Afterbuzz TV Reviews Dancing With The Stars Week 10. As always, let us know what you think in comments. The video below goes LIVE at 7:00pm ET and you’ll be able to watch it anytime afterwards as well.
Fun fact: you can totally dominate an entire episode of DWTS with your antics, narrowly avoid elimination, and then turn around and withdraw 24 hours later – and somehow STILL get more attention once you’ve been eliminated than some contestants got all season long 😎 Yes, kids, this was the second installment of “The Tamar Show”, with Tom reminding us for nearly the entire first half of the show that we were going to get an update on Tamar – nevermind the fact that we had 4 celebs that were actually still competing on DWTS tonight, the people must know what’s been going on with Tamar!!! Yes, it sucks what happened, and despite my feelings about Tamar this season, I do wish her a speedy recovery – but the constant reminders of her last night? Just kinda did a disservice to Alek, Bindi, Carlos, & Nick. If next Monday is the same way – so help me god, I just might commit seppuku with a plastic knife.
Also becoming tiresome to me? The fact that Carlos still seems like he’s trying to come up with sob stories each week to compete with Bindi, Nick, & Alek. And they just sound totally disingenuous, on top of sounding a bit silly compared to the struggles of the other contestants remaining. Carlos says “I was depressed and addicted to weed!”; Nick can easily counter with “Yeah, I was pretty heavy into alcohol, cocaine, X, and prescription painkillers for awhile…failed at rehab…got a heart condition…did I mention my sister died of a drug overdose a few years ago? But please, tell me more about your crippling weed addiction.” Carlos pulls out “I haven’t spoken to my mom in 4 years!” Bindi can say “How awful! My dad died in a freak accident when I was 8 – I just wish he was still here.” Meanwhile, Nick is over in the corner, waving his hands and going “Hey, anyone want to talk about how my parents only want my money, and how I’ve had to cut ties with them as a result?” Oh wait…Carlos says he “found Jesus!” Wonder what Alek has to say about that…”Gosh, I only just found a terrorist on a train, and beat the tar out of him to protect the lives of the other people said train. Shucks.” I guess my point is this: Carlos may not have a super-compelling story to tell, but that doesn’t mean I want to see him grasp at straws to try and out-sob story everyone else. I probably would find him more likeable if I didn’t feel like he was constantly trying to one-up everyone else and just let his dancing do the talking.
As for the possible bomb Tom dropped at the end of the show about either Nick or Bindi having the lowest combined total – call me crazy, but I actually think there could have been some truth behind it. I just don’t see them lying about it – they could have very easily just called those two “in jeopardy” and not even mentioned anything about the lowest combined total, and the effect would have been the same. But they DID actually say “one of you has the lowest combined total, but you’re not going home because Tamar is out.” I don’t believe for a minute that it’s Bindi that got the lowest combined total, considering everywhere I look, people are singing her praises – but Nick? He could be in some legit trouble with votes. Now while his fans assure me that the Backstreet Boys “are HUGE around the world!” and that he is “getting tons of votes”, I feel like this is a good opportunity to remind everyone of a central tenet of being successful on DWTS: international votes aren’t likely to help much if you don’t also win over the main viewing demographic of DWTS – middle-aged, conservative-leaning American women. There hasn’t been a single DWTS champ that didn’t in some way appeal to that demographic, and in order to win, you HAVE to have them on your side. Is Nick appealing to that demographic? If so, is he making himself more appealing to that demographic than Bindi, Carlos, and Alek? Keep in mind that veterans (think J.R., Noah…and Alek) typically hold a lot of appeal for that demographic, as do those who are openly Christian (Sadie, Candace…and Carlos), and really anyone that is typically just bubbly and likable across the board (Kellie, and Bindi – particularly the latter, who seems to have enchanted just about everyone). Where do boyband members fit in? Only one has managed to win (Drew Lachey), and the rest have done ok-to-well, likely owing to their previous dance experience. One slight problem I see is this: Nick’s fans might still be a tad young to fit into the “middle aged” category – I was 13 when BSB posters covered my walls at the height of their popularity, and I’m 30 now…still 10 years shy of that “middle-aged” label. Part of me thinks his more casual fans might still be a tad young to be tuning into DWTS on the regular and actually voting – I know I’m really more of the exception than the norm. You also have to take into account what happened last week – Nick kinda got upstaged by Tamar’s drama, and Carlos likely got a bit of a boost (not a huge one, but enough) in votes from Alexa’s fans that kicked their votes over to him. Nick also dropped back down to getting mostly 9’s last week after getting a perfect score the previous week. When you take all of this into account – is it really all that far-fetched to think that maybe Nick really was the lowest combined total of votes & scores? Did his fans maybe get a bit complacent, thinking that so many people were voting for him that he would be ok if they maybe didn’t vote so hard a certain week? I just think back to Zendaya in season 16 – her fans were so sure that she was getting oodles of votes, yet she still managed to come up short in the end and Kellie took the MBT. Regardless of whether what Tom said last night was truth or a total fabrication, they likely did both Bindi & Nick a huge favor – I can only image the panic that ran through some fans at the revelation that their favorite was in danger, and the increased vigor with which they voted. Heck, even if you think Tom was lying…is that really a bluff you care to call? 😯 Read more..
