Hey All!! Did you see Derek Hough on The Ellen Show yesterday? If not, you can watch him below. He talks on Dancing With The Stars, Bethany Mota, and his new role on Nashville. He also dances a little with Ellen and takes a dunking for Breast Cancer Awareness. Lot’s more with Derek at Pure Derek Hough including the latest episode of Nashville, Nashville and Ellen screen caps (like the beauty above. Heidi was working full time last night getting everything up), paparazzi pics, and more fun things. One more thing: if you want to see more of Derek on Nashville, tweet @Nashville_ABC and @Nashvillewrites to let them know!
Whoa…going to the Hollywood Life almost scared me right out of my chair. And we thought Mark Ballas’ eyes were scary Monday night. Also featured at the link is Mark’s new blog. He writes all about Halloween night on Dancing With The Stars. He gives huge props to the crew for all the work put into their routines and more. Sadie also had a few words to say.
It was really hard for me to put my contact lenses in — I have a phobia about my eyes, so I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do it or not! They ended up hiring a professional to clamp my eyes open and stick in the contacts! In dress rehearsal, it was super smooth, but in the live show, I was blind for about 15 minutes. I couldn’t see a thing! We ended up changing them and I could see again, but I was prepared to go out there and do the routine without being able to see, but luckily they fixed it!
Loved the costumes! HUGE shoutout to wardrobe, hair, makeup, and art direction! The ‘DWTS’ team did an amazing job at bringing my vision to life.
Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year, so being able to express myself this way and with Sadie was truly an honor! I’m so proud of Sadie, and I feel like the judges could have cut her a little more slack, but you win some and you lose some. Overall, I’m really happy with the night, and it’s all good!
So we were the underdogs in the group dance this week, but we all had so much fun. You wouldn’t think I’d have that much fun with three old men, but it was SUCH a blast!
I feel like America really had our backs! We got the loudest applause after the dance! It was just amazing. I really thought we killed it, even though the scores didn’t really help us out.
More at Hollywood Life.
It’s the half way point in the season of Dancing With The Stars Season 19! Time to see how you are feeling about the competition and Dancing With The Stars Season 19 so far. Answer these questions to the best of your ability in comments.
1. Yes or No: Do you like having FOUR judges on the panel?
2. Which three dances have been your favorites so far?
3. Which 4 couples do you think will make the Finals of Dancing With The Stars Season 19? To make it a little more challenging, RATE them in order with your winner prediction at the top.
4. Who is the “Dark Horse”?
5. Which celebrity is the “heart” of dancing With The Stars Season 19?
Meet you in comments with my answers.
Carrie Ann Inaba has written a new blog at Parade. She pretty much nailed it in this blog. Be sure you read in it’s entirety at the link and see if you agree.
Another performance that was right on target as far as content was Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev’s Argentine tango. Sometimes having four judges takes up too much time and we don’t each get to speak our critiques. I didn’t get to comment on this performance and I really would have liked to. As a woman of her age range, I understand a lot of the emotional things she seems to be going through. Lea came out of the gate as the one to beat. She’s a wickedly accurate dancer. She hits every move beautifully and her lines are precise and at times, stunning. She has great musicality and lyricism and she follows through and presents the choreography beautifully with her physical interpretation of Artem’s vision.
Last week, Artem was getting a bit overwhelmed (it’s his first season in the U.S.) and started to push Lea in a direction that didn’t suit her. This week, I believe the choreography was perfectly tuned for her. Well done Artem! The biggest problem in their Argentine tango was Lea’s performance. She came off as a bit emotionally detached from the movements. I don’t know where that fierce cougar that we saw in the first few weeks went. She looks so unhappy and uncertain when she’s out on the dance floor. She’s better than she is feeling at this moment. And the downward spiral that can happen when one loses confidence is a quick and painful one. She needs to trust that she has the moves; all she needs to do is to let herself go in the dance. She has to get lost in the dance and become the dance. This is what Bethany Mota does so well with her partner Derek Hough.
SO TRUE, though I think Lea has had posture problems and confidence issues from the beginning! And I love what she said on Derek and Bethany….
