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DWTS 12 End of Season Award Winners – Which Musical Guest Was the Best?

John: Seriously. How do you decide on this one?

Vogue: I have to say this was kind of lackluster Season for entertainment in my opinion. I was hoping for Katy Perry, Rihanna, or Lady Gaga. But, from the choices, I picked New Kids On The Block/Backstreet Boys. I so loved the boy bands and it was great seeing them again. I loved Hanson too!

Courtney: This category drives me absolutely NUTS because there’s so damn many musical acts each season, and a ridiculous number of write-in votes.  People, please – Josh Groban’s name is spelled like that, and there are no alternative spellings.  And whoever wrote in “Hanson FTW” – you irk me. :-) Echoing John’s sentiments, I’m a little perplexed as to how Adele managed to win this one.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Adele, but she only sang one song (with laryngitis) and was forced to bow out of the second one due to aforementioned laryngitis.  It was an ok performance – but not her best.  But alas, Adele is popular with our readers – laryngitis or not! I’m with Vogue on this one…I’m such a boy band fangirl, and I’m ridiculously excited to see NKOTBSB here in Indy later this month ;-) I actually thought they put on the best “show” of all the musical acts – you could tell they had put some thought into their performance, and hadn’t just flown in at the last minute and been like “Ok, we’re here, give us some dancers and we’ll do a quick run-through.” Hanson was a nice addition to the performance show – definitely better lead-in music than Harold Wheeler’s many variations on the DWTS theme.  I really enjoyed Michael & Delta as well – wish I could say the same for the Black Eyed Peas.  But you guys already know how I feel about them – let’s just say I found a very apt comment from someone on Twitter that likened them to a venereal disease. ;-) Jennifer & Toby seemed a little unenthusiastic to me, and I thought Chris Brown did ok given the firestorm surrounding his performance.  Rounding out the dreaded write-in category: Josh/Johs/Joe Groban/Grobin/Grodin/etc. (8), David Garrett (3), Katherine Jenkins (1), Pitbull/Neyo/Nayer (1), Selena Gomez (1), Pia Toscano *snicker* (1), and “they all sucked” (1).  One performance I kinda wish someone had mentioned – James Blunt.  I thought his performance with Val & Daria dancing was one of the most entertaining for me, and seriously – that guy has come a long way since his first album, when he was a total Debbie Downer.  Did he get some action or something? The dude has rainbows coming out of his ass these days! :-)

Marianya: Courtney, Vogue… I guess I’m jumping on that fangirly boyband bandwagon. The most memorable musical act for me was NKOTBSB hands down. I mean it seems like it was prepared and created for the DWTS stage as opposed to just something tossed together or taken from a past tour act, that I likey, I likey a lot.

Heidi: I was inordinately fond of that one Hanson boy’s suspenders. :-)  I don’t know WHY I like such things or why I get fascinated by them. :-) In any case, I found Hanson’s presence on that one performance show lent the show a new and different feel from usual. Now, I think I generally HATE theme nights on principle, but I liked their inclusion and I loved some of the songs they played. I dunno, it was new and different in a way that I liked for a change. :-)

July 20, 2011 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, 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. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

DWTS 12 End of Season Award Winners – Which Couple Was the Best Dressed?

John: Impossible to decide between Kym, the blonde bombshell with the awesome accent, or the super model with the amazing accent. Does it really matter what they wear or who their partner is? Correct Answer: No.

Vogue: This was a toss up between Hines and Kim or Petra and Dimitry. Both couples always took my breath away. In the end, Kym and Hines got my vote. Not only does Kym have a knack for dancing and teaching, she knows just the right costumes to pull out and when for the most part. They aren’t too gawdy or in your face. They are never ugly or tasteless. They always match the dance which is really important in my opinion. Totally classy all the way.

Courtney: I’d like to say a little prayer of thanks & praise to Our Lady of the Awesome Boobage, because she easily ran away with this title, IMO :-D Seriously – Kym’s hair, makeup, and costumes were picture-perfect this season, and I think she did a great job of styling Hines well, too.  My favorites had to be her quickstep dress (quite possibly my favorite ballgown in the history of the show) and Argentine tango dress (who would have thought thousands of pearls could make a bigger statement than the cliched rhinestones?).  I think Kym’s biggest strength in styling both her & her partners is that she knows when to keep it simple – most of her popular costumes are very uncomplicated silhouttes, in flattering colors and textures that compliment the moves of the dances.  Wish some more of the female pros would take a page out of her book…you listening, Lacey & Karina? ;-) Petra was a vision in all of her costumes this season – but how couldn’t she be, when she’s such a vision on her own? And a sweetheart to boot…I have to admit, I really liked she & Dmitry together this season, despite thinking I would find them boring.  While I don’t think all of Kirstie’s costumes were terribly flattering (still trying to figure out her jive & waltz costumes…), I do think they were memorable and fit the dances well.  Thought some of Romeo & Chelsie’s costumes were just lovely – god I loved both their Fred & Ginger-inspired foxtrot costumes, and their Titanic-inspired waltz costumes! Rounding out the write-in category: Ralph & Karina (12), Chelsea & Mark (7), Chris & Cheryl (1), and “No one” (1). Ralph & Karina were kinda hit-or-miss for me – loved their foxtrot costumes, hated their salsa costumes, loved their rumba & waltz costumes, hated their paso doble & quickstep costumes.  Karina’s kinda all over the place for me, costume-wise.  Looks like Chelsea & Mark are a polarizing couple – people seemed to either really love or hate both their dancing & their costumes! She had a few good ones (foxtrot, cha-cha), but I’m afraid she was overshadowed by the ridiculous ones (paso doble, samba, freestyle). As for Chris & Cheryl – I didn’t really LOVE any of their costumes this season, but I didn’t really hate them, either.  They were just…there.

