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DWTS Season 15, Week 4 – Post Performance Media, On the Red Carpet

Like the title says…On the Red Carpet with George Pennachio.  I’m posting and running this morning  - no time to watch them all so I’ll guess and post one that might be annoying and one or two that might not be annoying. It’s a game. You can tell me how I did. :-) Oh, and click the link to see all the videos.

Annoying – LVA and Sabrina

MORE Annoying – Gilles

Maybe annoying if they are still going over the top with the smolder…maybe not. You tell me. :-)

Not likely annoying – Shawn and Derek

A long Paparazzi video that has lots of people in it. :-)

October 16, 2012 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars All Star Season Opponents’ Choice Music

Time again for the list of Dancing with the Stars music from the All Star Season (Yes, this was posted late and back dated in case you’re wondering why you didn’t see it before.). This week the music was from Opponents’ choice week. If you’re looking for past week’s music we have the full list of Dancing with the Stars music.

Kirstie & Maks danced a Charleston to the song “Forty-Second Street” Forty-Second Street - That's How Rhythm Was Born—from 42nd Street
Bristol & Mark danced a Rock n’ Roll to the song “At the Hop” At the Hop - Fabulous 50's—Danny and the Juniors
Sabrina & Louis danced a Disco to the song “You Should Be Dancing” You Should Be Dancing - Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack) [Remastered]—Bee Gees
Emmitt & Cheryl danced a Bolero to the song “Better in Time” Better In Time - Spirit (Deluxe Version)—Leona Lewis
Gilles & Peta danced a Bollywood to the song “Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)” Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) [feat. Nicole Scherzinger] - Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) [feat. Nicole Scherzinger] - Single—Pussycat Dolls feat. A. R. Rahman
Melissa & Tony danced a Jitterbug to the song “This Cat’s on a Hot Tin Roof” This Cat's on a Hot Tin Roof - The Dirty Boogie—Brian Setzer Orchestra
Shawn & Derek danced a Mambo to the song “Para Los Rumberos” Para los Rumberos - Santana III—Santana
Apolo & Karina danced a Hip-Hop to the song “Poison” Poison - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bel Biv DeVoe—Bell Biv DeVoe
Kelly & Val danced a Contemporary to the song “Fix You” Fix You - X & Y—Coldplay

October 15, 2012 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS 15, Week 4 – Power Rankings

Well, this blasted non-ballroom (save for the mambo, and sorta-kinda the bolero) night played out just about like I thought it would: the hapless judges (aided and abbetted by the perpetually out-to-lunch Paula) kind of copped out on giving any seriously harsh scores, likely for the simple reason that they just didn’t know enough about the dances themselves to actually score properly.  The end result was some pretty general overscoring, and perhaps a tiny bit of relative underscoring.  But what worries me is that even though the spread may seem pretty big this week, more total points = smaller margins between points…meaning that it’s going to require fewer votes for those at the bottom to catch up with the rest of the pack.  And it makes me nervous for another “shock” elimination…but this time, I think it has the potential to be truly shocking.  8-O Let’s get on with it, shall we?

1.) Shawn & Derek – Best routine of the night, without a doubt – great, PROPER mambo choreography, and flawless execution.  I think these two may have had the toughest dance to contend with, for the simple reason that mambo has been done on the show before as a regular dance – and it has been done far more than any of the other dances on the list.  Add to that the constant pressure of the all-star season? If they had a bit of an off-week, I wouldn’t have blamed them.  But luckily, they absolutely KILLED this mambo – great tricks, a good amount of meat & potatoes choreography, and best of all – Shawn pulled off the “sassy” and sexy without a hitch, and looked great doing it.  :-) Very impressed with how she’s matured since her original season.  If I REALLY had to nitpick, I would say that it seemed like Shawn was sliding a little bit when coming out of her turns – very slight bobble, but it made me wonder if the floors tonight were a little slick – and could also be the cause of other snafus tonight.  Anyway, I think if they gave that hot mess of a Bollywood number that Gilles crapped out a 39.5, then this should have been a 42.  But Len, ever the fuddy-duddy, withheld that last half a point that would have put them at the top of the leaderboard.  Oh well – luckily it matters even less this week :-P

2.) Kelly & Val – Like almost all of their other dances this season, this came out far better than I would have anticipated – even if these two were kinda giving me the creeps with all of their brooding in the background all night.  :-P Was it truly “contemporary”? Meh…it had elements of contemporary, and it came far closer to contemporary than Emmitt did to bolero or Bristol did to rock ‘n’ roll.  But it was a pretty dance, and I do feel like they injected some emotion into it – which is really how contemporary came to be in the first place: ballet with emotion.  Kelly had some nice extensions and seemed to really connect to the dance…and really, Val did too, as much as he may have hated the style they got.  And he did get a few brownie points from me for calling Cheryl the b-word on national television, for all to hear :-P I think they may have gotten a little out-of-synch on the side-by-side sections, and I must confess that I didn’t really understand the purpose of the platform they climbed onto.  But overall, a very nice effort for a dance that neither party was particularly jazzed to have…and I’m sure we’ll be hearing buzz about this one for the rest of the week.  ;-) Read more..

