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Dancing with the Stars Season 29, THE FINALE – LIVE BLOG

Would you believe that I just NOW realized that I forgot to do a “Who’s Dancing What” post this week?? Well, it’s true. That was the state of my work life all of last week until Thursday night when I just went to bed exhausted. I realized it even more when I read Courtney’s Power Rankings post and realized it was one I hadn’t read before. Good news is…deadline is past and I’m on vacation all week. 🙂

T-minus…whatever. 🙂

Forgot to mention for anyone not paying attention. Derek’s deal with ABC is clearly paying off – he’s hosting a Thanksgiving Day Xmas special with Julianne and it doing TWO songs with Hayley on Disney’s Holiday Family Singalong. And he’s once again in People’s Sexiest Man issue, looking fine, I might add. 🙂

Love the opening number!  Kinda pissed that the shafted Daniella and Pasha on camera time. Two best dancers on the show right now. Not counting Derek of course.

I see we’ve reverted to the Tyrant walk out while the judges applaud her. Ridiculous.

Clearly wardrobe has run out of the correct flesh tone on the costumes of all the women. Geez.

Kaitlyn going first with her favorite dance.  She picked the Argentine Tango.  Pretty good choice, I think.

I love that bead curtain. Pull your butt in, girl. Gorgeous dress. Still a bit soft, lack of attack. Great dance, that is my only complain – the lack of attack that is.

All the judges standing, Derek calls her a true contender. She met the high standard they’ve held her to. Bruno is panting. Literally. Says it was sensuous. Says it was better this time – I would agree with that. CAI says she’s an unforgettable, exquisite dancer, she challenged herself. Spare me on the BS of that being one of her top three dances of all time. She says that every fucking season and it’s always BS. Nothing against Kaitlyn – love her – but please cut the crap.

Scores: After the break. BTW…Artem has the cutest baby in the world. No lie. So extremely cute it’s almost not fair to all the other babies in the world. 🙂

Scores: 10 10, 10 for a total of 30.

It used to be (in the good old days), that they would put the potential winners of the show dancing first and last.  That changed with the new producers, to a degree, but I think Nelly going second makes it more likely he won’t win the show. No guarantees though.

I really like Nelly, and I’ve voted for him in the past (although not last week because you should only vote for ONE person at this point), but I don’t think he SHOULD win.  I think he could, though. That’s the nature of the show. Anyway, he’s doing is samba, which is a good choice for him, as he tends to do well with those dances that allow groove.

I dare say he’s still not a great dancer, but he’s doing much better this time than he did the first time. And hell, he’s having a ball. There’s a lot to be said for that. He’s just so engaging. And daniella  has been my girl crush since I saw her on Derek’s tour.

Bruno says he has spontaneity and a natural feel and is engaging to watch. Watching him is fun. Agreed. CAI says his journey has been fascinating, reminds her that dance is more than just technique, but about the joy of life. Derek agrees with CAI, says the show is about moments and he is a moment maker. He makes people feel good.

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27.

So the scores for the remaining contestants will be interesting. If everyone else gets tens, the judges are at least trying to give the better dancers a better shot at the trophy. I expect them to do this. I also expect Nelly to get tens on his freestyle, figuring if the other contestants can’t overcome the three points, then Nelly deserves to win.  He’d be the people’s champion. Not the worst person to ever win – that is still reserved for Bones. By a mile.

Happy to see Jeannie Mai in the ballroom!

Nev is up next. He’s redoing the Swan Lake dance. Pretty good choice, but it will depend on what he does for his freestyle.

He took manscaping to an extreme it appears. :-)He didn’t scape, he shaved.  His arms are still  a bit weird at times, but I think he’s the best dancer in the group. That’s a great dance. No obvious mistakes. Great job.

CAI says that was perfection once again. Loves that watching him is a treat. Technically and artistically amazing. Derek loves the change at the beginning, says it was so fantastic. He can dance. Bruno was flying. Created dramatic structure, more dramatic and he killed it.

Are those abs or ribs??  🙂

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a total of 30.

Justina going last. Wonder if she goes last on the second round.  She picked her cha cha from week one.  Good choice – right in her wheel house.

Gah, still hate the stairs. So much time wasted. Other than that, this is a fun dance. She’s not the accomplished dancer that Nev is, but then she’s not got the experience he does.  This is a fun dance, well done, but not a revelation.

Derek says she explodes with charisma, so sensational. Bruno says she’s a diva latina. Almost too hot to trot. Extra spicy sauces. CAI says she knows how to bring it, she has something – fire. She loves the fire.

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a total of 30.

And there you have it. Nelly is three points behind everyone else, meaning it would be really interesting if he were to win.

Derek next!! Whoo Hoo. I won’t be typing my thoughts during this dance. I want to watch and enjoy.

I forgot how much I enjoy these retrospectives of the season. Not. 😉  At least it appears we’re only getting one of them instead of four or five.

That was wonderful.  And why did it have to end?? Far too short.  Note, for those not paying attention, Derek also took the track and altered it like he has so many times in the past.  Dang. Why was it so short?? I wanted MORE!! And there is no higher compliment.  He is the Gene/Fred of his generation.

Nelly’s freestyle is up first and it’s designed for him in a great way. Look, extra dancers. Daniella…so amazing. Nelly doing well on the lifts. I really enjoyed this dance. Well done!!

Bruno says Nelly is the king of swag and the king of bling. Empire the musical. Pitched it just right for you. CAI says the partnership is outstanding. Dance was a hybrid and it gives her hope. Derek says it felt like a grammy performance, the ending move was amazing. Ended strong.

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a total of 30.  This time I agree with the judges on those scores.

Mama Mai!!  Love her. I like this little skit with the celebs. Actually forgot that Jesse was on the show, so there’s that.

Another thing that has happened in the past, but not necessarily since the new producers arrived a few seasons ago, is that they final dance is in the reverse order of the finish.  So, we’ll see.

Kaitlyn is up next with her freestyle.

Love the entrance. Finally a ramp!! I love this song too. I like that she’s going Charleston.  Bit messy exit from one of the lifts and she’ almost got off time afterward but the pulled it together.  I liked how they ended it too.

CAI says that movie is her all time favorite. And Kaitlyn met her expectation. Derek remembers the zoom call and now she’s ascending down from the ceiling. Well done. Bruno loves that she captured the feel of Baz Lurhman. Dazzling.

I like how humble Kaitlyn is. I’ve always liked her.

Scores; 10, 10, 10 for a total of 30. No surprises.

