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PureDWTS Season 18, Week 1 – Power Rankings

So season 18 – the season of “lots of big changes”, and I’m not so sure I’m liking them.  Right off the bat – skeptical about Erin as a cohost.  Seems like she isn’t about playing 2nd banana to Tom – felt like she was just waiting for her turn to talk, and was trying too hard to be clever and funny when asking her questions…which, by the way, were exactly what I worried they would be: pointed, uncomfortable, and at times, salacious.  Not sure if it’s her asking those questions (or somebody up in the booth feeding them to her), but I’m not liking the gossipy, almost tabloid-y direction the show is taking – suddenly, we have to know who’s dating who, and what their significant others think about their partners, and who stole who’s boyfriend in the past, etc.  Seemed especially evident when Erin was needling-er, interviewing Cody & Witney – didn’t really enjoy the tone of that one in particular, as it sounded to me like Erin was throwing some serious shade in Witney’s direction (“Well, I think you’re a distraction!”).  Just SHUT UP, Erin – I had my fill of you channeling Regina George back in season 10.  Remember: those who stir the sh*t pot should have to lick the spoon. ;-)

And then there’s the “rivalries” – ugh.  The three major ones that they seem to be pushing are Meryl vs. Charlie, Cody vs. James, and Candace vs. Danica.  And while Conrad may have referred to them as “healthy rivalries” in his press release – I would hardly call dredging up 20-year-old drama about stolen boyfriends to be “healthy”.  Are we sure the Muppets in the production office haven’t been replaced by high school girls? Because some of this stuff is seriously immature.  But hey, if they’re gonna continue pushing the rivalries – guess I’ll do a weekly scorecard of them, too, since these things seem to be UBER-IMPORTANT on DWTS these days.  But anyhow…shall I get on with the rankings? :-)

1.) Charlie & Sharna – Can’t say I’m too surprised here, as we had heard that Charlie’s routine was “REALLY good!” and we all kind of expected both he & Meryl to easily handle their routines.  Was pleasantly surprised at how well he handled the (pretty short) section of side-by-side contemporary choreography – he seems to really get the “pulse” of contemporary, and knows how to use his limbs properly.  He’s obviously SPECTACULAR doing lifts, and he handled the many ones Sharna threw at him without so much as a bobble…but that’s probably my one big critique of this routine: it was very, VERY lift-heavy.  Seemed like most of the routine was either prepping for a lift or doing the lift, as opposed to doing any separate steps.  Contemporary does NOT mean “do all sorts of lifts!” I would caution Sharna not to get tempted to throw every lift she knows into any routine in which it’s allowed, simply because her partner is quite possibly even a better lifter than Tony.  Beyond that, I really enjoyed it, and I’m excited to see what else this partnership can do. Read more..

March 18, 2014 I Written By

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First Couple Of Weeks Of DWTS Will Be “One Packed, Spray-Tanned Sausage”, More Rehearsal Arrival Photos

Dancing With The Stars Tom Bergeron talked to Yahoo TV about the new season and all of the new changes coming. He comments that his new cohost, Erin Andrews, will be “great at both sideline and quick interviews and such.” Tom also commented that the first couple of weeks of the show will be “one packed, spray-tanned sausage” (LOL!). Monday promises to be “quite the adventure” when the show goes LIVE! Below is more….

After revealing that last season’s crowded celebrity holding area, the Glitter Pit, would be no more (“Hallelujah!” he said of the pit’s demise), Bergeron hinted at what the celeb hangout will look like in the new season: “A version of the skybox will be there. I don’t know if it will be the old celeb-aquarium, but it’ll certainly be more like the celeb-aquarium than the Glitter Pit,” he said. “These are all words I never thought I’d use in a sentence.”

The popular TV host seemed particularly excited about the star-studded cast for the upcoming season, which includes “Wonder Years” sweetheart Danica McKellar, “Star Wars” icon Billy Dee Williams, and five athletes.

“Particularly to have [Olympic gold medalists] Meryl Davis and Charlie White, they’ve been together 17 years as partners, and this is the first time they’ve split up and they’ll be competing against each other,” Bergeron said. “A lot of interesting possibilities with this cast.”

But when it comes to another big change this season — the midseason partner switch — even the show’s longtime host is in the dark.

“I went into the office last week, and they were being very secretive about it, and I don’t know if it’s going to be for a week or two or the balance of the season,” Bergeron said. “It’s something we’ve never done before, so it’ either [going to] be amazing or a train wreck. In both cases you got good TV.”

Reading his words gets me even more excited for the new season. Be sure to read the full article at Yahoo TV. Also, if you’d like to see more pics of the cast arriving to rehearsals this weekend, see the Daily Mail here and here.

March 16, 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.

Dancing With The Stars Erin Andrews On The View (Video)

Erin Andrews was on The View today. Below, she talks about her boyfriend and freezing her eggs. Be watching this link to see the full episode posted soon as I bet she talked of Dancing With The Stars as well.


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March 14, 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.

Host Tom Bergeron Talks On The New Season Of Dancing With The Stars

E Online interviewed Tom Bergeron about Dancing With The Stars Season 18. In the interview, they ask him about Erin Andrews and the new Switch Up dance (sounds like he’s much like us about it?) which you can read about below. Lots more at the link including his thoughts about Brooke Burke Charvet and who he’s excited to see dance.

“Erin and I first worked together when we did the Scripps Spelling Bee for ABC back a few years ago,” Bergeron said. “She’s very energetic and smart and funny, and I think she’s going to bring all of that to the show.”

But he did have some advice for Andrews, which he shared with her over dinner.

“I just basically said to her, ‘Trust your gut, and if you want to—because we’re friends—take a shot at me.’ I was telling her about when Drew Lachey filled in some seasons ago for a few weeks, he would take these shots at me, and I love that, so I told her not to hold back.”

The other major change in store for fans is the new “Switch Up” twist, which will give America the chance to change up the dance partners. And some of the contestants have already expressed their dislike of the new twist, which pro Val Chmerkovskiy called “horrible.”

“I’m not sure yet how it’s going to play out. I don’t know if it’s just for a week or whatever they do it they’re going to do it for the balance of the season, so I’m kind of as curious as you and the dancers are, as to how this is going to play,” Bergeron said. “It’s either going to be very intriguing and exciting or a trainwreck.”

March 12, 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.

Dancing With The Stars Season 18 “Flip The Switch”, 2nd Promo (HQ Video)

In case you haven’t seen this yet, below is a second promo for Dancing With The Stars Season 18 in high quality! Some of these faces are cracking me up!! Too fun!

March 11, 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.

DWTS18 Erin Andrews Guests On The Late Show (Videos)

Last night, Erin Andrews was a guest on The Late Show. In the clips below, she and David Letterman talk sports. If anyone saw the show, can you tell us if they talked of Dancing With The Stars as well? If so, let us know in comments.

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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.

Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Title Shoot Photos

You can view the Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Title Shoot photos at People.com in all of glory at this link. Let us know which are your favorites.

Beautiful!! I am honestly loving them all!!!

March 10, 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.

Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Monday Morning Media And Pics Starter

Just a little starter for a Monday wake up! If you head to the Daily Mail here and here, you can view some of the cast arriving to rehearsals over the weekend. I’m loving Karina’s hair and I want a pair of Peta’s sunglasses. :D

In other mentions, Diana Nyad was named as one of the “Sportwomen of the Year” at the LA Sports Awards. Below is more from UCLA Bruins….

In other award presentations, Clippers All-Star guard Chris Paul was honored as 2013 Sportsman of the Year and record-setting long distance swimmer Diana Nyad and Sparks star Candace Parker were co-named the Sportswomen of the Year.

Kym Johnson is in the news too! She’s going to host the 2014 PWN Awards for Pole Dancing. We thank Sally for sending us this news. You can view a beautiful poster of her at the link.

Carrie Anne Inaba is currently vacationing in Italy, but, she promises to be home soon in time for the new season of Dancing With The Stars. I’m loving this pic she posted at her twitter and facebook. She looks so happy.

And just one more thing….7 more days and counting until….

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Ok, that is all for now!! And Jim, thanks for the pic above! Awesome pose of Karina and Sean!

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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.

PureDWTS Weekend Media Tidbits, TV Heads Up, And More Wonderings

Isn’t that a hot pose with Peta Murgatroyd and James Maslow? Love it!!! In other media things to share!!! If you head to the Daily Mail, you can see some of the cast arriving to rehearsals again. You can see Danica McKeller, Mark Ballas, Henry Byalikov, Karina Smirnoff, Diana Nyad, Peta Murgatroyd, Candace Cameron-Bure, Val Chmerkovskiy, Nene Leakes, and Whitney Carson. But, if that wasn’t enough, All Access also has some pics of Cody Simpson, Karina Smirnoff, and Witney Carson here, here (Jim, will this do? :) ), and here.

Also, just some TV heads up: Drew Carey will be a guest on Kelly and Michael next Friday, March 14th! Erin Andrews will be on The View on the same day.

Ok, that is all for now except I’m kind of wondering what Tom Bergeron means with this tweet?

Spent a few hours annoying the @DancingABC producers yesterday. They’ve got some fun treats up their spray-tanned sleeves for Season 18.

Be sure to read this link for the convo that took place afterwards.

Also, what is Emma and Billy Dee up to in this new @DancingABC pic?

LOL Loves Emma’s eyes!! And this is fun too…

Ok, Vogue over and out for now!!xx

March 8, 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.

Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Photo Shoot Video Teasers

These are too fun. Derek Hough does his magical thing…..while Danica McKeller and Val Chmerkovskiy give it in good form. These are from the official DWTS facebook page. Lets hope we get more and the official photos come out soon.

March 7, 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.