Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani are a hoot as always when they are together! Here they are interviewing some of the celebs at Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Party….
Wow…is this ever an interesting Afterbuzz TV show! This week, Shirley and Corky Ballas are Kristyn and Suri’s guests. Let’s just say….Shirley and Corky weren’t very happy about Mark and Willow getting eliminated too early. They hint at producer manipulation ….and A LOT!! I have to say…I’ve wondered on the same things at times (IE: Sharna and Charlie, Karina and Ralph to name a few other exits that happened too early) and they have some valid points. Also, pay special attention to when they start reviewing Derek and Nastia’s dance too as they say something about Henry that is interesting to say the least. Let us know what you think of this week’s show?
Carrie Ann Inaba has written a new blog at Parade about her memories of being on Dancing With The Stars. In this take, she writes of how all came to be for her.
Ten years is a long time. Dancing with the Stars has been on the air for 10 years. A Decade! It’s an amazing time to reflect upon.
I remember when I went in to interview for a new dance show that had originated in England. At the time, I was working on with Nigel Lythgoe on American Idol and as a choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance. At the interview, I was happily surprised to see many fellow choreographers, peers and people I respected who had been in the business for a long time. It was fun and exciting to talk shop and be a part of something so very new and different. I was offered two jobs: judging roles on both Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. It was a very hard decision for me to make. I loved both concepts, and I had worked for so long with Lythgoe. But I had also worked with Conrad Green, the executive producer of Dancing With the Stars. In the end, I chose Dancing With the Stars.
I was so thrilled to be part of this new craze of dance shows that were just becoming popular. And look at us now! Dance is mainstream. Dance has become almost as popular as our sports. It’s become a major part of pop culture and people now talk the language of dance. I can bring up dance at a dinner table and everyone chimes in, all generations and all walks of life. Dancers are now respected as athletes and artists. It has been a beautiful evolution for my dance community, the community I have lived in for most of my adult life. And the best part is that people now know the incredible power of dance. The celebrities who have done our show have all experienced firsthand the joy, the pain, the thrill, the emotional freedom, the physical power and the transformational power of dance. They know now what I have known for most of my life. Dance heals. Dance empowers. Dance expresses what words cannot. And our audience, our beautiful extended family has experienced it all too, and they also have been able to enjoy those incredible artistic creations and performances throughout the past 20 seasons. They’ve witnessed the power, beauty and joy of dancing, and they have embraced it. They have embraced us.
Lots more at Parade. I thought she looked stunning last night on the 10th Anniversary show. I loved these photos…
Did you watch the Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Show? If so, what did you think? What were your favorite dances? Any thoughts?
I’m in the middle of watching it right now! I am LOVING IT!! It’s so good to see everyone. I loved Mark and Derek/Sasha’s dance with their former partners. I loved seeing Alfonso & Witney and Maks & Meryl! More in comments later.
Below are some performance videos from the show courtesy of @idolxfactor1….
Dancing Through The Decades
Who would have thought Dancing With The Stars would have the longevity like that Pink Energizer Bunny! It just keeps going and going and going…… If I have my way and the dancing gods (and ABC) cooperate, the show will be wound up for another ten years! I think that is not out of the realm of possibility. But, it’s up to all of you. Viewership must remain strong! It must continue to be a force in the dancing universe! The show is as golden as it was ten years ago. The opening number on Monday’s show was a golden depiction replete with golden gowns!
I will have a special writing dedicated to tonight’s Tenth Anniversary Special! I cannot wait to see this magnificent spectacle devoted to the juggernaut Dancing With the Stars has become. From its humble beginnings to now, it is a golden show!
Monday night’s show had an appropriate theme because of the decade the show has been on the air. Please join me as we go:
Dancing Through The Decades
Five, four, three, two, one! Cue the dancers in golden hue!
Cue the hosts! Cue the judges! Cue our dancing appetites!
The audience whipped into a frenzy, excitement building!
The atmosphere is electric, like a trillion mega-watt bulbs! Read more..
