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Mark Ballas Blogs On Dancing With The Stars Season 19 Week 3

Mark Ballas writes of how disappointed he was in the scores for him and Sadie Robertson last night on dancing With The Stars….especially being Carrie Anne said it was one of her favorite dances, but, then she scored them like everyone else. Other than that and the elimination of Randy, Mark was happy with how the night went down. Below is more from Hollywood Life.

Really proud of Sadie tonight! I thought her technique was great; I was really impressed with her frame, considering it was her first ballroom dance. I was a little underwhelmed and disappointed in the scoring. Carrie Ann Inaba said it was one of her favorites of the night, but then scored the same as everyone else. I felt like it could have been 9’s across the board.

I was very impressed with Tommy Chong, I thought he did wonderfully. So cool to see how well he moves, especially at his age. It’s amazing and just goes to show that dance has no age. I was also really impressed with Derek Hough and Bethany Mota. What a great rendition of “Singing In The Rain” – not easy shoes to fill! I also thought Val Chmerkovskiy and Janel Parrish did a great job.

It was a little early in the season, in my opinion, for 10’s. I’ve never seen 10’s this early in the competition, but I felt that the dances that got them definitely earned them. I would have given those dances 10’s, too! But I was surprised that the judges gave them out this early in the season.

Bethany Mota Strokes Derek Hough In Flirty Cuddle…

‘Dancing With The Stars': Bethany Mota cuddles with Derek Hough as they rehearse for DWTS. Starring Bethany Mota Starring Dererk Hough

Bethany Mota Strokes Derek Hough In Flirty Cuddle Seshion

I was very impressed with Tommy Chong, I thought he did wonderfully. So cool to see how well he moves, especially at his age. It’s amazing and just goes to show that dance has no age. I was also really impressed with Derek Hough and Bethany Mota. What a great rendition of “Singing In The Rain” – not easy shoes to fill! I also thought Val Chmerkovskiy and Janel Parrish did a great job.

It was a little early in the season, in my opinion, for 10’s. I’ve never seen 10’s this early in the competition, but I felt that the dances that got them definitely earned them. I would have given those dances 10’s, too! But I was surprised that the judges gave them out this early in the season.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Julianne Hough Photo Diary: “I love the vibe of the ’70s! There is a such a sexiness and ease to it all”

Did you like Julianne Hough’s look last night on Dancing With The Stars? I thought she looked so pretty again. She talked with People about it. Below she talks of how she loves the 70’s era (I do too). More at the link including pictures of Julianne getting ready for the show.

“I love the vibe of the ’70s! There is a such a sexiness and ease to it all,” Hough tells PEOPLE. “The music, the clothing and the hair and makeup of that decade has always really resonated with me. We found the beaded bodysuit portion of this outfit first and the minute we paired it with the high-waisted pants it suddenly became this retro, ’70s, fabulous thing and we just built the rest of the look around that core story. It really felt like the perfect look for week three!”

Hough’s stylist Anita Patrickson added that she picked up on the week’s “Movies” theme to pay homage to “Charlie’s Angels, Starsky and Hutch and the style icons of the ’70s like Ali MacGraw, Mia Farrow and Farah Fawcett. The ’70s is already a huge trend this fall and it was the perfect moment to introduce it (subtly!) into Julianne’s look.”

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Carrie Ann Inaba Writes On Her Stand Out Performances On Dancing With The Stars Week 3

Carrie Ann Inaba has written a new blog at Parade. Her two stand out performances this week were Derek and Bethany along with Val and Janel. Carrie Ann also loved Tommy Chung. She also explains why she was harsh this week on Lea (I actually agreed with Carrie Ann on Lea. I think her posture needs improvement as I wrote in comments in Courtney’s Power Ranking post. I noticed this issue in previous weeks as well).

So, the third performance I’d like to talk about was Mr. Tommy Chong. I think I need to explain my Yoda compliment. And it was indeed a compliment. First of all, Yoda is a master, a soft-spoken, yet highly enlightened being who gives the advice that will save the world. He’s distinguished and masterfully skilled yet demure and understated, just like Tommy Chong was in his incredible Argentine Tango performance. There was an special sort of wisdom in the movements and a masterful skill that came across like poetry. He had a few tiny wobbles (but it’s difficult to dance in smoke on that stage). But it felt poetic on all level with a quality that words cannot do justice. It felt like we were having a chance to sit with a master … a wise dancing sage.

