Monday, Good Morning America will go inside the “Dancing with the Stars” final rehearsal. Then on Tuesday, last year’s Dancing With The Stars champ, Donald Driver, will weigh in on Monday night’s finale. Wednesday, Good Morning America will roll out the “red carpet” for the finalists. The finalists will also dance and answer questions from the audience.
This is cute. We’ll let the video do the talkin’ on this one….
Pop Candies also asks Tony Dovolani if he’s ready for the finals now on Dancing With The Stars. They ask him which “race” dances the best too (wow, what a question. I can’t believe they asked that, but, I love how Tony answered it).
More at Pop Candies as Tony also talks about giving to the homeless, Santa Claus, and more.
It’s that time again, Dancettes! As the Dancing With The Stars Season 15 All Star finale approaches, I’m more curious than ever to see how astrology might play a part in the outcome of our couples dancing? Maybe astrology has nothing to do with it or maybe it does? Whatever the case, it’s fun to explore why each person might be the way they are and, furthermore, to see how certain signs ‘combined’ together might effect their performances or unions as they have so far on Dancing With The Stars. Let’s get started and feel free to discuss and elaborate for what you know of people with these signs (including of yourself) and how you might think it has or will help the top three finalists win this competition.
First up, Derek Hough and Shawn Johnson:
Derek was born May 17th. He is a Taurus…the sign of the Bull. People born under this sign are steadfast, sensitive, passionate, and strong individuals. Most of the people born under this sign fit the “bull” and “solid like a rock” scenario in some way when it comes to everything that touches them…from work, creativity, personality traits, and relationships. Pretty much nothing can break them and they are able to accomplish and rise above anything even in the worst or most challenging conditions. We see it week after week with Derek on Dancing With The Stars in so many ways. For instance: if all hell breaks loose on the show and/or he disagrees with the Judge’s, etc, who is the quiet, silent one standing strong and steadfast with a piercing gaze through it all like a “true bull” itself? Yep, Derek Hough!
As for Shawn, she was born on January 19th. She is a Capricorn…the sign of the goat, one of which, will slowly, but persistently, climb until they reach the highest place on a mountain. If you know a Capricorn, you know they are one of the most hard working and “work minded” signs in the Zodiac. Even when they are not working, they still are working in some way. This is not a bad thing. It’s just their nature. To ask differently of them, would kill their spirit as well as expecting anything less from them. So, it’s no wonder why this sign has been deemed as one the most successful of the zodiac. Is this sounding familiar to Shawn Johnson yet …an Olympic champion as well as a two time Dancing With The Stars finalist? Read more..
Afterbuzz TV interviewed Henry Byalikov after this past week’s dances. He helps to break down the dances and the strange, non-traditional concepts that were used. He also runs through what happened Sunday when Tony got hurt and how he almost had to fill in for him. Great interview!!!
Our sweet Anna Trebunskaya talked to Celebuzz about the Dancing With The Stars All Stars. She talks of what it’s like hanging out backstage during a LIVE show. As for the contestants, she thinks one of the athletes is going to win the season. She doesn’t confirm that she is dancing next season, but, she’s hoping she will. Lots more below including her thoughts about her other projects, her family, and her Dancing With The Stars family as well.
Great interview. Thanks to Evaine for the heads up!
The three finalists have been revealed! Now it’s time to see what’s up for next week’s final dances for what we can find out from their interviews after the results show last night.
In this ET Online interview, Derek and Shawn don’t reveal much. They are excited and just want to head back to the rehearsal studio and start practicing. Tony and Melissa just want to have fun and continue the same trend they’ve been doing all along and come up with the best freestyle. Kelly and Val are so excited. They encourage their fans to keep voting. They just want to have fun.
For more with Derek and Shawn, be sure to visit Pure Derek Hough!! Here is more with Tony & Melissa and Val & Kelly with On The Red Carpet….
Tony isn’t sure about what they will do for their freestyle yet, but, he guarantees they will work the hardest and it will rock! It will also be different and have tricks that have never been seen on the show before. He wants to bring out the “big guns” for this one. He has 15 routines in his head, but, for now he’s just enjoying the moment that they made it.
Val is nervous, but, excited that he and Kelly made it to the finals. He hasn’t come up with a freestyle yet, but, he will by the morning. He will do his best. Kelly says they will put everything out on the table and go for it. She has never easily given up on things. Val names Kelly’s strong suits by saying she has a presence, a story, and a struggle. She’s had her ups and downs and she’s real. She impresses with her raw emotions and interpretations of it. When Kelly is on the dance floor, she really loves to dance. She gives him a big hug at the end.
So, what would you like to see of their freestyles and what do you think they should do or concentrate on?
I hope Derek and Shawn keep going the theatrical and creative route and throw in everything they can including a few gymnastic moves. I hope Tony won’t throw too many tricks in that we see Melissa too pushed like Apolo was this past week in he and Karina’s first dance. Sometimes “less is more”…know what I mean? I hope Val will concentrate on the strong suits he mentioned on Kelly. I think she is a better “slow” dancer. So, I hope he keeps it slow for their freestyle.
