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Wendy Williams Interviews Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

And guess what – Meryl straight up says they’re not dating. :::cue hearts breaking all over shipperland::: Maks even goes so far as to say “they needed that” in reference, I think, to the faux kissing and romance. And I’m not criticizing – that is an element of SOME of the dances. I think it is a shame that it’s now all anyone focuses on. The woman can DANCE, yet all we hear about is the showmance – and that’s largely due to their choices, in addition to the shippers. But the faux kiss as a choreographic crutch got a bit out of hand – the shippers don’t get ALL the blame.

ETA: Vogue here. You can read a new interview with Meryl at TV Guide as well. I love the question they asked her about working with Maks and Derek…

How do you think working with Maks might change how you approach routines with Charlie?
Davis: Just from a basics standpoint, learning the different styles of dance I did can only help. I’ve taken ballet, but I’ve never danced on the floor for the sake of dancing on the floor. I’ll take a lot back on the ice with me.

You talked a lot about coming out of your shell. Will that also change your partnership with Charlie?
Davis: I was very shy when I was younger, but I haven’t been shy for many years now. But this additional experience will definitely help.

What was the major difference you found between working with Maks vs. Derek ?
Davis: They are two very different people with different personalities, but both are insanely brilliant. It’s funny, I worked with the two of them at the same time for the team dance and I had been telling Maks that seeing the two of them interact and suggest choreography to one another was such a cool experience to see.

More at TV Guide.

ETA2: TV Guide now has a new interview up with Maks. Here is a take where he talks on their relationship and more.

You guys have gotten a lot of mileage out of the romance speculation. How much of that was played up for show? Set the record straight.
Chmerkovskiy: Our relationship is very real. She’s incredible. It’s going to go beyond Dancing with the Stars for sure. … As far as what everybody is asking romantically, these things will never be answered by me. You’re going to see things in tabloids and pictures, and you have people gossiping and making up their own stories, but I will never speak about my personal life.

The show really milked it too.
Chmerkovskiy: I think the show never had a couple like Meryl and me. … We had these stories on the floor that gave a completely new depth to our show. Between what we did and what Derek was able to do with Amy, this season has been absolutely remarkable. We had unbelievable dancers. … Nobody, I think, came close to Meryl and me, just by sheer passion. That passion, that togetherness and that look in each other’s eyes — yes, some of it was necessary for the dances to be what they needed to be from a performance standpoint. Most of it was coming from a very real spot. We connected right away and it was extremely creative.

Almost every season without fail, there’s a huge Maks temper tantrum midway. You got frustrated this season, but it never went over-the-top.
Chmerkovskiy: One thing that was amazing this season was I felt a lot of support. This was the first time I was like, “So that’s what it feels like when people are rooting for you.” I didn’t feel any different as far as treatment, like, “You get any production piece you want.” But I felt that people genuinely wanted to see me succeed, and that gave me a lot of confidence. There were tense moments, but that tension wasn’t produced in the form of, “He’s the bad guy” again. It was more, “This stuff is getting to him because it’s so close and so real.”

May 22, 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. :-)

Afterbuzz TV And Emma Slater Review The Finals Of Dancing With The Stars Season 18

Afterbuzz TV is back and with their last Dancing With The Stars show of the season. This time
Emma Slater joins the panel to review the finals. I pretty much agreed with everything they said except when Anna said most of Derek and Amy’s routines were simple and uncomplicated this season. WHA? Anyway, great show again!! I have enjoyed these shows so much this season. Thanks Kritsyn and the gang for a job well done. Let us know what you think in comments and if you agree with their new reviews.

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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 Maks Chmerkovksiy Doesn’t Think He’s Coming Back Next Season, People Shoot Video Behind The Scenes

Good Morning, Dancettes. See, we never go away!! We love the off season as much as the on season. Stick around and see why!! :D

So, for starters today, below is some more Dancing With The Stars media on Maks Chmerkovksiy and Meryl Davis with Entertainment Tonight. Note how Maks remarks that he doesn’t think he’s coming back to Dancing With The Stars next season…it’s too exhausting. Also, below is some “behind the scenes” coverage of Maks and Val’s People shoot which comes out in the magazine on Friday. Omg, I’m kind of wishing I hadn’t gone there? 8O lol More coming up! Stay tuned!

ETA: If interested, the Detroit Press has an article up about Meryl Davis and her transformation. It includes interviews with her parents and coach. Thanks to Anna for sending.