Bethany was the star last night. She has really found new confidence. We saw it in both of her performances. She is a chameleon. She is truly immersed in the dance and Derek does an incredible job of creating a world around her that she can lose herself in. Their pasodoble was the perfect blend of Halloween and traditional ballroom dance. She had incredible shaping and when you watched them, they were able to transport us to another world…a world where Taiko drummers were the soundtrack to the passion of a dark dream.
Afterbuzz TV reviews Dancing With The Stars Season 19 Week 7 with hosts Kristyn Burtt, Suri Serano, Anna Trebunskaya, and Jake Dupree. This week their special guest is pro Sasha Farber. Let us know what you think in comments. Meet you there as soon as I am able to listen to everything.
Let’s give an applause to Lois! Below is another one of her fun poems for Dancing With The Stars. She’s included a message too…
Before I begin my poem for Week 7, I want to give a huge round of applause to the entire production of this show! Those who did the make-up, costumes, the intricate set designs. They did a stupendous job of getting everything ready for the show! I am in awe of how they can switch out sets and everything in the course of a commercial! Bravo to everyone who brings us this very special show called DANCING WITH THE STARS! They created a HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR!!!!!! Also special applause for The Troupe and their fellow pros who enhanced the pairs’ dances again this week! They can do anything and do it with astounding talent!
My Poem for Week 7
A BAT-WITCH-ING BALLROOM BREW!
The brew was being concocted, the ballroom dressed up for Halloween
The haunted opening was a Black and White Ball, A Bat-Witch-ing scene
A BAT-WITCH-ING BALLROOM BREW stirred up in a cauldron of dance
The pros, the pairs greeted Len, joining the judges for a second chance
There were many tricks and treats being brewed for our viewing pleasure
A spine-chilling masquerade, a spooky, ghostly, Halloween-boo treasure
BREW NUMBER ONE
JANEL AND VAL – VIENNESE WALTZ Read more..
Such breathtaking photos this week for Dancing With The Stars courtesy of Adam Taylor. What do you think? To see loads more, see Getty Images.
What did you think of Julianne Hough’s dress last night on Dancing With The Stars? I loved it. You can read how Julianne and her glam squad put her look all together at People. Here is just a little take. You know where to go for more.
“We loved this Alberta Ferreti dress and have been waiting for the perfect moment to wear it; the Halloween theme meant that we needed something a little richer and I didn’t want to go down the obvious black route,” Hough tells PEOPLE. “[Stylist] Anita [Patrickson] and I were inspired the fabulous Poison Ivy character but we had to rein it in a little so as not to get too literal. The leaves Riawna [Capri, her hairstylist] added to my hair were minimal enough to feel clean, chic and fashion-y, but outside the box enough to add a little character to my look.”
Says Patrickson of pulling together Hough’s Halloween look, “The biggest challenge was keeping her look fashion forward and not too costume-y. It all came together last minute, actually, with Julianne’s genius suggestion of adding something cool into her hair. Within 5 minutes we had dragged out my secret box of tricks full of flowers and leaves and ‘Poison Ivy ` la Hough’ was born. The result was a super sexy, very elegant and glamorous ensemble.”
Three cheers for an opening pro dance that I actually enjoyed! Thought it was cute how they worked in a Halloween theme. At the very least, it wasn’t a bunch of female bumping & grinding & hair-flipping…or Pitbull.
So Len was back, and as I kind of predicted – he was grumpy, and Julianne kind of reverted back to being the level-headed judge. Carrie Ann is still the airheaded judge; I can’t even really remember anything Bruno said. Overall, I don’t feel as though the quality of judging improved much with Len’s return – so I’m fine if he doesn’t want to come back next season. Hell, I don’t really care if ANY of the judges come back next season
Kinda had an inkling that Antonio was toast the minute the judges started laying into him for a dance that really wasn’t that bad, in my opinion – it was probably Antonio’s best, and though he’s still kind of an awkward mover, he seemed to smooth things out quite a bit better this week. But I’m guessing that he just wasn’t connecting with viewers – I felt like we never really got to see the real Antonio. Wish he would have given us more of a peek into his work or family life.
