Wow, how cool is this? Last week, several of us at Pure Dancing With The Stars sent Stuart Brazell and Elena Grinenko of Dance Junkies TV some questions for a new Tony Dovolani interview. They ask and he answers them below. This is so cool!! Check it out!!
Also, does anyone need a repeat of this opening dance by our Pros? What are your thoughts on the new members of the Troupe? Special thanks to PureDWTS reader Jimmbboe2 and his You Tube Channel for sending this to us so we could enjoy this wonderful opener again.
We’ve got some relieved couples who weren’t eliminated from Dancing With The Stars last night. George Pennacchio from On The Red Carpet was there to get their thoughts and reactions after the show. He gets them to reveal some hints for what they will be dancing for week 3. He also asks him what style of dance they’d dance where they’d receive three “10’s”. Interesting questions as always. You can tell he’s a die hard fan like us wanting to know as much as he can. lol
First up, Peta and Donald mention having some hidden surprises and secret weapons planned for their future dances. Next week’s dance will be “emotional” and that’s all they will say.
Gladys and Tristan want a dance competition where no one is eliminated. Tristan says he “thinks” they have the Fox Trot next week, but, he’s not sure. Tristan says if Gladys could do a Twist to “mashed potatoes”, she would get all “10’s”. She has some touching words for Martina too since they go way back.
Melissa was so relieved when she was called safe. Maks remarks at how fast the competition is going so far. They aren’t sure on what emotional story in her life they will dance to next week. Melissa said she’d pick Hip Hop to try and get 3 “10’s”.
Jack would pick “White men have rhythm too” if he could pick a dance to receive three “10’s”. They have some kind words for Martina. For next week, they have the Samba and they hope to “wow” us.
Isn’t it always refreshing to get some class act Dancing With The Stars interviews from George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet and this time is no different. Let’s start out with Derek and Maria….
Derek tells why they’ve kept Maria’s injury under wraps. They’d didn’t want to be “known” as an injured couple. Maria danced last week with two broken ribs and keeps going. Derek calls her “amazing”. Maria says she didn’t want a big deal made on her injury and wants to concentrate on their work and all the fun. George says they are the most improved couple. They are happy and she hopes to find her “sex spot”. They have the Rumba next week if they make it and Derek plans to bring out the “love hand”. Wha??? lol
William had no idea he could be at this level of receive this much love. He feels so blessed for the attention. Cheryl loves all of her new Spanish fans as well. Cheryl thinks he has the potential to go far because he showed he can work hard and he could dance both ballroom and Latin. He says he has to keep listening to Cheryl and do everything she says. “Yes yes…”
Roshon and Chelsie are happy with their scores and placement. George tells Roshon he reminds him of a friend who use to dance in the movies with his fast legs. Chelsie says Roshon has the potential to win the mirror ball if he works hard.
Val says Sherri brings out the best in him and make his cheeks cramp up when she’s so funny all the time. She said she was able to breathe last night and wasn’t as nervous. They are happy with their dance and feel blessed. She wants to have fun and keep living the dream.
Tony Dovolani joins Stuart Brazell & Elena Grinenko for a Dancing With The Stars Week 2 Pre-Party. They break down all the couples and play a Maria Menounos drinking game to get the day and night started. Grab some champagne and join in the fun! Cheers Everyone!!
Special thanks to Dance Junkies TV for the fun video! They will also post another video called ‘Ask the Pro’ on Thursday with Tony’s full length interview!! So, stay tuned!!
Ahhhh, yes – the cha-cha. The only first week dance that has remained the same in all 14 seasons of the show – they’ve often vacillated between the waltz, foxtrot, and Viennese waltz as the first week ballroom dance from season to season, but they’ve always had the cha-cha as a week 1 Latin dance. That’s 75 regular week 1 cha-cha’s (I’m not counting the cha-cha relay from season 9 – the scoring is too funky) for me to run the stats on, to give us an idea of what we might expect in the coming week So before I run down the list of the biggest “Oh god, that was baaaaaad!” week 1 cha-cha moments, here are a few interesting cha-cha stats:
*The lowest cha-cha score in DWTS history is 12 – and it’s a 3-way tie between Master P & Ashly, Tucker & Elena, and Jeff & Edyta. Two of the couples were eliminated the first week of their respective seasons – and all 3 female pros are no longer on the show (ok, that last one was probably not a direct cause of a bad cha-cha, but just an interesting coincidence ;-))
*Five former DWTS champions did cha-cha as their week 1 dance (Drew, Emmitt, Apolo, Brooke, & Hines).
*The pro who’s done the most week 1 cha-cha’s is Cheryl – she’s started 9 of her 12 seasons on the show with a cha-cha.
*A female celeb didn’t dance the cha-cha as a week 1 dance until season 5 – up until that point, the ladies had always done a ballroom dance the first week, and the men had always done cha-cha.
Now…without further ado…I give you the worst week 1 cha-cha’s in DWTS history Season 14 celebs, pay attention! This is for your own good…do not try to emulate these routines!
10.) Clyde & Elena, season 4
I never got the feeling that Clyde was actually making a genuine effort during his season, really. I think his handlers probably signed him up for the show just to get him some exposure, and it was never something Clyde really wanted to do – he just seemed to do the bare minimum each week and probably hoped to get voted off quickly. His whole “outrage” over Len pointing out that some couples weren’t practicing enough just really made me think that Clyde the Glide doth protest too much – he wasn’t putting in the hours and he knew it. On top of the apathy, there was a huge height difference between he & Elena, and at 6’7″, he was generally just kinda ungainly…add that altogether and you’ve got a cha-cha that’s just kind of an awkward non-event.
9.) Billy Ray & Karina, season 4
I’m not sure who I feel worse for here – Billy Ray or Karina. Billy Ray really was kind of “a left-footed hillbilly from Kentucky” (his own words), and this cha-cha was a pretty hot mess. I like to call this “drunk uncle at a wedding” dancing – some random grooving & flailing & forgotten footwork from Billy Ray while Karina did some cha-cha around him. But I will say this – unlike Clyde, who had probably phoned it in before the season even started, I do think Billy Ray was giving it his all the entire season. This poor guy REALLY wanted to do well for Karina, and he did put in the effort – but some people are just not natural dancers, and Billy Ray is unfortunately in that camp. Read more..
So, is it a retrospective when it’s a re-airing years later ?? I’m going with yes As I mentioned in an earlier post, we can’t promise that we will do these every week, and we can’t promise they will be as long as the regular Cheesecake Awards…but we can promise that we will try to be our obnoxious selves. On with the show…
The Bad Acid Trip Award: The old “kaleidescope” opening credits
Courtney: Soooooo glad they got rid of that cheesy nightmare – damn near gave me a grand mal seizure.
Heidi: I think I may have actually had a seizure every time it was on because I’m lacking in recall.
The “Trying Too Hard” Award: Brian Fortuna
Courtney: Admittedly, I actually missed a good deal of this season when it was originally airing, since I was still in college, working, and too broke for TiVo 😛 But what really struck me is that Brian (who I had all but forgotten about until that opening pro number in week 1) was just…too much. The dude seemed like he was trying waaaayyyy too hard to make an impact and carve out a niche for himself on the show. The face pulling, the exaggerated dance moves, the overgelled hair, the jewelry – just…no, dude. He was like young Derek and Mark lite – but not as talented. And quite possibly the best part of watching these old episodes years later? You already know that he ain’t going to be around for very long – kinda makes me wish I had a tin can phone system that could reach the past and tell him “Dude, you may as well dial it back about 5 notches…you’re not gonna be around much longer, anyway. Don’t strain yourself.” 😛
Heidi: The thing that got me is what still gets me with Mark sometimes. The SMILE. Jesus dude. Almost constant, fake looking, very big smile. Mark has that same glazed look from time to time where he would habitually have a smile on his face but it doesn’t seem to reach his eyes or he’s not really feeling it. It’s like perma-face or something. Hard to explain. Brian does kinda look like Derek’s younger, squirrely, annoying brother. The less attractive brother. But everyone knows that to be a Hough you have to have blond hair and blue eyes. Freakishly strong genes in that family.
Courtney: Brian could be the weird cousin of the Hough family. Kinda like cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch…never did quite understand his purpose. Read more..
Twitter is alive with some cool photos of our pros celebrating the new year! First of all, check out Julianne and Derek Hough celebrating at Times Square in New York last night. Be sure to see more pics at Pure Derek Hough. Derek is all smiles and looking happy! I love when he wears these cool leather bombers! So cute!
Below is Maks and Val sexy and crazy as usual bringing in the New Year where ever they are located (somewhere in the Caribbean?);
Karina and company look like they were all in fine form and happy at her Joonbug Party in New York City. Below is one pic. More at Zimbio including some with Season 12 partner Ralph Macchio. Isn’t her dress gorgeous? Be sure to tweet her a Happy Birthday tomorrow.
We can’t forget about Kym and Cheryl beautiful as always as well. They are bringing in the new year in Australia.