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DWTS19 Alfonso Ribeiro Talks Of His Injury, His New Dances, And More With TV Guide

Alfonso Ribeiro chatted with TV Guide about his groin injury. It’s still an issue, but, he still thinks he’ll be able to give 85% with it tomorrow night on Dancing With The Stars. Here’s some takes about it and his new dances with Witeny Carson (and Lindsay Arnold)…

What’s the latest with your injury?
Ribeiro: I feel like I can’t do 100 percent. I can’t get it to that next level. I feel like I’m delivering 85 percent rather than 100, because I know that if I go harder then I’m going to injure it more. I have to give it half energy until performance night, and then I turn it up. The difference is that, anytime you do something where you don’t have the ability to know what that turning up feels like ahead of time, when you get on that stage for performance, it’s unknown. So there’s a little bit of discomfort in that. … When you have a tear in your groin, it’s not comfortable to take steps.

What are you and Witney working on for this week?
Ribeiro: We have two dances this week. We’ve got America’s Choice, where America went online and chose the style of dance and the song that we’re going to dance to. So, they chose the foxtrot, and we are doing it to “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head.” And then we have a trio dance, where Witney and I decided we would go with [troupe member] Lindsay Arnold. … Witney and Lindsay grew up together dancing in the same studio. They’ve known each other since they were 6 years old. So, it was an obvious choice for us to pick her. Their dance styles are very similar. It almost will look like you won’t know which one’s Witney and which one’s Lindsay during the routine. We are doing the paso doble. It’s a really strong dance, and great energy for me to have, to kind of be the man in the situation.

Are you feeling pretty comfortable with both of them?
Ribeiro: I did the flamenco, and a lot of the steps that are in the flamenco are also in the paso. … I feel really comfortable hitting those steps and it’s really strong, so I feel really positive about that one. But [Thursday] we kind of had a breakthrough on our foxtrot. We haven’t done a lot of ballroom in-hold dances, and the foxtrot obviously is in hold. And I had a breakthrough [Thursday], so all of a sudden now I’m actually feeling really, really good about both of them. I said to my wife, it’s going to be a good mix, because the dances are so different. The energy and the style is very different, and I think it’s going to be a really good night for us.

For the full interview, see TV Guide.

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Dancing with the Stars Season 19, Week 8 – Who’s Dancing What….and When? (Song Spoilers)

Heh. Almost forgot about this post. Not that it matters since everything is  out there anyway.

I got some of the info on the dances from various videos, some from Wiki – if you see anything wrong, let me know. I was traveling a large part of the week, as was Courtney, as a result we lost track a bit. 🙂 There were a few days where I didn’t know which end was up.

I will say that it will be interesting to see how Janel will do with the quickstep, where the frame is so important. She’s gotten away with not having to worry about that overly much – and straight up said that was why she was glad she got contemporary. I think Beth will be fine and I have a feeling Alfonso will be back at the top of the leaderboard – we’ll see. Lea’s dances are why I’m afraid that even if she does make it through this week, she won’t make the finale. Samba? Yikes. Paso maybe better for her. I also expect a lot from Sadie’s Jive. Again, we’ll see.

ETA: So, Alfonso is going first – I think he safely can, with no issues.

ETA2: Not sure on which versions of those songs are being used, so I guessed. 🙂

Alfonso and Witney
Foxtrot
Paso Doble with Lindsay Arnold (Song: Turn Down for What by DJ Snake and Lil Jon )
Dancing 1st
Vote: 1-800-868-3401

Tommy and Peta
Viennese Waltz
Samba with Sharna Burgess
Vote: 1-800-868-3413

Janel and  Val
Quickstep
Salsa with Keo Motsepe
Vote: 1-800-868-3405

Lea and Artem
Samba
Paso Doble with Henry Byalikov (Song: Black Betty by Ram Jam )
Vote: 1-800-868-3407

Sadie and Mark
Jive
Foxtrot with Emma Slater
Vote: 1-800-868-3411

Bethany and Derek
Viennese Waltz
Argentine Tango with Tony Dovolani
Vote: 1-800-868-3403

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Dancing with the Stars Season 19 “Him or Her” Game – Video

Have you seen this? If not, enjoy!!

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