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DWTS Conrad Green Talks About The Emmy Nominations, Plans To Push Limits In New Season

Hey Guys! Be sure you check Pure Derek Hough when you get a chance. Miss Heidi has kept us informed on all things ‘Derek Hough’ this past week one of which includes a visit to a children’s hospital in Utah with his father Bruce.

Also, Heidi has posted an article via the Tolucan Times she found with Dancing With The Stars executive producer Conrad Green talking about Dancing With The Stars and the effort that goes into it all. He also mentions who should be nominated for an Emmy this year. He gives special props to Derek and the Macy’s Stars of Dance “Defying Gravity” dance (I couldn’t agree more with everything Conrad wrote! That dance was beyond brilliant!) and director Alex Rudzinski for his “extraordinary work” plus the technical categories in “Lighting Direction, Video Control, Camerawork, Costumes, Makeup, Music, etc.

Conrad also gives a hint of what’s in store for Dancing With The Stars Season 17. Below is a take where he mentions “pushing the limits”.

What’s in store for DWTS when it returns to ABC for Season 17 this fall? ABC has already announced that they will be combining the performance shows and results shows into one entertainment-packed night on Mondays, “which we will make compelling and push the limits of what we do,” Green promises. Until then he hopes there will be Emmy recognition for the outstanding reality-competition show that has been a vanguard of top level production values for live performance television.

All this and much more in this post at Pure Derek Hough.

Note: Emmy nominations take place July 18th!

Heidi: While I continually complain about the manipulation involved in the show (and occasionally pick on the muppet-like cameramen), I do have to give Conrad and the gang props for the ability to put on a very flashy live show every week for 10 weeks. When you think about some of the dances that have been done on the show, the choreographers can’t do it alone. They describe a concept, but the production staff has to pull it off. Derek is probably the only pro who goes in depth on camera angles, lighting and the music – but they clearly work with him. THEY are the ones who actually built Derek’s revolving room and he couldn’t have pulled that dance off with out them.  Not only does Derek deserve the choreography Emmy, but DWTS deserves one for set design and camera work on that one. Possibly direction too. Hard to say. But if DWTS and Derek don’t come out of this Emmy season with statues, there is no justice in TV land.

June 30, 2013 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.

PureDWTS Exclusive: Sharna Burgess Reflects & Talks On DWTS 17, Gives “Michael Jackson One” Show Review

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Hi All!!! Sharna Burgess talked with us recently about the new changes for Dancing With The Stars Season 17. She also reflected on the past season of Dancing With The Stars and what her first year was like as a pro. Sharna was also gracious enough to give us a sneak peek into what the new “Michael Jackson One” Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas is like one of which I’m dying to see and maybe you are too? Lots more below with our beautiful Sharna and we thank her once again for taking time to answer a few questions. Without further ado….

1. Hey Sharna!! How are you and how are you feeling after your first season as a Pro on Dancing With The Stars? Is it everything you hoped it would be?

It was amazing!! It certainly lived up to what I had hoped and Andy surpassed any expectations people had of him. Truly I enjoyed every moment, creatively and emotionally it was challenging rewarding and beautiful.

I don’t think I could ever have prepared myself for the weekly roller coaster of not knowing if my decisions were the right ones, if my choreography was enough or did my concept make sense. Wondering when it would come together or did I have to re think everything. It always came together because Andy is such a superstar, he truly helped me make my ideas come to life. I also couldn’t have guessed that I would make the emotional connection I did with Andy. He was such an amazing person to get to know and become a part of his life.

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2. How are you feeling about the new changes coming to Dancing With The Stars next season? Whatever happens, many fans like myself just hope you’ll be returning. Read more..

June 15, 2013 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.

Dancing With The Stars Makes Top 10 List Of America’s Most Watched TV Shows, TV Ratings Talk

While most media outlets like to carry on about how Dancing With The Stars is on it’s last legs, TV Guide is reporting that Dancing With The Stars is one of America’s Most Watched TV Programs of the 2012-2013 TV Season! Yes, the viewership numbers may be declining some, but, Dancing With The Stars is still hanging in there strong (in my opinion). Check out these overall rankings and numbers. Other shows out there would give anything to have rankings and numbers like this….

1. NCIS CBS 21.6 million

2. SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 21.0 million

3. THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 19.0 million

4. NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 17.5 million

5. PERSON OF INTEREST CBS 16.2 million

6. AMERICAN IDOL (Wednesday) Fox 15.1 million

7. DANCING WITH THE STARS (Monday) ABC 15.0 million

8. AMERICAN IDOL (Thursday) Fox 14.8 million

9. THE VOICE (Monday) NBC 14.4 million*

10. THE WALKING DEAD AMC 14.3 million

11. DANCING WITH THE STARS (Tuesday) ABC 14.0 million

12. TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 13.9 million

13. THE VOICE (Tuesday) NBC 13.5 million

14. BLUE BLOODS CBS 13.3 million

15. ELEMENTARY CBS 13.0 million

You can read the full article and see more rankings at TV Guide.

