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Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 6 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Well, after the horror that was switch-up week it will almost be nice to go on to “Famous Dances Night”. I say almost because…I’m not a fan of this particular week. I said this in the live blog yesterday, but in watching much of seasons 5 through 10 for a thing I’m working on for PureDerekHough, I realized two things: first, they danced for a good minute and a half even in the first week of the season, and second – they JUST DANCED. Regular dances, with the exception of fun stuff like Derek and Joanna’s futuristic Paso Doble and Nicole’s 50’s Paso. That’s as outrageous as they got. It was quite refreshing. Do you think we’ll EVER get back to just dancing??

ETA: We have our first spoiler for famous dances week! This one is kind of a tough one, but I think Von has the personality to carry it off even if he isn’t up-to-snuff with his dance skills. Although, full disclosure: I was really hoping the hint he gave about Napoleon Dynamite a few weeks ago was a clue that he was doing “Canned Heat” 😛 -Court-

ETA2: We have a few more, and it’s unfortunately looking like we’re gonna have a bunch of reused songs (which is to be expected, really, considering what a beast it can be to get songs cleared). I feel like Nyle’s song/concept has been done to death – isn’t this like the 4th or 5th time someone has used it? Helio, Rick, Shawn, somebody else? He will do well, but I worry that it’s not going to be terribly special in the grand scheme of things. As for Ginger – source says she is having a hard time really being “Nasty”, but I daresay she’s gotta be better than Candace, who danced a pretty kindergarten-y jazz to it back in season 18.  I much preferred Lil Kim’s samba 8-D Anyone else find it funny that Val gets Janet Jackson as an iconic dance for the 2nd season in a row? -Court- Read more..

April 18, 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 4 – Dancing by the Numbers

There is SO much I could say about the scoring this past week on DWTS – so much BS, so little time. It’s already been mostly said, no need to go over it again. Ridiculous.

Ridiculous scoring leads to problematic leader boards! I think it’s very unlikely that there will be an elimination this week, what with the switchup and all – they’ve not done one to date, I see no reason to change now, UNLESS they have succeeded in getting rid of Doug. If it’s mission accomplished, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them do one. But I am working under the assumption there won’t be one. Here are the numbers from Week 4: Read more..

April 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 5 SWITCH UP – Who’s Dancing What…and With WHOM?

Well, it’s time once again for the switch up. We’ll see once again the producers agenda…or will we?? I can’t be bothered to track the voting any more since it hasn’t reflected reality once since they started doing the switch up.

ETA: And our first confirmed switch couple is… 😀 I’m pretty happy with this one – I think they’re gonna work well together. -Court-

ETA2: And it looks like the updates are coming fast & furious – it looks & sounds from Von’s latest Snapchat that he got Lindsay, and source confirms that Wanya got Witney…which means that Peta got Doug and Karina got Antonio.  I daresay the only person that probably doesn’t benefit from the switch is Wanya, but thankfully he’s so rad that it likely won’t matter.  Antonio’s got a rude awakening coming his way…and I can’t wait to watch 😀

ETA3: Judging from the snazzy hat on the silhouette they showed of Ginger’s partner on GMA, she got Mark. Other couples coming up…-Court-

ETA4: Rest of the couples posted, and Mark says he & Ginger have salsa next week. Thoughts? I’ll be back in a bit, gotta head to work…-Court-

ETA5: Songs posted…today is kicking my ass. -Court- Read more..

April 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 4 – Live Blog!! (Spoilers)

Back from New Orleans and currently on the Kale Smoothie diet as a result. This may result in general crankiness during the show tonight. Hold on to your hats. Two wishes: Dick Van Dyke and Derek Hough. 🙂

Heh. Not overly impressed with the opening number – but it is Mandy Moore, so there you go. It was an improvement from previous numbers  – until we got to the Val pimpage portion. :::rolls eyes:::

Aladdin wore a fedora and there was shiny spandex? Seriously, I’m asking.  This is an unfortunate position for Sharna because they did pretty well…and on little rehearsal time. Gonna be really hard to get him to practice more. Very kind edit too, from what I’ve heard. Read more..

April 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 22, Week 3 – Dancing by the Numbers

Well, we sadly all called Mischa’s elimination – it was a bit of a no-brainer when looking at the numbers.

