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Mark Ballas “Get My Name” Video Teaser #1

Oh, this is going to be so good. And don’t forget Derek Hough directed it…

May 6, 2014 I Written By

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.

PureDWTS Guest Poem: “A Re”Mark”able Ballroom Blast”

Without further ado, our resident poet, Lois, on Dancing With The Stars Season 18′s quarterfinals….

A RE”MARK”ABLE BALLROOM BLAST

A RE”MARK”ABLE BALLROOM BLAST on Monday Night
The opening a RE”MARK”ABLE Ballas and dancing sight

A RE”MARK”ABLE night of dancing lit up the ballroom floor
Week Eight is done, our dancing appetites hunger for more

A judge was added to the panel, Abby Lee’s opinions known
She surely stirred up the ballroom, creating scenes of her own

A new RE”MARK”ABLE ballroom twist, featuring dancing Duos
Celebrities paired for the first time, putting on sparkling shows

SETTING THE SCENES:

DUOS NUMBER ONE
JAMES MASLOW AND PETA MURGATROYD
AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH
JIVE – AIN’T NOTHIN’ WRONG WITH THAT

JAMES AND AMY – Glorious, gyrating movements

Dazzling duo display, extraordinary, exceptional
Perfectly in synch, perfectly brilliant, perfectly fine

DUOS NUMBER TWO
CHARLIE WHITE AND SHARNA BURGESS
CANDACE CAMERON BURE AND MARK BALLAS
CONTEMPORARY – STAY WITH ME

CHARLIE AND CANDACE – Stupendous lift display in the air

The brilliance of a lyrical, dancing unit on the floor
Peppered with beautiful lines, beautifully executed

DUOS NUMBER THREE
MERYL DAVIS AND MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
DANICA MCKELLAR AND VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY
SAMBA – I LAH YAH PAPI

DANICA AND MERYL – A sparkly, shiny spectacle

A Chmerkovskiy Brothers Extravaganza
A golden, glamorous, glittery, glisteny gambol

AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH
ARGENTINE TANGO – HEART UPON MY SLEEVE

A spellbinding dance of breathtaking precision
Stunning risks, pushing choreography boundaries

JAMES MASLOW AND PETA MURGATROYD
VIENNESE WALTZ – 6-2

Lovely, lilting, luminescent, blossoming
A free-flowing shower of romantic desire

CHARLIE WHITE AND SHARNA BURGESS
QUICKSTEP – MY HEART GOES BOOM

A special-steppin’, toe-tappin’ dance full of heart
With impeccable musicality, pure, potent perfection

CANDACE CAMERON BURE AND MARK. BALLAS
FOXTROT – THAT’S IT, I QUIT, I’M MOVIN’ ON

RE”MARK”ABLE journey towards confidence
A bright, joyous, vivacious, delightful sitcom feel

DANICA MCKELLAR AND VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY
TANGO – EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD

A dance befitting a Dancing Queen, crowned with glory
A majestic, magical, marvelous, magnificent performance

MERYL DAVIS AND MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
RUMBA – READ ALL ABOUT IT

A tempestuous melodrama, inspiring play without words
Energy coursing through fine, fluid lines of beauty

A RE”MARK”ABLE BALLROOM BLAST, a fine, five-star revue
A RE”MARK”ABLE Ballas opening, delightful duos brand new!

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 6, 2014

THE TIME CAME FOR AN ELIMINATION, SAY IT ISN’T SO!
DANICA AND VALENTIN’S TIME WAS UP AND HAD TO GO!

A RE”MARK”ABLE BALLROOM BLAST, IT WAS WEEK EIGHT!
COME BACK NEXT WEEK FOR WEEK NINE, DONT BE LATE!

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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.

PureDWTS Season 18, Week 8 – Power Rankings

Much ado about Abby Lee Miller – and honestly, for as bad as I thought she might be, I think she scores she gave were (for the most part) fair, even if she was nitpicking to death on any technique flubs she could find. It was as if the producers had told her “nitpick all you want, but you can’t give any score below an 8″. And a few of the scores seemed a bit too perfect, if you ask me – as if they had be predetermined, because some of the critiques were not matching the scores AT ALL. What I don’t think the producers had planned on, though, was Abby being a bit of a loose cannon – she said a few things that made me go “Ooh, pretty sure the producers didn’t want that broadcasted.” Watching rehearsals??? Pretty sure the judges have always vehemently denied that they do that…yet Abby admitted it like it was a commonplace thing. And then there was Abby sorta-kinda outing Danicanotadancer as a highly trained dancer…I had a good chuckle on that one…

…speaking of Danica, did anyone else get the impression that she was not all that upset about getting eliminated? Maybe she kinda had an idea that her number was up and had already made peace with it, maybe she is just exhausted and eager to get back to her son, maybe the tiff with Maks during duel rehearsal left a bad taste in her mouth…but I didn’t see the emotional display from her I thought we would see when she got eliminated. I was expecting Brandy & Elizabeth Berkeley-esque tears and displays of desperation, given how Type A Danica seems to be…was pleasantly surprised to see her so gracefully accept the whole thing. Maybe in the end, she was glad to have all that pressure off of her to do well…can’t say I blame her.  And this season more than ever, I see the difference between the Chmerkovskiy brothers: Val seems to “get it”, while I’m not sure Maks EVER will.  I think Val is starting to understand what it takes to do well on DWTS, and is developing a more clever, out-of-the-box, Derek-like attitude about things; Maks, on the other hand, seems like an old dog who can’t learn new tricks – and he’s hellbent on winning the show on HIS terms or he’s gonna die trying.  I’ve always felt like Val was the better choreographer, but now I feel like he’s also got the right mindset to win this show someday – and I think Maks is just too set in his ways to really get flexible enough to win (unless he gets a ton of help from the men upstairs).

