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More Interviews After Dance Night On DWTS Season 18 Week 2

And we have a few more new interviews with the cast of Dancing With The Stars. First, here they are with Extra….

That’s Your Reality also interviewed Tony Dovolani about last night’s dance and who he’d like to dance with for the Switch up dance (No please… not Amy! If he gets her, I will cry!).

Though he prefers to stick with current partner NeNe Leakes, Tony says that if he had to choose someone else, he’d pick Paralympian Amy Purdy. “I think she’s very inspiring,” he said. “I do a lot of work with Wounded Warriors down in San Diego for charity. For me, I have a special connection to that.” Amy is currently paired with Derek Hough, and earned a 24 for her Jive last night.

Tony and NeNe also danced the Jive and things turned tense after some feedback offered by judge Carrie Ann Inaba. When she said NeNe needed to spread her arms out more, Tony immediately disagreed. “I’m normally very welcoming of criticism. I listen to it and I apply it. I just didn’t think her criticism matched what we were doing, because that’s not Jive. I taught NeNe to not put her arms out,” he told us. “My knowledge of dance sometimes gets the best of me. I’ve been doing this since I was three years old, I’ve won world titles, I judge world championships. I should have a strong opinion of what I teach! I taught my kids to stand up for what they believe and if I didn’t say something, I would have taught them nothing.”

More at That’s Your Reality.

Today also talked with some of the couples.

“You could see on all of our faces that we were just as shocked as everyone in the room was that there was a double-elimination,” dance pro Sharna Burgess, who is paired with Olympic gold medal-winner Charlie White, told TODAY. “And halfway through the show one couple was gone. That was crazy.”

Even crazier? That one couple, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad and new pro Henry Byalikov, got the boot just before being asked to perform their routine. Talk about a cruel cut.

Of course, stay or go, the order of the dances came as a surprise to all.

“It plays mind games with you,” said James Maslow’s partner Peta Murgatroyd. “You have to get your celeb in game mode. We used to know we’d be up eighth in the show, for example. We’d have time to prepare. Now, you don’t know. It’s more stressful.”

The stars felt the same.

Glamour also interviewed them all backstage. Be sure to go to this link to read and some fun pictures. Below is a take from the link….

Speaking of Peta, the blond bombshell was sporting a new look last night. “I took out my extensions,” she told me. “I was just so sick of them and couldn’t wash my hair properly. I cut my hair into a bob and then tucked a little bit underneath as well. I’m actually going to shorten it a bit more.”

Derek Hough was in the best mood ever backstage (and who can blame him? He and partner Amy Purdy are stunning the audience each week), but Purdy is still shocked she’s even here. “When I first started walking on my prosthetics, I never in a million years thought I’d be doing what I’m doing [now]. I still don’t know how I’m doing it.”

The funniest couple to interview without a doubt is Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, mainly because the roles are so reversed. The way Maks talks, it’s as if Meryl is the pro and Maks is the celeb. “She’s amazing, she’s fun, and she’s so smart. I’ll be exhausted, and she wants to do everything again! She has endless energy!” Meryl hilariously chimed in, “He’s doing a great job!”

Maks went a step further to explain why he’s so in awe of Meryl. “I’m a graceful whale. I feel like a whale doing dolphin tricks. Like, I can’t even fit in here! How do you have me doing flips and all that?!”

People also talked with Charlie backstage about his girlfriend and the support she gives him. So cute!

Part of what keeps the low-key courtship such a success amid seemingly endless chatter that Davis and White are dating is Belbin’s history as a former ice dancer, herself.

“She gets it,” White told PEOPLE backstage on Monday, shortly after learning he’d advanced to another week in the competition. “She won the silver medal in 2006 with her partner Ben Agosto, and people were always like, ‘Are you guys dating?’ It’s just something you get as dancers. [Her understanding] makes my life so much easier.”

Carrie Ann Inaba has also written a new blog at Parade. She defends her critique for Nene in this take…

A lot of people have been asking about what Tony said. So I will address his comments here and clarify more about NeNe‘s performance. Tony was upset because he felt I didn’t understand that he made a choice to do small arm movements for his partner as part of the choreography. And I understand completely what it means to make a stylistic choice of making smaller arm movements. Sometimes it’s a wonderful choice! However, even small arm movements need to be executed with full energy and must be connected to the rest of the movements. My constructive criticism for NeNe (who’s a really fun performer and has a LOT of potential) is that she has to make the movement hers. When you learn to dance, at first you copy the movements. They sometimes can look and feel awkward on your body and then you practice them and after a while they become your own movements. We use the mirror in rehearsals so we can accurately gauge what the audience sees (what is in the mirror) and what we feel. And a great dancer makes both good. That is how you make the dance your own. It is my opinion that NeNe still hasn’t gotten to the point where she has made the movements her own or found her connection to the movements. And the way to do that is to put more energy into the movements. If we examine her arm movements, they are still too small for her frame and her energy. Her arm movements felt stifled and disconnected from herself and the energy she has been putting into the performance. There is no problem with small arm movements. Stylistically speaking however, there is a problem when there is an imbalance and awkwardness. She’s got INCREDIBLE energy. It’s infectious, it’s loud and proud and beautiful! But the movements are not at the same level as her energy. Especially her arms. But I am encouraging her because I think when she makes this breakthrough, it’s going to be GREAT. She’s right on the edge… I feel it coming! Go NeNe! And go Tony for standing up for his partner! I love that kind of loyalty!

Lastly, the Access Hollywood interviews are starting to be released. You can watch them at this link. Below is James and Peta….

Ok, that is all for now! I think? Be sure to go to the links above to read much more. ~Vogue

March 25, 2014 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 18, Week 2 – Power Rankings

Hopefully everyone has had enough time to sleep off the whiplash you likely got from watching last night’s show – because seriously, kids, I don’t think I could have choreographed a sh*tshow that was sh*ttier than this show 8-O I felt sorry not only for the couples for a) not knowing when they were going to be dancing, and having to be prepared at a moment’s notice; but b) having the double elimination hanging over their heads all night.  Oh, and then there was the partner switch-up tweeting, too, which was haphazardly thrown in without a whole lot of explanation or clarification.  If the producers set out to turn last night’s show into the television equivalent of K-Mart on Black Friday, they succeeded – it seemed like total bedlam on the set last night.

I guess Erin improved only slightly this week – although I don’t really know if it was that she improved or that I was just waiting to get blindsided by more twists and turns and wasn’t really paying attention to her to begin with.  I do agree with the fans on one thing: she will NEVER look as good in those dresses as Brooke did.  WTF was she wearing last night? A discarded leotard from Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video? And my god, Erin (or whomever is pushing this stupid Jeremy Miller nonsense), just STAAAAHHHHP.  Both Cameron & Danica have clearly moved on, and let’s just say Ben Seaver hasn’t exactly aged gracefully…if you’re expecting a catfight over that doughy, average-looking washed-up actor, you’re going to be waiting for a very, very long time.

As for the eliminations – can’t say I’m too surprised about Diana & Henry.  I would have liked her to stay a bit longer, but I kind of wondered about both she & Henry’s respective fanbases – I doubt they would have been able to stick around for more than a week or two.  As for Sean & Karina – I’m honestly a bit shocked about that one, because I seriously thought Karina had the fanbase to at least pull her through the first few weeks, and I thought Sean was starting to finally open up.  Apparently he mentioned something about getting into an argument with Conrad & Co. over his rehearsal package last week during his elimination interview on GMA this morning (with the implication being “If you fight with the producers, you get sent home!”), but we’ll probably never know for sure if it was the votes that sent him home or Lord Conrad’s delicate ego.  I’d be lying, though, if I said I wasn’t THRILLED that Billy Dee & Emma get to stick around for another week ;-) Read more..

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PureDWTS Season 18 Week 2 Media And Interviews After Dance Night

So, how are you feeling after a double elimination on Dancing With The Stars last night so soon in the season I have to say it’s left a sourness in my throat I’m liking much. :( I felt especially sorry for Diana. It seemed to take the natural joy right from her. :( Same with Sean. He was just starting to smile even though I was ok with him not smiling. Oh well. Let’s get to some media. First, be sure you head to On The Red Carpet as they have some amazing photos from the night. George Pennacchio’s facebook also has some cool interview photos of all the couples (thanks Elmari). He also has some coverage and few interviews posted at ABC7. More coming! Stay tuned.

ETA: Below is some PopTVDotCom coverage after the show….

ETA2: Below you can listen to some new interviews with Entertainment Tonight (Only some of the cast is interviewed)…

ETA3: The On The Red Carpet interviews are starting to be released. We’ll post a few below, but, be sure to watch the rest at this link. Also, don’t miss more interviews with Derek and Amy at Pure Derek Hough.

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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 18, Week 2 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show! (Spoilers)

Wow. A lot happened at the start of the show. Maybe I should do a list…

  • TPTB thought it would be cute to pair the couples in their opening dance by rivalry – Danica and Candace, Meryl and Maks and so on. Stoopid.
  • It’s always nice to see Maks dance with his daughter Witney…oh. Wait. ;-)
  • Surprise double elimination?? They must be making sure they don’t end up with another Bill Engvall situation. Well, that and it’s good to have an even number of couples for the big switcheroo
  • Drew is safe right off the bat? Should I draw a conclusion for that or is that going to occur throughout the show?
  • Are they going to show video of each star picking their dance to prove they didn’t make it up?? They do realize that shit could be filmed anytime by cooperative stars, right? :-D

Okay….enough for now. I missed Drew’s dance….

ETA:
Welcome to ringer judging, Val.

Zendaya is in the audience looking like a 35 year old.

Billy Dee is safe, eh? Might be Dean and Karina going home.

ETA2: Okay for those of you wanting to vote for the Switch, it’s just like Karina said. You vote like this:

#DWTSStarPro  For example, #DWTSMerylDerek or #DWTSAmyMark  That’s all you need. Or you can retweet your friends. I would add slightly new content at least once in a while so you don’t get tagged as spam.

ETA3: So Diana went home. They will reveal the second eliminee after NeNe, Sean and Cody have all danced.

March 24, 2014 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 Season 18, Week 2: Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Another week, another set of dances that the celebs supposedly picked. Riiiight. Tell it to Candace. :-) Lots of angst about the switch up – I say “bring it”. I’m quite confident that my favorite pro will look pretty darn good with anyone, included Nene or Diana….or James or Cody for that matter. :-) I refuse to get worked up about the switch, only about people bugging me about the switch. ;-) Part of me hopes Derek will indeed get Nene just to see what the “He’s never been challenged” people will say when they do terrific together. I imagine they will pretend it never happened, or she will magically become a ringer on the order of Meryl. :-D

The dances for this week? See below. I noticed that Val and Danica are already done with camera blocking. Figured I better get the post up. I figure that Sean is in trouble with the Salsa, as is Drew with the Jive. NeNe – hard to say. She’s a pretty good dancer, but I suspect we’ll see a non-jive kinda like was saw a non-cha cha. Question is, will Tony ever get called out? He doesn’t seem to get called out for anything that Derek and Mark get called out for. I think Danicathetotallynonringer will do fantastic with Samba. Billy could surprise us with the Tango and I expect Charlie to KILL the tango. Cody is a question mark. I really liked his cha cha on rewatching it – it could go either way though on Tango. Meryl – don’t be silly. Her swing will be amazing. I think I will be holding my breath during Amy’s swing, as there are apparently lifts and such. Scary. James and Salsa?? Hmmmm…I think he’ll be okay. We’ll find out soon!!

I kinda half assed a dance order, below. Not really expecting it to be close. :-) I sure wasn’t last week when I gave it more thought.

Diana and Henry – Cha Cha Cha
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NeNe And Tony – Jive
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Danica and Val – Samba
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Billy and Emma – Tango
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James and Peta – Salsa
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Charlie and Sharna – Tango
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Sean and Karina – Salsa
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Candace and Mark – Rumba
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Amy and Derek – Swing
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Cody and Witney – Tango
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Drew and Cheryl – Jive
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Meryl and Maks – Swing
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A whole bunch of instagram pics – what I usually do is post the first several I find, no matter who they are. Yes, I have two of Amy – I think she’s amazing. Sue me. :-) Read more..

March 23, 2014 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 18 Partner Switch-Up: What Are Your Predictions?

This is Lori! That Switcheroo Thingy is upon us already and I am DREADING it!!!!!  I don’t want it to happen, but it’s going to happen!!!

Apparently, the viewers are going to vote after the first elimination, for the Switch to happen (I am guessing) in week 3.  And I am going to guess that TPTB are still trying to decide how they’re going to work it.  Knowing them, they’re screw it up.  Here is what what we know about the switcheroo, make sure you read if you’ve not already.

Anyway, since we are going to be STUCK with it, I thought we could take the time to share how WE would match them up.  For our purposes, we will ignore the elimination, and just match all 12 celebrities to a pro, and since I don’t know how they’re planning it, I’m adding the Troupe in also.

Here’s the Celebrities:

Danica

Amy

Candace

NeNe

Diana

Meryl

Charlie

Cody

James

Billy Dee

Sean

Drew

Here’s the Pros:

Cheryl

Karina

Witney

Emma

Sharna

Peta

Lindsey

Jenna

Derek

Val

Maks

Tony

Mark

Henry

Sasha

Artem

So…. YOUR job now is to rematch the celebrities to a different pro, and unfortunately, ALL must be rematched.  How would you do it, and why would you make the choices you did?

Here are mine. I picked two same sex couples, but, that doesn’t mean that the couples can be same sex or not for what they have planned.

1.  Amy and Henry.  I want her to stay with Derek, but since she can’t, I figured he is closer than the other choices.  Or Sasha.

2.  Diana and Cheryl, because Diana said she wouldn’t mind dancing with Cheryl.

3.  Drew and Derek, because I liked that ad, and I’m sure that both Drew and Derek can come up with a creative dance full of humor.

4.  Charlie and Karina because she is a top choreographer.

5.  Candace and Val.  No real reason, I just would like to see how he would work with her.

6.  NeNe and Maks just to see if there’s fireworks

7.  Meryl and Mark because he’s shorter than Maks.

8.  Danica and Artem just to see what he can do, since I’m not familiar with him.  I figure one week might be fine.  Or Sasha.

9.  Sean and Peta would make a gorgeous pair.

10. Cody and Emma because she’s young, and I’d love to see what she can do with a young partner

11. James and Sharna would make another gorgeous pair.

12. Billy Dee and Tony.  This was BY FAR the hardest pair for me.  I wanted to keep BDW with a female partner, but the ones I had left, I felt were just too young to pair with him, and I didn’t really want to shuffle the others around.  Tony’s always done well with older partners, so I chose Tony…. With a lot of hesitation.

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Emma Slater And Billy Dee Williams Talk DWTS Week 2 On Access Hollywood

Aww, and below is Emma Slater and Billy Dee Williams on Access Hollywood today with teasers on their new dance. Don’t you just love his voice?!!

ETA: You can also watch Billy Dee and Emma in a new Dancint With The Stars interview with Veria Living at this link. They discuss Billy Dee’s moves, judging, and 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.

ABC Releases Official Info On DWTS Season 18 Week 2; Announcement, Switch Up Dance, And More

ABC Medianet has released show details for next week! Read carefully for what they write on the switch dance. Also note how there is a “announcement” right after the opening number.

“Episode 1802” – The competition heats up on “Dancing with the Stars” as the celebrities take on a new style of dance, MONDAY, MARCH 24 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). The show kicks off with a show-stopping opening number choreographed by Mandy Moore featuring the entire cast followed by an announcement that is not to be missed! Each couple will then perform a dance style of the celebrities choosing including Swing, Tango, Jive, Salsa, Samba, Rumba and the Cha Cha. The couples face the first nerve-racking round of elimination.

