Tonight was week 2 of DWTS Season 18 What did you think of tonight’s show?
Tonight was week 2 of DWTS Season 18 What did you think of tonight’s show?
Dancing with the Stars season 18 is looking to mix up the music. What are your thoughts? Do you like the new mix of music or hate it? As always, be sure to 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.
Drew & Cheryl danced a Jive to the song “You Can’t Sit Down”
Danica & Val danced a Samba to the song “All Nite (Don’t Stop)” —Janet Jackson
Billy Dee & Emma danced a Tango to the song “Peter Gunn Theme” —Henry Mancini
Meryl & Maks danced a Swing to the song “Big and Bad” —Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Diana & Henry danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Move Your Feet” —Junior Senior
Candace & Mark danced a Rumba to the song “Say Something” —A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera
Amy & Derek danced a Swing to the song “Swing Set” —Ani DiFranco
James & Peta danced a Salsa to the song “Follow the Leader” —Wisin & Yandel feat. Jennifer Lopez
Charlie & Sharna danced a Tango to the song “Addicted to You” —Avicii
NeNe & Tony danced a Jive to the song “Do My Thing” —Estelle feat. Janelle Monáe
Sean & Karina danced a Salsa to the song “Dance Bailalo” —Kat DeLuna
Cody & Witney danced a Tango to the song “Yeah 3x” —Chris Brown
Wow. A lot happened at the start of the show. Maybe I should do a list…
- TPTB thought it would be cute to pair the couples in their opening dance by rivalry – Danica and Candace, Meryl and Maks and so on. Stoopid.
- It’s always nice to see Maks dance with his daughter Witney…oh. Wait. ;-)
- Surprise double elimination?? They must be making sure they don’t end up with another Bill Engvall situation. Well, that and it’s good to have an even number of couples for the big switcheroo
- Drew is safe right off the bat? Should I draw a conclusion for that or is that going to occur throughout the show?
- Are they going to show video of each star picking their dance to prove they didn’t make it up?? They do realize that shit could be filmed anytime by cooperative stars, right? :-D
Okay….enough for now. I missed Drew’s dance….
Welcome to ringer judging, Val.
Zendaya is in the audience looking like a 35 year old.
Billy Dee is safe, eh? Might be Dean and Karina going home.
ETA2: Okay for those of you wanting to vote for the Switch, it’s just like Karina said. You vote like this:
#DWTSStarPro For example, #DWTSMerylDerek or #DWTSAmyMark That’s all you need. Or you can retweet your friends. I would add slightly new content at least once in a while so you don’t get tagged as spam.
ETA3: So Diana went home. They will reveal the second eliminee after NeNe, Sean and Cody have all danced.
I need to head to the grocery store before the show starts, but, before I leave, here is a new Extra interview with Cody….
Nene Leakes writes to pray for her tonight during she and Tony’s Jive. She’s worried she won’t be able to make it through the dance. Below is more from E News.
The jive. The jive is extremely difficult. The biggest challenge for me this week is really going to be my endurance because of all the hopping and moving around and it’s a really quick dance. My endurance is going to play a big part in it because I am winded like hell.
I told Tony that I’m a little bit of a perfectionist so I want to have it perfect this week. Obviously, I won’t be able to do that, because I just don’t have the background and it takes a lot more training. So we just worked really hard on technique this week. It’s not so much the choreography for me, the choreography I can catch, hunnis; it’s just the technical part—the hands and the feet—that I have to work on. It’s a lot, it really is.
Right now we’ve been rehearsing twice a day, so we’ve been doing six hours of rehearsals, just so that I can do it. I told him I was going to get on the treadmill and he said no. He felt like it was really going to tire me out, so we just need to keep rehearsing, keep rehearsing to get through the dance.
Please tune in! I hope you enjoy the jive. I’ve got to really work on my endurance to be able to make it through this dance, so pray for me!
More at E News including her thoughts on the competition.
So with all the chaos this mysterious (and ridiculous) “partner switch” has created, there is one question I keep seeing the viewers ask: “So how do we know it’s not rigged?” Well, the short answer is “we don’t”; but it got me thinking – what if there was some way for us to measure the traffic of the various couple hashtags floating around Twitter, and see if TPTB were being honest with us about the results of the Twitter voting? Turns out, there IS a way ;-)
It’s called Keyhole, and it’s a hashtag-tracking web app that allows you to enter in a specific hashtag and it will spit back all sorts of interesting data about that particular hashtag – how many times it’s used, how many unique users are tweeting it, how many other users that tweet is reaching, an hour-by-hour track of the rate that hashtag is being tweeted – it’ll even tell you from where in the world that hashtag is being tweeted, whether the tweeter using it is male or female, and all sorts of other cool data. If you guys want to check it out for yourself, you can sign up for a free 3-day trial here.
We’ve upgraded our account to one of the paid accounts so that we can track more of the hashtags, but we probably won’t be able to track them ALL (especially since we aren’t sure if the same-sex couplings are fair game or not). Wanna help us out? Go here and sign up for the free account (it’s free for 3 days, and they’ll extend it to 7 if you tweet about Keyhole when prompted) – we’ll get an extra free track for the referral, and you get 3 free tracks so you can check out some of the hashtag traffic yourself. If you’re interested in tracking one of the hashtags for us, you can contact us and we’ll let you know which hashtags we still need to monitor…there are over 99 combinations, if you include same-sex partnerships!
