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Dancing with the Stars Season 18 – PRO WATCH!!

It’s that time of year once again, boys and girls – time for Pro Watch. :-)  It will be very interesting to see what happens this year, after they let go of the band. That was a huge cost savings to them. The question is: are they looking to save even more money (say goodbye to Derek and possibly Cheryl) or have they saved so much that they can afford the popular, long term pros that have kept people coming back to this show season after season? I personally think that they will do what they can to hold on to Derek – he’s an Emmy winner and that’s very helpful to the show’s cache. I think they will also do their best to hold on to Cheryl, Karina and Mark. I’m GUESSING that Val and Tristan are still locked into contracts that are beneficial to ABC so they aren’t in question as long as they find a partner for them.  As always, I could be wrong. :-) Read more..

February 4, 2014 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. :-)

Reminder And New Promo For Hallmark’s First Ever “Kitten Bowl” With Maks Chmerkovskiy And Carrie Ann Inaba

Hey, just a reminder to be sure to mark February 2nd on your calendars. As you might remember from a previous posting, Maks Chmerkovskiy and Carrie Ann Inaba will take part in Hallmark’s first ever “Kitten Bowl”. Below is the cutest teaser. Check it out…especially if you love cats!!

December 18, 2013 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.

Maks And Val Chmerkovskiy Talk About Dancing With The Stars and More On The View (Video)

Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy were on The View today!! They talk about taking a shower together for Dove (what? lol), Val’s new clothing line, Dancing With The Stars (Maks will say “yes” if he’s ever asked to judge full time) and much more. To watch a clip and the full episode, see this link at the official site of The View.

December 5, 2013 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.

DWTS Maks And Val Chmerkovskiy Attend TV Land’s ‘Kirstie’ Premiere Party

In case you haven’t heard, Kirstie Alley’s new sitcom called “Kirstie” starts tonight on TV Land. Last night, Dancing With The Stars Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy attended a premiere party for it. You can see some fun pics of them at Getty Images if interested. Below is a preview for Kirstie’s new show. Don’t forget to watch if interested!!

December 4, 2013 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.

What A Night For Maks Chmerkovskiy At The 2013 American Music Awards (Video, Photos)

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So, as you know from a previous posting, former Dancing With The Stars pro and recent guest judge, Maks Chmerkovskiy, performed at the 2013 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California Sunday night. He also took time to work the Red Carpet. You can loads of new photos of him at Zimbio Pictures, Getty Images, and Wire Images doing both. Note how he danced in Jennifer Lopez’s performance which was a tribute to Celia Cruz. You can watch below. He also helped an injured dancer. Be sure to read this link for more on the incident.

November 25, 2013 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.

PureDWTS Maksim Chmerkovskiy To Dance On The American Music Awards Tonight!

Just a heads up that Maks Chmerkovskiy will be dancing at the American Music Awards tonight. He posted the instagram below with the caption, “Back on stage for the most fun I’ve had dancing in a long time!” There are more instagram teasers at this link. George Pennacchio also tweeted about it and how he will be interviewing Maks before the show. Should be a great night of TV. Be sure to tune if interested.

November 24, 2013 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.

Maks Chmerkovskiy Interviewed By Access Hollywood About Dancing With The Stars And More

Access Hollywood has posted a new interview they did with Maks Chmerkovskiy this week (I think this took place last Monday before he judged the show?). He talks of how he’s not coming back as a dancer on Dancing With The Stars and why. He also talks of judging and who will win Dancing With The Stars Season 17 and lots more.

And below is an On The Red Carpet interview as well…

November 21, 2013 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.

PureDWTS New Guest Poem For Week 10: “A Marvelous Maksim-Um Monday Night”

Our resident poet, Lois, is back with another one of her energetic poems and this time for Dancing With The Stars week 10! She puts it all into perspective. Well done again, Lois!

MY POEM FOR WEEK TEN

A MARVELOUS MAKSIM-UM MONDAY NIGHT!

The semi-finals was A MARVELOUS MAKSIM-UM MONDAY NIGHT!
MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY returned in a blaze of glory, a glorious sight

This was deemed by the ballroom as MAKSIM’S “JUDGE”MENT DAY
He took his place of honor with Carrie Ann, Len, Bruno, came to play

The opening was fit for a KIng, a Golden Masked Ball, a sparkling fete
The dancers whirling, twirling, and swirling, a sparkling, sensational feat

A twist of the music faced the dancers, two versions of the same song
Two dances were performed, a comparison struck as they went along

The Cha-Cha-Cha of Bill and Emma, bloomed with fit syncopation beat
Their Argentine Tango oozed passion, intensity, a floating, very sexy treat

The Tango of Corbin and Karina afire with a fiery, ferocious, fierce tone
Their Rumba strikingly beautiful with magical movements, as if all alone

The Paso Doble of Leah and Tony high-stepping, neat, sharp, precise
Their Argentine Tango to a string ensemble, soaring with lifts so nice

The Jazz by Derek, Amber, a happy, slappy, snappy, clappy, hand jive
Their Viennese Waltz tempting, teasing, tantalizing, twirling, came alive

The Jazz by Jack and Cheryl, a razz-ma-tazzled, snazzle-jazzled dance
Their Argentine Tango full of dynamic, intense, daring, passion, romance

The dancing complete on A MARVELOUS MAKSIM-UM MONDAY NIGHT
Leah and Tony eliminated one week short in the Mirror Ball Trophy fight

Next week the Fabulous Two-Night Finale, Monday and Tuesday will be
A superb, spectacular, scintillating, stunning two nights of Must-See TV!

Written By Lois A Troutman, November 20, 2013

The ballroom was A MARVELOUS MAKSIM-UM MONDAY NIGHT!
MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY’s “JUDGE”-MENT DAY, A DELIGHT!

November 20, 2013 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.

Afterbuzz TV Reviews The Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Semi-Finals

It’s Afterbuzz TV time!! Julz Tocker joins them with their new reviews for the Semi-finals of Dancing With The Stars Season 17! This time I was ok with most of their reviews until Suri started her review on Amber. Also, note how Suri thought Bill should have went home. Listen through and let us know what you think if interested.

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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.

DWTS Carrie Ann Inaba Writes About The Final Four, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, And More

Carrie Anne Inaba wrote about last night’s dances at Parade.com. She also talks of Maks and how they are so much alike. As I started to read over her words, I knew right where it was heading being they are both “Capricorns”. Below are her thoughts about the final four….

Now, I have to say that at the beginning of the season, I would never in a million years have guessed that our finalists would have turned out to be Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Corbin Blue and Karina Smirnoff, Amber Riley and Derek Hough, and Bill Engvall and Emma Slater. I thought for sure we’d see Elizabeth Berkley in there as well as either Brant Daughtry, Nicole Snooki P, or Christina Milian. I mean, we had the best set of dancers to start off with in all 17 seasons. We started out with some incredible talent, the likes of which we hadn’t seen since our All-Star Season. I think that’s what made it more exciting in many ways. Losing great dancers like that was frustrating, but it was also fascinating to watch. I know it is frustrating on many levels for those who want the “best dancers” in the finals, but I do think that we have two of the best dancers and two of the most improved in the finals. And this is a nice representation of what the show is about.

I will say that by reading my Twitter feed and commentary, it is quite apparent that the fans and our wonderful audience are really split on how they want this to turn out. Some are absolutely up in arms about Corbin and Amber having so much dance in their background. And there are just as many who are upset that Bill has made it this far. But mostly everyone agrees that Jack deserves to be in the finals. It’s interesting to read all the different opinions. I think it’s fantastic that our audience is so passionate about it. I want to say that learning ballroom after being a “commercial” dancer or a jazz dancer or a hip-hop dancer is not as easy as you think. You have to unlearn many things. There is such a specific technique to ballroom and Latin that it can almost drive a jazz/hip-hop dancer insane. After dancing many years with your weight placed one way, your posture slightly forward for the most part, using your head to accentuate every move, learning to keep your head still, posture completely altered, and the weight placement on your feet different depending on the dance is challenging and extremely frustrating. It’s like dancing in a metal cage after being free to express yourself. But that is what makes this competition so interesting even for those who have had dance experience in their background.

Lots more at Parade.com.

November 19, 2013 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.