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PureDWTS Season 27, Week 1, Night 2 – LIVE BLOG!!!

So if you missed last night and are just tuning in, you can catch up with what went down last night here.ย  As for what’s going down tonight, an audible just got called in the last few hours that only the bottom 6 couples (in combined scores and votes after last night) will actually be dancing tonight, and the top 7 are safe and will not have to do their second dance. Songs and dance styles are here – if I had to guess, I’d say Nikki, Joe, John, Nancy, Danelle, and Evanna will probably be dancing tonight; outside chance of Milo, and long-shot shocker chance of Alexis. Which kinda sucks, because I was really looking forward to seeing Tinashe’s second jive ๐Ÿ™ I don’t have all the details of how this is going to work, but I would guess the elimination will be based on last night’s scores + votes, plus tonight’s scores (for those who actually dance); either the scores for those that dance tonight get tossed out after the elim, or everyone that doesn’t dance gets a set number of points added to their total so they aren’t at a disadvantage next week (like the winner of the immunity challenges we’ve seen in the past).

Additionally, we’ve got the whole DWTS Juniors cast in the house tonight, for the formal announcement of the junior celebs – if you can’t wait, our spoiler post is here.ย  I think the cast announcement, six dances, Kenzie singing, and doing an actual elim is enough to fill 2 hours – plus there’s the usual filler (recaps of last night’s dances, Tom plugging whatever’s going on next week, interviews with the couples, etc.). Plenty to blog about ๐Ÿ™‚

So who do I think is in danger heading into tonight’s elim? If you didn’t read my power rankings for night 1, here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: I think Nikki is unfortunately a goner, with Joe on the bubble and John as the longshot. If Nikki & Joe get called safe pretty early on, all bets are off. I honestly don’t think these 2nd dances are going to do much in the way of changing the outcome of the elimination – if I have time tomorrow (or realistically, later this week), I may run the numbers and do a what-if analysis to see what, if any, impact they would have had.

Here we go, night #2!!!

Kind of a cool, edgy opener – no props, just the pros doing doing tango/paso with lasers. I dig it. Read more..

September 25, 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 1, Night 1 – LIVE BLOG!!!

And just like that, it’s premiere night of a new season again ๐Ÿ™‚ Heidi’s still on vacay (I think she’ll be back for week 2), so you’ve got me for both the live blog and power rankings this week – I’m going to try not to be too repetitive, but given the current frazzled state of my brain, I make no guarantees ๐Ÿ˜‰

Running order, dances, songs, and voting numbers are here – right off the bat, I think Mary Lou, Juan Pablo, and DeMarcus are probably going to be good, by virtue of their running order position. My preliminary thoughts about this season are here – any thoughts from you guys headed into tonight’s show?

And here we go…

Kind of cute opener, though nothing really new. Lotta randos in that number, though – did I see Robert Roldan from SYTYCD???

I notice Erin made a point of saying it’s a “full season”.ย  Trying to shake off the stink of the poorly-rated All-Athletes season, maybe?

Respectable first outing by Mary Lou – she’s definitely better than most women her age, but she has a bit of a punchy, hoppy quality to her movement.ย  Good energy, though – great way to start the show.

Mary Lou gets 6, 7, 6, for 19/30.ย  Seems about right, but I could change my mind once I see how they’re scoring everyone else.

KIMMIE GIBBLER IS IN THE AUDIENCE!!! Standing next to her is Jana.

Milo just seems like such a good kid. Wish they didn’t have this nonsense line of zombie questions with Witney.

UM, WOW. Milo can MOVE – I had a feeling he’d be pretty good, but his movement quality is pretty damn good, y’all.ย  And it’s made even more impressive by the fact that he’s tall, and doesn’t move small like so many other tall guys we have. One to watch, for sure.

Milo gets 7, 6, 7 for 20/30.ย  Hmmm…I feel like he was better than Mary Lou by more than 1 point.ย  I’d give him at least three 7’s. Makes me wonder if they’re being stingy with the points because they know Tinashe, Alexis, Juan Pablo, and DeMarcus are even better…

I didn’t realize Evanna had actually applied to three different colleges for dance.ย  She may be ringier than we initially thought.

