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DWTS Season 19 Week 3 Movie Night Music

Dancing with the Stars season 19 Movie Night is here. As always, we’re back with the music from the show. Be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. What did you think of tonight’s music?

Randy & Karina danced a Paso doble to the song “Eye of the Tiger” —Survivor from the movie Rocky III
Alfonso & Witney danced a Quickstep to the song “Hey Goldmember” —Beyoncé feat. Devin & Solange from the movie Austin Powers in Goldmember
Betsey & Tony danced a Contemporary to the song “Unchained Melody” —The Righteous Brothers from the movie Ghost
Lea & Artem danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “The Power of Love” —Huey Lewis and the News from the movie Back to the Future
Michael & Emma danced a Waltz to the song “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” —Bryan Adams from the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Antonio & Cheryl danced a Foxtrot to the song “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” —Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell from the movie Guardians of the Galaxy
Sadie & Mark danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Married Life” —Michael Giacchino from the movie Up
Jonathan & Allison danced a Tango to the song “Back to Black” —Beyoncé & André 3000 from the movie The Great Gatsby
Janel & Val danced a Jazz to the song “America” —Leonard Bernstein from the movie West Side Story
Tommy & Peta danced a Argentine tango to the song “Por una Cabeza” —The Tango Project from the movie Scent of a Woman
Bethany & Derek danced a Jazz to the song “Singin’ in the Rain” —Gene Kelly from the movie Singin’ in the Rain

September 29, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Private Members Area – DWTS Season 19 Jam Week Discussion

Tonight was week two of Dancing with the Stars Season 19. If you’re not a Pure DWTS Insider yet, you can do so here. If you are, then I look forward to the discussion in the comments.
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September 22, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS Season 19 Week 2 “My Jam” Music

Dancing with the Stars season 19 My Jam Week is here!!!! As always, we’re back with the music from the show as well (Yes, I know that most of the music was already leaked out before the show, but we’re doing this for history’s sake). Be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. What did you think of tonight’s music?

Randy & Karina danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” —Otis Redding
Janel & Val danced a Foxtrot to the song “Call Me Maybe” —Carly Rae Jepsen
Lea & Artem danced a Jive to the song “Land of a Thousand Dances” —Wilson Pickett
Michael & Emma danced a Samba to the song “Girls in Bikinis” —Lee Brice
Tavis & Sharna danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Boogie Wonderland” —Earth, Wind & Fire
Alfonso & Witney danced a Samba to the song “Gettin’ Jiggy wit It” —Will Smith
Bethany & Derek danced a Foxtrot to the song “All About That Bass” —Meghan Trainor
Betsey & Tony danced a Foxtrot to the song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”—Cyndi Lauper
Antonio & Cheryl danced a Rumba to the song “Adorn” —Miguel
Tommy & Peta danced a Salsa to the song “Higher” —Gloria Estefan
Jonathan & Allison danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Sing” —Ed Sheeran
Sadie & Mark danced a Jazz to the song “She’s Country” —Jason Aldean

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Better known as Charlie.

Private Members Area – DWTS Season 19 Premiere Discussion

Tonight was the premiere of DWTS Season 19. Welcome back for those who took the summer off and thanks to all of you who stuck around to enjoy the summer fun. If you’re not a Pure DWTS Insider yet, you can do so here.
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September 15, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS Season 19 Premiere Week Music

Dancing with the Stars season 19 is BACK!!!! As always, we’re back with the music from the show as well (Yes, I know that Court already spoiled it, but we’re doing this for history’s sake). Be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. What did you think of tonight’s music?

