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DWTS 14 Semi-Finals Saying Good-bye To The Greek Warrior Princess Maria Menounos (Videos)

This post is a collaboration effort between Heidi and I (Vogue). As predicted, it was a painful elimination last night for many of us losing Derek and Maria. Though I have to say I feel so blessed at the same time for witnessing such a pair. One thing this show continues to show every season is the “fight” in people no matter what their challenges and struggles they’ve had and/or what they face. Whatever hits them or how scared they are that they will fail, some people just get back up, start over, and fight that much harder and even in an unselfconscious manner. THAT’S what I’ll remember the most about Maria Menounos with her time on Dancing With The Stars. She proved to people you can do anything you want and there are no excuses or “crying in baseball”. What’s more, Maria did it with so much heart and soul…and with a quirky, fun spirit, and laugh as well. She and Derek really did win a Mirror Ball in a way by not only by giving us some dances we will soon never forget on Dancing With The Stars, but, by finding the close “bond” that they did. So, for those who have come to the site to gloat, laugh, and tee hee at their elimination, go ahead and do so because Derek, Maria, and their fans know what they have truly found and won in a bigger and more important way.

Ok, below is Miss Heidi with a wrap up of all the elimination interviews with Derek and Maria. Be sure to visit Pure Derek Hough for lots more now and in the coming days.

Blurbs from E! News:

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough were the couple to say goodbye to the ballroom tonight, but don’t expect any regrets from the TV host!

“I feel like I accomplished everything I set out to accomplish,” she tells us. “I danced every single dance there was.”

Many people were surprised by Maria and Derek’s elimination considering they were at the top of the leaderboard after last night’s performance show, earning a near-perfect score of 59. However, Maria reveals her partner knew their journey was coming to an end. “Derek did prepare me earlier today,” she says. “I’m not gonna lie. He said, ‘I have a feeling we’re going home tonight.'”

Derek isn’t too bummed about coming in fourth. In fact, he actually prefers it! “I always say this: There’s two places to come, first or fourth, because second and third really suck. Coming thisclose and not getting it? That bites. Everybody comes back in the finals anyway, so semifinals is a really place to come besides winning.”

All season long there’s been speculation about Maria and Derek’s sizzling chemistry extending beyond the dance floor. So what did the duo, who shared a steamy kiss during a past performance, have to say for themselves? “We’re going to keep kissing!” Maria tells us, before planting a smooch on Derek’s lips before our very eyes!

Derek knows the ins and outs of this show better than any other pro on this show – and better than me and Courtney, I wager. :-)

From Daily News:

Even though partner Derek Hough dubbed her a “champion of life,” Maria Menounos lost her shot at being the Mirror Ball champ for this season of “Dancing With the Stars” Tuesday night.

The “Extra” TV correspondent was misty-eyed as host Tom Bergeron revealed that the vibrant couple would be the ones to leave, but she didn’t miss a beat thanking Hough for his continued support.

“I want to obviously thank Derek because I wouldn’t have gotten this far without his awesome choreography,” she said. “I love him and I can’t thank him enough for making this experience what it’s been for me.”

Video from Derek that I had trouble seeing for some reason – you should be able to see it now. And they remain as cute as ever!

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May 16, 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. :-)

Three Dances Planned For Next Week’s Dancing With The Stars Finals And More Hints

If you are like us this morning, you want to know everything you can about next week’s final dances on Dancing With The Stars. Let’s see what George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet found out in his interviews after the elimination….

First up, Peta is so happy she and Donald are in the finals. Donald wants to make her dream of winning come true. At the end of the day, he gets off the rollercoaster ride, but, it continues for her as a pro dancer. They talk of the freestyle and how it will knock George for a loop. “It will be filled with lots of surprises, lifts, and kicks”, says Peta. We’ll see Donald in a whole different light. Peta says she’s so lucky to have Donald because he works hard and is such a good guy. Donald says he is “determined”. If Peta gets a Mirror Ball, it will mean he will too. He wants to win the Superbowl for her.

Katherine speaks about all of her family, friend, and fan support which has been so helpful. Mark’s parents and his family in Texas love her too. Mark explains how the dances will take place next week. They have to dance three times possibly….two times on Monday for sure and maybe once on Tuesday. Quoting Mark, they “might not get to do the one on Tuesday”. Mark won’t give any hints on their freestyle. It will be ‘fun’ and they want to ‘blow it out the box’ and that’s all he will say.

Cheryl is absent from this interview. William says she’s at work on their freestyle. William says it will be fun. She likes to do different things and it won’t be boring. George asks William on his bucket list. He wants to do what he can for “his babies”…where “he sees his whole life”. He just wants to do his best for the finals and give it his all.

Access Hollywoord interviewed William and Mark & Katherine as well. William hopes he will have some Latin dances next week. He’s going to give it his all. Mark and Katherine are thankful they weren’t eliminated. They were so convinced they were going home.
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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

A Special Announcement Planned For Tonight On Dancing With The Stars And More Media

Wow, will we ever forget Season 14’s Semi-finals on Dancing With The Stars? I don’t think I ever will. Let’s get the couples reactions from George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet. Note in Derek’s interview how George mentions a special announcement taking place tonight on the show. He asks, “Could it be about the “All-star Season”? What could it be? UPDATE: Entertainment TV just confirmed an All-star season of Dancing With The Stars for next Fall. Thanks to Vin and Jeff for this news.

First up, below is Mark with an update on Katherine’s injury and what happened. He also talks of how your mind goes black when something like that happens on the show. He hopes they make it to the finals and he mentions some goals if they do. He also says they had a good run if they have to go home.

George tells Maria she has “Grandma” feet. They talk of their top scores last night and why they deserve to be in the finals. Derek said Maria been tough no matter what’s been thrown at her and she’s improved the most since the beginning. Maria she has loved doing Dancing With The Stars more than anything she’s ever done. As said before, George also talks about how the show is making a special announcement tonight.

Peta says the fans should keep them in the show because they’ve worked so hard. They also plan to go out with the biggest bang in their freestyle if they get to continue. They have a lot of tricks planned.

George asks William on his “butt shake” last night and he doesn’t know. LOL! He loved all of his family support last night. They make him a ‘better person’ not a ‘better dancer’. If the fans want them to stay, they will. If they have to go, they know atleast they’ve done the best they could. Cheryl says she’s had a “partnership” with William this season.

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May 15, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Some Dances Revealed For Dancing With The Stars Semi-Finals, Goals, And More

Two more couples gone and four left. Let’s see what George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet found out about next week’s dances while getting their reactions from the eliminations. He has some deeper questions as well. For instance, he asks if sex appeal helps to get votes. He asks what new twist in the show they’d like to see. He also asks the couples what it will take to get into the finals. Note that there isn’t an interview with William and Cheryl (yet anyway?).

First up, Donald and Peta!! “Next week starts NOW” for Donald. They have the Waltz and the Samba. Hard work and dedication is what it will take to get to the finals… and good coaching from Peta to push him. Donald plans to work harder than ever. Such a force, that one.

Maria is invested in this competition so much her face shook last night. Derek says they will have to bring some show stoppers since the competition is so tight. Derek likes to be tasteful when it comes to being sexy (that’s one thing I love about him! He is always tasteful!). To switch things up for the show, Derek thinks it would be fun to switch partners for a week (Cool idea. I love it! What do you think?).

Katherine is so relieved she is safe and sad for Melissa and Roshon being eliminated. George praises her on her big heart. They have the Salsa and the Quickstep for next week. Both are excited about it and they can have a lot of fun. Mark says to get the finals, Katherine needs to stay in the moment and concentrate (so true!).

After Buzz TV interviewed a few of the couples as well. In these two videos, Maria says she and Derek have the Jive and the Argentine Tango. Donald and Peta plan to do something they haven’t done yet.

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May 9, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Season 14 Interviews After Week 8’s Dance (Videos)

What a night! I especially loved the Trio dance and I hope Dancing With The Stars will do it again in the future. Yes or No? I thought the Trio dance helped Donald the most. He received his first 10 and what’s more, with a Jive. 😯 I thought the Trio dance also helped Melissa. Val brought out the best of her and Maks and gone was her “deer in the headlights” look. Let’s see what the couples told George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet on the night….

Derek and Maria are fine with the judges scores (I wished I was. 😯 ). They had fun and Derek was proud of doing something new. Maria was so glad for the 10’s and 9’s they received. The competition is so close and everyone is so good. Anything can happen to any of them. They hope the fans will carry them through.

Roshon and Chelsie worked hard and they hope people loved what they did. They had nothing to lose this week, so they just went for it. He is so thankful for his fan and “Grandma support”.

George tells Donald that his leap was the best move of the night. Donald says he did what Peta told him to do. They are happy, but, they don’t feel victorious since everyone was good. No one is safe. George loved the different energy last night. Peta and Donald said it was crazy from the beginning to the end. They hope they make it to the semi-finals and they have more to prove if they make it.

George praises Katherine for handling the pants mishap with grace. Neither she or Mark are comfortable with their scores last night. They are nervous about being eliminated, but, they had fun.

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May 8, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS14 Week 8 Details On Next Week’s Two Dances, One Will Be A “Trio” Dance

What would we do without George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet? Once again, he interviews the couples after Results night to find out what he can for next week’s dances. He found out there will be no theme night (Yay!) and that the couples will have two dances next week …a Ballroom dance and a Latin dance. To add a “twist” to the night, the Latin dance will be danced with a third person. The dance is called a “Trio” dance. How it works is that the remaining couples get to pick another pro who has been eliminated or who is a member of the troupe to help them and then they perform together (if I’m understanding this right?). Don’t forget there will also be a double elimination as well next week making it even more challenging and stressfull for the couples. Listen closely below for more details and then look for more thoughts from Heidi and I afterwards. Note also that Maria & Derek and William & Cheryl weren’t interviewed.

Ok, here we go….

Maks and Melissa are so thankful to their fans for keeping them in the competition. Maks goes through the numbers (Heidi will find this interesting!). Melissa is happy she gets to stay and keep dancing. They are dancing with Val for their “Trio” dance which will be a Samba.

Donald is going to keep working hard. He wants in the finals. He’s a little nervous about having two dances and one with another person, but, and he will do whatever it takes. (Adding: In a new ET interview, Peta mentions they have a Tango and a Jive for next week. Karina is their pro for the Trio dance).

Katherine was worried she and Mark might leave last night. They are happy they weren’t eliminated. Mark explains how the dances will work next week, but, won’t reveal their dances or much else.

Roshon says he’s learning so much on the show. He’s taking it ‘step by step’ and he’s glad he’s still here. George praises him for his ‘class’ for smiling through bad news and that he still get’s out there to work hard and he’s happy and thankful. Chelsie explains the dances next week. They have the Paso Doble for their “Trio” dance. They have the Fox Trot for their ballroom dance.

Roshon and Chelsie were also interviewed by Access Hollywood…

Adding: Below is an Afterbuzz TV interview with Maks, Melissa, and Tony as well. Tony has been picked for one the Trio dances, but, not sure who yet? Thanks to Evaine for the heads up on this in the comments.

Adding #2: According to Cheryl’s blog just posted at OK! Magazine, she and William have the Fox Trot and the Paso Doble for next week. No mention on who their pro will be for the Trio dance. More below…

Next week is two individual dances, so you’ll really see who can handle two dances and who can’t. We have the foxtrot and the paso doble. I think the paso is going to be one of William’s favorite dances so I think that will be really exciting. And then the foxtrot, I think will be fun, too, so we just have to see what happens and work hard.

We may add more later. So, what do you think of the way they are doing next week’s dances? I’m not sure what to think yet? It sounds exciting, but, I’m clueless. lol Let’s get Heidi’s thoughts and be sure to tell us your thoughts as well….

Heidi: I think Maks should not try to do the math. :-) He should just come here. But look away for a minute if you’re sensitive….@#$%$# Jesus Christ, can’t they just let this f#@king show alone?? A third person in their dance??  WHY!?!?!?  STUPID. RIDICULOUS. Let them f@#king dance!! :::sigh::: That said…I’m sure that a couple pros (Derek, Mark) will rise to this challenge quite well and we might see something great. But the better odds are that we’ll see something stupid as hell.

May 2, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS Season 14 Week 7 Media Interviews After Dance Night

I always love the On The Red Carpet interviews with George Pennacchio! Let’s get to them right away to see what the dancers thought of their dances.

First up, Derek and Maria! George tells Maria her feet scare him. Derek says she never complains even though he knows her feet are killing her. They never thought they’d get three 10’s last night or that they’d be the first to do so. They are very happy. George says there is something special with Derek and the Paso Doble. Isn’t that the truth?!!

Donald wanted the first triple tens, but, that’s ok. He’s going to keep trying. Quitting is not an option and he’s having so much fun. He loves his partner.

William is happy for the improvement he’s made. That’s all he cares about versus the judges scoring. Cheryl switches the topic and talks of how crazy the audience went when he took his shirt off for Team Paso. She insists that’s what people want to see (really, Cheryl?). He just wants to keep putting his heart and soul into it all.

Roshon and Chelsea loved being welcomed back into the competition from Carrie Anne. They were proud of what they brought for the Team tango dance. Roshon is dancing in his sleep and while he’s awake.

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May 1, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS14 Week 6 Media After The Dance, Some Dances For Classical Week Revealed

Let’s get right to the On The Red Carpet interviews with George Pennacchio and see how the couples felt about their dances and the night. Let’s also see if George finds out anything about next week’s dances as well….

First up, Chelsie and Roshon! George tells them they has his favorite dance last night. They said no matter what, they had a good time. Roshon said he tried to do the best he could. For Classical Week, Chelsie wants to clean it up and really get Roshon moving if they make it. Roshon wants to keep it mixed up and entertaining.

Derek and Maria talk of how the Marathon dance messed up their scores. Maria took full responsibility. These two have the Paso Doble if they make it to Classical Week. They gave them a song for next week, but Derek said it’s “so not right” and wants another. For right now, he just wants to concentrate on the “Dance Duel” for tonight if they have to do it. He wants to be sure they are loaded and have the bullets ready to go.

Gladys is so pleased with last night. She had the best time and she felt like they had a great dance. She doesn’t care about numbers. It’s not what is the most important thing. They are looking forward to the Dance Duel if they have to do it. They opened the show last night and they will close it tonight if they have to. If they make it for Classical week, they will do something “classic” and show another side.

Melissa “really enjoyed” herself last night and feels inspired to keep going. Maks would like to dance to 90’s R & B if he could choose a theme, but, he loved Motown Week. They talk of how the show is determined to make him the bad guy. Maks won’t reveal anything for classical week if they make it.

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April 24, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS 14 Week 5 Media After The Dance Part 2

We’ve got more media coverage to share after last night’s dance. The Access Hollywood interviews aren’t working right now, but, if they are like in weeks past, you’ll be able to view them in the middle of day here.

As promised, Louis Van Amstel reviewed the night at his ABC Blog including how some of the couples danced in rehearsals. Over all, he’s the most worried about Melissa and Gavin tonight. Below is a take. Be sure to read more from Louis here.

Roshon Fagen and Chelsie Hightower ‘s Salsa. If this is dress rehearsal for Roshon I’m looking forward to tonight’s show when his adrenaline is going to kick in! I loved how they had some sexy moments and yet it was innocent. Roshon danced like it was his last dance. He’s showing very clearly that he wants to stay in this competition. Strong moments, speed, flexibility and great partnering with Chelsie. I liked Carrie Ann’s comments! It was very age appropriate. Salsa and calming down, Len? I do actually understand what he’s saying, but Roshon wants to show America he doesn’t want them to be in the bottom two. The scores are good. I’d say three “9s.”

