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DWTS 15: Why I Hated the All-Star Season

Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated…much to the chagrin of my detractors 😉

Yes, I am back, after a rather prolonged post-season 15 hiatus. Part of it was due to a hectic year-end at work, part of it was due to other stuff, and part of it had to do with what I’m about to elaborate on in this post. Thanks to everyone who checked in on me on Twitter, and I can assure you I’m back full-time now 🙂

Many of you have noticed that I tend to take a bit of a break from Pure after the end of each season – mainly due to the level of burnout we all seem to reach after being in full-on DWTS mode for 3 months straight while we’re covering each season. Generally, I just need a break – some time to appreciate other things in my life besides DWTS – and I’m back after a week or two. This time, though, I had a harder time getting back into the swing of being excited and inspired to write about DWTS – and for awhile, I couldn’t figure out why. Then I had a revelation…

…I HATED THE ALL-STAR SEASON.

There, I said it. I hated the all-star season, and I think it has now surpassed season 9 as my least favorite season of DWTS EVER. Reflecting on this past season, aside from a few standout performances (and all the great interactions I had with Pure readers :-)), I was hard-pressed to really feel nostalgic and pleased about it. In fact, what I tended to remember the most was all the frustration, chaos, and general feelings of “WTF is going on???” that I had while watching and blogging from week to week – and when I really got to thinking about it, I found that there were 5 key problems that left me feeling totally turned-off the all-star season. Without further ado, I give you those reasons… Read more..

February 13, 2013 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!

Vote for Your Favorites in the PureDWTS All-Stars End-of-Season Awards!!!

It’s that time of the season again – time to wrap up the season by voting in our end-of-season awards 🙂

First, some guidelines: I picked what I thought to be the most likely nominees for each category, just based on the vibes I’ve been getting from your comments all season.  I know some of you are going to disagree.  For that reason, I have allowed write-in votes…probably against my better judgement.  HOWEVER, I’m asking you guys to PLEASE USE THE WRITE-INS SPARINGLY.  Make sure the nominee you’re writing in isn’t already listed as one of the options, make sure it’s spelled correctly, and fits the scheme of the other nominees (i.e. if the category is “best dance”, you would write in something like “Kelly & Val’s paso doble”, and not just “Kelly”).  If I cannot understand what you’ve written in, your vote is getting thrown out.  If your write-in doesn’t make sense given the context, your vote is getting thrown out.  There was an absolutely ridiculous (and unneccessary) number of write-ins in last season’s awards, and I almost said “f*ck it” and threw them all out, because some of you guys clearly didn’t know how to follow directions.  Don’t bring me to the point of “f*ck it” again this season. 

I will give you guys a week or two to get your votes in, and then we will reveal the results category by category in a series of posts.  I’ve included a brief explanation of each award above each poll, since there seemed to be some confusion in last season’s polls. Now vote away!!! Read more..

November 30, 2012 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!

Dancing With The Stars Make-Up Releases Photos Behind The Scenes For Week 2

Pictured above is Dancing With The Stars celebrity All Stars Apolo Ohno, Shawn Johnson, and Melissa Rycroft ‘behind the scenes’ goofing around and preparing for the show last week. For loads more pictures of the cast, be sure to check out Dancing With The Stars Make Up Facebook. It’s fascinating to read how their make up was done too if interested. Click pics above once and then once again afterwards to enlarge. I love Apolo’s wink!!

October 6, 2012 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 All Stars Details And Entertainment For Week 3, After Party Info

ABC MediaNet has released a press release detailing next week’s shows on Dancing With The Stars. Note how there will be an “exclusive encore” and “behind the scenes” footage from Monday night’s iconic dance night before the Results show. On tap to perform on the Results show is the group “Karmin”. Frankie Moreno will also perform with the troupe, Lacey Schwimmer, and…drum rolls….Kyle Massey. More details listed below and at the link.

“Episode 1503 & 1503A” – It’s “Iconic Dance Night” and the couples have been challenged by Judge Len Goodman to deliver show-stopping routines that the series has never seen before. The 11 remaining celebrities have chosen an iconic “DWTS” dance to reinterpret, MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. For the first time ever, the celebrities have taken charge of the creative direction of the routine, given the responsibility for all artistic decisions relating to the performance.

