*awww* I love when our stars get together for a great cause on the red carpet and that was just the case for Dancing With The Stars partners Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater. Last night, they attended the Humane Society of The United States 60th Anniversary Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. You can view more fun photos of them at Zimbio Pictures.
Ah, the week of switch up voting. Is someone trying to make me hate this show?? I mean really. A logical person can look at the voting contest and sense a total clusterf*^k – that the producers will count the votes in which ever of the 6 or 8 ways gives them the results they desire. But I’ll let Courtney go into more detail on that – it just annoys me, as do the Maks/Val fans who insist that Derek fans are only voting to see Derek with Meryl so he can win again. Uh, hello, but I think most Derek fans neither expect nor WANT him to stay with Meryl. I know I speak for a good number of them when I say – we better get Amy back or there will be hell to pay.
Anyway, the switch up is mildly relevant to this post because the voting for it could play spoiler in one couples hopes for the mirror ball trophy. I always wonder if fans who do the twitter voting are good multi-taskers. I know I am, but Vogue says it’s cuz I’m a Gemini…or something like that. 😀 Anyway, there is some serious spamming going on. Like Design a Dance, it’s not the number of fans you have, but how badly those fans want you to win. And how good they are at Spamming. Actually, that could be said for the whole show. 🙂 So, do we think that someone is going to be a shocking elimination because their fans were too busy tweeting?? Amy? Meryl? Danica? Nene?
I put those four out there because the Derek fans and the C-bros plus Tony fans have been hitting it hard on the twitter vote. Amy has the smallest fanbase on her own, but Derek’s fanbase is the biggest of the pros, judging by Twitter followers. I would hazard that Meryl is safe, but it’s possible any of the other three could be a victim, I suppose.
But let’s look at the scores and see just how likely that is.
Dang, they put a huge spread between Billy Dee and the next lowest group comprised of Nene, Drew and Candace. The judges REALLY want to get rid of him. Well, he was not a great dancer. Entertaining, but not great. And oh my gosh am I developing a straight girl crush on Emma or what? She impressed the hell out of me in her work with Billy Dee – seriously, she’s fantastic. Anyway, I think the judges have finally realized that if they believe someone is the worst dancer, they can’t be whipping out 6s and 7s left and right, they have to get serious. But where they serious enough?? Look at the table below, which gives you all the matchups for week 2.
You’ll see that Billy Dee needs a seemingly large number of votes to get past either Nene, Drew or Candace – about 24.6k votes per million votes cast. You might remember that he needed nearly 20k to stick around over Diana and Sean last week. What’s another 5k? Well, I would hazard a guess that Drew and Candance, at least, are a good bit more popular than either Diana and Sean. But just how popular is Billy Dee?? Nene is the one I can’t put my finger on. Twitter followers is certainly an indication of popularity, but that does NOT always translate into votes on DWTS. In fact, it often doesn’t.
I could be wrong, but I really see the only one vulnerable to Billy Dee is Nene. Why? Well, I think that Drew and Candace surely have enough juice to get past Nene and keep Billy Dee away. But what about the next level up? Cody? Surely Cody has a shit ton of fangirls and he’ll be safe for a while, right? I think so – but note that Nene only needs 4k votes to go by Cody. Since I don’t think that Nene is doing that much better than Amy and Danica in votes, and Billy Dee certainly isn’t, I think those two, along with Meryl and Charlie are certainly safe. James best keep that score up there or he could be in trouble.
Anyway, no sense in drawing it out. I think that Billy Dee is likely to go home. If the Star Wars fans are out in full force, then I think Nene is the one most likely to leave. Candace wouldn’t shock me, neither would Cody since all the talk seems to be Amy/Meryl/Charlie – but I really think it’s going to be Billy Dee or Nene. Billy Dee first, Nene second. We find out soon!
This is too fun!!! I love these! See below!!
