Pictured above is another new campaign ad released for the women’s 2012 NFL “It’s My Team” Campaign!! Dancing With The Stars pros Peta Murgatroyd and Kym Johnson are adorable as always. You can read all about why the NFL decided to get more “stylish” with their women’s apparel line at the New York Times. For more fun images of Peta and Kym, be sure you see our previous posting here. Courtney found and scanned us an amazing large high quality take. Be sure to check it out.
Heads up Kym Johnson fans! According to Monsters and Critics, the Dancing With The Stars pro will host a new celebrity fitness tabloid-style show called “StarFit” premiering August 10th on the BeFit channel. You can read all about the new show and Kym here. The premiere episode will feature guest star Brian Orosco.
Speaking of the Befit channel….below is Dmitry Chaplin showing a Tango dance workout which BeFit is currently featuring at their You Tube Channel. Come on All. Let’s do this with him and be sure to tune in Friday to see Kym!
As we posted earlier in the summer, Peta Murgatroyd and Kym Johnson are part of the new 2012 “It’s My Team” NFL Campaign for the National Football League. The new campaign was shot by Daniel Jackson. You can read more on the debut and Kym showing off her Pittsburg Steeler spirit at In Touch Weekly. Doesn’t she look fabulous? You can buy the new NFL “It’s my Team” Fan Gear at Kohl’s here.
UPDATE: Check out the completed ad for the “It’s My Team” campaign, featuring both Kym & Peta. Seriously, ladies, can you please stop being so damn gorgeous??? -Court-
So this past week, Dancing With The Stars pro Chelsie Hightower travelled to Indianapolis, Indiana to help with Sugar and Bruno Apparel’s Annual Dance Camp. Kathryn McCormick, the star of the upcoming Universal Pictures movie, ‘Step Up Revolution’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ alumni also headlined the event. Dancers participated in a dozen classes and activities, including a FLASH MOB that was held on June 22nd which you can watch below. This is fun. I love Flash Mobs and Chelsie was in her prime as always.
For more video coverage on the event and classes, visit Sugar and Bruno’s You Tube Channel.
Check out this fun photo! Friends and Dancing With The Stars pros Derek Hough, Maks Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd, and Cheryl Burke had a birthday celebration for Maria Menounos and Katherine Jenkins last night at the Lavo in Las Vegas. They are also in Las Vegas this weekend to take part in a Donald Driver Charity golf tournament. You can see more photos and details on the night at Haute Living.
William Levy – 9 (Not sure how you can improve your ass-shaking & shirt-removing technique a whole lot…)
Roshon Fegan – 7
Gladys Knight – 3
Jaleel White – 2 (Maybe if you consider witholding his crocodile tears an improvement…)
Sherri Shepherd – 1
Everyone – 1 (If only that were true :-))
Courtney: I don’t think this season’s “most improved” award was quite as clear for me as it’s been in previous seasons – I know when I voted in season 12, it was like “Duh, ROMEO!” and in season 13, “Of course it’s Rob!!!” This season, I found myself wavering a bit, as it seems like a lot of people started out being good and then stayed pretty good the entire season – and then there were others who were a bit up-and-down. In the end, though, I think the improvement was most apparent with Maria. I remember muttering “Yikes!” after her cha-cha in week one, as she looked downright terrified and pretty unsteady on her legs. Then she looked a bit more relaxed and in the zone in week 2, and a little more in week 3, etc. By the time classical week rolled around and she managed to get the first perfect 30 of the season, I was pretty impressed. As for Donald – I do think he improved, but it wasn’t quite as marked as Maria – plus he really never seemed to get the love he deserved from the judges, so I guess it kinda distorted things for me. It became a matter of “Is he really improving drastically, or are the judges just finally warming up to him?” I will credit Melissa with improving in her stage presence, but overall, I think her dancing only improved slightly during her stint on the show. I think Gavin could have improved quite a bit, had he stuck around a little longer – but his transformation in the short time he was on was enjoyable nonetheless. I feel the same about Roshon as I do about Donald – I don’t know that he was truly improving (I thought he was pretty good the whole season), but the judges just seemed to vacillate between lavishing praise upon him and absolutely ripping him to shreds from week to week, so I think it gave a false impression of him having all of these dramatic ups and downs. I thought Gladys gave it a good try, but only had a slight net improvement throughout the season; I thought Jaleel was down more than he was up; and I still don’t think I even saw enough real dancing from William to even determine if he improved greatly. I think his finale cha-cha looked better than his week 1 cha-cha, but that’s the only benchmark I have to compare to.
