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PureDWTS Season 28, Week 1: Power Rankings

So we wrapped up the premiere of the “new, improved!” DWTS a little over 24 hours ago, and I’ve got some mixed feelings. My main concern: in the wake of the disastrous year the show had in 2018, they’re currently trying to reinvent/rebrand the show to give ratings a boost and maintain a hope and a prayer of this show surviving into 2020.  The only problem? I feel like the rebranding involves just turning DWTS into Strictly Come Dancing 2.0.

Yes, they’re essentially the same show, in terms of the concept, aesthetic, etc. But Heidi and I have long been reminding people that comparing DWTS and SCD is a bit like apples and oranges, because the fact that the two shows air in completely different markets makes each take on slightly different flavors. Americans and Brits are two different cultures that have different tastes when it comes to television – I have yet to meet an American that understands the appeal of British soap operas (I can’t tell you how many times I fell asleep trying to watch the same god-forsaken episode of EastEnders in college because a girl in my dorm was from London and swore up and down that it was the greatest TV show ever), while I’ve heard more than one Brit puzzle about why American television is so violence-driven (same girl in my dorm was CONVINCED we all carried guns on our person because she had watched 24 before coming to college). And there’s obvious differences between our humor, with British humor being quite a bit drier and high brow than more crass, slapstick American humor. Given all those differences – would it be a stretch to assume that  Americans expect different things out of DWTS than Brits do out of SCD?

With respect to DWTS and what I’ve observed in my 10 years of blogging, I tend to think Americans care less about how many syllabus steps a routine has and care more about being entertained and wowed by a memorable dance. I know SCD is more driven by syllabus content and correct execution of the steps, and low-scoring of non-compliant routine is more commonplace than it is here in the US, where it’s unusual to see any paddle lower than a “6” taken out after week 1. So for things to shift rather suddenly from the DWTS focus on entertaining and memorable dance numbers to a more content-driven approach from the judges, I have to wonder: is this sh*t gonna fly…? Some of the best choreographers we’ve seen on DWTS are the ones that really thrive when they’re unfettered by syllabus  requirements – think Derek, Mark, and Julianne, who all ended up Emmy nominated at some point as a result. We’ve still got a few pros in the current stable that I think choreograph best in a more out-of-the-box setting – namely Jenna, and possibly Brandon. Then again, with the prospect of an Emmy nom a distant memory since the departure of Derek and the onslaught of more competition in the Outstanding Choreograhy category…maybe it’s time to start focusing more on content? I honestly don’t know – but I’m not sure the answer to all of DWTS’ problems is just tweaking everything to match SCD. Time will tell, especially after we hear about this new elimination twist next week…

One good thing to come out of the “let’s do it like SCD!” gambit? The delayed reveal of the partnerships left us more  likely to get unexpectedly WOWED by some of the contestants – and I daresay with all the chatter about Hannah, Karamo, Kel, and Sailor, I did NOT see James coming at all. I was genuinely and delightedly surprised, which was nice. I also didn’t head into this season with a favorite – there were a few contestants/partnerships I found intriguing, but nobody that I knew from the jump I’d be voting for…so I felt like I was seeing everything with fresh eyes. But shall we get on with the rankings?  🙂 …Read more

September 17, 2019 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

Dancing with the Stars Season 28, Week 1 – LIVE BLOG

Wow. It’s been quite a while since I’ve had to do one of these. Wonder if I’m still snarky….

…yeah. Probably. 🙂

So, according to George Pennachio (via Courtney), this is the dance order:
Hannah Brown
Kel Mitchell
Kate Flannery
Lamar Odom
Lauren Alaina
Sailor Brinkley Cook
Karamo Brown
Ray Lewis
Mary Wilson
Ally Brooke
Sean Spicer
James Van Der Beek

Most of these folks are pretty natural in this interview opener. 🙂 Good to know that both Hannah and Lauren are self-described messes. …Read more

September 16, 2019 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. :-)

Dances Revealed, Elimination Information, Format Changes For Dancing With The Stars Season 28 Week 2

Dang! They are taking the fun out of us trying to find dance information for next week. Oh well, read on for all the details. From WDTV….

THE 12 CELEBRITY AND PRO-DANCER COUPLES COMPETE ANOTHER WEEK ON ABC’S ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ FOR THE COVETED MIRRORBALL TROPHY, MONDAY, SEPT. 23

Big Format Change in Voting to Be Revealed; First Elimination for the 2019 Season

“First Elimination” – The 12 celebrity and pro-dancer couples compete a second week with the first elimination of the 2019 season, live, MONDAY, SEPT. 23 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

Vying for America’s vote, each couple will dance to a style they have not yet danced to this season. Some of the songs featured in the season’s second episode will include Taylor Swift’s “Lover,” Demi Lovato’s “Confident,” Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon,” The Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris,” Aretha Franklin’s “Think” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September,” among others. The show opens with a comedic cold open featuring celebrity contestant Ray Lewis giving one of his infamous locker room pep talks to his fellow celebrities in advance of the first elimination.

For the show’s second broadcast, scores from the judges from week one will carry over and be combined with judges’ scores from week two, which also marks the first weekly live-viewing audience vote of the season (via abc.com, the ABC app and SMS/text). The live votes will occur each week only during the live broadcast in the EDT/CDT time zones (but fans in all U.S. time zones may vote within that window).

Moving forward with each subsequent Monday night, the live vote combined with the judges’ scores will be tabulated in real time, with the bottom two revealed during the broadcast. And for the first time in “DWTS” history, a big format change in voting will change everything and will be revealed during the broadcast.

The couples are (with their dance choice) the following:
•Country artist Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko will dance the Cha Cha
•Model and photographer Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Val Chmerkovskiy will dance the Foxtrot
•Pop star Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber will dance the Salsa
•“The Bachelorette” Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten will dance the Cha Cha
•“The Office” actress Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov will dance the Cha Cha
•TV host and “Queer Eye” star Karamo and Jenna Johnson will dance the Salsa
•Super Bowl MVP Ray Lewis Cheryl Burke will dance the Salsa
•Comedian and actor Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson will dance the Tango
•Two-time NBA Champion Lamar Odom and Peta Murgatroyd will dance the Foxtrot
•Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold will dance the Salsa
•TV and film actor James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater will dance the Tango
•Legendary “Supremes” singer Mary Wilson and Brandon Armstrong will dance the Foxtrot

September 17, 2019 I Written By

Hi, I have always been a big music and dancing fan, but, I'm also passionate about photography, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible travelling and camping with my hubby and our loving and patriotic doggie, Cash. To read more on me and view my photos (including some dancers from DWTS), see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

Pure DWTS Season 28 Week 1 – Interviews, Recaps, Scores, Jimmy Kimmel Prediction, Photos, And Extras

What a super first night!! I loved them all in different ways. And wow, do we ever have a competition. See Miss Heidi’s Live Blog last night for more in detail (she cracks me up as always). Let’s check out the media after the dances. We’ll start with the scores and rank the couples in order….

Scores:

James & Emma 21 (7, 7, 7) Tango “Whatever It Takes”—Imagine Dragons
Hannah & Alan 20 (7, 7, 6) Cha-cha-cha “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”—Whitney Houston
Lauren & Gleb 19 (7, 6, 6) Cha-cha-cha “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”—Shania Twain
Sailor & Val 18 (6, 6, 6) Foxtrot “Uptown Girl”—Billy Joel
Karamo & Jenna 17 (6, 5, 6) Salsa “Juice”—Lizzo
Mary & Brandon 17 (6, 5, 6) Foxtrot “Baby Love”—The Supremes
Kel & Witney 16 (6, 5, 5) Tango “Sucker”—Jonas Brothers
Ally & Sasha 16 (5, 5, 6) Cha-cha-cha “Work from Home”—Fifth Harmony
Ray & Cheryl 15 (5, 5, 5) Salsa “Hot in Herre”—Nelly
Kate & Pasha 15 (5, 5, 5) Cha-cha-cha “She Works Hard for the Money”—Donna Summer
Sean & Lindsay 12 (4, 4, 4) Salsa “Spice Up Your Life”—Spice Girls
Lamar & Peta 11 (5, 3, 3) Foxtrot “Feeling Good”—Nina Simone

If you missed seeing the show, see the official Your Tube page. You can also view their dances at the official Facebook page. They also posted a video of the Title Shoot Photos. Getty Images has some beautiful dancing and backstage photos too.

