Val Chmerkovskiy has posted his first video blog at People…..and with some footage behind the scenes of Dancing With The Stars.
Jana Kramer has written a new Dancing With The Stars blog at People. She talks on her injury this past week in rehearsals, but, she’s a fighter and doesn’t plan to give up anytime soon. More below and at the link.
There are times I’ll yell at Gleb to stop taking it easy on me and he has to remind me that we can’t push my body too far or we won’t be able to dance at all.
I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well, but I feel added pressure that we are honoring my old show.
My character was really sassy and strong, so I think the tango is the perfect, powerful dance to pay homage to her.
My goal is to get out there tonight, have fun, do the best tango I can and make it seem like I’m not injured at all.
I couldn’t resist posting a few social media things before show time to warm us up. Are you ready for the show to begin? Not long to go now….
Don’t forget to watch #DWTS tonight at 8/7c to see me & @AllisonHolker’s 2nd dance! Voting opens at 8pm EST 800-868-3402 or dwtsvote.abc.go.com. – Babyface #dwts23 #dancingwiththestars #AllisonHolker #Babyface #KennyEdmonds #TeamHolkerFace #TeamMaureen #MaureenMcCormick #ArtemChigvintsev #AmberRose #TeamSpicySalsa #TeamXL #TerraJole
Below is some rehearsal interviews for Dancing With The Stars Week 2 courtesy of the official site. If they post more, we’ll be sure to update. So, keep checking back.
Watch DWTS Week 2 Rehearsals With Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, And Artem Chigvinstev – Videos
If you go to US Weekly, you can see a dance preview of Maureen McCormick’s dance with Artem Chigvinstev. Note how Florence Henderson is in the preview. Also below is a 8 second clip from @idolxfactor1.
“When I’m with you, it all feels just like … yesterday, and so beautiful,” McCormick tells her former costar in the clip.
McCormick spoke to Us exclusively a few days before the September 19 episode, and she revealed that Henderson offered some DWTS advice before McCormick signed on. Henderson herself competed on season 11, coming in eighth place.
“She just called me, and she was so supportive and so happy that I’m doing it because she knows a lot of the fears I had about it,” McCormick tells Us. “So she’s 100 percent behind me and telling me to have fun and dance my booty off and that she’s right there with me!”
McCormick, who earned a 22 for her Viennese waltz during the September 12 premiere, says she “wasn’t upset” by the judges’ criticism and is “just really looking forward to the whole journey and everything that happens.” But she points out that Henderson definitely felt that the judges got it wrong.
“She called and told me, ‘Oh, Mo, we really really think you got scored way low! But the same thing happened to me – just be strong and push forward,'” McCormick says.
— Al Kahn (@idolxfactor1) September 19, 2016
Terra Jole’s confidence was shaken after her first dance with Sasha Farber last week on Dancing With The Stars, but, she writes of how she is growing. I love her positivity. Here is more in her new blog at People….
Rehearsals have been very stressful because this is the first time Sasha and I are in a hold together. Any little person standing in frame with an average-size person is going to look different. My torso is the same size as an average person’s, but my arms and legs are half the size of theirs!
These physical differences challenge me to make it work as a little person, but they challenge Sasha to get creative. I’m truly looking forward to performing what we have practiced all week tonight. Hopefully it will show that Sasha is a good teacher and I am a good student and that no matter the handicap, you can make it work!
I’m learning that each week your body hurts in different places depending on what dance you’re learning – or trying to learn. The jive mainly made my calves burn, but the quickstep makes my neck feel like I was rear-ended in a car accident. I’m looking forward to other body parts hurting next week. (Ha!)
In the first few weeks of rehearsal, I have discovered that I may not be as confident as I thought I was. But I credit that to being stripped of my comfort zone.
When you’re comfortable, you’re confident. I’m dancing with an average size man, recovering from a cesarean section, and learning how to ballroom dance! None of that screams comfort!
I’m hoping in future weeks I can say it’s comfortable to dance in frame with Sasha. He’s a phenomenal teacher that has so much talent and patience. I know all the other contestants feel as though they have the best teacher/pro dancer, but I truly feel like I’ve won the jackpot by being on this adventure with Sasha. In a few short weeks he’s made me grow not only as a dancer, but as a person. And I can’t wait to continue the journey.
To read more, see People.
Cheryl Burke has written a new blog at People. Despite having a rough start to the week after the protester incident last week on Dancing With The Stars, Ryan has made the best of it. Read below for how the two of them have transitioned and more.
Traveling during a rehearsal week can be hard, but I think it was a blessing because it got Ryan out of Los Angeles. It gave him time to just be by himself while I worked and then we would dive right into rehearsal.
It’s been a big transition from doing the slow foxtrot last week to doing a quickstep, but Ryan has been working his butt off to nail this dance.
The quickstep is all about being on your toes and running around the ballroom so I can see in his face sometimes that he definitely injured his ankle when the protester was tackled by security. But he’s an Olympian and would never tell me he’s in pain. He never complains about anything. He’s always ready to work and give it his all and try harder than the time before.
It’s TV Week and we are dancing to the theme from The Muppets Show. We won’t be dressed up like Muppets or anything but we’re going to pay homage in a really fun way that I think will show off a new side of Ryan that people really haven’t seen before. I think he’s been having fun hamming it up.
And fun is the important word there.
Ryan got to see very quickly how much the cast and crew of DWTS is a family and how supportive they can be when someone is having a hard time, but now I want him to regain his confidence that the audience is supporting him as well. Regardless of how our dance goes, I want Ryan to go out there this week and have fun and feel the love.
To read the full blog, see People.
An insider tells Page Six additional security has been added to the show. They added more security to rehearsals over the weekend too. Read on for more….
They have ramped up security even through rehearsals and for the crew,” a source told Page Six.
The additional security measures come one week after hecklers rushed the stage during Ryan Lochte’s performance.
“It was very scary,” the insider, who was present during the fiasco, told us. “You didn’t know what was going on. Security handled it very poorly.”
This week, audience members can expect a lengthier process upon arriving to the Television City studio in Hollywood.
“This time they’re going to be patting people down,” the insider noted. “They’ve already sent out a memo saying come an extra hour early … They’re going to lockdown the stage an hour ahead of time.”
To read the full article, see Page Six. Let’s hope everything goes smooth tonight and from here on.
DWTS Derek Hough, Marilu Henner, Julianne Hough, And Vanessa Hudgens Present Awards At The 2016 Creative Arts Emmys
Below you can watch Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Marilu Henner, and Vanessa Hudgens presenting awards at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys. Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording.
Peta Murgatroyd and Maks Chmerkovksiy talked to Access Hollywood Entertainment Weekly’s pre-Emmy party. Maks talks of what it’s like to be dancing again on Dancing With The Stars. He also gives a sneak peek into his and Amber Rose’s new dance. Extra has a sweet article on them and their new baby coming too. It’s so good to see Peta again. Don’t miss her on Good Morning America on Tuesday as well.