Pretty damn good foxtrot from Evanna – she seems confident, on-time, and had great energy.ย  Keo’s choreo has improved, for sure – just wish he wasn’t quite so punchy, since it looked like he almost toppled her a few times.ย  I think the height difference is going to be a continuing issue.

I’m a bit puzzled as to why the judges seem so nitpicky with Evanna – did we watch the same dance? I thought it was actually pretty nice.

7, 5, 6 for Evanna – a pretty mixed bag, for 18/20.ย  Wish Len hadn’t tossed in the bit about foxtrot “not being a good dance for the first week”.ย  She’s gotta do it again tomorrow night, bruh – great job probably giving her a complex.

Anyone else flashing back to season 10 when typing “Evanna”? ๐Ÿ™‚ Just me?

Erin still can’t say Artem’s name right. ๐Ÿ˜›

God that dog is adorbs ๐Ÿ˜› I’m honestly really interested to see how Artem adapts his teaching to accomodate Danelle – that’s a challenge, for sure.

I’m kind of over this song, but wow – valiant first effort by both Danelle & Artem.ย  He kept the choreo simple, and stayed with her every step of the way.ย  This may be his defining season as a pro.

6, 6, 6 for Danelle – I think that’s fair, but I think by comparison, Evanna deserved a point or two more.

So far, everyone has been very good – there have been no Kattan’s or Hughley’s. Maybe that’s why the judges are being so critical – is this cast just pretty good, on the whole?

Not sure I’m loving the blunt bob on Sharna.ย  Looks a bit too wig-like.ย  I like her with a bit more texture.

Ok, it was a bit wacky at times, but that was pretty impressive for a jive, in week 1, by a guy with ZERO dance experience.ย  Definite room for improvement, but Bobby could be the underdog everyone roots for this season.

Bobby has serious “Willard from Footloose” vibes ๐Ÿ˜› He gets 7, 6, 7 for a total of 20 – probably about right, if you throw in a handicap for having to do a tough dance like jive in week 1.

Here comes Juan Pablo – if what I’ve been hearing is true, get ready for the judges to whip out the “8” paddle…

I love that Andrea Barber is just going apesh*t for Juan Pablo ๐Ÿ˜›

Does Juan Pablo remind anyone else of Tony? Can’t say I adored the choreo of that salsa, but Juan Pablo danced the hell out of what he was given – he’s SMOOTH.ย  That routine took me back to everything that William & Cheryl’s cha cha in season 14 should have been.

Oh hay Shad!!! Glad to see he’s going to be on the show in a more permanent capacity – he’s hosting the online behind-the-scenes series.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Well I was partially right – Bruno whipped out the 8, while Carrie Ann & Len settled for 7’s.ย  Probably about right.

Poor Nikki has to follow that salsa with one of her own – and she’s apparently injured.ย  Hope she can pull something out.

On any other season, that would have probably been a decent-to-good salsa – unfortunately, on tonight’s show, it’s probably the weakest dance we’ve had so far.ย  But it was a good effort from Nikki – she stayed on time, and she sold it, even if it wasn’t technically strong. Is she taller than Gleb…? Why the hell didn’t they give her to Keo, who is currently towering over his partner???

Nikki gets 6, 5, 6, and has the lowest score of the night so far – 17.ย  I think that may be the kiss of death for Nikki, unfortunately – even though she seems like a cool gal I’d love to hang out with ๐Ÿ™

Len trying to make it rain and failing.ย  Story of his life ๐Ÿ˜›

Loving Alexis & Alan’s costumes.ย  WTF happened with the camera??? Nipple shot???

Alexis is really good – if not a bit too “soft” in her movement.ย  Would have liked something a bit more hard-hitting for the jive.

Alexis gets 7, 7, 7 – for 21/30.ย  I could have sworn I heard Len scream “8” when he threw up his paddle.ย  I think that deserved at least a 23 – she was doing more than Juan Pablo.

Just putting this out there: I think Artur’s my favorite troupe member.ย  He just always looks so excited to be there, it’s darling ๐Ÿ™‚

Nice Southern accent, Emma ๐Ÿ˜›

Actually quite a nice little quickstep from John – it wasn’t spectacular, but it was cute and he stayed on-time.ย  And he looked like he was having fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

John gets 7, 5, 6 and contrary to what many believed, is not the lowest score of the night at 18.ย  He’s in a 3-way tie for the 2nd lowest score with Evanna & Danelle. I think he’s probably safe this week.

