AfterBuzz TV has released their post game wrap up for Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Week 8. Tyne Stecklein joins them this time. It’s interesting getting Tyne’s inside perspective about Cher since she’s worked for her in Las Vegas. Anna Trebunskaya also joins them again (who I’m seeing in a different light this season and it’s not a favorable one sad to say. I didn’t realize until this season that she had so many issues with Derek.) With that said, here ya go. Let us know what you think.
Did anyone else feel like the dances were a bit…I don’t know, MECHANICAL last night? Almost every dance I saw felt a bit wooden and robotic…like you could practically see the couples counting out the steps as they danced. Once again, I’m going to chalk it up to all the couples feeling stressed and burnt out, which is unfortunate because I feel like several of them are forgetting that this is supposed to be fun. Also mechanical? Cher as a judge, as more often than not she seemed like she was out to lunch and just threw in a generic comment and threw up the “9″ paddle when prompted (unless, of course, your name is Bill, in which case she managed to locate her “8″ paddle…convenient.) Say what you will about Julianne as a judge – but at least she was coherent in her critiques, and I understood why she gave the scores she did. Cher? Not so much.
Once again, we have a “shocking” elimination that isn’t all that shocking when you really think about it – I’m guessing that Brant’s fanbase, which seemed to be sustaining him sufficiently well since his bottom 2 scare early in the season, just finally gave out this week…with several people left who are likely pulling in a lot of votes, I think anyone with a “young” fanbase is probably in some degree of jeopardy, by comparison. I guess all I can hope for at this point is that someone like Bill can somehow edge out an older fanbase like Leah’s…because that woman has GOT to go.
1/2.) TIE: Corbin & Karina and Amber & Derek – Another not-quite-100% night for both couples, and due to the immunity challenge, there’s some trade-offs that seem to level the playing field between these two. Corbin & Karina’s Argentine tango, while pretty good technically, just left me wanting a bit more emotionally – not sure if it was the strange song or the fact that these two were pressed for rehearsal time this week, but it just felt really cold and obligatory to me. Corbin seemed to be laser-focused on remembering his steps, and seemed to lose a bit of entertainment value as a result. Amber & Derek also had a strange song to contend with, and while I think they actually handled it well, the choreography just felt a little odd to me – like “rumba by numbers”, if you will, with a few sequences of Amber strutting around in a sassy fashion to fill it out. Did the music necessitate it? Maybe. But like Corbin’s Argentine tango, it just kinda left me wanting more, and it wasn’t Amber’s best dance. Now here’s the kicker: while Amber may have gotten the immunity, Corbin actually got the 3 extra points that came with winning his dance-off against Liz. Amber is still the cumulative points leader for the season – but with Corbin a mere 3 points behind her, one off-dance could shift the balance of power: say Corbin gets his first perfect 30 next week and Amber falters a bit a gets a 26. That could mean the difference between picking first and picking second in the next challenge. And as we’ve seen – that can mean the difference between getting a good song vs. a sh*tty song, or a good team vs. a sh*tty team. It all adds up, kids… Read more..
Hi Dancettes! So, far there isn’t much to share for new interviews with the cast of Dancing With The Stars after the show last night. Hopefully, as the day progresses more will come out. For now, head to Entertainment Weekly. They interviewed Corbin Bleu, Elizabeth Berkley & Val Chmerkovskiy, Derek Hough & Amber Riley, and Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke. They talked of the elimination and how “intense” and “dramatic” it was. Val thought he and Elizabeth were going home. Derek said it’s going to be sad to see anyone go home from this week on and he is right.
Below is Corbin and Karina chatting with Access Hollywood. They talk of the crazy night and the elimination….
Also, Chaz Bono and Cher talked with Access Hollywood. Chaz talks on losing 85 pounds. He feels like a completely new man. Cher talks of how she cried before the show for how nervous she was, but, she had so much judging. She also discusses when she first met Sonny at the coffee house. Awww moment.
Henry of PopTVDotCom also interviewed some of the cast after the show heading to Mixology. Note how Tom wants more guest judges such as his friend William Shatner. I hope they have more guest judges in the future too. It helps mix things up. What do you think?
ETA2: Carrie Ann Inaba has written a new blog at Parade.com. I thought this bit was interesting about hot “the right couple always goes home”.
