Wow, these new photos of Dancing With The Stars Week 9 are just stunning. What do you think? To see even more, visit Getty Images.
Derek has written a last blog for Dancing With The Stars Season 20 at TV Guide. It’s so touching as he goes through all of his feelings and emotions currently including his disappointment. Through it all, he remains a ray of light…
To be completely honest, I feel like in a way, we sort of got eliminated last week with that package. Like I said last week, when I saw that, I was like, “Oh wow, that was a complete left field,” especially when you know it’s so not reality. That was a terrible representation journey of our week. And to see that, it was like, “I see what’s going on here.” I’m not blaming the show or anyone for our elimination — we’ve all had bad packages — but I’ve been around here a long time! I know how everything works. I wasn’t angry or upset, just disappointed, like I said last week. But, you know, I’m not in control here. All I could do was come up with good dances.
I think the thing I’m most disappointed in is that I don’t think people truly saw what Nastia and our relationship were like. We did have a great heart-to-heart last week, but we’ve always been close. Out of all my partners, Nastia has always been the most affectionate toward me. I’m not even exaggerating. She’s an amazing friend — and nurse! She was always asking me if I needed ice. She was constantly giving me water. She played nurse on top of juggling two partners. It’s those moments, that tenderness and heart — there was so more beauty to show, but they went for the cheap shot. I feel bad for that. But it is what it is. You can’t control it.
I’m not gonna lie — there was also a sense of relief at going home. It’s not upset or disappointment. Both Nastia and I feel that way. I’m a competitor. I want to do good work. I had some things planned for the finale that would’ve really pushed me and I may or may not have injured myself even more. So now, it’s like a blessing in disguise that we’re not gonna take that risk. We’re both proud of what we’ve accomplished this season together and with Sasha’s and Henry’s help — especially Sasha. He was a godsend! I think that’s the thing that can get lost in eliminations because the prevailing sentiment is disappointment and sadness at not winning. But I think anyone who’s been on the show will say that, after some time and distance, when they look back, they’re proud of what they did on the show. I mean, just look at the 10th anniversary special. You can’t look back without anything but pride. It’s like, “Wow, we did this.”
Maybe I also jinxed us by mentioning our freestyle song last week! What ended up happening was I ran into the girl who sings the song, so I asked if she would perform it on the finale if we make it and she said yes. Then something came up and she couldn’t do it, and we got eliminated so it’s moot, but she said she’s down to do it next season. I don’t know for sure yet if I’m coming back next season. That’s still a few months away and I’m not looking that far ahead yet. I still have two more seasons in my contract, so we’ll see.
Nastia and I will be on the finale. I don’t know what, if anything, we’ll be doing yet. I think it’s gonna be a great finale. It’s kind of awesome because you’ve got three professionals who’ve never won before, and they’re relatively new or newer pros. It’s funny, I kind of feel like the old man a bit. I guess I am since I’ll be 30 this weekend! But last night, after the show, I sent Val, Sharna and Allison a message. It said: Congratulations, guys. Go get ‘em! Don’t panic. Stay calm in this potentially stressful week. Pressure doesn’t exist. Only we can create pressure for ourselves. Enjoy this celebratory week and create some stellar memories for Season 20. We are blessed to have the opportunity to create on such a beautiful stage. Lead with gratitude and the creativity will flow.
Lots more including what’s next with the Lip Sync Battle and the new Move Live On Tour at TV Guide.
ABC sent us these photos of Derek Hough And Nastia Liukin On Kelly And Michael Live today. Aren’t they breathtaking?!! Photographer: Pawel Kaminski / ABC Home Ent and TV Distribution. Be sure to watch the interview and show if you haven’t yet. Watching their dance will make you cry again.
Below is Derek Hough And Nastia Liukin on Kelly and Michael LIVE. Their dance is making me crying all over again. For more interviews after their elimination, Move Live On Tour updates, Lip Sync Battle video promos and more, see Pure Derek Hough.
Just a TV Heads Up: Be sure to watch Dancing With The Stars “Road To The Finals” on Saturday, May 16th, on ABC if interested. The show will feature the journey of the remaining couples and what to expect in the finale.
I’m not sure where to begin today? I am just sad and numb for what happened last night on Dancing With The Stars. I never expected to see Derek and Nastia to be eliminated and something just doesn’t seem right about it and more so than I’ve ever felt in all the time I’ve been watching this show, but, they are handling it all like the true “Champions” and class and humble acts that they are. See this link at Pure Derek Hough to see what I mean.
Also, in a new interview with Glamour, Derek and Nastia both said they have no regrets doing the show despite their busy schedules. Derek was also asked if he’d do season 21 of Dancing With The Stars. Note that he is contracted for one more season and there are more things he’d like to do, but not necessarily as a pro (Oh, how I like the sounds of that idea!). Read on….
Of course, now as we get ready to close out season 20, the talk turns to the fall installment of DWTS, and whether Derek will return for that. “I don’t know,” remarked Derek, before joking that he’s played this ‘game’ many times. “In the past it was like, ‘Are you coming back, Derek? Are you not coming back? Oh, just shut up Derek! Make a decision!” he laughed. Still, Derek wanted to make clear that this season really was a last-minute decision, and it had everything to do with wanting to be a part of the 10th Anniversary. So what does that mean for season 21? “I think I’m contracted for one more season legally. But we’ll see what happens. I have some ideas that I want to do on the show, but not necessarily as a pro.” Ah, that Derek…still finding a way to tease us!
Val also apologized to Nastia for calling them “uninteresting”. This is what Derek and Nastia had to say about it.
While Derek and Nastia took the high road when it came to the elimination, they were much more open about the comments that fellow pro Val Chmerkovskiy said in one of the pre-packages played during the show. When the pros were asked to comment on the remaining contestants, Val remarked that “Nastia and Derek are so perfect that it makes them a bit uninteresting.” Many times the couples don’t watch every tape package that’s played in the ballroom, but this time, Derek did. “Oh, I heard him,” revealed Derek. “I heard him and I went up to him afterwards and was like, ‘Thanks. Classy, bro, classy.'”
Whether Val meant it or not, he went up to Nastia after the package aired to apologize. “Something I’ve learned about this experience is that it’s a TV show,” explained Nastia, “and for 20 years of my life when I competed, there was no producers. It was [me] going out there and competing. I think that’s what I was trying to do at the beginning of the season and why I was so into the scores and the placements.” She went on to add that Derek helped her realize that “you have to live in the moment. It was like the moment we had last night [with Len]. It was really the perfect sendoff.”
Yeah, “classy” indeed. I don’t know how any pro could be so mean-spirited to another pro and their partner? Sad!
So, for lots more with Derek and Nastia after the show last night and their reactions, see this link at Pure Derek Hough.
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Sharna Bugess has written such a touching new blog. She’s hoping her and Noah make the finals. No matter what happens, she feels they have already won. Read on…
I feel like I have already won DWTS just having Noah as my partner. He is my hero and a true champion. Noah deserves an award for overcoming his physical challenges and performing so beautifully each week. I have an amazing freestyle dance planned for Noah — I truly hope we make it to the final!
This season is my dream come true. Thank you to all our fans for being so supportive, we love and appreciate you!
More from Sharna at Closer Weekly.
Wow, last night’s show was one of the best shows I have ever seen in all my time watching Dancing With The Stars. The Judges Choice dances took the couples and the show to a whole new level. So, what do you think: Would you like to see them bring back the Judges Choice dances again in the future like I would? VOTE in our new Poll and let us know.
Moving on, let’s examine the scores from last night again….
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker – 80 (40/40)
Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough – 80 (40/40)
Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – 78 (38/40)
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess – 76 (36/40)
As for the interviews….first, go to E News. All four couples are interviewed on the night. It was an emotional one for them all in different ways and everyone is happy with last night’s dances. And here are some more interviews (we’ll add more interviews to each section as soon as more are released)….
Got Pap (I couldn’t resist posting Maks and Peta seen after the show):
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ETA: Below is more….
POPTVDotCom (you can see Gleb Savhcenko, Elena Samodanova, and Adelina Sotnikova too!):
ETA2: Fox News also talked with the couples. Be sure to see the link for more, but, below is a take…
Derek Hough was finally able to dance again for a complete number with Liukin after an injury marred his “DWTS” season and pro Sasha Farber had stepped in.
While Hough danced most of the routine, mentor Goodman did a few moves with Liukin at the end in a performance paying tribute to the veteran judge’s life.
On-the-mend Hough hopes to perform with Liukin if they make it to the finals, and the Olympian told reporters: “I think at the beginning of the season, I was more like, oh, the scores and the placement and now…Derek’s injury, and seeing the pain he’s been in…it’s taught me life is about the journey.”
ETA3: Here is a You Tube version of Noah and Sharna with Entertainment Tonight. Thanks to Andrea for the find…
Noah Galloway has written a touching note at his instagram leading up to the semi-finals on Dancing With The Stars. He thanks his fans and more. Read on (this is making me cry too)….
I came into #DWTS not expecting to go far, but here I am in the semifinals. I am here for so many reasons. I was paired up with the perfect pro dancer, @sharnaburgess. I have the love and support of my beautiful girlfriend @jamierboyd. My 3 wonderful children continue to cheer me on every week. My entire family has continued to have my back through everything. But there are the votes from the massive amount of supporters through this show that has made me so proud, I can not thank all of you enough. Each week I work extremely hard to show continuous improvements and its out of respect for all of y’all that have kept me here, thank you for that. I have so much respect for everyone I have met on this journey and can never out dance my competitors as we look towards the finale but I do my best to bring real emotion and dedication to my dances, that is what I have to offer, proof of the human spirit. I can be slowed down…but I can never be stopped. Whether I make it to the finale or not, this has been one incredible ride.
ETA: Pop Wrapped interviewed Noah and Sharna. You can read it here. Below is a take on the semi-finals…
Q: How do you feel now that you’ve made it to the semi-finals?
Sharna: We always keep our head in the game, and are hyper focused. This is the furthest I’ve been in the competition … Fans will write and say #TeamShway all the way, and that we’ll even win it, and that of course, is a fantastic desired end goal. What we do to keep razor-sharp focused as much as possible is to concentrate wholeheartedly on that week’s dance routine. It’s so wonderful going from Week One’s airing to now being happy to say we’re in Week 9!
Noah: Before we started, I thought perhaps I would make it to the third week. And now we’re going into week Nine (we are 74 days in)… I’ve experienced all sorts of pain (sometimes it’s just so tremendously hard, to not see your friends and family like you’d like to). There is joy too in being able to set a righteous example of showing people out there, if you put you’re mind to something enough, you can tackle pretty much almost anything!
ETA2: They also spoke with the LA Times.
LAT: You’ve seemed very confident – did you think you’d make it to the final shows?
NG: Nooooo. The most I thought I’d go is three weeks. I’ve never danced before and it’s not anything that comes naturally to me. Even now, I cannot do any dancing outside of this. When they ask me in a photo shoot to dance, like freestyle, I start sweating profusely. If Sharna hasn’t shown it to me, I don’t know it.
LAT: Sharna, can you give us any peeks into what’s coming for the semifinals?
SB: We’ll be doing a paso doble and a Viennese waltz, and I love that they’re so different from each other. One is more romantic and reminiscent, which is great for this moment in the journey. And the paso, Carrie Ann (Inaba) is our judge and we’re working with her to put this concept together. We’re finding something so epic and unexpected to show Noah in a different light. We’ll show his strengths in a different way. I think these are going to be entertaining and memorable pieces.
Dancing With The Stars is going to be an extra special one tonight! Here’s to this team. Thanks to Lori for the heads up… Read more..