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DWTS Pros Tony Dovolani, Kym Johnson, And Louis Van Amstel Review Monday’s Final Dances

So, how does Louis Van Amstel feel on the dances on Dancing With The Stars last night and who will win? Below is his take from ABC on the freestyle dances and his overall opinion for who will win.

William Levy and Cheryl Burke’s Freestyle. It was a good dance, but for a Freestyle it was a little too normal. I think we all expect something different from any other dance we have seen. What I like seeing is that William is just having a good time. Will it be enough to win? It depends on whether Katherine or Donald will dance as if their life depended on it. In a way I have to agree a little bit with Len, it was a bit predictable. I would have given this three “9s.”

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas’s Freestyle. Now, that’s a Freestyle! It was very entertaining and well thought out, taking us back to the forties. From the music and costumes to the choreography, this Freestyle had the ingredients to be successful. From an energy perspective, I believe that this was Katherine’s most open and exuberant performance so far. Very well done. I totally agree with Bruno, Carrie Ann and Len. This is the first performance I agree with the scoring. This was worthy of three “10s.”

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd’s Freestyle. Wow, Donald! What can I say?! Every time I see Donald on the dance floor I feel like I’m watching a kid in a candy store and that’s the quality we all fell in love with. He’s so committed and willing to try anything. In this Freestyle, Donald danced as if his life depended on it. This was the energy I was missing in Round One from all celebs. Like with Katherine, this was a true Freestyle with all the right ingredients. It was very original. Again, I totally agreed with the judges.

Overall. Who Will Win?

After a great first round and an amazing Freestyle round, I would rank Donald and Katherine as a very close first and second, and then William in third place. That doesn’t mean that tomorrow night things can’t change. It’s still too close to call. No couple can rest on their laurels and take it easy tomorrow. I hope you guys voted!

I have to say I completely agree with him this time. What do you think?

Also, below is Tony Dovolani and Kym Johnson with their thoughts on the night on Good Morning America today. They can’t pick the winner because they love them all, but, they think Katherine has the edge.;

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Stay tuned. Miss Heidi’s Number Prediction post is coming up and it’s always fun! xx

May 22, 2012 I Written By

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DWTS Season 14 Finals Media: Dances For 24 Hour Dance Challenge Revealed

Wow, what a night that ended with a bang! Let’s go straight to the On The Red Carpet interviews with George Pennacchio to get the couples reactions! Picture courtesy of ABC.

William explained the victory symbol after he and Cheryl’s freestyle. They explain the 24 Hour Dance Challenge as well. They picked the Salsa. William is happy whether he wins or not tonight. Cheryl lists her celebrity picks for the all star season.

Mark and Katherine will be dancing the Jive tonight for their instant dance. They are happy with their scores last night. They both feel they best they could do and that’s all that matters. It’s in the fans hands now. Mark tells his choices for next season’s all stars.

Peta and Donald picked the Cha Cha tonight for their 24 hour dance challenge. They had so much fun last night. Their freestyle was dangerous, but, she trusted Donald to pull off the tricks. They feel they did everything they could do. Peta also tells who she’d like to see come back for the All Star season.

Below are the Access Hollywood and ET Online interviews….

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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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 14 Finals Music

The Dancing with the Stars season 14 final is already here. Unbelievable how a season passes so quickly. The DWTS Season 14 finale music is here also!! You can see the full list of Dancing with the Stars Music from the entire DWTS Season 14 season. Here’s the list from tonight’s show:

William & Cheryl danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Raise Your Glass” Raise Your Glass - Greatest Hits...So Far!!!—P!nk
William & Cheryl danced a Freestyle to the song “Objection (Tango)” Objection (Tango) - Laundry Service—Shakira
Katherine & Mark danced a Paso Doble to the song “España Cañí” Espana Cani - Fiesta!—Erich Kunzel
Katherine & Mark danced a Freestyle to the song “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) - Swingsation: Benny Goodman—Benny Goodman
Donald & Peta danced a Argentine Tango to the song “They” They - Finally Woken—Jem
Donald & Peta danced a Freestyle to the song “I Play Chicken with the Train” I Play Chicken With the Train - Loco Motive—Cowboy Troy

I know others will make (of have made) their DWTS winner prediction, but I’m predicting Donald and Peta to take home the mirror ball trophy. Packer Nation, don’t let me down.

