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Carrie Ann Inaba Blogs About The Premiere of Dancing With The Stars Season 20 And The “Most-Remembered”

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba has written her first blog for Dancing With The Stars Season 20 at Parade. Below are the couples who stood out the most to her and who she thinks will be the “most-remembered” for opening this season.

1. Rumer and Val Chmerkovskiy — Their foxtrot was uniquely passionate and intense. I loved the drama and her competitive drive. She didn’t just perform the steps beautifully, she performed them with a vengeance. As the other competitors came out on stage to get ready for their final marks, you could feel that they were all suddenly, re-thinking their approach.

2. Riker Lynch and Allison Hoker — Their jive was edgy and exciting. His musicality is incredible and he moves really well. It must be in the genes. (He is a cousin of Derek and Julianne Hough). But he’s got a cool skater style going on. It’s a different type of athleticism and way of moving. We haven’t had many on the show with his vibe. He’s precise but cool, appealing to the young girls, and his energy is contagious and effective. I’m looking forward to seeing him do a ballroom dance.

3. Patti LaBelle and Artem Chignintsev — There was something very special about her performance. Sometimes less is indeed more, and I think this dance was a perfect-pitched approach for the queen of soul. She really dazzled me with her presence and her poise. She was graceful and danced as if she was floating on air. I worry about the faster dances that will be coming up for her but she’s got the right attitude—“70 years young.” She is naturally gifted with beautiful musicality and an inherent grace.

4. Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess — Everyone remembers Amy Purdy, the inspirational double-leg amputee from season 18. Her amputations due to meningitis were so different than Noah, an Iraq war veteran who lost his left arm and leg serving our country. Without the ability to lead with the left hand or the ability to bend his left leg, Sharna faces big challenges in creating choreography that will excite us as judges while showcasing Noah’s strengths. Last night was an excellent example of just that. What stood out to me was his incredible balance and strength. His focus was mesmerizing. And you could feel his passion and determination. He has a special ability to be focused with power, not force. His power is quiet and grounded which draws you in. It will be fascinating to see what’s to come during his journey in the ballroom.

Everyone else showed a lot of promise but these four stood out to me. They are going to be the most-remembered dances of our season 20 opening night.

More at Parade.

My thoughts: To each his own, but, how could Derek and Nastia not be on her list? They were show stopping in my opinion. Oh well….

March 17, 2015 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.

PureDWTS Season 20 Week 1 Photos And Media After The Dances, Dance Reveals For Next Week

What a great first night of dancing on Dancing With The Stars! Let’s see what the couples thought. First up, visit ABC7 from LA. They have a recap, a video with George Pennacchio and a link to some beautiful photos from the night. The Daily Mail has an article and photos at this link. Don’t miss seeing Getty Images. They have loads of high quality pictures from before the show and dancing photos too. Beautiful!! I could spend all day there. And below is some video from the Daily Mail, TV Guide, and Afterbuzz. ET Online and E Online has some video interviews too (I’d embed them, but, they I can’t stop them from auto playing). Also below is a rundown of the scores and placements from last night (in my opinion, Nastia & Derek and Val & Rumer should be switched. :-? ) as well as some dance reveals for next week’s dances. Keep checking back and scrolling below. We’ll update this post as soon as more things come out.

1. Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy: 32/40
2. Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: 31/40
3. Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: 30/40
4. Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: 28/40
5. Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: 26/40
6. Chris Soules and Witney Carson: 26/40
7. Willow Shields and Mark Ballas: 25/40
8. Suzanne Somers and Tony Dolovani: 25/40
9. Patti Labelle and Artem Chigvintsev: 25/40
10. Michael Sam and Peta Murgatroyd: 25/40
11. Redfoo and Emma Slater: 22/40
12. Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe: 22/40

Dance Reveals for next week so far:
Val & Rumor – Cha Cha (according to Afterbuzz)
Chris & Witney – Cha Cha (according to Afterbuzz)
Willow & Mark – Argentine Tango (according to @ABCGeorge)
Noah & Sharna – Samba (according to @ABCGeorge)
Peta & Michael – Fox trot (according to DWTS All Access)
Riker & Allison – Fox Trot (according to Len on the show last night)
Derek & Nastia – Rumba (per Derek’s new blog)
Redfoo & Emma – Jive (according to Afterbuzz)
Tony & Suzanne – Jive (according to Afterbuzz)

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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 Season 20, Week ONE – Let’s Discuss Tonight’s Show!!

T-minus 18 minutes to the new season of DWTS. And at this moment there is so much to look forward to!! Let’s go!!

Discuss!

Opening was kinda cool. Weird note – they did the intros about four minutes before the show actually started. I don’t know if that’s their tape delay this season or if they just taped them to play after their Opening credits. No idea.

Damn, I looked away for a second and missed Willow. Saw that bit they did at the opening. Cool if everyone gets something like that.

Robert started out a bit stiff, but loosened up quickly. I like him – he’s cute. :-)

Riker did a great Jive except he was holding his hands funny. Great job. He’s a contender if his little fans vote.

OMG, CAI is bring back her stupid “freeegin” whatever the hell. :::eye roll:::

Charlotte’s Jive was limp like Courtney heard, but I like the girl. She’s cute. But that outfit – she want’s to be more than her chest and Keo puts her in that? Dude.

Dang, I missed most of Patti due to multi-tasking. The judges sure loved her though – were they blowing smoke??

Holy crap….Chris was actually pretty damn good. Thing is, he isn’t AFRAID to go for it!! Shut up, Julianne – I think he might have been better than Robert. We’ll see though if he can keep it up in week 2.

I thought Michael did good! Not as good as some of the other men, but good. This is going to be a tough season if everyone holds up in week 2.

Really, CAI?? I thought lifts were something that a woman couldn’t do on her own. Pretty sure Nastia CAN do that on her own. Duh. Anyway, I kinda agree with Len, it was a little staccato, but the song kinda called for it. I loved it.

Ah, Redfoo, you’re going to have to do better than that, dude. I love Emma and I enjoyed it, but he’s got a ways to go.

Noah is interesting to watch. He’s not blessed with the same fluidity Amy had, but he’s a guy. And he dances like a guy who’s never danced. Inspirational though, and interesting to watch. And hot. :-)

And next we get to see if they are still pimping Val for a win. Seeing a bit of whining on Twitter about Derek getting Nastia, but let’s get real. Val has yet to have a partner who actually sucked. And they were all ringers except rumor and his first. But I don’t want to hear any whining about Derek’s partners now, looking at what Val has had.

Suzanne does look good. And she danced pretty damn well.

Good foxtrot from Rumer (and I like her) but it didn’t have the entertainment value of Derek and Nastia. And commence the over the top drooling from CAI. Man, when the judges try that hard it just turns me off. So both Len and Julianne call them out as the ones to win. Yeah, not at all surprised.

OH MY GOD. Val, never speak again and let your partner do all the talking. She is so much more humble and well spoken than you are. Over scored – she was not two points ahead of Nastia, but really are we surprised by any of this by now. Gotta get Val that shiny ball.

March 16, 2015 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. :-)

Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, And Bruno Tonioli Discuss How Dancing With The Stars Has Evolved And More

The AP recently interviewed Dancing With The Stars judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli about Dancing With The Stars, how it’s evolved, and more. Here’s a snippet….

Carrie Ann Inaba: We were harder. The first five seasons we were pretty tough.

Tonioli: But at the same time the show has evolved. The dances have gotten better. The kids have learned how to teach. It’s harder to judge because creatively they are extraordinary.

Hough: You have to learn how to be a choreographer and a teacher and a therapist (laughter.) It’s a craft. It really is.

AP: Is it ever difficult when you judge a performance and you’re honest about not liking something, but you make one of the pros angry and you see they’re venting about it in rehearsals?

Tonioli: (The pros) have been very unfair in kind of their reaction to Julianne because the first thing, it’s never personal. It really isn’t. And they know the gig. It’s never a personal attack on a performer.

Hough: I think the hardest part is we can have an opinion but to articulate it in a way that’s honest yet encouraging at the same time in 20 seconds can be difficult.

Inaba: It’s understandable for them to take it personally sometimes. They’ve worked really hard. There’s a lot of pressure on them. They’re sort of the lifeline for the celebrity. At the end of the season everyone ends up feeling good and we are a family on the show and sometimes families don’t get along.

AP: Last season fellow judge Len Goodman took some time off and there were a number of guest judges. Will that happen again?

Inaba: No guest judges this season.

Tonioli: It’s much better. There’s four of us … we all know each other and respect each other. As nice as some of these guest judges are it interrupts some sort of flow.

To read the full interview, visit the AP. Thanks Lori for the heads up!!

ETA: If you’d like to watch them on Extra, see this link. I love the moves they do!!

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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.

DWTS20 Premiere Night! Let’s have some FUN WITH BRUNO!

Well, we made it! Long, cold weeks and months of waiting have passed, and FINALLY! It looks like Spring may actually make an appearance this year, and JUST IN TIME! Because DWTS Season 20 is about to begin!  Sparkly costumes, spray tans, fabulously gifted professional dancers….

And the judges! Same group of characters as last season, and if this season is like past seasons, we’re in for a lot of entertainment from the judges, even when we don’t agree with them. Some guarantees, I think: Julianne will do fine, but people will still complain about anything that comes out of her mouth, and if she gives even the SLIGHTEST hint of something that the contestant can do to get better, she’ll be slammed on twitter and told that she’s such a hater and that she’s wrong and any score less than a 10 is proof, as will be anything beyond raking Derek and Riker through the coals every week and giving them obviously false low scores. Carrie Ann is going to burst into tears tonight, most likely with Noah, Patti and Suzanne. She’ll fall out of her chair once this season, and babble. Len will always be the tough curmudgeon that we all love and all of the dancers respect. And Tom will keep him supplied with plenty of grumpy pills, so Tom can have more fun at the judges expense. And they’ll all love it.

And Bruno, let’s not forget Bruno. One cannot merely use a few words to describe Bruno, one needs only this video from People magazine! They say it’s his most insane moments of the past 19 seasons. I think they’re missing a few, but this is definitely amusing, and pretty accurately shows what we’re in for this season with Bruno.

Let’s play a game as we wait for tonight’s premiere! After you go to People and watch Bruno’s video, post in the comments. Can you name where each of the clips came from? Season and celebrity/pro that he said each clip to, and if possible, which of their dances.

And then, how about adding some of your own favorite Brunoments that were missed in the video above?

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Tom Bergeron And Julianne Hough Interviewed About Dancing With The Stars Season 20

We’re only hours away from the premiere of Dancing With The Stars Season 20! If you’d like to read a new interview with Julianne Hough on judging and movie making, see Zap 2 It. Below is a little take where she talks about Dancing With The Stars….

“It was so much fun!,” Hough tells Zap2it of her first judging stint. “It took a few weeks to kind of settle in. It’s definitely a different experience, but it’s one I really love. Because I’ve been on the other side, I know what the celebrities and dancers want and need to hear to make them better for the next week.”

“That’s my whole reason behind everything,” adds Hough. “I just want to make sure I have good critiques, and that they actually take what I say and apply it.”

There’s not a lot of time to say it, Hough notes: “When you’re put on the spot, you might not necessarily say what you’re thinking. You want to be objective and to say something that’s honest and truthful, but that won’t tear them down. It sounds easy, but it’s a lot harder than people think.”

TV Insider also interviewed Dancing With The Stars host Tom Bergeron. Below he is asked on Len Goodman and if it feels like it’s been 10 years since the show has started.

Does it feel like 10 years?

No, not at all. Honestly, when the show was first proposed, I said, “Let’s see if we can get through the first six weeks.” ABC’s former executive vice president Andrea Wong was the reason it got on the air. She told me that when she was first pitching it, she could see people avoid eye contact, convinced it was going to be a disaster.

Head judge Len Goodman is leaving after this season. Are you worried about the impact that will have on the show?

Knowing how persuasive [new executive producer] Rob Wade is, I would put an asterisk next to that. I’m hoping Len can be talked into doing what he did this past fall: He took five to six weeks off and we booked guest judges or just stayed with the three other judges. I would hate to lose him completely, because I missed him terribly when he was gone before. And it just felt like some of the heart [of the show] was gone.

I would miss Len too. I hope this isn’t his last season. More at TV Insider.

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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.

New Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Promo “A New Dance Era Begins” – Video

A new cool promo….

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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.

Executive Producer Rob Wade Teases More On Dancing With The Stars Season 20

TV Guide talked with Executive Producer Rob Wade about the new season of Dancing With The Stars. He has SIX teases for us. Let us know what you think in comments. Read on….

In addition to the weekly shows, there’s also a standalone 10th anniversary special in the works that will air as its own event sometime in May, according to Wade. But what can viewers expect from the 20th season? Extra behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage, for one thing, and possibly the return of results shows.

1. The return of results shows: Since switching to a single-night format in Season 17, Dancing has crammed its performances and eliminations into one two-hour block on Mondays. That will continue for the majority of Season 20, but Wade says it’s likely the Tuesday results show will be resurrected once the competition gets into the quarterfinals and semifinals, so that the audience can feel more of a sense of ownership over the results. “With the audience voting and the judges voting on the dance, and then seeing the result on the next night, I think you need the satisfaction of that influence,” Wade says. “So I’m hoping that we’ll get a couple results shows towards the end of the run.”

2. No guest judges: In addition to permanent judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli, Season 19 featured a rotating cast of fourth judges (including Kevin Hart and one of this season’s competitors, Redfoo) to fill in for Len Goodman, who was shuttling back and forth between the United States and England for Strictly Come Dancing. That won’t be the case this time around, according to Wade. “We’re not going to be doing guest judges this season, because we’ve got Len here the whole time,” Wade assures. (Goodman has said that Season 20 will be his last.)

3. Live-streamed rehearsals: If two hours a week of Dancing isn’t enough for you, this season, fans will get the opportunity to actually watch the pairs as they rehearse Tuesdays through Saturdays, via the show’s “All Access” page. It’s part of the show’s continued efforts to expand its digital footprint (see also: live Twitter polls during the episodes). “It just means you can check in with your favorite couples throughout the week,” Wade says. “We’re hoping to do three or four hours a day, every day throughout the season.” Check the weekly rehearsal schedule and stream here.

4. New theme nights: While Season 20 will see the return of many longstanding theme nights (Disney Night, Latin Night, America’s Choice), some new ones will also be thrown into the mix. “I think we want to do a Spring Break week,” Wade teases. “This is a spring season. This is really a countdown to the summer for people. I think subconsciously, viewers kind of realize that when we get to the final it’ll be a couple of days from Memorial Day and we’ll be back into summer.” Get your bathing suits ready!

5. More involvement from the judges: It’s Dancing with the Stars tradition for the judges to mentor the finalists, and Wade wants to take that a step further this season. Might we see the judges actually participating in some ofthe routines? “I wouldn’t rule anything out,” Wade says. “I’d love to try to involve them as much as we can in the storytelling of the show.”

6. Play at home! This season, Dancing will strive to educate viewers as well as entertain them. “This is, after all, a game,” Wade posits. “If you like, you can play at home.” To that end, producers and the judges will place more of an emphasis on what’s expected from a routine from a technical standpoint. “Actually informing people as to what the dances are and what they should look like and what the judges are looking for – all of those things are really important and we’re trying to push those in,” Wade explains.

To read the full article, see TV Guide.

March 15, 2015 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.

Promo Poster In Times Square, Jammed Packed Media Starter On Eve Of Dancing With The Stars Season 20

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One more day and counting until the premiere of Dancing With The Stars Season 20. Are you ready? It looks like Times Square in New York City is ready. Miss Heidi is currently in New York City to see Derek Hough in New York Spring Spectacular. She tweeted out the picture above yesterday morning. What a sight it must be and perfect promo for the show!

Speaking of Derek Hough in New York Spring Spectacular, you won’t want to miss reading and viewing all of our updates, photos, and reviews at Pure Derek Hough (and there is more coming today as we received two more blogs last night). Yesterday, Scarlett sent us six high resolution videos of Derek singing and more. They are off the hook. Here are just a few of them….

Also, Cidra found us a super detailed interview with Sharna Burgess and Noah Galloway at AL.com. Below is just a little take from the link of Noah talking about his new arm that he’s going to dance with. Sharna talks of how long it takes to become a “team”. Fascinating!

Q: Having a new arm sounds like it would be a significant adjustment, especially for intuitive movements when you’re dancing. Does it feel that way to you?

Galloway: It would make sense, because I’m not used to wearing one. But I’m not used to anything that’s going on on the dance floor. Tell me to juggle and it makes no difference, because all of it is new.

Q: Sharna, how long does it take to really become a team for “Dancing with the Stars”?

Burgess: It’s different for everybody. Sometimes it’s instantly, and you have that chemistry, and sometimes it’s a week. Sometimes it doesn’t happen. Sometimes the chemistry just doesn’t work, and we’ve seen that before.

I think in a very short space of time Noah and I have got to know each other. We make fun of each other all the time, and tease each other. We have a great trust there, as well, so we do have a great chemistry. We have a great relationship and friendship and partnership. It makes what happens in this (rehearsal) room a lot easier. I’ve treat him like a jungle gym. You’ve got to be able to trust each other to do that. And that’s amazing, because it’s only been, not even two weeks that we’ve been working with each other. This is just the beginning. That will only get stronger and stronger as the weeks go on.

Wow, and I’m not sure what happened in the rehearsal parking lot this weekend, but, it looks like things got pretty wild. 8O See the Daily Mail to see what I mean. “Happy Pie Day” indeed! I like seeing Tony with pie in his face. :D Got Pap and Getty Images have some rehearsal parking lot coverage too. Everyone is in fine form!! Read 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.

HQ Photos Of DWTS Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, And Julianne Hough On Extra, Helped To Close The New York Stock Exchange

What a honor this must have been. Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Julianne Hough closed the New York Stock Exchange today in celebration of Dancing With The Stars beginning on Monday! You can watch a video below. They also visited Extra. You can see some beautiful shots of them at Getty Images. Thanks to Carolyn and Lori for their help with this post.

March 13, 2015 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.