Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy talked to Access Hollywood today about this past week’s dance on Dancing With The Stars. They discuss their chemistry and the competition. They also play a lie detection game…
Dancing With The Stars pros Maks Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, and Val Chmerkovskiy are back for SWAY 2.0. For more in detail and ticket information, see Dance With Me USA.
Janel Parrish has written her new weekly blog at People. Below is take about her and Val’s new dance. The rumba is all about love and they are hoping to bring that to their routine.
This week, we are doing the rumba. The rumba is completely different from jazz. I had to erase everything I learned last week and start over with a new set of rules. That’s always the challenging part when you start a new dance – trying to forget the muscle memory your body has created during the last dance that you did.
I’ve taken a few dance classes in my life but never anything that prepared me for ballroom. Ballroom is so different from anything I’ve ever done, so anything I’ve ever learned in any dance class gets kind of thrown out the window when you start doing the rumba.
Val’s just an amazing coach and he pushes me to give all that I can possibly give by the end of the day. Every day when I go home, I feel like I get a little bit better.
This week is “Most Memorable Year.” The most memorable year for me is the year I moved to L.A. – it was the most challenging, scary but amazing year of my life! For me, the theme of that year was love. The rumba is a dance of love, so we’re going to bring all of that to the routine.
We’ll be dancing to Sam Smith’s cover of the Whitney Houston hit “How Will I Know.” It’s a really, really beautiful dance, so I think it’s going to look amazing. The dance is going to be slow, sensual, beautiful, romantic, passionate. It’s going to be completely different from anything we’ve brought to the dance floor so far.
You can read more at People.
A couple of months ago, Michael Wien posted a teaser of Val Chmerkovskiy playing the violin for his new upcoming EP called “Road to Elysium”. Now the song is finished and you can take a listen below. This is so beautiful. I love when Val plays the violin. Stay tuned. The new EP will be released soon.
Janel Parrish has written a new blog for People. She writes of last week’s dance and tough love in rehearsals with Val. She also talks on her new dance. Here is more…
We’re doing jazz this week for Movie Night and we’re performing to West Side Story. I’m having so much fun picking out costumes. We have an amazing costume designer. They create everything from scratch and it’s just been a dream. I’m the biggest girly-girl. Any time I see something with sparkles on it, I’m so excited.
I’m really looking forward to this week’s performance. Jazz is really the only dance I have a tiny bit of experience in and I remember really loving it. It’s such a fun dance. And I love Broadway; it’s where I got my start. So this week is going to be a blast for me!
To read the full blog, see People.
Janel Parrish has written a new blog at People. She talks of last week’s performance and experience on Dancing With The Stars. She also preps us on her and Val’s new dance for tonight.
This week we’re doing the foxtrot. The dance itself is beautiful and we kind of made it a fun, young foxtrot. We made it very modern, so it’s going to be really cute.
I think the foxtrot is actually harder than the jive, because when we learned the jive we had three weeks to prepare, and now we have four days. I’m trying to learn the choreography as well as learning how to do the foxtrot, and I think that’s been the most difficult part for me. I have to be very put-together, very glamorous, very mature and elegant, so it’s completely different from last week’s jive.
The song this week is a very modern song, but we’re taking it back to masquerade times. When you hear the song, it kind of has a feel of a masquerade ball, so we’re bringing a bit of older glam to a fun, young, contemporary song. I think the mixture of the two is really beautiful!
More at People.
More Photos Of DWTS Randy Couture, Karina Smirnoff, Janel Parrish, Valentin Chmerkovskiy In Las Vegas
The pictures continue with these four. If you head to Getty Images, you can see more of Randy Couture, Karina Smirnoff, Janel Parrish, and Val Chmerkovskiy at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival yesterday in Las Vegas. They also helped to introduce Nico & Vinz who will be performing on Dancing With The Stars this week.
Happy Weekend All! For starters, don’t miss hitting up the Daily Mail. They have photos of some of the celebs and pros arriving to rehearsals yesterday (Friday). They look in fine form and in good spirits.
And for something a little extra, Val posted this shot of himself and his fellow pros at the GMA announcement. What a great day we won’t soon forget!
More coming up! Stay tuned!
I can’t figure out how to embed these videos (and I’m having issues playing them too), but, if you go Bing at this link, you can listen to Len Goodman talking about Julianne Hough joining the judging team. You can also listen to Witney Carson and Emma Slater talking about what it’s like to be back dancing this season here.
In other things, you can watch Val Chmerkovskiy playing basketball at the Daily Mail.
Also, Kristyn Burtt interviewed Erin Andrews about Dancing With The Stars. Below is her reaction on hearing about the Antonio Sabato Jr. rumor.
Right off the bat she asked, “What’s leaking? What’s going on? Of course, I am interested!”
She was thrilled when the name Antonio Sabato Jr. was mentioned to her. Andrews responded, “I’ve got to tell you I was a big, big General Hospital fan growing up. So I am not upset seeing that one.”
The TV personality also thought his shirt should come off early in the season. Andrews joked, “Oh week one, go week one. Let’s go!”
Lots more at She Knows. Can season 19 not come soon enough?
Lastly, Mark Ballas will be releasing his new “Kicking Clouds” EP on September 16th. Below is the new cover. This will be on my must buy list. I love his new music. Read more..
Pictured below is Dancing With The Stars Val Chmerkovskiy and his season 16 partner Zendaya. They reunited to attend Trevor Jackson’s Monster 18th Birthday Party Presented by Monster at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California. If you’d like to see more pics, see Getty Images. Video footage below too!