This weekend, Dancing With The Stars Derek Hough attended the 2015 Killick Klassik Dancesport In Boca Raton, Florida. For lots of fun coverage including photos and videos, see Pure Derek Hough. Derek also stopped by to visit with WPLG Local 10 while in town about the new season of Dancing With The Stars. He’s healed up from his injury and ready to go. He also talks on Len Goodman….
As you know from yesterday’s report, Len Goodman will not be a judge for Dancing With The Stars Season 21. However, he could be involved in some capacity. There are also plans to have guest judges.
Also, Lizze Grubman (Tony Dovolani’s publicist), confirmed at twitter last night that Tony Dovolani will not be a judge as we suspected.
And the question on all of our minds, will there be a new fourth judge? Nothing has been confirmed yet, but, Yahoo News has mentioned “a permanent fourth judge will not be appointed”. Thanks to Meghan for this heads up.
The guest judges filling Goodman’s shoes have yet to be named, but a permanent fourth judge will not be appointed.
Again, we stress, nothing is official or confirmed yet!! Judging very much seems to still be in the working stages?
Oh, and isn’t this new ad for Dancing With The Stars Season 21 fun? Thanks to Trisha Cannon for recording.
DWTSGossip dropped this interesting tidbit yesterday:
Which seems to point to Len finally bowing out as head judge, and some new blood being brought in to round out the panel. All signs seem to point to a male judge (not sure I could handle a panel of Carrie Ann “I Score with My Vagina, Not My Brain” Inaba, Bruno the Flamboyant, and Julianne, who can be a bit hit-or-miss), and a lot of folks seem to think it’s Tony – likely because he expressed interest in the position in an interview recently. Others are throwing out Louis & Maks’ names, and yet others are thinking it’s someone different altogether – I fall in the latter, as my gut is telling me that DWTS might borrow from another country’s version of the show and tap Jean Marc Genereaux from Danse avec les Stars in France (and DWTSGossip did mention that he/she had heard that DWTS France “would be involved in some way”). I think there’s also a possibility that DWTS may try to “borrow” one of the ballroom choreographers from SYTYCD (Jean Marc or Tony Meredith fit the bill), or we might see Corky’s name thrown back in the mix. I do think the new judge will likely be someone who specializes in ballroom, though, as Len’s shoes are big ones to fill in terms of ballroom experience.
So assuming all of this is true – who do you guys think the new judge might be, and why? Tell us in the poll and the comments!
A TV Heads Up: In case you missed it the first time, ABC is re-airing the Dancing With The Stars 10th Anniversary show on Sunday, May 31st. Be sure to tune in. It’s a great show. Thanks to Jennifer for the heads up.
Ali Lanyon, Pennsylvania Co-Anchors the very early Morning News show from 4:30 am to 7 am on WHTM TV, ABC27, Harrisburg, PA. She also wears a Reporter’s Hat for the station. She filed Backstage Reports from The Monday and Tuesday Finale shows. Also, seen commenting on the video clips are her Morning News Co-Anchor James Crummel. And the Morning News Weather Anchor, Brett Thackara.
She interviewed Tom Bergeron, Noah Galloway, Sharna Burgess, Riker Lynch, Allison Holker, Val Chmerkovskiy, Rumer Willis, and Carrie Ann Inaba. She also did a fun segment on those with tickets waiting outside the studio to get in. Even if you have a ticket, there is a chance you will be turned away.
Please check out Ali’s reports at the following links:
By Lois A Troutman, May 23, 2015
Finale – Part Two
The Perfect 10 Tenth Anniversary, Season 20, came to a close. From start to finish, an air of celebration permeated inside and outside of the Ballroom. Champagne was sipped, the bubbly flowing freely! The show was vibrant, jam-packed with dancing, singing, remembrances, Ike a non-stop party! A brand-new pristine white outdoor stage was debuted! A highlight was a Rehearsal Blooper Reel with the cast being their playful selves! Tony Dovolani and the Pros spoofed a Bruce Willis movie Die Hard. Their version was Dance Hard! It was a cute, clever concept! A trip through the season was taken highlighting theme weeks, a double elimination, Trios, Team Dances, and the Semi-Finals. Stars talked about their fellow Finalists.
The Road to The Mirror Ball was paved with Gold! A brand-new, blinged-out Trophy awaited the winners at the Finish Line! The Finale was: Read more..
