Awww, great interviews with the couples from Extra this week after Dancing With The Stars….
For those interested, you can listen to Afterbuzz TV review Dancing With The Stars Week 8 in the stream below. The show starts around 8:10pm ET. The video below will also work after the show in case you missed it. Be sure to let us know what you think in comments.
Emma Slater has write a new blog at Hollywood Life. Like so many of us, she’s rooting for Wanya and Lindsay. More below and at the link.
I really enjoyed the concept of last night’s show. The judges’ team dances definitely went down well for me. Bruno’s dance in particular caused a stir of conversation in the room where I watched it! Once again, the producers and the professional dancers (and I include the troupe in that) have shown expert innovation this season with an unparalleled level of brilliance.
Nobody is settling for “standard” anymore on DWTS. Everyone is pushing the boundaries with unique ideas and concepts. Wow, I’ve just noticed that I truly loved everyone’s dance tonight! At this point in the season, the routines and celebs have gotten so good that each performance is highly enjoyable and has its own great quality. It’s just down to personal preference. I’ll share with you now the couple I’m rooting for this season.
First off, Happy belated Mother’s Day to all you beautiful mums out there! We all owe you literally our lives — I love you mum! Second off Happy Birthday to Sasha! He turned 33 years young though he might as well be 18 because he certainly has the energy of a teenager. Tonight, I flew back from Vegas early after filming a music video just to surprise him with a MASSIVE chocolate cake (see my Instagram!) So I think he’s happy enough. That’s what everyone wants for a 33rd birthday, right?!
Here’s my thoughts on tonight:
I’m rooting for Wanya and Lindsay, because I get the most enjoyment watching them together, over any other couple. I think they are matched together perfectly and Wanya is an incredible dancer. You can’t deny it. The man has skill, and he’s got the will. I always love their temperament which goes a long way because let’s face it, we vote with our hearts first and our phones second.
*shaking head* Still trying to reconcile the fact that Ginger is getting heaped with praise and given perfect scores, when her dances are about as exciting to me as watching paint dry/water boil/grass grow/British Parliamentary proceedings/etc. Yes, I know she’s a company gal; but I still don’t really understand what the benefit would be to DWTS to push her as hard as they have been. Are they changing narratives in the 11th hour, and gunning for a 2nd MBT for Val after all? Are they trying to keep the GMA casting pool fruitful for future seasons? Is this image rehab for Val the social media sociopath? Or was last night just part of the ruse – that maybe Ginger isn’t finale bound after all, and they were just giving her a nice send-off? My head spins trying to make sense of it. The grim reality is, though, that tonight’s tongue bath of Ginger may have dashed our hopes of a Nyle/Wanya/Paige finale – and we may see one of those three heading home in next week’s double elim instead of advancing to the finale, despite the fact that those 3 have been the most consistent and entertaining this season. Buckle in, kids – next week is probably going to hurt.
I love how they touted the Judge’s Challenge (or whatever the hell they were calling it) as a “brand new dance” – bitch please, that was just a combo of the dance duels from season 18, the judge’s challenge from season 20, and the “America scores” fiasco from season 21. Three shitshows rolled into one, for your viewing pleasure. The scores ended up being a complete cop-out, though, with each dance receiving the same score – and while I saw a lot of folks up in arms about it, I have to say I was a tad relieved; I don’t think any of the 3 dances really passed muster, and each had their own set of faults to contend with. But giving them all the same score does two things: it makes the margins much closer, so it’s easier for someone at the bottom of the leaderboard (read: WANYA) to claw their way outta the bottom two; and it basically just throws it back to the fans…he or she with the most votes, advances, with slightly less power given to potentially skewed judges’ scores. The judges’ dance didn’t really help anyone (except maybe Wanya, in a roundabout kinda way), but it also didn’t really hurt anyone, either. It’s pretty much all on the fans, at this point – the second dance just leveled the playing field a bit.
As for Jodie – she had a good run, and she went out on a high note; Keo probably grew more in this season than he has in all 3 of his previous seasons combined. I’d call that a win for both, and for what it’s worth, Jodie actually seemed a tad relieved to be heading home. I think she had wanted to do the show for quite some time, and unfortunately she got cast on a season where the competition was unusually fierce. On a more “normal” season, I think she would have EASILY made the finale; but I think the pressure really got to her this season, both in terms of trying to do well and trying to emotionally support her partner. And hey, it dovetailed nicely into her starting filming for season 2 of Fuller House today 🙂 And also for what it’s worth – I think Keo ended up being the right kind of partner for her. I think she was too emotionally fragile to deal with a critic like Val or an Artem week after week, she was too tall for Sasha, and I can’t imagine anyone else partnering Paige than Mark. It worked out, and hopefully Keo can come back next season as a more seasoned pro. Read more..
