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PureDWTS Season 25, Week 5 – Power Rankings

I’ve said it before, but here it goes again: I actually usually hate Disney night, and it’s not because I “hate Disney” or “had an upsetting childhood” (Twitter sure is full of recreational psychologists these days) – it’s because, like many a theme week, it tends to force the pros to shoehorn their choreo to fit songs that aren’t all appropriate for the dance they’ve been assigned, and the end result is usually…painful to behold, and a detriment to the celeb partner’s scores. However, I will say this: maybe my personal bar was set pretty low, but I actually found myself enjoying last night’s show, on the whole. Most of the pros (with the exception of maybe three) seemed to bring their A-game and actually churn out some respectable and entertaining dances, that still managed to stay true to the Disney movie they were assigned; granted, there were still some eyebrow-raising scoring issues and the general ick of Chmerlachey in its death throes, trying wayyyy too hard to stay on our radar, but all in all, I found the show enjoyable…even with having to watch it on a dodgy live stream on my iPad due to Monday Night Football.  For the first time in PureDWTS history, Heidi’s Titans were playing my Colts on MNF – so we both were on the live stream struggle bus, but thankfully, our server issues here at Pure seem to have been fixed by our latest update, so we hope more of you will stick around to chat with us now 🙂

Another issue I’ve found myself having with Disney night in more recent seasons? Just how commercial it has become – I know that Disney night on DWTS has always served as a bit of free promo for its latest ventures, but it seems like they’re being less and less subtle about it; it also seems like there’s always one couple that gets saddled with the “new movie promo dance” and has to contend with a film that isn’t popular yet, and they are probably contractually obligated to portray certain aspects of the movie within the routine, which only serves to limit them further.  It was Jodie & Keo with Zootopia in season 22; it was David & Lindsay and Cars 3 last season; and this season, it was Nikki & Artem that had to do the promo dance this time, with Coco. Gotta plug those new films, Disney – it’s all about those Benjamins. Anymore, Disney seems to embody a sort of greed that just makes my blood boil – look deep enough and you’ll find many a story of how they’ve screwed people over for the sake of the almighty dollar. If you want an eye-opener, Google Adriana Caselotti – she was the voice of Snow White, and an opera singer that probably could have been the next Maria Callas…if Disney hadn’t contractually screwed her out of a career doing anything other than voicing Snow White. Or don’t, if you want to retain the “magic” of Disney – it’s just hard for me to feel childlike wonder when I see such a big corporate entity shitting on the lil guy, again and again.

Can’t say that too many of us (save for the legions of PLL fans that like to brag about how big they are, and the ones who like to creep my Twitter and pounce whenever I say anything remotely not glowing about Sasha) were all that shocked to see Sasha go – and I think we’re in fairly uniform agreement that most of the fault for her elim lies with Gleb and his absurdly bland choreography, rather than anything Sasha herself did wrong. Really and truly, Gleb had multiple advantages coming into the competition with Sasha – she came from a fanbase that typically serves its stars well on DWTS, she had a backstory that viewers could connect to (her weight struggles), and she actually had at least some dance background.  There is NO REASON why she shouldn’t have made it to at least week 6 based on that alone, especially given that there are still some duds left (Nick in terms of skill, and Vanessa in terms of partnerships that are uncomfortable to watch) that should have been gone before she was; all Gleb really had to do was give her decent and memorable choreography – and he failed her, in that respect. Part of me thinks Sasha saw it coming, to a certain degree, judging from her facial expressions as they stood on the stage. I applaud her for accepting her elimination with poise – she may have been upset, but she remained gracious and calm.  But this is becoming a bit of a disturbing pattern for Gleb, who for the 3rd season in a row has served some very mediocre choreography – I know Strictly fans keep telling me how “awesome” his choreo was on that show, but at this point, something’s gotta give; he either needs to adapt to this show or get out. With Mark & Artem being the only male pros that I think are really putting in the work with their choreo (and the bulk of the female pros being very smart about their choreo), we need more male pros serving their partners well…it’s shit or get off the pot time, Gleb.

So with half the season now over, where do things stand, in terms of the narrative? I still think Lindsey & Jordan will end up being the last two standing – I go back and forth on who I think will actually win, but I’m fairly confident it’s one of those two.  So assuming it’s going to be a 4-person finale again, that leaves 2 other spots to be filled – and if it were up to me, those two other spots would be filled by Frankie & Witney and Drew and Emma; both couples seem to be improving week to week, on top of being very likeable. I worry, though, that TPTB are going to do everything they can to squeeze at least one Chmerkovskiy into that finale (my money’s on Victoria & Val), at the expense of one of those two couples…and I worry that it might be Frankie & Witney. Then again, part of me wonders if Frankie might actually be the prime candidate for the winter tour celeb – he’s a good dancer, he’s likeable, he’s enthusiastic, and from what I can tell, his schedule is open.  I don’t think Lindsey is going to be available, due to her own tour schedule; Jordan seems like he’s blowing up big right now and probably has projects lined up as soon as DWTS is over; and Drew, while WILDLY popular and probably would be a huge draw with the main demo, seems like he’s all tied up with Property Brothers stuff, his book, and his upcoming nuptials. So Frankie’s a bit of a wild card for me right now, despite ending up in jeopardy last night – he could be there because he isn’t getting the votes, or he could be there to start generating buzz because he may be going on tour. I think Nikki is unfortunately expendable in the eyes of TPTB, so she and Artem are likely on their own in terms of fighting to stick around; I think we may have witnessed the swan song of Chmerlachey, and TPTB may let that gambit finally drop (and not a moment too soon) once one of them gets eliminated – hopefully next week.  The one couple I don’t really have a solid feel for? Terrell & Cheryl – I think they may have started out as an “expendable” pairing in the eyes of TPTB, but given Terrell’s breakthrough these past few weeks and the fact he’s actually turning out halfway decent (and isn’t being a complete bonehead), they may be starting to see him as an asset. …Read more

October 17, 2017 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

The Property Brothers on How They Kept Jonathan on DWTS a Secret, and the latest on Derek and Julianne Hough

This is cute from Drew, Emma and Jonathan. 🙂 Talking about how they kept Jonathan a secret from everyone…and how they fooled Bruno.

Julianne lookin’ super buff!!

Derek is planning to spend the rest of his year in service to others, before next year gets crazy busy. No, we don’t know with what because that boy can keep a secret. 😉

Here’s some sound bites from Vanessa and Maks:

October 10, 2017 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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 25, Week 4 – Power Rankings

Sometimes, I hate being right ☹ I was really starting to think that my “Derek as a shield for Nick” theory was just me being paranoid and trying to find an explanation for the judges being irrational (note: they’re just irrational) and constantly giving Derek a hard time, but it was a bit like watching a slow-motion car wreck as they announced the couples in jeopardy last night – it was like watching my theory unfold and realizing I was maybe not as crazy as I thought I might be.  I’ve gotten poo-poohed by some that insist that Derek “wasn’t that great” (suit yourself, but he was definitely better than Nick, and often cleaner than both T.O. and Drew – all of whom are still in the competition) or that it was “just a coincidence” that they both received the same score each week until last night (when TPTB already knew Derek was a goner) – but if you sit down and actually think about it, it is rather odd that the two of them managed to get the same score FOUR TIMES IN A ROW, especially given that Nick is arguably considered to be the worst dancer left this season.  And if Nick is struggling with votes & scores, remember – he only has to beat one person to stick around…and if that person has the same number of points that Nick does, but maybe doesn’t have as big a fanbase…Nick & Peta survive another week as half of quite possibly the most annoying gambit TPTB have thrust upon us in DWTS history: Chmerlachey ☹

And while we’re on the topic of Chmerlachey – anyone else think that their efforts to make the two married couples “happen” have really kind of blown up in their face? 😛 I got the impression that they were hoping to have viewers really glom onto the two pairs and send them through to the finals – but at this point, Vanessa & Maks seem like they’re just barely tolerating one another after last week’s drama, Nick seems completely checked out and ready to go home, and Peta just seems like she’s trying to avoid getting hit by any crossfire and is quietly trying to blend into the background. The only one who seems like they’re (sort of) having fun is Vanessa, and even her smile is starting to look a bit brittle. The PenaVega’s may have been low-key annoying – but at least both were decent dancers and seemed to be having fun. Chmerlachey X 2…is just a dumpster fire. On the flipside, I don’t think TPTB anticipated Frankie managing to both connect with viewers as well as he has while also turning out to be a pretty good dancer; and to a lesser degree, I don’t think they quite know what to do with Terrell, as he’s actually turning out to be rather interesting to watch and perhaps not as much of a lightning rod for controversy as TPTB might have hoped. Drew also seems to be turning into a halfway-decent dancer on top of being popular, and Sasha the ABC darling, bless her heart, is about as exciting as watching paint dry.  With next week being the midpoint of the season, I think we may start to see a narrative shift, depending on where the votes are falling.

