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DWTS Season 28 Finals – Good Morning America After Party (Videos)

The Dancing With The Stars Good Morning America After Party was a blast as always. Lots to take in below including a fun performance by Ally. For interviews after the show last night, see our previous Media Roundup post.

November 26, 2019 I Written By

Hi, I'm a news hounds from way back. Since 1999, I've worked on Madonna and Enrique Iglesias fan sites....and now PureDWTS. I have always been a big music and dancing fan, but, I'm also passionate about photography, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible travelling and camping with my hubby and our loving and patriotic doggie, Cash. To read more on me and view my photos (including some dancers from DWTS), see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 28 Finale Interviews, Recaps, Photos, Videos, And Extras

Wow, what a great finale party last night. It was truly gripping as anyone could have won, but, congratulations to Hannah & Alan!! If you missed Miss Heidi’s finale Live blog and all the complete details and her number predictions, see this link.

I have to say I loved the freestyles and all the extra performances, but, these two gave me a “moment” that I will have with me for a long time…

To view all the dances and performances, 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. Here are just a few standouts for me…

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Now onto some interviews, recaps, and lots of extras. Stay tuned later for a GMA After Party post. Read more..

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Hi, I'm a news hounds from way back. Since 1999, I've worked on Madonna and Enrique Iglesias fan sites....and now PureDWTS. I have always been a big music and dancing fan, but, I'm also passionate about photography, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible travelling and camping with my hubby and our loving and patriotic doggie, Cash. To read more on me and view my photos (including some dancers from DWTS), see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

Dancing with the Stars Season 28, THE FINALE – LIVE BLOG

I must say, I’m  very curious to see what the three stooges will do tonight. How desperate for an Ally win are they?? Or was their only goal to get her to the finale?? Questions, questions.  I’m going to split all my votes between Hannah and Kel because I’d be happy with either of them winning.

T-minus 30 minutes…until we sit through two hours of bloat to see who wins.

Here comes the opening number…Love Ally and Hannah’s dresses while speaking.

Daniella continues to put all the other women to shame. We should have seen more of her this season.

Erin’s dress is gorgeous. Honestly, the rotating choreographers on the pro number have made them somewhat refreshing.

Ally dancing first – the new pimp spot. Seems they want her to get plenty of votes.

And she’s…singing?? Double whammy….doing a jive to proud Mary which Derek did perfectly with Nicole in their finale.  Ally ain’t no Nicole.  Her feet are way off for one thing.

Len: Only going to be one winner. You’ve done your chances no harm at all. Fantastic. (I see how we’re going here – Ally can do no wrong.)

Bruno: That’s how you start a show. Full throttle. Maximum effect.

CAI: Been a lot of controversy – that is why you are here tonight. (bullshit – you all are just justifying last weeks decision.)

Apparently we’re only going to watch Hannah and Kel’s feet this week.

Erin can’t even keep Ally and Lauren straight.

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

Lauren and Gleb are up next. She’s doing her foxtrot to Jolene. She’s a sweet girl – if only she wasn’t with Gleb.

She’s still not  a really natural mover like the other three are. I blame Gleb.  What is it about this dance it just seems so…joyless.

Bruno: What I Like about you is you bring the character to life. (why does the audience have mason jars?).  Lines and balance have improved.

CAI: Emotionally you weren’t as open as the first time, you’ve developed as a dancer but you’re holding back as a dancer. Let it all out.

And Tom tries to skip Len. 🙂

Len: Mix of flair and care. (the set falls apart) Well done.

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

Okay, so, everyone is going to get 9s except Ally. I think we predicted this.  Kel up next, Hannah last.

Kel is doing his jazz, in case anyone has forgotten. He got a tiny bit off time but over all he’s killing it . He might get hammered for picking something that isn’t ballroom, in addition to his freestyle – and it’s not a particularly difficult dance. I wonder if he REALLY picked this dance…..essentially doing two freestyles in one night, since jazz on DWTS isn’t real Jazz.

