The Dancing With The Stars official twitter has been posting some fantastic new instagrams from rehearsals for the Iconic dances this week. For instance, pictured above is Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel preparing for their Paso Doble. You can view more fun takes of the couples (they are so clear too) and read some fun teaser tweets on their dances here. Keep following along today and tomorrow as they may post more.
Dance Junkies TV has released a new Pre-Party video. Stuart Brazell, Elena Grinenko, and Rib Hilis discuss and critique the couples and the Dancing With The Stars All Stars season. Fun as always! I’m glad they are back with their Pre-parties. I miss these!
So, lots of surprise and shock that Joey was eliminated this past week on DWTS. How could that happen, when three women had lower scores than him and he was such a charmer?? Well, there are lots of theories – I didn’t even really consider him as an option for elimination, but that’s what’s crazy about this season. So, let’s explore how that might have happened. There are a number of possible reasons, but first we’ll go over the “How did it happen” as opposed to the “Why”.
As you might remember from my “Dancing by the Numbers” post for Week 2, Joey was tied for 7th place with Drew and Emmitt. For Drew, who had been in the bottom two the previous week, to stick around, all he had to do was get ONE more vote per million votes cast than Joey, and voila! He’s safe. Same for Emmitt. Clearly, that happened.
But how did Helio end up in the bottom over the previously at-risk Drew? Drew had to have gotten at least 1,812 more votes per million votes cast than Helio. What else?? Well, ALL of the following had to happen for Helio to land in the bottom two:
- Bristol got at least 18,116 more votes per million votes cast than Helio, AND;
- Kirstie got at least 7,246 more votes per million votes cast than Helio, AND;
- Kelly got at least 3,623 more votes per million votes cast than Helio, AND;
- Drew and Emmitt both got at least 1,811 more votes per million votes cast than Helio.
Now, I had never believed that Helio was in the running for the MBT. I and others also said that he was a potential early exit. But Joey?? That was rather surprising. ALL of the following had to happen for Joey to be eliminated:
- Bristol got at least 16,304 more votes per million votes cast than Joey, AND;
- Kirstie got at least 5,435 more votes per million votes cast than Joey, AND;
- Kelly got at least 1,812 more votes per million votes cast than Joey, AND;
- Drew and Emmitt both got at least 1 more vote per million votes cast than Joey, AND;
- Joey didn’t cover the spread between him and Helio.
Pictured above is Dancing With The Stars celebrity All Stars Apolo Ohno, Shawn Johnson, and Melissa Rycroft ‘behind the scenes’ goofing around and preparing for the show last week. For loads more pictures of the cast, be sure to check out Dancing With The Stars Make Up Facebook. It’s fascinating to read how their make up was done too if interested. Click pics above once and then once again afterwards to enlarge. I love Apolo’s wink!!
Ah, week three – let’s all recreate iconic dances and make fans of the original cringe in horror. I thought I would post this one a bit early, since it is bound to generate a lot of talk. We’ll do the Cheesecake tomorrow, for those wondering. Still lookin’ for a porno gif of the week.
ETA: As I’m adding the video links to the post I’m watching the dances and I have to say…iconic?? Yes to the Futuristic Paso and yes to Mel and Maks Paso.
ETA2: Okay…maybe Julianne and Apolo…and I adore Carson. And Julianne and Helio…but wasn’t that one all about the kiss at the end??
ETA3: Hmmm…I think that Helio and Julianne stretch the rules a good bit in their dance. I think Derek’s going to break them completely, judging by one picture I saw.
ETA4: UPDATE to Gilles/Peta’s dance. They were inspired by Maks and Erin’s tango – which Court says is ordinary and which I can’t even remember. At all. Silly. And by they way, Gilles, your tooting of your own horn on Twitter, telling us how epic and amazing you’re going to be is not only tiresome, but cringe inducing. STFU, you’re making me want to vomit.
ETA5: Awesome, Gilles dancing second. Of course, he’s telling us his dance is “real hard” and he wants to make it wonderful for us. He could make it wonderful for me by shutting up. Geez.
ETA6: This is starting to look….interesting.
ETA7: Sheery, in the comments, says a Bristol fansite (there is such a thing??) is saying she’s 10th. And Mari mentioned that Karina tweeted that they were fourth, although I somehow missed that one. So, by process of elimination, Derek and Shawn have the pimp spot. Perhaps the rumors about that dance are true?
