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Dancing with the Stars: The Jeopardy Theory

Every season, readers get very confused by the concepts of “bottom two” versus “jeopardy”. If you don’t listen carefully to what Tom and Brooke (now Erin) say, it’s easy to get confused. If a couple is in the bottom two, it means that they, along with the eliminated couple, had the lowest combined score. The combined score is determined by viewer votes and judges scores. The formula is relatively simple: they take a couple’s score and divide it by the total points handed out on a given night to get their share of the judges scores. They do the same with the viewer votes; they divide a couple’s number of votes by the total number of votes cast and come up with their share of the votes. They then add the two numbers together; the couple with the lowest combined total is then sent home.  You can see many examples of this in my series of posts called “Dancing by the Numbers”.

When the show is airing, there are two ways of getting to an elimination, by putting three couples in jeopardy (oh, the drama) and then saving one, and then one of the remaining two goes home. And then there is the straight up identification of the “bottom two” couples. Tom will say “the bottom two” if this is the case. If neither Tom nor Brooke (now Erin) says “these are the bottom two” then we don’t actually know if the two people standing at the end are really the low combined score getters. There are multiple reasons why they like do this. The main reason, of course, is DRAMA. How they love their drama. They like to make the show exciting and if the low scorer was immediately sent home every week, what fun would that be? This past week, you’ll note that Tom and Erin made it clear that Cody and Witney were “not necessarily” the bottom two.

The question that is asked every season is: does “jeopardy” (aka, being the last couple called safe) have any real meaning for the couples put there??  The answer is yes, of course. The problem is determining what that meaning is at the time. That is very difficult to do, although we’ve gotten pretty good at figuring it out every season.  You always have to remember a few key things:

  • The producers want to keep the show exciting, and jeopardy is a part of that;
  • The producers often have a reason why they want to keep a particular couple around longer and motivating fan bases to vote harder can be accomplished by “jeopardy” if they think the votes are too low;
  • Drama, drama, drama!! How exciting is it when the high scorer of the night is standing next to the low scorer of the night and you don’t know who’s going to survive – and the producers fool you into thinking that the low person is for sure going home…and then they don’t?

Yeah, I don’t think it’s really that exciting at this point in the show’s history, but I’ve long said that the producers have lost touch with their audience. :-)

Now, since I’m the biggest nerd of a blogger on this site, I wondered if there was any kind of pattern to the “jeopardy” and the subsequent eliminations. So I made tables of seasons 11 through 17 to try and figure it out. Hindsight is 20/20 – but it can inform how you watch the show going forward.  The answer, as you may have guessed, is that yes there is something of a pattern. Sometimes. And it’s an easy one to see when you’re looking back – but still impossible to be sure of when you’re watching the show in real time. :-) That is unlikely to change. Read more..

March 26, 2014 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Pure DWTS Questionnaire Looking Back On 2013: What are your “favorite” and ‘best of” thoughts?

Hi Everyone!! We thought it might be fun to look back on the last two seasons of Dancing With The Stars (Season 16 and Season 17) to get your “favorite” and ‘best of” thoughts. As always, answer to your best ability or for whatever comes to mind first in the comments section. Also, try to answer with only one choice, but, you can name a few honorable mentions if it’s too difficult to choose only one. Ok, here ya go….

1. Taking into account the last two seasons of Dancing With The Stars in 2013, who do you think deserves an award for Top Female Pro?

2. From the last two seasons of Dancing With The Stars in 2013, who do you think deserves an award for Top Male Pro?

3. Now taking your top two picks from above, which pro deserves the Vanguard Professional Dancer Award for 2013?

4. The Best Dancing With The Stars Troupe Members in 2013 were __________________ and ___________________. (Try to name only two)

5. Taking into account the last two seasons of Dancing With The Stars in 2013, who were your top 3 favorite couples? Rate them in order as well.

