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New TV Guide DWTS Videos – Infanity

This is a much cleaner copy of previously posted videos uploaded to You Tube by TV Guide.

Part 1 – Injuries

Part 2 – The Pros

Part 3 – The Wardrobe

Part 4 – The Judges

Part 5 – The Stars

Part 6 – The Show

Part 7 – The Hookups

June 9, 2009 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. :-)

USA Today Article on DWTS

DWTS behind the scenes

USAToday.com article called “‘Dancing’ Stars find new fans and more opportunities”.  The focus of this article is mainly on Gilles, but it’s a pretty interesting read all the way around. Here are a few excerpts and the picture they used:

LOS ANGELES — Hours after actor Gilles Marini and dance partner Cheryl Burke wrapped up a rumba that drew a standing ovation from the Dancing With the Stars studio audience, he needs a body tuneup.
Soft New Age music and a soothing tabletop waterfall in chiropractor Tom Rudenko’s office are a quiet contrast to the boisterous theatrics at ABC’s hit ballroom competition. But they’re just the tonic for weary Marini.

The potential payoff is far bigger than bragging rights and the cheesy mirror-ball trophy awaiting Dancing‘s winners on the May 19 finale. Yes, the actors, athletes, singers, models and reality stars who have appeared since its 2005 debut have risked injury and humiliation on live TV. But Dancing also has jump-started careers, polished tarnished reputations and generated opportunities in ways most of them couldn’t imagine.

Lil’ Kim, the pint-sized rapper best known for R-rated lyrics, breast pasties and prison time for perjury, was ousted last week. But during her stint, viewers saw the sweet demeanor and feisty spirit of a hip-hop artist shaking her booty to the cha-cha. “I think I’ve already won,” she says. “This has shown another side of me. I’ve got new fans. Acting makes sense; I could see doing a kids’ show. Definitely, the music will be different.”

For Johnson, 17, who may aim for the 2012 Olympics, Dancing provides more options. “It’s really given me the opportunity to see what else is out there. I never thought about acting. Now? Maybe,” she says, giggling.

Even show regulars have managed to parlay Dancing into opportunity. Co-host Samantha Harris is subbing as host of syndicated game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Burke, who opens her third dance studio this week, also has an apparel line and endorsement deals. Pro dancer Julianne Hough is leaving to focus on a promising singing career.

May 13, 2009 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars on InFANity

InFANity is a show on the TV Guide channel that I’d never heard of before – but this week they delve into Dancing with the Stars. The video is in five parts, each part covering different aspects of the show. Every part has a lot of clips of dances and interviews, past and present. Stars from every season are interviewed, as are the judges and the hosts. The only people we see, but don’t hear a lot from, are my favorites – The Pros.

Part 1 – About the Show and the Judges

Part 2 – The Stars and The Winners

April 26, 2009 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Tour Videos

While we wait to hear the official Dancing with the Stars cast announcement on Sunday and we take a break from the Dancing with the Stars rumors, here’s a bunch of videos from the Dancing with the Stars tour. Still 4 or 5 DWTS tour stops left.

Dancing With The Stars professional Group Dance

Maurice Greene “Mo” Dance

Lance Bass singing Bye Bye Bye *NSYNC - No Strings Attached - Bye Bye Bye

Toni Braxton, Alec Mazo, Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer

February 3, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Live Tour Experience – Rosemont, IL

I’ve had a ton of interest in my post about the Dancing with the Stars tour. There only about half way through the tour, so you can still get tickets to see some of the best Dancing with the Stars dancers live.

Recently I had someone post a comment about how much they enjoyed the Dancing with the Stars tour visit to Rosemont, IL and I asked her to write a guest post about the experience. Here’s Mary’s description of the Dancing with the Stars tour.

Hello everyone!

I am Mary and I attended the Dancing with the Stars Live Tour at the Allstate Arena on January 9th, 2009. When I got to the Allstate Arena, I was wearing my ” Maksim” outfit made up of a grey sweat shirt and black sweatpants with Maksim written all over it. I saw one girl with a hot pink poster that said I Love Lance!

My mom, sister, and I went to the tour. My mom bought my sister and I a shirt that cost $30 and my sisters cost $35. We found our section, which was 210. Our tickets were $50 each, which wasn’t bad. I thought that the seats would be ok, but they were pretty good. We saw everything.

The stage was really cool and it was smaller than I thought. The show started 20 minutes late and I was kind of mad. There were commercials and a local dance competition between Chicago couples. That was kind of cool.

Then the show started and each dancer was introduced and all I heard was screaming. I love Maksim and when he was introduced, I screamed so loud! lol The dances were really upbeat and the different kinds of music was amazing. Serious, aggressive, and romantic music. The crowd favored Cheryl Burke, Lance Bass, and Maksim C.

Toni Braxton sang two of her songs and the dancers danced to them. There was a 20 minute break. We walked around and talked to a couple of coppers who we know. The show started again and the dances got even better. The focus was on everyone more than individuals. The final group dance was everything I expected and then I was sad to see it end.

I would definitely rate the DWTS Live Tour a 10, because the dancers were so energetic and the crowd truly enjoyed the experience of seeing them dance live. Afterwords, my mom, sister, and I went downstairs and waited in the back for the dancers and celebities to come out and sign autographs. I thought I recognized Lacey Schwimmer with out her tall heels and her colorful hair extensions, and I said Lacey and she gave me a hug. I asked her to sign an autograph and she said sure, sweetie. Then she took a picture with my sister and I. I said thank you and she gave me another hug. She was so nice and approachable. She was the nicest one! lol

We also saw Lance Bass, Maurice Green, Eytda S. with a robe and boots on, and Alec Mazo. We were waiting to see if Maksim would come out ,but the cops said you guys have to go home. I was so mad, because we paid for tickets and I think that we have a right to wait for the dancer to come out and sign a couple of autographs. It wasn’t worth fighting with cops, so we just left. The tour was amazing and If Maksim is on the next season of DWTS, we will for sure attend the tour again. Amazing show! Great job to all of the dancers and the band was amazing.

Thanks for the writeup Mary. If anyone else has attended the Dancing with the Stars tour, I’d love to have you do a writeup of your experience as well.

January 16, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Finals Music

I know that I’m a little late, but I needed to complete my list of Dancing with the Stars music. So, here’s the list of music that the final 3 performed to on Dancing with the Stars final performance show.

Brooke & Derek danced a Quickstep to the song “Lover, Come Back to Me”—Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand - The Essential Barbra Streisand - Lover, Come Back to Me
Brooke & Derek danced a Paso Doble to the song “Palladio, first movement”—Karl Jenkins
Karl Jenkins, London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Smith Quartet - Karl Jenkins & Adiemus: The Essential Collection - Palladio (1st Movement) From Diamond Music (De Beers Ad)
Lance & Lacey danced a Tango to the song “Disturbia”—Rihanna
Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded - Disturbia
Disturbia – Music Video
Lance & Lacey danced a Mambo to the song “Straight To Number One”—Touch and Go
Touch and Go - I Find You Very Attractive - Straight To?Number One
Warren & Kym danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Lovin’ U”—Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys - Songs In A Minor - Lovin' U
Warren & Kym danced a Paso Doble to the song “Malagueña”—Brian Setzer Orchestra
Brian Setzer '68 Comeback Special - Ignition! - Malagueña

Brooke & Derek, Lance & Lacey, Warren & Kym danced a Samba to the song “Blame It On the Boogie”—The Jackson 5
The Jacksons - Essential Michael Jackson - Blame It On the Boogie
Brooke & Derek danced a Freestyle to the song “You’re the One That I Want”—John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John - Grease (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) - You're the One That I Want
Lance & Lacey danced a Freestyle to the song “It’s Tricky”—Run-D.M.C.
Run-DMC - Discover Run DMC - EP - It's Tricky
Warren & Kym danced a Freestyle to the song “Proud Mary”—Ike & Tina Turner
Ike & Tina Turner - Proud Mary - The Best of Ike & Tina Turner - Proud Mary
Warren & Kym danced a Hustle to the song “Funky Town”—Lipps Inc.
Lipps, Inc. - Funkytown - Funkytown
Lance & Lacey danced a Jitterbug to the song “Jim Dandy”—Black Oak Arkansas
Black Oak Arkansas - High on the Hog - Jim Dandy
Brooke & Derek danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Daughters”—John Mayer
John Mayer - Heavier Things - Daughters
John Mayer - Video Triple Play - Daughters – Music Video

On the Finale, the following songs were sung by guest performers:
Alicia Keys sang “I Need You”
Alicia Keys - As I Am - I Need You
Miley Cyrus sang “Fly on the Wall”
Miley Cyrus - Breakout - Fly On the Wall

Don’t forget to purchase your Dancing with the Stars 2008 Tour tickets.

