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Dance Junkies TV DWTS Pre-Party With Stuart Brazell, Rib Hills, And Val Chmerkovskiy

The lovely Stuart Brazell of Dance Junkies TV breaks down Latin Week on Dancing With The Stars with Rib Hills and Val Chmerkovskiy. The bits on Maks and Derek are especially interesting and a hoot!! Val is a charmer as always!

UPDATE: And here is Part 2 with Val, Rib, and Stuart breaking down Latin night last week….

Stay tuned! They loved all of the questions we submitted for Val. There is a more personal interview coming at the end of the week!

April 23, 2012 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.

DWTS Make-Up Team Releases More Behind The Scenes Photos From Week 5

Yesterday, the Make-up team for Dancing With The Stars released some more “behind the scenes” photos from Week 5. If only we could be a fly on a wall as they go through the process of getting ready for the show, hmm? Below are just a few of the new pictures. You can view all 109 pics from this fun album here. I just wish they had some pictures of Derek, Maria, Tristan, Mark, William, and more of the troupe members? Maybe next time?

April 22, 2012 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.

DWTS Season 14, Week 5 – How Did We Get THAT Bottom Two??

Back by a little demand, I’ve written a little retrospective on how Jaleel and Gavin ended up in the bottom two…or more accurately, how Gladys and Melissa *didn’t* end up in the duel.  Again, I tend to believe that it’s not that Melissa and Gladys are getting a ton of votes, but they are getting a good number of votes and Jaleel was getting very little votes. In other words, a combination of factors. Gavin is pretty obvious, I think. His score was low enough that he just couldn’t beat the margin. Of course, it’s possible he beat Jaleel…but we’ll never know for sure.

Anyway, Melissa needed roughly 13,400 more votes per million votes cast to beat the margin between her and Jaleel and clearly, she got it.  This I would expect, since Jaleel doesn’t seem to be coming across well to ANYONE, not to mention that she, like others before her, is a TV icon.  I doubt very much she has the fanbase of Kirstie Alley or Jennifer Grey, but she still does have one. She’s also pretty personable and she’s bringing out a good side of Maks.  I didn’t find this surprising in the least.

Gladys?? The woman was third from the bottom – there was no way that Gavin was catching her.  He had a 19 and she had a 22. Here’s what happened for Gladys to be safe; BOTH of the following:

–          Gavin didn’t get 13,400 more votes per million votes cast than Her, AND;

–          Gladys got roughly 8,950 more votes per million votes cast than Jaleel.

Really, it’s that simple. Note that this says nothing about how Melissa is doing against Gladys, because we don’t actually know.   For Jaleel to end up in the bottom two with Gavin, BOTH of the following happened:

–          Melissa got 13,400 more votes per million votes cast than Jaleel did, AND;

–          Gladys got 8,950 more votes per million votes cast than Jaleel did, AND;

Again, this is not terribly surprising to me. We still have no clue about how Gladys and Melissa are doing compared to each other, OR compared to the rest of the celebs, with the possible exception of Roshon.

What about Roshon? How did he escape the bottom two this time after being in the bottom two the week before??  Well, this is where it gets interesting.  At least to me. When Roshon was in the bottom two with Sherri it meant that all of the following happened:

–              Gladys got at least 25,752 more votes per million votes cast than Roshon, AND;

–              William, Jaleel and Melissa ALL got at least 17,167 more votes per million votes than Roshon, AND;

–              Gavin got at least 12,875 more votes per  million votes cast than Roshon, AND;

–              Katherine got at least 8,583 more votes per million votes cast than Roshon, AND;

–              Maria got at least ONE more vote per million votes cast than Roshon.

This past week, Jaleel clearly didn’t cover the spread between him and Roshon, and the spread this past week was 8,930 more votes per million votes cast.  So the spread between them was cut in half and Jaleel is no longer beating Roshon.  So the question is, is Roshon’s stock rising or is Jaleel’s falling. Or is it both? I think that Roshon got a bump from being in the bottom two with Sherri…but I also think that Jaleel is wearing out his welcome.  Jaleel also got a whole bunch of media love this week, from GMA to Wendy Williams to The View. Will it work?? Beats me.

Also keep in mind that this week Gavin needed 31,500 more votes per million votes cast to stay over Roshon. You’ll note, above, when Roshon was in the bottom two the spread between him and Gavin was only 12,875 votes per million votes cast, which Gavin beat to put Roshon in the bottom 2.  So, while the tendency some would have would be to say, “Wow, we did it!! We voted enough to save Roshon,” I would respond and say…not necessarily.  Gavin could have still been getting more votes than Roshon, just not enough more.  He couldn’t beat the spread.

Look at it this way – Roshon gets 40,000 votes, Gavin gets 53,000 votes and Jaleel gets 48,000 votes.  Gladys gets 57,000 votes and Melissa gets 61,000 votes.  Who goes home??  Roshon is the low vote getter, right? But he’s not even in the bottom two in this group.  In this scenario, Gavin and Jaleel are the bottom two (with Gavin going home sans dance duel) – and Gladys and Melissa’s vote totals aren’t that much better, but they are beating the spread needed to beat Jaleel, and Jaleel wasn’t getting the votes to beat Roshon. This is why the bottom two is so misleading. You can easily be the low vote getter and still be safe – it depends on the judges score.

If that sort of scenario continues to play out, and Roshon keeps getting higher scores than Melissa and Gladys, but is lower in voting…he can force Gladys and Melissa into the bottom two by virtue of them not being able to cover the spread.  Roshon’s 40k votes versus Gladys 57k and Melissa’s 61k with similar scores?? Means that one of them is in the bottom two with Jaleel next week.  But ONLY if the votes are similar in scale to what I’ve written above. We don’t know that’s the case – both Gladys and Melissa could be getting more votes than the top four dancers. We’ll find out this week, I imagine.  If there is a double elimination, a real bottom THREE will have to be revealed…so it won’t just be Jaleel and Roshon.  Who will the third person be??

Clear as mud??  :-)

April 21, 2012 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. :-)

Dancing With The Stars Make-Up Team Releases Behind The Scenes Photos From Week 5

The Dancing With The Stars Make-up Team has started to release some “behind the scenes” shots of some of the celebrities from this past week. Below are Katherine and Gladys. Aren’t they beautiful? I love the work on their eyes. Check out their beautiful earrings too created by one of our sponsors Anne Koplik Designs. So cute! Click pics to enlarge.

April 19, 2012 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.

DWTS Las Vegas Odds For April 19th: Do you agree with the odds makers this time?

We usually see a twist in the Las Vegas Odds after another week of dances. This week, however, the Las Vegas odds are relatively the same in comparison to last week’s odds. The only difference is are the numbers slightly. The odds for Jaleel and Roshon have lowered. Also, Roshon and Melissa have switched places which I don’t understand since Roshon is clearly the better dancer? I imagine his fan base isn’t as big? Also note how Donald is in first place this week where he and Katherine were tied for first last week.

This week’s new Las Vegas Odds:

Donald Driver 19/10
Katherine Jenkins 2/1
William Levy 9/4
Maria Menounos 8/1
Jaleel White 25/1
Melissa Gilbert 30/1
Roshon Fegan 30/1
Gladys Knight 100/1

Last week’s Las Vegas Odds:

Donald Driver 2/1
Katherine Jenkins 2/1
William Levy 9/4
Maria Menounos 8/1
Jaleel White 15/1
Roshon Fegan 25/1
Melissa Gilbert 30/1
Gavin DeGraw 75/1
Gladys Knight 100/1

Let’s see what my PureDwts partners in crime think after looking at the new odds for this week? Be sure to tell us what you think too in the comments section.

Courtney: I think the fact that Melissa has been consistently scoring pretty low and still hasn’t fallen into the bottom 2 is confuzzling the oddsmakers :-) I don’t think they quite know what to make of her.  At this point, I’d actually put her above both Roshon AND Jaleel, considering those two have actually appeared in the bottom 2 while Melissa hasn’t yet – then again, I’m wondering if they’re trying to anticipate who falls into the dance duel and emerges victorious.  I’m also not so sure I’d give Gladys such long-shot odds – she hasn’t been in the bottom 2, either, and had to get a decent amount of votes in order to overcome Roshon in week 4.  Will she win the whole thing? Probably not, but I don’t think it’s as implausible as these odds imply. But, as with Melissa, I think they’re torn between what the scores & voting so far are telling them and what the judges are likely to do in the dance duel – I actually feel for the oddsmakers in that respect, because the two concepts seem to contradict one another.  Yes, the judges would likely eliminate Melissa and/or Gladys in a heartbeat if they happened to tumble into the bottom 2, but what’s the likelihood that it would actually happen at this point??? The pattern of this season so far seems to indicate that both Roshon & Jaleel falling into the duel next week is a far more likely scenario…or one of them getting eliminated outright and the other duking it out with someone else in the dance duel.   As for the opposite end of the odds…I’m really surprised they actually still have Donald at the top, with even better odds than last week, considering the tongue bath William was given this week, and Donald getting kinda shafted by Len.  Oh well…I have a feeling the odds still have some shifting to do as we approach the finale…

Heidi: I think the odds makers see the same thing we do, in terms of Donald – personality. Like it or not, he also has his football fans behind him whereas William and Katherine MAY be suffering from being relatively unknown. Odds makers are people too. :-) They may just see the same things we do and they may also know that the over hyped are usually being over hyped for a reason. That said, and while I think Donald does have the best actual shot of winning,  I think the others could step in and be a surprise.  So much of what happens on this show depends on things other than one or two given dances – the judges tend to rank and their ranking and desire to keep a few out of the bottom is, I think, obvious to everyone.  But once they get down to the core 5 that they think deserve to be there, THAT’S when their true feelings come out. I fully expect Maria and maybe even Donald to start getting a bit of the Ralph treatment to make sure that William, Katherine and Donald are in the final three, with William and Katherine being the final two. But only a bit of the Ralph treatment – it also seems clear to me that the judges got the memo on their treatment of many past contestants because, over all, they have been MUCH nicer this season than any season in recent memory.  And these people aren’t THAT good at dancing.  There ain’t a Nicole in this bunch. And there is no Kristi with the huge fanbase either, I don’t think. That makes things harder. :-)