In a one-hour special, “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars – An Exclusive Encore,” we will recap Monday night’s stellar performances as well as include new, exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen interviews , TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). Following the special, on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars — The Results Show” (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), the couples face a double elimination and Karmin perform “Hello” and their irresistibly addictive single, “Brokenhearted,” from their debut album “Hello,” out now. Last year Karmin captured the attention of music lovers worldwide when they posted a cover of Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now.” The clip went viral, becoming one of YouTube’s most viewed videos; since then they’ve racked up about a half billion views for all of their videos online. The duo released their first album, “Hello,” earlier this year, shortly after their television debut on “Saturday Night Live.” Amy and Nick spent the earlier part of the summer touring around the country and headlining festivals, including a performance for a crowd of more than 100,000 in San Francisco last month. Also performing Tuesday night is musician Frankie Moreno with a medley of “Tangerine Honey” and “Real Wild Child,” accompanied by Troupe members Lacey Schwimmer and Kyle Massey.

Also during Tuesday night’s results show, we will have the season’s first “AT& T Spotlight Performance,” featuring Joshua Johnson. Joshua, an ambitious young man from New York City, had always dreamt of going to college. But when his acceptance letter came from Penn State University, he realized he was never going to be able to afford it. His mother had lost her job years before and they had been living in shelters ever since. Josh decided he would raise the money he needed by tap dancing on the subway. He danced for hours, holding out his hat for donations. Eventually, he collected enough money to cover his freshman year of college. But to pay for future years, Josh would take a five-hour bus ride to New York every weekend and raise more money by tap dancing on the subway. Currently in his junior year at Penn State, he still travels to New York every weekend with the hope of raising enough money to get him through to graduation. Tuesday night, the ballroom welcomes Joshua and eight other dancers who will be dancing in a powerful piece by renowned choreographer JT Horenstein. The performance will be beautiful tribute to the people of New York, as Josh knows that without them he wouldn’t be in college.

Also, don’t miss watching the Dancing With The Stars After Party after the show on Monday night. According to Grinya Talent Agency, Anna Garnis will join the panel to critique the dances and the show. You can follow Anna on twitter at @AnyaGarnisLA. In telling you a little about Anya. She has performed in some of the results shows on Dancing With The Stars (beautiful flash back performance below). She’s also a dancer on So You Think You Can Dance. You can read more on her ballroom career here.

October 5, 2012 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 All Stars Iconic Dances Revealed, Teasers, And More Details For Week 3 (Videos)

The couples all had nothing but great thoughts for Joey and Kym and their elimination in their interviews with On The Red Carpet. They also recap what’s ahead for their “iconic” dances which will be a new twist on a past dance that had 3 10’s or something sentimental. No free styles allowed. The celeb will also get to be the “Creative Director” in picking the song, dance, costumes, etc. They also talk of dealing with the forthcoming “double elimination”. Lots more in the videos below. NOTE how Kirstie and Mark reveal the most about their dances coming up….

First up, Drew and Anna are so relieved to know they will be back. It was sad to see Joey and Kym go. It was a bittersweet night. Anna is not looking forward to a double elimination next week and calls it “The Hunger Games”. So true. George also asks them on their Iconic dance. Drew and Anna stress how they want it be about “them”….and for it to be “a production, a spectacle and a concert” for all of their dances from here on out.

Helio says it was hard being in the bottom two and seeing Joey go. It was a shame and George and Helio stress how people need to “vote”. They hope to come back stronger next week. They have the Quickstep. Helio says he’s going to be a “Creative Director”.

Karina and Apolo talk of the insane season and how they are freaking out about a double elimination next week, but, they hope to give it their all and “crush” it. They chose a dance that has a lot of “emotion” versus a lot of “energy”. It’s also full of ‘passion’, it’s ‘seductive’, it’s ‘mysterious’, and it’s ‘sensual”. (Could this be an Argentine Tango? Whatever it is, bring it on. I can’t wait.)

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October 3, 2012 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.

Gone Too Soon Dancing With The Stars All Star Joey Fatone Elimination Interviews

And so we say good-bye to Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson on Dancing With The Stars. Surprise eliminations are just never easy and this season is no different. 🙁 I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house watching these two leave. Joey handled it all so classy though and what’s more, with a big smile. I loved his message at the end about “Having FUN no matter if you come in first or last” and how that’s what it’s all about. What a true entertainer and such a fun and lovable person! To All Star Joey and Kym!!!

With that said, here the two are on Jimmy Kimmel, On The Red Carpet, and Access Hollywood last night. We’ll post their Good Morning America interview as soon as it’s available!

ADDING: And here is Joey and Kym on Good Morning America today.

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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.

SPOILERS!! DWTS Season 15, Week 2 – Who Got the Boot???

