Derek has written his new blog at TV Guide. He gives some teasers on he and Bethany’s Freestyle. Note that their “jive” is the “Judges Choice” dance.
With the freestyle, I feel like I’ve covered a lot of bases before and it’s like what’s next? It’s a sense of trying not to do something over and over again. I did the stripped-down contemporary with Kellie already. I’ve done the upbeat stuff. You can go with heart or a fun, lighthearted dance or something completely serious. With Bethany, I’m trying to figure out what the right thing for her is. What are her strengths and what’s going to make her shine? So I’ve settled on telling her story. It starts off slowly and lyrically with beautiful shapes and beautiful lines. There will be other dancers as the dance builds to show her Motavators behind her. It signifies her life and strength. She’s created her own brand and her own career — her own everything, really. When I look back at the season, I look back at the moments that showcase how tough and fierce she is, like the Argentine tango and paso doble. It’s strong and it’s a big song, like Inception. It’ll be like Hans Zimmer is there!
The judges picked the jive, which was our first dance, for us to redo. We’re adding 30 seconds and tweaking some things. I’m glad they picked something from early in the season because you can definitely see the growth in Bethany. We feel good so far. We’ll have a fusion dance on Tuesday, but none of us know what’s going on with that yet.
Here ya go. Read carefully. From Broadway World via Abc:
Episode 1911 & 1911A” – After ten weeks of competitive dancing spanning a variety of styles from the Cha Cha to the Quickstep to the Viennese Waltz and more, Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson, Bethany Mota & Derek Hough, Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas remain in the competition, but only one couple will be crowned “Dancing with The Stars” Season 19 champion. Will the injured frontrunner Alfonso Ribeiro break the two-and-a-half-year reign of women winning the Mirrorball? Or will Bethany Mota and record five-time winner Derek Hough bring home the trophy? With the four couples all receiving perfect scores from the judges this season, it is anyone’s game. In the two-part finale, all will have one last opportunity to impress the judges and viewers beginning on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) and concluding with the Season Finale, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
On MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), the four remaining couples will compete in two exciting rounds of dance. In the first round, each couple will take on the “Judges Pick” and perform a dance they previously performed this season that the judges have selected. In the second round, the couples take on the biggest competitive dance of the season, a Freestyle routine featuring special effects, additional dancers and unexpected surprises. The night continues by celebrating the new, contemporary spin on the classic show “Annie,” coming to movie theaters December 19th. “Annie” stars Oscar®-winner Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne, and the youngest performer to ever be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award®, Quvenzhané Wallis, as Annie. Talented young dancers will join Wallis to perform a dance to “It’s The Hard-Knock Life,” choreographed by Mandy Moore. Then, at the end of night, one couple will be eliminated based on the previous weeks’ viewer votes combined with the judges’ scores from the previous Monday night.
The Season Finale on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 kicks off with “Dancing with the Stars: Road to the Finals” (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). This one-hour special chronicles the journey of the three remaining couples revealing never-before-seen moments, director’s cut-style commentary on their past dances and the judges give their expert opinions on what to expect in the two-hour grand finale. The night continues with the Season Finale on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET). The show is packed with exciting surprises and kicks off with a high-energy all cast performance featuring a reunion of all 13 of this season’s couples, the judges and hosts. Then, as decided on by a Twitter vote, one of the four finalists will perform their Freestyle dance as an encore. Pop superstar MEGHAN TRAINOR will perform a medley of her catchy hit single “All About That Bass” and newest release “Lips Are Moving.” Additionally, viewers will be treated to encore performances by Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff to “The Way You Look Tonight,” Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani to “Material Girl,” Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker featuring tWitch to “Back In Time,” Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke to “Tonight (I’m Loving You),” Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater to “Born to be Wild,” Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev to “Maneater,” and Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd to “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” Additionally, the finale will feature musical performances by NICK JONAS, singing his hit single “Jealous,” and Grammy®-winning artist JENNIFER HUDSON and GORGON CITY, performing “Go All Night.” Then, with less than 24 hours to prepare, the three remaining couples will Fuse two contrasting dance styles that they’ve performed this season into a new routine they’ll perform for judges’ points. At the end of the night, the public vote from Monday night will be combined with the judges’ scores from both nights to crown the Season 19 Champion.
More at Broadway World via Abc.
What a labor of love this project has been for both Dona and I for three weeks now. We’ve loved every fascinating minute, but, this season is just so tight. Never before in our time doing these kind of predictions have we been so conflicted for who will win Dancing With The Stars. About the time we would make up our minds, then something would tell us something different. Though give it up for Dona and her Numerology Predictions for Dancing With The Stars Semi-Finals!! Do you remember how she predicted Janel and Val had 26.5 points, Bethany and Derek had 25.5, Alfonso and Witney had 25, Sadie and Mark had 24, and Tommy and Peta had 22? Well, that turned out to be the exact order for their scoring this past Monday night on Dancing With The Stars. Cool, eh??
So, now it’s time for Dona to make her Numerology Predictions for the Finals. Below you will find her new studies. Also included after her studies is my new Astrology findings. That’s not all. We’ve also included a ‘Dancing With The Stars Astrological Mirror ball Scorecard’ and more interesting facts. Buckle up tight and read on. Hope you enjoy…
“Duality City” by donamadrina
Man, oh man! The semi-finals were exciting, weren’t they? And as the numbers showed last week, our beloved Tommy left the competition. Now, however, this competition has become tight, tighter, and tightest. We’ve got some really good dancers left. Honestly, from here on out, folks, it’s anybody’s game! Yes, it is. You will see why below, but with the information presented here, the fans of each remaining couple should feel — hopeful. ☺
Normally, in numerology, when it’s just too close to call, which is called having “too much duality,” you don’t even want to try to predict anything. But, hey, this is the Dancing With the Stars Finale we’re talking about, and we’re all vested in one couple or another, right? So, even though there is quite a bit of duality, and the numbers are not as clear-cut as in prior seasons, let’s take a stab at it, shall we? If you’re willing, we’ll get started. Oh, but wait! If you didn’t get a chance to read last’s week post, you may want to start there, as there is quite a bit of introductory information that I will not be repeating here.
Some of you have said that this numerology is fascinating, but all so confusing. Let me help you. I don’t expect that you are going to internalize all the information presented below in just one reading. Really, I don’t! ☺ But here’s a tip for understanding as we go. Just look at who has the most yellow in the charts, and/or secondly, the most blue? Simple. Does that help? Hope so! Below is what those Read more..
Give it up for Lois!! Here she is with another one of her fabulous poems…
My Poem for Week 10
A darkened ballroom, ticks counting down on the clock!
The switch was flipped, lights shining bright as the sun!
DANCING WITH THE STARS was:
PLUGGING INTO THE SEMI-FINALS!
AN ELECTRIFYING, ENERGIZING EVENING OF DANCE!
PLUGGING INTO THE SEMI-FINALS, the ballroom dazzling, a’glow
AN ELECTRIFYING, ENERGIZING EVENING OF DANCE, grand show
The dancing pairs were given a challenge, two dances it would be
A plugged version, an unplugged version, talent would be the key
The ballroom shook with applause, Tom and Erin issuing the call
Time to plug in the dances, time to begin the grand dancing ball
Each dancing pair shook off their nerves, their feet ready to dance
The audience far and wide ready to see who had the best chance
BETHANY AND DEREK
PLUGGING INTO I WANT YOU BACK
SAMBA – WITH ASSIST FROM SASHA FARBER
Snappy moves, two guys in love with a girl, full of heart
A Central Park Promenade, light, fluffy, like cotton candy
UNPLUGGING INTO I WANT YOU BACK
A picture frame filled with the simplicity of dance
Like a painting coming alive, modern masterpiece
JANEL AND VAL
PLUGGING INTO BLAME
PASO DOBLE – WITH AN ASSIST FROM MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
Fierce, full on powerful attack, fabulous, as one, force of nature
Crisp as a starched white shirt, powerful, pulsating beats
UNPLUGGING INTO BLAME
WITH TIME FOR THREE – FEATURING A VALENTIN VIOLIN
Connection by a concerto, vibrant, vivacious, gift of dance
Dynamic interpretation, putting the oo in mood, intimate
ALFONSO AND WITNEY
PLUGGING INTO LOVE RUNS OUT
Full of spirit, speed, strength, smoke and fire, fight
Artistry from the Prince of Buenos Aires, glory lasts forever
UNPLUGGING INTO LOVE RUNS OUT
CONTEMPORARY – WITH CHRISTINA GRIMMIE
Poetry in motion, fluid lines, drama, passion, intensity, being free
Partners on the same page, two instruments playing same tune
SADIE AND MARK
PLUGGING INTO PROBLEM
Floaty, flirty, fast stepping, full of speedy feet, detail oriented
Sadie – a shining light, brilliant, bit of Hip Hop and Charleston
UNPLUGGING INTO PROBLEM
ARGENTINE TANGO – WITH NOAH GUTHRIE
Guitar prop, sensational, staccato movements, classy, poised
True to Sadie, powerful, challenging choreography, a connection
TOMMY AND PETA
PLUGGING INTO TAINTED LOVE
Red hot, fiery flame of flirtation, great entertainment
Peta – human defibrillator – MVP of Season 19
UNPLUGGING INTO TAINTED LOVE
Balletic, sweet, endearing, graceful gallantry, magical
Touching, honestly felt between the master and muse
PLUGGING INTO THE SEMI FINALS, two dances were energized and electrified
AN ELECTRIFYING, ENERGIZING EVENING OF DANCE, greatness personified!
Written By Lois A Troutman, November 19, 2014
A DANCING PAIR, TOMMY AND PETA TOOK THEIR FINAL BOW!
AMERICA’S HERO GAVE US A DAZZLING TREAT, WE SAID WOW!
THE TWO-NIGHT SPECTACLE NEXT WEEK, HOW CAN IT BE!
EPIC, EXTRAORDINARY DANCES, FREESTYLES WE WILL SEE!
Below is the new Afterbuzz TV show. This time Mandy Moore joins the gang to review the Dancing With The Stars Semi-Finals. First up, Mandy clears up how she’s not just helping one couple for the Finale, but, she’s been helping all of the couples all season with her advice since she is the “Performance Producer” for the show (Hmmm….say what you will, but, I still don’t think it’s right that she’s helping to choreograph one couple’s dance for the Finale).
I also loved what the panel said on Allison Holker at the end and how she is an “animal”. I agree with Jake when he said people like Allison, Witney, and Derek, etc. are and have helped to shape the show into more than just “ballroom” dancing. I hope Allison gets another shot at being a pro too.
Lot’s of content to think about again below with their opinions. Let us know what you think….
Carrie Ann Inaba has written a new blog at Parade. She writes on all of the couples again for their strengths and weaknesses. One thing I don’t agree with though is when she writes that Alfonso and Janel are the best dancers. Maybe Alfonso, but Janel? Sadie and Bethany have been the better dancers in my opinion. Let us know what you think in comments.
However, the diehard dancing fans, the ones who want to see only the best dancers in it to win it, will be happy that next week, the final four will be Bethany, Sadie, Janel and Alfonso. Diehard fans are super-excited because this is going to be a close one. All four have the potential to win it this season!
In my mind, the best two dancers—the ones with the most polish and highest scores so far—are Janel Parrish and Alfonso Ribeiro. The two dark horses are Bethany Mota and Sadie Robertson. But this is an interesting year. Our social media presence has grown and people are voting and getting involved in our show in new ways. We have a broader audience now, a younger one to enhance our extremely steadfast family of viewers who have stayed with us all these years. (And I thank you for that!) We love our fans. They have become our family!
But the two dark horses have big fan bases that are younger and more social media savvy. This could make the finale interesting. In the past, we’ve had younger stars (Cody Lindley and Sabrina Bryant, for example) with incredible fan bases. Their dancing was worthy of making the finals, but their fans didn’t stick with them. This year, it feels like the fans are here! They are making their presence known. I see it in my twitter and Instagram feeds and on my Facebook and whosay pages. This is the face of the new generation of DWTS fans. Welcome!
