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DWTS Season 20, Week 8 – Dancing by the Numbers

Well, like I predicted last week, the judges made a clear difference between the top three and the bottom two, with Noah hovering somewhere in the middle. This should be a slam dunk for the top three, but I heard something that made me wonder. Tom was very clear that everyone should make note of Rumer’s number and make sure they were dialing it right. “Check that number and dial carefully.”  Interesting.

Anyway, let’s look at the leaderboard weeks 7 and 8.

DWTS 20 wk 8 Table 1

As you can see, there is a nice spread between the upper tier and the lower tier. Frankly, if anyone in the top three goes home, they just weren’t getting the votes and that’s the way it works. If anyone is shocking, I suspect Rumer, for reasons stated above. But I’m thinking they’ve protected her enough. Robert is our low scorer let’s see what he has to do to be safe.

DWTS 20 wk 8 Table 2

Now, he actually has to do better than TWO people, not just one, because it’s a double elimination. Honestly, I have a hard time believing that he’s doing it.  I mean, who is he going to beat?? Chris? Well that ain’t enough. Noah? I have a hard time believing that he’s getting the 12k votes per million votes cast to beat him, but I could be wrong.  Here’s what Robert needs to be safe. He needs TWO of the following things to happen:

  • Robert needs to get 3,000 more votes per million votes cast than Chris, And/or;
  • Robert needs to get 12,000 more votes per million votes cast than Noah, AND/OR;
  • Robert needs to get 32,500 more votes per million votes cast than Riker, AND/OR;
  • Robert needs to get 35,500 more votes per million votes cast than either Nastia or Rumer.

Now you see why I think it’s likely he goes home tomorrow night? But I jump ahead. That’s Robert – and as much as I like him I can see him maybe beating Chris, but not Chris AND Noah. While I think Rumer may have been in trouble last week, surely this is a big enough margin for her to be safe, right?

I dunno. That brings us to Chris. What does he need to be safe. Well, see below.

DWTS 20 wk 8 Table 3

Nearly 10k to get past Noah, close to 30k to beat Riker and 33k to beat either Nastia or Rumer. I don’t see any of these things happening. At best, if he’s safe it’s because Robert couldn’t beat him and he’s actually beating Noah.

At the end of the day, I think Nastia gets the one vote to beat Rumer, and I have to wonder if Riker is beating both women.  Anyway, I think that Nastia and Riker are safe.  I’m leaning toward Noah being safe as well. What does he need? Well, the best thing would be for neither Chris nor Robert covering the spread. If they do, here’s what Noah needs:

DWTS 20 wk 8 Table 4

Essentially, he needs well more than 20k votes per million votes cast to beat Riker, Rumer or Nastia. I honestly have NO IDEA how he’s doing in terms of votes. None at all. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Robert beat him tomorrow…but at the same time I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the final. We’ll have to wait and see.

My gut says that tomorrow is when we see the last of Robert and Chris, but I have to say that the harping two weeks in a row on Rumer’s phone number is making me wonder if she’s not getting the votes…not to mention her being in jeopardy last week.  What would have to happen for Rumer to be eliminated?? All but one of the following (since it’s a double elimination):

  • Robert would have to get 35.5k more votes per million votes cast than Rumer, AND;
  • Chris would have to get 32.5k more votes per million votes cast than Rumer, AND;
  • Noah would have to get 23.7k more votes per million votes cast than Rumer, AND;
  • Riker would have to get 3,000 more votes per millon votes cast than Rumer, AND;
  • Nastia would have to get 1 more vote per million votes cast than Rumer.

Those are pretty serious (but not unheard of) numbers for Robert, Chris and Noah to get in order for Rumer to go home. Same goes for Nastia, since she’s tied with Rumer. It’s slightly dangerous because I think that Nastia and Riker are doing it, and if Noah is also killing it in votes then that means that only one of Chris or Robert has to beat her for her to go home.

I don’t really think it’s going to happen, but some of the word selection by Erin and Tom makes one wonder.

So, my bottom three is Robert, Chris and Noah, with Robert and Chris going home. But honestly, nothing would shock me at this point except Riker and Nastia – and only then because TPTB haven’t been acting slightly desperate about either of them. Which will be really telling if one of them is eliminated.