6. The celebrity dancer to surprise me the most in 2013 was ________________________.

7. The celebrity dancer to tug on my heart strings the most in 2013 was _________________________.

8. The Most “Entertaining” Celebrity Dancer of 2013 was ________________________.

9. The “Best” Celebrity Dancer of 2013 was _________________________.

Good luck and see you in comments! As always, thanks for your fun participation and here’s to Dancing With The Stars in 2014. ;) xxx

January 7, 2014 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.

Dancing With The Stars Among Nielson’s TV Ratings Annual Top 10

And it even beat out American Idol and the NFL regular season. Below is more from Newsday via Nielson’s. To read the full article, be sure to see the link.

Interesting bit of news from Nielsen’s annual Top Ten list, just released this morning: “Dancing with the Stars” edged out “American Idol” as TV’s most viewed unscripted show last season. “NCIS” remained TV’s top draw overall.

1 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC… 7.4 21,734,000

2 SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC 5.3 …15,708,000

3 THE OT FOX 5.0 14…,753,000

4 NCIS CBS 5.0 14…,692,000

5 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 4.7 …13,862,000

6 NFL REGULAR SEASON L ESPN 4.6… 13,446,000

7 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 4.6 …13,384,000

8 BIG BANG THEORY, THE CBS 4.5… 13,217,000

9 AMERICAN IDOL-THURSDAY FOX 4.5 …13,136,000

10 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 4.5… 12,890,000

December 17, 2013 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.

Dancing With The Stars Nominated For A 2014 People’s Choice Award (Needs Your VOTES again!)

Hey All! Dancing With The Stars has been nominated for a People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Competition TV Show“!! Other competition shows nominated with Dancing With The Stars are America’s Got Talent, MasterChef, The Voice, and The X Factor (what? No American Idol?). You can view a full list of all the other nominations for a people’s Choice Award at this link. Also, be sure to VOTE for our show as many times as you can HERE to ensure it wins. Voting ends on December 5th. The People’s Choice Awards will take place on January 8, 2014 on CBS.

November 5, 2013 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.

Help Get Dancing With The Stars Nominated For A 2014 People’s Choice Award (VOTE, PLEASE RT)

Hey dancing fans! There is only one more day to try and get Dancing With The Stars nominated for a 2014 People’s Choice Award!! To do so, visit People Choice Awards at this link and then look for the category under the “TV” section called “Favorite Competition TV Show“!! You can VOTE as many times as you want for Dancing With The Stars and 4 of your other favorite shows in the same category. You don’t need to sign up. All you need to do is VOTE!!!

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October 30, 2013 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.

PureDWTS 2013 Hollywood Reporter Makes Emmy Predictions For The Reality Categories

Hollywood Reporter is making some early predictions for who might win an Emmy in the “Reality” categories!! Note how their analyst, Scott Feinberg, “expects “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” to split the vote of dance fans and allow “The Amazing Race” to win yet again, and “Deadliest Catch” to pick up its second statuette in three years.” (Huh? No, please no! We want Dancing With The Stars to win!) Below is a take about Dancing With The Stars for Scott’s pros and cons….

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

PRO: The show helped to make dancing cool again by pairing celebs with pros and sending them off to be judged. It has been a bridesmaid in this category every year since 2006 but received a category-leading nine noms this year, including one for host Tom Bergeron (his sixth in a row), last year’s winner.

CON: Two dance shows could split the support of the genre’s fans, and So You Think You Can Dance received four choreography noms versus DWTS’ two.

More at Hollywood Reporter. Let’s hope the predictions keep coming. To see our previous posting on the 2013 Emmy Nominations, visit this link.

August 23, 2013 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.

Dancing With The Stars Derek Hough To Help Choreograph And Perform On Primetime Emmy Awards

Gear up, the Emmy Awards are going to be even more exciting this year! Not only has Dancing With The Stars Derek Hough been nominated for two awards, he will also be choreographing and dancing in a big production in the Primetime airing on September 22nd, 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT. Below are some fun details from Hollywood Reporter. As always, be sure to read the link for even more. When you are finished, head on over to Pure Derek Hough. Heidi has even more updates on all things Derek currently including new pics and his upcoming scheduled appearances.

