Thanks for the heads up by @DWTSgossip, below is Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovksiy on Veria Living today talking about Dancing With The Stars. They talk about the competition, the switch-up dance, and their next dance! Note for a hint on their song, Val says, “She really wants to dance with somebody”! Oh, I love that song!
So we’re at the halfway point in the competition – 5 more weeks to go, and there’s still 8 couples left…seems like a lot, but I guess numerically it makes sense. We’ve got party anthem night this coming Monday, Latin night the following Monday, and then who knows. Will the guest judges cease once we hit week 8? Will the themes cease? When’s the team dance? What other funky sh*t are they gonna throw our way between now and the finale?
I don’t have ALL of the answers, but I’ll try and paint the clearest picture I can of the remainder of the season. Here’s the list of what the remaining couples have left to dance in the coming weeks – I’ve already removed their party anthem week dances, so consider this the remaining dances for Latin week onward. I’ve added a bit of my own commentary as well. And because I’m nice, I did it both a list format AND a handy-dandy chart. I have a question mark by the Viennese waltz (see why below) and I honestly doubt we’ll see anyone else doing the swing this season, but I went ahead and included it since we did see it from two couples already.
Meryl & Maks – remaining regular dances: rumba, paso doble, jive, waltz, quickstep, Viennese waltz; “other” dances: contemporary, jazz, salsa
Kinda interesting how Meryl & Maks have basically done two of everything: two Latin dances, two ballroom dances, and two “other” dances – probably the most evenly divided-up of all the couples, and gives them the greatest variety of dances left to do heading into the second half of the competition. I don’t see her necessarily struggling technically with any of the dances she has left – but I do think some of the relentless shippers have built up their rumba so much in their heads that they’re going to be disappointed if they do anything short of making out on the dance floor. I also think Maks’ skills as a choreographer might make some of these styles questionable – I’m highly skeptical of how he’ll do with contemporary & jazz. I’m also wondering if he’ll be able to resist the urge to waste time in their quickstep – that seems to be one dance where he seems to love throwing in long sections of running up and down the stairs or fiddling with props.
Charlie & Sharna – remaining regular dances: samba, paso doble, waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, Viennese waltz; “other” dances: salsa, Argentine tango, swing
Charlie’s only burned through one ballroom dance so far, and I think he has the potential to really kill it with the ones he has left – if Sharna can choreograph some impactful routines. Kinda glad he got rumba out of the way already, since he seems a tad uncomfortable with the really lovey-dovey dances; I think he’ll probably handle Argentine tango better, because it has such a strong technique component and it moves faster. But I’m fully expecting rumba to crop up again for him as his “redemption dance”. I’m hoping he can really summon some rage (does this kid even have an angry bone in his body? ) for the paso doble, as that’s one dance that I see going completely against character for him.
James & Peta – remaining dances: cha-cha, samba, rumba, paso doble, waltz, Viennese waltz; “other” dances: jazz, Argentine tango, swing
Unlike a lot of the others, who have burned through almost all of their Latin dances, James has actually gotten all but one (maybe two) of the ballroom dances out of the way, and still has 4 Latin dances to work with – and considering he handled his salsa & jive pretty damn well, he could potentially ace the Latin dances he has left and really build some momentum headed into the finale. I’m hoping Peta learned her lesson with the judges during switch week, and is able to choreograph a really by-the-book rumba for James; maybe getting hosed during a week when nobody actually got sent home was a blessing in disguise for James. I’m thinking his Argentine tango has the potential to make jaws drop – he’s proven he can handle complex choreography and can commit fully to the mood of each dance.
Amy & Derek – remaining regular dances: samba, rumba, paso doble, tango, foxtrot, quickstep, Viennese waltz; “other” dances: Argentine tango, jazz
I love Amy to bits, but YIKES – I worry that they got the majority of the dances that were going to be easier for her out of the way early, and now she’s stuck with the stuff that may prove pretty difficult on prostheses. She’s probably going to struggle with tango, since she can’t really pivot; I think quickstep & Viennese waltz could cause problems since they involve crossing one ankle over the other at some point; rumba will probably cause problems due to the hip action; she might actually be able to do samba decently, since she is actually able to bend her knees and has a strong core from which she can get the bounce, but pivoting steps like samba runs may be out of the question. Argentine tango? I’m having nightmares of her getting her feet tangled up during one of the sequences of footwork. I’m hoping Derek has got some serious tricks up his sleeve, because I think Amy’s going to really need them in the coming weeks.
Danica & Val – remaining regular dances: rumba, paso doble, waltz, tango, Viennese waltz; “other” dances: salsa, jazz, Argentine tango, swing
Danica is one big puzzle to me – I don’t think she technically struggles with any of the dances (she’s conveniently overcome her arm problem), but at the same time I don’t feel like she really masters any of the dances like Meryl & Charlie, either. I think she may hit a snag with the rumba as she seems to obsess over dance steps, and rumba is one dance where you have to let go a bit and just let the emotion take over. I don’t really have a whole lot else to say about Danica – she’s not the best for me, but not the worst; and she’s not really leaving a very lasting impression on me, either way. Bad?
Candace & Mark – remaining regular dances: paso doble, waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz; “other” dances: salsa, jazz, Argentine tango, swing
Thankfully, she’s gotten most of the Latin out of the way – she really only has paso doble & salsa left to contend with. I think she’ll handle the ballroom better than the Latin, but I still worry that the judges are just gonna nitpick her to death like they did with her quickstep, because they’ve decided she’s disposable. Will be interested to see if they let her do jazz at some point – with the season half over and the theme weeks winding down, I’m wondering if we’ll begin to see less jazz & contemporary. I think she & Mark would knock the jazz out of the park – so if she does get to do it (maybe as a trio dance?) I think it has the potential to be a comeback for her.
NeNe & Tony – remaining dances: samba, paso doble, waltz, tango, quickstep, Viennese waltz; “other” dances: contemporary, Argentine tango, swing
Well NeNe’s burned through all but two of the Latin dances , and she has only managed to check one hardcore ballroom dance off the list…seems like there’s not a whole lot of flashy dances left for her to really sell. And I’m not sure that samba & paso doble are going to be ones that she can really “wing it” with – samba’s heavy on the technique, and paso doble is heavy on the aggression. IF she survives this week – and that’s a big IF – it looks like it’s gonna be a pretty bumpy road for her from here on out.
Drew & Cheryl - remaining dances: samba, rumba, paso doble, foxtrot, Viennese waltz; “other” dances: salsa, contemporary, jazz, Argentine tango, swing
I’m afraid things don’t look particularly easy for Drew, either – the dreaded samba is in the mix, as well as the nitpicky-on-technique rumba. He only has one or two ballroom dances left, and oddly enough, he’s the only contestant left that hasn’t done at least one “extra” dance – he’s the only that has only done real competition dances so far. Can’t decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing – did I read somewhere that Cheryl’s not really fond of contemporary and/or jazz?
Other random thoughts…
Where the hell are the paso doble & the Viennese waltz??? Since paso doble has been included in every season since season 1, I highly doubt they’ve scrapped it as one of the regular dances this season – I’m guessing that the theme weeks thus far just have not really been conducive to the aggressive feel of the paso (think personal story week, Disney week, and party anthems week). We’ll probably have a pretty paso doble-heavy Latin week – for some couples, it’s one of only two Latin dances they even have left to do. Now as for the Viennese waltz – we may or may not see it this season. The fact that we haven’t seen a single one yet (while we have seen two standard waltzes) makes me wonder if they decided to cut this season down to just waltz, or maybe have the couples do only one type of waltz through the course of the season (either waltz OR Viennese waltz – not both). They’ve done it in previous seasons – there’s been seasons with only the waltz, seasons with only the Viennese waltz, seasons where the couples did both, and seasons where they only did one or the other. Guess we’ll just have to wait & see what kind of season this is – I personally prefer the Viennese waltz, because I find it more exciting to watch, but obviously I’m not the one in charge (despite what some fringe fans seem to think)…
What about the team dances? I’m hearing week 7, which is Latin week – which means that the team dances will most likely be Latin dances (my money’s on either both teams doing cha-cha, or one team doing cha-cha and the other doing paso doble), and one team will have 3 couples while the other has 4. They’ll most likely get picked immediately after Monday night’s show, and then go straight to rehearsal. If they follow the scheme of previous seasons, then the two contestants with the highest cumulative score will serve as the team captains – as it stands right now, that’s Meryl (134 total points) and Charlie (131 total points) – but the scores they get Monday night could change that (I doubt it will, but the possibility is there). They’ve also done a coin toss and allowed the winner to either get first pick on the song or the team members, but that could change this season, too. I could go into great detail on all the things that could happen – but that’s best left to a “Team Dance Speculation” post coming up over the weekend
Are we going to see the trio dance again? Haven’t heard anything official, but I would assume so – it’s been too popular in the past 4 seasons to NOT do it. I’m guessing week 8, and as always, it will be either a Latin dance or jazz. I’m guessing they will still be able to pick from either a current troupe member (Sasha, Artem, Lindsay, or Jenna) or an eliminated pro from this season (Henry, Karina, Emma, Witney, or whichever pros are eliminated in weeks 6 & 7) as their third trio member. No, I have no reason to believe that Tristan/Chelsie/Anna/Gleb/etc. will be available as choices for the trios…and yes, there are fans that still think it’s a legit possibility.
