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PureDWTS Season 22, Week 9 – Power Rankings

Five years ago, I sat on my couch, slack-jawed and speechless over the fact that TPTB had managed to oust a season-long fan favorite and great dancer from the finale in favor of a member of the ABC family advancing.   I didn’t think it was possible that anyone on this show could have gotten more screwed-over than Ralph Macchio was in season 12, in order to allow Chelsea Kane into the finals. I’ll be damned if history didn’t repeat itself last night with Wanya Morris, quite possibly one of the most hard-working, consistent, passionate, and entertaining contestants this show has ever seen, being sacrificed in favor of the decent-but-unmemorable ABC family member, Ginger Zee. And it seems to sting even more this time, because I feel like it all came down to the “hanky slip heard ’round the world” – a relatively minor snafu that the judges decided to make a molehill of, and brutally underscored Wanya last week, while sheltering Ginger with some very cushy scores on some pretty ho-hum dances. Had that underscoring (and overscoring) not happened last week, I have decent reason to believe we’d be looking at a different finale lineup.  But when it comes down to it, I guess it’s more important to ensure the company gal advances over the popular guy that isn’t part of the family, no matter how talented he may be. Good luck defending this decision, ABC – judging from the shock and dismay I saw on Twitter, you may get quite a bit of backlash for this one.

As for the good news about last night – I did manage to get 2/3 of my dream finale, with Nyle & Paige advancing, and with Antonio, the weak link in this competition since Doug left, finally getting ousted. To the Steelers Nation – guess y’all aren’t as mighty as you claimed to be, huh? I daresay with all the outrage about Wanya getting ousted, I barely heard a peep from those disappointed about Antonio going home. And FWIW, Wanya put on one helluva show – dude was 100% in the zone last night, and didn’t have a single stumble.  Just makes it all the more of a glaring omission for him to not make the finale.

So for the first time, this week’s scores are being rolled into the totals for the finale – I invite you all to contemplate why that might be.  Given that we’ll see the freestyles next Monday before the final set of votes, these power rankings are somewhat moot, as I’ll do another set next Monday. But given that they’ll actually be using the judges’ scores from this week, I do think it’s possible to predict who might have the advantage headed into the finale…and who might struggle a bit more.  So take these rankings as who I think would win/be the runner-up/come in 3rd if the winner were to be decided tomorrow. Read more..

May 17, 2016 I Written By

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Watch Dancing With The Stars Season 22 Week 9 “DWTS All Access”: Behind The Scenes, Interviews, And More

Dancing With The Stars Season 22 Week 9 “Dancing All Access” is about to begin! You can watch all the “behind the scenes” coverage and interviews LIVE in the video below.

May 16, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 9 – Live Blog!! (Spoilers)

Welp, I hope you all voted a LOT. I’m afraid tonight is going to turn the finale into one of the worst ever on the show. Losing the work of either Mark or Lindsay would be a damn shame, and their partners are awesome too. I think I will watch the entire show with my fingers crossed that we don’t get an Argentine Tango in the guise of a freestyle next week.

Bindi is the cohost on All Access for anyone interested. An appearance by her hot blond partner would definitely salvage this show for me right now. 🙂

Where’s my wine??

It would lead me to drink less if you all would remember to NOT constantly hit refresh while the show is airing in the east, and make sure you have more than a one liner for a comment.

Wait. Tonight’s the first time that the semifinal votes have counted for the winner? Yeah…I think I know why that is. People better VOTE.

Despite Hip Hip Chin Chin being horribly overused on this show, Mark found a different way and dang, Paige didn’t miss a step. Perfect. Read more..

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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 Cast Visits The Children’s Hospital In Los Angeles (Photos)

I always love when Dancing With The Stars visits the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. It seems they always help to bring on lots of smiles. Lots of photos below. Be sure to click the “read more” link. If you’d like to donate to the Children’s Hospital in LA, visit this link.

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May 14, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 9 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Well, prepare for me to be pissed off the remainder of the season. 🙂 They’ve overscored Ginger and Antonio to the point that the people who have been consistently performing all season long may not make it to the finale along with Nyle. One bad dance shouldn’t take out a man who’s been out performing both Ginger and Antonio for WEEKS now. My numbers post will likely be bitter. 🙂

ETA: AcCam says that E! said that Artem is in a trio with Ginger.

ETA2: According to People, Wanya and Lindsay have a Charleston for their Trio dance. ~ Vogue

ETA3: Apparently, Mark said on Afterbuzz that their trio partner is Alan. ~Heidi

ETA4: According to Extra, Antonio and Sharna have a Contemporary dance. Sharna also said they are allowed to do lifts this week. ~Vogue

ETA5: The rest of the dance info has been filled in via Disney ABC.

ETA5: Vogue again with a dancing order update.

ETA6: Here’s the full dance order per George Pennachio

ETA7: And the Trios are FIRST per George.

Paige & Mark
Individual Dance: Argentine Tango (song: “One Time” by Marian Hill)
Trio with Alan : Samba (song: “Hip Hip Chin Chin” by Club Des Belugas)
Phone # 1-800-868-3410
Dancing 1st

Antonio & Sharna
Individual Dance: Contemporary (song: “Hall of Fame” by The Script)
Trio with Hayley: Argentine Tango (song: “Mi Confesion” by Gotan Project)
Phone # 1-800-868-3401
Dancing 2nd

Wanya & Lindsay
Individual Dance: Charleston (song: “Shame on Me” by Avicii)
Trio with Witney Carson : Paso Doblé (song: “Explosive” by David Garrett and Franck Heijden and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Phone # 1-800-868-3412
Dancing 3rd

Nyle & Peta
Individual Dance: Argentine Tango (song: “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors)
Trio with Jenna Johnson: Jive (song: “Hit the Road Jack” – Hermes House Band)
Phone # 1-800-868-3409
Dancing 4th

Ginger & Val
Individual Dance: Quickstep (song: “Fire Under My Feet” by Leona Lewis)
Trio with Artem : Paso Doble (song: “Shot Me Down” by David Guetta)
Phone # – 1-800-868-3404
Dancing 5th

May 10, 2016 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. :-)

Watch Dancing With The Stars Season 22 Week 8 “DWTS All Access”: Behind The Scenes, Interviews, And More

Dancing With The Stars Season 22 “Dancing All Access” is about to begin! You can watch all the “behind the scenes” coverage and interviews LIVE in the video below.

May 9, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 8 – Live Blog!! (Spoilers)

I can’t believe we’re in week 8 already and the season is nearly over!! Shocking how fast this spring is flying by. I guess it’s all the sooner that I get to fly to NYC and see Derek on Broadway. 🙂 Speaking of Derek – Bindi is going to be in the audience tonight and, I suspect, next week as well since her family is having the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in LA on May 21 – Tom Bergeron is the MC for the event and Derek will be there, as will BC Jean, who is performing. With or without Mark, I guess depending on if he’s in the finale or not.  You can get tickets, if you’re in LA.

40 Minutes to show time. About. 😉

Hm. Opening number started great, had a TON of potential, great song…but it kinda fizzled towards the end and I’m not sure why.

Jaysus, starting with the stupid jeopardy call right at the beginning of the show.

Nyle and Peta are SAFE.

Peta is taking a pretty big risk here with the sound dropping out during their dance. I think it’s a brilliant idea but I’m a tad nervous. If they pull it off, they could well win the show.

Okay, that was freakin’ amazing. Still a little bit of a posture problem. It also seemed like the producers cheated a bit – they just turned off all the studio mics and didn’t stop the audience from clapping. Really though – he attacked it and I dug it.

I confess that the silence did choke me up a bit too.  Aaannnnd…that score is about right.

Oh man, please tell me that Lindsay isn’t using the same staging as Derek did for Amber….

This is stupid.  But YAY Paige and Mark are safe!!

Jodie and Keo are in jeopardy.

Antonio and Sharna also in jeopardy.

Well, that was a pretty good dance from Antonio but it started with Sharna doing all the work. And his arms were really weird.

Jodie and Keo – dude should stop reading this site.

Good Jive content, but were there a lot of breaks in that dance or was it just me?? Also wearing sneakers is a tad of a cheat.

All that gushing makes me think Jodie is leaving.

You mean to tell me that Jodie’s dance was a good as Paige’s last week and deserved a 30?  No freakin’ way.

Mark does resemble Jon Snow a bit…

Not sure how I felt about that V. Waltz – it was pretty and then I got a bit confused by the choreo. I guess they were getting “frozen”?? Paige is an excellent dancer though. And I’m really glad that Mark didn’t go to crazy with the production. Very glad that CAI didn’t call that jump/lift thing they did. Risky.

And again, if Jodie gets a perfect score, Paige should be getting a 40.

Ginger and Val are safe. Wanya and Lindsay in jeopardy. And that should be the end of Ginger next week.

Ginger did a good job with that AT, but it wasn’t terribly exciting. It reminded me of Rumer, with the black costumes. I suspect they’ll give her 10’s to get her into the finale.

Glad we have another dance coming up. Val finally finds his choreo 8 weeks in and they’ll get her into the finale over someone like Paige who’s been amazing all the way through.

If you are fans of Wanya or Paige, you best be voting your fingers off. If Ginger gets a perfect score on the second dance, she’ll go to the finale unless you all kill it.

Fun package – very funny.

DAMN it. Slipped on the rag. Was going so well. Fun choreography, fast – enjoyed it…and then the slip.

Shut up, CAI. His mistakes all happened AFTER that slip. He recovered like a pro.

Why are people like Ginger not getting comments about pushing themselves?? Ginger’s been playing it safe since week 1.

I give up.

Bruno’s dance was fantastic – I love how the women danced together, then the men danced together and then Nyle and Jodie did as well. Jodie didn’t have enough attack and missed a step towards the end.  I sure hope we’re not going to do the ridiculous “everyone gets a 10” BS. I’d give that one straight nines.

If they give Team Len 10’s I cry foul. That dance was just…blah. Not even Wanya could fix it. I kinda feel like we’ve been tricked – if we want Wanya to do well, we have to reward Ginger’s lack of latin hips.

This is seriously ridiculous. If the judges don’t have the balls to actually score each other, then they shouldn’t do this challenge.

Good dance from Team CAI – not quite as good as Team Bruno, I don’t think. It kinda ran out of steam at the end I thought.

Now for the elimination.

Antonio and Sharna are safe.

ELIMINATED: Jodie and Keo

Jodie goes out with a great deal of class.

How did we do?

Heidi: Said Jodie was leaving

Courtney: Said Jodie was leaving

Vogue: Said Jodie was leaving

NEXT WEEK Is double elimination. It’s going to be ugly folks. If you are a fan of either Wanya or Paige, I can’t stress voting enough.

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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. :-)

New Promo For Dancing With The Stars Judges Team Night

A new promo for the Judges Team Night! One more day and counting!

May 8, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Season 22, Week 7 – Dancing by the Numbers

I must say, week 7 of Season 22 was exceptionally dull until about the halfway point of the night. Super dullsville until we got to (surprise, surprise) Wanya and Lindsay. Major props to Lindsay for bringing the whimsical style foxtrot to the show – I could totally see Derek choreographing that dance. I can’t give a bigger compliment. Was it perfectly executed? No – but I loved it more than one of the so-called perfect dances.

Which brings me to Val and Ginger. I LOVED that dance. I thought it was beautiful. Would I have given it a 30? Based on what I had seen up to that point on Monday night, no – probably a 28 or 29.  When comparing it to Nyle, Wanya and Paige’s dances earlier in the season, it wasn’t even close to a 30. When stacked up side by side with Paige’s dance on the same night – not even close. Paige’s dance was jam packed with content, was extremely fast, harder, and better performed. Were both dances perfect? No. Paige had a couple sync issues while Ginger’s arms got thrown away more than once. I find it a disservice to both women to give those dances the same perfect score when Paige is dancing at a much higher level. Not only that, but (as has happened in the past to Val and Maks’ partners) she will now expect high scores for less than perfect dancing and will be upset if and when it doesn’t happen.  She will be blindsided. And Val will not help her temper her expectations – we saw that with Maks many times. They buy into their own PR instead of attempting to be pragmatic or realistic. Read more..

May 5, 2016 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 Mid-Week Media Starter: Interviews, Backstage Goodies, And Blogs

Lots coming up today! For starters, below are some interviews from Extra after the Dancing With The Stars Monday night! Awwww, I’m going to miss Von & Witney and Kim & Sasha!! Keep scrolling down…

Amma Slater also wrote a review of the dances at Hollywood Life. She was sad about the eliminations like we were. I love what she said on Sasha. Be sure to read the link for more as she wouldn’t have given any 10’s. There’s a cute photo of her and Sasha too. She also talks on seeing Alek Skarlatos.

Sadly though, Kim & Sasha were eliminated along with Von & Witney in a double elimination. I’m so sad that their journey has come to an end but I can’t help but be proud. Kim will look back and reflect on her season with such fond memories. It might be hard to swallow now, eliminations are horrible no matter what. I know she has made a life long friend in Sasha. And even if she tried, she wouldn’t be able to escape his daily texts! He’s quite persistent. I’m very proud of them both for their incredible season. As for Sash in particular, watching him as a pro this season was incredible. It meant so much to him. He truly deserves to be there based on his skill alone but then he has something else too. He’s a cheeky charmer who has a unique fun personality. He completely dotes on his partners and gives them the earth. It’s so refreshing to see this funny banter shine through. Sometimes you don’t get to see the soft, caring side to Sasha between the jokes, pranks and selfie faces (which he’s notorious for!!). However this season I think the people at home got to see more of him. The support he’s received has truly overwhelmed him. So thank you for that. Sash, I’m so proud of you.

Lastly, don’t miss reading Sharna’s new blog at Extra. She writes on her wardrobe malfunction. She also says Antonio is more driven than ever.

Antonio has a new focus and drive in this competition. He has fully switched gears and is ready to give this absolutely everything he’s got. He is willing to fly wherever he needs to go to ensure he can have practice with his quarterback, and trying to make it to rehearsals. Antonio Brown wants this. I have to say even though I think we should’ve had nines last night, the fact that we still have not had our perfect score is really driving him.

For anyone that knows Antonio Brown’s story, he was a sixth round pick in the NFL. He got looked over five times before that. He is someone that does smile in the face of adversity and that does drive from the bottom to dominate his competition. I feel that can directly correlate back to his experience on the show. For the first five weeks, no one was really too sure about his abilities and his drive. But now in Week 6 and 7, he has shown his improvement and how ready he is to take it to the end.

Speaking of Antonio, 247 Sports reports he went straight to training after Monday night.

Make no mistake, football is still Antonio Brown’s top priority.

On Monday, just hours after appearing on “Dancing with the Stars” in Los Angeles, Brown was at the Steelers’ practice facility in Pittsburgh, as the team begins Phase Two of it’s offseason workout plan.

While he hasn’t spent much time at the Steelers’ practice facility this offseason, Brown hasn’t spent any time away from his training. He’s constantly posting Snapchat videos of his workouts, and recently, it was revealed that he is working out at Nabie “The Speed Doctor” Fofanah’s training facility in California in between training and filming for DWTS.

WTAE also talked with Antonio at this link. They ask him about the differences between doing DWTS and football and lots more. They also talked with a few of the couples here. This link has a really fun gallery too of the cast getting ready for the show backstage. You can see the designers talking about how they put the costumes together at Variety too.

ETA: More interviews from Access Hollywood….

ETA2: And more…

May 4, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.