Melissa Rycroft interviewed the couples at camera blocking yesterday for the finale of Dancing With The Stars. You can also see the finalists dancing. Thanks to @IdolXfactor1 for being so speedy with this.
Well, it’s finally the day we’ve all been waiting for!! Who’s ready for a little dancing? For starters, head to TV Guide as Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba sizes up all of the finalists and describes what it will take to win. It’s very much like her Parade blog last week, but, with more detail.
“This to me is by far the closest competition we have had in a long time,” veteran judge Carrie Ann Inaba tells TVGuide.com. “I’m really interested to see how it’s all going to play out. … At this stage, it could be any of them. It’s going to be great.”
The unpredictability of this season’s finale may be due in part to the show’s polarizing new casting philosophy — tapping contestants like Bethany Mota and Sadie Robertson, who are popular with the younger set, have a huge social media presence, and are influential enough to get fans to watch the show.
“At first on paper, I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t too thrilled [with the cast] because I didn’t know a lot of the names,” Inaba admits, echoing the sentiments of the show’s primary fan base. “Obviously we all know Tommy Chong, we all know Alfonso [Ribeiro]. But other than that, there weren’t that many names that I actually knew. So I was curious. But I was happily surprised. … We’ve brought in a younger demo and I think it has changed up the voting a little. In the past, we had Sabrina Bryan and we had Cody Linley, and they had huge social media followers too, but [the fans] weren’t watching the show. They didn’t vote. This year, these kids have followings that are voting.”
Lots more at TV Guide.
Dance party time coming soon!
Here are some other extras too from DWTS All Access;
Just a few Dancing With The Stars TV Heads Up:
-As we reported to you previously, be sure to watch the American Music Awards on Sunday night. Dancing With The Stars Judge Julianne Hough will be presenting an award. Also “Move Live On Tour”‘s Nika Kljun is dancing….though not sure in what performance(s)?
-Julianne Hough will also be guesting on the Queen Latifah Show on Monday.
-Lastly, Melissa Rycroft is taking viewers inside the final rehearsals for Dancing With The Stars on Monday on Good Morning America. Candace Cameron Bure will weigh in on Monday night’s dances on Tuesday’s show. Then on Wednesday, Good Morning America will hold a party for the final contestants as they have in previous weeks.
ETA: The finalists will also be on The View on Wednesday.
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….