A super cute interview with Paige VanZant today and Hollywood Today Live about the Dancing With The Stars finale, Mark Ballas, and more. Go for it, Paige!
Below is the ABC press release for the Dancing With The Stars Season 22 Finale which includes musical performers, dance information. and more.
Three Couples Remain in the Closest Race Ever on the Two-Part Season Finale of ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ May 23 & 24 SEASON FINALE
THREE COUPLES REMAIN IN THE CLOSEST RACE EVER, BUT ONLY ONE CAN TAKE HOME THE COVETED MIRRORBALL TROPHY, ON THE TWO-PART SEASON FINALE OF ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS,’ MAY 23 & 24
Musical Performers Include Pitbull, Aloe Blacc, Fleur East and BC Jean
The Season 22 Champion Will Be Revealed on Tuesday, May 24
“Episodes 2210 & 2210A” – After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final three couples advance to the finals of “Dancing with the Stars,” live, MONDAY, MAY 23 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. It’s the closest race ever with some of the best dancing celebrities have ever pulled off. Ginger Zee and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd, and Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas have one last night of competitive dancing, vying to win the judges’ and America’s votes to be crowned the “Dancing with the Stars” champion, culminating an incredible season, which will be announced live on TUESDAY, MAY 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT).
On Monday, May 23 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT), the three finalists will each perform two dances – a redemption style dance (jazz, quickstep or salsa), and a freestyle. And singer/songwriter BC Jean will perform “Over the Rainbow” during Paige and Mark’s freestyle dance.
The couples will dance to the following songs (in alphabetical order):
Ginger Zee & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Redemption Style: Jazz – “Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay
Freestyle – “Orange Colored Sky” by Nat King Cole
Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
Redemption Style: Quickstep – “S.O.B.” by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Freestyle – “The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed
Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas
Redemption Style: Salsa – “Fireball” by Pitbull
Freestyle – “Over the Rainbow” performed by BC Jean
In the two-hour season finale on Tuesday, May 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), the three finalists advance to the final stage of the competition. There will be live dancing and show-stopping performances as the night kicks off with a high-energy opening number, featuring a reunion of all 12 of this season’s couples.
The finale will be filled with performances from Pitbull, who will perform “Messin’ Around,” and Aloe Blacc, performing “Let the Games Begin.” Fleur East will perform “Sax” as Kim Fields and Sasha Farber dance with the “Dancing with the Stars” female pro dancers. Additionally, brothers Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy will give the fans a sneak peek of the sensational dance show they will be performing across America over the summer: Maks & Val Live On Tour: Our Way.
In the last element of competition, the couples will perform a new routine as part of a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge.” The remaining couples will fuse two contrasting dance styles, and they’ll have less than 24 hours to prepare that dance for judges’ points. The votes from May 16 and May 23 will be combined along with the judges’ points from both weeks and the “24-Hour Fusion Challenge” to determine the winner. At the end of the night, a champion will be named, and the winner will be presented with the coveted Mirrorball trophy.
Hosted by two-time Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews (sports host and “Dancing with the Stars” season 10 finalist), “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including head judge, Len Goodman, dancers/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
For week 10, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday night during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PDT and closing at 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday evening.
“Dancing with the Stars” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Rob Wade and Ashley Edens-Shaffer are executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG, L parental guideline.
“All Is Number” – Plato
“Numbers are the universal language offered by the deity to humans as confirmation of the truth.” – St. Augustine
It’s a Tight One, Folks!
Undoubtedly you know who Pythagoras was. Well, if you don’t, surely you remember his theorem that you labored over in geometry class, a2 + b2 = c2. Remember him now? Well, this guy Pythagoras was a well-renown Greek philosopher who taught all of his students how to “read” numbers. In fact, he’s considered the first “pure” mathematician (math that has no practical purpose), and also he was the originator of what we know as numerology today. But, Pythagoras had other credits too. He was a philosopher, scientist, astronomer, musician, and a spiritual teacher. He taught his followers that a person’s entire destiny could be read from the numbers of a person’s birthdate and name. His foundational premise was that everything in the universe vibrates to its own frequency and is represented by a number.
Pythagoras and his followers were not the only group that believed in the impact of numbers on one’s life. Enter the Chinese, the Japanese, as well as the Chaldeans, Hebrews, Egyptians, Phoenicians, even the early Christians. And of course, we all know about the Mayans (and their famous calendar), and the Incas.
