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Dancing With The Stars 12 – Costumers And Stylists ‘Get Personal’ For Week 3

What a week it was for beautiful costuming. In my opinion, Randall Christensen and his crew outdid themselves. He explains how he was inspired for making some of the costumes even more personal to match their stories at Stylist. Note how Kirstie is nursing an injury.

Petra Nemcova: The long-legged Czech supermodel, who barely survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, vaulted to the top of the leader board, performing a soulful waltz she dedicated to child survivors of natural disasters.

For her top-scoring waltz, Christensen created a dreamy costume that featured an inventive dual-textured bra top. One side was encrusted with Aurora Borealis crystals, while the other was painstakingly hand-ruched. Layers of sheer, pale-blue chiffon gave the frock an ethereal quality. Nemcova and professional partner Dmitry Chaplin “had visions of Petra standing in the clouds so the light-blue fabric was the natural choice to signify an angel above the sky.”

Nemcova is the founder of the Happy Hearts Fund, which builds schools and shelters for children impacted by cataclysmic events.

Kirstie Alley: Despite crashing on the ballroom floor with injured partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Alley’s pale-gray rumba costume — and near flawless recovery — kept her looking good. The former “Cheers” actress worked closely with Christensen to conceive the design for her floaty dress to outfit a performance inspired by the “agony and ecstasy” of losing her mother in a drunk-driving-related car accident within days of getting her first major movie role, in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”

“The fluted jersey panels added the sense of speed to her movements while accentuating her hip action, whereas the chiffon overlay softened her every move,” Christensen explains.

Meanwhile, our friends at PopEater report Alley is also nursing an injury.

Hines Ward: The NFL wide receiver scored big again with a sexy samba and, yes, the banana yellow of the trim of his black, sleeveless shirt and partner Kym Johnson’s buoyant two-piece bedazzled ensemble was Ward’s nod to Pittsburgh Steelers nation. “Hines not only nailed it, he showed how much fun he is having with that look and performance,” says Christensen.

Kendra Wilkinson: For her “prelude to the bedroom” rumba, Christensen trimmed the red, silk-bed-sheet-inspired overlay of her bedazzled leotard after a weekend fitting to show off her phenomenal legs, back and hips. Red is a color Wilkinson rarely wears, but “there was just enough blue in it to show off her eyes.”

Chelsea Kane: After their quirky jive was lampooned last week by the judges, the Disney star and partner Mark Ballas asked Christensen for a more traditional ballroom look, “just to show their commitment to winning.” Tradition came in the form of a bedazzled bra top and super-short, gold-fringe mini. “Chelsea was all about a hot, flirty, beaded costume, and we just went from there,” he said.

Melanie Mills, head make-up artist for the show, gave Hollywood Life some backstage secrets on the celebrities and the grueling process they go through as well to get ready for showtime.

Petra Nemcova is “so elegant, so sweet, so kind, just lovely. She’s a fabulous beauty but very humble.”

Kirstie Alley is “a fun, crazy gal. She’s hilarious and a hoot to be around and have fun with.”

Wendy Williams is “sophisticated but fun, and has a lot to say about everything! She loves her makeup and wants it piled on. One cute thing about her is as the makeup starts to get completed she almost starts to purr, she gets so excited! She’s been taking fun pictures of herself through process and Tweeting them–she loves the process.”

Kendra Wilkinson is “so cool and really down to earth. She’s a tomboy. She’s really nice and loves her baby and her husband, and has really been missing her baby lately. Her husband [Hank Baskett] is so cute, too– he comes in and they’re just adorable together. She’s really into the competition and wants to win!”

Melanie explains the grueling process of getting dancers ready for the competition: “They all get three to four hours of hair and makeup every day– half go into hair for an hour and half go into makeup, and they’re practicing in between.”

Why all the hair and makeup? Since the outfits are so wild (glitter and bright colors!), Melanie explains that “you have to balance the outfits– if you don’t have makeup on you look absolutely naked.” To keep the process fun, Melanie creates a festive atmosphere in the makeup trailer: “We have music pumping, we’re dancing– we create a fun environment in there!”

Melanie also explained how she did Kendra and Wendy’s make-up in more detail to In-Style.

Since Wilkinson was dancing the romantic rumba, Mills kept her makeup soft and sultry. “We toned down the over-the-top diva look that we’ve been doing the last few weeks and instead went for a soft bedroom eye,” she told us. Mills swept amber shadow from Anastasia’s Illumin8 Complex eye shadow palette No. 5 ($40, across the entire lid, and then rimmed her eyes with black pencil and finished with tons of lifting mascara. A few dabs of highlighter on the star’s cheekbones and chin warmed her complexion and added a touch of light, as seen on Mills’ face chart (inset). See Wendy Williams’ look after the jump!

Wendy Williams had a different inspiration. “Wendy Williams’ look for the Foxtrot was inspired by Jessica Rabbit,” Mills said. By layering brown shadow on the lid, the makeup artist kept the look innocent, while shimmery black shadow underneath the lower lashline and along the crease added a smudgy, sexy appeal.

What an outstanding effort by everyone behind the scenes. No tables were left unturned and Petra gets my vote for the best costume. Who gets yours?

Picture above of Kirstie from the Dancing With The Stars Make-up Facebook page. Visit the link to see more.

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"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and view more loves of mine, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

Pure DWTS 12 – Saying Goodbye To Wendy Williams: Etiquette Police Needed & More

Well, most often times it’s sad to see someone picked to go off the show, but, I think the majority of us took a sigh of relief on this one? I took another BIG sigh of relief when I read this piece this morning from Seattle PI of some of what we didn’t see on camera. Be sure to read the link for the full article.

Host Tom Bergeron ushered them to the middle of the floor, urging, “Do a little dancing here if you can.” Instead, Williams threw her arms up in the air, blew past Dovolani – leaving him stranded solo – and walked to the sidelines, shaking hands and blowing kisses. Dovolani’s abandonment became so uncomfortable for the audience that high up in the bleachers, the fans began to chant, “Tony, Tony, Tony.”

But until the cameras stopped rolling, Williams never returned to her partner. “That’s really strange,” said one audience member. It became even stranger when the rest of the cast descended to the ballroom and WWE star Chris Jericho took Tony in his arms in a waltz frame – as if to say, “Hey, buddy, I’ll dance with you.”

Perhaps Williams, 46, was still beating herself up for choosing what she believed was the wrong personal story line – a dramatization of her struggle to succeed in radio – to inspire Monday night’s dance. “Maybe the judges didn’t want to see the story of a woman and absolute strength,” says the self-proclaimed “Queen of All Media.” “Maybe I should’ve gone with something more personal, like how I met my husband and fell in love.” Whatever may have been going through her head, there was certainly no love lost between Williams and the audience. “That’s just plain rude,” remarked a spectator. “I feel sorry for Tony.”

I hate to say it, but, I’m feeling worse on Wendy than I did on Bristol at this point in time and never did I think that would happen. 😐

Anyway, it will be sad to see Tony go though. Hopefully, he will still see him dancing in some pro numbers. Here are the two on Jimmy Kimmel last night and again on Good Morning America with some last words to share on their experience.

The Insider interviewed her and Tony and some of the other contestants as well after the show. (I can’t embed this one)

Here they are being interviewed on ET Online and Access Hollywood too. She is relieved, it was a great experience, and yet, thinks the judges weren’t fair in their scoring.

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"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and view more loves of mine, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

New Feature: Pure DWTS Reader’s Rants and Raves

I’m trying out a new feature on Pure DWTS called Reader’s Rants and Raves. Certainly, you’ll still have the option to rant and rave in the comments. However, if you have a particularly strong opinion that you want more people to see, then this will be the place for you to be seen. For now, you can just use the contact us page to submit a Rant or Rave. Just title it as such so I know. Also, I’ll use the name you submit on that page when I post your rant and/or rave, so only put a name you want me to make public (Nicknames or Anonymous are fine as well).

A few guidelines for the Rants and Raves. First, I reserve sole right to pick and choose the rants and raves that I publish (You can’t even blame Princess Heidi, Courtney, Marianya or Vogue). My only bias is towards beautiful blonde women. Otherwise, my bias will be towards rants and raves that are interesting, unique, creative, funny, etc. I’m sure many will claim other bias, but I really don’t have any.

Also, be sure to keep your rant and rave G rated and avoid personal attacks. Feel free to have strong opinions and commentary, but stay civil. Remember these are opinions. Also, be sure to spell and grammar check your submissions. They’ll be posted as is or not at all if they’re too terrible.

Enough disclaimers. Time to hear all your DWTS rants, raves and ideas on our contact us page.

In fact, to get things started, the following is a Reader Rant and Rave I had emailed to me that inspired this new feature. Occasionally, I’ll add my comments in brackets [like this].

Shirley wrote:
Yo, John. Agree whole heartedly with the scoring [I think this was actually Princess Heidi]. Next year they need a shadow judge for each of them. Someone, basically a nobody from nowhere in particular, who stands behind each judge and scores the couples on their entertainment value only. Since this nobody knows nothing about dance except through movies, their scores would be wholly based on the entertainment value of the dance, not technique — this would be a much more evenly based scoring system.

And, John, if you have Twitter [I do: @puredwts], please pass this on to Kirstie and Maks. Watch the movie, STRICTLY BALLROOM, and give us a Paso Doble like that in the movie. Hey, have you seen it? Watch it; you’ll love it. [I have seen it and LOVE it.] By the way, Sugar Ray’s Paso was way short of being the kind of Paso I’m used to seeing and certainly didn’t deserve the scores they got.

Ralph needs a couple visits to a ballet studio where he can learn how to hold his hand posture; while he has the full length of his arms and legs in control, his hands need a little ballet posture training so his full stretched out arms don’t look like swinging spatulas, like one of the judges said.

The only part of Petra’s Waltz I liked was the ending where she absolutely looked like a spinning ballerina on the top of a little girl’s jewelry box.

Chelsea, I think, is and always will be embarrassed; not about showing herself off, but because of her youth and her lack of professionalism. [See, here’s my bias. I love hot blondes;-)]

Kendra, unfortunately, will always be a Bunny-room dancer no matter how hard she practices.

I also believe the female pros have it tougher than the male pros because they have to make it look like the men celebs are leading. And I feel that Ralph and Chris are closer to being able to lead than the other celebs. Hines looks like he’s leading but I think that’s due to the good choreography.

I love your daily updates. And the fact that you or your assistant [In my dreams] actually reads these replies is a big plus to my day. [I do read all my replies and respond where possible. Now many thousands more will read your comments and reply too.] Thank you. Shirley

There we go. How’s that for a start? I’m excited and afraid of what might be submitted. Either way, bring on the strong opinions, feelings, and ideas.

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Better known as Charlie.

DWTS – Dancing With The Stars “Design a Dance” For A Special Performance (POLLS)

If you haven’t heard yet, Dancing With The Stars is holding another “Design A Dance” contest where you, the viewer, can vote for your favorite two professional dancers to dance for a special performance on the show, as well as design the dance concept. So far, the dance chosen for this special performance is the Jive. The song chosen is “We’ve Got the Beat” by The Gos Gos. To vote for your two favorite dancers and/or read more details on how you can design a dance concept, click on this link at the official Dancing With The Stars site. Note: You can vote as many times as you like.

Last year, one of our lucky readers of Pure Dancing With The Stars named Abby won the “Dance Concept” with her submission. She won a trip to Los Angeles and a day on the set as a reward. Be sure to read on her awesome experience here.

So, which pro dancers would you like to see dance this time? To get a feel from our readers on who might be selected, please vote in our two Polls below.

Will you be submitting a concept? I won’t be submitting a concept, but, I just voted for Maks and Karina to dance. Won’t that be steamy?! 🙂 (Heidi’s Note: I didn’t realize you were mean, Vogue. 😉 Maks and Karina?? Formerly engaged couple?? Hee.)

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"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and view more loves of mine, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 12 – Dancing With The Stars In Top 5 TV Ratings

For the week of March 28-April 3, here are the top 10 TV shows. As you can see, Dancing With The Stars came in at #2 and #4. Once again, our show is neck and neck with American Idol which is no surprise there. Did anyone catch the new drama with Dana Delany called “Body of Proof”? I was hooked with the first show. I just hope they don’t move it’s time slot because it’s perfect right after Dancing With The Stars.

1. “American Idol”, Fox, 24.18 million

2. “Dancing With the Stars”, ABC, 22.77 million

3. “American Idol”, Fox, 22.63 million

4. “Dancing With the Stars Results”, ABC, 19.3 million

5. “NCIS,” CBS, 18.73 million

6. NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Kentucky vs Connecticut, CBS, 16.72 million

7. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 15.34 million

8. “The Mentalist,” CBS, 14.27 million

9. “Body of Proof,” ABC, 13.94 million

10. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 13.09 million

Source: SF Gate

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"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and view more loves of mine, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.