CAI: Great the first time, better the second time. So spot on with delivery.

Len: There’s no hiding place, out in front the whole time.

Bruno: Uplifting, positive, life affirming. Beautiful to watch.

Maybe there is hope from someone other than Ally…

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a total of 30 (color me shocked).

Eh, before anyone goes nuts seeing Hannah in the Bachelor preview….if you don’t actually watch the show you don’t even know how bad they are about airing previews that are not even remotely close to reality.  Heavily edited so when you see the actual show it was nothing.

Hannah doing her V. Waltz…not sure why, but….

Anyway, she seems to have her head right tonight in the package. I hope this dance is impactful enough. I’m not sure. Her posture looks good.  I see no obvious flaws. I wonder if the judges will manufacture a couple.

Len: You put the turns in. Lovely sweeping movement.

Bruno: You are in full bloom, more confident. You went on the wrong foot. It was beautiful.

CAI: Your best dance of the season. You have a lightness and ease of motion.

Scores: 10, 9, 9 for a total of 28

I want Hannah to win just to screw over the judges.

NUMBERS UPDATE: Assuming everyone gets a 30 on their freestyle, in order for Kel or Ally to win, each needs one point more than the other and they need for Hannah and Lauren to not cover the spread. Hannah needs 8,600 more votes per million votes cast than both Kel and Ally (and for Lauren to not cover the spread) in order to win. Lauren needs 4,300 and 12.8k more votes per million votes cast than Hannah, Kel/Ally, respectively, to win.

I suspect that neither Lauren nor Hannah will get a perfect score on the freestyle in order to give Ally a better shot.

Ally up with her freestyle – how is Ally “what this show is all about?”  I’m confused, Sasha.

She looks great. A couple little awkward moves I can’t figure out. That lift was just bad. And she’s even off time in her freestyle – a bit behind Sasha at one point She was the only one not moving her feet at one point. Last lift was also very awkward. Refrain from lifts, Sasha.

That was unimpressive.

Bruno: Unleash the star power.  Jennifer lopez invading. Love the tribal bits. Lot of actual latin dancing.

CAI: (doing her usual over reaction) Never seen anything like that (are you fucking kidding ME?).

Len: High energy, nice bit of salsa. Loved that the music was recreated in every move.

They are quite desperate for her to win, aren’t they?? Keep telling the audience how great she is and soon everyone will believe.

Ally, you were in the bottom two THREE times!

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a total of 30. 60 for the night.

Good god, Bobby Bones working super hard to get his mug on TV.

This AI thing is dumb. None of the three seem that excited.

Ugh. Gleb. Maybe if you lost the supreme arrogance and took some choreography notes you would be remotely likable.

Country themed freestyle. Took Lauren forever to actually dance – did more sitting. Gleb showcases himself. She does a better lift than Ally though.

Oh goodie another singer. Come on. Unbelievable amount of time NOT dancing in this freestyle.

CAI: Everyone’s freestyle is so different – this one is perfect for you. I adore you, adored your journey.

Len: You paid homage to your roots. Full of entertainment.

Bruno: The line dancing was delicious. I’m a happy man.

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a perfect 30.

So, like half the celebrities will be on tour. All four finalists. So why the extreme pimpage of Ally? Is her label owned by Disney??

Hannah up next….still a little showmance in the package.

The first 20 seconds are better than anything Ally or Lauren did.

Now THAT was a freestyle. She just put the other two women to shame – by a mile. Well done!!

Len: Caught me unawares – you came out sharp, crisp, bold. You really threw me and it was great!

Bruno: Dramatic to acrobatic to sexy. AT inspired opening, beautifully insync

CAI: You are living your best life and this is so beautiful to see. Victorious freestyle.

CAI just can’t help herself. Two dances before Hannah’s were just not great. And full of issues that were ignored.

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

Come on, Kel. Kill it.

I’m not really into this so far. And I usually like hip hop. Like how it speeds up and then down at the end. I find it amusing that Witney is actually better at hip hop then Kel is.

He likely went last because of the car.

Bruno: What a ride! And what a night. Love it. Final acceleration was exhilarating.

CAI:  My inner fly girl is so happy. Represented.

Len: I’m not going to be the party pooper because it’s not in my nature. This was for me was similar to the first dance you did (I foresaw that). I’m not saying it wasn’t good, I would have just liked (many boos).

Scores: 10, 9, 10 for a 29 out of 30.

Erin claims it’s one of the best freestyles she’s ever seen? Put down the crack pipe, girl. That wasn’t even close. It was good, verging on great – but best ever? No.

Okay, here we go!!

LOL – Love Kel’s dad.

Wonder if there is anything to this order of the clips.

Fourth Place: Lauren and Gleb

Third Place: Ally and Sasha

And the WINNER IS: Hannah and Alan!!

Congrats to Hannah and Kel.  Kel came from a likely early elimination to take second place – his accomplishment should not be under rated.

November 25, 2019 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 28, THE FINALE – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

To think, last week I started this post with how it was going to be a “much nicer” week. Ah, I was so naive then. 🙂  I confess to being rather curious to see what the moronic judges are going to pull this week. And somewhat afraid.  Here what the press release has to say:

For this last week of the competition, the opening number will consist of the remaining couples dancing to “Last Dance” by Donna Summer. There will be two rounds of dancing where each couple will do one repeat performance from earlier this season. And in the last element of competition, the couples will perform the most anticipated dance of the season—the fan-favorite freestyle routine.

Mega-superstar Cher will perform her classic “The Beat Goes On,” while Pitbull and Ne-Yo performs “3 to Tango” and “Me Quedaré Contigo.” In addition, the ballroom and viewing audiences will have a first look at the new season of “The Bachelor,” and the winner of the “American Idol” fan vote will be revealed live. Eliminated celebrities from this season will return to the ballroom for a final number.

Oh goodie, this show is packed with far more crap than your standard finale, include the American Idol fan vote winner – rub salt in the wound, ABC. Katy Perry takes DWTS budget with her ridiculously bloated salary and you pull AI into DWTS. Thanks a hell of a lot. Not only that, but Pitbull performs for the 500th time, in his annual reappearance. But wait! There’s more…

In addition, the professional dancers that will be participating in “Dancing with the Stars – Live Tour 2020” will dance to “How Do I Know” performed by Ray Chew Live. At the end of the night, there will be an announcement revealing which celebrities will be joining the professional dancers on the nationwide tour.

Vying for America’s vote, each couple will dance to a variety of songs including Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire,” Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl,” Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl,” Kriss Kross’ “Jump” and Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine’s “Conga,” among others.

Which celebrities will be joining the tour. Considering the shit they’ve given Hannah all season, I would be surprised if she were one. And I would think that Lauren has too much going on. Betcha we see Ally on tour. I hope Kel goes on tour so maybe he has a shot to win. :::shrug::: They don’t need the winner on the tour and I believe they’ve done more than one without the winner, so who knows?

The dances are interesting. I wonder if the couples picked them? I tend to doubt it – Hannah choose a week one dance? Why not her quickstep, which was arguably her best dance? Lauren chose a week 4 dance. Both could work – have a pretty dance combined with an explosive freestyle.  It could be they both show nice range.  That said, if the judges or producers picked, it’s possible they want both to fail.  Ally gets Jive, which she first did in week 4.  Depending on her freestyle, it could be a mistake.  I think Kel has the best set of the night, but of course, the last time I said that the judges sent James home. So who the hell knows?

Kel and Witney – Jazz and Freestyle

Ally and Sasha – Jive and Freestyle

Hannah and Alan – Viennese Waltz and Freestyle

Lauren and Gleb – Foxtrot and Freestyle

November 23, 2019 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 28, The SEMI FINALS – LIVE BLOG

Well, tonight on DWTS, will we see how the judges REALLY feel about the various contestants?? Will Ally be in for a shock? Will James get all 30s?

