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Carrie Ann Inaba Chats About Dancing With The Stars And Dating Again (Videos)

Today, Carrie Anna Inaba talked about Dancing With The Stars on Bethenny. In the footage below, Carrie Ann explains why she’d like to see Lindsay Lohan do this show (I’d love this too). She also talks of what it’s like to be dating again. Be sure to tune into the show today if you’d like to see more of this interview.

ETA: Carrie Ann has written a new blog at Parade.com. She admits to being taken off guard with the elimination as many of us were. She also highlights some of the moments from each round last night. She also shared why she thinks Bill Engvall is still on the show. Below is more. Let us know if you agree or disagree in comments.

I’m beginning to understand that Bill Engvall is still on our show because there are many viewers and voters who still love the fact that our show takes non-dancers and makes them dancers. This is the heart of the show. This is what the show started off being about and continues to be about. I have to say that it was nice to read that people are still voting with that thought in mind, and that it’s not just that he’s popular, as so many people have stated. So many people want to be on our show. Not a day goes by when I’m not out in public, on a plane, in a store, or at the nail salon and someone doesn’t ask me, “When are you going to have the normal peoples’ version of Dancing With the Stars?” I really believe that out of all our contestants, Bill Engvall embodies that idea. He is your everyday guy and he’s learning to dance. And to top it off, he does it with a wonderful, positive attitude and has fun while doing it. People like that. He has an “Uncle Bill” kind of familiarity, and I think many of the people who watch our show have bonded with him because they can relate to him. And it seems like a large number of them have chosen to support him through this journey.

I can’t really argue with this.

To represent all sides fairly, there are many people who want the best dancer to win. And they are outraged by this elimination “travesty.” And as for are the judges are concerned, I can say that our job is to judge the performances from a technical and performance standpoint. We judge the dances. America can vote on the dances and the person behind the dance. The audience can vote on any criteria, and if they like someone, they can vote for them to their heart’s content.

I was upset last night NOT because Bill is still in, but because Elizabeth Berkley was eliminated. I was looking forward to seeing what she would have brought to the semifinals and finals had she made it. I just thought she would make it. She was scoring so high with the judges. I wonder if some people just assumed she would make it to the finals and forgot to vote for her. That can happen. So last night’s elimination reminded everyone that they have to vote if they want their favorites to be in the semifinals. The votes matter more than ever.

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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, Week 9 – Power Rankings

Just a quick side note before I break down last night’s show: after perusing Facebook & Instagram last night and witnessing some of the irrational and illogical outrage from some viewers following Liz’s elimination (and Bill’s continued presence), I have to say – I’m so grateful for our intelligent, logical, and rational readers here at Pure :-) Consider this an early addition to my “things that I am thankful for” list that my family usually recites when we sit down to Thanksgiving dinner – I am thankful for the fact that our readers understand how this show works, and their level of intellectual maturity prevents them from shooting their mouths off and making utter and complete fools of themselves on social media because they have no control over their knee-jerk emotional impulses.  So from me to you guys – thank you for not making me bang my head against a wall in frustration :-) The level of stupid on Facebook & Instagram…it hurts…

…moving right along, there was some definite iffy scoring last night, and the judges seemed to be trying like hell to shield both Liz and Leah…although the former seemed to be beyond help, as she got sent home.  Can’t say that any of us were terribly surprised by it – we’ve been saying since before the show started that Liz seems to have a problem connecting to the viewing audience, and her lack of relevance in recent years might have contributed to her struggle for votes.  I also wonder if her bizarre (and kinda self-indulgent…) jazz routine last week contributed to her downfall – I saw a few remarks about how her demand to change the song at the last minute seemed a little “diva-ish”.  Plus that dance was just really a stinker. She had an ok-to-decent night last night – her Viennese waltz, while a bit overwrought with emotion, was actually pretty nice to watch; thought the choreography for her salsa trio was a bit odd (what was with that “cradling the baby” move they all three were doing for what seemed like a long ass time???) and there were a few timing issues (which, of course, the judges conveniently missed), but was overall a relatively decent effort for the trio round.  But in the end – she just didn’t get the votes, just like Christina, Snooki, & Brant.  Sh*t happens, kids. 