May 5, 2015 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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 20, Week 8 – Power Rankings

Not a whole lot to lead-in with – apologize that these didn’t come last night (I try to have the power rankings up before going to bed on Mondays with a results show the following day), but I had a cake to make and my icing gun broke and I kinda lost all my will to live…momentarily :-) Then I slept and I was ok.  Definite judges’ agenda last night, and it seemed to be “make sure Rumer makes it to week 9 AT ALL COSTS, and kinda try to shield Nastia & Riker while you’re at it – the rest are expendable”.  Len has completely lost all credibility for me at this point – just seems like he’s following the directions being fed to him by TPTB each week, even if it means contradicting himself.  Random epiphany I had while watching Robert’s samba trio: how cool would it be to have a pro samba to George Michael’s “Freedom ’90” with the pros playing female & male models? ;-)

Also, a point of clarification on Nastia’s “meltdown” in their package: per Deep Throat, that occurred at the end of an 8-hour rehearsal, and Nastia was already planning on heading home – so yeah, she didn’t “walk out of rehearsal in anger”, as some are trying to spin it. Also interesting to note: sometimes the staff filming the rehearsals are encouraged to ask kinda inflammatory questions in order to amp up the drama when the pros and celebs are feeling tired, anxious, stressed, etc – so the frustration you saw from Nastia was more than likely her getting irritated by a needling cameraman, rather than with Derek. Felt that this required clarification, since some of Derek’s detractors seem to be having a field day on Twitter over Nastia’s “outburst”. Hehe – I’ll show you a REAL outburst. Just goes to show that the narrative of the show has gotten so out-of-control that you can’t trust the rehearsal packages anymore. …Read more

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Dancing with the Stars Season 20, Week 9 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

And this week we have two dances again for each couple, one of which is Judges Pick. How convenient we have Judges pick BEFORE the finale. Let’s see who gets hosed this week.

Clearly not Rumer – the Argentine Tango totally plays into her ONE NOTE. Plays to all her strengths. I fully expect Riker and Nastia to get something exceedingly boring and/or out of character.

ETA: Vogue here. According to Sharna’s new blog, She and Noah have a V. Watlz next week if they don’t get eliminated.

Rumer and Val
Argentine Tango
Judges Choice
1-855-234-5610

Chris and Witney
1-855-234-5602 …Read more

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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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 20 Week 8: Scores, Media, And New Interviews

Wow, what a great night of dances. They all stepped it up a notch. It’s going to be sad to watch two couples go home tonight. I don’t even want to think about it. :( So, let’s get the scores first….

Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – 80 (40/40)
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker – 78 (39/39)
Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough – 76 (36/40)
Chris Soules & Witney Carson – 64 (34/30)
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess – 63 (31/32)
Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson – 62 (33/29)

Ok, onto some new media and interviews. If you go to ABC7, the Daily Mail here and here, and ET Online, you can view some beautiful photos.

For interviews, first go to E Online (I’d embed all the new interviews, but, it messes up the site). Maria Menounos interviews the couples. I wish she’d interview them more often. She does a great job.

Glamour interviewed the couples as well and they have cute pictures to see at this link. Some of the couples also talked with Fox11. I liked this part with Derek and Nastia where Derek talks on his dancing last night. (eta: she just added her elimination predictions too which I couldn’t disagree more with)

With her partner Derek Hough still injured, Liukin danced with Sasha Farber for the second straight week—but Hough made cameo appearances in the two routines, doing what he could.

Hough, who suffered a broken toe and sprained ankle two weeks ago, told reporters after the show, “I can’t dance really. If you watch, I wasn’t really dancing. I was just stepping gingerly while she did amazing stuff.”

Hough told FOX411 he wasn’t sure when—or if—he’ll be able to be Liukin’s full-time partner again.

“My heart is like, ‘Come back tomorrow, let’s go!’ But I gotta be smart … I don’t want to inhibit her performance if I have to dance gently and timidly.”

Liukin was shown snapping at Hough in rehearsal footage, but she explained backstage the moment was overblown on TV: “All week we have been giggling and laughing … the last five minutes, I was exhausted.”

For lots more with Derek and Nastia, see Pure Derek Hough.

And here are some new interview with Afterbuzz TV. Be sure to send JC Rubio some love at twitter for doing such a good job again… Read more..

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Dancing with the Stars Season 20, Week EIGHT – Let’s Discuss Tonight’s Show!! (Spoilers)

Theme of the week is America’s Choice. Theoretically. I mean, looking at Rumer’s songs I am skeptical.  In my mind, how the judges behave tonight is a strong indicator of what will happen going forward, although we may not know it until tomorrow night ends.  What do I mean? Well, sometimes you’re not sure of why they’re behaving in a given way until after an elimination – or after the MBT is handed out.  If they continue to score Rumer appropriately, I would say she’s not going to win. If they massively overscore her, though, it doesn’t mean she’s going to win….it could also mean she’s in danger.

And that same rule applies to most of them. I think. It’s possible that they could start lowballing Riker and Nastia in an effort to give Rumer a better shot at getting votes under the theory of “everyone wants to vote for a winner”. That’s dangerous though, because I think both camps could rally and knock Rumer right out of the game. It’s really hard to say – but it will be interesting (and likely very aggravating) to watch.