Some people touch on our hearts and souls all season through and such is true for the two couples who exited Dancing With The Stars last night. I’ll forever remember Apolo Anton Ohno for his “chemistry” with Karina from the time they started to dance to the end. Most of us never felt the “lack there of” with them. They had a powerful, romantic, unforgettable, and intense journey that will bind them forever and one of which we’ll never forget.
Then there is Emmitt Smith who had more class, wiseness, and charm in his little pinky than most of the contestants who have graced this show. I’ll never forget how he would sometimes sing to the songs when he danced and how he would smile, relax, and just enjoy each dance when it came time to hit the dance floor. I also loved how he would relate football and dancing.
So, here’s to Apolo and Emmitt and their interviews after their eliminations!! The titles “Champion” and “Dancing With The Stars All Star” fits them in every way, doesn’t it?!!!! Tom Bergeron was so right when he said we “lost a good chunk of charisma” last night.
Despite the results, this was a pretty good results show. Loved all the dances – but especially Derek’s and his lady friends. Amazing. He never ceases to amaze. Anyway, on to the bad news. One of our finalists definitely not like the others.
We lost two couples tonight and they are….
Apolo Ohno – Fifth Place
Emmitt Smith- Fourth Place
How did the ladies of PureDWTS do??
Heidi: My guess was Kelly in 5th place with Emmitt in 4th, with Melissa at the outside as my second choice for 4th or 5th. I said I wouldn’t be surprised by Apolo, but shocked if it was Shawn.
Courtney: Guessed Kelly in 5th, with Emmitt in 4th with Melissa as a possible replacement for him.
Vogue: Guessed Kelly in 5th, with Emmitt in 4th, with Apolo as an outside chance.
I guess one of two ain’t bad. :::sigh::: This finale ain’t going to be as good as it could have been. But I knew as soon as Apolo was gone that Emmitt would be as well.
Toni Redpath, a ballroom choreographer and judge from “So You Think You Can Dance”, has reviewed the Semi-Finals of Dancing With The Stars. She’s got some interesting comments. Below is how she felt on the contestants first dances. Be sure you read how she felt on their second dances at her official Facebook page here. She feels like us in some cases and not in others depending how you feel….
Melissa… Argentine Tango… Thank goodness for a recognizable dance. Great dance for her, as she can show off her beautiful legs. Some parts were amazing, some parts look a little awkward (like the pretzel move just before the final walk off). Great job to Tony for pulling off this evening with a bad back.
Shawn… I was curious to see if she could pull off such a mature & sexy dance considering how, in my opinion, she’s taken a step back in her emotional performance level since the Titanic routine. Unfortunately she came across as robotic & stand-offish instead of sultry. Remarkable physical performance though, but that’s not enough to win this competition.
Apolo… Rumba is a good dance for him. I love all the basics that Karina put in. Sliding doors, Nat opening outs, fan etc… Just beautiful after all the madness that ensued earlier in the evening. Apolo did a good job, but is throwing himself off balance by sending his upper body into turns first… Otherwise, amazing.
Emmitt…. Danced his Tango with a lot of intensity and I love the set of ripple stalks. However, footwork & posture are always going to be his great downfall if it ever becomes important in the competition. If it’s just a popularity contest he’ll be fine though. He’s just so loveable
Kelly… Breakout performer of the night… She’s really pushing herself in the emotional aspect of her dancing… Shawn should learn from her; dancing is not just about technical execution & dynamic movement, you have to have an emotional connection to the music & your partner, otherwise the audience won’t emotionally connect with you.
Some of you may recall what I’ve said on more than one occasion in various blogs on this site. I’ve said…when the judges get REAL, someone who has been previously deluded gets mad. And that, my friends, is Val and his big bro, who really needs to stay off twitter during the show. I think that’s all the attention that I will give these children – really what more can be said about them at this point?
Anyway, Shawn and Melissa did great, although I thought that Melissa’s AT was overscored by a point or two for being too soft (as per usual). She also made the mistake of her Lindy – too many lifts such that some of them were a bit messy. I also find it amusing that when given the opportunity Melissa and Tony LOAD UP on the lifts and tricks (Lindy and AT…and the caveman hustle, for that matter), but some fans whine about Shawn. Derek stripped their AT down to technical cool – it was also a tad soft, but it was a better dance than Melissa’s, despite what CAI thinks. Like I said in the comments – I want Melissa in the finale, so I’ll live with a tiny bit of overscoring. :-) But if Shawn didn’t deserve a 30, Melissa didn’t either.
Apolo?? AWESOME Rumba – far better than Kelly’s. I will confess that I don’t know enough about Jazz to know if that was good or not. I liked it, despite a couple minor difficulties. But hell, Emmitt slipped last week and got 10’s, why not Apolo?? Emmitt was overscored on his first dance and, as Courtney pointed out on Twitter, it’s this sort of scoring that sends better dancers home. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.
Here is our scoreboard after two dances – and my top three coincide with the Judges Top 3. Awesome. Not that it means anything.
At the bottom, we have Emmitt and Kelly. I think that if Kelly or Emmitt manage to stick around it will be at Melissa’s expense and I hope like hell that doesn’t happen because Melissa is ten times the dancer that Kelly is. But, that’s the funny thing about an All Star season – you aren’t guaranteed a spot just because you’re a good dancer. That goes for Apolo and Shawn too – no guarantees. Read more..