This is too fun. You can view the new cast of Dancing With The Stars in parts of this GMA Get Happy video. Also, you can see Karina Smirnoff and Sean Avery dance in rehearsals.
Just a quick picture update: If you head to the Daily Mail, you can view new pics of some the cast arriving for Dancing With The Stars rehearsals yesterday (Jim, for you! lol). Also, I’m loving this new “Staying Alive” instagram by Sean Avery. Check it out and Happy Spring.
Heidi’s my name and numbers are my game. Yes, it’s that time of year once again. I’d like to thank the powers that be for one thing: switching around how the eliminated couple is determined makes this much easier to predict. For one thing, I don’t have to backwards guess at what the judges might do next – it doesn’t matter because the viewer votes and the judges scores from the same week (week 1) will send someone home in week two regardless of how well they dance this upcoming week. For another thing, it makes these posts much shorter. Theoretically. The interesting thing will be is if the judges show a pattern of either extremely over scoring or extremely underscoring the couple going home – either send them out with a bang, or justify their scores ahead of time. Two or three times might be coincidence, but more than that? Hah.
Anyway, for you newbs to this site, this is a series I do every week of every season. Basically, I take the scores for each couple and figure out – using DWTS math – how many votes each couple needs to be safe. Then I guess, based on what I think I know about each couple and their voting needs, who’s going to be safe and who’s hitting the trail.
For those who don’t know…or those who believe the popular myth promoted by TPTB…the judges AND the viewers have an equal role in who stays and who goes. To determine who goes home, the producers take the total number of points handed out by the judges and divide that into each couples score for their percentage of the total. They then do the same thing for the votes: they divide the total number of votes into the number of votes each couple receives for a percentage. They then add the two together and the couple with the lowest combined “score” is the one who goes home. Fifty percent of the final score is judges and fifty percent of the final score is viewer votes. Easy peasy.
Take a look at the totals. Read more..
Lois is back with another one of her fun poems. This time she writes a poem for the premiere of Dancing With The Stars Season 18. Good job, Lois!
SEASON 18 OPENS WITH A QUAKE AND MORE SHAKE-UPS THAN:
THE SHAMROCK SHAKE!
Los Angeles was shaken by a St Patrick’s Day earthquake
Season 18 has more shake-ups than THE SHAMROCK SHAKE
THE SHAMROCK SHAKE, shaken and stirred by the pros
A dancing extravaganza full of sexy, spiffy, shining glows
A new band graced the stage, a new band director Ray Chew
Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews a new co-host point of view
The skybox returned, the judge’s table back where it belongs
Carrie Ann, Bruno and Len ready to discern rights from wrongs
The time came we waited, waited months so impatiently for
The new cast of Season 18 was finally introduced on the floor
Their nerves were shaking, their adrenalin pumping for sure
Standing in their line of glory, awaiting their chance to score
NeNe and Tony danced a Cha-Cha with soul, fringe, and sass
Danica and Val danced a Foxtrot with precision and with class
James and Peta danced a Foxtrot fluid, zesty, and full of pizzazz
Cody and Witney Cha-Cha exploding with flashy razz-ma-tazz
Drew, Cheryl Foxtrot shook up THE SHAMROCK SHAKE in green
Amy, Derek Cha-Cha created an inspirational, sensational scene
Meryl welcomes Max with a Cha-Cha full of spirit, full of speed
Sharna and Charlie’s Contemporary a lift extravaganza indeed
Candace, Mark’s Contemporary had floor mirror images so fine
Sean and Karina’s Contemporary had serious flair and fine line
Billy Dee, Emma dusted off the Star Wars Theme for Cha-Cha
Diana and Henry dove into a Foxtrot to many an ooh and aah
We welcome the shaken and stirred, THE SHAMROCK SHAKE
We lift our pints of Irish brew to the show the icing on ABC cake!
Written By Lois A Troutman, March 19, 2014
THE SHOW SHAKEN AND STIRRED, THE SHAMROCK SHAKE!
WE WELOME BACK THE SHOW, THE ICING ON THE ABC CAKE!
Below is Kristyn Burtt and the Afterbuzz team with their first critique of the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Gleb Savchenko joins them to review the night (aww, it’s so good to see him again!!) as well. I was in agreement with most everything until Suri commented on how she could have done without Drew’s performance. Really, Suri? Wow, he made me totally smile. Anna gets a little critical of Charlie’s steps too. Anyway, listen through and see if you agree with them. Also note that Gleb talks all about his new underwear line at the end as well as an upcoming party. *Can’t wait for some coverage of that. Ok, here you go…
Carrie Ann Inaba has written a new blog for Dancing With The Stars Week One at Parade.com. She write of all the changes and the dances. Below is a take for how she felt about Amy and Derek, Candace and Mark, and Sharna and Charlie. Check out the mention on Julianne Hough too.
Okay, now let’s get into the performances. There’s one I have to start off right away with and that is the performance by Amy Purdy and Derek Hough. I do not understand how she is able to move the way she did. I apologize for my shock last night, but I was actually shaking for about five minutes after her performance as well. To witness her dancing without knowing her unique situation was pleasure enough–she is a bright light and she is really effervescent when she performs. There is a special joy that comes out of her pores as she performs. But, then to know of her special abilities and to watch her dance, it’s really spectacular and mind-boggling. She did something I did not know was possible and she has opened my mind even more and I appreciate that. I think she opened all our minds and expanded the possibilities we all see for ourselves. I’m looking forward to next week’s performance for sure.
I thought the biggest surprise after Amy was Candace Cameron-Bure. She danced as if she had trained with my generation of dancers. Back in my day of dancing the women were quite strong and powerful in their legs and sensual in movement. She had that earthy quality to her movement, which is not easily learned. I was impressed. Mark Ballas provided some great choreography as well. I thought the movements were truly beautiful and flowed with power and grace and emotion.
Next, we must discuss Charlie White and Sharna Burgess. WOW! Okay, he’s a beautiful performer, so soft and tender while being strong. I am enjoying the almost reversal of roles with this partnership. She is the fire and he is the water, the Yin and Yang. After he danced, Julianne Hough who was sitting to my right and I looked at each other and both our mouths were agape in awe; it was funny.
More at Parade.com.
And speaking of Julianne….in case you haven’t heard yet, she and Derek announced that they will be touring this summer. You can read all about it at Pure Derek Hough including how you can obtain tickets which went on sale today. Also, check out this new promo for it….
Lastly, below are some more interviews with Extra from press line last night….
So season 18 – the season of “lots of big changes”, and I’m not so sure I’m liking them. Right off the bat – skeptical about Erin as a cohost. Seems like she isn’t about playing 2nd banana to Tom – felt like she was just waiting for her turn to talk, and was trying too hard to be clever and funny when asking her questions…which, by the way, were exactly what I worried they would be: pointed, uncomfortable, and at times, salacious. Not sure if it’s her asking those questions (or somebody up in the booth feeding them to her), but I’m not liking the gossipy, almost tabloid-y direction the show is taking – suddenly, we have to know who’s dating who, and what their significant others think about their partners, and who stole who’s boyfriend in the past, etc. Seemed especially evident when Erin was needling-er, interviewing Cody & Witney – didn’t really enjoy the tone of that one in particular, as it sounded to me like Erin was throwing some serious shade in Witney’s direction (“Well, I think you’re a distraction!”). Just SHUT UP, Erin – I had my fill of you channeling Regina George back in season 10. Remember: those who stir the sh*t pot should have to lick the spoon.
And then there’s the “rivalries” – ugh. The three major ones that they seem to be pushing are Meryl vs. Charlie, Cody vs. James, and Candace vs. Danica. And while Conrad may have referred to them as “healthy rivalries” in his press release – I would hardly call dredging up 20-year-old drama about stolen boyfriends to be “healthy”. Are we sure the Muppets in the production office haven’t been replaced by high school girls? Because some of this stuff is seriously immature. But hey, if they’re gonna continue pushing the rivalries – guess I’ll do a weekly scorecard of them, too, since these things seem to be UBER-IMPORTANT on DWTS these days. But anyhow…shall I get on with the rankings?
1.) Charlie & Sharna – Can’t say I’m too surprised here, as we had heard that Charlie’s routine was “REALLY good!” and we all kind of expected both he & Meryl to easily handle their routines. Was pleasantly surprised at how well he handled the (pretty short) section of side-by-side contemporary choreography – he seems to really get the “pulse” of contemporary, and knows how to use his limbs properly. He’s obviously SPECTACULAR doing lifts, and he handled the many ones Sharna threw at him without so much as a bobble…but that’s probably my one big critique of this routine: it was very, VERY lift-heavy. Seemed like most of the routine was either prepping for a lift or doing the lift, as opposed to doing any separate steps. Contemporary does NOT mean “do all sorts of lifts!” I would caution Sharna not to get tempted to throw every lift she knows into any routine in which it’s allowed, simply because her partner is quite possibly even a better lifter than Tony. Beyond that, I really enjoyed it, and I’m excited to see what else this partnership can do. Read more..
What a great first show to kick off Dancing With The Stars Season 18!! For some coverage after the show, don’t miss heading to Mercury News as they have a breathtaking new gallery of photos from the night!! If you missed seeing the show, be sure you see The Vocal Vault. They did a super job covering the night and all the dances.
Also, below is an ABC recap and some interviews with Entertainment Tonight. Stay tuned and keep checking back to this post. We hope to update with more interviews shortly….
ETA: Here is some poptvdotcom coverage after the show. Pop Candies has some after the show coverage as well.
ETA2: A review with Sherri Shepherd and Chelsie Hightower….
ETA3: Head to Glamour to read a fun report from the press line!
ETA4: Go to ABC7 to see some new interviews with the cast of Dancing With The Stars.
ETA5: and finally the On The Red Carpet interviews are starting to be released. You can watch them at this link. Below is Amy and Derek, Karina, and Maks and Meryl. Keep watching the link for more.
ETA6: Access Hollywood is starting to release their interviews as well now. See this link. Also, below is Erin and Maks talking to E Online…
Well, as I said on twitter, if I wanted to see non-DWTS professional dancers, I would watch SYTYCD. Come on – last season’s opener was so fantastic, this one was just a FAIL on all accounts.
NeNe as surprising entertaining! And the bit with James and Peta was entertaining – and he surprised me with his dancing. But, the thing to remember is that they’ve had two weeks on this first dance – only the ringers will be really able to sustain that level in weeks 2 and 3, I think.
Danica may be a super ringer, but she’s also super annoying, but in a different way from her partner.
Well…Billy Dee is older. This is the season they go harsh out of the gate??
I liked how they didn’t ignore Derek’s role in Meryl and charlie’s recent past. In Fact, Erin showed she’s not going to go too easy on Maks But they were as fabulous as they were expected to be. Now I’m curious for Charlie.
Candace is also fantastic, and I liked Mark’s choreography. But his hair is out-of-control ridiculous. Candace has to be careful to not get too annoying with the religious stuff.
Jaysus, Maks and Val have massive ringers and I’m seeing shit from their fans about Amy on twitter. Apparently, giving Amy to Derek and Meryl to Maks means they favor Derek and are rigging it in his favor. Yeah, it sounds extremely stupid to me too.
I don’t think Charlie was that much better than Meryl, although I think he’s cute as hell.
I also love that Cheryl’s “OldManProblems” was trending on twitter.
All in all, I’m extremely disappointed in the opening number, but the show overall was very good. I’d like to see Candice outlast Danica. I do think the judges were scoring a bit to make sure that those good dancers or great stories outlast potential voting powerhouses like Billy Dee. But that’s nothing new for this show.
Gearing up for tonight. You can watch some coverage below of Good Morning America at rehearsals yesterday for Dancing With The Stars.