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PureDWTS Season 22, Week 3 – An Update on Mark Ballas

As we mentioned yesterday, Mark was seen around the rehearsal studio yesterday, which seems to indicate that he is still very much in the competition this season.  Now we have a bit more behind-the-scenes info to share…

…according to a source, Mark is still injured, and given the nature of the injury, it seems potentially serious (I’m guessing they’ll share his diagnosis in the package on Monday). Mark is currently trying to rest his back as a result. HOWEVER, Mark has every intention of dancing with Paige on Monday if he’s able, and is still very much Paige’s partner.  Alan & Hayley have both been assisting them during rehearsals for their paso doble, but Mark is running the show – his concept, his choreography.  From the impression I got – the situation is still very up-in-the-air, but Mark is determined to dance.

I think the captions on the Instagram picture of Paige & Alan he posted on Tuesday very clearly indicate that he intends to remain Paige’s partner this season:

So what do I make of this? Well I think all the Alan fans that seem to be creeping out of the woodwork, hoping that Mark will “give Alan a shot at being a pro” need to slow their roll quite a bit, because I don’t think Mark has any intention of giving Paige up without a fight – and rightfully so.  I remember Deep Throat telling me how absolutely THRILLED Mark was to get Paige as a partner this season – he’d been hoping she’d get a shot on the show for awhile, and I’d even go so far as to guess that she was probably one of his “dream partners”. And Paige has got a great work ethic and a lot of talent – talent that I think is best harnessed by a seasoned pro with two MBT’s and a lot of choreography experience under his belt, and NOT a completely green, un-battle-tested newb from the troupe. This is quite possibly the most competitive season we’ve ever seen, kids – and if Paige wants a fighting chance (no pun intended) of lasting this season, Mark is her best bet.  If anything, I think the rest of the pros this season would mop the floor with Alan, experience-wise, if he were suddenly to become Paige’s full-time partner – and the resulting failure could potentially torpedo any future shots at being a pro that he might have…think about it.  This is quite possibly the WORST season to come in as a rookie pro and try to prove yourself…so why would you want to subject him to that? So you can watch him gyrate around with his shirt open and a dopey grin on his face? 🙂

Anyway, I wish Mark the speediest and most painless of recoveries, and I’ve got my fingers crossed he gets to dance with Paige on Monday 😉

ETA: Vogue here. Paige was on KTLA today. She talked on Dancing With The Stars and the accident with Mark last week. She also gives a report on Mark and says he’s still trying to find out what’s wrong with him (like Court reported). Right now she’s rehearsing with both Alan and Mark and isn’t sure what will happen on Monday night. More below…

March 31, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

HQ Photos Of Paige VanZant Visiting With Extra’s Mario Lopez

Yesterday Paige VanZant visited Mario Lopez and Extra. Below are some fun photos. Click on them to see more. I’m loving this girl!

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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.

Mark Ballas Seen At The Dancing With The Stars Rehearsal Studio

Isn’t this a great sight to see (see instagram below)? Go Mark Ballas! We are all so relieved you aren’t seriously injured! Thanks to @DancingABCStats for the heads up!

brandeecimo_21: Dancing with the Stars hanging out with Mark Ballas. So glad that he’s not that seriously injured. Glad that he’s still competing, wishing him the best of luck.

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March 30, 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.

PureDWTS Season 22, Week 2 – Power Rankings

Houston, we have a fairly unsettling problem (and no, it’s not Von’s insanely loud farting) – we have at least four pros who seriously did their partners a disservice last night with lackluster choreography. Whether it was misinterpreting the dance, throwing in too much extraneous stuff, or just wasting time, I saw a lot of issues that could have easily been avoided had the pros in question just buckled down and stuck to the basics. And this is a carry-over from last week, when I saw at least two pros giving their partners some kinda shitty choreography.  Part of me wonders if the fact that the show’s best choreographer, Derek, isn’t there anymore to help keep the standard high is partially to blame – since nobody has to go toe-to-toe with Derek anymore, maybe some of the pros don’t feel the need to work as hard, and feel more comfortable just settling for mediocre choreography that busting their asses and cranking out something great.  Just a theory – and probably not one that will make me very popular, but it is what it is.

