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Did anyone else feel like the dances were a bit…I don’t know, MECHANICAL last night? Almost every dance I saw felt a bit wooden and robotic…like you could practically see the couples counting out the steps as they danced. Once again, I’m going to chalk it up to all the couples feeling stressed and burnt out, which is unfortunate because I feel like several of them are forgetting that this is supposed to be fun. Also mechanical? Cher as a judge, as more often than not she seemed like she was out to lunch and just threw in a generic comment and threw up the “9” paddle when prompted (unless, of course, your name is Bill, in which case she managed to locate her “8” paddle…convenient.) Say what you will about Julianne as a judge – but at least she was coherent in her critiques, and I understood why she gave the scores she did. Cher? Not so much.
Once again, we have a “shocking” elimination that isn’t all that shocking when you really think about it – I’m guessing that Brant’s fanbase, which seemed to be sustaining him sufficiently well since his bottom 2 scare early in the season, just finally gave out this week…with several people left who are likely pulling in a lot of votes, I think anyone with a “young” fanbase is probably in some degree of jeopardy, by comparison. I guess all I can hope for at this point is that someone like Bill can somehow edge out an older fanbase like Leah’s…because that woman has GOT to go.
1/2.) TIE: Corbin & Karina and Amber & Derek – Another not-quite-100% night for both couples, and due to the immunity challenge, there’s some trade-offs that seem to level the playing field between these two. Corbin & Karina’s Argentine tango, while pretty good technically, just left me wanting a bit more emotionally – not sure if it was the strange song or the fact that these two were pressed for rehearsal time this week, but it just felt really cold and obligatory to me. Corbin seemed to be laser-focused on remembering his steps, and seemed to lose a bit of entertainment value as a result. Amber & Derek also had a strange song to contend with, and while I think they actually handled it well, the choreography just felt a little odd to me – like “rumba by numbers”, if you will, with a few sequences of Amber strutting around in a sassy fashion to fill it out. Did the music necessitate it? Maybe. But like Corbin’s Argentine tango, it just kinda left me wanting more, and it wasn’t Amber’s best dance. Now here’s the kicker: while Amber may have gotten the immunity, Corbin actually got the 3 extra points that came with winning his dance-off against Liz. Amber is still the cumulative points leader for the season – but with Corbin a mere 3 points behind her, one off-dance could shift the balance of power: say Corbin gets his first perfect 30 next week and Amber falters a bit a gets a 26. That could mean the difference between picking first and picking second in the next challenge. And as we’ve seen – that can mean the difference between getting a good song vs. a sh*tty song, or a good team vs. a sh*tty team. It all adds up, kids… Read more..
Hi Dancettes! So, far there isn’t much to share for new interviews with the cast of Dancing With The Stars after the show last night. Hopefully, as the day progresses more will come out. For now, head to Entertainment Weekly. They interviewed Corbin Bleu, Elizabeth Berkley & Val Chmerkovskiy, Derek Hough & Amber Riley, and Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke. They talked of the elimination and how “intense” and “dramatic” it was. Val thought he and Elizabeth were going home. Derek said it’s going to be sad to see anyone go home from this week on and he is right.
Below is Corbin and Karina chatting with Access Hollywood. They talk of the crazy night and the elimination….
Also, Chaz Bono and Cher talked with Access Hollywood. Chaz talks on losing 85 pounds. He feels like a completely new man. Cher talks of how she cried before the show for how nervous she was, but, she had so much judging. She also discusses when she first met Sonny at the coffee house. Awww moment.
Henry of PopTVDotCom also interviewed some of the cast after the show heading to Mixology. Note how Tom wants more guest judges such as his friend William Shatner. I hope they have more guest judges in the future too. It helps mix things up. What do you think?
ETA2: Carrie Ann Inaba has written a new blog at Parade.com. I thought this bit was interesting about hot “the right couple always goes home”.
Let’s get back to the question at hand: Did the right couple go home? My answer is that it’s always the right couple. It sounds like a cop-out, but it’s true. The audience votes and we score. If the question is: “Is Brant Dougherty a better dancer than Bill Engvall?” The answer is a loud and resounding “Yes.” But our results have always been a combination of the judges’ scores and America’s votes. That’s much more interesting than just letting the judges call the score. Although right about now, a lot of people wish it were only the judges’ scores that counted. Our combined scoring method is what makes it so fun and so different. No other show has judges who actually give a numeric score. They usually give their opinions, but that’s it. Its part of what I think makes our show so fun, so I always respect the way it all turns out. I’m sad and sometimes shocked at the results, but I respect the way our show works.
ETA3: Sorry for the delay as I had to work today. I am just now getting caught up with the On The Red Carpet and Afterbuzz TV interviews. From these interviews, we find out some dance info for next week. Derek and Amber have the Salsa and the Quickstep. They have picked Mark for their trio dance. Jack and Cheryl have a Samba with Sharna and a V. Waltz. Bill and Emma have The Charleston for their individual dance. They don’t mention what is their trio dance, but, they have picked Peta for it. Corbin and Karina have picked Witney for their trio dance. Val and Elizabeth have picked Gleb. Leah and Tony have picked Henry. Be sure to take in all of these new interviews here and here. JC and George do a super job as always.
What a sad elimination on Dancing With The Stars last night! It’s sad seeing the better dancers go home…and especially a “dark horse”! I agreed with Cher last night when she said Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd had a “star quality” to them. I was captivated with their dances these past three weeks and I thought they were magical. I also loved how Brant grew every week. He just wanted to keep getting better and that he did. Those are the things I will remember him for….that and how sweet he was.
So, below is some media with Brant and Peta after their elimination. For starters, here they are with Access Hollywood. It’s hard to keep a dry eye watching this…
More coming up later with these two! Stay tuned.
ETA: Peta and Brant chatted with E Online. They talk of how much they are going to miss one another and more…
Tonight’s eliminated dancer, Brant Daugherty, says that it was “truly an honor” to dance in front of Cher. Although Daugherty is “grateful” that he was able to make it this far, The Pretty Little Liars star was teary-eyed as he explained how much he is going to miss the competition.
“I’m just going to miss having something to work on, a project, something to do every day. A reason to get up and work hard. I’ll find a new one but it’ll take me a few days.” The actor continues, “It completely consumes your life and my life has been completely Dancing With the Stars for almost three months now. I don’t know what I’m going to do tomorrow.”
Daugherty’s dancing partner Peta Murgatroyd says that Daugherty is one of the best men she’s ever known and she is going to miss his “light-hearted spirit” and the joy that he brings into every room.
ETA2: And here they are on Good Morning America this morning….
Also, be sure to watch this link at The View. They should be posting their interview with Peta and Brant a little later.
JUST a QUICK UPDATE: We’ve heard from Kellie Pickler’s PR firm. She will be attending Dancing With The Stars in the audience on November 11th to root for her friends, but, not singing as previously reported to us.