This is fun! Check it out!!
ETA: KishaG You Tube has some awesome videos from the show too!!
This is fun! Check it out!!
ETA: KishaG You Tube has some awesome videos from the show too!!
Just a TV Heads Up for next Friday, January 16th!! Good Morning America is going to feature a performance from the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. Also, they will show Melissa Rycroft behind the scenes paying a visit. Here is more from ABC MediaNet…
FRIDAY, JANUARY 16 – GMA’s “Shark” Tank Friday with Kevin O’Leary; behind the scenes of last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards hosted by Michael Strahan; a performance from “Dancing with the Stars: Live!,” plus a behind the scenes visit to the tour in Nashville with GMA Contributor Melissa Rycroft
How about some goodies from the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour? First,…a couple of reviews!!! The Pittsburgh Post Gazette calls the show is an “entertaining extravaganza”! Here is more from the link…
But “Dancing With the Stars” is in the entertainment business and that is its brand — to entertain. That it did surprisingly well. Some favorites included Mark Ballas’ geometric contemporary with Ms. Carson and a silver cube and a fleet-footed jive from Emma Slater and Sasha Farber.
All of the dancers were on point in this well-balanced program in which picturesque routines alternated with charming chitchat. The audience also delighted in backstage stories. Of particular local interest, Ms. Johnson loved winning with former Steeler Hines Ward. Her worst moment? When he dropped her on her neck.
They talked of how Mr. Ballas (also a singer-composer on display here) is encouraged to push the envelope by producers, while Mr. Goodman complains about it on camera. Valentin Chmerkovskiy (also a violinist) said he is pushed by producers to go shirtless. Much to the delight of Pittsburgh women, he joked, “I’m not a piece of meat.”
Nonetheless, if you were lucky, you could have ended up in a selfie with those two and guitarist Dylan Chambers, one that made the vast confines of the Benedum seem really intimate.
To read the full review, see the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
MassLive.com also has a review posted of the show. They said, “The evening was a mix of spectacular dance, entertaining backstage tales, and some impressive musical performances.” Below is a bit more…
“DWTS Live” was at its best when the pros did what they do best – dance.
Watching dancers like Ballas or Johnson perform without having to hold back because of a novice partner was a treat for fans of the show.
And it’s a crime that the “Jailhouse Rock” jive performed by Farber and Slater at the Mohegan Sun was not seen by millions of television viewers.
Chmerkovskiy was clearly the fan favorite, drawing hoots, whistles and declarations of love from some of the women in attendance when he removed his shirt.
The Ukranian-born dancer gave a touching speech about realizing the American dream and the debt he owes his parents for their financial and emotional support.
“DWTS Live” comes to Massachusetts for two performances on Jan. 16 at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston.
More at MassLive.com.
Next are some photos and videos courtesy of the cast at their instagrams and twitter. Note how Will Smith, Melissa Rycroft, and Shawn Johnson were at the shows this week. You can also see a few dance clips and Val playing his violin…. Read more..
And I’m back finally, with another Flashback Friday! I hadn’t meant to take as long a break as I did, but my dad died unexpectedly 10 days before Christmas (and just 2 months after we lost my mom!) so my final preparations for Christmas needed to wait. I had to stop and think where we left off! Here’s season 1 and season 2.
So here we go, on to season 3, the first one I watched. Not many changes this season, same 3 judges, same 2 hosts. They did expand the season to 10 weeks, however.
Another change is to the scoring system that they used, I am quoting from wiki here, and will ask Miss Heidi if this is how it’s done now?
For this season, the scoring system was changed. Fan vote only counted for 25% of the total score and scoring was now translated directly from percentages rather than into ordinals. The judges scores were added up, and each performer was given points based on the percentage of the total points distributed among all performers. (For example, a team received a score of 25. A total of 207 points were awarded to all nine performers. The team received 12.08% of that total, so that team earned 12.08 points. The couple happens to be Sara & Tony.) The fan vote was handled the same way, with the points based on how much of the total fan vote the star received. (So, in the same example, if the team earned 15% of the total fan vote, their grand total is 27.08 points.)[
Andrea Hale, Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya did not compete as pros during this season. Elena Grinenko, Kym Johnson, Karina Smirnoff and Jesse DeSoto joined as new pros. Returning pros included Ashly DelGrosso, Nick Kosovich, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Louis Van Amstel, Edyta Sliwinska and Cheryl Burke.
TUCKER CARLSON AND ELENA GRINENKO came in 11th place, being eliminated on week 1 on September 13, 2006. They performed a cha cha cha, otherwise known as the Curse of the Chair dance, and received a score of 12.
SHANNA MOAKLER AND JESSE DE SOTO came in 10th place, being eliminated on week 2 on September 20, 2006. They peformed a foxtrot and a mambo. Honestly, I didn’t remember them at all, so I guess it’s not surprising that they went home early. To my very untrained eyes, I think their mambo was good, and seemed to have some good choreography, but it just isn’t memorable. Here’s their mambo, they received a score of 22. Read more..
The Baltimore Sun interviewed Dancing With The Stars Sasha Farber. They ask him how he became a dancer and being on Dancing With The Stars. He also answers a question on the new Dancing With The Stars Live Tour and what people can expect if they go to the show. Read on….
