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Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 7 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

As you heard on the show the other night, there are individual dances, and team dances. Why on earth they decided to do guys versus girls to medley is beyond me (click the link to see Courtney’s Team Dance Post). Are they just unable to NOT tinker with stuff?? Honestly, I recently rewatched the first team dances (Seasons 7, 8 and 9) and they were so much better than most of what we’ve been getting these days, with the exception of the one that Allison spearheaded last season. There is not much of a real challenge to it when you make it a freestyle – well, I take that back, there’s a challenge for SOME pros even when it’s a freestyle. But I would much rather go back to the days of Team Tango and Team Paso and see what they can do with their partners in a group within the confines of a ballroom style. But then, if they were doing things MY way, Val would remain fully clothed for the remainder of his time on DWTS. 😀

Also this week, for the theme “Iconic Artist”, we have a bunch of individual dances. I think this is kind of a BS theme – iconic in whose eyes? They are following the same path as last season – why do they have to redo the silly stuff? Although, you might recall one of my favorite dances of the season was Bindi’s “iconic artist” dance to Grace Kelly – that was awesome.

ETA: Thanks to Just Jared, we now have all the individual dances and their “iconic” songs – and they are pretty iconic. Question is, do they fit the dance style?

Kim & SashaSamba  (Song: “ABC” by Jackson 5)
Phone # 1-800-868-3406

Von & WitneySalsa  (Song: “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley)
Phone # 1-800-868-3411

Jodie & Keo – Quickstep   (Song: “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder)
Phone # – 1-800-868-3405

Paige & MarkJive   (Song: “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner)
Phone # 1-800-868-3410

Nyle & PetaFoxtrot (Song: “Beautiful Day” by U2)
Phone # 1-800-868-3409

Ginger & ValViennese Waltz  (Song: “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston)
Phone # – 1-800-868-3404

Wanya & LindsayFoxtrot   (Song: “I Say a Little Prayer” by Aretha Franklin)
Phone # 1-800-868-3412

Antonio & Sharna Tango (Song “Paint it Black” by the Rolling Stones)
Phone # 1-800-868-3401

TEAM DANCES

Guys Team (Antonio, Wanya, Von and Nyle) – Freestyle (Song: James Brown Medley)

Girls Team (Ginger, Paige, Kim and Jodie) – Freestyle (Song: Beyonce Medley)

April 26, 2016 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 6 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Well, after the horror that was switch-up week it will almost be nice to go on to “Famous Dances Night”. I say almost because…I’m not a fan of this particular week. I said this in the live blog yesterday, but in watching much of seasons 5 through 10 for a thing I’m working on for PureDerekHough, I realized two things: first, they danced for a good minute and a half even in the first week of the season, and second – they JUST DANCED. Regular dances, with the exception of fun stuff like Derek and Joanna’s futuristic Paso Doble and Nicole’s 50’s Paso. That’s as outrageous as they got. It was quite refreshing. Do you think we’ll EVER get back to just dancing??

ETA: We have our first spoiler for famous dances week! This one is kind of a tough one, but I think Von has the personality to carry it off even if he isn’t up-to-snuff with his dance skills. Although, full disclosure: I was really hoping the hint he gave about Napoleon Dynamite a few weeks ago was a clue that he was doing “Canned Heat” 😛 -Court-

ETA2: We have a few more, and it’s unfortunately looking like we’re gonna have a bunch of reused songs (which is to be expected, really, considering what a beast it can be to get songs cleared). I feel like Nyle’s song/concept has been done to death – isn’t this like the 4th or 5th time someone has used it? Helio, Rick, Shawn, somebody else? He will do well, but I worry that it’s not going to be terribly special in the grand scheme of things. As for Ginger – source says she is having a hard time really being “Nasty”, but I daresay she’s gotta be better than Candace, who danced a pretty kindergarten-y jazz to it back in season 18.  I much preferred Lil Kim’s samba 8-D Anyone else find it funny that Val gets Janet Jackson as an iconic dance for the 2nd season in a row? -Court- Read more..

