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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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 3 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Who’s Dancing What for Week 3 on Dancing With The Stars Season 22? What silliness will occur this week? Are we going to get “Most Memorable Year” aka Week of the Rumba??

Ok, here’s what we have so far. For all the latest media and interviews after the show, this link.

ETA: More dances below via Nyle’s twitter and Sharna’s new blog. ~Vogue

ETA2: A few songs & dances. I’m guessing on Marla’s dance, because I’m not sure there’s any other dance that could fit “Happy”.  And there was some question as to whether Wanya’s song had gotten cleared or not – but if it did, MAN…that’s gonna be a gorgeous waltz. -Court-

ETA3: Apparently Von’s a huge Phil Collins fan, and part of his pregame ritual involves listening to his music. Source isn’t 100% sure on song, but it’s the only one Von mentioned by name and they’ve used it on the show before, so I’d say it’s most likely this one. I don’t think Von’s song and dance is meant to be funny…but just visualizing him doing it, I’m cracking up, cause all I can think about is Mike Tyson in The Hangover 😛 -Court-

ETA4: Ginger’s dance, via DWTSGossip. I would say that Ginger having contemporary is a pretty “lucky” get, but since her partner is Val, I’m not so sure. On the plus side, he can legit choreo a dance that has no movement for quite a few bars. That appears to be in his wheelhouse these days. 🙂 ~Heidi

ETA5: Court here, doing a drive-by to drop in Nyle’s song, which Peta thinks is “fantastic” and is really excited about 🙂

ETA6: …and another drive-by with Paige’s dance.

ETA7: Judging from the brief snippet in his Snapchat from earlier – sounds like this is Antonio’s song. -Court-

ETA8: Thoughts on the rest of the songs: I can’t imagine that Mischa is somehow going to be better at samba than cha-cha or tango, and I doubt her song is really going to resonate with viewers. I may tear up during Doug’s waltz – “Rainbow Connection” just guts me, for some reason. “Home” is a dull song by a singer with an even duller name. If Witney doesn’t choreograph some dramatic moves for the infamous “In the Air Tonight” drum solo, I may commit seppuku with a plastic knife. – Court-

ETA9: A couple last-minute updates before showtime – according to Mischa’s blog, she is now doing a foxtrot instead of a samba, which sounds a helluva lot more manageable given her skill set (or lack thereof). And according to Val’s instagram, he & Ginger are going first – still a decent running order position, but I daresay we may finally see Ginger get realistic scores this week…going first historically seems to mean you’re going to be underscored, relative to the rest of the cast. -Court-

ETA10: George Pennacchio confirms on Twitter that Paige & Mark are going 7th.  Paige’s best running order position yet, and the first time she’s cracked the second hour. This is a good sign 🙂 Not so good: Doug going second (statistically the worst position), & Kim going 3rd (not much better).  Looks like they may be stacking the back half of the show with the big hitters. DT confirms that 9th, 10th, 11th belong to Mischa, Wanya, & Nyle, respectively.

ETA11: Per DT, Mischa’s still doing samba…maybe she misspoke in her blog? Or got confused?

Ginger & ValContemporary (Song: “Home” by Philip Phillips)
Phone # – 1-800-868-3404
Dancing 1st

Doug & Karina – Waltz (“Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog)
Phone # 1-800-868-3402
Dancing 2nd

Kim & Sasha – Fox Trot (Song: Theme from The Facts of Life)
Phone # 1-800-868-3406
Dancing 3rd

Von & WitneyContemporary (Song: “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins)?
Phone # 1-800-868-3411
Dancing 4th

Marla & Tony Jive (Song: “Happy” by Pharrell)
Phone # 1-800-868-3407

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March 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. :-)

DWTS Season 22, Week 1 – Dancing by the Numbers

Well, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, and you’re used to seeing “Dancing by the Numbers”, then you probably know what I’m going to say…

…and that is…

It seems fairly obvious (to me anyway) that either Geraldo or Mischa aren’t long for the show. Shame for both of them that they decided to do the show at a time when there are SO MANY good dancers and/or large fanbases.

Anyway, let’s take a look at the numbers so you can understand who I think is going to end up leaving. Read more..

March 24, 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. :-)

Emma Slater Blogs DWTS Season 22 for Hollywood Life

Emma’s doing a blog for Hollywood Life this season! I’m looking forward to reading what she has to say. Click the link to read the whole thing.

Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold
Wanya is the Manya. No doubt, he’s the one the others should be looking for. And the ‘Boys to Men’ singer is aimed with the best weapon of all. Lindsay Arnold. What a duo! I see great things. Wanya is SO dynamic in this Cha cha, his turns were comparable to our professionals on the show! His ‘New Yorker’ section (it’s a step in Cha cha) was perfectly matching Lindsays line and arm position. Super sharp, smooth in places and kinda flirty too actually which a cha cha should be in my opinion. Just down right swag, Wanya left me wanting more!!! Encore! Well done to my girl Lindsay Arnold! Scores for Wanya & Lindsay: 8, 7, 8

Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
Nyle & Peta blew me away tonight. I loved watching how Peta has developed her teaching technique to adjust to Nyle’s inability to hear the music. I was quite moving! Nyle is undeniably a talented dancer, he was a real sexy Latin man dancing away, spinning Peta and dipping her. Grrrrrrrr he was so in control and I love that! Having this kind of attack in Cha Cha is key. With Nyle watching Peta’s every move to keep him on time, I saw a trust and respect in their partnership. I can’t wait to see more from him, I think he’s a natural who doesn’t hold back. Good job Nyle!! Scores for Nyle & Peta: 8, 7, 8

March 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 2 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Who’s Dancing What for Week 2 on Dancing With The Stars Season 22? Below is what we have so far and it’s “Latin” Night. To read our Media and Interviews post after Week 1, see this link.

A whole bunch of Salsas, a Cha Cha…and a Paso Doble?? Are they trying to get rid of Doug early??

ETA1: Source is fairly certain Nyle has rumba, and shared Kim’s song – apparently Kim is a huge Gloria Estefan fan. 🙂 -Court-

ETA2: Last two dances filled in.  Interesting – two rumbas, two cha-chas, two sambas, a paso doble, an Argentine tango, and 4 salsas. Predictions: the 3 weakest dancers get completely hosed (Geraldo, Mischa, & Doug); Antonio suddenly gets a higher score, while the judges nitpick Nyle a bit more; Ginger & Jodie fare about the same, but Ginger gets a higher score and more lavish praise. I’d be happy to eat crow on any of these, but on paper – that’s what my gut tells me is going to happen. -Court-

ETA3: And almost as soon as I post, Antonio posts a Snapchat of he & Sharna rehearsing to “Adorn” by Miguel…or possibly some other artist covering it.  It was hard to tell from the short clip, but I’m not 100% positive that it was actually Miguel…hence the ?. Fun fact: another Antonio danced to this on the show – it was Antonio Sabato’s rumba with Cheryl back in season 19.

ETA4: Is the fact that only know half these songs indicative of my age, or the obscurity of some of the choices??? -Court-

ETA5: Get ready! Jodie is opening the show tonight! – Vogue

ETA6: Whoever predicted Ginger going last was right on the money. :::rolls eyes::: ~Heidi

Jodie & Keo – Samba (Song: “Bun Up the Dance” by Dillon Francis & Skrillex)
Dancing 1st
Phone # – 1-800-868-3405

Mischa & Artem – Cha-Cha (Song: “Pata Pata” by Miriam Makeba)
Phone # 1-800-868-3408

Kim & Sasha – Salsa (Song: “Conga” by Gloria Estefan)
Phone # 1-800-868-3406

Doug & Karina – Paso Doble (Song: “Buster Voodoo” by Rodrigo y Gabriela)
Phone # 1-800-868-3402

Antonio & Sharna – Rumba (Song: “Adorn” by Miguel )
Phone # 1-800-868-3401

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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 1 – Live Blog!!

Here we are again! Very curious now to see how this season goes, after Rob’s interview that Vogue posted yesterday. Very high “ugh” potential. I’ll be okay with him if he brings back more pro dances. Otherwise, I suspect he will be on my s#!t list. Seriously, though, I’ve been working on these new pages for PureDerekHough.com and I just watched all the dances for season 7 and there were pro dances EVERY week. Derek was in SIX pro dances that season. Now, we’re lucky if we get one bump and grind from the women cuz Mandy Moore. Yeah, without a results show there is no way we can have THAT many pro dances, but I bet he could cut the drama and squeeze one in. :::sigh:::

Okay, watch out for Kim. That was great and she has personality for miles. I don’t think she’s going anywhere fast. Week 2 is the real test, of course.

Paige is just gorgeous and cute and fun – great dance!! I loved it!! Good posture, good feet, tiny bit unsteady in a few parts – but damn. We got us a competition!!

Doug started out a little stiff, but he’s so adorable. He was clearly having a great time and I loved his faces. 🙂 Paso Doble in week 2?? Um. Okay. So are we using dances as the new anti-pimping??

Wow, they did Jodie no favors with the running order. Heh.

Wow. Jodie knocked it out of the park! Great, great tango. I thought Keo did a good job with the choreography…I do wish I could have seen what Derek could do with that song. Keo doesn’t choreograph to the music the same way that Derek and Mark do and I don’t realize I miss it until I see a great dance with great music, but just a tiny bit missing.

CAI, you should be impressed…but she has experience. But you thought her face took away from her lines? Oh, wait…young attractive woman who can dance. I suspect this won’t be the last time she’s overly critical.

A SIX?!?!? Are you KIDDING ME??? Jaysus.

Bye Geraldo. Bye Edyta. I’m sorry. I don’t think in this season you’re going to last long.

