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PureDWTS Season 23 Week 7 – Media, Scores, And Interviews

What outstanding dances last night! So much so, I can’t wait to watch them over again. So, let’s review the scores. I think Marilu was hugely underscored. She should be up there with Jana and Terra in my opinion.

Calvin Johnson, Jr. and Lindsay Arnold (’50s Jive): 9-9-9-9 from the judges for a total of 36.
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess (’40s Jitterbug): 9-9-9-9 for a total of 36.
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy (’60s Quickstep): 8-8-9-9 from the judges for a total of 34.
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko (’70s Samba): 8-8-9-9 from the judges for a total of 34.
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber (’30s Foxtrot): 9-8-9-8 for a total of 34.
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough (’20s Charleston): 7-7-8-7 from the judges for a total of 29.
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke (’90s Rumba): 7-7-7-7 from the judges for a total of 28.
Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev (’80s Tango): 7-7-7-7 from the judges for a total of 28.

Team Past: (James, Maureen, Calvin, Ryan): 10-9-9-10 from the judges for a total 38.
Team Future: (Laurie, Marilu, Jana, Terra): 8-9-9-9 from the judges for a total of 35.

And below is some media and interviews before and after the show….

From Fox News:

Meanwhile, Hinchcliffe, dancing jitterbug, and Johnson, performing jive, tied for first in the individual portion with both receiving 36.

Hinchcliffe’s jitterbug was a stunner as he did a 1940s military-themed dance to the famous Glenn Miller tune, “In the Mood” that had judge Bruno Tonioli praising it like an old movie scene.

But as viewers saw, his partner, Sharna Burgess, fell and suffered a knee injury on Monday before the show and she told FOX411 backstage, “I have to go for an MRI tomorrow, but as of right now I’ve sprained my MCL, so it’s overstretched. It just keeps snapping against the bone. I have to just manage the pain. James is an amazing partner getting me through that….”

Burgess, who has been on the show eight seasons, admitted, “When I fell, it was pure panic. I’ve had an ACL reconstruction on that very same knee and so I was scared to death, oh, my God, I’ve busted my knee and I’m out of this competition…within the hour, working with our [physical therapists], I realized there’s no tear, there’s no swelling…we’re going to power through.”

From Glamour:

As for Sharna’s injury, it happened in the team dance dress rehearsal, and for the first time ever in the history of DWTS, apparently there wasn’t any footage immediately available. “The dress I was wearing for the group dance was about three inches longer than it is now, and I slipped on it when we were dancing,” explained Sharna. “My foot went sideways from my knee, and I sprained the inside ligament—the MCL. I’ve actually had an ACL reconstruction on that knee, so the fear for me with my knees is huge. I never want to go through that again. But once I knew there was no tear and it was a sprain—which is [usually treated with] pain management—[I felt more at peace].” Still, Sharna’s injury does create complications moving forward. “It won’t be business as usual. I’ll be there in rehearsals and doing just as much, but I might get Jenna [Johnson] to come in and help out. Once it’s choreographed and done, she can run it with James, and I know she’ll take care of him.”

Given the severity of Sharna’s injury, it’s remarkable she was even able to dance with James at all last night, much less with that same competitive nature. “James couldn’t go as full out as he wanted to because he was considering me and trying to properly lead me around the floor. He should get all 10’s just for being an amazing partner.”

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October 25, 2016 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 . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 7 – LIVE BLOG!!

Court covering for Heidi this week, who is on vacay in Hawaii and currently 6 hours behind EST – so while those of us in the eastern time zone are settling in for DWTS, it’s only 2 PM in Maui, and Heidi’s probably posted up on the beach, on her 3rd or 4th mai tai 😛

Site rules in are effect – don’t hit refresh every 2 minutes, make sure you’re not posting one-liners, etc. Thank you. 🙂

Early predictions: team dances may end up closer than you think – source said that while Team Future may have the more talented dancers and Derek’s choreographic skill, both Derek & Val seemed pretty stumped by the music, and consequently seemed to spin their wheels for awhile before starting to choreograph the routine.  Team Past, however, seemed to hit the ground running, and got a lot more done on the first night and generally seemed more enthusiastic about their music and theme.  I’ll be interested to see who actually comes out on top. Team dance spoiler post HERE for those who need a refresher.

A little bit of a late-breaking spoiler for week 8: next week is instant face-offs, per Hinch on the local news (posted vid on my Twitter, too frazzled to upload here). Since there will be an odd number of couples left, I’m guessing whoever gets the high score in the individual dance round will likely be immune from elimination, leaving the remaining 6 couples to face-off in one of 3 different dances, with the winner of each face-off probably getting a couple additional points.  This should be very, very interesting – especially who gets immunity from even having to dance-off in the first place.  I’m already thinking it might be a way for TPTB to buy Jana a way into the semi-finals.

Fave costume: Terra’s fluffy pink ballgown.  Mo looks uncomfortable in her 80’s punk rock getup. WTF is Erin wearing??? A Picasso painting?

Cute dance from Laurie, but that felt like it took FOREVER to actually get into hold.  Might have to watch a second time, but frame seemed kind of bouncy, too.

Source is saying Team Past is actually going first in the team dance round. No, I don’t have an explanation.

Kinda surprised at the scores they gave Laurie – I thought they were all gonna pull out the 9’s.  Seems like the hammer might be dropping.

I don’t think that rumba was meant to be funny, but I’m cracking up 😛 I don’t know if it was the lighting or what, but it was making it look like Ryan had a beard drawn on with a brown Magic Marker. Not much hip action, but I was amused.  Anyone still wanna nitpick James’ rumba from next week after watching this?

Anyone else catch Len not-so-subtly shading Val’s tendency to just generally waste a bunch of time instead of actually getting down to business and dancing?

Very cute dance from Marilu, but it looks like she may have gotten a bit behind the beat a couple of times.  That song was FAST.

Catching my breath for a second, and I could have SWORN I heard Tom say earlier that there were 4 weeks left in the competition.  So…11 weeks, again?

I’m standing here in my living room, clapping like an idiot.  Calvin MURDERED that jive.  Didn’t waste time, footwork was fantastic, legs looked great, he sold it, and his topline was everything that Laurie was missing in her quickstep.  I want him as one of the last two standing. C’mon, 40…

I would have given that at least one 10, but I guess I KIND OF get why they gave it 9’s.  They’re pickier about the core ballroom & Latin dances than they are the “extra” dances.

Sorry, but Mo has just kinda become a drag for me to watch – the heavy conversations with Artem in rehearsal are just tired at this point.  Pretty big stumble in that tango…but I bet they give her a pretty kind score nonetheless.

Very cute foxtrot from Terra, and I’m back to being sold on her again – she seems to really thrive in dances where she can really sell a character: jive, samba, & foxtrot have all worked well for her.  Really hope I’m wrong about feeling a tad worried for her tonight…

34 is probably fair.  I better start paring down details, cause I’m gonna run out of sh*t to  say in the power rankings…

Still not sure what the big deal is about Jana. Not a whole lot of samba there, and what I saw struck me as stiff.

Hinch has a cute dance that suits him well.  Maybe not as explosive as Calvin’s, but fun nonetheless.  Sharna definitely limping, though.

I enjoyed Team Past thoroughly, but I’m sure some of the younger crowd will complain that it was “boring” and will favor Team Future.  I loved it simply because it was different – I don’t think we’ve ever had a team dance quite like it.

A score of 38 leaves a nice 2-point bubble for the judges to score Team Future higher, so they probably will.  Sigh. Not loving how complicated this set is looking, and Terra crying in rehearsal is just eating me up 🙁

Ok, granted, that was a very odd piece of music, and that kind of dictated the routine – but that was one of the strangest team dances we’ve seen in DWTS history.  A bit too post-modern, I’m afraid.

Jana & Gleb and Maureen & Artem in jeopardy.

Maureen & Artem eliminated.

Look for the power rankings sometime tomorrow. I’m beat.

October 24, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Week 7 – Watch The Dances (Videos)

Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Week 7 is about to begin. We plan to post dance videos courtesy of @Idolxfactor1 below as the show progresses. So, stay tuned and keep checking back. 😉

More at Idolxfactor.com.

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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 . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS All Access Season 23 Week 7 – LIVE Behind The Scenes Coverage, Interviews, And More

Week 7 of Dancing With The Stars Season 23 All Access is about to begin! You can watch all the “behind the scenes” coverage and interviews LIVE in the video below. You can also watch it at the Official Site here.

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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 . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Ryan Lochte Previews His Rumba And The Team Dance For Dancing With The Stars

Ryan Lochte previews his two dances tonight at Yahoo. He’s relating to his 90’s dance. See why below and more….

This week we’re dancing the rumba to the song “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith. We have the Nineties as our decade. I was happy to get that decade because I was born in the ’80s and I grew up listening to ’90s music, so I can relate to it better than a decade like the Fifties or something that I really have no clue about.

It’s not really that hard dancing to Aerosmith. With Cheryl handling all of the choreography, she definitely puts in the moves that I’ve done before and can translate it to where it fits me perfectly.

The most challenging part of the rumba is doing all of the transitions and those little details because there aren’t that many steps. It’s a slower version of the cha-cha, basically. So just being able to make those transitions really crisp and making sure it looks like one long routine, one long step, instead of a bunch of still moments, has been my biggest challenge. We also have a team dance, and it’s really hard learning two dances in one week. I’ve been struggling with just doing one dance a week, but now I have to learn two, so I have to put more focus and dedication into this week.

The theme for the team dance — with James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess, Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold, and Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev — is The Past, and we’re doing the Viennese waltz. We’re all doing the same dance style, but kind of in our own routine. The “past” song we’re doing, “The Skye Boat Song” by Raya Yarbrough, is a really slow song, so I think the pros picked the Viennese waltz to be the best fit for us. For the group routine, the pros choreograph the dance for all of us but then we break off and Cheryl and I do our own individual dance.

To read even more, see Yahoo.

ETA: Cheryl Burke has written a blog this week too. She writes of Ryan’s challenges and their team dance. Here is more from People….

Working as a team has been great. Having Artem in the rehearsal room has been a big help because Ryan can see a professional dancer do the moves — that makes a big difference.

But Team Future is going to be tough competition. They have Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy and Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber, who have all been doing great, Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko, who are coming off a perfect score last week, and Marilu Henner and Derek Hough. I think Derek has only lost, like, one team challenge ever! And to be honest, looking at social media, people are automatically thinking Team Future is going to win because they have an upbeat song.

I thought “Team Past” would mean getting to do an upbeat dance to an MC Hammer song or something, but our song is actually pretty slow, so we’re incorporating a Renaissance theme that I think fans — and judge Len Goodman — are really going to appreciate.

This is the first time in Team Dance history that we’ve been given a slow romantic song to compete with so I think the audience it going to be pleasantly surprised because our dance will remind people of the way it used to be, the loyal fans will love it and the new fans of the show will be in awe.

I feel good about our routines this week, but Ryan always starts to get nervous at Sunday camera blocking rehearsals where people are watching us for the first time.

He’ll get tense in his shoulders and I have to tell him, “We’ve been in the bottom so many weeks, so just go out there and have fun. What do you have to lose? Absolutely nothing.” He’s only competing against himself and he continues to improve, so I’m proud of him.

To read her full blog, see People.

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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 . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars “Eras Night” Here We Come – Teasers

I’m getting excited for Eras Night on Dancing With The Stars, are you? Here are a few fun teasers I couldn’t resist posting. Bring it on, Everyone!

and baby, that's all #TeamGlamer needs! Name their decade below. #ErasNight #DWTS

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Finally got to make @hinchtown my jungle gym!! #dwts @dancingabc #teamstopandgo

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Good Golly! #ErasNight is going to be fun. Do you know which era #TeamLindsatron has? #DWTS

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It's a mighty fine day whenever #TeamValaur is around. Raise your hand if you can guess their era!

#ErasNight #DWTS

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We're roaring and ready for #ErasNight on Monday. Comment if you are too! #DWTS

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October 23, 2016 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 . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

New Official Dancing With The Stars Week 7 Diaries Released

Below are some new Dancing With The Stars Diaries for Week 7. Be sure you watch this link as they may release more.

October 21, 2016 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 . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 6 – Dancing by the Numbers!

Another week, another bout of wackiness when it comes to judges scoring – luckily not as bad as in previous weeks.  Well, perhaps I should say ‘not as widespread’ as in previous weeks because it was still pretty bad in at least one instance.

If Len had been around this week, Jana would have gotten a 7 or 8 for her Argentine Tango – I think you can count on it. He’s shown recently that he doesn’t limit that just to Derek’s partners. But he wasn’t there so the travesty of Jana getting a perfect score while the better AT is three points lower. Why? Well, I suspect that Jana has been on the bubble and the leader board this week reflects the top half (to the judges) and the bottom half…with Marilu kinda straddling the middle ground, which is quite dangerous. The judges, I think, have roughly grouped the couples in that way – with the possibility of Calvin falling out of favor and Marilu rising. I think the jury is out for them on those two couples. Everyone else is either top three or bottom three. Read more..

October 20, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Season 23, Week 7 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

My cynical side (which is more than a “side” at this point and more like 2 thirds), says that “Decades” week  is a cluster f@#k waiting to happen. I mean really, there are some craptastic decades for music and this is a show that has real trouble picking appropriate music when NOT limited to specific decades.

ETA: Running order is up.  Tentative on team dances – apparently Team Future went first in rehearsal, but George didn’t indicate whether they were also going first during the actual show.  Judging from the way the running order is set up, I’m guessing they end up calling Ryan, Marilu, Maureen, & Jana in jeopardy – two members of each team. -Court- Read more..

October 18, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

PureDWTS Season 23, Week 6 – Power Rankings

DISCLAIMER: As I write this, I am currently under the influence of some new migraine meds that have the unfortunate side effect of making me very, very foggy – if my struggle to find the word “paint can opener” the other day at Sherwin Williams was any indicator, I’m definitely experiencing some aphasia; additionally, the fact that I put a carton of coconut milk in my purse and put my iPhone in the refrigerator while putting away groceries yesterday probably points to some general absentmindedness.  So forgive me if the words don’t come as easily today as they usually do – I’m told this passes after about the two week mark, so fingers crossed…

…and perhaps it is the effects of the medication, or perhaps not, but I’m left feeling a bit unsure of what to make of last night’s show.  I guess I should have known by about the 20 minute mark that things had already gone completely off the rails – we had Pitbull prematurely scoring (and then being completely late scoring the rest of the night, and having a suspiciously hard time with those paddles), Erin making painfully obvious double entendres about Ryan’s “facials”, and Ryan trying to make black light paint a thing, but having it look more like sunburn art. Then there was that pinata that Erin was curiously insistent that everyone hit, but only appeared to be filled with glitter.  Go fig…but perhaps more peculiar was the scoring, which at times left me wondering what exactly the agenda really was.  Part of me thinks TPTB may be falling out of love with Laurie (or may at least be seeing that she may not actually be a sure thing for the win), they seem suddenly obsessed with Jana (after appearing to be rather lukewarm about her thus far this season), they seemed to very slightly ease up on their “underscore Calvin at all costs” edict of the past several weeks, they seemed to finally drop the hammer on Terra (after heaping sometimes over-the-top praise on her the first few weeks of the season), and they seem to kick their praise of James into overdrive (which even I, as a James fan, can agree was a bit too much).  Are they trying to shape their ideal finale? Or are they even taking it a step further, and shifting gears from gunning for a Laurie win…to gunning for a James win? I think it will be very, very interesting to see how things go once Len is back on the panel next week…when daddy’s away, the other three stooges seem to play; but when he’s back, they seem to get back to business.

Wish I could say I was sad to see Amber leave, but I got the impression that she really wasn’t having much fun anymore, and that she never really got comfortable being on the show – so I don’t think she was all that disappointed to go, either. I think Maks collected his paycheck and is happy to be back to being a stay-at-home-dad-to-be. I didn’t see too many fans outrageously upset, either – Amber’s exit was minimally disruptive. I’ll admit – at one point in the show, I told myself I wouldn’t be terribly disappointed if Jana left instead of Amber, but in the end, I guess I’m partially glad the former stayed, because I think Gleb is more of an asset to Marilu’s team dance than Maks ever would have been.  Speaking of which – if you haven’t yet, check out our team dance spoiler post, if for no other reason than to justify my waking up at 2 AM to reveal the teams 😛 Read more..

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence