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DWTS Season 9 – Entertainment News for September 21st through the 24th, 2009

I went though my Tivo and pulled off that which was recorded, and then I surfed the net. :-) No surprise, I got lots of stuff. First up, Melissa Rycroft’s story on GMA Monday morning.

The Local (LA) ABC Affiliate’s George Patacki (sp?):

Paparazzi Henry is on the case once again. This time he gets Tom Bergeron, in addition to several dancers. LOVE Tom. We also get Lacey, Melissa Joan Hart, Corky and Mark Ballas, Louis V, Chelsie and Aaron, among others.

E! News from 9-22-09 – the feature lots of different people, but of course Donny is always prominent. Shawn Johnson is their correspondent – very cute. :-)

Entertainment Tonight – warning, they are using Marie all season as their representative. And of course they relentlessly pimp Donny. That whole “donny ripped out Kim’s extensions” thing – I wonder if that is where Derek got the hair? :-)

All the celebs briefly, but a really cute bit with Debi Mazar and Maks (and Adrien Grenier from Entourage – hubba hubba).

There’s tons more – I’ll post it tomorrow. :-)

September 24, 2009 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 9 News – Week of September 1, 2009

Goodness gracious – a week of seven videos some of which highlight people other than Donny Osmond.  You guys already saw the Derek/Joanna stuff I captured, here’s the rest of it, starting with Aaron/Karina and Ashley/Edyta.  Love Karina’s outfit.

Kelly Osbourne – I just love her. I think the audience will love her too. I love how she takes responsibility for her own actions.

Tom DeLay. And that’s all I’m saying about that. :-)

Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova on the Donny Osmond Entertainment Net….I mean Entertainment Tonight. :-)

And the injury hype begins….NOW!! You have now come to the Donny Osmond portion of our program. :-) I gotta give a minor prop to anyone who tells Marie to “shut up” though. Point for Donny.

A story on Donny and Marie, peripherally related to DWTS.

Finally, Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer. Bit of an audio sync issue with this one, but you’ll get the gist. I had no clue that Mark is as old as he is. Impressive.

September 7, 2009 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. :-)

DWTS Season 9 News from ET

According to Kym Johnson on ET, it’s the Country Two-step – which, of course, in my mind makes it WORSE. :-)

“The show is adding the country two-step and the Charleston,” Kym tells Donny & Marie. She goes on to explain that there will be the same number of dances. The show is just mixing things up a bit.

Then Kym watches the on-stage dance competition between the brother and sister team, and rates them both a 10.

“You’re a 10 because you’re fabulous,” Kym tells Marie. Then she jokes with Donny, “And you’re a 10 because you need 10 more hours of dance lessons.”

Not a good sign if Donny and Marie are already bugging me, right? :-)

August 28, 2009 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. :-)

DWTS Costumes…Sparkle and Shine!

Hey Everyone! I’m a new blogger for DWTS so I thought I’d let you guys know what to expect from my blogs :) I will be blogging about the costumes featured on this season and the choreography/technique of the dances and how well (or not so well) each couple performed them! Now that we have that out of the way let me get started!

I absolutely love the costumes that the celebs and pros wear on DWTS and I first wondered how all the costumes got sewn and fitted in time! I googled Randall Christensen, the head wardrobe designer, and found that he only has 3 1/2 days to get costumes made! This has got to be a crazy time during the first weeks of competition since there are so many couples! I also found this AMAZING youtube video interviewing Mr. Christensen about the process:

To me, what makes are great costume is a combination of:

  • Is the material used appropriate for the dance style?
  • Is the costume suited for the celeb and pro as a couple?
  • Does the style of the costume match the style of the dance?
  • Are the sparkle and shine elements right on for the costume or not quite there?
  • Are the accessories perfect for the costume or are they to much or to little?
  • Overall, does the costume compliment the celebrity to showcase their dance strengths instead of their dance weaknesses.

