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DWTS Season 14 Stats Class – Week 6 (Motown Week)

Motown Week? How much you wanna bet that this is honor of Gladys Knight being part of the cast? Just throwing it out there. =) In any case… ONWARDS!

As a REMINDER we are in Week 5, which means that the data that the following predicted scores are based off of, are from the middle third of the previous seasons. If you’re wondering what this means see the following breakdown:
- First “Third”: Weeks 1 through 4
- Middle “Third”: Weeks 4 through 7
- Last “Third”: Weeks 7 through 10

This is to keep the progression as accurate as possible. So if there is a dance that happened in a previous season but in a later week (like Week 9), it wouldn’t make sense to consider it in the predicted scores because the skill level is different between Week 5 and Week 9.

I’m gunning for accuracy here people… well as accurate as subjectivity can be.

GLADYS KNIGHT
Dance: Jive
Average Scores:
- Age: 21.000
- Occupation: 23.000
- Professional Partner: 21.000
Predicted Score / Rank: 22 / 8th
Comments: We don’t know for sure that Gladys has the Jive, but I do find it odd that she is given the Jive and the Dance Duel is also the Jive. Is this in anticipation that she’d be in the “bottom two” and as thus to help her pass the Dance Duel TPTB’s gave her the same dance? We’ll never know for sure until the show, so enough speculation for now. Since the numbers do indicate her to be at the bottom of the pack… this is just re-enforcing what could be true. Without any data of previous celebrities in a similar situation, we can only speculate, but personally I think the score is fairly spot on.

DONALD DRIVER
Dance: Foxtrot
Average Scores:
- Age: 25.077
- Occupation: 22.667
- Professional Partner: N/A
Predicted Score / Rank: 24 / 7th
Comments: Donald is dealt the Foxtrot, and gets to prove that he can be a debonair gentleman… ooo la la! Season 3′s Warren Sapp is the only other NFLer that has done the Foxtrot midway through the season and he got a 21, the difference between Warren and Donald though (in my opinion) is that Warren was more of an “everyman” dancer, while Donald’s got some game as well as that winning personality. So having a higher score than Warren makes sense to me, but I’m hoping for higher.

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April 23, 2012 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does dancing fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =)

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!

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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 – Who’s Dancing What…and when?

Another crazy mix of dances this week, all done to the Motown theme. I’m very curious to see how they pull this off.  Some or all of the couples will be dancing to the actual Motown legend who sang their song originally – Derek mentioned that they were dancing to the original artist, and Maks and Melissa did as well.  Below is my guess on the dance order…I’ll rearrange as we get more info.

ETA: Katherine’s dance order per a Katherine fan twitter account that apparently  has a good track record (per sheery in the comments). They sure like to stick her right in the middle of the show don’t they? Isn’t that like every week now?? I find this to be rather strange, actually. If she was a big draw they would have her in the pimp spot at least ONCE.  

ETA 2: Gee, I’m so shocked that Willy is dancing last before the marathon. Um, NOT. Well, on the bright side, he’ll have no rest time. How much you wanna bet he wins the marathon anyway?

ETA 3: Maria and Derek dancing first out of the gate. Which means she should be well rested by the time the marathon comes around.  Provided she’s not still sick.

ETA 4: Finally they give Melissa a slot in the second hour…unfortunately, it’s awfully close to the marathon.  I called Roshon, miracle of miracles. :-)

ETA 5: Perhaps Conrad has been reading our site again, because they’ve moved Gladys to position number ONE since it’s Motown night. :-)  Derek and Maria move to number two. And Derek reveals Gladys dance for her – according to him it’s rumba.

Gladys and Tristan – Rumba; Dancing 1st
Voting # 1-800-868-3411

Maria and Derek – Foxtrot; Dancing 2nd (Song: Jimmy Mack by Martha Reeves)
Voting # 1-800-868-3401

Roshon and Chelsie – Rumba; Dancing 3rd
Voting # 1-800-868-3405

Katherine and Mark – Samba; Dancing 4th
Voting # 1-800-868-3410

Donald and Peta – Foxtrot; Dancing 5th
Voting # 1-800-868-3403

Melissa and Maks – V. Waltz; Dancing 6th (Song: Ooh Baby Baby by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles)
Voting # 1-800-868-3407

