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Dancing with the Stars Season 21, Week 2 – Monday Night LIVE BLOG

As Heidi is still on vacay, you guys get me (Court) manning the live blog tonight – and let’s just say tonight has the makings of a perfect storm of things that could go wrong 😯 The Colts are playing Monday Night Football, so my ABC is currently showing that game and I’m winging it with a live feed of DWTS on my laptop; and my internet connection has been pretty shoddy lately (thanks, AT&T) so it’s entirely possible that I may miss entire dances – so please, bear with me if I’m not posting 100% in realtime.  Doing the best I can, given the circumstances :-)

Random though while trying to find a feed to watch: I had no idea that Jeopardy! doesn’t air on the same network everywhere. Apparently in NY, it’s on ABC; where I live, it’s on NBC; and someone else tweeted that it airs on FOX where she lives.  How did I not know this???

Thoughts going into tonight: two dances in week 2 is kind of overkill. Hoping Alek can deliver two performances as strong as his foxtrot last week.  Praying that Victor isn’t the first (or second) one out; will be shocked if Kim isn’t sent packing by the end of the night.

Looks like some people are using their birthplaces and some aren’t – interesting.  Announcer guy stepped on Tom’s line – aaaaand my feed just froze for the first time.

Hmmm…Nick’s not quite as adept at jive as he is cha-cha. Not convinced anymore that he’s gonna coast all the way to the finale…

Ok, Paula actually did kind of awesome – and I gotta commend Louis for sticking to solid basics.  I think she redeemed herself.

Soooo many commercials…

Hayes’ mom is gorgeous. And that foxtrot wasn’t too shabby – he’s doing something weird with his arms, but it was pretty nice.

Heidi Here, stepping in because my cruise ship TV is doing a bit better than Court’s stream. :-) I gotta say, Hayes might be a contenda!

Er…did Chaka move her feet? I did look away for a moment. Just sayin’ – she didn’t when I was watching. 15 actually sounds a bit right.

PIMP SPOT goes to Bindi!! From our source. :-)

Shhhiiiiii….Andy just busted out a really good dance. I think Bruno might be slightly on crack. Yeah, I saw him go off time a bit, but I think calling it a “mess” for week 2 is kinda silly.

Big improvement from Kim, although you could drive a truck between them. Maybe be too little too late.

Sorry…got distracted. Yeah, Mark called it. Alexa improved a good bit, but I’m still not really impressed. Why the OTT costume? Maybe I’m not paying close enough attention?

I love Victor so much…but that was a bit of a mess.

Maybe you should have left it at Salsa, Tamar. Not terribly impressed with the Cha cha. She’s throwing her arms away, for one thing, Man, “a class of her own?” That’s some hyperbole right there.

Lead in to commercial making me a bit…grrrr. Just saw Tamar dance. The rest was Nick and Alek…yet Bindi and Derek had the most watched dance on youtube last week and were no where to be seen.

Gary = Goofy Goodness

Carlos is definitely a contender. I thought that dance was a bit…tiny bit dull, but good. I’m not sure I *like* him as much as I like some of the lesser dancers.

The thing that disappointed me about Derek and Bindi was that the dance was TOO SHORT. I feel like they got hosed. I might have to time it compared to some of the other dancers.

Yeah, not buying that Kim wasn’t in the bottom. I figured Kim would be gone, but Chaka was my second choice. I’ll try to do the numbers tonight, but have a hard time believing that her name wasn’t even mentioned. Gary the Red herring??

September 21, 2015 I Written By

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Karina Smirnoff Talks On Dancing With The Stars, What She Missed The Most Being Away, And More

Thanks to DWTSGossip for this fun find. Karina Smirnoff talks to TV Insider about Dancing With The Stars, Len Goodman, and more.

How are you going to handle the height difference between you and Victor?
I’m going to put the heels on the shelf! They are almost four inches, and I’m 5’5″, so they would make me nearly 5’9″. I’d be almost eight inches over him! I don’t know if we’ll do lifts. Maybe I’ll do the lifts. We’ll have to be creative.

Are you upset that Len Goodman won’t be around as head judge?
Definitely. Len was the grandfather that everyone loved­—and disagreed with when he was mean!

What did you miss most being away last season?
Pulling my hair out the first few days, trying to figure out how to turn my partner into a dancer if he’s not—which, in my case, they’re usually not.

More at TV Insider.

ETA: Karina has posted her blog at People. She writes on her and Victor’s dances and more. Let’s hope they don’t go home tonight!

Now that we have the first show under our belt, it is time to start peeling back the layers and showing different sides of him. This week is Hometown Glory Week, so these are very special dances. On Monday, the dances will focus on the celebrities’ stories, and on Tuesday the audience will get to learn more about the pro dancers’ lives.

For Victor’s dance, we are doing the jive. The dance and the music will really just be there to support the story because it is such an important week. We are focusing on where Victor is from and what kind of life he’s had and how he has been shaped into the man he is today.

For Tuesday, you’ll get to see pictures of the pro dancers from when we were little. I immigrated to America from the former Soviet Union so we didn’t have video cameras when I was growing up, but you’ll also see some dancers’ home movies.

That night, we’ll be dancing the dance of love, the rumba. We are still working on the romance part. I’ll tell Victor, “Grab me by the waist. Look me in the eyes.” And he does and he starts giggling. I’m like, “You don’t giggle when you’re in love!” I’m grateful he giggles instead of cries when he looks at me, but still!

With two pairs going home this week, I think the part that sucks the most is that one pair will have worked all week on learning their dance for Tuesday for nothing.

For us, I’m prioritizing the Monday dance because if we don’t do well on Monday, we wont even get to perform Tuesday. But by tonight both dances need to be on-point, regardless. We’ll probably have to go back to the studio after the show tonight to refresh our minds with everything we have to do on Tuesday. That’s a lot of pressure, but I’m confident we can do what we need to do.

People.

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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.

Bruno ­Tonioli Chats On Dancing With The Stars And Strictly Come Dancing

What a super interview with Kristyn Burtt and Bruno ­Tonioli. He talks a little on Dancing With The Stars Season 21. He also chats on the differences between Dancing With The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing.

September 20, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Young Hollywood Goes Behind The Scenes of Dancing With The Stars Week 1 – Video

This is fun and I don’t think we’ve posted it yet. Young Hollywood goes “behind the scenes” of week one of Dancing With The Stars.

September 19, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Season 21, Week 1 – Dancing by the Numbers

As you know, I’m technically vaycay, but I thought I would step in and do the numbers for week 1…quickly. You may be on your own for week 2. We’ll see.

All in all, a great week. No clear cut winner…not even sure that Nick totally has it in the bag anymore. Jury is out. But we’re a long way from the finale. :-) My top dancers are Bindi, Nick, Carlos, Alexa. Loved Alek, but I’ll be shocked if he pulls out another good dance. Loved Victor – so cute. Actually, there was no one I didn’t like except Kim…and that was one bad dance. I don’t see how she pulls it out this week, frankly. Here are the scores and their percentages:

table 1

It should be clear that nearly everyone is safe on Monday night. Kim, Chaka, Victor, Paula and Gary are all down there at the bottom and at least 32k votes away from Hayes and Andy – and neither them should be in danger based on that buffer zone. As you can see below.

table 2

I personally would be shocked if either Paula or Gary go home, just based on personality. I also think (hope??) that Victor will be safe. I think it’s going to come down to Kim and Chaka. What it boils down to is this:
– Kim needs 4,000 more votes per million votes cast than Chaka, OR;
– Kim needs 12,000 more votes per million votes cast that ONE OF Gary, Paula or Victor.

Do you think she can do it? I sure don’t. I think Kim goes. If not Kim, well, Chaka needs:
– Chaka needs 8,000 more votes per million votes cast to beat either Gary, Paula or Victor.

She might beat Victor, but I don’t think Kim beats Victor OR Chaka…therefore, I think Kim goes home.

How’s that for not belaboring the point? :-) Don’t worry, I’ll get way more long winded once vacation is over. :-)

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Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba, Witney Carson, Maks Chmerkovksiy, Karina Smirnoff Attend 2015 Pre-Emmy Lounges And Parties

Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba, Witney Carson, Maksim Chmerkovksiy, and Karina Smirnoff attended some Pre-Emmy Lounges and Parties yesterday in Hollywood. Click on any of the photos to see more. Beautiful!!

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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.

Kim Johnson Reviews The Cast Of Dancing With The Stars Season 21

Kim Johnson did The Morning Show in Australia. She reviews some of the couples on Dancing With The Stars Season 21. Thanks to Gitte for the fun find!

ETA: Here is Kristyn Burtt taking with Kim Johnson about the new season….

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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.

Details For Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Week 2 – Press Release

Read on for details for Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Week 2! Let us know what you think?

“Dancing With The Stars” Returns With A Two-Night “Hometown Glory” Event
“DANCING WITH THE STARS” RETURNS WITH A TWO-NIGHT “HOMETOWN GLORY” EVENT

TWO NIGHTS, TWO DANCES AND TWO ELIMINATIONS
COUPLES WILL DANCE AN ORIGINAL DANCE EACH NIGHT
COMMEMORATING THE CELEBRITY AND DANCER’S HOMETOWNS

“Dancing with the Stars” is back with a two-night event. The couples are gearing up for one of the toughest weeks of the competition this season with two live shows and a double elimination. In “Hometown Glory” night, each couple will dance two new dance styles to songs that remind the celebrity and pro dancer of the places that shaped who they are today. LIVE on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), couples will dance to a song that commemorates the celebrity’s hometown. At the end of the night, the couple with the lowest combined judges and viewer votes from last week will be eliminated. LIVE on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), the couples will dance another dance to a song that the pro dancer has chosen that reminds them of where they grew up. Another couple will be eliminated on Tuesday night based on the combined judges’ and viewer votes from Monday night.
Below are the Judges’ Scores From Last Week (from highest to lowest):

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough – 24 out of 30
Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess – 24 out of 30
Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson – 23 out of 30
Tamar Braxton & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – 23 out of 30
Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold – 22 out of 30
Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas – 22 out of 30
Andy Grammer & Allison Holker – 21 out of 30
Hayes Grier & Emma Slater – 21 out of 30
Gary Busey & Anna Trebunskaya – 15 out of 30
Paula Deen & Louis Van Amstel – 15 out of 30
Victor Espinoza & Karina Smirnoff – 15 out of 30
Chaka Khan & Keo Motsepe – 13 out of 30
Kim Zolciak Biermann & Tony Dovolani – 12 out of 30

Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Erin Andrews (sports host & “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10 finalist), “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts including dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and ballroom dancer and Emmy® Award-winning choreographer Julianne Hough.

For week two, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday and Tuesday night during and up to 60 minutes after the end of “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day. From week three until the finale, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings.
“Dancing with the Stars” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Rob Wade, Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG, L parental guideline.
About BBC Worldwide Productions

BBC Worldwide Productions is a key business under BBC Worldwide North America, the U.S. division of the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), BBC Worldwide. Based in Los Angeles, BBC Worldwide Productions develops and produces scripted and unscripted projects based on BBC formats/brands for cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. The production company is producer of Dancing with the Stars (ABC), Getting On (HBO), Top Gear (HISTORY) and the upcoming limited series, Crime (HBO).

September 18, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff Celebrates Emmy Week – HQ Photos

Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff attended the Audi and Village At Westfield Topanga VIP Parties. Victor Espinoza was pictured with her too. Stunning. What do you think?

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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 More Challenging Than Andy Grammer Expected – New DWTS Interview

Andy Grammer talked with Penn Live about his tour and, of course, Dancing With The Stars. He’s taken his partner Allison Holker on the road again with him this week. He talks of rehearsals and how challenging it is to dance and more. Keep at it, Andy. You can do it!

The “Honey, I’m Good” singer, who is competing on “Dancing with the Stars,” currently has his dancing partner Allison Holker on the road with him.

“We’re going to have to find a place to rehearse right before or after,” he said. “We’ll find a dance studio or a church, any place that has a floor.”

The duo will be practicing two dances, a Jive and a contemporary dance, for next week’s show.

Although the competition just started, Grammer said it is already more of a challenge than he anticipated.

“It’s super hard,” he said. “I’m someone that things come relatively quickly to, and this is not [coming] as fast as I would’ve hoped. It’s going to have to come faster if I’m going to stick around on the show.”

For him, being able to perform in between the stressful dance rehearsals has been cathartic.

“I’m doing something that I’m really bad at all day long so then to get on stage and perform, it’s kind of awesome,” he said.

The singer said he was inspired to join “Dancing with The Stars” by his late mother’s love for dancing.

“She never danced but she loved to watch [people dancing],” he said. “I miss her a bunch and this is something that I can kind do to feel closer to her.”

To read the full interview, see Penn Live.

September 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.