Today the cast of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour visited the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Below are some super cute instagram and twitter pics courtesy of the cast. See if they don’t warm your heart. Just precious as can be….
Keo Motsepe, Kym Johnson, Witney Carson, and Alfonso Ribeiro of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour did a segment on Good Morning America today. They were interviewed and they danced too (Keo & Kym’s dance took my breath away!). They also showed some behind the scenes coverage with Melissa Rycroft from the Nashville show and some dance clips. Thanks to @idolxfactor1 for being so speedy with getting this video to us. Be sure to follow him at twitter!! Photo above courtesy of @GMA twitter.
Last night, the cast of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour rocked the Beacon Theatre in New York City!! Below are some high quality photos. See Getty Images to see even more. The Daily Mail wrote about the night as well.
Also, visit 13NewsNow for a fun review from the Hampton Roads show They also made a video (see below). Let’s just say one fan’s dream came true for sure. So cute….
Dancing With The Stars Live Tour Review From The Wall Street Journal, Fun Video By Sasha Farber, And Other News
The Wall Street Journal reviewed the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. They saw the show this past Sunday.
Speaking of music, the audience was treated to the musical stylings of some of the pros, including Ballas on guitar with Dylan Chambers and Chmerkovskiy on violin. Carson had her own cute musical moment involving an instrument nearly the size of her entire body.
Ribeiro and Carson said audience participation would be a component of the tour, and Sunday didn’t disappoint. Chmerkovskiy made the life of the preteen girl behind us by dancing with her in the aisle, and Johnson coached some husbands and sons in the art of dance. On stage. With props. (At the other Red Bank show, Chmerkovskiy danced with the father of Season 19 runner-up Sadie Robertson. What will NYC bring?)
With the elimination of Tuesday’s results show, we lose the opportunity to see the pros dance together except in giant group numbers or 15-second bumpers around commercial breaks. The tour gives audience members the chance to see the pros in different pairings, with the most-common ones being Ballas/Carson, Chmerkovskiy/Slater and Motsepe/Johnson. (This would seem to be for height reasons.)
After several seasons with conservative partners such as Robertson and Candace Cameron Bure, Ballas let loose in a funky, steamy love triangle with Carson and Chmerkovskiy set to Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t” just after intermission. And producers, can we PLEASE get Slater a young, decent dancer as a partner for Season 20? She had chemistry aplenty with Chmerkovskiy in a samba, Farber in a jive and Motsepe in a contemporary-like rumba (the latter accompanied by Ballas and Chambers with an acoustic version of the Cure’s “Love Song”).
Some things you can’t appreciate as well on TV include the muscle definition, especially in the ladies’ legs; the circular fans pointed up on stage to make the women’s hair blow around sexily when they’re performing (Ribeiro had an entertaining moment or two in front of one of them); and famous people in the audience — we were across the aisle from former Chmerkovskiy partner Sherri Shepherd.
Chmerkovskiy, who is Ukrainian-born but grew up in Brooklyn and currently lives in New Jersey, said this segment of the tour was like coming home. He told the audience that while people in Los Angeles can’t ever place his accent because they know he’s from another country, they can’t figure out the Jersey piece. “I’m Russian, but we all sound Italian – how you doin’?”
After Sunday’s entertainment, we’re doin’ just fine.
More at the Wall Street Journal .
In other tour news, it appears Janel Parrish will not be doing the tour after all.
And finally, how about a new video below by Sasha Farber? This is so fun…
Awww, this is such a great interview with That’s Your Reality and pro Keo Motsepe! I wish we heard more from him. What a big and gentle heart he has and so humble and thankful to be dancing. I love what he said about Emma and what happened after their Rumba on tour…
Also, Cleveland.com interviewed Val Chmerkovskiy. In the take below, Val talks of the differences between dancing live on the show versus the when he dances on tour. Be sure to read the link for the full interview.