Drew/Anna - recreating Joey & Ashly’s season 1 cha-cha to “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce
Voting #: 1-800-868-3408
Melissa/Tony - recreating JR & Karina’s season 13 samba to “Conga” by Gloria Estefan
Voting #: 1-800-868-3406
Apolo/Karina - recreating Gilles & Cheryl’s season 8 foxtrot to “Fever” by Michael Buble
Voting #: 1-800-868-3407
Kelly/Val - recreating Laila & Maks’ season 4 paso doble to “Espana Cani” by Erich Kunzel
Voting #: 1-800-868-3411
Kirstie/Maks - recreating Carson & Anna’s season 13 cha-cha to “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5
Voting #: 1-800-868-3412
Sabrina/Louis - recreating Mel B & Maks’ season 5 paso doble to “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue (?)*
Voting #: 1-800-868-3403
Emmett/Cheryl - recreating Mario & Karina’s season 3 paso doble to “Cancion Del Mariachi” by Desperado Los Lobos & Antonio Banderas (?)*
Voting #: 1-800-868-3413
Helio/Chelsie - recreating Apolo & Julianne’s season 4 quickstep to “Mr. Pinstripe Suit” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Voting #: 1-800-868-3404
Bristol/Mark - recreating Derek & Joanna’s season 9 futuristic paso doble to “Living on Video” by Trans-X
Dancing 10th (Bristol fansite??)
Voting #: 1-800-868-3409
Shawn/Derek - recreating Helio & Julianne’s season 5 quickstep to “Hey Pachuco” from The Mask
Dancing 11th (process of elimination)
Voting #: 1-800-868-3402
*Sabrina & Emmitt could be switched – Courtney picked what seemed most likely for each. We’ll update when we find out.
ABC MediaNet has released a press release detailing next week’s shows on Dancing With The Stars. Note how there will be an “exclusive encore” and “behind the scenes” footage from Monday night’s iconic dance night before the Results show. On tap to perform on the Results show is the group “Karmin”. Frankie Moreno will also perform with the troupe, Lacey Schwimmer, and…drum rolls….Kyle Massey. More details listed below and at the link.
“Episode 1503 & 1503A” – It’s “Iconic Dance Night” and the couples have been challenged by Judge Len Goodman to deliver show-stopping routines that the series has never seen before. The 11 remaining celebrities have chosen an iconic “DWTS” dance to reinterpret, MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. For the first time ever, the celebrities have taken charge of the creative direction of the routine, given the responsibility for all artistic decisions relating to the performance.
In a one-hour special, “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars – An Exclusive Encore,” we will recap Monday night’s stellar performances as well as include new, exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen interviews , TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). Following the special, on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars — The Results Show” (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), the couples face a double elimination and Karmin perform “Hello” and their irresistibly addictive single, “Brokenhearted,” from their debut album “Hello,” out now. Last year Karmin captured the attention of music lovers worldwide when they posted a cover of Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now.” The clip went viral, becoming one of YouTube’s most viewed videos; since then they’ve racked up about a half billion views for all of their videos online. The duo released their first album, “Hello,” earlier this year, shortly after their television debut on “Saturday Night Live.” Amy and Nick spent the earlier part of the summer touring around the country and headlining festivals, including a performance for a crowd of more than 100,000 in San Francisco last month. Also performing Tuesday night is musician Frankie Moreno with a medley of “Tangerine Honey” and “Real Wild Child,” accompanied by Troupe members Lacey Schwimmer and Kyle Massey.
Also during Tuesday night’s results show, we will have the season’s first “AT& T Spotlight Performance,” featuring Joshua Johnson. Joshua, an ambitious young man from New York City, had always dreamt of going to college. But when his acceptance letter came from Penn State University, he realized he was never going to be able to afford it. His mother had lost her job years before and they had been living in shelters ever since. Josh decided he would raise the money he needed by tap dancing on the subway. He danced for hours, holding out his hat for donations. Eventually, he collected enough money to cover his freshman year of college. But to pay for future years, Josh would take a five-hour bus ride to New York every weekend and raise more money by tap dancing on the subway. Currently in his junior year at Penn State, he still travels to New York every weekend with the hope of raising enough money to get him through to graduation. Tuesday night, the ballroom welcomes Joshua and eight other dancers who will be dancing in a powerful piece by renowned choreographer JT Horenstein. The performance will be beautiful tribute to the people of New York, as Josh knows that without them he wouldn’t be in college.
Also, don’t miss watching the Dancing With The Stars After Party after the show on Monday night. According to Grinya Talent Agency, Anna Garnis will join the panel to critique the dances and the show. You can follow Anna on twitter at @AnyaGarnisLA. In telling you a little about Anya. She has performed in some of the results shows on Dancing With The Stars (beautiful flash back performance below). She’s also a dancer on So You Think You Can Dance. You can read more on her ballroom career here.
