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Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 7 – LIVE BLOG!!

Court covering for Heidi this week, who is on vacay in Hawaii and currently 6 hours behind EST – so while those of us in the eastern time zone are settling in for DWTS, it’s only 2 PM in Maui, and Heidi’s probably posted up on the beach, on her 3rd or 4th mai tai ūüėõ

Site rules in are effect – don’t hit refresh every 2 minutes, make sure you’re not posting one-liners, etc. Thank you. ūüôā

Early predictions: team dances may end up closer than you think – source said that while Team Future may have the more talented dancers and Derek’s choreographic skill, both Derek & Val seemed pretty stumped by the music, and consequently seemed to spin their wheels for awhile before starting to choreograph the routine.¬† Team Past, however, seemed to hit the ground running, and got a lot more done on the first night and generally seemed more enthusiastic about their music and theme.¬† I’ll be interested to see who actually comes out on top. Team dance spoiler post HERE for those who need a refresher.

A little bit of a late-breaking spoiler for week 8: next week is instant face-offs, per Hinch on the local news (posted vid on my Twitter, too frazzled to upload here). Since there will be an odd number of couples left, I’m guessing whoever gets the high score in the individual dance round will likely be immune from elimination, leaving the remaining 6 couples to face-off in one of 3 different dances, with the winner of each face-off probably getting a couple additional points.¬† This should be very, very interesting – especially who gets immunity from even having to dance-off in the first place.¬† I’m already thinking it might be a way for TPTB to buy Jana a way into the semi-finals.

Fave costume: Terra’s fluffy pink ballgown.¬† Mo looks uncomfortable in her 80’s punk rock getup. WTF is Erin wearing??? A Picasso painting?

Cute dance from Laurie, but that felt like it took FOREVER to actually get into hold.  Might have to watch a second time, but frame seemed kind of bouncy, too.

Source is saying Team Past is actually going first in the team dance round. No, I don’t have an explanation.

Kinda surprised at the scores they gave Laurie – I thought they were all gonna pull out the 9’s.¬† Seems like the hammer might be dropping.

I don’t think that rumba was meant to be funny, but I’m cracking up ūüėõ I don’t know if it was the lighting or what, but it was making it look like Ryan had a beard drawn on with a brown Magic Marker. Not much hip action, but I was amused.¬† Anyone still wanna nitpick James’ rumba from next week after watching this?

Anyone else catch Len not-so-subtly shading Val’s tendency to just generally waste a bunch of time instead of actually getting down to business and dancing?

Very cute dance from Marilu, but it looks like she may have gotten a bit behind the beat a couple of times.  That song was FAST.

Catching my breath for a second, and I could have SWORN I heard Tom say earlier that there were 4 weeks left in the competition.¬† So…11 weeks, again?

I’m standing here in my living room, clapping like an idiot.¬† Calvin MURDERED that jive.¬† Didn’t waste time, footwork was fantastic, legs looked great, he sold it, and his topline was everything that Laurie was missing in her quickstep.¬† I want him as one of the last two standing. C’mon, 40…

I would have given that at least one 10, but I guess I KIND OF get why they gave it 9’s.¬† They’re pickier about the core ballroom & Latin dances than they are the “extra” dances.

Sorry, but Mo has just kinda become a drag for me to watch – the heavy conversations with Artem in rehearsal are just tired at this point.¬† Pretty big stumble in that tango…but I bet they give her a pretty kind score nonetheless.

Very cute foxtrot from Terra, and I’m back to being sold on her again – she seems to really thrive in dances where she can really sell a character: jive, samba, & foxtrot have all worked well for her.¬† Really hope I’m wrong about feeling a tad worried for her tonight…

34 is probably fair.¬† I better start paring down details, cause I’m gonna run out of sh*t to¬† say in the power rankings…

Still not sure what the big deal is about Jana. Not a whole lot of samba there, and what I saw struck me as stiff.

Hinch has a cute dance that suits him well.¬† Maybe not as explosive as Calvin’s, but fun nonetheless.¬† Sharna definitely limping, though.

I enjoyed Team Past thoroughly, but I’m sure some of the younger crowd will complain that it was “boring” and will favor Team Future.¬† I loved it simply because it was different – I don’t think we’ve ever had a team dance quite like it.

A score of 38 leaves a nice 2-point bubble for the judges to score Team Future higher, so they probably will.¬† Sigh. Not loving how complicated this set is looking, and Terra crying in rehearsal is just eating me up ūüôĀ

Ok, granted, that was a very odd piece of music, and that kind of dictated the routine – but that was one of the strangest team dances we’ve seen in DWTS history.¬† A bit too post-modern, I’m afraid.

Jana & Gleb and Maureen & Artem in jeopardy.

Maureen & Artem eliminated.

Look for the power rankings sometime tomorrow. I’m beat.

October 24, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

PureDWTS Season 23, Week 7 – The Team Dances REVEALED!!!! **SPOILERS**

Ok kids, since it’s likely well into the late hours of the evening (or the wee hours of the morning, depending on what time zone you’re in), I’ll get right to it – after Monday night’s show, the couples picked teams for the team dances next week.¬† By virtue of having the two highest cumulative point totals (186 and 184 points, respectively), Laurie and James were appointed the team captains (for those curious, the 3rd place finisher, with a distant 171 points, was Jana). Here’s how the teams shook out after all the picking was done… Read more..

October 17, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

See Sneak Peek Of Sadie Robertson’s Dancing With The Stars Zombie Costume

If you’d like to see a drawing of Sadie Robertson’s costume for tonight on Dancing With The Stars, see E Online. I love these costume teasers every week.

Hm…any guesses on who she’s supposed to be for Halloween?!

“They always get it perfectly!” Sadie exclusively tells E! News of her dress, costume designed by Daniela Gschwendtner. “I can’t wait for everyone to see this one.”

October 27, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Sadie Robertson Talks On The Team Dances, Her New Dance With Mark Ballas, And More

Be sure to check out a new interview at TV Guide with Sadie Robertson. She talks of how much dancing on Dancing With The Stars has helped her to grow. She no longer feels she has to hide behind her family. She also talks on her rumba last week. Below is a sneak peak on their team dance and her Paso Doble with Mark ballas.

This week will feature team dances. How’s that going?
Robertson: Yes. Because it’s Halloween Week, our team is called Team Creepy. That was not our original name, but that’s what it’s ended up as. It’s me, Alfonso, Antonio and Tommy Chong. A good group. We only get to have two rehearsals. That’s the tricky part. Monday night after the show, we practiced until 12:00 at night, and that was just for the pros to get the choreography. And then [Friday], we had our second and last rehearsal, and that was for them to teach it to us and us to get it all down. Can you imagine? It’s ridiculously crazy. It’s different for me because I’m 17 and it’s easy to learn, because I’m in school and I’m active and I can do that. But for Tommy, on the other hand, he’s in his 70s. It’s a little harder. So, we’re getting there. We’re having a little bit of a hard time, but we’re getting there. We all have to really be on our game, because if anybody messes up, we’ve just got to keep going.

And what are you and Mark working on for your individual dance?
Robertson: We are working on the paso doble, and the story line is that I’m a little girl that’s going through a cemetery ‚ÄĒ typical, right? ‚ÄĒ and then Mark is a zombie and he comes out of the grave and he’s chasing me. The whole thing is very Halloween-themed. I honestly think it’s kind of creepy, I’m not going to lie. I’m literally scared while we dance. Because he’s going to be dressed as a zombie, and I don’t do well with zombies.

You can read the full interview at TV Guide.

October 26, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS 14 Week 7 Power Rankings

If there is one take-home point I want you guys to glean from this season, it’s that THEME WEEKS OFTEN SCREW THE COUPLES! No exception here – I think only two couples managed to churn out something worthwhile from the pieces of music they were given, and the rest either muddled through or failed miserably.¬† Consequently, I find myself cutting some breaks tonight, just due to some really bad music selections.¬† And let’s just say there was some “creative” storytelling going on this week…warriors & mannequins & vampires, oh my! ūüėĮ I am beyond relieved that it’s back to business as usual next week…no wacky themes to throw couples off their game.¬† So there’s also going to be no excuses for subpar performances…game on, kiddies ūüėČ

Thoughts on the team dances: I thought Team Tango (aka Team Tiny Hat :-P) was quite a bit better than Team¬†Paso¬†(aka¬†Team No Shirt, No Problem¬†;-)).¬†¬†I saw no timing issues or missteps on Team Tango – everything was in synch, and¬†aside from a couple of small¬†wobbles from Jaleel & Maria, I saw no glaring mistakes.¬† I also thought they had the more¬†interesting floor patterns¬† – lots of visually-pleasing shapes and transitions.¬† I do think Derek was right in his¬†claim that more couples = more interesting patterns.¬† It can be a good thing, if¬†you can¬†manage to get everyone in synch and on time…and I think that last thing is the real¬†challenge.¬†¬†I would hearby like to dub Roshon the MVP of Team Tango – the boy was a revelation tonight.¬† He came out¬†with such determination and attack, and he KILLED¬†his solo¬†on¬†Team Tango.¬†¬†Zero mistakes, 100% commitment, 100% attack.¬† Bravo, Ro! Hell, I would even go so far as to say that he was the¬†overall standout¬†in terms of both teams – he was really the only one that made me sit up and go “WHOA!!! Where did that come from???!” ¬†As for Team Paso – I thought they had the more exciting piece of music and had more theatricality and drama than Team Tango, but they suffered in terms of synchronization and just overall cleanliness of their choreography.¬† I kind of anticipated those two problems, as they had the added challenge of throwing in¬†a lot of open work that Team Tango didn’t really have to worry about.¬† I loved the parts of the guys’ cape section that were actually in synch (which I must say is a pretty impressive feat), but the parts that were out of synch just kind of reminded me of my cousins playing Zorro as kids – it was¬†a little chaotic. I could’ve done without the shirtlessness (more on that later), but I can’t say I’m surprised that they did it.¬† If I had to pick, I’d say Donald was the MVP of Team Paso – I loved how much control he showed in his solo, and his choreo was clean.¬† In the end, I’d say the scoring was just about right – I might have deducted a point from Team Paso, since the objective of the team dance for me is to stay in synch, first and foremost, and they seemed to struggle with that a bit more.

1.) Maria¬†& Derek – I think these two were the only ones who managed to really OWN their individual dance tonight, and not get pwned by the song they were given.¬† I can’t say that I was wild about the vampire storyline (between Twilight, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, etc., I’m kinda over the whole vamp thing…), but they did make it work for them, and overall the choreography was clean, exciting, and a good representation of paso doble.¬† Did it deserve a 30? I think so…with all of the overscoring we’ve seen this season for dances that I thought were nowhere near as good as this paso (or at least had nowhere near as much content as this paso), I can’t say that I think the judges were too far off in giving it the first 30 of the season.¬† Given tonight’s spread, I think these two are safe.

2.) Katherine & Mark – I’m told their rumba was Game of Thrones-inspired, but as someone who does not have premium cable (and whose regular cable it only intermittently available these days – thanks again, AT&T!), I actually thought it looked more gladiator or Roman-y.¬† Whatever it was – I’m afraid the costuming made Katherine look kinda out of her element, and although I thought her legs looked FANTASTIC and she was at least flirting with some nice hip action, I never felt 100% commitment from her, and the routine never felt super romantic or rumba-y to me.¬† It tiptoed near being a good rumba, but never really reached it – and Katherine had another week of “deer in the headlights” eyes from time to time, I’m afraid.¬† I also have to raise a bit of an eyebrow to some creative camera work I noticed – seemed like they changed the shot so you couldn’t see Kath’s legs whenever they went for a move that might possibly get called out as a lift.¬† Possibly a “if the viewers can’t see it, they can’t get mad at Carrie Ann for not calling them out on it!” strategy? Who knows…but it just seemed a bit fishy to me, especially given a few other things I noticed tonight.¬† Overall, I think these two are probably safe this week – but I’m starting to see some cracks in her facade.¬† She’s not as flawless as the judges initially thought, methinks…

3.) Donald & Peta – This was the only other couple I thought really handled their piece of music well tonight, and I thought their “royalty at court” kinda theme was a cute interpretation.¬† Although Donald gave it¬†a valiant effort and I did see some really good moments (especially when he was out of hold), he did seem to have some footwork issues (a problem all of the VW’s this week seemed to have), and I thought I saw him get off time once or twice.¬† Then again, it was hard to tell whether someone was on or off-time this week, as so many of the pieces of music had some wacky tempo changes.¬† I wish Carrie Ann could have just praised them, instead of bringing up some non-issue about a lift that she herself didn’t see but thought might have been there anyway (seriously? WTF??? Just score what you saw and shut up about things you didn’t!), but I think the judges were about right in their scoring.¬† I think Donald’s pretty safe, but I think he still has some work to do on his ballroom frame if he wants a shot at the finals… Read more..

April 30, 2012 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

SPOILERS!!! DWTS 14, Week 6 – Who Got the Boot???

Court here, subbing in for Heidi, who is boozin’ it up in the mountains or something.¬† ūüėõ I wonder if drinking at a higher altitude gives you more of a buzz…

…well, now that I’ve wasted enough space so as not to catch the ire of some of the Twitter folks who haven’t watched the show yet, I can say that it ended up being Gladys & Roshon in the dance duel, with Roshon being saved by the judges and Gladys sent home.¬† And despite the fishiness of having 4 couples in jeopardy, there was no double elimination, as was previously rumored.

So how did our predictions stack up?

Heidi: Assumed there would be a single elimination, with Maria & Roshon in the bottom 2 and Roshon getting saved after the duel.  Also thought there might be a chance that it would be Melissa & Roshon in the bottom 2, with Roshon still getting saved.

Courtney: Assumed there would be a double elimination, and predicted Gladys to go home outright, with Roshon & Maria duking it out in the jive duel with Maria ultimately getting saved.  Thought there was a minute chance of Melissa landing in the duel with Roshon, in which case Roshon would be saved.

I’ve gotta say – even though I think Gladys was probably the weakest dancer still left in the competition and it was her time to go, I feel so bad that they made her do the damn jive duel…that was just cruel.¬† But she impressed the hell out of me with the effort she gave – it was a much closer duel than I expected.¬† But overall, I’m glad Roshon is safe for another week – even though it scares the crap outta me that he still landed in the bottom 2, with all of the outrage I saw here at Pure and on Twitter over how truly SCREWED he got by the judges this week.

So we didn’t get a double elim after all.¬† Part of me is relieved, as it probably saved us from losing Roshon and possibly Maria or Melissa; but part of me is also a bit worried for next week, as it’s the team dances, and one team is going to end up with 4 couples while the other ends up with 3.¬† The last time that happened was season 9, and the team with more couples came into the team dance at a big disadvantage and basically got trounced by the team that¬†only had 3 couples.¬† More couples = more need for synchronization = less room for error = more egos.¬† And yet another tricky little way for TPTB to give the edge to some while shafting others.¬† Heidi, where are you? Bring us booze.¬† ūüôā

April 24, 2012 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence