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More Interviews After Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Week 5

Below are a few more interviews after the couples danced their Most Memorable Year Dance on Monday night. Note how Derek and Marilu give some hints for Dancing With The Stars Week 6 too (for more with Derek and Marilu, see Pure Derek Hough).

The Today show also did a special feature on Maureen McCormick….

October 12, 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.

DWTS Season 23, Week 6 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

It’s Latin Night!!  I’ll be very curious to see how everyone does. For my own thinking purposes, I listed which contestant has done which latin dance (per Wiki). I didn’t remember DWTS including Jive in the latin dance category so I did a bit of research to see what DWTS typically calls “latin”. All the way back to season 17, it was A.Tango, Paso, rumba, Salsa, Samba and Cha Cha. In season 17, the included 3 Jives, but no salsa or Cha Cha. Season 16 included a Jive dance off in Latin week. In season 14 they ONLY did Samba, Salsa and A. Tango. Seems that would gave been better to replace either Salsa or Samba with Cha Cha for a bit of obvious variety. I don’t expect we’ll be so lucky to only get 2 or 3 styles so they can compare the couples. Nah. That’s all the research I had energy for, so I included who did Jive in my list.

Laurie – Cha Cha, Jive, Paso
Calvin – Cha Cha
Marilu – Jive, Paso
Maureen – Salsa, A.Tango
James – Paso, Cha Cha
Jana – Jive
Ryan – Cha Cha
Terra – Samba
Amber – Salsa, A.Tango, Samba
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October 11, 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 Peta Murgatroyd Updates On Her Pregnancy And More

Dancing With The Stars Peta Murgatroyd held a chat at facebook today. She updates us on her pregnancy, moving to New York City after Dancing With The Stars, learning Russian, and lots more. She looks so pretty…and lol to her wanting to eat spaghetti every day. Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for 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.

Maks Chmerkovskiy In New DWTS23 Blog: “I’m having one of the best seasons, mentally and emotionally, that I’ve ever had”

Maks Chmerkovskiy has written a new blog at Entertainment Weekly. He writes of the “giant wake-up” he and Amber had. He talks of how he was inspired to make Amber’s costume. He gives a preview to next week’s Latin Night dance. He also writes of how he’s having one of the best seasons he’s ever had (I’m glad he’s back too!).

Two secrets: First, I’ve put together all of my partners dresses for 15 seasons! Tailoring them to their body type and personality. I’m in the wardrobe fitting, suggesting cuts and design, all of those things. And secondly, this particular dress of Amber’s was actually made from all white Swarovski crystals. But then, the wardrobe department had a Sharpie party, and colored all of those crystals on the dress!

The wardrobe department is really incredible. Daniella Gschwendtner and Steven Lee have been there since day two and they’re amazing. Even during my show with Val over the summer, ABC let us use those resources, and it’s amazing to work with someone who knows you and your body – that’s always a gamechanger. The wardrobe department always has one of the most stressful jobs because things can go wrong at the last minute, but their efforts always end up looking amazing.

On next week’s Latin Night:
I’m definitely looking forward to our Cha-Cha for Latin Week. I’m figuring out Amber’s style, and what she looks good doing. We don’t have to play current poppy songs for this to be suitable to Amber, so I think I’ve found an amazing song for her that will make this into a beautiful, seamless performance. I think this past week made Amber skyrocket in dance fitness, and generally moving her feet in ways she didn’t before.

Each week is building on the previous one, so each workout provides steps for the next dance. Working on the Samba this week made us more able to do parts of a Cha-Cha next week, and so on. I think that having the Samba this week was the best way to get her ready for the next performance. It’s all about pushing yourself — it’s a conveyor belt of creativity. I’m like a personal trainer, a dancer, a designer, and a psychiatrist all in one.

Some thoughts on coming back to the show:
I just keep noticing little things that make me feel great about the decision I made to come back to the show. I want to give credit where it’s due — there’s an incredible production team here. They’re doing a great job to keep the show both modern and entertaining. I’m having one of the best seasons, mentally and emotionally, that I’ve ever had, and I think it’s because of everyone who’s involved in this show, the way things have been communicated, and how things are working. I’ve criticized the production in the past, and so I really wanted to take some time to say just what a great job they’re doing.

More at Entertainment Weekly.

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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.

Emma Slater Reviews Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Week 5

Emma Slater reviewed “Most Memorable Week” at Entertainment Tonight Facebook. She’s so fun and sweet….and I’m loving the other girls too. Emma also gives some teasers on the new tour as well.

ETA: ET posted this video with these three girls at their site today. They are a hoot. I hope all of Sasha and Emma’s wedding dreams come true. Read more..

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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 5 – Who had your favorite costume?

So many stunning shots from Dancing With The Stars last night. Click on the photos to see more. I think if I had to pick my favorite costume, it would be Derek & Marilu’s, but, I truly loved them all.

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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.

PureDWTS Season 23 Week 5 – Media, Scores, And Interviews After The Show

What a great night of dancing and I’m so glad no was eliminated. My top 5 last night were: James & Sharna, Derek & Marilu, Jana & Gleb, Calvin & Lindsay, and Terra and Sasha. Speaking of Terra & Sasha, would you believe they were eliminated in rehearsals yesterday? Crazy. Lots of fun things to read on this week and next week below. Also, below are the scores if you’d like to review them again. Keep checking back. We may post more media and interviews later if more comes out.

James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: 29/30
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough: 27/30
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: 26/30
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber: 27/30
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy: 25/30
Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold: 24/30
Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev: 24/30
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke: 24/30
Amber Rose and Maks Chmerkovskiy: 24/30

From Glamour….

The couples didn’t know there wouldn’t be an elimination, especially because the producers staged a faux elimination during dress rehearsal (usually the couple eliminated in dress rehearsal isn’t the couple that’s eliminated during the live show). “We thought someone was going home,” admitted Gleb Savchenko. And why is that? “[Because] Sasha was eliminated in rehearsal!” laughed Gleb. While it hasn’t been announced if there will be a double elimination next week, Gleb thinks there won’t be, but it’s possible we’ll see one the week after that.

So what’s on tap next week? It will be Latin night in the ballroom, and Jana Kramer told me she can’t wait to turn up the heat. “I’m excited to get out there and be sassy! I’m going to be a little sass kitten.” (For the record, I reminded Jana that she’s pretty much been doing that all season long.)

On a more serious note, Jana said she was grateful for how Most Memorable Year week turned out, even if plenty of tears were shed. “I love the night because I feel like we’re all able to break down a wall. Gleb choreographed an amazing routine for my daughter.” As it turns out, Jana and Gleb actually wanted her daughter to be part of the dance, “but for safety reasons, we couldn’t,” Jana revealed.

While there’s still a few more months to go in 2016, Jana already knows one thing she’s grateful for: “I’ve learned how strong I am. I had no idea how strong I am until I had my daughter. I’m forever grateful for that little peanut because she’s given me so much light and strength that I never imagined I could ever have.”

Speaking of giving thanks, Canadian James Hinchcliffe celebrated his Thanksgiving a day early with his girlfriend and Sharna back east. “We all had some turkey last night and sweet potatoes, and I tried to have a mini commonwealth Thanksgiving!” Of course, as viewers now know, what James is most grateful for is his ability to walk away from that racing accident that left him fighting for his life. “I’m a very, very lucky guy and I know that,” he said backstage. “That’s the important thing—realizing it. And appreciating it.”

During last night’s show, Carrie Ann Inaba declared Team Stop ‘n Go the ones to beat, but James admitted that he “almost wish[es] she hadn’t said that!” Sharna echoed her partner’s sentiment: “It’s both [a blessing and a curse to hear that]. It tells you that the hard work is really paying off…but it’s also a curse because it’s a lot of pressure! We’re at the top of the leaderboard and that is damn hard to keep up.”

Still, now that DWTS is back to one night a week for the rest of the season, Sharna is looking forward to Read more..

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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 5 – LIVE BLOG!!

Site rules in are effect – don’t hit refresh every 2 minutes, make sure you’re not posting one-liners, etc. Thank you. 🙂

So…it’s week 5.  Who they gonna get real with, real quick?? I’m predicting Maureen and Amber…and they’ll continue to hose Marilu. We’ll see. I can’t believe they WANT to get rid of their one shot at a Choreography Emmy…but perhaps they consider last week a job well done. “You can go now.”

THAT is why I watch DWTS, people. The full orchestra, the beautiful ballroom dance. I’m misty. I’m sad that this is a throwback to the “old” DWTS.

Ah, Maureen. You go girl.

Oh boy….a foxtrot that looks like a waltz. The music is not helpful. Pretty dance, but the passes were a bit stiff it seemed like. I predict she’ll be over scored. I really like her, but I’m not sure why they rave quite as much as they do.

Okay, I can live with 8s. That seems about right. Of course, I reserve the right to change my mind depending on how the rest of the evening is scored.

I wonder if the lip sync police will come out on this one. Stupid, CAI.

Jerry Rice!!  I want Dance Center now. Anyway, that was a good dance, but to be fair, I don’t like it when a Jazz (?) goes up against traditional ballroom this week either.

I say that…but I think they’re still hosing him a bit on scores.

Is Jana dressed just like she has been since the season started or is that my imagination?

That baby is just gorgeous. So sweet.

Oo..awkward lift. Okay…confession. I’m kinda over the contemporary. They all look kinda the same at this point when done by someone other than Allison or Derek.  Gorgeous baby though. Pretty dance but…eh.

Pitbull next week as performer and guest judge. 😀

Decent score for Jana. I would say too high, but…

This pro dance is pretty good…a step in the right direction anyway. Lindsay’s hair is confusing me tremendously. 🙂

Ryan’s mom wanted him to swim so he would stay out of trouble? The jokes just write themselves. 😉 He’s a cute guy, that Ryan.

Oh another over wrought contemporary….I spoke to soon. Cool backward move from Cheryl and she’s going a different route than usual.  This is why Cheryl is ten times the choreographer than Val or Maks – she choreographs something very simple looking yet still compelling. She choreographs for her partner.

Hmmm….8s are good. I found his dance more interesting than Jana’s. I can live with that.

You GO, Laurie. Tell him.  Val, you could NOT be a jerk to a 16 year old.  She’s not an adult yet, dude.

All right, this is pretty cool…but I think they’re lucky Len isn’t there. That’s some messing’ about. Something a bit weird with the Paso part…like she’s over turning or something. She’s not front enough. I feel I’m not making sense. Good dance, though. Not perfect…which has never stopped the judges before…

CAI is channeling me. This frightens me. That said…while I think it was inappropriate for the paso, it was the most creative thing Val has done in ages. And yes, she did fall out of the turn. I think that’s what I was seeing.

Oh Val shut up and quit making Most Memorable Year all about you. Jesus. This is Laurie’s journey.

Marilu up next…let’s have that breakthrough, please. Ahhh….this is exactly what I was thinking Marilu’s problem is. She’s a huge Derek fangirl and she doesn’t want to disappoint him.

Wow…that felt VERY different than anything she’s done before. That was beautiful…and the first package I cried through. Just gorgeous. I think their talk helped and I think perhaps Derek has her figured out.

CAI is so right…she seemed like a different person. Goooood score. I’m happy with that one.

Okay what did I miss? Why was Amber upset. I didn’t see anything Maks did that was out of line.

She’s having problems with this dance, she’s not committing to it and she’s dancing too soft/small. Very curious.

There was a lot of content? Really? Okay. I do agree she’s only giving 80 percent, but I thought it was the entire time including when she was alone.   I also dig the costume. Makes me hungry for candy tho. 😉

Hmmmm….compared to the rest of the 8’s tonight, I’m not sure. Harder dance than what Jana and Ryan had, but I dunno.

My reaction mirrors Sharna’s regarding James’ injury.  God.

James is so freakin’ good…but the whole elevated part of that dance I didn’t see as a tango. If I could give advice to pros, I would tell them to stop using the stairs. It breaks the dance up too much. Beautifully danced, no matter.

(He could win this season…) And the language from the Pros tell me that he just might be winning..

Hehehehe….we have us a competition. 😉

Terra’s package had me crying like Marilu’s did – I feel them on the loss of a parent.

As for the dance…I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m going to have to watch it again. The staging with the gate was incredibly heavy handed. Plus, she’s so small that she can’t really finish the lines.  I’m just not sure I cared for the choreography. But as long as she liked it, why not.

I think I would have given a mix of 8s and 9s, but I won’t begrudge Terra all 9s.

So, are we having an elimination? I think the show only has a minute left.

Nope. You can’t fool us, Tom. 🙂

October 10, 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 5 – Watch The Dances (Videos)

Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Week 5 is about to begin. We plan to post dance videos courtesy of @Idolxfactor1 below as the show progresses. So, stay tuned and keep checking back. 😉

And here we go. What a lovely opening dance. We want MORE!!

And some dances….

More at Idolxfactor.com.

And a few whipclips…. Read more..

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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.

Official Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Week 5 “Most Memorable Year” Promo

Released by the official site. I have a feeling I will need a box of kleenex tonight…

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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.