Tony Dovolani talked with the couples after they danced last night on Dancing With The Stars. He also spoke with Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman. They look into the crystal ball for tonight. More below…
Dancing with the Stars Season 20, The Final Performances – Let’s Discuss Tonight’s Show!! (Spoilers)
Well, I took an unscientific poll of Derek fans. Everyone appears to be voting Riker. Granted, I have 11k followers and only about 30 people responded to the tweet…but only one or two said they were voting Noah. Everyone else said Riker. I have NO idea if this is the best course of action. One minute I think Riker has a better shot, then five seconds later I’m thinking Noah is getting a ton of votes. The fact that they called Riker safe makes me think that he was the one that was only 1.5% ahead of Nastia…then five minutes later I think that he was in first place. I have no idea.
As I preach every week in my “Dancing by the Numbers” post, it’s NOT just the voters, but the judges as well. Their points count for half. Generally, the finale and semi-final can go one of two ways. The judges rank the couples by handing out scores that put someone in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place OR they throw out scores in such a way to create a tie – that’s called throwing it to the audience. Which way will they go?? Well, if they throw it to the audience, I expect that it’s Rumer’s to lose. After all their hard, hard work this season in making sure Val gets a MBT, are they likely to throw it to the audience if she didn’t have it in the bag? Maybe, maybe not. I feel schizophrenic. At the end of the day, if Noah is within three points, I would want to vote for him. However…if all the Derek fans are going with Riker, well then I should go with them, right?? :::sigh::: We’ll discuss this again at the end of round one. 😉
Okay, Noah up first with his AT.
He was pretty unsteady in spots…but a 32 may be the nail in his coffin, depending on how the other two do.
Riker up next with his Paso – which he pretty much killed. If he gets nitpicked, I’ll be pissed.
Standing ovation from Len?? Either Riker is doing horrible in votes or he’s doing amazing. No middle ground.
Aren’t you shocked that Rumer is going last?? I know I am. (end sarcasm)
Okay, required Rumer tears…check. Required Val kindness…check. Required repeat of Len’s prediction that it’s Val’s season…check.
A bit out of sync…and still rather hard. Bruno mentions “hollywood royalty” and “dancing royalty”. CAI says poetry in motion. Oy veh. Long night.
Difference after round one….Noah needs about 72k more votes per million votes cast to beat either Rumer or Riker. Biggest Margin ever, I think. This will change after the freestyles, but it looks like I’m voting Noah.
Okay, Noah’s freestyle was killer. I loved it. It best be a perfect score. They’ve handicapped him enough.
Dance party in the red room and Erin makes a funny at Redfoo.
Aaannnndd…Noah gets a perfect score. Well deserved but it also seemed pre-planned.
Lot’s of pressure on Rumer and Val because Riker just slayed it with a fun, different, cool free style.
Welp, I’m voting Riker….I hope you do too. 😀
Someone explain to me how that was a freestyle?? And how it was markedly different from anything else she did all season long. Me thinks they missed the whole point of a freestyle.
Gee, where have I heard that bit about stripping it down….oh, that’s right, DEREK.
Okay, with a diferential of about 35k votes, I’m voting Riker. You also have to remember there is a dance that is scored tomorrow. Need to vote to make up for the underscoring that Riker will likely get.
Here we go!!
And after showing Noah’s proposal, he’s standing on stage with his fiance. I suspect a “safe” call is imminent.
Nope! Noah is in jeopardy. Who will go against him?? I figure we have to wait an hour to find out. :::sigh::: Least they could do is give me and Court some cheesecake material…
Of course there is no encore this week. Of course.
And, Riker is going to the finale. Which means that either Rumer or Nastia is in jeopardy with Noah.
Uh oh. Nastia and Derek’s turn. This could be trouble.
Yep, Derek and Nastia in Jeopardy.
Val has yet to realize that his brand of cheap shade looks good on no one. Classless. Take notes from Derek, son, then maybe you can win this show once without pimping AND a ringer.
Ignorant man with little choreography chops is the worst thing I can say about you.
Okay, he and Rumer are in jeopardy.
Well, they just gave Nastia the chance to say goodbye. Did they talk to Riker earlier??
Final results coming up!!
Come on, Len. Someone has to go home. That’s the way the show works!
Noah and Sharna are SAFE!
Eliminated couple is: Nastia and Derek
Wrong couple went home, but I’m not surprised. I will say that after Val’s comment tonight, I will be voting my fingers to the bone for either Noah or Riker – whoever has the best chance to beat him.
Sharna Bugess has written such a touching new blog. She’s hoping her and Noah make the finals. No matter what happens, she feels they have already won. Read on…
I feel like I have already won DWTS just having Noah as my partner. He is my hero and a true champion. Noah deserves an award for overcoming his physical challenges and performing so beautifully each week. I have an amazing freestyle dance planned for Noah — I truly hope we make it to the final!
This season is my dream come true. Thank you to all our fans for being so supportive, we love and appreciate you!
More from Sharna at Closer Weekly.
Wow, last night’s show was one of the best shows I have ever seen in all my time watching Dancing With The Stars. The Judges Choice dances took the couples and the show to a whole new level. So, what do you think: Would you like to see them bring back the Judges Choice dances again in the future like I would? VOTE in our new Poll and let us know.
Moving on, let’s examine the scores from last night again….
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker – 80 (40/40)
Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough – 80 (40/40)
Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – 78 (38/40)
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess – 76 (36/40)
As for the interviews….first, go to E News. All four couples are interviewed on the night. It was an emotional one for them all in different ways and everyone is happy with last night’s dances. And here are some more interviews (we’ll add more interviews to each section as soon as more are released)….
Got Pap (I couldn’t resist posting Maks and Peta seen after the show):
Keep checking back for updates and thanks for everything for reading, commenting, and all of your love and support for this site!! xx
ETA: Below is more….
POPTVDotCom (you can see Gleb Savhcenko, Elena Samodanova, and Adelina Sotnikova too!):
ETA2: Fox News also talked with the couples. Be sure to see the link for more, but, below is a take…
Derek Hough was finally able to dance again for a complete number with Liukin after an injury marred his “DWTS” season and pro Sasha Farber had stepped in.
While Hough danced most of the routine, mentor Goodman did a few moves with Liukin at the end in a performance paying tribute to the veteran judge’s life.
On-the-mend Hough hopes to perform with Liukin if they make it to the finals, and the Olympian told reporters: “I think at the beginning of the season, I was more like, oh, the scores and the placement and now…Derek’s injury, and seeing the pain he’s been in…it’s taught me life is about the journey.”
ETA3: Here is a You Tube version of Noah and Sharna with Entertainment Tonight. Thanks to Andrea for the find…
First, a commendation: I actually thought all of the judges did a great job with their respective couples, and was pleasantly surprised at how creative they all got. Definitely would not mind if they brought back the judges’ choice dance, in its current format, to the show next season. Second, another commendation: tonight felt like the first night in a long time where there wasn’t really a big agenda behind the scoring. I don’t think anyone got absurdly praised, and I don’t think anyone got absurdly punished – granted, the high level of dancing we saw tonight was a pleasant anomaly, but this was the first time in awhile where I didn’t feel like the judges were being underhanded with scores or critiques. It all seemed to fit nicely.
Not a whole lot else to add – just can’t believe it’s now week 9 and I only have one more week of this stuff before we enter the off-season…and I make it my personal mission to find Sasha a partner for next season Read more..
Oy veh, Judges Choice. I think this should be interesting. Also interesting is that only Nastia got two ballroom dances. Handicapping Derek once again – or trying to. I have faith he has come up with great dances – I just want him to do something else already. He’s so above the petty manipulations of this show.
