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PureDWTS Season 29, Week 7 – Power Rankings

Well, I guess I’m glad they at least mixed things up a bit for Halloween this year – rather than the standard fare of vampires, monsters, ghosts, etc. and horrifically overused songs like the themes from Ghostbusters and The Addams Family, we at least got some new material to work with; the downside of it appeared to be taking some creative license and shoehorning some songs/styles to fit themes. Seems like they had a handful of random songs that they somehow paired (with mixed results) to a list of villains they had cleared, and then picked a dance style that the couple hadn’t done that (sort of) fit the song. I found it somewhat interesting that all but two couples ended up with tango or paso doble as their style; the two who didn’t happened to be the only two couples who had ever been in the bottom two. Not sure if they were banking on those two being in the bottom two again or what, but it was just a bit of a strange coincidence to me.

As of last week, I was unsure as to what to expect as we edged closer to the finale; this week, I’m still not 100% sure, but at the very least the judges weren’t afraid to drop the hammer on some of those who weren’t up-to-snuff. I’m still wondering if we end up with a six-couple finale or an 11-week season – we still have (9) couples left now, with an impending double-elim this coming week; there’s been no mention of an additional double elimination in week 9, so I tend to think that will just be a single. That would leave us with a six-couple finale; however, given the current fluid state of affairs in pandemic tv scheduling, I think it’s possible the network might give us an extra week (since the show would still wrap before Thanksgiving), in which case another elimination (or a double) in week 10 could leave us with a five or four-couple finale, which seems a bit more manageable. Who should be in the finale? In terms of consistency, I think Kaitlyn, Nev, Johnny, & Justine deserve to be there; however, I think Nelly, Skai, and/or AJ could all potentially play spoiler to one of the four I mentioned making the finale. If the judges are still on their bullish*t, Chrishell could probably be in the mix as well…god, I hope she isn’t, but the bar is on the floor in terms of anything in 2020 turning out like it should.

So after what felt like an eternity of the judges gushing disingenuously over just-ok performances, they did a complete 180 and decided to go all in critiquing Monica’s dance this week – and honestly, I don’t think it was undeserved. As I’ve repeated ad infinitum since probably week 2 (and as some uppity Monica fans seem to forget when they accuse me of “hating” on Monica), Monica’s problem has never been her dancing; it’s in her performance-quality, or lack thereof. She can technically nail the steps, but completely fail on selling it to the point where I just tune out because it’s so dreadfully boring. I also felt like the tone of her performance this week was just totally wrong (although I tend to blame Val/TPTB for that): Nurse Ratched is a cold authoritarian, not a seductress. For someone that had no prior knowledge of source material, one might assume from Monica’s performance that the character is a femme fatale of sorts; but sex appeal is not part of Nurse Ratched’s arsenal – psychological manipulation and general bullying are more her forte. Then there was the matter of her costume giving me more Britney Spears’ naughty flight attendant in the “Toxic” video vibes than nurse vibes, and we’ve got a performance that just kinda fizzled, unfortunately. I guess the judges finally decided this week that they couldn’t protect Monica forever, and needed to focus on saving the really strong dancers (like Johnny, who fell into the bottom 2 last week) for the finale – so Monica got the chop. And I think Monica was cool with it – her comfort zone is behind the mat, directing her squad on their performance; I don’t think she ever quite got used to being the one actually performing.

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October 28, 2020 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.

DWTS 29 Week Seven- Interviews, Recaps, Scores, TV Ratings, And Extras

ETA: Move added below…

Wow, what a night of dancing! They were all so good and stepped up to another level. I was so impressed. For everything in detail, see Miss Heidi’s fun and detailed LIVE blog post. As always, stay tuned for Court’s power rankings.

So, let’s get right to the scores from last night in order…

Nev & Jenna 30 (10, 10, 10)
Johnny & Britt 27 (9, 9, 9)
Nelly & Daniella 27 (9, 9, 9)
Skai & Alan 27 (9, 9, 9)
AJ & Cheryl 26 (9, 8, 9)
Chrishell & Gleb 26 (9, 9, 8)
Justina & Sasha 26 (9, 9, 8)
Jeannie & Brandon 25 (8, 9, 8)
Kaitlyn & Artem 24 (7, 9, 8)
Monica & Val 22 (7, 8, 7) Eliminated

If you missed seeing the dances, see the official You Tube page. You can see photos from the show at Getty Images.

