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PureDWTS Season 23, Week 8 – Power Rankings

So for those just tuning in that may have missed the producers’ agenda that permeated last night’s episode, let me recap:

1.) Make sure you keep pushing for Jana to make the finals.

2.) DO NOT LET DEREK ANYWHERE NEAR THE FINALS!!!

3.) Create an emotional redemption arc for Laurie, complete with Val crying his eyes out on camera.

4.) Milk the drama of Sharna’s injury, but let Jenna have the spotlight tonight…we need her to happen!!!

5.) Keep Calvin in the running for the finals, but he needs to take a back seat to the others tonight.

The face-offs, just like the ones in season 21, were about as big of a sh*tshow as one could expect – mainly just a means to carry out the agenda of the moment, and pretend to give a sliver of power to the viewers so they can feel like part of the action.  I actually found myself profoundly relieved that James ended up with immunity – judging from his rehearsal package, it looked like he may have lost some rehearsal time learning the two face-off dances he hadn’t already done (jive & salsa), and I was very, very leery of him having to learn them from Jenna, whose teaching skills are…dubious, at best.  So the fact that he ended up not having to attempt them with someone that’s NOT his normal partner? Phew. And really, if they were going to give immunity to anyone, I would rather it be someone that was probably headed to the finale already (and not someone that genuinely needed a boost to stick around), so as to minimize rocking the boat too much – so in the grand scheme of things, I would have been fine with Laurie, James, or Calvin getting it, and oddly enough, they were the only three last night that ended up with perfect scores.

I think I mentioned last week that I was fairly certain that Ryan was on borrowed time – just couldn’t put my finger on when, exactly, the hammer was gonna drop.  Oddly enough, his tango last night was probably my favorite dance he did all season – the Cheryl Burke House of Pain method seemed to work, as he seemed more invested in that dance that any other one we saw from him all season.  It was fun to watch, but it was time for him to go – but overall, I’m actually glad he ended up doing the show, because I think I came out of it with a much better understanding of him.  He generally seems like a good guy, not the calculating type – but is simply too dumb to function sometimes, and that’s what gets him into trouble 😛 And then there were only 2 men, and I’m guessing they’re probably guaranteed a spot in the finals.  Which means we’re most likely gonna lose 2 ladies in the next 2 weeks… Read more..

November 1, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

DWTS Mark Ballas And BC Jean Attend Adam Lambert’s Ghost Town Halloween Party – HQ Photos

Mark Ballas and girlfriend BC Jean attended Adam Lambert’s Ghost Town Halloween party hosted by Hilton@PLAY at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California last night. To see more photos, click on the pics.

November 1, 2015 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.

DWTS Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, And BC Jean Attend Halloween Parties – Photos

Last night, Derek and Julianne Hough attended the Casamigos Tequila Halloween party at a private residence in Los Angeles, California. You can view more photos of them at Getty Images and Pure Derek Hough. Also, be sure to see US Weekly for some photos of Mark Ballas and girlfriend BC Jean dressed up as Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love when they attended Maxim Magazine’s Halloween BASH in Beverly Hills last week. They look hilarious. Instagram below if you haven’t seen it yet.

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October 31, 2015 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.

DWTS Bindi Irwin Brings Halloween To Children’s Hospital In LA – Video, Photos

This is so cool. Yesterday Dancing With The Stars contestant Bindi Irwin tried to bring as much Halloween happiness to the kids at the Children’s Hospital In LA. See below. You can also see some really sweet photos at the Daily Mail.

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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.

Hayes Grier and Emma Slater Visit Good Morning America After Elimination

Awww….I love me some Hayes and Emma. Such a surprising and likable young man!! Good dancer too, especially considering his age.

ETA: Here are Hayes and Emma on The View!

October 27, 2015 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. :-)

Halloween Week on DWTS Season 21 – Post Show Media

What’s everyone doing for Halloween??
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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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 21, Week 7 – Power Rankings

Well…if the crew set out to hotbox the  studio, they succeeded 😛 Seriously,  though – what a colossal production FUBAR. I could barely see some of the dances through all that smoke, and trying to even see the judges and Tom afterwards was a struggle. I have to wonder if it negatively affected some of the couples as well – especially the ones that stuck to the main floor and didn’t hop up on any platforms. Talk about props getting in the way – and this, kids, is why themes can really screw up an otherwise decent evening. BEWARE THE SMOKE MONSTER.