Let’s get back to the question at hand: Did the right couple go home? My answer is that it’s always the right couple. It sounds like a cop-out, but it’s true. The audience votes and we score. If the question is: “Is Brant Dougherty a better dancer than Bill Engvall?” The answer is a loud and resounding “Yes.” But our results have always been a combination of the judges’ scores and America’s votes. That’s much more interesting than just letting the judges call the score. Although right about now, a lot of people wish it were only the judges’ scores that counted. Our combined scoring method is what makes it so fun and so different. No other show has judges who actually give a numeric score. They usually give their opinions, but that’s it. Its part of what I think makes our show so fun, so I always respect the way it all turns out. I’m sad and sometimes shocked at the results, but I respect the way our show works.
ETA3: Sorry for the delay as I had to work today. I am just now getting caught up with the On The Red Carpet and Afterbuzz TV interviews. From these interviews, we find out some dance info for next week. Derek and Amber have the Salsa and the Quickstep. They have picked Mark for their trio dance. Jack and Cheryl have a Samba with Sharna and a V. Waltz. Bill and Emma have The Charleston for their individual dance. They don’t mention what is their trio dance, but, they have picked Peta for it. Corbin and Karina have picked Witney for their trio dance. Val and Elizabeth have picked Gleb. Leah and Tony have picked Henry. Be sure to take in all of these new interviews here and here. JC and George do a super job as always.
What a sad elimination on Dancing With The Stars last night! It’s sad seeing the better dancers go home…and especially a “dark horse”! I agreed with Cher last night when she said Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd had a “star quality” to them. I was captivated with their dances these past three weeks and I thought they were magical. I also loved how Brant grew every week. He just wanted to keep getting better and that he did. Those are the things I will remember him for….that and how sweet he was.
So, below is some media with Brant and Peta after their elimination. For starters, here they are with Access Hollywood. It’s hard to keep a dry eye watching this…
More coming up later with these two! Stay tuned.
ETA: Peta and Brant chatted with E Online. They talk of how much they are going to miss one another and more…
Tonight’s eliminated dancer, Brant Daugherty, says that it was “truly an honor” to dance in front of Cher. Although Daugherty is “grateful” that he was able to make it this far, The Pretty Little Liars star was teary-eyed as he explained how much he is going to miss the competition.
“I’m just going to miss having something to work on, a project, something to do every day. A reason to get up and work hard. I’ll find a new one but it’ll take me a few days.” The actor continues, “It completely consumes your life and my life has been completely Dancing With the Stars for almost three months now. I don’t know what I’m going to do tomorrow.”
Daugherty’s dancing partner Peta Murgatroyd says that Daugherty is one of the best men she’s ever known and she is going to miss his “light-hearted spirit” and the joy that he brings into every room.
ETA2: And here they are on Good Morning America this morning….
Also, be sure to watch this link at The View. They should be posting their interview with Peta and Brant a little later.
Well, in the first six minutes of the show, we have Cher singing to either a bad backing track or with a backing singer who is not good.
We have Cher who comes onto DWTS and brings her own dancers, with DWTS pros left to fill in.
We have Cher almost fall on her ass on the floor.
And one Cher costume change.
Then Corbin and Karina did a rather messy AT – lack of rehearsal time showed. It was so messy, but of course the judges rave. He ends up with a 29 which is, IMO, acceptable for that dance. Bruno called it right.
Someone please get Jaymz off my TV. Thank you.
ETA: Come on!! Please tell me you’re not going to rave over a crappy V. Waltz!! Dance number 2 and I’m pissed off.
Extra shitty camera work this week. Two big flubs and we’re only 20 minutes in.
ETA2: Are you kidding me? Leah beats Brant? In what universe?? I guess we need JLo in the audience for another week, eh? Jack and Amber had the best dances of the night, Val was an idiot for vocalizing he wanted to pick Corbin or Amber, since Corbin wiped the floor with them.
So, Amber has immunity (which will hose her cumulative score, but whatever), Corbin beats Liz and Leah beats Brant. Unless Bill pulls out a win, he is the most likely to be eliminated. This show is so obvious sometimes. I suppose it could be Liz or Brant – neither would surprise me.
ETA3: Got wrapped up in the comments and forgot to update to say that Brant was the one to go this week. :::sigh::: There is no way Leah won that dance off. But she does bring JLo. I did get a sense of them getting real with her tonight. If not for Cher, she would have been tied with Bill after the individual round.
Earlier, People.com showed some rehearsal footage of the new dances and interviewed Jack, Cheryl, Peta, and Brant. Now Entertainment Weekly has posted more coverage with them and Karina and Corbin as well. They give hints on their dances for tonight, their songs, their feelings on Cher, and more. Great teasers for tonight.
And below is Witney Carson from rehearsals yesterday….
