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Variety Interviews Tom Bergeron and Nigel Lithgow About “Good” Reality Shows

Sorry, I can’t come up with the titles that Vogue can. :-) This is a pretty darn good interview – I’ve put an excerpt below, but I recommend reading the whole thing over at Variety.com. Click teh link! Of course, there is a whole lotta IRONY in the very first paragraph… ;-)

 

Variety: What makes for a good reality show?
Lythgoe: Honesty.
Bergeron: I agree. In the case of “Dancing” being a live show, the camera is very unforgiving. If there’s a dishonest emotion attempting to pass itself as sincerity, you’ll be found out. Honesty is what will endear you to and connect you to the viewer.
Lythgoe: And I think the more that stars now are going on to be judges, it’s tougher for them to be as honest as a Simon Cowell, for instance, who really didn’t give a damn if you liked him or not. You weren’t going to buy his records and you weren’t going to go to his concerts. Now I think when some of the celebrities go out there, they’re frightened they’re going to lose fans.
Bergeron: I think that’s true.
Lythgoe: None of your judges are worried about that. Len (Goodman) is always honest.
Bergeron: And Bruno (Tonioli), God knows what he’s on.
Lythgoe: He’s gotten more flamboyant!
Bergeron: I told him one time on the air, you’re about one emotion away from living in Pixar.
Lythgoe: That’s a great line.

Variety: What’s the hardest part of your jobs?
Bergeron: Waiting to do it again between seasons. Seriously. I’m never happier than when I can go on to that stage on a live TV show knowing that anything can happen. An Osmond faints, you go with it. This is going to be terrible for my next contract negotiation, but there’s no real hard part to my job. I love it.
Lythgoe: Being live and not knowing what you’re going to say until you see the kid dancing. And then realize that your mouth is a lot slower than your brain. And then the second hardest thing is sitting next to Mary Murphy. My ears bleed sometimes.
Bergeron: And our hearts for you.

June 16, 2014 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 Season 18: Rumor, Speculation and Wannabe Dancer Round Up!!

It’s time, once again, to take a look at the casting rumors we’ve seen for this upcoming season and rank them according to how likely they are to happen. I was thinking we really didn’t have many rumors for this season, but it turns out there’s more than I thought.  But there are also a lot of people saying they would LOVE to do it, which is not the same thing as a “rumor”.  And I also have NOT included who OTHER people would like to see dance – that’s not even a wannabe. Anyway, here we go….

ETA2: Lots of updates! Read our complete list below…and here’s to the Cast Announcement on Tuesday! Read more..

February 24, 2014 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 Gleb Savchenko And Wife Elena Samodanova To Choreograph For So You Think You Can Dance

The Herald Sun is reporting that Dancing With The Stars Gleb Savchenko and his wife Elena Samodanova will be choreographing for the new reboot of “So You Think You Can Dance” in Australia. Below are a couple of takes from the link. Does this mean he won’t be back for the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars (Oh man, if so, this is so making me cry as he is one of my very fave male pros along with Derek and Henry! :( :( )? Stay tuned. We’re going to contact him and see if he can let us know something.

ELENA AND GLEB

Both appeared in the 2011 series of Dancing With The Stars Australia and regulars on the US version (last year he partnered with Real Housewives star Lisa Vanderpump). Married with daughter Olivia.

Dance means “seeing stories come to life from inside the body. With the two of us, it’s not just the power of one, it’s the power of two.”

Russian-born ballroom stars Gleb Savchenko and his wife Elena Samadanova leaped at the chance to return to Australia, after appearing in the 2011 season of Seven’s Dancing With The Stars.

Savchenko, who recently partnered Real Housewives favourite Lisa Vanderpump, hopes the popularity of Channel 10’s reboot of the show continues to grow “so people see the best of what these (local) dancers can do.”

“It’s such a great team…with Jason Gilkison…and of course Paula Abdul. this is the best you can ask for.”

ETA: We’ve heard back from Gleb!! Below is what he’s written back to us…

Me and Elena are both really excited to be Ballroom-Latin choreographers for SYTYCD here in Australia. It’s gonna be an amazing season!!!

We’ve been dancing together for more than 8 years and it’s such a pleasure for me to work and create something together with Elena again. It’s an amazing team works on SYTYCD Jason Gilkinson, Paula Abdul, Aaron Cash and Shannon Holtzapffel and we are so proud to be amongst them.

