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DWTS – Wednesday Media, Videos, Interviews, and More

Just a few things to share with you today! How is everyone??

First up, did you see Derek and Cheryl on “Live with Regis and Kelly” yesterday? If not, you can see their fun interview and dance in the videos below. Thanks to Heidi and Pure Derek Hough for these.

Do you love watching Derek’s faces when he dances like I do? :)

Corky posted this fun interview on his Twitter last night of he and Florence getting interviewed after the Finale show. She is so cute!

In some more serious news, Access Hollywood is reporting that Jennifer’s “next move” is surgery. Jennifer told them that she would take care of the injury she sustained last Monday night before Tuesday’s finale show. She plans to have the surgery this week or sometime next week. Check her out. She’s so brave and says it won’t be a big deal.

Kyle Massey reveals his future plans too to Access Hollywood. I have a feeling this isn’t the last we will see of this funny guy.

Karina revealed more of her marriage plans to fiancé Brad Penny on Access Hollywood this week. She is as giddy as ever.

Lastly, Julianne Hough was interview by YDR while attending the Red carpet for “Burlesque”. She answered some questions about her career, family, DWTS, and love life “. Here is a take. Be sure to read the link for more.

Where are you coming from? I was in Nashville for a day, which was great because I was home. I missed my sister’s birthday, so I got to take her out and do a whole girly spa day.

You have a pretty big family. Yes. In my immediate (family) it’s not too bad. There (are) five kids. My parents split up and remarried, so there (are) 14 kids, which means there are probably 23 nieces and nephews. (Laughs) It’s kind of confusing.

You spent a lot of time in Europe studying dance as a kid. What was that like? Going over there as a 10-year-old, you think they are still going to be wearing big dresses and using horse-drawn carriages. I was so disappointed when everybody drove cars and was on trains. But it was a great experience. I really think I’m where I’m at today because of it.

What was it like to land “DWTS?” When (producers) asked me to do the show, I first said, “no,” because I wanted to act and sing. It was such a great opportunity. In my first two seasons, I got to be with two great athletes (who) really listened to me. (Laughs)

Your brother Derek Hough recently won “DWTS” with Jennifer Grey. Did you watch? It was exciting, but it’s kind of depressing. We were both tied for two (wins). Now he’s got three. It’s not fair. (Laughs) I was shooting “Footloose” this season, so I couldn’t watch every day. I tried to YouTube him.

What did you think of Bristol Palin? There seemed to be a lot of controversy about her this season. Apparently, I’ve said a lot of it. My foot gets in my mouth every time I say anything. I can understand why she (was) in the competition so long because people vote for who they want to vote for. But I definitely think there were (other) people who probably should have been in the final.

Ok, that is it for now in media out there. If you haven’t done so yet, please VOTE in our “Pure DWTS End Of Season Awards>>>> HERE !! It’s too fun. Let your voice be heard on everything DWTS this Season. ;)

December 1, 2010 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.

DWTS Season 11 – Post Media After The Finale

The DWTS fun continues. First up, Erin Andrews was interviewed about the finale this week by Movie Line. She discusses the judges’ weird scoring, Jennifer Grey’s pain tolerance, and the best moments of the season. Here is a take.

Did you think Bristol stood a shot of winning throughout the episode?I didn’t know because of the way it had gone all season. It was so unpredictable. The only thing I thought that was very telling was just how far apart the scores were. Jennifer had really separated herself and I was just thinking to myself, I remember sitting in the audience after I got the boot last year — I remember Evan was probably five points away from Nicole, and I was sitting next to Cheryl [Burke] and she was like, “It’s too much. He’s not going to be able to make it up; Nicole’s going to win.” I remember looking at Kyle and Bristol’s scores and thinking, “It’s too much of a lead. I don’t think Kyle’s going to win and I don’t think Bristol’s popularity votes will matter.” But then I kept saying to myself, “It can’t be this predictable, right? It can’t be this predictable. Something’s going to happen.” So I wasn’t surprised Bristol got there. In all honesty, of all the dancers left, I think third was the best spot for her. I don’t think she danced better than Kyle or Jennifer, but I congratulate her and think third place was a huge accomplishment for her.

Watching Kyle’s freestyle, I thought, “This is something Erin will love.”I loved it. I just really love his personality and was cheering for him. The one thing I will say about Kyle in the finale — I don’t agree with his scores. I don’t think he was scored correctly at all. I thought a lot of the stuff he did in the finale was right up there with Jennifer. I do agree with Jennifer’s scores though; I thought hers were perfect. But I don’t think he was scored high enough. That bothered me.

I thought the scoring was downright mysterious. Bristol was scoring straight 9s again? What?Oh, her freestyle? She got better scores on her freestyle than I did. I said, “Wow. That’s amazing.” It’s very interesting. I would love to know from the judges where they were coming from with the scoring. Even last night, the dances they did — Kyle got an 8 from Len, and Bristol got a 9 from Len. I was just curious where he was coming from. But that’s part of the whole thing; the [producers] don’t hold the judges accountable. They don’t need to explain their scores. I just don’t think Kyle was scored high enough.

There was plenty of ridiculousness in the finale. Any particularly cuckoo moments you liked most?I thought the finalists didn’t have any ridiculous moments, but I thought the skits were hysterical. I thought the David Hasselhoff thing was great. Nothing else struck me as, “Oh my gosh, this is ridiculous.” I did love the part — once I figured it out — the watermelon thing with Jennifer Grey. I thought it was perfect. “I carried a watermelon.” That came up again and again in my mind. I loved that Kyle and Lacey did the Tootsie Roll. It was phenomenal. He’s so stinkin’ cute. I think if anything, I’m bummed out. I mean, I’m happy with Jennifer winning, and I thought she was phenomenal — particularly for someone who ruptured her disc? That must’ve been some major drugs she was on. My dad has two herniated discs in his back, and he said, “Ruptured discs? How do you even walk right now?” I give her kudos for everything she put her body through. I just don’t think the scoring difference between her and Kyle should’ve been as great as it was. But I don’t mean to take the mirror ball trophy away from her — she was phenomenal.

Mark updated his blog on USA Today. Here are his thoughts on the finale. He also speaks of his future plans which you can read more on at the link.

I think I’m ready to sleep. For a week!

After the exhaustive 14 weeks of the show, which included not one day off, I didn’t know what to do with myself on Thanksgiving. Fortunately, I was able to sleep in and spend the day with family and friends. After a nice meal, I went to see a movie with my mom and Derek (Hough). It’s great to have the time again to spend with family!

The whirlwind of Tuesday night’s finale lasted for 24 hours. Immediately following the end of the show, we did press in the ballroom. Then we hopped a plane for a red-eye flight to New York. As you can imagine, we really didn’t sleep much on the plane because of the excitement. With bloodshot eyes, we arrived and went directly to Good Morning America for our live segment. That was followed up by a visit on The View, then straight back to the airport to fly back home. I was only gone for 21 hours. That’s crazy!

When I was headed to the airport in NYC, I said goodbye to Bristol. It played out like a sad movie scene: The door closed to the car and she placed her hand on the window after we waved goodbye, and the car sped away with me looking back, Bristol getting smaller and disappearing in the horizon.

Sure that’s a little dramatic, but I’m really going to miss my time with Bristol. It’s not possible to live and experience what we went through and not remain close or miss each other afterward. This really was the most memorable season for me and I’m sad that it’s over.

Mark also posted this fun picture of himself and Derek for their “annual Christmas card noting how many championships their extended family has to its name”. He also posted a picture of his Mom, Shirley (who has helped 9 of the current DWTS pros). Be sure to see it too at the link.

Speaking of pictures, here’s one Brandy posted on her twitter of her and Maks where she said, “You will forever be my champion!! Love you so much:) ” (a little “awww” moment there :) )

Zap2it has a fun Photo Gallery up of all the best and worst moments on the show this year. Be sure to see it HERE !!!

Jennifer was also interview by Zap2it. Here is take of her talking about her injuries this week before showtime.

“I think it might have been one of those flips or kicks or splits,” Grey says, with a blue icepack slid behind her tasseled pants. “When you dance with a 25-year-old, it’s a risk you take.”

But now that show is over, so is any anxiety over the toll on her body. Thanking Derek, her family and the fans, Grey is quick to point out the small group who really kept her in the game. “My doctors kept putting me together,” she says.

Looking back on the experience, Grey says that, win or lose, she got what she wanted from the series. “The destination for me was the journey,” she says, “and in the truest since of the word, this journey was the gift… It’s so much fun, glamour and sillyniess. It’s a great gift to be part of a show that gives people so much joy.”

Lastly, don’t miss seeing this funny skif of Tom Bergeron on the Jimmy Kimmel Show this week if you missed it. “The Burden of being Tom Bergeron”. lol ;

Ok, that is all for now! Dance the day or night away whichever is best!! ;) xxx

November 27, 2010 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.

DWTS, Season 11, Week 10 – Media Before Showtime

Hi, did you get your texting and phone votes in last night? How was your experience? I had about a 15 minute delay on the phone and then I got through. However, voting on-line was a different story. It was midnight before I could finally get my votes in. If you’ve had the same issues voting on-lne or haven’t done so yet, we want to keep encouraging everyone this morning to vote at ABC.com. It’s really important to get as many votes in as you can for this competition to turn out right.

Speaking of….Tom Bergeron makes a good point about “voting” in a new interview with TV Guide. He also discussses the unpredictable season it’s been, his thoughts on the remaining couples, and more. Here is a take.

“The complaining amuses me to no end,” Bergeron says. “Whenever someone says that Bristol shouldn’t be there to me, I almost inevitably say, ‘Of course, you’re voting for…?’ And they go, ‘Yeah, I didn’t vote.’ I have no sympathy for people who are kvetching about — and this is from a gentile — who’s still there and who’s gone.

“If you want a technical dancer, watch PBS,” he continues. “It’s part dance show, part popularity contest. It always has been and always will be. If you don’t get that by Season 11, I don’t know what I have to say to you.”

Palin and her partner, Mark Ballas, will face off against front-runners Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough, and show-stoppers Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer, who twice were one point shy of perfection last week. (Grey and Hough have nabbed three perfect 30s.) While Palin doesn’t have the dubious distinction of earning the lowest score of the season (that goes to Michael Bolton and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, who each got a 12), she’s only averaged, well, an average 21 points.

Still, Bergeron can make the winning case for Sarah Palin’s daughter.

“She’s not the strongest dancer, obviously,” he says. “But she … represents what I think is the best of our show, somebody who comes Day 1 and is completely out of their element and has shown a clear growth as a dancer. And she clearly has a massive or sufficient amount of viewer support to keep her in despite low scores.”

“Is it political? I don’t know,” he says. “But that just speaks to the importance of voting.”

Palin’s run recalls that of Marie Osmond’s in Season 5. Another mediocre, average-scoring dancer, she made it to the final on the strength of votes. She finished third after her bizarre rag-doll freestyle turned more viewers off than anything else. “The freestyle isn’t always the decider, but a lot of times, momentum can stall that close to the finish,” Bergeron says. “You see couples like Drew [Lachey] and Cheryl [Burke], who set the gold standard for what a freestyle can be and, on the other end, you have Marie’s rag-doll! It was like, ‘Oh my God!’ You can make it or break it with that last image that’s burned into your retinas.”

Palin and Ballas have more to worry about than the freestyle. Grey and Hough are arguably the heavy favorites who, Bergeron says, have “rallied back” after a midseason slump. “[Grey] dealt with physical injuries, some emotional uncertainty, but she’s looking as strong as ever the past few weeks.” Massey and Schwimmer, meanwhile, are Mr. and Ms. Consistency, and they seem to be peaking at the right time.

“They haven’t hit the top or the bottom. They have been relentlessly entertaining,” Bergeron says. “My favorite moment … was watching [their] Instant Dance. They blew the roof off the place. I immediately thought, ‘Gee, I’d hate to be any of the other couples back there getting ready!’ It put the spotlight on why they’re so good as a couple. Kyle’s just a fun, charming kid with a great self-aware sense of humor.”

The Instant Dance was one of the new elements, along with new theme weeks, that Bergeron says he loved and made for a strong and, yes, unpredictable season.

But how will it all end? After kicking off the season with a surprise result, will Season 11 wrap with one too?

“I think it’s going to be very dramatic. It’s been a season where you really can’t be sure how it’s going to play out, which I thought was lacking last season. I’ve really enjoyed this season and [the producers] have done a remarkable job of keeping it fresh coming off Season 10,” Bergeron says. “I guess all I can say now is just vote.”

Mark has finally come out. He updated his blog Sunday. Here’s a take from USA Today. He writes about Bristol and what he’s thankful for. He also talks about the hatred surrounding them. (Heidi’s Note – yes, Vogue’s first sentence in this section gave me quite a start as well, if you’re asking. :-) Dude, careful of the word selection. :-) )

We have four dances this week, and you know one of them is the freestyle, which we will dance on Monday night. Another dance is the “Redemption Dance”, which is a dance chosen by the judges that they thought we could have done better at earlier in the season. I’m looking forward to that dance as well, as Bristol has come a long way since the beginning.

Aside from the show finals on Monday and Tuesday, I’m looking forward to an exciting week.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I am looking forward to the time I can spend with my family, as I am sure you all are. My mind seems to be rooted in reflection the past few days and this will be a particularly thankful Thanksgiving for me. I’ve always known and treasured the impact my mom has had on my life and during this season of DWTS, she has been my rock. With my move into my new home and the pressures that the season brings, she’s always there to lean on. Thank you, Mom!

I am so thankful to be on a show that millions of people are able to release the pressures of their everyday life while allowing us to entertain them. That really is a performer’s dream and goal, to whisk the audience away on a journey where they lose themselves and their troubles for a moment. Thanks to you all. You are the treasure in our success!

As for Bristol, she knows how thankful I am to call her my partner and friend. What Bris doesn’t know is how thankful I am for what she has taught me this season. It can be summed up in two words: determination and respect. Everyone goes through his or her own version of pain and endurance issues on the show — both the celebs and the dancers. Some pain is physical, for others it’s the pain of stress, and for some it’s the pain of having your life taken away from you as you prepare each week.

Bristol deals with a special pain of having people wanting and hoping for her to fail and dealing with hate issues no one should ever have to encounter. But probably her greatest source of pain is hearing what is said about her son. Fortunately, she has this miraculous way of dealing with it and focusing on getting better each week and proving to herself, that despite all that noise, she is a woman to be respected.

Our country was built on people taking advantage of the basic freedom to do everything in our power to excel with the God-given talents with which we have been blessed. During this season, I’ve seen firsthand how those rights shouldn’t be taken for granted, much less allowing others to take that basic human right away from you. Thank you, Bristol, for helping me understand how important that freedom is.

This season we’ve been challenged physically, most certainly verbally by the haters, questioned whether we are good enough, tough enough, and worthy of staying in the competition. Heading into the finals, I’m proud to say we answered them all. Amongst all the controversy, people have let us know how much they appreciate and respect us for simply doing that and how it has inspired them in their own lives. Thank you to all who have supported us on our journey. I hope you have been as rewarded for it as I have been.

There is a nice interview with Julianne Hough at Teen Television (that she must have given last week before the Final 4 show). She’s going to be starring in the new movie “Burlesque” along with Christina Aguilera and Cher which opens up in theatres this week. She talks about the movie as well as Dancing With The Stars, some thoughts on Bristol, and who she’d like to see win (and of course, that is her brother Derek and Jen). Here is a take.

TeenTelevision: Was doing Burlesque as much work as “Dancing With the Stars”?
Julianne Hough: Yes! The difference is with “Dancing With the Stars”, we choreographed, we danced, we taught it to the partner and then we were like their therapists. Then we were doing dances that, for the star, were hard but not that challenging for me. So coming to do this was like getting back to the grind and really pushing myself to my limit to do as much as I could do keeping up with the other professional girl dancers. It was really fun for me.

TeenTelevision: What did “Dancing With the Stars” exactly do for you?
Julianne:It opened every door imaginable. I moved out to L.A. when I was eighteen to sing and act. But, the dancing was an avenue to get to where I want to be. It was a wonderful opportunity and I just went for it. I never realized the success it was going to have and especially the opportunities it was going to bring for me.

ABC TeenTelevision: When did you first get really noticed and kicked up a notch on the show?
Julianne:It was my first season with Apollo [Anton Ohno, Olympic Gold medalist] and it was our Samba. I came out and was wearing that tiger outfit. That was like the coming out party for Julianne! After that number I felt a little more on the radar. I got calls. For Maxim magazine, I remember, I was like ‘Dad won’t approve of that too much.’ That was the first thing I did after I came out in that outfit.

TeenTelevision: Have you kept up with the show? Who do you think will win?
Julianne:Yeah. I was shooting Footloose so it was very hard to watch each week. But, I would catch it here and there. Now that it’s the last four, I can’t believe it.

TeenTelevision: I can’t believe Bristol Palin is still in it.
Julianne:That’s the thing I was a little confused about. That definitely goes to show what that show is about. It’s not necessarily about the dancing. It’s about the fan base and the people watching. I can definitely testify to that. I would not be where I’m today without the fans of the show. They’ve followed me since day one. I hope my brother (Derek Hough) and Jennifer (Grey) win. I think she’s fantastic. But, Brandy’s pretty good too. I hope my brother wins because I’m biased but, at the same time, I kinda hope he doesn’t because right now we are tied. We both have two. So, maybe he’ll have three. Nah. I’m kidding.

Kym Johnson has something very special planned for The Hoff tonight. Here is a take from Access Hollywood.

“I’ve been working with him all week. We have something very special planned,” Kym told AccessHollywood.com. “We may have been the first ones out, but this routine is gonna blow everyone away.”

While the Hoff’s clunky ballroom moves got him the boot during Week 1 of “DWTS,” all the way back in September, Kym said that during his time away, David’s learned some new moves and that the superstar isn’t afraid to use them.

“Right now, with the routine that we’ve got, he’s coming along really well and I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people,” she said. “He’s having a lot of fun with it. He has me laughing the whole rehearsal.”

Re-teaming with David in preparation for the finale, has brought back thoughts for Kim of what could have been with the former “America’s Got Talent “judge.

“I just had so many fun things I wanted to do [on Season 11 with David] because he’s such a big personality and he’s not afraid to sort of have a laugh and just put himself out there,” she said.

Sunday night, several of our Pros (Maks, Cheryl, Tony, Mark, and Karina) showed up at the American Music Awards. Be sure to see Haveyouheard.net and Getty Images for more pics. Special thanks to PureDWTS fan Sally for the Getty link. ;)

There was a little spread on Good Morning America Monday with Robin Roberts turing 50. In honor of her birthday, she’s decided to take some dance lessons from Maks and his brother Val. Maks and her Cha Cah in this video. There is also a snippet with Jennifer and Derek. More to come for that dance lesson today on GMA.

Speaking of Derek and Jennifer, here they are on E-Online rehearsing for their final dances, “savoring the last moments”, and Derek as humble as ever.

Here is more rehearsal sneak peaks from Good Morning America. Special thanks to PureDWTSfan Maddy for this heads up.

Ok All! That’s it for the media before the show. Backstage interviews from after the show coming up next! ;)

November 23, 2010 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.

A Day on the Set of Dancing with the Stars!

Abby, one of our readers here at PureDWTS, was the winner of the Design a Dance Concept design and got a trip to LA and a day on set as a reward. :-) She sent me the following blog about her experience:

A Day on the Set of Dancing With the Stars
By Abby

A quick bit of background: I have been a dancer for practically my entire life and spent several years performing and choreographing professionally. So of course I’ve been a huge DWTS fan since Season 1! I am constantly choreographing dances in my head so when I heard about the Design a Dance concept contest I sat down and came up with an idea and penned out my entry in about ten minutes. About a week later I got a call that I was a top five finalist! The voting was up online the following week which ended on a Thursday, and I got the call that Friday that my concept won. They immediately booked my flight for me and a friend to fly to LA on the very next Monday…definitely a whirlwind!

We arrived at the DTWS studio (on the CBS lot) on Tuesday morning at 9am. We were immediately met by a producer and I was given a trailer for the day. That’s right, I had my own trailer! :-)

Then we went backstage and I was mic’d up and met my camera man for the day. Derek and Cheryl (as you all know) were chosen to do my dance, which I was beside myself about. Besides having a horrible crush on Derek, he is my inspiration as a choreographer… amazing. Derek and Cheryl were already on stage rehearsing when I arrived, and the car was on stage as well. They were working on putting their steps together as well as camera blocking and lighting, music timing, etc.

They rehearsed for about two hours and I sat and watched (with a camera on me). They filmed me walking around the stage, checking out the car, walking down hallways, scoping out the stage, and also talking with Derek and Cheryl.

Derek and Cheryl were very sweet! Everyone I met and worked with on the set that day was SO, SO very nice. From producers to costumes to camera men, they truly have an awesome behind the scenes cast on DWTS! It was very thrilling to watch Derek and Cheryl rehearse the dance all morning and see the geniuses at work. :-) Oh, and of course I loved getting to hug Derek! Here we chatted at the food table:

My other crush on DWTS is Tom Bergeron! Love this guy! He is truly just as sweet, adorable, and funny in person as he is on camera. We met during rehearsals in the morning but he would come over and chat with me all day, even during the “live” taping later that night. What a doll!

Before the live show Derek and Cheryl rehearsed again with the band and I watched the private rehearsal again (with a camera in my face). They had interviewed me and filmed me all day because I was told they were going to do a 45 second package about the dance, but sadly it never aired. It was still fun to film though!

The audience arrived at 4pm and we pre-taped the Design a Dance at 5pm (pst). After that they let everybody on the ballroom floor for a dance party! What fun that was! Tony and Kyle came out and led everyone through fun dances like YMCA (except it was DWTS) and the Cha-Cha slide. I got to watch the entire show from the front row which was such a thrill! One producer told me that everyone says this, but the ballroom floor truly looks much smaller in person than it does on TV! It’s still a magical place in that ballroom, and I think (actually I KNOW) I would be happy to go back every week!

I had a backstage pass that allowed me to go wherever I wanted on the set all day. I also got to watch the press line after the show, meet the cast…It was truly an amazing day to be “behind the scenes” all day on DWTS! I can’t thank the producers enough for giving me a wonderful experience. And I have to say Derek and Cheryl’s dance was hot hot HOT!!






November 21, 2010 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 11, Week 10 – Las Vegas Odds For The Finals

Could Gambling Skews be playing with the Dancing With The Stars Results as well as all of the other things we’ve discussed? According to On-line Casinos, this could be a real possibility. Here are some takes from them.

Online gambling, when it comes to some niche wagering has some major advantages over other traditional forms of betting. The biggest advantage is the speed at which one can access information that can lead to an informed and possibly better bet.

When, for example, it comes to sports betting the fact that you can watch the play and place bets on the outcome at some online sports books makes for a more exciting experience because of the immediate results.
Today’s world is all about the now and with mobile online wagering the now can be accessed anywhere in the world at any time.

There is some controversy over the use of online web sites for betting purposes one such example is entertainment betting and the Dancing with the Stars issue in the USA that has come to light recently. People who follow the show are able to speed dial their votes for the winner which can skew the winning results even by a small percentage the idea of manipulating results becomes apparent.. It looks like the show is more about popularity than talent. American Idol has cleaned up their show with actual talent this year, making for a less biased competition. Dancing with the Stars voting is allowed up to five votes by phone or text for up to 30 minutes after the show. Online voting through ABC.com allows voting until 11 a.m. ABC’s site requires people to register their email address, speculation is that people are using fake ones.

Here is what Gambling 911 is writing about it.

Though Jennifer Grey remains the -200 favorite to win Season 11 of Dancing With The Stars, Bristol Palin’s odds of winning the final have been slashed to even, meaning that a $10 bet would pay out $10 profit. Kyle Massey would pay $40 for every $10 bet with a victory.

There has been much talk about Bristol, the daughter of 2008 Vice Presidential GOP running mate Sarah Palin, making it this deep into the competition when she routinely placed among the bottom three by judges. Viewer phone call voting accounts for 50 percent of the results. Theories include everything from young teen girls voting for Bristol en mass to a Tea Party uprising.

Some have gone as far as to say that, if Bristol Palin wins this installment of Dancing With The Stars, the show will be ruined.

“It’s not as if she is a bad dancer,” says Payton O’Brien, Senior Editor of the Gambling911.com website, which has watched the odds for Bristol shorten from around 45/1 to even. “She has dramatically improved week after week. But is she in the same league as Jennifer Grey? No. But she has not beaten Grey yet either.”

