Last night, Elizabeth Berkley was a guest on Chelsea Lately! Elizabeth starts out the interview talking of how close she is to Leah Remini and how they go way back. Chelsea makes fun of Leah’s weight and wants her to go all the way so she can lose more weight (they are friends as we saw when they interviewed her in the audience one night). Elizabeth says she hasn’t danced in ages and is now reconnecting to it on Dancing With The Stars. More in detail below…that is if you can handle Chelsea (not a big fan to her).
Elizabeth Berkley was interviewed by OMG! Insider! She talks about Dancing With The Stars and how it’s helped her lose the weight she put on from having a baby. She and Val do some sexy moves with Nina Parker (the interviewer) too.
PureDWTS reader Lois writes another fantastic poem. This time it’s a salute to Cher and Dancing With The Stars. Thanks Lois!!! Perfect!
MY POEM FOR WEEK EIGHT
A SUPERSTAR CHER-ABRATION!
DANCING WITH THE STARS was A SUPERSTAR CHER-ABRATON
CHER was superlative in opening, the entire cast a bright sensation
CHER took the seat of royalty, the judges welcomed her in the fold
Cheers rang out in the ballroom, sounds of a SUPERSTAR to behold
The couples were as ready as they could be for SUPERSTAR CHER
A heightened sense of excitement permeated through the ballroom air
IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME showing Derek, Amber’s Rumba beat
Bill and Emma were STRONG ENOUGH, their Disco a rocking treat
I GOT YOU BABE, Tony, Leah told CHER’s story in Viennese Waltz
Jack and Cheryl Tangoed gloriously to THE BEAT GOES ON’s pulse
Elizabeth, Val were Jazzed by CHER’s SUPERSTAR hit BANG BANG
Corbin and Karina’s Argentine Tango had a juicy BURLESQUE tang
Brant, Peta Foxtrotted to CHER’s SHOOP SHOOP with tender care
There were duo challenges still to come filling up the ballroom air
Cha-Cha-Chas were mirrored by Corbin, Karina, Elizabeth and Val
Corbin and Karina were chosen by the judges to have better style
The duos chosen for the Rumbas were Brant, Peta, Leah and Tony
The judges raised their paddles declaring Leah, Tony one and only
The Disco beat went on with Bill and Emma, and Jack and Cheryl
The winners of the challenge Jack and Cheryl gave it the best whirl
SUPERSTAR CHER serenaded the ballroom again, her voice strong
The CHER-ABRATION continued, everyone kept the beat, sang along
The time came, the elimination announcement ready to be shared
Brant, Peta had to go home, the cast gathered, showed they cared
CHER took her bows at the end of a special mystical, magical night
A SUPERSTAR CHER-ABRATION was a CHER-ABRATION delight
What will we be treated with as Week 9 is coming, within our sight
We will welcome back another rousing show next Monday night!
Written By Lois A Troutman, November 6, 2013
WE ROCKED, WE ROLLED TO A SUPERSTAR CHER-ABRATION!
A SPECTACULAR NIGHT IN THE BALLROOM, A CHER SENSATION!
ABC has issued their new press release for next week’s Dancing With The Stars. Note how they say there will just be one elimination again.
“Episode 1709” – Six remaining couples hit the ballroom floor and take on an exciting trio performance, on “Dancing with the Stars,” MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). The couples will compete in two rounds of dance. In the first round, each couple will take on an individual dance in a style they have not previously performed including the Viennese Waltz, Tango, Charleston, Argentine Tango and Quickstep. In the second round, the couples take on a new challenge and dance with an eliminated pro or troupe member as part of dynamic trio. The trio dance routine will be in a style the celebrity has not yet performed including the Samba, Jive, Salsa, Paso Doble and Jazz. At the end of the night, one couple will face elimination.
More at ABC Media Net.
Val Chmerkovskiy writes that all kinds of emotions tend to get the best of you at this point in the season of Dancing With The Stars which is true for he and Elizabeth Berkley. He explains more below and how they plan to have fun with this Salsa next week. They also have a Viennese waltz. Below is more….
They showed Elizabeth videotaping me in the pre-dance segment. Things got a little intense. This week was tough because we’re really getting into the competition. It’s all positive, but emotions tend to get the best of you at this point in the season. I don’t mean negative emotions, but rather any kind of emotions that you feel when you get excited or nervous or passionate about wanting to get something perfect. You need to keep your cool.