Val Chmerkovskiy has written a new blog at Today. This time he talks more of Danica and their rehearsals saying he’s not perfect and how there is more anxiety this season (I can see why! There is so much for them all to deal with from a double elimination, the switch up dance, so called rivalries, pressure from the producers, and more). More below and at the link. Thanks to Lesley for the heads up!
Ultimately, this week gave us an opportunity to have a conversation and for me to show her that I’m not perfect. My teaching isn’t always perfect. I told Danica that I need her feedback and for her to able to tell me how she feels. We’re a team. When you spend five or six hours a day every day together — which we do — you can’t be flawless.
What happened was we’d had a great rehearsal for three hours and then, for the last hour, the producer told us we needed to get it all done. I felt this pressure and I put it on her. Her reaction that viewers saw in the video package was the result. It’s something I’m going to have to keep an eye out for and keep myself in check in the future. I told Danica, “If you see me getting in that zone where I get too demanding you can tell me and we’ll take five.”
This doesn’t mean we won’t try our hardest. Our relationship is give and take. This week, she gave me an opportunity to demand more and I did. I always will. This season is very challenging. The producers have made a lot of changes to the show. It’s tough. There are twists and turns and there’s the switch up coming up. That’s affecting us. There’s so much more anxiety this season.
People is also featuring a new article with Danica on how she keeps fit in interested in reading it too.
Awww, such a cute KTLA interview with Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater. Billy Dee is so humble. Check him out. They have the Waltz next. It’s fun seeing Lance Bass again too. Read more..
And below is Lois with another one of her fabulous poems highlighting Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Week 2….
SWINGING ON A BALLROOM STAR!
The cast opened the show SWINGING ON A BALLROOM STAR!
The shimmied, they shook, swinging to the beat, raising the bar
A gasp was heard far and wide, a double elimination the surprise
The pendulum was swinging, time was short, they did surmise
The couples collected their dancing thoughts they were in shock
The time for two couples was rapidly tick-tick-ticking off the clock
Drew and Cheryl brought down the house with a Jive full of steam
Sharna and Charlie’s Tango emotional, powerful, a beautiful scene
Derek, Amy’s Swing gave the pendulum grand, spectacular ticks
Meryl and Max’s Swing explosive, high powered, full of shticks
Billy Dee, Emma Tangoed with two beautiful dancing girls, so sweet
Peta and James burst on to the floor, stepping heartily to the beat
Diana and Henry Cha-Chaed came out swinging with red-hot flair
Danica and Val danced a Salsa sleek and sultry in the ballroom air
Sean and Karina performed a Salsa with a flirty, flamboyant tone
Candace, Mark displayed a Rumba sensual as if they were alone
Cody, Witney Tangoed with beautiful lines and a walk to the moon
Tony, NeNe were Jiving to the beat, with each other they did swoon
As the night wore on the pendulum was ticking the final ticks for two
Swinging back and forth Diana, Henry and Karina and Sean were blue
The double elimination, shocking surprise, two should have gone far
Heads held high, were proudly SWINGING ON A BALLROOM STAR!
Written By Lois A Troutman, March 26, 2014
NEXT MONDAY NIGHT THE THEME IS THE MOST MEMORABLE YEAR!
THE DANCING PAIRS WILL DANCE TO MUSIC THEY HOLD MOST DEAR!
Last night, Arsenio Hall did a Dancing With The Stars skit tribute to Billy Dee Williams on his show. Check this out. Too fun!!
ETA: Jimmy Fallon did a spot on Billy Dee too…
Below is Afterbuzz with a new review for Dancing With The Stars Season 8 Week 2. Elena Grinenko joins them this time. It’s interesting getting her perspective on Charlie and Meryl especially being she’s helped them with choreography with their ice skating in the past. I loved how they were speechless at first when they started talking on Amy and Derek. Their conversation about Tony being critical with Carrie Ann was interesting too. Same with their thoughts about Sean being eliminated. They were disappointed like many of us. Anna said watching Sean’s progress with Karina could have been like watching a raw stone turning into a diamond. So true. Great show this week and I love Kristyn’s dress. 😀 Let us know what you think and if you agree with them…
And we have a few more new interviews with the cast of Dancing With The Stars. First, here they are with Extra….
