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….
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!
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.
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!!
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?
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!
So we’re at the halfway point in the competition – 5 more weeks to go, and there’s still 8 couples left…seems like a lot, but I guess numerically it makes sense. We’ve got party anthem night this coming Monday, Latin night the following Monday, and then who knows. Will the guest judges cease once we hit week 8? Will the themes cease? When’s the team dance? What other funky sh*t are they gonna throw our way between now and the finale?
I don’t have ALL of the answers, but I’ll try and paint the clearest picture I can of the remainder of the season. Here’s the list of what the remaining couples have left to dance in the coming weeks – I’ve already removed their party anthem week dances, so consider this the remaining dances for Latin week onward. I’ve added a bit of my own commentary as well. And because I’m nice, I did it both a list format AND a handy-dandy chart. I have a question mark by the Viennese waltz (see why below) and I honestly doubt we’ll see anyone else doing the swing this season, but I went ahead and included it since we did see it from two couples already.
Meryl & Maks – remaining regular dances: rumba, paso doble, jive, waltz, quickstep, Viennese waltz; “other” dances: contemporary, jazz, salsa
Kinda interesting how Meryl & Maks have basically done two of everything: two Latin dances, two ballroom dances, and two “other” dances – probably the most evenly divided-up of all the couples, and gives them the greatest variety of dances left to do heading into the second half of the competition. I don’t see her necessarily struggling technically with any of the dances she has left – but I do think some of the relentless shippers have built up their rumba so much in their heads that they’re going to be disappointed if they do anything short of making out on the dance floor. I also think Maks’ skills as a choreographer might make some of these styles questionable – I’m highly skeptical of how he’ll do with contemporary & jazz. I’m also wondering if he’ll be able to resist the urge to waste time in their quickstep – that seems to be one dance where he seems to love throwing in long sections of running up and down the stairs or fiddling with props.
Charlie & Sharna – remaining regular dances: samba, paso doble, waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, Viennese waltz; “other” dances: salsa, Argentine tango, swing
Charlie’s only burned through one ballroom dance so far, and I think he has the potential to really kill it with the ones he has left – if Sharna can choreograph some impactful routines. Kinda glad he got rumba out of the way already, since he seems a tad uncomfortable with the really lovey-dovey dances; I think he’ll probably handle Argentine tango better, because it has such a strong technique component and it moves faster. But I’m fully expecting rumba to crop up again for him as his “redemption dance”. I’m hoping he can really summon some rage (does this kid even have an angry bone in his body? ) for the paso doble, as that’s one dance that I see going completely against character for him.
James & Peta – remaining dances: cha-cha, samba, rumba, paso doble, waltz, Viennese waltz; “other” dances: jazz, Argentine tango, swing
Unlike a lot of the others, who have burned through almost all of their Latin dances, James has actually gotten all but one (maybe two) of the ballroom dances out of the way, and still has 4 Latin dances to work with – and considering he handled his salsa & jive pretty damn well, he could potentially ace the Latin dances he has left and really build some momentum headed into the finale. I’m hoping Peta learned her lesson with the judges during switch week, and is able to choreograph a really by-the-book rumba for James; maybe getting hosed during a week when nobody actually got sent home was a blessing in disguise for James. I’m thinking his Argentine tango has the potential to make jaws drop – he’s proven he can handle complex choreography and can commit fully to the mood of each dance.
Amy & Derek – remaining regular dances: samba, rumba, paso doble, tango, foxtrot, quickstep, Viennese waltz; “other” dances: Argentine tango, jazz
I love Amy to bits, but YIKES – I worry that they got the majority of the dances that were going to be easier for her out of the way early, and now she’s stuck with the stuff that may prove pretty difficult on prostheses. She’s probably going to struggle with tango, since she can’t really pivot; I think quickstep & Viennese waltz could cause problems since they involve crossing one ankle over the other at some point; rumba will probably cause problems due to the hip action; she might actually be able to do samba decently, since she is actually able to bend her knees and has a strong core from which she can get the bounce, but pivoting steps like samba runs may be out of the question. Argentine tango? I’m having nightmares of her getting her feet tangled up during one of the sequences of footwork. I’m hoping Derek has got some serious tricks up his sleeve, because I think Amy’s going to really need them in the coming weeks.
Danica & Val – remaining regular dances: rumba, paso doble, waltz, tango, Viennese waltz; “other” dances: salsa, jazz, Argentine tango, swing
Danica is one big puzzle to me – I don’t think she technically struggles with any of the dances (she’s conveniently overcome her arm problem), but at the same time I don’t feel like she really masters any of the dances like Meryl & Charlie, either. I think she may hit a snag with the rumba as she seems to obsess over dance steps, and rumba is one dance where you have to let go a bit and just let the emotion take over. I don’t really have a whole lot else to say about Danica – she’s not the best for me, but not the worst; and she’s not really leaving a very lasting impression on me, either way. Bad?
Candace & Mark – remaining regular dances: paso doble, waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz; “other” dances: salsa, jazz, Argentine tango, swing
Thankfully, she’s gotten most of the Latin out of the way – she really only has paso doble & salsa left to contend with. I think she’ll handle the ballroom better than the Latin, but I still worry that the judges are just gonna nitpick her to death like they did with her quickstep, because they’ve decided she’s disposable. Will be interested to see if they let her do jazz at some point – with the season half over and the theme weeks winding down, I’m wondering if we’ll begin to see less jazz & contemporary. I think she & Mark would knock the jazz out of the park – so if she does get to do it (maybe as a trio dance?) I think it has the potential to be a comeback for her.
NeNe & Tony – remaining dances: samba, paso doble, waltz, tango, quickstep, Viennese waltz; “other” dances: contemporary, Argentine tango, swing
Well NeNe’s burned through all but two of the Latin dances , and she has only managed to check one hardcore ballroom dance off the list…seems like there’s not a whole lot of flashy dances left for her to really sell. And I’m not sure that samba & paso doble are going to be ones that she can really “wing it” with – samba’s heavy on the technique, and paso doble is heavy on the aggression. IF she survives this week – and that’s a big IF – it looks like it’s gonna be a pretty bumpy road for her from here on out.
Drew & Cheryl - remaining dances: samba, rumba, paso doble, foxtrot, Viennese waltz; “other” dances: salsa, contemporary, jazz, Argentine tango, swing
I’m afraid things don’t look particularly easy for Drew, either – the dreaded samba is in the mix, as well as the nitpicky-on-technique rumba. He only has one or two ballroom dances left, and oddly enough, he’s the only contestant left that hasn’t done at least one “extra” dance – he’s the only that has only done real competition dances so far. Can’t decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing – did I read somewhere that Cheryl’s not really fond of contemporary and/or jazz?
Other random thoughts…
Where the hell are the paso doble & the Viennese waltz??? Since paso doble has been included in every season since season 1, I highly doubt they’ve scrapped it as one of the regular dances this season – I’m guessing that the theme weeks thus far just have not really been conducive to the aggressive feel of the paso (think personal story week, Disney week, and party anthems week). We’ll probably have a pretty paso doble-heavy Latin week – for some couples, it’s one of only two Latin dances they even have left to do. Now as for the Viennese waltz – we may or may not see it this season. The fact that we haven’t seen a single one yet (while we have seen two standard waltzes) makes me wonder if they decided to cut this season down to just waltz, or maybe have the couples do only one type of waltz through the course of the season (either waltz OR Viennese waltz – not both). They’ve done it in previous seasons – there’s been seasons with only the waltz, seasons with only the Viennese waltz, seasons where the couples did both, and seasons where they only did one or the other. Guess we’ll just have to wait & see what kind of season this is – I personally prefer the Viennese waltz, because I find it more exciting to watch, but obviously I’m not the one in charge (despite what some fringe fans seem to think)…
What about the team dances? I’m hearing week 7, which is Latin week – which means that the team dances will most likely be Latin dances (my money’s on either both teams doing cha-cha, or one team doing cha-cha and the other doing paso doble), and one team will have 3 couples while the other has 4. They’ll most likely get picked immediately after Monday night’s show, and then go straight to rehearsal. If they follow the scheme of previous seasons, then the two contestants with the highest cumulative score will serve as the team captains – as it stands right now, that’s Meryl (134 total points) and Charlie (131 total points) – but the scores they get Monday night could change that (I doubt it will, but the possibility is there). They’ve also done a coin toss and allowed the winner to either get first pick on the song or the team members, but that could change this season, too. I could go into great detail on all the things that could happen – but that’s best left to a “Team Dance Speculation” post coming up over the weekend
Are we going to see the trio dance again? Haven’t heard anything official, but I would assume so – it’s been too popular in the past 4 seasons to NOT do it. I’m guessing week 8, and as always, it will be either a Latin dance or jazz. I’m guessing they will still be able to pick from either a current troupe member (Sasha, Artem, Lindsay, or Jenna) or an eliminated pro from this season (Henry, Karina, Emma, Witney, or whichever pros are eliminated in weeks 6 & 7) as their third trio member. No, I have no reason to believe that Tristan/Chelsie/Anna/Gleb/etc. will be available as choices for the trios…and yes, there are fans that still think it’s a legit possibility.
Anything else coming up? Again, no official word, but I would expect to see the supersized freestyles again (cause they sure seem to love supersizing!) and either an instant dance and/or 24-hour dance challenge during finale week.
So what do you guys hope to see in the coming weeks? Who do you think has the right dances left to succeed this season – and who is screwed? And if you haven’t already, be sure to vote in Vogue’s new poll here!
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Below is a new Dancing With The Stars rehearsal interview with James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd. They talk of the pressure to stay on top since they received all 10′s this week. They also discuss their next dance which is the Quickstep. James says it’s very difficult so far. Watch to see why….
ETA: And just a bit more….
Cheers to our guest poet Lois! Below is another one of her fantastic poems in putting this past week’s dances all together “Disney” style….
THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL
The ballroom was electric, rocking a super-charged feel
The energy exploding with THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL
Animation was on full display, each dance like a movie
A Supercalifragilisticexpealadocious sight for us to see
The playlist of DISNEY songs brought many a wide smile
The opening, a treasured medley of DISNEY in grand style
THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL, each couple poised to go
Let’s rewind, review each couple’s grand DISNEY show
REEL NUMBER ONE
CHARLIE WHITE AND SHARNA BURGESS
FEATURING A RICHLY GREEN ATTIRED VILLAGE BAND
A SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPEALADOCIOUS JAZZ
A cane and umbrella were used as super-duper props
High-energy, eye-poppin, show-stoppin, jaw-droppin’.
REEL NUMBER TWO
DANICA MCKELLAR AND VAL CHMERKOVSKIY
FEATURING A WAIT STAFF SERVING THEIR GHESTS
A QUICKSTEP FEAST TO BE OUR GUEST
High-stepping, energetic, tasty, delicious feast
A knocking-out-of-the ballroom delectable treat
REEL NUMBER THREE
JAMES MASLOWE AND PETA MURGATROYD
FEATURING FROZEN ANIMATION
CONTEMPORARY DREAM TO LET IT GO
The mood, a breath of romanticism, of pure emotion
An artistic wonder, melting hearts, display of perfection
REEL NUMBER FOUR
DREW CAREY AND CHERYL BURKE
FEATURING AN ASSISTANCE FROM ALADDIN HIMSELF
A QUICKSTEP TO A FRIEND LIKE ME
Snappy, foot-tappy, happy Magic Carpet Ride
Full of Zip-A -Dee-Do-Do, a friendly celebration
REEL NUMBER FIVE
AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH
FEATURING A FANTASY BEFITTING CINDERELLA
A WALTZ TO SO THIS IS LOVE
She was a Princess at The Ball, Her Prince By Her Side
Sweetness, lovers in love, an elegant, magical illusion
REEL NUMBER SIX
CANDACE CAMERON AND MARK BALLAS
FEATURING A SEASHELL BACKDROP
A SAMBA TO UNDER THE SEA
A fun-filled, joyous Mermaid in skirt of grassy green
Her Lobster Prince dancing with her with Merry Glee
REEL NUMBER SEVEN
MERYL DAVIS AND MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
FEATURING A JUNGLE SETTING, GUEST JUNGLE DANCERS
A SAMBA TO I WANNA BE LIKE YOU
A Jungle Book full of Monkeylicious Merriment and fun
A case of Jungle Fever from which we don’t want a cure
REEL NUMBER EIGHT
CODY SIMPSON AND WITNEY CARSON
FEATURING FIERY RED, SMOKY EFFECTS
SAMBA TO HAKUNA MATATA
A powerful, rocking beat sashaying across the floor
With the spirit, charm, and spirit of a Kingly Gazelle
REEL NUMBER NINE
NENE LEAKES AND TONY DOVOLONI
FEATURING ANIMATED DALMATIONS
FOXTROT TO CRUELLA DEVILLE
Spotted, shaken-up, mean, nasty, and evil fun
Full of feisty spirit, a drama befitting a villainess
Each of the reels would have made WALT DISNEY so proud
The ballroom was animated with rousing applause so loud
THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL, a sensational sight to see
Wishing upon a star, bring it back again for you and for me!
Written By Lois A Troutman, April 16, 2014
THE END OF THE DANCING ROAD CAME FOR CODY AND WITNEY!
ACCEPTING APPLAUSE THEY TOOK THEIR BOWS GRACEFULLY!
THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL WELCOMED DONNY OSMOND IN RETURN TOO!
EVERYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SHOW DESERVED A RIBBON OF BLUE!