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DWTS Week 8 Blog Post For Carrie Ann Inaba And Julianne Hough

I missed last week, sorry about that. It ended up being One of Those weeks. Anyway, we’re back this week! I almost waited another day for this, just in case Julianne had another Glamor Blog for Tuesday, but then I read Carrie Ann’s blog and decided that it really should be posted.

First up, Julianne’s glamor blog at People magazine. I LOVED the whole look this week, everything just went together, and was probably one of my most FAVORITE looks she’s ever had! Go check out People Magazine here to read all about her Monday look! I do like her as a judge, she’s settled in well, and she mostly does try to find some things that each couple can work on. It’s not easy trying to do what you feel you need to do, while toeing the line that was given to her by TPTB. I do think she tip toes well on it, and seems to have found a balance. As for Derek, especially her comment about him “looking ridiculous,” it didn’t bother me. She’s his little sister, and one of the people who really knows him the best. And being his sister, I think it’s her job to give him jabs in jest, just as I’m sure he teases her when he can. Julianne and Derek are completely normal siblings, it’s going to happen from time to time, and they both knew it meant no harm. Both of them get enough things hurled at them by so called “fans,” that her ribbing him about his costume is small in comparison, and doubtful it hurt their relationship.

Carrie Ann’s People Blog was very insightful! She mentions having a Live Tweet after the show, and answering questions after Monday’s show, and went to her twitter to see some of the questions and answers, but I found nothing. If anyone has seen anything from her live tweet, let me know. (Vogue here: You can read Carrie Ann’s Live Chat here.)

Meanwhile, she takes the time and reviews the six couples left, highlighting what she felt was their postive parts, and what she feels they need to work on. If you want to read in full, go to her blog to read the whole thing, I’ll highlight just Robert and Chris, since we lost them tonight.

Chris Soules and Witney Carson — He has improved the most of all the competitors, and even though he lacks consistency, he’s really found an emotional component to his performances that has taken his game way up. He’s extremely likable, and he’s got some momentum at this moment. He’s peaking at the right moment, and that’s a good thing for him. He’s found himself in this competition and defined his place and his worth out there. He’s come from behind so many times. He’s the comeback kid! Needs to work on: Remaining consistent in his performances, being sure he knows his choreography backward and forward.

Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson — The most delightful couple this season. He never seems to get upset or flustered. He just keeps on keeping on. His uplifting demeanor makes us all smile and remember that life should be happy. When he dances it feels like the world is a very happy place. Every one of their routines has been filled with joy and a happiness that is really something quite special. His twinkly eyes and his twinkle toes make for some really enjoyable performances. Needs to work on: Staying present with the music. Sometimes he gets ahead of the music by not listening and staying relaxed.

She talks about her friend who founded Drea’s Dream, which sounds like a FABULOUS cause! And some info about week 9. Not much, but enough that we can figure out some details for one of their dances.

I’m also really excited to see who will remain because I will be going into the studio tonight to work with one couple on creative direction for one of the performances. This has never been done before in the history of Dancing with the Stars, and I’m looking forward to getting a chance to work with these incredible couples. The big questions are: Who will make it to the next round, and who will be paired with me? Tune in tonight!

Which pair would you like to see with which judge? My choices would be…

Nastia and Derek with Len because until recently, Derek’s always seemed to respect Len, and while I think he would listen to the others, I think Len would be best suited to Derek and his Vision. Usually, Derek and Julianne work well together, but from things I’ve read/heard from them, he usually comes up with ideas and she works them out, and that’s not the idea of this challenge. So, I’ll stick with Len.

Riker and Allison with Julianne, because she’s been that pro still trying to learn the ropes, and figure out how the show works, and could be a good mentor to them, and find a concept/choreography that suits Riker and Allison best, bringing out their best side while minimizing some of their flaws.

Noah and Sharna with Bruno, because of the two remaining judges, he seems to be the one more grounded in reality, and when you listen through some of his schtick, he’s really a nice man, with some great ideas to help people improve.

Rumer and Val with Carrie Ann, because she’s the one that’s left. I sat here and tried to decide which of the 4 judges I thought would be best for them, and I simply just don’t have  a good reason for choosing Carrie Ann, but I’m more positive about who I would prefer for the other couples.

So, what do you guys think?

May 6, 2015 I Written By

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DWTS20 Week 6 Blog Post For Julianne Hough And Carrie Ann Inaba With An Appearance From Len Goodman

First off, I’m still working on seeing everything from last night. I had a meeting that went a lot longer than expected, and I got home just as Riker and Allison were getting their scores. Then the rain started, with a lot of thunder and lightning, and the satellite went out. I was able to watch most of the show this morning, but have not been able to watch both team dances, and neither of their packages. I did see Team YoLo.  I hate feeling like I’m behind when I’m trying to keep up with things, and really, not seeing all of the show shouldn’t prevent me from writing this post. But still, I’m feeling behind.

Julianne’s People magazine blog is up! There’s a LOT of information in this week….. I’ve learned over the last several weeks, that her Creative Team like to get together and pretend Julianne is a human barbie doll, and use the themes for DWTS as their cue to do what they will….. What did you think of Julianne’s look this week? They used Spring Break and turned her into a human Anime doll. I’m not so sure….

THIS IS THE LAST WEEK FOR JULIANNE’S PINK HAIR! She’s been getting a LOT of flack for having pink hair, but she’s always one to continually change up her hair. Here’s her team, stylist Anita Patrickson, hair guru Riawna Capri, and makeup man, Spencer Barnes.

“When we fit her in this dress, Julianne had just gotten her hair dyed,” Anita Patrickson tells PEOPLE. “We had originally thought her hair would be pink for a week, and then she’d go back to being blonde, but when we tried the dress on with her hair pink it looked so amazing she decided to keep it especially for this dress.”

Hough’s hair guru Riawna Capri adds that the yellow dress “was a perfect juxtaposition for the pink hair.”

“The biggest challenge was maintaining Jules pink to stay vibrant for the show,” she tells PEOPLE. “We would chalk it up before the show to maintain the brightness.”

To refresh her hue, Capri uses Evo hair color, a temporary dye that’s easy to get out when “you are done with being a unicorn.” (Shop Hough’s exact formula for #UnicornPink here.)

“She looked like a doll so much, and she didn’t really feel like herself,” Capri says of Hough’s reaction to the look. “She usually more effortless and free, but tonight was perfect and polished.”

Her makeup artist Spencer Barnes says cherry blossoms and anime were the inspiration behind her bold beauty moment.

He also teased that another hair change is pending for the 26-year-old star. “Julianne is always full of surprises — and this hair color was something she’s been dreaming about doing for sometime. Tonight after the show the will be are back in Riawna’s Melrose Place salon — Nine Zero One — for more hair surprises.”

Hmmm……. Another new hair color for Julianne next week….. I’ll guess RED! because she’s mentioned that fairly recently, and I was actually surprised to see her hair pink a couple weeks ago. I’m HOPING it’s a more natural red, and similar to the wig she wore for Burlesque, although at the same time, a nice Washington Capital Red might be nice support to her boyfriend…. Still hoping it’s a more natural red.

I did wonder why it was Mark and his girl friend at the hospital with Derek last night, and not Julianne and their mother, and being at the salon would explain it.

Julianne posted a funny video on her facebook page. It’s Len from yesterday, in what looks like the judges production meeting, and fortunately for her, and for us, Len allowed her to post it. Trust me, you’ll want to see Definitely-Not-Grumpy-Len!

UPDATE on Julianne’s hair, before we hit the post button…. IT’S NOT RED! Her make up man, Spencer Barnes, posted this instagram of Julianne with her hair re-done (it’s pictured below too), and ready to go for filming the celebration episode! All I can say is, WOW! I honestly was expecting red, based on what Spencer said before, but I am glad she’s back to blond. I loved the pale pink, but haven’t been able to say that I loved the bright pink from Monday. But the color and cut here, LOVE!

And keep checking back, Carrie Ann’s blog will be added WHEN I SEE IT! I’ve been checking all day, and it’s not been posted.

April 21, 2015 I Written By

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DWTS 20 Week 5’s Weekly Blog for Julianne Hough and Carrie Ann Inaba

It’s heeeeerre! I’ve been waiting for most of the day for both Julianne and Carrie Ann to get their weekly blogs up. Julianne gets to go first today, because People put hers up this morning, and Parade didn’t get Carrie Ann’s up until Tuesday evening my time.

So, what do you think of Julianne’s look this week? Check out her People Style Blog, there’s a lot of photos this week! I LOVED her dress! It was flowy and dreamy, I thought. And I’m still not completely sold on her pink hair, but it looked really cute on Monday. And it looks like it could be a temporary color, and is beginning to fade out. It’s definitely going to make things interesting with her hair for the next week or so, if it is temporary. And, she hinted at some things that have been happening for the DWTS Anniversary.

And though Hough once told us she didn’t like to be rushed, things were busier than usual around the trailer. “The day was busy today with extra interviews for the 10 year DWTS anniversary, so we had to work quickly as a team to get this look polished,” Barnes says. “Julianne’s a delight to get ready each week because she is adventurous and experimental with her looks.”

Carrie Ann expanded about those extra interviews in her Parade Blog.

Yesterday was a blur! It was Disney night and we filmed a Dancing with the Stars 10th anniversary special that will air May 14 at 8 p.m. ET. My day on set started at 9:30 a.m. instead of my normal 11 a.m. call time.

Make sure to click the link and read her whole blog, because there is a lot! of information about things that we have been wondering about. She spent so much time in her blog talking about everything that happened before the show, that I thought she wouldn’t get around to talking about the dances. I was wrong.

The performances were incredible on Disney Night. Suzanne Somers sadly was eliminated, but I am happy for her that she went out on a high note. She was really came out and showed a new side of herself. Unfortunately, she got her heel caught in her dress, but she handled it like a pro and recovered ever so quickly. She was in the right mindset to continue in the competition but her journey was cut short. It was fun to see her vibrant energy out there every week.

It was pretty obvious that my favorite dance of the night was Riker Lynch and Allison Holker’s pasodoble. It was innovative and progressive with incredible shaping and styling. He was large and in charge and it thrilled me to no end. Congratulations Riker and Allison for really waking us all up with this incredible performance.

Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy also wowed us with a very unique performance. It was a risky choice to do a samba to that music, but it worked. I worry that their choices can be a bit too heavy at times. Rumer is a killer performer and she squeezes every ounce of excitement out of each movement and gives us maximum enjoyment. I’d like to see her do something fun at some point, like her disco/salsa in week 3.

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough came out strong after two incredible and very artistically daring pieces. And while it was a phenomenal dance, and captured what Disney is in 90 seconds of movement bliss, I was distracted by his choice to have them lip sync some but not all of the routine. They lip-synced the dialogue, which I thought was brilliant. We immediately believed that they were the characters. But it didn’t follow through well for me, and was just short of perfection. It was wonderful to see Nastia having fun.

I can’t wait to see what happens next week for our spring break extravaganza. I wonder if Bruno Tonioli will wear a Speedo… Something to ponder.

 

 

April 14, 2015 I Written By

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Julianne Hough and Carrie Ann Inaba’s DWTS Weekly Blog Update For Week 4

It’s hard to believe that we’re almost halfway done with this season already! I don’t want it to end yet!

Anyway, it’s time for the weekly Blog Update post for both judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough.

Carrie Ann’s got her weekly post-show wrap up over at Parade, so go check it out. She mentions Willow and Mark, Patti and Artem, Robert and Kym and Rumer and Val, but for me, the best part is what she wrote about Noah and Sharna.

The dance that touched my heart the most was Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess. The pair wrapped up the night in a beautiful bow of patriotism and inspiration. Noah continues to push us beyond what we thought was possible, both on and off the dance floor. His positivity, which he admits he had to fight for, is really a bright, inspiring light for all of us to witness. I also can’t believe he had a tooth knocked out and his wrist was sprained. He doesn’t let anything bring him down. And it’s really so special. Sharna also needs to be congratulated for her choreography because she accentuates all the best parts of Noah. She knows his body and how it moves so well, the balance, the power and she is able to work magic. Our pros really are incredible artists. A lot of work goes into these performances, and whether or not they get high scores, they have invested their hearts and souls for their stars, and I always appreciate that work.

