Well, this week is fairly simple. Drew has a tough row to hoe this week, with the biggest margins since week 2. And really, I don’t have too many complaints with the scores overall, as they rather reflect my feelings after my initial viewing of the show. What I AM waiting for, is the hammer to fall on Maks and Meryl for the “messing about” that Maks puts in about 75% of his dances. It’s even more glaringly obvious after Val and Meryl’s Argentine Tango. Anyone else who had a ringer of that caliber (particularly Derek) would have gotten hosed by now for all the crap. But really, Derek has often gotten hosed for crap in dances that other couples get away with in the very same show. I’m looking at you, Tony, Val AND Maks. Usually, this occurs when Derek has a really good partner. Now, the shoe is on the other foot and we get nothing but praise for the golden couple. Oddly, Charlie is just as big a ringer and he is getting the ringer treatment. Seriously, 3 points deducted for dropping that cane? If ever there was a time that the judges should have gotten together and said “hey, killer routine, very difficult – a dropped cane is only worth one point.” But no, they couldn’t manage that. Are they REALLY trying to manipulate the audience into thinking that Meryl should win?? Because you know, some of the audience resemble sheep – they want to vote for the perceived winner. This is a dangerous game, though, because the audience also likes an underdog – especially if one is as good a dancer with harder choreo than the golden girl. It will be interesting to see how things continue to progress on this front. …Read more
Too fun! I’m loving this! One more night and counting until showtime!
And this is a fun teaser too from and the Sharna and Charlie camp…
So, let me get this straight. Charlie, whose partner is likely to be quite good at Jazz and Contemporary, gets both dances, while Meryl (whose partner is likely to NOT be good at either Jazz or Contemporary) gets neither, yet gets to do both Argentine Tango and regular Tango?? Um, sure, she nearly got a perfect score on AT, so let’s give her Tango. Sure. And what’s with all the Cha Cha’s in Week 6?? Really not liking what the theme weeks are doing to the dances.
Anyway, below are the dances. If there is a song listed as “Music Guess” that means that either the celeb or pro gave what appears to be a strong hint.
Charlie and Sharna – Cha Cha Cha (Music Guess: “Everybody Dance Now” by C&C Music Factory )
Danica and Val – Cha Cha Cha (Music Guess: “I wanna dance with somebody” by Whitney Houston )
James and Peta – Quickstep
Drew and Cheryl – Tango
Amy and Derek – Jive
Candace and Mark – Cha Cha Cha (Music Guess: “I Love it” by Icona Pop )
Meryl and Maks – Tango (Music Guess: “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris )
NeNe And Tony - Salsa (Music Guess: “Hot in Herre” by Nelly )
Sharna Burgess and Charlie White were interviewed by WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire. Charlie tells them they have been rehearsing 4 to 5 hours in the morning and then it’s straight to the ice show with Meryl Davis. Below is more….
“Every morning, we have four to five hours of rehearsal, and then it’s straight to the show,” White said. “Physically and mentally, it’s a lot of stress, and it’s difficult.”
White and Davis have been ice dancing partners for 17 years, but they said making the switch to a professional dance partner hasn’t been that difficult.
“No one will ever have the partnership that Charlie and Meryl have,” said White’s dancing partner, Sharna Burgess. “There’s something very special about them, and it’s just meant to be.”
“Some of the habits that I’ve formed on the ice in the last 22 years are difficult to break,” Davis said of her transition to dancing.
You can read the full article and see a fun pic at WMUR.
ETA: If you go to this link, you can watch a video interview. Maks and Meryl are included in it too. Is that “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harrison playing in the background?
So we’re at the halfway point in the competition – 5 more weeks to go, and there’s still 8 couples left…seems like a lot, but I guess numerically it makes sense. We’ve got party anthem night this coming Monday, Latin night the following Monday, and then who knows. Will the guest judges cease once we hit week 8? Will the themes cease? When’s the team dance? What other funky sh*t are they gonna throw our way between now and the finale?
