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Choreography on DWTS – What’s the Problem Here?

So, as may of our long time readers know, Courtney and I have been quite critical of the choreography done by Mandy Moore on DWTS. With the exception of a few numbers last year it seemed like it consisted of some combination of bumping and grinding – male and female. We even heard a rumor of a comment Derek made regarding a male pro dance last season…one that he was subsequently not a part of. While Derek is in his own league and may not be required to take part in pro dances any more (can you think of one where he was there the whole way through??), I think our source was solid at the time.

We’ve also been uber critical of some of the male pros choreography, namely…well all of them except Derek and Mark, really. Now, the childish reader likes to claim that’s just because we like Derek and Mark more. Well, yes, I do…but that’s not necessarily true of either Vogue or Courtney, and it doesn’t automatically mean that the choreography by those men is better than I claim. And if one of the men does something I like – I say so. But I think that much of it has been objectively less than stellar. The women fare much better…and I’m not sure why, except perhaps they get some outside help. Like WAY outside. Away from DWTS.

So you probably wonder what I’m getting at here. Well, I was watching the video that Vogue posted the other day – choreography for the TV Academy by Mandy Moore. It was FANTASTIC. She’s getting raves for La La Land (although I’ve seen a very few “derivative” comments – haven’t seen it yet myself) and she’s done some great stuff on SYTYCD. She’s more regularly great (with a few less great, but every pro has those) on SYTYCD than she has ever been on DWTS. Read more..

February 23, 2017 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 24 – PRO WATCH!!

It’s that time of year once again folks. There are other sites out there mimicking us, but none of them that I would bank on just yet.

Which means that we know Derek is out. Also, according to a Good Morning America announcement today, Maks and Peta are dancing. If you have something to contribute, PLEASE PROVIDE a SOURCE – by that I mean a link. We appreciate the help, but it needs to be sourced, otherwise it’s just a distraction. Thx.

Male Pros
Val –
Gleb –
Mark –
Artem –
Derek – OUT
Sasha –
Maks – IN
Keo –

Female Pros
Sharna –
Emma –
Witney –
Allison –
Lindsay –
Jenna –
Cheryl –
Peta – IN

Status of Former Pros
Tristan MacManus – No, appears to have sworn off TV dancing
Anna Trebunskaya – ??
Kym Johnson – OUT??
Lacey Schwimmer – Unlikely
Louis Van Amstel – ?
Chelsie Hightower – ?
Corky Ballas – ?
Karina Smirnoff – ?
Edyta Sliwinska – OUT (Pregnant)
Tony Dovolani – ?

The Troupe
Brittany Cherry – ??
Britt Stewart – ??
Alan Bersten – ??
Hayley Ebert – ??
Shannon Holtzapffel – ??
Dennis Jauch – ??
Kiril Kulish – ??

February 21, 2017 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. :-)

DWTS Derek Hough, Mandy Moore, Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova Attend Television Academy’s ‘Whose Dance Is It Anyway?’ – HQ Photos

Last night, Dancing with the Stars Derek Hough and Mandy Moore took part in the Television Academy’s ‘Whose Dance Is It Anyway?’ Event. Also, Gleb Savchenko and his wife Elena Samodanova made a showing to help support them. You can view some fun photos below. Lots more coverage at Pure Derek Hough.

February 17, 2017 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Derek Hough Wins 2017 World Of Dance Award For “Kairos” Performance On Dancing With The Stars

Last night, Derek Hough won a 2017 World Of Dance Award for his choreography in the “Kairos” performance on Dancing With The Stars last season. Below are some photos of him on the Red Carpet. For more coverage, see PureDerekHough.com. Let’s hope he wins an Emmy Award next for this performance. Well done, Derek!

February 8, 2017 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Laurie Hernandez “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond” -Book Review, Book Signing Guest Blog By Cathy

Cathy, one of our readers and guest bloggers to our Pure sites, went to Laurie Hernandez’s book signing in Ridgewood, NJ on January 22, 2017. She writes of her fun experience and about the book itself “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond” and how there are some similar parallels to the “Move Beyond: “Live On Tour” and Derek Hough. She also mentions how the book has some Dancing With The Stars mentions. Read on for lots more. If interested, you can purchase “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond” at Amazon. To purchase tickets to “Move Beyond: “Live On Tour”, go here. THANKS, Cathy!

“I Got This: To Gold and Beyond and MOVE BEYOND: Live on Tour…Laurie Hernández and Derek Hough both look, reach, and dream BEYOND!”
Laurie Hernández booksigning
Bookends ~ Ridgewood, NJ
January 22, 2017
Guest blog by Cathy

As soon as I received an email from Bookends Bookstore announcing that Laurie Hernández would be appearing there to do a booksigning for her new book on January 22, I knew I wanted to go and meet her! Olympic gold and silver medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics and DWTS S23 champion coming right to my backyard…what an awesome opportunity! Then when I saw the title of her new book, I Got This: To Gold and Beyond, I could see the common theme of *beyond* with both Laurie and Derek…To Gold and Beyond and MOVE BEYOND: Live on Tour! I was fascinated by this thought, so I was planning on mentioning this common thread to her when we spoke.

Bookends is an extremely popular bookstore where many celebrities hold booksignings. In fact, Derek had his first booksigning there back in August 2014, followed by Amy Purdy in ’15, and then Kym Johnson (along with Robert Herjavec!) in ’16. So attending this event with Laurie brought back many fond memories of Derek, Amy, and Kym being there, plus once you enter the store, there’s a constant reminder of all past authors who have had booksignings there with their names posted on the wall, categorized by year. What a super idea!

Laurie’s booksigning was scheduled to begin at 1pm and end…whenever!! I arrived at 10:30am, and as I waited inside the store, by 11am I was fortunate to see Laurie enter through the back door, accompanied by her parents, siblings, publicist, and crew. The line was starting to form outside in the parking lot, so after 11am I decided to join the line and wait outside. One of the staff periodically talked with us and kept us up to date regarding her schedule. He informed us that indeed Laurie had arrived and was upstairs signing the books…all 1,700 of them (!!)…for the awaiting crowd! Due to the massive crowd, in order to accommodate her taking photos with everyone, she was presigning the books so that we could just pick them up after meeting her. Made total sense!

It was a very friendly, gymnastics-oriented crowd…lots of young gymnasts sporting their team jackets. And considering the size of crowd, everything ran very smoothly, and it was all very well organized. Just before 1pm, the media started to arrive, and the line began to move. Each booksigning that I’ve attended at Bookends has been slightly different. Laurie’s booksigning was somewhat similar to Derek’s…with an enormous crowd of excited fans anxiously waiting outside!

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January 30, 2017 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Premiere Date Set, Who’s Coming Back…and More Nick Viall Rumors

Whole lot to talk about in this interview with one of the executive producers of DWTS and Jessica Radloff of Glamour.  First, she drops a date of March 20th – something I don’t think we officially knew before now.  Then there’s this:

Season 24, especially, is going to be a big one. The show is celebrating its 400th episode, and producers are promising lots of nostalgia. “We will do something for it,” executive producer Joe Sungkur tells us. That’s not the only thing to look forward to: Sungkur also revealed that one fan favorite will definitely be back (though another will definitely not be returning). “As an overall for the season, we will bring back favorite themes, [inject] some new ideas, but also stick to what’s working so well. And we hope for romance in the air! Whenever there is romance, there’s a smile on our face.”

So dude just ADMITTED that they hope and pray (and plot and manipulate) to get some romance on the show. GAG me! This is a dance show! No more fauxmance!! Especially not if Val is one of the parties involved. He’s done enough damage with that routine. This pisses me off and we haven’t even gotten started yet. Anyway…

Speaking of romance, this season’s Bachelor—Nick Viall—may get the opportunity to show off his dance moves beyond his next one-on-one date. During my interview with the producers at ABC’s Television Critics Association winter press tour, the Wisconsin native dropped in our conversation and seemed to be very friendly with DWTS EPs Rob Wade, Deena Katz, and Sungkur. How friendly? Well, talks could already be happening (but more on that below).

Of course Nick was there, but I suspect this is just him sucking up and still trying to get a spot. He was there for the Bachelor and saw an opportunity. But you never know! All depends on how strong the rest of their cast is.

Looks like they’re hoping Julianne will be back and they’re working on her – but the very definitive “Derek will not be back.” is pretty hilarious. He blames it on MOVE, never mentions the competing dance show (of course) and is definitive TWICE. I suspect the urge to add the word “never” was hard for him to resist. 🙂 Mark might be back so there is hope for Ballas Fans.

Oh lord:

Last season, it was lovely to see Sasha [do what he did] with his creativity and the way he worked with Terra. I think Gleb did a phenomenal job with his creativity, and the dance of last season was the shower dance. Creatively, we had never done that before. As the season progressed, it was important that we had dancers push boundaries like that.

Um, hardly the dance of the season and yes, it has been done before. Both Derek and Val have used water (more than once!!) in their dances. Jaysus.

Courtney: Let me fix that for you, bruh – you misspelled “desperation” as “c-r-e-a-t-i-v-i-t-y”. I still maintain that the “shower dance” was the most overrated dance of the entire season – and if they really truly believe it was super-creative (and they might not, they could just be doing some serious bullshitting), then this show really is a dumpster fire. Oh, yay, “romance” – that sure doesn’t sound planned AT ALL, and I’m sure it will all unfold COMPLETELY ORGANICALLY WITHOUT ANY MANIPULATION WHATSOEVER!!! 😀 So a “fan favorite” will be back, eh? I’m hoping that’s Mark, just so the choreographic future of this show doesn’t rest solely on Lindsay & Sharna’s shoulders, although part of me wonders if they might actually be referring to Peta – which makes me groan a bit, because this woman birthed a baby just 8 days ago. As for Derek – hehehe. I caught a clip of him on ET a few weeks back where the interviewer asked him if he’d be back on DWTS next season, and he gave a bit of a wry laugh before saying “Ummm, no” and just leaving it at that. Definitely not the diplomatic tack he has taken in the past, and probably a good indicator that he’s washed his hands of DWTS once and for all…which we kinda already gathered from the way he’s quite publicly indicated he’s now on the NBC payroll. As for Nick – I don’t watch The Bachelor/Bachelorette/etc., so I don’t really know what this dude’s gig is…although I vaguely remember talk of him being a “villain” (or “Viall-in”…?) and some magazine asserting that he was well-endowed down yonder (which he probably paid them to say). Hasn’t he done like, three or four iterations of the Bachelor series by now? Is he trying to become a professional reality show contestant? Guess DWTS would be the next logical step there. Anywho, the other thing that sticks out is the word “nostalgia”, which concerns me a bit…haven’t we done a ton of reminiscing about previous seasons at this point? How many retooled versions of “Hey! Pachuco” do we really need? Or bumper dances by Alfonso, Kelly, & Meryl? Give Flo Henderson a nice tribute, and then be done with it. And where’s my damn Prince tribute?!!!

Vogue: Finally, a premiere date! It’s been so quiet, I was beginning to think there wouldn’t be a Spring season. 😯 Anyway, I’m excited that they have half of the cast picked already. After what Miss Heidi and Vin posted in the first rumor post on him, I’m all on for Nick Vaill and he’s cute. 🙂 I’m excited for any returning Pros from last season….especially Gleb (sorry Rob, my fave dance of the season was not the shower dance! Are you serious? How can you say that with the level of creativity we saw in all the freestyle performances? Gleb’s other dances were more worthy. 😐 ). I really enjoyed Cheryl last season as well. I’m hoping Peta will dance, but, I bet she’ll want to stay home with baby Shai for a while longer before returning. I wouldn’t be surprised if she skipped the Fall season too. But, I agree on Sasha. He was phenomenal last season. I really hope Mark comes back. Without Derek coming back (lol to Rob not mentioning the real reason.), it will be nice to have his creativity added and I missed him. As for Theme Weeks, I’m not a fan for the most part…but, I LOVED “Cirque De Soul” week and hope they do it again. Here’s to the new season…..and to creative, well thought out choreography and, please, no MANIPULATING!! With “World Of Dance” premiering (and possibly at the same time at some point this Spring), Dancing With The Stars will really have to step up their game. Isn’t that right~ And Court…. amen to a Prince tribute!

January 12, 2017 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. :-)

HQ Photos Of Derek Hough And Julianne Hough Attending Golden Globes Post Show After Party

Dancing With The Stars Julianne and Derek Hough attended the 2017 InStyle And Warner Bros. 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Awards party last night. See Getty and Pure Derek Hough for even more photos. You can also watch Julianne getting ready in a video below (thanks to Jennie for the heads up).

