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Let’s hope this is a goodie tonight!! Thanks to Jennie for the heads up!
Oh boy, I don’t think this commercial bodes well for either Carlos or Alexa. Either one of them is going home, or they’re setting up for the dance off….or both. Is it wrong that I hope it’s Carlos leaving??
— Official DWTS (@DancingABC) November 1, 2015
Well, sh*t’s about to get REAL. And figuring out who’s going home this week is not easy, between the close scores and the stoopid immunity stuff.
Speaking of immunity, watch out for Bindi and Nick. If one of them gets a 28 or 29 and they dance early in the show, someone else is most likely getting immunity. It’ll likely be REAL fishy and I’d almost put money on it happening – I’m thinking either Tamar or Alexa. I also expect the producers to try real hard to get Carlos vs. Alexa and Derek vs. Val. Yes, I used the pro names for a REASON. Derek don’t play, but Val makes it very easy for them.
I *think* from the press release the immunity is for Week 9, but it’s so poorly written that I can’t be sure. Of course, the natural question is – what if the person winning immunity is the person who has already been determined to have the lowest combined score and who should be going home Monday night? Well, that’s a question I don’t know the answer to and I’m afraid it will only piss me off. After Monday is over, if that is a possibility, I’ll do a follow up to this post. Read more..
Changing the number of weeks in a season really throws me off. I’m finding that I have to work to remember what week number we’re at, and thinking that usually at this week, we see x y and z, but the extra week is throwing me off. I would love to get back to staying with only 10 weeks, and enough celebrities for 10 great weeks and no double eliminations. And no stupid theme weeks, and crazy challenges. And go back to what made this show the amazing show that it is…. Make the next season RETRO-DWTS! No jazz, no contemporary, no charleston or bollywood or any of the other styles they’ve added. No lifts, no lifts, no lifts. No props, no huge productions allowed every single dance for every single episode. VERY limited use of the troupe, opening and bumpers. Pro dances choreographed by THE PROS! No themes. Lots of cha cha, jive, waltz and Viennese Waltz, tango and argentine tango, paso doble, foxtrot, quickstep, mambo, samba and whatever I’ve forgotten that we don’t see enough anymore. Oh, and bring back the No Score, Let’s Just Have a Blast Group Dance! Forget the need to have the professional dancers prove themselves by giving impossible challenges, let them prove themselves by letting them teach and dance they styles they know so well!
Now, shall we talk about Hayes elimination? No, much has been said already. I will say, though, that he has grown and matured quite a bit while on the show, and Emma’s definitely taught him a LOT, and not just dancing, but Life. I know Tamar got a bad edit in her package, but what she said doesn’t bother me as much as what Val said, “I feel like she’s finally starting to trust me, and it’s week 7.” Ouch. It does show. She can’t develop a good connection with Val, becaue she just doesn’t trust him? herself? It’s more than what Louis said on AfterBuzz when he blasted Julianne for saying she doesn’t see a connection between them in hold, because you’re not supposed to be looking at each other…. Look at Hayes and Emma and the connection they’ve got, and compare it to the connection between Tamar and Val. To me, Tamar and Val just feels… Lifeless? Emotionless? Like she’s just putting in time, and going through the motions and not investing anything of HER other than what’s expected. Hayes trusts Emma, and he likes Emma, and it helped their dancing. It’s hard for me to completely put into words, but if Tamar and Val had the same level of trust and the same level of emotional connection (not passion), I would be very happy if she won this season.
Moving on, Carrie Ann’s Parade blog is up and everyone should probably head over and read it. And to Carrie Ann? If you’re reading, HI! Don’t be a stranger, we don’t bite (too hard), please pop on and say hi! And I urge you to watch for Princess Heidi’s weekly Numbers post, she puts everything down in black and white and explains all of the numbers, and we can see why Hayes elimination wasn’t a huge surprise. It’s easy to understand, too.
Julianne’s blog is up over on Instyle.com, and you can head over and read it by clicking the link. We get to read about Julianne’s GORGEOUS! updo!!! Did anyone else think that it was the perfect style for her wedding????
I couldn’t find any photos of Leah, but, she did much better than last week, and I loved seeing her frightened…. Love seeing the scares. I wouldn’t like it if it happened TO me, but Sasha’s such a sweet guy, how can anyone be mad at him long?
Ah yes, Halloween! The word Halloween has been around since about 1745 and is Christian in origin. It comes from the Scottish term All Hallows’ Eve. Ever since the 16th Century there has been the custom of going from house to house. Back then it meant literally to sing for your supper because food was the desired result. A comprehensive history of the holiday can be found on Wikipedia.
When my two sisters and I were growing up, we took part in the ritual. My Mother had a trunk in our attic with costumes and those heavy, rubber masks. I would go up in that musty old attic and play with those for a long time. A safer time when we didn’t worry about being out in the dark or worry about our candy being tampered with. We had good old-fashioned Halloween fun! Remember parties bobbing for apples? The good old days.
Segue to the year 2015, October 26, Dancing With The Stars! I was chomping at the bits with anticipation to partake in this quirky, spooky night in the Ballroom! I was ready to be transported into that Ballroom and be scared out of my mind! Well, not really. But, this theme night is altogether kooky, mysterious and ooky!
The opening was, “a graveyard smash, a Monster Mash”! It was a fitting tribute to Halloween, kooky, ooky, spooky fun! The cast had fun themselves playing with each other. Another choreography feat by Mandy Moore! Read more..
Our apologies to Lois! Below is her Poetry Corner from last week. Her Poetry Corner for this week is coming up shortly….
After watching the opening of Famous Dances Theme week, who wouldn’t want to dance with somebody! To the tune of I Want To Dance With Somebody, the opening was full of dynamite propulsion! To the genius choreography of Mandy Moore, the brilliant pros took over the Ballroom in grand style!
The magnificent opening was a potpourri of dance styles, a true show-stopper! Resembling a Broadway show, a Variety Show Revue, replete with Radio City Rockettes high kicks, top-hats and tails! Stimulating our dancing appetites, it packed a pleasing punch!
To sum the spectacular opening up – A Porpourri of Dance Styles – Executed By Astounding Pros = The Perfect Blend!
Making an encore subbing appearance for Erin Andrews was former Dancing With the Stars contestant Leah Remini. The highlight of the evening was having Olivia Newton-John as Guest Judge. Very appropriate for Famous Dances theme. And the two Sandys, Olivia and Julianne, met and shared the judges table. Julianne will be appearing in live Grease on FOX next January 31! How cool was that!
I must note the awesome, fabulous, can-do-anything Troupe, pros who were voted off, and extra back-up dancers! They were on grand display in every dance, opening and pairs numbers. They had much to learn and did it with grand aplomb! I applaud them for all they do for the show! They are apt ambassadors for this grand Ballroom show! I raise the Mirror Ball to them, too, because they are part of the glue that makes this show sparkle and shine! Read more..
What magnificent costumes for the Dancing With the Stars’ Halloween episode. If the make-up and costume crew don’t get nominated for an Emmy for this show, it would be a shame!! Incredible…
According to Kym Johnson, the “Icon” dances next week is someone who has inspired the celebrity. I guess that means someone famous?? Who the hell knows? All I know is that I’m sick to death of these lame themes. They lead to excessive use of the troupe, props, massive sets…and the dreaded smoke monster. Can’t we just have DANCING??
Then there’s the dance off. Rob Wade has about worn out his welcome here. The three dances to choose from are dances that Nick has already done – I’m sure that’s just a coincidence. Heh. No, he didn’t say what they were, just that he had already done them.
Anyway, Alexa and Andy didn’t know as of Monday night what they were dancing. Mark said the music he wanted didn’t clear so they’re under the gun. Or they were. Surely they know by now.
ETA: So, Broadway World explains immunity and the dance off from the DWTS Press release:
For the first time this season, the couple with the highest score from their solo dance will be granted immunity from elimination next week and will also receive 3 additional points.
For the first time ever, each of the six couples that do not receive immunity will then be paired up to compete in a head-to-head dance-off to be voted on by America in real-time on www.ABC.com and the three judges. The couple with the majority of the four potential votes from each dance-off will earn an extra 2 points, increasing their overall score. At the end of the night, one couple will face elimination.
They also list the style of dances that will be performed:
The “Dancing with the Stars” celebrities will pay tribute to influential figures in their lives on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). The dance styles will include Argentine Tango, Foxtrot, Contemporary, Salsa, Paso Doble and the Viennese Waltz.
If you check his Blog, Derek says he and Bindi have only performed TWO of the dance off styles, Cha Cha and Jive. Figures.
ETA2: Mark and Alexa have an Argentine Tango tonight. You can read more about here. ~ Vogue
Carlos and Witney – Salsa (‘Valio La Pena’ by Marc Anthony)
Nick and Sharna – Contemporary (‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ by Haley Reinhart)
Andy and Allison – ?? (‘Isn’t She Lovely’ by Stevie Wonder)
Alexa and Mark – Argentine Tango (‘Viva La Vida’ by Coldplay)
Bindi and Derek – Foxtrot (‘Grace Kelly’ by MIKA)
Alek and Lindsay – ?? (‘Holding Out For A Hero’ by Ella Mae Bowen)
Tamar and Val – ?? (‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ by Haley Reinhart)
Hi All! It’s so good to be back! Thanks to Miss Heidi, Courtney, and John for covering me while I was away. I had the best time seeing Madonna! Be sure to catch her Rebel Heart concert if you can. It was truly magnificent and now my most favorite from all of her concerts.
So, I’m just getting caught up with Dancing With The Stars this week. All I know is Derek and Bindi just blew me away into another world. Mark and Alexa were so good too! What a perfect character for Mark to play! Here is Kristyn and the Afterbuzz gang along with Louis Van Amstel talking all about it…