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DWTS 15 Week 4: Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel Dance on Ellen Show

The segment Sabrina & Louis taped for the Ellen Show on Friday aired today.  They did their cha-cha.
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 That’s the only clip I can find, so I don’t know if they actually talked to Ellen at-length later on, or if that was it.  If someone finds another clip, let me know :-)

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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 Season 15, Week 4 – Kelly and Karina Talk About their Dances

Kelly’s up first, and I have to say, I like how blunt she is. It kinda cracks me up. Or it could just be that I love the idea of someone telling Cheryl to “F@#k off”. :-)  From Today’s Clicker:

“I personally told her to (expletive) off for giving me (contemporary),” Kelly told The Clicker. “I’d never even heard of it! I don’t watch ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ … I was like, ‘This isn’t the show I signed up for!’ I didn’t know I’d be doing this!”

And it seems her pro partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, wasn’t expecting it either.

“We called in a choreographer because Val had no idea what to do, so we’re both being taught,” Kelly, who won the first season of “DWTS,” explained. “It’s an interesting dynamic having both of us sort of in the same position. I mean, clearly, he is a lot more trained in dance lingo so he can follow better than I could ever dream of.”

The pair, who tied for first place last week with their powerful paso doble, aren’t the only ones unfamiliar with their new dance. “I know every couple is in the same boat with their professional dancer (with this) not being their forte,” Kelly said. “I think it’s going to make for a great show. … You’re going to see the couples working together in a way we’ve never worked together before.

Karina on Hip Hop via X17 video which I can’t embed – she basically says that Hip Hop isn’t her thing, but she now thinks their routine is really cool. And may I just add that Apolo looks FIIIINE. I mean, really.

How much longer till Vogue is back?? Not to be too much of a whiner but her job AND my job together is too much. The Cheese takes a lot of time, dang it. :-)

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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. :-)

New Interview with Tom Bergeron on DWTS 15

You gotta love Tom. :-) This interview is from MSN’s Reality TV – click the link to read the whole thing since I just put my favorite bits below. :-)

Some of your fans sent in questions they wanted me to ask. Tim wants to know: Do you come up with your own material, or do you have a writing staff?

No. I mostly ad-lib everything you hear. What is scripted on “Dancing” is the stuff that takes us to a commercial and brings us back — things of that nature. But my reactions to what’s going on in the moment are all my reactions.

On that note, Karen wanted to know if you have any tips on ad-libbing because you’re such a master at saying things that are right in the moment.

Thank you. I think listening is key. Look, even I screw up. We tried something new on Tuesday to kind of give a different pacing to the who’s in jeopardy and who’s safe. So instead of reading off a card I was just kind of paraphrasing things in my mind, and I wanted to paraphrase a quote from Carrie Ann to talk to the next couple, and as I was thinking of that I was going to toss to Brooke [Burke], and so I called Brooke Carrie Ann, so there you go! [Laughs] So to the best of us these moments happen, but I think being present is key and listening. It’s sort of like acting. Either you act or react, and I think that’s important.

October 14, 2012 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. :-)

Mark Ballas Blogs About His Fight with Bristol and DWTS

I completely forgot that Marky has a blog for USA Today. Not as long or as detailed as Maks’ but it’ll do in a pinch.  Once again I find myself on Mark’s side – people call off work every single day in a professional setting because of family issues. No big deal. That Bristol made it one just shows her own self centeredness.  Particularly since they made the time up later in the day and, from what I’ve heard, she’s doing a third of the rehearsal time of the other couples anyway.

A lot of people have been asking why I “missed a rehearsal.” I had a family matter involving my mom that morning, and I did everything a cast member is supposed to regarding a rehearsal cancellation or a time change. I called production and told them I wouldn’t make it and that we should reschedule for that evening. We did make up the lost rehearsal time that night. And thankfully, my mom is doing much better.

