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ABC Dancing With The Stars Season 13 Week 9 Unaired Confessionals (Video)

These are always so good! Enjoy!!!

November 15, 2011 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.

Dancing With The Stars Week 9 Interviews After The Dance Part 2 (Videos)

In part 2 of our interview posts, we have our couples answering questions from Access Hollywood and E On-line, but, first, let’s go to Good Morning America with Donny Osmond’s take on the night. He predicts Rob to take the Mirror ball next week! As much as I find Donny to be a little over the top at times, I have to agree. This is very possible for the reasons he said. Do you agree or disagree?

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Louis Van Amstel also reviewed the night in his new blog. Once again, he nails it for the most part. This guy seriously gets my vote as being picked to be a 4th judge. Below is his overall view. More in detail at the link.

OVERALL: My finalists are Ricki, J.R. and Rob! Having said that, it’s going to be interesting to see what the votes will be tomorrow. Nothing against Hope or Maks because I love them, but from a dancing point of view, Rob clearly danced to make the final. Rob created while Hope was surviving. That’s how it came across.

As surprising as the judges’ Cha-Cha relay scores might be, I wasn’t surprised based on performance energy. If it were just dancing, the results could have been different.

I’m very excited for the finale next week. Both Ricki and J.R. have to up their game or Rob might become the “Seabiscuit” and create quite an upset. Don’t forget, many times the freestyle has been the deciding factor for who wins “Dancing With the Stars.”

Ok, on to the Access Hollywood interviews….

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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 Week 9 Interviews After The Dance Part 1 (Videos)

What a great semi-finals last night on Dancing On The Stars! Where do we start with interviews? I have to go with the On The Red Carpet (sorry, no interview with Maks and Hope is listed from them)!!

First up, we have Cheryl and Rob! His smile says it all! They discuss how they never thought he’d get this far in the competition, but, Rob’s work ethic is strong and he kept improving. Cheryl knew he could stay in this competition when he had the break through dance in week 3. Rob hopes he and Cheryl make it and he is in this thing to win the trophy. You can do it, Rob! Keep it up!

J.R. switched into his sneakers right after the show as soon as he could. J.R remarks how his dances didn’t feel right, but, Karina said they “looked” better than they “felt”. Because of his injury, J.R. wasn’t able to do the last lift in their Argentine Tango. They hope America voted them through and understand they had an off night. No matter what happens and if they go forward or not, Karina is proud of their amazing journey.

Ricki starts off the interview saying how her and Derek are perfectionists. Derek points out how they tried to take the pressure off this week by just having fun with it all and not worrying about the competitive part of it. Ricki doesn’t expect to win. She just wants to keep having a great time. Derek points out how much Ricki has changed and improved.

Stay tuned! We’ll be back with some more interviews shortly! ;)

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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 13, Week 9 – Dancing by the Numbers

Well, tonight was a night for some to come back to earth, and for our favorite hero to struggle with an injury. I worry a bit for him, but I think his fanbase is solid, passionate and crazy voting.

Really not all that much to say. I felt so bad for JR; it was clear he was in pain. Was happy for Rob and Ricki and felt like they finally scored Hope about right.

Anyway, on with the nunbers:

The Judges Scores and Percentages

Place Celebrity Score Percentage
1. Ricki 67 28.27
2. Rob 65 27.43
3. JR 56 23.63
4. Hope 49 20.68

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November 14, 2011 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. :-)

DWTS13 Week 9 Power Rankings

So I’m guessing the judges either got laid or did shots in between JR’s paso and Rob’s samba, because they rather inexplicably got very generous very quickly with the points 8O Definite overscoring of some parties going on tonight, although I don’t think there was so much underscoring – I thought most of the scores were right-on or kinda cushy. Oh, and in case you didn’t know, tonight’s episode of DWTS was brought to you by the reused song (if I remember correctly, all but the pasos and the cha-cha relay song were repeats) and patterned tights :-P

1.) Ricki & Derek – Ricki was (quite literally, in her samba costume) the judges’ golden girl tonight, and managed to deliver 3 very clean, well-executed dances.  Can’t say that the choreo in any of the 3 was particularly genius, but I think Derek was probably smart to keep the steps much simpler than the usual fare we see from him. Ricki’s been struggling the past few weeks, and I think it was wise to give her simple choreo that she could do well than really try to wow the judges with complex stuff.  Their samba was cute, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much content it had – I think samba is my least favorite dance on DWTS, and even Derek’s choreo doesn’t usually impress me because he seems to do a lot of side-by-side, open work as opposed to real samba steps.  But this actually had plenty of real samba! I liked the mood & execution of their Argentine tango, but felt a little let down by the choreo – again, I guess I’m just used to seeing dynamite A. tangos from Derek, so this felt a little…light.  Their cha-cha, too, was rather simple; but compared to Hope & JR, who both looked rather sloppy to me, Ricki’s clean-and-simple cha-cha really worked tonight.  Thankfully, there is a pretty good-sized points margin tonight, which should keep these two safe at the top of the leaderboard.  And I’m glad – I think they very much deserve a spot in the finale.  However, I don’t think they’re going to be able to go with “clean & simple” next week – with Rob busting major moves and JR likely on the road to recovery, they’re going to need to stand out.

2.) Rob & Cheryl – Gotta agree with some of you that the judges made it pretty clear tonight that they REALLY want Rob in the finale.  Some definite overscoring going on here – his samba, while cute, energetic, and much better than I was expecting out of him, was just  not 27-worthy.  25? Maybe.  But I LOVED that he looked like he was having so much fun out there! I also give him an E for effort, for attempting a barrel roll – it was stiff, but he gave it the ol’ USC try.  I was a bit more torn on his A. tango – it’s a dance that definitely seems to suit him well, and he was a good leading man with clean footwork.  But I don’t think he had as much content as JR, and was maybe not quite as invested as JR, either.  I will say that I think he probably had the best combination of content & execution in his cha-cha – Ricki may have had the better technique, but I think her choreo was bound to look a bit simple & boring next to some of the flashier stuff Cheryl gave Rob.  In the end, though, overscoring or not – I do think Rob belongs in the finale, based on his dancing.  He’s still somewhat lacking in the performance department for me, so he’ll really need to hone in on that if he makes it through to next week – and I think he will, given the margin of points.

3.) JR & Karina – I really felt bad for JR tonight – he seemed like he was in a good deal of pain after each dance, and I do think it negatively affected his performances.  I’m afraid I set my hopes too high for his paso – I was so excited about him having that song, that I felt a bit let down when he really didn’t knock it out of the park.  He wasn’t 100% in the dance like he usually is, and I gotta say – the choreo felt a bit repetitive to me, too.  LOVED his Argentine tango – I do have to credit Karina with not going too easy on him due to his injury.  She gave him a lot of difficult footwork and lifts to do, and I think of the 4 A. tangos tonight, his probably had the highest level of difficulty and the most content.  And he handled it well, for the most part – caught him wincing in pain a few times, but he still managed to give a pretty damn good performance.  It was just sooo fluid – where Rob & Hope seemed to have a few stops and stutters in between steps, JR didn’t.  His cha-cha was just ok – I think by that point, he had soldiered through about as much pain as he could have, and was just tired.  It seemed a little stiff, but again, I’m thinking that had more to do with his ankle than any lack of ability in the cha-cha.  If he can knock the samba out of the park, he can handle the cha-cha, no problem.  When it comes down to it, I definitely think JR belongs in the finale – he’s been consistently good all season long, yet has still managed to improve a bit each week as well.  Knock on wood, I think his fans alone will keep him safe this week, and he may also get a few sympathy votes due to what looked like a pretty painful injury.  His biggest hurdle heading into the finale will simply be healing – right now, his injury seems to be the most inhibiting of the remaining contestants.  Hopefully this is something that he can shake in the next 24-48 hours!

4.) Hope & Maks – Well, tonight was unfortunatley an example of how overscoring a couple earlier in the competition can lead to a rude awakening later on when the judges decide to get serious.  Hope stuck out like a sore thumb for me tonight – all 3 of her dances paled in comparison to those of the other 3 remaining contestants.  Her paso doble seemed to take forever to get started, and once she started moving, she seemed to get wobbly in her turns and ended up on the floor for several counts while Maks danced around her…again.  Did it feel like the team paso all over again to anyone else? Her Argentine tango was a bit better than I expected, but man – those KNEES. They’re always bent, even when she’s mid-lift! At one point, my mom even asked “Are her legs supposed to look like that?” If she had been doing a lindy or a jitterbug, it could have looked cool and flapper-esque; but in her tango, it just looked awkward.  I thought she made a decent effort in her cha-cha, but once again, it looked like she powered through it so hard that it looked awkward – those arms could be lethal weapons, the way she flings them out when she finishes a turn! I think the judges were spot-on in scoring her – I have to think to myself “What score would this have gotten at an earlier stage in the competition?” Part of the problem a year ago with Bristol was that I think she thought by making it to the semifinals & finals, she automatically deserved to be getting 9′s & 10′s…and I’m of the opinion that just because it’s the semifinals, does not mean the judges should just be throwing up the 9 & 10 paddles left & right. If it’s deserved? Absolutely.  But just because it’s a certain phase of the competition? No. Sorry Hope fans, but up against the 3 other couples tonight – Hope looked pretty amateurish to me, and it will only get worse in the finale.  She simply has not improved enough in 9 weeks to deserve a spot in the finale, IMO.  I want a finale that’s going to be as entertaining & competitive as possible – and for me, that’s going to be best achieved with Ricki, JR, & Rob as the finalists.

So we’re one step closer to the finale!!! Who do you guys want to see advancing this week? Who should go home? And is anyone else as excited about the Muppets as I am??? :-D

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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!