What breathtaking photos from Dancing With The Stars last night! Click Getty Images to see more! I can’t get enough!
What night! Unlike last week, I loved the show!! The dancing was incredible. I even loved the opening number and thought Mandy Moore stepped it up with something different. Do you agree? I just wish it was longer. And what a breathtaking dance with Val and Jenna too. To review all the dances, see Idol XFactor.
So, here are the scores from last night for those who missed them:
Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough 9-9-9-10-10-10-3 60 total
Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson 9-9-10-9-10-10-3 60 total
Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold 10-10-10-9-9-9 57 total
Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess 8-8-8-10-10-10 54 total
Onto some media. First, be sure to check out Team Crikey and DancingWTS_21 for some coverage behind the scenes and some videos of the show last night from different angles. There aren’t any E Online interviews yet, but, be watching this link in case they post some later.
And below are some remarks on the night with the a few of the couples with People. Be sure to read the link for more.
“It’s tough seeing all the hardships in your life flash over that screen in 3.5 minutes,” Carter, 35, told PEOPLE after the show. “But I’m proud to share my past because I know everyone has one and I want to show people you can come back from anything.”
When judge Julianne Hough pressed Skarlatos, 23, for whether there was romance blooming between him and Slater, the contestant balked and changed the subject.
“Working with Emma is definitely a major perk of being on the show,” he told PEOPLE. As for a date? “We’ll have to see.”
Though note how Lindsay says Emma is NOT available in the new Access Hollywood interview below. Read more..
So what do the couples have for dances for the finals on Dancing With The Stars next week? They have a Freestyle, an Individual dance, a Judges Redo dance, and possibly another dance (not sure what?). Stay tuned for updates by Charlie’s Angels!!
ETA: Updated from the GMA Live Stream. Not sure about Bindi or Carlos – a good assumption are the dances below, but they don’t come right out and say it. ~Heidi
ETA2: First off, an apology – I’ve been battling bronchitis this week, and have been AWOL on Twitter as a result. But thank you to everyone that inquired about my welfare 😀 But I have updates a-go-go! Apparently Nick has kinda gone the expected route with another Backstreet Boys song, and source says it’s “a bit repetitive” of previous routines – more crotch-grabbing, MJ-inspired moves. But at least it’s better than Carlos’ routine, which is just kind of a garden-variety hip-hop – and at the risk of creating a bad pun from the lyrics to his freestyle, “the dance that you’re doing is dumb”, dude. Source also confirmed the rest of the redo dances, and some of the songs. -Court-
Carlos and Witney – Dancing 1st
Judges Redo – Foxtrot (Song: “The Hills” by The Weeknd)
Freestyle – Song: “WTF (Where They From)” by Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell Williams
Alek and Lindsay – Dancing 2nd
Judges Redo – Rumba
Freestyle – Song: “Marchin On” by OneRepublic
Nick and Sharna – Dancing 3rd
Judges Redo – Jive (Song: “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars)
Freestyle – Song: “Larger than Life” by The Backstreet Boys
Bindi and Derek – Dancing 4th
Judges Redo – Quickstep
Freestyle – See PureDerekHough
Two more Mondays to go. Will tonight be dreadful, or was last week the real low point of the series? Only time will tell. All I can hope for is some great dancing.
T-minus 30 minutes…
Nice little opening number. I guess.
Bindi’s package made me weepy. No surprise.
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Not a Salsa fan, so it’s no shock that that’s not my favorite dance of Bindi’s. I was momentarily confused, thinking she was doing samba, then I realized that’s later. Kinda hosed doing two similar dances in one night.
CAI telling her she’s too clean?? Oy veh. Talk about ridiculous.
Alek’s package will get him a bunch of votes…and his dance was just lovely!! I loved it.
Hmmmm….I would be scared of that perfect score, Alek fans. Seriously, *Alek* gets three points higher than Bindi?? Bindi Irwin??
Carlos should stop talking. For reals.
What was the point of the rope and the direct rip off on Derek and Amy’s freestyle ending?? That…sucked….
