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PureDWTS Season 21, Week 5 – Switch Week Predictions!!

So once again, TPTB kinda went “Plot twist!” last night and moved the switch-up to week 5, even though we had been hearing that week 6 was the actual switch week.  So given that – and the fact that they inadvertently tweeted this out last night – it’s entirely possibly that the switch voting was all for naught, and they’re going to do whatever the hell they want and cherry pick their own pairings.  It’s happened before, with Meryl in season 18 and Sadie in season 19 – neither one went to the pro they had the highest vote count for.

ETA: Starting to get some intel on the pairings – and I’m afraid the news isn’t great. Below are what I’ve had confirmed so far – and I’m sure you can tell that not all of them match up with the data I’ve seen. Also worth mentioning? That Alek’s partner may have been tinkered with – as in he had a different partner as of last night than the one he had this morning. I would still take this with a grain of salt – switch-up is one of the scheistiest things this show has ever done, and who knows if they are still tinkering…

ETA2: Apparently the pairings are getting officially announced on GMA tomorrow morning.  No, I don’t know what time; no, I don’t know if any of them will actually be there (but I doubt it). Yes, we will be live blogging. -Court-

ETA3: Not a peep on GMA – wonder if plans changed, as my source was fairly certain they were going to announce them on GMA today.  But hey, if it’s anything like the cast announcement was – they probably moved the announcement over to Animal Planet or HSN or something 😛 Mark tweeted this around 2 o’clock EST this morning (so around 11 California time) – looks like he was hopping on a red-eye, and considering the only female celeb that rehearses outside of L.A. is Paula…I guess that lends credence to what we’ve already heard. Also trying to make sense of this tweet by Emma – if she got Andy (as some are guessing from some tweets of his she favorited), I would think it would still be dark out if she was catching the early morning flight to wherever he was – but in the picture she posted, it looks light out, and she looks like she’s in her own Jeep…which she would be more likely to drive if she was headed to McCadden, not the airport. Thoughts?

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ETA4: And not 2 minutes after I post this, People posts the official list:
Actual pairings:
Paula & Mark
Alexa & Derek
Bindi & Val
Tamar & Louis
Alek & Emma (!!!)
Carlos & Lindsay
Hayes & Allison
Andy & Sharna
Nick & Witney

Court’s postmortem thoughts on the results? TPTB totally cherry picked – the only one of these that I think was legitimately the highest vote-getter was Alexa & Derek, and depending on whether you count the oodles of bot votes Alek & Emma. THIRLLED about Alek & Emma :-D, but pissed that Hayes somehow ended up with Allison – calling total bullsh*t on that one, since almost everyone tweeting Alek/Emma was also tweeting Hayes/Lindsay. We made sure of that. I guess I’m glad she didn’t get Nick, but she should have gotten Carlos.

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October 6, 2015 I Written By

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!

PureDWTS Season 21, Week 4 – Power Rankings

*looks around* Wow, Alfonso hosted DWTS and the world didn’t end. Right on! Seriously, though, I though the guy did a pretty damn good job – his pacing was good, he didn’t talk too much, and he kept things moving. I’m sure there are some that would disagree, but as for me? I’m just thankful that he stepped in for Tom and seemed to minimize any potential disruption that Tom’s absence caused. But the joke about joining the band? Played out, dude. Pun intended 😛

One rather strange observation about last night’s show? The running order – it struck me as kinda odd, and I wasn’t the only one. Seemed like they actually front-loaded the show with good dances, and relegated some head-scratchers to the end of the show. Seemed…backwards. I would have moved Andy, Paula, and Carlos to the first hour; and probably moved Hayes, Tamar, and Alek to the back. Not much else to add, just that it all seemed kinda out-of-order to me, given the quality of the dances.

Other noteworthy moments? Allison announcing her pregnancy – my god, that child is going to be gorgeous and talented. And it leaves the door open for Lindsay to remain a pro next season, which makes me happy 😀 And who doesn’t love Sasha channeling Bruno circa 1983, in one of his “I’m Still Standing” getups? Guess I’m just thankful that it wasn’t the bizarre black man-leotard thingie… 😎

Did @DancingABC accidentally tip their hand with regards to the switch-up? They tweeted out this eyebrow-raiser right before Alek performed – and it has since been deleted. Someone told me that the phone votes were saying “Thanks for voting for Alek & Sharna!” as well, but it didn’t do it for me. Just a senior moment, or someone inadvertently tweeting about next week’s pairings? You be the judge.

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PureDWTS Season 21, Week 4: Tom Bergeron to Miss Tomorrow’s Show, Alfonso Ribeiro Filling in

It is with a heavy heart that we report that, tomorrow night, Tom Bergeron will miss hosting DWTS for the first time – due to an illness in the family:

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All of us at Pure are sending love, light, and prayers to Tom & his family during what is inevitably a very tough time. We will certainly miss him tomorrow night – but if he must miss it, I can’t think of any better way to spend that time than with family in need.

People is reporting that Alfonso will be filling in tomorrow night, which is a probably a surprise to just about NOBODY considering that someone asked me on Twitter who would be filling in for Tom tomorrow night, and I jokingly said “Alfonso’s probably available, lol”. And not 10 minutes later, People posted this.

Though host Tom Bergeron will miss Monday’s episode Dancing with the Stars, there will still be a co-host working alongside Erin Andrews.

Season 19 champion Alfonso Ribeiro is stepping in while Bergeron is spending time with his ailing father, a DWTS source confirms to PEOPLE.

Let the bitching & moaning commence…but I would keep this in mind: there probably weren’t a ton of relevant, available tv hosts on speed dial for TPTB to call in at the 11th hour, and as annoying/arrogant/etc. as some of you might find him, the dude does love DWTS, and always avails himself when they need him.

October 4, 2015 I Written By

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!

PureDWTS Season 21, Week 3 – Power Rankings

Last night, for the first time ever, I got to say the following sentence and mean it literally: “There are Muppets in the control room.” 😛 Not sure they had a terribly strong presence on last night’s show, but it was still a cute touch here and there to see Kermit & Miss Piggy bopping around.  Another nice touch? A guest judge that actually gave intelligent critiques.  I’ve seen about 50/50 when it comes to everyone’s thoughts on Alfonso – half seemed to like him as a judge, half seemed to hate him.  I fall in the former camp – call me crazy (or “biased” – just make sure you own your own biases, too 😉 ) but since Len left, it has felt like a 3-ring circus on that judging panel, and the last thing I wanted was a another pointless guest judge mucking it up even further – I felt like Alfonso did his best to give relevant, helpful critiques, and was nicer about it than both Carrie Ann and Julianne. And dammit, he was able to get away with saying what we all (likely including the other judges) have been thinking: the husband & wife act between Alexa & Carlos is TIRED.  They need to start looking out for themselves, or they’ll both lose.

As for the other judges – Carrie Ann still seemed cranky with just about everyone except Tamar, Julianne seemed to vacillate between semi-coherence and obvious scripting, and once again – Bruno seemed to be on the most even keel, although that’s even debatable.  God I miss Len something fierce. And something else I miss: rehearsal packages that aren’t completely scripted, tacky, and forced. The three that come to mind as the most cringeworthy are Tamar & Val’s, Alexa & Mark’s, and Alek & Lindsay’s…particularly the latter, as I’m now getting inundated with tweets asking if Alek is dating Brittany/Jenna/Karina/etc. You do all realize that was scripted nonsense, right? Right down to Hayes humorously c*ckblocking Alek’s attempt to “get Brittany’s number” with his Ninja Turtle costume? I thought we taught you guys better than that – to see through the bullsh*t.  The only nugget of truth from that whole nonsensical segment was Emma saying “I would love to get you in the switch, Alek!” She confirmed that on Twitter last week – so by all means, feel free to tweet #DWTSAlekEmma till your heart’s content 🙂 Just don’t hold out for pap pix of Jenna & Alek getting coffee, or Brittany & Alek getting into an Uber together, etc.

Sucks that Kim had to withdraw, but I can’t say none of us saw it coming – a stroke is a bit more serious than a sprained ankle or an aching back, and it’s good that she’s taking time out to take care of herself.  Can’t say I agree with the campaign I’m seeing to bring her back later in the competition, though – basically giving her a free pass straight to a later week without having to survive her way through the elims like other contestants? I don’t think so, kids. Let her come back and dance at the finale, but that’s it.  As for who ended up “in jeopardy” – I’m not entirely sure that those two couples were the actual bottom two, and since TPTB knew from the get-go that they weren’t actually going to eliminate anyone…I think they very well could have just picked two random couples to be in jeopardy. That being said – I do find it curious that they picked who they did, especially since we’ve only seen Gary in jeopardy with the eliminated couples the past two elims.  I think Andy & Allison are in real danger of fading into the woodwork, and Paula might be losing steam.  Guess we’ll see come next Monday… Read more..