Patrik Jonnson of the Christian Science Monitor perhaps offered the best observation yet:

Bristol Palin and and her mother, Sarah Palin, both have weaknesses as candidates. On “Dancing With the Stars,” Bristol has repeatedly received the lowest scores from the judges. In public-opinion polls, about two-thirds of Americans say Sarah is unqualified to be president.

Yet here they are, Bristol and her warm, slightly baffled grin now in the final of “DWTS” – a feat so incomprehensible to some that they see foul play at work. And Sarah is drawing record audiences to “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” to watch her shoot skeet with a smile, even as she sends tremors through the blogosphere by simply asserting that she could beat President Obama in 2012.

And here are the odds from On-line Betting Guide:

Jennifer Grey 1.44

Bristol Palin 4

Kyle Massey 7.5

So, what do you think? Could Gamblings Skews be an issue as well for how this show is turning out this year? How far will the odds be off or on this week? We are about to find out. :D

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.

DWTS Season 11, Week 9 Begins – Who are the Las Vegas Favorites?

The betting odds favorites received a total shake-up for the last two weeks in a row. The questions is: What will happen this week?

Here are the odds from On-line Betting Guide;

Jennifer Grey 1.57

Brandy 3

Bristol Palin 10

Kyle Massey 17

Here are the numbers for what Viscosimedia’s is reporting;

The final four remaining celebrity dancers will battle for the mirror ball trophy starting on the Dancing with the Stars Finale for Season 11 on Monday, November 15th. Early DWTS betting favorites Brandy 2/1 and Jennifer Grey 4/7 are still predicted to walk away with the title. The other two finalist feature somewhat of a surprise with Disney star from “That’s So Raven” fame Kyle Massey 10/1 and political star Bristol Palin 15/2 from “Almost Vice-Presidential Daughter” fame as longshots in Dancing with the Stars odds for the season 11 finale.

In what some people are calling the most important contribution of the “Tea Party” this year, Bristol Palin fans have somehow overwhelmed the voting booths of DWTS and have recharged their faith by landing Palin and partner Mark Ballas in the finale despite having only 47-points. Can “Palin Nation” help daughter reach the plateau of celebrity dancing? Will the favored musician and movie star win as favorites? Or will the teenage work horse upset them all? Bet on DWTS season 11 odds with a 10% deposit for Brandy 2/1 and Jennifer Grey 4/7 as favorites or Massey 10/1 and Bristol Palin 15/2 as longshots.

November 15, 2010 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.

DWTS 11, Week 7 – Stuff Off My TiVo

I got too busy for this last week, but I did manage to scrounge some stuff off my Tivo this week.  Some of it may resemble video Vogue has uploaded but it is the broadcast version as opposed to the net version.

Access Hollywood from Monday – I do think it’s cute that Maks is trying to hook Brandy up and give her dating advice

Remember me talking about the split screen with the clock?? Here you go. This actually made me go back and watch all the dances – Kyle is the only other one who didn’t start right away.

Jen and Derek on ET – “how the old broads do it”. LOL. Also Kyle and Lacey.

More “Ballroom Feud” from ET. :::rolls eyes::: Mark – lookin’ worse than Maks ever did in my opinion. People’s Choice Awards

I worry for Brandy if she doesn’t win, actually. Extra!

I really like Brandy – I wish she had more control over Maks. :-) And a big HA HA to Chelsie, who manages to irritate Mark with her insistence that it’s the Tea Party keeping Bristol around. :-)

The Insider with Kurt and Anna

November 14, 2010 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 11, Week 9 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Final Four, everyone!!  It should be an interesting week – will Bristol get the bums rush and end up leaving, or will the judges continue to be overly kind at the risk of Brandy and Jennifer?? I can’t wait to watch. :-)  Here’s what our couples are dancing this week; as usual, as more information comes out, I will update this post.

Jennifer and Derek; Cha cha cha and Slow Waltz

Brandy and Maks; Paso Doble and Argentine Tango – Dancing First

Bristol and Mark; Paso Doble and Slow Waltz

Kyle and Lacey; Argentine Tango and Samba

I have to give the serious edge to Brandy this week with two very showy dances.  If she can pull them off sans melodrama, she should be in good position score-wise.  Jennifer is also in a good spot, but I always worry about a slow waltz at this point in the competition, going up against Pasos and ATs and Sambas. Luckily, she’s got a cha cha to back it up.  Derek usually can make a waltz exciting too. I think both ladies will do well, score wise, but I’m a little concerned with Brandy AND Jennifer with the voters. Mainly because when people get high scores their fans get complacent and either don’t vote, or try to vote AGAINST someone – for example, voting for Kyle in an attempt to get rid of Bristol. HORRIBLE idea, people. Don’t do it. Vote for the person you like the best – if Brandy and Jennifer get 10s you best vote like you never have before. Anyway, out of the two of them, I worry more about Brandy than I do Jennifer and Maks didn’t help this last week.

Then we have Bristol and Kyle.  Ye gods.  Normally I would give the edge to Kyle, but here’s the problem: Lacey has never done an AT on this show, that I recall, and; Samba? Kyle?  I just don’t know how this will work. But, he’s pulled off dances before that I didn’t think he would so, who knows? The other problem for Kyle is that Bristol will likely do well enough on the Paso and Waltz to get herself decent scores again. Well, lets face it, she forgets half her steps and gets decent scores – I don’t see that changing now. I re-watched last weeks Samba and her getting 8’s annoyed me. No way was that dance worthy of 8’s. She clearly forgets her steps at one point and has to look at Mark’s feet.

So, I guess what I’m thinking is: tomorrow night is the night we will likely find out just what kind a fanbase Bristol and Kyle each have, but anyone could go home.  I wrote up the post that I threatened to write, the one about recapping the season to date to see what it has taken for Bristol to get here and there was only ONE week that was impressive and it’s the same week where Kurt was MORE impressive. The week Audrina went home. Lots of people leapt over Audrina, which tells me she wasn’t getting votes, not that they were getting lots. And don’t let anyone sell you this “Bristol has been in last place all along” crap either. Bristol has only been in last place 3 of the last 8 weeks. That’s not even half the time.

All’s I can say is, if you want your favorite to stay, you best vote like crazy. :-)

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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. :-)

DWTS Season 11, Week 8 – The Cheesecake Awards!!

Another week, another cheesecake. It seems to get harder every week…Courtney preemptively left me this week to go on VACATION, so I added a couple screen caps she didn’t remark on. :-)

The “WTF??” Award for Costuming, Female – Lacey Schwimmer

Heidi: Okay, welcome to Gone with the Wind – the Lacey Schwimmer costume gimmick version. Why, yes that that same kind of skirt material we’ve featured in other Cheesecake Awards! Why oh why does she insist on wearing clothing that is verging on awful?? Her bizarre white costume from their Jive was an improvement, but it’s still the very short, with ruffles around the hips style.

Courtney: Alright kids, time for another installment of “Dumb Stuff Court Did in College” (and yes, this does have something to do with Lacey’s ridiculous costume…stay with me!). My freshman year, I had the bright idea of starting a flirtation with one of my TA’s (big no-no) who was very into travel and had, by some miracle (or failure on the part of US customs) managed to smuggle a bottle of Romanian absinthe back into the states. For those of you unfamiliar with absinthe – it’s a bright green-colored alcohol, it’s wicked strong, and it can make you hallucinate something fierce if it’s the kind that’s distilled from wormwood (and yes, this particular variety was) – which is why it’s illegal in the US. One night Mr. TA suggested we do shots of the stuff, and to make a long story short – I spent the rest of the night alternating between being hunched over the toilet and trying to pick imaginary ants out of my hair. So what’s this have to do with Lacey’s costume, you ask? Well, the dark green part of it is what absinthe looks like in the bottle, and the pale green part is what absinthe looks like after you pour water over a sugar cube into a shot glass of it (the “French Method” of absinthe preparation). The very sight of it left me nauseous and slightly paranoid about imaginary insects. But kudos to Heidi for the Scarlett O’Hara reference – the wide-set hip area of the dress made me wonder if she had a full crinoline hoop as well as Mammy & Prissy under there! As for the jive costume…hehe…all I’m going to say is that there were some very comically placed appliqués on that nightmare…you all are free to figure that one out for yourself ;-)

Heidi: Screw that – on another blog I think they called it a crotch doilies – I would give credit if I could remember where I read it. :-)

Award for Best Good Natured Diss – Kyle Massey re: Lacey “She’s like an angry little baby.”

Heidi: Okay, LOL – never has a pro been so accurately characterized by their celeb partner and in such a charming way. Bet the angry little baby wasn’t really that happy about that. :-)

Courtney: Lacey, like her cousin Heidi Groskreutz (who got called out for this on season 2 of SYTYCD) has a tendency to make what Nigel Lythgoe refers to as “Cabbage Patch doll faces” when either performing or getting angry. Must be a Schwimmer thing. So the angry baby comparison is pretty apt. :-)

Bergeron Line O’ the night: “BTW, that sound you heard was Foreigner, weeping” Runner Up: “So, being cool lasted all of…12 seconds.”

Heidi: I know right, Tom?? I think there was a little bit of playacting going on by a lot of the pros and celebs (at the producers suggestion, similar to how they pretended to randomly draw a CD – please). But dude, LOL – and your follow up regarding Mark and Bristols song? Equally brilliant. :-) And nice shot to Maks for his inability to hold his cool.

Courtney: I think I’ve figured out my favorite Tom Bergeron trait: he ain’t afraid to call the pros, celebs, or judges out for being stupid, and he does it in such a way that you can’t really be mad at the guy…he’s just too funny. I have to wonder if the whole “Gee, I’ve never heard of Foreigner/Mas Que Nada/Teenage Dream/Hella Good/Good Golly Miss Molly” act was a ploy to make the instant dance sound harder than it really was. Considering everyone did decently well, and a lot of these songs are very well-known, I have a hard time believing that some of the pros & celebs had no idea what these songs were. And to Jennifer & Derek – you were almost dead to me when you drew a blank on one of my top 10 favorite bands of all-time. “Jukebox Hero”? “Cold as Ice”? “I Wanna Know What Love Is?” None of this is ringing any bells???? And Maks…hehe…you know you’re being a bit silly if Tom is calling you out, buddy. Let it go…the Berg knows best ;-)

The Award for Cheesiest Cheese that Ever Cheesed, Week 8 – the “Locker room Check In” with the Celeb couples prior to the Insta-dance

Heidi: Sheesh. That was overly dramatic and kinda silly. The Insta-dance itself worked out pretty well, but Brooke as a “locker room reporter”? Not so much. Kinda silly. Let the people practice. And those sparkly storage containers?? LOL!! I wonder just how much labor went into the construction of those bad boys.

Courtney: I wonder how much of the currently-vacant Idol backlot they had to annex to create the 4 “practice stages”. Seemed like a colossal waste to me – they seriously couldn’t have just set aside a few areas of hardwood backstage and let the couples practice in peace? I don’t really know about you guys, but I didn’t really need to see them practicing, let alone having bimbo Brooke the “locker room reporter” interrupt them to ask them once more how “hard” everything was. Aaaagghhh…overkill. And Kurt’s comment to Anna “Anna, you look beautiful, now get back here and let’s practice!”…sure sounded scripted to me. Eee gad.

The Award for Most Annoyingly Predictable Packages – The producers.

Heidi: Mix it up boys and girls and jerks. Jennifer is not always in pain (see Dance Center), I’m sure Lacey doesn’t spend all her time screaming at Kyle and I’m pretty damn sure that Bristol and Mark aren’t rays of freakin’ sunshine all the damn time. Oh, and quit using her damn mother (and child) for ratings because people might actually STOP watching the damn show if she wins because of it!!! Geez!!

Courtney: I am half tempted to fast forward all the way through the packages and judges critiques anymore and just watch the dances themselves…but then I might miss valuable cheesecake material. I do this for you guys! Hahah. Yah, I am going to use my astounding powers of ESPN to predict what’s going to be in next week’s packages: Jennifer will be injured, another member of the Palin clan will stop in to observe Mark & Bristol’s practice, Brandy will be sassy, and Kyle & Lacey will look like hobos while Lacey screams. Remember kids – you heard it here first ;-)

Heidi: Hobos in $2 pants, if Dance Center is anything to go by. LOL

Award for Most Melodrama in a Dance – Brandy and Maks’ Waltz

Heidi: Very beautiful costumes and a very pretty dance, but the faces Brandy was making probably weren’t supposed to make me laugh. Girlfriend isn’t an actress, is she?? LOL.