Anything else coming up? Again, no official word, but I would expect to see the supersized freestyles again (cause they sure seem to love supersizing!) and either an instant dance and/or 24-hour dance challenge during finale week.
So what do you guys hope to see in the coming weeks? Who do you think has the right dances left to succeed this season – and who is screwed? And if you haven’t already, be sure to vote in Vogue’s new poll here!
Ok, we’re halfway through the season of Dancing With The Stars Season 18! VOTE and let’s see some numbers for how you might feel for the questions in the SIX Polls below. Note: In the first Poll, you can vote FOUR times. Also note that you’ll be able to watch the Results. So, keep checking back to see how the Polls are fairing. Also, let us know how you voted in comments if you like.
Please RATE and VOTE in these Polls…. …Read more
Cheers to our guest poet Lois! Below is another one of her fantastic poems in putting this past week’s dances all together “Disney” style….
THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL
The ballroom was electric, rocking a super-charged feel
The energy exploding with THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL
Animation was on full display, each dance like a movie
A Supercalifragilisticexpealadocious sight for us to see
The playlist of DISNEY songs brought many a wide smile
The opening, a treasured medley of DISNEY in grand style
THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL, each couple poised to go
Let’s rewind, review each couple’s grand DISNEY show
REEL NUMBER ONE
CHARLIE WHITE AND SHARNA BURGESS
FEATURING A RICHLY GREEN ATTIRED VILLAGE BAND
A SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPEALADOCIOUS JAZZ
A cane and umbrella were used as super-duper props
High-energy, eye-poppin, show-stoppin, jaw-droppin’.
REEL NUMBER TWO
DANICA MCKELLAR AND VAL CHMERKOVSKIY
FEATURING A WAIT STAFF SERVING THEIR GHESTS
A QUICKSTEP FEAST TO BE OUR GUEST
High-stepping, energetic, tasty, delicious feast
A knocking-out-of-the ballroom delectable treat
REEL NUMBER THREE
JAMES MASLOWE AND PETA MURGATROYD
FEATURING FROZEN ANIMATION
CONTEMPORARY DREAM TO LET IT GO
The mood, a breath of romanticism, of pure emotion
An artistic wonder, melting hearts, display of perfection
REEL NUMBER FOUR
DREW CAREY AND CHERYL BURKE
FEATURING AN ASSISTANCE FROM ALADDIN HIMSELF
A QUICKSTEP TO A FRIEND LIKE ME
Snappy, foot-tappy, happy Magic Carpet Ride
Full of Zip-A -Dee-Do-Do, a friendly celebration
REEL NUMBER FIVE
AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH
FEATURING A FANTASY BEFITTING CINDERELLA
A WALTZ TO SO THIS IS LOVE
She was a Princess at The Ball, Her Prince By Her Side
Sweetness, lovers in love, an elegant, magical illusion
REEL NUMBER SIX
CANDACE CAMERON AND MARK BALLAS
FEATURING A SEASHELL BACKDROP
A SAMBA TO UNDER THE SEA
A fun-filled, joyous Mermaid in skirt of grassy green
Her Lobster Prince dancing with her with Merry Glee
REEL NUMBER SEVEN
MERYL DAVIS AND MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
FEATURING A JUNGLE SETTING, GUEST JUNGLE DANCERS
A SAMBA TO I WANNA BE LIKE YOU
A Jungle Book full of Monkeylicious Merriment and fun
A case of Jungle Fever from which we don’t want a cure
REEL NUMBER EIGHT
CODY SIMPSON AND WITNEY CARSON
FEATURING FIERY RED, SMOKY EFFECTS
SAMBA TO HAKUNA MATATA
A powerful, rocking beat sashaying across the floor
With the spirit, charm, and spirit of a Kingly Gazelle
REEL NUMBER NINE
NENE LEAKES AND TONY DOVOLONI
FEATURING ANIMATED DALMATIONS
FOXTROT TO CRUELLA DEVILLE
Spotted, shaken-up, mean, nasty, and evil fun
Full of feisty spirit, a drama befitting a villainess
Each of the reels would have made WALT DISNEY so proud
The ballroom was animated with rousing applause so loud
THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL, a sensational sight to see
Wishing upon a star, bring it back again for you and for me!
