Things are really starting to heat up and I’m not just talking about the temperatures outside or Mak’s engagement pick on the Ukraine Bachelor. I’m speaking about Derek Hough and the set of Cobu 3D. For the last several weeks the cast and crew of this new edgy, street dance movie have been tweeting pictures from the set including Derek who, as most of you know, has the male lead. Not only that, yesterday, Derek took a little time to talk with E News about the new movie. Derek also gives us a little sneak peek into one of his dancing scenes. Let’s just say, this new movie and Derek has garnished the name “Feet of Flames” by one of his fans for a reason. I’ve never seen anything like it or comparable. Be sure to see this new fun interview and sneak peek into Cobu 3D at Pure Derek Hough >>>>>>HERE. While you are visiting the link, be sure to check out the other updates on Derek at Pure Derek Hough to see the latest set pics and more like the picture above. I have a feeling this is just the beginning of the hype that is about to surround this movie. Can I buy my ticket now?
Mark has penned his new blog at USA Today. Sometimes I have to wonder what he knows that the rest of us don’t? All week, some of the other dancers have commented that there are THREE dances (two new and one 45 second Cha Cha that they may have to dance twice). ABC Medianet also reported they dance to three dances. Yet below, Mark says they’ve been “preparing four dances to impress the judges”. Here’s a take below where Mark talks about it.
While friggatriskaidekaphobia is an ugly word, it’s not as ominous to me as JudgePanelOfThree, or as nerve-wracking as FourDancesThisWeek. And here I am, writing to you during our Friday the 13th, the busiest week of the season so far, as we prepare four dances to impress three judges. All during Friday the 13th. How appropriate.
When I first met Chelsea in the end of February, we had three weeks to learn one dance. We spent some of that time going over our Week 2 performance, giving us a total of two weeks to learn the jive. Starting Week 3, we were given only five days to make our weekly dance performance-ready. That was enough time, and then, fittingly, a second dance was added. That made it more difficult. Once we got the hang of that, we then faced the challenge of two dances plus a group dance. Then we had to learn and get used to an instant dance on top of our other dance last week.
And now, finally, we’ll have four dances ready to go for Monday. Four. That gives us basically one day per song to choreograph, learn, tweak, and perfect each dance. It’s a huge challenge for us, but Chelsea is working harder than ever. Being at the top of the leader board again is really driving us. The finals are so close we can smell it. Sweat never smelled so sweet!
What’s more, and if you haven’t seen this tweet yet, Chelsea asked which re-do dance fans would like to see again (which wouldn’t happen until Finals, right?).
If you could see #TeamKanenball dance one song over again, what routine would you like to see?
— Chelsea Kane (@ChelseaKane) May 13, 2011
So, what do you make of all this? Do they have three or four dances this week? What do they know that we don’t? Or are Mark and Chelsea just getting ahead of themselves assuming they will be in the finals and are they just gearing up for it? If it’s the later, I find that to be a little presumptuous.
Pure DWTS 12 – Hines Ward On Overcoming Fears, Sizing Up The Competition, and More (Videos, Interview)
Hines Ward told Jay Leno he never thought he’d be dancing like he is on the show. He wanted to do Dancing With The Stars in overcoming and facing his fears. He went into it blindly and is having a blast. He has a new respect for women for wearing heels. He sizes up the competition as well. Great interview below.
Hines sizes up the competition in his new blog for the LA Times as well. He’s just too cool.
There are just four people left. Size up the rest of the competition for us.
She has a lot of appeal cause she has a huge Hollywood fan base and she speaks her mind. People love her personality. And she has been dancing well. She is going to be someone to watch out for in the finals.
Chelsea looks and moves like a professional dancer. Her facial expressions are always great and she is a crowd pleaser and a judge favorite. Again, a tough competitor in this competition. She has style and grace.
Another tough competitor. Never quits. Always knows how to get the crowd pumped. He is light on his feet and is graceful in his moves. Ralph is in this competition to win it like the rest of us. The bottom line is from this point on any one of us could win this. It is so close and there is really no clear-cut front-runner. We all need to bring our ‘A’ game the next two weeks to have a chance to win.
