Hey, if you’d like to watch Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke on “The Talk” today, see this link. The girls praise Jack for being such an inspiration for taking on Dancing With The Stars with his medical condition. Cheryl and Jack explain how it felt when they were told they made the finals. He makes his Mom cry again too. So cute. I love these two!!
PureDWTS Season 17 Rant: Really, Really Dumb Ideas About the Show (Courtesy of Facebook & Instagram)
After Elizabeth & Val’s elimination last Monday night, against my better judgement, I decided to see what fans on the DWTS Instagram page were saying about the results. Of course I instantly regretted this decision, because I saw more than a few hystrionic, irrational, and downright idiotic complaints about everything from the scoring to the voting to the overall format of the show. I also witnessed a horrifying lack of command of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and overall coherence when conversing in the English language 8-O And here’s what really grinds my gears: nothing has changed, guys. The show’s scoring has been calculated the same way for 17 seasons now (50% judges’ scores, 50% viewer votes), we’ve had the same 3 judges for every season, and this is FAR from being the only voting shakeup we’ve seen in 17 seasons. So why is everyone suddenly up in arms about it now?
We may never know for sure, but I can say this: some of the Instagram & Facebook DWTS fans have got some really, REALLY dumb ideas about the show – ideas that I’m proud to say that our Pure readers would recognize as pure poppycock in a heartbeat ;-) So of course, I just had to find a way to show you guys some of these gems – both for humor purposes and educational purposes. All of these are actual comments, either on the DWTS Facebook page or the Instagram page, and all were posted publicly – so I’m within my rights to republish them here; but because some of these ideas are some real turds, I’ve taken pity on the commentor & blurred out any identifying details, except for the first name – cause it’s a helluva lot easier to refer to them by some name than by “idiot #1, idiot #2, idiot #3, etc”. ;-)
Really Stupid Idea #1: The judges’ scores should have more weight.
No offense, mimi, but where have you been the past 16 seasons???
I shouldn’t even have to elaborate on why this is a downright TERRIBLE idea, but I’m going to anyway because clearly some of the simple-minded folk that are backing this turd of notion don’t seem to understand that this is likely not going to have the effect they think it will. I’m guessing they assume that judges’ scores being weighted more heavily = good dancers stay, bad dancers go. But apparently they don’t realize that the judges aren’t exactly infallible & objective – far from it, as we’ve witnessed over 17 seasons. The judges are capable of some pretty blatant favoritism towards some contestants (William Levy, anyone?) and have undeservingly HOSED other contestants (Ralph Macchio fans, this is where you nod in agreement). They also have a tendency to “pity score” some contestants to soften the blow (*cough*BRISTOLPALIN*cough*), with the unexpected effect of said contestants outstaying their welcome. And then there’s their personal biases: Carrie Ann & Bruno are both easily swayed by attractive young men (regardless of how well they can actually dance), while Carrie Ann seems to turn into a green-eyed monster when it comes to scoring attractive young women, and tends to take some cheap shots when critiquing them. Len has a tendency to scold Derek at least once a season, and hand out an absurdly low score as a result. And of course, Carrie Ann’s dubious lift-policing seems to have an effect as well…just ask Corbin & Karina, who earlier this season were penalized for a lift that didn’t even exist. We’ve also talked about the “man behind the curtain” possibly exerting some influence over the judging as well – seemed awfully convenient that William Levy was getting worshipped by the judges week after week (whether or not he was actually worthy of the worship), when he was set to launch a huge deal for Univision (which is part of the ABC family…hmmmm). People REALLY want to give these clowns even MORE power? I feel like just last year, people were complaining about how the judges were terrible and needed to be replaced!!! Another point to consider: the viewers need to feel invested in this show – they need to feel like they have a say in who stays and who goes. And the minute you start making them feel like their vote doesn’t count or counts less is the minute you start losing viewers. Even those that don’t always vote seem to take comfort in the fact that the viewers do have the power to overturn a bad score from the judges. Read more..
Host Tom Bergeron stopped by Good Day LA to talk about Dancing With The Stars and the four finalists. They also talk about some surprise guests (hmmm?) and performers. Other than Dancing With The Stars, he has some other TV projects in the works too. Check it out!
Is this not a sweet interview? I don’t remember seeing this out there until now. Anyway, it makes me cry (the good kind). They are just so cute. And was this not their best dance or what? I was totally “wowed”.
Thanks to Selindira for sending, below is a new interview with Inside Dance (Suri) and Tony Dovolani for those interested. Tony talks of his career in dancing, his dance studios, his dance partners on Dancing With The Stars (I love what he says on Wynonna), what it’s like behind the scenes (pay close attention to this part. He mentions how some have two personalities on and off camera but, he only has one. what?), and the “haters” at the end and how he deals with them (what about when you “hate”, Tony?).
Hey All! Be sure you see Kerli’s new blog at her official site when you get a moment. Below is a take about what she wrote about the show and her experience. There is also a really cool gallery at the link with some “behind the scene” takes of she and the cast. Too cool. I love her! Thanks to Elmari for sending us this news!
….There are hundreds of people working on the set and everyone is not only the best at what they do but a truly sweet human being. Love this team so much, especially the make up trailer ran by a flock of epic ladies.
The dances, of course were amazing…it’s so cool to see people get on the show willing to win or make a fool out of themselves in front of 16 million people. It’s all about pushing your own limits after all…I also love that the celebrities are so diverse…how rad is it to watch Chaz Bono stand tall in the spotlight, inspiring every LGBT kid out there to not be ashamed of who they are. Kudos!!
Not sure what’s up with Karina Smrinoff and Corbin Blue’s freestyle next week, but, it sounds like they might be getting some inspiration from the “Michael Jackson ONE Cirque du Soleil” show in Las Vegas? Below is more from Vegas News. You can read the full article at the link and see a picture! This is going to be cool. I loved loved Michael Jackson!
They had spent the day in Las Vegas rehearsing with Michael Jackson ONE artists, the show’s Artistic Director and coaches, and choreographer Travis Payne, getting some Michael Jackson inspiration in advance of their season finale performance next Monday, November 25, on ABC.
After watching the show the couple went backstage to see all of their friends from earlier in the day and couldn’t stop saying how excited and inspired they were for their performance, with Corbin even saying the show made such an impact on him that he wanted to start singing again.