January 9, 2017 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

BC Jean Talks Of Her Wedding Tango With DWTS Mark Ballas, More Stunning Wedding Photos

If you’d like to view more photos of Mark Ballas’ and BC Jean’s wedding, see The Knot News. They are stunning to say the least. You can also read more details on the wedding. Below BC talks of doing the Tango and gives some wedding advice….

The couple shared their first dance to Coldplay’s “Magic,” but surprised their guests by breaking into a tango halfway through the dreamy tune. (It was, after all, Mark Ballas’ wedding!) “No one has [really] seen me dance,” Jean continues. “I’ve never seen myself do the tango either, so it was fun to get a sexy little number in. Everyone’s faces were priceless.”

Ballas proposed to Jean on November 25, 2015. The pair loved the idea of marrying on their engagement anniversary, but with their busy schedules, the date was difficult to nail down. The day after they mailed out their wedding invitations, they found out they were moving to New York. “We thought we might have to change the date again, but we luckily made it all work out,” she says. “It seemed very symbolic for us, and we’re so happy we got to do it on November 25.”

Looking back, Jean has some personal wedding advice to share with The Knot readers. “Don’t blink; it goes by so fast,” she notes. “Incorporate all the things that are you. When you’re planning a wedding, there are so many people [who] love you and want to help… People want to give overwhelmingly.” In the end, says the bride, “Keeping it true to [yourselves] is very important.”

Lots more at The Knot News.

January 6, 2017 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Sharna Burgess Talks James Hinchcliffe and DWTS in New Interview

This is a fun interview!  I loved her partnership with James – I wish they would have won. That would have been a nice way to end that season – Laurie’s a sweet girl, but that ending was quite predictable. Do love her answers to the questions I quote below – I agree on both.  I think Julianne was a bit OTT – understandable, as it’s TV.  Anyway – from 24 Hours Toronto, here’s a excerpt. Click the link to read the whole thing.

Was he a natural on the dance floor? (He was called the best amateur male dancer ever on the show by judge Julianne Hough.) I wouldn’t agree that he was a natural talent. He was just an incredibly hard worker. At the start of every week, I would joke about how awkward it was. On Friday or Saturday, the light at the end tunnel shone and it clicked for him. But what made James great was his work ethic. The fact that he would watch videos with me; [make] notes with me; go home; practise on his own; and then come back the next day even stronger than he was in rehearsals – that was James’ asset.

Do you and the other female dancers on DWTS feel like you get your due given how some of the male dancers – Derek, Mark, Val and Maks – have become big stars outside of the show? Yeah, absolutely I do. It’s tough with the boys. Predominantly, our audience is women. And the boys, they all are very pretty. They’re all very talented. And I get it: We’ve got some incredible strong male dancers on the show. But I do think the ladies, we hold our own. We’re a group of very talented, strong women that like to get out there and do the very, very best that we can. I think we’re much more nurturing than the boys – but I think that’s a female quality.

 

 

January 5, 2017 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. :-)

2016 Dancing With The Stars Christmas Roundup And A Special New Baby Announcement

Did you have a great Christmas, Everyone? We hope you had fun!! It looks like the cast of Dancing With The Stars had fun. Below are some social media photos ad videos with them all celebrating. Note how we even had a very special new baby announcement from Edyta Sliwinska. Awwwww….

The best Christmas gift ever:) We could not be happier! #babyontheway #babylove #kissesforthebaby

A photo posted by Edyta Sliwinska (@edytasliwinska) on

Merry Christmas!! Love, the McAllisters!☃️🎄🐶#cheesyphoto #iknow #butiloveit

A photo posted by Witney Carson McAllister (@witneycarson) on

So grateful to have this time at home with my family! 💕💕💕💕🎁🎁🎁🎄🎄❄️🎆 #Christmas

A video posted by karina_smirnoff (@karina_smirnoff) on

Gorgeous day with my loves ❤@elenasamodanova

A photo posted by Gleb Savchenko (@glebsavchenkoofficial) on

Merry Christmas 🎁🎄 @elenasamodanova

A photo posted by Gleb Savchenko (@glebsavchenkoofficial) on

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December 26, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.