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DWTS Season 24, WEEK THREE – LIVE BLOG (Spoilers)

As I said in the “Who’s Dancing…” post, I can’t imagine anything worse than Vegas Night. Hopefully a few of the couples (and Derek and Julianne!!) will prove my imagination and worries unfounded. 🙂

t-minus 15 minutes…

Well, call me crazy, but I liked that opening number. I liked how they had the celebs well integrated and how they were all doing different aspects of Vegas…especially David and Sasha as dueling Elvis’s. 🙂

Man, Nick going first? Better spot…but they’re determined to have him be underscored, I think. Good on Maks for the pep talk!! Nicely done.

Yay!! Nick did a pretty darn good job on that one. A few shaky spots – head turns could have been sharper. Len come ON – that was full of content!! Read more..

April 3, 2017 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 24, Week TWO – Dancing by the Numbers!

So, week 2 was…odd. Some things I understand – Rashad and Normani, Heather and Simone. But when you look at the scores, how on this planet do Nick and Charo get the same score? And how is Simone a full three points below the leaders and a point below Heather? Yeah, she had some hip hop in her routine, but so did Heather.

Anyway, there doesn’t appear to be a clear producer agenda just yet and that, combined with who danced in the last half hour really makes me wonder just who is getting the votes this season. It could make things very interesting through the rest of the season. They aren’t pushing the ringers super hard (yet) and that is…interesting. David getting the pimp spot is also interesting. Let’s take a look at the scores. Read more..

March 30, 2017 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. :-)

Nick Viall Feels Like He Let Peta Murgatroyd down on DWTS Season 24

Nick is really growing on me, I have to say. Huge difference between him and Charo, that’s for sure. Nick and Peta spoke to Entertainment Tonight – and excerpt is below, but be sure to click the link to read the whole thing.

“It cut me at my core,” Viall, 36, told ET’s Kevin Frazier on Wednesday. “It hurt. The truth is, I felt really bad, just because I think some of the feedback we got from the judges was even directed at Peta for almost, like, making the choreography too difficult. But, the truth is, it wasn’t like she has amazing [difficult] choreography.”

“I just kind of choked in the middle,” he admitted. “Because she’s doing such a great job, and [the judges] kind of put the pressure on her, and it was up to me to deliver, and so, seriously, it felt like… I feel like I let her down.”

March 29, 2017 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. :-)

Charo Threatens to Quit Dancing with the Stars – E! News Report

E! is really only half a step above most of the other entertainment outlets, but according to them Charo was threatening to walk this past Monday night. I think perhaps she needs to get real. If this is true…well, STFU. You ain’t all that and I like Mr. T better than you. Excerpt below – read the whole article at E! News:

“She was telling producers that she doesn’t like how they’re underscoring her and she feels like she’s been treated so badly so she was threatening to quit,” our source continued. The producers were ultimately able to walk her back off the ledge, but we hear the threat still stands “unless they started scoring her performances more fairly.”

Our sources tell us that the question of fairness remains a sensitive subject among the cast. Between Heather Morris’ dance background, Len Goodman’s rather harsh critiques during Monday night’s taping, and questions about who else among the stars has previous dance experience, we’re told tensions are high.

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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. :-)

Derek Hough’s Latest Passion Project – Music Video for “Ashes of Eden”

Those who follow along with all the myriad things Derek is doing these days are well aware of his new music video, but those of you not tuned in may have missed it yesterday. Derek covers Breaking Benjamin’s Ashes of Eden. Choreography is by Rudy Abreu. You can read about the vocal surgery Derek had last year and the fear that went along with it at Entertainment Weekly.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: This was your third time directing a music video — how was it different?

DEREK HOUGH: Yeah, yeah. The thing is with this video, for me personally, is last year I had surgery on my voice and I couldn’t speak for a month, which was really difficult. It was just an interesting time for me to sort of reflect and to be thoughtful… Not having a voice at all, like not even a whisper, not even like a murmur — absolutely nothing for a month… And I would listen a lot more. And it got me thinking about things about life, and about what’s out there, and is there something greater than us out there? So when I heard this song, and it’s a cover — it’s from a band called Breaking Benjamin — I just heard it and it really resonated with me. I don’t know, it just really spoke to me, it was really powerful, especially not having a voice, it kind of became my voice and questions through that song.

Here’s the video – gorgeous!

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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 24, Week THREE – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

I dunno…is there anything that sounds like it could be worse than Vegas Week? I can’t think of anything.

Vogue: According to Maks’ instagram, Heather and Alan have a Tango next week. Thanks to Nathan for the heads up.

Court: According to Glamour, Nick has tango to “Poker Face”.  Cause you play poker in Vegas. Get it??? 😛

Vogue: Nancy has a Samba according to her new blog…and she’s looking forward to it. Be sure to read it here.

ETA: Lori tells me that the DWTS instagram implies that Simone has a Jive to something Elvis. Hence the question marks. ~Heidi

So shocked that Heather is dancing to Toxic by Brittany. LOL

Nancy and Artem – Samba (Song: “Shake Your Bon Bon” by Ricky Martin)
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Normani and Val – Foxtrot (Song: “Big Spender” By Shirley Bassey)
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March 28, 2017 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 24, WEEK TWO – LIVE BLOG (Spoilers)

So, what kind of fresh hell awaits us tonight?? To be on the safe side, I’m going for a beer. Courtney will fill in if I’m not back in time. 🙂

T-minus 15 minutes…

Alright, let’s get this show on the road. Thoughts going into tonight’s show: I’m sure the Maks injury drama will be milked for all its worth. Erika going 2nd? Yikes, big trouble spot. But I will be shocked if anyone other than Chris heads home tonight. -Court-

Ummm, WOW. That was a pretty solid cha-cha from Nancy, and Artem didn’t hold back – he didn’t coddle her.  And she handled it.  Color me impressed 🙂

A 28 for Nancy.  Perhaps a tad underscored, but let’s see how the  rest of this night shakes out…

Ehhh…Erika really needed to stand out tonight, and I’m not sure that’s the dance that’s gonna do it.  Just a little too cool & at ease, and she had a couple snafus.  She’s not bad, but she’s not memorable.  Hmmm.

A 28 for Erika as well…and I think it was a skosh overscored, with respect to Nancy.  Just feel like Nancy did MORE. Read more..

March 27, 2017 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. :-)

Nick Viall talks the Foxtrot and Maks’ Injury in this DWTS Season 24 Week 2 Vlog

Why do all the blogs come out on the same day? They’re less likely to get covered here when they do that – there’s only so much we can take. 😉 Nick talks the foxtrot, Maks and Peta…check out People.com or the Video below.

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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. :-)

Peta Murgatroyd Talks William Shatner and the Female Competition for Nick Viall – DWTS Week 2 Blog

Actually, William Shatner made it fairly clear why he’s not a Nick fan in his usual Bill Shatner kind of way. That said, I find Nick to be funny and endearing – and any of the guys who can give serious competition to the female ringers get my vote. 🙂 Check out Peta’s whole blog on People.com – it’s a good one! Good job, “Pete”. 😀

William Shatner has been very vocal about not liking Nick and I just think that’s funny. I have no idea what Shatner has against Nick, but he is one of my fans. That’s why I wrote to him that I am going to get him to love Nick at the end of the day.

I just want everyone to get along and see a new side of Nick. On the reality shows he was sometimes cast as the villain, but what I’ve seen of him, he’s just the biggest joker and we have so much fun. I love that people are noticing that.

But it’s also hard work. He’s exhausted. Everything hurts right now, which is completely normal. He’s learning something so new to him and he’s giving it his best shot.

He is such a hard worker. He doesn’t stop! He doesn’t take breaks! I have to take breaks and have water and rest my legs. I’m still trying to get back to my normal level after my pregnancy. But he’s just, like, “Let’s go Pete! Let’s go. Let’s go again.” I’ll be sitting there resting and he’ll be keeping going.

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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. :-)

Simone Biles Week 2 Blog – Judges Who Talk are “Scary”

That’s something that hadn’t occurred to me – that getting actual verbal feedback in addition to a score would be scary for a kid who’s just waiting on the numbers. And, no lie, these judges can be humiliating at times. I don’t envy her that. Check out People.com to read her whole blog – it’s pretty good, but short.

But even though we got a 32 out of 40, getting feedback from the judges was a little scary. In gymnastics we just get a number but on DWTS they get to tell you what they think you did wrong. It’s nice to be told what you need to improve on, but it’s terrifying for that to happen in front of the entire world!

Getting ready for this week’s show has been very different than premiere week. Last week, I think I picked up the dance a little easier, but this week we have cha cha to Jessie J’s “Burning Up” and I’m finding it challenging.

The actual steps are not the hard part. I’m supposed to be sexier in this dance and that’s not something I’ve ever had to do before. Sasha has been really working with me to loosen up my body and to make sure I’m showing the emotion of the dance on my face.

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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. :-)