A fun interview by Parade! You can see them dancing too….
Val Chmerkovskiy is back with a new blog at Today. He writes about why he thinks the whole switch-up last week brought he Danica McKellar closer. He also wrote, “There may have been some insecurity when we were re-partnered, but she kept it together. She didn’t let it break her down.” You can read about that part at the link, but, he also writes about tonight’s dance saying he has been digging deep, etc. Read on….
On Monday, Danica and I are doing the cha cha. Each dance has its own flavor, life and character. I’m continuing to dig deep into the work. I also want us to continue to develop our chemistry and create something that will help move our audience each week.
I want people to acknowledge the physically demanding work that Danica puts in each week. On top of that, I demand an emotional commitment to come out through the steps. I’m so proud of Danica. As her teacher, I can honestly say that she wants to get better and better and learn as much as she can.
Is Carrie Ann Inaba’s home not beautiful?! I love all of her fur babies and work with animal rescue too!! Check it out…
Also, have you all seen this pic at twitter yet today? I about fell over in my chair after seeing this. LOL! Here’s to the show tonight everyone!!
So, Peta Murgatroyd has written a new blog at People. She “absolutely believes” in she and James Maslow and that they can make it to the finals. Below is more….
We have quickstep this week, and I just need to make sure we keep nailing the character of every dance and we keep having fun and showing the judges that we are comfortable improving our technique and just not sitting back going for a ride. The judges want to see an improvement in James’s frame.
We’ve been trying to improve so hard this week, and I think if we keep going with all of this and keep having fun and showing how much chemistry we have on the dance floor, then fingers crossed we’re going to make it to the finals. I absolutely believe in us and that we can do it. We’ve trained so hard. We’re in it to win it. We don’t want to come in second. We want to win it.
This week, we have a great party anthem song. It’s one of the best hits of every party that you go to. When it comes on, everyone’s going to be jumping up and dancing. But because it’s quickstep, we have to stay in hold. Although we’re going to have fun and play characters, we’ve still got to have technique.
More at People.
So if my spidey sense is correct, the teams for the team dances next week will probably get picked immediately after the show tonight, and they’ll head directly into rehearsal immediately after that – and there are a number of ways the teams could get divided up. Since so many of you were chomping at the bit to start discussing it in detail after my “What Left to Dance?” post – here’s a place to do just that.
First, a bit of an overview: the team captains have always been the two celebs who have the highest cumulative point total for the season, and they usually flip a coin to see who gets first pick (or, whoever wins the toss gets a choice between picking first or picking their song/dance first). Because the cumulative point total will ultimately determine the team captains, pay close attention to how Meryl, Charlie, & James are scored tonight – as of right now, Meryl is in the lead with 134 points; Charlie trails by 3 points at 131, and James is a mere 2 points behind him at 129. Based on how they’ve been scoring Meryl, I don’t see her getting bumped out of that top spot, so I would venture a guess that she will definitely be one of the team captains; however, if Charlie has an off-night (and James kills his quickstep), we could potentially see James bumping Charlie out of the #2 spot in order to go up against Meryl as the other team captain. Hell, I would even say there’s an outside chance (wayyyy outside chance) that Amy or Danica (particularly Danica) could swoop in and knock both Charlie & James down a notch and take that #2 spot, since they’re both tied at 128. But my gut tells me that TPTB are too in love with the idea of Meryl vs. Charlie, and so they’ll probably go out of their way to ensure that Charlie stays at #2…which may mean low-balling James and giving Charlie a pretty cushy score. Read more..
Below is Cheryl Burke and Drew Carey on the Ellen Show today!! They play “The Price Is Right” too. LOL to how Ellen models!! Too funny! I’ve also decided green is Cheryl’s best color!!
Candace Cameron Bure tells People that she’s been working on her self-confidence this week in preparing for tonight’s new dance on Dancing With The Stars. She’s been fighting her nerves for the whole experience. Read on for more and let’s hope she can conquer her demons tonight.
