Now this is good promo….
So, what kind of crazy assed, ridiculous, redundant and stupid theme will we have to endure in week 10??
Vogue here: LOL Heidi! Well, guess what? According to the Afterbuzz interviews (you can watch them in the new Media and Interviews Post), it’s “Trio’s” week! The couples also have a “ballroom” dance. Sharna revealed they will be dancing with Peta for their Trio dance (Yay! She’s back!). Lindsay said she and Alek have a Waltz and an Argentine Tango, but, they didn’t say for which dance. Also, JC Rubio tweeted that Emma will be back (not sure how yet?).
ETA2: As most of you have already heard, Tamar withdrew. Also got confirmation that Emma is in Alek & Lindsay’s trio (!!!!) and they have Argentine tango (double !!!), which means their individual dance is waltz. Also looks like Carlos revealed his dances & songs in some interview…sorry guys, just waking up to all this stuff, so let me know if anything is missing…and please provide a source – Court-
ETA3: Apparently Victor mentioned in his Snapchat that Karina is in Carlos’ trio. Gonna trust you guys with anything Snapchat-related, because I hate it and can only be bothered to use it to talk to my sister. -Court-
ETA4: Per Derek’s blog, Mark is tentatively in their trio, depending on his injury, and it’s a jazz trio. Complete guess on my part, but if Mark can’t dance, I could see Sasha stepping in. Their individual dance is salsa, and he also mentions this mysterious “3rd dance” that TPTB have thrown in to fill time since Tamar withdrew. -Court-
ETA5: So, according to People.com, the mystery dance is a dance off where the winning couple gets 3 points. And yes, the manipulation gene is strong in these producers. Bindi is dancing against Nick – a samba which he has already done. Carlos versus Alek is a cha cha – which Carlos has already done. These…..people…just can’t help themselves. The BS just never ends. Ya know, with the way they add dances to this show, it’s not hard to find two dances that neither couple has done to at least attempt to make it fair.
ETA6: So per Deep Throat, apparently Carlos is no longer doing a samba trio, and the song they’re using is NOT the Austin Mahone one he mentioned. DT says it “looks more like a Charleston or jazz” and the song they’re using sounds “old-timey”. So what happened? Don’t know for sure – did Carlos misspeak? Did Witney veto the song/dance? Did Carlos just suck at samba and they threw him something he was more likely to handle well? Discuss. -Court-
ETA7: According to Derek, he and Bindi are dancing first tonight. Dance order doesn’t matter much at this stage of the game, but I do wonder WHY they’re going first. To be underscored, or to set the bar for the rest. ~Heidi
Sharna, Nick, and Peta
Alek, Lindsay, and Emma – Argentine Tango
Tamar, Val, and ?
Bindi, Derek, and Mark (tentative) – Jazz
Carlos, Witney, and Karina – Samba (Song: “Dirty Work” by Austin Mahone) Charleston/jazz?
Bindi and Derek – Salsa (Song: “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” by Sia)
Alek and Lindsay – Waltz (Song: “America The Beautiful”)
Carlos and Witney – Contemporary (Song: “Drag Me Down” by One Direction)
Nick and Sharna – Tango (song: “Scars” by Alesso feat. Ryan Tedder)
Tamar and Val –
Bindi Versus Nick – Samba
Carlos Versus Alek – Cha Cha
What a week. I don’t even know where to start with how disappointed I am in the blatant shenanigans of the judges and the producers. I’m quite disgusted. It does lead me to wonder just how scripted the judges were…and clearly, how worried they are about how they are perceived by the squeaky wheels on social media (looking at you Jules).
Anyway, it’s over and done with and despite their best attempts at…whatever…I doubt they were totally successful. Bindi’s fans are rallied, Alek’s likely are as well, Nick’s are…Nick’s. They’re likely rallied to defend their guy for his part in the “baby shower” (tm Cidra) that was Monday night. That leaves Carlos, Tamar and Alexa pretty much forgotten in the middle. I mean really, I doubt that was their intent, but at the end of the day you have three fired up fanbases who likely didn’t need firing up – and probably not what you intended at all.
As always, I could be wrong, but it seems to me that if you were looking to shake up the leader board and give Nick a boost, you SHOULDN’T tell Bindi she’s in a league of her own, that you can’t give her “10s every week” and that you’re “searching really hard for a flaw” before giving her a nine and Nick enough points to get within striking distance of her cumulative score (which WILL become important later in the season, I’m sure). First, the fans aren’t STUPID – they see why you’re “searching” and the reasons aren’t good. Second, saying all those things makes it look like some sort of conspiracy (like, why do you HAVE to look harder at her than you do at anyone else?). Third…can’t think of a third. Anyway, why not just say her shoulders looked like a problem to you and give her a 9?? Talking too much gets these judges in trouble. Read more..
