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More Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Finale Rehearsal Interviews

On The Red Carpet has started to upload some rehearsal interviews. You can see Candace & Mark and Meryl and Maks below. Let’s hope they post more soon!! Be watching this link in case they do.

Adding: Just a reminder (again)… if you have updates, please write to our “Contact us” link. Don’t put them in comments. Thanks!

May 17, 2014 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.

Tom Bergeron And Bruno Tonioli Guest On The Arsenio Hall Show

Tom Bergeron and Bruno Tonioli were on The Arsenio Hall Show last tonight. They talked of Dancing With The Stars and the finale. The beginning of the first below is hilarious! I won’t ruin it for you! Tom also talks on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Thanks to Jim for the heads up!!

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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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 18, Week 9 – Dancing by the Numbers!

I think the writing is on the wall for Candace, this week, I’m afraid. I’ll be very surprised to see her make it to night two. Not that it matters. She made it to the finale with Meryl, Amy and James and she should be VERY proud of that fact. I’m willing to bet that Mark gives her an amazing freestyle and I’m looking forward to seeing it. I’m looking forward to seeing all of them, actually.

In case you’re wondering, my last DBTN post will be on Tuesday morning and will show what the various players have to do to WIN – even though I think the odds are pretty firmly behind Meryl at this point. It all depends on if Maks manages a great Freestyle compared to the others. If they all suck, then he’s fine, but if Mark, Derek and Peta put on amazing freestyles and he doesn’t?? It might change the game. It might not, but it could.  And before you start squawking about facebook…that seems to work for who gets eliminated, but I wouldn’t be so sure that it works for who WINS. You have to think about how Facebook likes actually work. You also have to consider the fan groups involved. Do you think that the Meryl and Maks fans are doing everything they can to make sure ALL of them go to facebook and “like” those photos, now that it seems to show something?? I sure do. Do all fan groups do that? Beyond one tweet, probably not. Now that people know it appears to work, they will work harder to “like” – yes, it is extremely counterintuitive, but does that surprise you? You also have to consider that some people probably “like” more than one person or dance – so while the lack of likes may show who’s leaving, an excess of likes may not indicate a WIN.  Then there is a duration issue. How long do they wait between posting photos?? Is one couples photos going up first?  Just some things to consider.  I may analyze it more once the season is over – more from an intuitive angle than an actual math angle.

Anyway. This week I just left out the part of the post that includes Charlie’s numbers and went straight to the four remaining dancers. Sue me, I’m tired and I want to do something else. Here’s how it stacks up after two dances:

Week 9 Table 1

That order right there is how I think it will end up, on Tuesday, although it’s heavily dependent on the scores. Anyway, Meryl’s only got a 2 point lead on Amy and a 4 point lead on Candace. Not many points, but at this stage of the game it does equate to a good number of votes.

Week 9 Table 2

For Candace to make it to Tuesday night, she needs one of three things to happen:

  • Candace needs about 13,100 more votes per million votes cast than James, OR;
  • Candace needs about 19,700 more votes per million votes cast than Amy, OR;
  • Candace needs about 26,200 more votes per million votes cast than Meryl.

I really don’t see any of that happening. It’s too stacked against her.  Both she and James have been the last one standing a couple times, so I think if Candace can pass anyone, it will be James. If she were to do that James would need to get past either Amy or Meryl which involves:

  • James would have to get 6,600 more votes per million votes cast than Amy, OR;
  • James would need 13,100 more votes per million votes cast than Meryl.

If anything is going to work, he would get past Amy. He is the big heart throb after all. The only question is if the girls are seriously voting. He could be getting past Amy, but that only matters if Candace is getting past him. We won’t know until Monday night.

So, I think that Meryl is the only one safe for sure. The other three are in jeopardy. I predict that Candace is the one to be eliminated on Monday.  If Candace is beating James, I think Amy could go home because James doesn’t have to do much to get past her. Remember…heart throb. :-)

Here’s another prediction for you – I predict that if James makes it into the finale, they call him safe FIRST. Just to mess with ya’lls heads. Well, Meryl and Maks fans heads. We’ll see. And if they call Candace safe first? Amy fans should be worried.

May 16, 2014 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. :-)

Glamour Interviews the DWTS Season 18 Finalists

Great interviews by Jessica Radloff – I’ve put a small excerpt below, and you can read all of them at Glamour.com:

Glamour: So now that you’ve revealed you’ll be dancing to New Kids on the Block in your freestyle…
Candace: Amazing!
Mark: No! 
Glamour: Ugh, fine! Let’s get down to business. @DWTSGossip wants to know what you enjoy more, Mark? Teaching the dance, creating the dance, or performing the dance?
Candace: It’s not teaching the dance to Candace. I can answer that for you!
Mark: I really enjoy creating the dance. I don’t like teaching it. I love performing it. Even as a child when I had to compete, I hated having to practice. I hated the lessons. It just goes on and on and on. I just wanted to get out there and do it. The creative and the performance aspect, I live for that, but I understand you have to go through the teaching process first. 
Glamour@Internetloves wants to know if it’s hard to hear songs that you’ve danced to without always recounting the steps in your head?
Mark: I can’t listen to “Say Something” anymore.
Candace: That was one of my favorite songs, and I can’t even listen to it anymore because it was such a hard dance and it ruined the song for me. But now, even songs that I listen to, even if it was one of Maks and Meryl’s, or Charlie and Sharna’s, I’m always seeing the dance now instead of listening purely to the song.
Glamour: I overheard you saying that you’ve already surpassed your goal just by getting to the finals, so if not you, who would you like to see win the Mirrorball trophy?
Mark: It’s hard. For consistency and natural dance ability, Meryl is a winner. Maks has done incredible work this season and deserves a shot. Peta too. Peta and James have come a long way. But to pick one, it’s tough. Out of loyalty, I’d back Derek. He’s family.

