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PureDWTS Season 20 Week 8: Scores, Media, And New Interviews

Wow, what a great night of dances. They all stepped it up a notch. It’s going to be sad to watch two couples go home tonight. I don’t even want to think about it. :( So, let’s get the scores first….

Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – 80 (40/40)
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker – 78 (39/39)
Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough – 76 (36/40)
Chris Soules & Witney Carson – 64 (34/30)
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess – 63 (31/32)
Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson – 62 (33/29)

Ok, onto some new media and interviews. If you go to ABC7, the Daily Mail here and here, and ET Online, you can view some beautiful photos.

For interviews, first go to E Online (I’d embed all the new interviews, but, it messes up the site). Maria Menounos interviews the couples. I wish she’d interview them more often. She does a great job.

Glamour interviewed the couples as well and they have cute pictures to see at this link. Some of the couples also talked with Fox11. I liked this part with Derek and Nastia where Derek talks on his dancing last night. (eta: she just added her elimination predictions too which I couldn’t disagree more with)

With her partner Derek Hough still injured, Liukin danced with Sasha Farber for the second straight week—but Hough made cameo appearances in the two routines, doing what he could.

Hough, who suffered a broken toe and sprained ankle two weeks ago, told reporters after the show, “I can’t dance really. If you watch, I wasn’t really dancing. I was just stepping gingerly while she did amazing stuff.”

Hough told FOX411 he wasn’t sure when—or if—he’ll be able to be Liukin’s full-time partner again.

“My heart is like, ‘Come back tomorrow, let’s go!’ But I gotta be smart … I don’t want to inhibit her performance if I have to dance gently and timidly.”

Liukin was shown snapping at Hough in rehearsal footage, but she explained backstage the moment was overblown on TV: “All week we have been giggling and laughing … the last five minutes, I was exhausted.”

For lots more with Derek and Nastia, see Pure Derek Hough.

And here are some new interview with Afterbuzz TV. Be sure to send JC Rubio some love at twitter for doing such a good job again… Read more..

May 5, 2015 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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 20, Week EIGHT – Let’s Discuss Tonight’s Show!! (Spoilers)

Theme of the week is America’s Choice. Theoretically. I mean, looking at Rumer’s songs I am skeptical.  In my mind, how the judges behave tonight is a strong indicator of what will happen going forward, although we may not know it until tomorrow night ends.  What do I mean? Well, sometimes you’re not sure of why they’re behaving in a given way until after an elimination – or after the MBT is handed out.  If they continue to score Rumer appropriately, I would say she’s not going to win. If they massively overscore her, though, it doesn’t mean she’s going to win….it could also mean she’s in danger.

And that same rule applies to most of them. I think. It’s possible that they could start lowballing Riker and Nastia in an effort to give Rumer a better shot at getting votes under the theory of “everyone wants to vote for a winner”. That’s dangerous though, because I think both camps could rally and knock Rumer right out of the game. It’s really hard to say – but it will be interesting (and likely very aggravating) to watch.

T-minus 30 minutes…I need food and a nap. NYC is exhausting, ya’ll. :-)

Julianne looks great. Love the dress, love the hair.

Yeah, Noah’s dance was a bit stiff, understandably.  I don’t know if he’ll ever top last week.

Gee, guess Rumer is going last since she’s up in AllAccess. Huh.

Hmmm….Chris didn’t suck, but 34 out of 40?? Seems a bit….high. Does that mean they’ve reconciled themselves to him in the final, or that he’s going home?

Riker and Allison’s dance was really too fast and a tad jerky for me.

The judges are raving- except Len of course. I’m thinking the front runners are going to get high scores (whether they deserve it or not) to keep that clear demarcation between upper and lower tier dancers, which increase the odds that we lose Robert and Chris.

Yeah, that was not a 39 dance, ya’ll.

I’m tired. I missed the kiss. And Len was all nice after this dance. Weird. The judges give them a 33….which I think is probably fair.

Nastia is going to get the bad edit. Okay….later she will.

Oooo…nice Paso. Coulda a been a bit tougher in places.  Len is going to hose them.

Derek does not look ridiculous, Jules.  And I didn’t see out of sync. But I guess Rumer needs to be on top this week.

Hmmm…that dance was better than Riker’s and yet he was overscored. I wonder why?? Yeah, underscored relative to Riker for sure. Waiting for Rumer’s comeback arc and perfect 40. Whether she deserves it or not.

Val has a moment of self awareness. Amazing. Kudos for that.  That will get them some votes.

Okay, that was a really good dance, I’m just not sure I saw a lot of Rumba content. That said, I’m generally not a rumba fan so I may not be the one to comment on content.

Oh boy, here comes the narrative about how much it means to Val. Every season. :::rolls eyes:::  I don’t actually quibble with the 40. She’s tied for first place with Riker with Nastia only one point back. Perhaps she needs it to be safe from Robert and/or Chris and/or Noah.

Liked the salsa from Noah better than his first dance – little wobbly on the Emma Lift, but overall good choreo from Sharna with nice visuals.

I just burned all your crops. LOL.

I gotta hand it to Chris, He’s trying and he’s stepping it up!

Great dance from Riker. Loved it. I think he might just win this thing, if the producers let him.

Oh come on, Len. That was every bit as good as the rumba from Rumer.

Riker is a full 20 points ahead of Chris right now – this is what I was talking about with the two tiers of scores to try to ensure the good dancers stick around.

Lots of timing issues with Robert, and I think Jenna even lost track of him at one point. She’s not experienced dancing with a celeb. CAI is being VERY kind to Robert.

While I think that the concept and the choreo was AMAZING for Derek/Nastia/Sasha, I feel like she got off time in one or two spots. But it was certainly no worse than Riker’s first dance.

Again, Rumer does a good dance…yet I feel like there wasn’t a lot of content in that dance. It seemed very repetitive in a few spots and there was a spot where Val and Artem were dancing with each other and Rumer didn’t have much to do. And CAI just said “saved the best for last”. I cry bullshit.  And of course she gets a 40. She must be in danger.

And Tom just said “Check the number and dial carefully”.  Hmmmmm…..

In case you’re wondering, Nastia and Rumer are tied at the top with 117, and Riker is two points back at 115. Interesting how they don’t mention THAT at the end of the night.

May 4, 2015 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. :-)

Go Inside Derek Hough, Nastia Liukin, and Sasha Farber’s DWTS Week 8 Rehearsals, Derek Hough Dances

US Magazine posted some rehearsal footage with Derek Hough, Nastia Liukin, and Sasha Farber. Derek even dances. Check it out below! If you’d like more with Nastia, Derek, and Sasha, see Pure Derek Hough.

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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.

Olympic Champion And DWTS Nastia Liukin To Be Indy 500 Grand Marshal

Nastia Liukin is going to serve as the Indy 500 Grand Marshal this year. Below is more from NBC Sports. Thanks to Courtney for the find!

Beijing Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin will be the Indy 500 Grand Marshal on May 24, adding to an already busy schedule for the former decorated gymnast.

Liukin, a junior at New York University, is into the final six of this season’s “Dancing with the Stars,” with the finale set for May 19, five days before the Indy 500.

At the Great American Race, Liukin will take a parade lap around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval and be announced to the crowd prior to the start.

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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 Season 20, Week 7 – Dancing by the Numbers

This is very likely a pointless exercise since they’re going to add a ton more points on Monday night, but I thought I would put it out here for discussion.

Right now there is a pretty decent spread between our two bottom dwellers on the leader board, enough that they might actually go home in the double elimination.

DWTS 20 wk 7 Table 1

Right now, Robert and Chris would have a lot of work to do in order to stick around. Now, despite Willow being eliminated, I tend to think they might actually go home this week. What people forget is that it’s not just Robert and Chris getting votes, but perhaps Willow NOT getting the votes.  How bad is it? Read more..

May 1, 2015 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 Information On Next Week’s Shows, Josh Groban And Carly Rae Jepsen To Perform

As you know, next week, Dancing With The Stars Results shows return next week. E Online is reporting on it as well as some performance information. Read on for more…

On Monday, viewers will have all the power as each of the six remaining couples will perform to a song and dance picked by the fans for “America’s Choice” night. Plus, viewers will also get the chance to give input on wardrobe, set design and visual effects. In addition to America’s pick, each couple will also perform a second dance, as well as a trio dance. Combining the public votes from last Monday’s (April 27) show, Monday night’s performances and the judges’ scores from the two weeks, two couples will be eliminated during Tuesday’s results show.

E! News can also exclusively reveal that DWTS will welcome two special guest performers during Tuesday’s double elimination: Josh Groban and Carly Rae Jepsen!

Groban will sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with a performance by Maddie Ziegler, while Jepsen is set to perform her new hit single “I Really Like You.” Plus, the night will kick off with a special contemporary performance by Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound, which will feature DWTS pro Allison Holker and troupe dancer Jenna Johnson.

For the full article, see E Online.

ETA: Broadway World via ABC is also reporting this information. Note how “Dance Center” is returning. YAY!!

“Episode 2008″ — The six remaining couples on “Dancing with the Stars” will dance to a song and dance style voted on by viewers for “AMERICA’S CHOICE” night on MONDAY, MAY 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). America has creative control of the couples’ first dance, asking fans throughout the week via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for their input on wardrobe, set design and visual effects. Each couple will perform two full routines including an individual original dance and a trio dance. For the trio dance, couples had the opportunity to pick an eliminated pro or troupe member to enhance their performance and highlight the strengths of each star. The trio dance styles include the Jive, Paso Doble, Samba and Salsa. At the end of the night, two couples will be eliminated at the end of the night and four couples will move on to the semi-finals.

The “Trio Groups” are:

Noah Galloway, Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater
Robert Herjavec, Kym Johnson and Jenna Johnson
Nastia Liukin, Derek Hough and Sasha Farber
Riker Lynch, Allison Holker and Brittany Cherry
Chris Soules, Witney Carson and LINDSAY Arnold
Rumer Willis, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Artem Chigvintsev

“Episode 2008A” – “Dancing with the Stars: The Results” continues on TUESDAY, MAY 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) where couples will face a double elimination based on combining the judges’ scores with the public votes from last Monday’s night performance (on April 27) and this Monday’s night performance. The night kicks-off with a special contemporary dance performance by Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound, featuring Maddie Ziegler and DWTS dancers Allison Holker and Jenna Johnson. Later in the night, Josh Groban will sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and pop star Carly Rae Jepsen will perform her hit single “I Really Like You.” Dance Center is back with Len Goodman and Jerry Rice and Kenny Mayne.

April 30, 2015 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.

The Dancing Poetry Corner – The Super Bowl of Dance

Tenth Anniversary Dancing With The Stars Special
June 1, 2005 to the Present

The Super Bowl of Dance

Touchdowns were scored all night long at The Super Bowl of Dance! The enormity of the production, the memories, everything on a huge celebration scale resembled The Super Bowl! Ten years, twenty seasons, deserved to be celebrated on that grand scale!

Dancing With the Stars had humble beginnings but has turned into The Super Bowl of Dance! The show is an ABC wonder. A juggernaut has evolved out of those humble beginnings. This show is The Best Entertainment Show on The Planet!

I am still on a major high from being privileged to share in The Super Bowl of Dance! The Anniversary Special, the 20 Seasons of Dancing With The Stars, scored a touchdown in our hearts. The family the show resembles is like our family. I grew up with this family, so to speak.  I have proudly seen every season, every show. It is a happy atmosphere to visit each night it is on the air. Read more..

April 29, 2015 I Written By

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Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Interviews With Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani

Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani are a hoot as always when they are together! Here they are interviewing some of the celebs at Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Party….

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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.

Afterbuzz TV Reviews Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Week 7

Wow…is this ever an interesting Afterbuzz TV show! This week, Shirley and Corky Ballas are Kristyn and Suri’s guests. Let’s just say….Shirley and Corky weren’t very happy about Mark and Willow getting eliminated too early. They hint at producer manipulation ….and A LOT!! I have to say…I’ve wondered on the same things at times (IE: Sharna and Charlie, Karina and Ralph to name a few other exits that happened too early) and they have some valid points. Also, pay special attention to when they start reviewing Derek and Nastia’s dance too as they say something about Henry that is interesting to say the least. Let us know what you think of this week’s show?

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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.

Carrie Ann Inaba Writes On When She First Became A Judge For Dancing With The Stars And More

Carrie Ann Inaba has written a new blog at Parade about her memories of being on Dancing With The Stars. In this take, she writes of how all came to be for her.

Ten years is a long time. Dancing with the Stars has been on the air for 10 years. A Decade! It’s an amazing time to reflect upon.

I remember when I went in to interview for a new dance show that had originated in England. At the time, I was working on with Nigel Lythgoe on American Idol and as a choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance. At the interview, I was happily surprised to see many fellow choreographers, peers and people I respected who had been in the business for a long time. It was fun and exciting to talk shop and be a part of something so very new and different. I was offered two jobs: judging roles on both Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. It was a very hard decision for me to make. I loved both concepts, and I had worked for so long with Lythgoe. But I had also worked with Conrad Green, the executive producer of Dancing With the Stars. In the end, I chose Dancing With the Stars.

I was so thrilled to be part of this new craze of dance shows that were just becoming popular. And look at us now! Dance is mainstream. Dance has become almost as popular as our sports. It’s become a major part of pop culture and people now talk the language of dance. I can bring up dance at a dinner table and everyone chimes in, all generations and all walks of life. Dancers are now respected as athletes and artists. It has been a beautiful evolution for my dance community, the community I have lived in for most of my adult life. And the best part is that people now know the incredible power of dance. The celebrities who have done our show have all experienced firsthand the joy, the pain, the thrill, the emotional freedom, the physical power and the transformational power of dance. They know now what I have known for most of my life. Dance heals. Dance empowers. Dance expresses what words cannot. And our audience, our beautiful extended family has experienced it all too, and they also have been able to enjoy those incredible artistic creations and performances throughout the past 20 seasons. They’ve witnessed the power, beauty and joy of dancing, and they have embraced it. They have embraced us.

Lots more at Parade. I thought she looked stunning last night on the 10th Anniversary show. I loved these photos…

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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.