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DWTS All Access Season 23 Week 9 – LIVE Behind The Scenes Coverage, Interviews, And More

Week 9 of Dancing With The Stars Season 23 All Access is about to begin! You can watch all the “behind the scenes” coverage and interviews LIVE in the video below. You can also watch it at the Official Site here.

November 7, 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.

Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Week 9 Video Diaries

Below are a few Video Diaries for Dancing With The Stars Week 9. Be watching this link in case they release more.

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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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 8 – Dancing by the Numbers!

Well, another week, another clusterf*^k.  The most disheartening thing about all the manipulation and games is how easily some of you just buy it hook, line and sinker. After all these years of us telling you not to just blindly believe the packages, you still just believe. You will read in to moments in time exactly what they want you to read in.  Did it happen? Sure…but with the context removed its meaningless – and less than half the story. I think this blind belief in anything on TV is how Donald Trump is actually in the running to be president.    Marilu told me they had their best week ever….Derek’s blog confirmed that…yet what we saw on TV was the opposite, and some cleverly manipulated moments in time. I’m getting to where I actually hate watching this show.

The thing that confuses me is…is it even necessary to do this stuff? Marilu has troubles during the live show – they can reasonably score her lower than some of the other couples because of that. So, WHY are they working so hard to make their packages bad? I have to think that up until last week she was getting the votes, perhaps a lot of votes. She doesn’t look it, but she’s 64 years old and her dancing doesn’t suck at all. She has mistakes – and I would lay money on it that the live show issue is a result of extreme nitpicking from early on – but damn, she looks amazing.  How is that the look of 64?? The main demo that watches this show IS the 65 year old crowd. I would bet they WERE voting for her. But are they still?? Everyone is clearly susceptible to the packages. The producers may have finally succeeded. Read more..

November 5, 2016 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. :-)

Derek Hough’s DWTS Blog: “I Was Pretty Disappointed in Our Package This Week”

This is where I say “I told you so” to all the negative Nancys, the whiners and the concern trolls out there regarding Derek and Marilu’s packages and relationship. Will you actually believe Derek Hough when he tells you something, or are we going to continue to just believe everything we see on TV, eh?  From TV Guide – click the link to read the whole thing:

In all of my years on Dancing with the Stars, I’ve never been involved in a scandal or anything overly dramatic. I can now say that’s no longer the case — ladies and gentlemen, we have “push-gate”! In all seriousness, I was pretty disappointed with our package. Marilu and I actually sat down last week and had a heart-to-heart about what actually happened during our team dance, how we both felt about it and how we felt about each other. Unfortunately, none of that was used in our package this week so I feel like the audience was short-changed a little bit and instead was fed footage that looked tense and uncomfortable.

For instance, Marilu’s foot injury was glossed over the past two weeks. When she asked for more rehearsal time in Monday’s package and I said we didn’t need it, it came off like I was dismissing her and didn’t care, which is far from it. That quote was taken out of context; I was reassuring her that we had already put in a lot of hours, so she shouldn’t worry. Plus, with her injured feet, I didn’t want to push her and hurt her even more. But since her injury was virtually ignored on the show, most people wouldn’t have known about it. I’m definitely not saying her injury should be an “excuse” — just that context is important.

Needless to say, #TeamHenergy is moving forward and on a positive path, despite those few minutes that you saw on television. Last week there was a lot of uplifting energy and we connected on a really beautiful level. We had a lot of long, deep and wonderful conversations. We kept saying we’re the underdogs and we’re coming back and we’re gonna get her feet and ribs better. In earlier weeks, there was much more struggle in certain ways, but the past two weeks have been extremely cohesive and very positive. I feel like we’ve really bonded.

November 3, 2016 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. :-)

Pure Derek Hough’s Exclusive Interview with Marilu Henner: Derek, DWTS and That Memory

Hey all!  Remember when some of you submitted questions for me to ask Marilu? Well, we finally finished the interview!!  Every single question didn’t get addressed because we were short on time and a few of them were similar to each other, but we got to most of them.  Many, MANY thanks to Marilu for taking the time to talk to me and answer all your questions. She was fun and funny and very engaging.

Note: This interview was conducted over the course of three conversations starting about two (?) weeks ago – just in case there are any timing issues in here.  I’ve put a brief excerpt here – the rest of the interview can be read at www.purederekhough.com.

Olivia: Marilu, I understand that Dancing with the Stars can be very tiring for a lot of people, out of you and Derek, who takes more naps or is caught yawning in rehearsal? Go Team Hennergy!

