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NeNe Leakes Talks Of The Hardest Part Of Learning To Dance And More On Dancing With The Stars (New Interview)

TV Guide has posted a new interview with NeNe Leakes. She tells them her “Party Anthem dance with Tony is going well so far. She also talks of why she gets emotional when the judges give her feedback and why. Read on for more….

I’ve noticed that you get pretty emotional when the judges are giving you feedback. Why is that?
Leakes: To me, I just feel like we work so darn hard every week, and I’m just so happy that we get through every week. It’s tough for us. I mean, I don’t have any dance experience. Some of these people have dance experience. I have none. I’m going to do what naturally I would do if I went to a club or something, but I don’t have any [professional] dance experience. So, I feel like it’s extra hard for me, where for some of the other people on the show, they have dance experience, so it comes a lot easier for them. I’m just always proud of myself when we get through. I’m just like, wow. I’m just happy to hear any little nice comment.

What’s been the hardest aspect of the competition for you?
Leakes: The hardest part for me is the technique. Some of these dances have real technique that the judges really look for, like your leg has to be in a certain place, or your arm needs to be a certain way. That’s probably the hardest part. Everything else I feel like can [fall] in place. But when you start thinking about the technical part of it they’re going to score you on — did you have your hand out at that time, your feet were not where they were supposed to be — those are the hardest parts. It’s really hard. I always say to them, “We’re supposed to entertain and have our feet and arms moving at the same time?” There’s just a lot going on. And you have to look like you’re having fun.

What are you working on for this week?
Leakes: This week is Party Anthem Week. We are doing a salsa to Nelly “Hot in Herre.” … So far it’s going really well. I’m really happy. I’m really pleased.

You can read the full interview at TV Guide.

April 20, 2014 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Dancing with the Stars Season 18, Week 5 – Dancing by the Numbers!

Well, this week is fairly simple. Drew has a tough row to hoe this week, with the biggest margins since week 2. And really, I don’t have too many complaints with the scores overall, as they rather reflect my feelings after my initial viewing of the show.  What I AM waiting for, is the hammer to fall on Maks and Meryl for the “messing about” that Maks puts in about 75% of his dances. It’s even more glaringly obvious after Val and Meryl’s Argentine Tango. Anyone else who had a ringer of that caliber (particularly Derek) would have gotten hosed by now for all the crap. But really, Derek has often gotten hosed for crap in dances that other couples get away with in the very same show. I’m looking at you, Tony, Val AND Maks.  Usually, this occurs when Derek has a really good partner.  Now, the shoe is on the other foot and we get nothing but praise for the golden couple. Oddly, Charlie is just as big a ringer and he is getting the ringer treatment. Seriously, 3 points deducted for dropping that cane? If ever there was a time that the judges should have gotten together and said “hey, killer routine, very difficult – a dropped cane is only worth one point.” But no, they couldn’t manage that.  Are they REALLY trying to manipulate the audience into thinking that Meryl should win?? Because you know, some of the audience resemble sheep – they want to vote for the perceived winner. This is a dangerous game, though, because the audience also likes an underdog – especially if one is as good a dancer with harder choreo than the golden girl.  It will be interesting to see how things continue to progress on this front. …Read more

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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. :-)

ABC Releases Official Promo For Dancing With The Stars Party Anthem Week

Too fun! I’m loving this! One more night and counting until showtime!

And this is a fun teaser too from and the Sharna and Charlie camp…

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

PureDWTS Fan Review Of Karina Smirnoff And Slavik Kryklyvyy In “Dance Legends”

As you might remember from a previous posting, Karina Smirnoff danced in “Dance Legends” in New York City last week with her former dance partner Slavik Kryklyvyy. Well, below is a fun, sweet, and touching review of the show by fan Julia aka @KarinasPerfect. She takes us up close and personal and provides some beautiful photos of Karina and Slavik too. Read on for some “awww” moments and we thank Julia so much for sending.xx

Going to see Dance Legends was one of those experiences that I’ll never forget. Seeing amazing, professional dancers light up the stage was truly stunning.

All of the dancers were amazing, but I was there for one person- Karina Smirnoff (I’ve been a big fan since I started watching in season 12). Karina and Slavik haven’t danced publicly together for 10 years. When they danced for the first time in the show, the announcer made sure to emphasize it. They started out with their rumba. Karina wore a baby blue, spaghetti strapped, high-low dress. The top part, from the top to her rib cage, was covered in multi-colored sparkles. It was similar to their old rumba, but there were slight changes, I’d assume. It was heartfelt and emotional, even causing Karina to cry at the end! (So I obviously cried too- I’m guilty! I’m so weak!) That dance was near the beginning of the second act. At the very end of the show, they did their show dance. It was like a flamenco/paso/samba fusion. (I have definitely seen it online before, the one where Slavik starts flamenco-ing in silence.) it was absolutely stunning, of course. Karina wore and outfit similar to her attire from her and Corbin’s paso dance- a red and ruffled dress. After there’s was over, they held their ending pose (picture attached) for a few moments extra, before bowing and walking off. The announcer had to invite them back on because if the applause! So they danced gracefully back on, bowed again, and walked off. When we all settled down, they invited up sponsors and said things I zoned out for. Then, they invited couples out for a last bow. Karina and Slavik came out, bowed, and got in line. They invited up important people, and played “Happy” while that was happening. Karina being who she is, naturally started jamming out and singing! It was so cute! They were escorted backstage and everyone left to take pictures on the red carpet and to go home, it was 11 at night at that point.

Being the 13-year-old fangirl I am, I stayed. Couples started trickling out for pictures with important people and interviews. We had to wait about 20 minutes to catch a glimpse of Karina and Slavik! I took a few shaky (I was too excited) pictures on my shamefully slow phone (attached). I then tried to get in “line” to wait for pictures. The entrance to the carpet was blocked by security guards. I waited another 10 minutes before they opened the carpet to the public. I tried and tried to catch Karina’s eye. Eventually, someone came I tell the crowd, including me, that Karina would take 2 more pictures and then take a break. That just wasn’t an option for me- I had already gotten text from my mom telling me to “get my a$$ home”. When the guard was gonna take her away, I tapped her shoulder. I told her that her manager, Lindsay (my hero at that point), ha requested we take a picture. (No lie.) She asked how I knew Lindsay, where I replied, “through you… I’m karinasperfect!” (That’s my IG fanpage for her that she follows). She hugged me, we talked a little, and got out picture taken. She called me by my name and by “baby” to make sure the pictures turned out well.

Of course they did! She was in them!

Overall, I wish I could’ve brought so many twitter friends with me. So I wrote this up to tell all of my non-NYC-ers about how amazing this experience was!

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April 19, 2014 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas And Friends Dance To Pharrell’s “Happy” (Again?), Too Fun

We’ve seen Mark Ballas and company dancing to Pharrell’s “Happy” before, but, I think this might be a new footage? Not sure, but, it’s a fun start to a Saturday none the less. I love this….

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Nene Leakes And Tony Dovolani Go Clubbing To Get Ready For Next Dance On DWTS

I wish I could have been a fly on a wall to see Nene and Tony Salsa-ing it up at a Club in Atlanta this week. Below is more from Nene at E Online on she and Tony’s new dance. Note how Nelly’s “It’s Getting Hot in Here” is their song!!

Oooh, hunni here we go! This week we’re doing a salsa. It’s Party Anthem, so we’re doing Nelly’s “It’s Getting Hot in Here,” and you better believe it, we love Nelly. I think that was one of the hottest party anthems of all time and it still sounds good. If you play it in a club, everybody still gets up and bounces to it.

Oh and we are shaking it, hunni! I’m sweating, I’m telling you. I’ve almost got an afro, my hair has curled completely up! Well we definitely want to portray the party scene, and we also want to touch on the technical of salsa, so there will be a lot of sexy moves and we definitely want to get up and make the crowd feel it, so that’s the plan.

Ooh, hunni the salsa club was amazing! It was a big Latin night out here, and we decided to go, and it was awesome. We saw a lot of moves that I will not be doing. My moves are nowhere near their moves. I mean, they are really working it out. You talk about sweating, oh my god! I don’t know. It takes a lot to do salsa. You are moving your arms, and your hips, and your feet, and I mean you are really working it. and you know, Tony can do any dance in the world, so going to the Latin club was like right up his alley. He loved it!

LOL! I love the way she writes! More at E Online. Thanks to @BridgeC17 for sending!

April 18, 2014 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

James Maslow Chats About Dancing With The Stars, The Competition, And More

USA Today interviewed James Maslow about Dancing With The Stars. He was shocked to see Cody Simpson leave last week, but, is proud for how he and Peta received 4 10′s. More below including his thoughts on if he has a chance to win and more.

He’s also putting in five hours a day of dancing rehearsal time. On the show, he has talked about how he was bullied as a kid because he was “chubby.” Although he still is careful about what he eats, he says, “I know how easy it is to go backward.”

Maslow, who attending performing arts schools from eighth grade until he graduated from high school, learned some basic dance steps along the way, but it was “never my forte.” He was more into music and acting.

Although happy with his perfect scores, he says he was surprised by teen pop star Cody Simpson’s exit this week. Simpson, 17, seemed to have a healthy young-girl fan base.

“I don’t feel safe,” says Maslow. “I think there’s a huge audience that’s been watching the show for years that’s not part of my 3 million Twitter followers.”

So far, he hasn’t suffered any injuries. “I’ve done ice baths and seen a chiropractor, but knock on wood, that’s it.”

Of all the stars still dancing, he sees Meryl Davis as his biggest threat. “People are impressed by her. I could see her being the winner.”

It almost seems unfair that the Olympians who have years of dance experience would be allowed on the show. “We’ve all thought of it that way, too but they’re really nice people,”says Maslow. “They’re on tour now and having to learn this while they’re doing that is tough. They’re working hard like everyone else. To me, it’s complimentary that I’ve gotten better scores than professionals.”

He adds, “I wouldn’t be on the show if I didn’t believe I had a chance to win it.”

More at USA Today.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Adorable New Photos Of DWTS Karina Smirnoff Carrying Roses

For the Karina Smirnoff fans (Jim you will love these if you haven’t seen them yet)! If you visit the Daily Mail, you can view some new photos of Karina out and about Los Angeles yesterday! She looks so cute in a blue romper. Also, check out those shoes and the roses she’s carrying. Beautiful!!

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS2014 Sharna Burgess And Charlie White Talk To WMUR In Manchester, New Hampshire

Sharna Burgess and Charlie White were interviewed by WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire. Charlie tells them they have been rehearsing 4 to 5 hours in the morning and then it’s straight to the ice show with Meryl Davis. Below is more….

“Every morning, we have four to five hours of rehearsal, and then it’s straight to the show,” White said. “Physically and mentally, it’s a lot of stress, and it’s difficult.”

White and Davis have been ice dancing partners for 17 years, but they said making the switch to a professional dance partner hasn’t been that difficult.

“No one will ever have the partnership that Charlie and Meryl have,” said White’s dancing partner, Sharna Burgess. “There’s something very special about them, and it’s just meant to be.”

“Some of the habits that I’ve formed on the ice in the last 22 years are difficult to break,” Davis said of her transition to dancing.

You can read the full article and see a fun pic at WMUR.

ETA: If you go to this link, you can watch a video interview. Maks and Meryl are included in it too. Is that “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harrison playing in the background?

April 17, 2014 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Danica McKellar And Val Chmerkovksiy Interviewed By Veria Living About Dancing With The Stars

Thanks for the heads up by @DWTSgossip, below is Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovksiy on Veria Living today talking about Dancing With The Stars. They talk about the competition, the switch-up dance, and their next dance! Note for a hint on their song, Val says, “She really wants to dance with somebody”! Oh, I love that song!

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.