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Dancing with the Stars Finals Music

I know that I’m a little late, but I needed to complete my list of Dancing with the Stars music. So, here’s the list of music that the final 3 performed to on Dancing with the Stars final performance show.

Brooke & Derek danced a Quickstep to the song “Lover, Come Back to Me”—Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand - The Essential Barbra Streisand - Lover, Come Back to Me
Brooke & Derek danced a Paso Doble to the song “Palladio, first movement”—Karl Jenkins
Karl Jenkins, London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Smith Quartet - Karl Jenkins & Adiemus: The Essential Collection - Palladio (1st Movement) From Diamond Music (De Beers Ad)
Lance & Lacey danced a Tango to the song “Disturbia”—Rihanna
Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded - Disturbia
Disturbia – Music Video
Lance & Lacey danced a Mambo to the song “Straight To Number One”—Touch and Go
Touch and Go - I Find You Very Attractive - Straight To?Number One
Warren & Kym danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Lovin’ U”—Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys - Songs In A Minor - Lovin' U
Warren & Kym danced a Paso Doble to the song “Malagueña”—Brian Setzer Orchestra
Brian Setzer '68 Comeback Special - Ignition! - Malagueña

Brooke & Derek, Lance & Lacey, Warren & Kym danced a Samba to the song “Blame It On the Boogie”—The Jackson 5
The Jacksons - Essential Michael Jackson - Blame It On the Boogie
Brooke & Derek danced a Freestyle to the song “You’re the One That I Want”—John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John - Grease (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) - You're the One That I Want
Lance & Lacey danced a Freestyle to the song “It’s Tricky”—Run-D.M.C.
Run-DMC - Discover Run DMC - EP - It's Tricky
Warren & Kym danced a Freestyle to the song “Proud Mary”—Ike & Tina Turner
Ike & Tina Turner - Proud Mary - The Best of Ike & Tina Turner - Proud Mary
Warren & Kym danced a Hustle to the song “Funky Town”—Lipps Inc.
Lipps, Inc. - Funkytown - Funkytown
Lance & Lacey danced a Jitterbug to the song “Jim Dandy”—Black Oak Arkansas
Black Oak Arkansas - High on the Hog - Jim Dandy
Brooke & Derek danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Daughters”—John Mayer
John Mayer - Heavier Things - Daughters
John Mayer - Video Triple Play - Daughters – Music Video

On the Finale, the following songs were sung by guest performers:
Alicia Keys sang “I Need You”
Alicia Keys - As I Am - I Need You
Miley Cyrus sang “Fly on the Wall”
Miley Cyrus - Breakout - Fly On the Wall

Don’t forget to purchase your Dancing with the Stars 2008 Tour tickets.

December 2, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Winner (My Prediction)

In preparation for the finals of Dancing with the Stars next week, I decided I’d make a little prediction on who is going to be the Dancing with the Stars 2008 Winner. Let me make it easy for everyone:

BROOKE BURKE and DEREK HOUGH

Not only do Brooke and Derek deserve to win Dancing with the Stars, but Derek has a fan base as large or larger than any of the stars. Add in Brooke’s ability to use social media (See Brooke’s Blog) and you have a couple that will be unbeatable in the finals.

The reality of the Dancing with the Stars finals is that the judges scores are almost exactly the same for each couple. In the finals, America’s vote is what truly decides the winner. This year they have added a small twist having a Samba Face-Off (each dance set to the same song). Dancing to the same song will offer a little more differentiation to the couples as opposed to each couple just re-dancing one of their previous dances. However, it’s always been almost scripted that the final show is a celebration of the last 3 couples talent.

My only concern is that I think that Lacey and Lance will do a really great Freestyle. Lacey’s experience on So You Think You Can Dance should allow her to create what I think could be the best Dancing with the Stars freestyle of all time. Plus, Lacey and Lance do have a pretty nice following too. However, my theory is that more women vote for their favorites and more women will like Derek and Brooke, the mom, than those women that will like the rebellious Lacey and Lance.

