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Opening Night of DWTS Live Tour

DWTS Live Tour Opening
Tonight I had the unique opportunity to attend the first stop of the DWTS Live Tour. A lot of the details for who’s involved in the tour and the fact that Mark Ballas would be singing and playing his guitar along with Val playing the violin have already been talked about, so I won’t go into too much detail on that for now. Plus, this post will be a high level look at the show. Hopefully later I’ll have more time to post a full write up on the show. Not to mention, I’ve got a whole slew of great pictures from my good camera that I’ll upload in the future.

For now, I’ll share a few pictures and my general thoughts of the event. I thought the show was fantastic. The dances were awesome and Alfonso brought a great energy as the host. The transitions between dances, musical numbers, etc, could use some work (it was the first show) and by the end of the show I felt that Alfonso probably talked a bit too much, but the show was still incredibly entertaining with a light touch of a few dances from the show and an awesome mix of new dances.

That was my biggest complaint with the last DWTS tour. In the past tour, they had a lot of stars dancing and they mostly did routines from the show. To me that was really disappointing. I really just wanted to see the pros dance and I didn’t care to see routines from the show that I could watch all I want on YouTube. So, I think they really nailed the mix on this tour of almost all new routines and Alfonso only doing 3 routines (and 1 was incredibly short, but sweet). You had to know they’d also bring the Mandy Moore routine with all the DWTS ladies as well (see picture below).
DWTS Live Tour - Women's Number
As I mentioned, the transitions needed some help. I imagine they’ll get better as the tour progresses, but I think it also suffered from not having someone like Tabitha and Napoleon (They did the Move tour) who are the experts at transitions between routines. This wasn’t a huge problem though since the dancing and other performances were so good.

I do think they did a great job putting together an interesting stage. I’m always torn between the small stage that features the dancers so well, but limits some of the dances that require extra space and a huge ballroom that requires a huge mass of dancers to really play well. However, I’m definitely falling in love with the smaller stage even if it limits some of the dance possibilities. The setup has two stairways that they can put on either side or link together in the middle in a kind of grand staircase look. It definitely adds some depth to the show, but I wonder if the dancers would be able to do more with a staircase that was half as high. You’d still have the multiple levels, but would have more room on the floor to dance. Here’s a picture of the setup:
DWTS Live Tour Stage
The show did a really great job featuring the non DWTS dancers and many of the less famous DWTS pros as well. Emma was the highlight of the show for me for the ladies. She had a number of extraordinary numbers. Plus, she was as kind and sweet as she is on TV. However, Witney wins the award for most amazing costumes. She was definitely a star as well. Kym was a pretty big disappointment for me. I don’t think it was her fault, but for some reason she was given all the “sexy” numbers. It was like she was a playboy bunny with way too much prancing and not nearly enough dancing. It’s too bad since she’s such an extraordinary dancer. I wish they’d have given her some better choreography.

For the men, Mark and Val were definitely the most featured dancers. I think they gave the audience exactly what you’d expect from both of them. Whichever one you prefer, you won’t be disappointed and will likely see them as the star of the show. However, Sasha got a ton of featured dances as well. Paul was also a nice addition, especially for the contemporary dances.

The tour includes a number of group numbers and individual couple dances as you’d expect. However, a somewhat unexpected part was a Q&A session with the DWTS Pros (Mark, Val, Sasha, Keo, Emma, Witney, and Kym). Alfonso asked the questions and he brought it pretty strong for some of the questions. A few interesting insights (although, nothing too spectacular for hard core fans), but Alfonso brought up the showmance topic with Val and there was a pretty interesting reaction. Val was kind of tap dancing around the answer when Alfonso started to go to the next question. Val, literally stood up and said “He** no.” and then offered a more detailed answer. When he did that, someone from the audience yelled out about showmances for votes. Val addressed it head on and said that he didn’t fake a romance with his partner to get votes because he respected his relationship with his star, the show, and the dances. I’m sure that the Val lovers will see it as a sincere answer and the Val haters will see it as insincere.

One other question they asked was which of Mark Ballas’ partners was his favorite. He commented that he’d had 15 (amazing to think how many seasons he’s been on the show). Then, Mark said that Sadie, Kristi, Shawn and Chelsea were probably his 4 boos. However, in an incredibly hilarious moment, Alfonso then asked Keo which partner was his favorite. Luckily, the attendees seem very well versed in DWTS, so they got the humor of the moment.

Ok…one other question they asked. Sasha was asked his favorite moments on the show. He said being with Snooki, but then talked about all of the things he’s been on the show as part of the troupe. Then, Alfonso asked him, “What about the kiss with Derek Hough? That wasn’t your favorite?” Sasha hilariously responded, “It was simultaneously my favorite and least favorite moment on the show.” Oh yes, Val also comment on how his package appeared on the show (I really hope someone got a video of this moment). It was hilarious. As you can see, we really need DWTS fans at every tour stop to report on at least the Q&A at every DWTS Live tour stop.

I know many of you love to buy merchandise at these tours, so here’s a picture of the merchandise area:
DWTS Live Tour Merchandise

I’d been told the show was 1.5 hours, but it went a full 2 hours with a short intermission. There are so many more details to share, but hopefully this gives you a small taste of the DWTS Live tour. I had a thoroughly great time at the show and I’m sure DWTS fans everywhere will enjoy it. It’s a great mix of music, dancing, and commentary.

I’ll do my best to post more details in a future post together with some amazing pictures. However, I grabbed this short clip of the final dance to give you a bit of a feel for the show. I’m really glad I was able to attend the first show. Now I’ll have to see if I can get tickets to the Las Vegas show so I can see how it improves between now and then. Maybe in Vegas I can even score some interviews with the dancers as well (no luck this time).

