Just a TV heads up! Don’t miss seeing Dancing With The Stars Carrie Ann Inaba And Julianne Hough in FOX’S “Cause For Paws: An All Star Dog Spectacular”. This Special airs on Thanksgiving night at 10:00pm ET. Here is more from Broadway World…
Thanksgiving night Thursday, Nov. 27, (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), FOX airs the all-new special FOX’S CAUSE FOR PAWS: AN ALL-STAR DOG SPECTACULAR, co-hosted by Academy Award winner Hilary Swank and Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch (GLEE). The special will feature appearances by celebrities, including Paula Abdul, Kristen Bell, Kristin Chenoweth, Whitney Cummings, Josh Duhamel, Fergie, Max Greenfield, Kathy Griffin, Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba, Randy Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, Cesar Millan, Jerry O’Connell, Kelly Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, P!nk, Amber Riley, LeAnn Rimes, Rebecca Romijn, Emmy Rossum, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Betty White.
For more holiday programming, see Broadway World. I think I will definitely be watching Pitbull’s New Year’s Eve special too.
Carrie Ann Inaba has written a new blog at Parade. This time, she has something to say about all of the couples. She also defends herself for some hate she’s been receiving. Here is a take, but, be sure to read more at the link.
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough
OK, I’m getting a lot of hate about my score for Bethany and Derek. I score it as I see folks. As I’ve said many times, I think she’s incredible. She’s one of the front-runners in my mind. She’s got a drive that I believe will take her far on the road to the Mirrorball Trophy. She’s determined and when she dances. She really digs into the dances and brings the world to life. Like a chameleon, she is dynamic and intriguing to watch.
However, she does need to drop her shoulders. It’s small-but-critical change. As I remember, I kept telling Drew Lachey back in Season 2 that he needed to drop his shoulders. We all could see the tension in his shoulders and when he did; he took home the Mirrorball Trophy. So, as we head to the finals, I’m very specific in my critiques because I know how hard they have all worked for this, and they all deserve the best shot at winning. I have faith in Bethany that she will be able to make this adjustment and have yet another breakthrough. For her Argentine tango trio, she lacked the intimacy with Tony and some of the transitions were not as smooth as they could have been. The performance as a whole was powerful and had a fire that was incredible to experience, but it’s my job to call it as I see it. She’s come so far as a performer since week one. She’s developed her core strength and her emotional expression and she’s allowed herself full immersion into her characters. I think she’s got a great shot at this, and I’m impressed with her determination. You can feel it when she comes out and dances, and it’s exciting.
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas
Can we just say, stunning? That foxtrot was stunning and I have to say that Mark’s strategy was brilliant. Choosing another female pro to dance and complement Sadie was risky but well worth it. Truly a performance that was classic DWTS. This is the kind of dancing that really speaks to everyone. No matter what your age is, what your creative taste is, this elegant and show stopping foxtrot was undoubtedly perfection in motion. Mark’s choreography was untouchable. Sadie was a super star last night. You could see her future in that dance and I believe her future is bright. She’s elegant, graceful and a bright light in this competition. It makes me smile as I write this with coffee in hand, remembering the fabulous performance. Loved the way Mark maneuvered the girls effortlessly and without a hitch or awkward moment, exchanging partners with ease and artistry. Beautifully performed by all three. This is going into my list of top dances in DWTS history.
Team Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy
I’m getting a lot of feedback that Janel and Val’s performances had many mistakes. However, I have to say, I thank you for your passion and your feedback, but from where I sat, I didn’t see them. Janel and Val had a great night. Out of the girls left, she is the most consistent performer. But she’s a bit older than the other two girls and she has a polish that can’t be denied. Now, veteran viewers will remember that isn’t a sure sign that you will win the competition. What wins this competition is momentum at the end…So, it’s really anyone’s game. I was truly impressed with Janel’s quickstep. The quickstep is one of the most difficult dances to pull off. It requires a lot of technique that must come before the movements. She had great form and delivered the story with movie star quality. She and Bethany have a similar energy on the dance floor. They are determined, powerful and grounded in their strengths, and they have confidence. Sadie has a different energy. She is light and bright. They are all running a tight race with Alfonso. This is a close season, and it’s anyone’s Mirrorball Trophy.
Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba has written a new blog at Parade. She writes about each performance this week and also gives some advise. It’s nice to see some love for Sadie and Mark…
She’s back! She had one rough week and we saw a very upset Mark. I even got negative Facebook comments from his mom. But I love the passion. I can’t get mad at that. But listen, when you take creative risks, you are always risking more because judging creativity is very subjective. There is no other criterion for the creative choices. We either love it or hate it. It works or it doesn’t. However, if you take a creative risk and it pays of, it can help your scores out. If not, your scores will drop. Last night, I was reignited in my passion for Sadie. She is such a phenomenon to me. Her bright spirit coupled with those incredible, beautiful long limbs creates some of the most stunning shapes and elegant movements in the ballroom. She’s got the facility that no one else has. Her physicality allows her to give us incredibly gorgeous movement. However, because she is so tall, it takes a lot of strength to control her body and give us power. What I didn’t get to say last night was that I love the way she learns Mark’s choreography, which is filled with intricacies. There are specific points of tension in his choreography. He has such an incredible vocabulary of movement because he knows so many styles. I love the way Sadie performed last night. She had the right tension in all the right places. For example, all those beautiful shapes they created in the beginning of the choreography, with all the negative space, she knew when he wanted the tension and the angst to be in the wrist, or in the ankle. She knew when to let the energy go outward, and then when to come inward. She knew when the line was supposed to be long and supple on one side and crooked and distorted on the other. That is not easy for a beginner. I loved that she nailed those types of details. It shows an eager student who has the hunger and tenacity, and will to win. She’s young and she’s sensitive but she does not crumble. I see in her the will to win. And I feel it. So my advice to Sadie: Build your strength so you can dance as hard as Bethany or Janel while giving us those long beautiful lines that only you can deliver.
For more on all the couples, see Parade. And wow, I’m loving her dress again….
Such breathtaking photos this week for Dancing With The Stars courtesy of Adam Taylor. What do you think? To see loads more, see Getty Images.
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).