Afterbuzz TV interviewed Henry Byalikov after this past week’s dances. He helps to break down the dances and the strange, non-traditional concepts that were used. He also runs through what happened Sunday when Tony got hurt and how he almost had to fill in for him. Great interview!!!
Our sweet Anna Trebunskaya talked to Celebuzz about the Dancing With The Stars All Stars. She talks of what it’s like hanging out backstage during a LIVE show. As for the contestants, she thinks one of the athletes is going to win the season. She doesn’t confirm that she is dancing next season, but, she’s hoping she will. Lots more below including her thoughts about her other projects, her family, and her Dancing With The Stars family as well.
Great interview. Thanks to Evaine for the heads up!
The three finalists have been revealed! Now it’s time to see what’s up for next week’s final dances for what we can find out from their interviews after the results show last night.
In this ET Online interview, Derek and Shawn don’t reveal much. They are excited and just want to head back to the rehearsal studio and start practicing. Tony and Melissa just want to have fun and continue the same trend they’ve been doing all along and come up with the best freestyle. Kelly and Val are so excited. They encourage their fans to keep voting. They just want to have fun.
For more with Derek and Shawn, be sure to visit Pure Derek Hough!! Here is more with Tony & Melissa and Val & Kelly with On The Red Carpet….
Tony isn’t sure about what they will do for their freestyle yet, but, he guarantees they will work the hardest and it will rock! It will also be different and have tricks that have never been seen on the show before. He wants to bring out the “big guns” for this one. He has 15 routines in his head, but, for now he’s just enjoying the moment that they made it.
Val is nervous, but, excited that he and Kelly made it to the finals. He hasn’t come up with a freestyle yet, but, he will by the morning. He will do his best. Kelly says they will put everything out on the table and go for it. She has never easily given up on things. Val names Kelly’s strong suits by saying she has a presence, a story, and a struggle. She’s had her ups and downs and she’s real. She impresses with her raw emotions and interpretations of it. When Kelly is on the dance floor, she really loves to dance. She gives him a big hug at the end.
So, what would you like to see of their freestyles and what do you think they should do or concentrate on?
I hope Derek and Shawn keep going the theatrical and creative route and throw in everything they can including a few gymnastic moves. I hope Tony won’t throw too many tricks in that we see Melissa too pushed like Apolo was this past week in he and Karina’s first dance. Sometimes “less is more”…know what I mean? I hope Val will concentrate on the strong suits he mentioned on Kelly. I think she is a better “slow” dancer. So, I hope he keeps it slow for their freestyle.
Here’s to next week, Everyone! xx
Some people touch on our hearts and souls all season through and such is true for the two couples who exited Dancing With The Stars last night. I’ll forever remember Apolo Anton Ohno for his “chemistry” with Karina from the time they started to dance to the end. Most of us never felt the “lack there of” with them. They had a powerful, romantic, unforgettable, and intense journey that will bind them forever and one of which we’ll never forget.
Then there is Emmitt Smith who had more class, wiseness, and charm in his little pinky than most of the contestants who have graced this show. I’ll never forget how he would sometimes sing to the songs when he danced and how he would smile, relax, and just enjoy each dance when it came time to hit the dance floor. I also loved how he would relate football and dancing.
So, here’s to Apolo and Emmitt and their interviews after their eliminations!! The titles “Champion” and “Dancing With The Stars All Star” fits them in every way, doesn’t it?!!!! Tom Bergeron was so right when he said we “lost a good chunk of charisma” last night.
Despite the results, this was a pretty good results show. Loved all the dances – but especially Derek’s and his lady friends. Amazing. He never ceases to amaze. Anyway, on to the bad news. One of our finalists definitely not like the others.
We lost two couples tonight and they are….
Apolo Ohno – Fifth Place
Emmitt Smith- Fourth Place
How did the ladies of PureDWTS do??
Heidi: My guess was Kelly in 5th place with Emmitt in 4th, with Melissa at the outside as my second choice for 4th or 5th. I said I wouldn’t be surprised by Apolo, but shocked if it was Shawn.
Courtney: Guessed Kelly in 5th, with Emmitt in 4th with Melissa as a possible replacement for him.
Vogue: Guessed Kelly in 5th, with Emmitt in 4th, with Apolo as an outside chance.
I guess one of two ain’t bad. :::sigh::: This finale ain’t going to be as good as it could have been. But I knew as soon as Apolo was gone that Emmitt would be as well.
Toni Redpath, a ballroom choreographer and judge from “So You Think You Can Dance”, has reviewed the Semi-Finals of Dancing With The Stars. She’s got some interesting comments. Below is how she felt on the contestants first dances. Be sure you read how she felt on their second dances at her official Facebook page here. She feels like us in some cases and not in others depending how you feel….
Melissa… Argentine Tango… Thank goodness for a recognizable dance. Great dance for her, as she can show off her beautiful legs. Some parts were amazing, some parts look a little awkward (like the pretzel move just before the final walk off). Great job to Tony for pulling off this evening with a bad back.
Shawn… I was curious to see if she could pull off such a mature & sexy dance considering how, in my opinion, she’s taken a step back in her emotional performance level since the Titanic routine. Unfortunately she came across as robotic & stand-offish instead of sultry. Remarkable physical performance though, but that’s not enough to win this competition.
Apolo… Rumba is a good dance for him. I love all the basics that Karina put in. Sliding doors, Nat opening outs, fan etc… Just beautiful after all the madness that ensued earlier in the evening. Apolo did a good job, but is throwing himself off balance by sending his upper body into turns first… Otherwise, amazing.
Emmitt…. Danced his Tango with a lot of intensity and I love the set of ripple stalks. However, footwork & posture are always going to be his great downfall if it ever becomes important in the competition. If it’s just a popularity contest he’ll be fine though. He’s just so loveable
Kelly… Breakout performer of the night… She’s really pushing herself in the emotional aspect of her dancing… Shawn should learn from her; dancing is not just about technical execution & dynamic movement, you have to have an emotional connection to the music & your partner, otherwise the audience won’t emotionally connect with you.
As most of you know, Paula Abdul will be performing on the Dancing With The Stars Results Show tonight. She had some thoughts to share giving us a little preview of her new “Dream Medley” single for what she will be performing to tonight with George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet. Note how George also tries to get Paula to “committ” to something Dancing With The Stars related in the future, but, she doesn’t give him any information and doesn’t act like she knows what he’s talking about. She was also on Good Morning America today. We hope to have that interview as well as soon as it’s available.
Stay tuned! Heidi’s new Numbers post is coming up soon with her predictions for who will be going home tonight.
ETA1: Here is Paula on Ryan Seacrest as well. THANKS LORI!
ETA2: You can watch Paula on Good Morning America HERE. She gives her thoughts on all the couples last night.
What a night of television last night and one of the best for Dancing With The Stars!! I was at the edge of my seat all night, were you?
So, lets’ go straight to the interviews afterwards with the couples and George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet. He asks them on the next 22 hours, what is keeping them going, and if they think they deserve to be in the finals. Great questions again and he puts them on the spot a little….
Cheryl and Emmitt! Cheryl tells George this is the week she is the most frightened, but, both Cheryl and Emmitt are hoping their fan bases will pull them through. Emmitt says it’s one of those things where you have to wait and see “where the chips fall”. What keeps Emmitt going is that there is always room for improvement. He gives Cheryl props for “teaching an old man how to dance” and to “another level” this season. They gave it their all last night and now they just have to wait and see what happens.
Tony and Melissa talk of how they dedicated their Michael Jackson dance to a friend who died this past week. Tony was so proud of Melissa for what she was producing on the floor. It was a “masterpiece” for him. His back was hurting, but, Melissa was like a “feather in his arms”. What’s keeping them going is their “friendship”. Melissa has been Tony’s “rock” through everything they’ve been challenged with this season and now he is just “enjoying every moment”. They hope they’ve made the finals. They’ve tried to do everything they can do to earn them a spot.
Apolo says the “fans” are what is keeping him and Karina going. They try to give it their all for them every week. Apolo and Karina says their rumba was their most “connected” dance than all the other dances they’ve danced. They poured all their hearts out and just danced. Karina will take that “moment” with her forever no matter what happens tonight and why she loves this show and the journey. Apolo doesn’t know if they will be back next week, but, either way, it’s been amazing and everyone is a “champion”.
Can you believe it’s the semi-finals of the All Star Season? This Fall has gone very quickly for me. If you’re looking for past week’s music we have the full list of Dancing with the Stars music. Now for the list of music from tonight’s semi-final dances.
Melissa & Tony danced “Caveman” Hustle to the song “Walk the Dinosaur” —Was (not Was)
Melissa & Tony danced Argentine Tango to the song “Dirty Diana” —Michael Jackson
Shawn & Derek danced “Knight Rider” Bhangra to the song “Mundian to Bach Ke” —Panjabi MC
Shawn & Derek danced Argentine Tango to the song “Bad” —Michael Jackson
Apolo & Karina danced “Big Top” Jazz to the song “What You Waiting For” —Gwen Stefani
Apolo & Karina danced Rumba to the song “Man in the Mirror” —Michael Jackson
Emmitt & Cheryl danced “Espionage” Lindy Hop to the song “Secret Agent Man” —Johnny Rivers
Emmitt & Cheryl danced Tango to the song “Leave Me Alone” —Michael Jackson
Kelly & Val danced “Surfer” Flamenco to the song “Malagueña” —Brian Setzer Orchestra
Kelly & Val danced Rumba to the song “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” —Michael Jackson
Emmitt Smith tells ET Online that there won’t be any “butt shakes’” in his dances this week. They have to “stay on course”. LOL He’s so cute. You can see them dancing in the interview too.
“No, you can’t have butt shakes in the tango, or the semifinal,” he said. “So at the end of the day, the dances that we have this week are pretty structured. When the opportunity comes for some butt shakin’, then maybe we will, but until then, we have to stay the course.”