Well, prepare for me to be pissed off the remainder of the season. 🙂 They’ve overscored Ginger and Antonio to the point that the people who have been consistently performing all season long may not make it to the finale along with Nyle. One bad dance shouldn’t take out a man who’s been out performing both Ginger and Antonio for WEEKS now. My numbers post will likely be bitter. 🙂
ETA: AcCam says that E! said that Artem is in a trio with Ginger.
ETA2: According to People, Wanya and Lindsay have a Charleston for their Trio dance. ~ Vogue
ETA3: Apparently, Mark said on Afterbuzz that their trio partner is Alan. ~Heidi
ETA4: According to Extra, Antonio and Sharna have a Contemporary dance. Sharna also said they are allowed to do lifts this week. ~Vogue
ETA5: The rest of the dance info has been filled in via Disney ABC.
ETA5: Vogue again with a dancing order update.
ETA6: Here’s the full dance order per George Pennachio
ETA7: And the Trios are FIRST per George.
Paige & Mark
Individual Dance: Argentine Tango (song: “One Time” by Marian Hill)
Trio with Alan : Samba (song: “Hip Hip Chin Chin” by Club Des Belugas)
Phone # 1-800-868-3410
Antonio & Sharna
Individual Dance: Contemporary (song: “Hall of Fame” by The Script)
Trio with Hayley: Argentine Tango (song: “Mi Confesion” by Gotan Project)
Phone # 1-800-868-3401
Wanya & Lindsay
Individual Dance: Charleston (song: “Shame on Me” by Avicii)
Trio with Witney Carson : Paso Doblé (song: “Explosive” by David Garrett and Franck Heijden and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Phone # 1-800-868-3412
Nyle & Peta
Individual Dance: Argentine Tango (song: “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors)
Trio with Jenna Johnson: Jive (song: “Hit the Road Jack” – Hermes House Band)
Phone # 1-800-868-3409
Ginger & Val
Individual Dance: Quickstep (song: “Fire Under My Feet” by Leona Lewis)
Trio with Artem : Paso Doble (song: “Shot Me Down” by David Guetta)
Phone # – 1-800-868-3404
Below is Good Morning America with a recap. Also, Jodi Sweetin and Keo Motsepe talk about their elimintation a little after their dances last night. Ginger Zee And Val Chmerkovskiy were interviewed (again) too….
And weren’t the bumpers great last night?
And I need to watch this opening again. I loved that it was longer.
For more dances from last night, see Idol Xfactor.
Below you can view some breathtaking photos from Dancing With The Stars Week 8! I thought the make-up and costume departments outdid themselves again. You can click on any of the photos to see more. I think Peta & Nyle and Mark & Paige’s costumes were my favorites. Who wore your favorite costumes last night?
What a great night of dancing. I loved all the dances in different ways again! Also, the Judges Team dances are now one of my favorites. Incredible! More on that in Courtney’s new Power Ranking post coming up. 😉 As for Keo and Jodie’s elimination, it was was sad, but, I’m always going to remember her for her great drive and will to do well. I always loved her facial expressions and how she got into each character from the beginning. I loved their P!nk dance the most from them all.
So, let’s review the scores again for starters….
Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe (Jive) 10-10-10 for a total of 30. (eliminated)
Ginger Zee & Valentin Chmerkovskiy (Argentine Tango) 10-10-10 for a Total of 30.
Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd (Paso) 10-9-10 for a Total of 29.
Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas (Viennese Waltz) 10-9-9 for a Total of 28.
Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess (Viennese Waltz) 9-9-9 for a Total of 27.
Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold (Jive) 8-8-9 for a Total of 25.
Team Bruno: Nyle & Peta and Jodie & Keo (Argentine Tango) 10-10 and a 9 from America for a Total of 29.
Team Len: Ginger & Val and Wanya & Lindsay (Samba) 10-10 and a 9 from America for a Total of 29.
Team Carrie Ann: Paige & Mark and Antonio & Sharna (Paso) 10-10 and a 9 from America for a Total of 29.
On to some media! First, read ABC7 for a recap and photos. People has some highlights and quotes as well from a few of the couples. WTAE has a recap of Team Boomin’ here. They also have an interview with Hines Ward at this link. Hines is enjoying watching Antonio grow every week. I think he has too.
Now for some interviews….
E Online: Read more..
It’s Dancing With The Stars Season 22 “Judges Team Dance” Night! You can watch the first dances below including the opening number in a few moments!! Stay tuned and keep checking back!
ETA: Here’s the opening number. Best opening of the season so far in my opinion. It was different and futuristic. I liked that it was longer too. Very cool! I can’t wait to watch it again!
And wow to these….
To watch more videos of the dances tonight, go to IdolXfactor’s Week 8 Video Page. Al posts them as fast as he can. They work for International viewing as well.
And a few whipclips: Read more..
Watch Dancing With The Stars Season 22 Week 8 “DWTS All Access”: Behind The Scenes, Interviews, And More
Dancing With The Stars Season 22 “Dancing All Access” is about to begin! You can watch all the “behind the scenes” coverage and interviews LIVE in the video below.