Jaleel and Kym – Cha Cha Cha; Dancing 7th
Voting # 1-800-868-3412

William and Cheryl – Rumba; Dancing 8th
Voting # 1-800-868-3408

MOTOWN MARATHON - We haven’t heard too much about this one, but I have to assume that it will function the same way that marathons have worked in the past – that is, each couple dances in their own spot until four couples are left, then they have free rein of the floor.  You get tapped on the shoulder  to be eliminated from the dance.  The couple left dancing at the end gets 10 points added to their score, second place nine points and so on down the line.  This is the way the previous three marathons have worked – Derek has won twice, Maks has won once…somehow I don’t think either Derek or Maks is going to win this one.  :-)  According to the ABC press release, this dance will end the performance show, just like it has in the past.  But what, exactly, are “classic moves” from the Motown Era, though??

Dance Duel – this week the dance duel is the Jive….which I personally believe is cruel and unusual punishment on top of the cruel and unusual punishment that is the dance duel itself.

The press release makes no mention of a double elimination, but the Vegas Deluxe article did claim it was a “surprise” – so don’t be surprised if Tom drops that little bomb at the beginning of the show.  :-)

April 22, 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. :-)

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?

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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.

Donald Driver Excited To Do Motown Week And Tribute Gladys Knight On Dancing With The Stars

Donald Driver writes of his excitement to do Motown Week and pay tribute to fellow contender and legendary singer Gladys Knight. Everyone wants to do really well for her. More below and be sure to read his full blog at JS Online. It also includes some thoughts for what he did with his sweet family this week.

Preparing for Motown week has been really special because we have one of the biggest stars in Motown history on the cast. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know Gladys Knight and I think everyone wants to come out and give their best performances of the season on Monday’s show to pay tribute to her amazing career.

Peta and I are actually preparing for three different dances — Monday’s foxtrot, Tuesday’s Motown Marathon and the Dance Duel. Hopefully our hard work this week on the foxtrot and the support of Packer Nation will be enough to keep us out of the Dance Duel, but we have to be ready just in case.

Picture above courtesy of ABC.

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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 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. :-)

ABC Releases DWTS Press Release For Next Week’s Entertainment, Dances, and More!

ABC MediaNet has released an official press statement for the entertainment for next week’s Dancing With The Stars. “Motown Legends” Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and Martha Reeves will all be performing Monday night as well as Australia’s hot pop group, “Human Nature”. Heads up “Boyz II Men” fans! They will be performing on the Results show Tuesday Night. Below are more details including info on the couples dances and the following week’s “Classical” theme. Note how Dancing With The Stars pros Dmitry, Val, Louis, and Anna will all be returning to dance again. It’s going to be a fun week! Lots on tap! ADDING Important Note: Also (as @ElmariL was just reminding me at twitter), don’t forget and be forewarned there is a possible “Surprise” Double Elimination as our Miss Heidi reported in a previous post.

“Episode 1406 & 1406A” – This week’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars” presents a Motown special with live performances from Motown legends Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and Martha Reeves throughout the evening. The legends kick off the show, performing an unforgettable live Motown medley accompanied by the Troupe. For the first time ever, each artist will perform with the talented “DWTS” band and musical director Harold Wheeler before each of the remaining eight couples begin their competitive dance. During a special performance with dancers Anna Trebunskaya and Val Chmerkovskiy, Smokey Robinson will perform his No.1 hit song, “Tears of a Clown.” Also joining in on the excitement is vocal group Human Nature, performing some of Motown’s most popular hits throughout the evening. And to finish the show we will feature a special Motown Dance Marathon, where the couples will be showing off their classic dance moves from the Motown era, MONDAY, APRIL 23 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.

During Tuesday’s show, Best-selling R&B group of all-time Boyz II Men returns to the ballroom with an incredible performance of their latest single, “One More Dance,” off their landmark 20th anniversary album,” Twenty.” Their performance will be accompanied by Dmitry Chaplin and Anna Trebunskaya. The show will open with an amazing number from the Troupe, Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd, Louis Van Amstel and Snejana Petrova, featuring a medley of Motown hit songs. This week’s “AT&T’s Spotlight Performance” spotlights the beautiful story of Michaela DePrince. And this week’s “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance is the long awaited television debut of the hottest new contemporary dance company in America, Shaping Sound. The dance performance is choreographed by and features Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini and Teddy Forance. The performance is a special preview of the following week’s Classical theme with an arrangement recorded by Aston, a classical group from Sydney, Australia, that create symphonic masterpieces out of pop music. The Dance Duel continues, and this week the bottom two couples will dance the Jive to the same song at the same time as the judges decide who the next eliminated couple will be, TUESDAY, APRIL 24 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.

