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DWTS12 Week 5 – The Cheesecake Awards!!

Heidi here! You know, for a week that was pretty horrible in terms of themes and music, the Cheesecake wasn’t as sour as I expected. Still not as much funny as the show could provide, but what can you do? For all the griping I read on twitter, it could be far, FAR worse. :-)

I haven’t told any of my cohorts in crime this yet, but I am going out of town once again on Tuesday and will be back on Thursday evening. It should not affect Dancing by the Numbers, but it will once again push the Cheesecake Awards to Saturday at the earliest, mainly because chances are good that I won’t see the results show until I get home – and that’s where most of the cheese is. :-) Ah well, on with the show.

Most Likely to Get Slapped with a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit by Season’s End: Len & Bruno

Courtney: Len has pretty much cemented his reputation as the “creepy old guy” with such comments as “Cheryl’s showing off the Rocky Mountains!” (to which Cheryl replied “I feel violated”), and “Yum yum, what a bum!” with regards to Chelsea’s hindquarters.  There’s been many more in previous shows this season – wish I could remember them all and then parlay it into some class action lawsuit on behalf of the cast :-P And we all know Bruno’s man parts do all the thinking for him – this week he ordered Ralph to “give him sex” and inquired about booking Maks as a private dancer, reassuring Maks he “could afford” his expensive price tag.  Um, yuck. At least Ralph had a good comeback for Bruno’s questioning of his “fire down below”: “I have 2 kids to show for my ‘fire down below’.  What about you, Bruno?” Ahhhh…touche, Daniel-san :-)

Heidi: You know, I don’t even know what to make of Len’s behavior – all that from a guy who acts so disapproving towards Bruno. What is wrong with him? As for Bruno – well, for some reason I don’t have a negative reaction when he says what he says. At the risk of being ageist, I would say it could be that he’s just younger than Len, but I think it has much more to do with delivery. Let’s face it, Bruno is over the top ALL the time, it’s not a shock or a surprise from him. And you KNOW it’s a crazy “I am BRUNO” act. You can’t take that stuff seriously from him. Len, on the other hand, is serious SO much of the time that when he tries to emulate Bruno it tends to just gross one out. Speaking of…

Best Pro Line O’the Night: Cheryl Burke – “I feel violated”

Heidi: You go girl, being funny and giving an appropriate response all in one fell swoop. Len was out of line in a big way. I give her props for her reactions – yeah, it was funny but from the way she immediately covered her chest, I think she was uncomfortable as well.

Courtney: Where’s sexual harassment panda when you need him?

The “Errr…nobody saw that, did they?” Award: Cheryl, for almost falling over in the Red Room prior to her Viennese waltz with Chris; (dis)honorable mention for Lacey falling down during the pro dance to “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”, Chelsie for losing her bra during practice, & Hines for farting on Kym

Courtney: Our celebs and pros managed to turn the art of bloopers into a full-time job this week – and who can blame them, during a week that just flat-out sucked? :-) Some of you may or may not have caught it, but during the clip of Chris & Cheryl in the red room before their V. waltz, when Chris is talking about how he’ll “go crazy” (said a la Regis Philbin) if Len doesn’t give him an 8, Cheryl can be seen in the background practicing their routine.  She goes to do a ronde, loses her balance, and almost falls down.  She looks up at the camera & gets a sheepish look on her face, as if to say “You didn’t get that, did you?” The whole thing is rather adorable, really :-) And for those who didn’t catch it, Lacey just kinda fell on her butt during the Toby Keith performance. I know everyone on Twitter was blaming Maks & his “bum leg”, but I watched this one several times and it’s actually Lacey’s fault – she swings too wide when she turns to go through Maks’ legs, and as a result she falls on her butt and trips up Maks.  Another instance when there was an expression of “Maybe no one saw that…” that crept across their faces before they kept going.  Poor Chelsie - the quickstep is just not conducive to the wearing of adhesive bras (yes, per Chelsie’s Twitter it was a “sticky bra”, and not padding like everyone else is claiming).  Romeo looked like he had just seen a Yeti or something.  And Hines – take Beano before practice and there will be-no gas…don’t you watch the commercials, dude? :-)

Heidi: People were blaming Maks for that?? It was clearly Lacey’s fault – Maks saved her ass (pardon the expression) by grabbing her and throwing her back into where she needed to be for the dance. Then they had the very awkward dismount from their final pose – are these two just not in sync or what?? As for Cheryl – you are right, that was adorable. The look on her face was priceless… “you guys were not looking at me, right?” You could almost hear a “ayuk ayuk” type goofy laugh just looking at her face. :-)

Courtney: Yeah, ever since “the fall heard ’round the world” during he & Kirstie’s rumba, everyone all of a sudden blames Maks’ leg for everything.  All sorts of tweets of “OMG! Maks needs to have that leg looked at!” and “He has no business dancing injured like that! He could hurt someone!” I’m guessing it was Lacey fans that didn’t want to believe she had fouled up.  Anywho, Maks is clearly fine, and Lacey is human, folks. 

DWTS Celebrity Trend O’ the Week: Thwarting Brooke‘s stupid questions with nonsense

Courtney: I have to credit the divine Miss Kirstie Alley for starting this trend – she’s been doing it since week 1, but it looks like the other couples have caught on to its effectiveness and have started doing it as well, which has resulted in absolute hilarity and one very confused hostess :-) Whether it’s Romeo dodging a dumb question about his biggest competition by threatening to tamper with Hines’ toothpaste, or Chris commenting on Romeo’s accent instead of answering his question, or Petra musing about Maks’ “sex on a stick” monologue – it all resulted in Brooke laughing uncomfortably and not quite sure what to do :-) LOVE.

Heidi: I think Kirstie has been giving lessons, like Ms. Myagi or some such thing. “You too can distract Brooke, Daniel-san…”

Personality 180 Award: Romeo

Courtney: 2 weeks ago the boy was throwing a fit about hating dancing shoes, and now he’s merrily jumping around the dance floor like Jiminy Cricket and pulling faces like Mark :-) Good to see him move out of the shadow of his dad, the stick in the mud, and finally enjoy himself out on the floor!

Heidi: That was, IMO, the dance of the night. Awesome – and you can’t tell me that he hasn’t embraced all of “the ballroom”. Dude was having fun and you can’t fake that.

Most Lackadaisical Performance: Toby Keith singing “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” accompanied by Maks, Lacey, & the DWTS Troupe

Courtney: Was it just me, or did pretty much everyone involved in this number seem like it pained them to be there? Toby looked like he would have rather been getting a root canal than performing on the show, and all of the dancers seemed a bit ho-hum about the whole thing.  Then again, it is a bit hard to imagine what it’s like to be a cowboy if you grew up behind the Iron Curtain…

Heidi: I despise Toby Keith with a passion reserved typically for Benji Schwimmer and Ann Coulter. Not that any of those three have anything in common…well, Ann and Toby do as they are both Republican men….I mean, people. Heh. BUT, besides that – Ick. Not a fan. I think lackadaisical is his usual performance style, although I can’t be sure. Besides Toby and Lacey, though, were there any natural born Americans dancing?? It might be hard to see the appeal of the whole “country” thing if you didn’t grow up around it. Well, hell, it’s hard for me to see it and I *DID* grow up here. So I get them. :-)

 Best Celebrity Cameo on the show, EVER: John Travolta, aka the “Dance Doctor”

Courtney: “American Night” was in dire need of saving by the time Kirstie’s former co-star & Scientology bff showed up to save the day.  God bless Travolta – even this piddly little impromptu blurb for DWTS shows just what a good actor he is.  He just walked into the frame like it was no big deal, and dude didn’t miss a beat – as if to say “Yeah, I’m J-Trav, I’m way too famous for this show but I’m gonna show up anyway and thrill you all.  Capeesh?” And God bless Kirstie for making it happen – I think she is probably the only celeb in DWTS history with enough clout to bring in a celebrity guest as big as John. 

Heidi: I dunno, I think Jennifer Grey brought in Michael J. Fox and he’s a pretty iconic character – maybe moreso than Travolta, particularly now with all his work re: Parkinson’s. That said…Travolta is a gem. So hilarious – seriously brightening up a relatively disastrous performance show.

Brooke Burke Flub o’ the Week: “Choreographer”

Courtney: I can’t decide if the teleprompter was stuck or she was just so frazzled by the nonsense going on around her, but Brooke just couldn’t manage to spit this word out…much to Tom’s delight. :-)

Heidi: Her Hard Drive was acting up. Or it was a RAM problem.

Judge Most in Need of a Reality Check: Len Goodman for criticizing a Samba forced into a stupid-ass Americana Night Theme.

Heidi: Seriously Len?? Seriously? When you criticize what I thought was a cute and well executed Samba (and props to Karina for tying line dancing into a Samba) for technique when the producers inflict on the couples the stupidest theme ever done on DWTS, you’ve let your need to storyboard get in front of reality. Seriously – get a grip and go with Carrie Ann (shocker, I know!) – she had it right when she commented on the theme and how it impacts the given dances. Jerk. And this on a night when you praised Kendra. Jaysus.

Courtney: I guess Len has just decided that Ralph is going to be his permanent punching bag this season.  I can’t think of any other reason why he’s so damn grouchy every time he critiques him.  Maybe he’s jealous of how well Ralph has aged…who knows.  But yah, I definitely cursed at the TV when he praised Kendra’s non-foxtrot – just made his hatchet job of a critique of Ralph’s samba that much more hard to swallow.

The Selectively Blind as a Bat Award: Carrie Ann Innaba, for her failure to call out the biggest and most glaring lift in the history of the show…or, well, in a really long time

Heidi: Geezas – that lift at the end of Hines and Kym’s dance?? Hello? Remember a beautiful rumba by Derek and Nicole with much more technically difficult move that resulted in the same sort of carry MUCH later in the song – to the point it was actually debateable whether the music had stopped (certainly, the applause was loud enough that Derek thought it had)?? The one that you called out spoiling what was one of the better rumbas in the history of the show?? And you did that AFTER you blatantly excused a similar move by Mark and Shawn?? Among others?? Speaking of storyboarding – I guess we only call lifts when it is convenient to the story you are trying to tell. Jerk.

Courtney: I thought of the exact same thing when I saw that bit at the end – but alas, they must’ve given Hines the Marine diplomatic immunity this season, because he can do no wrong in the eyes of Carrie Ann…or Carrie Ann’s lady parts.  It just annoys me to no end how inconsistent she’s been in her “lift policing” this season – only calling couples out when it suits her interests…whatever those interests happen to be. 

The Tom Bergeron-In-Training Award for Best Impressions: Chris Jericho

Heidi: His imitation of Len is spot on scary good. He’s just hilarious and just seems so intelligent – he has a future in TV, methinks. It doesn’t hurt that he’s cute as hell. :-)

Courtney: I <3 Chris :-) And that’s saying something, because those little hearts made from the less-than sign and a 3 annoy the hell out of me most of the time! I tweeted him a proposition the other night that he and I should make gorgeous, waltzing, wrestling babies that speak in fake British accents…he hasn’t responded  yet, so he’s probably just trying to work out his schedule to make it happen before he promises anything ;-)

Heidi: He was busy just then. :::happy sigh::: ;-)

The Best Butt Crack Award: Maks Chmerkovskiy

Heidi: Hey, he may not appeal to me, physically, but I’m going to call out a nice plumber’s ass when I sees one. ;-) Laying on the floor in front of Kirstie at the end of their dance. Just sayin’. But, I also have to say that there’s a gay bar in New Orleans called “Rawhide” where Maks’ pants make a nightly appearance on half a dozen, not as well built, guys – at least. There’s a matching vest. Just something to keep in mind. :-)

Courtney: Oh wow! How did I miss this one??? Maybe I’ll have to rewatch that performance later while dying Easter eggs.  And yes, leather pants are a gay bar staple…as are assless leather chaps with nothing underneath :-) *pours one out for the biker guy in The Village People*

Tom Bergeron Line O’the Night: “I think we’ve learned that a top hat undercuts the ‘tough guy’”; Honorable Mention: “Let’s let the emotional Grand Canyon (aka Len) settle down.”

Heidi: Oh that Tom does make me laugh out loud on a regular basis. I also loved at the end of the night when he was making the cracks about the confetti and not being able to read the TelePrompTer. LOL.

Courtney: Quite possibly the only other person besides Kirstie & Maks to really acknowledge through his behavior that American Night was absolute cat crap.  I respect that :-) And as for the confetti malfunction – at least Tom was able to ad-lib his way through the remaining moments of the show.  I saw a moment of pure panic cross Brooke’s face when she realized the teleprompter was obscured. I giggled.

Best Dressed Celebrity, Female – Week 5: Petra Nemcova

Heidi: WOW!! Wow. So elegant and beautiful – everything was perfect. Hair, makeup, jewelery, dress…just gorgeous.

Courtney: Evaine has assured me that I could rock this dress well (but probably not as well as Petra), so maybe one of these days when I’m flush with cash and my job is just to be fabulous all day, I will purchase this dress and act out one of my bucket list fantasies: wearing this dress in a casino.  And then when I go to the craps table, a crowd gathers around to watch, and as I throw the dice, everyone screams! I know I’m not alone in this fantasy…anyone else care to join? We can take turns wearing the dress and screaming for each other ;-)

Heidi: You forgot the part where Chris is standing just behind you in a Tux, smiling. Can we take turns with him too? Heh. I call first.

Best Dressed Pro, Female – Week 5: Kym Johnson

Heidi: Yeah, I’m talking a lot about clothes this week because Petra and Kym were such standouts in a night where many tended to succumb too much to the “theme” Americana – to the point that it was over the top. But hot damn!! Kym is rivaling Edyta in that fringed dress. Beautiful and sexy all at the same time without being too overt – add in the hat at the end and, well…perfection. A scene from An Officer and A Gentleman. I am envious yet again. :-)

Courtney: Oh but Heidi, that dress of Kym’s was the reason she & Hines got a higher score than Chelsea & Mark…sooooo totally not fair! *snicker* Sorry, couldn’t help but take a swipe at some faulty logic some people were spouting on Twitter.  All kidding aside, it was a very pretty dress…Kym definitely seems to be having a love affair with fringe this season.  But nothing can hold a candle for me to her quickstep dress this season – just dreamy :-)

The “You can take the girl out of the Trailer Park, but…” Award: Kendra Wilkinson

Heidi: Someone needs to explain irony to this girl. “I’m not f^#king afraid of elegance!!!” Um…ooookay. FAIL.

Courtney: Methinks the lady-er, Bunny doth protest too much…

Worst Idea In Facial Hair…Ever: Louis Van Amstel for his faux beard

Heidi: Louis, if you lived in Tennessee, Alabama or Mississippi, you would NOT be so fond of the Hillbilly Soul Patch you were sporting this week. TRUST ME.

Courtney: Kinda looked like someone glued a merkin to his chin.  And if you don’t know what a merkin is – look it up on Urban Dictionary at your own risk :-)

Heidi: :::snicker::: Merkin…Hillbilly Soul Patch…it’s all the same to me. LOL

The Award for the Best “Accidental” Boob Grab by a Male Celebrity: Romeo

Heidi: LOL – oops. Romeo, I hope that was a true accident. :-) Of course, since Chelsie seemed to be magically enhanced from Chelsie Hightower to, say, Jessica Simpson, I guess I can understand accidentally grabbing something that wasn’t there during all your rehearsals. :-) Was I the only one seriously distracted by Chelsie and her dress and how her figure…got bustier?? Or is it simply a sign that Derek isn’t on the show that I pay too much attention to other women’s chests…and Maks’ butt crack… ;-)

Courtney: “After seeing Hines & Kym’s high scores, Chelsie opted to try some “Awesome Boobage” on for size”…I should totally make an LOLChelsie out of that.  And I can’t blame Romeo’s curiousity, if it was intentional…did you see that boy’s face when Chelsie’s sticky bra fell off during quickstep practice??? He looked mesmerized as he mumbled something about “mechanical bam-bams”. 

The Award for the Cheesiest Cheese that Ever Cheesed – Season 12, thus far: The 1000th Dance Hoopla

Heidi: Is there nothing you wackos won’t celebrate in a totally over the top cheesy fashion?? I mean, I get 100th episode and 200th episode – but 1000th dance? Maybe I would care if you hadn’t chose Kendra and Louis to dance it. Talk about a buzz kill. :::rolls eyes:::

Courtney: I have to wonder if they would have made such a big deal out of it if it were any other couple…seemed a little fishy to me that Kendra & Louis, who have been dancing in the first half of the show for the entire competition, all of a sudden got bumped to 2nd to last this past week.  Verrrry interesting indeed…but yeah, dumb hoopla.

April 23, 2011 I Written By

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Pure DWTS Season 12 – Chris Jericho on Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster, And The Holy Grail

Chris Jericho is too funny. Once again, his writing style has me wanting more. I love his positive attitude as well. I don’t know how Donny Osmond could say Chris has a big ego? That’s not the way I see him. Anyway, read below for the milestone he hit with Len Goodman this week and how this past week’s dance on Dancing With The Stars made him feel. More at TV Squad.

Bigfoot. The Loch Ness Monster. The Holy Grail.

All of them are unsolved mysteries that have been studied and pursued for centuries. Yet none of them are as evasive or mythical as my personal ‘Dancing With the Stars’ White Whale: scoring an eight from Len Goodman.

My quest for the elusive eight started after week two, when Len awarded me the first of three successive sevens in the competition. It seemed no matter what I did or what Len thought of my dances, he always gave me the same score.

While a seven is nothing to sneeze at, I was really getting sick of that number. I mean, what is a seven anyway? Two stupid lines stitched together at an angle that makes it look like an upside-down nose?

Three sevens is great for a hand of blackjack or if you’re playing the slots in Reno, but it’s merely an above average score on ‘DWTS.’ And I’ve never wanted to be just “above average” in my life. If I ever was, I certainly wasn’t too damn happy about it.

Do you think Wayne Gretzky wanted to be an “above average” hockey player when he scored 215 points in a season? Do you think Eddie Van Halen wanted to be an “above average” guitar player when he wrote ‘Eruption’? Do you think The Situation wanted to be an “above average” comedian when he did the Donald Trump roast? OK, bad example, but you get my point. If you think I joined ‘DWTS’ because I wanted to be “above average” then you’re more out of the game than Manny Ramirez.

I joined with the intention of winning … or at least giving it my best shot. And being in the middle of the pack was not going to get that job done. So I decided after last week’s paso doble that I was really going to work hard on getting that evanescent eight from Len.

I knew it wouldn’t be easy. There would be no free passes for me from any of the judges, most especially Mr. Goodman. And I didn’t want a free pass, I wanted to earn my keep. So partner Cheryl Burke and I worked harder than ever to put together a patriotic Viennese waltz that would take me out of mediocrity and to the top of the pack. With my waltz, I wanted to finish more lines than a Shakespearean actor and display more fluidity than the fountains at Caesars Palace.

Special Note: Don’t miss seeing Chris and Cheryl on The Ellen Show Monday. Here is a picture Ellen posted on Twitter. Should be fun!

April 22, 2011 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.

DWTS 12 Mid Season – Which 3 Dancing Couples Do You Want In The Finals (TAKE POLL)?

It’s the middle of the Season! Let’s get some real numbers from our readers for who you’d like to see in the Dancing With The Stars Finals at this point in time. Vote for your top 3 favorite couples in our new Poll below and then tell us who you picked in the comment section.

The inspiration for this new Poll came from PureDWTS reader Lori when she posted this in the Mark Ballas and Chelsea Kane Buckling Down To Bring A-game Post yesterday. I believe Bruce asked a similar question of us all the other day in the Results post as well.;

….. When I think that it’s POSSIBLE that the finals are Chelsea and Mark, Chris and Cheryl and Hines and Kym (now, it’s also possible, the way this season is going, that we can have Ralph and Karina, and Kirstie and Maks in the finals, too. In other words, with the exception of Kendra, all of them have a possibility of being in the finals, but even that isn’t a sure bet *cough Bristol cough*)

Anyway, if it comes down to Kym, Cheryl and Mark as the Pros in the finale, I want Kym to win it. It would be her second trophy on our show, but TECHNICALLY, it’d be her third, since she won on the Australian version of the show. I would love to NOT see either Cheryl or Mark win, but if it’s one or the other, right now, my choice would be Cheryl.

So, what do you think? Be sure to vote for THREE CHOICES! I am voting for Maks and Kirstie, Romeo and Chelsie, and Ralph and Karina!!

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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.

DWTS Season 12 – Costuming and Make-Up For Star-Spangled Patriot’s Day

Once the head costume designer, Randall Christensen heard the playlist for the show last week, he knew “red, white, and blue” wouldn’t “be the norm”. He gives Stylist the lowdown for how he came up with some of the costumes.

Chelsea Kane: This season’s girl-to-beat turned up the heat in a pair of fringed red-and-white striped pants topped with a midriff-baring star-spangled tank. To create the kinetic pants,which punctuated every thrust of Kane’s hips, Christensen’s team cut individual strips of fabric, adhering them to the base pattern one-by-one. “Just attaching the fringe took hours upon hours,” Christensen says.

Kirstie Alley: Wore royal blue palooza pants and a tattered peasant top which featured a sheer, bedazzled midriff to boogie to Lenny Kravitz’s “American Woman.” Alley danced under the tutelage of stand-in dance coach, John Travolta. The actor encouraged his friend to ditch the Manolo Blahnik heels she slipped out of last week for a pair of high-top sneakers, but Christensen gave her classic court shoes instead. “Pumps were appropriate for the song’s era,” he explains, Custom rhinestone buckles were added to authenticate the look.

Meanwhile, the design team barely had enough time to make Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s custom skin-tight leather pants, which he wore shirtless. The pants were a special request by Alley.

Petra Nemcova: The supermodel’s back-baring gold gown was inspired by the glamorous Las Vegas look of Marilyn Monroe crossed with Sharon Stone in “Casino,” Christensen says. “We had originally discussed a more Vegas showgirl look, but once the choreography was in place it was obvious the look of a more classic couple in formal wear was the way to go. And what’s more glamorous than Marilyn and Sharon?” he says. Nemcova helped design her elbow-length gloves cinched with silver-crystal jewelry while her lush ostrich boa became a feathery stole.

Kendra Wilkinson: Christensen used stretch blue satin to create her sleeveless tails and encrusted her vest in silver-studded stars. An inventive addition to her costume: Over-the-knee tights made to resemble boots. Their flexible fabric made dancing easier and Christensen added crystals for sparkle. “I think the look empowered her and gave her confidence,” he says.

Romeo: The rapper’s refined tuxedo and tails salute to Fred Astaire, and partner Chelsie Hightower’s sublime Ginger Rogers’ inspired off-white bias cut gown was StyleList’s favorite look of the night.

So, which costumes were your favorites? I loved Chelsie and Romeo, Kym and Hines, and most of all >>>>MAKS!!!! Did anyone not love this?!! And I will take Maks (and Derek if he were here) shirtless and in black leather any day before Mark! :)

The Wausa Daily Herald also has a great 2 page article up of the costuming process. Below is a picture of Randall’s crew and a small take. Be sure to see the link for much more.

“People really don’t realize that there’s no magic closet that we pull this from. It is a bolt of fabric every Wednesday,” said Christensen, a dancer who’s been making costumes professionally since 1978. “We never use a ready-made costume … every single solitary thing is made from scratch.”

Each week, Christensen translates their visions into sketches on Tuesday and buys the fabrics on Wednesday. His team of two patternmakers and 10 seamstresses transforms the raw materials into costumes by Friday.

Their workroom contains the highest concentration of sequins anywhere at CBS Television City, where “Dancing” is filmed. Along one wall are bolts of fabric: shimmery purple, deep emerald green and bright royal blue — materials ordered from a dance company in Europe where the fringe, stretch fabric, mesh and chiffon all match.

“That’s the toughest challenge,” Christensen said.

Fourteen sewing machines and mannequins from size 0 to 16 are in the room, as are costumes in various stages of creation. (A tiny pewter beaded number sits on a plastic-covered dress form outfitted with “booty pads.”)

Lastly, don’t miss seeing some new pictures posted by the make-up crew at their Facebook page. Here’s one of Romeo and Chelsie.

April 21, 2011 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.