But what now? Very tough call.

When I look at the numbers on weeks like this one and I have to wonder if it’s all planned in advance. I mean, really – the three football players tied at the bottom?? I have a hard time with “coincidences” like this. But then you look at the cast as a whole and you realize that maybe all is how it should be. Personally, I think Kim’s dance was a bit safe and probably not worthy of a 22, as much as I love her and Sasha both. I also don’t think that Jodie danced at the same level as Paige – but I get that Paige may have gotten docked for lack of content.

Marla and Ginger are also tied and I actually agree with this one. Marla has a bit of a timing problem, but Tony is actually doing a pretty good job with her. She wasn’t as soft as she was in weeks past. Ginger I just plain feel sorry for – her choreographer is NOT serving her well. Who was it that said it was contemporary by the numbers?? Yeesh. And YES, I know that Val didn’t choreograph it – but perhaps he should step away from Jenna and on to an actual contemporary choreographer. Doesn’t he know any? Is this what happens when you stick exclusively to the Fam?? Ya know, the very worst thing I can say about a couple on this show is that they’re boring – and unfortunately, Ginger ain’t the only one. Anyway, here are the scores and the percentages: Read more..

April 9, 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. :-)

Kim Fields and Sasha Farber Visit Access Hollywood, Talk DWTS and Real Housewives

I just love Kim and Sasha – such positive, fun people. Kim’s laugh is amazing! Love how Kim doesn’t fault NeNe for her view point.

April 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 3 – Live Blog!! (Spoilers)

Hi everyone! I’m in New Orleans eating and drinking way too much…and odds are good I won’t make it back to the hotel in time for the beginning of the show. In the event I don’t make it, Courtney will be fulfilling your snark quotient for tonight. 🙂 Stay tuned to see if I make it back. 😉 Hint: I’m not going to try really hard.

Court taking over 🙂 Heidi’s currently eating jambalaya and cornbread, so you’re stuck with me tonight. Predictions before showtime: I don’t think we’ll see any 10’s, but I think we may finally see some 9’s. I see Wanya & Nyle continuing to dominate, and maybe Antonio finally rising above Von.

Ehhh…Ginger was just ok this week.  Choreography let her down yet again – didn’t feel like contemporary, just a cheerleader doing contemporary-by-numbers.

And surprisingly, the judges finally get real when scoring Ginger and give her a mediocre 21.  Are we witnessing the narrative changing?

Doug is giving me all the feels. My god, this song guts me.  Actually quite a lovely dance from Doug – only one slight bobble at the end.  I hope they don’t beat him up.

I guess 20 ain’t bad for Doug – they probably could have been a lot harder on him.

“I’m 4’7″, but still above ground!” Charlotte Rae, with the quote of the night 😛

A very cute, appropriate foxtrot – gotta give Sasha credit for being there for his partner with good choreography.

Ugh, are we really doing the switch-up again??? And already? And with an added layer of complication??? 🙁

Kim gets a 22 and is thrilled. I love how excited she gets 🙂

C’mon, drum solo!!!

Was not expecting to see that when Von took his shirt off.  Helllllllo tats & muscles. Overall, an interesting dance – would have liked a bit more extension, but he ROCKED the lifts.

Carrie Ann needs to be directing this critique about “not working hard enough” to Antonio, rather than Von.

Von gets a 20, and while I probably would have given it a 21, I guess I can see why Len’s all cranky.

Marla is just so relentlessly positive. I love it.

Not a bad effort by Marla – maybe a tad cautious, but maybe I’m just so used to Tony’s partners being so…non-mobile…that I’m actually kind of impressed by what she did do.

Marla gets a 21, and we end the first half of the show with only one person managing to eke an 8 out of the judges.  I would start looking for the 8’s & 9’s to come out in the next hour.

I see Antonio is taking a page out of the Ginger playbook and bringing in the kid. Oooookay.

Ok, the concept was sweet, but Antonio actually looked really stiff and kinda jumpy to me – and he was doing some wacky stuff with his face.  But watch the judges gush – they need Antonio to happen.