1.) Bethany & Derek – Bethany was given great scores and great choreography this week, but here’s the odd part for me: in both her individual and team dance, there seemed to be moments where she just wasn’t…fully present. It’s hard to describe, but it’s like she went into autopilot both times – not sure if she’s just really tired or burnt out, but she just didn’t seem as invested as she was in her tango last week. Thought the concept and setting of her paso was great, and Derek gave her some great choreo in their team dance – but she just didn’t grab the bull by the horns like she normally does. She wasn’t bad by any means – she was just not as dazzling for me as she usually is. Maybe it was just this week and having to learn two dances – hopefully she’ll be back to 100% next week. But she can leave the Maleficient/Queen Amidala hair – wasn’t loving that.
2.) Alfonso & Witney – I have to commend Witney on giving Alfonso a really solid, pure rumba – definitely a good idea for Len’s first week back. I think the stripped down staging worked well to showcase just how skilled Alfonso is – and I really enjoyed that this week, we got to see how great he is at partnering: he really was there for Witney every step of the way, which is something I look for from the guys I see doing rumba. The rumba is the woman’s dance, so it’s really the guy’s job to deliberately blend into the background a bit and just “be there” for his lady. And Alfonso did just that Another thing I also love about Alfonso’s dancing: he’s a little guy that knows how to move BIG. One of the few things Carrie Ann said tonight that I agreed with was that Alfonso really knows how to stretch his arms and legs and really extend nicely. So well done, Alfonso & Witney.
3.) Sadie & Mark – As I said on Twitter – I see we’re back to Sadie getting underscored and nitpicked. Really makes one wonder if she’s getting a TON of votes…especially since this dance wasn’t nearly as bad to me as some of the judges were making it seem. Did the staging distract from the dancing? Maybe a tad, but I actually thought parts of it were genius – LOVED the section where Sadie was facing the zombies and doing work with her skirt. Thought she maybe had a little too much of a willowy-ness to her carriage, which made the paso look a bit funny on her at times, but overall she handled it pretty well. Definitely did NOT deserve any 7’s – I would have given it 8’s across the board. There was definitely content in it – saw lots of paso basics. Still love Sadie
4.) Lea & Artem – Here’s the thing about Lea: she’s got a lot of natural talent, and the potential to be a really great dancer on this show. She herself just needs to believe it I think that’s the only thing that really held her back in her Argentine tango tonight – she seemed to lose a bit of confidence at times, and what could have been a really sharp, impactful step often came across as a bit soft & uncertain as a result. This was a good Argentine tango – with the potential to be GREAT. Saw some nice leg lines, and some moments were she was really committed to the dance. She just needs to let go and enjoy the experience. Stop worrying about Alfonso, Bethany, Sadie, etc….just do YOU, Lea. You’re good…believe it
5.) Janel & Val – After they finished this dance, I said on Twitter “I bet you anything Len complains about lack of steps in hold.” And sure enough, he did – while I actually enjoyed the overall production of the dance and didn’t really mind the PLL theme, I did find myself saying “Wow…this is a LOT of open work.” Would have liked to have seen a bit more done in-hold, but I didn’t hate what I saw out-of-hold. I also found it to be a bit stop-and-go, which kinda interrupted the flow of Viennese waltz – I think if Val would have upped the in-hold work by about 30% and resisted the urge to stop and have “moments”, he probably could have gotten a 9 out of Len. The 7 was Len basically saying “I’m back, bitches!” and making an example of Janel & Val.
