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Normani Kordei And Val Chmerkovskiy Interviewed On Hollywood Today Live (Video)

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy were guests on Hollywood Live. I love Val’s advise for Normani on Mak’s and Heather’s elimination. They talk on their individual dance coming up too. Take a listen…

April 26, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Normani Kordei Interviewed On Her Dancing Experience, DWTS, Val Chmerkovskiy, And More

Normani Kordei tells Billboard that her biggest challenge on Dancing With The Stars is “just to be quick”. Lots more below including how Val has been pushing her to the limits….

Normani, did you take a lot of dancing lessons when you were a kid? You have mastered all these dances pretty well and your kicks go so high. I was just wondering what kind of training you had?

I have been dancing since I was 3, and competitively since I was 9. I was in classes every single weekend I think that people kind of forget the fact that I am not a ballroom dancer, and this is all so new to me. So, I’m learning the technique. Like I said, I’m kind of having to unlearn certain things that I have learned.

What has been your biggest challenge so far?

I think in general just to be quick. You know, quicker feet and partnering is something new for me. I have never done that before, even when I was dancing. So just tighter movement with feet, and just staying active.

I can understand that, but it looks like you and Val have clicked from the beginning.

He’s dope. I have to say he’s a cool guy. Like inside and outside of rehearsal, he’s helped me in so many ways. Like even at the first one, I overthink a lot — and, ultimately, when we watch our videos after every live show, we are super proud because we know how hard we worked. He pushes me to the limit.

I can’t imagine how tough that was, rehearsing on a different continent during the Fifth Harmony Asian tour and then getting on a jet to fly out for a show. How did you do that? How rough was that schedule?

I do not know how I did it. People ask me and I have nothing in response. Like, I just don’t know. I think eventually, just staying present and accepting the fact that I am going to these places I have never gotten an opportunity [to go to before], like going to Asia. You can’t really complain about that. Plus, getting opportunities to see so many new faces and their stories while being on Dancing with the Stars, which is something that I also wanted to do.

So, I can’t really complain. But yes, it did take a toll on my body. But I drink a lot of water, and I took my vitamins and kept staying active. That helps, because once you kind of get lazy, it all goes downhill from there.

To read the full interview, see Billboard.

April 24, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Normani Kordei And Val Chmerkovskiy Chat On Their Disney Dance And Lots More

This is a fun interview with Fox Talk 11 Facebook and Normani Kordei & Val Chmerkovskiy. They chat on their Disney Dance and lots more.

ETA: They were also on Good Day LA today….

April 19, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Normani Kordei And Val Chmerkovskiy Rehearsal Interview For Disney Week

Get ready for some Karate in Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy’s Disney dance for Dancing With The Stars. Below is more in a new rehearsal interview…

April 13, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Fifth Harmony To Perform On Dancing With The Stars For Most Memorable Year Week

According to People, Fifth Harmony will be performing on Dancing With The Stats Monday night. Here are a few more details…

Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke and Dinah Jane have been announced as attending Monday’s episode — but a source confirms to PEOPLE that the group will also be performing on the ABC reality dance competition.

“We’ve been touring on the other side of the world, so they can’t be here in person yet but they text me and have been so supportive as I fly back and forth,” Kordei has told PEOPLE.

The singer — who is paired with Val Chmerkovskiy — is performing a rumba to the song “Impossible,” which is the first song Fifth Harmony performed after they were formed on season 2 of The X Factor.

More at People and here’s to Monday night.

April 9, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Normani Kordei Writes Of Preparing For Her Third Dance In Japan

Normani Kordei writes of preparing for her next dance in Japan which has definitely been an experience this week. She’s excited about it too. From Hollywood Life

Preparing here in Japan has been a different experience — one that I’ll definitely remember. For instance, in Hong Kong at the Mariott Hotel, there wasn’t even a ballroom that we could rehearse in. We had to literally rehearse in a meeting room which had carpet, so I couldn’t even wear the proper shoes that I’ll be wearing for my actual performance… so I’ll have to adjust on Monday. But it’s been nice, and I’ve been really nice though, pumping through and learning the steps.

Last week, I thought that I did pretty good. I think that everything really did come together, especially considering the short amount of time that we had and how tired I was. I literally will never forget how tired I was seconds before I was about to perform. I had to drink coffee… and I don’t even drink coffee. It was very fun, and I’m really grateful for Val. I know I’ve said it before, but I probably wouldn’t have gotten through it without him — being able to look at him and knowing I’m not going through everything I’m going through alone. He’s feeling exactly how I’m feeling as well. It’s a really cool experience to have a buddy to go through it with you.

I’ve learned my routine for the Foxtrot for “Big Spender” by Shirley Bassey, and it’s Vegas week! So it should definitely be more theatrical, and I get to step inside another character and outside of Normani. Everything is pretty, big and super animated with personality and character and commodity. It’s pretty cat and mouse, and I’m excited. It’s gonna be dope!

To read the full blog, see Hollywood Life.

March 31, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Normani Kordei Blogs DWTS Week 1 for Hollywood Life

Normani writes about week 1, her nerves and how they are in Okinawa, Japan this week for tour. I do like how she owns her dance experience and all the expectations and responsibility that comes with it. I do wish she would realize that she only did half a quickstep and perhaps tell her partner to get it together – but we can’t have everything. Visit Hollywood Life to read the rest of her blog.

Going into this first week I was definitely, and obviously, very nervous. There is a lot of expectation for me as a former dancer, and someone with dance experience, but with more expectation comes more responsibility. That really got me through this week. I always try to take everything Val [Chmerkovskiy] says into consideration. He is always giving me the best advice and critiques, and I try to listen to him a lot and take what he says and show it in our routine. He and I are out on the floor together, and I know that we are in this competition as a team, so listening to him this week has been so important for me.

The quick step was our first dance but also one of the hardest dances there is, so I am blessed that I got through it with Val’s guidance. It took me a bit to recognize that he is with me every step of the way; when we go out on floor we are out there together. So we took on the quick step together and I think we crushed it. I blacked out in the best way possible once I was out on the floor. I didn’t want the audience, or the cameras, or the judges to distract me from what I knew we could do. I just focused in on the glitter, and the lights, and the music and gave it my all.

March 23, 2017 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. :-)

Normani Kordei And Valentin Chmerkovskiy On DWTS Season 24 – Videos

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy are guests on Access Hollywood Live today. We’ll have video of that appearance soon. First, here they are on Facebook courtesy of Laurie Hernandez News You Tube.

ETA: You can now watch them on Access Hollywood Live below. They talk of Dancing With The Stars, why Normani wanted Val as a partner, and lots more.

March 15, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Highlights Of The DWTS Live “We Came To Dance” Winter Tour

Below are some highlights from the 2017 Winter Dancing With The Stars “We Came To Dance” Tour. Let’s hope there is another tour soon (and they come to DENVER!).

March 14, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Val Chmerkovskiy And Tony Dovolani Interviewed On Their New Studio In Las Vegas And More (Video)

Below is a new interview with Dancing With The Stars Val Chmerkovskiy and Tony Dovolani on their new Dance With Me Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. They also give lessons and more. Thanks to Laurie Hernandez News for recording.

ETA: And another interview…

ETA2: And another…

ETA3: You can see some fun photos of Maks, Tony, and Val celebrating their new studio Vegas News and Just Jared.

March 9, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.