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Val Chmerkovskiy Coming Back For Dancing With The Stars Season 21, Rumer Willis To Tour, And More – New Interviews

Just a few new interviews with Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy. First, check out TV Guide as they talk about winning Dancing With The Stars. Though were they “pretty much the front runners” all season? I guess it depends on how you look at it. Nastia and Derek were the front runners all season in my opinion. Anyway, I was surprised to see how Val gave Riker and Nastia some props. Though not sure this would have happened during the season?

Val, you and Rumer were pretty much the frontrunners all season. Was that a double-edged sword in a sense?
Chmerkovskiy: Yes and no. Even though we were frontrunners, I didn’t feel like it was necessarily because of the fact that it was coming so easy to [Rumer]. I think, if anything, when it comes to logistics of the competition and the skill set that you need to have a successful dancer, I would say Riker [Lynch] or someone like Nastia [Liukin] had way more elements in their repertoire coming into the show that would make them a frontrunner in that sense. … I feel like she was a frontrunner in the way she was able to connect to the audience. And that, I actually felt, was a strength that kind of put me at ease a lot of times. … It did add pressure, but it added a beautiful pressure of trying to exceed those expectations, and motivation. But the fact that she was able to connect to our audience so well eased that pressure, because I knew that no matter what she would do, she would do it wholeheartedly and she would do it passionately and with her entire spirit, and people were going to love it regardless.

Also, note that Val says he will be back next season for Dancing With The Stars. Rumer will not only be in “Sway” (as we learned on Wednesday), but, she might be making a few appearances in the new Dancing With The Stars tour.

What’s next for both of you? Val, are you coming back next season?
Chmerkovskiy: Yeah, for sure. Just don’t tell Rumer I said this, but I’m very excited to be back next season and hopefully do it again. Before that, I’m going on Dancing with the Stars tour this summer.
Willis: I’ll be there for a few days too.
Chmerkovskiy: Yeah, Rumer’s going to come on for a couple of shows. It’s a 40-city tour. I believe we have close to 60 shows for the next two months. It starts June 3 in Atlantic City and goes until August 10.
Willis: I’m going to obviously keep dancing a little bit, but also I’m going to try and work on music a little bit more. I’d love to be able to possibly do some Broadway in the future.

Below is also an interview with The Chew…

May 22, 2015 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.

Part 2: Go Behind The Scenes Of Gleb Savchenko And Adelina Sotnikova’s Photoshoot – Video

Many of you enjoyed Part 1 “Behind the scenes” of Gleb Savchenko and Adelina Sotnikova’s new Photo Shoot. Well here is Part 2. This is so beautiful….

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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 20 Post Finale Questionnaire: How are you feeling About Dancing With The Stars?

How are you feeling about Dancing With The Stars Season 20? Answer the questions below and let us know. Maybe your comments and ideas will somehow help producers with the next season of Dancing With The Stars.

1. What positive things did you like about Dancing With The Stars Season 20?

2. Are you satisfied with the direction of the show? If not, how can ‘the powers that be’ improve Dancing With The Stars in the future?

3. From an “A” to an “F”, how would you grade Dancing With The Stars Season 20 overall?

4. From all the celebrity contestants on Dancing With The Stars 20 and if there was a Congeniality Award, which one celebrity deserved it the most?

5. My 5 favorite pros on Dancing With The Stars Season 20 were __________________________.

6. If you were to give a “choreographing” award to THREE pros on Dancing With The Stars Season 20, would they be? You can also list a few runners-up if you like.

Thanks, Everyone. Meet you in comments with my answers!

Note too that we have more questionnaires planned for the near future as well as Pro and Celeb posts for who you’d like to see dance next season. So, stay tuned! ;)

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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.

DWTS Season 21 Watchout: Will Marilu Henner Dance In Dancing With The Stars Season 21?

You might be surprised to learn that we already have a few celebrities rumored to dance in Dancing With The Stars Season 21. Take a look at them here if interested. And here’s another to add to the mix….Marilu Henner. Recently, she was on the Today Show. When the topic of Dancing With The Stars was brought up, she said, “I don’t know….we’ll see?” You can watch the interview here. I kind of get the feeling she’s been asked to dance before. I’d love to see her dance. What do you think?

