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Guest Post: Review of DWTS LIVE

The following is a guest blog post by Sophie who had a chance to attend the show live.

As an avid dance lover/doer(Former Juvenile National Ballroom Champion, I’ll have you know😉😂), I’ve always loved watching dance. This is why when I got the email saying I had tickets(one of my friends works for the show), I was game. After (two) weeks of eager anticipation, it came on Tuesday and my god, it was worth the wait. So, now I’m going to review the dances and ramble for ever.

Normani & Val- I’m sure she’s a really nice girl but for some reason, I just struggle to connect with her. This was before the show, but the pimpage of her annoys me slightly. Was a whole sixteen minutes of Fifth Harmony really  necessary? Save that time for Rashad or someone who deserves it. Additionally, If it was a Freestyle, I would have rated it slightly higher but as a rumba, it was lacking. Firstly, I wasn’t keen on the singing(whilst it’s a nice touch, either dance the whole time to your song or save it for the Showdance). As my former singing teacher would say, her voice is divine. Easily the most technically gifted singer of her group, but it was too long. Additionally, there  was a lift and since Carrie Ann didn’t dock her, yet she made a big deal about it, it felt unfair. She needs to work on finishing lines, and doing the assigned dances. I’m all for incorporating mini bits of other styles into dances(like the Flamenco section in Amber’s paso, the acrobatics section in Shawn’s Quickstep, the VW in Kellie’s quickstep, the Samba in Nastia’s quickstep, the hip hop in Amber’s Charleston, the hints of Broadway in Amber’s foxtrot, the little section of lyrical dance in Paige’s VW, the bits of Afro Jazz in Shawn’s divine samba) but between last week’s fun but over marked Jazz/Broadway hybrid last week and this week’s contemporary lyrical/rumba fusion, it feels a bit unfair. She clearly has potential but do the assigned dance. Part of me wishes loads of people voted for Nick & Erika & David, so she would be eliminated. Val pain makes me happy.
Score: 7 compared to everyone else, 3 for someone of her talents

Nick & Peta- Firstly, Nick is a really nice guy. Because I sat a few seats away from his family, I really got to see his interactions with them(I know I sound weird now) and he really has a good rapport with them. And for all of the things about him and his wife being fake, they seemed to be really loved up. Anyway, to the dance. I thought Peta choreographed a far superior rumba for her partner than Val did. Call me crazy but I think Nick’s execution was pretty near to being as good as Normani’s. I thought his dance was really nice and he had some really nice turns. His hip action was lacking at some points, which I understand as getting that Cuban hip movement is really hard for a non-dancer. I mean, even as a dancer, I find ballroom easier to grasp than the Latin, due to the hip action. I think if he drove through his foot more, he would be able to achieve that hip action more easily.
Score: 7

Nancy & Artem- Let me just say she is a class act. She is extremely lovely and she is just one of the most smiley, gorgeous people ever. Additionally, Artem just looks enamoured with her(not in a flirty way, they just get on really well). As for her foxtrot, if their samba impressed me, this made my jaw drop. She is just majestic in hold and her flexibility is extremely impressive. A massive improvement from her Viennese Waltz, which was already nice. I would only say she needs to work on conveying the dance, as at times her showmanship is lacking but she always dances in a really genuine way and that’s what makes her dances appealing to me. Oh, and never let your feet during the floor, but it was an accident, so I wouldn’t dock her too much. It’s hard, as well she is technically great, she needs to work on showmanship, as a couple of expressions seem a bit lacking.
Score; 8.5

Heather: Even backstage, she seems robotic. When it was her package, instead of showing an emotion whilst watching it,, she just seemed vacant. All I am going to say is this: you can tell the delineation between the choreography for last week’s tango and this week’s Cha Cha. To say she is a professional dancer, you’d think she was Charo based on how easy that choreography was. From a choreographic perspective, this and Normani’s dances were the worst dance of the night. But she danced the heck out of it. She really knows how to execute the choreography, which is nice. But she should be given harder choreography to execute. Imagine if she was paired with Mark or Derek. She’d be standing out a lot more. I loathed the choreography but she did a good job. I would have liked to see some really hard steps: some “follow the leaders”, some “Turkish towels”, some “hip twist spirals” and some foot changes. She can dance impeccably, push her harder.Shes a professional dancer, dance like one.
Score: 7 compared to everyone else, 1 for a professional dancer who danced for Beyonce. I will throw a party when she leaves. I won’t, but I loathe her inclusion on the show.

David & Lindsay- Firstly, they are both so nice. After the show, I went to get a photo with them and they were really positive. As for the dance, David really seems to shine in Ballroom. Someone should teach him to tuck his bum in, as it spoils his lines. He needs to have more of a sweeping feel during the VW and at times, I could tell he was struggling to maintain that posture, but a really nice dance, aided by Lindsay’s choreography. His bounciness annoys me sometimes but a really good dance. Don’t write him off.
Score: 8

Rashad & Emma- Can I just say how lovely this guy is? Anyway, onto the dance. Impeccable in pretty much every single way- choreography, execution, artistry performance, chemistry. Easily the dance of the night. I would be surprised if he wasn’t in the finals as that was one of the best contemporary dances I’ve ever seen. There was one throwaway line at one stage, but very close to that perfect 40. Best dance yet. Yay for Emma finally getting a contender
Score: 9.95

Simone & Sasha- A step in the right direction for this little girl. More emotion, more motion. I really noticed her moving bigger and with more ease than previously. In ballroom, the lady is supposed to dance up to the man’s frame, which is hard for the lady. I understand this, but it’s something to work on, as I can see her doing a really nice foxtrot. Shes a lot better than Laurie. Her VW was already  better than Laurie’s. actually wanna see her do this dance or her Quickstep in the final, once she has learnt more about ballroom technique. Still not bad and she has lovely floor patterns. One of the best dances of the night. Additionally, I feel she needs to work on making her turns more Flowy. I hope Sasha works with her on this. I would love her to win, if only so people stop thinking Laurie’s the better out of the two of them. I think you may detect my Hinch bias here.
Score:9

Erika & Gleb- What is it with the Cha Chas this week. Either not enough content or not enough technique. This was both. Her technique was very sloppy during the lock steps but she is starting to execute the moves with more confidence. But, it was all Erika Jayne performing like she would in a music video. Low energy and lacking content. I think if Gleb worked less on playing up this sexy schtick, she’d be getting 8s and 9s.
Score; 5.5

Bonner & Sharna- This metaphor is one for the Strictly fans among this website(I’m British, but still use this site as Improve seeing Ballroom dancing) This reminded me of Greg & Natalie’s week 7 Viennese Waltz. Everyone built both of these dances up, they both had evocative music, they both had redemption storylines after iffy weeks and everything was set up for them to get to the top- and then, it all didn’t come together. When he’s doing pivots, he even looks dizzy like Greg does. He’s got the same pros and cons- great chemistry with partner but gets stompy at times. Enough about comparisons. His promenade pivots need a lot of work. I understand that he has the injury and I empathise with him over this, but I just want him to knuckle down, as he has potential.
Score: 7

Other ramblings: It is entertaining, seeing the difference in packages. Weird as it sounds(shoot me Heidi), I actually prefer the Strictly packages, as they feel slightly less overproduced and dramatic than the DWTS ones. Call me crazy, but I prefer watching Tweedledee & Tweedledumb going to a market than watching the life stories of contestants- for me it blurs the line even more between dance & reality TV. Another thing that intrigues me- the sets. Seeing the people take down and put up sets looks exhausting- definitely not for me. Seeing them bobbing up every five minutes makes for entertaining viewing😉.

Rankings:
1. Rashad
2. Nancy
3. Simone
4. David
5. Nick
6. Bonner

BIG SPACE

7. Normani
8. The dancer who should be banned from this show
9. Erika

April 16, 2017 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 24, Week 4 – Manipulation Mayhem

The last several seasons, you’ve heard Courtney and I complain ad nauseum about the ways that this show is manipulated. Sometimes subtly and other times very overtly. From lack of interviews with Erin, to lack of overall PR, to song/dance assignments, to the packages.  Most people don’t even notice it because the tendency in humans is to believe what they see – even when they should know better.

Ironically, when we have a Bachelor on the show is when I think to start this series – the Bachelor is probably the single most manipulated, produced, heavily edited (however you want to phrase it) show on television that is so-called “reality”.  Here is where I plug the show UNreal which is a take off on the Bachelor series and is a (supposedly fictionalized) scripted – more scripted – drama.  Fantastic series – I highly recommend it. Produced by a former Bachelor producer, it will REALLY make you think twice about how much you believe on DWTS or any other reality show. Read more..

April 15, 2017 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Nick Viall Interviewed On William Shatner, Dancing With The Stars, And More

My favorite dance from Nick Viall so far was last week’s Most Memorable Dance”. He talks all about it with Talk 107.1. He also chats on William Shatner’s comments on him recently, The Bachelor, and more.

April 14, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Putting DWTS Sharna Burgess And Bonner Bolton Dating Rumors To Rest

According to E Online, Sharna Burgess is not dating her Dancing With The Stars Season 24 partner Bonner Bolton like so many think (are we surprised? No. lol). She’s dating Pierson Fodé! And what a cutie he is. Be sure to see him at the link.

As it turns out, E! News can confirm Burgess is dating Pierson Fodé! While Burgess and Bolton’s interactions on the dancing competition show give fans the idea that they could be dating in real life, a separate source tells E! News that they “just play it up for the show.”

“Sharna and Pierson are together. She just took him to that James Hinchcliffe race they both posted about on Instagram and were acting affectionate like a couple there,” the insider says. “She was at Pierson’s birthday party last week. He even visited her while she was on the road during the DWTS tour months ago.”

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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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Tom Bergeron Interviewed On Disney Night, Theme Weeks, And More

Tom Bergeron is excited for Disney Night on Dancing With The Stars since Donny Osmond and Auli’i Cravalho are performing. He’s also excited Alfonso Ribiero doing a performance as well. More below including his thought of other theme ideas and his tricky silence on his pick to win (lol). From TV Guide….


My frontrunner seems to change every week, I think this is one of the seasons with the most parity. Who is your current pick to win it all?

Bergeron: Yes.

Who is it?

Bergeron: I’m not gonna tell ya. I’ll make a promise, I’ll tell you after the season if they win and I was right. [Laughs.]

Disney Night on Monday! What should we be excited for?

Bergeron: I’m very excited about the young actress — I actually saw her teach Dwayne Johnson how to say her name. It’s Auli’i Cravalho. I thought not only is she wonderful in Moana, she blew it out of the water at the Oscars. So I’m excited about seeing her. Donny Osmond is coming back, we’ll have Alfonso [Ribiero] do a number with the cast off the top, former champion himself. Inevitably one of the things I love about, I get to interact with animation as well as Bruno. [Laughs.] I once told Bruno on air he’s about half a jester away from living in Pixar.

With the ABC/Disney synergy going on, there’s some great opportunities for other themed nights. I’d love to see a Marvel night, or a Star Wars night, do you think they’d be a good fit for Dancing with the Stars?

Bergeron: I know I’d love to see it as well. I don’t see any reason why the Hulk and Thor couldn’t promote their next movie by doing a Paso Doble!

Lots more at TV Guide including an update on Maks Chmerkovskiy and 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Do You Plan To Watch The “Dirty Dancing Remake”, Will It Be A Success (Includes DWTS Alumni)?

Do you plan to watch the “Dirty Dancing Remake“? I was so excited when I first heard about it being the original was one of my all time favorite dancing movies, but, I had a huge let down when they picked Abigail Breslin for the female lead. Even watching the Entertainment Tonight teaser below, I still can’t warm up to her and she seems all wrong for the part where the others fit. 🙁 With that said, I’ll probably still watch it for the dancing and the music. I’m also curious on the actors and actresses playing the other characters….especially Nicole Scherzinger playing “Penny”. Miss Heidi said she feels the same on Abigail. Here are Court’s thoughts….

Courtney: Ehhhh…will I DVR it? Probably. Will I watch in real time? Probably not, unless enough people ask me to live tweet it. Abigail Breslin will forever be Little Miss Sunshine to me, so to see her playing this woman having a sexual awakening is kinda…yucky. Never heard of the dude, and while a relatively-unknown male lead worked out ok for Kenny Wormald in Footloose and Diego Boneta in Rock of Ages, both also had a strong female lead (Julianne Hough) to play off of – and I don’t really consider Abigail a “strong female lead”. I think I would have bought Hailee Steinfeld better as Baby. However, I’m kinda loving the rest of the casting. Two DWTS alums – Nicole Scherzinger as Penny, and Billy Dee Williams as Tito the bandleader? Yes please. Sarah Hyland as Lisa Houseman? Probably not a stretch, since Hayley Dunphy is basically the same character. Loving Debra Messing & Bruce Greenwood as Baby’s parents, although I think Jerry Orbach will always be Dr. Houseman to me 🙂 I adore Katey Sagal, so I’m glad she’s in it – but I hope they find a way to give Vivian Pressman a musical number, because Katey is a KILLER singer. Casper Smart as Billy Kostecki, the guy playing second banana to someone much more popular and hoping that some of it rubs off on him? Somehow, I don’t think he’ll struggle with that 😛

Vogue: Let us know what you think in comments and do you think this movie will be a success? The new Dirty Dancing Remake” is set to premiere on May 24, 2017 on ABC.

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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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Season 24, Week FOUR – Dancing by the Numbers!

Yeah, still thinking Erika. 🙂

My track record isn’t so good so far though. Ah well, some seasons you got it and other seasons you don’t.

I didn’t see anything to be terribly outraged over this past Monday. Funny that our big ringers pretty much leave me cold. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that both are dancing with Chmerkovskiys. They just kinda fail to really show their partners in a positive light. Too much talking, walking and not doing the assigned style. Val is doing a better job than Alan/Maks is, but really dude – STFU and let Normani have her moment.

Anyway, let’s get to our scores. Read more..

April 13, 2017 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing With The Stars Normani Kordei And Val Chmerkovskiy Rehearsal Interview For Disney Week

Get ready for some Karate in Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy’s Disney dance for Dancing With The Stars. Below is more in a new rehearsal interview…

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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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Carrie Ann Inaba Cohosts Live With Kelly April 13th And April 14th

Dancing With The Stars Carrie Ann Inaba is helping to cohost Live With Kelly today (Thursday) and Friday. Be sure to tune in each day. We plan to post videos below too. So, keep checking back. 😉

ETA: Here she is! Carrie Ann talks on Dancing With The Stars, her wedding plans (I’m so happy for her and Rob!), and more. Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording.

ETA2: Here is more with Carrie Ann from today’s show…

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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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Mark Ballas Is Sharna Burgess’ Inspiration For Bonner Bolton And Their DWTS Disney Week Dance

Sharna Burgess and Bonner Bolton talk of their new “Wreck it Ralph” routine for Disney Week. Sharna says Mark Ballas is her inspiration for this dance. See why below….

April 12, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.