DWTS 2011 – Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin’s Press Rounds After Being Eliminated, The Other Couples Reactions, & Hints For What’s To Come Next Week (Videos)

So, we say good-bye to Petra Nemcova. I don’t think in all of the show’s history did someone qualify as ‘angelic’ in the passionate way Petra Nemcova did this Season. Petra not only entertained us, she warmed and touched many hearts while making us all more aware of what it’s like to be a tsunami and earthquake victim up close and personal. You really have to admire this beautiful woman and her strength when you think about what she’s been through being severely injured, losing a finance, and then to take on dancing to boot a few years later with all she’s suffered physically and mentally and yet, still remains full of hope, positive, and loving through it all. She’s truly an example for us all. I don’t think many of us will forget her. With all that said, here she is with Dmitry being interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE last night and Good Morning America Today talking on their journey (“Dancing With A Purpose”) on Dancing With The Stars, what’s next, and more.

George Pennacchio also interview Petra and Dmitry last night after the show as well as some of the other couples on the night, Petra, and what’s to come next week for their dances (great hints here for what’s to come for Guilty Pleasures Week!).

Below is an interview from ET Online interviewing Petra and Dimitry and the couples as well. Note how Kendra says she will get a “10″ next week!!! Hmm? 8O

April 20, 2011 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.

SPOILERS!! DWTS Season 12, Week 5 – The Results

And the most craptastic week of DWTS ever has a most craptastic final result. Petra and Dmitry leave the ballroom ahead of a much more deserving evictee. Never have I hated to be right more than right now. Sucks.

And to top it off, we get another THEME week next week – guilty pleasures. Gee, Tom, DWTS is rapidly becoming the biggest guilty pleasure of all. Does this mean you’re going to do self parody next week? Lord help us. :-)

What do ya’ll have to say?

April 19, 2011 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 12, Week 5 – After The Dance Interviews (Videos)

As always, George Pennacchio of ABC in LA is our star interviewer. He interviews our couples after their dances last night and gives us a run down. Watch the link because they may post more videos later.

Donny Osmond was Good Morning America’s guest reviewer joining them from Provo, UT. Donny tells it like it on Kendra and Louis in my opinion. He also talks about who has big egos (huh? Does he have room to talk like Courtney tweeted?) He predicts the winner too (I pray he’s wrong on that). Check it out and more.

ET Online interviews the couples and Helio Castroneves after their dances as well. Kirstie is a hoot as always.

Access Hollywood interviewed Kirstie and Maks about John Travolta. If you are like myself, you’ll get the giggles watching this and won’t be able to stop. I’m not going to tell you why. LOL

Lastly, here are a couple of videos from PopTvDotcom as well of the stars “after dark” going to dinner, etc. I haven’t watched these fully yet, but, Chelsea and Romeo sure look tight. ;)

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Dancing With The Stars 12, Week 5 – Did You Like The Patriot Night Theme? (TAKE POLL)

Let’s get some numbers for how our readers are feeling on lastnight’s America/Patriot Theme on Dancing With The Stars and if you’d like to see them do it again in the future. Please take our new Poll below.

I voted for the “NO” choice and with that vote, it’s a STRONG one! :x

Be sure to come rank and review the couples with us HERE if you haven’t done so yet.

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DWTS Season 12, Week 5 – Dancing by the Numbers!

I only saw part of it, but I think it’s highly possible that Americana week was the most craptastic episode of Dancing with the Stars EVER. And I mean EVER. Not even Derek Hough could have saved this dog. Although the scenery would have been better for me. ;-) That was the stupidest 40 minutes of TV I have ever watched – and I have to watch the whole thing when I get home in order to come up with Cheesecake Awards. The things I do for you people. :-) Those of you who missed humor in last week’s version – well, you can probably forget it in this weeks as well.

Anyway, I think that Hines is safe. The problem with craptastic theme weeks is that it could make the results really, really wonky. But I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Chelsea, Ralph, Kirstie and Chris are also safe. Yes, Ralph got one of the lower scores of the night, but I think he is pretty well loved – I would wager he’s doing better votes wise than Chelsea, Petra, Kendra and Romeo, at least. But I jump ahead. What were the scores??

The Judges Scores and Percentages

Place Celebrity Score Percentage
1. Hines 27 13.92
2. Chelsea 26 13.40
3. Romeo 26 13.40
4. Chris 26 13.40
5. Kirstie 23 11.86
6. Petra 22 11.34
7. Kendra 22 11.34
8. Ralph 22 11.34

Hines is in the top spot with a three way tie for second place between Chelsea, Romeo, and Chris. Then we have the rest of the pack: Ralph, Kirstie, Petra and Kendra. Now, I think that Ralph and Kirstie are going to survive their low scores easily. I hope. :-) Which means it will likely come down to Petra and Kendra. Keep in mind that this was such a craptastic week of DWTS that it’s entirely possible that half the regular viewers turned the channel after half an hour. And what happens when the voting is left entirely to those who are rabid?? Well, probably the same thing – poor Petra. But it’s also possible that we could have a “shocking” elimination tonight.

