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DWTS J.R. Martinez and Anna Trebunskaya Helped To Salute And Attend CNN Hero Awards

Last night, the CNN Hero Awards, which salutes and honors those everyday individuals who go to extraordinary lengths to serve others and make the world a better place, were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Seen arriving on the Red Carpet below is Dancing With The Stars pro Anna Trebunskaya, Dancing With The Stars Season 13 champ J.R. Martinez (who also presented) and his girlfriend Diana Jones. Other famous faces at the event included host Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan, Chris Colfer, Sofia Vergara, and Rachel Crow. Miley Cyrus and Kid Rock were the musical performers. The 2011 CNN Hero of the Year was awarded to Robin Lim, an American woman who offers free prenatal care, birthing services, and medical aid to Indonesian women.

You can read on last night’s awards in more detail at CNN. More pictures there and at Zimbio.com.

I so want Anna’s dress! :)

December 12, 2011 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.

DWTS10 Week 9 – The Cheesecake Awards!

So apparently Heidi & I were on this freaky wavelength this week where we both agreed on everything…literally, we thought of almost the exact same things for this weeks awards.  Add to that the fact that this week was just a pretty damn good week, both performance-wise and results show-wise, so this week’s awards are a little less snarktastic (sorry kids…we just were feeling the semifinal love this week :-D) and a little more just odd observations…but interesting ones nonetheless! Now…let’s take it cheesey, shall wee? ;-)

The “3rd Time’s a Charm!” Award – Cheryl & Chad , for their 3rd week in a row wearing see-through ballroom outfits
Courtney: I think wardrobe was cutting corners and just made 3 identical dresses for Cheryl, and then dyed them whatever color felt right for the week, hehe.  But this time they actually got it right: I loved that flesh tone on her, and it went perfectly with her 40’s-esque, softly curled hair.  A definite improvement from the white christening gown two weeks ago, and the black negligee (complete with thong-like lower back thingie!) from last week.  Chad dittoed his Viennese waltz silky pajamas again…gotta say, that’s the most interesting interpretation of a ballroom suit I’ve seen in awhile.  To me it says “Heck yah I’m gonna do the waltz, and then afterward, I’m gonna go have drinks with Hef – without changing clothes!”

Heidi: Hee – we are sharing a brain today – I was having deja vu with my “another day, another see thru skirt. But you’re right, this one was very pretty.

Biggest Waste of Season-Long Buildup Award – The Design-a-Dance
Courtney: Why oh why did they think having two former celebs doing a dance together would be a good idea??! This was a disaster, IMO.  Sloppy choreography that neither of them seemed to really know well, a crappy tango song, and Joey Fatone in KISS makeup.  Bleeeccchhh.  Even the guy that designed the costumes seemed to be unhappy to be there witnessing it! The Design-a-Dance has really been going downhill since the first one where Julianne & Derek did the jive to “Great Balls of Fire” in season 7 – now that was worth the season-long buildup.  Then there was the 4-person quickstep with Derek, Mark, Julianne, & Lacey, which was still pretty cute; and then the pro-am paso with Mark & Sabrina, which was just kinda ok…and then this.  Oy.  Hopefully next season they’ll revert back to the 2-pro format…because this was a big letdown. :-(

Heidi: Again, sharing a brain. WTF?  Like we don’t have enough amateurs dancing on this show they have to make DaD amateur as well? I must say, though, that the designer will probably be a huge success because he has “bored bitchface” down to a science!! And really, that’s all it takes to be a designer, right?

The Carrie Ann Inaba Weird Analogy of the Week – Describing Nicole’s ability to learn new dances as “Pooping out cells”
Courtney: It’s moments like these that make me wonder if Carrie Ann knocked back a few drinks before hitting the judging table.  I mean, I understood what she meant; it was just really…awkward.  I think I liked the Charlie Brown teacher analogy better.

Heidi: As soon as I heard the word “Poop” I was gone. I mean really, I prefer Bruno’s f-bombs. :-)

The Peculiar Body Language Award: Nicole & Derek, for their repeated neck-touching
Courtney: Now Heidi may have been tipped off by their armpit sniffing and gum spitting last week, but the way they kept touching each others’ necks this week made me wonder if there was something more than just platonic friendship going on between these two.  The neck is a vulnerable, erogenous zone – you don’t just go around caressing someone else’s unless you’re romantic with them. Yes, I am aware that Derek injured his neck – but why did Nicole feel the need to keep touching it? And why was he touching hers? Hmmmm….

Heidi: Honey, he wasn’t just touching, he was stroking – very strange, particularly since he’s not giving off the vibes he did with Joanna (aka the “yer sooooo pretty and hot” vibes :-) ). I had several WTF moments with Nicole and Derek this past week – like, if she had taken any longer with the family after the AT (including bf) he would have picked her up and caveman carried her to the celebraquarium.

Unofficial Sponsor of the Semifinal Performance Show: Prince
Courtney: The Purple Man…the Artist Formerly Known as Prince…whatever you call him, he’s AWESOME.  Two Prince songs in one night, and a Purple Rain-inspired costume? LOVES IT. The only thing better would be him sitting in the front row, glasses on, hair all pompadour-y…glorious.

Heidi: Derek says in his blog that the song they danced to was specifically ONLY allowed for Nicole. I believe his words were “Nicole and Nicole ONLY” was allowed to dance to it. Pretty cool. Love the Purple One. 

The Whoopsy-Daisy Award: Bruno and his various faux pas this week
Courtney: First there was the “9!” while holding up the 10 paddle; then the naughty word slip that those skillful censors managed to catch in the nick of time.  I wanna say there was more stuff he fouled up a bit, but I just couldn’t keep track of them, haha.  The man was in rare form this week…didn’t think it was possible for him to be any more flamboyant than he already is! LOL.

Heidi: I love the little dude. You want me to post the video of him and Billy Bush in speedos? Seriously – I have that and haven’t had time. It’s a little on the scary side. :-) They cook in their speedos too.

Tom Bergeron Line O’ the Night: “Bruno had premature paddling” (check the actual phrasing) tied with “I’m gonna go get me one of those Derek Hough Injuries”
Heidi: You know, the very best thing about Tom and what makes him so lovable is that he clearly loves this show and everyone involved in it. That makes him genuinely hilarious in a sweet way.

Courtney: He’s like the Papa Bear of DWTS, looking out for all his baby pro-ducklings and star-ducklings :-D He reminds me of Cat Deeley on SYTYCD – she always seems to look out for the contestants and seems to develop an attachment to them each season.  Seacrest, on the other hand – he almost seems like he intentionally puts the Idol kids in the hot seat for ratings.  Whole lotta good that’s doing, buddy.

The Cheese Match Made in Heaven Award:  Corky Ballas sitting almost next to Donny Osmond
Heidi: Lord have mercy, that’s way too much cheese for me. Good thing there was one dude sitting between them or we might be drowning in cheddar sauce.

Courtney: Oh good GAWD – I do remember seeing them sitting in pretty close proximity, a few rows behind Rick Fox & Kareem Abdul Jabbar (glad those two Lakers were there to run interference and cancel out some of the Corky-Donny energy…the building could have imploded from too much cheese!).  The clash of the attention fiends! Here’s my weird Carrie Ann analogy for them: have any of you ever watched MadTV and seen the sketches with Stuart, the little boy Michael McDonald played that was always saying “Look at what I can do! Look at what I can do!”? Well, put Corky & Donny in front of a camera and you’ve got yourself a regular old Stu-off…each one trying to outdo the other, saying “Look at what I can do! Look at what I can do!” Hilarity.

Most Stark Transition to Adulthood since Britney Spears: Miley Cyrus
Heidi: What the hell? How old is this little chickadee?? Or do I not want to know? So, like when you reach (Hollywood’s version of) adulthood you grow feathers and live in cages, or is that only for lip-syncing pop tarts anxious to shed the Hannah Montana label?

Courtney: This was like the second coming of the “Dirrrty”-era Christina Aguilera – totally contrived and just plain weird.  And yes, Heidi, when you reach adulthood you do grow feathers and live in cages, and fake smooch on your female backup dancers and grind with gay choreographers (*cough*Adam Shankman*cough*)…apparently you and I just missed the memo ;-)

Ahhhh…this week’s awards seemed to go down like a nice brie cheese – smooth and not at all sharp.  Apologies for those of you wanting something a bit bitier ;-) Maybe the chips on our shoulders will return next week for one last hurrah before a 4-month hiatus…fingers crossed! :-D

May 19, 2010 I Written By

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Miley Cyrus and Sarah Mclachlan on Dancing with the Stars

Time again for the music from tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars which included guest performances by Sarah Mclachlan and Miley Cyrus. DWTS is doing well when you look at the guest performers they’ve had on the show this year. Wow!

