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Mark Ballas And Shirley Ballas To Hold “What’s Your Why” Smoke Swap Event In New York City

This is so cool. Mark Ballas And Shirley Ballas are holding an event in New York City to help people who smoke to quit. More below from PR Newswire.

PARSIPPANY, N.J., May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Every smoker has a reason for how they started smoking and why they want to quit. With one of the largest global quit-smoking days approaching, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH) and its Nicorette® and NicoDerm® CQ® smoking cessation brands are encouraging smokers to share their “why” for quitting by providing them the “how” at a free What’s Your Why?™ Smoke Swap event.

The event will take place in New York’s Times Square on Wednesday, May 27, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., anchored by a 20-foot smashed-out cigarette butt. Adult smokers will be encouraged to share and celebrate who or what motivates them to quit – their “why.” All smokers who want to jumpstart a quit attempt will receive support from smoking cessation experts and free quit-smoking product and resources, including a starter pack of Nicorette® gum, NicoDerm® CQ® patches or a $10 coupon towards Nicorette® mini Lozenges.

“It is such an inspiration to hear the “why” from smokers who have quit. What we are learning, too, is each “why” is as individual as the person who shares it. But if I had to share the most common one, I would say it’s a family member’s encouragement. It’s invaluable to smokers who have made this life-changing decision,” said Lisa Maxwell Anekwe, senior brand manager, Smoking Cessation. “We want to help every smoker in his or her effort to quit by providing tools and resources, like Nicorette® and NicoDerm® CQ®, which have helped millions of smokers all over the world in their quit attempt.”(1)

“Dancing with the Stars'” Mark Ballas, who quit smoking more than one year ago, and his mother, world-renowned ballroom dancer and former 40-year smoker Shirley Ballas, will be on site from 2-4 p.m. meeting fans, providing quit tips and taking the stage for a dance demonstration.

“I was very inspired as a child by my mom. So when I put my mind towards quitting smoking, I knew she was going to be the best support and partner. It was the right choice for both of us and we did it together,” said Mark Ballas.

“Mark is my world. I would do anything for him – even quitting smoking. When he asked me to do this with him, I couldn’t say yes fast enough, but there are still times I struggle with cravings. When that happens, I remind myself of my “why” – being there for Mark and my future grandchildren – and it gives me the strength to remain smoke-free,” said Shirley Ballas.

To read the full press release, see PR Newswire.

May 20, 2015 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 Season 20 Good Morning America After Party – Videos, Photos

We’ll post all the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Good Morning America After Party coverage in this post. Thanks to @idolxFactor for being so quick to get this to us….

Madison Taylor has been tweeting photos. Don’t miss some live shots here.

More coming! Stay tuned….

ETA: Below is the full after party. Be sure to send @Idolxfactor some thanks for all of his work this season….

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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 Season 20 Post Finale Media, Photos, And Interviews

I just want to start out by saying thank you so much for all of you for your amazing love and support for PureDWTS this season. What a ride it’s been through all the good times, the not so good times, and all the curve balls. We laughed, we cried, and we shared it all together. So from all of us, thank you so much.

Also, for those new to the site, know we never go away in the off season. We follow the pros in the off season as much as when the season is on. We post exclusive interviews and any new rumors we run into for the next season. Court holds an Awards. Heidi writes awesome commentaries. Heidi and Court may even post some cheesecake. We love to post new Questionnaires as well. And then there is the new Dancing With The Stars Tour, Julianne and Derek’s Move Live On Tour, and the new Ballroom With A Twist shows to report on. So, yeah, don’t go away.

Ok, moving on to some post finale media. First up, Renee Spei You Tube at this link for some behind the scenes action at the show last night. Also, if you missed any of the dances last night on Dancing With The Stars and would like to see them all, see this link. Al worked late into the night trying to get everything up last night.

For photos of all the performances last night, see the Daily Mail and Getty Images. So many stunning shots as always to take in. Below are just a few…

You can watch a recap at E News. And here are some interviews….

Access Hollywood:

Be watching Afterbuzz TV as they will probably be posting their interviews soon. Read more..

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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.

Private Members Area – DWTS Season 20 Finale Discussion

Tonight was the finale of Dancing with the Stars Season 20. If you’re not a Pure DWTS Insider yet, you can do so here. If you are, then I look forward to the discussion in the comments.
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Dancing with the Stars Season 20 Week Finale Music

Dancing with the Stars season 20 finale is here! I know that we often spoil the songs, before the show, but we’re keeping the simple list of music up for posterity’s sake (or in case you missed it before). Be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. This is barely a list of songs, but people were asking already, so here it is.