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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. :-)

DWTS Season 18 – The Finale, with Team Loca, Davis and White, and MORE!

Including last season’s winner, Amber Riley!! Meryl and Charlie will dance together – as I predicted a while ago. May as well suck in as many viewers as possible.  From Broadway World – click the link to read the whole thing:

On MONDAY, MAY 19 (8:00-9:30 p.m., ET), the four remaining couples will compete in two rounds of dance. In the first round, each couple will take on the “Judges Pick” and repeat the same dance style they did the week of the “Switch-Up.” In the second round, one of the biggest competitive dances of the season, the couples take on a supersized Freestyle featuring special effects, additional dancers and unexpected surprises. At the end of night, one couple will be eliminated based on the previous weeks’ viewer votes, combined with the judges’ scores from the previous Monday night. 


In the two-hour Season Finale on TUESDAY, MAY 20 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) the show will begin with a high-energy performance featuring a reunion of all 12 of this season’s couples as well as the judges. Then, as decided on by a Twitter vote, one of the three remaining couples will perform their Freestyle dance as an encore. The finale will also feature a performance to “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” by Team Loca, giving viewers at home a chance to watch the routine live with Amy Purdy, as she was unable to dance during the original Team Night due to an injury. Additionally, viewers will be treated to encore performances by Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke to “You Can’t Sit Down,” Nene Leakes to “Grown Woman” featuring six Pro Dancers, Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy to “Be Our Guest,” and Charlie White and Sharna Burgess to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Additionally, Olympic Gold Medalist partners Charlie and Meryl will dance together for the first time. In the last element of competition, the couples will perform a new routine as part of a “24 Hour Fusion Challenge.” The remaining couples will Fuse two contrasting dance styles that they’ve performed this season and they’ll have less than 24 hours to prepare that dance for judges’ points. 

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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. :-)

Rehearsal Dance Teasers For The DWTS Season 18 Finale (Videos)

Below are some dance teasers for the finale!! Thanks to Amy Purdy and DWTSgossip via Jessica Radloff for posting! Looking good so far. What do you think?

ETA: I can’t get some of the videos to work, but, if you head to ABC News Jason, you can view more rehearsals videos and pictures. Thanks to Kaitlyn for the heads up.

 

ETA: Youtube version of Derek and Amy’s dance teaser from Jessica

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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 18 Rank The Final Four, Finale POLLS On Who Will Win (VOTE)

Ok All! Only a few more days until the finals for Dancing With The Stars Season 18!! Lets get some numbers and thoughts for how you are feeling currently. VOTE in our two new Polls below for who you “think” will win and who you “hope” will win. Also, RANK the couples in comments from your favorite to least favorite. Ok, see you there!! ;)

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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.

Say Something Positive About Our Finalists of DWTS Season 18

Lori here….and this is a DRAMA FREE ZONE!  I’ve been thinking about this post for the last few weeks, kind of keeping it in the back of my mind and waiting for the right time.  At first, I thought that between seasons might be it, as a way to close out what’s been a very interesting Dancing season.

Instead, we’ve all seen, and discussed, some pretty bad stuff posted about people who have been putting their hearts and souls and bodies through a lot just to provide us with ENTERTAINMENT!!  And it’s brought the tone of the season down, for me at least.

So in appreciation to our WONDERFUL Finalists for DWTS Season 18, I’d like EVERYONE to post something positive about each.  Even if you are supporting one pair more than the others, POST SOMETHING ABOUT EACH!  I’ll try to keep this updated with your responses.

ANYTHING that I (or one of the other mods) deem as negative WILL BE DELETED, this is your only warning.

 

MERYL AND MAKS

Meryl, you are an incredible dancer, and I’ve admired how calm you’ve been able to be all season.  Maks, I appreciate the work you’ve done for yourself and your partner, to try to make this the best season for Meryl. –Lori Read more..

May 14, 2014 I Written By

Just a typical, ordinary DWTS fan..

Afterbuzz TV Reviews DWTS 18 Semi-Finals: Should Cumulative Scoring Be Used?

Kristyn Burtt and the Afterbuzz TV gang are back with another fun episode. Elena Grinenko joins them this time to review the Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Semi-finals. I pretty much agreed with them on the dances until Julz mentioned that Derek and Amy’s Jazz was missing something and he wanted more. Note how they were upset on the elimination as we were. Elena brings up an idea about how the show should use cumulative scoring instead of scoring the couples week to week. I agree as that would seem more fair and Charlie and Sharna would still be with us. Let us know what you think and if you agree with them on everything. There is some funny parts in this show too…but, I won’t ruin it for you.