I see that some folks are upset with my scores for Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev. There is no doubt that she is one of the best dancers we have this year. And I would say a true contender. She’s got sizzle and sass and all the right moves. However, she was not centered in her Cha Cha performance. It happens. Sometimes, especially for women in heels, we can lose our balance and since it’s a fast-paced dance, it’s hard to get our feet back under us. It’s happened to us all at some point. Her focus was not as razor sharp as usual and her posture could become a problem if not fixed early. That is why I pointed it out. So she can improve upon it. The performance as a whole was about an 8 except then she also had a few mistakes so I deducted for it. My goal as I said last night to Allison Holker is never to diminish or to discourage but rather to encourage improvement. Everything I said to Lea is with love and respect for very real chance to head to the finals.

More at Parade including pictures and fashion credits.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

HQ Photos Of Dancing With The Stars Season 19 Week 3

Below are a few high quality shots of last nights dances on Dancing With The Stars. Aren’t they breathtaking?!! To see more, see Getty Images.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Janel Parrish And Val Chmerkovskiy Interviewed About Dancing With The Stars On Good Day LA

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy were guest on Good Day LA this morning. They talked about Dancing With The Stars last night, performing, beating the jitters, and more.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

PureDWTS19 Question: Did you approve of Kevin Hart’s judging last night? (New POLL, VOTE)

Did you approve of Kevin Hart’s judging last night? VOTE in our new Poll and let us know what you think and how you voted in comments.

My thoughts: I thought Kevin was fantastic. What I love about the guest judges is that they judge on the “entertainment” factor much like we would do. I think it’s nice to have a perspective like that added to the judges panel just to cover all bases since this competition is not always about ‘technique”. He was so funny and entertaining too. I love how he screamed out the scores in his own way too. Hilarious.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

PureDWTS Season 19, Week 3 – Power Rankings

Well, I guess the euphoria of having my dream contestant on DWTS would finally wear off – and this was the week that it happened.  What a three-ring circus of nitpicking, wonky scoring, and overall chaos.  From what I saw from the judges – crack is whack, and so is meth, heroin, and bath salts, apparently.  Julianne wins the “twatwaffle of the night” award, for generally just being a bit of a cranky b*tch – so in other words, she was filling in for Len.  Hooray.

Sorry, but the wrong person went home – Randy may not have been the best dancer, but he was not nearly as bad as the score he got last week OR this week…but hey, the judges need their scores & critiques justified, so they had to screw him somehow.  Absolutely no reason that he should have been forced to go first TWO weeks in a row, basically making a mad dash from the opening  number to the quickchange; and to add insult to injury, this week he had to do it after being told he was in jeopardy.  Classy, Wade. I just might have to spoil a bunch of sh*t early to get back at you…

…as for Kevin, I actually think he turned out being a pretty decent judge.  I liked that he didn’t seem like he was out to really critique anyone, and tried to see the positive in everyone’s routines.  Also enjoyed his humor, and thought it was kinda cool how he seemed genuinely moved by Bethany & Derek’s dance.  He can come back anytime and enthusiastically yell out scores ;-)

1.) TIE: Bethany & Derek and Janel & Val – So the first two perfect 40’s of the season.  I feel one was deserved; the other? Meh. Felt like an awful lot of emphasis was placed on Janel & Val’s struggles with switching the routine, there was a lot of futzing around at the beginning of the routine, and then the score was almost given as a consolation prize for putting up with the crap.  Sure, Janel handled what she was given decently well – she should, given her background – but a 40? For wiping Val’s abs with a towel? Sorry, not buying it.  But hey, they seem bound & determined to make Vajanel happen, so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised.  As for Bethany – I had been worried, after hearing that her ankle injury was still very much an issue; but thank the lord Derek was able to choreograph something that was true to Singin’ in the Rain while being feasible for her to execute.  God bless umbrella work that doesn’t go awry :-) And Bethany kept up, and for the first time, she really seemed 100% invested in the routine, which is what I’ve been wanting from her since the first week. I don’t see either going anywhere for awhile, but it should be interesting to see who fares better next week…

