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Private Members Area – DWTS Season 24 Week 7 Discussion

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May 2, 2017 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Private Members Area – DWTS Season 24 Week 6 Discussion

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April 24, 2017 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Guest Post: Review of DWTS LIVE

The following is a guest blog post by Sophie who had a chance to attend the show live.

As an avid dance lover/doer(Former Juvenile National Ballroom Champion, I’ll have you know??), I’ve always loved watching dance. This is why when I got the email saying I had tickets(one of my friends works for the show), I was game. After (two) weeks of eager anticipation, it came on Tuesday and my god, it was worth the wait. So, now I’m going to review the dances and ramble for ever.

Normani & Val- I’m sure she’s a really nice girl but for some reason, I just struggle to connect with her. This was before the show, but the pimpage of her annoys me slightly. Was a whole sixteen minutes of Fifth Harmony really  necessary? Save that time for Rashad or someone who deserves it. Additionally, If it was a Freestyle, I would have rated it slightly higher but as a rumba, it was lacking. Firstly, I wasn’t keen on the singing(whilst it’s a nice touch, either dance the whole time to your song or save it for the Showdance). As my former singing teacher would say, her voice is divine. Easily the most technically gifted singer of her group, but it was too long. Additionally, there  was a lift and since Carrie Ann didn’t dock her, yet she made a big deal about it, it felt unfair. She needs to work on finishing lines, and doing the assigned dances. I’m all for incorporating mini bits of other styles into dances(like the Flamenco section in Amber’s paso, the acrobatics section in Shawn’s Quickstep, the VW in Kellie’s quickstep, the Samba in Nastia’s quickstep, the hip hop in Amber’s Charleston, the hints of Broadway in Amber’s foxtrot, the little section of lyrical dance in Paige’s VW, the bits of Afro Jazz in Shawn’s divine samba) but between last week’s fun but over marked Jazz/Broadway hybrid last week and this week’s contemporary lyrical/rumba fusion, it feels a bit unfair. She clearly has potential but do the assigned dance. Part of me wishes loads of people voted for Nick & Erika & David, so she would be eliminated. Val pain makes me happy.
Score: 7 compared to everyone else, 3 for someone of her talents

Nick & Peta- Firstly, Nick is a really nice guy. Because I sat a few seats away from his family, I really got to see his interactions with them(I know I sound weird now) and he really has a good rapport with them. And for all of the things about him and his wife being fake, they seemed to be really loved up. Anyway, to the dance. I thought Peta choreographed a far superior rumba for her partner than Val did. Call me crazy but I think Nick’s execution was pretty near to being as good as Normani’s. I thought his dance was really nice and he had some really nice turns. His hip action was lacking at some points, which I understand as getting that Cuban hip movement is really hard for a non-dancer. I mean, even as a dancer, I find ballroom easier to grasp than the Latin, due to the hip action. I think if he drove through his foot more, he would be able to achieve that hip action more easily.
Score: 7

Nancy & Artem- Let me just say she is a class act. She is extremely lovely and she is just one of the most smiley, gorgeous people ever. Additionally, Artem just looks enamoured with her(not in a flirty way, they just get on really well). As for her foxtrot, if their samba impressed me, this made my jaw drop. She is just majestic in hold and her flexibility is extremely impressive. A massive improvement from her Viennese Waltz, which was already nice. I would only say she needs to work on conveying the dance, as at times her showmanship is lacking but she always dances in a really genuine way and that’s what makes her dances appealing to me. Oh, and never let your feet during the floor, but it was an accident, so I wouldn’t dock her too much. It’s hard, as well she is technically great, she needs to work on showmanship, as a couple of expressions seem a bit lacking.
Score; 8.5

Heather: Even backstage, she seems robotic. When it was her package, instead of showing an emotion whilst watching it,, she just seemed vacant. All I am going to say is this: you can tell the delineation between the choreography for last week’s tango and this week’s Cha Cha. To say she is a professional dancer, you’d think she was Charo based on how easy that choreography was. From a choreographic perspective, this and Normani’s dances were the worst dance of the night. But she danced the heck out of it. She really knows how to execute the choreography, which is nice. But she should be given harder choreography to execute. Imagine if she was paired with Mark or Derek. She’d be standing out a lot more. I loathed the choreography but she did a good job. I would have liked to see some really hard steps: some “follow the leaders”, some “Turkish towels”, some “hip twist spirals” and some foot changes. She can dance impeccably, push her harder.Shes a professional dancer, dance like one.
Score: 7 compared to everyone else, 1 for a professional dancer who danced for Beyonce. I will throw a party when she leaves. I won’t, but I loathe her inclusion on the show.

David & Lindsay- Firstly, they are both so nice. After the show, I went to get a photo with them and they were really positive. As for the dance, David really seems to shine in Ballroom. Someone should teach him to tuck his bum in, as it spoils his lines. He needs to have more of a sweeping feel during the VW and at times, I could tell he was struggling to maintain that posture, but a really nice dance, aided by Lindsay’s choreography. His bounciness annoys me sometimes but a really good dance. Don’t write him off.
Score: 8

Rashad & Emma- Can I just say how lovely this guy is? Anyway, onto the dance. Impeccable in pretty much every single way- choreography, execution, artistry performance, chemistry. Easily the dance of the night. I would be surprised if he wasn’t in the finals as that was one of the best contemporary dances I’ve ever seen. There was one throwaway line at one stage, but very close to that perfect 40. Best dance yet. Yay for Emma finally getting a contender
Score: 9.95

Simone & Sasha- A step in the right direction for this little girl. More emotion, more motion. I really noticed her moving bigger and with more ease than previously. In ballroom, the lady is supposed to dance up to the man’s frame, which is hard for the lady. I understand this, but it’s something to work on, as I can see her doing a really nice foxtrot. Shes a lot better than Laurie. Her VW was already  better than Laurie’s. actually wanna see her do this dance or her Quickstep in the final, once she has learnt more about ballroom technique. Still not bad and she has lovely floor patterns. One of the best dances of the night. Additionally, I feel she needs to work on making her turns more Flowy. I hope Sasha works with her on this. I would love her to win, if only so people stop thinking Laurie’s the better out of the two of them. I think you may detect my Hinch bias here.
Score:9

Erika & Gleb- What is it with the Cha Chas this week. Either not enough content or not enough technique. This was both. Her technique was very sloppy during the lock steps but she is starting to execute the moves with more confidence. But, it was all Erika Jayne performing like she would in a music video. Low energy and lacking content. I think if Gleb worked less on playing up this sexy schtick, she’d be getting 8s and 9s.
Score; 5.5

Bonner & Sharna- This metaphor is one for the Strictly fans among this website(I’m British, but still use this site as Improve seeing Ballroom dancing) This reminded me of Greg & Natalie’s week 7 Viennese Waltz. Everyone built both of these dances up, they both had evocative music, they both had redemption storylines after iffy weeks and everything was set up for them to get to the top- and then, it all didn’t come together. When he’s doing pivots, he even looks dizzy like Greg does. He’s got the same pros and cons- great chemistry with partner but gets stompy at times. Enough about comparisons. His promenade pivots need a lot of work. I understand that he has the injury and I empathise with him over this, but I just want him to knuckle down, as he has potential.
Score: 7

Other ramblings: It is entertaining, seeing the difference in packages. Weird as it sounds(shoot me Heidi), I actually prefer the Strictly packages, as they feel slightly less overproduced and dramatic than the DWTS ones. Call me crazy, but I prefer watching Tweedledee & Tweedledumb going to a market than watching the life stories of contestants- for me it blurs the line even more between dance & reality TV. Another thing that intrigues me- the sets. Seeing the people take down and put up sets looks exhausting- definitely not for me. Seeing them bobbing up every five minutes makes for entertaining viewing?.

Rankings:
1. Rashad
2. Nancy
3. Simone
4. David
5. Nick
6. Bonner

BIG SPACE

7. Normani
8. The dancer who should be banned from this show
9. Erika

April 16, 2017 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Private Members Area – DWTS Season 24 Week 4 Discussion

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April 10, 2017 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Private Members Area – DWTS Season 24 Week 3 Discussion

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April 3, 2017 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Private Members Area – DWTS Season 24 Week 2 Discussion

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March 27, 2017 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Private Members Area – DWTS Season 24 Premiere Discussion

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March 21, 2017 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Private Members Area – DWTS Season 24 Pre-Season Discussion

It’s time again for Dancing with the Stars chatter! We hope you had a nice little off season break. You know the deal. Share your thoughts and insights on the new season of Dancing with the Stars from the comfort of the Pure DWTS Private Members Area. 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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March 7, 2017 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Putting a Non-Star on Dancing with the Stars

In the many years since I first created Pure DWTS, there is one message I get on the Pure DWTS “Contact Us” form (Note: Many people confuse us as the show or the producers of the show even though it clearly states that we’re not either and have no affiliation with the show) than any other. That message is that some “normal” person (That’s the term they usually use, not me) would like to be on the show even though they’re not a star. It often is stated as a groundbreaking idea and includes some story of why being able to be on the show would be an extraordinary thing for that person.

Here’s a sample of one from Mandi that she said I could share. It illustrates how passionate and excited people are just thinking about what it would be like to be a contestant on DWTS.

Hi my name is Mandi I am from Louisiana. I am a huge fan of the show and the thought of sending this is the most terrifying and exciting thing I’ve ever done, I know I am taking a HUGE shot in the dark and no one will probably ever read this but here goes. I am a person who never takes chances because of fear, but not today, today I’ll be brave and take a chance! I have watched the show over the years and I’ve noticed over the past couple of seasons that DWTS has taken some amazing chances in putting people on the show that may not be your typical dancer or “star” for that matter and turning them into amazing dancers while helping them grow as people. I am not a star by any means, most of my days are spent in carpool and running around after my two rambunctious boys ? I figure that if your pros can teach an army veteran with one arm and leg to dance or a completely deaf person can win the mirror ball or even a little person who has the cards stacked against her to succeed in this kind of competition then they can certainly teach a regular ordinary stay at home mom to dance.

August 2016 was a month I’ll never forget! As I stood in my living room with the water rising in my home I felt like I was in a dream, everything my husband worked so hard to give us was about to be destroyed and there wasn’t anything he or I could do about it. We climbed out of my youngest son’s bedroom window into our fishing boat and drove around our neighborhood in total shock, we couldn’t believe what was happening it was all too much! If I have learned anything through this it’s that my life can change in a second! Don’t waste time! So this is my step of faith, I want to be on dancing with the stars to prove that anyone can overcome whatever is happening in theirs lives and to prove to myself that I can do anything I put my mind to! It’s so easy to get lost in life, feeling like “just a mom” or “just a wife” especially being a stay at home mom like me and not getting that gratification from your job or the social interaction with someone other than a 5 year old 🙂 Like I said before I don’t even know if anyone will read this but had to try!

Louisiana Strong!!

(Note: I love that Mandi took this risk even if it was to us and not the producers of the show. I hope she keeps taking risks.)

Why This Is A Longshot
Let’s all be honest. Most of us “normal” people would love to be on the show. How incredible would it be to have an opportunity to learn from all of the incredible pros on the show? For most people in the world, it would be the experience of a lifetime. I also think it’s unlikely to happen and that’s too bad.

I say that it’s unlikely because it would cause some serious challenges for the producers of the show. First, the show is literally called Dancing with the Stars. If they bring someone who isn’t a star, then it kind of goes against the whole premise of the show.

Plus, would anyone be surprised if some of the stars that are selected for the show might be upset if the cast wasn’t full of stars? I could see some of the arrogant ones getting really pissed if a show called Dancing with the Stars included a contestant that wasn’t a star. As if some of these B, C, D … list stars are really a huge draw for the show themselves, but I digress. I could see some stars egos having a problem with a non-star being on the show. That’s not something the producers likely want to deal when casting the show.

I think the show also benefits from many of the stars bringing their fan base to the show which can help ratings. Of course, a normal person wouldn’t bring a fan base that would do anything for ratings. Although, it would be quite a story that many media outlets would want to cover if the show to put a normal person in the cast.

How It Could Work
While I think it’s unlikely that they’ll put a regular person on DWTS, that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t do it. I don’t think you’d want to do it every season, but to do it for one season could be a tremendous boost for the show. So many people would be interested in how this regular person did on the show.

We already saw this once. Alek Skarlatos was about as non-star as you can find. Notice that I didn’t call him a regular person. He’s an extraordinary person, but before the show very few people knew him. They knew of his act of heroism, but they really didn’t know him. It’s not like he brought a big fan base to the show. The analogy isn’t perfect since so many people in the US are fans of the military and heroism. However, Alek is the closest to a “normal” person being on the show that they’ve come and he did tremendously well.

I think if DWTS did want to include a normal person, they’d just need to create a process where the person who gets selected to do the show essentially becomes a star in the process. It’s a pretty amazing concept if you think about it. If you create some sort of contest and exposure for the people in the running to be on the show, you could access the stories of millions of ordinary people and out of that contest could create a star. At least as much of a star as Alek or any of The Bachelors.

Can’t you just see the 10 finalists on GMA telling their story of why they want to be on DWTS? It could get really cheesy if they’re not careful, but it could also be incredible TV with everyday heroes like Mandi above who spends her days in carpool and raising 2 kids.

One of the amazing things that reality TV like Survivor, Amazing Race, and even shows like America’s Got Talent, American Idol, etc have tapped into is that those watching at home can sit back and dream about being on the show themselves. There’s an incredible power in that which makes watching the show even better for the viewer. Having a regular person on DWTS would do the same for the show.

Like I said, I’ll be surprised if the show actually did this, but I also think it would be a great thing if they did. Can you imagine how many people would apply to be on the show if they opened one slot up for a non-star? I know a blogger that would be interested. I won’t even be picky about which pro I get, but if they want feedback I think Edyta or Emma would be best for me 😉

Until then, at least I now can point people to this post when they send me their “great idea” of having a regular person be on DWTS.

November 23, 2016 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Private Members Area – DWTS Season 23 Season Week 11 (Finals) Discussion

It’s time again for Dancing with the Stars chatter! You know the deal. Share your thoughts and insights on this week’s episode of Dancing with the Stars. 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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November 21, 2016 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.