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PureDWTS Season 23, Week 5 – Power Rankings

In a pleasant turn of events from last week’s near-universal Cirque dumpster fire, nearly everyone this week at least did ok-to-great with their dances – I don’t feel like anyone really stepped in it or f*cked up beyond help.  Truth be told, I think I’d rather forego switch week (and judging from the lack of chatter I’ve heard from our sources about the switch, we are probably gonna forego it this season) and let couples have a no-elim week during most memorable year/personal story week.  As I was discussing with some of my Twitter followers, the novelty of the switch has worn off, and it just seems like kind of a drag these days – it’s stressful for all involved, the judges seem inclined to “make an example” and score harshly during switch week, and height differences (a la Kim & Keo last season, and potentially with Calvin & Terra this season) seem like they could potentially screw over some pairings.  Next week is Latin week, and we’ve got confirmation that week 8 is Halloween week (again) – that really only leaves week 7 as a possibility for switch week, and there will only be 8 couples left by then…every time they’ve done the switch, they’ve done it with 9 couples.  Could they do it with only 8 couples? Yes.  Will they? I doubt it.  Can’t say I’m terribly disappointed.

As many of us predicted, there was no elim last night, despite TPTB trying to fake out the couples that there would be.  Seemed like every time I tweeted “I don’t think there will be an elim”, at least one person would tweet back with “But Court, James said they were told there WOULD be an elim!” Guess what: the powers that be LIE. They think they’re slick, the think they’re really pulling a “gotcha!” on both the contestants AND the viewers, and most of the time, those two groups don’t know enough to second guess them.  Thing is, we’ve been watching this show long enough to know that there has never been THREE eliminations based on one set of viewer votes (in this case, last Monday’s viewer votes).  That’s unprecedented, and has the potential to rile up a LOT of viewers – which is why it was kinda easy for me to see that they weren’t going to do it.  But maybe this thought hadn’t even crossed their mind, and they were actually planning on it – until someone actually sat down and thought about it.  Wouldn’t be the first time this show flew by the seat of their pants with plans week to week. If they had actually done it, I would put money on it that we would have seen Jana or Amber fall – and honestly, I wouldn’t have been upset if either left.  But they didn’t, so just keep this in mind: TPTB often fib for the sake of drama, and the other half of the time, they’re just making sh*t up as they go along.

Other random thoughts from last night? Was nice to get a proper pro dance at the top of the show, even if it felt a bit random and out-of-place – but I was glad to get an actual ballroom dance, without hair-flipping, or shirt removal, or low-brow “sexy” choreography.  Did TPTB (or Mandy) actually take a look at social media and see all the complaints about how we’re all just kinda over the “sexy” pro dances? And that we actually want to see the pros DANCING??? Seems like a possibility. I also had to raise my eyebrows at the fact that we currently have a 4-way tie for last place – and that 3 of the 4 in that group are what I would consider to be “on the bubble” and at-risk for being eliminated next week anyway, regardless of score. Keeping the margins awfully close, and throwing it to the fans, it seems… Read more..

October 11, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

PureDWTS Season 23, Week 4 – Power Rankings

“Cirque du Soleil Week” turned out to be more like “Cirque du NO WAY” week, I’m afraid – with the exception of maybe 3 couples, pretty much everyone got chewed up and spit out by the theme in some way or another.  This is what happens when you try to force a theme to fit a dance – things tend to get messy, and we end up bereft of a lot of good dancing.  You know it’s overkill when a source at the show last night texts you to tell you he/she is tripping over acrobats while trying to move around backstage 🙂

Also kinda sucks that, on top of the overkill of Cirque week, and the great Julianne vs. Amber “Uncomfortable-gate” non-controversy stealing the show, the bomb also got dropped that tonight is a surprise double elimination.  Had a lot of you on Twitter asking me if I thought this was in the same vein as the Sean Avery elimination – where Sean had butted heads with producers, and they rearranged the elimination schedule to allegedly send him home earlier.  Honestly, the only one I thought MIGHT fit into the same category as Sean might have been Amber, but given how they milked the Amber drama and then lavished praise on her dance last night, I’m not really inclined to think they would pull something like this to get her out.  I’m more inclined to think that they’ve rearranged the schedule in some manner, and need to make sure they have X number of contestants in X week and the easiest way to ensure that is to do a double elim this week.  FWIW, if they do a double elim this week (and a single elim each week from now until Halloween), they end up with even numbers for the team dances – not that they’ve ever really seemed to care about that, but just illustrating that I don’t think there’s anything particularly foul driving this decision, and it could be for some very innocuous reason.  We know there has to be a double elim at some point in the fall season – where it falls is up to TPTB, and maybe this was just the most convenient time to do it.

Kinda rolling my eyes that, for the 3rd week in a row, we have to deal with a 2-hour results show, which is basically a one-hour recap show with a few musical guests built into the 2nd half, in between results.  Anybody know what fall show got cancelled and left a gap in the schedule that they needed DWTS to fill? I’d kinda like my Tuesday nights back, thanks… Read more..

October 4, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

PureDWTS Season 23, Week 3 – Power Rankings

Well that was possibly the most breakneck speed episode of DWTS we’ve ever witnessed – trying to watch, tweet, and take notes proved to be pretty difficult when they were moving as quickly as they were, so if these are a tad late, I apologize…I may have had to rewind and rewatch.

As much of a cluster as we predicted the face-off dances to be, on the whole I wasn’t too disappointed – my expectations were set pretty low, and tonight’s show maybe slightly exceeded them.  With the exception of a select few dances, technique seemed to be sacrificed in favor of showmanship across the board, and I really only saw 3 couples who seemed like they were 100% in-the-zone when performing…the rest seemed to eke by with varying degrees of bewilderment. It is what it is – when you’ve gotta cram 12 dances into 1 hour, you’re bound to make sacrifices somewhere.  I will say that I really enjoyed not hearing as much meaningless blathering from the judges 😀

Just to recap how voting/eliminations work this week – those who won their dance-offs are safe from elimination tomorrow; those who lost are at risk of getting eliminated. So the rankings should really only be 6 couples this week – but I do want to at least touch on the ones who won their dance-offs, so I’m gonna do things a bit differently tonight. First set of rankings is for those who are actually eligible to be eliminated – with the #6 position being the one I think  is most likely to get the boot. The second set is just a ranking of how well the winners did.  Also threw in a general ranking of the face-offs and how well/not well I think they worked out. Read more..

September 26, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

PureDWTS Season 23, Week 2 – Power Rankings

I really do have kind of a love-hate relationship with TV weeks – and really, theme weeks in general.  They’ve brought us some really good dances, and they’ve brought us some pretty craptastic dances.  And a whole lotta awkward sh*t in between – this is what happens, kids, when you try to force a certain song to fit a certain dance, or try to force certain costuming to fit a certain dance, or a certain dance to fit a certain theme, etc. There was definitely some awkwardness last night that I would blame primarily on this week’s theme – I feel like Amber & Maks, Jake & Jenna, and Rob/Vanilla & Witney kinda got played by their assigned themes, while I commend Calvin & Lindsay and Babyface and Allison for making their theme work for them…particularly the latter, which I’ll get into more later. Also a lot of time wasting at the beginning of several of the dances, which seemed to be a pretty across-the-board thing, so I guess I can’t complain too much – although I will say some pros utilized the time wasting more than others.

And while I think the distraction of the protesters last week may have somewhat blurred any potential agenda by the judges, I felt like we really saw that agenda take shape awfully clearly this week: Laurie is the chosen one, and anyone that poses a threat to Laurie needs to be nitpicked, criticized, and underscored to protect her.  I think the only other celeb that escaped the judges unscathed besides Laurie was Terra, which is also somewhat problematic, which I will get into later; but why give a dance straight 8’s and then don’t explain ways in which it can be improved upon? If it’s truly perfect and you aren’t going to give any negative feedback, give it 10’s.  If you’re not giving it 10’s and you’re not offering up suggestions for improvement…something’s rotten in the state of Denmark.

