Just a few things to share with you today! How is everyone??
First up, did you see Derek and Cheryl on “Live with Regis and Kelly” yesterday? If not, you can see their fun interview and dance in the videos below. Thanks to Heidi and Pure Derek Hough for these.
Do you love watching Derek’s faces when he dances like I do?
Corky posted this fun interview on his Twitter last night of he and Florence getting interviewed after the Finale show. She is so cute!
In some more serious news, Access Hollywood is reporting that Jennifer’s “next move” is surgery. Jennifer told them that she would take care of the injury she sustained last Monday night before Tuesday’s finale show. She plans to have the surgery this week or sometime next week. Check her out. She’s so brave and says it won’t be a big deal.
Kyle Massey reveals his future plans too to Access Hollywood. I have a feeling this isn’t the last we will see of this funny guy.
Karina revealed more of her marriage plans to fiancé Brad Penny on Access Hollywood this week. She is as giddy as ever.
Lastly, Julianne Hough was interview by YDR while attending the Red carpet for “Burlesque”. She answered some questions about her career, family, DWTS, and love life “. Here is a take. Be sure to read the link for more.
Where are you coming from? I was in Nashville for a day, which was great because I was home. I missed my sister’s birthday, so I got to take her out and do a whole girly spa day.
You have a pretty big family. Yes. In my immediate (family) it’s not too bad. There (are) five kids. My parents split up and remarried, so there (are) 14 kids, which means there are probably 23 nieces and nephews. (Laughs) It’s kind of confusing.
You spent a lot of time in Europe studying dance as a kid. What was that like? Going over there as a 10-year-old, you think they are still going to be wearing big dresses and using horse-drawn carriages. I was so disappointed when everybody drove cars and was on trains. But it was a great experience. I really think I’m where I’m at today because of it.
What was it like to land “DWTS?” When (producers) asked me to do the show, I first said, “no,” because I wanted to act and sing. It was such a great opportunity. In my first two seasons, I got to be with two great athletes (who) really listened to me. (Laughs)
Your brother Derek Hough recently won “DWTS” with Jennifer Grey. Did you watch? It was exciting, but it’s kind of depressing. We were both tied for two (wins). Now he’s got three. It’s not fair. (Laughs) I was shooting “Footloose” this season, so I couldn’t watch every day. I tried to YouTube him.
What did you think of Bristol Palin? There seemed to be a lot of controversy about her this season. Apparently, I’ve said a lot of it. My foot gets in my mouth every time I say anything. I can understand why she (was) in the competition so long because people vote for who they want to vote for. But I definitely think there were (other) people who probably should have been in the final.
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I don’t know about all of you, but, this has to be the strangest and most unpredictable DWTS season I’ve ever experienced. First, they announced this lack luster cast. Then many of us we’re pleasantly surprised to find ourselves drawn to them. Then bang, the judges start hitting them where it doesn’t count and giving good scores to those who don’t deserve them and the list goes on. The result: all of these unknown, shocking eliminations. I think it’s safe to say at this point that not one of this Season’s couples are safe no matter how well they dance. I’ll be scared for them all every week from this time forward.
If that’s not all, and some of you have mentioned in our blogs, the producers are now throwing another challenge to the dancers this upcoming week one of which includes practicing to one of their two dances without any music until showtime next Monday. Special thanks to Heidi sending me this interview with Maks from E On-line while I was on a business and shopping run to Colorado yesterday which mentions this new gimmick. What the ?? Can the dancers or us take much more of these so-called “gimmicks”?
What dance are you and Brandy working on for next week?
We’re doing the waltz as our main dance and then there’s this new crazy thing where they’re going to give us the dance after the show tonight but they won’t give us the music. So we’re going to have to prepare a dance without the music and get the music next Monday [during the show] and…we’ll have 20 minutes to prepare our dance.
It seems like the producers are trying to make it really hard on everyone.I’m not really sure if I think it’ll make for great TV. I just think it’s absolutely unnecessary pressure on celebrities that are already under pressure. But I’m not the producer. It’s not my show. What the production doesn’t realize is that it doesn’t make it any easier or harder on the celebrities. It makes it harder for the professionals. It’s really unfair to us because we are doing way too much.
