Before show time tonight, be sure to tune into the ABC Pre-Party for Dancing With The Stars. Charo joins in to discuss the show. Check out what she says about the judges and how Len “is crap”. lol She also gives a dance lesson. Anna Trebunskaya is also a guest. Boyce Avenue performs. Enjoy!
Mark Ballas writes all about last week’s dances from the Samba with Aly to he and Derek’s group number at USA Today. He also gives us some teasers on he and Aly’s Fox Trot as well as the Team Dance.
Derek and I put many hours into this piece, from the choreography to the visuals. It felt so great to perform and I’m really grateful to DWTS for letting us do something modern and different. My Twitter feed exploded after the piece, with nothing but supportive loving tweets from the fans. I’m always happy to give them something fresh and new for them to bite into. If you missed it, you can see it at www.markballas.com.
This week, we have the foxtrot and it’s also Stevie Wonder Week .That has me really hyped up as I am a huge fan of his music. The song we are using is also one of my personal faves and is one that was played in my house many times as a child.
We also have the team dance which has been fun as well. I can’t tell you who our teammates are yet but it promises to be entertaining! The dance we have is samba, so Aly and I will have a leg up, since we just did it last week. The song is a classic too, so if you’re a Stevie fan you will dig it. This week promises to be a night of classic music and dance. I know you are all gonna love it. Everyone loves Stevie.
More at USA Today.
Gear up All! It’s going to be a big week on Dancing With The Stars next week. Stevie Wonder, Hunter Hayes, Will.i.am, And Olly Murs are all set to perform!! Below are some details from ABC MediaNet.
“Episode 1606 & 1606A” – Eight remaining couples hit the dance floor and pay tribute to singer, songwriter and legend Stevie Wonder, MONDAY, APRIL 22 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). Stevie Wonder takes over the ballroom as “Dancing with the Stars” devotes, for the first time, an entire evening to one artist. He will perform some of his classic songs, including “Sir Duke” and “My Cherie Amour,” and the celebrities will dance to his greatest hits, including “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “For Once in My Life” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours).” Special guest country superstar Hunter Hayes will perform with Stevie Wonder in a spectacular opening performance. The night will also showcase two team dances featuring the celebrities and their pro partners.
On TUESDAY, APRIL 23, one couple will be eliminated on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET). The show will feature music by seven-time GRAMMY Award winner will.i.am performing his current single, “#thatpower,” and international superstar Olly Murs will perform his current hit, “Troublemaker.” In Addition, “Macy’s Stars of Dance” returns for its third installment of the season, choreographed by AJ Jones.
More at ABC MediaNet.
PureDWTS Aly Raisman Chats On The Most Surprising Thing About Mark Ballas, The Boston Bombings, And More
The LA Times interviewed Aly after her week 5 dance on Dancing With The Stars. They talk of Mark Ballas and the most surprising thing she learned about him. She also gives her thoughts for what it was like to perform after the Boston bombings and in what order she’s like to dance if she could pick….
Q. You consider Boston to be your hometown, so performing a dance on Monday must have seemed a bit strange considering the tragedy at the Boston Marathon earlier that day.
Yes, performing on Monday was very difficult for me. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the tragedy since I first heard the news in our dress rehearsal. It is so heartbreaking and terrible. My heart goes out to everyone back home in Boston and anyone else who was affected by [Monday's] incident.
Q. If you had a choice, would you rather dance first and get it over with, or dance last and see how everyone else did?
I would rather go first! I am used to going last in gymnastics. I love going last because you have enough time to prepare and to check out the competition, but here on “DWTS” it’s a little different. I don’t consider this as much of a competition because I’ve just been having so much fun! I just love cheering everyone on, and the show and atmosphere are both amazing. It’s exciting for to me to see everyone improve so much each week! I love this show and I’m having a blast!
Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Boston and vicinity. They need us more than ever!!
