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Donald Driver says Maintaining Posture Is Key For The Viennese Waltz For DWTS Week 7

Donald writes all about this past week on Dancing With The Stars at JS Online. He and Peta are so thankful to their fans for voting. He writes of how much Motown meant to him and why. He’s going to miss Gladys too and is so glad he made a friend in her. Below is more about their upcoming dance and what they hope to accomplish. You can read the full blog at JS Online.

The competition is heating up, week in and week out. Peta and I are still aiming for those triple 10’s, so this week we have to come back, go through our workouts, get our moves together and make sure we’re ready to wow the judges. I think we’re starting to win Len over a little bit, but until we see him raise his 10 card up, we know we still have work to do.

Next week’s theme is classical, and our dance is the Viennese waltz. It’s a very traditional dance and maintaining posture is key. We’re going to take Len’s advice and really push ourselves to make sure every little detail is perfect.

Also, I’ve gotta post this. The video was taken before he and Peta danced this past week, but, it’s cute for what he says about Hollywood versus living in Wisconsin at the end. Check it out if you have a moment….

Stay tuned and be sure to set your DVRs! These two will be on The Ellen Show on Monday, April 30th, to perform!

Picture above courtesy of ABC. Go here to see this week’s gallery of more.

April 26, 2012 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.

Footage Of Dancing With The Stars Cast Leaving Late Night Team Rehearsals (Videos)

PopTvDotCom (who have a great reputation of being nice and loved by fans, cast, and pros alike. Be sure you are following them at You Tube), has some great footage of the couples leaving Team rehearsals last night. They are all pumped and said they have good teams (More on this later with Courtney! ;) ). They have some great things to say about Gladys as well.

They caught Gladys and Tristan after the show as well. Gladys has a message for her fans.

April 25, 2012 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.

Gladys Knight Leaving Dancing With The Stars, But, Not Without Leaving Some Magic (Elimination Media)

“I adored watching Gladys this season and think her pairing with Tristan was magic. He knew exactly how to present her each week, always with loads of respect and just the right amount of sauciness.” ~Cidra

And so we say good-bye to the beautiful and legendary Gladys Knight and her sweet Irish partner Tristan MacManus on Dancing With The Stars!! We all knew we were in for something very special when Gladys agreed to do the show, didn’t we?! I don’t think I’ll ever forget our reactions upon hearing she was going to dance. I think what I loved the most about having Gladys on Dancing With The Stars is seeing that radiating and unique “soul” and “heart of gold” and how “down to earth” she was in a more personal way. It’s no wonder why she is called the “Empress of Soul”. What’s more, I feel like she’s stamped a little piece of herself magically on all of us showing us that in a deeper way. So, thank you Gladys and thanks to Tristan as well for helping her to bring that “Empress of Soul” into her dancing now too.

So, let’s get to some interviews after the elimination from Jimmy Kimmel, On The Red Carpet, and Entertainment Tonight. We’ll try and get their Good Morning America interview up as soon as possible (if there is one?).

Their Good Morning America is now up at ABC. You can veiw it here. Love the bit about BUBBA and how it was Tristan’s idea to call him in for the package. Thanks to @TristanMacManusFans at twitter for the heads up!!

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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 Official Dancing With The Stars Season 14 Confessionals For Week 6

Poor Maria. I feel for her as I’m a clutz too. lol ;)

April 24, 2012 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.

Louis Van Amstel And Tristan MacManus Write On DWTS14 Week 6, ET Interview

In Part 2 of our media postings today, Louis Van Amstel reviews the night at ABC. He thought William ‘should have been out earlier and Donald should have stayed longer’ in the Marathon Dance. Louis would have given it to Katherine or Donald. Below are some of his thoughts on the individual dances. See if you don’t agree and be sure to read more at the link. I think Louis pretty much pegs it again and puts it all into words I couldn’t find. Don’t forget that Louis will be dancing again tonight in a Pro number.

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough’s Foxtrot. That’s a fast foxtrot. Maria did a great job. It’s a shame about the little mishap on the stairs. Great frame, very good posture and as a couple they moved nicely and smoothly across the floor. I do feel Maria is quite stiff and needs to loosen up if she wants to go to the finals. In the hold, Maria is solid, but when Derek lets her go she looks pretty tight and insecure. I agree with Len’s first part “In hold,” but “NOT in hold.” It wasn’t as great. As a matter of fact, that’s where Maria lost her footing. I agree with Carrie Ann’s score – three “8′s” in my book.

Roshon Fagan and Chelsie Hightower’s Rumba. This was a very solid performance by Roshon. He looked very comfortable in this routine, awesome arm lines. The momentum in one of the turns caused a very slight lift. Roshon attacked this Rumba a little hard sometimes which sacrificed some of the tenderness and sensuality that is so important for the Rumba. It was very age appropriate though. Carrie Ann, wow, now you’re going to be the lift police after so many other competitors did lifts before and you didn’t mention anything. Even though the judges had a weird way of criticizing Roshon, I do agree with them. The judges could have been a little less aggressive about it. The scores are low-ish. I’d say the scores should have been the same as Maria, three “8′s.” (In my opinion, Maria should have gotten three “8′s.”)

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas’ Samba. This was another beautiful performance by Katherine. She just doesn’t have a bad movement in her body. There were a lot of great technical elements in that routine, with a good, solid bounce. I’m going to be a little more critical of Katherine right now (In my opinion, in comparison, she’s already better than anyone else). Katherine can finish her legs off better when closing her feet and when doing a Latin dance she should express it differently from her ballroom dances. Everything is always “pretty.” I sometimes want to see the differences — sultry, hot, rough, sweet, bitchy, sensitive. She can show more variety. I like what Carrie Ann said, although I would have liked to see a bit more ‘In your face’. A little over-scored. Three “9′s,” in my opinion, but since Maria got such high scores two “10s” are deserved in comparison.

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd’s Foxtrot. Is Donald really a football player? He’s not a dancer? Donald totally impressed me again tonight with his dance. It had great Foxtrot content. He had a great frame and let’s not even get started on Donald’s charisma. It was strong when it needed to be and soft when the time was right. Awesome job, especially knowing he’s not a performer, dancer, singer, actor at all — and yet he does it all with ease. And another great costume! I totally agree with Bruno. That was cute, Len! I agree with Len that Donald can do more. Get your freestyle music! Well deserved scores. If they would have given one “10,” I would have agreed.

ET interviewed the couples on their dances. Gladys is happy. Roshon is a little down (can’t say as I blame him!). Melissa wasn’t happy with her and Maks’ package. Lots more below. It’s so good to see Steve Jones of the X Factor again.

Lastly, Tristan has a great new blog up at Entertainment Weekly explaining he and Gladys’ dances. Here is a little excerpt. See if you don’t agree with some of the things he said too about the judges?

On the “My Girl” rumba: We were hoping for a faster dance but the rumba’s what we got. We got a great song, and we got to dance to the Temptations. I was annoyed by some of the comments the judges made. They put me in a fierce bad mood afterwards. What Bruno said about wanting a more steamy dance — I thought that was stupid. It wasn’t about being steamy and hot, and no one wants to see me steamy with Gladys.

I don’t think it was appropriate. They said, well maybe you’re not the best dancer, and things needed to be more steamy. Being steamy doesn’t make anyone a better dance either, does it? That’s just a gimmick. I think a lot of it is about performance. That’s what really annoyed me. It was a tribute to Motown and that’s what we did. So the way we took the rumba was that the passionate side and the love that you’re supposed to portray in rumba, that was directed towards Motown. It should have been marked on the dance and not marked on flamboyance.

Chelsie and Roshon were underscored immensely for what they’d done. I thought they were great, know what I mean? There just needs to be consistency somewhere and there definitely needs to be a bit of common sense in places as well. So as much as people are saying about Len, he’s this and he’s that — he knew that the appropriateness of what should have happened tonight, and Bruno and Carrie Ann should have known that as well.

On that purple suit: The funny thing was, I wanted to try to put Gladys in as many colors as possible, and she really liked purple. The Temps wore purple all the time. So that’s how I stole that costume. If you put in “The Temptations My Girl” it goes to the song on YouTube [embedded below] — you can see even from the movie that they have purple suits. The whole look itself was, again, part of the tribute. My look was David Ruffin’s, the lead singer on this song. That was the look that he had, they were his glasses and stuff.

Ok, that is all for now. Here’s to tonight’s results. I’m curious to see if two of the contestants will be eliminated? I hope not. Also, stay tuned to Heidi’s Numbers post coming up a little later with her predictions which are always fascinating and entertaining as well!! ;)

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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.

PureDWTS14 Week 6 Media After The Dance, Some Dances For Classical Week Revealed

Let’s get right to the On The Red Carpet interviews with George Pennacchio and see how the couples felt about their dances and the night. Let’s also see if George finds out anything about next week’s dances as well….

First up, Chelsie and Roshon! George tells them they has his favorite dance last night. They said no matter what, they had a good time. Roshon said he tried to do the best he could. For Classical Week, Chelsie wants to clean it up and really get Roshon moving if they make it. Roshon wants to keep it mixed up and entertaining.

Derek and Maria talk of how the Marathon dance messed up their scores. Maria took full responsibility. These two have the Paso Doble if they make it to Classical Week. They gave them a song for next week, but Derek said it’s “so not right” and wants another. For right now, he just wants to concentrate on the “Dance Duel” for tonight if they have to do it. He wants to be sure they are loaded and have the bullets ready to go.

