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DWTS 15 All-Stars: The Great “Previous Dance Experience” Debate – Kirstie Alley Edition

We’re finally here! Premiere day at last :-) If you haven’t yet, go ahead and check out Heidi’s “Who’s Dancing What…And When?” post to get the low-down on the performance order tonight, the voting phone numbers, and possibly a few spoilers on the music some of the couples are dancing to ;-)

Today, I take on the final (and most recent) celeb on my series examining the highs & lows of the all-stars’ original seasons – Kirstie Alley.  And if you want to get all fancy and read all the previous editions before the premiere (overachiever ;-)), you can check them out here.

For Kirstie’s best dance, I picked her cha-cha:

And for her worst dance, I picked her jive:

I know some of you are thinking “But Kirstie’s cha-cha wasn’t even her highest-scoring dance!!!” But I have always thought of it as Kirstie & Maks’ magnum opus of season 12 – a dance that showcased not only Kirstie’s dance skills but also her incredible ability to entertain. She may not have been the best technician (but she certainly wasn’t the worst that season, either), but what she lacked in technique she more than made up for in performance – even in her worst dance, she still managed to stay entertaining & fun to watch.  And very theatrical :-) One thing that always astonished me about Kirstie in season 12 was that, despite acknowledging that she was overweight and out-of-shape, she always seemed so light on her feet and still moved with a ton of precision – it kinda reminded me of Warren Sapp, who was a BIIIIIIG man but who was often more graceful than some of the men half his size.  Just because you may not have the perfect body, does not mean your movement quality has to suffer :-)

However, there was one drawback to Kirstie’s physical condition that did seem to hinder her, and that I worry might still be a problem this season: endurance.  I think we all were dreading the week in season 12 that Kirstie got jive, because we had seen how winded she got doing much slower dances, such as the samba.  And unfortunately, I don’t think those fears were unfounded – Kirstie did seem to struggle with keeping up with the speed of the jive, and never seemed to really get the bounce in her step that makes jive so fun to watch.  The choreo probably wasn’t the best, either, but that’s one dance where I can’t really blame Maks for taking so long to get into the dance – if your partner has bad endurance and probably won’t make it through a full-lenth 1:30 routine, try to put as little jive into it as possible, and as many rests into it as will fit.  I know Kirstie’s in much better shape this time around, but is she going to be able to contend with seasoned athletes like Apolo, Emmitt, and Shawn? Or younger, more resilient contestants like Kelly & Melissa? I’m not so sure.  Thankfully, she will get jive out of the way early this time – so if she does struggle with it, she may still be safe. 

So what has Kirstie been up to in the year & a half since her original season? She did sponsor a “100 Days of Dance” campaign for her organic food line, Organic Liasion, last summer.  Here’s a video of her dancing a Viennese waltz with “Johnny Boy”…I’m a bit partial to it for obvious reasons ;-):

Court’s verdict: Kirstie’s off-the-wall antics and showmanship could keep her in the competition for awhile – but she will need to work on endurance and her overall physical fitness in order to give some of the athletes a run for their money.

Thoughts on Kirstie?

September 24, 2012 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

GSN Drops DWTS Reruns from Lineup

I realize this is super, super late, but I think we all got so swept up in the hustle & bustle of season 14 that no one really even noticed this – plus, it happened rather quietly, so I myself didn’t even notice until I was cleaning up my DVR yesterday and saw that there was nothing set up to record on GSN…but it piqued my interest, so I’m sharing it now, and thought I’d get your thoughts on it :-)

According to Buzzerblog, GSN dropped reruns of DWTS from its lineup starting April 16:

That didn’t last long, did it?  GSN’s most recent attempt at reality shows, exclusive off-network reruns of Dancing With the Stars, are on their way out.  The reruns of ABC’s popular dancing game show, which have proved to be anything but popular for GSN, are leaving the network’s schedule starting the week of April 16th.  GSN debuted the show on Saturday, January 21st.  The debut failed to crack the top 15 most watched shows.  First-run reruns averaged 304,000 viewers and has gone down hill since.  Most recent figures had the show down to 173,000 viewers on average.  Reruns of shows like Family Feud take its place.

I have to say, I’m a little surprised – granted, I was not expecting the reruns to get even a fraction of the ratings that the current seasons get, but with all the publicity they did back in January (and all the hype surrounding GSN buying the rights), I would have thought they would have at least gotten some bang for their buck in terms of ratings, from fans of the show…but 173k is downright meager, especially when you take into account that reruns of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and Family Feud pull in upwards of 500k in viewers for GSN.  And when you take into account that DWTS was the lowest-rated show in a primetime slot on GSN the last week it aired (all the shows below it were in early AM slots, which aren’t expected to pull in a ton of viewers), that’s…pretty bad. I have to wonder if it was just PureDWTS fans that were tuning in, after all the free publicity we gave GSN during the big launch ;-)

So I guess my big question is, “What went wrong?” It did seem a little strange that they started off airing season 4, but then skipped ahead to season 12 – did the fact that season 12 only happened a year ago deter some viewers, who would have rather seen an older season? Or were the odds just stacked against them when they aired reruns concurrent with a new season? Or was there just never really a huge demand for DWTS reruns from the get-go? Who knows.  But I have to wonder if reruns might fare better now that they’ve announced that they’re doing an all-star season – perhaps there might be more a demand for reruns, so fans can relive the magic from the first time around? I do think it will be interesting to see what GSN’s next move is – they still own the rights to seasons 4-13, so if they wanted to start airing them again, they could – hell, I think they’d have better luck in a summer slot, anyway, plus they have the boon of the all-star season looming. But will they even bother, given how much of a failure their first attempts at reruns were? I don’t know that there’s really a demand on any other network for DWTS reruns, so I doubt they’d have an easy time selling off the rights to another network, other than BBC America (they own the rights to seasons 1-3, but have yet to actually do anything with them).  I’m just hoping we get at least some of the seasons back on Hulu, so I don’t have to scavenge & beg for pictures everytime I want to do an edition of “Who Wore It Better”? :-)

So what do you guys think of the whole situation? Are you upset that you won’t catch the reruns…or do you not really care? Do you think GSN should give it another shot…or try and sell the rights to the reruns as fast as they can?

June 4, 2012 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

The Top 5 Best First Week Foxtrots in DWTS History

This is a little later than I originally intended, but alas, life throws us curve balls from time to time :-) As promised, here are my top 5 first week foxtrots in DWTS history…maybe something we’ll see tomorrow night will bump one of these from the list! Or maybe it will make the worst list instead…8O But how ’bout some more foxtrot stats first?

*There is a 5-way tie for the pro that has done the most week 1 foxtrots: Maks, Tony, Jonathan, Edyta, & Mark have all done the foxtrot in the first week 3 times.

*The highest first-week foxtrot score ever given was 27 – it was given to Kristi & Mark in season 6.

*The average score for a week 1 foxtrot is 19.14. The score given most often in week 1? 18.

5.) Helio & Julianne, season 5

I just loved how cute these two were together – it also didn’t hurt that Helio had a good deal of natural talent :-) And in what you’ll see to be a recurring theme in this countdown, it was a very traditional foxtrot, which was comprised mainly of foxtrot steps with a little bit of jazzy open work thrown in.  There’s something to be said for staying in the box from time to time, kids!

4.) Laila & Maks, season 4

Another very natural mover – Laila just made everything look so EASY.  I think a lot of her appeal in her season was that sense of ease, and it really came in hand in a dance like the foxtrot, where everything is supposed to have a gliding, walk-in-the-park kind of feel.  Just the little bit of sass thrown in just made it perfect for week 1. Read more..

March 19, 2012 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

DWTS Who Wore it Better? Part XV – The Pre-Season 14 Edition!

Yep, we’re back to talk fashion for yet another season’s promo pix :-) And kids, this batch was a bit of a challenge for even me – at least 3 brand-spanking new dresses that weren’t dittoed, some wacky alterations, weird lighting, and the fact that we don’t have pix of Cheryl & Katherine yet made this edition a little less fun and a little more frustrating.  But alas, it’s here now, so enjoy! And a very special thanks to our reader Manny, who graciously helped us out with the screen cap of Niecy, since Hulu only has season 13 available to stream and the DWTS website has taken down all of the photos from old seasons…grrrrr. *shakes fist at sky*

Battle of the gold, silver, super-sparkly jive dress: Kym’s pre-season 14 photo shoot vs. Kym’s jive with David in season 13

Heidi: I know I’m going to disagree with Court on this one – by choosing the photo shoot version. :-) I like the more asymmetrical hem and I like her hair better in that pic. But damn, Kym always looks amazing and she does stick to the similar color pallette much of the time.

Court: Kym has always known what looks good on her (everything) and what doesn’t (not much), but I love how she seems to stick to a lot of nude colors and just lets all the embellishments do the talking.  I remember thinking “Wowwwww…that’s soooo sparrrrrkllllllyyyy!” as she walked down the stairs last season in this number.  But alas, the magic is a bit lost in the whitewash of the photo shoot – so I’m gonna go with jive Kym on this one :-)

The winner: We love Kym in the nude (colors) :-)

Battle of the black lace turtleneck tango dress: Bristol’s Argentine tango with Mark in season 11 vs. Martina’s pre-season 14 photo shoot

Court: I think this may actually be the very first ditto of a Bristol costume we’ve ever seen! Although if you’ve seen one Bristol ditto, I think you’ve pretty much seen them all, as this girl wore A LOT of black lace in season 11 – a fact that made my searching though her costumes all the more confusing :-P But anyway…I gotta say, I’m not really wild about this costume on either woman.  It just seems kinda…dowdy.  But I guess if I had to pick, I’d actually pick Bristol – because I can at least tell it’s a tango costume with the way she’s styled & made up.  Martina…just kinda looks like she’s gesturing for no apparent reason.  But she looks damn good for her age! :-)

Heidi: I can’t pick…too distracted by Marky’s face in that picture. :-) The hell?  Okay, all kidding :::cough::: aside, I have to agree with Courtney. Martina looks fabulous, but Bristol is fully made up for this dress and she wears it pretty well.  I will say, very proud of Martina for going with a dress that is probably more daring on the bottom half than I would have expected.

The winner: Bristol takes this one because we can actually tell what she’s doing. Read more..

March 9, 2012 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

DWTS Champ J.R. Martinez Rides As Grand Marshal In Tournament Of Roses Parade

Pictured above today as the Grand Marshal of the 123rd Tournament Of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California is our Dancing With The Stars champ J. R. Martinez. The Pasadena Sun reports J.R. sat in an open car as fans cheered and waved. On the last four days visiting the city, J.R. said, “The people are so nice and so accommodating. I can see why this tradition continues.”

If you didn’t get to see J.R. in the parade, you can do so at KTLA. You can also view a recent parade preview with J.R. where he talks some on Dancing With The Stars here. Below is a clip of J.R talking about the honor of being Grand Marshal from CBS Los Angeles.

Thanks to Jazortega for the picture above!!

January 2, 2012 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 Nancy Grace’s Dancing Special From Dance With Me Studios Part 2 (Full Video)

In case you missed Part 2 of Nancy Grace’s “Dancing Special” last night on her show, here it is in full special thanks to Grinya’s Entertainment.