After a thousands years or so of the use of numerology by Roman Catholic theologians, in 325AD, the church’s first Council of Nicaea removed numerological practices from church orthodoxy. Despite this removal, however, the practice and the fascination with numerology continued to grow to this day. And it’s this science that we will use to predict the winner of Season 22. Well…we’ll give it the good ole college try anyway. ☺
Let’s get started, shall we? Read more..
I love love Pitbull. Guess what? According to Carrie Ann Inaba’s new blog at Access Hollywood, he’s going to perform for the Dancing With The Stars Season 22 Finale. Pitbull Updates reports that he’ll perform on Tuesday.
This season has been tough and I cannot predict who will win. All the contestants have been good and I don’t think we’ve had a season with this many great performances. It’s been a joy to watch and I’m really looking forward to seeing what each of them brings to dance floor on Monday and Tuesday for our 2-part Finals!!!! All I know is that it’s going to be a close race to the finish!
I wish them all the best and I look forward to seeing Pitbull again who will be performing in our finale! He was a fun guest judge and you know it’s going to be a party if Pitbull is in the house! See you then!
Lot’s more from Carrie Ann at Access Hollywood including her thoughts on the remaining three couples.
Below you can watch a few more interviews with the couples after Dancing With The Stars Monday night. If you missed all the updates to our first post, be sure to see them all here.
Last night, Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas and his fiancé BC Jean performed at the 3rd Annual Grammy Showcase. Below are some beautiful photos. Click on any of them to see even more. Have you purchased tickets yet for their summer tour? If not, see this link.
For those interested, you can listen to Afterbuzz TV review Dancing With The Stars Semi Finals in the stream below. The show starts around 8:10pm ET. The video below will also work after the show in case you missed it. Be sure to let us know what you think in comments.
Emma Slater is devastated by the Final Three on Dancing With The Stars. Below is a take from her new Hollywood Life blog. She’s so cute…
Go Ginger Zee! It was a Ginger sandwich, with Russian speaking bread! Hmmm yummy! Although in real life, these men are actually quite careful with their carbs (well to look like that it makes sense!) Well apparently Val Chmerkovskiy is honey. Artem is mustard. Ginger is the chicken nugget. That’s a tasty snack. Well in any case, this made my dance soul happy especially at the start. During the meat of the dance though I do have to say it wasn’t my personal favorite as I found it quite hectic. It could have benefitted from some stillness and calm. The action packed routine was right for the music though, so I totally get that. It’s hard not to listen completely to the music as a choreographer and just run with that. To be able to dance between these two wonderful dancers, there had to be a big commitment from Ginger and she performed well. It was strong and sharp which is needed for Paso Doble. Just a little off balance and not quite grounded enough (that means not as connected to the floor as it should be).
There were parts of this quickstep with Ginger and Val that I really loved. In frame, rotating around each other, she extends beautifully. The posture for me though was a little off and she didn’t really seem to be as stable as she was last week. It was during her spins that I noticed this. Her energy was really fresh and uplifting though, she didn’t let up at all. I got the feeling that Ginger wasn’t as happy with how she danced this tonight, I can’t put my finger on it but I got the sense. They have a great trust/chemistry between them, I see it constantly. I see her light up while she’s dancing, it makes me so happy. I wish it did but unfortunately this dance didn’t stand out to me, but I do love Ginger and I hope they have a wonderful final next week. I can’t wait to see what she does for her freestyle!
Well that concludes the action packed semi finals. The dramatic ending to tonights episode saw Wanya and Lindsay, Antonio and Sharna go home. It was going to be hard for anyone to go but now it will definitely be different next week. Only 3 couples left! Who are you routing for? I’m torn between Nyle and Paige personally, but then I love Ginger too! So hard to choose. Well if nothing else, next weeks finale promises to be off the chain!
To read the full blog, see Hollywood Life.
Val and Ginger were interviewed on Good Morning America this morning. Note: along with a Freestyle, they are doing a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Jazz number for their Redemption dance next week. Wanya and Lindsay were also interviewed. They are adorable and class acts as they talk on their elimination. Good Morning America also recapped the show.
Also, below are the bumbers from Dancing With The Stars last night….
Special thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for always having our back with his awesome recordings!
My! What a semi-finals on Dancing With The Stars! I was pleased with all of the dancing. They all really stepped it up. Though in my opinion, Wanya & Lindsay, Mark & Paige, And Nyle & Peta were especially in a world of their own. I wish these were the Top Three finalists. I would have taken Antonio & Sharna over Ginger & Val as well. Oh well….I am just thankful for both Wanya and Antonio (yes, this guy too!). Faults and all, both of them were so full of muscle, power, and presence every week. I will never forget either one of them and their complete journeys. I loved Wanya’s determination, heart, and soul. I loved Antonio’s “Cancer the Crab” eyes and that unforgettable sparkling smile. I also loved the way Antonio fought back when everyone thought he didn’t care. Many had written him off (including me at times), but, he put forth some entertaining dances regardless and with so much beauty, romance, and passion in his dancing. What’s more, he ended up loving the process and the show (be sure to listen to him in the interviews below).
Ok, enough from me on the eliminations, let’s review the scores from ABC….
Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold w/Witney Carson (Trio Dance – Paso): 10-10-10 for a Total of 30. For their solo routine, Wanya and Lindsay did the Charleston: 10-10-10 for Total of 30. GRAND TOTAL: 60! (eliminated)
Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas w/Alan Bersten (Trio Dance – Samba): 10-10-10 for a Total of 30. For their solo routine, Paige and Mark did the Argentine Tango: 10-9-10 for a Total of 29. GRAND TOTAL: 59!
Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd w/Jenna Johnson (Trio Dance – Jive): 9-9-9 for a Total of 27. For their solo routine, Nyle and Peta did the Argentine Tango: 10-10-10 for a Total of 30. GRAND TOTAL: 57!
Ginger Zee & Valentin Chmerkovskiy w/Artem Chigvintsev (Trio Dance – Paso): 9-9-9 for a Total of 27. For their solo routine, Ginger and Val did the Quickstep: 9-10-10 for a Total of 29. GRAND TOTAL: 56!
Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess w/Hayley Erbert (Trio Dance – Argentine Tango): 9-9-9 for a Total of 27. For their solo routine, Antonio and Sharna did a Contemporary routine: 9-9-10 for a Total of 28. GRAND TOTAL: 55! (eliminated)
Now onto some media. First, see Glamour for some interviews and backstage goodies including the video below. Lots of good stuff, though note how Val says he will have the best Freestyle next week. Really? ok. Note also that there is NO ELIMINATION next Monday night….
Speaking of next week, usually there’s an elimination on the Monday of finale week, but not this time. “Yeah, no elimination,” revealed Peta. If that’s the case, then all three contestants will battle it out for the Mirrorball trophy on Tuesday night.
ABC7 has a recap and some interviews in the video below. They also have some beautiful photos at this link.
People has some recaps as well. Be watching this link as they may post more.
Below are some Access Hollywood interviews. I love how Antonio said he “grew” as a person with Sharna….
Nyle gives a few hints on he and Peta’s freestyle for next week…
Below is some coverage from ET and a few interviews. I think Alan Bersten and Paige VanZant are so cute as a couple. I have to admit, I love seeing this other side of Alan:
E news has new interviews with all the couples at this link. Note that after the show and their interviews, the finalists went straight to rehearsals.
Stormy has DWTS ALL Access coverage in case you missed all the behind the scenes interviews.
Ok, that is all for now. Stay tuned and keep checking back for more! 😉 ~ Vogue xxx
ETA: From Fox411….
Later in the show, things turned serious as VanZant revealed how she was bullied as a youth. VanZant, whose mom was a dance teacher, was harassed and verbally abused in school after becoming a cheerleader.
She told the cameras she “almost gave up on life” before her family moved from Oregon to Reno and she learned martial arts.
“I feel it was an important moment for myself because I’ve never opened up about it,” VanZant told reporters about her youthful torment. “I’ve never told anybody what happened to me [before] … hopefully some people connect with my story.”
The fighter added, “I did not expect to make it to the finals. I was very nervous. Everybody was amazing.”
DiMarco and partner Peta Murgatroyd continued to wow fans with their routines, which included an Argentine tango that he performed partially blindfolded on Monday.
“It was definitely an adrenalin rush because I couldn’t see, I can’t hear, so that’s just three senses that I have left and it’s all about holding onto Peta for dear life,” DiMarco told Fox411. “Her movement is telling me what my next move is so I move with her flow.”
DiMarco, who scored 57 points, said of making the finals, “I’m feeling honored, inspired, and relieved. The very first week I questioned myself, would the deaf guy make it that far against hearing people who can hear the music? And I think we deserved it, we’ve worked hard, we’ve pushed ourselves every week.”
ETA2: Below is an Extra interview with Sharna and Antonoio..