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PureDWTS Season 19, Week 10 – Power Rankings

Several things that make me go “hmmmm” this week: the scores very much in a close cluster headed into finale week (74, 75, 76, 78), Sadie back to being low-balled a bit; the sudden repetition of the phrases “momentum”, “going all the way”, and “contender” with reference to Janel; the decision to bring back Maks for a visit; and the fact that Alfonso seems to be in some serious pain.  All are things that make me wonder about the finale, in a variety of ways…you’ll see why.

Tommy, Tommy, Tommy – it was great run, buddy, and you very much went out on a high note (no pun intended…ok, maybe a little bit).  Thought that the Chonger actually gave two very respectable performances tonight, and his rumba in particular was a lovely illustration of just why I appreciated him so damn much this season: he let us see a softer side of Peta.  I don’t think I’ve EVER seen her so emotionally attached to a partner, and it made her a lot more human and relatable for me – plus Tommy was just so daggone charming, and seemed to really embrace the experience of being on DWTS.

1.) Alfonso & Witney – Injury aside, I think we saw something out of Alfonso tonight that we maybe hadn’t noticed as much when he wasn’t injured: heart.  I loved seeing the fighting side of Fonz tonight – his technique may not have been as on-point as we’ve seen from him in the past (though by no means was it shoddy – even injured, the guy is still a revelation), but I think it just made it more obvious how hard he was trying and how much he really wants to be here and do well – so I appreciated both of his performances tonight, as well as Witney’s choreography.  She has been a revelation this season – really loving how she’s able to showcase her partner.  Also worth noting, I think – just how many (and how diverse) a group of celebs showed up in Alfonso’s “flashback” package to wish him well.  Rick Schroeder, Emmitt Smith, most of the cast of Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and…Dan Quayle??? I like to think it just illustrates Fonz’s broad-spectrum appeal – and how beloved he is by so many because of both Carlton and Silver Spoons.   My only worry? That his injury may prevent his freestyle from being as truly epic as it could be, if his range of motion is limited – but I’m optimistic that he’s still going to wow us, and  he’s still got time to heal.  He’s still my pick to win ;-) Read more..

November 18, 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 Season 19, Week 10 – Who’s Dancing What….and When? (Song Spoilers)

Only two more weeks and I’m on vacay from DWTS for a bit. Turkey, champagne, stuffing, beer….lord, I can’t wait. :-) I’m going to read books, play video games, watch TV….ahhh. And all I want for Christmas is for Janel to be eliminated SOON. I don’t expect to get my one wish, but you can’t get them if you don’t make them. :-)

Alfonso and Witney (Song: “Love Runs Out” by One Republic )
Argentine Tango
Contemporary
Vote: 1-800-868-3401

Tommy and Peta (Song: “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell and Hannah Peel )
Jazz
Rumba
Vote: 1-800-868-3413

Janel and  Val (Song: “Blame” by Calvin Harris )
Paso Doble
Argentine Tango
Vote: 1-800-868-3405

Sadie and Mark (Song: “Problem” by Arianna Grande )
Quickstep
Argentine Tango
Vote: 1-800-868-3411

Bethany and Derek (Song: “I Want You Back” by the Jackson Five and The Civil Wars)
Samba
Contemporary
Vote: 1-800-868-3403

November 16, 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 Season 19, Week 9 – Power Rankings

I know I’ve been absent for awhile – chalk it up to an insane workload at my 9-5, some Comicon hijinx in Ohio, and a bridal shower in Texas this past weekend (check out my instagram for pix of the latter two – @putuincespence).  Literally, the busiest 2 weeks of my life.  8-O But I’m back now and there’s something I’d like to get off my chest with regards to TPTB…

STOP TRYING TO MAKE JANEL HAPPEN. IT’S NOT GONNA HAPPEN. And in fact, it very well could backfire – especially after what we saw from them tonight.  The viewers are not stupid – they can tell when you’re trying to wrap a turd in tinfoil and sell it to them as a candy bar. You’ve secured her spot in next week’s show – good for you.  But when you pimp and pimp and pimp a certain contestant with the objective of getting them to the finale, a funny thing often happens when they get there: they typically don’t place better than 3rd or 4th place.  Food for thought.

Moving right along…I see Carrie Ann & Julianne are back to riding high on the bath salts train, as neither one had very much credibility tonight – lots of nonsense being spewed, both positive & negative.  Len was a (sort of) stabilizing influence, who wasn’t afraid to speak up and tell them they were full of it, though even he wasn’t completely immune to the nonsense.  My only hope is that he can get really, really real next week – cause he seemed to be turning a blind eye to quite a bit this week that he would normally quite vocally object to. Read more..

November 11, 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 Season 19, Week 8 – Who’s Dancing What….and When? (Song Spoilers)

Heh. Almost forgot about this post. Not that it matters since everything is  out there anyway.

I got some of the info on the dances from various videos, some from Wiki – if you see anything wrong, let me know. I was traveling a large part of the week, as was Courtney, as a result we lost track a bit. :-) There were a few days where I didn’t know which end was up.

I will say that it will be interesting to see how Janel will do with the quickstep, where the frame is so important. She’s gotten away with not having to worry about that overly much – and straight up said that was why she was glad she got contemporary. I think Beth will be fine and I have a feeling Alfonso will be back at the top of the leaderboard – we’ll see. Lea’s dances are why I’m afraid that even if she does make it through this week, she won’t make the finale. Samba? Yikes. Paso maybe better for her. I also expect a lot from Sadie’s Jive. Again, we’ll see.

ETA: So, Alfonso is going first – I think he safely can, with no issues.

ETA2: Not sure on which versions of those songs are being used, so I guessed. :-)

Alfonso and Witney
Foxtrot
Paso Doble with Lindsay Arnold (Song: Turn Down for What by DJ Snake and Lil Jon )
Dancing 1st
Vote: 1-800-868-3401

Tommy and Peta
Viennese Waltz
Samba with Sharna Burgess
Vote: 1-800-868-3413

Janel and  Val
Quickstep
Salsa with Keo Motsepe
Vote: 1-800-868-3405

Lea and Artem
Samba
Paso Doble with Henry Byalikov (Song: Black Betty by Ram Jam )
Vote: 1-800-868-3407

Sadie and Mark
Jive
Foxtrot with Emma Slater
Vote: 1-800-868-3411

Bethany and Derek
Viennese Waltz
Argentine Tango with Tony Dovolani
Vote: 1-800-868-3403

November 9, 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. :-)

DWTS Season 19, Week 8: Dancing by the Numbers!

So…

Where to start?

Yes, I do think that the scores were determined in advance by the judges because they wanted to keep Janel safe for another two weeks. Did they know it was necessary? Does it matter? I’m not sure the judges know, but at the end of the day, they underscored Sadie, in particular, relative to Janel. Janel’s dance was good, but if it was a dance worthy of a perfect score, so was Sadie’s and Alfonso’s – and Bethany’s for that matter.  But perhaps those three don’t need the help, eh?

By giving Janel 43 points last week, they’ve essentially sent her all the way to the semi-finals based on one less than perfect dance. Saved her for last week AND this coming week. This way, it is likely they get their preferred finale of Alfonso, Sadie, Bethany and Janel – sucks to be Lea and Tommy, barring someone not getting the votes we think they are. The semi-final scoring will tell the tale. If Janel suddenly isn’t all that great, it means she ain’t getting the vote (like we suspect) – after all, the judges want to be RIGHT. They want their preferred finale, but in the end they want their scores to be close to how the votes are going. Pride.

Anyway, I can’t even work up any righteous indignation about this anymore. It’s so predictable. Young actress works for ABC = Semi-final, whether she deserves it or not. And really, she is dancing better than Lea right now – I just don’t *LIKE* her. Not only do I get stealth mean girl vibe, but that gross showmance she had going on with Val was just annoying after a season centered on an over the top showmance.  Yuck.

But, on to the scores. Who’s got what and how much damage did the judges do this past week? Read more..

November 8, 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 19, Week 8 – Who’s Dancing What….and When? (Song Spoilers)

Well, this week is somewhat confusing – or it was – but thanks to Derek’s blog I think we have a slightly better than vague understanding of what’s going on. :-D  So, each couple will dance their assigned dance – they dynamic duo – shown below. After that, the person with the high score is “immune” from elimination tomorrow night. The person in second place gets to choose who they want to dance against and that couple gets to choose the style of dance.  The winner of the dance off gets…3 points??  Where did I get that from, as I don’t think it was Derek. Somewhere on this site most likely and I”m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong.

Put on yer tin foil hats, kids – who wants to take bets on who’s going to get that precious immunity?  While I am certainly one to think that they manipulate the hell out of this show to serve some (often barely) hidden agenda, the plain fact is that the last two times they did this immunity thing, it was won by Amber and Kellie – both went on to win the show, so clearly they were not in much danger.  But then, you have to look back at the “winner take all cha cha” which was just another form of immunity that they handed to Chelsea – someone we had been predicting was on her way out for a week or two prior to that. So, I guess it depends on what the true agenda is – save a family member (Chelsea, Janel) or just to screw around and make the show more complicated than it has to be? I guess we have to wait and see.  Lord knows, the two women that we’ve been speculating could be in trouble certainly got dance styles very much in their favor. AGAIN, in Janel’s case.

Janel and  Val – Contemporary, Romeo and Juliette
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Bethany and Derek – Salsa, Lucy and Ricky Riccardo
Vote: 1-800-868-3403

Alfonso and Witney – Cha Cha Cha, Batman and Robin (WTF?)
Vote: 1-800-868-3401

Lea and Artem – Jazz, Bonnie and Clyde
Vote: 1-800-868-3407

Michael and Emma – Foxtrot, Tarzan and Jane
Vote: 1-800-868-3409

Tommy and Peta – Paso Doble, Johnny and June Cash
Vote: 1-800-868-3413

Sadie and Mark – Contemporary, Adam and Eve Song:
“Uninvited” by Alanis Morrisette
More here.
Vote: 1-800-868-3411

Those dancers not immune will dance one of the following:
Cha Cha Cha
Jive
Rumba
Read more..

November 2, 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. :-)

DWTS Season 19, Week 7: Dancing by the Numbers!

Well, it’s really interesting how the team dances make an already screwed up leader board even MORE screwed up. In what universe is Sadie below both Lea and Janel?? Cray cray universe, that’s which one. I can’t figure out what they have against that girl – and why they are so high on Lea. They have Lea as 4 points higher than Sadie in her individual dance – it’s’ times like this when I think that perhaps giving your celeb very simple choreo is an advantage. I’m not sure it should be. Mark went with a production and harder choreo and wasn’t rewarded at all for challenging Sadie AND teaching her to dance. Was she a little wobbly in spots? Sure – but she also had harder choreo.

I dunno. Don’t get me wrong – I love Lea too, but these oddities make me scratch my head.  Because in the past, one of the requirements from the judges certainly seemed to be upping the challenge each week, if they were a good dancer. But, as usual, the rule that applies to some pros/celebs doesn’t apply to all.  I was ready to be super pissed at Len, for example, when he started talking about production to Derek on a HALLOWEEN themed episode – but instead of giving Derek his usual 7, he gave him a 9. Shocker. But then we found out that Len was saving his true ire for Mark and Sadie. Granted, they had MORE production and the dance wasn’t quite as strong – but NINE points difference?? Lord have mercy, whose cheerios did Mark pee in? (Note to Mark fans: you should focus your silly hate on the people actually handing out scores…and here’s an idea, instead of trying to pull Beth’s score DOWN, you should be bitching to get Sadie’s score UP. Always, the focus on Derek when he had nothing to do with it. Stupid.).

As we have often speculated in the past, the one reason to low ball someone is for the storyline. Often a storyline that includes the lowballed celeb getting a shit ton of votes. This way, when they are safe…or even end up WINNING…everyone will be shocked. The audience will look at each other in wonder and say, “but she got low scores all the way up to week __ – that’s amazing she won!!” Because, folks, not everyone is really paying attention and some of the audience ain’t actually too bright (see: shippers).  Where this becomes a problem is the other side of the stupid audience coin – sometimes constant lowballing leads the sheeple…I mean, audience to believe that that person is not as good a dancer as they actually are. There are people out there who actually believe the judges know what they’re talking about (gasp), when in reality, there is more that goes into their scores than actual dancing a lot of the time. Read more..

October 30, 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 Season 19, Week 7 – Power Rankings

Three cheers for an opening pro dance that I actually enjoyed! Thought it was cute how they worked in a Halloween theme.  At the very least, it wasn’t a bunch of  female bumping & grinding & hair-flipping…or Pitbull. 8-O

So Len was back, and as I kind of predicted – he was grumpy, and Julianne kind of reverted back to being the level-headed judge.  Carrie Ann is still the airheaded judge; I can’t even really remember anything Bruno said.  Overall, I don’t feel as though the quality of judging improved much with Len’s return – so I’m fine if he doesn’t want to come back next season.  Hell, I don’t really care if ANY of the judges come back next season ;-)

Kinda had an inkling that Antonio was toast the minute the judges started laying into him for a dance that really wasn’t that bad, in my opinion – it was probably Antonio’s best, and though he’s still kind of an awkward mover, he seemed to smooth things out quite a bit better this week.  But I’m guessing that he just wasn’t connecting with viewers – I felt like we never really got to see the real Antonio.  Wish he would have given us more of a peek into his work or family life.

1.) Bethany & Derek – Bethany was given great scores and great choreography this week, but here’s the odd part for me: in both her individual and team dance, there seemed to be moments where she just wasn’t…fully present.  It’s hard to describe, but it’s like she went into autopilot both times – not sure if she’s just really tired or burnt out, but she just didn’t seem as invested as she was in her tango last week.  Thought the concept and setting of her paso was great, and Derek gave her some great choreo in their team dance – but she just didn’t grab the bull by the horns like she normally does.  She wasn’t bad by any means – she was just not as dazzling for me as she usually is.  Maybe it was just this week and having to learn two dances – hopefully she’ll be back to 100% next week.  But she can leave the Maleficient/Queen Amidala hair – wasn’t loving that. Read more..

October 28, 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!

DWTS Season 19, Week 6: Dancing by the Numbers!

Well, this week is interesting. And hard. Why? Well, Michael got a 30. That makes several things uncertain. Is he the weakest dancer left? That’s debatable. Honestly, I don’t think either Tommy or Antonio is that much better than him, although Tommy is equally charming in my book.  This puts Antonio at a disadvantage – it all hinges on his fanbase.

But then…some of you remember my analysis of “Jeopardy” I’m sure. Basically, if I remember correctly, about half the time, Jeopardy is actually an indication of who will be going home soon, but ONLY for the person last to be called safe. Usually two weeks after being put in jeopardy and being last to be called safe. This is NOT as true if you are in the semi-final.  Anyway, Antonio hasn’t even been in jeopardy, has he? And he’s definitely never been last to be called safe. The other thing that was obvious from that analysis was that it’s hard to tell what their pattern is until the season is over.  But, Jonathan was last to be called safe two weeks before he left.  Betsey was in the bottom two and was eliminated in week 4. Michael has been last to be called safe a few times now.  And Janel was last to be called safe this past week. Maybe it means something, maybe it doesn’t. More likely it does for Michael in the near term.

Anyway, let’s take a look at the scores and the percentages. Read more..

October 24, 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 19, Week 7 – Who’s Dancing What….and When? (Song Spoilers)

Ah, Halloween. Either great or a trainwreck – don’t think there will be too much middle ground. Will be nice to see Janel to a slow dance. Alfonso too, for that matter. Very curious to see how Sadie will handle the serious Paso Doble. Lea and her posture problems combined with an Argentine Tango? Could be interesting.

ETA: For those of you who didn’t read the press release – both Ella Henderson & Nikki Yanofsky will be performing their songs live on Monday night.

ETA2: I love me some Tommy, but isn’t that song kinda slow for a quickstep?? Okay, to answer my own question, I just listed to the version they’re dancing to and it should be okay.

ETA3: The Taiko Drums really DO work for Beth and Derek. Wow.

ETA4: You all remember what happened the last time Mike’s song was used, right??

Janel and  Val – Viennese Waltz (Song: “Secret” by The Pierces )
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Bethany and Derek – Paso Doble (Song: See PDH)
Vote: 1-800-868-3403

Alfonso and Witney – Rumba (Song: “Ghost” by Ella Henderson )
Vote: 1-800-868-3401

Lea and Artem – Argentine Tango (Song: “Necessary Evil” by Nikki Yanofsky )
Vote: 1-800-868-3407

Michael and Emma – Jive (Song: “Devil Went Down To Georgia” by Charlie Daniels Band )
Vote: 1-800-868-3409

Antonio and Cheryl – Viennese Waltz (Song: “I Put A Spell on You” by Nina Simone )
Vote: 1-800-868-3402

Tommy and Peta – Quickstep (Song: “That Old Black Magic” by Louis Prima & Keely Smith )
Vote: 1-800-868-3413

Sadie and Mark – Paso Doble (Song: “Come With Me” Now by Kongos )
Vote: 1-800-868-3411

Team ItsyBitsey (Song: “Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora )
Bethany/Derek
Janel/Val
Lea/Artem
Michael/Emma

Team Creep Du Soleil (Song: “Time Warp” from Rocky Horror Picture Show )
Alfonso/Whitney
Sadie/Mark
Tommy/Peta
Antonio/Cheryl

Hey…Mark is talking. I consider this a good sign….

And some pix of Team Itsey Bitsey & Creep Du Soleil, respectively…

Introducing #TeamItsyBitsy ! Our Halloween-themed team dances are next Monday! Who thinks they’ll win?? #DWTS

A photo posted by Dancing with the Stars (@dancingabc) on

Introducing #TeamCreepDuSoleil Our Halloween-themed team dances are next Monday! Who thinks they’ll win?? #DWTS

A photo posted by Dancing with the Stars (@dancingabc) on

New toys to play with for this weeks Paso . #taikodrums #dwts

A video posted by Derek Hough (@derekhough) on

October 22, 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. :-)