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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.

Afterbuzz TV Reviews The Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale

Kristyn Burtt, Dava Darv, and Suri Serano review the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale. Let us know what you think as always….

May 20, 2015 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 Dancing Poetry Corner – The Spirit of Freedom

Finale – Part One

Freedom – Performing without restriction, the state of being free, a right or a privilege to be able to live in freedom, ease of movement or performance

The Finales of Dancing With The Stars are populated with highly anticipated Freestyles. There are no restrictions, the sky is the limit for the creative juices to be flowing. Freestyles can range from an epic production to a subdued dance telling a story. Any number of elements can make up a Freestyle. A Freestyle is usually a water cooler subject. A freestyle can be remembered as a highlight of the Dancing With The Stars viewing experience!

Some of my favorite Freestyles – Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke – Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy; Julianne Hough and Helio Castroneves – Banana Man Quickstep; Julianne Hough and Apollo Anton Ohno – their adorable Hip Hop routine; Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson – their high energy, tap happy dance; there are too many to mention.

The pairs had two dances to do for the finale – their repeated personal choices and the Freestyles.

The Tenth Anniversary. Season 20, Finale Freestyles were done in:

The Spirit of Freedom

Freestyle Spirit – Set One
Noah and Sharna
Contemporary – Titanium
With Troupe Assist

Noah the Vulnerable, depicting a heartbeat of pain
A powerful reality exhibition, a spirit of steel
With heart and love, poetic and meaningful
Breaking out, being free celebration
An inspirational transformation

Freestyle Spirit – Set Two
Riker and Allison
Contemporary – I Won’t Dance
With Troupe Assist

Broadway Revue Blockbuster, a spotlight for Riker
With flair, finesse, and piñache ala Fred Astaire
All the elements of a Freestyle
A strike down Riker’s alley, the past meets the present
Full of dazzling razz-ma-razz and pizzazz

Freestyle Spirit – Set Three
Rumer and Val
Argentine Tango/Contemporary Fusion – Toxic
A cover of Rumer on vocals, Val on violin

Their own personal stamp and personal expression
Completely their own, pure and brave
Intoxicating, invigorating, bewitching intensity
Sharp, staccato sensational movements
Perfect depiction of their style and journey

Personal Choice – Set One
Noah and Sharna
Argentine Tango – Rather Be

Clarity of movement, connection of partners
Picturesque bends and lifts
With newly-found confidence, subtle nuances
Owning the space, with a survivor spirit

Personal Choice – Set Two
Riker and Allison
Jack Sparrow Paso Doble – He’s A Pirate

A showstopper, blockbuster, fierce, fabulous
Powerful Jack-Of-All-Trades Paso
Treasure trove of content, a barn-storming devil
A swashbuckling, epic, dynamic dance

Personal Choice – Set Three
Rumer and Val
Foxtrot – Take Me To Church

Lyrical, light-as-air, swirling, twirling
Purely exquisite, like poetry in motion
Lovely flair of movements, pure Ballroom Bliss
A flawless exhibition of Dancing Royalty

The pairs laid it all out on the dance floor. Their devotion, determination, and spirit shown through dance. Their spirits were soaring as Finale Night – Part One came to a close.

The Spirit of Freedom was exhibited in many ways. Deeply personal emotions were on full display. The spirit of happiness and fun was on full display. The Freestyles were danced with spirit into the Dancing With The Stars Memory Books!

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 20, 2015

Please stay tuned for Finale – Part Two

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Entertainment Weekly Chats With Rumer Willis And Val Chmerkovskiy About Winning Dancing With The Stars And Next Plans

Entertainment Weekly interviewed Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy about their run and win on Dancing With The Stars. Read below for how they are feeling on it all right now. Also note, that Rumer will be performing in Sway. See this tweet.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How do you feel after last night’s win?
RUMER WILLIS: I’m so ecstatic. I could not be happier.

What were your thoughts going into last night’s results show?
WILLIS: Honestly, I was just excited. I knew that the work that I had put in and we had one last dance to do, and I just wanted to make it something that I really enjoyed.

How does it feel to be the winner of season 20? It’s been a really special season.
WILLIS: So awesome. I couldn’t be happier that we won in general, but to win also on such a big season. This season they really pulled out all the stops with everything. I feel like everyone who was competing just really brought their A-game. I know it was tough. The dances that were happening and the freestyles that happened at the end were all so incredible, so to have it come down to us was pretty incredible.

Val, this was your first win. How has this season been different for you?
VAL CHMERKOVSKIY: Well, it’s my first win. So that’s already different. But it’s just been a great season. I feel like we approached everything really honestly, and I feel like everything came out genuine. I feel like that’s why people really got behind us and were able to relate to Rumer and her journey. It was great to be a part of that.

What will you miss most now that the season is over?
CHMERKOVSKIY: Performing together.
WILLIS: Yeah.
CHMERKOVSKIY: That’s the biggest thing. There’s so much stress that goes into actually creating the numbers and the rehearsals and the time crunch and preparing that you never really have a chance to appreciate what you’ve done. So I’m going to take a moment to realize what we just did and reflect on that. And then we’re probably going to start missing each other.

More at Entertainment Weekly.

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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.

Paps Cover The Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Wrap Party

Lot’s of fun below to watch thanks to PopTVDotCom….

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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 And Shirley Ballas To Hold “What’s Your Why” Smoke Swap Event In New York City

This is so cool. Mark Ballas And Shirley Ballas are holding an event in New York City to help people who smoke to quit. More below from PR Newswire.

PARSIPPANY, N.J., May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Every smoker has a reason for how they started smoking and why they want to quit. With one of the largest global quit-smoking days approaching, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH) and its Nicorette® and NicoDerm® CQ® smoking cessation brands are encouraging smokers to share their “why” for quitting by providing them the “how” at a free What’s Your Why?™ Smoke Swap event.

The event will take place in New York’s Times Square on Wednesday, May 27, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., anchored by a 20-foot smashed-out cigarette butt. Adult smokers will be encouraged to share and celebrate who or what motivates them to quit – their “why.” All smokers who want to jumpstart a quit attempt will receive support from smoking cessation experts and free quit-smoking product and resources, including a starter pack of Nicorette® gum, NicoDerm® CQ® patches or a $10 coupon towards Nicorette® mini Lozenges.

“It is such an inspiration to hear the “why” from smokers who have quit. What we are learning, too, is each “why” is as individual as the person who shares it. But if I had to share the most common one, I would say it’s a family member’s encouragement. It’s invaluable to smokers who have made this life-changing decision,” said Lisa Maxwell Anekwe, senior brand manager, Smoking Cessation. “We want to help every smoker in his or her effort to quit by providing tools and resources, like Nicorette® and NicoDerm® CQ®, which have helped millions of smokers all over the world in their quit attempt.”(1)

“Dancing with the Stars'” Mark Ballas, who quit smoking more than one year ago, and his mother, world-renowned ballroom dancer and former 40-year smoker Shirley Ballas, will be on site from 2-4 p.m. meeting fans, providing quit tips and taking the stage for a dance demonstration.

“I was very inspired as a child by my mom. So when I put my mind towards quitting smoking, I knew she was going to be the best support and partner. It was the right choice for both of us and we did it together,” said Mark Ballas.

“Mark is my world. I would do anything for him – even quitting smoking. When he asked me to do this with him, I couldn’t say yes fast enough, but there are still times I struggle with cravings. When that happens, I remind myself of my “why” – being there for Mark and my future grandchildren – and it gives me the strength to remain smoke-free,” said Shirley Ballas.

To read the full press release, see PR Newswire.

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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.

Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Good Morning America After Party – Videos, Photos

We’ll post all the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Good Morning America After Party coverage in this post. Thanks to @idolxFactor for being so quick to get this to us….

Madison Taylor has been tweeting photos. Don’t miss some live shots here.

More coming! Stay tuned….

ETA: Below is the full after party. Be sure to send @Idolxfactor some thanks for all of his work this season….

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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.