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Derek and Julianne Hough, Paula Abdul, Vanessa Hudgens and More Team UP – “Dancers Against Cancer”

This is a great cause, with some great people supporting it!  Dancers Against Cancer is:

…a non-profit organization which provides financial support to dance educators, dancers and parents impacted by cancer, the entertainers filmed a PSA with dancers Ruby Kaufman, Chloe Frank and Ahna Rasmussen, and are using their star power to raise awareness leading up to the charity’s Industry Dance Awards in August.

If you would like to support this organization head over to “I’m a Dancer Against Cancer”. You can also read more and see photographs of the dancers at People.com.

May 6, 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 22, Week 7 – Dancing by the Numbers

I must say, week 7 of Season 22 was exceptionally dull until about the halfway point of the night. Super dullsville until we got to (surprise, surprise) Wanya and Lindsay. Major props to Lindsay for bringing the whimsical style foxtrot to the show – I could totally see Derek choreographing that dance. I can’t give a bigger compliment. Was it perfectly executed? No – but I loved it more than one of the so-called perfect dances.

Which brings me to Val and Ginger. I LOVED that dance. I thought it was beautiful. Would I have given it a 30? Based on what I had seen up to that point on Monday night, no – probably a 28 or 29.  When comparing it to Nyle, Wanya and Paige’s dances earlier in the season, it wasn’t even close to a 30. When stacked up side by side with Paige’s dance on the same night – not even close. Paige’s dance was jam packed with content, was extremely fast, harder, and better performed. Were both dances perfect? No. Paige had a couple sync issues while Ginger’s arms got thrown away more than once. I find it a disservice to both women to give those dances the same perfect score when Paige is dancing at a much higher level. Not only that, but (as has happened in the past to Val and Maks’ partners) she will now expect high scores for less than perfect dancing and will be upset if and when it doesn’t happen.  She will be blindsided. And Val will not help her temper her expectations – we saw that with Maks many times. They buy into their own PR instead of attempting to be pragmatic or realistic. Read more..

May 5, 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 22, Week 8 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Well, Week 8 and more weirdness to take us into the semi-finals. So, the couples are split into teams of two and each team gets a judge. :::sigh::: Judges choose the dance and the song. One would think they would pick appropriately, but I’m not going to hold my breath. I believe that’s all we know right now…except for the pairs at the bottom of the page. These came from a variety of interviews and other sources.

ETA: Vogue here. Today on Kelly & Michael, Carrie Ann said she has Antonio/Sharna and Paige/Mark for her team. She is creating something “athletic” for them. More in this post.

ETA2: Thanks to Kennedy for the heads up to look at the DancingABC Instagram. If it’s not Panic at the Disco, then that account is trolling. 🙂

ETA3: The DWTS instagram strikes again. Any guess on what dance style Jodie will be doing to that song?

ETA4: All the songs and dances thanks to the ABC press release (via DWTSGossip).

ETA5: Song and Dance up date for Carrie Ann’s Team below via her instagram. And I sure hope they aren’t copying Derek Hough’s new dance art project with this. ~Vogue

ETA6: Thanks to everyone who has been telling me that Ginger and Wanya have samba – I’ve been out having a life and not surprisingly it involved booze. 🙂 ~Heidi

ETA7: A few updates below thanks to Peta’s twitter and Instagram! Thanks to everyone who sent the heads up. ~Vogue

ETA8: And the rest of the dance order thanks to George Pennachio. ~Heidi

Nyle & Peta – Paso Doble (Song: “Victorious” by Panic at the Disco See below)
Phone # 1-800-868-3409
Dancing 1st

Antonio & Sharna – Viennese Waltz (Song: “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna)
Phone # 1-800-868-3401
Dancing 2nd

Jodie & Keo – Jive (Song: “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” by Christina Aguilara)
Phone # – 1-800-868-3405
Dancing 3rd

Paige & Mark – Viennese Waltz (Song: “Stone Cold” by Demi Lovato)
Phone # 1-800-868-3410
Dancing 4th

Ginger & Val – Argentine Tango (Song: “Telephone” by Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce)
Phone # – 1-800-868-3404
Dancing 5th

Wanya & Lindsay – Jive (Song: “Can You Do This” by Aloe Blacc)
Phone # 1-800-868-3412
Dancing 6th

Judges Pick Duos

Antonio/Sharna & Paige/Mark – Paired with Carrie Ann.
Paso Doble (song: “Everyone Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears)

Ginger/Val & Wanya/Lindsay – Paired with Len Goodman
Samba

Jodie/Keo & Nyle/Peta – Paired with Bruno Tonioli
Argentine Tango

Don’t panic. This isn’t a disco, it’s a paso! Team #RedefiningDance hope to be Victorious this week. #DWTS

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May 3, 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 22, Week 7 – Live Blog!! (Spoilers)

In case you missed it, George P tweeted the dance order and I have updated the Who’s Dancing post. Based on that, I think perhaps my guess that the entire Men’s team will be called safe might be wrong. I suppose they could still do it, but I’m less certain. 🙂

Here’s to hoping for some good dancing!!

