Hey Dancettes, ready for the new Afterbuzz TV show? This time Jenna Johnson and Artem Chigvintsev join Kristyn Burtt and the crew to review Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Week 4. Lot’s of diverse discussion this time. You won’t want to miss what they say on Maks, Danica, and Julianne! Part of them thought Julianne was rude with her judging and part of them didn’t. Suri thought Maks handled it well (he did?). I especially loved their talk on the Macy’s Stars Of Dance. It was cool getting Artem’s perspective on Derek and his choreography being he was part of the dance. Note too that the next Macy’s Stars Of Dance takes place in two weeks. Lots more below. Another great show! I so look forward to these every week.
Cute interview! Though why can’t these shows stop asking him if there is something going on with Peta? *so old*
And below is a Good Morning America recap of Dancing With The Stars last night. There is also a backstage interview with Maks Chmerkovskiy complaining about Julianne Hough’s judging. She comments too. (Do I dare comment on that? What does he mean Julianne is too young to judge him? I don’t think so. She’s just as decorated as a pro as he is! )
ETA: Some of the cast and pros commented on the Julianne and Maks thing too as well as Maks himself. Here is a take, but be sure to see Today for more.
Ultimately, the exchange made for good TV.
“It doesn’t matter,” Chmerkovskiy said of Hough’s remarks. “It’s not about me. People want to be entertained when they tune in.”
The Hough/Chmerkovskiy post-dance exchange was reminiscent of other interactions he’d had with judges in past seasons — there’s a reason he’s often referred to as the bad boy of the ballroom — and that’s a place Chmerkovskiy would prefer not to visit.
“We were brought back to where things were,” he noted. “I don’t like that. Just like (I don’t like) the switch-up or Disney Week or Outer Space Week. But it’s not my call. I just have to enjoy it. We’re all in the same boat together.”
Below is Julianne with On The Red Carpet….
What another great night of dancing! I really liked the opening number and Derek Hough and the Macy’s Stars Of Dance performance. HOT! Also, all the couples did much better than I thought they would with the Switch Up dances too. Though, please….no more Switch Up dances in the future as I think the cast had enough pressure as it is. Why put that kind of pressure on them…and US? What do you think? Vote in our new Poll and then see some media afterwards.
So, for new media and interviews after the show, how about if we start with ABC7 with George Pennacchio!! Also, On The Red Carpet has one interview posted with Meryl and Val (seen below). Val is happy with last night and the way it went down with an exception that he wasn’t happy with the judges scores and comments for Maks and Charlie. He’s also not looking forward to Disney week while Meryl feels the opposite…
And for those needing a repeat of the scores….
NeNe Leakes & Derek Hough: 32
Charlie White & Peta Murgatroyd: 33
Meryl Davis & Val Chmerkovskiy: 39
James Maslow & Cheryl Burke: 35
Amy Purdy & Mark Ballas: 34
Drew Carey & Witney Carson: 33
Cody Simpson & Sharna Burgess: 31
Candace Cameron Bure & Tony Dovolani: 28
Danica McKellar & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 32
Stay tuned. More coming!!
ETA: Below is some after dark coverage with PopTVDotCom…
ETA2: The On The Red Carpet Interviews are now up! Be sure to see them here. Lots of Disney talk! ADDING: Drew says he has the Quickstep. Cody says he is doing something to “Lion King”(Court knows more. Stay tuned). Sharna says she and Charlie have the Jazz. Candace hints that she is doing to something to “Little Mermaid”. Tony is going to be a “dog”. Read more..
Today interviewed Tony Dovolani, Peta Murgatroyd, James Maslow, and Derek Hough on the Switch Up dance. Below is take from the link. Let’s just say …they are happy they get to go back to their original partners next week and yet embrace something new at the same time. Here is more…
Murgatroyd explained that she was “grateful” to have partner James Maslow by her side, and wasn’t looking forward to the possibility of losing him. It seems the “Dancing” powers that be listened to her and her fellow hoofers.
“It was the general consensus,” Murgatroyd said. “Nobody (wanted the twist), especially if it was going to be for more than one week.”
According to her partner, “nobody” included the fans.
“It’s more than just us,” Maslow said. “I also think the show looked at fan reaction that were saying, ‘This (switch-up) isn’t cool.’ I don’t think fans want to see this kind of drama. They want to see (original) couples struggling and succeeding together.”
According to pro Tony Dovolani, who’s dancing alongside “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes, the producers soon saw the error in their original plans.
“Producers are realizing this isn’t the greatest idea, and they’re bringing us back with our original partners (after this),” Dovolani said.
But, as it turns out, there’s one professional dancer who welcomes the twist — no matter how it plays out. That’s five-time winner Derek Hough, who suggested the idea in seasons past.
“Producers have done a really great job of making this feel like a new show,” Hough told us. “I’m really proud to be a part of it. The switch-up will bring a new dynamic where we don’t know what’s going to happen.”
More at Today.
Nene talked on the Switch up, the competition, and more with Ellen. Check out what she does when Ellen tries to guess her switch up partner. lol
Also, People interviewed Julianne Hough about judging Dancing With The Stars tonight. She’s excited to be back in the ballroom. More at the link including her thoughts on Mark Ballas and how she didn’t mean to sound so harsh on he and Christina Milian last season.
I’m very excited. It’s my home away from home,” says the former Dancing pro-turned- actress about TV’s most popular ballroom.
“This season everybody is so great. We’re in the fourth week and everybody is really intriguing,” Hough says, admitting that serving as a judge can sometimes be just as nerve-wracking as competing on the show.
“You go in trying to give constructive criticism, but when the nerves get to you, you sometimes put your foot in your mouth, which I have done in the past. So this is my do-over,” says the two-time DWTS champ – whose stint as a judge last season hit a notable snag.
It’s different because you don’t know how this person learns, you don’t know how this person performs. You’ve seen your partner perform before, but you haven’t seen how they work in the studio.
It has been challenging, but it’s also been fun because it’s like starting a whole new season again. It’s like you’re starting with a whole new partner, that part of it – it’s fun, it keeps things new and you have different challenges to overcome so I think it’s good television. We’re going to see. Some people will improve and some people won’t so the pressure is really on us pros to make the celebrity we have as good as possible, especially if you already have one that’s pretty good.
More at Access Hollywood.
Also, don’t miss reading about Cheryl’s dieting tips at USA Today.
Peta Murgatroyd has written a new blog at People. She talks all about James Maslow and how proud she is of him. She also talks about Charlie White…her switch up partner!! It’s a “strange feeling” dancing with him, but….well, see for yourself below…
But I can’t make all the talk about James. I have to focus my energy on a different partner this week for cast change-ups.
It’s a very strange feeling being paired with Charlie [White] this week. We get along like a house on fire. He’s so funny and so sweet, but I’m still obviously in contact with James. We’ve been texting and calling each other just to check up and see how each other’s dances are going. It’s just weird because I’m thinking about camera blocking and how I’m not going to be with James. I’m going to be with Charlie, and even though it isn’t what I’m used to, it’s been a ton of fun.
Charlie has a crazy schedule, so it’s been a hell of a week. We’re performing a rumba and it’s looking really, really good. I’m very impressed with him. It’s Disney week, so we’re excited about that.
Charlie is such a hard worker. I feel like I’ve had a pro-dancer in the room with me. He’s literally a dancer. I don’t have to teach him much at all. He just does it. I’ve been very lucky.
More at People.
TV Guide intereviewed Erin Andrews about the rumors that the producers of Dancing With The Stars are thinking of replacing her. She immediately called producers and asked them about it. Below is what she tells TV Guide…
“I’ve got to be honest. … It kind of got me worried and scared,” Andrews told TVGuide.com last week, noting that she immediately called producers to do damage control. “I just went back and forth with the producers like, ‘Are we good here? Please tell me what I need to work on. Please tell me what I need to do. ‘And they’re like, ‘We couldn’t be happier.’”
And below are her thoughts about the Switch Up Dance, which celebs she’s the most impressed with so far, and the stiff competition….
Next week is the switch-up. As a former competitor, how would you have felt about switching partners?
Andrews: Oh, I wouldn’t have liked it, but I like that the show’s doing it. I think every little twist and turn they can add to the show and spice it up — it’s been on for 18 seasons, so you’ve got to do something to keep it new and fresh. But I wouldn’t have liked it. You get in such a comfort zone with your pro dancer, and you know they know your weaknesses and your strengths. Somebody like Amy, who has been obviously going through so much with Derek [Hough], and Derek really seems to understand her. Not that the other pro dancers wouldn’t, but it gets you out of your comfort zone. You’re already out of your comfort zone doing ballroom dancing in front of millions of people on prime-time television, so it just adds one more element of like, oh God, what am I doing here?
Which celebs have you been most impressed with this season?
Andrews: Well, I think right off the bat most impressed and most surprised would be Amy. I don’t think any of us really knew what to expect. And to say that we’ve all been moved to tears pretty much every week is an understatement. … You know, she was already a very inspiring person, but [Derek's] just kind of peeling off these layers for her and showing her, and showing all of us, what is possible, and that’s so special. And I just get choked up every single time I think about it, because I’m so proud of her and I don’t even really know her very well. I’m so thankful somebody like her is showing really all her strengths. You would think they would be weaknesses, and they’re not. Danica [McKellar] has been unbelievable. She’s really talented. And I think Candace [Cameron Bure] too. A lot has to be said about somebody who hasn’t taken a dance class before. Mark is a very talented and special choreographer, and he’s really playing to her strengths and I think that’s very cool to see as well. [Charlie White's] personality is really starting to come out. I saw it especially last week. He’s so sweet. … And Meryl [Davis], I think she’s like a Disney princess. She’s just so graceful and so gorgeous, and I’m so glad she was paired with Maksim [Chmerkovskiy] for so many reasons. I’ve really enjoyed both of them.
It seems like the competition is especially stiff this season.
Andrews: My mom said that the other night. My mom watches the show, she loves the show. … I think with my year, you could kind of see that Nicole Scherzinger, was going to blow everybody out of the water. But this year, the competition [is fierce], and the stories behind it — and that’s exactly what the show wanted and needed. It’s been a really fun journey.
To read more, see TV Guide. An interesting read before show time!
Last week, Sports Bovada didn’t post their new odds for Dancing With The Stars, so that’s why you didn’t see us post on them. However, they have posted a new set of odds for Dancing With The Stars Week 4! Note how tight they are to previous seasons at this time which is a credit to this cast of dancers. Also, note how Amy Purdy moved up to second place ahead of Charlie White!! After she and Derek’s dance this past week, it’s no wonder…
Meryl Davis 7/4
Amy Purdy 5/2
Charlie White 3/1
James Maslow 10/1
Danica McKellar 10/1
Candace Cameron Bure 15/1
Cody Simpson 20/1
NeNe Leakes 25/1
Drew Carey 33/1
Odds two weeks ago:
Charlie White 5/2
Meryl Davis 5/2
Amy Purdy 4/1
Candace Cameron Bure 11/2
Danica McKellar 15/2
James Maslow 10/1
Cody Simpson 20/1
Drew Carey 25/1
NeNe Leakes 25/1
Sean Avery 33/1
Billy Dee Williams 100/1
Diana Nyad 100/1
So, what do you think? Do the odds makers have it right this week? I think they do with an exception to Nene, Drew, and Cody. I think Nene should be in last place. I think Candace should be lowered to next to last with Drew and Cody in the middle of the pack. Other than that, they have it about right.
Court and Heidi, what do you think?
Courtney: *shrug* Do the odds really even matter anymore, with all of the shady business going on behind the scenes? I feel like I’m betting on a fixed boxing match. I guess I understand why Meryl is at the top – seems like she’s being set up as the golden girl now, after a few weeks of Charlie actually being the golden boy. Do I think she’ll actually win? Hell no. Mark my words, the “setting up” will backfire. Glad to see Amy moving up; looks like everyone else is kind of staying the same. I would put NeNe before Drew, though – I doubt the Real Housewives fanbase is going to carry her a whole lot further, past switch week.
Heidi: I’m kinda with Courtney. And I think Charlie will end up winning in the end. I think we’re going to get to some dances that Amy may struggle with and I think Meryl will come off too much like a sure thing and it will backfire. People do like an underdog and they’re the ones putting Charlie there – really, he talks in his package about how it’s nice to be at the top of the leaderboard and then he’s underscored to make sure he’s lower than Meryl? That’s not at all transparent!! If they don’t hose Meryl but good a couple times, or at least get real with Maks on not upping the choreo, I think she’ll lose. They had her 3 points ahead of the next couples – bad idea. I do agree that Drew will last longer than NeNe – he just has a larger fanbase and unless they start overscoring her and underscoring him, I think he outlasts her. I do wonder if we’re going to see a “shocking” elimination of either Candice or Danica – Candace because she’s not dancing that well and is kind of in the background (note they didn’t even really show her Full House cast in the audience) or Danica because Maks is back and any cross over voting Val might have benefited from in the past is going all to Maks to help him win. And if not….well, that supports my Meryl isn’t going to win wager. If not one of the women, possibly either Cody or James and I’m leaning toward Cody right now because James is making a strong showing.
LOL Check out what Billy Dee says on he and Emma’s first meeting and how her face lights up afterwards. So cute!