Not sure if I’ll do another round of power rankings later tonight/early tomorrow or not (for next Monday’s elimination), as I’ve got some other things going on that are going to make the next 24 hours very, very busy for me, but for now…I guess take these as my predictions for who is going home tomorrow night, and I might just do an update tomorrow evening after we boot the first celeb. Read more..

September 20, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

PureDWTS Season 23, Week 1 – Power Rankings

Well, that was all going so well and I honestly thought last night was going to go off without a hitch until some asshats decided to infiltrate the audience and turn it into their own personal platform for protesting Lochte. I don’t really care if you love Lochte or hate him – last night was not the night, the studio was not the place, the manner in which they protested was not acceptable. After that, it was as if all the air got sucked out of the ballroom, and everyone just wanted to go home.  It took the mickey out of Ryan’s performance, diminished the enthusiasm for Laurie’s (a bit), and if Twitter was any indicator, the viewers were more interested in talking about what happened with the protesters than who did well/who their favorites were.  *sigh* Guess there’s gonna be a bit of a need for more thorough screening of audience members and more beefed-up security, from now on…

Moving on from that, I’m left with some very mixed feelings about tonight’s show – there were some that did much better than I thought (namely Ryan, Rick, Terra, Rob, & Hinch), some that didn’t do quite as well as I would have hoped (Marilu, Amber, & Babyface), and some that just kinda left me scratching my head (namely Jake).  Part of me feels like the energy of the show was brought down a tad not just because of the protesters, but just the fact that the ballroom dances we were given seemed a bit…languid.  Not sure if it was a pacing problem or what, but it seemed like there just weren’t enough high-energy dances to break up the more flowing ones. Or maybe the ones that were supposed to be “high-energy” just…weren’t.  I dunno…just a weird pacing problem tonight.

Just as a reminder for the regulars and an FYI for the newbs, the power rankings are a rank of who I think is least likely to most likely to get voted off next week – those at the top of the list are safest, with decreasing estimates of safety as you go further down the list, with the couple at the bottom being my prediction for who goes home next week. It takes into account not only their score, but also how likeable they were, how memorable they were, how likely (or unlikely) the fans are to throw them votes, how big their voting fanbase is, etc. So if you’re here to say “Well so-and-so got a higher score than such-and-such, you should have them higher!” – you’re outta your element, Donnie. Let’s proceed… Read more..

September 13, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

PureDWTS Season 23 Preliminary POLL: Who is Your Favorite Couple? Who Will Win?

Well, now that we’ve seen all the couples interact on GMA, and we’ve had a week to see some of them rehearsing, it’s time for our seasonal preliminary poll! Tell us who your favorite couple is, who you think will win, and this season I’m adding a new poll: who is in your ideal finale. We don’t know yet whether there will be 3 or 4 couples in the finale this time, so I went ahead and set it for 4.  And if you are here to just troll and complain that “We haven’t even seen them dance yet!!!” – just don’t.  This is not for you, this is for those of us who love to speculate in the pre-season – and we usually get it about right, most of the time – check out the polls from season 22 & 21, and see how our readers actually got the finalists just about right, without seeing them dance.

So go ahead and vote, and then tell us why you voted the way you did 🙂 As for me, my fave is obviously Hinch & Sharna – I talked this guy up big time when we first reported on him as a rumor (before anyone else, I might add), and I’m thrilled that everyone is now getting to see how rad he is…and how much fun Sharna appears to be having with him 🙂 As for who I think will win – call me a skeptic, but I’m fully prepared for the wheels to start turning on night 1 and for the judges to plant the seed that this is “Val’s season” and set things up each week to ensure Laurie wins.  She will be hard to beat – but I daresay it’s not going to be a walk in the park for her.  I think Marilu, Calvin, Hinch, and possibly Amber will all give her a good run for her money. As for my ideal finale – I think the combo of Laurie, Hinch, Marilu, & Calvin will set us up for the best dancing and choreography. Read more..

