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DWTS Season 20, Week 9 – Dancing by the Numbers

Well, there’s only one thing I’m reasonably certain of – Noah will make the finale. He might even win the whole damn thing and I wouldn’t be upset by that. Sharna (and CAI) did some amazing work last night. Just amazing.

As for the rest? Nastia had, by far, the strongest night of the remaining three – not that that means anything with this show. She’s handicapped by Derek…but possibly helped by his injury and that absolutely beautiful, tear jerking V. Waltz with Derek and Len. I cried. A lot. Something about a man Len’s age confessing he can no longer do what he loves. :::sob:::

Riker came in a very close second to Nastia for me. His first dance was absolutely fantastic – just amazing. The judge’s choice was really not that good. Too much Julianne…who couldn’t devote enough time to it to do it justice. Which is a shame, really, because Riker is a good, entertaining dancer.

Rumer had two good, solid dances but they suffered from the over hype (as is typical) by Val. It wasn’t all that, babe. I don’t even remember her first dance. Her second dance was a bit of a letdown. Interesting concept by Bruno, but I don’t think it served them that well. Both were well danced, as usual, but well danced doesn’t cut it in a semi-final where there is so much emotion.

But, all that said, the scores are close enough that anyone (except Noah) could be going home. I was surprised that they actually scored the first round fairly, handing out scores that I would have handed out. Shocking. But the two points that Rumer is down may not be enough to protect Riker or Nastia. It’s too close to call. If the weakest dancer last night went home, it would be Rumer. Not that she’s weak…but I think the other three had it over her. But something tells me that they’ve successfully brainwashed the audience into voting her into the finale. Out of Riker and Nastia, I tend to give Nastia the edge. But who knows? Let’s look at the leader board.

DWTS 20 wk 9 Table 1

Argh. Annoying that they gave everyone a 30 in the second round, when I think that neither Riker nor Rumer really deserved it. But, as they often do when it’s close, they throw it to the audience to make the decision. Something tells me they won’t make the right one this time around. We’ll see.

So, Noah is at the bottom of the leaderboard. Although I think he did an amazing, truly inspirational job this season, last night was the topper – but all that said, I would rather Rumer, Riker and Nastia go to the finale.  That ALSO said, I won’t be upset with whoever goes home tomorrow night. I got Derek for ten weeks regardless….and I have a feeling that maybe the producers have finally pushed him too far, so we might not see him on this stage again.

I digress. What does Noah need to make the finale?? Not much.

DWTS 20 wk 9 Table 2

That’s really nothing at this stage of the game and I think he makes it easily. I could be wrong. It’s always possible that one fan group or another gets over confident, or another fan group seeing that proposal knows they could be screwed.

Next is Rumer. Rumer is two points ahead of Noah and two points behind Riker and Nastia. Again, not a lot of work required for her to be safe.

DWTS 20 wk 9 Table 3

For Rumer to be safe tomorrow night, she needs ONE of the following things to happen:

  • Noah fails to get the 7,300 votes per million votes cast to beat her, OR;
  • Rumer gets 7,300 more votes per million votes cast than EITHER Riker or Nastia.

That’s it.  And I have no idea what will happen. For me, Rumer was the least memorable last night. She kinda faded into the woodwork. But they have a media machine going for them, in addition to the lion’s share of the actual show last night.

For Nastia or Riker to be safe tomorrow night, they need ONE of the following to happen (same rules apply to each of them since they are tied):

  • Noah fails to get the 14,600 votes per million votes cast to beat him/her, OR;
  • Rumer fails to get the 7,300 votes per million votes cast to beat him/her, OR;
  • One of them gets ONE MORE vote per million votes cast than the other.

No idea what’s going to happen.

But I have to make a guess. I think that Noah is passing Rumer and Riker for sure. Not so sure about Nastia, as she had the great Len tribute dance at the end of the show.  I think Noah is safe.

