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PureDWTS Season 23 Finale Part 1 – Media, Scores, And Interviews

What a great night of dancing last night. And just think…there is more tonight!! Yay!! 🙂 With that said, I just want to take a moment to thank you all for following us all season. You are the tops. Whatever you do though….don’t go away in the off season. John has a new commentary post we’d like your feed back on coming up tomorrow. We also have an “end of the season” questionnaire coming soon….and then there are the new Pro and Celebrity Wish lists, new rumors for next season, coverage of the new tour, and keeping up with the Pros as always, and so much more. So, stick around. 😉

Ok, let’s review the scores from last night…

Redemption Dance:
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy (Paso): 9-10-9-10 from the judges for a total of 38.
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess (Foxtrot): 9-9-9-10 from the judges for a total of 37.
Calvin Johnson, Jr. and Lindsay Arnold (Viennese Waltz ): 8-9-9-9 from the judges for a total of 35.
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko (Tango): 8-9-9-9 from the judges for a total of 35.

The Freestyle Challenge:
Calvin & Lindsay: 10-10-10-10 from the judges for a perfect 40.
Laurie & Val & Maks: 10-10-10-10 from the judges for a perfect 40.
James & Sharna: 10-10-10-10 from the judges for a perfect 40.
Jana & Gleb: 9-9-9-9 from the judges for a total of 36.

As you can see, Laurie and Val are only one point ahead of James and Sharna. I have some thoughts on this, but, I will put them in Courtney’s new Power Rankings post coming later. 😉

Onto some Media, recaps, and interviews. First see Glamour, ABC7, and People for a few recaps. Then don’t miss seeing Entertainment Tonight for a recap and a new interview with Jana and Gleb. I love Gleb and Jana’s smiles. I’m really proud of them and how they powered through all season and I couldn’t be more thankful that Gleb is back dancing on our version of Dancing With The Stars. He didn’t disappoint. Here they are with E Online….

Glen and Jana also talked with Fox. I’m so glad Gleb challenged her every week like he did and I think she learned and healed a lot from it. Here’s her performance of “Circles” tonight. I love that song.:

Afterwards, co-host Erin Andrews asked Savchenko what he had said to Kramer after their troubled performance, set to Sia’s “Unstoppable.”

“I said, ‘I’m sorry,’ ” the emotional dance pro replied.

But Kramer told reporters backstage that after Savchenko had apologized to her, she said to him, “It’s okay. The amount of times that I’ve messed up—I even did a little mess up in the routine, too, but it’s okay. We had an incredible journey. It’s not about the last thing. It’s about the whole package and we had standing ovations and perfect scores [all season]. We killed it.”

Savchenko agreed, saying, “We killed it every week—came out there, different characters, different routines. It was challenging. We never took a week and said, this week we’re going to go easy because we know we’re going to be through.”

He said to Kramer in front of reporters, “Every week I pushed you over your limit.”

Kramer, who scored a 35 out of 40 for their first dance, a tango, and 36 for the freestyle, was eliminated based on viewer votes and scores from last week.

Gymnast Laurie Hernandez, race car driver James Hinchcliffe, and former football player Calvin Johnson Jr. proved that athletes still have the edge on “DWTS” as they wound up the final three to compete in Tuesday’s grand finale.

But Kramer insisted upon leaving in fourth place, “I’m so happy, honestly. We did everything we wanted to do. I shared every story I wanted to share which is why I signed up for the show. I danced with an incredible partner and I had a blast. It’s something that I’ll never forget…there’s nothing to really be sad about.”

The singer who relived her relationship hell on “DWTS” will be performing her single, “Circles,” on the Tuesday show where the winner will be crowned — and then plans to bask in life with her baby daughter Jolie: “I cannot wait for that mommy time.”

Stormy’s DWTS All Access coverage: Read more..

November 22, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing with the Stars Season 23, THE FINALS – LIVE BLOG!!

As always…

Site rules in are effect – don’t hit refresh every 2 minutes, make sure you’re not posting one-liners, etc. Thank you. 🙂

What kind of fresh hell will I have to endure this evening??

The obligatory kinda silly opening. Non-actors reading lines. 🙂

Calvin and Lindsay up first….agree with Lindsay, CAI totally screwed them over. That was utterly ridiculous.

They’ve done some version of “watching video” nearly every season in the final or semi-final. Think this is the first time that they’ve looked at their OWN video.

Beautiful V. Waltz. Only complaint I had didn’t really have to do with them but the stupid “no lift” rule that makes it incredibly awkward to do some moves because Lindsay is trying so hard to keep her feet on the ground. And CAI is just enough the bitch to call it in the finale too.

Agree with Len on all but the footwork. OH FOR GOD’S SAKE!!! Her foot did not come off. My god save me from CAI and her moronic behavior. Ridiculous.

@#$%$#@@#$%^&&

Another Jana package that consists of wahhh whaaaa wahhh….

Dance was going pretty well until she missed a couple steps in the middle and then there was that LIFT. It was just messy towards the end. And the middle.

Agree with Julianne wholeheartedly. At least CAI saw her lift too…but if she get’s a nine from CAI she’s an idiot. OH HELL YES LEN!!! Where have you been for 23 seasons?

Calvin really got hosed – same score as Jana and his dance was MUCH better. She was so messy and got called out for it by Julianne, yet gets the same score with more raves.  So, is he moving on to tomorrow and they want to keep him down?

The attempt to turn Val into Derek continues. Too bad he sounds so insincere. And can’t really choreograph very well.

Good dancing from Laurie although there’s something going on with how she bends – I guess it’s gymnast body. It also felt more like a Tango than a Paso. Bit of a sync issue at the end.  Great back kick in there – but no surprise. Gymnast.

Lot’s of gushing…odd that CAI can see those feet come off the ground but completely miss the sync issue. Peeked on twitter and saw Courtney saw it too.

Wow…this is interesting scoring.

Why do we have a musical performance BEFORE the last dance of the round?? And will this affect voting – we know large chunks of the audience might not have the best attention span.

LOL Sharna. Love Helio…that was fun.

Okay, that was an EXCELLENT foxtrot!! So smooth, beautiful….very well done.

I didn’t see the stumble at all…interesting that the producers had it all cued up to replay it. I think he should still get at least one 10 – Laurie did and she had issues as well.

Erin, shut up. Okay, same score as Laurie?  I’ve lost track. Crap, Laurie got TWO 10’s??  Right. :::sigh::: The judges are ranking. Laurie #1, James #2 – gotta get voting. Quite sure that Sharna can kill Val in a freestyle, but it probably won’t matter.

I can’t decide if this stealth cam is set up or true stealth. I saw them set it up for Derek and Marilu, but this looked stealth. I still wonder though.

So far, this looks like all of Jana’s dances.  the teacher is an interesting idea, but  I’m not sure it really adds anything. Oh, they’re having some trouble with it…it’s getting in the way.

Okay, at the end I have to say that wasn’t a very good freestyle. It started out okay, but got very messy with the tether and it just was…weird.

Oh Jules, you’re being kind. That scarf didn’t work. Props to Gleb for trying it, but it really didn’t work. Maybe if they had another week of rehearsal.

Ah poor Gleb. Now he’s making me cry. Nine’s are nothing to be ashamed of. Hey, Val – that was real emotion. Take notes.

Lindsay scares me. 🙂  Calvin is so awesome. I love him. 🙂

NOW THAT WAS A FREESTYLE!!! That was fantastic, brilliant and amazing – and it actually had stuff I haven’t seen before with the treadmills. Just amazing. Perfect. If it doesn’t get a perfect score, the fix is in.

THAT was really good. Lindsay takes the lead as best female choreographer in on DWTS. By a long shot. Sharna and Val have a shit ton of work to do.  Wow. Mind. Blown.

Damn straight that’s a perfect score. That’s what I want to see in a freestyle.

