Wow, just when we didn’t think Karina Smirnoff could top herself on the Red Carpet, she does. Last night, she and her Dancing With The Stars partner Randy Couture attended the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. More photos at Getty Images. B-eautiful!!
If you head to Sports Talk Florida, you can listen to a new audio interview with Randy Couture. He talks of what it was like to dance the first time on Dancing With The Stars. He also talks of how he fights nervousness by staying positive. Surprisingly both wrestling and doing Dancing With The Stars has a lot of similarities. Lots more at Sports Talk Florida. Interesting interview!
Broadway World has released show details for Dancing With The Stars on Monday and Tuesday night. Note how Julianne Hough will be dancing with Derek and the male pros. Also, Sia will be performing accompanied by a dance performance by Maddie Ziegler and Pro Allison Holker. Niko & Vinz ae also performing. More below and at the link.
“Episode 1902A” — “Dancing with the Stars: The Results” two-night event continues on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) where one couple will be eliminated by combining the judges’ scores from Monday night’s performance with the public votes. Judge Julianne Hough takes to the ballroom floor and will dance in a number featuring Derek Hough and the male Pros. The show will feature pop star Sia performing her hit single “Chandelier,” accompanied by a dance performance by Maddie Ziegler and Pro Allison Holker. Later in the show Nico & Vinz will perform their hit “Am I Wrong.”
Awesomeness. I can’t wait!
What an interesting shake up at Sports Bovada going into week 2 of Dancing With The Stars. Note how they gave Lolo Jones 7 to 1 odds last week….and well, we know how that turned out. So, when you take a look at the new odds for this week, do you think the odds makers have it right this time?
Alfonso Ribeiro 3/2
Sadie Robertson 3/1
Bethany Mota 7/1
Lea Thompson 15/2
Janel Parrish 8/1
Jonathan Bennett 10/1
Randy Couture 15/1
Tavis Smiley 15/1
Antonio Sabato Jr. 25/1
Tommy Chong 33/1
Betsey Johnson 100/1
Michael Waltrip 100/1
Last week’s Odds:
Alfonso Ribeiro 3/1
Janel Parrish 5/1
Antonio Sabato Jr. 6/1
Jonathan Bennett 7/1
Lolo Jones 7/1
Sadie Robertson 9/1
Bethany Mota 10/1
Tavis Smiley 12/1
Randy Couture 15/1
Lea Thompson 20/1
Betsey Johnson 33/1
Michael Waltrip 33/1
Tommy Chong 50/1
My thoughts: I think they have the odds pretty correct. Though I am not convinced on Lea yet. I think they should switch her and Randy Couture. Even though Tavis had a great showing, I thought Antonio made a better one. As for everyone else, I think they are placed about right…for now.
Let’s see what Heidi and Courtney think and be sure to let us know on your thoughts too in comments.
Heidi: Actually, unless Val picks it up (and the judges start pimping), I think Randy should be switched with *Janel*, not Lea. Lea is a dancer and a very good one, even considering her age. Her only drawback may be Artem. Artem needs to choreograph for the US audience, not the UK one. We’ll see if he gets there. I rewatched Lea’s foxtrot again and it was beautiful. I actually think they have the top 4 right, and the number 1 right. I expect if any of them have an off week the odds will change but I doubt that will change the reality. Hard to say. The youngsters don’t always get the votes. I would not be surprised to see Sadie beat both Janel and Bethany though because the girl is goofy and charming. Bethany is too, but she’s a bit quieter, I think. But…maybe that was just week 1. Derek knows what he has to do for her to stand out. If he gets the idea that she’s not? Look out. I think I would switch Tommy and Tavis as well.
Courtney: Hehehe…heavy is the crown, huh Janel & Antonio? Antonio’s drop in this week’s odds is particularly spectacular – here they had him as this big contender, and he…well, wasn’t. Just like we said And I wouldn’t rule him out as a possible early elim. And for all the boasting Val did on Twitter about how great his partner is (and for all the showmancing they did), Janel ended up looking just ok up against the likes of Bethany, Sadie, Alfonso, & even Randy. Those two have got a LOT of hard work ahead of them if they expect to have a fighting chance against some of the names I just mentioned. Still think Randy is better than they’re giving him credit for – he made a far bigger splash than Tavis, and yet they still have them neck-and-neck. Michael is not a great dancer, but I think he’s got a better chance of sticking around than Betsey – people seem to be taking a liking to him.
Wow, isn’t Karina Smirnoff gorgeous (Jim, what do you think?)? The Dancing With The Stars pro graced the red carpet at the Stars Get Lucky For Lupus: 6th Annual Poker Tournament at the Avalon in Hollywood, California. You can see more photos at the Getty links above. IE: Karina is wearing a cocktail dress by Chagoury.
Also, don’t miss seeing Karina, Randy Couture, and some of the other cast members arriving for rehearsals for Dancing With The Stars at the Daily Mail. You can also see lots of new photos of Bethany Mota and Derek Hough at Pure Derek Hough. Everyone is all smiles and striking some great poses!
It’s our resident poet, Lois!! She’s back putting week one all together with one of her fabulous poems….
SHAKING 19 SEASONS IN THE BALLROOM
19 Seasons shaking in the ballroom, spicy, peppery hot
The opening seasoned with a new feel, hitting the spot
Tom and Erin took their places as Hosts Extraordinaire
The judges became four, Julianne filled the fourth chair
The entire cast featured, with rousing spirit to Let’s Go
The time finally here for the magnificent ballroom show
The dancing pairs introduced to applause and cheers
Each season showcased many pairs through the years
The pairs shook off nerves, rising to their dancing feet
Their feet soon keeping the time to the dancing beat Read more..
Well, well, well….DWTS tryin’ to spoil our spoilin’. Those crazy kids. Maybe some knickers were twisted by last weeks spoiling?? LOL
Hey, Lea mentioned doing something with “Back to the Future” or a “surprise” for next week – think next week is Personal Story week?
Anyway, here are the dances and a few songs for you folks. Derek is about as subtle as a sledge hammer with his song, and DWTS spoiled Janel’s and hinted at Alfonso’s. So, just to be contrary, we’re throwing in Randy’s too. Unless they’ve spoiled that somewhere as well. Bummed that Janel is almost certain to ruin my happy memories of “Call Me Maybe”.
Anyone else think that Sadie and Mark will KILL the Jazz?? I sure do.
ETA: We’d appreciate you not jumping the gun in comments, thanks.
ETA2: Well, ABC reallllly wanted to be in charge of releasing the songs this week, as they’ve put them all in a press release, spoiling all our fun.
Monday’s show kicks-off with a spectacular opening number featuring the full cast and judges dancing to a medley of the judges’ favorite songs. Each couple will then perform a variety of dances, including the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Jive and Rumba, to their favorite jam. (Heidi’s Note: yeah, not so much.)
Oh, and this (results show) has potential…
Judge Julianne Hough takes to the ballroom floor and will dance in a number featuring Derek Hough and the male Pros.
ETA3: Not a very good position for Janel, all things considered.
ETA4: Aaannd, probably a better running order spot than Antonio should have, when there’s a results show and no elimination at the end of the show.
Tavis and Sharna – Cha Cha Cha (Song: “Boogie Wonderland” by Earth, Wind & Fire )
Janel and Val – Foxtrot (Song: “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen )
Jonathan and Allison – Cha Cha Cha (Song: “Sing” by Ed Sheeran )
Betsey and Tony – Foxtrot (Song: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper )
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I haven’t had a chance to listen to the whole thing yet, so I can’t give my full commentary.
Do you remember when we told you about a new “Dancing Pros: LIVE” show a month ago or so? Well, it’s now going on tour. Below is more information from Broadway World. For additional information on the show, tour dates, tickets and casting, visit www.DancingProsLive.com.
Dancing Pros: Live!is thrilled to announce its 2014-2015 national tour. Hosted by Alan Thicke, star of the hit TV show “Growing Pains,” and featuring Karina Smirnoff, Edyta Sliwinska and Chelsie Hightower from “Dancing with the Stars,”and Benji Schwimmer and Ryan Di Lello, from “So You Think You Can Dance,” the best dancers from around the world will thrill and dazzle audiences coast to coast!
The national tour will launch in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. The tour will play over 50 cities nationwide through April 2015, including Indianapolis, Indiana; Flint, Michigan; Providence, Rhode Island; Schenectady, New York; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Fort Myers, Florida; Dallas, Texas; and San Diego, California. For a complete list of tour cities, visit www.DancingProsLive.com.
The 2014-2015 Tour will star Alan Thicke, Edyta Sliwinksa and Chelsie Hightower. Joining them on stage will be actor and dancer, Oscar Orosco, and vocalists Joanna Pacitti, from “American Idol” Season 8, and Angel Taylor, from “The Voice” Season 2.
Karina Smirnoff will join the tour for the January and February engagements with Benji Schwimmer. Ryan Di Lello will perform during the Fall and Spring engagements. The remaining competitors on the tour are dance champions Artur Adamski, Paul Barris, Tess Buchatsky, Sasha Chernositov, Dmitry Demidov, Denys Drozdyuk, Arina Grishanina, Regina Maziarz, Antonina Skobina and Anastasia Trutneva.
Thank you Extra and George Pennacchio for all of these awesome interviews from last night!! The couples talk about prepping for next weeks dances and more. George may post more. Keep watching this link in case he does.