Marianya: Instead of saying “best dressed” I’ll instead say who I think didn’t annoy me with their costumes. In this case it would have to be Petra and Dmitry. However, if we’re measuring the entire course of the show, then of course Hines and Kym. :D

Heidi: In re-watching the various seasons, I’m continually in awe of the hot blond with the awesome boobage – and I ain’t talkin’ Derek. :-)  What I can’t figure is why Kym is so under the radar – I guess she’s second only to Derek in the lack of self promotion.  It’s like she goes into hiding between seasons…but this girl is just gorgeous!!  Inside and out. It’s safe to say I have a straight gurl crush. :-)  Seriously – two trophies, great record with her partners, gorgeous…and the best dance-face around.  Best example is her Team Paso with Warren – fierce.  Speaking of Paso Doble’s with Warren – that pleather ensemble and the Matrix tribute dance?? Awesome.  This season, I have to go with the quickstep dress -fantastic.   She’s my new favorite girl, easily.

July 19, 2011 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, 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. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

Mark Ballas To Talk About Emmy Nomination For Dancing With The Stars

Sunday night Mark Ballas will chat with Chris Harrison of TV Guide’s Hollywood 411 about his Emmy nomination. Here is a sneak peak for what’s to come (I wish I could embed it, but, I can’t. You’ll also need a Facebook account to be able to view the video). Note how Chris asks Mark if he could only choose between an Emmy or a Mirror Ball Trophy, which would he choose? Mark chose “Emmy”. Hmmm, makes one wonder if that’s what Mark was going for all along last Season and will more Emmy’s (instead of Mirror Balls) be his goal in the future? If so, how will potential celebrity partners feel about it? If interested in hearing more of this interview, be sure to tune into Hollywood 411 Sunday night at 7pm ET or stay tuned to Pure Dancing With The Stars. We hope to have video coverage of it afterwards as soon as we can.

ADDING: Hollywood 411 has posted the interview finally. Here it is in full in case you missed it (I’m really liking Mark’s HAIR!);

July 16, 2011 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.

The Dancing With The Stars Make Up Team Makes An Album For 2011 Emmy Nomination

The Dancing With The Stars Make Up Team has put an album together of the show they were nominated an Emmy for at their Facebook page via OK! Magazine. Note: It was Americana week which included the 1000th dance!! Below are a couple of pictures as a reminder and an example of the work they put in. You can view the entire album at the Facebook link. I hope they win! They deserve it!!

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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.

DWTS 12 End of Season Award Winners – Which Couple’s Elimination Was the Most Disappointing?

John: I had an odd season with no real emotional favorite (although, I did like Chelsea). However, Ralph was just a class act. Plus, I’m afraid Mr. Miyagi might come and kick my trash if I said otherwise.

Vogue: LOL JOHN!! Seriously, Ralph for me too!!! The judges finally had their way. I’ll never understand why they picked on him so? A total shame. He belonged in the Finals! I really enjoyed him and I was the happiest when he and Karina brought in an Oriental influence to some of their dances. Beautiful!!

Courtney: With the exception of maybe Kendra & Louis (who I still must applaud for a very classy exit), I was disappointed to see all of the above couples eliminated – but the sting was definitely the greatest with Ralph :-( Echoing Vogue’s sentiments, it was the last straw – the judges had finally gotten away with manipulating the outcome of the show.  And Ralph looked so heartbroken, even though I think he knew it was coming.  I think Ralph’s unceremonious ousting (and season-long abuse by the judges) will go down in DWTS history as the most unfair cut…even moreseo than Brandy, because this time around – only the judges are to blame.  I also got a little sad when Romeo was cut, just because he had grown so much in the duration of the season & seemed so humbled and thankful for the experience.  Chris was just so funny & charming (and he got dealt a crappy dance the week he was sent packing) that it hurt to see him go too; and Petra was just an absolute angel and seemed truly humbled by the experience.  Really and truly, with the exception of Wendy – I think all of this season’s eliminated contestants were very classy & gracious when they were eliminated.  Very impressive :-) Some write-ins: Kirstie & Maks (7), Mark & Chelsea (2), None (2), Mike & Lacey (1).  I never really count those who make it to the finale but don’t win as “eliminations”, but I could see how those could sting just as bad.  I liked Kirstie & I was glad to see her beat Chelsea, but I think deep down I know that there was no way she could bridge the points gap between her & Hines, thanks to the judges.  I felt bad for Chelsea (who I think was a bit of a pawn this season), but I can’t say I was disappointed to see her go – her very presence in the finale seemed unfair, and had she won – it would have been a very hollow win.  I didn’t hate the player – I hated the game.

