Chris Trondsen of ABDC Blogging interviewed Dancing With The Stars troupe member Sharna Burgess backstage at America’s Best Dance Crew’s LMFAO Challenge. Sharna gives the dancers some good advice. She also gives her impressions on the winners and losers on Dancing with the Stars Season 14 as well as how she choreographs on the show. Lots more below including her plans for the summer.
If you missed our in depth personal interview wtih Sharna, be sure to read it here.
So what I’m going to do is start with a series of polls: namely you get to choose who YOU want to see from every season of Dancing with the Stars from Season 1 all the way to Season 14. The polls will be up for a few days… and once the polls are closed I will personally draw up how the top celebrities did in their season in comparison to the averaged data from all the seasons.
At the end of all the chosen celebrities I will create a mock elimination post and hopefully by then we’ll know who would REALLY be cast and I will do attempt to do the same for the casted celebrities – hopefully – before the show starts in September again.
Excited? Well you better be… soon you’ll have an example in the form of Mario Lopez and later of Mel B since they are the only two that we know of that has been approached for the All-Star season. If they end up being top in the poll of their respective seasons, wonderful! If not, well then those are freebie posts for you
On Friday there will be a special with Donald Driver and his family broadcasted all over the State of Wisconsin. The Sheboygan Press reports Donald will thank everyone for supporting him on Dancing With The Stars. Below is a take on some of the taping. Be sure to read the link for a two page article about it. You can view a gallery of pictures too. What a class act!! Note how Peta will be a part of the interview as well.
The special is “a real unique way for Donald to be able to thank all the fans and all the supporters statewide,” Lammi said.
During one of the tapings Driver said, “I felt the love from the beginning all the way to the end. The Packer Nation has been behind me for years. They wouldn’t let me down. So I’m glad I was able to bring this back to Wisconsin.”
Driver talked about receiving messages on Twitter from as far away as the United Kingdom and China.
“And I thank Americans,” Driver said. “This wouldn’t have happened without them.”
Hosted by WBAY anchor Cami Rapson and sports director Chris Roth, the special will include show footage, Driver answering questions from Facebook, an interview with Murgatroyd and a segment with Driver’s wife, Betina, and their children, Christian, Christina and Charity.
“We had a lot of fun,” Driver said. “It was a great experience for my wife and kids. We got to meet a lot of people that we probably would have never met in many a year.”
Driver said he’s switching his muscles to football.
“Now I’ve got to get to the physical side,” said the 13-year Packers veteran.
In Los Angeles, Driver said, he put in 12-hour days of exercise, doing workouts in dance and football “kind of hand in hand.”
He’d like to bring home “a couple more Lombardi trophies,” for his home display.
The Daily Telegraph has a cool article up about Kym Johnson. She discusses how her dancing career began. Did you know that if dancing didn’t turn out, she was going into “hospitality”? Also, Kym use to make extra money decorating dresses when she was 21. Kym also talks a little about her Dancing With The Stars partners and finding Mr. Right someday at the link.
I started ballet lessons when I was three. My brother, Trevor, asked for ballroom lessons because a girl he liked was in the class. I was a ballet snob and didn’t think it was real dancing until I went along and saw how amazing it was. I joined his class at 13 and continued when he stopped.
My parents split up when I was 18. I was going to move to London at the time, but I stayed in Australia to comfort my mum. She said I needed something to fall back on if dance didn’t turn out, so I enrolled in a hospitality course.
I moved to England at 21. I worked in a hotel, took dance classes in the afternoons and decorated dresses at night for extra money. I became really good at it. Most people don’t know we design our own costumes on Dancing with the Stars.
I don’t know why celebrities put themselves through DWTS – it’s hard! When I was asked to audition for the Aussie version, I thought, will Australia go for ballroom dancing? I took the job because it was a chance to settle in Sydney.
I had the best time dancing with [actor] Justin Melvey. We’re still friends. I stayed at his place when I first moved to Hollywood.
Jerry Springer is like a father figure to me. He was my first partner on the US version of DWTS, in 2006. We still keep in touch. Donny Osmond, whom I won with, was adorable.
David Arquette is a great guy, but he’s a worrier. When we were dance partners last year, he was very open about the tough time he had during his split from Courteney Cox.
Also, Kym was a guest on The Morning Blend in Las Vegas Friday to promote her dancing at the Tropicana Dancing With The Stars Live show. You can view the interview HERE. She talks about dancing with Carson Kressley and how he leads her. LOL! She has some thoughts about Season 14 and the finals. They also show a recent interview with Jerry Springer who shared some words on Kym. Love this…a must see if you are a fan to Kym!
Picture above is of Kym attending the opening night of ‘Chicago’ in Hollywood on May 16th courtesy of Zimbio Pictures.