I agree with her, especially the part that is boldfaced.

Julianne has her weekly beauty blog up at People, and her beauty team gave details, like every week! While watching the show, I honestly thought that her dress was black, and I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not. But now, seeing the photos, I LOVE the dress, and I wish we could have seen the whole thing, and not just the top of it, while she is sitting behind a desk.

And if you head over to her website and her instagram, you can see pictures of her NEW HAIR! It was coming, I think I can remember some rumblings, so it shouldn’t be a huge surprise to anyone, especially since she is quite often changing up her hair, and has played with color before. This time, she’s chosen the color of kindness! It looks good on her, and it makes her eyes pop, but I am quietly hoping this is a temporary dye, and that she’ll go back to blond again soon. However, I do like her hair with other more natural shades.

April 8, 2015 I Written By

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The Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough DWTS Season 20 Week 3 Blog Wrap Up

Below is Lori with Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough’s new blogs!! She is life saver and helping me with Blogs on Media Tuesday and I’m liking the way she’s combining them! What do you think? And Lori, I loved Julianne’s lip stick too! THANKS for all of your help!! ~ Vogue

I’m trying something new, and putting both of our female judges in one place. Let me know if you like it this way, or would prefer to have them separate.

Carrie Ann’s weekly blog post is up at Parade, and it was obvious to me that she reads the comments that people have about her judging.

On a personal note, last night was challenging for me personally. It is never easy to give constructive criticism to people you look up to and respect. However, that is what we are there to do, it is our job to judge and I believe it is my job to help each contestant to be their personal best. I offer advice that I hope will help them have a better chance at winning in the long run. After being a judge on the show for every single episode for 20 seasons, I know what the audience likes to see, and I know what we as judges like to see. I may have upset a few people, which I never want to do, but it comes with the territory of being a judge.

Last night, I enjoyed Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani’s samba. It was a delight to watch and was sheer entertainment. They could have gone straight to Vegas and sold out! But after three weeks of very colorful, light and almost campy (in a good way) routines, I would like to see more depth to her performance. Suzanne is an icon. She is a very strong woman. She’s in great shape and she looks terrific, but I feel there’s more to her. I’d like to see her do something that expresses her passion, her grace and elegance and shows us a new dimension. I didn’t deduct points because she hasn’t shown us that yet, but I was offering advice for the future. I upset Tony — which if you have read any of my blog posts or know me at all, you would know is NOT my intention. I have nothing but respect for these incredible professionals on our show. No one works harder on television than our pros, working as choreographers, therapists, friends, trainers and guides throughout this journey for their celebrity partners, and I have nothing but respect for their passion, dedication and excellence. But I worry that if Suzanne keeps doing light performances, she will get lost in the crowd. I’d like to see a bit of drama in her performance, a bit of passion, and a bit more depth. So, I’m looking forward to next week to see what they put together for us. And remember, I’m rooting for everyone out there to do his or her best!

 

I like parts of this, and do agree, but other parts was Carrie Ann definitely doing some CYA Fluff. Check out the link above to read the whole blog!

And Julianne has her weekly blog is up on People, I LOVE the color of her lipstick!

Here's Carrie Ann, Julianne and Bruno. Where's Len?

Carrie Ann, Julianne, and Bruno.

 

 

March 31, 2015 I Written By

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Judge Julianne Hough’s DWTS Season 20 Week 2 Style Post, New Blog, And Cyber Bullying

This was originally meant to be simply a weekly post for Julianne’s style for week 2 of Dancing With The Stars, along with some info on her new blog, then things happened. So, we’ll start with the easy stuff, and go from there.

I thought Julianne looked GORGEOUS this week! I think everything came together perfectly– the right dress, the right hair, the right make up, the right shoes, the right accessories! But it’s more than that, she looks happy, and more and more for the last year or so, she glows! Even when I don’t agree with some of her fashion choices, she’s had this happy glow. She’s in a great relationship with a good man, and it definitely agrees with her. ANYWAY! Here’s People’s Style post.