Marilu: People make jokes about us because we barely take bathroom breaks, we have so much energy together. We often see other couples who take short meal breaks and ask if we’re going to leave as well and we usually say “we just have to get one more thing…”   I’ve never seen him yawn and I never yawn. When we work, we work. Read more..

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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 Julianne Hough And Derek Hough To Host “Disney Holiday Celebration”

Thanks to Lori for the heads up on this news about Julianne and Derek Hough hosting a “Disney Holiday Celebration! From Julianne…

Super excited to announce I’ll be executive producing this year’s #DisneyHolidayCelebration while also hosting along side my awesome brother @derekhough
Make sure you guys tune in for more fun than you’ll even know what to do with!!! #DWTS #DisneyChristmasCelebration @abcnetwork #family

ETA: Note that they will be hosting TWO shows. Dates and times below. Via Entertainment Weekly:

ABC is set to air three musical specials across its various platforms between Thanksgiving and Christmas, featuring performances from Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood, and Garth Brooks, and hosted by the Hough siblings, Julianne and Derek.

All three specials will feature musical performances from Clarkson, who released Christmas album Wrapped in Red back in 2013, and filmed at iconic locations across the Walt Disney Resort. To add some more holiday cheer, CMA Award-winning artists Yearwood and Brooks will take to the steps of Cinderella’s Castle (fingers crossed for fake snow flurries) to perform songs from their recently released holiday album, Christmas Together, on all three specials.

The Houghs will host two out of three programs: The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration on Thanksgiving night, and The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration on Christmas morning. The third show, Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration, airs on Nov. 25 and will be hosted by stars of the television movie Descendants.

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks and an accompanying holiday album, Disney Channel Holiday Hits, is set for release Nov. 18.

See all the dates and times for the three specials below:

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration
Premieres Thursday, Nov. 24 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET

Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration
Premieres Friday, Nov. 25 on the Disney Channel at 8 p.m. ET

The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration
Premieres Sunday, Dec. 25 on ABC 9 a.m. ET

November 2, 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.

Maks Chmerkovksiy Gives Advise For Remaining Couples On Dancing With The Stars, Makes Finals Prediction

Maks Chmerkovksiy has written some thoughts and advise for each of the remaining couples at his new blog at Entertainment Weekly. I’m agreeing with everything he’s written except the part on Derek and how he’s not supportive and making an effort with choreo, etc, for Marilu, but, I do agree that she doesn’t seem comfortable and she just needs to have fun. More below including Miss Heidi’s thoughts. Let us know what you think too. Maks also makes a Prediction on who will make the Finals: Laurie, Calvin, and James.

Marilu and Derek:

I think this is the first time we’ve seen Derek in a role he’s not used to. It’s the role of not being the best couple in the competition, nor having a partner who can do things the way he wants her to.

We always see similarities from season to season — all of us pros recycle stuff. Having several years of DWTS experience, we know there are weeks that are easier than others. We know a set of steps that we can put in that will impress, we know a set of lifts that we can put in that will impress, we know some choreography pieces that we can do over and over. I’m not saying this in a bad way at all — it’s just the way it is.

But I think maybe Derek is attempting this and it’s not working. Marilu is a different person than other people he’s worked with. I don’t doubt that he puts an effort into choreography and stylizing the dance and trying to make her look her best. But when he hits a wall and sees that she’s not responding the way he wants her to, I think he just gives up and moves on. She needs something that needs to be styled for her, so Derek’s signature fast footwork doesn’t really work. She needs to be a little bit smoother, and maybe slower action, or different song styles.

To me Marilu seems like she wants this the most — she genuinely loves the show and loves to do this, but it seems like she has zero fun. The look in her eyes as soon as she messed up just seems like she’s not comfortable in the situation. And Derek just doesn’t seem supportive enough. You can get frustrated (believe me, I know this) but then you have to come back and figure it out, work together, and try something else. You change your approach, and sometimes change your own personal style for the benefit of your partner.

Like I said I’m not innocent; I’ve obviously had issues and been frustrated with a partner in this competition, so I get it. But I feel like I’ve come back and adjusted my approach and made the best of a situation. Not everyone comes into the competition being great, but it’s a matter of adjusting to have the best outcome, and more than anything, being professional.

More at Entertainment Weekly.

