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DWTS Season 23 Calvin Johnson On What Dancing Has Been Like Compared To Football And More

It’s fascinating when you think of how football and dancing can have so much in common. Calvin Johnson talked with the Detroit Free Press about it this week and how he and Lindsay have been rehearsing for his footwork. However for week 3 on Dancing With The Stars, Calvin will have to get in frame for their Viennese Waltz. Read on for more…

This Wednesday, the dance duo was planning to board a flight to Detroit around 6 a.m. – roughly 8 hours after Tuesday’s show – and head to the studio upon landing for rehearsals.

Johnson said that some of his football skills apply directly to ballroom dance. “I think that the footwork can correlate. I actually brought a footwork ladder into the dance studio and Lindsay actually was keeping up with me on some of the drills I was teaching her.”

But his amazing reach and range on the field, which ESPN’s “Sport Science” once calculated gave him the ability cover the equivalent of a two-car garage from a standing position? “That’s totally different,” he said. “Football is a more violent sport. This is really all about control. You want to be kind of graceful with it.”

Control is one area that the 6-foot-5 Johnson is working on improving, according to Arnold. “He has long legs, so we’re trying to make sure it looks like he’s controlling everything that he does. He definitely got so much better. There’s still room for improvement and that’s what we need to work on this week,” she said.

“We have a Viennese waltz (next week,) so we’re back in frame again. I think it’s really important for him to be smooth and to look very elegant and kind of show that different side.”

Is Johnson scared of any particular dance coming up, say, the Viennese waltz? “I mean, I have to be honest, because I don’t even know the names (of the dances) before I hear them,” he said with a laugh. “I’m just taking it as it comes, just learning new steps every day.”

This week, Johnson’s parents visited the show. “My mom, she’ll just say that anything I try to do, I do well,” he said. As for his father, “He was tickled. … He would never have expected me to be dancing, period. He’s laughing at me having a good time and probably learning some dance moves.”

Johnson sees his competition not as past NFL players like Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward and Donald Driver, each of whom won the show’s coveted mirror ball trophy.

“There’s a lot of past NFL stars that have done well on the show. but I’m kind of in the now,” he said. “I have some great competition, especially in (Olympic gold medalist) Laurie (Hernandez) and Val (Chmerkovskiy). That’s some tough competition. She already has the moves of a dancer.”

Added Megatron, “I’m the only one in my way right now. If I can just do what Lindsay’s telling me to do, be sharp and make it look good, we can make it all the way.”

To read the full article, see Detroit Free Press. Also, if you haven’t read Lindsay’s interview with ET Online yet, it’s a must read too at this link.

September 22, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 3 – Who’s Dancing What…and When? And against who?

So, dance offs. Great potential for some rigging of who the producers would prefer goes home.  Unless they actually let the celebs pick…but that seems unlikely, since Sharna already knows their dance style and they can’t dance against someone who already had that style. Right? One would think so. So, if Sharna/James have Cha Cha, they have to be dancing against someone who hasn’t had Cha Cha yet. The people who HAVE danced Cha Cha? Rick, V.Ice, Calvin and…Laurie. So James won’t be dancing against Laurie, which gives her an easy row to hoe. Unless Laurie gets Jana and Jana absolutely kills it, Laurie will get immunity as expected. I suppose Marilu could beat her…but a 16 year old gymnast against Marilu hardly seems like a fair fight.  But Marilu has a secret weapon that Laurie doesn’t – Derek. Could be interesting.

But where are the points coming from? This past Monday? Or their score on this coming monday? Sounds like a potential clusterf*%k. 🙂

ETA: According to a new Extra interview at Facebook this morning, Babyface and Allison have a jive. ~Vogue

ETA2: Per Maks’ blog, the couples dance the same style and get scores. Highest score of the pair of couples is immune from elimination.

ETA3: Everyone thank Derek for all the info in his blog this week. And he says many of the same things we do here. Interesting how they are predictable pitting Laurie against Marilu.

ETA4: According to ET, Lindsay and Calvin have a Viennese waltz. They are dancing against Sasha and Terra who have the same style of dance as you know. Calvin and Lindsay will be dancing to ‘It’s a Woman’s World.’ ~Vogue

ETA5: James and Sharna’s song is “Big Trouble” by Outasight. Thanks to @MaddiRoseL for letting us know.

