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DWTS Season 18: Why Cut the Orchestra??? (Guest Blog)

Hi everyone!!  One of our long time regulars here at PureDWTS, Nathan, asked me last night if he could write a guest blog about the Orchestra. We said “Heck Yeah!!”  So, Nathan sent me this lovely piece dedicated to the Orchestra and why he thinks it’s a mistake to cut it.  I agree with him and will add….Derek and Maria’s Rumba to Madonna: it’s like will never happen again. :-(  Here’s Nathan:

Dancing with the Stars, as we all know is going onto its 18th season and 9th year on our television screens. That is a very big accomplishment for a series and I’m sure many of you who visit this site adore the daylights out of it. I, personally, remember when I first tuned in for the 3rd Season Premiere and how delighted I was. One of the aspects that impressed me the most was the live music that accompanied the dances. I recognized some of the songs and thought it was neat how they turned a ‘cheesy ‘80s song’ or my favorite pop song and tailored it to become a mambo or Paso Doble piece. To be quite honest, while I wasn’t impressed with the performances all the time, I have to give a special nod to Beverley Staughnton, who always made me happy with her vocals. The first time I was impressed by her was in week 4 during Willa Ford and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s waltz to “You Light Up My Life”. I had heard that song plenty and even laughed a bit when it would come on the radio. But, Beverley’s performance of it had me seeing it in a new light and in my opinion, brought a new oomph to the song. That particular song has been performed plenty of times on the show, but seriously, listen to Beverley’s vulnerability in her (to my knowledge) first performance ever of that one. It really is a pleasure to the ears.  And as the weeks went on, several songs were performed really great.  In fact, I can honestly say that while I of course was eager to see how my Monique Coleman did every week, I was also looking forward to finding out what the music department would do next. It was part of what made the show for me. They were performed LIVE. That aspect is one of the reasons that I became such a passionate fan of the show. I couldn’t wait to hear what “Top 40 Hit” or song from the ‘70s or ‘80s they were going to dance a Foxtrot or Cha Cha to. To this day, I still say “Ooh, that’s a foxtrot!” or “That song is totally Samba!” when I hear a song on the radio. DWTS got my imagination rolling so to speak. Read more..

February 1, 2014 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 18 – Has the Orchestra Been Cut??

If this is true – and it seems legit – they certainly have been. This is a real shame as this is one of the things that made DWTS so unique in television today. Yes, we occasionally critiqued the singers for butchering a song – but the orchestra was killer. That said, I think I mused some time ago that this was one way to cut costs if that was required. The claim is that they are going in a way to attract a younger crowd. I tend to think that’s an excuse. You?

This is from Rick Baptist’s facebook account - he is apparently the lead trumpet for DWTS’ orchestra. Rick’s IMDB Page.

Rick Baptist

January 31, 2014 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 17 Finals Music

We’re back with the list of music for Dancing with the Stars Season 17 finals. If you missed the past music, you can always check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music.

Bill E. & Emma danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “She’s Always a Woman” —Billy Joel
Corbin & Karina danced a Quickstep to the song “Diga Diga Doo” —Duke Ellington
Jack & Cheryl danced a Jive to the song “Going Up the Country” —Canned Heat
Amber & Derek danced a Charleston to the song “Bang Bang” —will.i.am
Everyone danced a Samba relay to the song “No Scrubs” —TLC
Bill E. & Emma danced a Freestyle to the song “The Raiders March” —John Williams
Corbin & Karina danced a Freestyle to the song “Smooth Criminal” —Michael Jackson
Jack & Cheryl danced a Freestyle to the song “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails” —Fred Astaire
Amber & Derek danced a Freestyle to the song “Can You Do This” —Aloe Blacc

November 25, 2013 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 17 Plugged and Unplugged Week Music

We’re back with the list of music for Dancing with the Stars Season 17 plugged and unplugged night. If you missed the past music, you can always check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music.

