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Carrie Ann Inaba Writes About The DWTS Season 17 Finale, Celebrates With The Cast (Photo)

Carrie Ann Inaba has written her new and final blog of the season at Parade.com. She starts off saying that “the best dancer won”. Below is more including her thoughts on all the finalists.

Well, the best dancer won!!!! I know this season was very unique in that no one really knew how the audience was ultimately going to vote. With the Bill Engvall Phenom, it was hard to say how things were going to turn out since we had shocking elimination after shocking elimination this season. But in the end, I would definitely say that the best dancer won. Amber Riley had a special kind of dancing Mojo. I was so surprised to see how emotional she was in her final package.

After Amber won, she came right over and thanked the judges. In all 17 seasons, that’s never happened! She was so happy and thrilled to have won and thanked us for our comments throughout the season. That was a treat for us. :) It’s nice to be thanked!

What I love about Amber is that she really let herself become vulnerable during the season. In life, we go through a lot of it with feigned confidence and faux strength. I see more and more in life that people don’t allow things into their hearts and risk hurt through failure or disappointment. But in life, it is truly the case that if you don’t risk, you don’t gain. I was impressed with the amount of emotion that came flooding out of Amber in that final video package before they announced the winner. You could see that she opened her heart to this whole experience and she really let it move her. Actually, I think that was the case for most of our performers this season.

This was a beautiful season with a fantastic ending. The freestyles on night one of the finals were incredible. I haven’t seen such wonderfully produced and performed production numbers in a long time. The Amber Riley Stomp and shoot-out fest was cool and slick and powerful and ever so well rehearsed. They were tighter than tight!!!! And it was a first that frat stomping was used in a freestyle. And then, Jack’s incredible Old School Hollywood Ending was touching and glamorous and felt like the picture-perfect ending to a wonderful story that was Jack’s story. His incredible strength is to be admired. I suffer as well from a few Auto-Immune conditions that make life challenging at times but you have to (ask Jack always says) Go Big or Go Home, which is exactly what he did. He went big and he never gave up. And, he didn’t use his illness as a crutch for sympathy which made his journey even that much more respectable.

Lots more at Parade.com. I loved when she called Derek Hough a “mastermind choreographer” and that he is.

Also, be sure to see E Online as well. They have a new feature posted about Carrie Anne’s finale dress and how it came to be. She looked beautiful, didn’t she?! So classy! I loved it. And here she is at the Dancing With The Stars wrap party with Bill Nye after the show. Pic courtesy of Zimbio Pictures.

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November 28, 2013 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.

New Photos Of Cast Celebrating At Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Wrap Party

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Aren’t these takes fantastic? After the Grand finale, the cast attended a Dancing With The Stars Season 17 wrap party at Sofitel in Los Angeles, California. Pictured above is Brant Daughtery, Peta Murgatroyd, Sharna Burgess, Paul Kirkland, Emma Slater, Sasha Farber, and Dancing With The Stars executive producer Conrad Green. Their expressions say it all about Dancing With The Stars Season 17, don’t they?!! You can view more fun photos of them and others who attended at Zimbio Pictures.

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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.

Anna Trebunskaya And Tristan MacManus Weigh In On The DWTS Finale With Afterbuzz TV

Happy Thanksgiving Day, All!! Below is Afterbuzz TV with their new Dancing With The Stars Season 17 finale addition to take in when you have time today. They admit how they were wrong and right about who would win. Though as I just wrote at Pure Derek Hough, when the subject is brought up in the beginning, Anna says it was easier to do a Charleston than a Ballroom dance, but, Tristan MacManus disagrees (Yay Tristan! I agree for how it wasn’t easier for Amber!). More below. Let us know what you think!

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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.

DWTS17 Media After The Grand Finale Part 2, GMA After Party And More

And below is the Good Morning America “After party” coverage with our Champs and finalists!! Note that Karina Smirnoff didn’t come. GMA announced she had a family emergency. Let’s hope everything is ok. Our thoughts and prayers are with her.