Sharna Burgess has written a last blog for Dancing With The Stars Season 20. She and Noah may not have won the Mirror Ball, but, she feels they won in another way. Sharna also thanks fans for their support. Below is more from Closer Weekly.
We may not have received the Mirror Ball Trophy, but Noah and I won this competition in so many other ways! He inspired me every minute of our journey together, and I’m so thankful he trusted me to tell his inspiring story through dance.
It takes an extremely brave individual to overcome what Noah has gone through. Noah gave me his all on the dance floor each and every week, and I could not be more proud of him. He pushed me creatively and it has been incredible to choreograph his routines. Noah is and will always be my hero.
Thank you to our Team Shway fans for your support throughout this DWTS season! We are beyond grateful for your part in our journey and adore each and every one of you! I hope to see you at my newest venture, Dance Fuzion, a three-day weekend dance convention that gives people from all experience levels the opportunity to learn from choreographers and celebrity dancers from around the world. Much love!
Awww, I love her so much and what an unforgettable pairing not only for their inspiration, but, for their amazing lines and lifts. To read Sharna’s last blog of the season in full, see Closer Weekly.
Kristyn Burtt, Dava Darv, and Suri Serano review the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale. Let us know what you think as always….
Finale – Part One
Freedom – Performing without restriction, the state of being free, a right or a privilege to be able to live in freedom, ease of movement or performance
The Finales of Dancing With The Stars are populated with highly anticipated Freestyles. There are no restrictions, the sky is the limit for the creative juices to be flowing. Freestyles can range from an epic production to a subdued dance telling a story. Any number of elements can make up a Freestyle. A Freestyle is usually a water cooler subject. A freestyle can be remembered as a highlight of the Dancing With The Stars viewing experience!
Some of my favorite Freestyles – Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke – Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy; Julianne Hough and Helio Castroneves – Banana Man Quickstep; Julianne Hough and Apollo Anton Ohno – their adorable Hip Hop routine; Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson – their high energy, tap happy dance; there are too many to mention.
The pairs had two dances to do for the finale – their repeated personal choices and the Freestyles.
The Tenth Anniversary. Season 20, Finale Freestyles were done in:
The Spirit of Freedom
Freestyle Spirit – Set One
Noah and Sharna
Contemporary – Titanium
With Troupe Assist
Noah the Vulnerable, depicting a heartbeat of pain
A powerful reality exhibition, a spirit of steel
With heart and love, poetic and meaningful
Breaking out, being free celebration
An inspirational transformation
Freestyle Spirit – Set Two
Riker and Allison
Contemporary – I Won’t Dance
With Troupe Assist
Broadway Revue Blockbuster, a spotlight for Riker
With flair, finesse, and piñache ala Fred Astaire
All the elements of a Freestyle
A strike down Riker’s alley, the past meets the present
Full of dazzling razz-ma-razz and pizzazz
Freestyle Spirit – Set Three
Rumer and Val
Argentine Tango/Contemporary Fusion – Toxic
A cover of Rumer on vocals, Val on violin
Their own personal stamp and personal expression
Completely their own, pure and brave
Intoxicating, invigorating, bewitching intensity
Sharp, staccato sensational movements
Perfect depiction of their style and journey
Personal Choice – Set One
Noah and Sharna
Argentine Tango – Rather Be
Clarity of movement, connection of partners
Picturesque bends and lifts
With newly-found confidence, subtle nuances
Owning the space, with a survivor spirit
Personal Choice – Set Two
Riker and Allison
Jack Sparrow Paso Doble – He’s A Pirate
A showstopper, blockbuster, fierce, fabulous
Powerful Jack-Of-All-Trades Paso
Treasure trove of content, a barn-storming devil
A swashbuckling, epic, dynamic dance
Personal Choice – Set Three
Rumer and Val
Foxtrot – Take Me To Church
Lyrical, light-as-air, swirling, twirling
Purely exquisite, like poetry in motion
Lovely flair of movements, pure Ballroom Bliss
A flawless exhibition of Dancing Royalty
The pairs laid it all out on the dance floor. Their devotion, determination, and spirit shown through dance. Their spirits were soaring as Finale Night – Part One came to a close.
The Spirit of Freedom was exhibited in many ways. Deeply personal emotions were on full display. The spirit of happiness and fun was on full display. The Freestyles were danced with spirit into the Dancing With The Stars Memory Books!
Written By Lois A Troutman, May 20, 2015
Please stay tuned for Finale – Part Two
Lot’s of fun below to watch thanks to PopTVDotCom….