And don’t forget, Julianne is the April 2015 cover girl for Allure Magazine, and they’ve got some stuff online. Some of this you may have seen from one of Vogue’s earlier posts, but you can go through her style evolution here, some gorgeous photos from her cover shoot here, video from her cover shoot here, and some of her beauty secrets here.

Don’t forget to go check out Julianne’s new website, she’s working on it herself, she’s not hired people to create it for her. And she’s doing a great job! Check it out, it’s simply called Jules. As all of you should know, Julianne has been working with Kind Campaign for some time now, because they’re a cause that’s very important to her.  And, she’s got posts dealing with the importance of kindness on her blog.

On Tuesday, she posted this, that deals with the cyber bullying that Charlotte endured. I’m glad that Julianne, and Tom, and Erin said something, because it is a rampant issue. Not just on DWTS, but everywhere. Julianne’s been a victim of it, but she’s never spoken up about cyber bullying, until it happened to Charlotte. And it was wrong, and I’m glad she said something on the show. I definitely DO NOT agree with the person on twitter that I saw who told Julianne that she was all wrong with her comment, because Charlotte “acts like a bimbo.  Reap what you sow.” No, Charlotte did NOT deserve to be treated the way. No one deserves to be treated like that, and making excuses just makes it even more wrong. You don’t tell a woman who’s been physically abused that she deserved it because of her clothing, and you don’t tell a woman who’s been mentally abused that she deserved it because of how you think she acts. Period.

Our friend Krystin Burtt has a discussion about DWTS and cyber bullying over on her new website for AfterBuzz, go check it out, read the comments, and then come back and share your thoughts.

I don’t think this is going to be an easy fix, and I don’t think this is something that DWTS will be able to solve on it’s own. But I’d love to hear your thoughts, and what you feel could be the beginning of a solution?

March 25, 2015 I Written By

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DWTS20 Premiere Night! Let’s have some FUN WITH BRUNO!

Well, we made it! Long, cold weeks and months of waiting have passed, and FINALLY! It looks like Spring may actually make an appearance this year, and JUST IN TIME! Because DWTS Season 20 is about to begin!  Sparkly costumes, spray tans, fabulously gifted professional dancers….

And the judges! Same group of characters as last season, and if this season is like past seasons, we’re in for a lot of entertainment from the judges, even when we don’t agree with them. Some guarantees, I think: Julianne will do fine, but people will still complain about anything that comes out of her mouth, and if she gives even the SLIGHTEST hint of something that the contestant can do to get better, she’ll be slammed on twitter and told that she’s such a hater and that she’s wrong and any score less than a 10 is proof, as will be anything beyond raking Derek and Riker through the coals every week and giving them obviously false low scores. Carrie Ann is going to burst into tears tonight, most likely with Noah, Patti and Suzanne. She’ll fall out of her chair once this season, and babble. Len will always be the tough curmudgeon that we all love and all of the dancers respect. And Tom will keep him supplied with plenty of grumpy pills, so Tom can have more fun at the judges expense. And they’ll all love it.

And Bruno, let’s not forget Bruno. One cannot merely use a few words to describe Bruno, one needs only this video from People magazine! They say it’s his most insane moments of the past 19 seasons. I think they’re missing a few, but this is definitely amusing, and pretty accurately shows what we’re in for this season with Bruno.

Let’s play a game as we wait for tonight’s premiere! After you go to People and watch Bruno’s video, post in the comments. Can you name where each of the clips came from? Season and celebrity/pro that he said each clip to, and if possible, which of their dances.

And then, how about adding some of your own favorite Brunoments that were missed in the video above?

March 16, 2015 I Written By

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Dancing with the Stars Julianne Hough out and about and in a magazine

First, our dear sweet Vogue has been felled by the flu, so please send some healing thoughts her way, so she can fully recover ASAP!

Our newest judge, Julianne, has been busy shopping in LA over the last few days. Since at least one of the photos was a furniture store, I’m starting to think that her house is FINALLY almost done? Or, at least almost done enough that she can move out of Derek’s place before he returns to LA?

