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.
Heh. In case you weren’t sure that Gilles was in the running for douchbag of the year, here’s a portion of an article from People.com. Thanks to TristanMacManusFans for sending the link to Courtney. :-) Be sure to click the link to read the whole thing for even MORE silly Gilles.
Gilles Marini, a fan favorite and likely finalist on Dancing with the Stars, tells PEOPLE that he was so sure he’d be eliminated after Monday night’s show that he needed to fortify himself.
“I opened a $400 bottle of wine,” the handsome French-American actor, 36, said on Wednesday. “I didn’t even pour it in a glass. I drank it right from the bottle!”
Marini danced an intense tango on Monday’s show, and while his scores were good, he says, “I wanted to do more, do better. I wanted to excel.”
Anxieties aside, Gilles is fully enjoying the DWTS experience this season, after having previously competed on the show in 2009.
“The first time I felt a little bit more like a puppet,” he says, “but now I have to bring the acting, the choreography … creatively speaking, I have a lot more input.”
For you Maks fans….here he is mostly naked on Ellen. The man needs facial hair, IMO. :-)
Derek and Shawn are in Iowa this week and will be performing at the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions tomorrow night (October 12). Derek tweeted these pictures, one from rehearsal and the other…well, not sure that one is from, I got distracted by Derek’s ever expanding biceps. :-) To read more on Derek and Shawn, be sure to hit up PureDerekHough.com
My man Tommy B. has an interview in the Wall Street Journal and there is one little interesting behind the scenes bit. Click the link to read the whole thing.
Normally, “DWTS” lets the pros know on a Sunday what the next dance style will be if they move on. When this didn’t happen, they were badgering, wanting to know what was going on. They discovered the twist – they’d be picking dance styles for one another from a yet-to-be-revealed list – at the same time viewers at home did, on Monday’s show.
The surprises continued Tuesday, for no one knew that the lowest would pick for the highest or what the dance choices would be until the live show. In dress rehearsal, the order was very different, and some of the dances listed didn’t make the final cut. “I think we had the chicken dance listed,” Bergeron said.
We won’t see the chicken dance on the next show, but we will see dances including bolero, Charleston, disco and hip-hop. “Some might fare based on luck of the draw,” Bergeron said of the couples’ prospects. “There were some tense expressions.”
If Kelly & Val are the couple in “puppy love” this season…then Apolo & Karina are the couple most likely to be lusting after one another, methinks ;-P There’s simply too many “meoooooowwww” moments in this clip to list them all – trust me, you need to just watch…and giggle like a schoolgirl, like Karina. The couple hit up Access Hollywood yesterday to chat about their chemistry, their hip-hop routine, and…”man Kegels”??? 8-O
Ok, you all know I’m not typically the type to swoon over the male pros/celebs on DWTS (the female pros? That’s another story ;-) ). But something about Apolo in this clip – and just in this season, in general – makes me want to climb all over him like a jungle gym. He’s definitely grown ‘n’ sexy, and has a wicked, saucy sense of humor that seems to make Karina melt like a popsicle on the 4th of July :-P The hapless hosts just keep inadvertently asking some eyebrow-raising questions – and Apolo just keeps answering with zinger after zinger, without missing a beat. And Karina rolls with it just as well! After titillating us with innuendo about 50 Shades of Grey, “hooking up”, and who has more stamina, Apolo also talks about the differences between being partnered with Julianne vs. Karina (“She was only 18, we were not hooking up!”), and Gilles’ quest for the MBT (“He’s got his fangs out!”), and the two also chat briefly about their hip-hop routine this week – Karina says Apolo’s going to be choreographing some of it, and Apolo’s ready to “show everyone his hip-hop side”. I think I’m most excited for their routine next week – not only because Apolo seems really excited about it, but because they got an AWESOME song…which we will be spoiling at some point this weekend. Keep your eyes peeled 8-)
The two also briefly weighed in on Drew & Helio’s somewhat surprising eliminations, and Bristol’s staying power…I kind of love their facial expressions when talking about Bristol :-P:
So who else is TeamOhYes? Or at least Team “I Wouldn’t Kick Apolo Out of Bed For Eating Crackers”? ;-)
As many of you already know, Paula Abdul is going to be saddling up to the judges’ table as a guest judge next week. She took a moment to chat with Access Hollywood after the show Tuesday night about what we can expect from her as a judge:
First impression? Paula’s a little out of it, as always, and from the way she makes it sound, she’s probably going to be pretty lenient in her scoring, since she doesn’t really have a background in ballroom…although that won’t likely matter this coming week, as no one is really doing “real ballroom”, save for Shawn & Derek. As I said to someone on Twitter last night – “I bet they don’t even bother giving her any paddle lower than an 8.5!” Other predictions? Her critiques are probably going to be kinda awkward & rambling, and I’m betting Tom is going to have to cut her off at least once. Hope you’re armed with plenty of clever exit strategies, Berge ;-) Later in the interview, they also ask Paula what she thinks about the current season of X-Factor (with new judges Demi Lovato & Britney Spears – replacements for Paula & Nicole Scherzinger) and the feuding between judges Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj on American Idol – both questions she politely dodges. :-P
For those of you who’ve expressed curiousity as to how the presence of an extra judge could affect the results this coming week, check out this “By the Numbers” post Heidi did back in week 7 of season 12 (“Ballroom Greats” week), when famed Latin dancer Donnie Burns was a guest judge. It pretty clearly illustrates how 3 judges vs. 4 judges can affect scoring. The biggest impact will be that the overall point total will increase – which will decrease the margins between points, and actually make it easier to cover the spread. So for those of you hoping for Bristol to get ousted – I wouldn’t get your hopes up :-( But who knows…maybe Paula will be off her meds and really gouge Bristol’s score. A girl can dream :-D
Court here, filling in for the “Voguecationing” Vogue 8-) I know I’m not as good at these as she is, but I’m gonna give it the old college try in her absence! And just hope that she comes back to us soon :-( We miss you, Vogue!!!
Making the rounds after their heartbreaking (and premature, IMO) double elimination last night, Drew & Anna and Helio & Chelsie chatted first with On the Red Carpet:
They also chatted with Access Hollywood about their early ouster. God love Helio, he has got to be one of the most gracious, positive people I think we’ve ever had on the show – he seems to be taking it all in stride and is just grateful for the opportunity to return. Drew seems to be taking it a little bit harder – even though I think he knew it was coming, doesn’t mean it didn’t hurt any less. Anna also seems to be pretty upset about it.
The last stop of the evening was Jimmy Kimmel – by that point, I think everyone was getting a little tired & slap-happy and were just tryng to have fun :-P :
UPDATE: You can check out Drew & Anna, Helio & Chelsie getting interviewed by Ann Romney on GMA this morninghere. I think the interview gets a little awkward & choppy due to the delay in the feed between NY & LA (and Ann just being kind of new at the whole interviewing thing), but Drew obviously has a bone to pick with the judges for their scores…can’t say I blame him.
I’m actually really sad to see these two go – they were two of the bright spots for me each week, even if they weren’t the best dancers, because I could tell they were working hard and having fun…unlike some others this season 8-O
Ok guys, I’m gonna enlist your help – if you happen upon any other elimination interviews that I haven’t already posted, go ahead and post the LINK ONLY (don’t embed it, it makes the comments go all wonky) in the comments section and I will add it. I dunno how Vogue does it – I have a whole new appreciation for how thorough and comprehensive her coverage is. I can barely keep up! :-P
Time again for the list of Dancing with the Stars music from the All Star Season. This week the music was from the iconic dance week. If you’re looking for past week’s music we have the full list of Dancing with the Stars music.
