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Entertainment Tonight talks to James Hinchcliffe, Jana Kramer and Ryan Lochte (Video)

This is from after this past Monday’s show, but I don’t see where Vogue posted it….and it’s dated October 17, which is three days from now. Weirdness all the way around. Nothing we haven’t heard before, but their fans might like this video.

http://www.etonline.com/media/video/dwts_james_hinchcliffe_recalls_the_traumatic_indycar_crash_that_nearly_killed_him-200079/

October 14, 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 Talks “Marilu’s Moment” and Music Issues in His DWTS 23, Week 5 Blog

Derek’s blog this week is a bit shorter than normal, but it’s full of all kinds of somewhat revealing comments. The biggest is the music issues. It’s something we’ve always known, but readers often ask us about the music. Well, he pretty much lays it out. He’s much kinder than I am, since I tend to think that there really isn’t THAT much “mis-communicating” and more like “orchestrating”. 🙂 Remember – reality TV show. As for the middle paragraph I quoted – there are a few pros who should take some notes on this. Perhaps some fans too.

The funny thing is, I found the song we danced to, “Surprise Yourself” by Jack Garratt, and the producers wanted to use a different song. I asked why and they were like, “No one knows it.” But I stood my ground. It was the perfect song for Marilu and the dance. Plus, even if the song is not well known, people might search for it afterward and make it well known. It only helps everyone. We got so many messages afterward asking us what the song was. It was the same thing with my freestyle with Kellie Pickler — no one knew that song either, but everyone asked afterward about it.

After having that breakthrough, I think it kind of takes the pressure off of us. I know it does for me personally. I feel like a broken record, but I really just wanted her to experience that joy. I think Marilu is no longer scared of disappointing me! All jokes aside, we talked about it. I said I understand and I said, “This is your experience. This is your journey. I’m here to help. I’m here to serve. This is yours. I want you to own it.” I think she gets it now and we’re good. I don’t want her to be scared of me! I am probably the least scary person in the world!

We had a little song drama this week too. There was some miscommunication and we thought we had a salsa because our song is so salsa-like. So for all of Tuesday, we were prepping a salsa, and then they were like, “No, you have a cha-cha.” We’re calling it a “chalsa.” The song is so salsa that I feel like I have to incorporate some salsa moves into it. Plus, it’s Latin Week, so we want to make it fun and vibrant.

October 13, 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, Week 6 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

It’s Latin Night!!  I’ll be very curious to see how everyone does. For my own thinking purposes, I listed which contestant has done which latin dance (per Wiki). I didn’t remember DWTS including Jive in the latin dance category so I did a bit of research to see what DWTS typically calls “latin”. All the way back to season 17, it was A.Tango, Paso, rumba, Salsa, Samba and Cha Cha. In season 17, the included 3 Jives, but no salsa or Cha Cha. Season 16 included a Jive dance off in Latin week. In season 14 they ONLY did Samba, Salsa and A. Tango. Seems that would gave been better to replace either Salsa or Samba with Cha Cha for a bit of obvious variety. I don’t expect we’ll be so lucky to only get 2 or 3 styles so they can compare the couples. Nah. That’s all the research I had energy for, so I included who did Jive in my list.

Laurie – Cha Cha, Jive, Paso
Calvin – Cha Cha
Marilu – Jive, Paso
Maureen – Salsa, A.Tango
James – Paso, Cha Cha
Jana – Jive
Ryan – Cha Cha
Terra – Samba
Amber – Salsa, A.Tango, Samba
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October 11, 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 5 – LIVE BLOG!!

Site rules in are effect – don’t hit refresh every 2 minutes, make sure you’re not posting one-liners, etc. Thank you. 🙂

So…it’s week 5.  Who they gonna get real with, real quick?? I’m predicting Maureen and Amber…and they’ll continue to hose Marilu. We’ll see. I can’t believe they WANT to get rid of their one shot at a Choreography Emmy…but perhaps they consider last week a job well done. “You can go now.”

THAT is why I watch DWTS, people. The full orchestra, the beautiful ballroom dance. I’m misty. I’m sad that this is a throwback to the “old” DWTS.

Ah, Maureen. You go girl.

Oh boy….a foxtrot that looks like a waltz. The music is not helpful. Pretty dance, but the passes were a bit stiff it seemed like. I predict she’ll be over scored. I really like her, but I’m not sure why they rave quite as much as they do.

Okay, I can live with 8s. That seems about right. Of course, I reserve the right to change my mind depending on how the rest of the evening is scored.

I wonder if the lip sync police will come out on this one. Stupid, CAI.