Numbers Update: Right now, there is only about 12.7k votes between Nelly and everyone else, assuming that Justina and Nev both get 30’s, which I believe they will.  That is very few votes.  So, for anyone NOT named Nelly to win, they need for Nelly to not get 12.8k more votes per million votes cast than them, and they need ONE more vote per million votes cast than everyone else (besides Nelly). For Nelly to win, he will have to get 12.8k more votes per million votes cast than all of the other three.

Nev up with Singing in the Rain.  He’ll have a hard time impressing me since I’ve seen Derek doing this several times. Oof, got off time there. This transition is interesting.  Water has been done many times as well.  Um, okay. It was good. But as freestyles go, I’m underwhelmed. What was the point of that last bit.

Derek says you can’t pull off SITR unless you’re a leading man and you are. He compliments Jenna. Bruno says you’re aiming very high, but they were successful. It was inspired. CAI says it was three routines in one.

I was hoping for more but I was rather underwhelmed. That’s the danger in doing a routine like this one – the standard is soooo high. Not to mention that Derek evoked Gene Kelly without even using the music shortly before this one.  Yes, Nev is not a pro…but you take a real risk in using that music. That said, Jenna is a rock star. I’ve always appreciated her choreo and this didn’t change that.

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a total of 30.

That little judges bit was funny.  Weird that Tyra mentioned “very unpredictable” season just now. Makes me worried. Well, not really. I don’t really have a horse in this race.

Justina already off to a better start than Nev. Dancing alone and owning it. Cameras doing her no favor with the distance.  Oh that lever move was amazing. Okay that was really good, but extremely short. Maybe that’s a sign of how good it was?

Oddly, I found all the freestyles underwhelming except for Nelly’s.  I don’t think that the pandemic prevents them from choreographing exciting routines, so what’s the problem?? I think Nelly and Justina were the best.

The judges are raving. Derek says it was the best freestyle to end the season. They crushed it.

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a total of 30. Not surprisingly. 🙂

Derek spinning in his chair is giving me life. 🙂

Nelly is actually singing, and he’s doing quite well, once you get used to someone actually singing (see AMAs). Derek said dancing with Daniella is like dancing with a ferrari and she is finally getting a chance to show it.

Hell, it’s almost time!! Where did the hour go??

Tyra is so fucking dramatic. Fail.

Fourth Place: Justina and Sasha.

Third Place: Nelly and Daniella

The winners are: Kaitlyn and Artem.

Think Tyra was shocked, by that gasp?  Well. ON the one hand I’m happy for Artem, but I’m bummed for Jenna. I’m torn.

November 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 10 – LIVE BLOG

So, is it a single elimination or a double elimination? Will we lose two popular people or will the results be more….rational? Who knows!  Tune in to find out, I guess.

T-minus 30 minutes…

I thought that opening number was adorable. Loved it.

Lord save us from Tyrant.  FINALLY the judges get the same treatment as the host. CAI looks great! As do the men.

Uh oh, Skai up first and destined for a lower score.  I saw over the weekend who had what judge, but I didn’t care enough to update my post. Skai has the wild and crazy Bruno. She’s such a little cutie.

She looks a lot more comfortable doing cha cha, but a tiny bit robotic in a few moves. But man, she really gets into it at the halfway point. That was excellent!!  I’d probably give her 9s.

Bruno is so proud. Great hip action, great legs, used the floor. Strong, sharp and hot. CAI says it was amazing and it was a great start. Agreeing with Bruno. Derek says the confidence is great, so much stronger. Loves the dress because of how it accentuates the movements.

Scores: After the break.  Seriously, the way Tyra does it, it’s like she doesn’t know they’re doing that until someone whispers in her ear.

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27.

Justina up next with Derek  as their judge.  They doing Tango to Roxanne. Derek gives great advice. Read more..

November 16, 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. :-)

DWTS Season 29, Week 9 – Dancing by the Numbers

I don’t usually do these posts these days because it’s kinda moot with the same day voting/elimination thing. Since they dance, get judges scores, get votes and get eliminated all in one episode, there’s no good way to predict for the coming week. UNTIL you get weeks where the high scorer finds himself in the bottom two and the lowest person on the leader board has yet to see the bottom two…that deserves a bit of discussion. 🙂

In the olden days of DWTS when it was being watched by 20 million people every week and lots of people were voting…it was a much different story than today, when fewer people are watching and voting. There’s not a whole lot of room for error if only thousands of people are voting, compared to millions in the past. And if few people are voting, the outcome is much more likely to be swayed by a sudden surge of panicked voting when someone lands in the bottom. Which explains Skai and Johnny. The other problem is the ability to give ten votes for multiple people – STOP IT. If Johnny or Skai or anyone else is your absolute favorite, than that’s who you have to vote for. Let’s use me as an example. This past Monday I voted for BOTH Nelly and Johnny. By doing that I contributed to Johnny’s total votes, sure…but I also contributed to Nelly being able to over come the margins of the people ahead of him and be safe. Likely at Johnny’s expense. that’s how it works. Nelly needed about 5k more votes per million votes cast than AJ to be safe. Well, if I were giving ten votes to Nelly and ten votes to AJ, I may as well have not voted at all, see? The ten votes for AJ cancel out the ten votes for Nelly. Voting for two people cancels out the votes for the lower scored person – you’re not helping…unless you’re two favorites are both the high scorers AND high vote getters. And you have no way of knowing the latter, only for former. It’s dangerous. I get that it’s hard to wrap the brain around this for some. You’ll have to trust me when I say – only vote for your absolute favorite, or that person could easily go home.

Anyway, here’s all the numbers in one easy table. Hopefully.

Dancer Comparisons % Difference Votes needed
Nelly vs. AJ 0.52% 5,181
Nelly vs. Justina 1.04% 10,363
Nelly vs. Skai/Nev 2.59% 25,907
Nelly vs. Johnny/Kaitlyn 3.11% 31,088
AJ vs. Justina 0.52% 5,181
AJ vs. Skai/Nev 2.07% 20,725
Aj vs. Johnny/Kaitlyn 2.59% 25,907
Justina vs. Skai/Nev 1.55% 15,544
Justina vs. Johnny/Kaitlyn 2.07% 20,725
Skai/Nev vs. Johnny/Kaitlyn 0.52% 5,181

Now, from the above table, it’s very easy to see how Nelly beat AJ. That’s a fairly small number of votes that Nelly needed to beat him. But Johnny?? That’s a lot of votes. And Johnny was safe last week. I think the easiest explanation is that voters are very casual these days and are not doing a lot of same day viewing. As a result, the results can be kinda wild. Easy for that to happen when not many are voting. But I do think that Nelly is getting a good number of votes in addition to Johnny struggling…he’s been low man on the totem pole the past couple weeks and he’s always safe.

