So, who’s going home Monday night?? I’m guessing someone who dances either 2nd, 3rd or 4th. Maybe. Who knows?? Last week they seemed to front load the show with the good dancers, perhaps they will do that again.
Please note, we don’t actually know what Snooki and Valerie are dancing, hence the question marks. Those are my guesses. Also note that this order is also my preliminary guess – and I didn’t spend much time pondering it. I will add in the actual dance order when they start getting tweeted.
ETA1: Off by one on Cheryl and Jack. And why is everyone so silent this week??
ETA2: Wasn’t off by too much on Brant…but is he really doing so well that he’s going second to last??
ETA3: Okay, so Val says they’re up first and Christina said they are “early” in the show. So I’ve switched a few things around. The stuff in red is what we’re reasonably sure of.
Elizabeth and Val – Samba Dancing 1st
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Christina and Mark – Paso Doble
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Bill and Emma – Jive
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Jack and Cheryl – Rumba Dancing 4th
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My, how the Las Vegas odds can change after the couples dance and that they do as we approach the 2nd episode of Dancing With The Stars Season 17. Note the odds makers at Sports Bovada are putting Amber Riley in first place now. The top four are the same but, just switched around a bit. They don’t have Valerie Harper in last. She’s moved up the list, but, I think she should be even higher? And Leah Remini? Well, I think she should be placed in the bottom three if not last. I’m just not feeling it? I was also a little shocked on Snooki’s odds being so high now? I think she should placed in the bottom four or five.
Amber Riley 2/1
Corbin Bleu 3/1
Elizabeth Berkley 11/2
Christina Milan 7/1
Jack Osbourne 10/1
Brant Daugherty 14/1
Leah Remini 14/1
Valerie Harper 20/1
Keyshawn Johnson 33/1
Bill Engvall 100/1
Bill Nye 100/1
Corbin Bleu 5/2
Christina Milan 13/4
Amber Riley 11/2
Elizabeth Berkley 11/2
Leah Remini 7/1
Brant Daugherty 10/1
Keyshawn Johnson 10/1
Jack Osbourne 25/1
Bill Engvall 50/1
Bill Nye 50/1
Valerie Harper 50/1
So, what do you think? Do you agree with this week’s odds? Let see what Heidi and Courtney think. Let us know your thoughts too in comments.
Courtney: Ehhh…I’m not sure really what to think for this week, other than that Amber’s probably correct at the top with Corbin nipping at her heels, and Elizabeth & Christina following up behind. The rest is kind of murky for me – I doubt Bill is headed home this week, but I do think his novelty will wear off before long; I think Bill may have more longevity than we originally thought; and based on murmurings here – Leah’s days may be numbered. Brant, Jack, & Keyshawn are big question marks for me – I don’t think they’re doing terribly with votes, but I don’t think they’re doing fantastic with votes, either. Snooki & Valerie are somewhere between the top tier (Amber, Corbin, Elizabeth, & Christina) and the guys I have no clue about (Jack, Keyshawn, & Brant). I think things will become clearer come Monday, when we see the results of the first vote – beyond that, I’m just feeling discombobulated
Heidi: I think they have the top five right…just not in that order. As much as I love Amber and Derek, I really doubt that she’s going to win this thing. And that’s what these odds are – the odds to win. I still think that Corbin is going to take this, mainly because I think he’ll end up being good across both ballroom and latin (as he should be, being second only to Elizabeth in terms of ringerdom) and I’m not sure that Amber will be. Plus, I doubt anyone is going to let Derek get a 5th trophy AND Len’s bias will certainly come out shortly. If Snooki can reign it in a bit, I think she could edge Christina and Elizabeth out of the top three, based mainly on fanbase. I think one of those two (Christina and Elizabeth) could be a shocking elimination – I’m just not sure both of them can make the top 5. I guess we’ll see.
Lots on Valerie Harper to share!! She talked with Access Hollywood today and her special on NBC tonight, her cancer, and Dancing With The Stars. She just radiates something so special, doesn’t she?! Betty White has some special things to say about her too.
Valerie also talked with Nash FN 94.7. Special thanks to PureDWTS and Pure Derek Hough reader Abby for sending us this special interview.
Lastly, Valerie talked with KSEE24. I love how positive her husband is too and how he won’t let her give up. Valerie also remarks on how much she loves the cast of Dancing With The Stars. She says they remind of a “chorus dressing room” she was once a part of. Lots more below….
Hey All!!! Just a little picture notice! Don’t miss heading to the Daily Mail at this link for some new rehearsal parking lot pictures of the cast leaving and arriving yesterday at the studios!! Also note how Julianne Hough was seen as well. She looks so cute and it’s good to see her again.
Also, Val Chmerkovskiy and Elizabeth Berkley were pictured at The Grove yesterday was Mario Lopez. Elizabeth and Mario even danced a little. You can view those pictures at this Daily Mail link. Too fun!
Just a quick update. First, don’t forget about the new Valerie Harper Interview on NBC tomorrow night. She opens up to NBC’s Meredith Vieira about her ongoing battle with cancer and beating the odds. Below is a little preview….
Also, ABC Media Net has issued a new press release laying out next weeks dances, info for the opening number, and how one elimination will take place.
“Episode 1702″ – The competition heats up on a Latin-themed “Dancing with the Stars” as the celebrities take on new dance routines and fight for survival, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (8:00-
10:01 p.m., ET). Featuring a show-stopping opening number choreographed by Sharna Burgees and Henry Byalikov, the themed evening will require each couple to perform a Samba, Jive, Rumba or Paso. At the end of the night, one couple will face the first nail-biting elimination. The first elimination is determined by combining the judges’ scores from the first two weeks with the public votes from premiere night.
Well, this is going to be a bit different. With the exception of next week, the eliminations are going to be based on a given night’s judges scores and the previous week’s audience votes. As a result, I think Dancing by the Number is going to be a bit more predictive to the following week, as opposed to the following night. But we’ll have to see how it all plays out. As I’m sitting down to write this, I’m not sure how it’s going to go. And I may do it differently next week. I’m flyin’ by the seat of my pants here.
As I said, next week is supposedly going to be the exception. According to the press release that Vogue posted (probably days ago), the week two elimination is going to take into account the first two weeks of judges scores (50%) and this week’s viewer vote (50%). As a result, what you see now in terms of score could be substantially changed by the time next week rolls around, and the votes are based on what happened this week, so that has to be considered as well.
The immediate problem with this scenario and the longer range prediction that we’ll have to make is that you’re using future dances, as opposed to dances you’ve already seen. For that reason, I’ve taken the time to find out which celebs are doing what dance next week to help with my guessing. Why? Well, it seems to me that Amber could have trouble with ballroom (who knows, using her as an example) while Bill Nye could excel at something like a Waltz. Knowing what dance they’re going to do should at least be considered when making your guess, in addition to the usual judge’s games. Below is a list of who’s dancing what and my predicted score. Note, my scores are not like Marianya’s predictions – I’m doing mine based on the dance, the pro partner, how well they did this past week, how I think they’re likely to do based on the dance they’ve been given, ringer status and the judges crack smoking habits. Read more..
I haven’t listened to this in full yet, but, here is Afterbuzz breaking down the first episode of Dancing With The Stars Season 17! Their special guest is Dancing With The Stars dance pro Julz Tocker (this season’s part time Troupe Member). A must see if you need another Dancing With The Stars fix today in your free time!
Zimbio Pictures has some fun pictures of the new cast of Dancing With The Stars Season 17 from “behind the scenes” on the set of Week 1. Above is Tristan and Valerie practicing some of their moves before show time. So cute. Be sure to see the link to see more pics of the other cast members.
