If you go to E Online, you can view the Disney opener for Dancing With The Stars tonight!! It’s really pretty!! There is also a picture of the graphic. Beautiful!!
Okay, after being out of town for a few days, I finally got to watch the whole show. My thoughts…in a bullet list.
- Geez, all that brouhaha over Julianne’s comments and that was it?? She qualified the crap out of it and said she loves Maks but…. Really, I was expecting harsher, after all the discussion here.
- Candace was TOTALLY hosed. And I mean totally. That was a very good dance and Tony did a good job with it. WTF is going on here?? Is she being sacrificed on the Meryl alter?
- Candace’s dance was about a thousand times better than Danica’s, thanks to Maks. Is he EVER going to stop putting all that non-dancing in his choreo? About time he was called on it.
- LOVED Drew’s dance – Witney got it just right. I’m liking this girl a lot.
What an interesting new interview with Drew Carey and TV Guide. Drew talks of how fun the cast is on Dancing With The Stars and how he’s never heard any negative comment. he also talks of the differences between learn to dance between Witney Carson And Cheryl Burke. He also gives us a hint of tomorrow night’s dance. More below and at TV Guide.
What was the biggest difference between working with Witney and working with Cheryl?
Carey: Cheryl comes in and she says, “Here’s the routine.” She shows you it on her phone. It’s all mapped out, and that’s what you learn. Witney kind of made it up with me as we went. She had a general idea and … she kind of worked on it over the day and a half, then had it all figured out. Cheryl has it all down and just teaches it to me. So, that was the biggest difference. But either way works for me.
Are you bringing anything you learned from working with Witney into your rehearsals with Cheryl this week?
Carey: Cheryl likes to get all the steps down before she puts music in and Witney let me use music right away to help me learn the steps. So, Cheryl’s [now] letting me use music to learn it as I go. We already incorporated that in, which is really helping me out a lot. … It makes it a lot easier to learn and it lets me know what things are coming. Your body reacts different when you’re doing it to music. All the different stings and the horns and stuff that comes in helps you react better.
What’s been the most surprising or most challenging aspect of the show for you?
Carey: It’s a lot of hours, man. Yesterday I got done with work at 6, had a half-hour to eat dinner then I had rehearsal. … I was at rehearsal til 11:30. Went home, got up at 6:30 this morning … and got to rehearsal at 8. … And then tomorrow the same thing. The hours are brutal.
Physically, it’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I was training for a marathon before I started doing this, so I’m in pretty good shape. My legs are in pretty good shape. My shoulders are more sore than my legs. I’m not used to holding my arms up that much.
What are you and Cheryl working on for this week?
Carey: It’s Disney Week. I’m doing a quickstep. It’s going great. … I’m really pleased with it. It’s pretty complicated. This is my hardest one ever. There’s a lot of steps to learn, and this is the longest dance. The first dance I did was a minute and 10 seconds, and this is a minute and 30 seconds. So that extra 20 seconds is murder. It’s a lot of steps to memorize, and a quickstep is all kinds of stuff happening.
Disney week? Okay. I’m not as jazzed as everyone else, but I do like Prince Charming. But just who is going to BE Prince Charming – that is the question. Actually, it might be obvious from the list below….
And Courtney got her Wish!!!
Note – these are in no particular order. Yet.
ETA: Quoting Courtney, “We got some hardcore Disney fiends up in this mofo!”
Charlie and Sharna – Jazz (“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins)
Danica and Val – Quickstep (“Be Our Guest” from Beauty & the Beast)
James and Peta – Contemporary (“Let it Go” by Idina Menzel, from Frozen )
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Lois always has a way of summing up the dances every week in her wonderful poems and here she is again…
THE GRAND SWITCH-UP BALL
Welcome to the Grand Switch Up, Come On, Come All
Ballroom doors wide open for The Grand Switch-up Ball
The cards were dealt, the dancers shaken up like dice
Meeting different partners and breaking the dancing ice
The entire cast performed a sparkling dance so divine
Audience roared in approval for the switched-up nine
Charlie and Peta united for a Rumba of grand majesty
Sexy, sultry, stunning, mirror image, a grand sight to see
Danica and Maks Jive, shining, beaming bright light
A kicky, sparky, tricky dance illuminating up the night
James and Cheryl Tango burning hot, fierce, and mean
Powerful, precise, like a passion play that set the scene
Drew and Witney Cha-Chaed, ready and rarin’ to go
Drew was the splendid Sugar Daddy of the Grand Show
Amy and Mark Salsaed to a swingy, shaking Salsa beat
Shaken and stirred, sensational, so special and so neat
Candace and Tony Quickstepped with rocking energy
Grand speed across the floor, a hair raising sight to see
Meryl and Val Argentine Tango, the dance of the night
Magical instruments of perfection, grand seductive sight
Cody and Sharna Foxtrotted with gusto in the Grand Ball
With swagger, with the voice of Cody, giving it their all
NeNe and Derek’s Jazz, a joyous razz-ma-tazzy treat
Quirky perky Beyoncé trip, audience out of their seat
Macy’s Stars of Dance, Derek Hough dynamic creation
Splendid, stupendous stars, Paso, Flamenco sensation
The Grand Switch-Up Ball, dancers mixed up just fine
Next Monday night will return couples to the original nine!