To read the full interview, see the LA Times. Stay tuned later. We hope to have more with Mark!!!
This is a fun interview with Anna Trebunskaya And Emma Slater from Christy Reports. They differ a little about who will be in the finals for Dancing With The Stars Season 16. Check it out. I agree with Emma more. What do you think?
Well, side-by-side challenge night went about as well as can be expected when you put complete amateurs (well, and a ringer or two…) next to seasoned pros with years of experience under their belts. If nothing else, it let us see some sorely missed pros doing what they do best The judges have made it pretty clear at this point who their favorites are (ZENDAYA, Kellie, Jacoby, & Aly), who they are lukewarm about (Sean & Ingo), and who is disposable (Victor, D.L., and unfortunately, now Andy), and seem to be scoring accordingly. And dare I say that many of the pros came out dancing at full throttle…but noticeably slowed down and calmed down when the celebs joined them on the floor? No bueno. And god bless Tom for soldiering through what had to be a tough night for Bostonians Let’s get on with it…
1.) Zendaya & Val – It was a good dance, and I was actually impressed with Val’s first venture into Argentine tango choreography – and thankfully, he seemed to eschew the multitude of lifts big bro seems so fond of, and put in some good basic steps. Zendaya handled pretty well, and I liked the jewel thief storyline – I was worried they were going to go more the smut route, which would have felt…icky. But this was appropriate So that was the good – now here’s the bad: I don’t think it was 10-worthy. Sorry kids. Once again, I find myself just fixated on how BENT Zendaya’s legs are – yes, I am aware she is tall, and yes, Argentine tango is usually done with a flexed knee. But girl was damn near SQUATTING – and consequently, it made her upper body look that much more flimsy when they were in hold. I hate when tall people (male or female) try to compensate for a shorter dance partner – it almost always looks awkward, and you don’t get the full impact of their lines. I say stand up straight and forget about who’s taller – the bf has 2 female students that have a good 3” on him in heels, and when they’re dancing to the full extent, it’s MAGICAL…their legs just go on forever. You don’t even worry about who’s taller, because the lines are so gorgeous. So with that said – these two are obviously safe (and thankfully, there were no Twitter machinations this week to tip things in their favor), but I do think Zendaya’s legs will continue to be an issue in the coming weeks.
2.) Kellie & Derek – I’ve always loved Derek’s foxtrots, and the Broadway quality & character they have to them. This was no exception – great side-by-side, playful choreography, and Kellie seemed to handle the sweeping motions of the foxtrot well. She seemed to get a bit stiff in her neck and shoulders at a few times, which looked a bit awkward, but other than that, she handled this routine well and I liked watching her do it. I think she probably came the closest to mirroring her pro counterpart tonight – and I think she has Derek to thank for not dumbing down the choreography, because in most of the routines, the pros went from dancing full-on, difficult steps to dancing simple, kindergarten steps without much energy. It gave me whiplash, at times. But the transition in this one felt seamless – the way Kellie was keeping up, it felt more like another pro couple joining Henry & Anna on the floor, rather than “Oh sh*t, here comes the celeb, better slow it down…NOW!” So even if Kellie “doesn’t like Derek’s ways” – I think it was those “ways” that probably helped her look so good tonight. Read more..
Tony Dovolani, Maks Chmerkovskiy, and some of the cast did a Dancing With The Stars segment today for Good Morning America. Tony begins by taking us to what the ballroom looks like “naked” without the lights, the costumes, etc.. Then they show Maks. He teases us about a big pro number and one of the biggest we’ve ever seen on the show. Chelsie Hightower, Tristan MacManus, and Anna Trebunskaya also peek in to say they “are back” too. They also show some brief rehearsal footage and some costume teasers as well (beautiful!!). You can watch this fun segment at this link.
Also, when you get some time today, be sure you take in the new ABC Dancing With The Stars Pre-Party! Tristan MacManus joins in the fun to discuss Dorothy and tonight’s dances. Here he is talking about a “show stopper” for the show like Maks on GMA. It’s so good to see him again, isn’t it?!!