6.) Tommy & Peta – Oh Tommy – he needs his tea breaks to get through rehearsal I’ve gotta say – Tommy seems to have really brought out the best in Peta this season. I was a pretty vocal critic of hers, not sure that she could hack it with a partner that wasn’t as naturally able-bodied or spry as she has gotten in the past. But I think Tommy has brought something out of her that we haven’t really gotten to see yet: she’s just enjoying the experience for what it is. Love the dynamic between these two, and the way she just loves Tommy, flaws and all. And this was actually a respectable effort for the quickstep – sure, it didn’t have a ton of bounce (76-year-old knees, y’know), but Tommy was pretty good in-hold, and seem to be having a good time. Glad Peta kept it simple for him while still making identifiable as quickstep. REALLY glad he didn’t go home this week
7.) Mike & Emma – Honestly, I didn’t really think it was Mike’s time to go until this week, when I saw how stressed out Emma was getting trying to teach him the jive. As I told someone on Twitter – the reason I think Emma keeps getting partners that aren’t so naturally good is likely because she does so well with them – look at Bill. Look at Billy Dee (had he not dropped out, I think he could have gotten the votes to last another week). And really – did anyone think Mike was gonna make it this far? Sure, he hasn’t really improved a ton – but I think Emma has helped endear him to the audience and showcase the (few) dance skills he does have naturally. But watching this jive was really kind of painful, y’all – Mike just seemed so lost, and Emma was just trying in vain to backlead him. Granted, the song was terrible – and it seemed more like a polka than a jive – but I’m afraid Mike has just plateaued in this competition. It’s been a good run – but I think it’s his time to go. Still love these two – just think they’ve reached the end of their journey
Thoughts on the Team Dances:
Ok, here’s the thing: the judges seem to score based on how in-sync the couples are on each team – that seems to be the one factor that really determines the score. That being said – the team that’s most in-sync is not always the team that’s most entertaining to me. And that was the case tonight – while the choreography was clean and cool and edgy and well-executed on Team Itsy Bitsy, it almost seemed a tad robotic to me. Maybe it was the song that did it – but I just found myself saying “Ok, from a technical perspective, that was great – but I just don’t CARE about it.” Seemed like each couple (with the exception of Mike & Emma, who I’m guessing were pressed for time and just rehashed their Argentine tango from last week) kinda did the same thing for their individual section. Was really hard for me to get excited about Itsy Bitsy, although I will say that Lea was 100% the MVP – for someone that was front & center for a good part of the dance, she had a lot of pressure on her shoulders to get every single step perfect…and she did. I only wish she had had that same confidence for her Argentine tango While Team Creepy may not have had choreography that was as difficult or had Itsy Bitsy’s synchronization, I found myself more entertained by them on the whole – everyone just seemed to be having such a good time, and I loved how every couple’s individual section was tailored to them: Antonio & Cheryl were doing lifts (smart, cause that’s what he’s really good at), Alfonso & Witney were doing kind of a hip-hop jive (also what he’s really good at), Sadie and Mark were doing their quirky duck moves, and Tommy & Peta were goofing around and going steps that were quintessentially Tommy I guess the best way I can describe the difference between the two teams is this: Itsy Bitsy was more of a “one-size-fits-all” display of incredible synchronization, while Creepy was more of an offbeat carnival of varied delights. I think Creepy was underscored by about 2 points, though – the lack of synchronization was NOT 4 points worse than Itsy Bitsy, and it was really only Tommy that was out-of-sync.
So those are my thoughts…what are yours? Which team dance did you like better, and why? And who’s on the chopping block for next week?
What an unforgettable night last night! So many great dances and lots to cover! Let’s see what the couples had to say about it in some new interviews below. First, don’t miss heading to ABC7 and the Daily Mail for some amazing photos. Glamour has some backstage fun as well.
Ok, onto the interviews. Note that it’s “Dynaminc Duo” week for Week 8 and the couples also have THREE dances….
-Derek and Bethany will be “Ricky and Lucy” if they can get everything cleared (lots more with them at Pure Derek Hough).
-Lea and Artem have “Bonnie and Clyde” and they mention they will dance to Carrie Underwood’s “Something Bad is About To Happen”. Artem also explains on how the THREE dances will take place next week (be sure to listen carefully to the ABC7 interview).
-Peta and Tommy have “Johnny Cash and June Carter” and they are doing a Paso Doble to “Ring Of Fire”.
-Mark and Sadie wouldn’t say who they are as a “couple”, but, they have a contemporary dance and it will be “beautiful”. Sadie hints that it’s something “she would do”. Mark says it has something to do with “the beginning of time” (wha? Hmm…maybe “Adam and Eve” like some have guessed in comments?).
-Val and Janel are going to be “Romeo and Juliet” and they are dancing to “Everybody’s Free” from the Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo and Juliet”.
-Alfonso and Witney have “Batman and Robin” and they have a Cha Cha Cha.
-Michael and Emma have a Foxtrot, but, they can’t reveal anything else yet since it’s not cleared. Emma is extremely excited on it if she gets her way with it.
Special thanks to JC Rubio, Allison Holker, George Pennacchio, and Shaun Robinson for doing such an excellent job with these interviews and feeling and getting to the heart of the matter. Be sure to tweet them at twitter and send them some love. Lot’s of great content to take in…