Be thinking and sending positive thoughts and prayers to Samantha Harris. According to People, the former co-host of dancing With The Stars has to have a double mastectomy. Sad! I hope she’s going to be ok!
Samantha Harris reveals that later this month she will undergo surgery for a double mastectomy to treat breast cancer.
In a routine self-examination last fall, Harris, 40, detected a lump in her right breast. She had a clean mammogram shortly before but something still didn’t feel right, so she saw a breast cancer specialist months later.
A needle biopsy and later lumpectomy led to a diagnosis Harris that did not expect: breast cancer.
“It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest,” the former Dancing with the Stars co-host says of the news.
KTLA interviewed Cody Simpson and Witney Carson about their union together on Dancing With The Stars, the switch up dances this past week, their new dance (Cody says they have a Samba …like Court told Heidi and I last night and were going to reveal soon), his hair (love that hair!), his music, and more. Check it out… Read more..
James Maslow has written a new blog at Parade. Below he writes of he and Peta’s next dance. He also gives a hint on he and Peta’s song. Hmmm…. More at the link including his thoughts on this week’s dance with Cheryl Burke. He also answered questions from fans. Thanks to Lori for sending.
Next Week’s Performance
We are doing a contemporary dance to a Disney song since it’s Disney week. I am very happy with the song, it’s the one Peta and I wanted from day one, it’s one of my favorite songs ever, and I think the whole country is really digging it right now. I don’t want to give away too much. When people see what we’re doing with it, people are going to freak out for sure. We are doing 3D animation. I don’t know how that’s going to work, you’re not going to see it in the ballroom, but I know we’re going to bring in a whole different floor—the creative on it is going to be unreal. We’re going to bring to life Disney characters and animation that I’ve never seen on TV.
Also, be sure to see Glamour as they interviewed James about Dancing With The Stars. Thanks to Lara for sending us this interview.
Mark Ballas is now blogging at She Knows. In his first writing for Dancing With The Stars this season, he talks about his switch up dance with Amy Purdy. He’s proud for the way Amy “ran with it and killed it when it came time to perform”. As for next week, watch out. He’s back with Candace and they’ve got some things up their sleeves. More below and at She Knows.
If you don’t know about Amy, you should. She’s an incredible, inspirational woman. At 19, she contracted bacterial meningitis, and both of her legs had to be amputated below the knee. That didn’t stop her one bit. Outside of dancing, she’s a crazy-talented snowboarder (bronze medalist at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games) and the cofounder of Adaptive Action Sports. On the dance floor, she’s dedicated and super-talented. This week’s dance was a challenge stylistically. I took on a more supportive stance than I usually do for Amy, but still wanted her to go her own way and show the judges that she can dance on her own. She took it, ran with it and killed it when it came time to perform.
Next week I’m back with Candace, and I’m ready to show the judges and the viewers what we’ve got up our sleeves. It’s going to be a very fun show.
Hey Dancettes, ready for the new Afterbuzz TV show? This time Jenna Johnson and Artem Chigvintsev join Kristyn Burtt and the crew to review Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Week 4. Lot’s of diverse discussion this time. You won’t want to miss what they say on Maks, Danica, and Julianne! Part of them thought Julianne was rude with her judging and part of them didn’t. Suri thought Maks handled it well (he did?). I especially loved their talk on the Macy’s Stars Of Dance. It was cool getting Artem’s perspective on Derek and his choreography being he was part of the dance. Note too that the next Macy’s Stars Of Dance takes place in two weeks. Lots more below. Another great show! I so look forward to these every week.
And below is a Good Morning America recap of Dancing With The Stars last night. There is also a backstage interview with Maks Chmerkovskiy complaining about Julianne Hough’s judging. She comments too. (Do I dare comment on that? What does he mean Julianne is too young to judge him? I don’t think so. She’s just as decorated as a pro as he is! )
ETA: Some of the cast and pros commented on the Julianne and Maks thing too as well as Maks himself. Here is a take, but be sure to see Today for more.
Ultimately, the exchange made for good TV.
“It doesn’t matter,” Chmerkovskiy said of Hough’s remarks. “It’s not about me. People want to be entertained when they tune in.”
The Hough/Chmerkovskiy post-dance exchange was reminiscent of other interactions he’d had with judges in past seasons — there’s a reason he’s often referred to as the bad boy of the ballroom — and that’s a place Chmerkovskiy would prefer not to visit.
“We were brought back to where things were,” he noted. “I don’t like that. Just like (I don’t like) the switch-up or Disney Week or Outer Space Week. But it’s not my call. I just have to enjoy it. We’re all in the same boat together.”
What another great night of dancing! I really liked the opening number and Derek Hough and the Macy’s Stars Of Dance performance. HOT! Also, all the couples did much better than I thought they would with the Switch Up dances too. Though, please….no more Switch Up dances in the future as I think the cast had enough pressure as it is. Why put that kind of pressure on them…and US? What do you think? Vote in our new Poll and then see some media afterwards.
So, for new media and interviews after the show, how about if we start with ABC7 with George Pennacchio!! Also, On The Red Carpet has one interview posted with Meryl and Val (seen below). Val is happy with last night and the way it went down with an exception that he wasn’t happy with the judges scores and comments for Maks and Charlie. He’s also not looking forward to Disney week while Meryl feels the opposite…
Be sure to keep checking back to this link for more interviews to be added through out the day. You can also view some high quality photos of the night at On The Red Carpet.
And for those needing a repeat of the scores….
NeNe Leakes & Derek Hough: 32
Charlie White & Peta Murgatroyd: 33
Meryl Davis & Val Chmerkovskiy: 39
James Maslow & Cheryl Burke: 35
Amy Purdy & Mark Ballas: 34
Drew Carey & Witney Carson: 33
Cody Simpson & Sharna Burgess: 31
Candace Cameron Bure & Tony Dovolani: 28
Danica McKellar & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 32
Stay tuned. More coming!!
ETA: Below is some after dark coverage with PopTVDotCom…
ETA2: The On The Red Carpet Interviews are now up! Be sure to see them here. Lots of Disney talk! ADDING: Drew says he has the Quickstep. Cody says he is doing something to “Lion King”(Court knows more. Stay tuned). Sharna says she and Charlie have the Jazz. Candace hints that she is doing to something to “Little Mermaid”. Tony is going to be a “dog”. Read more..
Ok Guys!! Let’s take a POLL for how you feel about the new Band for Dancing With The Stars. VOTE in our new Poll and let’s get some numbers. Let us know what you think in comments too!! Meet you there!
So now that we know the couples, we want to know what YOU guys think. So vote on your favorite couple and which couple you think will win…then tell us why Vote away!
My favorite couple is Billy & Emma (because I love Emma, and #ifbillleavesweriot lives!!!) and I think Charlie & Sharna are the ones to beat this season – but Amy & Derek, Meryl & Maks, and possibly Cody & Witney or Danica & Val could give them a run for their money. Will be interesting to see, for sure!