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PureDWTS Guest Blog: The DWTS Season 18 After Party On GMA And Pictures

PureDWTS reader Madison Taylor has written us a blog on seeing the finalists of Dancing With The Stars Season 18 in New York City on Good Morning America. She takes up close and personal…and sent us pics as well. This is a fun exciting (and “surreal”) read to say the least. Check it out. THANKS Madison!! Wonderful blog!xx

The DWTS Season 18 After Party On GMA
by Madison Taylor

Times Square was certainly buzzing with excitement as the flatbed float carrying the four final couples and dance troupe from DWTS season 18 pulled up to Good Morning America for the traditional after party! Suddenly the buzz turned to screams that could wake late morning risers in Brooklyn and then Boom! There was a confetti explosion…then there they were…

Now, I hate to sound cliché, but the only word that can truly describe what it is like to be there is ‘surreal’. After watching DWTS all season, partaking in the social media aspect of it and discussing it at work-it becomes more than just a “reality TV show”. You become attached to your favorite pros, passionate supporters of your favorite teams and truly touched by all the couples’ journeys which they share with the world on live television. Then you go to this after party and reality TV literally crosses your path in reality. Mark is taking what becomes the famous “group arrival selfie”. Meryl & Maks positively glowing, carrying their Mirrorball trophies, lead the victory walk. As they pass by, Meryl seems to be pinching herself to confirm that it’s not a dream- as am I after Maks (my favorite pro since I first saw him set foot on the dance floor in season 2) comes over and gives me a surprise kiss on the cheek!! OMG!! It’s been a week…and I’m still smiling=) Being able to congratulate Meryl and Maks in person and share this moment is almost unbelievable and absolutely fantastical! Derek is recording the entire red-carpet experience. Amy & Candace are all smiles greeting a full-house of fans. For many it was a big-time rush to see James & Peta arm in arm saying their hellos! It’s also quite moving to see the looks on their faces matching the look on the faces of the fans. It’s like everyone is for a split second on the same “Enjoy this Moment Team”. At the same time however, the dancers are doing some major mingling. Everyone was so real and so nice. You honestly needed a few minutes to absorb the realization that you just met Olympic champions, pop culture icons and some of the best dancers in the world. You just met twelve people that not only have you rather star-struck but that you genuinely respect and admire their talent, perseverance and example. Many autographs were given, pictures taken and memories made! It was great to see them all genuinely having fun together. There was no drama-just celebrating an exceptional season of hard work and outstanding dancing! At this point the four finalists go inside and talk with the GMA hosts. Outside, Artem, Jenna, Lindsay & Sasha entertained the crowds with some fancy footwork. The one song from the morning that sticks in my mind was “I’m so excited”. It was very apropos and a good anthem for the day. Every face of every person I saw was smiling and most of them were also on their phones sharing their good-morning-experience (I was guilty of that too). “Team clusters” could be identified by an assortment of creative posters that were made to showcase well wishes and congratulations! However, the true beauty was that there were no rivalries, no haters and no negative comments. It was also impressive to see members of the ‘Dance with Me’ family throughout the city excited and proud to be celebrating the big win and greeting and meeting “fellow fam”. While waiting for the final four to dance, the excitement in the air provoked random people to just start talking about DWTS or swapping pictures. Once the dancing began, although the stage was small and the moves were refined, the crowd was mesmerized. Every camera in Times Square was raised to catch every angle of every step! By the end, even the GMA hosts were grooving on the dance floor! It was truly a GREAT morning=)

May 29, 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.

Amy Purdy, James Maslow, and Peta Murgatroyd Reflect Back On Their Dancing With The Stars Journeys

Amy Purdy, James Maslow, and Peta Murgatroyd reflect back on their Dancing With The Stars journeys with Parade Magazine. I love these. I am missing the show already. *cries*

May 28, 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.

Vote for Your Favorites in the PureDWTS Season 18 End-of-Season Awards!!!

