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DWTS Season 23, Week 6 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

It’s Latin Night!!  I’ll be very curious to see how everyone does. For my own thinking purposes, I listed which contestant has done which latin dance (per Wiki). I didn’t remember DWTS including Jive in the latin dance category so I did a bit of research to see what DWTS typically calls “latin”. All the way back to season 17, it was A.Tango, Paso, rumba, Salsa, Samba and Cha Cha. In season 17, the included 3 Jives, but no salsa or Cha Cha. Season 16 included a Jive dance off in Latin week. In season 14 they ONLY did Samba, Salsa and A. Tango. Seems that would gave been better to replace either Salsa or Samba with Cha Cha for a bit of obvious variety. I don’t expect we’ll be so lucky to only get 2 or 3 styles so they can compare the couples. Nah. That’s all the research I had energy for, so I included who did Jive in my list.

Laurie – Cha Cha, Jive, Paso
Calvin – Cha Cha
Marilu – Jive, Paso
Maureen – Salsa, A.Tango
James – Paso, Cha Cha
Jana – Jive
Ryan – Cha Cha
Terra – Samba
Amber – Salsa, A.Tango, Samba
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Dancing With The Stars Peta Murgatroyd Updates On Her Pregnancy And More

Dancing With The Stars Peta Murgatroyd held a chat at facebook today. She updates us on her pregnancy, moving to New York City after Dancing With The Stars, learning Russian, and lots more. She looks so pretty…and lol to her wanting to eat spaghetti every day. Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording.

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Maks Chmerkovskiy In New DWTS23 Blog: “I’m having one of the best seasons, mentally and emotionally, that I’ve ever had”

Maks Chmerkovskiy has written a new blog at Entertainment Weekly. He writes of the “giant wake-up” he and Amber had. He talks of how he was inspired to make Amber’s costume. He gives a preview to next week’s Latin Night dance. He also writes of how he’s having one of the best seasons he’s ever had (I’m glad he’s back too!).

Two secrets: First, I’ve put together all of my partners dresses for 15 seasons! Tailoring them to their body type and personality. I’m in the wardrobe fitting, suggesting cuts and design, all of those things. And secondly, this particular dress of Amber’s was actually made from all white Swarovski crystals. But then, the wardrobe department had a Sharpie party, and colored all of those crystals on the dress!

The wardrobe department is really incredible. Daniella Gschwendtner and Steven Lee have been there since day two and they’re amazing. Even during my show with Val over the summer, ABC let us use those resources, and it’s amazing to work with someone who knows you and your body – that’s always a gamechanger. The wardrobe department always has one of the most stressful jobs because things can go wrong at the last minute, but their efforts always end up looking amazing.

On next week’s Latin Night:
I’m definitely looking forward to our Cha-Cha for Latin Week. I’m figuring out Amber’s style, and what she looks good doing. We don’t have to play current poppy songs for this to be suitable to Amber, so I think I’ve found an amazing song for her that will make this into a beautiful, seamless performance. I think this past week made Amber skyrocket in dance fitness, and generally moving her feet in ways she didn’t before.

Each week is building on the previous one, so each workout provides steps for the next dance. Working on the Samba this week made us more able to do parts of a Cha-Cha next week, and so on. I think that having the Samba this week was the best way to get her ready for the next performance. It’s all about pushing yourself — it’s a conveyor belt of creativity. I’m like a personal trainer, a dancer, a designer, and a psychiatrist all in one.

Some thoughts on coming back to the show:
I just keep noticing little things that make me feel great about the decision I made to come back to the show. I want to give credit where it’s due — there’s an incredible production team here. They’re doing a great job to keep the show both modern and entertaining. I’m having one of the best seasons, mentally and emotionally, that I’ve ever had, and I think it’s because of everyone who’s involved in this show, the way things have been communicated, and how things are working. I’ve criticized the production in the past, and so I really wanted to take some time to say just what a great job they’re doing.

More at Entertainment Weekly.

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Lindsay Arnold Talks On Dancing With The Stars Week 5 With Calvin Johnson, Their Goals, And More

Lindsay Arnold answers questions about Dancing With The Stars Week 5 at Entertainment Tonight. She also answers questions on the recent engagements, her “most memorable year”, and lots more including how she and Calvin would like to shatter Jerry Rice’s record on Dancing With The Stars.

“The producers and I were kind of toying around with the idea of surprising Calvin all week,” Arnold explained. “We were trying to come up with something that would make the dance really memorable for him. On Sunday during camera blocking, the producers came to me and said, ‘We got Jerry Rice to come. He’s going to be in the dance.'”

“Then, we had to figure out how to incorporate him,” she added. “I would have put him in more of the routine, but he literally showed up five minutes before the live show started. It was super exciting, but also kind of terrifying. I was stressed, thinking like, ‘Please, Calvin, do not turn around, get shocked, and then drop the football.’ But everything turned out so well and I’m so grateful and appreciative Jerry came on and did that.”

Rice was a longtime holder of the NFL’s single-season record for receiving yards with 1,848. But on Dec. 22, 2012, Johnson shattered that record, with 1,964 yards (averaging approximately 123 yards per game) with the Detroit Lions — a mark he still holds.

Now, Arnold says Johnson plans to beat another one of Rice’s records — by taking first place on DWTS! As many fans of the dance competition show may recall, Rice competed on season two with pro Anna Trebunskaya, placing second to Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke.

“You know what, Calvin broke one of Jerry Rice’s records already, and we’re after his other record on Dancing With the Stars,” Arnold exclaimed. “We want to beat that — we have to! That is definitely the goal and I think that is for sure a possibility. We’re going to do everything we can to see if we can make that happen!”

More at Entertainment Tonight.

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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.

Aly Raisman Talks On Dancing With The Stars And The Olympics On Live With Kelly (Video, HQ Photos)

What’s harder: Dancing With The Stars or competing on the Olympics? Aly Raisman answers this question and more on Live With Kelly today. Video and Photos below.

Kelly Ripa and Tyler Perry talk with Aly Raisman during the production of "Live Kelly" in New York on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. Photo: David M. Russell//Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution ©2016 Disney ABC. All Rights Reserved.

Kelly Ripa and Tyler Perry talk with Aly Raisman during the production of “Live Kelly” in New York on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016.
Photo: David M. Russell//Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution
©2016 Disney ABC. All Rights Reserved.

Kelly Ripa and Tyler Perry talk with Aly Raisman during the production of "Live Kelly" in New York on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. Photo: David M. Russell//Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution ©2016 Disney ABC. All Rights Reserved.

Kelly Ripa and Tyler Perry talk with Aly Raisman during the production of “Live Kelly” in New York on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016.
Photo: David M. Russell//Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution
©2016 Disney ABC. All Rights Reserved.

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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.

Emma Slater Reviews Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Week 5

Emma Slater reviewed “Most Memorable Week” at Entertainment Tonight Facebook. She’s so fun and sweet….and I’m loving the other girls too. Emma also gives some teasers on the new tour as well.

ETA: ET posted this video with these three girls at their site today. They are a hoot. I hope all of Sasha and Emma’s wedding dreams come true. 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.

PureDWTS Season 23, Week 5 – Power Rankings

In a pleasant turn of events from last week’s near-universal Cirque dumpster fire, nearly everyone this week at least did ok-to-great with their dances – I don’t feel like anyone really stepped in it or f*cked up beyond help.  Truth be told, I think I’d rather forego switch week (and judging from the lack of chatter I’ve heard from our sources about the switch, we are probably gonna forego it this season) and let couples have a no-elim week during most memorable year/personal story week.  As I was discussing with some of my Twitter followers, the novelty of the switch has worn off, and it just seems like kind of a drag these days – it’s stressful for all involved, the judges seem inclined to “make an example” and score harshly during switch week, and height differences (a la Kim & Keo last season, and potentially with Calvin & Terra this season) seem like they could potentially screw over some pairings.  Next week is Latin week, and we’ve got confirmation that week 8 is Halloween week (again) – that really only leaves week 7 as a possibility for switch week, and there will only be 8 couples left by then…every time they’ve done the switch, they’ve done it with 9 couples.  Could they do it with only 8 couples? Yes.  Will they? I doubt it.  Can’t say I’m terribly disappointed.

As many of us predicted, there was no elim last night, despite TPTB trying to fake out the couples that there would be.  Seemed like every time I tweeted “I don’t think there will be an elim”, at least one person would tweet back with “But Court, James said they were told there WOULD be an elim!” Guess what: the powers that be LIE. They think they’re slick, the think they’re really pulling a “gotcha!” on both the contestants AND the viewers, and most of the time, those two groups don’t know enough to second guess them.  Thing is, we’ve been watching this show long enough to know that there has never been THREE eliminations based on one set of viewer votes (in this case, last Monday’s viewer votes).  That’s unprecedented, and has the potential to rile up a LOT of viewers – which is why it was kinda easy for me to see that they weren’t going to do it.  But maybe this thought hadn’t even crossed their mind, and they were actually planning on it – until someone actually sat down and thought about it.  Wouldn’t be the first time this show flew by the seat of their pants with plans week to week. If they had actually done it, I would put money on it that we would have seen Jana or Amber fall – and honestly, I wouldn’t have been upset if either left.  But they didn’t, so just keep this in mind: TPTB often fib for the sake of drama, and the other half of the time, they’re just making sh*t up as they go along.

Other random thoughts from last night? Was nice to get a proper pro dance at the top of the show, even if it felt a bit random and out-of-place – but I was glad to get an actual ballroom dance, without hair-flipping, or shirt removal, or low-brow “sexy” choreography.  Did TPTB (or Mandy) actually take a look at social media and see all the complaints about how we’re all just kinda over the “sexy” pro dances? And that we actually want to see the pros DANCING??? Seems like a possibility. I also had to raise my eyebrows at the fact that we currently have a 4-way tie for last place – and that 3 of the 4 in that group are what I would consider to be “on the bubble” and at-risk for being eliminated next week anyway, regardless of score. Keeping the margins awfully close, and throwing it to the fans, it seems… Read more..

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DWTS Jana Kramer Speaks Out On Surviving Domestic Violence On Good Morning America

Jana Kramer was interviewed on Good Morning America about domestic violence. I feel so sorry for her and everything she’s been through. Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording.

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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.

HQ Photos Of Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Week 5 – Who had your favorite costume?

So many stunning shots from Dancing With The Stars last night. Click on the photos to see more. I think if I had to pick my favorite costume, it would be Derek & Marilu’s, but, I truly loved them all.

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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.

PureDWTS Season 23 Week 5 – Media, Scores, And Interviews After The Show

What a great night of dancing and I’m so glad no was eliminated. My top 5 last night were: James & Sharna, Derek & Marilu, Jana & Gleb, Calvin & Lindsay, and Terra and Sasha. Speaking of Terra & Sasha, would you believe they were eliminated in rehearsals yesterday? Crazy. Lots of fun things to read on this week and next week below. Also, below are the scores if you’d like to review them again. Keep checking back. We may post more media and interviews later if more comes out.

James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: 29/30
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough: 27/30
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: 26/30
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber: 27/30
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy: 25/30
Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold: 24/30
Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev: 24/30
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke: 24/30
Amber Rose and Maks Chmerkovskiy: 24/30

From Glamour….

The couples didn’t know there wouldn’t be an elimination, especially because the producers staged a faux elimination during dress rehearsal (usually the couple eliminated in dress rehearsal isn’t the couple that’s eliminated during the live show). “We thought someone was going home,” admitted Gleb Savchenko. And why is that? “[Because] Sasha was eliminated in rehearsal!” laughed Gleb. While it hasn’t been announced if there will be a double elimination next week, Gleb thinks there won’t be, but it’s possible we’ll see one the week after that.

So what’s on tap next week? It will be Latin night in the ballroom, and Jana Kramer told me she can’t wait to turn up the heat. “I’m excited to get out there and be sassy! I’m going to be a little sass kitten.” (For the record, I reminded Jana that she’s pretty much been doing that all season long.)

On a more serious note, Jana said she was grateful for how Most Memorable Year week turned out, even if plenty of tears were shed. “I love the night because I feel like we’re all able to break down a wall. Gleb choreographed an amazing routine for my daughter.” As it turns out, Jana and Gleb actually wanted her daughter to be part of the dance, “but for safety reasons, we couldn’t,” Jana revealed.

While there’s still a few more months to go in 2016, Jana already knows one thing she’s grateful for: “I’ve learned how strong I am. I had no idea how strong I am until I had my daughter. I’m forever grateful for that little peanut because she’s given me so much light and strength that I never imagined I could ever have.”

Speaking of giving thanks, Canadian James Hinchcliffe celebrated his Thanksgiving a day early with his girlfriend and Sharna back east. “We all had some turkey last night and sweet potatoes, and I tried to have a mini commonwealth Thanksgiving!” Of course, as viewers now know, what James is most grateful for is his ability to walk away from that racing accident that left him fighting for his life. “I’m a very, very lucky guy and I know that,” he said backstage. “That’s the important thing—realizing it. And appreciating it.”

During last night’s show, Carrie Ann Inaba declared Team Stop ‘n Go the ones to beat, but James admitted that he “almost wish[es] she hadn’t said that!” Sharna echoed her partner’s sentiment: “It’s both [a blessing and a curse to hear that]. It tells you that the hard work is really paying off…but it’s also a curse because it’s a lot of pressure! We’re at the top of the leaderboard and that is damn hard to keep up.”

Still, now that DWTS is back to one night a week for the rest of the season, Sharna is looking forward to 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.