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PureDWTS DWTS Juniors, Season 1 – Week 5 Live(ish) Blog!!!

After a hiatus last week (owing to some Disney anniversary nonsense), we’re back in business this week – and thank god, cause last week’s regular DWTS has left me in need of a palate cleanser…and Juniors is the perfect salve for disillusioned wounds 🙂

Tonight is “Juniors Choice” night – and the kids are dancing to songs picked by the Junior celebs. Missed the boat on a “Who’s Dancing What” post this week, but the press release is here. Oh look, all of the kids have picked fun and well-known songs – except Kenzie, who is dancing to her own song.  Sorry y’all, I just find her entire presence on Juniors to be a carefully-crafted PR op, while the other junior celebs seem to be having very organic journeys. Maddie’s due to make an appearance next week…

Spoiler alert! We’ll see the “10” paddle for the first time tonight 🙂 A few more spoilers here.

Costumes look fun.

Miles is doing the theme from “Space Jam”.  I’ve never actually seen Space Jam, but I know everyone seems to love  it. They’re trying to work some basketball moves into the dance. Miles is tied up filming Black-ish and trying to balance both shows.

Very high-energy and fun routine, with a TON of content. Might have been a section where Miles forgot choreo, but overall, IMPRESSIVE.

Adam making some basketball analogy. Val going on about how he loved Space Jam and thought it was incredible. 9’s across the board, which seems fair.

Kenzie’s crying in her package and I’m not really following why…

She’s keeping up and the song is ok, but she’s doing that same hard-hitting thing she did with her jive in Halloween week and it’s making everything feel jerky.

Adam praises her “giving herself” and says the song’s “really good”.  Val praises her for having “never done cha-cha before”. Mandy says she’s a performer and has star-quality, and encourages them to continue working on partnering.  Scores after the break…

Ok, I may have to watch that Prince-themed episode of Black-ish 🙂

Kenzie & Sage get 9, 9, 9 – I don’t think it was as good as Miles & Rylee’s dance, but go off, I guess.

Jason & Elliana up next.  My god, this kid is such a character – he’s got the Run DMC chains, glasses, tracksuit, and hat on 😛

It was a fun routine and Jason sold it well, even if he wasn’t always hitting the moves quite right. I feel like he’s going places.

Val says it had swag X 1000.  Elliana says Jason is “an 80-year-old trapped in an 11-year-old’s body”.  Mandy praises him for dancing “out” of  his body. Adam says he was “the leader of that dance crew”.

9, 8, 8 – probably fair.  Jason looks THRILLED.

Akash & Kamri up after the break!

Akash wants to spell a word for a his dance.  Ooo…kay. Let’s see how this works…

It’s a tad messy, but a very fun Charleston.

Mandy was impressed with how fast he switched gears from spelling to dancing, and says he’s the first one in DWTS history to do a “one-legged leapfrog over his partner”. Val says Akash “makes intelligence look charming”. Akash thanks the judges for their comments, and tells all the kids at home that “you’re never too young to do big things”. Awwww.

7, 7, 6 – Akash & Kamri seem a little disappointed.

Sky & JT doing samba after the break!

Idol, go away.

Sky riding Alan as he does push-ups. 😛 She likes this song because it pumps her up before skateboarding.

Sky handles samba hip action and rhythm better than many of the adults on the show. I loved it.

Adam says Sky’s still not pointing her toes at times, but she’s “out there kickin’ biscuits and taking names”. Val praises the content and Alan for “making the right choices”. Mandy loves “the slingshot move” and praises the execution. Sky thanks Maddie Ziegler (who was in the video for “The Greatest”) for inspiring her.

Sky & JT get 8, 8, 7 – I’m not sure what’s with Adam tonight, but that deserved at least straight 8’s.

Mandla & Brightyn up after the break, with Ariana & Artyon closing the show. Feels like a bajillion commercial breaks tonight…

I see they’re advertising a “final 4” for the finale on DWTS…guess this week is a double elim, Heidi.

Mandla wants to do “Perm” by Bruno Mars.  I really hope the judges go easier on him this week – he seems to get a raw deal with scores.

It was a fun, energetic cha-cha, but I bet the judges call out lack of content…

Val praises Mandla being his own man outside of his dad’s shadow. Mandy says she “can’t stop watching” when Mandla dances. Adam praises the creativity.

They get 8, 9, 8 – seems about right.

Frankie feels extra awkward tonight.

