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Maks Chmerkovskiy Interviewed About DWTS, The Switch Up Dance, And More

Maks Chmerkovskiy chatted with OK! Magazine about why he’s more relaxed this season because of partner Meryl Davis.

OK!: It seems like you’ve come into this season more relaxed. Is that because of Meryl?
MC: It definitely has to do with Meryl but it also has to do with the fact that I spent a year realizing that this sucked me in. I’m way too involved in things that I do and this show just took a lot out of me. It took me a year to understand not every season is a winning season. You should be able to enjoy things you’re given. We’re only as good as our celebrity partner, and that’s very hard for me to swallow. I’m always relying on me first and foremost. There were partners I literally dragged as far as I could and it was not reciprocated and it was definitely not appreciated at the end. That took a lot out of me. I lost all sense of fun and this was just a grueling job that was just a contractual obligation. I came into this season with absolutely no competitiveness in mind. I’m not trying to win anything. I’m just having fun. And then I get Meryl and everything comes together—it’s a brilliant combination.

Not sure I agree that they are only as good as their celebrity partner. Maybe it’s the other way around and that the celeb is only as good as the teacher who shows them how to dance?

More at the link including his thoughts about the Switch up dance.

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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.

Diana Nyad Writes About Her Journey On Dancing With The Stars

Diana Nyad wrote about her complete journey on Dancing With The Stars. She had such an amazing time and loved the cast so much, that she had withdrawals after being eliminated. Here is more from the Huffington Post….

I found each and every pro and celebrity warm and caring and embracing of the moment, as were Henry and I. Most of us would practice at the same location. We’d help each other with both the emotional stuff going on and with our actual routines. Sean Avery said to me one day: “I suck at this!” Sean’s an athlete, both intense and demanding of himself. And I said to him: “OK, let’s say you do suck. So why don’t you go out there and suck double time?” And Sean had similar advice for me. He appeared sullen to some. I really liked him.

Derek Hough showed me a great deal of respect. He took the time to watch The Other Shore documentary and welled up with tears in telling me how much the story moved him. I have read several tweets saying too bad I’m not still on the show because, after Derek constantly having talented partners, it would be some kind of poetic justice to wind up with me on the switch week — finally a true challenge for him. Sorry to disappoint, Derek.

Who can doubt that Meryl Davis is arguably the most talented dancer ever to perform on the show? She is simply dazzling. She and Maks make their complex routines appear effortless. I am in awe. Whenever one of the stars can allow their pro partner to show off, then you’ve got magic working on the floor. As a matter of fact, as an unabashed fan, I can safely declare this to be the highest level of talent among the stars in the history of the show. Along with Meryl, James is smooth as butter. Charlie is light as air, so very debonaire. Danica executes such a high technical and artistic level every time she steps on the floor. Candace has body control and expression in spades. And Amy Purdy is nothing short of miraculous.

Henry and I pretty much knew the depth of the field our very first morning together, for the first Good Morning America announcement of the cast. We were in the make-up trailer at 1:30am. Charlie and pro Tony Dovolani were kidding around doing some triple spins on the toes of their sneakers, landing with a sharp staccato pose for cameras at the end of the spins. Henry and I needed no words. Then, Meryl came over to take a piece of fruit from the buffet table. She just can’t help her grace. She lightly spun, lifted a pointed toe toward the ceiling as she took a slice of cantaloupe. Again, no need for words between me and Henry. Just then, in humorous relief, Billy Dee struggled by with a cane. Surely, we thought, there’s one we can beat. But we were soon to learn none of that mattered. All we could do is live our time together, Henry and I, in fierce and utter conviction. And so we did.

I loved what she said about Derek! More at the Huffington Post. Thanks to Lara for sending.

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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.

Official ABC Teaser Promos For Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Week 4 (Videos)

Some Official Dancing With The Stars teasers and definitely worth a watch. Most of you might have seen the first one. Scroll below for updates!

ETA: And another promo…

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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.

Cody Simpson Talks About The Switch Up Dance On DWTS, Learning The Fox Trot, And More (Video)

If you go to Veria.com, you can watch Cody Simpson on Veria Living Live talking about Dancing With The Stars and the Switch Up dance. Below is a quote for what he says about it. Note how he’s currently learning the “Fox trot”. More at the link!

“I actually just met my new partner, which is a secret until Monday, but it’s different!” the singer said in an interview on Veria Living Live. “I’ve just become so used to having Witney [Carson] as my partner, and we’re both so young that we work very well together. So to have to switch it up just as you’re getting in the flow of things is a little different. But, it’ll be nice. I’m going into it with a positive attitude, like — hey, go away for a week, learn something new from someone else, and be able to bring it back to your original partner and hopefully be stronger than ever.”

Spoiler: If you’d like to know who Cody’s partner is for the switch up dance, see this post.

ETA: Below is Cody on Hello Ross…

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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 Season 18, Week 4: Who’s Dancing What…and With WHO?? (SPOILERS)

So, as I had predicted but had hoped to be wrong, the producers did what ever they wanted in terms of the pairings. They will find some way to explain it away, but there is video evidence that you could use twitter to vote (at the 4:14 mark) – so don’t buy that excuse. These are the pairings THEY wanted to see, so they made it happen. Also don’t buy the scheduling excuse – there is one change they could have made to not upset one of their “stars” but chose not to do it. But you know what? I’m pretty sure that it will turn out to be very interesting. And the potentially upset “star” in question ain’t so upset. Let me just say this:

Tony IS already upset. :-D

Karma is a bitch and this may not be the trainwreck they hoped for. Anyway, Courtney and I have lots of other little details and we’re hoping to find out more. For now, here are your new pairings (from what we understand, anyway) and a couple dances.

ETA: So, Danica and Maks are NOT getting along. Apparently, the old Maks (“Just do it”) is back.

ETA2: Apparently, Nene is surprised. In a good way. :-) And Courtney tells me that there are no duplicate dances this week. Every couple has a different dance.

ETA3: The number of question marks is directly proportional to how sure we are that someone has a given dance. Or is that directly DISproportional?? I’m tired. :-) Anyway, the more question marks it has, the less sure we are that that’s the  dance they have.  Three ??? means we arrived at them by process of elimination.  Also adding – Tony is apparently not mad at Derek but at the producers for the dance given to Derek and Nene.

ETA4: The rumba for Charlie appears to be confirmed.

ETA5: Apparently Meryl & Val ain’t getting along great, either – he seems a bit starstruck by her, but he also seems to have zero patience with her. Their routine is really, really fast and poor Meryl can’t seem to do anything right for him.

Charlie and Peta are getting along great and had their dance choreographed by Thursday so they’ve had lots of time to polish it.

According to our source, these are the dances. The couples that are doing well are Derek/Nene, Tony/Candace, Charlie/Peta and Drew/Witney. The couples that are struggling are Meryl/Val, Danica/Maks, Cody/Sharna and Amy/Mark. James/Cheryl are apparently neither good nor bad. Whether we see any of this will be very interesting. A bunch of people who change the voting rules when it’s time to count the votes isn’t above changing the narrative in the editing room, are they?? I expect we’ll see the opposite of what we’ve heard when it comes to Meryl and Charlie – and possibly Nene, mainly because they paired NeNe and Derek to see problems. Question is – did those couples doing well give them ANYTHING to use?? And did those couples doing poorly give them anything to make it look positive? I guess we find out tomorrow. :-)

Charlie and Peta – Rumba
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Danica and Maks – Jive (Music: “Love Me Right!” by The Swag Geeks & Brook Penning )
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James and Cheryl – Tango (Music: “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry )
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Drew and Witney – Cha Cha
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Amy and Mark – Salsa
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Candace and Tony – Quickstep (Music: “Ballroom Blitz” by Sweet )
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Meryl and Val – Argentine Tango (Music: “Too Close” by Alex Clare )
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Cody and Sharna – Foxtrot
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NeNe And Derek – Jazz (Music: “Grown Woman” By Beyonce )
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