September 29, 2015 I Written By

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!

PureDWTS Season 21, Week 3 – TMZ Claims Kim Zolciak “Will Not Dance Tonight”

Take it with a grain of salt, as the show tends to play items like this pretty close to the chest – cause DRAMA, y’all – but TMZ is reporting that Kim will not dance on tonight’s show after her mini stroke last week:

Kim Zolciak will not appear on Monday night’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars,” because she’s unable to leave Atlanta after her medical emergency … TMZ has learned.

As we reported, Kim flew back to Atlanta after last week’s show and almost immediately went into the hospital … she says because of a mini-stroke. We’re told she had a heart procedure Friday and was released, but doctors advised her not to do anything strenuous or travel.

We’re told Kim will appear on the show via FaceTime. Her long-term prognosis on the show is uncertain.

While it seems rather obvious (to those of us capable of intelligent thought, at least) that there’s just no way for Kim to dance, I would fully expect TPTB to keep pushing the “Will Kim dance or not???” suspense up until the end of the show, when they will inevitably announce that she’s withdrawing – I just don’t see any possible way for her to continue.  But best wishes to Kim as she heals, surrounded by family 🙂

September 28, 2015 I Written By

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!

PureDWTS Season 21, Week 3 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

And already, we’re talking week 3 – it’s “TV Icons” week, and Alfonso is the guest judge. If my gut tells me anything, it’s that we might see some TV themes from past seasons reused, just to save time and money. But I’m sure there will be some new blood mixed in, too – I’d love to see someone dance to the theme from The Sopranos, but that’s just me 🙂

ETA: Sure sounds like Paula & Louis have Gilligan’s Island as their TV theme.  The question is: what the hell kinda dance are they doing? Almost sounds like a paso doble to me…and apparently Carlos has salsa. And Tamar revealed on The Real that she has tango, I guess.  Taking you guys’ word for it on a lot of this stuff, cause I just can’t keep up…

ETA2: Based on the press release Vogue just posted, here’s the music for Monday night’s show.  Gotta say – I’m actually pretty impressed with what they were able to clear 🙂 Love Breaking Bad theme – hope Mark comes up with some really edgy contemporary routine to it. I think Tamar & Val hit the jackpot with the Mad Men theme, which Derek actually choreographed a pretty cool tango to w/Allison for the Emmy live show a few years back.  Looks like Andy & Allison may have gotten a song switched on them – but Bandstand is still fun. I may or may not have wet myself upon see “Thank You For Being a Friend” from The Golden Girls on here – but a SALSA??? Seriously???

ETA3: Vogue here! According to Derek’s new blog, he and Bindi have a quickstep. What a messed up week it’s been though since they couldn’t get their first song cleared at first. Be sure to read why HERE.

ETA4: Nick dancing “second last” according to Sharna. -Heidi

Alek and Lindsay – ? (Song: Theme from True Blood)
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Alexa and Mark – Jazz (Song: Theme from Breaking Bad)
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Andy and Allison – Quickstep (Song: Theme from Happy Days American Bandstand)
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Bindi and Derek – Quickstep (Song: Theme from The Jeffersons)
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Carlos and Witney – Jazz (Song: Theme from The Golden Girls)
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Gary and Anna – Tango? (Song: Theme from The Addams Family)
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Hayes and Emma – Jive (Song: Theme from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
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Kim and Tony – Samba? (Song: Theme from I Dream of Jeannie)
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Nick and Sharna – V. Waltz (Song: Theme from Downton Abbey)
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Paula and Louis – Samba (Song: Theme from Gilligan’s Island)
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Tamar and Val – Tango (Song: Theme from Mad Men)
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September 23, 2015 I Written By

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!

PureDWTS Season 21, Week 2, Tuesday – Power Rankings

And judging by the overall demeanor of the couples and judges last night, kids – DOING TWO DANCES IN WEEK 2 IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. Just felt like everyone was stressed-out and feeling the strain – I dug hearing about everybody’s hometown, but I don’t know that it was worth it to see everyone so on-edge. Glad we’re back to just ONE dance per week next week.