“The live show is awesome. It’s very interactive for both us and fans of the show, who can see us live and get more of a sense about who we are and even ask questions. . . . So many times, a fan will come up to me and say, ‘You inspired me to get up and dance and do something with my life.’ ”
As an artist, Chmerkovskiy says the live format is inspiring to him, too.
“When we do the TV show it’s live, but there are times you have to be thinking about the camera, and to be honest, that’s not when I am my best. That’s why this tour is such a blessing. You get to be onstage and have this immediate interaction with the audience. The more energy they give ne, I give them back. You don’t get that reaction with a camera.
“For me, I feel like a superhero onstage. These are the people who made the show No. 1 in the world and gave me a platform, and I can’t wait to give them the best they’ve ever seen from me.”
That includes the shirt off his back.
“On a lighter note,” Chmerkovskiy adds with a laugh, “I take off my shirt during the show. A lot.”
How about some goodies from the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour? First,…a couple of reviews!!! The Pittsburgh Post Gazette calls the show is an “entertaining extravaganza”! Here is more from the link…
But “Dancing With the Stars” is in the entertainment business and that is its brand — to entertain. That it did surprisingly well. Some favorites included Mark Ballas’ geometric contemporary with Ms. Carson and a silver cube and a fleet-footed jive from Emma Slater and Sasha Farber.
All of the dancers were on point in this well-balanced program in which picturesque routines alternated with charming chitchat. The audience also delighted in backstage stories. Of particular local interest, Ms. Johnson loved winning with former Steeler Hines Ward. Her worst moment? When he dropped her on her neck.
They talked of how Mr. Ballas (also a singer-composer on display here) is encouraged to push the envelope by producers, while Mr. Goodman complains about it on camera. Valentin Chmerkovskiy (also a violinist) said he is pushed by producers to go shirtless. Much to the delight of Pittsburgh women, he joked, “I’m not a piece of meat.”
Nonetheless, if you were lucky, you could have ended up in a selfie with those two and guitarist Dylan Chambers, one that made the vast confines of the Benedum seem really intimate.
To read the full review, see the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
MassLive.com also has a review posted of the show. They said, “The evening was a mix of spectacular dance, entertaining backstage tales, and some impressive musical performances.” Below is a bit more…
“DWTS Live” was at its best when the pros did what they do best – dance.
Watching dancers like Ballas or Johnson perform without having to hold back because of a novice partner was a treat for fans of the show.
And it’s a crime that the “Jailhouse Rock” jive performed by Farber and Slater at the Mohegan Sun was not seen by millions of television viewers.
Chmerkovskiy was clearly the fan favorite, drawing hoots, whistles and declarations of love from some of the women in attendance when he removed his shirt.
The Ukranian-born dancer gave a touching speech about realizing the American dream and the debt he owes his parents for their financial and emotional support.
“DWTS Live” comes to Massachusetts for two performances on Jan. 16 at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston.
More at MassLive.com.
Next are some photos and videos courtesy of the cast at their instagrams and twitter. Note how Will Smith, Melissa Rycroft, and Shawn Johnson were at the shows this week. You can also see a few dance clips and Val playing his violin…. Read more..
