Music legend and much loved Dancing With The Stars contestant, Gladys Knight, is performing at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend. Not only that, and watch out, Dancing With The Stars pros Tristan MacManus, Sasha Farber, Henry Byalikov, and Artem Chigvintsev are performing with her too. Below is some coverage from George Pennacchio and ABC7. Great interview and isn’t fun to see them all again?
ETA:The Examiner has an article posted on the show. Below is take about she and the pros they danced. Be sure to see the link for more. LOL to “it was on my bucket list”.
Gladys Knight proved why she is at legendary status in her 75 minute set. The seven-time GRAMMY Award winner has earned number one hits in Pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has also had a career in film, television. Knight showed why she is still in the business after all of these decades and her voice still incredible.
Knight kicked off her set opening the show sitting at the piano and performing “Hard To Say I’m Sorry”. She told the crowd “this is something you never seen me do”. She stated that she wanted to take piano lessons as a child but with there being four kids, her mom could not afford it so her sister Brenda got the piano lessons and she got to sing. She said it was on her “bucket list’ as she played the piano during the show. She then went on to perform “You Should Be Dancing” by The Bee Gees. Back up dancers come on stage to dance and it is Sasha Farber, Henry Byalikov and Artem Chigvintsev from “Dancing With The Stars”. Then comes Tristan MacManus who was Knight’s dancing partner when she competed on the hit television show to lead her into a dance routine. She joked afterwards saying “it was on my bucket list”.
Mary Murphy was at the show last night. She posted some fun shots. @JDSwartz posted some instagrams too…
What a fun interview with Mark Ballas and the Huffington Post. He talks about the finale of Dancing With The Stars, his injury, and his “Get My Name” single. Speaking of “Get My Name”, Pure Derek Hough has a “behind the scenes” interview with George Pennacchio if you want to check that out too.
It’s Afterbuzz TV time!! Julz Tocker joins them with their new reviews for the Semi-finals of Dancing With The Stars Season 17! This time I was ok with most of their reviews until Suri started her review on Amber. Also, note how Suri thought Bill should have went home. Listen through and let us know what you think if interested.
Carrie Anne Inaba wrote about last night’s dances at Parade.com. She also talks of Maks and how they are so much alike. As I started to read over her words, I knew right where it was heading being they are both “Capricorns”. Below are her thoughts about the final four….
Now, I have to say that at the beginning of the season, I would never in a million years have guessed that our finalists would have turned out to be Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Corbin Blue and Karina Smirnoff, Amber Riley and Derek Hough, and Bill Engvall and Emma Slater. I thought for sure we’d see Elizabeth Berkley in there as well as either Brant Daughtry, Nicole Snooki P, or Christina Milian. I mean, we had the best set of dancers to start off with in all 17 seasons. We started out with some incredible talent, the likes of which we hadn’t seen since our All-Star Season. I think that’s what made it more exciting in many ways. Losing great dancers like that was frustrating, but it was also fascinating to watch. I know it is frustrating on many levels for those who want the “best dancers” in the finals, but I do think that we have two of the best dancers and two of the most improved in the finals. And this is a nice representation of what the show is about.
I will say that by reading my Twitter feed and commentary, it is quite apparent that the fans and our wonderful audience are really split on how they want this to turn out. Some are absolutely up in arms about Corbin and Amber having so much dance in their background. And there are just as many who are upset that Bill has made it this far. But mostly everyone agrees that Jack deserves to be in the finals. It’s interesting to read all the different opinions. I think it’s fantastic that our audience is so passionate about it. I want to say that learning ballroom after being a “commercial” dancer or a jazz dancer or a hip-hop dancer is not as easy as you think. You have to unlearn many things. There is such a specific technique to ballroom and Latin that it can almost drive a jazz/hip-hop dancer insane. After dancing many years with your weight placed one way, your posture slightly forward for the most part, using your head to accentuate every move, learning to keep your head still, posture completely altered, and the weight placement on your feet different depending on the dance is challenging and extremely frustrating. It’s like dancing in a metal cage after being free to express yourself. But that is what makes this competition so interesting even for those who have had dance experience in their background.
As always, let’s go straight to the interviews after dance night. First up, JC Rubio of Afterbuzz TV asks the the finalists some great questions. There is a special magic in the air!! Let’s just say the four finalists are excited to say the least. Some of them also give hints for their dances next week. Derek says Amber had the idea for their freestyle. Both say it will be fun. Jack jokes that he is going to be a Chippendale dancer. Bill says they are just going to continue to do what they have been doing. Lots more in detail below as well as more finale hints in other interviews. So, keep scrolling down and “reading more”…
Afterbuzz TV also interviewed Elizabeth, Sasha, and Emma after the show… Read more..
And so we say so long to Valerie Harper on Dancing With The Stars, but, not without a dry eye in the house or “HOPE”!! She not only had a special message to send to us all to dance no matter what happens to us in life and to “keep on keeping on”, she truly reminded me of the all the “good” in the world and at just the right time in a world full of craziness and violence. I feel like we were all so blessed this season to have her on the show in more ways than one. I’ll always remember Valerie as this “Dancing Angel”!! Thank you Valerie and thank you too, Tristan, our lucky charm!!
So, here are their interviews after last night’s dance and elimination. Stay tuned. We’ll post more as they roll in!
After two week of low scores, Valerie Harper and her partner Tristan MacManus were named the third couple to be eliminated from the reality competition. Although it was sad to see Harper go, the Mary Tyler Moore actress exclusively tells us that this departure is “a blessing in disguise.”
Harper explains, “I’m sad to leave the group and the people, and the fun, the interactions and the challenges, but my knees are in bad shape. Not terrible, not that I need surgery, but they need a rest. These knees are 74-year-old and they are barking.” We wish you and your knees all the best Valerie!
ETA: Below is Cameron Mathison with Valerie and Tristan after the show last night.
If you’ve ever dreamed of not only meeting and taking some dance classes with some of the pros from Dancing With The Stars, but, also “competing” as a dancer, Holland America has set up a new cruise just for you. Not only that, you can see the western Caribbean like never before. Check out AAA Travel Deals for the dates and all the details. Below are some fun promos one of which includes judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.
ADDING: Thanks to PureDWTS reader Linz, here is a report by George Pennacchio on the new cruise planned…
Louis Van Amstel has penned a new blog at ABC. Surprisingly enough, he’s picking Kellie Picker to win the mirror ball on Dancing With The Stars (which I agree with and why). Be sure to read the link for more.
So, if you judge it on freestyle alone, Kellie will take away the Mirror Ball trophy. Looking back at her season, she has been nothing but consistent. Sometimes she was too much in her head, but always physically giving it her all.
If you look at showing personality, performance level and always giving well-rounded show stoppers, Zendaya could definitely win. She sometimes had issues finishing off her movement, but she also had very consistent weeks.
Even though Aly got a late start, by being in the middle of the pack until well into the competition, with her fan base, she might still be able to overtake Kellie and Zendaya. Like I said last week with Ingo, the same goes for Jacoby this week. The only way for him to win is if his fan base will stay up all night to vote. Otherwise, it couldn’t happen.
After all is said and done, I don’t want to just be diplomatic and not pick a winner, because that would be kind of lame, so … drumroll. Taking the entire season into account, looking at dance technique, performance, overall personality, and who I think touched us watching this season, I’d give the Mirror Ball trophy of Season 16 to Kellie Pickler!
Also, you can watch Louis, Chelsie Hightower, and dancing alumni Helio Castroneves talking on last night’s finale with GMA this morning HERE. They go over all the freestyles and the negatives and positives. In the end, two pick Kellie to win and one picks Zendaya.
Stay tuned. Miss Heidi’s new Numbers and Predictions post is coming up next!!
Wow, what a finale on Dancing With The Stars!! All four contestants are truly winners in some way. Let’s get right to the new interviews for what took place after Monday night’s show with George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet. However, first, just a personal thank you to all of you for following along, reading us, and all of your support and participations this season. Also, don’t forget we don’t go away in the off season. We continue to report on all of the pros and cast from their dance and Red Carpet appearances and more. We also have some “exclusive” interviews planned. Courtney holds an Awards and much more. Heidi has some cool new series ideas planned….and then there is the new Cheesecake Awards. Plus, we post on all the NEW RUMORS for the new cast next season. Note: in the last off season, Jacoby Jones was rumored to dance right after the finals. So, you never know when a new rumor will pop up. It’s fun. So, don’t go away. Ok, time for some new interviews.
First up, Kellie and Derek!!! They talk of the “moment” they had during their Freestyle and the chances they took. Derek’s Mom was crying as she was so proud. Kellie is so happy for all the greatest new friends she made. Win or lose, they will cherish every moment.
George tells Jacoby that he may be an underdog, but, sometimes this can work in someone’s favor. He tells Jacoby he shouldn’t be down. Karina loves Jacoby and would not change a second of this journey. Also, there is no rest for Jacoby. As soon as Dancing With The Stars is over, he will head straight to football practice for the Baltimore Ravens. When George presses Jacoby on why he’s upset again, Jacoby says he’s mad and a competitor. He wanted higher scores, but, George says the fans could come through for them.
Aly says for whatever happens tomorrow, she knows they did their best. She stresses how ‘everyone’ did the their best. Mark talks of how they wanted to do something new and different for their freestyle. He’s proud of Aly and thinks she was the most improved dancer this season. Aly says she’s grown as a person, she had so much fun, and she just enjoyed herself. She’s learned to be more relaxed in front of the camera and trusts people more too.
George ask Val straight up on his eye injury. It was unsettling and it panicked everyone. Zendaya says win or lose, she did something she never thought possible by just making it to the finals.
There aren’t any Access Hollywood interviews posted yet, but, be sure to be watching this link as they may post some later. Same with ET Online.
E News interviewed Val and Zendaya. Oddly enough, Val thinks the eye injury helped his performance…..
“It was an hour before the show, so everybody panicked,” Val explained of his injury. “There were talks about replacing me, and that was not going to happen. I was just praying it was going to stop bleeding, which, thank God, it did because it’s a very deep cut.”
Zendaya recalled the scary moment during the rehearsal when her elbow hit Val’s eye, saying, “I already knew it was bad, and then he was going through dress rehearsal with blood all over his face. I just had to keep going because I know he wants me to keep going. He kept smiling, so that’s the cue to keep on going.”
Oddly enough, Val told us he believes the injury actually helped his performance. “My back is killing me. Like seriously killing me. My shoulder is killing me. [My eye] honestly took my mind off all that pain. I’m lucky it happened…It made me enjoy the moment a little more.”
Lastly, Henry of POPTVDotCom also has some coverage of the cast going to dinner, etc. after the show. They express their thoughts and sympathies on the Oklahoma tornado and more. Emmitt Smith was there and talks to Henry too.