You can read the full press release at ABC MediaNet.

April 20, 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 Behind the Scenes on 20/20

This is pretty hilarious – can’t wait to see the whole thing on Monday night. I looked and didn’t see where Vogue had posted this – think it just came out an hour ago if the tags are right. :-)

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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. :-)

NEW MIDWAY POLL: Vote For Your Top Four Favorite Couples Currently On Dancing With The Stars

If interested, let’s do a Poll and get some general averages on the Top 4 favored couples currently on Dancing With The Stars Season 14. Directions: All you have to do is vote FOUR times in the Poll below for your current FOUR favorites. To have even more fun with this, be sure to let us know who you picked in the comments section. ;) Special Note: Remember as you read and watch the results of the Poll that they aren’t always a correct reflection of how fans feel since a few fans like to try and manipulate the results :roll: as our Miss Heidi has warned us of in the past, but, we’ve done our best technically to stop that from happening. Anyway, have fun and VOTE VOTE VOTE!!

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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 14 Week 6 – Motown Week Song Predictions!

So next week is Motown week, and I could not be more pumped! Seriously guys…I love me some Motown, so this was a fun list to compile 8-)

Here’s the deal: so far, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, and The Temptations have all been confirmed as acts that are going to be singing live as the couples perform on Monday night.  I’m not sure if they’re going to be singing for every couple or not, and I’m not sure if the songs the couples are dancing to are going to only be songs by those particular acts – the deets are a bit murky as of right now.  We also don’t know for sure what dance Gladys has yet – our reader Magnolia (@TristanDWTSFans on Twitter…follow her, she’s cool :-)) has promised to let us know as soon as she finds out.  There’s been speculation that it’s jive, so I went ahead and compiled a list of Motown jive songs just for the hell of it :-) Since TPTB have also expressed an affinity for recycling songs in the past few seasons in particular, I’ve pored through music from previous seasons and pulled out previously used Motown songs that we might see again.  I’ve bolded the songs that are my “best guesses” for what we might see on Monday night, based on all the info above.  If we get confirmation on any more songs, we will reveal it in Heidi’s “Who’s Dancing What?” post on Sunday, and I may update this post with other pertinent info as it comes out.

But for now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the cool sounds of Motown - DWTS style! :-D

ETA: According to Donald’s Twitter, there’s supposedly a “Motown Marathon” dance to be done on Tuesday…take it with a grain of salt as we wait on the press release for next week to confirm.  As for a possible song? Not sure what dance this Motown Marathon is going to be, but I imagine that the music will have to be something that can be looped continuously until the marathon ends, and it probably will be instrumental only.  So in other words – I have no idea :-P In the meantime, send me your soul food recipes at courtney@puredwts.com!

Foxtrot (Donald & Peta and Maria & Derek):

“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” – Marvin GayeHow Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - Gold: Marvin Gaye (Laila & Maks’ foxtrot in season 4)
“Baby Love” – The SupremesBaby Love - Diana Ross & The Supremes: Anthology (Monique & Louis’ foxtrot in season 3)
“My Guy” – Mary WellsMy Guy (Single Version) - Motown 1's (Joey & Kym’s foxtrot in season 4)
“Jimmy Mack” – Martha Reeves & The VandellasJimmy Mack - The Ultimate Collection: Martha Reeves & The Vandellas (Mel & Maks’ foxtrot in season 5)
“Pride & Joy” – Marvin GayePride and Joy - Number 1's: Marvin Gaye (Jason & Edyta’s foxtrot in season 6)
“I Hear a Symphony” - The SupremesI Hear a Symphony - Number 1's: Diana Ross & The Supremes (Marie & Jonathan’s foxtrot in season 5)
“I Just Wanna Make Love to You” – Etta James I Just Wanna Make Love to You - Blues In the Night: The Early Show, Vol. 1 (Live)(Vivica & Nick’s foxtrot in season 3)
“My Girl” – The Temptations (could also be a rumba, if slowed down)
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April 19, 2012 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!