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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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Flashback Friday: DWTS Season 1

First, I want to give Vogue complete credit for the idea, because she has started  a flashback Friday post over on PDH.

Since Season 20 will be a big 10 year anniversary for DWTS, I thought it would be a nice idea to take the time to look back on each of the past seasons, and see and discuss how the show evolved. We’ll do one season a week, and one dance from each of the contestants. If possible, I’ll try to find a pro dance from the season.

So here we are!

SEASON ONE premiered  June 1, 2005 and ran for 6 weeks. with 6 stars competing. Harold Wheeler Orchestra and his singers provided the music, and we had 3 judges, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Tom Bergeron was our host, and his co-host number one was Lisa Canning.


TRISTA SUTTER and LOUIS VAN AMSTEL was the first couple eliminated on DWTS. They danced a waltz and a rumba, and left the show on June 8, 2005. Here’s their waltz.

EVANDER HOLYFIELD and EDYTA SLIWINSKA was the second couple eliminated, on June 15, 2005. They danced a cha cha, quickstep and a jive. Here’s their quickstep. Read more..

December 5, 2014 I Written By

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Come meet Keoikantse Motsepe In New Dancing With The Stars Interview

This is Lori and thank you to @DWTS Gossip for finding and posting the interview below.  It’s not to be missed, especially if you want to know more about Keoikantse Motsepe.  And you should, because I think he is going to quickly become one of the favorites! This is Keo, in his own words, and he pronounces his name. Thank you, Keo!!!

And in other news, @dancingABC STILL has not announced their 13th Pro!!  But did find this photo of our Karina.

August 27, 2014 I Written By

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