Hey All! If you are wanting something fun to do this Easter weekend, go out and see Derek Hough’s and BoA’s new movie “Make Your Move”….and especially if you are in the mood to watch some kick a** dancing!! To get you geared up, below is a some fun promos. Also, Derek is interviewed about how the movie came about. He also gives you an exclusive sneak peek as well as invites fans to come see it. If you’d like to know more and see some new interviews, high quality stills, reviews, etc., see Pure Derek Hough and Make Your Move Fans as both sites have covered all of their bases with it. Also, be sure to follow the Make Your Move official twitter an facebook as well. They keep throwing out all kinds of fun gems like the graphic above. Here’s to “Make Your Move” and “moving to your dream”!
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.
1.) Meryl & Maks – This is the portion of the power rankings where I remind our readers that this is NOT a ranking of who I think danced the best last night, but who I think has the most staying power So that being said – I think if any other couple had done this exact same samba, they would have gotten chewed out for complete lack of bounce and not wearing heels. The problem with Meryl’s technique on this one is that the whole feel was just a bit too “smooth” – samba is syncopated, and the 1&2, 2&2 count isn’t divided up evenly – the first count is held longer, with the “&2″ done quickly right after, so it’s more of a “1…&2, 2…&2″; that little pause is essential in helping to get the feel of the bounce, and Meryl didn’t have it. The addition of those flat shoes also didn’t help much, and just enhanced the more jazzy feel of the dance. The samba rolls, while pretty, were also not 100% correct – Meryl’s right arm should have been extended out behind her instead of folded over Maks’. Danica pwns Meryl when it comes to samba rolls – check back to her week 2 samba to see what I’m talking about. I’ll cut them a break on the swing/Lindy portion in the middle, as I have a feeling they were told they had to do that portion with the animated characters; but it didn’t exactly help me to remember that what I was watching was a samba and not a jazz or freestyle routine. I’m definitely a bit irked that the judges didn’t have the balls to call them out on any of it – it was all “You were great!” and then they just handed out 9′s. For a non-samba, samba.This is part of why I find myself just getting really turned off of Meryl, to no fault of her own – it’s as if she can do no wrong on this show (or rather, she can do wrong and not get called out on it) and TPTB feel the need to CONSTANTLY remind me how great Meryl is. I’d rather form my own opinions, thanks – Meryl is talented enough on her own that I don’t need someone constantly gushing in order to remind of it.
2.) James & Peta – Last night just proved to me that James has IT – the skill, the drive, and appeal to win this whole thing, and may prove to be a strong 3rd party candidate for those who might not be all that jazzed about Meryl & Charlie in the finale. And I do have to give props to Peta, who seems to have bounced back from a bit of a lackluster week in terms of choreography with her rumba with Charlie – I actually LOVED how this all came together with the animation, and the lifts were fantastic. James did a star lift – a f*cking STAR LIFT (sorry John)!!!! That’s widely considered one of the most difficult lifts in pairs figure skating/ice dancing/cabaret & theater arts-style ballroom dancing – it’s incredibly difficult to get into and maintain and requires a LOT of strength on the part of the man. And James handled it like it was no big deal – I’m not even sure I’ve ever seen Charlie do one (then again, I don’t follow figure skating religiously). Even Tony (who is probably the best lifter on the show) and Julianne (the best liftee we’ve ever seen) struggled with holding it at the end of the season 4 “Ballroom Blitz” pro dance. But anyway – besides that stellar (no pun intended) lift, I also appreciated the rest of the dance because James just surrendered completely to it, and also just has a great quality of movement. And on top of that – James just seems like an all-around good guy. Inviting the fan with Down Syndrome to the show? Above and beyond. He’s got my stamp of approval if he just wants to go ahead and win this whole thing
3.) Charlie & Sharna – Poor Charlie – last week it was the choreography the judges took issue with, this week the poor guy flubbed one cane toss in a routine riddled with complicated prop movement. And I think that’s actually one beef I have with the choreography – I felt like they might have gotten a bit bogged down in the complex movements of the cane and umbrella, and if it were me, I probably would have ditched the props halfway through and focused more on the side-by-side choreography. Overall, it was a cute routine, though – as always, Charlie kept up with it well and really committed to it…I get the feeling he is a really good sport and unconcerned about looking goofy or corny, which just makes him more adorable Loved the bumper they did with him and the penguins – kinda wondered why they didn’t just add it into their routine, but it was already pretty crowded onstage with the “chorus” of troupe members up there. Overall, I don’t have a whole lot more to say about it – I guess I was just expecting them to totally SLAY this routine, and they really only gave it a good smacking around. I’m hoping he can rebound next week and maybe get a perfect score – he’s had a rough go of it the past few weeks and needs a break.
4.) Danica & Val – I was honestly surprised that they were able to get “Be Our Guest” for Danica, because there were apparently issues with clearing the rights to both this song and “Hakuna Matata” (which apparently cost too much moola, because Cody ended up with “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” instead). But I think it all worked out nicely for Danica – it was a sweet, pleasant quickstep to watch, and I thought having the troupe members play plates and cups and whatnot was cute (if not a tad distracting). No major issues, although I am a bit irked that they called her out for lack of body contact (which was a major sticking point in Candace’s low-scoring quickstep last week), then give her a near-perfect score??? God, it gets my goat when the judges critiques and scores do not match up AT ALL. But oh well – Disney week was kind of a lax week anyway, so I guess it doesn’t really matter too much.
5.) Amy & Derek – Probably the dance I saw the most arguments about last night – some arguing that Amy deserves to be cut breaks due to her special circumstances, others saying that it’s not fair that she doesn’t get called out for the same things that the other contestants do. I guess I fall somewhere in between the two camps: I do think the judges have to take special consideration when critiquing and scoring her, because there’s certain things that, no matter how hard she tries, she simply isn’t physically able to do – pointing her toes and really getting rise and fall being one of them; in the same token, though, I don’t see anything wrong with pointing out that Amy does get judged using a different set of rules than the rest of the contestants – I think denying that she’s getting special treatment is also denying that she’s disabled in the first place. Anyway – I enjoyed their dance and thought it was lovely to watch, with or without rise & fall and/or lifts. Honestly, in the great scheme of this season – is it really going to matter much that Carrie Ann didn’t deduct one point from one dance for some lifts? Hell, at least once a season, Carrie Ann conveniently misses a blatant lift and doesn’t deduct points. I don’t think it was any different than Len not deducting for Drew & Cheryl breaking hold in their quickstep – and really, Disney night was kind of a cushy night, anyway. Everyone got cut a break or two. I just don’t see the sense in getting all riled up about it. As much as I love Amy, I don’t see her winning this season, or even making it to the finale (especially if Meryl continues to get pimped and James stays hungry) – so I guess I don’t mind a whole lot if they cut her some slack on things that are just a physical impossibility for her. I do have an interesting question to pose, though: would we be hearing this much complaining if her partner’s name wasn’t Derek? Just some food for thought….
6.) Candace & Mark – I was honestly worried that this samba was Candace’s swan song – the way the judges and even Candace herself were talking, I thought she was a goner for sure. But thankfully, she lives to dance another week – and her samba turned out pretty cute. I do have to commend her on actually having bounce in her samba (and actually wearing heels), which certain other contestants didn’t do this week… Sure, there were a few awkward parts here and there, but both she & Mark really committed to the character of the dance and gave a very fun, cute performance…and Candace even showed off a bit of midriff!!! Christian housewives gone wild, kids. I’m hoping she sticks around awhile longer, but I’m beginning to wonder if she, NeNe, and Drew have been labeled as “disposable” by the judges – it seemed like they were really digging to find stuff to pick at with her samba…as if they were bound & determined to justify giving her a lower score. Guess we’ll see…
7.) Drew & Cheryl – I think Drew unfortunately just had an off-week – from what I heard, he & Cheryl were traveling a LOT this past week, and Drew was just downright exhausted…and unfortunately, it kind of showed in his quickstep. Seemed like he lost steam and got a little off-time at a few points, and he didn’t seem quite as invested this week as he did with his cha-cha with Witney last week. I think his performance also suffered a bit due to the animation section in the middle, which seemed to disrupt the flow of their dance – I could have done without the genie. Also could have done without Drew’s “squinty face” that he was making – was he just thinking really hard as he danced, or does somebody need to get this man a set of contact lenses for when he dances? Anywho, I’m hoping he can make a bit of a comeback with his tango next week – would like to see him stick around until at least Latin week.
8.) NeNe & Tony – Oddly enough, this ended up being one of my two favorite routines from Disney night – I knew NeNe would make a PERFECT Cruella De Vil, but I was impressed with how into the character she really got while still giving a pretty admirable foxtrot. LOVED the bluesy, more urban take on the song that they used – really fit NeNe well, and seemed to enhance the slinkyness of the steps she was doing. She might have gotten a tad off-time at one point, but other than that, she seemed to really commit to the routine and I enjoyed it thoroughly. As for the spat with Tony in rehearsal? I didn’t think it was that big of a deal, but judging from some of the reactions I saw on Twitter, I’m afraid it might come back to haunt her – I guess I don’t blame her for being all “Derek, Derek, Derek” after having a bit of a breakthrough week with him last week, but I also feel a bit bad for Tony, who was man enough to admit that he was a tad insecure about it. Really & truly, I blame TPTB for the circumstances of the switch and any bad blood it might have created – but a lot seem to think that NeNe was being overdramatic (eh, partially true) and have checked out on this partnership. And then, of course, there’s some that blame Derek for the whole thing – cause giving someone’s partner a great routine and helping them to kill so that they don’t get sent home is SUCH a dick move, guys Anywho – I kinda hope they last through next week, because I do think she’s a better dancer than Drew at this point (maybe even Candace, too), but I’m wondering how much effect that bad rehearsal package might have on the outcome of voting.
The “Rivalry Scorecard” for the week:
Charlie vs. Meryl – This is kind of an odd one – Charlie got picked on more in his critique, but got a better score; Meryl got nothing but praise in her critique, and got a lower score than Charlie. Tie again, maybe? Running total: Charlie 4, Meryl 3.
James vs. Cody – Well, James got the first perfect score of the season, and Cody got sent home, sooo… Running total: James 4, Cody 1. WINNER: James
Danica vs. Candace – Danica, who got one point off from a perfect score, while Candace is still only getting lukewarm critiques & scores from the judges. Running total: Danica 4, Candace 1.
So how do you guys think Disney Week panned out? Did the right person go home? Who’s on the chopping block next week? What say you?
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!!
Okay, after being out of town for a few days, I finally got to watch the whole show. My thoughts…in a bullet list.
- Geez, all that brouhaha over Julianne’s comments and that was it?? She qualified the crap out of it and said she loves Maks but…. Really, I was expecting harsher, after all the discussion here.
- Candace was TOTALLY hosed. And I mean totally. That was a very good dance and Tony did a good job with it. WTF is going on here?? Is she being sacrificed on the Meryl alter?
- Candace’s dance was about a thousand times better than Danica’s, thanks to Maks. Is he EVER going to stop putting all that non-dancing in his choreo? About time he was called on it.
- LOVED Drew’s dance – Witney got it just right. I’m liking this girl a lot.
What an interesting new interview with Drew Carey and TV Guide. Drew talks of how fun the cast is on Dancing With The Stars and how he’s never heard any negative comment. he also talks of the differences between learn to dance between Witney Carson And Cheryl Burke. He also gives us a hint of tomorrow night’s dance. More below and at TV Guide.
What was the biggest difference between working with Witney and working with Cheryl?
Carey: Cheryl comes in and she says, “Here’s the routine.” She shows you it on her phone. It’s all mapped out, and that’s what you learn. Witney kind of made it up with me as we went. She had a general idea and … she kind of worked on it over the day and a half, then had it all figured out. Cheryl has it all down and just teaches it to me. So, that was the biggest difference. But either way works for me.
Are you bringing anything you learned from working with Witney into your rehearsals with Cheryl this week?
Carey: Cheryl likes to get all the steps down before she puts music in and Witney let me use music right away to help me learn the steps. So, Cheryl’s [now] letting me use music to learn it as I go. We already incorporated that in, which is really helping me out a lot. … It makes it a lot easier to learn and it lets me know what things are coming. Your body reacts different when you’re doing it to music. All the different stings and the horns and stuff that comes in helps you react better.
What’s been the most surprising or most challenging aspect of the show for you?
Carey: It’s a lot of hours, man. Yesterday I got done with work at 6, had a half-hour to eat dinner then I had rehearsal. … I was at rehearsal til 11:30. Went home, got up at 6:30 this morning … and got to rehearsal at 8. … And then tomorrow the same thing. The hours are brutal.
Physically, it’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I was training for a marathon before I started doing this, so I’m in pretty good shape. My legs are in pretty good shape. My shoulders are more sore than my legs. I’m not used to holding my arms up that much.
What are you and Cheryl working on for this week?
Carey: It’s Disney Week. I’m doing a quickstep. It’s going great. … I’m really pleased with it. It’s pretty complicated. This is my hardest one ever. There’s a lot of steps to learn, and this is the longest dance. The first dance I did was a minute and 10 seconds, and this is a minute and 30 seconds. So that extra 20 seconds is murder. It’s a lot of steps to memorize, and a quickstep is all kinds of stuff happening.
NeNe Leakes has written a fun blog at E Online. She writes what it was like working and dancing with Derek Hough last week, but, she is also glad to be back with Tony Dovolani this week. Here is more…
Still, I am so happy to be back with Tony this week! I LOVE Tony! Tony and I started this journey together, he’s like my other husband. We’re together everywhere we go and it feels like home being back with Tony. This week we’ll be doing the foxtrot for our Disney week and my character will be uuh… Caroola from that movie with the Dalmatians. Oh wait, it’s Cruella, yeah Cruella de Vil—I keep calling her Caroola. Anyways, I’m going to be her. She has a big personality, she’s take over and she is that lady, hunni! What an attitude! So I’m going to try and get out there and bring Caroola de Vil (Cruella, Caroola, whatever!) to the stage.
And of course, the competition is getting more fierce! Everyone that is left in the competition, we all bring something very different to the dance floor. I think that me and Drew Carey are the two that bring the entertainment, and so if you’re going to base it off of entertainment then Drew would be my main competition. But I would love to do a dance with Drew, he’s funny, he’s fun, and I’m the same way—we would do an amazing dance together and get the crowd up on their feet! We would have such a blast.
Nene Fun-Fact: Speaking of Drew, I’ve been to the Price is Right already and I’m the biggest winner as far as celebrities go! I won $77,000 and I gave it all to charity. I had so much fun and I want to tell everybody that they need to go to The Price is Right, because you could really win! I don’t even know how much a can of beans cost and I won. But hunni, let me tell you that wheel that you spin is so heavy! I watched The Price is Right growing up and it was really a dream to be in there.
To My Fans… Expect a whole lot of entertainment this week! I’m going to really try to bring Caroola de Vil, (whatever her name is!) to the dance floor. I want to pull out that character so well, so look again for fun, entertainment and a lot of character, hunni!
To read the full blog, see E Online.