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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. :-)

DWTS Season 17, Week 6 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS)

That opening pro dance is pretty good – Lacey had been really good at that since she stopped competing as a pro. I refuse to give Benji (shudder) any credit. :-)

Man oh man, Bill got hosed on the song for a Tango. One of the worst hosings I’ve seen.  And Bill gets a 23. Remember what I said about Bill getting a 23? PRAY that I’m wrong about a few other scores, is all I can say. And hope Leah gets 21 or less.  Not counting the Switcheroo challenge crapola, that is. :-)

ETA: Any mention of the votes from last week is conspicuously absent. So far. Hmmmmm….

ETA2: Uh oh. Two dances in and I’m only off by one point.  Yikes.

ETA3: How many times has Leah removed clothing in this season??

ETA4: OMG, are F*&king kidding me?? They are trying to send Bill home, from the looks of it giving Leah a 27??  Len says he’s been lenient?? Crack is WACK!!  He gives Leah not only a pass but a 9. This is outrageous. That dance was a 24 at best, it was so sloppy.  Bet Len is not so lenient on Amber, regardless of what she dances.

ETA5: Okay, for those of you not watching, I was right that they do the dance in two groups of four couples. They just picked numbers and it’s Corbin, Nicole, Bill and Jack in one group and then Amber, Liz, Leah and Brant in the second group. If you win, you get 4 points and it goes down from there. That minimizes the damage from the marathon quite a bit, but with the scores they’ve already handed out? Shit.

 SPOILERS!!!

As I suspected when I saw the clock and how little time there was left, they called it all the way down to Jack and Bill, called Jack safe and then told Bill and everyone that no one was going home.  They threw out all the votes this week and no one goes home. But the judges scores from this week will be added in to next week.

NO, this does not change my utter disgust regarding Len Goodman.

Discuss. :-)

 

October 21, 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 5 – Dancing by the Numbers PART II

Hey, I totally forgot to account for the Switcheroo Challenge crapola in my last post. It will be rather difficult to account for it in this follow up, since we aren’t really sure how it’s going to work.  Here’s what we know about it:

  • There appears to be two groups, one group comprised of Bill, Liz, Corbin and Jack. Everyone else is in the other group.
  • It is a switched up marathon with 2 rounds.
  • The music will change at least once during the marathon, presumably the style will change as well. I hear three possible styles, but that could just be chatter.
  • You get scored according to how long you last.
  • You don’t know the music or style you will be dancing too, although I presume they were given a list of potential styles.

Despite knowing all those things, we don’t really know how it’s going to work. I’m going to GUESS that it will be TWO marathons – first one group will do it and then the other group will do it. They will score each group like they do the standard marathons, that is the longer you stay, the more points you get. So, if it’s four couples, you can get a 7, 8, 9 or a 10.   Why the groups?? Perhaps it’s easier to judge…perhaps it’s easier to stage…perhaps they have TWO people they need to give the extra points to. :-) But as we know, more points handed out is not necessarily a good thing. Read more..

October 20, 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 6 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

And now Emma tweets their dance order on Saturday?? What is going on here? :-)

And does anyone have a clue about this stupid switcheroo dance?? Part marathon, part instance, all stupid??  More on that below.

Bill and Emma – Tango
Dancing 1st
Voting # 1-800-868-3409

Elizabeth and Val – Cha Cha
Dancing 2nd
Voting # 1-800-868-3405

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

Brant and Peta – Tango
Dancing 4th
Voting # 1-800-868-3403

Derek and Amber – Samba
Voting # 1-800-868-3407

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

Snooki and Sasha – Foxtrot
Dancing 7th
1-800-868-3412

Corbin and Karina – V. Waltz
Dancing 8th
Voting # 1-800-868-3406

The Switch Up Dance Challenge – Between the picture below and the press release posted by Vogue which says it’s a marathon in “two rounds” – that could mean one of two things: that the first group of four does a marathon where the music/style changes in the middle, and whoever lasts the longest gets a 10 and it goes down from there. Then the second group does the same thing. OR, it could be that the four pairs dance as a team against the other team and the music changes once (hence the second round). But that latter option makes no sense. But the picture of them rehearsing together makes no sense either. So, I give up. I think it will be stupid either way.

The text with the picture tweeted by @DancingABC: “Monday, the couples will dance in two groups of four, to all different types of music in our Switch-Up Challenge!”

Corbin's group

October 19, 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 5 – Dancing by the Numbers

Sorry for the delay this week, kids. Extremely busy at work to the point where it will be lucky if I move this weekend. Lots to talk about, so let’s get on with it…

The week of the not-so-shocking elimination. As I’ve said a few times, Courtney and I have been calling this elimination since nearly the start of the show. At first we said it would be either Elizabeth or Christina and then in the last week or three we’ve been thinking Christina, for a variety of reasons. My thinking was that they were both good dancers that weren’t connecting as much with the audience. In addition, they’re of a similar type: good body, good to really good dancer, pretty, not too old but not incredibly young, average to smallish fanbase.  The show can only support ONE of this type and I think we’ve seen that in the past.

  • Kristin and Chynna in Season 13, eliminated 3rd and 4th
  • Audrina and Brandy in Season 11, eliminated 6th and 9th
  • Sabrina and Mel B in Season 5, eliminated 6th and 11th

Of course there are other early eliminations where there isn’t a corresponding person who goes a bit farther, but we’re in another season where there are two women who fall into a similar category. If you look at everyone else on the show, they all fall into their own niche…although it could be argued that Brant and Corbin are in a group together, but this doesn’t seem to occur with men and all the shocking eliminations that most people remember are female.

Now the question is – is Elizabeth another Chynna, or another Brandy or Mel B?? It all depends on how freaked the judges are by losing Christina and they’ve already massively overscored people.  I mean, look at the scores this week in the table below – they’ve gone mad. It was week 5 most people had a 26 or higher? Are they insane?? Or are they trying to send Leah home and failed to protect Christina well enough?? Read more..

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. :-)