Now that the season is over, I thought it would be more fun if everyone had a chance to use their lolz skillz on some funny or interesting screen caps from the show. I captioned the first two, but don’t let that stop you if you’ve got something better. :-) Lay it on us in the comments (make sure you tell us which pic the caption is for, just in case) and in a few days we’ll pick the best one – by “we” I mean me, John, Courtney and Vogue. If you can’t think of more than one, tell us all – no limit on captions.
It’s time once again to vote for your favorites/least favorites in our semiannual end-of-season awards! While Heidi & I’s cheesecake awards are more humorous (and just bestowed by she & I), this is a chance for you guys to weigh in on the bests and worsts of this past season, and for us to be a bit more serious. To see examples of past award winners, check out the results of the season 11 & 12 end-of-season awards.
Of course, there are some guidelines before you vote. Keep in mind that we tried to pick the most likely candidates for each category – ones that we felt most of you would probably pick, if asked. There is no point in listing a dance like Ron & Peta’s cha-cha as a candidate for best dance of the season However, if your pick for a certain award is not listed, there is an “other” box that you can chose and write-in your own nomination. But be warned: if I cannot read what you wrote, I’m not even gonna bother counting it. Spell check, kids And if you write in something that’s already been listed as one of the choices, I’m throwing your vote out on principle alone – kind of like those tests that sees if you read all the instructions before proceeding. Things were a bit less chaotic for last season’s awards than for season 11′s, but I still got quite a few badly misspelled, grammatically confusing, and downright incoherent answers that I had to throw out. For the sake of my sanity, kids – at least try to make your choices clear ;-) That said, VOTE AWAY! We’ll give you guys a week or two to get your votes in, and then we’ll reveal the results at a later date.
What’s J.R. Martinez been up to since winning the Dancing With The Stars Mirror Ball? Has he missed his partner Karina Smirnoff, dancing, and rehearsing? Find out in this new interview on Access Hollywood where J.R. talks all about it. He brought his Mirror Ball for the interview as well which he hasn’t been seperated from since he won it. LOL! Note the mentions on Derek, his girlfriend, and what he says on his Mom as well.
The Dancing With The Stars Make-up Team has released some new photos from various shows from Season 13. Below are just a few photos of J.R., Karina, Peta, and Tristan. You can view more at their new Facebook album.
1.Forecasting the frontrunners. She predicts that J.R. Martinez will walk away with the Mirror Ball trophy this season, with Ricki Lake and Rob Kardashian not far behind.
The above quote was taken from Fitness Magazine from an interview with Anna. She made that winning prediction for Season 13 in October. As you can see she ended up being dead on with it. This got me thinking about our Dancing With The Stars early prediction posts before Season 13 started. Do you remember how you ranked the contestants before they started dancing and were you wrong, right, or close?
Some of you posted your thoughts in Marianya’s Prediction Stat Post while some posted their predictions in Courtney’s Part One and Part Two Preliminary Power Ranking posts. As you can see, Courtney and Marianya were pretty close for how the competition turned out. What’s interesting is Marianya was probably the only one from almost all of us who predicted Rob to do so well….and what’s more Marianya put him as high as 3rd place!
Heidi ended up being amazingly psychic as always when she predicted Kristin to “pull an Audrina” by exiting the competition early in Marianya’s Post. She predicted the same with Chynna. Heidi also predicted J.R. to win in her Part 2 Ringers Post.
Almost all of us chose Rob and Nancy to finish last. The majority felt pretty negative on those two. To our pleasant surprise, we ended up loving them. Rob and Nancy ended up showing other sides to themselves that we didn’t know about and staying in the competition more than many of us forecasted.
Anyway, take a look back at the links above if interested. It’s fun to see how close or far we came from the results and what we (the bloggers and fans) wrote. My early first prediction for the top five were David, JR, Ricki, Elisabetta, and Kristin…and well, we all know how that turned out. LOL!!
How would you like to receive praise by the Defense Secretary for winning Dancing With The Stars? That’s just what happened to J.R.! Details below from the Hollywood Reporter as well news on J.R. next projects.
Martinez received a note from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta congratulating him on his win, as reported by The Washington Post.
“Your strength and spirit captivated the nation, and your victory sends a strong message about the strength and resilience of our wounded warriors,” Leon Panetta wrote in his note.
Pentagon spokesman Douglas Wilson told The Washington Post that Panetta would like to personally speak with Martinez.
As a newly crowned Dancing champion, Martinez will keep busy in the coming months. He will co-host the pre-show of CNN’s Heroes: An All-Star Tribute on Dec. 11 and is also taking part in the news network’s CNN Heroes: Where Are They Now? special running this Thursday.
Martinez spoke to The Hollywood Reporter after his win on Tuesday night. He had plenty of praise for his professional partner, Karina Smirnoff. “I’m just so grateful that I was able to be part of the journey to help get her first mirror ball trophy. She deserves it. She should be in the elite category of people who’ve won on this show,” Martinez said.
Louis Van Amstel has written a new blog at ABC on the Dancing With The Stars Season 13 finale. He describes how each of them deserved to win for different reasons: “Ricki Lake for consistency, J.R. Martinez for spirit and musicality, Rob Kardashian for most improved.”. Check out more of what he writes below and at the link. Yeah, I imagine he is jealous. LOL!!
J.R. winning “DWTS” Season 13 is in my opinion the right choice because overall he was closest to having the whole package of a champion: talent, heart, his personal story, plus the difficulty level of the choreography Karina taught J.R.
J.R. and Karina’s choreography was more challenging than the other couples’, and J.R. did deliver. He also had a few ups and downs, which showed what he was truly made of. America saw that and voted for J.R.’s devotion.
Big congratulations to pro Karina Smirnoff for winning her first mirrorball trophy. I’m jealous, lol!
Mark Ballas wrote on the night as well at USA Today. No one was more shocked to see Ricki and Derek get third than he was. Below are more of his thoughts on the night. You can read more on his plans for the off season at USA Today.
During rehearsal they had some slip-ups with a few of the lifts, and Karina was very nervous when they couldn’t nail them. J.R. came to the rescue and got her through it. These two have relied on each other throughout the season and have been the epitome of teamwork. They both are very deserving of the win!
That said, the other competitors did not make it easy. Rob (Kardashian) put up a fight; he showed up this week ready to leave with the trophy in his hands. Sometimes the pressure of the finals can make competitors crack, or it can make them focus even harder. Rob definitely falls in to the latter category. He was very smooth and determined all week, and that showed in his dances during the finals.
He couldn’t have done anything differently; he was pretty much perfect. This season was so unpredictable you never knew what was going to happen or who was going home. Maybe if Rob would have competed on a different season, he would have been the winner. Although second place is still a huge accomplishment and he should be proud.
My jaw dropped when Ricki (Lake) was announced in third place — I think everyone was a little shocked. This season was packed with talent, there was stiff competition and not everyone can win, but all three finalists were equally talented. It made for a gut-wrenching finals week. Derek (Hough) did an amazing job transforming Ricki into a dancer. Their freestyle was amazing and Ricki looked great. Her body completely changed over the course of 10 weeks. This show takes a lot of hard work and dedication, so props to Ricki for sticking with it.
Our finalists made an appearance on The View as well today!! The dancing fun and celebrations continue.
Yep, THREE interview posts today!! Just what you needed to start your Thanksgiving holiday, right? First up, we have the couples on Jimmy Kimmy LIVE. Never did J.R. think he’d be dancing after fighting in Iraq. J.R. thanks America for believing in him. Jimmy is a hoot as always. They didn’t burn any shoes this time.
E Online also interviewed the couples. J.R. and Karina thank their fans and give credit to their fellow competitors. Be sure to read the link for Rob and Ricki’s take on the night as well.
Aside from mirror-ball jokes, J.R. took a moment to thank all of his fans, saying, “We just want to thank everyone who voted for us for 10 weeks and believed in us week in and week out!” This is the first DWTS win for Karina, who says, “I had no idea what it would feel like and it feels amazing.”
Though she says all of the finalists are “a team of friends who compete and enjoy the process,” Karina admits it was nice to win the competition. “To come out on top at the end and to hold [the trophy], it’s so beautiful.”
J.R. partly credits his fellow competitors Rob and Ricki for his big win, saying, “Both of them did so well and were so great. It was great that they progressed because they actually pushed us to be better.”
CNN interviews the finalists and some of the cast who thought J.R. would win from the beginning and he was so deserving too.
Wow! Such a cool ending to Dancing With The Stars!!
In Part 2 of new interviews after the finale last night, we have the finalists on Good Morning America celebrating, highlighting their journeys, answering questions, and dancing. Family and friends have a special message for them too…
That’s not all. Some of the dancers from Dancing With Me Studios (home of Tony, Maks, Val, and Daria, etc) perform a Salsa and and some Merengue…
More interviews coming. Stay tuned!!