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Mark Ballas’ New Pepsi Commercial, New Blog, And Possible Partner For DWTS Season 14

Mark Ballas' photo Yes.. I'm that guy at the pool with a piña colada ha ha
Mark Ballas on WhoSay

Lots is happening in Mark Ballas’ world! Not only will he be dancing in the finals on Dancing With The Stars soon with his former partner Kristin Cavallari, he is currently in Miami. He’s been posting some cool pics at his Facebook like the one above where he’s chillin’ at his hotel by the pool with a Pina Colada.

Also, even though Mark is in Miami, he still has his eye on the Dancing With The Stars Semi-Finals. In a new blog on USA Today, Mark writes how this up coming week “will be the most competitive week we’ve seen all season.” Here is a bit more of what he wrote on each of the remaining couples…

Even though I consider J.R. the favorite, he’s got some stiff competition right behind him. Should he make the slightest mistake, it could cost him the mirror ball trophy. Ricki (Lake) and Derek (Hough) will be the first couple to give J.R. and Karina a run for their money. Derek knows how to compete and he will do whatever it takes to get that mirror ball trophy, he has three already! Derek is a genius when it comes to choreographing the routines each week so you can count on their performance to be very entertaining.

Rob (Kardashian) has been surprising everyone all year and this week will be no different. He has a very determined mindset and that’s what will help him stay focused in practice. When you are putting in 6 to 8 hours of rehearsal time everyday you need to have a good mindset. It’s a mental game at this point because as you already know each couple has the technique since they have made it this far in the game. Now it’s time to put all else aside and concentrate on the routines. Rob definitely has his head on straight and I’d like to see him score a 10 this week.

Hope (Solo) is peaking at just the right time. She is starting to let loose and have fun on the dance floor. I know Maks (Chmerkovskiy) and his partners often butt heads in the beginning but they always come around to form a formidable duo. This time is no different, and I expect Hope to have a good week in rehearsals. In my opinion, Hope and Rob will battle it out for the third spot in the finals.

In other things on Mark, does he have an eye on next Season’s new partner already? Not sure, but, @TristanMacManusFans at twitter noticed Mark recently added Olympic star Nastia Liukin to his followers list. If you remember, Nastia has been a rumored contender for several seasons. Will Dancing With The Stars Season 14 finally be her time to dance?

Makes one go “hmmmm…”, doesn’t it? Height wise, they’d be a perfect couple, but, would dancing on Dancing With The Stars next season conflict with her plans to be in the Summer Olympics next summer if she makes it? We’ll have to keep an eye on this possible pairing again.

November 12, 2011 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.

Mark Ballas Writes About The Top 5 Couples On Dancing With The Stars Season 13

Mark Ballas' photo What do us 4 have in common??
Mark Ballas on WhoSay

Mark Ballas has written a new blog for what he thinks of the top five couples left on Dancing With The Stars for USA Today. He goes through their strong points for why they have made it this far which you can read about below. Be sure to read the full blog at the link for he also has some special words for David Arquette. He’s looking forward to the finals and dancing with Kristin Cavallari again.

It this point it is clear that Ricki (Lake) and Derek (Hough) make a great couple. Ricki has really proven herself over the course of the season. Not only is Ricki a good dancer but she also plays the characters well each week and that’s what it takes to seal the deal. She even is dancing through a rib injury right now but still remains at the top of the leaderboard. I expect she’ll stay there throughout the rest of the show and will make it into the finals.

J.R. (Martinez), according to Len, had a “substandard” week. Yes, he made a few mistakes but it only makes the man human. If you have learned anything about J.R. from the show, you know that he is a fighter and will come back this week with a strong and on-point routine. Some of J.R.’s strengths are his speed and ability to be light on his feet. These two characteristics are extremely important when it comes to ballroom dancing.

Hope (Solo) is back! She performed one of her best dances last week and I can’t wait to see what she has in store. Many of the athletes on the show have done a tremendous job of transforming into dancers. Some of the great qualities about Hope are that she has tremendous speed and endurance. This allows her to perform well on show days and can help her stay focused during the long rehearsal hours. At this point, everyone is exhausted which translates into mental challenges. Professional athletes know how to push themselves and Hope is no different. This will continue to help her throughout the remainder of the show.

Nancy (Grace) keeps on improving week after week and as she said Tuesday night, “it’s not over until it’s over.” I think she has been overlooked this season but she is right, until she’s eliminated, she also has a good shot at winning the mirror ball trophy. Len loves when routines stay traditional and her partner Tristan (MacManus) has done a really good job of choreographing the routines that way. She has become very precise in her dance routines and that is a big reason in how she has made it this far.

Rob’s (Kardashian) biggest strength is that he is a quick learner. This is crucial during the long season of Dancing with the Stars. If a celebrity can catch on fast, it allows for more time in rehearsal for fine-tuning the routine. Rob has been very consistent all season and I believe that this consistency will carry him into the finals. He has a lot to bring to the dance floor and his dedication will show in the next couple of weeks.

Picture above is from Mark’s facebook of he, Derek, Cheryl, and Kym after one of the shows this past week.

November 5, 2011 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.

lolzDWTS – Week 3

I’m afraid you will sense (heh) a running (hope not) theme to this weeks lolz. It’s pretty much Nancy’s fault. Or Tristan’s. We can’t be sure. :-) Read more..

October 8, 2011 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. :-)

DWTS13 Who Danced it Better? The “Most Memorable Year” Edition

As many of you may have noticed, costumes aren’t the only things that get reused on DWTS – songs get recycled as well, sometimes ad infinitum! After oodles of requests from you guys for a feature like this, I’ve finally carved out the time to sit down and make it happen :-) Marianya actually used to do these posts awhile back – if you go to the search bar and type in “dance comparison”, you’ll see several editions she did for season 10.  Heidi & I are going to try and do it as well as she did, but you know us – if it doesn’t involve snark, we probably have the attention span of goldfish. :-)

Battle of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”

 This was actually the VERY FIRST song ever used on DWTS, when Joey McIntyre & Ashly Costa (née Delgrosso) danced their cha-cha to it back in season 1…

 After that, it didn’t pop until again until 10 seasons later, as the opening pro number for the 200th episode results show in season 11:

And of course, most recently, Kristin chose it as her ”most memorable year” song for her samba with Mark:

Court’s take: I was pleasantly surprised at how the band managed to tweak the beat to feel more “samba-y” for Kristin, but as much as she tried to shake her booty and flip her hair – she just didn’t manage to fully embody Beyonce’s swag. Loved Joey & Ashly’s attitude for their cha-cha, although in retrospect Joey was probably not as good as I thought he was back then – the standard of competition has definitely gone up in 13 seasons ;-) But for me the real standout was the 200th episode pro dance; loved the fact that we saw multiple styles in it (cha-cha, quickstep, a little bit of samba) as well as a TON of pros from the past coming, almost literally, out of the woodwork – all the usual suspects, as well as some rarer ones like Anna D., Corky, Ashly, & even Inna (remember her?) While they may have a bit of an unfair edge…gotta give it to the pros in this one.  That dance was HOT.

 Battle of No Doubt’s “It’s My Life”

 First, Louie Vito had it for his foxtrot with Chelsie in season 9:

 And of course, our favorite fashionista, Carson, tangoed to it with Anna for his “most memorable year” dance:

 Court’s take: Poor Louie never stood a chance against the fabulousity of Carson :-P Plus the song just feels better as a tango for me. 

 Battle of Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon”

 Fittingly, it was astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s foxtrot with Ashly in season 10…

 

And then Rob honored his late dad with the song when he foxtrotted with Cheryl to it this week:

 Court’s take: While I thought Buzz was adorable, his age kinda limited his range of motion – and by extension, the tempo of the music he danced to.  It just felt so slooooow.  I actually really enjoyed Rob’s – it was light and carefree, and Rob looked like he really connected to the song and enjoyed himself.

So whose renditions of these songs do YOU guys prefer? :-)

October 7, 2011 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, 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. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

DWTS Season 13, Weeks 2 and 3 – The Cheesecake Awards!!

Yep, it’s a mashup folks. We didn’t get around to it last week, so we’re doing both weeks NOW!! :-)  I’m feeling Bergeron-ian – I almost said LIVE!!!!! This is The CHEESECAKE AWARDS!!! :::cue music:::

From Week 2:

WTF? In Costuming Award – Female: Anna Trebunskaya

Heidi: 99 Luft Balloons Go By, nah nah nah nahnahnah! Sorry, everytime I saw that dress, that song went through my head. No, I don’t know what a “luft balloon” is, but I think the song was originally done in…German? Beats me. You know, all the pros have tics, Anna’s is tulle skirts with bizarro tops. Wasn’t her re-do dance in the finale with Evan a pale blue tulle concoction?? Not a fan. But I love Anna though.

Courtney: Ja, fräulein – “99 Luftballoons” was originally recorded in German by the band Nena.  And a “luftballoon” is really just a regular “toy” balloon…the song was written about what could happen if a bunch of balloons released in the sky were mistaken for some sort of nuclear weapon, triggering a nuclear war that results in the end of the world.  I feel deceived…it sounds like such a happy song…:-( You guys know I’m gonna be all over 80s week when it rolls around! But I digress.  Anna’s dress kinda reminded me of a gumball machine…but I dug it.  She looked like one of the extras from Hairspray. Strange as it may sound – it kinda worked for me.

The “Be Careful What you Wish for Cuz Getting it Hurts” Award: Carson for telling Anna to Slap Him

Heidi: Dude, she’s RUSSIAN!! Don’t wind her up and then ask her to hit you! Word to the wise. :-)

Courtney: Not to stereotype, but I think Carson is someone that’s probably more often on the giving end of slaps across the face than the receiving one.  I bet he can deliver one with the perfect amount of drama and style. 8)

Heidi: And then help you with your foundation afterwards. ;-) Read more..