At the moment I’m focused on my work here, but if DWTS will ask me to be back for the coming season, for sure I’ll be back.

Let’s hope Dancing With The Stars will ask him back. They’d be crazy if they didn’t. In the meantime, I’m so happy he is able to work with beautiful Elena again and that they’ve landed such amazing roles on “So You Think You Can Dance” in Australia. ((((GLEB & ELENA))))xxx

February 15, 2014 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.

Catching Up With Former Dancing With The Stars Pro Dmitry Chaplin

Special thanks to @DmitryDreamTeam, you can catch up on ‘all things’ Dmitry Chaplin at this facebook link. He’s been a busy guy since being on Dancing With The Stars from being on “So You Think You Can Dance”, to being on an episode of “Bones”, to now a web episode “Broken At Love” which you can watch below. He’s also dancing in a few of the new Ballroom With A Twist shows now travelling the country. If interested, see this link for more.

January 25, 2014 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.

Allison Holker and Stephen “tWitch” Boss Dance The Night Away After Getting Married

A huge congratulations to SYTYCD’s and periodic Dancing With The Stars performers Allison Holker and Stephen “tWitch” Boss! The two dance stars were married this week in at Nigel Lythgoe’s Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery in Paso Robles, California. I can’t imagine what the dance floor must have been like afterwards, but, below is a hint from Allison’s instagram and some quotes from ET Online and Life & Style magazine. From all of us at PureDWTS, we wish them much much happiness and to dance forever!!

For their first dance as husband and wife, Boss and Holker boogied to Adele’s One & Only on an amber LED illuminated dance floor — which was a surprise from their managers, Nelson Diaz & Tony DiStefano of A-Team Entertainment/DMG — provided by Barker Décor Service.

…and performed a hip-hop routine to Justin Bieber’s “Somebody to Love” with Allison’s 5-year-old daughter, Weslie, who choreographed the number!

December 12, 2013 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.

PureDWTS Season 18 Food For Thought & Poll: Possible New Pro…?

So my friend Amanda over at PureSYTYCD shot me a tweet this afternoon – she gets to go to the SYTYCD live show tonight in Atlanta, and she happened to run into some of the cast at the mall earlier today.  She apparently got to talk to Du-Shaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall (co-winner of the most recent season of SYTYCD), and according to him, someone from his season “will be on DWTS next season”.  He didn’t specify who, and he didn’t specify whether they’d be a pro or in the troupe – but there were 4 ballroom dancers on SYTYCD this season, so I figure he must be referring to one of them (although stranger things have happened…look at Tyne).

Yes, it’s probably a bit early for anyone to know for sure whether they’ll be on the show next season, but it did get me thinking: maybe TPTB are already scouting out new talent for next season, and they want to go fishing in the SYTYCD pool once more…so it might be possible that they’ve at least been “in talks” with some of the ballroom dancers from season 10 of SYTYCD about coming over to DWTS.  If so…who could it be?

The four possible choices are Brittany Cherry, Jenna Johnson, Alan Bersten, and Paul Karmiryan.  Both Brittany & Jenna are part of the VIBE family that gave us Lindsay & Witney, so I’m guessing that by extension, they’ve also worked with Mark on more than one occasion.  Both ladies have also appeared in guest dance numbers on DWTS before (see below – Brittany’s the brunette on the left, Jenna’s the one on the right).  I don’t know quite as much about the guys – I know Paul actually won the Armenian version of SYTYCD a few years back and lives in California, and Alan comes from a dance family (his older brother also auditioned for SYTYCD, but the judges chose Alan) and lives in Minnesota.

If this little nugget of info is true, who do you guys think will be joining us on DWTS next season?

I’m personally leaning towards Jenna – she’s the VIBE connection, she went pretty far on SYTYCD, and she seems to have the same “big” personality on the floor that we see from Witney.  Definite troupe material, IMO.  Not sure I’d want any of these 4 to proceed straight to pro, but I think any of them would make a decent addition to the troupe.  What do you guys think? Do you think we’ll be seeing any of these dancers gracing the DWTS floor next year?

brittanyjennagroup

October 25, 2013 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

PureDWTS Season 17 Exclusive: New Sharna Burgess Interview!!