September 7, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

PureDWTS Season 23 Cast Rumors & Watchout: Random Sh*t That’s Cropping Up on Twitter

First of all, thank you to everyone that has tweeted us with heads-up on stuff you’ve seen – we really do appreciate it, especially since the 3 of us do have regular jobs that prevent us from monitoring Twitter 24-7.  You guys have sent us some pretty interesting finds, but it’s getting to the point where we’ve gotten so many “Hmmm, that’s interesting, but is it really worthy of its own post?” type-things that I feel as though this post is necessary to keep track of what’s going down on Twitter.  I will probably add to it in the coming days as more stuff comes up.

First up, an interesting tweet from Ashley Tisdale – thanks @IAmKimmieHo for pointing out to me:

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It could be DWTS, it could be something else entirely – who knows.  But the timing is about right for DWTS (according to a source, they still are working to cast this season), and she did show up to support Corbin in season 17.  Plus – is she really up to much now? Wasn’t High School Musical like, 10 years ago? UPDATE: She says it’s not DWTS.  Oh well.

In another interesting turn, both Sasha & Emma seemed to be happily tweeting about something that happened yesterday – thanks @juliadelbel for pointing this out:

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Not sure what to make of these – seems to indicate that SOMETHING happened to them yesterday.  Did they get engaged? Did they get told they would both be on this season? Did they find out they got awesome partners? Who the hell knows. But it’s interesting.

UPDATE, 8/24, 2:47 PM EST: Man, I gotta admire Heidi’s keen eye on this one – I’m usually the one paying close attention to the female pros’ nails.  So this Snap just got posted to the DWTS Snapchat (which I am told old & unhip to keep up with)…

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Don’t those nails look awfully similar to the ones Jojo is sporting in this Instagram pic? Discuss.

Welcome to Dallas babe ☺️ @jrodgers11 #sorryitssohot

A photo posted by JoJo Fletcher (@joelle_fletcher) on

ETA: Heidi here with a weird ass photo seen on twitter not long ago. No, we don’t know what it means. And no, it’s not why I was “sighing” on twitter. 😀 Discuss.

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August 24, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

PureDWTS Season 23 Cast Rumors & Watchout – Is Gleb Savchenko Returning As a Pro?

Guys, I waffled over whether to even post this or not, because The Sun is pretty…tabloid-y, and of dubious veracity. But if nothing else, you can discuss and possibly giggle over it – because they are claiming that Gleb is returning as a pro this season to “replace Derek”:

HE quit Strictly Come Dancing earlier this year to spend more time in his native Russia.

But now heartthrob pro dancer GLEB SAVCHENKO is waltzing over to the US for their version of the show after accepting a big money offer for Dancing With the Stars.

He will move over to Los Angeles along with his wife Elena and daughter Olivia for the 23rd series which kicks off next month.

A telly insider said: “Producers in the US offered Gleb a deal which was too good to refuse and he jumped at the chance to take it.

“As well as a hefty pay cheque, they’re sorting his living arrangements and education for his family.

“His wife and daughter are his top priorities but producers assured him they would take good care of them so taking the job was a real no-brainer.”

The announcement will officially be made at an event in Los Angeles later this evening.

But he will have big shoes to fill when he takes to the dance floor as he is replacing one of the show’s most famous dancers, DEREK HOUGH.

I could barely get through the article without laughing, for several reasons.  First, there is no “replacing” Derek – to truly “replace” Derek, they’d have to find another male pro with 6 MBT’s, 2 Emmy’s, movie experience, stage experience, and music experience under their belt – and that’s a tall order, and it’s certainly NOT Gleb.  If anything, he’d simply be filling a vacancy left by Derek’s departure – but it wouldn’t be like he’d fit seamlessly into D’s shoes.  Second of all – why all of a sudden would TPTB decide to bend over backwards to accommodate a guy that has (1) season as a pro (with an early elim) and one season in the troupe under his belt, after not having him for 3 years? Sure, he did stints on SCD and DWTS Russia, but aside from Artem (who has actually turned out to be a dud), DWTS isn’t exactly known for aggressively pursuing the pros of other iterations of the show.  Now suddenly they’re willing to relocate Gleb & his family, provide them with education, and a hefty paycheck? Riiiiight.

Gleb’s hot – I’ll give him that.  But a sparkling personality and brilliant choreography he is not. Given that he allegedly left SCD in order to “spend more time with his family”, it seems fishy that he’d suddenly accept a position on DWTS…then again, money (and potential exposure) talks.  I heard someone mention that it’s supposed to get announced tonight at the event at The Grove, but can’t recall if someone was just speculating and the internet ran with it or it was from a legitimate source. But stranger things have happened…thoughts?

August 17, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

PureDWTS Season 23 Cast Rumors & Watchout – Did Gabby Douglas Just Reveal That Laurie Hernandez is Dancing This Season???

Forgive me, friends, because I’m kinda flying by the seat of my pants at the moment – was about to settle down and head to bed when someone tweeted to tell me that U.S. women’s gymnastics team member Laurie Hernandez allegedly let it slip on Facebook Live that she is doing DWTS this season.  Bear with me, currently trying to find this interview…would certainly welcome any help, if anyone’s lurking! 🙂

But if this is true…what do you guys think? Laurie was my second choice after Simone Biles, so I’m totally cool with this! The fact that Mark was tweeting the other day about Laurie does kinda make one wonder if she’s his partner though, doesn’t it? 😉

ETA: Got it! Thanks @DancingABCStats.  The”smoking gun” in question starts around the 8:20 mark, when the girls answer a question from Twitter about which one of them is gonna “dance with the stars”.  They all mutter “it’s a secret”, but Gabby gestures at Laurie and Laurie shoots her a look and shakes her head, like “dude, not now!” I think if none of them were dancing this season, they probably would have said “nobody!”, so I do tend to think at least one of them is…and I think Gabby may have let the cat outta the bag.  I hope the poor girl doesn’t get more social media hate for it.

Final Five on NBC Olympics’ Facebook from Rachel B on Vimeo.

Also worth mentioning? Mark was tweeting the other day about how much he loves Laurie and asks if she “needs a dance teacher”.  She also is pretty good friends with the Ribeiros, which makes me wonder if they maybe had a hand in convincing her to do it:

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I think the only thing that bugs me about Mark possibly being her partner is that she would be his THIRD Olympic gymnast. THIRD. Sorry, but I need a little more variety than that – I would ideally like to see her with Sasha, but part of me worries that they may give her to Val…I have to wonder if they already sorted out the contractual stuff before she even left for Rio, which might explain why Val claimed to have already talked to his partner on the phone.  On one hand, this would be a true test for him: can his choreo and teaching skills hold up when he’s got so much talent to work with? On the other hand, I don’t want to see her talent wasted on craptastic choreography and gimmicks. Thoughts? Anyone?

ETA2: Good job, Court. Also, if you go to this link, note how Laurie is not taking part in the Kelloggs Tour. ~Vogue

August 16, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

PureDWTS Season 23 – All 24 Olympic Athletes Ever To Do DWTS, Ranked From Worst to Best

So with the Olympics in Rio drawing to a close this coming Sunday (and the pros starting to meet their partners later this week), there’s obviously been speculation that we’re going to see some Olympians on the show this season – seems like Ryan Lochte & Simone Biles are the two most talked-about when it comes to casting rumors.  Which got the Pure Angels thinking about all the previous Olympians we’ve seen on the show, and how well (or not well…) they did.  So why not take a look back at every Olympian (from both the summer AND winter games) that’s ever done DWTS, and see how they stack up?

The main rankings are mine, but Heidi, Vogue, & I all had slightly different rankings when it came to the top 10 – so you can see their individual top 10’s at the bottom.  I’ve included videos of a few of the dances we mention, to jog memories – lord knows ours needed jogging from time to time 😯

Interesting patterns? Gymnasts and skaters seemed to fare the best, and tennis players and boxers tended not to leave much of an impression on any the three of us.  I think we all universally agreed on at least the bottom 2 on the list – they were THAT bad 🙁 Read more..

I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence