Great interview!! Karina Smirnoff, Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, and Cheryl Burke talk on the new season, new pros, and more!
Season 13 – JR and Karina. I remember not being overly impressed by this one at the time, possibly because I saw so many moves that I had seen in Derek’s previous dances, not that they belonged to him or anything. But in retrospect, it’s quite good and it’s certainly the best of the season. Loved the ending bit the most. Read more..
At Parade.com, James Maslow writes about this past week’s Jive with Peta and rehearsals leading up to it. He pulled some muscles in his hamstring, so, it made rehearsing that much more difficult. He also talks of the Switch Up dance this week and what he thinks he needs to do next to get a “10″ from the judges. More below and at Parade.com.
We’ve got a couple more tricks left, but if I want to stay in this competition. I think I’ll need to do something new and exciting in order to get a 10 from the judges. I think it’s going to take a combination of really perfecting technique, performance, and difficult choreography. I think we had most of those factors last night, but obviously technique wasn’t perfect and I think that as the weeks go on I’m going to continue to get better and hopefully have something that moves the judges. And that might take a more emotional piece over a high-energy piece, they seem to really enjoy those.
Going into the switch this week, for the most part I’m just going to try and do my best and hopefully have a conversation with whoever my dance partner is today and say, “look, I know this score doesn’t help you out, but please do your best to make it a killer dance.” And I think they will, because I don’t think they want to look bad ever, so that works to my advantage. Strategy is just to work as hard as I can and hopefully get what I need from them, and if not, work extra time on my own. I have no clue who I’m dancing with yet, or what the dance is, but I’ll tweet about it unless they tell us otherwise.
Well, the blogs are rolling right along. Peta Murgatroyd writes about James Maslow and the new changes on Dancing With The Stars at People. Also, below is an interview in their rehearsals. Note how they mention the Switch Up dance is in week 4 and after that they are hoping fans vote for them to be back together afterwards. More below.
ETA: If you head to Home and Family, you can view James and Peta in a new segment for the show that is airing today. Really cute.
This is Lori! That Switcheroo Thingy is upon us already and I am DREADING it!!!!! I don’t want it to happen, but it’s going to happen!!!
Apparently, the viewers are going to vote after the first elimination, for the Switch to happen (I am guessing) in week 3. And I am going to guess that TPTB are still trying to decide how they’re going to work it. Knowing them, they’re screw it up. Here is what what we know about the switcheroo, make sure you read if you’ve not already.
Anyway, since we are going to be STUCK with it, I thought we could take the time to share how WE would match them up. For our purposes, we will ignore the elimination, and just match all 12 celebrities to a pro, and since I don’t know how they’re planning it, I’m adding the Troupe in also.
Here’s the Celebrities:
Here’s the Pros:
So…. YOUR job now is to rematch the celebrities to a different pro, and unfortunately, ALL must be rematched. How would you do it, and why would you make the choices you did?
Here are mine. I picked two same sex couples, but, that doesn’t mean that the couples can be same sex or not for what they have planned.
1. Amy and Henry. I want her to stay with Derek, but since she can’t, I figured he is closer than the other choices. Or Sasha.
2. Diana and Cheryl, because Diana said she wouldn’t mind dancing with Cheryl.
3. Drew and Derek, because I liked that ad, and I’m sure that both Drew and Derek can come up with a creative dance full of humor.
4. Charlie and Karina because she is a top choreographer.
5. Candace and Val. No real reason, I just would like to see how he would work with her.
6. NeNe and Maks just to see if there’s fireworks
7. Meryl and Mark because he’s shorter than Maks.
8. Danica and Artem just to see what he can do, since I’m not familiar with him. I figure one week might be fine. Or Sasha.
9. Sean and Peta would make a gorgeous pair.
10. Cody and Emma because she’s young, and I’d love to see what she can do with a young partner
11. James and Sharna would make another gorgeous pair.
12. Billy Dee and Tony. This was BY FAR the hardest pair for me. I wanted to keep BDW with a female partner, but the ones I had left, I felt were just too young to pair with him, and I didn’t really want to shuffle the others around. Tony’s always done well with older partners, so I chose Tony…. With a lot of hesitation.
Parade has a fun new interview with James Maslow. He discusses Dancing With The Stars and what his first rehearsals have been like, what he thinks of his parter Peta Murgatroyd, what the first week on the show will be like, and much more.
How are practices and rehearsals going?
“So far, so good. The foxtrot is my first dance and it was a little daunting the first few days. Now they’re starting to change things up. It’s not easy, it’s something I’ve never done before, but Peta [Murgatroyd] is a great instructor. I’m lucky to have her and we’re getting it together.”
What is the most challenging part of training so far?
“Just connecting all the dots. We work on the basics: footwork to start, then work on frame and posture, which is very important for the foxtrot, apparently. The second piece is where the head needs to go and where you’re looking. It might seem simple individually, but putting it all together and staying in time and doing it with someone else still while as the man I’m supposed to be leading it—that’s obviously the challenge. But if it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be a fun show to watch.”
What can fans expect when you and Peta hit the ballroom next week?
“I think a lot of people will be blown away, as they are with many of the athletes, actors, and musicians who do this show, because you don’t see all of the rehearsal. You see little bits—I’m sure they’ll show us stumbling or falling when you’re learning things, but then you see the final product and it’s pretty amazing. Looking back at some of the iPad videos we’ve been taking so we can critique ourselves and we’re pretty psyched about it. We’re like, ‘I don’t look bad, I look like I know what I’m doing’ and that’s me doing the process and seeing it everyday.”
Can’t wait to see! More at Parade.
For some reason I am having issues hearing this interview. I hope none of you won’t? Anyway, below is Peta and James on KTLA this morning…. Read more..