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DWTS Season 17, Week 9 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS)

I really have no words.  Leah getting 9′s on the first dance I could over look, but that Jive?? This show has gone to hell.

In what universe is she scoring only a point lower than Corbin and higher than Amber.

That’s all I got. Oh, and Kellie looks great. :-)

Discuss.

SPOILER ALERT!!

Okay, so the two in jeopardy were Bill and Liz…and Liz went home.

When are these people going to learn??  Leah’s dances were clearly sub par tonight, but they felt they just HAD to try (again) to get rid of Bill and protect her (Leah) with high scores. Really, her scores were the only ones out of line tonight, IMO. MAYBE, if they had scored her appropriately, she would be gone and Liz would still be there. Kinda hard to tell with all the elevated scores getting thrown around.

JUST WATCH THEM DANCE THEN GIVE THEM SCORES BASED ON THE DANCE. Or at the very least, start scoring them all on the Derek scale of “too much frippery, not enough content.”

November 11, 2013 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 17, Week 9 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

The week of two individual dances, one of which will be a trio. Here’s where we can tell the men from the boys. ;-)

Derek and Amber
Quickstep – Dancing 1st
Salsa Trio with Mark Ballas
Voting # 1-800-868-3407

Corbin and Karina
Waltz
Jazz Trio with Whitney Carson
Voting # 1-800-868-3406

Leah and Tony
Argentine Tango
Jive Trio with Henry Byalikov
Voting # 1-800-868-3411

Jack and Cheryl
Waltz – Dancing 4th
Samba Trio with Sharna Burgess - Dancing 8th
Voting # 1-800-868-3402

Bill and Emma
Charleston – Dancing 5th
Salsa Trio with Peta Murgatroyd
Voting # 1-800-868-3409

Elizabeth and Val
V. Waltz – Dancing 6th
Salsa Trio with Gleb Savchenko – Dancing 12th
Voting # 1-800-868-3405

Guess Derek (and Tony and Henry) got bored and decided to teach the crew to dance. :-)

Weirdness

November 10, 2013 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 17, Week 8 – Dancing by the Numbers

Examples of why immunity may not be a good thing:

  1. Will average fans GET that Amber still needs votes?
  2. After having a solid 3 point lead in the cumulative score, Amber is now tied with Corbin IF they include the dance offs (and marathons) in the cumulative total. They shouldn’t, but…

I think the coming week could be a dangerous one for Amber, but I guess we’ll have to hope that fans are smarter than some on the net clearly believe they are. No names. :-)

I’ve seen quite a few comments about Leah getting propped by the judges – dudes, they fired a shot across her bow the other night by giving her two 8s. That ain’t propped. I think (hope) it was a sign of things to come. I’ve also seen speculation that her scores are meant to justify her place in the finale based on votes. This is a theory that I often toy with and have seen in action. If they were going to do that, though, I don’t think she would have gotten 8s last Monday night at all.  This coming week will be an indication if they’re going to start playing that game. If Bill’s scores suddenly improve? There you go. He may be finale bound. However, another theory I toy with every season is their lulling the audience into a position where an elimination becomes “shocking” – their treatment of Bill Monday night may just qualify for that, as could Amber winning immunity. I guess we have to wait and see, but you heard it here first.  :-)  It worked on me, after all. I had been calling Brant a possible early exit early in the season, but they lulled me out of it.

Anyway, what exactly happened last Monday night? Well, Liz proved that someone is, indeed, voting for her. She was 3 points lower than Brant and covered the spread. They didn’t even put her in danger – that was Jack’s honor. Of course, with the way everything went down with Bill being immediately safe (so immediate that it was on the teleprompter, which means they knew before he danced, I think), I have to believe that no one was voting for Brant. You could argue that such a massive number of people were voting for Bill they just knew – but Liz covering the spread is an interesting little factoid to throw in there to make you wonder. If only one person is beating the spread it’s one thing, but for two of them to do it? Brant wasn’t getting votes, IMO. Liz is someone that I think is in dangerous territory and she better not be only 1 point away from Bill again next week. Could be trouble.  The tables below show where everyone ended up: Read more..

November 9, 2013 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. :-)

Early Campaigning for DWTS Season 18 – Elisa Donovan from “Clueless”

And guess who she wants as a partner. :-) Anyway, lots of talk about Clueless and then they get to DWTS at about the 8 minute mark. Sounds like her campaign was started by someone else as a joke and it just took off.

