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PureDWTS18 Semi-Finals Post Media And Interviews Part 1

Good Day All!! Time for some post media and interviews after the show. Though first, I must say I have never had such mixed feelings for this show as I do right now. I’m happy for how Amy and Derek are going to the finals after their scare last night, but, I’m also so sad Sharna and Charlie didn’t make it. :( Something seems so wrong with that. It should have been James or Candace to go. Even my Dad called after the show to talk about it and said the same. I remember Carrie Ann Inaba once saying that the right people always make the finals in the end. Well, not this time. :(

Moving on, let’s see what Sharna and Charlie and the other contestants had to say about it with George Pennacchio of ABC7 (a prelude for whats to come with the On The Red carpet Interviews). Be sure to see this link.

You can also see Sharna and Charlie interviewed by E News at this link (sorry. I can’t embed it or it messes up the site). Sharna looks so sad and beautiful. Charlie keeps smiling through out. How does he do it? As well as his amazing dancing this season, I don’t think I’ll ever forget his smile. Also, didn’t you love his tails last night?

In more media things, see the Daily Mail has a fun recap with pictures. Glamour has some “behind the scenes” coverage and pictures after the show too. I love this part with Derek’s reaction to Kenny Ortega’s comment. *awwww*

*Oh, and Derek Hough…after that second dance with Amy, all I can say is that when the time comes, can you choreograph my wedding dance? That was just pure brilliance.

I showed Derek what I wrote, and after first joking that he would not, he redeemed himself quickly: “Of course I will! We’ll just dance the night away!” I also told Derek that I’m calling his dances “dancing couture” because of how he tailors each dance to each partner’s strengths. Totally appropriate, right? And as for Kenny Ortega’s comment to Derek that he has “redefined choreography for this generation?” Even Derek was at a loss for words backstage. “He’s an absolute legend and has choreographed the best, so to hear that coming from him is incredible. I just feel really blessed and humbled.”

For more with Derek and Amy, see Pure Derek Hough.

Ok, more coming up. Keep checking back and stay tuned! xx

ETA: Below is some PopTVDotCom “after dark” coverage…. Read more..

May 13, 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 18, Week 8 – Dancing by the Numbers!

I kinda have to laugh. Why? Well, besides the large number of people (and websites) who thought that the picture Derek posted of a baby doing a push up was actually him…there were just so many people freaking out over Meryl’s score this week. Sheer panic. Lots of hysteria and a few requests for me to do my numbers post early.  Why is this funny? Well, because some of these same people who are now a tad panicked are the same ones who said, when I was complaining about Meryl being propped up, “hey, it’s just a silly dance show.”  LOL. So much for the “silly dance show.”  I’ll throw it back to you – It’s just a silly dance show. It’s not world peace.  And before you get all hoity toity and claim I’m only saying that because Amy is at the top of the leader board, I ask you to please point to where I ever expected her to win, prayed for her to win…hell, point to any post in the last two years or more where I got my knickers in a twist because Derek’s partner might not win.  I’m like Derek these days – it’s not about winning any more. And Amy has already won. She won the first time she danced on prosthetics in front of millions of people. That is a massive victory, along with a massive inspiration. Read more..

May 10, 2014 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. :-)

New Dancing With The Stars Season 18 “Final Five” Commercial

Things are heating up!! Two more days and counting!!

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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 Official Details For The Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Semi-Finals

ABC Media Net has released details for Monday. I am so excited for Kenny Ortega to be a judge. I’m also excited on a new Macy’s Stars Of Dance performance as well!! Read on for more including dance information…

“Episode 1809” – Emmy Award winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega makes his “Dancing With The Stars” debut as a guest judge on American Icons Night when he sits alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, MONDAY, MAY 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The semi-finals begin as the five remaining couples must rise to the challenge of performing two different routines to music by legendary and modern American Icons. The couples will perform a variety of dance styles including Foxtrot, Rumba, Jazz, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Samba, Cha Cha, and Jive. At the end of the night, one couple will face elimination leaving only four couples to move on to the Finals.