Heidi: I don’t think the judges realize that manipulating someone into the finals doesn’t mean people are suddenly going to start voting for her. By that stage of the game, the voting is pretty set (for those doing the serious voting especially).  And if you’re not getting votes, it might be for a good reason, not an accident. Most have learned from Sabrina by now. For that reason alone, it was a shame that Ralph got the boot. But I agree with Courtney in that I was sad to see a lot of them go for a variety of reasons. But Ralph’s ouster just pissed me off. I have to think that the judges get in their heads the “good dancer” and “bad dancer” labels for each contestant and they can’t seem to bridge that when someone starts to improve and do well.

Marianya: Really? Really?! REALLY?!?! How do you choose? There were so many (ok, really only two in my book) disappointing eliminations, but one that I was definitely screaming and pouting about was Ralph and Karina the judges proverbial punching bag. I mean COME ON! The moment that TPTB allow people to call in and pick which dances they liked you have to expect the popularity vote, there’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it. **Sighs**

July 15, 2011 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, 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. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

Dancing With The Stars Nominated For Seven 2011 Emmy Awards

This morning the 2011 Emmy Nominations were announced. From what I can gather, Dancing With The Stars has garnished seven nominations: One for Outstanding Reality Series, Outstanding Reality Host-Tom Bergeron, Outstanding Choreography-Mark Ballas (huh? Strange how the judges and fans alike had issues with the three dances Mark is nominated for at the time and yet, he gets nominated for an Emmy for them? Plus, he only placed 3rd in the Season 12 finals. What about Maks and Kym’s choreography? And what about Derek? Have they forgot about Season 11?), Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series, Outstanding Lighting, Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special, and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series. Sizing up these catagories for who will compete for an Emmy in each, they go as follows….

Outstanding Reality Competition:
So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, The Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway.

Outstanding Reality Host:
Jeff Probst, Survivor; Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance; Phil Keoghan, Amazing Race; Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars; Ryan Seacrest, American Idol.

Outstanding Choreography:

Dancing With The Stars • Routines: Jive “I
Write Sins Not Tragedies” / Viennese Waltz
“Hedwigs Theme (Theme from Harry
Potter)” / Slow Waltz “My Love” • ABC •
BBC Worldwide Productions
Mark Ballas, Choreographer

So You Think You Can Dance • Routines:
Alice in Mia-Land “Every Little Thing She
Does Is Magic” / “When We Dance” / “This
Bitter Earth – On The Nature of Daylight” •
FOX • Dick Clark Productions in association
with 19 Entertainment
Mia Michaels, Choreographer

So You Think You Can Dance • Routines:
“Mad World” / “Sundrenched World” /
“Heaven Is A Place On Earth” • FOX • Dick
Clark Productions in association with 19
Entertainment
Stacey Tookey, Choreographer

So You Think You Can Dance • Routines:
“Collide” / “How It Ends” / “Fix You” • FOX
• Dick Clark Productions in association with
19 Entertainment
Travis Wall, Choreographer

So You Think You Can Dance • Routines:
“Scars” / “Fallin” / “Outta Your Mind” • FOX
• Dick Clark Productions in association with
19 Entertainment
Tabitha Dumo, Choreographer
Napoleon Dumo, Choreographer

So You Think You Can Dance • Routines: “Oh
Yeah” / “Boogie Shoes” / “I Surrender” •
FOX • Dick Clark Productions in association
with 19 Entertainment
Mandy Jo Moore, Choreographer

Outstanding Hairstyling For A
Single-Camera Series:

America’s Got Talent • Episode 529 • NBC •
Marathon Productions, Inc
Russell Patrick Latham, Department Head
Hairstylist
Annette M. Jones, Key Hairstylist
Carol McCoo, Additional Hairstylist
Justina Tuck, Additional Hairstylist
Desiree Dizard, Additional Hairstylist
Mary Lum, Additional Hairstylist