Here comes Tinashe – get ready for 8’s. Wow, she is stunning.

Ok, Tinashe gave me the impact I didn’t get from Alexis, but she did seem to get a bit off-balance at times.ย  Wasn’t wild about the song – wonder if that impacted the dance.ย  She ought to knock everyone’s socks off tomorrow night, since tomorrow they’ve got the better song.

Next week: New York night on Monday, Las Vegas night on Tuesday.ย  Guest performers include Boyz II Men, Blue Man Group, and…?

Tinashe gets 8, 7, 8 and is now the high score of the night at 23.ย  I think the only couple remaining that might give them a run for their money is DeMarcus & Lindsay.

Here’s Nancy, and my god – her skin is enviable.ย  And she’s got great hair, too.

Nancy actually looked really good in rehearsal, but I think nerves got to her a bit when she actually hit the stage.ย  Still – another unusually strong dance for week 1! The raw materials are there.

I don’t necessarily see Nancy as a finalist this season, but she seems cool – she could stick around for awhile.

Nancy gets three 6’s and is now in a 4-way tie second from the bottom.ย  This could get a bit dangerous, the way they’re bunching together scores.

Joe gives me Fred Savage vibes.ย  Something about him is just easy to like.ย  Thought by his accent, I would have said New York, not Chicago…hmm.

Poor Joe – that got kinda rough there in the middle, but the parts he did stay on-time on were actually pretty good.ย  He’s got work to do, but that was yet another admirable effort for the first week.

BE NICE, LEN – Joe is a complete non-dancer.

Oof – 5, 4, 5.ย  So he’s now pretty comfortably in the bottom with 14.ย  I still think he’s safe, though – Joe seems pretty popular and will probably get the votes to save him from elimination.

Now here comes DeMarcus, who I’m told OOZES charisma and is “a natural”.ย  Let’s see if he can make it happen.

VERY nice cha-cha from DeMarcus – he seems like a slightly more rough-around-the-edges Rashad, but he seems to have more of Donald’s enthusiasm.ย  He’s got a great foundation, and I think he might have a good journey this season and peak at the right time.

DeMarcus gets 8, 7, 8 and ties Tinashe for the high score of the night.ย  Told y’all he was one to watch ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just love his smile.

Look for the power rankings at some point tomorrow.ย  I *might* try to crank out a numbers post, but no guarantees – running Pure by myself while trying to close out the quarter at work AND stay on top of school work is proving to be a challenging balancing act ๐Ÿ˜› But thanks for hanging in there with me!!!

September 24, 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 – Preliminary POLL: Who’s Your Favorite? Who’s Going to the Finals? Who Will Win? Who’s Out First?

It’s that time again – now that the cast announcement is over, it’s time to see what everyone’s first impressions are. Be sure to tell us in the comments how you voted.ย  Check out the results of the season 26, season 25, and season 24 polls to see how close our readers have called the results in previous seasons! Read more..

September 12, 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

DWTS Season 27 Cast Announcement LIVE BLOG!!

Okay, kids, I’m back…for a couple days before I fly off to Italy!! ย I will miss the premiere by a couple days, but I’ll hopefully catch up quick and get Dancing by the Numbers out in a timely fashion. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve only been partially paying attention to all of Courtney’s hard work so far this season. Let’s just say that I have a very large client at work that is taking ALL of my time. Hopefully, my schedule will normalize now that we’ve hired some more people. Working weekends gets old very fast.

Anyway, Grocery Story Joe was confirmed last night during Bachelor in Paradise – I watch the Bachelor Franchise largely to make fun of shallow people who are rather pathetic…but I do like him A LOT. He’s cute and he’s funny. ย  Chris Harrison – give me a BREAK! I’m sure you’re totally responsible for getting Joe a spot on DWTS like you claimed. :::rolls eyes::: Courtney is speculating he’s with Jenna – this would be a hot couple. I sure hope he has some ability, cuz girlfriend can choreograph and I want to see some good dances.