Wow…Marla! She did very well and not as timid as I had heard. I did see the mess ups that CAI mentioned, but over all she did a very good job. I’ll be very curious to see how all these good dancers hold up in week 2. I suspect there will be a lot of normalization. 🙂

OMG!!!! WANYA!! I love you, you are so awesome. That was FAN-tastic! Just amazing. And I gotta say, Sharna and Witney best watch their backs – Lindsay just kicked the ass of the Cha Cha. There’s a new choreographer in this game, folks.

Now who the hell am I going to vote for?? I got lots of favorites right now. But Wanya had me smiling from the first second. That was great.

Z-pack. Awwwww… LEN! You douchbag!!

Ginger has to follow Wanya?? Don’t envy that!

Ginger dances with Val and suddenly I feel like I’m watching a different show from the judges, no surprise. Seriously, in typical C-bro fashion, they took FOREVER to get started on the actual dancing. WTH, and no one calls them on it. And the comparison to Bindi is just absolute rubbish. The pimping was over the top here. Ginger is a lovely woman, and she seems very nice – but Val let her down big time with the choreo.

Sorry, that was an all 7 dance – it didn’t even come close to Wanya.

Len, your comments on Night 1 are uncalled for – especially after the ass licking that you just gave Ginger, who didn’t dance for the first several bars. That said…was it a good dance? No, it wasn’t. But the girl is not a woman with dance experience, unlike Ginger, Jodie and Paige. And she’s not a performer, she’s an actress. She’s going to have trouble with the audience as well, because that wasn’t the most favorable edit. It wasn’t good for Artem either, honestly. That kind of critique on someone I’m not even a fan of makes me sad and angry.

That. Was. Amazing. Nyle and Peta. Watch out folks, Nyle could win this thing if they keep dancing like that. They schooled Val on choreo, they had chemistry, he danced better than many of the hearing contestants. I am SO IMPRESSED, Peta!! Welcome to the cool choreographers club – now keep it up and don’t resort to the sexy. Dude can DANCE.

Hmmm…Sharna broke hold WAY too early on that quickstep and it was quite sloppy. The choreo wasn’t particularly inspired, IMO. Good dancer, but far from the best of the night. I predict right now that Antonio and Von are going to trade the lead in a faux competition.

Sorry, Sharna, I think Len was way closer to right than CAI was.

I have a feeling I’m going to prefer Von although I’m not much of a Witney fan. That dance had some odd moments, but that was mainly due to the music I think. Not really foxtrot music. Wait…”not really”?? Not at all, actually 🙂

At the end of the show, I’m liking Kim, Paige, Nyle and Wanya a bunch. Jodie and Ginger are nice ladies who I like, but I think their pros let them down just a bit, Val more than Keo. While I am not currently big fans, I think both Von and Antonio have room to grow and could take over the competition. The lower end of the spectrum are Mischa, Geraldo, Marla and Doug….and I think that’s the order they will be eliminated it. Well, no – Geraldo first, Mischa second.

That’s all for tonight, folks, see you in the comments.

March 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. :-)

Mischa Barton Blogs for People Magazine about Week 1 of DWTS Season 22

Nice, honest blog from Mischa. If she can show this type of vulnerability during the show, I may have to revise my initial thoughts on her chances. Here’s an excerpt from People, click the link to read the whole thing.

I’d gone to ballet classes when I was growing up, but all of a sudden I was working with a professional dancer who is an expert at all types of dance. Artem would show me a sequence and expect me to pick it up, but all I could do was start laughing because it was so overwhelming.

But Artem didn’t let up or take it easy on me, and I appreciate that. He can be tough and strict, but he’s never mean. I don’t mind that he’s a little hard on me because I know that means he’s taking this seriously just like I am. It’s nice to work with someone who is as committed to their career as I am.

But I also have to keep reminding myself that we can’t work ourselves too hard. We have really long days in the rehearsal studio, and I’ve had to work on taking more breaks because I’ll realize I haven’t eaten all day and I’m getting moody and hangry because of it.

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 1 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

And here we are again. DWTS seems to have a very strong cast this season – I look forward to seeing if that holds up during the dancing. 🙂 The couples below are in alphabetical order by last name. The phone numbers were apparently handed out in alphabetical order by FIRST name…cuz consistency is boring. 🙂

We will update with the dance order and any other info IF and when we get it.

ETA: Here’s a message from Bindi Irwin to the new cast – this girl is so wonderful. More video and pics, below.

ETA 2: Kim and Sasha are dancing first – must be a pretty good dance!! I’ve also arranged the couples in my guess at dance order, beyond those we know for sure.

Kim & Sasha – cha cha (Song: Sax – Fleur East)
Dancing 1st
Phone # 1-800-868-3406 Read more..

March 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. :-)

Von Miller and Witney Carson Dancing Foxtrot (Rehearsal Video)

Hey he’s not looking too bad, I don’t think!!

#DWTS

A video posted by Von Miller (@vonmiller) on

March 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. :-)