Louis Van Amstel was a guest on Good day Utah. He gives dancing tips and also talks about the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale. He loves Noah, but, thinks Rumer will win. I don’t agree with what he said on Mark and Derek. I’ll take their freestyles any any TIME! Thanks to Edwina for sending.
Dancing with the Stars season 20 week 9 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. Note: Sorry these were delayed. I was off the grid this week and just got to posting them now.
Rumer & Val danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Earned It”—The Weeknd
Rumer & Val (Bruno Tonioli) danced a Contemporary to the song “Theme from Swan Lake, Op. 20″—Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Noah & Sharna danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “The Time of My Life”—David Cook
Noah & Sharna (Carrie Ann Inaba) danced a Paso doble to the song “Unstoppable”—E.S. Posthumus
Riker & Allison danced a Contemporary to the song “Work Song”—Hozier
Riker & Allison (Julianne Hough) danced a Argentine tango to the song “Für Elise”—District 78
Nastia & Sasha danced a Quickstep to the song “Feelin’ Good”—Christina Grimmie
Nastia & Derek (Len Goodman) danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Fall for You”—Leela James
Sounds like we’re going to get a whole bunch of contemporary, whether we like it or not. I say not, for the most part. It’s so over done now. Geez, I’m not old enough to be whining about the Good ole days, but that’s what I feel like doing. Remember Derek and Jennifer’s freestyle – simple dance, but so nostalgic and tailored perfectly for Jennifer. Half the internet screamed “She carried a watermelon!!” What about Hines Ward? Love it or hate it, that Freestyle was different. As was Amber Riley’s. I could go on, but what’s the point?
Thing is, when you do contemporary, you’re now working against a very strong couple of dances from Derek and his partners. Unless you really go out there, you run the risk of being very derivative. Although that’s not really new for one of our couples. Anyway, I still have high hopes for Noah and Sharna – theirs looks like it has potential. The rest? Jury is definitely out.
I got this info from the press release via @DWTSGossip. Could have gotten it myself but I can’t find the damn password to the ABC site and the lovely Vogue is taking care of some personal stuff.
In the two-hour Season Finale on TUESDAY, MAY 19 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET), the show kicks off with a high-energy opening number featuring a reunion of all 12 of this season’s couples in addition to the judges and hosts. Then, one couple will perform an encore of their Freestyle dance as decided on by the judges. The finale will also feature a performance to “Juicy Wiggle,” by RedFoo and encore performances by Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe to “California Girls,” Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani to “Copacabana” featuring six additional dancers, Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson to “Bills,” Chris Soules and Witney Carson to “Footloose,” Willow Shields and Mark Ballas to “Alice’s Theme,” Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough’s Charleston to “Honey, I’m Good” featuring a performance by Andy Grammar and much more. The night will also include a reprise performance from Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev to “In Da Club,” and the Grammy award winning artist will also perform her hit song “2 Steps Away.” Additionally, fan favorites from past seasons Amy Purdy, Alfonso Ribeiro and Sadie Robertson return to the ballroom for special performances. Sia will perform her hit song “Elastic Heart” with a special dance performance by Derek and Julianne Hough. The star studded night will continue with a performance by Jason Derulo singing his hit song “Want To Want Me.” In the last element of competition, the couples will perform a new routine as part of a “24 Hour Fusion Challenge.” The remaining couples will fuse two contrasting dance styles that they’ve performed this season and they’ll have less than 24 hours to prepare that dance for additional judges’ points. At the end of the night, the winner of the Gold Mirrorball trophy will be announced!
ETA: Good for Riker, redoing the Pirate Paso!! Loved that dance.
Rumer and Val
Previously Performed Dance – Foxtrot (??)
Freestyle – AT/Contemporary Fusion
24-hr Fusion Challenge (Tuesday)
Noah and Sharna
Previously Performed Dance – Argentine Tango
Freestyle – Contemporary with four other pros
24-hr Fusion Challenge (Tuesday)
Riker and Allison
Previously Performed Dance - Pirate Paso Doble
24-hr Fusion Challenge (Tuesday)
Huge love to @markballas @lindsarnold @dance10jenna and of course my amazing man @paulkirkland01 for being apart of @noahgallowayathlete and my freestyle. Not to mention @bcjean & @travisgarland for taking it to the next level with their incredible voices. There are some epic, emotional and beautiful things happening. #dwts #teamshway love you all ❤️
— BC Jean (@BCJean) May 16, 2015
Okay, we’re now up to three Derek dances on the finale, this one with Julianne, the one with Amy and Noah, and one with Nastia. I sense an attempt at appeasing the masses. Or just using Derek to keep his fans tuned in. BUT, this offers Derek and Julianne a great opportunity to promote MOVE! Derek, at least, is owed that much, IMO.
What do you all think? Discuss.
— Derek Hough (@derekhough) May 16, 2015
Some details are starting to surface for the Dancing With The Stars finale. Fifth harmony is to perform. Also, note that there will be a 2nd stage. Read below. Thanks to Donamadrina for the heads up as well as @ImLaraBlanco at twitter.
Tony Dovolani, Alfonso Ribiero, and Bruno Tonioli were interviewed at the Dancing With The Stars ABC Celebration At The Paley Center last night by Afterbuzz TV. They talk of their fondest memories and lots more. Be watching this link in case more interviews are released.
Wow, what a hot new club song this and with a steamy hot video too. And check it out. Pro dancer Gleb Savchenko stars in it. Robe Wade…please bring this pro back to Dancing With The Stars in the US!
Rumer Willis To Sing, Val Chmerkovskiy To Play Violin For Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Freestyle
US Magazine is reporting some information about Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy’s freestyle. Read on for how Rumer will be singing. Val is going to play his violin….
A source tells Us that the duo will be doing their freestyle to a cover of Britney Spears’ 2003 hit single “Toxic” — performed by none other than Willis herself! The star, 26, who’s shown off her vocal prowess before in covers of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” and Adele’s “Rumor Has It,” has been “working on it for weeks,” the insider shares.
Chmerkovskiy is featured on the track, too — on violin! (As the DWTS pro, 29, revealed to Us in his “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” last November, he’s a “classically trained violinist and played concertmaster violin with [his] youth orchestra in Carnegie Hall.”)
“Linda Perry produced the song, and it’s a really sexy, cool arrangement of Britney’s famous tune,” the source says. “They are super excited about it — it sounds absolutely amazing. Rumer’s thrilled to finally share it with the world!”
More at US Magazine.
So, the odds makers at Sports Bovada have placed their bets for the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale. I have to say, I am not surprised how they placed them again for the story boarding that has taken place on this show, the last elimination (that I’m still not over. ), and how much promotion there has been for Rumer and Val. Though one thing to note: the odds makers haven’t been right about who they’ve placed first or last this whole season. Anyway, take a look below and let us know what you think in comments.
Rumer Willis 2/5
Riker Lynch 7/4
Noah Galloway 12/1
My thoughts: They most likely have it right. Rumer and Val are going to win…especially being TPTB seem to be getting their way for how they want this show to turn out this season. And how convenient too with a looming summer tour about to take place. So, all odds are in Rumer and Val’s favor. But, with everything I am, I hope Riker or Noah (either one) win this competition. I’m not a fan of manipulation and promo of one couple being shoved down my throat. When it happens, I run the other way. I’m not a fan to egotistical pros who diss their fellow pros. With that said, I want Riker and Allison to win for all of their hard work, dancing ability, and creative and powerful productions. I’d also love to see Noah and Sharna win for how they’ve touched us week after week and all of their productions too…..and I especially loved their cool lifts. So, I imagine you know how I’ll be voting.
Let’s see what Courtney and Miss Heidi think…..
