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The 2015 Emmy Nominations – How Did DWTS Do? Slightly Live Blog

Here’s our post from a few days ago, talking about what we thought might happen with the Choreography nominations. The reality is…

DWTS got EIGHT nominations total, two of which are choreography nominations.

DWTS is nominated for Outstanding Reality Program

More to come when all noms are posted….

TWO Nominations for Choreography
Derek Hough/Julianne Hough/Tessandra Chavez – Elastic Heart
Witney Carson – It’s Not Unusual/369/Sing With A Swing-Apache

There are only five nominees this year which echos Courtney’s thought that SYTYCD didn’t have a particularly strong year. I still maintain that Travis will win, and I did pretty well predicting what he would be nominated for.

Outstanding Host – Tom Bergeron

No shock to see Tom up there!

Outstanding Hairstyling – Dancing With The Stars • Episode 1907

Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Series – Dancing With The Stars • Episode 1911A

Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special – Dancing With The Stars: 10th Anniversary Special

Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic) – Dancing With The Stars • Episode 1907

July 16, 2015 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

The Emmy Nominations – Does DWTS have a Shot at the Choreography Statuette?

Or any other statue for that matter? :-)  (NOTE: Nominations are announced July 16th at 11:30 eastern) We tend to focus on the choreo nominations – mainly because it’s the one we care most about and it’s also the most difficult. So, do you think any of the DWTS pros will be nominated for an Emmy this year? Don’t forget those like Travis Wall who came on and choreographed dances.  If so, which dances will get a nomination? What dances do you WANT to see get a nomination? I think it will be a tough year to get a nomination, but if anyone from DWTS does it will likely be Derek or Mark or Sharna…or Travis. I have to review some videos to figure out my guesses. I’m not sure that anyone else had anything Emmy worthy. Here are the rules you need to know:

  • The eligibility period is June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015. HOWEVER, because of submission requirements, it’s very possible that the last few weeks of Season 20 may not be eligible. It’s hard to say. All entries must be submitted by May 4th, but you can modify your entry until May 31st.  Meaning that if a choreographer has a better dance after May 4th, they can switch out one of the ones submitted on May 4th.  There is also normally a DVD submission deadline that falls after May 4th and they probably have to make that. Usually, I believe the last two to three weeks of the spring season don’t get submitted because of the DVD deadline. It has to be shown on TV and a DVD of that airing submitted. Obviously, because the show is live, if it hasn’t aired, it also can’t be recorded to DVD and submitted.
  • All that said…if Derek (for example) submitted three dances, he has until May 31st to substitute, so he could replace one dance with a later one if he liked it better – IF the DVD submission deadline is after the end of the season. We’re not sure.
  • The great news is that the previous yes/no vote for a nomination is now a numerical score – I think this increases the possibility of a nomination.
  • An individual achievement is typically only eligible for one nomination. That said, pros could be nominated alone AND as part of a team nomination – this is what happened a couple years ago when Derek was nominated solo and then with Allison Holker. BUT, if he has 10 great dances that he choreographed solo, he can only have ONE nomination and he has to narrow down his entry to three dances.
  • Finally, based on all of the above, DWTS Season 19 and most (or all) of Season 20 are eligible and last summers SYTYCD is eligible.

I’m gonna start my speculation by stating straight up – it will be very difficult for someone from DWTS to get a nomination this year, including Derek. There just wasn’t that much that stood out and, unfortunately, the dances have to be WAY better than anything seen on SYTYCD in order to get a nomination. Why? Well, Courtney and I have discussed this many times and the fact is that most dancers (and, hence, people voting on nominations) are going to be contemporary or perhaps Jazz/Broadway dancers. Most can’t do Ballroom and don’t care about ballroom. I’ve heard that they think Ballroom has no depth of feeling and is too technical (B.S. – of course they say that because they can’t DO it well). So technical that it can be passion-less. Again, utter B.S. But that is the sad fact of it. And of course, most of the time, the pros on DWTS are dancing with amateurs, while the choreographers on SYTYCD are choreographing for professional dancers. Like it or not, execution does matter.  Just look at some of the dances that were nominated the last two seasons. Read more..

July 12, 2015 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

PureDWTS Exclusive: New Interview With Sharna Burgess, Special Message To Fans, And Lots More

We thought it was high time to catch up with Dancing With The Stars Sharna Burgess!! In a new exclusive interview below, Sharna chats with us about Dancing With The Stars Season 19. She answers fun questions on choreographing, whether Dancing With The Stars is neglecting ballroom styles, and the Dancing With The Stars Season 10th Anniversary coming up (but, her lips are completely sealed :) ). We also ask Sharna about her and Derek Hough’s routine for Goldie Hawn’s Inaugural “Love In For Kids” Benefit that took place a few weeks ago. She also chats with us about her upcoming projects including “Shall We Dance On Ice December 16th, “Sway“, and Dancing With The Stars At Sea. Also included is a special message to her fans. Lots lots more below. We thank her so much for taking time out of her busy schedule for us. Enjoy…

Vogue: Hello Miss Sharna! How are you? It’s so cool to visit with you again! I hope you are well and you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Hi love!!! Great to chat with you again! My thanksgiving was filled with lots of love and too much food… Exactly the way it should be

So, how are you feeling overall about Dancing With The Stars Season 19? Was it everything you expected? I thought it was a fantastic season. My only complaint is there weren’t enough Pro Numbers during the middle part of the season, but, for what we did see, they were fantastic thanks to your choreography.:) So, if you were to name your favorite pro number from this past season, which would it be and why?

