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Dancing with the Stars Season 21, Week 5 – LIVE BLOG

Switch Up Week!!  I’ll be very curious to see how they edit all the packages tonight, who gets pimped, who gets slammed (and if it’s a reflection of the pro or another agenda) and so on.

And if I hear that we “voted for the switch-up” one more time, I may scream. Such a lie. An easy to prove lie. Why they continue the sham, I don’t know.

T-minus 15 Minutes…

Damn, had my contractor still in my house 5 minutes after the show started, so I’m running behind.  Loved the opening number, wish we had more of them. 🙂

As a result, I missed most of Tamar.

Most of what Louis said in his rehearsal package is pretty much what I’ve always thought he thought about himself. 😉 Read more..

October 12, 2015 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. :-)

Kim Zolciak And Alfonso Ribeiro Talk About DWTS On Good Morning America – Videos

Kim Zolciak gave Good Morning America an update on her health condition. She’s doing much better, but, she doesn’t feel it was fair that she couldn’t dance after her health scare. Alfonso Riberio was also interviewed on Good Morning America today. They talked with him about America’s Funniest Home Videos, but, he also talked a little about Dancing With The Stars a little and how much he loves being part of the show. Thanks so much to @idolxfactor1 for being so fast with footage as always.

ETA: Below is a new interview with E Online or you can read about it at this link. Note that producers said “no” to her coming back next season too. Read more..

October 8, 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 Season 21, Week 4 – LIVE BLOG

Nice to be home alone to watch a show this season!! Looking forward to what kinda crap they will let fly tonight. And, also, sending all my best wishes and prayers to Tom Bergeron and his family.

T-minus 15 minutes!!

Great concept, but man, if anyone else had made that large of an error?? Wow. What did they do to Nick with his Jive? Curious to see the scores.

Okay, those scores are about right. Now…what happens with everyone else and is she in danger for next week?

Okay, I watched what Erin said three times about elimination and I still didn’t get her. WTF?? Read more..

October 5, 2015 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 Season 21, Week THREE – Dancing by the Numbers

Maybe one of these days I’ll get my numbers done some time during the week. 🙂  Is anyone even HERE on a Saturday besides me? It’s cold and wet outside, and I’ve been away for weeks, so I’m enjoying myself. ETA: Being away made me miss that supposedly this weeks elimination will be the result of Week 2/Night 2 scores and votes combined with Week 3 scores and votes. The result of me adding in Week 2/Night 2 are rather interesting. Scroll to the bottom if you’ve already read the first installment.

I was working on the assumption that Gary would be the next to go, despite how entertaining he is, because he’s not a great dancer and he’s crazy and he’s been “in jeopardy” a couple times. As a refresher, remember that sometimes being in jeopardy is a warning sign and sometimes it’s meaningless…and sometimes they want the person in jeopardy to get some votes (see: Andy).  We don’t usually know until the end of the season how they’re using it.  Anyway, I was working on the assumption that it was Gary, but then I looked at the scores. Now I’m not so sure. At all. Read more..

October 3, 2015 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. :-)

Las Vegas Odds For Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Week 3 – Do You Agree?

Sports Bavada has posted their new odds for Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Week 3. Take a look below and see if you agree. Let us know in comments. In my opinion, Bindi is too low…and same with Alek. I’d be putting her at first or second…or tied with Nick for first. Everyone else may be about right.

Nick Carter +200 +
Alexa PenaVega +225 +
Carlos PenaVega +700 +
Tamar Braxton +700 +
Alek Skarlatos +700 +
Bindi Irwin +800 +
Hayes Grier +1200 +
Andy Grammer +1600 +
Gary Busey +5000 +
Paula Deen +10000 +

There are also some Odds posted at Broadway World. Bindi is first in their odds. I think I like these odds better, but, I think Paula should be last.

Heidi and Courtney, what do you think?

Courtney: Hmmm…these seem wonky to me. I don’t think Alexa should be nearly that high – I think that Alek, Bindi, Hayes, and even Tamar might have a better shot at the MBT. Truth be told, I’m a little uncertain of just who is voting for Alexa – are there really a ton of Spy Kids fans around? And I would put Bindi at about even odds with Nick – with Alek not far behind.  As I’ve witnessed from the switch-up voting – Alek seems to have surged to the top of a lot of folks’ lists as the “guy to beat” this season.  Also probably helps that he’s just kind of an awesome human being, too 🙂 Surprisingly, I’ve found a lot of folks have yet to be really impressed by Nick – I hear the words “intense” and “hard to connect to” thrown around a lot. Is he perhaps more of a Kendra Wilkinson than an Alfonso Ribeiro? I also think Gary is on his way out – so I’d swap he & Paula in the odds. I think the only one that’s about right on the money is Andy – I see him possibly being an early exit.