1.) Corbin & Karina – Corbin finally seemed to regain his stride this week with two good dances.  I thought he may have gotten nitpicked to death on his waltz (then again, just about everyone did the first round, except the golden girl, Leah), as I found it to be near-flawless – even Mama Spence remarked that he seems to really “get” the concept of rise and fall, and does it without even thinking.  Thought they got a bit shafted with their song choice – “Apologize”? Which has been used as a rumba several times on this show? So what are they doing now – just picking random non-dance-appropriate songs and saying “Hey Harold, can you tweak the arrangement of this one so it’s a waltz?” Reminds me of a CD I had back when I first started doing ballroom that had “My Heart Will Go On” rearranged as all the different dances – there was even a paso doble version! But anyway.  I think they owned the trio round, by far – I thought their jazz trio was the most interesting and engaging to watch, and was the only trio where the celeb really seemed to dominate.  I had to chuckle to myself as I was watching, as I had heard a lot of complaints about them picking Witney – apparently some think she “steals the show” – but I barely even noticed Witney this time, because Corbin was just owning the whole damn thing.  I barely noticed Karina, either – but since the whole point of the trio is to showcase the celeb, I think they succeeded.  Barring any nitpicking-to-death by the judges next week (and who knows what those knuckleheads are going to do), I think he ought to be headed to the finale. 

2.) Amber & Derek – I kinda feel bad for Amber, because I feel like her knee injury is really starting to limit her movement – she’s doing the best she can, no doubt, but I’m really starting to notice how she has to baby her knees while dancing.  Thought her quickstep was cute and she sold it well (as she does with every dance, every week), but she seemed to move really, really tiny and cautious during the stationary sections, and because she was moving so gingerly, she seemed to get a little off-time and off-kilter.  And in a routine that was that short – I think she probably needed to really make a splash.  Still thought the judges nitpicked her to death, though – and the fact that she 3 points less than Leah, who has moved itty-bitty each & every week? Ridiculous. I enjoyed her trio – it was cute, and I think the choreography was clever in that it was fun to watch while still keeping Amber relatively stationary.  Could it have used a little more hip action? Sure.  But I also think Liz’s salsa trio was totally off-time (which is an even bigger offense in my mind) and she still managed to get a 30…so why saddle Amber with a 27? I’m guessing the judges are trying to make things look like a tight race headed towards the semifinals and finals, so they’re really nitpicking to death the couples that stand the best chance of advancing…and they’re babying the ones that aren’t so likely to do so. 

3.) Leah & Tony – *gritting teeth* I can’t believe these two knuckleheads are still here, let alone that I have them this high on the list – but with each week that passes and Leah gets coddled by the judges for non-event dances, the more I’m convinced that they’ve decided that they need her in the finale.  Seriously, no other couple last night got as babied as these two – everyone else either got nitpicked to death (Corbin, Amber, Jack) or totally hosed (Bill), and Leah got a tongue bath a cushy scores once more.  That tango had so little impact, at one point Mama Spence looked over at me and said “Wait…what dance are they doing again?” It was that “small” and soft that she could not even figure out what dance it was supposed to be.  And then that trio – I’m sure Tony just thought he was the most clever & innovative choregrapher ever for coming up with that nonsense.  But herein lies the fishy part: do you think any of the couples would be ballsy enough to poke fun at the judges…unless they knew they were safe? Just food for thought.  If it were me, just knowing how petty the judges can be (Carrie Ann in particular), I wouldn’t have chanced it.  But anyway – once again, Leah barely moves, and her kicks & flicks looked more like what I do to nudge the cat away from food that has dropped on the floor than it did proper jive technique.  Tony & Henry did all the heavy lifting, and Leah just stood there, barely moving, and looking smug…likely because she knew she wasn’t gonna get called out for anything.  I’ve been saying it for weeks, but I’ll say it again: Leah needs to get gone…like yesterday.  But now I’m legitimately worried that they’ve decided to coddle her all the way into the finale, and that she stands a decent chance of ousting one of the two frontrunners (Corbin & Amber) for 2nd place.  Blech.

4/5.) TIE: Jack & Cheryl and Bill & Emma – Both couples gave a valiant effort last night, but I worry that they simply don’t fit into the judges’ “dream finale” and thus will probably get hosed next week. Which sucks, because I’d rather see either of these two over Leah, ANY DAY.  Jack seemed to own the ballroom round, and has really hit a nice stride heading into these last few weeks – really extends his arms, has a great sense of timing, and nails the rise and fall.  Just lovely to watch.  Thought he & Cheryl’s samba trio with Sharna was cute & funny – and the best they could have done given that they got one of the hardest dances to do a  trio with.  Going the comedy route was probably a wise choice – sure, there could have been more hip action, and maybe he got a little bit off-time, but I was still smiling as I watched it :-) God bless Bill & Emma – they know they’re going to get hosed pretty much every week, but they still go out there and give it their all, and make it fun to watch nonetheless.  Thought the Charleston had a cute theme and Bill did the best he could with it – but really, Charleston is one of those dances I really can’t judge anyone too harshly on, because it’s not exactly easy to pick up and there’s not a whole lot to it.  I’d just assume get rid of it completely on the show, but you know that won’t happen.  Loved the trio with Peta for it’s ridiculous train-wreck appeal – that song was absolute crap, and the dance they had to do to it was absolute crap…so they gave the judges absolute, trippy, hiliarous crap :-) It was self-acknowledgingly bad – all three of them knew it, and were in on the joke.  I think that was part of the appeal – the Katy Perry-esque costumes for the girls, and Bill in all his Willy Wonka’d glory.  It was AWESOMELY bad :-) I think it’s quite obvious which of these two the judges want gone (Bill) and who they want to stay (Jack) – but next week, who’s gonna have the votes to pull them through to the finale? I think Bill has proven he’s got some decent voting leverage (enough to negate the hosing from the judges), but will it be enough to get back the points Jack will likely get from the judges? Will either of them have the juice to oust Leah? Time will tell, I guess…

