Ginger Zee of Good Morning America was at camera blocking yesterday for the Dancing With The Stars Semi-Finals. You can watch her interviewing Val & Laurie, Lindsay & Calvin, and Sasha & Terra. Ginger also talked on the other two couples. She also makes a prediction for who will win the season (want to guess first before watching? Yes, you are right.). Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording….
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber talked about the semi-finals and more in a fun chat with fans today. They are so adorable as always. Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording.
This has the potential to be an interesting week, from the standpoint of who goes home. The margins are relatively small (for this late in the game) and this could get REAL real fast. We can hope.
But first, Courtney commented on the fact that Jana has been in or near jeopardy quite a few times now. If you want to read the research I did on Jeopardy a few seasons back, please do so before spouting off and telling me it means nothing. Anyway, I went back and looked at that post, and sonic did a little work up for me as well which included more recent seasons. Anyway, my original conclusions haven’t fallen apart with the arrival of Rob Wade. It’s still true that if you make multiple appearances in jeopardy you’re more likely than not to be eliminated – often soon. This is even more true if you are the last person to be called safe. Being the last to be called safe sometimes gives the couple the kick they need to last a couple weeks – but after a second time? No. Lots and lots of people have made two appearances in jeopardy and were last to be called safe. What appears to be true is that if you are last to be called safe twice, you don’t win the show. That has happened ONCE in 23 seasons – Rumer Willis. Coincidence? I think not. Prior to Season 17, if you had only been in Jeopardy and were last to be called safe even one time, you didn’t win the show – with 3 exceptions: Donald, JR and Jennifer Grey, but her season was really strange in that all of the 5 were in jeopardy most often while the rest weren’t. That season they seemed to be trying to keep the eliminee a surprise all the time by putting the top people in jeopardy. An experiment, if you will. Read more..
Every week is a gimick. What happened to making them dance two individual dances. And as I’ve been saying for a few seasons now, the freestyles aren’t even special anymore because every dance is a damn production. Just DANCE already!!
I have no idea from reading Sharna’s blog if she and James have the AT for their individual dance or their trio, so I stuck it where it is for now, until we find out more.
ETA: Entire song and dance list from DWTSGossip – not sure where she got it from since I just got back from lunch. 😉
Calvin and Lindsay
Individual Dance – Tango (Song: “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes)
Trio with Witney – Samba (Song: “Limbo” by Daddy Yankee)
James and Sharna
Individual Dance – Argentine Tango (Song: “Santa Maria” by Gotan Project)
Trio with Jenna – Jive (Song: Give Me Some Lovin'” by the Spencer Davis Group)
Terra and Sasha
Individual Dance – Rumba (Song: “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara)
Trio with Artem – Tango (Song: “Hideaway” by Kieszia)
Jana and Gleb
Individual Dance – Quickstep (Song: “Go Mama” by Wayne Beckford)
Trio with Alan – Paso Doble (Song: “Kill of the Night” by Gin Wigmore)
Laurie and Val
Individual Dance – Foxtrot (Song: “Hollow” by Tori Kelly)
Trio with Maks – Samba (Song: Magalenha” by Sergio Mendez)
As we head into what promises to be a very historic and contentious election day, I think we witnessed something relatively historic and contentious last night on DWTS: I think we might have just seen Derek bid farewell to the show, once and for all. Because history does repeat itself: Marilu got Nastia’d. Got the same “bad edit” treatment that they gave Nastia a year and a half ago, which resulted in her elimination from a season that on paper, she probably could have easily won, had there not been an agenda at work. And Derek was uncharacteristically vocal about how unhappy he was with the edit they were given – so was his partner. If there are still any concern trolls lurking here that want to comment on the “tension” or “awkwardness” or “frustration” in Marilu & Derek’s package last week, do yourselves a favor and go read the two posts I just linked to first. Then go watch season 1 of UNReal on Hulu Plus. Let it sink in. Start to question things. Because I’m starting to think the line between reality and script is getting dangerously blurry for some of you…
…for what it’s worth, though, I thought Marilu went out on a high note. I think her samba was the most relaxed and in-the-zone we’ve seen her since “Most Memorable Year” week. I think she & Derek should be really proud of how they did – and both of them can leave with their heads held high. I think Marilu left with a bit fewer stars in her eyes about DWTS (but with a much more grounded view), and I think Derek finally got the push he needed to leave a relationship that he has outgrown and has become toxic for him (the one he has with DWTS, NOT the one he has from Marilu – I’ve noticed the Marilu detractors are big fans of deliberately misinterpreting and twisting my words). Onto bigger and better things for both of them. And I thought Mark did a spectacular Frankie Valli vocal. 🙂
As for those that remain – I found myself rolling my eyes and yawning more than usual last night, and the bulk of the eye-rolls and yawns involved the Jana & Laurie love-fest that we were subjected to. Make no mistake – there was an agenda behind those perfect scores. It all but guaranteed both would make the finals, although I’m having some pretty serious doubts about Jana – this is how many times we’ve seen her as one of the last two standing up there at the end of the night? Heidi would have to remind me, but the last time we saw consecutive repeat appearances of a couple in the last two standing was Apolo & Karina during all-stars, I believe – and they were eliminated just shy of the finale. With last night’s theme appearing to be “history repeating itself”, I don’t think it’s entirely out of the realm of possibility that Jana could be in some pretty deep sh*t, votes-wise. Since all that was handed out last night was 9’s & 10’s, I’m going to venture a guess that the margins are actually going to end up being rather small – meaning it’s pretty much going to be up to the fans who advances to the finals and who doesn’t. And there could be some surprises. Read more..
Don’t you love dancing photos? Awww, heavenly. You can view lots of stunning shots from Dancing With The Stars Week 9 below. Click the photos to see even more.
What a great night of dancing last night. I was “wowed” by all the couples in some way, but, more on that in Courtney’s new Power Ranking post coming up in a bit. Be watching for it as always and get your reviews ready. For now, let’s review the scores…
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko (Waltz): 10-10-10-10 from the judges for a perfect 40.
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy (Argentine Tango): 10-10-10-10 from the judges for a perfect 40.
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber (Charleston): 10-10-9-9 from the judges for a total of 38.
Calvin Johnson, Jr. and Lindsay Arnold (Waltz): 9-9-10-9 from the judges for a total 37.
James Hinchcliffe and Jenna Johnson (subbing for the injured Sharna Burgess) (Jazz): 9-9-9-9 from the judges for a total of 36.
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough (Samba): 9-9-9-9 from the judges for a total of 36.
THE TEAM DANCES:
James & Calvin Team Dance (Paso): 9-9-10-9 from the judges for a total of 37.
Marilu & Terra Team Dance (Jazz): 9-9-9-9 from the judges for a total of 36.
Jana & Laurie Team Dance (Contemporary): 10-10-10-10 for a perfect 40.
For Media starters, People has a few recaps and interviews up. Be sure to read what they have here (and they may post more later). Note that Sharna is still unsure if she will be back next week. I hope she takes all the time she needs to heal up. We want this girl dancing for a long time to come (we are with you all the way on this, Sharna!xx).
But with two weeks left in the season, Burgess is still unsure what her future on the ABC reality dance competition will be.
“I want to say 100 percent,” she said of her chances of being back next week. “But I genuinely thought I 100 percent would be back this week, so it’s hard for me to throw that number out there.”
“I just have to take it day by day and continue to make the right decision for my career,” she continued. “But it’s really difficult. I love every single thing about this season with James. It’s my favorite season and I don’t want to miss out on any of it.”
Then there is this from Glamour:
James wants nothing more than to have his leading lady back, but also knows she has to do what’s best for her long-term health. “Every step I’ve ever taken on a dance floor up until week 8 was with this woman. Every thing I’ve ever learned about dance was from this woman. Losing your rock essentially is incredibly difficult. It helps having her there for rehearsal, but it’s not the same. It isn’t. It’s an extra element we’ve had to deal with as a team. Jenna stepped in and has been great, and no doubt helped out a lot, but I want [Sharna] back on the floor as soon as possible. But I understand. I’m really proud of her because she had [the clear] to dance tonight, but she took care of her knee.”
Added Sharna: “I made a mistake 16 years ago to continue dancing when I shouldn’t, and I ended up with an ACL reconstruction. I wasn’t about to make that mistake this season and be out the rest of this season, out for the tour, out for next season. I, as much as every bone in my body wants to dance on that floor with James, I have to play this right. [Still] it sucks being an adult and making grownup decisions!”
Let’s hope and pray Gleb will be ok too and that he’s not over doing it….
Gleb Savchenko went to immediately ice his knee after the show, but Jana stuck around. “Gleb’s in a lot of pain, but he didn’t want me to dance with anybody else, and that means the world to me.” What about Jana’s rib injury, which viewers haven’t heard much about since earlier in the season? “It still hurts, honestly, but it’s one of those things where it gets better every week. Gleb knows now to touch me there.”
With only two weeks left in the competition, what’s next for Jana after the show? “I’m really looking forward to the holidays. It’ll be my first holiday with my baby girl.” On the career front, “the winter time is a slow time in the business, so I’ll be able to…think about what my next steps are. There’s a lot of moving parts right now, so I want to make the best decision for my family.”
More at Glamour including some really cute photos.
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Opening number was a bit of a non-event. :::shrug:::
I love Idina Menzel…but I loved her BEFORE Frozen. And I still love her in spite of it. 🙂
Redemption edit for Marilu – she’s going home. Of course, I wonder how much of this happened LAST week.
That was a pretty damn good Samba from Marilu! I saw one step that might have been a mistake, but it was tiny…and she was having fun
Now we’ll hear a bunch of BS about how she’s finally working with Derek blah blah blah…Wait, Idina! I love you!
And once again, Marilu doesn’t go to Erin and gets her scores right there. I call bullshit. The 9s were fair – don’t really know if that means she’s going home or not, since neither Ryan nor Maureen got good scores when they left.
Great dance from Calvin – very beautiful. And that song makes me weepy every time I hear it. Calvin is definitely a contender. Watch your backs James and Laurie.
Almost forgot my LOL to the Cat Calvin sans dance belt. LOL. Why are we getting the somber tone from Julianne like she doesn’t want to give him props??
Huh…long game is to get rid of Calvin.
Male singer on this bumper just murdered this song and not in a good way. WTF?
Never been a fan of the Wiz. Kinda bummed that James go it.
Think Jenna just screwed up. Is James the Joker or the Wizard? Did James just miss a step as well?
Those mistakes would get Marilu 8s. This should be interesting. I even heard Emma yell on All Access.
I thought I saw more than one issue (and one of them was Jenna’s), but maybe it was just me. snort.
Who’s the woman rubbing all over Derek back stage? Anyone?
Charleston doesn’t have the same impact with Terra, but Sasha is doing surprisingly well making it work for her. Fun dance! Oh god, CAI will call out lip syncing again.
Everybody getting the good scores tonight. Interesting. Hmmm…I don’t know what to think now. Terra and Marilu were the bottom queens.
Pardon the expression. 😉
Oh boo freakin’ hoo. Why are we crying, Jana? For Gleb or yourself?
Sorry, distracted by Derek kindly calling out the producers on All Access…a lot. Nicely. In a Derek way.
Is this dance kinda boring? I can’t focus on it.
Totally over scored. And if you all don’t ease up on hitting refresh and do better at commenting, I might open a vein.
Very good dance by Laurie – but then that’s no surprise is it? Seemed like she was too far away from Val at times and a tiny bit off balance.
Heh…Marilu gets 9s and is still at the bottom of the leader board. Maybe she ain’t going home? Who the hell knows?
Didn’t the men do then Paso moves last time there was a male duet? One that looks really similar to this one? Or were they joking in the package?
I was worried about the capes at first but they got it together. Great dance! I enjoyed it.
Ugh, getting glimpses of Laurie and Jana’s duet and I’m not looking forward to it. It looks like a standard contemporary.
LOL Marilu – naughty girl. 😉
Okay, that was the old style vaudeville show stopper! I loved it except for the part with Marilu’s legs and Terra’s body. But it was fun and funny and lot of crazy stuff in it. It was…happy. I can use happy on this election eve. When the world could end.
Give Terra and Marilu 9’s and they still end up way on the bottom…but with James. I guess Laurie and Jana need that save, eh?
Contemporary is so not special any more. That was chock full of cliche moves that Val got off the internet. Hands over mouths, the whole nine yards. I feel like I’ve seen the same contemporary dance about 20 times now.
It comes down to Jana and Marilu and they really got my hopes up. It’s okay if Marilu goes, she had a good run even with the bullshit packages. I’m much more pissed that they guaranteed Jana a spot in the finale AND made sure her fans voted hard by putting her in jeopardy. Hope Rob Wade is happy now – and I hope he’s seen the backside of Derek Hough. Derek certainly doesn’t need the work. Unlike some.
Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Week 9 is about to begin. We plan to post videos courtesy of @Idolxfactor1 below as the show progresses. So, stay tuned and keep checking back. 😉
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