Vogue: Court, I’m with you again. When I first read this Poll, I was baffled for who to vote for “most improved”? With every season we’ve done this, I usually know straight away for who to answer with, but, not this time. After thinking on it, I voted for Maria. Looking back to her first interviews and first dances, she was weak and a little uncoordinated. She so nervous and unconfident. She was worried she wouldn’t be as good as Derek’s other partners which she voiced several times in interviews which, in turn, made me nervous for her too. Well, just like Derek said, he worked on her “walk” first. After that, he totally molded her into a confident dancer. Soon, we saw her relaxing and them playing off of each other’s humor and creativity. His Fox totem was hard at work and in tune again. He can “blend” into anyone to make a union work. It amazes me how he can do that season after season. It’s too bad Jack Wagner was sent home so early. I think he could have improved more with every show too.
Heidi: Yeah, I’d go with Maria. The problem with this category is that you pretty much have to totally tune out the judges nonsense and the crowd reaction to get to the heart of what is real – that’s very hard to do. Roshon started out good and stayed good – but it’s easy to think there is actual improvement when one week the judges are saying how poorly you did and the next week they are raving. It’s very easy to hear all that “noise” from them and have it start to sink in. As for Donald? The judges never liked him, IMO, and never “wanted” him to win (I think in the end their rank comes out in the scoring regardless), so when they finally started giving him credit it was like an epiphany. “Oh, he’s improving!!” Well, maybe – but not as much as Maria. The judges own bias turns into noise, which turns into false impressions for a lot of the dancers. But I think Maria truly went from “Bambi on ice” (per Derek) to a decent dancer. She’s not the best of his partners in terms of dance quality, but I think she did go the farthest in terms of growth.
Aren’t these some fantastic shots of Peta Murgatroyd, Derek Hough, Chelsie Hightower, Tristan MacManus, Sasha Farber, Corky Ballas, Oksana Dmytrenko, and yes, one lucky fan? On June 3rd, as reported to you earlier with photos and video coverage, the dancing pros of Dancing With The Stars did a show in Green Bay, Wisconsin to help benefit Donald Driver’s charities. Photographer D.King of dkingofimagez.com raved about how blessed he was to shoot the event. You can see more photos and read his take on the night at his facebook page. If you need this photographer to shoot any of your events and to see more samplings of his work, be sure to visit dkingofimagez.com as he does some amazing work as you can see.
Also, thanks to Tristan MacManus Fans Facebook for the heads up on these photos and D.King. To see them in a bigger size, click the photos.
The 64th Emmy Award nominations will be announced July 19th. You can view the ballots and who and what they are currently mulling over in each category here. For what I can see so far (and I could have missed some. If so, let us know.), Dancing With The Stars is being considered for:
“Outstanding Directing In A Variety Series” for their Broadway Show on October 11, 2011. As you might remember, the musicals of Broadway were featured in this live two hour show. Ten set piece performances showcased a diverse range of choreography including live guest performances from Kristin Chenoweth and the cast of “Sister Act”, all accompanied by to our 30 piece orchestra.