Drew & Anna danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Crazy in Love” —Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
Gilles & Peta danced a Tango to the song “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” —Eurythmics
Melissa & Tony danced a Samba to the song “Conga” —Gloria Estefan
Apolo & Karina danced a Foxtrot to the song “Fever” —Michael Bublé
Kelly & Val danced a Paso Doble to the song “España Cañí” —Erich Kunzel
Kirstie & Maks danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Moves like Jagger” —Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
Sabrina & Louis danced a Paso Doble to the song “Free Your Mind” —En Vogue
Emmitt & Cheryl danced a Paso Doble to the song “Canción Del Mariachi” —Los Lobos feat. Antonio Banderas
Hélio & Chelsie danced a Quickstep to the song “Mr. Pinstripe Suit” —Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Bristol & Mark danced a Paso Doble to the song “Living on Video” —Trans-X
Shawn & Derek danced a Quickstep to the song “Hey Pachuco” —Royal Crown Revue
Well, it was a pretty loose definition of “Iconic Dance Week” – it was really more like “Pick an Iconic Dance with music you like and just reuse that” week. There were gimmicks galore, and the judges giving quite possibly the MOST crack-addled scores I’ve ever seen – so basically, enough to give me a headache…which didn’t help other things going on in my household tonight. Oh well…I’ll get on with it, so I can hopefully get it over with soon…
1.) Shawn & Derek – Rules be damned – I like this routine, dammit! And just as I suspected, Len backpedaled on his challenge to the couples to “push the envelope”, and docked them points for breaking hold…fickle much? Oh well – this was fun, high-energy, had a lot of great technique, and I thought Shawn & Derek appropriately fulfilled Len’s request to “show us thing we’ve never seen before”. The trampolines enhanced the routine, rather than detracting from it – which is more than I can say for some of the other couples’ routines. Overall, I think the judges must be getting a pretty decent share of votes, because the judges will gush about how great their routine is – and then will score is relatively harshly. They must not be too afraid of her being a shock elim…but this crazy low-balling has GOT TO STOP before someone good is shockingly eliminated.
2.) Apolo & Karina – Best routine of the night for me, yet again – and yet again, GROSSLY underscored. Seriously, WTF does Apolo have to do to get a decent score from the Three Stooges??? Balance a ball on his nose while doing the samba? Juggle flaming batons while holding Karina in a star lift? This is getting BEYOND ridiculous. Apolo & Karina danced a foxtrot that was about as close to perfect as anyone got tonight – no fumbling, perfect timing, beautiful lines, smoldering chemistry, and an intriguing concept & choreography – and they got the same score as a crazy desperate guy that hung from the ceiling like Tinkerbell, a girl who dances about as delicately as a Mack truck, and a guy who almost dropped his partner. Oh, and only 1/2 a point more than a guy who brought a donkey as a prop. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills, people!!! Like Shawn, the only thing I can think of is that they are see Apolo as such a threat (between his dancing & his fanbase) that they’re trying to handicap him a bit by underscoring him. I guess you can consider this my official endorsement of Apolo & Karina as the ones to beat this season – I’ll toss a few votes Drew & Helio’s way this week, but after they’re gone? It’s all Team OhYes for me… 8-)
3.) Kelly & Val – I gotta say – Kelly is doing FAR better than I would have expected. Obviously the chemistry with Val is there ;-), but for the first half of the routine, I actually believed Kelly as a dancer – she was steady on her turns, was moving big, and had great musicality. Then about halfway through the routine, reality kinda kicked in and Kelly seemed to lose focus – and that’s when some of the wobbling began. I think she may have gotten a little dizzy trying to spot her turns (and it was actually a pretty damn good attempt), and never quite recovered from that – she seemed to get a little off-time and disoriented, and although she did a good job of soldiering on, she never seemed to regain the confidence and groove she had in the first half of the routine. Overall, I liked it – but I think Kelly’s got some serious work to do before she actually deserves a 27. I’m wondering if Kelly’s not quite generating the buzz they expected her to – and thus they’re trying to give her a leg up. Guess I just can’t fathom how a routine that got that sloppy scored higher than the two best routines of the night for me. I like Kelly, but that was overscored.
4.) Melissa & Tony – I do have to commend these two on one thing – they did a lot of basic samba steps, and also managed to pick a theme that didn’t seem to steal focus away from their actual dance. And really, I liked the routine, overall – Melissa’s legs looked great, the energy was high, and I feel like it was a nice homage to JR’s samba. However – Melissa still seems to move really softly to me. She was shaking it – but she seemed to be shaking it GENTLY. And her arms, while pretty, didn’t really seem that impactful. So at the end of the day, I’m just kinda left without a whole lot to say about these two – other than the fact that they, too, were overscored, and maybe aren’t getting the love the judges feel they deserve…hence the cushy score to shield them a bit from elimination. Another couple that I don’t really have any beef with – but I just can’t really get excited about, either.
5.) Sabrina & Louis – As expected, Sabrina hit every step with a sledgehammer in this paso doble – and I think she may have backslid in week 1 territory a bit, when she was hitting everything so hard that she actually got a little off-balance. There were a couple steps that came out looking kind of wonky, and I don’t know if Sabrina just didn’t hit them right, or if they were just odd to begin with. I was actually a little underwhelmed by the choreography, on the whole – Sabrina was hitting it hard and with a lot of attack, but the steps themselves were just…meh. I feel like she could have handled something quite a bit more intricate, and instead Louis gave her stuff that just felt more kindergarten-y to me. Relative to everyone else tonight, I actually think Sabrina was scored about right – and I think she ought to be safe from tomorrow’s double chop-chop. But Louis has got to reign in all that energy she dances with…ooh wee.