With that said…here are my top 5 favorite costumes and my top 5 train wrecks!

TOP 5 FAVORITES (Season 4 – Present):

  1. Chelsie Hightower and Ty Murray: Season 8
    Chelsie Hightower and Ty Murray
  2. Cheryl Burke and Gilles Marini: Season 8
  3. Cheryl Burke and Gilles Marini

  4. Julianne Hough and Apolo Anton Ohno: Season 4
    Julianne Hough and Apolo Anton Ohno
  5. Cheryl Burke and Christian de la Fuenta: Season 6
    Cherly Burke and Christian de la Fuenta
  6. Brooke Burke and Derek Hough: Season 8
    Brooke Burke and Derek Hough

TOP 5 TRAIN WRECKS (Season 4 – Present):

  1. Cheryl Burke and Wayne Newton: Season 5
    Cheryl Burke and Wayne Newton
  2. Marie Osmand and Johnathan Roberts: Season 5
    Marie Osmond and Johnathan Roberts
  3. Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani: Season 7
    Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani
  4. Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks: Season 8
    Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks
  5. Karina Smirnoff and Steve Wozniak: Season 8
    Karina Smirnoff and Steve Wozniak

Now it’s your turn! What costumes stand out the most as favorites or train wrecks!

August 27, 2009 I Written By

Quick Dancing with the Stars Partner Round Up

I’m sure I’m missing a ton of things that are happening with all the various stars and professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars 8.  However, the traditional Hollywood media always covers every little bit of Dancing with the Stars.  I just can’t reasonably keep up.

Despite this major backup, I figured I’d cover a couple things I’d read recently that I thought were interesting about the coming season of Dancing with the Stars.

Let’s start with this video of the handsome actor Gilles Marini and 2 time winner Cheryl Burke on ET:

I love that Cheryl Burke basically rips Gilles Marini for having a bad memory. Kind of surprising since actors should have a good memory after memorizing all those scripts.

Cheryl and Gilles also reveal that Cha Cha is their first dance.

On to Jewel…

I think one of the best reads throughout this season of Dancing with the Stars is going to be Jewel’s blog. I only wish that it was a real blog and not some custom thing, but I’ll leave the tech for my other blog.

Check out a couple recent posts about Jewel’s pain in her knee:

I guess I really over did it on the rehearsal front! My knees have been hurting so badly that I finally broke down and talked to Ty’s knee doctor yesterday. He said I have tendonitis in my knees and that I have to start a course of medicine to try and bring the swelling down. Yuck! It’s mainly my left knee, and I can’t believe I hurt it so badly… Ty warned me I was over doing it, and now he got a big ol’ ‘I told you so’ in. The worst part is that I can’t rehearse for the next couple days. It was just so fun to dance 8 hours a day- especially considering I only had 3 weeks to cram not only for my first dance- cha cha, but to learn the fundamentals of about 6 other dances that I will have to know. But now I’m just worried I won’t even be able to dance! Hopefully these steroids will really do the trick and I can keep bad flare ups at a bay in the future.

Looks like Jewel will be dancing a Cha Cha at the DWTS premiere. I wonder if she’ll have to be tested for performance enhancing drugs (steroids) before she can compete.

You’ll also love this tidbit where Jewel says she’d happily lose Dancing with the Stars in return for being pregnant.

yesterday on the Billy Bush show, Ty said that he thinks his best chance of beating me is if I get pregnant during the show so I would be too tired to dance! Talk about a strategy! Haha… Of course, that would be fine with me if it did happen, so either way would be a win!

Belind Carlisle is comparing herself to Marie Osmond’s experience on DWTS:

Belinda is also taking a page from former “Dancing with the Stars” competitor Marie Osmond in that she has the same partner, is on the NutriSystem diet and will be juggling concert dates at the same time she is on the hit ABC series.

