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PureDWTS Season 24, Week 1 – Power Rankings

And so begins another season 🙂 Admittedly, I found it hard to psych myself up for this season – I wasn’t really looking forward to it, after the 3-ring manipulation circus of last season, and didn’t really feel super-invested in any of the couples until last night.  While the talent this season seems almost unfairly stacked in favor of the female celebs, unfortunately for them, I think the guys may have actually ended up more enjoyable and memorable – perhaps the female pros see the writing on the wall, and know they’ve gotta compensate for a lack of experience by having their partners be really, really entertaining?

Generally, aside from maybe 3-4 dances last night, this felt like a pretty tame premiere – the first hour was kind of a bear to get through, as the energy really slipped before picking up around the 9 PM hour. Other observations? The opening number was cool and not something we had really seen yet, but the preponderance of Maks & Val was eyeroll-inducing – they’re really trying to drive the point home that these two are the “stars” this season, huh? I feel like we only saw quick snippets of the female pros, with those two idiots mugging shamelessly in between. The sexism of this show is blood-boiling, at times. Glad to see that the judges were kinda stingy with the scores for the first night, as this tends to stem a lot of potential b*tching from couples down the line who are given cushy scores for weeks before the judges get real and drop the hammer. Getting really tired of them reminding us in one breath that Heather danced backup for Beyonce, while in another launching into this big apology tour about how “different” ballroom is from what Heather does. The cognitive dissonance…it hurts.

Just as a refresher for the regulars and a quick explanation for the newbs, the power rankings are a ranking of who I think is the least likely to get eliminated next week (#1) to who is the most likely (#12). It takes into account how well they danced, how memorable they were, how big I think their voting fanbase is going to be, how big their pro’s fanbase is, how likeable they are, etc. Is it NOT a ranking of how well they danced or how high they scored, so if you’re here to piously tell me that “so-and-so should be higher than so-and-so because they got a better score”, prepare to be called out. Shall we begin? 🙂 Read more..

March 21, 2017 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

Hollywood Reporter Interviews DWTS Executive Producers, Including Questions about Heather Morris Extensive Dance Background

Well this is certainly an interesting interview. Remember the old saying “Me thinks they doth protest too much?” Yeah. This. 🙂 Hollywood Reporter interviews executive producers Joe Sungkur and Ashley Edens about DWTS, including some tough questions about Heather Morris and her very obvious dance experience…and our execs have the company line down pat. Even if it is complete BS.  Excerpts (and commentary) below.  The way they write about Heather, it’s entirely possible that everyone (besides us) is starting to realize this show has jumped the shark totally and completely.

While most of the ensemble represents the show’s standard mix of actors, reality stars and pro athletes, there is one notable exception with the addition of Morris. Long before she became a household name as Brittany S. Pierce on Fox’s hit musical comedy, Morris was a professional dancer working for Beyonce. She danced backup on The Beyonce Experience world tour, and danced alongside her on Saturday Night Live, the American Music Awards and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, among others.

They really drive the point home here, don’t they? I think I love them. 😉

Courtney: When the “coven” at Pure ain’t the only ones hip to the fact A PROFESSIONAL DANCER is part of the celeb cast this season and aren’t afraid to call TPTB out on it, you know this is gonna be a tough season for the higher-ups at DWTS.

Vogue: Oh boy, I can see what’s coming already.

Ahead of the premiere, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with longtime executive producers Joe Sungkur and Ashley Edens to find out what’s in store for the season, whether or not they think Morris has an unfair advantage, the reason behind the lack of Bachelorette stars and their dream contestants.

Again, more on Heather…and they’re bringing up the sore, Bachelorette point.

What’s the process like when pairing the stars with the professional dancers? What were the conversations for this season like? How much say do the dancers have in who they dance with?

