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Carrie Ann Inaba Chats On Pet Health, Cats, And The Best Routines On DWTS

Parade interviewed Dancing With The Stars Carrie Ann Inaba on the best routines and more on Dancing With The Stars. She also chats on her cats and the importance of pet health.

Tell us a little bit about your fur babies.

They make life amazing! I have three cats. Mimi is my oldest, she’s about 12 years old. She’s a rescue, and she’s a black cat. We call her Mimi Vader because she’s got some chronic health conditions, so she snorts when she breathes. There’s Reb, who is just over a year now. He was a feral kitty, and he’s shy around people, so he requires a little bit more care. I spent the first three months making sure I spent quality time with him every day. Now he loves to be petted, and he’s the most social cat. Then, we have Sophie, who’s the kitten. She’s a Russian Blue and about five months old. She was found on the streets. A friend of mine dropped her off to me because I’m that lady. I was going to take her to a shelter, but they were so filled up. Reb walked over to her and pulled her in and started to clean her, and they have been inseparable ever since.

Let’s talk about Dancing With the Stars. What has been your experience as a judge on the show?

It’s so much fun. When I was 18 and figuring out what I wanted to do with my life, I never would’ve said, I want to be judge on a ballroom dance show. It was not anything I ever wanted or thought about. Now that I’ve been doing it for 25 seasons, I feel really lucky. Dancing With the Stars is more than just a dance competition show. It’s people getting out there, trying something new, which is so important in life. It’s inspiring, and I get to take that home with me every time I’m there.

What are some of the best routines you’ve seen on the show?

There’s been so many! I will say that Gilles Marini, when he danced with Cheryl Burke—that’s one of those outstanding partnerships. That’s the definition of Dancing With the Stars. The passion they had was incredible. Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough were also one of those couples that was hard to beat. They were fantastic. This past season, Normani (Kordei) and Val (Chmerkovskiy) had something spectacular.

I want to say that this year, one of the best partnerships was Rashad (Jennings) and Emma (Slater) because there was something really profound about their journey, and I think everybody at home tapped into it. What I love about our show is that people vote with their heart—they don’t have to vote for the best dancing.

Great interview. Be sure to read the interview in full at Parade.

In honor of#blackcatappreciationday -I present Mimi Vader!!!!! The coolest cat ever. Even today, someone said to me, "I don't usually like cats but I love her. " Mimi came to me by way of @perrys_place_la and is a rescue. She was once part of a feral colony… and she loves herself a good pack to run with. When the dogs run in our house, Mimi is right up with them… she's the most friendly cat ever. She always comes when you call her. She brings you toys… mostly the big dog bone stuffed toy. And she never complains even though she suffers from a chronic sinus infection. She's always cheerful and she just makes everyone smile. Another unique quality? She has curly hair on her tummy! So, on this special day, we honor you #Mimi -our sweet little girl. #blackcat #cat

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August 18, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Carrie Ann Inaba Talks On Her Wedding Plans And Dancing With The Stars Season 25

Who Would Carrie Ann Inaba like to see on Dancing With The Stars Season 25? Find out below (I love her choices) as well as her wedding plans and more in this new Insider interview…

August 16, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Gleb Savchenko And Elena Samodanova Welcome Baby Zlata Into Their Lives!

Congratulations to Dancing With The Stars Gleb Savchenko , his wife Elena Samodanova, and daughter Olivia!! This sweet family is welcoming Baby Zlata into their lives. And what a beautiful name. I love it. Read on for more from
US Weekly

She’s here! Dancing With the Stars pro Gleb Savchenko and his wife, Elena Samodanova, welcomed their second child, a baby girl, in Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday, August 1, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm. She now joins big sister Olivia, 6.

“Mother and baby are doing great and sister Olivia couldn’t be happier!” his rep tells Us in a statement. “Gleb was released from the Dancing with the Stars tour so he could join his family for this monumental occasion.”

