Below is Afterbuzz’s hew Dancing with the Stars “after show” for Week 9. Kristyn Burtt breaks down the performances. Co-hosts Jake DuPree, Suri Serano, Anna Trebunskaya also join in to help and their special guest is pro dancer Henry Byalikov. It gets really interesting at the end when they discuss finale freestyles.
Kym Johnson has written a new blog for Life And Style Magazine thanking all of her fans for the ride this season. She also thanks her partner Ingo Rademacher. However the show isn’t over. As soon as they get back from New York City (they will be on LIVE with Kelly and Michael today), they are headed to rehearsals for next week’s show. Below is more including her plans for the summer. Note how she also has a soft spot for Kellie Pickler….
Our schedule still hasn’t slowed down one bit! After we get back to LA from NYC, we’re headed back to the dance floor for the live finale. When this is all over, I’m going to Australia for a week. I’m so excited to see my family. It’s going to be really nice and I can’t wait!
But before I can head Down Under, there’s still a DWTS finale and I’m trying to place my bets on a winning couple – but I just can’t! It’s going to be a really tough finals. The four couples that are remaining are all very good, so it’s going to be tight! I don’t know if anyone has an idea of who’s going to win. It’s a tough call, but it’s going to be great fun to watch. That’s all I can say.
Not only did last night’s episode make me realize how remarkable my journey with Ingo this season has been, but it also gave me an opportunity to reflect on my DWTS career thus far. Last night we celebrated the 300th episode and literally, everyone was there. It’s such an achievement and accomplishment.
I’ve had the most incredible experience doing this show and it’s brought me much happiness and success. There are just so many great moments and I feel lucky.
Words can’t express how grateful I am to have been a part of such an amazing season, with not only an amazing partner, but an amazing cast as well. Of course I’m going to miss Ingo, but I’m also going to miss talking with Kellie. She’s just adorable and so nice to be around. I’ve got a soft spot for her.
Don’t you just love Kym? Let’s hope we see her back on the show next season as a pro!! I think she’s one of the best dance teachers this show has. Would you agree?
DWTS Carrie Ann Inaba Discusses Her Favorite To Win, Maks Chmerkovskiy, Being The Lift Police, And More
Time.com interviewed judge Carrie Ann Inaba about Dancing With The Stars Season 16. They ask her straight up about being the “lift police”, punishing the star for what the pro is doing, and more. Below is a take about who is her favorite is to win the season. She also answers a question on whether Maks Chmerkovskiy will be back to dance in the future.
Who is your favorite to win this season?
As far as my scores go, I think Zendaya [Coleman] has gotten the highest scores from me. I love the way she interprets music when she dances. It’s a full-body interpretation. I think Kellie Pickler is a fantastic dancer. I don’t know if she’s always really in tune with her emotions. She’s always very concerned with the technique. I think she had a breakthrough on the paso, and I hope it continues. I’m hard on her because I know the finals are coming,and if she thinks there’s nothing else to work on, she’s not going to improve. In the finals, people vote for you when you surprise them and you give them something new. If you’re the same, the audience gets bored very quickly. The audience loves to see a breakthrough, they love to see something unexpected. I push people to do that, because I’ve been on the show for 16 seasons, and I know what works. I’m always trying to give people hints on how to win.
Speaking of Zendaya, when you’re pitting a 16-year-old against someone like DL Hughley who is 50, do you think the show is stacking the deck a bit?
No, because not all 16-year-olds could handle the pressure. Our show is tremendous on your emotions. It’s physically exhausting, the hours are crazy, and she’s also going to school. I worked on a show called American Juniors, and it was so hard for the kids to balance. She’s able to grasp that it’s a television show, which isn’t always easy. She’s able to grasp that the comments are about the dancing, not her. When it’s a younger child or a teenager, I worry that they will misinterpret what’s said on the show or on social media, because there is a lot out there.
Kellie Pickler’s experience facing a panel of judges on American Idol must give her some advantage when it comes to weathering criticism. Even when Len’s at his worst, he’s no Simon Cowell.
I worked with Kellie on Idol [as a choreographer] and that is a different situation, because on that show, it is everyone’s dream to become a singer. It’s not everyone’s dream to become a ballroom dancer. It’s not nearly as hard on your soul to get negative feedback. Although some people really get into it and forget that they aren’t going to be a professional ballroom dancer, but I do think that’s a big difference between our show and a lot of other shows. There’s nothing at risk, except your ego. We give a really cheap trophy. It’s a big old mirror ball, that does not cost that much, but it means a lot to people, because it’s a good old-fashioned sporting competition.
Is Maks Chmerkovskiy coming back? He was always a fan favorite.
I don’t know. I don’t know what the producers will choose. He came back once this season, so I don’t think there’s any bad blood necessarily. I try to stay away from it. As a judge, we don’t have any meetings on the set, we don’t go to the set, we’re never allowed near the dancers. We’re never near the celebs. We aren’t allowed in the studios during rehearsals. It’s nice, because as a judge I don’t want to know what’s going with the dancers. As a judge you want to stay neutral. Tom [Bergeron] has a party in the middle of the year for the cast, but we never go. I want to support Tom, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to mix with people. I don’t want it to affect my judgment.
More at Time.com. Let us know what you think?
My thoughts: Carrie Ann may try hard to be neutral, but, I think she needs to try a little harder!!!
Last night, some of the cast of Dancing With The Stars graced the red carpet at Maxim’s Hot 100 Party at Vanguard in Hollywood, California. Above is Peta Murgatroyd and Sharna Burgess. Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough also attended the event. For pictures of them, see Pure Derek Hough. For more pictures of Peta, Sharna, and other celebs who attended this event, see Zimbio Pictures!!! Gorgeous!!!
I can’t stop cracking up! What a way to start the morning! See what I mean below…
It’s going to be fun to see Andy again next week, isn’t it?!!
Aly has also a written a new blog for parade.com. She talks of how much she’s grown as a person on Dancing With The Stars. She never expected to have this much fun or to make it this far. Below she talks about Jacoby, the competition, and her new dances with Mark.
It feels amazing to make it to the finals. I’ve been saying all along that I just really want to make it to this point, and then whatever place I get, I’ll be happy with that. Of course, I’d love to win, but I’ve gotten so much out of this competition that whatever I get I’ll be happy. I’m going to work so hard this week. Whatever happens, it’s meant to be. I can’t work any harder, so it’s kind of up to America now.
I don’t think Jacoby’s intimidated by us three girls at all — or at least he shouldn’t be! America loves him. He just won the Super Bowl and he has an amazing personality, so I think he feels really confident. At the same time, he works so hard and he wants it — all of us want to win. I think it’s going to be a close competition. I’ll be so happy for whoever wins. I don’t know who my biggest competition is because you don’t know whether America is going for the best dancer to win or if they’re looking for someone with a fun personality, or someone who has improved a lot. It just depends on who America is looking for. No one knows what place everyone is in.
Next Monday, we have the samba and the cha-cha challenge with the other three couples, freestyle, and the 24-hour challenge, so this week is a lot of dances, but I’m really excited. It’s the last time we have to perform out there, so it’s sad because I’ve been having so much fun. I just want to make the most of these next few days and enjoy it.
Aly has really grown on me. I can’t wait to see her in the Finals. I hope she just keeps having fun and letting loose. More at parade.com.
…and check out how Kelly Monaco, Andy Dick, and Chaz Bono make an appearance. This is a good one…
I love Sharna as a dancer, but, I love her even more as a person for how grateful she is for her friends, family, fans….and Andy Dick too. And check out how she thanks PureDWTS as well. It’s us who THANKS YOU Sharna. ((((Hugssssss)))))
Lots and lots of gratitude to WetPaint, AfterBuzz and of course PureDWTS (and everyone else) for the love and support (yes I read you guys ) having you behind us and seeing the love for Andy week to week is not just heart warming, it’s motivating and validating. I took a lot of risks with Andy creatively and knowing that y’all loved it makes me feel like they were the right risks. I appreciate the love you’ve shown me as a new pro, its not easy to step into the ring with DWTS finest!
And saving the best for last – my friends, family and my man, I’m truly blessed to have you all in my life and I wouldn’t be who I am without you.
Michael said it best.. ONELOVE
More at SharnaBurgess.com. I so hope she gets pro again next season!!!
Above are pro dancers Anna Trebunskaya, Chelsie Hightower, and Sharna Burgess as they arrived at ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” 300th Episode Celebration in Hollywood, California last night. You can view loads of new pics of the whole cast as well as some alumni at Zimbio Pictures. Too fun!!
Awww, the dancer confessionals are always fun!! This is the International version which everyone should be able to watch? I hope so. Thanks always to Jimmbboe.
Below is Tom Bergeron talking with Fox 11 (thanks to Elmari for this gem) and Access Hollywood about Dancing With The Stars, the 300th episode, the Finals and why they decided to go with 4 couples, America’s Funniest Videos, and more. I always love interviews with Tom…
OK Magazine also has an article up with Tom and Bruno talking about the 300th episode and the new format next season…
“I’m a glass half full kind of guy,” says Tom. “I get the rationale behind it. There’s no denying the numbers have been slipping. On the plus side we still beat The Voice last night by two million viewers, but they are beating us in the demo and that’s what the advertisers look to and that’s the strategy behind, I think, pushing the Tuesday viewers into a Monday show.”
While the logistics of the new format have yet to be worked out, Tom thinks eliminating an hour from the series each week will help the show feel more robust in its content.
“There have been times in the past, and this will not come as a news flash to you, late in the season we’re stretching to fill two hours,” he admits. “It’s sort of like, how much water can you put in the soup? This will afford us the luxury of not having to worry about that. We’ve gone from sometimes stretching to fill the three hours to now saying, okay, we’ve got an embarrassment of riches here with what we can do in two. Interestingly the research we’ve had over the past few years shows that only about 40 percent of our Tuesday viewers have watched the Monday show. I would’ve thought there’d be much more crossover.”
Judge Bruno Tonioli supports the changes as well and is excited to see what the production team will do to rework the series. Of course, cutting back on the number of hours DWTS is allotted each week probably means we won’t have the opportunity to see Bruno strut his stuff on the dancefloor again, like he was coerced into doing with Peta Murgatroyd and Sean Lowe during their encore “YMCA” performance this season.
“When they made me do the ‘YMCA’—that wasn’t expected,” says Bruno. “That was a surprise because I thought I only had to kind of mess around and then I had to turn up and learn the whole routine with 25 year old dancers. You should have hear my language—it was not for printing. But then after that I really enjoyed it so it was going back after 30 years of dancing sharing the stage with the kids, which I really enjoyed. In retrospect it was good. If I had known I would have said no.”
More at OK Magazine.