Laurie Hernandez is loving the whole Dancing With The Stars experience. Check out this fun rehearsal interview with her and Val Chmerkovskiy…
James Hinchcliffe talked to Dan Dakich about Dancing With The Stars. He says he has a lot to improve on and he has his work cut out for him, but, he’s loving it. James also talks on the similarities with racing. Fascinating interview.
Maureen McCormick talked with CBS Local about the intensity of doing Dancing With The Stars and how it was one of her biggest fears, but, she’s learning a lot and getting the best therapy. This girl has no idea how special she is. So sweet.
ETA: Maureen did another radio interview with My Talk 107.1/ Hour 4 at this link). Apparently she hurt her back, but, she’s ok and wants to continue dancing. Thanks to @DWTSGossip for the head up.
We posted on this interview yesterday from a Facebook link, but, then it was disabled. This video should work. I love these two. *sigh* He’s so smooth and full of charisma….
Awww, I love Miss Edyta Sliwinska …and below you can see her at the Bella LA Celebrity Page Emmy Party. She asked a few of the celebs what they think of Dancing With The Stars this season. She also talked with Allison Holker about Babyface….
These interviews are from week one….
On her most recent podcast, Amber Rose says she’s lost 8 to 10 pounds so far by doing Dancing With The Stars. She also commented on the long rehearsals and how everyone is like a family. Here is more from US Weekly.
“I feel like I’m getting supertoned,” the model, 32, said during her “Loveline With Amber Rose on Play.it” podcast Thursday, September 22. “I feel like I’ve lost probably 10 pounds, maybe 8 pounds already. It’s serious!”
Rose is teamed up with returning pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy on season 23. She’s taking the competition seriously and has been working long hours in the studio with the Ukrainian hunk, 36.
“People don’t understand how much work goes into it,” she told her podcast cohost, Dr. Chris Donaghue. “You’re with your partner four to five hours a day. Then you get home, you’re on the phone with them, like, what you need to work on, what you need to do. Then you go to the ballroom and it’s all the other celebrities and other dancers — it really is like a family.”
To read more, see US Weekly.
Be sure to pick up the latest issue of “In Touch Weekly” Magazine if interested. Laurie Hernandez is one of their feature stories. Here is a take from what’s inside….
“The mirror-ball is right up there with a gold medal,” insists the 5-foot New Jersey native, dubbed “The Human Emoji” thanks to her big eyes and super-expressive face.
“I used to leave practice and go home and watch this show, so being here is a dream come true,” she says. “One of my motivations to go to the Olympics was, OK, maybe I can do DWTS afterward!”
Laurie adds that practicing for DWTS is a totally different ball game then preparing for the Olympics.
“Another thing is that with dancing I have a partner and I have to stay mindful that he’s a part of me, and that we’re doing this together.”
More at In Touch Weekly.
It’s fascinating when you think of how football and dancing can have so much in common. Calvin Johnson talked with the Detroit Free Press about it this week and how he and Lindsay have been rehearsing for his footwork. However for week 3 on Dancing With The Stars, Calvin will have to get in frame for their Viennese Waltz. Read on for more…
This Wednesday, the dance duo was planning to board a flight to Detroit around 6 a.m. – roughly 8 hours after Tuesday’s show – and head to the studio upon landing for rehearsals.
Johnson said that some of his football skills apply directly to ballroom dance. “I think that the footwork can correlate. I actually brought a footwork ladder into the dance studio and Lindsay actually was keeping up with me on some of the drills I was teaching her.”
But his amazing reach and range on the field, which ESPN’s “Sport Science” once calculated gave him the ability cover the equivalent of a two-car garage from a standing position? “That’s totally different,” he said. “Football is a more violent sport. This is really all about control. You want to be kind of graceful with it.”
Control is one area that the 6-foot-5 Johnson is working on improving, according to Arnold. “He has long legs, so we’re trying to make sure it looks like he’s controlling everything that he does. He definitely got so much better. There’s still room for improvement and that’s what we need to work on this week,” she said.
“We have a Viennese waltz (next week,) so we’re back in frame again. I think it’s really important for him to be smooth and to look very elegant and kind of show that different side.”
Is Johnson scared of any particular dance coming up, say, the Viennese waltz? “I mean, I have to be honest, because I don’t even know the names (of the dances) before I hear them,” he said with a laugh. “I’m just taking it as it comes, just learning new steps every day.”
This week, Johnson’s parents visited the show. “My mom, she’ll just say that anything I try to do, I do well,” he said. As for his father, “He was tickled. … He would never have expected me to be dancing, period. He’s laughing at me having a good time and probably learning some dance moves.”
Johnson sees his competition not as past NFL players like Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward and Donald Driver, each of whom won the show’s coveted mirror ball trophy.
“There’s a lot of past NFL stars that have done well on the show. but I’m kind of in the now,” he said. “I have some great competition, especially in (Olympic gold medalist) Laurie (Hernandez) and Val (Chmerkovskiy). That’s some tough competition. She already has the moves of a dancer.”
Added Megatron, “I’m the only one in my way right now. If I can just do what Lindsay’s telling me to do, be sharp and make it look good, we can make it all the way.”
Heads up, Dancing With The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing Fans. According to Hello Magazine, Kristina Rihanoff announced a “one day only” West End stage show with Gleb Savchenko which will take place in December. As the Strictly Come Dancing fans know, Kristina just had a baby a few months ago. Well, she’s eager to get back in shape and dance. Here are some details. Note how the idea came from Gleb’s wife, Elena Samodanova.
The lavish show is the brainchild of TV dance show judge and Gleb’s wife, Elena Samodanova, and it will give fans (young and old alike) a chance to get up close and personal with two of their favourite Strictly stars.
“We’re going to have audience participation,” Kristina says excitedly. “People can come on stage and dance with us and we’ll have a Q&A so people can ask any questions they have. We want to give back to our fans who have been so supportive.”
The exciting performances will give British fans of the show, still mourning the loss of hunky Gleb, a chance to see him in person, hot from the set of the American show Dancing With the Stars where he’s currently working.
“I know the fans are missing Gleb,” Kristina says, laughing. “So this is a chance for them to catch up with him! He was truly embraced by the British fans last year.”
Tickets for the performances will be available from 10am on Thursday, 22 September, via telephone (0203 725 7060) or online at rutlive.co.uk/event/one-more-dance/. For more information visit onemoredance.london or adelphi.theatre. Meet and greet packages are available.
More at Hello Magazine. Oh, how I’d love to go to the UK in December.
ETA: Here is an official press release with more details. You can also view a beautiful Poster for the show.
KRISTINA Rihanoff and GLEB Savchenko – LIVE On Stage in London @ The Adelphi Theatre on Sunday 11th December 2016.
If you thought he was sizzling in the Masterchef kitchen and she was dazzling on the dance floor, then imagine how hot and spicy it will be when you get your very own chance to see them live. After having won the hearts of the British nation, the only way they can fulfil the public’s appetite for more is simply to return back to the UK for ONE MORE DANCE.
Gleb and Kristina will be performing two amazing dance shows for One Night Only at 3pm and 7.30pm respectively.
“If it gets any hotter, then it wouldn’t be dancing”
Book your tickets now through 08444124655 and 02037257060 to avoid disappointment as the shows are certain to sellout.
Featuring the world famous 10 Dance Styles and other beautiful genres influencing the modern world of Ballroom and Latin American dancing styles of today, live on stage like you have never seen them before; where old school meets new school – together as one.
Get ready for your very own “Gleb Special” as seen on the hit TV show “Strictly Come Dancing” and direct from the US television set of the current series of “Dancing With The Stars”. With the special return of the sexiest dancing mama “Kristina Rihanoff” ready to dazzle on stage with her sensual Rumba and her super caliente Cha Cha Cha.
The show will expose and introduce the audience to a new style of movement adopted from the art forms of the traditional Ballroom world. These will be transformed into a massive dance explosion, you will not be able to resist the passion running through your veins.
To compliment the dancing spectacular, beautiful vocals and songs will be provided by the UK’s hottest theatre singing sensations “Louise Dearman” and “Patrick Smyth” as featured across all of the Westend, Broadway and major hit TV shows with an all star cast of guest pro-dancers as featured on “Strictly Come Dancing”.
”One More Night” is set to explore a new beat of couples dancing as we know it. It will mesmerise the audience and transport them on an imaginary trip into a very exquisite world where creation meets communication and self expression.
Be there on Sunday 11th December 2016 at the Adelphi Theatre, 410 Strand, London, WC2R ONS.
Plus you can now also book VIP tickets for a meet and greet with Gleb and Kristina after the shows.
The show is the brainchild of TV judge and Gleb’s wife, Elena Samodanova as featured on the shows “Dancing With The Stars” throughout 3 different continents across the world and the Australian version of “So You Think You Can Dance”.
Maks Chmerkovksiy has written a new blog at Entertainment Weekly. He writes of what it was like be “in jeopardy” last night On Dancing With The Stars. He also writes on the pro numbers and what’s planned for next week. Note that whoever has the highest score (next week) will have immunity from elimination. Here is more…
Going forward, I think we have some issues that we will overcome, and I am also learning what does and doesn’t work. All I’m trying to do is make sure she doesn’t trip, or isn’t too nervous, and make sure she feels secure in the performance come Monday night. My job with Amber is to pace and maintain and make sure she’s having fun.
On the Trio dance and group routines from episode 3…
Well first, I was very flattered that myself, Cheryl [Burke], and Derek [Hough] were given the spotlight in that way. It was definitely cool, I liked it. Who doesn’t like praise?
But I really love doing the group numbers, and it’s definitely a big part of why I came back to the show. I just want to dance and continue to be active in this way, so I’m very happy to be able to do that.
It is a lot, though. I must say, the pro dances for this show are unbelievably difficult in terms of physical and mental activity at the same time. I need to give credit where it’s due, to our choreographer Mandy Moore. She’s someone I’ve known for a very long time. It’s a stressful f—ing production, and it’s a lot to take on. You have to be a brave person to do it.
For example, in the number at the top of the second hour that was very colorful, when we all kind of looked like Skittles (which is very funny considering this week, I’d like to take a picture and send THAT to the Republican candidate, because that would be an appropriate Skittles reference), Mandy was there to make sure everything worked and looked amazing. Having that centralized person has been invaluable to these productions.
My other favorite performances this week…
I think Val [Chmerkovskiy] and Laurie [Hernandez] were great again. I also loved Jana [Kramer] and Gleb [Savchenko] and Marilu [Henner] and Derek [Hough]. They all had excellent routines.
A sneak peak at next week…
Next week will be the presidential debates, and we will only have an hour-long show. So, the format will be different — it’s going to be a face off. They split us into six groups of two pairs, and each pair has the same style of dance. So we’ll each dance, and then we get a score, and whoever has the higher score will have immunity from elimination.
To read the full blog, see Entertainment Weekly.