Antonio & Cheryl danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)” —Enrique Iglesias feat. Ludacris & DJ Frank E
Lea & Artem danced a Foxtrot to the song “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” —Natalie Cole
Janel & Val danced a Jive to the song “Bang Bang” —Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
Lolo & Keo danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Tell Her” —Rizzle Kicks
Betsey & Tony danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Material Girl” —Madonna
Tavis & Sharna danced a Foxtrot to the song “Pride and Joy” —Marvin Gaye
Sadie & Mark danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Birthday” —Katy Perry
Michael & Emma danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Born to Be Wild” —Steppenwolf
Jonathan & Allison danced a Jive to the song “Dance with Me Tonight” —Olly Murs
Tommy & Peta danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Drop It Like It’s Hot” —Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell
Randy & Karina danced a Foxtrot to the song “The Way You Look Tonight” —Frank Sinatra
Bethany & Derek danced a Jive to the song “Shake It Off” —Taylor Swift
Alfonso & Witney danced a Jive to the song “369” —Cupid feat. B.o.B

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Better known as Charlie.

Why A YouTube Star Has a Big Advantage on DWTS and Why It’s Great for the Show

Assuming our Dancing with the Stars partnership spoilers are right, this will be the first season that DWTS has cast a YouTube star as one of the stars on the cast. For those following along at home, I’m talking about Bethany Mota. I imagine many reading this are thinking “Who’s that?” and is someone on YouTube really a “star”?

The answer to the first question can be answered by checking out Bethany Mota’s YouTube videos. The answer to the second question is absolutely! In fact, I’d suggest that a YouTube star is likely at a marked advantage over many of the other stars on DWTS. Let’s take a look at why I think this is the case.

First, I’ve written previously about the way the judges score the dances and how it basically makes the judges scores irrelevant. I won’t rehash that here, but we’ve basically seen this proven out season over season. The judges scores have some impact, but it’s much smaller than the 50% portion of the score that they’re given. As many readers tell us, “DWTS is just a popularity contest.” My answer is always, “You’re right.”

We’ll save whether DWTS should be a dance contest or a popularity contest for another post. The reality is that especially as you near the end of the show it becomes a popularity contest. Whoever can garner the most votes will win the show. There’s a reason why Olympic athletes and Football players have garnered so many wins on DWTS. How many people watch the Olympics and Football? That popularity translates into getting a lot of votes.

Let’s get back to the YouTube star. Are YouTube stars very popular? Do people really even know who these YouTube stars are? Let’s take a look at the social media reach of Bethany Mota:
7.1+ Million subscribers on YouTube
544.6+ Million views on YouTube
1.9+ Million subscribers on her second YouTube Channel
47.1+ Million views on her second YouTube Channel
3.7+ Million followers on Instagram
1.9+ Million followers on Twitter
1.3+ Million likes on Facebook

No doubt there’s quite a bit of overlap in these social channels, but that’s an amazing following. I still remember a few of the stars who literally started their Twitter account when they knew they were going to be on the show. Sure, some of us love to wax nostalgic seeing these stars we loved as kids back in the limelight, but familiarity doesn’t equal fandom.

Even a star for whom everyone is familiar and has lots of followers on social media doesn’t mean that those followers will get out and vote. Remember that DWTS is a popularity contest. I can assure you that Bethany’s fans will be extremely active in the voting. This was proven when Bethany won the Teen Choice Award.

For those who discount the power of social media, remember how Mark Cuban and Woz were able to stay on DWTS much longer than they should have stayed. The biggest reason they stuck around is that they leveraged social media to get people to vote. Bethany Mota and other YouTube stars that are on DWTS have a built in social media voting machine. Compare that to the extremely popular Alfonso Ribeiro that so many know and love. He only has 112,000 followers on Twitter. We love the man and the memory of his acting, but do we love him enough to vote? I think YouTube stars have that kind of voting fan base.

Many long time viewers of the show are likely asking themselves, do my votes really matter? I think the regular DWTS viewer votes do matter. If they didn’t, Gil Marini and Ralph Macchio would have never done as well as they did. They (and many others) were great dancers and great personalities on the show and America fell in love with them.