Heidi: Twitter noise is notoriously faulty when it comes to predicting winners, don’t forget.  I’m as big a Derek fan as they come and I think I’ve cast five whole twitter votes – and for several different partners. 🙂 Alek will do well as long as his scores hold up, but we haven’t gotten to any fun latin dances yet.  I think that Nick is still the guy to beat with women of a certain age who aren’t broadcasting it on twitter…but I don’t know if that will hold up for long, because I do agree that Alek is gaining ground. Nick needs to get out of his head or he’ll find himself on the outside of the Top 2 looking in. I  very much agree on Alexa – way too high.  Where this is coming from I just don’t know. Carlos too, for that matter. Alexa is behind Bindi, Nick and Tamar in the BW odds and I think THAT is still too high. Both sets of odds also have Hayes too low, I think.  Ultimately, Bindi, Nick and Alek are likely to be at the top in the end, along with Hayes and Tamar. Alexa or Carlos could sneak into the top 5 if Alek’s latin is not good…but I wouldn’t count on it.  I think Andy and Alexa are going to be surprisingly early boots, with Carlos out in 6th place unless he suddenly comes on strong.  That’s my very long way of saying – these odds are a mess and BW is marginally better. Marginally. 🙂 They do kinda make me want to put some money on Bindi, though…

October 2, 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.

Kim Zolciak Starts Online Petition To Bring Back Her And Tony Dovolani To Dancing With The Stars

Is Kim Zolciak for real? She started an online petition at her instagram (see below) to bring her and Tony Dovolani back to Dancing With The Stars. Not only that, according to E Online, she’s already got 13,000 signatures in only one day. Let us know what you think.

ETA: Carrie Ann Inaba spoke about this subject at the Peta party last night. Here is what she told Entertainment Tonight:

“I feel bad for her but those are the rules, and you know, I am a strong abider by the rules,” Inaba told ET at PETA’s 35th anniversary event in Hollywood, California on Wednesday.

“I am the Lift Police so the rules are important to me,” Inaba continued. “I feel badly for her, but it would be unfair to the other competitors.”

Despite Zolciak’s best efforts — the reality star has been petitioning for her and Dovolani to be reinstated in the competition — there is no chance she can return as a competitor this season.

“No, there’s no way she can come back,” Inaba said.

“But I think it’s good — not good in that way — but good in that now she can spend time with her family,” the DWTS judge added. “Dancing With the Stars is very grueling, and that’s a serious thing to have a mini-stroke. I want her to take good care of herself. We wish you well Kim.”

My thoughts: Come back next season! This season….No!! A rule is a rule! It’s more important to take care of her health. Besides I’m not sure she should have lasted very much longer on the show anyway?

Court: As far as I know, no invitation was extended to Dorothy Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Misty May-Treanor, Sara Evans, or any other contestant in the history of DWTS to return to their respective seasons after having to withdraw due to illness or other reasons. Why does Kim suddenly think she’s VIP and can just say “let me back in”? And does she honestly think it’s fair to the other celebs this season that have actually had to WORK to stay in the competition week after week? It’s as if she’s saying “You’ve done great in my absence, Bindi, Alek, Nick, Alexa, Carlos, etc. But I’m just gonna mosey on back into the competition and act as if I’ve worked every bit as hard as you guys have to stick around and survive the elims in order to get to this point. Yay me!” I don’t care that she lives in Atlanta – that’s her problem.  And I don’t think she should get the special treatment of being allowed to compete from Atlanta, and the fuss of having to send a production crew down there to do her hair, makeup, set up lighting, sound, cameras, etc. Everyone is going through their own struggles this season – Andy is exhausted from traveling, Paula is just old and tired, Bindi’s ankle is hurting, yadda yadda yadda.  And I don’t hear any of them asking for special treatment. The air of entitlement that I’m picking up from her in starting this petition is beyond off-putting – to the point where I’m glad she’s gone, even though I was beginning to warm to her as a dancer.  And it also makes me question whether she’s taking this health scare seriously – even if her doctor DID clear her to fly, you’d think that a previously-undiscovered heart problem and a stroke that could have been a lot more devastating would have been a bit of a wake-up call to Kim to slow down and take care of herself. I feel like that gravity of the situation is rather lost on her. Girl, stay in Atlanta, take it easy, enjoy your time with your family, let go of this idea of coming back, and we’ll see you in several weeks for the finale.  It’s not like production is really gonna listen to this nonsense, anyway.

Heidi: Yeah, gotta agree with Courtney on this one and add something else….does it not occur to her that she very well could have been the one eliminated anyway on Monday night?? It is plausible after all (and really, the way they went about the show, it really occurred to me that she was the bottom anyway). And she’s not going to win this season – not even close – so why is it so important to her to come back?? Why is she willing to risk her health for a dance competition? Is the gravity of the situation really lost on her, or was it really not as serious as it was made to sound? Sorry, girl – but your deep desire to get back on the show is making me question every aspect of this situation. Another note, to the crazy-assed fans on twitter who are complaining that “Derek was allowed to come back so why can’t Kim?” Are you REALLY this stupid? Seriously? Derek is a pro dancer and is, theoretically, easily switched out with another pro dancer. He’s not the celeb who signed a celeb contract – although I can certainly understand how it seems like he’s the celeb at times. 😀 Since he’s more famous than some of the celebs on the show and all. Get real, people – this complaint is making you look just plain dumb.

September 30, 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.

PureDWTS Season 21, Week 3 – Power Rankings

Last night, for the first time ever, I got to say the following sentence and mean it literally: “There are Muppets in the control room.” 😛 Not sure they had a terribly strong presence on last night’s show, but it was still a cute touch here and there to see Kermit & Miss Piggy bopping around.  Another nice touch? A guest judge that actually gave intelligent critiques.  I’ve seen about 50/50 when it comes to everyone’s thoughts on Alfonso – half seemed to like him as a judge, half seemed to hate him.  I fall in the former camp – call me crazy (or “biased” – just make sure you own your own biases, too 😉 ) but since Len left, it has felt like a 3-ring circus on that judging panel, and the last thing I wanted was a another pointless guest judge mucking it up even further – I felt like Alfonso did his best to give relevant, helpful critiques, and was nicer about it than both Carrie Ann and Julianne. And dammit, he was able to get away with saying what we all (likely including the other judges) have been thinking: the husband & wife act between Alexa & Carlos is TIRED.  They need to start looking out for themselves, or they’ll both lose.

As for the other judges – Carrie Ann still seemed cranky with just about everyone except Tamar, Julianne seemed to vacillate between semi-coherence and obvious scripting, and once again – Bruno seemed to be on the most even keel, although that’s even debatable.  God I miss Len something fierce. And something else I miss: rehearsal packages that aren’t completely scripted, tacky, and forced. The three that come to mind as the most cringeworthy are Tamar & Val’s, Alexa & Mark’s, and Alek & Lindsay’s…particularly the latter, as I’m now getting inundated with tweets asking if Alek is dating Brittany/Jenna/Karina/etc. You do all realize that was scripted nonsense, right? Right down to Hayes humorously c*ckblocking Alek’s attempt to “get Brittany’s number” with his Ninja Turtle costume? I thought we taught you guys better than that – to see through the bullsh*t.  The only nugget of truth from that whole nonsensical segment was Emma saying “I would love to get you in the switch, Alek!” She confirmed that on Twitter last week – so by all means, feel free to tweet #DWTSAlekEmma till your heart’s content 🙂 Just don’t hold out for pap pix of Jenna & Alek getting coffee, or Brittany & Alek getting into an Uber together, etc.

Sucks that Kim had to withdraw, but I can’t say none of us saw it coming – a stroke is a bit more serious than a sprained ankle or an aching back, and it’s good that she’s taking time out to take care of herself.  Can’t say I agree with the campaign I’m seeing to bring her back later in the competition, though – basically giving her a free pass straight to a later week without having to survive her way through the elims like other contestants? I don’t think so, kids. Let her come back and dance at the finale, but that’s it.  As for who ended up “in jeopardy” – I’m not entirely sure that those two couples were the actual bottom two, and since TPTB knew from the get-go that they weren’t actually going to eliminate anyone…I think they very well could have just picked two random couples to be in jeopardy. That being said – I do find it curious that they picked who they did, especially since we’ve only seen Gary in jeopardy with the eliminated couples the past two elims.  I think Andy & Allison are in real danger of fading into the woodwork, and Paula might be losing steam.  Guess we’ll see come next Monday… Read more..