TV Fanatic has posted a cool interview with Brant Daugherty (one of the best of this season with him imo). He chats about how he’s holding up physically and mentally on Dancing With The Stars, what’s it’s been like working with Peta, and which has been the toughest dance so far. Below is more including talk of Cher and a small hint on he and Peta’s song for their Fox Trot.
TVF: Which of the judges is kind of the toughest to impress?
BD: They all have their expertise and different strengths they look for in the dance. I know Len [Goodman] is historically the tough one. He’s the one who really watches the technique and the timing and he has a lot of ballroom experience. He’s actually been one of our biggest supporters on the judge’s table, which has been a huge relief. I think he can see the work and the technique we’re putting into everything.
TVF: Len’s actually off this coming week and Cher’s sitting in for him.
BD: Yeah, we’re all dancing to Cher songs this week. So we’ve been exposed to a couple of [her songs] lately. I can’t say which song we’re dancing to but it’s one of her classics.
TVF: Can you say what the dance is this week?
BD: We’re doing a Fox Trot this week.
TVF: Which dance so far has been the toughest dance for you, Brant?
BD: I have to say our jive was for me the most challenging dance. It’s just a minute and a half of jumping and running and sprinting and spinning and jumping again. I was exhausted by the end of it. It was the kind of dance where you could only run it once or twice before we had to take a break, but it was hard to learn it like we learned some of the other dances.
With the Tango, you can just practice the Tango all day. But as soon as you do the Jive once, you’re sweating and you’re exhausted, and you have to take a breather before you can try it again. So it was a bit more challenging than the other ones.
TVF: You and Peta [Murgatroyd] seems like you got along so well. What’s one thing you’ve learned about her that surprised you, if anything?
BD: I really learned over the last two and a half months – three months, however long it’s been, how tough she is. I really didn’t know much about dancers or dancing before all this started. It seemed like it was challenging but I didn’t know it was as brutally exhausting as it was. For Peta, she’s not only learned and choreographed all the dances but danced them and taught me the dance and watched me as I danced and critiqued me. She has a lot going on. I have a lot of respect for her. She has one of the hardest jobs I can imagine.
Lots more at TV Fanatic.
Looks to me like everyone has the potential to have a great week, with the possible exceptions of Amber and Jack. I guess we’ll see. I also seriously doubt that Leah will do a great or even interesting V. Waltz – but she’ll get great scores regardless.
I’m hoping for something really interesting, like Val being a jackass and deciding he has to “pick on someone his own size” in the dance off and choosing someone who beats him.
We know, thanks to loose lips Witney, that the opening dance is to “Believe” by Cher ( ) – that ought to be good. But Derek and Amber’s song? A Rumba? So hosed. Wonder if he re-arranged it like the Madonna song he did with Maria. Wonder who else is getting hosed?
ETA Vogue here: Apparently an email has been sent out by ABC (to those who subscribe) that there will be a “elimination shocker” tonight. You can see a pictures of it here courtesy of @@jahfan1. Discuss in comments. ADDING: below is a full screen shot of the email thanks to PureDWTS reader Leslie. Click on the pic to make bigger.
Corbin and Karina – Argentine Tango
Voting # 1-800-868-3406
Derek and Amber – Rumba (Song:If I Could Turn Back Time by Cher )
Voting # 1-800-868-3407
Brant and Peta – Foxtrot
Dancing 3rd (nailed it again!)
Voting # 1-800-868-3403
Elizabeth and Val – Jazz
Dancing 4th (Heidi nailed it!)
Voting # 1-800-868-3405
Leah and Tony – V. Waltz
Voting # 1-800-868-3411
Jack and Cheryl – Tango
Voting # 1-800-868-3402
Bill and Emma – Disco
Voting # 1-800-868-3409
The Dance off….Who knows what the hell will happen here.
“I like to be against the odds.” ~Barry Bonds
Have you noticed the odds makers in Las Vegas have been wrong almost every week this Season (if you base it on a ranking)? Though this isn’t really anything new either, but, last season they seemed to nail it every week despite our protests. Then again, the odds are more of an overall prediction of who will win at the end (for what Courtney and Heidi are always good at explaining. It’s confusing. I know.). So, below are Sports Bovada’s new odds going into Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Week 8!! Note how the numbers have changed compared to the week before. They also have tied Brant and Jack in fourth with 16/1 odds which I think I agree with. Though I think Elizabeth should be tied with them with the same 16/1 odds too. The biggest change though is how they changed Leah’s odds from 100/1 to now 66/1. They also insist on giving Bill 100/1 odds again as in previous weeks. Though sadly, I have to say I think Bill’s time might be running out either this week or the next. So maybe these odds are correct this time? Though how I hope (again) it’s Leah to go first.
