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Karina Smirnoff Shares Makeup Tips For What She’s Learned From Dancing With The Stars

The Powder Room at the NY Daily interviewed Karina Smirnoff about her makeup tips and she gave some great ones too to those interested. Karina also discusses how the makeup philosophy has changed on Dancing With The Stars….

PR: Any beauty blunders you wish you could forget?

KARINA: I think I must have been 8 or 9 years old, watching one of the girls two classes ahead of me do her bangs – and back in the day, they used to do bangs with lots of hairspray and you would take the curling iron and make this curve. I thought, ‘”That looks awesome!” So I put a cheap, really hot curling iron to my bangs … and they burnt off! It was old-school hairspray. Just burned them right off. It was very traumatic. I had a little halo around my forehead.

PR: What’s the makeup philosophy at the show?

KARINA: We used to be the queens of makeup, but now I think we’re trying to go for a more natural look. Which I totally support. I agree it’s show business, so we need a show look. But I would much prefer seeing us all in just everyday makeup. I think natural is prettier than excessive amounts of makeup.

PR: What are your go-to beauty products?

KARINA: Personally, I try to use less when I’m not on camera or dancing. The skin gets tired of makeup. I do like YSL foundation, and I love Stila – they have great foundation, I love their eye shadows and the lip glosses are awesome. I love Clé de Peau Beauté’s compact powder because it’s really pretty, and I love the way it feels and the coverage. And I always have mascara on me. I prefer Giorgio Armani’s Eyes to Kill in Steel Black. It’s a rich black, and creates the longest lashes. People ask me if they’re real – I try not to give that secret away.

More at The Powder Room.

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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 And Val Chmerkovskiy Talk About Dancing With The Stars and More On The View (Video)

Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy were on The View today!! They talk about taking a shower together for Dove (what? lol), Val’s new clothing line, Dancing With The Stars (Maks will say “yes” if he’s ever asked to judge full time) and much more. To watch a clip and the full episode, see this link at the official site of The View.

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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 Mark Ballas Discusses His Guiltiest Pleasure, What He Dreams Of, And More With The Huffington Post

First, the chat with Extra and Stuart Brazell, and now Mark Ballas answers a few questions from the Huffington Post in a new “#nofilter quick-fire question-and-answer series”. Below are a few questions on the last the time Mark cried, his guiltiest pleasure, and the silliest thing he’s lied about. Lots more at the link and thanks to Lori for the heads up!

When’s the last time you cried?
Two times actually. Once during “Les Mis” the movie. Like, sobbing! Sobbing, during “Les Mis.” And then when I went to see Celine Dion. [Laughs] I went to see Celine Dion in Vegas and it was ah-mazing. She started singing the “Beauty and the Beast” song and it was a wrap. Yeah, it was really incredible.

What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
I’m a horrible TV junkie. I finished “Breaking Bad,” I’m caught up on “Walking Dead,” I finished “Game of Thrones” and I started “Homeland” like two weeks ago and I just finished Season 1. I’m behind, I’m catching up.

What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever lied about?
When we were living in London, Derek [Hough] and I stole my mom’s car when he was 15 and I was 14. And in England you have to be 17 to drive, and we stole the car. And my mom wasn’t in town so we thought, “We are not getting busted.” But when she got back, she went to the local dance store to buy shoes and the guy who sells the shoes — they’re friends — and he was like, “I didn’t know your boys passed their driving test?” So that night she came home and she was like, “Did you steal the car?” And we were like, “No.” And then Julianne [Hough] did us in, she totally told her what we did. [Laughs]

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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.

Dancing With The Stars TV Ratings: Finale Earns 6-Month Highs For ABC And More

Good news for TV Ratings for Dancing With The Stars. Our show moved up from 8th place during semi-finals week to 5th and 6th place during it’s Finale week. The viewership numbers may be a little down from last fall’s Season 15 Finale of 16.7 million, but, it was neck and neck with Season 16 finale ratings.

Below is more of the overall Primetime tv ratings and viewership numbers from the Star Tribune via Nielson’s TV ratings for November 25th to December 1st:

1. NFL Football Thanksgiving Special: Pittsburgh at Baltimore, NBC, 21.07 million.

2. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 18.09 million.

3. NFL Football: NY Giants at Washington, NBC, 17.75 million.

4. NFL Thursday Post-Game, Oakland at Dallas, CBS, 17.47 million.

5. “Dancing With the Stars Special” (Tuesday), ABC, 14.75 million.

6. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 14.61 million.

7. NFL Football: San Francisco at Washington, ESPN, 13.16 million.

8. NFL Thanksgiving Pre-Kick, NBC, 12.67 million.

9. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 12.32 million.

