rehearsal studio as well….
Sioux City Journal has an interview up with Kelly Monaco where she discusses what dancing was like the first time she danced on Dancing With The Stars. She tells them, “We kind of set the bar for what is now one of the biggest reality competition shows out there.” Below she explains what it’s like to dance now in 2012 which is much more challenging….
Back in the competition for the 2012 “All-Stars” season, Monaco says it’s impossible to compare her skills with those of the other contestants.
“I can’t even put myself in the same category as an athlete or a dancer or somebody that’s more skilled than me,” she says. “It’s apples and oranges. What I did the first season and what I’m doing now is competing against myself, trying to do better.”
That first season? It was only six weeks long. Dances weren’t as involved as they are now. Stakes weren’t as high.
Still, as many performers will attest, “Dancing with the Stars” can provide a pretty flashy calling card. Careers have been made, simply on the exposure.
The goal, though, has to be a personal one, Monaco says. “You get 99.9 percent credit for being fantastic, just by getting out there because you’re putting yourself in a position most people wouldn’t put themselves in. It’s so horrible…and you’re opening yourself up to criticism.”
Footwork aside, “DWTS” “makes you a different human being.”
Technically, she says, Apolo Ohno is a tough competitor — one to beat. “But you can’t go into a situation with that mindset. You’re just setting yourself up for disappointment.”
TV Guide interviewed Cheryl Burke on how she and Emmitt are progressing in the competition on Dancing With The Stars going into week 6. She says they are “peaking at the right time.” Telling them more, she says, “Now we’re in the middle of the season, so you really have to start stepping it up to get over that hump and try to make the finals.” Below is more on last week’s dances and a preview for what’s coming up for their Foxtrot as well….
That samba was a nice little comeback for you guys. You had been in the middle of the pack since you led in Week 1.
Cheryl Burke: Yeah, I think it was perfect for us. We’re obviously trying to go out there and do the best that we can, but at the same time, we want to improve throughout the competition. I think it’s great that we did as well as we did on the premiere, but it’s also good for us to leave some room for improvement. I think now you’ll really be able to see that since we’ve gotten a few weeks to settle into the rhythm of the show.
Was that the difference? Or just the dance itself?
Burke: I think it was just stepping it up. We both want to do well. Emmitt loves the samba and he really put on what everyone’s been wanting to see from him: his personality and charisma.
And you had that insane “Gangnam Style” team dance.
Burke: Oh, my God! That was pretty crazy. [Laughs] It was definitely the most fun I’ve ever had dancing on that dance floor. It was so ridiculous! I couldn’t actually believe that it came together because it was really challenging to get all of us in unison dancing a dance like “Gangnam Style.” We definitely went all out with the craziness, so it’s a good thing it was a freestyle. There was so much silly string on the floor. It was very, very slippery. Maks [Chmerkovskiy] and Emmitt almost ate it at one point, which probably would’ve fit in.
What do you have planned for the foxtrot?
Burke: Well, it’s Country Week, which I prefer over Rock Week any day. Rock Week is annoying. [Laughs] I love rock music, but to do ballroom dancing to rock music? It doesn’t make sense. It’s a lot easier to ballroom dance to country. The foxtrot will be very cute. It’s a soft dance, and Emmitt hasn’t done a ballroom dance since the quickstep, so I’m just excited for everyone to see a different side of him. We did the bolero, but that was more of a sexy dance. This is will be more elegant. And we’ll have the group dance too, which will be country as well, obviously.
Lots more at TV Guide including Cheryl’s thoughts on what Emmitt needs to work on. I just love Emmitt! Picture from Dancing With The Stars facebook.
Tony Dovolani tells Access Hollywood that Melissa is doing “famously” after her neck injury last week. She’s managing the pain and doing some therapy. He’s also making her wear a neck brace during practice. Below is more….
“Melissa’s doing famously. The injury is there and she’s managing the pain — she’s doing therapy for it,” Tony told Access at the 19th Annual Dream Halloween event in Los Angeles on Saturday. “This week we have the Viennese waltz, which is in some ways a blessing, because it doesn’t involve her neck as much — it gives her a break.”
Adding, “But I kept it just as challenging on everything else, because, as you know, this is the All-Stars season and you can’t take it easy!”
While the former “Bachelor” beauty is pushing past the pain, Tony said he has implemented a few new safety steps to guard Melissa from additional injury.
“I have a neck brace that I keep on her to make sure that she doesn’t injure her neck any further. And I start every [rehearsal] with like, a little massage on her neck to make sure her muscles are relaxed, and we just keep going,” he said. “I’m very aware of her winces. If she winces at anything that means I have to change it.”
You can read the full article at Access Hollywood. Here’s to wishing these two the best!!
I don’t need to tell anyone about the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, and how she is going to pummel the NorthEast of the United States. I don’t need to tell anyone that this is an icredibly HUGE storm, and that it isn’t going to simply “go away with only a whisper.” Yes, it would be nice!
Already in the comments, I’ve seen people mention that they’re in the path, and I’ve seen others asking for safety…
One reason I like this site, is that people who are here regularly develop a camaraderie, and a friendship and a respect, even though we all have different thoughts and feelings and favorite pros and celebrities. We find friendships. Read more..
Co-host Brooke Burke tells Life & Style Magazine that Kirstie Alley is the “one of the funnest contestants ever” on Dancing With The Stars. She says Kirstie “has such a good attitude” and “she’s entertaining.” Kirstie also chatted with Life & Style Magazine about her Dancing With The Stars partner Maks Chmerkovskiy and how she wants him to guest on her new show. Here is more…
The 61-year-old actress has a tumultuous past with pro dancer Maks, whom she also danced with in season 12.
But they get along just fine now! “He is a special guy,” Kirstie says. “What’s not known is that Russians and Kansans always bond. That’s the link that no one knows about.”
And as Kirstie has told Life & Style, she wants him to guest star on her new show.
“I think he has to play my date,” she recently shared.
Word to the wise: If you want to see something in the Cheesecake Awards, DON’T say so. Don’t tell us what you expect to see. Because if you do, we just might think it’s too obvious or decide that we don’t want anyone to expect anything – and not include it.
Just sayin’. The Cheesecake is on the small side this week – we have discovered that most of the cheesy goodness is in a results show.
Beware: Heidi’s Mean Streak is wider than usual this week.
Tom Bergeron Line O’ the Night: “By the way, tonight Carrie Ann Plays the Iceberg” (ref. Titanic) in reference to her comments regarding Shawn and Derek’s supposed lift.
Heidi: That was very clever. I love me some Tom. Even CAI couldn’t help but laugh at herself after that one and Len loved it as well. How is he so quick?? I’d be standing there saying, “Bitch.”
Courtney: For someone that gets all OTT in her praise like CAI often does, she’s also a colossal buzzkill – and nothing says buzzkill like a humongous ocean liner getting obliterated by an iceberg. And Carrie Ann, like an iceberg, is chilly, jagged, and is useless as a judge on a reality tv dancing show Read more..
Apolo Ohno has written a new blog at People.com. He says he and Karina have had some issues, but, they’ve cleared the air and feel even closer now. They are also going to treat every dance as if it’s their last. Lots more below on this past week’s struggles, their new dance and how much it means to him and Karina.
Going into this week’s competition, I told Karina, “Let’s clear the air. Let’s get back on track and find new inspiration.” We went out, we talked, we had a good time. I told her we should treat every week like it’s our last. I want to just forget about the scores and the comments, and use the criticism as constructive. I know for me, that means emotionally showing a different side that perhaps people haven’t seen.
This song is about cancer. This song has a personal connection to both Karina and me. I have to go into a very different place, all while trying to perform this dance. It’s really beautiful and really smooth. I really like it, but it’s really emotional. I’m inviting kids from the City of Hope who have gone through or are going through cancer treatments, so I hope they enjoy it.
We just have this whole new approach and we’ve been kicking each other’s ass in the studio. It’s awesome. We’ve been hitting it hard every single day. I’m happy with the dance. We’re just continuing to keep polishing.
Be sure to read the full blog at People.com. It’s a good one! I hope he and Karina give new meaning to the word “connection” and make all the nay sayers eat their words.
“May the force be with you” and Bonnie and Clyde might need it. Pictured above is Dancing With The Stars Derek Hough and sister Julianne Hough with boyfriend Ryan Seacrest! This weekend they attended a Halloween Party in Beverly Hills, California. Other celebrities to attend the party dressed in their halloween best were Maria Menounos, Alessandra Ambrosio, Hilary Duff, Paris Hilton, Seal, and Cindy Crawford. Pictures above are from Zimbio Pictures. Heidi has collected a bunch more pictures of Derek at PureDerekHough as well as everything from this past week of he and Shawn on Dancing With The Stars.
Speaking of Derek and Julianne, while you are at PureDerekHough, be sure to see THIS POST as it has a hint of Derek’s “upcoming projects” with sister Julianne in it. “Scripted drama”? Whatever they are up too sounds fascinating! Be sure to listen and see for yourself.