Noah & Sharna danced to “Surrender”—Cash Cash feat. Julia Michaels
Riker & Allison danced to “Classic”—MKTO
Rumer & Val danced to “Big Jet Plane”—Angus & Julia Stone

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PureDWTS Season 20 – SPOILERS!!! Who Won???? Let’s Discuss the Show!

Court here :-) As Heidi is currently tied up at work, I’m covering for the time being…who’s ready to finish this season off?

Nice to see Redfoo shufflin’ in the opening number…and Nastia basically slaying her little bit, as if to say “Yeah, you eliminated me just short of the finale…and I just danced better than at least 2/3  of the finalists last night.”

Riker handled that bobble in his freestyle like a champ – didn’t even know it happened until Deep Throat told me about it later.

Ruh-roh – Riker got the encore? Oh boy, Riker fans – I sure as hell hope you actually voted for him to WIN, and didn’t just waste the night tweeting for him to get the encore. Historically, he/she who gets the finale encore does NOT end up winning the MBT.

Oh boy – Team Fooma and the Juicy Wiggle :-P Any Aussies out there? Heard a rumor that the “juicy wiggle” was actually a dance craze in Australia – and Foo basically bogarted it when he was judging The X-Factor there last summer. Random.

Woohoo LEFT SHARK!!! AND MY BELOVED CRAB SASHA!!! :-D And Charlotte’s awesome boobage.

I gotta give Fonz credit – I’m beginning to think his season never ended and he just decided to be on this one as well, since we see so much of him  :-P Dare I say we’ve seen more of Alfonso this season than at least 2/3 of this season’s cast?

WHHHAAAATTTT???!!!! Fonz taking over Funniest Home Videos??? BEST NEWS I’VE HEARD ALL DAY :-D

Ok, Derek got the best lines from “Bad Lip Reading”…#ipooped

A little birdie told me Emma is involved in Jason Derulo’s number…;-)

Emma just SLAYS.  That is all.  For those keeping count, this is the 2nd time Jason has performed on the show…and made Ems the focal point of his dance. #justsayin’

Chris still looks uncomfortable dancing to me.  But Wit’s costume is adorable.

Ugh. I just realized we’re only 45 minutes into this finale – I still have to sit through another 75 minutes of it. *sigh*

Dare I say even Bruce Willis was impressed by Nastia reprising her Lindy? ;-)

Speaking of Bruce – I can’t tell if he was genuinely tickled by the “Dance Hard” parody…or forcing a smile.

Nah, I think he’s having a great time – he’s grinning every time they pan to him. Either that, or they’re just looping the same clip of him smiling…

Poor Charlotte.  Poor Keo. :-P

Eh…this dance feels like  “B.O.S.S.” redux to me.   It’s just ok – bet Mandy choreographed it.

Aaaaand the pro dances just get even more mediocre… #putyourshirtbackongreasychest

This “Elastic Heart” dance smells like Emmy bait to me – did Derek choreograph it?

And God bless Miss Patti and her “In Da Club” salsa…with Charlotte as the bottle girl and Chris & Michael as bouncers :-)

An hour and 15 minutes in and they’re just now mentioning the fusion dance.  Gaaaaaah.  Still gotta sit through 45 minutes of this… 8-O

Goddammit it’s so dusty in my house whenever Noah dances…but he slayed that fusion.  Better be a perfect score!

Ahem. So the judges pull out the 9’s – you best believe Noah was a legitimate threat to Rumer or Riker winning – and he possibly still is. Verrrrry interesting choice in score.

Could they have saddled Riker with a shitter fusion than salsa/quickstep?  If he gets reamed, so help me god…

Bet you anything Rumer gets paso/foxtrot or some other dark, edgy dance – since that’s all we’ve gotten from her all season.

Either I’m psychic, or Rumer & Val are just that one-note.

Aaaaand somehow we’re still “rushing”, but there’s ample time allotted for heaping over-the-top praise on Rumer – since she’s basically the best dancer ever on DWTS, the greatest thing since sliced bread, the cure for cancer, and the second coming of Jesus Christ. This season cannot be done fast enough for me.

And we have the mandatory maudlin song being performed as the 3 finalists stand awkwardly by with clips of the couples playing in the background.  Yawn.

Noah & Sharna 3rd.  No huge surprises there, considering the scoring low-ball – but look at just how much they had to low-ball him to make it happen.

Winner: Rumer & Val. 2nd place:  Riker & Allison

And cue the million and one justifications from Val why his 1 golden MBT is the most important win in DWTS history and is better than every single other win combined.

Is it season 21 yet?

