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DWTS Season 24, Week SIX – LIVE BLOG (Spoilers)

If you’re timing the show for me this week, please see Manipulation Mayhem for some pointers on how to do it – we’ll get better results if everyone does it approximately the same way. Thanks in advance. 😉

Team Dances!! Ah, makes me think back to the good old days when they actually had to do Ballroom – much more difficult than freestyle. And I miss those good ole days. I think the first one might have been my favorite…

Changed my mind…I think I like the kicks at the end of this one the best… Read more..

April 24, 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 24, Week 5 – Manipulation Mayhem

Yes, I’m very late getting this done, but that’s what happens when you have a busy real life. 🙂

Anyway, as we discussed last week, there are many ways to manipulate this show and we’ve seen most all of them over the course of many seasons – mostly since Season 15 or so.  These tactics include (but are not limited to):

  • Packages (length, tone, fake shipping, fake or overblown fights, etc.)
  • The Erin Interview (the questions the producers feed her to put people on the spot)
  • Screen time (or lack thereof)
  • Dance/music assignments
  • Press

So, I understand that Val and Normani were on Access Hollywood Live for the SECOND time this past week – pretty rare. Especially considering that some couples haven’t been on at all. I recall many seasons being pissed that Derek and his partner were getting little press (Nastia, Marilu, etc) or little to no All Access time (Marilu) – Val has never had this problem, but they are on a quest to make him happen to this day.  Thing is – DWTS PR is the one who sets up all those show appearances and it’s a very simple way to give one couple a leg up over the others.  You all tell me, since I haven’t been paying attention, but which couples have been on Ellen, AH Live, E! and all the others. More importantly, who HASN’T been on any or many of those shows, eh? Read more..

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 24, WEEK FIVE – LIVE BLOG (Spoilers)

Disney Week – I can’t decide if I’m excited or not. 🙂 I have a tendency to recall Rumer sneering at the camera “Let Nastia and Derek have that song” like an entitled…anyway, that’s one of the drawbacks of watching this show since nearly the beginning. Almost nothing is new.

Hey, there’s my favorite little cutie from SYTYCD. JT!! Read more..

April 17, 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 24, Week 4 – Manipulation Mayhem

The last several seasons, you’ve heard Courtney and I complain ad nauseum about the ways that this show is manipulated. Sometimes subtly and other times very overtly. From lack of interviews with Erin, to lack of overall PR, to song/dance assignments, to the packages.  Most people don’t even notice it because the tendency in humans is to believe what they see – even when they should know better.

Ironically, when we have a Bachelor on the show is when I think to start this series – the Bachelor is probably the single most manipulated, produced, heavily edited (however you want to phrase it) show on television that is so-called “reality”.  Here is where I plug the show UNreal which is a take off on the Bachelor series and is a (supposedly fictionalized) scripted – more scripted – drama.  Fantastic series – I highly recommend it. Produced by a former Bachelor producer, it will REALLY make you think twice about how much you believe on DWTS or any other reality show. Read more..

April 15, 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. :-)

DWTS Season 24, Week FOUR – Dancing by the Numbers!

Yeah, still thinking Erika. 🙂

My track record isn’t so good so far though. Ah well, some seasons you got it and other seasons you don’t.

I didn’t see anything to be terribly outraged over this past Monday. Funny that our big ringers pretty much leave me cold. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that both are dancing with Chmerkovskiys. They just kinda fail to really show their partners in a positive light. Too much talking, walking and not doing the assigned style. Val is doing a better job than Alan/Maks is, but really dude – STFU and let Normani have her moment.

Anyway, let’s get to our scores. Read more..

April 13, 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. :-)

DWTS Season 24, WEEK FOUR – LIVE BLOG (Spoilers)

Most Memorable Year…usually the night of rumba and (poorly done) contemporary. Be sure to check the “Who’s Dancing” post as the running order has been updated…and it ain’t lookin’ good for Nick, dang it. Not sure what they have against him.

Oh and CAI said she wants me to come on DWTS and dance with her. LOL. I think she really wants Derek and got me by mistake. 😉

Okay, these intros are SOOO scripted it ain’t even funny. I think it was Normani and Nick that gave it away – neither are actors so there you go. Read more..

April 10, 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. :-)

DWTS Season 24, Week THREE – Dancing by the Numbers!

Thanks to Derek and Julianne Hough for their fantastic performance the other night…and for blowing up my Derek twitter search. That was a struggle to get through. 🙂 Amazing dance – I loved it.

As for the rest of the dancing, no one struck me as horrible, but at the same time, I was only really impressed by Nancy and David.  I still wonder why Nick is getting so badly hosed every week. What is the deal? I have a hard time believing they are trying to give Peta an early exit – she’s a competitor and there’s no way she wants an early exit, baby or not.  And fact is, Nick is NOT a dancer like many of the women are and he’s doing pretty darn good for someone who is a complete novice. I think he was better than Bonner by a good bit (and Peta is doing better for him than Sharna is for Bonner), yet he got the same scores from Len and Bruno as Mr. T and Charo did. In what freakin’ universe?? I love Mr. T  – but he is not the dancer that Nick is, not even close. Come on, judges. Why is the bar set so high for Nick? You’re treating him like he’s a pro not living up to expectations, instead of Joe Bachelor who’s never danced before. Read more..

April 6, 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. :-)

Sharna Burgess Recaps Dancing With The Stars Season 24 Week 3 On ET Facebook

Below is Sharna Burgess recapping Dancing With The Stars last night on Entertainment Tonight’s Facebook.

April 4, 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.

PureDWTS Season 24 Week 3 Media, Interviews, Recaps, And Scores After The Dances

What a show stopper night on Dancing With The Stars last night. I ended up really liking “Vegas Night”. I especially loved Derek and Julianne Hough’s “Unsteady” performance too. The art and the story telling was off the hook.

So, let’s review last night’s scores again…

Normani Kordei and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: Scores of 8-8-9-9 from the judges for a total of 34.
Heather Morris and Alan Bersten: Scores of 9-8-8-8 from the judges for a total of 33.
Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev: Scores of 8-9-8-8 from the judges for a total of 33.
Simone Biles and Sasha Farber: Scores of 7-8-9-8 from the judges for a total of 32.
David Ross and Lindsay Arnold: Scores of 8-7-8-8 from the judges for a total of 31.
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater: Scores of 7-7-7-7 from the judges for a total of 28.
Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd: Scores of 7-6-7-6 from the judges for a total of 26.
Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko: Scores of 6-7-7-6 from the judges for a total of 26.
Mr. T and Kym Herjavec: Scores of 6-6-6-6 from the judges for a total of 24.
Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess: Scores of 6-6-6-6 from the judges for a total of 24.
Charo and Keo Motsepe: Scores of 6-6-6-6 from the judges for a total of 24.

ET and People have interviews with some of the couples after the show and their reactions. And here is more….

From FOX11:

Former Chicago Cubs player David Ross continued to impress, bringing the house down with a “Magic Mike” themed number that had him stripping down to his red skivvies—and a tee shirt with perfect drawn-on abs.

The athlete, who scored 31 with partner Lindsay Arnold, told FOX411 that his wife Hyla approved the risqué dance because “I do that goofy stuff at home. Get out of the shower and I’m all messing with her ’cause I’ve got that goofy side of me but to do that in front of millions of people and in this environment was a little scary for me. I told her, ‘Daddy’s coming home with some new moves!’ ”

Football player Rashad Jennings received 28 points from the judges for his samba that wasn’t quite up to his usual standard with partner Emma Slater.

“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne received 26 for a jive, with Judge Julianne Hough sighing, “You were a little wobbly on your feet.”

Tying with Jayne with 26 points was “The Bachelor” star Nick Viall, who tango-ed with Peta Murgatroyd to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.”

After the show, Viall told FOX411, “I feel great about tonight….I was more in the moment than in the first two weeks.”

More interviews with Fox11 HERE and HERE.

From Glamour(lot’s of hints on next week’s dances): Read more..

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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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Season 24, WEEK THREE – LIVE BLOG (Spoilers)

As I said in the “Who’s Dancing…” post, I can’t imagine anything worse than Vegas Night. Hopefully a few of the couples (and Derek and Julianne!!) will prove my imagination and worries unfounded. 🙂

t-minus 15 minutes…

Well, call me crazy, but I liked that opening number. I liked how they had the celebs well integrated and how they were all doing different aspects of Vegas…especially David and Sasha as dueling Elvis’s. 🙂

Man, Nick going first? Better spot…but they’re determined to have him be underscored, I think. Good on Maks for the pep talk!! Nicely done.

Yay!! Nick did a pretty darn good job on that one. A few shaky spots – head turns could have been sharper. Len come ON – that was full of content!! Read more..

April 3, 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. :-)