Such beautiful photos of the final three and some of the cast of Dancing With The Stars last night which you can view below. Click on any of the photos to see more.
Today is Mark Ballas’ birthday! Wouldn’t it be an awesome birthday present to win Dancing With The Stars Season 22? I thought he and Paige were the best last night. I must have watched both dances 10 times before heading to bed. I loved Peta and Nyle too. I loved their Freestyle. I hope they get second! Just please don’t let the outcome tonight be in the order the judges put them last night. In my opinion, Ginger and Val’s freestyle was not worth a 10….
Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas (Salsa) 10-9-10 for a Total of 29 and (Freestyle) 10-10-10 for a Total of 30. GRAND TOTAL: 59
Ginger Zee & Valentin Chmerkovskiy (Salsa) 9-10-9 for a Total of 28 and (Freestyle) 10-10-10 for a Total of 30. GRAND TOTAL: 58
Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd (Quickstep) 9-9-9 for a Total of 27 and (Freestyle) 10-10-10 for a Total of 30. GRAND TOTAL: 57
So, onto the Media. First, see Fox411 for a few thoughts from the Final Three after the show. Glamour has a review and some backstage goodies. Below is a take with Peta and Mark’s thoughts on the Fusion dance and more. I didn’t realize Nyle’s interpreter was sick.
First matter of business: Where was Nyle’s interpreter, Ramon? Turns out, he was sick, which is why “we had this interpreter take over!” joked Nyle backstage of the new guy. Laughs aside, it was all business for Nyle and Peta after the show, who now have 24 hours to perfect their fusion dance. Of course, it will be hard to top after their mind-blowing freestyle. “It really touched me,” said Nyle of Carrie Ann’s comments that it was the best dance in the show’s history. “I don’t mean to use the deaf card often, but as a deaf guy, [the fact that] I was able to produce the best dance in 22 seasons [is incredible]. I think that’s really what makes it the best and more personal.” Added Peta: “I wanted it to be so powerful and so undeniably touching for everybody. I think we did it. Nyle has left everything on that dance floor. I don’t think we could do anymore.”
Sleep, on the other hand, might be a bit of a problem. “Honestly, I’m probably going to be too wired [tonight] to sleep,” admitted Nyle. Peta’s in the same boat. “I definitely won’t be sleeping,” she added. “Tomorrow is the most nerve-racking of them all, coming in with a suitcase [to travel to New York City] and not knowing what the outcome is.”
Although Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas are at the top of the leaderboard, it’s still anyone’s guess who will walk away with the Mirrorball. “You never know what’s going to happen, but the most important thing and what I think always depicts the champion at the end, is how strong the team is,” relayed Mark. “When you can tell there is genuine care and love for one another, and when the dances are executed correctly, [that’s when the magic happens]. Look back over the seasons at some of the best teams—Rumer [Willis] and Val, Alfonso [Ribeiro] and Witney, Derek and Kellie [Pickler], me and Shawn [Johnson]—you look at these teams and they were one [unit] when they got out there.”
So what’s Mark’s advice to his other half over the next 24 hours? “The hard part is done, and [the fusion dance at the finale] is meant to be fun. It’s the last one…just enjoy it.” Solid words, but easier said than done, especially if you’re Paige VanZant. “It’s scary that the journey is ending,” she said before heading into rehearsal, “but I feel so blessed that I was here.”
Be sure to read Glamour for their full report. Below are more interviews and recaps…
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I am on the road and hopefully will be in my hotel room in time to watch the show…if not, Courtney will hopefully jump in. I can’t decide if me missing the show would be a good thing…or a bad thing. 🙂
T-minus 30 minutes…
I found out I can’t watch live, so Courtney will be at the helm this evening. Before I go, here’s the dance order per George Pennachio:
Court reporting for duty 🙂 I’m currently trying to tweet, take notes for the power rankings, update this post, and make a gender reveal cake for a coworker. Needless to say, I’m getting pretty adept at spreading myself too thin these days…thank god the show is only an hour tonight!
Erin looks kinda matronly in that dress tonight. Really ages her. I’m just kinda over Ginger, so none of this package is really resonating with me.
WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST WATCH???!!! What a bizarre, uninspired, un-cohesive mess. It was like they did a half-assed freestyle (that was really just cherry-picked props and moves from other routines this season) and then decided to call it a contemporary. And the judges are seriously gonna gush about how great it was?! Good god, I’m not sure I want to see what else is coming…
Pleasantly surprised that Carrie Ann & Bruno gave it 9’s (although I think that was even kind) while Len falls in line with the narrative and gives it a 10. And I’ve already heard enough about Ginger’s back spasms to last a lifetime.
Errrr…that was a pretty rough quickstep from Nyle. Felt like he never got 100% on top of the beat, and was bouncing out of sync with Peta. I really wish she had given him a better growth arc over the course of the season.
Paige just schooled both Ginger & Nyle on how to do a redemption dance. Mark also showed Peta & Val what a good choreographer can do.
Len’s critique is utter bullshit. Guess we know who he’s been instructed to prop up…*cough*GINGER*cough*…but 29/30 is still good.
Val, I’mma give you a piece of advice, free of charge: if you yourself do not know how to tap dance with any level of proficiency, DO NOT CHOREOGRAPH A FREESTYLE THAT HAS ANY LENGTH OF TAP DANCING IN IT!!!! That was almost comically bad to watch – Val flailing around doing a tap dance pantomime. The rest was pretty white bread, nothing remarkable. But it’ll prolly get a 30…
…and it does. I guess the best we can hope for at this point is all 3 freestyles getting a perfect 30, and the judges tossing it to the audience. If they undeservingly shaft Paige, though, I’m guessing they’re reeeeallllly pushing hard for Ginger to win.
Not 100% sure how I felt about Nyle’s freestyle. He danced it well, but I feel like it’s just yet another angsty routine we’ve seen from him. Wish we could have seen something more fun, upbeat, and celebratory.
“Best dance on the show ever”, Carrie Ann? Bitch PLEASE. Go smoke some more crack.
Paige, PLEASE knock this outta the park…
…and she does 🙂 Just lovely. Anyone else get the impression that we may have just witnessed Mark’s last freestyle on DWTS, though? I have never seen him get so emotional.
And now I’m stepping away for a bit, kids – look for the power rankings in a bit. Also got a cake to finish. Aaaaack.
Paige VanZant has written a new blog at People. She gives us a little preview for tonight. Read on….
One of the dances Mark and I will be doing is our salsa routine, which is special because that was the routine he got injured doing in rehearsals and I had to dance with troupe member Alan Bersten instead. I’m so glad we get to finally do it together.
For our second dance, we’re doing a contemporary routine. I feel like I’ve opened up a bit about my struggles, and this emotional routine will kind of be the final chapter of my story of hardship. I want to show everyone that if you can push through the pain, you can have a bright future.
As I’ve opened up more and more, I think I’ve realized that as much as I’m here to do the best that I can and hopefully win, what’s most important is that I’ve gained a lot of confidence and I’ve grown so much as a person on this journey.
My DWTS experience has really empowered me to speak out and be vocal against bullying. It’s given me a good, new purpose in life.
More at People. Here’s a cute finale promo from People as well…
The People Magazine twitter account has been tweeting some teasers from “behind the scenes” of Dancing With The Stars. You can see them below. Be watching their twitter as they may post more. You can also see more with Ginger at People (online). She’s nervous, but ready to go tonight despite her injury.
“It’s finals day at Dancing with the Stars – so excited to be here,” Zee said in a video Monday shot exclusively for PEOPLE’s Twitter account. “I can’t believe it. I’m so grateful. But I’m also feeling a lot of nerves, of course. Just got my makeup done. We get that done super early and then they just touch it up throughout the day. I’m walking over to my trailer. I’ve gotta go see the physical therapist, get my hair done, and then we’ll have the first run-through.”
— People Magazine (@people) May 23, 2016
— People Magazine (@people) May 23, 2016
— People Magazine (@people) May 23, 2016
Give it up for Paige VanVant! After Dancing With The Stars, she will be heading to the big screen. Deadline reports she will be starring in “Kickboxer: Retaliation”.
Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Paige VanZant is heading out of the cage and onto the big screen for her feature debut. The UFC’s eighth-ranked Women’s Strawweight fighter and current Dancing With The Stars finalist contestant will be joining Kickboxer: Retaliation.
