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DWTS 14 Week 10 – Power Rankings for the Finale

For a second there, I was sure this night was a complete wash…and then Donald reaffirmed my faith in humanity with one of the most adorable freestyles I’ve ever seen on the show :-D

Not a whole lot to say that most of you haven’t already said on Twitter – there was definite overscoring going on (William), and definite underscoring going on (Donald), but in the end, I doubt the scores are going to matter a ton…because this seems like it’s going to be the fanbase battle royale for the MBT.  And if the response I saw after one couple’s freestyle was any indicator – I think they’re a shoo-in for the MBT ;-) Let’s do things in reverse tonight, starting with who I’m predicting for the 3rd place finisher…

3rd place: Katherine & Mark

Honestly, it were up to me, these two would be a definite 2nd place – but I’ve got a gut feeling that they may have gotten a little lost in the shuffle tonight, in between the judges’ golden boy and the charismatic dark horse.  I thought her paso was pretty damn good – she definitely danced with more assuredness and confidence than her first paso, and the choreo was clean, proper, and exciting.  My only complaint: it seemed to highlight Mark more than Kath, but I guess I can’t fault them too much, as paso is really the man’s dance…which just further drives the point home for me that the judges kinda screwed her a bit when they gave her the paso in the first place.  As for their freestyle – I have to commend Mark for returning to the tried-and-true formula for freestyle success: he picked something that was relevant to his celebrity, he made sure it was high-energy, and he included quite a bit of actual ballroom steps to please Len.  I think it would have been a strong competition for Donald, if only Kath hadn’t lost a bit of steam in the middle and gotten a bit stuck in the lifts.  But I liked the flapper theme, and thought Kath singing at the beginning was a great way to really make the routine relevant to her – I just wish Mark had toned it down a bit, so she could have actually made it all the way through the dance with the same high level of energy.  Ok, so they’ve got the high score – but it’s only one point more than the other 2, so it may as well be nothing…and I’m sorry, as gorgeous and talented as I think Kath is, I don’t think she can compete with the raging hormones of Willy’s fans or the magnetic personality that Donald’s fans are drawn to.  Like Ricki last season, who also had the high score after the first night of the finale (and also the first dance of the 2nd night), I think Kath may be relegated to 3rd :-( However, I would love to be wrong and have her take 2nd…provided it bumps Willy into 3rd ;-)

2nd place: William & Cheryl

I guess hoping that the overscoring would stop in the finale was wishful thinking, as I was not particularly wowed by either of Willy’s dances tonight…and the fault for that lies more with Cheryl than anyone else.  William didn’t mess up, and what he did in both of his dances was technically good – he even looked liked he was having fun, which was something I had yet to see from him this season.  But here’s the problem: the level of difficulty for both of his routines was pretty pathetic…and I genuinely feel sorry for the guy, because I think Cheryl really let him down with the choreography tonight.  Their cha-cha just felt like a recycled version of their first cha-cha, which wasn’t very impressive in terms of choreography – his hip action seemed better this time around, and he seemed more relaxed, but there was nothing particularly impactful or exciting about it.  He could have handled more – but Cheryl didn’t give it to him.  And I’m sorry, but if another contestant pulls a Miss Cleo and predicts exactly what you’ll do in your freestyle (Donald knows what’s up), then you’re probably a one-trick pony without much of an edge.  Sorry, but this freestyle was a cop-out – I’m all for picking something relevant to your partner, but this felt like nothing different than what I’ve been seeing the past 9 weeks: a bunch of gyrations, dips, ass shaking, and vaguely salsa-y moves.  Even the lifts were pretty elementary - William’s a muscular guy, and he could have handled more heavy lifting.  He didn’t mess up, and he seemed to have fun – but the choreography didn’t show me that he was really a great dancer. Overall, at the end of it, I was just kinda left saying “So what else is new?” But I’ve got a feeling that hormones will prevail tomorrow night, and at least carry William into the final two…with his complacent partner, who probably didn’t even bother choreographing anything truly innovative, because she knew they’d be overscored anyway – just like they’ve been all season.

The Winner: Donald & Peta

The last remaining couple untainted by the fishy overscoring of this season – and thankfully, I think they came across as the most likeable, as well :-D While I SOMEWHAT agreed with Len that their Argentine tango was a tad on the safe side, I still think it was underscored, given that William & Cheryl just regurgitated their first week cha-cha (which is probably the ultimate “safe” move), and the first go-round, Len bitched that their Argentine tango “lacked content”.  So they gave him more content…and now it’s “too safe?” Poor Donald just can’t win with Len.  Whatever.  Len sure couldn’t bitch & moan after that freestyle they did, though – it was EASILY the best of the night, as the energy was through the roof and stayed there the entire routine, and Donald totally pwned those lifts.  And really – who would have guessed that Donald would pull out the country card and get out there and line dance? That was fresh & unexpected – yet somehow still strangely relevant to Donald, as I think it really showed us how multi-talented he is…and a goofball, at that :-P I’ve got a good feeling about tomorrow night, that justice will somehow prevail and the grand plans of TPTB will be squashed by a legion of fed-up fans voting for the little Quickie That Could…suck it, Univision merger ;-)

So who do you guys think will walk away with the MBT tomorrow? And how do you think this “24 hour dance challenge” will turn out? If they don’t rank the routines (30, 28, 26), I’m totally predicting they cop-out and give all three of them 30′s, just like instant samba last season.  But aside from that…which returning stars are you most looking forward to seeing? I’m all about some Jack, Gladys, & Roshon, myself ;-)

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DWTS Season 14 Some Final Thoughts From Judge Carrie Anne Inaba

Carrie Anne Inaba was a guest on “What’s The Buzz” today. Once again, she gives William the edge. If Katherine could bring back the confidence, she could be a force. She thinks Donald needs to work on his story lines and his arms (I’m sorry, but his story lines and arms are fine to me). She also has some thoughts on the All-Star season.

It’s almost showtime!! :)

Thanks to XKorita05 for the video!!

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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.

Louis Van Amstel’s Thoughts Before The Final Dances On Dancing With The Stars

Hollywood.com gets Louis Van Amstel’s thoughts and predictions for the Dancing With The Stars Season 14 Finals. He thinks they “all deserve to win”. Below is a take from the link…

If you needed any proof that this is true, Amstel encourages you to look at each of the couples’ track record. “None of the three celebrities have been in the bottom two,” he says. “That’s why it’s such a crazy final. They’ve all never been in the bottom three and they’re all lovely people.” America’s going to have their work cut out for them come tomorrow night.

Get Personal
Sure, this may be the most unpredictable season of all time, but that’s all the more reason these contestants need to be on the top of their game and bring everything they’ve got to the dance floor — both technically and personally. Amstel advises each couple to put their best foot forward (literally) while also showcasing their lovable characteristics. “They all need to make sure that they show their personality,” he says. “It’s not just a dance competition, and that’s weird for me to say. It is also the high energy, making sure you still enjoy it. Let people know that you enjoy it.”

Live Young, Wild & Free-style
For their final performances, the three remaining couples will be asked to tackle the ever-exciting, no holds barred Freestyle routine, which will give everyone their own unique chance to shine. “Everyone has a chance to make it or break it, so there’s a lot of extra pressure on the pros to make sure those freestyles are the highlight of the evening,” Amstel says. “Last week everybody, in my opinion, was held back. You could see that they were over-thinking. They have to show their personality, put their hearts on the line and show them what they’re made of because this is the week they can take the trophy home.”

I totally agree with the bolded text above, do you? Not only do we need to see perfection tonight, they can’t over-think it (like we’ve seen Katherine especially do).

You can read his full take at Hollywood.com.

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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.

Bruno Tonioli Discusses What Each Couple Needs To Do To Win DWTS, More Rehearsal Interviews

Extra went into rehearsals to see if the couples would give them any hints about their freestyles tonight for Dancing With The Stars. William and Cheryl will wear a shirt and pants (what?). Peta says their freestyle will be out of she and Donald’s element. It will also get everyone dancing. Katherine never thought she’d be dancing in the finals. Sorry, as you can see, not many hints were given.

Also, Bruno was interviewed at the Grove by Mario Lopez. He tells Mario to expect “absolute and utter sensation” on Dancing With The Stars tonight (and here I thought I was excited! 8O ). He explains to Mario what each couple needs to do tonight to win the Mirror Ball. See if you agree and lots more below….

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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 14 Stats Class – Week 10: The Finals!

Here we go, the last week of the season. Week 10. The following are the dances that the couples are slated to do over the course of Monday/Tuesday:
- Judges Choice: the judges get choose a dance that they would like to the couples to conquer again and the couples will perform it to new music and new choreography
- Freestyle: The anything goes dance… do I really need to describe this to you guys?
- 24-hour Challenge: The couples are allowed to pick a dance but are not given the music until 24-hours before Tuesday night’s show (something similar to the dance off where couples are working on routines/dances the night before Tuesday night’s show)

One thing I want to gripe about is why not have the couple do a dance that they have yet to do? For example Donald has set to do the Salsa, while William is missing a Waltz and Katherine the Tango… I think it would be fairer to give them all new dances… but that’s just me. Ah well. In any case:

DISCLAIMER: At the time of this writing, according to Wikipedia Katherine and Mark are doing the Rumba for their “judges choice” dance, so if there are any changes I may not be able to get to them prior to the show time… and I apologize.

UPDATE: I have updated the Predicted Scores with Katherine’s dance the Paso Doble

WILLIAM LEVY
Dance 1: Cha-Cha
Average Scores:
- Age: 27.190
- Occupation: 24.500
- Professional Partner: 27.000
Predicted Score: 26

Dance 2: Freestyle
Average Scores:
- Age: 28.059
- Occupation: 28.000
- Professional Partner: 28.600
Predicted Score: 28

Predicted Rank: 3rd
Comments: Getting a dance that he did earlier in the season bodes well for William, since he did a Cha-Cha in Week 1 there is a very good chance that he could show off just how much he has improved since then. The other two actors in their 30s that did the Cha-Cha this late in the season:
- Season 3′s Mario Lopez got a 29
- Season 13′s David Arquette got a 24
Personally William is a stronger dancer than David, but not the same caliber as Mario… so getting a 29 would be difficult for me to fathom unless he knocks it out of the park. As for the freestyle:
- Season 3′s Mario Lopez received a 30
- Season 8′s Gilles Marini received a 28
Ironically, both ended up being runners up in their respective seasons… William could end up being a runner up in the current season, but it is hard to tell at this juncture.

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Dance Junkies TV Discuss The Dancing With The Stars Finals And Pick Who Will Win

Need a dance discussion fix before show time? If so, Stuart Brazell, Rib Hillis, and Elena Grinenko of Dance Junkies TV discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each of the contestants leading up to the finale of Dancing With The Stars. They also pick who they think will win it all. Stuart thinks it will be “guy” to win and it will be between Donald and William (I can understand her conflictions. I love both as well). Rib picks Donald to win the Mirror Ball based on fan base, but, enjoys William’s dancing the most. Elena says it will come down to the Freestyle. Don’t discount Mark because he always comes up with the best freestyles. Lots more from this fun trio in depth below….

Stay tuned. It sounds like Rib and Stuart are going to be dancing for us in the future while Elena gives some advise. That will be fun!

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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.

Dancing With The Stars Finale Rehearsal Photos, GMA Rehearsal Footage, And More

THE RACE FOR THE MIRROR BALL
by Lois

The Mirror Ball Trophy, all shiny and bright
Will be awarded to the winners Tuesday night

Who will win, who will place, who will show
Katherine and Mark will sparkle, be all aglow

William and Cheryl, shaking hips to the beat
Will Donald and Peta be able to take the heat

All three couples will race to the finish line
All will put on their best, looking mighty fine

The noise will crescendo, the rafters will shake
The ballroom will explode, the win is at stake

The freestyles amaze, dazzle, rock and roll
The dancers bring forth their heart, their soul

Tom and Brooke, the winners they proclaim
Couples nervously waiting to hear the name

The race for the trophy, a dream come true
The winners, showered in confetti of blue

The Mirror Ball is awarded for another season
Which only serves to give us another reason

To tune in again, the show will return in the fall
For another chance to win the next Mirror Ball!

To help us introduce this post, above is a Dancing With The Stars finale poem written by PureDWTS reader Lois gearing us up for tonight. Perfect Lois!! Thanks!

Also, Cameron Matheson of Good Morning America goes into rehearsals to do the same. You can see them practicing on the Dance Floor. The couples give us some teasers (William says Donald will be taking off his pants, lol) as well as tell us why people should vote for them. This is fun…

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Also, if you haven’t been following Sherri Shepherd at twitter, be sure you are as she has been tweeting some fun pictures of the cast rehearsing for this week’s finale dances. Below are just a few of them. Be sure to check out her twitter account here for more.

ADDING: TV Guide has a cool commentary up today of what to watch for in tonight’s dances on Dancing With The Stars. They also run through each couples strengths and what they need to work on. Below is what they wrote for Donald Driver. You can read more of what they wrote for Katherine and William at the link.

DONALD DRIVER

For Him : Charm, Packer Nation and sympathy. Despite a handful of strong and dynamic performances, the judges have been underscoring Driver. He also arguably deserved his long-desired perfect score of 30 two weeks ago for his jive trio, but Len Goodman continues to hold back the 10 paddle while over-scoring some other pairs. The underscoring has angered a lot of fans and has not gone unnoticed by the pros.

Needs to work on: Getting out of his own way. Driver’s so desperate for a 30 that he sometimes goes into overdrive (no pun intended) when he dances, which causes him to either slip up or tighten up. Forget about the triple 10s and just dance! If you perform it, they will come.

Why he might win: He’s a better dancer than both Katherine and William; he’s technically sharp and an electric crowd-pleaser. His own eight-pack also doesn’t hurt and neither does his massive Green Bay Packers fan base. Plus: The fact that he’s been a diehard Dancing fan since the first season — and is not doing this to shill something — is surely endearing to viewers. Football players have a great record on the show too, but while there have been many who have made it to the business end of the season, only two have won: Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward. Could Driver be the third?

Watch out for: His freestyle. We all know that’s the make-it-or-break-it dance, and the pressure will be on his partner Peta Murgatroyd, who’s untested in her first final in two seasons against two two-time winner pros, to deliver a routine worthy of Quickie’s talent.

ADDING #2: More rehearsal footage and interviews. This time from ET Online…

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We Will See Latin Strengths In William Levy’s Freestyle On DWTS Season 14 Finale

Cheryl has been in the finals for Dancing With The Stars six times. She knows what to do. She tells Access Hollywood that they want to go full out and do everything that they can do. The freestyle dance is the most important. William thinks it will be the most difficult and they are working on everything. Cheryl says we will see a lot of his Latin strengths in their freestyle. William has also been nominated for a Teens Choice Award for Best Male Reality Star for doing Dancing with the Stars which he is thankful for. Here is more…

Below is a picture Sherri Shepherd tweeted of Maks and William rehearsing over the weekend. So cute!

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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 14, THE FINALE – Who’s Dancing What…and when?

So, for the finals this week, we get three dances over two nights. According to the press release that Vogue found, on Monday night they dance the judges choice dance and then the freestyle. After the show they are handed music for a dance style of their choosing and have the 24-hour challenge to choreograph and learn the dance.

Now, NORMALLY, the judges choice is a dance that the judges feel like they could do better – I’m not entirely sure that’s the case this time around. I bet they give William a dance he did well the first time and Donald one that he didn’t do so well the first time. All these subtle ways of tilting this show in William’s favor just seem to happen every week. Like bringing back Salsa for the first time in several seasons. :::rolls eyes:::

As for the dance order, it really doesn’t matter, but it MIGHT be an indication of how the production feels about the dances. Might. Only time will tell.  I think it’s entirely possible that the edge goes to the couple dancing first in terms of voting, at this stage of the show, since the average viewer is more likely to vote in the finale and they may vote early.  But in terms of best dances?? I think they may put the best one last. I don’t know – I go back and forth. Logically, it seems at this late date, going first helps with the voters, especially if you do a good dance. But much is noticeably different (and not for the better) with the show this season. Unfortunately, this will be easier to judge in hindsight.  BASED on what they did last week, and how I do think that partly affected Maria (in addition to a variety of other factors), I think they will dance in the order below. Keep in mind, that it’s entirely possible that they don’t care who wins, they only cared that certain people got this far.

ETA: It appears my dance order is the correct one for Monday night. Shocker. Not. Also – Paso Doble for Katherine. Thanks to KMark4theWin.

William and Cheryl - Dancing First
Monday Night:
- Judges Choice: Cha Cha Cha
– Freestyle
Tuesday Night: ??
Voting # 1-800-868-3408

Katherine and Mark – Dancing Second
Monday Night:
- Judges Choice: Paso Doble
- Freestyle

Tuesday Night: ??
Voting # 1-800-868-3410

Donald and Peta – Dancing Third
Monday Night:
- Judges Choice: Argentine Tango
– Freestyle
Tuesday Night: ??
Voting # 1-800-868-3403

FOOTNOTE:  While I was writing this, I was watching the full length Afterbuzz TV show from Mixology last Monday night and Maria said something that I’ve NEVER heard before, ever. She said the judges see the dress rehearsal. Meaning, they see all the dances before the show goes live.  This is a fairly huge deal, IMO.  The context was very innocent and I don’t think she realized that she was providing some new information for some of us. She was talking about how totally horrendous both of her dances looked on Sunday after a 12 hour rehearsal, that she had neither of them down and that normally she had a full Saturday rehearsal that she didn’t have this past week.  She was very, very upset and down because she was afraid she was going to go out on a low note.  She didn’t think she had time to pull it together because she’s not there till dress rehearsal and “the judges see dress rehearsal because that gives them the landscape of how the show is going to be.”  It was a very off hand comment in her discussion of how bad it was, and how Derek was hurt…she also said both of them were terrified of their Jive because it was so out of the box.  Anyway, this information is a pretty huge deal and it actually goes a pretty long way in explaining some of the wack ass commentary the judges give on the dances.   If a dancer does crap in dress, then does really well on the live show it can go two ways: one, they over rave about it to the point you’re scratching your head because they were expecting LESS, or two, they pan a dance that wasn’t that bad because their opinion was formed during dress and it didn’t get changed either because they didn’t care for the dance or they weren’t paying attention.  Same goes for if they do well in dress and do crap on the live show.  Veerrrry interesting.

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DWTS Season 14, Week 9 – The Cheesecake Awards!!

We’re back, after a couple week absence…and some of you will not be happy to see us. ;-)  Them’s are breaks…the weeks we missed we’ll pick up as a bit of retrospective cheese once the season is over.

The Award for Biggest Lack of Commitment to Week 9 – The Costuming Department who really screwed Cheryl out of some fringe on her Samba Costume

Heidi: You might ask yourself, “Are ‘biggest’ and ‘lack’ really the two best words to put together?” but really that was what was going through my mind looking at her costume. Yo, dudes, either add the fringe or don’t – you kinda half assed it here, IMO. :-) Yep, we’re picking nits.

Courtney: Everything about the show this week was so…blah.  Most of the routines were ho-hum, nobody really said anything interesting, and even the costumes seemed like they were half-assed.  It was as if the costume folks bailed and headed to the bar after only putting half the fringe on her costume.  “Yeah, that’ll do.  C’mon, we can make it for happy hour if we leave now!” Can’t blame them…even I’m bored with the show at this point.

Heidi: Perhaps you and I should win this award. It was pretty damn boring in retrospect. :-)

The “Most Telling Obsession” Award: Mark Ballas and his fondness for fences

Heidi: Really, dude. You’ve put Katherine in two cages and Bristol in one…is this a comment on how your attitude toward women in general or these two women in particular? :-) Or is it just a sexual kink all the way around? ;-) Considering your girlfriend, I’m going with BOTH.

Courtney: I’m sure Freud would have a heydey trying to make something of Mark’s fixation with cages.  Who knows what his true motives are – maybe he wants people to think he’s tough, maybe it makes him feel like he’s in control, maybe he just really wants us to know that he’s very, very into MMA.  I’m just kinda bored with it, to be quite honest.  You know it’s bad when I was actually slightly amused when he put Katherine in a snake basket for their salsa…nice change of pace :-P

Heidi: A cage is a cage even when it’s a basket. ;-)

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