Today, Carrie Ann Inaba was a guest on the Katie Couric show to help promote Pet Adoption. She also answered some questions from fans in the Green Room about her pets and her animal rescue foundation. She not only has 4 cats, but, now she has two dogs as well. Carrie Ann also discusses what it’s like being a judge on Dancing With The Stars. It’s not always easy especially when she has to critique someone harshly. At the end, Carrie Ann reassures everyone that Dancing With The Stars will be back in March. It will be a “fascinating” season because there will be some new changes and they are going to play with it a little since they are in their “16th” season. They also talk about Katie and how she said she’d like to do Dancing With The Stars (this would be so cool. Please TPTB, make it happen!). Carrie Anne said she’d be really good!! More in detail below…
Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba attended the 2012 CAPE Celebrity Poker Tournament to help support Asian role models in entertainment. She talks about that and Dancing With The Stars with Allie Is Wired below. She’s nervous about the outcome of Dancing With The Stars and she just hopes no one gets hurt for all the boundaries they are all pushing. More below.
You can see some new pictures of Carrie Ann at Getty Images too. I love her hat!
Isn’t this one of the sweetest takes of Carrie Ann Inaba?!! I tend to gripe on her judging at times, but, griping about her animal rescue work is a whole other story. Cooler yet, Carrie Ann is taking it a step up by starting her own animal foundation. Read this take from People.com….
Since she was a little girl, Carrie Ann Inaba has felt a closeness with animals. The Dancing with the Stars judge lived behind a wildlife preserve in Hawaii, and the environment gave her something priceless: respect for nature.
“It was always clear to me that I needed to give voice to those who couldn’t speak out for themselves,” Inaba, 44, tells PEOPLE. “To give them shelter through whatever storms they’re going through.”
Everything Inaba has pursued in her life since then, she says, has led to this very moment, and she is finally proud to announce that with the launch of The Carrie Ann Inaba Animal Project, she has achieved one of the things she has wanted her whole life.
Awesome! Be sure to read more details at People.
You can visit and read how you can help too at Carrie Ann’s new Animal Foundation site here. *melts* (and those shoes are cute too! )
Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba told People that she is “ready for a lot of wonderful things to happen in her life”…some of which having a baby for which she has taken steps to have. She’s also open to love again after her break up with Jesse Sloan. Here is more…
“I’m hoping that it happens the old-fashioned way,” she says, “but I’m not opposed to trying new things.”
As her doctor has made her very aware, Inaba doesn’t have the luxury of time.
“My body is my timeline,” she says. “That doesn’t mean that there can’t be hope and there can’t be a miracle. A lot of miracles have happened in my life so I continue to believe in them. It only takes one egg!”
Meanwhile, Inaba (who recently launched a new foundation, The Carrie Ann Inaba Animal Project) is opening herself up to the possibility of falling in love again. (“Maybe soon,” she says.) She is single but remains close with Sloan and his teenage daughter Kristen.
“I feel like I’m ready for a lot of wonderful things in my life to happen,” she adds. “I have enough love to give and I feel confident enough in who I am that I can give that love.”
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba went on KTLA today to discuss the fall from her chair on Dancing With The Stars this past week. She also discussed some of the contestants “chemistry”. She says Gilles and Peta could win the competition because of their chemistry, sexiness, etc.. She also says Derek and Shawn have a “chemistry” in a different “electrifying” and “magical” way. She also goes on again about Karina and Apolo and how they lack chemistry and how they haven’t found their “common point” yet. She ends the interview talking about her pet causes and how she’s auctioning two tickets for the Dancing With The Stars finale. More in detail below.
A couple of news items on Karina Smirnoof and Apolo Ohno!! First, TV Yahoo caught up with Karina to ask her about she and Apolo’s Samba. She defends their chemistry for what judge Carrie Ann Inaba said they need to work on.
So now we know what Apolo Ohno sings to in the shower! The Olympic speed skater picked the Rick James classic “Give It To Me Baby” to show off his samba skills with Karina, but judge Carrie Ann Inaba told the dancing duo that they need to work on their chemistry.
While Karina admitted that chemistry can be hard to maintain constantly while dancing together day in and day out, she felt that on the stage, their chemistry was in tact. Mostly, though, she was blown away by how Apolo mastered the challenging moves: “The fact that Len gave us a 9.5, and he’s one of the toughest judges ever — he recognized the difficulty of the routine, the technique, and the execution. Apolo’s hips moved so much in this dance. I thought he had battery-operated equipment in there! Can we keep them?!”
As for the sex appeal that Len and Bruno felt? Karina said laughing, “It’s Rick James! This whole week Apolo was so funny — in the middle of dancing, he’d be like, ‘I wanna love you, baby.’” Sounds like the chemistry was bubbling over for these two!
I agree! I think Karina and Apolo’s chemistry is off the hook!
Karina also dished on last week’s Hip Hop Paso Doble. She also had a few words to say on the team Dance this week which you can read all about at the link. Below is what Karina said about their upcoming dance for Country week…
Next week is Country Week on “DWTS.” So will Karina and Apolo trade in their ’70s polyester for cowboy hats? Not exactly. They will be taking a more personal and touching country route with a Viennese Waltz.
“I love country. Half of my iPod music is country,” Karina said. “I knew the song I wanted to use. Once I presented the song to Apolo, he told me a personal story. Also, I lost my dear grandmother and grandfather to cancer, so our song is not going to be all laughter, but it’s going to be incredibly sentimental, romantic.”
So get ready, because the pint-size dancing pro can’t wait until next week: “The best thing for me is to have a song and a dance that I actually love. The creative process is so much sweeter.”
I love these two! I can’t wait to see what they’ll bring to the table again.
Secondly, below the pair are interviewed by Young Hollywood. Karina explains what it’s like have an Olympian and her first athlete as a partner. Apolo explains what the differences are like between training for dancing and training for a marathon. They also have some mutual friends and get their Gangnam groove on at the end. Too fun!
Thanks to Court for the help with this post! xxx
Carrie Ann Inaba writes about the tumble out of her seat on Dancing With The Stars at Ladies Home Journal. Last night wasn’t the first time she fell. Also, she chats on the dancing this week. In particular, she mentions Apolo Ohno and how she wants to see him step it up a notch. Read this through for more and let us know what you think.
Speaking of which, the cause is dancing! Don’t forget to tune in tonight because there are five more dances to see. Last night’s dances were pretty darn good—I especially loved the group number. I found the choreography to be quite dynamic and exciting. The transitions from couple to couple were really innovative and they left no moment of that routine unfinished. There were no throw away moves in the high-pitched choreography. High energy and high impact!
I think Apolo and Karina need to turn it up a notch tonight and add more difficulty into their choreography. I don’t think Apolo is being physically or mentally challenged enough with Karina’s choreography and he’s such an amazing athlete. Sure, he’s sexy, but you can’t play that card in every routine, especially when he’s got such incredible talents outside of that. Look at Shawn Johnson’s routines—she uses every trick she possibly can to make her routines better and she’s pushing her limits all the time. That’s what is exciting and Apolo should have that same approach. He’s got to pull out the big guns from here on out if he wants a breakthrough. He’s the only one of our celebrities left (besides Kirstie) who hasn’t been on the top of the leaderboard yet. But let’s see how everyone does tonight. Tune in to see what happens in the “Gangnam Style” group dance!
HUH? Apolo hasn’t just pushed the “sexy” card every week? Is she watching the same show as the rest of us? I admit..his dance last week wasn’t as good, but, I blamed the hip hop theme. Plus, even sick with a stomach bug last night, Apolo still brought it last night during the team dance. Geez, let’s see her dance while being sick.
Dancing With The Stars Cheryl Burke and Carrie Ann Inaba Attend 26th Anniversary Carousel of Hope Ball
Pictured above is Dancing With The Stars Cheryl Burke and Carrie Ann Inaba. Last night, they attended the 26th Anniversary Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California last night. Other celebrities to attend were Stacy Keibler, Carmen Electra, Nicollette Sheridan, George Clooney, Julianne Hough, Donna Mills (I wish she’d do Dancing With The Stars), and Joan Van Ark (I wish Joan would do Dancing With The Stars too). You can view more pictures of them at Zimbio Pictures.
What do you think? I love Carrie Ann’s dress, but, not sure I’m digging Cheryl’s this time….or maybe it’s her hair?
Hi ALL!!!! HOW ARE YOU? I’m back from my Madonna trip (OMG, her show was phenomenal again!!) and it sounds like this past week was a great one for dancing on Dancing With The Stars? I’m just starting to get caught up. I’ve watched a third of the show from Monday night enough to see Paula Abdul trying to mimic and flirt with Bruno. Too funny. Speaking of, below Paula talks about judging the show and Bruno at US Magazine. She also comments for how she was only approached to judge Dancing With The Stars this one time, but, “if she has her way, she’ll return to the panel again very soon.” Hmmm? Not sure what she means, but, would you be open for more judging from Paula on Dancing With The Stars? Let us know what you think in the comments section.
