On The Red Carpet has posted more videos of the couples dancing in their Title Shoots. Yesterday in a previous posting we saw Kym & Joey, Anna & Drew, Helio & Chelsie, Gilles and Peta, Val & Kelly, Derek & Shawn at Pure Derek Hough, and Pam & Tristan. Today we get to see Apolo (sorry, no Karina), Bristol & Mark, Emmitt & Cheryl, and Tony & Melissa. Looking good. What do you think?
This season, we opted to do things a bit differently – as we have with just about every other regular feature we do each season, since the format is a bit wacky, to say the least First, we’ve divided WWIB into two parts – mainly to accomodate the fact that Kirstie & Maks’ and the 13th couple’s (who we now know to be Sabrina & Louis) promo photos have yet to be released, but also to buy us some time for the labor-intensive task of finding good pictures for some of these Secondly, we’ve included the couples’ promo photos from their original seasons for comparison as well. But as always, we’ve offered up our usual
snark commentary on each of the costumes, for your enjoyment
Battle of the turquoise & black lace corset dress/Kelly & Alec vs. Kelly & Val: Kelly & Alec’s season 1 promo pic vs. Kelly & Val’s season 15 promo pic vs. Edyta in the season 9 pro tango demo
Courtney: The Iceman cometh! Wow, even Alec’s promo pic screams “I have no emotions” to me. And while Kelly is a bit better, I still wish she’d actually smile in her promo pics – the whole “smoldery non-smile” she does just seems like she’s trying too hard to me. And I’m probably the only one that feels this way, judging from some of everyone’s initial comments on the promo photos, but I’m not really all that wild about Kelly & Val’s pic…you’ll see I’m not much of a fan of the couples that went the “smoldery” route with their promo pix. As for the costume itself – gotta go with Edyta on this one. Granted, it’s hard to hold a candle to Edyta in pretty much ANY costume, but I think I like it better with a lace skirt, as opposed to a fringed one. And while I was cursing under my breath while putting this edition together about how BAD some of the costumes have gotten since Randall left, I thank my lucky stars we’re not still stuck with Designs to Shine, who costumed the first season. Can we say “tacky”?
Heidi: Val sez, “You…are sooo sexy.” To which Kelly sez, “You are sexy, but I am sleeping with my cousin’s best friend’s husband’s brother and am simply toying with you as a cover to hide our true looove….” That is my long winded way of saying, Kelly is a soap actress…they only do smolder. Sometimes well, sometimes not – and Val is a huge step up from Alec in terms of emotion and Kelly has evolved to smoldering with her mouth *closed*. The dress you ask? I go with Edyta sans fishnets. Although I think it’s cuter in the shorter length.
The verdict: Just say no to soap opera smolder. Read more..
Wow, and we thought the Access Hollywood Title Shoot interviews were fun yesterday. Below is more with On The Red Carpet!! This time we get to see them DANCE a little. What do you think?
Joey and Kym….
Pam and Tristan….
Drew and Anna….
Gilles and Peta….
Thanks to Access Hollywood today, here are some interviews that took place during the Dancing With The Stars All Star Title shoots a couple of weeks ago. These are great. If they post more, we’ll be sure to add them. Also, before you watch the interviews below, be sure you see THIS ABC TITLE SHOOT PROMO TOO!! A MUST!!! Ok, onto the Access Hollywood interviews. If for some reason the videos don’t work, you can see them at Access Hollywood.
First, Mark and Bristol talk of the trainwrecks they had the first time they danced. Mark is excited for how great Bristol looks this time. He says they will take it week by week and will look forward to each challenge. Bristol thinks that’s the best attitude to have going into it.
Here is Chelsie and Helio! Helio discusses the good shape he’s in since he’s been racing. Hopefully, this will give him an edge in the competition. Chelsie is confused about what kind of racer he is.
Being Melissa is a mother now, she has her priorities, but, she’s hoping to dance well. She wants to stay healthy and not break Tony’s nose again. Tony wants them to challenge themselves. They are the underdogs and he wants the fans and the judges behind them.
Pamela says she’s looking forward to being put into uncomfortable postitions again. Tristan giggles. She can still do the splits. Tristan keeps giggling. They are excited to be dancing together.
You can see Pamela and Tristan dancing in this one (Thanks for the heads up JustMe)….
People.com has a new article up with news about Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel being the 13th couple to dance on Dancing With The Stars. However, there is more. If you scroll down the page, you can view a brand new Dancing With The Stars All Stars commercial and it’s HOT! Be sure you see it here (No embedding option, sorry)!!
“The message is clear”!
Update: And here’s the promo embedded. Thanks to ABC….
Exclusive to Entertainment Weekly, Dancing With The Stars has a new on-line Emmy campaign video to help them win for “Outstanding Reality Competition” which they’ve been nominated for six times without a win. They’ve decide to use this season’s All Stars cast to help them make a pitch for it. Check it out at Entertainment Weekly. It’s a MUST SEE!! Pamela Anderson oozes. Drew Lachey is a hoot at the end. Wow, and did you know 500 people work behind the scenes?
The Emmy Awards take place on Sunday, September 23rd on ABC at 7:00pm ET. To view a list of all the Emmy nominations for Dancing With The Stars this year (and some reactions), see our previous posting here.
Thanks to @LinzeyReed for the heads up on the video.
And the nominees are….
Jeff Probst not nominated and he usually wins. I would say Tom or Cat were a shoe in, if not for Betty White.
OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
DANCING WITH THE STARS
So You Think You can Dance
The Amazing Race
TAR wins this one every season.
Travis Wall, Without You (DWTS)
Stacey Tookey, SYTYCD
Christopher Scott, SYTYCD
Spencer Liff, SYTYCD
Joshua Bergnasse, Smash
I don’t know whether to rant about this now or save it for later. I KNEW when they had Travis on DWTS that our choreographers were going to get shut out of this category. I predicted it back when the show was on this last season. Let’s just say I’m pissed off at this nomination and I’m pissed off at this category – it is unbelievably slanted toward anything that is not ballroom. They didn’t even list the nomination ballots on the website like they did for everything else. I spent a long time looking for it.
OUTSTANDING HAIR STYLING FOR A MULTI CAMERA SERIES OR SPECIAL
DWTS for episode 1407 (season 14, week 7)
OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN FOR A VARIETY SERIES
DWTS for Episode 1307
OUTSTANDING MAKE UP FOR A MULTI CAMERA SERIES
DWTS for Episode 1307
OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO CONTROL FOR A SERIES
DWTS for Episode 1410A
That one makes me chuckle a bit, considering how often Courtney and I put camera gaffes in our Cheesecake Awards.
That was all the nominations I saw – now Vogue will go behind me and make sure I didn’t leave anything or anyone out. And look at the Choreo again, would ya?? I think it drove me temporarily insane and I might have missed something.
UPDATE: Vogue here with some Emmy nomination reactions from Tom Bergeron, Travis Wall, and the Dancing With The Stars Make-Up Team….
Tom tweeted, “Probst will still find a way to win this thing!” He’s a crack up as always.
From ET, Travis Wall said, “I can’t believe that our dance company’s (Shaping Sound) first performance on TV got an Emmy nomination. I am elated! It’s amazing to have a nomination two years in a row but it’s surreal to have this nomination with my best friends!”
Also, from the Dancing With The Stasrs Make-up Team at facebook, they wrote: “Great news today! The Dancing with the Stars Makeup Team has been nominated for an Emmy Award!!! We hope to bring it home for a 2nd time. Please wish us luck!!!”
All of the above/any combination of the above answers – 17 (Sorry guys, too many different combos to list them individually!)
Derek & Maria’s kiss – 1
William & that stupid running & sliding move in every single dance – 1 (Annoying, yes, but is it really a “controversy”, per se?)
Katherine’s “injury” – 1
Derek’s behavior – 1
Cheryl’s Emmy-worthy creativity *sarcasm* – 1
None – 1
Rock & Roll Week – 1
Overstating Maria’s injuries, ribs NOT broken…hurt, yes, but not broken – 1
William wearing the same shirt in many different colors – 1 (Again, it’s annoying, but is it really controversial?)
Dance marathon – 1
Courtney: Again, it looks like we have several different interpretations of the term “controversy” here. I guess the way I interpret it within the context of the show, a “controversy” is something that occured that caused a great deal of debate and dissenting opinions on the issue – but maybe some other people interpret it as something that just really bugged them personally. I guess I need to be a bit more specific in my explanation of next season’s awards, perhaps along with eliminating the write-in category Anywho! I think the results are about right on the money – I found the most prolonged, contentious, polarizing issue of the season was the question of whether or not William was getting unfairly favored by the judges and/or the TPTB, and just the judges being highly subjective in their scoring across the board. I don’t think we’ve ever had a precedent for a situation like the one that unfolded this past season – I can’t recall a time in a past season where the judges were so blatantly displaying favoritism towards a certain contestant. Granted, there is always some degree of subjectivity, and the judges do tend to pick favorites each season, but I don’t think we’ve seen it before to the degree that we did this season. As for Jaleel’s behavior, the dance duel, & Cheryl’s behavior – yes, they all generated a great deal of debate and polarity in opinions, but perhaps weren’t as prolonged as the William/judges controversy. As for the trio dance – I know some of you are probably balking at the notion of it being “controversial”, but I seem to recall quite a few debates about which couples would pick which pros and how it would be advantageous to some and a disadvantage for others, so there was at least a bit of controversy there. Especially on the topic of who would get Tristan
Vogue: I think this poll was spot on as well. As much as I loved William himself and his dancing too, the pimping was over the top. I was patient about it at first and could understand the interest in him being he was a new sexy Latin star to hit the Hollywood scene, but, the hype and the manipulation from the producers and the judges scoring and then Cheryl herself out of control took it’s toll on a great many of fans. Sadder yet, was that William himself could see it too and it wasn’t something he welcomed. I really admired his humbleness through out it all which made me a fan. I wish I could say the same for Cheryl. I’ve lost a lot of respect for her that I once had. I was also outraged with Jaleel’s behavior. I was so glad when he was finally picked to go.
Heidi: I think the top three were the only real controversies – and they were doozies. The rest? Nah. And the write ins?? Some people need a little reality check. :-) Although I did snicker at the “emmy worthy creativity” one. Every season there is someone who is the judges favorite – but it’s usually someone who is the best dancer. Not this season. This season they had their favorite….and he was also pimped to high hell at every opportunity by the show itself. It was quite ridiculous. Now can we go to my favorite moment of the season? Carrie Ann’s mouth falling open when said controversial dude took THIRD place. Anyway, after a while it seemed to be a highly orchestrated dance (pardon the expression) between production and judges to make sure this guy went to the finals. Of course, they seemed determined to get Katherine there as well (and keep Donald away), but it was at a much higher level with Willy…and Katherine could really DANCE. Madness.
*photo courtesy ABC/Adam Taylor
Many thanks to @carolynbishop2 for the heads up on this story – cross posted from PureDerekHough.com.
So is this why he’s been spending time with Katherine? Or is this a result of his spending time with Katherine. Inquiring minds and all that. From Express.co.uk:
The 32-year-old mezzo-soprano is set to jet out to the US to perform at a series of concerts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra in Salt Lake City and is (ahem) apparently fascinated by all things Mormon.
“I’m really intrigued to find out more about the Mormon way of life,” she tells us. “I’m going to be dancing the paso doble with Derek in front of 44,000 Mormons.”
UPDATE: Thanks to Elmari for the heads up that you can watch this on TV if you get BYUtv on your cable…or you can watch it online.
And of course her former partner was there, looking all fit and tanned. Oddly, Terrell Owens was there as well. Hmmm….
This pic was tweeted by Derek:
And these pics are from the Mail Online (UK) which had the charming headline: “Bend over! Derek Hough playfully spanks DWTS partner Maria Menounos on the bottom during beach tennis game” – be sure to click the link to see all the pictures and read their take on the day.
Side note: I found this little gem while searching for news – Per the Pueblo Chieftan:
Q: Is there anyone today who could become a dance team like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers? —Martin L., San Pedro, Calif.
A: “Derek and Julianne Hough,” says Adam Shankman, producer of Step Up Revolution (out July 27) and Julianne’s Rock of Ages director. The siblings first found success on Dancing With the Stars. “Both are movie stars in the making,” Shankman adds.