I personally think the judges should just score the dances without trying to keep Nelly in the bottom. They also need to stop low balling the first dancer. It’s inexplicable and it’s stupid. Do they realize that the first dancer being the low scorer is extremely consistent? What’s the point of it? How does Justina get a 24, only a point ahead of AJ and tied with Nelly – two far lesser dancers? Crazy. And it’s going to cost them a very good dancer if they keep doing it. Possibly two good dancers, this week.

I also saw a lot of people whining about the judges saving Johnny again. Well, not only is Johnny the better dancer, but what makes you people so sure that AJ wasn’t the lowest combined score? You think the judges don’t know? I bet they do. Yes, Nelly had to get 31k votes to get past Johnny, but AJ had to get 26k. I wouldn’t be so sure of that.

When you look at the above chart, the following is what I see:

  • Kaitlyn only needed one more vote per million votes cast to be safe over Johnny, and;
  • Skai and Nev only needed 5,190 more votes per million votes cast to be safe over Johnny.

That’s nearly half the cast that could easily be safe over Johnny with few votes. Now, I don’t think Nev or Kaitlyn are going anywhere, but Skai should be scared.  Five thousand votes is like a rounding error. 🙂  What else?

  • Justina needed 21k more votes per million votes cast than Johnny, and;
  • AJ needed 26k more votes per million votes cast than Johnny, and;
  • Nelly needed 31k more votes per million votes cast than Johnny.

Clearly Justina and Nelly are doing quite a bit better in the vote department than Johnny is because they weren’t in the bottom two.  So I would say they are relatively safe next week as long as they don’t totally crash relative to everyone else.  It’s possible that Nelly could, but if I were Johnny and Skai, I would be sweating it big time. For that matter, we can’t be positive about the rest of them, only fairly sure.

But based on the above, I’m guessing that Johnny and Skai go home in the double.  Nelly could finally run out of time and one of the two of Johnny and Skai could be safe. We’ll have to wait and see. It’s wild and wacky when half the audience could be watching the next day on their TiVo.

November 13, 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 10 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Aren’t you all just DYING to know who Tyrant is going to “walk out” to?? I know I am!! </end sarcasm>  Press release does say it’s a double elimination, which makes me fear for the finale with only four couples and two hours of time to kill with no group dances, etc.

Tyra Banks will walk out to “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee. For this week, there will be two rounds of competitive dance performances and the stakes are high to get into the finals. In the first round, celebrities will repeat a dance style they struggled with earlier in the season with a new song as their redemption dance. The judges will mentor each of the couples. For the second round, couples will perform another style of dance as they try to make it into the semi-finals.

How much do I love that Harry Styles song? Very, very much. Curious to see what Jenna does with it, choreographically. Nelly got a couple songs that are popular on DWTS…or maybe just popular with me. 🙂

Nelly & Daniella
Redemption dance: Paso Doble to “Run Boy Run” by Woodkid
New dance: Jive to “Jump Jive An’ Wail” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Justina & Sasha
Redemption dance: Tango to “El Tango de Roxanne” from “Moulin Rouge”
New dance: Contemporary to “Holding Out for a Hero” by Ella Mae Bowen and Bonnie Tyler

Skai & Alan
Redemption dance: Cha Cha to “Move Your Feet” by Junior Senior
New dance: Viennese Waltz to “Lonely” by Noah Cyrus

Johnny & Britt
Redemption dance: Salsa to “X” by Jonas Brothers featuring Karol G
New dance: Jazz to “I Lived” by One Republic

Nev & Jenna
Redemption dance: Foxtrot to “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles
New dance: Contemporary to “If the World Was Ending” by JP Saxe and Julia Michaels

Kaitlyn & Artem
Redemption dance: Paso Doble to “Hanuman” by Rodrigo Y Gabriela
New dance: Contemporary to “Cowboy Take Me Away” by The Chicks

Who danced it better? As soon as I saw “Run Boy Run” I knew it had been used a couple times. Sure enough, the first two that popped up were Witney/Frankie and Derek/Bethany. Glad Witney didn’t cave to producer manipulation, as that was a good dance. I know producer manipulation has been alot stronger in the past and it did cost someone the competition, IMO (see Shawn/Derek finale repeat dance). Bethany and Derek’s version is very good as well…noticed that Witney borrowed the drumming idea from Derek, although it would be hard not to, for that particular song.

Brian Setzer Orchestra – love them. Joey and Kym danced to “Jump Jive and Wail” back in the day and Nelly will have a hard time living up to this dance. Anyone would, really.

And Frankie and Witney make their second appearance this week since they previously danced to “Sign of the Times”. No one else has, according to the Wiki pages since 2017 when the song came out. This was a pretty impressive first dance, and in week 10, I’m sure Nev can stand up to it.

Color me surprised when I found that Joe and Jenna did an AT to the Moulin Rouge song on Halloween night and it didn’t suck. Mainly because he was Frankenstein and not Dracula. Ha. I kid. I found a loyt of “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” from the same show, but no other “El Tango de Roxanne” – doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, just means I got tired of looking. 🙂

That’s really all I have time for this week, since I want to do a DWTS by the Numbers to show how AJ and Johnny landed in the bottom again. Anyone know off the top of their heads when any of these songs were previously used??

November 12, 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 9 – LIVE BLOG

Hi all! Sorry for the lack of a “Who’s Dancing What?” post this week, but I am absolutely swamped at work, to the point I’ve worked the last several weekends. Big deadline coming soon and then hopefully all will be back to relative normal.

So, I have no clue who’s dancing to what tonight!! Should be interesting to go in with no advance knowledge. I will also warn you that I am exhausted, so it is unlikely that I will jump through the hoops to give you actual numbers tonight…not that it will matter, possibly. Nelly’s never been in the bottom two and he was low scorer by alot last week….so that’s very interesting. Could be anybody’s game!!

T-minus 48 minutes. 🙂

This Icon skit is fun. Bizarrely, this cast can act better than any cast in recent memory.

Tyrant for the second week in a row is wearing something it at is reasonably flattering.

Justina is up first with her icon, Madonna. She was obsessed with Madonna, apparently. She’s dancing a rumba to Crazy for You.

She starts out a bit slow, but she’s doing very well. Spins were nice. Kept those feet on the ground. Man, she’s doing great and she looks like she’s having fun.

Derek is David Bowie, I think, based on the guy liner. I got distracted, he says it needs more…something. Says it’s wonderful. Bruno says it’s the gentle side of Madonna. She did everything exactly. He agrees with Derek and says you have to really engage the hips, don’t hold back. Push it a bit further. CAI says she looks amazing. Some of her moves need to be extended out father.

Scores: 8, 8, 8 for a 24 out of 30.

Nelly is up next! His icon is tupac – who was much more handsome than I remember. Nelly is going to cover the song and dance to that – a Jazz to California Love.

