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Private Members Area – DWTS Season 20 Week 8 Discussion

Tonight was week 8 (America’s Choice) of Dancing with the Stars Season 20. If you’re not a Pure DWTS Insider yet, you can do so here. If you are, then I look forward to the discussion in the comments.
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Dancing with the Stars Season 20 Week 8 America’s Choice Music

Dancing with the Stars season 20 week 8 is here! I know that we often spoil the songs, before the show, but we’re keeping the simple list of music up for posterity’s sake (or in case you missed it before). Be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season.

Noah & Sharna danced a Tango to the song “Geronimo”—Sheppard
Noah & Sharna (Emma Slater) danced a Salsa to the song “Mr. Put It Down”—Ricky Martin feat. Pitbull
Chris & Witney danced a Contemporary to the song “Lay Me Down”—Sam Smith
Chris & Witney (Lindsay Arnold) danced a Paso doble to the song “Outside”—Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding
Riker & Allison danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “What Now”—Rihanna
Riker & Allison (Brittany Cherry) danced a Jazz to the song “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)”—Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock
Robert & Kym danced a Contemporary to the song “Champagne Kisses”—Jessie Ware
Robert & Kym (Jenna Johnson) danced a Samba to the song “Cinema Italiano”—Kate Hudson
Nastia & Sasha danced a Paso doble to the song “Centuries”—Fall Out Boy
Nastia & Sasha (Derek Hough) danced a Jive to the song “Diane Young”—Vampire Weekend
Rumer & Val danced a Rumba to the song “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps”—Doris Day
Rumer & Val (Artem Chigvintsev) danced a Paso doble to the song “Scott & Fran’s Paso Doble”—David Hirschfelder & The Bogo Pogo Orchestra

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Dancing with the Stars Season 20, Week EIGHT – Let’s Discuss Tonight’s Show!! (Spoilers)

Theme of the week is America’s Choice. Theoretically. I mean, looking at Rumer’s songs I am skeptical.  In my mind, how the judges behave tonight is a strong indicator of what will happen going forward, although we may not know it until tomorrow night ends.  What do I mean? Well, sometimes you’re not sure of why they’re behaving in a given way until after an elimination – or after the MBT is handed out.  If they continue to score Rumer appropriately, I would say she’s not going to win. If they massively overscore her, though, it doesn’t mean she’s going to win….it could also mean she’s in danger.

And that same rule applies to most of them. I think. It’s possible that they could start lowballing Riker and Nastia in an effort to give Rumer a better shot at getting votes under the theory of “everyone wants to vote for a winner”. That’s dangerous though, because I think both camps could rally and knock Rumer right out of the game. It’s really hard to say – but it will be interesting (and likely very aggravating) to watch.

T-minus 30 minutes…I need food and a nap. NYC is exhausting, ya’ll. 🙂

Julianne looks great. Love the dress, love the hair.

Yeah, Noah’s dance was a bit stiff, understandably.  I don’t know if he’ll ever top last week.

Gee, guess Rumer is going last since she’s up in AllAccess. Huh.

Hmmm….Chris didn’t suck, but 34 out of 40?? Seems a bit….high. Does that mean they’ve reconciled themselves to him in the final, or that he’s going home?

Riker and Allison’s dance was really too fast and a tad jerky for me.

The judges are raving- except Len of course. I’m thinking the front runners are going to get high scores (whether they deserve it or not) to keep that clear demarcation between upper and lower tier dancers, which increase the odds that we lose Robert and Chris.

Yeah, that was not a 39 dance, ya’ll.

I’m tired. I missed the kiss. And Len was all nice after this dance. Weird. The judges give them a 33….which I think is probably fair.

Nastia is going to get the bad edit. Okay….later she will.

Oooo…nice Paso. Coulda a been a bit tougher in places.  Len is going to hose them.

Derek does not look ridiculous, Jules.  And I didn’t see out of sync. But I guess Rumer needs to be on top this week.

Hmmm…that dance was better than Riker’s and yet he was overscored. I wonder why?? Yeah, underscored relative to Riker for sure. Waiting for Rumer’s comeback arc and perfect 40. Whether she deserves it or not.

Val has a moment of self awareness. Amazing. Kudos for that.  That will get them some votes.

Okay, that was a really good dance, I’m just not sure I saw a lot of Rumba content. That said, I’m generally not a rumba fan so I may not be the one to comment on content.

Oh boy, here comes the narrative about how much it means to Val. Every season. :::rolls eyes:::  I don’t actually quibble with the 40. She’s tied for first place with Riker with Nastia only one point back. Perhaps she needs it to be safe from Robert and/or Chris and/or Noah.

Liked the salsa from Noah better than his first dance – little wobbly on the Emma Lift, but overall good choreo from Sharna with nice visuals.

I just burned all your crops. LOL.

I gotta hand it to Chris, He’s trying and he’s stepping it up!

Great dance from Riker. Loved it. I think he might just win this thing, if the producers let him.

Oh come on, Len. That was every bit as good as the rumba from Rumer.

Riker is a full 20 points ahead of Chris right now – this is what I was talking about with the two tiers of scores to try to ensure the good dancers stick around.

Lots of timing issues with Robert, and I think Jenna even lost track of him at one point. She’s not experienced dancing with a celeb. CAI is being VERY kind to Robert.

While I think that the concept and the choreo was AMAZING for Derek/Nastia/Sasha, I feel like she got off time in one or two spots. But it was certainly no worse than Riker’s first dance.

Again, Rumer does a good dance…yet I feel like there wasn’t a lot of content in that dance. It seemed very repetitive in a few spots and there was a spot where Val and Artem were dancing with each other and Rumer didn’t have much to do. And CAI just said “saved the best for last”. I cry bullshit.  And of course she gets a 40. She must be in danger.

And Tom just said “Check the number and dial carefully”.  Hmmmmm…..

In case you’re wondering, Nastia and Rumer are tied at the top with 117, and Riker is two points back at 115. Interesting how they don’t mention THAT at the end of the night.

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Go Inside Derek Hough, Nastia Liukin, and Sasha Farber’s DWTS Week 8 Rehearsals, Derek Hough Dances

US Magazine posted some rehearsal footage with Derek Hough, Nastia Liukin, and Sasha Farber. Derek even dances. Check it out below! If you’d like more with Nastia, Derek, and Sasha, see Pure Derek Hough.

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DWTS Season 20 Week 8 Rehearsal Interview With Chris Soules and Witney Carson

Below People goes inside Dancing With The Stars Week 8 rehearsals with Chris Soules and Witney Carson. Fun new teasers in this for tonight. If you can’t see the video, see People.

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Hi, I'm a news hounds from way back. Since 1999, I've worked on Madonna and Enrique Iglesias fan sites....and now PureDWTS. 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.

Olympic Champion And DWTS Nastia Liukin To Be Indy 500 Grand Marshal

Nastia Liukin is going to serve as the Indy 500 Grand Marshal this year. Below is more from NBC Sports. Thanks to Courtney for the find!

Beijing Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin will be the Indy 500 Grand Marshal on May 24, adding to an already busy schedule for the former decorated gymnast.

Liukin, a junior at New York University, is into the final six of this season’s “Dancing with the Stars,” with the finale set for May 19, five days before the Indy 500.

At the Great American Race, Liukin will take a parade lap around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval and be announced to the crowd prior to the start.

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Hi, I'm a news hounds from way back. Since 1999, I've worked on Madonna and Enrique Iglesias fan sites....and now PureDWTS. 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.

New DWTS Season 20 Week 8 Rehearsal Interview With Kym Johnson And Robert Herjavec (Video)

E News asks, “Is Kym Johnson really “Too Much Woman” for Robert Herjavec to handle?! Find out in this new rehearsal interview….. Read more..

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Hi, I'm a news hounds from way back. Since 1999, I've worked on Madonna and Enrique Iglesias fan sites....and now PureDWTS. 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.

Access Hollywood Interviews Dancing With The Stars Riker Lynch And Allison Holker

Access Hollywood interviewed Riker Lynch and Allison Holker about their journey on Dancing With The Stars, the competition, the judges, and lots more. Here’s a take from the link.

Access: It seems like the judges have been enjoying your journey. What does it feel like when you get some of the comments back from them and they are just floored by you guys?
Riker: [I’m] very, very thankful, for sure because we are working really, really hard and everybody’s working really hard and it’s been a long couple [of] weeks now and you’re finally kind of getting in the flow of things and you’re actually kind of feeling like, ‘Wow, I can actually kind of do some of these and be really good at it,’ [whereas] in the beginning, you’re kind of like, I don’t really know what I’m doing and you’re just trying your best. When you get really good comments back, it’s definitely a really good feel-good moment, and then at the same time, they always give like little critiques and I always really try to make sure I listen and apply those the next week and really make sure those are happening because they’re giving critiques because they want to see improvement. So I want to show that I’m hearing the critiques and making [the adjustments] happen.

Access: What have you loved about working with Allison as your teaching partner and partner on the stage?
Riker: She has the most contagious energy ever and she’s always like on 100-crazy percent and her energy level is always 100 so it’s very contagious, so when I’m feeling exhausted, she always has great energy that I can kind of feed off of and that’s an amazing thing because I get exhausted from doing all these crazy dances and then she’s always got tons and tons of energy, so it makes me work harder

Access: At this point do you even think of anybody else as other competitors or are you just competing with yourselves?
Riker: It’s a little bit of both. It’s a competition against other competitors so you definitely are like, ‘I want to win this thing,’ but at the same I am thinking I just want to do the best I can do for myself and really just try to get higher scores each week and raise the bar for me personally each week. But like you said, it’s a competition. There are other people competing against you, and I’m competitive and I want to win.

More at Access Hollywood.

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Hi, I'm a news hounds from way back. Since 1999, I've worked on Madonna and Enrique Iglesias fan sites....and now PureDWTS. 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.