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Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 8 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Well, Week 8 and more weirdness to take us into the semi-finals. So, the couples are split into teams of two and each team gets a judge. :::sigh::: Judges choose the dance and the song. One would think they would pick appropriately, but I’m not going to hold my breath. I believe that’s all we know right now…except for the pairs at the bottom of the page. These came from a variety of interviews and other sources.

ETA: Vogue here. Today on Kelly & Michael, Carrie Ann said she has Antonio/Sharna and Paige/Mark for her team. She is creating something “athletic” for them. More in this post.

ETA2: Thanks to Kennedy for the heads up to look at the DancingABC Instagram. If it’s not Panic at the Disco, then that account is trolling. 🙂

ETA3: The DWTS instagram strikes again. Any guess on what dance style Jodie will be doing to that song?

ETA4: All the songs and dances thanks to the ABC press release (via DWTSGossip).

ETA5: Song and Dance up date for Carrie Ann’s Team below via her instagram. And I sure hope they aren’t copying Derek Hough’s new dance art project with this. ~Vogue

ETA6: Thanks to everyone who has been telling me that Ginger and Wanya have samba – I’ve been out having a life and not surprisingly it involved booze. 🙂 ~Heidi

ETA7: A few updates below thanks to Peta’s twitter and Instagram! Thanks to everyone who sent the heads up. ~Vogue

ETA8: And the rest of the dance order thanks to George Pennachio. ~Heidi

Nyle & Peta – Paso Doble (Song: “Victorious” by Panic at the Disco See below)
Phone # 1-800-868-3409
Dancing 1st

Antonio & Sharna – Viennese Waltz (Song: “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna)
Phone # 1-800-868-3401
Dancing 2nd

Jodie & Keo – Jive (Song: “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” by Christina Aguilara)
Phone # – 1-800-868-3405
Dancing 3rd

Paige & Mark – Viennese Waltz (Song: “Stone Cold” by Demi Lovato)
Phone # 1-800-868-3410
Dancing 4th

Ginger & Val – Argentine Tango (Song: “Telephone” by Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce)
Phone # – 1-800-868-3404
Dancing 5th

Wanya & Lindsay – Jive (Song: “Can You Do This” by Aloe Blacc)
Phone # 1-800-868-3412
Dancing 6th

Judges Pick Duos

Antonio/Sharna & Paige/Mark – Paired with Carrie Ann.
Paso Doble (song: “Everyone Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears)

Ginger/Val & Wanya/Lindsay – Paired with Len Goodman
Samba

Jodie/Keo & Nyle/Peta – Paired with Bruno Tonioli
Argentine Tango

Don’t panic. This isn’t a disco, it’s a paso! Team #RedefiningDance hope to be Victorious this week. #DWTS

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May 3, 2016 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 7 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

As you heard on the show the other night, there are individual dances, and team dances. Why on earth they decided to do guys versus girls to medley is beyond me (click the link to see Courtney’s Team Dance Post). Are they just unable to NOT tinker with stuff?? Honestly, I recently rewatched the first team dances (Seasons 7, 8 and 9) and they were so much better than most of what we’ve been getting these days, with the exception of the one that Allison spearheaded last season. There is not much of a real challenge to it when you make it a freestyle – well, I take that back, there’s a challenge for SOME pros even when it’s a freestyle. But I would much rather go back to the days of Team Tango and Team Paso and see what they can do with their partners in a group within the confines of a ballroom style. But then, if they were doing things MY way, Val would remain fully clothed for the remainder of his time on DWTS. 😀

Also this week, for the theme “Iconic Artist”, we have a bunch of individual dances. I think this is kind of a BS theme – iconic in whose eyes? They are following the same path as last season – why do they have to redo the silly stuff? Although, you might recall one of my favorite dances of the season was Bindi’s “iconic artist” dance to Grace Kelly – that was awesome.

ETA: Thanks to Just Jared, we now have all the individual dances and their “iconic” songs – and they are pretty iconic. Question is, do they fit the dance style?

ETA: Paige is going last per her periscope (thanks Julia) – now, is this a good sign or a bad sign?? 🙂

Jodie & Keo – Quickstep   (Song: “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder)
Phone # – 1-800-868-3405
Dancing 1st

Kim & Sasha – Samba (Song: “ABC” by Jackson 5)
Phone # 1-800-868-3406
Dancing 2nd

Nyle & Peta – Foxtrot (Song: “Beautiful Day” by U2)
Phone # 1-800-868-3409
Dancing 3rd

Antonio & Sharna – Tango (Song “Paint it Black” by the Rolling Stones)
Phone # 1-800-868-3401
Dancing 4th

Wanya & Lindsay –Foxtrot   (Song: “I Say a Little Prayer” by Aretha Franklin)
Phone # 1-800-868-3412
Dancing 5th

Ginger & Val – Viennese Waltz  (Song: “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston)
Phone # – 1-800-868-3404
Dancing 6th

Von & Witney –Salsa  (Song: “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley)
Phone # 1-800-868-3411
Dancing 7th

Paige & Mark –Jive   (Song: “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner)
Phone # 1-800-868-3410
Dancing Last, per her periscope

TEAM DANCES

Guys Team (Antonio, Wanya, Von and Nyle) – Freestyle (Song: James Brown Medley)
Dancing 1st

Girls Team (Ginger, Paige, Kim and Jodie) – Freestyle (Song: Beyonce Medley)
Dancing 2nd

April 26, 2016 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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 22, Week 6 – Power Rankings

I feel as though now is a good time to remind everyone of a very important thing to heed when watching the rehearsal packages: BEWARE THE EDIT. Last night, we saw two packages that very clearly illustrated how the tone of a package can get skewed with the right editing – they made Nyle, the well-loved, down-to-earth frontrunner seem like a self-absorbed egomaniac; and they took Antonio, the lazy narcissist who has only put in an average of 10 hours of rehearsal time for the first 5 weeks of the season, appear to be a hard-working, misunderstood victim of his pro’s apathy.  That latter in particular made me wanna toss my cookies, because as we reported (and as it’s been parroted all over Twitter) – Antonio has done nothing but make excuses for his lateness/lack of rehearsal time, and then apparently spent 45 minutes ranting to the confessional camera about how Sharna has checked out of their partnership and he’s “putting her on notice”.  He failed to assume any responsibility whatsoever for their partnership failing to “boom”, cast all the blame onto her, and came across as chillingly aggressive – and yet, because of the edit he was given (and the subsequent falling into line that the judges did), he appeared to be the uber-dedicated “comeback kid” this week, and managed to skate by with nary a negative word uttered about a routine that would probably gotten torn to pieces if it had been performed by Nyle, Wanya, Paige, or even Von. On the other side of the coin, I’m fairly certain poor Nyle got baited into one of the many loaded questions production loves to ask the celebs in order to illicit some of the juicier sound bytes we hear in packages – I’m guessing it was something like “Who is your biggest competition this season? Do you think you’re sexier than anyone in the cast? Who do you see yourself beating in a wet t-shirt contest?” Given that I’ve heard nothing but praise for how Nyle was on ANTM (“the nicest guy EVER” is a phrase that gets tossed out a lot), I find it hard to believe that he’d suddenly decide to start seriously throwing shade and bragging about himself.  He was JOKING, guys – but because of the edit he was given, it was made to appear serious.  I’m guessing Tamar was also somewhat joking last season when she got baited into saying “I’m the best”, and I’m sure Nastia didn’t set out to come across as the icy bitch they painted her as during the infamous bad edit of season 20. Just something to keep in mind when things start feeling…off.

God bless Doug – I do think he really gave it his all this season, and for what it’s worth, I actually found myself really enjoying his Bollywood routine tonight.  Karina was smart to keep it simple, and Doug kept up surprisingly well.  But I do feel like he had reached a point where he wasn’t really having fun anymore, and the stress was maybe wearing on him – so I didn’t get the impression that he was all that broken up about leaving tonight. He was thankful for the experience – but he seemed ready for the ride to stop. But with Doug gone, that leaves us in an very sticky situation: there are really no more “bad” dancers left – everyone remaining ranges from decent (when he’s trying) to great.  Which means the eliminations are gonna get painful from here on out, particularly this double one we’ve got coming up next week.  Given who we saw in jeopardy last night, it’s entirely possible we could lose one of the stronger dancers – and that those just skating by may end up outlasting the better dancers, if people don’t start voting.  Hope you did! Otherwise things could get pretty heartbreaking, pretty fast…

Can someone please explain to me the strange fixation Val has with being half-naked for no real reason at least once in every show? More often than not, multiple times? Twice last night, we saw him shirtless (once when he was also in his underwear) – and for the life of me, I cannot figure out why and how that fit choreographically with the dances he was doing at the time.  I’m all ears if someone has an intelligent explanation… Read more..

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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 (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 6 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Well, after the horror that was switch-up week it will almost be nice to go on to “Famous Dances Night”. I say almost because…I’m not a fan of this particular week. I said this in the live blog yesterday, but in watching much of seasons 5 through 10 for a thing I’m working on for PureDerekHough, I realized two things: first, they danced for a good minute and a half even in the first week of the season, and second – they JUST DANCED. Regular dances, with the exception of fun stuff like Derek and Joanna’s futuristic Paso Doble and Nicole’s 50’s Paso. That’s as outrageous as they got. It was quite refreshing. Do you think we’ll EVER get back to just dancing??