Last night saw the giddy high of the premiere cooling off quite a bit, and the judges tending more towards the nitpicky where some couples were concerned. Part of me thinks Len being gone last season has done him more harm than good – it’s almost as if he forgot a bit about some of the pros’ penchants for “messing about” and it’s almost like reopening an old wound for him – he’s extra-cranky about it again, and I don’t get the feeling he’s having as much fun as he used to. Time will tell, I suppose.

To almost no one’s surprise, Geraldo & Edyta left us – I feel like the right couple went home, and if nothing else, they left on the high of giving us a ridiculously entertaining (or just plain ridiculous, depending on how you look at it) dance. And to Geraldo’s credit – I think he had a lot of fun on the show, even if he wasn’t a stellar dancer. I saw a few folks complaining that Edyta deserved a “better partner” and shouldn’t have had to leave so early, and it just kinda floors me because EDYTA WAS GONE FOR 6 YEARS AND THE CHANCES WERE SLIM TO NONE THAT SHE WOULD EVEN BE INVITED BACK. Edyta fans, I would just be thankful she was on the show at all – because the split she had with the show back in 2010 was a pretty acrimonious one, from what I hear, and she had basically torpedoed any chance she may have had at coming back.  Seriously, they could’ve given her Verne Troyer as a partner and I think she would have been thankful for the opportunity. More and more, I’m just convinced that there is no pleasing some fans of this show… Read more..

March 29, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 2 – Live Blog!! (Spoilers)

Okay, what I’m going to be looking for this week is Jodie and Ginger – will their pros do a better job for them this week in terms of choreo and content? I’m also looking for that typical fall from grace that often happens in week 2 when there is less time to rehearse – who will fall victim to this pseudo curse? 🙂

I suppose that was a Mandy Moore special? Tiny bit better than anything she’s done recently.

WTF Geraldo??

Oh dear, Jodie. Deep breath. It’s only week 2 and you have a shot. Come on Keo, show us what you’re made of.

Okay, I liked Jodie – better choreo this week but she’s moving a little delicately at times. Read more..

March 28, 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. :-)

Watch Dancing With The Stars Season 22 “Dancing 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. Also note that Adrianne Haslet Davis will be interviewed as well as previously reported earlier!

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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.

Costume Designers Steven Lee And Daniela Gschwendtner Interviewed About DWTS And More

Rue Now talked with Dancing With The Stars costume designers Steven Lee and Daniela Gschwendtner. Read on for how complex and challenging designing can be. I love what they said about Mark Ballas.

RLL: From the jive to the paso doble, we know the dances are certainly complex. Is there a dance genre that’s more complex when it comes to the costumes?
SL and DG: Each dance has its own complexity. But since we’ve created all the costumes for so long, there’s no difference in difficulty between the dances.

RLL: Each week, there’s a time crunch. How long is the concepting phase, and how many people are on your team to get the job done?
SL and DG: Our time frame from concept to completion is from Tuesday to Monday. That gives us less than a week to sketch, shop fabrics, build, fit, and rhinestone the costumes – time is always tight.

RLL: We know Mark Ballas tends to choreograph some pretty out-there routines. From a costume perspective, is this something you look forward to?
SL and DG: Mark is always very creative – we really enjoy collaborating with him. He usually wants designs that are unique, and it really challenges us to make them come to life. It often involves unusual fabrics, custom painting, and textural leathers and materials. We can really think outside of the box when designing for Mark and his partners.

You can read more of this fun interview at Rue Now.

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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.

Mark Ballas Hurt At Camera Blocking, May Not Be Able To Dance Tonight On DWTS

According to People, Mark Ballas got hurt in camera blocking yesterday and may not be able to dance. Let’s hope he’s going to be ok to dance.

“He injured his back at camera blocking rehearsal on Sunday,” a source tells PEOPLE of the newly engaged pro dancer. “It’s an old injury that he aggravated. It’s up in the air if he’ll be able to perform tonight.”

Ballas’ fate in the competition will be decided by a doctor later today. But until he is cleared by the medical team, Ballas’ partner, UFC fighter Paige VanZant, is rehearsing with Alan Bersten, a former So You Think You Can Dance contestant and current member of the DWTS dance troupe.

More at People.

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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 22, Week 3 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Who’s Dancing What for Week 3 on Dancing With The Stars Season 22? What silliness will occur this week? Are we going to get “Most Memorable Year” aka Week of the Rumba??

Ok, here’s what we have so far. For all the latest media and interviews after the show, this link.

ETA: More dances below via Nyle’s twitter and Sharna’s new blog. ~Vogue

ETA2: A few songs & dances. I’m guessing on Marla’s dance, because I’m not sure there’s any other dance that could fit “Happy”.  And there was some question as to whether Wanya’s song had gotten cleared or not – but if it did, MAN…that’s gonna be a gorgeous waltz. -Court-

ETA3: Apparently Von’s a huge Phil Collins fan, and part of his pregame ritual involves listening to his music. Source isn’t 100% sure on song, but it’s the only one Von mentioned by name and they’ve used it on the show before, so I’d say it’s most likely this one. I don’t think Von’s song and dance is meant to be funny…but just visualizing him doing it, I’m cracking up, cause all I can think about is Mike Tyson in The Hangover 😛 -Court-

ETA4: Ginger’s dance, via DWTSGossip. I would say that Ginger having contemporary is a pretty “lucky” get, but since her partner is Val, I’m not so sure. On the plus side, he can legit choreo a dance that has no movement for quite a few bars. That appears to be in his wheelhouse these days. 🙂 ~Heidi

ETA5: Court here, doing a drive-by to drop in Nyle’s song, which Peta thinks is “fantastic” and is really excited about 🙂

ETA6: …and another drive-by with Paige’s dance.

ETA7: Judging from the brief snippet in his Snapchat from earlier – sounds like this is Antonio’s song. -Court-

ETA8: Thoughts on the rest of the songs: I can’t imagine that Mischa is somehow going to be better at samba than cha-cha or tango, and I doubt her song is really going to resonate with viewers. I may tear up during Doug’s waltz – “Rainbow Connection” just guts me, for some reason. “Home” is a dull song by a singer with an even duller name. If Witney doesn’t choreograph some dramatic moves for the infamous “In the Air Tonight” drum solo, I may commit seppuku with a plastic knife. – Court-

ETA9: A couple last-minute updates before showtime – according to Mischa’s blog, she is now doing a foxtrot instead of a samba, which sounds a helluva lot more manageable given her skill set (or lack thereof). And according to Val’s instagram, he & Ginger are going first – still a decent running order position, but I daresay we may finally see Ginger get realistic scores this week…going first historically seems to mean you’re going to be underscored, relative to the rest of the cast. -Court-

ETA10: George Pennacchio confirms on Twitter that Paige & Mark are going 7th.  Paige’s best running order position yet, and the first time she’s cracked the second hour. This is a good sign 🙂 Not so good: Doug going second (statistically the worst position), & Kim going 3rd (not much better).  Looks like they may be stacking the back half of the show with the big hitters. DT confirms that 9th, 10th, 11th belong to Mischa, Wanya, & Nyle, respectively.

ETA11: Per DT, Mischa’s still doing samba…maybe she misspoke in her blog? Or got confused?

Ginger & ValContemporary (Song: “Home” by Philip Phillips)
Phone # – 1-800-868-3404
Dancing 1st

Doug & Karina – Waltz (“Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog)
Phone # 1-800-868-3402
Dancing 2nd

Kim & Sasha – Fox Trot (Song: Theme from The Facts of Life)
Phone # 1-800-868-3406
Dancing 3rd

Von & WitneyContemporary (Song: “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins)?
Phone # 1-800-868-3411
Dancing 4th

Marla & Tony Jive (Song: “Happy” by Pharrell)
Phone # 1-800-868-3407

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March 27, 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. :-)

DWTS Season 22 Week 2 Las Vegas Odds – Let us know what you think?

Sports Bavada didn’t post Las Vegas Odds for Dancing With The Stars Season 22 Week 2, but, Bookmake.eu.com posted their odds again.

ANTONIO BROWN 355
PAIGE VANZANT 373
JODIE SWEETIN 379
GINGER ZEE 508
NYLE DIMARCO 636
VON MILLER 781
MISCHA BARTON 891
WANYA MORRIS 943
KIM FIELDS 2049
DOUG FLUTIE 2830
GERALDO RIVERA 3967
MARLA MAPLES 4030

Below are last weeks odds:

JODIE SWEETIN 410
ANTONIO BROWN 550
PAIGE VANZANT 560
GINGER ZEE 570
NYLE DIMARCO 645
WANYA MORRIS 715
MISCHA BARTON 834
VON MILLER 889
KIM FIELDS 1230
DOUG FLUTIE 1600
MARLA MAPLES 2700
GERALDO RIVERA 3962

Vogue: I’m really disagreeing with the odds makers at BM this week. Why is Marla last? I fear it’s because some can’t get past that she was once Donald Trump’s wife which is sad. I was also surprised to see Kim so low as well. She and Sasha are so fun and they came out like firecrackers for their first dance. I would think both of them would be in the middle of the pack somewhere. Also, Jodi Sweetin is too high and Wanya is wayyyyy too low. Nyle should be more at the top as well. And what about Mischa? She should be at the bottom. What a goofy week in odds. Be sure to tell us what you think in comments. Heidi and Court what do you think?

Courtney: Whatever the oddsmakers are on – I want some 😛 It’s almost as if they’re a week behind – as if these odds are based more on the preseason hype we heard and not what we actually saw on Monday night.  Heck, it almost seems like they were lurking here – several of us were talking about both Marla & Geraldo as early outs, and how we thought Antonio was a lock for the finale.  Then Monday happened, and things kinda got shaken up – right now, rather than seeing a clear front-runner or a clear order, I’m more seeing tiers of skill/fanbase. I would argue that, based on Monday’s show, Wanya & Nyle should be about neck-and-neck for the top spot.  The next tier would be some combination of Ginger, Antonio, & Von – not sure what order I’d really put them in; right below them should be Paige, Jodie, & Kim (not necessarily in that order); Marla & Doug slightly below that (again, not sure who I’d put higher); and then Mischa & Geraldo in the basement.  I fully expect this could change come Monday, as I think Antonio could potentially surge, Ginger will likely get lavished with praise again, and Wanya and/or Nyle could get nitpicked a bit. Part of me kinda hopes it’s Mischa going home instead of Geraldo, because I’m getting the impression more and more that the former is not having much fun and at least the latter seems to be enjoying himself.

Heidi: As per usual, they have things all screwed up. It does make me wonder though…are they getting their odds based on actual betting? Because, when you look at their odds that way it puts a new spin on things.  Only not really, because you have the Steeler and the MMA girl at the top and there’s tons of sports betting all the time so to people who gamble, those two are really familiar.  🙂 It does make the rest of their lineup interesting. Sort of. You would think, though, that they would TRY to inject some reality into their odds because they’re likely going to get hosed on finale night unless Antonio does pull out a win – and that is NOT a sure thing anymore. I have to agree with Courtney’s tiers – ole Antonio has some serious competition from Wanya and Nyle and some of the other competitors are no slouches either. We’ll know more after this week, since they have far less time to prepare – but if  Sharna and Val don’t step up the choreo, they could find themselves seriously outclassed. And, therefore, on the losing end of this season.

March 25, 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.