And while we are on the subject, you can view how the finale shows ranked for Dancing With The Stars Season 16 below. Note how both shows were the two most watched tv programs from May 20-26th. From USA Today via Nielson’s Ratings….

1. Dancing With the Stars Results ABC 15.2 13.8
2. Dancing With the Stars ABC 15.0 14.9

3. Criminal Minds CBS 11.0 12.3
4. The Voice NBC 10.8 14.3
5. The Voice NBC 10.2 13.5
6. Modern Family ABC 10.0 12.4
7. Big Bang Theory CBS 9.1 18.5
8. Hawaii Five-0 CBS 9.0 10.5
9. Tornado Coverage NBC 8.2
10. Mike & Molly CBS 7.9 10.3

Let’s see what Miss Heidi thinks….

Heidi: That’s nice and all, but that’s total viewers, not the key demographic. DWTS still sucks in that area. :-) But the total viewers numbers are the reason why I don’t think the performance show is going anywhere for a while. Yes, the demo is important, but it’s still getting viewers on Monday night. The way the Voice ratings drop like a stone once the blind auditions are over makes me wonder if NBC will consider changing them to a weaker TV night – they should. I’ve never understood the asinine competition between the networks – don’t you want to put your shows against WEAKER shows so you get great numbers, instead of piling them all into one night trying to knock another great show out?? Moronic. So, all the great TV seems to be on Sunday and Monday…while Friday and Saturday are a wasteland (as is Thursday). Come on, execs – it’s 2013. People aren’t watching TV live…and most DVRs can only record two shows at a time. Quit looking at the Nielsens and find a new way. For that matter, DWTS producers might have to find a new way too – one reason that DWTS might not survive in the long haul is cost. It can’t be cheap to produce that show like it is most reality shows. Watch for a post from me on this topic. It interests me. :-)

Vogue: Heidi, I so agree. One of my favorite TV shows is DALLAS. They aired the second season on a Monday night against all of these huge shows and then they wonder why it’s ratings dropped. I wish they had left it alone and kept it airing in the summer on a Saturday night, but, it’s all about what the advertisers want now days. I hate that they have so much control. They will only end up hurting shows instead of helping them.

June 11, 2013 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.

Vote for Your Favorites in the PureDWTS Season 16 End-of-Season Awards!!!

 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..

June 4, 2013 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 Season 16 – The Great Voting Controversy That Wasn’t

It’s funny – when people were complaining loudly last season about not being able to vote on ABC.com, no one paid attention. Well, except for Shawn fans, that is.  We were told we just had to deal, that Melissa won fair and square.  Hmmm….maybe not so much.

Not so fun, is it, now that the shoe is on the other foot?  I’m writing this post to explain to readers why this season was actually MORE fair, in terms of voting, than last season was – and why I think ABC realized they screwed up last season and weren’t going to let it happen again.

So, ask yourself this – as a long time, or even new, reader of PureDWTS, what happens when a whole bunch of people go to the website at the same time?? Why, it bogs down, it crashes and only certain lucky people manage to get through. Now, our server may not be the greatest, and you would think that ABC would have a much bigger one able to handle a lot more traffic…right? Of course – but DWTS is also watched by anywhere from 14 to 16 million people. When you have one contestant with 2.6 million twitter followers urging all her fans to create new email addresses in order to vote, in addition to all the regular users of ABC.com for voting, you suddenly have a situation where the website can’t handle the traffic and it just crashes. Read more..

May 28, 2013 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. :-)

Pre DWTS Season 16 Finale Poll Results vs. ABC Voting Mishap Theory

DonaMadrina wrote to us and pointed out some interesting results on some polls taken before the Dancing With The Stars finale. With or without the ABC mishap in their voting system last Monday night, TV Guide’s polls tipped Kellie Pickler to take home the Mirror ball trophy at 59%, Zendaya received 27% pf the votes, while Aly Raisman earned 9% and Jacoby Jones 5%.

In a poll at Digital Spy, Kellie garnished 51.78% of the votes, Zendaya garnished 34.3%, Aly garnished 8.12%, and 5.8% of the votes went to Jacoby.

In our Poll at PureDWTS, Kellie topped the votes at 64%, Zendaya got 30% of the votes, and Aly and Jacoby both tied with 3% of the votes.

Lastly, and not that the Dial Idol polls are accurate always (as we’ve highly stressed in the past), but, they tipped Kellie to win as well. DonaMadrina has been watching this source closely and tells us she’s never seen such a “landslide in raw numbers for any season, but this season, there was.” Though another interesting thing to note is that alumni and Dancing With The Stars season 11 winner Jennifer Grey was a landslide winner in other polls at the time, but, not at Dial Idol.

It begs the question, but, with or without the voting mishap at ABC, Kellie was going to win and deservedly so in my opinion. What do you think and let’s see what Heidi thinks too? Thanks so much Dona!!!!

