Afterbuzz TV interviewed Henry Byalikov after this past week’s dances. He helps to break down the dances and the strange, non-traditional concepts that were used. He also runs through what happened Sunday when Tony got hurt and how he almost had to fill in for him. Great interview!!!
Dancing With The Stars pro Henry Byalikov wasn’t sure he’d be able to get a new Vlog up this week with his extra busy schedule preparing for the next two weeks on Dancing With The Stars, but, somehow he managed to do so. This time, Henry answers a question about how Ballet has helped his dancing….and the conflicts with it and ballroom dancing as well. One fan also asks about Henry on his most embarrassing moment when dancing one of which happened in a dress rehearsal on Dancing With The Stars. Hilarious and especially for what he adds for a picture afterwards. More below…
Thanks so much, Henry!
So interesting and fascinating as always! Below is another Vlog release by Dancing With The Stars pro Henry Byalikov. He sets us up for the trio dances on Monday explaining what the most important things are to do to make them work and also the biggest mistakes. Henry also explains what it’s been like to work with Tony Dovolani and Melissa Rycroft (pictured above. I think Melissa might have the upper hand on these two. ) this week. You’ll find out what it’s like dancing on stage versus dancing LIVE on television which he prefers more. Henry also explains what makes the ideal celebrity partner and who he’d like to dance with as well.
Excellent questions from the fans and THANKS HENRY!!!! I love these Vlogs! Please keep them coming! As always, if you have any questions for Henry, you can write to him at his twitter, facebook, or his official site.
A huge huge Congratulations are in order for Dancing With The Stars troupe member and Danish recording artist Sonny Fredie Pederson!!! He’s been nominated for THREE Gaffa Awards for Best Male Artist Of The Year, Best Pop Album Of The Year, and Best New Artist Of The Year for his music. Listen below as he tells you about it and his big year. There are some bloopers at the end too! Hilarious!
Please support Sonny and vote for him in the Gaffa Awards here. You can read more about Sonny in this previous posting. You can buy his new album “International” at this iTunes link Here is his “Bad Girl” video again too.
No wonder he’s been nominated, hmm? CONGRATULATIONS Sonny!!
The couples got to pick the 3rd members of their trio dances last night after the show, and they could chose between eliminated pros from this season, or any of the members of the troupe – apparently the “2nd celeb” idea got scrapped (thank you, 8 lb, 10 oz baby Jesus). The couple with the lowest cumulative score got to pick first. So without further adieu, here are your trios for week 8:
Kirstie & Maks + Tristan MacManus
Kelly & Val + Louis Van Amstel
Emmitt & Cheryl + Kym Johnson
Apolo & Karina + Sasha Farber
Melissa & Tony + Henry Byalikov
Gilles & Peta + Chelsie Hightower
Shawn & Derek + Mark Ballas
We don’t know everyone’s dance yet, but I can tell you at least one of the trios is a jive, and at least one is a salsa. Personally, I think some of these choices were a little puzzling…not sure I would have picked the same people, myself. What do you guys think? Discuss
Louis Van Amstel writes on how the dances will take place tonight and tomorrow night on Dancing With The Stars! He says his team was feeling very “ambitious” with their group dance. They took pushed the skill level and took risks which they hope pays off. He also gives a sneak peek into what their “guilty pleasures” dance might be like. Here is more….
This week is an exciting one featuring team dances. It brings more anxiety for us having two dances to focus on. Sabrina and I are part of the “Call Me Maybe” team with Shawn Johnson, Derek Hough, Melissa Rycroft, Tony Dovolani, Apolo Ohno, and Karina Smirnoff. We are being very ambitious with our group dance, pushing the skill level and taking risks. Hopefully it pays off, but we had a lot of fun coming up with our concept, costumes, and choreography. It might not be what you expect! (Am I teasing you too much right now? Haha).
It’s also “Guilty Pleasures” week, where each celeb has to fess up on something no one knows and might be quite embarrassing. Sabrina’s guilty pleasure takes us back to one of the most famous fairytales in history and shows a different side of Sabrina that got me choked up during rehearsal. It’s so beautiful to see a change happen in front of my eyes and see Sabrina show such vulnerability. Our Waltz pretty much represents every woman’s dream of becoming a princess, being swept away by her prince and having him swirl her across the dance floor in the most romantic setting. It’s a feeling everyone should have at least once in their lifetime.
Even though Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke explained this week’s changes, I want to make sure you guys are aware tonight’s show is only one hour and Tuesday’s show starts an hour earlier and is also a regular show. On both shows at 8/7c, one team performs their group dance and the couples from the other team do their solo dances. Our team, team “Call me Maybe,” performs tonight and we will do our solo dances on Tuesday night. Team “Gangnam Style” performs Tuesday, but their solo dances will be performed tonight.
