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DWTS Season 17, Week 1 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!!

Hey all!! With all the changes to DWTS this season, of course you’re going to see a few changes here at PureDWTS as well. Don’t panic! Courtney is still doing her Power Rankings – but they’ll go up on Tuesday, probably in the morning. I’m still doing “Dancing by the Numbers” (although adjusted to fit the new voting/elimination deal) and it will go up on Wednesday morning. You will likely see Cheesecake in some form, possibly smaller bites scattered through the week. And, of course, Vogue will reign supreme as the Queen of all Media. :-)

Because of that new format, and our newer schedule, we thought it would be a good idea to put up a post every Monday evening where we can all rehash the show, tell us your favorite dance or dancer, pick on Carrie Ann, Brooke, Bruno…whoever (except Tom – Tom is god). Discuss at length hot dancer bodies. Whatever. :-) And, of course, this will be the place where you find out who got eliminated if you happened to miss the show – not till next week, though. I will change the title to include “Spoiler” when that happens.

The only thing I haven’t decided yet is whether to post this when the show starts or immediately following. I have noticed that this place gets pretty quiet while the show is actually airing in the East. I’m posting this one right NOW – let me know your preferences. I can post it when the show start for those who like to watch and discuss at the same time.

Discuss Read more..

September 16, 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. :-)

Judges Bruno Tonioli And Carrie Ann Inaba Weigh In On The New Cast Of Dancing With The Stars 17

Judge Bruno Tonioli and Extra’s Mario Lopez dance a little and then they go over the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Bruno is loving the variety of the cast, but, he has some special thoughts to share on “Showgirls” too (are we now surprised? lol).

Also, ABC News interviewed Carrie Ann Inaba about the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Below is a take for how Jack Osbourne and Valerie Harper are personally touching her. You can read more at the link on what she thinks of a few of the other contestants.

Inaba said Osbourne could possibly follow in his sister’s footsteps as someone who could make it far into the competition.

“If we look back at Jack’s sister, Kelly, she didn’t even have a disability except the fact she was truly a dark horse,” she said. ”Her determination took her to the end, she was in the final three. She captured the hearts of people and I think it really changed her life.”

Another contestant who is easy to root for is Valerie Harper, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier in the year and has since come close to remission.

Inaba can relate because her mother, Patricia, was diagnosed with stage-3 breast cancer in 2008 and is now a survivor.

“It’s going to be interesting to watch Valerie for sure,” she said. ”She’s captured the hearts of all of us. I want to see this courageous woman do her thing. I’m so impressed with her, the message she’s sending out to people that are suffering with cancer or in remission.”

A message of “Don’t die until you’re dead!” Harper, 74, told ABC at the cast reveal two weeks ago. “Don’t give up on your life, don’t just lay there.”

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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.

An Ode to Dancing with the Stars

The following is a guest post by Lois A Troutman.

The DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 17 CAST is gettin’ their groove on in rehearsals leading to the spectacular premiere on September 16! One more week until the couples will saunter down the brightly lit stairs in costumes as sparkling as the lights! As magnificent as the ballroom dancing show that has become a phenomenon across the United States of America!

Wouldn’t we love to peek in on how the rehearsals are going? How the stars are shaking it up with their mega-talented pros! Shaking their hips, shaking their lives up like never before! And also trying to shake off the ever-present nerves in the rehearsals and waiting in the wings on premiere night ready to shake it up on the ballroom floor!

My own nerves are shaking in eager anticipation of this season! I have watched every season, every show! I await Season 17 with the same avid enthusiasm as I awaited Season 1! I love every cast who has been chosen. There are always scintillating surprises that happen before my eyes! I am along for the resplendent, radiant, ravishing ballroom extravaganza ride each week!

I seriously love everything about the show! The costume spectacles that are created each week by the very able Costume Department. The stupendous pro dance numbers! The chatter of the judges, Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman, and Carrie Ann Inaba. The incredible Emmy Winner Tom Bergeron, truly the Host with the Most! His sidekick Brooke Burke Charvet chimes in with her apt commentary throughout the show.

I love seeing the progression of the stars each week! They are truly GETTIN’ THEIR GROOVE ON gliding across the ballroom floor!

The most important aspect of this show is the camaraderie the entire cast finds with each other. It is wonderful to see the bonds develop that lead to lifetime friendships!

The Music Director Harold Wheeler leads the band producing immense repertoires of music each week! All with great musicality and aplomb!

I salute the entire production team for all of their intense work to turn out a top-rate show each week! I cannot fathom all the details that need to be fine-tuned, spit-shined and polished to hear Tom Bergeron say each week, THIS IS DANCING WITH THE STARS!

Yes Tom, THIS IS DANCING WITH THE STARS, the toe-tappin’, eye-poppin’, show-stoppin’, dancing show!

GETTIN’ THEIR GROOVE ON, the dancers are hard at work to bring us entertainment at its best!

GETTIN’ MY OWN GROOVE ON waiting impatiently and enthusiastically!

Bring on the show, bring on DANCING WITH THE STARS!

September 10, 2013 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Katie Couric Site: ‘Do you want to see Katie on “Dancing with the Stars”?’ (Watch Repeat)

Hey all and for those interested, don’t miss seeing a repeat episode of The Katie Show today. This past May, Dancing With The Stars judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli guessed on the show as well as hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet. They talk of the 300th episode of Dancing With The Stars. Pro Louis Van Amstel also shows Katie some dance moves and then they dance. However, what’s extra is fun in watching this episode again is the cast trying to coax Katie into dancing for Dancing With The Stars Season 17. So, be sure to watch. You can also see our previous posting with videos of this episode at this link. I love too how they have this page set up at her site asking viewers if they’d like to see Katie on Dancing With The Stars.

Yes, I’m still holding onto this (pipe?) dream. Smiley-Begging

August 1, 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 Bruno Tonioli Attends WAG The Musical, Pictured With Sinitta And Arlene Phillips

Looks like the off season and summer time has been good to Bruno Tonioli!! Wednesday night, the Dancing With The Stars judge was all smiles and darkly tanned as he attended press night for the musical “WAG” at London’s Charing Cross Theatre. Bruno can be seen arm and arm with Sinitta and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips in some new photos at the event. If interested, you can view them at the Daily Express and The Metro. Getty Images also has some photos.

July 26, 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.

Sail And Compete In Dancing With The Stars At Sea “Champions Cruise”

If you’ve ever dreamed of not only meeting and taking some dance classes with some of the pros from Dancing With The Stars, but, also “competing” as a dancer, Holland America has set up a new cruise just for you. Not only that, you can see the western Caribbean like never before. Check out AAA Travel Deals for the dates and all the details. Below are some fun promos one of which includes judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.

ADDING: Thanks to PureDWTS reader Linz, here is a report by George Pennacchio on the new cruise planned…

July 10, 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.

More Changes Coming For Dancing With The Stars Season 17??

As previously reported, Dancing With The Stars is trimming back to one show a week next season. Get ready as there may be even more changes coming. According to the NY Post, there is going to be a shake up at the judges table. Also, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, and Cheryl Burke may not be returning. Also, eliminations are expected to happen at the beginning of each show. Interesting. Here is more….

After 16 seasons, TV’s top-rated competition show is being cut to one night a week and given a radical makeover— which will likely include a shakeup at the judge’s table.

“No one has a confirmed contract yet,” a show source tells The Post. “I think Bruno [Tonioli] will be back, but Carrie Ann [Inaba] and Len [Goodman] are probably gone.

“The network has been very evasive about it.”

“Dancing” will also be losing several of its most popular professionals.

Four-time champ Derek Hough will sit out next season to work on a new scripted show about the world of dance for the Starz cable network. Fellow pro Mark Ballas is also reportedly in talks to appear in his own reality show.

Fan favorite Cheryl Burke is also unlikely to return, the sources say.

“[The producers] will use this time to figure out how to restructure the show and trim fat off the budget,” the insider says. “The show has become too expensive.”

ABC has declined to confirm whether the dancers or contestants will be asked to accept pay cuts now that the Tuesday night results shows have been scrapped.

Eliminations are now expected to be announced at the beginning of each new episode.

More at the NY Post.

I hope it’s true about the judges. Let Bruno stay, but, let’s see some new blood in the other two spots. As for the pros…I hope Derek won’t be leaving quite yet and yet, I understand him wanting to branch out. Let us know what you think.

ETA: A source close to E News commented on the New York Post rumors. Below is more for how nothing has been decided yet.

“It’s true no one is locked in under contract yet, but that’s not necessarily unusual at this stage,” a source close to the show exclusively tells E! News. “Nothing has been decided yet about next season. There definitely will be format changes and it’s possible there may be some casting changes but those discussions are just beginning.”

While ABC had no comment on the rumors, another source tells us that the report is “speculative” as the season just ended yesterday. “The producers will take a break and then start discussions about what the fall will look like.”

As for Goodman and Inaba’s contracts and whether or not the original judges are on their way out, our source insists, “Nothing decided yet.”

More at E News.

ETA2: One of the producers, Deena Katzspoke, spoke to the NY Post about the changes. Deena mentions a “4th judge and a former president”(huh?) in one of the takes below. Karina Smirnoff and Sharna Burgess also weigh in with their thoughts on the possible changes…

A fourth judge and a former president are two ideas being tossed around for the retooled version of “Dancing with The Stars.”

