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Carrie Ann Inaba Blogs about DWTS Season 21, Week 10

As always, I agree with some stuff, roll my eyes at other things. From Parade Magazine – click the link to read her thoughts on all the dancers:

Alek Skarlatos had a very good night as well. Having the waltz and the Argentine tango with Emma and Lindsay was a lucky blessing for him. He’s so incredible in hold and he’s so incredibly strong and solid that partnering two dynamic women who could be totally secure in his frame and base, made these dances shine brightly. Yes, perhaps he is not the most fluid dancer, and we can see that in certain performances—namely the salsa, samba and some of the Latin dances but he did raise his game last night with the cha-cha. There is something to be said about performing the moves with clarity and proper technique. This is what he has accomplished so well. His training shows up in every dance. I can see the attention he has put into learning technique. He didn’t start out as the most expressive dancer, but he’s found his own unique performance style and I find it very exciting. He places his feet so clearly, so precisely, there is no doubt in his performances which creates a dramatic energy that is fantastic. There is an artistry in his perfection of movement. And it’s exciting to see him in the finals. I didn’t expect it…I don’t know if anyone did, but isn’t it great, that he continues to strive for perfection and attains new levels of performance every week? His steadiness and his power worked well in his Argentine tango. He provided the strongest base for a trio I have ever seen. It was quite stunning. And because Alek may not be good at all the dances, we judge one dance at a time, separately. And last night he had some stunning performances.

November 17, 2015 I Written By

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How about some happy mindless fluff now? It’s this week’s DWTS FASHION POST!

I debated with myself about whether or not we should just skip this post this week, after everything that has happened. Obviously, I figured out that everyone here may need some happy mindless fluff right now. And I know that our sweet Vogue is hurting right now, and she loves the fashion posts. Vogue, I’m sorry to hear about your dad. If you need us, we’re here for you.

I’m sorry that Alexa and Mark were eliminated, she’s a very sweet woman, and she’s become a great dancer, and Mark has been instrumental in helping her grow in her self confidence and self worth. I don’t know how I feel about her being allowed to come back in though, because I can imagine just what will happen in social media. *Note to self, STOP LOOKING AT SOCIAL MEDIA FOR A WHILE!

I’m sorry that Tamar is so ill, and I hope she is able to heal completely. I know how much she wanted to stay, but her health needs to be first, and I’m glad that she is doing what she needs to be healthy. I’m glad that she and Val have finally managed to bond and gel.

I’m sorry (for me) that this season has churned out as much drama as it has so far. I’ve watched the show long enough that I will stick by it until they kill it completely.

Short and sweet!

I urge you to go and read Carrie Ann’s weekly post over at Parade, I’m not bringing anything else here, because my happy, mindless fluffy post ended up not being so happy and mindless. She talks a LOT about all of it. What did you think of her dress this week? I’m on the fence.

Julianne’s back with her fashion blog over on Instyle. I must admit, I was very surprised that her dress color was a shade of green while watching the show, probably just the lighting. Seeing photos of it, I liked it much better. And it does seem to suit her.

And lastly, People has Erin’s fashion blog. She definitely looked great this week!

Which is your favorite? I think….. Erin’s hair and Julianne’s dress.

November 12, 2015 I Written By

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Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough and Erin Andrews Fashion post for DWTS 21 Week 8

I’m tired of themes. When can we have a week of no themes? And we’re having 11 weeks this season, am I correct? So we’re back to a 4 person finale? Still hoping for a #RetroDWTS season. Or maybe not, they’ll figure out a way to mess with it and ruin it.

Moving on….

I liked Erin’s look this week, it was a little different for her, and she looked great in it. With her schedule over the weekend up to showtime, I can understand why her style team went the way they did. Her dress reminded me of that dress that was all over the internet a while ago, when some people saw it as white and gold, and others saw it as blue and black. Erin’s dress was definitely blue and black, but at times, it seemed to look completely black, and once I asked myself when she changed, before realizing that it was the lighting! Her fashion blog can be found over on People.

I also really liked Julianne’s look this week! They’ve been picking such great colors for her, I wish it would be something that she would take away from the ballroom. I’d LOVE to see Julianne in these vivid colors on red carpets or events outside of DWTS. Instead, it seems she has such great styles and colors on the show, but chooses blacks, whites and other neutrals and more daring styles… with an occasional color snuck in by her stylist. But THIS color was perfect! I’m just not sure about the shoes, but they did look comfortable! I’ll ask Vogue, would Erins’s shoes, in silver, have been a better match with Julianne’s dress? Julianne’s blog can be found over on InStyle.

And Carrie Ann’s blog is over at Parade, and she seems to have LIKED the Dance Off, and thought it successful and exciting. My thoughts on the Dance Off can be summed up as, “WHAAAAAAAA???????????” You will need to go the link and read the whole thing, I thought it was a good one. Now that we’re down to 6 couples, she spends time talking about each of them. And she says this, which I LOVED: Read more..

November 4, 2015 I Written By

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Carrie Ann Inaba And Julianne Hough’s Fashion Post For DWTS Season 21, Week 7

Changing the number of weeks in a season really throws me off. I’m finding that I have to work to remember what week number we’re at, and thinking that usually at this week, we see x y and z, but the extra week is throwing me off. I would love to get back to staying with only 10 weeks, and enough celebrities for 10 great weeks and no double eliminations. And no stupid theme weeks, and crazy challenges. And go back to what made this show the amazing show that it is…. Make the next season RETRO-DWTS! No jazz, no contemporary, no charleston or bollywood or any of the other styles they’ve added. No lifts, no lifts, no lifts. No props, no huge productions allowed every single dance for every single episode. VERY limited use of the troupe, opening and bumpers. Pro dances choreographed by THE PROS! No themes. Lots of cha cha, jive, waltz and Viennese Waltz, tango and argentine tango, paso doble, foxtrot, quickstep, mambo, samba and whatever I’ve forgotten that we don’t see enough anymore. Oh, and bring back the No Score, Let’s Just Have a Blast Group Dance! Forget the need to have the professional dancers prove themselves by giving impossible challenges, let them prove themselves by letting them teach and dance they styles they know so well!

Now, shall we talk about Hayes elimination? No, much has been said already. I will say, though, that he has grown and matured quite a bit while on the show, and Emma’s definitely taught him a LOT, and not just dancing, but Life. I know Tamar got a bad edit in her package, but what she said doesn’t bother me as much as what Val said, “I feel like she’s finally starting to trust me, and it’s week 7.” Ouch. It does show. She can’t develop a good connection with Val, becaue she just doesn’t trust him? herself? It’s more than what Louis said on AfterBuzz when he blasted Julianne for saying she doesn’t see a connection between them in hold, because you’re not supposed to be looking at each other…. Look at Hayes and Emma and the connection they’ve got, and compare it to the connection between Tamar and Val. To me, Tamar and Val just feels… Lifeless? Emotionless? Like she’s just putting in time, and going through the motions and not investing anything of HER other than what’s expected. Hayes trusts Emma, and he likes Emma, and it helped their dancing. It’s hard for me to completely put into words, but if Tamar and Val had the same level of trust and the same level of emotional connection (not passion), I would be very happy if she won this season.

Moving on, Carrie Ann’s Parade blog is up and everyone should probably head over and read it. And to Carrie Ann? If you’re reading, HI! Don’t be a stranger, we don’t bite (too hard), please pop on and say hi! And I urge you to watch for Princess Heidi’s weekly Numbers post, she puts everything down in black and white and explains all of the numbers, and we can see why Hayes elimination wasn’t a huge surprise. It’s easy to understand, too.

Julianne’s blog is up over on, and you can head over and read it by clicking the link. We get to read about Julianne’s GORGEOUS! updo!!!  Did anyone else think that it was the perfect style for her wedding????

I couldn’t find any photos of Leah, but, she did much better than last week, and I loved seeing her frightened…. Love seeing the scares. I wouldn’t like it if it happened TO me, but Sasha’s such a sweet guy, how can anyone be mad at him long?

October 29, 2015 I Written By

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Our Weekly DWTS 21 Week 5 Fashion Round Up For Erin Andrews, Julianne Hough, And Carrie Ann Inaba

Sometimes I need to sit down and think hard to figure out which week we’re in for the season. This is one of those weeks. It’s also been “one of those weeks” for me.  It also felt like the whole week was off, on the show. Tom’s dad passed away, no one was with their regular partners, and things just didn’t completely feel like things were completely “jelled.” There were a few dances that I LOVED! But the whole atmosphere seemed just “off” to me. And like others mentioned in other posts and in the comments, I’m more than done with the whole “married couple competing” schtick. I do think it is an interesting concept, but I don’t think Alexa and Carlos were the correct couple. Even IF the show didn’t beat us over the head with the schtick 10,000 times each episode, I think they should have found a couple that were a bit older, longer married, more secure and a lot more mature.

Erin’s weekly style blog is over on People. I LOVED the color of her dress, and I don’t mind that it was shorter. She’s going back and forth from the Red Room to the other end of the ballroom and back. I don’t think the shoes were the best match, what would you say, Miss Vogue?

Julianne’s weekly style blog is over on Instyle. I’m a bit torn about how I feel about her dress. I like it, and she looks really good in it, but not so sure about the cut outs, and wish she had found something with more color. How about the color that Erin wore?

And Carrie Ann! I’m starting to think she needs to change up some of her styling, Erin and Julianne both continually change it up and take risks, while Carrie Ann definitely is a bit more conservative in her styling choices. Yes, she’s older than both of the other two women, but I think it’s possible to change it up. Her blog is up on Parade, and she gives her thoughts on all of the couples. You should go and read on your own, but I’m not going to talk much about it here, I prefer Courtney’s two recap posts here and here.

So! Which is your Best Dressed this week? I think I’m going to give Erin the edge this week, with Julianne a second.

October 14, 2015 I Written By

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Carrie Ann Inaba Chats With KTLA About Dancing With The Stars And A Special Event

Carrie Ann Inaba was a guest on KTLA today. She talked about Dancing With The Stars, how great the Switch-up was, and more. She also talks about a special event that she’s having this Friday.

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Our Weekly Fashion Blog With Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, and Erin Andrews For DWTS21 Week 4

I didn’t mean to leave Erin out of these posts, but she’s blogging over on People this season. So, when possible, we’ll have one fashion post for all three of them.

So, what did you think of the show this week? I definitely missed Tom this week, but glad that he’s able to be there with his dad, it’s not an easy time. Alfonso didn’t do badly, but he definitely showed just HOW GOOD Tom is at his job! This is one week where I really enjoy the addition of contemporary and jazz, because most celebrities pick something sad for their most memorable year, and without these two styles, we get a whole lot of badly danced rumba.  Each and every one of them seemed to be trying their hardest to show their story through dance– Some were just more successful than others. I think that Paula definitely should be the next one off, she’s the weakest link left. In most seasons, by the time the lowest tier dancers have left, it’s pretty clear who remaining are in that next tier, and who are in the top tier. I’m not seeing as big a division this season, it may be there, but I’m just not seeing it. Keep watching Heidi’s Number posts, because we could start hearing about “shocking exits” once Paula leaves. We know that none of those “shocking exits” are ever truly shocking, because we’ve seen the numbers, and Heidi’s explained who is most in danger of leaving, and why. And in case I’ve not said it before, Thank you, Heidi, for the hard work to put together the numbers posts each season.

Carrie Ann wrote her weekly blog at Parade on the “most emotional week” on DWTS. About Most Memorable Year week, she says: Read more..

October 7, 2015 I Written By

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Dancing With The Stars Judge Carrie Ann Inaba Attends PETA’s 35th Anniversary Party – HQ Photos

Last night, Dancing With The Stars Judge Carrie Ann Inaba attended PETA’s 35th Anniversary Party! Beautiful. To see more photos, click on the photos. Also, if you haven’t read her latest blog, see this previous posting.

ETA: Scroll below for some red carpet videos. Kym Johnson was at the party as well.

October 1, 2015 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 and Julianne Hough Write On DWTS Season 21 Week 3 By Lori

AH, DWTS! That show we know and love and occasionally strongly dislike. What would we ever do without its constant need to create as much drama as possible? Sometimes I think that we should have a running tally of all of the…. Crud… that they make us wade through and revisit during the down time after the season is over. I’m not sure how to find the humor in some of it, however.

This week’s biggest manufactured dramas is still ongoing, and has BY FAR surpassed the rest of the manufactured drama from those silly scripted packages (but at least trying to get the gullible public into thinking Alek is interested in Lindsay’s other childhood best friend keeps the public’s eyes off the real budding romance. Need to find some silver lining in the whole thing. Afterall, they owe them that much, especially after what they did last season). Yes, Kim’s stroke. Yes, I do believe that her leaving the show is the BEST thing for her and for her family. How TPTB went about it was wrong, and in my opinion, only meant to create the drama we now have. It’s creating some free publicity for the show, and they only had to COMPLETELY BLINDSIDE one of their pros and a celebrity they knew could quickly and easily create the buzz they want! Don’t make Tom be the bad guy, do the dirty work yourselves!

Carrie Ann addresses it quickly in her Parade blog by saying:

Last night’s sudden elimination of Kim Zolciak Biermann was a shocker. It was the first time in 21 seasons of Dancing with the Stars that anyone had to be dismissed from the competition due to her inability to perform. Kim was unable to dance last night after suffering a mini stroke last week while traveling. I wish her a speedy recovery and hope that she now has the time to take good care of herself. This was a first for DWTS. In past seasons, Dorothy Hamill, Jewel and Nancy O’Dell dropped out of the competition due to injuries, but they did so willingly. Jewel and Nancy O’Dell dropped out right before the season started back in 2009. And Dorothy Hamill pulled out of the competition mid-season due to a serious back injury in 2013. Injuries are a scary part of the territory of being on DWTS. A stroke is a whole different thing. And it’s very serious. So take care Kim, we are all rooting for you!

Hmmm… I don’t know what to think about what she says. What are your thoughts?

Carrie Ann’s highlight dances were Nick and Sharna’s, Alexa and Mark’s, Tamar and Val’s, Alek and Lindsay’s and Bindi and Derek’s. And she spends some time to give advice to the rest of the group, so go over there to check out what she has to say.

And Julianne’s weekly fashion blog over at InStyle has been posted with some behind the scenes. And surprisingly enough, SHE did her own make up on Monday! And I loved it, she did a great job! And yellow is definitely a great color on her.

I want to end this on a happy note, so if you want a good case of AWWWW and possibly some melted insides, check out this recent post from Washington Post sports page, they interviewed Julianne’s fiance, Brooks Laich.

Also, who wore it better this week: Julianne or Carrie Ann?

September 30, 2015 I Written By

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Private Members Area – Do You Have Questions For Judge Carrie Ann Inaba For A New PureDWTS Interview?

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Hey Dancettes, do you have some questions you’d like to ask Dancing With The Stars Judge Carrie Ann Inaba on Dancing With The Stars, her career, her pets or pet charities, or anything else? If so, let us know in comments and then we’ll select Read more..

September 28, 2015 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.