Jerry Rice!!  I want Dance Center now. Anyway, that was a good dance, but to be fair, I don’t like it when a Jazz (?) goes up against traditional ballroom this week either.

I say that…but I think they’re still hosing him a bit on scores.

Is Jana dressed just like she has been since the season started or is that my imagination?

That baby is just gorgeous. So sweet.

Oo..awkward lift. Okay…confession. I’m kinda over the contemporary. They all look kinda the same at this point when done by someone other than Allison or Derek.  Gorgeous baby though. Pretty dance but…eh.

Pitbull next week as performer and guest judge. 😀

Decent score for Jana. I would say too high, but…

This pro dance is pretty good…a step in the right direction anyway. Lindsay’s hair is confusing me tremendously. 🙂

Ryan’s mom wanted him to swim so he would stay out of trouble? The jokes just write themselves. 😉 He’s a cute guy, that Ryan.

Oh another over wrought contemporary….I spoke to soon. Cool backward move from Cheryl and she’s going a different route than usual.  This is why Cheryl is ten times the choreographer than Val or Maks – she choreographs something very simple looking yet still compelling. She choreographs for her partner.

Hmmm….8s are good. I found his dance more interesting than Jana’s. I can live with that.

You GO, Laurie. Tell him.  Val, you could NOT be a jerk to a 16 year old.  She’s not an adult yet, dude.

All right, this is pretty cool…but I think they’re lucky Len isn’t there. That’s some messing’ about. Something a bit weird with the Paso part…like she’s over turning or something. She’s not front enough. I feel I’m not making sense. Good dance, though. Not perfect…which has never stopped the judges before…

CAI is channeling me. This frightens me. That said…while I think it was inappropriate for the paso, it was the most creative thing Val has done in ages. And yes, she did fall out of the turn. I think that’s what I was seeing.

Oh Val shut up and quit making Most Memorable Year all about you. Jesus. This is Laurie’s journey.

Marilu up next…let’s have that breakthrough, please. Ahhh….this is exactly what I was thinking Marilu’s problem is. She’s a huge Derek fangirl and she doesn’t want to disappoint him.

Wow…that felt VERY different than anything she’s done before. That was beautiful…and the first package I cried through. Just gorgeous. I think their talk helped and I think perhaps Derek has her figured out.

CAI is so right…she seemed like a different person. Goooood score. I’m happy with that one.

Okay what did I miss? Why was Amber upset. I didn’t see anything Maks did that was out of line.

She’s having problems with this dance, she’s not committing to it and she’s dancing too soft/small. Very curious.

There was a lot of content? Really? Okay. I do agree she’s only giving 80 percent, but I thought it was the entire time including when she was alone.   I also dig the costume. Makes me hungry for candy tho. 😉

Hmmmm….compared to the rest of the 8’s tonight, I’m not sure. Harder dance than what Jana and Ryan had, but I dunno.

My reaction mirrors Sharna’s regarding James’ injury.  God.

James is so freakin’ good…but the whole elevated part of that dance I didn’t see as a tango. If I could give advice to pros, I would tell them to stop using the stairs. It breaks the dance up too much. Beautifully danced, no matter.

(He could win this season…) And the language from the Pros tell me that he just might be winning..

Hehehehe….we have us a competition. 😉

Terra’s package had me crying like Marilu’s did – I feel them on the loss of a parent.

As for the dance…I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m going to have to watch it again. The staging with the gate was incredibly heavy handed. Plus, she’s so small that she can’t really finish the lines.  I’m just not sure I cared for the choreography. But as long as she liked it, why not.

I think I would have given a mix of 8s and 9s, but I won’t begrudge Terra all 9s.

So, are we having an elimination? I think the show only has a minute left.

Nope. You can’t fool us, Tom. 🙂

October 10, 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 5 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Okay, so word on the street…can’t remember where I heard it…is that we’re back to Most Memorable Year. Let’s see who they’re going to hose this week. 🙂

ETA: Vogue here. According to a live chat at Hollywood Today Live Facebook, James and Sharna have a Tango.

ETA2: Val and Laurie have a Paso Doble to a slow and intense song according to this interview in this post.

ETA3: The rest of the dances and songs have been filled. Thanks to Just Jared Jr via ABC.

ETA4: Here’s the running order per George Pennachio. We’ll have to see if there are set pieces that dictated this. Calvin’s kinda hosed two weeks in a row and Laurie gets top of the second hour – very favorable spot as per usual.