Cameron Mathison Interviews The Final Four Going Into The DWTS Semi-Finals (Video)

Cameron Mathison of Good Morning America interviews the remaining four couples on Dancing With The Stars getting us ready for tonight! He gets their personal thoughts on each other. Be sure to check this out before the show. I’m not going to ruin it by telling you anything more. :)

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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 Maksim Chmerkovskiy And Hope Solo In A “Twilight Zone” (Rehearsal Video)

ET has a new rehearsal video up with Maks and Hope. They say they have “no game plan” and are “taking one day at a time.” Hope has also abandoned all high expectations. Hope says she doesn’t think they are going to win, but, they “might as well go down fighting.” Maks looks at her and then they start laughing. Cute, and they look good rehearsing. More below….

ADDING: Below is some new audio with Hope on Ryan Seacrest today where she comments dancing is harder than soccer…

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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 13, Week 9 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Advantage goes to Hope and Rob this week as both are doing at least one dance (two for Hope) that they’ve already done. Advantage also to Hope in that Len may still have something to prove with his early proclamation that Hope had what it takes to go all the way – he was looking bad there, for a while. :-)  JR and Ricki, on the other hand, are doing three new dances. I sure do hope their fans vote their butts off.  Ricki is the one in the most danger – three new dances and an injury….although I hear JR also twisted his ankle yesterday and was icing it.  Not good. Between 3 new dances, injuries, Len’s love for Hope and CAI’s love for Rob, one of the two favorites could be in jeopardy.

Rob/Cheryl – Dancing 3rd
Samba (Song: Jump in the Line (Shake Señora)” by Harry Belafonte (???*))
Argentine Tango
Cha Cha Relay (Song: I Like the Way It Feels by Enrique Iglesias)
Phone: 1-800-868-3402

Hope/Maks – Dancing 1st
Paso Doble (Song: Can’t be Tamed by Miley Cyrus)
Argentine Tango (Song: Whatever Lola Wants by Gotan Project)
Cha Cha Relay (Song: I Like the Way It Feels by Enrique Iglesias)
Phone: 1-800-868-3408

JR/Karina
Paso Doble (Song: Spanish Tango by James Horner)
Argentine Tango (Song: Bust Your Windows by Jazmine Sullivan)
Cha Cha Relay (Song: I Like the Way It Feels by Enrique Iglesias)
Phone: 1-800-868-3410

Ricki/Derek
Samba (Song: I Go to Rio by Peter Allen (???*))
Argentine Tango
Cha Cha Relay (Song: I Like the Way It Feels by Enrique Iglesias)
Phone: 1-800-868-3411

Note: Courtney tells me that JR’s AT song was also Evan and Anna’s.  Also that Hope’s AT song was also used by Joanna and Maks, when he filled in for Derek.

*ETA: Like the waltzes last week, we know these are the two samba songs – we just aren’t positive which is Ricki’s and which is Rob’s. This is our best guess. And yeah – they’re both kinda lame :-(

November 13, 2011 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. :-)

lolzDWTS Season 13, Week 8!!

We probably could have found a lot more, but I got tired and ran out of time. :-)

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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. :-)

DWTS13 Week 8 – The Cheesecake Awards!!

We’re back and sassy this week, kids – and you might not read any further if you’re a fan of Kardashians, extraneous props, elves, or artificial hair extensions…;-)

Most Ironic Choice of Wardrobe: Brooke Burke’s “brain” dress

Courtney: I know I can’t be the only one that took one look at Brooke’s dress and chuckled, for it kinda resembled a brain.  Oh Brooke – if only you had one :-P Guess wearing something that looks like one is the next best thing…

Heidi: She should have worn that Halloween week – bwainzzzz. A little zombie make up and you have the perfect (and appropriate) costume!!

Best Indicator That “Maks Wuz Heeeere”: Covering up Karina’s picture on the wall in the rehearsal studio

Courtney: Ok, perhaps it’s another odd little thing that I honed in on, but there was a random picture that looked to be out of a kids’ coloring book that was totally obscuring Karina’s face in the picture of her & Ralph’s quickstep that hung on the wall of the rehearsal studio…while Hope & Maks were there.  I can only assume this was intentional, as that seems to be a rather odd place to put a coloring book picture, considering all of the empty wall space elsewhere in the studio.  Yeeeep…we get it, loud & clear.  Still mad at Karina.  What’s next, carving her phone number into a men’s room stall door? Teepeeing her house? Making her a pan of brownies with Ex-Lax in them?

Heidi: If you ever needed proof that he is a 12 year old in an adult body, this is it. Combined with his inability to let anything go…like, for example, exclaiming that he thought Hope deserved 9′s a long time ago. Twelve year olds really shouldn’t do crack, Maks, their brains won’t mature and you’ll end up wearing a brain dress like Brooke.  If you don’t have it, wear it. Read more..

November 12, 2011 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!