Once again, the odds makers in Las Vegas are placing their bets for who will win the Dancing With The Stars All Stars Season. Going into Week 3, Sports Bovada is reporting an even tight race for 1st place between Emmitt and Apolo. Note how Shawn has made a move up the board to fighting Gilles for the 3rd position. Also, take note for how the odds makers had it completely wrong on Joey last week….
New Las Vegas Odds going into Week 3:
Emmitt Smith 2/1
Apolo Anton Ono 3/1
Gilles Marini 5/1
Shawn Johnson 5/1
Helio Castroneves 9/1
Sabrina Bryan 10/1
Kelly Monaco 22/1
Kirstie Alley 22/1
Melissa Rycroft 25/1
Drew Lachey 30/1
Bristol Palin 75/1
According to an article at Today, Maks Chmerkovskiy has mellowed his thoughts on Bristol Palin and when someone with low scores advances on Dancing With The Stars. Kirstie Alley has helped him a lot with that issue. He said, “Everybody deserves to be here. I’m not looking at Bristol the way I may have done in the past. She’s doing a fantastic job.” Below is more on how Kirstie Alley has helped him. He and Kirstie also provide some teasers on their “Moves Like Jagger” dance…
“I realized we might not have been the best dancing couple, but we were enjoying every week,” he explained. “I looked at Kirstie and saw the transformation and how much she loved being on the show. Everybody deserves that feeling. I hate to see anyone eliminated.”
Alas, next week there will be a double elimination. But Alley, who has a say in her and Chmerkovskiy’s dance, is hoping they won’t be one of the couples leaving.
She plans on doing a routine to Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger.” Watch for Chmerkovskiy to be appropriately decked out in tight pants and a loose vest.
“We’re going to see how you move like Jagger,” she told Chmerkovskiy.
“I have a big a–,” he replied, noting that therefore it might be difficult to fit into tight pants.
“Move like Jagger plus a half,” Alley says.
This is going to be a hoot. I can’t wait. Maks says even more about he and Kirstie’s new dance in his new blog at TV Guide. And good for Maks thinking better about Bristol. I wish I felt as good about her.
Also at Today, Maks comments on a 10 week season on Dancing With The Stars with no eliminations and someone is declared a winner at the end. Below is what he said about it….
The bad boy of the ballroom has a suggestion on how to eliminate any tensions that arise over debatable scoring and unjust eliminations.
“I’d like to see a season where everybody just dances,” he offered. “At ten weeks somebody gets called the winner. Everybody should get to experience (the whole competition.) I hate that Joey (Fatone) left.”
I LOVE the idea!! What do you think? Let’s get Miss Heidi’s thoughts…
Heidi: Heh – well, Maks better feel better about Bristol cuz Kirstie ALSO stayed over a better dancer. He’d kinda be a big fat hypocrite if he didn’t have this particular “awakening”. As for his 10 week season with no eliminations idea – sure, that sounds cool. But I think you’d still have to have the judging every week and then just add the scores every week for a cumulative score at the end of the season. That way you’d still have half judges and half viewer vote. Because no matter how much people cry about the voters or whine about the judging, neither group can be trusted to get it right. There’s a better shot if both have a say. It will never happen though, because part of ABC’s revenue is from voting, not to mention that people LIKE to vote – they feel involved, like they have a say. If you take that away…you have PBS ballroom.
In his Access Hollywood interview from after Monday night’s show, Mark explained his reasons for “breaking hold” in he in Bristol’s quickstep – and he also insinuated that a few other couples also broke hold in their quicksteps this week, yet didn’t get called out by the judges. So it got me thinking: did the judges, indeed, turn a blind eye to some couples’ rule-breaking, while calling out others?
First, a little bit of background as to why breaking hold in quickstep is such a big deal. Earlier this year, I went into detail about it in one of my “Ask Courtney” posts – the basic gist is that quickstep is the only ballroom dance on DWTS that is only danced in the International Standard style, in which you cannot break hold at all, and they’ve carried that rule over to DWTS. I personally think it’s kind of a dumb rule, considering that DWTS is not a real ballroom competition (and never will be), and considering that you can break hold in the waltz, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, and sometimes tango (the last one is whole different debate). Read more..
Pictured above is Bristol Palin, Gilles Marini, and Karina Smirnoff. The three stars of Dancing With The Stars attended The Launch Of Just Dance 4 presented by Ubisoft at the Lexington Social House last night after the show in Hollywood, California. You can view more photos of them at Zimbio Pictures. What do you think? I love that sideways look from Karina! She really knows how to work the camera.
ADDING: Just found out Sharna was also at this event. Beautiful!