As exhibited on the 11/2/15 Dancing With The Stars show, this show is much more than dancing. The show was a study in heartbreak, heart-tugging, heart wrenching, stories from the heart. The show reveals personal stories, personal growth. The show has deeply affected the pros, stars, and the viewers in ways that not any of us had comprehended before.
The pros get so many more opportunities by being able to travel with their star. They meet many new people they would never have dreamed meeting before. Their lives are greatly enriched by this superlative Ballroom show. I love how the show is one huge 21 Season Dancing With The Stars Family! It is a thing of beauty to witness and a joy forever!
Were your eyes drippy and moist last night? Because my emotions boiled over like a beaker in a laboratory. A few of the stories resonated in my life. I’m sure they affected you in that way, too. A show that can make us feel something personally within ourselves has fulfilled its mission.
The opening was a grand, glorious, glamorous show-stopper! Showcased were the ladies and men pros in separate sequences. Blending together, we were treated to a golden showcase! Another choreography fabulous feat by Mandy Moore! The entrance of the couples was filled with peppy pizzazz! Read more..
It’s that time again! Afterbuzz TV reviews Dancing With The Stars Week 8. It’s only Kristyn Burtt and Diva Darv on the show this week. Let us know what you think as always. The video below goes LIVE at 7:00pm ET and you’ll be able to watch it anytime afterwards as well. See you in comments.
Awww, I loved Andy. I’m going to miss him and Allison. Here they are on The View this morning. Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording….
I know I can’t be the only one that was over themes a couple weeks ago – and I have to wonder if others share the other sentiment I have: that a lot of the theme weeks this season have started to feel a bit…redundant. “Hometown Glory” week, “Most Memorable Year” week, and now “Personal Icons” week – anyone else feel like these themes have churned out kinda the same dances over and over? I feel like I’ve seen so many crying dances this season – more than I care to. How ’bout we just ditch the themes from here on out and just…y’know, DANCE.
As predicted, the immunity and dance-off was about as farcical as it could possibly be – clear agendas, and some eyebrow-raising rulings by the judges. Felt more like whoever got the louder reaction from the crowd got the points, rather than whoever was dancing more competently or actually even trying to portray the dance style they were given. In the end, I doubt 2 points is going to help anyone a TON if they aren’t already getting the votes, and really the only one who got a serious boost was Nick, who has a nifty little 4-point cushion over the next highest-scorer and and now is within one cumulative point of Bindi – I’m just waiting for that to somehow come into play in these next few weeks, when Nick suddenly inches ahead of Bindi and suddenly by virtue of his cumulative point total, he gets an edge – maybe first pick in some cockamamie dance they’ve cooked up, maybe first pick of songs, who knows. It all just feels verrry convenient.
Sad to see Andy go, but I can’t help but think that Allison’s chaotic choreography is partially to blame for their departure – for the second time this season, she kinda got subtly called out by the judges again for having too much going on in Andy’s Viennese waltz…which, by the wait, just kinda felt to me like a retooling of Hayes’ switch week Viennese waltz which was met with equal criticism by the judges. His paso last week was pretty chaotic as well – and poor Andy just couldn’t keep up in either one, I’m afraid, and it made the critique from the judges feel like they were calling out his sloppy technique…but the subtext was “your technique was sloppy because the dance had way too much going on.” Part of me hopes that during her maternity leave next season, Allison gets a bit more introspective and maybe figures out a way to still honor her own style while focusing more on being true to the ballroom style that this show focuses on… Read more..
So many breathtaking photos from last night!! To see more, click on any of the pictures below.
Well, can I just start off by saying, I loved Bindi & Derek and Nick & Sharna’s dances the most last night. No one else could compare in my opinion. I would have given them BOTH 30’s! I’m a little out put with Bruno and Julianne not giving Derek and Bindi 10’s. Just please, TPTB, don’t let this be the start of the manipulations. The season is going so well and that will just ruin it. Ok, so, let’s review the scores anyway…
Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess 10-10-10-3 33 total
Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson 9-9-9-2 29 total
Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough 10-9-9 28 total
Tamar Braxton & Valentin Chmerkovskiy 9-9-10 28 total
Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas 9-8-8-2 27 total
Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold 9-8-8 25 total
Andy Grammer & Allison Holker* 8-7-7-2 24 total *eliminated*
I hated to see Andy and Allison be eliminated. I’ll always remember his compassion for life and sharing his story and grief with us on Dancing With The Stars. Don’t miss him and Allison on The View and Good Morning America today.
In media and interviews, see E Online first for their coverage and interviews. I’d embed them, but, they mess up the page for how they stop and go. For lots of coverage with Derek and Bindi, see Pure Derek Hough. Note that Derek left right after the show last night. He was sick and Bindi said he went home to rest up and try and get better. Read more..
Here’s what we know so far for Dancing With The Stars Week 9. Next week the couples have an individual dance as always. They also have a “Duet” dance with another couple. When talking on the Duet Dance, Sharna mentions in a new E Online interview (new interviews here) that they are travelling to Las Vegas (not sure if she means all the couples or not?). She and Nick are paired with Val and Tamar for their Duet Dance.
