Great interview today on KTLA with Louis Van Amstel….
And already, we’re talking week 3 – it’s “TV Icons” week, and Alfonso is the guest judge. If my gut tells me anything, it’s that we might see some TV themes from past seasons reused, just to save time and money. But I’m sure there will be some new blood mixed in, too – I’d love to see someone dance to the theme from The Sopranos, but that’s just me 🙂
ETA: Sure sounds like Paula & Louis have Gilligan’s Island as their TV theme. The question is: what the hell kinda dance are they doing? Almost sounds like a paso doble to me…and apparently Carlos has salsa. And Tamar revealed on The Real that she has tango, I guess. Taking you guys’ word for it on a lot of this stuff, cause I just can’t keep up…
ETA2: Based on the press release Vogue just posted, here’s the music for Monday night’s show. Gotta say – I’m actually pretty impressed with what they were able to clear 🙂 Love Breaking Bad theme – hope Mark comes up with some really edgy contemporary routine to it. I think Tamar & Val hit the jackpot with the Mad Men theme, which Derek actually choreographed a pretty cool tango to w/Allison for the Emmy live show a few years back. Looks like Andy & Allison may have gotten a song switched on them – but Bandstand is still fun. I may or may not have wet myself upon see “Thank You For Being a Friend” from The Golden Girls on here – but a SALSA??? Seriously???
ETA3: Vogue here! According to Derek’s new blog, he and Bindi have a quickstep. What a messed up week it’s been though since they couldn’t get their first song cleared at first. Be sure to read why HERE.
ETA4: Nick dancing “second last” according to Sharna. -Heidi
Alek and Lindsay – ? (Song: Theme from True Blood)
Alexa and Mark – Jazz (Song: Theme from Breaking Bad)
Andy and Allison – Quickstep (Song: Theme from
Happy Days American Bandstand)
Bindi and Derek – Quickstep (Song: Theme from The Jeffersons)
Carlos and Witney – Jazz (Song: Theme from The Golden Girls)
Gary and Anna – Tango? (Song: Theme from The Addams Family)
Hayes and Emma – Jive (Song: Theme from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Kim and Tony – Samba? (Song: Theme from I Dream of Jeannie)
Nick and Sharna – V. Waltz (Song: Theme from Downton Abbey)
Paula and Louis – Samba (Song: Theme from Gilligan’s Island)
Tamar and Val – Tango (Song: Theme from Mad Men)
And judging by the overall demeanor of the couples and judges last night, kids – DOING TWO DANCES IN WEEK 2 IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. Just felt like everyone was stressed-out and feeling the strain – I dug hearing about everybody’s hometown, but I don’t know that it was worth it to see everyone so on-edge. Glad we’re back to just ONE dance per week next week.
Something else I’m glad about next week? Alfonso at the judges table to hopefully give some positive, relevant critiques – because tonight, the judges table on the whole just seemed like a bunch of petty, bickering toddlers in need of a nap. Carrie Ann was the worst offender – wayyyy too hard on the couples last night, and prone to honing in on stupid sh*t (i.e. the ignominious “lift policing” – give it up, CA; it’s not relevant or cute). At times, I felt like grabbing all three judges, shaking them hard, and saying “You DO realize they had to do TWO dances this week, right? And it’s ONLY WEEK 2???”
Sad to see Victor go 🙁 But if I’m being honest, I’m not exactly surprised. As an athlete from a more obscure sport with a less mainstream following, I knew Victor was likely going to struggle with votes. And while a lot of the Karina fans seemed eager to argue with me on Twitter that this season “was different” and that she “wouldn’t go out early like she did with Sean & Randy” – hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. If a more mainstream name like Randy couldn’t get the votes – Victor unfortunately didn’t stand a chance. Karina fans, you’re good power voters – but I don’t think you’ve reached the point where you can compensate for a celeb that has little to no voting fanbase. It is what it is – and fingers crossed that we get an epic dance from Victor & Karina at the finale 🙂
I apologize for not getting this up last night – asthma kicked in and I just needed to lie down. God bless allergy season! I think this may be the first time since season 15’s two-night performance debacle during the Presidential debates that I’ve had to do (2) rankings in one week 😛 I wouldn’t mind so much, except that there’s still a LOT of couples left…and when I want to weight in on each one, that’s a lot of writing!
Aside from the Colts playing like sh*t and my live stream freezing up at key moments, I also had the added irritation of the bulk of the dances having way too much “messing about” at the beginning. With the dances already being so shortened, it just seems like that much more of an excuse to d*ck around in order to conceal weaknesses. Dislike. Also seemed like a night where nobody 100% knocked their dances out of the park – maybe it was the strain of having to learn two dances this week, but while there was quite a bit of improvement from (most) everyone, I don’t feel like anyone completely mastered their dances. A few came close…but still room for improvement all around.
I’m pretty shocked that it was Chaka that got sent packing tonight – I actually think she did noticeably better than last week, and thought that an R&B legend would have more folks voting for her than a reality TV wife. Also an eye-opener? The fact that Keo somehow looks better (and seems to teach better) when it’s a ballroom dance instead of a Latin one…go fig. Isn’t Latin his specialty? I just don’t know what to make of Keo anymore…but 3rd season in a row where he hasn’t been able to make it past week 3? Yikes – that’s a pretty dismal track record, and something has gotta change…and it ain’t the type of partner he’s getting. Read more..
Court here, filling in for Heidi who is on holiday in New Orleans 🙂 There are two dances for the couples next week. Below is what we know so far. Stay tuned for updates and be sure to see week 1’s interviews in this post to get more hints for what’s coming up for Week 2!
ETA: Vogue here. Mark and Derek held a periscope today. Derek said he and Bindi have a Waltz & he thinks a Tango for next week. Mark has a Salsa and a Rumba with Alexa. Thanks to Cath for the heads up. You can watch the Periscope at this link.
ETA2: Sharna Burgess has revealed in her new blog that she and Nick have a Jive and a Foxtrot this week. ~ Vogue
ETA3: Tamar said on “The Real” today she and Val have a Salsa and Charleston next week.
ETA4: One of Andy and Allison’s dances is the Jive.
ETA5: Andy and Allison’s other dance is Contemporary.
ETA6: From @DWTS360, Alek and Lindsay have a Jazz and a Quickstep. ADDING: Also, Julz Tocker on Afterbuzz thought Keo and Chaka had a Salsa and a Foxtrot but, wasn’t sure.
ETA7: Per this pap video, Victor & Karina have jive (Monday) and rumba (Tuesday). Thank you to the many people on Twitter that tweeted it to me… – Court
ETA8: Vogue back! According to this Young Hollywood interview, one of Louis and Paula’s dances is a Rumba.
ETA9: There has been a change in dances since Tamar’s comment on The Real. She and Val are dancing a Cha Cha instead of a salsa.
ETA10: Apparently Bindi’s “Hometown Glory” dance is a tango (song below), per E!. A commenter says that Paula’s rumba is to “Midnight Train to Georgia”, and that Louis’ dance is a tango, but so far all I can find is people saying they vaguely remember her MAYBE saying it in a podcast, but nobody can remember exactly when or where…so take it with a grain of salt.
Alek and Lindsay – Jazz and Quickstep
Alexa and Mark – Salsa and Rumba
Andy and Allison – Jive and Contemporary
Bindi and Derek – Tango (song: “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC) & Waltz (?)
Carlos and Witney – Cha Cha and Fox Trot
Chaka and Keo – Foxtrot? and Salsa?
Gary and Anna –
Hayes and Emma –
Kim and Tony –
Nick and Sharna – Jive and Foxtrot
Paula and Louis – Rumba (song: “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight & the Pips)? and Tango?
Tamar and Val – Cha Cha and Charleston
Victor and Karina – Jive and Rumba
At the risk of making a pun at Victor’s expense, after tonight – I believe we have a horse race on our hands, kids 🙂 Literally, seems like 5 (possibly 6) couples gunning hard for the top spot…and I don’t think it’s going to be an easy win for anyone. Kinda nice to not have a firmly predetermined feel for who’s gonna win after the first night.
Other odd & assorted thoughts and observations from this evening: Bruno appears to be the “new Len”, as he’s now the nitpicking stickler and not nearly as wild and flamboyant as he once was. Bit of a buzzkill, and not sure it feels natural 🙁 Giving quickstep as a week 1 dance is kind of a crock – so Tamar and Paula, you both have my sympathy. Between Paula, Gary, and Hayes’ annoying brother Nash – I think Tom and the Muppets in the editing booth are going to be kept on their toes all season. And ho-lee-crap, Peanut Rademacher, aka the coolest celeb offspring ever to grace the DWTS ballroom, was back tonight after a 2.5 year hiatus…sitting in row 2, stage right, snacking on something while sitting next to Ingo…nonplussed as ever about the show he was watching. 😎 Read more..
Louis Van Amstel is loving Paula Deen’s cooking and Paula wants to “just give hope” on Dancing With The Stars. Cute interview from Entertainment Tonight.
“I just want to bring hope, especially to older women in the middle part of their life,” Deen told ET on Friday. “You can have a lot of obstacles come your way that are unexpected. I just want to help women realize that they can overcome.”
It’s that time again – to see what all of you made of what you saw on GMA this morning and try to predict who will win this season, as well as share with us who your favorite couple is, based on first impressions. DISCLAIMER: if you are just here to bitch & moan about “we haven’t even seen them dance yet!!!”, you are going to get deleted. Had about enough of snooty, holier-than-thou comments lately, and some of us are just here to have fun. You can go be unfun over there…the rest of us are having a party over here. 🙂
Be sure to let us know in the comments how you voted and why!
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!
Here we are again!! It’s about that time of year, folks.
And, as usual, the pros that I don’t want to be in, are already in. Or in Derek’s case….mostly in. 🙂 He’s been telling fans in Meet and Greets that he’s likely going to be on but doesn’t want to confirm in case something happens to change that. DWTSGossip says that he did indeed say yes to this season – but as she correctly pointed out, he’s said no before and it turned into a yes. But, this is Derek’s life right now (many, MANY irons in the fire) – he’s not doing it for PR, he just doesn’t know what’s going to happen. Drives me crazy. 🙂 I’ll be writing a blog soon on PureDerekHough.com about my Meet and Greet and how he answered a particular question I asked him that bodes very well for his future.
Val has also said he’ll be back and, as reigning champ, that’s no surprise. He also doesn’t seem to have the options that Derek does. I also will be curious to see how much they pimp and manipulate for him and his partner, now that he actually has a MBT. This could be one of the more interesting things about this season – if their behavior toward him changes, now that it’s mission accomplished. Someone please explain to me why Sharna or Emma don’t get the pimpage treatment?? Their social media accounts can’t touch the men’s, but still.
What about Mark? I expect him back as it helps his music career, and now his studio, for him to be on the show. I think it’s about time for him to have another shot at the MBT again – it’s not like he’s been handed ringers the past couple seasons (unlike some), he’s just been surprised and fortunate, like Derek has in the past. But I haven’t seen any talk from him on the matter. Read more..