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Dancing with the Stars – Who Wore it Better, Part V

…and the fun continues! Alright fashion critics, have at it ;-) 

On a side note, we have to give a very special thanks to our friend Marcela, who frequents this site all the way from Brazil! Marcela was kind enough to share with us many dittoes that she had found, and even sent us side-by-side pictures of them.  Marcela, here’s a big “Obrigado!” from all of us here at Pure DWTS…you rock! :-D

 

Battle of the black & white floral-print ballgown: Brooke’s quickstep with Derek in season 7 vs. Cheryl in the pro dance to Michael Buble in season 9

Courtney: Hmmmm. I’m not hugely fond of this dress, so I think it’s making it hard for me to figure out who it looks better on.  I think it probably suits Brooke’s body a bit better (surprise, surprise…that woman could make a burlap sack look good!), but I’m not a fan of the severely pulled-back side bun hair they gave her.  I think it doesn’t suit Cheryl’s body quite as well, but I think her loose, carefree hair & hoop earrings better suit the breezy feel of the dress.  I dunno…I’m defaulting to Heidi.

Heidi: Does liking Brooke’s partner better count?? :-)  Seriously though, look at both of the men – I think you’ll note that the men’s outfits match the hairstyles on the ladies. They made Brooke much more formal, to complement Derek’s dinner jacket and bow tie and slick hair, whereas Cheryl’s hair is more loose and flowy which compliments Jonathan’s lack of jacket and undone bow tie. BOTH couples are very finished, for what they are trying to portray.

The winner: Have to call it a draw for two complete ensembles – men included. ;-)

 

Battle of the gold-fringe Latin dress: Chelsie’s salsa with Ty in season 8 vs. Nicole’s jive with Derek in the season 10 finale

Heidi: Derek and Nicole’s Jive was just fan-flippin-tastic – and that includes seriously rocking that dress. Chelsie might be too sweet to be that fierce. And that ain’t no jive talkin’. ;-)

Courtney: Now as fierce as both these ladies look in this sparkler, I’ve gotten give it to Nicole – she just slightly out-fierces Chelsie with that fabulous hair flip.  That jive was seriously awesome – and Tina herself sure knows how to rock a gold fringe dress!

The winner: Nicole, by a Tina Turner ‘tude

 

Battle of the hot pink, cut-out ballgown with matching gloves: Kym’s foxtrot with David in season 8 vs. Melissa’s preseason photo shoot with Mark in season 9

Courtney: This gown is just adorable – reminds me so much of Marilyn Monroe’s dress in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes…which is why I think it looks so cute on both of these lovely blonde ladies ;-) Love Melissa’s 40’s-esque finger waves, but I also love Kym’s tighter curls.  In the end, though, I just have to give this one to Kym – while I don’t particularly remember David well that season (except for his rather embarrassing exit speech), I do remember Kym just working it in this foxtrot, and this dress just sparkling away as she moved.  Therefore, I must give this one to our favorite Aussie blonde :-D

Heidi: They both do look awesome. But when you mention Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, it made me think of Marlee Matalin’s dance with Derek, Mark, Fabian Sanchez and Genya Mazo and I ran to check the video. Nah. Not the same dress as Marlee. ;-) ANYway, I have to give it to Kym too – that body is hard to beat and I just like her personality better anyway.

The winner: Kym, for being the Aussie answer to Marilyn herself!

 

Battle of the itty-bitty, coral one-sleeve Latin dress: Edyta’s cha-cha with Jason in season 6 vs. Julianne’s pro dance with Derek to Jennifer Hudson in season 7

Heidi: That Julianne had the guts to wear a dress AFTER Edyta wore it – well, I have to hand it to her. Girl is brave. Of course she works it just as well as Edyta, so why not? I like it better with Julianne’s coloring, I think.

Courtney: This has got to be one of the TINIEST costumes I’ve ever seen on the show – and that’s saying something, considering that Edyta is, to quote Lawrence Taylor “allergic to clothes”, hehe.  Not that I blame Edyta at all – as I’ve said before, if I had a body that fabulous, you’d have to put me in a nudist colony, because I would be naked ALL THE TIME.  However, this dress looks too much to me like many of the others Edyta has worn, while the look is a little more surprising on Julianne – the coral looks surprisingly flattering on her.  So kudos to Julianne for out-Edytaing Edyta!

The winner: Julianne for bravery. ;-)

 

Battle of the yellow & orange overdye Latin dress: Julianne’s salsa with Cody in season 7 vs. Lisa’s quickstep with Mayo in the new pro contest in season 8

Courtney: I found it very, very strange that they opted to put Lisa in a Latin dress to do a quickstep – I guess they were trying to fit the whole “Walking on Sunshine” theme with the colors of the dress.  But it just looks so mismatched up to Mayo – he’s so covered & dark and she’s so…bare.  And I hate that shaggy haircut of hers – I feel like it totally obscures her face.  Now Julianne, on the other hand, is just an absolute delight in this dress – can you believe this was only about a week after her appendectomy?!

Heidi: Girlfriend did one hell of a jive with Derek a week after her appendectomy, so yes, I can believe it. ;-) This one is kind of a toss up for me – Lisa cut off the tail of the dress and the colors look better with her tan, but her hair and her overinflated lips get me every time. Love Julianne, but she added a huge flower up near the shoulder that I can’t get behind, plus it took me a minute or two to figure out that the tail of the dress was wrapped around her right leg. Don’t know what she’s got around her left ankle. Anyway, I guess I find the flower and the tail less egregious than the hair and the lips. ;-)

The winner: Julianne, for normal lips.

 

Battle of the fringed, zebra-print Latin dress: Mel B’s jive with Maks in season 5 vs. Lacey’s preseason photo shoot in season 7

Heidi: I kind of find this dress awful. And Lacey didn’t follow the “take one thing off” rule before she left the house. ;-) That said, I like it better on her because of the gloves and the red hair. Add in that I am SO NOT a Mel fan and well….Lacey wins. ;-)

Courtney: Another dress I just don’t particularly care for – looks like something off the sale rack at Wet Seal.  However, I do think it fits both ladies’ feisty personalities well.  I guess I’ll go with Lacey – the streaks of red in her hair offer a nice pop of color to offset the black & white in the dress.

The winner: Lacey…just barely. This dress sucks.

 

Battle of the red, cut-out, ruffly Latin dress: Shannon’s mambo with Derek in season 6 vs. Kym’s preseason photo shoot in season 7

Courtney: Wow, this batch is really a mixed bag for me – I’m either loving or hating these dresses.  This, unfortunately falls into the latter category – BLECH.  Am I the only one that thought that Shannon looked terribly awkward in almost every costume they put her in? Aggghhh, and that hair – looks like they were trying to style it like her ex-husband’s (look him up – Joe Reitman.  Eek!) Kym does a decent job of making a crappy dress look acceptable, so I’ll go with her. 

Heidi: I think Shannon WAS awkward in a lot of the dresses. This one is funny because she had lots of padding in the bra AND in the butt, and she wasn’t afraid to tell EVERYONE. It made all the media that week very entertaining, especially when Derek is pulling down the back of her dress to show reporters and she then proceeds to rip his shirt open. And to think they tried to tell people they were just friends. Um, right. ;-) I also have to give it up to Derek for once again attempting a camouflage (with all those ruffles) a lack of hip action. Despite me enjoying this dress on Shannon for all the backstage reasons, it’s pretty clear that Kym just wears it better. The confidence will get you every time. I bet Kym didn’t need the padding either. ;-)

The winner: Duh, Kym! Even though this dress sucks too. ;-)

 Pssst! First time here? Then you should definitely check out parts I, II, III, & IV of our “Who Wore it Better?” series! :-D 

August 4, 2010 I Written By

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DWTS 10 Evan & Anna Dance Comparison

Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya ended the season with five recycled dances:
– Two of them happen to be the Viennese Waltz: the first done on the Week 1 and the second one on Week 10
– Four of the Five dances are Ballroom dances (Viennese Waltz, Waltz and Quickstep)
– Two of the recycled songs were originally done by celebs in Season 8

Interesting stats for these songs…

So starting with the two Viennese Waltz’s:

The first song was I’ll Be by Edwin McCain Edwin McCain - Rhino Hi-Five: Edwin McCain - EP - I'll Be as originally done by Season 8’s Lil’ Kim and Derek Hough on Week 5.

And again on Season 10 Week 1 as done by Evan and Anna

The second Viennese Waltz was done to Billy Joel’s Piano Man Billy Joel - The Essential Billy Joel - Piano Man originally on Season 5 Week 4 by Jane Seymour and Tony Dovolani.

And of course on Season 10 Week 10 by Evan and Anna.

Read more..

June 2, 2010 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does dancing fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =)

Salsa Edition: THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE INCREDIBLY HOT!

The salsa has only been around since season 7 so there’s slim pickings for this edition but still enough to educate on what a salsa should in tale or not  in tale for that matter!

THE GOOD
Season 8: Gilles Marini
How can you not love watching Gilles shake it!  Latin dances are all about the hip movements and shoulder shakes!  I think Gilles nailed both of those aspects while being an incredible frame for Cheryl!

 
THE BAD
Season 7: Cody Linley
Okay, this is a TERRIBLE salsa but you can clearly see that Cody has no hip action go on and no shoulder shakes that are exceptional!  He had great enthusiasm but not enough technique.

THE INCREDIBLY HOT
Season 7: Yesenia Adame & Paul Barris
This is exactly what a salsa should look like!  Now I know celebs will hardly ever look like this but this is HOT!

September 18, 2009 I Written By

Dancing with the Stars Special Guest Jamie Cullum

The amazing cowboy somehow sticks around again. If he makes it to the finals, he’ll be the biggest long shot ever on Dancing with the Stars. That would be unbelievable. I’m sad to see Lil’ Kim and Derek Hough go. Derek was getting the most out of Lil’ Kim’s performances. The following is the music from the DWTS results show:

Jamie Cullum sang the song “I Get a Kick out of You” Jamie Cullum - Twenty Something - I Get a Kick Out of You with Agnieszka Kazmierczak and Urs Gaisenhainer dancing.

Pro Dancer Competition music
Afton & Cody danced a Samba to the song “Hips Don’t Lie” Shakira - Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 - Hips Don't Lie (feat. Wyclef Jean)—Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean
Mayo & Lisa danced a Quickstep to the song “Walking On Sunshine” Katrina & The Waves - Anthology - Walking On Sunshine
Anna & Maurice danced a Tango to the song

May 5, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Fictional Dancing with the Stars Story

Now I must admit that I’m a pretty big fan of Dancing with the Stars.  I think anyone that mentions Dancing with the Stars to me gets overwhelmed by how many things I know about the show.  Sure, I’m pretty fanatic about it.  That’s why I have this cool website where I write all about Dancing with the Stars and in particular the Dancing with the Stars music.

However, I must admit that I draw the line when people start to write fictional stories about the dancers on Dancing with the Stars.  I didn’t really believe it was real either until I found this thread on the ABC Dancing with the Stars forum.  Let me offer you the start of the story (mind you this was written by 8 people):

Private Concert To Debut Remakes Of Iconic Wrigley's Gum Jingles

one day mark was walking to go to practice with kim and then he ran into sabrina. they talked for a while and mark wuz getting late. when he came into practice late, kim being the diva she is, isn’t used to being kept waiting and was quite cold to dear Mark. He however being the charmer was able to sooth her wounded ego with some extra attention and charming smile. A fab rehearsal ensued, and afterward they decided to grab a bite to eat, when they ran into Mark’s pal Derek. Derek was supposed to be meeting Shannon and was running late because he had to take a shower with water set on hell to get the smell of Brooke’s perfume off of him.  He knew if he went home smelling so good Shannon would have a melt down and follow him to practice all the time.  Meanwhile Julianne shocked Cody by wearing nothing but a jock. He said it was for a role in a hockey  movie, but Julianne suspected he just  wanted to display the equipment and Cody was shocked as well to see Julianne in her little short shorts from her juicy fruit commercial, paired up with her official Hanna Montana tightie tee, also displaying her equipment!! He was a little dismayed at her associating him with this kids show, as he wants her to think of him as a man, not a boy in a man’s jock. As he sat pondering how to further convey his message, in walked Lance, stopping in to see how things were going…

Ok, I won’t post anymore.  The craziest part of all is that this thread goes on for 20 pages of the forum.  It’s honestly so amazing what fans will do.  I’m not trying to knock the people that are writing this, but you have to admit that it’s kind of hard not to do it.  I guess there’s nothing technically wrong with it, but I don’t think it’s something you write home to mom about either.

Either way, I guess if that’s what it takes for some people to pass the time between seasons of Dancing with the Stars, then that’s cool.  Good thing we’ll at least know the new cast of Dancing with the Stars on Sunday.  Although, then the Dancing with the Stars fiction writers will just have more characters to add to their story.  I bet they had a hey day when Karina and Maks got engaged.

February 5, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Talented Dancing on Dancing with the Stars

Both the stars and the professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars are incredible talents. Tonight’s semi final performance was when the Dancing with the Stars talent really starts to show. The dancers are so refined and have been trained so well that each of the performances is incredible.

As usual, here’s a list of all the music performed by the talented band. I have a few missing, but will update them as I find them.

Brooke & Derek danced a Jive to the song “The House is Rockin'”—Brian Setzer Orchestra The Brian Setzer Orchestra - Guitar Slinger - The House Is Rockin'

Brooke & Derek danced a Salsa to the song “Barbarabatiri”—Tito Puente Beny Moré - Musical Gold - Barbarabatiri

Cody & Julianne danced a Paso Doble to the song “Le Disko”—Shiny Toy Guns Shiny Toy Guns - We Are Pilots - Le Disko

Cody & Julianne danced a Salsa to the song “Juventud de Presente”—Tito Puente Tito Puente, Jr. - En los Pasos de Mi Padre - Juventud del Presente

Warren & Kym danced a Mambo to the song “Tequila”—The Champs The Champs - Greatest Hits / Tequila - Tequila

Warren & Kym danced a Jitterbug to the song “That Old Black Magic”—Sammy Davis Jr. Sammy Davis, Jr. - Sammy Davis, Jr.: The Decca Years - That Old Black Magic

Lance & Lacey danced a Mambo to the song “Straight…to Number One”—Touch and Go Touch and Go - I Find You Very Attractive - Straight To?Number One

Lance & Lacey danced a Jitterbug to the song “Jim Dandy”—Black Oak Arkansas Black Oak Arkansas - High on the Hog - Jim Dandy

November 18, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Songs from Final 5 Dancing with the Stars Couples

5 Couples left on Dancing with the Stars and with 2 dances for each couple this was an intense night of dancing and broad range of music. Also, make sure to check out the songs from the previous Dancing with the Stars.

Cody & Edyta danced a Foxtrot to the song “Call Me Irresponsible”—Jimmy Van Heusen
John Bunch - John Bunch, At the Nola Penthouse, Salutes Jimmy Van Heusen - Call Me Irresponsible
Cody & Edyta danced a Mambo to the song “My Way”—Los Lonely Boys
Los Lonely Boys - Sacred - My Way
Brooke & Derek danced a Tango to the song “Tango Diabolo”—Christa Behnke
Christa Behnke - Allweil lustig, fesch und munter, Folge 3 - Tango Diabolo
Brooke & Derek danced a Mambo to the song “Cuban Mambo”—Xavier Cugat
Xavier Cugat - The Original Latin Dance King - Cuban Mambo
Maurice & Cheryl danced a Quickstep to the song “Puttin’ on the Ritz”—Irving Berlin
Fred Astaire - The Irving Berlin Songbook - Puttin' On The Ritz
Maurice & Cheryl danced a Paso Doble to the song “Let It Rock”—Kevin Rudolf and Lil Wayne
Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne - Let It Rock - Single - Let It Rock
Lance & Lacey danced a Foxtrot to the song “Sweet Pea”—Amos Lee
Amos Lee - Supply and Demand - Sweet Pea
Lance & Lacey danced a Samba to the song “1 Thing”—Amerie
Amerie - Touch - 1 Thing
Warren & Kym danced a Tango to the song “Peter Gunn Theme”—Henry Mancini
HENRY MANCINI - Ultimate Mancini - Peter Gunn Theme (Peter Gunn Suite)
Warren & Kym danced a Jive to the song “Hallelujah I Love Her So”—Ray Charles
Ray Charles - Ray Charles - Hallelujah, I Love Her So

November 10, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Susan and Tony Going Home – Cody and Edyta Safe

Cody and Edyta were barely saved on tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars. Susan and Tony were sent home. At least I can say that America got this right. It would have been really wrong if Cody got sent home while Julianne is recovering.