Dancing With The Stars • Episode 1106 •
ABC • BBC Worldwide Productions
Mary Guerrero, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimi Messina, Key Hairstylist
Jennifer Mazursky, Additional Hairstylist
Cynthia Romo, Additional Hairstylist
Cyndra Dunn, Additional Hairstylist
Rachel Dowling, Additional Hairstylist

iCarly • iStart A Fan War • Nickelodeon •
Nickelodeon in association with Schneider’s
Bakery and Rocart Inc.
Maria Valdivia, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimi Messina, Assistant Department Head
Hairstylist
Cyndra Dunn, Key Hairstylist
David Larson, Key Hairstylist
Sean Finch, Additional Hairstylist
Cindy Costello, Additional Hairstylist

The Pee-Wee Herman Show On Broadway •
HBO • Herman World Productions and Funny
Business Productions in association with
HBO Entertainment
Steven Kirkham, Department Head Hairstylist

Saturday Night Live • Host: Anne Hathaway
• NBC • SNL Studios in association with NBC
Studios and Broadway Video
Bettie O. Rogers, Department Head Hairstylist
Jodi Mancuso, Key Hairstylist
Inga Thrasher, Additional Hairstylist
Jennifer Stauffer, Additional Hairstylist
Cara Hannah Sullivan, Additional Hairstylist
Christal Schanes, Additional Hairstylist

Outstanding Lighting
Design/Lighting Direction For A
Variety, Music, Or Comedy Series

American Idol • Finale • FOX •
FremantleMedia North America, Inc. and 19
TV Limited
Kieran Healy, Lighting Designer
Joshua Hutchings, Lighting Director
Matthew McAdam, Lighting Director
George Harvey, Lighting Director
Conan • Love Gets Liposuctioned • TBS •
Conaco LLC
Robert Dickinson, Lighting Designer
Noah Mitz, Lighting Director

Dancing With The Stars • Episode 1204A •
ABC • BBC Worldwide Productions
Simon Miles, Lighting Designer

Jimmy Kimmel Live • Michel Gondrey Directs
• ABC • ABC Studios in association with
Jackhole Industries
Christian Hibbard, Lighting Designer

Saturday Night Live • Host: Justin
Timberlake • NBC • SNL Studios in
association with NBC Studios and Broadway
Video
Phil Hymes, Lighting Designer
Geoff Amoral, Lighting Director
Rick McGuinness, Lighting Director

So You Think You Can Dance • Season 7
Finale (Part 2) • FOX • Dick Clark
Productions in association with 19
Entertainment
Robert Barnhart, Lighting Designer
Peter Radcie, Lighting Director
Patrick Boozer, Lighting Director
Matt Firestone, Lighting Director

Outstanding Makeup For A
Multi-Camera Series Or Special
(Non-Prosthetic)

Dancing With The Stars • Episode 1205 •
ABC • BBC Worldwide Productions
Melanie Mills, Department Head Makeup Artist
Zena Shteytsel, Key Makeup Artist
Patti Ramsey Bortoli, Additional Makeup Artist
Angela Moos, Additional Makeup Artist
Barbara Fonte, Additional Makeup Artist
Nadege Shoenfeld, Additional Makeup Artist

How I Met Your Mother • Bad News • CBS •
Twentieth Century Fox Television
Jennifer L. Turchi, Department Head Makeup
Artist
Megan Moore, Key Makeup Artist
Bradley M. Look, Additional Makeup Artist

iCarly • iStart A Fan War • Nickelodeon •
Nickelodeon in association with Schneider’s
Bakery and Rocart Inc.
Michael Johnston, Department Head Makeup
Artist
Patti Brand-Reese, Key Makeup Artist
Melanie Mills, Additional Makeup Artist
Tyson Fountaine, Additional Makeup Artist
Patti Ramsey Bortoli, Additional Makeup Artist
Kim Perrodin, Additional Makeup Artist

The Pee-Wee Herman Show On Broadway •
HBO • Herman World Productions and Funny
Business Productions in association with
HBO Entertainment
Cristina Waltz, Department Head Makeup Artist
Katie Pellegrino, Makeup Artist

Saturday Night Live • Host: Jon Hamm •
NBC • SNL Studios in association with NBC
Studios and Broadway Video
Louie Zakarian, Department Head Makeup Artist
Josh Turi, Additional Makeup Artist
Amy Tagliamonti, Additional Makeup Artist
Daniela Zivcovic, Additional Makeup Artist
Cathy O’Donnell, Additional Makeup Artist

Outstanding Technical Direction,
Camerawork, Video Control For A
Series

American Idol • Finale • FOX •
FremantleMedia North America, Inc. and 19
TV Limited
Eric Becker, Technical Director
Christine Soloman, Technical Director
Robert L. Highton, Camera
Dave Eastwood, Camera
Suzanne Ebner, Camera
John Repczynski, Camera
George A. Prince III, Camera
Kenneth M. Dawlquist, Camera
Edwin Horton, Camera
Bill Chaikowski, Camera
John Perry, Camera
Danny Bonilla, Camera
Diane Biederbeck, Camera
Alex Hernandez, Camera
Keith Dicker, Camera
Danny Webb, Camera
Christopher Gray, Video Control