How about some breathtaking photos from Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Week 7? To see more, click on the photos. Beautiful!
USA Today has a cool report posted on the Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Show. Here is some more information for what to expect tonight…
The special, taped last week and airing Tuesday (8 p.m. ET/PT), includes a group dance with seven NFL stars and a gold football, to the rearranged tune of Monday Night Football’s opening theme; first-season winner Kelly Monaco and pro Val Chmerkovskiy re-creating an earlier dance, stripping to a bikini and Speedos, as they splash on a water-soaked platform; and Patti LaBelle singing Lady Marmalade, backed by fellow Dancing alums Amber Riley and Lil’ Kim.
The taping closed with a group finale that featured more than 50 stars, pros and judges from the series’ 20 seasons crowding the dance floor.
“It was wonderful to look across from the judges (table) and see all the alumni from previous seasons. I forgot that so many people had been on our show,” says judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who has been present for every Dancing show. “It was fun to see Marlee Matlin out there again, what a wonderful woman. Having Amy Purdy back in the ballroom, she’s one of my all-time favorites. Apollo Anton Ohno sitting next to me.”
Celebrities say they also enjoyed the reunion for a one-time huge hit that still draws a solid audience.
“Next time they shouldn’t wait so long. We love each other. When you do that show, you become a family,” says singer Gladys Knight, who took a leap of faith to compete in Season 14. “It was totally out of my comfort zone. The Pips were the dancers. But it was an awesome experience.”
Longtime pro Karina Smirnoff, who performed in the football dance, says she choreographed it in a way to honor Dancing’s long run.
“I wanted to pay homage to moments that were memorable within their seasons, so that’s why I had Jacoby (Jones) jump over my head and had the move with Donald (Driver) where I held my ankles and he twirled me around, says Smirnoff, who is not competing this season. “It allows people to not only enjoy their dancing on the (anniversary special) but it reminds them of what these guys did on the show during their seasons.”
What a show last night. They all danced so good, but, I’m still upset about Mark and Willow getting eliminated. 🙁 They were my second favorite couple. Mark’s choreography has been stellar this year. I’m going to remember Willow for her laughter and innocence. She worked so hard (harder than many teens would). She never complained (like other celebs have this season). She proved that teenagers can do this show with the best of them and at a young age too. And so what if she broke down after she was eliminated. Some of the media and tweets I’m reading this morning with her being too young to do show is sad. I would have broke down too. Willow, don’t change who you are in the least. Thank you for dancing and refreshing this show with your beautiful and youthful spirit like you did! A lesson for us all!
So, how about if we start off with the scores?
Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough – 38
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker – 37
Willow Shields & Mark Ballas – 37 (Eliminated)
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess – 36
Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – 35
Chris Soules & Witney Carson – 31
Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson – 31
Next, you can watch some new interviews at E Online (I’d embed them, but, they play and won’t stop. Glamour has some coverage as well. You can also watch some new interviews below with Access Hollywood, Afterbuzz TV, etc. Keep checking back for more to be added. Don’t miss more with Nastia and Sasha at Pure Derek Hough.
Access Hollywood (awwww, seeing Willow’s eyes makes me so sad 🙁 ): Read more..
Below are some clips from the Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary special which is airing on ABC tomorrow night courtesy of the Dancing With The Stars Official You Tube Channel. Be watching this link as they may post more.
ETA: @DancingABC also posted a new promo at twitter. Be sure to see it HERE.
Some of the photos from the Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary special coming out are just beautiful. You can view a collection below courtesy of @DancingABC instagram. Amber Riley News also posted a gallery which is featured below. If you visit the Disney ABC site at this link and scroll down, you can view even more. The official site also has a special page set up where you can read on some of the dances. Be sure you are following @DancingABC instagram as they may post photos in the coming days. Lastly, if you missed our first collection of twitter and instagram collection, see this previous posting. There are more spoilers here. Don’t forget the Dancing With The Stars Anniversary Special will take place Tuesday night, April 28th.