Hey, just a shortie! Did any of you see Dancing With The Stars Tony Dovolani on “The Exes” last night? If so, how was he? If you head to Zap2It, you can view some stills from the show of he and former Dancing With The Stars partner Leah Remini. I’m loving some of their poses….well, and her shoes especially!!!
Hi Everyone!! We thought it might be fun to look back on the last two seasons of Dancing With The Stars (Season 16 and Season 17) to get your “favorite” and ‘best of” thoughts. As always, answer to your best ability or for whatever comes to mind first in the comments section. Also, try to answer with only one choice, but, you can name a few honorable mentions if it’s too difficult to choose only one. Ok, here ya go….
1. Taking into account the last two seasons of Dancing With The Stars in 2013, who do you think deserves an award for Top Female Pro?
2. From the last two seasons of Dancing With The Stars in 2013, who do you think deserves an award for Top Male Pro?
3. Now taking your top two picks from above, which pro deserves the Vanguard Professional Dancer Award for 2013?
4. The Best Dancing With The Stars Troupe Members in 2013 were __________________ and ___________________. (Try to name only two)
5. Taking into account the last two seasons of Dancing With The Stars in 2013, who were your top 3 favorite couples? Rate them in order as well.
6. The celebrity dancer to surprise me the most in 2013 was ________________________.
7. The celebrity dancer to tug on my heart strings the most in 2013 was _________________________.
8. The Most “Entertaining” Celebrity Dancer of 2013 was ________________________.
9. The “Best” Celebrity Dancer of 2013 was _________________________.
Good luck and see you in comments! As always, thanks for your fun participation and here’s to Dancing With The Stars in 2014. xxx
Well. As I said last week, if you score normally, and don’t make the margin between the upper tier of dancers super tiny, then you stop having “shocking” eliminations. It only took them ten weeks to figure it out. Or maybe Leah had just served her purpose of getting more famous people in the audience. Either way, she was eliminated and it didn’t take much for that to happen. Here are the judges scores for both dances – those in grey are my predictions…well, my second set of predictions. I wasn’t sure which way they were going to go with. Glad they selected option number 2.
These scores led to the following vote requirements.
Note that in week 9, the margin between Leah and Liz was less than 7k votes. This week, when they aren’t over inflating everyone’s score trying to get rid of Bill, Leah needed well more than 17k votes per million votes cast to get to Jack, Amber or Corbin. Here’s what caused her to be eliminated – all of the following happened: Read more..
Thanks to Selindira for sending, below is a new interview with Inside Dance (Suri) and Tony Dovolani for those interested. Tony talks of his career in dancing, his dance studios, his dance partners on Dancing With The Stars (I love what he says on Wynonna), what it’s like behind the scenes (pay close attention to this part. He mentions how some have two personalities on and off camera but, he only has one. what?), and the “haters” at the end and how he deals with them (what about when you “hate”, Tony?).
Hey All! Be sure you see Kerli’s new blog at her official site when you get a moment. Below is a take about what she wrote about the show and her experience. There is also a really cool gallery at the link with some “behind the scene” takes of she and the cast. Too cool. I love her! Thanks to Elmari for sending us this news!
….There are hundreds of people working on the set and everyone is not only the best at what they do but a truly sweet human being. Love this team so much, especially the make up trailer ran by a flock of epic ladies.
The dances, of course were amazing…it’s so cool to see people get on the show willing to win or make a fool out of themselves in front of 16 million people. It’s all about pushing your own limits after all…I also love that the celebrities are so diverse…how rad is it to watch Chaz Bono stand tall in the spotlight, inspiring every LGBT kid out there to not be ashamed of who they are. Kudos!!
Access Hollywood has posted a new interview they did with Maks Chmerkovskiy this week (I think this took place last Monday before he judged the show?). He talks of how he’s not coming back as a dancer on Dancing With The Stars and why. He also talks of judging and who will win Dancing With The Stars Season 17 and lots more.
And below is an On The Red Carpet interview as well…
ABC has issued details for the finale of Dancing With The Stars Season 17. As well as the freestyles, I can’t wait for the Samba Relay. The two nights are going to be jam packed. Below is more.
“Episode 1711 & 1711A” — After 10 weeks of entertaining, stylized dancing from Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff, Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke, Bill Engvall & Emma Slater and Amber Riley & Derek Hough, only one couple will be crowned “Dancing with the Stars” Champions. These four remaining couples will have one last opportunity to impress the judges and the viewers on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), concluding with the Season Finale, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
On MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), “Dancing with the Stars” season 16 Champion Kellie Pickler returns to open up the show with her country hit “Little Bit Gypsy,” accompanied by the pro dancers. The four remaining couples will then compete in three rounds of dance. In the first round, each couple will take on the “Judges Pick” and repeat a selected routine from earlier in the season. In round two, the couples will be challenged to a Samba relay, where each pair dances to a different section of the same song. The Samba relay will be accompanied by 90’s hip hop group TLC who will perform their classic hit “No Scrubs.” In the last round, and one of the biggest competitive dances of the season, the couples take on a supersized freestyle featuring special effects, additional dancers and unexpected surprises. At the end of night, one couple will be eliminated based on the previous weeks’ viewer votes, combined with the judges’ scores from Monday night.
