Isn’t this a beautiful new photo shoot with Dancing With The Stars Witney Carson? Love her. I hope she’s a pro again on the show! Thanks to Jim for the heads up!
Just a quick update on a dance event coming up. Anna Trebunskaya and Gleb Savchenko will be attending the Vail International Dance Festival on July 27th. More information at the Denver Post.
This year’s event, which kicks off July 27, is all over the map stylistically. There are the leotard and tutu types you’d expect, like Tiler Peck and Lauren Lovette from the New York City Ballet.
There are modern standard-bearers, like the Martha Graham Dance Company, as well as prime-time, ballroom wonders like Anna Trebunskaya and Gleb Savchenko, from TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
Some of the cast members on Dancing With The Stars this season made a fun showing at 102.7 KIIS FM’s 2014 Wango Tango last night. Below are some photos of Mark Ballas & Candace Cameron Bure and Peta Murgatroyd & James Maslow. Witney Carson, Emma Slater, Sasha Farber, and Lindsey Arnold graced the blue carpet too! Be sure to see Getty Images for more pictures.
And below is some video footage courtesy of Maximo TV…
Hey, just some Monday media starters. First, check out Dancing With The Stars Cheryl Burke below. This weekend she hosted at the Grove’s annual ‘ We Run For The Grove’ to support the American Heart Association at The Park in Los Angeles, California. You can view more fun pictures of her at Getty Images.
Witney Carson made a showing at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre over the weekend as well. Doesn’t she look cute? You can see more photos here.
Kristyn Burtt was there too to interview Witney on the Red Carpet. You can also see a fabulous photo of Kristyn’s dress at her Facebook page. Gorgeous and I love her heels!
Also, be on the watch for dance pro and Gleb Savchenko’s wife Elena Samodanova in the audience on Dancing With The Stars tonight!! She tells us she is wearing one of her dresses from her own collection. It’s “something very sexy and glamorous”! She will be launching her collection in mid May in India while doing Dancing With The Stars. It’s a boutique collection only and can be made by special orders. All the dresses are different and never made the same. We hope to post more on Elena and this new line in May as I’m excited like I am excited about The Gleb Colletion.
And last, but, not least, a big Congratulations to singer and Dancing With The Stars season 14′s Katherine Jenkins. She is officially engaged to writer and director Andrew Levitas. You can read all about her engagement at People. So happy for her!!
It’s been a long ass day and I need sleep, so I’m just gonna get right to it…your teams for next week’s team dances are:
Team Meryl: Meryl & Maks, Danica & Val, Amy & Derek, and Candace & Mark
Team Charlie: Charlie & Sharna, James & Peta, NeNe & Tony
Yes, I know – please take a moment to lift your jaw off the floor as I did when I first heard the teams. I assure you, there’s a perfectly rational explanation…and her name is Saint Meryl the Peacemaker. Apparently Meryl won the coin toss and got to pick first – and the funny thing is, the pros did not have any say in who got picked for each team. Deep Throat insinuated that the pros may not have even been in the same room when the picking of the teams was happening…which I actually think is kind of cool. Kept some of the politics out of the team-picking. Anywho! Danica & Val were Meryl’s first pick, as that was who she “thought Maks would really want”. Then Charlie picked James & Peta (bromance!), and Meryl picked Amy & Derek. Charlie picked NeNe & Tony, and Meryl was left with Candace & Mark. Read more..
Anyone got an idea for a good drinking game? I have several…
Loved the opening number.
NeNe – that weren’t no Salsa. And she’s safe. Now I’m scared.
Candace in jeopardy. I’m wondering if she can buy another week or if they’re just giving her fans huge hints to get voting and Drew’s on the block. I sure hope Amy is safe….
James knows he has to step it up. Took a bit too long to get the dance started. Lack of body content. Huge break in hold. Pretty dangerous. Annnddd….Len doesn’t disappoint. There is some hope.
Ten bucks says the time wasting move of the week is Meryl taking off her coat. If I’m right, everyone DRINKS.
That was okay….but still all the walking. Congrats to Meryl anyway.
Abby lee Miller on this show is a disgrace. That is all.
So Candace and Danica are in jeopardy. Worried for Amy…but I wonder if Danica and Candace – the rivals – will be the last two standing.
And Sharna shows Maks how to put a lot of content in a dance. That was great. I love it.