Warren and Kym are a wonderful couple. Kym is one of the most beautiful and creative dancers on the show. Warren is hilarious and I’ve loved him since I first saw him blow up an offensive line. However, I just don’t think they have the fan following that will get them the win. Plus, I’m almost certain that they’ll be at least a couple points behind the other 2 couples. Warren is amazing for a 300 pounder, but not anywhere near as refined as the other 2. I will love to see what type of lifts Warren does in the freestyle. Considering his strength and Kym’s slight frame, they could do some really amazing lifts. I expect Warren will throw her around like a little rag-a-doll.

Still don’t believe me. Then, look at the numbers from this season.
Couple – Average Score
Brooke & Derek – 26.5
Warren & Kym – 24.4
Lance & Lacey – 23.9

If you’re still not sure, just remember one final reason. Brooke choking last week is the biggest reason she’s going to win. Previously, her fans would have been lackadaisical and many wouldn’t have worried about voting. Her poor performance last week will inspire her fans to vote in enormous fashion.

November 21, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Headliner Talent Perform on Dancing with the Stars

I don’t want to brag, but I do want to point out how right my predictions were about the music that would be performed on tonight’s Dancing with the Stars. Actually I really surprised myself when my predictions were dead on. The only one I missed was that Aretha Franklin would do 2 songs. Honestly, I was just amazed with the incredible talent DWTS is able to bring to the show. Here’s the full list of songs sung:

Aretha Franklin sang “Chain of Fools” Aretha Franklin - The Best of Aretha Franklin - Chain of Fools while Karina Smirnoff, Anna Trebunskaya, Louis van Amstel & Dmitry Chaplin danced.

Leona Lewis sang “Bleeding Love” Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love - Single - Bleeding Love while Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Karina Smirnoff danced.

Julianne Hough sang “My Hallelujah Song” Julianne Hough - Julianne Hough - My Hallelujah Song while Derek Hough, Mark Ballas & Lacey Schwimmer danced.

John Legend sang “Green Light” John Legend - Evolver - Green Light while John Legend’s dancers performed.

Aretha Franklin sang “Respect” Aretha Franklin - The Best of Aretha Franklin - Respect while Kristi Yamaguchi & Mark Ballas danced.

November 18, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Talented Dancing on Dancing with the Stars

Both the stars and the professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars are incredible talents. Tonight’s semi final performance was when the Dancing with the Stars talent really starts to show. The dancers are so refined and have been trained so well that each of the performances is incredible.

As usual, here’s a list of all the music performed by the talented band. I have a few missing, but will update them as I find them.

Brooke & Derek danced a Jive to the song “The House is Rockin'”—Brian Setzer Orchestra The Brian Setzer Orchestra - Guitar Slinger - The House Is Rockin'

Brooke & Derek danced a Salsa to the song “Barbarabatiri”—Tito Puente Beny Moré - Musical Gold - Barbarabatiri

Cody & Julianne danced a Paso Doble to the song “Le Disko”—Shiny Toy Guns Shiny Toy Guns - We Are Pilots - Le Disko

Cody & Julianne danced a Salsa to the song “Juventud de Presente”—Tito Puente Tito Puente, Jr. - En los Pasos de Mi Padre - Juventud del Presente

Warren & Kym danced a Mambo to the song “Tequila”—The Champs The Champs - Greatest Hits / Tequila - Tequila

Warren & Kym danced a Jitterbug to the song “That Old Black Magic”—Sammy Davis Jr. Sammy Davis, Jr. - Sammy Davis, Jr.: The Decca Years - That Old Black Magic

Lance & Lacey danced a Mambo to the song “Straight…to Number One”—Touch and Go Touch and Go - I Find You Very Attractive - Straight To?Number One

Lance & Lacey danced a Jitterbug to the song “Jim Dandy”—Black Oak Arkansas Black Oak Arkansas - High on the Hog - Jim Dandy

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Cloris Leachman In Hospital with Pneumonia

Reuters is reporting that Cloris Leachman has been hospitalized with pneumonia.