“I hope you could see how much fun I was having,” Abdul, 50, gushed to Us Weekly after critiquing Kirstie Alley, Bristol Palin and others during the performance show. “It felt like home and was very natural.”
Especially impressed with Shawn Johnson’s fancy footwork, the X Factor and American Idol veteran (and seasoned dancer, choreographer and former pop star) couldn’t help but get flirty with judge Tonioli during the taping. Critiquing Johnson’s mambo with Derek Hough, Abdul reached for Tonioli and began rubbing his chest to illustrate the sex appeal she felt the couple exuded through their routine. “While I’m giving my critique, I’m just going to touch him,” she mused.
Having sat next to Simon Cowell on both The X Factor and American Idol, Abdul naturally compared her chemistry with Cowell to her chemistry with Tonioli. “He’s very accommodating,” she said of Tonioli. “If it was the guy I used to sit next to, Simon, it would have been like ‘I’m sorry my fingers are stuck in a mass of hair.’ And he probably wouldn’t have let me [rub his chest].”
Abdul told Us that she was only approached to appear on DWTS for one night only, but if she has her way, she’ll return to the panel again very soon.
I hope Paula does the show again, but, I’m not sure I’d want her to judge full time. As much as I complain sometimes on our three judges, I like them just the way they are.
One more thing before I wrap this post up: I want to give a huge shout out to Heidi and Court to thank for them for covering me while I was away. Don’t they rock it and I missed you All loads!!xxxx
Thanks to @DWTSGossip for the heads up on this one.
Oh boy. Look away, LVA fans, this dude works my last nerve and I ain’t afraid to say so. Louis talks to Parade and he sounds…bitter. To say the least.
We have changed our tune a little bit. We got a message from Carrie Ann [Inaba] and the other judges. They complimented Sabrina on her technique and dancing, but somehow they’re not looking for dancing on a dance show. Carrie Ann said, ‘You’re playing it safe.’ We were not playing it safe, we were trying to stay within the rules. To me, that’s being respectful, but somehow being respectful was not appreciated. Having said that, it lights a fire, and it made us change some of our thinking. So in the end, I’m thankful. It’s like Christina Aguilera‘s “Stronger,” about thanking her ex-boyfriend for how he cheated on her because it made her a stronger woman.
On tackling the disco tonight.
We’re going for what a disco represents—a lot of fun and making sure we’re having a good time. I actually went and did research, and I was in for a lovely surprise that a lot of hip hop and jazz heritage comes from that era. I also looked at Saturday Night Fever, and I was surprised that the dance level has changed tremendously over the last 40 years. If I would literally do what John Travolta did then, it would not come across the same. So it’s kind of interesting how you have to kind of edit the iconic moves to make it interesting in 2012.
On their disco outfits.
We’re so close to Halloween, and with disco outfits, you can so quickly go costumey. We didn’t want to make a parody or make fun of disco, so we’re still going classy. We’re trying to really make a contribution rather than walking out in something over-the-top or cliche.
So, they’re not looking for dance on a dance show?? Er…sure they are, but they expect you to up your game. You absolutely WERE playing it safe. There was nothing new or creative there. And I suppose you think you’re the only ones dancing?? Uh huh. Let me guess – you’re pissed that Derek and Shawn did so well despite having gymnastics along with their dancing. Why don’t you look to Apolo for an exciting dance…hell, Kelly stayed with in the rules and was wobbly…but she was better than you and Sabrina were as well. Wait!! Melissa and Tony too.
By the way, maybe lose the window treatment disguised as a costume and I could at least focus on the dance more! You say you’re going classy…we’ll see.
Who are the ones to beat from LVA’s POV?? Well, there’s a very notable name missing. I guess he doesn’t see the threat there??
From a dancing point of view, you can say Gilles [Marini], Shawn [Johnson], and Melissa [Rycroft], but then again, don’t count out Kirstie [Alley] and Bristol [Palin's] fan bases, because they have been on the bottom of the leaderboard. Kirstie was in jeopardy last week but Bristol hasn’t even been in the bottom two once. Emmitt Smith has a great fan base, he’s a phenomenal guy, and he has the moves. It just goes to show you that everybody is our competition.