What a great Afterbuzz TV show with Corky Ballas last night! I’ve only watched half the show so far, but let’s just say…he didn’t hold back! I was impressed right in the beginning when he said Sharna Burgess was a “firecracker and beautiful” and that her opening number was “edgy, quick, short, to the point, and HOTT.” Then when the reviews of the couples started, Corky called it straight up about Val and Janel saying their Rumba was “lame”, etc. He would have only given their dance a “7”. I loved it too when Kristyn pointed out Janel’s “flinging wrists” which kind of annoyed me too. Then when they got to Bethany, Corky mentioned how she has a “wall” up (something I noticed too but, couldn’t find the words for). But, as I just wrote at Pure Derek Hough, I didn’t agree about Bethany’s footwork though. I thought it was fine. But, wow, the opinion I really disagreed with was Anna’s. Wha? She would have only given Derek and Bethany a “6” and then compares her to Jonathan? As much as I like Anna, that was way too harsh. More below. Lot’s of great content to discuss and I hope they can get Corky again. Let us know what you think…
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. :D
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 :-P 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 :-P 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