What a night for Karina Smirnoff, Glen Savchenko, and friends. Karina graced the Red Carpet at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards and then afterwards joined Gleb and friends for Jazz Night!! Below are some pics and video courtesy of Getty Images, Gleb, and Karina! It’s so good to see them again and having such a good time!! Dance with me tonight! Yeah! Thanks for the coverage Karina and Gleb!xxx
DWTS Gleb Savchenko, Tristan MacManus, Karina Smirnoff, Witney Carson, Kim Johnson Dance At St. Regis Monarch Beach
I’m not sure what this show was for (does anyone know more on this?), but, last night, Dancing With The Stars pros Gleb Savchenko, Tristan MacManus, Karina Smirnoff, Witney Carson, and Kim Johnson all travelled to St. Regis Monarch Beach, California to do a dance show. Below are some photos and video from the night courtesy of Gleb, ….and adding, Witney and Kim as well!! Too fun! It’s so good to see them all together!! Be sure to click on the “read more” below link to see more.
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Ah, the week of switch up voting. Is someone trying to make me hate this show?? I mean really. A logical person can look at the voting contest and sense a total clusterf*^k – that the producers will count the votes in which ever of the 6 or 8 ways gives them the results they desire. But I’ll let Courtney go into more detail on that – it just annoys me, as do the Maks/Val fans who insist that Derek fans are only voting to see Derek with Meryl so he can win again. Uh, hello, but I think most Derek fans neither expect nor WANT him to stay with Meryl. I know I speak for a good number of them when I say – we better get Amy back or there will be hell to pay.
Anyway, the switch up is mildly relevant to this post because the voting for it could play spoiler in one couples hopes for the mirror ball trophy. I always wonder if fans who do the twitter voting are good multi-taskers. I know I am, but Vogue says it’s cuz I’m a Gemini…or something like that. Anyway, there is some serious spamming going on. Like Design a Dance, it’s not the number of fans you have, but how badly those fans want you to win. And how good they are at Spamming. Actually, that could be said for the whole show. :-) So, do we think that someone is going to be a shocking elimination because their fans were too busy tweeting?? Amy? Meryl? Danica? Nene?
I put those four out there because the Derek fans and the C-bros plus Tony fans have been hitting it hard on the twitter vote. Amy has the smallest fanbase on her own, but Derek’s fanbase is the biggest of the pros, judging by Twitter followers. I would hazard that Meryl is safe, but it’s possible any of the other three could be a victim, I suppose.
But let’s look at the scores and see just how likely that is.
Dang, they put a huge spread between Billy Dee and the next lowest group comprised of Nene, Drew and Candace. The judges REALLY want to get rid of him. Well, he was not a great dancer. Entertaining, but not great. And oh my gosh am I developing a straight girl crush on Emma or what? She impressed the hell out of me in her work with Billy Dee – seriously, she’s fantastic. Anyway, I think the judges have finally realized that if they believe someone is the worst dancer, they can’t be whipping out 6s and 7s left and right, they have to get serious. But where they serious enough?? Look at the table below, which gives you all the matchups for week 2.
You’ll see that Billy Dee needs a seemingly large number of votes to get past either Nene, Drew or Candace – about 24.6k votes per million votes cast. You might remember that he needed nearly 20k to stick around over Diana and Sean last week. What’s another 5k? Well, I would hazard a guess that Drew and Candance, at least, are a good bit more popular than either Diana and Sean. But just how popular is Billy Dee?? Nene is the one I can’t put my finger on. Twitter followers is certainly an indication of popularity, but that does NOT always translate into votes on DWTS. In fact, it often doesn’t.
I could be wrong, but I really see the only one vulnerable to Billy Dee is Nene. Why? Well, I think that Drew and Candace surely have enough juice to get past Nene and keep Billy Dee away. But what about the next level up? Cody? Surely Cody has a shit ton of fangirls and he’ll be safe for a while, right? I think so – but note that Nene only needs 4k votes to go by Cody. Since I don’t think that Nene is doing that much better than Amy and Danica in votes, and Billy Dee certainly isn’t, I think those two, along with Meryl and Charlie are certainly safe. James best keep that score up there or he could be in trouble.
Anyway, no sense in drawing it out. I think that Billy Dee is likely to go home. If the Star Wars fans are out in full force, then I think Nene is the one most likely to leave. Candace wouldn’t shock me, neither would Cody since all the talk seems to be Amy/Meryl/Charlie – but I really think it’s going to be Billy Dee or Nene. Billy Dee first, Nene second. We find out soon!