6.) Gilles & Peta – Now for a couple that I must CONDEMN instead of commend for their choice of theme – ok, was it just me, or did the bit with Gilles suspended above the dance floor have absolutely NOTHING to do with the tango that followed, and just kinda looked odd & out-of-place? It was a stunt for stunt’s sake – and I hate those. Add to that the fact that the choreography of the tango was just kinda ho-hum & ordinary for me, and Gilles was just being kind of a d-bag again, and I’m left unimpressed by this one. Gilles should be frustrated – with himself, because that desperation to win is seriously starting to mess with his actual dancing. And he should be happy that the judges were feeling rather benevolent tonight, because I really would have given this routine more like a 23 or 24. But I did see a glimmer of hope tonight: the dew seems to be wearing off the rose a bit where Gilles is concerned, for the judges. They seemed less hesitant to critique him tonight than they did in weeks 1 & 2, and I think he may have realized he was getting a little carried away. Or at least I hope he realized he was getting carried away…
7.) Kirstie & Maks – Sorry, but as highly amused as I was to see Maks doing the Mick Jagger chicken strut around the ballroom in some absurdly tight pants and a wig that would make the Beegees jealous, I found that the real star of this routine was Maks – which kind of defeated the purpose of the celeb being the focal point. :-) Maybe Kirstie wanted it that way, perhaps to detract from the fact that she really wasn’t moving much at all – but I just kind of found the whole thing to be more style than substance. I think part of the appeal of the original was that it was a terrible dance, but Carson did it with such gusto and personality that it became a showstopper. This…was less of a train wreck, but felt a lot more low-energy, too. They weren’t messing anything up, and everything was on-time…but it just felt half-assed to me. Like they were dancing it for camera blocking instead of the actual performance. Was it fun? Sure…but I was just left kinda wanting more. Kirstie’s more than likely got the votes to survive tomorrow’s elimination, but I think she should really start focusing more on the content of her routines…because at this point, I feel like Bristol actually has more difficult steps than she does. Yikes.
8.) Emmitt & Cheryl – For someone that came out as strong as he did the first week, I feel like the Emmitt we saw then has been replaced by a much lower-budget generic one…that hasn’t had the same zing the past two weeks. I guess this routine was kind of fun to watch…in the same semi-trainwrecky way that Kirstie’s was. But like Kirstie, I just feel like Emmitt’s not quite operating at 100% – he’s having fun, and he’s not really doing BAD, per se, but he’s also just not up to par with the likes of Shawn, Apolo, Sabrina, or even Gilles. I think the troupe guys at the table in the background were more of a distraction than an enhancement, unfortuantely (expect to see them in the cheese…fer reals), and they actually seemed to be more energetic than Emmitt himself was. But I did get kind of a kick out of the pencil slide he did at the end :-P Do I think Emmitt’s safe this week? Yeah. Is he living up to the hype I saw about him in the pre-season? NO WAY. He, like Kirstie, also needs to step it up if he wants to stand a chance up against the powerhouses this season. Charm will only take him so far!
9.) Bristol & Mark – For as terrible as their rehearsal package was (and how dumb they were for picking the famed “futuristic paso doble” to recreate) – I actually don’t think this was the worst routine of the night, in terms of technique. I think Kirstie & Emmitt (and maybe Helio) have that one covered. When Bristol’s actually trying (and NOT breaking rules), she’s actually not bad – I felt like she moved more than both Kirstie & Emmitt, and with more conviction. But man – after seeing that package, the mood on the dance floore between Bristol & Mark was positively CHILLING. As in “I don’t even want to look at you, get this f%$ker away from me!” chilling. And unfortunately, I think that may have negated really any positives they had in terms of technique – even though they were chess pieces and were supposed to be at war, the mood didn’t feel warlike & aggressive to me…it felt sullen and detatched. All that aside – I’m left a bit uncertain about how the big blowup is going to affect Bristol & Mark’s chances of surviving the elim…if it even affects it at all. Part of me thinks it may actually garner some sympathy votes – part of me hopes it turned enough people off of Bristol completely, so that she tumbles into the bottom 2. But I’m preparing myself to see her sullen face yet again next week – although I’m hoping that whoever picks her dance sticks her with jive. Mwahahaha…
10.) Helio & Chelsie – Another couple that should thank their lucky stars that the judges were feeling benevolent tonight – although in the end, I doubt it’s going to matter much, since it’s a double elim tomorrow night and I’m pretty sure these two will make a repeat appearance in the bottom 2. Helio’s a complete joy to watch – that big goofy grin as he’s bouncing around in his zoot suit just makes me all warm & fuzzy inside :-D But on a night where everyone was pulling out all sorts of bells & whistles & crazy choreo, is a “just ok” quickstep with pretty safe choreography (and a rather noticeable gaffe) going to be enough to keep him safe? I don’t know. He might get a bit of a surge in votes from his appearance in the bottom 2 last week, but I’m not sure it will be enough to keep him out of the bottom 2. I’m leaning towards no, and that makes me sad :-( But I think Helio has had the right attitude about this season – have as much fun as possible and don’t hone in too hard on the win. You listening, Gilles?
12.) Drew & Anna – I think this is one couple that just kinda got dealt a crap hand this whole season – not much love from the judges, some chemistry issues, and just some bad logistics (running order, music, etc.) I think tonight was a bad night to go first – even though I generally enjoyed their cha-cha, and liked that they didn’t seem to let the props dominate it. Drew did get a little bit sloppy at times, and I think he & Anna may have gotten out-of-sync on some of the open choreography, but I definitely like it more than at least 3 of the other routines I saw tonight. But in the end, will it really matter? Doubtful, considering that 3 of the 4 couples comprising the bottom 2 in the first two weeks were “middle of the road” couples that did neither good nor bad – and tonight, Drew got kinda low-balled. At this point, I think he may be a bit out of his element – and maybe it’s time for him to go. I still think there are 2 (maybe 3) other contestants that should be leaving BEFORE him, but I’m getting to the point where I’d hope that his scores would be improving a bit more. Oh well – it’s been fun, Drew. You seem to have brought out a more laid-back Anna :-)
So what did you guys think of “Iconic Dances” night? Love it? Hate it? Who’s going home???
In his Access Hollywood interview from after Monday night’s show, Mark explained his reasons for “breaking hold” in he in Bristol’s quickstep – and he also insinuated that a few other couples also broke hold in their quicksteps this week, yet didn’t get called out by the judges. So it got me thinking: did the judges, indeed, turn a blind eye to some couples’ rule-breaking, while calling out others?
First, a little bit of background as to why breaking hold in quickstep is such a big deal. Earlier this year, I went into detail about it in one of my “Ask Courtney” posts – the basic gist is that quickstep is the only ballroom dance on DWTS that is only danced in the International Standard style, in which you cannot break hold at all, and they’ve carried that rule over to DWTS. I personally think it’s kind of a dumb rule, considering that DWTS is not a real ballroom competition (and never will be), and considering that you can break hold in the waltz, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, and sometimes tango (the last one is whole different debate). Read more..
I apologize for the delay in posting the music. I know a number of you have emailed me for it. I’ve been traveling the past few days and so I haven’t been able to get to it until now. Enjoy the list of music from this week’s performance show, and check out the full list of Dancing with the Stars music.
Melissa & Tony danced a Jive to the song “Shout” —The Isley Brothers
Bristol & Mark danced a Quickstep to the song “Redneck Woman” —Gretchen Wilson
Hélio & Chelsie danced a Jive to the song “Everybody Talks” —Neon Trees
Apolo & Karina danced a Quickstep to the song “Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days” Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days—Louis Prima
Sabrina & Louis danced a Quickstep to the song “Black Betty” —Ram Jam
Kirstie & Maks danced a Jive to the song “Non Non Rien N’a Changé” —Les Poppys
Emmitt & Cheryl danced a Quickstep to the song “A Cool Cat In Town” —Tape Five
Drew & Anna danced a Jive to the song “Dance, Dance” —Fall Out Boy
Joey & Kym danced a Quickstep to the song “Creep” —Radiohead
Shawn & Derek danced a Jive to the song “The Nicest Kids in Town” —from Hairspray
Kelly & Val danced a Quickstep to the song “Who Says” —Selena Gomez & The Scene
Gilles & Peta danced a Jive to the song “Don’t Stop Me Now” —Queen