Why do I have to explain the difference between Frankie Muniz and Carlos Munoz to Mama Spence? 😛

Ariana & Artyon felt like they let Brandon down after Halloween week.  Brandon did a good job of coaching and encouraging them to keep trying.

The kids requested a Rolex and a camel.  Oh boy. lol

As predicted, it brought the house down. Both of them hit it hard and sold the hell out of it.

Mandy praises the jazz content which they “swagged out”. Adam says they were tough in their last critique, but she came out and showed them what makes a champion. Val hands them his “rolly-rolly-rolly”.

Ariana says she was channeling Cardi B.  Artyon yells “Beyonce!!!”

9, 9, 10 – Ariana & Artyon both in tears. Awww.  Time to watch another cry for a not-so-happy reason 🙁

Leaving us tonight: Jason/Elliana/Emma.  This was tough, cause I think that kid’s got character in spades.

Jason’s not crying! He says he’s really sad, but “thank you for the opportunity”. He’s actually handling this really, really maturely.  I’m impressed as hell…this kid’s got a bright future 🙂

November 11, 2018 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. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS Season 27, Week 7 – Power Rankings

Welcome to season 27, where the decent dancers are in perpetual danger, and the more mediocre you are, the greater the likelihood you’ll stick around. Guys – this is not the dance show I fell in love with 13 years ago. This season is a strange, bastardized caricature of it – and that’s why this post has been hard to write.  It’s also been hard to try and make sense of the nonsense of this season in general, and I feel worthless when some of you come to me asking what to make of [insert nonsense here] or [insert wonky scoring here], and I’m not able to give you an intelligent explanation for it…because I don’t have one. It still tickles me that so many of you give a damn about what I write,  after all these years, and value my thoughts on this show. But this time around, I just don’t know what to tell you, other than “Yep, this season sucks.” I fear we’re possibly witnessing the death throes of DWTS – all good things must come to an end, I guess, and this show has paid the dividends for 13 years now, which is impressive and quite a bit longer than I thought it would be on the air. Just stinks that it’s going out in such an inauspicious way 🙁

It’s beyond me why reality competition shows even bother doing “country night” as a theme anymore – it only seems to appeal to a small subset of the audience, the music is often pretty cringe-y, and the attire is…questionable. Monday night’s show was no different – the opener was pretty sloppy, and even the guest singers seemed a bit bewildered and not quite sure what to do.  Additionally, I feel like the couples that got saddled dancing to songs performed live by the artists took a bit of a hit, as their choreography had to accommodate intermittent pans to the singer for their obligatory face time.  At the end of the night, I remembered very little, and cared even less about “country night”. Put it to bed, ABC.

As for who we lost this – John & DeMarcus were 2/3 of my favorite guys this season, and them getting taken out in one sweep was gutting. I would have GLADLY traded Joe, Bobby, Alexis, AND Juan Pablo if it meant keeping the two of them in the competition. I ended up enjoying John far more than I thought I would – he was actually a decent dancer, had great musicality, got along great with Emma, was excited to be there, had a nice journey, and was generally a likable, humble guy.  Unfortunately, I think the writing was on the wall where he was concerned – we saw it coming last week, and TPTB seemed to have decided his time was up. Then there’s DeMarcus – someone I thought for sure we’d see in the in the finale.  Not entirely sure what happened here – he was always one of the better male contestants, and was never a bad dancer in the same way that both Bobby & Joe are; he was also extremely likable and genuine, and vibed well with Lindsay.   Part of me thinks he just got lost in the shuffle between the general (but memorable) stink of Joe & Bobby, the three-ring circus of the Alanis/Alexan (have they decided on their ship name yet?) showmance, the gushing over Juan Pablo, and both Milo & Evanna having memorable journeys; part of the blame for that lies with the judges and their more middle-of-the-road scoring and critiques, which were usually unnecessarily tough on De. Then there’s also the small matter of his finger injury back in week 3 – as minor as it may have seemed in the grand scheme of things, it was as if the moment DeMarcus realized his finger was injured, sh*t got real.  I mentioned to someone on Twitter, but if you re-watch the video of it happening, there was a noticeable shift in his demeanor – he went from “Oh hell yeah!!!” to “Oh sh*t, this is bad!” in .3 seconds.  And part of me thinks he was never really able to shake it off totally – every dance from that moment on seemed a tad cautious and tentative. Who knows – regardless, I don’t think he or Lindsay deserved to go home, and on any other season, he probably would have had a free pass to the finale.  And the finale has suffered in quality with the lost off both John AND DeMarcus 🙁 …Read more

November 9, 2018 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. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

Dancing with the Stars Season 27, Week SEVEN – LIVE BLOG!

Thanks to Monday night football, I’m watching on a stream tonight – one that could go out at any time. So…fingers crossed. 🙂

T-minus 15 minutes to Country night!!

Great. My stream has an out of sync audio…

Oh lord, I just saw where the showmance gets even worse tonight. There’s kissing involved. :::rolls eyes:::

Liking all the costumes so far, although I did look and Jenna’s and try to figure out what was going on there. 🙂

Is that five live performances?? Geez.

Tonight’s a double elimination – no surprise there. You knew one was coming, if you’ve been paying attention at all.

John up first! Dancing to “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”. He’s in TN…which is looking as lovely as usual. 🙂 He’s making me misty talking about his kids.

I think he’s doing a great job, he’s keeping up with the pros….or they’re doing a good job of marking him. Probably both. Emma keeps the choreo relatively simple, and he handles it very well. I like it! Read more..

November 5, 2018 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 27, Week 7: Who’s Dancing What, And When?

Country week. Um, yes. No. All it means is we’ll have yet another week of dances that don’t go with the assigned song.

Gee, who didn’t know that there were team dances next week, since IT WAS ANNOUNCED ON THE SHOW.  :::rolls eyes:::  Yes, it is a tad annoying when people come on to this site like they have some great intel we didn’t know…and it was something announced on the show. Also spare me the “I figure, based on instagram…”  unless you’re a long time poster here. Newbies doing that just make my eyes roll out of my head.

Anyway, the teams are….scroll……. (my money’s on Milo)

ETA4: Dance order update from Cheryl’s instagram…her team is last also. 

Juan Pablo & Cheryl – Charleston (song: “One Shot” by Hunter Hayes)
Dancing 3rd
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Milo & Witney – foxtrot (song: “Born to Love You” performed live by LANCO)
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John & Emma – jazz (song: “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” by John Denver)
1-800-868-3407

DeMarcus & Lindsay – Viennese waltz (song: “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton)
1-800-868-3404

Evanna & Keo – rumba (song: “Every Little Thing” performed live by Carly Pearce)
1-800-868-3405

Alexis & Alan – samba (song: “Ladies in the ’90s” performed live by Lauren Alaina)
1-800-868-3401

Joe & Jenna – tango (song: “Burning Man” by Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osbourne)
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Bobby & Sharna – V. Waltz (Song: “Can’t Help Falling in Love” performed by Chris Janson)
Dancing last
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ETA: Well, just to show you that they like to switch things up, it’s team captain Bobby Bones, ya’ll. And Team JoeDown, which I think someone mentioned in comments but I’m too lazy to go back and look. Entertainment Tonight clarified the team names for us…but I don’t think there is any other new information in there. You can click the link to see some photos though.

ETA2: Got one of the songs.  I heart Dolly. Don’t bungle this, Bones. -Court-

ETA3: All songs & dances up.  If John’s headed home come Monday, I think he’ll at least be going out on a high note with that song/dance. DeMarcus hit the jackpot with his song – everyone seems just bonkers over Chris Stapleton these days.  -Court-

Team HayNow (song: “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton)
Milo and Witney
Evanna and Keo
Bobby and Sharna
John and Emma

Team Joe Down (song: “Country Girl” by Luke Bryan) Dancing Last
Juan and Cheryl
DeMarcus and Lindsay
Alexis and Alan
Joe and Jenna

October 30, 2018 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 27, Week SIX – LIVE BLOG!

So, will they do a double tonight to make up for the lack of an elimination last week?? That would be a trick…or a treat, depending on who it is that goes home. 🙂

T-minus 15 minutes.

This is a pretty cute opening number, I must say. Very long though – wonder how many takes it took. 🙂

Going right into the show with Milo and Witney…he’s cute. Is Witney’s hair gray?   Looks like it in spots. Looks good though.

Funny story about ghost hunter shows.  Me and my sis watched a couple a couple christmases ago. We spent the next several days going “Did ya hear that??” every time we saw each other 🙂

Milo looks creepy. Wasn’t sure about the choreo at first, too frantic, but it improved after he broke her back.  All in all, an excellent dance. Read more..

October 29, 2018 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 DWTS Juniors, Season 1 – Week 4 Live(ish) Blog!!!

It’s the second week in a row where the Juniors theme has matched the theme on the adult version – tonight they’re doing Halloween, and like Disney last week, I have a feeling the kids are gonna outdo the adults again. High score spoilers here, songs and dances here. Tonight’s episode was taped on August 10.

Gonna try to type as fast as I can, but I’m also trying to eat a bánh mì and sorta-kinda read my accounting textbook.  It’s been a busy weekend, to say the least 😛

Cute opener with monster/zombie choreography.  Sage & Kenzie still look like the kids that got held back a grade or two and tower over the rest of the class.

Akash & Kamri going with a mad scientist theme. Kind of perfect for Akash 😛

It’s pretty stinking cute.  Akash has his hair gelled up and does the entire dance with goggles on.  He seems to be getting bolder on the floor and also more articulate and less nervous when he talks.

Mandy thinks its some of his best dancing so far. Adam praises him for working through the goggle issues.  Val starts down some track about chemistry, but kind of abandons it and instead tells them it was great.  They get 7, 7, 7.

Mandla & Brightyn up next.  Apparently there’s a cauldron in their dance.

Mandla seems rather shy & soft-spoken in interviews, but seems to come alive on the floor.

It’s cute and very fast, but seemed to lose a bit of steam in the middle.

Milo was in the audience that week! They must have booked him early.

Val says he’s usually hard on Mandla for content (even though Mandla has NO SAY in it) but it was great this week, and makes some reference to South Carolina.  Mandy says this was as good as his week 1 performance. Scores after the commercial. Then Kenzie & Sage dance. Aren’t they just wearing their costumes from week 2, just…zombiefied?

Mandla & Brightyn get 8, 8, 7 – not sure why Adam was the lone dissenter.

Yes, Kenzie & Sage are wearing the same costumes from week 2 – Kenzie even says they’re “monsterfied”.

I can’t be the only one that has a compulsive desire to karate chop Gleb in the throat like Miss Piggy whenever he speaks…

It was a good jive, but I’m not sure how to describe Kenzie’s technique…almost TOO sharp? It was almost too aggressive & sharp, as opposed to bouncy.

Mandy says there’s something missing, and mentions Kenzie losing focus when doing tricks. Val enjoyed it. Adam says it’s excellent and says “You look terrible, but I love it!” They get 8, 8, 9.

Troupe in fox costumes dancing to “What Does the Fox Say?” We can leave that song back in 2013, thanks.

Jason & Elliana up next doing Argentine tango.  Jason is playing a vampire and Elliana says she’s playing “an innocent girl named Patti.” Jason: “Like a secretary?” Dying.

Ok, that may have been my favorite dance so far.  Jason sold the hell out of it, and there were a bunch of subtle little movements that have become so characteristic of Emma’s choreo.  She knocked it out of the park AGAIN, despite having a weaker couple and a less-than-ideal song.

All three judges blown away and very positive about the performance. Jason does an old-school vampire impression.

8, 9, 8 – I agree.  Jason says he’s still in a dream and he cannot wake up.

Alana & Tristan up after the break…

Correction, Ariana & Artyon up next, doing paso.

Ariana can’t say paso doble, so she calls it a “Picasso”.  Artyon doesn’t know what a Picasso is. 😛

Brandon laying down the law in rehearsal!

It’s a pretty good paso. They both sell it well. Kenny Ortega in the house!

Adam says the dancing is very good, but wants to see “a greater range of emotion”.  Val agrees with Adam.  Just how are they expecting a 10 & 11-year-old to emote? Mandy makes sense of it, saying that there was a lot of “hard-hitting moves” and they want to see more than that.

They get 7, 8, 7 – boys, you’re being stingy. Cut it out.  Should have had at least another 8.

Alana & Tristan up next, doing jazz to Ghostbusters. Cameo by apparition of Len in their rehearsal package 😛

I am beyond tired of “Ghostbusters” used in Halloween week, but Alana & Tristan made the most of it.  Very simple, but Alana kept up and sold it well. And they get slimed at the end 😛

Val commends the body roll.  Mandy says she did everything necessary for a jazz.  Adam continues his mall analogy from the past two weeks – in week 2, it “looked like she was walking at a mall”; last week, “the mall was closed”; this week, “if there were any ghosts at the mall, I’d definitely call you.” They get their scores after the commercial.

Artem trying like hell not to get slimed by getting hugs from Alanna & Tristan.  They get 7, 7, 7 – probably a bit kind, given the other scores they’ve given out tonight.

Sky & JT doing jive to “Little Shop of Horrors”.  God these two are beyond cute. Sky struggling a bit with the choreo.

Alan so proud of his kids.  Daaaaaawwww.

It’s actually super cute, and they sell it 110%.  Take note, Gleb – that weak ass “jizz” you choreographed for Jana just got bested by two minors. Loved the back bend walk.

Judges all very complimentary. Sky thanking Alan & JT for “being so patient with me.  I just love these people.” They get 9, 9, 8  and are squealing for joy.

Miles & Rylee closing the show after the break…

They’re in a candy haze prepping for their samba.  Miles has an orange tootsie roll up his nose. 😛

WOW.  Miles actually really nailed the samba technique – perhaps better than Artyon, a junior pro, did last week.  TONS of content. He & really out of breath.

Judges all very positive.  Mandy says we’re witnessing a transformation.

No Juniors next Sunday, y’all.

They get 9, 9, 9 – high score of the night.  I think it’s fair.  His & Jason’s dances were my faves this week.

Heading home: Alana & Tristan

Poor thing is in tears and seems shocked. This never gets easier 🙁 Interesting to note that the only kid so far that HASN’T cried when they were eliminated was Tripp.

October 28, 2018 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. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS Season 27, Week 6: Who’s Dancing What, And When?

Looks like we’re getting a number from the Tour cast, the Jabawockees are going to be on….this is from the press release. I’ll spare you the very bad puns.  We also get tWitch!

Stephen “tWitch” Boss, will choreograph and dance to a delightfully eerie number based on a music video from Freeform’s “31 Nights of Halloween,” with his spectacular dancers, including his wife and former “Dancing with the Stars” pro, Allison Holker.

Moulin Rouge???  Um. Okay.  Ordinarily a tango to that would be awesome, but Halloween and JOE??  Lord save us. 🙂

ETA: Here’s the running order….and it’s total crap. :::rolls eyes:::

Milo & Witney – Contemporary  (Song: “Toxic” by 2WEI)
Dancing 1st
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John & Emma – Paso Doblé  (Song: “Main Titles” from “Beetlejuice,” by Ray Chew Live)
Dancing 2nd
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DeMarcus & Lindsay – Salsa  (Song: “Under Your Spell” by Leo Soul)
Dancing 3rd
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Evanna & Keo –  Tango  (Song: “Disturbia” by Rihanna)
Dancing 4th
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Bobby & Sharna – Argentine Tango  (Song: “Mr. Sandman” by SYM)
Dancing 5th
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Mary Lou & Sasha – Tango  (Song:  “Shame” by Elle King)
Dancing 6th
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Alexis & Alan – Jazz  (Song: “Candyman” by Christina Aguilera )
Dancing 7th
1-800-868-3401

Joe & Jenna – Argentine Tango  (Song: “El Tango de Roxanne” from “Moulin Rouge”)
Dancing 8th
1-800-868-3406

Juan Pablo & Cheryl –  Jive  (Song: “Dead Man’s Party” by Atwater Men’s Club)
Dancing 9th
1-800-868-3408

October 25, 2018 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 DWTS Juniors, Season 1, Week 4 – Who’s Dancing What?

We’ve got another DWTS double-header this week: it’s Halloween week on both shows. Like Disney week, I think I’m more excited to see the kids’ dances than the adults’. Go here for spoilers on who the high scorers were – also has a couple cute pix of the junior pros in costume 🙂

 

Akash & Kamri (mentored by Witney) – tango (song: “Weird Science” by Oingo Boingo)

Ariana & Artyon (mentored by Brandon) – paso doble (song: “Ways to Be Wicked” from Descendents)

Alana & Tristan (mentored by Artem) – jazz (song: “Theme from Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.)

Jason & Elliana (mentored by Emma) – Argentine tango (song: “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds of Summer)

Kenzie & Sage (mentored by Gleb) – jive (song: “Monster Mash” by Atwater Men’s Club)

Mandla & Brightyn (mentored by Cheryl) – Charleston (song: “Witch Doctor” by Cartoons)

Miles & Rylee (mentored by Lindsay) – samba (song: “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow)

Sky & JT (mentored by Alan) – jive (song: “Little Shop of Horrors” by KIDZ BOP Kids)

 

 

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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. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS Season 27, Week 5 – Power Rankings

Weird things happen when Disney comes to town. Wonky scoring, a fake-out jeopardy and almost-elimination…I guess we should unpack what all went down and see what can be inferred from it. Generally, I think the judges were out to give out as many points as they could reasonably get away with last night, to everyone except Joe; this accomplishes two things: it makes the voting margins very small (due to the larger number of total points), and also makes it harder for Joe to try and make up ground and potentially oust a better dancer. Given that we’re now on the hook for (2) double elims (and one of them is on night 1 of finale week), and we didn’t eliminate anyone this week, I’m thinking next week we cut (2) couples, when we’ve got the best odds of Joe at the very least falling into the bottom two.  He doesn’t have to be the lowest on the totem pole; if they can just get him second-lowest, they can flush him out.  As for the psych-out almost-elim – my little bird told me the couples were told by producers (after the fact, of course) that the two couples in jeopardy “were only picked for shock value, it wasn’t a ‘real’ jeopardy”. Be that as it may, I think that faux jeopardy will only have the effect of boosting votes for DeMarcus and Alexis – I think the former is doing fine, vote-wise, but I think the latter probably could use whatever boost they can give her.  I think it’s interesting that they went more for “shock value”, when they could have actually utilized this jeopardy to boost someone that maybe needed help – Mary Lou comes to mind, as I have yet to find any super-passionate Mary Lou voters (except maybe Bill – I know you’re reading this, bruh) and there seems to be a lot of viewers that tend to forget about her by the end of the night. Then again, with 5 weeks down and 4 to go, they’ve gotta start lining things up for their ideal finale…

…which brings  me to my next point: given that last night was the midpoint of the season, it’s time to take inventory of who I think is headed to the finale and who is probably not.  I’ve been told by several people that Carrie Ann apparently said in her Instagram live that (5) couples go to night 1 of the finale (meaning we get five freestyles) and then there’s a double elim at the end of the night, and only the final (3) dance on night 2 of the finale. So somewhere in weeks 6, 7, and 8, we’ve gotta shed (4) more couples…meaning there’s a double elim at some point BEFORE the finale, and my guess is that it’s next week.  My gut says they don’t let Joe anywhere near the finale, if they can help it – and Bobby’s probably not far behind him. Mary Lou just seems to be fading into the background, so I doubt she’s long for this show, either; I think the last cut is probably a toss-up between John and Juan Pablo – I think John’s actually connecting better with the audience, but I get the feeling TPTB are going to do whatever they can to ensure that the better dancer (Juan Pablo) makes it over the decent-dancing everyman. So that leaves us with Milo, DeMarcus, Alexis, Evanna, and either Juan Pablo or John headed to night 1 of the finale; of those, I think the final three SHOULD be DeMarcus, Milo, and Evanna. But given the sudden showmance angle with Alexis & Alan, and the fact that they seem to think Juan Pablo is the greatest thing since sliced bread, who knows what will happen.

Things I enjoyed from last night? Loved that they found ways to work in the junior pros and contestants, and that opener was the most unique one we’ve had in awhile – loved how may Disney Easter eggs they managed to throw in the background (loved Hayley trying to jam Cinderella’s slipper on Britt’s foot in the hallway 😛 ).  As far as I’m concerned, Jason Maybaum can cohost with Berge anytime – that kid is a riot 🙂 Read more..

October 23, 2018 I Written By

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Dancing with the Stars Season 27, Week FIVE – LIVE BLOG!

Well, I have to say that I’ve never been a huge fan of Disney night – or theme nights in general. Always seems like we end up with dance styles which are no where close to the music handed out. For a current example, look at Sophia’s samba last night on DWTS Juniors. That was the most egregious dance/song combo in quite some time. Poor kid.

T-minus 15 minutes…

So, I guess CAI said on IG stories that five couples will go into finale night and there will be a double elimination, sending three couples to night two?? If she’s correct, that means no double before finale night. If my math is good. And it HAS been a long day at work….

Cute opening with some DWTS Jr kids along with Jordan. Nice dance…hey Val, you’re in Derek’s spot front and center! That spot has to be earned! 🙂

Jordan is a pretty good singer. The pros are looking nice and sharp. Oh, there’s all the kids!! Cute. Okay, we’re getting a little busy now…

Alexis up first and she looks beautiful, as per usual. Oh boy, shipper bait. I want Minnie ears….oh geez, going right to the question about feelings. :::rolls eyes:::

Lovely dance, although her feet came off the floor. If she makes it though without tripping on the too long skirt it will be a miracle…Gorgeous dress, gorgeous dance. Didn’t see too much wrong with it. We’ll see what the judges have to say.

Len says No stressing no messing…and he comments on their chemistry, then says the footwork could have been cleaner but that she’s above her plateau. Bruno says Disney magic stronger than ever…and more shipper commentary. These people know their audience and the rabidity of shippers…so why not feed them. CAI says Disney can be challenging and that her dance made her believe in fairy tales. Agreed.

Again, that dress is stunning. Love it! Scores: 10, 9, 10.  Hmmm…I sure hope she’s not going home. Don’t know if that was a 10 dance – nines for sure.

Up next is JP and Cheryl with a V. Waltz.  He wanted to be a disney animator? That’s interesting. I don’t buy that Beauty and the Beast is his favorite though. I smell a script. With the pony tail too. And wasn’t Gaston a bad guy?? Another reason not to like theme weeks – way too much group and extra dancers. Hard to focus on the dancing. Looks pretty good, though. I predict he grabs the…oh, too late. He already did it.

All in all I think that was a very good dance but there was too much troupe and production. And Tom says it’s one of his favorites?? Getting in on the producer manipulation?? Bruno says he was spot on on every level. CAI asks whose hair is longer, says he has flair and he leads cheryl, every detail is perfect. I smell 10s – again, unearned. Len says he was full of gusto and zest, he’s fantastic. Says he would have liked a fleckle. 🙂  He’ll tie with Alexis.

DeMarcus in the 3rd position?? Not good. Of course he got totally hosed last week. So they’re doing a charleston to Hercules.  Don’t go too lift heavy, Lindsay.

Like the staging. Oh boy, not moving his feet in that first section. Great lift and flip!He’s having some foot problems – he doesn’t need to give them an excuse. About half way through the dance he really got it together and I love the windmills. I’m afraid that they talk him down so much that it will start to become reality.

CAI is cheering him and really talking him up. Now I’m confused – I think this was his least good dance and she’s raving. Are they going to give everyone tens to try and get rid of Joe?? Len says it was a wonderful job. Not a lot of charleston going on. Bruno says he’s becoming a theater man, charleston was pretty good, light-footed, didn’t miss a beat (disagree). Yeah, He was way better than this the last few weeks and people wonder why the celebs get confused.

Scores: 9, 8 and 9 for a 26.  That’s pretty good. I would have handed out all 8s (and would have given them this at least last week).

Well, hell. They’ve got Evanna in historically one of the worst running order positions for this point in the season. :::sigh:::

Heh. I like the bumpers with the little kids and the big kids.

Evanna up next! With a Tangled Jazz.  I think Luna Lovegood is like a disney princess. 🙂 Keo scared of rollercoasters? That wasn’t even a big one!

Again I love the staging. Cute. She is too cute. This dance suits her. And she’s executing very well. She looks like a natural. Not crazy about the song, actually.  She might actually be expecting better than Keo…okay, loved it. Very cute.

Len liked the light and shade, lovely feel to it. Says it wasn’t spectacular but it was well danced and well done. He’s on crack. Bruno thinks she has found her stride, confident and self assured. Says her impetus says she chases the music a bit. He might be right on that. CAI says she did the Disney name proud.  Keep her chest open. She says she has the talent.

Scores: 8, 8, 8 for a 24.  Not good. I hope they didn’t hose her.

That bumper with all the men was just soooo frantic.

Oh joe. You think that was better than before?? You’re wrong. And you’re not growing. A jive might kill me.

Neither Joe nor Jenna are good at reading lines. 🙂

I love this little kid.  Oh my, Joe had a few steps that weren’t half bad there, and then he got all off time. Are they allowed to do a lift in the dance?? He’s not totally sucking so far. But he doesn’t have much rhythm. That whole bridge? He didn’t move.  He was pretty stationary for the last half of the dance. Let’s see if it worked.

Bruno – I can sense a very faint glimmer of hope. The timing is slightly better, but still in three different time zones, but at least you tried. He says he needs to work on the quality. CAI says Go Joe! Says it was a vast improvement, he didn’t miss a step and it was loaded. Okay – no one is going home tonight. They’re being too kind.  Len says he liked and admires that he gets knocked but he gets back up and give it his all. Len’s advice – there wasn’t enough Jive in the Jive (true). He wants him to come back, get in there and give it some welly.

Jason is a little star, for sure – but is he in every shot because he’s so freakin’ cute?

Scores for Joe and Jenna: 6, 5, 6 – a bit better than last week.

Numbers UPDATE:  So far, Joe still has a long row to hoe to stick around, compared to those who have already dances. He needs 28.4k more votes per million votes cast to beat Evanna, 36.5k more votes per million votes cast to beat DeMarcus, and 48.6k more votes per million votes cast to beat either JP or Alexis.  I don’t think he’s beating Evanna or DeMarcus. I think JP beats Alexis (not with me) which would make him safe. Alexis could be at risk, but for her to be eliminated, Joe would have to clear a bigger margin than last week.

Mary lou is up next and she’s kinda fading into the woodwork for me. I wonder if they will continue to pump her up. She’s doing contemporary so she should do very well. This is right in her well house.

I find the beginning of this dance to be very awkward, stilted. She needs Sasha there, IMO. And still she has some hesitation.  It’s pretty, but nothing really special, I don’t think.  But she cried so she’ll get tens. I think she seems kinda fake. Maybe that’s mean, but I’m not feeling her.

CAI says the show lives for this moment, but she got a little tight and then something happened, she opened and the tears flowed. Len liked that it was gentle and fluid, the musicality was good, didn’t like Sasha’s rolly poly. Says it was competent. Bruno loves her determination, believes in what she does, she’s getting stronger and her performance is getting better.

Why is Tom editorializing so much? Is the show running short?

Scores: 9, 8, 8 for a 25 out of 30.  I think Evanna was better but Mary Lou may not be getting the votes.

My Keurig appears to be dying. :::sob:::

I think that was a great dance from John and Emma. The choreo was clever as per usual and he did a really good job!!

Len says it was full of content, and full energy but he lost  a bit toward the end but it is his best dance yet. Bruno says he brought sparkle to the jungle and it was a recognizable content. CAI says it was his best performance over all, despite a few snafus. Yeah, I saw his weird legs in one spot so I can’t get too mad at that.

I love that song too, John!  And he gets a 24! A high for them.

Numbers UPDATE!  Joe needs the following votes per million votes cast in order to stay:

John/Evanna – 31.4k
Mary Lou – 35.9k
DeMarcus – 40.4k
Alexis/JP – 53.9k

Bobby Bones up next! Sharna finally gets to be little mermaid.  She wants elegance. Good luck.

Ever notice when a pro has someone who really can’t dance they stress growth? And then, when they have a ringer they tell a whole different story.

Sharna looks amazing, although the weave is a bit harsh. Bobby is a bit stilted in his movements to begin with . But he’s not horrendous and he’s certainly trying very hard. As the dance goes along he get into and gets a lot better.  This might be my favorite dance from him. It’s the first time he’s seemed genuine to me.

Bruno says he got the catch of the day, it was a bit slippery at times but he got back on it, it was a brave effort. CAI says he’s still holding the pose and she noticed it the most, he’s got the posture down.  He’s got so much joy, she says. Len says he was outside his comfort zone and he’s doing a Waltz, Len likes that he played it straight and it was pretty well done.

Scores: 7, 7, 7 for a 21. I might have given him one 8. Maybe. 🙂

Lin Manuel Miranda!!!!  :::swoon::: Dick Van Dyke! My heart….google Dick Van Dyke, Derek Hough and Travis Wall to see a dance I watched literally 50 times.

NUMBERS: There are only 17.9k votes between Joe and Bobby.

Milo up next with a quickstep!

Love Tom in jail! Are his legs too far apart in spots?  And I think he missed a step there at one point. But he recovered quickly. He did great when the tempo kicked up.  Not his best dance but he did very, very well. I’d give him three nines probably.

Running out of time?? CAI loved it. Len says it had plenty of Zippidy doo dah – he doesn’t want to be a party pooper but there wasn’t enough body contact. Agreed. Bruno doesn’t have any complaints, it was a blockbuster.

Scores: 27 with a 10 from Bruno after an 8 from Len – Bruno, the great equalizer. 🙂

Jeopardy: DeMarcus and Lindsay

Jeopardy: Alexis and Alan

Everyone else is safe.

Elimination: No one is going home.  So, were those the real jeopardy or were they the people who needed votes?? Or the people they wanted to give more votes to?

Next week it will be two weeks of votes, this weeks scores and next weeks scores.

October 22, 2018 I Written By

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