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PureDWTS Season 19, Week 5 – Power Rankings

And this is the week that the hammer drops and suddenly the judges are “over” some of the dance crushes they have had so far this season – particularly Julianne and her crush on Tommy.  Hate to say it, but you only have yourselves to blame, guys – when you gush over the same people doing the same rudimentary stuff week after week, you can’t expect them to improve…and then it’s kinda lame to suddenly say “I’m bored, I want more.” But in the same token, you also don’t have to be over-the-top mean – and I think they got that way with a few of the couples tonight.  They seemed to lose sight of the fact that these were NOT the regular pairings, which is a tough enough row to hoe, and on top of that, they were all doing these bizarre dance styles that none of them are extensively trained in.  Was this REALLY the best week to drop that hammer, stooges?

So I guess the asshattery from Julianne, Carrie Ann, and Bruno made me thankful for Jessie J, who at least seemed to try and find the positive in everyone’s routines while still giving a useful critique – she is a judge on The Voice UK, after all, so I think she felt obligated to be constructive.  Also quite impressed with her ability to not only sing live (!!!), but also do some dancing at the same time.  As I said on Twitter – it’s so rare to find singers that actually sing live and don’t just lip sync, let along singers that sing live and dance as well.  The only other singer I can think of off the the top of my head that also does both is Usher…so she’s in good company.

So I guess all this talk about the judges tonight brings me to pose this question to everyone: do we really need Len? Next week will be the 4th week out of 6 that Len hasn’t been at the judges’ table – and I’m not really noticing his absence.  I’m almost wondering, what with his sorta-kinda farewell speech on the finale last season, if he originally was not gonna come back at all this season – and TPTB somehow guilted him into doing a few shows just to maintain some consistency.

But anyway – no elim tonight, but there is one next week, based on last week’s votes, this week’s scores and votes, and next week’s scores.  As our longtime readers know, the more total points given out = the smaller the margins = the greater the likelihood of a “shocking” elimination.  It really becomes a battle of the fanbases – who’s getting the votes vs. who isn’t.  I don’t care if you’re at the bottom of the leaderboard – in a massive-points-dump-to-calculate-elimination scenario like this one, the playing field becomes a lot more level.  To give you an idea of what crazy sh*t could happen – Sabrina was voted off the all-star season in a week where she was only 1/2 point away from a perfect score…but the elim was based on multiple weeks of scores and votes.  Vote, vote, vote, kids – even if your favorite is in the lead.

1.) Alfonso & Cheryl (Witney) – Aaaaand we’re back to nitpicking Alfonso to death, I see – can’t let him get too confident now, can we PTB? Once again, he dances FLAWLESSLY – and in a style that’s totally different than anything we’ve seen from him so far. He nails the technique (those heel things he was doing at the beginning are insanely difficult – the bf actually got a hairline fracture attempting it during a showcase routine), he nails the drama (loved the dust – just that added drama every time he clapped his hands), and he nails the partnering…and all Carrie Ann and Bruno wanna talk about is the distance between his neck and his shoulder??? Seriously, you stooges – what’s the complaint gonna be next week? He’s moving his ears in a strange way when he’s dancing? His pupils are too dilated? He’s flaring his nostrils too much? Because this is getting ri-goddamn-diculous. I guess I see what they’re trying to do – trying to level the playing field, make it seem like Alfonso isn’t running away with this season (even though he really is), but there’s gonna reach a point when even the most dim viewers are gonna say “Ok, that’s just being petty.” And sorry, but 8’s for a dance that good are just ASSININE…especially when they specifically say Sadie missed a few steps in the beginning of her routine, and give her 9’s across the board. She earned her 9’s – but so did Alfonso. Oh well – at least he still gets THUNDEROUS applause after every dance he does. :-D Read more..

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PureDWTS Season 19 Week 5 Interviews, Some Dances Revealed For Week 6

What a night again on Dancing With The Stars. I loved so many of the dances…though the judges were all over the place with under scoring and over scoring. Let’s see what the couples thought. Below are their interviews and a recap with ABC7, Afterbuzz TV, Access Hollywood, and PopTVDotCom. You can also read on some backstage interviews at Glamour. Note: from these interviews, so far, we learn that Mark & Sadie have a rumba next and Mark says they have a beautiful song. Artem and Lea have a Salsa. Val & Janel have a Samba. Witney won’t say what her dance is with Alfonso, but, mentions “Pitbull” when asked about it. Lastly, Peta and Tommy have a Foxtrot. Hopefully, we’ll find out more on the other couple’s dances soon. One more last note and from ABC7: Pitbull is the guest judge for next week.

ETA: You can listen to a review by Candace Cameron Bure on GMA at this link if interested. She also names her top 5.

ETA2: According to Antonio’s instagram, he & Cheryl have a salsa. Thanks to Lauren for the heads up.

ETA3: If you head to E News, you can hear Mark and Sadie talk on their dances last night. Mark raves about Derek and how much he helped Sadie. They mention Bethany too and how much she killed it. Lots more at Pure Derek Hough as well on these four.

Also added below are some interviews with Extra.

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Private Members Area – DWTS Season 19 Switch Up Night Discussion

Tonight was week five of Dancing with the Stars Season 19. 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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DWTS Season 19 Week 5 Partner Switch Up Music

Dancing with the Stars season 19 Partner Swich Up is here. As always, we’re back with the music from the show. Be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. What did you think of tonight’s music?

Antonio & Allison danced a Bollywood to the song “1,2,3,4 Get on the Dance Floor” —Vishal Dadlani, Hamsika Iyer & Sricharan
Bethany & Mark danced a Hip-Hop to the song “She Came to Give It to You” —Usher feat. Nicki Minaj
Jonathan & Peta danced a Jitterbug to the song “Rock This Town” —Stray Cats
Alfonso & Cheryl danced a Flamenco to the song “Angelica” —Hans Zimmer (feat. Rodrigo y Gabriela)
Janel & Artem danced a Burlesque to the song “Mamma Knows Best” —Jessie J
Michael & Witney danced a Disco to the song “Car Wash” —Rose Royce
Tommy & Emma danced a Mambo to the song “Pass the Dutchie” —Musical Youth
Sadie & Derek danced a Charleston to the song “Crazy Stupid Love” —Cheryl Cole feat. Tinie Tempah
Lea & Val danced a Broadway to the song “You Can’t Stop the Beat” —from Hairspray

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DWTS Season 19 Week FIVE!! Let’s discuss tonight’s show! (Spoilers)

I will not be able to watch DWTS Live, but I may get a stream – we’re having tornadoes here and, obviously, I may have to leave the computer.  Cross your fingers.

Again, DWTS wants us to pimp the livestream so….you can view Lacey’s Stream on our site, just click the link.

Once again, comment to your hearts contents, as long as you remember the show night rules. Some of you were VERY bad at this last week. If I see any repeat offenders this week, you might find yourself on moderation.

  1. Our server gets totally hosed when people sit at their computer and click “refresh” constantly. Post a comment, then walk away for five minutes so that others have a chance…and so that Courtney and I can actually post on the site. :-)
  2. THIS SITE IS NOT TWITTER. Do not post like you are on twitter. You get one warning and then I put you in time out. :-) We need context and content. Believe it or not there are a lot of people who don’t watch the east coast feed of the show, so they don’t know what the hell you’re talking about when you post a comment that says, “Boy, that sucked.”  If you want to say “____ and ____’s dance was not good at all, crappy choreo” that’s fine. That would be context. It is good. :-D  Remember, if you post five one liners in five minutes, you’ve broken rule number 1. ;-)

I’m here!!  Thanks god for the men in the opening number. Was starting to get worried about yet another bump and grind. I’m no prude, but that gets old after a while.

On the plus side, maybe this was Jesse J’s one performance for the night and her only bias is someone else singing her song while Janel dances.

God Val, put on a shirt. You ain’t all that. Same to you, Artem.

Antonio is dancing first??  He’s screwed.

Okay, that wasn’t fabulous, but it wasn’t quite the trainwreck I expected. DT says that he and Allison got along really well.

Team Badie!!!  How hilarious. I think I would kill Mark if he made farting noises every time I bent over. :-)

Bethany and Mark Hip Hop…I think I liked it. I’m not sure actually. I like the Hip Hop to be a bit harder I think. But she has the right look, the make up.

I love how Derek hangs over the balcony to hear what the judges are saying. He’s so involved.

Gee….I wonder who they’re saving their 9’s for…. :::gag:::

That’s two weeks in a row that Bethany has gone early.

Wow…I’m sensing an agenda.  Jonathan wasn’t that bad, I didn’t think.  Maybe I’m missing something, but I thought that was his best dance yet.