October 6, 2011 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. :-)

Dancing With The Stars Make-Up Team Releases Official Photos For Week 3 (New Costume Poll)

The Dancing With The Stars Make-Up Team has released backstage pictures of the couples from week 3. Below are just a couple of the cool shots they took. You can view more HERE. After you view all the pictures, be sure take our new Best Costume Poll for Week 3 at the end of this post.

Tristan and Ricki….

Anna…

Kym….

So, if you were to pick the couple who wore your very favorite costumes for week 3, what couple would that be?

I’m voting for Carson and Anna, but, I also loved Maks and Hope and Tristan and Nancy’s costumes.

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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.

Dancing With The Stars Season 13 Las Vegas Odds After The Third Dance

I can never figure out how the odds makers in Las Vegas work? Below is OLBG’s odds after the dances this week. I think they probably have the top four right, but, what about the rest? I’m not sure Rob deserves to be as high as he is? Should Carson be last? I don’t think so!! 8O

J.R. Martinez 1.57

Ricki Lake 3.5

Chynna Phillips 7

Hope Solo 13

Robert Kardashian 29

David Arquette 34

Chaz Bono 151

Nancy Grace 251

Carson Kressley 301

Heidi’s Note: OMG they’ve jinxed Ricki!! :-)  And JR. The final will now be Carson, Nancy and Chaz. These butt heads clearly don’t know what they’re doing. I do know I should have put money on JR and Ricki weeks and weeks ago.   Seriously, though, I think they’re closer. I think the probably have the top 4 partially right, although not necessarily in that order and the potential of Carson replacing any one of them is still high.  Depends on what the judges do re: Carson.

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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.

Dancing With The Stars 13 Week 3 Interviews After The Results (Videos)

Always our favorite Dancing With The Stars interviewer, George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet is able to get some cool previews on the dances for week 4 as well as information on how the couples feel for what are the most surprising things they are learning this Season about dancing and themselves.

First, Derek starts out saying he’s dancing with Julianne next week if they can find time to choreograph something. Ricki hopes to help. It will probably be something they put together last minute. They talk of Mark and Kristin’s elimination. Mark told Derek yesterday that he had a feeling they might be going home. Being in the middle of the pack is a dangerous position to be in. They reveal they have the Tango next week for movie theme night, but, won’t reveal anything else except that it is “different” and it will have the “Derek influence”.

George asks Maks and Hope what they have planned for next week. They will dancing a Fox Trot to “Toy Story”. Hope says she’s in this thing for the long haul even though at first she didn’t think she’d be dancing long. Maks is at his goofiest in this interview (preview for next week?) and he’s looking forward to another busy week of travelling with Hope.

Chynna talks of how she’s having the time of her life with all the challenges of being on Dancing With The Stars. Tony is pushing her 100% and she is glad. They are dancing the Tango to a “huge blockbuster” that has a big theme song. They also hinted that it has something to do with “stealth”. George guesses “Top Gun” and they said that wasn’t it.

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October 5, 2011 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.

DWTS13 Week 3 Saying ‘Sayonara’ to Mark Ballas and Kristin Cavallari (Interview Videos)

And so we say Good-Bye to Mark and Kristin on Dancing With The Stars. Below they make the press rounds on On The Red Carpet, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE, and Good Morning America. They are disappointed and shocked. Mark even looks angry in some shots. He thinks Kristin was underscored by the judges this week which I disagree with. She’s lucky to have received 8′s in my opinion.

Adding: You can see their Good Morning America >>>HERE. Mark is clearly upset with the judges “low balling”.

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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.

SPOILERS!!! DWTS Season 13, Week 3

Well, it’s safe to say that if you want your team to be called safe, ask me to say they’re going to be out. :-)  LOL!!  Well, I did tell you that I had no clue what was going to happen.  I was right about that. :-)  Rather happy to say that Courtney got it wrong as well. ;-)

This is a shocking elimination, frankly. I knew it would happen, but honestly thought it would be a couple weeks down the road. And sorry folks, as much as I’m not a Mark fan, it should have been either Chaz or Nancy. NO, that doesn’t mean that Cher was pulling dirty tricks like I saw from one commenter – all is fair and all that. For the uninformed, the couple who left us tonight was:  Kristin and Mark

For that to happen, all of the following happened:

-  Rob, David and Hope all had to get ONE more vote per million vote cast than her, AND;
-  Chaz had to get 25,320 more votes per million votes cast than Kristin, AND;
-  Nancy had to get 12,660 more votes per million votes cast than Kristin, AND;
-  Carson had to get 4,220 more votes per millon votes cast than Kristin.

REMEMBER, it’s not that loads of people were voting for Chaz, Rob, David and the rest – it’s also that no one was voting for Kristin. That’s critical to remember, and keep voting if you don’t want to lose your favorite.

Just goes to show that your votes matter and making a positive or negative reaction is MUCH better than no reaction at all.

October 4, 2011 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. :-)