Just a fun miscellaneous picture post. If you’d like to see some of the cast “behind the scenes” before last Monday’s show, see the Daily Mail. You can also see pics of Ozzy, Sharon, and Kelly Osbourne as well as Julianne Hough.
The Daily Mail also has a beautiful photo spread up of Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd taking a break in a park before dancing. You can also see them walking a little doggie. So cute!
Also, Henry Byalikov and Anna Trebunskaya join the AfterBuzz team to review Monday night’s dances. You can listen in below.
Heidi here, Vogue is having some internet issues. I’m starting this post, but odds are good that Vogue the Queen of all Media will do most of the updating. I can’t find much (any) video at all right now – it’s like everyone took the night off after the Emmy…and they probably did. First up, E! Goes behind the scenes with Leah Remini:
When we caught up with the contestants backstage after tonight’s performances, Remini exclusively told us that how happy she is to be a part of Dancing With the Star‘s 17th season. “The show has been a Godsend, and Tony has been a Godsend,” she smiled. “The cast and everybody has rallied around me. I have so many supporters I didn’t know I had and really the show has given me so much.”
Remini, who recently recently spoke with Ellen DeGeneres about her defection from the religion, admitted that her fellow contestants are helping to fill a void in her life. “I don’t feel like I lost friends, I actually lost friends.” Remini explained. “It sucks but at the same time it is what it is and we have to move on, but I feel like I have a lot of really good friends, a lot of new friends.”
For me, it was still coming relatively close off of ‘High School Musical.’ … That’s the thing about the show, it’s a wonderful opportunity to promote and a wonderful opportunity to show people who you are. … I really wanted to be able to grow and just transform myself as an artist and as a person first. I wanted to be able to go off and do things like I did with Broadway and doing all these movies where I’m playing all these sort of crazy characters and being able to do the soap [‘One Life To Live’] — all these projects. I’m working as a producer and establishing my business.
However Glee actress Amber gave a more positive outlook on Julianne’s arrival on the show when she commented: “I really want to impress Julianne because she is one of my favourite dancers and I love watching her dance.”
Appearing to side with Derek that Julianne may be tougher on Derek, Cheryl Burke mused: “She’s probably going to be harder on her brother I think than giving him praise and good scores.”
Claiming that Julianne will be good when it comes to her judging talent, professional dancer Karina Smirnoff commented: “I think she’s going to have a very down to earth relateable comments, marks and hopefully scores.”
However, the dancer appeared to hint that she hopes she won’t be seeing favourtism between Julianne and her brother. She said: “In professional ballroom world, you are not allowed to judge any competition if you have any family members in the competition but hey it’s a TV show and I love Jules.
“I’ve known her since since she was 10 so it’s all good.”
Citing Julianne’s arrival on the show as refreshing, Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi revealed her thoughts: “I’m very excited. she’s talented, amazing, gorgeous. I feel like she’s going to be a nice judge which is refreshing.”
ETA: Hi, Vogue here and I’m finally back. I haven’t had time to listen to everything but, On The Red Carpet has posted new interviews with the cast from after the show last night. You can listen to them all below…
Well, we’re off to a great start with Elizabeth and Val, I think. Followed by Mark and Christina with a strong Paso Doble. All this unnatural gushing has me a bit worried, though. That, combined with the front loading of the show with great dancers. Hmmmm….what do you all think they are up to? I think Amber will get hammered and I think Bill Nye will get crucified. The former for “drama” the latter because they mistakenly believe that’s how to get rid of him. Nope. Dudes.
ETA: Bill E. getting hosed with dancing in the 3rd position. Good idea of “nicking” Derek’s stuff, though Emma.
ETA2: the Jeopardy Couples were: Elizabeth and Val, Bill and Emma, and Keyshawn and Sharna. Not necessarily the bottom two, the couple going home is Keyshawn and Sharna!!
Who thinks Elizabeth isn’t getting the votes she should be??
Well, this is going to be a bit different. With the exception of next week, the eliminations are going to be based on a given night’s judges scores and the previous week’s audience votes. As a result, I think Dancing by the Number is going to be a bit more predictive to the following week, as opposed to the following night. But we’ll have to see how it all plays out. As I’m sitting down to write this, I’m not sure how it’s going to go. And I may do it differently next week. I’m flyin’ by the seat of my pants here.
As I said, next week is supposedly going to be the exception. According to the press release that Vogue posted (probably days ago), the week two elimination is going to take into account the first two weeks of judges scores (50%) and this week’s viewer vote (50%). As a result, what you see now in terms of score could be substantially changed by the time next week rolls around, and the votes are based on what happened this week, so that has to be considered as well.
The immediate problem with this scenario and the longer range prediction that we’ll have to make is that you’re using future dances, as opposed to dances you’ve already seen. For that reason, I’ve taken the time to find out which celebs are doing what dance next week to help with my guessing. Why? Well, it seems to me that Amber could have trouble with ballroom (who knows, using her as an example) while Bill Nye could excel at something like a Waltz. Knowing what dance they’re going to do should at least be considered when making your guess, in addition to the usual judge’s games. Below is a list of who’s dancing what and my predicted score. Note, my scores are not like Marianya’s predictions – I’m doing mine based on the dance, the pro partner, how well they did this past week, how I think they’re likely to do based on the dance they’ve been given, ringer status and the judges crack smoking habits. Read more..
Anna Trebunskaya reviewed the Dancing With The Stars premiere last night at ABC! Below is her take on these contestants. Also note that she is worried about Bill Nye the most.
Keyshawn Johnson: Cool tricks! A wonderful play on Keyshawn’s strength and very strong content. Keyshawn, you got to get out of your head and let loose! Work a bit on the posture as well and you will do you well in all the ballroom dances to come this season. Oh yeah, and listen to your teacher.
Christina Milian: A very athletic contemporary routine. She had great expression that improved through out the routine. I agree with the judges though: Christina needs to showcase more confidence in her dancing, but she’s off to a good start!
Bill Engvall: A really strong Foxtrot routine for Bill. Lots of content and confidence. Must be the fact that he rehearsed in the You Can Dance studio in Hermosa Beach, Calif., (Yes, that’s my studio and I’m shameless about plugging it in). Bill, work on your transitions and smoothness, but you’re doing fantastic!
Valerie Harper: Wow! That performance brought tears to my eyes. What a role model to anyone! She’s a stunning woman and a very elegant dancer. No other words…
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi: Looking hot mama! Really fun Cha Cha “pocket rocket” style (to echo Len’s comment). Snooki actually had good Cha Cha technique and good rhythm. Stay focused and keep improving! You’re a natural performer.
Overall, a really good level of dancing from all the competitors. It will be very exciting to see everyone develop and improve. I’m concerned about Bill Nye. He has the lowest score from the judges, but what makes “DWTS” the show it is is the audience voting factor, so you never know! Like I said, exciting!
More at ABC. Let us know if you agree with her review.
Also, Good Morning America has posted a video recap and Melissa Rycroft weighs in on the dances too! She says this season is reminding her of the all-star season. You can watch it HERE.
Official DWTS Radio has been posting some new interviews with the cast as well. When you get time, be sure to take them in too.
Lastly, Henry of PopTVDotCom is back. He has some coverage of our pros and celebs going to a Party after the show. They tell him how it feels to be back….
Wow, what a great kick off to the new season of Dancing With The Stars Season 17. So much great dancing! I was quickly reminded of why I love this show so much!! But, enough from me, let’s get straight to some new interviews for what we have so far. First up, we have some of the cast being interviewed by our favorite reporter, George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet.
Derek explains how his jacket ripped last night, but, he quickly got it fixed. Amber didn’t know what was going to happen, but, she just went out there and had fun. Derek says she brought the “sexy” even if she had doubts she could. The energy of the night helped them to dance. Once Amber shook off the nerves, a “swag” came over her and she told herself she could do it. Derek learned straight up she was performer and she had a lot of energy. For even more with Amber and Derek, be sure to visit Pure Derek Hough.
Elizabeth is happy with 2nd place and how there is room to grow. She talks of how they had to “live in the moment”. They loved the energy of the night. One thing Val has enjoyed so far is hearing and learning about Elizabeth’s family and how that is something they are both passionate about it. Elizabeth loved the last moment of the dance and what a beautiful feeling it was. They are excited for week 2 and the work they will have to put in.
Brant and Peta!! George asks them on their connection and being set up by Tom. They get embarrassed and George promises not to ask them on it again (good!). Peta raves about how Brant is so nice and more than a pretty face. Brant says Peta is one of the funniest people he’s ever met. Peta is happy with them being in the middle of the pack. Brant raves on Amber and how she blew him away.
Hey all!! With all the changes to DWTS this season, of course you’re going to see a few changes here at PureDWTS as well. Don’t panic! Courtney is still doing her Power Rankings – but they’ll go up on Tuesday, probably in the morning. I’m still doing “Dancing by the Numbers” (although adjusted to fit the new voting/elimination deal) and it will go up on Wednesday morning. You will likely see Cheesecake in some form, possibly smaller bites scattered through the week. And, of course, Vogue will reign supreme as the Queen of all Media.
Because of that new format, and our newer schedule, we thought it would be a good idea to put up a post every Monday evening where we can all rehash the show, tell us your favorite dance or dancer, pick on Carrie Ann, Brooke, Bruno…whoever (except Tom – Tom is god). Discuss at length hot dancer bodies. Whatever. And, of course, this will be the place where you find out who got eliminated if you happened to miss the show – not till next week, though. I will change the title to include “Spoiler” when that happens.
The only thing I haven’t decided yet is whether to post this when the show starts or immediately following. I have noticed that this place gets pretty quiet while the show is actually airing in the East. I’m posting this one right NOW – let me know your preferences. I can post it when the show start for those who like to watch and discuss at the same time.
Judge Bruno Tonioli and Extra’s Mario Lopez dance a little and then they go over the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Bruno is loving the variety of the cast, but, he has some special thoughts to share on “Showgirls” too (are we now surprised? lol).
Also, ABC News interviewed Carrie Ann Inaba about the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Below is a take for how Jack Osbourne and Valerie Harper are personally touching her. You can read more at the link on what she thinks of a few of the other contestants.
Inaba said Osbourne could possibly follow in his sister’s footsteps as someone who could make it far into the competition.
“If we look back at Jack’s sister, Kelly, she didn’t even have a disability except the fact she was truly a dark horse,” she said. ”Her determination took her to the end, she was in the final three. She captured the hearts of people and I think it really changed her life.”
Another contestant who is easy to root for is Valerie Harper, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier in the year and has since come close to remission.
Inaba can relate because her mother, Patricia, was diagnosed with stage-3 breast cancer in 2008 and is now a survivor.
“It’s going to be interesting to watch Valerie for sure,” she said. ”She’s captured the hearts of all of us. I want to see this courageous woman do her thing. I’m so impressed with her, the message she’s sending out to people that are suffering with cancer or in remission.”
A message of “Don’t die until you’re dead!” Harper, 74, told ABC at the cast reveal two weeks ago. “Don’t give up on your life, don’t just lay there.”
Good Morning America aired a new segment on the premiere of Dancing With The Stars Season 17 this morning. The cast talked with Melissa Rycroft. We don’t have the video coverage yet, but, you can read an article about it at this link. Below is a take with comments from Valerie Harper, Jack Osbourne, Amber Riley, Leah Remini, and Bill Engvall talking of their jitters and goals. We’ll be sure to post the video as soon as it’s available. ETA: Ok, you can now watch the video coverage at this link. You can also see some of the cast dancing in stage rehearsals. Too fun!
Actress Valerie Harper, who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer that appears to have retreated for now, told “Good Morning America” correspondent Melissa Rycroft that, physically, she’s feeling very well.
At 74, Harper is the oldest celebrity competitor in the cast. She says she has a strained knee for which she’s receiving therapy, but added that she “wouldn’t be doing this if it was endangering me in any way.”
“And I think it was a great opportunity to get out there and say, you know, ‘I have cancer … Keep living your life. Keep moving and you can win. You can extend the time, at least,’” she said.
For TV personality Jack Osbourne, who has multiple sclerosis, participation on the program will be significant in several ways.
“One thing I hope to accomplish is, I guess, mainly, just to kind of put it out there, in all seriousness, that when you get diagnosed with MS that your life doesn’t stop and that you are still, for the most part, able to do (what) everyone else can,” he said.
“Glee” star Amber Riley also hopes to send a message through her participation.
“You know, I really want young girls that look just like me to feel – just get out there and move and dance,” she said.
As for the other celebrity dancers this season, many of them have admitted to feeling first-night jitters.
“Yes, definitely nervous. Very anxious,” Riley told Rycroft, who was “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” champion in 2012.
Comedian Bill Engvall said he was more nervous than he thought he would be, while actress Leah Remini admitted feeling “terrified” about her looming dance debut.
Dance Time Tonight!!! Yay and to start us off today, there are some new rehearsal parking lots pics taken yesterday at the Daily Mail. You can see some fun takes of Snooki, Christina Milian, Emma Slater, Sasha Farber, Leah Remini, Karina Smirnoff, and Corbin Blue. They all look ready to go!
Also, below is some Paparazzi Xposed coverage from yesterday as well of Tony Dovolani, Leah Remini, Tristan MacManus, Valerie Harper, Jack Osbourne, and Cheryl Burke. Stay tuned, more coming up!