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DWTS 16, Week 4 – Power Rankings

Well first of all, I’m happy to report that for once, “best year of your life” week was NOT the night of a thousand rumbas!!! It was, instead, the night of a thousand (ok, THREE) Viennese waltzes, and this episode of Sesame Street was brought to you by the awkward men’s Viennese waltz solo :-P OH! And be still my heart…did Carrie Ann actually cop to being remiss in her lift policing the past few weeks???? And then promptly make herself look rather like a douchebagette, when sternly chastising Gleb for carrying a sick Lisa down the stairs? Yeah…that happened.  But let’s just get down to the nitty gritty, shall we?

1 & 2.) TIE: Kellie & Derek and Zendaya & Val – Both ladies had strong showings tonight, yet both of them seemed to have minor technical issues that kept them from being 100% on-point.  Loved Kellie & Derek’s rumba  – very simple, intimate feel, and Kellie does have some fantastic legs.  But I do agree with whatever judge said that she seemed a little bit “clipped” tonight – I don’t know if it was the segueing from very slow, fluid movements to rather fast, crisp ones, but things got a bit jerky from time to time.  As for Zendaya – I love watching that girl dance, and she’s obviously right at home on the floor…just the right amount of attitude to really carry off Beyonce, and the dance chops to back it up.  But once again, she seems to be having trouble with those long legs – Len was right, she was a bit too bent in the knee, and needed to really straighten those legs out in order to get more of a bounce.  She also seemed to get a bit off-balance in some of the faster turns, which I noticed in her Viennese waltz & jive as well.  Long legs are great to look at – but when it comes to ballroom & Latin, sometimes the ladies with shorter legs have it a bit easier, just because it’s easier to move quickly & crisply when you have less to extend.  Also a bit of a warning to Val – there seemed to be an awfully high proportion of jazz-y, hip-hoppy type-moves in that samba.  I know it’s tempting to really go wild when you’ve got a Beyonce song (and a partner that can do those kinds of moves), but if this continues week to week, you’re going to be butting heads with Len A LOT.  Overall, I think I was probably more entertained by Zendaya’s dance, but I was more touched emotionally by Kellie’s.  Enjoyed both, and I doubt either of these ladies are going anywhere.

3.) Jacoby & Karina – I still think this guy is gonna walk away with the trophy when all’s said and done – and the fact that he actually handled his first ballroom dance quite masterfully just makes me believe it anymore.  I was mentally preparing myself for a trainwreck – crummy frame, messy feet, missed beats, etc.  But I was actually impressed at how well Jacoby held his frame – his neck & shoulders looked great, almost hyperextended, although he did stick his butt out just a tiny bit…which I’m sure Karina’s going to chastise him for later, because ballroom law dictates that the man never slouches down to accommodate a shorter lady – it’s the lady’s job to rise up to the man’s height :-) But this guy never missed a turn, stretched those arms out nice & wide, and best of all – he was totally uninhibited, and really gave that solo his all.  And can I just add that his little guy is beyond precious??? :-D And one other thing I have really begun to appreciate about Jacoby’s dancing? He’s there for Karina EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.  No fumbling to get turns straight, no near-misses with tricks, no missing getting into frame – the dude is on-point. Read more..

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Dancing with the Stars Season 16 “Best Year of My Life” Music

Dancing with the Stars “Best Year of My Life” week is in the books and this is our latest entry in our full list of Dancing with the Stars music. See the list of songs from tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars. What did you think of the music? What did you think of the band? We love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Sean & Peta danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “I Won’t Give Up” I Won't Give Up - Love Is a Four Letter Word (Deluxe Version)—Jason Mraz
Victor & Lindsay danced a Paso Doble to the song “We Will Rock You” We Will Rock You - Queen: Greatest Hits—Queen
Jacoby & Karina danced a Foxtrot to the song “Watching You” Watching You - If You're Going Through Hell—Rodney Atkins
Alexandra & Mark danced a Contemporary to the song “Titanium” Titanium (feat. Sia) - Nothing But the Beat—David Guetta ft. Sia Furler
Andy & Sharna danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Hallelujah” Hallelujah - The Essential Leonard Cohen—Leonard Cohen
Zendaya & Val danced a Samba to the song “Love On Top” Love On Top - 4—Beyoncé
Ingo & Kym danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “A Thousand Years” A Thousand Years - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Deluxe Version]—Christina Perri
D.L. & Cheryl danced a Foxtrot to the song “I Just Want to Make Love to You” I Just Want to Make Love to You - At Last! (Remastered)—Etta James
Kellie & Derek danced a Rumba to the song “Say I Do” Say I Do - Single - Kyle Jacobs—Kyle Jacobs
Lisa & Gleb danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Celebration” Celebration - Wreck-It Ralph (Original Score)—Kool & the Gang

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Dancing with the Stars Season 16: Week 4 Score Predictions

*sighs* And it is another contemporary dance that throws off the predictions this week. Go figure. This time (according to Heidi’s Who is Dancing What and When) it is Aly / Mark with the contemporary routine.

