As most of you know, we’re down to five couples on Dancing With The Stars. Since a little more than half of them have been eliminated, let’s get some numbers to see who you think is going to win the Dancing With The Stars All Star Season. Also, who is your favorite couple dancing from these final five? Please vote in our two new Polls and don’t forget to tell us how you voted in comments. You can also rank the couples if you like in the comments. Thanks so much for your participations always!!
Some things remind us of why we are all here and the political ads on Dancing With The Stars this past week, the pic above titled as the “All-Star Forefathers” by Dancing With The Stars Official Facebook, and the poem below by PureDWTS reader Lois were several of them.
THE BALLROOM SHUFFLE
The ballroom was shuffled, the deck was stacked
The dances were crazy mixed up, were attacked
The theme was fusion, a blending of two dances
Throwing cards in the air, taking many chances
Dance steps had to intertwine, into the other flow
We marveled as all the dancers aced them just so
Kelly and Val mixed Fox Trot, Cha-Cha with ease
Melissa and Tony mixed Tango, Cha-Cha to please
Emmitt and Cheryl gave the Rumba, Samba a whirl
Gilles, Peta gave Argentine Tango, Samba a twirl
Karina and Apolo’s Cha-Cha, Paso Doble excited
Max, Kirstie’s Quickstep, Samba surely delighted
A mixed up trio arrived to the Ballroom Shuffle dance
Two fellows dressed alike, only one will get the chance
Mark, chosen to dance Paso Doble, Tango with Shawn
All Derek could do was sit in the audience looking on
The Ballroom Shuffle experiment dazzled and amazed
The dancing cards shuffled, new dancing trails blazed
A swing dance marathon was danced to Do Your Thing
Who would be crowned Swing Dance Queen and King
The couples were tagged, they had to leave the floor
First to go were Kirstie and Max, were shown the door
Second to go, Gilles and Peta ended their swing dance
Apolo and Karina were tagged third, lost their chance
Fourth to be tagged, Emmitt, Cheryl’s time was done
Number Five, Shawn and Mark, had to leave the fun
It was down to two couples, who would get the score
Kelly and Val’s valiant try, number six, could go no more
Tony and Melissa’s endurance made them last to go
Winning the crown of the ballroom Swing Dance Show
Next week trios will dance together, not two but three
Kirstie and Max chose Tristan, what dance will we see
Kelly and Val chose Louis, three glide across the floor
Emmitt and Cheryl chose Kym, could not ask for more
Apolo and Karina chose Sasha from the dancing troupe
Melissa and Tony chose Henry, oh wow, what a group
Gilles and Peta chose Chelsie to help their dancing cause
Shawn and Derek chose Mark, to the ballroom’s applause
The deck was stacked, Ballroom Shuffle blazed the trail
Next Monday night the All-Stars will return without fail!
Written by Lois A. Troutman, November 6, 2012
THE BALLROOM SHUFFLE PROVED A ROUSING SUCCESS!
NEXT WEEK THREE WILL DANCE, WE EXPECT NOTHING LESS!
Too fun, Lois! THANKS so much!!! And now between you, comments in other posts, and a tweet from reader Jimmboe Tuesday night has us wondering what your overall thoughts were on the “Dance Fusion”? Would you all like to see the Dance Fusion make a reappearance in the future on Dancing With The Stars? Lets get some numbers. Take our new Poll below and let us know what you think in comments too if interested….
I’m voting “No”. The Dance Fusion was ok for something different, but, I really like just watching the couples just dancing to one style of dance. I wouldn’t want to see the Dance Fusion become a seasonal thing.
Wow, did you ever hear the ballroom get so quiet as it did last night when Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel were eliminated on Dancing With The Stars? Those silent moments just about said it all, didn’t they?! Sad!! With some voters not being able to vote last week (because of the election debates and the baseball game messing with the schedule in some parts of the Country) and this week (because of the hurricane), we were all expecting we might have a surprise elimination. Even still, Sabrina and Louis…one of the best couples to dance on this show? No! Last night, after the show was over, judge Carrie Ann Inaba was tweeting that we should tell producers we want a “judges save” if we didn’t like the “surprise elimination”. Sorry Carrie Ann, I just can’t do it. Even though I don’t think it’s fair Sabrina and Louis are leaving early, the judges have enough control of this show as it is. What do you guys think? Let’s take a POLL:
With that said, here’s to Louis and Sabrina!! I think what I’ll remember the most about Sabrina is not her high performance energy and passionate dancing, but, her overall genuine love for Dancing With The Stars. A lot of celebrities come and go on this show without taking one look back. Not Sabrina. She LOVES Dancing With The Stars so much!! Here are some interviews from after their elimination last night to get their reactions. They have nothing but good things to say on the show, the cast, the fans, and each other. Read more..
Annie Barrett of EW wrote up a piece on Dancing With The Stars last night! She’s a hoot always and seems to always voice what the fans generally think without minsing words. Did she do the same again? Read on to see….
