Tony Dovolani, Alfonso Ribiero, and Bruno Tonioli were interviewed at the Dancing With The Stars ABC Celebration At The Paley Center last night by Afterbuzz TV. They talk of their fondest memories and lots more. Be watching this link in case more interviews are released.
Below are a few photos of those who attended a celebration for ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ at The Paley Center last night in Beverly Hills, California. The first photo is of Executive producer Rob Wade. Others who attended were Judge Bruno Tonioli, co-host Erin Andrews, Candace Cameron Bure, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tony Dovolani, and Kym Johnson. If you’d like to see more fun photos of the event, click on the pictures. You can also see some photos at the Daily Mail. For those who missed the show last night, you can watch it here. Kristyn Burtt was able to ask Rob Wade questions (including some questions about Derek and Nastia’s packages and if he thought it effected their elimination). See her twitter for a report and pictures too if interested. Rob also teased on the finale too. Note that Alfonso Ribeiro and Sadie Robertson are coming back to dance. Derek Hough, Noah Galloway, and Amy Purdy will be dancing in a special number too. MORE HERE.
ETA: To read a review on the event, see Yahoo News.
“Judge”Ment Night In The Ballroom
Whereas, it was declared on the 11th Day of May, 2015, that Judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonoili, and Len Goodman, have issued an edict. Said edict requires each pair, Riker Lynch and Allison Holker, Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Nastia Luikin and Derek Hough, and Sharna Burgess and Noah Galloway, to follow their choices for dances, costumes, and music for Week 9 Semi-Finals.
Teeth chattering, hands wringing, nerves jangling, said pairs hunkered down in rehearsals with their designated Judge. “Here comes the Judge” was heard echoing throughout the rehearsal complex.
Said pairs had the pressures of learning two dances for the Semi-Finals. The race was as tight as a mammoth rubber band tightened around the Ballroom. Our own tensions were as tight as a drum! Electricity pulsated out of every pore, every corner of the Ballroom. The quality of dancing was higher than a kite in the sky!
Wherefore, in the annals of the Dancing With The Stars Memory Books, the declaration is:
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered, it was:
“Judge”Ment Night In The Ballroom
The Power-Propelled Opening
A bowl-us-over, Jumpin’ Jack Flash Jive
A strike in every way, a Dance Troupe extravaganza
Delivering a knock’em-out-of-the Ballroom-punch
Leading to the introduction of the Semi-Finalists
Semi-Finals Swing Set One
Rumer and Val – Viennese Waltz
A spotlight and a vision of white, star-quality
Waltz of wonderment, lyrical, romantic, angelic
America falling in love with Rumer, perfect Diva
Judges Choice – Bruno
Rumer and Val – Contemporary
Troupe Balletic Assist – Swan Lake
Balletic brilliance, a bright light
Stunning, spectacular, lift to the rafters
Brilliant concept, choreography, dramatic ending
Semi-Finals Set Two
Sharna and Noah – Viennese Waltz
A magical, mystical, marvelous time of life
Fluid, fabulous ease of movement, charming
Fresh romantic approach, honest, natural
Judges Choice – Carrie Ann
Sharna and Noah – Paso Doble
Like an opera house performance, high-end drama
Metaphor of Noah’s life, a story with passion
Masterful, a bull taking control of a herd
Semi-Finals Set Three
Riker and Allison – Contemporary
Raw, putting it all out on the floor, haunting
Hard core range, right on target, killed the dance
Pro quality from the star – Riker, incredible talent
Judges Choice – Julianne
With a Julianne Performance
A controlling dance like a lion taming two lionesses
With flair, musicality, a technical marvel
A beauty of a dance, classical, timeless classic
Semi-Finals Set Four
Nastia and Sasha – Quickstep
Flying feet across the floor, show stopper
Sequins on fire, with acrobatic artistry
A glowing, glamorous blonde bombshell
Judges Choice – Len
Nastia and Derek – Viennese Waltz
A Performance with Len
Dance for a Memory Book at a Golden Ball
Caressed with clarity, a love song, sublime refinement
A heart stopper finale with Len – a True Hero of Dance
Perfect Ten Dancing With The Stars Summer Tour Preview
With Hostess Melissa Rycroft
Val, Keo, Artem, Alan, Sasha
Emma, Brittany. Peta, Jenna, Witney
Dazzling display of polished precision
Dynamic dancing, powerhouse preview
A spotlight of astounding star quality
The Diamond on The Semi-Finals Cake
A marriage proposal – Noah professing his love
Noah says to Jamie – “Will you marry me?”
Jamie says – “Heck, yes,”.
To rousing applause and approval
Rocking the Ballroom House
A Semi-Finals of professional quality to remember in every way!
A heart-tugging, heart-stopping, epic, enthralling Ballroom scene!
Please stay tuned for a Tuesday Night Results Show Review!
Written By Lois A Troutman, May 14, 2015
Here we go!!
And after showing Noah’s proposal, he’s standing on stage with his fiance. I suspect a “safe” call is imminent.
Nope! Noah is in jeopardy. Who will go against him?? I figure we have to wait an hour to find out. :::sigh::: Least they could do is give me and Court some cheesecake material…
Of course there is no encore this week. Of course.
And, Riker is going to the finale. Which means that either Rumer or Nastia is in jeopardy with Noah.
Uh oh. Nastia and Derek’s turn. This could be trouble.
Yep, Derek and Nastia in Jeopardy.
Val has yet to realize that his brand of cheap shade looks good on no one. Classless. Take notes from Derek, son, then maybe you can win this show once without pimping AND a ringer.
Ignorant man with little choreography chops is the worst thing I can say about you.
Okay, he and Rumer are in jeopardy.
Well, they just gave Nastia the chance to say goodbye. Did they talk to Riker earlier??
Final results coming up!!
Come on, Len. Someone has to go home. That’s the way the show works!
Noah and Sharna are SAFE!
Eliminated couple is: Nastia and Derek
Wrong couple went home, but I’m not surprised. I will say that after Val’s comment tonight, I will be voting my fingers to the bone for either Noah or Riker – whoever has the best chance to beat him.
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.
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.
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.
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. 😉
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”.
-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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.”
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..