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Dancing With The Stars Season 29 “End Of The Season” Questionnaire (Grade, Suggestions Wanted, And More)

So, now that we’ve all had some time to mull over Dancing With The Stars Season 29, how are you feeling about it? Answer the questions below and let us know how you feel in comments!!

1. From the celebrity contestants on Dancing With The Stars 29, who surprised you the most?

2. When you look back, who were your top three celebrities for this season?

3. What was your most favorite dance of the season by a couple?

4. If you were to give a “Choreograph Award” to ONE pro on Dancing With The Stars Season 29, who would it be?

5. From an “A” to an “F”, how would you grade Dancing With The Stars Season 29? Also, do you have suggestions for the producers and the show’s future to make it better?

See you in comments!

December 14, 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.

PureDWTS Season 29, Week 4 – Power Rankings

So what are we gonna call last night? “Special Dance That is Meaningful to Some of the Contestants” night, sponsored by The Backstreet Boys(TM)?

Honestly, without a unifying theme (and with Tyrant just repeating “special and emotional dances”), it felt a bit aimless last night – you had contestants like Skai and Anne giving very emotionally charged stories and performances, and then you had Monica and Nelly half-heartedly dancing along to songs they didn’t even seem to like. Should have just called it “Most Memorable Year” or “Personal Story” week and let that guide things.

So that aimlessness spilled over into the elimination, which we had plenty of time for, but which somehow still got royally FUBAR’d. While I agree with Heidi’s sentiment that Tyrant was marginally less annoying last night than in previous weeks, all that went out the window for me the minute she started screeching “My cards were wrong! It’s the control room’s fault!” when the big elimination gaffe was revealed. All I could think was “Bergeron would have never thrown the crew under the bus like that.” He would have made some cool, off-the-cuff quip about live television that made us all chuckle, and then moved right along with adjusting course to correct the error. And then once it was made clear that the correct bottom two were Anne and Keo and Monica and Val, she barked at the judges to hurry up an render a verdict, so she had more time to yap about 80s night as the credits rolled. If it wasn’t clear before, it’s abundantly clear now: Tyrant is only ever looking out for number 1.

So we lost Anne and Keo, and that was the first elimination this season that left me feeling disappointed. There was something so refreshing about Anne’s performances – she always seemed to commit fully, and just let her flag fly out on the floor. And she always hyped up Keo, which I appreciate 🙂 And while her story about getting blackballed for dating Ellen back in the day is absolutely heartbreaking, there’s another infuriating layer to the story that didn’t get mentioned: Weinstein actually exposed himself to her and demanded sex around the same time, and then blackballed her further when she rejected him. That poor woman couldn’t get a decent job in Hollywood for YEARS as a result of the one-two punch of the Ellen relationship fallout and Weinstein being Weinstein, unchecked. Overall, I’m glad she was on this season (and I’m glad she got to tell her story), but there were other couples I would have gladly sent home first…it is what it is. Read more..

October 6, 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 Four – Interviews, Recaps, Scores, Ratings, And Extras

ETA: More added below including new Access interviews…

With an exception to such a messy and chaotic elimination on Dancing With The Stars (And Tyra’s dress…what the?), what a night for the couples on Dancing With The Stars. There were so many great dances, but, the couple to dazzle me the most….Johnny and Britt! I was so happy to see him finally make a strong showing. I think he’s in the ball game now. You can read lots more on the night in Miss Heidi’s new Live Blog post. Also, more later with Court in her new Power Rankings.

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

Skai & Alan 28 (10, 9, 9)
Kaitlyn & Artem 25 (9, 8, 8)
Nev & Jenna 24 (8, 8, 8)
Johnny & Britt 24 (8, 8, 8)
Justina & Sasha 24 (8, 8, 8)
AJ & Cheryl 24 (8, 8, 8)
Monica & Val 24 (8, 8, 8)
Chrishell & Gleb 22 (7, 8, 7)
Vernon & Peta 22 (8, 7, 7)
Nelly & Daniella 21 (7, 7, 7)
Jeannie & Brandon 21 (7, 7, 7)
Jesse & Sharna 21 (7, 7, 7)
Anne & Keo 21 (7, 7, 7) Eliminated

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

Ok, now onto some interviews and recaps (and things released before the show). Read more..

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"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.

