Amy was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. In case you don’t know, Jimmy predicts who will win Dancing With The Stars every season. Well, this season, he has picked Amy and Derek to win!! Anyway, here is Amy on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night helping to open up the show. Bless her for agreeing to do this. She’s amazing!
I apologize that this is so late – I got caught up figuring out the results of the hashtag tracking yesterday (which was pointless, it turns out) and just got burnt out and didn’t want to bombard everyone with these right after posting them. So here they are now
“Most Memorable Year” week has never been my favorite, and I think Monday night was the weakest show they’ve had so far this season – just some very odd song choices (which makes me wonder if they were ASSIGNED certain songs, as opposed to actually picking them), some lackluster choreography, and some elimination fishiness. Sad to see Billy Dee go, but if he really did have to withdraw due to injury (more on that in a post coming later tonight…), at least he got to leave on his own terms. Then again, after some murmurings I’ve heard, I’m not so sure he left voluntarily…
1.) Amy & Derek – The bf came over after work to watch the Walking Dead season finale (since he doesn’t have cable), and he ended up rewatching DWTS with me afterward. The only dance he asked to see a second time? This one. :-) He was fascinated by Amy’s “swimming legs” and how she was able to stay balanced on them so well, and how realistically they seemed to move. We both loved the move where Derek pulled her through his legs and she did a sort of somersalt, and landed perfectly on her pointed toes – she looked like a ballerina on pointe. Just a gorgeous routine that beautifully highlighted what Amy is capable of – I think she really won the night with this dance. Thought it was underscored, though, and I’m wondering if they deliberately clustered the rest of the scores in order to allow Meryl & Maks to sit at the top, uncontested…makes for a better storyline next week, I guess. Read more..
Below is the new Afterbuzz Dancing With The Stars episode and it’s a great one at that again! This time their special guest is “So You Think You Can Dance’s” Paul Karmiryan! I’m excited on this guest as I saw him in “Ballroom With A Twist” in February and he was fantastic….full of lots of energy and passion. He totally captured my attention in dances like this….
Ok, so onto the new Afterbuzz episode. I agreed with them on everything except for Suri on Tony and NeNe. She says Tony has been working out and planned to take off his shirt. She thought it worked for the dance and liked Nene without shoes. Anna was dead on about Maks and Meryl’s dance too in my opinion. It seemed more like a Contemporary dance and he’s not challenging her enough. Lot’s more below. Let us know if you agree or disagree with them. I may have more thoughts in comments. Also, special thanks to Kristyn for mentioning us in her blog on our Switch Up research before she introduced the new Afterbuzz episode. She rocks! Court and Heidi may have more to report on that in this post too. xxx
ABC MediaNet has released details on next week’s Dancing With The Stars. As previously reported, next week is the Switch Up dance. It won’t be until that time that the new couples will be revealed. Julianne Hough will be the guest judge. Also, for the first time, the Macy’s Stars of Dance will be back with “oversight” by Derek Hough!! NOTE: There is a lot of controversial talk on the Switch Up voting currently and whether our votes counted or not. For more, see this post for some news that came out last night.
ETA: According to this tweet by George Pennacchio, this is how the votes will go down for the next elimination to take place on April 14th…
OK #DWTS fans, the info you’ve been asking about: ABC says scores & votes from 3/31 & 4/7 will be combined to eliminate one couple on 4/14.
George also tweeted this about the viewer votings…
@jl2285 I’m confident producers went with the viewer votes. I say just enjoy the week ahead.
“Episode 1804” – The votes are in and for the first time ever celebrities will switch professional dance partners on “Dancing with the Stars,” MONDAY, APRIL 7 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. This past week, America was given the power to vote and change celebrity and professional dance pairings and now each star must face this new challenge. The new couples will be revealed live for the first time throughout the evening. The show will begin with an opening number featuring the entire cast followed by each celebrity tackling a new style of dance with their new partner. Additionally, two-time professional “Dancing with the Stars” champion, Julianne Hough, will return to guest judge for the second time alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
“Macy’s Stars of Dance” returns for its first installment of the season with creative oversight by Emmy® Award-winning Choreographer and Pro Dancer, Derek Hough. The unique performance will showcase explosive choreography that blends Latin and contemporary dance styles and will feature both the Pro and Troupe dancers. The piece will also feature “So You Think You Can Dance” all-star Kathryn McCormick.
Carrie Ann Inaba writes all about Dancing With The Stars last night at Parade.com. Below she talks of judging and also reminds us of what makes Dancing With The Stars so incredible in a “Dancing Democracy” way. She also mentions how the couples find out today who their new partners are going to be for the upcoming week! More below….
So, let’s get to the dances! Wow! I was truly impressed with the dances last night. Normally, the “most memorable year” night of dancing is the most challenging to judge. When a star has just shared an intimate detail of their life, a vulnerable time, or a challenging time, and then they dance poorly, it’s truly heart-wrenching as a judge to have to give them a bad score. This is often the time of the season where the fans of the stars will get extremely protective over their “favorites.” It’s completely understandable and beautiful, but this is when it can get very negative on social media because the fans will misunderstand the judgement of the dance for the judgement of the person. Now, we don’t judge the person; we judge the dancing and the performance. And most of the time, we care just as much as everyone else about these special, talented people who have courageously taken on this challenge to be on Dancing with the Stars. But if we don’t judge them with a critical and professional eye, there’s no point to the competition. And I’d like to remind everyone that what makes DWTS so incredible is that it is a combination of scoring and the audience and viewer votes that decides the fates of our celebs. It’s a democracy! It’s a Dancing Democracy. So vote. Oh, speaking of voting. Today is the day they tell the couples who their new partner is going to be for the upcoming week! Talk about a “SWITCH UP.” After last night’s incredible performances I almost don’t want to see them switch, but at the same time, how very interesting and what an amazing experiment it is to do this. It will be quite the psychological thriller if you ask me. I won’t know until Monday as well…and I’m chomping at the bit.
