These photos say it all for what we saw last night on Dancing With The Stars. Just breathtaking!! Click on the photos to see more.
DWTS Executive Producer Rob Wade Talks On Success Of The Show, Expects 10,000 People At The Grove Tonight
Dancing With The Stars Executive Producer Rob Wade talked with The Wrap about the success of Dancing With The Stars. And note how they are expecting over 10,000 people at The Grove tonight for the Finale.
“We’re expecting to get about ten thousand people there,” executive producer Rob Wade tells TheWrap
“Dancing with the Stars” will wrap its 21st season on Tuesday, making it one of the most successful reality competition shows on television.
According to executive producer Rob Wade, a big part of that was the fact that the show got there first. Having been on the air since 2005, “Dancing With the Stars” laid claim to a space in reality TV very early on, which put its imitators at a serious disadvantage.
“We were just kind of first to the party,” Wade says in an interview with TheWrap. “Being the first one out and the first one that people loved is a huge benefit. I mean there hasn’t been a new reality hit in the competition space in a long time.”
What is the decision process when you’re adding new challenges or changing the show?
I think the main thing is you don’t want to go away from the heart of the show. The show’s format is very strong. So you want to keep the heart of the show. Then you’re finding something which is going to really challenge the celebrities and their dance partner … What makes it interesting is when you throw these challenges at them, because it pushes them out of their comfort zone.
What do you see as the key to the show’s success?
I think at its heart, it’s an entertainment show. It doesn’t try to be something it isn’t. It’s obviously as well just the basic of just watching people learning to achieve something, and learning to overcome their fears is a very compelling story. People relate to that each season. And it’s a very good entertainment show that people love to watch. It’s fun to watch people dance and laugh and cry and feel emotions for something. It’s got all those aspects to it. It’s a show that can make you laugh, it’s a show that can make you cry, it’s a show that can make you shout at the television. And if you’re getting that reaction from a viewer, it’s usually a good show.
More at The Wrap.
There weren’t any interviews last night after Night one. According to Glamour, the couples went straight to rehearsals to practice the 24-hour dance fusion. However, there were some interviews with the eliminated couple Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson that you can read and view below. They don’t seem to broken up about their elimination and more relieved than anything I think. They are also excited to dance tonight. More below with them and some recaps and interviews with Erin Andrews and Carrie Ann Inaba.
Still, Carlos reiterated that “everything happens for a reason,” and “someone else needs to win this thing, and I’m totally cool with that.” So what’s next? “I’m sure Witney and I will go in the trailer and hug it out and call it a day, but we made it to the final four, so I can’t complain.”
Looking back on his journey and knowing what he knows now, is there anything Carlos would have told himself earlier in the process? “That’s easy! Listen to Witney!” he laughed. “Listen to every single thing she says, because I fought her on every single thing!” Joked Witney: “Well, not everything. You learned towards the end!”
For tonight’s finale, Carlos and Witney will be dancing the Jive, and best of all, it will be Carlos’ Magic Mike routine, where he’ll be joined by the men of DWTS. “It’ll be fun!” (Um, that’s an understatement for us viewers, don’t you think?)
And after DWTS is over, Carlos gets the Thanksgiving holiday to relax, but heads back to work next Monday where he’ll start rehearsals for Grease: Live!, airing in January on Fox. “I’m playing Kenickie, and Witney will be making sure all my moves on spot-on!”
Also on Monday night’s show, train hero Alek Skarlatos made it through to the finale with a score of 57 out of 60 for his two dances, the most impressive of which was a freestyle based on an army obstacle course.
During the routine, Skarlatos and partner Lindsay Arnold climbed a wall with ropes and had to fall off of it backwards for a dramatic ending.
Backstage, Judge Carrie Ann Inaba told FOX411 that the Army National Guardsman who helped disarm a terrorist on a Paris train this summer has truly learned how to dance.
“He’s so steadfast and so powerful and so consistent that it’s hard for him to go wrong. He proved himself worthy,” Inaba said, also giving credit to Arnold.
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter will be joining Irwin and Skarlatos in Tuesday night’s “DWTS” grand finale after his perfect 60 night with partner Sharna Burgess. He performed to the Backstreet Boys song “Larger Than Life” in an energetic concert-themed freestyle.
“I want to win,” Carter said in rehearsal footage.
And I sure hope Carrie Ann is wrong on this. I voted harder last night than I ever have!
Longtime Judge Inaba told reporters, “It’s hard,” but added, “Bindi’s been the front-runner. I think a lot of people are thinking that Bindi could take this home.”
However, Inaba cautioned, “I would be a little worried when somebody seems to be such a front-runner. Sometimes people forget to vote. We’ve seen crazy things happen and upsets.”
Here is a GMA recap with some interviews in it from rehearsals on Sunday thanks to @IdolXfactor1:
And the scores from last night for those that might have missed them:
Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough 10-10-10-10-10-10 60 points total
Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess 10-10-10-10-10-10 60 points total
Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold 9-9-9-10-10-10 57 points total
Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson* 10-10-10-10-10-10 60 points total *eliminated*
Thanks for reading everyone!! Here’s to tonight!!xx
ETA: Stormy has posted Night One’s DWTS All Access coverage at her Tumbler page. You can view everything here.