ETA: Vogue here again. Mark and Alexa have a Contemporary dance and a Charleston next week. Not sure which is used for their individual or their Duet Dance? They are also bringing in Travis Garland to sing a beautiful song. Alexa hints that it might be a little “damp” next week.
ETA2: According to Glamour, Nick, Sharna, Val, and Tamar are going to Vegas to get inspired for their Duet dance. Also, Mark & Alexa and Bindi & Derek are Duet Partners. They are headed to New York City to get inspired for their dance. More details at Glamour.
ETA3: According to our intel, one of the Duets is going on a Cruise Ship. Glamour revealed this news as well.
ETA4: So, Derek and Mark have been switched from NYC to the Cruise. Alek and Carlos are in NYC. That leaves Tamar and Nick in Vegas. The clusterf*ck continues, as last we heard, Derek and Mark were to do a Charleston inspired by an NYC show. No idea if the dance style changed with the locale. ~Heidi
ETA5: Per Carlos’ Instagram, he, Alek, Witney, and Lindsay are on a cruise, which left from NYC. Seems like there was NOT a switch, after all. -Court-
ETA6: Vogue here posting for Courtney since she’s stuck in traffic (be safe, Court.xx). Courtney did some digging and found the Cruise ship that Lindsay, Alek, Carlos, and Witney are on. You can see it at USA Today in all of it’s glory as it arrived to New York City today. Interesting too is that the show on the boat is called “We Will Rock You“. You can read the song list at this link for what they might have. Cool, huh? GOOD JOB, Court!
ETA7: Vogue again. Being Sharna, Nick, Val, and Tamar went to Las Vegas to see Cirque Du Solei Beatles “Love”(see Glamour link in ETA2 above), they most likely have a Beatles song. Here is a list of the soundtrack.
ETA8: Give it up to Courtney. She nailed it last night. Carlos confimed at his instagram that they are dancing to a song from “We Will Rock You”. Also, Mark and Alexa are on their way to meet Derek and Bindi in New York. More here.
ETA8: Per a stuffed mouse on Instagram, one of Carlos & Witney’s dances is the Argentine tango. NOW BEFORE EVERYONE RUNS OFF MAKING ASSUMPTIONS – we have no way of telling if this is their individual dance or duet dance. So let’s try to avoid stating that as fact… -Court-
ETA9: Check out this tweet at Pure Derek Hough! I think it’s safe to say Derek, Bindi, Alexa, and Mark are dancing something to “Chicago”. Heidi was the first to guess this on Tuesday. Well done, Miss Heidi!~ Vogue
ETA10: Julia in comments mentioned how Derek, Bindi, Alexa, and Mark could be doing a Charlestion to “Hot Honey Rag” from the show “Chicago” since it fits a Charleston. To confuse things further, we got an “All That Jazz” teaser today from the DancingABC instagram. Well, check out this “Chicago” performance. It starts out with “All That Jazz” and then goes into “Hot Honey Rag”. Hmmmm. So, could this be the song(s) they are dancing to? ~ Vogue
ETA11: Alek and Lindsay have an
Argentine Tango and their Duet team has a Paso Doble to “We Will Rock You”. Correction: Shorty The Mouse says they have a Salsa for their individual dance.
ETA12: Just Jared Jr. has just released the songs for Dancing With The Stars Week 9. You can read on them all below. ~ Vogue
ETA13: According to Derek’s blog, they are now dancing Jazz for their duet. Still an unlearned style, but fewer rules than Charleston. And since they are using the “All That Jazz/Hot Honey Rag” combo, it makes a hell of a lot more sense. Gee wiz, are we edging toward a tiny bit of fairness in this thing?? You all should read Derek’s blog – he tells it like it is, including very gently calling out his sister and the other judges.
Sharna & Nick are paired with Val & Tamar – Dancing a Rumba inspired from Cirque Du Solei Beatles “Love” (song: “Hey Jude”)
Mark & Alexa and Bindi & Derek – Dancing a JAZZ inspired from “Chicago” (Song Mix: “All That Jazz/Hot Honey Rag”)
Alek & Lindsay and Carlos & Witney – Dancing a Paso Doble inspired from “We Will Rock You” (Song: “We Will Rock You”)
Nick and Sharna – ?? (‘A Cool Cat In Town’ by Tape Five)
Alexa and Mark – Contemporary (per Mark Interview) (‘Make it Rain’ by Ed Sheeran)
Bindi and Derek – V. Waltz (Guess from periscope) (‘Roses and Violets’ by Alexander Jean)
Alek and Lindsay – Salsa (‘Back It Up’ by Prince Royce f. Jennifer Lopez + Pitbull)
Tamar and Val – ?? (‘Wicked Game’ by James Vincent McMorrow)
Carlos and Witney – Argentine Tango (‘What Do You Mean’ by Justin Bieber)