Courtney: I’m having a really, really hard time with this – especially since Nastia’s elimination is still not adding up to me, since it seemed to really go against what we know from the history of this show to be typical voting behavior. It was almost as if Nastia got Sabrina’d – but that only happens when a celeb seems to struggle with votes for the ENTIRE SEASON, and we know for a fact that Nastia was leading in the votes at some point, because of what Tom said. The only thing that I think may have legit contributed to it was the unflattering, Russian ice-princess portrayal they gave Nastia last week – both in her package AND that sorry excuse for Dance Center humor. Since when is being Russophobic funny? It’s not – except when you somehow need to make a symbol of national pride (an Olympic gold medalist) somehow unpalatable to a conservative-leaning viewing audience. I would hope that viewers would have seen through all that, but clearly I may overestimate their collective emotional intelligence. It all just BUGS. While the pattern of pimping and cramming Rumer & Val down our throats makes part of me want to throw in the towel and go “Fine, you win – now go away!”, a bigger part thinks Nastia’s elim may actually make it harder for Rumer to win – because now you’ve got quite a few pissed off fans looking to get even, and the random sampling I’m seeing online seem to be directing their blame for Nastia’s elim towards Rumer or Noah. This may give Riker a bit of an edge – ability-wise, he’s got the best chance of beating out Rumer, and nobody seems to really be blaming him for Nastia’s elimination. But then there’s the two elephants in the room: he’s got dance experience (which Tallulah Willis seems to be losing sleep over on the regular) AND some folks seem to still have a bee in their bonnet over the fact that he’s a distant relative of the Houghs. So that brings us to Noah – ability-wise, he’s got the hardest row to hoe of the 3 finalists, but he also seems to have the strongest sympathy (and patriotic) vote on his side. But as I mentioned before, I also see him getting quite a bit of blame for Nastia going home – even though I’m not convinced that he would have been the one leaving if Nastia had stayed. As for Rumer – TPTB have done a bang-up job of making sure she comes out smelling like roses next to the other two. They’re still pushing the “I have no dance experience!” narrative (lie), the bullying narrative, and the “Val’s never won!” narrative (nevermind that neither of the other 2 pros in the finale this season have, either – IT’S VAL’S SEASON, Y’ALL!!!), and there’s the fact that she’s the only female finalist in a season right after one where a dude won (never understood some fans’ need to “alternate” between a male & female champion, but some really seem hung up on it) – on paper, it’s looking like she’s going to win this. But part of me is still holding out hope that manipulation we’ve endured all season backfires, and we see Noah or Riker hoist that trophy.
Heidi: I’m going to do my best to make sure they’re NOT right. I haven’t seen the blame on Noah, however. What I have seen are a bunch of Derek/Nastia fans who are: a) Pissed at the producers for the obvious manipulative efforts to get rid of Nastia (confirmed to a degree by Derek in his post show interviews and blog), and b) a bunch of Derek fans pissed at Val for being…Val. Typically idiotic. That’s quite a combo. Is it the perfect storm? I have a feeling there will be a lot of people voting for anyone but Val – whether that will work or not, I have no idea. The manipulation is still on full force. Saw a commercial last night for DWTS and it was all Rumer, some Riker and very little Noah. That tells me I need to vote Noah. At the end of the day, I have no idea if people will actually power vote against Val, but some may. It might be enough. They are pushing so hard for it, I would LOVE to see it backfire. It’s very possible that Rumer will end up winning this thing, but I wouldn’t call it in the bag by any stretch. They’re working so hard to make it happen, ya gotta wonder. I wonder who they will sandbag on Monday night. Both men, or just Noah? And I wonder if Rob Wade will take his hand off the wheel a bit in the finale, after Kristyn Burtt finally got her real reporter wings by grilling him a bit last night at the Paley Center. He was squirming a good bit. Yo, Rob, Conrad always read this site a lot – maybe you should start, cuz people are really seeing the man behind the curtain now and it wasn’t so obvious when Conrad was that man. The road to cancellation is paved with video tapes of highly manipulated episodes.
Below are a few photos of those who attended a celebration for ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ at The Paley Center last night in Beverly Hills, California. The first photo is of Executive producer Rob Wade. Others who attended were Judge Bruno Tonioli, co-host Erin Andrews, Candace Cameron Bure, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tony Dovolani, and Kym Johnson. If you’d like to see more fun photos of the event, click on the pictures. You can also see some photos at the Daily Mail. For those who missed the show last night, you can watch it here. Kristyn Burtt was able to ask Rob Wade questions (including some questions about Derek and Nastia’s packages and if he thought it effected their elimination). See her twitter for a report and pictures too if interested. Rob also teased on the finale too. Note that Alfonso Ribeiro and Sadie Robertson are coming back to dance. Derek Hough, Noah Galloway, and Amy Purdy will be dancing in a special number too. MORE HERE.
ETA: To read a review on the event, see Yahoo News.