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DWTS Tony Dovolani Interviews The Final Three, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, And Len Goodman

Tony Dovolani talked with the couples after they danced last night on Dancing With The Stars. He also spoke with Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman. They look into the crystal ball for tonight. More below…

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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 Season 20, The Finale – Dancing by the Numbers

Well, there’s not much to discuss tonight, actually. Riker and Rumer are currently tied for first place, with Noah 8 points back. I full expect that Noah’s deficit will get larger after their dance tomorrow night which brings it down to Riker and Rumer. The scores??

Finale Table 1

When all is said and done, for Noah to win, he needs to get about 35,000 more votes per million votes cast than BOTH Riker and Rumer. Now, bigger deficits have been over come in the past, but never in the finale. I don’t think Noah makes it. Now, it’s possible he could take second place instead of third, for sure. But I don’t see him winning, as much as I would love that to happen.

That leaves us with Riker and Rumer. The margin is ONE vote. Will Riker pull it off? Well, he should. Seriously, how non-creative and unimaginative could Val get by simply doing a good Argentine Tango? For that reason alone he should lose. Like Riker’s freestyle or not, it was a risk, it was different, it was a FREESTYLE.

The problem that Riker has is that his fans seemed to be (like many younger fanbases) consumed with twitter and winning the encore dance. HUGE mistake, as I tried to tell them. Has anyone won the encore freestyle AND won the trophy?? I think Kellie might be the only one. The PLUS that Riker has is that Derek fans seemed to be pretty solidly behind him. That said – how likely are you to power vote for someone who isn’t your first choice? Not that likely. I’m sure he got lots of votes from them, but it’s unlikely to be Derek’s fanbase at full strength, especially since they’ve had a week to cool down.

Rumer? I really like this girl a lot, but her pro let her down. That as a freestyle was a total creative cop out and that’s a real shame. He played it very, very safe and I can’t believe none of the judges called him on it. Rumer’s plus said is that she’s been pimped to high heaven and a large percentage of the voting audience could be called sheeple. Add in all the bought and paid for media since the beginning of the show and Riker has an uphill battle.

At the end of the day, I can’t even make a prediction. It’s too close to call. I change my mind every five minutes.

What to look for….well, Riker winning the encore would be a bad sign, historically. Riker getting hosed on the third dance is an interesting sign. It could mean he had the votes. But the judges tend to score that dance after the voting on a level playing field. I don’t think, historically, that they want to change the outcome with their scores. Let’s just see if they still do. What has Rob Wade dictated they do?

I’m interested in seeing who wins. If Riker wins, it will be a hard fought battle by a good dancer with an uphill fight. If Rumer wins, it will be a highly pimped win by a great dancer with the worst choreography from a winner probably in the history of the show. Or at least the last 10 seasons or so, considering that the choreography game has been upped every season.

Until now.

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HQ Photos Of Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale Night One

Just breathtaking as always! Photographer: Adam Taylor bringing it again!! Click the photos to see more….

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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 Season 20 Finale Media and Interviews After Night One

I can’t believe we’re down to the last shows of the season. Also, I can’t get Riker and Allison’s Jack Sparrow and Freestyle dances out of my head. I love when that happens and I hope and pray it’s telling for tonight’s outcome? So, first up, let’s get the scores first from last night….

Riker and Allison Holker – 80 (40/40)
Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy – 80 (40/40)
Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess – 72 (32/40)

You can also view some magnificent photos from last night at the Daily Mail, ABC7, and Entertainment Tonight.

You can watch some new interviews at E Online. The couples weigh in on how they were feeling after they danced.

E Online also reviewed the dances last night. They are still upset about Derek and Nastia not being in the finals. Me too. Ditto to this paragraph and Riker in his Jack Sparrow costume…

Let the record show: We are still mad.

Nastia Liukin should be in these finals and there’s nothing you could say that would make us change our mind about that. However, regardless of what we think, we can’t do anything to change reality and we’re just going to have to accept the fact that we do not control television and focus on the good things, like Riker Lynch in a Jack Sparrow costume.

FOX 11 interviewed the couples as well. Here is a take from the link….

Rumer also told FOX411 about doing the freestyle, “Honestly, you have to just let the whole world disappear and you just have to dance with your partner and stay with that connection…it was amazing. I don’t even feel like I totally remember it. I don’t know how to explain it. We put everything we had on the floor.”

While her supporters include A-listers like Gwyenth Paltrow and Ashton Kutcher, who tweeted their love on Monday, Rumer gratefully noted backstage that it was her crew of NON-famous fans who voted her into the finale.

Rumer received a perfect score of 80 for the two dances.

Meanwhile, double amputee Galloway scored a 32 for his first dance and a 40 for his second for a total of 72 points.

He told FOX411 about his freestyle with partner Sharna Burgess, “I felt great because Read more..

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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.