I don’t have ALL of the answers, but I’ll try and paint the clearest picture I can of the remainder of the season. Here’s the list of what the remaining couples have left to dance in the coming weeks – I’ve already removed their party anthem week dances, so consider this the remaining dances for Latin week onward. I’ve added a bit of my own commentary as well. And because I’m nice, I did it both a list format AND a handy-dandy chart. I have a question mark by the Viennese waltz (see why below) and I honestly doubt we’ll see anyone else doing the swing this season, but I went ahead and included it since we did see it from two couples already. …Read more
Ok, we’re halfway through the season of Dancing With The Stars Season 18! VOTE and let’s see some numbers for how you might feel for the questions in the SIX Polls below. Note: In the first Poll, you can vote FOUR times. Also note that you’ll be able to watch the Results. So, keep checking back to see how the Polls are fairing. Also, let us know how you voted in comments if you like.
Please RATE and VOTE in these Polls…. Read more..
Cheers to our guest poet Lois! Below is another one of her fantastic poems in putting this past week’s dances all together “Disney” style….
THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL
The ballroom was electric, rocking a super-charged feel
The energy exploding with THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL
Animation was on full display, each dance like a movie
A Supercalifragilisticexpealadocious sight for us to see
The playlist of DISNEY songs brought many a wide smile
The opening, a treasured medley of DISNEY in grand style
THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL, each couple poised to go
Let’s rewind, review each couple’s grand DISNEY show
REEL NUMBER ONE
CHARLIE WHITE AND SHARNA BURGESS
FEATURING A RICHLY GREEN ATTIRED VILLAGE BAND
A SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPEALADOCIOUS JAZZ
A cane and umbrella were used as super-duper props
High-energy, eye-poppin, show-stoppin, jaw-droppin’.
REEL NUMBER TWO
DANICA MCKELLAR AND VAL CHMERKOVSKIY
FEATURING A WAIT STAFF SERVING THEIR GHESTS
A QUICKSTEP FEAST TO BE OUR GUEST
High-stepping, energetic, tasty, delicious feast
A knocking-out-of-the ballroom delectable treat
REEL NUMBER THREE
JAMES MASLOWE AND PETA MURGATROYD
FEATURING FROZEN ANIMATION
CONTEMPORARY DREAM TO LET IT GO
The mood, a breath of romanticism, of pure emotion
An artistic wonder, melting hearts, display of perfection
REEL NUMBER FOUR
DREW CAREY AND CHERYL BURKE
FEATURING AN ASSISTANCE FROM ALADDIN HIMSELF
A QUICKSTEP TO A FRIEND LIKE ME
Snappy, foot-tappy, happy Magic Carpet Ride
Full of Zip-A -Dee-Do-Do, a friendly celebration
REEL NUMBER FIVE
AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH
FEATURING A FANTASY BEFITTING CINDERELLA
A WALTZ TO SO THIS IS LOVE
She was a Princess at The Ball, Her Prince By Her Side
Sweetness, lovers in love, an elegant, magical illusion
REEL NUMBER SIX
CANDACE CAMERON AND MARK BALLAS
FEATURING A SEASHELL BACKDROP
A SAMBA TO UNDER THE SEA
A fun-filled, joyous Mermaid in skirt of grassy green
Her Lobster Prince dancing with her with Merry Glee
REEL NUMBER SEVEN
MERYL DAVIS AND MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
FEATURING A JUNGLE SETTING, GUEST JUNGLE DANCERS
A SAMBA TO I WANNA BE LIKE YOU
A Jungle Book full of Monkeylicious Merriment and fun
A case of Jungle Fever from which we don’t want a cure
REEL NUMBER EIGHT
CODY SIMPSON AND WITNEY CARSON
FEATURING FIERY RED, SMOKY EFFECTS
SAMBA TO HAKUNA MATATA
A powerful, rocking beat sashaying across the floor
With the spirit, charm, and spirit of a Kingly Gazelle
REEL NUMBER NINE
NENE LEAKES AND TONY DOVOLONI
FEATURING ANIMATED DALMATIONS
FOXTROT TO CRUELLA DEVILLE
Spotted, shaken-up, mean, nasty, and evil fun
Full of feisty spirit, a drama befitting a villainess
Each of the reels would have made WALT DISNEY so proud
The ballroom was animated with rousing applause so loud
THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL, a sensational sight to see
Wishing upon a star, bring it back again for you and for me!
Written By Lois A Troutman, April 16, 2014
THE END OF THE DANCING ROAD CAME FOR CODY AND WITNEY!
ACCEPTING APPLAUSE THEY TOOK THEIR BOWS GRACEFULLY!
THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL WELCOMED DONNY OSMOND IN RETURN TOO!
EVERYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SHOW DESERVED A RIBBON OF BLUE!
Carrie Ann Inaba has penned a new blog at Parade. She was sad and shocked to see Cody Simpson and Witney Carson eliminated this week on Dancing With The Stars. She writes, “First of all, no one saw that coming. Cody has 6.5 million twitter followers. I thought for sure his fans would keep him in. Where were they for him when it mattered?” That’s what I wondered too!! She also defends how she judged Amy and Derek. I’ve heard both sides of the argument on this and I still believe Carrie Ann did the right thing and what she writes below seals if for me even more….
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough–when she dances, it’s hard not to notice the miracle that is happening. It really is incredible to see in person; it’s something that can’t be ignored. She is dancing without the bottom half of her legs, so there are some things she just can’t do. They have to find a new technique to make things work. I couldn’t take off for the lifts last night because she can’t feel if her feet are still on the ground like everyone else. Also, it is very hard for Amy to come down the stairs. I have noticed that they are always carrying her down the stairs, so I couldn’t take off for that lift either. I know some people are upset with me about this, but I have to live with my scores as well and I have to do what I believe in and I did not think that it’s fair to take off a point for something that she can’t feel. For anyone who can feel whether or not their feet are on the floor, I feel it is fair to take off a point because lifts in certain dances are just not allowed. But that is not the case here. Anyway, it was a beautiful performance and wouldn’t it be kind of cool if Disney did make their next princess someone like Amy?
Be sure her full blog at Parade. Note to how she mentions Red Foo from LMFAO is the guest judge next week which will be perfect for Party Anthem Week!
Below is the new Afterbuzz TV episode for Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Week 5. Kristyn was out of town on business last night (cries, miss you Kristyn!) so Suri ran the show. Julz Tocker and Anna Trebunskaya help her in breaking down the dances….and the judges too. Let us know what you think and if you agree with them on everything!
My thoughts for now (and maybe more later in comments): The more I listen to Anna talk, the more I’d like to see her be a guest judge on the show. However, I didn’t agree with her thoughts about Carrie Ann and how she didn’t call Derek and Amy for their lifts. I think Carrie Ann did the right thing. Afterall, and in the end, it’s not like she gave them a perfect score, did she?
So next week promises to be either totally awesome or a complete trainwreck Maybe a bit of both. Should be interesting to see what they pick as “party anthems” considering some of the songs they picked for prom week in season 16 were pretty debatable as songs one might hear at the prom, so I won’t be shocked if we hear something like “Friday” by Rebecca Black this coming week as a “party anthem”.
So far, I have a few hunches: one is that they’re going to probably reuse some songs we’ve heard in the past, to save some time & money. Second hunch? They won’t be able to resist using at least one LMFAO song, since Redfoo is the guest judge – question is, will somebody get it as their actual performance music, or will it be used for the pro dance? Third hunch: if these songs are considered “party anthems”, they’re probably pretty well-known and have been commercially successful at some point. Below is a list I’ve compiled of songs used on the show in the past that might be considered “party anthems” – I’ve divided them up by the dance they correspond to, but that’s not to say that TPTB (in their infinite wisdom) will actually use them for the dances they’re intended for I’ve bolded the ones that I have a strong feeling we’ll see again this week – and no, that’s not me hinting at a song spoiler, because I haven’t talked to Deep Throat yet this week. Just purely a Court gut feeling. Don’t get it twisted, kids. I’ve also added a few that we haven’t seen on the show, that I just think might fit the bill – those are in blue. Read more..