Eden: There’s no real science or a perfect formula behind the pairing process. The dancers don’t have a say in who they’re getting. Jo, myself and [casting director] Deena [Katz] who books the cast. Deena will know the celebrities a little bit more. Joe and I work with the dancers day in and day out so together we try and make the best pairings based on height, personality [and] dance ability or lack there of. We try not to always put predictable pairings together. You’re not seeing Witney [Carson] with the exact same type person every single season. That’s a challenge. And ultimately we want everyone to be happy whether it’s the celebrity or the dancer. That’s at the forefront in making the strongest pairings.

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March 18, 2017 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. :-)

Derek Hough’s New Show, “World of Dance” Set to Premiere May 8th

At 10 pm/9pm central – right after DWTS. 🙂 Very strategic placement, I would say.  Hope this show is as good as it looks and is more successful that SYTYCD. We’ll see. The difference being this show was all pre-taped and edited…should make it have less filler crap. Hopefully.

ETA: Also, note that the show will move to Tuesdays on May 30th according to Deadline.

Yahoo has an article and a couple photos about the show, including this poster:

March 17, 2017 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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 24 Pre-Season POLL: Who is Your Favorite Couple? Who Will Win?

It’s time for the pre-season poll, kids – tell us your first impressions on the couples.  Who’s your favorite right now? Who do you think will win? Tell us how you voted in the comments.

And the usual disclaimer: if you’re here to bitch & moan about how “we haven’t even seen them dance yet!”, this poll is NOT for you.  Keep it movin’ and check back in with us after the first episode.

March 1, 2017 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

Dancing with the Stars Season 24 Cast Announcement – LIVE BLOG

Well, here we go…with what, at first blush, appears to be the most jacked up season in DWTS history…and not in a good way. We’ve got one professional dancer and countless other female ringers. If you’re a female pro on this show…I’m sorry. Do good choreo – you women have a better shot at an Emmy than your male counterparts do.

Anyway, this first hour is likely to be news, etc. The GMA fluff, including DWTS cast announcement is usually sometime in the second hour. Well, for GMA the fluff starts much earlier, but the DWTS stuff probably won’t happen until after 8 pm eastern.

Oy veh…they’ve already started with the “I pity the fool…” and other hints, supposedly corresponding to the people below…

The blatant pimping of Val, Maks AND Peta begins. Nauseating.  And when will Maks and Val learn then aren’t actually funny? Like, at all?

Ginger, you were overhyped when you were on DWTS…and I don’t need you on my TV now.

Man, we are so going to miss the Hough-Ballas contingent to keep this show from going into the toilet.

Here we go….Tiny Tom next to the GMA giants…

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem

Chris Kattan and Witney

Mr. T and Kym

Simone Biles and Sasha (!!!)

Rashad Jennings and Emma (!!)

David Ross and Lindsay

Heather Morris and Maks

Charo and Keo

Erika Jane and Gleb

Normani Kordei and Val

Bonner Bolton and Sharna

They went through that so fast that I saw none of it and had to follow Court on twitter. LOL.

Okay, Sasha and Emma are being given a huge shot here…about time.  Let’s see what they can do!

Wow they actually mentioned that Heather danced with Beyonce!! But then Heather went with the “Ballroom is very different” line.

And here we go with the Chmer-clan bullshit. :::rolls eyes:::

Tom: Well we have plenty of bull on dancing with the stars – truer words were never said. Anyway, I can see why Sharna blushed around him…he’s CUTE that Bonner.

Ohhhh…booo hooo…poor Val having to travel.

NOTE: Male pros sitting with their partners down in front…all the women STANDING in the back. But this show isn’t sexist at all.

OMG…how much do I love Charo?? Very, very much. LOL

Ya know… People Magazine published Nick as a contestant with Peta. Not sure why GMA is being so dramatic.

Heh.  They FINALLY give Sasha a ringer….and still manage to give Maks an even bigger ringer. I love Emma, but I’m hoping for Sasha/Simone domination.

That’s it, I’m out and off to work.

