Copied and pasted from Pure Derek Hough where you can read more on this pairing:
Nastia has written her new blog at the Huffington Post. She’s excited to be a Princess tonight. Here is more….
I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but tonight is Disney Week on Dancing with The Stars – does it get better than that?! I doubt that I am any different than other girls in that I have always dreamed of playing a princess – and tonight I will get to do that! And not just any princess, I get to pretend I’m one of the most famous princesses around – Anna from Frozen – no pressure at all!
This week has been so much fun for Derek and I…we actually have to get into the characters for our routine to “Love is an Open Door,” which we decided to make a jazz dance. I think it’s a dance that the audience can really get into and hopefully we will do the characters justice! Really losing ourselves in the storyline of the movie has been one of our main focuses for this week.
Speaking of this week, it was another crazy one! Derek and I just had basically three days to perfect our routine because I had to leave New York on Thursday night for an appearance in Chicago on Friday.
Can last season’s winner, Alfonso Ribeiro, help Chris Soules and Witney Carson? He visited them in rehearsals this past week for Dancing With The Stars. He says the “fun” is missing in their partnership. He is so right. Thanks to People for the footage.
ETA:USA Today is reporting Chris Soules got hurt in rehearsals yesterday and could possibly be pulled out. More at this link. Below is a video… Read more..
Oh no, I hope she’s going to hang in there. Here is more from E Online. Video below too….
We have your exclusive sneak peek at Three’s Company star Suzanne Somers’ rehearsal session with her professional partner Tony Dovolani, one that gets so intense and frustrating that Somers ends up saying, “I don’t think I can stay with the show.”
So why is Suzanne thinking about quitting the show? And what is Tony’s reaction when his star reveals she might not be cut out for the competition? Press play on our exclusive sneak peek above to find out.
Here’s hoping Suzanne is able rally and continue on in the competition as tonight’s theme is the fan-favorite Disney Night, where each of the remaining celeb contestants dance to the songs from Walt Disney Animination Studios Films. Suzanne and Tony’s? “He’s a Tramp” from Lady and the Tramp!
Willow Shields attended the MTV Movie Awards last night. She looked so beautiful. She also took time out to talk about Dancing With The Stars and why she is loving the experience with Access Hollywood. She talked of tonight’s dance too…..
Would you believe it takes 9 months to pull of Disney Night on Dancing With The Stars? Executive Producer Rob Wade talks all about it in a new article at the Huffington Post. This is Fascinating stuff. Be sure to read more at the link.
“That’s actually how long we’ve been having meetings about ‘Disney Night,’ which is the theme of this week’s show,” explained Rob Wade, the executive producer of this long-running ABC series. “But you have to understand that — when you’re building an episode of Dancing with the Stars around Disney — you’ve got this huge assortment of characters to chose from. Not to mention decades of popular music to dig through as you look for just the right songs to build dance routines around.”
Ah, but then there’s the other aspect of “Disney Night” on Dancing with the Stars. In order to make Monday night’s proceedings seem genuinely magical, Wade & Co. are going to take memorable pieces of Disney animation and then digitally insert them into this week’s dance routines.
“We did this for the first time with last year’s ‘Disney Night’ and really got a huge reaction from Dancing with the Stars viewers. So this time around, we’re going all out. You’re not only going to see brief bits of Disney animation in Monday night’s dance routines, you’re also going to see it in the show’s bumpers. We’ll have live Disney characters — Mickey, Minnie, Donald & Pluto — performing in the show’s opening number. We’ll even be flying people as part of this week’s dance routines, just like in Aladdin, ” Rob enthused. “Truth be told, you’re going to see Disney characters throughout this week’s show. At one point, you’ll even see an animated Pinocchio clapping at the judge’s table.”
As you might expect, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes effort that goes into pulling off a 2 hour-long, live television presentation like Dancing with the Stars. But when you add digitally inserted animated footage and live costume characters to that mix, what was once just tough to pull off now verges on impossible.
“That’s why — for the past two weeks — we’ve been getting ready for our ‘Disney Night’ show. This past Saturday, we had a whole extra day onstage where we did just prep,” Wade stated.
“All season long, the celebrities have really been looking forward to performing on ‘Disney Night.’ That’s one of the main reasons we scheduled this particular Dancing with the Stars show for the middle of the season. So that as many of our celebrity performers as possible would then get the chance to dance to a piece of classic Disney music,” Rob stated.
“Of course, we obviously want to make sure that whatever our celebrities do with the Disney characters looks fabulous and is suitably impressive. So just from a technical perspective, this particular episode of Dancing with the Stars will be a real challenge. There’s an extra level of precision involved with this particular show,” Wade said. “Which is why I’d like to remind the folks watching at home that — thanks to all of the talented people who work in front of and behind the camera — ‘Dancing with the Stars’ always looks polished and professional. But you still have to remember that this is a two hour-long live TV show.”
Here we are, week 4 going into week 5 and the scoring wasn’t too horrendous. There was one glaring error in what was otherwise a relatively decent scoring/ranking by the judges and that was Willow’s 39. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like Willow. I liked the dance. My comments on the dance weren’t on the dance quality but the fact that I had hard time following it with all the other dancers involved. In terms of dance quality, I defy anyone to convince me (won’t happen) that Willow’s dance was 3 points better than that amazing AT from Nastia or 4 points better than Rumer’s Waltz-ish dance. Was Willow on par with Nastia and Rumer?? Sure, I would buy that. She did a damn good job, in spite of my problems with the production. But 3 or 4 points *better*?? Um, no. Especially when you consider that there are fewer strict rules in a contemporary routine, which means it’s marginally easier to do. Even if you claim that “Nastia is boring” or “Rumer is one note” that still doesn’t equate to 3 or 4 points difference. Or it shouldn’t. Read more..
Below is a fun interview Cidra found for us. Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess did a call-in interview about Dancing With The Stars with 105.7 The Hawk. As Cidra said, they kid around a lot with them, but, you can tell they are proud of Noah for everything he’s accomplished. Thanks Cids!!
What a fun and interesting new interview with Dancing With The Stars Edyta Sliwinska and Roanoke.com. She talks of her favorite dances in her and Alec Mazo’s “Dancing Pros Live” show, the most difficult part of the tour, and what’s next for her and Alec when the tour ends at the of April (TPTB, if you read this, please ask them back for a performance for the Anniversary show!). You can read more below and at the link. For tickets and scheduling information for “Dancing Pros Live”, see this link. I promise….you won’t be sorry you missed it.
Q: What dances can we see on the show?
A little bit of everything. You’ll see ballroom, contemporary, swing, jitterbug, Charleston, African samba …
Q: What is the most difficult part of the tour?
Probably the traveling and staying in hotels. I’m traveling with a baby, too, and it’s just so exhausting. But you just keep going on because you want to bring the best show to the audience that you can possibly put on.
Q: Your husband has won a season of “Dancing with the Stars” and you’ve come in second — is there friendly competition there?
At the beginning there was. As ballroom dancers, you’re already pretty competitive — that’s why you get into ballroom dancing in the first place. But I would have to say that it’s healthy competition. One partner might be very good at choreography and the other could be very good at coming up with concepts, so they’re able to join forces and create something amazing because of that. Alec is very good at logistics whereas I’m very good with artistic vision. You balance each other out and encourage one another.
Q: What’s up next for you after the tour?
Alec and I will be producing a show for a casino in Canada. It’s a singing competition show with audience voting just like “Dancing Pros Live.” There will be very little dancing. There will be some to accompany duets or group numbers. But we’ll have singers from “The Voice,” “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent.”
Q: What advice do you have for aspiring dancers?
If you really love it and you continue to really love it, then work hard and stick to it. Get out there and show your talent. Don’t limit yourself to one style of dancing. You can specialize in one type of dance but you should know all types of dances. Take all the classes you can. Don’t be afraid to branch out into acting and singing or other forms of talent.
Can you believe it’s the Quarterfinals for Dancing With The Stars Russia? Time flies when you are having fun!! SPECIAL NOTE for those planning to tune in: The time of the show might have been moved up 35 minutes, but, @NastineLi at twitter says it might start at the same time as always too. Whatever the case, know that the show will start at either 9:45am ET or 10:20am ET. As always, you can watch Dancing With The Stars Russia at Live Russia TV. If the LIVE stream doesn’t work, check my twitter page as I’ll be tweeting some streams that will work. Also, follow @Nastineli at twitter as she plans to translate the show for us (this is so so cool and makes the show that much more enjoyable!).
Lastly, now is the most important time to be VOTING for Gleb and Adelina if you can. If you are able to… “send a SMS with number 10 to 1075” to VOTE for their dance today. You can also vote for Gleb and Adelina to win a Fans Choice Trophy Award at this link online daily and all week until the end of the season. Anyone can vote including International voters. If you need directions, see this twitter link as Anastassija Lipkova has been so nice explaining it for us so well (note that number of votes in the 3rd line is just a figure. Ticking the 1st box is obligatory. The 2nd box is optional. Your votes go to a good cause as well.
With that all said, here’s to Gleb and Adelina and Dancing With The Stars Russia this week!!! They are dancing a Hip Hop dance and will be the first out of the shoot today. Be sending them and Elena Samodanova (who is judging) lots of love and good wishes! We’ll update this post with photo links and their new dance(s) as soon as we are able to. Thanks to Everyone following along! Sweet photo above courtesy of Gleb’s Instagram.
ETA: Below are Gleb and Adelina’s dances. They danced in the beautiful opening number and so gracefully at that. I love this music….
And below is their Hip Hop dance. They OWNED it out there with Alexey Balash. Check them out! “You can’t touch” it! It was jammed packed with energy and cool moves and tricks!! They scored a 45 with it….and ended up placing 1st this week and they made it to the Semi-Finals! WOO HOO! You can also see some stunning photos of them and the cast at DWTSRussia facebook. Let us know what you think in comments!!
ETA2: Just a little FYI from our Russia friend and translator @NastineLI. The opening number (seen above) was dedicated to Cosmonautics Day in Russia. You can read all about this Russian holiday at Wikipedia. Below is a take from the link. FASCINATING!! Thanks Annastassija!!
In 2011, April 12 was declared as the International Day of Human Space Flight in dedication of the first manned space flight made on April 12, 1961 by the 27-year-old Russian Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Gagarin circled the Earth for 1 hour and 48 minutes aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft.
The commemorative day was established in the Soviet Union one year later, on April 9, 1962. In modern Russia, it is celebrated in accordance with Article 1.1 of the Law “On the Days of Military Glory and the Commemorative Dates in Russia”.
Gagarin’s flight was a triumph for the Soviet space program, and opened a new era in the history of space exploration. Gagarin became a national hero of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc and a famous figure around the world. Major newspapers around the globe published his biography and details of his flight. Moscow and other cities in the USSR held mass demonstrations, the scale of which was second only to WWII Victory Parades. Gagarin was escorted in a long motorcade of high-ranking officials through the streets of Moscow to the Kremlin where, in a lavish ceremony, he was awarded the highest Soviet honour, the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, by the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.
Nowadays the commemoration ceremony on Cosmonautics Day starts in the city of Korolyov, near Gagarin’s statue. Participants then proceed under police escort to Red Square for a visit to Gagarin’s grave in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis, and continue to Cosmonauts Alley, near the Monument to the Conquerors of Space. Finally, the festivities are concluded with a visit to the Novodevichy Cemetery.