If you head to Hollywood Life, you can see a fun gallery of pictures “behind the scenes” on Dancing With The Stars this week courtesy of Mark Ballas. I love Sadie’s dress!!! Beautiful!
Today, Tom Bergeron was a guest on Good Morning America. He announced ABC’s campaign to raise money for Toys for Tots. He also reveals secrets on Dancing With The Stars. He’s so funny…
Stay tuned to the spot below. More with Tom coming later. Also, be sure to catch The View tomorrow (Thursday) as he will guest on that show too and most likely we won’t be able to get video.
Carrie Ann Inaba has posted a new blog for Parade. She writes of how cool it was to see some redemption dances. I thought this passage was interesting too on how she can understand why Pitbull said Val and Janel’s dance lacked passion. This makes sense. Let us know what you think….
The other surprise of the night was that Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy were in jeopardy. Seeing them in the bottom two was disturbing to say the least. Janel is one of the frontrunners, and I would be devastated if she went home at this point in the competition. She’s such a force of nature. Her versatility is incredible and to be envied. She is a multifaceted performer and she excites me with her well-nuanced performances. Guest judge PitBull made an interesting observation last night when he said he didn’t feel the passion. I find Janel to be an incredibly passionate performer. But this morning I can see what he was talking about. There was a disconnect between her passion for the movements and her connection to Val. She was too concentrated on the choreography, and she wasn’t able to connect as easily to Val or to the music. This is what I believe he was speaking to. This is actually a great note for Janel. She is a dynamic performer with layers and layers of abilities and emotional nuances to pull from in her performances. Let’s hope she doesn’t go home. Please America don’t let us have another Sabrina Bryan moment!
To read and see more, visit Parade. Also, what do you think of Carrie Ann’s dress? I loved it….
Carrie Ann Inaba has written about Dancing With The Stars last night at Parade. She talks of how “change is hard”. She commended all the couples for handling the switch-up dances with “grace and dignity”. She also mentioned a few of the couples. Below is her take on Alfonso and Cheryl for one…
Now, let’s move on to Alfonso Ribeiro and Cheryl Burke who performed a really good flamenco. I didn’t get a chance to comment on their dance so I will do so now. It had incredible chemistry. I agree with Julianne there. They had a mature partnership, which seemed as though they were part of one. I commend them on that. I loved seeing Alfonso’s passion come out and the way he commanded the stage. My comments are quite specific. Flamenco is a proud dance. It is in some ways an act of defiance, an expression of a gypsy culture that is an emotional expression that is almost like a crying out to the Gods. When you dance the flamenco, you can be small in person but you must dance it larger than life. You must fill the room with your gestures and your soulful expression. Their dance was nicely choreographed, however, Alfonso didn’t expand outward. He didn’t fill the room with passion. It was a one-dimensional performance in this way. He needed to lift his torso more, and his arm movements needed to be more expansive to have more tension. There was however, one brilliant moment in the routine that left an impact for me. He was dancing side-by-side with Cheryl and he was looking directly into my eyes for two counts of eight. In that moment he was so in the dance. I could see it and feel it. His arm movements were still a bit shortened, but that passion, it was mesmerizing and powerful. Go Alfonso!
I felt passion all over that dance on my TV set. The best dance of the night along with Derek and Sadie and Mark and Bethany in my opinion. More at Parade including a surprise visit from her boyfriend from Spain (he’s so cute).
Carrie Ann Inaba has written a new blog at Parade. Her two stand out performances this week were Derek and Bethany along with Val and Janel. Carrie Ann also loved Tommy Chung. She also explains why she was harsh this week on Lea (I actually agreed with Carrie Ann on Lea. I think her posture needs improvement as I wrote in comments in Courtney’s Power Ranking post. I noticed this issue in previous weeks as well).
