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Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 3 – Dancing by the Numbers!

This was written during and after the first (HISTORIC) Presidential Debate. You’ve been warned. 🙂

I have a sniffing, loud guy in my ear, so I’m having a hard time concentrating, but how on earth is Terra two points ahead of Marilu?? This is a mystery to me. I think Marilu had a balance problem right at the beginning of her dance (she’s 64, after all), but that was a good dance. Then again, how did Laurie get a full three points more than her, lift and all?? And is that the first time Val’s ever actually been called on a lift? He’s done them before but I don’t remember him getting so nailed on it.

Anyway, I think Terra (and Laurie) did do a good job, I just don’t get the scoring two weeks in a row that insulates her. I’m afraid that once the people they want to leave, actually leave the scoring may change and that is fair to no one. It’s whiplash inducing for people who don’t know just how manipulated this show really is.  …Read more

September 27, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 3 – LIVE BLOG!!

Site rules in are effect – don’t hit refresh every 2 minutes, make sure you’re not posting one-liners, etc. Instead of doing two live blogs, I will probably use this same blog for both nights, since tonight is only an hour.

So, I rewatched the last week’s shows over the weekend and something struck me – it wasn’t just Laurie (and Terra) that got no real critique and was possibly over scored. V.Ice made an obvious, huge, glaring error and not only was it not called out, but he got the exact same score from Bruno as freakin’ Marilu (with the gorgeous foxtrot)!! Len gave him a *7* with the huge glaring error – the same score he gave to James, Calvin and Babyface…and point higher than he gave Maureen. Just thought I would point out that the monkey business is more widespread than Laurie.

Also, my *feel* from watching the show is that there are a few couples getting short shrift when it comes to camera time and BTS packages. We saw LOTS from some couples, and relatively little from others. Note that I didn’t have a stopwatch out, but it seemed like we didn’t see much from Jana, Marilu, Maureen, Amber or Babyface. I didn’t think we saw overly much from Laurie. But I think we saw a lot from some of the others. One of these days I might actually get a stopwatch. Eh…probably not. 🙂

So, we start the show with Tom’s audio being totally f@#ked.  The studio mics are screwed up cuz the video is working fine.

Love Babyface, but Allison isn’t giving him a ton of content…at least compared to previous Jives this season so far. Oh great, they aren’t scoring until both dances are done. Ripe for manipulation.

Come one Jana, move those feet. So far, she’s got more content than Baby face and she’s also executing it pretty well, but still below the jive standard of Marilu and Laurie.

I would go with Jana on that one. We’ll see.

Babyface – 25

Jana – 26 – so Jana and Gleb get the immunity.

Giving Len the tiebreak is BS – but as usual, they do what they need to do to get the preferred result.

So, Rick and V.Ice are bros….I think V.Ice is bros with everyone, he’s so awesome. 🙂

Emma is seriously a genius. Remedial Paso, but she manages to make it look like an actual Paso.  And he’s actually doing steps, unlike what Allison gave Babyface.

Come on V.Ice – Just for the pace of the dance, V. Ice is ahead and he’s got more content. He’s in character, love the outfit.

Wow…this is a tough call I think.  I think Rick had better shapes but V. Ice the better performance and more content.

Rick – 23

V.Ice – 23, so it goes to Len. Len goes with “Vanilla” which surprises me, based on the technical aspect. I guess.

Side note…watching All Access at the same time as I watch the show and blog and the skybox camera has Marilu and Derek rehearsing…and she looks amazing. Let’s hope she can bring that to the floor.

Then Val and Laurie are up there and they also look good, although I don’t find the choreo I’m seeing as very compelling.

The  Men who Race for a Living – good work, there, TPTB. 🙂

LOL on Ryan with his sense of humor.

James starts off a bit stiff and off time, but he gets it together really quickly and relaxes. He ends up doing a really good cha cha for a complete novice.

Yeah, don’t ever underestimate Cheryl. That started off great and while he didn’t seem to do much, it was an entertaining, pretty good dance. There was a bit of screwing around in the middle that might hurt them with Len.