SharnaBurgessSummer2013

A few of our readers had some really good questions to ask Dancing With The Stars Pro Sharna Burgess. Sharna answers questions about the most important things she’s learned once she became a pro on Dancing With The Stars. Sharna also takes us through the process of how she assesses her partner’s dance potential. She also chats on her pre-show rituals, her guilty pleasures, her dance mentors, and how she learned to choreograph for television and the movies. Lots more below. Enjoy! Thanks Sharna for another awesome interview!!xx

From Sandy:
What was the one most important thing that you learned about yourself once you became a pro on the show?

hmmm, thats tough! I think i learned greater patience, though I’ve always been a patient person, this show requires SO much of it. Patience is an art and a gift, and in tough situations it helps me stay calm, not sweat the small stuff and keep moving forward. Im such a passionate person that if my partner is not into it 150% i can become very frustrated. Dancing only works when you surrender to it and go all in, messing up is fine, but not trying is unacceptable. In saying that i have to remember that what can see like disinterest and disregard, is actually fear, and that is something that needs patience and nurturing if its going to be beaten.

From Cidra:
Please tell Sharna I think she’s an excellent competing pro, and I love her innovative choreography.

When you begin rehearsing with your new celeb, how do you begin to assess their dance potential? Do you start without music and see how they handle some basic Latin or standard steps, or do you put some music on the CD player and see how they move to music?

Hi Cidra!!! thank you very much!

The very first thing I need to know is Read more..

October 9, 2013 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.

Louis Van Amstel Chats About DWTS, So You Think You Can Dance, New Sears Fitness Line, & More

On The Red Carpet interviewed Louis Van Amstel. He chats about how he’s been helping the new crop of dancers on “So You Think You Can Dance” this summer. He also promotes his new ladies Fitness line called “LVA By Louis Van Amstel” which is available at Sears (nice, I’m really liking some of the pieces!)!! “It’s all about making working out more feminine, feeling good, and fun and fashionable,” Louis comments. He has a few things to say about Dancing With The Stars as well. Here is more….

Also, here is a fun LaBlast workout video with Louis and Pop Sugar. This looks fun. Let’s join them!

June 21, 2013 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 15, Week 4 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

So, this is the week that DWTS copies SYTYCD (why copy a fading show??) and does it with crappy music.  Why?? And I also lament that the most creative choreographer on the show got stuck with something he’s done before and doesn’t seem that fond of. :::sigh::: So, he’ll get crazy, put some gymnastics in it, Gilles will whine it’s not fair and drink a bottle of booze (no glass, no class).  He will then imply that all Shawn and Apolo have to look forward to is a Pepsi commercial while he’s an ACTOR. Hehehe…but he got Bollywood. :-D

Gilles and Slumdog Millionaire. That’s like…totally original. Only not at all.  Not only that, but already done (badly) as Kyle and Lacey’s Argentine Tango. Of course, as a Bollywood number we’ll probably get something like Slumdog Millionaire.  It’s probably too much to ask to get the Jason and Caitlin version from SYTYCD.

Kelly dancing to Fix You by Cold Play? Like I said, SYTYCD…pretty sure that it will be hard to beat Allison Holker doing a Travis Wall number.  Of course, Allison is a professional dancer…which is exactly why it’s a bad idea to pick THIS song.

I went ahead an added Mark and Bristol’s song too, since dude tweeted a video of him and Bristol “dancing” to it. Unfortunately, she’ll probably do okay with this piece of cake song.

ETA1: Kirstie’s song is Slllllooooowwww….she should be able to do well. I’m sure “they” hope she does, those manipulating…. :-D  Strictly Come Dancing has done Charleston before, even found a Charleston montage from that show.    And LOL to the Korean school doing a Christmas Charleston.  Heh.

ETA2: Another cop out song. Not only has it been used on the show before by Joey and Kym for their Cha Cha, but it was used in the Vegas show that Sabrina was a part of.

ETA3: Geez. It’s apparent to Courtney and myself that they picked the songs so as to not complicate it further for the pros who got foreign dance styles. But surely they could have done better with the Mambo?? But Melissa certainly got lucky. If it weren’t for the fact that I would lay money on them having the song paired with the dance well before dances were picked for couples, I’d start to get suspicious.

ETA4: Someone had to bring in FOUR outside choreographers for help with her dance. And it wasn’t Karina. :-) Dang, Apolo hit the jackpot this week, provided that Karina can hip hop as well as she does everything else.

ETA5: Depending on how they set the show up, they’ve either put Emmitt and Cheryl at the top of the hour…or buried them. Curious to see which. :-)

ETA6: TPTB are showing family favoritism once again – Kelly has been in the last few dances all but ONCE.  Sabrina is the opposite, which isn’t good. I guess we’ll see if Kelly lives up to the hype. I like her, and her partnership with Val, but she certainly didn’t deserve top of the leaderboard last week. Will they keep protecting her – at Sabrina’s expense?? Or Shawn’s? At least they finally got Apolo towards the end.  He’s been stuck in the middle for three weeks.

ETA7: Hmmm…I find Gilles running order interesting, when looking at all four weeks. Not sure what to make of it. I want to say it’s cuz he’s a douchbag. :-D I hope that Bristol and Shawn are in the right spots, since going second is, historically, the worst spot. Maybe we can get rid of her?  Nah…bad feeling we’re going to lose someone really good while she sticks one more week. 

ETA8: All kinds of changes. Apparently, Derek got their song changed (don’t ask me why I believe Derek did it) and I jumped the guy on Apolo being 8th – he’s 7th and Derek/Shawn are 8th. There’s a long story that has to do with someone telling me Melissa’s order wrong, followed by Karina saying they were dancing “close to the end”. Melissa’s order lead me to Apolo’s order. When I fixed the Melissa error, it didn’t occur to me that “close to the end” for Karina would be 7th. :::sigh:::  A number, Karina, I need a number. :-)

Kirstie/Maks – The Charleston  (Song “42nd St.” from the musical 42nd St.42nd Street - 42nd Street - Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Dancing 1st
Voting #: 1-800-868-3412

Bristol/Mark – Rock n’ Roll (Song: “At the Hop” by Danny & the JuniorsAt The Hop (Digitally Remastered) - At The Hop (Digitally Remastered))
Dancing 2nd – by process of elimination
Voting #: 1-800-868-3409

Sabrina/Louis – Disco (Song:  “You Should Be Dancing” by the Bee GeesYou Should Be Dancing - Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack) [Remastered])
Dancing 3rd
Voting #: 1-800-868-3403

Emmett/Cheryl – Bolero (Song: “Better in Time” by Leona LewisBetter In Time - Spirit (Deluxe Version))
Dancing 4th
Voting #: 1-800-868-3413

Gilles/Peta - Bollywood  (Song: “Jai Ho” by A.R. RahmanJai Ho - Slumdog Millionaire (Music from the Motion Picture))
Dancing 5th
Voting #: 1-800-868-3410

Melissa/Tony – Jitterbug (Song: “This Cat’s On a Hot Tin Roof” by Brian Setzer OrchestraThis Cat's on a Hot Tin Roof - The Dirty Boogie)
Dancing 6th
Voting #: 1-800-868-3406

Apolo/Karina – Hip Hop (Song: “Poison” by Bel Biv DeVoePoison - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bel Biv DeVoe)
Dancing 7th
Voting #: 1-800-868-3407

Shawn/Derek – Mambo (Song: “Mambo Swing” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Para Los Rumberos” by SantanaPara los Rumberos - Santana III)
Dancing 8th
Voting #: 1-800-868-3402

Kelly/Val – Contemporary (Song: “Fix You” by ColdplayFix You - X & Y)
Dancing 9th
Voting #: 1-800-868-3411

ETA1a: Cheese preview!! :-)

October 12, 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 Season 15, Week 1 – The Cheesecake Awards!!!!

Well kids, we’re back & snarky/juvenile/perverse/etc!  :-P And for those of you not accustomed to our particular brand of humor – consider yourself warned.  We swear, we get innuendo-y, we make fart jokes, and we call people out for being stupid on the show.  If you are hypersensitive/lack a sense of humor/are a prude/whatever, you probably should just skip this post altogether…and you sure as hell better not comment on it.  Because any Debbie Downers/Bobby Buzzkills lurking in the comments section will be deleted without a 2nd thought.  Consider this the party post – party poopers need not apply, because we have plenty of fellow freaks who love to party along with our special brand of humor.  Party on, Wayne ;-)

The “C U Next Tuesday” Award: Carrie Ann Inaba, for repeatedly calling out Tom for cutting her off

Courtney: We learned pretty quickly on Monday whether we’d get cool Carrie Ann or bitter, angry Carrie Ann this season – and I think she made it pretty clear it’s definitely the latter.  Look, CAI, I get it: your fairytale engagement didn’t result in a fairytale wedding, and you’re probably not too happy about that.  But did you really have to repeatedly heckle EMMY AWARD-WINNING HOST Tom Bergeron for cutting your commentary on Joey & Kym’s cha-cha off early? It was pretty obvious the show was moving at breakneck speed in order to fit everyone in, and I daresay that, being the EMMY AWARD -WINNING HOST of a LIVE reality tv show, Tom Bergeron knows a thing or two about effectively fitting into a time frame while still being entertaining – plus he probably had the Muppets upstairs screaming in his earpiece to move things along.  I highly doubt whatever long-winded critique you were going to offer up was all that insightful, CAI – it seldom is.  Yet your excessive self-importance forced you to interrupt things not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES to remind everyone that Tom cut you off – who’s the asshat now?

Heidi: My brother texted me during the show to call CAI names….then commented that her tampon is in sideways. :-)  Yes, that is my family…we tend toward gross at times. But also very apropos.  But seriously, don’t heckle The Berg, biotch. It’s not all about you. Hard to believe, I know.

Courtney: Looks like someone had a bad case of Emmy Envy.  :-P

The “Deeerrrrp” Award: Chelsie Hightower, for getting confused over the native languages of Brazil & South America; (dis)honorable mention – Val Chmerkovskiy, for not really knowing what Kelly did for a living

Courtney: “Wait…they speak Spanish in South America???” I’d like to think this was taken out of context, but from the puzzled look on Chelsie’s face…I doubt it was.  And by the earnest expression on Val’s face as he asked “Oh, you work in a hospital?”, I’m gonna venture a guess that “catching up on the soaps” is not on Val’s list of hobbies :-P

Heidi: Both were hilarious…but I was yelling at my TV, saying “Chelsie, STOP talking, yer makin’ it worse”, while laughing at her.  Val I thought was just endearing…and for Kelly, humbling. :-D

Couple’s Schtick That is Most Likely To Get Old VERY Quickly: Sabrina & Louis reminding everyone that Sabrina was voted in and this season is “all about redemption”; (dis)honorable mention for Derek’s short jokes and Kelly & Val’s pattycaking

Courtney: I just think the short jokes are corny :-P And I guess I would just rather see Kelly & Val doing something other than pattycaking…something more…intimate.  ;-) Maybe if they were playing pattycake with their face.  LOL :-P But the Sabrina & Louis “the viewers chose us to be here!” and “this is all about redemption because Sabrina left too early” poppycock is just beyond annoying at this point.  If that’s their big reason why people should vote for them – then they must not be that special, because every week that any of the couples is sticking around, is a week they are being “chosen” by the viewers, since they’re obviously getting votes.  And you want to talk about “redemption”? Gilles was narrowly beat out for the MBT by a mere 1%.  Joey & Kirstie are both 2nd place finishers; Bristol finished 3rd in her season, and was pretty unpopular.  Drew, Kelly, & Emmitt are all trying to prove that the earlier champions are every bit as good as the newer ones. I daresay any of the names I just mentioned have a greater hunger for “redemption” than a 7th place finisher who just couldn’t get the votes to stick around in season 5…and has been reminding us about it ever since.

Heidi: Eh, I don’t mind the short jokes and Derek usually recognizes the shelf life of  joke in general. (I have to say, though, that the harassment he got from one Shawn fan freak on Twitter was OTT – yo, Derek ain’t the one that looks bad here, nutjob!) Also didn’t mind the patty caking – was rather amazed by that, actually. Not sure I could do that without a shit ton of beer to relax me.  :-) But the Sabrina crap is in a whole other league from those other two because we’ve been hearing for YEARS about her (not) shocking elimination. Talk about drinking game potential. Get the fuck over it already! I’m about ready to stick a pen in my eye.  Guess what kids – you were voted in over Carson and Kyle, NOT the rest of the cast. You better hope like hell that Team Sabrina is a lot bigger than I suspect it is. Read more..

September 29, 2012 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!