Man, the opening pro numbers just don’t have the pizzaz that they used to have. See seasons 5 or 6 for good examples.

Complaining about your scores is nearly a sure fire way to get Len’s knickers in a twist. 🙂 You can tell Keo is friends with Val and Maks by the opening of that dance. Read more..

May 2, 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 22’s Nyle DiMarco Attends White House Correspondents Dinner

Lucky, lucky man! I’ve been watching the photos come out from the red carpet and this is one event I would love to attend. Nyle is rubbing elbows (and Feeling the Bern) with POTUS and FLOTUS, Bernie Sanders, the cast of Scandal, Nina Dobrev, Michelle Dockery, Will Smith, all the movers and shakers of D.C. and half a million other celebrities, not to mention all the top jounalists. He went with his mom as a guest of People Magazine.

ETA: Indeed Miss Heidi! Below are more photos of Nyle courtesy of Getty Images. Isn’t he handsome? What a doll. Also, according to several sources, the woman in the tweet above is Gallaudet U. President Cordano.

April 30, 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 22, Week 6 – Dancing by the Numbers

Well, this is going to be a tough one, folks, cuz all the low hanging fruit is gone. And double eliminations are doubly difficult. Any number of people could be on the chopping block.

Those who don’t have to worry this week are likely Nyle and Wanya.  And I guess Antonio, as much as it pains me to say so.  Everyone else? Well, this will be the week where we find out (partially) who isn’t getting the votes.  Here are the scores and percentages:

DWTS 22 Wk 6 Table 1

I’ve seen people on twitter using the typical hyperbole and they really don’t know what they’re talking about. “Ooooo…the scores are so tight it could be anyone.” Well, that’s not really true.  “We will probably get a shocking elimination.”  Yeah, that’s ONLY true if you’re a neophyte who has never seen this show before and you just came out of your cave in a loincloth. The ONLY truly shocking elimination this coming Monday would be either Wanya or Nyle.  No one else really qualifies…not even Antonio, really. I would be somewhat shocked, I guess, just because of his fanbase, but really shocked? Nah. It’s a double elimination and he’s widely been rumored to be a d*ck, so there you go.  Don’t think we’ll get that lucky though. 🙂

So why is the “It could be anyone” crowd wrong? Well, see below. Read more..

April 29, 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. :-)

Derek Hough Set to Star in “Hairspray Live” This December

I think that most of you know that Derek will be playing the lead role on Broadway’s upcoming “Singin’ in the Rain” but we just found out that he’s also landed the role of Corny Collins on NBC’s “Hairspray Live”. It’s very interesting that I noted that his face changed when he was asked about Hairspray months ago – so I have now deemed myself “Official Derek Hough Face Reader”.  The boy either has a very bad poker face, or I just pay too much attention to his face, take your pick. I think, between the two roles and his 70-city tour next year, he is possibly out of DWTS for the foreseeable future. At least as a pro partner to a celebrity. From The Wrap:

“We welcome Marty to the network in May in his new variety show with Maya Rudolph and we think he will be the perfect long-term companion to Harvey’s Edna,” he continued. “And hands-down the best dancer on television and one of the best in the entertainment business, Derek Hough, will be perfect in the role of Corny Collins, the cocky song-and-dance-man who hosts the TV show every teenager in Baltimore wants to be on.”

More information at PureDerekHough.com.

