The final episode of Dancing with the Stars Season 17 before the finale. What did you think of tonight’s show?
The final episode of Dancing with the Stars Season 17 before the finale. What did you think of tonight’s show?
We’re back with the list of music for Dancing with the Stars Season 17 finals. 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.
Bill E. & Emma danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “She’s Always a Woman”
Corbin & Karina danced a Quickstep to the song “Diga Diga Doo” —Duke Ellington
Jack & Cheryl danced a Jive to the song “Going Up the Country” —Canned Heat
Amber & Derek danced a Charleston to the song “Bang Bang” —will.i.am
Everyone danced a Samba relay to the song “No Scrubs” —TLC
Bill E. & Emma danced a Freestyle to the song “The Raiders March” —John Williams
Corbin & Karina danced a Freestyle to the song “Smooth Criminal” —Michael Jackson
Jack & Cheryl danced a Freestyle to the song “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails” —Fred Astaire
Amber & Derek danced a Freestyle to the song “Can You Do This” —Aloe Blacc
I can’t say too much about the show so far, cuz I was out walking the dog. I’m dog sitting. I used to want a dog. Not so much anymore. ;-)
You guys get the ball rolling. I’ll jump in later. :-D
Well, it’s finally the end of the road for Bill and he went out with style and class. So, who’s going to win it all tomorrow?? Could be anyone. But after tonights performances, I’m leaning toward a final two of Amber and Jack. But Jack has an uphill battle. As of right now, Jack needs more than 30,000 votes per million votes cast to beat Amber. He needs 22,000 to get past Corbin. Corbin’s road is much more manageable in that he only needs 8,500 votes per million votes cast to beat Amber.
After Jack’s freestyle, he could do it. What does the fusion dance do to the margins?? Assuming that Corbin and Amber each get a 30 and Jack gets a 28? It does very little to the margin. Lowers it by about 2k.
I have no idea who’s going to win. You?
Carrie Ann Inaba breaks down the finalists on Dancing With The Stars at TV Guide. Below are her thoughts on Amber & Derek and Jack & Cheryl.
Amber and Derek:
Amber’s been grappling with a knee injury all season, but she needs to power through (with clearance from her doctor) for the finale, according to Inaba, who insists that “at this point in the game, injury or no injury, she’s got to bring her A+ game.” The judges’ pick for Amber is the Charleston — the dance where her troubles began. “This is the dance where I was telling her that her upper half was bangin’ and she’s such a great performer with her upper half, but her bottom half was sort of weaker. And I think when you have that kind of weakness, that’s how you get injured,” Inaba notes. And so, if she comes back really strong and tight and balanced with her upper body and lower body performance, I think that would be great.” The judges will also be looking for Amber to make “some sort of breakthrough” in the finale. “She needs to take it up a notch,” according to Inaba. “And I think that’s going to be challenging for her, because she’s sort of ridden at the top of the leaderboard throughout the whole season. … The way she performs, her energy just comes like a skyrocket out of her, and it’s really exciting to watch. But nothing really stands out to me as a super memorable signature for Amber dance.”
Jack and Cheryl
The judges are thrilled with the way Jack’s technique has improved throughout the season, according to Inaba, but they’re looking for a little more oomph in the final. “Jack I think just needs to continue adding pizzazz to his performances,” Inaba says. “He’s definitely impressed us all with his incredible technique, his posture, his hold, his frame, his genteel manner when he dances. … He makes a connection every time he gets out on the dance floor, and he’s got this elegance in the way he moves and great technique, great footwork.” But especially up against Corbin and Karina and Amber and Derek, he’ll have to focus more on the theatricality of the dance. “What he needs to work on is to make sure that his performances have incredible sparkle and a vibrancy,” Inaba says. “Jack has been slower to come out of his shell as far as the exuberant performances. He’s had moments where he’s done it. The judges picked the jive, which I thought he did great the first time, but Len and Bruno felt he had more to improve upon. So I think in order to impress Len and Bruno for that judges’ pick and raise his score, he’s got to really up the excitement and the tightness of it. He needs to just sort of let it go and really sparkle.”
To read about Corbin & Karina and Emma & Bill, see TV Guide.
Just in time before the finale of Dancing With The Stars starts, On The Red Carpet has released some rehearsal interviews. You can watch them dancing too. Too fun! For Amber and Derek’s interviews, please see Pure Derek Hough here.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Tom Bergeron gives his thoughts on the new format of Dancing With The Stars 17. He also talks of the guest judges, the Glitter Pit vs. Celebriquarium, the switch-up challenge, and more. He’s a crack-up as always too! Read below….
How well do you understand ballroom dance?
Um, certainly better than I did in 2005. But there are styles of ballroom that I couldn’t tell you the difference. For example, one of the things we did this season was the Switch Up Dance Challenge — the music and dance style changed throughout the number. I was doing my usual low-toned commentary–
Tom’s Golf Announcer Voice!