Something else I’m glad about next week? Alfonso at the judges table to hopefully give some positive, relevant critiques – because tonight, the judges table on the whole just seemed like a bunch of petty, bickering toddlers in need of a nap. Carrie Ann was the worst offender – wayyyy too hard on the couples last night, and prone to honing in on stupid sh*t (i.e. the ignominious “lift policing” – give it up, CA; it’s not relevant or cute). At times, I felt like grabbing all three judges, shaking them hard, and saying “You DO realize they had to do TWO dances this week, right? And it’s ONLY WEEK 2???”

Sad to see Victor go 🙁 But if I’m being honest, I’m not exactly surprised.  As an athlete from a more obscure sport with a less mainstream following, I knew Victor was likely going to struggle with votes. And while a lot of the Karina fans seemed eager to argue with me on Twitter that this season “was different” and that she “wouldn’t go out early like she did with Sean & Randy” – hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. If a more mainstream name like Randy couldn’t get the votes – Victor unfortunately didn’t stand a chance. Karina fans, you’re good power voters – but I don’t think you’ve reached the point where you can compensate for a celeb that has little to no voting fanbase.  It is what it is – and fingers crossed that we get an epic dance from Victor & Karina at the finale 🙂

Monday’s power rankings are here if anyone needs to catch up. 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!

Dancing with the Stars Season 21, Week 2 – Tuesday Night LIVE BLOG

And onto night 2 of the “Hometown Glory” extravaganza – and tonight it’s the pros’ turn 🙂 If you want a refresher of what went down last night, here’s Monday’s live blog post, and my power rankings and Heidi’s numbers headed into tonight’s show.  Sorry kids – had to unsticky ’em, or else we’d just have an endless parade of stickies on the front page, and ain’t nobody got time to scroll through that 😉

Thoughts going into tonight’s show? I’m just happy to not be watching on a crappy internet feed, and that my asthma is in check thanks to a new inhaler (thanks to all who checked in on me today :-)). Actually kinda excited to see the pros’ talking about their hometowns – haven’t really gotten to see a ton of that.  Slightly disappointed we won’t get to see Keo’s – Deep Throat indicated his hometown package was REALLY neat. Still think Kim is on the chopping block, with *cringe* Victor possibly on the bubble. Read more..

September 22, 2015 I Written By

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!

PureDWTS Season 21: Alfonso Ribeiro to Guest Judge in Week 3, “TV Icons Week”

So People just broke the news that Alfonso will be the first guest judge of the season.  It also looks like the theme of week three is “iconic tv shows”.  Iiiinteresting. Here’s what Alfonso had to say about it:

“Guest judging on Dancing with the Stars is like returning home for me but with the big twist of being on the other side of the judge’s table, which is both a relief and exciting,” Ribeiro, 44, says of hosting TV Week on the show, where each couple will pay homage to iconic TV shows.

Honestly, I think having Fonz as the first guest judge just seems like the natural thing to do – he already seems to be so active at the show, and the dude has a good bit of dance/entertainment knowledge to bring to the table, so I think he’ll actually give relevant critiques.  Thoughts?

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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!

PureDWTS Season 21, Week 2, Monday – Power Rankings

I apologize for not getting this up last night – asthma kicked in and I just needed to lie down. God bless allergy season! I think this may be the first time since season 15’s two-night performance debacle during the Presidential debates that I’ve had to do (2) rankings in one week 😛 I wouldn’t mind so much, except that there’s still a LOT of couples left…and when I want to weight in on each one, that’s a lot of writing!

Aside from the Colts playing like sh*t and my live stream freezing up at key moments, I also had the added irritation of the bulk of the dances having way too much “messing about” at the beginning.  With the dances already being so  shortened, it just seems like that much more of an excuse to d*ck around in order to conceal weaknesses. Dislike. Also seemed like a night where nobody 100% knocked their dances out of the park – maybe it was the strain of having to learn two dances this week, but while there was quite a bit of improvement from (most) everyone, I don’t feel like anyone completely mastered their dances.  A few came close…but still room for improvement all around.

I’m pretty shocked that it was Chaka that got sent packing tonight – I actually think she did noticeably better than last week, and thought that an R&B legend would have more folks voting for her than a reality TV wife. Also an eye-opener? The fact that Keo somehow looks better (and seems to teach better) when it’s a ballroom dance instead of a Latin one…go fig. Isn’t Latin his specialty? I just don’t know what to make of Keo anymore…but 3rd season in a row where he hasn’t been able to make it past week 3? Yikes – that’s a pretty dismal track record, and something has gotta change…and it ain’t the type of partner he’s getting. 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!