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Episode
15135 • Comedy Central • Central
Productions, LLC
Andre Allen, Technical Director
Tom Dowling, Camera
Tim Quigley, Camera
Phil Salanto, Camera
Rich York, Camera
Paul Ranieri, Video Control

Dancing With The Stars • Episode 1104A •
ABC • BBC Worldwide Productions
Charles Ciup, Technical Director
Brian Reason, Camera Operator
Hector Ramirez, Camera Operator
Larry Heider, Camera Operator
Dave Levisohn, Camera Operator
Bert Atkinson, Camera Operator
Bettina Levesque, Camera Operator
Adam Margolis, Camera Operator
Easter Xua, Camera Operator
Damian Tuffereau, Camera Operator
Mike Malone, Camera Operator
Chuck Reilly, Video Control
Mike Snedden, Video Control

Saturday Night Live • Host: Justin
Timberlake • NBC • SNL Studios in
association with NBC Studios and Broadway
Video
Steven Cimino, Technical Director
John Pinto, Camera
Paul Cangialosi, Camera
Len Wechsler, Camera
Barry Frischer, Camera
Eric A. Eisenstein, Camera
Susan Noll, Video Control
Frank Grisanti, Video Control

30 Rock • Live Show (West Coast) • NBC •
Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. in
association with Universal Media Studios
Steven Cimino, Technical Director
Tim Quigley, Camera Operator
Gerard Sava, Camera Operator
Marc Bloomgarden, Camera Operator
Peter Agliata, Camera Operator
Eric Eisenstein, Camera Operator
John Pinto, Camera Operator
Barry Frischer, Camera Operator
James Mott, Camera Operator
Frank Grisanti, Video Control
Susan Noll, Video Control

I hope I haven’t missed any? If so, please feel free to let me know. Note: Fox will televise the Emmy Awards on Sept. 18. Jane Lynch, the star of “Glee,” will host the show.

For more Emmy nominations, check out Emmys.com.

July 14, 2011 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.

DWTS12 End of Season Award Winners – Which Dance Was the Best?

John: I think I’m with the other 49 people that voted for other on this one. I just have a really hard time choosing a favorite dance. Too hard for me to compare a Cha Cha to a Quickstep to a Waltz to a Rumba. They’re all so different. I just love dance.

Courtney: It’s really interesting to me that what you guys voted as the best dance this season wasn’t one with particularly stunning choreography or flawless execution – granted, Kirstie was great in it, but I think the appeal was more in the entertainment value than anything else.  Compared to very technically impressive dances like Derek & Jennifer’s Argentine tango or Kyle & Lacey’s jive, Kirstie’s just sticks out as a fun, carefree, easygoing little ditty – which is totally fine with me :-) Kind of a nice change of pace.  Obviously it was well-received, since Kirstie & Maks have performed it at least a dozen times both on DWTS and on other shows! Haha.  I think Hines’ samba was probably stronger technically, but didn’t have quite as much sass as Kirstie’s cha-cha; I think Ralph’s quickstep & Romeo’s waltz were likely the strongest of the smooth dances, but still can’t trump the memorability of Kirstie’s dance.  Chelsea & Mark’s rumba – meh, it was dramatic, but I didn’t see anything that was insanely well-executed, and I think they were overscored; Kendra & Louis’ samba was just pure fun – little to no technique, but a lot of jiggle :-) Onto the other category – again, many of you answered with one name, like “Kendra”, “Chelsea”, or “Hines”, which tells me NOTHING about which dance was best, so your votes get thrown out; looks like Hines & Kym’s Argentine tango (3), Ralph & Karina’s foxtrot (2), Chelsea & Mark’s Viennese waltz (2), Ralph & Karina’s waltz (1), Chelsea & Mark’s slow waltz (1), Kirstie & Maks’ Argentine tango (1), Romeo & Chelsie’s paso doble (1), and Hines & Kym’s paso doble (1).  I agree that some of these are good, but compared to other dances, they seemed to get lost in the shuffle a bit.  Someone else just voted “MEEEEEE!!!!”, so I’m assuming either Mark or Lacey found their way here and are trying to pad their vote percentages ;-); and for whoever voted “there were no really good dances” – I agree with you to some degree.  The caliber of dancing this season was just not up to par with what we’ve seen in seasons past.  There’s something to be said for having ringers, kids…

Marianya: Can I plead the fifth? I’m afraid I can’t answer this one truthfully. I mean I understand why Kirstie & Maks’ first ChaCha is voted towards the top, but it wasn’t the best dance, it’s definitely one of the more memorable ones. Courtney does a great job explaining it. But the best? I don’t think there really was one, I mean I liked Chelsea & Mark Viennese Waltz to Harry Potter’s Hedwig Theme, but I’m a Harry Potter fan so meh. Yeah… memorable I could choose, but I don’t think there is anything that I could define as “the best”.

