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“Never Seen Before” Backstage Footage of Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Premiere

JC Rubio of AfterBuzz TV has posted some “never seen before” backstage footage from the premiere of Dancing With The Stars Season 17. This is fun! Check it out!

December 11, 2013 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.

Exclusive “Behind The Scenes” Footage Of Dancing With The Stars Finale By JC Rubio TV

Be sure to read about some “backstage” details of the Dancing With The Stars finale at JC Rubio’s official site here. Below is some video too. This is too fun. THANKS JC!!

December 3, 2013 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.

PureDWTS Guest Blog: “Reflections On Season 17, A Commentary And Other Dancing With The Stars Musings”

As promised, PureDWTS Guest blogger and poet Lois is back with a commentary in wrapping up the season!!

REFLECTIONS ON SEASON 17 – A COMMENTARY AND OTHER DANCING WITH THE STARS MUSINGS

BY: Lois A Troutman, November 30, 2013

Anticipation was building to a fever pitch! Rumors were swirling! The announcement of the cast for Season 17 was fodder for Internet and water cooler chat! The nation was hungry to know the names of the brave celebrities who would be lacing up new dancing shoes! The smell of leather permeated the studios of DANCING WITH THE STARS! Shoes were waiting for twelve pairs of feet to fill them!

Re-wind to September 4, GOOD MORNING AMERICA! Finally the new cast and their pro partners were announced! Each brave soul entering the studio to begin their dancing journey!
The dance party had begun! The pairings would be:

EMMA SLATER and BILL ENGVALL
SHARNA BURGESS and KEYSHAWN JOHNSON
PETA MURGATROYD and BRANT DAUGHERTY.
CHERYL BURKE and JACK OSBOURNE
TYNE STECKLEIN and BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY
KARINA SMIRNOFF and CORBIN BLEU
TONY DOVOLONI and LEAH REMINI
DEREK HOUGH and AMBER RILEY
MARK BALLAS and CHRISTINA MILLIAN
TRISTAN MCMANUS and VALERIE HARPER
SASHA FARBER and NICOLE POLIZZI
VAL CHMERKOVSKIY and ELIZABETH BERKLEY LAUREN

I was familiar with many of the cast but not with a few. This is why I love this show every season. I am always pleasantly surprised by those I am not familiar with. I am pleasantly surprised by the growth of the celebrities on their dancing journey. I find each season fascinating! There are many learning opportunities by watching the show. From learning more about the celebrities to the dances we see.

I would be fascinated to go behind the scenes! I would love to see how the juggernaut, the brains behind the show, puts it on every week. We did see some behind the scenes commentary. But, they should put on a comprehensive special allowing us to follow from the beginning to end of a show. What goes on behind what we see on the air?

I would love to see a special with all of the dancing pros dancing together. And a special with exhibition dances by the dancing couples, no judges, no scoring. Just dances galore! Those specials would be music to my dancing lover’s heart!

For Season 17, changes were made to the format of the show. The most notable was the elimination of the Tuesday night results show. I wondered how they could pack everything into a two-hour show that had been done in three hours in previous seasons. My feeling still is that the show seemed rushed. Am I correct in my feeling that the dances, at least in the beginning, were shorter in order to make them fit into less time? Tom Bergeron needed to keep the pace of the show by limiting comments from the judges, for example. He limited the teams from doing longer celebrations. I still think a Results Show is needed. Yes, towards the end of the season musical guests appeared again. But, I still love the musical guests that were on the Results Show every week. I loved the extras that had to be eliminated due to time restraints, such as more rehearsal footage, etc. I preferred the Skybox for the couples as opposed to the glitter benches. They seemed more restrained there. It seems more appropriate for them to be located away from the judges.

Another thing that was limited by the two-hour time restraint were many more pro dances. I believe the show made up for that somewhat by the super-sized opening numbers. But I will take all the dancing I can get. I would love to see more pro dance numbers again. And, there were very few encore numbers. I loved seeing the encore numbers each Results Show. I hope the Results Show is reinstated for Season 18. I hope they keep the show on twice a year. I hope the show goes to Season 20 and beyond. I believe this show can be kept fresh by introducing things such as different type dances, like trio and fusion to name two of the ones introduced. The powers that be have done marvelous work so far. I expect they will continue to refresh the show.

Questions brewed, most importantly, the voting. I was a bit confused at first how the show could only be one night. And how our votes could be factored in. There was a voting snafu which saved all of the couples into the next week. I had read of voters thinking their votes were cast for the wrong couples when they voted on Facebook. Or having phone issues, etc. Of course, each season there are those who feel the show is rigged. I will never, ever believe the show is rigged. People must keep voting. The modern technology used in voting is not foolproof.

This season many talented dancers were eliminated, Elizabeth, Nicole, Christina, Brant. Some complained, which happens every season, that less talented dancers were saved. The debate will always be there, voting on popularity v. voting on who has improved the most, the best dancer. My opinion is just vote with your heart. There is no scientific formula, no right or wrong answer. There is actually fun in debates, but use common courtesy. We will never all agree on who has won the MIrror Ball Trophy.

This season brought three guest judges, JULIANNE HOUGH, CHER, and the one, the only MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY! I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh perspectives they brought to the table. The judges are the brunt of much controversy. Are the scores too high, too low? I feel I am not in a position to judge them. It will be what it is. Is there a need to replace the judges, add a judge? Again, that is not for me decide. I will just say if the judges’ system isn’t really broken, why fix it? AMERICAN IDOL has tried judge after judge. Few of them have measured up to the originals.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the astounding talents of every pro, teaching and the troupe! They are the backbone of the show. They make the dancers into what they become on their dancing journey! I am in awe of their talents!

In conclusion:

One central thing to remember. DANCING WITH THE STARS is first and foremost a sparkling entertainment extravaganza! I love the entire show! From the sequins to the costumes to HAROLD WHEELER’s orchestra to the commentaries from everyone. Thank you for everything you give to me!

Season 17 is in the DANCING WITH THE STARS History Books! It was another season filled with the brilliance of the art of dancing! What more could we want?

Season 18 is around the dancing bend! See you in the middle of March, 2014!

December 1, 2013 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 Season 17, The Finale!! – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS) PART II

Well, we’re off!! The opening dance wasn’t nearly as exciting or as well executed as it was the first time around, but still good.

I confess I didn’t watch Enrique as he doesn’t really interest me.

I dig the pro segments, specially when Derek looks so gorg!!

And Amber and Derek win the Encore. Hmmmm…I hope her fans didn’t spend all their time tweeting. :-)

Discuss.

SPOILERS….in case you couldnt’ tell from the comment…

After getting 9’s in the fusion, there was pretty much no way, mathematically, that Jack was going to win. That left it between Corbin and Amber, Corbin with a bigger deficit than has ever been overcome in a finale.

Season 17 Champs: AMBER RILEY AND DEREK HOUGH.

I think this is the first African American woman to win the MBT, correct? Also the first plus sized woman?? Awesome.

November 26, 2013 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. :-)

DWTS Season 17, Week 10 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Two individual dances…but both to the same song. Could be interesting. Derek is the only one I have real confidence in, with his music background. Karina should be fine too, with Corbin’s background. I guess we’ll see tomorrow. :-)

Is this the second week in a row that Cheryl is just bad at math?? I think that should be 3rd and 8th, correct??

Leah and Tony
Paso Doble
Argentine Tango
Voting # 1-800-868-3411

Corbin and Karina
Tango
Rumba
Voting # 1-800-868-3406

Jack and Cheryl
Jazz – Dancing 3rd
Argentine Tango – Dancing 6th (??)
Voting # 1-800-868-3402

Derek and Amber
Viennese Waltz
Jazz
Voting # 1-800-868-3407

Bill and Emma
Cha Cha Cha
Argentine Tango
Voting # 1-800-868-3409

Who Derek dances with in his down time…Kate!

Bill and Emma

Scary Corbin and Karina

Derek and Amber

Jack and Cheryl

November 17, 2013 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. :-)

DWTS Season 17, Week 9 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

The week of two individual dances, one of which will be a trio. Here’s where we can tell the men from the boys. ;-)

Derek and Amber
Quickstep – Dancing 1st
Salsa Trio with Mark Ballas
Voting # 1-800-868-3407

Corbin and Karina
Waltz
Jazz Trio with Whitney Carson
Voting # 1-800-868-3406

Leah and Tony
Argentine Tango
Jive Trio with Henry Byalikov
Voting # 1-800-868-3411

Jack and Cheryl
Waltz – Dancing 4th
Samba Trio with Sharna Burgess - Dancing 8th
Voting # 1-800-868-3402

Bill and Emma
Charleston – Dancing 5th
Salsa Trio with Peta Murgatroyd
Voting # 1-800-868-3409

Elizabeth and Val
V. Waltz – Dancing 6th
Salsa Trio with Gleb Savchenko – Dancing 12th
Voting # 1-800-868-3405

Guess Derek (and Tony and Henry) got bored and decided to teach the crew to dance. :-)

Weirdness

November 10, 2013 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 17, Week 8 – Dancing by the Numbers

Examples of why immunity may not be a good thing:

  1. Will average fans GET that Amber still needs votes?
  2. After having a solid 3 point lead in the cumulative score, Amber is now tied with Corbin IF they include the dance offs (and marathons) in the cumulative total. They shouldn’t, but…

I think the coming week could be a dangerous one for Amber, but I guess we’ll have to hope that fans are smarter than some on the net clearly believe they are. No names. :-)

I’ve seen quite a few comments about Leah getting propped by the judges – dudes, they fired a shot across her bow the other night by giving her two 8s. That ain’t propped. I think (hope) it was a sign of things to come. I’ve also seen speculation that her scores are meant to justify her place in the finale based on votes. This is a theory that I often toy with and have seen in action. If they were going to do that, though, I don’t think she would have gotten 8s last Monday night at all.  This coming week will be an indication if they’re going to start playing that game. If Bill’s scores suddenly improve? There you go. He may be finale bound. However, another theory I toy with every season is their lulling the audience into a position where an elimination becomes “shocking” – their treatment of Bill Monday night may just qualify for that, as could Amber winning immunity. I guess we have to wait and see, but you heard it here first.  :-)  It worked on me, after all. I had been calling Brant a possible early exit early in the season, but they lulled me out of it.

Anyway, what exactly happened last Monday night? Well, Liz proved that someone is, indeed, voting for her. She was 3 points lower than Brant and covered the spread. They didn’t even put her in danger – that was Jack’s honor. Of course, with the way everything went down with Bill being immediately safe (so immediate that it was on the teleprompter, which means they knew before he danced, I think), I have to believe that no one was voting for Brant. You could argue that such a massive number of people were voting for Bill they just knew – but Liz covering the spread is an interesting little factoid to throw in there to make you wonder. If only one person is beating the spread it’s one thing, but for two of them to do it? Brant wasn’t getting votes, IMO. Liz is someone that I think is in dangerous territory and she better not be only 1 point away from Bill again next week. Could be trouble.  The tables below show where everyone ended up: Read more..

November 9, 2013 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. :-)

The Cast of Dancing with the Stars Season 17 IS… (Live Blog)

Here’s your new cast!! Discuss. And go here to see all the cast portraits!

Snookie with Sasha

Keyshawn Johnson with Sharna

Valerie Harper with Tristan

Brant Daughtery with Peta

Christina Milian with Mark

Bill Nye with Tyne

Elizabeth Berkley with Val

Corbin Bleu with Karina

Amber Riley with Derek

Bill Engvell with Emma

Jack Osborne with Cheryl

Leah Remini with Tony

Working on Video!!

Cast announcement

The Cast talks of DWTS Season 17 surprises

The new cast answers tweets

The pair offs

ETA1: They are pimping the crap out of this and are saying we have 44 minutes to the reveal. The dancers and celebs are on a big bus (video coming) and Tom and Brooke are leading the way in a big convertible. A helicopter is clearly following them. This appears to be a big deal. ;-)

ETA2: Here’s a teasing vid from @dancingABC on Instagram. In other news, Nancy Grace is making me remember why I hated her pre-DWTS and she’s making me hate her again now.

ETA3: Well, some of the folks in the comments found this list which seems to be at least part of the cast list…from GMA

Derek’s view from the bus:

Derek's view from the bus

Here’s your troupe –

The troupe on GMA

Lindsay’s view of Times Square
Lindsay's time square pic

Brooke with the list:
Brooke

September 4, 2013 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. :-)

Aly Raisman Chats On Her Samba Tonight For Dancing With The Stars, Most Difficult Week So Far

TV Guide interviewed Aly Raisman about tonight’s dance on Dancing With The Stars. As you know, she and Mark have the Samba. It’s been her hardest dance to learn thus far. She also has to dance side-by-side dance pros Tony Dovolani and Whitney Carson making it even more challenging. In stepping it up, she plans to get out there and pretend like she’s dancing in her room. Here are more of her thoughts…

What’s hard? The rolls?Raisman: Yeah. This is, technique-wise, the hardest dance for me. There’s a lot of bouncing, so you’re bending and then straightening. You have to have the exact technique because Mark and I are side by side. On top that, we’ll also be side by side with Witney [Carson] and Tony [Dovolani], so I can’t really be off or out of sync. This has been the most difficult week so far, but it’s coming along.

Is Mark choreographing all of it or do Witney and Tony also have input?
Raisman: It’s pretty much all Mark. We’ve only had a few hours with Witney and Tony. They’ve been giving me tips and stuff. I think it will be a fun dance. The dance itself is upbeat and the song we have is great. It’s kind of like a huge dance party. I like that after last week when it was all intense.

Do you like this side-by-side dancing idea? It puts a lot of pressure on the celebrities to be up to par.
Raisman: Right. I think it’s really difficult. I’ve been doing the samba for five days and I have to do it against professional dancers who’ve been doing this their whole lives. I’ve also only been dancing for two months. So that’s like me doing a tumbling competition with someone who just started gymnastics two months ago. It’s not the same level at all. I’m not sure how they’re going to judge it or what their expectations are. I just know I have to really focus. But I’m excited because it’s a challenge and I think it’ll be fun to see all the routines and all the other pros back and performing. It’s also helpful to have two more professionals there, especially a female pro.

More at TV Guide.

April 15, 2013 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.