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DWTS Season 25, Week 5 – Dancing by the Numbers!

DWTS is on the verge of boring the shit out of me once again.

Why, you ask? Well, they just seem so OBVIOUS to me. Perhaps they’re obvious to everyone which is why they’ve fallen below 10 million viewers for the first time EVER this season. But really, how many times do we have to see this scenario play out: they cast the show, sometimes with an obvious gimmick they are invested in (the Chmerlacheys) and sometimes just someone who is ABC family who they need to pimp. THEY, the producers, are invested in it for one reason or another and therefore they feel the need to pimp the crap out of it to try to get everyone else buying it as well.  It DOESN’T WORK OUT, so they are scrambling. They can’t just let the show evolve organically, so they think (tragically) that they must have a Chmerkovskiy in the finale – so they go to plan B: pimp the crap out of Val’s partner. Yes, Val was actually Plan B for a change. LOL. Does it occur to NO ONE on that show that if Val was that great he wouldn’t need all that help?

It’s ridiculous. Maks has actually earned his way to the finale on a few occasions without producer help – Mel B, Kirsti Alley are two that spring immediately to mind. So why not let the boys WORK for it like everyone else does?? I kind of feel like the producers of this show are in a Hollywood bubble where they talk to each other and convince themselves that we sheep still watching this show are just too stupid to figure out for ourselves who we like and who we want to vote for. And that we’ll never see the man behind the curtain.

And, sadly, in a lot of instances they are right about the stupid. But what would happen if they just let the show evolve organically?? Derek would have 8 or 9 MBTs instead of only 6?? Maybe. But perhaps that should be a wakeup call that Derek is your most valuable asset…or he’s a liability.  He’s become too big to be a pro. Stop using him for your own agenda and screwing his partners over. Don’t wait until he says “fuck it” and leaves on his own. AND DON’T TRY TO RECREATE HIM in pros who don’t have a fraction of his choreography/teaching talent and who still haven’t figured out how to work DWTS. Derek was not pimped to be the best pro ever on this show – it just happened. He walked on to the show and stole the spotlight from a certain Ukranian. So what would happen if they just let the pros be pros and work their butts off? Well, I imagine that right now Lindsay, Witney and Mark would be a LOCK for the finale, and possibly Emma as well.

But can you honestly say that any of those three are a serious lock for the finale when suddenly Victoria and Val are getting 9’s (10s this week I’m sure) for dances that can’t even touch what Mark, Lindsay and Witney are doing for their partners? Which of these pros is going to get well and truly screwed out of a place in the finale, eh? None of them should be. Mark is doing the best work of his career on DWTS – in any other environment he would be a lock for an Emmy nomination. Every week he gives his partner something brilliant to do and she does it with a joy and light that permeates the entire dance. She’s a breath of fresh air. Frankie is an actual delight this season – not a trained dancer, not even the best dancer, but you watch him and you can’t help but root for him and hope he does well. Witney is doing right by him, giving him dances that me happy and work for him. And Lindsay? This girl is overdue for a MBT. Yes, this season she has an amazing partner who may not connect with some – but he works for me and their dances have been first rate. Then there’s Emma who’s dancing with someone who is 6’4” tall – a tall order (haha) for anyone. Someone that tall is tough to get dancing properly and she’s doing a great job. Including Jonathan in their jive was a stroke of genius – that’s called playing the DWTS game. Knowing what it takes to stand out in the field, recognizing that the best dancer doesn’t always win, and working the show to the advantage of your partner.

These four pros and their partners deserve to be the last four standing…but why do I think it won’t work out that way? Because the producers have decided that we can’t have nice things. They get the shakes if they don’t have a C-boy in the finale. Why? Mark Ballas starred on Broadway, Emma won last season and the world didn’t end, Witney and Lindsay are pretty popular in their own right…what the ever-loving hell is wrong with letting the show evolve naturally???

Ah, screw it. Rant over. For now. What does the damn leader board look like?

We have Jordan, Frankie, Lindsey and Victoria as our top four per the judges scores. One of these dances is not like the others; Victoria’s dance I found to be boring. But I’m not a Disney person in any case. It was low energy, simple and not even close to in sync like the judges were desperate to claim. Totally over scored. Was it over scored because she isn’t getting the votes, or over scored just because the judges are creating an arc for her? Who the hell knows.

In any case, it seems pretty simple this week in that there is a good break between the top tier scores and the bottom tier scores. There’s a full two points between Nikki/Victoria and Drew/Terrell – not saying that’s how his should be, just how it IS.

As a result of this break and the vote totals needed, I think it’s safe to say that Jordan, Frankie, Lindsey, Nikki and Victoria are all safe this week.  Nikki is kinda getting hosed every week, but this week I think her score is high enough to keep her safe.  The vote totals are just working in her favor.

In trouble? The Chmerlacheys for sure, along with possibly Terrell (although I kinda doubt it).  Nick is at the bottom of the leader board and he has some work to do.