Vogue: Kirstie and Mak’s Cha Cha!! I don’t think I’ll ever forget that first night she danced and how she lit us all up. As much as many of us liked her, we weren’t expecting her to come out and dance the way she did. She was light on her feet. She was cheeky, flirtatious, and fun. Maks was clearly having a blast and we saw a change in him right from the get go. We knew we were in for something really special all Season with this dance and they didn’t fail us. It made the perfect statement in more ways than one. I loved almost all of Karina and Ralph’s dances as well. Romeo and Petra grew on me. As much as I could appreciate the creativity in Mark’s choreography, I was equally or more annoyed with his antics and ego.

Heidi: My initial response was “Meh”.  Just “meh”. I think this past season overall was not one that had any dancing that made me sit up and go “Wow, that was awesome” – but I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy it because I did. I enjoyed watching Hines, Kirstie, Ralph, Romeo – even Kendra provided limited entertainment value.  And Petra always made me go “Oh, she’s so pretty and nice.”  But I don’t think the dancing was up to par of, say, Season 10, where we had Nicole, Evan and Erin – the last two would have won this season handily, absent Nicole. There certainly is something to be said for ringers – better to have 3 like Season 10 than none at all.

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, 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. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

DWTS12 End of Season Award Winners – Which Celebrity Improved the Most Throughout the Season?

John: After seeing Master P, I wasn’t sure that Romeo would ever turn the corner and let himself go. I think he definitely deserves this award in my book.

Heidi: I also have to give it to Romeo, easily. Kirstie was more of an inverted bell curve – started out good, faltered a good bit, and then got better

Marianya: Romeo… I really grew to like him over the course of the season, I could have gotten used to him being around a bit longer…

Vogue: Yep, Romeo for me too! During the pre-show period and in the beginning, he seemed a little full of himself and I was beginning to get really annoyed when he didn’t want to wear the dance shoes or seemed too cool to get into it all. I didn’t think he’d last long even though you could feel and see a tiny spark there. Then suddenly, he started surprising us all. I loved how he bloomed in so many ways. It was pure joy and even magical watching him when he put the coolness aside and became a class act…..now that was COOL!

Courtney: No disagreement here! I loved watching Romeo really grow throughout the season.  I think the turning point was his foxtrot – that was the first time he seemed to really enjoy himself and took the quality of his dancing to a whole new level.  By the time he was eliminated, I daresay he was giving Chelsea, Kirstie, Hines & Ralph all a decent run for their money, technique-wise.  He also seemed to really grow as a person – he started off the cool cat that thought wearing dance shoes was lame; as the weeks went by, he shed the bravado and the facade and showed a vulnerability I don’t think anyone could’ve expected from him when the season started – except for my mom, who loved him from day 1…she’s got good intuition ;-).  Definitely a bright spot of this season for me! As for Kirstie – I kinda agree with Heidi that it wasn’t so much that she improved, but she started off good, kinda fell into a slump, and then recovered and was good again at the end.  Chris would probably be my 2nd place on this one – he started off pretty darn bad, then slowly improved before getting dealt a crappy hand (or rather, song & dance) the week he was eliminated.  Kendra improved a little bit the last 2 weeks or so that she was in the competition, but I don’t think it was a vast improvement; Petra stayed about the same for me the short time she was around.  Write-in responses: Ralph (6), Hines (5), Chelsea (3).  I don’t think Hines improved at all – he started off good and remained consistent the entire season.  Kinda the same deal with Chelsea – I think she was a good dancer the whole season through, but the ups & downs she had with the judges due to bad choreography choices on Mark’s part probably gave the false impression that she was improving. Big difference between getting good scores w/the judges (which are often skewed to fit their biases) and actually improving ;-) As for Ralph – I feel like it’s a bit of the same phenomenon: Ralph really started off good and ended pretty good with the smooth dances, and consistently did bad at the Latin dances…but the way the judges were all over the place with the scores, it often made it seem like he was doing far better (or worse) than he really was.

July 13, 2011 I Written By

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DWTS 12 End-of-Season Award Winners – What Was the Biggest Controversy of the Season?

John: The “Winner Take All” Cha-Cha was messed up. Even I can see that and Chelsea was my favorite. Even if the producers of DWTS had it planned well before the season started, it was just really poor planning on their part. I hope we never see it again, but knowing them watch for some variation in a future season.