Oscar winning actress Cloris Leachman, who saw a resurgence in her popularity recently on the TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” has been hospitalized for pneumonia, celebrity TV show Entertainment Tonight reported on Monday.

Leachman, 82, became the oldest contestant ever when she appeared on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars” in the United States, in which celebrities are paired with professional dancers and compete in ballroom dancing.

She won a large fan base for her good sense of humor on the program, but was eliminated sixth in the competition.

Some have asked if Dancing with the Stars has a curse with all of these people getting injured (see Misty May, Kim K, and many other injuries too numerous to list.

Of course, I don’t believe in curses in general. However, even if I did believe in curses, I think it’s easy to see while there are all these injuries. It’s called people who are not usually active and bending like gumby actually doing those things. Welcome to dancing!!

November 17, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Julianne Hough Returns to Dancing with the Stars Alongside Benji Schwimmer and Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley did indeed rejoin Julianne Hough on Dancing with the Stars tonight. Along with a cool appearance of Benji Schwimmer with his sister Lacey. Check out the music from the results show:

Lacey Schwimmer & Benji Schwimmer danced to Brad Paisley singing “Ticks”
Brad Paisley, Kelley Lovelace & Tim Owens - Ticks - Single - Ticks
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, Alec Mazo, Edyta Śliwińska, Genya Mazo & Kym Johnson danced to Brad Paisley singing “Let the Good Times Roll”
Brad Paisley - Play - Let the Good Times Roll
Design-A-Dance by Derek Hough & Julianne Hough dancing a Jive to the song “Great Balls of Fire”
Jerry Lee Lewis - Jerry Lee's Greatest - Great Balls of Fire

I’m also very glad to say that I was right about Derek and Julianne being the design a dance couple. I love when I’m right. This does show that Derek and Julianne are the most popular professional dancers too. I wonder how the other professionals feel about that.

November 11, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Lacey Schwimmer and Benji Schwimmer to Perform on Dancing with the Stars

I just heard them say that Lacey will be performing with her brother Benji on tomorrow’s Dancing with the Stars results show. That will be really cool. I always love watching Benji perform. Here’s a little video look at Lacey and Benji dancing together a few years back in Reno:

(Lacey joins about half way into the video)

I love watching Benji and his sister dance, but I wish Dancing with the Stars would have invited Benji and his cousin Heidi (also of So You Think You Can Dance fame) to perform on the show instead of Lacey. Benji and Heidi were just meant to dance together. If you don’t believe me, then check out Benji and Heidi’s Black Mambo performance on So You Think You Can Dance or even Benji and Heidi’s US Open Swing Dance Championship dance. Now that’s what I call dancing.

November 10, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Julianne Hough Returns to Same Stage as Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley will be performing tomorrow on Dancing with the Stars before hosting the CMA Awards the next night. What a busy man. Of course, the cool part for country music fans that love Dancing with the Stars is that Julianne Hough will be dancing on the show tomorrow night. Who would have thought that this is how Julianne Hough and Brad Paisley would be sharing the stage again? (Julianne toured with Brad Paisley earlier this year where she met Chuck Wicks)

Tomorrow is the Design a Dance performance where the audience got to select the dance, the song, the costume and the dancers. I think we can easily assume that the dancers that were selected for the design a dance competition were Julianne and Derek Hough. They are the most popular dancers and why else would Julianne be dancing tomorrow? Not exactly sure why Derek will be the guy other than it would be really cool to have Derek and Julianne dancing again together tomorrow night. Let’s just say that I’m not a betting man, but I know the show well and my bet is that Julianne and Derek will be dancing on the show tomorrow night.

