Maks Chmerkovskiy flew to New York last night so he could talk about judging Dancing With The Stars on Good Morning America. He comments how judging wasn’t as easy as he thought it would be, but, he tried to be fair and as true to himself as he could be. You can also watch Leah and Tony in this interview talking on their departure….
Also, People.com is featuring a new article with Karina Smirnoff talking of his judging. Below is a little take for what she said at Mixology last night for how he did a “superb job”.
“He did a superb job,” Smirnoff, 35, raved to PEOPLE at an after party for the show at Mixology 101 in L.A., right after learning she’d be in next week’s finals. “He’s been on our side as a dancer. He knows how much work we put in and how many hours of rehearsals it takes. I was looking forward to him being the Maks that we all know who doesn’t have a lot of filter, but he was actually very nice. I don’t know [why he was being nice], but I liked it. I’ll take that Maks over the other Maks any day.”
Added Bleu, 24, “He ended up giving constructive criticism and yet he also ended up telling everybody an incredible compliment about themselves.”
So, for fun, let’s get your thoughts and some numbers. In the new Polls below, grade how you think Maks did as a judge on Dancing With The Stars last night! Also, would you like to see him judge Dancing With The Stars again? Let us know how you voted in comments.
This is pretty scary! Apparently, Dancing With The Stars pro Lacey Schwimmer was on a plane grounded at LAX when the TSA shooting happened this morning. Thank goodness she is ok!!! Below is more from the Las Vegas Review Journal. ETA: Tom Bergeron had issues at the airport as well according to this tweet.
Schwimmer was on a Las Vegas-to-Los Angeles flight. All flights were canceled during the incident, which erupted about 9:20 a.m. at a TSA security checkpoint.
The Associated Press reports that a TSA agent was shot and killed and two more people were wounded. The shooting took place in the Tom Bradley Terminal.
Schwimmer’s first tweet read: “Landed at LAX to find out a shooting has happened here! Hope everyone is okay:/”
In her second tweet, she wrote: “LAX isn’t telling us much, for now I’m sitting in the plane on the Tarmac.”
An hour later she tweeted, “”Still on the Tarmac waiting at LAX.”
So, last night, I attended a chat at Cher’s Facebook page. She didn’t answer my Dancing With The Stars question about what she’d most like to bring to the judges table Monday night, but, another fan asked if she was excited to judge and she commented back with, “I’m EXCITED I have no idea what it’s like to be a judge but I was just a mentor on the Voice. Chaz said that he would come and give me some pointers.”
Also, Today has posted an article about Cher judging Dancing With The Stars. They also polled their readers on whether or not she’s qualified to judge. We’ve been talking about this too in comments. So, now we thought it might be fun to get our own numbers in a POLL on this subject. VOTE and then us know how you voted in comments.
ETA: Cher is really nervous about judging and says she has no idea what she’s doing. Below is more from the Huffington Post….
“I don’t know anything about ballroom dancing,” she admitted on a conference call on Friday. “I don’t want to be responsible for someone getting a different mark than a professional would give them. I like to know what I’m doing and do it really well. In this instance I have no idea what I’m doing.”
Instead, Cher said she hopes she’ll be called upon to comment on the entire dances, not the technical aspects of routines. The pop icon said she’s been relying heavily on Chaz for his guidance. “He’s coming over tonight to give me tips,” she said. “He said, ‘Mom, you don’t understand how seriously people take this. I’m going to tutor you.’ Obviously I need all the help I can get.”
For a woman who seems absolutely fearless, Cher also admitted that she’s not interested in ever competing on the show: “I would be too frightened!” Instead, she’s content in cheering from the sidelines as a judge (with three different outfit changes in store). “This show is about overcoming your fear and going to a place you’ve never gone before. It takes sheer guts.”
According to Cher, not even decades of touring and performing have prepared her to judge the show. “We don’t grade in rock and roll.”
ETA2:Today interviewed Cher today! Check how the producers have given her a binder to study. Chaz is turoring her and she has three outfits picked out for the show. Be sure to take in the full interview at the link….
But she’s not going in without some help. Producers have provided the legendary singer with a binder complete with tons of info she’ll need to have in order to offer critiques.
“It’s a huge binder and it has everyone’s bios in it and it tells me what they’ve done so far and what they’re doing. And at the end there is something that looks like math, which is always scary to a dyslexic person,” she said. “I’m looking at it thinking, ‘Oh, my God, someone is going to have to get in here because all I can say is, ‘That was beautiful,’ or ‘You fell.’ Someone is going to have to do some cramming with me.”
That person may be her son, Chaz Bono, who competed in season 14. The gay rights advocate has already offered up his knowledge of the show to help prep his mom.
“He said, ‘Mom, you have no idea how serious people take this, so I’m going to tutor you,’” revealed Cher, who is welcoming all the assistance she can get. “I don’t like to do anything half way or in half measure.”
Some of the show’s pros told TODAY they were thrilled to have Cher judging their performances as a whole, given her sense of showmanship. And the Oscar- and Grammy-winner is looking forward to that aspect too.
“What I think they’re going to have me do is comment on what I thought about the entire (dance),” she told reporters. “Did I think something was beautiful? That, I can do in spades. I know what it’s like watching my dancers and I see amazing things that they do. But we don’t grade in rock ‘n’ roll!”
One thing Cher has in common with the show is fabulous costumes. When asked whether she already had her outfit picked out, she deadpanned, “What do you think?”
