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“Behind The Scenes” With Dancing With The Stars Peta Murgatroyd And Donald Driver

Pictured above is Peta Murgatroyd and Donald Driver with Terri Seymour of Extra. Terri went along for an interview yesterday when she tweeted this picture. She also tweeted Donald will be getting Maria Menounos back for the prank she pulled on him. WHA?? 😯

Also, stay tuned! According to ABCMedia Net, these two will be on Good Morning America on Monday.

MONDAY, APRIL 16 – Actor Jason Stratham (“Safe”); primatologist Jane Goodall on Disney’s “Chimpanzee;” “GMA” contributor Cameron Mathison goes behind the scenes with Donald Driver and his partner, Peta Murgatroyd, of “Dancing with the Stars;” chef Fabio Viviani

April 13, 2012 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Katherine Jenkins Talks About Her Career, Mark Ballas, And Dancing With The Stars (Video)

Katherine Jenkins went on the Late Late Show to talk all about Dancing With The Stars. She tells Craig Ferguson she’s “trying” to dance on Dancing With The Stars and “give it a go”. She runs through her career with him while he pokes fun. She’s having the most amazing time in America and doing Dancing With The Stars. Lots more fun with these two below.

Katherine has also written a new blog for Parade Magazine. Below is take where she writes on the elimination this past week and what she’s learned. She’s posted some cute pictures too. Be sure to see them at the link.

We were immensely relieved to have been saved (thank you so much if you voted for us) but gutted and shocked at the same time to see the very lovely and always cheerful Sherri Shepherd make her exit. She didn’t deserve to go and will be missed. And this brings me to lessons two & three of this week…

Lesson two: Everyone needs to vote for who they want to go through. If you don’t pick up the phone because you assume someone is safe then we’ll have another repeat of the Sherri situation.

Lesson three: Stay calm on elimination day. Even when all is going crazy around you, try to enjoy it because at that point, you can’t change a thing!

See you all next week for the Argentine tango…

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

William Levy Dishes About His Homeland And A Dream Come True In America (DWTS Rehearsal Interview)

When asked, William Levy tells Access Hollywood how he is honored to be on the cover of People Magazine this week. Cheryl thinks it’s a “good sign” being J.R. Martinez made a People cover last season and ended up winning Dancing With The Stars. William quickly points out how it’s nice, but, it’s more of a dream come true to come to America. He had a hard upbringing in Cuba, but, it’s made him who he is today as well. Details more in depth below….

There is more than good looks with this guy! Please Cheryl, …we want to see the real guy for what he is! No more sex pimping!

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Chelise Hightower Discusses Ringers, The Judges, The Dancing With The Stars Controversies, And More

AM 600 WMT radio in Iowa chatted with Chelsie Hightower about ringers, the judges, and the Jaleel White controversies on Dancing With The Stars this season. She said there was a fight with Jaleel. They also discuss some of Chelsie’s past partners and how they were paired. Chelsie also tells them how there are talks where she might join “Shake It Up” on the Disney channel in the future. Lots more at the link including her thoughts on her current partner Roshon Fegan as well and last week’s dance. The two were also seen Wednesday night at The Avengers premiere. Pictures above courtesy of Zimbio pictures.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS2012 Gavin DeGraw And Karina Smirnoff Talk About Melissa Gilbert, Their Next Dance, & More

Access Hollywood went into rehearsals to interview Gavin and Karina. They asked Gavin about his heroic efforts in carrying Melissa to the paramedics Monday night. He’s humble and said he just reacted on instinct. Karina says this is Gavin’s character for who he is. Gavin also talks about how surprised he is to make it this far on Dancing With The Stars. Lots more below including hints on their next dance….

Also, below is Karina at The Avengers premiere Wednesday night looking stunning as always. Photo courtesy of Zimbio pictures.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dance Floor Confidential: Behind The Scenes Of Dancing With The Stars To Air April 23rd

Last week, we reported how the judges met with Cameron Mathison for a new interview. ABC Medianet has released more information about it. The interview and special “behind the scenes” look at Dancing With The Stars will take place on a special edition of 20/20 on Monday, April 23rd at 11:00pm ET. Note how Kirstie Alley, Joey Fatone, Julianne Hough, Ricki Lake, and Mario Lopez will also be a part of this special. Below is more…

“Dancing with the Stars” has become a part of America’s television landscape and inspired millions around the world to waltz, cha-cha and samba. Now, for the first time in its 14 seasons, the hit show gives television cameras unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to see how the wildly unpredictable reality show comes together on and off the dance floor. Hosted by “Good Morning America’s” Lara Spencer and by actor, “Good Morning America” contributor and former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Cameron Mathison, “Dance Floor Confidential” takes viewers backstage to reveal the secrets to the music, the dance, the costumes, the tanning, the judges, and even the tension and high octane pressure that make the show one of the most competitive on TV. Also, former “Dancing with the Stars” favorites including Kirstie Alley, Joey Fatone, Julianne Hough, Ricki Lake and Mario Lopez talk candidly about the show that brought them a new level of fame, and in some cases, some dramatic weight loss. “Dance Floor Confidential: Behind the Scenes of ‘Dancing with the Stars'” airs as a special edition of “20/20,” MONDAY, APRIL 23 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

April 12, 2012 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS14 Melissa Gilbert: “Nobody puts Halfpint in the corner!”