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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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 24 – Jenna Johnson Taking a Season Off

Jenna fans asking if she’s gonna be in the troupe, I think you just got your answer:


Given that things on the pro front seem really, really strange this season, I don’t really know whether this was really her choice or is coming from someone higher up.  She seems upbeat, though, so I wish her the best and hope she gets what she needs out of her break.

February 28, 2017 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS Season 24 – Who’s Dancing with Who? **Couples Spoilers**

What follows is a list of the pairings we have confirmed for this season.  If you don’t want to be spoiled and want to be surprised come Wednesday morning, do not venture any further.  You’ve been warned 😛

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February 27, 2017 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

Normani Kordei from 5th Harmony to Join DWTS Per Reports

Via People Magazine, the 5th Harmony cast member is Normani:

Though ABC has no official comment on the news ahead of the full cast reveal on Good Morning America next week, a source confirms the 20-year-old member of the hit girl pop group and global ambassador for the American cancer society will compete on the dance competition’s 24th season.

They also confirm Sharna is back…

A second source confirms that dance pro Sharna Burgess will be returning. She joins confirmed pros Witney Carson, brothers Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy and Maks’ fiancée Peta Murgatroyd, who will hit the dance floor just two and a half months after giving birth to son Shai Aleksander.

February 24, 2017 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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 24 – Tony Dovolani Not Returning As a Pro

So Tony just posted this…

I wanted my fans to hear it from me first. I will not be on Dancing With The Stars this season, season 24. While I will miss the show and interacting with our wonderful audiences, both at home and in the ballroom, I will continue to focus on growing my Dance With Me USA studios and teaching. I will also be traveling across the country performing and making personal appearances. I will be hosting my second annual Tony Dovolani Foundation: Golf For Special Needs Children tournament on July 14. I’m honored to be a member of the PGA’s Player and Coaching Development Committee and to be contributing to the future of the professional game of golf. Catch me on ABC’s Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion Shall We Dance On Ice special this Saturday, February 25 3:00pm – 5:00pm EST 2:00pm – 4:00pm CST & PST 1:00pm – 3:00pm MST Tony Dovolani

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Man, that really stinks  – I found myself really missing Tony’s warmth and patience with his partners last season.  But as I shared before – I started getting the impression that Artem had replaced Tony as the pro that “gets all the older ladies”, and that I wasn’t sure there was going to be room for both in this season’s roster. And given that he seems to be giving us a long-term look at what he is going to be up to for the next several months, I kinda wonder if we’ve seen Tony’s swan song on DWTS 🙁

Thoughts?

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

Choreography on DWTS – What’s the Problem Here?

So, as may of our long time readers know, Courtney and I have been quite critical of the choreography done by Mandy Moore on DWTS. With the exception of a few numbers last year it seemed like it consisted of some combination of bumping and grinding – male and female. We even heard a rumor of a comment Derek made regarding a male pro dance last season…one that he was subsequently not a part of. While Derek is in his own league and may not be required to take part in pro dances any more (can you think of one where he was there the whole way through??), I think our source was solid at the time.

We’ve also been uber critical of some of the male pros choreography, namely…well all of them except Derek and Mark, really. Now, the childish reader likes to claim that’s just because we like Derek and Mark more. Well, yes, I do…but that’s not necessarily true of either Vogue or Courtney, and it doesn’t automatically mean that the choreography by those men is better than I claim. And if one of the men does something I like – I say so. But I think that much of it has been objectively less than stellar. The women fare much better…and I’m not sure why, except perhaps they get some outside help. Like WAY outside. Away from DWTS.

So you probably wonder what I’m getting at here. Well, I was watching the video that Vogue posted the other day – choreography for the TV Academy by Mandy Moore. It was FANTASTIC. She’s getting raves for La La Land (although I’ve seen a very few “derivative” comments – haven’t seen it yet myself) and she’s done some great stuff on SYTYCD. She’s more regularly great (with a few less great, but every pro has those) on SYTYCD than she has ever been on DWTS. Read more..

February 23, 2017 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. :-)