Sarah McLachlan sang “Angel” Sarah McLachlan - Closer - The Best of Sarah McLachlan (Deluxe Version) - Angel with Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya performing
Sarah McLachlan sang “Loving You Is Easy” Sarah McLachlan - Loving You Is Easy - Single - Loving You Is Easy with Dmitry Chaplin, Kym Johnson, Lacey Schwimmer, and Damian Whitewood performing.

Miley Cyrus sang “Can’t Be Tamed” Miley Cyrus - Can't Be Tamed - Single - Can't Be Tamed with the Miley Cyrus’ dancers.

Joey Fatone and Melissa Rycroft danced the design a dance to “Rock ‘n Roll All Night” KISS - Greatest Kiss - Rock 'n Roll All Nite by Kiss

UVU danced to “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby” Dinah Washington - Verve Remixed - Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? – Dinah Washington Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby? (remix on Amazon) by Verve
Rutgers danced to “Tango in Harlem” Touch & Go - I Find You Very Attractive - Tango In Harlem – Touch and Go

May 18, 2010 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS Season 10: Possible Female Contenders :)

Alright, I’ve debated on whether or not to put my choices for next season out there since this season is still going on, but I’m just going to do it since I’ve been working on my pairing for quite sometime! Who knew it was going to be SO difficult to put a decent cast together to represent multiple cultures (i.e. athletes, singers, actors, etc.)

I read Heidi’s post on things she’s heard/seen around the internet and I would bet that someone from the Jackson family might be on, but I didn’t put them in my pairings because I don’t care to see them next season! So here is what I’d like to see go down :)

GIRLS:
Miley Cyrus (17, Pop Singer/Actress), she has been getting a lot of heat lately and I don’t think she deserves it! I think she is a genuine teen at heart who is trying to grow up and America won’t let her!

Partner: Mark Ballas…I think he’d have the patience with her and he’d be a great role model for her to have!  And he’s dating someone in her industry which would be a nice balance for her!
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Mary-Kate Olsen (23, Actress), It is time for Mary-Kate to put those hideous outfits away and put on a sparkling ballroom gown :)

Partner: Benji Schwimmer…season 2 SYTYCD contestant and brother of Lacey…I think he’s just what MK needs, spunk!  AND I think it’s time we get some new pro dancers :)
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Nicole Richie (28, Reality TV Star), she was the bad girl and notoriously funny girl from the ‘Simple Life’!  She’s now mellowed down and has two children with Joel Madden.

Partner: Derek Hough…I think these two would be hilarious together!  Both goofballs!
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Malia Jones (33, Surfer), I don’t know much about her except that she is a kick ass surfer from Hawaii!

Partner Dmitry Chaplin:  This would be the hottest couple, hands down, on the girls end :)
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Tyra Banks (36, Model/Talk Show Host), she’s done everything else so why not put her on DWTS :)  I think she’d take the experience to heart and find someway to put it on her show!

Partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy…he needs someone to keep him in check and Tyra would do just that!
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Nadia Comaneci (48, Olympic Gymnast) To have the first gymnast to ever recieve a perfect 10 on DWTS would be such an honor for ABC!   She’d be AMAZING to watch!

Partner: Louis Van Amstel…I think she’ll need someone to make her laugh and not get stressed over taking the competition to seriously and we’ve seen what he’s done with Kelly this season!
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Ellen DeGeneres (52, Talk Show Host) We all know that Ellen loves to dance and she does not qualify for her favorite show So You Think You Can Dance, so why not give her a spot on an equally amazing dancing show :)  I think she’d be hilarious and jump right into the experience!

Partner: Tony Dovolani…I think these two have very similar personalities and Tony would be able to bring out Ellen’s passion for dance in brilliant choreography!
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Anna Wintour (60, Vogue Editor-in-Chief), she is widely famous for being chic and always in style and I would love to get her out of her comfort zone and be equally chic in some ballroom gear :)

Partner: Jonathan Roberts….he always seems to bring out the best in his partners and I think he’d be the only person to keep up with her busy schedule!
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Let me know your opinions and look for the male contenders next week :)

October 30, 2009 I Written By

Dancing with the Stars Finals Music

I know that I’m a little late, but I needed to complete my list of Dancing with the Stars music. So, here’s the list of music that the final 3 performed to on Dancing with the Stars final performance show.