That’s Your Reality also interviewed Tony Dovolani about last night’s dance and who he’d like to dance with for the Switch up dance (No please… not Amy! If he gets her, I will cry!).
Though he prefers to stick with current partner NeNe Leakes, Tony says that if he had to choose someone else, he’d pick Paralympian Amy Purdy. “I think she’s very inspiring,” he said. “I do a lot of work with Wounded Warriors down in San Diego for charity. For me, I have a special connection to that.” Amy is currently paired with Derek Hough, and earned a 24 for her Jive last night.
Tony and NeNe also danced the Jive and things turned tense after some feedback offered by judge Carrie Ann Inaba. When she said NeNe needed to spread her arms out more, Tony immediately disagreed. “I’m normally very welcoming of criticism. I listen to it and I apply it. I just didn’t think her criticism matched what we were doing, because that’s not Jive. I taught NeNe to not put her arms out,” he told us. “My knowledge of dance sometimes gets the best of me. I’ve been doing this since I was three years old, I’ve won world titles, I judge world championships. I should have a strong opinion of what I teach! I taught my kids to stand up for what they believe and if I didn’t say something, I would have taught them nothing.”
More at That’s Your Reality.
Today also talked with some of the couples.
“You could see on all of our faces that we were just as shocked as everyone in the room was that there was a double-elimination,” dance pro Sharna Burgess, who is paired with Olympic gold medal-winner Charlie White, told TODAY. “And halfway through the show one couple was gone. That was crazy.”
Even crazier? That one couple, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad and new pro Henry Byalikov, got the boot just before being asked to perform their routine. Talk about a cruel cut.
Of course, stay or go, the order of the dances came as a surprise to all.
“It plays mind games with you,” said James Maslow’s partner Peta Murgatroyd. “You have to get your celeb in game mode. We used to know we’d be up eighth in the show, for example. We’d have time to prepare. Now, you don’t know. It’s more stressful.”
The stars felt the same.
Glamour also interviewed them all backstage. Be sure to go to this link to read and some fun pictures. Below is a take from the link….
Speaking of Peta, the blond bombshell was sporting a new look last night. “I took out my extensions,” she told me. “I was just so sick of them and couldn’t wash my hair properly. I cut my hair into a bob and then tucked a little bit underneath as well. I’m actually going to shorten it a bit more.”
Derek Hough was in the best mood ever backstage (and who can blame him? He and partner Amy Purdy are stunning the audience each week), but Purdy is still shocked she’s even here. “When I first started walking on my prosthetics, I never in a million years thought I’d be doing what I’m doing [now]. I still don’t know how I’m doing it.”
The funniest couple to interview without a doubt is Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, mainly because the roles are so reversed. The way Maks talks, it’s as if Meryl is the pro and Maks is the celeb. “She’s amazing, she’s fun, and she’s so smart. I’ll be exhausted, and she wants to do everything again! She has endless energy!” Meryl hilariously chimed in, “He’s doing a great job!”
Maks went a step further to explain why he’s so in awe of Meryl. “I’m a graceful whale. I feel like a whale doing dolphin tricks. Like, I can’t even fit in here! How do you have me doing flips and all that?!”
People also talked with Charlie backstage about his girlfriend and the support she gives him. So cute!
Part of what keeps the low-key courtship such a success amid seemingly endless chatter that Davis and White are dating is Belbin’s history as a former ice dancer, herself.
“She gets it,” White told PEOPLE backstage on Monday, shortly after learning he’d advanced to another week in the competition. “She won the silver medal in 2006 with her partner Ben Agosto, and people were always like, ‘Are you guys dating?’ It’s just something you get as dancers. [Her understanding] makes my life so much easier.”