Season 19 was a fantastic!! So much creativity from so many pros. I loved Derek’s salsa, paso and of course his freestyle. Mark and Sadie I loved nearly every dance, he was soooo on point this season with her!! And Val truly took his creative concepts and vision to another level this season, it wasn’t always about steps, it was about telling a story… And we all know that’s my favorite thing in the world!! And of course… We finally had a male celeb win since Peta and Donald Driver!!! Yay girl power and Witney certainly was the girl for the job… What a team!

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There really wasn’t enough pro numbers this season, (and yay thank you for the love) being out so early this season I really missed not having more to do or create. I am super proud of the group numbers I created this season, but honestly my favorite Read more..

December 8, 2014 I Written By

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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Alfonso Ribeiro Talks About Winning Dancing With The Stars, The New DWTS Tour, And More

Alfonso talked with Access Hollywood today about winning Dancing With The Stars and what this past week has been like. He has lots of plans for the future too….including the new tour. But first, a rest in Hawaii….

December 3, 2014 I Written By

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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Season 19 Ending Essay And Rewind – Blog By Lois

As she promised, here is Lois with a rewind of Dancing With The Stars Season 19…

My Season 19 Ending Essay – DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 19 R-E-W-I-N-D

DANCING WITH THE STARS has reached Season 19 already! Glory be, how can it be! A stunning milestone for sure! Season 19 was ripe for change. Changes were in the wind in the DANCING WITH THE STARS production offices. As I wind along I will bring those changes into my commentary.

On September 4, 2014, the new cast announcement was featured on GOOD MORNING AMERICA. I always get a rush from seeing who the new cast will be. Even though there are always cast leaks, we get all warm and fuzzy seeing them appear before our very eyes. Read more..

December 1, 2014 I Written By

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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS Season 19 Finale Poem: “The Final Curtain Call – Encore Please”

Below is Lois with her last poem for Dancing With The Stars Season 19….

My final poem for Season 19 – Tuesday Night Finale!

As I was thinking of a poem title, a few things came to my mind. The Finale Shows feel like a curtain call for the seasons. The entire production of DANCING WITH THE STARS is celebrated with one mammoth, gargantuan Curtain Call! From the journeys of the dancers to all of the dancing pairs showcasing one of their dances for the seasons! The Finale is an extravaganza unequaled by any other show on the air today. Music and dancing emanate from every pore of the ballroom. The ballroom shakes with appreciation for what this show represents – SIMPLY THE BEST ENTERTAINMENT SHOW ON THE PLANET! I added ENCORE PLEASE to the title because we don’t want this marvelous show to end each season. Tears always come to my eyes to see this show end at 11 pm. We would take as many encores of every show that ever aired! I have seen them all! I love this show so much! My happy happy place! Without further adieu I bring you:

THE FINALE CURTAIN CALL – ENCORE PLEASE!

The coveted Mirror Ball Trophy is being awarded this sparkling night
The Opening a Star-Studded Celebration, a pure joy, a pure delight

A promenade of stars, of astounding pros, exciting spectacles galore
Juggernaut of DANCING WITH THE STARS emanating from every pore

From the beginning journeys of the dancing pairs, a season in review
Each pair featured in a dance of their season, seemingly as brand new Read more..

November 30, 2014 I Written By

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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Private Members Area – Do You Have Questions For Sharna Burgess For A New Interview?

Do you have some new questions for Dancing With The Stars pro Sharna Burgess? If so, let us know in comments and Read more..

November 29, 2014 I Written By

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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS Poem For The Night One Finale – “An Epic Evolution Of Dance”

Here is Lois back with another one of her fun poems….this time, for night one of Dancing With The Stars finale….

My poem for the Monday night show – Week 11 – Finals

When I was thinking how to approach this poem, I thought of two words – epic and evolution. The finalists have undergone an evolution throughout the season. And the Freestyles are always epic, but the four Freestyles we saw were extra-epic, raising the bar for freestyles going forward in coming seasons.

AN EPIC EVOLUTION OF DANCE

AN EPIC EVOLUTION OF DANCE, finalists growing through the season
Dances re-wound, the finalists grew by leaps and bounds, for a reason

Freestyles were epic taking the dances to astounding, amazing heights
AN EPIC EVOLUTION OF DANCE, a grand display, blazing bright lights

The opening, a pro-pelling extravaganza, full of spirit, a grand showcase
Highlighting the pros, men and ladies, full of gleam, of glamour, of grace Read 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Afterbuzz TV Reviews The Finale Of Dancing With The Stars Season 19

Below is the new Afterbuzz TV show. This time Serge Onik joins Kristyn, Anna, and Suri to review the show. I haven’t listened to all of the show yet, but, I hope to later. Let us know what you think.

November 27, 2014 I Written By

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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Will Allison Holker Be back For Dancing With The Stars Season 20?

And the fun continues! Happy Thanksgiving, All!!!

For starters today, Allison Holker has written a new blog at In Touch Weekly. She reflects back on the finale and her first season of Dancing With The Stars. The interesting part is that I think she will be back for Season 20 (yay! Love love love her!). Read on…

It’s such a surreal feeling to stand out on the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ dance floor with so many watching — so last night just moments before the show started, I stood on that dance floor and closed my eyes and just listened to the audience screaming and cheering for the show and everything that it brings — which is happiness, hope, and a chance to do something you didn’t think you could do. “DWTS” brings joy and entertainment right into people’s homes, and I am honored to be a part.

‎Thank you to everyone in the “DWTS” family. You’re truly the best. Season 19 was perfect, and I’m proud of all the work we put out, and congrats to Alfonso and Witney on winning the mirror ball trophy!

What’s next? Well, next season is “DWTS” 10th anniversary! And that will be a celebration you won’t want to miss. See you soon.

More at In Touch Weekly including some pictures of her and tWitch.

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.