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Mark Ballas To Do Same Sex Ballroom on Melissa and Joey

Well, I think the title kind of says it all. Tomorrow night on ABC Family, Mark Ballas will be making an appearance on the TV show Melissa and Joey. In the preview, it has Mark Ballas dancing with Joey. You can see the preview video here. Melissa has so much more personality in that clip. Too bad she doesn’t do that on the dance floor. Anyway, the preview looks pretty good, although it was a bit disturbing to have 2 shaved head guys dancing together. Also, isn’t this at the same time as the DWTS results show? It’s close if it’s not. I was too lazy to calculate the time changes:-)

September 27, 2010 I Written By

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Dancing with the Stars 2010 Week 2 Music List

As you know, we love to list all of the music from Dancing with the Stars. TMZ is claiming to have the rundown of music from week 2 of Dancing with the Stars 2010. They also have the dances they’ll be doing, although their list conflicts with Heidi’s list of DWTS Season 11 Week 2 dances. Either way, take it for what it’s worth. We’ll be sure to post the official list of music after tonight’s episode.


— Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke — “Tush” Tush (jive)
— Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas — “Suddenly I See” Suddenly (quickstep)
— Brandy and Maks Chmerkovskiy — “Magic” Magic (jive)
— Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower — “Hound Dog” Hound (quickstep)
— Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani — “Love Machine” Love (quickstep)
— Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough — “Shake It” Shake (jive)
— Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel — “Dreaming” Dreaming (jive)
— Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer– “I Want You To” I (quickstep)
— Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya — “Danger Zone” Danger (jive)
— Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas — “You Can’t Hurry Love” You (quickstep)
— The Situation and Karina Smirnoff — “We No Speak Americano” We (quickstep)

As for the celeb singers, Seal will sing his new song, “Weight of My Mistake,” Tuesday night, and Janelle Monae will sing “Tightrope.” Tightrope

Looks like the producers and Harold Wheeler had some fun picking out those songs for the couples.

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DWTS 11 – Blogging with the Pros

Okay, I’m having some trouble with this this season – Derek is supposed to do a weekly interview with Entertainment Weekly, but I haven’t seen it (did find one for TV Guide), and Maks is blogging for TV Guide. Found that, after searching because he didn’t tweet it this week. Is Cheryl blogging this season? What about Anna? Someone clue me in and I’ll update this post to include them too. As of right now, I’ve got Derek and Maks and that’s it. Although, that’s usually enough, for ME. 😉

First up, Derek. One of the things I love about Derek is that he owns it. Last season he said straight up (probably too often) that Nicole had dance experience and that it was helpful to him. Other pros who shall remain nameless, cry unfair one season yet are fine with it when they get the person with advantages. Well, this season, Derek makes the best analogy ever when discussing Jennifer’s detractors. From TV Guide:

After Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough topped the Dancing with the Stars leaderboard last week with a 24, rumblings about the Dirty Dancing star’s so-called “dance experience” heated up again — an unfair dig at her, Hough tells “Would you ask Adrien Brody to play piano at Carnegie Hall? Or would you ask Hilary Swank to fight in a professional boxing match?” he says. “Jennifer learned to dance 23 years ago for that movie and she played a person who didn’t know how to dance. She wasn’t learning new routines and dancing live week in and week out. I can see why people think that, but they’re not the same.” In fact, the Emmy-nominated pro has a slightly more difficult path to a record third Mirrorball trophy as he must choreograph around Grey’s neck injury. Find out how he plans to do that and more. I take it that means no Dirty Dancing homages, which you probably should avoid, right?
Hough: We don’t want to re-create something that’s so perfect. I definitely want to give people a different memory of her and a different experience. That routine and movie are so iconic that if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. As much as some people want to see [an homage], I think there are a lot who don’t want to see one. Plus, legally, I don’t think we would be able to reproduce it. It’s time for new things. Also, Jennifer and I can’t do as many things because of her neck injury, so I’m trying to be as creative as I can to create routines that can still be crowd-pleasing, but without highlights that other people may be doing. No crazy tricks or lifts or stunts for us, but we’re still going to put on a show. What was your reaction when she broke down as you were choreographing because she thought of Patrick Swayze?
Hough: I was very surprised because she was excited and smiling right before. But, you know, she wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s not one of those people who will bottle her feelings up. It was uncontrollable. If she’s upset, you will see it. If she’s excited, which is the case most of the time, you will see it. You didn’t see it last week, but she’s usually cracking up and rolling on the floor with peals of laughter. She’s very expressive, a lot of fun and full of energy. The Viennese waltz was very, very emotional, but that’s not her true personality. You’ll see new side of her in the jive. I want people to see that fun-loving side of her because that’s who she is.