So what’s our goal here? We want to see just how the powers that be are determining these new partnerships – and see just how close (0r how NOT close!) the voting is. We will try to update you guys throughout the week with interesting observations we’ve made, but for the most part, we’re going to try not to actually influence the voting – we might tell you that the race for Meryl is neck-and-neck between two male pros, but we might not tell you which ones ;-) Hopefully, when voting ends next Monday night, we’ll be able to predict for you guys just who is going to be paired with whom. Should be a pretty cool social experiment, no? :-)
Thanks to all who have already helped by creating referral accounts…you’ve made things much, much easier on these weary bloggers ;-) Need more details on how the switch up dance is going to go? Check out this post and this post.
If you head to Today, you can read a new blog by Val Chmerkovksiy. A majority of his blog is written about Maks. Maks should have won with Mel B? Really? Look for more from Heidi after you read the take below…
I’m very happy that my brother Maks is back this season. It’s awesome. He’s having a lot of fun, and I’m glad that people are seeing that side of him. Everyone has an opinion on Maks! But he’s a product of the process. He’s a very positive, loving and loyal person.
In my opinion, he should have won the mirror ball trophy with Mel B in season 5. Maybe that would have changed everything? Now, it’s like there’s this huge boulder on his shoulder. He’s done the show for 15 seasons and has never won. I’m not saying he deserved it every season, but I think that once you’ve won you’ve — in a sense — proved yourself.
It’s easy to judge someone but you don’t know what they’ve gone through until you’ve put yourself in their shoes. I got to do that with Maks over the last few seasons. I think I have a little bit more composure in my reactions to certain things. But Maks and I are different people. I don’t want him to change. I want him to be just as honest and passionate about what he believes in as he’s always been. He’s been that way for as long as I remember.
It was very exciting the last few seasons to watch Maks venture into other things. But having him back on the show this year is amazing. It’s a privilege for me to spend time with him doing something as incredible as this. We’re very close. He came running into my bedroom after the earthquake hit on Monday morning and said, “Did you feel that?”
More at Today including Vals’s thoughts on he and Danica’s new dance.
Heidi: It’s like Val has actually learned something!! He talks about other people’s scores, but he doesn’t mention any names. It’s a miracle!! :-) Seriously, the one thing he hasn’t learned in all his time (and Maks’ time) on the show is that the scores aren’t relative to other dancers. They never have been. How often has a great dancer gotten the same score as a Kirstie Alley, for example. Or a Bristol Palin. Somehow, when they’re the ones dancing with Kirstie, they don’t have any complaints. Shocking. :-) As for Mel B? Maybe she should have won. But Shawn should have won Season 15. Sometimes, shit happens. :-)
Well, the blogs are rolling right along. Peta Murgatroyd writes about James Maslow and the new changes on Dancing With The Stars at People. Also, below is an interview in their rehearsals. Note how they mention the Switch Up dance is in week 4 and after that they are hoping fans vote for them to be back together afterwards. More below.
ETA: If you head to Home and Family, you can view James and Peta in a new segment for the show that is airing today. Really cute.
Thanks to @DWTSgossip for the heads up on this footage from Entertainment Tonight. You can see Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke rehearsing for Dancing With The Stars as well as Cheryl modeling for the “Price Is Right”. She’s good too!!!
ETA: If you head to Access Hollywood, you can read Cheryl Burke’s new blog.
In a new People blog, Candace Cameron Bure explains how she wanted a Venetian Waltz this week not a Rumba. But the camera didn’t lie during an at at-home interview when she did in fact say the rumba and now she’s kicking herself. lol She’s so cute. Lots more in a take below and at the link.
I’ve really wanted to do the Venetian waltz most, but the camera didn’t lie during my at-home interview when I did in fact say the rumba, since it would be so challenging. Grrrrr … I could kick myself! The rumba has definitely proved to be more challenging than I would have preferred for my second week’s dance.
One of the most difficult parts going into week two is that we only have five days to learn a brand new dance, compared to 14 days before starting the show. The amount of time is a drastic cut and without increased hours in the dance studio, it’s easy to say I’ve been a bit frustrated. My legs, feet, arms, hands, hips and mind aren’t as coordinated and in sync as I wished they were.
The thing I have to remember most is that I’m not a professional dancer and have no prior dance experience to this show, so I can’t expect myself to be great and flawless in five days! That’s when I take a deep breath and remember to have fun, because when it comes down to it, that’s really the whole point of this experience.
By Friday, I still can’t get through the entire routine. I’m sloppy and my footwork is jumbled. The rumba is a slow and sexy dance. Slow is the hard part. Every movement is exaggerated and noticed. There is no bounce to cover up a misstep or flaw.
Having a more athletic sports background, which complemented my contemporary routine, I’m finding that soft, elegant and small steps are proving to be a difficult transition for me.
The producers also told me on Saturday that I needed to change my shoes. I was planning on wearing a flat shoe so it looked as if I were barefoot, but because I actually was barefoot for week one, I was told I needed to wear the proper Latin dance shoe.