OMGGGG! LOOK AT KIRSTIE ON THE ELLEN SHOW! *raves* Is she not slimming down more and more by the DAY??!!! Seriously!!! Like Ellen said, Kirstie looks happy and she is having “fun” too. They also get serious about when Kirstie’s heart was broken. They get funny about having sex 2 hours a day (LOL) and more. See Maks too. They are so addictive as always and Ellen gives them a present too that you have to see. Great interview!!
Also, see Maks interviewed on KTLA as well. He talks about his experience on 9-11 (everytime I hear him talk on this, I am silenced. I just can’t imagine it. He clearly loves this Country.). He also talks of Kirstie and Dancing With The Stars. He critiques their dance from this week. It’s so cute because he loves that Kirstie is having so much even if she missed the steps.
Kym has penned a new Blog at OK! Magazine. She writes about her and Hines’ first “10” of the Season and how excited they were to receive it being the dance was extra hard for Hines to learn. Lucca helped them from a “man’s perspective”. She also talks about the team dance and a little about what’s coming. Be sure to see the link as she posted some fun pictures backstage. Have I said how much I love these two? Both class acts and he is so full of charm.
Hines was so over the moon last night, he was so excited to get that 10. It was a really difficult dance for him, so he worked extra hard on it. It was really nice to have it pay off getting a 10, because it was a very challenging dance.
It was great having Lucca with us this week in practice. I used to learn off Lucca when I was in London, he’s an old friend, so it was really nice to have him come in and show Hines from a man’s perspective, because he’s normally used to just me being in the room. I don’t Hines has ever danced with a man before, so that was definitely a new experience for him!
The team dance was really fun, it was nice wokring with the other cleebrities and dancers instead of just Hines and I by ourselves. That was a lot of fun, I think our team did really well. We definitely had a really good time. It made us bond more with everyone. However that was the one and only team dance, now it’s just us from here on out. It was fun having the team one but it was a lot of work — we had to make sure we had the formations right, so it was a little bit more stressful.
We’ve got two dances every week from now on, so the competition has kicked into overdrive. It’s exciting! Now it’s just Hines and I so we can focus on our own dances. It should be good. The pressure is really on now, especially for the pros because we have to choreograph two dances and also come up with designs for the costumes. It does become a lot of work — if we get through, we can say goodbye to any sort of regular life for the next couple of weeks! We’ll be practicing day and night — like 10 hours per day, like five then have a break and go back. It’s pretty much eat, sleep, dance — that’s all we do!
Hines was also interviewed by the LA Times. He dishes on this past week as well and what a big help Lucca was to him. Here is a take below. Read more at the link.
Q: Your first 10 of the season. That must have been a big confidence boost. How did having Luca Baricchi come in this week help? It seemed he was really beneficial to all the guys he worked with.
He was very helpful. I mean to have the advice of someone of his caliber from the dance world is like having a Jerry Rice or a Lynn Swann giving me advice about my play on the football field. Plus it was nice to hear the advice of another male dancer on how I could improve and be the best partner I can be for Kym. He was great.
Q: On Mondays, would you rather dance first and get it over with (and take the chance the audience at home will forget about you) or dance last after watching everyone else (and have your dance fresh in the audence’s minds at home).
I kind of like being in the middle so I can see how the judges are feeling and then see what I am up against from the other celebs. Plus I listen to what the judges are saying to the others and take the advice to heart for myself in my dance.
Below are the TV Ratings for April 25th – May 1st. Check it out. Last Monday night’s show beat out American Idol for the first time this Season and topped out in first place. The Dancing With The Stars “Special” did well too placed at #6. For those thinking this show is on it’s last legs, think again! (Heidi’s note: I promise I am going to do a ratings post, but my recollection is that these numbers are standard for DWTS, it’s that AI is a tad on the low side – by 1 or 2 million. The question for our other blog is, with AI and The Voice both doing well, what will happen with The X-Factor?)
1 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon 8:00 PM 22,380,000
2 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX Wed 8:00 PM 22,318,000
3 AMERICAN IDOL-THURSDAY FOX Thu 8:00 PM 19,597,000 4 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC Tue 9:00 PM 18,281,000
5 THE MENTALIST CBS Thu 10:00 PM 13,530,000 6 DANCING W/STARS SPECIAL ABC Tue 8:00 PM 13,079,000
7 BODY OF PROOF ABC Tue 10:01 PM 11,860,000
8 THE VOICE NBC Tue 9:00 PM 11,775,000
9 SURVIVOR: REDEMPTION ISLAND CBS Wed 8:00 PM 11,234,000
10 BETTER WITH YOU ABC Mon 9:31 PM 11,225,000
11 NCIS CBS Tue 8:00 PM 11,209,000
12 CSI CBS Thu 9:00 PM 10,842,000
13 60 MINUTES CBS Sun 7:00 PM 10,737,000
14 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thu 8:00 PM 10,713,000
15 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thu 9:00 PM 10,665,000
16 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Tue 9:00 PM 10,294,000
17 BLUE BLOODS CBS Fri 10:00 PM 10,060,000
18 BONES FOX Thu 9:00 PM 9,700,000
19 60 MINUTES 5/1(B) CBS Sun 7:46 PM 9,506,000
20 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC Sun 9:00 PM 9,438,000
Len called it when he said Kendra was a “late blooming flower” last night. I’ve been so critical of her all Season. But, this week there was a lot of improvement with her attitude and she was finally starting to settle in. So, now I’m a little sorry to see her go. Anyway, here’s to Kendra. I think, if anything, she learned a lot from the show and about dancing. Plus, she made some new friends along the way. She went out laughing and with a positive attitude. She gave it all she had. With that, she should be proud.