April 18, 2016 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 5 SWITCH UP – Who’s Dancing What…and With WHOM?

Well, it’s time once again for the switch up. We’ll see once again the producers agenda…or will we?? I can’t be bothered to track the voting any more since it hasn’t reflected reality once since they started doing the switch up.

ETA: And our first confirmed switch couple is… 😀 I’m pretty happy with this one – I think they’re gonna work well together. -Court-

ETA2: And it looks like the updates are coming fast & furious – it looks & sounds from Von’s latest Snapchat that he got Lindsay, and source confirms that Wanya got Witney…which means that Peta got Doug and Karina got Antonio.  I daresay the only person that probably doesn’t benefit from the switch is Wanya, but thankfully he’s so rad that it likely won’t matter.  Antonio’s got a rude awakening coming his way…and I can’t wait to watch 😀

ETA3: Judging from the snazzy hat on the silhouette they showed of Ginger’s partner on GMA, she got Mark. Other couples coming up…-Court-

ETA4: Rest of the couples posted, and Mark says he & Ginger have salsa next week. Thoughts? I’ll be back in a bit, gotta head to work…-Court-

ETA5: Songs posted…today is kicking my ass. -Court- Read more..

April 12, 2016 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 4 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

It’s Disney week next and it was announced on the show that Zendaya would be a guest Judge. @DWTSGossip also mentioned at twitter that Len may take 1- 3 weeks off. Usher might be a guest judge as well.

ETA: Vogue here. Via Sharna’s new blog, she and Antonio have a Jazz next week. Read below for more.

ETA2: According to E Online, Jodie and Keo went to Disneyland to get inspired for their dance. You can read on their song below.

ETA3: According to a new interview with Paige at MMAJunkie, she and Mark have a Quickstep to “Toy Story”.

ETA4: Heidi here checking in from New Orleans with a food coma. Jo on twitter asked some of the pros/celebs what their Disney movie was. Read more..

April 3, 2016 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 3 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Who’s Dancing What for Week 3 on Dancing With The Stars Season 22? What silliness will occur this week? Are we going to get “Most Memorable Year” aka Week of the Rumba??

Ok, here’s what we have so far. For all the latest media and interviews after the show, this link.

ETA: More dances below via Nyle’s twitter and Sharna’s new blog. ~Vogue

ETA2: A few songs & dances. I’m guessing on Marla’s dance, because I’m not sure there’s any other dance that could fit “Happy”.  And there was some question as to whether Wanya’s song had gotten cleared or not – but if it did, MAN…that’s gonna be a gorgeous waltz. -Court-

ETA3: Apparently Von’s a huge Phil Collins fan, and part of his pregame ritual involves listening to his music. Source isn’t 100% sure on song, but it’s the only one Von mentioned by name and they’ve used it on the show before, so I’d say it’s most likely this one. I don’t think Von’s song and dance is meant to be funny…but just visualizing him doing it, I’m cracking up, cause all I can think about is Mike Tyson in The Hangover 😛 -Court-

ETA4: Ginger’s dance, via DWTSGossip. I would say that Ginger having contemporary is a pretty “lucky” get, but since her partner is Val, I’m not so sure. On the plus side, he can legit choreo a dance that has no movement for quite a few bars. That appears to be in his wheelhouse these days. 🙂 ~Heidi

ETA5: Court here, doing a drive-by to drop in Nyle’s song, which Peta thinks is “fantastic” and is really excited about 🙂

ETA6: …and another drive-by with Paige’s dance.