Zlata was born at 10:26 p.m. and weighed in at 7.9 pounds. “Elena and baby are doing great!” Savchenko, 33, adds to Us. “Olivia is very excited to meet her younger sister.”

I’m so happy. To read the full article, see US Weekly.

August 2, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Carrie Ann Inaba Asks Her Mother A Special Question On Live With Kelly & Ryan

Dancing With The Stars Carrie Ann Inaba helped Ryan Seacrest co-host Live With Kelly & Ryan this morning. She asked her Mother to be her “Matron Of Honor” in her wedding. This is sweet. Thanks to Idolxfactor1 for recording.

ETA: Here is more with Carrie Ann and her wedding plans (in Hawaii). Sounds so beautiful…

August 1, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Let’s Send A HUGE Congratulations To Our Two DWTS Couples!

Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were married on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich were married on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

I had promised our sweet Vogue, who has been away from the computer for the whole weekend, that I would fill in for her, and post photos of both weddings. Instead, I ended up being VERY busy and away from the computer for a majority of the weekend because of some family obligations. I had been trying to keep up with things on my phone though…

I’m not going to post the photos, however, because I usually have a lot of trouble getting them to post, and it’s Vogue who puts any photo onto anything I’ve posted!  Instead click here to see Julianne and Brooks announcement from People and click here to see Peta and Maks announcement from People.

There’s been quite a bit said about the two weddings being on the same day, and even mentioned how unfair they were to not move their dates. The thing is, neither couple moves in the same circle, and I really don’t think that there was as much overlap in guest list as people are assuming. Other than the dates, and that 3 of them are employed by DWTS, I don’t think there was too much the same.

Both brides are breathtakingingly gorgeous! Both brides had gowns that fit them and their personalities. Both brides had a wedding that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives! Both grooms are head over heels for their bride, and vice versa.

Peta and Maks chose to get married in a huge wedding at Oheka Castle on Long Island, NY. Julianne and Brooks chose to get married in the middle of a field lakeside near Coeur D’Alene lake, Idaho.

Both are important events, and both deserve to be celebrated. I’m sure we’ll find photos to add at a later time, since one of the wedding parties chose to be a LOT more secretive about the entire wedding than the other.

Please post your congratulations below for our two happy couples!

July 10, 2017 I Written By

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Carrie Ann Inaba Interviewed On Her Career, DWTS, And More – Stunning New Photo Shoot

Don’t miss reading one of Carrie Ann Inaba’s best interviews at California Vibe. The Dancing With The Stars judge talks on her career and gives advise. She mentions Dancing With The Stars and how, to this day, she is “surprised” every season by something. She also mentions who she’d like to see dance in the future (I love her choice of Johnny Weir) and lots more. You can also see some stunning new photos of her.

July 2, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

2017 Dancing With The Stars Sweet Summertime – Photos Of The Cast, Former Cast, Family, Friends, And More

There are so many beautiful photos out there of the cast of Dancing With The Stars, their significant others, their families, and their friends enjoying the off season and summer time. Below are just a few of them. We included some photos of former cast members and some tour shots as well. Enjoy!

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June 28, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Season 24 End Of The Season Questionannaire

Time for a new “End of the season” Questionnaire for Dancing With The Stars Season 24. This is when you can tell your most honest thoughts and feelings for how you feel on the show (good and bad). Answer the questions below in comments to your best ability.

1. Who were your favorite 5 couples from Dancing With The Stars Season 24?

2. From all the celebrity contestants on Dancing With The Stars 24, who should win a Congeniality Award?

3. My 5 favorite pros on Dancing With The Stars Season 24 were __________________________.

4. From the couples dances, which were your most favorite THREE dances on Dancing With The Stars Season 24? You can name more if you can’t stop at three.

5. If you were to give a “Choreograph Award” to THREE pros on Dancing With The Stars Season 23, who would they be?

6. From an “A” to an “F”, how would you grade the season?

7. Are you satisfied with the direction of the show? If not, how can ‘the powers that be’ improve Dancing With The Stars in the future?

May 30, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Season 24, THE FINALE – LIVE BLOG (Spoilers)

Okay, REMEMBER THE RULES of show night. DO NOT constantly hit refresh. DO NOT post one line comments.  Save your comments until you have a few that you can put into one post. Please include context so people who the hell you’re talking about. Comment moderation is still turned on, so content refreshing won’t get you anywhere.

Also, according to George P. Emma and Rashad are doing Cha Cha/Tango for their fusion and the dance order is the same as it was last night.

Opening was kind of a non-event. Love the little “journey” package they did for David.  Looking forward to Rashad’s. Interesting they show a clip of Normani and it’s a high kick.  I wonder…. 😉

Damn, don’t like when they mess with the order like that and put Rashad’s package second. Makes me uneasy.

So, Rashad beat the other two contestants by 100 HOURS in rehearsal.  If he doesn’t win, I’ll be pissed.

So shocking that Heather can holder her own with the professional girls.  Heh.  Is this the dance choreod by Witney?? Better than what Mandy normally comes up with.  Hah. Thanks Tom.

Not impressed with Hailie Steinfeld – feel like I’m looking at Val’s next partner in her first ballroom getup.

Spare me, Val. Normani would absolutely make the cut as one of the best ever…if paired with Derek or Mark.

I see we’re back to featuring Maks. Ya know, this show survived quite well without him for a few weeks. Witney did better with the women than the men did. It was all right, but not fabulous.

Don’t like how they have this staged – starting to feel like a Normani edit. I will be so pissed and over this show. The press is resurrecting all their Normani articles – whether that’s at the request of DWTS PR or at their own thoughts on who’s going to win.

Loved the huge dance number and how it traveled all over. Peta is wearing more fabric than all her last season’s costumes put together. Girl, you look fab. Then I saw Hayley and her killer bod and I commiserated with her.

Good Lord, there’s still an hour and a half. I don’ think I’m going to make it.

Nancy is such a classy lady.  And a damn fine dancer too.  She could have won on another season.  She made me appreciate Artem too.

I love guys who can play up the whole bromance thing.  This is one of the reasons I loved Nick this season – he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Nice, dry sense of humor.  I should say that this is also why I prefer Maks over Val – Maks seems more genuine when screwing around like this.

Peta looks stunning in red with a red lip. Stunning. And Nick ain’t so bad either.

Was this Magic Mike number more OTT than it was last time? LOL.

I do love bloopers.  😀

Whoa, severe flashback to Derek and Chelsea – same song, similar outfits, similar dance moves.  Very similar. Wow.

Damn, they’re still doing the Normani wins edit. Shit.

Damn #2 – Derek was on the Voice tonight and I missed it cuz this crap.

Best thing about that dance was Len and Bruno doing their thang. 😀

My god, will this show ever end? This is ungodly painful. I could be reading. Or sleeping, since I’m still coughing.

Okay, that Mr. T bit was cheesy brilliance. 🙂 Love that Mr. T.

Nicole Scherzinger – legit one of the best women to dance on this show.

BTW, Dirty Dancing is getting seriously bad reviews and it’s in large part due to this dude who is NOT a good dancer. He even makes Nicole look a bit awkward.

David and Lindsay do a Foxtrot/Salsa fusion…finally…and it’s not too bad actually. Love David so much – their package was just great. Probably the hardest fusion we’re going to see tonight, I think.

AT/Foxtrot fusion for Normani and Val. Since Val isn’t any better at Fusion than he is freestyle, this should be interesting.

CAI telegraphing a Normani win with her comments.  Of course she can pick it up fast, Julianne, she’s trained. YOU can pick it up that quick too, right??

God, get the mic away from Val. So pompous and smug.

QUIT HITTING REFRESH!! Already having trouble with the site. And that makes me cranky.

Great fusion from Rashad and Emma – very fun like they are. Think Emma made her point to the producers clearly enough?? Straight at the camera – I don’t know if I will ever get this again. Yeah, no kidding.

CAI telegraphing now that Normani and Rashad may be a toss up. Shit, Len is not going with 10s. Unusual – either he’s lost by a lot or he’s won by enough that Len isn’t afraid of changing the outcome.

THIRD PLACE – Normani and Val.  So much for those 500k votes.  Thank you baby jesus. Now, I would really want Rashad to win, but damn, David – nothing would shout louder to the producers to keep their mitts off the damn show.

Winners – RASHAD and Emma!!!

 

Why are they going outside? Fucking stupid way to handle this. Let the have their camera time and celebrate. Hey, Val and Maks aren’t crying in a corner?? That’s a positive development!! Personal growth!!

May 23, 2017 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 24, Week 10 – LIVE BLOG (Spoilers)

Well, I made it to my destination in time for the shit show. But I must go find a beer or something. I don’t think I can do this show straight. 😀

Just heard about the explosions in Manchester – our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the UK.  Horrible stuff.

New music and choreo for the re-do dances, David is up first.  Love David and Lindsay both – hope he pulls off a great dance.

A little skippy here at one point, but his but is mostly in and it seems like he’s leading.. Lindsay’s dance is stunning. Beautiful dance from David – say what you want about this couple but Lindsay has really done right by David. Excellent job all season.

His bum wasn’t that bad, Len. Len is going low to make sure he doesn’t take it. Jules plugs the tour – go girl.

I feel like that was underscored by a point or two. But David wins just by being there this week.

Yeah, they don’t put a mic on her ankle so the sound guys gave the a bit of help.

Are we doing to Quickstep at some point?  Oh….wrong foot on that run dearie. Dang…missed another step in the middle. I think Val might have over reached on this one a bit – way too hectic and crazy.

When you have training you are consistent. No improvement from Jules, and she notes lack of body content.  Bruno will give her a 10, of course. CAI? Of course she raves.  Spare me. Len is siding with Julianne. And with me. 😉  And Val opens his mouth again.

I probably would have given one less 10.

The next dance will tell a story…the scores, that is.

God, this edit will piss me off if he doesn’t win. Fucking editors.  Rashad – kill this.

That may have been the hottest V. Waltz I’ve ever seen. Like, legit hot, not faux hot. Wow. That was lovely. And he LEADS!

Judges are being kind. He must be doing well in the votes. They’d be tearing him down if he had no shot. Remember, they like to be right. Must be close between him and Normani.

Side note: love Jules dress. Saw it back stages and it’s short and feathery.

So, perfect score for Rashad – putting him 3 points ahead of Normani at this point. I’m almost afraid to hope.

Gotta give it up for Lindsay for choreographing a brilliant freestyle – perfectly tailored to her partner. Only part I didn’t like was the big trick she did with David no where in site. The rest of it? Brilliant. The staging on the dugout, everything. He had a mis-step right at the very beginning but give the man 9s and 10s.

Perfect score for David. I’m trying to find my spreadsheet to see how far down he is.

Man, why does Val have to use my favorite little dancer??

I love JT. Sooo cute. 🙂  High kick.

Of course Val can’t do a freestyle so he does contemporary V. Waltz.  High kick #2.

That was it? It was pretty….but it didn’t really move me like I would want.

Judges drooling…same story different day. I wonder if Normani is winning by so much they felt comfortable scoring her down so that we can’t cry about manipulation.  But then I think I’m giving the producer too much machiavellian credit. And we can still complain about manipulation. 😉

Oh Emma – you won’t let him down. You’ve been awesome this season! Kill it!!

Holy crap!! Now that’s how you do a freestyle!! I’m tired just watching it.

Just realized I never closed this one out. We’ ll have a new post tomorrow night for the show, PLUS Courtney should be posting her power rankings shortly…and look for Dancing by the Numbers tomorrow afternoon!!

 

May 22, 2017 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. :-)