James – 29

Ryan – 25 – honestly, I think Ryan was a bit hosed on that one. I didn’t see any place where he was that much worse than James. It should have at least been closer, IMO.

Not seeing the humor in the dancing Donald and Hillary. Maybe I will later…

Sasha is wisely playing the game of this show, giving Terra an emotional dance.  They’re doing well, but she’s so small that it’s tough.

Lindsay gave more in-hold dancing and I think he acquitted himself very well. I lean towards Calvin.

Terra – 30

Calvin – 32 – congrats to Calvin on all those lovely 8s.

Now, Maureen versus Amber. Come on Maureen you can do it!  Heh. This is one of those times when Maks’ self centered ness works well with his sense of humor. 🙂

Amber is dancing small and missed a few steps but he made this dance full out and rather fast. But, her feet seem wrong. Doesn’t look like a Salsa either, really.

Tom: Real Housewives of Hazard. LOL.

Maureen is too timid – if not for that she would take this dance. Her technique is better, it looks like a Salsa and she doesn’t miss as many steps as Amber…and then it fell apart a bit at the end.

Amber – 25

Maureen – 28. I’m doing pretty well on calling this crap. 🙂

Now for the big contest. Curious on this one.

I do love Laurie. She’s so cute. Takes two to…make things go right. LOL.  She could be a bit sharper, but she’s doing really well. I feel like the choreo is a bit uninspired. But she’s doing it very well.  Can you do a lift in standard tango??

Looked like Marilu lost her balance right at the beginning, but she did a damn good tango. Pretty dang close competition to me.

Laurie – 31

Marilu – 28 – yeah, don’t think Laurie was that much better than Marilu. I call BS.

September 26, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 3 – Who’s Dancing What…and When? And against who?

So, dance offs. Great potential for some rigging of who the producers would prefer goes home.  Unless they actually let the celebs pick…but that seems unlikely, since Sharna already knows their dance style and they can’t dance against someone who already had that style. Right? One would think so. So, if Sharna/James have Cha Cha, they have to be dancing against someone who hasn’t had Cha Cha yet. The people who HAVE danced Cha Cha? Rick, V.Ice, Calvin and…Laurie. So James won’t be dancing against Laurie, which gives her an easy row to hoe. Unless Laurie gets Jana and Jana absolutely kills it, Laurie will get immunity as expected. I suppose Marilu could beat her…but a 16 year old gymnast against Marilu hardly seems like a fair fight.  But Marilu has a secret weapon that Laurie doesn’t – Derek. Could be interesting.

But where are the points coming from? This past Monday? Or their score on this coming monday? Sounds like a potential clusterf*%k. 🙂

ETA: According to a new Extra interview at Facebook this morning, Babyface and Allison have a jive. ~Vogue

ETA2: Per Maks’ blog, the couples dance the same style and get scores. Highest score of the pair of couples is immune from elimination.

ETA3: Everyone thank Derek for all the info in his blog this week. And he says many of the same things we do here. Interesting how they are predictable pitting Laurie against Marilu.

ETA4: According to ET, Lindsay and Calvin have a Viennese waltz. They are dancing against Sasha and Terra who have the same style of dance as you know. Calvin and Lindsay will be dancing to ‘It’s a Woman’s World.’ ~Vogue

ETA5: James and Sharna’s song is “Big Trouble” by Outasight. Thanks to @MaddiRoseL for letting us know.

ETA6: According to a new radio interview, Maureen and Artem have a Salsa.

ETA7: According to the ABC Press Release, below are the faceoffs with the songs and dance styles. Sounds like a bit of a repeat of the last results show, with the exception of the performances.

Florida Georgia Line, CMA Award winners for Vocal Duo of the Year, will perform their number one hits “Cruise” and “H.O.L.Y.,” and Fitz and The Tantrums will perform “HandClap,” from their self-titled album. Viewers will also have a chance to see the couples’ dances from the previous night one more time. The show will be packed with never-before-seen footage, including extended training packages, exclusive interviews with the couples and judges, and a glimpse of what’s to come on week four of “Dancing with the Stars.”

ETA8: Here’s the running order per George Pennachio. Interesting. Kind of appears that the people we expect to win are dancing FIRST in the dance off. I’ll be curious to see if this holds up.

Babyface and Allison VERSUS Jana and Gleb – Jive
Babyface: 1-800-868-3402 (Song: “Great Gosh A’Mighty” by Little Richard)
Jana: 1-800-868-3406 (Song: “Too Many Fish in the Sea” by Bette Midler)
Babyface First, Jana Second

Rick and Emma VERSUS V.Ice and Witney – Paso Doble
Rick: 1-800-868-3410 (Song: “Tamacun” by Rodrigo Y Gabriela)
V.Ice: 1-800-868-3413 (Song: “Save Tonight” by Zayde Wølf)
Rick 3rd, V.Ice 4th

James and Sharna VERSUS Ryan and Cheryl- Cha Cha Cha
James: 1-800-868-3405 (Song: “Big Trouble” by Outasight)
Ryan: 1-800-868-3411 (Song: “If It Ain’t Love” by Jason Derulo)
James 5th, Ryan 6th

Calvin and Lindsay VERSUS Terra and Sasha –Viennese Waltz
Calvin 1-800-868-3403 (Song: “Woman’s World” by BJ The Chicago Kid)
Terra 1-800-868-3412 (Song: “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls)
Terra 7th, Calvin 8th

Maureen and Artem VERSUS Amber and Maks – Salsa
Maureen: 1-800-868-3409 (Song: “Tres Deseos” (“Three Wishes”) by Gloria Estefan)
Amber: 1-800-868-3401 (Song: “Booty” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Iggy Azalea)
Amber 9th, Maureen 10th

Laurie and Val VERSUS Marilu and Derek – Tango
Laurie 1-800-868-3407 (Song: “Into the Sunset” (Headhunterz Radio Edit) by Crystal Lake featuring Kifi)
Marilu 1-800-868-3408 (Song: “Battle Cry” by Imagine Dragons)
Laurie 11th, Marilu 12th

September 21, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 2 – LIVE BLOG NIGHT TWO!!

Don’t forget, the site rules apply tonight as well. 😉

Figured I would do a new live blog so we can talk all the cheesy goodness here separately from the cheesy sorta goodness from last night. 🙂

I would like to start this post with an ode to Derek’s pants (and hair) from last night. “Oh jeans you’re cut so well, you hug that fine….”

I’m not a poet. I just know what I like. 😉 Read more..

September 20, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 2 – Dancing by the Numbers!

Well, seems there was a bit of protective scoring going on – were we right to be worried about Terra? In any case, she did a great dance, she was just a bit overscored.

Unfortunately for Jake, Maureen had a good, nostalgic dance and Ryan overcame his protesters (and the heart shirts a bunch of people wore will likely touch hearts as well, and Amber is still dancing with Maks. I would be STUNNED if Maks were ever the first one out. Your pro won’t win you the show, but he should prevent you from being first out. Read more..

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 2 – LIVE BLOG!

Okay, folks, right now the site is running nice and quick – do me a favor and remember the show night rules. Post a comment and walk away for 5 or 10 minutes. Don’t hit refresh every 30 seconds. If it is loading slow for you, odds are it’s hell on me trying to live blog. Thanks.

So, what are we looking forward to tonight??

Yay Florence!! Cute concept for the dance but it looked like she missed a step here and there.

Decent score I think. Pardon me while I try to get into the swing of watching both the show AND All Access.

Poor Jana!! Power through girl. Read more..

September 19, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 1 – Dancing by the Numbers!

I think I made most of my impressions pretty clear in the Live Blog for Week 1.  Sometimes they change over the course of the week and upon rewatching the show, but since I was away from home for more than 10 days, including last Monday night, I haven’t had a chance to rewatch.  Maybe next week.

Since there is a results show this Tuesday night, I assume that no one is eliminated until Tuesday. Is this an assumption?…runs to check the press release…okay, the press release said that the first elimination is on Tuesday night and is based on week 1 and week 2 scores and votes.  Of course, this means that this calculation of the numbers is only to show the standings (and my thoughts on who would go home) of week 1 only. I’ll have to do a quick DBTN update on Monday night to see if my thoughts on who’s leaving change based on Monday’s dances.  I love my sleep these days, so when there’s a results show it usually means a late night…for me and Courtney both. Anyway, look for the DBTN update at about 2 pm Eastern on Tuesday.  Courtney’s power rankings typically go up after the show or first thing Tuesday morning. When there is no results show, Courtney’s power rankings will go up on Tuesday and I shoot for Thursday. SHOOT FOR…I don’t always make it. 🙂 If you missed Court’s power rankings this week, just click the link to read them…when you’re done here. 😉 Read more..

September 17, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

New Commercial for DWTS Season 23, Week 2

Not sure how I feel anymore about “surprises” when it comes to this show. I don’t think these producers have the best track records when it comes to this sort of thing. 🙂

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 1 – LIVE BLOG!

Here we are again folks! What kind of delightful surprises will we get tonight? I predict that Val’s ass will be kissed, Derek will be dissed, Maks will be Maks and point out that Derek is favored (see US Magazine) and Cheryl whip Ryan into shape. Anything else??  Oh yeah, I expect to fall in love with James Hinchcliffe. 🙂

Now that’s an opening number!! Very well done!!  Love how they featured everyone at times – the big dogs are back, Val. 🙂

Marilu just kicked the Jive’s ass!! But her package was sooo touching and original. She made me a bit weepy, actually, she’s just so freakin’ happy!! Someone who loves the show and clearly adores Derek!! My kind of woman!!

Oh James…you cutie. That was a damn fine foxtrot!! And that color in the outfits looks amazing on both of them.  Don’t think that it was four points ahead of Marilu…I sense some protecting going on. Cuz that’s BS, no matter how much I liked him. Read more..

September 12, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Season 23 – Derek Hough is Once Again Blogging for TV Guide, Talking James, Jana and Hairspray Live!

Hey everyone, give it up for Vogue who is handling both this site and Purederekhough.com while I take a sort of vacation where I’m away from home but my work won’t leave me alone. 😉 Anyway, Derek is once again blogging for TV guide – he seems impressed with James and he’s “hanging out” with Jana. I’ve put an excerpt below – click the link to read the whole thing. Thanks to Linz for the heads up.

Thanks so much for all your messages so far. I’m really excited to be back this season — something I didn’t think would be happening even a few weeks ago. But I truly believe everything happens for a reason. My Broadway show Singin’ in the Rain got postponed from January until sometime late next year, which freed up a lot of time for me this fall. I was excited to do some other stuff. I’ve been working on some cool music and videos with Lindsey Stirling that I will hopefully release soon. And you know I love Dancing with the Stars. There’s nothing like it in the world. I’ve always said if I can come back and they will have me back, I will.

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Marilu is also amazing because she has super memory! It’s actually called highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM), which means she has the ability to remember everything she’s experienced every day down a minute detail. So you must think she’s got to memorize choreography easily, right? The funny thing is it’s not exactly like that. She’ll forget certain things or there might be some things she physically can’t do yet, and if you tell her she forgot, she’s like “What?! No way!” It’s like an affront. It’s very cute. I think for her it’s weird to forget something. But the thing about dancing is that it’s not about remembering things on a cognitive level. You have to remember moves and steps, but you also have to embody all of it. It’s more like muscle memory. I think she’ll get used to that soon.

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The cast this season is great bunch. They’re all really nice. I’ve hung out with Jana Kramer a little bit. I’ve been really impressed by James Hinchcliffe. I think he might be an underdog. He’s another Helio in the making. He’s got a great personality and is a really likeable guy. Then I saw him rehearse and I was like, “Wow!” I think he’s definitely someone to watch out for.

September 8, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)