Lionel Richie sang “Good Morning” John Legend - Evolver - Good Morning while Alec Mazo & Edyta Śliwińska danced.

Lionel Richie sang “Dancing on the Ceiling” Lionel Richie - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Lionel Richie - Dancing On the Ceiling while Cheryl Burke, Kym Johnson, Tony Dovolani & Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced.

Dave Scott “It’s Magic!”

November 5, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Paso, Foxtrot, ChaCha, Waltz, and Rumba Music

Tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars was highlighted by a couple group numbers with 3 couples in each group. I like the little bit of a twist in the show. It was also nice to see Edyta back on the show even if Cody probably really missed Julianne and Julianne really wanted to be on the show (per her mom who I talked to about 30 minutes ago).

Here’s the list of all the music from tonight’s show:

Warren & Kym danced a Foxtrot to the song “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby”—Diana Krall
Diana Krall - Only Trust Your Heart - Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?
Susan & Tony danced a Paso Doble to the song “The Ride”—James Horner
James Horner - The Mask of Zorro (Music from the Motion Picture) - The Ride
Maurice & Cheryl danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Cupid Shuffle”—Cupid
Cupid - Time for a Change - Cupid Shuffle
Cupid - Cupid Shuffle - EP - Cupid Shuffle – Music Video
Cody & Edyta danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?”—Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams - Don Juan DeMarco - Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?
Lance & Lacey danced a Rumba to the song “Your Body Is a Wonderland”—John Mayer
John Mayer - Room for Squares - Your Body Is a Wonderland
John Mayer - Video Triple Play - Your Body Is a Wonderland – Music Video
Brooke & Derek danced a Foxtrot to the song “Lullaby of Birdland”—Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald - The Best of Ella Fitzgerald - Lullaby of Birdland
Lance & Lacey and Cody & Edyta and Susan & Tony danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Mercy”—Duffy
Team Cha-Cha-Cha – Duffy - Rockferry - Mercy
Mercy – Music Video
Brooke & Derek and Maurice & Cheryl and Warren & Kym danced a Paso Doble to the song “Rocks”—Primal Scream
Team Paso Doble – Primal Scream - Give Out But Don't Give Up - Rocks

November 4, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Music from Dancing with the Stars Top 7

I think it’s about time that Cloris goes home. I wish the judges would just judge her properly. She didn’t even deserve 5’s this time. She was horrible. Corky deserves a high number, but Cloris nothing.

Maurice & Cheryl danced a Viennese Waltz to the song Gravity—John Mayer
John Mayer - Continuum - Gravity
Lance & Lacey danced a Jive to the song Tutti Frutti—Little Richard
Little Richard - Little Richard: All-Time Greatest Hits (Re-Recorded Versions) - Tutti-Frutti
Susan & Tony danced a Mambo to the song Si Señor-Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan - Mi Tierra - Si Senor!...
Brooke & Derek danced a Rumba to the song No Air—Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown
Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown - Jordin Sparks - No Air
No Air (Duet With Chris Brown) – Original Chris and Jordin music video
Cloris & Corky danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song Come See About Me—The Supremes
The Supremes - Number 1's: Diana Ross & The Supremes - Come See About Me
Cody & Julianne danced a Samba to the song Whine Up—Kat DeLuna and Elephant Man
Kat DeLuna featuring Elephant Man - Whine Up (Remixes) - EP - Whine Up
Whine Up (English Version) – Original Music Video
Warren & Kym danced a Rumba to the song Irreplaceable—Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé - B'Day - Irreplaceable
Irreplaceable – Original Beyonce music video
Dancing with the Stars Old School Hip Hop group dance to the song It Takes Two-Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock - Profilin' the Hits - It Takes Two

October 27, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.