So what did you guys think of last night’s show? Where do you think the couples stand headed into the semifinals?

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RUMOR: Is Kelly Brook Thinking Of Dancing On Dancing With The Stars Season 18?

Is model and actress Kelly Brook thinking of doing Dancing With The Stars? It might be nothing, but, Kelly was seen in the audience last night sitting behind the judges panel. Apparently, Derek Hough was able to get her tickets. Contact Music also reported a while back that she was hinting at doing the “next series” and that she still had dreams of winning some day. Interesting too is that Kelly was seen pictured with Derek at his Hooray Henry Halloween party a few weeks ago (instagram below). Not sure how strong this rumor is…but, it’s interesting to wonder on never the less? Thanks to John for sending us the Contact Music link. I’d love this if it were to happen. What do you think?

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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 Week 9 Media After The Dance, Dances Revealed For The Semi-Finals

Let’s get straight to the interviews and media after the show last night with Afterbuzz, On The Red Carpet, and Access Hollywood. JC Rubio from Afterbuzz asks the couples some fun questions from the fans. Between he and George Pennacchio we find out most of the dances for Semi-Finals next week. Note how Derek Hough and Amber Riley have a V. Waltz and a Jazz. Karina Smirnoff and Corbin Bleu have a Tango and a Rumba (to the same song). Tony Dovolani and Leah Remini have a Paso Doble and the Argentine Tango. Bill Engvall and Emma Slater have a Cha Cha and an Argentine Tango.

Also, Kellie Pickler is interviewed about her thoughts on Dancing With The Stars last night as well and how she will be performing at the finale. As always, be sure to see Pure Derek Hough for more media with Derek and Amber as not all of their new interviews are included 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.

DWTS17 Week 9 Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy Elimination Interviews

What a crazy night! Like in previous weeks, I was shocked and saddened with the elimination. It just doesn’t seem right that another better dancer goes home especially when Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy had such great dances last night. I thought for sure they’d make the final. Anyway, here they are after the show talking all about it with On The Red Carpet, Access Hollywood, and Afterbuzz for starters….

More later with these two. Stay tuned!

ETA: You can watch Val and Elizabeth on Good Morning America below. Also, be sure to watch this link as The View should be posting their new interview with them in their new episode a little later.

ETA2: People interviewed them too. Below is a little take….

“I felt a little sucker punch because I was excited about next week,” Berkley, 41, told PEOPLE backstage after bidding adieu to the ballroom. “I just feel, like, cut short a little bit – not that I feel entitled by any means. I just felt excited and grateful, that’s all. Don’t be sad that it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Lowest scoring contestant Bill Engvall was once again saved from jeopardy with partner Emma Slater.

“When I heard it was me and Bill [in the bottom two], I knew I was gone,” Berkley’s partner Val Chmerkovskiy told reporters with a laugh. “No, I didn’t think anything, to be honest. I don’t think about anything during the results. I’m not nervous, I’m not anxious, I’m not super thrilled. I’m just [wondering] where my hard work has gotten [me]. I work my a– off. She works her a– off every week, every day. If it’s time for us to go, then it’s time for us to go. I really have nothing to say.”

Also, E Online interviewed some of the cast on their elimination. Derek and Amber had this to say….

Dancing extraordinaire Derek Hough vents, “[Elizabeth] did an amazing job tonight, and was praised for being just such an amazing dancer but I think this season has been the most shocking eliminations, there have been several.” Amber Riley’s professional partner says he blames the new voting system for season 17′s inconsistent eliminations. “I think it’s the new system that the votes from last week count for this week and it makes it more unpredictable and it’s crazy.”

Amber echoes her partner’s thoughts saying that she is going to miss “so many things” about Elizabeth being in the competition. “She’s just such a great person to talk to like if you get frustrated she always has something positive to say is a great hugger. She’s a light in rehearsal and I really really really love her.” Derek adds, “She is one of the most genuine people I have ever met. When you see her she just give you love and energy and like she said is just a pure light so I’m sad to see her go.” We are too!

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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.