Last night, some of the cast of Dancing With The Stars graced the red carpet at Maxim’s Hot 100 Party at Vanguard in Hollywood, California. Above is Peta Murgatroyd and Sharna Burgess. Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough also attended the event. For pictures of them, see Pure Derek Hough. For more pictures of Peta, Sharna, and other celebs who attended this event, see Zimbio Pictures!!! Gorgeous!!!
I can’t stop cracking up! What a way to start the morning! See what I mean below…
It’s going to be fun to see Andy again next week, isn’t it?!!
Aly has also a written a new blog for parade.com. She talks of how much she’s grown as a person on Dancing With The Stars. She never expected to have this much fun or to make it this far. Below she talks about Jacoby, the competition, and her new dances with Mark.
It feels amazing to make it to the finals. I’ve been saying all along that I just really want to make it to this point, and then whatever place I get, I’ll be happy with that. Of course, I’d love to win, but I’ve gotten so much out of this competition that whatever I get I’ll be happy. I’m going to work so hard this week. Whatever happens, it’s meant to be. I can’t work any harder, so it’s kind of up to America now.
I don’t think Jacoby’s intimidated by us three girls at all — or at least he shouldn’t be! America loves him. He just won the Super Bowl and he has an amazing personality, so I think he feels really confident. At the same time, he works so hard and he wants it — all of us want to win. I think it’s going to be a close competition. I’ll be so happy for whoever wins. I don’t know who my biggest competition is because you don’t know whether America is going for the best dancer to win or if they’re looking for someone with a fun personality, or someone who has improved a lot. It just depends on who America is looking for. No one knows what place everyone is in.
Next Monday, we have the samba and the cha-cha challenge with the other three couples, freestyle, and the 24-hour challenge, so this week is a lot of dances, but I’m really excited. It’s the last time we have to perform out there, so it’s sad because I’ve been having so much fun. I just want to make the most of these next few days and enjoy it.
Aly has really grown on me. I can’t wait to see her in the Finals. I hope she just keeps having fun and letting loose. More at parade.com.
I love Sharna as a dancer, but, I love her even more as a person for how grateful she is for her friends, family, fans….and Andy Dick too. And check out how she thanks PureDWTS as well. It’s us who THANKS YOU Sharna. ((((Hugssssss)))))
Lots and lots of gratitude to WetPaint, AfterBuzz and of course PureDWTS (and everyone else) for the love and support (yes I read you guys ) having you behind us and seeing the love for Andy week to week is not just heart warming, it’s motivating and validating. I took a lot of risks with Andy creatively and knowing that y’all loved it makes me feel like they were the right risks. I appreciate the love you’ve shown me as a new pro, its not easy to step into the ring with DWTS finest!
And saving the best for last – my friends, family and my man, I’m truly blessed to have you all in my life and I wouldn’t be who I am without you.
Above are pro dancers Anna Trebunskaya, Chelsie Hightower, and Sharna Burgess as they arrived at ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” 300th Episode Celebration in Hollywood, California last night. You can view loads of new pics of the whole cast as well as some alumni at Zimbio Pictures. Too fun!!
Below is Tom Bergeron talking with Fox 11 (thanks to Elmari for this gem) and Access Hollywood about Dancing With The Stars, the 300th episode, the Finals and why they decided to go with 4 couples, America’s Funniest Videos, and more. I always love interviews with Tom…
OK Magazine also has an article up with Tom and Bruno talking about the 300th episode and the new format next season…
“I’m a glass half full kind of guy,” says Tom. “I get the rationale behind it. There’s no denying the numbers have been slipping. On the plus side we still beat The Voice last night by two million viewers, but they are beating us in the demo and that’s what the advertisers look to and that’s the strategy behind, I think, pushing the Tuesday viewers into a Monday show.”
While the logistics of the new format have yet to be worked out, Tom thinks eliminating an hour from the series each week will help the show feel more robust in its content.
“There have been times in the past, and this will not come as a news flash to you, late in the season we’re stretching to fill two hours,” he admits. “It’s sort of like, how much water can you put in the soup? This will afford us the luxury of not having to worry about that. We’ve gone from sometimes stretching to fill the three hours to now saying, okay, we’ve got an embarrassment of riches here with what we can do in two. Interestingly the research we’ve had over the past few years shows that only about 40 percent of our Tuesday viewers have watched the Monday show. I would’ve thought there’d be much more crossover.”
Judge Bruno Tonioli supports the changes as well and is excited to see what the production team will do to rework the series. Of course, cutting back on the number of hours DWTS is allotted each week probably means we won’t have the opportunity to see Bruno strut his stuff on the dancefloor again, like he was coerced into doing with Peta Murgatroyd and Sean Lowe during their encore “YMCA” performance this season.
“When they made me do the ‘YMCA’—that wasn’t expected,” says Bruno. “That was a surprise because I thought I only had to kind of mess around and then I had to turn up and learn the whole routine with 25 year old dancers. You should have hear my language—it was not for printing. But then after that I really enjoyed it so it was going back after 30 years of dancing sharing the stage with the kids, which I really enjoyed. In retrospect it was good. If I had known I would have said no.”
Unfortunately, the couples didn’t do any interviews after the show last night with On The Red carpet, etc. Some of them might have went straight to rehearsals for next week’s finals. There was also a 300th episode Party they might have attended, but, Ingo and Kym did chat with E News a little about their elimination.
“My talent was just a little bit below that (the strength of the four finalists who made it) and I’m just happy where we ended up,” Ingo says.
His partner Kym Johnson adds, “Ingo hadn’t danced before. He was one of the ones in the competition that didn’t know anything about dance in general, so he was really learning from scratch. He improved out of sight every single week. If there was a mirror ball for most improved he’d get that!”
Ingo sums it up by saying, “We expected to go home tonight. We weren’t nervous tonight, we’re really happy how far we got!”
As well they should be. They danced their best dances Monday night and didn’t go out without a fight. I’m always going to remember Ingo for his sparkly eyes, his facial expressions while dancing (which I loved loved), his passion, and determination. And then there is his cute son Peanut. Stay tuned. We may have more with them and Good Morning America later.
Also, and off topic, what did you all think about Angelina Jolie’s decision to come forward about having a double mastectomy? I thought it was awesome. My Mom had the same thing done in the early 90′s and she’s never had a recurrence yet. Below is Kellie Pickler with her thoughts on it from E News….
“I think it’s amazing that she’s come forward and talked about this because there’s so many women that need to hear this and need to make sure that they’re getting their check-ups,” Pickler says of Jolie’s decision to under a double mastectomy after doctors told her she had an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of getting ovarian cancer in her lifetime. Pickler stresses, “Early detection is the key.”
Ok, that is all for now, Dancettes. More in a bit. xx
ETA: PopTVDotCom has some coverage of the 300th episode party held last night. You can check out all of their videos here.
ETA2: On The Red Carpet is a little late getting their elimination interviews up, but, here they are now in all of their glory. George asks them on their Freestyles, why they deserve to be in the finals, the new format next season, and much more. Thanks to EPMusic for the heads up!!
So, dance pro Louis Van Amstel has weighed in on last night’s dances on Dancing With The Stars at ABC. While reviewing the couples, he gives them some advice too.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough’s Argentine Tango. Without a doubt Kellie has the best legs of any celeb that has ever been on “DWTS,” even Nicole Scherzinger. It was a very classical, less is more Argentine tango with great lifts, especially the last two. I’d love to see more inner fire next week. Great scores!
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson’s Samba. I must say Ingo looks the most comfortable in this dance. He looks masculine and he is very aware of his body. I’d like to see more samba bounce and less walking around. Wow, I agree with Bruno and I agree with Carrie Ann about being the underdog. And I agree with Lennie. That’s a first!
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas’ Rumba. It’s very clever on Mark’s part to make this more of a contemporary rumba. It was beautifully executed. It was sincere and not overdone trying to be too sexy as a young lady. Aly wore a very flattering dress. Again, I agree with the judges. Bruno was a little too kind. In the final, like Kellie, I’d like to see more inner depth. I like that Mark cleaned up – very handsome. Great scores!
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff’s Argentine Tango. I loved their song. Karina and I used that when we competed together. The set was absolutely amazing and Jacoby totally impressed me with the combination of content, masculinity, calmness and he is so great at partnering Karina. [Their dance was] best of the night so far. I agree with judges. If the others got 10s, they should get 11s.
Zendaya and Valentin Chmerkovskiy’s Quickstep. OK, here we go. The intro was too long. They didn’t stay in close hold all the time, and there was a lift BUT BUT BUT, Zendaya has the energy both Kellie and Aly were lacking in comparison. The dance was awesomely executed. I disagree with Carrie Ann completely. For breaking the rules they should get deducted, but for entertainment value it should definitely have been three 9s. It’s always a risk to break rules.
And below Louis gives his final take and predictions which I agree with. What do you think?
Like I said many weeks ago, Kellie and Zendaya are for sure in the final, while Jacoby and Aly fight for third. There’s a fourth couple final, so, in my opinion, the only way Ingo can make the final is by his fan base.
After tonight, it’s no longer clearly between Kellie and Zendaya in my book. Jacoby and Aly have made their mark and could actually win as well if they go all out next week.
I can’t wait to see all the freestyles. Sometimes I wish there was a cumulative score so that when a couple does fabulously all season and then loses the freestyle, they wouldn’t necessarily lose the entire season.
For more on the second set of dances (which is a good read as well. Though not sure I agree with what he said on Derek and Kellie’s flamenco. I think it was perfect), see ABC.
Also, be sure to visit this link at GMA. They have a fun recap and some interviews after the show.
Stay tuned. Miss Heidi’s new Number’s predictions post is coming up next. xx
What a night on Dancing With The Stars. So many of the dances reminded me of why I love this show …so much creativity and there seemed to be something for everyone!! Let’s see what the couples had to say about it with George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet.
First up, Karina and Jacoby! Karina goes over what happened with her injury and the tough week they had, but, they are so happy with the outcome of their dances and scores last night. They hope it’s enough to get into the finals. Since the margin is so small, it could go either way. They also address Raven Nation about their costumes and how they picked the right colors this time.
George asks Kellie on her wig since it reminded him of Tammy Wynette. Derek talks of how much Kellie has taught him. They discuss the scores and how tight they are which evens them all out. Derek says it’s anyone’s game now. George also asks Kellie about the adversity she’s over come. She gets goofy at the end with her gum when asked about the finals.
Aly talks of how happy she is for Jacoby and how he finally received 10′s tonight. She’s also happy about making the top 5, but, wants to make the finals. Mark talks of how much time they are putting in. They don’t plan to change their strategy of working hard, being dedicated, and having fun. Mark also discusses how the drums helped Aly’s timing and cue’s last night (fascinating! My fave part of this interview!).
George asks Val on his favorite moments on the show (the second dance he mentions is one of my faves too). Zendaya is still dancing in place. George asks her about her new book deal. She’s excited to write about how being a 12 year old isn’t easy. They are happy with their dances. Val is happy he was introduced to the Hip Hop. Zendaya hopes to make the finals, but, isn’t thinking about it. She just wants to take it all in. Val and George praise her for her wisdom at such a young age. Read more..