That leaves me with the other three. Based purely on demographics, I lean toward Nastia getting the one vote needed to beat Riker. Does Rumer get past her? Hard to say, but based on last night I would say no.  I *THINK* Nastia might be safe. But the other half of me thinks that Derek is too big a liability these days. I can’t decide.

I tend to think that Nastia gets the one vote over Riker. That would bring us down to Riker and Rumer. Rumer was more consistent last night, but Riker had the more exciting first dance. I kinda feel like the second dance let Riker down a bit. While I wasn’t overly impressed with Rumer’s second dance, I feel like it was better executed that Riker’s.

Honestly, I’m leaning toward Riker going home tonight but it could be ANYONE. I won’t be surprised by whoever it is.

One more week until Heidi can read books and sleep. 😀 Until MOVE Live on Tour starts up, anyway. 😉

 

 

May 12, 2015 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Afterbuzz TV With Gleb Savchenko And Elena Samodanova Review Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Week 8

This week Elena Samodanova and Gleb Savchenko joined the Afterbuzz TV gang to review Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Week 8! It was so cool to get a perspective from Gleb and Elena being they have danced and/or judged in other countries (here, Australia, India, recently Russia…and soon the UK). I found them fascinating with their knowledge and insights. They were refreshing and articulate with their reviews and thoughts of each couple. I especially loved how Gleb and Elena praised Sharna and Derek for their choreography. Gleb even called Derek “extraordinary”.

Other notes:
-Note that Gleb and Elena are only in Los Angeles for two weeks. Next week, Gleb plans to take his DWTS Russia partner Adelina Sotnikova to Dancing With The Stars on Monday and Tuesday. So, look for them in the audience.

-Elena also talked about judging DWTS Russia and what it was like to judge Gleb and Adelina (wouldn’t she make a cool judge here? I love her!).

– Gleb also talked of doing Strictly Come Dancing this Fall in the UK and then they are returning to back to Los Angeles. Gleb said he hopes to dance in Dancing With The Stars Season 22 here.

-Also note that Kristyn said Kym Johnson won’t be dancing on our version of Dancing With The Stars next season. She is going back to Australia to judge.

Lots more below. Excellent show with a lot of cool information. Let us know what you think as always….

ETA: Part of the video below has been edited. Not sure why, but, during the live stream when they were talking about the Derek, Nastia, and Sasha’s trio, Gleb again mentioned Derek’s musicality in his choreography and how he can create around the song(fast and slow) and that you don’t see that level of choreography very often because you have to be “extraordinary”. So, keep that in mind while you listen.

ETA2: You can listen to an audio version of the entire show (unedited) at this link. The part that was missing in the video below can be heard at the 42:14 mark. Thanks to Angie for letting us know.

ETA3: Kristyn tweeted there were “transmission issues” and that’s why they had to edit the video. You can also listen to the Podcast at iTunes.

May 6, 2015 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

The Dancing Poetry Corner – Dancing All Over The Television Landscape

Dancing All Over The Television Landscape!

General Hospital is well-known for an epic event called The Nurses Ball. The debut of this event was in the year 1994, founded by Lucy Coe, played by Lynn Herring. Lucy has been the emcee since the beginning. It had been held for many years but was suspended. In 2013 it was resurrected and has been held in 2014 and 2015. It is an extravaganza designed to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS. The character of Stone Cates, played by Michael Sutton, died from AIDS. His then girlfriend Robin Scorpio-Drake, played by Kimberly McCullough, also was diagnosed with the disease.

The Nurses Ball is populated with dancing, singing, and skits. Most of the acts are performed by the actors going outside of their comfort zone of acting. It is amazing to see the other talents they do possess. The event was just held this year on May 1, 4 and 5.

I have seen every Nurses Ball the show has done. The event is always a highlight of my General Hospital viewing. I would love to see many of these performers on Dancing With the Stars! To name a few, Lynn Herring, Finola Hughes, Ian Buchanan, Ryan Paevey, who plays Nathan West, and many others.

