Below is Sean Lose and Peta Murgatroyd on Access Hollywood today! They were so disappointed with Monday’s night’s dance. The most difficult about dancing is that he is not a dancer and it’s been so difficult thinking through the steps. Peta plans to hammer him hard on technique this week. Here is more….
Victor Ortiz tells the LA Times what it was like being in the bottom two this week on Dancing With The Stars. He’s glad he didn’t go home, but, he didn’t want Lisa to home either. He also talks of costuming. Also, check out what he says about next week and how he’s had the odds against him all of his life….
Q. Do you get to interact with the other contestants that much? Have your made any friends you can see lasting beyond the show?
Actually we have all formed such a tight bond, which is something I didn’t expect. Honestly this isn’t like a traditional competition where everyone is working against each other. Every time someone performs I am happy for them when they do well out on the floor. So many of the dances, especially this week, were so deeply personal that all of us wanted one another to do the best performance they could. Being in the bottom two this week, I really didn’t want to be the one that went home but I really didn’t want Lisa to go home either!
Q. How much input do you get into the outfits you wear?
Well actually I would have to give all the credit to my talented partner, Lindsay. She is the creative mind behind all of our outfits. She comes up with an idea and then people in the wardrobe department make them for us.
Q. Some people are counting you out, figuring you don’t have a chance to win. What do you say to those people?
I have been up against the odds for most of my life, so I love a challenge. Each week I have a chance to prove myself, and take all the things I’ve learned and really focus during my practices. I have made it to Week 4 now, despite being in the bottom two, so the game isn’t over yet! I want to bring it next week and really show my fans and the judges what I’m made of!
More at the LA Times! It’s going to be interesting to see if he and Lindsay can step it up next week?
Karina Smirnoff chatted today with K-EARTH 101 Morning’s Show to talk about Dancing With The Stars and how her partner, Jacoby Jones, is handling the competition. “He has the discipline. He has the quality which I think is one of the mandatory qualities you need to be able to go all the way to the end,” said Karina. Karina also talks about the similarities between Jacoby her former partner J.R. Martinez. She says that both partners are “really big goofballs” who take the competition seriously. She also speaks about a charity event coming up. You can listen to this new interview at the bottom of the page HERE (for some reason I’m having trouble getting it to work).
Hey Guys!!! Be sure to tune into the new Afterbuzz Dancing With The Stars After show when you get a chance. I haven’t listened to it in full yet, but, PureDWTS reader Jenn (THANKS JENN!!) reports to us that Anna Trebunskaya mentions how she and Maks will be dancing with Val and Zendaya in their individual dance as well as with Jacoby and Karina in theirs. She will also be dancing with Henry Byalikov in Kellie and Derek’s individual dance. Exciting!! Also, in this interview is Victor Ortiz talking about his time so far on Dancing With The Stars.
And while we are on the subject of Anna, who needs another dose of this? Let’s hope she’s back on the show again next season full time! If not, let’s hope producers will always make sure to feature her in dances like this. Just breathtaking!
Thanks to Jimmbboe’s You Tube Channel for the video above.
Isn’t this a great photo of Gleb Savchenko, Maks Chmerkovskiy, and Tony Dovolani? Gleb posted this picture at facebook and twitter of him in rehearsals for a new dance number on Dancing With The Stars next week. This is going to be fun, isn’t it?!!
Also, and speaking of Gleb, you can read a fun interview with him at Heavy.com for some fun facts you may not know. Below are two which I found interesting, but please, let’s hope he decides to take up a permanent residence in the United States too and the producers will still want him to come back next season?!!
1. The Guy Knows Everybody.
Gleb may be the newbie this season, but he’s pretty much known the rest of the dancers on the show for years. So, coming into the DWTS family in its 16th season wasn’t as intimidating as one would think. So how did Gleb know everyone already?
Gleb explains, “Half of the people who are on the show like Karina, Val, Maks, Tony, Cheryl… I knew all of them before the show. I used to live in New York in 2004 and I used to teach in North Carolina with Karina. Every weekend we used to fly there and teach dancing to competitive couples. I use to teach in the same studio as Cheryl in Times Square, so I would see her like every single day. I knew Val for a very long time. We used to have the same teachers and Maks would come. I used to do a show with Tony in Vegas, so we all know each other.”
2. Gleb is Homeless.
For the show, Gleb is living in Los Angeles, which he loves. However, he also lives in Hong Kong and Sydney from time to time. Once Dancing With The Stars wraps this season, he has to sit down and decide if he wants to take a serious step and move to LA or if he wants to try to settle in one of the other two places. I can hear the hearts out there breaking just at the thought of him leaving the U.S. Maybe he’ll factor that in to his decision-making.