The La La Land dance was pretty cool. Why is Mandy so uneven in her choreography? I know all choreographers have bad dances but she seems more uneven than most.

Geez, Val. You want to talk to America? Try bringing some authenticity to your choreography and your packages. People WILL buy what you’re selling if it’s authentic. But I don’t get that from you.

Okay…fun, happy, happy freestyle. But nothing earth shattering or terribly exciting. Don’t get me wrong – it didn’t suck. And it’s not a freestyle that would cost her the win, but…

I’ll be disappointed if this gets a perfect score. It would normally be a 40 dance, I think….but it’s so far below Calvin’s in my opinion. His was more difficult and more innovative. There was just nothing new or exciting. But part of the problem is the allowing of props, extra dancers, etc during the regular season.

Oh shut UP, Val! Dang, you ruin it every time!

Hmmmm….not sure how I feel about that freestyle.  I think it was very different. The voice over worked, I think. It was very well danced. It was NOT cliche.  I think the music was perfectly chosen.

Julianne says “one of best freestyles ever” – don’t think I agree with that. It was very good.  I dunno, I think I have to sit on this one for a bit. It’s something I’m going to have to mull over. I hope the audience doesn’t have to mull it over. I think, judging by the scoring and the comments, that James has a real shot to win this. Not sure that dance was enough. I think it beats Laurie on emotion though.

So, I’m wrong AGAIN!! But happy to be wrong. 😉 Only working at 70% this season.  In case you didn’t guess, Jana and Gleb are eliminated – and they knew it too.

Very interesting, having James last to be called safe. I suspect they’re trying to suppress Calvin’s vote. Much the way Marilu was always called safe fairly early, they’re trying to lull Calvin’s fans into complacency. Not sure if Calvin being there really hurts James or not…I guess we find out tomorrow.

In closing….yes, I will do a new post tomorrow night and yes, I’m working on the numbers as we speak…It’s a toss up folks. If not for the running order and the filler, Calvin would have a real shot with his great freestyle. As he should. But because of the nitpicking all season, the scoring and the filler, I think it comes down to Laurie and James – and it’s not a sure thing either way. VOTE!!

 

November 21, 2016 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 All Access Season 23 Finals Night One – LIVE Behind The Scenes Coverage, Interviews, And More

Dancing With The Stars Season 23 All Access is about to begin for night one of the Finals! You can watch all the “behind the scenes” coverage and interviews LIVE in the video below. You can also watch it at the Official Site here.

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Finalists Visit The Children’s Hospital In Los Angeles – Video

The Dancing With The Stars Finalists visited the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles a few days ago. This will bring a tear to your eye. If you’d like to donate to help these little angels, go here.

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Season 23 Finals – New Promo, Photos, Last Minute Thoughts Including Some From Wanya Morris

We’re only hours away from the Finals of Dancing With The Stars Season 23! Below is a new promo, some photos, and last minute thoughts from the couples. Wanya Morris also sent a message to Calvin Johnson. So cool! Here’s to tonight and best wishes to Everyone!

Oh how facial expressions change with just an eyebrow😂😂 @iamvalc

A video posted by Laurie Hernandez (@lauriehernandez_) on

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

The Season 23 Finalists Talk On Their Last Week Of Dancing With The Stars Rehearsals And More

If you go to Entertainment Tonight, the finalists of Dancing With The Stars Season 23 share stories from their stressful week of rehearsals and what they’ll miss the most about dancing. Here’s a part with Gleb and Jana. Gleb says their freestyle will be as exciting as their Shower dance.

“It’s been a very stressful week for [Gleb Savchenko],” country singer Jana Kramer explains. “Like, obviously I’m stressed, too, but he has to choreograph two dances. It’s the finals. He’s got to step it up in the choreography, so I think he’s stressed.”

“I was a little bit stressed, but today’s better,” Gleb adds. “We’ve got everything almost ready.”

Unfortunately, the two won’t be reprising their iconic shower dance as many fans expected. “I wish we were,” Jana confirms. “They won’t let us.” Instead, they’ll be reprising their sexy Viennese waltz from week one and a new freestyle that the two tease is sure to wow the crowd.

“This dance is going to be as exciting as the shower dance,” Gleb promises. “We got a great concept, a great song. The difference is the choreography and everything else is completely new. So, it’s going to be cool. A cool dance. I love it.”

I can’t wait to see what he’s up to. More with the other couples at Entertainment Tonight. You can also watch a video here.

Also below are interviews with Val and Laurie and an update on Miss Peta.

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November 18, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Season 23, The Semi-Finals – Dancing by the Numbers!

I find myself asking the exact same question that I’ve asked for the last couple weeks – does extreme pimpage (raving judges, over scoring, positive/mush/sentimental editing) work on an audience? I think it’s very clear that the answer is yes. Why? Trump. Enough said. And if they didn’t know that it worked, they wouldn’t do it so much.

But you have to wonder where the tipping point is: when do they go so far that the general viewer sees the man behind the curtain?? I mean, this past week the thing with Laurie was just…disgusting. Leave the poor child and her family to deal with their grief without making a public spectacle of it – that’s just distasteful. The raving over Jana – come on. The first part of the season I forgot she was even on the show. Boring. When does the general audience wake up and say, “dang, they’re really pushing so and so HARD.” Read more..

November 17, 2016 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 23, The FINALS – Who’s Dancing What…And When?

So, are we having two dances on Monday? An unlearned dance and the freestyle?? Or is there some other stupid gimmick that I’m not aware of yet? 🙂

Vogue: Yep, Miss Heidi. We are getting two dances….and a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge” on Tuesday night. Lots more info below courtesy of Disney Abc. Let us know what you think, Everyone! Here’s to the Finals!

Heidi: Apparently, the press release is WRONG is a couple spots. Jana is now doing a V. Waltz from week 1.

ETA: I’ve added in the 24-hour fusion dances.  General observation: these seem a bit more ballroom-heavy than usual.  -Court-

FOUR COUPLES REMAIN IN ONE OF THE TIGHTEST RACES EVER, BUT ONLY ONE CAN TAKE HOME THE COVETED MIRRORBALL TROPHY, ON THE TWO-PART SEASON FINALE OF ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS,’ NOVEMBER 21 & 22

Len Goodman Returns to the Ballroom as Head Judge

Musical Performers Include Train, Andy Grammer, Vanilla Ice and Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds

Each Celebrity Will Perform a Freestyle Dance

The Season 23 Champion Will Be Revealed at The Grove on Tuesday, November 22

“Episodes 2311 & 2312” – After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the finals of “Dancing with the Stars,” live, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. Len Goodman returns to the ballroom as head judge for the two-part season finale. It’s one of the closest races ever on the show, with some of the most skilled dancing celebrity contestants have ever pulled off. At the end of the night, one couple will be eliminated. The remaining three couples will have one last night of competitive dancing as they perform a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge,” vying to score some extra judges’ points, and one couple will be crowned the “Dancing with the Stars” champion, culminating an incredible season, which will be announced live from The Grove on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST).

On MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), the four finalists will each perform two dances – a Redemption Style dance (paso doblé, Viennese waltz or tango), and a freestyle dance – one of the biggest competitive dances of the season. In addition, Grammy Award-winning Train will perform its hit “Play That Song,” and there will also be a special performance from this winter’s most talked about movie, Lionsgate’s “La La Land” (in select cities December 9, expanding December 16), choreographed by Mandy Moore.

