Let’s get this show started. Also, note that Leah Remini will be taking Erin Andrews spot in the Ballroom Monday night. You can read more at E Online. I bet she will be hilarious.
Wow, what fantastic shots of the cast of Dancing With The Stars in the rehearsal parking lot. You can see them dancing around and posing for the paparazzi at the Daily Mail. Check out Emma and Michael especially. Let’s hope they bring some of THAT to their new performance. Witney and Alfonso are looking fine fine too.
And who remembers this gem from Dancing With The Stars Season 16? One of the best commercials ever for the show in my opinion. #FeelTheMoment and three more days until show time, Dancettes!
Wow. What a night. And not really in a good way. While I certainly think that Julianne is ten times the judge that Carrie Ann is, all of them needed a good smack the other night for being so ungodly rude. No, I do not disagree with some of the scores they were handing out (although Sadie and Alfonso got hosed in a big way), but the timing and the comments. You wanna use those paddles, how about NOT throwing out 6’s, 7’s and 8’s to those same people for the first four weeks. You say “Oh, it’s now week 5, we have to get tough. NO! THIS IS STUPID THINKING! No matter how often you say that’s what you’re doing, it just comes off as dumb – and as if you’ve had the realization if you don’t start scoring some of those guys low, they’re going to stick around for a while. :::rolls eyes:::
I will say that one time that I loved was when CAI asked Val what his dance was supposed to mean – thanks for asking what all of America was probably trying to figure out. Val, you have potential but you have a long way to go before you hit Derek’s level. A long way. And you’ll never get there as long as they keep giving you partners with dance experience. You need a Joanna…and more clarity of vision. And pills that help you resist the showmance bug.
What else did I like? Well, not very much. Alfonso and Sadie were fantastic. Bethany was very good. And that was pretty much it. Problem is that I heard some of what went on behind the scenes and it just makes me feel bad. This is my happy, shiny dance show and they’re determined to screw it up. And no, it’s not Julianne’s presence or Len’s absence – that’s too simple minded. Read more..
It’s Pitbull week! Except not really…oh wait, I know! It’s Latin week! Nope, not really that either…hmmm. Who the hell knows what the theme of this week is supposed to be. Some couples are dancing to Pitbull songs, but not all of them; and we’ve got a few ballroom dances peppered into a bunch of Latin dances…oh, and one lone jazz. A little something for everyone, I suppose.
I could see Jonathan making a bit of a comeback this week, since jazz seems like it would be right in he & Allison’s wheelhouse; Mike is likely pretty screwed with the Argentine tango. Tommy could go either way with the foxtrot – it’s his first “true” ballroom dance, so it will be interesting to see how he fares. At the top of the leader board? I’m guessing Janel gets rave reviews for her samba, regardless of how good it actually is, because they need her to have a comeback week; I think Sadie will unfortunately be back to getting low balled after finally getting the scores she deserves last week. Ditto for Alfonso – I fully expect him to get nitpicked to death AGAIN, and if he & Witney are going the route I think they are with their salsa, they could be taking a big risk…so I’m bracing myself for the most harsh critique they’ve had yet. Bethany? One big question mark…this will be her first “intense” dance, which could work for her or against her.
Heidi is currently traveling and has limited computer access, but she wanted to make sure this went up for you guys She should be back later tonight with more intel…
ETA: I’m Baaaackkk! With Lea and Artem’s song – and no, it’s NOT the Iggy Azalea version. I also wanted to add that I’ve been rewatching the show and left something out of my numbers post that I wanted to mention. I REALLY appreciate and love how the dancers in the sky box are wearing little tribute costumes to one of their cohorts from time to time. This past week they were all wearing dreadlocks after Tommy’s dance, and this was after they were all imitating Tony after his audition tape was shown. The previous week they all had beards and duck calls. They show a lot of camaraderie with each other that is fun to watch. Which makes the judges and their behavior that much more dreadful. ~Heidi
ETA2: Lots of complaining by Derek fans about his and Beth’s song. Chillax, people. Of all people, he can handle it. And if it doesn’t work? Well, it happens. Jonathan? Much harder to tell how that’s going to go. Oh, and if you scrooooooll down, you’ll see Derek and Beth had a special visitor in their rehearsal. ~Heidi
Janel and Val – Samba
Jonathan and Allison – Jazz (Song: “Back in Time” by Pitbull )
Bethany and Derek – Tango (Song: “Jealous (I ain’t with it)” by Chromeo )
Alfonso and Witney – Salsa (Song: “Booty” by Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
Lea and Artem – Salsa (Song: “Sexy People (The Fiat Song)” by Arianna feat. Pitbull
Michael and Emma – Argentine tango
Antonio and Cheryl – Salsa
Tommy and Peta – Foxtrot (Song: “September” by Earth, Wind, & Fire
Sadie and Mark – Rumba (Song: “Diamonds” by Rihanna
Some more not-so-subtle clues from Alfonso & Witney…
Oooh @therealalfonsoribeiro … dat booty tho #DWTS #TeamWitfonso @witneycarson
@bethanynoelm and I Gettin our tango on Down Under !! #motough
ABC MediaNet has released show details for Dancing With The Stars Week 6. As previously posted, Pitbull is the guest judge and he is also performing “Fireball” . More details below including the dance styles for the week. Note that the release mentions one elimination will take place as well.
