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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

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Dancing with the Stars Season 29, Week 6 – LIVE BLOG

Hooray for Derek dancing tonight. His and Hayley’s dance looks like it should be good.

T-minus 25 Minutes…

It is week 6, isn’t it? I think I’m confused because I’ve worked the last four weekends. Yesterday was my first day off in a month. That’s my excuse if I start screwing things up. 🙂

Now THIS is a cold open. I love it. But we still get the Tyrant cat walk. Why does she always pick somewhat unflattering things to wear? Dang, I can’t hear Derek or Tyrant talk over the fake audience. The whole advantage of a fake audience is that YOU control the volume. This is why they never win emmys for Sound mixing. Read more..

October 19, 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 6 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

They finally stopped calling it a cold open, but still Tyra is a focus of the show. She walks out every week – why is this an event?

The show will start with host Tyra Banks walking out to the ballroom to “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross. In addition, judge Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert will dance a special Paso Doble to “Uccen” by Taalbi Brothers.

According to the Futon Critic, the November 2 show will feature a double elimination. Buckle your seat belts!!

Here’s who’s dancing what this week. Looks to me like only Vernon, AJ, Skai, Johnny, Nev and possibly Kaitlyn got dance styles in their wheelhouse. Everyone else could be in trouble. Except possibly Chrishell who got contemporary…which has no rules and Gleb can sex it up to the max.

Nelly & Daniella – Viennese Waltz (“Humble & Kind” by Tim McGraw)

Monica & Val – Rumba (“Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart)

Vernon & Peta – Cha Cha (“Celebration” by Kool & The Gang)

Justina & Sasha – Viennese Waltz (“She’s Always a Woman” by Billy Joel)

Jeannie & Brandon – Rumba (“You Gotta Be” by Des’ree)

AJ & Cheryl – Samba (“Mi Gente” by J Balvin and Willy William)

Skai & Alan – Cha Cha (“Say So” by Dojo Cat, featuring Nicki Minaj)

Johnny & Britt – Salsa (“On The Floor” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull)

Nev & Jenna – Jazz (“Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch)

Chrishell & Gleb – Contemporary (“Stars” by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals)

Kaitlyn & Artem – Samba (“Sorry” by Justin Bieber)

Who Danced it better….first up, Nancy Kerrigan dancing Waltz to “She’s Always a Woman”. Justina is doing V. Waltz and I don’t think the slow dances are her strong suit. And I love Nancy’s dress!

I didn’t find “Have I told You Lately” on youtube…and I searched BOTH DWTS and Dancing with the Stars. 🙂 I also had trouble with “Celebration”…found lots of celebration related stuff, but not the actual song. I did find a very sweet waltz by David and Lindsay to “Humble and Kind”…and another gorgeous dress. Nelly is a better dancer (by a little) than David, but can he handle and V. Waltz??

I also didn’t find “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree. Keep in mind, me not finding it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, it just means that my casual search did not turn up a video. But, here is an excellent Samba by Jordan and Lindsay to “Mi Gente”…doubt very much AJ can live up to this one.

I found nothing on “Say So” by Dojo Cat, but I guess I should expect to since the official video was only posted on youtube 7 months ago. I also didn’t see “On the Floor” on youtube…I saw tons of Pitbull (obviously) and I saw a bit of Jennifer, including a pro dance choregraphed by Derek, but nothing with this particular song. Man, I’m striking out a lot…cuz I couldn’t find “Good Vibrations” or “Stars” either. But of COURSE I found Ginger and Val dancing to a latin remix of “Sorry” by Justin Bieber. I could barely watch the whole thing as I’m still traumatized from having Ginger shoved down my throat to this day when it comes to GMA and DWTS. Ugh. I feel very confident that Kaitlyn and Artem will do it better.

October 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 29, Week 5 – LIVE BLOG

Oh yes it’s 80’s night and the feelings right, come on!! Name that tune for tonight’s question. 🙂

I’m blocking out Tyrant’s cold open before it even happens. Yes, I am that talented. 😉 Might have to block out Derek’s outfit as well. Here’s a sneak peek.

T-minus 30 minutes…

Okay now I see why they were wearing all the crazy shit during rehearsals. 🙂 This seems like the cold open to me.

And the Tyrant show begins…

Totally unnecessary discussion of what happened last week with the elimination. :::rolls eyes:::

Justina is up first with Maniac. Jazzzzz….

She’s working it as well as she always does, making it fun. There’s not much to this dance, but that’s to be expected, I think. Better lift this week. Little problem with timing there towards the end. And they actually did the water. Lord.

Derek says she’s a maniac in a good way. I hate his hair by the way. 🙂 Bruno says wet, wild and wonderful. Says it was deliciously 80s. CAI says that was her jam. Says she was incredible. Says the were in sync…and she did catch the part where they got out of sync.

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

Jessie is up next with his Tango…and he looks like a different person. Not bad at all.

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October 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 5 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

It’s 80’s Night….and this is just ridiculous, not Rad or Tubular. From the ABC/Disney Press Release:

The show will start with a cold open with Tyra walking into the ballroom to Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know.”

Wow, what a great cold open and so very different from every other week this season. Dear lord. Tyrant is NOT the star of this show!! This is exactly what everyone was worried about when they heard she was joining the show. And since she’s executive producer, there is likely little the other producers can do about it. It’s literally vomit inducing. There are at least 25 people who are going to be on the show this week that are more talented than her (sorry CAI and Bruno, you didn’t quite make the cut…close, though, Bruno). Anyway, on to the real stars of the show and what they’re dancing.

BTW, I’m a youngster of the 80’s and Tainted Love is one of my all time favorite songs. 🙂 But WHY did they have to give it to Val? I doubt he and Monica will do it justice. Damn, also love “I think we’re alone now”…excellent and I have higher hopes for Kaitlyn and Artem doing it justice. Lot’s a tangos!! “The Power of Love” was one of those songs they played to absolute death…I think I’m still over it and cringe when I hear it. Same goes for “Total Eclipse” and “Open Arms”. The Jazz dances will be interesting because those songs are so clearly not jazzy at all; Jazz has more clearly than ever been reduced to a catch all where you can do anything you want. Ahhh…also love Tears for Fears. I suppose the producers aren’t cool enough to whip out a Squeeze song, are they? Answer: No.

ETA: AJ dancing 6th which should put him at the top of the hour. The pimpage continues…

Nelly & Daniella – Samba  (Song: “Rhythm of the Night” by DeBarge)

Monica & Val – Tango  (Song: “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell)

Vernon & Peta – Tango (Song: “Livin’ On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi)

Justina & Sasha – Jazz  (Song: “Maniac” by Michael Sembello)

Jeannie & Brandon – Jazz  (Song: “Like a Virgin” by Madonna)

AJ & Cheryl – Waltz  (Song: “Open Arms” by Journey)
Dancing 6th

Skai & Alan – Jazz  (“The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News)

Johnny & Britt – Contemporary  (Song: “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Taylor)

Jesse & Sharna – Tango  (Song: “Everybody Wants to Rule The World” by Tears for Fears)

Nev & Jenna – Quickstep  (Song: “Take on Me” by a-ha)

Chrishell & Gleb – Cha Cha  (Song: “You Got it (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block)

Kaitlyn & Artem – Tango  (Song: “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany)

Who Danced it Better?  Well, I don’t remember a lot of 80’s music on DWTS, but let’s look at what I could find. I could only find “Open Arms” on SCD and it’s a beautiful waltz. I don’t see AJ doing this well.

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October 10, 2020 I Written By

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

Dancing with the Stars Season 29, Week 4 – LIVE BLOG

Question of the (week 4) night – Tyra’s cold open will be:
A) Boring and Unfunny
B) Simply horrendous and cringe worthy.
C) Fine.

You have 20 minutes to vote. 🙂

Okay, so it’s a whiny/funny cold open. Actually, delete the funny part. Considering the state of the country, I’m not particularly amused.

Tyrant still thinks it’s a catwalk and she’s the show stopping VC model. Lucky for her, she’s not the most wrong person in the country today. Not even close. blah blah blah me me me blah celebrities blah.

Oooo…doing a lot to pimp AJ. He must not be doing that well??

Daniella is my girl crush. Great outfit. Ha, Daniella talks about celebs standing still with the pro dancing around him…she doesn’t want that. Let’s see if she succeeds. Read more..

October 5, 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 4 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Okay, so they don’t say that it’s “most memorable year” week on DWTS, but it kinda sounds like it might be.  So weird.  Per the press release:

IT’S AN EXCITING AND EMOTIONAL NIGHT OF COMPETITION


The show will start with a comedic PSA cold open, followed by Skai Jackson giving a powerful tribute to her friend and fellow actor Cameron Boyce, as well as AJ McLean walking down memory lane on his Backstreet Boys journey since the beginning.

Oh goodie, a comedic cold open. How about you let us decide the comedic value, eh??

Kaitlyn gets slower songs two weeks in a row. Not sure if that’s good or bad. Justina looks like she’ll be back in her wheelhouse with a salsa. Meanwhile, AJ gets one of the easier dances of the night and is dancing to one of his own songs. If they start pimping him, I’m going to be pissed, after his constant dissing of Jesse on his podcast. He’ll likely do it again, since they’re dancing the same style. I’m looking forward to Nelly’s Paso with Daniella. I also think Johnny’s jive will be something to see…seems right up his alley, actually. Hmmmm….week four and we’re still dancing traditional ballroom/latin styles. I’m SO NOT complaining, but I remember hearing all the BS from tyrant about new dance styles or something. Read more..

October 4, 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 3 – LIVE BLOG

Question of the night….maybe we should bet on it. They are down to 14 couples. Where will the extra time go? Choose from the following:

A) Tyra talks WAY more.
B) The Judges all get more time.
C) Tyra talks more, cuts Derek off and he cuts a bitch.

Just kidding on that last one, of course…he can be cutting in his humor though. I would pay to see that one. I vote A. You?

T-Minus 11 minutes and I haven’t eaten dinner yet.

And the all about Tyra show starts. I thought she was going to ride the snail. 🙂

Skai is up first…love that she grabbed Alan’s hair to try to stop a fall. Read more..

September 28, 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 3 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 24, 2020 I Written By

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

Derek Hough Talks Carole Baskin, DWTS and World of Dance

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

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

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

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

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

About his development deal:

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

A bit more about this season of DWTS:

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

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

September 23, 2020 I Written By

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