ETA: We have our first spoiler for famous dances week! This one is kind of a tough one, but I think Von has the personality to carry it off even if he isn’t up-to-snuff with his dance skills. Although, full disclosure: I was really hoping the hint he gave about Napoleon Dynamite a few weeks ago was a clue that he was doing “Canned Heat” 😛 -Court-

ETA2: We have a few more, and it’s unfortunately looking like we’re gonna have a bunch of reused songs (which is to be expected, really, considering what a beast it can be to get songs cleared). I feel like Nyle’s song/concept has been done to death – isn’t this like the 4th or 5th time someone has used it? Helio, Rick, Shawn, somebody else? He will do well, but I worry that it’s not going to be terribly special in the grand scheme of things. As for Ginger – source says she is having a hard time really being “Nasty”, but I daresay she’s gotta be better than Candace, who danced a pretty kindergarten-y jazz to it back in season 18.  I much preferred Lil Kim’s samba 8-D Anyone else find it funny that Val gets Janet Jackson as an iconic dance for the 2nd season in a row? -Court- Read more..

April 18, 2016 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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 21, Week 6 – Top 5 Complaints About “The Lift” And Why They’re Kinda Dumb

As I mentioned earlier on Twitter – I find it funny how all of the armchair dance critics just seemed to come out of the woodwork and point out everything that was wrong with “the lift” in the past 48 hours or so 😛 Every one of them was quick to point out Derek’s “shaking arms”, Bindi’s “bad posture”, or offered up examples of others who did “a much better job”. Just one question for, critics: you have attempted this lift yourself, haven’t you? I mean, for you guys to be so critical of it yourself, I assume you’ve researched it extensively and have honed the technique enough in order to offer up intelligent arguments about everything Derek & Bindi did that was just “sooooo wrong”? Yeah, didn’t think so.

Fortunately, I’m actually uniquely qualified to talk about it, as I HAVE done this lift, and my senior kinesiology thesis in college was a 25-page analysis on how to do the lift from Dirty Dancing.  After one very long semester of hours logged in the lab with a crashmat and my partner (and a few injuries), we got it down to a science, and wrote a very arcane paper full of physics & kinesiology jargon that explained how to do it – and we got an A 🙂 Now, as it has been quite a few years since I graduated, and the computer I had from college has since crashed, I was unable to dig up a copy of my original paper (I even went so far as to email my professor to see if she had a copy – turns out, she’s on sabbatical this semester). However, I still remember a lot of what I said in the paper, and I doubt many of you care about things such as concentric/eccentric muscle contractions – so I tried to condense it as much as possible here, and make it relevant to DWTS. So I decided to tackle the top 5 complaints I’ve been hearing about the lift, and explain why I think Bindi & Derek actually did a damn good job, given the circumstances. Read more..

October 21, 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 (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS Season 21, Week 6 – Power Rankings

*slow clap* Great job on a completely un-fishy, totally coherent evening of scores and critiques, judges. No really, you really did well. *eye roll* This had to be one of the most ridiculous, incongruent, completely-out-of-left-field nights the judges have had in a LONG time.  I can think of two routines that were grossly overscored, and two or three that were underscored; I also feel like some couples got picked apart with a fine-toothed comb while others just got glossed over with praise and any mistakes completely disregarded. Only explanation I’ve got? Certain “chosen ones” are not getting the votes they need to stick around, and they need a boost; while some of the have-nots that shouldn’t be so popular (in their eyes) are just raking in the votes. Resist the urge to meddle, PTB – karma is a heinous bitch, and as we’ve seen…your actions can often have unintended consequences.

I kinda felt like something was amiss when they made a point of having Carrie Ann  spell out what the judges were looking for at the beginning of the show – it was almost as if they had been lurking in the comments here at Pure and saw what issues we had been discussing with regard to “Iconic Dance” week…y’know, the whole “where are they going to draw the line between staying faithful to a dance and actually doing the assigned dance style” issue. *waves* Keep lurkin’, guys – I’ve got so much more to say 😉 Also odd? Leah felt really clunky and awkward tonight – nothing like the smooth, at-ease Leah who cohosted a year ago when Erin had to cover the World Series. She was hilarious then – she was painful tonight. Bring back the Leah that was bopping Derek in the face with a microphone, PLEASE 😀

On a more positive note, I loved the opening number – hard to beat Karina channeling Flashdance, Derek channeling Singin’ in the Rain, and Keo doing his best MC Hammer – dare I say it’s a rather fitting role? Kind of a minor sensation, probably outlived his 15 minutes of fame, ridiculous outfits… Read more..

October 20, 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 (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog