Merry Christmas All!!! We hope you have the most amazing and blessed holiday!! Note that we may be slow to update because of the holiday, but, we couldn’t help posting on a few things. First, Karina Smirnoff helped with the Los Angeles Mission Christmas Eve Celebration yesterday. You can see some beautiful new photos of her at Getty Images. She’s so cute as always. Pic above is courtesy of her instagram.
Also, don’t miss staying tuned to this link at Pure Derek Hough as the dance wars between The Hough’s, The Ballas’, and The Menounos’ have began. They have been teasing for what’s to come. Below is Mark and Corky Ballas. lol It’s good to see Corky again….
And here is Derek Hough, his family, and Nina Dobrev up for the challenge. This is a hoot…
Lastly, below is a little teaser clip for the “Work That Charm” shoot with Tristan MacManus, Nikki Lorenzo, RJ Mitte and director Marc Cleary. As previously reported, the full video is suppose to be released TODAY! Be watching Nikki’s twitter closely as she may post it? Let’s hope so!!
Merry Christmas Everyone, thanks for everything, and may your holiday be the best ever!!!xxx
Awww, isn’t it good to see Anna Trebunskaya again?! She tweeted out the photo above when she attended an AdmeTech Foundation event last night.
Anna wasn’t the only dancer from Dancing With The Stars to make an appearance at a Red Carpet event these past few days. Below is troupe member Sasha Farber at the “Warm Bodies” premiere in Hollywood. You can see more pics of him at Getty Images. Girlfriend and troupe member Emma Slater was also pictured with him. You can see a picture of her with Sasha in this tweet.
Speaking of Sasha and Emma, they’ve been making their rounds across the country dancing in “America’s Favorite Dancers”. You can watch one of their dance routines below. You can view more videos of them at Sasha’s You Tube Channel. So energetic, quick, and full of passion.
Derek Hough, Kym Johnson, Chelsie Hightower, Mark and Corky Ballas also made a showing at one of the “America’s Favorite Dancers” events in Marksville, LA. Corky tweeted the picture below of them out after dancing. You can view more pics and coverage of this show at Pure Derek Hough. Too fun and Derek is fine fine wearing a black satin lined suit.
Last, but, not least, and speaking of Corky Ballas, I ran on to this little twitter exchange yesterday that had me giggling. Note below how Lee Meriwether and Miss America would like to tag team with Mark Ballas to dance or better yet, Miss America can have Mark and Lee can have Corky.
Lol! So cute, but, don’t take this exchange too seriously. They are just having fun and as Heidi said privately to me, the season Lee stops talking on Dancing With The Stars all together is most likely when she will seriously be dancing. Then again, who knows? It’s fun to picture, dream or speculate on none the less.
And that is all for now, Beautiful Readers!!!! Have a great Sunday! xxxxx
Aren’t these some fantastic shots of Peta Murgatroyd, Derek Hough, Chelsie Hightower, Tristan MacManus, Sasha Farber, Corky Ballas, Oksana Dmytrenko, and yes, one lucky fan? On June 3rd, as reported to you earlier with photos and video coverage, the dancing pros of Dancing With The Stars did a show in Green Bay, Wisconsin to help benefit Donald Driver’s charities. Photographer D.King of dkingofimagez.com raved about how blessed he was to shoot the event. You can see more photos and read his take on the night at his facebook page. If you need this photographer to shoot any of your events and to see more samplings of his work, be sure to visit dkingofimagez.com as he does some amazing work as you can see.
Pictured above is Mark Ballas and Katherine Jenkins. They made an appearance at The Grove in Hollywood yesterday for an interview with Extra. Katherine sang while Mark played his guitar again. You can view more pictures of the two at Zimbio Pictures. Mark’s dad, Corky, was there to witness the event and below is how he reacted to it….
I just witnessed a gorgeous velvet sound of an angel, Katherine Jenkins accompanied by Mark Ballas LIVE, breathtaking:) http://t.co/lNhnmhH1
So the other day, we counted down the top 10 worst first week cha-cha’s in DWTS history. As you can see, we only have a top 5 for this countdown – probably because there have only been 37 week 1 foxtrots in the history of the show, and the bulk of them are neither good nor bad…but just hard to remember Only a handful have stuck out in my memory as notable – and those are the ones you are seeing But first, some factoids for your enjoyment…
*The foxtrot has only been used as a week 1 dance in 7 seasons: seasons 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, & 12. The other seasons have either had a waltz (seasons 1, 2, & 8) or a Viennese waltz (seasons 10, 11, 13) as the week 1 ballroom dance. Season 9 had both the foxtrot and the Viennese waltz as first week ballroom dances.
*The lowest week 1 foxtrot score ever given was a 13 – it was given to Mike & Lacey in season 12.
*Besides the 3 newest pros (Val, Tristan, & Peta), the only pro this season that’s never done the foxtrot as a regular week 1 dance is Derek – unless you count the foxtrot relay in season 9 (I don’t, because it was only 30 seconds ;-)).
5.) TIE: Sara & Tony, season 3 and Leeza & Tony, season 4
Zzzzzzzz….uh, um, what? Sorry, fell asleep – thought I was watching paint dry, at the rate these foxtrots were moving! I’m not sure if these ladies thought they would shatter into a million pieces if they moved more than an inch or two, but there was just so little going on in these numbers – just some very slow strolling and painfully cautious turns. The foxtrot is already a pretty simple dance, so it’s up to the pros and their celeb partners to inject some much-needed jazz into it to make it entertaining…and when they don’t, you get these sleepy, unremarkable foxtrots that I bet half of you probably didn’t remember.
4.) Rocco & Karina, season 7
Rocco seemed like a really nice guy, but he was pretty dorky on the dance floor You could tell he was really trying as he bobbed and skipped and flailed his platter hands across the floor here, but he also had the “I feel like a massive tool” look on his face the whole time. Granted, I think both he & Karina were nervous about her ankle injury earlier that day, but honestly – Rocco was just not a dancer. Sorry, dude.. Read more..
Ok that was quite immature of me, but seriously. After the kind of hiatus that I’ve had full of drama what do you expect from me. Anyway, the cast has been announced, we know the pairings let’s find out what the numbers say they would fare.
If you’re new to how I calculate the Pre-Season Elimination Predictions please look at Season 11’s Who Has the Edge Part 1, Part 2 as well as Season 12 for information, one of these off-seasons I’ll write a more thorough analysis for you all… but until then, settle for the short form.
Below I’ve taken the time to rank the breakdowns within the following categories: AGE, OCCUPATION and PROFESSIONAL PARTNER so you have an idea of what variables I use before applying them to Season 14’s cast. So here’s a look at how everything ranks as of last season:
AGE is broken down by decades, starting with the teens. It would seem though in general as you get older, the lower the rank (on average), somehow those in their 60s tend to fare rather well… and who knows why? These include George Hamilton, Jerry Springer, John Ratzenberger, Susan Lucci and Kirstie Alley. Maybe this is a reflection of the voting public? Your guess is as good as mine. The age groups in bold are the ones being represented on the show. The ranks go from highest ranking to lowest ranking:
1: Teens 2: 20s 3: 60s 4: 30s 5: 40s
6: 70s 7: 50s
OCCUPATION is a trickier category to break down, because there are a lot of crossover celebrities, or those that happen to be multi-talented. So I try to categorize celebrities based on what they are most known for, not necessarily their most recent occupation (Billy Ray being a Country Singer as opposed to Disney Star). I also separated the Olympians, NBA players and NFL players from all other athletes. Entertainers are those that actually have a little dance background and entertain with not just their voice (Singer) but with their overall personality on stage (imagine Donny and Marie Osmond), Band Member is anyone that happened to be part of a band in their time (98 Degrees, NSync, Spice Girls). 1: NFL
2: Olympian 3: Disney
4: Band Member
5: Entertainer 6: Soap Opera Star 7: Singer 8: Actor 9: Athlete 10: Host 11: Actress
12: Reality TV Star
PROFESSIONAL PARTNERs, whether we like it or not, play a major role in how their celebrity partner does on the show. Being that this is the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars, at this point in time the professional dancers already coming into the season with their own fanbases (Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Derek Hough anyone?). Below are how the professional dancers fared on this show with how many seasons they’ve “competed” on the show. Not included are professional dancers that have permanently left the show. 1: Derek Hough (8 seasons)
2: Julianne Hough (5 seasons) 3: Cheryl Burke (12 seasons) 4: Tristan MacManus (1 season) 5: Maksim Chmerkovskiy (11 seasons) 6: Karina Smirnoff (10 seasons) 7: Kym Johnson (10 seasons)
8: Lacey Schwimmer (6 seasons) 9: Mark Ballas (9 seasons)
10: Louis van Amstel (8 seasons) 11: Chelsie Hightower (5 seasons)
12: Dmitry Chaplin (3 seasons) 13: Tony Dovolani (12 seasons) 14: Anna Trebunskaya (8 seasons)
15: Corky Ballas (2 seasons)
16: Ashly Costa (4 seasons)
17: Jonathan Roberts (7 seasons) 18: Val Chmerkovskiy (1 season) 19: Peta Murgatroyd (1 season)
Stayed tuned as my next post would take all of the above rankings and see how the numbers would rank Season 14’s Dancing with the Stars cast.
Whooo Hoooo!!! It’s nearly that time of year again, folks!! DWTS Season 14!! Me ‘cited.
Okay, this is REALLY early and most pros don’t actually know if they’re dancing yet, and they won’t for about a week and a half. With the cast announcement coming on the 28th, I would expect the pros start getting confirmation the week before that – and many have big mouths, lucky for us. Both Cheryl and Derek have indicated, today (coincidence?), that they are planning on dancing. Derek just now on Twitter and Cheryl earlier this morning. Normally, I wouldn’t report on these plans, because planning doesn’t make it actually happen – but in the case of Derek and Cheryl, I’m putting it out there because those two are most likely to be signed early. Plus, Derek, in the past, has only mentioned DWTS and dancing when it’s been a done deal. So, him saying “Who do you want me to dance with?”” is about as close to a confirmation without a confirmation you can get. Especially from the absurdly tight lipped Derek.
PLEASE don’t tell me that Louis said he wants to be back (same for Dmitry and the rest) because I think that’s blatantly obvious – and Louis and several others aren’t guaranteed a partner. Most of the rest of the pros WANT to be on the show, I just need something more concrete….along the lines of “Yay, I got a partner.” Heh.
ETA 6: @DWTSGossip has had more to say regarding the men – that there will only be five and apparently he/she is retracting Val and saying “a Chmerkovskiy”. Good news for Tristan fans…sucks to be a fan of Louis or Dmitry (or Val OR Maks).MY ASSUMPTIONS ARE IN BLUE,@DWTSGOSSIP IS IN RED. Please take special note of the word “assumption” – please look it up if you have to, I don’t want to have arguments about it tomorrow.
Derek Hough – IN Maksim Chmerkovskiy – unknown Mark Ballas - In per @DWTSGossip Louis Van Amstel – OUT Tony Dovolani – In per @DWTSGossip Dmitry Chaplin – OUT per @DWTSGossip Corky Ballas – OUT Val Chmerkovski – Unknown Tristan McMannus – In per @DWTSGossip
The WOMEN Cheryl Burke – In Kym Johnson – In per @DWTSGossip Chelsie Hightower – In per @DWTSGossip Lacey Schwimmer -OUT Karina Smirnoff - In per @DWTSGossip Anna Trebunskaya -In per @DWTSGossip Peta Murgatroyd – In per @DWTSGossip
Just some random reportings today on things related to dancing and Dancing With The Stars!!
First up, join us in congratulating Spice Girl and Season 5, 2nd place winner Mel B as she has been signed on to co-host the Australian Version of Dancing With The Stars. Below is a take from Adelaide Now with a quote from Mel B confident that she can pull the job off. We wish her much luck!
“To have the opportunity to host Dancing with the Stars is great, as I know exactly what the contestants will be going through,” she said.
“To be honest, I’m just really looking forward to this year. I feel like it’s going to be my Aussie, Sydney year. I also hope to get my (Spice) girls out here.
“Emma (Bunton) and Victoria (Beckham) have new babies. As a group we’ve only been here two days, so we never got to really experience it and I’ve been telling them how fabulous it is out here.”
Speaking of co-hosting, there has been some chatter here, around the internet at various places, and at twitter about Brooke Burke possibly not co-hosting next season’s Dancing With The Stars since she tweeted about some disappointing “crazy Hollywood Industry” news which hit her hard this past week. The tweets lead many to believe it had something to do with her losing her co-hosting job. Well, with two tweets similar to the first tweet below within 8 hours apart yesterday along with Tom Bergeron addressing her as his “partner” in reply, I think it’s safe to say her job is safe?? Then again, who knows? The Hollywood Industry is indeed “crazy”. Look what happened with Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger, and Paula Abdul on the X Factor this week. Never did I think they’d be let go in such a fashion and so soon.
i just read the #DWTS new cast rumors! seriously I know NOTHING! @Tom_Bergeron don’t b holding back on me.We will announce end of this month
Moving on! Give it up to Dancing pro Corky Ballas!! He’s been recently helping Olympic ice skating hopefuls Maia and Alex Shibutani on their choreography since last year’s world championships in which they finished third in just their first season as senior skaters. Below are some takes from ESPN. Be sure to read the link in full as they write about how costume designer Randall Christensen helped them with their costumes as well.
The Shibutani siblings got in touch with Corky Ballas through their agent, using the Yamaguchi connection, and headed to Los Angeles to begin working with him after the worlds last summer.
“But we are the first skaters he’s worked with in a while,” Alex, 20, said. “Obviously with his background, his son, Mark, and Derek and Julianne, we were honored to work with him. He’s such a fun guy to work with. It was an intensive boot camp-style Latin training with him. He’s kept up with our performances. He thought we could use a breath of fresh air.”
The coaches had high praise for the Shibutanis’ performance.
“It was awesome, awesome,” Zueva said. “All the changes worked really well. Most Latin dance movement is very sharp off ice, but it totally disappears on the floor because the surface is different. [Ballas] found them the best movement on ice.”
They worked with Ballas again in Detroit after the ISU Grand Prix Final, where they finished fifth. Alex said they have gotten “really comfortable” with the Latin style, a break from their usual, more classical style.
“The new program is much more exciting and a much stronger vehicle for us,” Alex said.
Lastly, if you are a fan to dancing in general and huge dance productions, be sure to tune into the Super Bowl halftime tonight. According to the New York Post, Madonna will be dancing, performing and singing 3 classics: Vogue , Ray Of Light with Holiday mixed in it, Like A Prayer , and her new, hot single Give Me All Your Luvin from her new MDNA album . I wanted to give this a special mention since number one, I’m a huge fan and, number two, Madonna did a Salsa in challenging Dancing With The Stars rumored contender Victor Cruise at a press conference on Thursday, and number three, Nappytabs has been helping with the production of it. As you know they’ve helped with choreography on Dancing With The Stars among many other dancing accomplishments in their career. They are also currently helping Derek Hough with his new movie Cobu3D. Below are some tweets Tabitha shared about rehearsals.
What a feeling rehearsin on the field. Indy is so alive with energy too. I think u all gonna love the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Miss my Napz
Yes, can you tell I’m excited? Be sure to let us know your thoughts and here’s to a fun Super Bowl Holiday!! xxx
UPDATE: According to Madonna website Madonnarama, the Ray of Light and Holiday Mash-up has been replaced by Music(ft. LMFAO – “Party Rock Anthem/Sexy and I Know It” Remix). Also, there will be an
“Open Your Heart/Express Yourself” interlude to transition from Give me all your Luvin’ to Like a Prayer. Madonna has tried to keep the final setlist a secret as long as she could.
Who plans to tune in to the Miss America Pageant tonight at 9:00pm ET (ABC) to watch Dancing With The Stars pro Mark Ballas judge? I think I just might!! Here is a little sneak preview for what happened in preliminaries this week….
The Las Vegas Sun also has a cool summary on the Pageant preliminaries which mentions Mark in it. Be sure to read it here if interested as he won “Judge of the Year” and it explains why he is singing above.
Also, below is the Diet Pepsi commercial that Mark choreographed starring Sofia Vergara and his Dad Corky!! I’d say they’ve got themselves a winner here! What do you think?
If you haven’t seen it yet, you can view some behind the scenes footage in an earlier posting here. Way to go, Mark!!
As many of you may have noticed, costumes aren’t the only things that get reused on DWTS – songs get recycled as well, sometimes ad infinitum! After oodles of requests from you guys for a feature like this, I’ve finally carved out the time to sit down and make it happen Marianya actually used to do these posts awhile back – if you go to the search bar and type in “dance comparison”, you’ll see several editions she did for season 10. Heidi & I are going to try and do it as well as she did, but you know us – if it doesn’t involve snark, we probably have the attention span of goldfish.
Battle of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”
This was actually the VERY FIRST song ever used on DWTS, when Joey McIntyre & Ashly Costa (née Delgrosso) danced their cha-cha to it back in season 1…
After that, it didn’t pop until again until 10 seasons later, as the opening pro number for the 200th episode results show in season 11:
And of course, most recently, Kristin chose it as her “most memorable year” song for her samba with Mark:
Court’s take: I was pleasantly surprised at how the band managed to tweak the beat to feel more “samba-y” for Kristin, but as much as she tried to shake her booty and flip her hair – she just didn’t manage to fully embody Beyonce’s swag. Loved Joey & Ashly’s attitude for their cha-cha, although in retrospect Joey was probably not as good as I thought he was back then – the standard of competition has definitely gone up in 13 seasons But for me the real standout was the 200th episode pro dance; loved the fact that we saw multiple styles in it (cha-cha, quickstep, a little bit of samba) as well as a TON of pros from the past coming, almost literally, out of the woodwork – all the usual suspects, as well as some rarer ones like Anna D., Corky, Ashly, & even Inna (remember her?) While they may have a bit of an unfair edge…gotta give it to the pros in this one. That dance was HOT.
Battle of No Doubt’s “It’s My Life”
First, Louie Vito had it for his foxtrot with Chelsie in season 9:
And of course, our favorite fashionista, Carson, tangoed to it with Anna for his “most memorable year” dance:
Court’s take: Poor Louie never stood a chance against the fabulousity of Carson Plus the song just feels better as a tango for me.
Battle of Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon”
Fittingly, it was astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s foxtrot with Ashly in season 10…
And then Rob honored his late dad with the song when he foxtrotted with Cheryl to it this week:
Court’s take: While I thought Buzz was adorable, his age kinda limited his range of motion – and by extension, the tempo of the music he danced to. It just felt so slooooow. I actually really enjoyed Rob’s – it was light and carefree, and Rob looked like he really connected to the song and enjoyed himself.
So whose renditions of these songs do YOU guys prefer?