Courtney: Heidi, of course she’s an actress – she was on Moesha, right? ;-) The first time I watched this waltz, I think I just was a bit ADD and didn’t notice the over-the-top drama of it. Then I watched it again…and again…and again…and lol’ed each time. I haven’t seen such melodramatic face pulling since Benji Schwimmer. Pretty dance, don’t get me wrong…but I could have done with a lot less of the overacting.

The “WTF??” in Judging Award – Week 8 – Len on Brandy and Maks’ Waltz

Heidi: Dude, generally not a good idea to tell someone (and the audience) that Brandy had issues and then proceed to say you don’t care and give her a ten. For real? Somebody put happy pills in your Spotted Dick??

Courtney: Once again, this continues to be the season of WTF when Len is the most lenient judge up there…especially since he seems to have assumed the “Paula” role on the panel. So maybe the whole happy pills theory isn’t too far off, Heidi…Tom did say it was a sign of the apocalypse with Len lecturing Bruno on being nice…

The Award for Best Guest Star in a Package – Steve O; Honorable Mention(s) – Joel Grey and Kurt’s Kids.

Heidi: Steve-O and the air horn – best non-dancing thing from Monday night. LOL. Then the nudity. Dear lord. Joel Grey? I just love him. :-) I included Kurt’s kids in here at the last minute because it was cracking me up that all his kids were giving him 9’s and 10’s – except one. Hilarious. That kid was meaner than Carrie Ann!!

Courtney: The mean kid who gave the 7 is probably going through his rebellious teenage years ;-) But those twin girls of Kurt’s are just darling! God I love Steve-O – I think he’s been my favorite partner of Lacey’s, just due to how off-the-wall the pairing was to begin with, and how well it ended up working out. Leave it to Steve-O to come up with the most hilarious of distractions for Kyle – the air horn, the basketball, the nudity (did he do jumping jacks? Haha), and the leaf blower. Such a lovable imp – just like Kyle. I remember Lacey tweeting something last week about going to see Steve-O do stand-up, so I’m wondering if they came up with this little gem of an idea on the fly. And Joel Grey? Seriously seems like the most supportive, encouraging, wise father ever. And he’s just so darn adorable, I want him to come to my house at Christmas and drink hot toddies and tell fun stories. Or maybe play a skinny singing Santa. Who knows.

Most Shocking Error by a Host – Tom Bergeron!

Heidi: The world is ending. This NEVER happens and it happened twice in one week!! First Tom announce Kyle with a reference to Foreigner (that was Jen’s song), and then on the results show he totally boo booed on the announcing Kurt and Jennifer – safe or red light of doom. Yo, it’s shocking because this man is a genius.

Courtney: Again, another possible sign of the apocalypse: Tom fouls up twice, while Brooke doesn’t make any mistakes this week. You know, this season may very well be getting to him too…could be zapping his creativity and brain power. All the more reason for things to normalize and Bristol to go home. I blame her for Tom’s deterioration :-P

The Award for Most Misplaced Whine – Bristol Palin; (Dis)Honorable Mention – Maks Chmerkovskiy

Heidi: Yo, Bristol, everyone had the same amount of time to rehearse their insta-dance, this wasn’t just about you. Yo, Bristol, ANYONE else would have gotten 6’s on that Samba…actually, maybe this is better directed at Mark. He’s elevated your expectations. LOL to Mark saying that the AT was better than their V. Waltz but it got the same score – Dude, the V. Waltz was OVER SCORED. Nice try though. :-) I can kinda understand your confusion because once they start the overscoring on a couple, it’s hard for them to STOP – which makes it confusing. As for Maks – we’ve been over this 500 times, but I just have to say when your complaints during the show last longer than your actual dancing does, maybe it’s OVERKILL. Dude, you talk to a dozen media outlets right after the show. Save it. And ALL that for a *28* – to anyone else that’s a great score. And the Cha Cha –ing you did really wasn’t worth a 28, so from where I’m sitting you should be happy.

Courtney: Forget Bristol. If I heard Mark whine one more time about how he fouled up their samba, I was going to claim responsibility for its sucktasticness myself just to spite him :-P “Guys, it’s my fault that Bristol & Mark got a sucky score for their samba. I was ruining it by osmosis from my couch.” And I’ve already said my piece on Maks multiple times, so I’ll just sum it up: if you do something you know you’re not supposed to and get called out for it, suck it up – you have no room to argue. It’s like getting busted doing something illegal and then trying to fight with the cops – “But officer, I didn’t know that smoking meth was illegal. I work so hard all day long and you don’t understand what I’m going through…” You get the idea. Just…silly.

The “WTF??” Costuming Award, Male – Mark Ballas

Courtney: That jacket he wore for their A. tango? Made him look like some sort of Star Trek villain. I was half expecting him to declare war on the Federation or order the bridge to warp between gaunchos in that tango.

Heidi:Dude, thanks a hell of a lot. You made me re-watch that dance because I didn’t remember the jacket. As a result I saw Mark feel Bristol up again and I’m sorry but that kinda made me go “Ick” – and not because of Bristol. I just think Mark is trying TOO hard. And then I saw those weak, dull (as in non-crisp) legs and I got annoyed all over again at that 24. So, all of this is pretty much YOUR fault. :-) Anyway, on to the jacket. For some reason, the collar (or lack thereof) made me think The Beatles, but they had standup collars on the Nehru jackets, didn’t they? Then there was the wacky cut across the front…you’re right. Star Trek sans red shirt. :-) Are we challenging people to Google every week so they get the “red shirt” reference and Nehru jackets reference?? I wonder – all this crap is before my time, so what I’m really wondering is if I’m weirder than I realize. :-)

Best Reaction to Instant Choreo – Anna channeling the Fonz

Courtney: Oh my little fiery-tressed Russian strikes again. :-) Loved her emphatic thumbs up and totally sarcastic grin anytime anyone mentioned the instant choreo. Everyone seemed to think the idea was a bit nuts, it seemed…even the Berg seemed to chuckle in disbelief anytime he said the phrase “instant choreography”. But Anna took the cake for me – hearty laughter from the audience each time she assumed that expression.

Heidi:I have to give her credit – that was the best non-verbal “this is f@#ked up” I have ever seen. :-)

The Award for Best Segment EVER on DWTS – ANY Episode of Dance Center

Heidi: Dance Center, how do I love thee, let me count the ways…I think I’ll just put in some screen caps and Courtney and I will comment on the appropriately. :-)

Courtney: Maybe I’m just a fuddy-duddy (or just stressed about packing and getting everything ready for vacay), but Dance Center is just ok to me. Parts of it a quite funny, but on the whole – the Berg is the height of comedy for me on this show ;-) However, I will join you in that captioning fun you speak of…

Heidi: Botany??? Dance Center is making an ass out of me, isn’t it. Is there a joke hidden here or are the boys being just totally random? :-)

Courtney: Yah, right…if Brandy’s into botany, then I’m into collecting ceramic clowns and playing the vuvuzela in my spare time.

Heidi: Strange guy I work with ordered a vuvuzela from Africa during the world cup and blew it outside my office. He’s now walking funny. Ridiculous purchase, too, since it was made in China. :-)

Heidi: I think the best part for me is how they spelled chicken, “chickin” -freakin’ hilarious OR the producers flunked 4th grade – you be the judge. :-)

Courtney: Oops Mark, I think you forgot some of the weekly essentials…rose petals, massage oil, votive candles, chocolate truffles, satin sheets…damn, what else am I forgetting? Oh that’s right…eyeliner.

Heidi: Hee…I was so tempted to photoshop in a “Covergirl” reference but didn’t do it.

Courtney: Ok, now you’ve all heard of “mom jeans”…but are these mom…Hammer pants?! You can’t touch this…and I don’t want to either…*shudder*

Heidi: They had multiple shots of poor Lacey’s clothing that I could have capped, but at the time I was doing it I was feeling kind. My first instinct was to cap the slashed up sweatshirt circa Flashdance – they labeled it “free”. LOL. I was also being kind when I didn’t screen cap Lacey stuffing her face while Kyle busted his butt, with a voice over of how hard she works or some such thing. :-)

Heidi: Okay, the whole Jennifer and Derek section was hilarious for multiple reasons, not the least of which was seeing Len say, “That Derek, he’s so cute” in that British accent – LOL. And the tie in of her age as infant, with her characters name in Dirty Dancing (Baby), and Derek rocking her – and then saying that yes, faking an injury is dirty dancing…hilarious but partly predictable. :-) Funniest part of that was the Dirty Dancing part – some bone heads on some un-named message boards were like “Oh look, they are outing her for faking her injuries”. :::rolls eyes::: No, dumbass, they read what some idiots were saying and are satirizing YOU. But the reason why I included this one is because of the Favorite Color. Is there an inside joke here I’m missing?? Oh crap. Just as I was typing this I got it. Light black = Grey. Oh my DUH. :-)

Heidi: This one was a tad predictable as well, but I guffawed anyway. :-) Part of the fun of Dance Center is the way these three guys talk to each other. Well, that and the star under Jerry’s eye, Len’s chest tattoo and…everything about Kenny. Hilarious.

Courtney: Ok Heidi, you go grab the duct tape – it’s time to play “Edward Brandyhands”.

Heidi: There are times when this show would be easier to watch if I had a liquor bottle duct taped to my hand, I have to say. But not Brandy. Brandy is icky. ;-)

Courtney: Oh look – they managed to sew together several of Lacey’s costumes in order to make Kenny look as ridiculous as possible.

Heidi: There are at least three of her skirts in that mess. And here we have an episode of “Who Wore it Better?” Isn’t that Tony’s shirt from his season with Melissa?? Someone in the comments said it was. He was also wearing it when gluing the tiny mirrrors on the mirror ball. As for who wore it better – well, the fact that it is being worn during Dance Center should tell you something.

Heidi: Favorite food – bananas. Bwahahaha…and how is it these guys can make “Zamboni” sound REALLY dirty? :-)

November 12, 2010 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 11, Week 8 – Which Costumes Were Your Favorite & Least Favorite?

“Trying to inspire two sets of Latin costumes with no music to inspire or direct us! Need I say how laborious that process was” ~ Randall Christensen

I bet it was!! Randall Christensen must have really been challenged this week. But, he (like the dancers) rose to the occasion. Here is what he told Stylelist in a costume recap.

Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: When host Tom Bergeron cracked a joke that the couples’ lime-green Latin costumes resembled packing materials, StyleList wondered if Christensen took offense. “Whether in jest, or critically, comments are good,” he says. “It doesn’t hurt to get a bit of insight into what the judges think or feel.” As for the shiny green frocks? “It was samba, for heaven’s sake. Carnival time!”

Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: The singer rose to the top again in StyleList’s favorite costume of the night: a floaty, romantic ensemble that featured a snow-white corset and piles of Swarovski crystal bangles. “Because of our rush to get costumes made, we combined two purchased corsets. Shopping for the exact right lacing, frog clasps, and edging trims was a challenge,” the designer says. It was Chmerkovskiy’s idea to also wear white, which “added to the sophisticated, romantic elegance of their dance.”

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: Grey’s sexy rumba costume was a risk for Christensen, who combined nude lace with strategically placed lingerie-lace appliqués and lilac fabric dyed by hand. “I was biting my nails that the appliqués were going to be enough,” says Christensen. Grey’s waltz ball gown of nude mesh featured 15,000 crystals and ostrich plumes snipped over a three-day period, attached one-by-one to charmeuse godets. “Talk about a labor of love,” he says.

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: The political daughter has stayed true to her promise to not show too much skin, but the black lace she donned for her Argentine tango was a showstopper, proving Christensen’s theory that “you can be so covered up and yet be so sexy!” Christensen pronounced the costume, “by far Bristol’s most sophisticated, sexy look to date.” The designer was pleased with the way the minidress accentuated her “wonderful, perfect-for-dancing legs.”

THE DWTS Make-up team has posted some cool backstage videos from last week. I can’t embed them here. But, you can see them HERE and HERE. The process is fascinating and so intense at the same time for what the dancers and celebrities must go through.

Ok, so which costumes were your favorites this week and least favorite. Be sure to tell us in the comments and vote in our Poll.

My Fave: Brandy and Maks! I loved Brandy’s white corset dress. They both looked stunning like from an English Fairy tale. I liked Bristol’s black Tango dress too. But, I wish it had been a little longer.
My Least Fave: Lacey’s green dress in their first dance. It was all wrong for her hips.

November 11, 2010 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.