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Dancing With The Stars Cast Attends The Steve Irwin Gala Dinner – Photos

Last night, some of the cast of Dancing With The Stars attended The Steve Irwin Gala Dinner including Tom Bergeron, Emma Slater, Derek Hough, Artem Chigvintsev, and more. You can view a few photos below. To see more coverage, see Getty Images and Pure Derek Hough.

May 22, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS Season 22, Week 9 – Power Rankings

Five years ago, I sat on my couch, slack-jawed and speechless over the fact that TPTB had managed to oust a season-long fan favorite and great dancer from the finale in favor of a member of the ABC family advancing.   I didn’t think it was possible that anyone on this show could have gotten more screwed-over than Ralph Macchio was in season 12, in order to allow Chelsea Kane into the finals. I’ll be damned if history didn’t repeat itself last night with Wanya Morris, quite possibly one of the most hard-working, consistent, passionate, and entertaining contestants this show has ever seen, being sacrificed in favor of the decent-but-unmemorable ABC family member, Ginger Zee. And it seems to sting even more this time, because I feel like it all came down to the “hanky slip heard ’round the world” – a relatively minor snafu that the judges decided to make a molehill of, and brutally underscored Wanya last week, while sheltering Ginger with some very cushy scores on some pretty ho-hum dances. Had that underscoring (and overscoring) not happened last week, I have decent reason to believe we’d be looking at a different finale lineup.  But when it comes down to it, I guess it’s more important to ensure the company gal advances over the popular guy that isn’t part of the family, no matter how talented he may be. Good luck defending this decision, ABC – judging from the shock and dismay I saw on Twitter, you may get quite a bit of backlash for this one.

As for the good news about last night – I did manage to get 2/3 of my dream finale, with Nyle & Paige advancing, and with Antonio, the weak link in this competition since Doug left, finally getting ousted. To the Steelers Nation – guess y’all aren’t as mighty as you claimed to be, huh? I daresay with all the outrage about Wanya getting ousted, I barely heard a peep from those disappointed about Antonio going home. And FWIW, Wanya put on one helluva show – dude was 100% in the zone last night, and didn’t have a single stumble.  Just makes it all the more of a glaring omission for him to not make the finale.

So for the first time, this week’s scores are being rolled into the totals for the finale – I invite you all to contemplate why that might be.  Given that we’ll see the freestyles next Monday before the final set of votes, these power rankings are somewhat moot, as I’ll do another set next Monday. But given that they’ll actually be using the judges’ scores from this week, I do think it’s possible to predict who might have the advantage headed into the finale…and who might struggle a bit more.  So take these rankings as who I think would win/be the runner-up/come in 3rd if the winner were to be decided tomorrow. Read more..

May 17, 2016 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 Artem Chigvintsev And Brittany Cherry Will Be Featured In “Gilmore Girls Revival” Episode

Dancing With The Stars Artem Chigvintsev and Brittany Cherry will be starring in a new “Gilmore Girls Revival” episode. You can see them pictured in the instagram below. Note how Paul Barris (who was on the Dancing With The Stars Live tour last season) will be featured too. Thanks to @Moozanna for the heads up.

Such a great day rehearsing with amazing dancers & my creative partners @lolodva & @jhuds86 #gilmoregirls #gilmoregirlsrevival

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April 29, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Artem Chigvintsev And Edyta Sliwinska Give Dance Lessons To Basketball’s Tom Izzo, Denzel Valentine, A’ja Wilson

Dancing With The Stars Artem Chigvintsev and Edyta Sliwinska gave Michigan State’s coach Tom Izzo and star player Denzel Valentine along with South Carolina star A’ja Wilson some dance lessons this week for a feature set to air on Friday at 8 pm ET as part of the College Basketball Awards on ESPN2. You can read more and watch some video at USA Today.

“Look at you,” Sliwinska told Izzo, as he tried his best footwork. “You have moves!”

Valentine, at that point, completely lost it. “Ooooh,” he said, laughing.

Valentine and Wilson are both on the ballot for the John R. Wooden Award, which will be announced during the show.

April 7, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS Season 22, Week 3 – Power Rankings

Fair warning: if you read the live blog or follow me on Twitter, you might get a tad bored with the power rankings this week – I’ve only filled in on the live blog for Heidi a handful of times, but each time the struggle is kinda the same, with me trying not to repeat the same thoughts over and over again, just worded a bit differently.  I’ve tried to go more in-depth than what I said in the live blog or the snippets I gave on Twitter, but overall, the sentiments are kinda the same.  Sorry guys – blame New Orleans and its tasty cuisine for distracting Heidi 😛

I think this season, more than any other season in recent years that I can think of, the judges are being extra stingy with the points, and seem to be very careful about whom they reward them to and how many they reward.  Is this the true drawback of having so much talent in one season – suddenly dances that would have probably gotten 9’s or even 10’s on another season, are lucky to get straight 8’s? Also a drawback, and one we’ve seen develop a bit more in the past two weeks – it’s harder to determine what your narrative for the season is going to be when you start off thinking certain contestants are going to thrive, and they end up not doing so; likewise, a contestant you had written off as being mediocre and nothing to sneeze at could come out of nowhere and overshadow your “chosen ones”.  I think we witnessed the narrative starting to change last night – I started to see the judges (or at least one of the judges) begin to wean themselves off of certain contestants that weren’t up-to-snuff, and started to gravitate more towards contestants that were really starting to shine. Will be interesting to see if this direction continues, or continues to evolve as the season goes on…

…once again, last night’s elimination was no surprise; but at the very least, Mischa went out on a high note, and looked like she was finally able to let go and have fun.  And midway through the show, while watching Jodie’s package, I had a bit of an epiphany about Mischa: she’s Jodie from five years ago.  She’s in the early stages of sobriety, just trying to find her footing on the shaky ground of recovery, and cautiously just trying to navigate through life at this stage.  What’s to say that if Jodie had done the show five years ago, she wouldn’t have had the same struggles Mischa had this season? Or if Mischa had done DWTS five years from now – maybe her journey would have ended up more like Jodie’s? Just food for thought, and I wish Mischa the best – I just feel like maybe this was not the right time in her life for an experience like this, and it didn’t matter who her partner was…she just wasn’t ready.  But anyway – from here on out is where the eliminations start to get murky and probably painful.  There isn’t really anyone left that I strongly dislike (hell, I wouldn’t even say I strongly disliked Geraldo or Mischa – I just acknowledged that they weren’t right for the show), and with the scores so close together, they really do seem to be tossing it to the fans to decide.  Heidi’s numbers post will be an interesting read later this week… Read more..

April 5, 2016 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 Mischa brought And Artem Chigvintsev Attend Boohoo Launch – HQ Photos

Dancing With The Stars Mischa brought and Artem Chigvintsev a Boohoo.com fashion launch. You can see some fun photos of them at the DaiLy Mail. Below are some photos courtesy of Getty.

April 2, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Artem Chigvintsev And Jenna Johnson Working On New Dancing With The Stars Project

I’m not sure what these two are working on, but, it sure looks like something uhhhh…..HOT! Shots from downtown Los Angeles….

Promise the last one😜 @dancingabc #dwts

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Little sneak pick 😜 @dancingabc #dwts

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@dance10jenna and I working on something amazing ! @dancingabc #dwts

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March 31, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS Season 22, Week 2 – Power Rankings

Houston, we have a fairly unsettling problem (and no, it’s not Von’s insanely loud farting) – we have at least four pros who seriously did their partners a disservice last night with lackluster choreography. Whether it was misinterpreting the dance, throwing in too much extraneous stuff, or just wasting time, I saw a lot of issues that could have easily been avoided had the pros in question just buckled down and stuck to the basics. And this is a carry-over from last week, when I saw at least two pros giving their partners some kinda shitty choreography.  Part of me wonders if the fact that the show’s best choreographer, Derek, isn’t there anymore to help keep the standard high is partially to blame – since nobody has to go toe-to-toe with Derek anymore, maybe some of the pros don’t feel the need to work as hard, and feel more comfortable just settling for mediocre choreography that busting their asses and cranking out something great.  Just a theory – and probably not one that will make me very popular, but it is what it is.

Last night saw the giddy high of the premiere cooling off quite a bit, and the judges tending more towards the nitpicky where some couples were concerned. Part of me thinks Len being gone last season has done him more harm than good – it’s almost as if he forgot a bit about some of the pros’ penchants for “messing about” and it’s almost like reopening an old wound for him – he’s extra-cranky about it again, and I don’t get the feeling he’s having as much fun as he used to. Time will tell, I suppose.

To almost no one’s surprise, Geraldo & Edyta left us – I feel like the right couple went home, and if nothing else, they left on the high of giving us a ridiculously entertaining (or just plain ridiculous, depending on how you look at it) dance. And to Geraldo’s credit – I think he had a lot of fun on the show, even if he wasn’t a stellar dancer. I saw a few folks complaining that Edyta deserved a “better partner” and shouldn’t have had to leave so early, and it just kinda floors me because EDYTA WAS GONE FOR 6 YEARS AND THE CHANCES WERE SLIM TO NONE THAT SHE WOULD EVEN BE INVITED BACK. Edyta fans, I would just be thankful she was on the show at all – because the split she had with the show back in 2010 was a pretty acrimonious one, from what I hear, and she had basically torpedoed any chance she may have had at coming back.  Seriously, they could’ve given her Verne Troyer as a partner and I think she would have been thankful for the opportunity. More and more, I’m just convinced that there is no pleasing some fans of this show… Read more..

March 29, 2016 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 22 Week 2 Las Vegas Odds – Let us know what you think?

Sports Bavada didn’t post Las Vegas Odds for Dancing With The Stars Season 22 Week 2, but, Bookmake.eu.com posted their odds again.

ANTONIO BROWN 355
PAIGE VANZANT 373
JODIE SWEETIN 379
GINGER ZEE 508
NYLE DIMARCO 636
VON MILLER 781
MISCHA BARTON 891
WANYA MORRIS 943
KIM FIELDS 2049
DOUG FLUTIE 2830
GERALDO RIVERA 3967
MARLA MAPLES 4030

Below are last weeks odds:

JODIE SWEETIN 410
ANTONIO BROWN 550
PAIGE VANZANT 560
GINGER ZEE 570
NYLE DIMARCO 645
WANYA MORRIS 715
MISCHA BARTON 834
VON MILLER 889
KIM FIELDS 1230
DOUG FLUTIE 1600
MARLA MAPLES 2700
GERALDO RIVERA 3962

Vogue: I’m really disagreeing with the odds makers at BM this week. Why is Marla last? I fear it’s because some can’t get past that she was once Donald Trump’s wife which is sad. I was also surprised to see Kim so low as well. She and Sasha are so fun and they came out like firecrackers for their first dance. I would think both of them would be in the middle of the pack somewhere. Also, Jodi Sweetin is too high and Wanya is wayyyyy too low. Nyle should be more at the top as well. And what about Mischa? She should be at the bottom. What a goofy week in odds. Be sure to tell us what you think in comments. Heidi and Court what do you think?

Courtney: Whatever the oddsmakers are on – I want some 😛 It’s almost as if they’re a week behind – as if these odds are based more on the preseason hype we heard and not what we actually saw on Monday night.  Heck, it almost seems like they were lurking here – several of us were talking about both Marla & Geraldo as early outs, and how we thought Antonio was a lock for the finale.  Then Monday happened, and things kinda got shaken up – right now, rather than seeing a clear front-runner or a clear order, I’m more seeing tiers of skill/fanbase. I would argue that, based on Monday’s show, Wanya & Nyle should be about neck-and-neck for the top spot.  The next tier would be some combination of Ginger, Antonio, & Von – not sure what order I’d really put them in; right below them should be Paige, Jodie, & Kim (not necessarily in that order); Marla & Doug slightly below that (again, not sure who I’d put higher); and then Mischa & Geraldo in the basement.  I fully expect this could change come Monday, as I think Antonio could potentially surge, Ginger will likely get lavished with praise again, and Wanya and/or Nyle could get nitpicked a bit. Part of me kinda hopes it’s Mischa going home instead of Geraldo, because I’m getting the impression more and more that the former is not having much fun and at least the latter seems to be enjoying himself.

Heidi: As per usual, they have things all screwed up. It does make me wonder though…are they getting their odds based on actual betting? Because, when you look at their odds that way it puts a new spin on things.  Only not really, because you have the Steeler and the MMA girl at the top and there’s tons of sports betting all the time so to people who gamble, those two are really familiar.  🙂 It does make the rest of their lineup interesting. Sort of. You would think, though, that they would TRY to inject some reality into their odds because they’re likely going to get hosed on finale night unless Antonio does pull out a win – and that is NOT a sure thing anymore. I have to agree with Courtney’s tiers – ole Antonio has some serious competition from Wanya and Nyle and some of the other competitors are no slouches either. We’ll know more after this week, since they have far less time to prepare – but if  Sharna and Val don’t step up the choreo, they could find themselves seriously outclassed. And, therefore, on the losing end of this season.

March 25, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS Season 22, Week 1 – Power Rankings

Well, I’m gonna go out on a limb and predict that this season of DWTS will be won by…a dude. 😛 Yeah, that could be one of six individuals (but more realistically, probably 4), but after tonight, I daresay the bulk of this season’s talent rests with the men – don’t get me wrong, there are a few ladies with skills…but I think the men this season are closer to being the full package of skill, charm, and work ethic that it takes to win that MBT.

That being said – while the major narrative that TPTB seemed to want to push tonight was current NFL player vs. current NFL player, I found myself feeling a bit let-down with our two current football players; could have been the huge preseason hype surrounding them, but I was left feeling surprisingly “meh” by what I actually saw. Instead, I found my eye drawn to two other men that far eclipsed our NFL duo in terms of making a good impression.  As for the ladies – there’s some with real charm, and some with skill, and some that TPTB seem to have a vested interest in keeping around (cue side eye…), but when I’m left thinking about who really stood out in my mind tonight – I’m remembering a lot more guys than gals.

Other observations? The intro was cute, but seemed a little bit hodgepodge and not terribly cohesive; maybe I was just spoiled by how catchy & fun last season’s was. I also tip my hat to Erin tonight, as I think she was just what some of the contestants needed after a rough go of it with the judges – she was kind and gentle with those that maybe didn’t come out with such glowing reviews & scores.

Just a refresher, for those of you just joining us this season: the power rankings are a measure of how likely or unlikely I think a contestant is to get eliminated – it takes into account scores, fanbase, personality, memorability,  and whatever other factors I find that seem to influence voting behavior. It is NOT a ranking of “who danced the best”, so if you’re hear to complain that “so-and-so should be higher than such-and-such because they got a much higher score!” – you’re outta your element, Donnie. Now that we’ve got that outta the way… Read more..

March 22, 2016 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!