Corbin Bleu 6/5
Amber Riley 5/4
Elizabeth Berkley 6/1
Brant Daugherty 16/1
Jack Osbourne 16/1
Leah Rimini 66/1
Bill Engvall 100/1
Below are last week’s odds:
Corbin Bleu 5/4
Amber Riley 7/5
Elizabeth Berkley 6/1
Jack Osbourne 12/1
Brant Daugherty 16/1
Bill Engvall 100/1
Leah Rimini 100/1
Heidi, Court…take it away….
Heidi: Well, technically, as someone who doesn’t know that much about betting…they aren’t really “wrong”, per se, as these are the odds to win the show. So, if their person with the lowest odds isn’t the one eliminated, then they are only wrong if their person that is the odds on favorite to win is the one eliminated. Otherwise, they just didn’t have long enough odds on the person eliminated. Courtney knows more about this than I do, but that’s the way I understand it. We are looking at is as a ranking, which I don’t know if that’s what the odds makers intended when they place the odds. Besides all that, I think they have it right in one respect – I think the judges will continue to do their best to ensure Bill is the next one to go. Whether they are successful or not depends heavily on the scores of the other people. Personally, I’m not sure why they have Leah so low, currently, since Jack hasn’t been scoring as well as Leah and seems to be fading to the background. Why does he get 16/1 and she gets 66? I personally think she’s not been worthy of better scores than Jack, but she has been getting them and I think she’ll continue to get them as long as Bill is around…possibly leaving the door open for Jack or Brant (or Liz or even Amber) to get eliminated. So, what are they seeing with regards to Leah? Who knows? All I do know is that we will probably see a meltdown of Hope Solo proportions when the judges DO get real on Leah…if they ever do.
Courtney: You are right about the odds – they are essentially just a prediction of how likely someone is to win, as opposed to being a “ranking” of who is the next to go. That being said – I tend to interpret it like this: the odds are how likely someone is to stay until the end of the competition - so if someone’s odds of staying until the end are low, then by extension, their odds of leaving sooner (rather than later) are probably high. And when you interpret it that way - it does sort of feel like a prediction of who might be the most likely to be eliminated next. So applying those thoughts to the situation at hand – I think Bill has made a strong showing these past few weeks, but he is getting rather hosed by the judges in comparison…and I don’t expect this coming week to be any different. The question is – can his viewer votes neutralize his crummy judges’ scores? One thing that struck me as I voted this week (and please forgive this brief segue away from the topic at hand), is that each week, we get fewer votes to work with per voting method - so unless people are motivated to create more accounts each week, as the weeks wear on, it gets harder and harder to pull a low-scoring couple out of a point deficit…and I’m sure the judges/PTB relish this fact, as it makes it easier for them to oust the “undesirables”. So while we may have done enough to keep Bill safe in previous weeks – it only gets harder each week. And I’m beginning to think the fact that there was no elim last week probably helped Bill to some extent, because it just created a huge points dump that made the margins a lot smaller. I hope I’m just being skeptical, but I’m preparing for the worst. As for Leah – ack. I can’t decide if it’s padded scores or just a lot of former fans of King of Queens or The Talk feeling nostalgic, but she has got to go – the sooner, the better. I’m beginning to think that there’s a very real possibility that, unless the judges stop drinking the Leah Remini “Anti-Scientology Not-a-Dancer” flavored Kool-Aid, she could end up bumping somebody out of the finale…and do you really want to see a freestyle out of her? Yikes
Ok Magazine! interviewed Peta Murgatroyd about how she stays fit and in tip top shape, but, they also asked her about Dancing With The Stars and if there are any days off during the season. She also chats about her partner Brant Daugherty and how he’s feeling about the competition.
OK!: Are there really and truly any days off for you during the season?
Peta Murgatroyd: There are no days off. I haven’t had a day off since we started the show and neither has Brant. He’s been amazing. He’s so wanting to be in the studio. I don’t think I’ve had a partner who has been so immersed in this whole competition. He’s absolutely loving it and I love that about him. This show is constantly on my mind and if I’m not in the studio I’m choreographing the next chunk of our dance for that week. On Monday night when people go out and party after the show I’m literally back in the studio and working out my next dance until 1 AM. It’s a constant, constant battle to keep up with everything but in the end it’s all worth it. We keep up with massages. We keep up with healthy eating and lots of water and stuff like that.
You can read the full interview at Ok Magazine!. Also, below is a new @DancingABC instagram of Peta and Brant. I wonder what Brant is yelling at her? lol