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Cheryl Burke And D.L. Hughley On The Ellen Show, Tango To Have A Contemporary Amy Winehouse Feel

People is featuring a new Dancing With The Stars blog from Cheryl Burke for Week 5. She tells us that learning the tango has been the hardest dance for D.L. to learn, but, she’s never seen him work harder. She says we’ll see an improvement in D.L.’s dancing. She also gives us a hint on their concept for tonight which sounds a little strange, but we will see?

This last week has been really tough. We’ve got a group dance and then our individual dance, where we’re dancing with another professional couple side by side, so that gives us even more pressure for D.L. to really look good.

We’re doing the tango and that dance has a lot of rules. It consists of a lot of steps and concepts, and it’s been the hardest, most challenging dance for D.L. so far – but I’ve never seen him work so hard.

This week it’s all about getting into character, and because the tango is a man’s dance, it really needs to look like he’s leading me. Our song is also longer than normal, so this requires a lot from him.

The concept is going to be really cool, and it’s something the show has never done before. It’s contemporary, and not a traditional old tango song. It’s super dynamic and has an Amy Winehouse feel to it.

We’ve already rehearsed for 15 hours in the last three days, and I think you’ll really see an improvement in his dancing this week. We started rehearsing at 10 in the morning on Friday, and we didn’t even take a break all day. Because we got such great feedback last week, D.L. is feeling more confident.

Also, here they are on The Ellen Show today….

April 15, 2013 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.

DWTS16 Week 5 Previews From 5 Returning Pros, Pre-Party, Costume Teasers, And More

Tony Dovolani, Maks Chmerkovskiy, and some of the cast did a Dancing With The Stars segment today for Good Morning America. Tony begins by taking us to what the ballroom looks like “naked” without the lights, the costumes, etc.. Then they show Maks. He teases us about a big pro number and one of the biggest we’ve ever seen on the show. Chelsie Hightower, Tristan MacManus, and Anna Trebunskaya also peek in to say they “are back” too. They also show some brief rehearsal footage and some costume teasers as well (beautiful!!). You can watch this fun segment at this link.

Also, when you get some time today, be sure you take in the new ABC Dancing With The Stars Pre-Party! Tristan MacManus joins in the fun to discuss Dorothy and tonight’s dances. Here he is talking about a “show stopper” for the show like Maks on GMA. It’s so good to see him again, isn’t it?!!

You can watch more of this Pre-Party here.

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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.

ABC Releases New Dancing With The Stars Promo For Season 16 Week 5

ABC has released a new Dancing With The Stars promo for Week 5. Note the bit with Maks at the end and the facial expression they used of Andy. LOL! Anna looks so sweet too in the pose they used of her. Enjoy and thanks to Maksim Chmerkovskiy Fans You Tube for uploading!!

April 13, 2013 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.

Dancing With The Stars Season 16 Confessionals Released For Week 4

I just love these, do you? And this one is a bit more serious than usual and rightfully so. Poor Lisa and Gleb! :(

ADDING: And here is a video for International viewers. Thanks so much to Jimmbboe for his help always!!

April 10, 2013 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.

DWTS16 Week 5: Dance Details Revealed, Celebs Have Two Dances To Learn, Past Pros Returning

So, let’s go straight to George Pennacchio from On The Red Carpet. He talked with 6 of the remaining couples after the show last night. Note that they have TWO dances next week….one where they have two pros join them for their individual dance and a Group Number to dance in as well.

First up, Zendaya and Val! These two have the Argentine Tango next week. Maks and Anna will be dancing with them at the beginning of their dance. Zendaya is looking forward to the challenge and dancing with Maks (more on this at the end of this post too with an article from E News!).

Andy and Sharna were scared last night. They are so relieved to be coming back. Sharna then explains their new dance and how two pros will join them in the beginning. They have to do synchronized dancing with them and then they do their solo dance. It will be ‘frightening and exciting at the same time’. They have a Paso Doble which will have fire, power, and intensity and a little bit of “Andy Dick” flavoring with a character and a story. Sharna also explains the Group dance that they will be a part of. Sharna also mentions how she’s dancing in a dance number that Derek and Mark are choreographing. (they have me so excited again. I can’t wait!)