As you can see, Nick needs about 7,700 more votes per million votes cast to stay over his wife. Is it possible he does? Sure, but I tend to think it’s unlikely. Maks beats Peta in the fanbase department, although Nick beats Vanessa in the fanbase department. I just think that people who watch this show (the general audience) are more likely to go Vanessa – she seems a bit manic, but she’s a decent dancer. In another pro’s hands she might be in the running to go to the finale. I have to say…I feel very sorry for Vanessa. I liked her a lot at the beginning and then some kind of shit went down with Maks. And sorry, Maks fans, but he has a responsibility to make this show a great experience for his partner, regardless. All pros have struggled with this from time to time, but Maks takes the cake. He hasn’t realized, after all these years, that he’s not the star of the show. Why this is hard for him, I don’t know. Anyway, Vanessa seems like she was the one who was gung ho to do the show and now the experience has not been great, thanks to her partner. And honestly, that’s very sad. So many people talk about what a great experience DWTS is, yet you get the wrong partner and it seems like it might be a nightmare. I can’t help but feel for Vanessa.

Anyway, Nick also needs about 11,500 more votes per million votes cast to get past either Drew or Terrell. I really don’t see that happening; both Drew and Terrell seem like audience favorites to me, at least for now. Drew is Property Brothers – which I’m mildly obsessed with – and Terrell really seemed to have a huge breakthrough in Week 4. I don’t know how long that will carry him considering the rest of the cast, but I think it helps him this week.

To sum up, Nick needs ONE of the following to be safe this week:

  • Nick needs about 7,700 more votes per million votes cast than Vanessa, OR;
  • Nick needs about 11,500 more votes per million votes cast than either Drew or Terrell, OR;
  • Nick needs about 19,200 more votes per million votes cast than either Nikki or Victoria

And so on up from there. I can’t see him making any of those vote totals, but I could be wrong. If he beats anyone, it will likely be his wife, Vanessa. I will be surprised by any other outcome. What about Vanessa?

Hmmmm….Vanessa only needs about 3,900 more votes per million votes cast to get past either Terrell or Drew. That is not a lot. It’s a tiny margin, actually. I don’t think I see it happening. But if she were to get more votes than either Terrell or Drew, Nick would need to get the 11,500 more votes per million votes cast than one of them for one of them to go home. And I don’t see that happening.

Because of that it certainly seems like Nick is going to be the one going home. I don’t think he beats Vanessa and he certainly doesn’t beat Terrell or Drew. It’s plausible he could be Vanessa, and for the “DRAMA” of it all they will likely put Vanessa and Drew in jeopardy together. Even though I called that happening a week ago. 😉

I’m going to quit belaboring this and say that Nick is the one going home. If I’m drastically wrong (i.e. it’s someone other than Nick or Vanessa), I’ll do a post mortem on Tuesday or Wednesday.

What do you think?

 

October 20, 2017 I Written By

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

Cheryl Burke Weighs In On Dance Moms, Dancing With The Stars, Terrell Owens, And More

In this new interview with Access Hollywood, Cheryl Burke weighs in on Dance Moms, Dancing With The Stars and more. I love what she says about Terrell Owens and their dance this past week (which I loved)….

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Jordan Fisher’s ‘Adrenaline Is A Big Factor’ On Dancing With The Stars

Jordan Fisher weighs in on his all of injuries while powering through on Dancing With The Stars. He tells People how adrenaline is helping him through. More below and at the link.

But while Fisher and dancing partner Lindsay Arnold should be celebrating after their major victory on Monday night, the 23-year-old Hamilton star is busy resting. Fisher suffered injuries while practicing gymnastics as a child, and his body is still recovering.

“I don’t have great hips for somebody who’s 23,” Fisher — who’s teaming up with Nintendo — tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I think adrenaline is a big factor. It definitely can mask a lot of things that I deal with, but the moment I get into my car and head home, that’s when my body goes ‘Oh God.’”

In addition to his weak hips, the actor says he suffers from tendinitis in both achilles, thin cartilage in his ankles and rotator cuff issues in his right shoulder.

“I’m definitely sore all the time,” says Fisher, who receives frequent care from a massage therapist. But the singer says exercise — like dancing — actually helps him prevent “real damage” in the future.

“It’s a matter of keeping it strengthened as much as I possibly can and continuing to just push through it,” says Fisher. “The doctors have always said ‘The moment you stop using it, use it.’ So my goal every day is to use my body.”

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

Go Inside Dancing With The Stars Gleb Savchenko’s Home, See His Adorable Family, And More

This is too awesome. ET went inside Gleb Savchenko’s home. We get to his wife Elena and their adorable kids. I’m LOVING this interview. See why below….

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

DWTS Season 25, Week 6 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Couldn’t find the press release this week, so I got these from DWTSGossip. I also didn’t have time to look and see if these songs are actually associated with movies, or if they were given a song/dance style and then the movie genre to work within. I’m thinking this MIGHT be better than giving them an actual movie. We’ve had some crap ass Movie nights when too many of the movies just didn’t work. Anyway…

Winners: Lindsey has done a bit of AT with the master, Derek, so she might have a bit of leg up, depending on how much AT he actually taught her in their 3 hours of rehearsal. Frankie doing Jazz should be a good thing – no rules and all that.

Losers: Oy veh – Nick and rumba?? Should be a disaster. Nikki gets “foreign” as a genre? Hosed. First she gets the Disney song no one knows and now this? Sheesh.

Everyone else is probably fine. I wonder if they’ll all get 24. 🙂

Victoria Arlen and Val – Paso Doble (Song: “We Will Rock You” by Queen (Sports))
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Vanessa Lachey and Maks – Quickstep (Song: “Let’s be Bad” from Smash (Musical))
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Lindsey Stirling and Mark – Argentine Tango (Song: “Human” by Sevdaliza (Sci-Fi))
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Nick Lachey and Peta – Samba (Song: “Wild Wild West” by Dru Hill, Will Smith & Kool Mo Dee (Western))
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Drew Scott and Emma – Paso Doble (Song: “Legend” by The Score (Action))
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Terrell Owens and Cheryl – Jive (Song: “Feel it Still” by Portugul. The Man (Spy))
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Frankie Muniz and Whitney – Jazz (Song: “Holly Rock” by Sheila E. (Animation))
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Jordan Fisher and Lindsay – Rumba (Song: “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran (Drama))
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Nikki Bella and Artem – Argentine Tango (Song: “Derniere Danse” by Indila (Foreign))
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October 19, 2017 I Written By

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

DWTS Carrie Ann Inaba Discusses Her Battle With Chronic Fatigue and More On The Talk

Carrie Ann Inaba helped to co-host The Talk this week. Below she talks on her battle with chronic fatigue. She also talks on being a dancer, her thoughts on Nomrani Kordei falling recently during a concert, and more….

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

Frankie Muniz Reacts To His Best Dance Yet On Dancing With The Stars

Frankie Muniz continues to amaze me every week. I can’t image what he’s like in rehearsals…..

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

Dancing With The Stars Nick Lachey Talks Balancing Act

Below Nick Lachey talks on balancing Dancing With The Stars and family life.

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

PureDWTS Season 25, Week 5 – Power Rankings

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

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

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

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

October 17, 2017 I Written By

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PureDWTS Season 25 Week 5 Interviews, Recaps, Scores, And More After The Dances

Well, Disney Night was another winner for me on Dancing With The Stars. The contestants and producers always outdo themselves. My fave dance of the night was Frankie and Witney! I never thought he could pull off a role like that, but, he did and so powerfully and sexy. *shock* I loved Mark & Lindsey and Jordan & Lindsay too. I also have to give props to Gleb and Sasha. They went out on a high note. That was their best dance of the season in my opinion. I loved her message all season and she looked beautiful.

Let’s review the scores….

Jordan & Lindsay 30 (10, 10, 10)
Frankie & Witney 29 (10, 9, 10)
Lindsey & Mark 28 (9, 10, 9)
Nikki & Artem 27 (9, 9, 9)
Victoria & Val 27 (9, 9, 9)
Drew & Emma 25 (9, 8, 8)
Terrell & Cheryl 25 (9, 8, 8)
Vanessa & Maks 24 (8, 8, 8)
Sasha & Gleb 24 (8, 8, 8) Eliminated
Nick & Peta 22 (7, 8, 7)

If you missed seeing the show, see Idolxfactor.com (these videos work internationally) and the official Your Tube page. Don’t miss some behind the scenes videos at the official Facebook page.

To start off with interviews and recaps, see ABC7. Also according to ABC7 next week’s theme is “A Night at the Movies”. Sitting in as guest judge will be Shania Twain. Also see People and Glamour for their recaps.

FOX411 has a recap and some fun interviews HERE and HERE on the night. In this take Drew talks on the weight he’s lost. Note how he flew to New York right after the show last night. Shew….

However, she’s not the only one who has downsized thanks to dancing; backstage, “Property Brothers” star Drew Scott told Fox News he’s lost 30 pounds.

“It’s a lot. I’m seeing my abs like I’ve never seen them before, yeah,” Scott exulted.

“But I’m eating a lot more now just because I need to keep that weight on. This is like back in my high school and college days. I could eat like a horse and never put on weight,” tall and gangly Scott told reporters.

“I want to keep [the weight] off where I am now. I just love this, but instead of going to the gym to do weight training, I’m getting all the cardio and everything I need here.

“I haven’t done cardio like this since I was a teenager,” Scott said, with dance partner Emma Slater by his side.

Because of work commitments, Scott doesn’t have time to go to the gym: “Literally, I fly out in an hour, I have to head to New York,” he said on Monday night after the “DWTS” Los Angeles taping.

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