In the two-hour Season Finale on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) and in the the last element of competition, the couples will perform a new routine as part of a “24 Hour Fusion Challenge.” During Monday night’s show, the remaining couples will choose songs for their competitors that fuse two contrasting dance styles and they’ll all have less than 24 hours to prepare that dance for judges’ points the following night. The finale will feature performances by Lady Antebellum who will perform their new single “Compass,” and Enrique Iglesias will sing his current hit “Heart Attack.” The entire celebrity cast returns including: Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, Brant Daugherty, Keyshawn Johnson, Christina Milian, Bill Nye, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Leah Remini and Valerie Harper who will dance with partner Tristan MacManus to a version of “What a Wonderful World” by singer Colbie Caillat. In addition, Ylvis will perform their hit single “The Fox,” accompanied by select celebrity and pro dancers. At the end of the night, the public vote from Monday night will be combined with the judges’ scores from both nights to crown the Season 17 Champion.
Be sure to read more at ABC. Thanks to @DWTSgossip for the heads up!
Our resident poet, Lois, is back with another one of her energetic poems and this time for Dancing With The Stars week 10! She puts it all into perspective. Well done again, Lois!
MY POEM FOR WEEK TEN
A MARVELOUS MAKSIM-UM MONDAY NIGHT!
The semi-finals was A MARVELOUS MAKSIM-UM MONDAY NIGHT!
MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY returned in a blaze of glory, a glorious sight
This was deemed by the ballroom as MAKSIM’S “JUDGE”MENT DAY
He took his place of honor with Carrie Ann, Len, Bruno, came to play
The opening was fit for a KIng, a Golden Masked Ball, a sparkling fete
The dancers whirling, twirling, and swirling, a sparkling, sensational feat
A twist of the music faced the dancers, two versions of the same song
Two dances were performed, a comparison struck as they went along
The Cha-Cha-Cha of Bill and Emma, bloomed with fit syncopation beat
Their Argentine Tango oozed passion, intensity, a floating, very sexy treat
The Tango of Corbin and Karina afire with a fiery, ferocious, fierce tone
Their Rumba strikingly beautiful with magical movements, as if all alone
The Paso Doble of Leah and Tony high-stepping, neat, sharp, precise
Their Argentine Tango to a string ensemble, soaring with lifts so nice
The Jazz by Derek, Amber, a happy, slappy, snappy, clappy, hand jive
Their Viennese Waltz tempting, teasing, tantalizing, twirling, came alive
The Jazz by Jack and Cheryl, a razz-ma-tazzled, snazzle-jazzled dance
Their Argentine Tango full of dynamic, intense, daring, passion, romance
The dancing complete on A MARVELOUS MAKSIM-UM MONDAY NIGHT
Leah and Tony eliminated one week short in the Mirror Ball Trophy fight
Next week the Fabulous Two-Night Finale, Monday and Tuesday will be
A superb, spectacular, scintillating, stunning two nights of Must-See TV!
Written By Lois A Troutman, November 20, 2013
The ballroom was A MARVELOUS MAKSIM-UM MONDAY NIGHT!
MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY’s “JUDGE”-MENT DAY, A DELIGHT!
It’s Afterbuzz TV time!! Julz Tocker joins them with their new reviews for the Semi-finals of Dancing With The Stars Season 17! This time I was ok with most of their reviews until Suri started her review on Amber. Also, note how Suri thought Bill should have went home. Listen through and let us know what you think if interested.
Carrie Anne Inaba wrote about last night’s dances at Parade.com. She also talks of Maks and how they are so much alike. As I started to read over her words, I knew right where it was heading being they are both “Capricorns”. Below are her thoughts about the final four….
Now, I have to say that at the beginning of the season, I would never in a million years have guessed that our finalists would have turned out to be Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Corbin Blue and Karina Smirnoff, Amber Riley and Derek Hough, and Bill Engvall and Emma Slater. I thought for sure we’d see Elizabeth Berkley in there as well as either Brant Daughtry, Nicole Snooki P, or Christina Milian. I mean, we had the best set of dancers to start off with in all 17 seasons. We started out with some incredible talent, the likes of which we hadn’t seen since our All-Star Season. I think that’s what made it more exciting in many ways. Losing great dancers like that was frustrating, but it was also fascinating to watch. I know it is frustrating on many levels for those who want the “best dancers” in the finals, but I do think that we have two of the best dancers and two of the most improved in the finals. And this is a nice representation of what the show is about.
I will say that by reading my Twitter feed and commentary, it is quite apparent that the fans and our wonderful audience are really split on how they want this to turn out. Some are absolutely up in arms about Corbin and Amber having so much dance in their background. And there are just as many who are upset that Bill has made it this far. But mostly everyone agrees that Jack deserves to be in the finals. It’s interesting to read all the different opinions. I think it’s fantastic that our audience is so passionate about it. I want to say that learning ballroom after being a “commercial” dancer or a jazz dancer or a hip-hop dancer is not as easy as you think. You have to unlearn many things. There is such a specific technique to ballroom and Latin that it can almost drive a jazz/hip-hop dancer insane. After dancing many years with your weight placed one way, your posture slightly forward for the most part, using your head to accentuate every move, learning to keep your head still, posture completely altered, and the weight placement on your feet different depending on the dance is challenging and extremely frustrating. It’s like dancing in a metal cage after being free to express yourself. But that is what makes this competition so interesting even for those who have had dance experience in their background.
Lots more at Parade.com.