Essentially, between Ralph, Kendra and Petra – whoever gets the most votes between the three of them stays. Well, I would be shocked if Ralph isn’t beating them by a mile in votes. So what would it take for both Petra and Kendra to also survive?? One of the following would have to happen for the BOTH of them:

- Both would have to get ONE more vote per million vote cast than Ralph for him to go home, or;
- Both would have to get 5160 more votes per million votes cast than Kirstie, or;
- Both would have to get 20,620 more votes per million votes cast than either Romeo, Chelsea or Chris, OR;
- Both would have to get 25,780 more votes per million votes cast than Hines.

Does anyone believe that either Kendra or Petra can score that many more votes than their competition? MAYBE Romeo and Chris, but I don’t think so. I am leaning toward Petra going home, but it would not surprise me if it were Kendra. Actually, neither Romeo or Chelsea going home would shock me either right now, but I don’t really think that is going to happen – 20k votes is a pretty nice cushion.

I could write lots more, but I’ve been traveling all day and I’m wiped – this will appear on Tuesday morning, but it was written Monday night – and I’m tired. At some point on Tuesday night I will write a wrap up and if there is an elimination other than Petra or Kendra, I’ll discuss what it took for it to happen. :-)

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DWTS12 Week 5 Power Rankings

WORST THEME NIGHT EVER IN THE HISTORY OF DANCING WITH THE STARS.

I can say with complete honesty that I have never had such a miserable time watching the show as I did tonight.  The music? Horrible.  The costumes? Terrible.  The scoring? Completely assanine. To quote my mother, “Thank god the show was only 90 minutes tonight! I can’t take much more!” And to reiterate something Heidi and I agree upon on Twitter – the fool that thought “American Night” would be a super-duper idea needs to be fired and deported to Mexico (I think I originally said Canada, but Evaine informed us that Canada didn’t want him either :-)).  Anywho…guess it’s time to face the music…

1.) Hines & Kym – I think the judges must have literally just done some crack before watching this dance, because there was no way in hell it was “his best so far”, or even the best of the night.  I thought it was his worst – he barely moved, and the little bit of moving he did do was awkward.  Forget any sort of connection to the music – “Proud to be an American” is quite possibly the least sexy, romantic rumba I’ve ever heard on the show.  Even Hines & Kym themselves seemed shocked at the judges’ gushing – as if they themselves didn’t think it was that great. I just can’t figure out what the judges’ “angle” is for keeping him at the top week after week…are they gonna pull the rug out from underneath him in the semifinals and tell him he isn’t improving fast enough? Would make for a nice “shock” elim heading into the finals.  Or who knows – maybe they just really, really love Hines. Eeee gad…it boggles the mind.*shaking head* Luckily for Hines, he’s got a great score on a night with a decent points spread, and Steelers fans are now voting harder than ever before to counteract the efforts of some overzealous (and idiotic, I might add) Baltimore Ravens fans that are encouraging people to vote for “anyone but Hines” in order to get him voted off.  Ha.

2.)  Ralph & Karina – Ok, now on the flipside, what is the judges’ agenda for keeping Ralph from getting the top-scoring position week after week? This poor guy seems to have really turned into a punching bag…was that samba great, or Ralph’s best? Hell no.  But I think it was underscored by at least 2 points, given the crappy song he was given and the Herculean task Karina had in trying to merge samba with country.  He wasn’t terrible, and kept up reasonably well. For once, I was actually thankful for Carrie Ann – she pointed out how hard it was to do what they did, and how it fit in well with the theme of the week.  But alas, they are still part of the 3-way tie for last place – and you best believe TPTB are gonna milk that for all its worth.  “Early frontrunner tumbles into last place! Can the voters save him from flaming out?” Aaaand cue cheesy graphic of a firework fuse burning out.  I’m thinking that Ralph may be getting the lion’s share of the votes, hence the less generous scoring – but it’s also a boon, since I’m fairly certain that his fans are gonna vote that much harder tonight as a result.  I’m fairly certain he’ll be safe, but I hope TPTB know they’re playing with fire if they are indeed trying to make things more interesting…

3.) Kirstie & Maks – As nutty & off-the-wall as this foxtrot was, it came at a time in the show when I was really in need of a laugh & some entertainment – and thankfully, these two delivered, and they did so in a tongue-in-cheek fashion that made me think that they, too found this theme night just absolutely ridiculous and did this foxtrot in jest of the theme :-) I love the fact that these two don’t ever take themselves too seriously – I love the bond they’ve formed, and it’s great to see Maks so laid back and having fun with one of his partners.  As for the dance – not a great foxtrot, but definitely not the worst I’ve seen, and certainly not low on the entertainment factor. And praise Jeebus for John Travolta – the only person that could have salvaged the show from complete failure, and he certainly did. I think these two took the cake for most memorable performance tonight for me – and people continue to love Kirstie, so I don’t see these two going anywhere with a good score under their belt as well.

4.) Chelsea & Mark – *sigh* Just not sure what to make of these two anymore.  I find myself not totally loving their dances, but not totally hating them; and I vacillate between thinking that they could go all the way to the finale and thinking they could be in danger this week.  I guess I’m thankful that Mark at least tried to go the traditional route with this one (as traditional as one can go when dancing to a Miley Cyrus song), and Chelsea wasn’t a total failure – she seemed to at least try to get the hip action, and was thankfully aided by those fringed pants that seem to be kind to those who aren’t as skilled in the hip department.  It was fun, it was cute, it was fairly inoffensive.  I think their voters could possibly rally after last week’s whiplash scoring/critiquing, and their presence in the pimp spot tonight makes me wonder if last week’s stunt generated a lot of buzz for these two…and a good score certainly won’t hurt, either.

5.) Chris & Cheryl – Anyone else notice that the truly “patriotic” songs tonight seemed to get the best scores? I think this may have been a slight case of patriotic overscoring. :-) Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Chris – he’s funny, he’s cute, and he’s working hard – but this was just good for me…not great.  He did seem a bit stiff at times, and when he’s uncomfortable he tends to plaster a smile on his face that can look like a grimace.  I probably would have given this a 24…but once again, I think the judges are hellbent on having the whole “it’s anyone’s game!” illusion, so they may have tacked on an extra point or two for good measure.  Bah…I dunno.  I like Chris, and I want to see him do well – but I want to see him really earn a good score, and not just get handed one for the sake of excitement.  We all know what happens when some couples get undeservingly overscored – they stick around longer and don’t improve.  But I’m glad Chris has Cheryl, because she does seem to be pushing him.  Between their high score and their combined fanbases, these two are gonna be safe for at least 2 more weeks.

6.) Romeo & Chelsie – This was the one performance tonight that really made me smile :-) Seeing Romeo out there jumping around excitedly brought back shades of the joy I got from watching Sugar Ray dance – I knew Romeo would really get good once he was able to let go and really enjoy himself out there! This was actually a pretty good foxtrot – traditional enough to please fuddy-duddy Len, but with enough exciting open work to make it memorable.  I think Romeo’s excitement may have gotten the better of him a few times, but overall it was a pretty clean, consistent perfomance. The only problem I’m seeing with these two is that Romeo seems to be blooming a bit late - I’m not sure enough, quick enough, to really rally people to vote for him.  He doesn’t have the fanbase of favorites like Hines, Kirstie, or Ralph, and he doesn’t seem to be getting quite as good scores as Chris & Chelsea.  I’m hoping he busts some major moves in the next few weeks to stick around!

7.) Kendra & Louis – I believe my exact words upon seeing this “foxtrot” (note the quotations) were something along the lines of “WTF is this???” I counted maybe 8 bars of actual foxtrot in this dance – the rest was just a silly mess of cheesy jazz hands with a little bit of polka peppered in.  The judges got on Karina’s case for not having enough samba in her samba – yet Louis got away with murder on this one.  The little bit of foxtrot that was there was done pretty sloppily – perhaps that’s why Louis kept them in open position most of the time. Don’t even get me started on Kendra’s fake drama in her package, or her constant blathering about her bodily functions – it’s just digging her deeper into the hole she’s been digging since day one.  Do I think these two are in danger? Yes.  Can I say definitively that they’re going home tomorrow? I wish :-( But I think their few-but-fervent voters could save them again, and instead we could lose…

8.) Petra & Dmitry – Now the scoring seems to have set up a possible Petra/Kendra bottom 2 (I highly doubt Ralph is going to be in any sort of danger of not getting the numbers), but I worry that in the end Petra is just not going to be able to scrounge up the votes to beat Kendra.  And it really stinks, but I think she may have finally been scored appropriately for the first time in a few weeks – it just unfortunately happened during a week where she got the same score as 2 more popular contestants :-( Her quickstep wasn’t terrible, but she just looked soooo stiff and wobbly – and slow.  Had this dance gotten much slower, she would have just been doing a foxtrot.  Petra fans, take heed: if I were you, I’d vote with all of your might tonight.  Go create several new online accounts to get your votes in, because I worry that it could come down to the wire and Kendra might be able to eek out another week on the show – and I think we’re all pretty sick of hearing about her period by now :-) So please…let’s all cross our fingers, and do a little booty-shaking dance to the DWTS gods and pray that it’s Kendra sent packing!

Phew! Glad that’s over…I’m glad to be able to put DWTS behind me tonight, and I’m hoping that they trash American Night permanently and NEVER bring it back again.  Am I the only one that hated tonight? Let me know! Oh, and a few quick PureDWTS PSA’s for this week: as many of you know, Heidi is out of town, and may or may not be able to get her “by the numbers” post done for tomorrow.  I may step in to assist, but let’s cross our fingers that she does it, because she’s just so darn good at it :-) Also, our server has a 30-minute outage scheduled for sometime between 10 PM – 5 AM Mountain time tomorrow night - this likely won’t affect those of us in the Eastern & Central zones (unless you’re a night owl), but it could affect those watching out west.  If you can’t get on the site – don’t be alarmed, just wait a little bit and keep trying…we promise we aren’t shutting down.  At least not without a fight :-)

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