Predictions are slightly different this week as they are the averages of the scores from the previous seasons from the “First Third” and the “Second Third” of previous seasons. “First Third” being the first four weeks of the season and the “Second Third” being the middle four weeks of the season.

DWTS16-Week4Predict

So what about last week? Well…
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Kym Johnson And Val Chmerkovskiy Pen Blogs For Dancing With The Stars Season 16 Week 4

Here are a few more blogs to share! First up, Kym Johnson writes of she and Ingo at Life & Style. She writes of Prom Week last week and then gives us just a small glimpse for what they have planned for tonight.

Speaking of working hard, Ingo and I are planning to give it our all tonight. Last week, we got 21 points. We’re doing well, but it would be great to start raising our scores a bit. Overall, I think we’re on the right track. Tonight we are dancing the Viennese Waltz, which suits Ingo really well. I’m excited that we’ve switched up the pace. This is our first slow dance of the season.

The theme for tonight is “The Best Year of My Life.” For Ingo, he had to pick the best year of his life and we chose a song based around the story, so it’s going to be fun. We’re going to find out a little bit more about all of the celebrities this week, which will be good. I can’t wait to show you all what we have in store!

You can read more at Life & Style. Be sure to see a cute picture of them there too out at Mixology.

Val Chmerkovskiy penned a new blog as well at Today. He writes about the judges criticism for D.L. saying he understands both sides of it, but, still thinks “there is a thin line between constructive criticism and unnecessary belittling of somebody”. Below is a take about Zendaya and tonight’s dance….

I’m not worried about Zendaya. I think Zendaya is pretty hard on herself. She doesn’t need the judges’ confirmation or dissatisfaction to motivate her or tell her that she’s doing a good job or a bad job. Last week, there was a little slip-up. The judges’ feedback didn’t really matter because she knew what she did wrong and she was disappointed in herself and she knows what to fix. Besides that, I’m pretty tough on her as well! I don’t think there’s anybody that could say something that would be demoralizing for her because she’s got thick skin. It’ll be tough to bring her down when it comes to that.

This week’s theme is “most memorable year of your life.” Given that Zendaya is only 16 years old, it’s a bit interesting for us to find the best year of her life! Even though she’s had some pretty good years, I would hope — and I am certain — the best years of her life are ahead of her, not in the past.

The thing that we went with … was the year that she finally figured out that this is something she wants to do: She wants to be an artist. I believe it was 2009 when she went to her first Beyoncé concert. She said then and there she knew this is something she wants to do. On stage is where she wants to be.

We’re doing samba as the dance. It’s a very difficult dance to understand, to put in your body because it has a very different technique to it. It’s been pretty challenging for her to find that coordination in her body to be able to do it well. She’s a hard worker and I’m being patient with her. We’re moving step by step.

We choreographed a great routine together. There’s a lot of space in the choreography that allows her to be herself and to shine on an individual level. I want this performance to be a foreshadowing of what’s to come in her career, what’s to come when it comes down to her performing at the Grammys, at the Oscars. It’s no ordinary dance. She’s going to be showcased like the star that she is!

More at Today.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Andy Dick And Sharna Burgess Give Fans A Teaser For Tonight’s Touching Dance On DWTS

Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess chatted about their Viennese Waltz planned for Dancing With The Stars Week 4 with OK! Magazine. I love how passionate they both sound. They are making me tear up already. Check this out….

“We have a beautiful story (to tell) which is not fabricated in any way,” explains Sharna. “It’s very true and very real about Andy, something I discovered about him. I want everyone to know. He says he’s ready to do it. It’s about his daughter and the day he became a father. Not everybody knows he has a daughter and he has such an amazing connection with her. They share a favorite song and we’ll be dancing to that song. It’s going to be a really special week. It’s not going to be crazy or funny or weird or twisted.”

