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.
Hey Guys!!! Be sure to tune into the new Afterbuzz Dancing With The Stars After show when you get a chance. I haven’t listened to it in full yet, but, PureDWTS reader Jenn (THANKS JENN!!) reports to us that Anna Trebunskaya mentions how she and Maks will be dancing with Val and Zendaya in their individual dance as well as with Jacoby and Karina in theirs. She will also be dancing with Henry Byalikov in Kellie and Derek’s individual dance. Exciting!! Also, in this interview is Victor Ortiz talking about his time so far on Dancing With The Stars.
And while we are on the subject of Anna, who needs another dose of this? Let’s hope she’s back on the show again next season full time! If not, let’s hope producers will always make sure to feature her in dances like this. Just breathtaking!
Thanks to Jimmbboe’s You Tube Channel for the video above.
Henry Byalikov, Anna Trebunskaya, And Tristan MacManus Discuss Dancing With The Stars With Afterbuzz TV
Have you all had a chance to watch the new Dancing With The Stars Afterbuzz TV interview with dance pros Henry Byalikov, Anna Trebunskaya, and Tristan MacManus? Tristan talks about his feelings after learning his partner, Dorothy Hamill, had to drop out. He also talks of what he thinks of the other couples. Henry answers such questions as whether or not the troupe helps the pros with their dances. Also, Anna Trebunskaya joins AfterBuzz TV as a permanent host on the network’s Dancing With The Stars after show. It’s almost an hour long interview, but, well with your time when you get a chance this weekend.
Remember this gorgeous waltz that Jonathan & Anna danced in tribute to their cancer-stricken friend, Julia, back in season 14?
Sadly, Anna reported on her Twitter today that Julia passed away this morning, after a long & courageous battle with lung cancer. She remembered her friend poignantly:
Julia’s passing touched me rather personally, as I had the pleasure of watching Julia and her husband, Igor, dance at one of the first ballroom competitions I attended, almost ten years ago. I was struck by how powerful they were on the floor, and their showdances were always the most creative and engaging. I feel blessed to have been present to witness the debut of one of the greatest showdances in ballroom history – when Igor & Julia proved that you can dance ballroom to any music…even Nirvana!
And a few years later, they again proved that rock & ballroom can mix perfectly, when they did this beautiful, vulnerable foxtrot to quite possibly my favorite song of all-time:
We here at Pure send our heartfelt condolences out to Julia’s friends and family during this sad time. Rest in peace, Julia.
I know we’re all still reeling from the whiplash of Pro Watch – old pros are sitting this one out, entirely new pros are being brought in, troupe members are getting promoted, and the status of some pros seems to change from “out” to “in” and back again on a daily basis. The general question on everyone’s lip: “WTF is going on at DWTS??!!!”
While I don’t have a ton of insider info about what’s going on with the casting (even the insiders seem to be somewhat in the dark this season!), I do have a theory or two, and some knowledge of previous seasons to help back up said theories – and I’m about to share one with you that may or may not put things in perspective, and may or may not help ease your concerns…but it’s one that at least makes some sense, given what we’ve seen unfolding the past week or so and what we know of previous seasons. Take it with a biiiiig grain of salt, as I’m not 100% confident in the veracity of some of the claims made in it. And Maks fans of the hypersensitive persuasion should probably just stop reading right now.
First, let’s go back in time to about 2.5 years ago – the week or so leading up to the season 11 cast annoucement. Lacey had tweeted something cranky (and characteristically “Lacey”) about not being part of that season’s cast, and we were led to believe that she would be sitting that season out. About 36-48 hours later, we were smacked in the face by the news that Edyta had suddenly quit DWTS, and Lacey was then excitedly tweeting that she was back in as one of the pros. What happened??? Allegedly (and I’m using this as a precaution, as the info I’m about to share has been culled from multiple sources – some more credible than others, and not all of it matches up), Edyta had tried leveraging in her negotiations with TPTB – some think she was upset that her husband Alec wasn’t getting asked back as a pro, some say she was upset about the partner she got (which confuses me – read on), some say she was holding out for more $$$, who knows. Whatever it was, I guess Edyta tried to throw her weight around as the longest-tenured pro on the show (at the time) and gave the producers an ultimatum: “You give me [insert demand here] or I quit.” To which the producers replied, “K, bye then!” I’m guessing Edyta wasn’t expecting them to call her bluff, and she also doesn’t strike me as the type who will swallow their pride easily, so of course, she had to follow through on her promise, and out she went. Read more..