Like how, before Jonathan danced, that Mark straight up called them out for hosing him on scores. So, what’s the deal? Is someone they want to go far doing poorly in the votes so they need to widen the margins?? I guess we’ll see when Janel dances. :-)

Speaking of Janel – saw a bit of her routine on the red room cam and it looked like a freestyle with a bunch of lifts.

Alfonso freakin’ killed it!!  Sure, he can’t do it like Derek did with Kellie, but he’s not a professional. Fantastic! I loved it!! Jules is going to hose him on the score though.

WTF?!?!?!?  8s??  AREYOUKIDDINGME!!!

Hahaha…Derek on All Access telling Sadie not to watch Janel and Artem’s package. Then told the kids to look away from the screen during the dance. LOL  Derek: “Is she rubbing him? That’s SO inappropriate.” In Derek’s ‘I’m being funny’ voice.

Thanks god for Julianne – and I guess she would know Burlesque. Anyway, she made up for Beth’s 8s with that one. :-D

Okay, perhaps they’re going to finally give Sadie a score she deserves?? That’s where all the 9’s and 10’s are??

Uh oh, another storm line….

I can’t help but like Michael. :-) Man can’t dance but he’s fun as hell.

Loved Tommy as well.

Sadie KILLED it, but why do I think she’s going to get hosed yet again in scores??

Yep…hosed yet again. You couldn’t throw the girl one ten?? WTF??  Derek calling out the judges – you go boy.

Yeah…Janel and Val don’t play at showmancing. Nope. Nosiree. No showmancing here.

I love Lea, but if that dance scores better than Sadie’s I’ll be pissed. And then I’ll be worried she’s not getting the votes.  Seriously, it was a good dance, but it wasn’t markedly better than either Bethany or Janel.

Okay, we can count on Julianne again to be a downer. In this case that might be a good thing.  If CAI goes higher than 8 I might have to fly to LA and slap a bitch.

So, CAI seriously thinks that Lea’s dance was better than Bethany’s and as good as Sadie’s?? She’s been on crack all night. She should consider rehab.

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Jonathan Bennett Vlogs On The Jitterbug For DWTS19 Switch-Up Week With Peta Murgatroyd

I’m really looking forward to seeing these two dance together…

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DWTS Alfonso Ribeiro And Witney Carson Interviewed About The Carlton Dance (Videos)

Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson were on The Real today. Alfonso talked about the Carlton dance and how he thinks if first prevented him from being on Dancing With The Stars. They also play a “Stuck In A Pickle” game. Cute interview!

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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.

Karina Smirnoff Hurt In Rehearsals For Dancing With The Stars

Poor Karina! Let’s hope she’s going to heal up soon! From TMZ….

Sources close to the show tell us x-rays show she didn’t fracture anything, but just in case … producers are scrambling to find a replacement. Karina’s already been voted out, but she still performs in each show.

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So sad I'm not able to perform tonight on the show. Got hurt yesterday rehearsing. Now, some TLC and I'll be back stronger then ever!

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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 Janel Parrish Writes On Her Switch-Up Dance With Artem Chigvintsev

Janel parrish has written a new blog at People about her switch-up dance with partner Artem Chigvintsev. She writes that she’s “channeling her inner bad burlesque girl”….

I think we all miss our partners, but Artem and I get along really well. I’m having an amazing time. All we do is laugh when there are little bloopers. I actually posted an Instagram video last Thursday because all we did when I messed up was just laugh! Our partners, Val and Leah, are also dancing together as well, so we peek in on their rehearsals. We’re like, “Oh, you’re cheating on us! That’s great. Well, we’re going to go dance sexy together! How does that make you feel?”

We’re dancing burlesque this week! I saw the movie Burlesque a few years ago, and I always wanted to do that just because it’s super sexy. It’s a dance that makes a woman feel like a woman. Burlesque is probably the most similar to the jive that I did, but it’s very different from all the others. The other dances I did were a lot more graceful.

I think it’s going to be an amazing dance. There are some hard tricks where I get thrown in the air, and I’ve never done anything quite like that before, so it should be interesting. But it’s fun! I really enjoy it. It’s going to be a really, really fun dance, and I’m hoping to channel my inner bad burlesque girl!

More at People.

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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.

Dancing With The Stars Pros Dancing On Wheel Of Fortune Tonight

Hey All! Be sure you catch “Wheel Of Fortune” tonight. Dancing With The Stars pros Sasha Farber, Witney Carson, Peta Murgatroyd, and Artem Chigvintsev are dancing on their show. Thanks to Sasha 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.