Nicole Polizzi and Jenni Farley were interviewed by Access Hollywood and Extra! They were promoting the third season of “Snooki and JWoww” on MTV, but, they also talked of Snooki and Dancing With The Stars and how much she has transformed as a person. Snooki lights up when talking of her dance this past week too. I just love how “raw” she is. So funny and cute.
Good Day All!! For starters today, don’t miss taking in the new Afterbuzz TV Show. This time pro Gleb Savchenko joins them to discuss this week’s dances on Dancing With The Stars. Anna Trebunskaya joins them on the phone as well. See if you agree with them….
Just a few more interviews to share!! In our first media posting today, we found out that Peta and Brant have the International Tango, Cheryl and Jack have the Paso Doble, Bill and Emma have a Tango, and Val and Elizabeth have a Cha Cha! After listening to the On The Red carpet interviews below, we now find out Karina and Corbin have a Viennese Waltz and Leah and Tony have a Quickstep. More below with the cast and their reactions after they danced….
I’m currently resisting the urge to go poke obnoxious Christina fans on Instagram with a stick, because so many of them were swearing up and down that she was “the most popular person on this season”, and that anyone trying to say she came across snotty was “just jealous”, and that we all should “just wait – she’s gonna win the whole thing!” *snicker* Hate to say I told you so, kids, but – I told you so. She was not connecting with viewers, and I think it was a direct result of what many of us perceived as a “I’m too good to be here” kind of attitude – and as a result, she was not getting very many votes AT ALL, to the point where she got painfully overscored and STILL couldn’t manage to stick around. I highly recommend rereading Heidi’s numbers post from last week, as it paints a rather prophetic picture of what might have happened to send Christina home.
It’s nights like last night that make me wonder if TPTB do skim Pure from time to time to keep their finger on the pulse of the viewers – because the whole “previous dance experience” bit and the nonsense about lift policing seem like they were plucked directly out of discussions here. What’s next, guys? Humorous screen grabs?
1/2.) TIE: Corbin & Karina and Amber & Derek – Last night was a bit of an odd night for the two frontrunners – both still had strong routines, but seemed to get picked apart by the judges a bit more. Corbin & Karina’s foxtrot was a bit odd for me – the music didn’t seem very foxtrot-ish, and I have to wonder if another style (maybe Viennese waltz) would have suited it better; consequently, I feel like both Corbin & Karina were struggling to make their dance actually fit the music, and while they didn’t overtly lose time, it felt like they may have been on the brink of it at a few times – heck, I even had a hard time keeping a steady foxtrot beat in this one. Not my favorite dance they’ve done, but I think the whole “lift police” bit was just inane – but I LOVE that Tom actually kinda tried to hold her accountable for it by offering up a “playback” and the option to change her score…of course it didn’t end up working, but I kind of enjoy the fact that Carrie Ann actually had to own her capricious, petty lift-policing this time. Perhaps she’ll be a bit more cautious about it in the future? As for Amber & Derek – I enjoyed the routine, except for the bit at the end with the mic, which I think would have played a lot better if it was actually Amber singing instead of just lip-syncing. Len’s complaint about not enough “in-hold” moves? Really, Len, foxtrot on DWTS has really become more Broadway than foxtrot, and each season we see less and less work in-hold; I don’t think there was any less in-hold work in Amber & Derek’s foxtrot than there was in Nicole & Derek’s foxtrot in season 10, which got RAVE reviews. But Len usually has to pull out a “7″ paddle for Derek at least once a season, and it’s usually when Carrie Ann & Bruno are pulling out 9′s and 10′s…so I guess we got that out of the way early, eh?
