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DWTS 15, Week 8 – Power Rankings

Not a whole lot to say about tonight, other than that everything felt incredibly frantic as they rush, rush, rushed to fit 14 routines into 2 hours (which was no bueno, considering the ballroom round was drastically cut short and the danced seemed to be over before they even started), and that the judges did their usual wacky scoring (which really means nothing, considering how close the margins are).  Literally, guys, this is an even bigger battle of the fanbases this time, as there are even MORE points and even SMALLER margins than the week Sabrina got sent packing.  So if somebody’s not getting the votes – methinks they’re pretty much doomed.

1.) Shawn & Derek – They’ve got the 2nd highest point total from the past two weeks, and in perhaps an even bigger advantage – a bunch of pissed off fans.  Ok, so maybe there wasn’t a ton of samba in their trio – I still think there was enough there to warrant at least an 8, and it was still a wildly entertaining routine that actually evoked more of the excitment of a pro dance to me than just a regular dance with a celeb.  The way Len was acting, it was as if Derek & Mark had walked center stage and defecated or something…while Shawn watched.  And the whole “If you go home tomorrow night, don’t blame me, blame them!” comment? Was that REALLY necessary? Just felt like a low blow and not any sort of constructive criticism.  I really think Derek probably knew they were taking a risk and choreographed more of a crowd/audience-pleasing routine than a judge-pleasing routine, intentionally – it was a calculated risk, maybe to jump-start the fans into voting.  But I don’t think he was expecting Len to take it so personally.  As for their Viennese waltz – despite it being awfully short, I thought it was quite pretty and very fluid, and Shawn had some butter-smooth turns and showed a lot of emotion.  I think they’re probably the safest from the double elim tomorrow…seems like they’re getting a lot of votes and still pretty decent scores, in the great scheme of things.

2.) Emmitt & Cheryl – I find myself drawing a bit of a blank on his Viennese waltz, despite the fact that I have several notes written about it – “smooth & fluid, didn’t see the alleged mistake, not very high level of difficulty”.  I daresay that it probably left me lukewarm: no big problems, and pleasant to watch, but nothing particularly impactful or impressive.  Just as I said last week, I think the biggest problem I have with Emmitt at this point is just that he seems to have plateaued in terms of difficulty, and Cheryl really isn’t pushing him as hard as she should choreographically at this phase of the competition.  Most of the other couples are pulling out all the stops – but Emmitt & Cheryl seem to be sticking primarily to the “Do easy choreo and just charm everyone’s pants off!” method.  Their trio – ok, very cute, and I definitely enjoyed it more than I did Gilles’ trio….but 30? Really? I saw an awful lot of backleading & stationary ass-shaking going on…I think many other couples had much more difficult steps in their dances, and they did them with much more impressive execution.  I guess the judges were maybe judging more on entertainment value than level of difficulty and content (unless your name is Shawn, in which case it’s ALL about content).  I guess I’ve just kind of given up on trying to understand the judges’ motives at this point :-P Regardless, I think he’s likely safe tomorrow, but things could get dicey next week… Read more..

November 12, 2012 I Written By

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Veteran’s Day Homage, Kylie Minogue, Ne-Yo, And More On Dancing With The Stars

Oh, I am one happy camper as one of my favorite female artists, Kylie Minogue, is set to perform on Tuesday night’s Dancing With The Stars Results show. As previously reported, R & B singer Ne-Yo will also be performing. Below are more details on both nights of Dancing With The Stars Week 8 from ABC MediaNet. Get ready, it’s going to be a special week as the show is also paying tribute to our Veterans.

“Episode 1508 & 1508A” – Monday night’s performance show on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” will include two rounds of competition for the seven remaining couples, a Ballroom and Latin Trio round. In honor of Veterans Day, the first round will feature performances to songs that pay homage to servicemen and women. During the Latin Trio round, each couple will be joined by an eliminated pro or Troupe dancer, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The audience will also be joined by members of several branches of the Armed Forces, including two former Marines, William Franco Vasquez and Nick Jones Jr., who will be special guests on an episode of ABC’s hit comedy “The Middle” on November 14.

“Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars the Results Show” will feature outstanding musical performances from Kylie Minogue and Ne-Yo, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET). Global pop icon Minogue will perform “Locomotion” alongside the renowned “DWTS” band, accompanied by pro dancers Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus. She has just released her latest album, “The Abbey Road Sessions,” which debuted at No. 2 in the UK. The album, which was recorded in London’s legendary Abby Road Studios with Minogue’s band and a full orchestra, features 16 classic tracks, all reworked. Also taking the stage is three-time Grammy Award-winning artist Ne-Yo, who will perform his current hit single, “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself),” from his newest album, “R.E.D,” in stores now. “R.E.D,” an acronym for Realizing Every Dream, is Ne-Yo’s fifth studio album, through which he continues to embrace dance-pop while maintaining his connection to R&B. Before two couples are eliminated from the show, there will also be a special performance from pro dancers Anna Trebunskaya and Valentin Chmerkovisky, alongside special guests Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild, principal dancers with the New York Ballet.

The 4th “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance of the season comes from the amazing cast of Disney’s smash new Broadway musical, “Newsies,” which is breaking box office records and winning Tony Awards for the best songs and best dancing on Broadway. Eighteen of some of the most talented performers audiences have ever seen will be joining the ballroom on Tuesday night, performing the thrilling “Seize the Day” in yet another must-see “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance.

You can read more at ABC MediaNet.

November 9, 2012 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.

J.R. Martinez Talks About Iraq, All My Children, And Dancing With The Stars (Videos)

The first thing J.R. Martinez did on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night was thank all the vets in the audience for their service, time, and sacrifice. He then went through his remarkable story of how he got burned in Iraq and his recovery process to taking a part on All My Children. They go on to talk about his black Lab, Romeo, and how J.R. dressed him up for Halloween. J.R. then talked about his perfect “10’s” last week on Dancing With The Stars. They review his Waltz and why it meant so much to him as well as the show. He’s having so much fun and he can’t wait to be the Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal! More in detail below….

ADDING: Below is J.R. and Karina on Extra as well…

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November 12, 2011 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.

DWTS J.R. Martinez And Karina Smirnoff Thank Vets With Dance Lessons (Video)

ET has a special video up with J.R. and Karina today. Check out how the two honored some locals Vets for the Veteran’s day holiday. What a better way to celebrate life, service, and giving back by teaching “dance”.

ADDING: Be sure to tune into the Extreme MakeOver: Home Edition tonight. A 1 hour special will air that honors the men and women who serve and protect our country. According to Celebuzz, J.R. will be making an appearance. You can read more on the show at the link. He’ll be on Jay Leno tonight as well.

ADDING #2: Below is a new interview with Access Hollywood as well…

November 11, 2011 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.