More on this past week’s dances and more >>>>>HERE .
Also, see our earlier posting on Kym and a new injury >>>>HERE.
Ralph was interviewed by George Lopez last night on his show. He talks about his injury (it’s getting better by the day), proves he doesn’t wear a toupe, and Charo comes to help him with is “Latin” moves. It’s a hoot. Like George, I hope he does the “Crane” move if he makes it to the finals too. Wouldn’t that be cool?Also, The Insider went into Ralph and Karina’s rehearsals to see how Ralph’s injury is doing. I can’t embed this video, but, you can view it >>>HERE. Ralph found out he won’t need corrective surgery. The worse day of pain was last Saturday (when he almost pulled out). He’s so thankful for his fans support and getting him through to the next round. They can’t wait to dance. See him practicing for the Argentine Tango.
Adding: here is new interview from Access Hollywood as well.
(Heidi’s Note: He’s cute. That is all.)
Kym wrote her new blog for Ok Magazine on Tuesday before they found out if she and Hines made it to the next round. She was so nervous. She talks about their Jive and a little about Hines arrest. Below is a take about what is to come next week if they made it (which they did as you know). She mentions how they will have two NEW dances and a “winner’s circle Cha Cha”. She’s right. This coming week is going to be the most challenging for them all. I thought one dance might be a “re-do” dance but, that is not the case (yet). This week almost sounds harder for them all than what the Finals will be like?
If we make it through tonight, next week will be the most challenging week, because we’ll have two new dances, plus the Cha Cha, it’s like a winner’s circle Cha Cha thing, so it’s going to be a very difficult week for whoever gets through. Fingers crossed Hines and I can be there, hopefully people voted for us.
Hines, like he does with football, he watches other people’s dances and he watches our dances back as well. We film during rehearsals too so he watches it back to make sure he’s doing it right. It’s the way he works football into our dancing. I always film rehearsals with all my partners and make them watch it back, because I can tell them until I’m blue in the face — but if you see it, you can visualize what I’m telling them, so it helps a lot more. So I’ll always show them rehearsals and explain what’s missing, and how the arm isn’t right there or the feet. I do that will all my partners, but Hines is definitely more analytical than I’ve had before!
Picture above is a picture Kym tweeted of her and her doggie, Lola. Isn’t she sweet?
Mark has updated his blog at USA Today. He’s excited to be in the semi-finals and they “can smell the finish line” (can’t stand this line. Ego much?). He also talks a little on their three dances coming up with one being a “dance challenge” in the second take below. He says he will explain more on that dance Friday. (Heidi’s Note: I was reading too fast and thought it was “we can smell the fish.” Heh.)
We’re in the semi-finals already? Where did the time go?! It’s been a great run thus far for Team Kanenball and Chelsea and I are antsy to get back into the rehearsal studio right away to work on these three new dances for you. The finals are just one week away and we can smell the finish line. This competition is intense, and we’re so grateful to the fans for relentlessly voting for us.
I’m running out of words to tell you just how great Chelsea has been this season. She keeps growing and growing as a dancer and continues to get better every week. We achieved another first for the season, this time getting another season-high score of 29. We did it a few weeks back, and it feels great to be given two 10s this week. When you’re the couple breaking the threshold on the season-high scores, it’s quite an honor that you’re setting the benchmark. All of us are working our tails off and appreciate these little tokens of recognition. I proud of both our performances on Monday night and I am thrilled the instant dance is over!
This week we have three individual dances, the third one being a “dance challenge”. I’ll tell you more about that in my next entry. I?ve been talking with Chelsea for weeks about how our schedule will get crazier and crazier the farther we go in the competition, but she?s ready to meet it head on. With all the extra attention that comes with being in the semifinals, as well as the increasing scrutiny of the judges, we?re in for a long, sweat filled couple of days. Eat, sleep and rehearse. That’s what we’ll be doing.