10. “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 12.05 million.

11. “Person of Interest,” CBS, 11.89 million.

12. NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 11.71 million.

13. “The Voice,” NBC, 11.52 million.

14. “Castle,” ABC, 11.41 million.

15. “Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer,” CBS, 11.31 million.

ABC Media Net is also reporting these ratings and numbers….

ABC’s Monday Finale of “Dancing with the Stars” is the Top Entertainment Show And Outdraws NBC’s “The Voice” by its Largest Margin of the Season

Hitting a Season High, ABC is the Most-Watched Net on the Sweep’s Final Tuesday, With the “Dancing” Season Finale Finishing as the Night’s Dominant No. 1 TV Show

The “Dancing with the Stars” Finale Earns 6-Month Highs for ABC in its Time Period

Monday:

“Dancing with the Stars” (8:00-10:01 p.m. – 14.6 million and 2.2/6 in AD18-49):

Building its numbers on night 1 of its 2-night season finale, ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” was Monday’s most-watched entertainment show for the 5th week in a row. Bill Engvall was the next celebrity dancer eliminated from the competition. Growing week to week in Total Viewers (+6%) and Adults 18-49 (+10%), “DWTS” drew its biggest audience since its season premiere and scored a 9-week high with young adults – since 9/16/13 and 9/23/13, respectively.

Tuesday:

ABC finished as the dominant most-watched TV network on the final Tuesday of the November Sweep (+1.2 million over second-place CBS – 13.0 million vs. 11.8 million) and ranked No. 1 in Adults 18-49 (2.5/7-tied w/CBS). ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” finale stood as Tuesday’s most-watched TV show by 20% over runner-up CBS’ “NCIS: LA” (14.8 million vs. 12.3 million from 9:00-10:00 p.m.) and “S.H.I.E.L.D.” was night’s No. 1 scripted series in Adults 18-49.

“Dancing with the Stars” (9:01-11:00 p.m. – 14.8 million and 2.4/7 in AD18-49):

From 9:00-11:00 p.m., the season finale of “Dancing with the Stars” made ABC the No. 1 network in the 2-hour time period with Total Viewers and key Women (W18-49/W25-54), while ranking as the top broadcaster with Kids 2-11. Dominating its final half-hour from 10:30-11:00 p.m., as Amber Riley won the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy, “Dancing” delivered 15.6 million viewers and a 2.6/8 in Adults 18-49 to lead its nearest competition (CBS’ “Person of Interest” = 11.8 million and 2.1/6) by 3.8 million viewers and by 24% in young adults.

Let’s see if Heidi has something to add….

Heidi: Well, the “rank” means very little when it comes to ratings. Throw 15 football games up there and knock it out of the top 10 and that won’t hurt it as long as the same or more people are watching the show, if you know what I mean. The important points to come out of the above are that it is still beating the Voice in total viewer numbers AND it’s still growing week to week. Six percent growth from the semi-finals to the finals is nothing to sneeze at, for sure (take note, Maks fans).  The finale (results show) was down from the all star season…but what do you expect when people get OUT of the habit of watching DWTS on Tuesday night??  Not to mention that the ALL Star Season was a bit of an anomaly.  I think the producers were on crack when they thought that the ratings for that season were down because no one wants to see great dancing. Bull. Your show is aging, and TV viewership is falling across the board. You can’t look at it in a vacuum.  All TV continues to sink in viewer number – except probably cable.  People have more choices now.  Looking at it very simply…this is where the Rank plays a part. How can DWTS STILL be Top 10 show while still falling in ratings season after season?? Simple…because ALL TV is falling season after season. If DWTS were the only show with declining viewer numbers, it would have fallen out of the Top 10 by now.

Heidi Still: And for those who insist that a particular guest judge – be it Julianne OR Maks – has a dramatic impact on ratings…guess again. Here are the total viewers each week:

September 16 – 16.01
September 23 – 13.4
September 30 – 13.1
October 7 – 13
October 14 – 12.99
October 21 – 13.35
October 28 – 13.28
November 4 – 13.72
November 11 – 12.57 (pre-empted in Boston and Charlotte = 3% of the US Market)
November 18 – 13.8
November 25 – 14.2

As you can see, the season starts out very high and then drops consistently until week 5, when it starts inching it’s way back up again. If not for November 11th, it would show fairly consistent growth from a mid season low to the season finale. From what I can see, the only thing having a major impact on ratings was the pre-empting in Boston and Charlotte. Everything else falls on a very nice curve – very similar to curves shown when I graphed previous seasons. It appears that the theory that people want to watch bad dancing may not be true. How else do you explain that people tune in to the first show, then fall out until past the halfway point??

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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.