A history of the Nurses Ball can be found at this link:

There is a link to the May 4 show this year. Two of the youngsters on the show performed a darling Tango. Brooklyn Rae Silzer, plays Emma Drake, and Michael Leone, plays Cameron Spencer. They appear at 18:06 on the clip. Also performing the Tango are Finola Hughes, playing Anna Devane, and Ian Buchanan, playing Duke Lavery. They appear at 28:45 on the clip.

Dancing With The Stars own Maksim Chmerkovskiy had a stint playing Anton. He and Kelly Monaco danced the Jive in the 2013 Nurses Ball.

Maks also performed in a number with Magic Milo and The Magic Wands.

Dancing With The Stars and General Hospital have intersected on the dancing landscape.

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 6, 2015

I was thinking of how to approach my writing for America’s Choice Week. The song America The Beautiful came to mind. The lyrics were running through my head but in a different way. Here are the lyrics, but in a dancing way:

How beautiful are dancing feet gliding across the floor
With elegance, with lightning speed, we hope for more

We are blessed to view this glamorous dancing show
Dancing With The Stars, an American treat, all a’glow

Loosely sing that to the beginning and the ending tune of America The Beautiful. Thinking of a title for my writing, I thought of the theme of America’s Choice. The dancers were:

Dancing American Style

Americans chose the music, styles of costumes and dance
Whether energetic, stylistic, or with old-fashioned romance

Each dance depicting Americana in each and in every way
Dancing American Style, as brilliant, as bright as a sun ray

The very popular Trios were thrown into the American style
Standing ovations plentiful, dancing was taken the extra mile

America’s Choice – Set One
Noah and Sharna
Tango – Geronimo – With Drum Chorus

White Dancing Ball of pure, dreamy elegance
Stunning dips by a White Valiant Knight
As pure as glisteny white angel food cake batter

Trio Set
A Salsa with Emma

Stupendous show of spirit and strength of lifts
A picture perfect opening, delicious, delectable
A show of spicy artistic precision

America’s Choice – Set Two
Chris and Witney
Contemporary – Lay Me Down

Freedom of movement, freedom of the moment
Stylish, sensitive, smooth as silk
Opening of a heart, tasteful intimacy

Trio Set
A Paso Doble with Lindsay

Tempting, triumphant, tantalizing
Lightning bolts of bravery, commitment to dance
Stormy strength and intensity

America’s Choice – Set Three
Riker and Allison
Viennese Waltz – What Now

Smoky, steamy, spectacular
Fabulous fiery control of execution
The Bold and The Beautiful, gutful performance

Trio Set
A Jazz with Brittany

Snazzy, razz-ma-tazzy, be-jazzled
A party of playful precision, a mover and shaker
Packed with plenty of spirit and happiness

America’s Choice – Set Four
Robert and Kym
Contemporary – Champagne Kisses

Love on a rooftop, a kiss of desire
Sparkles in eyes, a light as air feeling
Baring hearts and souls through dance

Trio Set
A Samba with Jenna

Black and white Samba-fied dance, stylish fun
A man courting two fancy ladies
Spirited steps and acrobatic movements

America’s Choice – Set Five
Nastia and Sasha
Paso Doble – Centuries
With King Derek

A Paso Doble fit for a King
Dynamic, daring, dramatic, Gladiator Goddess
Passionate power of performance

Trio Set
A Jive with Derek

Contrast of dance steps and styles
Flashy, full of fun, throwing it on the floor
Push and pull of dazzling styles of dance

America’s Choice – Set Six
Rumer and Val
Rumba- Perhaps, Perhaps. Perhaps

Classical dance, clean, concise, with clarity
Marvelous spins, whirls, twirls
Impeccable, refined, high-class

Trio Set
A Paso Doble with Artem

Polished Paso Doble of perfection, superior strength
Blazing beauty and brilliance, classical
With a fiery, fierce, flamboyant flavor

Americans chose the songs, the costumes, the styles of dance
America The Beautiful, America’s Choice, as a dancing romance!

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 6, 2015

Viewers were given an extra-special second dancing treat!
The return of the Tuesday Night Results Show can’t be beat!

The Triumphant Return of The Results Show

Our dancing viewing was enhanced by the triumphant return of The Results Show. Our appetites were whetted with a double-dipped dancing treat! It was wonderful to have the second night of the week return.

The down-side to the evening was a double elimination. At this point in every season it is simply hard to see anyone take their final bows.

The evening began with Judge Len Goodman proclaiming the encore dance. Chosen this week was the Trio Paso Doble of Rumer, Val, and Artem. The dance received encore cheers from the Ballroom faithful.

The Monday night dance review was on display. Glimpses and glances were seen into the backstage feelings of the couples. Some of their thoughts on Monday night’s dances were revealed. As Erin interviewed them on The Results Show, their nerves were jangling regarding elimination.

The highly popular Dance Center returned. The make-up clad Jerry Rice joined the equally-made-up Eddie Mayne. Len Goodman completed the eclectic panel. They reviewed the stars with their usual charm. Their humorous take was complimented by their ascerbic, sarcastic wit.

Musical guests returned to the delight of the dancing faithful. Carly Rae Jepsen performed her hit, I Really Like You. Her rousing vocals were complimented by a dance choreographed by Emma Slater. Joining Emma in the high-spirited, brilliant dance were Alan, Artem, Keo, Lindsay and Jenna.

The heavenly, angelic, mega-powerful voice of Josh Groban stirred our hearts. His melodious voice performed Over The Rainbow. Accompanied by the balletic talents of Maddie Ziegler and company of two young lady ballet stars. The performance was a Ten Over The Rainbow Ballet Review!

A dynamic, electrifying, contemporary dance was on display. Travis Wall along with Allison and Jenna and a dance company performed Shaping Sounds. The dance was a unique, interpretative dance with a dynamite, profound ending.

The inspiring evening of song and dance was coupled with the double elimination. Chris and Witney and Robert and Kym took their final bows. Their fellow competitors gathered to offer hugs and words of encouragement.

The Semi-Finals will be next Monday night. Making the cut: Rumer and Val, Nastia and Derek/Sasha, Noah and Sharna and Riker and Allison. It is hard to believe Season 20 is in the home stretch. Join me back in the Ballroom for all the excitement of The Semi-Finals!

Written By: Lois A Troutman, May 6, 2015

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High Resolution Photos Of Witney Carson And Chris Soules On Kelly And Michael LIVE

We’ve been sent these high resolution photos of Chris Soules and Witney Carson from the Kelly and Michael LIVE show today. Photo credit: Rob Tannenbaum / ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution. Click on the pics to see them in a bigger size. Beautiful!! To view more coverage with Kelly and Michael LIVE, see the official site.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Week 8 Night 2 Elimination Media And Interviews

Well, I think the correct two went home last night on Dancing With The Stars. What’s cool is….Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec won something better than a Mirror Ball Trophy in the end whether it was a close friendship or something more. Also, Chris Soules and this show made me eat my words (I love when that happens). I didn’t want another Bachelor as a contestant again when we first heard Chris was dancing. Well, I ended up loving his journey with Witney Carson. We watched him bloom as a dancer. I’m going to miss him.

So, if you head to E News, you can watch some new interviews with both contestants talking on their elimination. Also, Chris told People, he’s ready to start his life with Whitney Bischoff. Below are more of his thoughts….

He won’t do it alone, though. Soules told PEOPLE that his next step is to join Bischoff in his native habitat. Though his 29-year-old fiance~e has previously attended DWTS tapings, the fertility nurse remained at home in Chicago Tuesday to honor the anniversary of her mother’s death.

“Eventually she will be moving to Arlington and we’ll be beginning our life there,” said Soules. “I’m excited to just get back to what I’m good at. Dancing is not what I’m good at. I got as good as I could possibly get, but I’m going to go do things that come natural to me.”

Despite his difficulty with learning the complicated steps and having to overcome a painful leg injury, Soules told PEOPLE that DWTS still was way easier than appearing on The Bachelor – at least mentally.

“DWTS is a different type of exhaustion but no matter how hard it got mentally and physically, I was always like, I just want more. I wanted to be here another week. Going on The Bachelor was hard. I was making a lot of tough decisions that I struggled with. DWTS is easier than being the Bachelor, quite honestly.”

Soules never took his eye off the prize – that Mirror Ball Trophy.

“I was in this to get as far as I could possibly get, and hopefully make it to the end,” Soules continued. “I didn’t get there. That was disappointing. It’s a letdown. But it’s over and I’m excited to move on with life.”

Robert and Kym talked with Fox411 about their relationship with Kym and where it’s going next…. Read more..

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing with the Stars Season 20, Week Eight RESULTS!! (Spoilers)

Was going to wait to the end of the results show, like normal, to do this post, then figured this would be cleaner. Everyone discussing this show in the same place.

Well, if the beginning of the results show wasn’t enough to put you off dinner, nothing will. It’s not the dancing, the dancing was fine. I’m talking about the overlong glowing crap ass pimp show package for Val and Rumer. Ya’ll are trying to hard – it’s making me suspicious. Plus your agenda is showing.

Anyway, Rumer is safe. Read more..

May 5, 2015 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

HQ Photos Of Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Week 8

Below are some photos of Dancing With The Stars last night. Breathtaking!! To see more photos, visit Getty Images.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Season 20, Week 8 – Dancing by the Numbers

Well, like I predicted last week, the judges made a clear difference between the top three and the bottom two, with Noah hovering somewhere in the middle. This should be a slam dunk for the top three, but I heard something that made me wonder. Tom was very clear that everyone should make note of Rumer’s number and make sure they were dialing it right. “Check that number and dial carefully.”  Interesting.

Anyway, let’s look at the leaderboard weeks 7 and 8. Read more..

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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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 20, Week 8 – Power Rankings

Not a whole lot to lead-in with – apologize that these didn’t come last night (I try to have the power rankings up before going to bed on Mondays with a results show the following day), but I had a cake to make and my icing gun broke and I kinda lost all my will to live…momentarily :-) Then I slept and I was ok.  Definite judges’ agenda last night, and it seemed to be “make sure Rumer makes it to week 9 AT ALL COSTS, and kinda try to shield Nastia & Riker while you’re at it – the rest are expendable”.  Len has completely lost all credibility for me at this point – just seems like he’s following the directions being fed to him by TPTB each week, even if it means contradicting himself.  Random epiphany I had while watching Robert’s samba trio: how cool would it be to have a pro samba to George Michael’s “Freedom ’90” with the pros playing female & male models? 😉

Also, a point of clarification on Nastia’s “meltdown” in their package: per Deep Throat, that occurred at the end of an 8-hour rehearsal, and Nastia was already planning on heading home – so yeah, she didn’t “walk out of rehearsal in anger”, as some are trying to spin it. Also interesting to note: sometimes the staff filming the rehearsals are encouraged to ask kinda inflammatory questions in order to amp up the drama when the pros and celebs are feeling tired, anxious, stressed, etc – so the frustration you saw from Nastia was more than likely her getting irritated by a needling cameraman, rather than with Derek. Felt that this required clarification, since some of Derek’s detractors seem to be having a field day on Twitter over Nastia’s “outburst”. Hehe – I’ll show you a REAL outburst. Just goes to show that the narrative of the show has gotten so out-of-control that you can’t trust the rehearsal packages anymore. Read more..

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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!

Dancing with the Stars Season 20, Week 9 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

And this week we have two dances again for each couple, one of which is Judges Pick. How convenient we have Judges pick BEFORE the finale. Let’s see who gets hosed this week.

Clearly not Rumer – the Argentine Tango totally plays into her ONE NOTE. Plays to all her strengths. I fully expect Riker and Nastia to get something exceedingly boring and/or out of character. Read more..

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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. :-)