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Guest Poem For DWTS Season 18 Week 5: “The Animated Disney Reel”

Cheers to our guest poet Lois! Below is another one of her fantastic poems in putting this past week’s dances all together “Disney” style….

THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL

The ballroom was electric, rocking a super-charged feel
The energy exploding with THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL

Animation was on full display, each dance like a movie
A Supercalifragilisticexpealadocious sight for us to see

The playlist of DISNEY songs brought many a wide smile
The opening, a treasured medley of DISNEY in grand style

THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL, each couple poised to go
Let’s rewind, review each couple’s grand DISNEY show

REEL NUMBER ONE
CHARLIE WHITE AND SHARNA BURGESS
FEATURING A RICHLY GREEN ATTIRED VILLAGE BAND
A SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPEALADOCIOUS JAZZ

A cane and umbrella were used as super-duper props
High-energy, eye-poppin, show-stoppin, jaw-droppin’.

REEL NUMBER TWO
DANICA MCKELLAR AND VAL CHMERKOVSKIY
FEATURING A WAIT STAFF SERVING THEIR GHESTS
A QUICKSTEP FEAST TO BE OUR GUEST

High-stepping, energetic, tasty, delicious feast
A knocking-out-of-the ballroom delectable treat

REEL NUMBER THREE
JAMES MASLOWE AND PETA MURGATROYD
FEATURING FROZEN ANIMATION
CONTEMPORARY DREAM TO LET IT GO

The mood, a breath of romanticism, of pure emotion
An artistic wonder, melting hearts, display of perfection

REEL NUMBER FOUR
DREW CAREY AND CHERYL BURKE
FEATURING AN ASSISTANCE FROM ALADDIN HIMSELF
A QUICKSTEP TO A FRIEND LIKE ME

Snappy, foot-tappy, happy Magic Carpet Ride
Full of Zip-A -Dee-Do-Do, a friendly celebration

REEL NUMBER FIVE
AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH
FEATURING A FANTASY BEFITTING CINDERELLA
A WALTZ TO SO THIS IS LOVE

She was a Princess at The Ball, Her Prince By Her Side
Sweetness, lovers in love, an elegant, magical illusion

REEL NUMBER SIX
CANDACE CAMERON AND MARK BALLAS
FEATURING A SEASHELL BACKDROP
A SAMBA TO UNDER THE SEA

A fun-filled, joyous Mermaid in skirt of grassy green
Her Lobster Prince dancing with her with Merry Glee

REEL NUMBER SEVEN
MERYL DAVIS AND MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
FEATURING A JUNGLE SETTING, GUEST JUNGLE DANCERS
A SAMBA TO I WANNA BE LIKE YOU

A Jungle Book full of Monkeylicious Merriment and fun
A case of Jungle Fever from which we don’t want a cure

REEL NUMBER EIGHT
CODY SIMPSON AND WITNEY CARSON
FEATURING FIERY RED, SMOKY EFFECTS
SAMBA TO HAKUNA MATATA

A powerful, rocking beat sashaying across the floor
With the spirit, charm, and spirit of a Kingly Gazelle

REEL NUMBER NINE
NENE LEAKES AND TONY DOVOLONI
FEATURING ANIMATED DALMATIONS
FOXTROT TO CRUELLA DEVILLE

Spotted, shaken-up, mean, nasty, and evil fun
Full of feisty spirit, a drama befitting a villainess

Each of the reels would have made WALT DISNEY so proud
The ballroom was animated with rousing applause so loud

THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL, a sensational sight to see
Wishing upon a star, bring it back again for you and for me!

Written By Lois A Troutman, April 16, 2014

THE END OF THE DANCING ROAD CAME FOR CODY AND WITNEY!
ACCEPTING APPLAUSE THEY TOOK THEIR BOWS GRACEFULLY!

THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL WELCOMED DONNY OSMOND IN RETURN TOO!
EVERYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SHOW DESERVED A RIBBON OF BLUE!

