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DWTS Week 5 Karina Smirnoff Writes On Antonio Brown And Doug Flutie

Karina Smirnoff has written a new Dancing With The Stars blog at People. She writes of her new dance with Antonio Brown. She enjoyed working with him, but, she’s excited to dance next week with her original partner Doug Flutie. Here is more…

ETA: To see Antonio and Karina in rehearsals, see WTAE.

It’s Switch-Up Week, so no one will be going home tonight, but that doesn’t mean it’s a week to take things easy.

I’m partnered with Antonio Brown this week, and things could not be going better. We’re doing a cha-cha-cha, which is Antonio’s first Latin dance of the season. Teaching him the technical aspects hasn’t been easy, but we work together really well.

Antonio is used to working with different coaches. That’s a very useful attribute during Switch-Up Week because we basically only had four days to get this routine down. That didn’t allow for any time to get to know each other. We had to dive right in, and luckily we worked so well together right from the start.

But that doesn’t mean I’m looking to switch partners permanently.

Doug and I have been in contact every day. He’s enjoying working with Peta, but when you’ve worked with someone as much as we have with each other, you develop a shorthand that makes teaching go faster.

To read Karina’s full blog, see People.

April 18, 2016 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 Week 5 Switch Up Week Camera Blocking Photos, Promo Video, And More

Aren’t these some fun photos of the switch Up couples at camera blocking?!! Also below is a new promo in case you didn’t see it and some other goodies. Not long until show time. Let’s do this…

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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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 6 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Well, after the horror that was switch-up week it will almost be nice to go on to “Famous Dances Night”. I say almost because…I’m not a fan of this particular week. I said this in the live blog yesterday, but in watching much of seasons 5 through 10 for a thing I’m working on for PureDerekHough, I realized two things: first, they danced for a good minute and a half even in the first week of the season, and second – they JUST DANCED. Regular dances, with the exception of fun stuff like Derek and Joanna’s futuristic Paso Doble and Nicole’s 50’s Paso. That’s as outrageous as they got. It was quite refreshing. Do you think we’ll EVER get back to just dancing??

ETA: We have our first spoiler for famous dances week! This one is kind of a tough one, but I think Von has the personality to carry it off even if he isn’t up-to-snuff with his dance skills. Although, full disclosure: I was really hoping the hint he gave about Napoleon Dynamite a few weeks ago was a clue that he was doing “Canned Heat” 😛 -Court-

ETA2: We have a few more, and it’s unfortunately looking like we’re gonna have a bunch of reused songs (which is to be expected, really, considering what a beast it can be to get songs cleared). I feel like Nyle’s song/concept has been done to death – isn’t this like the 4th or 5th time someone has used it? Helio, Rick, Shawn, somebody else? He will do well, but I worry that it’s not going to be terribly special in the grand scheme of things. As for Ginger – source says she is having a hard time really being “Nasty”, but I daresay she’s gotta be better than Candace, who danced a pretty kindergarten-y jazz to it back in season 18.  I much preferred Lil Kim’s samba 8-D Anyone else find it funny that Val gets Janet Jackson as an iconic dance for the 2nd season in a row? -Court- Read more..

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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 Season 22, Week 4 – Dancing by the Numbers

There is SO much I could say about the scoring this past week on DWTS – so much BS, so little time. It’s already been mostly said, no need to go over it again. Ridiculous.

Ridiculous scoring leads to problematic leader boards! I think it’s very unlikely that there will be an elimination this week, what with the switchup and all – they’ve not done one to date, I see no reason to change now, UNLESS they have succeeded in getting rid of Doug. If it’s mission accomplished, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them do one. But I am working under the assumption there won’t be one. Here are the numbers from Week 4: Read more..

April 13, 2016 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. :-)

DWTS Week 5 Switch Up Couples Announced On Good Morning America (Video Coverage)

It was kind of funky how they announced and showed the Switch up couples for Dancing With The Stars on Good Morning America this morning. You can watch their coverage below thanks to @Idolxfactor1. For the complete list (added to what we spoiled last night) and more, see our Dancing With The Stars Who’s Dancing What post. Perfect pairings. I’m excited!

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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.

More DWTS Season 22 Week 4 Interviews After Dance Night, Photos From Rehearsal Parking Lot Yesterday

Good Day!!! For starters, how about some more interviews after dance night on Dancing With The Stars. You can watch them below. Also, you can see some photos from the rehearsal parking lot from yesterday at the Daily Mail (I’m loving the big smooch with Maks and Peta! I also love Sharna’s smile!).

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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.

Afterbuzz TV Reviews Dancing With The Stars Season 22 Week 4 “Disney Night”

For those interested, you can listen to Afterbuzz TV review Dancing With The Stars Week 4 in the stream below. Julz Tocker and Brittany Cherry are the guests. As always, the show starts around 5:10p.m Pacific time. You should be able to watch the show anytime during or afterwards in the video below. Let us know what you think in comments.

April 12, 2016 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.

Emma Slater Shares A “Behind The Scenes” DWTS Disney Night Photo Diary And More

Are we loving Dancing With The Stars Emma Slater’s blogs this season or what?! You won’t want to miss visiting Hollywood Life as she has posted such cute photos from “behind the scenes” (I especially love the doggie photo with her and Sasha). Below are her thoughts on the opening number, Brittany Cherry being back, Sasha Farber and more….

First off let me say this, I love, love, LOVED the opening number on this week’s Dancing with the Stars! The whole show was full of beautiful animation and fun use of visual effects. The producers are truly great at what they do. Dancing Giselle?! Whaaaat?!! Giant toy boxes?! Hayley Erbert as Snow White with her dwarfs?! Brilliant! So much fun! This week is so prop heavy and animation crazy that it can often be one of the most stressful weeks on DWTS. Plus, the show has added extra dancers this week to magnify the individual performances as it’s such a grand week with lots of characters.

So BRITTANY CHERRY is back folks!! Yes you probably saw her kicking butt out there in a gorgeous jungle cat onesie 😉 I would have always loved to have done Beauty and the Beast for Disney week but as a Pro dancer you have to be quick to request a Disney movie because they go fast! So I always used to ask the producers weeks in advance and then just pray I suggested it first. Looking back on other seasons, probably for me, the best Disney Week performance on Dancing with the Stars would be James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd when they danced a contemporary to Frozen‘s “Let it Go.” Peta added magic to it by including floor animation to the dance. STUNNING!

Anyway, this weeks blog, I’m still going to comment a little on the couples left in the competition but I wanted to get a little creative and give you more of an insight into this marvelous show. Not many people really get to see the unparalleled brilliance of the team behind the screen. Walking into the CBS studios on this evening, I see that all the backstage crew have kept up the tradition of wearing Mickey ears while they work. I had a quick selfie with Cindy (and her ears) who works in wardrobe. We did a little video for her niece near the trailers outside the main building. There are roughly 30 trailers on the lot, all numbered and each designated to a Celebrity or a Professional dancer. This means that in-between dress rehearsals and wardrobe fittings there’s a warm, neighborly vibe going on! Sounds almost weird but true! DWTS village, I called it. Witney [Carson] & I were neighbors but we never saw Val [Chmerkovskiy] or Mark [Ballas] for instance because they would be on the other side of the “trailer park!” Cast members keep their doors open to chat to each other, it’s very friendly. I was always trailer 25, last season Hayes [Grier] was 24. I’d always just hang out in his trailer sitting on the desk and telling him what he needs to remember during the dance. Ah I do miss the blank faces he gave me! Hayes, I love you.

Sasha [Farber]‘s call time this week was 8am which is an early one for him actually but he doesn’t complain because my call time would be 7am! Yep, the female Pros & Celebs of DWTS start at 7am (seriously!) and go straight into hair and make up spending up to 90 mins in each. Within this time you also have to get your body gloriously bronzed by standing in your trailer and getting sponged down. Oh the glamour of it all! But anyway, I’m in danger of waffling on so I’ll get onto the dancing tonight…

Lots more at Hollywood Life.

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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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 5 SWITCH UP – Who’s Dancing What…and With WHOM?

Well, it’s time once again for the switch up. We’ll see once again the producers agenda…or will we?? I can’t be bothered to track the voting any more since it hasn’t reflected reality once since they started doing the switch up.

ETA: And our first confirmed switch couple is… 😀 I’m pretty happy with this one – I think they’re gonna work well together. -Court-

ETA2: And it looks like the updates are coming fast & furious – it looks & sounds from Von’s latest Snapchat that he got Lindsay, and source confirms that Wanya got Witney…which means that Peta got Doug and Karina got Antonio.  I daresay the only person that probably doesn’t benefit from the switch is Wanya, but thankfully he’s so rad that it likely won’t matter.  Antonio’s got a rude awakening coming his way…and I can’t wait to watch 😀

ETA3: Judging from the snazzy hat on the silhouette they showed of Ginger’s partner on GMA, she got Mark. Other couples coming up…-Court-

ETA4: Rest of the couples posted, and Mark says he & Ginger have salsa next week. Thoughts? I’ll be back in a bit, gotta head to work…-Court-

ETA5: Songs posted…today is kicking my ass. -Court- Read more..

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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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 22, Week 4 – Power Rankings

Full disclosure: I’m actually not all that excited when Disney week rolls around.  I know everyone gets so caught up in the magic and the wonder and the childlike joy, but I often find myself distracted by songs that don’t really fit the dance styles they’re meant to have, loud costumes, sets that seem to draw attention away from the couple, and the copious use of the troupe. I actually much prefer theme weeks like acoustic week or classical week, where things are stripped down – or better yet, no theme at all.  Just let them DANCE.

Unfortunately, while I would normally have menial things like I mentioned above to gripe about, last night I found myself just absolutely floored at the disparity in judging & scoring that was going on.  I wasn’t even terribly concerned with Zendaya – overall, she did a good job and didn’t rock the boat too far, which is all I can really ask for – I found myself particularly peeved at Carrie Ann, who picked very convenient times to really crack down on certain couples and conveniently overlook the shortcomings of others.  And while last week gave me hope that TPTB might give up on the preseason narrative of pimping the football players and ABC darling Ginger and just let the chips fall where they may, this week the narrative is back with a vengeance – the only change made is that they seem to have decided to to put all their eggs in Antonio’s basket and drop Von, which is probably the most asinine thing I saw all night, given what I’ve seen and heard of the former’s work ethic (or lack thereof). Things are not nearly as rosy as they were made out to be in his package, kids – when you only manage to put in roughly 10 hours of rehearsal time in an entire week (most couples put in 6-8 PER DAY) and you’re apparently late to rehearsal because you’re too busy “always closing” and “getting the job done” and “blessing up” by posting pix of your shoes/house/car/workouts on Snapchat, I’m gonna go ahead and assume that your heart ain’t in this…in which case, you can GTFO. There are too many people on this season that are busting their asses week after week, and putting in the hours in the studio and giving us fantastic performances and heaps of gratitude for the experience, for this show to keep carrying the dead weight of someone that isn’t giving 100%.  I only want to see people who clearly want to be there – and TPTB aren’t helping, with some of the f*ckery we saw with the packages tonight.  I know we often complain about some getting a “bad edit” – keep this in mind: there is also such a thing as an overly-kind edit…

Makes me a bit sad to see Marla go, simply because I found her endless optimism and zen attitude refreshing – plus, while her dances maybe didn’t always excite me, I did find them pleasing and soothing, in a weird way…I found myself kind of hypnotized by her waltz last night.  Glad to see Dougie staying, though, because I do think he’s go more to show us – thankfully, I don’t see anyone going home next week (as is usually the pattern for switch week), so we’ll get at least two more dances out of him.  Getting a lot of questions about who I want to see in the switch – honestly, I have given up on the switch, and I’m just trying to be at peace with whatever pairings we end up seeing, and just hope that some of my more fragile babies (namely Nyle, Doug, & Jodie – and to a lesser degree, Von – I’ll explain later) get partners that are able to be patient and nurture them. I don’t worry as much about Wanya or Paige – I think they’ll thrive no matter what partner they get in the switch. Kim ought to be fine, too, and I don’t really have any investment in who Ginger or Antonio gets.  I guess I’m just hoping that the switch isn’t just another tool to further the agenda we saw this week – I know that’s wishful thinking… Read more..

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