We had such a successful chat before the final Monday night performances of Dancing with the Stars season 21, that we decided we’d do it again before the DWTS season 21 finale as well.
The great part is that up to 4 people can join the video chat at a time and we can rotate people through so that everyone gets a chance to participate. For those that are shy on camera, we welcome you to get over that shyness and join us anyway. If that still doesn’t work, you can always watch and comment in the chat area.
Long story short, we’ll be doing the DWTS finale video chat Tuesday, November 23 at 6:30 ET (3:30 PT). You can view it on this page or at this link. I look forward to seeing and chatting live with many of you before the finale!
P.S. We’ll probably go up until when the show starts on the east coast, but if some people want to stay on during the show we could do that too. Only problem for me is that I’m on the west coast. However, if the east coast keeps it going, I could pick it back up when the west coast starts. Nothing like a 6 hour video chat. We’ll play it by ear.
It’s time for Dancing with the Stars Season 21 week 11 and you know what that means. Time to enjoy some friendly, educated banter in the Pure DWTS Insider. 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.
The Dancing with the Stars season 21 week 11 night 1 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. Time for the Dancing with the Stars music:
Carlos & Witney danced a Foxtrot to the song “The Hills”—The Weeknd
Carlos & Witney danced a Freestyle to the song “WTF (Where They From)”—Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell Williams
Alek & Lindsay danced a Rumba to the song “The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore”—James Morrison
Alek & Lindsay danced a Freestyle to the song “Marchin On”—OneRepublic
Nick & Sharna danced a Jive to the song “Runaway Baby”—Bruno Mars
Nick & Sharna danced a Freestyle to the song “Larger Than Life”—Backstreet Boys
Bindi & Derek danced a Quickstep to the song “Dr. Bones”—Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Bindi & Derek danced a Freestyle to the song “Footprints in the Sand”—Leona Lewis
Watch Dancing With The Stars “behind the scenes” LIVE coverage and interviews during the show below.
Okay all – this is it. The end of another season. Don’t know what’s going to happen, but I hope the dancing is good.
Because it’s the finale, it’s really important you remember the rule below:
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T-minus 30 minutes…
Here we go…our male pros wearing far more clothing than most of them are used to.
Carlos foxtrot started out looking like an AT or something, with the walk, the pose, the colors. Wonder if it counts as a lift if she has her hand on the floor but not her feet….
Sexiest foxtrot?? Really, it was a decent dance, but it seems un-foxtrot like – they got hosed by the song.
Alek’s arms are still weird, but he has improved tremendously. Huge lift right in the middle of the dance. Wonder if their coach will call it. Also of note – CAI’s attitude when she was with them was very down.
Heard on All Access – ALEXA is going to be in Carlos’ freestyle. Derek and Bindi are non-stop practicing backstage.
Beautiful flashback to the DWTS of old – Meghan Trainor singing while Peta and Artem dance. Gorgeous.
This Jive from Nick is going in and out. In sync, then out of sync, clean, then messy. If he gets a perfect score for this I call foul.
Yeahhhhh…..guess I can see better on TV. Definitely better than some he’s done, but not perfect.
Come on, Bindi!! Holy crap…I don’t think I breathed during that whole dance. I never would have lasted – unbelievable.
Well, I had a lot more written but I lost it because I can’t update the site because people are refreshing too much.
I will just say that I didn’t really care for either Carlos or Alek’s freestyles, although I liked Alek’s better. Me not liking it could be in large part to being pissed I couldn’t get on the site. Witney borrowed a bit heavily from MOVE Live on Tour, with the lights and the formation at the beginning of hers. And I tended to lose Alek and Lindsay in parts of their dance.
And they change the order. Bindi just got seriously hosed. I’mma be pissed. There better be a damn good reason.
Bindi and Derek slayed that. I’m all weepy now, thanks. Derek putting that photo up there without telling Bindi. Wow.
Er…that’s it?? I mean, it was good, but it was just like a dance he did earlier in the season and totally expected. :::sigh:::
Notice in that last shot the only person with their hands not on the MBT?? Bindi and Derek.
First Safe is Alek…
And (as predicted) Carlos and Witney were eliminated.
ETA: Because I’m not sure where else to put this, here are the three dances for the 24-hour Dance Challenge. -Court-
Nick & Sharna – Tango/Salsa
Bindi & Derek – Argentine tango/Cha-Cha
Alek & Lindsay – Tango/? (source only knew that each fusion had tango in it)
Many of you might have seen that we held a Pre DWTS Season 21 video chat where we talked about the upcoming season and made predictions for this season of Dancing with the Stars. Since tonight is the finals of Dancing with the Stars season 21, I thought it would be fun to hop on camera again and talk about tonight’s final performances.
You can watch and join the live video stream below or at this link. I hope that many of you will join us on and off camera.
The final four talk on what Dancing With The Stars finale and what it means to them. Thanks to @DWTSGossip for this link..