Maureen and Artem – Foxtrot (song: “From the Ground Up” by Dan + Shay)
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Dancing 1st

Calvin and Lindsay – Jazz –(song: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell)
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Dancing 2nd

Jana and Gleb – Contemporary – (song: “In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride)
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Dancing 3rd

Ryan and Cheryl – Contemporary – (song: “A Song for You” by Leon Russell)
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Dancing 4th

Laurie and Val – Paso Doble (song: “Rise” by Katy Perry)
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Dancing 5th

Marilu and Derek – Viennese Waltz (song: ““Surprise Yourself” by Jack Garratt)
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Dancing 6th

Amber and Maks – Samba (song: “Woman Up” by Meghan Trainor)
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Dancing 7th

James and Sharna – Tango (song: The Right Time” by Yves V featuring Mike James)
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Dancing 8th

Terra and Sasha – Contemporary (song: “Stand by Me” by Florence + The Machine)
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Dancing 9th

October 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. :-)

KAIROS Official Music Video by Derek Hough, feat. Lindsey Stirling

THIS is what you get when a pro is constantly learning new things and creating new things. Music written by Derek Hough and Lindsey Stirling, choreography and concept by Derek.

Congratulations, Derek. Amazing. Well done. 🙂

October 4, 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 4 – Dancing by the Numbers!

Well, another night of crap ass scoring by judges who were having a hard time hiding their agenda. I mean what the hell was going on there? It’s almost like they got together before the show, had some wine and decided what scores they were going to hand out…and then several people over performed and didn’t match the low scores that were determined over drinks.

A huge problem with this show – HUGE – is the assigning of themes and dances. You give Laurie – the gymnast – a dance with few to no rules on a week where the theme whose middle name is “gymnastics”. Then you turn around and give EVERYONE else dances with very clear rules – and mark them down when they don’t execute. Of course Laurie got 10s – there was no way to “miss” a step, or have not enough body contact, or whatever. It’s ridiculous that you have couples dancing Jazz up against V.Waltz, Quickstep, Paso Doble and Tangos. Ridiculous. But worst of all, Val had a dance where anything goes, to an MJ song, with a 16 year old gymnast…and did we see anything close to what both Derek and Mark choreographed when they had partners with similar skill sets? Nope. Not even close. It’s a waste of a great partner.

:::sigh::: But why bother? I’m not the least bit surprised.

Anyway, I think Babyface is likely history and I’m thinking that Marilu will end up being safe. She and Calvin were both so underscored that I suspect they are getting the votes. I hope so, anyway.  Here’s where the leaderboard was at the end of the night…and keep in mind tomorrow is a double elimination. 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 4 – LIVE BLOG!!

Site rules in are effect – don’t hit refresh every 2 minutes, make sure you’re not posting one-liners, etc. Thank you. 🙂

Well, I suspect that tonight will either be mind blowing and fantastic…or an utter clusteryouknowwhat. I’ll be surprised if there is middle ground. And after hearing Derek have to defend Julianne in two interviews when he should have been talking about his performance and being included with the elite of Hollywood, Imma be pissed if Julianne actually apologizes when she did nothing wrong. But I got 5 bucks she does.

So what happened to Tom’s Audio?? He was announcing them and then he stopped.

All Access note: Derek and Marilu make their first appearance and it’s week 4. Some couples are on every week.

Crap, double elimination tomorrow nite!!!

Damn, Calvin is impressing me every single week. That was good dancing, great choreography. Read more..

October 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. :-)

Private Members Area – Any Questions for Marilu Henner?

Happy Weekend everyone! We’re really excited that we’re going to get the chance to interview Marilu. Do you have questions for Marilu Henner about Dancing With The Stars or her partner Derek Hough or something else that comes to mind? If so, put your questions in the comments. Note: Read more..

October 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. :-)

Derek Hough and Friends Perform for Hollywood Elite at MPTF’s Hollywood’s Night Under the Stars

I don’t remember if we reported this here or not, but back in August Derek was asked to perform at Hollywood’s Night Under the Stars, hosted by George Clooney and with a true A list group of people attending and/or performing. MPTF’s Mission Statement: MPTF supports our entertainment community in living and aging well, with dignity and purpose, and in helping each other in times of need.

Anyway, tonight was the night and Derek followed Hugh Jackman! He’s keeping fine company these days. He performed a number from Singin’ in the Rain with Hayley and Brittany and some of his non-DWTS related dancing friends. He followed that with an Argentine Tango with a great dancer whose name is escaping me at the moment. There are a ton of photos and a bit of video on PureDerekHough.com. Here’s a selection.

GEORGE CLOONEY😻 I’ve never fan girled so hard

A photo posted by Brittany Cherry (@dance10brittany) on

October 1, 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. :-)