What have you gained or learned from your experiences on the show?
I’ve learned a lot. You learn really quickly because once you get the celebrity [partner], you get to see someone transform right in front of your eyes into a different person, a different character. And as she becomes a better dancer, a better person, it’s just an amazing feeling. … And you get to share different stories with them through dance every week.
What do you like to do when you’re not dancing?
I’m a big movie watcher. I like to watch new and old movies and also just explore wherever we are. That’s my favorite part [of touring]. I never like to just kind of get to a city and just sleep or do absolutely nothing because, to me, that would be a waste of a day. And I like to research a lot, especially in dancing, because dancing evolves every day really so you need to stay on top of that.
What can people expect from the tour show in Baltimore?
We’ve made sure it’s exactly what the fans want. We’re doing some of the best numbers from last season. Alfonso [Ribeiro, who won the most recent season] is hosting. There’s some great, passionate numbers involved and watching what’s happened in the past cities, we’ve had standing ovations and the reviews have been amazing so Baltimore can expect a really, really good show.
More at the Baltimore Sun. And thanks to Sasha for some new videos. One video has the girls singing a new track for the tour in Nashville yesterday with Melissa Rycroft…
Below are some cool photos of some of the pros from Dancing With The Stars from their twitter and instagram accounts. You can see them at sea on the Holland America Cruise, on the road with the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour, enjoying some vacation time, doing some modeling, or working out, etc.. I can’t get enough! Beautiful!!!
If you go to TBO.com, you can read a new interview with Val Chmerkovskiy. He talks of Dancing With The Stars, his partners, and how he was disappointed in a 3rd place finish last season. He also talks on the showmance with his partner Janel Parrish and how people had the wrong impression of their relationship. He also talks a little on the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. Note that Season 19 partner Janel Parrish will join the tour when it gets to California.
Chmerkovskiy says his former partner Parrish is scheduled to join the tour when it gets to California. There were rumors that the two became an item during this 19th season and that Parrish had fallen for the charming Ukrainian-born dancer.
Chmerkovskiy’s previous partners include former “Wonder Years” star Danica McKellar, comic Sherri Shepherd, actress Kelly Monaco, actress Elizabeth Berkley, and Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis.
“And I loved dancing with every one of them,” he says, adding that because Parrish was close to his age and they looked good together people got the wrong impression about what he calls “showmance” rather than romance.
“My commitment and dedication never change,” he says. “I was very proud of her. She was incredible, truly incredible. She was willing to work hard, and she was so beautiful. I literally have no regrets about the experience.”
He says he was disappointed in the third-place finish because he is so competitive. He has yet to be part of a winning team on “Dancing.” He also finished in third place with Kelly Monaco during “Dancing’s” all-star season.
Now focused on the tour, Chmerkovskiy has other career goals. He and his brother, dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy, own a chain of dance studios (Dance With Me) with locations in Connecticut, New York and near their New Jersey-area home. He says they want to expand the franchise to the West Coast. Since he was a child, he has played the violin and hopes to perform professionally one day. He also raps under the stage name of VC and has released one album.
He doesn’t know if he will be back for season 20 of “Dancing With the Stars” because ABC has yet to announce the cast.
“Right now, I am enjoying the tour without the pressure of being judged,” he says.
The Orlando Sentinel has a nice piece up with Mark Ballas. He talks about the Dancing With The Stars Live tour. He can’t say whether he’s returning for Dancing With The Stars for the 10th Anniversary, but, he has fun talking about all of his partners. Here’s more on the tour itself….
Ballas praises Ribeiro’s style. “He’s got a loud voice and a huge presence. He brings the show together,” he said.
During the tour, Ballas performs his songs, such as “Get My Name”; plays three numbers on guitar; and dances at least eight times.
“My goal is to entertain, not put my eggs in one basket,” Ballas said, noting that he choreographs and started in musical theater. “At some point I’d like to do a Broadway show. Music is a tremendous focus for me. I don’t want to succumb to the idea you can do only one thing.”
He writes or co-writes his songs: “It’s more personal when it’s coming from the artist’s heart.”
His album “Kicking Clouds” has drawn comparisons to Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake, but Ballas says his guitar style, with flamenco and blues techniques, gives his music a fresh, percussive style. His song “Miss Incredible” aims to celebrate and inspire women.
More at the Orlando Sentinel.
What a moving and great way to end 2014! Today the cast of the Dancing With The Stars live Tour visited the Children’s Health Care of Atlanta. Below are some photos coming out courtesy of Emma Slater, Brittany Cherry, journalist AJCRodneyHo, Witney Carson, Brittany Cherry, Kym Johnson, and Sasha Farber. If you’d like to help contribute to this cause, visit the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.
ETA: Radio TV Talk covered this event today. To see a blog and lots of pictures, see this link. Here’s a video too…
Happy New year, Everyone!!! How about a collection of instagram pictures and videos (six total) from the cast of the Dancing With The Star’s Live Tour? All of them have been posting on all of the fun they are having. I love the dance poses the best! Enjoy and if you don’t have tickets yet, be sure to do so at this link as more and more shows are selling out by the day.
ETA: Scroll below for more videos….
And there is more…. Read more..