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Dancing with the Stars All Star Season Iconic Dance Week Music List

Time again for the list of Dancing with the Stars music from the All Star Season. This week the music was from the iconic dance week. If you’re looking for past week’s music we have the full list of Dancing with the Stars music.

Drew & Anna danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Crazy in Love” Crazy In Love - Dangerously In Love—Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
Gilles & Peta danced a Tango to the song “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics: Ultimate Collection (Remastered)—Eurythmics
Melissa & Tony danced a Samba to the song “Conga” Conga - Greatest Hits—Gloria Estefan
Apolo & Karina danced a Foxtrot to the song “Fever” Fever - Michael Bublé—Michael Bublé
Kelly & Val danced a Paso Doble to the song “España Cañí” Espana Cani - Fiesta!—Erich Kunzel
Kirstie & Maks danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Moves like Jagger” Moves Like Jagger (Studio Recording from —Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
Sabrina & Louis danced a Paso Doble to the song “Free Your Mind” Free Your Mind - The Very Best of en Vogue—En Vogue
Emmitt & Cheryl danced a Paso Doble to the song “Canción Del Mariachi” Cancion del Mariachi - Mexico & Mariachis: Music from and Inspired By Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi Trilogy—Los Lobos feat. Antonio Banderas
Hélio & Chelsie danced a Quickstep to the song “Mr. Pinstripe Suit” Mr. Pinstripe Suit - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy—Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Bristol & Mark danced a Paso Doble to the song “Living on Video” Living On Video - Living On Video—Trans-X
Shawn & Derek danced a Quickstep to the song “Hey Pachuco” Hey Pachuco! - Mugzy's Move—Royal Crown Revue

October 8, 2012 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS 15, Week 3 – Power Rankings

Well, it was a pretty loose definition of “Iconic Dance Week” – it was really more like “Pick an Iconic Dance with music you like and just reuse that” week.  There were gimmicks galore, and the judges giving quite possibly the MOST crack-addled scores I’ve ever seen – so basically, enough to give me a headache…which didn’t help other things going on in my household tonight.  Oh well…I’ll get on with it, so I can hopefully get it over with soon…

1.) Shawn & Derek – Rules be damned – I like this routine, dammit! And just as I suspected, Len backpedaled on his challenge to the couples to “push the envelope”, and docked them points for breaking hold…fickle much? Oh well – this was fun, high-energy, had a lot of great technique, and I thought Shawn & Derek appropriately fulfilled Len’s request to “show us thing we’ve never seen before”.  The trampolines enhanced the routine, rather than detracting from it – which is more than I can say for some of the other couples’ routines.  Overall, I think the judges must be getting a pretty decent share of votes, because the judges will gush about how great their routine is – and then will score is relatively harshly.  They must not be too afraid of her being a shock elim…but this crazy low-balling has GOT TO STOP before someone good is shockingly eliminated.

2.) Apolo & Karina – Best routine of the night for me, yet again – and yet again, GROSSLY underscored.  Seriously, WTF does Apolo have to do to get a decent score from the Three Stooges???  Balance a ball on his nose while doing the samba? Juggle flaming batons while holding Karina in a star lift? This is getting BEYOND ridiculous.  Apolo & Karina danced a foxtrot that was about as close to perfect as anyone got tonight – no fumbling, perfect timing, beautiful lines, smoldering chemistry, and an intriguing concept & choreography – and they got the same score as a crazy desperate guy that hung from the ceiling like Tinkerbell, a girl who dances about as delicately as a Mack truck, and a guy who almost dropped his partner.  Oh, and only 1/2 a point more than a guy who brought a donkey as a prop.  I feel like I’m taking crazy pills, people!!! Like Shawn, the only thing I can think of is that they are see Apolo as such a threat (between his dancing & his fanbase) that they’re trying to handicap him a bit by underscoring him.  I guess you can consider this my official endorsement of Apolo & Karina as the ones to beat this season – I’ll toss a few votes Drew & Helio’s way this week, but after they’re gone? It’s all Team OhYes for me… 😎