Since Heidi’s “Who’s Dancing What?” post is getting a tad long, I thought I had better move this over to its own post and open the floor a bit more for discussion 🙂 So as of yesterday, we received intel that Janel & Val had switched songs – they were no longer dancing to “I Feel Pretty”, and had been seen rehearsing to “America” instead. At the time, we didn’t have an explanation as to why; but now, with some additional intel, I feel as though a bit of a rant is in order…
…but first, an explanation of what I like to call West Side Storygate. As of Monday, we had heard that SOMEONE was dancing a Viennese waltz to “I Feel Pretty”; based on hints Derek gave during the show, we assumed it was Bethany & Derek. However, Val actually confirmed in a post-show interview that it was he & Janel, and that he had requested the dance style be changed from Viennese waltz to jazz “in order to do the movie justice”. Apparently he actually choreographed a pretty cool routine that was reminiscent of the big dance at the gym in the movie – the troupe was involved, they were going to have a big dance set, the works. However, apparently later in the week (I guess Tuesday or Wednesday), the studio that owns the rights to the movie allegedly said “Whoa, hey, time out there, chief – you can use ‘I Feel Pretty’, but the dance can’t look anything like the movie!” So basically, kind of the same thing that happened to Derek in season 15, when he & Shawn were tasked with doing a Knightrider-themed bhangra…but were not legally allowed to use any elements from Knightrider. A tough row to hoe for any pro, methinks. So Val basically had to redo the entire thing – they switched songs, changed the set, omitted the troupe, and redid most of the choreography. Janel picks up choreography quickly and should PROBABLY be ok in time for the show, but Val was (understandably) upset. Which brings me to my rant…
…WHY WEREN’T ALL THE RIGHTS TO THE SONGS AND MOVIES BEING USED CLEARED PRIOR TO THIS WEEK???!!! Seems like several couples were still waiting to see what their music and dance styles would be as of Monday evening – that’s gotta be a tad stressful for the pros, who then have to scramble to adapt to themes, music, and dance styles thrown at them at the last minute. Seems like they haven’t had this problem so much in previous season that have done a “movie week” theme – maybe we just didn’t hear about them, but I’m wondering if perhaps Rob & Co. have tried to be a bit too accommodating to the celebs this season, and let them suggest the movies they want to dance to….and that’s resulted in some time crunches & movie/music clearance issues. Remember, the added complication of “movie week” clearances is that you have to clear both the song AND the theme rights to the movie – and the latter category is where we encounter most of the issues. So anywho – what are you guys’ thoughts as viewers? Would you mind seeing a dance using a song from a certain movie that really wasn’t at all reminiscent of that particular movie? Is there any benefit to letting the celebs pick what movies they want? Do we really need movie week at all? Let’s hear it 🙂
And because I’m not a total Crabby McCrabberpants…here’s a pic of Witney holding Alfonso’s adorable son. Because ADORABLE BABIES, dammit. 😉
Thanks for all of your votes in our first round in Battle Of The 2nd Place Finishers On Dancing With The Stars!! Mel B and Maks Chmerkovksiy, Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke, and Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough came in first place in the three polls! Now let’s take a final Poll to see who wins between these three couples. VOTE away and be sure to let us know in comments how you voted! You can also RANK them as well.
Okay, here’s part 2 – be sure to watch part 1 so you can get the full history.
Part 2 could be called the “Hough-Ballas-Johnson” Section. 🙂 What I notice about Derek and Mark’s early Freestyles is that they craft something exciting but they still get a lot of actual dancing in there. I remember critics saying it was all lifts and no dancing….crack is wack, ya’ll. Looking forward to seeing both freestyles from them this Monday as they’ve both matured so much in both style and choreography.
Season 7 – Brooke and Derek. I loved this freestyle. It’s funny to watch now as Derek is a good bit smaller – you’ll also note that this is the beginning of his recurring back problems. What I loved about this freestyle is that, from Brooke, it was unexpected, I think. She was the best dancer this season and I remember thinking that there was no way she was beating Warren the showman – I think this dance might have done it for her. Read more..
Dancing With The Stars troupe member (and new pro for Strictly Come Dancing In The UK) Emma Slater, has been posting some really fun photo albums of she and all the pros and celebrities who are doing “Dancing With The Stars At Sea” this summer. Be sure to check them all out at her Facebook Page when you get a chance. There is a fun new group shot with the cast: Jocelyn Wu, Jaymz Tuaileva, Drew Smith, Alexander Andreev, Jason Venner, Sabrina Hinojos, Tristan Mac Manus, Emma Slater, Jeff Knaggs, Shawn Johnson, Anya Fuchs, Mary Ellen Bosché, Rachel Lieberknecht and Brent Borbon. Also, this take with Carson Kressley had me on the floor. lol Don’t miss seeing them all when you get a chance. You’ll be able to see the cast doing some sight seeing while they stop along their journeys too. Too fun! (I pray all of these links work. If not, do a search at facebook on Emma Slater and you’ll find her page)