ABC has released their new Dancing With The Stars Pre-Party!! They recap last week’s dances and prepare us for this week’s new dances and he 300th episode. Dance pro Lindsay Arnold also joins them to discuss her first season. They also discuss what goes into make-up and show us what the stars go through every week getting ready to go on stage. Anna Trebunskaya is also on tap. Lots more goodies below….
USA Today has a new interview up with Dancing With The Stars judge Bruno Tonioli. He discusses the Final 5′s weaknesses and strengths. He also gives each couple some advice which you can read below. See if you agree?? I think he pretty much nails it.
tighten up. Don’t make any mistakes. Really smooth out the Latin.”
Bruno’s advice: “He has to clean up the footwork and make it much more exact, because he has the performance value and energy” to go all the way. Bruno notes that past football stars have done well, including Emmitt Smith, who was crowned DWTS champ in 2006, and Hines Ward, who won in 2011. “The sportsmen, in a way, they comes to the final and they deliver in an unexpected turn. I think the margin is going to be very, very small whoever gets to the finals. It often comes down to the freestyle dance. Jacoby has that explosive energy that could bring the house down.”
Bruno’s advice: “Add the softness to the strength.”
Bruno’s advice: “If she took three or four ballet classes, she would learn to sustain the long times. I think that’s what, if anything, she needs to work on: elongating the lines in the slow, lyrical dances.”
Bruno’s advice: “Kellie, throw yourself into it with gay abandon!” He adds, “She has to believe in herself. Don’t show doubt in her face. Ever. At all.”
To read this interview in full, see USA Today. It’s a good one.
Past Pros Returning For 300th Episode Of Dancing With The Stars, The Wanted And Avril Lavigne To Perform
Get ready for the 300th episode of Dancing With The Stars on this coming Tuesday night! The Wanted and Avril Lavigne are set to perform. There will also be a “spectacular opening number” choreographed by Jason Gilkison with 22 pros and returning favorites, including Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin, Louis Van Amstel and Anna Trebunskaya (Does anyone know why Maks has been excluded? Does he have a previous engagement?). Below are more details from ABC MediaNet including details for Monday night’s dances as well.
“Episode 1609 & 1609A” – Five remaining couples take to the ballroom floor during the Semi-Finals on MONDAY, MAY 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). Each couple perform two routines, inching their way one step closer to the coveted mirror ball trophy. Last week viewers were asked to vote via twitter on a new style of dance for each couple to perform; this week the couples perform their chosen style, including the Flamenco, Charleston, Afro Jazz, Lindy Hop and Hip Hop. Each couple will also be challenged to take on a ballroom or Latin style dance they have yet to perform this season.
On TUESDAY, MAY 14, “Dancing with the Stars” celebrates its 300th episode (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET). The show will feature music by The Wanted, who will perform their hit, “Fill A Heart,” and Avril Lavigne will perform her new single, “Here’s to Never Growing Up.” The 300th show celebration will feature a spectacular opening number choreographed by Jason Gilkison with 22 pro and returning favorites, including Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin, Louis VanAmstel and Anna Trebunskaya. In addition, “AT&T Spotlight Performance” returns for its final installment of the season featuring Sophia Lucia, an incredible 10-year-old dancer who recently set the Guinness World Record for consecutive pirouettes. One couple will be eliminated at the end of the night.
I haven’t watched this in full yet, but, below is Afterbuzz with their Dancing with the Stars “after show” for Week 8. Their special-guests include Emma Slater, Sasha Farber, and Tristan MacManaus. Enjoy!!
Just a quick Update. For those up early, judge Carrie Ann Inaba is going to be a guest on HUFFPOST LIVE this morning at 8:30am ET to talk about Dancing With The Stars. If interested, be sure to check it out HERE.
Jacoby is feeling defeated, but, Cheryl reminds him that Donald Driver had the same thing happen to him. Did anyone notice or care Kellie’s ear ring being ripped out? Fun as always!!
And thanks to @Jimmbboe always, here is the International version…
So, let’s go straight to the On The Red Carpet interviews to see the couples reactions to last night’s elimination and see what they have to say about next week’s dances. First, who needs a repeat of this phenomenal and unforgettable moment on Dancing With The Stars last night? Please, nominate this dance for an EMMY PTB!! While watching this last night, all I could think about was Michael Jackson and how he was trying to defy gravity before he died in his “This Is It” tour. I think he would have been so “awwwed” and proud of this dance….