For a personal review of each couple, see Parade.com.
Back again and this time with some new interviews with George Pennacchio from On The Red Carpet. Don’t you just love him?! Lot’s of Switch Up Dance talk here. Note how they are more relaxed now that they can go back to their original partners after the switch up dance. Check it out!
PureDWTS 18, Week 2 Partner Switch Twitter Voting: Is It “Rigged?” Part IV *Partnership Predictions*
Ok kids, the voting is *finally* over – and Heidi & I pulled together data from both Keyhole & Topsy last night to try and get the most accurate picture of who was going to be dancing with who. Based on what was said in the press release, the partnerships would be determined in order of who got the most overall votes (with all possible partnership hashtags), and moving down the line until everybody was paired off. We have a better picture of this for the female celeb/male pro partnerships – if I’m reading Heidi’s Topsy spreadsheet correctly, it looks like Meryl was the greatest overall vote-getter for the gals, followed by NeNe, then Amy, then Danica, then Candace. We don’t have quite as much data on the male celeb/female pro pair-ups, but if Keyhole is correct, that went in order of Charlie, Cody, James, & Drew. Based on that information, here are our predictions of who is going to be dancing with who:
UPDATE, 4/1/14 @ 10:02 PM EST: Well apparently all the tweeting you guys did was pointless, and apparently all the tracking and deciphering of vague rules we here at Pure did trying to give you guys some semblance of guidance was of NO WORTH WHATSOEVER…because Kristyn just dropped this bomb:
Draw your own conclusions, but I trust Kristyn & her source. So I could basically draw one big ol’ strikethrough every single word I’ve written over the course of the 4 posts I’ve done in this series, and eat the cost (both monetary & labor) of trying to track these hashtags…and worst of all, all that time you guys spent tweeting did nothing. I could literally cry right now – out of frustration and pure unadulterated RAGE. We did this to keep TPTB honest – to make sure they didn’t try to manipulate things in their favor. And what did they do? They gave all the viewers the middle finger, anyway. I have half a mind to tweet Sean Avery right now and see if we can formulate some sort of tell-all about the corruption running rampant through DWTS right now – I see that his claims of being booted off DWTS for fighting with Lord Conrad the Supreme are starting to gain some traction. I hope that man gets a venereal disease, because he is captaining the Titanic right now, with all the self-destructive changes he’s implementing. I hope some of the big outlets jump on this one. TMZ, you lurkin’? Holler at us – I’d be happy to send you copies of our data. Dateline? 60 Minutes? Hit us up and we’ll give you the straight dope. Damn, I don’t think I’ve been this mad about DWTS since they brought out the WTA cha-cha and threw Ralph out on his ass. Discuss, guys – feel free to vent. Lord knows I have… Read more..
Good Morning America Coverage Of DWTS Season 18 Week 3, Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater Interviewed
Thanks to the Vocal Vault and their quickness too, below is some Good Morning America coverage of Dancing With The Stars. They spotlight Robin Roberts and how well she did judging the show. Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater are interviewed too. He talks all about why he had to bow out of the show. I don’t blame him. What a class act….both of them!!
Wow! What a night full of stellar dancing!! Here are the judges scores again in case you missed them…
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani: 31
Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: 35
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: 36
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: 30
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: 36
Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: 39
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 32
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: 36
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: 36
Also, George Pennacchio from ABC7 has some video coverage and a fun summary. ADDING: Note how George mentions there is no elimination next week …thank goodness. Hopefully, we will see more with him later at On The Red Carpet.
And what would we do without good ol’ Henry from PopTVDotCom with some of the cast after the show again….
Also, Derek Hough, Amy Purdy, and some of the cast of Dancing With The Stars attended his “Make Your Move 3D” premiere in Hollywood last night. For lots of fun coverage including videos and photos, see Pure Derek Hough as soon as you can. Below is one video where Derek talks on Amy, tap dancing, and more….
Below is a bit of GMA coverage too…
More coming up! Stay tuned!! xx
Geez. George Pennachio says there is a surprise in the first half hour.
Like we need more surprises. :::sigh:::
I know! Let’s drink every time there is a camera screw up. Wait…I don’t have enough booze….
Great opening dance by James. He got a tiny bit off time in a couple spots….but this guy is a contender, for reals.
ETA: So Billy Dee is out due to injury. No more elimination or not?? I suspect not since they aren’t doing that stupid elmin stuff before each dance, thank god.
Great dance by Nene. And line of the night goes to Derek Hough: “This lil’ munchkin is ready for you!!” Right to Nene.
ETA2: Forgot to add to my last update that they made it pretty clear that the switch is for one week then they go back to their original partners. It sounds like no more voting – I’m afraid to hope for that to be true.
Liked Danica and Val’s dance very much, but she struck me as a bit melodramatic and not quite real in her package. I’m afraid that’s just her.
ETA3: Beautiful dance by Meryl and Maks but that was in NO WAY a foxtrot…yet no one said a word about it. Bet they would have if Meryl was dancing with Derek. Interesting how now the couples are definitely going back to each other after next week AND they get 10s on a non-foxtrot. I wonder if someone had a fit? Besides most of the fans, I mean. I doubt they listen to us, so what happened? Not that I’m complaining about that part – I’m glad.