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PureDWTS Season 28, Week 1: Power Rankings

So we wrapped up the premiere of the “new, improved!” DWTS a little over 24 hours ago, and I’ve got some mixed feelings. My main concern: in the wake of the disastrous year the show had in 2018, they’re currently trying to reinvent/rebrand the show to give ratings a boost and maintain a hope and a prayer of this show surviving into 2020.  The only problem? I feel like the rebranding involves just turning DWTS into Strictly Come Dancing 2.0.

Yes, they’re essentially the same show, in terms of the concept, aesthetic, etc. But Heidi and I have long been reminding people that comparing DWTS and SCD is a bit like apples and oranges, because the fact that the two shows air in completely different markets makes each take on slightly different flavors. Americans and Brits are two different cultures that have different tastes when it comes to television – I have yet to meet an American that understands the appeal of British soap operas (I can’t tell you how many times I fell asleep trying to watch the same god-forsaken episode of EastEnders in college because a girl in my dorm was from London and swore up and down that it was the greatest TV show ever), while I’ve heard more than one Brit puzzle about why American television is so violence-driven (same girl in my dorm was CONVINCED we all carried guns on our person because she had watched 24 before coming to college). And there’s obvious differences between our humor, with British humor being quite a bit drier and high brow than more crass, slapstick American humor. Given all those differences – would it be a stretch to assume that  Americans expect different things out of DWTS than Brits do out of SCD?

With respect to DWTS and what I’ve observed in my 10 years of blogging, I tend to think Americans care less about how many syllabus steps a routine has and care more about being entertained and wowed by a memorable dance. I know SCD is more driven by syllabus content and correct execution of the steps, and low-scoring of non-compliant routine is more commonplace than it is here in the US, where it’s unusual to see any paddle lower than a “6” taken out after week 1. So for things to shift rather suddenly from the DWTS focus on entertaining and memorable dance numbers to a more content-driven approach from the judges, I have to wonder: is this sh*t gonna fly…? Some of the best choreographers we’ve seen on DWTS are the ones that really thrive when they’re unfettered by syllabus  requirements – think Derek, Mark, and Julianne, who all ended up Emmy nominated at some point as a result. We’ve still got a few pros in the current stable that I think choreograph best in a more out-of-the-box setting – namely Jenna, and possibly Brandon. Then again, with the prospect of an Emmy nom a distant memory since the departure of Derek and the onslaught of more competition in the Outstanding Choreograhy category…maybe it’s time to start focusing more on content? I honestly don’t know – but I’m not sure the answer to all of DWTS’ problems is just tweaking everything to match SCD. Time will tell, especially after we hear about this new elimination twist next week…

One good thing to come out of the “let’s do it like SCD!” gambit? The delayed reveal of the partnerships left us more  likely to get unexpectedly WOWED by some of the contestants – and I daresay with all the chatter about Hannah, Karamo, Kel, and Sailor, I did NOT see James coming at all. I was genuinely and delightedly surprised, which was nice. I also didn’t head into this season with a favorite – there were a few contestants/partnerships I found intriguing, but nobody that I knew from the jump I’d be voting for…so I felt like I was seeing everything with fresh eyes. But shall we get on with the rankings?  🙂 Read more..

September 17, 2019 I Written By

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Dances Revealed, Elimination Information, Format Changes For Dancing With The Stars Season 28 Week 2

Dang! They are taking the fun out of us trying to find dance information for next week. Oh well, read on for all the details. From WDTV….

THE 12 CELEBRITY AND PRO-DANCER COUPLES COMPETE ANOTHER WEEK ON ABC’S ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ FOR THE COVETED MIRRORBALL TROPHY, MONDAY, SEPT. 23

Big Format Change in Voting to Be Revealed; First Elimination for the 2019 Season

“First Elimination” – The 12 celebrity and pro-dancer couples compete a second week with the first elimination of the 2019 season, live, MONDAY, SEPT. 23 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

Vying for America’s vote, each couple will dance to a style they have not yet danced to this season. Some of the songs featured in the season’s second episode will include Taylor Swift’s “Lover,” Demi Lovato’s “Confident,” Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon,” The Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris,” Aretha Franklin’s “Think” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September,” among others. The show opens with a comedic cold open featuring celebrity contestant Ray Lewis giving one of his infamous locker room pep talks to his fellow celebrities in advance of the first elimination.

For the show’s second broadcast, scores from the judges from week one will carry over and be combined with judges’ scores from week two, which also marks the first weekly live-viewing audience vote of the season (via abc.com, the ABC app and SMS/text). The live votes will occur each week only during the live broadcast in the EDT/CDT time zones (but fans in all U.S. time zones may vote within that window).

Moving forward with each subsequent Monday night, the live vote combined with the judges’ scores will be tabulated in real time, with the bottom two revealed during the broadcast. And for the first time in “DWTS” history, a big format change in voting will change everything and will be revealed during the broadcast.

The couples are (with their dance choice) the following:
•Country artist Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko will dance the Cha Cha
•Model and photographer Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Val Chmerkovskiy will dance the Foxtrot
•Pop star Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber will dance the Salsa
•“The Bachelorette” Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten will dance the Cha Cha
•“The Office” actress Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov will dance the Cha Cha
•TV host and “Queer Eye” star Karamo and Jenna Johnson will dance the Salsa
•Super Bowl MVP Ray Lewis Cheryl Burke will dance the Salsa
•Comedian and actor Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson will dance the Tango
•Two-time NBA Champion Lamar Odom and Peta Murgatroyd will dance the Foxtrot
•Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold will dance the Salsa
•TV and film actor James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater will dance the Tango
•Legendary “Supremes” singer Mary Wilson and Brandon Armstrong will dance the Foxtrot

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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.

Pure DWTS Season 28 Week 1 – Interviews, Recaps, Scores, Jimmy Kimmel Prediction, Photos, And Extras

What a super first night!! I loved them all in different ways. And wow, do we ever have a competition. See Miss Heidi’s Live Blog last night for more in detail (she cracks me up as always). Let’s check out the media after the dances. We’ll start with the scores and rank the couples in order….

Scores:

James & Emma 21 (7, 7, 7) Tango “Whatever It Takes”—Imagine Dragons
Hannah & Alan 20 (7, 7, 6) Cha-cha-cha “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”—Whitney Houston
Lauren & Gleb 19 (7, 6, 6) Cha-cha-cha “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”—Shania Twain
Sailor & Val 18 (6, 6, 6) Foxtrot “Uptown Girl”—Billy Joel
Karamo & Jenna 17 (6, 5, 6) Salsa “Juice”—Lizzo
Mary & Brandon 17 (6, 5, 6) Foxtrot “Baby Love”—The Supremes
Kel & Witney 16 (6, 5, 5) Tango “Sucker”—Jonas Brothers
Ally & Sasha 16 (5, 5, 6) Cha-cha-cha “Work from Home”—Fifth Harmony
Ray & Cheryl 15 (5, 5, 5) Salsa “Hot in Herre”—Nelly
Kate & Pasha 15 (5, 5, 5) Cha-cha-cha “She Works Hard for the Money”—Donna Summer
Sean & Lindsay 12 (4, 4, 4) Salsa “Spice Up Your Life”—Spice Girls
Lamar & Peta 11 (5, 3, 3) Foxtrot “Feeling Good”—Nina Simone

If you missed seeing the show, see the official Your Tube page. You can also view their dances at the official Facebook page. They also posted a video of the Title Shoot Photos. Getty Images has some beautiful dancing and backstage photos too.

Here are some recaps, media and interviews after the show. It always pays to listen and read everything….. 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.