ETA6: According to a new radio interview, Maureen and Artem have a Salsa.

ETA7: According to the ABC Press Release, below are the faceoffs with the songs and dance styles. Sounds like a bit of a repeat of the last results show, with the exception of the performances.

Florida Georgia Line, CMA Award winners for Vocal Duo of the Year, will perform their number one hits “Cruise” and “H.O.L.Y.,” and Fitz and The Tantrums will perform “HandClap,” from their self-titled album. Viewers will also have a chance to see the couples’ dances from the previous night one more time. The show will be packed with never-before-seen footage, including extended training packages, exclusive interviews with the couples and judges, and a glimpse of what’s to come on week four of “Dancing with the Stars.”

ETA8: Here’s the running order per George Pennachio. Interesting. Kind of appears that the people we expect to win are dancing FIRST in the dance off. I’ll be curious to see if this holds up.

Babyface and Allison VERSUS Jana and Gleb – Jive
Babyface: 1-800-868-3402 (Song: “Great Gosh A’Mighty” by Little Richard)
Jana: 1-800-868-3406 (Song: “Too Many Fish in the Sea” by Bette Midler)
Babyface First, Jana Second

Rick and Emma VERSUS V.Ice and Witney – Paso Doble
Rick: 1-800-868-3410 (Song: “Tamacun” by Rodrigo Y Gabriela)
V.Ice: 1-800-868-3413 (Song: “Save Tonight” by Zayde Wølf)
Rick 3rd, V.Ice 4th

James and Sharna VERSUS Ryan and Cheryl- Cha Cha Cha
James: 1-800-868-3405 (Song: “Big Trouble” by Outasight)
Ryan: 1-800-868-3411 (Song: “If It Ain’t Love” by Jason Derulo)
James 5th, Ryan 6th

Calvin and Lindsay VERSUS Terra and Sasha –Viennese Waltz
Calvin 1-800-868-3403 (Song: “Woman’s World” by BJ The Chicago Kid)
Terra 1-800-868-3412 (Song: “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls)
Terra 7th, Calvin 8th

Maureen and Artem VERSUS Amber and Maks – Salsa
Maureen: 1-800-868-3409 (Song: “Tres Deseos” (“Three Wishes”) by Gloria Estefan)
Amber: 1-800-868-3401 (Song: “Booty” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Iggy Azalea)
Amber 9th, Maureen 10th

Laurie and Val VERSUS Marilu and Derek – Tango
Laurie 1-800-868-3407 (Song: “Into the Sunset” (Headhunterz Radio Edit) by Crystal Lake featuring Kifi)
Marilu 1-800-868-3408 (Song: “Battle Cry” by Imagine Dragons)
Laurie 11th, Marilu 12th

September 21, 2016 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 Season 23 Week 2 Night 2 HQ Photos Of The Cast

Aren’t these some great shots of the cast from last night’s Results show on Dancing With The Stars? Beautiful. To see even more, click on any of the photos.

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Thank you Dancing With The Stars For Bringing Back The Pro Numbers!!

Below are the Pro Numbers which were featured on Dancing With The Stars Week 2’s results show tonight. Weren’t they amazing? The dance with Maks, Derek, and Cheryl was just stunning…EMMY MATERIAL! THANK YOU TPTB for bringing them back like this!! I’m so so happy!! This show just added more depth to it that it was lacking before. Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording.

The other two dances can be found in the Playlist at IdolXfactor.com.

Here are some You Tube versions:

September 20, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 2 – LIVE BLOG NIGHT TWO!!

Don’t forget, the site rules apply tonight as well. 😉

Figured I would do a new live blog so we can talk all the cheesy goodness here separately from the cheesy sorta goodness from last night. 🙂

I would like to start this post with an ode to Derek’s pants (and hair) from last night. “Oh jeans you’re cut so well, you hug that fine….”

I’m not a poet. I just know what I like. 😉 Read more..

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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 Lindsay Arnold And Calvin Johnson’s Urkel Dance Almost Didn’t Happen

Apparently, Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold’s Dancing With The Stars Week 2’s dance almost didn’t happen. Thank goodness it did. Here is more from ET….

While chatting with ET on Tuesday, Arnold explained that the former NFL pro was “bummed” when producers originally told him he wouldn’t be able to portray his favorite TV character.