“Outstanding Picture Editing For Short-Form Segments And Variety Specials”. Several segments are being considered including….
a. Donald Driver Background Package, Episode 1409, May 14, 2012. This package tells Donald Driver’s life story and his journey to this point in the competition; Head To Head: The Final Three, Episode 1410A, May 22, 2012. This package examines the strengths of the final three competitors.
b. Hope Solo’s Background Package, Episode 1309, November 14, 2011. This package chronicles the events that shaped Hope Solo’s life and her journey in this competition.
c. J.R. Martinez Memorable Year, Episode 1303, October 3, 2011. As part of the “Most Memorable Year” themed week of DANCING WITH THE STARS, JR Martinez reflects on the year he was seriously injured in Iraq and how in his darkest hour, his mother inspired him to survive and overcome his physical and emotional injuries.
d. Song Of The Season, Episode 1410A, May 22, 2012. Using all available footage, the cast recounts the highlights of Season 14 – in rhyming verse.
e. Spotlight: Michaela DePrince, Episode 1406A, May 1, 2012. This package tells the story of Michaela DePrince, a young ballerina who overcame hardship and struggle to achieve her dreams.
“Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special” for Episode 1407, April 30, 2012. In the 7th week of competition in season 14, the 7 remaining couples, Maria & Derek, Donald & Peta, Roshon & Chelsie, Melissa & Maksim, William & Cheryl, Katherine & Mark, and Jaleel & Kym competed in “Classical Night” vying for the “Dancing with the Stars” Mirrorball trophy.
“Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special” for Episode 1307, October 31, 2011, In the seventh week of competition in season 13 of DANCING WITH THE STARS, the Halloween Special Event takes over the ballroom. The six couples who remain vie for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy in this spooky episode. Ricki Lake and Derek Hough top the leader board with their performance.
“Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program” which includes Tom Bergeron.
“Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Series” for Episode 1307, October 31, 2011, In the seventh week of competition in season 13 of DANCING WITH THE STARS, the Halloween Special. Event takes over the ballroom. The six couples who remain vie for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy in this spooky episode. Ricki Lake and Derek Hough top the leader board with their performance.
“Outstanding Reality – Competition Program”
“Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special” for…
a. Episode 1310A, November 22, 2011, In the Finale of Season 13 of “Dancing with the Stars”, Rob Kardashian & Cheryl, JR Martinez & Karina and Ricki Lake & Derek vie for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. Each couple performs an Instant Dance to complete the competition. After ten weeks, JR Martinez and Karina are named champions.
b. Episode 1407 Classical Night, April 30, 2012
“Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series” for Episode 1410A, May 22, 2012, In the season 14 finale of DANCING WITH THE STARS, Katherine Jenkins & Mark, Donald Driver & Peta, and William Levy & Cheryl vie for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. The entire cast returns to celebrate the most competitive season and witness Donald & Peta’s championship.
Speaking of the Emmy Awards…. Read more..
Pictured above is the gorgeous Peta Murgatroyd. The Dancing With The Stars pro along with Kym Johnson and other notable women like DJ Kiss, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders recently shot a new spread called “It’s My Team” for the National Football League. You can read all about it and see another picture of Peta at WWD.com. The new campaign was shot by Daniel Jackson at Pier 59 Studios. It will be available in fashion and lifestyle magazines in August.
ADDING: Abd below is a take of Kym behind the scenes thanks to @DWTSGossip for the find. Gorgeous!
Lesson Court learned from putting together these awards: perhaps the “other” option should be eliminated, starting with next season’s end-of-season awards I got an insane number of write-in responses for the “best dance” and “celeb you most want to see on the all-star season” categories, and let’s just say it was no easy task weeding through all of the write-ins I also learned that some people are too lazy (or inattentive) to click “read more” and vote in the other categories, and as a result we got almost double the number of votes for the “best dance” category than we did everything else. I love our readers, but sometimes they drive me a little bit bonkers
Donald & Peta’s freestyle – 23
Melissa, Maks, & Val’s samba trio – 10
Katherine & Mark’s Argentine tango – 8
Maria, Derek, & Henry’s samba trio – 4
Katherine & Mark’s jive – 4
Maria & Derek’s rumba – 3
Roshon & Chelsie’s freestyle – 3
Katherine & Mark’s freestyle – 3
Maria & Derek’s Viennese waltz – 3
Katherine, Mark, & Tristan’s cha-cha trio – 3
Sherri & Val’s foxtrot – 2
Team Paso Doble – 2
Maria & Derek’s Argentine tango – 2
Katherine & Mark’s 2nd paso doble – 2
William & Cheryl’s samba – 2
Gladys & Tristan’s cha-cha – 2
Tristan & Karina’s waltz demo – 1
Tristan & Chelsie’s DaD samba – 1
Melissa & Maks’ paso doble – 1
Katherine & Mark’s samba – 1
Roshon, Chelsie, & Sasha’s paso doble trio – 1
Courtney: Can’t say I’m too surprised at the results – the two that I predicted would do well ended up on top, and the rest got a small share of votes, likely from diehard fans of that particular couple. I do think the jive trio was the dance of the season – the fact that they took a dance that was hard to do with only 2 people and managed to create something fun, energetic, and proper with 3 people was beyond impressive to me. And the fact that they DIDN’T get a perfect 30 for it??? APPALLING. I seriously think people don’t realize how HARD it is to lead 2 women – and Donald’s the only one that took on that challenge in his trio dance, and he KILLED IT. I didn’t see Roshon or William trying to lead two ladies. Maria & Derek’s paso was good – for this season. I just can’t seem to get too excited about it, though, because it just wasn’t up-to-snuff with the paso choreography I’m used to seeing from Derek. As for all the other responses – I think they all were those couples’ best dances, but probably not the best dance of the season. Write-ins? It’s the usual smorgesbord of random dances, and I usually find myself shaking my head reading some of them, and saying “Really? You REALLY think that was the best dance?” But alas, different strokes for different folks. The only one I’m gonna comment on is Donald & Peta’s freestyle…and I guess Katherine & Mark’s, too. I always shy away from including those as options in the “best dance of the season” category, because it seems that, unless a couple REALLY picks a dud, it’s a dance that most couples do well with, and the scoring is pretty inflated – it almost seems like too much of a gimme. That said, I did really enjoy Donald’s freestyle – but I didn’t think the level of difficulty was as high as his jive trio was. And I thought Katherine showed better endurance in her jive than in ther freestyle.
Vogue: Court, you took the words out of my head this time. My favorite dance of the season (and the dance I thought was the best) was Donald and Peta’s Jive trio. Donald’s fast leg and footwork amazed me at the time. So much so, I screamed to my husband in the other room to come watch (and we had to replay it after the show several times …which I don’t ever remember doing with him as long as I’ve been watching this show). Our mouths literally dropped to the floor especially when Donald jumped over the top of both girls. A blow away for me as well was their Freestyle. I also loved their Paso Doble and Argentine Tango with the amusement ride twirl. Other stand out dances for me that I thought were the best were Derek and Maria’s Bollywood Trio dance and Paso Doble. Looking back now, I will remember Derek and Maria’s Bollywood Trio dance the most of their dances even though it probably wasn’t her best dance technically, but, it was different, so creative, theatrical, and entertaining. Another dance I have to give props too is also William and Cheryl’s Argentine Tango. I loved all the passion in that dance. William was so into his character and I loved his tails which is when he looked the sexiest in my opinion. Anyway, great poll and results!!
Heidi: Yeah, I agree with the top two – by a MILE. Say what you want about the “talent” this season, but Donald and Maria were the two most memorable. As for Derek’s choreography – I think that Maria was one of his least naturally talented partners EVER (she’s in a club with Joanna and Shannon and wouldn’t have gone as far with ANYONE else), yet his dances with her were just as memorable as anything anyone else did. That’s quite an accomplishment for both of them. He has a way of doing that. He was really challenged with her – she wasn’t naturally talented and she was pretty injured the whole time. Poor Derek though – he’s set his own bar too high. But the Bollywood Samba I also loved, and their rumba just because they were so into it. As for the write ins? Sad to say I don’t actually REMEMBER a lot of those dances. Most of Katherine’s dances have left my brain. Oddly, several of Willy’s I remember out of sheer disgust. Someone wrote in DaD?? All I remember is Chelsie almost getting blown off a table.
*photo courtesy ABC/Adam Taylor