“I figure if Marie can do this and shows at the same time so can I. She’s my role model right now,” she says. Then she jokes, “I can eat a lot more NutriSystem snacks now. It all helps and I love to eat.”

I wonder if Belinda will decide to faint like Marie as well.

Finally, a few quick hits about Shawn Johnson on DWTS.

At 4 feet, 10 inches, Shawn Johnson, who turned 17 in January, was sure that her height would keep her from competing on the hit ABC series, so she says she was honored and surprised when they came to her with an offer.

She has been paired with Mark Ballas, who won the competition with Kristi Yamaguchi — also an Olympic gold medalist, but says that he had to ask her to wear three-inch heels in order for them to partner up.
“I am used to being barefoot [to perform gymnastics], so it is awkward,” she admits.

Shawn admits that she’s used to long hours in the gym and so that helps when doing the long hours on the dance floor. She also said that her first dance will be a Viennese Waltz.

Finally, don’t expect Shawn Johnson to be sharing any outfits with Edyta.

“They’ve actually said that since I’m younger I have to be a little more covered up than usual, just to make sure it’s age appropriate, which I don’t have a problem with, I’m used to being in a leotard, that’s pretty revealing,” she says.

“Dancing with the Stars” premieres Monday, March 9 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

February 27, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Music – Week 10

My final entry for this seasons Dancing with the Stars music. Here’s the music from week 10.

Mel & Maks dancing the Cha Cha to the song Carwash sung by Christina Aguilera

Karaoke All Stars - Karaoke - Christina Aguilera: Greatest Hits, Vol. 22 - Carwash

Marie & Jonathan dancing the Samba to the song Chic Chica Boom sung by Carmen Miranda

Carmen Miranda - Carmen Miranda - Chica Chica Boom Chic

Helio & Julianne dancing the Jive to the song Let’s Twist Again sung by Chubby Checker

Chubby Checker - Cameo Parkway: The Best of Chubby Checker, 1959-1963 - Let's Twist Again

Mel & Maks dancing Freestyle to the song The Way I Are sung by Timbaland

Timbaland - Shock Value - The Way I Are (feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E.)

Marie & Jonathan dancing Freestyle to the song Start Me Up sung by The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones - Jump Back: The Best of the Rolling Stones - Start Me Up

Helio & Julianne dancing Freestyle to the song Land Of 1000 Dances sung by Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Barnes - Sheperds Bush Empire Live 2001 - Land of 1000 Dances

See other Dancing with the Stars Music:
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 1 night 1
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 1 night 2
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 2
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 3
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 4 – October 15
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 5 – October 22
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 6
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 7
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 8
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 9

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Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Music – Week 9

More Dancing with the Stars Music. The finale is next week!!

Marie & Jonathan danced the Quickstep to the song Good Morning sung by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor

Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Gene Kelly & Singin' In the Rain - Singin' In the Rain (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) - Good Morning

Mel & Maks danced the Viennese Waltz to the song Somebody To Love sung by Queen

Queen - Queen: Greatest Hits I & II - Somebody to Love

Jennie & Derek danced the Tango to the song The Take Over, The Breaks Over sung by Fallout Boy

Fall Out Boy - Infinity On High - "The Take Over, the Breaks Over"

Helio & Julianne danced the Foxtrot to the song Ain’t That A Kick In The Head sung by Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams - Swing When You're Winning - Ain't That a Kick In the Head

Marie & Jonathan danced the Mambo to the song Guaglione sung by Pérez Prado

Pérez Prado - The Best of Perez Prado: The Original Mambo #5 - Guaglione

Mel & Maks danced the Paso Doble to the song (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction sung by The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1964-1971 - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

Jennie & Derek danced the Cha Cha to the song Mustang Sally sung by The Commitments

The Commitments - The Commitments (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Mustang Sally

Helio & Julianne danced the Cha Cha to the song Love Rollercoaster sung by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Studio 99 - Red Hot Chilli Peppers - a Tribute - Love Rollercoaster