April 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 22, Week 7 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

As you heard on the show the other night, there are individual dances, and team dances. Why on earth they decided to do guys versus girls to medley is beyond me (click the link to see Courtney’s Team Dance Post). Are they just unable to NOT tinker with stuff?? Honestly, I recently rewatched the first team dances (Seasons 7, 8 and 9) and they were so much better than most of what we’ve been getting these days, with the exception of the one that Allison spearheaded last season. There is not much of a real challenge to it when you make it a freestyle – well, I take that back, there’s a challenge for SOME pros even when it’s a freestyle. But I would much rather go back to the days of Team Tango and Team Paso and see what they can do with their partners in a group within the confines of a ballroom style. But then, if they were doing things MY way, Val would remain fully clothed for the remainder of his time on DWTS. 😀

Also this week, for the theme “Iconic Artist”, we have a bunch of individual dances. I think this is kind of a BS theme – iconic in whose eyes? They are following the same path as last season – why do they have to redo the silly stuff? Although, you might recall one of my favorite dances of the season was Bindi’s “iconic artist” dance to Grace Kelly – that was awesome.

ETA: Thanks to Just Jared, we now have all the individual dances and their “iconic” songs – and they are pretty iconic. Question is, do they fit the dance style?

ETA: Paige is going last per her periscope (thanks Julia) – now, is this a good sign or a bad sign?? 🙂

Jodie & Keo – Quickstep   (Song: “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder)
Phone # – 1-800-868-3405
Dancing 1st

Kim & Sasha – Samba (Song: “ABC” by Jackson 5)
Phone # 1-800-868-3406
Dancing 2nd

Nyle & Peta – Foxtrot (Song: “Beautiful Day” by U2)
Phone # 1-800-868-3409
Dancing 3rd

Antonio & Sharna – Tango (Song “Paint it Black” by the Rolling Stones)
Phone # 1-800-868-3401
Dancing 4th

Wanya & Lindsay –Foxtrot   (Song: “I Say a Little Prayer” by Aretha Franklin)
Phone # 1-800-868-3412
Dancing 5th

Ginger & Val – Viennese Waltz  (Song: “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston)
Phone # – 1-800-868-3404
Dancing 6th

Von & Witney –Salsa  (Song: “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley)
Phone # 1-800-868-3411
Dancing 7th

Paige & Mark –Jive   (Song: “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner)
Phone # 1-800-868-3410
Dancing Last, per her periscope

TEAM DANCES

Guys Team (Antonio, Wanya, Von and Nyle) – Freestyle (Song: James Brown Medley)
Dancing 1st

Girls Team (Ginger, Paige, Kim and Jodie) – Freestyle (Song: Beyonce Medley)
Dancing 2nd

April 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 22, Week 6 – Live Blog!! (Spoilers)

Tonight we get to watch some couples mutilate “famous dances” and other couples probably do pretty well. The real question is: did Len get the memo on “content”? Last time we did this fiasco challenge, he wasn’t around. Hmmmm…we’ll see. Somehow, I suspect that all those with ballroom dances will end up below those without on the leaderboard.

After all the hype about the opening number, I found it underwhelming. Here’s my problem with it: they do these “famous” dances yet they don’t use the original music or original costumes. I don’t think I got half of them except “Risky Business” and “Big”. I didn’t care for it last season either – for the same reason. And, it’s funny, at the beginning I was like “shocking – they are featuring Mark, it’s about damn time!!”  I clearly spoke to soon because Val’s bare ass was all over the latter half of that dance. Not even remotely attractive, to me – but then I’m all about personality. Good ones.

Kim – I just love her attitude and HER personality. Good to see her getting the good edit – I suspect she doesn’t give them anything bad to work with. Keo…put on your big boy pants. I get you’re upset, I would be too – but it wasn’t Kim or Jodie’s fault. Read more..

April 25, 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 22, Week 5 – Dancing by the Numbers

Okay, once again Von and Antonio have exactly the same score. Am I supposed to believe this is coincidence?? And in WHAT universe is Paige a point behind Ginger?  One where Black Hole Asshattery Judging (tm Susan1) rules the day– that universe.

Oy veh. El stupidos know not what they do…or they do and they don’t care because they WANT a “shocking” elimination. They improved Jodie’s and Kim’s position – but not by enough for it to possibly matter!! And in the process they put a few more people at risk.  When just looking at the leaderboard, it looks fairly innocuous.

DWTS Season 22 wk 5 Table 1

But then you start looking at the matchups and you can see quickly where a big problem might arise. Low man on the totem pole was Doug, who has survived all the way to week 6, so clearly he has something going for him. He’s a beloved sports figure. The only problem I see is that he doesn’t seem to be having fun. People might not vote for you if you don’t seem like you really want to be there. But if they ARE voting for Doug, we could be in for a surprise come Monday night. Why? Check it: Read more..

April 22, 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. :-)