ETA7: Judging from the brief snippet in his Snapchat from earlier – sounds like this is Antonio’s song. -Court-

ETA8: Thoughts on the rest of the songs: I can’t imagine that Mischa is somehow going to be better at samba than cha-cha or tango, and I doubt her song is really going to resonate with viewers. I may tear up during Doug’s waltz – “Rainbow Connection” just guts me, for some reason. “Home” is a dull song by a singer with an even duller name. If Witney doesn’t choreograph some dramatic moves for the infamous “In the Air Tonight” drum solo, I may commit seppuku with a plastic knife. – Court-

ETA9: A couple last-minute updates before showtime – according to Mischa’s blog, she is now doing a foxtrot instead of a samba, which sounds a helluva lot more manageable given her skill set (or lack thereof). And according to Val’s instagram, he & Ginger are going first – still a decent running order position, but I daresay we may finally see Ginger get realistic scores this week…going first historically seems to mean you’re going to be underscored, relative to the rest of the cast. -Court-

ETA10: George Pennacchio confirms on Twitter that Paige & Mark are going 7th.  Paige’s best running order position yet, and the first time she’s cracked the second hour. This is a good sign 🙂 Not so good: Doug going second (statistically the worst position), & Kim going 3rd (not much better).  Looks like they may be stacking the back half of the show with the big hitters. DT confirms that 9th, 10th, 11th belong to Mischa, Wanya, & Nyle, respectively.

ETA11: Per DT, Mischa’s still doing samba…maybe she misspoke in her blog? Or got confused?

Ginger & ValContemporary (Song: “Home” by Philip Phillips)
Phone # – 1-800-868-3404
Dancing 1st

Doug & Karina – Waltz (“Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog)
Phone # 1-800-868-3402
Dancing 2nd

Kim & Sasha – Fox Trot (Song: Theme from The Facts of Life)
Phone # 1-800-868-3406
Dancing 3rd

Von & WitneyContemporary (Song: “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins)?
Phone # 1-800-868-3411
Dancing 4th

Marla & Tony Jive (Song: “Happy” by Pharrell)
Phone # 1-800-868-3407

Read more..

March 27, 2016 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 2 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Who’s Dancing What for Week 2 on Dancing With The Stars Season 22? Below is what we have so far and it’s “Latin” Night. To read our Media and Interviews post after Week 1, see this link.

A whole bunch of Salsas, a Cha Cha…and a Paso Doble?? Are they trying to get rid of Doug early??

ETA1: Source is fairly certain Nyle has rumba, and shared Kim’s song – apparently Kim is a huge Gloria Estefan fan. 🙂 -Court-

ETA2: Last two dances filled in.  Interesting – two rumbas, two cha-chas, two sambas, a paso doble, an Argentine tango, and 4 salsas. Predictions: the 3 weakest dancers get completely hosed (Geraldo, Mischa, & Doug); Antonio suddenly gets a higher score, while the judges nitpick Nyle a bit more; Ginger & Jodie fare about the same, but Ginger gets a higher score and more lavish praise. I’d be happy to eat crow on any of these, but on paper – that’s what my gut tells me is going to happen. -Court-

ETA3: And almost as soon as I post, Antonio posts a Snapchat of he & Sharna rehearsing to “Adorn” by Miguel…or possibly some other artist covering it.  It was hard to tell from the short clip, but I’m not 100% positive that it was actually Miguel…hence the ?. Fun fact: another Antonio danced to this on the show – it was Antonio Sabato’s rumba with Cheryl back in season 19.

ETA4: Is the fact that only know half these songs indicative of my age, or the obscurity of some of the choices??? -Court-

ETA5: Get ready! Jodie is opening the show tonight! – Vogue

ETA6: Whoever predicted Ginger going last was right on the money. :::rolls eyes::: ~Heidi

Jodie & Keo – Samba (Song: “Bun Up the Dance” by Dillon Francis & Skrillex)
Dancing 1st
Phone # – 1-800-868-3405

Mischa & Artem – Cha-Cha (Song: “Pata Pata” by Miriam Makeba)
Phone # 1-800-868-3408

Kim & Sasha – Salsa (Song: “Conga” by Gloria Estefan)
Phone # 1-800-868-3406

Doug & Karina – Paso Doble (Song: “Buster Voodoo” by Rodrigo y Gabriela)
Phone # 1-800-868-3402

Antonio & Sharna – Rumba (Song: “Adorn” by Miguel )
Phone # 1-800-868-3401

Read more..