Congrats to Team ‘Gangnam Style’ — a.k.a. American Psy — for delivering what was in many ways the best and worst group dance Planet Mirrorballus has ever seen. Mostly worst! It was the best if you love tepid messes and things that make no sense, which obviously I do because it’s season 15 and I’m still sitting here in my fringed boots typing about an alternate universe. Like Kelly Monaco said, “Sometimes… trainwrecks are fun to watch.”
Somehow this group f(l)ail earned Kelly, Kirstie, Emmitt, and Not-At-All-Powerful Captain Gilles three 9s, probably because if the judges had scored it fairly the entire leaderboard would have been messed up. I’m fine with that. I might even award them all 9s myself provided I’d never have to see Gilles peering into Peta’s crotch, Kirstie and Maks’ “mat exercises,” and Bruno sniffing O Captain His Captain’s lointowel ever, ever again. EWWWW.com.
LOL! She’s too funny!! I still can’t believe the judges would give Team Gangham “9′s”?
So, we’re curious on some Poll numbers for the fans favorite TEAM DANCE? No, Polls aren’t always accurate, but, our Polls at PureDWTS seem to be pretty close. So, what do you think: Team Gangnam or Team Call Me Maybe? Which Team Dance did you think was the best this week? Note: this isn’t a Poll for who your favorite dancers are. Try to keep them out of it and only vote on the dances themselves? If you need to watch or relive the dances again, you can do so at the end of this post!
Thanks so much for your vote! Be sure to tell us how you voted in comments too if you like!
The Dancing With The Stars Make-up Team at Facebook has released loads of new photos from behind the scenes of week 8. Below are just a few. I’m always reminded of how much work goes into this show besides just dancing and how many people are involved. Be sure to see the link to see the full album. If you’d like to see the full size of the pictures below, click them. Stunning!
Always fun and entertaining…and touching especially this week!!
Tony Dovolani went backstage to get the couples reactions on their dances last night after Dancing With The Stars for Extra. This is cute, but, Tony’s suit has to go. LOL!
Also, don’t miss seeing the After Buzz TV interviews. Donald and Peta tease about something, but, wont tell what it is (Encore, maybe?)? Maria and Derek tell of how their Waltz came together. Maks and Melissa enjoyed the three way. Lots more below. Afterbuzz TV may post more interviews, so keep checking back at the link.
Ricki Lake, Tony Dovolani, Louis Van Amstel, and Tristan MacManus all had some thoughts and reviews on Dancing With The Stars last night. Tony had such a blast with William who he says has such a “big heart”. Ricki and Tony thought Maria and Derek got short changed from the judges in both dances. They thought they short changed Donald and Peta as well. They loved Donald and Peta’s Jive and thought it was the best Trio dance. Tony hopes they get the encore (so do I! The two best dances for me last night were Karina, Donald, & Peta’s Jive and Derek & Maria’s Waltz). Neither could pick who is going home tonight. You can view the video with Ricki and Tony on GMA HERE.
Louis Van Amstel pretty much pegged the dances again (in my opinion) at ABC except for Derek and Maria. He doesn’t understand why they received 10′s for their first dance (wha??), but he didn’t understand the 8 either. Below is more. Be sure to read his full review at the link. I agree how tonight is a hard call for who will be eliminated and it’s going to be an emotional one.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd’s Tango. What’s difficult about the Tango is staying in close hold most of the time while still making it interesting. Donald did an awesome job, yet again. Great attack, and nice legato movements as well. Great posture. Nice creative ways to play with the hold, yet staying in hold. Totally agree with judges. Carrie Ann, I’m not sure what Donald could have done to create more drama. A Tango the face should stay calm, it’s the movement that should be dramatic, that’s what we call staccato. Good scores! If this was the last performance of the night it could have been 10 in my book.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough’s Viennese Waltz. Beautiful job on the choreography, keeping it soft and tender. They have very nice chemistry, which was unexpected after seeing the video package. Maria shows that she will do anything necessary to make the top four, which in itself is admirable. Maria is a fighter and that’s inspirational, but from a dancing point of view, I miss the flexibility from her body. If Maria makes it to next week I’d like Derek to challenge her by giving her choreography that’s partly solo, so she can show America what she’s really made of. I actually disagree with Len. I thought it was too much in hold (not close hold, on that point I agree with Len). I want to see more side by side and true elements like spins to show individuality. I don’t get the 10′s. I don’t get the 8 either. For 10s Maria needed to be better technically and have more power behind her movement. Her performance was a 9 in my book.
Melissa Gilbert and Maks Chmerkovskiy’s Foxtrot. Melissa is holding her own in the package, not even attacking back, so good for her! OK, there was one little glitch in the beginning, but overall it was solid and powerful. As a matter of fact it was sometimes too powerful, sacrificing the soft and tender moments which are characteristic of the Foxtrot. Like last week, from the point of view of a choreographer, it was more challenging, which I always believe at this point in the game should be rewarded. I do think the atmosphere in rehearsals affected the performance. We needed to see more warmth between them. Following two weeks of being underscored, I feel this week the judges were overly nice. It was good though, not great. I’m glad Maks realizes he went too far. That’s a big deal. I think the score are appropriate, but I don’t get the judges giving all that praise and then awarding three eights!
Lastly, Tristan has written some highlights at Entertainment Weekly. He walks us through rehearsals and the pants mishap with Katherine. Did you know he also was cut last night? I loved what he wrote about losing one’s temper in rehearsals in this take….
Tons of rehearsal studio drama this week. How easy is it to lose your temper during training? The thing is with the cameras, the cameras are there from the minute you walk into the studio ’til the minute you leave. People lose their rag sometimes. But the thing is, it’s entirely up to the producers what they want to use in the packages and how they want to tell the particular story of what goes on that week. I think that’s really clear with Melissa each week. She’s trying to point out all the time, “well this isn’t what Maks is like all the time.” Some people do get angry sometimes and start to scream and they probably go a bit overboard sometimes. But maybe in the package they might show something going wrong and the teacher starts screaming and saying this and that and that. But that particular scream — that might not have even been what they were screaming about, know what I mean? Reactions become reactions to dance steps that had nothing to do with the original scream in the first place.
But at the same time, like I said, as far as people are in rehearsals, you want to have respect all the time. No one needs to be shoutin’, that’s all, whether they’re 19 or they’re 50 or whatever they are, for whatever reason. No need to shout at people. You don’t need to demean people, and most people remember that. We don’t know the whole story, and I certainly don’t. I shouldn’t be saying what people should be doing because I don’t know what goes on in that room. I just see the packages just like everyone else.
You can lose your temper because you want someone to do well, you can lose your temper because someone isn’t doing well, and you can lose your temper — as stupid as it sounds — because sometimes people just don’t want to do well. In the sense that well, you’re screaming at me all day, I don’t care what happens. But I try not to scream at people. It is what it is.
So, here’s to the results show. I am so nervous. I don’t want any of them to go?
What a night! I especially loved the Trio dance and I hope Dancing With The Stars will do it again in the future. Yes or No? I thought the Trio dance helped Donald the most. He received his first 10 and what’s more, with a Jive. I thought the Trio dance also helped Melissa. Val brought out the best of her and Maks and gone was her “deer in the headlights” look. Let’s see what the couples told George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet on the night….
Derek and Maria are fine with the judges scores (I wished I was. ). They had fun and Derek was proud of doing something new. Maria was so glad for the 10′s and 9′s they received. The competition is so close and everyone is so good. Anything can happen to any of them. They hope the fans will carry them through.
Roshon and Chelsie worked hard and they hope people loved what they did. They had nothing to lose this week, so they just went for it. He is so thankful for his fan and “Grandma support”.
George tells Donald that his leap was the best move of the night. Donald says he did what Peta told him to do. They are happy, but, they don’t feel victorious since everyone was good. No one is safe. George loved the different energy last night. Peta and Donald said it was crazy from the beginning to the end. They hope they make it to the semi-finals and they have more to prove if they make it.
George praises Katherine for handling the pants mishap with grace. Neither she or Mark are comfortable with their scores last night. They are nervous about being eliminated, but, they had fun.
Louis breaks it down before showtime with his thoughts and who he’s worried for the most tonight. Note how he is worried for Maria which shocks me. I think she will be fine (unless her feet are an issue tonight?).
If the pressure of learning two dances to perform in one night wasn’t enough for our top six, DWTS is making sure the stress is stacked higher than a precarious game of Jenga. With two sure-fire eliminations this week, it’s one false (dance) move, and you’re out. “Now, they’re going to separate the boys from the guys and the girls from the women … it’s do or die,” says Amstel. “America’s not stupid … If anyone was banking on using a trick to win over the audience, it’s too late. Now you’ve got to show your true colors.”
And who’s staring down the barrel of elimination in Amstel’s eyes? He says Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan, and Maria Menounos are in trouble. “I’m surprised Melissa is still there, based on the judges’ scores,” says Amstel. But when it comes to Menounos, who was rewarded with a perfect score alongside her partner Derek Hough last week, Amstel is a little more hopeful. “I love Maria to death and this is Derek’s best season as far as choreography goes. Still I’m a little worried for her,” he says.
Two’s Company, Three’s a Party!
But who needs a double when you can have a triple? This week also deals the twist of a never-before-seen (on DWTS) trio dance for each of our top six finalists. This means that each celeb will dance with his or partner as well as another professional dancer. “For the pro that’s still in the competition, adding another pro can help. It makes it a little easier,” says Amstel.
And while the idea of choreographing a group routine and teaching the celeb to handle the dynamics of an extra person on the dance floor might test a skill the pros haven’t yet honed, this could actually help take some of the heat off of the celeb contestant. “This is kind of a break,” Amstel says. “Normally you have two solo dances and you have to worry about the celebrity, but here you can make it more fun and entertaining.” Of course, being that we’re down to six, the contestants will also dance regular duets with their partners as well.
I love his thoughts on the Trio dance. Who’s ready?
More at Hollywood.com.