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DWTS 16, Week 2 – Power Rankings

Well jazz/jive/quickstep/WTF? night left me with some mixed feelings – some couples really rose to the challenge, while others really showed their weaknesses; I feel like some couples got too caught up in having a “theme”, while others seemed to have meltdowns in rehearsal.  And of course – the judges conveniently chastised some couples for things that they seemed to turn a blind eye to in other couples.  Let’s get right into it…

1.) Zendaya  & Val – As talented as this girl is, I did have my doubts about her fanbase – but after she trended worldwide on Twitter, I’m wondering if she might have the juice to really go all the way this season.  My god, those LEGS – if I had legs that gorgeous, I would wear shorts year-round, regardless of the temperature, because they are GORGEOUS.  Oddly enough, though they actually seemed to cause a few problems in this dance – like Val said, with legs that long, you have a harder time doing quick movements…and I felt like Zendaya did have a few moments where she really had to haul ass to get her legs where they needed to be, and she did seem to be taking some wide steps to accommodate those long legs.  Thankfully, they should only be an asset from here on out, since she has gotten jive out of the way :-) Loved the attitude and sass she had, too – really like this girl, and really like what Val is doing with her.  If they can keep it engaging and age-appropriate, they could go far.

2.) Kellie & Derek – As cool as this routine was and as well-executed as it may have been, I’d call it more of a contemporary/jazz fusion than pure jazz.  Nothing wrong with that – none of the 3 that did jazz tonight had a “pure” jazz routine – but I saw flexed ankles and more contemporary-type lifts, and in my head I heard my college dance instructor screaming “Point those toes! I don’t want to see any flexed feet, this is jazz 203, not modern 203!!!” Very cool, moody routine, and Kelly is made of rubber, I swear…plus she seems to be handling anything Derek throws at her.  But for whatever reason (and this is unrelated to whether it’s jazz or not), I was just left wanting a bit more – maybe it was the music and how there seemed to be this big build up in the beginning, and then it just ended, maybe it was the fierce hand section at the beginning and then the more flowy end, I don’t know…but I don’t really think it was my favorite Derek routine.  But Kellie is impressing me, because had I not known better, that could have been Allison Holker dancing that routine…she was that good. Read more..

March 25, 2013 I Written By

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Dance Junkies TV Kicks It Up A Notch, DWTS Emma Slater Interview, And More

Dance Junkies TV is back and this time with a new MAKE OVER!! You’ll notice the new make over straight up from the beginning with new music and a new location at Dance Cafe at Lenique owned by Nick & Lena Kosovich. Stuart Brazell and Rib Hillis interview Nicole Westbrook who is a youtube sensation with her video “the thanksgiving song”. Fan Tiffany serves up drinks ( Oh, I need! :D ) They also interview youtube sensation and choreographer Dejan Tubic who chats with them about dance & sharing it on the web. Last, but not least, they chat with Dancing With The Stars troupe member Emma Slater. They didn’t have time to ask fan questions this time, but, she helps breaks down episode one of Dancing With The Stars. At the end, they all get crazy and do the Harlem Shake. I say, let’s join in. :D Be sure you take this gem in before the show starts or afterwards when you can. Also, CONGRATULATIONS from PureDWTS to Elena and Rib as they are expecting their first baby!

Thanks Dance Junkies TV!! Another fun show!!!

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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.

ABC Releases Dancing With The Stars Season 16 Pre-Party For Week 2 (Videos)

Dancing With The Stars Day!! Are you aready for the show tonight? To help gear things up, ABC has released their pre-party festivities and interviews which you can watch below. Enjoy!! ADDING: be sure to watch part 4! They of the Encore dance and how you can tweet for who you’d like to see featured in it. Though be careful with that idea because spending time VOTING is more important if you want to see your favorite couple proceed to the next week!!

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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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 16, Week 2 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Week 2…the week of Jive?/Jazz?/Jive?/WTF?? and the Quickstep. :-) Was I the only one that heard both Jive and Jazz with regard to a few couples?? Is it that the media expects to hear Jive so that’s what they say, or do the stars expect to hear Jive so they say Jive or is there monkey business?? It didn’t help that Sharna said “the jazz” which made people hear Jive since one doesn’t typically put “the” in front of “jazz” without also having “dance” after it. I guess we’ll never know for sure.

ETA: Almost forgot – this was on the DWTS Official site:

There different dances will be tackled by the couples on Monday night, the Jive, the Quickstep and for the first time in the Dancing competiton, Jazz.

Judges will be looking for the following elements in the “Jazz” dances: jazz hands, kicks, leaps, rolled shoulers, quick turns and sideways shuffling.  It’s destined to be a night of high energy the ballroom with all three dances!

Please note – the typo is theirs. They also call Victor “Victory”. LOL. Ahem. And some had the nerve to call US unprofessional!! HA! But note that they include a description of what they’ll be looking for with Jazz – I’d think they were listening to me, if not for the fact that they neglect to do that for the other two dances. :-) And why is that??

Here are the dancers and their dances. note, this is currently in last weeks dance order.

ETA: I’ve been right on the money with the last few guesses. :-) Zendaya keeps her “top of the hour” slot. 

ETA 2: Gotta say – kinda surprised by Lisa’s slot in the show…

Ingo and Kym – Quickstep
Dancing 1st
Voting # 1-800-868-3403

Dorothy and Tristan – Jive
Voting # 1-800-868-3409

Jacoby and Karina – Jazz
Voting # 1-800-868-3412

Victor and Lindsay – Jive
Voting # 1-800-868-3402

Wynonna and Tony – Quickstep
Dancing 5th
Voting # 1-800-868-3410

Zendaya and Val – Jive
Dancing 6th
Voting # 1-800-868-3406

Andy and Sharna – Jazz
Dancing 7th
Voting # 1-800-868-3411

Sean and Peta – Jive
Dancing 8th
Voting # 1-800-8683407

Aly and Mark – Quickstep
Voting # 1-800-868-3408

Lisa and Gleb – Jive
Dancing 10th
Voting # 1-800-868-3404

DL and Cheryl – Quickstep
Dancing 11th
Voting # 1-800-868-3405

Kellie and Derek – Jazz
Dancing 12th
Voting # 1-800-8683401

Once again, we have an odd number of Jives relative to Jazz. Why not four of each style? Of course, if you had had four of each of Foxtrot, Cha Cha and contemporary that would have still made divvying up the dances this week difficult. How do you decide which Cha Cha-er gets Quickstep and which gets Jazz?? And what are they trying to accomplish with their selections?? Look at this table of the dances assigned thus far:

Week 1 and 2 Dances

So, what do you think?? How are they splitting it up? Are they once again making it so that each dance style has one person they consider cannon fodder? And who is that person? I think that Jacoby is a clear winner with Jazz over Quickstep – I’m not so sure the same can be said for Sean, but he’s lucky to get it out of the way now, when there are a lot of dancers likely to leave before him.  I think Ingo wins with QS over Jive because he’s so tall. I think Lisa and Dorothy lose with Jive – but again, better to get it out of the way now, for Dorothy at least. Kellie and Zendaya I think would have been fine and dandy either way.

LOL of the day today:  Oksana tweeted this and I about swallowed my tongue. :-D

Sore neck! Alot of hair-whipping going on these days at rehearsals🙆
@OksanaDmytrenko
Oksana Dmytrenko

ETA: Well, this is interesting From Wynonna’s twitter (thanks to @dd_alexandra for the heads up)

As of this Wednesday, we have 5 days to learn 2 dances. I will no longer have time to follow anyone. If you have a follow request, I'm open
@WynonnaMusic
Wynonna Judd
March 23, 2013 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. :-)

Josh Groban And Icona Pop To Perform On Dancing With The Stars, Chelsie Hightower And Dmitry Chaplin Will Dance

Good news for fans of Chelsie Hightower And Dmitry Chaplin! The two pro dancers will be performing a dance routine on Tuesday night’s result show while Josh Groban sings his new single Brave”. Icona Pop will also be performing. Don’t miss the beginning of the show as well because all the pros and dance troupe will be performing a group number. Here is more in detail from ABC….

“Episode 1602 & 1602A” – The competition heats up on “Dancing with the Stars” as the celebrities take on new dance routines and fight for survival, MONDAY, MARCH 25 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET). The couples will be performing a Jive, Quickstep or Jazz routine.

On TUESDAY, MARCH 26, one couple will face the first nail biting elimination on the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET). The show will feature a musical performance by signer Josh Groban, who is set to perform his current single, “Brave,” with an 18-piece band accompanied by “Dancing with the Stars” alumni Chelsie Hightower and Dmitry Chaplin. Adding to the excitement, acclaimed Swedish duo Icona Pop will perform their hit song, “I Love It.” The results show will feature a spectacular opening performance by this season’s pros and Troupe dancers.

March 22, 2013 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.

PureDWTS A Shake Up In Las Vegas Odds For Season 16 Week 2 – What Do You Think?