Starting tomorrow, it looks like country music is taking over ABC. At least for a couple days. Not a problem for me.

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Songs from Final 5 Dancing with the Stars Couples

5 Couples left on Dancing with the Stars and with 2 dances for each couple this was an intense night of dancing and broad range of music. Also, make sure to check out the songs from the previous Dancing with the Stars.

Cody & Edyta danced a Foxtrot to the song “Call Me Irresponsible”—Jimmy Van Heusen
John Bunch - John Bunch, At the Nola Penthouse, Salutes Jimmy Van Heusen - Call Me Irresponsible
Cody & Edyta danced a Mambo to the song “My Way”—Los Lonely Boys
Los Lonely Boys - Sacred - My Way
Brooke & Derek danced a Tango to the song “Tango Diabolo”—Christa Behnke
Christa Behnke - Allweil lustig, fesch und munter, Folge 3 - Tango Diabolo
Brooke & Derek danced a Mambo to the song “Cuban Mambo”—Xavier Cugat
Xavier Cugat - The Original Latin Dance King - Cuban Mambo
Maurice & Cheryl danced a Quickstep to the song “Puttin’ on the Ritz”—Irving Berlin
Fred Astaire - The Irving Berlin Songbook - Puttin' On The Ritz
Maurice & Cheryl danced a Paso Doble to the song “Let It Rock”—Kevin Rudolf and Lil Wayne
Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne - Let It Rock - Single - Let It Rock
Lance & Lacey danced a Foxtrot to the song “Sweet Pea”—Amos Lee
Amos Lee - Supply and Demand - Sweet Pea
Lance & Lacey danced a Samba to the song “1 Thing”—Amerie
Amerie - Touch - 1 Thing
Warren & Kym danced a Tango to the song “Peter Gunn Theme”—Henry Mancini
HENRY MANCINI - Ultimate Mancini - Peter Gunn Theme (Peter Gunn Suite)
Warren & Kym danced a Jive to the song “Hallelujah I Love Her So”—Ray Charles
Ray Charles - Ray Charles - Hallelujah, I Love Her So

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Paso, Foxtrot, ChaCha, Waltz, and Rumba Music

Tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars was highlighted by a couple group numbers with 3 couples in each group. I like the little bit of a twist in the show. It was also nice to see Edyta back on the show even if Cody probably really missed Julianne and Julianne really wanted to be on the show (per her mom who I talked to about 30 minutes ago).

Here’s the list of all the music from tonight’s show:

Warren & Kym danced a Foxtrot to the song “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby”—Diana Krall
Diana Krall - Only Trust Your Heart - Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?
Susan & Tony danced a Paso Doble to the song “The Ride”—James Horner
James Horner - The Mask of Zorro (Music from the Motion Picture) - The Ride
Maurice & Cheryl danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Cupid Shuffle”—Cupid
Cupid - Time for a Change - Cupid Shuffle
Cupid - Cupid Shuffle - EP - Cupid Shuffle – Music Video
Cody & Edyta danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?”—Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams - Don Juan DeMarco - Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?
Lance & Lacey danced a Rumba to the song “Your Body Is a Wonderland”—John Mayer
John Mayer - Room for Squares - Your Body Is a Wonderland
John Mayer - Video Triple Play - Your Body Is a Wonderland – Music Video
Brooke & Derek danced a Foxtrot to the song “Lullaby of Birdland”—Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald - The Best of Ella Fitzgerald - Lullaby of Birdland
Lance & Lacey and Cody & Edyta and Susan & Tony danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Mercy”—Duffy
Team Cha-Cha-Cha – Duffy - Rockferry - Mercy
Mercy – Music Video
Brooke & Derek and Maurice & Cheryl and Warren & Kym danced a Paso Doble to the song “Rocks”—Primal Scream
Team Paso Doble – Primal Scream - Give Out But Don't Give Up - Rocks

November 4, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.