Wow…is this ever an interesting Afterbuzz TV show! This week, Shirley and Corky Ballas are Kristyn and Suri’s guests. Let’s just say….Shirley and Corky weren’t very happy about Mark and Willow getting eliminated too early. They hint at producer manipulation ….and A LOT!! I have to say…I’ve wondered on the same things at times (IE: Sharna and Charlie, Karina and Ralph to name a few other exits that happened too early) and they have some valid points. Also, pay special attention to when they start reviewing Derek and Nastia’s dance too as they say something about Henry that is interesting to say the least. Let us know what you think of this week’s show?
Carrie Ann Inaba has written a new blog at Parade about her memories of being on Dancing With The Stars. In this take, she writes of how all came to be for her.
Ten years is a long time. Dancing with the Stars has been on the air for 10 years. A Decade! It’s an amazing time to reflect upon.
I remember when I went in to interview for a new dance show that had originated in England. At the time, I was working on with Nigel Lythgoe on American Idol and as a choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance. At the interview, I was happily surprised to see many fellow choreographers, peers and people I respected who had been in the business for a long time. It was fun and exciting to talk shop and be a part of something so very new and different. I was offered two jobs: judging roles on both Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. It was a very hard decision for me to make. I loved both concepts, and I had worked for so long with Lythgoe. But I had also worked with Conrad Green, the executive producer of Dancing With the Stars. In the end, I chose Dancing With the Stars.
I was so thrilled to be part of this new craze of dance shows that were just becoming popular. And look at us now! Dance is mainstream. Dance has become almost as popular as our sports. It’s become a major part of pop culture and people now talk the language of dance. I can bring up dance at a dinner table and everyone chimes in, all generations and all walks of life. Dancers are now respected as athletes and artists. It has been a beautiful evolution for my dance community, the community I have lived in for most of my adult life. And the best part is that people now know the incredible power of dance. The celebrities who have done our show have all experienced firsthand the joy, the pain, the thrill, the emotional freedom, the physical power and the transformational power of dance. They know now what I have known for most of my life. Dance heals. Dance empowers. Dance expresses what words cannot. And our audience, our beautiful extended family has experienced it all too, and they also have been able to enjoy those incredible artistic creations and performances throughout the past 20 seasons. They’ve witnessed the power, beauty and joy of dancing, and they have embraced it. They have embraced us.
Lots more at Parade. I thought she looked stunning last night on the 10th Anniversary show. I loved these photos…
Awww, I’m going to miss these two!! #GoneTooSoon #SoCreative
Did you watch the Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Show? If so, what did you think? What were your favorite dances? Any thoughts?
I’m in the middle of watching it right now! I am LOVING IT!! It’s so good to see everyone. I loved Mark and Derek/Sasha’s dance with their former partners. I loved seeing Alfonso & Witney and Maks & Meryl! More in comments later.
Below are some performance videos from the show courtesy of @idolxfactor1….
Dancing Through The Decades
Who would have thought Dancing With The Stars would have the longevity like that Pink Energizer Bunny! It just keeps going and going and going…… If I have my way and the dancing gods (and ABC) cooperate, the show will be wound up for another ten years! I think that is not out of the realm of possibility. But, it’s up to all of you. Viewership must remain strong! It must continue to be a force in the dancing universe! The show is as golden as it was ten years ago. The opening number on Monday’s show was a golden depiction replete with golden gowns!
I will have a special writing dedicated to tonight’s Tenth Anniversary Special! I cannot wait to see this magnificent spectacle devoted to the juggernaut Dancing With the Stars has become. From its humble beginnings to now, it is a golden show!
Monday night’s show had an appropriate theme because of the decade the show has been on the air. Please join me as we go:
Dancing Through The Decades
Five, four, three, two, one! Cue the dancers in golden hue!
Cue the hosts! Cue the judges! Cue our dancing appetites!
The audience whipped into a frenzy, excitement building!
The atmosphere is electric, like a trillion mega-watt bulbs! Read more..
Sharna Burgess has written a new blog at Closer Weekly. She writes of the challenges of putting together her and Noah’s routines for Dancing With The Stars Week 7. She also talks on her “saddest moment” last night which is the same as many of ours.
Once Noah put on his costume he fell perfectly into character with such confidence and swag. He truly held his own while having the troupe dancing around him. He wants to continue in the compeition so badly — I couldn’t ask for a better partner. One of my favorite moments from past week was when I came to rehearsal to find out that Noah had arrived early to practice his steps by himself. He makes me so proud!
My saddest moment this week was seeing Mark Ballas and Willow Shields go home. I was shocked, as she has been so strong this season — especially since she’s only 14-years-old! Mark’s dances have been so creative and I am so proud of what he has achieved.
Next week’s dance theme is ‘America’s Choice’ — and we will be dancing the Tango to ‘Geronimo’ by Sheppard. I’m so happy we get to dance another traditional ballroom dance! Send us your thoughts and ideas for the dance concept via Twitter and Instagram. There are also trio dances next week and we have Emma Slater as our partner!
More at Closer Weekly including some fun photos.
How about some breathtaking photos from Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Week 7? To see more, click on the photos. Beautiful!
This is such a cute interview with Sasha Farber. So humble as ever. (try and ignore Billy and Kit though )
USA Today has a cool report posted on the Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Show. Here is some more information for what to expect tonight…
The special, taped last week and airing Tuesday (8 p.m. ET/PT), includes a group dance with seven NFL stars and a gold football, to the rearranged tune of Monday Night Football’s opening theme; first-season winner Kelly Monaco and pro Val Chmerkovskiy re-creating an earlier dance, stripping to a bikini and Speedos, as they splash on a water-soaked platform; and Patti LaBelle singing Lady Marmalade, backed by fellow Dancing alums Amber Riley and Lil’ Kim.
The taping closed with a group finale that featured more than 50 stars, pros and judges from the series’ 20 seasons crowding the dance floor.
“It was wonderful to look across from the judges (table) and see all the alumni from previous seasons. I forgot that so many people had been on our show,” says judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who has been present for every Dancing show. “It was fun to see Marlee Matlin out there again, what a wonderful woman. Having Amy Purdy back in the ballroom, she’s one of my all-time favorites. Apollo Anton Ohno sitting next to me.”
Celebrities say they also enjoyed the reunion for a one-time huge hit that still draws a solid audience.
“Next time they shouldn’t wait so long. We love each other. When you do that show, you become a family,” says singer Gladys Knight, who took a leap of faith to compete in Season 14. “It was totally out of my comfort zone. The Pips were the dancers. But it was an awesome experience.”
Longtime pro Karina Smirnoff, who performed in the football dance, says she choreographed it in a way to honor Dancing’s long run.
“I wanted to pay homage to moments that were memorable within their seasons, so that’s why I had Jacoby (Jones) jump over my head and had the move with Donald (Driver) where I held my ankles and he twirled me around, says Smirnoff, who is not competing this season. “It allows people to not only enjoy their dancing on the (anniversary special) but it reminds them of what these guys did on the show during their seasons.”
What’s the damn theme for this week?? America’s choice?? :::sigh:::
Vogue: According to our new Media post, the couples have a TRIO dance for next week too.
ETA: Vogue here again. I just did a run through of twitter accounts and instagrams. Below is some more dance info in red.
ETA2: Court hopping in Filling in some of the blanks on the trio dances – we’re about 90% sure on Rumer’s trio pro, but we do know for sure that she was the only one who picked a pro/troupe member of the same sex. Read more..