Carrie Ann Inaba has also written a new blog at Parade. She defends her critique for Nene in this take…
A lot of people have been asking about what Tony said. So I will address his comments here and clarify more about NeNe‘s performance. Tony was upset because he felt I didn’t understand that he made a choice to do small arm movements for his partner as part of the choreography. And I understand completely what it means to make a stylistic choice of making smaller arm movements. Sometimes it’s a wonderful choice! However, even small arm movements need to be executed with full energy and must be connected to the rest of the movements. My constructive criticism for NeNe (who’s a really fun performer and has a LOT of potential) is that she has to make the movement hers. When you learn to dance, at first you copy the movements. They sometimes can look and feel awkward on your body and then you practice them and after a while they become your own movements. We use the mirror in rehearsals so we can accurately gauge what the audience sees (what is in the mirror) and what we feel. And a great dancer makes both good. That is how you make the dance your own. It is my opinion that NeNe still hasn’t gotten to the point where she has made the movements her own or found her connection to the movements. And the way to do that is to put more energy into the movements. If we examine her arm movements, they are still too small for her frame and her energy. Her arm movements felt stifled and disconnected from herself and the energy she has been putting into the performance. There is no problem with small arm movements. Stylistically speaking however, there is a problem when there is an imbalance and awkwardness. She’s got INCREDIBLE energy. It’s infectious, it’s loud and proud and beautiful! But the movements are not at the same level as her energy. Especially her arms. But I am encouraging her because I think when she makes this breakthrough, it’s going to be GREAT. She’s right on the edge… I feel it coming! Go NeNe! And go Tony for standing up for his partner! I love that kind of loyalty!
Lastly, the Access Hollywood interviews are starting to be released. You can watch them at this link. Below is James and Peta….
Ok, that is all for now! I think? Be sure to go to the links above to read much more. ~Vogue
Hopefully everyone has had enough time to sleep off the whiplash you likely got from watching last night’s show – because seriously, kids, I don’t think I could have choreographed a sh*tshow that was sh*ttier than this show 😯 I felt sorry not only for the couples for a) not knowing when they were going to be dancing, and having to be prepared at a moment’s notice; but b) having the double elimination hanging over their heads all night. Oh, and then there was the partner switch-up tweeting, too, which was haphazardly thrown in without a whole lot of explanation or clarification. If the producers set out to turn last night’s show into the television equivalent of K-Mart on Black Friday, they succeeded – it seemed like total bedlam on the set last night.
I guess Erin improved only slightly this week – although I don’t really know if it was that she improved or that I was just waiting to get blindsided by more twists and turns and wasn’t really paying attention to her to begin with. I do agree with the fans on one thing: she will NEVER look as good in those dresses as Brooke did. WTF was she wearing last night? A discarded leotard from Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video? And my god, Erin (or whomever is pushing this stupid Jeremy Miller nonsense), just STAAAAHHHHP. Both Cameron & Danica have clearly moved on, and let’s just say Ben Seaver hasn’t exactly aged gracefully…if you’re expecting a catfight over that doughy, average-looking washed-up actor, you’re going to be waiting for a very, very long time.
As for the eliminations – can’t say I’m too surprised about Diana & Henry. I would have liked her to stay a bit longer, but I kind of wondered about both she & Henry’s respective fanbases – I doubt they would have been able to stick around for more than a week or two. As for Sean & Karina – I’m honestly a bit shocked about that one, because I seriously thought Karina had the fanbase to at least pull her through the first few weeks, and I thought Sean was starting to finally open up. Apparently he mentioned something about getting into an argument with Conrad & Co. over his rehearsal package last week during his elimination interview on GMA this morning (with the implication being “If you fight with the producers, you get sent home!”), but we’ll probably never know for sure if it was the votes that sent him home or Lord Conrad’s delicate ego. I’d be lying, though, if I said I wasn’t THRILLED that Billy Dee & Emma get to stick around for another week 😉 Read more..