I better hurry up and post this obligatory waste of space in order to spare the Twitter fans on the west coast the bad news…

Tonight, we lost Team FatOne as Joey & Kym were sent home.  With them in the REAL bottom 2 were Helio & Chelsie; and in quite possibly the worst case scenario Heidi could have predicted, Bristol managed to avoid the bottom 2 entirely – Heidi assures me from the road that there will be a post forthcoming to help sort out some of the confusion and dismay we might be feeling about Bristol sticking around despite seemingly insurmountable odds…and hopefully assuage this feeling of season 11 déjà vu I find myself feeling 🙁

So to recap…

Court: Said it would be Bristol & Drew in the bottom 2, with Drew getting sent home.

Heidi: Said it would be Bristol & Drew in the bottom 2, with Bristol going home, but also said it could be Bristol & Kelly in the bottom 2 with Bristol still going home.

Vogue: Said Bristol would be going home.

So basically, a sh*t week was had by all in the predictions department – and we’re left a bit uneasy as we head into Iconic Dances week.  The 3 people at the bottom of the leaderboard managed to avoid landing in the bottom 2, and the guy tied for 5th and one of the guys tied for 7th plummeted.  The middle of the pack definitely seems like a dangerous place to be this season… 😯

October 2, 2012 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!

DWTS Season 15, Week 2 – Dancing by the Numbers

Crack is wack…and BACK in the ballroom.  Everything Courtney said about the scoring – I said much the same. Overly kind to some couples, desperately trying to find fault with others.  What it boiled down to was a whole bunch of over scoring combined with some “just right” scoring. I don’t think anyone was underscored, really, but many were way too high. Including Bristol and Kirstie, despite them being at the bottom of the leader board.  It’s this kind of scoring that always leads to shocking eliminations. Do I really think that either Bristol or Kirstie will go home this week?  Read on…

The Judges Scores and Percentages

This is why this season is so tough – even with a pretty good break between Bristol and the rest, there is NO guarantee that she’s going home like there would be in a normal season. Like it or not, Bristol is on the show for a reason. Do I think she has a HUGE fanbase? Well, it’s never truly been tested. It will be tonight, to a degree. Now, I think Kelly and Drew both are in serious danger. HOWEVER, last week Bristol only needed 7,200 more votes per million votes cast than Drew in order for him to land in the bottom two. This week is a different story and will be a bit more of a test of her fanbase. What does Bristol need to have happen in order to stick around for another week? She needs at least ONE of the following things to happen:

–          Bristol needs 10,900 more votes per million votes cast than Kirstie, OR;

–          Bristol needs 14,500 more votes per million votes cast than Kelly, OR;

–          Bristol needs 16,310 more votes per million votes cast than Drew OR Joey OR Emmett, OR;

–          Bristol needs 18,120 more votes per million votes cast than Helio, OR;

–          Bristol needs 19,930 more votes per million votes cast than Melissa, OR;

–          Bristol needs 23,550 more votes per million votes cast than Apolo

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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. :-)

Dancing With The Stars 15 Week 2: After The Show

Below is some great coverage after the show with the cast out and about from PoPTVDotCom. Tom Bergeron discussed the “level of anxiety” this season and how the competition is tighter than any other season. Kelly and Gilles talk of what they like the most about the season…their friendships and the fun. Louis talks on he and Sabrina’s amazing night and how their hard work paid off. You can see Maks and Peta and their moms at the end.

Also, did you any of you tune into the After Party at the official Dancing With The Stars site? I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but, I hear Kyle Massey and Tristan MacManus were guests as well as former Dancing With The Stars Nick Koscovich as previously reported. You can tune into the After Party here.

Stay tuned. Heidi’s new Numbers post is coming up soon as well as some other cool things!! 😉

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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.

PureDWTS All Stars Week 2: Media And Interviews After Monday Night’s Dance

What an exciting night once again on Dancing With The Stars. Let’s go straight to George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet to get the couples reactions.

First up, Sabrina and Louis! This is the first time Louis has been at the top of the leaderboard in 15 seasons. He thanks Sabrina. Sabrina thinks they can do it and she’s confident in Louis.

Kelly and Val are happy with their dance. They hope everyone is voting. They hope to just keep doing better and learn from one another. Kelly is glad she has some time away from General Hospital to learn more dance moves from Val if they make it. George reassures her she will be back.

Helio and Chelsie are happy with their dance, but, they want to keep working hard and improve. George remarks on Chelsie’s maturity this season. Chelsie credits the “man” she has for a partner versus the younger partners she’s had in the past.

Derek and Shawn are happy with their step up from last week. If they make it, Derek says they have “big” plans for next week with a quickstep. They plan to push boundaries and do things never seen before. “This season is about pleasing the audience”. Derek is happy with the song they have as well. For lots more on these two, be sure you visit Pure Derek Hough.

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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.