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Bruno Tonioli Chats About Judging Dancing With The Stars, Key To Success, And More

The New York Daily is featuring a fun article about Dancing With The Stars judge Bruno Tonioli. He chats about what works the best for him when it comes to “judging” two hit dancing shows. He also mentions how “the key to beating rival shows like “The Voice” is for he and his fellow judges to get better at their jobs as the series heads to its finale each year.” More in this take…

“When they review that and they go again, the next take they do is actually worse, because instead of just being themselves, they begin to self-analyze,” he said. “They’re looking for the killer shot, and it doesn’t work. They lose the magic.

“If something goes wrong on my show, I want someone to tell me, but I don’t like watching myself,” said Tonioli. “The first take is always the most natural.”

The 57-year-old Italian believes the key to beating rival shows like “The Voice” is for he and his fellow judges to get better at their jobs as the series heads to its finale each year.

“If something goes wrong on my show, I want someone to tell me, but I don’t like watching myself.”

Tonioli also serves as a judge on the U.K. version of the reality competition, “Strictly Come Dancing,” and spends a great deal of time flying between Los Angeles and London.

“It is crazy I do the show here on Monday and then the U.K. on Saturday. It is hectic, but I am blessed to be working. From September to December, with all this traveling it is like an Olympic event.”

I think Bruno is my favorite judge. Who is your favorite judge? To read the full article, see New York Daily.

October 12, 2013 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.

DWTS Season 17, Week 4 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS)

Well, I was rather underwhelmed by the first half of the show. Didn’t care for Val and Elizabeth and I’m not sure why. Didn’t like Brant – too weak. Loved Snookie, Loved Amber, Loved Bill. I would say those are my top three and two of them were either sick or hurt. Has anyone noticed that Derek’s partners seem to do even better when under more pressure?

Anyway, they called Bill safe immediately after his dance which tells me he’s gotten over the hump and is getting the votes now. But it only gets harder and he can’t afford low scores from here on out. Then, the last three standing were:

Snookie and Sasha
Brant and Peta
Valerie and Tristan

Snookie was called safe first, then Valerie and Tristan were eliminated. Sad, but she had a good run.

So, thoughts? How did Julianne do? Do you suppose Mark is still feeling the BURRRNNNNN? Poor guy. I felt bad for him but I couldn’t argue with anything she was saying. :-)

October 7, 2013 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 17, Week 3 – Dancing by the Numbers

This week, I saw lots of questions about Bill Nye’s departure from the show. Some said there was no way that others got more votes than him. To which I responded, “they didn’t have to, Bill could get more votes and still be eliminated if he didn’t cover the spread.” This is the thing that continually gets lost no matter how many times I write these numbers posts. Bill Nye was WAY below the next highest scorer, so HE had to make up lots of votes in order to stick around.

I saw some comments saying it was “fishy”. Was it fishy? Well, it certainly could be, depending on your perspective. I mean, really, Brant got a 27? I don’t think so, in a real world. There is no way he did a better job dancing than so many couples. But he most likely was in danger of leaving and was, thus, overscored to protect him from Bill Nye. You overscore Brant and make sure others who might not be getting the votes have enough of a lead on Bill Nye and it’s perfectly plausible that Bill goes home. How did the night stack up once all was said and done?? See below.

Table 1

Looking at that table, it seems to me that Brant was grossly overscored and Christina was overscored a bit, relative to Amber. Is it a coincidence that two people likely at risk due to Bill Nye but who are good dancers are overscored? I don’t think so. I think Liz is also in potential danger, but she danced very well, so I wouldn’t say she was overscored. Bill’s low score gives her breathing room. The people in danger, IMO, are scored high enough to put them out of reach, those who are getting votes are getting more realistic scores. Just my speculation. So, what did Bill Nye have to do to actually stay on the show and how did others have to do in terms of votes to be safe? See below. Read more..

October 5, 2013 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 17, Week 3 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS)

Now it gets interesting. Remember, if someone dances like crap tonight, they are still banking on last week’s votes. It’s only tonight’s judges scores they have to worry about. I think there are a few people that will likely be safe tonight regardless, including Valerie, Leah, Corbin, Jack, Amber and maybe Snooki. I could certainly be wrong, but I think it’s going to come down to Bill E and possibly Bill Nye eliminating himself due to his knee. All the monkeying around about Bill Nye makes me think he’s out.

Great start with Leah and Tony. That was a very good dance. Only issue I noticed was the tendency to fall out of her turns, similar to Zendaya.

And Corbin in the second position? Hmmmmm…..

Shut up, Corbin, you’re a massive ringer.

ETA: Okay, the following were in jeopardy:
Christina and Mark
Bill and Tyne
Brant and Peta

Brant was called safe first.

Bill and Tyne were eliminated.

Big question – a real elimination or not?? Also, serious wake up call to Christina this week and Elizabeth this past week – trust me, both of them will not make it to the final four.

And what did you all think about the rapid fire elimination this week? Adjustment to the short shrift they gave Keyshawn last week??

Discuss. :-)

September 30, 2013 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 17, Week 2 – Dancing by the Numbers

So, I think we all know what happened this week, but let me spell it out anyway. The scores from weeks 1 and 2 were combined, then divided by the total points awarded to give each contestant a percentage. That percentage was  50% of the total. The votes after week 1 for each contestant were divided by the total votes and for their percentage, which was the other 50%. When you combined the two, the contestant with the lowest combined total goes home. Keyshawn was ranked lowest and was therefore eliminated.  How did the scores and percentages look when the two weeks were added together, you ask? See below.

Table 1

In a nutshell, Bill Nye got at least 7.7k more votes per million votes cast than Keyshawn, and Keyshawn could NOT get the 7.7k more votes per million votes cast that he needed to beat Bill E. But there’s something else interesting to note before we move on. Maybe it’s important and maybe it’s not. But look back at Table 1, above: note how my predictions on scores roll out. I did pretty well, getting it either exactly right or only off by 1 point on 7 of 12 couples. The next three couples I was off by 2 points. And only on two people, Leah and Snookie, was I off by three points or more. Is it a coincidence that the two people who I was way off on are the ones likely to be getting lesser votes (Leah) and more votes (Snookie)??  Leah was way overscored, IMO, and Snookie underscored. Do you think the votes they are getting, or not getting, have anything to do with this? Well, look at it this way. See Table 2, below. Read more..

September 26, 2013 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 17 Week 2 Pictures “Behind The Scenes”, AfterBuzz Reviews The Night

Just a fun miscellaneous picture post. If you’d like to see some of the cast “behind the scenes” before last Monday’s show, see the Daily Mail. You can also see pics of Ozzy, Sharon, and Kelly Osbourne as well as Julianne Hough.

The Daily Mail also has a beautiful photo spread up of Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd taking a break in a park before dancing. You can also see them walking a little doggie. So cute!

Also, Henry Byalikov and Anna Trebunskaya join the AfterBuzz team to review Monday night’s dances. You can listen in below.

September 25, 2013 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.

DWTS Season 17, Week 2 – Post Show Media Round Up!

Heidi here, Vogue is having some internet issues.  I’m starting this post, but odds are good that Vogue the Queen of all Media will do most of the updating. :-)  I can’t find much (any) video at all right now – it’s like everyone took the night off after the Emmy…and they probably did.  First up, E! Goes behind the scenes with Leah Remini:

When we caught up with the contestants backstage after tonight’s performances, Remini exclusively told us that how happy she is to be a part of Dancing With the Star‘s 17th season. “The show has been a Godsend, and Tony has been a Godsend,” she smiled. “The cast and everybody has rallied around me. I have so many supporters I didn’t know I had and really the show has given me so much.”

Remini, who recently recently spoke with Ellen DeGeneres about her defection from the religion, admitted that her fellow contestants are helping to fill a void in her life. “I don’t feel like I lost friends, I actually lost friends.” Remini explained. “It sucks but at the same time it is what it is and we have to move on, but I feel like I have a lot of really good friends, a lot of new friends.”

Corbin blogs for Access Hollywood:

For me, it was still coming relatively close off of ‘High School Musical.’ … That’s the thing about the show, it’s a wonderful opportunity to promote and a wonderful opportunity to show people who you are. … I really wanted to be able to grow and just transform myself as an artist and as a person first. I wanted to be able to go off and do things like I did with Broadway and doing all these movies where I’m playing all these sort of crazy characters and being able to do the soap [‘One Life To Live’] — all these projects. I’m working as a producer and establishing my business.

The contestants on Julianne being a guest judge from Entertainmentwise (Derek says “She’s going to destroy us!”):

However Glee actress Amber gave a more positive outlook on Julianne’s arrival on the show when she commented: “I really want to impress Julianne because she is one of my favourite dancers and I love watching her dance.”

Appearing to side with Derek that Julianne may be tougher on Derek, Cheryl Burke mused: “She’s probably going to be harder on her brother I think than giving him praise and good scores.”

Claiming that Julianne will be good when it comes to her judging talent, professional dancer Karina Smirnoff commented: “I think she’s going to have a very down to earth relateable comments, marks and hopefully scores.”

However, the dancer appeared to hint that she hopes she won’t be seeing favourtism between Julianne and her brother. She said: “In professional ballroom world, you are not allowed to judge any competition if you have any family members in the competition but hey it’s a TV show and I love Jules.

“I’ve known her since since she was 10 so it’s all good.”

Citing Julianne’s arrival on the show as refreshing, Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi revealed her thoughts: “I’m very excited. she’s talented, amazing, gorgeous. I feel like she’s going to be a nice judge which is refreshing.”

ETA: Hi, Vogue here and I’m finally back. I haven’t had time to listen to everything but, On The Red Carpet has posted new interviews with the cast from after the show last night. You can listen to them all below…

Read more..

September 24, 2013 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 17, Week 2 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS)

Well, we’re off to a great start with Elizabeth and Val, I think. Followed by Mark and Christina with a strong Paso Doble. All this unnatural gushing has me a bit worried, though. That, combined with the front loading of the show with great dancers. Hmmmm….what do you all think they are up to? I think Amber will get hammered and I think Bill Nye will get crucified. The former for “drama” the latter because they mistakenly believe that’s how to get rid of him. Nope. Dudes.

