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Dancing with the Stars Season 17, Week 4 – Dancing by the Numbers

Okay, so once again about half right/very close on the scoring. But the interesting thing is, I got the low scorer correct and one of the high scorers correct. Where I went wrong was once again underestimating Derek and his partner and assuming they would continue to give Brant more protection. They also didn’t seem to feel the need to protect Christina like I thought they would.  I find these things interesting. It either means that they’ve realized that Brant and Christina aren’t all that OR Valerie just wasn’t getting the votes like we thought. Or both.  It also appears that they’ve separated dancers into three distinct tiers, with Valerie out of the equation. Look at the scores: without Valerie, you have 21s, 24s and 27s. Only three scores, with three points between each one. Veeerry interesting. Coincidence?

Anyway, with a four point difference between Valerie and the next lowest person, how much protection did anyone really need? That’s quite a cushion for most everyone, in reality, possibly such that they could give everyone else a 21 or more and know that that was enough for Val to go home.  Let’s take a look. The table below represents the actual scores versus those I predicted. Under that are the votes that were required as a result of the scores for various people to be safe.

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Former Dancing With The Stars Pros Edyta Sliwinska And Alec Mazo Expecting A Baby Boy In January!

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Today, former Dancing With The Stars pro Edyta Sliwinska tweeted out an instagram of herself with news that she’s been keeping a secret and one that is “less than 2 lbs little”, People.com has now picked up the story. What’s more, they asked her about it.

Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo, the former Dancing with the Stars professionals, are expecting their first child early next year, the couple confirm to PEOPLE.

“I’m due in January and we are having a boy,” Sliwinska, 32, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “We’ve been together for 13 years; married for six. We were both so ready for it and we’ve been planning on this for the past couple of years.”

Isn’t this awesome?!! From all of us at PureDWTS, congratulations Edyta and Alec!!

Photo above courtesy of 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.

DWTS2013 Elizabeth Berkley: “We have some surprises in store — some iconic somethings!’”

Val Chmerkovksiy tells Life & Style magazine to expect some ‘old school” routines on Dancing With The Stars. Elizabeth says to expect some surprises. Here is more…

The ’90s are coming to ABC!

Elizabeth Berkley’s Dancing With the Stars partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, exclusively tells Life & Style that fans can expect some old school routines this season.

Val told the mag that the duo plan to impress judges with routines inspired by the actress’ role in Saved by the Bell and her later part in Showgirls.

“We have some surprises in store — some iconic somethings!’” Elizabeth tells the mag.

I hope this is true. I wasn’t a fan to “Saved By A Bell”, but, I loved “Showgirls”. More at Life & Style magazine.

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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.

Words Of Wisdom From Tristan MacManus In New DWTS Season 17 Interview

The MacManiacs have posted a new interview with dance pro Tristan MacManus. Tristan answers questions all about Valerie Harper and Dancing With The Stars this season. Though humble as ever, he shared some words of wisdom too for what he learned this season. Read on to see what they are….

*If you were a judge critiquing any of your performances with Valerie from Week 1, 2, 3, or 4 what things would you say were particularly strong? What would you say could have been improved?

Valerie used her arms very well and was good showing pictures, but we for sure needed to improve the transitions between those pictures. Letting yourself be right can be harder than it sounds; trying to find a balance between always improving but also being confident in what you have improved upon play a big part in performing a dance. Again though unfortunately we can only be judged on what we do on Monday, I was happy to know that although Monday didn’t go right, I have seen Valerie improve each week and perform better in rehearsals to justify all the hard work. Live shows are live shows. They don’t always go your way. The live show is sometimes the only time things go wrong!

*We understand that you are assigned the dances to do with you celebrity partner, but even though you and Valerie are no longer competing, if you could pick one particular dance style that you think most suits her and then dance that dance on DWTS, which one would it be?

The first dance is always picked for you, and usually Week 2 as well. From then on you can sometimes get more influence depending on whether there is a theme week or what not. We had Foxtrot and Paso and then Cha Cha picked for us, and then I chose Viennese Waltz – first off because I wanted to do it. I knew the ballroom dances and the slower dances were the ones that suited Valerie better even more so when her knees became too painful. I tried to make something more about our dances and I put my own themes to the weeks and sold that to Valerie. I tried to make each dance a reaction to terrible news: Week 1 Foxtrot was accepting the news and appreciating what you have been through. Week 2 Paso was anger and frustration towards it which I think is a stage that a lot of people go through. Week 3 Cha Cha was more about people who use humour to face their problems not so much to say you should laugh about it, but I know family and friends who have reacted in this way. Then I guess Week 4 Viennese Waltz was for those who don’t give up and whether they accept it or not carry on. It was always my intention to use this song for Valerie, and I thought it was great to finish up with that one.

*This has been a very emotional but very inspiring season on DWTS. As a teacher, artist, choreographer, and performer, do you have any words of wisdom for us?

No words of wisdom from me, no. Just live your life and make your own decisions. There are too many instances where people don’t take responsibility for their own actions and try to shift the blame to others. Make your own path and follow your own head and live and die by your own sword.

More at MacManiacs.Org including a message for fans.

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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.

DWTS Maks Chmerkovskiy To Dance For The Troops And Judge Miss Universe (New Interview)

Pro dancer Maks Chmerkovskiy is dancing for the troops in a new USO project. He speaks about it with ABC 13 Wham about how the project came about.

Maks is also asked about what else he’s been doing since he’s not doing Dancing With The Stars. After this project, he is travelling to Russia to help judge Miss Universe which takes place November 9th. Maks is also using this time to learn acting skills. Lots more at ABC 13 Wham.

If you ‘d like to help support the troops with this USO dancing project, visit USOdance.org.

ETA: Maks was also interviewed by CBS. You can watch a video and read on it at this link. Below is a snippet from the article where he talks of Dancing With The Stars and if he’s keeping the door open….

And he’s keeping the door open to return one day: “I never walked away, slammed the door…and said, ‘I’m never coming back.’ I think eight years of doing something — the type of person I am, I am not gonna be there until they tell us the show is off air and we’re done with it, or until I feel like I can’t dance anymore. I want to be able to capitalize. We all know why we’re there. Everyone is doing something to better their lifestyle, to better their life. Period.”

The Ukrainian-born dancer has been trying to better his own lifestyle these days. Chmerkovskiy is taking some acting classes and says he hopes to take on speaking roles in theater and film.

“I’m not doing anything to prove anything to anybody. I just want to see if I’m capable of it…I really want to be good at everything that I do,” he said. “I’ll put time into it. If it works, then you’ll see me the big screen and on the Broadway stage. If it doesn’t, I’ll just open up a bunch of studios. We’ll be good either way.”

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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.

PureDWTS Season 17 Questionnaire For Dancing With The Stars Week 4

Just a little Questionnaire today!! If interested, let us know in comments how you feel on these four questions….

1. Who had your favorite costume for Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Week 4?

2. If you were to rate from one to five (“five” being the best!) how well did Julianne Hough judge Dancing With The Stars this past week?

3. If they pick another person to guest judge in the coming weeks, who would you like it to be?

4. Are you watching any other reality or competition shows right now? If so, which ones?

See you in comments!

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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 Peta Murgatroyd Attends People’s “ONES To Watch Party”

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How about this outfit? Last night, Dancing With The Stars Peta Murgatroyd attended People’s “ONES To Watch Party” at the Hinoki & The Bird in Los Angeles, California. You can more pictures of her at Zimbio Pictures and Getty Images. I’m loving her hair and her heels!

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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.