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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. :-)

DWTS Season 17, Week 8 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS)

Well, in the first six minutes of the show, we have Cher singing to either a bad backing track or with a backing singer who is not good.

We have Cher who comes onto DWTS and brings her own dancers, with DWTS pros left to fill in.

We have Cher almost fall on her ass on the floor.

And one Cher costume change.

Then Corbin and Karina did a rather messy AT – lack of rehearsal time showed. It was so messy, but of course the judges rave.  He ends up with a 29 which is, IMO, acceptable for that dance. Bruno called it right.

Someone please get Jaymz off my TV. Thank you.

ETA: Come on!! Please tell me you’re not going to rave over a crappy V. Waltz!!  Dance number 2 and I’m pissed off.

Extra shitty camera work this week. Two big flubs and we’re only 20 minutes in.

ETA2: Are you kidding me? Leah beats Brant? In what universe?? I guess we need JLo in the audience for another week, eh?  Jack and Amber had the best dances of the night, Val was an idiot for vocalizing he wanted to pick Corbin or Amber, since Corbin wiped the floor with them.

So, Amber has immunity (which will hose her cumulative score, but whatever), Corbin beats Liz and Leah beats Brant.  Unless Bill pulls out a win, he is the most likely to be eliminated.  This show is so obvious sometimes.  I suppose it could be Liz or Brant – neither would surprise me.

ETA3: Got wrapped up in the comments and forgot to update to say that Brant was the one to go this week.  :::sigh::: There is no way Leah won that dance off. But she does bring JLo. I did get a sense of them getting real with her tonight. If not for Cher, she would have been tied with Bill after the individual round.

November 4, 2013 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 17, Week 8 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Looks to me like everyone has the potential to have a great week, with the possible exceptions of Amber and Jack. I guess we’ll see. I also seriously doubt that Leah will do a great or even interesting V. Waltz – but she’ll get great scores regardless.

I’m hoping for something really interesting, like Val being a jackass and deciding he has to “pick on someone his own size” in the dance off and choosing someone who beats him. :-)

We know, thanks to loose lips Witney, that the opening dance is to “Believe” by Cher ( ) – that ought to be good. But Derek and Amber’s song? A Rumba? So hosed. Wonder if he re-arranged it like the Madonna song he did with Maria. Wonder who else is getting hosed?

ETA Vogue here: Apparently an email has been sent out by ABC (to those who subscribe) that there will be a “elimination shocker” tonight. You can see a pictures of it here courtesy of @@jahfan1. Discuss in comments. ADDING: below is a full screen shot of the email thanks to PureDWTS reader Leslie. Click on the pic to make bigger.

DWTSemailWeek8

Corbin and Karina – Argentine Tango
Dancing 1st
Voting # 1-800-868-3406

Derek and Amber – Rumba (Song:If I Could Turn Back Time by Cher )
Voting # 1-800-868-3407

Brant and Peta – Foxtrot
Dancing 3rd (nailed it again!) :-)
Voting # 1-800-868-3403

Elizabeth and Val – Jazz
Dancing 4th (Heidi nailed it!)
Voting # 1-800-868-3405

Leah and Tony – V. Waltz
Voting # 1-800-868-3411

Jack and Cheryl – Tango
Dancing 6th
Voting # 1-800-868-3402

Bill and Emma – Disco
Voting # 1-800-868-3409

The Dance off….Who knows what the hell will happen here.

November 3, 2013 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 17, Week 7 – Dancing by the Numbers

I’ve seen lots of people making the mistaken assumption (again) that Bill must be getting a ton of votes. This is not necessarily true. And it’s not necessarily false. We don’t actually know. All we know is that Nicole WASN’T getting the votes she needed and that Bill and Leah were getting enough to cover the spread. But as I’ve said before, If Nicole got 10 votes, Bill got 15k votes and Leah gets 20k votes does it matter when Corbin is getting 100k votes?? Nope. It just means that Nicole was first to go of the three, instead of second. Follow me?

Anyway, this week was not a major accomplishment by Bill or Leah, IMO. I think Nicole, along with possibly Jack, fall into the dangerous middle of the road territory, not so much in scoring, but certainly in the impact they are having on the show. I’m also wondering if Brant falls into this category, but he hasn’t even gotten close to “jeopardy” in a few weeks now.  Here’s where the scores from weeks 6 and 7 put each of our couples.