ETA: Here is the full People interview. Thanks to Nancy for the heads up…

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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.

PureDWTS Guest Poem: “Weaving A Spellbinding Night Of Dance”

Below is a new poem by Lois for Monday night’s dances….

WEAVING A SPELLBINDING NIGHT OF DANCE

The ballroom was under a spell, woven with brilliance and light
WEAVING A SPELLBINDING NIGHT OF DANCE, glorious sight

Season 18 created many spells of grandeur, woven with the dance
Dynamic talents of dancing skills, displays of heart and romance

Four couples remained, each creating a magical, mystical spell
Who would weave their way, the final three, only time would tell

WEAVING THE DANCES – CREATING THE WEB!

WEB NUMBER ONE
DANCE NUMBER ONE

CANDACE CAMERON BURE AND MARK BALLAS
QUICKSTEP – UMBRELLA

A wondrous dance, gliding across the floor
Woven with classic, elegant, sweet steps
Lighthearted feel of the dance, a classy spell

DANCE NUMBER TWO

FREESTYLE – CANNED HEAT
WITH DANCERS

Woven with groovy, golden, Disco beats
Full on with gusto, a spell with funky fun
A shining moment, with rocking rhythm

WEB NUMBER TWO
DANCE NUMBER ONE

AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH
SALSA – RAN KAN KAN

Woven with a flirty feel, salsafied movements
Casting a spell with light, colorful exhilaration
Flamboyant, flashy, sassy creation of dance

DANCE NUMBER TWO

FREESTYLE – DARE YOU

Weaving their spell, dancing with soul
Lyrical, ethereal, profound depths of dance
Flying high illustrating Amy’s amazing feats

WEB NUMBER THREE
DANCE NUMBER ONE

JAMES MASLOW AND PETA MURGATROYD
TANGO – ADORE YOU

Woven with a spell of passion, a charming kiss
Sharp as a razor, tighter than a drum, dynamic
Focused with the light of a guided laser

DANCE NUMBER TWO

FREESTYLE – ORIGINAL DON
WITH DANCERS

A portrayal of an action hero, a Ninja best
A spell so ferocious, fabulous, and fiery
Attacked with high energy, hunger, and heat

WEB NUMBER FOUR
DANCE NUMBER ONE

MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY AND MERYL DAVIS
ARGENTINE TANGO – MONTSERRAT

A spell weaving a marriage of sumptuous seduction
The story of a pair still evolving with dancing magic
Dazzling display, dynamite dancing drama

DANCE NUMBER TWO

FREESTYLE – LATCH

A powerful journey woven, a true, real dance
Enchanting, soulful integrity, flawless work of art
Divinity in motion, with heart, dignity and grace

WEAVING A SPELLBINDING NIGHT OF DANCE, grand creations
The four couples weaving spells splendid, stupendous, sensations

The Grand Finale will weave more spells, full of dazzling dynamite
WEAVING A SPELLBINDING NIGHT OF DANCE on Tuesday night!

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 21, 2014

JAMES AND PETA WOVE THEIR SPELL, BUT HAD TO GO!
THEY DISPLAYED A DYNAMIC, DYNAMITE DANCING SHOW!

THE FREESTYLES RULED, SPELLS WOVEN ON THE DANCE FLOOR!
SEASON 18 A DANCING EXTRAVAGANZA, WE WANTED MUCH MORE!

May 21, 2014 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.

Tony Dovolani And Leah Remini Interview The Cast After The DWTS Finale

Leah cracks me up!!! Be sure to take this interview in when you can….

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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.

Meryl Davis Interviewed About Winning Dancing With The Stars

Team USA has a wonderful interview with Meryl Davis where she talks about how it feels to win Dancing With The Stars. Below she talks about her favorite memory, who she will keep in touch with, and how she surprised herself. More at think including her thoughts on Maks, Amy, her favorite dances, and more.

What is your favorite memory from “Dancing with the Stars”?

Definitely the people I met along the way. I certainly expected to enjoy the season, and I expected to learn a lot about dance and enjoy the television show experience. I met such amazing people, whether it was Maks or the other dancers on the show, who I truly feel like I learned a lot from as people. I’m truly grateful for that part of the experience as well.

Which cast members do you think you’ll stay in touch with?

So many of them. I think that’s part of what makes the experience so cool. The cast as a whole was so amazing. Getting to know so many of the dancers and getting to know so many other personalities was so cool for me that I think I’m definitely coming away from the show with a lot of friends.

Have you surprised yourself with the heights you were able to achieve in ballroom dance?

Absolutely. I really wasn’t sure what to expect with my skills on the floor, but I definitely was proud. It didn’t come easily, so to be able to look back at some of the videos from the show and see where the work went, I definitely think I can be proud of the product.

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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.

Derek Hough’s Last Blog of DWTS Season 18

What an amazingly classy guy. From TV Guide:

I had a gut feeling that Maks and Meryl were going to take it, and I said that to Amy, so we knew. Based on the packages and the tone and the way they put everything together, I had a feeling they were winning. I think everyone did. I’m so happy for them. It was well-deserved. Meryl is a beast and was so consistent all season long. I couldn’t be happier for Maks. I told Maks the night before, “I’m genuinely really happy for you and would love to see you win.” Obviously, I would be happy to see Amy win because of what she represents, but knowing Maks for such a long time and him having been part of the show for so long, truthfully, it was nice to see him experience the show it was meant to be experienced. All season, in a way, was about Maks’ journey, which was wonderful to watch. Being a friend of his and seeing that was great.

I really loved our freestyle. That was such a culmination of Amy’s story this season. When I heard the music we were going to use, it was perfect for what it stood for. It was, “I dare you to love / I dare you to cry / I dare you to run / I dare you to try / I dare you to fall / and lay on the ground / I dare you to feel / I dare you to be here now.”

That’s exactly what this entire season has been about for Amy and me: not being afraid and really going for it. I wanted that last note we hit to be positive and a challenge, and to dare people to try and see what happens. That’s what Amy’s been saying by what she’s been doing on the show. Everybody asks me, “Where do you get all your ideas?” It really comes from the music. Whatever pops into my head when I’m listening to something is how it starts. I just envisioned Amy spinning in the air, ascending and being transcendent of dance. I looked into the rope thing and I asked my friend, “Hey, is this possible?” He was like, “Yeah, it’ll take a couple weeks to teach her that.” And I was like, “Well, we have an hour.” And it’s all back muscles, which was what she was having problems with, so it was wild to see her up there. It was just incredible. And for her to let go and do it with one hand was awesome.

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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. :-)

More Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Post Finale Interviews

The Afterbuzz TV Interviews are being released. As always, JC Rubio asks some interesting questions and gets to the heart of the matter….

More coming! Keep checking back to this spot. Also, visit Pure Derek Hough for more with Amy and Derek!

Kelly and Michael ~Heidi

ETA: Glamour Magazine interviews – haven’t watched, just trying to help Vogue. I do see Derek sharing his “kiss trick” :-) ~Heidi

ETA2: And below are the Access Hollywood interviews….

The On The red carpet Interviews are starting to be released as well. Below is George with Maks and Meryl. Keep checking this link for more to be added soon.

ETA3: Below is Access Live with Maks and Meryl…

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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.

The Dancing With The Stars Finalists Light Up Good Morning America (Videos, Pictures)

First of all, if you haven’t seen out first media and interview post, go here. Also note that we don’t go away in the off season. The pros stay busy and there is a lots to report. We also post polls and have questionnaires. Court holds an Awards. Heidi and I report on all the latest cast rumors. Court and Heidi dissect the show in original commentaries. We also have plans to talk exclusively to some pros and lots more. So, don’t go away. With that said, below are some videos of the finalists on Good Morning America today!! So fun!! For some LIVE pictures, see Madison J Taylors twitter page. She’s there and taking some fantastic shots. The GMA twitter and Instagram accounts have some awesome takes and video coverage as well too.


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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.

Starter Media And Interviews After The DWTS Season 18 Finale, After Party Coverage, And More

Let’s get straight to some media, All!! First up, don’t miss a recap and some interviews after the show last night with ABC7.

You’ll be able to see more of these interviews at On The Red Carpet a little later. So, keep checking this link. For now, you can view Sharna and Tony talking on the Freestyles. On The Red Carpet also has new breathtaking pictures from the Finale.

Glamour has a little preview for what’s coming up today for some behind the scenes coverage. For now, see some pics with the judges and some beauty tips with Erin. More at this link at a little later.

Also, E News and ABC have some recaps and interviews as well. You can see 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.