Such good news! Melissa Gilbert has returned to rehearsals today. She joked about her injury on Twitter. Below is more from ABC.

“Nobody puts Halfpint in the corner!” she tweeted to her actor friend Craig Bierko, referencing her character’s nickname from “Little House on the Prairie.”

Later, she tweeted that she was “very happy” to be back dancing with professional partner Maksim Chmerkovkiy.

Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy hurt themselves on Monday following an aggressive paso doble. Chmerkovskiy injured his elbow and pulled his groin; Gilbert suffered a mild concussion and whiplash and was taken to the hospital after feeling dizzy and nauseous backstage.

Gilbert was well enough to watch the show Tuesday night. In response to Sherri Shepherd’s elimination, she tweeted that she was “truly stunned.” “If they can go any of us is fair game!” she added. “This makes my head hurt even more…”

According to People.com, Maks has his protective hat on. Here is more for how Maks is reevaluating his ballroom tactics….

“I think we are coming back,” he says. “I’m pretty sure. It’s not up to me, it’s up to her, [but] I haven’t heard talks of not coming back. Although, if she wakes up tomorrow and continues to have a headache, I won’t let her in the studio.”

The week’s events do have the dance pro reevaluating his ballroom tactics, questioning if it’s worth it to put so much effort into the dances and risk injuries, only to be eliminated so quickly like favorite Sherri Shepherd, who got the boot on Tuesday.

“We owe it to our fans to give them a reason to vote for us,” he says. “I’ve always been very vocal about how you have to earn your stripes. But I’m not sure if this is the right strategy this season, because it’s clearly not appreciated.”

Even though Chmerkovskiy has “a problem with easy choreography,” he says, “Honestly, at this point, I’m not really sure if it’s worth killing yourself and trying to put on a show.”

I agree! They need to be really careful. Let’s hope all goes well!!

UPDATE: Maks has penned a new blog at TV Guide on Melissa’s condition, their rehearsals, and more. Below is a take. More at the link.

First things first, Melissa is doing well. She’s quite an inspiration. It’s not like her injury was a crazy trauma, but it’s definitely scary and not something you want to see on the show. This is not The Hunger Games. It’s Dancing with the Stars. It’s not without struggle and adversity, but it’s not a blood sport. We love to see people fall down and get up metaphorically speaking, not literally. Watching the playback made me think, “Am I doing the right thing? Am I pushing her too hard?” There was a lot of debating within myself. But Melissa and I spoke afterward on how to proceed and where we’re gonna go. We’re gonna try to take this week easier. It goes against everything I believe in and my process, but I’ve matured enough to understand that sometimes, certain things are not worth it. This is one of those moments where it’s not worth the drama and not worth putting her through it.

I think the show amplified her injury. Having said that, Melissa’s injury wasn’t really blown out of proportion, but we had to tell viewers what happened, why she got carried out with an oxygen mask and why she’s not here. The picture is dramatic, so we had to comment. Sometimes it becomes overdramatic afterward when people start talking, but she did almost pass out. She did take my leg out with her head so fast that she didn’t even remember that it happened. I didn’t even know it happened! It tells you how unexpected it was. At the same time, it was a very hard hit. It takes a lot to take my leg out. Her neck is very sore. Those are facts. When you hear that, you can take it as you wish and then people start writing things and talking about it. Honestly, I would take her falling over backwards and hitting her head over what happened. What happened is more dangerous. She has a fused vertebrae in her neck area. Her doctor came to her house and said that she should not attempt to be a hero.

Rehearsals are going well. We are taking it easier. I’m going at her pace. If I see any sign of any kind of anything, I’m stopping. She’s like, “Let’s continue.” I’m like, “No, we’re stopping.” I think we’ll be fine on Monday. More than anything, I really respect how cool we are as friends. We’re very cool together. I was speaking to someone and they said, “She loves you. She talks about you all the time. She really likes hanging out with you.” This is a person who has nothing to do with us. I’m not saying this to toot my horn or something, but I thought it was very sweet. And I love spending time with her. I really do feel that we’re not fake with each other. We’re have each other’s best interests in mind. I’m trying to be the supportive partner and someone who has her back. That means that I alter my views on what the dance should be. As long as she’s happy and smiling and healthy, I’m good.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Donald Drivers’ Two Biggest Fans On Dancing With The Stars (New Interview And Video)

These two are just cute as pie! I am having the biggest “awwww” moment right now. Take a look at WBay.com to see why for the pics they have up of Donald Drivers’ two kids. They’ve also interviewed them about their Dad and Dancing With The Stars.

Both kids agree they love watching their dad dance. They already know what they’d do if he brings the mirror ball trophy back home.

“I would put it in my room, and if anybody would touch, if anybody would be — ‘Don’t touch it! Don’t touch it, don’t touch it!'” Christina says.

“I would take it to school, let my friends touch,” Christian says.

“What if they break?” Christina asks.

“I’d do this. I call this the shark knife,” Christian says, holding his hand up straight.

Speaking of moves, Christian and Christina have some dance skills of their own. Christian says he wants to grow up and be just like his dad, play football, and maybe be an actor, too.

In the meantime, he’s trying out a different profession… as dancing judge.

“If I was one of the judges, I would put 10, 10, 10. Bang, 30!” Christian says.

“That’s what I would do, too,” Christina says.

So cute. Be sure to read the full interview for more. Also, if you missed the video below posted yesterday in one of our media posts, be sure you see it too. It’s of Donald and his family after the show Monday night.

So, have you had an “awww” moment yet?

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS14’s Cheryl Burke And William Levy Visit The Grove In Hollywood (Photos)

Pictured above is Cheryl Burke and William Levy of Dancing With The Stars Season 14. Yesterday, Extra’s Mario Lopez, interviewed the two at The Grove in Hollywood. You can view more fun pics of them at Zimbio Pictures.

William is also gracing the cover of this week’s People Magazine. They’ve got a little cover story on him too. You can view and read a sneak peek here. Below is a little take. If interested and for more, you can pick up this issue of People in newsstands everywhere on Friday.

“To come to this country and receive this kind of love from people you don’t even know, it’s amazing,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.

The Telenova star and father of two – to son Christopher, 6, and daughter Kailey, 2, with on-and-off girlfriend Elizabeth Gutiérrez – also opens up about his early lean years in Cuba before emigrating to the U.S. at 15.

“I try to give my kids everything I never had,” he says.

UPDATE: Below is The Grove interview from Extra and a take from it….

As for the sex symbol stuff (People dubbed Levy “the hottest man on TV”), Burke explained her partner will not be taking off his shirt for every performance. “I can’t take his clothes off every week, and he doesn’t want to do it. We’ll show a little bit here and there.”

Mario asked Levy about his own childhood, growing up dirt poor in Cuba, and how he wants to raise his kids. “I look back then, and I understand so much what my parents went through. “You can work all you want in Cuba and you don’t get paid. So here, eat a chicken every day if you want to. Back in Cuba, you get a quarter of a chicken every month.”

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Pure Dancing With The Stars Discussion: When The Music Matches The Style Of Dance

Who needs to relive this number last night with Karina Smirnoff and Jose Manuel Carreño when they danced the Argentine Tango? I thought it was steamy, beautiful, and so passionate! Also, I love it when the music matches the style of dance. I wish the producers of Dancing With The Stars would discontinue theme weeks and go with matching music to the style of dance instead. The whole package is just so much better when everything goes together. Do you agree or disagree?

Special thanks to PureDWTS reader Jimmbboe2 for the video! Let’s get Heidi and Court’s thoughts:

Heidi: Aw, come on…who doesn’t love someone attempting to Tango to Bohemian Rhapsody?? 🙂 Sorry, that’s cray cray.  All you have to do is look at the music the pros choose to dance to when they have a choice: Karina last night…Derek and Allison Holker last season…neither “Popular” music, but both dances were great and well received.  We figure that the producers are trying to accomplish making the dancing more…current?? But at what cost? The very least they could do is have the pros pick the actual songs for the actual dances from a list of popular music. At least then the tempo would be more correct.  And people are watching ballroom dancing on TV in 2012 – shouldn’t that tell you something about the need for pop music?? I dunno. I think they could do a better job at it.

Courtney: I agree, sometimes a song can totally screw a couple, and for what? So they can have some hokey theme, or appeal more to mainstream viewers not familiar with “real ballroom” music? I think Tristan’s been the victim of it 2 seasons in a row now – “Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” were nothing more than an excuse to fit with a theme, which is one of the many reasons why I hate theme weeks.  The tempo and phrasing were not at ALL conducive the dances they were meant to coincide with, and the end result was 2 particularly train-wrecky dances.  I get that they want to appeal to a broad audience – hence the need for “current” music.  But yeah, like Heidi said, at least try to pick current music that’s actually conducive to ballroom dancing.  However, on the flip side, I often wonder if the nary impossible music some of the couples are given is an attempt to get the pros to “rise to the occasion” and craft some innovative, unique, Emmy-worthy routine, a la Ricki & Derek’s Psycho tango or Karina & the Situation’s “Boom Boom Pow” foxtrot.  I’m all for unique, innovative, & Emmy-worthy, but there’s just one problem: not every pro is capable of spinning a crazy song in that direction, and I’m not sure every “wacky” song they dole out is even capable of being translated into something cool.  Sometimes, a song is just bad, and better left off the dance floor 🙂

April 11, 2012 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.