For those interested, you can listen to Afterbuzz TV review Dancing With The Stars Week 4 in the stream below. Julz Tocker and Brittany Cherry are the guests. As always, the show starts around 5:10p.m Pacific time. You should be able to watch the show anytime during or afterwards in the video below. Let us know what you think in comments.
Are we loving Dancing With The Stars Emma Slater’s blogs this season or what?! You won’t want to miss visiting Hollywood Life as she has posted such cute photos from “behind the scenes” (I especially love the doggie photo with her and Sasha). Below are her thoughts on the opening number, Brittany Cherry being back, Sasha Farber and more….
First off let me say this, I love, love, LOVED the opening number on this week’s Dancing with the Stars! The whole show was full of beautiful animation and fun use of visual effects. The producers are truly great at what they do. Dancing Giselle?! Whaaaat?!! Giant toy boxes?! Hayley Erbert as Snow White with her dwarfs?! Brilliant! So much fun! This week is so prop heavy and animation crazy that it can often be one of the most stressful weeks on DWTS. Plus, the show has added extra dancers this week to magnify the individual performances as it’s such a grand week with lots of characters.
So BRITTANY CHERRY is back folks!! Yes you probably saw her kicking butt out there in a gorgeous jungle cat onesie 😉 I would have always loved to have done Beauty and the Beast for Disney week but as a Pro dancer you have to be quick to request a Disney movie because they go fast! So I always used to ask the producers weeks in advance and then just pray I suggested it first. Looking back on other seasons, probably for me, the best Disney Week performance on Dancing with the Stars would be James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd when they danced a contemporary to Frozen‘s “Let it Go.” Peta added magic to it by including floor animation to the dance. STUNNING!
Anyway, this weeks blog, I’m still going to comment a little on the couples left in the competition but I wanted to get a little creative and give you more of an insight into this marvelous show. Not many people really get to see the unparalleled brilliance of the team behind the screen. Walking into the CBS studios on this evening, I see that all the backstage crew have kept up the tradition of wearing Mickey ears while they work. I had a quick selfie with Cindy (and her ears) who works in wardrobe. We did a little video for her niece near the trailers outside the main building. There are roughly 30 trailers on the lot, all numbered and each designated to a Celebrity or a Professional dancer. This means that in-between dress rehearsals and wardrobe fittings there’s a warm, neighborly vibe going on! Sounds almost weird but true! DWTS village, I called it. Witney [Carson] & I were neighbors but we never saw Val [Chmerkovskiy] or Mark [Ballas] for instance because they would be on the other side of the “trailer park!” Cast members keep their doors open to chat to each other, it’s very friendly. I was always trailer 25, last season Hayes [Grier] was 24. I’d always just hang out in his trailer sitting on the desk and telling him what he needs to remember during the dance. Ah I do miss the blank faces he gave me! Hayes, I love you.
Sasha [Farber]‘s call time this week was 8am which is an early one for him actually but he doesn’t complain because my call time would be 7am! Yep, the female Pros & Celebs of DWTS start at 7am (seriously!) and go straight into hair and make up spending up to 90 mins in each. Within this time you also have to get your body gloriously bronzed by standing in your trailer and getting sponged down. Oh the glamour of it all! But anyway, I’m in danger of waffling on so I’ll get onto the dancing tonight…
Lots more at Hollywood Life.
Awww, no words. Beautiful….
ETA: Tiffany was sad about her Mo’s departure. From US Weekly….
Nevertheless, Maples was the standout of the evening in the eyes of her 22-year-old daughter. “I’m so proud of my mom,” Tiffany tells Us. “And I’m so sad that she was voted off! But I think every week she did better and better and she was the perfect Little Mermaid this week and last week I think she did an amazing dance to the song ‘Happy!’ I think everyone tries their hardest and she truly was amazing.”
A source tells Us Weekly that radio host Maples did not anticipate to be voted off at all and felt totally blindsided and disappointed. Still, an observer says Maples was “very lovely and gracious” about the entire process.
Indeed, Maples spoke to Us about the experience and said she was lucky to have her baby girl in the audience. “She just supports her mama, she’s in shock,” Maples says of her daughter. “She’s really sad. We’re all sad, but we have to trust there’s something bigger and better coming up!”
ETA2; Thoughts from Val at People;
“I want to commend Marla on her grace,” Chmerkovskiy told reporters after Monday’s episode of Dancing with the Stars of this week’s eliminated contestant. “I hope she leaves with a great feeling. She had a great showing, and it was sad that she had to go.”
Chmerkovskiy – who, along with his partner Ginger Zee, tied for Monday’s highest scores – thinks there’s one aspect of the show that Maples dealt with particularly well: being introduced as “the former Mrs. Donald Trump” week after week.
“This is Hollywood, and people tuning in every week don’t always remember what happened the week before, so we want to introduce our celebrities in the most [succinct] way,” said Chmerkovskiy, 30. “But having said that, I think she has other things I think we could celebrate outside of her being the former Donald Trump’s ex.”
Full disclosure: I’m actually not all that excited when Disney week rolls around. I know everyone gets so caught up in the magic and the wonder and the childlike joy, but I often find myself distracted by songs that don’t really fit the dance styles they’re meant to have, loud costumes, sets that seem to draw attention away from the couple, and the copious use of the troupe. I actually much prefer theme weeks like acoustic week or classical week, where things are stripped down – or better yet, no theme at all. Just let them DANCE.
Unfortunately, while I would normally have menial things like I mentioned above to gripe about, last night I found myself just absolutely floored at the disparity in judging & scoring that was going on. I wasn’t even terribly concerned with Zendaya – overall, she did a good job and didn’t rock the boat too far, which is all I can really ask for – I found myself particularly peeved at Carrie Ann, who picked very convenient times to really crack down on certain couples and conveniently overlook the shortcomings of others. And while last week gave me hope that TPTB might give up on the preseason narrative of pimping the football players and ABC darling Ginger and just let the chips fall where they may, this week the narrative is back with a vengeance – the only change made is that they seem to have decided to to put all their eggs in Antonio’s basket and drop Von, which is probably the most asinine thing I saw all night, given what I’ve seen and heard of the former’s work ethic (or lack thereof). Things are not nearly as rosy as they were made out to be in his package, kids – when you only manage to put in roughly 10 hours of rehearsal time in an entire week (most couples put in 6-8 PER DAY) and you’re apparently late to rehearsal because you’re too busy “always closing” and “getting the job done” and “blessing up” by posting pix of your shoes/house/car/workouts on Snapchat, I’m gonna go ahead and assume that your heart ain’t in this…in which case, you can GTFO. There are too many people on this season that are busting their asses week after week, and putting in the hours in the studio and giving us fantastic performances and heaps of gratitude for the experience, for this show to keep carrying the dead weight of someone that isn’t giving 100%. I only want to see people who clearly want to be there – and TPTB aren’t helping, with some of the f*ckery we saw with the packages tonight. I know we often complain about some getting a “bad edit” – keep this in mind: there is also such a thing as an overly-kind edit…
Makes me a bit sad to see Marla go, simply because I found her endless optimism and zen attitude refreshing – plus, while her dances maybe didn’t always excite me, I did find them pleasing and soothing, in a weird way…I found myself kind of hypnotized by her waltz last night. Glad to see Dougie staying, though, because I do think he’s go more to show us – thankfully, I don’t see anyone going home next week (as is usually the pattern for switch week), so we’ll get at least two more dances out of him. Getting a lot of questions about who I want to see in the switch – honestly, I have given up on the switch, and I’m just trying to be at peace with whatever pairings we end up seeing, and just hope that some of my more fragile babies (namely Nyle, Doug, & Jodie – and to a lesser degree, Von – I’ll explain later) get partners that are able to be patient and nurture them. I don’t worry as much about Wanya or Paige – I think they’ll thrive no matter what partner they get in the switch. Kim ought to be fine, too, and I don’t really have any investment in who Ginger or Antonio gets. I guess I’m just hoping that the switch isn’t just another tool to further the agenda we saw this week – I know that’s wishful thinking… Read more..
Weren’t the Troupe and Pro bumbers awesome last night? Here they are if you want to watch them again. Thanks to Al aka @Idolxfactor1 for putting them all together for us….
And below is a Good Morning America recap and an interview with Marla and Tony. Marla is such a class act and I love how supportive Tony is and has been to her. Val and Ginger were also interviewed. Note too that the Switch up couples will be revealed on Good Morning America tomorrow.
For more interviews and media, see this previous post. We’ve added more to it since we first posted it.
One thing we can always count on with “Disney Night” on Dancing With The Stars is the stunning costumes. So, which costumes were your favorite? Mine were Witney & Von, Val & Ginger, and Peta and Nyle, but, I really loved them all.
Well, I wasn’t sure I’d like Disney night, but, I thought all the couples really stepped it up and there were a lot of surprises (Goodness, Nyle and Peta! Did I really see that? 😯 ). However, I was sad on Marla Maples being eliminated. What a beautiful dance. In fact, ALL of her dances have been beautiful. She carried herself with such class, elegance, and beauty that I’ll never forget. She also ended up being my favorite Tony Dovolani partner. I also loved this quote after their elimination. #AwwwMoment From ABC:
In spite of the elimination, Marla said she enjoyed the experience.
“We have had so much fun. Don’t let those tears fool you,” she said, referring to her reaction after earning a score of 21 for her jive last week. She clarified those were “happy tears.”
So, let’s move on the scores of the night. I’m loving how tight this competition is this season.:
Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas (Quickstep) 9-9-9-9 for a Total of 36
Ginger Zee & Valentin Chmerkovskiy (Foxtrot) 9-9-9-9 for a Total of 36
Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess (Jazz) 9-8-9-9 for a Total of 35
Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold (Samba) 8-9-9-9 for a Total of 35
Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd (Samba) 8-8-9-9 for a Total of 34
Von Miller & Witney Carson (Viennese Waltz) 8-8-8-8 for a Total of 32
Kim Fields & Sasha Farber (Quickstep) 8-8-8-8 for a Total of 32
Marla Maples & Tony Dovolani (Waltz) 7-7-7-7 for a Total of 28 (eliminated)
Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe (Cha Cha) 7-6-7-7 for a Total of 27
Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff (Jazz) 6-6-6-6 for a Total of 24
And now onto some media, recaps, and interviews….
Back from New Orleans and currently on the Kale Smoothie diet as a result. This may result in general crankiness during the show tonight. Hold on to your hats. Two wishes: Dick Van Dyke and Derek Hough. 🙂
Heh. Not overly impressed with the opening number – but it is Mandy Moore, so there you go. It was an improvement from previous numbers – until we got to the Val pimpage portion. :::rolls eyes:::
Aladdin wore a fedora and there was shiny spandex? Seriously, I’m asking. This is an unfortunate position for Sharna because they did pretty well…and on little rehearsal time. Gonna be really hard to get him to practice more. Very kind edit too, from what I’ve heard. Read more..
Thanks to @Idolxfactor1, we’ll be posting videos of the first dances shortly for Dancing With The Stars Season 22 Week 4 including the opening number. Stay tuned and keep checking back….
To watch more, go to IdolXfactor’s Week 4 Video Page. They work for International viewing as well.
And a few whipclips: Read more..
Watch Dancing With The Stars Season 22 Week 4 “Dancing All Access”: Behind The Scenes, Interviews, And More
Dancing With The Stars Season 22 “Dancing All Access” is about to begin! You can watch all the “behind the scenes” coverage and interviews LIVE in the video below.