Geez. George Pennachio says there is a surprise in the first half hour.
Like we need more surprises. :::sigh:::
I know! Let’s drink every time there is a camera screw up. Wait…I don’t have enough booze….
Great opening dance by James. He got a tiny bit off time in a couple spots….but this guy is a contender, for reals.
ETA: So Billy Dee is out due to injury. No more elimination or not?? I suspect not since they aren’t doing that stupid elmin stuff before each dance, thank god.
Great dance by Nene. And line of the night goes to Derek Hough: “This lil’ munchkin is ready for you!!” Right to Nene.
ETA2: Forgot to add to my last update that they made it pretty clear that the switch is for one week then they go back to their original partners. It sounds like no more voting – I’m afraid to hope for that to be true.
Liked Danica and Val’s dance very much, but she struck me as a bit melodramatic and not quite real in her package. I’m afraid that’s just her.
ETA3: Beautiful dance by Meryl and Maks but that was in NO WAY a foxtrot…yet no one said a word about it. Bet they would have if Meryl was dancing with Derek. Interesting how now the couples are definitely going back to each other after next week AND they get 10s on a non-foxtrot. I wonder if someone had a fit? Besides most of the fans, I mean. I doubt they listen to us, so what happened? Not that I’m complaining about that part – I’m glad.
So for those of you who had the “2.5 weeks” slot in the “How Far Into This Season Can Maks Last Without Saying Something Douchebaggy?” poll, congrats – you win the satisfaction of knowing that some people never change. He dropped this gem on Saturday, probably not realizing what a slap in the face it was to every other male pro whose name is not Chmerkovskiy – and really, the use of the word “trust”? What do you think they’re gonna do, Maks? Steal her social security number? What he fails to realize is that Meryl trusted Derek before she ever met either of those Chmercocky brothers – and he’d probably be the one pro that you could count on to make sure Meryl made it through to the next week so that she could be reunited with you, Maks. But go ahead, please – keep throwing more fuel into the karma cloud already forming above you this season.
Anywho – I apologize for not dropping an update on you guys as I promised on Friday, but I got so wrapped up in closing out Q1 at work and then packing and heading down to Louisville ComiCon that I just ran out of time. No joke – I was in my PJ’s in my hotel room on Friday night, ready to sit down and write it up, when my lovely roomies came barging in with Manu Bennett (Slade from the tv series Arrow), Scott Wilson (Herschel from The Walking Dead), and Jon Bernthal (Shane from The Walking Dead) in tow, ready to do some Fireball shots. Needless to say, I got a bit distracted. That didn’t last long, though, because Heidi brought a rather disturbing observation to my attention on Saturday: whether TPTB intended it or not, this partner switch voting has been rigged in the Chmerkovskiy brother’s favor the whole time. Why, you ask? Because they’re counting tweets containing both Val & Valentin, and Maks & Maksim. While that may not seem like a huge deal, it does when you take into account that you can put both #DWTSMerylVal and #DWTSMerylValentin into a tweet and have it count as two votes, while putting #DWTSMerylDerek into a tweet twice will likely get it marked as spam. So potentially, every tweet that contains both variations of the Chmerkovskiy brothers’ names counts twice as much as a tweet with Derek’s name. Wish you all could see the chagrined face I’m making. I can’t decide whether or not it was done intentionally or whether TPTB are really and truly that stupid…I would say both are equally plausible. The problem is, we realized this too late, and there’s really no way for us to know just how much the two-name variation is affecting the hashtag tweeting. Heidi & I have an idea of how to normalize our data a bit, but it ain’t gonna be foolproof. But we already knew this whole partner switch was a clusterf*ck
With about 12 hours to go in the voting (on the east coast – I think it’s 15 on the west coast), there are some tight races going on and some not-so-tight races going on – I would say that Amy’s partner has pretty much been determined, and Charlie’s as well; Meryl is currently been fought over by fans of two different pros; and the rest of them? Nobody seems to care. No, really – compared to the volume of tweets I’m seeing for Meryl, it’s as if the fans are going “Meh, whatever…they’ll get who they get!” to the rest of the couplings. And as I mentioned in the comments of my previous update post – if you’re using the same hashtag multiple times in the same tweet, it’s likely getting marked as spam; therefore, you’re better off doing a whole laundry list of couple switch hashtags in one tweet (i.e. “#DWTSMerylDerek #DWTSAmyMark #DWTSCharlieCheryl #DWTSBillyDeeSharna) than repeating the same one multiple times. Remember: you’re not only voting FOR your favorite pro to get a certain celeb (or vice-versa); you’ll also want to try and prevent another pro from getting your celeb (and vice-versa) by voting to pair them with someone else. That’s why I think those doing the multiple different hashtags in 1 tweet method are likely having more of an effect on the voting than those putting all of their eggs in one basket and only voting for one pairing.
And speaking of putting all their eggs in one basket: I think some fans are running the risk of leaving their pro to get “whatever’s leftover after everyone else has been paired” because they’re throwing all of their energy into one possible pairing which they have a very slim chance of actually getting. Might not hurt to start tweeting out hashtags for your 2nd & 3rd choices, kids – otherwise, don’t be surprised if a pro that you thought had a lot of clout ends up with NeNe.
Random interesting fact, courtesy of the awesomeness that is Keyhole: there are fans voting in the partner switch-up from as far away as Slovenia, Madagascar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Algeria, Nigeria, & Peru. That’s pretty powerful, guys – when fans that can’t even watch the show live are tweeting to vote in the partner switch, you know it’s kind of a big deal.
Voting ends at 11:59 PM EST (Ithink), kids – so let’s finish strong and push those hashtags hard this afternoon & evening. I will try to stay up until midnight and see if I can put out a preliminary “partner-switch predictions” post, but I can’t make any guarantees – needless to say, I’m a bit sleep-deprived after my weekend in Louisville. For those of you curious about some of my antics – @putuincespence on Instagram. That’s all I’m gonna say.
Okay, time to start a new week. :::sigh::: Like I said in my Dancing by the Numbers post – did everyone vote or are we going to have a “shocking elimination” somewhere in this mix?? It was horrid how they eliminated Diana and I hope they go back to the way they did it last season. This way was just distasteful. Combine that with all the switch up nonsense…well, can we go back to the show I loved, because I neither recognize nor enjoy this one. Hell, it’s Sunday and I haven’t watched all of last week’s show – I keep finding other things to do. Yo, producers – it’s week 3 and I’m already OVER this show – this should be a sign. Every season you lose me a little bit more. But hey, I guess I’m not in your desirable demographic, eh? Tell me – what you gonna do when your undesirables have left you and you still haven’t moved up in the coveted demo?? Get cancelled, that’s what.
WTS is planning something of a Full House reunion for Monday’s show, sources excluslively confirm to E! News.
“It’s the Most Memorable Year theme this week,” explains one insider, “and there are definitely going to be a lot of tears, but also some really inspiring stories! Candace Cameron Bure is going to be talking about her days on Full House and the cast is going to be in the audience to support her.”
That’s sure to bring in the young’uns. Um, only NOT.
So who’s dancing what? Well, DanicaNotADancer was blessed to be given contemporary, although the C-bros don’t really seem to have a great knack for choreographing it. Amy is using new feet – swimming feet, to be exact – in this dance which just amazes me. This woman is BRAVE. And I’m a nervous wreck watching her dance, praying something catastrophic doesn’t happen. Knowing Derek, though, he’s probably planned for that. What’s up with all the Jives in “Most Memorable” week?? Is that weird? And I find it a bit funny that Charlie and Meryl have spent the better part of their lives together, yet one is doing Jive and the other is doing Foxtrot. Hmmm…interesting. I also wonder if Meryl will get the comments about the height disparity that Cody and Witney got. Somehow I doubt it. I also see that Tony has Nene in flats again – will they get called on it? Somehow I doubt that too.
I don’t have the best track record when it comes to dance order this season, especially if they keep on the way they did last week. Yikes.
Charlie and Sharna – Jive (Music: Happy by Pharell – I think)
Danica and Val – Contemporary
James and Peta – Jive
Drew and Cheryl – Waltz
Amy and Derek – Contemporary
Candace and Mark – Jive
Meryl and Maks – Foxtrot (Music: All of Me by John Legend)
Billy Dee and Emma – Waltz
Cody and Witney – Jazz (Music: Surfboard by Cody Simpson)
Ah, the week of switch up voting. Is someone trying to make me hate this show?? I mean really. A logical person can look at the voting contest and sense a total clusterf*^k – that the producers will count the votes in which ever of the 6 or 8 ways gives them the results they desire. But I’ll let Courtney go into more detail on that – it just annoys me, as do the Maks/Val fans who insist that Derek fans are only voting to see Derek with Meryl so he can win again. Uh, hello, but I think most Derek fans neither expect nor WANT him to stay with Meryl. I know I speak for a good number of them when I say – we better get Amy back or there will be hell to pay.
Anyway, the switch up is mildly relevant to this post because the voting for it could play spoiler in one couples hopes for the mirror ball trophy. I always wonder if fans who do the twitter voting are good multi-taskers. I know I am, but Vogue says it’s cuz I’m a Gemini…or something like that. Anyway, there is some serious spamming going on. Like Design a Dance, it’s not the number of fans you have, but how badly those fans want you to win. And how good they are at Spamming. Actually, that could be said for the whole show. :-) So, do we think that someone is going to be a shocking elimination because their fans were too busy tweeting?? Amy? Meryl? Danica? Nene?
I put those four out there because the Derek fans and the C-bros plus Tony fans have been hitting it hard on the twitter vote. Amy has the smallest fanbase on her own, but Derek’s fanbase is the biggest of the pros, judging by Twitter followers. I would hazard that Meryl is safe, but it’s possible any of the other three could be a victim, I suppose.
But let’s look at the scores and see just how likely that is.
Dang, they put a huge spread between Billy Dee and the next lowest group comprised of Nene, Drew and Candace. The judges REALLY want to get rid of him. Well, he was not a great dancer. Entertaining, but not great. And oh my gosh am I developing a straight girl crush on Emma or what? She impressed the hell out of me in her work with Billy Dee – seriously, she’s fantastic. Anyway, I think the judges have finally realized that if they believe someone is the worst dancer, they can’t be whipping out 6s and 7s left and right, they have to get serious. But where they serious enough?? Look at the table below, which gives you all the matchups for week 2.
You’ll see that Billy Dee needs a seemingly large number of votes to get past either Nene, Drew or Candace – about 24.6k votes per million votes cast. You might remember that he needed nearly 20k to stick around over Diana and Sean last week. What’s another 5k? Well, I would hazard a guess that Drew and Candance, at least, are a good bit more popular than either Diana and Sean. But just how popular is Billy Dee?? Nene is the one I can’t put my finger on. Twitter followers is certainly an indication of popularity, but that does NOT always translate into votes on DWTS. In fact, it often doesn’t.
I could be wrong, but I really see the only one vulnerable to Billy Dee is Nene. Why? Well, I think that Drew and Candace surely have enough juice to get past Nene and keep Billy Dee away. But what about the next level up? Cody? Surely Cody has a shit ton of fangirls and he’ll be safe for a while, right? I think so – but note that Nene only needs 4k votes to go by Cody. Since I don’t think that Nene is doing that much better than Amy and Danica in votes, and Billy Dee certainly isn’t, I think those two, along with Meryl and Charlie are certainly safe. James best keep that score up there or he could be in trouble.
Anyway, no sense in drawing it out. I think that Billy Dee is likely to go home. If the Star Wars fans are out in full force, then I think Nene is the one most likely to leave. Candace wouldn’t shock me, neither would Cody since all the talk seems to be Amy/Meryl/Charlie – but I really think it’s going to be Billy Dee or Nene. Billy Dee first, Nene second. We find out soon!
Below is Afterbuzz with a new review for Dancing With The Stars Season 8 Week 2. Elena Grinenko joins them this time. It’s interesting getting her perspective on Charlie and Meryl especially being she’s helped them with choreography with their ice skating in the past. I loved how they were speechless at first when they started talking on Amy and Derek. Their conversation about Tony being critical with Carrie Ann was interesting too. Same with their thoughts about Sean being eliminated. They were disappointed like many of us. Anna said watching Sean’s progress with Karina could have been like watching a raw stone turning into a diamond. So true. Great show this week and I love Kristyn’s dress. Let us know what you think and if you agree with them…
And we have a few more new interviews with the cast of Dancing With The Stars. First, here they are with Extra….
That’s Your Reality also interviewed Tony Dovolani about last night’s dance and who he’d like to dance with for the Switch up dance (No please… not Amy! If he gets her, I will cry!).
Though he prefers to stick with current partner NeNe Leakes, Tony says that if he had to choose someone else, he’d pick Paralympian Amy Purdy. “I think she’s very inspiring,” he said. “I do a lot of work with Wounded Warriors down in San Diego for charity. For me, I have a special connection to that.” Amy is currently paired with Derek Hough, and earned a 24 for her Jive last night.
Tony and NeNe also danced the Jive and things turned tense after some feedback offered by judge Carrie Ann Inaba. When she said NeNe needed to spread her arms out more, Tony immediately disagreed. “I’m normally very welcoming of criticism. I listen to it and I apply it. I just didn’t think her criticism matched what we were doing, because that’s not Jive. I taught NeNe to not put her arms out,” he told us. “My knowledge of dance sometimes gets the best of me. I’ve been doing this since I was three years old, I’ve won world titles, I judge world championships. I should have a strong opinion of what I teach! I taught my kids to stand up for what they believe and if I didn’t say something, I would have taught them nothing.”
“You could see on all of our faces that we were just as shocked as everyone in the room was that there was a double-elimination,” dance pro Sharna Burgess, who is paired with Olympic gold medal-winner Charlie White, told TODAY. “And halfway through the show one couple was gone. That was crazy.”
Even crazier? That one couple, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad and new pro Henry Byalikov, got the boot just before being asked to perform their routine. Talk about a cruel cut.
Of course, stay or go, the order of the dances came as a surprise to all.
“It plays mind games with you,” said James Maslow’s partner Peta Murgatroyd. “You have to get your celeb in game mode. We used to know we’d be up eighth in the show, for example. We’d have time to prepare. Now, you don’t know. It’s more stressful.”
The stars felt the same.
Glamour also interviewed them all backstage. Be sure to go to this link to read and some fun pictures. Below is a take from the link….
Speaking of Peta, the blond bombshell was sporting a new look last night. “I took out my extensions,” she told me. “I was just so sick of them and couldn’t wash my hair properly. I cut my hair into a bob and then tucked a little bit underneath as well. I’m actually going to shorten it a bit more.”
Derek Hough was in the best mood ever backstage (and who can blame him? He and partner Amy Purdy are stunning the audience each week), but Purdy is still shocked she’s even here. “When I first started walking on my prosthetics, I never in a million years thought I’d be doing what I’m doing [now]. I still don’t know how I’m doing it.”
The funniest couple to interview without a doubt is Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, mainly because the roles are so reversed. The way Maks talks, it’s as if Meryl is the pro and Maks is the celeb. “She’s amazing, she’s fun, and she’s so smart. I’ll be exhausted, and she wants to do everything again! She has endless energy!” Meryl hilariously chimed in, “He’s doing a great job!”
Maks went a step further to explain why he’s so in awe of Meryl. “I’m a graceful whale. I feel like a whale doing dolphin tricks. Like, I can’t even fit in here! How do you have me doing flips and all that?!”
People also talked with Charlie backstage about his girlfriend and the support she gives him. So cute!
Part of what keeps the low-key courtship such a success amid seemingly endless chatter that Davis and White are dating is Belbin’s history as a former ice dancer, herself.
“She gets it,” White told PEOPLE backstage on Monday, shortly after learning he’d advanced to another week in the competition. “She won the silver medal in 2006 with her partner Ben Agosto, and people were always like, ‘Are you guys dating?’ It’s just something you get as dancers. [Her understanding] makes my life so much easier.”
Carrie Ann Inaba has also written a new blog at Parade. She defends her critique for Nene in this take…
A lot of people have been asking about what Tony said. So I will address his comments here and clarify more about NeNe‘s performance. Tony was upset because he felt I didn’t understand that he made a choice to do small arm movements for his partner as part of the choreography. And I understand completely what it means to make a stylistic choice of making smaller arm movements. Sometimes it’s a wonderful choice! However, even small arm movements need to be executed with full energy and must be connected to the rest of the movements. My constructive criticism for NeNe (who’s a really fun performer and has a LOT of potential) is that she has to make the movement hers. When you learn to dance, at first you copy the movements. They sometimes can look and feel awkward on your body and then you practice them and after a while they become your own movements. We use the mirror in rehearsals so we can accurately gauge what the audience sees (what is in the mirror) and what we feel. And a great dancer makes both good. That is how you make the dance your own. It is my opinion that NeNe still hasn’t gotten to the point where she has made the movements her own or found her connection to the movements. And the way to do that is to put more energy into the movements. If we examine her arm movements, they are still too small for her frame and her energy. Her arm movements felt stifled and disconnected from herself and the energy she has been putting into the performance. There is no problem with small arm movements. Stylistically speaking however, there is a problem when there is an imbalance and awkwardness. She’s got INCREDIBLE energy. It’s infectious, it’s loud and proud and beautiful! But the movements are not at the same level as her energy. Especially her arms. But I am encouraging her because I think when she makes this breakthrough, it’s going to be GREAT. She’s right on the edge… I feel it coming! Go NeNe! And go Tony for standing up for his partner! I love that kind of loyalty!
Lastly, the Access Hollywood interviews are starting to be released. You can watch them at this link. Below is James and Peta….
Ok, that is all for now! I think? Be sure to go to the links above to read much more. ~Vogue
Hopefully everyone has had enough time to sleep off the whiplash you likely got from watching last night’s show – because seriously, kids, I don’t think I could have choreographed a sh*tshow that was sh*ttier than this show I felt sorry not only for the couples for a) not knowing when they were going to be dancing, and having to be prepared at a moment’s notice; but b) having the double elimination hanging over their heads all night. Oh, and then there was the partner switch-up tweeting, too, which was haphazardly thrown in without a whole lot of explanation or clarification. If the producers set out to turn last night’s show into the television equivalent of K-Mart on Black Friday, they succeeded – it seemed like total bedlam on the set last night.
I guess Erin improved only slightly this week – although I don’t really know if it was that she improved or that I was just waiting to get blindsided by more twists and turns and wasn’t really paying attention to her to begin with. I do agree with the fans on one thing: she will NEVER look as good in those dresses as Brooke did. WTF was she wearing last night? A discarded leotard from Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video? And my god, Erin (or whomever is pushing this stupid Jeremy Miller nonsense), just STAAAAHHHHP. Both Cameron & Danica have clearly moved on, and let’s just say Ben Seaver hasn’t exactly aged gracefully…if you’re expecting a catfight over that doughy, average-looking washed-up actor, you’re going to be waiting for a very, very long time.
As for the eliminations – can’t say I’m too surprised about Diana & Henry. I would have liked her to stay a bit longer, but I kind of wondered about both she & Henry’s respective fanbases – I doubt they would have been able to stick around for more than a week or two. As for Sean & Karina – I’m honestly a bit shocked about that one, because I seriously thought Karina had the fanbase to at least pull her through the first few weeks, and I thought Sean was starting to finally open up. Apparently he mentioned something about getting into an argument with Conrad & Co. over his rehearsal package last week during his elimination interview on GMA this morning (with the implication being “If you fight with the producers, you get sent home!”), but we’ll probably never know for sure if it was the votes that sent him home or Lord Conrad’s delicate ego. I’d be lying, though, if I said I wasn’t THRILLED that Billy Dee & Emma get to stick around for another week Read more..