Aww, it’s so good to see Peta Murgatroyd again as we haven’t seen much of her during the off season! If you go to the Daily Mail, you can see her walking in New York City with Maks Chmerkovskiy. I love her coat and shoes!! :D I love Maks’ coat too. Beautiful photos!
Did you all have a Merry Christmas? It looks like the cast of Dancing With The Stars had a good one. Below are some instagrams from them all or their families. Each and everyone of them gave me an awww moment. See if they give you one too…
This is a fascinating Access Hollywood rehearsal interview with Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd. We not only get to see them in action practicing for their new “Jail House Rock” dance, you can listen to Tommy tell on his connection to “Wolf Of Wallstreet”. Go Tommy and Peta!! Here’s to Monday night!
ETA: You can read a new Tommy Chong at TV Guide. He talks of what it’s like working with Peta so far, their tango, their new dance, and more. Be sure to read the full interview at the link. He’s a “hidden gem” for sure like Sandy commented.
What are you and Peta working on for this week?
Chong: The jive! [The theme is] “Most Memorable Year.” My most memorable year was the year I spent in jail, so we’re doing “Jailhouse Rock” — er, Jive. As soon as I finish this interview I’m on my way to rehearsal.
Are you nervous about doing the jive for the first time?
Chong: No, I’m not nervous at all. I don’t get nervous. I wish I did. Even the last dance we did, I never got it right until the time I had to get it right, and I think everybody else but me was nervous. I wasn’t nervous because I knew, I’ll pull it off eventually. … I’ve been onstage all my life, so it’s really hard to even fake nervousness.
You seem to be one of the audience favorites this season. Are you surprised by all the support you’ve gotten?
Chong: Not so much surprised as grateful. I’m not taking anything for granted. I’m not taking the fan support for granted. I think the minute you do that, then you lose. The minute you go in there thinking that, oh, you’ve got it in the bag, that’s when it’s not in the bag. So, every time I hear people tell me, you know, I’m supporting, I thank them. … Because I know the only way I can win is with the fan support. I can’t win just based on my good looks and talent.
If only we could be a fly on a wall at the new promo shoot for Dancing With The Stars Season 19!! So far, below are some pictures for what’s coming out on social media to maybe get a glimpse for what’s maybe happening “behind the scenes”. Let’s hope the pros, judges, etc. will tweet out more pics soon!! If they do, we’ll update this post. So, keep checking back.
And these additions… Read more..
This is so fun. Check it out!
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.