April 16, 2014 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

The Gleb Collection Coming Soon, UNB Radio Interview Tonight, Teaser, And More

Just a quick update!! Soon Gleb Savchenko’s new underwear line “The Gleb Collection” will be released. We hope to have an interview with him on it coming soon. In the meantime, don’t miss him on UNB radio tonight as he is going to talk about it on UNB Channel One at THIS LINK at 9:00pm Pacific time. Below is his wife Elena Samodanova modeling one of the pieces. Beautiful!! I WANT!!!

ETA: Scroll below for more pictures including some from a new modeling gig with Gleb courtesy of DT MODEL MANAGEMENT!!

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS2014 James Maslow Writes On His Good Luck Charm, Receiving Perfect Scores, And More

James Maslow tells Parade that Hanna was his “good luck charm” this past week on Dancing With The Stars. Wasn’t she a doll? Below is more and how he’s feeling after receiving four 10′s this week.

I think Hannah’s my good luck charm! That was the first time I got 40, so I might need to fly her back out if I don’t keep my scores up. Getting the first perfect score of the season was pretty surreal. It’s not something I expected, but I was very happy with the performance and to look up and see all tens was amazing.

Peta and I really stepped it up with this dance, and we were aggressive in some of the lifts and the physical things we wanted to accomplish. Honestly, we never had the dance run 100 percent correctly before that performance, so we were very nervous going into it. I was thinking we were either going to get everything and pull the lifts off and it would be a really high score, or we were going to slip and she was going to fall and it was going to be a low score.’

I’m glad I’m with Peta throughout this competition, we have a great camaraderie and we work well together. This piece was the first time I was really able to contribute with ideas and movements because it wasn’t really a ballroom dance and it felt more natural, more comfortable for my body.

The most challenging part of that routine was that last lift. We had originally started with something that was far simpler and easier. It still looked good, but we wanted to challenge ourselves. Nobody has ever done that lift except for pro dancer Tony Dovolani, but in all 18 seasons no celebrity has ever done it. He came in and showed us that lift and said ‘hey, go ahead, use it, try it. Nobody’s ever done it because it’s so hard.’ We took that as a challenge and said ‘let’s go for it, go big or go home.’ We were able to make it look easy when we got it, but trust me, we don’t get that every single time.

More at Parade.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Mark Ballas On Witney Carson: “She completely solidified her place as a pro”

Mark Ballas has written a new blog at She Knows. Let’s just say, he was so thankful to be called safe with Candace Cameron Bure this week. He writes about how nervous he was, but, he felt like he had a little angel on his shoulder telling him they would be ok. He was also sad about the elimination of Cody and Witney, but, one thing is for sure…he thinks Witney “completely solidified her place as a pro”. I totally agree. I definitely would like to see her come back, would you? More below and at She Knows.

When I was standing upstairs before the elimination, I had this gut feeling that we were going to be safe. I was nervous, of course, and I know Candace was too. I felt like I had a little angel on my shoulder telling me we were going to make it through. I felt confident in our dance, and that the fans were going to get behind her. So, a huge thank-you to the fans for voting for us.

I’m sad to see Cody Simpson go because I got really close to him this season. He’s a good kid: very polite, very talented and just sweet all around. It’s a shame to see him go because I enjoyed spending time with him. I’m also upset for his partner, Witney Carson. Witney was one of my students when I taught at her school in Utah, and this is her first season on DWTS. I feel like for her first season, she did an incredible job. She showed that she deserves to be here. I’m not only impressed by the work she did with Cody, but also with Drew Carey last week during the switch-up. In my opinion, she completely solidified her place as a pro here. She has the looks, the talent and the goods to back it up and be successful on the show. I think at some point, she will have a Mirror Ball trophy under her belt.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Red Foo To Guest Judge Next Week, Carrie Ann Inaba Writes On DWTS Week 5 And Defends Her Judging

Carrie Ann Inaba has penned a new blog at Parade. She was sad and shocked to see Cody Simpson and Witney Carson eliminated this week on Dancing With The Stars. She writes, “First of all, no one saw that coming. Cody has 6.5 million twitter followers. I thought for sure his fans would keep him in. Where were they for him when it mattered?” That’s what I wondered too!! She also defends how she judged Amy and Derek. I’ve heard both sides of the argument on this and I still believe Carrie Ann did the right thing and what she writes below seals if for me even more….

