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Mark Ballas Talks About The DWTS18 Finale, Get My Name Single, And More

What a fun interview with Mark Ballas and the Huffington Post. He talks about the finale of Dancing With The Stars, his injury, and his “Get My Name” single. Speaking of “Get My Name”, Pure Derek Hough has a “behind the scenes” interview with George Pennacchio if you want to check that out too.

May 23, 2014 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 Guest Poem: “The Grand Finale Dance-Plosion”

Give Lois a hand for another poetic justice wrapping the season up for Dancing With The Stars Season 18!

THE GRAND FINALE DANCE-PLOSION

THE GRAND FINALE DANCE-PLOSION on grand display
A party of dancing and music, whole cast came out to play

The Cast felt full of love for each other, full of mixed emotion
Gathered together for THE GRAND FINALE DANCE-PLOSION

SETTING THE GRAND FINALE DANCE-PLOSION SCENES

OPENING NUMBER – IT’S MY PARTY

A cast extravaganza party, celebration of Season 18
A dazzling display of dancing talent, steps of love
Heartfelt production together on the ballroom stage

ENCORE FREESTYLE – ORIGINAL DON
JAMES MASLOW AND PETA MURGATROYD
WITH DANCERS – A LANDS!IDE CHOICE

A re-wind full of zing, with zest, pizzazz
A DANCE-PLOSION full of razz-ma-tazz

TEAM LOCA – LIVIN’ LA VIDA LOCA

Outstanding cabaret-feel, show-stopper
Intricate, intoxicating, invigorating display

SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPEALADOCIOUS
CHARLIE WHITE AND SHARNA BURGESS
WITH DANCERS

As delightful as the first time, a happy dance
With warp speed energy, DANCE-SPLOSION revue

BE OUR GUEST
VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY AND DANICA MCKELLAR
WITH DANCERS

As charming as the first time, a spectacular dance
Giving VAL AND DANICA another chance to shine

CHARLIE WHITE AND MERYL DAVIS
DANCING ON. WOOD

Display of spectacular lifts, affection, support
Free-flowing with heart, with soul, with spirit

GUEST MUSICIANS WITH. DANCERS

Electric DANCE-PLOSIONS of dance and music

ARIANA GRANDE – PROBLEM
AMBER RILEY – COLORBLIND AND DO YOUR THING
CHRISTINA PERRI – HUMAN
IGGY AZALEA – FANCY
CODY SIMPSON – SURFBOARD

FUSION DANCES

MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY AND MERYL DAVIS

FOXTROT AND. CHA-CHA-CHA – GLOWING

The Blushin Russian and The Lion Tamer
Stirring passion within – first love of dance

CANDACE CAMERON BURE AND MARK BALLAS
SAMBA AND QUICKSTEP – SIR DUKE

Charming, genuine feeling of the dance
The faith kept a dancer going, a fan favorite

AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH
ARGENTINE TANGO – CHA-CHA-CHA – RATHER BE

A dancer with unbreakable spirit, a lesson for America
Each dance uplifting depicting a possible journey

THE GRAND FINALE DANCE-PLOSION crowned a new pair
Maks and Meryl hoisted the Mirror Ball Trophy high in the air

Season 18 was a phenomenal DANCE-PLOSION celebration
We cheered, we were sad to let go of the dancing sensation!

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 21, 2014

SEASON 18 IS IN THE DANCING WITH THE STARS HISTORY BOOK!
WE CAN’T WAIT TO COME BACK IN SEPTEMBER FOR ANOTHER LOOK!

SEE YA FOR SEASON 19 WITH NEW POEMS AND WRITINGS!
KEEPING THEM FRESH AND NEW FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE!

May 22, 2014 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.

More Of Tony Dovolani And Leah Remini After The DWTS Season 18 Finale

More Leah and Tony! Hilarious!

If you haven’t seen part one (where it all started), be sure you do so here. It’s a hoot!

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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.

Wendy Williams Interviews Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

And guess what – Meryl straight up says they’re not dating. :::cue hearts breaking all over shipperland::: Maks even goes so far as to say “they needed that” in reference, I think, to the faux kissing and romance. And I’m not criticizing – that is an element of SOME of the dances. I think it is a shame that it’s now all anyone focuses on. The woman can DANCE, yet all we hear about is the showmance – and that’s largely due to their choices, in addition to the shippers. But the faux kiss as a choreographic crutch got a bit out of hand – the shippers don’t get ALL the blame.

ETA: Vogue here. You can read a new interview with Meryl at TV Guide as well. I love the question they asked her about working with Maks and Derek…

How do you think working with Maks might change how you approach routines with Charlie?
Davis: Just from a basics standpoint, learning the different styles of dance I did can only help. I’ve taken ballet, but I’ve never danced on the floor for the sake of dancing on the floor. I’ll take a lot back on the ice with me.

You talked a lot about coming out of your shell. Will that also change your partnership with Charlie?
Davis: I was very shy when I was younger, but I haven’t been shy for many years now. But this additional experience will definitely help.

What was the major difference you found between working with Maks vs. Derek ?
Davis: They are two very different people with different personalities, but both are insanely brilliant. It’s funny, I worked with the two of them at the same time for the team dance and I had been telling Maks that seeing the two of them interact and suggest choreography to one another was such a cool experience to see.

More at TV Guide.

ETA2: TV Guide now has a new interview up with Maks. Here is a take where he talks on their relationship and more.

You guys have gotten a lot of mileage out of the romance speculation. How much of that was played up for show? Set the record straight.
Chmerkovskiy: Our relationship is very real. She’s incredible. It’s going to go beyond Dancing with the Stars for sure. … As far as what everybody is asking romantically, these things will never be answered by me. You’re going to see things in tabloids and pictures, and you have people gossiping and making up their own stories, but I will never speak about my personal life.

The show really milked it too.
Chmerkovskiy: I think the show never had a couple like Meryl and me. … We had these stories on the floor that gave a completely new depth to our show. Between what we did and what Derek was able to do with Amy, this season has been absolutely remarkable. We had unbelievable dancers. … Nobody, I think, came close to Meryl and me, just by sheer passion. That passion, that togetherness and that look in each other’s eyes — yes, some of it was necessary for the dances to be what they needed to be from a performance standpoint. Most of it was coming from a very real spot. We connected right away and it was extremely creative.

Almost every season without fail, there’s a huge Maks temper tantrum midway. You got frustrated this season, but it never went over-the-top.
Chmerkovskiy: One thing that was amazing this season was I felt a lot of support. This was the first time I was like, “So that’s what it feels like when people are rooting for you.” I didn’t feel any different as far as treatment, like, “You get any production piece you want.” But I felt that people genuinely wanted to see me succeed, and that gave me a lot of confidence. There were tense moments, but that tension wasn’t produced in the form of, “He’s the bad guy” again. It was more, “This stuff is getting to him because it’s so close and so real.”

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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. :-)

Afterbuzz TV And Emma Slater Review The Finals Of Dancing With The Stars Season 18

Afterbuzz TV is back and with their last Dancing With The Stars show of the season. This time
Emma Slater joins the panel to review the finals. I pretty much agreed with everything they said except when Anna said most of Derek and Amy’s routines were simple and uncomplicated this season. WHA? Anyway, great show again!! I have enjoyed these shows so much this season. Thanks Kritsyn and the gang for a job well done. Let us know what you think in comments and if you agree with their new reviews.

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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.

Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova, Sharna Burgess, Paul Kirkland Attend OK Magazine Event, American Idol Talk

Aren’t these some fun new photos below? Last night, Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova, Sharna Burgess, and Paul Kirkland attended OK Magazine’s So Sexy L.A. Event at the LURE in Los Angeles, California. So cute….and what I’d give to see all four of these pros do Dancing With The Stars next season. :D Be sure to see more pics of them at the Getty Links in the pictures. There could be other pros who attended too. If so, let us know in comments.

And hey, what’s up with Gleb and Jennifer Lopez? I don’t know, but, this tweet sure is a fun teaser of them working together. Speaking of Jennifer, did you see her dance on American Idol last night? Wow is all I will say. Girl had some strong and powerful moves. Plus, the ending song with Keith Urban, Harry Connick. Jr, and Randy Jackson was the ultimate.

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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 Maks Chmerkovksiy Doesn’t Think He’s Coming Back Next Season, People Shoot Video Behind The Scenes

Good Morning, Dancettes. See, we never go away!! We love the off season as much as the on season. Stick around and see why!! :D

So, for starters today, below is some more Dancing With The Stars media on Maks Chmerkovksiy and Meryl Davis with Entertainment Tonight. Note how Maks remarks that he doesn’t think he’s coming back to Dancing With The Stars next season…it’s too exhausting. Also, below is some “behind the scenes” coverage of Maks and Val’s People shoot which comes out in the magazine on Friday. Omg, I’m kind of wishing I hadn’t gone there? 8O lol More coming up! Stay tuned!

ETA: If interested, the Detroit Press has an article up about Meryl Davis and her transformation. It includes interviews with her parents and coach. Thanks to Anna for sending.

ETA: Here is the full People interview. Thanks to Nancy for the heads up…

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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.

PureDWTS Guest Poem: “Weaving A Spellbinding Night Of Dance”

Below is a new poem by Lois for Monday night’s dances….

WEAVING A SPELLBINDING NIGHT OF DANCE

The ballroom was under a spell, woven with brilliance and light
WEAVING A SPELLBINDING NIGHT OF DANCE, glorious sight

Season 18 created many spells of grandeur, woven with the dance
Dynamic talents of dancing skills, displays of heart and romance

Four couples remained, each creating a magical, mystical spell
Who would weave their way, the final three, only time would tell

WEAVING THE DANCES – CREATING THE WEB!

WEB NUMBER ONE
DANCE NUMBER ONE

CANDACE CAMERON BURE AND MARK BALLAS
QUICKSTEP – UMBRELLA

A wondrous dance, gliding across the floor
Woven with classic, elegant, sweet steps
Lighthearted feel of the dance, a classy spell

DANCE NUMBER TWO

FREESTYLE – CANNED HEAT
WITH DANCERS

Woven with groovy, golden, Disco beats
Full on with gusto, a spell with funky fun
A shining moment, with rocking rhythm

WEB NUMBER TWO
DANCE NUMBER ONE

AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH
SALSA – RAN KAN KAN

Woven with a flirty feel, salsafied movements
Casting a spell with light, colorful exhilaration
Flamboyant, flashy, sassy creation of dance

DANCE NUMBER TWO

FREESTYLE – DARE YOU

Weaving their spell, dancing with soul
Lyrical, ethereal, profound depths of dance
Flying high illustrating Amy’s amazing feats

WEB NUMBER THREE
DANCE NUMBER ONE

JAMES MASLOW AND PETA MURGATROYD
TANGO – ADORE YOU

Woven with a spell of passion, a charming kiss
Sharp as a razor, tighter than a drum, dynamic
Focused with the light of a guided laser

DANCE NUMBER TWO

FREESTYLE – ORIGINAL DON
WITH DANCERS

A portrayal of an action hero, a Ninja best
A spell so ferocious, fabulous, and fiery
Attacked with high energy, hunger, and heat

WEB NUMBER FOUR
DANCE NUMBER ONE

MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY AND MERYL DAVIS
ARGENTINE TANGO – MONTSERRAT

A spell weaving a marriage of sumptuous seduction
The story of a pair still evolving with dancing magic
Dazzling display, dynamite dancing drama

DANCE NUMBER TWO

FREESTYLE – LATCH

A powerful journey woven, a true, real dance
Enchanting, soulful integrity, flawless work of art
Divinity in motion, with heart, dignity and grace

WEAVING A SPELLBINDING NIGHT OF DANCE, grand creations
The four couples weaving spells splendid, stupendous, sensations

The Grand Finale will weave more spells, full of dazzling dynamite
WEAVING A SPELLBINDING NIGHT OF DANCE on Tuesday night!

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 21, 2014

JAMES AND PETA WOVE THEIR SPELL, BUT HAD TO GO!
THEY DISPLAYED A DYNAMIC, DYNAMITE DANCING SHOW!

THE FREESTYLES RULED, SPELLS WOVEN ON THE DANCE FLOOR!
SEASON 18 A DANCING EXTRAVAGANZA, WE WANTED MUCH MORE!

May 21, 2014 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.

Tony Dovolani And Leah Remini Interview The Cast After The DWTS Finale

Leah cracks me up!!! Be sure to take this interview in when you can….

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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.

Meryl Davis Interviewed About Winning Dancing With The Stars

Team USA has a wonderful interview with Meryl Davis where she talks about how it feels to win Dancing With The Stars. Below she talks about her favorite memory, who she will keep in touch with, and how she surprised herself. More at think including her thoughts on Maks, Amy, her favorite dances, and more.

What is your favorite memory from “Dancing with the Stars”?

Definitely the people I met along the way. I certainly expected to enjoy the season, and I expected to learn a lot about dance and enjoy the television show experience. I met such amazing people, whether it was Maks or the other dancers on the show, who I truly feel like I learned a lot from as people. I’m truly grateful for that part of the experience as well.

Which cast members do you think you’ll stay in touch with?

So many of them. I think that’s part of what makes the experience so cool. The cast as a whole was so amazing. Getting to know so many of the dancers and getting to know so many other personalities was so cool for me that I think I’m definitely coming away from the show with a lot of friends.

Have you surprised yourself with the heights you were able to achieve in ballroom dance?

Absolutely. I really wasn’t sure what to expect with my skills on the floor, but I definitely was proud. It didn’t come easily, so to be able to look back at some of the videos from the show and see where the work went, I definitely think I can be proud of the product.

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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.