Which brings me to the “I don’t care about anything she says” heard ’round the world.  *sigh* Do I agree with the sentiment? Yes.  Do I think Maks was just saying what the rest of us were thinking? Yes.  Do I think it was smart of him to say? Errrrr…yes and no.  As I mentioned on Twitter, I wish he would have waited until after their duel had been scored to say it – because saying it after their first dance meant that there was a target on his back for their second dance.  Abby Lee was a complete jerkwad, no doubt – but she was also a jerkwad holding the scoring paddles, and a vindictive jerkwad at that.  What’s to say that Abby might have given them a 9 on that samba instead of an 8, had Maks not said what he said after their rumba? Sure, it was only one point, but you just never know – and this is why I almost always think it’s a better idea for the pros to just bite their tongue when they get the urge to talk back to the judges.  You just never know what the consequences might be…and often, its their celebrity partner that’s paying the price.  At least Val was smart enough to wait until the scores for their second dance were already locked in before talking back to Abby… Read more..

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

Extra Interviews The DWTS Season 18 Quarterfinalists

Below is Tony Dovolani interviewing the couples for Extra!! He interviewed Abby Miller too! He puts her on the spot, but, it didn’t matter much.

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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.

Mark Ballas Opens Dancing With The Stars With New “Get My Name” Single, Appreciation, VOTE in New POLL


Mark Ballas performs "Get My Name" ~ DWTS… by HumanSlinky

Who needs a repeat of Mark Ballas’ “Get My Name” opener on Dancing With The Stars last night? This song is catchy and I love Mark’s falsetto!! Shirley Ballas posted at her facebook that “Get My Name” hit #27 on the iTunes charts yesterday. Keep watching this link to see if it hits the top 100 again. Way to go Mark and the rest of this cast for putting together such a show stopping production!

Also, be sure to VOTE in our new Poll below for how you are feeling about Mark’s new single! Let us know in comments how you voted! I voted for “Yes, A LOT”!

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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.

ABC7 And ABC27 Go “Behind The Scenes” Of Dancing With The Stars This Week, Interviews Too (Videos)

ABC27 has some cool “behind the scenes” coverage of the show and some interviews too. This is some cool coverage and worth watching. Thanks to Lois for the find!

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Also ABC7 has some coverage, interviews, and a recap too.

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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.

PureDWTS Season 18 Quarterfinals Media And Interviews Part 2, Dances Revealed

Finally, some video interviews! JC Rubio of Afterbuzz TV interviewed Derek & Amy, Peta & James, and Maks and Meryl. Note for next week, Meryl and Maks have a Jive and a Viennese Waltz. James and Peta have a Cha-Cha and a Rumba (though this might change). Derek and Amy don’t know their dances yet. Be watching Afterbuzz TV as they may post more interviews soon.

Glamour has some fun “behind the scenes” coverage too. Be sure to see this link. Sharna said this about next week….

Looking ahead to next week, Sharna said that she’s loving the song choice they got for American Icon Night. Sharna: “We are living for it right now! It’s certainly a little left field. When you hear our samba song, you’ll be like, ‘Now I know what you were saying!’”

ETA: More Afterbuzz TV Interviews. Note how Charlie and Sharna has a Fox Trot and a Samba. Mark and Candace have a Jazz and a V. Waltz!! Read more..

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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.

PureDWTS Season 18 Quarterfinals Media And Interviews Part 1

Wow, what a night!!! With an exception to Abby Miller, the night and the dances were stellar. I want more! Have we ever had a season where all the couples were so good? Amazing!!! Just in case you need the scores again….

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: 40 points
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: 40 points
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: 38 points (eliminated)
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: 36 points
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 36
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 36

Then came the celebrity dance duels:
Danica and Val & Meryl and Maks: 34 points
Candace and Mark & Charlie and Sharna: 38 points
James and Peta & Amy and Derek perf: 39 points

And for media starters today, see OK! Magazine as some of the pros commented on Abby Miller after the show. They put it so well. Here is a take with Derek and Sharna’s comments, but, see more at the link.

“I don’t want to dwell on it too much because I want it to be about Amy (Purdy) and what she achieved tonight, which was amazing,” said Derek Hough when asked what he thought of Abby’s teaching style. “But I will just say that for me, when I danced I was surrounded by amazing teachers, people who reinforced me constantly, like life coaches. It made me love dancing. I have longevity in my love for dance. I’m afraid for kids who are exposed to pressure, anxiety, whatever you want to call it. My fear is that they can burn out and they won’t want to dance anymore. I want them to have the same passion and love for something and not burn out.”

Sharna Burgess worries about the long-term affects on Abby’s students, nothing the tough-as-nails teacher is doing nothing to promote their creativity.

“I cannot endorse what she does,” says Sharna. “The thing is, what she’s doing to those kids now is going to affect them for the rest of their lives. As a child you need your creativity harnessed. You need to learn about it and discover it yourself. You need someone who is going to help you do that, not try to put you down every time you try something new.”

Also, here is a fun interview with Charlie and Sharna that took place yesterday before the show. Thanks to Carlos for the find!!

And below is some PopTVDotCom coverage of the after parties…

Ok, more in a bit! Stay tuned!

ETA: Below is Val and Danica’s exit interview on GMA…


Danica McKellar & Val – Exit Interview – GMA 5… by IdolxMuzic

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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.