No clue as of this moment who will go home tomorrow night – not overly concerned about it either. I’m still thinking it would be fun to see Riker win – Val gets beaten by a pro with no real Ballroom pedigree?? Be sure to watch the DWM Twitter account. If you thought they were vile after Kellie beat Zendaya, I have a feeling they would reach new lows. 😀
Anyway…T-minus 15 minutes until a judge proclaims that Rumer should win because she’s just all that…
Great opening number!! Loved it.
Should I be timing this package of Rumer’s?? It seems to be going on forever. Feel for her on the bullying though.
Lots of Chmerkovskiy staples. Much walking in the beginning. Much staring in the middle. I feel like the rest of it was pretty good but I wasn’t overly impressed. It was ‘aight.
My favorite thing about Rumer is that she’s well spoken enough and confident enough that she doesn’t leave Val much time to talk. 😀 Oh sure, gotta interview Demi – anything that might help. Don’t know if it actually WILL help though…
Beautiful dance by Noah and Sharna – loved how she creatively mimicked his way of going up the stairs. Very nice touch. And an example of actual creative walking.
And Noah will be going to the finale. He may even win. :::sniff::: Can’t be upset by that.
Michael Vartan, you hottie.
Wow. Really good contemporary from Riker and Allison. That’s why Allison is on this show and I pity the pro going against her in that genre. Except Derek. And wow, Bruno just said he should make the finale. Perhaps he’s in the lead in recent weeks?
Rydell is like a Brittany Spears double. Well deserved perfect score for Riker. Well done, dude.
Oh Geez, Nancy Lee Grahn – quit whining, Val ain’t been voted off yet. :::rolls eyes:::
Only three dances done and we’re nearly at the top of the hour. Who’s gonna get shortchanged on TV time??
Answer: Nastia, apparently. We’ll see. Very fast, very hard quickstep. I dug it. I thought I saw one funky little spot. But maybe I’m watching too hard.
Yes, Julianne, you have been really hard on her. Nice of you to admit it. Now if we could just get them to admit to pimping….
Okay, two updates – the second dance of the night didn’t get going until about 8:20. The last dance of the night from package to cut away lasted less than 8 minutes. So, Rumer may have gotten the lower score, but she’s certainly hogging the camera time.
Second update. This bloggers opinion is that Rumer was the weakest dance of round 1 and Riker was the strongest dance of Round 1.
Rumer and Val’s Ballet Contemporary Fusion – suffered from overhype. It was a really good dance, but it wasn’t the spectacular spectacular that I was expecting. I mean…really good, but… :::shrug:::
Aaannndddd…Rumer once again gets the lion’s share of the TV Time. Come on, DWTS. This is ridiculous. Nastia gets 14 minutes to Rumer’s 30??
Holeeeee CRAP! Well, done CAI and Sharna and Noah!! Excellent dance. Noah just might win this thing. I did hear Tom say, “How are we going to top this next week?” Good question. But damn – that was excellent.
20 minutes left and still two dances to go. Who still thinks going last in the Semi-final is a good thing, eh??
Oh dear. I think Jules kinda blew that AT for Riker. Too many props, too messy. That’s a shame. If that gets a 30, Nastia should be guaranteed one as well. From the glowing comments…wonder if he’s killing it in votes or if all the judges are just going to do this for each other.
Nastia and Len. :::sob::: Man, heartbreaking to hear Len talk so frankly about not being able to dance anymore. :::sob:::
I missed last week, sorry about that. It ended up being One of Those weeks. Anyway, we’re back this week! I almost waited another day for this, just in case Julianne had another Glamor Blog for Tuesday, but then I read Carrie Ann’s blog and decided that it really should be posted.
First up, Julianne’s glamor blog at People magazine. I LOVED the whole look this week, everything just went together, and was probably one of my most FAVORITE looks she’s ever had! Go check out People Magazine here to read all about her Monday look! I do like her as a judge, she’s settled in well, and she mostly does try to find some things that each couple can work on. It’s not easy trying to do what you feel you need to do, while toeing the line that was given to her by TPTB. I do think she tip toes well on it, and seems to have found a balance. As for Derek, especially her comment about him “looking ridiculous,” it didn’t bother me. She’s his little sister, and one of the people who really knows him the best. And being his sister, I think it’s her job to give him jabs in jest, just as I’m sure he teases her when he can. Julianne and Derek are completely normal siblings, it’s going to happen from time to time, and they both knew it meant no harm. Both of them get enough things hurled at them by so called “fans,” that her ribbing him about his costume is small in comparison, and doubtful it hurt their relationship.
Carrie Ann’s People Blog was very insightful! She mentions having a Live Tweet after the show, and answering questions after Monday’s show, and went to her twitter to see some of the questions and answers, but I found nothing. If anyone has seen anything from her live tweet, let me know. (Vogue here: You can read Carrie Ann’s Live Chat here.)
Meanwhile, she takes the time and reviews the six couples left, highlighting what she felt was their postive parts, and what she feels they need to work on. If you want to read in full, go to her blog to read the whole thing, I’ll highlight just Robert and Chris, since we lost them tonight.
Chris Soules and Witney Carson — He has improved the most of all the competitors, and even though he lacks consistency, he’s really found an emotional component to his performances that has taken his game way up. He’s extremely likable, and he’s got some momentum at this moment. He’s peaking at the right moment, and that’s a good thing for him. He’s found himself in this competition and defined his place and his worth out there. He’s come from behind so many times. He’s the comeback kid! Needs to work on: Remaining consistent in his performances, being sure he knows his choreography backward and forward.
Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson — The most delightful couple this season. He never seems to get upset or flustered. He just keeps on keeping on. His uplifting demeanor makes us all smile and remember that life should be happy. When he dances it feels like the world is a very happy place. Every one of their routines has been filled with joy and a happiness that is really something quite special. His twinkly eyes and his twinkle toes make for some really enjoyable performances. Needs to work on: Staying present with the music. Sometimes he gets ahead of the music by not listening and staying relaxed.
She talks about her friend who founded Drea’s Dream, which sounds like a FABULOUS cause! And some info about week 9. Not much, but enough that we can figure out some details for one of their dances.
I’m also really excited to see who will remain because I will be going into the studio tonight to work with one couple on creative direction for one of the performances. This has never been done before in the history of Dancing with the Stars, and I’m looking forward to getting a chance to work with these incredible couples. The big questions are: Who will make it to the next round, and who will be paired with me? Tune in tonight!
Which pair would you like to see with which judge? My choices would be…
Nastia and Derek with Len because until recently, Derek’s always seemed to respect Len, and while I think he would listen to the others, I think Len would be best suited to Derek and his Vision. Usually, Derek and Julianne work well together, but from things I’ve read/heard from them, he usually comes up with ideas and she works them out, and that’s not the idea of this challenge. So, I’ll stick with Len.
Riker and Allison with Julianne, because she’s been that pro still trying to learn the ropes, and figure out how the show works, and could be a good mentor to them, and find a concept/choreography that suits Riker and Allison best, bringing out their best side while minimizing some of their flaws.
Noah and Sharna with Bruno, because of the two remaining judges, he seems to be the one more grounded in reality, and when you listen through some of his schtick, he’s really a nice man, with some great ideas to help people improve.
Rumer and Val with Carrie Ann, because she’s the one that’s left. I sat here and tried to decide which of the 4 judges I thought would be best for them, and I simply just don’t have a good reason for choosing Carrie Ann, but I’m more positive about who I would prefer for the other couples.
So, what do you guys think?
Was going to wait to the end of the results show, like normal, to do this post, then figured this would be cleaner. Everyone discussing this show in the same place.
Well, if the beginning of the results show wasn’t enough to put you off dinner, nothing will. It’s not the dancing, the dancing was fine. I’m talking about the overlong glowing crap ass pimp show package for Val and Rumer. Ya’ll are trying to hard – it’s making me suspicious. Plus your agenda is showing.
Anyway, Rumer is safe. Read more..
Theme of the week is America’s Choice. Theoretically. I mean, looking at Rumer’s songs I am skeptical. In my mind, how the judges behave tonight is a strong indicator of what will happen going forward, although we may not know it until tomorrow night ends. What do I mean? Well, sometimes you’re not sure of why they’re behaving in a given way until after an elimination – or after the MBT is handed out. If they continue to score Rumer appropriately, I would say she’s not going to win. If they massively overscore her, though, it doesn’t mean she’s going to win….it could also mean she’s in danger.
And that same rule applies to most of them. I think. It’s possible that they could start lowballing Riker and Nastia in an effort to give Rumer a better shot at getting votes under the theory of “everyone wants to vote for a winner”. That’s dangerous though, because I think both camps could rally and knock Rumer right out of the game. It’s really hard to say – but it will be interesting (and likely very aggravating) to watch.
T-minus 30 minutes…I need food and a nap. NYC is exhausting, ya’ll.
Julianne looks great. Love the dress, love the hair.
Yeah, Noah’s dance was a bit stiff, understandably. I don’t know if he’ll ever top last week.
Gee, guess Rumer is going last since she’s up in AllAccess. Huh.
Hmmm….Chris didn’t suck, but 34 out of 40?? Seems a bit….high. Does that mean they’ve reconciled themselves to him in the final, or that he’s going home?
Riker and Allison’s dance was really too fast and a tad jerky for me.
The judges are raving- except Len of course. I’m thinking the front runners are going to get high scores (whether they deserve it or not) to keep that clear demarcation between upper and lower tier dancers, which increase the odds that we lose Robert and Chris.
Yeah, that was not a 39 dance, ya’ll.
I’m tired. I missed the kiss. And Len was all nice after this dance. Weird. The judges give them a 33….which I think is probably fair.
Nastia is going to get the bad edit. Okay….later she will.
Oooo…nice Paso. Coulda a been a bit tougher in places. Len is going to hose them.
Derek does not look ridiculous, Jules. And I didn’t see out of sync. But I guess Rumer needs to be on top this week.
Hmmm…that dance was better than Riker’s and yet he was overscored. I wonder why?? Yeah, underscored relative to Riker for sure. Waiting for Rumer’s comeback arc and perfect 40. Whether she deserves it or not.
Val has a moment of self awareness. Amazing. Kudos for that. That will get them some votes.
Okay, that was a really good dance, I’m just not sure I saw a lot of Rumba content. That said, I’m generally not a rumba fan so I may not be the one to comment on content.
Oh boy, here comes the narrative about how much it means to Val. Every season. :::rolls eyes::: I don’t actually quibble with the 40. She’s tied for first place with Riker with Nastia only one point back. Perhaps she needs it to be safe from Robert and/or Chris and/or Noah.
Liked the salsa from Noah better than his first dance – little wobbly on the Emma Lift, but overall good choreo from Sharna with nice visuals.
I just burned all your crops. LOL.
I gotta hand it to Chris, He’s trying and he’s stepping it up!
Great dance from Riker. Loved it. I think he might just win this thing, if the producers let him.
Oh come on, Len. That was every bit as good as the rumba from Rumer.
Riker is a full 20 points ahead of Chris right now – this is what I was talking about with the two tiers of scores to try to ensure the good dancers stick around.
Lots of timing issues with Robert, and I think Jenna even lost track of him at one point. She’s not experienced dancing with a celeb. CAI is being VERY kind to Robert.
While I think that the concept and the choreo was AMAZING for Derek/Nastia/Sasha, I feel like she got off time in one or two spots. But it was certainly no worse than Riker’s first dance.
Again, Rumer does a good dance…yet I feel like there wasn’t a lot of content in that dance. It seemed very repetitive in a few spots and there was a spot where Val and Artem were dancing with each other and Rumer didn’t have much to do. And CAI just said “saved the best for last”. I cry bullshit. And of course she gets a 40. She must be in danger.
And Tom just said “Check the number and dial carefully”. Hmmmmm…..
In case you’re wondering, Nastia and Rumer are tied at the top with 117, and Riker is two points back at 115. Interesting how they don’t mention THAT at the end of the night.