Happy Thanksgiving Day, All!! Below is Afterbuzz TV with their new Dancing With The Stars Season 17 finale addition to take in when you have time today. They admit how they were wrong and right about who would win. Though as I just wrote at Pure Derek Hough, when the subject is brought up in the beginning, Anna says it was easier to do a Charleston than a Ballroom dance, but, Tristan MacManus disagrees (Yay Tristan! I agree for how it wasn’t easier for Amber!). More below. Let us know what you think!
Hey All! John, Heidi, Courtney, and I would all like to take a time out to wish everyone a “Happy Thanksgiving”!! In light of the holiday, we’d also like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for following, reading, participating, and supporting us the way you have!! We appreciate you all so much!!
Know too that we don’t go away in the off season of Dancing With The Stars. We continue to update you on the show and on all the pros and cast of Dancing With The Stars as their lives continue to stay busy. I think Courtney is planning to hold an Awards as in past seasons. Courtney and Heidi also write fun commentaries. Heidi and I will be constantly searching for new Cast rumors for the next season as you never know when they will pop up. Also, don’t forget soon we will be making new posts for your new Cast and Pro wishes for next season too. So, stay tuned for all of these things and more. The fun never ends.
With that said, here is our resident poet Lois with a Thanksgiving poem to bring in the holiday. THANKS again, EVERYONE!
T – Thankful for the day we share with family and with friends
H – Happy for the memories we make, we wish it never ends
A – Appetites savor a repast spread out for what seems a mile
N – Nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles share many, many a smile
K – Kindness, love bloom, permeating the room, filling the air
S – Grandparents busting their buttons showing how they care
G – Giving of ourselves to those we hold dear and we treasure
I – Inspiring stories are told that bring us joy without measure
V – Values of an old-fashioned nature, prominently on display
I – Invitations are offered for the next holiday, Christmas Day
N – Nearing the end of a day of giving thanks, sharing love
G – Good times were experienced, given to us by God above!
Written By Lois A Troutman, November 23, 2013
MY GREETING I SHARE WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
WHEREVER YOU WILL BE, WHETHER AWAY OR WHERE YOU ARE LIVING!
And below is the Good Morning America “After party” coverage with our Champs and finalists!! Note that Karina Smirnoff didn’t come. GMA announced she had a family emergency. Let’s hope everything is ok. Our thoughts and prayers are with her.
Also, be watching THIS LINK at the View. They should be posting their new interviews with the finalists a little later today.
ETA: Entertainment Weekly interviewed some of the cast after the finale last night. You can see them talking on their favorite moments in a video HERE.
ETA2: And below are the couples being interviewed by Tony and Leah.
Wow! What a night! I’m still freaking out today for awesome the Dancing With The Stars finale was last night. The whole cast from the couples, to all the pro/troupe numbers, the producers, the singers, the crew behind the scenes, etc. really pulled out all of the stops, didn’t they?!!! And then we have our Champions: Amber Riley and Derek Hough!!! I’m truly speechless and tearing it up again!!
So, let’s see what everyone had to say after the show last night. Before doing so though, note how Donamadrina was right on her Astrology and Numerology Predictions again which you can read here and here. Thank you Dona! You rock!
Ok, on to the new interviews! We’ll start out with a new On The Red carpet interview with our champs, but, to see loads and loads more with Amber and Derek as Heidi and I are tag teaming, visit Pure Derek Hough.
Below is more with George and On The Red Carpet….
JC Rubio of Afterbuzz TV was able to get new interviews with some of the other cast members too besides the finalists. As always, he does such a great job… Read more..
Well, we’re off!! The opening dance wasn’t nearly as exciting or as well executed as it was the first time around, but still good.
I confess I didn’t watch Enrique as he doesn’t really interest me.
I dig the pro segments, specially when Derek looks so gorg!!
And Amber and Derek win the Encore. Hmmmm…I hope her fans didn’t spend all their time tweeting. :-)
SPOILERS….in case you couldnt’ tell from the comment…
After getting 9’s in the fusion, there was pretty much no way, mathematically, that Jack was going to win. That left it between Corbin and Amber, Corbin with a bigger deficit than has ever been overcome in a finale.