Now for the list of Trio Challenge music used on tonight’s original and acoustic DWTS music night. Note: All of the iTunes links here are to the original songs. I don’t believe there are acoustic versions online for these songs. If there are, let us know and we’ll update the list.
Opening pro dance was to “When Love Takes Over” by David Guetta/Kelly Rowland (Thanks LMK)

Leah & Tony danced a Paso Doble to the song “Bad Romance” —Lady Gaga
Leah & Tony danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Bad Romance” —Lady Gaga
Corbin & Karina danced a Tango to the song “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” —Fall Out Boy
Corbin & Karina danced a Rumba to the song “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” —Fall Out Boy
Jack & Cheryl danced a Jazz to the song “Roxanne” —The Police
Jack & Cheryl danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Roxanne” —The Police
Bill E. & Emma danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Sexy and I Know It” —LMFAO
Bill E. & Emma danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Sexy and I Know It” —LMFAO
Amber & Derek danced a Jazz to the song “Locked Out of Heaven” —Bruno Mars
Amber & Derek danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Locked Out of Heaven” —Bruno Mars

November 18, 2013 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 17 Trio Challenge Week Music

We’re back with the list of music for Dancing with the Stars Season 17 trio challenge night. If you missed the past music, you can always check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music.

Now for the list of Trio Challenge music used on tonight’s DWTS.
Amber & Derek (Mark Ballas) danced a Quickstep to the song “That’s It!” – Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Amber & Derek (Mark Ballas) danced a Salsa to the song “Que Viva la Vida” —Wisin
Leah & Tony (Henry Byalikov) danced a Tango to the song “Love Me Again” —John Newman
Leah & Tony (Henry Byalikov) danced a Jive to the song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” —Twisted Sister
Corbin & Karina (Witney Carson) danced a Waltz to the song “Apologize” —OneRepublic
Corbin & Karina (Witney Carson) danced a Jazz to the song “Yeah!” —Usher feat. Lil’ Jon & Ludacris
Jack & Cheryl (Sharna Burgess) danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Let Me Go” —Avril Lavigne feat. Chad Kroeger
Jack & Cheryl (Sharna Burgess) danced a Samba to the song “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” —Louis Prima
Bill E. & Emma (Peta Murgatroyd) danced a Charleston to the song “Yakety Yak” —The Coasters
Bill E. & Emma (Peta Murgatroyd) danced a Salsa to the song “Candy” —Robbie Williams
Elizabeth & Val (Gleb Savchenko) danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Young and Beautiful” —Lana Del Rey
Elizabeth & Val (Gleb Savchenko) danced a Salsa to the song “Pucko” —Bonde do Rolê

November 11, 2013 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 17 Cher Week Music

We’re back with the list of music for Cher Week of DWTS Season 17. If you missed the past music, you can always check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music.

Now for the list of Cher music used on tonight’s DWTS.

Corbin & Karina danced an Argentine Tango to the song “Welcome to Burlesque”
Leah & Tony danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “I Got You Babe”
Brant & Peta danced a Foxtrot to the song “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)”
Elizabeth & Val danced a Jazz to the song “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”
Bill E. & Emma danced a Disco to the song “Strong Enough”
Jack & Cheryl danced a Tango to the song “The Beat Goes On”
Amber & Derek danced a Rumba to the song “If I Could Turn Back Time”

Dance-off Music
Corbin & Karina vs Elizabeth & Val danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Woman’s World”
Leah & Tony vs Brant & Peta danced a Rumba to the song “I Found Someone”
Jack & Cheryl vs Bill E. & Emma danced a Disco to the song “Song for the Lonely”

November 4, 2013 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 17 Team Dance Week Music

We’re back with the list of music for week 7 of DWTS Season 17. If you missed the past music, you can always check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music.

The opening song was Trouble – Neon Jungle

Elizabeth & Val, Bill E. & Emma, Nicole & Sasha, and Leah & Tony danced Team Freestyle to the song “Bom Bom” —Sam and the Womp
Amber & Derek, Corbin & Karina, Jack & Cheryl, and Brant & Peta danced Team Freestyle to the song “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” —Ylvis

Elizabeth & Val danced a Quickstep to the song “Dance Apocalyptic” —Janelle Monáe
Brant & Peta danced a Jive to the song “Tutti Frutti” —Little Richard
Leah & Tony danced a Salsa to the song “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” —Pitbull
Jack & Cheryl danced a Jive to the song “Going Up the Country” —Canned Heat
Amber & Derek danced a Paso Doble to the song “Diablo Rojo” —Rodrigo y Gabriela
Bill E. & Emma danced a Quickstep to the song “Viva Las Vegas” —Elvis Presley
Nicole & Sasha danced a Samba to the song “Hey Mama” —Black Eyed Peas
Corbin & Karina danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Pumpin Blood” —NONONO

October 28, 2013 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 17 Switch Up Challenge Night Music

We’re back with the list of music for week 6 of DWTS Season 17. If you missed the past music, you can always check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music.

The opening song was Sing with a Swing (Raf Marchesini Radio Edit) - DKS

Bill E. & Emma danced a Tango to the song Cheeseburger in Paradise —Jimmy Buffett
Elizabeth & Val danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song Put Your Hands on Me —Joss Stone
Leah & Tony danced a Quickstep to the song Man Wanted —Copacabana
Brant & Peta danced a Tango to the song The Night Out —Martin Solveig
Amber & Derek danced a Samba to the song Get It Right —Fantasia
Jack & Cheryl danced a Paso Doble to the song Conquest —The White Stripes
Nicole & Sasha danced a Foxtrot to the song Build Me Up Buttercup —The Foundations
Corbin & Karina danced a Viennese Waltz to the song Game of Thrones Theme —Ramin Djawadi

The guest performance was by Mika ft. Ariana Grande-”Popular Song”

Switch Up Challenge Songs (Thanks to Minttu)
1st group:
1. Hot in Herre by Nelly
2. In the Hall of the Mountain King (Peer Günt) by Edvard Grieg
3. Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye
4. Dooper Than Doop by Doop

2nd group:
1. Sexy and I know it by LMFAO
2. The Blue Danube Waltz by Johan Strauss
3. Chillando Goma by Fulanito
4. Shake A Tail Feather by Blues Brothers with Ray Charles

October 21, 2013 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Songs And Dance Sneak Peek For Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Week 5

Wow, what an unexpected surprise!! E Online has just leaked the song and dance list for Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Week 5 and here it is with song downloads included…..

Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy (Jive): “I’m So Excited”, The Pointer Sisters
Amber Riley and Derek Hough (Foxtrot): “Try A Little Tenderness” (Glee version), Glee Cast
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber (Jazz): “Work Bitch”, Britney Spears
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd (Contemporary): “Your Song”, Elton John
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani (Contemporary): “Roar”, Katy Perry
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff (Foxtrot): “My Wish”, Rascal Flatts
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas (Cha Cha): “Forget You”, Cee Lo Green
Bill Engval and Emma Slater (V. Waltz): “She’s Always a Woman”, Billy Joel
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke (Waltz): “I’m Kissing You”, Des’ree

More details at E Online for why they think Elizabeth has the song she does!!

So, what do you think? I’m especially excited about Glee’s “Try A Little Tenderness:”, Katy Perry’s “Roar”, and Britney Spear’s “Work Bitch”!

October 11, 2013 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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 17 Julianne Hough Night

We’re back with the list of music for week 4 of Dancing with the Stars Season 17. If you missed the past music, you can always check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music.

Now without further rambling, here’s the music from tonight’s episode of DWTS:
Jack & Cheryl danced a Quickstep to the song “Man Like That” —Gin Wigmore
Elizabeth & Val danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Symphony 6: Fair Thee Well & the Requiem Mix” —Emily Wells
Brant & Peta danced a Salsa to the song “Shake Señora” —Pitbull
Valerie & Tristan danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Carry On” —Fun.
Leah & Tony danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Papi” —Jennifer Lopez
Corbin & Karina danced a Paso Doble to the song “Zorongo” 一Paco Peña
Nicole & Sasha danced a Jive to the song “Mickey” 一Toni Basil
Christina & Mark danced a Foxtrot to the song “Sexy Silk” —Jessie J
Amber & Derek danced a Tango to the song “Love Lockdown” —Kanye West
Bill E. & Emma danced a Samba to the song “Cuban Pete” —José Norman

October 7, 2013 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.