And the smoke wasn’t the only monster in the ballroom last night.  Unfortunately, I felt like at least 2/3 members of the judges panel devolved into gossipy teenage girls when giving critiques, and came across as vindictive and childish. I’m also completely OVER the whole “Derek’s never lost!” plotline they pose in every team dance, so now that he’s actually lost – can we please come up with something more compelling to talk about? It was clear Derek didn’t give a rat’s ass, and perhaps the only ones that did were a certain other pro and his fans. It’s time to find some new material, guys.

On the upside? I actually found Leah a lot more natural and enjoyable last night, and she seemed much more at ease. Much more like the Leah I loved hosting back in season 19.  As for Hayes getting eliminated – he did far better than I thought he would this season, so I give him BIG props there.  But though I hate to say it, I think he’s partially responsible for his own elimination – as I mentioned last week, he seemed to place too much emphasis on #VoteForTeamSlayes trending on Twitter and not nearly enough on actual voting…and when your fanbase is a bunch of impressionable teenage girls that will blindly follow your every whim, I think you need to be VERY CLEAR on what it is you need from them. Remember, kids: as much emphasis as this show sometimes puts on social media, Twitter hashtags will not keep you in this competition – only votes will.  So you may as well forget about Twitter and just focus on the votes…something to keep in mind next week… Read more..

October 26, 2015 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

DWTS Professionals – Past and Present – Attend MAXIM’s 2015 Halloween Party

Is it just me, or is Val very lacking in imagination when it comes to Halloween costumes?? 😀  Love Peta and Maks’ costumes, although I think Maks has worn something similar before. Mark and BC’s costumes speak to their inner selves, I think – a bit bohemian, very artistic. Cheryl Burke was there too, sans costume, but she looks great. I give everyone an A except for Val and Cheryl. Come on dude. It’s Halloween.  Cheryl, at least I love the dress. 😉

Thanks to DWTSGossip for the heads up on these – I’ve lost my touch these days. Vogue does the media. 🙂

October 25, 2015 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. :-)

Preview Of Bruno Tonioli In Sun TV Magazine’s Exclusive Halloween ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Special Feature

Aren’t the two images of Dancing With The Stars judge Bruno Tonioli below just spectacular? They are part of a new Halloween “Strictly Come Dancing” Exclusive feature inside Sun TV Magazine. Craig Revel Horwood is also pictured on the cover along with Bruno. The photographer for the cover shoot is Simon Webb.

Editor Steven Corbit tells PureDWTS that Bruno was dressed as a vampire on the shoot at his request. He loved the outfit. It was done on a Saturday at the Strictly studios just before filming began for the UK version of Dancing With The Stars. Bruno had just flown back from filming Dancing With The Stars in the US. The full interview with Bruno will be online on Saturday at Sun TV Magazine.

Special thanks to Sun TV Magazine for the fun pics and preview. You can follow them at twitter at @suntvmagazine. You can follow photographer Simon Webb at @simonwebbphoto and at Simon Webb Photography.

ETA with another fun teaser: We’ve also been told that Bruno is doing a Salsa with a skeleton for this shoot (hilarious!). For extra pictures and the full interview with Bruno and Craig see Sun TV Magazine. Thanks again to Samantha and Steven at Sun TV Magazine and Simon Webb for the Halloween goodies!!

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October 30, 2014 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 Cast And Pros Attend Halloween Parties Over The Weekend

This is too fun if you haven’t seen some of these pics yet. Some of the pros and cast members of Dancing With The Stars dressed up to attend some Halloween Parties in the last several days. Snooki attended the “Night Of The Living Drag” at Providence in New York City while Derek Hough, Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy (along with their friend Alex Sanders who provided the pic below at twitter. Kate Upton was there too) attended the Casamigos Halloween Party at the home of Mike Meldman in Beverly Hills, California. You can view more pictures of them all at Pure Derek Hough, Zimbio Pictures, and The Daily Mail. Don’t they look fantastic? Former pro Julianne Hough has made some headlines with this costume too. If you know of anyone else who dressed up, let us know in comments.

ETA: Derek Hough also attended Kate Hudson’s Halloween Party last night. You can view some big photos in high quality at Pure Derek Hough at this link.

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October 27, 2013 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.