See other Dancing with the Stars Music:
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 1 night 1
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 1 night 2
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 2
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 3
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 4 – October 15
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 5 – October 22
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 6
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 7
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 8

November 21, 2007 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Music – Week 8

Jennie & Derek danced the Jive to the song It Takes Two sung by Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston

Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston - The Very Best of Marvin Gaye - It Takes Two

Cameron & Edyta danced the Viennese Waltz to the song Hedwig’s Theme sung by Harry Potter Soundtrack

Harry Potter Soundtrack - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Hedwig's Theme

Marie & Jonathan danced the Rumba to the song My Cherie Amour sung by Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder - Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection - My Cherie Amour

Helio & Julianne danced the Paso Doble to the song Amparito Roca sung by Unidad De Música De La Guardia Real

Unidad de Música de la Guardia Real - Pasodobles Taurinos - Amparito Roca

Mel & Maks danced the Tango to the song Personal Jesus sung by Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode - Violator - Personal Jesus

Jennie & Derek danced the Foxtrot to the song I’ve Got You Under My Skin sung by Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra - Classic Sinatra - His Great Performances, 1953-1960 - I've Got You Under My Skin

Cameron & Edyta danced the Cha Cha to the song Brown Sugar sung by The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones - Jump Back: The Best of the Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar

Marie & Jonathan danced the Jive to the song Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under sung by Shania Twain

Shania Twain - Shania Twain: Greatest Hits - Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?

Helio & Julianne danced the Quickstep to the song Hey Pachuco sung by Royal Crown Revue

Royal Crown Revue - Mugzy's Move - Hey Pachuco!

Mel & Maks danced the Mambo to the song Mambo Jambo sung by Perez Prado

Perez Prado Orchestra - King of Mambo - Mambo Jambo

See other Dancing with the Stars Music:
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 1 night 1
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 1 night 2
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 2
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 3
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 4 – October 15
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 5 – October 22
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 6
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 7

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Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Music – Week 7

All the great music from Dancing with the Stars Week 7

Helio & Julianne danced the Tango to the song Jean Genie sung by David Bowie

David Bowie - Best of Bowie - The Jean Genie

Marie & Jonathan danced the Quickstep to the song Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy sung by Marie Osmond

Marie Osmond - Salute! The World War II Tribute Album - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

Mel & Maks danced the Foxtrot to the song Jimmy Mack sung by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - The Ultimate Collection: Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Jimmy Mack

Jane & Tony danced the Quickstep to the song I Walk The Line sung by Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash - With His Hot and Blue Guitar - I Walk the Line

Jennie & Derek danced the Viennese Waltz to the song Runaway sung by The Corrs

The Corrs - Forgiven, Not Forgotten - Runaway

Cameron & Edyta danced the Quickstep to the song Why Can’t I Be You sung by The Cure

The Cure - Galore - The Singles 1987-1997 - Why Can't I Be You?

Helio & Julianne danced the Samba to the song Candela sung by Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club - Candela

Marie & Jonathan danced the Cha Cha to the song Venus sung by Bananarama

Bananarama - Drama - Venus

Mel & Maks danced the Paso Doble to the song Free Your Mind sung by En Vogue

En Vogue - Best of En Vogue - Free Your Mind

Jane & Tony danced the Cha Cha to the song Shoop Shoop Song sung by Cher

Cher - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Cher, Vol. 2 - The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)

Jennie & Derek danced the Rumba to the song Fallen sung by Lauren Wood

Lauren Wood - Lauren Wood - Fallen

Cameron & Edyta danced the Jive to the song Boy From New York City sung by The Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer - The Very Best of The Manhattan Transfer - Boy from New York City

See other Dancing with the Stars Music:
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 1 night 1
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 1 night 2
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 2
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 3
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 4 – October 15
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 5 – October 22
Dancing with the Stars Music Week 6

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.