Now onto some interviews and recaps (and things released before the show). Thanks always for reading…. Read more..

October 27, 2020 I Written By

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and my other interests, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 29, Week 6 – Power Rankings

Just for the record – I really have no idea what I’m doing anymore 😛

I mean, I obviously know how to write, and I know how to look at dances and determine whether they are decent or not; I guess I mean the conclusions I’m drawing are basically a roll of the dice these days, because the results of this show aren’t really making much sense to me anymore. In what universe does an Olympic figure skater somehow tumble into the bottom two with a Superbowl champ, while reality stars with marginal dance skills end up safe??? Last night’s results would have been unheard of ten years ago on this show – hell, even three years ago on this show. Granted, Vernon was not as adept as the majority of the NFL players we’ve had on this show, and Johnny got RIDICULOUSLY low-balled on his score this week – but I guess the only conclusion I can reasonably draw is that not many people are actually voting (or voting consistently), and it’s causing the results to become unpredictable from time to time. There’s also the fact that you can now vote ten times PER COUPLE, per voting method, which I think is muddling things – where people used to have to put all their eggs in one basket, they can now put the same amount of eggs in multiple baskets; this only adds to the total number of points (and thus diminishes the power of each vote) and just seems to result in the needle not moving as much when you combine scores and votes. Add to this the fact that TPTB seem intent on keeping Monica (or Val) around despite a mediocre performance thus far, and I’m not sure what to make of things anymore. I feel like the “perpetual present” that the pandemic has left us all stuck in is seeping into every aspect of my life: it’s hard to think about what’s going to happen in the future, when each day just seems like an interminable NOW with no end in sight. Christ, this pandemic has made me nihilistic.

So we’re past the halfway point of the season, and we’ve eliminated 1/3 of the cast – so what type of narrative seems to be taking shape for the finale? Hard to say. For once, I don’t feel confident claiming any one person will for sure win – I tend to think Kaitlyn (and probably AJ, too – unless they fall into the bottom together) are likely going to get saved by the judges no matter what, but when it comes to winning…all bets are off. Will Nev make the finals? Maybe…maybe not. Nelly, Justina, and Jeannie are all big question marks for me, too – I think it’s equally possible that any of them make the finals or get eliminated just short of them. My gut says they can’t protect Monica forever, and if Skai keeps having off-weeks, I don’t think she sticks around, either. No idea what to make of Chrishell anymore, as it feels like Gleb could walk center stage and take a dump and still get glowing reviews for their routine. And is Johnny being set up as a shock elim in the coming weeks??? Could be…or last night could have been an anomaly. And despite Derek usually making the right call, my confidence in the judges this season choosing the correct couple when saving from the bottom two has waned – I tend to think they may be getting instructed to “make things interesting” from the control room, and may vote in a way that they wouldn’t normally. Hence, Carrie Ann’s (downright idiotic) choice to save Vernon & Peta over Johnny & Britt.

So Derek graced the DWTS stage for the first time in 3 years, and I daresay that was probably the only glimmer of hope DWTS has for a possible choreo Emmy nomination next summer – and given that perennial heavy-hitter SYTYCD did not air this year, it’s possible DWTS could eke out a nod along with some of the routines from World of Dance. Or who knows, maybe they won’t even bother to nominate anyone in that category – seems like a very 2020 outcome 😉 Loved this paso, and it felt like the culmination of all the years Derek spent using DWTS and the MOVE tours as a “test kitchen” for some of his wilder choreography ideas. Paso was always his favorite dance to choreograph, so the choice made sense; it was also nice to see how far Hayley has come in her ballroom and Latin technique, as some of her early days dabbling in it were a bit…shaky. I daresay her Latin technique bests Allison’s now, though, so if they ever went shopping for female pros again in the future (if there is one…), I think she’s a logical choice.

As most of us had predicted, Vernon left us this week – and while it was disappointing, I caught a bit of his GMA appearance this morning, and he seemed to have a very upbeat attitude about his elim, and was generally grateful for the experience. I think he had plateaued in terms of his dancing, too, so I don’t know that he would have fared well when they would have started doing 2+ dances per week. Glad he got to go out on a positive note, though – his cha-cha was a fun tribute to his grandpa and I think he had a lot of fun. Read more..

October 21, 2020 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.

DWTS 29 Week Six – Interviews, Recaps, Scores, TV Ratings, And Extras

ETA: Lots of updates below….

It’s hard to believe it’s the midway of the season. Time is flying fast for this season. The couples really need to impress now with no mistakes or anyone could leave. I was the most impressed with Kaitlyn & Artem last night. Just perfection. And how about Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert? Now that was an Emmy winning dance! I want more!!

So, as always, let’s check out the scores from last night in order…

AJ & Cheryl 27 (9, 9, 9)
Monica & Val 27 (9, 9, 9)
Kaitlyn & Artem 27 (9, 9, 9)
Justina & Sasha 27 (9, 9, 9)
Nev & Jenna 26 (9, 9, 8)
Jeannie & Brandon 25 (8, 8, 9)
Nelly & Daniella 24 (8, 8, 8)
Chrishell & Gleb 24 (8, 8, 8)
Johnny & Britt 22 (7, 8, 7)
Vernon & Peta 21 (7, 7, 7) Eliminated
Skai & Alan 18 (6, 6, 6)

If you missed seeing the dances, see the official You Tube page. You can see photos from the show at Getty Images.

Ok, now onto some interviews and recaps (and things released before the show). Thanks always for reading…. Read more..

October 20, 2020 I Written By

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and my other interests, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

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

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Carrie Ann Inaba Talks On Dancing With The Stars, Her New Boyfriend, and More On Live With Kelly and Ryan

Today, Carrie Ann Inaba was a guest on Live With Kelly and Ryan. Below she talks on all the wigs she’s been wearing on Dancing With The Stars this season. She also talks on her new boyfriend who is ….hmmmm…”very special” to her. It’s good to see her so happy. Lots more below….

October 14, 2020 I Written By

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PureDWTS Season 29, Week 5 – Power Rankings

Soooo…I can’t be the only one who wonders what the Russian pros (minus Artem, he’s an angel) did to piss off the hair department this week, right? 😛 What in the name of Party City Clearance Bin was on Gleb & Val’s heads??? I think the conclusion Mama Spence and I came to was some unholy abomination born of Mandy Patinkin in The Princess Bride, the owner of the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders, and this man looking for love in an 80’s dating service video:

 

Alan only got off marginally better than the other two, with what looks to be a discount version of Vicki Lawrence’s wig from Mama’s Family:

I don’t know if Tyrant is becoming more tolerable, or if everything else in this year is such a flaming dumpster fire by comparison and I’m just getting used to her particular brand of annoyance, but I found her MILDLY less annoying this week. MILDLY. But I will say I found it super-duper sketch when she brought up the whole elimination gaffe from last week again, and it makes me wonder if there’s more to it than simply being a control room “whoops”. Sis seemed awfully defensive about it, and eager to “set the record straight” – to which I say “Sure, Jan.” And so far, everyone that has fallen into the bottom two and been saved has ended up in the bottom two again and gotten flushed out the following week. But this week, Monica manages to avoid it altogether, owing to some awfully generous scoring for what I would consider a fairly weak tango? Just makes my brain itch. I don’t know to what end strings are being pulled, but it just adds to the stench of this season for me.

Well, in the aforementioned unexpected twist, Monica managed to stay completely safe this week, and it was Vernon and Jesse who took a tumble into the “Danger Zone” (seriously – of all the songs they could have resurrected for 80’s week, why not this one???).  Jesse was ultimately flushed out in a unanimous vote by the judges, and while I feel like he had plateaued (and even backslid) in the past two weeks, I am still a skosh disappointed that we lost him, because I do feel like he was trying; I feel like the one thing that gave Vernon a leg up over him, though, is that Vernon seems to take criticism from the judges and let it fuel him, while Jesse only seemed drained by it. Maybe it was for the best that he left sooner rather than later, as the weekly criticism seemed to be taking its toll on Jesse; but it still irks me that he and Sharna got screwed with music at least half the time, and I feel like that did play a major role in some of their dances being a bit lackluster. Their song this week had some really strange tempo changes that even Mama Spence noticed (and she will be the first to tell you she lacks all rhythm), so I’m inclined to cut them a bit of a break for some of their more awkward routines.

Given that it was a theme week, we of course had some songs that weren’t ideal for the dance that was being done to them, and most of the pros had to sacrifice a bit of content in favor of upholding the “spirit” of 80’s week…so I’m being a bit more lenient on filler/time wasters this week. I also have beaucoup gifs this week, so bear with me 😉 Read more..

October 13, 2020 I Written By

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