Check out this cool rehearsal video with Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold done in 360…
How does James Hinchcliffe feel about competing against former Detroit Lion Calvin Johnson in the finals of Dancing With The Stars? Find out below. From Detroit News…..
“He definitely surprised a lot of people coming out of the gate who weren’t sure a guy that size was going to be able to move,” Hinchcliffe says of his 6-foot, 5-inch competitor. “But man, he can move. There’s a reason he’s fast on the field.”
Hinchcliffe and Johnson are among the four celebrity dancers vying for the Mirror Ball Trophy in the finals of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” this week. In an exclusive interview with The Detroit News, Hinchcliffe shared how he and Johnson have bonded over the last 10 weeks and formed what many see as an adorable “bromance.”
“He’s a great guy to be around and always has a smile on his face, so it’s been a lot of fun, not only watching him dancing, but getting to know him, as well,” Hinchcliffe says in a phone call from Los Angeles.
The four-time IndyCar winner adds that he and Johnson tackle dance routines like their sports.
“In his case, he’s used to learning plays, and in my case, learning laps, and we’re used to repetition and long hours and putting in hard work,” he says, “and I think we went about learning dances in a very similar way.”
Their like-mindedness proved beneficial when they teamed up for a paso doble dance — calling themselves Last Men Standing — with their professional partners. The Western-themed routine earned a 37 out of 40 from the judges.
“Honestly, that’s the reason why you guys are the last men standing. … You guys both came out and rocked it,” judge Julianne Hough said in her comments afterward.
Hinchcliffe says he and 31-year-old Johnson “spoke the same language,” so they could easily lean on each other for certain steps.
As far as making it to the finals with his pro partner Sharna Burgess, Hinchcliffe says it’s “quite a surprise, but a pleasant one.”
“I came into this competition with — I wouldn’t even say low expectations — I’d say no expectations because I had no dancing experience, no dancing ability to my knowledge, so I didn’t know what to expect,” he says.
More at the Detroit News. You can also read more at the links below on Jana and Calvin.
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If you go to Entertainment Tonight, the finalists of Dancing With The Stars Season 23 share stories from their stressful week of rehearsals and what they’ll miss the most about dancing. Here’s a part with Gleb and Jana. Gleb says their freestyle will be as exciting as their Shower dance.
“It’s been a very stressful week for [Gleb Savchenko],” country singer Jana Kramer explains. “Like, obviously I’m stressed, too, but he has to choreograph two dances. It’s the finals. He’s got to step it up in the choreography, so I think he’s stressed.”
“I was a little bit stressed, but today’s better,” Gleb adds. “We’ve got everything almost ready.”
Unfortunately, the two won’t be reprising their iconic shower dance as many fans expected. “I wish we were,” Jana confirms. “They won’t let us.” Instead, they’ll be reprising their sexy Viennese waltz from week one and a new freestyle that the two tease is sure to wow the crowd.
“This dance is going to be as exciting as the shower dance,” Gleb promises. “We got a great concept, a great song. The difference is the choreography and everything else is completely new. So, it’s going to be cool. A cool dance. I love it.”
Also below are interviews with Val and Laurie and an update on Miss Peta.
The Detroit Lions made this fun video for Calvin Jones. Check it out! So cute…
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) November 18, 2016
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess had a facebook chat in rehearsals today. They are tired, but, excited to dance next week. They give us a few teasers. Listen below….
Lindsay Arnold and Calvin Johnson were guests on Hollywood Today Live to talk on Dancing With The Stars and the finals. Don’t you just love them? I’ve felt nothing but joy every time they danced this season.
So, are we having two dances on Monday? An unlearned dance and the freestyle?? Or is there some other stupid gimmick that I’m not aware of yet? 🙂
Vogue: Yep, Miss Heidi. We are getting two dances….and a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge” on Tuesday night. Lots more info below courtesy of Disney Abc. Let us know what you think, Everyone! Here’s to the Finals!
Heidi: Apparently, the press release is WRONG is a couple spots. Jana is now doing a V. Waltz from week 1.
ETA: I’ve added in the 24-hour fusion dances. General observation: these seem a bit more ballroom-heavy than usual. -Court-
FOUR COUPLES REMAIN IN ONE OF THE TIGHTEST RACES EVER, BUT ONLY ONE CAN TAKE HOME THE COVETED MIRRORBALL TROPHY, ON THE TWO-PART SEASON FINALE OF ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS,’ NOVEMBER 21 & 22
Len Goodman Returns to the Ballroom as Head Judge
Musical Performers Include Train, Andy Grammer, Vanilla Ice and Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds
Each Celebrity Will Perform a Freestyle Dance
The Season 23 Champion Will Be Revealed at The Grove on Tuesday, November 22
“Episodes 2311 & 2312” – After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the finals of “Dancing with the Stars,” live, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. Len Goodman returns to the ballroom as head judge for the two-part season finale. It’s one of the closest races ever on the show, with some of the most skilled dancing celebrity contestants have ever pulled off. At the end of the night, one couple will be eliminated. The remaining three couples will have one last night of competitive dancing as they perform a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge,” vying to score some extra judges’ points, and one couple will be crowned the “Dancing with the Stars” champion, culminating an incredible season, which will be announced live from The Grove on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST).
On MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), the four finalists will each perform two dances – a Redemption Style dance (paso doblé, Viennese waltz or tango), and a freestyle dance – one of the biggest competitive dances of the season. In addition, Grammy Award-winning Train will perform its hit “Play That Song,” and there will also be a special performance from this winter’s most talked about movie, Lionsgate’s “La La Land” (in select cities December 9, expanding December 16), choreographed by Mandy Moore.
The couples will dance to the following songs (in alphabetical order):
Calvin and Lindsay
Redemption Style: Viennese Waltz – “I Am Your Man” by Ryan Shaw
Freestyle: “Please Mr. Postman”/”I Want You Back” medley by The Marvelettes/Jackson 5
24-hour fusion dance: jive/quickstep
James and Sharna
Redemption Style: Fox Trot – “It Had to Be You” by Harry Connick Jr.
Freestyle: “Beethoven’s 5 Secrets” by The Piano Guys
24-hour fusion dance: Viennese waltz/foxtrot
Jana and Gleb
Redemption Style: Viennese Waltz from Week 1
Freestyle: “Unstoppable” by Sia
Laurie and Val
Redemption Style: Paso Doblé – “Wicked Ones” by Dorothy
Freestyle – “Brand New” by Ben Rector
24-hour fusion dance: foxtrot/Argentine tango
At the end of the night, one couple will be eliminated, and the three remaining couples will go on to vie for the coveted Mirrorball.
In the two-hour season finale on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), the three finalists advance to the final stage of the competition. There will be live dancing and show-stopping performances at both The Grove and in the “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom. The night kicks off with a high-energy opening number, featuring a reunion of all 13 of this season’s couples, at The Grove, Caruso’s award-winning retail, dining and lifestyle destination. The season finale Read more..
Such a sweet Access Hollywood interview with Carrie Ann Inaba and Terra Jole. Check out what Terra and Sasha had planned for their freestyle. It would have been awesome for sure.
Jana Kramer talked with US Weekly about how much doing Dancing With The Stars has helped her. Specifically, Gleb Savchenko has helped to rechannel her pain from a past romance through dance. She also talks on the finale. Here is more….
The country star said that her DWTS partner Gleb Savchenko helped her channel all that pain into this week’s trio routine, which received a perfect score. “I had so much fun, he choreographed an amazing routine and it was so cool because I got to play this really powerful person and he was like, ‘Take all the crap you’ve been through and put it in this dance,’” Kramer told Us.
She teased that the duo’s finale dance is going to be the best they’ve ever done. “We have an amazing song and [Gleb] is going to choreograph the most powerful piece he’s ever created for the finals and I have no doubt in my mind that we’re going to deliver the best story and reach millions of people,” she said. In the finale, Kramer and Savchenko will compete against James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess, Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold, and Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy.
To read the full article, see US Weekly.
James Hinchcliffe is back with a behind the scenes look of Dancing With the Stars. You can watch him having fun with Sharna Burgess and the cast here. I love what he and Sharna said on their Argentine Tango and their Trio dance. Can we watch these dances again?
ETA: Here’s a new fun interview. Lol to Helio wanting a face off. Thanks to Abby for the heads up…
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