Also, be watching THIS LINK at the View. They should be posting their new interviews with the finalists a little later today.

ETA: Entertainment Weekly interviewed some of the cast after the finale last night. You can see them talking on their favorite moments in a video HERE.

ETA2: And below are the couples being interviewed by Tony and Leah.

November 27, 2013 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.

PureDWTS Season 17 Media And Interviews After The Grand Finale

Wow! What a night! I’m still freaking out today for awesome the Dancing With The Stars finale was last night. The whole cast from the couples, to all the pro/troupe numbers, the producers, the singers, the crew behind the scenes, etc. really pulled out all of the stops, didn’t they?!!! And then we have our Champions: Amber Riley and Derek Hough!!! I’m truly speechless and tearing it up again!!

So, let’s see what everyone had to say after the show last night. Before doing so though, note how Donamadrina was right on her Astrology and Numerology Predictions again which you can read here and here. Thank you Dona! You rock!

Ok, on to the new interviews! We’ll start out with a new On The Red carpet interview with our champs, but, to see loads and loads more with Amber and Derek as Heidi and I are tag teaming, visit Pure Derek Hough.

Below is more with George and On The Red Carpet….

JC Rubio of Afterbuzz TV was able to get new interviews with some of the other cast members too besides the finalists. As always, he does such a great job… Read more..

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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 17, The Finale!! – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS) PART II

Well, we’re off!! The opening dance wasn’t nearly as exciting or as well executed as it was the first time around, but still good.

I confess I didn’t watch Enrique as he doesn’t really interest me.

I dig the pro segments, specially when Derek looks so gorg!!

And Amber and Derek win the Encore. Hmmmm…I hope her fans didn’t spend all their time tweeting. :-)

Discuss.

SPOILERS….in case you couldnt’ tell from the comment…

After getting 9′s in the fusion, there was pretty much no way, mathematically, that Jack was going to win. That left it between Corbin and Amber, Corbin with a bigger deficit than has ever been overcome in a finale.

Season 17 Champs: AMBER RILEY AND DEREK HOUGH.

I think this is the first African American woman to win the MBT, correct? Also the first plus sized woman?? Awesome.

November 26, 2013 I Written By

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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 17 Media And Interviews After Finale Night One

Let’s get straight to the interviews after Dancing With The Stars to get the remaining finalists reactions to their dances last night. They talk of their freestyles, their support, and what they have to do tonight to win the whole competition. Note how we’ve included one interview with Derek and Amber, but, there are more at Pure Derek Hough. So, be sure to visit there too and here’s to tonight’s show, Everyone!!

ABC7 has a fun recap as well. Check out Jack and Cheryl at the end. They are so cute. Speaking of “cute”, don’t miss reading Jack’s reaction after last night’s dances at Jack’s Facebook page too.

Also, below is some PopTVDotCom coverage as well. Note how they go to Mixology and then back to the studio to try and visit with the remaining finalists…

ETA: E Online interviewed the finalists last night as well. Be sure to see a new video at this link.

ETA2: Life & Style posted about how jack will celebrate if he wins the Mirror Ball. Below is what he told them. This is so cute…

So how will Jack celebrate if he wins the Mirror Ball Trophy tonight?

“Well, it is Thanksgiving, so I am going to give thanks to Cheryl. In a weird way you don’t have time to celebrate because we get on a plane and go to NYC, and when we come back, it’s Thanksgiving. Everyone kind of goes their one way,” he told Life & Style. “What I plan to do is — if I have a Mirror Ball, which I probably won’t — I’m going to post pictures of it from all over the world.”

ETA3: And below are some interviews with by People. Thanks to Kaitlyn for sending!! She’s been a big help today!