Whoa, backflip. He’s having a bit of trouble with this, but it is jazz, so there are no rules. About midway through he seems to find his groove. That was kind of a weird routine, although I love him.

Bruno says jazz nelly style makes him smile. He had an ease about him. Says he missed a couple steps, and Nelly agrees. CAI says great job. Says it was fun and entertaining, she likes watching his journey. Derek loved the backflip, the charleston and everything. The joy, the fun was great.

Scores: 8, 8, 8 for a total of 24. Hm. That wasn’t nearly as good as Justina’s yet gets the same score. What’s going on here?

AJ and Cheryl up next, dancing to Queen…V. Waltz. Somebody to Love…love that song.

Dig the outfit. Freddie would approve. He’s doing great…oops missed a step and he’s still moving a bit small. The ending was very, very strange. Can’t figure out that move at all

CAI says that was a tough one, started out strong and then lost something in the turns (yep, saw it). Watch the arms. Derek says his heart bleeds for him, but it happens, says his frame was better. Then talks a lot about his face and tension. Bruno says the first image was amazing. So pumped up you got yourself into a jumble. Needs to soften the arms a bit.

Scores: 7, 8, 8 for a total of 23. So a dance with noticeable mistakes gets the same scores from Derek and Bruno as Justina with no mistakes and Nelly’s jazz which seems off at times?

Ha! This Bruno bit is hilarious.

Kaitlyn is up next dancing to Brittany Spears – Toxic. Argentine Tango…Hmmm…I think this has been done before. Team Tango or some such?

Nice start. Love the outfit. Nice lift down the stairs. She’s doing really well, mostly sharper than normal. Softened up a bit in the middle. Great job, although she lost some of the attack halfway through.

Derek loved it, he’s clapping. Lacked impact before, but she got it tonight. It met all his criteria. Bruno says hit me one more time. Great lines. Focus and intensity better than before. CAI gives her a standing O as well. Making excuses from previous bitchiness. Everything was in that routine.

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a total of 30. I would probably have given her two 10’s and a 9 just because she got a bit soft toward the end. She didn’t miss a step though.

Johnny is up next with Amy Winehouse. I love Johnny, he’s so full of joy. And I knew who his icon was as soon as I saw him 🙂 Quickstep!!

Great start, great run. Be careful dude and don’t get ahead of the music. He seems to rein it in a bit, as he was on the verge of getting out of control. But man, he’s killing it. Oh, broke hold. Not supposed to do that in the middle, but it might have been worth the risk. That was fast!! Loved it.

Bruno says Amy would have loved it. Did it very, very well. Actual quickstep was excellent, light of touch, precise, well done. CAI says they’ve never seen a quickstep like that, great performer. Passion power and precision. Used the whole floor. Derek says he’s a perfect representation. Being who you are is great. Footwork was clean, great job.

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a total of 30. I would agree with that one! I didn’t see anything other that greatness.

Skai looks very beautiful, although I think either the hair color or makeup is aging her a bit. She’s gorgeous though. And she seems wise for someone so young. She’s dancing Paso Doble to Janet Jackson.

Was there supposed to be a commercial there?? And now Tyra has gone from classy to…ridiculous.

Skai…Great start. She had the same minor issue as Kaitlyn, that is losing the attack at times. Then she gets it back. Doing great, but looks a bit nervous in the middle right before the floor spin. And she threw that leg away. All in all great job though.

CAI thanks her for sharing her story, but more proud of the fierce Paso. Amazing. Derek says she’s strong, powerful, confident. Still a few moments where she’s tight. Too much tension in the arms at times. Overall great routine. Bruno says respect. Most grown up dance she’s had. Purpose, strength and beauty. Agrees with Derek on the arms.

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27. I would agree with that one as well, but considering who’s below her on the leaderboard, she might be in trouble. Nelly stayed out of the bottom two with a far lower score than others, AJ is a boy bander (too tired and too old to remember which one)

Nev is up next with his Elton John jive.

Starts off great. He’s a great dancer, but he’s not my favorite anymore. He seems to be fading into the woodwork for me. Not allowed to do a lift in a jive and I think that was one. Once again, I hate all the running up and down the stairs. It seems like cheating for time.

Derek says he’s seen growth through out the season. Lots of content, would like a bit more pump in the motion. Bruno loved the theatricality. Says the kicks and flicks retraction needs to be sharper (I think). CAI says it’s a pleasure to watch someone having fun. Feet need to be a bit more pointed.

Jenna looks amazing tonight. Scores after the break. Tyra is not even good at that “after the break” thing.

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27

Nev is exempt from the dance off due to his high cumulative score.

Dance off is for two bonus points. Kaitlyn versus Justina is up first. They’re doing cha cha to Lady Gaga/Beyonce?? Talk about opposites in terms of style.

From the start kaitlyn has ore technique while Justina has more flavor. Justina catches up on content. Kaitlyn is so precise and the cha cha seems more loose like Justina is. Close call for me on this one.

Derek says he loves this. Really important to stand out and he feels like one of them was. Bruno plenty of latin fire from one couple, the other one was precision and elegance. CAI says it’s like sugar and spice. It is a tough call, but I think I would give it to Justina. She needs it more for sure.

CAI: Kaitlyn
Derek: Justina
Bruno: Justina

Justina gets two points that she needs in a big way. I hope the judges don’t approach all the dances as an equalizer no matter how well they do.

Skai and Nelly are doing Salsa to Ricki Martin. This is a similar matchup to Kaitlyn/Justina – swag versus precision, although Justina is a better dancer than Nelly and Kaitlyn is more consistent than Skai.

Damn, that one is a tough call. I think I would give it to Nelly. Both had great content and fun.

Bruno was distracted by Nelly’s shiftlessness. Says skai kept up with the rhythm. Both styles were effective. CAI both were non-stop action. New school versus old school, both did great. Derek says it was like a boxing match – both were on fire. Could go either way.

CAI: Skai
Derek: Nelly
Bruno: Skai

Don’t think I agree with that one too much, although I think Skai needs it more than Nelly does.

Gee, I wonder if we’ll magically end up with Nelly at the bottom of the leader board again. I’m sure it’s totally coincidental. Not. Watch this next dance off very carefully and see what you think. But if AJ wins over the better dancer in Johnny, I will once again wonder just how rigged this thing is.

Johnny and AJ getting ready to jive to Wham, Wake me up Before you Go Go.

Johnny started off much stronger with immediate content. they are perfectly in sync while AJ is sloppier. Johnny is doing amazing at this – should beat AJ by a mile but we’ll see.

CAI: Johnny
Derek: AJ
Bruno: AJ

Sorry, that is utter bullshit and I’m so disappointed in Derek in being involved in this bullshit.

I would love to see AJ and…someone in the bottom two. I suspect it might finally be Nelly, but I would love to see him called safe again early. If it is AJ and someone it may well be Skai, would make me sad.

Here we go!
SAFE: Kaitlyn and Artem
SAFE: Skai and Alan
SAFE: Nev and Jenna
SAFE: Justina and Sasha
SAFE: Nelly and Daniella (whoa)

If they don’t save Johnny Imma….

Bruno: Johnny
Derek: AJ
CAI: Johnny

Derek is dead to me…for at least a week. Playing the corporate game. There is no way on god’s green earth that DEREK would truly pick AJ over Johnny. No way.

November 9, 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 8 – LIVE BLOG

Poor Jeannie – best wishes to her for a quick recovery. 🙁

In much better news, Lindsay had her baby!! All is reportedly well. I believe she said on instagram that she was at 39 weeks.

T-Minus 30 minutes…

Chrishell actually made me laugh in the cold open. 🙂

Good thing Tyra didn’t walk out while the pyro was going off – all that tulle would go up in an instant. That dress is ridiculous.

Jeannie had surgery last night for her Epiglotitis – a life-threatening condition, actually.

Kaitlyn going first – almost guaranteeing that she gets another low score. I wonder if they’re going to try to get rid of her (except Derek, who didn’t get the memo) because Hannah won last season? Jive should be a good dance for her, I think.

She looks great. She’s on time, I think, plenty of content, and she seems to be having a good time. You will NEVER see Chrishell doing this much dancing. Her kicks and flicks are good and they’re well in sync. CAI will go ape shit over the lifts, of course.

Derek seems happy, says she has so much content, jam packed. Amazing choreography. Says her arms and legs are beautiful but so long the asset may become a liability. Bruno says she has what it takes. Wants more passion, more attack and clearer finish. CAI says she’s come back with grace and energy. And of course bags on the lifts (which Derek and Bruno disagree with), says this is one of her best dances.

Scores: 8, 9, 8 for a total of 25 which seems underscored to me. Chrishell has scored better with far less content and don’t even get me started on Monica.

Nev up next with his V. Waltz. Cute kids!

Odd opening.But that was a choreographic choice. Seems like his butt is out too far. He and Derek have the same stylist, it seems. All in all, a pretty dance and he danced it very well, but it’s not that special.

Bruno says he was oozing charm and charism, and it shows that he led with control. Light on his feet. Don’t dig on the fall part of the rise and fall. CAI says bravo – very elegant, noting some weird spots and a loss of balance. Derek says the opening was odd (not his word) – lots of intention and clarity. Beautiful dance.

Scores: after the break….Tyrant is getting better at that transition. Only took 8 weeks.

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27…and I fail to see the difference between what Nev did and what Kaitlyn did, but Derek was the only one to score them the same.

Justina next with her Samba, which is likely right in her wheelhouse.

Opening move was stiff, but she cuts loose when she gets to the bottom of the stairs. Her arms are all wrong after the samba rolls – looked weird. But other than those little things, she did a great job.

CAI says it was so good, loves how she makes them all feel. Says there was a stumble in there…which I missed. Great energy, well done. Derek says she looks beautiful, says that song is sacred in the latin community, needs to articulate the feet a bit more. Fun to watch. Bruno loves watching her because of her joyful presence. All the content was there.

Score: 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27

Nelly up next with his rumba. I have my fingers crossed for him. This story about his sister is heartbreaking.

So smooth and graceful, needs a bit more hips. His posture is improving. His arms are a bit extra. Daniella was doing more of the dancing, but the rumba does showcase the woman.

Derek asks how he’s feeling. Loves the show because of how it transcends scoring and all that. Derek thanks him. Bruno says the man is a frame in the rumba and he did that. He stepped it though more than dancing it. CAI is proud of how far he’s come. Level isn’t quite high enough, most of the shapes were from the arms instead of the hips.

Scores: 7, 7, 7 for a total of 21 – that feels a bit too low for me, but not by a huge amount.

Bit worried about Nelly – he’s about 20k votes behind Kaitlyn and I’ll legit be disappointed if he’s eliminated.

Chrishell is up next with her V. Waltz.

Of course it starts out on a bed with Gleb doing all the work. Then there’s rolling around on the floor.And they go back to bed. Lots of angsty acting. And the site is acting up so much that I can’t focus.

CAI says it was graceful, elegant and sexy. Her arm out of hold is odd and her neck is cricking. Derek is a funny mess, can see her improving each week, tells her to watch her transitions, need more fluidity. Bruno is being Bruno. Says she has some very good moments, but she has to be able to sustain it.

Scores: 8, 8, 8 for a total of 24

Skai is up next with a Salsa which starts off a tiny bit sloppy. but then she transitions into killing it. 🙂 She still has some weird awkward spots, bt a vast improvement from early on. Great lifts too.

CAI says she didn’t quite nail the landings on the lifts. Derek says she seems more grounded and more balanced. Derek loves lifts and tricks but there were one or two too many (agreed), wants more dancing. Bruno agrees with CAI, looked a bit wobbly in places.

Scores: 8, 9, 8 for a total of 25

Numbers Update: There’s a good bit of space between a lot of the couples, so far. But that second dance will change a lot

Nelly vs. Chrishell 1.49% 14851.49
Nelly vs. Kaitlyn/Skai 1.98% 19801.98
Nelly vs. Nev/Justina 2.97% 29702.97
Chrishell vs. Kaitlyn/Skai 0.50% 4950.50
Chrishell vs. Nev/Justina 1.49% 14851.49

Nelly appears to be in real trouble, which makes me a bit sad.

Johnny up next with his foxtrot. I agree about Shawn Mendes. Hot.

I like Johnny’s look tonight ad I love how this dance starts off. There’s a weird spot towards the beginning, not sure what happened there. He’s doing a lovely job, IMO.

Derek says Shawn would be proud. Beautiful arms, great frame, needs to be a bit more gradual rise and fall. Bruno agrees with Derek. Says he has a wonderful sweeping movement. CAI loves the fashion choice, loves the artistry, also liked the jerky rise and fall, that it was an interesting choice.

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27

They’re doing a nice package on Jeannie – scary situation. Aannndd Tyrant ruins it with her faux tears.

AJ is up last – and this week it is good to go last, since it’s not truly last due to the relay. His story about addiction is heartbreaking. Cute kids too!

Not sure how I feel about this dance. Seems like a story that doesn’t really fit the style. And that spin at the end seemed rough.

Bruno was so captivated by the intensity, the intent, the purpose. But he lost a lot of the rumba action (agreed), there wasn’t a lot of rumba in it. CAI agrees with Bruno, he was passionate, but there wasn’t enough content or hip action. She wants him to bust through, sloppy on the edges. Derek says a hero heals his own wounds and shows others how to as well. Sometimes you have to do your routine for you – agrees on the lack of content.

Scores: 8, 8, 8 for a total of 24

Numbers Update: I don’t know what happened to make all the numbers round. Fate?? Here’s the standings before the second round of dancing. I’ll be surprised if it’s not Nelly and Chrishell in the bottom, I guess

Nelly vs. Chrishell/AJ 1.50% 15000.00
Nelly vs. Kaitlyn/Skai 2.00% 20000.00
Nelly vs. Nev/Justina/Johnny 3.00% 30000.00
Chrishell/AJ vs. Kaitlyn/Skai 0.50% 5000.00
Chrishell/AJ vs. Nev/Justina/Johnny 1.50% 15000.00


Carrie Ann’s group is up first with a cha cha – Nev, Chrishell, and Nelly, in that order. This is set up for Nev to win. Nelly is likely toast after this.

Nev starts strong, with great form, but his years of experience should help that.

Chrishell is doing fine, but Nev really set a high bar. I thought they were getting different songs. chrishell got off time there at the end. Nelly is just having a ball, but also gets off time. His section seemed a lot shorter than Nev’s. I would rank them Nev, Nelly, Chrishell.

CAI says it was so fun, Nev started off weaker than she hoped for, nailed it once the pyro went off. Chrishell had more content, Nelly gets most improved, but he needs to keep his head up.

Nev’s chest looks like it’s been gardened.

Nev gets a 3, Chrishell gets a 2 and Nelly also gets a 2.

Derek is overseeing V. Walt trio with Justina and Johnny (and Jeannie). This one could be a tough call.

Justina stars of with wonky arms, but she gets them back in line quickly….and that was short. Johnny just has so much more style in this style of dance. His arms and hands are great.

Derek sends his love to Jeannie. Loves Justina but would have liked more energy. Derek says Johny was fantastic.

Derek gives Justina 2 extra points and Johnny 3 extra points. I don’t think that changes anything for Nelly.

Numbers Update: Yeah, I can’t do these numbers fast enough to make a difference. It reorders the couples enough that I can’t redo the whole chart. Bottom line is, Nelly is still way at the bottom and needs lots of votes (15k) per million votes cast to get past Chrishell.

This relay is likely the most well matched. AJ first, then Kaitlyn and then Skai. Samba is the hardest dance of the three, however. My guess is that Kaitlyn will be on the bottom since latin isn’t her strong point.

AJ starts off and it’s okay. Kaitlyn is better than I expected, a bit sassy. She gets cheerleadery toward the end. Skai is killing it and then has an odd spot in the middle.

Sounds like Bruno liked Kaitlyn the best, then AJ and then Skai but it’s a tough call.

Bruno gives 3 to AJ, and 3 to Kaitlyn and 2 points to Skai. Yep…still Nelly…or maybe Chrishell… going home. If it’s someone else, I’ll try to do a numbers post this week. Can’t promise. Work is hell. 🙂

Seems like they could be running a bit short…plenty of time left in the show, so expect a lot of blathering.

Here we go:

SAFE: Nelly and Daniella – YAY
SAFE: Justina and Sasha
SAFE: AJ and Cheryl
SAFE: Kaitlyn and Artem
SAFE: Johnny and Britt – Yay!!
SAFE: Nev and Jenna

Okay, Skai is a little bit surprising. Derek is looking to the other judges. 🙂

CAI saves Skai
Bruno saves Skai

Chrishell hits the road. Derek says he would save Tyra. LOL. He says he would have saved Skai as well.

Thank you America – that was the right choice. I’m convinced that my votes for Nelly did the trick. 🙂

November 2, 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. :-)

Jeannie Mai Exits DWTS Season 29 Due to Health Issues

Oh no, this is sad news.  Prayers to Jeannie and hopes for a quick recovery.  From ET:

“Jeannie Mai will not be able to continue to compete on #DWTS this season due to a health concern that requires immediate attention,” the official DWTS Twitter account shared in a statement. “Jeannie has inspired us, along with millions of fans, with her energy and dedication. We wish her a full and speedy recovery.”

As for how the competition will proceed, the statement continued, “Since Jeannie had to withdraw from the competition, tonight’s show will feature the eight remaining couples and a single elimination.”

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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 8 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Double elimination and Relay dances…and of course, I know you were all holding your breath to hear what Tyrant is “walking out” to (FFS, I can’t even believe I have to type crap like that about this show):

The show’s cold open will be a sketch aimed at encouraging people to vote as part of a nonpartisan initiative. Later, Tyra Banks will walk out to “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. In addition, for the first time this season, Relay Dances will find our couples split into three groups, dancing either a Cha Cha, Samba or Viennese Waltz relay. Each group will dance to a different song and the couples will take turns, one couple dancing at a time. One judge will rank the couples within each relay group and give bonus points depending on those rankings. These points will be combined with the individual scores and live voting to determine who is up for elimination.

So, if I’m understanding this overly complicated relay structure, each group of three gets a style of dance and one judge, who ranks them. And of course, they stick samba in there just to handicap three couples. Hmmmm…who will they choose? Will they level the playing field, or give Samba to whoever they want to go home….or better still, group the couples with an obvious winner in each grouping, keeping them safe? You would think that Justina would not have Samba, since that’s her regular dance. You’d also think that Nev and Chrishell wouldn’t get V. waltz for the same reason. But we will see.

And I have to ask, who the HELL is picking these song/dance combinations?? For every one they get right, there is one that appears, on paper, to be a disaster. Only with Derek as choreographer would I look forward to something other than a train wreck when I saw “Viennese Walts to Hound Dog By Elvis” – are they TRYING to kill me?? Here’s who’s dancing what: Read more..

October 31, 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 7 – LIVE BLOG

So, what kind of craptastic bottom two are we going to get this week? Who’s going to be drastically overscored besides Monica?? And does AJ have any hope in hell of living up to the previous Psycho Tango? (Doubt it).

T-Minus 30 minutes…

Just ruined my salad for dinner with my neighbor’s banana pudding. Which I never ever tried before this past summer. It is awesome.

I like the scary opening…too much Tyra as per usual. Haha Bruno as Betteljuice. Tyra looks good for a change, but of course this show ISN’T ABOUT HER. Why don’t we get to see the much more talented judges?? I want to see Derek’s outfit, dammit.

Jeannie up next with her Hannibal Lecter…acting like she got to choose her villain. I love seeing Len, miss the old guy.

Jeannie is back in her sweet spot, playing a character that she can act and she’s doing quite a good job. curious to see if she will get low balled like Johnny did last week. I do love this song. She didn’t get a lot of spin on that…spin. She’s dancing a bit forward too, it seems like. But all in all, good job.

Derek doing a decent Jeckle/Hyde. 🙂 I think he liked it? 🙂 Mentioned her shoulders coming up. Bruno is incomprehensible as usual. But then says she has to work on extending her lines through her hands. CAI is a clown…literally and figuratively. Says Jeannie’s lines are off, she needs to tone down the energy because it’s making her hectic or something.

Scores: 8, 9, 8 for a 25. Definitely not lowballed but I don’t disagree with it.

Johnny up next! As Dracula…they’re showing the Bella Lugosi version. I wish I could say I was surprised by his story, but I’m not. So sadly common.

V. Waltz should be right up his alley…and Dracula’s. Off to a great start. Beautiful in hold the first time. Oh yeah, I”m loving this…..whoa the fog is out of control. Love his jacket….can I get one? Well, I thought that was excellent!

Bruno says it was very, very good. He ruled the dance floor. Has wonderful sweeping motion, gothic romance. He balanced it extremely well. CAI agrees, floated through it like a dream, great interpretation of the music. Derek says that’s what the show it about. Loved the whole thing, the theme, everything, says it was fantastic.

Scores: ….after the break. Do you suppose that Tyra is just incompetent at doing the whole “after the break” thing or are the producers just without a clue of what they’re doing.

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27 Agree!!

Chrishell is up next as Maleficent – she does look a bit like Angelina Jolie when in the make up.

Love how Gleb always choreographs himself all the hard work. Not. That turn just below the stairs was weird. She’s just not doing much in this dance. She’s a bit off time and robotic. Not in a good way. color me unimpressed.

CAI is raving…which I don’t get. Then says it was simple, but executed beautifully. Derek says it was cinematic, there was sparseness, there was space. He says there were moments where she was off balance. Bruno loves her when she’s bad, says it was mesmerizing. She lost then fluidity some times…says she was “terminator” aka robotic.

They worked pretty hard to make “simple and sparse” sound like it’s a good thing.

Scores: 9, 9, 8 for a total of 26. I think that was overscored by two points. Like Gleb needs that ego stroked any more.

Oh for fucks sake, I just saw a Christmas commercial.

Monica up next. I fully expect her to get all 10s since Johnny got three 9s.

The box thing is funny…these people aren’t horrible actors. 🙂

Anyway, Monica is next…she looks good in that green. It’s starting to seem like “most memorable” is every fucking week…and not just for Monica, but for everyone. And of course she got the easiest dance of the week.

Starts off a bit awkward, but she starts to get more into it…Val can’t choreograph a jazz that doesn’t look like some odd ballroom amalgamation. Okay that was a good lift, takes a strong core. She finally does a pretty good dance so I expect she’ll get a 30. Even though it’s only worth a 27.

Derek likes the musicality, the transitions and the lifts. Says tonight it’s about the character, which she lost a bit in the side by side. Bruno got a mild chill from it, because the jazz has to come from the body, not the eyes. Has to come out of every part of her body. I guess they decided they didn’t need to protect her anymore? CAI agrees with Bruno – says the intention behind the movement wasn’t there.

I thought this was her best dance…can’t figure out their motives, although Derek is still on the Monica train. Weirdness. She’s so monotone and usually rather boring.

Scores: 7, 8, 7 for a total of 22 and absolute whiplash. They definitely decided that they didn’t need to protect her anymore. Perhaps the whole Johnny thing shocked them?

AJ up next with Psycho. Okay, if he’s dressing as the mom they should be far enough away from what Derek did. Wow, that fall was brutal. But of course she’s dancing. Spare me the faux drama.

The dance it’s self is remarkably similar to what Derek did, but there’s not much choice with that music. After the half way point she changes it up quite a bit…a whole lotta weird choices in the choreo. Can’t say as I’m a fan, but then that would have been impossible.

CAI says she’s amazed, he brought light and shade. She says he needs a bit of work on the posture. Derek loved the intro, nice and creepy, says the foot work was good, intricate. Says he’s muscling it a bit in the sharp turns. Needs to be from the core not the arms. Bruno raves. But says both CAI and Derek are right. Sort out the frame.

Scores: 9, 8, 8 for a total of 26…I would have gone with a 25, but it’s not too bad.

Numbers Update: Of course, a lot hinges on the rest of the dancers, but I do wonder if the judges have convinced the audience that Monica is a great dancer and she doesn’t fall into the bottom two this week.  Could be her and Skai and  they save Monica. Depends on if Skai can shake off her stage fright.  In any case, there aren’t currently huge numbers to overcome

Monica vs. Jeannie 0.80% 8,032
Monica vs. Chrishell/AJ 1.20% 12,048
Monica vs. Johnny 1.61% 16,064

LOL…I have to say, the Bruno bit is amusing. 🙂 Tyra has changed clothing into another number that isn’t too horrendous.

Nelly and Daniella up next and he looks scary. Wow, his gf is gorgeous.

Daniella is stunning as usual. And she gives him work. He’s got his chest out! Good. Little too much swag, but damn he’s doing really wall at this dance!! Good job!

CAI – by far your best dance. Dramatic, urgent, the dynamics, the footwork, great. Derek says that was not a nightmare, good partner to Dani, would have liked a bit more AT footwork (or Hyde did). Bruno says he looks awful. 🙂 Says he killed that AT. His whole stance was different tonight. I’m going to have to add some votes for him.

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for 27 out of 30. I’d agree with that.

Justina up next….and they both looks scary!! Dancing Tango.

Dig the set and the costume/makeup. Like how Sasha has her doing a solo (opposite of Gleb). Love Bruno’s reaction to that scream. This seems kind of soft for a tango. And she got off step after that second scream, I believe. Not horrible, though!

Derek says it was awesome, loved the screaming, says her frame is great, travels across the floor great. Watch the turns at the end, keep the legs close together. Bruno says she stormed through it like a woman possessed. Be careful about being hoppy or steps, can’t shuffle. CAI agrees with Bruno, one of the best dancers, like how she uses the space. Goes small sometimes.

Scores after the break.

Scores: 9, 9, 8 for a total of 26 out of 30.

Nev is up next with Black Swan (goooood movie) Paso Doble.

He’s doing a great job, although his arms look weird from time to time. Very good job, although I think the music made it seem too soft. Well done!

Bruno says it was perfect. He loved it. CAI says he exceeded expectations, his lines, changing characters were excellent. Derek says it was too good, his shaping was excellent. He’s going to get a perfect score, I think.

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a perfect score! I’m not mad at it!

Skai Jackson has to follow that with Bride of Chuckie? Also, there must have been a sale on the hard core halloween contact lenses – every couple has been wearing them, just about.

Numbers Update: This could be interesting. Well, it has been almost every week. Right now, it all hinges on Skai. I’ll be curious to see if it really is Monica and Jeannie or if Skai finally lands in the bottom. How many weeks can have tons of mistakes and still stay out of the bottom. Next week could spell doom for some combo of Skai/Jeannie/Chrishell/Monica – everything depending on scores so I don’t think that many people vote anymore.

Monica vs. Jeannie 0.78% 7,843
Monica vs. Chrishell/AJ/Justina 1.18% 11,765
Monica vs. Johnny/Nelly 1.57% 15,686
Monica vs. Nev 2.75% 27,451
Jeannie vs Chrishell/AJ/Justina 0.39% 3,922
Jeannie vs. Johnny/Nelly 0.78% 7,843
Jeannie vs. Nev 1.96% 19,608

Two dances to go with the double elimination next week!

Come on, Skai, kill this AT! Starts okay. Great lifts. Perhaps too many of them. But she’s doing the in hold parts well. DAmn, high lift and the exit is great. Wow. She did very, very well on that dance. That last lift was clunky but damn, well done. Happy for her.

CAI is proud of her, she came back stronger. Did a great job, one little wobble, but the power was mesmerizing. Derek says he feels her this week, she was on a mission, killed that routine. Amazing lifts. Gorgeous. Bruno says there was not a bad step in that tango. Extended the shapes. Best placement she’s had.

Scores; 9, 9, 9 for a 27. I would agree with that score…but now all bets are off for the elimination. 🙂 Kaitlyn looks great!

As for the elimination, I feel like it could be any of the bottom 5 except AJ. I really should have done a numbers post this past week because Skai was the low scorer but didn’t see the bottom.

Kaitlyn as Cruella is dancing Paso Doble. Wow…what she does for these dogs is so awesome. Speaking of babies…has everyone seen pictures of Artem’s baby? I swear that is the most beautiful child I’ve ever seen.

I love Kaitlyn and I think over all she’s doing a great job with this dance but her attack could still be a bit stronger. Same for Skai and all the women though, really.

Derek says Kaitlyn is reliable, always dancing her butt of with so much content, he thanks her for that. Good job. Bruno is with Derek. Bruno is feeling his makeup. Bruno says it was a bit rushed and it wasn’t as refined as it should be. CAI says she’s a good dancer, lift didn’t go well, and she’s not resisting enough – I think that’s what I mean by it being too soft. Has a moment of chaos. This is still a better dance that the first 6 that Monica did and that got raved over.

Scores: 7, 9, 8 for a total of 24. Not sure what that does to the numbers. I would be surprised if she was in the bottom due to Bachelor Nation.

Well, I was going to have a last numbers update, but there is a problem with my spreadsheet that I probably won’t be able to figure out fast enough.

Numbers Update: Here’s part of it anyway. Figured out the problem, but can only give the low tier

Monica vs. Kaitlyn 0.38% 3,831
Monica vs. Jeannie 0.77% 7,663
Monica vs. Chrishell/AJ/Justina 1.15% 11,494
Monica vs. Johnny/Nelly/Skai 1.53% 15,326
Monica vs. Nev 2.68% 26,820


Tyra killing a bit of time instead of talking to the bootee.

SAFE: Nev and Jenna
SAFE: Johnny and Britt
SAFE: Skai and Alan
SAFE: Nelly and Daniella
SAFE: Chrishell and Gleb
SAFE: Justina and Sasha
SAFE: AJ and Cheryl
SAFE: Kaitlyn and Artem

Monica and Jeannie in the bottom two. Imma be pissed….

Bruno: saves Jeannie
Derek: saves Monica (you are dead to me Derek)
CAI: saves Jeannie

Just kidding about Derek being dead to me. I’m sure they discuss this ahead of time. Last week CAI was the dissenter, this week it was Derek. But the right person (finally) went home. Should have gone home weeks ago so we could still have Vernon. But that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

October 26, 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 7 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Villains night?? Okay. And honestly, this “Tyra will walk out to…” just pisses me off at this point. Who the f@#k cares? She makes Val look modest and humble at this point.

The paranormal comes to the ballroom! The show’s cold open will find Tyra Banks and the judges dressed up for the night and experiencing their own horror when they find out the celebrities have become villains! Later, Tyra Banks will walk out to “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell.

Can we please have Derek on the dancefloor to look forward to every week?? We don’t ask for much and you’ve foisted Tyrant on us. :::sigh::: Anyway, here’s what the couples are dancing. And how they’ll be dressed.

Nelly & Daniella – Argentine Tango (Song: “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd)
Dressed in a costume inspired by Freddy Krueger

Monica & Val – Jazz (Song: “Fever” by Beyonce)
Dressed in a costume inspired by Nurse Ratched

Justina & Sasha – Tango (Song: “Take Me to Church” by MILCK)
Dressed in a costume inspired by Carrie

Jeannie & Brandon – Paso Doble (Song: “Maneater” by Nelly Furtado)
Dressed in a costume inspired by Hannibal Lecter

AJ & Cheryl – Tango (Song: “Psycho” by the Intermezzo Orchestra)
Dressed in a costume inspired by Norman Bates

Skai & Alan – Argentine Tango (Song: “Everything I Wanted” by Billie Eilish)
Dressed in a costume inspired by Bride of Chucky

Johnny & Britt – Viennese Waltz (Song: “Creep” by Vincent/Kimberly Nichole)
Dressed in a costume inspired by Dracula

Nev & Jenna – Paso Doble (Song: “Swan Lake Remix” by District 78)
Dressed in a costume inspired by Black Swan

Chrishell & Gleb – Paso Doble (Song: “In the Air Tonight” by VonLichten)
Dressed in a costume inspired by Maleficent

Kaitlyn & Artem – Paso Doble (Song: “Disturbia” by Rihanna)
Dressed in a costume inspired by Cruella de Vil

Who Danced it better….

Some weeks I can’t find anything, this week I found toooo much. So, I didn’t even look for Billie Eilish, assuming she’s too new to have been danced to – someone will tell me I’m wrong, I’m sure. I got tired by the time I got to Johnny, although I had already done Disturbia, simply because I knew it would be easy. 🙂

Anyone who’s been watching this show for a while and saw the words “Psycho” probably instantly thought of one of Derek’s iconic dances. The Psycho Tango with Ricki Lake. We were so sure Derek and Ricki had gotten screwed getting that song. Never count Derek out. I’ll say, good luck, AJ…not only is that dance a tough act to follow, you’re being judged by the choreographer who made it a legend. 🙂 Ricki wasn’t the best dancer ever, but Derek is often genius. Read more..

October 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. :-)