Written By Lois A Troutman, April 8, 2014
THE GRAND SWITCH-UP BALL, THE COUPLES WERE SHAKEN LIKE DICE!
THE CREATIONS OF THE SHAKEN UP COUPLES TURNED OUT RATHER NICE!
Hey Dancettes, ready for the new Afterbuzz TV show? This time Jenna Johnson and Artem Chigvintsev join Kristyn Burtt and the crew to review Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Week 4. Lot’s of diverse discussion this time. You won’t want to miss what they say on Maks, Danica, and Julianne! Part of them thought Julianne was rude with her judging and part of them didn’t. Suri thought Maks handled it well (he did?). I especially loved their talk on the Macy’s Stars Of Dance. It was cool getting Artem’s perspective on Derek and his choreography being he was part of the dance. Note too that the next Macy’s Stars Of Dance takes place in two weeks. Lots more below. Another great show! I so look forward to these every week.
Cute interview! Though why can’t these shows stop asking him if there is something going on with Peta? *so old*
Tonight’s episode of Sesame Street was brought to you by the phrases “these are the couples you chose!”, “keep it all in the family”, and “incestual”. I know I can’t be the only one that thought they were trying to drive the point home just a bit too hard that the couples we saw last night were the ones that we voted for – defensive much? Had they actually given Meryl to Derek (as the voters had), it would have created an entire cascade of partner changes that I think would have created an entirely different outcome last night. But that’s neither here nor there – I guess I’m just sort of over the entire partner switch at this point. It’s over and done with, and it’s hard to dwell on what a turd the whole thing was when we’ve got Disney Week next week
I do feel the need to touch on the phrase “keep it all in the family!” though – on the surface, it seems innocuous enough, but I feel like it’s yet another barrier the Chmerkovskiy brothers (and Tony, to a lesser degree) put up between themselves and the other pros on the show. I know they seem to have a sort of “us against the world” mentality, but more often than not, they themselves are the ones creating that environment. “Keep it all in the family” says to me “I don’t trust the other pros. I refuse to associate with the other pros. I am better than the other pros. Don’t let the other pros near my partner…mine, mine, MINE!” It implies that the only family that matters is theirs – and the relationships with the other pros that they’ve cultivated over the years are worthless. The Chmerkovskiys are a family, but so is DWTS – when the cards are down, the pros do look out for each other. I guess the reason I’m bringing it up is because I was rather surprised to hear Meryl repeat it in her package – I think it was probably just out of politeness to Val & Maks, but in the spirit of the switch (which so many of the other pros embraced with open arms – including Tony), it just seemed almost like self-segregation.
I’m left feeling rather puzzled by the judges’ comments & scoring last night – there were certain couples that got raked across the coals that I didn’t think were that bad (Candace & Tony, Charlie & Peta), couples that got treated with kid gloves (and this is probably gonna get me in trouble, but Amy & Mark), and couples that just did not really register at all with the judges (Danica & Maks, Cody & Sharna). And apparently there was fallout backstage last night after the show – a source says that Peta was in tears and was being consoled by Charlie & Sharna, and Mark was allegedly overheard saying that he thinks he’s “as good as done” next week thanks to Tony (which I don’t agree with…at least not the reasoning). Tough day at the office for those two
On the upside, we got a pretty cute opening number (that was perhaps a little heavy on the “switch” theme, but whatever), and the Macy’s Stars of Dance segment returned triumphantly with a pretty cool flamenco-infused number by Derek, Artem, Sasha, Henry, Jon Platero, & the beast that is Kathryn McCormick. I smell some potential Emmy fodder, if the Stars of Dance segments in the coming weeks measure up to the one we saw last night! Julianne also returned as a judge, to both cheers and jeers – and WTF was up with her eyebrows??? Somebody get Anastasia Soare on the phone, because somebody is using the wrong color pencil on Miss Hough…
Bear with me as I try not to repeat too much of the stuff I said in the live discussion post last night – guess I should have held back a bit for my power rankings I went ahead and put the original pro partner names in parentheses here, as they will be the ones potentially at-risk to be eliminated next week. Read more..
And below is a Good Morning America recap of Dancing With The Stars last night. There is also a backstage interview with Maks Chmerkovskiy complaining about Julianne Hough’s judging. She comments too. (Do I dare comment on that? What does he mean Julianne is too young to judge him? I don’t think so. She’s just as decorated as a pro as he is! )
ETA: Some of the cast and pros commented on the Julianne and Maks thing too as well as Maks himself. Here is a take, but be sure to see Today for more.
Ultimately, the exchange made for good TV.
“It doesn’t matter,” Chmerkovskiy said of Hough’s remarks. “It’s not about me. People want to be entertained when they tune in.”
The Hough/Chmerkovskiy post-dance exchange was reminiscent of other interactions he’d had with judges in past seasons — there’s a reason he’s often referred to as the bad boy of the ballroom — and that’s a place Chmerkovskiy would prefer not to visit.
“We were brought back to where things were,” he noted. “I don’t like that. Just like (I don’t like) the switch-up or Disney Week or Outer Space Week. But it’s not my call. I just have to enjoy it. We’re all in the same boat together.”
Below is Julianne with On The Red Carpet….