Gladys is so pleased with last night. She had the best time and she felt like they had a great dance. She doesn’t care about numbers. It’s not what is the most important thing. They are looking forward to the Dance Duel if they have to do it. They opened the show last night and they will close it tonight if they have to. If they make it for Classical week, they will do something “classic” and show another side.

Melissa “really enjoyed” herself last night and feels inspired to keep going. Maks would like to dance to 90’s R & B if he could choose a theme, but, he loved Motown Week. They talk of how the show is determined to make him the bad guy. Maks won’t reveal anything for classical week if they make it.

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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.

Dance Junkies TV DWTS Pre-Party With Stuart Brazell, Rib Hills, And Val Chmerkovskiy

The lovely Stuart Brazell of Dance Junkies TV breaks down Latin Week on Dancing With The Stars with Rib Hills and Val Chmerkovskiy. The bits on Maks and Derek are especially interesting and a hoot!! Val is a charmer as always!

UPDATE: And here is Part 2 with Val, Rib, and Stuart breaking down Latin night last week….

Stay tuned! They loved all of the questions we submitted for Val. There is a more personal interview coming at the end of the week!

April 23, 2012 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.

New GMA 20/20 DWTS Dance Floor Confidential Promo With Kirstie Alley (Video)

Just a reminder! Don’t forget to watch 20/20 tonight after the show for the “Dancing With The Stars: Dance Floor Confidential” special. Below is a Good Morning America promo on it today with Kirstie Alley and her physical transformation thanks to the show and Maks. This special is going to be too fun! Be sure to tune in!

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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 Make-Up Team Releases More Behind The Scenes Photos From Week 5

Yesterday, the Make-up team for Dancing With The Stars released some more “behind the scenes” photos from Week 5. If only we could be a fly on a wall as they go through the process of getting ready for the show, hmm? Below are just a few of the new pictures. You can view all 109 pics from this fun album here. I just wish they had some pictures of Derek, Maria, Tristan, Mark, William, and more of the troupe members? Maybe next time?

April 22, 2012 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.

ABC Releases DWTS Press Release For Next Week’s Entertainment, Dances, and More!

ABC MediaNet has released an official press statement for the entertainment for next week’s Dancing With The Stars. “Motown Legends” Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and Martha Reeves will all be performing Monday night as well as Australia’s hot pop group, “Human Nature”. Heads up “Boyz II Men” fans! They will be performing on the Results show Tuesday Night. Below are more details including info on the couples dances and the following week’s “Classical” theme. Note how Dancing With The Stars pros Dmitry, Val, Louis, and Anna will all be returning to dance again. It’s going to be a fun week! Lots on tap! ADDING Important Note: Also (as @ElmariL was just reminding me at twitter), don’t forget and be forewarned there is a possible “Surprise” Double Elimination as our Miss Heidi reported in a previous post.

“Episode 1406 & 1406A” – This week’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars” presents a Motown special with live performances from Motown legends Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and Martha Reeves throughout the evening. The legends kick off the show, performing an unforgettable live Motown medley accompanied by the Troupe. For the first time ever, each artist will perform with the talented “DWTS” band and musical director Harold Wheeler before each of the remaining eight couples begin their competitive dance. During a special performance with dancers Anna Trebunskaya and Val Chmerkovskiy, Smokey Robinson will perform his No.1 hit song, “Tears of a Clown.” Also joining in on the excitement is vocal group Human Nature, performing some of Motown’s most popular hits throughout the evening. And to finish the show we will feature a special Motown Dance Marathon, where the couples will be showing off their classic dance moves from the Motown era, MONDAY, APRIL 23 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.

During Tuesday’s show, Best-selling R&B group of all-time Boyz II Men returns to the ballroom with an incredible performance of their latest single, “One More Dance,” off their landmark 20th anniversary album,” Twenty.” Their performance will be accompanied by Dmitry Chaplin and Anna Trebunskaya. The show will open with an amazing number from the Troupe, Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd, Louis Van Amstel and Snejana Petrova, featuring a medley of Motown hit songs. This week’s “AT&T’s Spotlight Performance” spotlights the beautiful story of Michaela DePrince. And this week’s “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance is the long awaited television debut of the hottest new contemporary dance company in America, Shaping Sound. The dance performance is choreographed by and features Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini and Teddy Forance. The performance is a special preview of the following week’s Classical theme with an arrangement recorded by Aston, a classical group from Sydney, Australia, that create symphonic masterpieces out of pop music. The Dance Duel continues, and this week the bottom two couples will dance the Jive to the same song at the same time as the judges decide who the next eliminated couple will be, TUESDAY, APRIL 24 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.

You can read the full press release at ABC MediaNet.

April 20, 2012 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.