Ehrlich found an innovative way to deliver the news about the plan to the nominated choreographers — Derek Hough (a double nominee for Dancing With the Stars); Allison Holker, who is not only nominated for Dancing With the Stars, but is a dancer in two of the nominated numbers; and four other nominees, all nominated for So You Think You Can Dance: Sonya Tayeh and Mandy Jo Moore, Napoleon D’umo and Travis Wall.

Ehrlich and the Academy invited the choreography nominees last week to a special reception in their honor. “Once they were there, we sprung it on them,” said Ehrlich. “Neil came and announced, ‘Yes, of course we want to celebrate their nominations, but basically we wanted them to choreograph a number collectively that would be one on the show.’ ”

The events at the reception were taped, and most of the other work on the number will also be taped for a kind of reality show documentary to be shown as part of the presentation on the Primetime Emmys. “It’s obviously a very innovative thing to do,” added Ehrlich.

The choreographers will meet this week to figure out what they will do for the Emmys telecast. One option being bandied includes the choreographers themselves dancing, and each has been invited to hire two of their favorite dancers for the number (likely from the shows they were nominated for). The chance of big-name performers taking part is improbable but remains undecided.

However, Ehrlich said they have been given a budget, which will limit how much they can spend on the dancers and production.

But don’t expect the dance number to open up the Emmys, Ehrlich commented. Instead, it will occur somewhere in “the body of the show.”

“It’s definitely going to be an original number,” said Ehrlich, “something that hasn’t been done before. It’s going to utilize the talents of all of them to put this number together as choreographers.”

August 7, 2013 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.

Katie Couric Site: ‘Do you want to see Katie on “Dancing with the Stars”?’ (Watch Repeat)

Hey all and for those interested, don’t miss seeing a repeat episode of The Katie Show today. This past May, Dancing With The Stars judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli guessed on the show as well as hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet. They talk of the 300th episode of Dancing With The Stars. Pro Louis Van Amstel also shows Katie some dance moves and then they dance. However, what’s extra is fun in watching this episode again is the cast trying to coax Katie into dancing for Dancing With The Stars Season 17. So, be sure to watch. You can also see our previous posting with videos of this episode at this link. I love too how they have this page set up at her site asking viewers if they’d like to see Katie on Dancing With The Stars.

Yes, I’m still holding onto this (pipe?) dream. Smiley-Begging

August 1, 2013 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.

Dancing with the Stars 2013 Emmy Nominations!!

And the nominees are….psuedo live blog, updating as I find stuff.

OUTSTANDING HOST

TOM BERGERON
Cat Deely
Ryan Seacrest
Betty White
Heidi Klum/Tim Gunn
Anthony Bourdain

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM

DANCING WITH THE STARS
So You Think You can Dance
The Amazing Race
Top Chef
Project Runway
The Voice

TAR wins this one every season.

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

DEREK HOUGH and Allison Holker for “Heart Cry” and “Stars”
DEREK HOUGH for Hey Pachuco (Quickstep with Shawn)/Para Los Rumberos (Mambo with Shawn)/Walking On Air (Box routine with Jamie Goodwin)
Warren Carlyle – Live From Lincoln Center
Sonya Tayeh – SYTYCD
Mandy Jo Moore – SYTYCD
NappyTabs – SYTYCD
Travis Wall – SYTYCD

OUTSTANDING ART DIRECTION FOR VARIETY OR NON-FICTION PROGRAMMING

DANCING WITH THE STARS Episode 1608a (Box dance, is my guess)
London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
Saturday Night Live
The Oscars
The Voice

