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The next episode of Dancing with the Stars Season 17 is in the books. What did you think of tonight’s show?
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November 18, 2013 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 17 Plugged and Unplugged Week Music

We’re back with the list of music for Dancing with the Stars Season 17 plugged and unplugged night. If you missed the past music, you can always check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music.

Now for the list of Trio Challenge music used on tonight’s original and acoustic DWTS music night. Note: All of the iTunes links here are to the original songs. I don’t believe there are acoustic versions online for these songs. If there are, let us know and we’ll update the list.
Opening pro dance was to “When Love Takes Over” by David Guetta/Kelly Rowland (Thanks LMK)

Leah & Tony danced a Paso Doble to the song “Bad Romance” —Lady Gaga
Leah & Tony danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Bad Romance” —Lady Gaga
Corbin & Karina danced a Tango to the song “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” —Fall Out Boy
Corbin & Karina danced a Rumba to the song “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” —Fall Out Boy
Jack & Cheryl danced a Jazz to the song “Roxanne” —The Police
Jack & Cheryl danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Roxanne” —The Police
Bill E. & Emma danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Sexy and I Know It” —LMFAO
Bill E. & Emma danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Sexy and I Know It” —LMFAO
Amber & Derek danced a Jazz to the song “Locked Out of Heaven” —Bruno Mars
Amber & Derek danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Locked Out of Heaven” —Bruno Mars

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DWTS Season 17, Week 10 – The Semi Finals!! – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS)

I’m very interested to see which Maks we get tonight. I have a feeling he really wants to do a good job. The question is…does he have it in him to be fair and constructive? Or will the wacko juice from the judges on either side of him infect his brain?? :-)  Right now, I have some confidence.  Check back here every few minutes to see if I lose it completely. ;-)

First dance down and Leah finally gets called out. Not only was that dance simple as hell (more simple than anything Amber does while injured) but she stumbled more than once.

I’m liking Maks so far as a judge…but we’re only one dance in. :-)  Not entirely sure that being called a “technician” is particularly flattering in this context though.

Almost forgot – that opening dance was FANTASTIC!! Who was responsible for that? It looked like a Mandy Moore – particularly with Derek out in front for half of it.

Discuss. :-D

SPOILERS!! SPOILERS!!

Bill and Leah were in jeopardy and Leah FINALLY goes home.

In other news, Maks was rather hilarious as a judge. Love that they put him next to Bruno – that added a whole other level of amusement. :-)

 

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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. :-)

Jack Osbourne Writes About Dancing With The Stars Rehearsals, Henry Byalikov Asked To Help

Jack Osborne has written about his week of training and rehearsals at his facebook page. It’s been challenging one, but, as always he made the best of it. His positive attitude towards life and his illness continue to carry him through. Note how they called in Henry Byalikov to help them.

There was a time in my life when I could take on the world’s most physically demanding challenges with very little sleep and an utter disregard for my own safety, but I guess times have changed.

I like to think that 90% of everything in life is mental – every challenge, every hurdle, every bit of happiness, every bit of joy, it all comes down to your perspective .

This week I made a conscious decision that I was not going to let my MS get in the way of my journey on #DWTS. Instead, I made adjustments. I took breaks when a needed to, drank a ton of water, and tried to remain as positive as I could.

Rehearsals were interesting because I wasn’t able to train nearly as much I have been. Cheryl Burke and I decided to bring in Henry, one of the troop dancers to help the learning process. So Cheryl would show me the moves with Henry, then I would get up, try it, and sit back down.

We basically called in a lifeline. Cheryl was incredibly understanding / paranoid / worried towards me this week. I’m pretty sure I’m the first and the only person she’s met with this disease, and although she’s probably looked it up on Wikipedia, I’m sure there’s a lot of unknowns to her about how it all plays out.

Because I have been mostly well for the past 20 months, I often think my friends and family forget that there are many varying faces of this disease. For other things, it’s black and white, you’re either good or you’re bad, but with MS that’s just not the case. I have many days when I’m great, the occasional day where I have strange zaps and sensations down my arms and legs, and a few days when those zaps actually hurt. So far it’s only about every 18 months that things get real bad, and for me, at this stage, I think I can manage that.

More in full here.

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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.

Sharna Burgess On The Cover Of Beauty Entertainment’s Holiday Issue 2013

“Oh, yeah, Sharna. Amazing. She burns a hole in the screen.” ~Conrad Green on Sharna Burgess

Just a quick update on Sharna Burgess!! The Dancing With The Stars pro is on the cover of “Beauty Entertainment“‘s new holiday issue. You can see the new cover at her official site. At the same link, you can also view a sneak peek inside the cover story which includes new photos of Sharna. Glorious cover and new photos… to say the least. This new issue is on news stands everywhere. Be sure to pick up a copy!!

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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 Exec Producer Conrad Green Talks to Entertainment Weekly on New Format

And it sounds very much like he’s been reading PureDWTS again. :-) Check it, from EW.com (click the link to read the whole thing):

How clued-in are the judges to the popular vote?
The judges have never known those figures. They’ve never seen a single vote. There’s two voting documents — one comes from the phone company and one comes from ABC.com, which includes the Facebook votes. We get those numbers and put them into a grid and determine the results from the control room, on the spot. It’s only me and [a representative of ABC’s] Broadcast & Standards who see them. No one, even the upper execs on the show, ever see that document. And so while the judges might have the same opinion that anyone else has as to how popular certain couples are — they don’t know.

In practice, it’s kind of difficult for the judges because no matter what they do, they seem to get lambasted. Look, don’t get me wrong, all of us as viewers have our own opinion about scores that are given. Sometimes you go, “Really?” But then again, I’m not a dancer. They are from dance and they know this. And I kind of think you’re never gonna be able to give a score that everyone can agree on. You can tell that just by reading the comments below the line. People are furious that it was either too high or too low.

And the judging on this show is very difficult — we’re the only show where they have to hold up a number and be accountable for it. You could be fake, or damning, or warm — but you don’t have to be consistent. Our judges can say what they want. But then they have to hold up a paddle. So sometimes they’ll be trying to say something encouraging — they feel someone’s having a tough time, so they’ll say something quite nice… but then they’ll hold up a 7. And people say “Well why would you do that?” Well, because they don’t want to beat the guy up! The next week, they might give him an 8 but be more critical. It’s really tricky, because you also want to be able to encourage, give notes, plan improvement. And then there’s the question: Do you judge people relative to each other? Do you judge on just, that feels like an 8 to me? Or do you judge it relative to the contestant’s improvement?

I suppose it may always seem to angry viewers like the judges are “in on it” and orchestrating results.
The problem is, you can’t ever convince people that’s not the case because people just choose to believe that. It’s not the case. The whole point of this show — and it obviously is easier when the public votes after the judges instead of the public vote carrying over — but the point of the show is that the public along with the judges are picking the winner. So it’s kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy for us. You want the voters to be involved in that process. This is why, when people say, “Well, the judges’ scores should carry more weight; it’s crazy if someone like Elizabeth goes” — well yeah, I get it. I’d have liked to see Elizabeth in the final, I must admit, because she’s great as a dancer. But then if the public really want other people there, I’m kind of fine with that.

Okay, Conrad – but you never give them hints?? I suppose those three might be smart enough to figure out who’s doing well and who to protect all on their own. But I can’t believe there is NO manipulation going on.

Love the bit of insight on how the Eastern and Central time zone make up most of the voting. Very interesting…

Discuss.

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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. :-)

DWTS2013 Derek Hough And Amber Riley Choreography Hints On New Dances And More

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In case some of you haven’t read Derek Hough’s new blog at TV Guide, be sure you do. He gets us all caught up with he and Amber Riley. Below is a bit about their new dances and how they are not using her knee injuries as an excuse. He writes a bit on the choreography planned too and the songs. Also, be sure you visit Pure Derek Hough for some beautiful new high quality photos of Derek attending the 11th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Grove in Hollywood last night. There are other updates too that you’ll want to take in before the show starts tonight including new rehearsal parking lot photos, etc. Pic above courtesy of ABC Dancing With The Stars.

We have the jazz and the Viennese waltz. For the jazz, I’m trying to figure out ways to make it intricate, fun and exciting. We definitely don’t want to use Amber’s knees as a crutch. I know that’s our “story” this season and yes, she does have bad knees, but we don’t want people to think we’re using it as an excuse or for people to say, “Well, that was good for you… for your knees being bad.” I’m trying to come up with choreography that will be technical and knee-friendly. There’s going to be some hand choreography. We had Tuesday off because Amber had to go to the doctor to get everything checked out, so we started Wednesday with the jazz and I’m thoroughly enjoying dancing it. It’s hard, but it’s fun.

Amber’s knees are better this week. What would keep happening was she would treat one knee and that knee would get better, but she would compensate on the other and the other one would get bad. That’s why it’s been going back and forth. When all that pressure is on her knees, they build up fluid and you have to relieve them. Now they’re good. She’s got both of them taken care of, so they’re equally distributed, if you will.

We’re still working on the Viennese waltz, but I’m very pumped about the song. Both dances are to the same song, but the Viennese waltz will be to the acoustic version. We actually couldn’t clear any of the existing acoustic versions, so I got on the phone with our music people and worked on it with them to make one suitable for a Viennese waltz. I was literally singing to the music producer, which was hilarious! And now I want to cover the song and perform it! Maybe I’ll put it on YouTube after the show.

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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.

Maks Chmerkovskiy Talks With People And GMA About Judging Dancing With The Stars

Another interview with Maks! This time he talks with People.com on how he plans to judge tonight. More at the link including his thoughts on Kate Upton and more.

Chmerkovskiy, 33, says he was only passionate about protecting his teammate against the judges when he “felt that some things weren’t very just.” And now that he’s joining Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli on the panel, the pressure is on “to avoid being a hypocrite” after slamming their judging style.

“I have to be the person that I thought they should have been at the times I disagreed with their remarks,” he says. “It will be interesting for me to see, ‘Now you are in a position that you criticized before. Let’s see you do better.'”

Chmerkovskiy, who appeared on 13 seasons of Dancing with the Stars, says viewers shouldn’t be expecting him to take his hot-headed attitude to his judge’s chair.

“I’m not going to be as critical because someone’s kicks aren’t as crisp as they should be because I know who I am looking at and I see what their potential is,” he says. “I will do my best with constructive criticism and with giving positive reinforcement.”

And while he acknowledges that fan favorite comedian Bill Engvall “isn’t the best dancer this season” Chmerkovskiy says “there’s something to be said about how much effort he puts into his performances.”

ETA: And below you can watch Maks on Good Morning America. He sounds like he will be a fair judge, but, we will see??

ETA2: Below is Maks with Access Hollywood talking about judging:

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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.