Additionally, “The Switch Up” begins and voting guidelines will be revealed live. For the first time ever, America will be given the power to vote and change celebrity and professional dance pairings. This new rule will affect all couples as they will be required to switch partners. Never before have dance partnerships been split up during the course of competition.

ETA: Ok, I wonder if this has something to do with the Switch Up Dance as Tuesday Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli will make a “big surprise announcement” on GMA. Whatever the case, be sure to tune in. From ABCMediaNet….

TUESDAY, MARCH 25 – Celebrity stylist and reality star Rachel Zoe (Living in Style); legendary racecar driver Dario Franchitti; “Dancing with the Stars” judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli with a big surprise announcement; plus GMA talks to the couple voted off last night’s program; singer Karmin performs; supermodel Miranda Kerr shares her beauty secrets

ETA2: Karina Smirnoff just tweeted how the voting will work for Monday night for the switch up dance.:

Karina Smirnoff: Here are the twitter rules 4 the switch: Tweet #DWTS + Star’s first name + Karina
Voting opens during DWTS Mar24th ends Mar31st @11:59EST

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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.

New Las Vegas Odds For DWTS Season 18 Week 2: Speaking of Switches

Sports Bovada has posted their new odds for Dancing With The Stars Week 2. As always, there is a shake up after we see them dance the first time. This week they have Meryl and Charlie tied for first and note how Amy has moved up the ladder to 3rd! Danica and Candace has also moved up knocking Cody and James down. I love how Drew Carey made a move as well. I think Sean should be higher, but, I would say the tie at the bottom for last is about right, would you?

Charlie White 5/2
Meryl Davis 5/2
Amy Purdy 4/1
Candace Cameron Bure 11/2
Danica McKellar 15/2
James Maslow 10/1
Cody Simpson 20/1
Drew Carey 25/1
NeNe Leakes 25/1
Sean Avery 33/1
Billy Dee Williams 100/1
Diana Nyad 100/1

Last weeks odds:

Meryl Davis 3/2
Charlie White 3/1
Cody Simpson 6/1
James Maslow 6/1
Amy Purdy 10/1
Candace Cameron Bure 15/1
Danica McKellar 15/1
NeNe Leakes 15/1
Sean Avery 20/1
Billy Dee Williams 25/1
Diana Nyad 33/1
Drew Carey 33/1

Let’s get Miss Heidi and Court’s thoughts and be sure to let us know your thoughts as well in comments.

Courtney: I actually agree with this week’s odds, for the most part – the fact that James’ odds are twice as good as Cody’s has me really puzzled, though.  Were we watching the same show, oddsmakers? Because Cody made a pretty big splash on Monday, while James was just treading water…and I don’t expect that to change a whole lot throughout the course of the season.  I think we might begin to see more of a gap between Meryl & Charlie as the weeks wear on, as well – I’m guessing he’s going to continue to thrill each week, while she might have some off-weeks (which I’m thinking may have to do more with Maks’ choreography than anything else).  And if my gut feeling is right,  I think Candace & Danica may flip-flip back and forth in the odds each week – I get the feeling they’re setting that one up to be a neck-and-neck race, with the girls alternating who does better each week.  Other than that, I think the odds are pretty spot-on…I might have given Billy Dee a slight edge over Diana, just in terms of fanbase, but that’s kind of a moot point…

Heidi: Yeah, I’m not finding anything to argue with on this one. Shocker. :-)  I think Meryl and Charlie will remain at the top and Amy, Danica and Candace will flip flop around with each other depending on how they do in a given week. Aaaannnndddd…..I got nuthin’ else. :-D

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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.

New Official Dancing With The Stars Commerical For Week 2, Switch Dance Vote?

And it’s a fun one. Though note how they mention the Switch Up dance in it and how we take control of the ballroom. Does this mean they will be doing the Switch Up dance already for the following week? Hmmm, this might be cool for some couples and not so much for others. I’m not all too anxious to see Amy teamed up with anyone else, but, Derek! :-|

ETA: Another official teaser. They have Peta and Drew paired up. lol

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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.