Below are some interviews from last night after their elimination. Jimmy Kimmel is hilarious as always in the first video. He buries her dancing shoes at Sea with Bin Laden.lol
This is a great interview too. Good Morning America recaps Kendra and Louis’ journey. They talk about their costumes and more. They hope Kirstie will win this Season.
Mark has a new blog up at USA Today. As you will soon read, he thought his and Chelsea’s Paso Doble was perfect. I hate to say it, but, I don’t think we are going to see any changes in his style of dancing (or ego) anytime soon. More below and at the link. He talks of how well his new album is selling too.
I’m very grateful to the fans for supporting and voting for us. I loved our paso doble so much and I think Chelsea absolutely nailed it. As I’ve said previously, we’re in season 12 and fans of the show now have a high Latin and ballroom IQ (if they didn’t already). I think it’s important to be creative in the choreography to keep the fans on their toes. It may not have been as traditional as other pasos, but ours had all the necessary elements and steps. I thought it had a very fun and modern twist!
Because of this philosophy, I don’t always see eye to eye with the judges, especially Len. I’ve known Len, literally, since I was born. He’s family to me, like a grandfather, but we fundamentally differ on this. I guess that’s the difference in our generations, but I assure you, there’s nothing but love there between us! Tonight, Len said that Chelsea was the best dancer in the competition. I appreciate his acknowledgement and certainly agree that she can do it all, from Latin to ballroom, technically to emotionally. In fact, because Len is the most critical judge for technique, it’s a huge compliment for Chelsea. He had the same positivity for Bristol last season with her near-perfect footwork, and we danced all the way to the finals.
In a new Access Hollywood interview the two talk about the elimination last night and the “risks” they are taking on the show. Mark says he would not change a thing and he is proud of Chelsea.
My thoughts are if he could set his ego and overpowering her dances aside, the modern day twists and risks might work. In fact, I like it. But, right now all many fans (including myself) are seeing is EGO and disrespect for the judges and tradition.
Note: They have the Slow Waltz next week and the Salsa in the “Instant Dance”.
Heidi’s Note: This was supposed to be posted yesterday, but the day got ahead of us.
Maks is a little late with his blog at TV Guide, but, he’s made up for it for what he’s written. First, he not only praises Kirstie’s dancing and challenges to do so, but, Kirstie’s “spirit”. You can really feel how much he cares in his writing. He also talks on both dances Monday night and how he thinks everyone is doing. He didn’t like Donny added to the judging panel much. Maks would like to “judge” sometime and he says he would do just that. All this and more below and at TV Guide.
All joking aside, I’m not trying to find the good in every bad. I’m kind of a perfectionist, but I can’t not be happy for Kirstie. I can’t be mad that it was the best dance. Yes, the steps were messed up. Yes, we were out of sync. But honestly, it was cool to dance next to her and to feel that positive energy. She was having such a good time that I don’t need to worry about how good a performance it was. There have been amazing dances I’ve done in the past with people who didn’t enjoy the process. Kirstie is truly embracing every second of it, so it’s very cool and very nice to see that. I was genuinely very, very happy for her. I was trying to make sure she doesn’t get upset afterward and she wasn’t. She belonged out there. She allowed herself to relax and enjoy it. Eight weeks ago, I had a woman on a verge of heart attack who couldn’t dance more than 20 seconds of a cha-cha. Now, she’s out there performing a jive and enjoying the hell out of it.
I really hope fans and the audience could see Kirstie’s excitement and enjoyment of the dance. I feel like Kirstie represents way too many people out there. They live vicariously through her. It’s refreshing to see someone put in that situation. She’s done it all. This is another chapter in her life that she’s tackling with grace. I have the utmost respect and admiration for her. This show is a miniature version of life. Every experience we’ve had is tremendous and special. The way she embraces successes and failures is amazing. On the press line last night, she said that she wants to redo the jive at the showcase dinner I’m organizing for my students this summer. I’m kind of worried because I don’t even think Madison Square Garden can fit everyone who wants to see Kirstie! We may have to broadcast something in Times Square!
