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DWTS Season 17, Week 3 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Well, it’s Hollywood Week, kids and that means we have to have a bazillion different dance styles! Heaven forbid we actually compare the dancers to each other. The pairs of couples that do have the same dances are rather interesting, though. Leah and Valerie?? Amber and Christina?? Brant and Corbin?? Nicole and Bill E?? Then we have Elizabeth all by herself on the foxtrot, which will likely be square in her wheelhouse. I expect 10’s on that one. That leaves us with the guy with the bad knee who has…JIVE. Yeah, there’s nothing funny at all about these dances. :-)

Note: As usual, I have made a guess at the order. Camera blocking is back to its usual day, so maybe we’ll find out some of the dance order at some point today.

ETA1: So, Jack and Cheryl make it to later in the show. Not sure that means anything anymore, since there is no “last”, what with the elimination and all.

Amber and Derek – Charleston
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Bill and Emma – Paso Doble
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Christina and Mark – Charleston
Voting # 1-800-868-3401

Leah and Tony – Rumba
Voting # 1-800-868-3411

Brant and Peta – Quickstep
Voting # 1-800-868-3403

Bill and Tyne – Jive
Voting # 1-800-868-3404

Valerie and Tristan – Rumba(??)
Voting # 1-800-868-3410

Jack and Cheryl – Cha Cha Cha
Dancing 8th
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Snooki and Sasha – Paso Doble (based only one her clothing, below)
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Corbin and Karina – Quickstep
Voting # 1-800-868-3406

Elizabeth and Val –  Foxtrot (??)
Voting # 1-800-868-3405

Leah and Tony

Snooki and Sasha

@DancingABC Totally mangled the caption on this one. It’s supposed to be “I’m CRUSHING your head!!” Heidi

Valerie and Tristan

Hmmmm….really?
Brant

September 28, 2013 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. :-)

Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Las Vegas Odds Going Into Week 3

Oh, I am in agony as I read the new odds at Sports Bovada!! :( I wish Bill Engvall was not placed last. I also don’t like how low they are putting Valerie. And again, I am just not feeling it with Leah Remini. How she could be getting 12/1 odds to win this season is beyond me? Crazy! Oh well, I’m going to take comfort knowing the odds makers were wrong in their placings last week even though I’m agreeing with their top 6 this week.

Corbin Bleu 2/1
Amber Riley 7/2
Christina Milan 7/2
Elizabeth Berkley 13/2
Jack Osbourne 10/1
Brant Daugherty 12/1
Leah Remini 12/1
Snooki 12/1
Bill Nye 50/1
Valerie Harper 50/1
Bill Engvall 100/1

Below are last week’s odds:

Amber Riley 2/1
Corbin Bleu 3/1
Elizabeth Berkley 11/2
Christina Milan 7/1
Snooki 15/2
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

Let’s see what Miss Heidi and Court think. Please let us know what you think too in comments.

Courtney: Not a whole lot to say, except that I think Christina & Elizabeth still might be a bit too high – just judging from chatter amongst fans, these seem to be two contestants that may not be making a strong connection with viewers.  Good dancers, sure – but I’m not sure they’re very memorable entertainers.  Getting a sort of Audrina Patridge vibe off of Christina in particular – and a bit of a Chynna Phillips vibe off of Elizabeth.  I think Valerie should maybe be a bit higher, too – I think her story will keep her around for awhile, possibly longer than Brant or even Jack.  Don’t know what to make of Leah – I can’t decide if she’s getting a ton of votes or just enough to stay.

Heidi: I think one of the Christina/Elizabeth combo will go far, but one will be a shocking elimination, possibly in week 4. I don’t think there’s room for both of them, but once one of them is eliminated, the other could go to the finals. I could be wrong – lots hinges on the scoring and how badly the judges want them to stay.  I also think that if Leah gets a crap score at some point and doesn’t have the protection she did last week, she could beat both those other ladies out the door. I’m seeing a lot of support for BOTH the Bills and now Brant and Peta are kissing in the parking lot, so some crazy women will fall for that and they’ll be fine. :-) For a while.  Basically, I think the top four are right, minus EITHER Liz or Christina – I think one of those ladies’ spots might be taken from them by….Snicole. :-)

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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 17 Week 2 Poem – “A LATIN LALAPALOOZA!”

PureDWTS reader and guest blogger Lois is back with another one of her fun Dancing With The Stars poems. This time for Week 2 of Season 17! Enjoy and thanks Lois!

A LATIN LALAPALOOZA!

A LALAPALOOZA of Latin distinction in the ballroom Monday night
A sex-em-up, shimmy-em-up, shake-em-up show of sheer delight

The floor, the rafters, the crowd shaking along with each dancing step
Opening number resounded with spirit, with pizzazz, with lots of pep

Corbin and Karina, Amber and Derek, Bill and Emma rocked the Jive
Their sizzling, snapping, show stopping steps kept the crowd alive

Christina and Mark, Valerie and Tristan, Tyne and Bill did Paso Doble
Their intensity, their concentration of dance done their very own way

Leah and Tony, Elizabeth and Val. Keyshawn, Sharna Sambaed fine
Cheers from the crowd, applause from their peers, made them shine

Nicole and Sasha, Jack and Cheryl, Brant, Peta Rumbaed with steam
They exuded smoke and fire, their dancing moves nearly like a dream

At the end of this night, the climax was a heartbreaking elimination
Keyshawn and Sharna took their bows, they were a brief sensaation

There were surprises, quirky moves, A LATIN LALAPALOOZA galore
Our dancing appetitites looked over the menu for oh so much more

Next Monday night a new menu will be offered, we again will dine
We will feast on DANCING WITH THE STARS, a delicacy, mighty fine!

Written By Lois A Troutman, September 27, 2013

A LATIN LALAPALOOZA SHOOK US UP ON MONDAY NIGHT!
WE FEASTED ON A MENU OF DELICACIES OF PURE DELIGHT!

September 27, 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 17, Week 2 – Dancing by the Numbers

So, I think we all know what happened this week, but let me spell it out anyway. The scores from weeks 1 and 2 were combined, then divided by the total points awarded to give each contestant a percentage. That percentage was  50% of the total. The votes after week 1 for each contestant were divided by the total votes and for their percentage, which was the other 50%. When you combined the two, the contestant with the lowest combined total goes home. Keyshawn was ranked lowest and was therefore eliminated.  How did the scores and percentages look when the two weeks were added together, you ask? See below.

Table 1

In a nutshell, Bill Nye got at least 7.7k more votes per million votes cast than Keyshawn, and Keyshawn could NOT get the 7.7k more votes per million votes cast that he needed to beat Bill E. But there’s something else interesting to note before we move on. Maybe it’s important and maybe it’s not. But look back at Table 1, above: note how my predictions on scores roll out. I did pretty well, getting it either exactly right or only off by 1 point on 7 of 12 couples. The next three couples I was off by 2 points. And only on two people, Leah and Snookie, was I off by three points or more. Is it a coincidence that the two people who I was way off on are the ones likely to be getting lesser votes (Leah) and more votes (Snookie)??  Leah was way overscored, IMO, and Snookie underscored. Do you think the votes they are getting, or not getting, have anything to do with this? Well, look at it this way. See Table 2, below. Read more..

September 26, 2013 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 17 Week 2 Pictures “Behind The Scenes”, AfterBuzz Reviews The Night

Just a fun miscellaneous picture post. If you’d like to see some of the cast “behind the scenes” before last Monday’s show, see the Daily Mail. You can also see pics of Ozzy, Sharon, and Kelly Osbourne as well as Julianne Hough.

The Daily Mail also has a beautiful photo spread up of Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd taking a break in a park before dancing. You can also see them walking a little doggie. So cute!

Also, Henry Byalikov and Anna Trebunskaya join the AfterBuzz team to review Monday night’s dances. You can listen in below.

September 25, 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.

DWTS Season 17, Week 2 – Post Show Media Round Up!

Heidi here, Vogue is having some internet issues.  I’m starting this post, but odds are good that Vogue the Queen of all Media will do most of the updating. :-)  I can’t find much (any) video at all right now – it’s like everyone took the night off after the Emmy…and they probably did.  First up, E! Goes behind the scenes with Leah Remini:

When we caught up with the contestants backstage after tonight’s performances, Remini exclusively told us that how happy she is to be a part of Dancing With the Star‘s 17th season. “The show has been a Godsend, and Tony has been a Godsend,” she smiled. “The cast and everybody has rallied around me. I have so many supporters I didn’t know I had and really the show has given me so much.”

Remini, who recently recently spoke with Ellen DeGeneres about her defection from the religion, admitted that her fellow contestants are helping to fill a void in her life. “I don’t feel like I lost friends, I actually lost friends.” Remini explained. “It sucks but at the same time it is what it is and we have to move on, but I feel like I have a lot of really good friends, a lot of new friends.”

Corbin blogs for Access Hollywood:

For me, it was still coming relatively close off of ‘High School Musical.’ … That’s the thing about the show, it’s a wonderful opportunity to promote and a wonderful opportunity to show people who you are. … I really wanted to be able to grow and just transform myself as an artist and as a person first. I wanted to be able to go off and do things like I did with Broadway and doing all these movies where I’m playing all these sort of crazy characters and being able to do the soap [‘One Life To Live’] — all these projects. I’m working as a producer and establishing my business.

The contestants on Julianne being a guest judge from Entertainmentwise (Derek says “She’s going to destroy us!”):

However Glee actress Amber gave a more positive outlook on Julianne’s arrival on the show when she commented: “I really want to impress Julianne because she is one of my favourite dancers and I love watching her dance.”

Appearing to side with Derek that Julianne may be tougher on Derek, Cheryl Burke mused: “She’s probably going to be harder on her brother I think than giving him praise and good scores.”

Claiming that Julianne will be good when it comes to her judging talent, professional dancer Karina Smirnoff commented: “I think she’s going to have a very down to earth relateable comments, marks and hopefully scores.”

However, the dancer appeared to hint that she hopes she won’t be seeing favourtism between Julianne and her brother. She said: “In professional ballroom world, you are not allowed to judge any competition if you have any family members in the competition but hey it’s a TV show and I love Jules.

“I’ve known her since since she was 10 so it’s all good.”

Citing Julianne’s arrival on the show as refreshing, Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi revealed her thoughts: “I’m very excited. she’s talented, amazing, gorgeous. I feel like she’s going to be a nice judge which is refreshing.”

ETA: Hi, Vogue here and I’m finally back. I haven’t had time to listen to everything but, On The Red Carpet has posted new interviews with the cast from after the show last night. You can listen to them all below…

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September 24, 2013 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 17, Week 2 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS)

Well, we’re off to a great start with Elizabeth and Val, I think. Followed by Mark and Christina with a strong Paso Doble. All this unnatural gushing has me a bit worried, though. That, combined with the front loading of the show with great dancers. Hmmmm….what do you all think they are up to? I think Amber will get hammered and I think Bill Nye will get crucified. The former for “drama” the latter because they mistakenly believe that’s how to get rid of him. Nope. Dudes.

ETA: Bill E. getting hosed with dancing in the 3rd position. Good idea of “nicking” Derek’s stuff, though Emma. :-)

ETA2: the Jeopardy Couples were: Elizabeth and Val, Bill and Emma, and Keyshawn and Sharna. Not necessarily the bottom two, the couple going home is Keyshawn and Sharna!!

Who thinks Elizabeth isn’t getting the votes she should be??

Bill Nye Science Guy

Jack and Cheryl

Bill Envall and Emma

Corbin and Karina

September 23, 2013 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. :-)

PureDWTS Miscellaneous Media – New Rehearsal Photos, Pre-Emmy Goodies

Hey Guys, just a little media round-up this morning! First, don’t miss heading to the Daily Mail for some new pictures of the cast arriving and leaving rehearsals yesterday for Dancing With The Stars. This time pics of Henry Byalikov, Gleb Savchenko, and Lindsay Arnold are included. These pics of Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd are fun too.

Zimbio Pictures also has some new pics of Karina Smirnoff as she attended a HBO Luxury Lounge Featuring Motorola And PANDORA Jewelry Emmy Party. As always, she has great style.

KarinaSmirnoffPreEmmyPartyHBO

More of our beautiful Karina at Zimbio Pictures.

Lastly, this is a huge huge day for Derek Hough! The 2013 Emmy Awards take place tonight. Miss Heidi sets us up with a review of him in his nominated categories (which includes videos) at Pure Derek Hough. Note that Derek is also PERFORMING tonight in a dance number which we think will take place before the Choreography awards are given out. In a new blog for TV Guide, Derek writes a little about the performance and feeling fortunate about being nominated….

It’s been kind of crazy this week because I’m also in rehearsals for the Emmys. If you haven’t heard, the Outstanding Choreography award is being presented on the main show for the first time ever and all the nominees are putting together a big number for the show with Neil Patrick Harris. It’s such an amazing honor to be part of this and to be able to perform and choreograph on the TV industry’s biggest night. It’s all looking awesome. It’s just one big number. Some of the nominees will be making an appearance and some won’t be. I want to tell you all about it, but I can’t! It’s funny — the producers told us to tweet pictures and videos this week to get people excited, so we started doing that and then they’re like, “OK, stop. We don’t want to give everything away.” But it’s really cool. It’s a nod to a lot of the shows that are nominated. It’s really diverse and just the costumes alone will blow your mind.

I’ve been very fortunate to be nominated twice this year. It sounds so clichéd, but it really is an honor. I’m not worried or nervous. I’ve been getting a lot of amazing comments from people and those mean a lot. Honestly, it would be amazing if I were lucky enough to win, but I’m excited to see what happens either way. There are some incredible people nominated and they all deserve to win. And if I don’t win, I’ll be a two-time loser! It’s happened to me before, so I’d be able to say that I’m a two-time loser twice! But the past times I’ve been nominated, I didn’t really enjoy the whole experience. This time, I’m really taking everything in. Right now is one of those rare times where choreographers are well-known. Our work is typically in the background, but shows like Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance have really allowed people to connect to us and learn about us so much so that we can be on the Emmys ceremony. It’s special.

It’s going to be a great night. More at Pure Derek Hough on some other Pre-Emmy goodies. All the latest on Derek tonight will be posted there as soon as possible.

Ok, and that makes this post a wrap for now! ;) xx

September 22, 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.

DWTS Season 17, Week 2 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

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
Voting # 1-800-868-3401

Bill and Emma – Jive
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Jack and Cheryl – Rumba
Dancing 4th
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September 21, 2013 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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 17 Las Vegas Odds Going Into Week 2

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
Snooki 15/2
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

Below are last week’s odds:

Corbin Bleu 5/2
Christina Milan 13/4
Amber Riley 11/2
Elizabeth Berkley 11/2
Leah Remini 7/1
Snooki 8/1
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 :-P

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.

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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.