3.)  Alfonso & Witney – *sigh* I’m stumped on what this guy has to do to get anything more than an 8 these days.  As I mentioned to someone else earlier – I have to wonder if he & Witney may have inadvertently screwed themselves in week 1 by coming out of the gate so strong, because now it seems like he gets nitpicked to death by the judges (particularly Julianne) no matter how well he does.  Say what you will about  Bethany & Janel and their perfect 40’s – but if they both deserved them, then Alfonso did too, because he’s dancing at a level that’s far more technical and with an off-the-charts sense of musicality.  That’s actually what I love most about all his routines – he finds the most clever ways to accent different beats in the music with his movements.  Loved “Mini-Alfonso” and was also very impressed with how Witney managed to meld quickstep and disco – it was a tall order, but she pulled it off.  He was a bit stiff at a few times, but all things considered, that was a pretty minor problem. All I can say is that Alfonso better rock the socks of his “It’s Not Unusual” jazz, complete with the famous Carlton dance, next week – the stars are aligned for another perfect 40 ;-)

4.) Sadie & Mark – Ok, I may have teared up a little bit watching this one – it was just so SWEET.  Loved how it payed homage to Up, while still being a proper Viennese waltz, and thought it was very appropriate for Sadie – I have to give Mark props for really tailoring the routines to be appropriate for her age and also her personality.  Sadie isn’t a sexpot like Janel – she’s a bit more reserved, and I appreciate that Mark’s not trying to push her to take on that persona.  And unlike Julianne, I actually think Sadie’s long, floaty arms are an asset – like her legs, they just seem to go on and on and on, which makes every line look that much better. Very impressed with what I’ve seen from these two so far, and glad that Sadie didn’t let Carrie Ann’s stupid comment or being in jeopardy last week get to her :-)

5.) Lea & Artem – Here’s my dilemma with Lea: each dance she does seems to start off quite strong, but fall apart somewhere in the middle. That was definitely the case with her cha-cha – she actually started off with some great leg action and really sold the dance well, but about 30 seconds in, something seemed to get off-kilter and never fully recovered.  Not sure if she lost her balance or forgot some choreography, but something seemed to lag.  I will say this, though: she sold it well the whole time.  Still really like her as a dancer – just hoping she can be a bit more consistent in her routines.  She’s got the talent – she just needs to focus, I guess.

6.) Tommy & Peta – Praise Jeebus – Tommy remembered his choreography!!! Deep Throat had mentioned that he had yet to get through the entire routine without forgetting something as of rehearsal today, so he must have dug deep and made something happen out there on the floor…and the result was actually quite charming.  It actually did remind me a bit of the famous tango scene in Scent of a Woman – wasn’t overtly sexual, but just a rather charming tango between a young woman and an older man.  And it wasn’t like Peta went easy on him, either – I saw some tricky footwork in there, which he actually handled well.  Lotta unexpected finesse from Tommy as a dancer, and also Peta as a pro…even if she does “smell like Maks”, according to Tommy…but that’s none of my business…*sipping tea like Kermit the Frog* 8-)

7.) Michael & Emma – And this was the week that Mike actually managed to pull something together and have a halfway decent dance :-) Sure, he’s still a pretty awkward mover, and Emma has to do quite a bit of backleading – but something actually seemed to kind of “click” in Mike’s head this week, and his dancing came across as rather charming and earnest…even if he looked like Buddy the Elf in his Robin Hood getup.  :-P I do think viewers find him charming, and are likely to keep him around for a little while longer – now that he actually seems to be catching on, it could give him a bit of extra momentum.

8.) Jonathan & Allison – Part of me wonders if his appearance in jeopardy this week was a bit of a warning rap across the knuckles to Allison for getting a bit too creative with their cha-cha last week.  Or maybe he’s not getting the votes, who knows.  Was a bit puzzled by their tango – I had said that I thought “Back to Black” was a bizarre song for it (or at least the Gatsby version), but I actually found that the routine ended up a bit bizarre as well…almost “stuttery”? That’s the best word I can use to describe it – seemed like a lot of strange starts and stops, and it looked like Jonathan might have garbled the footwork at one point.  His frame could also use a bit work.  The scored seemed a bit kind, too – really, the same as Alfonso? Yeesh.  My man just can’t seem to catch a break…and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jonathan  in jeopardy again next week.  Just having a bit of a hard time clicking with this couple…

9.) Betsey & Tony – Betsey is just so darn cute :-) Love how excited she seems to be each week to just be on the show and to be dancing with Tony.  Thought they gave Ghost a good shot, and the routine was actually quite pretty – was impressed with the lift Tony did holding Betsey on her back above him while he slid around in a circle on the floor, and then Betsey did a back walkover out of it.  The lifts were the highlight of the routine for me – well, they were all of the routine for me, as there really wasn’t much else in between; seemed like it was just Betsey vaguely gesturing and walking from place to place, waiting for each lift.  But can I really fault a 72-year-old woman for not doing a whole lot in a dance where she was being lifted and showing off her flexibility? I still enjoyed it :-) But I do think  Betsey’s days are likely numbered – she just can’t keep up with some of the younger contestants this season.

10.) Antonio & Cheryl - While Antonio is getting slightly more tolerable by the week, if I’m being honest, I would have much rather kept Randy and sent Antonio packing this week.  Just felt like Randy was embracing the journey more gracefully than Antonio has been, but whatever.  He did alright with his foxtrot – some wonky shoulders and that weird I-need-to-turn-my-whole-body-in-order-to-turn thing that Bruno & Julianne were talking about, and that choreography seemed pretty dumbed-down…but it wasn’t terrible.  I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either :-) But I do wonder if he’s maybe getting lost in the shuffle, and the appearance in jeopardy was a bit of a warning that he might not be getting the votes…but who knows.  I never would have guessed that Randy would have gone home this week, so I could be totally off.

So what did you guys think of tonight? Were the scores deserved/undeserved? Did the right person go home? Let’s hear it!

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DWTS19 Week 3 Interviews After The Dance, Some Dances Revealed For Week 4, Special SPOILERS Included

Wow, where do we begin after a night like last on Dancing With The Stars? First of all, and in case you missed it last night in Heidi’s discussion post, Court tells us from our source that Alfonso & Witney have a Jazz for Dancing With The Stars Week 4 and their song is “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones. Too fun!!!

Now onto some new interviews and recaps with ABC7, Afterbuzz TV, and Access Hollywood (see below). Also, Glamour has some “behind the scenes” coverage and pictures. From these interviews and coverage, we learn that Derek & Bethany and Val & Janel have a Rumba next week. Peta & Tommy have a Jive and they are dancing to “Jail House Rock” (lol I can’t tell if they are joking or not about the song, but, so funny if true?). Alfonso and Witney have a Jazz (as said above). They are saving the “Carlton” for another time. Emma & Michael have a Quickstep. Note too how Karina mentions that her contract is up this season on Dancing With The Stars and it could be her last. *CRIES

ETA: Court just wrote on more intel. She added that Antonio and Cheryl have a Samba to “Love Would Never Do (Without You)” by Janet Jackson . I love that song.

ETA2: In a new Afterbuzz TV interview, Mark and Sadie reveal they have a Samba. More interviews added below….

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Private Members Area – DWTS Season 19 Movie Week Discussion

Tonight was week three of Dancing with the Stars Season 19. If you’re not a Pure DWTS Insider yet, you can do so here. If you are, then I look forward to the discussion in the comments.
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DWTS Season 19 Week 3 Movie Night Music

Dancing with the Stars season 19 Movie Night is here. As always, we’re back with the music from the show. Be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. What did you think of tonight’s music?

Randy & Karina danced a Paso doble to the song “Eye of the Tiger” —Survivor from the movie Rocky III
Alfonso & Witney danced a Quickstep to the song “Hey Goldmember” —Beyoncé feat. Devin & Solange from the movie Austin Powers in Goldmember
Betsey & Tony danced a Contemporary to the song “Unchained Melody” —The Righteous Brothers from the movie Ghost
Lea & Artem danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “The Power of Love” —Huey Lewis and the News from the movie Back to the Future
Michael & Emma danced a Waltz to the song “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” —Bryan Adams from the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Antonio & Cheryl danced a Foxtrot to the song “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” —Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell from the movie Guardians of the Galaxy
Sadie & Mark danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Married Life” —Michael Giacchino from the movie Up
Jonathan & Allison danced a Tango to the song “Back to Black” —Beyoncé & André 3000 from the movie The Great Gatsby
Janel & Val danced a Jazz to the song “America” —Leonard Bernstein from the movie West Side Story
Tommy & Peta danced a Argentine tango to the song “Por una Cabeza” —The Tango Project from the movie Scent of a Woman
Bethany & Derek danced a Jazz to the song “Singin’ in the Rain” —Gene Kelly from the movie Singin’ in the Rain

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