September 29, 2015 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

PureDWTS Season 21, Week 4 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

So, below is what we know so far for Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Week 4. Note that the couples dance to their “Most Memorable Year”! The following week is “Switch Up” week. Keep checking back for updates and don’t miss seeing our new Media and Interviews post.

ETA: According to this interview, Andy and Allison are dancing to his new single “Good To Be Alive” for their next dance. DWTSGossip is also confirming.

ETA2: Source says Paula has “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, and that Tamar has foxtrot.

ETA3: Source shared Alek’s song & dance.  I don’t know about you guys, but I’m stoked to see him do paso – and I kind of love the sentiment of the song chosen: “Don’t wake me up when it’s all over.” He’s loving the crazy experience he’s had in the last month 🙂 -Court-

ETA4: True story: When I was little, I thought the ladies singing Tamar’s song were saying “Marmoset there’ll be days like this, there’ll be days like this, marmoset.” Apparently I thought tiny primates had very rough lives. -Court-

ETA5: Alexa’s song seems to be one that people either love or hate. I fall in the latter camp 🙁 -Court-

ETA6: According to DWTSGossip, Tamar told Wendy Williams that she’s practicing the rumba. Sounds like Val changed the song and dance style yet again. He can’t seem to hang with what he’s handed and that says a lot. ~Heidi

ETA7: George Penacchio confirmed that Bindi & Derek have “Every Breath You Take”.  I had heard that either Bindi or Hayes had it, but couldn’t decide which one it made more sense for… – Court-

ETA8: I give up… -Court-

ETA9: Sharna “thinks” they are dancing 6th. Not sure. I’m guessing Bindi goes last and that Hayes goes first. After that, who knows?

ETA10: Some updates on running order – Heidi guessed right on Bindi! And George Pennachio says Alexa’s going first and confirms Nick going 6th. -Court-

Alexa and Mark – Foxtrot (Song: “Mama Said” by The Shirelles)
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Hayes and Emma – Contemporary (Song: “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes)
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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.

PureDWTS Season 21 Week 3 Scores, Media, And Interviews With The Cast After They Danced

What a great night of TV last night on Dancing With The Stars. The couples talk about it and more in their new interviews. Access Hollywood talked with Alfonso Ribiero too. I loved how he said 6 or 7 could win Dancing With The Stars this season. He named Bindi, Nick, and Tamar as the Top 3 right now. He said all of them need to “keep stepping it up” and “create connection that we’re all going to enjoy.” Right on, Alfonso! Did you enjoy him as a Judge? I thought he did a superb job and so did my Dad.

The scores again for those who might have missed them….

Paula Deen and Louis Van Amstel: 20/40
Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya: 25/40
Andy Grammer and Allison Holker: 29/40
Hayes Grier and Emma Slater: 30/40
Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: 31/40
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: 32/40
Alek Skarlatos and Linsday Arnold: 33/40
Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy: 33/40
Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas: 36/40
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: 36/40

Be sure to see E Online for their interviews. Glamour and FOX11 also has some backstage interviews. Below are more interviews. Read more..

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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 21, Week 3 – LIVE BLOG

No longer cruising, but recovering from cruising. 😀   I also find I’m watching the show with an eye to the crap they are going to pull and any “fun with editing” games they might play. Once again, I suggest that everyone watch “UNReal” to get a better idea of how I think this show probably looks behind the scenes. Yeah, it based on The Bachelor, but reality shows have a lot in common and that is a distinct lack of….reality. 🙂 DWTS is likely not as bad as UNReal, but I can think of a couple very glaring examples of how it is very much like it. Can you?

Anyway, T-minus 15 minutes to showtime. Who are we looking forward to? I’m open.

That was all right. I though there were a couple messy spots. Carlos is having the age old (male) problem of not wanting to follow a female choreographer. He best get over it.

Forgot to mention until I saw a similar comment in the comments…. but I hope Mandy isn’t holding her breath for an Emmy nomination. Seriously, another all female bump and grind? Only difference is the costume. Read more..

September 28, 2015 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. :-)