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Derek Hough’s DWTS 19, Week 3 Blog – On Patricia Kelly and Bethany’s Ankle

Great news…and not so great news in Derek’s blog this week. Since we had a bunch of discussion on “why does Derek get to use ‘Singing in the Rain'” and Courtney and I had posited that since he knows Patricia Kelly, that he perhaps has a leg up on the others. One of the benefits of fostering lots of relationships in the dance community, beyond the ballroom.  Here’s an excerpt from TV Guide:

This week, we’re doing the jazz to “Singin’ in the Rain.” My very first dance performance ever was to “Singing in the Rain” and I was about 3 or 4 years old. I don’t remember it at all. It’s on video somewhere. It’s me running around the stage with an umbrella. I was the only boy with a bunch of girls. I need to find that. It’d actually be really funny if we can include it in the package. I’ve always wanted to dance to this song, but I never envisioned doing it with a celebrity as s competition piece. I always thought I would do it as a Macy’s Stars of Dance piece. So I had to approach this differently. It’s not about what my body wants to do; it’s about what her body wants to do. We’re using an umbrella for it. Shocking, right? I just gotta make sure we don’t use the one Charlie used last season. I’m excited about it. It’s going to look beautiful. We’ve got little things in there that will be fun. We’re keeping it classic, but adding things in a little modern twist and musicality in there.

The cool thing is Patricia Kelly, Gene Kelly’s widow, wrote a beautiful email to me, allowing us to use the song and saying, “I’d be happy for you to use the song and to do the dance.” It was really lovely. Normally, it’s hard to get clearance for music in general, so it was really wonderful and humbling to get that from her. It’s kind of funny: We got a tweet from Taylor Swift the first week, a tweet from Meghan Trainor the second week and an email from Patricia Kelly the third week. It’s great and a little surreal to hear from the artists and to know that they’ve seen our dance. What will happen in Week 4? (Knock on wood!)

September 26, 2014 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. :-)

Would You Support A YouTube Sensation To Dance On Dancing With The Stars?

At John’s request in the new Dancing With The Stars Season 14 Casting Suggestion post, here is YouTube sensation, iJustine. You might remember that she and her fans massively campaigned for her to dance on Dancing With The Stars in Season 12 as you can see from the video below. I remember a lot of fans campaigning for her at twitter last season as well.

She can bust some moves too. Below is a recent video of her dancing around Pittsburgh during Thanksgiving.

The question remains….if iJustine is still interested in dancing on the show (as one commenter hopes), can a YouTube sensation like iJustine (with over 1,299,000+ fans following her) be considered a true “star”? Would you support or not support iJustine’s chances to dance?

I think I’d support her (and to dance with Derek too, lol). I hate to say it (and I didn’t always feel this way)…but, reality stars and YouTube sensations are the sign of our times and the current pop culture.

John’s Comments: I’m sure I’m a bit biased when it comes to iJustine, but she’s a bit more than a YouTube sensation. She’s pretty popular around tech circles particularly for her lifecasting and use of new media. Sure, it definitely stretches the definition of Star, but her 1.3+ million twitter followers says something. Plus, she’s not a YouTube sensation like other one hit wonders. Her weakest videos have a few hundred thousand views.

I actually don’t think that DWTS will pick up someone like iJustine for the show, because many people won’t understand that she’s a star and that could hurt the image of the show. However, she’s likely more widely known than a number of other “stars” that have been on the show.

Personally, I’m all for more Hot Blondes on DWTS, so I support her being on the show. Plus, I love the fact that she made a video of her dancing to basically capitalize on all her fans that want her on DWTS. I wonder what creative videos/social media methods she’d use to get people voting if she were on DWTS. Would be really fun to watch.

November 28, 2011 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.