Heidi: Yeah, John, it was definitely messed up. Never before have they so blatantly changed the outcome of the show – in a way the viewers had NO CHANCE of over ruling or even competing with them. Stupid. But it is heartening to me that people other than myself were outraged at how they spoke to Ralph as well. That was uncalled for. However, while I think Mark was an ass much of the season, I don’t know if I would call it controversial as much as disappointing. He used to be such a sweet boy. :-)

Some of write in comments on this one are interesting. A number of them mention Bruno and his inappropriate comments and/or behavior. Bruno’s definitely taken it too far. Everyone can tell he’s acting because he’s trying to be so over the top. Plus, the real horny sex addict Bruno is coming through and it’s not pretty. If you’ve ever seen the show live, watch Bruno. You can see how much of an act his judging really is. He goes from this hyper, over the top judge when the cameras are rolling and the crowd is cheering, but behind the scenes he’s quite the opposite. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind a replacement judge for Bruno and even Carrie Ann.

Courtney: Yeah, the “winner take all” cha-cha was definitely this season’s Bristol controversy…hell, I would even go so far as to say it was an even bigger deal that Bristol, because rather than it being Bristol fans vs. Non-Bristol fans, it was pretty much all fans vs. the powers that be.  I saw fans of ALL the remaining couples at the time outraged at how badly it manipulated the outcome of the show.  And I firmly believe that Ralph could have made it to the finale (and maybe even won) had that dance not occured.  But yeah, could it have been any more obvious from the judges’ comments that they reeeeeally didn’t want Ralph in the finale? Jeez-ass…at least try to cover your disdain with a thin veil of feigned sympathy.  Mark gets the dunce cap this season – the same won that Maks wore last season, and look at him now! Sweet as pie :-) There’s hope for Mark yet! Kendra was starting to look like she could be this season’s Bristol, the way she was sticking around…then she actually got kinda good, and it was hard to hate her.  Chris Brown managed to avoid assaulting anyone (or any furniture) and his performance was actually quite good, despite all the hullaballoo leading up to it; Wendy’s in love with Wendy…’nuff said.  And the mysterious “other” category – yep, I agree with many of you that Bruno is out of control and should probably be registered as a sex offender; Donnie (Burns, not Wahlberg or Osmond) made a boo-boo when he gave Romeo the wrong score, but to me it was more of an isolated blunder than a controversy; I think Maks’ “sex on a stick” monologue was less of a controversy and more of a hilarious outtake ;-); and yeah, Brooke pretty much sucks at her job, but that ain’t really a controversy either…it’s just an unfortunate consequence we deal with :-P Interesting…looks like a few of you think ABC was “pimping” Kirstie…fair enough.  I guess I could see how someone could question her dance ability, but the great thing about DWTS is that it’s a popularity contest – you don’t have to be the best dancer in order to win.  Long story short: Bruno needs a constant cold shower, and the “winner take all” dance sucks.

Vogue: You guys said it. The “winner takes all Cha Cha” was the worst thing they’ve ever done. Do whatever you like, but, please don’t mess with the demographics of the show and take away our vote. Hey, our votes play a role in this show as much as the pros, celebrities, judges, hosts, make up team, etc….atelast I always thought so? Bruno took the cake this year too. I still like him and appreciate his presence. But, he needs disciplined. They should make it a rule to never go overboard demeaning a contestant. I’ll never forget that “diaper” comment and being outraged on it. Please producers if you read this, please don’t let either of these two incidents happen again. Find other ways to be controversial. I’ll take another Bristol Palin versus taking our votes away or Bruno overly demeaning contestants especially someone with a big of heart as Ralph Maccio.

Marianya: Am I part of the minority in that I actually can kind of understand why they had the “winner-take-all” ChaCha? I mean, Chelsea was a strong dancer, as was Sabrina Bryan and others, but let’s face it, without the ChaCha Chelsea would have been gone. Granted, the show could have done a better job in figuring out a way balance popular celebs with those that dance well, but there was a reason for it. However, Dancing with the Stars’ purpose is for the audience to choose which dancer they liked best… and one thing I noticed is that it ends up being the one that entertains as well as dances well, and that’s a balance. In having this “winner-take-all” dance TPTB are manipulating what should have been a fun show that the audience could invest themselves in rather than trying to alienate their audience.

As for most of the behavior from either the judges, or the celebs or the pro dances is more or less for the cameras, it just seems to be so over the top that it got tacky, campy or just outright annoying, it’s just becoming the norm… As for the verbal punching bag of Ralph, (almost) every season the judges have one verbal punching bag or another, and I guess Ralph just got the short end of the stick this time around. I don’t agree with it, I would much rather dip the judges in hot oil in an effort to cool their anger, but I’m too lazy to come up with that much oil.

Through all of that… as much as I deplore everything… get rid of the “Winner-take-all” dance of any kind, it shouldn’t exist. If they want to do something to keep better dancers in, then do something where the last four couples are on the floor and they have to dance through a handful of dances picked out of a hat, thirty seconds to a minute each, just like how dancers do in ballroom competitions. This way the celebs could actually prove that they’ve learned the basics and could dance through them AND we could compare the celebs side by side.