PureDWTS Season 29, Week 3 – Power Rankings

What can I say about Disney night that I haven’t already said in season 28, season 27, season 25, etc.? Not much. It’s the same 2-hour long Disney commercial that it has always been, with dances (usually poorly) shoehorned to fit (overused) songs, and costumes that feel like plagiarized essays – “yeah, you can copy mine from last season, but change a few things so it’s not so obvious.” That much I kind of expected – but I’m also dealing with the added complication this season of still having TOO. DAMN. MANY. COUPLES. It’s enough of a mental load to remember them all at the end of the night, and on top of that, we’re still getting really truncated dances – which is beneficial to some (marginal dancers like Chrishell) while detrimental to others (decent dancers like Skai, who seems to take a few bars to really hit a stride). With 13 couples remaining, next week will basically feel like a regular premiere night, and we’re already in week 4. We’re gonna have to start trimming some fat (and quickly) if we want to get whittled down to a 4-couple finale before Thanksgiving.

Tyrant was still up to her usual “look at meeeeee!” claptrap with her Minnie Mouse ballgown and absurdly long wig, but dare I say she may have dialed things back a just teensy bit this week? At the very least, the judges seemed to get more time to critique, while we seemingly only had to endure one dumb Tyrant question posed to each couple instead of multiple, increasingly painful ones that the celebs struggled to answer eloquently (or diplomatically). Don’t get it twisted – this show is still much harder to endure than necessary, owing to Tyrant’s presence (and Bergeron’s absence); but this week felt fractionally less painful.  Think someone pulled rank and told her to pipe down after last week’s sh*tshow?

So “that b***h Carole Baskin” got sent packing this week, and I hope that means I don’t have to hear any more bitching about how upset some of you were that “Derek saved her!” last week. You guys do realize the judges collude on who to save/ditch, right? So even though it appeared that Derek “got the deciding vote”, the three of them had already decided who was staying and who was going, and it was just a matter of what order they revealed their votes in to maximize suspense. And Carole had to have more than one vote to stay, yet nobody seemed as upset with Carrie Ann as they were with Derek.  My god, I worry about the intelligence quotient of the voting public these days *facepalm*. Anywho, it was her time to go – and I think that’s why they handed her samba as her style this week to ensure it, as nearly no one nails that dance and even the good ones usually just barely flirt with proper technique.  Carole basically tiptoed carefully through her dance – no bounce, not much rhythm, but I will credit her with generally keeping in step with Pasha. And I think Carole may have been saved from complete embarassment when Tyrant hit her with this gem of a question: “So how does Pasha compare with the cats?” That’s like someone asking me how Mama Spence compares to the spreadsheets I use to make budgets at my 9-5. I dunno – I worry about both of them making dollars and sense? Da fuq. Is anyone rehearsing these questions with Tyrant before the show, or is she just improvising them on the fly???

Read more..

September 30, 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 Three – Interviews, Recaps, Scores, And Extras

ETA2: More interviews added.

ETA: GMA interview with Carole and Pasha added below.

Does anyone else think Nev or Kaitlyn are going to win the season? They are so consistently good and I’m really loving them. Anyway, what a super night. It seemed all the couples stepped it up. If you missed Heidi weighing in, see her fun LIVE blog HERE. Courtney will be posting her new Power Rankings soon. It will be interesting to see what she thinks again. So, stay tuned.

Ok, so let’s check out the scores from last night in order….

Nev & Jenna 24 (8, 8, 8)
Johnny & Britt 24 (8, 8, 8)
Kaitlyn & Artem 23 (8, 7, 8)
Vernon & Peta 22 (8, 7, 7)
Jeannie & Brandon 22 (7, 7, 8)
Chrishell & Gleb 22 (7, 7, 8)
Monica & Val 21 (7, 7, 7)
AJ & Cheryl 21 (7, 7, 7)
Jesse & Sharna 20 (7, 6, 7)
Justina & Sasha 19 (7, 6, 6)
Skai & Alan 18 (6, 6, 6)
Nelly & Daniella 18 (6, 6, 6)
Anne & Keo 15 (5, 5, 5)
Carole & Pasha 12 (5, 4, 3) Eliminated

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

Oh and something interesting to take note for TV Ratings. The first week of the season brought in 8.12 viewers. The second week brought in 6.09 viewers. Not sure what to think of the fall? We will see in the coming weeks.

Ok, now onto some interviews and recaps. Read more..

September 29, 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.

PureDWTS Season 29, Week 2 – Power Rankings

Welcome to “Dancing with Tyra Banks! And 15 Other Famous People But Mainly TYRA BANKS!!! Did We Mention TYRA BANKS??? WE ARE CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED TO SAY HER NAME AT LEAST 50 TIMES PER SHOW, SEND HELP!”

For anyone still able to hold onto the notion that Tyra “is doing better than we thought she would”, I admire your optimism, but I’m completely over her after only 2 weeks. Every time she asks an awkward (and usually frivolous) question after a couple gets their judges’ critiques (which are cut woefully short), or we have to hear her make every interaction about herself in some way, or we’re forced to witness her awkward attempt at humor in the “smizing” cold open, I just think to myself “Tom Bergeron would have never stooped to this level, and he could have gracefully hosted this show with a blindfold on and his hands tied behind his back…and it would still be better than this drivel!” Erin would have been worlds better than this as well…and Samantha Harris…and even one-and-done host Lisa Canning. About the only previous host Tyra has beat is Brooke Burke-Charvet, owing to the fact that Brooke wasn’t much more than a barely-sentient (but very pretty) potato. At least Tyra has a certain trainwreck appeal that makes her somewhat entertaining to watch…

…so with the new(ish) voting format, as Heidi mentioned, we’ve kind of discovered that it may actually be more beneficial for a couple to dance in the first hour of the show (as opposed to the second); I don’t think it was a coincidence that they seemed to front-load the show this week with most of the good dancers (Nev, Skai, Johnny, Justina, AJ) and left more of the weaker dancers in the back half (Charles, Carol, Chrishell, Vernon, Anne). And I don’t think the order in which the couples were called “safe” from elimination was a coincidence, either, despite Tyra insisting that the couples were “in no particular order”; the earliest ones called safe (Kaitlyn, Justina, AJ, Johnny) are the ones I think the majority of us assumed would be the safest, and the last three standing (Chrishell, Carol, and Charles) were the three most of us had in the danger zone.  I find the fact that Skai was one of the last four standing to possibly be a bit of a warning shot – I’m wondering if she’s dealing with Disney Kid Syndrome(TM) and is struggling with votes.

Other noteworthy stuff? On the negative end, I’m not sure the cameras panning to the couples sitting in their socially-distanced balconies after watching another couple dance is a good thing – more often than not, the couples were either making strange (potentially shady?) faces, or were messing with their phones; at least once, the camera panned to an empty balcony for a few beats. On the positive end, we are getting to experience the saucy troll side of Derek – the passive aggressive “Good job! That’s all I have time to say!” to Jesse after being rushed along from giving a critique by Tyrant (I’ve decided it’s her new name, y’all, since she’s the airtime hoarder) was SENDING me, as was this Carrie-Ann trolling TiK ToK he posted the other day that has inspired me to resurrect my long-marinating “lift policing” post for later this week 😉 Seriously, I cannot wait to see what other sassy comedic GOLD this arrangement sends our way – this is what happens when you hire the most decorated former pro in DWTS history to judge, after he’s had a successful run judging another more high-profile show on a rival network and he has absolutely NOTHING to lose by being a bit of a little shit 😉

@derekhoughShe’s a stickler for lifts @dancingabc♬ original sound – Tucky

So we lost Charles & Emma, which wasn’t terribly surprising – I think most of us had Carole and Charles as our bottom two; really and truly, as much as everyone seems to want Carole gone, I do think the right decision was made – I thought Carole was slightly better than Charles both weeks. Charles, bless him, I just don’t think he was going to improve much more this season. Sweet man, sweet partnership with Emma…but just not meant to go the distance. Read more..

September 23, 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.

Dancing With The Stars 29 Week Two – Interviews, Recaps, Scores, One Disney Dance Reveal, And Extras

ETA2: More interviews added below, a report on Tom, and more critiques on Tyra.

ETA: More interviews added below. Keep checking back.

Another week down, but, is it just me? Everything feels so rushed and the dances feel so short? For instance, the creativity and story of Johnny and Britt’s dance was just getting started and then it ended. It seemed like the case for most everyone. And poor Derek Hough having to cut several of his critiques. It didn’t seem fair, but, my faves of the night: AJ and Cheryl, Nev & Jenna, Justina & Sasha, and Jesse & Sharna. I’m not giving up on Johnny & Britt yet, but, I really hope they start wowing us soon. Same with Peta & Vernon who I really like too.

Ok, so let’s check out the scores from last night in order….

Skai & Alan 21 (7, 7, 7)
Justina & Sasha 21 (7, 7, 7)
Kaitlyn & Artem 20 (6, 7, 7)
Nev & Jenna 20 (7, 7, 6)
Johnny & Britt 18 (6, 6, 6)
Jeannie & Brandon 18 (6, 6, 6)
Jesse & Sharna 18 (6, 6, 6)
Anne & Keo 18 (6, 6, 6)
AJ & Cheryl 18 (6, 6, 6)
Vernon & Peta 17 (5, 6, 6)
Nelly & Daniella 16 (5, 5, 6)
Chrishell & Gleb 13 (4, 5, 4)
Charles & Emma 12 (4, 4, 4)
Carole & Pasha 11 (4, 4, 3)

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

And now onto some interviews and recaps. Don’t forget next week is Disney Night. Johnny tells us at twitter that he will be performing to “Reflection” from Disney’s “Mulan”
by his idol, Christina Aguilera.
Read more..

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"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.

DWTS Week 2 Rehearsal Teasers and More Before Showtime

Just a few fun things before Dancing With The Stars tonight. Let the dances begin and don’t forget to VOTE!

September 22, 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.

PureDWTS Season 29, Week 1 – Power Rankings

As I find myself saying more and more often in this god forsaken year – this episode of Black Mirror sucks 😛

Granted, my bar for this season of DWTS was set lower than ever; I was expecting a certain degree of shenanigans that inevitably comes with COVID-19 precautions. The lack of audience meant the couples seemed to just get swallowed up by the stage (and lighting), and the walls constructed on both sides of the dance floor to obscure the lack of audience seemed to evoke a sort of post-apocalyptic robot obelisk. Then there was the dystopian (and highly unnerving, at times) pre-recorded applause, booing, and cheering noises that were piped in, often at the wrong time (and wayyyy too loud). The intro of the celebs at the beginning of the show seemed to be some sort of bastardized version of the “choose your player” screen at the beginning of video games, with each character pulsing awkwardly in some sort of characteristic movement – or a preview of the 2020 version of The Sims, who knows. While I enjoyed the intro of the pros walking to the stage one by one and striking a pose, they all seemed to look a bit sad – I like to think it was because they missed Tom. I certainly did.

I just can’t with Tyra, guys. I know it was her first night, but sis was just trying wayyyy too hard, and it came across disingenuous and awkward at times; I just found myself going “We let go of the ease and aplomb of Tom and Erin FOR THIS???” And this is DWTS, not the Met Gala – so the ginormous “look at meeeeeee!” ballgown made me roll my eyes, as did the costume change. I can’t recall Tom or Erin ever changing costumes during the show, or wearing anything that was so over-the-top as to shift focus from the contestants. Nor did they feel the need to stunt in a Ferrari… Read more..

September 15, 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.

Dancing With The Stars 29 Week One – Interviews, Recaps, Scores, Photos, And Extras

ETA: More interviews added below to the US Weekly, Access, and Extras sections!!!

Wow, what a super first night. I was annoyed with Tyra a lot, but, all the dancers (as always) were fun and entertaining. I really liked Derek at the judges table as well. Be sure to see Miss Heidi’s recap. It’s excellent as always. The comment section is fun too…don’t miss weighing in. With that said, let’s check out the scores from last night again.

Scores:
Justina & Sasha 21 (7, 7, 7)
Skai & Alan 21 (7, 7, 7)
Kaitlyn & Artem 20 (6, 7, 7)
Nev & Jenna 20 (7, 7, 6)
Monica & Val 19 (6, 7, 6)
AJ & Cheryl 18 (6, 6, 6)
Anne & Keo 18 (6, 6, 6)
Jesse & Sharna 18 (6, 6, 6)
Jeannie & Brandon 18 (6, 6, 6)
Johnny & Britt 18 (6, 6, 6)
Vernon & Peta 17 (5, 6, 6)
Nelly & Daniella 16 (5, 5, 6)
Chrishell & Gleb 13 (4, 5, 4)
Charles & Emma 12 (4, 4, 4)
Carole & Pasha 11 (4, 4, 3)

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

And now onto some interviews and recaps. Be sure to see the Extra’s as well including a recap from Sean Spicer…. Read more..

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"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.