Happy New Year's From 'Dance With Me' Studios -… by GrinyasEntertainment

What do you think? I thought Part 2 was better than Part 1. I loved how they spotlighted the little dancers! They were so good. I loved how they included the full cast of this past season in it in some way, not just the dancers present at Dance With Me Studios with Nancy! I also loved Val playing his violin (and the retrospective with Mark Ballas) and the kiss on Nancy’s cheek from Maks after they danced (they would have made a cool couple to watch last season like he and Kirstie). Great show!!

And again, if you missed Part 1, be sure to see it here.

Great shows!! I hope Nancy will continue to cover Dancing With The Stars in the future. I’d love to see more TV coverage of what goes on at Dance With Me Studio’s as well. Fascinating!!

December 31, 2011 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.

Pure Dancing With The Stars – Just a Couple Of Reminders & A Future Note

Just a couple of reminders! Don’t forget to watch the Nancy Grace Show on the HLN network at 8:00pm ET for Part 2 of her “Dancing Special” tonight. If you missed Part 1, be sure to see it here. It was a gas and I’m betting tonight will be too! If nothing else, it’s great for those suffering from DWTS withdrawals. 8O Nancy tweeted that the show will have “Child dance phenoms” as well….


Tonight! Brand new dancing show w/ child dance phenoms!! http://t.co/5yBb6NHe
@NancyGraceHLN
Nancy Grace

Also, Dancing With The Stars Champ J.R. Martinez is the Grand Marshal of the 123rd Tournament Of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. If interested, you’ll be able to watch the parade go down LIVE on ABC and NBC at 11:00am ET on Monday, January 2nd. If you’d like to watch it commercial free and in 3D, you’ll be able to view it on the HGTV channel at the same time. In the meantime, TV Guide has a little interview with J.R. where he talks on the honor of doing it and why (his answer might shock you. lol). He also mentions Dancing With The Stars and his future plans in acting.

On a future note and if you live or would like to travel to New York, Mark Ballas is giving a one night concert at The Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington, NY on January 27th at 8:00pm. You can read more about the concert at Playbill as well as how you can obtain tickets.

December 30, 2011 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.

Some Details Revealed For Dancing With The Stars Nov.15th Results Show

According to Enterprise News, four teens from Brockton, MA who overcame hardships and bullying in school by dancing will be performing on Dancing With The Stars November 15th in AT&T’s Spotlight performance. Below are some details….

BROCKTON — When twin brothers David and Jacob Guzman of Brockton started dance class at a young age, it was to stop them from causing trouble while their sister was in the studio.

But during 14 years in the Gold School Dance Art studio, the boys found their niche in dancing, long after their sister was gone from the program.

Now, their talent has been recognized by a national television program.

The Guzman twins, both 16; along with Kyle Scanlan, 17, and Matthew Gilmore, 15, will be performing live on ABC’s hit show, “Dancing with the Stars,” at 9 p.m. on Nov. 15. The piece is part of an AT&T Spotlight portion of the program.

The brothers are juniors at Brockton High School; Scanlan is a senior. Gilmore lives in Canton.

The four boys and their family members will be flying out to Los Angeles on Nov. 12.

“Being around L.A. and Hollywood, the boys are always going to remember this,” said Richard Guzman, the twins’ father and a math teacher at Brockton High School.

The brothers’ mother, Karen Guzman, agreed.

“We thought we’d be out of dance when our girls moved onto do other things,” Karen Guzman, an eight-year math teacher at Brockton High School, said. “But they kept asking, ‘When’s dance? When’s dance?’”

Rhee Gold, owner of the Gold School Dance of Brockton, made a YouTube series of dance videos featuring the four teens entitled “Male Voices.” The series includes six episodes, which included hip hop, ballet, contemporary jazz, and tap dancing.

“Male Voices” was recorded two years ago. Gold pitched it to ABC about one year ago, and a producer from the show viewed the videos and invited the boys to appear on the program.

“The episodes all talk about bullying, and how other kids would make fun of us for dancing,” David Guzman said.