ETA: Bill E. getting hosed with dancing in the 3rd position. Good idea of “nicking” Derek’s stuff, though Emma. :-)

ETA2: the Jeopardy Couples were: Elizabeth and Val, Bill and Emma, and Keyshawn and Sharna. Not necessarily the bottom two, the couple going home is Keyshawn and Sharna!!

Who thinks Elizabeth isn’t getting the votes she should be??

Bill Nye Science Guy

Jack and Cheryl

Bill Envall and Emma

Corbin and Karina

September 23, 2013 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 Cast Supports Derek Hough At The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards (Photos, etc)

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As previously reported, Dancing With The Stars Derek Hough won an Emmy last night for “Best Choreography”. Right before the Choreography Award was given out, he helped to choreograph and danced in a big “Luck Be A Lady/Get Lucky” production number right before it. Above you can see him pictured with Allison Holker. If you missed it, Pure Derek Hough has a video posted of it. It was spectacular to say the least and made the other performances of the night look mild in comparison.

Also, some of the other cast members of Dancing With The Stars were seen walking the Red Carpet and in the audience supporting Derek. Below you can see photos of Brooke Burke-Charvet and Carrie Ann Inaba. What do you think of these dresses?

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Bruno Tonioli was also seen. He even had tears in his eyes when they announced Derek had won. So cute!

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Derek’s friend and former Dancing With The Stars partner Maria Menounos graced the red carpet. Before the show began she was tweeting her support for Derek. I just had to post this picture being I think Maria was the best Dressed Woman of the night!!

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What a night and one we won’t soon forget!! Lots more photos and Derek Hough coverage at
Zimbio Pictures and Pure Derek Hough.

Lastly, and wrapping up this post, below are some tweets from the cast (and fellow cast members from the past) congratulating Derek after he won his Emmy!! So cute! To you Derek Hough!!!xx

Gleb_Savchenko: “Amazing job and huge congratulations to @derekhough @DancingABC”
AnnaDemidova: “@derekhough Congratulations on winning the Emmy! So amazing! You deserved it !!!”
Edyta_Sliwinska: “Congrats @derekhough for winning the Emmy! Awesome to see great talent being rewarded.”
Karina_Smirnoff: “Congratulations @derekhough on your Emmy win! Amazing!!!! Yayayayay! Looking forward to toasting with you tomorrow! Xoxo”
CorkyBallas: “So proud of my BOY DEREK HOUGH Congrats winning the EMMY, Love U Derek :) @derekhough pic.twitter.com/0822B7XVWn”
PetaMurgatroyd: “Woohoo! Huge congrats to @derekhough tonight! Well done babe”
SharnaBurgess: “Big Congratulations and love @derekhough !!! A well deserved win at the #EMMYS always love your creative brilliance. #dwts xx”
LouisVanAmstel: “@derekhough congrats on your #emmy win for outstanding choreography! So happy for you…@DancingABC #DWTS17 #DWTS”
‏@HenryByalikov: “Congrats @DerekHough on your Emmy win for Outstanding Choreography @DancingABC !! #Emmys #DWTS wooo!!”
Sasha Farber: “@derekhough Unreal man, so happy for u, congratulations you deserve it.”
IamValC: “Congrats to @derekhough !!! Well done my friend
MarkBallas: “CONGRAAAAATS! @derekhough well deserved on your big win… Thx for the shout out too, love ya brother..”

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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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 17, Week 1 – Dancing by the Numbers

Well, this is going to be a bit different. With the exception of next week, the eliminations are going to be based on a given night’s judges scores and the previous week’s audience votes. As a result, I think Dancing by the Number is going to be a bit more predictive to the following week, as opposed to the following night.  But we’ll have to see how it all plays out. As I’m sitting down to write this, I’m not sure how it’s going to go. And I may do it differently next week. I’m flyin’ by the seat of my pants here. :-)

As I said, next week is supposedly going to be the exception. According to the press release that Vogue posted (probably days ago), the week two elimination is going to take into account the first two weeks of judges scores (50%) and this week’s viewer vote (50%). As a result, what you see now in terms of score could be substantially changed by the time next week rolls around, and the votes are based on what happened this week, so that has to be considered as well.

The immediate problem with this scenario and the longer range prediction that we’ll have to make is that you’re using future dances, as opposed to dances you’ve already seen. For that reason, I’ve taken the time to find out which celebs are doing what dance next week to help with my guessing.  Why? Well, it seems to me that Amber could have trouble with ballroom (who knows, using her as an example) while Bill Nye could excel at something like a Waltz. Knowing what dance they’re going to do should at least be considered when making your guess, in addition to the usual judge’s games.  Below is a list of who’s dancing what and my predicted score. Note, my scores are not like Marianya’s predictions – I’m doing mine based on the dance, the pro partner, how well they did this past week, how I think they’re likely to do based on the dance they’ve been given, ringer status and the judges crack smoking habits. :-) Read more..

September 18, 2013 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. :-)