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The Finalists Dish On The Finale of DWTS On Good Morning America, Live with Kelly and Ryan. And More

ETA: More media and interview updates below…

The finalists of Dancing With The Stars Season 29 talked with Good Morning America this morning. Coverage below. The finalists will also be chatting Live with Kelly and Ryan today. So, stay tuned for updates to this thread. What a season!! We here at PureDWTS couldn’t be more thankful to you all for making us your “go to” site for all things Dancing With The Stars!!! Much love to all, stay well and safe, and have the best holidays, Everyone.xxx

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November 24, 2020 I Written By

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Private Members Area – DWTS Season 29 Finale Discussion

It’s time again for Dancing with the Stars chatter! Share your thoughts and insights as we lead into the next season of Dancing with the Stars from the comfort of the Pure DWTS Private Members Area. If you’re not a Pure DWTS Insider yet, you can do so here. If you are, then I look forward to the discussion in the comments.

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November 23, 2020 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

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

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

T-minus…whatever. 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy to see Jeannie Mai in the ballroom!

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

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

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

Are those abs or ribs??  🙂

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kaitlyn is up next with her freestyle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Derek spinning in his chair is giving me life. 🙂

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

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

Tyra is so fucking dramatic. Fail.

Fourth Place: Justina and Sasha.

Third Place: Nelly and Daniella

The winners are: Kaitlyn and Artem.

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

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PureDWTS Season 29, Week 10 – Power Rankings

I apologize for the atrocious lateness of these rankings – while I’ve been working remote at my 9-5 since mid-March, I actually had to go into my office this week for what’s called an “action workout”; for those not familiar with lean production practices, it’s basically utilizing employees as a sort of think tank to solve in-house problems. The problem being addressed: how we’re going to free up 25K sq feet of space for a new production line in our roughly 75K sq foot building. The upside? I am now going to be working remote permanently, owing to the fact that they need to annex quite a bit of office space on site 😉 The downside? A week’s worth of long, contentious discussions, me pretending to know how to work in CAD, countless Powerpoint presentations, and one very sh*tty cardboard and styrofoam 3D model 😛 But it was totally worth it for the knowledge that I won’t have a morning commute, I won’t have to get all dressed up every morning, I will have a lot more flexibility in my schedule, and when I scream into the void in frustration, nobody will complain (except maybe the dog and the cat) 🙂 Has anyone else’s employer had a peculiar change of heart about remote work since the pandemic hit? A colleague asked my boss back in January (before anyone was really taking COVID seriously) if she could work a few days per week from home, and he said (with a straight face) “No, we need you here, it’s impossible for your job to be done remotely!!!” Fast forward to March 16, when we all got pulled into a conference room and were told that any of us that had the means to do so should start working from home immediately due to COVID, but we should be cleared to return to the office by June; June comes and goes, and in July we’re told that we won’t be coming back to the office before October (at the earliest).  Then 2 weeks ago, suddenly the discussion turned to “So, how would you feel about working from home permanently? You’re cool with it? AWESOME! When can you come clean out your desk??? The subcontractors will be here Monday to start planning out the remodel!” Amazing how it took a pandemic to make my very old-fashioned employer see that working remote can be beneficial to both employer and employee. …Read more

November 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 Ten- Interviews, Recaps, Scores, TV Ratings, And Extras

Wow to the level of dancing on Dancing With The Stars last night. I was so impressed with all the couples and how far each of them have come. However, I think Justina or Nelly should have went home instead of Johnny. I was really looking forward to his Freestyle.

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

Nev & Jenna
30 (10, 10, 10)
30 (10, 10, 10)

Kaitlyn & Artem
30 (10, 10, 10)
30 (10, 10, 10)

Justina & Sasha
28 (9, 10, 9)
30 (10, 10, 10)

Johnny & Britt
27 (9, 9, 9) Eliminated
30 (10, 10, 10)

Skai & Alan Eliminated
27 (9, 9, 9)
30 (10, 10, 10)

Nelly & Daniella
26 (9, 8, 9)
30 (10, 10, 10)

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). Read more..

November 17, 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.

Private Members Area – DWTS Season 29 Week 10 Semi-Finals Discussion

It’s time again for Dancing with the Stars chatter! Share your thoughts and insights as we lead into the next season of Dancing with the Stars from the comfort of the Pure DWTS Private Members Area. If you’re not a Pure DWTS Insider yet, you can do so here. If you are, then I look forward to the discussion in the comments.

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We know it’s a tough time for everyone, so no issues if you can’t afford to join the Private Members area.  We understand and will continue to make the majority of content available for free to everyone.  However, we thank those that do support the work we do here.  We all have regular jobs and do this on the side.  So, it’s nice to have a little side money from it.
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November 16, 2020 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 29, Week 10 – LIVE BLOG

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

T-minus 30 minutes…

I thought that opening number was adorable. Loved it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DWTS Season 29, Week 9 – Dancing by the Numbers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 13, 2020 I Written By

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

Dancing with the Stars Season 29, Week 10 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 12, 2020 I Written By

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PureDWTS Season 29, Week 9 – Power Rankings

Soooo…I can’t be the only one who went “Whoomp…there it is!” when they heard about Gleb’s divorce over the weekend 😛 It would not shock me to see Chrishell & Gleb getting papped together at some point in the near future, and I’m wondering if that’s part of the reason the show kept them around so long this season – perhaps the fleeting hope that they might get the chance to go public with a showmance? Who knows. Gleb’s divorce clearly wasn’t the biggest news this weekend, but I got a chuckle nonetheless 😉

So the face-offs went about like they have every other season: each face-off seemed to have one couple that went for technique while the other went for performance. And like most other seasons, the judges seemed to reward their points to the couple that needed them more (with the exception of whichever couple they were trying to oust – in this case, Nelly & Daniella). Also found it interesting that they seemed to make the celeb’s face-off costumes to match their first dances – not sure if this was done as a cost-saving measure or a time-saving one (or both), but I don’t know that we’ve seen anything like that before. Just curious.

In a move I don’t think most of us saw coming quite this soon, we lost AJ and Cheryl – a couple that many of us had predicted would win this season in our preseason poll. I think they were unfortunately just a sacrificial lamb – Nelly seemed to be the intended target for elimination this week, but when it became clear that he wasn’t going anywhere (and dancers that belong in the finale were falling into the bottom 2), the judges had to pivot; AJ just happened to have a bad day at the office when his Viennese waltz went off the rails, so I think he was the only logical choice. I’ll admit that I found myself a skosh disappointed with AJ this season – maybe my expectations were too high, maybe he just didn’t get the right choreo, maybe he got screwed with song and dance assignments, who knows. But I guess I just thought he would be someone who easily bested Nick Carter’s often-erratic performances, and instead I think he ended up only slightly better than Nick when you netted out all of his dances. Read more..

November 11, 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.