Think of success as a game of chance in which you have control over the odds. As you begin to master concepts in personal achievement, you are increasing your odds of achieving success. ~Bo Bennet on beating the odds

Sports Bovada has posted their new set of odds for Dancing With The Stars Season 16 Week 2. As always with the first dance, the odds get shaken up which they did so again. Though I’m shocked the odds makers are putting Aly Raisman so high. Was her first dance really that worthy of a second placing? However, huge kudos to Andy Dick making a big jump. I think Andy is a better dancer than Sean (and more liked), so I hope to see him placed even higher next week?

Zendaya Coleman 2/1
Aly Raisman 7/2
Kellie Pickler 7/2
Jacoby Jones 5/1
Dorothy Hamill 7/1
Ingo Rademacher 15/1
Sean Lowe 15/1
Andy Dick 50/1
Victor Ortiz 50/1
Lisa Vanderpump 75/1
Wynonna Judd 75/1
D.L. Hughley 100/
1

First Las Vegas Odds to compare:

Aly Raisman 7/2
Kellie Pickler 5/1
Zendaya Coleman 5/1
Jacoby Jones 13/2
Ingo Rademacher 7/1
Victor Ortiz 15/2
Dorothy Hamill 9/1
D.L. Hughley 10/1
Wynonna Judd 15/1
Lisa Vanderpump 20/1
Andy Dick 33/1

Also, and for fun, below are the odds from Wynn Las Vegas currently. I think these are really out of whack and I question if they even saw the first dances for how high they put Wynonna and how low they put Zendaya. 8O Also, shouldn’t Victor and Wynonna be placed more at the end? D.L. should be placed last in my opinion.

KELLIE PICKLER Derek Hough 9 TO 2
ALY RAISMAN Mark Ballas 6 TO 1
JACOBY JONES Karina Smirnoff 7 TO 1
DOROTHY HAMILL Tristan MacManus 8 TO 1
ZENDAYA COLEMAN Valentin Chmerkovskiy 9 TO 1
VICTOR ORTIZ LINDSAY ARNOLD 11 TO 1
WYNONNA JUDD Tony Dovolani 14 TO 1
INGO RADEMACHER Kym Johnson 15 TO 1
SEAN LOWE Peta Murgatroyd 20 TO 1
D.L. HUGHLEY Cheryl Burke 25 TO 1
ANDY DICK Sharna Burgess 30 TO 1
LISA VANDERPUMP GLEB SAVCHENKO 35 TO 1

So, what do you make of this week’s interesting shake up in odds? Let’s see what Heidi and Court think too….

Heidi:  I think that the top set of odds has the first five eliminations right, and maybe even in the correct order, although I would be inclined to switch Wynonna and Victor. But after that it gets really tricky. I think someone they have in the top three is going to get bumped for Jacoby, although I’m not AS convinced as Courtney that he will win. I’m hedging. :-) By all rights, based on last week, those ladies should be the top 3 but I think that Aly will get bumped for Jacoby.  As for the middle of the pack? They feel pretty middle of the pack to me. Of course, everything could change in week 3 when they suddenly don’t have as much time to get a dance down. Since they appear to have changed Derek and Kellie’s dance on them well after they learned Jive, they could be in trouble as well. We’ll see! Oh, and as for Wynn…I seem to recall they got last season right at least in the final week – question is, did they have it right all season long? Your odds of calling the final right is pretty easy – you have a 3 in 1 shot at it.  This Wynn odds chart is just a mess. I don’t think they have a single thing right.

Courtney: Zendaya is good, no doubt, but we still have yet to see whether she whether she’ll be able to break the “Disney curse” – I’d say Roshon was just as talented as she was, and that poor kid was in the bottom two seemingly every week.  Haven’t seen anything from Aly yet that makes me think she’s gonna finish that high – and I still think Jacoby is the only shoo-in for the finale, and the most likely to win it all.  As for the bottom of the odds – I think Wynonna probably has a slight edge over Lisa, but other than that, I think they got it about right. Who the hell knows what’s going on at the Wynn – the fact that they think D.L. still has a fighting chance makes me think they’re smoking the wacky tobacky.  :-)

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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.

Tristan MacManus On DWTS Week 2: “another week of experience will be crucial”

A few media things on Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus!! First, Dorothy Hamill tells News 8’s Erin Ovalle in Portland, Oregon that taking on Dancing With The Stars has been “really scary” being she doesn’t know the first thing about dancing. She’s hoping she doesn’t make a fool of herself. This interview was filmed right before the premiere, but, it’s a good one to watch now too. I love how humble she is. You can also see some cool shots of Tristan and Dorothy in rehearsals. You can watch it in full HERE.

Also, MacManiacs.org interviewed Tristan this week. Below he tells us how their second dance (the Jive) is coming along. He also sizes up the cast.

