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Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 5 – Switch UP Live Blog!! (Spoilers)

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.

 

 

 

 

April 18, 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. :-)

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.