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Cameron Mathison takes us to rehearsals today at The Grove and more. All bets on Bindi and Derek! Check it out…
ETA: Don’t miss a bunch of cool shots at The Grove at the DancingABC instagram as well.
At the risk of sounding cliched – where has this season gone? Seems like only yesterday, I was catching flak from Keo fans for predicting that Chaka would be an early out, hoping & praying that Victor would last longer than a week, and was actually enjoying Tamar putting Val through the paces It’s been a wild season with multiple curveballs thrown into it, and I’ll be honest – I’ll be glad to get my Monday nights back for a little while. But it’s been a fun ride
Last night…was a bit underwhelming for me, I’m afraid, save for maybe 2 dances. I think I’ve said this before, but I’m kinda over the “judges’ choice redo” dance – even if the couples don’t improve, I feel like they get lavished with praise, and the dance almost never feels 100% fresh, new, and exciting. On top of that, I feel like some couples get dances that there is really not a ton of room for improvement on (Bindi & Carlos), while others get to redo ones that they completely f’d up the first time around (Nick), and others get saddled redoing dances that so well-remembered for other reasons that their redo dance is bound to be a bit of a letdown (Alek, trying to best his rumba with Emma). I feel like the only one that really benefited significantly from the redo was Nick – the rest either did slightly better or stayed about the same. I would have rather seen the couples either re-dance their favorite dance, or redo their favorite dance with new choreography and a new song.
Something else I’m a bit tired of as well? Hearing about how the freestyle is “the most important dance of the season” or how it is the “make it or break it” dance for the couples. As I think Heidi has said before – the freestyle is not nearly as special as it once was, and hasn’t been nearly as important in affecting the outcome of the show in recent seasons as it has in the past. Ever since season 15, when they started making the team dances a freestyle, and starting allowing the couples to use massive sets and lots of extra dancers in their regular dances, the actual freestyle in the finale has felt considerably less special – to the point where it can end up looking pretty similar to something the couple has already done (Nick), or is something that doesn’t even seem to fit a couple well, because they’re trying so hard to be “out-of-the-box” (Carlos). And sorry, but if America isn’t already voting for you BEFORE the freestyle round – I highly doubt they’re going to suddenly throw some votes your way because of it. You’re actually probably better off treating it as “just another dance” than trying to outdo yourself – because in all honesty, it’s likely not going to make much of a difference in whether you win or not, unless you completely f*ck it up.
As for Carlos – I doubt anyone was super shocked that the Toker 4 Jesus left us last night (credit to @sally_braden for that gem!), and I started getting an inkling that he was toast after the judges’ OTT gushing about that bizarre foxtrot of his, which felt stiff and awkward, on top of having a lack of…well, actual foxtrot in it. Lawd Jesus, somebody PLEASE reinstate Witney’s outside choreographer privileges, because these last few dances have just been painful to watch. I found their freestyle to be the weakest of the 4 we saw last night, simply because they seemed to throw in several elements that neither fit together cohesively nor really fit Carlos, just for the sake of doing something that had “never been done before”. The bit with the lights on the hands at the beginning? Looked like they were directing ground traffic at an airport, and also – already been done before (Shawn & Derek’s bhangra in season 15). Including Paula, Hayes, & Alexa? Ok, it hadn’t been done, but did it really improve the routine? We only saw about 5 seconds of each one moving kinda awkwardly. The lift? He seemed to struggle with it, and it was the same one Alek did in his freestyle – only Alek did it better. The one credit I will give Carlos & Witney, though, is that the hip-hop steps they did seemed more impressive than the ones we saw in Nick’s freestyle. But more on that in a bit… …Read more
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.
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
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The final four talk on what Dancing With The Stars finale and what it means to them. Thanks to @DWTSGossip for this link..
Thanks to People, below is a first look at Dancing With The Stars Julianne Hough in Grease! More info and gorgeous photos at PEOPLE. She couldn’t be more perfect for this role! Thanks @chilosa2004 for the heads up!
— People magazine (@people) November 23, 2015