Last season DWTS averaged about 14 million viewers. Some subset of those viewers voted (many did not). That puts Bethany’s numbers above in some perspective. However, what’s not to say that a YouTube star won’t also be a great dancer and as likable as any of the other stars that have been successful garnering votes from regular DWTS viewers who never knew them previously? You don’t get 7 million subscribers and 544 million views on YouTube if you’re not at least somewhat likable. So, you combine the existing following these YouTube stars have together with the new fans they’ll garner while being on the show and that seems like a huge advantage in the popularity contest that is DWTS.

Let me be clear that this doesn’t mean they should be declared the winner before the show even starts. The other stars are stars and popular for their reasons as well. Plus, the YouTube star could totally fall flat (literally on the dance floor or figuratively with their personality). However, I give them better than a puncher’s chance at doing well on the show.

Why Are YouTube Stars Great for DWTS?
The other reason why I think it’s genius of the producers to bring on a YouTube star is what I believe it will do for the shows ratings. I’m not ready to predict that we’ll see a huge spike in overall viewers of DWTS thanks to one YouTube star. However, I won’t be surprised if we see an increase in the number of younger viewers that watch to see their favorite YouTube star on DWTS. DWTS has always suffered a bit by having a large number of viewers, but suffering a little bit in the younger viewer demographic.

I hear all the time from older viewers who say things like “Do advertisers not care about me? I spend money!” This isn’t the place to solve this problem in TV ratings, but the reality is that advertisers make their buying decisions based on the younger demographic. Good, bad, or otherwise, that’s the reality of TV ad spend.

We’ll see how the ratings play out this season. One star on a cast of 13 only has so much sway. Especially when there’s a new executive producer, a new judge, and the fact that DWTS is in its 19th season which all will influence the DWTS ratings as well. However, the potential upside of bringing a YouTube star on DWTS seems like a risk well worth taking.

What do you think about having a YouTube star on DWTS?

September 3, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Pure DWTS #ALSIceBucketChallenge – Oh Yes I Did!

My good friend and Pure DWTS Angel, Courtney, was so kind to nominate me (aka Charlie) for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I figured I’d get nominated sooner or later, but I have to admit that I was a little surprised when Courtney nominated me. I’d share her nomination video with you, but I’m not sure if she wants to share it with all of Pure DWTS (Court, feel free to update this post if you want to share it).

I happily joined in on the fun (man was it cold) and offer up my ice bucket challenge video here (WARNING: Massive cuteness ahead):

That’s right, since Court started the fun, I had to nominate Heidi, Vogue, Lori, and even our resident poet, Lois to the ice bucket challenge as well. I hope they nominate more of the Pure DWTS community. I look forward to seeing many videos from the Pure DWTS readers. Don’t be shy.

August 29, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Private Members Area – Do You Have Some Questions For Sasha Farber For A New Interview?

Hey All!! Do you have some questions you’d like to ask Sasha Farber about Dancing With The Stars??
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July 9, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Private Members Area – DWTS Season 18 Finale Discussion

Tonight was the finale of DWTS Season 18 What did you think of the finale?
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May 20, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS Season 18 Week 10 Finals Music

Dancing with the Stars season 18 week 10 is in the books. 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. The finals are upon us. Soon we’ll enter the summer DWTS depression. Until then, enjoy the music from tonight’s show.

James & Peta danced a Tango to the song “Adore You” (Miley Cyrus vs Cedric Gervais Remix) —Miley Cyrus
James & Peta danced a Freestyle to the song “Original Don” —Major Lazer feat. The Partysquad
Meryl & Maks danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Montserrat” —Orquesta del Plata
Meryl & Maks danced a Freestyle to the song “Latch” —Disclosure feat. Sam Smith
Candace & Mark danced a Quickstep to the song “Umbrella” —The Baseballs
Candace & Mark danced a Freestyle to the song “Canned Heat” —Jamiroquai
Amy & Derek danced a Salsa to the song “Ran Kan Kan” —Tito Puente
Amy & Derek danced a Freestyle to the song “Dare You” —Hardwell

May 19, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.