Man, I was digging this new Afterbuzz TV show last night ….especially being Mark Ballas was a guest. He provided some cool “behind the scenes” information about the dancers and the show, getting his partners from A to B, how you can tell who is in it to win it every season, what it’s like having a gymnast for a partner, and more. Though, I have to say….I was disappointed at the end when he and Anna Trebunskaya went on about Henry Byalikov and what a great job he’s dong with Nastia Liukin. Hey, maybe Henry is doing a good job and that’s cool, but, let’s be REAL here! Anna said Henry has Nastia for “half the week” when that IS NOT TRUE! Henry only has Nastia for TWO days (Saturday and Sunday). It’s also not true that Henry is doing all the cleaning up, etc as Derek has been conversing with them on the weekend from New York City making sure everything is perfect. Yes, Henry may be a stand in for Derek on the weekend, but, he’s not doing it “all”. So for those on the Afterbuzz TV show and fans taking it in everything Anna says as if it’s “word”, think again. Also, Derek is doing ALL of the choreography HIMSELF. See this NEW “YOUNG HOLLYWOOD” rehearsal interview of last week’s rehearsals in New York City. This footage was filmed before Nastia went back to Los Angeles….doesn’t this say it all? Anyway, take a listen to the show below and let us know what you think. Yes, I’m wound up. 😐
I got an idea in the shower this morning to do my poem/writing this week without rhyming. But, it will be expressive in another way. The theme of red-hot, fire, etc will populate the writing. We had our fires, our passions stoked:
For The Love of Latin
The opening was a red-hot explosion
Dripping with the flames of passion
A’blaze with fires kindling in our souls
Dancers’ feet, as if steeping on hot coals
Electricity crescendoing in the Ballroom
Latin flavor oozing out of every pore
Latin dances typically ooze sensuality
The dynamic of love as a fiery furnace
Lifts expressing strength of lovers’ union
Our hearts filled with the spirit of dance
Each dance unique bursting with spirit
Fanning flames of power of creativity Read more..
Below is Lori with Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough’s new blogs!! She is life saver and helping me with Blogs on Media Tuesday and I’m liking the way she’s combining them! What do you think? And Lori, I loved Julianne’s lip stick too! THANKS for all of your help!! ~ Vogue
I’m trying something new, and putting both of our female judges in one place. Let me know if you like it this way, or would prefer to have them separate.
Carrie Ann’s weekly blog post is up at Parade, and it was obvious to me that she reads the comments that people have about her judging.
On a personal note, last night was challenging for me personally. It is never easy to give constructive criticism to people you look up to and respect. However, that is what we are there to do, it is our job to judge and I believe it is my job to help each contestant to be their personal best. I offer advice that I hope will help them have a better chance at winning in the long run. After being a judge on the show for every single episode for 20 seasons, I know what the audience likes to see, and I know what we as judges like to see. I may have upset a few people, which I never want to do, but it comes with the territory of being a judge.
Last night, I enjoyed Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani’s samba. It was a delight to watch and was sheer entertainment. They could have gone straight to Vegas and sold out! But after three weeks of very colorful, light and almost campy (in a good way) routines, I would like to see more depth to her performance. Suzanne is an icon. She is a very strong woman. She’s in great shape and she looks terrific, but I feel there’s more to her. I’d like to see her do something that expresses her passion, her grace and elegance and shows us a new dimension. I didn’t deduct points because she hasn’t shown us that yet, but I was offering advice for the future. I upset Tony — which if you have read any of my blog posts or know me at all, you would know is NOT my intention. I have nothing but respect for these incredible professionals on our show. No one works harder on television than our pros, working as choreographers, therapists, friends, trainers and guides throughout this journey for their celebrity partners, and I have nothing but respect for their passion, dedication and excellence. But I worry that if Suzanne keeps doing light performances, she will get lost in the crowd. I’d like to see a bit of drama in her performance, a bit of passion, and a bit more depth. So, I’m looking forward to next week to see what they put together for us. And remember, I’m rooting for everyone out there to do his or her best!
I like parts of this, and do agree, but other parts was Carrie Ann definitely doing some CYA Fluff. Check out the link above to read the whole blog!
And Julianne has her weekly blog is up on People, I LOVE the color of her lipstick!
Carrie Ann, Julianne, and Bruno.
Such beautiful photos of Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Week 3! To see even more, see Getty Images.
I was loving this dance last night! How about you? I want more PRO NUMBERS!!! Please TPTB!!!! PLEASE!!!
What a night and one of my favorites so far!! For media starters, let’s start off with the score card which reads like this for Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Week 3:
Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough 34/40
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker 34/40
Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy 33/40
Willow Shields & Mark Ballas 32/40
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess 30/40
Chris Soules & Witney Carson 28/40
Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson 29/40
Suzanne Somers & Tony Dovolani 25/40
Michael Sam & Peta Murgatroyd 24/40
Patti LaBelle & Artem Chigvintsev 22/40
Now onto some media. Let’s see what the couples had to say about the night. First check out the ABC7 footage below with George Pennacchio. Note at the end, George says it’s “Most Memorable Year Week” next.
For some new interviews from E News, see this link. As always I would embed them, but, they won’t stop playing afterwards making it hard to watch the other videos posted.
The new Afterbuzz TV interviews with JC Rubio are starting to come out. Heidi will be making a new “Who’s Dancing What” post shortly for the new dances next week. So far, it’s revealed
Nastia & Derek have an Read more..
Just a quick TV heads up: The couple voted off on tonight’s “Dancing with the Stars” will stop by tomorrow’s “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” to perform for the “LIVE” audience. Additionally, “LIVE” will welcome various “DWTS” castoffs, both celebrities and professional dancers, as this season of the hit ABC series continues. Stay tuned for more coverage tomorrow!
DWTS20 Week 2 HQ Photos Of Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli, Erin Andrews, Tom Bergeron
How about some love for the other cast members of Dancing With The Stars who help make this show exciting for us? Click on the pics to see more.
Well, we made it! Long, cold weeks and months of waiting have passed, and FINALLY! It looks like Spring may actually make an appearance this year, and JUST IN TIME! Because DWTS Season 20 is about to begin! Sparkly costumes, spray tans, fabulously gifted professional dancers….
And the judges! Same group of characters as last season, and if this season is like past seasons, we’re in for a lot of entertainment from the judges, even when we don’t agree with them. Some guarantees, I think: Julianne will do fine, but people will still complain about anything that comes out of her mouth, and if she gives even the SLIGHTEST hint of something that the contestant can do to get better, she’ll be slammed on twitter and told that she’s such a hater and that she’s wrong and any score less than a 10 is proof, as will be anything beyond raking Derek and Riker through the coals every week and giving them obviously false low scores. Carrie Ann is going to burst into tears tonight, most likely with Noah, Patti and Suzanne. She’ll fall out of her chair once this season, and babble. Len will always be the tough curmudgeon that we all love and all of the dancers respect. And Tom will keep him supplied with plenty of grumpy pills, so Tom can have more fun at the judges expense. And they’ll all love it.
And Bruno, let’s not forget Bruno. One cannot merely use a few words to describe Bruno, one needs only this video from People magazine! They say it’s his most insane moments of the past 19 seasons. I think they’re missing a few, but this is definitely amusing, and pretty accurately shows what we’re in for this season with Bruno.
Let’s play a game as we wait for tonight’s premiere! After you go to People and watch Bruno’s video, post in the comments. Can you name where each of the clips came from? Season and celebrity/pro that he said each clip to, and if possible, which of their dances.
And then, how about adding some of your own favorite Brunoments that were missed in the video above?
Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Judges To Be On LIVE With Kelly And Michael And More DWTS TV Heads Up
Just somes TV Heads Up to mark on your calendars:
-As previously reported, don’t miss seeing Derek and Julianne Hough on The Ellen Show on March 2nd. They plan to talk about their new tour. ETA: Julianne and Derek will also be on Good Morning America as well on Monday. They will be on AOL Build.com at 2:00pmET. Big press day and I bet tickets for their new tour will go on sale soon. Be ready!
-Dancing With The Stars Tom Bergeron will be on The Meredith Vieira Show on March 5th!!
-Also, Dancing With The Stars judges Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Julianne Hough are scheduled to be on “LIVE With Kelly And Michael” on March 13th just in time before the premiere!! Be sure to watch! Let’s hope they tell us more about how they are going the work with the contestants for the new season that Julianne recently mentioned in a new interview (I have always loved when they worked with the contestants in the past. Seeing more of that would be so cool).