You can also view some new photos of some of the cast after the show at Hooray Henry’s Monday night at the Zimbio Pictures. Below is Karina Smirnoff and Peta Murgatroyd in fine form as always (look at those killer heels! )! Also, note how Kym Johnson stopped by the party as well. It’s so good to see her again! Beautiful! MORE at Zimbio Pictures.
Thanks to our Miss Heidi for starting a new media post for me. Today has been a bear to keep up with work added to my schedule today. So, for more media updates we’ve found for you, if you go to Entertainment Weekly, you can see the cast being interviewed in their VIDEO SECTION on the “right” hand side of the page. Find the video with Mark pictured and then click on it (sorry, this is only way we can figure out how to tell you to view it). They talk of how they feel about the Bus Stop being next to the judges. Derek has an idea how to trick Bruno. It’s hilarious. Thanks to Lori for sending.
Below you can also see the cast being interviewed by EXTRA as well.
Val Chmerkovskiy has also written a new blog at NBC with his thoughts on last night’s dances, surprises, and changes. Below is a take, but, be sure to see the link for more of his thoughts on Elizabeth Berkley.
The performance levels were really up there. I actually thought it might go as well as it did after I’d caught a glimpse of rehearsal. Still, you never know how it’s going to come together for show time. Some of the performances really surprised me. I thought Jack Osbourne did a great job. I didn’t expect him to do well, but he was great.
Valerie Harper really surprised me too. Forget that she has this horrible illness — she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want this to be the topic of the season for her even though that’s what will happen, at least at certain times. Ultimately, it’s about treating her like everybody else. She’s in her 70s, and she came out and moved with such grace. It was awesome to watch. She was good! Her arms, posture and frame were nowhere near being the worst of the night.
We’ve had some changes to the show. We’re not in the Celebraquarium anymore. We’re down on the floor for the whole show pretty much. (Host) Tom Bergeron made a great joke that we didn’t have it anymore because it had “gone condo.” I thought that was hilarious.
Being on the floor for the whole show creates a more intimate and cozier environment. It’s looser and I actually love it. I love being here and performing. The only thing is — well, we’re a little too close to the judges! But I’m so happy the show is back.
What a night! I think I’ll watch it all over again tonight!! I loved it that much.
ETA: Chelsie Hightower also weighed in on the night. You can read her blog in full at ABC. Below is take. Note how she gave Bill Nye the lowest score and Amber Riley the highest score.
Chrisina Milan: How gorgeous is she!! She has a stunning stage presence befor eshe even starts dancing. Great routine by Mark [Ballas]. This girl has a lot of potential. I saw some flexed feet and bent legs in areas where they should have been straight, but her performance was spot on. She captured the feeling of the dance and I saw some passion in her expression that translated to her body. Great work! I give this a 7.8.
Bill Engvall: This guy surprised me tonight! He wasn’t bad! He brought some great energy and attack to this dance. Nice choreography by [Emma Slater]. His topline was pretty good, but his footwork was even better than expected! Your on the right track – keep on the direction you are going! 7.2.
Valerie Harper: I’m going to be the 102nd person to say it, but what an inspiration! Seriously though, this lady is incredible. I almost don’t care how she dances. I hope she stays just so we can see her journey and how she handles this process. If she attacks it the way she attacks life, I’m sure we will see some great moments. I loved this routine and her childlike innocence and enthusiasm. I also loved seeing the way Tristin handles all his partners so politely and with such great careGreat job to the both of them! 7.
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi: Snooki, the most controversial figure of the season. What a transformation from her “Jersey Shore” days! She’s a ‘lil diva. I really enjoyed the performance! She had great charisma and is a natural performer. Good job to the pair of them. 7.7.
Overall, a great premiere night for “Dancing With the Stars.” I actually really enjoyed the new format. Faster paced, cutting down time walking up the stairs and shorter interviews. It makes the show go by faster. Great job to all the pros who brought their A game and gave America a fun enjoyable night of dancing. This should be a great season. Let the games begin!