Free DWTS Newsletter Want to receive the latest news on Dancing with the Stars sent straight to your email? Join hundreds of other DWTS fans who subscribe to Pure DWTS for FREE!

More Information On Tonight’s Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Show

USA Today has a cool report posted on the Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Show. Here is some more information for what to expect tonight…

The special, taped last week and airing Tuesday (8 p.m. ET/PT), includes a group dance with seven NFL stars and a gold football, to the rearranged tune of Monday Night Football’s opening theme; first-season winner Kelly Monaco and pro Val Chmerkovskiy re-creating an earlier dance, stripping to a bikini and Speedos, as they splash on a water-soaked platform; and Patti LaBelle singing Lady Marmalade, backed by fellow Dancing alums Amber Riley and Lil’ Kim.

The taping closed with a group finale that featured more than 50 stars, pros and judges from the series’ 20 seasons crowding the dance floor.

“It was wonderful to look across from the judges (table) and see all the alumni from previous seasons. I forgot that so many people had been on our show,” says judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who has been present for every Dancing show. “It was fun to see Marlee Matlin out there again, what a wonderful woman. Having Amy Purdy back in the ballroom, she’s one of my all-time favorites. Apollo Anton Ohno sitting next to me.”

Celebrities say they also enjoyed the reunion for a one-time huge hit that still draws a solid audience.

“Next time they shouldn’t wait so long. We love each other. When you do that show, you become a family,” says singer Gladys Knight, who took a leap of faith to compete in Season 14. “It was totally out of my comfort zone. The Pips were the dancers. But it was an awesome experience.”

Longtime pro Karina Smirnoff, who performed in the football dance, says she choreographed it in a way to honor Dancing’s long run.

“I wanted to pay homage to moments that were memorable within their seasons, so that’s why I had Jacoby (Jones) jump over my head and had the move with Donald (Driver) where I held my ankles and he twirled me around, says Smirnoff, who is not competing this season. “It allows people to not only enjoy their dancing on the (anniversary special) but it reminds them of what these guys did on the show during their seasons.”

More at USA Today including photos!! GMA and Nightline also did reports on the show. You can watch some fun footage and interviews in the new Media Post.

April 28, 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.

PureDWTS Season 20, Week 7 – Power Rankings

Before I start in on everything else, I have to get this off my chest: poor Willow :-( Say what you will about “this is what happens when you put a 14-year-old on an adult show!” or “she should have prepared herself!”, but I think back to what a naive, insecure girl I was at 14, and I just cannot help but feel for her – she had done so well and seemed so excited to be there, only to be told “Sorry, not enough people like you enough to vote for you.  Bye-bye!” We knew a shocking elim was probably going to come at some point, what with the overlapping fanbases of some of the couples this season…I guess I had just hoped that it wouldn’t be HER. So please, if you have an ounce of compassion in you – please go tweet (or Instagram) some encouraging words to Willow – it’s tough enough to be a teenage girl in this world, let alone one who just got the rug pulled out from under her on national television.

As for the rest of the night – maybe I just got spoiled in previous seasons, with fun decade-themed dances like Nicole’s 50’s paso and Erin’s 80’s rumba (I still giggle at Maks in the Don Johnson costume!), but tonight felt like an “Eras Night” only in name: so many of the songs (and sets, and costumes) didn’t really seem to reflect the era they were meant to, so I guess I kinda said “Why even bother?” to some of it.  Oh well – probably yet another hastily-thrown-together theme to cover their asses when plans changed.  As for the judges – they’re still doing some fishy sh*t.  They’re just taking turns on who gets to play good cop, bad cop each week. Read more..

I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

Dancing with the Stars Season 20, Week 8 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

What’s the damn theme for this week?? America’s choice?? :::sigh:::

Vogue: According to our new Media post, the couples have a TRIO dance for next week too.

ETA: Vogue here again. I just did a run through of twitter accounts and instagrams. Below is some more dance info in red.