This week was all about building my self-confidence on the dance floor. After last week’s Little Mermaid dance, Carrie Ann said what Mark has been telling me since week two: I need to get my nerves and self-doubt out of my head! I’ve been dealing with nerves through this whole experience, and while I was hoping they’d get better each week, finding my comfort zone during camera-blocking day and the live show has had the opposite effect. I’ve found myself doubting more and more.
Week six is “party anthem” week, and it’s all about having fun and letting go. This seems to be my inner stumbling block, which is actually the opposite of who I am with my family and friends! Mark and I practiced our cha-cha all week, but the real test will be when I get out on the dance floor in front of the lights, cameras and live audience.
I really do feel that my insecurities are becoming a little less important each week, and I’m trusting and believing that my confidence will shine through more and more. As I read so many of your comments, I consistently see, “Just let go!” – and trust me when I say, “I’m trying!” I really am.
You can read the full blog at People.
NeNe Leakes Talks Of The Hardest Part Of Learning To Dance And More On Dancing With The Stars (New Interview)
TV Guide has posted a new interview with NeNe Leakes. She tells them her “Party Anthem dance with Tony is going well so far. She also talks of why she gets emotional when the judges give her feedback and why. Read on for more….
I’ve noticed that you get pretty emotional when the judges are giving you feedback. Why is that?
Leakes: To me, I just feel like we work so darn hard every week, and I’m just so happy that we get through every week. It’s tough for us. I mean, I don’t have any dance experience. Some of these people have dance experience. I have none. I’m going to do what naturally I would do if I went to a club or something, but I don’t have any [professional] dance experience. So, I feel like it’s extra hard for me, where for some of the other people on the show, they have dance experience, so it comes a lot easier for them. I’m just always proud of myself when we get through. I’m just like, wow. I’m just happy to hear any little nice comment.
What’s been the hardest aspect of the competition for you?
Leakes: The hardest part for me is the technique. Some of these dances have real technique that the judges really look for, like your leg has to be in a certain place, or your arm needs to be a certain way. That’s probably the hardest part. Everything else I feel like can [fall] in place. But when you start thinking about the technical part of it they’re going to score you on — did you have your hand out at that time, your feet were not where they were supposed to be — those are the hardest parts. It’s really hard. I always say to them, “We’re supposed to entertain and have our feet and arms moving at the same time?” There’s just a lot going on. And you have to look like you’re having fun.
What are you working on for this week?
Leakes: This week is Party Anthem Week. We are doing a salsa to Nelly “Hot in Herre.” … So far it’s going really well. I’m really happy. I’m really pleased.
You can read the full interview at TV Guide.
Well, this week is fairly simple. Drew has a tough row to hoe this week, with the biggest margins since week 2. And really, I don’t have too many complaints with the scores overall, as they rather reflect my feelings after my initial viewing of the show. What I AM waiting for, is the hammer to fall on Maks and Meryl for the “messing about” that Maks puts in about 75% of his dances. It’s even more glaringly obvious after Val and Meryl’s Argentine Tango. Anyone else who had a ringer of that caliber (particularly Derek) would have gotten hosed by now for all the crap. But really, Derek has often gotten hosed for crap in dances that other couples get away with in the very same show. I’m looking at you, Tony, Val AND Maks. Usually, this occurs when Derek has a really good partner. Now, the shoe is on the other foot and we get nothing but praise for the golden couple. Oddly, Charlie is just as big a ringer and he is getting the ringer treatment. Seriously, 3 points deducted for dropping that cane? If ever there was a time that the judges should have gotten together and said “hey, killer routine, very difficult – a dropped cane is only worth one point.” But no, they couldn’t manage that. Are they REALLY trying to manipulate the audience into thinking that Meryl should win?? Because you know, some of the audience resemble sheep – they want to vote for the perceived winner. This is a dangerous game, though, because the audience also likes an underdog – especially if one is as good a dancer with harder choreo than the golden girl. It will be interesting to see how things continue to progress on this front. Read more..
Too fun! I’m loving this! One more night and counting until showtime!
And this is a fun teaser too from and the Sharna and Charlie camp…