OUTSTANDING HAIR STYLING FOR A MULTI CAMERA SERIES OR SPECIAL

DANCING WITH THE STARS • Episode 1608 •
Big Bang Theory
Saturday Night Live
The Oscars
The Voice

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN/LIGHTING DIRECTION FOR A VARIETY SERIES

American Idol
DANCING WITH THE STARS
Saturday Night Live
So You Think You Can Dance
The Voice

OUTSTANDING MAKE UP FOR A MULTI CAMERA SERIES

DANCING WITH THE STARS Episode 1603
How I Met Your Mother
Key and Peele
The Oscars
Saturday Night Live

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO CONTROL FOR A SERIES

DANCING WITH THE STARS Episode 1610a (Finale?)
Big Bang Theory
The Daily Show
Jimmy Kimmel
Saturday Night Live
The Voice

That’s all I can see on the list….Vogue??

Vogue: You’ve got them all. Good job!!! Also all, don’t miss seeing a fun video of Derek Hough talking with Paula Abdul about choreographing. From Emmy.com….

Here are some fun reactions from Tom and Derek at twitter….

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Also, don’t miss seeing Pure Derek Hough. Heidi has some great posts about Derek’s two nominations in more detail!

July 18, 2013 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Derek Hough and Karina Smirnoff Party at the Beyonce Concert, and Kellie Pickler Makes Country Music Hall of Fame

Lots of little odds and ends from today, from Derek and Karina partying in the Dell Suite at the Beyonce concert, to Kellie and Derek being on display in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. And if that wasn’t enough, Kellie’s video, featuring Derek, is being previewed on GMA tomorrow and will then play for 24 hours on GMA.com!! Also see PureDerekHough.com for links to stills from Derek’s movie.

Fashion 24/7 has a variety of pictures of Derek and Karina at the Dell Party which, unless I’m misunderstanding something, was backstage at the Beyonce show. More pics at  Socialite Life   and Zimbio of Derek and Karina at the event. From E! News:

 Spotted in the Dell-hosted Hyde box were sexy couple Chris Evans and Minka Kelly, Seth Rogen, Jason Alexander, Derek Hough and Brittany Snow and boyfriend Tyler Hoechlin as well as a mini Glee confab of sorts with Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Naya Rivera, who brought along beau Big Sean.

Below is a short video of Derek talking to Bella Thorne (remember, he and Mark danced with her and Zendaya for a Disney thing).

According to Examiner.com, Kellie’s going to be featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame:

Singer-songwriter Kellie Pickler took her turn on the dance floor on this year’s season of Dancing with the Stars. Paired with professional performer Derek Hough, the American Idol alum was crowned the winner, and her finale costume and mirrorball trophy will find its way into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The show trinkets will be showcased on the second floor of the landmark exhibit beginning on Wednesday (July 3).

That’s pretty cool. The Country Music Hall of Fame is a very interesting place, even if you’re not a fan of Country Music in particular. ALSO, Kellie’s NEW music video for Someone Somewhere Tonight, featuring Derek, will be shown (in part) on GMA tomorrow. After that, the whole video will play on GMA online. Can’t wait!! From CountryMusicRocks.net

ABC Television’s “Good Morning America” will air a sneak peek of Kellie Pickler’s new music video for “Someone Somewhere Tonight” tomorrow morning, Wednesday, July 3, during the 8:30 AM (all time zones) segment. The video reunites Pickler with her “Dancing with the Stars” Mirrorball Trophy-winning partner, Derek Hough. Once the sneak peek has aired on “Good Morning America,” the full music video will be shown exclusively on GoodMorningAmerica.com for the next 24 hours.

Vogue here with an UPDATE: Heidi has a link to watch Kelly’s new video featuring Derek at Pure Derek Hough now. Be sure to see it here if interested. Their dancing is out of this world. Kelly and Derek put all of their heart and soul into it. It’s so beautiful and passionate, it makes me want to cry!!!!

July 2, 2013 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)