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PureDWTS Season 24, Week 5 – Power Rankings

Well, thank god that’s over – yes, kids, I actually hate Disney week. Sue me. The first time they did it (in season 18), it was cool; but each successive season got progressively less…magical, and more…of a chore to watch. I find that, out of all the theme weeks, it’s the one most likely to force the songs to fit the wrong dances, and to get so caught up in production value that the dance becomes a bit of an afterthought, and the costumes/sets/animations/etc. dominate. Much like my general opinion of Disney these days – just overwrought with commercialization. And I kinda felt that commercial aspect last night more than previous Disney nights – some of the dances felt more like advertisements for upcoming Disney movies, or promotion for lesser-known musicians. I guess when Disney owns ABC, this is to be expected – if it don’t make dollas, it don’t make sense, kids. But I did like the intro, because it was something different – and say what you will about Alfonso, but he has ALWAYS been there for the show when they need him, whether it’s filling in for Tom when his dad died, actually giving insightful critiques as a guest judge, or just being supportive and being in the audience week after week.  I feel like he really gets a bum rap sometimes, as well as the unfair label of being the biggest male ringer the show has ever had – but that’s a discussion for another place…

And now we move onto the “stay woke” segment of the rankings – because there was some serious manipulation going on last night, and you didn’t exactly have to be a rocket scientist to see it. There was gross underscoring, gross overscoring, vague criticism not really rooted in anything substantial, vague praise not really rooted in anything substantial, and strategic placement of people in jeopardy and in safety. The funny thing is, you can really tell that there’s new EP’s at the helm – Conrad & Rob were both a lot stealthier with this kinda stuff; with Joe & Ashley, it’s amateur hour. They’re the B-squad puppeteers that were thrust into lead roles as Muppets, but we can totally see their hands up the asses of some of the contestants.  If you haven’t yet read Heidi’s post about manipulation, you totally should – it’s eye-opening. So what do I make of all of it? I think David, Rashad, & Simone are probably running away with the bulk of the votes, Heather & Normani may not be getting as many as TPTB had anticipated they would, I don’t think they’ve decided what to do about Nancy yet, and Bonner & Nick are pretty disposable to them at this point. Will their machinations work? Not to the degree they’re hoping, I don’t think. Time will tell, and I get the impression that the viewers may be wisening up to the funny business – I know a lot of the readers here have.

So Erika left us…and I’m left without a ton to say other than “oh well…it is what it is.” Her elimination has been the LEAST disappointing one to me so far this season, mostly because I tended to forget her week after week – that kind of thing tends to happen when you basically do the same dance each week, with just a few tweaks. I enjoyed her Viennese waltz last night, and was glad we FINALLY got to see a different side of her (and she even showed vulnerability!) – but it was unfortunately too little, too late. Really hoping we don’t get another “look at how rich & sexy I am!” dance at the finale. Interesting to note: her exit left us with perfectly even numbers of men & women left for the girl groups vs. boy bands team dance next week.  Coincidental or intentional? You decide. Read more..

April 18, 2017 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS Season 24 Week 5 – Media, Interviews, Scores, And More After The Dances

What a night again on Dancing With The Stars. Disney Night was so showy and magical. Though I was sad to see Gleb and Erika eliminated. In another season, they might have made it further (being this season has so many great dancers), but, they made their mark never the less. I’ll never forget their magnificent holds, dips, and lines. I loved her Madonna presence and her HAIR (which I thought Gleb showcased so beautifully every week). I also loved their costumes.

So, let’s review the scores which seems so whacked all night. Should Rashad & Emma and David & Lindsay be this low? 🙁 I don’t think so….

Normani & Val 39 (10, 9, 10, 10)
Simone & Sasha 38 (9, 9, 10, 10
Nancy & Artem 36 (9, 9, 9, 9)
Heather & Alan 34 (8, 8, 9, 9)
Nick & Peta 34 (9, 8, 9, 8)
Rashad & Emma 32 (7, 8, 9, 8)
Erika & Gleb 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) Eliminated
Bonner & Sharna 30 (7, 8, 8, 7)
David & Lindsay 29 (7, 7, 8, 7)

You can relive all the dances again at Idolxfactor (these videos work Internationally) and the official You Tube site.

For media, recaps, and interviews, first see People and Entertainment Tonight (I’d embed these, but, they won’t stop and go.). Glamour has some interviews with some of the cast as well. Below is a take with David and Bonner.

David Ross had the lowest score of the night, but was in a great mood backstage. “I’m having the time of my life,” the World Series champ told me. “I have a great coach who works my tail off every week and choreographs amazing dances and brings out my strengths.” While it might seem as though he could be the next to go home, I don’t think he will. David is charming, charismatic, and probably the most fun contestant to watch this season. I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes it another few weeks.

Bonner Bolton was intent on smiling through the pain backstage, but admitted he wasn’t feeling great. “It’s something I try not to talk about a lot and just keep stepping up to the challenge. I’d just rather not focus on it personally. I’m amazed at what I’ve achieved. I didn’t know I could get this far.”

Be sure to read more at the link. Sadly, Erika skipped the press line. Read more..

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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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Season 24, WEEK FIVE – LIVE BLOG (Spoilers)

Disney Week – I can’t decide if I’m excited or not. 🙂 I have a tendency to recall Rumer sneering at the camera “Let Nastia and Derek have that song” like an entitled…anyway, that’s one of the drawbacks of watching this show since nearly the beginning. Almost nothing is new.

Hey, there’s my favorite little cutie from SYTYCD. JT!! Read more..

