Kristyn and the gang reviewed the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Semi-Finals in their new Afterbuzz TV show. Val Chmerkovskiy was their guest. I haven’t listened to the whole show yet, so, be sure to let us know what you think.
Wow, these new photos of Dancing With The Stars Week 9 are just stunning. What do you think? To see even more, visit Getty Images.
Derek has written a last blog for Dancing With The Stars Season 20 at TV Guide. It’s so touching as he goes through all of his feelings and emotions currently including his disappointment. Through it all, he remains a ray of light…
To be completely honest, I feel like in a way, we sort of got eliminated last week with that package. Like I said last week, when I saw that, I was like, “Oh wow, that was a complete left field,” especially when you know it’s so not reality. That was a terrible representation journey of our week. And to see that, it was like, “I see what’s going on here.” I’m not blaming the show or anyone for our elimination — we’ve all had bad packages — but I’ve been around here a long time! I know how everything works. I wasn’t angry or upset, just disappointed, like I said last week. But, you know, I’m not in control here. All I could do was come up with good dances.
I think the thing I’m most disappointed in is that I don’t think people truly saw what Nastia and our relationship were like. We did have a great heart-to-heart last week, but we’ve always been close. Out of all my partners, Nastia has always been the most affectionate toward me. I’m not even exaggerating. She’s an amazing friend — and nurse! She was always asking me if I needed ice. She was constantly giving me water. She played nurse on top of juggling two partners. It’s those moments, that tenderness and heart — there was so more beauty to show, but they went for the cheap shot. I feel bad for that. But it is what it is. You can’t control it.
I’m not gonna lie — there was also a sense of relief at going home. It’s not upset or disappointment. Both Nastia and I feel that way. I’m a competitor. I want to do good work. I had some things planned for the finale that would’ve really pushed me and I may or may not have injured myself even more. So now, it’s like a blessing in disguise that we’re not gonna take that risk. We’re both proud of what we’ve accomplished this season together and with Sasha’s and Henry’s help — especially Sasha. He was a godsend! I think that’s the thing that can get lost in eliminations because the prevailing sentiment is disappointment and sadness at not winning. But I think anyone who’s been on the show will say that, after some time and distance, when they look back, they’re proud of what they did on the show. I mean, just look at the 10th anniversary special. You can’t look back without anything but pride. It’s like, “Wow, we did this.”
Maybe I also jinxed us by mentioning our freestyle song last week! What ended up happening was I ran into the girl who sings the song, so I asked if she would perform it on the finale if we make it and she said yes. Then something came up and she couldn’t do it, and we got eliminated so it’s moot, but she said she’s down to do it next season. I don’t know for sure yet if I’m coming back next season. That’s still a few months away and I’m not looking that far ahead yet. I still have two more seasons in my contract, so we’ll see.
Nastia and I will be on the finale. I don’t know what, if anything, we’ll be doing yet. I think it’s gonna be a great finale. It’s kind of awesome because you’ve got three professionals who’ve never won before, and they’re relatively new or newer pros. It’s funny, I kind of feel like the old man a bit. I guess I am since I’ll be 30 this weekend! But last night, after the show, I sent Val, Sharna and Allison a message. It said: Congratulations, guys. Go get ‘em! Don’t panic. Stay calm in this potentially stressful week. Pressure doesn’t exist. Only we can create pressure for ourselves. Enjoy this celebratory week and create some stellar memories for Season 20. We are blessed to have the opportunity to create on such a beautiful stage. Lead with gratitude and the creativity will flow.
Lots more including what’s next with the Lip Sync Battle and the new Move Live On Tour at TV Guide.
ABC sent us these photos of Derek Hough And Nastia Liukin On Kelly And Michael Live today. Aren’t they breathtaking?!! Photographer: Pawel Kaminski / ABC Home Ent and TV Distribution. Be sure to watch the interview and show if you haven’t yet. Watching their dance will make you cry again.
Below is Derek Hough And Nastia Liukin on Kelly and Michael LIVE. Their dance is making me crying all over again. For more interviews after their elimination, Move Live On Tour updates, Lip Sync Battle video promos and more, see Pure Derek Hough.
Just a TV Heads Up: Be sure to watch Dancing With The Stars “Road To The Finals” on Saturday, May 16th, on ABC if interested. The show will feature the journey of the remaining couples and what to expect in the finale.
I’m not sure where to begin today? I am just sad and numb for what happened last night on Dancing With The Stars. I never expected to see Derek and Nastia to be eliminated and something just doesn’t seem right about it and more so than I’ve ever felt in all the time I’ve been watching this show, but, they are handling it all like the true “Champions” and class and humble acts that they are. See this link at Pure Derek Hough to see what I mean.
Also, in a new interview with Glamour, Derek and Nastia both said they have no regrets doing the show despite their busy schedules. Derek was also asked if he’d do season 21 of Dancing With The Stars. Note that he is contracted for one more season and there are more things he’d like to do, but not necessarily as a pro (Oh, how I like the sounds of that idea!). Read on….
Of course, now as we get ready to close out season 20, the talk turns to the fall installment of DWTS, and whether Derek will return for that. “I don’t know,” remarked Derek, before joking that he’s played this ‘game’ many times. “In the past it was like, ‘Are you coming back, Derek? Are you not coming back? Oh, just shut up Derek! Make a decision!” he laughed. Still, Derek wanted to make clear that this season really was a last-minute decision, and it had everything to do with wanting to be a part of the 10th Anniversary. So what does that mean for season 21? “I think I’m contracted for one more season legally. But we’ll see what happens. I have some ideas that I want to do on the show, but not necessarily as a pro.” Ah, that Derek…still finding a way to tease us!
Val also apologized to Nastia for calling them “uninteresting”. This is what Derek and Nastia had to say about it.
While Derek and Nastia took the high road when it came to the elimination, they were much more open about the comments that fellow pro Val Chmerkovskiy said in one of the pre-packages played during the show. When the pros were asked to comment on the remaining contestants, Val remarked that “Nastia and Derek are so perfect that it makes them a bit uninteresting.” Many times the couples don’t watch every tape package that’s played in the ballroom, but this time, Derek did. “Oh, I heard him,” revealed Derek. “I heard him and I went up to him afterwards and was like, ‘Thanks. Classy, bro, classy.'”
Whether Val meant it or not, he went up to Nastia after the package aired to apologize. “Something I’ve learned about this experience is that it’s a TV show,” explained Nastia, “and for 20 years of my life when I competed, there was no producers. It was [me] going out there and competing. I think that’s what I was trying to do at the beginning of the season and why I was so into the scores and the placements.” She went on to add that Derek helped her realize that “you have to live in the moment. It was like the moment we had last night [with Len]. It was really the perfect sendoff.”
Yeah, “classy” indeed. I don’t know how any pro could be so mean-spirited to another pro and their partner? Sad!
So, for lots more with Derek and Nastia after the show last night and their reactions, see this link at Pure Derek Hough.
Moving on to some other media. See Read more..
Here we go!!
And after showing Noah’s proposal, he’s standing on stage with his fiance. I suspect a “safe” call is imminent.
Nope! Noah is in jeopardy. Who will go against him?? I figure we have to wait an hour to find out. :::sigh::: Least they could do is give me and Court some cheesecake material…
Of course there is no encore this week. Of course.
And, Riker is going to the finale. Which means that either Rumer or Nastia is in jeopardy with Noah.
Uh oh. Nastia and Derek’s turn. This could be trouble.
Yep, Derek and Nastia in Jeopardy.
Val has yet to realize that his brand of cheap shade looks good on no one. Classless. Take notes from Derek, son, then maybe you can win this show once without pimping AND a ringer.
Ignorant man with little choreography chops is the worst thing I can say about you.
Okay, he and Rumer are in jeopardy.
Well, they just gave Nastia the chance to say goodbye. Did they talk to Riker earlier??
Final results coming up!!
Come on, Len. Someone has to go home. That’s the way the show works!
Noah and Sharna are SAFE!
Eliminated couple is: Nastia and Derek
Wrong couple went home, but I’m not surprised. I will say that after Val’s comment tonight, I will be voting my fingers to the bone for either Noah or Riker – whoever has the best chance to beat him.
Sharna Bugess has written such a touching new blog. She’s hoping her and Noah make the finals. No matter what happens, she feels they have already won. Read on…
I feel like I have already won DWTS just having Noah as my partner. He is my hero and a true champion. Noah deserves an award for overcoming his physical challenges and performing so beautifully each week. I have an amazing freestyle dance planned for Noah — I truly hope we make it to the final!
This season is my dream come true. Thank you to all our fans for being so supportive, we love and appreciate you!
More from Sharna at Closer Weekly.
Well, there’s only one thing I’m reasonably certain of – Noah will make the finale. He might even win the whole damn thing and I wouldn’t be upset by that. Sharna (and CAI) did some amazing work last night. Just amazing.
As for the rest? Nastia had, by far, the strongest night of the remaining three – not that that means anything with this show. She’s handicapped by Derek…but possibly helped by his injury and that absolutely beautiful, tear jerking V. Waltz with Derek and Len. I cried. A lot. Something about a man Len’s age confessing he can no longer do what he loves. :::sob:::
Riker came in a very close second to Nastia for me. His first dance was absolutely fantastic – just amazing. The judge’s choice was really not that good. Too much Julianne…who couldn’t devote enough time to it to do it justice. Which is a shame, really, because Riker is a good, entertaining dancer.
Rumer had two good, solid dances but they suffered from the over hype (as is typical) by Val. It wasn’t all that, babe. I don’t even remember her first dance. Her second dance was a bit of a letdown. Interesting concept by Bruno, but I don’t think it served them that well. Both were well danced, as usual, but well danced doesn’t cut it in a semi-final where there is so much emotion.
But, all that said, the scores are close enough that anyone (except Noah) could be going home. I was surprised that they actually scored the first round fairly, handing out scores that I would have handed out. Shocking. But the two points that Rumer is down may not be enough to protect Riker or Nastia. It’s too close to call. If the weakest dancer last night went home, it would be Rumer. Not that she’s weak…but I think the other three had it over her. But something tells me that they’ve successfully brainwashed the audience into voting her into the finale. Out of Riker and Nastia, I tend to give Nastia the edge. But who knows? Let’s look at the leader board.
Argh. Annoying that they gave everyone a 30 in the second round, when I think that neither Riker nor Rumer really deserved it. But, as they often do when it’s close, they throw it to the audience to make the decision. Something tells me they won’t make the right one this time around. We’ll see.
So, Noah is at the bottom of the leaderboard. Although I think he did an amazing, truly inspirational job this season, last night was the topper – but all that said, I would rather Rumer, Riker and Nastia go to the finale. That ALSO said, I won’t be upset with whoever goes home tomorrow night. I got Derek for ten weeks regardless….and I have a feeling that maybe the producers have finally pushed him too far, so we might not see him on this stage again.
I digress. What does Noah need to make the finale?? Not much.
That’s really nothing at this stage of the game and I think he makes it easily. I could be wrong. It’s always possible that one fan group or another gets over confident, or another fan group seeing that proposal knows they could be screwed.
Next is Rumer. Rumer is two points ahead of Noah and two points behind Riker and Nastia. Again, not a lot of work required for her to be safe.
For Rumer to be safe tomorrow night, she needs ONE of the following things to happen:
- Noah fails to get the 7,300 votes per million votes cast to beat her, OR;
- Rumer gets 7,300 more votes per million votes cast than EITHER Riker or Nastia.
That’s it. And I have no idea what will happen. For me, Rumer was the least memorable last night. She kinda faded into the woodwork. But they have a media machine going for them, in addition to the lion’s share of the actual show last night.
For Nastia or Riker to be safe tomorrow night, they need ONE of the following to happen (same rules apply to each of them since they are tied):
- Noah fails to get the 14,600 votes per million votes cast to beat him/her, OR;
- Rumer fails to get the 7,300 votes per million votes cast to beat him/her, OR;
- One of them gets ONE MORE vote per million votes cast than the other.
No idea what’s going to happen.
But I have to make a guess. I think that Noah is passing Rumer and Riker for sure. Not so sure about Nastia, as she had the great Len tribute dance at the end of the show. I think Noah is safe.
That leaves me with the other three. Based purely on demographics, I lean toward Nastia getting the one vote needed to beat Riker. Does Rumer get past her? Hard to say, but based on last night I would say no. I *THINK* Nastia might be safe. But the other half of me thinks that Derek is too big a liability these days. I can’t decide.
I tend to think that Nastia gets the one vote over Riker. That would bring us down to Riker and Rumer. Rumer was more consistent last night, but Riker had the more exciting first dance. I kinda feel like the second dance let Riker down a bit. While I wasn’t overly impressed with Rumer’s second dance, I feel like it was better executed that Riker’s.
Honestly, I’m leaning toward Riker going home tonight but it could be ANYONE. I won’t be surprised by whoever it is.
One more week until Heidi can read books and sleep. Until MOVE Live on Tour starts up, anyway.