3.) Nicole & Sasha – This actually ended up being one of my favorite routines of the night – just pure fun and pure “Snooki” I just love the way these two work together – and while they may not be the best or most impressive couple on the floor, everything they do entertains me, and has a good energy to it. Love that they have a bit of a “signature move” now – Nicole sticking her leg out and Sasha jumping over it. I just think it’s a cute analogy to their partnership: Nicole’s always doing stuff to mess with Sasha, and he just laughs it off and keeps going. I don’t think they could have picked a better partner for Sasha – she meshes well with him, she’s tiny, and she can do some of the gymnastic-y stuff we know he loves I’m hoping they’re getting the votes to stick around – because I think they’ve got the right attitude about this season. They’re just working hard and having fun – they aren’t tunnel-visioning towards the MBT or trying too hard.
4.) Bill & Emma – Not the best routine we’ve seen from Bill, but a very sweet, honest routine nonetheless He seemed to have a few timing issues with the Viennese waltz, which I kind of expected, but he seemed to handle it well enough; I think he may have messed up a few steps, but god bless Emma, she was able to move with it and minimize the effect. Overall, I think the routine was a sweet tribute to his wifey, and it brought back memories of Andy’s Viennese waltz for his daughter last season – both routines that weren’t technically perfect, but were just lovely for their message I do think Bill is gaining some momentum in terms of votes, and has the potential to overtake some of the better (but less popular) dancers if he can continue to improve and entertain us (and not be a douchebag ). Do I think he make the finale? Probably not. But I still think he’s got at least a week or two left in him…which I’m totally fine with
5.) Jack & Cheryl – I think Jack may be the most underappreciated dancer this season right now – if you really watch him as he dances, you’ll see that he actually GETS the concepts of rise & fall, and actually has a great frame. Cheryl also seems to have instilled in him the ability to really “be there” for his partner, as he seems like he’s never in danger of dropping her or mowing her over. And man, this routine was just gorgeous to watch – both in terms of technique and feeling. He certainly didn’t take the easy route with his song, either – the tempo changed quite a bit, so I find it really impressive that he managed to stay on-time. My only complaint? I feel like he’s getting shoved in crummy running order positions, and just seems to be getting lost in the shuffle – last night he was stuck between a ridiculously overscored routine (Christina) and a really, really bad one (Leah). He’s neither at the top of the pack, nor the bottom; he’s just a pretty good dancer that is slowly improving. I don’t think he’s in danger of getting sent home – yet – but I just feel like I’m not hearing as much “buzz” about him as I am some of the other couples. Hope he’s not getting forgotten!
6.) Brant & Peta – It was the better contemporary routine of the night – but unfortunately, that was a pretty easy feat, considering how truly BAD Leah’s contemporary was Generally, though, I thought Brant’s contemporary was pretty good – he handled what he was given well, and he did inject a good deal of emotion and conviction into his moves. Thought it was a little lift-heavy, and a bit too flaily; but anymore, I’m just kind of “whatever” about contemporary routines on this show, since most of these pros don’t have the contemporary experience necessary to choreograph something great – they’re just flying by the seat of their pants, probably watching YouTube videos for inspiration, and trying to throw something together that their partner can handle while still somewhat-resembling a contemporary routine you might see on SYTYCD. He seems to be back in favor with the judges, so barring any huge snafus next week, I think he ought to be ok. He seems like a good kid – I’d definitely rather see him stick around than Leah or even Elizabeth. Let’s just hope Peta resists the urge to “sex up” any more of his routines…
7.) Elizabeth & Val – After all the hype we saw for this jive throughout the show, I was thinking “This better be the best damn jive this show has ever seen!” Aaaaand…it wasn’t. Sorry, but the whole SBTB, caffeine pill-throwback skit at the beginning just felt awkward and desperate, and like a waste of time – and I think Liz & Val may have mixed up their 90′s teen sitcoms, because I don’t recall Zack Morris ever climbing through Jessie’s bedroom window (that was a move credited to Sam from Clarissa Explains it All – duh ). It only go worse from there – Liz’s little solo bit at the beginning felt like she got a little too excited and desperate, as she fell out of her pirouttes…and with her dance background, that’s one move I would expect her to EASILY nail. The actual jive portion started out promising – she stayed on time, her flicks and kicks looked good, and I actually have to commend her on handling the simple spins (which are anything BUT simple) well; but after that, I think she lost some steam, as she seemed to struggle with picking her legs up quite as high and started looking a little winded. Consequently, it looked like she may have lost time at a few points. Overall, I admire her effort – but if she wants a hope and a prayer of making it to the finals, she is going to have to step up her game…because I think both Corbin & Amber danced circles around her last night. The whole “in jeopardy” thing happening AGAIN also doesn’t seem to bode well for her…
8.) Leah & Tony – Ummm, wow. I think we have our first nominee for “worst dance of season 17″ – because this was a real turd, folks. I do not care that Tony “has never choreographed contemporary before” (not entirely true); I do not care that Leah is “not a dancer” (heard you the first 10 times, dear); I do not care about how well you did or didn’t “tell a story” (you took too long doing it, anyway) – this routine was just crap. The cheesy bit with the marionette at the beginning was just that – cheesy – and it took too long to get going; the lifts didn’t feel so much like a part of the dance, as they did just moves that were arbitrarily thrown in “because contemporary!” – oh, and Leah looked heavy going up into them, and it seemed like she was stopping every other beat and just waiting to be lifted. The ‘tude they were throwing the judges’ way when being called out on all of these things was just the icing on the cow pie for me – everything about this routine and Leah & Tony themselves just left kind of a bad taste in my mouth last night. And I daresay Leah got a bit of a wake-up call standing up there with Christina last night – I hope she realizes that the sense of entitlement we’ve seen from her is not going to guarantee her safety (if anything, it might guarantee her elimination – she should go ask Christina), and I hope Tony realizes that he has got to kick his choreo up a notch…because they have an uphill battle to stick around next week, and I’m not sure it’s one that they’re going to easily win.
So how do you guys feel about last night’s elimination? And who do you think is on the chopping block this coming week?
What another great night of TV on Dancing With The Stars! My cat Saku and I were glued to our seats again! Let’s see what the couples had to say about it. First up, here are some Access Hollywood interviews….
Christina Milian tells Shawn Johnson she was shocked on her and Mark’s elimination. She was in her skin last night and just getting started….
Corbin and Karina were shocked on the elimination. Corbin said it’s a lesson learned to “enjoy every single moment and never take it for granted”. It’s about continuing to push yourself. These two are really excited about their dance next week. Karina said they have “an epic song”.
Elizabeth and Val were also shocked on the elimination. They felt bad for Christina, but, Elizabeth was glad Christina had a chance to tell her story and it was a powerful one. Val talks of what the Dancing With The Stars experience is all about and what he works for and tries to do for his partner.
Derek and Amber talk of how no one is safe after the surprise elimination last night. They also discussed the “7″ from Len and how Derek prepared Amber for what Len would give them. They knew they weren’t in “hold” enough, but, Amber wanted to do the dance her way to tell her story.
The couples also talked with Afterbuzz. We find out a few of the new dances for next week. Peta and Brant have the International Tango. Cheryl and Jack have the Paso Doble. Bill and Emma have a Tango! Val and Elizabeth have a Cha Cha! Read more..
Snooki has written a new blog at People.com. Get ready! She’s excited about her dance tonight. Read on to see why. She’s so cute and youthful. I love her energy!
Get ready for another crazy Monday night of Dancing with the Stars!! I’ve been practicing all week here in L.A., and this is my favorite dance I’ve learned so far!
Even though it is breaking my heart that I’m away from my son and family, my body feels so much better training in one spot instead of flying back and forth everywhere.
This week on the show is the “Most Memorable Year” Week, meaning all of us dancers are dancing to songs that resemble our best year. I’ve decided to pick my most memorable year in 2012, when I gave birth to my beautiful son Lorenzo.
I don’t want to give away too much about how important my son is to me, because they are putting together a great package for the audience, but it’s obvious that my son and fiancé [Jionni LaValle] mean THE WORLD to me. I cannot wait to express my feelings and excitement in this week’s dance!
We are dancing to Britney Spears’s “Work B–h”, it’s a celebration of me being a mother, a woman, a new person, and working seven days a week to provide a great life for my family!
We are dancing jazz, but it’s more a modern hip hop type jazz, and I found it very easy to learn these moves!
Wow, what an unexpected surprise!! E Online has just leaked the song and dance list for Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Week 5 and here it is with song downloads included…..
Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy (Jive): “I’m So Excited”, The Pointer Sisters
Amber Riley and Derek Hough (Foxtrot): “Try A Little Tenderness” (Glee version), Glee Cast
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber (Jazz): “Work Bitch”, Britney Spears
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd (Contemporary): “Your Song”, Elton John
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani (Contemporary): “Roar”, Katy Perry
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff (Foxtrot): “My Wish”, Rascal Flatts
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas (Cha Cha): “Forget You”, Cee Lo Green
Bill Engval and Emma Slater (V. Waltz): “She’s Always a Woman”, Billy Joel
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke (Waltz): “I’m Kissing You”, Des’ree
More details at E Online for why they think Elizabeth has the song she does!!
So, what do you think? I’m especially excited about Glee’s “Try A Little Tenderness:”, Katy Perry’s “Roar”, and Britney Spear’s “Work Bitch”!
Lois is back with another one of her fun tribute poems. This time… for Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Week 4! THANKS LOIS!
A VIVACIOUS, VIBRANT, VARIETY REVUE
Variety spiced up the ballroom, the dances were not done twice
Each couple had a different dance mixed up with dancing spice
A VIVACIOUS, VIBRANT, VARIETY REVUE was an awesome sight
A lively, spirited, swinging show captivated us under the spotlight
A guest judge appeared as a magician’s trick pulled out of a hat
Opening number climaxed with Julianne Hough, how about that
A Viennese Waltz showcased Valerie and Tristan with much grace
A Samba was peppy, Emma and Bill ended with tears on his face
A Paso Doble by Corbin and Karina was a powerhouse of a dance
An Argentine Tango by Elizabeth and Val and a violin of romance
A Jive full of cheer by Sasha and Nicole livened up the ballroom
A Quickstep by Jack and Cheryl with happy feet, va-va-va-voom
A Foxtrot by Mark and Chrjstina, they danced to a jailhouse rock
A Cha Cha Cha by Tony and Leah, precise as a wound up clock
A Salsa by Peta and Brant shaken up with vigor, vim, and vitality
A Tango by Derek and Amber full of seductive, sultry personality
A VIVACIOUS, VIBRANT, VARIETY REVUE came to a sad end
The dancing duos had to say goodbye to an inspirational friend
Valerie and Tristan were chosen to depart from the ballroom floor
She bowed out with dignity, she gave us beauty, and much more
Next week the theme of the stars is a song of a memorable year
We hurry back to the ballroom, we wouldn’t miss it, we’ll be here!
Written By Lois A Troutman, October 9, 2013
A VIVACIOUS, VIBRANT, VARIETY REVIEW WAS AN AWESOME SIGHT!
EACH DANCE BY THE COUPLES WAS A VIVALICIOUS DELIGHT!
According to a new press release by ABC MediaNet, Aloe Blacc will perform next week on Dancing With The Stars. He will sing his hit “Wake Me Up”! Below are some more details on the show. Note: there is no mention of a new guest judge.
“Episode 1705” – The competition continues as nine remaining celebrities commemorate “The Most Memorable Year Of Their Life” on “Dancing with the Stars,” MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). Each couple will dance to a song of the celebrities choosing that encompasses a memorable time or experience in their life. These heartfelt performances promise to be some of the most intense and emotional of the season. The show will also feature singer Aloe Blacc who will perform his hit song “Wake Me Up,” accompanied by a select group of pro dancers. At the end of the night, one couple will face elimination.
Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (“Dancing with the Stars” Season 7 Champion), “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
More at ABC MediaNet.
I haven’t watched this new Afterbuzz show in it’s entirety yet, but, dance pros Anna Trebunskaya and Henry Byalikov help them break down Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Week 4!! They start out talking about Julianne Hough and her being a guest judge. See if you agree with them on everything….