On June 19th Dancing With The Stars Sharna Burgess and Cirque Du Soleil’s Paul Kirkland attended the Industry Voice Awards which recognizes dancers and choreographers in the entertainment industry! Below they answer questions about why they attended. Sharna answers questions about this past season on Dancing With The Stars. Sharna wanted Zendaya to win, but, thought Kelly was brilliant and deserving for the win. Paul answers questions about how he created 4 numbers for the Michael Jackson One show in Vegas (I so want to see this show!!).
PureDWTS Exclusive: Sharna Burgess Reflects & Talks On DWTS 17, Gives “Michael Jackson One” Show Review
Hi All!!! Sharna Burgess talked with us recently about the new changes for Dancing With The Stars Season 17. She also reflected on the past season of Dancing With The Stars and what her first year was like as a pro. Sharna was also gracious enough to give us a sneak peek into what the new “Michael Jackson One” Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas is like one of which I’m dying to see and maybe you are too? Lots more below with our beautiful Sharna and we thank her once again for taking time to answer a few questions. Without further ado….
1. Hey Sharna!! How are you and how are you feeling after your first season as a Pro on Dancing With The Stars? Is it everything you hoped it would be?
It was amazing!! It certainly lived up to what I had hoped and Andy surpassed any expectations people had of him. Truly I enjoyed every moment, creatively and emotionally it was challenging rewarding and beautiful.
I don’t think I could ever have prepared myself for the weekly roller coaster of not knowing if my decisions were the right ones, if my choreography was enough or did my concept make sense. Wondering when it would come together or did I have to re think everything. It always came together because Andy is such a superstar, he truly helped me make my ideas come to life. I also couldn’t have guessed that I would make the emotional connection I did with Andy. He was such an amazing person to get to know and become a part of his life.
2. How are you feeling about the new changes coming to Dancing With The Stars next season? Whatever happens, many fans like myself just hope you’ll be returning. Read more..
What do you think of this color and dress on Peta Murgatroyd? Last night, the pro of Dancing With The Stars attended the annual Simon G. Soiree at the Tao Nightclub at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada. Former all-star partner Gilles Marini also attended this event. To view more pictures, see Getty Images here and here. Vegas News covered the event with a slew of pictures too. Gorgeous!!
I thought I posted this days ago, but apparently it didn’t “take”. :::shrug:::
Derek, along with Mark, has often been the pro most likely to get creative in between seasons of DWTS – and often in unusual ways. This off season, he has a new and different kind of student: a robot. A company called Tosy asked Derek to help them choreograph mRobo, which is…well, you’ll have to see it for yourself. Derek went to Las Vegas to attend CES 2013 on Thursday to help present the work (to date) he’s done with mRobo and it appears he had a really good time doing it. You can see more pictures of the event at PureDerekHough.com.
Have we seen the last of Derek on DWTS? Seems like it, but you never know with this guy. He mentioned on twitter recently that he has some “incredible projects” he’s working on this year, but that they may take a while to achieve. Yes, vague as always – he’s also the most tight lipped of all the pros, both personally and professionally – but it does sort of imply that he won’t have time for DWTS. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
PureDWTS 2013 Kelly Monaco, Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, And Derek Hough Celebrate New Years At The Act Nightclub
Pictured above is Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, and Kelly Monaco!! The three dancing stars along with Mark Ballas were in Las Vegas last night to attend the New Years Eve festivities at The Act Nightclub. You can see more fun photos of them at Pure Derek Hough as Heidi has a full round up and other fun things!!! Thanks to Dona for the image above.
The dancers from Dancing With The Stars aren’t the only stars of the show to be working and vacationing in Las Vegas currently. Dancing With The Stars co-host Brooke Burke was also in Sin City with her family over the weekend. She took part in the Donald Driver Charity events. She was also seen with her family at “O” by Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino Saturday night (pictured above). You can read all about it at Vegas News. Sweet!
So many of you brought it to our attention that Donny was asked about doing the all-star season the other day on The Talk, and I was finally able to locate a clip. While he seemed to tend more towards the “no” side (“It’s a lot of work!” and “I have one mirror ball trophy I rub in Marie’s face. Why two???), he did say he’d “love to get that trophy again!”. Video below for those who want to see for themselves…it’s around the 10:00 mark. Notice how Donny looks a bit guilty & fidgety when first asked about it:
So while Donny seems to give the impression of “sounds fun, but I’m super busy”, I wouldn’t necessarily write him off as a no-go for the all-star season. I wouldn’t write Marie off just yet, either. Why, you ask?
Our reader Christy pointed out to us last week that Donny & Marie both appear to have cleared their schedules for the fall, as the last event either of them have listed on their respective websites is a gig in Atlantic City on August 5. After that, they have nothing scheduled until their UK tour in January of next year. Are they allocating time to participate in the all-star season, perhaps?
What about their long-running Vegas show? Well, officially, their show at the Flamingo is contracted through October of this year, so there could be a bit of overlap if they do decide to do the all-star season…but the show is dark on Monday evenings, and having a Vegas show sure didn’t seem to stop Donny during his season on DWTS, as Sharon aptly pointed out on The Talk. And as of right now, you’re only able to purchase tickets for their Vegas show through July 28 on the Flamingo website. Could they be ending their run in Vegas early, and heading for Hollywood to go head-to-head in the all-star season?
I decided to get a bit sneaky and see what I could find out by calling the Flamingo box office. I pretended to be a daughter whose parents were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary and were planning a trip to Vegas, and I wanted to gift them with tickets to the finale of Donny & Marie’s Vegas show in October. The sales rep on the other end of the line, while very friendly, got a bit dodgy with me at that point, and delivered the obligatory “I’m sorry, ma’am, at this time we have only opened ticket sales for shows leading up to July 28. But if you call back in a month or so, we might have tickets available for shows at a later date.” Bah…cop-out. 😛 It could mean nothing – maybe they’re still planning out the last few months of the show’s run. But I thought it was interesting nonetheless, and gave me some food for thought. 😉
So what do you guys think about Donny and/or Marie possibly coming back for the all-star season? Let’s get your thoughts…
Cross posted from PureDerekHough.com
Through my own searches and with the assistance of Elara, I’ve compiled about a bazillion photos of Derek from across the web. And here we go. 🙂
CozyCot has bunches and bunches of LARGE pictures – be sure to visit their site to see them all.
One of my favorite websites around, INeedMyFix, also has a bunch of photos, along with a short write up that I can totally relate to – like all links I post here, it’s only polite to click. 🙂
Daylife has several pics from inside the party:
Doesn’t Karina look pretty? I love her hair long and dark with the way she’s been wearing it lately. Last night, she held a Pre-Billboard Music Awards Party at Tabú in Las Vegas. Carson Kressley showed up for the festivities in fine form too. You can read all about Karina, the party, the guests, and see more pictures at Haute Living.
As many of you know, I was in Las Vegas last weekend and had the pleasure of seeing the DWTS live show at the Tropicana – which, of course, I will review for you guys, since certain other individuals *cough*JOHN*cough* haven’t managed to write the 2nd half of their review of the premiere of said show 😉 This post could get a bit wordy, as I took quite a few notes (and just have a really good memory, to boot) and I’ll throw in a few other possibly-unrelated-to-DWTS details for context, as well as some general Vegas info, since some of you have asked about my trip – so if you’re only interested in my review of the show, feel free to skip the next few paragraphs. And if you hate spoilers (i.e. you want to be COMPLETELY surprised when you see the show), I’d either just skip this post altogether or just read my overall take at the bottom – because I’m not holding back. You’ve been warned 😉 And special thanks go to Heidi, for helpin’ a girl out with some picture merges that were driving me cray-cray 😛
So why was I in Vegas in the first place, you ask? My best friend Kendra is getting married at the end of July, and she wanted a bachelorette party for the ages – so naturally, we HAD to go Vegas 🙂 There were 12 of us altogether (11 rowdy bachelorettes and 1 gay bachelor, who I must say put us all to shame with how fabulously he was dressed the entire trip ;-)), and the majority of us stayed at the Flamingo, since we were able to get a great rate on standard rooms – with 4 girls to a room, it was only $82 total for each of us for 3 nights, which is pretty awesome for a well-known hotel on the strip that isn’t a total dive. Overall, I wouldn’t say the Flamingo is a particularly special or ritzy hotel (if that’s what you’re looking for, I’d go with the Bellagio, Palazzo, or Venetian…but be prepared to shell out big $$$), but if you’re on a budget, it’s certainly more than sufficient – the rooms are clean and the decor is kitchy & cute (think 1960’s, Rat Pack, original Ocean’s Eleven – lots of dots, stripes, retro furniture, and of course, pink :-)). I’m very into the nostalgia of Vegas, so the Flamingo appealed to me in that it was originally built by infamous mobster Bugsy Siegel, and legend has it that the actual motive behind his murder was to change the management of the Flamingo. But anyway – if you’re in Vegas, I definitely recommend trying their Paradise Garden Buffet – it’s pretty affordable, as far as buffets in Vegas go, and is quite good…especially the brunch buffet. Plus the views of their courtyard and flock of live flamingoes are gorgeous 🙂 Also at the Flamingo? Donny & Marie Osmond’s live show – I didn’t see it (no time, and honestly, not much of a desire), but I did see these in the lobby:
The one on the left is Donny’s costume from his freestyle with Kym in season 9, as well as his MBT (and yes, according to the guest services director that I asked, it is his real MBT – apparently he insisted it be put in the case with his costume); the one on the right is Marie’s dress from her quickstep with Jonathan in season 5 (and one of those freaky dolls she designs – guess they had to put SOMETHING there when they found out that Donny wanted to display his MBT, although I’m not sure why they didn’t display this doll instead). I found Marie’s costume pretty unremarkable up close – for as fabulous as it looked on the show, upon further scrutiny, it’s really just a tan silk gown with some gems glued on; but Donny’s suit is very well-made and clearly took a lot of work. Interesting how different the costumes look on tv vs. in person (more on that later). Read more..