December 2, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Winner (My Prediction)

In preparation for the finals of Dancing with the Stars next week, I decided I’d make a little prediction on who is going to be the Dancing with the Stars 2008 Winner. Let me make it easy for everyone:

BROOKE BURKE and DEREK HOUGH

Not only do Brooke and Derek deserve to win Dancing with the Stars, but Derek has a fan base as large or larger than any of the stars. Add in Brooke’s ability to use social media (See Brooke’s Blog) and you have a couple that will be unbeatable in the finals.

The reality of the Dancing with the Stars finals is that the judges scores are almost exactly the same for each couple. In the finals, America’s vote is what truly decides the winner. This year they have added a small twist having a Samba Face-Off (each dance set to the same song). Dancing to the same song will offer a little more differentiation to the couples as opposed to each couple just re-dancing one of their previous dances. However, it’s always been almost scripted that the final show is a celebration of the last 3 couples talent.

My only concern is that I think that Lacey and Lance will do a really great Freestyle. Lacey’s experience on So You Think You Can Dance should allow her to create what I think could be the best Dancing with the Stars freestyle of all time. Plus, Lacey and Lance do have a pretty nice following too. However, my theory is that more women vote for their favorites and more women will like Derek and Brooke, the mom, than those women that will like the rebellious Lacey and Lance.

Warren and Kym are a wonderful couple. Kym is one of the most beautiful and creative dancers on the show. Warren is hilarious and I’ve loved him since I first saw him blow up an offensive line. However, I just don’t think they have the fan following that will get them the win. Plus, I’m almost certain that they’ll be at least a couple points behind the other 2 couples. Warren is amazing for a 300 pounder, but not anywhere near as refined as the other 2. I will love to see what type of lifts Warren does in the freestyle. Considering his strength and Kym’s slight frame, they could do some really amazing lifts. I expect Warren will throw her around like a little rag-a-doll.

Still don’t believe me. Then, look at the numbers from this season.
Couple – Average Score
Brooke & Derek – 26.5
Warren & Kym – 24.4
Lance & Lacey – 23.9

If you’re still not sure, just remember one final reason. Brooke choking last week is the biggest reason she’s going to win. Previously, her fans would have been lackadaisical and many wouldn’t have worried about voting. Her poor performance last week will inspire her fans to vote in enormous fashion.

November 21, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Tour 2008 Dates and Locations

The 2008 Dancing with the Stars Tour dates and locations have been announced. You can purchase tickets to the show on Ticketmaster.

The following Dancers and professionals are planning to be on tour: Lance Bass, Toni Braxton, Maurice Greene, Marlee Matlin, Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Derek Hough, Kym Johnson, Alec Mazo, Fabian Sanchez, Lacey Schwimmer, Edyta Sliwinska, and Karina Smirnoff.

December 2008
17 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Sports Arena – Buy Tickets Online
18 – Ontario, CA – Citizens Business Bank Arena – Buy Tickets Online
19 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion – Buy Tickets Online
21 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center – Buy Tickets Online
22 – Sacramento, CA – ARCO Arena – Buy Tickets Online
27 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center – Buy Tickets Online
28 – Glendale, AZ – Jobing.com Arena – Buy Tickets Online
29 – Las Vegas, NV – Orleans Arena – Buy Tickets Online
30 – Salt Lake City, UT – E Center – Buy Tickets Online

January 2009
2 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center – Buy Tickets Online
4 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center – Buy Tickets Online
5 – San Antonio, TX AT&T Center – Buy Tickets Online
7 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center – Buy Tickets Online
8 – Moline, IL – i wireless Center – Buy Tickets Online
9 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena – Buy Tickets Online
11 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena – Buy Tickets Online
12 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre – Buy Tickets Online
13 – Cleveland, OH – Wolstein Center – Buy Tickets Online
15 – Indianapolis, IN – Conseco Fieldhouse – Buy Tickets Online
16 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center – Buy Tickets Online
17 – Cincinnati, OH – US Bank Arena – Buy Tickets Online
18 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena – Buy Tickets Online
20 – Nashville, TN – Sommet Center – Buy Tickets Online
22 – Tampa, FL – St. Pete Times Forum – Buy Tickets Online
23 – Sunrise, FL – BankAtlantic Center – Buy Tickets Online
24 – Orlando, FL – Amway Arena – Buy Tickets Online
25 – Atlanta, GA – Gwinnett Center – Buy Tickets Online
27 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum – Buy Tickets Online
28 – Raleigh, NC – RBC Center – Buy Tickets Online
29 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center – Buy Tickets Online
30, 31 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena – Buy Tickets Online

February 2009
2 – Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Center – Buy Tickets Online
3 – Wilkes Barre, PA – Wachovia Arena – Buy Tickets Online
4 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Buy Tickets Online
6 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center – Buy Tickets Online
7 – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall – Buy Tickets Online
8 – Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Center – Buy Tickets Online

If you are planning to attend the Dancing with the Stars tour, let us know in the comments. We’d love to have you post your experience going to the tour and any pictures you might take from the tour.

November 20, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Talented Dancing on Dancing with the Stars

Both the stars and the professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars are incredible talents. Tonight’s semi final performance was when the Dancing with the Stars talent really starts to show. The dancers are so refined and have been trained so well that each of the performances is incredible.

As usual, here’s a list of all the music performed by the talented band. I have a few missing, but will update them as I find them.

Brooke & Derek danced a Jive to the song “The House is Rockin’”—Brian Setzer Orchestra The Brian Setzer Orchestra - Guitar Slinger - The House Is Rockin'

Brooke & Derek danced a Salsa to the song “Barbarabatiri”—Tito Puente Beny Moré - Musical Gold - Barbarabatiri

Cody & Julianne danced a Paso Doble to the song “Le Disko”—Shiny Toy Guns Shiny Toy Guns - We Are Pilots - Le Disko

Cody & Julianne danced a Salsa to the song “Juventud de Presente”—Tito Puente Tito Puente, Jr. - En los Pasos de Mi Padre - Juventud del Presente

Warren & Kym danced a Mambo to the song “Tequila”—The Champs The Champs - Greatest Hits / Tequila - Tequila

Warren & Kym danced a Jitterbug to the song “That Old Black Magic”—Sammy Davis Jr. Sammy Davis, Jr. - Sammy Davis, Jr.: The Decca Years - That Old Black Magic

Lance & Lacey danced a Mambo to the song “Straight…to Number One”—Touch and Go Touch and Go - I Find You Very Attractive - Straight To?Number One

Lance & Lacey danced a Jitterbug to the song “Jim Dandy”—Black Oak Arkansas Black Oak Arkansas - High on the Hog - Jim Dandy

November 18, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Songs from Final 5 Dancing with the Stars Couples

5 Couples left on Dancing with the Stars and with 2 dances for each couple this was an intense night of dancing and broad range of music. Also, make sure to check out the songs from the previous Dancing with the Stars.

Cody & Edyta danced a Foxtrot to the song “Call Me Irresponsible”—Jimmy Van Heusen
John Bunch - John Bunch, At the Nola Penthouse, Salutes Jimmy Van Heusen - Call Me Irresponsible
Cody & Edyta danced a Mambo to the song “My Way”—Los Lonely Boys
Los Lonely Boys - Sacred - My Way
Brooke & Derek danced a Tango to the song “Tango Diabolo”—Christa Behnke
Christa Behnke - Allweil lustig, fesch und munter, Folge 3 - Tango Diabolo
Brooke & Derek danced a Mambo to the song “Cuban Mambo”—Xavier Cugat
Xavier Cugat - The Original Latin Dance King - Cuban Mambo
Maurice & Cheryl danced a Quickstep to the song “Puttin’ on the Ritz”—Irving Berlin
Fred Astaire - The Irving Berlin Songbook - Puttin' On The Ritz
Maurice & Cheryl danced a Paso Doble to the song “Let It Rock”—Kevin Rudolf and Lil Wayne
Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne - Let It Rock - Single - Let It Rock
Lance & Lacey danced a Foxtrot to the song “Sweet Pea”—Amos Lee
Amos Lee - Supply and Demand - Sweet Pea
Lance & Lacey danced a Samba to the song “1 Thing”—Amerie
Amerie - Touch - 1 Thing
Warren & Kym danced a Tango to the song “Peter Gunn Theme”—Henry Mancini
HENRY MANCINI - Ultimate Mancini - Peter Gunn Theme (Peter Gunn Suite)
Warren & Kym danced a Jive to the song “Hallelujah I Love Her So”—Ray Charles
Ray Charles - Ray Charles - Hallelujah, I Love Her So

November 10, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.