This is going to be a fun week! Who’s ready? You can read Louis’ full blog at ABC. Also, below is Louis and Sabrina thanking their fans for voting. They also talk on their dances…
Maks has penned a new blog for TV Guide!! He says their team dance on Dancing With The Stars is going to be crazy, silly, and funny…and a bit obscene too. He also talks all about Kirstie and how they are trying to do their best. The take below is my favorite part of the blog. Read this to see why….
I’m honored to be part of this All-Stars season. It’s monumental. I’m very happy to be part of it. If I’ve done what I’ve done my past 12 seasons and wasn’t included, that would be telling of my impact. I love the fact that I’m back with Kirstie. I feel very protective of her. I feel like something is in front of my face and if I find a way to do something I haven’t tried that can drastically help Kirstie, I would do it. I feel like it’s right in front of me.
The good news about this week is there’s no elimination, but the scores will be combined with next week’s. It’s gonna be a bit overwhelming. If imagine we’re last both weeks, the difference between first and last could be, like, 18 points. To overcome that is hard, but I know we and our fans won’t stop. I saw something recently that said, “Dear pessimist, optimist and realist: While you figure out if the glass is half-empty or half-full, I drank the water. I’m an opportunist.” I’m not negative, I’m not positive, I’m not delusional. I understand the situation. But I will never give up by myself. The only way we will leave is when we’re voted off. We will never check out mentally. We will never dumb anything down. I will never stop being creative. We’re still gonna fight. That’s how I will continue. Sometimes Kirstie tells me, “I wish you had a better partner.” I tell her, “I have the best partner I could have!” I could have a better dancer as a partner, but she’s so much more than a dance partner. She’s my friend and that is the most valuable part of this whole experience. She’s so much more than a celebrity you dance with three months. In return, I have to be the best.
Be sure to read the full blog at TV Guide!!
Isn’t this a great screencap by our Miss Heidi of Derek Hough? In case you don’t know, last week, the Dancing With The Stars pro was a judge on “Make Your Mark”. He did a really good job too! Heidi has more fun screenshots and video footage at Pure Derek Hough as well as some hunky, intense paparazzi pics of he and partner Shawn Johnson. She also has a new interview posted where Derek talks on Shawn Johnson and the cast of Dancing With The Stars. Be sure to read and see everything here. A MONDAY MUST before showtime!!!
Apolo Ohno warns that he and Karina Smirnoff’s costumes tonight will be “hilarious” and “rediculous”, but, he’s excited for their new dance. See why below and why their music “speaks” to him.
Going into this week and the following weeks, this has reignited a new passion and a new creative interest in her mind, as far as how she choreographs her dances, which I pay for daily, because she makes them very, very difficult.
There’s no elimination this week, but we’ll still be judged on these dances and they’re going to be cumulative with next week’s dance. This week is “Guilty Pleasures Week.” We’re doing Rick James’s “Give It to Me Baby,” which is awesome American funk. There are hilarious, ridiculous outfits.
I’m wearing a silk, leopard print shirt with white pants and white shoes. It’s very funky and old school. I’m trying to figure out how to do a big afro, but obviously my hair does not work that way, so we’re going to play with it.
The dance is the samba, the dance I got my first perfect score on, during week five with Julianne. So, for me, it’s significant. Now I want to show my true colors. Now I really want to bring it all out and lay it all on the line. I just want to have fun, play the theatrical role, play the moment and just really go out there and live it.
I want to show people why I love this song and why it speaks to me. This song is a true guilty pleasure, it’s hilarious. And if you watch the music video, it’s even funnier. Karina and I have been trying to watch it as much as we can.
You can read more at People.com. Bring it and “live it”, Apolo!! You can do it!!
Also, keep your thoughts with Karina. Here is some back stage footage from last night as she got some shots in her neck. Ouch!
The Insider has a new rehearsal interview up today with Emmitt Smith! He says he doesn’t feel like he has a leg up in the competition on Dancing With The Stars since there are other past winners of the mirror ball. Emmitt says he’s fortunate to still have Cheryl as a partner. She is still tough and “kicking his booty in practice” too. See why he says he’s off his game below and how much he’s changed since having his family. I just love Emmitt!! Great interview!
ADDING: Below is Cheryl talking with Access Hollywood on she and Emmitt’s rehearsals and their dances at the Carousel of Hope Ball held over the weekend. She says they are all exhausted from learning two dances this past week. She and Emmitt have been rehearsing for 7-8 hours a day….