ETA2: Court hopping in :-) Filling in some of the blanks on the trio dances – we’re about 90% sure on Rumer’s trio pro, but we do know for sure that she was the only one who picked a pro/troupe member of the same sex. Read more..

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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 20 Week 7 Media And Interviews After Dance Night – Videos, Photos

What a show last night. They all danced so good, but, I’m still upset about Mark and Willow getting eliminated. :( They were my second favorite couple. Mark’s choreography has been stellar this year. I’m going to remember Willow for her laughter and innocence. She worked so hard (harder than many teens would). She never complained (like other celebs have this season). She proved that teenagers can do this show with the best of them and at a young age too. And so what if she broke down after she was eliminated. Some of the media and tweets I’m reading this morning with her being too young to do show is sad. I would have broke down too. Willow, don’t change who you are in the least. Thank you for dancing and refreshing this show with your beautiful and youthful spirit like you did! A lesson for us all!

So, how about if we start off with the scores?

Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough – 38
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker – 37
Willow Shields & Mark Ballas – 37 (Eliminated)
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess – 36
Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – 35
Chris Soules & Witney Carson – 31
Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson – 31

And for media starters today, go to ABC 7 to see a recap and some beautiful photos. The Daily Mail and Entertainment Tonight also have some fun photos.

Next, you can watch some new interviews at E Online (I’d embed them, but, they play and won’t stop. Glamour has some coverage as well. You can also watch some new interviews below with Access Hollywood, Afterbuzz TV, etc. Keep checking back for more to be added. Don’t miss more with Nastia and Sasha at Pure Derek Hough.

Access Hollywood (awwww, seeing Willow’s eyes makes me so sad :( ): Read more..

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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 20, Week SEVEN – Let’s Discuss Tonight’s Show!! (Spoilers)

Era Week. Can’t we have ONE week without a theme?? Just one? This is out of control. Also expect to see the troupe in lots of the dances and I’m kinda over that as well. I think Nastia and Noah are the only ones who haven’t used troupe members at this point, and it looks like Sharna is going all out with the troupe this week.

Opening number was good except for some sync problems. A bit sloppy in spots.

Great dance from Riker but not a perfect one. A couple screw ups in the middle and that one move would be a lift if anyone else did it.

Am I crazy, or has Chris actually improved in both attitude and dancing? I hate to say this but he’s been better than Robert the last two weeks.

Julianne making promises that it’s not his last dance is outta line though. Anyway, I dug the dance.

LOL…what to do in a week where Derek’s injury takes over the media??? Call Bruce Willis! 😀 Yeah, we’re going to show lots of Derek getting hurt, but we’ll give Rumer two packages. It’ll be okay. This is how we have our cake and eat it too!!

Okay. Sarcasm over. For now.

Ow. Heard that crack. That didn’t feel good.

Rumer looks AMAZING in that outfit. It’s still black, but she looks good and she’s chipper for a change. Not much bounce to that jive and they were out of sync a couple times. Yeah, finally a different character, Bruno.

Anyway, not a perfect dance but one of my favorites from her.

Oh STFU Carrie Ann. Maybe it was a bit safe, but she needs to mix it up!!

On another note – you dancers are really going to have to impress the hell out of me, since you aren’t saving ANYTHING for the freestyle.

Hi Amy!! Love ya.

Holy shit, Sharna!! Now that was some kick ass choreo that really made the most of what Noah can do!! OMG, I’m SO Impressed!!!

Len picks NOW to complain about using extra dancers?? NOW??? What about the last dance, dude.

Kym and Robert’s song sucks and it was a bit scary watching some of the lifts.

:::sigh::: :::sniff::: Poor Derek. But damn, that was a fun, wonderful dance.

And of course CRAZY CAI has to make some shit up about “feeling it”. Yeah. Just now. :-)

Even money says Willow gets immunity. Perhaps she needs it? But those costumes? Man, If Len doesn’t have a fit I might fly to LA and slap him for his shit he said after Noah’s dance.