March 22, 2016 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 1 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

And here we are again. DWTS seems to have a very strong cast this season – I look forward to seeing if that holds up during the dancing. 🙂 The couples below are in alphabetical order by last name. The phone numbers were apparently handed out in alphabetical order by FIRST name…cuz consistency is boring. 🙂

We will update with the dance order and any other info IF and when we get it.

ETA: Here’s a message from Bindi Irwin to the new cast – this girl is so wonderful. More video and pics, below.

ETA 2: Kim and Sasha are dancing first – must be a pretty good dance!! I’ve also arranged the couples in my guess at dance order, beyond those we know for sure.

Kim & Sasha – cha cha (Song: Sax – Fleur East)
Dancing 1st
Phone # 1-800-868-3406 Read more..

March 17, 2016 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 21 Week 11 Finale Music

The Dancing with the Stars season 21 week 11 night 2 is here! I know that we often spoil the songs, before the show, but we’re keeping the simple list of music up for posterity’s sake (or in case you missed it before). Be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. Time for the Dancing with the Stars music:

Nick & Sharna danced a Salsa/Tango to the song “Turn Up the Music”—Chris Brown
Alek & Lindsay danced a Rumba/Tango to the song “A Sky Full of Stars”—Coldplay
Bindi & Derek danced an Argentine tango/Cha-cha-cha to the song “All the Way”—Timeflies

November 24, 2015 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 21 Week 11 Finals Music

The Dancing with the Stars season 21 week 11 night 1 is here! I know that we often spoil the songs, before the show, but we’re keeping the simple list of music up for posterity’s sake (or in case you missed it before). Be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. Time for the Dancing with the Stars music:

Carlos & Witney danced a Foxtrot to the song “The Hills”—The Weeknd
Carlos & Witney danced a Freestyle to the song “WTF (Where They From)”—Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell Williams
Alek & Lindsay danced a Rumba to the song “The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore”—James Morrison
Alek & Lindsay danced a Freestyle to the song “Marchin On”—OneRepublic
Nick & Sharna danced a Jive to the song “Runaway Baby”—Bruno Mars
Nick & Sharna danced a Freestyle to the song “Larger Than Life”—Backstreet Boys
Bindi & Derek danced a Quickstep to the song “Dr. Bones”—Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Bindi & Derek danced a Freestyle to the song “Footprints in the Sand”—Leona Lewis

November 23, 2015 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 21 Week 10 Semifinals Music

The Dancing with the Stars season 21 week 10 is here! I know that we often spoil the songs, before the show, but we’re keeping the simple list of music up for posterity’s sake (or in case you missed it before). Be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. Time for the Dancing with the Stars music:

Bindi & Derek danced a Salsa to the song “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”—Sia
Bindi & Derek danced a Jazz to the song “Resolve”—Nathan Lanier
Alek & Lindsay danced a Waltz to the song “America the Beautiful”—Ray Chew
Alek & Lindsay danced a Argentine tango to the song “Ex’s & Oh’s”—Elle King
Carlos & Witney danced a Contemporary to the song “Drag Me Down”—One Direction
Carlos & Witney danced a Charleston to the song “Booty Swing”—Parov Stelar
Nick & Sharna danced a Tango to the song “Scars”—Alesso feat. Ryan Tedder
Nick & Sharna danced a Salsa to the song “No Doubt About It”—Empire cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Pitbull

Carlos & Witney and Alek & Lindsay danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Fun”—Pitbull feat. Chris Brown
Bindi & Derek and Nick & Sharna danced a Samba to the song “Lean On”—Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ

November 16, 2015 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.