Thanks for the heads up by @DWTSgossip, below is Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovksiy on Veria Living today talking about Dancing With The Stars. They talk about the competition, the switch-up dance, and their next dance! Note for a hint on their song, Val says, “She really wants to dance with somebody”! Oh, I love that song!
If you head to Today, you can read a new blog by Val Chmerkovksiy. A majority of his blog is written about Maks. Maks should have won with Mel B? Really? Look for more from Heidi after you read the take below…
I’m very happy that my brother Maks is back this season. It’s awesome. He’s having a lot of fun, and I’m glad that people are seeing that side of him. Everyone has an opinion on Maks! But he’s a product of the process. He’s a very positive, loving and loyal person.
In my opinion, he should have won the mirror ball trophy with Mel B in season 5. Maybe that would have changed everything? Now, it’s like there’s this huge boulder on his shoulder. He’s done the show for 15 seasons and has never won. I’m not saying he deserved it every season, but I think that once you’ve won you’ve — in a sense — proved yourself.
It’s easy to judge someone but you don’t know what they’ve gone through until you’ve put yourself in their shoes. I got to do that with Maks over the last few seasons. I think I have a little bit more composure in my reactions to certain things. But Maks and I are different people. I don’t want him to change. I want him to be just as honest and passionate about what he believes in as he’s always been. He’s been that way for as long as I remember.
It was very exciting the last few seasons to watch Maks venture into other things. But having him back on the show this year is amazing. It’s a privilege for me to spend time with him doing something as incredible as this. We’re very close. He came running into my bedroom after the earthquake hit on Monday morning and said, “Did you feel that?”
More at Today including Vals’s thoughts on he and Danica’s new dance.
Heidi: It’s like Val has actually learned something!! He talks about other people’s scores, but he doesn’t mention any names. It’s a miracle!! Seriously, the one thing he hasn’t learned in all his time (and Maks’ time) on the show is that the scores aren’t relative to other dancers. They never have been. How often has a great dancer gotten the same score as a Kirstie Alley, for example. Or a Bristol Palin. Somehow, when they’re the ones dancing with Kirstie, they don’t have any complaints. Shocking. As for Mel B? Maybe she should have won. But Shawn should have won Season 15. Sometimes, shit happens.
This is Lori! That Switcheroo Thingy is upon us already and I am DREADING it!!!!! I don’t want it to happen, but it’s going to happen!!!
Apparently, the viewers are going to vote after the first elimination, for the Switch to happen (I am guessing) in week 3. And I am going to guess that TPTB are still trying to decide how they’re going to work it. Knowing them, they’re screw it up. Here is what what we know about the switcheroo, make sure you read if you’ve not already.
Anyway, since we are going to be STUCK with it, I thought we could take the time to share how WE would match them up. For our purposes, we will ignore the elimination, and just match all 12 celebrities to a pro, and since I don’t know how they’re planning it, I’m adding the Troupe in also.
Here’s the Celebrities:
Here’s the Pros:
So…. YOUR job now is to rematch the celebrities to a different pro, and unfortunately, ALL must be rematched. How would you do it, and why would you make the choices you did?
Here are mine. I picked two same sex couples, but, that doesn’t mean that the couples can be same sex or not for what they have planned.
1. Amy and Henry. I want her to stay with Derek, but since she can’t, I figured he is closer than the other choices. Or Sasha.
2. Diana and Cheryl, because Diana said she wouldn’t mind dancing with Cheryl.
3. Drew and Derek, because I liked that ad, and I’m sure that both Drew and Derek can come up with a creative dance full of humor.
4. Charlie and Karina because she is a top choreographer.
5. Candace and Val. No real reason, I just would like to see how he would work with her.
6. NeNe and Maks just to see if there’s fireworks
7. Meryl and Mark because he’s shorter than Maks.
8. Danica and Artem just to see what he can do, since I’m not familiar with him. I figure one week might be fine. Or Sasha.
9. Sean and Peta would make a gorgeous pair.
10. Cody and Emma because she’s young, and I’d love to see what she can do with a young partner
11. James and Sharna would make another gorgeous pair.
12. Billy Dee and Tony. This was BY FAR the hardest pair for me. I wanted to keep BDW with a female partner, but the ones I had left, I felt were just too young to pair with him, and I didn’t really want to shuffle the others around. Tony’s always done well with older partners, so I chose Tony…. With a lot of hesitation.
This is a great promo…but, what about the other pros? Couldn’t they have said something on them?
Also, Val Chmerkovskiy has written a new blog for Today. He talks of how he found out he was back for the season. He also explains how he feels for the Switch Up dance and talks on Danica and their dance tonight…
The first dance Danica and I are doing is the foxtrot. It’s all right. It’s definitely not one of my favorites, but it’s a dance that I enjoy dancing. There are certain dances that are very effective and that the audience enjoys more but that I may not enjoy doing as much. Some just don’t have the capacity to be as powerful as others. The foxtrot doesn’t have the passion or the drama that a paso doble has, but it’s still an awesome dance to dance.
I’m committed to Danica’s well-being and growth. You build a connection with your partner. If there’s a switch up, I still want to see her do well, of course. I hope that whoever she may be paired with will want the same and will treat her well. If she ends up getting higher scores than I do with whomever I’m later paired with, then I’ll be very happy for her.
More at Today.