Source: Las Vegas Sports Betting

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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 14 Week 5 – More Media After Dance And Elimination Night

We have some more media to share! Below is Ricki Lake and Toni Dovolani on Good Morning America with their thoughts on Monday night’s dances. Ricki gives her thoughts on Maria giving Derek a kiss too. lol

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Afterbuzz breaks down Monday night’s dances as well. Note how Roshon Fegan and Anna Trebunskaya were their guests. Anna dishes on some fascinating things on the styles of dances again, etc. and Roshon is entertaining as always….

Then last night after the elimination, PopTVDotCom caught up with some of the cast after the show going to Tom Bergeron’s Mid Season party. Len Goodman’s comments are especially interesting. Some of the cast share their thoughts on Gavin being eliminated. Martina is in attendance. Peta talks fashion and much more…

April 18, 2012 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.

PureDWTS14 Week 5 Media After Gavin DeGraw And Karina Smirnoff’s Exit (Interviews)

Gavin had one of the classiest exits in DWTS history, IMO. Always took criticism with a smile, worked hard, respected his partner and had a blast. I was a fan of his music before, but now I call myself a fan of HIM! ~Magnolia

The above quote is from PureDWTS reader Magnolia on Gavin DeGraw in Heidi’s Spolier’s post last night after Gavin DeGraw was eliminated. I thought she summed it up so well for what we are going to miss about this special guy. It’s so true how Gavin always took criticism with a smile and just had a good time on Dancing With The Stars. He was just an all around nice guy! I’m going to miss his “sense of style” too for what Tom Bergeron mentioned and….HIS SIGNATURE HATS!! So, here’s to Gavin and Karina and some media after their elimination with Jimmy Kimmel, Access Hollywood, and On The Red Carpet for starters….

Here’s a piece from E Online as well on why he did the show. He expresses his great love and respect for Karina…

“The fact is this, I signed up for it and it requires a lot of time and a lot of work, a lot of effort and loads and loads of dedication,” Gavin told us. “I did this more to have a great time, pick up a couple of steps, hang out with a beautiful woman instead of living on my bus with a bunch of other smelly musicians.”

All kidding aside, Gavin gave all the credit to Karina Smirnoff for making it as far as he did.

“I love Karina Smirnoff,” he gushed. “I love her. She’s a great dancer. She’s amazing for taking on the challenge of teaching me a couple of the easy versions of the things she knows how to do amazingly well. When Karina shows you a move you think it looks really easy and you’re like, ‘OK, I’ll try those shoes on.’ The shoes are big my friends, the shoes are very big. It’s hard to pull those moves off!”

You can read more here for how they felt on the Dance Duel, the cast, and the fart joke. LOL

Stay tuned! We’ll post their Good Morning America interview shortly! ;)

UPDATE: And below is their interview on Good Morning America this morning….

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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.

SPOILERS!!! DWTS Season 14, Week 5 – Who Got the Boot??

Dang, my number post is looking pretty good right now. :-) Eh, don’t get used to it. I’ll probably blow it next week.

Anyway, after the obligatory chatter so that I don’t accidentally spoil anyone, Gavin and Jaleel did the dance duel and unfortunately, Jaleel was the clear winner…and the judges saved him.

What did we predict?? Well…

Heidi: I predicted Gavin would go with Melissa as an outside chance. However, I was reasonably confident that Roshon or Jaleel would be in the bottom two with Gavin, but that either one would beat him.

Courtney: Put Melissa at the bottom of her Power Rankings, thinking she might go home, but had Gavin as a possibility as well.

Vogue: Said that it would be Gavin and Gladys in the bottom two and that Gladys would lose.

And the winner is…well, no one, really. I’m totally bummed that Gavin went home and Jaleel is still there. However, my early prediction would be Jaleel and Roshon in the bottom two next week. As for Jaleel’s numbers, I’ll likely cover that in next weeks “Dancing by the Numbers” post, unless someone is dying for it now.

April 17, 2012 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. :-)

ABC Releases Official Dancing With The Stars Confessionals For Week 5 (Video)

These are always fun to watch! And thanks Jaleel, but, no thanks! I didn’t need to the 6 packs again. :?:

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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 14, Week 6 – A “Surprise” Double Elimination??

Eh, it’s only a surprise if you haven’t been paying attention to me the last few weeks. I’ve been saying all along they have to have one to get to where they need to be in week 10 – unless they plan on going 11 weeks, which has only been done once before. Anyway, Robin Leach’s Vegas Deluxe claims the double elimination is next week:

Tonight, the program institutes the new dance-off policy to tackle fan popularity voting, and it will be the judges who end the run for one of the celebrity teams. Next week: A surprise double elimination on the same terms!

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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. :-)