On the upside, our rehearsals since then have been a million times better. We are much stronger as a team, and ready to push forward. I love what I do and love doing it for the fans. I always give 100% and am proud to be a member of this cast.

But why does he insist on tattoos?? :-)

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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. :-)

DWTS Season 15 – Maksim Thinks He and Kirstie are the “Best Entertainers”

Whatcha smokin’ sunshine?? :-)  Eh, you’re fun, but the best?? That would be Gilles…  :::cough, cough:::  Just kidding. :-D But you’re still not the best in MY book. :-)  I’ve seen you and Kirstie’s shtick before.   Some excerpts from Maks’ latest blog:

I really enjoyed the whole dance selection segment, but the problem was, none of us could hear what Tom and Brooke were saying on stage! It’s so loud in there, so when they explained how it was going to work, none of us heard it. Afterward, I went up to one of the producers and asked how the order was selected and they explained it was the cumulative score and the lowest couple picked for the highest couple and then vice versa. It’s obvious they wanted the lower couples to sabotage the higher couples by giving them silly dances, but nobody really did. Nobody tried to put someone down. Plus, I don’t think 10 seconds is enough time to strategize like that. Louis actually came up to me after the show and said, “Hey, are you really upset we gave you the Charleston? We think it’d be good for you.” And I said, “No, not at all. It was just in the moment. I don’t think I would’ve been happy with either right then.” But overall, I thought the idea itself was funny and it was different from what we normally do.

I’m so happy for Val that he’s made it past the third week for the first time. I love him and Kelly’s partnership. I love that they have emerged as a surprise contender, if you can even say that in an all-star season. I love their chemistry. I’ve known Kelly for a long time and she’s a good friend. She’s got an amazing story, from her youth to how she got to where she is now. I’m glad that audiences are recognizing them as a couple that’s up there. We have no idea what the vote totals are, but I really hope there’s a strong fan base behind them. I do wish that they would reveal the votes at least. I do believe that everything’s fair, and if it’s not manipulated, what do you have to hide? In a season like this, votes are more important than ever.

Poor, poor, naive Maks. :-) Dude, there are several reasons why you don’t reveal the vote totals. One, if they are low in total number, it’s just embarrassing. Two, it ruins the DRAMA of it all. If you knew who was getting what votes every week, just think how easy it would be to predict the elimination order or the winner? Yeah, I’m pretty much kicking ass this season anyway ;-) but there would be no challenge. Anyway…you DID TOO look like an ugly woman. :-)

I don’t, however, think I looked like an ugly woman. I think I’d make for a handsome woman! The whole concept was a lot of fun and obviously we were going for the androgynous rocker look because that’s what the era was like. I think that when you play a rock star, you go all out. When it comes to acting, if I were to play a role, there’d be a lot more research of the character’s mindset, etc. It’s very important to understand why the person was going through what they went through. Rock ‘n’ roll was a whole lifestyle. It was drug-induced. When we’re getting ready for the dance, Kirstie was like, “You have to act like you’re tripping on acid.” I’ve never done a drug in my life. I don’t have the slightest idea of what a person tripping on acid looks like. I’m not judging rock stars or their decisions because what they did was genius, but it’s very hard for me to understand what that was like.

The Insider has the bit on Maks and his cryogenics thing – didn’t Maria turn him on to this last season??

October 13, 2012 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. :-)

Derek Hough and Shawn Johnson in Des Moines, Iowa for Kellogg’s Gymnastics Tour

Cross Posted from PureDerekHough.com

Nice little interview from the local TV Station in Des Moines.

“It’s always great when you get competitors who are now just entertaining you know they`re just doing a show,” said Derek Hough, from Dancing With The Stars.
But competition isn’t far away. Derek Hough and Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson are partners on this season of Dancing With The Stars.

“We`ve been rehearsing like all day every day since we`ve been here. If anything it’s even more stressful because we have to leave and make sure we stay caught up with everything,” said Shawn Johnson.

Derek Tweeted this cute picture of Shawn

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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. :-)

DWTS 15, Week 4: Anna Trebunskaya & Chelsie Hightower Explain This Week’s Dances

Nice to see that Anna & Chelsie haven’t completely moved onto other projects since being eliminated on Tuesday :-) They did a bit for DWTSRadio in which they briefly describe what we can expect to see this week in terms of dances – you can listen to it HERE.  I think they’re option #4, so you can toggle through - but don’t do like I did & get impatient and click too many times, because it will only let you “skip” so many times before it forces you to listen to the segments in order.  Grrrrr.

 

October 12, 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!