Below is Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvinstev on Good Morning America today. I loved how Maureen said she felt like she was floating at times when dancing with Artem. So sweet. I’m so glad she danced this season.
So, did you all notice how @DancingABC RTed this tweet by Dina Parise? She’s a former Figure Skater and Drag Racer. I’m starting to wonder if they are thinking of asking her to dance next season? We better put her on “watchout”.
— Dina Parise(@DPariseRacing) October 25, 2016
These stunning photos say it all for the night, don’t they?! Give it up to the costume department. They are outdoing themselves this season! Click on any of the photos to see more.
What outstanding dances last night! So much so, I can’t wait to watch them over again. So, let’s review the scores. I think Marilu was hugely underscored. She should be up there with Jana and Terra in my opinion.
Calvin Johnson, Jr. and Lindsay Arnold (’50s Jive): 9-9-9-9 from the judges for a total of 36.
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess (’40s Jitterbug): 9-9-9-9 for a total of 36.
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy (’60s Quickstep): 8-8-9-9 from the judges for a total of 34.
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko (’70s Samba): 8-8-9-9 from the judges for a total of 34.
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber (’30s Foxtrot): 9-8-9-8 for a total of 34.
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough (’20s Charleston): 7-7-8-7 from the judges for a total of 29.
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke (’90s Rumba): 7-7-7-7 from the judges for a total of 28.
Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev (’80s Tango): 7-7-7-7 from the judges for a total of 28.
Team Past: (James, Maureen, Calvin, Ryan): 10-9-9-10 from the judges for a total 38.
Team Future: (Laurie, Marilu, Jana, Terra): 8-9-9-9 from the judges for a total of 35.
And below is some media and interviews before and after the show….
From Fox News:
Meanwhile, Hinchcliffe, dancing jitterbug, and Johnson, performing jive, tied for first in the individual portion with both receiving 36.
Hinchcliffe’s jitterbug was a stunner as he did a 1940s military-themed dance to the famous Glenn Miller tune, “In the Mood” that had judge Bruno Tonioli praising it like an old movie scene.
But as viewers saw, his partner, Sharna Burgess, fell and suffered a knee injury on Monday before the show and she told FOX411 backstage, “I have to go for an MRI tomorrow, but as of right now I’ve sprained my MCL, so it’s overstretched. It just keeps snapping against the bone. I have to just manage the pain. James is an amazing partner getting me through that….”
Burgess, who has been on the show eight seasons, admitted, “When I fell, it was pure panic. I’ve had an ACL reconstruction on that very same knee and so I was scared to death, oh, my God, I’ve busted my knee and I’m out of this competition…within the hour, working with our [physical therapists], I realized there’s no tear, there’s no swelling…we’re going to power through.”
As for Sharna’s injury, it happened in the team dance dress rehearsal, and for the first time ever in the history of DWTS, apparently there wasn’t any footage immediately available. “The dress I was wearing for the group dance was about three inches longer than it is now, and I slipped on it when we were dancing,” explained Sharna. “My foot went sideways from my knee, and I sprained the inside ligament—the MCL. I’ve actually had an ACL reconstruction on that knee, so the fear for me with my knees is huge. I never want to go through that again. But once I knew there was no tear and it was a sprain—which is [usually treated with] pain management—[I felt more at peace].” Still, Sharna’s injury does create complications moving forward. “It won’t be business as usual. I’ll be there in rehearsals and doing just as much, but I might get Jenna [Johnson] to come in and help out. Once it’s choreographed and done, she can run it with James, and I know she’ll take care of him.”
Given the severity of Sharna’s injury, it’s remarkable she was even able to dance with James at all last night, much less with that same competitive nature. “James couldn’t go as full out as he wanted to because he was considering me and trying to properly lead me around the floor. He should get all 10’s just for being an amazing partner.”
I was traveling last week and not able to post the music. So, I’ll catch up with DWTS Season 23’s week 6 and 7 music below. Be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. Here we go:
DWTS Season 23 Week 6 Music:
Ryan & Cheryl danced a Salsa to the song “La Negra Tiene Tumbao”—Celia Cruz
Terra & Sasha danced a Paso doble to the song “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”—Santa Esmeralda
Amber & Maks danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Bla Bla Bla Cha Cha Cha”—Petty Booka
James & Sharna danced a Rumba to the song “Need the Sun to Break”—James Bay
Marilu & Derek danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Echa pa’lante”—Thalía
Jana & Gleb danced a Argentine tango to the song “Hands to Myself”—Selena Gomez
Maureen & Artem danced a Samba to the song “Mas que Nada”—Sérgio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas
Calvin & Lindsay danced a Argentine tango to the song “Hotel California”—Eagles
Laurie & Val danced a Salsa to the song “Light It Up”—Major Lazer feat. Nyla & Fuse ODG
DWTS Season 23 Week 7 Music:
Laurie & Val danced a Quickstep to the song “One Fine Day”—The Chiffons
Ryan & Cheryl danced a Rumba to the song “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”—Aerosmith
Marilu & Derek danced a Charleston to the song “Never Forget You”—Postmodern Jukebox feat. Addie Hamilton
Calvin & Lindsay danced a Jive to the song “Good Golly, Miss Molly”—Little Richard
Maureen & Artem danced a Tango to the song “You Give Love a Bad Name”—Bon Jovi
Terra & Sasha danced a Foxtrot to the song “Cheek to Cheek”—Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Jana & Gleb danced a Samba to the song “Get Down Tonight”—KC and the Sunshine Band
James & Sharna danced a Jitterbug to the song “In the Mood”—Glenn Miller to the song
Team Past danced a Freestyle to the song “The Skye Boat Song”—Raya Yarbrough
Team Future danced a Freestyle to the song “Embrace”—Armin van Buuren feat. Eric Vloeimans
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Court covering for Heidi this week, who is on vacay in Hawaii and currently 6 hours behind EST – so while those of us in the eastern time zone are settling in for DWTS, it’s only 2 PM in Maui, and Heidi’s probably posted up on the beach, on her 3rd or 4th mai tai 😛
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Early predictions: team dances may end up closer than you think – source said that while Team Future may have the more talented dancers and Derek’s choreographic skill, both Derek & Val seemed pretty stumped by the music, and consequently seemed to spin their wheels for awhile before starting to choreograph the routine. Team Past, however, seemed to hit the ground running, and got a lot more done on the first night and generally seemed more enthusiastic about their music and theme. I’ll be interested to see who actually comes out on top. Team dance spoiler post HERE for those who need a refresher.
A little bit of a late-breaking spoiler for week 8: next week is instant face-offs, per Hinch on the local news (posted vid on my Twitter, too frazzled to upload here). Since there will be an odd number of couples left, I’m guessing whoever gets the high score in the individual dance round will likely be immune from elimination, leaving the remaining 6 couples to face-off in one of 3 different dances, with the winner of each face-off probably getting a couple additional points. This should be very, very interesting – especially who gets immunity from even having to dance-off in the first place. I’m already thinking it might be a way for TPTB to buy Jana a way into the semi-finals.
Fave costume: Terra’s fluffy pink ballgown. Mo looks uncomfortable in her 80’s punk rock getup. WTF is Erin wearing??? A Picasso painting?
Cute dance from Laurie, but that felt like it took FOREVER to actually get into hold. Might have to watch a second time, but frame seemed kind of bouncy, too.
Source is saying Team Past is actually going first in the team dance round. No, I don’t have an explanation.
Kinda surprised at the scores they gave Laurie – I thought they were all gonna pull out the 9’s. Seems like the hammer might be dropping.
I don’t think that rumba was meant to be funny, but I’m cracking up 😛 I don’t know if it was the lighting or what, but it was making it look like Ryan had a beard drawn on with a brown Magic Marker. Not much hip action, but I was amused. Anyone still wanna nitpick James’ rumba from next week after watching this?
Anyone else catch Len not-so-subtly shading Val’s tendency to just generally waste a bunch of time instead of actually getting down to business and dancing?
Very cute dance from Marilu, but it looks like she may have gotten a bit behind the beat a couple of times. That song was FAST.
Catching my breath for a second, and I could have SWORN I heard Tom say earlier that there were 4 weeks left in the competition. So…11 weeks, again?
I’m standing here in my living room, clapping like an idiot. Calvin MURDERED that jive. Didn’t waste time, footwork was fantastic, legs looked great, he sold it, and his topline was everything that Laurie was missing in her quickstep. I want him as one of the last two standing. C’mon, 40…
I would have given that at least one 10, but I guess I KIND OF get why they gave it 9’s. They’re pickier about the core ballroom & Latin dances than they are the “extra” dances.
Sorry, but Mo has just kinda become a drag for me to watch – the heavy conversations with Artem in rehearsal are just tired at this point. Pretty big stumble in that tango…but I bet they give her a pretty kind score nonetheless.
Very cute foxtrot from Terra, and I’m back to being sold on her again – she seems to really thrive in dances where she can really sell a character: jive, samba, & foxtrot have all worked well for her. Really hope I’m wrong about feeling a tad worried for her tonight…
34 is probably fair. I better start paring down details, cause I’m gonna run out of sh*t to say in the power rankings…
Still not sure what the big deal is about Jana. Not a whole lot of samba there, and what I saw struck me as stiff.
Hinch has a cute dance that suits him well. Maybe not as explosive as Calvin’s, but fun nonetheless. Sharna definitely limping, though.
I enjoyed Team Past thoroughly, but I’m sure some of the younger crowd will complain that it was “boring” and will favor Team Future. I loved it simply because it was different – I don’t think we’ve ever had a team dance quite like it.
A score of 38 leaves a nice 2-point bubble for the judges to score Team Future higher, so they probably will. Sigh. Not loving how complicated this set is looking, and Terra crying in rehearsal is just eating me up 🙁
Ok, granted, that was a very odd piece of music, and that kind of dictated the routine – but that was one of the strangest team dances we’ve seen in DWTS history. A bit too post-modern, I’m afraid.
Jana & Gleb and Maureen & Artem in jeopardy.
Maureen & Artem eliminated.
Look for the power rankings sometime tomorrow. I’m beat.
Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Week 7 is about to begin. We plan to post dance videos courtesy of @Idolxfactor1 below as the show progresses. So, stay tuned and keep checking back. 😉
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Week 7 of Dancing With The Stars Season 23 All Access is about to begin! You can watch all the “behind the scenes” coverage and interviews LIVE in the video below. You can also watch it at the Official Site here.
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess give a preview to tonight’s Jitterbug with Dave Furst. Thanks to Abby for the heads up….
— Dave Furst (@DaveFurst) October 24, 2016