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DWTS14 Week 6 Melissa Gilbert Dishes On The Viennese Waltz, The Dance Duel, and More

Melissa Gilbert tells TV Guide that even though the Viennese Waltz is a slower dance the learning process hasn’t been any easier. Despite that, Melissa says the dance is going “really well” and she’s having a lot of fun. That’s one major thing I’ve loved about Melissa and her spirit through out the season is that she’s having so much fun on this show no matter what’s thrown at her. She seems to understand and get along with Maks more than many of his partners too. Details below on how rehearsals are going as well her thoughts on the Dance Duel and the judges scorings….

How’s the Viennese waltz going? You finally get to do a slow dance!
Gilbert: [Laughs] We’ve had every fast dance there is! … We get to slow down a little bit here, but it’s not any easier. It’s going really well. I’m really having fun with this. It’s Motown Week. We’re dancing to Smokey Robinson singing “Oh, Baby, Baby” live. I’m so excited! Maks choreographed an amazingly beautiful waltz — even he was smiling! We are in hold more and it’s coming a little more easily than the quickstep. … The quickstep seemed impossible, but it definitely prepped me for this. I have to be reminded sometimes. That’s why the pros are so amazing. They can multitask; they talk to us all during the dances. “Hold, frame, pelvis.” In my case, “step.” The hardest part for me, honestly, with almost every dance is the huge height difference between Maks and me. It’s unusual for a dance couple to have almost a full foot of height between them. For every one stride he takes, I take two.

Does that boost your confidence? Do you think you can avoid the next two Duels?
Gilbert: I don’t know. I still feel like it’s anybody’s game. We never know week to week who’s going to at their best and who’s gonna be at their worst. The only thing that’s been steady is Maks and me getting 7s! [Laughs] The scores are up to the judges. I get what they’re saying to a certain extent. I have been really uncomfortable in the past, but not so much anymore. I had a blast last week.

The past two weeks, they’ve told you it’s your best dance yet and then they give you 7s.
Gilbert: [Laughs] “This is your moment, Melissa!” And then “Seven!” I’m confused. It’s a mixed message, that’s for sure. It’s hard not to find it disheartening. It’s hard to take it gracefully initially, but 24 hours later, I’m over it and you move on. Next dance! I know that there was a lot of concern among the fans, just from reading Twitter, that their votes were essentially being taken away and put back in the hands of the judges. I understand the logic of the Dance Duel. I think it’s experimental. It’s certainly suspenseful. Derek was running back and forth, like, “This is not good. This is not good.”… It’s just nerve-wracking. The looks on everyone’s faces were just awful.

If you’d like to read more of Melissa’s thoughts on Gavin’s elimination, Maks, why she cries so easily, and more, go to TV Guide.

UPDATE: People has posted a last minute blog from Melissa before showtime. In it, Melissa writes of the emotional aspect of doing Dancing With The Stars which she compares to getting “sober”. After you read what she writes, you’ll understand what she means. More below and at the link.

What I was not ready for is the emotional toll this experience is taking. I’ve always believed that we grow the most from the biggest challenges in our lives. The good times are our chance to breathe and appreciate our lives but the hard stuff is, in many ways, more important.

I’m sure I’m growing right now in unimaginable ways. It seems that every day I am stripped down to my most vulnerable and unguarded self. My emotions are raw and unpredictable. The closest thing I can compare this to emotionally is getting sober. I remember those first days, the rush of feelings I was experiencing with no way to shut them off or numb them.

I am still sober, and now I’m in this competition that forces all emotions right to the surface. It’s taken me nearly eight years as a sober person to control the flood of feelings. Now every day is a full-on emotional rollercoaster complete with elation, depression, confusion, self-doubt, rage, accomplishment, failure, bargaining, sorrow, laughter. All of it. The amazing part is that I don’t know moment to moment what will come next.

My poor family. I’m a battered zombie who eats all of the food. My boyfriend has seen me cry more times in past three weeks than in the entire time we’ve known each other. And Maks … Maks gets most of my time and has become the person who has to deal with it all the most. We are together more than most couples. In a very few short weeks we have become very, very close. So close that we trigger each other daily. Poor Maks is having a recurring nightmare about me. His eye is starting to twitch.

And how do I feel about him? Alternately, I want to strangle him or hug him. Every few minutes of every day. He is brilliant, difficult, smart, funny, charming, petulant, generous to a fault, funny and demanding.

I am so hoping for a break through with these two tonight? Come on Melissa! You can do it!

April 23, 2012 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.

Celebrities And Pros Represent Dancing With The Stars At John Wayne Cancer Odyssey Ball

Katherine Jenkins (pictured above) as well as Mark Ballas, Peta Murgatroyd, Tony Dovolani, Martina Navratilova, Bruno Tonioli, and Donald Driver represented Dancing With The Stars in fine form at the John Wayne Cancer Institute 27th Annual Odyssey Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California over the weekend. You can see a whole slew of pictures of them as well as other giving celebrities from this charity event at Wire Image. Proceeds from the event went “to the understanding and curing of cancer in order to eliminate patient suffering worldwide”. You can read more about this mission and how you can help here.

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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.

DWTS Make-Up Team Releases More Behind The Scenes Photos From Week 5

Yesterday, the Make-up team for Dancing With The Stars released some more “behind the scenes” photos from Week 5. If only we could be a fly on a wall as they go through the process of getting ready for the show, hmm? Below are just a few of the new pictures. You can view all 109 pics from this fun album here. I just wish they had some pictures of Derek, Maria, Tristan, Mark, William, and more of the troupe members? Maybe next time?

April 22, 2012 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.

ABC Releases DWTS Press Release For Next Week’s Entertainment, Dances, and More!

ABC MediaNet has released an official press statement for the entertainment for next week’s Dancing With The Stars. “Motown Legends” Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and Martha Reeves will all be performing Monday night as well as Australia’s hot pop group, “Human Nature”. Heads up “Boyz II Men” fans! They will be performing on the Results show Tuesday Night. Below are more details including info on the couples dances and the following week’s “Classical” theme. Note how Dancing With The Stars pros Dmitry, Val, Louis, and Anna will all be returning to dance again. It’s going to be a fun week! Lots on tap! ADDING Important Note: Also (as @ElmariL was just reminding me at twitter), don’t forget and be forewarned there is a possible “Surprise” Double Elimination as our Miss Heidi reported in a previous post.

“Episode 1406 & 1406A” – This week’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars” presents a Motown special with live performances from Motown legends Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and Martha Reeves throughout the evening. The legends kick off the show, performing an unforgettable live Motown medley accompanied by the Troupe. For the first time ever, each artist will perform with the talented “DWTS” band and musical director Harold Wheeler before each of the remaining eight couples begin their competitive dance. During a special performance with dancers Anna Trebunskaya and Val Chmerkovskiy, Smokey Robinson will perform his No.1 hit song, “Tears of a Clown.” Also joining in on the excitement is vocal group Human Nature, performing some of Motown’s most popular hits throughout the evening. And to finish the show we will feature a special Motown Dance Marathon, where the couples will be showing off their classic dance moves from the Motown era, MONDAY, APRIL 23 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.

During Tuesday’s show, Best-selling R&B group of all-time Boyz II Men returns to the ballroom with an incredible performance of their latest single, “One More Dance,” off their landmark 20th anniversary album,” Twenty.” Their performance will be accompanied by Dmitry Chaplin and Anna Trebunskaya. The show will open with an amazing number from the Troupe, Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd, Louis Van Amstel and Snejana Petrova, featuring a medley of Motown hit songs. This week’s “AT&T’s Spotlight Performance” spotlights the beautiful story of Michaela DePrince. And this week’s “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance is the long awaited television debut of the hottest new contemporary dance company in America, Shaping Sound. The dance performance is choreographed by and features Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini and Teddy Forance. The performance is a special preview of the following week’s Classical theme with an arrangement recorded by Aston, a classical group from Sydney, Australia, that create symphonic masterpieces out of pop music. The Dance Duel continues, and this week the bottom two couples will dance the Jive to the same song at the same time as the judges decide who the next eliminated couple will be, TUESDAY, APRIL 24 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.

You can read the full press release at ABC MediaNet.

April 20, 2012 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.

DWTS Behind the Scenes on 20/20

This is pretty hilarious – can’t wait to see the whole thing on Monday night. I looked and didn’t see where Vogue had posted this – think it just came out an hour ago if the tags are right. :-)

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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. :-)

NEW MIDWAY POLL: Vote For Your Top Four Favorite Couples Currently On Dancing With The Stars

If interested, let’s do a Poll and get some general averages on the Top 4 favored couples currently on Dancing With The Stars Season 14. Directions: All you have to do is vote FOUR times in the Poll below for your current FOUR favorites. To have even more fun with this, be sure to let us know who you picked in the comments section. ;) Special Note: Remember as you read and watch the results of the Poll that they aren’t always a correct reflection of how fans feel since a few fans like to try and manipulate the results :roll: as our Miss Heidi has warned us of in the past, but, we’ve done our best technically to stop that from happening. Anyway, have fun and VOTE VOTE VOTE!!

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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.