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough–when she dances, it’s hard not to notice the miracle that is happening. It really is incredible to see in person; it’s something that can’t be ignored. She is dancing without the bottom half of her legs, so there are some things she just can’t do. They have to find a new technique to make things work. I couldn’t take off for the lifts last night because she can’t feel if her feet are still on the ground like everyone else. Also, it is very hard for Amy to come down the stairs. I have noticed that they are always carrying her down the stairs, so I couldn’t take off for that lift either. I know some people are upset with me about this, but I have to live with my scores as well and I have to do what I believe in and I did not think that it’s fair to take off a point for something that she can’t feel. For anyone who can feel whether or not their feet are on the floor, I feel it is fair to take off a point because lifts in certain dances are just not allowed. But that is not the case here. Anyway, it was a beautiful performance and wouldn’t it be kind of cool if Disney did make their next princess someone like Amy?

Be sure her full blog at Parade. Note to how she mentions Red Foo from LMFAO is the guest judge next week which will be perfect for Party Anthem Week!

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

New Afterbuzz TV Episode For DWTS Season 18 Week 5

Below is the new Afterbuzz TV episode for Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Week 5. Kristyn was out of town on business last night (cries, miss you Kristyn!) so Suri ran the show. Julz Tocker and Anna Trebunskaya help her in breaking down the dances….and the judges too. Let us know what you think and if you agree with them on everything!

My thoughts for now (and maybe more later in comments): The more I listen to Anna talk, the more I’d like to see her be a guest judge on the show. However, I didn’t agree with her thoughts about Carrie Ann and how she didn’t call Derek and Amy for their lifts. I think Carrie Ann did the right thing. Afterall, and in the end, it’s not like she gave them a perfect score, did she?

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

PureDWTS Season 18, Week 6 – Party Anthem Week Song Predictions!!!

So next week promises to be either totally awesome or a complete trainwreck :-P Maybe a bit of both.  Should be interesting to see what they pick as “party anthems” considering some of the songs they picked for prom week in season 16 were pretty debatable as songs one might hear at the prom, so I won’t be shocked if we hear something like “Friday” by Rebecca Black this coming week as a “party anthem”.

So far, I have a few hunches: one is that they’re going to probably reuse some songs we’ve heard in the past, to save some time & money.  Second hunch? They won’t be able to resist using at least one LMFAO song, since Redfoo is the guest judge – question is, will somebody get it as their actual performance music, or will it be used for the pro dance? Third hunch: if these songs are considered “party anthems”, they’re probably pretty well-known and have been commercially successful at some point.  Below is a list I’ve compiled of songs used on the show in the past that might be considered “party anthems” – I’ve divided them up by the dance they correspond to, but that’s not to say that TPTB (in their infinite wisdom) will actually use them for the dances they’re intended for :-P I’ve bolded the ones that I have a strong feeling we’ll see again this week – and no, that’s not me hinting at a song spoiler, because I haven’t talked to Deep Throat yet this week.  Just purely a Court gut feeling. Don’t get it twisted, kids. ;-) I’ve also added a few that we haven’t seen on the show, that I just think might fit the bill – those are in blue. Read more..