The star said she had three looks chosen, “(But) it won’t be all beaded (gowns) and stuff like that. That’s going to be well taken care of by everyone else there.”
So my friend Amanda over at PureSYTYCD shot me a tweet this afternoon – she gets to go to the SYTYCD live show tonight in Atlanta, and she happened to run into some of the cast at the mall earlier today. She apparently got to talk to Du-Shaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall (co-winner of the most recent season of SYTYCD), and according to him, someone from his season “will be on DWTS next season”. He didn’t specify who, and he didn’t specify whether they’d be a pro or in the troupe – but there were 4 ballroom dancers on SYTYCD this season, so I figure he must be referring to one of them (although stranger things have happened…look at Tyne).
Yes, it’s probably a bit early for anyone to know for sure whether they’ll be on the show next season, but it did get me thinking: maybe TPTB are already scouting out new talent for next season, and they want to go fishing in the SYTYCD pool once more…so it might be possible that they’ve at least been “in talks” with some of the ballroom dancers from season 10 of SYTYCD about coming over to DWTS. If so…who could it be?
The four possible choices are Brittany Cherry, Jenna Johnson, Alan Bersten, and Paul Karmiryan. Both Brittany & Jenna are part of the VIBE family that gave us Lindsay & Witney, so I’m guessing that by extension, they’ve also worked with Mark on more than one occasion. Both ladies have also appeared in guest dance numbers on DWTS before (see below – Brittany’s the brunette on the left, Jenna’s the one on the right). I don’t know quite as much about the guys – I know Paul actually won the Armenian version of SYTYCD a few years back and lives in California, and Alan comes from a dance family (his older brother also auditioned for SYTYCD, but the judges chose Alan) and lives in Minnesota.
If this little nugget of info is true, who do you guys think will be joining us on DWTS next season?
I’m personally leaning towards Jenna – she’s the VIBE connection, she went pretty far on SYTYCD, and she seems to have the same “big” personality on the floor that we see from Witney. Definite troupe material, IMO. Not sure I’d want any of these 4 to proceed straight to pro, but I think any of them would make a decent addition to the troupe. What do you guys think? Do you think we’ll be seeing any of these dancers gracing the DWTS floor next year?
Ok gang, now that the hype has had some time to die down…it’s time to vote for your favorites & least favorites in this season’s end-of-season awards 🙂 Pretty self-explanatory – just select what you think is the best option for each category and submit it. “But Courtney, you don’t have my favorite listed!!!” Yes, there is an option for write-ins…HOWEVER…
…after the absolute chaos that was the HUNDREDS of write-in votes last season, I’m going to really crack down on the write-in votes. If you absolutely MUST write-in a response other than the ones we have listed (and I took great pains to include the responses that I thought would be the most likely choices for each category), you MUST do so with a certain format in mind…for example, if you were trying to write in “Zendaya & Val’s Argentine tango” for the best dance, you MUST do it just like I typed it – captalize the first names of the celeb first, then the pro; throw an “&” in the middle, and then put the type of dance after that. Examples of what not to do: “zendaya val tango” or “Zendaya tango” or “any dance Zendaya did!!!!” Yeah, especially that last one – you get to choose ONE DANCE, not 13. Any responses that don’t fit the scheme I just laid out are getting thrown out – sorry guys, but I just don’t have the energy (or desire) to weed through 300+ nonsensical, misspelled, & obnoxious responses. Got it? Good. Now vote away 🙂 We’ll share the results in the coming weeks. Read more..
Each season the Pure DWTS community has done a pretty good job predicting the winners of Dancing with the Stars. I expect that Dancing with the Stars Season 16 won’t be any different. Although, it has been an interesting season where multiple fan bases think that the producers have it in for their favorites. Usually there’s only one fan base that feels slighted, but this year I’ve heard it from a number of different fans for each couple. So, it should be an exciting finish.
Now without further ado, go ahead and vote for who will be the Dancing with the Stars Season 16 winner:
I’ll close comments on this post so we don’t have multiple conversations on who’s going to win, but feel free to go over to Court’s DWTS Finale Power Rankings to leave a comment on who you think will win.
If you could only see the emails I get. Everything from the reasonable to the unreasonable. Most of the time when they get to the point of emailing me, they’re saying they’re going to stop watching the show. Although, this year, more than any, I’ve had people calling the show rigged. So, I thought I’d put up a poll and see what Pure DWTS readers think. Is DWTS rigged? Vote below and then leave your thoughts in the comments.
My personal opinion is that the show isn’t rigged. The show is produced and they do have their favorites. They want good ratings and some pros and stars bring them better ratings. However, DWTS is considered a game show and the rules for games shows are rough, so I’d be really surprised if they were really rigging the show.
It’s been far too long since we’ve done a DWTS poll. So, this lovely Friday night I thought it would be fun to have a poll to see who is going to be the Dancing with the Stars Season 16 winner. You can vote for who you think will win below.
Now, just for fun and because I know that who you think will win and who you want to win is different, the following is the poll of who you want to win DWTS season 16.
Isn’t this a great shot of Dancing With The Stars Sharna Burgess and Henry Byalikov?? I love Henry’s bow tie!! The two dancers attended OK! Magazine’s annual “So Sexy” party at SkyBar at the Mondrian in West Hollywood, California last night. Peta Murgatroyd, Sharna Burgess, Gleb Savchenko and his wife Elena Samodanova, and Kym Johnson were also in attendance. To view pictures of them all, see Getty Images. Beautiful bunch! Thanks to @DWTSgossip for the heads up on this news.