So against my better judgment, I decided to resurrect these awards, after skipping them for a few seasons :-P Just figured that everyone had some pretty strong opinions about this season, and would want to discuss (or argue…) about some of the finer aspects of this season…so here’s the gist:

1.) You get one vote per award category.

2.) If you don’t see your first choice listed, you are able to write-in votes for SOME of the categories – but here’s my strong words of caution: seldom do write-in votes win these awards, so I would encourage you to only write-in if you feel really strongly about something; if your write-in vote is grossly misspelled, doesn’t make sense, or cannot be understood, I’m throwing it out – I’ve had too many seasons of weeding through pages upon pages of write-in votes that were only slightly above jibberish in terms of clarity.  And if you decide to be a little jerk and answer questions like “Which was the best dance of the season?” with “All of Meryl’s dances!!!” or “tie between Meryl’s tango, Candace’s contemporary, Amy’s Argentine tango, and Charlie’s jazz”, I’m throwing out your vote.  Pick ONE – like all of the people courteous enough to actually follow the rules of this poll.

3.) Polls will be up for ONE WEEK – so get your votes in NOW. Read more..

May 26, 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!

Dancing with the Stars on Good Morning America – FAN BLOG

DWTS fan Haley went to GMA after the finale and very graciously provided a blog and some photos so we could all share in the experience. Thanks Haley!! If you want to see additional pictures of Derek and Amy from Haley’s day, hit up PureDerekHough.com

I arrived to the GMA studio at about 1:15 AM. I thought a lot of people might be there, but I was the first one by a long shot. There were a lot of crew members setting up the dance floor area and the float that the cast arrived on, so I had people to talk to. They were all really nice and complimented me on the sign I made and my dedication to attending the taping. They all seem like really happy people so it was nice to hang out with them and talk to them for a few hours. The majority of the people showed up at about 5:30am, but I already took my place against the barricade. I found out from the crew that no fans were going to be let inside the studio, so I figured that the next best place to be was the outside dance floor area. It was really uneventful until about 7:45 when the cameras were turning on outside and more people showed up just before the cast arrived on the float. We saw Derek shooting his instagram video and everyone was screaming and going crazy. Lindsay, Jenna, Artem and Sasha came outside very quickly and rehearsed a bit and took pictures with anyone who asked. They all looked like really close friends and Lindsay has the cutest laugh I’ve ever heard. We got to watch the cast interviews on a monitor outside, and the troupe watched along with us. Lindsay and Jenna were ‘awww’ing a lot at Charlie’s message to Meryl. Read more..

May 23, 2014 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. :-)

PureDWTS Guest Poem: “The Grand Finale Dance-Plosion”

Give Lois a hand for another poetic justice wrapping the season up for Dancing With The Stars Season 18!

THE GRAND FINALE DANCE-PLOSION

THE GRAND FINALE DANCE-PLOSION on grand display
A party of dancing and music, whole cast came out to play

The Cast felt full of love for each other, full of mixed emotion
Gathered together for THE GRAND FINALE DANCE-PLOSION

SETTING THE GRAND FINALE DANCE-PLOSION SCENES

OPENING NUMBER – IT’S MY PARTY

A cast extravaganza party, celebration of Season 18
A dazzling display of dancing talent, steps of love
Heartfelt production together on the ballroom stage

ENCORE FREESTYLE – ORIGINAL DON
JAMES MASLOW AND PETA MURGATROYD
WITH DANCERS – A LANDS!IDE CHOICE

A re-wind full of zing, with zest, pizzazz
A DANCE-PLOSION full of razz-ma-tazz

TEAM LOCA – LIVIN’ LA VIDA LOCA

Outstanding cabaret-feel, show-stopper
Intricate, intoxicating, invigorating display

SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPEALADOCIOUS
CHARLIE WHITE AND SHARNA BURGESS
WITH DANCERS

As delightful as the first time, a happy dance
With warp speed energy, DANCE-SPLOSION revue