You can watch more of this Pre-Party here.
Val Chmerkovskiy has written a new blog for Today. He writes of how excited he is to be dancing with Zendaya and next to his brother, Maks and Anna Trebunskaya tonight. Val says, “The number is great, the dance is really strong, really passionate.” He also writes that this dance is better than any other dance he and Zendaya have done this season. We will soon see. I can’t wait as the Argentine Tango is my favorite dance. What is your favorite?
We have a song that has a different energy about it, so that allows us to still be passionate, still have the strength and the attitude of an Argentine tango, still have proper technique. But we’re passionate about a completely different topic. There’s going to be a theme to the dance, and I don’t want to reveal before you watch it and that will all make sense as to why there is aggression, why there is passion, why there is a struggle. It’s going to be great, but it doesn’t always have to be about love. Even love has very different angles. We celebrate the love for dance!
This dance has been a lot – a lot – more challenging than any other dance we’ve done this season. The most challenging part of it is the speed, the precision, the intricate footwork. The technique of the dance is like no other. The posture is like no other. The frame, the lead … so that’s been challenging. The choreography, most importantly, is very, very challenging. I don’t know if it’s going to be noticed by the judges, but most certainly I know that the fans are really going to appreciate.
The dance turned out amazing so far. We took huge risks this week with tricks and choreography. And obviously, there’s a moment in the dance where we’re dancing side-by-side, which is a huge risk because no matter how talented Zendaya is or I am as a teacher, Anna is a professional ballroom dancer. That’s what she does, better than most people. That comparison’s going to be interesting. You don’t have to be the best dancer to be a great performer, and that’s what I really want to showcase in Zendaya this week. I think this tango’s going to do that better than any other dance we’ve done this season.
You can read this new blog in full at Today.
ADDING: Just in time before the show, On The Red Carpet has uploaded a new rehearsal interview with Zendaya and Val!!
ABC has released a new Dancing With The Stars promo for Week 5. Note the bit with Maks at the end and the facial expression they used of Andy. LOL! Anna looks so sweet too in the pose they used of her. Enjoy and thanks to Maksim Chmerkovskiy Fans You Tube for uploading!!
Just a quick update!! Music artist Kerli is set to perform for the Results show next week on Dancing With The Stars. Below is a tweet from Island records!!
UPDATE: And below is more information about the shows next week from ABC Media Net. Note how it mentions all the pros who are returning to perform. Also, Selena Gomez and The Band Perry will be performing.
“Episode 1605 & 1605A” – Nine remaining couples hit the dance floor and face an exciting new challenge MONDAY, APRIL 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). In another first for “Dancing with the Stars,” a new twist called “Len’s Side By Side Challenge” tasks each couple to perform a portion of their individual dance alongside a pro dance couple. The pro couples will include returning favorites Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Anna Trebunskaya, Tristan MacManus, Tony Dovolani, Gleb Savchenko and Chelsie Hightower. This new twist will allow the audience as well as judges to compare the celebrity’s dance technique in real time to a professional’s. Monday will also feature a show stopping opening number with the entire cast, returning pros and dance troupe.
On TUESDAY, APRIL 16 one couple will be eliminated on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET). The show will feature music by multi-Platinum-selling artist Selena Gomez who will perform her new single, “Come & Get It,” and Country Rock group The Band Perry will perform their hit No. 1 song, “Better Dig Two.” The results show will also feature a spectacular opening number choreographed by Mark Ballas and Derek Hough.
“Macy’s Stars of Dance” returns for its second installment of the season. Choreographed by Emmy-nominated Stacey Tookey, this sexy and powerful performance will feature dancers Tyne Stecklein and Jeremy Hudson and music by singer/songwriter Kerli, who will perform “Love Me or Leave Me.”
More at ABC Media Net.