April 17, 2017 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 Season 24 Disney Week Preshow Goodies

Lots of pre-show fun below before “Dancing With The Stars showtime below!! Enjoy and ‘break a leg’ to all the couples tonight.

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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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Season 24 Disney Week Blogs, Update On Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Peta Murgatroyd says Nick is feeling more confident after last week’s performance on Dancing With The Stars. Read why below. She also gives an update on Maks Chmerkovskiy who most likely won’t be back tonight to dance….

I think Pinocchio is a great character for Nick because, in the past, he’s gotten some comments about being a little stiff. This week, that natural stiffness is going to work in our favor as part of the character!

I’m so excited to see everyone else’s routines! I know Maks was hoping to be back on the dance floor this week, but I don’t think that’s going to be happening. At home, he’s dancing around a little and is able to put more and more weight on his leg but he’s not fully back to where he was before his injury. I’m really hoping — and I know he’s hoping — to be back fully next week!

But for now, I’m focusing on tonight’s routine. I think that Nick is feeling more confident after last week’s performance and I’m hoping we can continue our trend of getting better and better scores!

Also, we are going to see another side of Erika Jayne tonight on Dancing With The Stars. Read on….

Disney might not be the first thing people think of when they think of me, but you have to remember that everyone is a complex human being. No one is just one way all the time. I grew up loving disney movies and love going to the park, so this is not a stretch.

But don’t expect a fish costume or anything. It’s a slow, more controlled dance. It’s definitely tricky, but there are some really beautiful parts to it. It’s a very elegant, intimate and sensitive dance that focuses on the emotional connection between you and your partner. It will be really sweeping and pretty and romantic.

I think the judges have been looking for the softer, more feminine and vulnerable side of my personality, and I think that’s what we aim to give them this week. I hope that comes across!

For more from Peta, Erika, and other blogs through out the day, see People.

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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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing with the Stars Season 24, Week 4 – Manipulation Mayhem

The last several seasons, you’ve heard Courtney and I complain ad nauseum about the ways that this show is manipulated. Sometimes subtly and other times very overtly. From lack of interviews with Erin, to lack of overall PR, to song/dance assignments, to the packages.  Most people don’t even notice it because the tendency in humans is to believe what they see – even when they should know better.

Ironically, when we have a Bachelor on the show is when I think to start this series – the Bachelor is probably the single most manipulated, produced, heavily edited (however you want to phrase it) show on television that is so-called “reality”.  Here is where I plug the show UNreal which is a take off on the Bachelor series and is a (supposedly fictionalized) scripted – more scripted – drama.  Fantastic series – I highly recommend it. Produced by a former Bachelor producer, it will REALLY make you think twice about how much you believe on DWTS or any other reality show. Read more..

April 15, 2017 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. :-)

Nick Viall Interviewed On William Shatner, Dancing With The Stars, And More

My favorite dance from Nick Viall so far was last week’s Most Memorable Dance”. He talks all about it with Talk 107.1. He also chats on William Shatner’s comments on him recently, The Bachelor, and more.

April 14, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Tom Bergeron Interviewed On Disney Night, Theme Weeks, And More

Tom Bergeron is excited for Disney Night on Dancing With The Stars since Donny Osmond and Auli’i Cravalho are performing. He’s also excited Alfonso Ribiero doing a performance as well. More below including his thought of other theme ideas and his tricky silence on his pick to win (lol). From TV Guide….


My frontrunner seems to change every week, I think this is one of the seasons with the most parity. Who is your current pick to win it all?

Bergeron: Yes.

Who is it?

Bergeron: I’m not gonna tell ya. I’ll make a promise, I’ll tell you after the season if they win and I was right. [Laughs.]

Disney Night on Monday! What should we be excited for?

Bergeron: I’m very excited about the young actress — I actually saw her teach Dwayne Johnson how to say her name. It’s Auli’i Cravalho. I thought not only is she wonderful in Moana, she blew it out of the water at the Oscars. So I’m excited about seeing her. Donny Osmond is coming back, we’ll have Alfonso [Ribiero] do a number with the cast off the top, former champion himself. Inevitably one of the things I love about, I get to interact with animation as well as Bruno. [Laughs.] I once told Bruno on air he’s about half a jester away from living in Pixar.

With the ABC/Disney synergy going on, there’s some great opportunities for other themed nights. I’d love to see a Marvel night, or a Star Wars night, do you think they’d be a good fit for Dancing with the Stars?

Bergeron: I know I’d love to see it as well. I don’t see any reason why the Hulk and Thor couldn’t promote their next movie by doing a Paso Doble!

Lots more at TV Guide including an update on Maks Chmerkovskiy and more.

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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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Season 24, Week FOUR – Dancing by the Numbers!

Yeah, still thinking Erika. 🙂

My track record isn’t so good so far though. Ah well, some seasons you got it and other seasons you don’t.

I didn’t see anything to be terribly outraged over this past Monday. Funny that our big ringers pretty much leave me cold. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that both are dancing with Chmerkovskiys. They just kinda fail to really show their partners in a positive light. Too much talking, walking and not doing the assigned style. Val is doing a better job than Alan/Maks is, but really dude – STFU and let Normani have her moment.

Anyway, let’s get to our scores. Read more..

April 13, 2017 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 Nick Viall And Peta Murgatroyd Interviewed On Access Hollywood Live

Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd were on Access Hollywood Live today. Nick talks of how hard dancing was at first and now he’s getting the hang of it. He also says Peta makes him work hard and Vanessa supports him. Peta also gives an update on Baby Shai and Maks (it could still be a week or two before he returns). Lots more below. Great interview!

April 12, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.