I feel like we just lost our cool a little bit this week, but, again, not in a negative way. We got a little bit too into it. We’re here together enjoying ourselves and we love what we’re doing. I tell Elizabeth to treat each week like it’s week one — don’t treat this like week eight. I say to her, “Yes, now, there’s a bigger spotlight on you, but you have nothing to lose. Just get out there and enjoy yourself.”
Next week, we have two dances, salsa and Viennese waltz. I’m not knocking this week’s song, which was “Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” because Cher is a legend and I love that song, but it’s an intense song to dance jazz to. I’m glad that all of that is out of the way and we can have fun with the salsa. That dance is a lot of fun. The Viennese waltz is an emotional dance as well, but it’s a bit softer emotionally. It’s not so passionate and hard hitting.
You can read his full new blog at Today. He gives Emma and Bill props too.
AfterBuzz TV has released their post game wrap up for Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Week 8. Tyne Stecklein joins them this time. It’s interesting getting Tyne’s inside perspective about Cher since she’s worked for her in Las Vegas. Anna Trebunskaya also joins them again (who I’m seeing in a different light this season and it’s not a favorable one sad to say. I didn’t realize until this season that she had so many issues with Derek.) With that said, here ya go. Let us know what you think.
Did anyone else feel like the dances were a bit…I don’t know, MECHANICAL last night? Almost every dance I saw felt a bit wooden and robotic…like you could practically see the couples counting out the steps as they danced. Once again, I’m going to chalk it up to all the couples feeling stressed and burnt out, which is unfortunate because I feel like several of them are forgetting that this is supposed to be fun. Also mechanical? Cher as a judge, as more often than not she seemed like she was out to lunch and just threw in a generic comment and threw up the “9” paddle when prompted (unless, of course, your name is Bill, in which case she managed to locate her “8” paddle…convenient.) Say what you will about Julianne as a judge – but at least she was coherent in her critiques, and I understood why she gave the scores she did. Cher? Not so much.
Once again, we have a “shocking” elimination that isn’t all that shocking when you really think about it – I’m guessing that Brant’s fanbase, which seemed to be sustaining him sufficiently well since his bottom 2 scare early in the season, just finally gave out this week…with several people left who are likely pulling in a lot of votes, I think anyone with a “young” fanbase is probably in some degree of jeopardy, by comparison. I guess all I can hope for at this point is that someone like Bill can somehow edge out an older fanbase like Leah’s…because that woman has GOT to go.
1/2.) TIE: Corbin & Karina and Amber & Derek – Another not-quite-100% night for both couples, and due to the immunity challenge, there’s some trade-offs that seem to level the playing field between these two. Corbin & Karina’s Argentine tango, while pretty good technically, just left me wanting a bit more emotionally – not sure if it was the strange song or the fact that these two were pressed for rehearsal time this week, but it just felt really cold and obligatory to me. Corbin seemed to be laser-focused on remembering his steps, and seemed to lose a bit of entertainment value as a result. Amber & Derek also had a strange song to contend with, and while I think they actually handled it well, the choreography just felt a little odd to me – like “rumba by numbers”, if you will, with a few sequences of Amber strutting around in a sassy fashion to fill it out. Did the music necessitate it? Maybe. But like Corbin’s Argentine tango, it just kinda left me wanting more, and it wasn’t Amber’s best dance. Now here’s the kicker: while Amber may have gotten the immunity, Corbin actually got the 3 extra points that came with winning his dance-off against Liz. Amber is still the cumulative points leader for the season – but with Corbin a mere 3 points behind her, one off-dance could shift the balance of power: say Corbin gets his first perfect 30 next week and Amber falters a bit a gets a 26. That could mean the difference between picking first and picking second in the next challenge. And as we’ve seen – that can mean the difference between getting a good song vs. a sh*tty song, or a good team vs. a sh*tty team. It all adds up, kids… Read more..
Hi Dancettes! So, far there isn’t much to share for new interviews with the cast of Dancing With The Stars after the show last night. Hopefully, as the day progresses more will come out. For now, head to Entertainment Weekly. They interviewed Corbin Bleu, Elizabeth Berkley & Val Chmerkovskiy, Derek Hough & Amber Riley, and Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke. They talked of the elimination and how “intense” and “dramatic” it was. Val thought he and Elizabeth were going home. Derek said it’s going to be sad to see anyone go home from this week on and he is right.
Below is Corbin and Karina chatting with Access Hollywood. They talk of the crazy night and the elimination….
Also, Chaz Bono and Cher talked with Access Hollywood. Chaz talks on losing 85 pounds. He feels like a completely new man. Cher talks of how she cried before the show for how nervous she was, but, she had so much judging. She also discusses when she first met Sonny at the coffee house. Awww moment.
Henry of PopTVDotCom also interviewed some of the cast after the show heading to Mixology. Note how Tom wants more guest judges such as his friend William Shatner. I hope they have more guest judges in the future too. It helps mix things up. What do you think?
ETA2: Carrie Ann Inaba has written a new blog at Parade.com. I thought this bit was interesting about hot “the right couple always goes home”.
Let’s get back to the question at hand: Did the right couple go home? My answer is that it’s always the right couple. It sounds like a cop-out, but it’s true. The audience votes and we score. If the question is: “Is Brant Dougherty a better dancer than Bill Engvall?” The answer is a loud and resounding “Yes.” But our results have always been a combination of the judges’ scores and America’s votes. That’s much more interesting than just letting the judges call the score. Although right about now, a lot of people wish it were only the judges’ scores that counted. Our combined scoring method is what makes it so fun and so different. No other show has judges who actually give a numeric score. They usually give their opinions, but that’s it. Its part of what I think makes our show so fun, so I always respect the way it all turns out. I’m sad and sometimes shocked at the results, but I respect the way our show works.
ETA3: Sorry for the delay as I had to work today. I am just now getting caught up with the On The Red Carpet and Afterbuzz TV interviews. From these interviews, we find out some dance info for next week. Derek and Amber have the Salsa and the Quickstep. They have picked Mark for their trio dance. Jack and Cheryl have a Samba with Sharna and a V. Waltz. Bill and Emma have The Charleston for their individual dance. They don’t mention what is their trio dance, but, they have picked Peta for it. Corbin and Karina have picked Witney for their trio dance. Val and Elizabeth have picked Gleb. Leah and Tony have picked Henry. Be sure to take in all of these new interviews here and here. JC and George do a super job as always.
Well, in the first six minutes of the show, we have Cher singing to either a bad backing track or with a backing singer who is not good.
We have Cher who comes onto DWTS and brings her own dancers, with DWTS pros left to fill in.
We have Cher almost fall on her ass on the floor.
And one Cher costume change.
Then Corbin and Karina did a rather messy AT – lack of rehearsal time showed. It was so messy, but of course the judges rave. He ends up with a 29 which is, IMO, acceptable for that dance. Bruno called it right.
Someone please get Jaymz off my TV. Thank you.
ETA: Come on!! Please tell me you’re not going to rave over a crappy V. Waltz!! Dance number 2 and I’m pissed off.
Extra shitty camera work this week. Two big flubs and we’re only 20 minutes in.
ETA2: Are you kidding me? Leah beats Brant? In what universe?? I guess we need JLo in the audience for another week, eh? Jack and Amber had the best dances of the night, Val was an idiot for vocalizing he wanted to pick Corbin or Amber, since Corbin wiped the floor with them.
So, Amber has immunity (which will hose her cumulative score, but whatever), Corbin beats Liz and Leah beats Brant. Unless Bill pulls out a win, he is the most likely to be eliminated. This show is so obvious sometimes. I suppose it could be Liz or Brant – neither would surprise me.
ETA3: Got wrapped up in the comments and forgot to update to say that Brant was the one to go this week. :::sigh::: There is no way Leah won that dance off. But she does bring JLo. I did get a sense of them getting real with her tonight. If not for Cher, she would have been tied with Bill after the individual round.
Earlier, People.com showed some rehearsal footage of the new dances and interviewed Jack, Cheryl, Peta, and Brant. Now Entertainment Weekly has posted more coverage with them and Karina and Corbin as well. They give hints on their dances for tonight, their songs, their feelings on Cher, and more. Great teasers for tonight.
And below is Witney Carson from rehearsals yesterday….