Also, Kristyn has made a prediction for the Finals at her blog (thanks Lori for the heads up).

I think we all agree Meryl will win that Mirror Ball Trophy and I won’t be upset about it. She had an incredible season. I felt more connected to Amy’s journey, but she’s going on to great things so I am not worried about her. I know I put James in second place. I don’t think I really believe that’s how it will play out, it’s just me making a ridiculous prediction for a ridiculous season when it comes to manipulation and scoring.

I really hope this isn’t the way it plays out with the manipulation and scoring. Please please let this competition go down fairly next week unlike it did this past week. And I hope Amy wins as she is more deserving from those left in my opinion.

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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.

PureDWTS18 Semi-Finals Guest Poem: “Painting A Portrait Of Dance”

And below is Lois with another one of her fabulous poems….

PAINTING A PORTRAIT OF DANCE

A portrait was framed, splashed with the brilliance of dance
Each Semi-Finals dance framed with beauty at each glance

Each stroke painted with display of determination and desire
Taken into the portrait, our eyes saw each dancer’s inner fire

SETTING UP THE EASELS OF DANCE:

THE ICON IN THE PORTRAIT – L A REID
CO-WRITER – PAUL ANKA

JAMES MASLOW AND PETA MURGATROYD
DANCE NUMBER ONE ON THE EASEL
CHA – CHA – CHA – LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD

Magnificent, Moonwalking Michael Jackson Extravaganza
Syncopated, stunning, special, spectacular, electrifying

DANCE NUMBER TWO ON THE EASEL
RUMBA – ISLANDS IN THE. STREAM

Sumptuous feast of temptation, desire, and elegance
Stylish, a grand cinematic sweep, steamy hips, dips

THE ICON IN THE PORTRAIT – KRISTI YAMAGUCHI

MERYL DAVIS AND MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
DANCE NUMBER ONE ON THE EASEL
JIVE – HOUND DOG
EXTRA BRUSHSTROKES OF MAKSIM-MUM KISSES

Fabulous, fantastic, fiery sparks across the floor
Impeccable, flawless movements, flicky, kicky fun

DANCE NUMBER TWO ON THE EASEL
VIENNESE WALTZ – JUST A FOOL

Dynamic dance of delicious desire, intense strokes
Simply perfect, simply explosive, simply passionate

THE ICON IN THE PORTRAIT – ANGELA THOMAS

CANDACE CAMERON BURE AND MARK BALLAS
DANCE NUMBER ONE ON THE EASEL
VIENNESE WALTZ – IF I KNEW

Surrender of trust in the partnership, strokes of skills
A flavor of sweetness flowing across the dance floor

DANCE NUMBER TWO ON THE EASEL
JAZZ – NASTY

Brilliant reminder of Ladies on Broadway
Colored with creativity, cleverness, tasty, tight

THE ICON IN THE PORTRAIT – OPRAH WINFREY

AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH
DANCE NUMBER ONE ON THE EASEL
QUICKSTEP – YOU CAN’T HURRY LOVE

Flying, flowing, floating lightness of steps
Fabulous strokes of bounce across the floor

DANCE NUMBER TWO ON THE EASEL
JAZZ – TOO DARN HOT

A tabletop display of a temptress, a siren, fearless
Classic moment of Jazz at its very best, extraordinary

THE ICON IN THE PORTRAIT – SCOTT HAMILTON

CHARLIE WHITE AND SHARNA BURGESS
DANCE NUMBER ONE ON THE EASEL
FOXTROT – NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Champagne glasses being raised to THE TOAST OF NEW YORK
Light as air, showcasing spinning skating movements, with pizzazz

DANCE NUMBER TWO ON THE EASEL
SAMBA – NO MONEY, NO PROBLEMS

Glamorous, golden star, glowing performance
Carefree, committed sense of enthusiastic fun

MACY’S STAR OF DANCE EASEL
ANOTHER GENIUS DEREK HOUGH CREATION
SALUTE TO CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD

A Variety Show, stylistic, superior, stupendous showcase
Brooms sweeping fancy footwork across the dancing vista

GUEST JUDGE ON THE JUDGES’ EASEL
KENNY ORTEGA

ORTEGA’s commentary the best of the guest judges
Offering constructive commentary of every dance

The portraits were painted, brushstrokes of Week Nine
It is astounding, amazing how the dancers did shine

The finale of Season 18 is next week, oh how can it be
The spectacular conclusion will be a dazzling sight to see!

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 13, 2014

A SHOCKING ELIMINATION, SHARNA AND CHARLIE SADLY HAD TO GO!
WE WILL MISS THEM SO MUCH AND HIS BRIGHT LIGHT ON THE SHOW!

PAINTING A PORTRAIT OF DANCE, EASELS OF BALLROOM ON DISPLAY!
BRUSHSTROKES OF DANCES, OF DANCERS, IN FULL SPLENDID ARRAY!

May 13, 2014 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.