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DWTS Season 21, Week EIGHT – Dancing by the Numbers

What a week. I don’t even know where to start with how disappointed I am in the blatant shenanigans of the judges and the producers. I’m quite disgusted. It does lead me to wonder just how scripted the judges were…and clearly, how worried they are about how they are perceived by the squeaky wheels on social media (looking at you Jules).

Anyway, it’s over and done with and despite their best attempts at…whatever…I doubt they were totally successful. Bindi’s fans are rallied, Alek’s likely are as well, Nick’s are…Nick’s.  They’re likely rallied to defend their guy for his part in the “baby shower” (tm Cidra) that was Monday night. That leaves Carlos, Tamar and Alexa pretty much forgotten in the middle. I mean really, I doubt that was their intent, but at the end of the day you have three fired up fanbases who likely didn’t need firing up – and probably not what you intended at all.

As always, I could be wrong, but it seems to me that if you were looking to shake up the leader board and give Nick a boost, you SHOULDN’T tell Bindi she’s in a league of her own, that you can’t give her “10s every week” and that you’re “searching really hard for a flaw” before giving her a nine and Nick enough points to get within striking distance of her cumulative score (which WILL become important later in the season, I’m sure). First, the fans aren’t STUPID – they see why you’re “searching” and the reasons aren’t good. Second, saying all those things makes it look like some sort of conspiracy (like, why do you HAVE to look harder at her than you do at anyone else?). Third…can’t think of a third. Anyway, why not just say her shoulders looked like a problem to you and give her a 9?? Talking too much gets these judges in trouble. Read more..

November 5, 2015 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 21, Week 8 – What’s Left to Dance?

I probably should have done this a couple weeks ago, during the midpoint of the season (when I usually do it), but admittedly, time kinda got away from me :-) But I’m actually kinda glad I waited, because I think the remaining dances are going to be of much greater importance at this phase of the competition than they were two weeks ago – because with so many strong dancers still remaining, I think it’s all gonna come down to who gets dances that suit their abilities and who doesn’t. Some have several dances left that they have the potential to ace – others are kinda screwed, with their only remaining dances being ones that their aren’t likely to do well with.

Before I throw up my table, a few points of clarification: I’ve included the core 10 dances (cha cha, samba, rumba, paso doble, jive, waltz, tango, foxtrot, quickstep, Viennese waltz), as well as what I consider to be the “extra” dances (salsa, Argentine tango, jazz, contemporary, and any other weird one-off dances – in this case, Charleston).  You’ll notice I’ve italicized waltz, salsa, & Charleston – the reason being that I don’t think everyone is going to do these dances, and they were only used previously this season in order to fit specific songs/themes. So if [insert celeb here] doesn’t get to do salsa – I highly doubt it’s going to be of much significance, since only two other contestants got to  do it and it was in a theme week. I’m not counting last week’s dance-off dances, since they were not full-length, regular dances. Also of significance: I have not included any of the coming week’s dances in the table, as we don’t know all of them – so please do not go immediately post in the comments “Bindi has Charleston! You forgot to update it!!!” I reserve the right to call you out if you do, as you clearly have not read the post…which is kinda rude. Read more..

November 4, 2015 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

The Dancing Poetry Corner – Guiding A Star Through Dance

As exhibited on the 11/2/15 Dancing With The Stars show, this show is much more than dancing. The show was a study in heartbreak, heart-tugging, heart wrenching, stories from the heart. The show reveals personal stories, personal growth. The show has deeply affected the pros, stars, and the viewers in ways that not any of us had comprehended before.

The pros get so many more opportunities by being able to travel with their star. They meet many new people they would never have dreamed meeting before. Their lives are greatly enriched by this superlative Ballroom show. I love how the show is one huge 21 Season Dancing With The Stars Family! It is a thing of beauty to witness and a joy forever!

Were your eyes drippy and moist last night? Because my emotions boiled over like a beaker in a laboratory. A few of the stories resonated in my life. I’m sure they affected you in that way, too. A show that can make us feel something personally within ourselves has fulfilled its mission.

The opening was a grand, glorious, glamorous show-stopper! Showcased were the ladies and men pros in separate sequences. Blending together, we were treated to a golden showcase! Another choreography fabulous feat by Mandy Moore! The entrance of the couples was filled with peppy pizzazz! Read more..

November 3, 2015 I Written By

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Afterbuzz TV Reviews DWTS Season 21 Week 8: Do you agree or disagree with them?

It’s that time again! Afterbuzz TV reviews Dancing With The Stars Week 8. It’s only Kristyn Burtt and Diva Darv on the show this week. Let us know what you think as always. The video below goes LIVE at 7:00pm ET and you’ll be able to watch it anytime afterwards as well. See you in comments.

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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.

Breathtaking Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Week 8 HQ Photos

So many breathtaking photos from last night!! To see more, click on any of the pictures below.

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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.

PureDWTS Season 21 Week 8 Media And Interviews – Scores, Videos, And More

Well, can I just start off by saying, I loved Bindi & Derek and Nick & Sharna’s dances the most last night. No one else could compare in my opinion. I would have given them BOTH 30’s! I’m a little out put with Bruno and Julianne not giving Derek and Bindi 10’s. Just please, TPTB, don’t let this be the start of the manipulations. The season is going so well and that will just ruin it. Ok, so, let’s review the scores anyway…

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess 10-10-10-3 33 total
Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson 9-9-9-2 29 total
Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough 10-9-9 28 total
Tamar Braxton & Valentin Chmerkovskiy 9-9-10 28 total
Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas 9-8-8-2 27 total
Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold 9-8-8 25 total
Andy Grammer & Allison Holker* 8-7-7-2 24 total *eliminated*

I hated to see Andy and Allison be eliminated. I’ll always remember his compassion for life and sharing his story and grief with us on Dancing With The Stars. Don’t miss him and Allison on The View and Good Morning America today.

In media and interviews, see E Online first for their coverage and interviews. I’d embed them, but, they mess up the page for how they stop and go. For lots of coverage with Derek and Bindi, see Pure Derek Hough. Note that Derek left right after the show last night. He was sick and Bindi said he went home to rest up and try and get better. 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Season 21, Week 9 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Here’s what we know so far for Dancing With The Stars Week 9. Next week the couples have an individual dance as always. They also have a “Duet” dance with another couple. When talking on the Duet Dance, Sharna mentions in a new E Online interview (new interviews here) that they are travelling to Las Vegas (not sure if she means all the couples or not?). She and Nick are paired with Val and Tamar for their Duet Dance.

ETA: Vogue here again. Mark and Alexa have a Contemporary dance and a Charleston next week. Not sure which is used for their individual or their Duet Dance? They are also bringing in Travis Garland to sing a beautiful song. Alexa hints that it might be a little “damp” next week.

ETA2: According to Glamour, Nick, Sharna, Val, and Tamar are going to Vegas to get inspired for their Duet dance. Also, Mark & Alexa and Bindi & Derek are Duet Partners. They are headed to New York City to get inspired for their dance. More details at Glamour.

ETA3: According to our intel, one of the Duets is going on a Cruise Ship. Glamour revealed this news as well.

ETA4: So, Derek and Mark have been switched from NYC to the Cruise. Alek and Carlos are in NYC. That leaves Tamar and Nick in Vegas. The clusterf*ck continues, as last we heard, Derek and Mark were to do a Charleston inspired by an NYC show. No idea if the dance style changed with the locale. ~Heidi

ETA5: Per Carlos’ Instagram, he, Alek, Witney, and Lindsay are on a cruise, which left from NYC. Seems like there was NOT a switch, after all.  -Court-

ETA6: Vogue here posting for Courtney since she’s stuck in traffic (be safe, Court.xx). Courtney did some digging and found the Cruise ship that Lindsay, Alek, Carlos, and Witney are on. You can see it at USA Today in all of it’s glory as it arrived to New York City today. Interesting too is that the show on the boat is called “We Will Rock You“. You can read the song list at this link for what they might have. Cool, huh? GOOD JOB, Court!

ETA7: Vogue again. Being Sharna, Nick, Val, and Tamar went to Las Vegas to see Cirque Du Solei Beatles “Love”(see Glamour link in ETA2 above), they most likely have a Beatles song. Here is a list of the soundtrack.

ETA8: Give it up to Courtney. She nailed it last night. Carlos confimed at his instagram that they are dancing to a song from “We Will Rock You”. Also, Mark and Alexa are on their way to meet Derek and Bindi in New York. More here.

ETA8: Per a stuffed mouse on Instagram, one of Carlos & Witney’s dances is the Argentine tango.  NOW BEFORE EVERYONE RUNS OFF MAKING ASSUMPTIONS – we have no way of telling if this is their individual dance or duet dance. So let’s try to avoid stating that as fact… -Court-

ETA9: Check out this tweet at Pure Derek Hough! I think it’s safe to say Derek, Bindi, Alexa, and Mark are dancing something to “Chicago”. Heidi was the first to guess this on Tuesday. Well done, Miss Heidi!~ Vogue

ETA10: Julia in comments mentioned how Derek, Bindi, Alexa, and Mark could be doing a Charlestion to “Hot Honey Rag” from the show “Chicago” since it fits a Charleston. To confuse things further, we got an “All That Jazz” teaser today from the DancingABC instagram. Well, check out this “Chicago” performance. It starts out with “All That Jazz” and then goes into “Hot Honey Rag”. Hmmmm. So, could this be the song(s) they are dancing to? ~ Vogue

ETA11: Alek and Lindsay have an Argentine Tango and their Duet team has a Paso Doble to “We Will Rock You”. Correction: Shorty The Mouse says they have a Salsa for their individual dance.

ETA12: Just Jared Jr. has just released the songs for Dancing With The Stars Week 9. You can read on them all below. ~ Vogue

ETA13: According to Derek’s blog, they are now dancing Jazz for their duet. Still an unlearned style, but fewer rules than Charleston. And since they are using the “All That Jazz/Hot Honey Rag” combo, it makes a hell of a lot more sense. Gee wiz, are we edging toward a tiny bit of fairness in this thing?? You all should read Derek’s blog – he tells it like it is, including very gently calling out his sister and the other judges. :-)

Duets:
Sharna & Nick are paired with Val & Tamar – Dancing a Rumba inspired from Cirque Du Solei Beatles “Love” (song: “Hey Jude”)
Mark & Alexa and Bindi & Derek – Dancing a JAZZ inspired from “Chicago” (Song Mix: “All That Jazz/Hot Honey Rag”)
Alek & Lindsay and Carlos & Witney – Dancing a Paso Doble inspired from “We Will Rock You” (Song: “We Will Rock You”)

Individual Dances:
Nick and Sharna – ?? (‘A Cool Cat In Town’ by Tape Five)
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Alexa and Mark – Contemporary (per Mark Interview) (‘Make it Rain’ by Ed Sheeran)
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Bindi and Derek – V. Waltz (Guess from periscope) (‘Roses and Violets’ by Alexander Jean)
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Alek and Lindsay – Salsa (‘Back It Up’ by Prince Royce f. Jennifer Lopez + Pitbull)
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Tamar and Val – ?? (‘Wicked Game’ by James Vincent McMorrow)
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Carlos and Witney – Argentine Tango (‘What Do You Mean’ by Justin Bieber)
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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. :-)

You’re The Special Guest Judge Tonight!! DANCE OFF VOTING INFO!

Last minute Update: We’re the special guest judge tonight! To help choose the winner in the America’s Choice Dance Off, visit THIS link and VOTE when it’s over!!

November 2, 2015 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 21, Week 8 – LIVE BLOG (Spoilers)

Immunity, Immunity….who gets the immunity?? Place your bets here!! Part of me says it’s tailor made for Nick…another part of me says Carlos, who may need it more. If Carlos gets it and Alexa goes home, that’s just going to piss me off. Then again, maybe Alexa…

The dance off is apparently Jive, Cha Cha and Samba, and only ONE of our couples have danced all three. Nick. Surely that’s not a coincidence. Here’s how the rest of them stack up:

Nick: Jive, Cha Cha, Samba
Carlos: Jive, Cha Cha
Alexa: Jive, Cha Cha
Bindi: Jive, Cha Cha
Andy: Jive, Cha Cha
Tamar: Cha Cha, Samba
Alek: Jive

The BEST thing that could happen (for all parties, I’m thinking) is that Nick doesn’t get immunity and picks Tamar. Tamar picks Samba – they’ve both done it, so it’s a true dance off. Every other couple would be fine with the remaining dances except Alek – he will likely get picked last and he needs to do the Jive. In this way, everyone gets a dance that they’ve done. However, I have a nasty feeling that Bindi is going to end up with a Samba, simply because whoever she picks might want to take her down. I think this is only likely if she picks either Nick and Tamar – the two seriously competitive (to the point that Derek was on the verge of saying something) people. I don’t even get THAT level of competitive from Carlos. Just other unpleasant things. :-)

Anyway, all of these burning questions will begin to be answered in T-minus 60 minutes….

Great pro dance!

Carlos salsa was a mess. They blew the lift, the missed a hand hold, the entry to the lift was messy. They are coming up with an excuse to give him a perfect score. And there’s the “don’t care cuz I liked it a lot” BS from Bruno.

Oh thank god for CAI being real.

Shirley says that was a 8 dance…I would agree.

Nick and Lauren just announced their baby news on All Access.

Awww….Alek did a fine job. The package was lovely. I did see the blown lift, but he handled it well. Think the 9 from CAI was a tad high.

Andy is making me SOB!! Jaysus. I have to add that there were a couple exits from moves where Allison kinda blew her footwork. Unfortunately it was really noticeable. I’m not sure it was Andy, like CAI was saying.

Eh, I think 7s were pretty harsh. He should be all 8’s, only one point below Alek.

Damn, Alexa had two very visible missed steps. She was doing so well!! So fierce and going strong, then boom. The song was too funky too.

ARGH!!! Underscored!! Dear lord, she’s was more than two points better than Alek!!

Here we go, as expected. Very sweet though.

Gooood contemporary routine. Hate that straight leg lift with the flexed feet though. It’s in every contemporary dance. Other than that, I loved it. And here comes immunity for Nick. Best dance ever??? Wild hyperbole from CAI as expected.

LOL…shot of Derek going “Freakin’ a – another big announcement right before we dance?? Will I be eliminated next week too??”

Oh sure, it’s super fair that Julianne looks super hard to find something wrong with Bindi. Pretty sure she didn’t work that hard on ANYONE else. That was a brilliant foxtrot. But explain to me how it’s fair to have Nick the ringer dancing contemporary against everyone else who isn’t a ringer doing ballroom?

Brilliant Foxtrot…from a non-dancer or dancer.

Nick has immunity – Tamar can’t get it, no matter her score.

Oh boy…it may appear that they’re letting Val point out that she got a bad edit, but it’s not a good look still. They end the package well though.

Will CAI call the lift in that dance? Probably not. The music was all wrong for that dance and as a result, the dance seemed…limp. Not sharp.

Oh praise be. CAI is now two for about 8 on the lifts.

LOL…and Derek defeats the Team dance with a simple request. I wonder if he saw Alek and decided to give him a better chance against someone else? He might not have seen him due to Tom trying to stop him from his “strategy”.

Oh, my lord. The dance off I was watching wasn’t close at all and Bindi was doing more jive. Hmmmm….they’re trying to save everyone at once. Derek is getting HOSED tonight between Julianne and Erin and Tom and everyone questioning him. Pissing me off.

This is BS. Carlos must be in trouble.

Very interesting. I voted for Alexa for sure, but America’s vote had the weight so Alexa gets the points. Interesting.

Allison doing all the dancing in the first few bars of the Samba. Alek doing an interesting lift.

Hold the phone…Immunity is for tonight?? Or tonight and next week??

Safe – Bindi and Derek!

Safe – Tamar and Val

Safe – Alek and Lindsay

Safe – Alexa and Mark

Eliminated….Andy and Allison. I’m on a roll.

Note that the married couple both got the extra two points tonight.

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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 21 Week 8: Watch DWTS All Access “Behind The Scenes” HERE!

Watch Dancing With The Stars “behind the scenes” LIVE coverage and interviews during the show below.

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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.