“It’s almost too much,” adds Andy. “It’s going to be beautiful.”

Andy’s three children—Lucas, Jacob and Meg—have been in the Dancing audience each week, surprising to many who didn’t even realize the former NewsRadio star was a father. He excited to dedicate this dance to 15-year-old Meg.

“When I talk about her I well up,” says Andy. “The thing about the relationship with my daughter is that—I went through it with my two sons from age 15 to 16—they became different people almost overnight. They become kids to adults almost overnight. And this is the last…this is it for her to be daddy’s little girl. It’s really going to be a hard one.”

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Jacoby Jones On Dancing With The Stars: “I’m in it for the ride”

Jacoby Jones chatted a little about Dancing With The Stars with ESPN. He talks of how much fun he’s having, how hard he and Karina have been working, and how he’s in it for the “ride” not the votes.

You and partner Karina Smirnoff have bubbled near the top of the rankings each week. How much fun are you having?

“It’s a lot more work than people think, but I’m having fun. You need a strong work ethic to do this show. I had no apprehensions because I would be working out every day anyway. That’s what I’d be doing if I wasn’t doing the show. In this case, I’m dancing every day and it’s a heck of a workout.”

Athletes have done so well on the show, and many NFL players — Emmitt Smith, Donald Driver and Hines Ward — all have won. Does that make it tougher?

“There is no pressure, man. I’m out there to have fun. All I’m doing is keeping up my fitness with my partner. I don’t really pay much attention to attracting votes. I’m in it for the ride. Of course I want to win, but I don’t think like that. I’m not looking at it like it’s stressful.”

More at ESPN.

Also, Karina is going to be on the Home & Family Show today on the Hallmark Channel to talk about Jacoby and Dancing With The Stars. Be watching this link as they should be posting the full episode if you miss it on TV.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Cheryl Burke Talk Of Rehearsals For Their Fox Trot, Being a Punching Bag For The Judges, and More

Celebuzz goes inside rehearsals with Cheryl Burke and D.L. Hughley for Dancing With The Stars Week 4. They ask how he’s been keeping up with his tour and 6 hour days of rehearsals? “By prayer and Advil,” he says. It’s been a tough go, but, he felt his legs for the first time this past week. He also talks of the criticism from the judges so far, but, he says he is “trying” and going to keep trying. They show them dancing a little for their Fox Trot. MORE HERE.

Also, Cheryl has written a new blog for People. She also talks of the judges criticism as well and how sad D.L. was last week. She hopes they will be more constructive tonight. I do too. Some of the things they say are over the top.

On Monday, Bruno [Tonioli] said D.L. needed a hip replacement, and Len [Goodman] said if D.L.’s a sex machine then he was America’s Next Top Model. That was really rough, but then on the next night, Len had a chance to say something more encouraging and he didn’t. It was a rough two nights in a row. Len, especially, is a ballroom judge. Give us something we can take back.

I just told D.L. to keep his head up. He wasn’t even angry – he was just sad. Everyone says not to bring your emotion into this, but at the end of the day, it’s hard because we work so many hours every single day. D.L. is someone with no dancing experience showing his vulnerable side. It would be nice to have judges stay consistent. There are people who have the same dancing experience as D.L., but the judges give them encouraging words. So, let’s make this an even playing field.

I know it’s television and everyone needs to cause controversy, but I feel like D.L. has become the punching bag [for the judges]. Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Kym Johnson have been on our side. Derek came up to D.L. on the second night after they were both saved at the same time and said, “You know what? Just use this to your advantage. People are going to be rooting for you because the judges are so cruel.”

Working hard to try to improve every week – that’s what the show is really all about. This week, we’re dancing a foxtrot. The theme for all the dancers is the best year of my life. For D.L., his best year was his last year of innocence. It was around the eighth grade before his neighborhood got a little crazy. We’re dancing to Etta James’s “I Just Want to Make Love to You.” It’s a really cool, sassy routine and we tell a story within the dance. I’m trying to bring out his acting skills to really help him with the dance.

I’m just really going to work on his technique and posture. The foxtrot is all about keeping his frame and making his dance a little bit smooth and not so bumpy. We’re going to work on his rhythm and musicality. We’re going to try our best, and hopefully at least get some better remarks from the judges.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS16: How are our New Pros doing so far?