Heidi: Online polls are crap. Dial Idol is CRAP. I don’t feel that that can be stressed enough. However, when ALL the polls (or 95% of them) and Dial Idol together show a certain outcome it begins to have the air of legitimacy – or at least strong possibility.  But still, going forward, don’t hang your hat on one poll or another, and certainly don’t cherry pick polls to make your case. Any poll or Dial Idol taken by itself is indicative of NOTHING, especially when that poll can be spammed.  Word to the wise. :-)

May 26, 2013 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.

Aly Raisman And Mark Ballas Samba On LIVE With Kelly And Michael

And doing the Samba again, below is Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas LIVE With Kellie And Michael today! Aly just keeps getting better and better at it….and look at her work her hair! They also chat about what it’s like to be an athlete and dancing on Dancing With The Stars, her future, and lots more. Check it…

May 24, 2013 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.

Karina Smirnoff And Jacoby Jones Rumba And Pants On The Ground On LIVE With Kelly And Michael

Awww, my fave dance and song wish performed yet again by Karina Smirnoff and Jacoby Jones …and this time on LIVE With Kellie And Michael today! *sigh!! They were interviewed as well. Which do you think was harder for Jacoby: playing the 49er’s or dancing the finale on Dancing With The Stars? I won’t ruin it for you. You can watch and hear his response and more below. Such a hoot! One of my fave ever contestants and couples on Dancing With The Stars!

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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.

After Buzz TV Discusses The DWTS Season 16 Finale With Sharna Burgess And Lindsay Arnold

Below is After Buzz TV’s new podcast of the Dancing With The Stars Season 16 finale. This time dance pros Sharna Burgess and Lindsay join Kristyn Burtt and co-host Suri Serano. Enjoy!

May 23, 2013 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.

Derek Hough’s Post DWTS Finale Blog – TV Guide

This guy writes a great blog, chock full of information. I’ve put a few excerpts below, but you’ll have to go to TV Guide to read the whole thing.

Our freestyle never went that well in dress rehearsal and rehearsal. There was always a misstep. I was so happy and elated that it went as well as it did on the show. That was the first time I felt like it was just the two of us there. There were no nerves or inhibitions. It was one of those moments where when people ask you why you dance, you go, “That’s why.” It’s going to that place of no mind, where you’re not thinking, you’re just doing and you can feel the audience with you. You can sense the feeling in the room. When we finished, I looked over and I started crying. I tried not to, but I couldn’t! My mom was in the audience and I hadn’t seen her in a long time, so seeing her just brought me to tears.

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Honestly, I did feel at times that we should be doing something bigger. Since they’ve introduced the super-sized freestyle last season, I think it’s easy to forget that it’s just an option and it’s easy to feel obligated to do something huge and extravagant. After I told the producers who handle the set production my plan, they were like, “Are you sure you don’t want to add anything?” And I had a little bit of doubt. I do love big productions. I was thinking about the hammock thing and some other things, but I felt like I would be doing those things for the sake of doing them and not because they made sense. So I trusted my instinct. The super-sized element was going to be the emotion. There are performances where you’re giving out the energy and there are performances where you draw people in. I wanted to go for the latter. I knew that everybody else would be shooting the energy out.

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My neck is good! But I was watching our freestyle and my feet was coming off the floor when Kellie was leaning forward with her feet around my neck, and that could’ve gone so wrong had my feet come completely off! But it’s fine. I took care of my body this season. I iced a lot. My doctor told me that if people iced more, they’d be out of business. But he said people don’t know the power of icing — something so simple — and it solves so many problems. Inflammation causes so many injuries. I also juiced a lot this season — kale, beet, celery, carrot and a bunch of green stuff. It really helped me stay strong and healthy and mentally clear. I will admit that I deviated from that last week. We were exhausted — we were doing 14-hour days every day last week. We would be there until midnight. I don’t drink caffeinated drinks and I was hitting the double juice! I had a lot of Red Bull. Maybe that’s why my neck wasn’t feeling so hot on Sunday!

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As for next season, I don’t know yet if I’m coming back. We’ll see. I don’t want to be the guy who says, “I’m not coming back” and then I come back — which is what happened this season! I already did it once, so I’m not going to do that again. I love the show and I always want to be part of it in some way. It’s a huge part of my life. It’s hard for me to say at this moment. There are so many other factors and the new season is a while away. I feel like right now, next season is possibly in the future for me. But this season just ended and I just want to enjoy this. This season has been very special for me. I’m so glad I did it and I’m even more grateful that I met Kellie and experienced this with her.

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What’s next for me is a new project I’m working on and I can’t tell you too much about yet. It lies at the core of all of what I do — dancing, performing, connecting with people. That’s all I can say now. I’ll be working with Meryl Davis and Charlie White this summer on their Olympic routine and I’m also doing something with the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra at the Disney Concert Hall. I’ve got some other stuff planned too. But I’ll be honest — I’m very excited about a beach and a margarita right now. I’m not sure when that will happen, but I’m excited for when that day comes!

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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. :-)