And the most exciting part of the interview, for me? 🙂 Your Emmy-nominated paso doble with Chelsie [Hightower] last season remains awesome. Any plans for another musical/dance number this season?
Hough: Yes, definitely. I have an idea kicking around. It’s the early stages and I haven’t decided who’ll be part of it yet. It’ll keep it very minimal and very stripped down. So keep an eye out!

Next up, Maks – and I have to say that TV Guide is using a MUCH better picture of him than what past blogs have used. I’m also liking his attitude going into this season as well. Much more positive, so far. Also from TV Guide:

I know some people are saying already that Brandy “has an edge” or “has experience.” Listen, I don’t care. People are going to say what they’re going to say. We just have to go out there and do our best. Was Brandy good Monday? Yes. Was she perfect? No. I feel like there’s never going to be anybody who does amazingly the first performance who’s never had any training before. Brandy, even though she’s never danced, I’m banking on her stage presence. I just need that ability to perform from her. You want to call it dance experience. Fine. This was my pep talk to Brandy before we went onstage: “You need to dance like you dance in rehearsals, wearing sweats and no makeup, no glitter.” Why? Because your best level is usually achieved in rehearsals. On the day of, you have negative emotions and positive emotions, both of which pull you away from achieving your optimal performance. That’s why we always say that you’re never going to be as good as you are in practice.

I thought Audrina did great. She had some trouble getting on beat in the beginning, which was unfortunate. Since they were the first couple of the season, the crowd was very excited and went insane after they were announced. They were so loud that she couldn’t hear the first notes — not good since she started with a solo, which was ballsy and showed her confidence. Unfortunately, she couldn’t hear the beats from the orchestra. Luckily, she and Tony were able to recover, but I think she definitely would’ve gotten a better score if not for that. I told Tony that next time, he should start her off closer to the orchestra so she could hear the beats.

I don’t think we can adequately judge The Situation yet. He says he only rehearsed for five days. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt. Everybody’s got a story and his story this week was the short rehearsal time. But next week, everyone will be on an even playing field with only one week to rehearse in between dances, so we’ll if he can step it up.

Somebody clue me in on what the last paragraph means? It kinda goes back and forth – and who’s “Dennis”?? And who’s the “old man”?? Tony? 🙂 Oh, and I put pictures (and a little video) from the Lupus event on PureDerekHough – there’s a good number of pictures with Derek, Tony and Maks together, having fun. Which I really like to see.

The Lupus event I went to Wednesday was amazing. Tony, Derek and Brandy came. I really appreciated that she attended something that was important to me. It was great for Dennis. His mother’s spirit was around. It was a wonderful night to know you’re part of something that makes somebody else happy. Yes, we had an ab-off. The old man showed up! It was very good. All joke aside, we’re keeping him young. I believe you are who your friends are. I keep him on his toes. I think we both totally help each other out. He’s the responsible one who sometimes gives me the older brother slap on the back of the head, but then there are moments when I’m the voice of reason. We’re very close and have a lot of fun together. If we can both make it to the finals this year, I don’t know if there’s anything better than that.

ETA: I found Derek’s weekly quiz from Entertainment Weekly (I’m liking Jennifer more and more – go girl. 🙂 ):

Derek, where are you going in this photo? Do you think the rule “No shirt no shoes no service” does not apply to you?
We were actually at rehearsal and I was super sweaty and needed to change my shirt. Jennifer had hidden my clothes, though, so I was forced to walk out to the parking lot to my car for a change of clothes without a shirt on. I will get her back though. Someday, when she least expects it.

Are you aware that your belt is not exactly doing its job here?
As long as my pants are not on the ground, the belt is succeeding.

Is it annoying when paparazzi take your picture or do you love it?
There are a few photographers who have literally camped out at our rehearsal facility and so far they have been really respectful. There have been situations, though, where I’ve been chased in my car or when a photographer has tried to cut me off to get a reaction, and that’s just not cool.

I know that generally the producers pick the song but sometimes the dancers have input. Whose idea was it to go with a Dirty Dancing song homage right away, and are you glad you did it?
That was a production choice. It’s a beautiful song and means a lot to so many people, including Jennifer. I’m glad that the audience liked the dance so much.

How is Jennifer doing training-wise? Does her neck injury mean serious limitations for the jive, and how do you work around that?
Jennifer is amazing. She’s in fabulous shape – not just for her age but for anyone. Her flexibility is crazy – she can literally hold her leg alongside her head. It’s pretty spectacular to see. I think that every celeb has limitations that we pros have to work around and Jennifer is no different.

What song do you have this week?
We have a great Jive song that if anyone saw us out on the DWTS tour, the song will be familiar.

Cheryl’s Blog for MSN – I think I posted this one already, but it fits here too. 🙂 Thanks to Moey in the comments for the reminder.

This year is sure to be a lot of fun since we have a really great cast. There are so many different personalities and every season is so different, so it’s fun to learn more and more about all the cast members. This year is going to be challenging for me because I’m dancing with someone quite tall. I’ve never danced with a man so tall before in my whole dancing career. For me, it’s going to be a different challenge than I’ve ever had on the show. I’m partnered with Rick Fox who is 6’7” and I’m 5’4”, so our height difference is insane.

Rick is doing well so far in rehearsals and if he has his fan base behind him and he doesn’t do bad and continues to improve every week, then I think we might have a chance to make it pretty far. The goal going into every season is always to win or make it quite far in the competition, and I see a lot of potential in Rick. The first few days I was a little scared since I was thinking, “this guy is so tall and I don’t know what I’ll do with him,” but I just decided to start at the beginning and taught him how to walk gracefully and how to use his height and long arms to our advantage. The difference in height is so dramatic, the shoe department of the show had to make me custom 4” heels so I could at least reach up to his chest level. I have always competed in 3” heels, and even that 1” is a big difference. It’s been a challenge, but it’s been a great challenge for me the last few weeks. It’s been fun to mold someone of his height into a dancer.

Anna’s first blog of the season with Radar Online! Thanks to Heather in the comments for the heads up. 🙂 Unfortunately, Radar doesn’t do Embed codes so you’ll have to follow the link to see it. Radar Online

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DWTS 11, Week 2 – Who’s Dancing What…and When

The dances for the week are Quickstep and Jive – kinda crazy for week 2, but maybe that’s just me. 🙂 It appears that everyone who did the Viennese Waltz is doing the Jive, everyone who did the Cha Cha is doing the Quickstep. HOWEVER, all the pros and their celeb partners are being suspiciously silent on the dance order – it also seems that camera blocking happened later today than normal so maybe that’s all there is to it. Whatever, we don’t have ANY of the dance order yet, So check back as I will update if and when I find out.

ETA: TMZ claims they have the songs the couples are dancing to, as well as the dance (beat you guys on the dance, neener neener 🙂 ).

ETA 2: It has been suggested that the TMZ order in which they list the dancers/dance/song is the dance order as well, since Kurt is going 9th and Rick is going first – which mimicks the order that TMZ has them in. So I’ve rearranged the couples in that order, below. When it’s actually confirmed (if), I’ll type it in bold. Which would make Courtney incorrect as it puts Derek/Jennifer at the top of the hour (6th place). 🙂 The Sitch and Karina in the pimp spot, eh? That means one of two things. 🙂

These are the dances the couples are doing per their twitter accounts:

Rick and Cheryl – Jive
Dancing 1st

Florence and Corky – Quickstep

Brandy and Maks – Jive

Michael and Chelsie – Jive

Audrina and Tony – Quickstep

Jennifer and Derek – Jive

Margaret and Louis – Jive

Kyle and Lacey – Quickstep

Kurt and Anna – Jive
Dancing 9th

Bristol and Mark – Quickstep

The Sitch and Karina – Quickstep

According to Louis’s facebook/twitter, next week is storyline week and he’s praying that the music they are given “fits” the storyline ideas that he and Margaret have. Oh dear. I really don’t like storyline week, much.

In other news, Jonathan and Anna are working on a Pro dance for the first results show in October. 🙂

September 26, 2010 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 11, Week 1 – The Week in Entertainment News, Part III

Sabrina – Behind the Scenes of DWTS

Rick and Cheryl dance on Ellen!

Access Hollywood with The Situation and Karina

Dancers (MARK) will change clothes anywhere anytime. 🙂

Mark and Bristol on ET in Alaska

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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 Season 11, Week 1 – Ratings Win!

DWTS was the top three shows for last week! Apparently, the premiere is up 20-some percent from last fall’s premiere, but down from the spring premiere – this is from a source that I saw earlier in the week and, of course, can’t find again. You’ll have to take my word for that part. All in all, 21 million viewers is pretty damn good. 🙂

From Inside Blip:

CBS earned a 7.8 rating/13 share average in overnight of Fast National ratings from The Nielsen Co. this week in non-news, non-event programming. Although ABC had three of the week’s highest-rated shows — all coming as segments of “Dancing With the Stars,” its 7.4/12 finish just wasn’t enough to overcome CBS’ dominance.

ABC averaged an 11.0/17 with its top five shows compared to a 9.7/15 from CBS. But it was the bottom five that was a killer for ABC. New shows “My Generation” and “The Whole Truth” flopped for the Disney-owned channel while CBS stayed above a 4.0 household rating overall — “Medium” was its lowest rated program this week. ABC’s bottom five averaged a 4.4/7 compared to the 5.6/10 from CBS, creating the difference between the two.

Top 10 Network Shows, Week of Sept. 19 — [Audience Loyalty Index rating]
1. (-) Dancing With the Stars (ABC) — 13.9/21 — [NA]
2. (-) Dancing With the Stars (ABC) — 12.8/20 — [NA]
3. (-) Dancing With the Stars (ABC) — 11.5/18 — [NA]
3. (-) NCIS (CBS) — 11.5/18 — [NA]
5. (-) NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) — 9.6/15 — [94.3]
6. (-) The Mentalist (CBS) — 9.5/17 — [NA]
7. (-) Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) — 8.9/14 — [NA]
7. (-) CSI (CBS) — 8.9/14 — [NA]
9. (-) Two and a Half Men (CBS) — 8.9/13 — [NA]
10. (-) Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) — 8.6/14 — [NA]

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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. :-)

DWTS 11, Week 1 – The Week in Entertainment News, Part II

Getting lots of massive coverage this season!

ET – Bristol/Sarah, the Situation and more.

Entertainment Tonight after the performance show.

Extra 9-16

Extra 9-22

September 25, 2010 I Written By

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DWTS 11, Week 1 – The Week in Entertainment News, Part I

I never get to this stuff until the weekend, so pardon me but a lot of this stuff is also from BEFORE the show aired.  And there’s a good bit of it, so it will likely be a series of posts. 🙂  This is not comprehensive, I’m sure.

Some of this you may have seen on the web, but these are all the televised versions – some are slightly different than what was on the web.

Top 5 Per Access Hollywood. (Um, Fail, on one of them)

All about Premiere Night

Billy Bush vs. The Situation

Kurt and Anna on ET before the Premiere

The Prettiest Couple – Rick and Cheryl – on ET before the premiere

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Dancing with the Stars Season 11 Music Suggestions

Many of you probably don’t realize that Pure Dancing with the Stars got its big start by listing the music from Dancing with the Stars. It’s obviously grown way beyond just listing the music from DWTS, but the list of music from Dancing with the Stars is still a very popular part of the site. Of course, this means that we’ll still be posting the music on season 11 of Dancing with the Stars. Just click on that link and after each DWTS episode we’ll do our best to list the music with easy links to download the music from iTunes.

You can see the first 2 editions of out Dancing with the Stars music posts for this week here and here.

With that said, I thought it would be fun to list a bunch of songs that would be interesting to see on Dancing with the Stars season 11. Feel free to add your list of songs in the comments as well.

1. DeVotchka’s “How It Ends” – How
2. Basement Jaxx ft. Kelis, Meleka and Chipmunk’s “Scars” – Scars
3. Joshua Radin’s “Sundrenched World” – Sundrenched
4. Kosheen’s “Hide U” – Hide
5. Anouk’s “Lost” – Lost
6. Michael Andrews ft. Gary Jules’s “Mad World” – Mad
7. Cinematic Orchestra’s “That Home” – That
8. Astor Piazolla’s “Oblivion” – Oblivion
9. Lissie’s “Everywhere I Go” – Everywhere
10. Tom McRae’s “You Only Disappear” – You
11. My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult’s “Wasted Time” – Wasted
12. Roisin Murphy’s “Sinking Feeling” – Sinking
13. Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope” – Tightrope
14. Black Gold’s Season 7 elimination song “Shine” – Shine
15. Telepathe’s “Lights Go Down” – Lights
16. Coldplay’s “Fix You” – Fix
17. Project Jenny, Project Jan ft. So Percussion’s “You Said” – You
18. Kate Earl “Impossible – Impossible
19. Caravan Palace’s “Suzy” – Suzy
20. Kanye West’s “Power” – Power
21. Christy Steed’s “Love Is In the Air” – Love

Ok, now it’s your turn. Let’s see your DWTS music list!

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DWTS Tacky Dance Themes Part 2

Since all the songs this week are new-ish… we are deprived of being able compare Season 11 celebs with other celebs in the past… That being said… the good news is that we have other trips down memory lane to give you! Meaning another round of Tacky Dance Themes! *evil cackle*

So here you have it… round two of the Tacky Dance Themes, if you are wondering what the heck is this about… go to Part I and enjoy the commentary.

Now what other couples decided to have some strange dance themes prior to the “Dancing Through the Decades” theme and “Movie Night”?

Season 5: Mark Cuban & Kym Johnson
Dance: Samba
TV/Movie Program: I Dream of Jeannie
Tackiness Quotient
Music: The Theme song itself is pure instrumental, which traditionally I don’t consider as tacky. But there are so many nuances in the music that just screams the TV show that this deserves a Score: 3
Costuming: Oye, you have Kym as Jeannie in full regelia and you have Mark trying to be Major Nelson? Well, more like a geek is a better description. Granted Kym looks really good in that costume… Score: 2
Nuances: Too many to count, it didn’t bring me to a carnivale as a Samba should, it just reminded me of the show too much. Mark’s facial expressions didn’t help matters any… well at least they were having fun. Score: 2.5
Conclusion: Final Score: 7.5
I’ll admit it was a fun dance, and Kym looked good in that costume. But the concept that Jeannie would do her thing to make her partner dance is just so cliche. Still it’s better than the Star Wars routine as a dance… meaning that I don’t mind rewatching it, on occasion, with a bottle of vodka on hand (and I don’t drink).

Season 5: Cameron Mathison & Edyta Sliwinska
Dance: Paso Doble
TV/Movie Program: Superman
Tackiness Quotient
Music: Superman Theme Song… enough said. Score: 3
Costuming: You have Cameron wearing something with the letter C emblazoned on his chest similar to Superman AND Edyta wearing almost nothing but a cape? Yeeeaaaah Score: 3.
Nuances: It was okay, I can’t really think of anything, I mean it’s not like Cameron flew onto the dance floor… so Score: 1
Conclusion: Final Score: 7 out of 9
What’s a Superman dance without a cape? And what better dance to make use of a cape but the Paso Doble! The only thing that’s confusing me is whether that piece of cloth that Cameron was waving around was suppose to be his cape or is it Edyta? As odd as that sounds… it worked! Kind of, sort of, maybe.

Season 6: Jason Taylor & Edyta Sliwinska
Dance: Paso Doble
TV/Movie Program: Monday Night Football
Tackiness Quotient
Music: Monday Night Football Theme Song… ok I haven’t really watched football and didn’t really recognize the song when I first listened to it without the visual, which is a good thing so they get Score: 1
Costuming: Did they wear the colors of Jason’s team (Miami Dolphins) at the time of this season? OMG, I think they did! Score: 3.
Nuances: This seems to be a clear cut and dry Paso Doble, except for that last move at the end. Nothing that really screams tacky… but darn that last pose did it for me. Score: 2
Conclusion: Final Score: 6
It was a respectable Paso Doble, but Jason has the physique, plus this partnership moved on to be second in a Season that included Kristi Yamaguchi. Though that hood that Edyta had tacked onto her costume…. why? why? That was so distracting.

Season 6: Adam Corolla & Julianne Hough
Dance: Paso Doble
TV/Movie Program: Zorro
Tackiness Quotient
Music: Puhlease… it’s the Plaza of Execution, where else could it have come from? Score: 3
Costuming: *rolls eyes* Just look at Adam! Enough said. Score: 3
Nuances: There wasn’t much in terms of nuances… but dammit that unicycle did it for me (not to mention Julianne stripping Adam’s mask off)…. Score 2.
Conclusion: Final Score: 8
It was a fun dance, a bit stiff… there was “fluff” that I could do without, but the unicycle bit was pretty darn entertaining and just died when he got onto his feet… still >.< Since the video cannot be embedded... here’s the link.

There you have it for this next set of Tacky Dance Themes! Stay tuned for the next installment of Tacky Dance Themes… 😀

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My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does dancing fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =)