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Dancing with the Stars Season 29, Week 3 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Disney night…another night that is also known as Tyrant (tm Court) Night. Just another cold open starring Tyra because this show is ALL ABOUT HER.

The show will begin with a cold open of host Tyra Banks and celebrities taking the viewing audience into their favorite classic Disney films. Episodes can be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

Like everyone in the universe predicted, including Derek who tried to get the reporters to take bets, Carole is dancing to something from Lion King. Really, producers, at this point you’re just pathetic and sad. Derek was also correct when he said, “I feel like it’s all been done.” Yep, few surprises here. “Up” and “Newsies” might both be new. They also have the obligatory new Disney film they need to pimp – Nelly got stuck with that one.

AJ & Cheryl – Quickstep (“Prince Ali” from “Aladdin”)

Kaitlyn & Artem – Foxtrot (“How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”)

Monica & Val – Waltz (“Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid”)

Vernon & Peta – Quickstep (“Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast”)

Anne & Keo – Quickstep (“Zero to Hero” from “Hercules”)

Justina & Sasha – Charleston (“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from “Mary Poppins”)

Jeannie & Brandon – Viennese Waltz (“Married Life” from “Up”)

Skai & Alan – Jive (“Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog”)

Johnny & Britt -Rumba (“Reflection” from “Mulan”)

Jesse & Sharna – Jive (“King of New York” from “Newsies”)

Nelly & Daniella- Foxtrot (“It’s Alright” from “Soul”)

Nev & Jenna – Argentine Tango (“Angelica” from “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”)

Chrishell & Gleb – Waltz (“A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from “Cinderella”)

Carole & Pasha – Samba (“Circle of Life” from “The Lion King”)

In the category of “who danced it better”, here are some examples of what’s been already done on this show using many of these same songs.

“A Whole New World” has been danced to a million times, but I couldn’t find Prince Ali.

I almost feel bad for Justina and Sasha. They have to live up to Charlie and Sharna, and this dance is fantastic – broken umbrella and all.

Simone and Sasha dances a lovely contemporary to “How Far I’ll Go”…

I may update with more later…YouTube is taking forever to load and it’s not my connection, soooo….

September 24, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Derek Hough Talks Carole Baskin, DWTS and World of Dance

Sort of cross posted from PureDerekHough…excerpt is a bit different since this is a DWTS site.

This is an illuminating article from TV Line with what Derek had to say after last night’s show (excerpt below). He also says he plans to dance later in the season.

Hough told TV Insider and a small group of reporters after the show that it’s more than a bit challenging when he sees the clock ticking away with only a few seconds left and he needs to render his decision. “Carrie Ann [Inaba] was like, ‘Let me tell you why [I’m choosing who I’m choosing] and Bruno’s like, ‘Let me tell you why…’” Hough notes with a good-natured chuckle. “Then, it was, ‘Derek you have to give us an answer!’”

Fortunately, Hough, who first appeared on the show as a pro dancer in Season 5, knows the drill. “Hey, it’s my job,” he says. “I can’t complain.” Plus, he reveals, to his understanding, he won’t be the one called upon to be a potential tie-breaker each week. “It’ll trade off,” he muses, adding wryly, “but I want to thank everyone for leaving it up to me!”

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“It really was the progress that [Carole] had made,” says the professional dancer of choosing the Big Cat Rescue owner, who caught himself being lost in the “beauty and grace” of Baskin’s Viennese Waltz with partner Pasha Pashkov. “I had to look at it from that perspective.”

About his development deal:

“There are already a few projects that are coming up,” he teases. “I felt like it was a right fit with ABC and Disney for things we have in mind.”

A bit more about this season of DWTS:

Hough’s in no rush for couples to leave the competition, but he is hoping there will soon be more air time for him to go into detailed critiques that will ideally help couples deliver more entertaining routines.

“There are definitely moments where I’d love to say, ‘Choreographically, try this approach,’” Hough says. “Sometimes, that will be said off-screen [but] I genuinely want to help people improve.”

September 23, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 29, Week 2 – LIVE BLOG

Okay, so tonight I’m going to attempt to do what I did last season and that is combine the live blog with Dancing by the Numbers. TRY. 🙂  It ain’t easy, that’s for sure,  and I’m rusty….but I think I can pull it off thanks to my handy spreadsheet.  It will be tough with 15 couples, but let’s give it  a shot!!

T-minus 30 minutes…

A note about the numbers…to calculate more accurate numbers, I started with everyone getting the same score this week as they got last week in order to get the total number of points closer to reality. As the show goes along, I will input the correct score which likely won’t change the overall points by overly much. Using this method, right now, only 3,800 votes per million votes cast separate Carole and Charles.  Only 7,700 votes separate Carole and Chrishell…prior to dancing.  Both numbers can and will change, but if it’s very similar then you can easily see how Carole could stay over someone like Chrishell who isn’t as well known. What would help is if Chrishell does a great dance 2nd or 3rd, while Carole sucks and goes last.  We’ll soon find out!

The celebs are funny…but who told Tyra she is?  🙂  I see we have another week of Tyra’s catwalk where she’s even more important than the judges. Read more..

September 22, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Derek Hough Signs New Overall Deal with ABC Entertainment

Cross posting this from PureDerekHough, since Derek is back on DWTS…and possibly will be beyond this season as well…

Well, sounds to me like Derek has fully rejoined the ABC family. Derek previously had a first look deal with Universal which apparently didn’t work out very well since we haven’s seen any content (except maybe Holidays with the Houghs??) produced by him in the year since he signed it. Of course, I’m assuming that you don’t have these kinds of deals with more than one company. Seems like a good assumption. Also not sure what the difference is between a “first look” and an “overall” deal. The first is in the name – perhaps the second is more solid?? No idea. Anyway, good for him and I hope we see something from him SOON. Something that includes his face on my TV screen. 🙂 From the ABC Press Release:

Today, ABC Entertainment announced an overall deal with Emmy® Award winner, six-time Mirrorball champion dancer and “Dancing with the Stars” judge Derek Hough. In this role, Hough will host and develop specials and entertainment programming for the network.

“Coming home to ABC and being given the opportunity to develop projects for them that are as much on brand for them as they are for me makes this even that more exciting for me,” said Derek Hough.

“Derek is a creative force not just in the ballroom but also every room he enters,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “He has been part of our ABC family for many years; the energy and dedication he brings to every project is palpable. We value his partnership immensely and look forward to the exciting and imaginative projects to come.”

Here’s the answer to one question thanks to Variety:

News of his deal comes just one week after the season 29 debut of “Dancing With the Stars,” and just over a year after Hough signed a first-look deal with Universal Television. At the time, Hough was a judge on “World of Dance,” but sources say he is no longer under that pact.

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 29, Week 2 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Week 2, coming up. Note that it’s apparently airing on Tuesday this week.  Lots of disturbing things in the press release, not the least of which is this gem:

The show will begin with a comedic cold open featuring host Tyra Banks and the origins of her “smize” as she teaches the celebrities how to use it through the competition.

The only way this is acceptable is if the include Derek because he seems to make everything fun. 🙂 Next, a little reminder in how the voting is going to work:

Live votes (via abc.com, the ABC app and SMS/text) 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 episode, the live vote combined with the judges’ scores will be revealed during the broadcast.

And, finally, who’s dancing what…in the order I had them in last week, which was often wrong. Not that it matters to anyone other than the person dancing last. Whole lotta cha cha and a whole lotta foxtrot.Love that they included a couple old songs that are probably a bit more in line with those dance styles. Justina goes from up tempo to the dreaded rumba. I’ll be curious to see how she does on that one after her standout performance last week. Carole AGAIN gets a song with a cat in the title. :::rolls eyes::: Neither clever nor funny, producers.

AJ & Cheryl – Foxtrot (“Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” by Dean Martin)

Kaitlyn & Artem – Foxtrot (“I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack)

Monica & Val – Jive (“Shake it off” by Taylor Swift)

Vernon & Peta – Foxtrot (“We Found Love!” by Rihanna and Calvin Harris)

Anne & Keo – Foxtrot (“Counting Stars” by One Republic)

Justina & Sasha – Rumba (“When You Believe” by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey)

Jeannie & Brandon – Cha Cha (“Roses” by SAINt JHN)

Skai & Alan – Samba to (“Miss Independent” by Neyo)

Johnny & Britt -Tango (“Poker Face” by Lady Gaga)

Jesse & Sharna – Foxtrot (“Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac)

Nelly & Daniella- Cha Cha (“Let’s Grove” by Earth, Wind & Fire)

Nev & Jenna – Cha Cha (“Dynamite” by BTS)

Charles & Emma – Cha Cha (“Never. Too Much” by Luther Vandross)

Chrishell & Gleb – Rumba (“This is Me” by Keala Settle & “The Greatest Showman” ensemble)

Carole & Pasha – Viennese Waltz (“What’s New Pussycat” by Tom Jones)

This week I had a bit of extra time, so I searched Youtube for some of the songs being used this week to see how often they’ve been used. Totally not scientific because it requires the song to be mentioned in the description of the video.

So, I knew that Poker Face had been used before on DWTS, but I had no idea that nearly EVERYONE has danced to it. Nick and Peta. Cheryl and Gilles. Andy and Sharna. I just remembered Derek and Anna’s pro dance. Seriously, search “DWTS Poker Face” on youtube. Then I googled on Derek and Anna’s names because they didn’t come up with the rest…and that’s because their Paso was to Bad Romance. 🙂 Geez…I knew it was Lady Gaga but sue me if I remember the dance and not the correct song. The point is…Lady Gaga loves this show. She even tweeted Kaitlyn’s dance last week saying she loved it. Derek and Anna are below cuz it’s my favorite. 🙂

Ain’t that a Kick in the Head was also used before…by Julianne and Helio. Just beautiful. It was also used on the DWTS tour, but I didn’t find where any other couples danced to it. Doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, just means it wasn’t tagged in the video.

Derek and Amy danced to Counting Stars…and I didn’t find any others.

I knew also that Shake it Off had been used before…and sure enough, Bethany and Derek used it week one. What, are they recycling only songs that Derek used? 🙂 The answer is no: I just found that Sasha and Tonya danced to When You Believe. 🙂

That’s all for this week. I didn’t have any luck with several of them, so I decided that was enough for tonight.

September 18, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 29, Week 1 – LIVE BLOG

Well, here we are once again. Lots of things to be curious about tonight. What will it be like without an audience?? Will Judge Derek be very similar to the Judge Derek we see on World of Dance – hope so, that dude is entertaining and KIND. But truthful. Is Tyra going to be a total camera and microphone hog or just a moderate one?? Are there so many couples that it will be hard to focus?? And which pros will be able to survive without backing dancers and huge sets?? 😀

I, for one, am going to blog like I normally do for DWTS – stream of consciousness, and not a blow by blow of every moment and score. I do that on WoD, but that show is only an hour. Anyway, t-minus 20 minutes!!

So I just posted an interview with Derek on PureDerekHough and he says/implies that he will be back on World of Dance, provided it’s picked up for season 5. Which it probably will be because it had decent ratings, for a summer show. So, either his NBC contract allows him to be on other networks and DWTS is desperate, or he is between contracts (although most are five years) and DWTS used that as an excuse. Who knows?

Here we go…and first shot is Tyra, of course. But then we get all the pros. Love Sharna’s hair so much better.

OG Pro Cheryl the first into the ballroom. I have to say, I like this bit with all the pros dancing alone.

That is a great dress on Tyra and I love the look of the ballroom, honestly. All the celebs looking great. Nice costuming…except Carole Baskin. WTF?

Confession…I got a little teary during the theme song. It’s been a shit year. Read more..

September 14, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 29, Week 1 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Well thank god for the ABC press release which has, in the past couple years, just posted what everyone is dancing to and the style. I swear they just got tired of us ferreting out the information and decided to spoil it themselves. 🙂

So, it’s clear that the producers are still picking the music. I wonder if they’re designing all the costumes and have a heavy hand in the choreo like they apparently did last season. The pros actually used to do it ALL. And they did it better.

Who got screwed? Hmmm….anyone doing anything other than Cha Cha or Foxtrot, IMO. Paso on week 1?? This is what happens when you worry more about the music than the dance style…and kids still won’t watch the show. Eye of the Tiger? Ugh. Some of them I just don’t get and I don’t think I want to.

Live voting only during the show….let’s just say that I like Derek having that power better than Len, but the other two jokers are still untrustworthy. Still sucks though. The pimp spot is no longer the pimp spot…at least not for the first few weeks until people pick their favorites. If you are not well known and you go last in the first two weeks, you might be in trouble because people won’t have time to vote for you.

I’ve put them in the order that I think they might actually dance, below. I’ve not added the pro dancer simply because I don’t care enough to search out the information. 🙂 I’ll add them later. Kaitlyn is tough – she could be either first (my bet), the top of the second hour, in the last 3-4 dancers…but not last. I think they’ve always put Carole in the last spot in all the promos, so she’ll get the last spot on show night. I think AJ will be right there with her. They need good stuff at the top of the hour, which is why I have Johnny, Skai and Jesse/Nelly all huddled in there. After that, your guess is as good as mine. 🙂 When we find out the order, I’ll try to update. Don’t know if we will this season – I don’t think George will be in the ballroom.

ETA: So, Cheryl says she’s dancing first and google says her rumored partner is AJ McLean. Not too surprising. I had him second to last, but if they want someone like Carole last and Johnny or Jesse second to last, that works too! Start with a bang?

AJ McLean – Jive (“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd)
Dancing 1st

Kaitlyn Bristowe – Cha Cha (“Stupid Love” by Lady Gaga)

Monica Aldama – Foxtrot (“My Wish” by Rascal Flatts)

Vernon Davis – Foxtrot (“All of Me” by John Legend)

Anne Heche – Cha Cha (“Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa)

Justina Machado – Cha Cha (“Respect” by Aretha Franklin)

Jeannie Mai – Salsa (“Tell It to My Heart” by Taylor Dayne)

Skai Jackson – Tango (“Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj)

Johnny Weir – Cha Cha (“Buttons” by The Pussycat Dolls)
——2 hour mark—–
Jesse Metcalfe – Quickstep (“Part Time Love” by Stevie Wonder)

Nelly – Salsa (“Ride Wit Me” by Nelly)

Nev Schulman – Foxtrot (“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra)

Charles Oakley – Salsa (“In Da Club” by 50 Cent)

Chrishell Stause – Tango (“Raise Your Glass” by P!nk)

Carole Baskin – Paso (“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor)

ETA Voting Info from the DWTS twitter account. Looked for this on abc.com yesterday and it’s not there, as far as I can tell.

September 11, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

More Derek Hough Press for DWTS Season 29

Cross posting from PureDerekHough….the third video has the most discussion about what is going to happen on the show this season, although still not alot.

Derek is probably right about sitting far from Bruno. Although Derek can get pretty wild as well. 🙂 Thanks to Dee for the heads up on this one.

Here’s a little something from ET. His non-answer to the WOD question is interesting. He didn’t apparently have to ask permission…but there is probably something in his contract with NBC that lets him do it, OR his contract has expired and has to be renewed when WOD is picked up for season 5. Which I assume it will be, eventually. But when, with COVID?

I think I missed this one from Extra from a few days ago…

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Derek Hough Explains what He Anticipates from DWTS Season 29

Cross posted from PureDerekHough:

I guess this is from GMA Digital, but I found it on Broadway.com. 🙂 Nice interview!

September 10, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Derek Hough Returns to DWTS as Judge and Other Changes to The Show’s Format

I love how people are all surprised he’s coming back as a judge. Hello?? He’s a logical choice to replace Len, who appears to be stuck in London. Wish I was stuck in London. 🙂 There are worse things…like being a pro who ISN’T friends with Derek right now. 😀 Seriously, though….those folks don’t have to worry, Derek isn’t likely to behave how they themselves would behave. 😉 And you know how rare it is that DWTS poaches from another “Big 4” network?? Times must be tough…

Deadline also reports on other changes to how the show is produced to keep everyone safe:

The judges’ desk will be widened to maintain eight feet between each judge and dancers will be asked to stand at a distance of at least eight feet from the judges during the judging process.

The rehearsal dance studio has been equipped with remote cameras rather than in person camera crews as in previous seasons.

There will also be no audience for the show, which will still be produced and aired live, or band, and the team at BBC Studios have redesigned the studio as a result. Llinares said, “What we didn’t want to have in the ballroom was loads of empty seats, we wanted it to look like there was a purpose to it so we’re redesigning the ballroom. We’re going to put in some extra screens, it’s going to look like the show was always designed to look this way.”

Seriously, the music was canned half the time anyway.

Gone also are backing dancers and big set pieces – there will be no dance routines with cars or castles in order to cut down on the number of people needed to put together the production.

The sky lounge has been removed from the set so the celebrities will practice social distancing while watching the other celebrities’ dance from the second floor balcony.

Is this where I say “I told you so?” 🙂

The dancers, both the celebrities and pro dancers, will be tested five times a week. “The central premise of the show is two people who are in very close proximity with each other. They as a couple on the show will stay as a pod – they won’t come in to contact with the other couples to the point that we’ve got three set of married pro dancers and they will be living separately for as long as they’re in the competition,” he added.

You can read the entire article at the link above.

September 8, 2020 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)