A quick and important update! Deadline is reporting that Robe Wade has been tapped to be the new executive producer for Dancing With The Stars.
Rob Wade has been tapped to take over as showrunner of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars starting with the next 19th cycle, which has not been formally picked up but is fully expected to. Wade, a DWTS veteran, will succeed Conrad Green, the show’s executive producer/showrunner since its launch, who is departing after the 18th season finale next month to join new Fox series Utopia as executive producer. Wade was a producer on DWTS for the first 11 seasons, including a stint as co-executive producer under Green from Season 5 in 2007 to Season 11 in 2010. “Rob was a part of the DWTS family from the very beginning and in our mind, there was no one who made more sense to come aboard and take the show into its next era than him,” said Jane Tranter, head of BBC Worldwide Prods., which produces DWTS. Wade will serve as executive producer alongside Ashely Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur. “Dancing with the Stars is in great shape and I look forward to getting back in the ballroom and working with Joe and Ashley to take it to the next level,” Wade said.
Sounds good to me. What do you think?? To read more, see Deadline. Thanks to Lisa for the heads up!
Don’t miss visiting People.com. They posted a new Dancing With The Stars rehearsal video of Derek Hough and Amy Purdy from last week. Amy is also interviewed about her new prosthetics for dancing. It’s fascinating. After that, be sure to catch up with even more new interviews, pictures, and updates at Pure Derek Hough including viewing a NEW THEME!
“I wasn’t able to get the hip motion with my everyday feet,” she tells PEOPLE. “So I decided to try these other feet. I originally got these just thinking they were a little bit prettier and I could wear a taller heel and maybe for a tango.”
When she attached them, “It freed my hips up so that I could move how I wanted to,” she explains.
“Dirty Purdy” and partner Derek Hough have wowed the judges, consistently earning top scores – while keeping everything in perspective with a sense of humor.
“One of the good things is, you never hear her complain about her feet,” says Hough. “Normally it’s ‘Oh my feet, they’re killing me! My blisters are bleeding and I gotta to change my shoes! With Amy it’s no complaints. Brilliant.”
Wow, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget this move or her cartwheel. And look at those faces!!! *awww moment*
My first team dance post was getting a bit lengthy…so I decided to carry on the discussion here I thought I’d take a look at several factors that may affect the outcome of the team dances – things that may affect scores and overall success on each of the teams. Join me, won’t you? And be sure to vote in the poll at the bottom!
Just as a reminder, the teams are:
Team Loca: Meryl & Maks, Danica & Val, Amy & Derek, Candace & Mark
Team Vida: Charlie & Sharna, James & Peta, NeNe & Tony
Pro Team Dance Experience:
Derek: 10 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses; average team dance score: 27.65
Mark: 2 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie; average team dance score: 24.6
Peta: 2 wins, 2 losses, 0 ties; average team dance score: 27
Maks: 2 wins, 3 losses, 1 tie; average team dance score: 25.5
Sharna: 1 win, 0 losses, 0 ties; average team dance score: 25
Tony: 1 win, 3 losses, 0 ties; average team dance score: 25.38
Val: 0 wins, 3 losses, 0 ties; average team dance score: 25.33
The writing is kinda on the wall with this one – Derek wins team dances, so he’s a real asset if he’s on your team. Peta may not have as many wins, but the teams she’s been on have pulled in high enough scores that her average team dance score is pretty high. Mark’s average team dance score may be a bit artificially low – it was hard to account for the 4th judges’ score in season 12, so I just removed it – that ended up throwing things off a bit.
Who’s got the edge: Team Loca
Number of couples:
Team Loca: 4 couples
Team Vida: 3 couples
We only have two precedents for this one – season 9 and season 14, and there are pros and cons for both. In season 9, Team Paso had 4 couples and Team Tango had 3; Team Tango beat Team Paso by 4 points, with Louis citing that having fewer couples was easier because there were “fewer egos” and it’s easier to get a smaller number of couples in synch. In season 14, Team Tango had 4 couples while Team Paso had 3 – Team Tango beat Team Paso by 1 point, and Derek said that having more couples allowed them to “create more cool patterns on the floor”. From what I’ve heard from Deep Throat so far, both teams are looking great – but it seems like Team Vida might be having an easier time with the synchronized group sections.
Who’s got the edge: Team Vida
This gets a bit tricky, as the team dances are freestyles once more and obviously, none of the current celebs have any experience with the freestyle yet. So which pros have experience with the freestyle?
Derek: 7 individual freestyles; 2 team freestyles
Mark: 5 individual freestyles; 0 team freestyles
Maks: 4 individual freestyles; 1 team freestyle
Tony: 3 individual freestyles; 2 team freestyles
Val: 2 individual freestyles; 2 team freestyles
Peta: 1 individual freestyle; 2 team freestyles
Sharna: 0 individual freestyles; 0 team freestyles
Even if they haven’t necessarily WON with every single freestyle they’ve done, I think it’s good for every pro to at least have some experience with the freestyle – and Team Loca has Team Vida beat in that respect.
Who’s got the edge: Team Loca
Team Loca: “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin
Team Vida: “The Cup of Life (La Copa de la Vida)” by Ricky Martin
This one is rather subjective, as it’s just a matter of opinion who got the “better” song. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” has been used once before, as Kendra & Louis’ samba in season 12; “The Cup of Life” has been used twice before – once as Melissa & Tony’s salsa in season 8, once as Maria & Derek’s salsa in season 14. Both songs are conducive to both a samba and a salsa beat; there are also certain sections of each that might work with paso doble & cha-cha. Personally, I think all of Ricky Martin’s stuff kinda starts to sound the same after awhile – so I don’t really think either one is better than the other.
Who’s got the edge: TIE
Average individual score:
Team Loca: 25.63
Team Vida: 25.11
This is kinda reaching, but since everyone on the same team gets the same score, it might be worthwhile to look at what their average individual score is as a team. Not a vast difference between them – I would not be surprised if whoever won this team dance won it by only 1 point.
Who’s got the edge: Slight edge to Team Loca…but not by much
COURT’S OVERALL THOUGHTS: On paper, everything seems to be stacked in Team Loca’s favor: they’ve got great choreographers, great dancers, and are getting along well. Apparently Val is even refreshed at how good it feels to work as a team But I just can’t shake the feeling that Team Loca is being set up to lose – seems like a lot of emphasis is being placed on the fact that Derek has NEVER lost, and according to our sources, Team Vida is looking really good. We’re also at the point in the season where any potential dark horses (namely James, and to a lesser degree, Charlie) could have a bit of a growth arc and surge into the lead. Gotta love storyboarding. If they aren’t deliberately setting Team Loca up to lose, I would imagine the teams are going to be very, very close in score.
So what are your thoughts? Who do you think has the edge…and who do you think will actually end up winning?
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba was a guest on Good Morning America today. She
helped to promote the first Cat Café and Purina’s 28 day Cat Challenge which you can read about and take part in here. So cute. Check out all of the cats….
ABC MediaNet has released official details for Dancing With The Stars this coming Monday!! Below is some info about Ricky Martin being a guest judge and helping to open the show. Also some dance details (for what we already know)…
Episode 1807” – Grammy® winner Ricky Martin joins “Dancing with the Stars” for “Latin Night” MONDAY, APRIL 28 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Martin kicks-off the night with a show-stopping opening performance of his 2014 World Cup song “Vida” accompanied by the Pro Dancers. He will then join Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba as a guest judge for the evening. Each couple will perform an individual dance to a song with a Latin theme. Additionally, the competition will include two Latin inspired team dances. At the end of the night, one couple will face elimination.
Below is NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani on the Arsenio Hall Show last night!! They talk of Dancing With The Stars and how much they are enjoying each other. Tony also talks of their fight last week and how the show bends the truth. More below including Nene talking about the Real Housewives.
These two seem to have so much fun together!! Dancing With The Stars partners Peta Murgatroyd and James Maslow attended Star Magazine’s Hollywood Rocks 2014 at the SupperClub Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. I love Peta’s shoes!
Wasn’t this a great moment on Dancing With The Stars this week? I loved it….and it’s always great to see Karina Smirnoff with the cast this season as many of us were sad to see her and Sean Avery leave the show so soon.
Speaking of Karina, M. Zin sent us a link where you can view more beautiful pictures of she and Slavik Kryklyvyy dancing in Dance Legends in New York City. You can view them at Dance Sport Photography and Stephen Marino Photography at Facebook. Also (and I think someone posted about this in comments last week), Karina and Slavik will be dancing together again in Miami on April 26th. If interested in tickets, see the Miami Open. Let’s hope someone is there to take more pictures of them dancing together as they are just steaming up the dance floor again!
Just a heads up! If interested, be sure to tune into The View on Thursday as Candace Cameron Bure will be co-hosting. They’ll be posting the episode at this link in case you miss the show or can’t watch it on TV. I bet she’ll talk about Dancing With The Stars.
Speaking of, Mark Ballas writes at She Knows of how difficult it was for them to be in the bottom two again this week on Dancing With The Stars. One thing is for sure…he and Candace are going to be working harder than ever for Latin Week. Here is more….
I have to say it was rough being saved last again this week. I was nervous before elimination, but again I had a feeling we were OK and we’d make it through. I felt confident in our performance last week, and I know our fans have our backs. A huge thank-you to the fans for voting for us.
Drew and Cheryl did a great job this season. They really brought a lot of fun to the show. I know we’re all going to miss having them around.
Next week is Latin Week on the show and we’ve got some fun stuff up our sleeves. This week is another busy week of rehearsals, and Candace and I are going to be working as hard as ever to kill it.
Also, don’t miss reading a new interview with Candace at US Weekly. She mentions how she’d like to see a season full of Full House stars on Dancing With The Stars. Uhhh, no….
In fact, Bure would like to see a season of DWTS with just Full House stars. “DWTS Full House edition! Oh my gosh, yes,” she told Us. “That would be so fun. I would totally do it.”
For now, though, she’ll have to settle with having Barber in the audience every week (with an occasional pop-in from one of their other costars, like Lori Loughlin). “She’s just over the moon that I’m on the show,” Bure said of Barber. “She loves coming. I think she’s coming again next week. It’s become Andrea’s mommy’s night out! She comes to the show and then we go to dinner and have a few drinks after.”
This week was the exception, since Bure was tied up in rehearsals until midnight. “The competition is so fierce this season,” she told Us. “The difference of the leaderboard, what’s separating the top from the bottom, isn’t that many points. But at the end of the day, it still makes a huge difference. If I don’t have enough fans voting for me, I could go home! Being in jeopardy two weeks in a row is nerve-wracking. I just hope my fans push me through again!”