May 21, 2012 I Written By

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DWTS 14 Week 10 – Power Rankings for the Finale

For a second there, I was sure this night was a complete wash…and then Donald reaffirmed my faith in humanity with one of the most adorable freestyles I’ve ever seen on the show :-D

Not a whole lot to say that most of you haven’t already said on Twitter – there was definite overscoring going on (William), and definite underscoring going on (Donald), but in the end, I doubt the scores are going to matter a ton…because this seems like it’s going to be the fanbase battle royale for the MBT.  And if the response I saw after one couple’s freestyle was any indicator – I think they’re a shoo-in for the MBT ;-) Let’s do things in reverse tonight, starting with who I’m predicting for the 3rd place finisher…

3rd place: Katherine & Mark

Honestly, it were up to me, these two would be a definite 2nd place – but I’ve got a gut feeling that they may have gotten a little lost in the shuffle tonight, in between the judges’ golden boy and the charismatic dark horse.  I thought her paso was pretty damn good – she definitely danced with more assuredness and confidence than her first paso, and the choreo was clean, proper, and exciting.  My only complaint: it seemed to highlight Mark more than Kath, but I guess I can’t fault them too much, as paso is really the man’s dance…which just further drives the point home for me that the judges kinda screwed her a bit when they gave her the paso in the first place.  As for their freestyle – I have to commend Mark for returning to the tried-and-true formula for freestyle success: he picked something that was relevant to his celebrity, he made sure it was high-energy, and he included quite a bit of actual ballroom steps to please Len.  I think it would have been a strong competition for Donald, if only Kath hadn’t lost a bit of steam in the middle and gotten a bit stuck in the lifts.  But I liked the flapper theme, and thought Kath singing at the beginning was a great way to really make the routine relevant to her – I just wish Mark had toned it down a bit, so she could have actually made it all the way through the dance with the same high level of energy.  Ok, so they’ve got the high score – but it’s only one point more than the other 2, so it may as well be nothing…and I’m sorry, as gorgeous and talented as I think Kath is, I don’t think she can compete with the raging hormones of Willy’s fans or the magnetic personality that Donald’s fans are drawn to.  Like Ricki last season, who also had the high score after the first night of the finale (and also the first dance of the 2nd night), I think Kath may be relegated to 3rd :-( However, I would love to be wrong and have her take 2nd…provided it bumps Willy into 3rd ;-)

2nd place: William & Cheryl

I guess hoping that the overscoring would stop in the finale was wishful thinking, as I was not particularly wowed by either of Willy’s dances tonight…and the fault for that lies more with Cheryl than anyone else.  William didn’t mess up, and what he did in both of his dances was technically good – he even looked liked he was having fun, which was something I had yet to see from him this season.  But here’s the problem: the level of difficulty for both of his routines was pretty pathetic…and I genuinely feel sorry for the guy, because I think Cheryl really let him down with the choreography tonight.  Their cha-cha just felt like a recycled version of their first cha-cha, which wasn’t very impressive in terms of choreography – his hip action seemed better this time around, and he seemed more relaxed, but there was nothing particularly impactful or exciting about it.  He could have handled more – but Cheryl didn’t give it to him.  And I’m sorry, but if another contestant pulls a Miss Cleo and predicts exactly what you’ll do in your freestyle (Donald knows what’s up), then you’re probably a one-trick pony without much of an edge.  Sorry, but this freestyle was a cop-out – I’m all for picking something relevant to your partner, but this felt like nothing different than what I’ve been seeing the past 9 weeks: a bunch of gyrations, dips, ass shaking, and vaguely salsa-y moves.  Even the lifts were pretty elementary – William’s a muscular guy, and he could have handled more heavy lifting.  He didn’t mess up, and he seemed to have fun – but the choreography didn’t show me that he was really a great dancer. Overall, at the end of it, I was just kinda left saying “So what else is new?” But I’ve got a feeling that hormones will prevail tomorrow night, and at least carry William into the final two…with his complacent partner, who probably didn’t even bother choreographing anything truly innovative, because she knew they’d be overscored anyway – just like they’ve been all season.

The Winner: Donald & Peta

The last remaining couple untainted by the fishy overscoring of this season – and thankfully, I think they came across as the most likeable, as well :-D While I SOMEWHAT agreed with Len that their Argentine tango was a tad on the safe side, I still think it was underscored, given that William & Cheryl just regurgitated their first week cha-cha (which is probably the ultimate “safe” move), and the first go-round, Len bitched that their Argentine tango “lacked content”.  So they gave him more content…and now it’s “too safe?” Poor Donald just can’t win with Len.  Whatever.  Len sure couldn’t bitch & moan after that freestyle they did, though – it was EASILY the best of the night, as the energy was through the roof and stayed there the entire routine, and Donald totally pwned those lifts.  And really – who would have guessed that Donald would pull out the country card and get out there and line dance? That was fresh & unexpected – yet somehow still strangely relevant to Donald, as I think it really showed us how multi-talented he is…and a goofball, at that :-P I’ve got a good feeling about tomorrow night, that justice will somehow prevail and the grand plans of TPTB will be squashed by a legion of fed-up fans voting for the little Quickie That Could…suck it, Univision merger ;-)

So who do you guys think will walk away with the MBT tomorrow? And how do you think this “24 hour dance challenge” will turn out? If they don’t rank the routines (30, 28, 26), I’m totally predicting they cop-out and give all three of them 30’s, just like instant samba last season.  But aside from that…which returning stars are you most looking forward to seeing? I’m all about some Jack, Gladys, & Roshon, myself ;-)

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Dancing With The Stars Pros And Stars Grace 2012 Billboard Music Awards Red Carpet

Last night, dance pros and stars of Dancing With The Stars currently and in the past graced the Red Carpet for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM in Las Vegas. Below are Lacey Schwimmer, Gladys Knight, Gavin Degraw, and Julianne Hough. You can see a slew of more pictures covering the night at Zimbio Pictures. Gorgeous!

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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 Season 14 Some Final Thoughts From Judge Carrie Anne Inaba

Carrie Anne Inaba was a guest on “What’s The Buzz” today. Once again, she gives William the edge. If Katherine could bring back the confidence, she could be a force. She thinks Donald needs to work on his story lines and his arms (I’m sorry, but his story lines and arms are fine to me). She also has some thoughts on the All-Star season.

It’s almost showtime!! :)

Thanks to XKorita05 for the video!!

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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.

Louis Van Amstel’s Thoughts Before The Final Dances On Dancing With The Stars

Hollywood.com gets Louis Van Amstel’s thoughts and predictions for the Dancing With The Stars Season 14 Finals. He thinks they “all deserve to win”. Below is a take from the link…

If you needed any proof that this is true, Amstel encourages you to look at each of the couples’ track record. “None of the three celebrities have been in the bottom two,” he says. “That’s why it’s such a crazy final. They’ve all never been in the bottom three and they’re all lovely people.” America’s going to have their work cut out for them come tomorrow night.

Get Personal
Sure, this may be the most unpredictable season of all time, but that’s all the more reason these contestants need to be on the top of their game and bring everything they’ve got to the dance floor — both technically and personally. Amstel advises each couple to put their best foot forward (literally) while also showcasing their lovable characteristics. “They all need to make sure that they show their personality,” he says. “It’s not just a dance competition, and that’s weird for me to say. It is also the high energy, making sure you still enjoy it. Let people know that you enjoy it.”

Live Young, Wild & Free-style
For their final performances, the three remaining couples will be asked to tackle the ever-exciting, no holds barred Freestyle routine, which will give everyone their own unique chance to shine. “Everyone has a chance to make it or break it, so there’s a lot of extra pressure on the pros to make sure those freestyles are the highlight of the evening,” Amstel says. “Last week everybody, in my opinion, was held back. You could see that they were over-thinking. They have to show their personality, put their hearts on the line and show them what they’re made of because this is the week they can take the trophy home.”

I totally agree with the bolded text above, do you? Not only do we need to see perfection tonight, they can’t over-think it (like we’ve seen Katherine especially do).

You can read his full take at Hollywood.com.

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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.

Bruno Tonioli Discusses What Each Couple Needs To Do To Win DWTS, More Rehearsal Interviews

Extra went into rehearsals to see if the couples would give them any hints about their freestyles tonight for Dancing With The Stars. William and Cheryl will wear a shirt and pants (what?). Peta says their freestyle will be out of she and Donald’s element. It will also get everyone dancing. Katherine never thought she’d be dancing in the finals. Sorry, as you can see, not many hints were given.

Also, Bruno was interviewed at the Grove by Mario Lopez. He tells Mario to expect “absolute and utter sensation” on Dancing With The Stars tonight (and here I thought I was excited! 8O ). He explains to Mario what each couple needs to do tonight to win the Mirror Ball. See if you agree and lots more below….

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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 Season 14 Stats Class – Week 10: The Finals!

Here we go, the last week of the season. Week 10. The following are the dances that the couples are slated to do over the course of Monday/Tuesday:
– Judges Choice: the judges get choose a dance that they would like to the couples to conquer again and the couples will perform it to new music and new choreography
– Freestyle: The anything goes dance… do I really need to describe this to you guys?
– 24-hour Challenge: The couples are allowed to pick a dance but are not given the music until 24-hours before Tuesday night’s show (something similar to the dance off where couples are working on routines/dances the night before Tuesday night’s show)

One thing I want to gripe about is why not have the couple do a dance that they have yet to do? For example Donald has set to do the Salsa, while William is missing a Waltz and Katherine the Tango… I think it would be fairer to give them all new dances… but that’s just me. Ah well. In any case:

DISCLAIMER: At the time of this writing, according to Wikipedia Katherine and Mark are doing the Rumba for their “judges choice” dance, so if there are any changes I may not be able to get to them prior to the show time… and I apologize.

UPDATE: I have updated the Predicted Scores with Katherine’s dance the Paso Doble

WILLIAM LEVY
Dance 1: Cha-Cha
Average Scores:
– Age: 27.190
– Occupation: 24.500
– Professional Partner: 27.000
Predicted Score: 26

Dance 2: Freestyle
Average Scores:
– Age: 28.059
– Occupation: 28.000
– Professional Partner: 28.600
Predicted Score: 28

Predicted Rank: 3rd
Comments: Getting a dance that he did earlier in the season bodes well for William, since he did a Cha-Cha in Week 1 there is a very good chance that he could show off just how much he has improved since then. The other two actors in their 30s that did the Cha-Cha this late in the season:
– Season 3’s Mario Lopez got a 29
– Season 13’s David Arquette got a 24
Personally William is a stronger dancer than David, but not the same caliber as Mario… so getting a 29 would be difficult for me to fathom unless he knocks it out of the park. As for the freestyle:
– Season 3’s Mario Lopez received a 30
– Season 8’s Gilles Marini received a 28
Ironically, both ended up being runners up in their respective seasons… William could end up being a runner up in the current season, but it is hard to tell at this juncture.

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Dance Junkies TV Discuss The Dancing With The Stars Finals And Pick Who Will Win

Need a dance discussion fix before show time? If so, Stuart Brazell, Rib Hillis, and Elena Grinenko of Dance Junkies TV discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each of the contestants leading up to the finale of Dancing With The Stars. They also pick who they think will win it all. Stuart thinks it will be “guy” to win and it will be between Donald and William (I can understand her conflictions. I love both as well). Rib picks Donald to win the Mirror Ball based on fan base, but, enjoys William’s dancing the most. Elena says it will come down to the Freestyle. Don’t discount Mark because he always comes up with the best freestyles. Lots more from this fun trio in depth below….

Stay tuned. It sounds like Rib and Stuart are going to be dancing for us in the future while Elena gives some advise. That will be fun!

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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.