“Episode 1906” – International superstar Pitbull returns to the ballroom and for the first time joins Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli as a guest judge MONDAY, OCTOBER 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on “Dancing with the Stars.” Pitbull will kick-off the night with a steamy performance of his hit single “Fireball” followed by the nine remaining celebrities performing to a mix of his hits and personal favorite songs. Dance styles will include Salsa, Rumba, Foxtrot, Tango and Jazz. At the end of the night, one couple will face elimination.
We’re putting it all in your hands, America! You vote to pick the songs, choose the dances and decide the music. It’s your turn to make an unforgettable night of Dancing with the Stars! ~Official Dancing With The Stars site
Hey Dancing With The Stars Fans: Go to the official site as they are asking fans to choose the song and style of dance you want to see for the couples on the October 27th show. You can vote HERE!! Though additional note: It doesn’t appear to be fully LIVE and working yet – but, keep checking back because it might be working soon.
After you vote, let us know what you picked in comments. I know what Courtney wants….
Courtney @putUincespence at twitter: Paso doble to “Sunglasses at Night”. Campaign starts NOW.
Doesn’t Lois come up wuth some fun concepts for her poems for us every wee? Show her some love, All!!! Thanks Lois!!!
SHUFFLING THE DANCING DECK
The cards were on the table, the viewers shook up the pairs
The Dancing Deck shuffled, we couldn’t wait to see what airs
The dots were connected, the dancers met their new mates
Scenes were set, ballroom was ready to see their new fates
The opening, a rousing Jesse J, a star-filled sparkling glow
It was an energetic, sexy, a luminescent dancing light show
Lighting up the show, A Dazzling, Dynamic Dancing Troupe
Sasha, Henry, Lindsay, Jenna, a magical, mesmerizing group
Jesse J performed Masterpiece, Peta, Val danced with flair
Their own Masterpiece, a Contemporary show filled the air
SHUFFLE NUMBER ONE
JANEL AND ARTEM – BURLESQUE
MAMA KNOWS BEST
Sexual, steamy, sensual, sultry, lift showcase
Janel was like a “cat on a hot tin roof”
SHUFFLE NUMBER TWO
JONATHAN AND PETA – JITTERBUG
ROCK THIS TOWN
WITH JOEY FATONE AND BAND
A joyous, jovial, jittery jitterbug
Feeling like we were At The Hop
SHUFFLE NUMBER THREE
BETHANY AND MARK – HIP HOP
SHE CAME TO GIVE IT TO YOU
SASHA FARBER – THE BARKEEP
Getting into the groove, with swagger
Shaking to the hip hop beat with precision
SHUFFLE NUMBER FOUR
MICHAEL AND WITNEY – DISCO
A Disco fever, dance party feel
Fun, funky entertainment, 60s feel
SHUFFLE NUMBER FIVE
ANTONIO AND ALLISON – BOLLYWOOD
1234 GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR
WITH DRUM EXTRAVAGANZA
Like Genie left out of bottle, bewitching Bollywood
Hanging in the air with the ballroom stars
SHUFFLE NUMBER SIX
TOMMY AND EMMA – MAMBO
PASS THE DUTCHIE
BACKUP DANCERS AND BAND
Having merry, Mambo-licious movement
Natural relaxed rhythm to the Mambo beat
SHUFFLE NUMBER SEVEN
SADIE AND DEREK – CHARLESTON
CRAZY STUPID LOVE
Sadie Sadie Shining Lady, light on her feet
A Fully Fantastic Flapper-tastic Dance
SHUFFLE NUMBER EIGHT
ALFONSO AND CHERYL – FLAMENCO
Feisty, fierce, fiery, full of fantastic flair
A mesmerizing chemistry connection
SHUFFLE NUMBER NINE
LEA AND VAL – BROADWAY
YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT
WITH THE DYNAMIC TROUPE
OF RETIRED BALLROOM DANCERS
UNIQUE USE OF WALKER PROPS
Blockbuster Broadway Revue, unique choreography
An Old Folks Opera, fearless, fantastic, full of fun
The Dancing Deck shuffled, the new pairs were a pure delight
Applause rang out from the ballroom rafters to end the night!
Written By Lois A Troutman, October 15, 2014
SHUFFLING THE DANCING DECK, THE VIEWERS GOT IT RIGHT!
RETURNING THE ORIGINAL PAIRS NEXT WEEK FOR LATIN NIGHT!
Below is the new Afterbuzz TV show. Kristyn Burtt, Anna Trebunskaya, Suri Serano,and special guest Jenna Johnson review Dancing With The Stars Season 19 Week 5. Straight up, Krisytn mentions it was “The Judgy Show”. Listen through and see if you agree with them. I was pretty much ok with everything until they got to Derek and Sadie. It was “spectacular” dance in my opinion.
Wow, I can’t get enough of these. Check out Bruno. He’s giving good face too. To see more awesome shots from Dancing With The Stars Season 19 Week 5, see Getty Images.
And this is the week that the hammer drops and suddenly the judges are “over” some of the dance crushes they have had so far this season – particularly Julianne and her crush on Tommy. Hate to say it, but you only have yourselves to blame, guys – when you gush over the same people doing the same rudimentary stuff week after week, you can’t expect them to improve…and then it’s kinda lame to suddenly say “I’m bored, I want more.” But in the same token, you also don’t have to be over-the-top mean – and I think they got that way with a few of the couples tonight. They seemed to lose sight of the fact that these were NOT the regular pairings, which is a tough enough row to hoe, and on top of that, they were all doing these bizarre dance styles that none of them are extensively trained in. Was this REALLY the best week to drop that hammer, stooges?
So I guess the asshattery from Julianne, Carrie Ann, and Bruno made me thankful for Jessie J, who at least seemed to try and find the positive in everyone’s routines while still giving a useful critique – she is a judge on The Voice UK, after all, so I think she felt obligated to be constructive. Also quite impressed with her ability to not only sing live (!!!), but also do some dancing at the same time. As I said on Twitter – it’s so rare to find singers that actually sing live and don’t just lip sync, let along singers that sing live and dance as well. The only other singer I can think of off the the top of my head that also does both is Usher…so she’s in good company.
So I guess all this talk about the judges tonight brings me to pose this question to everyone: do we really need Len? Next week will be the 4th week out of 6 that Len hasn’t been at the judges’ table – and I’m not really noticing his absence. I’m almost wondering, what with his sorta-kinda farewell speech on the finale last season, if he originally was not gonna come back at all this season – and TPTB somehow guilted him into doing a few shows just to maintain some consistency.
But anyway – no elim tonight, but there is one next week, based on last week’s votes, this week’s scores and votes, and next week’s scores. As our longtime readers know, the more total points given out = the smaller the margins = the greater the likelihood of a “shocking” elimination. It really becomes a battle of the fanbases – who’s getting the votes vs. who isn’t. I don’t care if you’re at the bottom of the leaderboard – in a massive-points-dump-to-calculate-elimination scenario like this one, the playing field becomes a lot more level. To give you an idea of what crazy sh*t could happen – Sabrina was voted off the all-star season in a week where she was only 1/2 point away from a perfect score…but the elim was based on multiple weeks of scores and votes. Vote, vote, vote, kids – even if your favorite is in the lead.
1.) Alfonso & Cheryl (Witney) – Aaaaand we’re back to nitpicking Alfonso to death, I see – can’t let him get too confident now, can we PTB? Once again, he dances FLAWLESSLY – and in a style that’s totally different than anything we’ve seen from him so far. He nails the technique (those heel things he was doing at the beginning are insanely difficult – the bf actually got a hairline fracture attempting it during a showcase routine), he nails the drama (loved the dust – just that added drama every time he clapped his hands), and he nails the partnering…and all Carrie Ann and Bruno wanna talk about is the distance between his neck and his shoulder??? Seriously, you stooges – what’s the complaint gonna be next week? He’s moving his ears in a strange way when he’s dancing? His pupils are too dilated? He’s flaring his nostrils too much? Because this is getting ri-goddamn-diculous. I guess I see what they’re trying to do – trying to level the playing field, make it seem like Alfonso isn’t running away with this season (even though he really is), but there’s gonna reach a point when even the most dim viewers are gonna say “Ok, that’s just being petty.” And sorry, but 8’s for a dance that good are just ASSININE…especially when they specifically say Sadie missed a few steps in the beginning of her routine, and give her 9’s across the board. She earned her 9’s – but so did Alfonso. Oh well – at least he still gets THUNDEROUS applause after every dance he does. Read more..