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Ricki Lake, Tony Dovolani, Louis Van Amstel, and Tristan MacManus Review DWTS14 Week 8

Ricki Lake, Tony Dovolani, Louis Van Amstel, and Tristan MacManus all had some thoughts and reviews on Dancing With The Stars last night. Tony had such a blast with William who he says has such a “big heart”. Ricki and Tony thought Maria and Derek got short changed from the judges in both dances. They thought they short changed Donald and Peta as well. They loved Donald and Peta’s Jive and thought it was the best Trio dance. Tony hopes they get the encore (so do I! The two best dances for me last night were Karina, Donald, & Peta’s Jive and Derek & Maria’s Waltz). Neither could pick who is going home tonight. You can view the video with Ricki and Tony on GMA HERE.

Louis Van Amstel pretty much pegged the dances again (in my opinion) at ABC except for Derek and Maria. He doesn’t understand why they received 10’s for their first dance (wha??), but he didn’t understand the 8 either. Below is more. Be sure to read his full review at the link. I agree how tonight is a hard call for who will be eliminated and it’s going to be an emotional one.

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd’s Tango. What’s difficult about the Tango is staying in close hold most of the time while still making it interesting. Donald did an awesome job, yet again. Great attack, and nice legato movements as well. Great posture. Nice creative ways to play with the hold, yet staying in hold. Totally agree with judges. Carrie Ann, I’m not sure what Donald could have done to create more drama. A Tango the face should stay calm, it’s the movement that should be dramatic, that’s what we call staccato. Good scores! If this was the last performance of the night it could have been 10 in my book.

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough’s Viennese Waltz. Beautiful job on the choreography, keeping it soft and tender. They have very nice chemistry, which was unexpected after seeing the video package. Maria shows that she will do anything necessary to make the top four, which in itself is admirable. Maria is a fighter and that’s inspirational, but from a dancing point of view, I miss the flexibility from her body. If Maria makes it to next week I’d like Derek to challenge her by giving her choreography that’s partly solo, so she can show America what she’s really made of. I actually disagree with Len. I thought it was too much in hold (not close hold, on that point I agree with Len). I want to see more side by side and true elements like spins to show individuality. I don’t get the 10′s. I don’t get the 8 either. For 10s Maria needed to be better technically and have more power behind her movement. Her performance was a 9 in my book.

Melissa Gilbert and Maks Chmerkovskiy’s Foxtrot. Melissa is holding her own in the package, not even attacking back, so good for her! OK, there was one little glitch in the beginning, but overall it was solid and powerful. As a matter of fact it was sometimes too powerful, sacrificing the soft and tender moments which are characteristic of the Foxtrot. Like last week, from the point of view of a choreographer, it was more challenging, which I always believe at this point in the game should be rewarded. I do think the atmosphere in rehearsals affected the performance. We needed to see more warmth between them. Following two weeks of being underscored, I feel this week the judges were overly nice. It was good though, not great. I’m glad Maks realizes he went too far. That’s a big deal. I think the score are appropriate, but I don’t get the judges giving all that praise and then awarding three eights!

Lastly, Tristan has written some highlights at Entertainment Weekly. He walks us through rehearsals and the pants mishap with Katherine. Did you know he also was cut last night? I loved what he wrote about losing one’s temper in rehearsals in this take….

Tons of rehearsal studio drama this week. How easy is it to lose your temper during training? The thing is with the cameras, the cameras are there from the minute you walk into the studio ’til the minute you leave. People lose their rag sometimes. But the thing is, it’s entirely up to the producers what they want to use in the packages and how they want to tell the particular story of what goes on that week. I think that’s really clear with Melissa each week. She’s trying to point out all the time, “well this isn’t what Maks is like all the time.” Some people do get angry sometimes and start to scream and they probably go a bit overboard sometimes. But maybe in the package they might show something going wrong and the teacher starts screaming and saying this and that and that. But that particular scream — that might not have even been what they were screaming about, know what I mean? Reactions become reactions to dance steps that had nothing to do with the original scream in the first place.

But at the same time, like I said, as far as people are in rehearsals, you want to have respect all the time. No one needs to be shoutin’, that’s all, whether they’re 19 or they’re 50 or whatever they are, for whatever reason. No need to shout at people. You don’t need to demean people, and most people remember that. We don’t know the whole story, and I certainly don’t. I shouldn’t be saying what people should be doing because I don’t know what goes on in that room. I just see the packages just like everyone else.

You can lose your temper because you want someone to do well, you can lose your temper because someone isn’t doing well, and you can lose your temper — as stupid as it sounds — because sometimes people just don’t want to do well. In the sense that well, you’re screaming at me all day, I don’t care what happens. But I try not to scream at people. It is what it is.

So, here’s to the results show. I am so nervous. I don’t want any of them to go? :(

May 8, 2012 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.

Dancing With The Stars Season 14 Interviews After Week 8’s Dance (Videos)

What a night! I especially loved the Trio dance and I hope Dancing With The Stars will do it again in the future. Yes or No? I thought the Trio dance helped Donald the most. He received his first 10 and what’s more, with a Jive. 8O I thought the Trio dance also helped Melissa. Val brought out the best of her and Maks and gone was her “deer in the headlights” look. Let’s see what the couples told George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet on the night….

Derek and Maria are fine with the judges scores (I wished I was. 8O ). They had fun and Derek was proud of doing something new. Maria was so glad for the 10’s and 9’s they received. The competition is so close and everyone is so good. Anything can happen to any of them. They hope the fans will carry them through.

Roshon and Chelsie worked hard and they hope people loved what they did. They had nothing to lose this week, so they just went for it. He is so thankful for his fan and “Grandma support”.

George tells Donald that his leap was the best move of the night. Donald says he did what Peta told him to do. They are happy, but, they don’t feel victorious since everyone was good. No one is safe. George loved the different energy last night. Peta and Donald said it was crazy from the beginning to the end. They hope they make it to the semi-finals and they have more to prove if they make it.

George praises Katherine for handling the pants mishap with grace. Neither she or Mark are comfortable with their scores last night. They are nervous about being eliminated, but, they had fun.

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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 14 Week 8 Power Rankings

A few things became abundantly clear to me in the midst of tonight’s show: the judges’ heads have been up William & Cheryl’s asses so long that their oxygen supply has been cut off (and brain damage has occured), Carrie Ann switches motives faster than most people blink, Maria & Derek should probably just knock boots and get it over with, Roshon is this season’s forgotten man, and Katherine’s dancing is about as exciting as eating dry white toast.  Let’s just get straight into it…

1.) William & Cheryl – The pimping of these two has just gotten so out of control that I don’t even know what to say anymore – it’s inane, ridiculous, and it’s putting me off this show entirely.  You guys wonder why I’m so far behind on the cheese? Because this season has left such a bad taste in my mouth, and 70% of it is because of these two and the lavish, undeserved praise they get.  But since me complaining about that does little to deter them, I guess I’ll focus on the dancing, which overall was not as stellar as the judges would have you believe.  That foxtrot? Ok, it wasn’t bad, but I’m still not seeing a whole lot of showmanship from William – the man looks like he’s constipated out there.  And Cheryl’s still doing a whole lot of dancing around him, rubbing herself on him, and generally doing some attention-whoring of Ballasesque proportions.  Go ahead and whine about how I “shouldn’t judge the celeb based on the choreo”, but when all he’s doing is standing there and occasionally gesturing, what the hell am I supposed to think? Am I supposed to just ASSUME he’s a great dancer, even though I don’t get to see it underneath all of his partner’s showboating? The dancing isn’t about William at all – it’s about Cheryl dancing around him.  And that was the story of their paso doble trio as well – it was the Cheryl Burke show, with special guest appearances by Tony Dovolani & William Levy.  There was a lot of walking from place to place, and William noticeably got off-time…although it was only mentioned in passing by one of the judges, while they absolutely HOSED Roshon for the same thing.  I give up.  There’s clearly an agenda in place that necessitates William sticking around as long as possible, and I don’t like it.  With any luck, this whole mess will completely blow up in the faces of TPTB…but my luck hasn’t been so great lately, so I’m not holding my breath.  These two will be safe tomorrow night…

2.) Donald & Peta – Thank GAWD for Donald! The man is the personification of what I want in a celeb on this show: he’s having fun, he’s working hard, and he’s giving us some legitimately GREAT performances.  Aside from Roshon’s foxtrot, this tango was the closest thing to perfection for me in the ballroom round tonight – Donald had the attack, and the way he was snapping his head and his feet was divine! I will say that he still seems to get a bit off-balance here and there, and it seems to happen when he gets a little too excited – hopefully he’ll gain a bit more control over some of his more dynamic movements.  I also have to tip my tiny top hat (which I’m still wearing from the team dances last week ;-)) to Peta, for coming up with some choreo that both pleases Len and is also pleasing to the eye – not an easy balance! And that trio dance? Wooooooooooooowwwww.  Just….WOW.  I think the trio idea overall kinda failed, but this was the one gem of the evening – I don’t think I could have asked for a better group than Donald, Peta, and Karina.  Both ladies rock at jive, and Donald impressed the hell out of me with the way he partnered TWO ladies.  You guys notice that neither of the other guys did that in their trio, right? Probably because it’s f*cking hard – something that doesn’t come naturally to a novice male ballroom dancer.  So he gets a ton of respect from me for handling two very vivacious ladies, and also for just delivering a totally FUN performance…props to all three of them for that.   I can only hope that Donald is growing on other people like he’s grown on me, because at this point, he’s the only one I see as a lock for the finale… Read more..

May 7, 2012 I Written By

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DWTS14 Week 8 Louis Van Amstel With Some Last Minute Thoughts Before Showtime

Louis breaks it down before showtime with his thoughts and who he’s worried for the most tonight. Note how he is worried for Maria which shocks me. I think she will be fine (unless her feet are an issue tonight?).

Terrible Two-fer
If the pressure of learning two dances to perform in one night wasn’t enough for our top six, DWTS is making sure the stress is stacked higher than a precarious game of Jenga. With two sure-fire eliminations this week, it’s one false (dance) move, and you’re out. “Now, they’re going to separate the boys from the guys and the girls from the women … it’s do or die,” says Amstel. “America’s not stupid … If anyone was banking on using a trick to win over the audience, it’s too late. Now you’ve got to show your true colors.”

And who’s staring down the barrel of elimination in Amstel’s eyes? He says Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan, and Maria Menounos are in trouble. “I’m surprised Melissa is still there, based on the judges’ scores,” says Amstel. But when it comes to Menounos, who was rewarded with a perfect score alongside her partner Derek Hough last week, Amstel is a little more hopeful. “I love Maria to death and this is Derek’s best season as far as choreography goes. Still I’m a little worried for her,” he says.

Two’s Company, Three’s a Party!
But who needs a double when you can have a triple? This week also deals the twist of a never-before-seen (on DWTS) trio dance for each of our top six finalists. This means that each celeb will dance with his or partner as well as another professional dancer. “For the pro that’s still in the competition, adding another pro can help. It makes it a little easier,” says Amstel.

And while the idea of choreographing a group routine and teaching the celeb to handle the dynamics of an extra person on the dance floor might test a skill the pros haven’t yet honed, this could actually help take some of the heat off of the celeb contestant. “This is kind of a break,” Amstel says. “Normally you have two solo dances and you have to worry about the celebrity, but here you can make it more fun and entertaining.” Of course, being that we’re down to six, the contestants will also dance regular duets with their partners as well.

I love his thoughts on the Trio dance. Who’s ready?

More at Hollywood.com.

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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.

Roshon Fegan On His Favorite Performance On Dancing With The Stars And More

J-14 interviewed Roshon about Dancing With The Stars, his music, and Shake It Up!! Below is what he said on our show. Be sure to see more at the link including a cool picture of him with his quitar.

J-14: What has been your favorite performance so far on Dancing with the Stars?
Roshon Fegan: I really liked my samba. I also got to do a great tribute to Michael Jackson and wear a wig and everything. That was a lot of fun!

J-14: Have any of your celeb friends come out to support you on DWTS?
Roshon: Britney [Spears] came out with her fiancé Jason Trawick. Jason is a great supporter and friend of mine.He said he was going to bring his fiancé, but I forgot that his fiancé was Britney! She even Tweeted about it after the performance. Bella [Thorne] and Zendaya [Coleman] came the first week and former co-star Demi [Lovato] are definitely still close friends and support each other. I just talked to her not that long ago!

J-14: If you could do a dance routine to any song, what song would you choose?
Roshon: It would definitely have to be a really cool upbeat song. I’d love to do one of my own [songs] as well. It’s always good when you dance to one of your own tracks. I would definitely be up for that.

Lots of luck to Chelsie and Roshon tonight. I’m especially excited to see how Sasha Farber will help light them up? It’s going to be fun!

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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 14 Stats Class – Week 8

The home stretch! Heading into the Last Third of the season. You know what that means? It means that every couple is going to be dancing two dances for the next two weeks… each! This ought to be fun.

So what I am going to do is that below each celebrity I am going to put the predicted scores breakdown for the first dance and do the same for the second dance. Then I will put in the predicted rank as well as my personal comments on each celebrity. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep them all straight in my head :)

MELISSA GILBERT
Dance 1: Foxtrot
Average Scores:
– Age: 23.000
– Occupation: 25.500
– Professional Partner: 26.000
Predicted Score: 25

Dance 2: Samba
Average Scores:
– Age: 23.571
– Occupation: 24.500
– Professional Partner: 26.400
– “Trio Partner”: N/A
Predicted Score: 25

Predicted Rank: 6th
Comments: Since we do not know for sure that Melissa would perform the Waltz for her Ballroom dance… but just for the sake of it the only other Actress in their 40s to have done the Waltz was Season 10’s Pamela Anderson on Week 7, but she received a 24. Now that we know that the Foxtrot is what Melissa is dancing for her Ballroom dance, the scores have changed a little bit, as well as her placing… unfortunately. Also unfortunate is that no other actress in their 40s have done the Foxtrot this late in the season. The closest being that Season 5’s Jennie Garth and Season 6’s Marissa Jaret Winokur (who were both Actresses in their 30s) received a 26 and 25 respectively. On the other hand there is no other celebrity in the exact same categories as Melissa that has done a Samba this late in the season. Melissa has been gaining steam slowly and surely… but there is no telling if that upward trend would continue after the scores last week.

ROSHON FEGAN
Dance 1: Foxtrot
Average Scores:
– Age: 25.000
– Occupation: 25.500
– Professional Partner: N/A
Predicted Score: 25

Dance 2: Paso Doble
Average Scores:
– Age: 27.778
– Occupation: 25.000
– Professional Partner: N/A
– “Trio Partner”: N/A
Predicted Score: 26

Predicted Rank: 5th
Comments: Unfortunately there were no Disney related celebrities that have done the Foxtrot in the last four weeks of the season. On the other hand Season 3’s Monique Coleman and Season 12’s Chelsea Kane both did the Paso Doble in their Week 7 and received a 27 and 26 respectively. Roshon has been getting inconsistent scores and even though I could see him receiving a 25/26 for his dances, whether he actually would is another story altogether.

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My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does dancing fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =)

Dancing With The Stars Season 14 Teacher Appreciation (Video)

Good Morning! This is a fun video from CNN today to get us geared up for the show tonight! The couples talk about their favorite teachers. See if you don’t agree?

More coming up! Stay tuned!! ;)

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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 14, Weeks 5 – The Cheesecake Awards!!

Ta DA!! We’re in catch up mode. :-)

First - WEEK 5

The “Can’t Carry a Tune in a Bucket” Award: Len and Bruno, for their rendition of either “Maria” or “How Do you Solve a Problem Like Maria”…we can’t be sure. :-)

Heidi: So, the first time I saw it, I thought they were doing a little West Side Story…the second time I saw it, I’m honestly not sure. Don’t quit your day job, boys…if I can’t tell what you’re going for, you can’t sing. :-)  If I had to bet, I would call Len Sound of Music and Bruno West Side Story. :-)

Courtney: Screw musicals…I think we’re giving them too much credit there.  I think they both were just making it up as they went along and just hoping that that the audience was even less educated than they were and would just assume that they were singing a legitimate song…and the fact that they were both doing it might somehow lend creedence to their made-up tune.  Whatever it was…it was dumb.

Brooke Burke Flub O’the Night: “We’ve combined your jokes with the judges scores…”

Heidi: Have you heard the one about the judge who walked into the bar?? He tried to give the barmaid a “10” and….well, I can’t think of a good joke. But does one really need one when Brooke is around? :-) In all fairness, she’s been better this season than previously, but her occasional tongue tripping can be entertaining.

Courtney: My aunt used to have this parrot named Joey that would repeat literally ANY word it heard – but it would do it at random times, and sometimes form sentences that weren’t quite coherent, contextually.  I’m beginning to think that Brooke is the reincarnation of Joey, the way she will occasionally swap out the word she intends to use with one she has just heard or thought about :-) If so, I fully expect her to start making the skud missile sound effect and start calling people SOB’s by season’s end…can’t wait ;-)

The Award for Best Reaction to being Called Safe: Melissa Gilbert – Half-Pint CUSSED!!!! :-)

Heidi: Hehehehe…loved it. Sweet, quiet Melissa gets bleeped on live television. You go girl. You really CAN take the Prairie out of the girl. ;-)

Courtney: And it was a LOOOONG cuss – like a full 5 seconds of the sound being completely bleeped out.  I can only imagine what is was she said…whatever it was, I’m sure I’d be proud ;-) Read more..

May 6, 2012 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. :-)

DWTS Maria Menounos, Roshon Fegan, and William Levy Dish On Their Favorite Things About Dancing And More

Maria Menounos, Roshon Fegan, and William Levy answer some tweets from fans. They dish on their favorite things so far about dancing on Dancing With The Stars and lots more. I don’t want to ruin it for you if you haven’t seen these, so, I say no 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 . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Major Switcharoo For Dancing With The Stars Season 14 Las Vegas Odds Going Into Week 8

Las Vegas Sports Betting has posted their new odds for Dancing With The Stars. What another difference one week of dances can make compared to last week’s odds!! Maria’s numbers have risen and rightfully so. For the first time, she’s placing higher than William Levy. Donald Driver and Katherine Jenkins continue to be neck and neck for first. I felt a lump in my heart when reading how they’ve put Roshon Fegan in last and at such low odds. He’s tons better than Melissa Gilbert. Do the odds makers even watch this show? :-|

New Las Vegas Odds for this week:

Katherine Jenkins 9/5
Donald Driver 19/10
Maria Menounos 3/1
William Levy 7/2
Melissa Gilbert 60/1
Roshon Fegan 75/1

Last week’s Las Vegas Odds:

Katherine Jenkins 7/4
Donald Driver 19/10
William Levy 11/4
Maria Menounos 15/2
Jaleel White 12/1
Roshon Fegan 50/1
Melissa Gilbert 50/1

As in previous week’s and to help us/me understand it better, lets get Miss Heidi and Courtney’s thoughts and reaction and be sure to tell us yours too in the comments section.

Heidi: So, basically, all it takes is one dance?? I mean, I would love for it to be true…but it was ONE dance. Yeah, I think Maria is better than William…I think ROSHON is better than William…but if all it takes is a perfect 30 to move you up the Vegas odds?  Well, I kinda think that shows how little these guys know about DWTS.  The judges will probably be handing out 10’s to William and Katherine this week and the will be the end of that.  Yep…I’m still cynical. I don’t expect it to go away any time soon. :-)

Courtney: I think the oddsmakers also tend to disregard that it was a good dance during a week where everyone else just did okay-to-marginal – it puts things in perspective a bit when you realize that Maria didn’t really have anyone nipping at her heels this week, and it was likely due to almost everyone getting shafted to a certain degree by their music choice.  As much as I think it SUCKS that Roshon has such astronomical odds to overcome, I do think the oddsmakers are about on the money there – he’s the only remaining contestant that has been in the bottom 2 (and he’s been there three times), and he’s really only still here because of the dance duel.  I guess Melissa’s odds are slightly better due to the fact that she’s never been in the bottom 2, despite her scores – but I don’t think she really stands a snowball’s chance in hell of actually winning, as I don’t see her suddenly giving 10-worthy performances…and man (and woman) cannot win on votes alone.

May 5, 2012 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.