Um, not sure this concept makes sense?? Like Tom said, rooted in ancient times. Yeah, Mark, I get you want to do ninjas…but does it make sense? Super cute package though. :-)

Okay, Imma cry foul if that gets high score of the night. It was so…simple, yet nonsensical within the theme of the dance. There wasn’t much to it.

And she gets raves from Bruno. And they were out of sync more than once!!

Bruno, you’re on crack. It was good, but I don’t think it was even the second best dance of the night. I’d give the second best dance to Noah, actually.

Okay…dance off for two extra points. High scoring couple picks who to dance off with, that couple picks the dance. Val of course makes a big deal about picking the high scorer.

Riker picks Mark and Willow. Wow. Odd. Apparently they don’t buy Val’s line of bull. They’re dancing Salsa. Did anyone hear if they add these points to tonight??

Perhaps Allison and Mark are making backroom deals? They figure they each have a better shot against someone who isn’t judges apparent pet?

Interesting strategy to twirl Willow for that long period, Marky. :-)

Len seemed to hate both. Wow….Willow won that?? Hmmmmm……not sure I agree with that one. Twitter doesn’t either, but that’s Riker’s teeny boppers spamming.

And Noah picks Robert? Oy. Noah doesn’t do much but what he does he does reasonably well. Robert misses some choreo and they get off time. I suspect they pick Noah.

Shot of Len shows him looking like he’s going to have a stroke or something. And then CAI calls it accurately for a change. Noah ends up winning by a Len.

OKAY!! Erin said “two points added to their total tonight”….oh wait. Still doesn’t clear it up. Tonight’s scores or tonight’s elimination???

Twice in one night Rumer looks beautiful – in RED. Finally. She killed that dance, no surprise. That might be her best dance in a few weeks, actually. No surprise Rumer and Val win.

Noah and Sharna – Safe

Robert and Kym – Safe

Chris and Whitney – Safe

And the shocker is??? Riker and Allison SAFE. HOLY CRAP.

Willow and Mark are eliminated. Totally bummed. Poor kid. And Tom Bergeron you are the absolute best.

I said it was a real possibility, but man, didn’t want to see it happen.

BTW – someone needs to clarify what the hell with the scores tonight. They tried to explain it and totally screwed the pooch. If anyone understood that, please enlighten me because that was crap. Two points to next week or this week? Nastia got three points, that I understood. And the rest was clear as mud.

April 27, 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. :-)

Clips From The Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Show – Videos

Below are some clips from the Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary special which is airing on ABC tomorrow night courtesy of the Dancing With The Stars Official You Tube Channel. Be watching this link as they may post more.

ETA: @DancingABC also posted a new promo at twitter. Be sure to see it HERE.

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.

Kym Johnson Talks On Robert Herjavec And Making It To Week 7 On Dancing With The Stars

Kym Johnson talks about Robert Herjavec and her run with him on Dancing With The Stars in this new interview with The Morning Show in Australia. She talks on the other contestants too. Thanks to Sally for the find.

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.

DWTS Season 20, Week 6 – Dancing by the Numbers

Interesting week on DWTS. Not sure what their goal was, if there was a goal. I do wonder if Riker is killing it in votes and this is how they give him a narrative and show they were right all along. Conversely, maybe he needs help and this is their way of giving it to him. That said, I really liked his dance a lot. I don’t believe he was a whole 3 points ahead of Nastia – not at all, especially upon re-watching.  Basically, every complaint that Len had about that Tango was BS…I’ve watched the dance several times and I don’t see it.  I would’ve put Nastia up with Riker, Willow is good where she is as is Rumer.  I guess, on re-watching, the only score that hacked me off was Nastia’s.

So, was it because she was so early in the night? That’s twice in the last three weeks that she’s gone either first or second. That’s fair, I suppose, since she had the 8th spot in week 1 and she’s had the pimp spot twice.  Rumer, on the other hand, has only danced in the first few dances once and has been in the last 3 dances three times. Pretty good placing, I’d say.  Riker was in the first four dances three times and had the pimp spot once. Out of the top three, I think Rumer has had the most beneficial placing, BUT, that was then, when there was a lot of low hanging fruit to be picked off. What they do going forward will be more telling. If Nastia and Derek go first or second AGAIN, then I will be pissed. Once upon a time, going first or second mattered less and less as the season has gone along, but nowadays it seems they low ball the first good couple out of the gate. Whether this is intentional or coincidence I have no idea. Read more..