So, the third performance I’d like to talk about was Mr. Tommy Chong. I think I need to explain my Yoda compliment. And it was indeed a compliment. First of all, Yoda is a master, a soft-spoken, yet highly enlightened being who gives the advice that will save the world. He’s distinguished and masterfully skilled yet demure and understated, just like Tommy Chong was in his incredible Argentine Tango performance. There was an special sort of wisdom in the movements and a masterful skill that came across like poetry. He had a few tiny wobbles (but it’s difficult to dance in smoke on that stage). But it felt poetic on all level with a quality that words cannot do justice. It felt like we were having a chance to sit with a master … a wise dancing sage.
I see that some folks are upset with my scores for Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev. There is no doubt that she is one of the best dancers we have this year. And I would say a true contender. She’s got sizzle and sass and all the right moves. However, she was not centered in her Cha Cha performance. It happens. Sometimes, especially for women in heels, we can lose our balance and since it’s a fast-paced dance, it’s hard to get our feet back under us. It’s happened to us all at some point. Her focus was not as razor sharp as usual and her posture could become a problem if not fixed early. That is why I pointed it out. So she can improve upon it. The performance as a whole was about an 8 except then she also had a few mistakes so I deducted for it. My goal as I said last night to Allison Holker is never to diminish or to discourage but rather to encourage improvement. Everything I said to Lea is with love and respect for very real chance to head to the finals.
More at Parade including pictures and fashion credits.
Without further ado, below is Lois with some fun new poems for Dancing With The Stars Season 19 Week 2…
A JUMPIN’, JIVIN’, JAMMIN’ MONDAY NIGHT
The ballroom was jumpin’, jivin’, jammin’ Monday night
My Jam Monday was a sensational, inspirational delight
The opening was a cast explosion, classy, snazzy sight
With the feel of film noir, colored in black and in white
The pairs were jammin’ to a song of the stars own choice
It was time to be creative, a time to excel, time to rejoice
THE JAMS, DANCES, MUSIC, DESCRIPTIVES:
TAVIS AND SHARNA – CHA CHA CHA
BOOGIE WONDERLAND. – EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE
A bell-bottomed bonanza, a fun 60s style
A jolly jam, disco dance, dance party theme
BETHANY AND DEREK – FOXTROT
ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – MEGHAN TRAINOR
Fit as a fiddle, Fosse Foxtrot, perfect balance Read more..
Wasn’t this a hot little deal last night on Dancing With The Stars?!! Sign in comments if you want MORE!!
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba has also posted a new blog at Parade. First, she apologizes for not including Derek and Bethany last week in her blog. She says, “Bethany is someone to watch. Not only because she has Derek Hough as her partner who we all know is an incredibly talented choreographer who pushes creates incredible performances for his partner, but also because she has an inner strength and determination mixed with what is becoming a fluid and rich movement style. I say determination because she is a pioneer in her world of YouTube and she is someone who had a dream and found a way.” She also posts on the three staandout performances of week 2. Carrie Ann also lost her older cat, Taz, this past week (I loved the cat!). More at Parade including pictures and fashion credits..
Lastly, George Pennacchio has been loading up more interviews at ABC7. He asked them about next weeks dances and more. Here are a few of them….
Below you can watch the couples reaction to a new Abs and underwear shoot with Val Chmerkovskiy and Bruno Tonioli. Their reaction is priceless. Check it out!
Let’s go straight to some interviews after the results show on Dancing With The Stars. Tavis Smiley talks of how this wasn’t the first time in his life he has “lost” at something. However, he feels bad for his partner Sharna Burgess and dragging her around the country for two weeks. He talks of all the things he’s glad for in doing Dancing With The Stars too. So sweet! Below is more. You can also get some reactions on the night from the other couples and some new hints on their new dances. Additional Note: Tommy and Peta are dancing to “Scent Of A Woman” for their Argentine Tango. Awesome. I love that movie!
ETA2: Sharna and Tavis’ new interview with Good Morning America has been added below.
ETA3: Also, for some Derek Hough ‘Nashville” spoilers and more goodies, be sure to see Pure Derek Hough. #HOTNEWSTILLS
ETA4: ABC7 interviewed some of the couples last night as well. You can watch it below as well.