Season 17 Champs: AMBER RILEY AND DEREK HOUGH.
I think this is the first African American woman to win the MBT, correct? Also the first plus sized woman?? Awesome.
*sigh* Well kids, all good things must come to an end – and last night, the inspired run that Bill had on DWTS this season came to a close. As soon as the judges handed out that first bullsh*t score, I think I knew there was no way in hell they were gonna let Bill even get within striking distance of the MBT – but thankfully, Bill went out on a very high note: I don’t think Emma could have choreographed a more perfect routine for him than his freestyle :-) Just wish that the judges had given him just ONE pity 10, but again, I think they were afraid that giving him any excessively kind scores was going to prolong his stay…but it just became even more glaringly obvious when you take into account that each of the other couples got a perfect 30 on their freestyles. I’m trying not to be bitter about it, but the fact that Len admitted that Bill “did improve” on his Viennese waltz, and then proceeded to give him the SAME SCORE as he got the first time around, just doesn’t compute for me. Grrrrr. But alas, I don’t know that poor Bill had the energy in him for more dancing tonight, so I’m partially relieved that the guy gets his life back now…now I just have to work on getting mine back. Gonna miss Bill & Emma :-(
Speaking of that blasted “judges’ choice” dance – I don’t know what the hell was going on with the scoring & commentary there. They tell Bill he improved, but give him the same score as the first time he did the dance; they tell Corbin he didn’t improve, but give him a higher score than the first time he did his dance. I thought both improved, but from the way the judges were talking, you would have thought both had completely bungled their dances up even worse than the first go-round. But once again, I think the judges had an agenda there, and the scores and commentary given for those two dances in particular had little to do with the actual quality of the dance. The secret judges’ mission statement of finale week, night one seemed to be “make sure Bill goes home at all costs”. Oh well.
Gonna do my rankings in reverse order tonight – starting with 3rd place and working up to the winners.
3rd place: Corbin & Karina
Corbin’s a fantastic dancer, no doubt, and he definitely delivered in all three of his dances last night – but I’m still left just a bit chilly after watching him dance, and it seems to be a sentiment shared by many of our readers. Something about Corbin’s dancing just doesn’t feel connected to me – it’s as if he’s dancing for himself each time, rather than for an audience, and the end result just seems to create a barrier that prevents me from really connecting to him. As I said before, I thought his quickstep was an improvement, but I still felt a bit of a disconnect in it – like he was more in his own head than interacting with the audience. He handled the samba pretty damn well for not having done it before – and while I do agree that he deserved to win the samba relay, I can’t really say that his samba was my favorite or the most fun to watch; it was just very technical. His freestyle was pretty impressive and very ambitious – taking on MJ is no easy task, but both he & Karina did rise to the occasion. Wish they could have made it their own a bit more, as opposed to just throwing in a small section of tango before breaking into a hodgepodge of MJ moves; I also could have done without the extra people, as they only came in for a small portion and they damn near dropped Karina during the one stunt they assisted with. I think he’ll probably handle his cha-cha/foxtrot fusion decently well, but when it all comes down to it, I just have a feeling that he’s going to end up in third place – between the way the judges run hot & cold with him, to the way some of the viewers haven’t been able to connect with him, to a fanbase that I’m really uncertain about, I just think the best he can hope for is third. Amber’s got the judges on her side, and Jack seems to have the viewers – not a whole lot left for Corbin :-(
2nd place: Jack & Cheryl
For what Jack lacked in terms of technique and energy last night, he more than made up for in heart :-) As I found myself tweeting more than once last night, I think poor Jack is just absolutely drained at this point – as someone who lives with someone with an autoimmune disease, I can tell you that the fatigue is neverending; sure, those suffering have good days and bad days, but most days they do just feel kinda sluggish…and on really bad days, they can barely get out of bed. I think after 13 weeks, Jack is just plain pooped – and as a result, his first two dances got a bit bungled. You could tell he was really trying hard with his jive, but he just didn’t quite have the energy to pick his legs up and he may have gotten a little foggy on the choreography. At the very least, he admitted it wasn’t his best and he was mad at himself – I don’t think I would have