Heidi’s my name and numbers are my game. Yes, it’s that time of year once again. I’d like to thank the powers that be for one thing: switching around how the eliminated couple is determined makes this much easier to predict. For one thing, I don’t have to backwards guess at what the judges might do next – it doesn’t matter because the viewer votes and the judges scores from the same week (week 1) will send someone home in week two regardless of how well they dance this upcoming week. For another thing, it makes these posts much shorter. Theoretically. The interesting thing will be is if the judges show a pattern of either extremely over scoring or extremely underscoring the couple going home – either send them out with a bang, or justify their scores ahead of time. Two or three times might be coincidence, but more than that? Hah.
Anyway, for you newbs to this site, this is a series I do every week of every season. Basically, I take the scores for each couple and figure out – using DWTS math – how many votes each couple needs to be safe. Then I guess, based on what I think I know about each couple and their voting needs, who’s going to be safe and who’s hitting the trail.
For those who don’t know…or those who believe the popular myth promoted by TPTB…the judges AND the viewers have an equal role in who stays and who goes. To determine who goes home, the producers take the total number of points handed out by the judges and divide that into each couples score for their percentage of the total. They then do the same thing for the votes: they divide the total number of votes into the number of votes each couple receives for a percentage. They then add the two together and the couple with the lowest combined “score” is the one who goes home. Fifty percent of the final score is judges and fifty percent of the final score is viewer votes. Easy peasy.
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Below is Kristyn Burtt and the Afterbuzz team with their first critique of the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Gleb Savchenko joins them to review the night (aww, it’s so good to see him again!!) as well. I was in agreement with most everything until Suri commented on how she could have done without Drew’s performance. Really, Suri? Wow, he made me totally smile. Anna gets a little critical of Charlie’s steps too. Anyway, listen through and see if you agree with them. Also note that Gleb talks all about his new underwear line at the end as well as an upcoming party. *Can’t wait for some coverage of that. Ok, here you go…
Your Tango recently interviewed pro Gleb Savchenko Kathy Duliakas’ Celebrity Oscar Suite. He answer a few questions about Brooke Burke Charvet, Erin Andrews, and if celebs know what are getting into when they do Dancing With The Stars. Below is a take. Be sure to read more at the link where he also talks a little of his wife Elena Samodanova and fatherhood.
YourTango: We’re you shocked to hear about Brooke Burke-Charvet getting fired?
Gleb Savchenko: I was shocked. I was like, ‘No way!’
YourTango: Do you know why she was let go?
Gleb Savchenko: They were saying the show needed a change. The band was changed, too. Honestly, I love Brooke. You couldn’t wish for a better host. She was so classy, so beautiful, so kind. She was made for the ballroom.
YourTango: What do you think of new co-host Erin Andrews?
Gleb Savchenko: I don’t really know her. I’ve never met her, but she seems nice. She seems tougher than Brooke.
YourTango: Do the celebrities understand what they’re getting into?
Gleb Savchenko: No. If they knew, they would never do it! It’s really hard — hours and hours a day. They think they’re going to have a lot of fun, hang out in the studio, dance with a pretty boy, but no, it’s a lot of hard work.
Gleb Savchenko and Tristan MacManus are such class acts! Even though they aren’t doing the new season of Dancing With Stars, they had nothing but kind things to say. Gleb wished everyone the best at his twitter saying, “I’m wishing all the cast and crew @DancingABC great success with Season18. Have fun! #DWTS18.” He also tweeted, “Thank you guys for your support, but make sure all watch @DancingABC and vote vote vote!!!” As for Tristan, he has no hard feelings and he’s looking forward to the “next chapter”. Here is a take from MacManiacs.Org. Thanks to Eileen for sending us Tristan’s message.
The reasons I don’t know and never will but either way it doesn’t change a thing. You are in or you are out and it’s as simple as that. I can’t complain as every season that I have been included somebody else has missed out, so I wish everyone involved all the best of luck in the world. I have enjoyed my time on DWTS but I do think that this is the best thing for me. I sometimes need the kick up the arse to get what I really want to do done, and as always that will come when it comes, and you will know about it then. For now it’s a case of just making it happen. I have had three years on DWTS now and I am looking forward to the next chapter. The show didn’t end the way I would have wanted it to for me, but I was very lucky to be a part of the show at all.
Again, thank you all for the concern but honest to God I am grand, everything is great, and there will be no looking back for me. The missus is great, the dog is great, I’m great, and I’m straight back to teaching now anyway, just not on your tv. It just means that I can savage through St. Paddy’s day without worrying about working that day. Haha.”
Oh, I am going to miss these two. Let’s hope they are back for the next season of Dancing With The Stars. In the meantime, let’s hope they make special appearances and dance in Ballroom With A Twist. Also, Tristan, as of right now, is scheduled to do the Holland America Cruises this year. Gleb and his wife are also helping with So You Think You Can Dance In Australia. Gleb will also be helping LA Ballroom. Note, and as previously reported, he will be teaching a Master Class there on April, 11th.
Much love and luck, Gleb and Tristan!!!xx We are going to miss you!! Show them some support and love in comments, All!! Know too that we will keep you updated on them both as they are much loved and fan favorites.
Isn’t it fun to see the kind of bonds that form between celebs and pros each season on Dancing With The Stars? This was definitely apparent in a reunion that took place at the boardwalk in Venice, California yesterday when Gleb Savchenko and Ingo Rademacher got together for breakfast. If only we could have been there to see what kind of stories must have taken place. Ingo called Gleb a “goofball” in one of these takes, but, I have a feeling Ingo has plenty of that trait himself. lol Good times. For more, be sure you see each of their instagram accounts.
Last night, several of our pros from Dancing With The Stars attended OK! Magazine’s Pre-Oscar Event! From what we can gather so far, Gleb Savchenko was there along with his former Dancing With The Stars partner Lisa Vanderpump. Maks and Val Chmerkovksiy were also in attendance. You can view some new photos of Maks and Val at Getty Images. Photo below is courtesy of Gleb’s instagram. Adorable and it’s so good to see Lisa and Gleb together again. I’m also glad to see Gleb is still in LA being his wife Elena flew back to Australia yesterday. Can I entertain the thought that he might still be a part of Dancing With The Stars Season 18? *sigh and still hoping* All I know is I will always be a fan and nothing is final until Tuesday.
ETA: Gleb will be teaching a master class at LA Ballroom Studio on April 11th. If interested in attending, see LA Ballroom Facebook. They also have some new pictures of he and Elena dancing this week at their studio at this link.
The Herald Sun is reporting that Dancing With The Stars Gleb Savchenko and his wife Elena Samodanova will be choreographing for the new reboot of “So You Think You Can Dance” in Australia. Below are a couple of takes from the link. Does this mean he won’t be back for the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars (Oh man, if so, this is so making me cry as he is one of my very fave male pros along with Derek and Henry! )? Stay tuned. We’re going to contact him and see if he can let us know something.
ELENA AND GLEB
Both appeared in the 2011 series of Dancing With The Stars Australia and regulars on the US version (last year he partnered with Real Housewives star Lisa Vanderpump). Married with daughter Olivia.
Dance means “seeing stories come to life from inside the body. With the two of us, it’s not just the power of one, it’s the power of two.”
Russian-born ballroom stars Gleb Savchenko and his wife Elena Samadanova leaped at the chance to return to Australia, after appearing in the 2011 season of Seven’s Dancing With The Stars.
Savchenko, who recently partnered Real Housewives favourite Lisa Vanderpump, hopes the popularity of Channel 10’s reboot of the show continues to grow “so people see the best of what these (local) dancers can do.”
“It’s such a great team…with Jason Gilkison…and of course Paula Abdul. this is the best you can ask for.”
ETA: We’ve heard back from Gleb!! Below is what he’s written back to us…
Me and Elena are both really excited to be Ballroom-Latin choreographers for SYTYCD here in Australia. It’s gonna be an amazing season!!!
We’ve been dancing together for more than 8 years and it’s such a pleasure for me to work and create something together with Elena again. It’s an amazing team works on SYTYCD Jason Gilkinson, Paula Abdul, Aaron Cash and Shannon Holtzapffel and we are so proud to be amongst them.
At the moment I’m focused on my work here, but if DWTS will ask me to be back for the coming season, for sure I’ll be back.
Let’s hope Dancing With The Stars will ask him back. They’d be crazy if they didn’t. In the meantime, I’m so happy he is able to work with beautiful Elena again and that they’ve landed such amazing roles on “So You Think You Can Dance” in Australia. ((((GLEB & ELENA))))xxx