Anyway, she’s looking cute and very casual in the Daily Mail here.  

Also – Daily Mail ETA: Fixed it. ~Heidi

Sorry, let’s hope Vogue is feeling better fast, because I can’t figure out how to fix this formatting so you don’t have to look at the link!

Daily Mail is one of those sites that seem to only employ people who failed out of creative writing classes at college, and are determined to prove to their professors that they CAN be good creative writers. But at least the photos are nice!

And lastly, Julianne is now a monthly contributor to Byrdie magazine, and THIS is her first column!

 

January 31, 2015 I Written By

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Flashback Friday: Dancing with the Stars Season 3

And I’m back finally, with another Flashback Friday! I hadn’t meant to take as long a break as I did, but my dad died unexpectedly 10 days before Christmas (and just 2 months after we lost my mom!) so my final preparations for Christmas needed to wait.  I had to stop and think where we left off! Here’s season 1 and season 2.

So here we go, on to season 3, the first one I watched. Not many changes this season, same 3 judges, same 2 hosts. They did expand the season to 10 weeks, however.

Another change is to the scoring system that they used, I am quoting from wiki here, and will ask Miss Heidi if this is how it’s done now?

For this season, the scoring system was changed. Fan vote only counted for 25% of the total score and scoring was now translated directly from percentages rather than into ordinals. The judges scores were added up, and each performer was given points based on the percentage of the total points distributed among all performers. (For example, a team received a score of 25. A total of 207 points were awarded to all nine performers. The team received 12.08% of that total, so that team earned 12.08 points. The couple happens to be Sara & Tony.) The fan vote was handled the same way, with the points based on how much of the total fan vote the star received. (So, in the same example, if the team earned 15% of the total fan vote, their grand total is 27.08 points.)[

Andrea Hale, Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya did not compete as pros during this season. Elena Grinenko, Kym Johnson, Karina Smirnoff and Jesse DeSoto joined as new pros. Returning pros included Ashly DelGrosso, Nick Kosovich, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Louis Van Amstel, Edyta Sliwinska and Cheryl Burke.

TUCKER CARLSON AND ELENA GRINENKO came in 11th place, being eliminated on week 1 on September 13, 2006. They performed a cha cha cha, otherwise known as the Curse of the Chair dance, and received a score of 12.

SHANNA MOAKLER AND JESSE DE SOTO came in 10th place, being eliminated on week 2 on September 20, 2006. They peformed a foxtrot and a mambo. Honestly, I didn’t remember them at all, so I guess it’s not surprising that they went home early. To my very untrained eyes, I think their mambo was good, and seemed to have some good choreography, but it just isn’t memorable. Here’s their mambo, they received a score of 22. Read more..

January 9, 2015 I Written By

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Flashback Friday: Dancing With The Stars Season 2

We’re back with more Flashback Friday!!  YAY!  I really enjoy looking back at the show, and would love to hear some of the things you remember from each season! Also, I am only posting one video per couple, and I’m trying to get as much variety of dances as I can.

All three of our judges were back for Season 2. Also back was Tom Bergeron. It’s not DWTS without Tom. :) Harold Wheeler and his Orchestra also returned, along with Pro dancers Louis Van Amstel, Ashly DelGrosso, Edyta Sliwinska and Jonathan Roberts.

Lisa Canning, Tom’s co-host for season 1 was replaced by Samantha Harris. Pro dancers Charlotte Jorgensen and Alec Mazo did not return for season 2. New pro dancers for season 2 were Andrea Hale, Nick Kosovich, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Cheryl Burke, and Anna Trebunskaya. Other changes was increasing the number of couples from 6 to 10, lengthening the show from 60 minutes to 90 minutes, and adding the Results Show.

KENNY MAYNE AND ANDREA HALE were the first couple eliminated, on January 6, 2006. They danced a cha cha, and here it is!

TATUM O’NEIL AND NICK KOSOVICH were the second couple eliminated, on January 13, 2006. They danced a waltz and a rumba. Here’s their waltz. Read more..

December 12, 2014 I Written By

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