And Charlie gets hosed once again. Seriously – what is up here. There is no way that Charlie was four points lower than Meryl. Is he killing it in votes or what??
Well, that was actually one of the kickiest and flickiest jives I’ve seen. Who was saying Amy couldn’t jive?? LOL – she did a great job. It’s about physics, people. She’s moving faster so it’s easier.
In the end, Drew has left the ballroom. He was my second choice, but I’m not surprised.
Well, this week is fairly simple. Drew has a tough row to hoe this week, with the biggest margins since week 2. And really, I don’t have too many complaints with the scores overall, as they rather reflect my feelings after my initial viewing of the show. What I AM waiting for, is the hammer to fall on Maks and Meryl for the “messing about” that Maks puts in about 75% of his dances. It’s even more glaringly obvious after Val and Meryl’s Argentine Tango. Anyone else who had a ringer of that caliber (particularly Derek) would have gotten hosed by now for all the crap. But really, Derek has often gotten hosed for crap in dances that other couples get away with in the very same show. I’m looking at you, Tony, Val AND Maks. Usually, this occurs when Derek has a really good partner. Now, the shoe is on the other foot and we get nothing but praise for the golden couple. Oddly, Charlie is just as big a ringer and he is getting the ringer treatment. Seriously, 3 points deducted for dropping that cane? If ever there was a time that the judges should have gotten together and said “hey, killer routine, very difficult – a dropped cane is only worth one point.” But no, they couldn’t manage that. Are they REALLY trying to manipulate the audience into thinking that Meryl should win?? Because you know, some of the audience resemble sheep – they want to vote for the perceived winner. This is a dangerous game, though, because the audience also likes an underdog – especially if one is as good a dancer with harder choreo than the golden girl. It will be interesting to see how things continue to progress on this front. Read more..
Cheers to our guest poet Lois! Below is another one of her fantastic poems in putting this past week’s dances all together “Disney” style….
THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL
The ballroom was electric, rocking a super-charged feel
The energy exploding with THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL
Animation was on full display, each dance like a movie
A Supercalifragilisticexpealadocious sight for us to see
The playlist of DISNEY songs brought many a wide smile
The opening, a treasured medley of DISNEY in grand style
THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL, each couple poised to go
Let’s rewind, review each couple’s grand DISNEY show
REEL NUMBER ONE
CHARLIE WHITE AND SHARNA BURGESS
FEATURING A RICHLY GREEN ATTIRED VILLAGE BAND
A SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPEALADOCIOUS JAZZ
A cane and umbrella were used as super-duper props
High-energy, eye-poppin, show-stoppin, jaw-droppin’.
REEL NUMBER TWO
DANICA MCKELLAR AND VAL CHMERKOVSKIY
FEATURING A WAIT STAFF SERVING THEIR GHESTS
A QUICKSTEP FEAST TO BE OUR GUEST
High-stepping, energetic, tasty, delicious feast
A knocking-out-of-the ballroom delectable treat
REEL NUMBER THREE
JAMES MASLOWE AND PETA MURGATROYD
FEATURING FROZEN ANIMATION
CONTEMPORARY DREAM TO LET IT GO
The mood, a breath of romanticism, of pure emotion
An artistic wonder, melting hearts, display of perfection
REEL NUMBER FOUR
DREW CAREY AND CHERYL BURKE
FEATURING AN ASSISTANCE FROM ALADDIN HIMSELF
A QUICKSTEP TO A FRIEND LIKE ME
Snappy, foot-tappy, happy Magic Carpet Ride
Full of Zip-A -Dee-Do-Do, a friendly celebration
REEL NUMBER FIVE
AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH
FEATURING A FANTASY BEFITTING CINDERELLA
A WALTZ TO SO THIS IS LOVE
She was a Princess at The Ball, Her Prince By Her Side
Sweetness, lovers in love, an elegant, magical illusion
REEL NUMBER SIX
CANDACE CAMERON AND MARK BALLAS
FEATURING A SEASHELL BACKDROP
A SAMBA TO UNDER THE SEA
A fun-filled, joyous Mermaid in skirt of grassy green
Her Lobster Prince dancing with her with Merry Glee
REEL NUMBER SEVEN
MERYL DAVIS AND MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
FEATURING A JUNGLE SETTING, GUEST JUNGLE DANCERS
A SAMBA TO I WANNA BE LIKE YOU
A Jungle Book full of Monkeylicious Merriment and fun
A case of Jungle Fever from which we don’t want a cure
REEL NUMBER EIGHT
CODY SIMPSON AND WITNEY CARSON
FEATURING FIERY RED, SMOKY EFFECTS
SAMBA TO HAKUNA MATATA
A powerful, rocking beat sashaying across the floor
With the spirit, charm, and spirit of a Kingly Gazelle
REEL NUMBER NINE
NENE LEAKES AND TONY DOVOLONI
FEATURING ANIMATED DALMATIONS
FOXTROT TO CRUELLA DEVILLE
Spotted, shaken-up, mean, nasty, and evil fun
Full of feisty spirit, a drama befitting a villainess
Each of the reels would have made WALT DISNEY so proud
The ballroom was animated with rousing applause so loud
THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL, a sensational sight to see
Wishing upon a star, bring it back again for you and for me!
Written By Lois A Troutman, April 16, 2014
THE END OF THE DANCING ROAD CAME FOR CODY AND WITNEY!
ACCEPTING APPLAUSE THEY TOOK THEIR BOWS GRACEFULLY!
THE ANIMATED DISNEY REEL WELCOMED DONNY OSMOND IN RETURN TOO!
EVERYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SHOW DESERVED A RIBBON OF BLUE!
Mark Ballas has written a new blog at She Knows. Let’s just say, he was so thankful to be called safe with Candace Cameron Bure this week. He writes about how nervous he was, but, he felt like he had a little angel on his shoulder telling him they would be ok. He was also sad about the elimination of Cody and Witney, but, one thing is for sure…he thinks Witney “completely solidified her place as a pro”. I totally agree. I definitely would like to see her come back, would you? More below and at She Knows.
When I was standing upstairs before the elimination, I had this gut feeling that we were going to be safe. I was nervous, of course, and I know Candace was too. I felt like I had a little angel on my shoulder telling me we were going to make it through. I felt confident in our dance, and that the fans were going to get behind her. So, a huge thank-you to the fans for voting for us.
I’m sad to see Cody Simpson go because I got really close to him this season. He’s a good kid: very polite, very talented and just sweet all around. It’s a shame to see him go because I enjoyed spending time with him. I’m also upset for his partner, Witney Carson. Witney was one of my students when I taught at her school in Utah, and this is her first season on DWTS. I feel like for her first season, she did an incredible job. She showed that she deserves to be here. I’m not only impressed by the work she did with Cody, but also with Drew Carey last week during the switch-up. In my opinion, she completely solidified her place as a pro here. She has the looks, the talent and the goods to back it up and be successful on the show. I think at some point, she will have a Mirror Ball trophy under her belt.
Carrie Ann Inaba has penned a new blog at Parade. She was sad and shocked to see Cody Simpson and Witney Carson eliminated this week on Dancing With The Stars. She writes, “First of all, no one saw that coming. Cody has 6.5 million twitter followers. I thought for sure his fans would keep him in. Where were they for him when it mattered?” That’s what I wondered too!! She also defends how she judged Amy and Derek. I’ve heard both sides of the argument on this and I still believe Carrie Ann did the right thing and what she writes below seals if for me even more….
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough–when she dances, it’s hard not to notice the miracle that is happening. It really is incredible to see in person; it’s something that can’t be ignored. She is dancing without the bottom half of her legs, so there are some things she just can’t do. They have to find a new technique to make things work. I couldn’t take off for the lifts last night because she can’t feel if her feet are still on the ground like everyone else. Also, it is very hard for Amy to come down the stairs. I have noticed that they are always carrying her down the stairs, so I couldn’t take off for that lift either. I know some people are upset with me about this, but I have to live with my scores as well and I have to do what I believe in and I did not think that it’s fair to take off a point for something that she can’t feel. For anyone who can feel whether or not their feet are on the floor, I feel it is fair to take off a point because lifts in certain dances are just not allowed. But that is not the case here. Anyway, it was a beautiful performance and wouldn’t it be kind of cool if Disney did make their next princess someone like Amy?
Be sure her full blog at Parade. Note to how she mentions Red Foo from LMFAO is the guest judge next week which will be perfect for Party Anthem Week!