T-minus 30 minutes…I need food and a nap. NYC is exhausting, ya’ll. :-)

Julianne looks great. Love the dress, love the hair.

Yeah, Noah’s dance was a bit stiff, understandably.  I don’t know if he’ll ever top last week.

Gee, guess Rumer is going last since she’s up in AllAccess. Huh.

Hmmm….Chris didn’t suck, but 34 out of 40?? Seems a bit….high. Does that mean they’ve reconciled themselves to him in the final, or that he’s going home?

Riker and Allison’s dance was really too fast and a tad jerky for me.

The judges are raving- except Len of course. I’m thinking the front runners are going to get high scores (whether they deserve it or not) to keep that clear demarcation between upper and lower tier dancers, which increase the odds that we lose Robert and Chris.

Yeah, that was not a 39 dance, ya’ll.

I’m tired. I missed the kiss. And Len was all nice after this dance. Weird. The judges give them a 33….which I think is probably fair.

Nastia is going to get the bad edit. Okay….later she will.

Oooo…nice Paso. Coulda a been a bit tougher in places.  Len is going to hose them.

Derek does not look ridiculous, Jules.  And I didn’t see out of sync. But I guess Rumer needs to be on top this week.

Hmmm…that dance was better than Riker’s and yet he was overscored. I wonder why?? Yeah, underscored relative to Riker for sure. Waiting for Rumer’s comeback arc and perfect 40. Whether she deserves it or not.

Val has a moment of self awareness. Amazing. Kudos for that.  That will get them some votes.

Okay, that was a really good dance, I’m just not sure I saw a lot of Rumba content. That said, I’m generally not a rumba fan so I may not be the one to comment on content.

Oh boy, here comes the narrative about how much it means to Val. Every season. :::rolls eyes:::  I don’t actually quibble with the 40. She’s tied for first place with Riker with Nastia only one point back. Perhaps she needs it to be safe from Robert and/or Chris and/or Noah.

Liked the salsa from Noah better than his first dance – little wobbly on the Emma Lift, but overall good choreo from Sharna with nice visuals.

I just burned all your crops. LOL.

I gotta hand it to Chris, He’s trying and he’s stepping it up!

Great dance from Riker. Loved it. I think he might just win this thing, if the producers let him.

Oh come on, Len. That was every bit as good as the rumba from Rumer.

Riker is a full 20 points ahead of Chris right now – this is what I was talking about with the two tiers of scores to try to ensure the good dancers stick around.

Lots of timing issues with Robert, and I think Jenna even lost track of him at one point. She’s not experienced dancing with a celeb. CAI is being VERY kind to Robert.

While I think that the concept and the choreo was AMAZING for Derek/Nastia/Sasha, I feel like she got off time in one or two spots. But it was certainly no worse than Riker’s first dance.

Again, Rumer does a good dance…yet I feel like there wasn’t a lot of content in that dance. It seemed very repetitive in a few spots and there was a spot where Val and Artem were dancing with each other and Rumer didn’t have much to do. And CAI just said “saved the best for last”. I cry bullshit.  And of course she gets a 40. She must be in danger.

And Tom just said “Check the number and dial carefully”.  Hmmmmm…..

In case you’re wondering, Nastia and Rumer are tied at the top with 117, and Riker is two points back at 115. Interesting how they don’t mention THAT at the end of the night.

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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. :-)

PureDWTS Exclusive: What Sharna Burgess Has Learned From Noah Galloway, Dance Info, Results Show Teasers, And More

Noah has shown me That as human beings we are capable of anything. We are designed to fall and get back up, and that even when we break we can bounce. ~ Sharna Burgess on Noah Galloway

It seems with every couple who is paired up on Dancing With The Stars, we learn something special from them. Each and every journey is so unique or inspirational in some way. The same is true for the couples themselves. In a new interview with Sharna Burgess, she tells us what she’s learned in knowing her Dancing With The Stars Season 20 partner Noah Galloway. She also takes us on their journey from day 1 and how Noah has improved and gained more confidence learning how to dance. She mentioned how Amy Purdy has helped them as well. Sharna also gives us some hints about next week’s dances and what we can expect of the coming Results shows as we head into the end of season. Read on for more! THANK YOU so much, Sharna! Here’s to #TeamShway!

1. Hi Miss Sharna!! How have you been? It’s so great talking with you again. The last time we visited, you were getting ready for the first week of DWTS with Noah Galloway. Looking back at the season since that time, how do you think Noah has improved as a dancer?

Hi lovely! I can’t believe it’s week 8 already, this season has gone so fast and OMG we made it this far!!!!! Not only has Noah made it beyond his expectations, he also has the most watched dance in DWTS history…. That still Read more..

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DWTS Season 20, Week 7 – Dancing by the Numbers

This is very likely a pointless exercise since they’re going to add a ton more points on Monday night, but I thought I would put it out here for discussion.

Right now there is a pretty decent spread between our two bottom dwellers on the leader board, enough that they might actually go home in the double elimination.

DWTS 20 wk 7 Table 1

Right now, Robert and Chris would have a lot of work to do in order to stick around. Now, despite Willow being eliminated, I tend to think they might actually go home this week. What people forget is that it’s not just Robert and Chris getting votes, but perhaps Willow NOT getting the votes.  How bad is it? Read more..

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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. :-)

Dancing With The Stars Information On Next Week’s Shows, Josh Groban And Carly Rae Jepsen To Perform

As you know, next week, Dancing With The Stars Results shows return next week. E Online is reporting on it as well as some performance information. Read on for more…

On Monday, viewers will have all the power as each of the six remaining couples will perform to a song and dance picked by the fans for “America’s Choice” night. Plus, viewers will also get the chance to give input on wardrobe, set design and visual effects. In addition to America’s pick, each couple will also perform a second dance, as well as a trio dance. Combining the public votes from last Monday’s (April 27) show, Monday night’s performances and the judges’ scores from the two weeks, two couples will be eliminated during Tuesday’s results show.

E! News can also exclusively reveal that DWTS will welcome two special guest performers during Tuesday’s double elimination: Josh Groban and Carly Rae Jepsen!

Groban will sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with a performance by Maddie Ziegler, while Jepsen is set to perform her new hit single “I Really Like You.” Plus, the night will kick off with a special contemporary performance by Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound, which will feature DWTS pro Allison Holker and troupe dancer Jenna Johnson.

For the full article, see E Online.

ETA: Broadway World via ABC is also reporting this information. Note how “Dance Center” is returning. YAY!!

“Episode 2008″ — The six remaining couples on “Dancing with the Stars” will dance to a song and dance style voted on by viewers for “AMERICA’S CHOICE” night on MONDAY, MAY 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). America has creative control of the couples’ first dance, asking fans throughout the week via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for their input on wardrobe, set design and visual effects. Each couple will perform two full routines including an individual original dance and a trio dance. For the trio dance, couples had the opportunity to pick an eliminated pro or troupe member to enhance their performance and highlight the strengths of each star. The trio dance styles include the Jive, Paso Doble, Samba and Salsa. At the end of the night, two couples will be eliminated at the end of the night and four couples will move on to the semi-finals.

The “Trio Groups” are:

Noah Galloway, Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater
Robert Herjavec, Kym Johnson and Jenna Johnson
Nastia Liukin, Derek Hough and Sasha Farber
Riker Lynch, Allison Holker and Brittany Cherry
Chris Soules, Witney Carson and LINDSAY Arnold
Rumer Willis, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Artem Chigvintsev

“Episode 2008A” – “Dancing with the Stars: The Results” continues on TUESDAY, MAY 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) where couples will face a double elimination based on combining the judges’ scores with the public votes from last Monday’s night performance (on April 27) and this Monday’s night performance. The night kicks-off with a special contemporary dance performance by Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound, featuring Maddie Ziegler and DWTS dancers Allison Holker and Jenna Johnson. Later in the night, Josh Groban will sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and pop star Carly Rae Jepsen will perform her hit single “I Really Like You.” Dance Center is back with Len Goodman and Jerry Rice and Kenny Mayne.

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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.

The Dancing Poetry Corner – The Super Bowl of Dance

Tenth Anniversary Dancing With The Stars Special
June 1, 2005 to the Present

The Super Bowl of Dance

Touchdowns were scored all night long at The Super Bowl of Dance! The enormity of the production, the memories, everything on a huge celebration scale resembled The Super Bowl! Ten years, twenty seasons, deserved to be celebrated on that grand scale!

Dancing With the Stars had humble beginnings but has turned into The Super Bowl of Dance! The show is an ABC wonder. A juggernaut has evolved out of those humble beginnings. This show is The Best Entertainment Show on The Planet!

I am still on a major high from being privileged to share in The Super Bowl of Dance! The Anniversary Special, the 20 Seasons of Dancing With The Stars, scored a touchdown in our hearts. The family the show resembles is like our family. I grew up with this family, so to speak.  I have proudly seen every season, every show. It is a happy atmosphere to visit each night it is on the air. Read more..

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Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Interviews With Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani

Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani are a hoot as always when they are together! Here they are interviewing some of the celebs at Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Party….

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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.