Bias or not, I think our team dance was a lot better. We definitely had better lines. As for the package, I think everyone knows how producers pick out story lines for everyone every week. First of all, we were not unprepared. We’ve already done the cha-cha, so how could we be unprepared? Second of all, we’re the happiest couple out there. We definitely have one of the best chemistry of all the partnerships.
Access Hollywood interviewed Maks and Kirstie after the results show lastnight. Maks said Kirstie is “like a pretty building without no foundation” and is hoping to fix that. More below for his plans for next week. They have the Argentine Tango and the Salsa (two of my favorite kind of dances. ).
Don’t forget thus fun duo will be on The Ellen Show tomorrow (Thursday). Should be lots of fun!!!
People.com go into Louis and Kendra’s rehearsals. Kendra says, “It’s real do or die time now”. More below. You can also see a small video at the link (that I can’t embed) where the two are practicing for their Tango. She looks good. But, is she really going to turn it on? Time will soon tell.
“It’s time to get stuff done,” the mommy of son Hank Baskett IV, tells PEOPLE. “No B.S. Get it done. Come here and just be proactive and not just sit around.”
“It’s real do or die time now,” she says. “It’s any of us now. It’s all about who can survive physically and mentally.”
Luckily, Wilkinson isn’t too nervous about her upcoming Monday night performance.
“I feel more comfortable with the tango because it’s not so soft and feminine,” she says while rehearsing with partner Louis van Amstel. “This is a little bit harder and a little bit more fun. It’s definitely more of my type of ballroom dance, rather than the Viennese Waltz.”
ET Online interviewed Mark and Chelsea in rehearsals. Chelsea is seeing “a light at the end of the tunnel” and wants to “go all the way”. See a sneak peek of their dance (the Paso Doble) and what they say on their team dance too.
Mark has penned a new blog as well at USA Today. He is confident Chelsea will deliver a great performance tonight. He dishes a little on their team dance as well. More below and at the link.
Speaking of Chelsea, we’re moving right along in this competition. On Monday we dance pasodoble, which is the fiery dance of passion. Chelsea’s wowed us with her energy and great facial expressions this season, and now we get to see her serious side. We’re a close second in overall judges points, so hopefully we’ll shine this week. I’m very confident that Chels will deliver a great performance once again.
As expected, rehearsal has been a bit hectic this week. In addition to our pasodoble, we have a group dance. The hardest part of the group dance is to get in sync with the other teams and to make the dance tight. Everyone has different styles of learning and different rhythms and movement, so it’s a challenge to clean the dance up. The other team we’re against has the same hurdles though, and I like our chances.
TV Guide has a new interview up with Kym. She and Hines have been working tirelessly and having fun. For instance, Hines has even been dancing with a pillow this week which you can read about at the link. Below, you can read more on tonight’s Tango (I have a feeling this dance will be right up his alley and in a big way!). More below on their team Dance as well.
How’s the tango coming along?
Kym Johnson: Well, we’re putting in overtime this week. I feel like the competition has really kicked in now. I love the tango. I think Hines will be great at it. He’s such a natural dancer. I’m so lucky! He’s so easy to teach. [On Wednesday] we had a six-hour rehearsal and he got all the steps down. After that, it’s just about polishing it and working on the technique. In the tango, we really have to focus on the posture and his knees because the tango’s really flat. He just really has to get into the character of the tango. In our paso doble, we did really well. He sort of channeled the football player in him, so he has to do that for the tango as well.
Are you guys going for a theme or a story of any kind?
Johnson: We were going to, but this week, we have some of the ballroom greats — legends of ballroom dancing — coming in to watch our rehearsals and we’ll have a guest judge. So we’re focusing on making this week more about the dancing and being very technical and more traditional. We’re not going with any gimmicks or story. American Week, Guilty Pleasure Week — they’ve been really, really fun. I enjoyed that and telling a story through the dances, but we’re not doing that this week.
You guys also have the team dances. Are you excited you get to do the cha-cha again?
Johnson: Yes! I’m really excited. That was [our first dance], which seems like a lifetime ago now. It’ll be nice to revisit the cha-cha. It’s really fun doing the team dance. It brings everyone closer and it’s fun working with the other celebrities and pros. We have Kirstie [Alley] and Kendra [Wilkinson], so our team is very good at shaking their butts — we’re going to focus on that. We’re Team Booty-Shakers! … We don’t have a name yet, but I’m going to suggest that one!
This is the first week with two dances. How has Hines been handling it?
Johnson: He’s really been great with it. He always steps up to the challenge. It’s hard, but he’s getting there with it. Athletes definitely know how to handle the pressure and he’s great with dealing with the pressure. I’m not too worried about him, honestly.
Access Hollywood goes into Karina and Ralph’s rehearsals this week. They talk on if the dance floor is “jinxed” or not and Karina’s injury. As long as they are dancing, she doesn’t feel pain. But, Ralph says they are richer for the experience and are anxious to move on. Here’s to Monday night. Only two more days!