Here are some recaps, media and interviews after the show. It always pays to listen and read everything….. Read more..

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Hi, I have always been a big music and dancing fan, but, I'm also passionate about photography, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible travelling and camping with my hubby and our loving and patriotic doggie, Cash. To read more on me and view my photos (including some dancers from DWTS), see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

Private Members Area – DWTS Season 28 Premiere Discussion

It’s time again for Dancing with the Stars chatter! Share your thoughts and insights as we lead into the next season of Dancing with the Stars from the comfort of the Pure DWTS Private Members Area. If you’re not a Pure DWTS Insider yet, you can do so here. If you are, then I look forward to the discussion in the comments.
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September 16, 2019 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

PureDWTS Season 28: Christie Brinkley Out Due to Broken Arm; Daughter Sailor Stepping in

It’s been a busy morning, so I don’t have all the deets, but Christie apparently (recently?) broke her arm during rehearsal and can’t dance, so her 21-year-old daughter Sailor is taking her place this season, per GMA:

“Dancing With the Stars” contestant Christie Brinkley broke her arm in rehearsals and will not be able to hit the dance floor this season.

In a statement, BBC Studios and ABC said, “Brinkley suffered injuries which required surgery to her wrist and arm,” keeping her from participating in the competition.

But Brinkley’s fans will still have someone to root for: her daughter.

Brinkley’s 21-year-old daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, a Sports Illustrated model, has stepped in to take her mother’s place for the remainder of the season.

“Showbiz is all about getting a break, and Sailor and I both got one on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ this season,” Brinkley said in a statement, joking about her injury. “Sailor joined the cast when I got mine … ouch somebody stop me, it hurts to laugh!”

Brinkley-Cook has already hit the ground running with only hours to learn her mother’s entire dance routine.

She even fit perfectly into her mom’s performance outfit for the season premiere. Brinkley’s outfit did not need to be altered at all.

And this is me rolling my eyes…cause the few previous times that someone got injured prior to the premiere and they found a replacement, we got the likes of Holly Madison, Carson Kressley, and Master P (Melissa Rycroft was a notably skilled outlier). OF COURSE they just happened to have a young, able-bodied, semi-famous partner waiting in the wings for the golden boy when his older partner of questionable dance skill broke her arm in the 11th hour…

ETA: Vogue here. Here is a video from GMA on this news. The cast talks on it at camera blocking and more..

UPDATE: Per a source, the broken arm happened on Thursday at rehearsal, and Sailor was already rehearsing in Christie’s stead by Friday…and she apparently “has some previous dance training”. *facepalm*

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

DWTS Season 28 Night One – Media And Interviews Before Showtime!!

We’re only hours away from the premiere of Dancing With The Stars Season 28. While we wait, check out some press things below and be sure to keep checking back as the day progresses as we may be adding more….

Celebrity Insider has gathered up some quotes from Christie Brinkley for how excited her family is to see her dance include former husband Billy Joel.

For those interested, The New Yorker talked with Sean Spicer about Dancing With The Stars. It sounds like he’s having a lot of fun and may not be that “cringey”. Read on….

He was joined that day by his professional dance partner, who has been featured on many seasons of “Dancing with the Stars.” (Her name will be revealed on the season’s première.) “Sean’s really persistent, but he doesn’t have a lot of upper-body-isolation movement,” she said. She wondered if he’d been practicing. “Be honest. Did you work on this while I was gone?” she asked him. Then she said, “We got a shimmy down—like a little chest pop—but his body just does not move that way. It’s not even that he needs to learn how to do it, it’s just that he doesn’t have the flexibility for it.”

Spicer defended his learning style. “I’m very visual when I learn,” he said. “I’m not one of those people who can, like, read directions. If I get a set of directions, instead of reading it, I YouTube it.” Spicer likes to watch a tape of each day’s rehearsal and study what he needs to improve.

Did he see any parallels between dancing on TV and his tenure as press secretary? “None,” he said. “Well, maybe puns: like, dancing around things?” He said that, when he watched clips of himself giving press briefings, “I would go, Oh, wow, I didn’t realize I came off that way. I should’ve kept that answer tighter.” The rehearsal studio is on the other side of the Potomac from the Holocaust Museum (Spicer once referred to Auschwitz as a “Holocaust center”) and from the Martin Luther King, Jr., memorial (he once told the press that “just the other day” Trump “sat down with civil-rights leader M.L.K., Jr.”).

“No,” he said. “Well, I know that it’s fast, and a little Latin.”

“It’s a sharp, accented dance,” she told him. “We saw the fun Spicey, but this is serious.”

The producer wanted to start again at the knee slide. Spicer’s partner gave him some notes. “I’d rather you slide only, like, two inches, and have a big moment,” she said. “I’d rather have it be a mini slide than a massive fall.”

Afterward, they solemnly watched the first take on a monitor.

“The slide looks like it’s just checking the box,” Spicer said, dejected.

“You’re O.K.,” his partner said. “Nothing’s worse than a cringey moment, and I’m not seeing you do that. It looks clean, and it doesn’t look painful.”

More at The New Yorker.

ETA: More… Read more..

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Hi, I have always been a big music and dancing fan, but, I'm also passionate about photography, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible travelling and camping with my hubby and our loving and patriotic doggie, Cash. To read more on me and view my photos (including some dancers from DWTS), see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

Dancing With The Stars Season 28 – Only Three More Days Away!! (Interviews, New Promo Photo)

Only three more days and counting before the premiere of Dancing With The Stars Season 28! Are you ready? If not, see some teaser interviews below and a new promo photo.

And these… Read more..

September 13, 2019 I Written By

Hi, I have always been a big music and dancing fan, but, I'm also passionate about photography, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible travelling and camping with my hubby and our loving and patriotic doggie, Cash. To read more on me and view my photos (including some dancers from DWTS), see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 28 – The New Supervising Choreographer

I assume that the new choreographer is taking Mandy Moore’s place, but who knows?

September 12, 2019 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. :-)

Sean Spicer And Kate Flannery Talk On Their Goals For DWTS, New Interviews With Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson

Just a few new interviews. Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson talk on the challenges of doing Dancing With The Stars. Dancing With The Stars Season 28 contestant Kate Flannery talks of how the show is her “main course” right now and nothing else. Sean Spicer was also interviewed on Dancing With The Stars at US Weekly. He chats on his goals for the show, the backlash with Karamo Brown, and a little on his pro partner too (No blacklisting here as I don’t believe in doing that to anyone for their politics. I plan to give him a fair chance and I wish him the best like everyone else who is on and has done this show). Lots more below.

“Just doing something different is pretty much my goal here,” he told Us Weekly exclusively in a new interview. “I am a horrendous dancer, so I think to learn something new and be able to have fun while doing it is literally 90 percent of what I want to do.”

“He and I had a really fun talk — not about politics, just about getting to know each other and how excited we are about that opportunity,” the politician said of the Queer Eye star. “That’s kind of been his trademark. He has tried to foster a more positive dialogue and he did it again and it was really great, but I felt bad because he was trying to be a good person. … He was obviously doing the right and good thing and he has the best intentions. We need more people like him as opposed to fewer. It was a shame that people were so nasty to him.”

While Spicer can’t reveal who his pro dancing partner is, he did admit she’s much younger than him and that they do not talk about politics. “I don’t intend to,” he told Us. “Everyone from the cast to the crew to the pros have just been really kind and friendly.”

More at US Weekly.

September 10, 2019 I Written By

Hi, I have always been a big music and dancing fan, but, I'm also passionate about photography, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible travelling and camping with my hubby and our loving and patriotic doggie, Cash. To read more on me and view my photos (including some dancers from DWTS), see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.