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Pure Dancing With The Stars Summer Heat Media Tidbits For July 18, 2012

Just a couple of Dancing With The Stars media tidbits!! First up, get ready to set your DVRs! HGTV is reporting that the five remaining designers on “Design Star All Stars” must transform two large rooms for Dancing With The Stars pros Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskya. It might be challenging since Jonathan wants a “sophisticated man cave” while Anna wants a “chic living room/dining room that can double as a rehearsal space.” You can more at HGTV.

Also, isn’t this a great picture of Peta and Maks below? Now if these two don’t look happy, what’s happiness? ❓ 💡 Friday night the two celebrated Peta’s birthday at the Southampton Social Club. Then on Saturday, Maks and Peta along with Val headed to Georgica. You can read all about it and more social events in the Hamptons at

And in the land of Tony Dovolani….guess what? Tony will be taking over the “host” spot in the Dancing With The Stars Live In Las Vegas show from August 1st-5th. For more details, visit Broadway World. Louis Van Amstel will also be dancing in the show from July 19-29th. According to his twitter, he just arrived in Los Angeles. Will Louis be seeing a lot of Los Angeles in the next 4 months? It remains to be seen. 😀

Last, but, not least, 🙂 don’t miss heading over the Pure Derek Hough as soon as you can. Miss Heidi has more goodies on Derek to share which includes more new gorgeous pics including this hot gem. Someone take our temperature. No don’t. :mrgreen:

And that makes this a wrap!

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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 my other interests, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

DWTS 14 End-of-Season Award Winners: What Was the Biggest Controversy?

Other responses:

All of the above/any combination of the above answers – 17 (Sorry guys, too many different combos to list them individually!)

Derek & Maria’s kiss – 1

William & that stupid running & sliding move in every single dance – 1 (Annoying, yes, but is it really a “controversy”, per se?)

Katherine’s “injury” – 1

Derek’s behavior – 1

Cheryl’s Emmy-worthy creativity *sarcasm* – 1

None – 1

Rock & Roll Week – 1

Overstating Maria’s injuries, ribs NOT broken…hurt, yes, but not broken – 1

William wearing the same shirt in many different colors – 1 (Again, it’s annoying, but is it really controversial?)

Dance marathon – 1

Courtney: Again, it looks like we have several different interpretations of the term “controversy” here. I guess the way I interpret it within the context of the show, a “controversy” is something that occured that caused a great deal of debate and dissenting opinions on the issue – but maybe some other people interpret it as something that just really bugged them personally. I guess I need to be a bit more specific in my explanation of next season’s awards, perhaps along with eliminating the write-in category 😛 Anywho! I think the results are about right on the money – I found the most prolonged, contentious, polarizing issue of the season was the question of whether or not William was getting unfairly favored by the judges and/or the TPTB, and just the judges being highly subjective in their scoring across the board.  I don’t think we’ve ever had a precedent for a situation like the one that unfolded this past season – I can’t recall a time in a past season where the judges were so blatantly displaying favoritism towards a certain contestant.  Granted, there is always some degree of subjectivity, and the judges do tend to pick favorites each season, but I don’t think we’ve seen it before to the degree that we did this season.  As for Jaleel’s behavior, the dance duel, & Cheryl’s behavior – yes, they all generated a great deal of debate and polarity in opinions, but perhaps weren’t as prolonged as the William/judges controversy.  As for the trio dance – I know some of you are probably balking at the notion of it being “controversial”, but I seem to recall quite a few debates about which couples would pick which pros and how it would be advantageous to some and a disadvantage for others, so there was at least a bit of controversy there.  Especially on the topic of who would get Tristan 😛

Vogue: I think this poll was spot on as well. As much as I loved William himself and his dancing too, the pimping was over the top. I was patient about it at first and could understand the interest in him being he was a new sexy Latin star to hit the Hollywood scene, but, the hype and the manipulation from the producers and the judges scoring and then Cheryl herself out of control took it’s toll on a great many of fans. Sadder yet, was that William himself could see it too and it wasn’t something he welcomed. I really admired his humbleness through out it all which made me a fan. I wish I could say the same for Cheryl. I’ve lost a lot of respect for her that I once had. I was also outraged with Jaleel’s behavior. I was so glad when he was finally picked to go.

Heidi: I think the top three were the only real controversies – and they were doozies. The rest? Nah.  And the write ins?? Some people need a little reality check.  🙂  Although I did snicker at the “emmy worthy creativity” one. 🙂  Every season there is someone who is the judges favorite – but it’s usually someone who is the best dancer. Not this season. This season they had their favorite….and he was also pimped to high hell at every opportunity by the show itself. It was quite ridiculous.  Now can we go to my favorite moment of the season? Carrie Ann’s mouth falling open when said controversial dude took THIRD place. 🙂  Anyway, after a while it seemed to be a highly orchestrated dance (pardon the expression) between production and judges to make sure this guy went to the finals. Of course, they seemed determined to get Katherine there as well (and keep Donald away), but it was at a much higher level with Willy…and Katherine could really DANCE. Madness.

*photo courtesy ABC/Adam Taylor

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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.

Dancing With The Stars Judge Bruno Tonioli Writes About His Glorious Vacation In Sicily

Dancing With The Stars judge Bruno Tonioli took a wonderful time out in the off season to take a Taormina holiday in Sicily. He writes all about it at the Daily Mail. While on holiday, he also ran into the Andrea Wong, the lady responsible for the US version of Dancing With The Stars. Below is a little snippet, but, be sure to see the link for more of his vacation in detail. Breathtaking pictures there too and now I’d like to visit there!

I passed on the various excursions and did what I normally do on holiday: I stuck to the beach and the restaurant and spent my time reading books – I really enjoyed the new Edith Piaf biography.

Perhaps the book I should have taken was D. H . Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, which he wrote while living in Taormina. Apparently the character of Constance – who has a passionate relationship with the gardener Mellors – was based on an Englishwoman living at Taormina at the time.

But I didn’t spend the whole time quietly reading. I bumped into Andrea Wong, the lady who turned Strictly Come Dancing into Dancing With The Stars for US television.

I hadn’t seen her for two years and then suddenly I turned around and she was behind me, on the beach. We were screaming! We had a very nice lunch, talking over some of our good times.

Sicily is really one of my favourite places. I can’t wait to go back and enjoy it all over again.

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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 my other interests, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.