Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani are a hoot as always when they are together! Here they are interviewing some of the celebs at Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Party….
Carrie Ann Inaba has written a new blog at Parade about her memories of being on Dancing With The Stars. In this take, she writes of how all came to be for her.
Ten years is a long time. Dancing with the Stars has been on the air for 10 years. A Decade! It’s an amazing time to reflect upon.
I remember when I went in to interview for a new dance show that had originated in England. At the time, I was working on with Nigel Lythgoe on American Idol and as a choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance. At the interview, I was happily surprised to see many fellow choreographers, peers and people I respected who had been in the business for a long time. It was fun and exciting to talk shop and be a part of something so very new and different. I was offered two jobs: judging roles on both Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. It was a very hard decision for me to make. I loved both concepts, and I had worked for so long with Lythgoe. But I had also worked with Conrad Green, the executive producer of Dancing With the Stars. In the end, I chose Dancing With the Stars.
I was so thrilled to be part of this new craze of dance shows that were just becoming popular. And look at us now! Dance is mainstream. Dance has become almost as popular as our sports. It’s become a major part of pop culture and people now talk the language of dance. I can bring up dance at a dinner table and everyone chimes in, all generations and all walks of life. Dancers are now respected as athletes and artists. It has been a beautiful evolution for my dance community, the community I have lived in for most of my adult life. And the best part is that people now know the incredible power of dance. The celebrities who have done our show have all experienced firsthand the joy, the pain, the thrill, the emotional freedom, the physical power and the transformational power of dance. They know now what I have known for most of my life. Dance heals. Dance empowers. Dance expresses what words cannot. And our audience, our beautiful extended family has experienced it all too, and they also have been able to enjoy those incredible artistic creations and performances throughout the past 20 seasons. They’ve witnessed the power, beauty and joy of dancing, and they have embraced it. They have embraced us.
Lots more at Parade. I thought she looked stunning last night on the 10th Anniversary show. I loved these photos…
Did you watch the Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Show? If so, what did you think? What were your favorite dances? Any thoughts?
I’m in the middle of watching it right now! I am LOVING IT!! It’s so good to see everyone. I loved Mark and Derek/Sasha’s dance with their former partners. I loved seeing Alfonso & Witney and Maks & Meryl! More in comments later.
Below are some performance videos from the show courtesy of @idolxfactor1….
USA Today has a cool report posted on the Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Show. Here is some more information for what to expect tonight…
The special, taped last week and airing Tuesday (8 p.m. ET/PT), includes a group dance with seven NFL stars and a gold football, to the rearranged tune of Monday Night Football’s opening theme; first-season winner Kelly Monaco and pro Val Chmerkovskiy re-creating an earlier dance, stripping to a bikini and Speedos, as they splash on a water-soaked platform; and Patti LaBelle singing Lady Marmalade, backed by fellow Dancing alums Amber Riley and Lil’ Kim.
The taping closed with a group finale that featured more than 50 stars, pros and judges from the series’ 20 seasons crowding the dance floor.
“It was wonderful to look across from the judges (table) and see all the alumni from previous seasons. I forgot that so many people had been on our show,” says judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who has been present for every Dancing show. “It was fun to see Marlee Matlin out there again, what a wonderful woman. Having Amy Purdy back in the ballroom, she’s one of my all-time favorites. Apollo Anton Ohno sitting next to me.”
Celebrities say they also enjoyed the reunion for a one-time huge hit that still draws a solid audience.
“Next time they shouldn’t wait so long. We love each other. When you do that show, you become a family,” says singer Gladys Knight, who took a leap of faith to compete in Season 14. “It was totally out of my comfort zone. The Pips were the dancers. But it was an awesome experience.”
Longtime pro Karina Smirnoff, who performed in the football dance, says she choreographed it in a way to honor Dancing’s long run.
“I wanted to pay homage to moments that were memorable within their seasons, so that’s why I had Jacoby (Jones) jump over my head and had the move with Donald (Driver) where I held my ankles and he twirled me around, says Smirnoff, who is not competing this season. “It allows people to not only enjoy their dancing on the (anniversary special) but it reminds them of what these guys did on the show during their seasons.”
What’s the damn theme for this week?? America’s choice?? :::sigh:::
Vogue: According to our new Media post, the couples have a TRIO dance for next week too.
ETA: Vogue here again. I just did a run through of twitter accounts and instagrams. Below is some more dance info in red.
ETA2: Court hopping in Filling in some of the blanks on the trio dances – we’re about 90% sure on Rumer’s trio pro, but we do know for sure that she was the only one who picked a pro/troupe member of the same sex. Read more..
Below are some clips from the Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary special which is airing on ABC tomorrow night courtesy of the Dancing With The Stars Official You Tube Channel. Be watching this link as they may post more.
ETA: @DancingABC also posted a new promo at twitter. Be sure to see it HERE.
Interesting week on DWTS. Not sure what their goal was, if there was a goal. I do wonder if Riker is killing it in votes and this is how they give him a narrative and show they were right all along. Conversely, maybe he needs help and this is their way of giving it to him. That said, I really liked his dance a lot. I don’t believe he was a whole 3 points ahead of Nastia – not at all, especially upon re-watching. Basically, every complaint that Len had about that Tango was BS…I’ve watched the dance several times and I don’t see it. I would’ve put Nastia up with Riker, Willow is good where she is as is Rumer. I guess, on re-watching, the only score that hacked me off was Nastia’s.
So, was it because she was so early in the night? That’s twice in the last three weeks that she’s gone either first or second. That’s fair, I suppose, since she had the 8th spot in week 1 and she’s had the pimp spot twice. Rumer, on the other hand, has only danced in the first few dances once and has been in the last 3 dances three times. Pretty good placing, I’d say. Riker was in the first four dances three times and had the pimp spot once. Out of the top three, I think Rumer has had the most beneficial placing, BUT, that was then, when there was a lot of low hanging fruit to be picked off. What they do going forward will be more telling. If Nastia and Derek go first or second AGAIN, then I will be pissed. Once upon a time, going first or second mattered less and less as the season has gone along, but nowadays it seems they low ball the first good couple out of the gate. Whether this is intentional or coincidence I have no idea. Read more..
Some of the photos from the Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary special coming out are just beautiful. You can view a collection below courtesy of @DancingABC instagram. Amber Riley News also posted a gallery which is featured below. If you visit the Disney ABC site at this link and scroll down, you can view even more. The official site also has a special page set up where you can read on some of the dances. Be sure you are following @DancingABC instagram as they may post photos in the coming days. Lastly, if you missed our first collection of twitter and instagram collection, see this previous posting. There are more spoilers here. Don’t forget the Dancing With The Stars Anniversary Special will take place Tuesday night, April 28th.
I have always loved watching shows devoted to dancing! Who didn’t love American Bandstand! A Saturday dancing feast on a platter hosted by the incomparable Dick Clark. There was a show called Dance Party on WGAL-TV, Lancaster, PA. High school students could be on the show and dance an afternoon away. My high school was privileged to be one of those schools. Variety shows of the past were Must-See TV, including Hullabaloo, Shindig, another Dick Clark production Where the Action Is, etc. I used to watch ballroom dancing shows on PBS. There is actually a show coming to PBS on April 24 called America’s Ballroom Challenge.
The one that resonates the most was The Lawrence Welk Show. My Grandma and Mother loved the show and I watched along with them. Recently I watched some of the shows on YouTube. I sometimes tune in to the re-runs on PBS. The primary, most well-known dancer on the show was Bobby Burgess. That is a familiar last name in the dancing world, of course Sharna, too. Bobby was paired with three ladies on the show, Barbara Boylan, Cissy King, and Elaine Balden. Bobby and Elaine are still active in the Welk tour shows.
The ballroom dances of the past are the same as what we see on Dancing With The Stars. Burgess and his partners did all of them. It is amazing to see how the past and present connect. Burgess, at age 73, is still very much active in the world of dance. He has been dancing since the age of four. He was also part of The Mickey Mouse Club. Read more..
People covered the Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Party last night. They ask the celebs and pros who is the Sexiest Guy on Dancing With the Stars. You can see a video at this link.
ETA: People posted even more coverage of the party last night. See People to see lots of fun photos of the stars and pros who attended.