Table 1

Ten whole points between Bill and Nicole seems like a lot, eh?? Not so much as you might think. As shown, below, Bill only needed about 15k votes per million votes cast to beat Nicole – that’s not even close to the largest margin beaten on this show (45k, I believe, by Kurt Warner, who was eliminated the very next week). I was saying the same thing then as I am now – don’t count your chickens. Read more..

November 2, 2013 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 17, Week 7 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS)

Great opening dance by Mandy Moore!

The Big ANNOUNCEMENT is that Cher is performing and guest judging – BFD. I mean, really? That warranted me not missing the first few minutes?? You’re going to be pimping the crap out of it for the next 7 days!! Is Cher on a label affiliated with ABC/Disney???

Derek is dressed to Dance!!

Brant and Liz both use a shit ton of frippery and once again don’t get called on it. We’ll see if anyone does tonight. Wonder if Derek has any frippery.

Len is still in love with Liz.

Bruno says Brant went off time a couple times and still gives a 9. Right. AND he slipped on the skirt. Right.

Team Spooky Bon Bom is smack talking – biggest smack talkers usually lose.

ETA: Team FoxingAwesome easily wins the Team dance – wasn’t as close as the scores imply, IMO, just based on the fact that FA had actual dance moves in their dance. And Ballroom to boot.

SPOILERS!!!

Bill and Nicole were the last two standing – and I’m pissed that we lost the darling Nicole while Leah still darkens our dance floor.

Sorry, Rioters – I cannot celebrate with you. Nicole was a better dancer, even though I liked both couples very much.

October 28, 2013 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 17, Week 7 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Well, I can’t believe we’re in week 7…and we still have 8 celebrities.   I don’t know if dance order is so important at this point, and particularly not this season.  Also, everyone has been VERY quiet today – I expect they’ll all start blabbing as soon as I leave to go out with my friends. :-)

ETA: Vogue here and we have our first update. Yep, as soon as Heidi took off, some dance orders were announced.

ETA2: According to a new tweet by @DancingABC, it’s possible Derek might not be able to dance tonight due to an injury. Stay tuned and let’s hope he’s ok. For more updates, see Pure Derek Hough.

Elizabeth and Val – Quickstep
Dancing 1st
Voting # 1-800-868-3405

Brant and Peta – Jive
Dancing 2nd
Voting # 1-800-868-3403

Bill and Emma – Quickstep
Voting # 1-800-868-3409

Jack and Cheryl – Jive
Dancing 4th
Voting # 1-800-868-3402

Leah and Tony – Salsa
Voting # 1-800-868-3411

Derek and Amber – Paso Doble
Voting # 1-800-868-3407

Snooki and Sasha – Samba
1-800-868-3412

Corbin and Karina – Cha Cha Cha
Voting # 1-800-868-3406

Team Bon Bom:
Elizabeth and Val
Nicole and Sasha
Leah and Tony
Bill and Emma

Team FoxingAwesome:
Amber and Derek
Corbin and Karina
Brant and Peta
Jack and Cheryl

Poor Snicole…

Bill and Emma

brant and Peta

October 27, 2013 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 17, Week 6 – Dancing by the Numbers

The first thing that popped into my head when looking at the numbers was, “Damn, Bill has a shot here.”  Seriously, he really could.  And when they add another 50 – 60 points to each couple, it could get better. But I skip ahead.  The table below shows my estimated scores along with the actual scores.

Table 1

Gee, when all is said and done, the two “shocking” scores are the only ones I wasn’t either on target or very close with – does anyone think this is coincidental?? I don’t. I mean, they weren’t natural or normal, so there you go.

Now, 4 points seems like a lot, between Bill and Jack/Corbin, but it only translates to 13k votes per million votes cast.  That’s a middling number – not low, not super high. Maybe it’s my wishful thinking, but I think Bill can get that over Jack. Probably not Corbin, because I can’t believe they would risk him with a shit score if he wasn’t getting the votes.  Of course, ABC just had a commercial that said something along the lines of “Don’t miss the first minute, or you’ll miss a big announcement” – Linz on twitter saw it and she thinks it’s something about JLo performing, someone else said she might be guest judging – I’m thinking they’re going to have a double elimination surprise. And yes, I know Derek said there wasn’t one – but that’s the whole point of a “surprise” right? My cynical brain says that they didn’t announce it last week or put it in the press release because they wanted to see what the votes looked like first. Which could be bad news for Bill and Jack.   Anyway, let’s look at how the vote requirements stand after the end of Monday’s show. Read more..

October 26, 2013 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. :-)