Brooke & Derek danced a Quickstep to the song “Lover, Come Back to Me”—Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand - The Essential Barbra Streisand - Lover, Come Back to Me
Brooke & Derek danced a Paso Doble to the song “Palladio, first movement”—Karl Jenkins
Karl Jenkins, London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Smith Quartet - Karl Jenkins & Adiemus: The Essential Collection - Palladio (1st Movement) From Diamond Music (De Beers Ad)
Lance & Lacey danced a Tango to the song “Disturbia”—Rihanna
Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded - Disturbia
Disturbia – Music Video
Lance & Lacey danced a Mambo to the song “Straight To Number One”—Touch and Go
Touch and Go - I Find You Very Attractive - Straight To?Number One
Warren & Kym danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Lovin’ U”—Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys - Songs In A Minor - Lovin' U
Warren & Kym danced a Paso Doble to the song “Malagueña”—Brian Setzer Orchestra
Brian Setzer '68 Comeback Special - Ignition! - Malagueña

Brooke & Derek, Lance & Lacey, Warren & Kym danced a Samba to the song “Blame It On the Boogie”—The Jackson 5
The Jacksons - Essential Michael Jackson - Blame It On the Boogie
Brooke & Derek danced a Freestyle to the song “You’re the One That I Want”—John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John - Grease (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) - You're the One That I Want
Lance & Lacey danced a Freestyle to the song “It’s Tricky”—Run-D.M.C.
Run-DMC - Discover Run DMC - EP - It's Tricky
Warren & Kym danced a Freestyle to the song “Proud Mary”—Ike & Tina Turner
Ike & Tina Turner - Proud Mary - The Best of Ike & Tina Turner - Proud Mary
Warren & Kym danced a Hustle to the song “Funky Town”—Lipps Inc.
Lipps, Inc. - Funkytown - Funkytown
Lance & Lacey danced a Jitterbug to the song “Jim Dandy”—Black Oak Arkansas
Black Oak Arkansas - High on the Hog - Jim Dandy
Brooke & Derek danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Daughters”—John Mayer
John Mayer - Heavier Things - Daughters
John Mayer - Video Triple Play - Daughters – Music Video

On the Finale, the following songs were sung by guest performers:
Alicia Keys sang “I Need You”
Alicia Keys - As I Am - I Need You
Miley Cyrus sang “Fly on the Wall”
Miley Cyrus - Breakout - Fly On the Wall

Don’t forget to purchase your Dancing with the Stars 2008 Tour tickets.

December 2, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Predictions for Tomorrow’s Talented Performances

We already know for sure that Julianne Hough will be singing her new single “My Hallelujah Song” Julianne Hough - Julianne Hough - My Hallelujah Song while brother Derek Hough & old partner Mark Ballas dance. (Check out Julianne Hough’s music video for My Hallelujah Song on iTunes My Hallelujah Song)

Being a Las Vegas boy, I’m willing to bet that Leona Lewis will be performing her song Bleeding Love Leona Lewis - Spirit (Deluxe Version) - Bleeding Love. (Check out her music video also Leona Lewis - Spirit (Deluxe Version) - Bleeding Love) That song has been one of the most popular songs ever on So You Think You Can Dance and I think that it will do really really well on Dancing with the Stars too. I’m looking forward to seeing her perform it live.

Anyone want to make a guess on what Aretha Franklin will sing when Kristi Yamaguchi & Mark Ballas return to the dance floor? I’d love to hear her sing RespectAretha Franklin - The Best of Aretha Franklin - Respect. What about John Legend? Maybe Green LightJohn Legend - Evolver - Green Light?

I don’t think it’s any surprise that Disney (also owns ABC) darling Miley Cyrus will be singing “Fly on the Wall” Miley Cyrus - Breakout - Fly On the Wall on the finale show. A very nice pick. Although, I must admit that it’s really interesting that there have been so many younger talents singing on the show. I can’t imagine Dancing with the Stars is trying for the younger demographic. Maybe they just assume they already have the older demographic locked in.

November 18, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.