December 28, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS Season 19 Ending Essay And Rewind – Blog By Lois

As she promised, here is Lois with a rewind of Dancing With The Stars Season 19…

My Season 19 Ending Essay – DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 19 R-E-W-I-N-D

DANCING WITH THE STARS has reached Season 19 already! Glory be, how can it be! A stunning milestone for sure! Season 19 was ripe for change. Changes were in the wind in the DANCING WITH THE STARS production offices. As I wind along I will bring those changes into my commentary.

On September 4, 2014, the new cast announcement was featured on GOOD MORNING AMERICA. I always get a rush from seeing who the new cast will be. Even though there are always cast leaks, we get all warm and fuzzy seeing them appear before our very eyes. Read more..

December 1, 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.

PureDWTS Season 19 Finale Poem: “The Final Curtain Call – Encore Please”

Below is Lois with her last poem for Dancing With The Stars Season 19….

My final poem for Season 19 – Tuesday Night Finale!

As I was thinking of a poem title, a few things came to my mind. The Finale Shows feel like a curtain call for the seasons. The entire production of DANCING WITH THE STARS is celebrated with one mammoth, gargantuan Curtain Call! From the journeys of the dancers to all of the dancing pairs showcasing one of their dances for the seasons! The Finale is an extravaganza unequaled by any other show on the air today. Music and dancing emanate from every pore of the ballroom. The ballroom shakes with appreciation for what this show represents – SIMPLY THE BEST ENTERTAINMENT SHOW ON THE PLANET! I added ENCORE PLEASE to the title because we don’t want this marvelous show to end each season. Tears always come to my eyes to see this show end at 11 pm. We would take as many encores of every show that ever aired! I have seen them all! I love this show so much! My happy happy place! Without further adieu I bring you:

THE FINALE CURTAIN CALL – ENCORE PLEASE!

The coveted Mirror Ball Trophy is being awarded this sparkling night
The Opening a Star-Studded Celebration, a pure joy, a pure delight

A promenade of stars, of astounding pros, exciting spectacles galore
Juggernaut of DANCING WITH THE STARS emanating from every pore

From the beginning journeys of the dancing pairs, a season in review
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November 30, 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.

PureDWTS Poem For The Night One Finale – “An Epic Evolution Of Dance”

Here is Lois back with another one of her fun poems….this time, for night one of Dancing With The Stars finale….

My poem for the Monday night show – Week 11 – Finals

When I was thinking how to approach this poem, I thought of two words – epic and evolution. The finalists have undergone an evolution throughout the season. And the Freestyles are always epic, but the four Freestyles we saw were extra-epic, raising the bar for freestyles going forward in coming seasons.

AN EPIC EVOLUTION OF DANCE

AN EPIC EVOLUTION OF DANCE, finalists growing through the season
Dances re-wound, the finalists grew by leaps and bounds, for a reason

Freestyles were epic taking the dances to astounding, amazing heights
AN EPIC EVOLUTION OF DANCE, a grand display, blazing bright lights

The opening, a pro-pelling extravaganza, full of spirit, a grand showcase
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November 29, 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.

Afterbuzz TV Reviews The Finale Of Dancing With The Stars Season 19

Below is the new Afterbuzz TV show. This time Serge Onik joins Kristyn, Anna, and Suri to review the show. I haven’t listened to all of the show yet, but, I hope to later. Let us know what you think.

November 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.

More Dancing With The Stars Season 19 Finale Interviews After Night 2

More interviews All! Check out E Online as they’ve posted some new interviews with the finalists. Also, below are the finalists talking with with George Pennacchio and ABC7.

ETA: Scroll Below for updates!!

ETA: How about some ET Online and People coverage? Read more..

November 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.

Dancing With The Stars Season 19 Finale Parties With Good Morning America And The View

Good Morning America held an after party for the finalists of Dancing With The Stars Season 19. Lots of fun below (we’re still waiting for some dance videos. stay tuned). Note how they will also be on The View today. In case you can’t watch, see this link for videos if they post some.


Ready For The GMA After Party!!!! by IdolxMuzic


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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.

DWTS19 Finale Interviews After Night 2, Alfonso Ribeiro And Janel Parrish To Dance in New DWTS Tour

So, let’s get to some interviews with the finalists of Dancing With The Stars after the finale last night. All three couples are riding high and feeling the emotions of their last dances together. However, not for long for a few of them. As you know Alfonso Ribeiro announced on the show that he will be dancing in the new DWTS Live Tour. Janel Parrish mentions in the Access Hollywood interview below that she will be making a few cameo appearances on the new tour as well. More coming up. Keep scrolling below for updates….

ETA: Here is some coverage with PopTVDotCom after the show… Read more..

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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.

HQ Photos Of Night 2 Of The Dancing With The Stars Season 19 Finale – HQ Pics Of Entire Cast

My goodness!! From all the pro dances to all the contestant dances and the guest performances, what a great night of television!! When the dust settles, I can’t wait to watch everything again and again. So many powerful moments. What’s more, the photos coming out from last night reflect just that. If you head to ABC7 and the Daily Mail, you’ll see what I mean. Also, how about these images courtesy of Adam Taylor. You can view loads more at Getty Images. Congratulations EVERYONE! More coming up! Stay tuned! We’re only just getting started this morning!

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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.

ABC Releases Promos For DWTS Season 19 Finale, 10th Anniversary, And More

Powerful stuff! And check out the special Freestyle extra with Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas…

November 25, 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.