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PureDWTS A Challenging Week Of Rehearsals For Derek Hough And Kellie Pickler And More Details

What a breathtaking photo by Adam Taylor for ABC! I don’t think any of us will forget this dance with Derek Hough and Brilynn Rakes for a long time to come!! She talked all about it with Access Hollywood this past week too. In case you didn’t catch it, see Pure Derek Hough. Heidi has more too including new pictures of Derek and Kellie going to rehearsals, interviews, and more. So be sure to take it all in when you can.

Also, Derek has written a new blog for TV Guide. Below he describes what rehearsing for the Fox Trot has been like with Kellie. He also describes how it will go down with the pros joining them….

This week we have the foxtrot. It’s going… OK! I’m not going to lie — it’s been one of those weeks where I’m not liking anything I’m choreographing. It’s one of those things where the creative process is not coming to me. On Wednesday, I was banging my head against the brick wall. Sometimes you just have your off days. It’s choreographer’s block, I guess. I have a lot on my plate this week, so it’s about compartmentalizing and not getting overwhelmed. But I’m excited for the dance. Whenever I beat myself up about the choreography, it’s only because I want to arrive at the right stuff, so I think it will turn out good.

It’s also a little tricky for us because this is Kellie’s first ballroom dance, so I feel a little bit behind. I had to teach her the frame and the technique. We couldn’t just jump into the choreography, which is kind of frustrating, but she’s doing well. It’s completely different from any of the dances we’ve done, so it’s just a matter of her getting used to it. We’re also missing the entire day of Saturday. She has a show in Alabama and I can’t go with her because I’m choreographing a routine for the results show that is very elaborate. There’s a lot going on this week, but they’re good problems!

Henry and Anna are dancing with us. I know some people are confused by the side-by-side dancing, so here’s how it’s going down: Henry and Anna will dance for 30 seconds, then Kellie and and I come in and we all dance together for 15 seconds, and then Kellie and I dance the rest of the routine. It’s more about couples dancing side-by-side than the celebrity and another pro. It’s something interesting to do to keep the show fresh. I’m curious to see how it all pans out.

I’m really going to miss Lisa. She’s such a wonderful woman and a great personality. I think she did great. The show is so incredibly physically demanding. We don’t get a single day off. Not having a day off can be relentless. I think she exceeded expectations from the beginning. And to go out and dance like that after being ill is a testament to her fight.

And isn’t this an interesting part of his blog too? We’ve been saying for so long that just because someone is in the last three standing, does it mean that’s how the voting computes for them. The producers pick some couples to be at the bottom for pure drama. I wonder again too if he hasn’t been reading us?

Someone pointed out to me that Lindsay, Gleb and Sharna, our new pros, were part of the last three couples standing for the second time this season. I didn’t even realize that! Obviously two of them were in the bottom two both times, but that is interesting. The producers have a way of planning out the results show and who to declare safe when. I have no idea how they decide it, but I think sometimes leaving a couple in jeopardy until later in the show helps them. Some casual fans might not be paying attention that closely and think that the couple is in the bottom three when in fact that’s not the bottom three, so it might spur them on to vote the next week. Still, I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather be safe first than wait that long!

Let’s see if our Miss Heidi has something to add….

Heidi: Well, I’m intrigued – not by what Derek said, but what Henry revealed about his and Anna’s dance with Derek and Kellie to a paparazzi. He said that it’s not going to be what might be expected, that they’ve done it a bit differently. Since this is Derek we’re talking about, I can’t imagine anyone is surprised. :-) I’m envisioning Derek and Kellie entering the dance, but Kellie dancing with Henry and Anna with Derek for the 15 seconds. :-)  Wouldn’t that be a nice little finger to TPTB!! :-) I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

April 13, 2013 I Written By

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.

ABC Releases New Dancing With The Stars Promo For Season 16 Week 5

ABC has released a new Dancing With The Stars promo for Week 5. Note the bit with Maks at the end and the facial expression they used of Andy. LOL! Anna looks so sweet too in the pose they used of her. Enjoy and thanks to Maksim Chmerkovskiy Fans You Tube for uploading!!

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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 His DWTS Competitors: “I think everyone is doing a great job and has a chance”

Jacoby Jones tells the LA Times that having a son is “really a blessing” and makes him “want to work even harder” being his son looks up to him. He chats about Dancing With The Stars as well and how he felt last week when Carrie Ann told him he could win the competition. He also speaks about Bruno and what he thinks of his competitors.

Q. How did you feel when Carrie Ann told you that she thinks you can win the whole thing?

I appreciate that a lot coming from one of the judges. Like I always said, I’m very competitive so it makes me want to continue working hard.

Q. Is Bruno as crazy as he appears on camera?

Bruno is a character, man. He is just like that on and off camera, 24/7.

Q. We are four weeks into the show. Who do you think is your main competition for the Mirror Ball Trophy?

I think everyone is doing a great job and has a chance. Victor and DL have picked it up, and Andy always puts on a show. Kelly, Zendaya, and Aly are killing it. And then you still have Ingo. It will be an entertaining season. I’m just trying to make it into next week.

I really like this guy!! I think he could win it too!! More at the LA Times.

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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.

Mark Ballas Previews He And Aly Raisman’s Samba For DWTS, Aly Has Message For Kids

Mark Ballas has penned a new blog at USA Today. He writes of what it felt like to get three 9’s last week with his partner and Olympian Aly Raisman. He also gives us a preview for what’s to come of their new dance coming up for Monday night and the pros they will be dancing with. Read on…

This week, we are taking on the samba and a new challenge that involves Aly having to dance next to another pro..

In my opinion, the samba is the hardest dance for a celebrity to learn. The body action and bounce of the dance can be really awkward for someone that is new to the style. But overall, Aly is doing great and is loving the sassy aspect of the dance.

We are really working on rhythm and timing and the samba bounce. I’m looking forward to getting out there with Tony and Whitney as well.

Also, Teen Vogue has a new interview up with Aly. Not much is mentioned about Dancing With The Stars, but, she has a cool message for teens and making good choices.

Did you deal with peer pressure to drink when you were younger?
“When you’re in middle and high school, there are always kids who drink alcohol. But, at least for me, those are the kids who aren’t doing anything now. Those are the kids who dropped out of high school. People always told me they respected me more because I didn’t drink, and that feels good. It’s all about making good decisions and getting good results.”

What’s your advice for teenagers?
“Surround yourself with good people. If your friends are pressuring you to do things you don’t want to do, they aren’t your friends. Encourage others to do what’s best for them. Of course, it’s going to be hard. Middle school’s a tough time.”

How can girls help their little sisters and brothers make good decisions?
“If you’re an older sister, make sure your younger siblings know you should have a goal in mind and dream big. And never give up! Realizing the importance of making good decisions is huge, because that will rub off on them. You can always set a good example. I’m lucky to be close in age with my siblings, so it’s easy to spend time with them—I dropped my little sister off at school today. It’s those little things that make a big difference. It’s always hard to have tough conversations with them, but they look up to you so much and will listen to what you have to say.”

More at Teen Vogue including a new picture of Aly with kids.

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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.