Kym and Ingo have a Cha Cha next week!!! Ingo’s back hurts and Kym tells him he has to move his hips. They will be dancing with Tony Dovolani and Emma Slater. Kym reassures Ingo that he will be ok and they will help him look good and not the worst.

Sean plans to work harder this week. He feels he disappointed Peta and wants to do better and blow everyone away. Peta explains their two new dances and how they will have to practice 10 extra hours this week for the Group dance. For their individual dance, they have the Quickstep. Read more..

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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 16, Week 4 – Who Got the Boot? (SPOILERS)

Wow…I’m so glad that I spent time voting for that big pro dance that Val won. Or Zendaya’s fans won. :-D  All it amounted to was a 20 second bumper into the commercial?? Yeah, I think that TPTB had something else planned and punted to the pro dance idea. Brilynn Rakes – very inspiring, beautiful dance.   The rest…will be covered in the Cheesecake. :-)

Dang, how about that – I was right on target with the bottom two but a fail with the couple to be eliminated. Victor and Lisa in the bottom two, with Lisa being eliminated.  How did we all do??

Heidi: Said Victor and Lisa would be the bottom two with Victor going home. Close, but no cigar. :-)

Courtney: Said Lisa and Victor in the bottom two with Lisa going home.

Vogue:  Said DL and Lisa would be in the bottom two, with Lisa going home.

Winner??  Courtney was 100% right, but Brilynn Rakes won the night for being an inspiration and getting to dance with her favorite dancer on National TV. I got weepy right along with Derek. :-)

April 9, 2013 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 Season 16, Week 4 – Dancing by the Numbers

Oy veh, ABC. This twitter stuff is just CRAP. I put that right in my opener in hopes they see it and realize that they are quickly turning me off this show. :-)

Seriously, saving Lisa for the end and claiming she just then decided to dance?? Tom called it – “Sure hope she’s dancing, otherwise we have a lot of time to fill.” The constant, craven need for buzz, hype, younger viewers – it’s just become so distasteful. You are looking desperate, DWTS, and that looks good on NO ONE.

Interestingly, the only dances I found to be really memorable last night were Jacoby and Andy. And, after last night, I become more convinced that Jacoby will win this unless Zendaya’s fan’s parents let them stay up past 9 pm to vote. Because those children are CRAZY on Twitter – egged on by Zendaya and Val themselves.  Courtney and I both got trolled on twitter by the charming little dears. Sorry, not terribly impressed with Zendaya’s Samba (it was a Samba, right?), nor was I terribly impressed with Kellie’s rumba – both were good dances, but I guess I was expecting more.  I was concerned that Kellie wouldn’t be able to give the Rumba her all in front of her hubby while he was playing the song they got married to – not to mention losing a day and a half of rehearsal. It was a very good dance, it just didn’t touch me the way I hoped. Perhaps my expectations were too high. That said…I’ve already forgotten Aly’s Contemporary.

It’s entirely possible that  my entire view of the show last night could be colored by the fact that the Man Behind the Curtain is wearing neon and jumping up and down, waving his arms.  This show bored me. The cardinal sin of TV shows. Maybe I will like it better tomorrow.

On the up side, there will be lots of dancing in the results show.  :-)   Guess what, ABC?? I LOVE DANCING. Read more..

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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. :-)

Kyle Massey And Louis Van Amstel Review Dancing With The Stars Season 16 Week 4

Dancing With The Stars alum Kyle Massey joined the Good Morning America cast to review the dances from last night. He talks of why Carrie Ann got so emotional last night during Andy and Sharna’s dance. It’s hard not to get caught up in journeys and what each of the dancers go through. Dancing With The Stars is about so much more than “dancing”. He thought D.L.’s dance was legendary. He may be old school Disney, but, he thought Zendaya was amazing. He loves how Val is “edgy” like Maks. When talking about Aly and her gymnastic moves and if they were unfair to use last night, Kyle thinks it’s fair. Each couple should use the strengths they have to give them that competitive edge. He tried to use everything he could to stand out when he was on the show. You can watch this segment HERE.

Also, Louis Van Amstel has posted his review of the night at Good Morning America. Below is a take. I have to disagree with what he said about Derek and Kellie’s scoring. These two deserved nines and tens in my opinion. I agree with what he wrote about Gleb and Lisa though. Lisa needs to cancel everything and concentrate only on Dancing With The Stars. Note too that he’s picked Lisa to go home tonight….

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough’s Rumba. This was a beautiful video package. It’s absolutely clear that Kellie is a great dancer, has a gorgeous body and is so involved in what she does, but from a Rumba point of view, I would have liked to see more flexibility and continuous motion and more Rumba timing and choreography. Sometimes it’s hard when it’s personally so sentimental to be involved in the dance. The scores are good, although I expected all eights because the judges were a little more critical of Kellie than in other weeks. I’d agree with three eights and nonetheless she’s still in the top three.

Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko’s Cha Cha. I feel so sorry for Lisa. I hope she feels better. It’s such a big message to all the celebs, that when you sign up for “DWTS,” there’s very little time for anything else. The show is exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. On the good side, Lisa looks hot and sexy, but I wish she would dance like it, too. She’s unfortunately more off time than on. What a shame. I want Lisa to do so well. If she stays in this competition she needs to work on musicality and straightening her legs. The judges are right that it looked under rehearsed. Yes, this routine started with a full-on lift. My advice to Lisa is to cancel all other jobs and appearances and totally focus on dancing. The scores are fair.

My top three for tonight are Zendaya, Aly and then Kellie. After that, Jacoby and Ingo. The rest are in the middle of the pack. I think Lisa and Gleb are going home! Many celebs do so many other jobs and appearances besides “DWTS” during the season, which is very dangerous.

The couples who focus 100 percent on dancing are the ones who make it all the way, most of the time. If you’re under rehearsed due to other jobs, then you run a risk that things will go bad and the voters at home won’t always save you, and rightly so.

You can read Louis’ full review at Good Morning America. So, what do you think? Was Louis fair this time?

Stay tuned for more. Heidi’s new Numbers post is coming soon!!! ;) x

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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.

PureDWTS Season 16 Week 4 Media After The Dance (Videos)

What a show once again last night!! Let’s get right to the media afterwards with On The Red Carpet with George Pennacchio. He gets their reaction on their dances. He also asks on their weaknesses….

First up, Derek and Kellie. Derek starts out the interview doing some Michael Jackson beats and then he sings. They are happy about last night’s dance. Then they get serious and Kellie talks of what last night’s dance meant to her. Of her weaknesses, Derek says it’s her nerves which he hopes he can work on.

George praises Val for his youth appropriate choreography. Val knows Zendaya is pretty…but, he wants more for her when she dances like passion which is appropriate for any age versus romance. They are happy with the judges comments and are glad they understand what they are trying to do. Val says Zendaya’s weakness is himself. He feels it’s up to him to come up with good choreography and present her right. She’s just happy she’s learning and growing….and she’s having a good time.

I can’t get the video to work for Jacoby and Karina at this time. Hopefully, you can?

George tells Andy he’s never seen Carrie Ann break down the way she did last night. Andy is happy. If this was their last dance, he is glad they did something so “meaningful”. It meant so much. When asked on Andy’s weaknesses, Sharna says it’s his technique. At the top of his form is the performance factor and the love for it all.

Kym is so proud of Ingo!! She loved how his wife cried after their dance. They are glad the judges liked their dance. Ingo talks of some of the imperfections he had, but, he loved their dance and how much it meant to him and his wife. Ingo says his biggest weaknesses is Read more..

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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.

Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke and Tony Dovolani on Nightline

Nice little bit on the three pros and how all the pros are the real stars of the show. :-)

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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. :-)