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PureDWTS Season 18 Week 2 Media And Interviews After Dance Night

So, how are you feeling after a double elimination on Dancing With The Stars last night so soon in the season I have to say it’s left a sourness in my throat I’m liking much. :( I felt especially sorry for Diana. It seemed to take the natural joy right from her. :( Same with Sean. He was just starting to smile even though I was ok with him not smiling. Oh well. Let’s get to some media. First, be sure you head to On The Red Carpet as they have some amazing photos from the night. George Pennacchio’s facebook also has some cool interview photos of all the couples (thanks Elmari). He also has some coverage and few interviews posted at ABC7. More coming! Stay tuned.

ETA: Below is some PopTVDotCom coverage after the show….

ETA2: Below you can listen to some new interviews with Entertainment Tonight (Only some of the cast is interviewed)…

ETA3: The On The Red Carpet interviews are starting to be released. We’ll post a few below, but, be sure to watch the rest at this link. Also, don’t miss more interviews with Derek and Amy at Pure Derek Hough.

March 25, 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.

DWTS Season 18, Week 2 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show! (Spoilers)

Wow. A lot happened at the start of the show. Maybe I should do a list…

  • TPTB thought it would be cute to pair the couples in their opening dance by rivalry – Danica and Candace, Meryl and Maks and so on. Stoopid.
  • It’s always nice to see Maks dance with his daughter Witney…oh. Wait. ;-)
  • Surprise double elimination?? They must be making sure they don’t end up with another Bill Engvall situation. Well, that and it’s good to have an even number of couples for the big switcheroo
  • Drew is safe right off the bat? Should I draw a conclusion for that or is that going to occur throughout the show?
  • Are they going to show video of each star picking their dance to prove they didn’t make it up?? They do realize that shit could be filmed anytime by cooperative stars, right? :-D

Okay….enough for now. I missed Drew’s dance….

ETA:
Welcome to ringer judging, Val.

Zendaya is in the audience looking like a 35 year old.

Billy Dee is safe, eh? Might be Dean and Karina going home.

ETA2: Okay for those of you wanting to vote for the Switch, it’s just like Karina said. You vote like this:

#DWTSStarPro  For example, #DWTSMerylDerek or #DWTSAmyMark  That’s all you need. Or you can retweet your friends. I would add slightly new content at least once in a while so you don’t get tagged as spam.

ETA3: So Diana went home. They will reveal the second eliminee after NeNe, Sean and Cody have all danced.

March 24, 2014 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 Diana Nyad Interviewed By TV Guide On The Switch Up Dance, Her Cha Cha, And More

TV Guide has interviewed Diana Nyad all about her first dance and how she felt about her scores. They also ask her about her new dance this week (the Cha Cha) and how she feels about the switch up dance coming up. I love how she says, “I don’t want to leave Henry. I would feel like my lifeline’s gone away.” Oh man, reading her words, makes me feel bad for the celebs. It’s one thing to go out there and dance every week and quite another to make them leave the partner they are use too. :( More below and at the link. Great interview!

So how do you feel about doing the cha-cha next week?
Nyad: The first day I met Henry, within five minutes of meeting him, he said, “Look, I’ve been told that for our first week we’re going to either have the foxtrot or the cha-cha.” And I said, “Oh please, let it be the cha-cha.” Because, not that I can tell you that I know anything about doing a professional cha-cha, but just with friends out at a club or something, I have a little feeling of Latin music. I’ve done a little social dancing, salsa, and can move the hips a little bit. The foxtrot was absolutely alien to me. Every single thing about it. It was difficult for me to find the joy in it. Whereas, I pretty much don’t care who you are, if you get out doing a cha-cha, a meringue, a salsa, you’re kind of feeling the Latin beat. You think you’re in the Caribbean. It’s easy to smile your way through that. So I’m not telling you I’m going to be great technique-wise, but I guarantee I’m going to be at a much higher comfort level when we go out.

The big twist this season is that the pairs will be switching partners at some point. How do you feel about that?
Nyad: I think it’s a great twist. … I’m more nervous about not being around anymore when that little twist comes. … I don’t want to leave Henry. I would feel like my lifeline’s gone away. And I’m sure everybody feels that way, no matter who their partner is. But for one week, if I’m still with the show, I’m sure I’d learn from and have a gas being with any of these people.

Have you given any thought to which pro you’d like to be partnered with?
Nyad: It’s probably not popular with Middle America, and I don’t even know if it would possible, given who’s eliminated and who’s left to choose from, but honestly — it’s not even a gay thing — I’d like to do a dance with Cheryl Burke. I just think it would be hot, like when you see those 1920s art salons in Paris. The women always got up. And in Cuba, they dance together. … I did talk to Cheryl about it. She said she’d love to do it. But I’m not sure it would be right for the show. Although, come on. They had Chaz Bono on already. Surely you couldn’t get more radical than that.

March 23, 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.

DWTS Season 18, Week 2: Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Another week, another set of dances that the celebs supposedly picked. Riiiight. Tell it to Candace. :-) Lots of angst about the switch up – I say “bring it”. I’m quite confident that my favorite pro will look pretty darn good with anyone, included Nene or Diana….or James or Cody for that matter. :-) I refuse to get worked up about the switch, only about people bugging me about the switch. ;-) Part of me hopes Derek will indeed get Nene just to see what the “He’s never been challenged” people will say when they do terrific together. I imagine they will pretend it never happened, or she will magically become a ringer on the order of Meryl. :-D

The dances for this week? See below. I noticed that Val and Danica are already done with camera blocking. Figured I better get the post up. I figure that Sean is in trouble with the Salsa, as is Drew with the Jive. NeNe – hard to say. She’s a pretty good dancer, but I suspect we’ll see a non-jive kinda like was saw a non-cha cha. Question is, will Tony ever get called out? He doesn’t seem to get called out for anything that Derek and Mark get called out for. I think Danicathetotallynonringer will do fantastic with Samba. Billy could surprise us with the Tango and I expect Charlie to KILL the tango. Cody is a question mark. I really liked his cha cha on rewatching it – it could go either way though on Tango. Meryl – don’t be silly. Her swing will be amazing. I think I will be holding my breath during Amy’s swing, as there are apparently lifts and such. Scary. James and Salsa?? Hmmmm…I think he’ll be okay. We’ll find out soon!!

I kinda half assed a dance order, below. Not really expecting it to be close. :-) I sure wasn’t last week when I gave it more thought.

Diana and Henry – Cha Cha Cha
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NeNe And Tony – Jive
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Danica and Val – Samba
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Billy and Emma – Tango
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James and Peta – Salsa
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Charlie and Sharna – Tango
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Sean and Karina – Salsa
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Candace and Mark – Rumba
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Amy and Derek – Swing
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Cody and Witney – Tango
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Drew and Cheryl – Jive
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Meryl and Maks – Swing
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A whole bunch of instagram pics – what I usually do is post the first several I find, no matter who they are. Yes, I have two of Amy – I think she’s amazing. Sue me. :-) Read more..

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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. :-)

DWTS 18 Partner Switch-Up: What Are Your Predictions?

This is Lori! That Switcheroo Thingy is upon us already and I am DREADING it!!!!!  I don’t want it to happen, but it’s going to happen!!!

Apparently, the viewers are going to vote after the first elimination, for the Switch to happen (I am guessing) in week 3.  And I am going to guess that TPTB are still trying to decide how they’re going to work it.  Knowing them, they’re screw it up.  Here is what what we know about the switcheroo, make sure you read if you’ve not already.

Anyway, since we are going to be STUCK with it, I thought we could take the time to share how WE would match them up.  For our purposes, we will ignore the elimination, and just match all 12 celebrities to a pro, and since I don’t know how they’re planning it, I’m adding the Troupe in also.

Here’s the Celebrities:

Danica

Amy

Candace

NeNe

Diana

Meryl

Charlie

Cody

James

Billy Dee

Sean

Drew

Here’s the Pros:

Cheryl

Karina

Witney

Emma

Sharna

Peta

Lindsey

Jenna

Derek

Val

Maks

Tony

Mark

Henry

Sasha

Artem

So…. YOUR job now is to rematch the celebrities to a different pro, and unfortunately, ALL must be rematched.  How would you do it, and why would you make the choices you did?

Here are mine. I picked two same sex couples, but, that doesn’t mean that the couples can be same sex or not for what they have planned.

1.  Amy and Henry.  I want her to stay with Derek, but since she can’t, I figured he is closer than the other choices.  Or Sasha.

2.  Diana and Cheryl, because Diana said she wouldn’t mind dancing with Cheryl.

3.  Drew and Derek, because I liked that ad, and I’m sure that both Drew and Derek can come up with a creative dance full of humor.

4.  Charlie and Karina because she is a top choreographer.

5.  Candace and Val.  No real reason, I just would like to see how he would work with her.

6.  NeNe and Maks just to see if there’s fireworks

7.  Meryl and Mark because he’s shorter than Maks.

8.  Danica and Artem just to see what he can do, since I’m not familiar with him.  I figure one week might be fine.  Or Sasha.

9.  Sean and Peta would make a gorgeous pair.

10. Cody and Emma because she’s young, and I’d love to see what she can do with a young partner

11. James and Sharna would make another gorgeous pair.

12. Billy Dee and Tony.  This was BY FAR the hardest pair for me.  I wanted to keep BDW with a female partner, but the ones I had left, I felt were just too young to pair with him, and I didn’t really want to shuffle the others around.  Tony’s always done well with older partners, so I chose Tony…. With a lot of hesitation.

March 22, 2014 I Written By

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Diana Nyad Writes Of First Week Of DWTS, Her New Dance Coming Up, And More

Diana Nyad has written a few blogs. First, below is one for the Huffington Post about her experience on Dancing With The Stars so far with partner Henry Byalikov. Her ego may be bruised after their first dance, but, she is not broken. Also, it’s not about how you start, but how you finish. Here is more including some hints about their next dance….

The first week foxtrot for Henry Byalikov and me was filled with pride. I may not bring the stuff of Olympic ice dancers but we worked our butts off and I was thrilled to pull off a proper foxtrot, something entirely alien to me just one week prior.

Matter of fact, I was proud of ALL the contestants, to watch them produce art and beauty and fun and put their best out there in front of a 20-million strong audience.

Every single one of the pro dancers (along obviously with my wonderful, talented, supportive, gracious Henry) have bent over backwards to give some guidance to me and all the rest of us competing. Max Chmerkovskiy, reputed bad boy, has especially extended a caring warmth to me. (I love when Max and Henry chat in Russian… Henry is from Australia but both parents are Russian. They call me “Dianaishka”… sounds very sexy indeed!)

Cheryl Burke and the other female pros have also reached out to give all kinds of tips and reassurances. (I’ve put it out there that if I am still in the competition by the time they switch partners for one week, I would love to do a dance with Cheryl). And don’t get me wrong. I ADORE my Henry…. just saying…

Perhaps it gets cutthroat later in the season, when the MirrorBall Trophy is on the line, but at this early-going stage, all 12 of us competitors are very supportive of each other. No matter the difference in our range of talents, everybody checks in with each other, asks how the particular dance of the week is going, shares what they’re experiencing. Charlie White and Meryl Davis, clearly superlative on the floor, are extremely giving. Amy Purdee is a doll, her disability a total non-issue. Candace Cameron Bure is a born mom, she takes care of all of our feelings. And Henry and I have had some fun practice sessions with NeNe Leakes and her partner Tony Dovolani, the jokester of the pros.

Henry putting me through the paces of the cha cha cha, our dance for Week Two, and I’m loving the rhythm. Much more relatable, for me, than was the foxtrot. I took an ego beating that first night. I worked so darn hard on that foxtrot and wound up near the bottom of the leader board. But what a great rationalization to feel you’ve got absolutely nowhere to go but up…

As I said that night — and we’ve all learned this the hard way — it’s not how you start. It’s how you finish.

I love her determination. Lots more at the Huffington Post including pictures.

Diana has also written a piece for Adventure Blog about Dancing With The Stars. Below is a take where she compares swimming and dancing. I love what she says about Henry.

The common question these days is “How does the Cuba Swim compare to Dancing With the Stars“?

Well, that’s a patently absurd conversation. Cuba was a lifelong pursuit, an epic endeavor.

But, let’s leave those comparisons aside and focus on this DWTS experience.

It’s intense. In every way. I can’t speak, of course, for the other competitors. It could well be that Sochi gold medal winning ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis find these dances second nature. They were surely dazzling on the floor that first night of competition.

But for me, this is a fully new world, akin perhaps to going to Mainland China to learn Mandarin in a compressed few weeks. Every word, every movement, every transition is brand new to me.

I got lucky to travel this journey with my partner, Henry Byalikov, a young Australian who has been part of the DWTS troupe of dancers but this is his first season as a principal pro.

Henry and I have stepped into synch in a myriad of ways. He is a beautiful, elegant dancer and to watch him demonstrate to me every subtle nuance of the body, the move, of a cha cha is like learning meditation from a zen master.

More at Adventure Blog.

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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.

ABC Releases Official Info On DWTS Season 18 Week 2; Announcement, Switch Up Dance, And More

ABC Medianet has released show details for next week! Read carefully for what they write on the switch dance. Also note how there is a “announcement” right after the opening number.

“Episode 1802” – The competition heats up on “Dancing with the Stars” as the celebrities take on a new style of dance, MONDAY, MARCH 24 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). The show kicks off with a show-stopping opening number choreographed by Mandy Moore featuring the entire cast followed by an announcement that is not to be missed! Each couple will then perform a dance style of the celebrities choosing including Swing, Tango, Jive, Salsa, Samba, Rumba and the Cha Cha. The couples face the first nerve-racking round of elimination.

Additionally, “The Switch Up” begins and voting guidelines will be revealed live. For the first time ever, America will be given the power to vote and change celebrity and professional dance pairings. This new rule will affect all couples as they will be required to switch partners. Never before have dance partnerships been split up during the course of competition.

ETA: Ok, I wonder if this has something to do with the Switch Up Dance as Tuesday Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli will make a “big surprise announcement” on GMA. Whatever the case, be sure to tune in. From ABCMediaNet….

TUESDAY, MARCH 25 – Celebrity stylist and reality star Rachel Zoe (Living in Style); legendary racecar driver Dario Franchitti; “Dancing with the Stars” judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli with a big surprise announcement; plus GMA talks to the couple voted off last night’s program; singer Karmin performs; supermodel Miranda Kerr shares her beauty secrets

ETA2: Karina Smirnoff just tweeted how the voting will work for Monday night for the switch up dance.:

Karina Smirnoff: Here are the twitter rules 4 the switch: Tweet #DWTS + Star’s first name + Karina
Voting opens during DWTS Mar24th ends Mar31st @11:59EST

March 21, 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.

New Las Vegas Odds For DWTS Season 18 Week 2: Speaking of Switches

Sports Bovada has posted their new odds for Dancing With The Stars Week 2. As always, there is a shake up after we see them dance the first time. This week they have Meryl and Charlie tied for first and note how Amy has moved up the ladder to 3rd! Danica and Candace has also moved up knocking Cody and James down. I love how Drew Carey made a move as well. I think Sean should be higher, but, I would say the tie at the bottom for last is about right, would you?

Charlie White 5/2
Meryl Davis 5/2
Amy Purdy 4/1
Candace Cameron Bure 11/2
Danica McKellar 15/2
James Maslow 10/1
Cody Simpson 20/1
Drew Carey 25/1
NeNe Leakes 25/1
Sean Avery 33/1
Billy Dee Williams 100/1
Diana Nyad 100/1

Last weeks odds:

Meryl Davis 3/2
Charlie White 3/1
Cody Simpson 6/1
James Maslow 6/1
Amy Purdy 10/1
Candace Cameron Bure 15/1
Danica McKellar 15/1
NeNe Leakes 15/1
Sean Avery 20/1
Billy Dee Williams 25/1
Diana Nyad 33/1
Drew Carey 33/1

Let’s get Miss Heidi and Court’s thoughts and be sure to let us know your thoughts as well in comments.

Courtney: I actually agree with this week’s odds, for the most part – the fact that James’ odds are twice as good as Cody’s has me really puzzled, though.  Were we watching the same show, oddsmakers? Because Cody made a pretty big splash on Monday, while James was just treading water…and I don’t expect that to change a whole lot throughout the course of the season.  I think we might begin to see more of a gap between Meryl & Charlie as the weeks wear on, as well – I’m guessing he’s going to continue to thrill each week, while she might have some off-weeks (which I’m thinking may have to do more with Maks’ choreography than anything else).  And if my gut feeling is right,  I think Candace & Danica may flip-flip back and forth in the odds each week – I get the feeling they’re setting that one up to be a neck-and-neck race, with the girls alternating who does better each week.  Other than that, I think the odds are pretty spot-on…I might have given Billy Dee a slight edge over Diana, just in terms of fanbase, but that’s kind of a moot point…

Heidi: Yeah, I’m not finding anything to argue with on this one. Shocker. :-)  I think Meryl and Charlie will remain at the top and Amy, Danica and Candace will flip flop around with each other depending on how they do in a given week. Aaaannnndddd…..I got nuthin’ else. :-D

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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.

New Official Dancing With The Stars Commerical For Week 2, Switch Dance Vote?

And it’s a fun one. Though note how they mention the Switch Up dance in it and how we take control of the ballroom. Does this mean they will be doing the Switch Up dance already for the following week? Hmmm, this might be cool for some couples and not so much for others. I’m not all too anxious to see Amy teamed up with anyone else, but, Derek! :-|

ETA: Another official teaser. They have Peta and Drew paired up. lol

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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.

Dancing With The Stars Cast “Get Happy” In GMA And Pharrell For International Day Of Happiness

This is too fun. You can view the new cast of Dancing With The Stars in parts of this GMA Get Happy video. Also, you can see Karina Smirnoff and Sean Avery dance in rehearsals.

March 20, 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.