In addition to Joe, we have Milo Manheim dancing with Witney – no clue who he is but he’s cute, so hopefully they will be fun. They were apparently announced on GMA yesterday morning. Also announced on GMA was Val dancing with Nancy McKeon from Facts of Life – she seems cool. Let’s hope that being engaged has softened Val – tempered the extreme arrogance. I ask a lot, I know. ๐Ÿ™‚

Our source says that Keo is dancing with Evanna Lynch from Harry Potter (in which she was awesome). If you are a HP fan and you’re having trouble with the name, think Luna Lovegood. ๐Ÿ™‚

We’ll be getting underway soon – if you want to kill some time, you can check out Courtney’s prediction post to see what she thinks is going to happen.

Okay…sheepish update. I totally overslept and everything you see above was written last night.ย  :::sigh:::ย  I’ve been working too hard.

Did we have this one?? I don’t remember hearing this name before….

Oh, this dude is hot…

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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: Partnership Predictions/Confirmations

So given all the intel that’s fallen in our laps as of late, it’s only natural that we want to start speculating on which celebs are with which pros.ย  Below are my best guesses, based on what we’ve seen/heard – partnerships in BOLD have been confirmed (either by the pros themselves or a source), and I’ve tried to include links to posts that contain the information I used to match up the partnerships.ย  I think Brandon’s partner is the only one that we haven’t figured out yet. Thanks to @ptxdwts on Twitter for helping me stay on top of these! ๐Ÿ™‚

1.) Nancy McKeon & Val (confirmed on GMA)

2.) Bobby Bones & Sharna (Bobby lives in Nashville – Sharna’s been there all week, and pix put them in the same rehearsal studio)

3.) Danelle Umstead & Artem (Danelle lives in Park City – Artem was spotted there)

4.) DeMarcus Ware & Lindsay (DeMarcus lives in Southlake, TX – Lindsay has been there all week)

5.) Juan Pablo Di Pace & Cheryl (Juan followed Cheryl & DWTS, then unfollowed)

6.) Mary Lou Retton & Sasha (due to height constraints – MLR is 4’9″)

7.) “Grocery” Joe Amabile & Jenna (just a hunch)

8.) John Schneider & Emma (John’s a country singer, so it makes sense that he would be in Nashville – where Emma is, by process of elimination)

9.) Alexis Ren & Alan (Alan was the last to meet his partner, and Alexis had been in Japan until earlier this week; Alan’s “clue” in his IG story looked like he was at a photo shoot)

10.) Nikki Glaser & Gleb (nails, general build, and clue seem to match in Gleb’s IG hint)

11.) Milo Manheim & Witney (Someone has a “Disney guy” – by POE, it has to be Jenna or Witney, and Witney’s partners’ legs look like Milo’s)

12.) Tammin Sursok Evanna Lynch & Keo (nothing really matches up, but source says Evanna is in and with Keo)

13.) Tinashe & Brandon (process of elimination)

UPDATE 9/10/18 6:26 PM EST: First of all, some of you seriously need to chill with all the hand wringing about Tinashe’s legs – I do have a life outside of this site, and some of you commenting repeatedly and demanding answers has the opposite of the intended effect: it makes me want to block you, not bend over backwards to get answers for you.ย  Secondly, it seems like we might have a case of erroneous intel – I trust my source, but I’m not sure US Weekly should trust theirs.ย  Evanna is the one contestant that doesn’t seem to fit in here. Tammin is the only one that hasn’t been confirmed by another outlet, but unless Keo is just flat out lying about where his partner is from (and Tammin’s post about “things coming up in September” is just a coincidence, and the clue on Keo’s partner is bogus), I really think Tammin is in. The clue about Gleb’s partner and the build/look seem to be consistent with Nikki, and Tinashe seems like she’s in (and by POE, with Brandon).ย  My only thought is that maybe someone who was previously confirmed dropped out (maybe Danelle?) and Evanna was a replacement…? I honestly don’t know.

UPDATE #2, 9/10/18, 7:00 PM EST: I’m told Evanna is, indeed, in, and partnered with Keo…despite all the clues pointing to Tammin.ย  *shrug* I’ve got nothing.

Thoughts? ๐Ÿ™‚

September 7, 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