Well, we’ve completed 3 weeks of Season 16, and I think it’s time to look at our new pros, and hear some comments from you. I figured that now is a good time to start, since we still have all 3 of the new pros, I’m not sure how long they’ll last. So, I think it’s Interim Report time!

To review, we’ll see the Ladies First….

LINDSAY ARNOLD is our youngest at 19, and came to us from this past summer’s SYTYCD. She’s paired with Victor Ortiz, a boxer.
Victor and Lindsay’s Week 1 Foxtrot They earned a 6, 6, 6 for a total of 18 for Week 1.
Victor and Lindsay’s Week 2 Jive They earned a 6, 6, 6 for a total of 18, and 36 for the first two weeks. They landed in the bottom two in the first Results show.
Victor and Lindsay’s Week 3 Contemporary They earned an 8, 7, 8 for a total of 23 for week 3.
They earned 59 points for the first 3 weeks of competition.

SHARNA BURGESS came to us first in the Troupe, where honestly, I didn’t notice her much, other than as a brunette among a sea of blonde female dancers. She’s paired with Andy Dick, a comedian.
Andy and Sharna’s Week 1 Foxtrot They earned a 6, 5, 6 for 17 points for week 1.
Andy and Sharna’s Week 2 Jazz They earned a 7, 6, 7 for a total of 20 points, and 37 for the first 2 weeks. They were placed In Jeopardy in the first Results show.
Andy and Sharna’s Week 3 Cha Cha Cha They earned a 6, 6, 6 for a total of 18 points for week 3. They were placed in the Bottom 2 in the Results show.
They earned 55 points for the first 3 weeks of competition.

GLEB SAVCHENKO is originally from Russia, but came to us from Australia, where he was a professional dancer on DWTS Australia last year. He is paired with Lisa Vanderpump, a Real Housewife and restauranteur.
Lisa and Gleb’s Week 1 Foxtrot They earned a 6, 6, 6 for a total of 18 points for week 1.
Lisa and Gleb’s Week 2 Jive They earned a 6, 6, 6 for 18 points for week 2 and a total of 36 for the first two weeks. They were in the bottom 2 in the Results show.
Lisa and Gleb’s Week 3 Viennese Waltz They earned a 7, 7, 7 for a total of 21 points.
They earned 57 points for the first 3 weeks of competition.

MY THOUGHTS: Looking at just the scores, Read more..

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Tony Dovolani Interviews Sean Lowe And Peta Murgatroyd, Talks Spray Tanning, and More

Dance pro Tony Dovolani took Good Morning America behind the scenes of rehearsals for Dancing With The Stars yesterday. He interviewed Peta Murgatroyd and Sean Lowe. Sean tells Tony this show has been tougher than he thought it would be. Peta and Sean are putting in 8 hours of dance rehearsals a day. Tony asks Sean about taking off his shirt for a performance, but, Peta doesn’t want him to do so…yet anyway.

Tony also talks of the secret of tanning in California and what the stars go through every Sunday for Dancing With The Stars. Sean gives us an example. EEK! More at THIS LINK. (I am kind of wishing I had never watched this now. 8O )

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Lisa Vanderpump Plans On Staying With Dancing With The Stars As Long As She Can

Lisa Vanderpump writes all about last week for how she and Gleb travelled to New York City. As you know from previous postings, they were on LIVE With Kelly And Michael. She also attended the Bravo Upfronts Party. However, they kept up with rehearsals and travelled back to Los Angeles afterwards. She’s also been fighting a bug and one day she fainted during rehearsals as many of you have been speaking about in comments. Below is more including some thoughts on their dance tonight.

By the time Thursday rehearsals rolled around – let’s just I was exhausted and everything felt off. Gleb and I were rehearsing our cha cha and suddenly I just blacked out.

I was in shock when I woke up. I fainted only once before in my life. The doctor found that I had a viral infection with fever and swollen glands. And between trying to fight that and all of the stress on my body from running around, I ended up with low blood pressure and a rapid heart rate, which is why I fainted.

I am still fighting the bug and feeling under the weather but I am staying in the game as long as they say I can. And I will give it my best!

The cha cha is a very difficult dance but this is a style of dance, which Gleb excels and I want to make him proud. Wish us luck! As always, we will need it!

GOOD LUCK, Lisa and Gleb!! You can do it!! More at People.com.

ADDING: Gleb was on the Ryan Seacrest this morning. You can listen here. Check out how he’s going to be on an episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Thanks to Lori for the heads up!

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.