Hated losing Derek, because I did genuinely enjoy him – he seemed like he was down-to-earth and grateful for the opportunity, and I did love the choreography that Sharna was giving him. Loved their dance last night – was a refreshing approach to a very touching story, having them dancing in such a celebratory manner, to an upbeat song.  The styling of the choreo reminded me a bit of the styling of Alfonso’s Carlton jazz; I thought the costumes were adorable.  And for once, I managed to avoid tears during most memorable year week…that is, until the camera panned to Derek’s daughter crying after his dance.  Then the damn dust in my house kicked up, and things got rough. I need to change my furnace filter… Read more..

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

Val Chmerkovskiy Talks DWTS Drama and Brother Maks (Video)

Val and Jenna were at People’s party last night and Val was asked about Maks situation with Vanessa. To the point, he claims total ignorance – highly believable. 🙂 Thanks to Lori for the heads up on this one.

Val on Access Hollywood.

October 5, 2017 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. :-)

Maks Chmerkovskiy Issues Public Apology to Partner Vanessa Lachey

Some personal growth or professional arm twisting…we’ll never know. Per US Weekly and Maks’ Instagram/Twitter account:

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is expressing regret after missing his Monday, October 2, Dancing With the Stars performance due to undisclosed “personal issues” amid reported tension with partner Vanessa Lachey.

“As you are all aware, I had to leave the show last week to take care of some personal issues. I take full responsibility for my absence,” the professional dancer, 37, tweeted on Wednesday, October 4. “And want to apologize to my partner Vanessa. We are both looking forward to dancing for our fans next week!”

October 4, 2017 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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 25, Week 3 – Power Rankings

And that, my friends, is an example of how trying to shoehorn certain dances to fit a theme ends up yielding some pretty awkward, inorganic-looking dances. Overall, I would consider this the weakest of the three instances where the show used this theme – the other being in season 12 (halfway decent) and season 15 (chaotic, but okay). It felt like they were reeeealllly stretching to find songs/dances that fit well with the celebs’ (alleged) guilty pleasures, this time around.  And while we’re on the topic – I actually hate the phrase “guilty pleasure”, because really, if it brings you pleasure (and it’s not a detriment to anyone else’s well-being), why should you feel guilty about it? Lord knows society puts enough pressure on people these days to fit into certain norms; this just seems to be another way to shame people into feeling bad about what makes them happy. You love you some pumpkin spice lattes? Drink ‘em up, champ. Do you love doing the Carlton dance at weddings? That’s not unusual, bud. Does watching Superbad make you giggle uncontrollably, no matter how many times you’ve seen it? Well you’re in good company, cause it does me too, and I’m not sorry. Really and truly, unless someone’s “pleasure” involves pedophilia, misogyny, racism, homophobia, animal cruelty, or any other activity that has the potential to hurt someone else in a non-consensual manner, they shouldn’t have to feel ashamed by it in anyway.  Shame the real villains – not the folks staying in their lane and trying to do the things that bring them joy, however small it might be.

Ok, now that I’m off my soapbox, down to the business at hand: so with no elim last night, what does that mean for next week’s elim? Basically, a huge points dump from two dances means the margins are going to get even closer, and with 5 couples clustered in the 39-41 point range at the bottom, it really is going to come down to fanbase – who is getting the votes and who isn’t.  And honestly – I think it could be any one of four different couples, and I’m not at all confident picking which one. I get the feeling it likely won’t be a double elim, as some have been speculating – given that next week is “most memorable year” week, which is typically pretty emotional and usually doesn’t have an elim, I think it’s only going to be a single one, and they’ll likely save the double for later in the season (I’m guessing team dance week, or week 8 or 9, when they can use it as a tool to narrow down their ideal finale). So in light of me feeling so uncertain about next week’s eliminees, I’m putting the four couples I think it will come down to in my “danger zone” – which means that I think it could ostensibly be any one of the four headed home.

Other odds & ends? Opener felt a bit strange & forced to me – it almost seemed like they were saying swimming and science were “guilty pleasures”.  Where was Maks? Dunno, other than the fact that nobody seemed to tell the crew what was up – very hush-hush, and by writing it off as a “personal issue”, it seemed like the show was trying to sweep it under the rug and hope nobody noticed…which of course, left it wide open for fans to speculate on, and People to spin something a bit less flattering. My only opinion on the matter is that we’re not getting the full story, we probably won’t ever get the full story, and that gushing Instagram posts don’t necessarily mean all is right in the world. The invisible hand of TPTB is likely at work here… Read more..

October 3, 2017 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS Season 25, Week 2, Night 2 – Power Rankings

So the bar was set pretty low for the show on night #2 of this week, given that night #1 was, for the most part, a snoozefest. Did Latin Night rise to the occasion? Yes…and no.  Ehhh, sorta…I guess. If nothing else, the energy level seemed higher, though there was still some really, REALLY screwy scoring (sorry to anyone who danced in the first  half of the show – y’all were gonna get hosed, regardless), and the music department still seems to be saddling some couples with some absolutely garbage songs that have an impossibly long intro for a dance that’s already been severely truncated. Bruno seemed to be relishing the opportunity to continue his stint as “good judge” this week, to Carrie Ann & Len’s “bad judge” roles; Erin, who looked stunning on premiere night, looked more like the lead singer in a Florence + The Machine cover band last night in a dress that still has me scratching my head.

Sad to see Debbie go, but can’t really say it was entirely unexpected – I had her in my 4-couple “lost in the shuffle” club after ballroom night, while Terrell, who had an atrocious rehearsal package that I thought for sure would do him in, actually had enough support (from Cheryl’s fans, I guess) to stick around. Better to be a jerk and memorable (or at least paired with a popular pro whose fans can float you) than be polite and forgettable, I guess. I have a feeling Debbie was probably not long for this competition, though – she just looked progressively more exhausted with each dance she did, and something was probably gonna have to give by week 4, at the latest. Alan had an admirable first outing as a pro, as well, and probably earned himself a pro spot next year (side note: it feels totally weird saying “next year” instead of “next season”, when referring to DWTS…gonna take some getting used to.)

NOTE: If you’re looking for the power rankings from Monday night, go here. Read more..

September 27, 2017 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS Season 25, Week 2, Night 1 – Power Rankings

Hmmmm.

I’m sitting here, scratching my head, because I’m not entirely sure what I just watched. It was a normal show night, but with the exception of a few couples that actually came to play, last night felt like it was pretty half-assed – few of the couples seemed like they really wanted to be there, doing those dances, to those songs, in those costumes; and I’m fairly certain Tom was just sifting through Twitter and cherry picking material that fans were bitching about to base his (rather flat) jokes on.  The costumes even felt like an afterthought – with the exception of Lindsey & Mark’s butterfly ensembles, everything else just felt generic and thrown-together; for those who are fans of Rupaul’s Drag Race, we saw a lot of “shake-and-go” dresses last night – things that look like they were store-bought, pulled out of a shopping bag, and lazily thrown on and shaken out before hitting the stage. Was everyone just completely exhausted from trying to learn two dances as early as week 2, which is an absurd idea? Or were the couples told to focus on their more crowd-pleasing Latin dances? Whatever it was, I was pretty bored with last night’s show, on the whole… Read more..

September 26, 2017 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS Season 25 Preliminary POLL: Who is Your Favorite Couple? Who Will Win?

Cast announcement is over, and we’ve gotten to see everyone interact initially on GMA.  So it’s that time – based on first impressions, who is your current favorite couple? Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments why you voted the way you did! 🙂

 

September 6, 2017 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

DWTS Season 25 Cast Announcement – LIVE Blog

Well, partially alive. Just woke up with a sore throat. Boo.

Reminded yet again of how much I dislike GMA.

Yay – Mark and Emma dancing during them teasing the announcement!! And I think that was Hayley with Artem? Couldn’t tell. Went by too fast.

Courtney says that was Britt and Artur…I’m not awake yet. 🙂

Anyway, I feel like we have all the couples, but I guess we’ll see if we got any of them wrong.

Troupe looking good dancing behind Lara.

I hope everyone in Florida is battening down the hatches.

Oh goodie, lets feature the C-bros cuz no one else counts. Just what we need to see in the morning. Ugh. Besides that, good number. How about we focus on the original pros, Cheryl, Mark and Maks?? That would be much better. I’m at my mom’s and she made a disgusted noise in her throat when she saw Maks. I didn’t even teach her to do that. 🙂

Then she said, “Is that his brother?” to which I responded, “Yes, “that” is.” She left to take a shower. LOL.

I remember the good old days when Derek’s face was the first we saw…much more pleasing to my eye, but he was partying with his former Footloose castmates at an LA movie premiere last night. Yes, I checked because I was living in fear that he would get bored and decide to grab a partner for this season. :::shiver::: Until they announce the cast I will have that fear.

Here we go…Season 25!

Drew Scott
Sasha Piertse
Barbara Corcoran
Derek Fisher
Victoria Arlen
Jordan Fisher
Nikki Bella
Terrell Owens
Frankie Muniz
Debbie Gibson
Lindsey Stirling
Nick Lachey
Vanessa Lachey

Yes, there will be spelling errors, I will fix them later.

Drew being cute with Nick and Barbara flirting with Keo like crazy. First question they ask is if anyone has had dance lessons. I see a few hands but NOT Nick Lachey – wonder if Peta trained him already. Lindsey raised her hand as did the girl next to her. (That was Debbie Gibson)

Making a big deal over the married couples. :::rolls eyes::: Gotta have those folks down in front.

They also talk about Frankie’s speeding tickets. Debbie’s music video – she did raise her hand when asked about dance lessons. Debbie has Lyme disease>!? Awful. Calls Alan very nurturing and sweet. She shows everybody an 80’s move. LOL.

Derek says it’s very exciting to be on the show. Loves the pros. And commercial. Guess we find out who else is worthy of talking after the break.

Okay, back to the troupe dancing.

But we’re going back to Houston because this show does occasionally do “news”. The Houston Animal Shelter story is pretty awesome though.

This segment is making me weepy.

Another commercial…love Hayley’s shorter hair style.

First DWTS commercial – Vanessa looks good. Hayley and Britt getting some serious screen time. Good for them! They’re both stunning. Ginger, please. :::rolls eyes:::

Nikki talks about Bella Buster – and how Artem hasn’t experienced it yet. She tries to “fight him” every rehearsal.

Time to gush over Victoria. Paralyzed for a decade, started walking a year ago. She’s very cute. Says it’s a dream come true. Says learning to walk again was easier than learning to dance. She seems very sweet.

Next they talk to Sasha and PLL. Who’s her competition? She says it’s fun and it’s a new chapter and they have a lot of competition. She says her competition is herself.

Jordan talks Hamilton – he started in gymnastics because of a girl and that lead him to drama club and dancing, etc.

Tom takes it over to T.O. Talk abut the pronunciation of his name. Ask about his moves on the field – he asks for pom noms. LOL. Ooookay.

Lindsey on her violin and dancing with it. (Only dancing with it? Technically accurate I guess) Apparently her hands become claws.

Next is Derek Fisher talking about basket ball. Kobe has a message from him about him not being a guy on DWTS – he was shocked. Wishes him luck.

Rashad is there!! Emma and Drew go over and hug him. Drew says “teach me your ways”. 😀 I love Rashad. “Don’t take yourself too serious(ly).”

I love Drew. LOVE him. I think I like Lindsey better as a red head, honestly.

Looks like they’re going to play a game next.

Pros versus Celebs. Guess what dance they are doing.

Drew versus Alan. Pros win.

Vanessa versus Witney. Vanessa not clear on what she’s doing.

Jordan versus Val. Jordan killed that, Val looked kinda weird.

Barbara versus Emma. No idea what Barbara is doing. That was not a chicken. LOL. I get the feeling that Barbara is going to be the cast clown and is going to be very entertaining…or very annoying this season.

Barbara wins and is licking her MBT. LOL

And…the end. Was Barbara the only one they didn’t talk to during the segments?? Drew kinda made them talk about him, but he had his own segment on another show.

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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. :-)