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ABC Issues Press Release On DWTS17 Week 2, Reminder On Valerie Harper Interview

Just a quick update. First, don’t forget about the new Valerie Harper Interview on NBC tomorrow night. She opens up to NBC’s Meredith Vieira about her ongoing battle with cancer and beating the odds. Below is a little preview….

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Also, ABC Media Net has issued a new press release laying out next weeks dances, info for the opening number, and how one elimination will take place.

“Episode 1702″ – The competition heats up on a Latin-themed “Dancing with the Stars” as the celebrities take on new dance routines and fight for survival, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (8:00-

10:01 p.m., ET). Featuring a show-stopping opening number choreographed by Sharna Burgees and Henry Byalikov, the themed evening will require each couple to perform a Samba, Jive, Rumba or Paso. At the end of the night, one couple will face the first nail-biting elimination. The first elimination is determined by combining the judges’ scores from the first two weeks with the public votes from premiere night.

More at ABC Media Net.

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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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 17, Week 1 – Dancing by the Numbers

Well, this is going to be a bit different. With the exception of next week, the eliminations are going to be based on a given night’s judges scores and the previous week’s audience votes. As a result, I think Dancing by the Number is going to be a bit more predictive to the following week, as opposed to the following night.  But we’ll have to see how it all plays out. As I’m sitting down to write this, I’m not sure how it’s going to go. And I may do it differently next week. I’m flyin’ by the seat of my pants here. :-)

As I said, next week is supposedly going to be the exception. According to the press release that Vogue posted (probably days ago), the week two elimination is going to take into account the first two weeks of judges scores (50%) and this week’s viewer vote (50%). As a result, what you see now in terms of score could be substantially changed by the time next week rolls around, and the votes are based on what happened this week, so that has to be considered as well.

The immediate problem with this scenario and the longer range prediction that we’ll have to make is that you’re using future dances, as opposed to dances you’ve already seen. For that reason, I’ve taken the time to find out which celebs are doing what dance next week to help with my guessing.  Why? Well, it seems to me that Amber could have trouble with ballroom (who knows, using her as an example) while Bill Nye could excel at something like a Waltz. Knowing what dance they’re going to do should at least be considered when making your guess, in addition to the usual judge’s games.  Below is a list of who’s dancing what and my predicted score. Note, my scores are not like Marianya’s predictions – I’m doing mine based on the dance, the pro partner, how well they did this past week, how I think they’re likely to do based on the dance they’ve been given, ringer status and the judges crack smoking habits. :-) Read more..

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Tony Dovolani: “We’re going to compete against these guys and they better watch out”

Tony Dovolani has penned a new blog for In Touch Weekly. He writes of how much he clicked with Leah Remini immediately. Below he talks of how down to earth she is and there is a mention on Jennifer Lopez (btw, are the rest of you growing tired of the JLo mentions like I am?). And note how they don’t plan on going out without a fight.

But despite being such a big star, Leah could not be more down to earth! Some people make you think, “These guys are stars. They have egos. They have their things.”

None of that exists with Leah.

I’m inspired by her work ethic and professionalism; she’s never been late, and she’s shown her dedication by staying late. She’s just so caring, she makes me feel like the king—not many people make you feel like that in the world!

Maybe Leah knows how important support is because she has such an amazing support system; not only were her husband, sister, sister-in-law and daughter all there to support her, but she also had her best friend Jennifer Lopez cheering her on from the audience!

More than half of the cast are dancers and it’s not a secret, even though we can all pretend not to say it, or others insist that it’s different genres. But that makes me so grateful I’m with Leah—I don’t know anybody stronger or more gracious than her.

And I will make sure we will fight! Our earrings are off, our jewelry’s off, we’ve taken our gloves off; We’re going to compete against these guys—and they better watch out!

You can read the full blog at In Touch Weekly.

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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.

The DWTS Overscore Express

I’d been wanting to write a post about the early season DWTS scores for a few seasons now. Thanks to a tweet from @reaganvincennes, I was prompted to finally do it. She said, “Seriously, though the judges were on the overscore express.” I felt the same way and so I wanted to dig into the numbers to see if the judges were doing something different the past couple seasons than they’d done previously.

I started by first looking at the range of scores from the first week of each season of Dancing with the Stars:
Season 16 – 12-24
Season 15 – 17-24.5
Season 14 – 20-26
Season 13 – 14-22
Season 12 – 13-24
Season 11 – 15-24
Season 10 – 14-25
Season 9 – 18-27 (Week 1 had a relay so I used week 2)
Season 8 – 13-24
Season 7 – 12-23
Season 6 – 15-27
Season 5 – 16-26
Season 4 – 13-24
Season 3 – 12-26
Season 2 – 12-24
Season 1 – 13-20

The list actually shows that DWTS has been pretty consistent about skewing the scores high in almost every season. In fact, season 14 was skewed abnormally high for all of the dancers. This was a bit of a surprise to me. However, from the above list you can also see that the early season scores have never gone below 12 and never gone above 27.

This illustrates my issue with the early scoring really well (I call it overscoring). The show basically gives the good dancers no room to improve their scoring. The only exception was season 1 where there was at least a little wiggle room for some scoring improvement as your dance skills improved over the season.

There are a lot of ways to look at the scoring. One is to consider a score of 0 as someone who can’t dance and a score of 10 as a ballroom professional. However, if that was the case, then almost no one on the show should get above a 6 or below a 4. Instead, if you broaden the definition of what a score of 10 or 0 means, then it’s easier to score the dancers. For example, a score of 0 would be the worst dancer that’s ever been on DWTS (We all know this is Master P). A score of 10 would represent the best dancer that’s ever been on DWTS (I’ll let you choose who you think is the best and it definitely wasn’t their first dance of the season). This shift in perspective would help the scoring make a lot more sense.

It would mean that someone in a season could strive to become a 10 throughout the arc of the season as opposed to being nearly perfect at the start. As it is now, where do Amber & Derek have to go with their score of 27? Certainly they could score lower and then come back up, but do we really think that their dance deserved 9′s if you compared them to the best that have graced the DWTS floor?

Take a look at the scoring from the premiere episode of DWTS Season 17:
Amber & Derek – 27
Elizabeth & Val – 24
Corbin & Karina – 24
Jack & Cheryl – 23
Nicole & Sasha – 23
Brant & Peta – 22
Christina & Mark – 22
Valerie & Tristan – 21
Leah & Tony – 21
Bill E. & Emma – 18
Keyshawn & Sharna – 17
Bill N. & Tyne – 14

There’s a simple way to adjust these scores to better reflect the scoring framework I mentioned above. Let’s imagine that the worst dancer on the premiere (Bill Nye) was scored just above Master P and received a score of 3 instead of his 14. Now we’ll assume the judges scores did rank each couple properly based on their performance, but were just skewed too high. Using Bill Nye as the benchmark we subtract 11 from each score and get the following results:
Amber & Derek – 16
Elizabeth & Val – 13
Corbin & Karina – 13
Jack & Cheryl – 12
Nicole & Sasha – 12
Brant & Peta – 11
Christina & Mark – 11
Valerie & Tristan – 10
Leah & Tony – 10
Bill E. & Emma – 7
Keyshawn & Sharna – 6
Bill N. & Tyne – 3

This provides a much better range of scoring: 3-16. Now every person on the show has room to have their score grow as they grow on the season. Why the producers don’t see the value of this small change is beyond me. Imagine the storyline if Keyshawn could go from a 6 the first week to 27 weeks later. That kind of story line isn’t even possible with the overscoring that happens on the DWTS premieres.

We all know that late in the season the scoring gets weird. You have two dancers who have the same score and they definitely aren’t as skilled as each other. The reason for this is that the early high scoring leaves the judges no place to go with the good dancers. If they’d start the scores lower, then they could give Bill Nye better scores without the scoring saying that he’s as good a dancer as Elizabeth.

I think the reason they don’t do this is because stars have egos and images and the producers don’t want to damage those. Getting 1′s or 0′s on your first dance would hurt. Although, is it any worse than getting a 4 when everyone else is getting 7′s, 8′s and 9′s? Getting 1′s when the top person is getting 5′s isn’t much worse. Although, it could still tell the story of Bill Nye dancing better than Elizabeth if indeed that’s what happens (unlikely, but remember how Ty Murray grew over his season?).

Of course, I’m sure Heidi can dig into how the above shift in scoring would impact the value of audience voting. If my math is right, I think it would give those scoring higher more of an advantage over those scoring lower. The shift in scores would make it harder for someone scoring lower to “upset” someone who scored higher. Maybe this is the other reason producers like the high scoring. Although, at the end of the season the current scoring makes the judges scores basically irrelevant since there’s no room for dancers to differentiate themselves based on the judges scores.

What do you think? Is this a good idea? I’m not saying the judges scoring is wrong (that’s the topic of another discussion). What I am saying is that they’re using the wrong scale for the scoring. A little shift in the scale would make the judges more relevant and interesting as the season goes on.

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Better known as Charlie.

Brant Daugherty Chats On His First Night Of Dancing On Dancing With The Stars (New Interview)

Today My Fox LA chatted with Brant Daugherty about Dancing With The Stars. He talks of being sore and how he’s torn a heel off of one shoe already when dancing. Acting was one thing, but, doing Dancing With The Stars is a whole other thing. He also chats about what a tough act it was to follow the opening number and be the first to dance the past Monday as well. Lot’s more below….

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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.

Afterbuzz Breaks Down The First Episode of Dancing With The Stars Season 17 (Video)

I haven’t listened to this in full yet, but, here is Afterbuzz breaking down the first episode of Dancing With The Stars Season 17! Their special guest is Dancing With The Stars dance pro Julz Tocker (this season’s part time Troupe Member). A must see if you need another Dancing With The Stars fix today in your free time!

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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.

DWTS17 Week 1 New “Behind The Scenes”And After Party Pictures From Hooray Henry’s

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Zimbio Pictures has some fun pictures of the new cast of Dancing With The Stars Season 17 from “behind the scenes” on the set of Week 1. Above is Tristan and Valerie practicing some of their moves before show time. So cute. Be sure to see the link to see more pics of the other cast members.

You can also view some new photos of some of the cast after the show at Hooray Henry’s Monday night at the Zimbio Pictures. Below is Karina Smirnoff and Peta Murgatroyd in fine form as always (look at those killer heels! :) )! Also, note how Kym Johnson stopped by the party as well. It’s so good to see her again! Beautiful! MORE at Zimbio Pictures.

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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.