April 26, 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. :-)

More Photos From The Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Show

Some of the photos from the Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary special coming out are just beautiful. You can view a collection below courtesy of @DancingABC instagram. Amber Riley News also posted a gallery which is featured below. If you visit the Disney ABC site at this link and scroll down, you can view even more. The official site also has a special page set up where you can read on some of the dances. Be sure you are following @DancingABC instagram as they may post photos in the coming days. Lastly, if you missed our first collection of twitter and instagram collection, see this previous posting. There are more spoilers here. Don’t forget the Dancing With The Stars Anniversary Special will take place Tuesday night, April 28th.

Read more..

April 24, 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.

Angels Weigh In On New Las Vegas Odds For Dancing With The Stars Week 7

Well, the odds makers have placed their new bets for week 7 of Dancing With The Stars Season 20 at Sports Bovada. We’re seeing some switches again after last week’s show. Note how Riker Lynch and Rumer Willis are now tied for second place. I was also shocked to see Noah Galloway so low this time. Take a look at the new odds. Does this look about right or are they totally wrong? Let us know in comments. We’d love to hear your thoughts as always.

Nastia Liukin 11/10
Riker Lynch 3/1
Rumer Willis 3/1
Willow Shields 6/1
Robert Herjavec 33/1
Noah Galloway 40/1
Chris Soules 50/1

My thoughts: In my opinion, Rumer should be in 4th. If I was going to tie someone for 2nd place, I’d tie Riker and Willow instead. Unless we see some huge stand out dances in the coming weeks, I don’t think Rumer is all that. I would also put Noah above Robert. In fact, I think it’s going to be between Robert and Chris going home next.

Heidi and Court, what do you think?

Heidi: I’m thinking there should be a 3-way tie for first place, with Willow in second, cuz I’m not at all sure what’s going to happen. This week will be interesting. Was last week a fluke for Rumer, where they called out the choreo and the attitude of the dance? Or is it the new normal? And why the change in tune?? These judges like to be right – is Riker coming on strong and taking over the competition?? You know, I’m going to vote my butt off for Nastia, but I would love to see the expression on Val’s face if Riker were to win with a non-ballroom trained pro. THAT would be hilarious. 😀 Interesting, Nastia got kinda hosed by the judges as well but the odds makers seem to think she’s bullet proof. I wonder if her odds change if Derek’s out for good? Anyway, I think the bottom three are correct, and probably in that order. Hard to say. Noah is a wild card.

Courtney: I, like Heidi, still think it could be any one of 3 people taking the top spot at this point – and with Riker peaking at the right time, I think he might possibly edge out Rumer.  Speaking of the latter, I’m still not positive how she’s doing in the votes department – sure, she’s getting great scores, but how many people have actually VOTED for her? With the Val fans seemingly splintering into factions (the Vajanel shippers vs. the Rumer fans vs. the Kelly fans vs. the rational few that don’t care about shipping), I’m not sure he can rely upon every single vote he got with Janel last season to also get up and vote this season.  And how many people are voting for her based on who her parents are? I just don’t think we have a clear picture at this point.  I’m also uncertain about Robert & Noah – Robert may be more able-bodied, but he’s also gotten kinda beat up by the judges recently; Noah may be reaching the peak of what he’s able to do, but he seems to have a LOT of fan support.  Who will edge out whom? Will be interesting to see.  And for the love of god, I hope Chris the Clydesdale FINALLY loses steam this week…but at this point, with him already having edged out Suzanne & Patti, I wonder if this guy just has a lot of steam coming off of The Bachelor.  Willow? Somewhere in the middle – she seems to run hot and cold, and this past week she faded into the woodwork a bit.

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.