So, as you know from a previous posting, former Dancing With The Stars pro and recent guest judge, Maks Chmerkovskiy, performed at the 2013 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California Sunday night. He also took time to work the Red Carpet. You can loads of new photos of him at Zimbio Pictures, Getty Images, and Wire Images doing both. Note how he danced in Jennifer Lopez’s performance which was a tribute to Celia Cruz. You can watch below. He also helped an injured dancer. Be sure to read this link for more on the incident.
Just in time before tonight, Access Hollywood has some new rehearsal interviews posted with all the finalists. They each give insight to their freestyles, what the pressure has been like getting ready, and more! Also, don’t miss seeing the Daily Mail at this link and this link for new pictures of the cast arriving for rehearsals. It’s so good to see Valerie Harper again and check out how Bill Engvall is taking time out to smoke a cigar. Hilarious!! Here’s to tonight, Everyone!!
Well, a little birdie tells us that the producers put out a call to the crew for more paparazzi impersonators. Seems they are reworking the season opener, only it’s going to be bigger. That’s what Court hears, anyway.
It will be interesting seeing who goes last. They had their big ringer go last last season and we know how that worked out. Interesting. Any bets? I’m going with Amber opening and Corbin closing…or vice versa. I may change my mind in 10 minutes. I can’t seem to stick to one opinion this season.
Corbin and Karina
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Bill and Emma
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Jack and Cheryl
Jive – Dancing 3rd
Freestyle – Dancing 7th
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Derek and Amber
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Derek Hough has written a new blog at TV Guide. He and Amber are feeling good and pumped about this week’s finale. Derek also writes about their dances and how they are playing off of Amber’s strengths.
We have a fun idea for the freestyle. It’s a supersized freestyle again. Last season, I “undersized” it for Kellie, but we’re not doing that this time. The freestyle is all about playing to your partner’s strengths. For Kellie, it was about showcasing her flexibility and athleticism. I watch that dance now and I still can’t believe how fantastic she is. That will always be one of my favorite freestyles. This one is so different, but I think it will also be one of my favorite freestyles. We’re playing to Amber’s strengths, which are personality and showmanship. Amber can hold her own, so it’s just giving her the floor to be the star. The theme is an old school Western and we are bringing in some outside dancers. It’s looking great so far.
We have two other dances Monday night: the samba relay and the judges’ repeat dance. The judges picked the Charleston for us to redo. We did the original one in Week 3 and this one’s already more sharp and precise. One couple will be eliminated on Monday and then the final three will do the 24-Hour Challenge on Tuesday, so I’m not even thinking about that yet until we know our fate.
I think it’s a great final four we have here and to be a part of. I don’t think many people predicted this final four at the beginning of the season, but that’s what’s so great about the show. If you base it solely upon scores, it’s very surprising. But the show has never been just about scores and the best dancer. Fans have a say with their votes and the show honors the votes. People have their favorites, but toward the end, I feel like it becomes even more unpredictable. When their favorites get knocked out, now who are they voting for? Honestly, you really don’t know what’s going to happen in the finale or how people will vote. All I can control is teaching Amber and coming up with great ideas, and hopefully people will respond to it.
You can read the full blog at TV Guide.
Also, don’t miss visiting Pure Derek Hough for more updates which includes seeing some high quality photos of Derek attending the Xbox One Launch at Milk Studios in Los Angeles this past week, new paparazzi photos, screen caps from last week’s dances, video interviews, and more. THIS is a must read interview about Derek’s future plans to give you a teaser from Parade.
What is your secret project for next year?
“One thing I miss immensely in my life right now is live performance. We do live performance on the show, but I mean more like going to a big city and performing for a couple thousand people. That’s what I miss. So we’re working on a tour, basically, for next year. It’s going to be fun. It’s already getting good vibes. We’re going to have a great team we’re working with. It’s going to be a really great show. I’m excited about it.”
Is this tour associated with Dancing With the Stars?
“It’s different. It’s separate from Dancing with the Stars, but it’s going to be a lot of dancing and a lot of music. It’s going to be very interactive. It’s going to be great. It’s going to be fun.”
I hope this comes true. I’d pay good money to see this!!
Pic above courtesy of @DancingABC.
LOL! This is so cute!! Perfect song choice in the background. I love Ozzy!!
UPDATE: Below is Kelly talking about Jack on the AMA Red carpet last night….
Just a heads up that Maks Chmerkovskiy will be dancing at the American Music Awards tonight. He posted the instagram below with the caption, “Back on stage for the most fun I’ve had dancing in a long time!” There are more instagram teasers at this link. George Pennacchio also tweeted about it and how he will be interviewing Maks before the show. Should be a great night of TV. Be sure to tune if interested.
Corbin Bleu And Karina Smirnoff Interviewed On Their Strategy Going Into The Finals Of Dancing With The Stars
OK! Magazine interviewed Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff about the finale on Dancing With The Stars. Karina gives a few hints below of what their freestyle might be like and their strategy. Be sure to read the link for more!
OK!: How are you going to top yourselves after a season of amazing performances?
CB: You know what’s so cool is it’s the freestyle so there are no rules. It’s so awesome and I know she’s (Karina) gonna make me do some crazy stuff.
Karina Smirnoff: With the freestyle it’s the dance that counts the most. Usually the couple who wins the freestyle wins the season. You can either go big and turn the performance outside the box and bring the house down or you can go for more of a emotional connection—something that will make people relate to their deepest, darkest, lightest, brightest emotional journeys in their life. I almost think we’re going to have a combination of both.
OK!: He’s capable of everything, so how do you narrow down what to do?
KS: It’s all about strategy. You know what some couples are going to be best in and what some couples are going to probably stay away from so you have to incorporate something you know they probably won’t do as well as something they will do. And you’ve got to show your side of that reality, your own expression of the same thing.
And speaking of Karina, Backstage has a cool new interview posted with her about “transitioning to acting” and how she caught the bug when she helped with “Shall We Dance” (loved loved that movie!). Here is a take….
I’ve always loved to perform. I went to Fordham, the same school as Denzel Washington, where I studied economics and information systems. I took some acting classes because I thought it would be an easy credit. It frankly wasn’t as easy as I expected it to be. My favorite exercise was when we would stand in two lines, and our professor would give us an emotional state, like ‘happy,’ and you would have to change your facial expression. He would give us a new one every 20 seconds. It sounds so silly, but when you realize what he was trying to do, you realize how brilliant that exercise was.
“Later I had the opportunity to be in the movie ‘Shall We Dance?.’ That introduced me to the way the whole movie business worked. At that point I started having the acting bug, but with competitions and pursuing a ballroom career and then starting ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ I didn’t know whether the bug was going to turn into reality.
“When I met Ralph Macchio on Season 12 of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and listened to him talk about acting, I started dreaming and wanting to do that again. Ralph was inspired by a relationship to write a beautiful screenplay. Together with my manager, we decided to raise funds and turn it into a short film. I started taking acting classes, at Beverly Hills Playhouse and with Jeff Passero, and I started reading Stanislavsky (the dude is Russian, so at least we have that connection). My parents have always been huge in the arts, and whenever I would ask my mother what was a good book to read about artistic expression, she would tell me to read Stanislavsky.
“To me, dancing and acting have so many similarities in the way you express yourself. Real dancers, the ones that you watch and get lost in their movements, are the ones that don’t fake the emotion of the dance but become the emotion of the dance. With acting it’s the same thing.
Well. As I said last week, if you score normally, and don’t make the margin between the upper tier of dancers super tiny, then you stop having “shocking” eliminations. It only took them ten weeks to figure it out. Or maybe Leah had just served her purpose of getting more famous people in the audience. Either way, she was eliminated and it didn’t take much for that to happen. Here are the judges scores for both dances – those in grey are my predictions…well, my second set of predictions. I wasn’t sure which way they were going to go with. Glad they selected option number 2.
These scores led to the following vote requirements.
Note that in week 9, the margin between Leah and Liz was less than 7k votes. This week, when they aren’t over inflating everyone’s score trying to get rid of Bill, Leah needed well more than 17k votes per million votes cast to get to Jack, Amber or Corbin. Here’s what caused her to be eliminated – all of the following happened: Read more..
Wow, since my time of reporting at PureDWTS, I don’t remember the odds makers putting out such tight odds for the finals of Dancing With The Stars? Also, check out how they’ve placed Bill Engvall in 3rd with 5/1 odds!! Amazing. I’m literally in shock. Not that I don’t think Bill might not get 3rd (especially after seeing how he danced during his Argentine tango), but, hasn’t Jack Osbourne proven he’s a better dancer than Bill? If I were betting, I’d put all my chips with Amber Riley and Corbin Bleu. I also still think the dark horse is Jack. Then again, maybe it’s Bill? I’m starting to get confused. Anyway, good luck to them all. I really love every single one of them and wish them the best! Below is more from Sports Bovada.
Corbin Bleu 1/1
Amber Riley 5/4
Bill Engvall 5/1
Jack Osbourne 10/1
Below are last week’s odds:
Corbin Bleu 2/3
Amber Riley 8/5
Leah Remini 9/1
Jack Osbourne 12/1
Bill Engvall 25/1
Court and Heidi, what do you think?
Courtney: First off, I’m just glad that at this point, any of the couples left could walk away with the trophy and I could honestly say I’d be fine with it – and I don’t think I’ve EVER felt that way about a finale before. There always seems to be at least one finalist per season that I really don’t want to win – but I like all the couples left. So right of the bat – I’m just happy to have a bit of that weight off my shoulders As for who’s actually going to win – I’m feeling a bit less resolute in my belief that Corbin & Amber will be the final two standing, and I think Jack could potentially play spoiler and end up either in second place or winning the whole thing. Why? Because Jack seems to be the “alternative” choice – those who are from the “no ringers!!!” camp won’t vote for Corbin & Amber, and those from the “this is a dance show, a good dancer should win!” camp won’t vote for Bill; but as Carrie Ann mentioned in her blog, the only thing that viewers seem to universally agree on is that Jack deserves to be there. He very well may be the dark horse to win this thing – especially since I’m starting to notice more backlash against Amber & Corbin (Corbin in particular) these past few days. As much as I love Bill, I think the judges are going to do everything in their power to ensure that he doesn’t get any better than 4th place – but then again, I think they’ve been trying to boot him out for several weeks now, and it hasn’t worked. I think he may be able to eek out 3rd – especially if there’s a bit of a shock and Corbin is the first to get booted out of the finale. I’m really beginning to wonder if Corbin’s not been getting a ton of votes – I think he’s a better dancer than Amber, but I also think she’s more current and likeable; I think they could potentially be splitting some votes, too, since it seems to me like those who watched High School Musical 6 years ago are probably the type to tune into Glee now. For that reason, I’m leaning towards Amber taking the MBT – 5th MBT for Derek backlash notwithstanding, I think she’s got the votes to carry her through.
Heidi: Ah hell, I don’t know. I waffle in my weaker moments to thinking Amber or Corbin will be the one shut out on Monday night, to thinking that Amber will win, to thinking Jack will win – mostly I still think it’s Corbin’s to lose…and lose he could if Derek’s “I’ve never done this before” freestyle is as awesome as Amber seems to think it is. Karina is amazing…but Derek is in his own league any more. Derek also is VERY Zen these days and Karina still tends to get very anxious at this time of the season when she has a contender. Cheryl seems to be her old self and should NOT be underestimated. She can certainly craft something tailor made for Jack’s strengths. Bill is charming but has a groin pull – bad news for the finale. But I don’t think he stands a serious chance at winning anyway. If you go by the ratings – in addition to what happened last season – there seems to be a lot more viewers and a lot more voters for the finale. I think that’s why Kellie beat Zendaya. Going on that theory, Bill’s fans who have been with him all season may lose some power – or be overwhelmed by new voters. Johnny come latelys. And Corbin or Amber – whoever kills their freestyle – could gain some power. At the end of the day, I think finale voters are going to look at Derek and not give him another MBT. Advantage Corbin.
Hey, if you’d like to watch Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke on “The Talk” today, see this link. The girls praise Jack for being such an inspiration for taking on Dancing With The Stars with his medical condition. Cheryl and Jack explain how it felt when they were told they made the finals. He makes his Mom cry again too. So cute. I love these two!!