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd ‘s Tango. All I’m going to say is if dress rehearsal was the live show this Argentine Tango would be the dance of the night in my book! Last week I thought they were overrated with their Paso Doble, this week I totally think they’re underrated (by Len and Bruno). This dance was Donald’s best dance by far. Not one little hitch or tentative moment. It had great stillness in the top, fast foot work, dynamic changes and great partnering, especially in the lifts. I totally disagree with Len. For crying out loud, he’s a football player with no dance experience doing this with only five days of rehearsal. Three “10s” in my opinion.

Overall: It was such a great day to have met all the celebs and see them dance during dress rehearsal. Everyone did better than in rehearsal, which is not the norm. I’m worried for Gavin and Melissa tomorrow when I look at the dancing and how the personalities come across, but after Sherri Shepherd’s surprise elimination it just goes to show you that “Dancing” is about so much more than just dancing well.

Tristan has written a new blog at Entertainment Weekly. He writes about he and Gladys Samba last night. Below is a take about Motown Week if they make it. Next week will be right up her alley…

Big plans for Motown Week? First of all, it’s going to be a great night. It’s excitin’. I mean, Motown is superb, know what I mean? To be part of Motown Week in itself is great, but to be part of Motown Week with a Motown legend, for me, is even better. My plan would be to hopefully get somethin’ along the lines of this week. I want to dance to somethin’ fast. Everyone’s sayin’ well you’ve’ done a lot of ballroom dances, stuff like that — maybe we have done a lot of ballroom dances. So there’s a method to that madness, ’cause the tree is fallin’ down now. So what you want to do is get through all those ballroom dances and get to this stage of the competition. Well then you have your fast dances and your fun dances you want to perform. That’s what I want — another fast one where we can entertain people and where Gladys can kind of let loose a little bit. Unfortunately we can’t pick ones out and which songs we want. We’ll probably get a slow one!

Good Morning America hasn’t posted a review of the night. When and if they do, we’ll be sure to post it.

Ok, that is all for now, Dancettes. Here’s to the Results show!! Stay tuned for Miss Heidi’s Numbers prediction post for who will be eliminated tonight. It will be interesting as always. 😉

April 17, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS 14 Week 5 Media After The Dance, Some Dances For Next Week Revealed (Videos)

I loved Latin night! I still haven’t recovered. :mrgreen: Let’s see what the couples had to say to George Pennacchio after they danced! He asks some of them more on their comfort zone. He asked the Pros on what silent dance they’d like to perform or which dance they’d perform to show off who they are. It’s also Motown Week next and he finds out some of their dances….

First up, Melissa said she is happy with last night’s dance and score. It was about ‘just the dance’ and she had so much fun. They have the Viennese Waltz if they make it to Motown Week. Maks is worried they will be picked to go tomorrow if they are in the dance duel and it will be his fault as he is a “liability” (wha??). It sounds like he is preparing themselves for the worst. :( Maks loves the Argentine Tango for a silent dance.

Peta told Donald he needed to work hard this week. George praises Peta for the ‘amusement park’ ride she created and they pulled off (I loved that move too! Breathtaking!). They have the Fox Trot next week if they make it. Donald says he loves the challenge of not knowing what’s coming next. Peta loves the Rumba for the silent dance.

Mark and Katherine have the Samba next week if they make it. Katherine is happy with their improvement. They “worked so hard” to make it happen. Katherine isn’t thinking about the mirror ball. She is just taking one week at a time and enjoying her family when they come watch. Mark would do the Jive to show who he is because he never gets tired.

George asks William about his injured foot. He is ok to keep dancing. They talk about how much fun they are having and the hard rehearsals. They rehearsed for more hours and it paid off. They have a Rumba next week and Cheryl wants to concentrate on bringing out William’s “soul” for Motown week.

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.