“When they asked us what TV show we wanted to do, we submitted Family Matters, and that was the only one we were interested in doing — we really wanted it,” she confessed. “Calvin loves the show and I loved the song, so we were really pushing for it. But then on Monday, when they usually give us our music, we got ‘I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.'”

“I immediately called them and was like, ‘What happened?'” she continued. “They were like, ‘We’re so sorry, we couldn’t get the song cleared.’ That actually happens all the time. There are times where you will literally have taught your celebrity the entire routine, and then they can’t use the music anymore, so you have to switch up your routine. Thankfully, it wasn’t too late in the game.”

The next morning, Arnold headed to her creative meeting, where she started to let the crew know what she was envisioning for the costumes, lighting and set for the Popeye-themed performance.

“I walked in and they go, ‘Lindsay, we have a surprise for you, Family Matters cleared!'” she dished. “I was obviously so excited, but then in my mind I said, ‘OK, erase everything you just did and start completely brand new.’ It was perfect for Calvin. I’m so glad we were able to do that one!”

To read on the extra work they put into the dance to make it happen and more, see ET.

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 2 – Dancing by the Numbers!

Well, seems there was a bit of protective scoring going on – were we right to be worried about Terra? In any case, she did a great dance, she was just a bit overscored.

Unfortunately for Jake, Maureen had a good, nostalgic dance and Ryan overcame his protesters (and the heart shirts a bunch of people wore will likely touch hearts as well, and Amber is still dancing with Maks. I would be STUNNED if Maks were ever the first one out. Your pro won’t win you the show, but he should prevent you from being first out. Read more..

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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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 23, Week 2 – Power Rankings

I really do have kind of a love-hate relationship with TV weeks – and really, theme weeks in general.  They’ve brought us some really good dances, and they’ve brought us some pretty craptastic dances.  And a whole lotta awkward sh*t in between – this is what happens, kids, when you try to force a certain song to fit a certain dance, or try to force certain costuming to fit a certain dance, or a certain dance to fit a certain theme, etc. There was definitely some awkwardness last night that I would blame primarily on this week’s theme – I feel like Amber & Maks, Jake & Jenna, and Rob/Vanilla & Witney kinda got played by their assigned themes, while I commend Calvin & Lindsay and Babyface and Allison for making their theme work for them…particularly the latter, which I’ll get into more later. Also a lot of time wasting at the beginning of several of the dances, which seemed to be a pretty across-the-board thing, so I guess I can’t complain too much – although I will say some pros utilized the time wasting more than others.

And while I think the distraction of the protesters last week may have somewhat blurred any potential agenda by the judges, I felt like we really saw that agenda take shape awfully clearly this week: Laurie is the chosen one, and anyone that poses a threat to Laurie needs to be nitpicked, criticized, and underscored to protect her.  I think the only other celeb that escaped the judges unscathed besides Laurie was Terra, which is also somewhat problematic, which I will get into later; but why give a dance straight 8’s and then don’t explain ways in which it can be improved upon? If it’s truly perfect and you aren’t going to give any negative feedback, give it 10’s.  If you’re not giving it 10’s and you’re not offering up suggestions for improvement…something’s rotten in the state of Denmark.

Not sure if I’ll do another round of power rankings later tonight/early tomorrow or not (for next Monday’s elimination), as I’ve got some other things going on that are going to make the next 24 hours very, very busy for me, but for now…I guess take these as my predictions for who is going home tomorrow night, and I might just do an update tomorrow evening after we boot the first celeb. Read more..

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Peta Murgatroyd Reviews DWTS Season 23 Week 2 On Good Morning America

Peta Murgatroyd reviewed Dancing With The Stars Week 2 on Good Morning America today. She thinks Laurie and Val have a lot of potential to win the season. She thinks Rick and Emma are going home tonight (I wish they gave her more time to talk on the others). More below including a report on Ryan Lochte and how he is bouncing back. Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for his speedy recording.

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

HQ Photos Of Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Week 2 Night One – Which costumes did you like the most and the least?

Below are some photos of Dancing With The Stars Week 2 courtesy of Getty Images. To see more, just click the photos. I think I was wowed the most on Sharna and James costumes. Sharna’s hair was just stunning! Jana and Gleb looked so beautiful too. Least fave: Jenna and Jake! Who had your favorite and least favorite costumes?

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.