Man, I was digging this new Afterbuzz TV show last night ….especially being Mark Ballas was a guest. He provided some cool “behind the scenes” information about the dancers and the show, getting his partners from A to B, how you can tell who is in it to win it every season, what it’s like having a gymnast for a partner, and more. Though, I have to say….I was disappointed at the end when he and Anna Trebunskaya went on about Henry Byalikov and what a great job he’s dong with Nastia Liukin. Hey, maybe Henry is doing a good job and that’s cool, but, let’s be REAL here! Anna said Henry has Nastia for “half the week” when that IS NOT TRUE! Henry only has Nastia for TWO days (Saturday and Sunday). It’s also not true that Henry is doing all the cleaning up, etc as Derek has been conversing with them on the weekend from New York City making sure everything is perfect. Yes, Henry may be a stand in for Derek on the weekend, but, he’s not doing it “all”. So for those on the Afterbuzz TV show and fans taking it in everything Anna says as if it’s “word”, think again. Also, Derek is doing ALL of the choreography HIMSELF. See this NEW “YOUNG HOLLYWOOD” rehearsal interview of last week’s rehearsals in New York City. This footage was filmed before Nastia went back to Los Angeles….doesn’t this say it all? Anyway, take a listen to the show below and let us know what you think. Yes, I’m wound up.
I got an idea in the shower this morning to do my poem/writing this week without rhyming. But, it will be expressive in another way. The theme of red-hot, fire, etc will populate the writing. We had our fires, our passions stoked:
For The Love of Latin
The opening was a red-hot explosion
Dripping with the flames of passion
A’blaze with fires kindling in our souls
Dancers’ feet, as if steeping on hot coals
Electricity crescendoing in the Ballroom
Latin flavor oozing out of every pore
Latin dances typically ooze sensuality
The dynamic of love as a fiery furnace
Lifts expressing strength of lovers’ union
Our hearts filled with the spirit of dance
Each dance unique bursting with spirit
Fanning flames of power of creativity Read more..
Grab ya kleenex and get ready for “Most Memorable Year” Week. :::sigh::: Anyone else remember the good old days when every single week didn’t have to have a theme?? I do.
Anyway, Vogue has been a workin’ fiend as per usual and the info we have so far on the dances comes from her Massive Media Roundup post….or in Sharna’s case, her blog. Mark and Willow’s dance is from something he said on Afterbuzz, which Vogue will put up as soon as she gets it.
And hey – at least they’re not all Rumbas.
ETA: Apparently it’s okay if someone other than us spoils the songs. Really ABC – Just Jared is a better option? Funny how no one cared about the songs until we started spoiling them a few seasons ago. Humph. Michael’s song already feels heart wrenching. Nastia’s song is so perfect for an AT that I wonder if it was her idea. I wonder about Chris’ also.
ETA2: Finally got Suzanne’s and Riker’s dances nailed down. According to Courtney, they could have gone several ways with those particular songs.
Nastia and Derek – Argentine Tango (Song: “Variations on Dark Eyes” by Lara St. John)
Rumer and Val – Waltz (Song: “Turning Tables” by Adele)
Patti and Artem – Jazz (Song: “Dan Swit Me” by Patti LaBelle)
Willow and Mark – Contemporary (Song: “Atlas” by Coldplay)
Chris and Witney – Rumba (Song: “The Book of Love” by Gavin James)
Michael and Peta – Rumba (Song: “Not My Father’s Son” from “Kinky Boots”)
Noah and Sharna – Contemporary (Song: “American Soldier” by Toby Keith)
Robert and Kym – Waltz (Song: “The Last Waltz” by Engelbert Humperdinck)
Riker and Allison – Tango (Song: “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon)
Suzanne and Tony – Foxtrot (Song: “Three’s Company Theme” by Dominik Hauser)
Dancing With The Stars Diaries With Darvina Plante – Interviews With Keo Motsepe, Witney Carson, Mark Ballas
Darvina Plante has been interviewing this year’s cast of Dancing With The Stars. Below are some interviews with Keo Motsepe, Witney Carson, and Mark Ballas! I’m liking these. I hope she keeps doing these.
Such beautiful photos of Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Week 3! To see even more, see Getty Images.
Well, the warm fuzzies and pleasant surprises I had from the judging last week have left the building – and now we’ve moved on to the “completely inappropriate and actually rather offensive” stage of the competition, where every other thing out of the judges’ mouths seems to be insulting, irrelevant, or just plain mean. Even after last week’s spiel about bullying, Charlotte got told she was stupid, and it was implied that Riker danced like a girl and Allison danced like a dude. Oh, and Mike got nitpicked to death for the third week in a row. “Do as I say, not as I do”, huh judges?
Bittersweet seeing Charlotte go. I was glad she got to stick around for another week, and aside from the fact that her rumba didn’t have a whole lot of rumba, I still enjoyed it and thought it was her best dance yet; but I think Charlotte may have mentally checked out a bit after the nasty critiques she got in week 1, so it was probably time for her to go, anyway. If nothing else, she looked FANTASTIC tonight – loved that color on her, and love big, tousled Brigette Bardot-inspired hair
1.) Riker & Allison – Well, I already thought Riker was a contender after week 1 – but I think this week his real debut, because that salsa screamed “Yep, I’m here, and I’m hungry – take heed, Nastia & Rumer!” And despite Len hemming and hawing and trying to claim that Riker “isn’t the best dancer this season”, I daresay he’s certainly the best male contestant, and bested at least Nastia in terms of technique this week – so he’s quickly inching his way up to the top. He never missed a beat in this salsa, which was actually the first piece of choreography I’ve seen from Allison on this show that made me sit up and go “Ok, that was cool.” And good lord, that girl can spin fast! He sold it well, he made it his, and he kept time – if I had one complaint, it might be that he seemed a bit stiff in his hips and didn’t “flow” through the movements as fluidly as he could have, but I also partially blame Allison for that, simply because her choreography was a bit more staccato. Overall, he nailed it, though. Read more..
I was loving this dance last night! How about you? I want more PRO NUMBERS!!! Please TPTB!!!! PLEASE!!!
What a night and one of my favorites so far!! For media starters, let’s start off with the score card which reads like this for Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Week 3:
Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough 34/40
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker 34/40
Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy 33/40
Willow Shields & Mark Ballas 32/40
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess 30/40
Chris Soules & Witney Carson 28/40
Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson 29/40
Suzanne Somers & Tony Dovolani 25/40
Michael Sam & Peta Murgatroyd 24/40
Patti LaBelle & Artem Chigvintsev 22/40
Now onto some media. Let’s see what the couples had to say about the night. First check out the ABC7 footage below with George Pennacchio. Note at the end, George says it’s “Most Memorable Year Week” next.
For some new interviews from E News, see this link. As always I would embed them, but, they won’t stop playing afterwards making it hard to watch the other videos posted.
The new Afterbuzz TV interviews with JC Rubio are starting to come out. Heidi will be making a new “Who’s Dancing What” post shortly for the new dances next week. So far, it’s revealed
Nastia & Derek have an Read more..
Well, I don’t know about you all, but in this saga known as DWTS, I fully expect Rumer to get a tongue bath whether she deserves it or not, and Nastia/Riker/Willow (or any combination thereof) to get relentlessly nitpicked over something stupid…most likely something they have little control over, like music…in order to make sure the leaderboard changes up again. Anyone willing to take that bet??
Very nice opening pro dance!!
Already prepping the audience for leaderboard switchup.
What monkey dreamed up Disco Salsa, not that it will matter. Loved her outfit this week and the dance was very good. It was just so weird. Read more..
Just a quick TV heads up: The couple voted off on tonight’s “Dancing with the Stars” will stop by tomorrow’s “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” to perform for the “LIVE” audience. Additionally, “LIVE” will welcome various “DWTS” castoffs, both celebrities and professional dancers, as this season of the hit ABC series continues. Stay tuned for more coverage tomorrow!