BE OUR GUEST
VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY AND DANICA MCKELLAR
WITH DANCERS

As charming as the first time, a spectacular dance
Giving VAL AND DANICA another chance to shine

CHARLIE WHITE AND MERYL DAVIS
DANCING ON. WOOD

Display of spectacular lifts, affection, support
Free-flowing with heart, with soul, with spirit

GUEST MUSICIANS WITH. DANCERS

Electric DANCE-PLOSIONS of dance and music

ARIANA GRANDE – PROBLEM
AMBER RILEY – COLORBLIND AND DO YOUR THING
CHRISTINA PERRI – HUMAN
IGGY AZALEA – FANCY
CODY SIMPSON – SURFBOARD

FUSION DANCES

MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY AND MERYL DAVIS

FOXTROT AND. CHA-CHA-CHA – GLOWING

The Blushin Russian and The Lion Tamer
Stirring passion within – first love of dance

CANDACE CAMERON BURE AND MARK BALLAS
SAMBA AND QUICKSTEP – SIR DUKE

Charming, genuine feeling of the dance
The faith kept a dancer going, a fan favorite

AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH
ARGENTINE TANGO – CHA-CHA-CHA – RATHER BE

A dancer with unbreakable spirit, a lesson for America
Each dance uplifting depicting a possible journey

THE GRAND FINALE DANCE-PLOSION crowned a new pair
Maks and Meryl hoisted the Mirror Ball Trophy high in the air

Season 18 was a phenomenal DANCE-PLOSION celebration
We cheered, we were sad to let go of the dancing sensation!

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 21, 2014

SEASON 18 IS IN THE DANCING WITH THE STARS HISTORY BOOK!
WE CAN’T WAIT TO COME BACK IN SEPTEMBER FOR ANOTHER LOOK!

SEE YA FOR SEASON 19 WITH NEW POEMS AND WRITINGS!
KEEPING THEM FRESH AND NEW FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE!

May 22, 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.

More Of Tony Dovolani And Leah Remini After The DWTS Season 18 Finale

More Leah and Tony! Hilarious!

If you haven’t seen part one (where it all started), be sure you do so here. It’s a hoot!

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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 And Emma Slater Review The Finals Of Dancing With The Stars Season 18

Afterbuzz TV is back and with their last Dancing With The Stars show of the season. This time
Emma Slater joins the panel to review the finals. I pretty much agreed with everything they said except when Anna said most of Derek and Amy’s routines were simple and uncomplicated this season. WHA? Anyway, great show again!! I have enjoyed these shows so much this season. Thanks Kritsyn and the gang for a job well done. Let us know what you think in comments and if you agree with their new reviews.

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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 Guest Poem: “Weaving A Spellbinding Night Of Dance”

Below is a new poem by Lois for Monday night’s dances….

WEAVING A SPELLBINDING NIGHT OF DANCE

The ballroom was under a spell, woven with brilliance and light
WEAVING A SPELLBINDING NIGHT OF DANCE, glorious sight

Season 18 created many spells of grandeur, woven with the dance
Dynamic talents of dancing skills, displays of heart and romance

Four couples remained, each creating a magical, mystical spell
Who would weave their way, the final three, only time would tell

WEAVING THE DANCES – CREATING THE WEB!

WEB NUMBER ONE
DANCE NUMBER ONE

CANDACE CAMERON BURE AND MARK BALLAS
QUICKSTEP – UMBRELLA

A wondrous dance, gliding across the floor
Woven with classic, elegant, sweet steps
Lighthearted feel of the dance, a classy spell

DANCE NUMBER TWO

FREESTYLE – CANNED HEAT
WITH DANCERS

Woven with groovy, golden, Disco beats
Full on with gusto, a spell with funky fun
A shining moment, with rocking rhythm

WEB NUMBER TWO
DANCE NUMBER ONE

AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH
SALSA – RAN KAN KAN

Woven with a flirty feel, salsafied movements
Casting a spell with light, colorful exhilaration
Flamboyant, flashy, sassy creation of dance

