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Dancing with the Stars All Star Season 15 Country Music

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

Gilles & Peta danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” Man! I Feel Like a Woman! - Come on Over—Shania Twain
Sabrina & Louis danced a Rumba to the song “Wanted” Wanted - Hunter Hayes—Hunter Hayes
Kelly & Val danced a Tango to the song “Good Girl” Good Girl - Blown Away—Carrie Underwood
Melissa & Tony danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Why Ya Wanna” Why Ya Wanna - Jana Kramer—Jana Kramer
Shawn & Derek danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy - Everywhere We Go—Kenny Chesney
Kirstie & Maks danced a Rumba to the song “Home” Home - Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton—Blake Shelton
Apolo & Karina danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Skin (Sarabeth)” Skin (Sarabeth) - Rascal Flatts: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (Remastered)—Rascall Flatts
Emmitt & Cheryl danced a Foxtrot to the song “Islands in the Stream” Islands In the Stream - 16 Biggest Hits: Dolly Parton—Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers
Shawn & Derek, Emmitt & Cheryl, Gilles & Peta, Kelly & Val, Melissa & Tony, Kirstie & Maks, Sabrina & Louis, and Apolo & Karina danced a Group Country-Western (Freestyle) to the songs “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) - Horse of a Different Color—Big & Rich and “I Play Chicken with a Train” I Play Chicken With the Train (featuring Big & Rich) - I Play Chicken With the Train - Single—Cowboy Troy

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DWTS 15, Week 6 – Power Rankings

Well, that was interesting 😛 I guess that’s with the overall feeling I’m left with after country week – there were some good dances, some not-so-good dances, and just some general weirdness.  I feel like we saw, quite possibly, the messiest group dance in the history of the show – as some of you saw me say on Twitter, I thought this looked like it was just thrown together this morning, and that no one really & truly knew the choreography.  The solos were an interesting mix of desperate, messy, ambitious, and silly…and at the end of it all, I’m left with the same theory that Heidi & I kicked around earlier today upon hearing about the “judges’ score only” elimination next week: that they’re trying to subtly nudge Kelly out this week so that they can send Kirstie packing next week with a clear conscience and without a ton of backlash.  But let’s get on with the rankings, shall we?

1.) Sabrina & Louis – I’ll admit, I really enjoyed this rumba. Sabrina is really starting to grow on me, and maybe a part of me empathized with her struggles with a drug-addicted ex-boyfriend – I myself am still reeling from uncle’s passing earlier this year, due to a drug overdose.  I guess I just understand how she could feel so hopeless and agonized in that situation – and I think it reflected in her dancing.  Loved the solo, which was a nice combination of hurt and joy.  I actually thought Sabrina’s legs looked pretty damn good in this dance, and she seemed to handle all the passes & turns with finesse.  There also seemed to be a nice balance of light & shade – the dramatic, fast passes & turns contrasted nicely with the slow portions where she took the time to finish her lines.  If I had to pick one flaw, though – I think there was a trick midway through the routine that didn’t seem to come off quite right, and it looked like Louis was just struggling to lift her butt off the floor.  For that reason, I would have probably given it a 29 – but overall, I liked it 🙂 I think she’s got a pretty decent cushion from elimination this week – at the top of the leaderboard, she’s a full 10 points ahead of Kelly.

2.) Apolo & Karina – FINALLY!!! A breakthrough performance that the judges finally recognize just how GOOD these two are.  Admittedly, I was skeptical (and rather pessimistic) heading into this week, because I hated the song they picked and I was prepared for the judges to just kinda nitpick them to death again.  But man – Apolo seems to really handle the ballroom dances with incredible ease, and I love the way he extends his arms.  And while I was worried the emotion in this one would be kind of over-the-top, I actually thought it had a good degree of restraint, and was more celebratory than sad.  Just a lovely dance 🙂 And if we’re going to split hairs about the two extra points from the group dance (which I don’t really feel like complaining about too much, because it literally only makes about a .33% difference…basically peanuts), I think Apolo & Karina were the only two that really seemed hungry for the extra points and seemed to cram as many cool tricks into their solo as humanly possible – for that reason alone, I probably would have given them the points, but again…it really doesn’t matter a whole lot this week.  I feel like these two finally have a good dance (and the 2nd highest point total) to keep them relevant – it’s nice to know they’re most likely safe tomorrow night 😉

3.) Shawn & Derek – Very cute & Western-y, just as I was told it would be 🙂 And it was fun watching Shawn cut loose and play a sassy little Daisy Duke character in her solo.  But here’s the thing: I actually agree with Len that there was a little too much country, and I could have done with a bit more regular cha-cha steps.  However, I feel like if they were going to call Shawn & Derek out for “too much country western”, then they should have also called Melissa & Tony out for what felt like a TON of ballet in their Viennese waltz…and at the end of the night, it was still country night, so I felt like they did have an obligation to put a certain amount of country steps into that cha-cha.  So at the end, I guess I feel kind of ambivalent about the whole thing – not really Shawn’s best dance, but not her worst, and her song was wonky, and she was kind of injured.  I’m sure she’ll be ok this week, though – and for a few weeks to come.  Thought their solo in the country group dance could have been better and a bit more ambitious, but in the end, like I said – it really doesn’t matter a whole lot.  I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Derek comes up with for this mysterious “dance fusion” we’ve been hearing about – it sounds like something that’s definitely in his wheelhouse. Read more..

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DWTS15 Peta Murgatroyd Writes About Maks Chmerkovskiy, Kirstie Alley, Gilles Marini, and More

Peta Murgatroyd has penned a new blog at She first writes about how much she and boyfriend Maks Chmerkovskiy love his Dancing With The Stars partner Kirstie Alley. Kirstie also has this way of bringing out a warm side of Maks on the show that not many get to see. Peta also writes of she and Gilles Marini’s new dance for Country week and the hectic week they’ve had and how much talent and dedication Gilles has. More in detail below….

Kirstie [Alley] and Maks have such a kooky relationship. Kirstie is crazy, and Maks and I both love her dearly. She brings this funny, humorous, warm side out of Maks that I know, but on the show, not everyone else necessarily does. I’m glad people can see it. She’s such a comedian. When we’re with her, we’re constantly laughing. Everyone has such a good time with her, and she doesn’t take anything too seriously.

This week is country week. Gilles [Marini] and I are dancing to Shania Twain’s “Man, I Feel Like a Woman,” which is an amazing, catchy song to have. We’re doing a cha cha. We’ve had a hectic week because Gilles is back to filming [ABC Family’s] Switched at Birth. It’s been long hours.

Gilles has so much talent and so much dedication to the show, but I’ve been surprised with our amazing scores these last two weeks. I wasn’t expecting 10s for the Bollywood routine. I think his acting skills have really come into play, and we work really well as a dancing couple. These dances have shown our chemistry.

I’m okay with staying at this level of difficulty for now. We’re just over the halfway point of the competition, and if we continue to stay this way, with two 10s and a nine through the finals, then I will be very happy and satisfied. If we get three 10s in the finals, then that’s the best time to peak.

You can read Peta’s full blog at

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Dancing with the Stars Season 15 – Week 6 Predictions

Week 5 no eliminations… while as with Week 6 we were suppose to have a double elimination but it would appear that TPTB have scraped that idea and we will see a single elimination this week.

That being said… thanks to Heidi for posting up the “Who is Dancing What” post for the week… what does the data say about how the couples will be scored this week? Better yet, will there be any change / shake up in the standings from last week to this week?

Before going on let’s look at how the scores could stack up if Week 6 did NOT have Week 5 added on to it.

A few things to note:
– Since we are in Week 6, the calculations above is strictly based off of scores from Weeks 4 through 7 in a traditional 10-week season. Just to keep the scoring semi-reasonable.
– Although Apolo Anton Ohno has a score from his original season for the Viennese Waltz… in actuality he has done the Waltz in his season and did not dance to the Viennese Waltz.
– Does anyone else find it odd that Derek – until this season – has never done a Cha-Cha between Weeks 4 through 7?

Now let’s look at how the scoring went down in Week 5 (including the Team Dances).
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Sabrina Bryan Chats On DWTS, Louis Van Amstel Talks Of The Upcoming Eliminations And More

Sabrina Bryan answers questions from the fans about the best part about being on Dancing With The Stars this season. She talks about what she’s doing when the show is over too.

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Louis has written a new blog for ABC as well. He talks all about last week’s dances. Then he gives a preview for he and Sabrina’s Rumba tonight. He also talks of camera blocking yesterday, the camaraderie between the couples, and how the eliminations will take place tomorrow night and the coming weeks. Read the last paragraph carefully below for how only the judges will get their say for who goes home next week. We don’t get to vote as Courtney and Heidi have been reporting to us.

With this week’s Rumba, we will show a very different side. Our song touches Sabrina in a way that exposes her vulnerability. Even though she’s scared about opening up like that, it’s such a beautiful side to see from her. As in real life, love is not always about being sexy or lovey dovey, it’s about the ups and downs between two people that love each other and the raw emotions. Our Rumba is more like “The Notebook” rather than a shallow love story.

Yet again, the production this week has gone all out. All the couples I’ve seen doing their camera blocking yesterday have beautiful set pieces. A big time thank you is necessary to the producers for giving us so much more freedom and opportunities than in any other season. This week’s theme is “Country Week” and it’s going to be off the charts. I love all of these new themed weeks. It’s so exciting to have Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy, and none other than Taylor Swift perform on Monday and Tuesday. You don’t want to miss seeing the entire show!

You might wonder if the camaraderie between the couples is sincere when you watch the show on TV. I can tell you that it is and in my opinion, that’s the part that makes this season so special. Everyone is so nice to each other and helps each other out when needed. True friendships are being built. Yes, it’s a competition, but everyone focuses on their own dances and tries their hardest to bring their A game every week. It’s all about personal growth and wanting everybody to be at their personal best. It’s truly the healthiest way to compete. You guys, on the other hand, can fight on the message boards and so can the judges over their scores…haha.

It was so nice last week to have no elimination, but it makes this week even more nerve wracking. I can’t even begin to talk about the elimination process in week 7 and week 8. Actually, let’s talk about it since it’s different almost every week now.

This week’s elimination is based on scores and votes from last week and this week. Next week (week 7), there’s no Tuesday show due to the election. This means there will be an elimination at the end of Monday night’s show (Nov. 5), which is based only on judges’ scores. Week 8 is back to normal, but we will have the dreaded double elimination again. Are you still with me?


ADDING: And here is an interview in the rehearsal studio as well….

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Kelly Monaco: “DWTS makes you a different human being”

Sioux City Journal has an interview up with Kelly Monaco where she discusses what dancing was like the first time she danced on Dancing With The Stars. She tells them, “We kind of set the bar for what is now one of the biggest reality competition shows out there.” Below she explains what it’s like to dance now in 2012 which is much more challenging….

Back in the competition for the 2012 “All-Stars” season, Monaco says it’s impossible to compare her skills with those of the other contestants.

“I can’t even put myself in the same category as an athlete or a dancer or somebody that’s more skilled than me,” she says. “It’s apples and oranges. What I did the first season and what I’m doing now is competing against myself, trying to do better.”

That first season? It was only six weeks long. Dances weren’t as involved as they are now. Stakes weren’t as high.

Still, as many performers will attest, “Dancing with the Stars” can provide a pretty flashy calling card. Careers have been made, simply on the exposure.

The goal, though, has to be a personal one, Monaco says. “You get 99.9 percent credit for being fantastic, just by getting out there because you’re putting yourself in a position most people wouldn’t put themselves in. It’s so horrible…and you’re opening yourself up to criticism.”

Footwork aside, “DWTS” “makes you a different human being.”

Technically, she says, Apolo Ohno is a tough competitor — one to beat. “But you can’t go into a situation with that mindset. You’re just setting yourself up for disappointment.”

You can read more at the Sioux City Journal.

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Cheryl Burke And Emmitt Smith’s Foxtrot Will Be Cute And Elegant On Dancing With The Stars

TV Guide interviewed Cheryl Burke on how she and Emmitt are progressing in the competition on Dancing With The Stars going into week 6. She says they are “peaking at the right time.” Telling them more, she says, “Now we’re in the middle of the season, so you really have to start stepping it up to get over that hump and try to make the finals.” Below is more on last week’s dances and a preview for what’s coming up for their Foxtrot as well….

That samba was a nice little comeback for you guys. You had been in the middle of the pack since you led in Week 1.
Cheryl Burke: Yeah, I think it was perfect for us. We’re obviously trying to go out there and do the best that we can, but at the same time, we want to improve throughout the competition. I think it’s great that we did as well as we did on the premiere, but it’s also good for us to leave some room for improvement. I think now you’ll really be able to see that since we’ve gotten a few weeks to settle into the rhythm of the show.

Was that the difference? Or just the dance itself?
Burke: I think it was just stepping it up. We both want to do well. Emmitt loves the samba and he really put on what everyone’s been wanting to see from him: his personality and charisma.

And you had that insane “Gangnam Style” team dance.
Burke: Oh, my God! That was pretty crazy. [Laughs] It was definitely the most fun I’ve ever had dancing on that dance floor. It was so ridiculous! I couldn’t actually believe that it came together because it was really challenging to get all of us in unison dancing a dance like “Gangnam Style.” We definitely went all out with the craziness, so it’s a good thing it was a freestyle. There was so much silly string on the floor. It was very, very slippery. Maks [Chmerkovskiy] and Emmitt almost ate it at one point, which probably would’ve fit in.

What do you have planned for the foxtrot?
Burke: Well, it’s Country Week, which I prefer over Rock Week any day. Rock Week is annoying. [Laughs] I love rock music, but to do ballroom dancing to rock music? It doesn’t make sense. It’s a lot easier to ballroom dance to country. The foxtrot will be very cute. It’s a soft dance, and Emmitt hasn’t done a ballroom dance since the quickstep, so I’m just excited for everyone to see a different side of him. We did the bolero, but that was more of a sexy dance. This is will be more elegant. And we’ll have the group dance too, which will be country as well, obviously.

Lots more at TV Guide including Cheryl’s thoughts on what Emmitt needs to work on. I just love Emmitt! Picture from Dancing With The Stars facebook.

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DWTS2012 Tony Dovolani Gives Update On Melissa Rycroft’s Injury And Tonight’s Dance

Tony Dovolani tells Access Hollywood that Melissa is doing “famously” after her neck injury last week. She’s managing the pain and doing some therapy. He’s also making her wear a neck brace during practice. Below is more….

“Melissa’s doing famously. The injury is there and she’s managing the pain — she’s doing therapy for it,” Tony told Access at the 19th Annual Dream Halloween event in Los Angeles on Saturday. “This week we have the Viennese waltz, which is in some ways a blessing, because it doesn’t involve her neck as much — it gives her a break.”

Adding, “But I kept it just as challenging on everything else, because, as you know, this is the All-Stars season and you can’t take it easy!”

While the former “Bachelor” beauty is pushing past the pain, Tony said he has implemented a few new safety steps to guard Melissa from additional injury.

“I have a neck brace that I keep on her to make sure that she doesn’t injure her neck any further. And I start every [rehearsal] with like, a little massage on her neck to make sure her muscles are relaxed, and we just keep going,” he said. “I’m very aware of her winces. If she winces at anything that means I have to change it.”

You can read the full article at Access Hollywood. Here’s to wishing these two the best!!

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