You have the Jive coming up for Week 2. How is that coming along?

Jive is taking its time alright but looking forward to it. It’s a lively, fun dance so happy faces make a difference when it comes to nerves I think against a more straight-faced restricted ballroom hold dance. It’s gonna be a lot faster than last week for sure so I can’t wait to see what Dorothy can do.

There seem to be a lot of very strong contenders in Season 16. How would you size up the cast?

The cast is strong personality wise, and it’s easy to write people off straight away but I’m sure another week of experience will be crucial, and the thick skin will bite back for a lot of people.

So true and I like how he words that!! You can read this new fun interview in full at MacManiacs.org .

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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.

ABC Releases Finale Dates And Times For Dancing With The Stars Season 16

Hey, just a quick update! ABC has released the dates and times for the Dancing With The Stars Season 16 finale which reads like this…..

Monday, May 20
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars” (performance show)

Tuesday, May 21
8:00-10:01 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”

For more finale dates and times for other shows on ABC like Modern Family, Castle, etc., visit this link.

March 20, 2013 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.

DWTS Season 16, Week 1 – Dancing by the Numbers!

Hello folks (Hi Cheryl!!!)! :-)  It’s time once again to take a look at the numbers for a week of dancing. Of course, since there was no elimination this week, this is just an exercise to show you where the dancers stand going into week two. Is it possible for D.L. to overcome his extreme deficit? Well, I kinda doubt it, but you never know. Next Tuesday will either reveal that there are some seriously weak fanbases (by someone other than D.L. getting the boot), or it will reveal nothing at all.

Anyway, I think that the judges didn’t screw the pooch too badly this week, but there’s still plenty of time. What did I agree or disagree with? Well, I’m a proponent of a LOT more use of the 3 and 4 paddles in week 1 and they don’t seem to have that in them unless you don’t practice as much as you should. ;-) As much as I LOVED Wynonna, I think they were a bit kind to her – which is SOP for them when it comes to older, dance-challenged ladies.  I think Kellie got screwed by going first – also typical for these judges. There’s no way that Dorothy and Aly deserve the same score as her. That said, 21 is a good score for both, I’m just thinking that Kellie deserved a point or two higher.   Zendaya? Awesome. Loved the dance and I have high hopes for Val. That said, I think 24 was a bit of a stretch – but only by a point, really. The question on these ladies is – can Kellie keep it up (I think so), can Dorothy loosen up (I hope so) and can Aly ever even HOPE to match up to Shawn (doubt it). No, it’s not fair to compare her to All Stars Shawn – but if you think I’m the only person doing that, yer crazy. It’s how the brain works, whether you want it to or not.

LOVE Andy. Love him. I think he did a better dance that Wynonna did, actually. I certainly enjoyed him FAR more than the cheapo Foxtrot put on by Sean and Peta. What the hell was that, anyway?? But, since Sean is a member of the family, I expect him to be overscored right to the semi-finals. The imaginary scenario…

ABC Exec: :::cough::: Ahem. You know, Conrad, if Sean stays around until, oh, I dunno, week 8 or so, that would tie in perfectly with his and Catherine’s wedding, to air right after DWTS at 9 pm, that week. Whaddaya say?

Conrad: :::sigh::: I’ll see what I can do.

Expect nipples. Just sayin’. 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. :-)

Dorothy Hamill Dishes On Her First Dance on Dancing With The Stars and More

The LA Times interviewed Dorothy Hamill after her first dance on Dancing With The Stars. She answers a question on whether she thinks ice skaters have an unfair advantage since they are use to learning choreography. She also talks of the biggest surprise she’s had doing the show so far.

Q: Some fans of the show complain that figure skaters have an unfair advantage because they are used to learning choreography. Some say dancing and figure skating are two entirely different sports and one doesn’t help the other. What are your thoughts about it?

It is true that we are used to choreography, but the movements are so different. In skating, you glide; in dancing you step and must balance. The movements are complete opposites. I find the transition very challenging because in skating you have forward motion, but in dancing the physics are simply different.

Q: You’ve obviously watched the show in the past. What is the biggest surprise to you (that you didn’t realize when watching) about being on the show?

The biggest surprise — and delight — is how supportive and collegial everyone is. There is so much thought and effort which goes into making all of us be successful — costumes, hair and makeup, the producers, set design, the music, the pro dancers and the friendship we are forming among the celebrities. I think it is extraordinary!

More at the LA Times including Dorothy’s thoughts on the pressure and nerves of her first dance on the show versus skating for an Olympic gold medal. *love her!!

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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.