The couples will dance to the following songs (in alphabetical order):

Calvin and Lindsay
Redemption Style: Viennese Waltz – “I Am Your Man” by Ryan Shaw
Freestyle: “Please Mr. Postman”/”I Want You Back” medley by The Marvelettes/Jackson 5
1-800-868-3403
24-hour fusion dance: jive/quickstep

James and Sharna
Redemption Style: Fox Trot – “It Had to Be You” by Harry Connick Jr.
Freestyle: “Beethoven’s 5 Secrets” by The Piano Guys
1-800-868-3405
24-hour fusion dance: Viennese waltz/foxtrot

Jana and Gleb
Redemption Style: Viennese Waltz from Week 1
Freestyle: “Unstoppable” by Sia
1-800-868-3406

Laurie and Val
Redemption Style: Paso Doblé – “Wicked Ones” by Dorothy
Freestyle – “Brand New” by Ben Rector
1-800-868-3407
24-hour fusion dance: foxtrot/Argentine tango

At the end of the night, one couple will be eliminated, and the three remaining couples will go on to vie for the coveted Mirrorball.

In the two-hour season finale on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), the three finalists advance to the final stage of the competition. There will be live dancing and show-stopping performances at both The Grove and in the “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom. The night kicks off with a high-energy opening number, featuring a reunion of all 13 of this season’s couples, at The Grove, Caruso’s award-winning retail, dining and lifestyle destination. The season finale Read more..

November 16, 2016 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. :-)

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Looking Forward To The Finale And Performing With Amber Rose And Emma York

Maksim Chmerkovskiy explains his dance this week with Laurie Hernandez and his brother Val in his new blog at Entertainment Weekly. It was a great experience and an emotional one too. He also gives his thoughts on the final four. Note that next week he is not only performing Qith Amber Rose, he’s also doing a piece with with Emma York. Here is more…

On the final four in the finale

I thought Jana stepped it up this week. I saw the dress rehearsal and I didn’t like the dance too much, so the fact that it came out the way it did was a testament to their continued hard work. Though, I have to say, I don’t think Jana is someone who has necessarily improved over the season when I consider everyone else. Even Laurie — who came in very much as a ball of muscle and already in shape — we’ve seen transformation into more of a performer than she was at the beginning. The same with Calvin; I would say he has made noticeable improvements over the course of the last several weeks as well. But I don’t know, I just don’t see that with Jana.

James had another great set of performances last night. I feel like he now knows what’s up and understands where he’s at in the competition. And I think Calvin, Laurie, and James — specifically because they’re athletes — are more equipped at dealing with a final push to the finish line.

Next week will be freestyle performances, and I just don’t know what those will look like for some of the finalists. It will be interesting to see what each couple picks. I’m looking forward the finale, though, and working with Amber again! Also, Emma York, who is a superstar — she’s incredible and a lot of work went into this little piece we’ll have in the finale, so we’re very excited!

More at Entertainment Weekly.

November 15, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Lindsay Arnold Talks On Making It To The DWTS Finals With Calvin Johnson And More

Lindsay Arnold answers new questions in her weekly blog at Entertainment Tonight about how she felt about this week’s dances with Calvin Johnson and Witney Carson. She also gave her thoughts on Calvin and the remaining couples heading into the finals. Here is more….

Calvin, to me, I would say he’s the most determined and most improved.

Jana, I think she is the fighter this season. I think she’s had to showcase some real emotions in almost every routine she does. She’s fought not only the dance process, but the emotional process of the show.

When I think of Gleb, I just think hot factor. He brings the hotness and the chemistry between him and Jana. So maybe the chemistry man?

James is hard, because he’s a lot of things. Dance wise I think that he’s shown the most natural ability. He’s made it look like it’s his own. He makes every routine look like it’s something he’s done for 15 years! It’s crazy, because he hasn’t.

Sharna, to me, is the most creative. She has done so many incredible things with James this season, and has really pushed the boundaries. That’s what I love to do as a choreographer, so I really look up to her in that sense.

Laurie is another hard one because she’s just incredible. There’s so many things you can say about her, but I think she’s the most mature. Sometimes I think we forget she’s only 16 years old, and she’s going through this insane competition.

I think Val is the softie this season. He’s really shown a different, emotional side to him. I mean, we’ve even seen some tears from him, which is very out of his element. We’ve seen him be very delicate with Laurie, and really treat her like a younger sister.

She’s so sweet. To read the full blog, see Entertainment Tonight.

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.