Written By Lois A Troutman, April 16, 2014
THE END OF THE DANCING ROAD CAME FOR CODY AND WITNEY!
ACCEPTING APPLAUSE THEY TOOK THEIR BOWS GRACEFULLY!
THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL WELCOMED DONNY OSMOND IN RETURN TOO!
EVERYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SHOW DESERVED A RIBBON OF BLUE!
Carrie Ann Inaba has penned a new blog at Parade. She was sad and shocked to see Cody Simpson and Witney Carson eliminated this week on Dancing With The Stars. She writes, “First of all, no one saw that coming. Cody has 6.5 million twitter followers. I thought for sure his fans would keep him in. Where were they for him when it mattered?” That’s what I wondered too!! She also defends how she judged Amy and Derek. I’ve heard both sides of the argument on this and I still believe Carrie Ann did the right thing and what she writes below seals if for me even more….
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough–when she dances, it’s hard not to notice the miracle that is happening. It really is incredible to see in person; it’s something that can’t be ignored. She is dancing without the bottom half of her legs, so there are some things she just can’t do. They have to find a new technique to make things work. I couldn’t take off for the lifts last night because she can’t feel if her feet are still on the ground like everyone else. Also, it is very hard for Amy to come down the stairs. I have noticed that they are always carrying her down the stairs, so I couldn’t take off for that lift either. I know some people are upset with me about this, but I have to live with my scores as well and I have to do what I believe in and I did not think that it’s fair to take off a point for something that she can’t feel. For anyone who can feel whether or not their feet are on the floor, I feel it is fair to take off a point because lifts in certain dances are just not allowed. But that is not the case here. Anyway, it was a beautiful performance and wouldn’t it be kind of cool if Disney did make their next princess someone like Amy?
Be sure her full blog at Parade. Note to how she mentions Red Foo from LMFAO is the guest judge next week which will be perfect for Party Anthem Week!
Below is the new Afterbuzz TV episode for Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Week 5. Kristyn was out of town on business last night (cries, miss you Kristyn!) so Suri ran the show. Julz Tocker and Anna Trebunskaya help her in breaking down the dances….and the judges too. Let us know what you think and if you agree with them on everything!
My thoughts for now (and maybe more later in comments): The more I listen to Anna talk, the more I’d like to see her be a guest judge on the show. However, I didn’t agree with her thoughts about Carrie Ann and how she didn’t call Derek and Amy for their lifts. I think Carrie Ann did the right thing. Afterall, and in the end, it’s not like she gave them a perfect score, did she?
Well Disney week went just as predicted, for the most part – overall, it was a pretty feel-good evening in terms of scores and critiques, (minus one or two puzzling comments here and there), and the rules seemed to be relaxed a bit; the animations dancing along the couples were not as intrusive as they were made to sound; Donny, of course, managed to make every critique all about himself instead of the dance he just saw; and Erin (who looked like she was going to the prom and her bff had done her hair & makeup and let her borrow a “super expensive” Claire’s rhinestone necklace) did not call a moratorium on obnoxious questions in honor of Disney week, and continues to bug. The opener was probably the best we’ve seen so far this season – tons of fun and a good use of the Disney songs they were actually able to clear (more on that later).
So what did we learn tonight? That if you give the impression of not really caring about being on DWTS, then the audience won’t really care about voting for you. Such is the case with Cody, our first “shocking” (but not really, when you think about it) elimination of the season – I think many of us had commented that he seemed rather blase about the whole experience, and just didn’t seem to be very invested or enthusiastic about learning the dances. I know many had assumed that he was getting “tons of votes” from his teenybopper fans, but once again, I reiterate: it’s not how a small (but vocal) minority is voting; it’s how the main demographic (middle-aged women) is voting that will determine long-term success on DWTS. I doubt Cody is too disappointed about getting sent home, though – his pride may be wounded, but I’m sure he will be right back to donning his genie pants and admiring his hair in the mirror while singing “Surfboard” to his supermodel girlfriend in no time. He got his exposure, he’s good to go – I just feel bad for Witney, who made a pretty damn good showing for her first outing as a pro and just suffered from having a partner that didn’t connect with viewers, despite her best efforts. Thank god for the switch-up – I think her week with Drew was just a taste of what she’s capable of as a pro. She’s got a thumbs-up from me if they want to bring her back as a pro next sesaon!
So now that we’re at the halfway point of the season, how are things looking, overall? Hate to say it, but I’m starting to get the William Levy-vibe from Meryl – somebody that the judges/PTB seem intent on jamming down my throat as the be-all, end-all, and someone who manages to avoid negative critiques altogether despite making technique mistakes that other couples get called out on in a heartbeat. I’m also still not quite sure what the deal is with Charlie – the judges seem to be much harder on him than Meryl, despite him not really being inferior to her in terms of skill; can’t decide if they’re setting him up for more of a “journey” arc or what. Danica seems like she might still be in the mix as a potential contender, but the judges seem to run hot & cold on her; James, however, has solidified his position as this season’s “dark horse” in a BIG way – I would be nervous if my name were Meryl, Charlie, or Danica, because James is HUNGRY for that MBT. Read more..
Wow, what a show last night from the graphics, the songs, the stories, the characters, and the dancing. We really have to commend the whole cast, the costume designers, the make up crew, and producers for everything put into this show. My Dad called right after the show and was going wild about it. *sigh an unforgettable evening for sure!!
So, for media starters and interviews after the show today, be sure to see ABC7. George Pennacchio has a great recap and some interviews. You can also view him interviewing the couples at On The Red Carpet as they uploaded some of their interviews in the night and they are excellent as always. Don’t miss them at this link and keep checking back for more. Below are a few of them. From these interviews so far, we learned that Maks & Meryl have a Tango next for Party Anthem Week. Val & Danica, Sharna & Charlie, Mark & Candace have a Cha Cha (more revealed as you scroll down).
Also, JC Rubio (love him! He’s just as good as George!) interviewed the couples last night for Afterbuzz TV. Below is Amy & Derek and Maks & Meryl. Note how Derek & Amy have a Jive next. Read more..
I’m back in the saddle again…oh, wait, that’s not a Disney song. I have a feeling this damn music is going to be stuck in my head for DAYS. Anyway, Heidi here, with the recap- as-I-feel-like-it method of blogging.
LOVED the opening number. Love. Made me happy.
Eight minutes into the show and we’ve already heard TWICE how Donny won. Once from him, once from either Erin or Tom.
I would have killed Len if he had picked on Drew for breaking hold. Pisses me OFF that their damn animation is probably dictating choreography.
Gee, Danica looked great in that preview for someone who isn’t a dancer. :::cough:::
Holy shit! Sorry john, but that’s all I can think of after Charlie’s dance. I’ll be pissed if he doesn’t get a ten or 3 – it was just a cane!
Danica’s dance was very cute! Yes, Len, she is a fantastic dance. She’s a ringer!
Okay, she was overscored, folks. Our news “story”.
I forgot to mention Cody in Jeopardy…if he’s safe tonight he will be for a while. Let’s talk riled Fanbase.
:::sob::: That was beautiful, Amy.
I really liked NeNe’s dance. Don’t know what to say about that package, but I guess Tony was honest.
I guess some fans don’t much care if they are perceived as soulless….I guess it’s good to have goals.
Wow. Great dance from James – first perfect score and he ain’t even the big ole ringer!
Meryl’s dance was well executed, but pretty uninspired compared to the rest of the dances of the night.
I wonder if NeNe’s going because they gave her such a great score.
So, Mark’s the crab?
Donny: “me me me me”
I was kind of hope they would call Candace safe right there. That would have made it exciting.
And that shocking elimination we were all wondering about? Well it happened tonight. Although it wasn’t really that shocking. I kind of wondered if Candace had a good voting Fanbase. And to all of you wondering about teenybopper fans and guys with huge Twitter following? There’s your answer.;
If you go to E Online, you can view the Disney opener for Dancing With The Stars tonight!! It’s really pretty!! There is also a picture of the graphic. Beautiful!!