Exactly, and I had several people comment to me, “Wow, you were able to talk about the different styles of dance so quickly!” Here’s what was really going on. Sharna [Burgess, a pro] was sitting right next to me. She had a piece of paper and a Sharpie — a Sharna Sharpie — and she’d write down some of the dances. Some of them I knew for sure, and it’s true that I can tell when it’s a rumba or tango or paso doble, those more obvious ones. But some of these had subtler changes, so Sharna was jotting them down and I was just reading what she was saying.
What is Sharna’s handwriting like?
Very legible! She did a great job, it was like we’d done it many times before.
I thought they’d have set you up with that dance info well before the show!
No, because the order we used in the live show wasn’t what we did in the dress rehearsal. So it was all on the fly.
Looking forward to Monday night?
I always love the freestyle, so I’m looking forward to those. But the number of musical acts we have coming up Monday and Tuesday — we’ve got Kellie Pickler, TLC, Lady Antebellum, Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias… and Ylvis! What does the fox say?
Can we expect a reprise of that ‘Fox’-y Team Freestyle?
I’d say that’s a safe bet.
Anything else you want to say about season 17?
Just make sure you watch the two-night finale… liiiiiiiive!
More at Entertainment Weekly.
For our freestyle, production flew us out to Vegas so we could work with the Michael Jackson ONE Show Cirque performers. Our freestyle is Michael Jackson. We’re doing it to a very iconic Michael Jackson song. We have everything in there. We have some cool aerial stuff, little nods of the hat to other dance style performances and a bunch of signature Michael Jackson moves. It’s the year-end recital.
Once this is all over, regardless of the outcome, I now have a new skill under my belt. I can walk away from this saying I know all these ballroom styles. I’ve taken away a whole new group of friends. Everybody here has been a joy to work with. And I have Karina, who is definitely one of my new best friends. She’s been incredible. I’ve learned a lot about myself throughout this whole process. You go through moments where you feel like you have nothing left to give, and your energy is depleted.
This experience made me realize how much I’m an actor first. I love dancing. I will always love dancing, but throughout this entire process, the best way for me to get on the dance floor was to have a character and a storyline. For me, it’s all about the intention and motivation behind the dance.
Karina and I are dancing to one of my favorite songs by my absolute favorite artist, Michael Jackson. To prepare for the number, “DWTS” flew us out to Las Vegas to work with MJ’s choreographer Travis Payne and the performers in Cirque Du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson ONE.” I actually worked with Travis back when he choreographed my tour for my album “Speed of Light.” It was awesome working with him again and seeing the show gave us so much inspiration. I highly recommend it!
In our number, we are incorporating some of MJ’s signature moves as well as ballroom and Cirque! There is a lot going on in our number so we are working around the clock to be sure it’s sharp and in sync. One wrong move can be potentially dangerous for both of us. There’s high risk, but hopefully high results.
Be watching this link at People as Karina Smirnoff may be posting a new blog soon as well.
The Las Vegas Review Journal has an update on Bill Engvall’s groin pull. Below is what they are reporting from Bill. Thank goodness he’s not expecting long term complications and let’s hope he’s ok for tonight. For those interested, be sure to catch Bill performing at Treasure Island in December. More information at the link.
“I am taped, wrapped, strapped,” the popular and friendly comedian said.
“I’ve got adhesive tape on my abductor muscle. I’ve got a groin wrap. When I get home, I’ll take a shower, and it’ll take 20 minutes to take all the stuff off of me.
“I’ll put an ice pack on my groin. I then have a machine that shoots electricity into the muscle to relax it.
“Man, I’ll tell you what’s amazing to me. I heard about a football player who had a groin strain and was out three weeks. I was out a day, and had to get back in.
“Now admittedly, I’m not bolting and hitting people. But I tell ya, I’ve got a new respect for (athletes).”
Engvall, a married father of two, doesn’t expect long-term complications.
“I’ll bounce back,” he said.
Good Morning America did a segment with Melissa Rycroft interviewing the couples at rehearsals yesterday!! Too fun! Check it out!
ETA: The pros weigh on their favorite Freestyles at Entertainment Weekly in some interviews they did after the show last week. This is a fun deal to take in before the show. Be sure to check it out at the link.
So, as you know from a previous posting, former Dancing With The Stars pro and recent guest judge, Maks Chmerkovskiy, performed at the 2013 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California Sunday night. He also took time to work the Red Carpet. You can loads of new photos of him at Zimbio Pictures, Getty Images, and Wire Images doing both. Note how he danced in Jennifer Lopez’s performance which was a tribute to Celia Cruz. You can watch below. He also helped an injured dancer. Be sure to read this link for more on the incident.