Kenny Ortega’s work as a director, choreographer and producer is known and loved by millions around the world. Ortega has been the recipient of three Emmy Awards, a DGA Award, an Imagen Creative Achievement Award and an American Choreography Lifetime Achievement Award, among many others. In the arena of film, Ortega was mentored by the legendary Gene Kelly and has choreographed such landmark films such as “Dirty Dancing,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “To Wong Foo.” He has also directed and choreographed the films “Newsies” and “Hocus Pocus.” For over two decades, Ortega was Michael Jackson’s director and creative partner. He directed both the “Dangerous” and “HIStory” world tours in the 1990′s. Their creative partnership came to an abrupt end as they were working together on what was to be their greatest effort to date. Jackson’s untimely death brought the production and the world to a stunned halt. Left with over 100 hours of rehearsal footage, Ortega, along with his close collaborators, assembled a two-hour feature film celebrating Jackson’s talent. The feature film, “This Is It,” was released in 2009 by Sony Pictures and received an overwhelmingly positive response worldwide. Ortega has also worked with many legendary musical artists such as Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler and The Pointer Sisters. Recently, Ortega directed Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2,” which was seen by over 17 million viewers when it premiered, making it the most watched program in cable telecast history. Ortega just completed directing a romantic comedy, “A Change of Heart” and is currently directing “Descendants” an Original Movie for the Disney Channel.

“Macy’s Stars of Dance” returns for a third installment with creative oversight and choreography by Emmy® Award-winning Choreographer and Pro Dancer, Derek Hough and Christopher Scott from “So You Think You Can Dance.” The unique performance will be a tribute to classic Hollywood featuring Hough and Disney Channel’s Jessica Lee Keller from “Teen Beach” as the leads. The piece will also feature 26 additional dancers including a variety of “Dancing With The Stars” Pros.

May 8, 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 And Shirley Ballas Break Down DWTS18 Week 8

Below is the new Afterbuzz TV episode for the Dancing With The Stars Quarterfinals. Shirley Ballas was their guest. They first discussed Abby Miller and how she judges. They felt much like we did on her.

Next, they reviewed all the dances and duels. I was noting to myself while listening how Shirley and our Courtney shared similar views about the dances technically (if you haven’t read Courtney’s new power rankings, do so here to see what I mean).

Also, many of you have been wondering if Derek Hough helped with the choreography of the opening number. He did along with Mark and his dancer Meesha. Shirley also plugged Mark’s new music and video. I almost cried during this part for how she explained “Dancing is Mark’s hobby, but, music is his passion”. Beautiful!

Anyway, great show. See if you agree or disagree with them this time and let us know in comments.

May 7, 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 Guest Poem: “A Re”Mark”able Ballroom Blast”

Without further ado, our resident poet, Lois, on Dancing With The Stars Season 18′s quarterfinals….

A RE”MARK”ABLE BALLROOM BLAST

A RE”MARK”ABLE BALLROOM BLAST on Monday Night
The opening a RE”MARK”ABLE Ballas and dancing sight

A RE”MARK”ABLE night of dancing lit up the ballroom floor
Week Eight is done, our dancing appetites hunger for more

A judge was added to the panel, Abby Lee’s opinions known
She surely stirred up the ballroom, creating scenes of her own

A new RE”MARK”ABLE ballroom twist, featuring dancing Duos
Celebrities paired for the first time, putting on sparkling shows

SETTING THE SCENES:

DUOS NUMBER ONE
JAMES MASLOW AND PETA MURGATROYD
AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH
JIVE – AIN’T NOTHIN’ WRONG WITH THAT

JAMES AND AMY – Glorious, gyrating movements

Dazzling duo display, extraordinary, exceptional
Perfectly in synch, perfectly brilliant, perfectly fine

DUOS NUMBER TWO
CHARLIE WHITE AND SHARNA BURGESS
CANDACE CAMERON BURE AND MARK BALLAS
CONTEMPORARY – STAY WITH ME

CHARLIE AND CANDACE – Stupendous lift display in the air

The brilliance of a lyrical, dancing unit on the floor
Peppered with beautiful lines, beautifully executed

DUOS NUMBER THREE
MERYL DAVIS AND MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
DANICA MCKELLAR AND VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY
SAMBA – I LAH YAH PAPI

DANICA AND MERYL – A sparkly, shiny spectacle

A Chmerkovskiy Brothers Extravaganza
A golden, glamorous, glittery, glisteny gambol

AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH
ARGENTINE TANGO – HEART UPON MY SLEEVE

A spellbinding dance of breathtaking precision
Stunning risks, pushing choreography boundaries

JAMES MASLOW AND PETA MURGATROYD
VIENNESE WALTZ – 6-2

Lovely, lilting, luminescent, blossoming
A free-flowing shower of romantic desire

CHARLIE WHITE AND SHARNA BURGESS
QUICKSTEP – MY HEART GOES BOOM

A special-steppin’, toe-tappin’ dance full of heart
With impeccable musicality, pure, potent perfection

CANDACE CAMERON BURE AND MARK. BALLAS
FOXTROT – THAT’S IT, I QUIT, I’M MOVIN’ ON

RE”MARK”ABLE journey towards confidence
A bright, joyous, vivacious, delightful sitcom feel

DANICA MCKELLAR AND VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY
TANGO – EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD

A dance befitting a Dancing Queen, crowned with glory
A majestic, magical, marvelous, magnificent performance

MERYL DAVIS AND MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
RUMBA – READ ALL ABOUT IT

A tempestuous melodrama, inspiring play without words
Energy coursing through fine, fluid lines of beauty

A RE”MARK”ABLE BALLROOM BLAST, a fine, five-star revue
A RE”MARK”ABLE Ballas opening, delightful duos brand new!

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 6, 2014

THE TIME CAME FOR AN ELIMINATION, SAY IT ISN’T SO!
DANICA AND VALENTIN’S TIME WAS UP AND HAD TO GO!

A RE”MARK”ABLE BALLROOM BLAST, IT WAS WEEK EIGHT!
COME BACK NEXT WEEK FOR WEEK NINE, DONT BE LATE!

May 6, 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.

Extra Interviews The DWTS Season 18 Quarterfinalists

Below is Tony Dovolani interviewing the couples for Extra!! He interviewed Abby Miller too! He puts her on the spot, but, it didn’t matter much.

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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.

ABC7 And ABC27 Go “Behind The Scenes” Of Dancing With The Stars This Week, Interviews Too (Videos)

ABC27 has some cool “behind the scenes” coverage of the show and some interviews too. This is some cool coverage and worth watching. Thanks to Lois for the find!

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Also ABC7 has some coverage, interviews, and a recap too.

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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 18 Quarterfinals Media And Interviews Part 2, Dances Revealed

Finally, some video interviews! JC Rubio of Afterbuzz TV interviewed Derek & Amy, Peta & James, and Maks and Meryl. Note for next week, Meryl and Maks have a Jive and a Viennese Waltz. James and Peta have a Cha-Cha and a Rumba (though this might change). Derek and Amy don’t know their dances yet. Be watching Afterbuzz TV as they may post more interviews soon.

Glamour has some fun “behind the scenes” coverage too. Be sure to see this link. Sharna said this about next week….

Looking ahead to next week, Sharna said that she’s loving the song choice they got for American Icon Night. Sharna: “We are living for it right now! It’s certainly a little left field. When you hear our samba song, you’ll be like, ‘Now I know what you were saying!’”

ETA: More Afterbuzz TV Interviews. Note how Charlie and Sharna has a Fox Trot and a Samba. Mark and Candace have a Jazz and a V. Waltz!! 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.

PureDWTS Season 18 Quarterfinals Media And Interviews Part 1

Wow, what a night!!! With an exception to Abby Miller, the night and the dances were stellar. I want more! Have we ever had a season where all the couples were so good? Amazing!!! Just in case you need the scores again….

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: 40 points
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: 40 points
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: 38 points (eliminated)
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: 36 points
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 36
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 36

Then came the celebrity dance duels:
Danica and Val & Meryl and Maks: 34 points
Candace and Mark & Charlie and Sharna: 38 points
James and Peta & Amy and Derek perf: 39 points

And for media starters today, see OK! Magazine as some of the pros commented on Abby Miller after the show. They put it so well. Here is a take with Derek and Sharna’s comments, but, see more at the link.

“I don’t want to dwell on it too much because I want it to be about Amy (Purdy) and what she achieved tonight, which was amazing,” said Derek Hough when asked what he thought of Abby’s teaching style. “But I will just say that for me, when I danced I was surrounded by amazing teachers, people who reinforced me constantly, like life coaches. It made me love dancing. I have longevity in my love for dance. I’m afraid for kids who are exposed to pressure, anxiety, whatever you want to call it. My fear is that they can burn out and they won’t want to dance anymore. I want them to have the same passion and love for something and not burn out.”

Sharna Burgess worries about the long-term affects on Abby’s students, nothing the tough-as-nails teacher is doing nothing to promote their creativity.

“I cannot endorse what she does,” says Sharna. “The thing is, what she’s doing to those kids now is going to affect them for the rest of their lives. As a child you need your creativity harnessed. You need to learn about it and discover it yourself. You need someone who is going to help you do that, not try to put you down every time you try something new.”

Also, here is a fun interview with Charlie and Sharna that took place yesterday before the show. Thanks to Carlos for the find!!

And below is some PopTVDotCom coverage of the after parties…

Ok, more in a bit! Stay tuned!

ETA: Below is Val and Danica’s exit interview on GMA…


Danica McKellar & Val – Exit Interview – GMA 5… 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.