Maks and Brandy talk more on this new gimmick here;
Anyway, to Rick Fox! Many of us are sorry to see him leave which includes all of his fellow dancing competitors. They talk in interviews on him, how they’ve made it this far, as well as a little on their future dances.
Bristol and Mark;
Kurt and Anna;
Jennifer and Derek;
Kyle and Lacey;
Finally, here’s Rick and Cheryl on his dancing experience;
Gearing up for the show Monday, here are some media things hitting the news this weekend. First, we have Rick and Cheryl on ET showing you their pre-rehearsal rituals and a sneak peak into their quickstep coming up.
Special thanks to PureDWTS fan Carlos for this link and video from Zap2it with Rick disclosing just a tiny hint of what’s to come of their team dance.
“Our team is Kristi Yamaguchi’s team,” Rick tells us, “and we’ll be performing the cha cha to her freestyle with Mark Ballas, the Michael Jackson performance…”
Anna has given us just a tiny hint of her and Kurt’s tango on her Facebook page. Here’s a pic she posted. lol
Here is Bristol and Mark on Access Hollywood. The interviewer focuses a lot on her mother, Sarah. I wish they wouldn’t do that. Shouldn’t they just focus on Bristol and not make this about her Mom always?
Maks has his new blog posted at TV Guide of his and Brandy’s dance last week, the elimination, and the new challenges which face them this week. Here is a take.
As you saw in the package, she felt the pressure to stay on top. She cried, like, four times. I think everybody expresses themselves differently. I realized that when she cries, it’s not necessarily my fault. It was good for her and something she needed to do to let her emotions out. I don’t want her to bottle everything up. I want her to feel good and to feel confident. Unfortunately, the show is such that you have to do it even when you don’t feel confident. When we, the pros, start to push, it’s because we know what the end result will be and should be, but the celebrities don’t, so they get really frustrated. Everybody expresses it differently. I just felt really bad because she didn’t need to beat herself up. She’s doing great and she can relax a little, but she’s very responsible and focused. We didn’t have time to sit down and talk it out after she came back in. I felt like it would be better for her if we didn’t say anything. So we just went right back to dancing and she was hitting every mark. We’re working hard and are doing our best. We want to do great every week so that there’s as much consistency to it as possible and everybody can see that we’re not a one-time deal.
Last week was also tough since Audrina and Tony left. It was terribly unfortunate since they have been doing great and I think had a real shot at the final. I’m not just saying that because Tony is my best friend — they were doing well and had one of the best scores of the night. But, you know, as we’ve seen before, these things happen. You just never know how people are going to vote and how the math all works out. That’s why it’s important for everyone to vote for their favorites. Don’t rely on the judges’ scores.
Next week is the 200th episode and it’s Icon Week. Everyone has to redo a famous routine of a past couple. We have Gilles and Cheryl’s foxtrot. I’m not using the same choreography, but just the style and the idea. It’s not about the doing the same steps. What was successful in their routine was Gilles’ interpretation, so we have to take that and put a feminine twist to it.
Then we have the group cha-cha. We’re on Apolo’s team. We’re still finishing up the choreography. I’ll tell you — we’re absolutely exhausted from our first rehearsal. We did it immediately after the show Tuesday. I am wiped this week! I think we’re going to have a good time. Jennifer and Kurt are on our team. I think the one advantage that the other team has is that Bristol and Kyle have already done the cha-cha, but I don’t think it’ll make that much of a difference. It helps, but it’s not like they’re doing the same routines. We all bring something different and exciting to the table, so now we have to highlight everyone’s strengths.
Here is a new Access Hollywood interview with them as well. RIGHT ON for what Maks said on CARRIE ANNE!!
Also and lastly, for you Maks lovers out there, don’t miss him on Celebrity Ghost Stories tonight on the Bio Channel at 8:00pm ET. Here is what the Examiner reported on him and this special Halloween episode. What a fascinating story this is….
As a teenager, Dancing With the Stars’ Maksim Chmerkovskiy was a standout dancer in the youth circuit. After crashing into a pole in a sledding accident, his doctor told him that dancing would never again be a possibility and that the best he could hope for was to walk with a cane. Chmerkovskiy spent three months getting physical therapy in the hospital, often from a woman named Maria who manipulated his shattered leg in strange and powerful ways.
Despite his doctor’s dire predictions, Chmerkovskiy recovered and is now recognized world-wide for his dancing talent on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Chmerkovskiy invited Maria to the premiere of DWTS, and when she didn’t show up he went to the hospital to look for her. But the hospital insisted that there was no record of the Maria he remembered. Later, Chmerkovskiy and his mother went through some old photographs and came across a picture of his long deceased great grandmother. He recognized her immediately as the ‘Maria’ that helped to heal his leg.
Ok, that is for now! Thanks for reading always!! Have a safe Halloween weekend everyone!xxx
Well, I don’t know about you. But, I’m still harping on this past week’s elimination. I don’t know what is up with these Judges this year? They all three take turns being b*tchy every week. Kristen at E On-line thinks so as well. She called Carrie Anne a… well, I’ll let you read below for yourself. lol
Actually, they all did OK. It was Jennifer Grey who ended up with a 20 on her paso doble, including a 6 from Carrie Ann Inaba, the same Carrie Ann who cried after Jennifer’s waltz in week one.
“You need to calm down a little bit,” she sternly told the Dirty Dancing star after a paso doble that seemed to be going really well until Jennifer did indeed lose her control and stumble to the finish line.
“That was totally disjointed,” Carrie Ann continued, pointing out a lift and other flaws in Jen’s paso doble. “You’re like the chosen one, and you’re going downhill.”
OK, Obi-Wan, she gets the point.
Here is Anna talking on the judges and the bad scores and comments along with how much she respects Kurt….
Anyway, like many of you, I hope the judges are a little more careful with the way they critic now and in the future. Every week we see some kind of outragious or over the top remarks or scores. Do they think they need to do this to make the show go? Is DWTS that desperate for ratings? Or are they doing it to “level the playing field” like EW has suggested? If so, is that fair to people who are the better dancers?
At the very end of last night’s Rock Week paso doble to Pink’s “So What” (watch it below), she lost her balance on a turn, then her timing, and propelled herself down to Derek’s knee after the music had ended (but right on cue with some dramatic puffs of steam that complemented the pyrotechnics!). The judges pounced. Now, I agree that her angry paso doble wasn’t as visually stunning as it could’ve been — her legs did look a bit weird as she stomped her way across the dance floor — but a 6, Carrie Ann? I can’t figure that out. Carrie Ann seemed… overly angry. It was as though she took it personally that the contestant she openly admitted was this season’s “Chosen One” had the nerve to screw up. “Jennifer, you need to calm down a little bit. You were out of control,” she said, way to seriously for a celebrity dance competition.* As Annie Barrett noted in her recap, “I had trouble telling whether Jen’s facial expression during the dance conveyed anger or pain, but I’m not sure I saw that.” Carrie Ann continued, telling Jennifer that she should know her limits next time, and try to stay in them. Len and Bruno each gave the couple a 7: Len was the most levelheaded, explaining that the paso is about balance and while Jennifer had the attack, aggression, and attitude, she sacrificed control of her movements; Bruno likened her to a woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown.
None the less, there is something to learn from it, and like Heidi mentioned after the elimination this past week, it’s important that we get out there and vote if we don’t want to see another repeat of what happened to Audrina and Tony. Don’t let the judges rule the day.
What class acts Audrina and Tony have been about it though. They’ve taken the elimination without hard feelings and are making the best of it. She has signed to do a new show on VH1 that begins in January. She’s thankful to DWTS for the exposure. Here they are talking to Jimmy Kimmel.
Here are more details on her new show from NBC Chicago. Note how she will be using Maks and Tony’s dancing studios.
“My new show with [reality TV producer] Mark Burnett just got picked up,” she said backstage after being eliminated from the competetion on the October 26 episode of the show. “It’s going to be on VH1 and we’re going to start filming soon. I’m sure Tony will be on that.”
The Tony she reffered to is her “DWTS” partner, Tony Dovolani, who expressed his desire to appear with the former “Hills” star again.
Dovolani and “DWTS” co-star Maksim Chmerkovskiy are planning to open a new dance studio together and it will serve as a setting in Patridge’s new show.
“I’ll be going to Tony’s new dance studio with my girlfriends and bringing the cameras,” she said.
Though she said she was “in shock” over being kicked off the ABC reality juggernaut, she called her involvement a “great experience.”
She even offered up her thoughts on who would win the competetion.
“I think Brandy’s really good,” she said. “Jennifer [Grey]‘s good too, but Brandy has this drive. She wants it.”
In other DWTS news, would you like to win tickets for the DWTS Finale this year while helping Prostate Cancer Awareness? Here are some details being reported from PR Newswire in a new press release.
Today, AdMeTech Foundation in cooperation with Nick Kosovich of Dancing with the Stars, Arthur Murray International (AMI), Philips Healthcare, Mary Murphy of Fox TV Hit So You Think You Can Dance and other key leaders of the dancing community have launched Dance for the Cure of Prostate Cancer as a national awareness and fundraising campaign to end the prostate cancer crisis. This morning, Dr. Faina Shtern, President of AdMeTech Foundation, John Kimmins, President of AMI and Mr. Kosovich made this announcement at the AMI’s worldwide dancing competition, Superama, which is taking place until October 31 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Other key leaders of the dancing community offered unprecedented support. ABC’s Dancing with the Stars donated VIP tickets for this season’s Grand Finale for a fundraising drive, and ballroom dance competitions on both the East and the West Coast are featuring Dance for the Cure. Hollywood Dancesport Championships in Los Angeles, California and Commonwealth Classic in Burlington, Massachusetts are leading the way on November 4 through November 6.
Dance for the Cure has emerged as a national movement akin to Race for the Cure of Breast Cancer, which continues to be instrumental in transforming women’s health. While the prostate cancer epidemic strikes as many as 1 in 6 American men and is even more common than breast cancer (1 in 8 women), men do not have accurate tools for early detection similar to mammograms which are critical for cure and saving lives. AdMeTech Foundation and its partners launched Dance for the Cure in support of the AdMeTech’s mission to create a Manogram, a life-saving imaging for men.
Participating in the National Launch of Dance for the Cure of Prostate Cancer are:
ABC TV Hit Dancing with the Stars’ (DWTS) choreographer and former cast member Nick Kosovich who coached Donny Osmond to victory in Season 9; and a cast member Corky Ballas who appeared in the current season with Ms. Florence Henderson of the Brady Bunch fame. Len Goodman, a Judge for DWTS, made a public announcement last year that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Arthur Murray International’s President, John Kimmins; Vice President, Tom Murdock; and Area Chair for New England, Mark Lightner (www.arthurmurray.com).
Hollywood Dancesport Championships’ organizers Mary Murphy, who is also a judge and choreographer on the Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, and Michael Chapman, a world champion of the exhibition ballroom dancing. They will join Messrs. Kosovich and Ballas in announcing a winner of the Dancing with the Stars’ tickets on November 6, between 8 and 11 pm at the Warner Center Marriott in Los Angeles (http://www.hollywooddancesport.com).
Wrapping this up and in case some of you missed this on The Ellen Show today, Brandy and Maks….
Ok, that is all for now. Once again, a special thanks to our Queen Heidi for helping with this post as well.xxx
Heidi’s Note: All the writing in this post, unless noted like this, is Vogues writing. Her original post was getting VERY long so I made a last minute editorial decision to cut it into 2 part. Unfortunately, that makes me appear as the author when it’s actually Vogues’ work.Turns out it can be changed to Vogue. Good job, Vogue!
Would you like to see some of the cast and their real life partners? Here are some pictures from Extra. Be sure to see the link for more in a cool Gallery if interested.
Here is a fun interview with Anna on Kurt from her Facebook page;
Q: Which dance have been the easiest and the hardest to teach/ learn?
Anna: So far Foxtrot was the easiest to learn for Kurt, although he picked up the choreography for Rumba fairly fast as well.
Q: Which dance are you looking most forward to dance/ teach?
Anna: I think Kurt really wants to learn Samba. He thinks it’s a funny dance and he’s looking forward to being goofy with it.
Q: Are you starting to think about the free style that you will be dancing?
Anna: All I’m thinking about is: 1 week at a time. But there are always ideas flying in my head.
Q: Do you find it difficult or awkward to portrait the intimacy/chemistry that some of the dances require, taking into consideration that you are both in happy marriages? How do your spouses deal with it?
Anna: Kurt and I definitely have chemistry. It is very respectful and friendly, it is based on trust and teamwork. Our spouses are super supportive and understanding
Q: It looks like you are having so much fun when we see practice pictures and the packages during the show. How do you keep this up during the long hours and do you some times find that you need a little space?
Anna: I think it is important to be balanced. We work hard during rehearsals but we also joke around and keep it light. We take little breaks so Kurt can check on his family and talk to his wife over the phone. Sometimes Brenda and few kids come over to a dance studio and they have lunch together
Q: Kurt has shown such fantastic improvement what are the biggest challenges now?
Anna: Kurt has learned so much and improved dramatically but his upper body still is a challenge .He’s strong but not used to being stretching through movement hence “the frying pan” hands.
Special thanks to Guest, here is Rick Fox on Jay Leno last night where he talks about basketball, DWTS, the competition (Florence being his biggest threat. lol), and dancing on a DWTS Tour;
For you Kyle and Lacey fans, be sure to tune into The Ellen Show on Monday, Oct. 18th for a guest appearance from them.
For a preview for what’s to come Monday night, would you like to see Derek and Jennifer in rehearsal for their Foxtrot? If so, check this out from ET. Do you think they might get all “10′s” this week? (Heidi’s Note: any bets on if this fight that Derek and Jennifer keep talking about is their whole package? )
Lastly, some of the pros and celebrities from the show (from the present and the past)showed up at the Doctrine Clothing Launch this past week. Here are a couple of takes from it. Be sure to see I Need My Fix for more cool pics. There is definitely some eye candy for everyone there I think. Special thanks to Heidi and Pure Derek Hough for the tip. Heidi’s Note: the reason so many people from the show were there was because Derek was “hosting” it.
Ok, that is it for now. Well, I think?
Heidi’s Note – Nope. A bit more. Derek was on Good Day LA talking about Extreme Makeover AND George Penachio talks to Derek, Chelsie, Mark, and Tony about their appearance on the show THIS Sunday night.
How is everyone doing today? How many of you have a pair of dancing shoes? If so, how many? Just wondering.
Starting off this media edition, it appears Shakira is going to get ‘loca’ on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and John Legend will perform with her. From En Terra:
According to TooFab.com, the Colombian singer will do a whole lotta hip shaking on next Tuesday’s edition of the hit reality show. Insiders say she’ll probably perform her new single, ‘Loca.’ Apparently John Legend, who did a World Cup concert with Shakira this summer, will appear with her. This is the second time the singer will shake her booty on the program; she also appeared on it, last October.
Several of the pro dancers have tweeted they are rehearsing for a “special performance”. Not sure at this time if it’s with the Shakira and John Legend performance or not? If anyone hears more, be sure to let us know. Heidi’s Note: Louis is choreographing a “group paso” – not sure if this is the same dance or a different one than the “special” one I’ve seen several of the pros refer to – I also got the feeling that the one the pros are talking about features ALL the pros, but we’ll see.
Speaking of special performances, Wetpaint.com is reporting that Mark and Bristol are promising to do something no one has ever attempted on the show before and will never try again. Hmmm, I wonder what’s up with that dance?
Unless something goes horribly wrong, Dancing with the Stars Week 5 should be about as fun as it gets. The eight remaining couples will dance to TV theme songs from several different decades. Most of the stars share the full scoop in these video interviews with On the Red Carpet, even if the details have to be teased out. We’ll be seeing two Quicksteps, two Foxtrots, two Rumbas, an Argentine Tango, and a Jive. Mark and Bristol are even promising something no one has ever attempted on the show before — and will never try again. Intriguing! Set your TiVos now…
From ET, here is Bristol and Mark talking some more about their upcoming dance and more….
Gong back to our last elimination on the show and as we’ve discussed here, many thought Mike Sorrentino stormed off angry after the show because he and Karina lost. Not so. Karina told MTV that Mike was not sore but in pain. Read more here…
“No, Mike didn’t storm off after we got voted off. [He'd] been hurting a lot on Tuesday,” she clarified in an email. “Not sure what was wrong, but it was in his neck area. He had a doctor come in right after the show. I really hope that the injury isn’t from those crazy lifts, especially since they didn’t pay off. Either way, of course we would have preferred to stay, but at the same time, we had a blast dancing together.”
While Smirnoff would have loved to take another spin on the dance floor with her partner, she isn’t too shocked that they were voted off this week. “I think it was very predictable after Monday night,” she said. “We were given some harsh criticism and the lowest scores of the night. But at the same time, I hoped that we would stay and try our luck in the next week’s dance. “I think it would be wrong to say [he's] mad. Disappointed, maybe. Mad, no,” she continued. “The good news is now we can both concentrate on our other projects. For one, we both have a fitness DVD coming out. I might actually beat Mike in my release date!” The pair had hoped that their lift-filled routine would show the judges that The Sitch was improving as a dancer, and Smirnoff was surprised that it garnered as much as it did. “The difficulty of those lifts was very high, and the judges didn’t even mention anything about them as if they didn’t even see them!” she said. “The audience was very supportive in ballroom, screaming, applauding throughout the performance. So at least we had the support of the audience.” In the end, Smirnoff is satisfied with the way things worked out — and happy to have a new friend. “I think we did everything possible and impossible, and I think that’s the main reason why we are not mad, angry or anything like that,” she wrote. “On the contrary, we are very appreciative to our fans for believing in us and keeping us in the competition that long. [I would change] absolutely nothing. I had a great partner this season. We had an awesome time dancing together. And we’ve become great friends because of the show.”
In some humorous (or maybe something scary is more like it ), did anyone see Carrie Anne on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week dancing “The Butt Dance” with Michael Chiklis? From TV Replay, you’ve got to see this? I’m not sure sure whether this should be called the dance from hell or what? But, I’m glad Jimmy said, “NO, IT’S THE UNSEXY BOOTY DANCE OF DOOM! MAKE IT STOP PLEASE!”
I don’t want to brag, but I do want to point out how right my predictions were about the music that would be performed on tonight’s Dancing with the Stars. Actually I really surprised myself when my predictions were dead on. The only one I missed was that Aretha Franklin would do 2 songs. Honestly, I was just amazed with the incredible talent DWTS is able to bring to the show. Here’s the full list of songs sung:
Aretha Franklin sang “Chain of Fools” while Karina Smirnoff, Anna Trebunskaya, Louis van Amstel & Dmitry Chaplin danced.
Leona Lewis sang “Bleeding Love” while Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Karina Smirnoff danced.
Julianne Hough sang “My Hallelujah Song” while Derek Hough, Mark Ballas & Lacey Schwimmer danced.
John Legend sang “Green Light” while John Legend’s dancers performed.
Aretha Franklin sang “Respect” while Kristi Yamaguchi & Mark Ballas danced.
We already know for sure that Julianne Hough will be singing her new single “My Hallelujah Song” while brother Derek Hough & old partner Mark Ballas dance. (Check out Julianne Hough’s music video for My Hallelujah Song on iTunes )
Being a Las Vegas boy, I’m willing to bet that Leona Lewis will be performing her song Bleeding Love . (Check out her music video also ) That song has been one of the most popular songs ever on So You Think You Can Dance and I think that it will do really really well on Dancing with the Stars too. I’m looking forward to seeing her perform it live.
Anyone want to make a guess on what Aretha Franklin will sing when Kristi Yamaguchi & Mark Ballas return to the dance floor? I’d love to hear her sing Respect. What about John Legend? Maybe Green Light?
I don’t think it’s any surprise that Disney (also owns ABC) darling Miley Cyrus will be singing “Fly on the Wall” on the finale show. A very nice pick. Although, I must admit that it’s really interesting that there have been so many younger talents singing on the show. I can’t imagine Dancing with the Stars is trying for the younger demographic. Maybe they just assume they already have the older demographic locked in.