Below you can listen to some backstage interviews with Extra after the Switch up dances Monday night on Dancing With The Stars….
For those interested, you can listen to Afterbuzz TV review Dancing With The Stars Week 5 in the stream below. Edyta Sliwinksa is their the guest. Let us know what you think in comments.
The old adage is true: you really can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and the Maks we saw last night was basically the same hypocritical foot-in-the-mouth bonehead that we saw when he was still a pro – soap-boxing about lack of content, while conveniently forgetting that he himself was known for choreographing full routines of d*cking around and “messin’ about” when he was a pro; and then there was some suspicious scoring…Maks conveniently gave his 3 highest scores of the night to lil bro’s original partner, lil bro’s switch partner, and his fiancee’s original partner…and also gave an unusually kind critique to his fiancee’s switch partner, despite him not being all that great. Basically, it was a good night to be on the DWM payroll, or paired with someone that was on the DWM payroll – and if you weren’t, watch out…cause Maks was comin’ for you & your “lack of content”. Good luck with the tour, bruh – cause I don’t see them offering you a permanent spot at the judges’ table anytime soon.
That’s not to say that Maks was the only judge on-notice last night – Len seemed to parrot everything Maks said, and Maks seemed to parrot everything that Len said, and both picked very interesting week to suddenly crack down on “lack of content”. Since some of you seemed to be getting it twisted on Twitter, let me make one thing clear: I’m not saying “it’s ok to not have content”. Hell, I’ve found myself complaining about it quite a lot this season, read through my previous rankings – it’s been a definite problem. But I do think they picked a lousy week to suddenly be so concerned about it after not batting an eye for 4 weeks – switch week is one week where I think the judges need to keep in mind that all of the couples are working with a handicap: they all only have about 5 days to build a rapport and create a routine for someone that they haven’t already been dancing with for a month and a half, and they’re all somehow expected to crank something out that is every bit as good as something the celeb’s original partner would be able to pull out of them at this phase of the competition. Nobody is really working at 100% capacity. Long story short? Switch week is tough, and is probably NOT the time to suddenly go for the jugular and “make an example” of some pros’ choreography at the expense of their celeb partners. There is a time and a place – and it’s not here or now. I was actually a bit thankful for Carrie Ann & Bruno last night, who seemed to soften the blow a bit by at least throwing out some positive/constructive things with regards to the celebs’ performance when all Len & Maks could do was rant about content and take the pros to task.
As expected, nobody went home last night; but with the scores and votes from last week and this week getting combined in order to determine who gets the boot, we’re to the point where we’re really going to start seeing who’s getting the votes (and who isn’t), and we may be heading into shock elim territory – a lot of the “shocking” (but not really, when you think about it) eliminations from the past always seemed to happen when we got a huge dump of points and multiple weeks of combined scores. It makes the margins smaller, and therefore makes it a lot easier for someone at the bottom of the scoreboard to overcome a deficit – which makes good dancers with good scores (but dubious voting fanbases) a target. Was Maks’ comparison of Jodie to Sabrina a warning? Guess we’ll see. Other random thoughts? Maks really needs to stop name-dropping Meryl when he wants to make a point – Maksyl was one of the most farcical and disingenuous pairings we’ve seen on the show, and it was 2 years ago. Get some new material, dude. James Bay sounded breathy and bizarre. Ginger’s hubby? I like that dude’s style 😉 And the Indycar fangirl in me was giddy that James Hinchcliffe was in the audience last night – gives me hope that we might see another driver on the show soon!
NOTE: Just a reminder – these are just like any other power rankings; it’s still a measure of how likely or unlikely I think a couple is to go home (and remember, it’s their original partner that they would get eliminated with). I will do a separate “switch up post-mortem” like I did last season, where I rank the pros by how well they did or didn’t handle the switch. Read more..
Below you can watch the Bumpers from Dancing With The Stars last night thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording and putting them all in one post.
Hey, and what did you think of Artem and Jenna’s dance last night? I loved it! I was captivated…
And now for a recap with the GMA team and Drew Lachey. Note how he talks on paddle gate and how it happened. I liked Drew’s advise for the couples from here on out….
As always, I can’t get enough of the dance photos! Stunning! Be sure to click on Getty Images to see even more.
What a show last night! I loved it! Let’s see what the cast thought. But, first, the scores again….
Nyle DiMarco & Sharna Burgess (Viennese Waltz) 9-10-9-9 for a Total of 37
Jodie Sweetin & Valentin Chmerkovskiy (Paso) 9-8-9-9 for a Total of 35
Ginger Zee & Mark Ballas (Salsa) 8-8-8-8 for a Total of 32
Paige VanZant & Sasha Farber (Rumba) 8-8-7-8 for a Total of 31
Wanya Morris & Witney Carson (Tango) 8-7-7-8 for a Total of 30
Von Miller & Lindsay Arnold (Jive) 8-7-7-7 for a Total of 29
Kim Fields & Keo Motsepe (Viennese Waltz) 8-6-6-8 for a Total of 28
Doug Flutie & Peta Murgatroyd (Tango) 7-7-7-7 for a Total of 28
Antonio Brown & Karina Smirnoff (Cha Cha) 7-6-6-7 for a Total of 26
Be sure you are ready with your rankings. Court will be posting her Power Rankings post soon!
So, onto the media, recaps, and the interviews. First, read Glamour for a recap and some backstage goodies. Also, ABC7 has a great recap and some beautiful photos. Then watch below. Note how some of the cast comments on the passing of Doris Roberts. Not sure what I think of Maks and his judging comments. He was way too rough last night in my opinion. Also, below are some rehearsal interviews mixed in that were posted late yesterday. You may have to stop some of these videos from playing…
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Thanks to @Idolxfactor1, we’ll be posting videos of the first dances shortly for Dancing With The Stars Season 22 Week 5 including the opening number. Stay tuned and keep checking back….
To watch more videos of the dances tonight, go to IdolXfactor’s Week 5 Video Page. Al posts them as fast as he can. They work for International viewing as well. Thanks Al!!
And a few whipclips….
For more, see Whipclip.com.
This week’s challenge is that I’m sick AND Derek is apparently on Jane the Virgin at 9pm EST. 🙂 So, I’ll be flipping over at 9, flipping back at 9:30 and then picking up the few minutes I missed after the show. 🙂 How not fun. 😉 I’ll probably be flipping back and forth, honestly. Tivo’s are a wonderful thing.
LOVED the opening number! Very simple, but I liked the way it was laid out and I particularly liked the colors – it was very colorful.
Maks will be “just”. Okay. We’ll see. Oh and the byplay with Erin has already started. Come on. We know.
Oh Witney, you are annoying me. You’ll make Wanya better? You hate switchup, remember.
Okay, I think Witney did well by Wanya – loved the costuming and the song. I thought it was a good tango, actually. Disagree with Len.
That was overly harsh on Wanya – and Maks, really? Someone figured out who baby bros competition is.
I love Kim…and I adore the look she gets on her face in the opening segment when Keo touches her. Gorgeous. But the choreography was too sharp and she didn’t really smooth out or finish her movements. That’s what Sasha needs to work on.
Really, Maks is trying much harder to make an impact. Overly harsh…and a guy (and his brother) who wastes an unbelievable amount of time getting started dancing really has no room to be so critical.
I’m sorry, but I don’t watch this show to just have them crap on every dance. I sure hope they don’t save all their kind words for Val and his actual partner.
Love Peta – I think she did a good job here with Doug. Looked like a proper tango and he seemed less stiff than in previous weeks.
Heh….someone on twitter just said that Meryl is 3-4 inches taller than Kim and Maks is an inch (at least) shorter than Keo. LOL. BS as usual.
Judges very kind to Doug, yet he gets worse scores. Hmmm….
OMG…the questions section. Hilarious. Wanya!!! Dude….
You have time for another James Bay number? Hey, I like the dude, but I also like longer dances. Incidentally, I was watching season 6 and 7 for a thing I’m doing for PureDerekHough and those dances were LONG. These celebs would never survive them. Seriously, week 1 Shannon and Derek was like a minute 30.
That “nice glass of merlot” has an Emmy Nomination.
Hey, Ginger danced a whole routine!! It started out a little weird with her top half doing some weird things, but she really found her stride about halfway through. Much more content that last week. Better executed. But the bar was set low. Of course, they are starting to over praise her yet again – it wasn’t THAT great. It was good. It was certainly better than last week. But come ON.
Okay, time for me to switch over for a dose of Derek. I’ll be in and out and I’ll fill in anything I miss in a bit. 🙂
So I switched between JTV and DWTS like four times and the entire time they were pimping…I mean, talking to Ginger.
Peeked back in to see Maks hose his brother’s biggest competition. Asshole.
Didn’t know Jane the Virgin is an hour long show. Peeked back in to see Von and Witney do a pretty good Jive. There was a problem in the beginning, but they pulled it together. I notice that those who pose no threat to Val and Ginger get a much kinder Maks. Still think he’s the least qualified former pro to be a judge. Ability to be nasty doesn’t make you qualified.
Nyle just blows my mind. Sharna did right by him this week and crafted a beautiful dance that he executed beautifully. I couldn’t see a thing wrong with it. Okay…flipping back. 🙂 Oh…but man, did Sharna screw up early on in the package. Assumptions are bad, my dear.
Okay, now I’m back. So glad I could see Derek dance salsa with (amazing dancer) Gina Rodriguez tonight. Pretty much the only thing that saved the evening. Oh, and a Maks fan told me I was a Derek fan in the comments. No sh*t, sherlock!! To think I stood up for Maks and wished him back over Val. You can forget that deal. Maks wishes he was half the judge that Julianne is. Say what you want – I had lots of gripes about her judging at times, but she was never a dick.
Antonio….I kinda liked this dance and I feel like Karina got more out of him than Sharna has. I feel like it was better than his absurdly high scored dance last week. It’s almost like the judges just found out that he wasn’t showing up for rehearsal or something.
And Karina has an amazing rocking body. Frankly, I thought those scores were a bit ridiculous. Funniest thing all night tonight is Karina’s comments on the judges. That’s how you kill with kindness, folks. 😀
I wasn’t actually crazy about Paige’s dance. She performed it well, but I have to agree that it didn’t look very rumba-y. That said….that wasn’t her fault. She performed VERY well what she was given by Sasha. This is where the judging is OTT. They (Maks, mostly) are judging the choreographer instead of the celebrity. Yes, it is absolutely a team effort and they have to be graded as a team. Yet, you hear people like MAKS bitch and moan in the past about Derek being scored high for amazing choreography – this is no different. Only worse because you’re hurting a celebs chances because of what the choreographer chooses to do. I think Maks is working through some envy issues here – and it could be directed at any number of people. It’s almost like he and Len are trying to wrest DWTS back to the strictly ballroom days. Now, I wouldn’t have too much of a problem with that…but it’s something that should be laid out before the season starts, instead of springing it on them in the middle of the competition. Let’s face it – the good choreographers choreograph creatively to the music – and that wasn’t rumba music. Period. There are so many problems with the judging tonight that I could go on all night. But I’ve been sick all day and right now my head hurts. 🙂
I talked about Von above but I liked his dance better the second time around. I think he could have gotten 8s and it would have been fine.
I also talked about Nyle above, too, and he’s still amazing and probably the best dance of the night so far.
So, why did Jodie get the pimp spot? Does anyone really think that the audience is on the edge of it’s seat waiting to see her reunite with Val? Beyond one fangirl in the comments, I doubt it.
Well, both Jodie and Val’s best dance of the season so far! Perhaps they got the pimp spot because Val choreographed and entire dance and they started immediately? Jodie did a great job. My only question is why Val hasn’t given this quality of dance to Ginger so far?? All that said, I don’t think it should be higher than 3rd place for the night, after Wanya and Nyle.
As we said earlier in the week – no elimination this week. Next weeks elimination will consist of scores and votes from tonight and last week.
Watch Dancing With The Stars Season 22 Week 5 “Dancing All Access”: Behind The Scenes, Interviews, And More
Dancing With The Stars Season 22 “Dancing All Access” is about to begin! You can watch all the “behind the scenes” coverage and interviews LIVE in the video below.
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.