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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 17 Bill Engvall And Emma Slater Fun, Heart, And Soul Elimination Media

And so we say good-bye to one of the “Most beloved” couples Dancing With The Stars has ever had, but, it’s not really good-bye because they made it to the bitter end. I’m so deeply proud of them and they will always be remembered for how genuine, fun loving, and heart felt they were in all of their dances and packages. I also want to give props to our girls Courtney and Cher @IBLWR for starting a “If Bill leaves we riot” campaign. After that, Afterbuzz mentioned it on one of their after shows and the idea took off. I think that helped them to get to the finals too!! So, here’s to Bill and Emma!! Thanks for entertaining us and with such fun, heart, and soul!!

ETA: And below is their interview with Good Morning America this morning….

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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 17, The Finale!! – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS)

I can’t say too much about the show so far, cuz I was out walking the dog. I’m dog sitting. I used to want a dog. Not so much anymore. ;-)

You guys get the ball rolling. I’ll jump in later. :-D

SPOILERS!!!

Well, it’s finally the end of the road for Bill and he went out with style and class. So, who’s going to win it all tomorrow?? Could be anyone. But after tonights performances, I’m leaning toward a final two of Amber and Jack. But Jack has an uphill battle. As of right now, Jack needs more than 30,000 votes per million votes cast to beat Amber. He needs 22,000 to get past Corbin. Corbin’s road is much more manageable in that he only needs 8,500 votes per million votes cast to beat Amber.

After Jack’s freestyle, he could do it. What does the fusion dance do to the margins?? Assuming that Corbin and Amber each get a 30 and Jack gets a 28? It does very little to the margin. Lowers it by about 2k.

I have no idea who’s going to win. You?

November 25, 2013 I Written By

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. :-)

DWTS Judge Carrie Ann Inaba Breaks Down The Finalists

Carrie Ann Inaba breaks down the finalists on Dancing With The Stars at TV Guide. Below are her thoughts on Amber & Derek and Jack & Cheryl.

Amber and Derek:
Amber’s been grappling with a knee injury all season, but she needs to power through (with clearance from her doctor) for the finale, according to Inaba, who insists that “at this point in the game, injury or no injury, she’s got to bring her A+ game.” The judges’ pick for Amber is the Charleston — the dance where her troubles began. “This is the dance where I was telling her that her upper half was bangin’ and she’s such a great performer with her upper half, but her bottom half was sort of weaker. And I think when you have that kind of weakness, that’s how you get injured,” Inaba notes. And so, if she comes back really strong and tight and balanced with her upper body and lower body performance, I think that would be great.” The judges will also be looking for Amber to make “some sort of breakthrough” in the finale. “She needs to take it up a notch,” according to Inaba. “And I think that’s going to be challenging for her, because she’s sort of ridden at the top of the leaderboard throughout the whole season. … The way she performs, her energy just comes like a skyrocket out of her, and it’s really exciting to watch. But nothing really stands out to me as a super memorable signature for Amber dance.”


Jack and Cheryl

The judges are thrilled with the way Jack’s technique has improved throughout the season, according to Inaba, but they’re looking for a little more oomph in the final. “Jack I think just needs to continue adding pizzazz to his performances,” Inaba says. “He’s definitely impressed us all with his incredible technique, his posture, his hold, his frame, his genteel manner when he dances. … He makes a connection every time he gets out on the dance floor, and he’s got this elegance in the way he moves and great technique, great footwork.” But especially up against Corbin and Karina and Amber and Derek, he’ll have to focus more on the theatricality of the dance. “What he needs to work on is to make sure that his performances have incredible sparkle and a vibrancy,” Inaba says. “Jack has been slower to come out of his shell as far as the exuberant performances. He’s had moments where he’s done it. The judges picked the jive, which I thought he did great the first time, but Len and Bruno felt he had more to improve upon. So I think in order to impress Len and Bruno for that judges’ pick and raise his score, he’s got to really up the excitement and the tightness of it. He needs to just sort of let it go and really sparkle.”

To read about Corbin & Karina and Emma & Bill, see TV Guide.

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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.