More at Parade. Note that she says the judges have picked the Jive for Alfonso and Witney’s Judges Choice dance.
And how about this dress? I loved it and her shoes….
To see even more breathtaking images of the cast from Dancing With The Season 19 Week 10 like those you see below, visit Getty Images. Breathtaking…
Several things that make me go “hmmmm” this week: the scores very much in a close cluster headed into finale week (74, 75, 76, 78), Sadie back to being low-balled a bit; the sudden repetition of the phrases “momentum”, “going all the way”, and “contender” with reference to Janel; the decision to bring back Maks for a visit; and the fact that Alfonso seems to be in some serious pain. All are things that make me wonder about the finale, in a variety of ways…you’ll see why.
Tommy, Tommy, Tommy – it was great run, buddy, and you very much went out on a high note (no pun intended…ok, maybe a little bit). Thought that the Chonger actually gave two very respectable performances tonight, and his rumba in particular was a lovely illustration of just why I appreciated him so damn much this season: he let us see a softer side of Peta. I don’t think I’ve EVER seen her so emotionally attached to a partner, and it made her a lot more human and relatable for me – plus Tommy was just so daggone charming, and seemed to really embrace the experience of being on DWTS.
1.) Alfonso & Witney – Injury aside, I think we saw something out of Alfonso tonight that we maybe hadn’t noticed as much when he wasn’t injured: heart. I loved seeing the fighting side of Fonz tonight – his technique may not have been as on-point as we’ve seen from him in the past (though by no means was it shoddy – even injured, the guy is still a revelation), but I think it just made it more obvious how hard he was trying and how much he really wants to be here and do well – so I appreciated both of his performances tonight, as well as Witney’s choreography. She has been a revelation this season – really loving how she’s able to showcase her partner. Also worth noting, I think – just how many (and how diverse) a group of celebs showed up in Alfonso’s “flashback” package to wish him well. Rick Schroeder, Emmitt Smith, most of the cast of Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and…Dan Quayle??? I like to think it just illustrates Fonz’s broad-spectrum appeal – and how beloved he is by so many because of both Carlton and Silver Spoons. My only worry? That his injury may prevent his freestyle from being as truly epic as it could be, if his range of motion is limited – but I’m optimistic that he’s still going to wow us, and he’s still got time to heal. He’s still my pick to win Read more..
Good Day after dance night!!! Ready for some media and interviews after the Dancing With The Stars Semi-finals? First, I have to commend and congratulate Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd for a job well done!! They captivated me all season and never gave up! It was like watching a continuation of Sharna Burgess and Andy Dick! Also, Peta proved she can teach anyone while Tommy proved that anything is possible despite hardships and hard knocks in life and that you can still laugh, turn it around, and dance too. I’ll never forget their “Scent Of A Woman” dance the most of all… which will always be one of my favorites in looking back on Dancing With The Stars in the future.
With that said below is a recap and some new interviews. JC Rubio and Allison Holker also talk about the couples strengths and what they can work on for the Finals (in the first Afterbuzz TV video. LOVES them!). Also, there is a fun interview with Len in the second PopTVDotCom interview. You can also visit ABC7 and the Daily Mail for some breathtaking pictures. Note that they dance to the Judge’s Favorite Dance and the Freestyle. Here are a few Freestyle highlights from the interviews…
-Derek has something in mind for the freestyle and will go with what Bethany can excel in.
-Witney says they have some cool ideas. It will be super fun and energetic.
-Val had some moves planned in the beginning of the season and thought he might use them if they made it and she can do it. Adding after listening to new Afterbuzz TV interview: Val wants to celebrate their journey and have fun.
-Sadie has been busting out some moves in practice for the freestyle that she was thinking of using if they made it. She also reveals that she’s wearing tennis shoes, but, then Mark questions it and says they have to consult with wardrobe first.
Lots more below. We’ll add more highlights and interviews as they come out. So keep coming back….
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