Ok, with that said, let’s see what George could find out for us for next week. Note first that Jacoby and Karina must have skipped the after show interviews. Maybe they went straight to rehearsals instead?
First up, Derek and Kellie talk of having the Flamenco. Derek hasn’t heard the music yet, but, it will be about “keeping the devil down”. Their other dance is the Argentine Tango! Next week, is all about being intense. George also asks Derek about having 4 couples in the finale. Derek isn’t sure how he feels, but, more routines means more entertainment, so it will be ok. Kellie also talks a little of her new single coming out.
George is having a hard time reading Val and his feelings about having the Hip Hop next week. Val has a lot of research to do. The Quickstep is their other dance. Val is going to try and relax and enjoy the ride for whatever happens. When asked about having 4 couples in the finals, Val is tongue tied, but, mentions how more people would get paid. He hopes just to move and inspire the audience no matter who and how many are in the finals.
Aly and Mark are excited about having the Afro Jazz next week. Mark says it will be very tribal and punk (Mark, a bit of advise… don’t go with any “monkey” moves or monkey costumes). They are also happy with the idea of having 4 couples in the finals. They don’t admit to having a Rumba, but, it’s mentioned at the end. So, I think they do? Read more..
Louis Van Amstel and Anna Trebunskaya weighed in on each of the Dancing With The Stars Week 8 performances at Good Morning America. Anna wrote this of Derek and Kellie’s Paso Doble….
Anna: That was very clever to tie the two dances together, an Angelic waltz and a Demonic Paso! The judges had a love fest but then Len spoils the party. The performance was amazing! Classical Paso- not so much… But who cares? With entertainment like that, we’ll buy it.
It was indeed amazing and the ‘dance of the night’ in my opinion. Would you all agree??
And here is Louis with the bottom line….
The Bottom Line
Louis: Great night. I must say though the judges have been quite off, in my opinion. I do have to say that’s my opinion and that doesn’t mean you have to agree. Both Ingo and Sean are in trouble. If it were up to the judges, Sean goes home. If it were up to last week’s results, Ingo goes home. My money is on Sean to go home because of his trio dance.
You can read the full blog at Good Morning America.
Also, Good Morning America may have a review or segment dedicated to the night. Look for it to be posted here.
Stay tuned! Heidi’s new Numbers and Predictions post is coming up!
Well, I’m still put out with the judges last night!! Apparently, George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet is put out as well as he asked several of the couples about what they thought of the judges bickering and opinions after the show. He also asked the couples on the twitter dance, the 300th episode, and why they think Dancing With The Stars has had such a successful run…..
First, George starts out telling Derek and Kellie he hasn’t seen so much fighting between the judges as he has this season. Derek usually knows when he’s going to get knocked down by one of them, but, he wasn’t expecting it last night being he put in some moves he thought Len would love (Derek explains this to E NEWS as well). On the twitter dance, Kellie and Derek are ready for whatever choice they get. Derek talks of the “moments” he’s had with Dancing With The Stars some of which include Kellie and hopes there will be more. Dancing With The Stars has been an incredible experience.
George thinks Jacoby’s Mom should dance next season. Jacoby says she “can get down”. When asked about the judges differences in opinion of their Paso Doble, Karina says it’s great and everyone has an opinion. She’s proud of their Paso Doble and what Jacoby did with it last night. They also explain which twitter dances they’d like and hope to get and Jacoby promises he “will get down” (lol) no matter what. Jacoby also reassures Raven Nation that he loves them even though he chose yellow and black for their costume colors.
Zendaya and Val are happy with their “30″! Zendaya says she was just having fun and not worrying about the dance. Val says they try to over prepare until Sunday so that Mondays are enjoyable and they can just focus just on the performance. As for the twitter dance, they are looking forward to the challenge even if it’s not a familiar dance for Val to teach. Val thinks Dancing With The Stars is successful because it brings family together and also because of the dancers, etc. He says Tom is the spine of the show (so true!) and he’s thankful to be a part of it all.
Mark and Aly are ok with the twitter dance idea. Aly wants the Afro Jazz. Aly thinks it’s the “packages” for why people love Dancing With The Stars. Mark’s favorite memories have been everything…the dancing and the friends he’s made. Aly is thankful for her fans and how nice they’ve been to her. Mark is proud of her improvement and their Tango. Read more..
Tony Dovolani caught up with judge Carrie Ann Inaba to ask her about her emotional season on Dancing With The Stars. Check out how grateful she is to Andy Dick (really? ). Below is more with Extra.