Did any of you catch “Hello Ross” Friday night? According to Lynne, Val Chmerkovksiy was a surprise guest. Lynne tells us Ross was bemoaning the fact he wasn’t on Dancing With The Stars and how much he would love to dance with Val Chmerkovksiy. Then suddenly, Val enters the stage, grabs Ross out of his chair, and dances him across the floor ending with a dip. LOL! Be watching this link at E Online as they may post a video soon. Thanks to Lynne for sending us this news and the instagram below.
First, let’s WELCOME! the new cast of Dancing With The Stars, Season 18! If anything, this season will have people talking! I don’t know if that will be a good thing or a bad thing yet. Time will tell. Here’s a quick bio of our new cast, since it is unusual that everyone knows everyone. None of them will be complete, so I’m sure there’s things that you think I should have added. Put it into the comments section, please.
DANICA MCKELLER is 39 years old and has lived in the Los Angeles area for most of her life. Since it is stated in her IMDB profile that her mom owned a dance studio, it is probably safe to assume that she has had dance training. She was Winnie Cooper on “Wonder Years,” and I am old enough that I remember when that show was first on! She’s very intelligent, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA as a Math major, and has written a few books to help youth with math (I think…) In other words, she’s beauty AND brains! Danica is paired with Val Chmerkovskiy. I’m not sure yet about this couple. They look good together, and they will get past the halfway part of the season, because they look good together. That means they have TONS of chemistry to the judges, whether we can see it or not.
CODY SIMPSON is 17 years old and from Australia. He DOES have a girlfriend, she’s the daughter of one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills so if TPTB were hoping for some romance between him and Witney, they’re out of luck! And he’s a singer. And honestly, that’s about it! And he seems to be extremely popular on Social Media. Cody is paired with Witney Carson. This is her 1st season as a teaching pro, she spent 2 seasons in the Troupe, immediately following a season on SYTYCD. I will be honest, I was completely against pairing them up, and I still am against pairing them up. Yes, they needed someone young, since they cast a teenaged boy, but I think she’s too untested. I know Zendaya was the same age, but teenage boys do mature slower than girls. I keep remembering the other Cody, who was 19 when he was on. This Cody is even younger, so I do think that while he does need a younger female pro, he also needs someone quite mature, and I think Witney is too untested yet. And, I don’t think I know her choreography skills. I think she’s the latest in a long line of them trying to find Julianne 2.0 and I don’t think it will succeed. Again, they’re young and cute and look good together, so to the judges, it will equal “tons of chemistry.” Read more..
Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas & Val Chmerkovksiy Help Ryan Seacrest Celebrate 10 Year Anniversary With Pharrell Dance Video
Awww, this is fun to watch. Below Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas and Val Chmerkovksiy (as well as other celebs and dancers) help celebrate the “10 year anniversary of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest”! Check it out and thanks to Lori for the heads up!!
Not only did Gleb Savchenko and Sharna Burgess magnify the Cheyenne, Wyoming audience in “Ballroom With A Twist”, Chelsie Hightower and Val Chmerkovksiy did the same in Greeley and Colorado Springs, Colorado. One of our readers, Teresa, sent us this fun review on the night in Colorado Springs at the Air Force Academy.
I got to go on Jan 31 to see Ballroom With a Twist. It was an amazing show and I was even invited onstage along with some others to dance with the dancers. I was able to dance a little with Val Chmerkovskiy (a favourite of mine on DWTS) and he gave me a high five for coming on the stage! Other highlights from the show included their question and answer session during the show, and yes I asked a question to Val. I asked if he would ever release a CD since he plays violin, raps, and dances, and he said “when the time is right, yes but the time has to be right first.” Both Val and Chelsie were a blast as were the other dancers, and the two singers from American Idol. The show was packed with amazing choreography and everyone was friendly. The two male dancers from SYTYCD even came down and gave the front two rows high fives after the show! And, since the show was a the Air Force Academy, they both danced with some of the Air Force cadets at one point in the show.
Also, Val Chmerkovksiy and Peta Murgatroyd did a special “Ballroom With A Twist” show in San Francisco for Jewish Family and Children’s Services. The Gala used the event as a fundraiser that honored local émigrés from the Former Soviet Union. Below is a picture courtesy of @dhernandezmusic of Peta and Val at the event. Beautiful!! If anyone knows of more pictures, let us know in comments.
The pros and cast of Dancing With The Stars have been posting such fun instagrams and twitter pics as they celebrate Christmas. Below are just a few for now. We may post more if they do and time permitting. Also, stay tuned as there may be some new dance wars coming up on Christmas day as Maria Menounos tweeted this comment at twitter last night: “Ok @MsAmberPRiley @derekhough @juliannehough @MarkBallas …I have some pretty elaborate stuff ready..better practice! #christmasdancewars”!! Ok, more below with our cast and pros….
Peta Murgatroyd, Henry Byalikov , and FratelliCafe at Disneyland….
These faces say it all…
Sharna Burgess and Paul Kirkland celebrating in the south….
What a talented baker too. Sharna made these snowman cookies…
Here is Gleb Savchenko and his beautiful and sweet wife Elena Samodanova at some parties…
Gleb is funny at the end of this video…
Below is Carrie Ann Inaba’s Christmas fireplace. Isn’t it gorgeous? The stockings are for her rescued fur babies…
She makes a statement with Buddy here… Read more..