The dancing continues!! That’s right! Below is Katherine & Mark and William & Cheryl dancing and being interviewed on the LIVE! With Kelly show today! If you can’t see the videos, you can view them at the LIVE! With Kelly site here. “Splish, Splash, I forgot about the bath…”
Ok kids, it’s time once again to vote of our biannual “end-of-season” awards…our sort of “wrap up” for season 14, where we see what you guys think were the highs and lows of this season If you want to get a feel for how these awards work, you can check out previous seasons’ award recipients here.
First, the rules: I’ve picked what I deem to be the most likely candidates (with the strongest chance of winning) for each category – of course, some of you are going to disagree, and that’s fine. If you don’t see your pick listed as an option, you can write-in your own nomination in the “other” box. But here’s my biannual disclaimer about the dreaded “other” box: if I can’t read what you wrote because it’s badly misspelled/grammatically nonsensical/generally incoherent, YOUR VOTE WILL NOT COUNT. If your response to the question does not make sense (i.e. you simply vote “Donald” for best dance), YOUR VOTE WILL NOT COUNT. If you simply repeat one of the already listed responses because you can’t be bothered to actually pay attention, YOUR VOTE WILL NOT COUNT. If you’re just generally being a nudnik and giving harassing responses, YOUR VOTE WILL NOT COUNT. *shakes head* I still can’t believe that I have to give this spiel twice a year…
…anywho, we’ll give you guys a week to get your votes in, and then we’ll reveal the results in a series of posts starting next week. Now ready…set…VOTE!!!
We have just a couple of more media things to share today. Below is Donald and Peta on LIVE! With Kelly this morning. If you can’t see the video, you can view it at the LIVE! With Kelly site here. “Baby, something is on my mind…”
Here are the top three couples being interviewed with Tony Dovolani and Extra as well…
Whelp… the last scorecard for Season 14… I’m going to skip to the niceties and just go straight to the table of score differentiation:
Am I the only one that is mildly entertained that William has the largest point difference between his predicted scores and actual scores… with Katherine a point beneath that. While in the meantime, Donald is actually a lot closer being just one point off from the past? When you add the scores from Tuesday night’s show into the table Donald has the smallest point difference of the final three…
So let’s look at William’s scoring progression:
Although there are times over the season that William appears to score similar to what was originally predicted or even below, for the most part he has scored a few points over the predicted score. So let’s look at everyone else.
So, after a round of interviews with the press, our Season 14 Champs, Donald and Peta joined the Jimmy Kimmel LIVE Show via satellite. Jimmy is a goof ball as always as he tries to put them on the spot.
PopTVDotCom was able to capture some of the cast going to some after parties after the show. They have good things to say on the winners and how much fun they had…
Saving the best for last, below is Donald & Peta, Mark & Katherine, and William and Cheryl on Good Morning America today after catching a red eye to New York City last night. GMA asks them some great questions, Len has a special message for Donald and it’s well deserved, William’s little boy shows some love (a total awwww moment), and the couples dance too….
Wow, where do we begin this morning? First of all, I want to stress: DON’T LEAVE US! The show never stops at Pure Dancing With The Stars!! As our Princess Heidi mentioned last night in her Spoiler Post, “a few episodes of Cheesecake, a team retrospective look at Season 14 (warts and all), and a numbers post looking at the entire season” is coming up. Courtney hosts an Awards. Marianya’s got some cool things planned in the mix. We’ll post some new Questionnaires and Polls. Also, we report on any and all news and rumors out there on all the Pros and the upcoming Season all summer. So, stay tuned. You don’t want to miss anything (as several of you did last season when the rumors started flying which, fyi, began EARLY in the off season). With that said, below are a few interviews to start off the day after such a glorious and one of the best finals in Dancing With The Stars history. Congratulations again to Season 14 Champs Peta and Donald….and same to Katherine & Mark, William and Cheryl, and ALL the couples this season. They are all winners and gave it everything they had.
Ok, let’s get to some interviews this morning from Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight for starters….
E Online interviewed the cast after the show with their thoughts about coming back for the All-star season….
Roshon Fegen told us that he’s totally game for coming back if he was asked and if his schedule permits, along with Gavin DeGraw, who was a little more apprehensive about the idea, but said he’d consider it.
Meanwhile, Gladys Knight, Katherine Jenkins and Donald Driver were all iffy about giving the ballroom competition dancing another go.
Jenkins said that she needs a break (which we totally understand) and Driver has football coming up, so that might get in the way. But he already won the whole shebang, so it wouldn’t exactly be fair to add him into the mix, anyway. Don’t you think?
Although the judges don’t get a say in who will come back for DWTS’ all-star edition, Carrie Ann Inaba told us that she’d like to see Apolo Anton Ohno, Kirstie Alley and “definitely” Gilles Marini (yeah, we wouldn’t mind seeing him shake his bon-bon again, either).