April 15, 2014 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

PureDWTS Season 18, Week 5 – Power Rankings

Well Disney week went just as predicted, for the most part – overall, it was a pretty feel-good evening in terms of scores and critiques, (minus one or two puzzling comments here and there), and the rules seemed to be relaxed a bit; the animations dancing along the couples were not as intrusive as they were made to sound; Donny, of course, managed to make every critique all about himself instead of the dance he just saw; and Erin (who looked like she was going to the prom and her bff had done her hair & makeup and let her borrow a “super expensive” Claire’s rhinestone necklace) did not call a moratorium on obnoxious questions in honor of Disney week, and continues to bug.  The opener was probably the best we’ve seen so far this season – tons of fun and a good use of the Disney songs they were actually able to clear (more on that later).

So what did we learn tonight? That if you give the impression of not really caring about being on DWTS, then the audience won’t really care about voting for you.  Such is the case with Cody, our first “shocking” (but not really, when you think about it) elimination of the season – I think many of us had commented that he seemed rather blase about the whole experience, and just didn’t seem to be very invested or enthusiastic about learning the dances.  I know many had assumed that he was getting “tons of votes” from his teenybopper fans, but once again, I reiterate: it’s not how a small (but vocal) minority is voting; it’s how the main demographic (middle-aged women) is voting that will determine long-term success on DWTS.  I doubt Cody is too disappointed about getting sent home, though – his pride may be wounded, but I’m sure he will be right back to donning his genie pants and admiring his hair in the mirror while singing “Surfboard” to his supermodel girlfriend in no time.  :-P He got his exposure, he’s good to go – I just feel bad for Witney, who made a pretty damn good showing for her first outing as a pro and just suffered from having a partner that didn’t connect with viewers, despite her best efforts.  Thank god for the switch-up – I think her week with Drew was just a taste of what she’s capable of as a pro. She’s got a thumbs-up from me if they want to bring her back as a pro next sesaon! ;-)

So now that we’re at the halfway point of the season, how are things looking, overall? Hate to say it, but I’m starting to get the William Levy-vibe from Meryl – somebody that the judges/PTB seem intent on jamming down my throat as the be-all, end-all, and someone who manages to avoid negative critiques altogether despite making technique mistakes that other couples get called out on in a heartbeat.  I’m also still not quite sure what the deal is with Charlie – the judges seem to be much harder on him than Meryl, despite him not really being inferior to her in terms of skill; can’t decide if they’re setting him up for more of a “journey” arc or what.  Danica seems like she  might still be in the mix as a potential contender, but the judges seem to run hot & cold on her; James, however, has solidified his position as this season’s “dark horse” in a BIG way – I would be nervous if my name were Meryl, Charlie, or Danica, because James is HUNGRY for that MBT. Read more..

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

PureDWTS18 Week 5 Post Media And Interviews, Some Dances Revealed For Party Anthem Week

Wow, what a show last night from the graphics, the songs, the stories, the characters, and the dancing. We really have to commend the whole cast, the costume designers, the make up crew, and producers for everything put into this show. My Dad called right after the show and was going wild about it. *sigh an unforgettable evening for sure!!

So, for media starters and interviews after the show today, be sure to see ABC7. George Pennacchio has a great recap and some interviews. You can also view him interviewing the couples at On The Red Carpet as they uploaded some of their interviews in the night and they are excellent as always. Don’t miss them at this link and keep checking back for more. Below are a few of them. From these interviews so far, we learned that Maks & Meryl have a Tango next for Party Anthem Week. Val & Danica, Sharna & Charlie, Mark & Candace have a Cha Cha (more revealed as you scroll down).

You can also see some beautiful photos of the cast dancing at On The Red Carpet and the Daily Mail.

Also, JC Rubio (love him! He’s just as good as George!) interviewed the couples last night for Afterbuzz TV. Below is Amy & Derek and Maks & Meryl. Note how Derek & Amy have a Jive next. Read more..

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Private Members Area – DWTS Season 18 Week 5 Discussion

Tonight was week 5 of DWTS Season 18 What did you think of tonight’s show?
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April 14, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.