3.) Kelly & Val – I gotta say – Kelly is doing FAR better than I would have expected.  Obviously the chemistry with Val is there ;-), but for the first half of the routine, I actually believed Kelly as a dancer – she was steady on her turns, was moving big, and had great musicality.  Then about halfway through the routine, reality kinda kicked in and Kelly seemed to lose focus – and that’s when some of the wobbling began.  I think she may have gotten a little dizzy trying to spot her turns (and it was actually a pretty damn good attempt), and never quite recovered from that – she seemed to get a little off-time and disoriented, and although she did a good job of soldiering on, she never seemed to regain the confidence and groove she had in the first half of the routine.  Overall, I liked it – but I think Kelly’s got some serious work to do before she actually deserves a 27.  I’m wondering if Kelly’s not quite generating the buzz they expected her to – and thus they’re trying to give her a leg up.  Guess I just can’t fathom how a routine that got that sloppy scored higher than the two best routines of the night for me.  I like Kelly, but that was overscored.

4.) Melissa & Tony – I do have to commend these two on one thing – they did a lot of basic samba steps, and also managed to pick a theme that didn’t seem to steal focus away from their actual dance.  And really, I liked the routine, overall – Melissa’s legs looked great, the energy was high, and I feel like it was a nice homage to JR’s samba.  However – Melissa still seems to move really softly to me.  She was shaking it – but she seemed to be shaking it GENTLY.  And her arms, while pretty, didn’t really seem that impactful.  So at the end of the day, I’m just kinda left without a whole lot to say about these two – other than the fact that they, too, were overscored, and maybe aren’t getting the love the judges feel they deserve…hence the cushy score to shield them a bit from elimination.  Another couple that I don’t really have any beef with – but I just can’t really get excited about, either.

5.) Sabrina & Louis – As expected, Sabrina hit every step with a sledgehammer in this paso doble – and I think she may have backslid in week 1 territory a bit, when she was hitting everything so hard that she actually got a little off-balance.  There were a couple steps that came out looking kind of wonky, and I don’t know if Sabrina just didn’t hit them right, or if they were just odd to begin with.  I was actually a little underwhelmed by the choreography, on the whole – Sabrina was hitting it hard and with a lot of attack, but the steps themselves were just…meh.  I feel like she could have handled something quite a bit more intricate, and instead Louis gave her stuff that just felt more kindergarten-y to me.  Relative to everyone else tonight, I actually think Sabrina was scored about right – and I think she ought to be safe from tomorrow’s double chop-chop. But Louis has got to reign in all that energy she dances with…ooh wee.

6.) Gilles & Peta – Now for a couple that I must CONDEMN instead of commend for their choice of theme – ok, was it just me, or did the bit with Gilles suspended above the dance floor have absolutely NOTHING to do with the tango that followed, and just kinda looked odd & out-of-place? It was a stunt for stunt’s sake – and I hate those.  Add to that the fact that the choreography of the tango was just kinda ho-hum & ordinary for me, and Gilles was just being kind of a d-bag again, and I’m left unimpressed by this one.  Gilles should be frustrated – with himself, because that desperation to win is seriously starting to mess with his actual dancing.  And he should be happy that the judges were feeling rather benevolent tonight, because I really would have given this routine more like a 23 or 24.  But I did see a glimmer of hope tonight: the dew seems to be wearing off the rose a bit where Gilles is concerned, for the judges.  They seemed less hesitant to critique him tonight than they did in weeks 1 & 2, and I think he may have realized he was getting a little carried away.  Or at least I hope he realized he was getting carried away…

7.) Kirstie & Maks – Sorry, but as highly amused as I was to see Maks doing the Mick Jagger chicken strut around the ballroom in some absurdly tight pants and a wig that would make the Beegees jealous, I found that the real star of this routine was Maks – which kind of defeated the purpose of the celeb being the focal point.  🙂 Maybe Kirstie wanted it that way, perhaps to detract from the fact that she really wasn’t moving much at all – but I just kind of found the whole thing to be more style than substance.  I think part of the appeal of the original was that it was a terrible dance, but Carson did it with such gusto and personality that it became a showstopper.  This…was less of a train wreck, but felt a lot more low-energy, too.  They weren’t messing anything up, and everything was on-time…but it just felt half-assed to me.  Like they were dancing it for camera blocking instead of the actual performance.  Was it fun? Sure…but I was just left kinda wanting more.  Kirstie’s more than likely got the votes to survive tomorrow’s elimination, but I think she should really start focusing more on the content of her routines…because at this point, I feel like Bristol actually has more difficult steps than she does.  Yikes.

8.) Emmitt & Cheryl – For someone that came out as strong as he did the first week, I feel like the Emmitt we saw then has been replaced by a much lower-budget generic one…that hasn’t had the same zing the past two weeks.  I guess this routine was kind of fun to watch…in the same semi-trainwrecky way that Kirstie’s was.  But like Kirstie, I just feel like Emmitt’s not quite operating at 100% – he’s having fun, and he’s not really doing BAD, per se, but he’s also just not up to par with the likes of Shawn, Apolo, Sabrina, or even Gilles.  I think the troupe guys at the table in the background were more of a distraction than an enhancement, unfortuantely (expect to see them in the cheese…fer reals), and they actually seemed to be more energetic than Emmitt himself was.  But I did get kind of a kick out of the pencil slide he did at the end 😛 Do I think Emmitt’s safe this week? Yeah.  Is he living up to the hype I saw about him in the pre-season? NO WAY.  He, like Kirstie, also needs to step it up if he wants to stand a chance up against the powerhouses this season. Charm will only take him so far!

9.) Bristol & Mark – For as terrible as their rehearsal package was (and how dumb they were for picking the famed “futuristic paso doble” to recreate) – I actually don’t think this was the worst routine of the night, in terms of technique.  I think Kirstie & Emmitt (and maybe Helio) have that one covered.  When Bristol’s actually trying (and NOT breaking rules), she’s actually not bad – I felt like she moved more than both Kirstie & Emmitt, and with more conviction.  But man – after seeing that package, the mood on the dance floore between Bristol & Mark was positively CHILLING. As in “I don’t even want to look at you, get this f%$ker away from me!” chilling.  And unfortunately, I think that may have negated really any positives they had in terms of technique – even though they were chess pieces and were supposed to be at war, the mood didn’t feel warlike & aggressive to me…it felt sullen and detatched.  All that aside – I’m left a bit uncertain about how the big blowup is going to affect Bristol & Mark’s chances of surviving the elim…if it even affects it at all.   Part of me thinks it may actually garner some sympathy votes – part of me hopes it turned enough people off of Bristol completely, so that she tumbles into the bottom 2.  But I’m preparing myself to see her sullen face yet again next week – although I’m hoping that whoever picks her dance sticks her with jive.  Mwahahaha…

10.) Helio & Chelsie – Another couple that should thank their lucky stars that the judges were feeling benevolent tonight – although in the end, I doubt it’s going to matter much, since it’s a double elim tomorrow night and I’m pretty sure these two will make a repeat appearance in the bottom 2.  Helio’s a complete joy to watch – that big goofy grin as he’s bouncing around in his zoot suit just makes me all warm & fuzzy inside 😀 But on a night where everyone was pulling out all sorts of bells & whistles & crazy choreo, is a “just ok” quickstep with pretty safe choreography (and a rather noticeable gaffe) going to be enough to keep him safe? I don’t know.  He might get a bit of a surge in votes from his appearance in the bottom 2 last week, but I’m not sure it will be enough to keep him out of the bottom 2.  I’m leaning towards no, and that makes me sad 🙁 But I think Helio has had the right attitude about this season – have as much fun as possible and don’t hone in too hard on the win.  You listening, Gilles?

12.) Drew & Anna – I think this is one couple that just kinda got dealt a crap hand this whole season – not much love from the judges, some chemistry issues, and just some bad logistics (running order, music, etc.) I think tonight was a bad night to go first – even though I generally enjoyed their cha-cha, and liked that they didn’t seem to let the props dominate it.  Drew did get a little bit sloppy at times, and I think he & Anna may have gotten out-of-sync on some of the open choreography, but I definitely like it more than at least 3 of the other routines I saw tonight.  But in the end, will it really matter? Doubtful, considering that 3 of the 4 couples comprising the bottom 2 in the first two weeks were “middle of the road” couples that did neither good nor bad – and tonight, Drew got kinda low-balled.  At this point, I think he may be a bit out of his element – and maybe it’s time for him to go.  I still think there are 2 (maybe 3) other contestants that should be leaving BEFORE him, but I’m getting to the point where I’d hope that his scores would be improving a bit more.  Oh well – it’s been fun, Drew.  You seem to have brought out a more laid-back Anna 🙂

So what did you guys think of “Iconic Dances” night? Love it? Hate it? Who’s going home???

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Dancing With The Stars Tony Dovolani And Melissa Rycroft Aiming For Longevity (Rehearsal Video)

The Hollywood Reporter has posted a new Dancing With The Stars rehearsal video with Tony Dovolani and Melissa Rycroft. Melissa is going to make Tony wear pink tonight to get redemption. Tony says they’ve put some “rediculous” tricks into their Samba. Lots more below including how they are aiming for longevity with “older” voters.

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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 15: Week 3 Predictions

This is going to be an off week on so many levels… I can just sense it. So I am going to apologize for the tardiness of last week and this week’s votes… Looking at the calculations and predictions this week (as always many thanks to Heidi for finding out Who is Dancing What:

I am actually surprised that Tony Dovolani has not done a Samba this early in the competition. That can’t be right. Well I looked at the past seasons and the earliest that Tony has done a Samba was in Week 5… which for the purposes of the predicted calculations would not be used as Week 5 is considered to be the middle of the seasons and not early.

To be honest I am surprised that Drew Lachey is ranked so low while Bristol Palin *shudders* is placed high. I guess we are going to have to see.

Taking a look at last week’s scores and comparing them with the original predictions:

As you can see the numbers when you compare the predictions to the actual are all over the place. Thus another reason why one cannot use past data for such a subjective sport. However, when one would look at the original scores (when averaged up) what I found to be interesting is that for the most part the rankings of the original scores were similar to the overall rankings of the actual scores. Sure there were a few anomalies here and there (Drew Lachey being the major one), but at least there is some consistency going on.

Like I said before, I apologize for the delay in the posts from last week and this week… and I hope to be more up to date after this week… so bare with me in the meantime.

If I were going to guess at who would most likely be going home based on what I know thus far… with Helio and Drew having already been at the Bottom Two, and this week being a double elimination… It is hard to say. However considering that both Drew and Helio are predicted to be the in the bottom three lowest scoring couples (with Kirstie) my best bet would be on one of them. Helio is most likely to go due to his predicted early eliminiation. Kirstie and Drew are also possibilities at this point based entirely on predictions, even though I would honestly love to see Bristol go too.

So I would bet on Helio going with a toss up between Drew and Kirstie… and Bristol as a wish list elimination.

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Karina Smirnoff And Apolo Ohno Preview Their Foxtrot And More (Rehearsal Video)

“Our dance is the only dance that’s not high-impact and lots of energy,” Smirnoff previewed. “It’s full of energy, but it’s different. It’s subtle; it’s sensual; and just very, very sexy.”

What a fun Insider rehearsal interview with Karina Smirnoff and Apolo Ohno as they prepare for their Foxtrot for Iconic dance week. Apolo is happy to be in control. They don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing having “Iconic” dance week. They are still trying to figure it out. You can see them dancing too. Looking good (if you can’t see the video below, you can watch it here).

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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.

Emmitt Smith On DWTS All Stars: “You cannot underestimate your opponents”

Esquire interviewed Emmitt Smith about dancing for a second time on Dancing With The Stars. They ask him everything from whether he’s going to win, what kind of shape he’s in, if he talks smack with the other contestants, who is his biggest competition, and lots more. I like how he replies to this part….

ESQUIRE.COM: Let’s call this thing right now. Are you going to win Dancing with the Stars again?

EMMITT SMITH: [Laughs] No. Not even close.

ESQ: You’re going to lose?

ES: I don’t know about that. I have no idea. It’s kind of hard to call anything. One week you’re at the top, and the next week you’re in the back. One week you think somebody’s going home, and then all of a sudden they’re saved and somebody else is gone. This show is very fluid that way. You just got to take it one week at a time, like you’re playing a football game. And you cannot underestimate your opponents.

ESQ: Who’s your biggest competition?

ES: That’s hard to say. This is a dance contest, but a lot of it’s based on fans and who calls in. Nobody really has any idea how big somebody’s fan base is.

ESQ: You could ballpark it.

ES: Yeah, but that doesn’t mean they’re picking up the phone. And it changes and grows from week to week.

ESQ: Have you seen the Vegas odds for Dancing with the Stars this season?

ES: I haven’t, no.

ESQ: Do you want to know?

ES: Maybe.

ESQ: You’re in the lead with a 3/2 chance of winning. Apolo [Anton Ohno] is a close second with 7/2 odds.

ES: That’s okay, I guess. But I also saw the Vegas odds before the Packers-Seahawks game. They didn’t predict that referee was going to make a bad call.

ESQ: So you’re saying don’t trust early predictions?

ES: Exactly. At the end of the day, all of that stuff is up in the air. Anything can happen. I just have to learn my dances and try to perfect my craft as much as possible. And then let the chips fall where they may.

I just love that athlete mentality. It’s no wonder so many of them win this show.

For the full interview, go to Esquire.

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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.

DWTS Bristol Palin Talks Of Paso Doble, Tensions In Rehearsals With Mark Ballas

Sarahnet Radio has interviewed Bristol Palin again. They review last week’s dance and how happy Bristol is to be dancing again on Dancing With The Stars. She says the “crap” people give her for making it just motivate her that much more. Then they talk of the double elimination this week and Bristol and Mark’s Paso Doble. Bristol says the double elimination is “intimidating”, but, she’s staying “focused” on the dance. The competition with the cast has risen to another level and she’s been working even harder. So much so, she comments her and Mark are like an “old married couple” and they went at it this week in rehearsals which we’ll probably see in their package tonight.

Hmmm…not sure I am ready for tonight or not? 😯 LOL

ADDING: has posted a rehearsal video with Mark and Bristol. You can watch it HERE. As you will soon see, it hasn’t been a smooth ride this week for them. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments and if and how it will effect voting tonight?

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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 Helio Castroneves And Chelsie Hightower “Turning The Page” (Rehearsal Video)

In a new rehearsal interview, Chelsie Hightower tells People that she and Helio Castroneves are working their “butts off” this week as they prepare for their “iconic” dance. They don’t want to be in the bottom two again like they were last week. “It was not nice”, says Helio, and “please vote”. More at People in a new rehearsal video. You can see them dancing too in several shots. Looking good!!

“[We’re] moving on,” Castroneves says. “Like in racing … Sometimes we have a bad race. When you lose a championship, it just means sometimes you have a bad pit stop.” His philosophy: “Just turn the page.”

Pic of Chelsie above was posted at Helio’s twitter last night. LOVE that hat!

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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.

DWTS Sabrina Bryan Exhausted, But Ready For Tonight’s Paso Doble With Louis Van Amstel

Yesterday, Sabrina Bryan filmed some video footage for her You Tube Channel. She’s exhausted from her Paso Doble rehearsals, but, it’s “sick”, and she says it’s going to be worth it tomorrow night. Louis says he’s been “sweeping the floor with Sabrina!” More below….

Here they are in a new rehearsal video on ET Online as well….

UPDATE: Louis has written a new blog for ABC talking of he and Sarbina’s Paso Doble and what to expect for tonight. Here’s a take, but, be sure to read the link for more.

This week we have a Paso Doble, which is not just iconic because the couple who danced it before us got three 10s but it has a high sentimental value to Sabrina. You’ll have to watch the show tonight to see the heartfelt reason why. I can’t wait to show you our Paso Doble. At the end I’m doing a trick with Sabrina that’s kinda scary and I’ve never attempted with a celeb. Cross your fingers …haha!

There’s no real pattern of dances this week as in the first two weeks. Some couples dance Paso Doble, some Tango, Cha Cha, Quickstep, Foxtrot. It’s a mix of everything. (Just as a side note, lifts are not allowed in any of the dances performed tonight, so you can look out yourself to see if any couples break the rules.) Hopefully there will still be lots of content within the dances. As Len said, he wants the celebs to go all out in their creative directing, but not go overboard so there won’t be enough content within the dance. It’s going to be interesting to see what the celebs have come up with while taking the lead in the creative department!

At the rehearsal studio there’s such a nice atmosphere. Even though we are all competing for the same trophy, we are also helping each other where we can to make sure everybody is at their best.

I love the saying, “May the best dancer win.” After all, we can only control our dancing, none of us can control the judges or you guys at home (I wish we could, haha).

In the end we are all in this together to create the best show on TV, full of entertainment, amazing journeys all while having a good time with our cast mates. I think that chemistry comes through the TV screen and makes “Dancing With the Stars” such a success.

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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.