So. Tired. Of. “Boomin’!”.  And it’s only week 3. Antonio gets a 20, and so far I’m left feeling a bit lukewarm about the show – Doug & Kim were bright spots, but the rest have ranged from non-event to ok.  Paige, I’m counting on you to raise the bar…

Well, that felt more like a paso doble/contemporary fusion, but it was cool to watch.  Just watch Len bitch about content…

…Len bitches a bit, Carrie Ann defends Mark’s choreo, all in all, Paige ends up with a 23.  Ok, I accept that.

I think Jodie is absolutely stunning – and in person, she’s even more gorgeous. And kind, and funny, and perfect.  And I want to see good things happen for her 🙂

I think we just saw both Jodie AND Keo evolve a bit – I would have liked a bit less flailing and some more in-hold stuff, but overall, I got the message they were sending.  And I loved Jodie’s extensions.

Jodie gets a 23 and I think that’s probably right on the money. And the scores are SLOWLY going up…but here comes Mischa & Artem, who seemed to be absent from the background up until now…hmmm…

If nothing else, Mischa had FUN. Not much samba, but I guess I can’t really ask for much – at least she stayed on-time and semi-in-step with Artem.

Mischa gets an 18, which is probably a bit kind – but given that she’s probably headed home anyway, I don’t know that it’s really going to mean much in the great scheme of things.

And Wanya knocks it out of the park yet AGAIN.  His feet, his arms, his musicality, his presentation, his investment in the dance…just PERFECT.  He won’t get a 1o, but I hope he gets the first 9 of this season…

…note that the judges seemed to get a bit nitpicky.  Part of the narrative, guys.  He gets a 24, which I think is underscored, but now I’m wondering if they’re reserving the 9’s for Nyle…or next week.

I love seeing Peta sticking up for Nyle and for calling out Carrie Ann.

Nyle does a bang-up job and proves Carrie Ann wrong.  Maybe a tad off-balance here and there and a little eager, but he’s got SO much potential.

Oh look – Carrie Ann is backpedaling and hemming & hawing. I do agree a bit with Len, though – I would like to see Peta use a bit more light & shade in her choreography.  Everything has been go, go, go this season…

Nyle gets the first 9 of the season and a 25.  I would probably have given Wanya one as well, but once again, in the great scheme of things – not likely to matter, and I could see Wanya getting the high score next week.

In jeopardy: Doug & Karina, Mischa & Artem, and Jodie & Keo.  That last one is troubling.

Going home: Mischa & Artem

Fairly certain all 3 angels predicted a Mischa exit.

April 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 22, Week 4 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

It’s Disney week next and it was announced on the show that Zendaya would be a guest Judge. @DWTSGossip also mentioned at twitter that Len may take 1- 3 weeks off. Usher might be a guest judge as well.

ETA: Vogue here. Via Sharna’s new blog, she and Antonio have a Jazz next week. Read below for more.

ETA2: According to E Online, Jodie and Keo went to Disneyland to get inspired for their dance. You can read on their song below.

ETA3: According to a new interview with Paige at MMAJunkie, she and Mark have a Quickstep to “Toy Story”.

ETA4: Heidi here checking in from New Orleans with a food coma. Jo on twitter asked some of the pros/celebs what their Disney movie was. Read more..

April 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 2 – Dancing by the Numbers

Well. I almost feel like writing this particular blog is a waste of time this week. Why? Well…read on.

Essentially, there is a pretty insurmountable hurdle for one of our contestants, mainly because a couple others who could have sheltered her gave great performances on Monday Night. Check it out.

Table 1

Mischa is a full four points below the next two contestants (Kim and Antonio) and, unfortunately for her, those two contestants are either likeable from an iconic TV show or from a NFL team with a rabid fanbase.  She has a lot of work to do and I don’t think it’s going to happen for her.  See below. Read more..

April 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 2 – Live Blog!! (Spoilers)

Okay, what I’m going to be looking for this week is Jodie and Ginger – will their pros do a better job for them this week in terms of choreo and content? I’m also looking for that typical fall from grace that often happens in week 2 when there is less time to rehearse – who will fall victim to this pseudo curse? 🙂

I suppose that was a Mandy Moore special? Tiny bit better than anything she’s done recently.

WTF Geraldo??

Oh dear, Jodie. Deep breath. It’s only week 2 and you have a shot. Come on Keo, show us what you’re made of.

Okay, I liked Jodie – better choreo this week but she’s moving a little delicately at times. Read more..

March 28, 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. :-)