“We are just starting to figure it out now,” producer Deena Katz told The Post moments after this week’s live finale in LA.

ABC is scrapping the original Tuesday-night result show, signaling the start of the show’s first extreme makeover in eight years.

“Bring in someone like JLo to judge us,” longtime pro Karina Smirnoff says. “To give a little bit of a new criticism, a new perspective.

“I think four judges. ‘American Idol’ has four. ‘The Voice’ has four.”

The biggest challenge is figuring out how to revamp voting and eliminations, Katz admits.

“For the audience members, we want to have a beginning, a middle and an end,” she says. “I think that is exciting. It will make it so that you have to watch that particular night.”

“When I first heard [that the Tuesday results show was being eliminated], if I am honest, I was like ‘What do you mean? Why are you changing the format?’” says dancer Sharna Burgess, who partnered this season with fan-favorite comedian Andy Dick.

“But the more I hear [executive producer] Conrad Green talk about it, I am really, really excited.”

More at the NY Post including an explanation for what she means about adding a President (bring on Bill Clinton, Yes please!).

May 22, 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.

Lance Bass, Audrina Patridge, Bruno Tonioli, Elena Grinenko Help To Preview The DWTS Finale, Couples Interviewed

The day we’ve all been waiting for!! Good luck too all who make this show happen. And to help us get excited even more is ABC’s Dancing With The Stars Season 16 Finale Pre-party!! Former contestants Lance Bass and Audrina Patridge stop by (it’s fun to see these two again). Bruno Tonioli is unplugged. He mentions all the dances he’s loved so far and gives some advise and predictions for what might happen tonight (you’ll love this part too). Also, former pro Elena Grinenko joins the panel to help preview tonight’s finale (it’s fun getting her take too. I always love her accent.). Also, there is some interview footage with the couples from the 300th episode party at the end. They talk about some of their dances tonight. This is a really good one! Also, don’t miss some backstage coverage from yesterday (Sunday) on GOOD MORNING AMERICA HERE.

May 20, 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.

Dancing With The Stars Judge Bruno Tonioli Breaks Down The Final Four (Video)

Judge Bruno Tonioli breaks down the final four on Dancing With The Stars. He talks on each of their strengths and weaknesses. See if you don’t agree. Once again, he pretty much nails it.

ETA: Bruno also discussed the judges chemistry and the Final 4 with XFinity. Note how he thinks Aly has had the most interesting journey. He also comments on Andy Dick and how ultimately he shouldn’t have made the final which I’m not sure I agree with. Why can’t an “entertaining” person make the finale?

In fact, Bruno said he, Len, and Carrie Ann Inaba have a special chemistry that has lasted 16 seasons — unlike on other judge-revolving reality shows — “DWTS” has never replaced any judge on the original panel.

“I think you can not create chemistry,” he said. “It sounds good on paper at times, X, Y and Z doing this and that, but it is not guaranteed and a lot of times, a show loses a lot because it can not recreate some kind of original chemistry that was there initially. It’s something either you’ve got or you haven’t. Especially when you work [on] live [TV] and you’re unscripted to generate that quick-fire is actually not easy to do.”

Meanwhile, Bruno thinks “DWTS” has its perhaps strongest Final 4 ever in Jacoby Jones, Kellie Pickler, Aly Raisman, and Zendaya Coleman. According to Bruno, Olympic gymnast Aly has had the most interesting journey on the show this season. “She has become a performer. It’s wonderful to see a young girl who has discovered a new talent within herself and is growing so much.”

And he said of fan favorite Andy Dick, who exited the show earlier this season, “Andy brought incredible entertainment. I could watch him every week. Obviously, he wasn’t the best dancer, but he turned it on for the public and, of course, you respond to that.”

When asked if there should be a way for the more entertaining personalities to stay on the show longer, Bruno said no. “Ultimately, it has to be the best dancers to get to [the finale] because then you do a comedy show. There is no way you could have Andy in the final next to Zendaya.”

More at XFinity including Bruno’s thoughts on the new format and a “best of the worst” season.

May 17, 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.

Katie Couric And Louis Van Amstel Cha Cha For Dancing With The Stars Judges And Hosts

What a fun segment on the Katie Couric show yesterday!! Look how Louis van Amstel taught Katie how to Cha Cha. Then they performed for Brooke Burke-Charvet, Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman. So cute. We need Katie to do Dancing With The Stars next season. The cast below agrees. Look how they try to coax Katie into dancing in the second video below for Dancing With The Stars Season 17. For those new to the site, this isn’t the first time there has been talk of this. Come on, Katie! Please do Dancing With The Stars.

I hope this video works. If not, see this link.

May 10, 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.