In the latest pic in the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme-originated Kickboxer franchise, VanZant will play Gamon, a 26-year-old with high-level fighting and shooting skills with some strong criminal connections too. The role was specifically written for VanZant after producers saw her on the ABC dancing competition show this season. “Paige is the up-and-coming darling of the UFC and her star quality shines through on camera,” producer Rob Hickman of Our House Films said in a statement. “She’s a tremendous asset to the film both as an onscreen talent and as a trainer fighter.”
More at Deadline.
DWTS Pre-Finale Media: Interview With Peta Murgatroyd, More Poll Talk, Derek Hough Seen At Studios, And More
Just a few Dancing With The Stars Pre Finale media tidbits. First, have you voted in our new Poll for who you think will win Dancing With The Stars Season 22? Note how Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas are currently ahead by 101 votes:
Mark and Paige: 50.56% (682 votes)
Peta and Nyle: 43.07% (581 votes)
Val & Ginger: 6.37% (86 votes)
If you go to Gold Derby, their Poll currently has Nyle DiMarco winning at 65.96%. Paige VanZant has 29.79% of the votes with Ginger at 4.25%.
Also, if you haven’t read Miss Heidi’s new “Dancing By The Numbers” post, it’s a fascinating read as always too. Dona and I weighed in with our Numerology and Astrology predictions over the weekend as well in case you haven’t read them.
Also, check out a new interview with Peta Murgatroyd at TV Guide. She weighs in on all the Finalists including herself and Nyle. Below is a take, but be sure to read the link for entire break down.
He’s the people’s favorite. He’s a beautiful dancer and, of course, the level of difficulty in his stellar performances are intensified by the fact that he cannot hear any music. No one’s given him a pass though; in fact, he’s been dinged for uneven performances, typically due to overconfidence. His special circumstances have given him only two advantages: with fans, including a hearing impaired community who shows up both in the studio and when it’s time to vote, and secondly, his impressive tricks, like silencing the music or, as they did last week, putting him in a blindfold.
“We have something so extraordinary,” Murgatroyd says of their finale performance. “We’re going to tell Nyle’s life story though our dance and how much he loves being deaf. He doesn’t want to hear. He wants to stay deaf. He’s 100 percent confident in who he is. Hopefully people see him as a champion.”
So who’ll win? DiMarco. Fans have been mesmerized by him from the get-go; his story of resilience, believing in yourself and succeeding against all odds is the stuff good TV — and America — is made of.
And what about Murgatroyd? If DiMarco wins, it would be Murgatroyd’s second win, after she helped Donald Driver take the top spot in Season 14. How would she celebrate? “A lot of bed rest, a lot of spa days and massages,” she says. “Resting my body. We both have bruises all over… we’ve been rolling on the floor for four hours a day. It’s killing us.” Maybe it’ll be worth it.
For fun, see USA Today. They have a cool feature on the best dances of the season.
And lastly, isn’t it interesting Derek Hough was seen at the Dancing With The Stars studio over the weekend? Do we dare hope Read more..
Last night, some of the cast of Dancing With The Stars attended The Steve Irwin Gala Dinner including Tom Bergeron, Emma Slater, Derek Hough, Artem Chigvintsev, and more. You can view a few photos below. To see more coverage, see Getty Images and Pure Derek Hough.
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) May 22, 2016
Welp, I hope you all voted a LOT. I’m afraid tonight is going to turn the finale into one of the worst ever on the show. Losing the work of either Mark or Lindsay would be a damn shame, and their partners are awesome too. I think I will watch the entire show with my fingers crossed that we don’t get an Argentine Tango in the guise of a freestyle next week.
Bindi is the cohost on All Access for anyone interested. An appearance by her hot blond partner would definitely salvage this show for me right now. 🙂
Where’s my wine??
It would lead me to drink less if you all would remember to NOT constantly hit refresh while the show is airing in the east, and make sure you have more than a one liner for a comment.
Wait. Tonight’s the first time that the semifinal votes have counted for the winner? Yeah…I think I know why that is. People better VOTE.
Despite Hip Hip Chin Chin being horribly overused on this show, Mark found a different way and dang, Paige didn’t miss a step. Perfect. Read more..
Derek Hough posted this cool video with himself dancing to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop This Feeling”. Man, do I ever miss this magical art form in more ways than one on Dancing With The Stars. Enjoy and don’t miss visiting Pure Derek Hough when you can for all the latest on Derek including his birthday celebrations over the weekend.