You can read more on them here. Be sure to watch this “Male Voices” video which will give even further information and insight for why the producers picked them to dance. Too cool!!

Also, the winner for the Design A Dance Costume has been picked. Her name is Amanda Wolff. You can read all about the 22 year old at ABC Philadelphia. We’ll get to see what she created in the “Design A Dance” performance on November 15th. Below is a take of how excited she is….

She is understandably ecstatic about the win.

“It’s been quick,” said Amanda. “I’m still really excited, and I haven’t really gotten to think about it too much, but yeah, it’s awesome.”

November 5, 2011 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.

Mark Ballas Writes About The Top 5 Couples On Dancing With The Stars Season 13

Mark Ballas' photo What do us 4 have in common??
Mark Ballas on WhoSay

Mark Ballas has written a new blog for what he thinks of the top five couples left on Dancing With The Stars for USA Today. He goes through their strong points for why they have made it this far which you can read about below. Be sure to read the full blog at the link for he also has some special words for David Arquette. He’s looking forward to the finals and dancing with Kristin Cavallari again.

It this point it is clear that Ricki (Lake) and Derek (Hough) make a great couple. Ricki has really proven herself over the course of the season. Not only is Ricki a good dancer but she also plays the characters well each week and that’s what it takes to seal the deal. She even is dancing through a rib injury right now but still remains at the top of the leaderboard. I expect she’ll stay there throughout the rest of the show and will make it into the finals.

J.R. (Martinez), according to Len, had a “substandard” week. Yes, he made a few mistakes but it only makes the man human. If you have learned anything about J.R. from the show, you know that he is a fighter and will come back this week with a strong and on-point routine. Some of J.R.’s strengths are his speed and ability to be light on his feet. These two characteristics are extremely important when it comes to ballroom dancing.

Hope (Solo) is back! She performed one of her best dances last week and I can’t wait to see what she has in store. Many of the athletes on the show have done a tremendous job of transforming into dancers. Some of the great qualities about Hope are that she has tremendous speed and endurance. This allows her to perform well on show days and can help her stay focused during the long rehearsal hours. At this point, everyone is exhausted which translates into mental challenges. Professional athletes know how to push themselves and Hope is no different. This will continue to help her throughout the remainder of the show.

Nancy (Grace) keeps on improving week after week and as she said Tuesday night, “it’s not over until it’s over.” I think she has been overlooked this season but she is right, until she’s eliminated, she also has a good shot at winning the mirror ball trophy. Len loves when routines stay traditional and her partner Tristan (MacManus) has done a really good job of choreographing the routines that way. She has become very precise in her dance routines and that is a big reason in how she has made it this far.

Rob’s (Kardashian) biggest strength is that he is a quick learner. This is crucial during the long season of Dancing with the Stars. If a celebrity can catch on fast, it allows for more time in rehearsal for fine-tuning the routine. Rob has been very consistent all season and I believe that this consistency will carry him into the finals. He has a lot to bring to the dance floor and his dedication will show in the next couple of weeks.

Picture above is from Mark’s facebook of he, Derek, Cheryl, and Kym after one of the shows this past 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.

DWTS Nancy Grace And Tristan MacManus Prepare For Instant Jive And Tango

How did I miss this interview this morning? This week is starting to catch up with me. I’m relieved it’s over and it’s the weekend. :) Anyway, don’t miss Nancy and Tristan on Good Morning America talking about the ‘scary’ instant Jive and the Tango. Nancy says she’s lost 23 pounds since she started dancing. It’s all because Tristan ‘won’t give her a break’. LOL More below. You’ll also be able to see her and Tristan talking about dancing tonight on her show with Lacey Schwimmer, Sasha Farber, Chaz Bono, Holly Madison, Melissa Joan Hart, and Monique Coleman. Be sure to tune in on the HNL channel at various times tonight. Check your local TV scheduling for times.

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November 4, 2011 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.