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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

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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. :-)

Derek Hough Blogs About DWTS Season 23, Week 3 – “I Wasn’t Upset”

Yeah, as we guessed, DWTS was making a mountain out of a molehill – no shocker there. Since Derek is actually a nice man, he doesn’t take any shots at anyone like others would be tempted to do. What sounds really great is the stuff he’s put together for Tuesday…and how many other DWTS pros scored an invite to Hollywood’s Night Under the Stars? 😉  I’ve put a couple excerpts below, but I suggest you read the whole thing at TV Guide – he’s very chatty this week. 🙂

I want to clear the air about something: I know Marilu said in the clip on the results show that she thought I was upset with her, but I wasn’t. I wasn’t upset with her or about the scores. “Upset” is the wrong word. I was just bummed out because I just knew she could perform it better. Our dress rehearsal was better. I’m with her when she does it fantastically. I just want everyone to see that. I’m not disappointed in her. I’m not upset with her. I’m proud of her. I just want people to see how great she is. She loves the show so much and I want her to look her absolute best.

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I’m also performing a results show number with the troupe and some outside dancers. It’s to a song I wrote with Lindsey Stirling, so we’re going to debut it! I just threw the routine together yesterday and hopefully it turns out good. I’m going to play the drums and I will be tapping and drumming against myself at one point. One of the dancers in it is Marie Poppins, who does a really cool section with Allison Holker with mirrors. I saw her do it on social media and there’s a piece in the music that has a similar vibe for it, so I called her up to ask if she could come do it. There’s also going to be some Argentine tango in there. It’s going to be a really cool performance. I’m very excited about it!

On Saturday, I’m going to be performing at the Motion Picture Fund. George Clooney’s hosting, Barbra Streisand’s performing, and Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway will be there too. I have no idea how I scored an invite! When I found out the other attendees, I was like, “Crap!” No pressure, right? The theme is Old Hollywood, so I’m going to do Singin’ in the Rain, which I’ve done before, and also an Argentine tango. I’m cheating a little bit, but I figured it was easiest to keep it in line with what I’m already doing this week. It should be a really fun night!

September 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 23, Week 4 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

I’m a little bummed out after this past Monday’s show and Tuesday’s result show, if I’m being honest. I’m not sure where that feeling is coming from. It just felt so freakin’ manipulated and REALITY Show-y if that makes any sense. From the stealth cameras recording every move of every contestant, to the attempts to elevate some couples at other couples’ expense – it’s all just tiring. Let these people dance and have a good time (and let us have a good time) and judge the actual dancing for god’s sake.

And now, this week, we have a brand new theme week tailor made for their designated winner of the season. Cirque week. Maybe it’ll turn into Shark week yet again. Joy. Anyway, according to Maks’ blog, they are tangoing to Zumanity and he doesn’t seem entirely pleased about it. I kinda feel his pain. Yer kinda screwed no matter which way you go.

ETA: Just Jared Jr has posted the Cirque du Soleil shows for each couple. They’ve also given dance information for the Results Show on Tuesday. More below…

On the results show on Tuesday (October 4), DNCE will perform their new single, “Body Moves,” and there will be an all-male dance number in which the male pros of “Dancing with the Stars” perform to the song “Ain’t No Sunshine.” In addition, Derek will choreograph and dance to a special number.

At the end of the night, the third elimination of the season, based on combined viewer and judges’ scores from October 3, will take place.

ETA2: Gee…some people ALWAYS go in the last quarter of the show. But she’s not pimped….

Calvin and Lindsay – Charleston (Song: ____ – KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities)
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Dancing 1st

Maureen and Artem – Argentine Tango (Song: ____ – Mystère)
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Dancing 2nd

Jana and Gleb – Foxtrot (Song: “Here Comes The Sun” – The Beatles LOVE)
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Dancing 3rd

Marilu and Derek – Paso Doble (Song: “Battlefield” – KÀ)
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Dancing 4th

Amber and Maks – Tango (Song: ____ – Zumanity)
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Dancing 5th

Ryan and Cheryl – Waltz (“O”)
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Dancing 6th

Babyface and Allison – (Song: ____ – The Beatles LOVE)
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Dancing 7th

Terra and Sasha – Samba (“O”)
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Dancing 8th

Laurie and Val – (Song: “The Way You Make Me Feel” – Michael Jackson ONE)
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Dancing 9th

Vanilla Ice and Witney – (La Nouba)
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Dancing 10th

James and Sharna -Quickstep (Song: ___ – PARAMOUR)
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Dancing Last

September 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 23, Week 3 – Dancing by the Numbers!

This was written during and after the first (HISTORIC) Presidential Debate. You’ve been warned. 🙂

I have a sniffing, loud guy in my ear, so I’m having a hard time concentrating, but how on earth is Terra two points ahead of Marilu?? This is a mystery to me. I think Marilu had a balance problem right at the beginning of her dance (she’s 64, after all), but that was a good dance. Then again, how did Laurie get a full three points more than her, lift and all?? And is that the first time Val’s ever actually been called on a lift? He’s done them before but I don’t remember him getting so nailed on it.

Anyway, I think Terra (and Laurie) did do a good job, I just don’t get the scoring two weeks in a row that insulates her. I’m afraid that once the people they want to leave, actually leave the scoring may change and that is fair to no one. It’s whiplash inducing for people who don’t know just how manipulated this show really is.  Read more..

September 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 23, Week 3 – LIVE BLOG!!

Site rules in are effect – don’t hit refresh every 2 minutes, make sure you’re not posting one-liners, etc. Instead of doing two live blogs, I will probably use this same blog for both nights, since tonight is only an hour.

So, I rewatched the last week’s shows over the weekend and something struck me – it wasn’t just Laurie (and Terra) that got no real critique and was possibly over scored. V.Ice made an obvious, huge, glaring error and not only was it not called out, but he got the exact same score from Bruno as freakin’ Marilu (with the gorgeous foxtrot)!! Len gave him a *7* with the huge glaring error – the same score he gave to James, Calvin and Babyface…and point higher than he gave Maureen. Just thought I would point out that the monkey business is more widespread than Laurie.

Also, my *feel* from watching the show is that there are a few couples getting short shrift when it comes to camera time and BTS packages. We saw LOTS from some couples, and relatively little from others. Note that I didn’t have a stopwatch out, but it seemed like we didn’t see much from Jana, Marilu, Maureen, Amber or Babyface. I didn’t think we saw overly much from Laurie. But I think we saw a lot from some of the others. One of these days I might actually get a stopwatch. Eh…probably not. 🙂 Read more..

September 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. :-)