been as sympathetic if he had acted like that jive was better than his first attempt. I agree with Len about their samba relay – it felt a tad safe and slow-moving, but I’m wondering if that was an intentional choice by Cheryl in order to somewhat preserve his energy for the freestyle. But man, was that freestyle something to behold – Jack seemed to come alive again, and I actually found that the Fred Astaire theme fit him remarkably well. And the tears both he & Cheryl shed after getting through it flawlessly? Just precious. If I think Bill & Emma were the best-matched couple of the season, I think these two were a very close second – I think Cheryl needed Jack just as much as Jack needed Cheryl, and this season has been an epiphany for both of them. I gave all my votes to Jack this week, and I could have sworn that I saw Bill whisper “Now you win this mofo!” in Jack’s ear as the credits were rolling last night. I actually think he’ll do quite well with his paso/salsa fusion – I think Corbin was pretty kind in giving him that, as he would have ended up with jive again, otherwise. I think Jack may benefit from the fact that he’s the only remaining finalist that has really had a strong “growth” arc on the show, and also the fact that he’s fighting with an incurable disease as he’s been learning. Saw a lot of Bill fans tossing their votes to Jack – I’m hoping it helps him pull out 2nd place. Although seeing him hoist that MBT would be nice ;-)
Winner: Amber & Derek
Amber was flawless last night – I don’t think she could have done any better with her Charleston or her freestyle. They must have really drilled synchronization when rehearsing that Charleston, because I didn’t see them out of step at all. While they handled their samba relay routine well, it seemed to get a little repetitive to me – a lot of samba runs and pivots – and I think that may have been what Len was referring to when he said that one couple had “almost” nailed it. Loved the concept and execution of their freestyle – the stepping was definitely something that’s never been done before for the freestyle, and this was one instance where the extra dancers actually served to enhance the routine as opposed to just being in it. And best of all: it highlighted Amber and what she is capable of. I doubt the samba/quickstep fusion will give them any trouble – just hope they don’t try to pull out “Sir Duke” yet again. Given their scores and the undoubtled large Glee fanbase, I would be surprised if they didn’t win – still think there’s an outside chance that Jack maybe gained some support after last night, and there’s enough “Derek doesn’t deserve a 5th MBT” naysayers out there that it could make a difference – but at the end of the day, I think Amber deserves to win.
So what did you guys think of last night’s show? And who do you think will be walking away with the MBT tonight?
Let’s get straight to the interviews after Dancing With The Stars to get the remaining finalists reactions to their dances last night. They talk of their freestyles, their support, and what they have to do tonight to win the whole competition. Note how we’ve included one interview with Derek and Amber, but, there are more at Pure Derek Hough. So, be sure to visit there too and here’s to tonight’s show, Everyone!!
Also, below is some PopTVDotCom coverage as well. Note how they go to Mixology and then back to the studio to try and visit with the remaining finalists…
ETA: E Online interviewed the finalists last night as well. Be sure to see a new video at this link.
ETA2: Life & Style posted about how jack will celebrate if he wins the Mirror Ball. Below is what he told them. This is so cute…
So how will Jack celebrate if he wins the Mirror Ball Trophy tonight?
“Well, it is Thanksgiving, so I am going to give thanks to Cheryl. In a weird way you don’t have time to celebrate because we get on a plane and go to NYC, and when we come back, it’s Thanksgiving. Everyone kind of goes their one way,” he told Life & Style. “What I plan to do is — if I have a Mirror Ball, which I probably won’t — I’m going to post pictures of it from all over the world.”
ETA3: And below are some interviews with by People. Thanks to Kaitlyn for sending!! She’s been a big help today!
And so we say good-bye to one of the “Most beloved” couples Dancing With The Stars has ever had, but, it’s not really good-bye because they made it to the bitter end. I’m so deeply proud of them and they will always be remembered for how genuine, fun loving, and heart felt they were in all of their dances and packages. I also want to give props to our girls Courtney and Cher @IBLWR for starting a “If Bill leaves we riot” campaign. After that, Afterbuzz mentioned it on one of their after shows and the idea took off. I think that helped them to get to the finals too!! So, here’s to Bill and Emma!! Thanks for entertaining us and with such fun, heart, and soul!!
ETA: And below is their interview with Good Morning America this morning….
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