More at Heavy.com including some fun pictures you may have never seen before.
For those Louis Van Amstel fans out there!! PureDWTS reader Carlos has sent us an exclusive interview that took place with his friends Érico and Isaias’! Both are Dancing With The Stars fans and Érico has a blog that focuses on “Dança dos Famosos” (the Brazilian version of Dancing With The Stars). Isaias also posts at PureDWTS on occasion (and I think Erico has too?). They are also from Carlos’ Brazilian Dancing With The Stars Facebook Page (which is a fun spot if you are looking to discuss Dancing With The Stars from Brazil and every country). So, without further ado, here is this fun new interview with Louis. I love when they ask Louis how Dancing With The Stars has changed his life. They also ask him about his favorite dance (any guess to what that is before you start reading?), how he would evaluate his time on the show, and choreographing for Dancing With The Stars behind the scenes. Lots more below (as well as a news item on Louis afterwards). THANK YOU CARLOS, ERICO, and ISAIAS!!!!
1- Hello Louis. You are one of the most experienced teachers on DWTS. How do you evaluate your participation during all these seasons?
I can honestly say I have no regrets on the show. I put a lot of work into each season and play the hand that is dealt to me. All of my partners have been so amazing, I am so thankful for each one of them- and remain in contact still. A lot of my participation is behind the scenes as well. They ask me to choreograph the group dances often, and that’s a lot of fun to be able to do for all of my friends!
2- What’s the best partner you ever had? Which partner did you like the most?
I can’t say I had a “best” partner because they were all so great- but the one I am most proud of and I love to death is Kelly. She made such a transformation right before my eyes and before America’s eyes, and became such a lovely beautiful woman- not that she wasn’t already. She became healthier, eating right, exercising, and her skills improved so much. It was so great to see and be apart of it. And we still keep in contact and have a great relationship.
3-Among all the partners you’ve had… With which one felt closer to victory?
Definitely Kelly! We made it to 3rd place! That felt like a win to me. Especially all that we went through together.
4- How did the show changed your life?
I would say it has enhanced my professional life. Since they asked me to be on the show I have gained a lot of notoriety, and it is also how LaBlast started. It has always been my goal to help people feel better about themselves from being healthy and exercising- and LaBlast is a program designed to help people exercise while having fun by doing a lot of the dances you see on Dancing With The Stars!
5- I know it is a difficult choice. But what’s your favorite season, why?
That is difficult! This last season with Sabrina Bryan was one of my favorites. All the dancers have been doing this for a while now, and we have become very close to each other. That makes it a lot of fun, we have become a crazy family lol. And then having Sabrina as a partner was amazing, she is such a great talented girl- its a shame she wasn’t able to show American all that she was capable of.
6-How do you deal with the repercussion the program has worldwide? Have you ever imagine that the show would reach so far? How is the reception from fans from other countries?
Stemming from the BBC British version, it has really taken off here and in other countries. I have noticed that it has been very well received, a lot of people watch it and not just Americans. When they asked me to join the cast I knew I wanted to do it and it would be a lot of fun, but I never thought it would turn into something so popular!
7- Sabrina suffered another shocking elimination with you last season. What do you think about the DWTS’ elimination system? Is it fair?
Yes, that was a hard thing to go through. The elimination system is tricky because unfortunately its not about the skill of the celebrity and how well he or she does with their Pro partner, the elimination system is based on the popularity of the celebrity- so people with a larger fan base are always going to be ahead of those that don’t. Hopefully they will start to change that.
8- Some people considered All Stars Season a mistake. Do you agree and why?
I can see how they can see that but I don’t think so. I think its great to switch it up every once in a while, it keeps the show fresh and it keeps people watching
9-You choreographed DWTS live tour twice. What’s the sensation of dancing to a lot of people in other cities from Detroit and Seattle?
It is absolutely amazing! It’s one thing to dance in front of the live studio audience and knowing it will air to millions of people- but actually doing it live in front of them is a whole new ball game. Its much much different, such a rush!
10- Which dance you like the most?
That’s a hard question! I really love the Latin dances, that’s what I competed in professionally. Rumba, Salsa, Paso Doble- the Latin dances are so fierce and they have so much raw emotion- its a lot of fun! And sexy! lol
Just a side note! Louis will be performing this weekend in New York City in “Dance Legends” with Julie Fryer! Below is beautiful preview of them rehearsing. For ticket and show information, see this link.