DANCE NUMBER TWO

FREESTYLE – DARE YOU

Weaving their spell, dancing with soul
Lyrical, ethereal, profound depths of dance
Flying high illustrating Amy’s amazing feats

WEB NUMBER THREE
DANCE NUMBER ONE

JAMES MASLOW AND PETA MURGATROYD
TANGO – ADORE YOU

Woven with a spell of passion, a charming kiss
Sharp as a razor, tighter than a drum, dynamic
Focused with the light of a guided laser

DANCE NUMBER TWO

FREESTYLE – ORIGINAL DON
WITH DANCERS

A portrayal of an action hero, a Ninja best
A spell so ferocious, fabulous, and fiery
Attacked with high energy, hunger, and heat

WEB NUMBER FOUR
DANCE NUMBER ONE

MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY AND MERYL DAVIS
ARGENTINE TANGO – MONTSERRAT

A spell weaving a marriage of sumptuous seduction
The story of a pair still evolving with dancing magic
Dazzling display, dynamite dancing drama

DANCE NUMBER TWO

FREESTYLE – LATCH

A powerful journey woven, a true, real dance
Enchanting, soulful integrity, flawless work of art
Divinity in motion, with heart, dignity and grace

WEAVING A SPELLBINDING NIGHT OF DANCE, grand creations
The four couples weaving spells splendid, stupendous, sensations

The Grand Finale will weave more spells, full of dazzling dynamite
WEAVING A SPELLBINDING NIGHT OF DANCE on Tuesday night!

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 21, 2014

JAMES AND PETA WOVE THEIR SPELL, BUT HAD TO GO!
THEY DISPLAYED A DYNAMIC, DYNAMITE DANCING SHOW!

THE FREESTYLES RULED, SPELLS WOVEN ON THE DANCE FLOOR!
SEASON 18 A DANCING EXTRAVAGANZA, WE WANTED MUCH MORE!

May 21, 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.

Tony Dovolani And Leah Remini Interview The Cast After The DWTS Finale

Leah cracks me up!!! Be sure to take this interview in when you can….

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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.

Derek Hough’s Last Blog of DWTS Season 18

What an amazingly classy guy. From TV Guide:

I had a gut feeling that Maks and Meryl were going to take it, and I said that to Amy, so we knew. Based on the packages and the tone and the way they put everything together, I had a feeling they were winning. I think everyone did. I’m so happy for them. It was well-deserved. Meryl is a beast and was so consistent all season long. I couldn’t be happier for Maks. I told Maks the night before, “I’m genuinely really happy for you and would love to see you win.” Obviously, I would be happy to see Amy win because of what she represents, but knowing Maks for such a long time and him having been part of the show for so long, truthfully, it was nice to see him experience the show it was meant to be experienced. All season, in a way, was about Maks’ journey, which was wonderful to watch. Being a friend of his and seeing that was great.

I really loved our freestyle. That was such a culmination of Amy’s story this season. When I heard the music we were going to use, it was perfect for what it stood for. It was, “I dare you to love / I dare you to cry / I dare you to run / I dare you to try / I dare you to fall / and lay on the ground / I dare you to feel / I dare you to be here now.”

That’s exactly what this entire season has been about for Amy and me: not being afraid and really going for it. I wanted that last note we hit to be positive and a challenge, and to dare people to try and see what happens. That’s what Amy’s been saying by what she’s been doing on the show. Everybody asks me, “Where do you get all your ideas?” It really comes from the music. Whatever pops into my head when I’m listening to something is how it starts. I just envisioned Amy spinning in the air, ascending and being transcendent of dance. I looked into the rope thing and I asked my friend, “Hey, is this possible?” He was like, “Yeah, it’ll take a couple weeks to teach her that.” And I was like, “Well, we have an hour.” And it’s all back muscles, which was what she was having problems with, so it was wild to see her up there. It was just incredible. And for her to let go and do it with one hand was awesome.

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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. :-)