Heidi: Maks has thought that Derek always had great partners for YEARS. To claim that this is the first time that Derek hasn’t had the best dancer is moronic at best – me thinks Maks still has a hard on for Derek and his only explanation for those six trophies is that “Derek always gets great partners”. Jealous much? Not only has Maks’ read on the show always been WAY off base (and not just about Derek, but in general), but he’s never understood the show and how it works. That much is obvious from his own lack of trophies except that one that was manufactured for him. And that he’s giving advice to DEREK of all people is beyond laughable. Derek is the one who changes tack with all his partners until he finds what works – Maks is the one who is rigid and unbending (that he thinks otherwise is delusional). The proof is in the pudding, dude. But most of all – that he doesn’t acknowledge that the packages don’t tell the whole story – something he’s complained about in the past – is just idiotic. But then…our sources have said that many of HIS packages were accurate because there was nothing good to show. So maybe he’s projecting. 😉

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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.

PureDWTS Season 23, Week 9 – Who’s Dancing What…And When?

This week, my understanding is that there will be an individual dance and a duet of a Broadway show number – Or both dances are broadway show number, sort of? This info is from Just Jared, but for whatever reason I thought the actual show stopper was the duet and these music selections make me think otherwise. Oh well.

Anyway, very convenient that Jana and Laurie get contemporary while James/Calvin have Paso. Good for Marilu and Terra as well but both are going to be so underscored regardless of what they do that it won’t matter.

ETA: Dance order for round one courtesy George Pennachio – and lookie, Laurie is right back were she’s spent a good chunk of her time. 😉

Marilu and Derek – Samba (Song: “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)” from Jersey Boys with Mark Ballas)
Dancing 1st
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Calvin and Lindsay – Waltz – (Song: “Memory” from “Cats,” with Leona Lewis)
Dancing 2nd
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James and Sharna – Jazz – (Song: “A Brand New Day” from “The Wiz”)
Dancing 3rd
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Terra and Sasha – Charleston – “If My Friends Could See Me Now” from “Sweet Charity”
Dancing 4th
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Jana and Gleb – Waltz – (Song: “She Used to Be Mine” from “Waitress”)
Dancing 5th
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Laurie and Val – Argentine Tango (Song: “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago)
Dancing 6th
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Duets:

Marilu/Terra – Jazz (Song: “Big Noise from Winnetka” by Bette Midler)

Jana/Laurie – Contemporary (Song: “Bird Set Free” by Sia)

James/Calvin – Paso Doblé (Song: “No Good” by Kaleo)

November 1, 2016 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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 23, Week 8 – Power Rankings

So for those just tuning in that may have missed the producers’ agenda that permeated last night’s episode, let me recap:

1.) Make sure you keep pushing for Jana to make the finals.

2.) DO NOT LET DEREK ANYWHERE NEAR THE FINALS!!!

3.) Create an emotional redemption arc for Laurie, complete with Val crying his eyes out on camera.

4.) Milk the drama of Sharna’s injury, but let Jenna have the spotlight tonight…we need her to happen!!!

5.) Keep Calvin in the running for the finals, but he needs to take a back seat to the others tonight.

The face-offs, just like the ones in season 21, were about as big of a sh*tshow as one could expect – mainly just a means to carry out the agenda of the moment, and pretend to give a sliver of power to the viewers so they can feel like part of the action.  I actually found myself profoundly relieved that James ended up with immunity – judging from his rehearsal package, it looked like he may have lost some rehearsal time learning the two face-off dances he hadn’t already done (jive & salsa), and I was very, very leery of him having to learn them from Jenna, whose teaching skills are…dubious, at best.  So the fact that he ended up not having to attempt them with someone that’s NOT his normal partner? Phew. And really, if they were going to give immunity to anyone, I would rather it be someone that was probably headed to the finale already (and not someone that genuinely needed a boost to stick around), so as to minimize rocking the boat too much – so in the grand scheme of things, I would have been fine with Laurie, James, or Calvin getting it, and oddly enough, they were the only three last night that ended up with perfect scores.

I think I mentioned last week that I was fairly certain that Ryan was on borrowed time – just couldn’t put my finger on when, exactly, the hammer was gonna drop.  Oddly enough, his tango last night was probably my favorite dance he did all season – the Cheryl Burke House of Pain method seemed to work, as he seemed more invested in that dance that any other one we saw from him all season.  It was fun to watch, but it was time for him to go – but overall, I’m actually glad he ended up doing the show, because I think I came out of it with a much better understanding of him.  He generally seems like a good guy, not the calculating type – but is simply too dumb to function sometimes, and that’s what gets him into trouble 😛 And then there were only 2 men, and I’m guessing they’re probably guaranteed a spot in the finals.  Which means we’re most likely gonna lose 2 ladies in the next 2 weeks… Read more..

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Week 8 “Halloween” Night – HQ Photos

These photos from Dancing With The Stars Week 8 say it all! What a great night! Click on the photos to see even more.

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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.