July 11, 2011 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, 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. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

DWTS12 End of Season Award Winners – What Was Your Favorite PureDWTS Feature?

Over 400 of you came out & voted in our End-of-Season Awards – wow! Now it’s time to see just what you guys thought were the bests & worsts of this season.  First up, we have the results of the “Favorite PureDWTS Feature” award:

John: This question is absolutely fascinating for me since I started Pure DWTS just because I figured people would be looking for the DWTS music the way I saw people looking for the SYTYCD music. Turns out, people do look for it almost as much. With all that traffic, I figured I should provide something more than music to keep people sticking around. Thus was born the DWTS Power Rankings. Then, once Heidi started posting all the DWTS rumors (that should have been on this list too I guess, along with the DWTS polls we do), people started creating basically full blogs posts in the comments. That’s how Courtney, Vogue, Marianya, Amanda and a few other people started writing. Enough nostalgia, but it’s fun for me to think back how each of the above Pure DWTS features became a staple on the site.

Personally, I think that Who Wore It Better? is probably my favorite. Hard to argue with pictures of incredibly beautiful people (Luckily more women share outfits than men) side by side. Although, I think my favorite response actually came in the Other category where someone said, “All of them–I have become totally addicted to this site!!”

Courtney: Umm, wow.  You guys really dig the Cheesecake! Still amazes me that some silly “I’ve got stuff to bitch about and just need a place to do it” feature that I jokingly brought up to Heidi has become such a hit! For those of you going through summer withdrawl from lack of cake, we have some great news for you :-) Heidi & I have decided to do a “Cheesecake Retrospective”, where we’re going to do awards for shows of seasons past – our first “victim” is going to be season 5, week 5, and we hope to have it done within the next week or so.  If you guys would like to watch those particular episodes & play along with us, you can go to hulu.com and sign up for Hulu Plus – it’s only $7.99 per month, and it lets you watch seasons 5-11 of DWTS in their entirety in high-quality, amongst hundreds of other shows.  If that’s too steep for you, you can always try to hunt down clips from that week on YouTube – the episodes in question were the ones where Sabrina & Mark did their rumba and Mark & Kym did their famous “I Dream of Jeannie” samba, and where J. Lo did “Let’s Get Loud” on the results show.  Granted, a lot of our best material doesn’t come from the dances themselves, but the banter in between – but it still might give you some context, if you aren’t able to get Hulu Plus.  Hope you guys are as excited for this as I am! :-D Anywho, for those of you in the “other” category who voted “none!”…I’m gonna assume you mean all our features are equally as awesome, so that none of them are your favorite…otherwise, I might have to call you a “hater” ;-)

Heidi: It’s funny, I clearly remember you saying something about it on Twitter and I was like, why the hell not?? We may as well bitch in public and get rocks thrown at us. :-) I thrive on rocks, after all. :-) Yes, kids, I would guess you have about a week and a half to watch Season 5, Week 5 before we get this little summer act together. I highly recommend Hulu – if you have a TiVo or some other service (like an internet ready TV) you can even watch all those seasons on your HD TV. The quality is amazing. It’s kinda funny how many of our feature either came out of Twitter conversations, or post comments. The Dancing by the Numbers came about because some Derek fan or Maks fan…someone somewhere was in terror their favorite was going home because they only had a 1 point or so lead on the next person. I was like, “yo, the bottom person is a good __ points behind Derek/Maks/whoever, they aren’t going anywhere.” The response was obvious. “How do YOU know.” LOL. I never KNOW for sure…I just make educated guesses based on the rules of the scoring for the show.

Vogue:  Wow, this is just so cool! Everytime a new Poll goes up, I’m fascinated by the results and how quicky they come. When this Poll went up, there were over 300 votes within the first two days of it. 8O I’ve always been a “Poll” person, so this is exciting. Congradulations to the Cheesecake winning. It’s giving me many hours of laughter as well with this year’s highlights and honorable mentions going to the cracks on Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer. Mike may have went out early, but, he prevailed as being one of the most funny contestants to ever be on the show and I hope producers will give him many more leading skifs in the future. Good skifs mean good cheesecake and possibly with chocolate topping. :)

As for the other features, like John and several of you who mentioned it in the other catagory and comments, I love them all so much too. It was hard for me to vote. In the end, I picked Heidi’s “Dancing By The Numbers” posts because I enjoy her psychic abilities going down every week as she gathers up the numbers and facts. FASCINATING!!

Anyway, good job All! Thanks for your support and all of your votes. You make PureDWTS what it is every day!! I’m so thankful to be a part of it all!! Here is to the new upcoming “Cheesecake Retrospective: Season 5, Week 5″! Be there or be square! :D

July 7, 2011 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, 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. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!