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PureDWTS Miscellaneous Media – New Rehearsal Photos, Pre-Emmy Goodies

Hey Guys, just a little media round-up this morning! First, don’t miss heading to the Daily Mail for some new pictures of the cast arriving and leaving rehearsals yesterday for Dancing With The Stars. This time pics of Henry Byalikov, Gleb Savchenko, and Lindsay Arnold are included. These pics of Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd are fun too.

Zimbio Pictures also has some new pics of Karina Smirnoff as she attended a HBO Luxury Lounge Featuring Motorola And PANDORA Jewelry Emmy Party. As always, she has great style.

KarinaSmirnoffPreEmmyPartyHBO

More of our beautiful Karina at Zimbio Pictures.

Lastly, this is a huge huge day for Derek Hough! The 2013 Emmy Awards take place tonight. Miss Heidi sets us up with a review of him in his nominated categories (which includes videos) at Pure Derek Hough. Note that Derek is also PERFORMING tonight in a dance number which we think will take place before the Choreography awards are given out. In a new blog for TV Guide, Derek writes a little about the performance and feeling fortunate about being nominated….

It’s been kind of crazy this week because I’m also in rehearsals for the Emmys. If you haven’t heard, the Outstanding Choreography award is being presented on the main show for the first time ever and all the nominees are putting together a big number for the show with Neil Patrick Harris. It’s such an amazing honor to be part of this and to be able to perform and choreograph on the TV industry’s biggest night. It’s all looking awesome. It’s just one big number. Some of the nominees will be making an appearance and some won’t be. I want to tell you all about it, but I can’t! It’s funny — the producers told us to tweet pictures and videos this week to get people excited, so we started doing that and then they’re like, “OK, stop. We don’t want to give everything away.” But it’s really cool. It’s a nod to a lot of the shows that are nominated. It’s really diverse and just the costumes alone will blow your mind.

I’ve been very fortunate to be nominated twice this year. It sounds so clichéd, but it really is an honor. I’m not worried or nervous. I’ve been getting a lot of amazing comments from people and those mean a lot. Honestly, it would be amazing if I were lucky enough to win, but I’m excited to see what happens either way. There are some incredible people nominated and they all deserve to win. And if I don’t win, I’ll be a two-time loser! It’s happened to me before, so I’d be able to say that I’m a two-time loser twice! But the past times I’ve been nominated, I didn’t really enjoy the whole experience. This time, I’m really taking everything in. Right now is one of those rare times where choreographers are well-known. Our work is typically in the background, but shows like Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance have really allowed people to connect to us and learn about us so much so that we can be on the Emmys ceremony. It’s special.

It’s going to be a great night. More at Pure Derek Hough on some other Pre-Emmy goodies. All the latest on Derek tonight will be posted there as soon as possible.

Ok, and that makes this post a wrap for now! ;) xx

September 22, 2013 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.

DWTS Executive Producer Conrad Green And Cast Comment On Dancing With The Stars Season 17

And the fun has just begun!!! USA Today has a cool piece up with quotes from the new cast of Dancing With The Stars and why they decided to dance, etc. Dancing With The Stars producer Conrad Green also comments on the cast. Below is a take.

“I feel like it’s one of the best (fields) we’ve had in years. Every single person justifies their place,” executive producer Conrad Green says of the new dancing dozen. “We wanted to get people with compelling stories. We wanted to get people who will be able to put on a show for us. We wanted something that would appeal to every age of the family and we’ve got that with this cast.”

A strong field could help the long-running dance competition as it shrinks from two shows a week to one, eliminating the Tuesday results show.

“It’s a critical season for us. We’re going to one night a week. We really want to make a bang with it and we know the single biggest determining factor in how well the show does is the cast,” Green says.

The new dancers are excited about the opportunity.

“I’ve always been a fan of the show and I am in the best shape of my life, so I feel if I can lose 50 pounds in six months, I can learn the waltz,” says Polizzi, who gave birth to son Lorenzo last year, in an e-mail.

Standing out among the stars is Harper, best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, who in March said her life expectancy was three months. However, she is close to remission, a doctor says in an upcoming NBC special.

“She’s feeling great at the moment. Her treatment is working out wonderfully. I think she’s very much seizing life and doing things she wants to do and trying to give a positive message to people who are suffering from some of these terrible illnesses, that you can still get out and do things and really make the most of the time you have,” Green says of the 74-year-old actress, who was a dancer in her 20s. “It’s an incredibly positive and quite moving story.”

So exciting! You can read the story in full at USA Today.

September 4, 2013 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.

The Cast of Dancing with the Stars Season 17 IS… (Live Blog)

Here’s your new cast!! Discuss. And go here to see all the cast portraits!

Snookie with Sasha

Keyshawn Johnson with Sharna

Valerie Harper with Tristan

Brant Daughtery with Peta

Christina Milian with Mark

Bill Nye with Tyne

Elizabeth Berkley with Val

Corbin Bleu with Karina

Amber Riley with Derek

Bill Engvell with Emma

Jack Osborne with Cheryl

Leah Remini with Tony

Working on Video!!

Cast announcement

The Cast talks of DWTS Season 17 surprises

The new cast answers tweets

The pair offs

ETA1: They are pimping the crap out of this and are saying we have 44 minutes to the reveal. The dancers and celebs are on a big bus (video coming) and Tom and Brooke are leading the way in a big convertible. A helicopter is clearly following them. This appears to be a big deal. ;-)

ETA2: Here’s a teasing vid from @dancingABC on Instagram. In other news, Nancy Grace is making me remember why I hated her pre-DWTS and she’s making me hate her again now.

ETA3: Well, some of the folks in the comments found this list which seems to be at least part of the cast list…from GMA

Derek’s view from the bus:

Derek's view from the bus

Here’s your troupe -

The troupe on GMA

Lindsay’s view of Times Square
Lindsay's time square pic

Brooke with the list:
Brooke

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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. :-)

DWTS Mark Ballas, Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd Celebrate National Dance Day At The Dizzy Feet Foundation Gala

You won’t want to miss viewing some fabulous new photos of Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas and Lindsay Arnold attending the 3rd Annual Dizzy Feet Foundation’s Celebration Of Dance Gala at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California last night at Getty Images.

As far as we know, Peta Murgatroyd also attended this event and was planning to dance with Mark Ballas according to her twitter, but, Getty doesn’t have any new photos of her.

The three were on tap as well as other dancers and celebs to celebrate National Dance Day! All proceeds from the event funds and supports dance and dance education for children in low-income areas. Dizzy Feet also provides scholarships to students and supports and increases quality of dance education in the United States.

To see a round up of pictures from the night for other stars who attended like Paula Abdul, Allison Holker, and more, see Wire Images.

ADDING: According to @DMITRYDREAMTEAM at twitter, former Dancing With The Stars pro Dmitry Chaplin was also at this event. He performed with Anya Garnis. Anya tweeted this picture.

ADDING 2: Sharna Burgess also attended this event. Wow, she looks gorgeous too. Check her out!! It’s good to see her return back to California!!

July 28, 2013 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.

Dancing With The Stars Lindsay Arnold Attends Miss USA Pageant (Photos)

How about this dress? Last night, Dancing With The Stars Lindsay Arnold graced the Red Carpet at the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino!! If you’d like to view more pictures of Lindsay, see Zimbio Pictures.

June 17, 2013 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.

Vote for Your Favorites in the PureDWTS Season 16 End-of-Season Awards!!!

 Ok gang, now that the hype has had some time to die down…it’s time to vote for your favorites & least favorites in this season’s end-of-season awards :-) Pretty self-explanatory – just select what you think is the best option for each category and submit it.  “But Courtney, you don’t have my favorite listed!!!” Yes, there is an option for write-ins…HOWEVER…

…after the absolute chaos that was the HUNDREDS of write-in votes last season, I’m going to really crack down on the write-in votes.  If you absolutely MUST write-in a response other than the ones we have listed (and I took great pains to include the responses that I thought would be the most likely choices for each category), you MUST do so with a certain format in mind…for example, if you were trying to write in “Zendaya & Val’s Argentine tango” for the best dance, you MUST do it just like I typed it – captalize the first names of the celeb first, then the pro; throw an “&” in the middle, and then put the type of dance after that.  Examples of what not to do: “zendaya val tango” or “Zendaya tango” or “any dance Zendaya did!!!!” Yeah, especially that last one – you get to choose ONE DANCE, not 13.  Any responses that don’t fit the scheme I just laid out are getting thrown out – sorry guys, but I just don’t have the energy (or desire) to weed through 300+ nonsensical, misspelled, & obnoxious responses.  Got it? Good.  Now vote away :-) We’ll share the results in the coming weeks.  Read more..

June 4, 2013 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!

After Buzz TV Discusses The DWTS Season 16 Finale With Sharna Burgess And Lindsay Arnold

Below is After Buzz TV’s new podcast of the Dancing With The Stars Season 16 finale. This time dance pros Sharna Burgess and Lindsay join Kristyn Burtt and co-host Suri Serano. Enjoy!

May 23, 2013 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.

DWTS Kym Johnson, Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd Featured In US Weekly Disco Spread

Awww, isn’t this a fun spread including dance pros Kym Johnson, Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, and Peta Murgatroyd?!! It’s part of a new feature called “Disco With The Stars” in this week’s issue of US Weekly. Be sure up a copy!! It’s available on news stands everywhere. Gorgeous!

Photo courtesy of US Weekly’s photographer @jenhalps at twitter.

May 22, 2013 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.

Andy Dick, Show Us Your Dance Moves; Aly Raisman Discusses New Dances For DWTS Finals

I can’t stop cracking up! What a way to start the morning! See what I mean below…

It’s going to be fun to see Andy again next week, isn’t it?!!

Aly has also a written a new blog for parade.com. She talks of how much she’s grown as a person on Dancing With The Stars. She never expected to have this much fun or to make it this far. Below she talks about Jacoby, the competition, and her new dances with Mark.

It feels amazing to make it to the finals. I’ve been saying all along that I just really want to make it to this point, and then whatever place I get, I’ll be happy with that. Of course, I’d love to win, but I’ve gotten so much out of this competition that whatever I get I’ll be happy. I’m going to work so hard this week. Whatever happens, it’s meant to be. I can’t work any harder, so it’s kind of up to America now.

I don’t think Jacoby’s intimidated by us three girls at all — or at least he shouldn’t be! America loves him. He just won the Super Bowl and he has an amazing personality, so I think he feels really confident. At the same time, he works so hard and he wants it — all of us want to win. I think it’s going to be a close competition. I’ll be so happy for whoever wins. I don’t know who my biggest competition is because you don’t know whether America is going for the best dancer to win or if they’re looking for someone with a fun personality, or someone who has improved a lot. It just depends on who America is looking for. No one knows what place everyone is in.

Next Monday, we have the samba and the cha-cha challenge with the other three couples, freestyle, and the 24-hour challenge, so this week is a lot of dances, but I’m really excited. It’s the last time we have to perform out there, so it’s sad because I’ve been having so much fun. I just want to make the most of these next few days and enjoy it.

Aly has really grown on me. I can’t wait to see her in the Finals. I hope she just keeps having fun and letting loose. More at parade.com.

May 16, 2013 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.

DWTS 16, Week 8 – Power Rankings

Well, this is probably going to be a pretty short ranking, because besides nursing a killer migraine…tonight just kind of sucked.

Ballroom round? Too short, and pretty ho-hum.  Trio round? Only one real standout, a couple that were so-so, and the rest were fails.  And of course, Len continues to be a horrible human being.  I miss Andy more than I thought :-( Let’s get this over with…

1.) Zendaya & Val – First off, I probably would have picked a different song for their foxtrot – the fact that it’s a capella made it feel a bit thin & boring.  On top of that, it seemed like it took a little too long to get into the dance, and what I saw, while pleasant to watch, didn’t really excite me.  As for their salsa trio – where was the salsa? I saw a lot of vaguely hip-hoppy stuff and a lot of side-by-side actions, but very little interaction between Zendaya herself and the two guys she was supposed to be dancing with.  And I generally just found some of the choreography to be a bit odd – once again, rather stop-and-go.  It wasn’t a bad dance, per se, but I would dispute the fact that it was a salsa and call attention to the fact that the bulk of it was done individually, as opposed to in couples.  Hell, salsa’s even one of the easier dances to do with 3 people…would it really have been that hard to do a bit more work in-hold? Oh well…they’ve got a 58, so they don’t even have to worry about it…

2.) Kellie & Derek – I feel like they were the only couple tonight that really put a ton of thought into both of their performances, and even figured out a clever way to link the two together.  The Viennese waltz was very pretty, though I would have liked a little bit more of it to be in-hold, because Kellie can handle it; the paso trio was the only dance that really stuck out in my mind tonight, because it was so exciting to watch and it was the only one that actually seemed to work WITH the props they chose, as opposed to just having them there (like several other couples).  Len’s score AND his comment to Bruno about having “something up his ass”? Uncalled for, inappropriate, and I’m just done with that SOB.  If Fox can issue an apology for Steve Tyler’s behavior on Idol, then they can certainly issue one for Len’s behavior on DWTS.  Dude is seriously crossing the line.

3.) Aly & Mark – Man, they’re REALLY trying to make Aly “happen”, aren’t they? Yes, she has grown – somewhat – in her time on DWTS, but I still find her a bit underwhelming to watch.  I actually agreed with (ack) Carrie Ann about her Argentine tango – for as acrobatic & flexible as Aly is, her leg lines seemed a little…weak.  I don’t think it was 29-worthy – maybe 27-worthy.  As for the jive trio – it wasn’t bad, but it was just so BLAND.  Part of it was Aly, but I really just found the choreography to be a bit blah as well – Mark seemed to be erring on the side of safe again.  I have to wonder if she’s not getting the votes – because they seem to be scoring her awfully kindly these days.

4.) Jacoby & Karina – The Viennese waltz was better than I expected, though not his best dance.  Liked the drama of it, but I thought it could be a bit neater.  Actually enjoyed their paso trio with Cheryl, but I feel like the only real problem seemed to be that there was just so much choreography jam-packed into that routine that Jacoby got a little distracted…which could explain why he just kind of flung Cheryl off to the side.  I think they just got so caught up trying to show everything that Jacoby was capable of doing that they may have overwhelmed him.  But overall, I thought he did pretty well with both of his dances tonight…let’s hope that translates into safety.  Not sure what to think after he ended up in jeopardy last week…

5.) Ingo & Kym – Eee gad…this partnership really kind of imploded this week, didn’t it? Kym seems like she’s at her wits end, and Ingo got really, really whiny this time around – that package did not do them any favors.  For all the fussing that they were doing, I think their foxtrot turned out halfway-ok…it was definitely better than Sean’s tango, despite a few little stutters.  The jive trio was basically a dud – you could tell the ladies did everything they could to ensure that Ingo was moving as minimally as possible during that dance, as they did most of the heavy-duty dancing; there was also a rather prolonged entry & exit, perhaps to cut back on the time that Ingo was actually dancing.  I think they’re definitely bottom 2 fodder tomorrow night, and might even end up going home.  They’re just getting hard to watch…

6.) Sean & Peta – Well, I think Sean is probably the weakest dancer left, and I think the judges made clear that it’s Sean they want gone tomorrow night.  The tango felt stompy & awkward, and I could tell that Peta was doing a good deal of backleading in that one.  Jazz trio? Despite having Sharna there to at least offer up some good advice, I think Sean’s trio was probably the biggest fail of the evening.  Like Ingo’s trio, it seemed like they tried to put the ladies front & center whenever they could, and had them doing most of the real moving…although I feel like there was even less actual dancing in this dance than Ingo’s, and Sean was even more awkward attempting some of the jazz steps than Ingo was with the jive steps.  I was pretty much done with Shawn a few weeks ago, and I’m definitely ready to see him go now…the question is: will it be him, or Ingo?

So was anyone else let down by this week’s dances? Go ahead and sound off, I need to lie down…

May 6, 2013 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!