So, that crap dance is one point better than Bindi’s “too clean” salsa?? Seriously?? And the person with the highest cumulative points of the season is currently on the bottom of the leaderboard? Yeah, that’s not at all funky. :::rolls eyes:::
Not much tango in that tango and his (Nick) feet were a mess at the beginning. It just looked…funky and not in a good way. :::sigh:::
Sad commentary on my thoughts on the show…I was sure they would give him the same score as Bindi. Don’t worry, dude – they already have you marked down for beating Bindi in the dance off.
I don’t know if anyone has done the math, but if Nick beats Bindi and Carlos beats Alek in the dance offs, Carlos will be at the top of the leader board by point and Nick and Bindi will be tied for last place.
Great dance from Jenna and Val!
Oh god. Tamar is OFF the show!! Give it a rest. I feel for her, but damn. The producers on this show are drama junkies and they’ve infected Tom.
Think about it – Tamar has virtually dominated the show for two weeks now.
Got to hand it to Alek, he is having fun with it. Loved it. Is Carlos the better dancer? Sure. Was he more entertaining than Alek? Nope. I’m sure this score will surprise no one.
CAI throwing the pity vote. Erin trying REAL HARD not to give away what they’re doing tonight and almost blowing it.
Bindi and Derek going first?? Bindi should have won that one easily with the samba rolls. There was no contest. Nick again coming up short on content compared to Bindi.
Ah, the judges do something unexpected and give the points to the right person.
Mark and Derek scare me. Every time. That kicked serious ass.
Holy crap, two great dances from Alek tonight. I also have to say that Lindsay has been schooling both Witney and Sharna in terms of choreo. I’ve enjoyed Alek’s dances more than either Nick or Carlos, this week in particular.
Judges are CRAP.
That was a pretty good Charleston, on it’s own – but compared to the Charleston that we saw in the middle of Bindi’s dance last week, it wasn’t so much.
I’m sure they didn’t plan at all for Bindi and Carlos to be tied. Not at all. :::cough:::
Was that another Disco number from Nick and Sharna?? It was a good dance…but it seemed familiar.
There ain’t no time for an elim, is there? Tom did say that either Nick/Sharna or Bindi/Derek had the lowest combined total. Do we actually believe him, or was that him workin’ some BS??
This post is dedicated to Vogue’s wonderful dad, Rodney, who was also a DWTS and PureDWTS fan. Rest in peace, Rodney – you’ll be missed. xoxo
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Well, this is certainly interesting. The most interesting thing is what he says about his contemporary dance, considering what we saw for Bindi’s Trio dance sounds just like it. Makes me wonder where Witney is getting her ideas. I would bet the producers vetoed it because Derek was already doing it. Interesting they didn’t get told about the 3rd dance until Thursday. Other than that, Carlos echos what a lot of us have said about Tamar and Alexa. From People.com – thanks to DWTS Gossip for the heads up:
My heart goes out to Tamar for having to quit the show [because she was diagnosed with blood clots in her lungs], but it is tough knowing that Lex could still be in this competition with me if Tamar had quit before the end of Monday’s show.
Witney and I have been talking about our contemporary dance since day one. Witney had this great concept that involved this giant cube and a rope. We were really excited about it but then we were told it wasn’t possible to do on the live show.
We let go of the idea of using the cube, but Wednesday Witney and I went in and really fought to use the rope and they eventually figured out a way for us do it.
I’m really glad we’re getting to do Witney’s vision, but working with the rope has been way harder than we anticipated. It worked perfectly the first time we went through the routine, but after that it was causing a lot of stress.
Wow, check out the stunning tribute video below to Alek Skarlatos and his journey on Dancing With The Stars. It’s just beautiful!!
Speaking of…that’s YOU as well!!! From all my heart, thanks for all of your love, support, and prayers this past week here, Pure Derek Hough, and twitter. Special special special thanks to Miss Heidi, Courtney, and John too for working over time covering me and helping me to get through. I don’t know what I’d do without my friends, family, and all of you!! I’m so eternally grateful! From all my heart, THANK YOU!!!!!!XXXx
Ok, here is Alek and to our heroes!! Thank you to Maxine for sending….
A “Hollywood Landmark” Tom said this past Monday – here I was thinking the El Capitan Theater, or Hollywood & Highland…or something like that. But…I guess the Grove would be fine. It’s all decorated for Christmas. From the Grove’s Website:
Join us for a live taping of the season finale of ABC`s Dancing with the Stars at The Grove on Tuesday, November 24, and watch your favorite performers battle it out for the Mirrorball Trophy!
Taping will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free and open to the public. Space is limited.