I suspect that now that S___ is gone, the judges are going to get real with everyone…except Hannah, who they’ve been pretty real with all along. And James…I don’t feel like he’s been either over scored or underscored. Either way, it will be interesting.

T-minus ten minutes – and “get well soon” to Derek Hough after his emergency surgery this past weekend. At least it waited until he got back to the States.

LOL…nice infomercial. And with S___ gone, all the semi-finalists are passing for rockstars quite well.

Camerass cuts from Pasha and Daniella far too soon, but managed to catch Jenna and Val just fine.

Lauren up first! Wonder if Lauren being in the bottom is going to boost her votes? Might be more obvious sans S____. Lauren is dancing Paso to Kelly Clarkson’s Strong (and Lauren is a good singer! I knew that.) Gleb has NO REASON to be cocky so he should just shut right up.

Love the hair, but the outfit? Not so much. Opening after the stairs seemed a bit unsteady. My feeling is that he didn’t give her a lot to do and she’s just not sure about a lot of it.

Len: Lovely mix of expression and aggression. Saw more shaping. More cape, I would’ve liked. (Oooo…len clapback and Gleb

Bruno: (being suggestive) Handled it beautifully. Stronger. Lost one hand/arm over routine.

CAI: You’ve come so far, you command the dance floor. Locking knees just a bit. A bit too tight.

Okay, so we’re going to be super kind to everyone. Let’s see if the scores reflect that.

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27 – I think that was a tad overstored. It’s an improvement for her, but…

Can’t wait to see what goes down between Hannah and CAI. Perhaps a reality check for CAI?? I certainly don’t blame Hannah – how long are you supposed to hear the complements that someone like S___ gets and then hear nothing but nitpicking??

Kel is up next, getting coached by Bruno. Who’s idea is it for all the dancers to put the damn stairs in every damn routine?? It just makes the dance look awkward. Interesting (?) costume choice again.

Kel actually looks like he’s leading! He’s quite confident and into this dance. Great ending. Well done!!

Bruno: Real, proper tango – just one mistake. Well done.

CAI: You’ve become so refined, you’ve come the furthest. Fantastic.

Len: Intensity, I liked. Some missing heel leads. Came out with enthusiasm. Well done.

Score: 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27 for a dance that was a mile ahead of the other scorer of 27. Are we back to “everyone gets a 9” gambit??

Ally up next with their V. Waltz. She’s who I’m most curious about, since I feel like a large part of her scores were to keep her out of the bottom. Side note, this is the second week in a row that Ally’s lip liner is distracting me in the package.

She looks stunning, I must say. And again with the damn stairs. Love this song and this dance is quite lovely. That was beautiful, from start to finish, actually. Was that Tom Hanks??? Nope, her dad, I think.

Len: Much more rotation, better technique. Lost a bit of rotation in couple places.

Bruno: Joy to watch.

CAI: Phrasing in this dance was beyond the movement. Emotional performer.

Scores: 10, 9, 10 for a total of 29. Hmmm, don’t know that that was that much better than Kel’s.

Hannah up next with her rumba. She actually wanted Carrie Ann (kinda). This is actually making me a bit weepy. I think it was time for someone to call out a judge for their attacks which often ARE personal. I didn’t even like their commentary to S___ last week. They go too far sometimes – more Bruno that CAI.

Wow, another stunning woman. She started off a little shaky, but she seemed to get into it as it went along. Better hip action.

Hannah is a classy young woman.

CAI: I was never offended by that. We want to make you better. You improved a heck of a lot. More open to us. Really proud of you.

Len: The hips are the rhythm and the arms are the melody and I thought you married those two beautifully.

Bruno: Whatever she did, it worked. You learned to place your foot. Blah blah blah.

Scores: 9, 9, 9, for a total of 27 – everyone gets a NINE! Except Ally. 🙂

James up next with the easiest dance of the night…and it wasn’t his lowest score either. He had another dance with the same score.

Why do they keep throwing extra dancers in? At least he isn’t using the stairs. Is there going to be cha cha…oh, there it is. Emma came off the ground, but that’s not convenient. I love James – he’s hot. But I don’t think he’s that much better than Ally or Kel at this point. He is hot though.

Len: I said cut out the gimmicks. Because disco music – I would have liked to see more cha cha cha (me too). Too much messin’ about. (Agreed)

Bruno: Disco cha cha extravaganza. You’re a great showman and you can sell it. You were off timing quite a few times (agreed – but I thought his legs were too wide).

CAI: Really entertaining. Your posture is really broken (agreed) – you’re a fantastic dancer, I’d hate to see you lose it over details.

Scores: 8, 8, 8 for a total of 24 out of 30. I find it hard to disagree with that – Kel and Ally did better. I don’t know that Hannah was that much better, but she wasn’t worse. I’d have given him at least one 9 for being hot. I think that counts. 🙂

But, how are you handed the easiest dance of the night and spend it doing Disco for a judge who TOLD you to drop the gimmicks? Bad decision. It seems the low scorers have been in the bottom two. Hopefully that’s not the case here.

Lauren up with her never-performed style – V. Waltz. I love this girl, but I can’t stand her partner. Ugh.

This dress is gorgeous. Hair? Still gorgeous. There is not much to this dance, though. Seems very simple. Doesn’t stack up against Ally’s, IMO. Gleb’s suit is yuck.

Len: Smooth, elegant, graceful. Loved the elements of slow waltz. Lovely dance.

Bruno: So sophisticated. Loved the chemistry, sizzling. Joined together, like a dream couple.

CAI: Loved you dancing as one. Great.

She’s going to get 9s for that very simple dance. I guess simple is better from time to time, but…she’s not on the same level as Kel, Ally, James or even Hannah.

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for another 27. Over all total is 54 out of 60.

Kel up next with a contemporary to Witney Houston “I will always love you”. Geez. This should be interesting.

Damn stairs again. tiny sync issue. Beautiful job, beautiful dance. There were one or two spots where I could see him thinking about it, but over all great job.

Bruno: what an achievement. Pure art. The fluidity of the lifts. Sincerity and honesty in performance. You’re a winner in my eye.

CAI: 28 season I’ve seen every type of dance – that dance makes a big impact. riveting, pure, I’m so grateful.

Len: (standing O)

This better get a damn 30, IMO.

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for our first perfect score of the night.

Ally up next – that speech seemed a bit rehearsed. She said Sasha’s name so many times. Charleston!

Even MORE stairs!! Damn. She’s ‘moving too small, there at first. She goes in and out of too small movement. Kinda weird. Good dance over all though. WTF with the stairs. Besides that, a lot of this seems familiar. Was I just talking about Shawn and Derek?? Yes I was. 🙂

CAI: Showstopper! Proved you deserve to be in the final.

Len: Fun, fabulous. Fun and Joy. Just great.

Bruno: Sparkly, exuberant. Some lindy. Classic hollywood musical number.

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a total of 30. I would have handed out a bunch of 9s on that one.

Hmmmm…If James gets a perfect score and Hannah gets another 27, there will be a three way tie for third place. So, this season, the low scorers have typically been in the bottom (except for Hannah, S___). So what if Ally and Hannah are in the bottom?? Ally is the better dancer, but she’s been in the bottom two several times. So, the judges might automatically call her safe – but the backlash could be…bad.

Awwww…James’ wife had a miscarriage. So sad. This ought to be a tear jerker. He’s doing a foxtrot.

I love a man in tails. Emma’s dance is gorgeous. My favorite part was when the song hits the chorus. That was lovely. I was a bit distracted by the red moon in the background because I’m obsessed with Legend of Zelda right now. And now, I’m crying.

Len: For you to come out and dance with so much feeling, I admire you so much.

Bruno: You put so much heart into that dance. Wonderful spatial flow. Job well done.

CAI: I don’t know how you got through that. I feel silly talking about your posture. It was great posture.

I don’t feel that dance was particularly great, but I understand why it might not have been. Tough time in his household right now. :::sob:::

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27. That poor little girl crying. Dressed so cute too.

Hannah is up next with her contemporary.

Ooo… a couple lovely lifts. At first I thought she was holding back, but it seemed like she got into the angry part. That lift spin towards the end was great. I think Hannah’s problem is that she tries really hard to not let the hurt show during the live show. I get that.

Bruno: You did pretty well. What I really liked – you got a wonderful dynamic in the lifts and drops. .

CAI: you move beautifully, the trust was impressive. It paid off.

Len: Normally not a fan of contemporary, but I must say I thought the emotion came out and it was a great dance together.

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27 out of 30.

I’m feeling deep. Hannah is trying really hard to be tough, she want to be a strong, independent woman – and on the Bachelorette she was the most real person that’s ever been on that show. But she was really disappointed in it, and I think she’s been working hard only to have this be more serious than she thought it would be. I watch her dance and I feel like she’s in a very uncertain time of her life. I think James’ heartbreak translated very strongly into his dancing in a not good way (not blaming him) and I think Hannah’s tumultuous past few months and desire to be the strong powerful woman has been impacting her off and on all season.

Anyway….

SAFE: Kel (yay!)

SAFE: Hannah!

SAFE: Lauren (oh shit)

This ain’t no kinda good. They gotta save James – no question. This is not hard.

CAI: Both are fantastic. WTF she saves Ally???

Bruno: WTF!!!! He picks Ally and Sasha?????

Len: Would have voted Ally.

What the actual fuck??? Did he want to quit?? Ally tried to give it to James. She’s still apologizing.

Okay..brief post mortem. I can’t believe they just did that. How on earth do you save Ally, who has been in the bottom SEVERAL times, over James who has never been in the bottom at ALL?? James is far from perfect, but he’s objectively a better dancer than Ally 95% of the time. WTF?? I also don’t believe he’d quit and not make it known to all. Ally was SOBBING because she was saved over him. What the actual fuck?

In my opinion, the top 2 dancers were James and Kel. I like Hannah very much. But if someone were going to go home, it should have been Lauren – no offense to her, she’s a good dancer. Put very simply, Ally is NOT the audience favorite – she was the high scorer of the night and still ended up in the bottom. James was clearly in the bottom because he was at the very bottom of the leader board. A few days after his wife miscarried. So, you have to conclude that the judges weigh their opinions far above the audience.

So, which do we take?? Judges who prevent the Bobby Bones/S___ S____s of the world yet think they are so much smarter than the audience that they save the person who the audience isn’t voting for? Or the S___ S____s making the finals??

November 18, 2019 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 28, Week TEN – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Ahhhhh…much nicer week in store for us on DWTS. 🙂 I like everyone left on the show, I would be good with any of the five taking this home (except maybe Gleb, although I like Lauren). I will still find the judges extremely aggravating and dumb, but you can’t have everything. 🙂 Here’s a take from the press release for the coming week.

For this week, there will be two rounds of competitive dance performances and the stakes are high to get into the finals. In the first round, celebrities will repeat a style of dance they struggled with earlier in the season with a new song. The judges will mentor each of the couples. The second round will be the last time the couples will perform to a style of dance they haven’t performed before.

Vying for America’s vote, each couple will dance to a variety of songs including Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger,” The Temptations’ “Get Ready,” Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind,” Hozier’s “Take Me To Church,” Vanessa Williams’ “Save the Best for Last,” Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” among others.

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November 13, 2019 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 28, Week 9: Power Rankings

HE’S GONE, GUYS!!!! HE’S REALLY, FINALLY GONE!!! 🙂 *cue Pharrell’s “Happy”*

It only took nine weeks, but we finally shook him loose…and not a moment too soon.  Not sure if I was feeling more optimistic at the beginning of the season and fatigue/frustration is setting in now that we’re close to the end or what, but somehow, it seems like S*** somehow got WORSE as the season wore on. Even Bristol Palin (whose politically-charged casting I also disapproved of) managed to actually improve during the course of season 11; wacky Rick Perry even got a skosh better before he got booted in season 23. S***…not so much.  And yes, I still refuse to say his name – I don’t want his supporters or anyone at ABC thinking that “any publicity is good publicity”, and thus I make sure it doesn’t even show up in the search algorithm by refusing to say it. He should never have been on this show in the first place; the fact that he stuck around as long as he did is a damn travesty. But mercifully, it’s over now. And I give all the props in the world to Lindsay and Jenna for being nothing less that consummate professionals and class acts in partnering him this season 🙂

So we saw a bit of wonky scoring last night – I don’t think that was an accident, by any means. If I had to guess what was happening, I’d say that someone in the control booth was keeping a very close eye on the votes and scores throughout the show, and was feeding the judges instructions on what scores needed to be given in order to elicit a particular outcome at the end of the night. Based on her being in the bottom 2 twice before, my guess is that the judges were instructed to protect Ally at all costs – hence, two good (but definitely not perfect) dances got gifted with gushing praise and perfect scores. I think they likely were told to go easy on Kel on his second dance, based on the number of votes the man in the control room was seeing – they got kinda nitpicky with his paso in the first hour, but had nothing but good things to say about his good (but again, not perfect) Viennese waltz in the second hour. I’m guessing Hannah and James are doing a-okay with votes, and thus weren’t spared from the full force of the judges’ nitpicking. Half the judges (Joey, who gets a pass for being the guest judge, and Carrie Ann, who refuses to take any responsibility for S***’s continued presence) whipped out the “7” paddle for S***’s first dance, but demurred for his second dance (which might have actually been slightly better than his first dance) and whipped out the “6” instead. I’d stake money on it that they were ordered to do so by the control room, as it was likely the only way to ensure he fell into the bottom 2. That left Lauren to join him in the bottom 2, and if I’m being honest, this felt like the first time this season that the bottom two actually made sense: S*** was quite obviously the worst dancer left in the competition, and I think Lauren’s the weakest one left after him. Though that really didn’t matter – the reality was that S*** was going home as soon as he fell into the bottom 2, regardless of who was there with him.  Keeping Ally and Kel out of the bottom two was likely more for optics than anything else…

…which brings me to my next thought (or really, a couple of semi-related thoughts): why aren’t more people voting for Ally, and at what point will the judges stop saving her if she keeps falling into the bottom 2? I’ve seen a lot of folks on Twitter trying to figure out why Ally isn’t getting more votes, especially since “Normani made it all the way to the  finals, the Harmonizers should be carrying Ally as well!” First, I go back to my “Not as many people are watching/voting on DWTS now” point – the show was averaging between 8-11 million viewers 2.5 years ago when Normani was on; now they’re barely hovering above 6 million. Secondly (and this is one I really have to sell folks on), I’m still not convinced that Normani was “getting tons of votes” like her fans claim. I explained the many reasons why I think she didn’t win in this post, but for the TL:DR crowd, take a look at the margins between Normani and the person voted off each week.  Aside from one off-week early on in the season, she always either had pretty hefty padding in terms of points or immunity to keep her safe – she didn’t actually NEED a ton of votes in order to stick around each week. Additionally, I also mention in that post the somewhat indifferent attitude DWTS fans seem to have towards female pop stars – they tend to struggle with votes, particularly if they’re young and relatively new to the music scene (read: not immediately familiar to Baby Boomers).  I tend to think all of these factors that Normani had stacked against her, Ally is likely dealing with as well…and to a greater degree, owing to the demise of Fifth Harmony, overall lower viewer/votership, a pro less popular than Normani’s, and a rep as “the worst dancer in Fifth Harmony” (which still I absolutely don’t understand). Plus, Ally’s up against at least three contestants (four if you count Kel; five when you throw in S***) that appeal more readily to the middle-aged, female, conservative-leaning main viewing demographic. Really and truly, Ally’s dealing with a pretty stacked deck – which SUCKS, cause she may actually be the second best dancer this season from a technical standpoint. So that brings me to my next thought: with the new format that allows the judges to pick who goes home from the bottom 2, will they ever reach a point where they stop trying to save someone that ends up there repeatedly? Ally’s been there twice already, and been saved both times; if she ends up there next week, is it worth saving her if she’s just going to keep ending up there again and again? I think at some point, the judges’ are going to have to take into account the fact that a couple that ends up in the bottom 2 repeatedly is just not clicking with fans for whatever reason – and continuing to save that couple could send the message that viewer votes don’t necessarily matter, and could risk alienating viewers. It really might be just a stay of execution, so to speak.  And when you take into account that she could end up there with a couple that maybe just had an off week (score-wise or votes-wise) and their being in the bottom 2 is really just a fluke…is it worth it to save the one with repeat bottom 2 appearances, and send the one-off couple that shouldn’t really even be there packing? It’s something to consider, and I saw a few people on Twitter suggesting that the judges should have a limit on how many times they can save the same couple – I don’t think it’s a bad idea, and could avoid giving the impression that the judges have ultimate control.  Clearly this new system for eliminations isn’t perfect – it  was created to help prevent another Bobby Bones, and yet it allowed one of the worst dancers this season to advance all the way to the quarterfinals; could be worth taking a closer look and see if certain aspects of the system needs tweaking. Read more..

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Pure DWTS Season 28 Week 9 – Interviews, Recaps, Scores, Photos, And Extras

Wow, I really liked “Girl and Boy Band Night” on Dancing With The Stars. I hope they do this theme again next season. In my opinion, the night belonged to Sasha & Ally, but, those remaining are all so good in different ways that anything could happen. If you missed the show, don’t miss Miss Heidi’s Live Blog for complete details and Number Predictions.

So, let’s review the scores again from the highest to the lowest scores….

Scores:

James & Emma 36 (9, 9, 9, 9); 36 (9, 8, 10, 9)
Sean & Jenna 26 (7, 6, 7, 6); 24 (6, 6, 6, 6) Eliminated
Hannah & Alan 32 (8, 8, 8, 8); 39 (10, 9, 10, 10)
Ally & Sasha 40 (10, 10, 10, 10); 40 (10, 10, 10, 10)
Lauren & Gleb 34 (9, 9, 8, 8); 36 (9, 9, 9, 9)
Kel & Witney 34 (8, 8, 9, 9); 40 (10, 10, 10, 10)

To view all 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 all the fun Extra’s as well. Lots to take in today…. Read more..

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Dancing with the Stars Season 28, Week NINE – LIVE BLOG

And you thought the scoring was bad!! Apparently, you-know-who no longer has to do the Samba, but is doing a foxtrot instead. About which CAI will swoon over how he managed to hold Jenna’s hand the whole time and give him an 8. Haven’t all the remaining celebs beside him done a Samba?? You know it’s bad when they start changing the dances. I suppose everyone else will get a shit song that doesn’t match the dance style.

T-minus 30 minutes…

Remember to include context when commenting!!

Oh yeah, Emma Bunton bailed. I suspect she was tied up with the Christmas thing she’s taping.

Jaysus, S___ can’t even clap in time. Of course Joey has to dance in his….culotte’s. I don’t even know how to spell those short pants.

Girl Groups up first…and James is going first with his Jive. James was in an a cappella group in college. LOL. WAIT a second. We’re calling the Pointer Sisters a “girl group” – that seems a bit degrading to me. They ain’t Spice Girls.

This doesn’t feel very jive-y for the first third of the song. Something’s weird about this dance, but he looks hot so I can forgive a lot. 🙂

Len: To learn two dances is a tough call. Jive is very difficult. Liked the speed of the underarm turns, kicks and flicks were sharp and aggressive.

Joey: (Discussion of Joey’s pants split) I’ve been watching, you’re effortless, you make it look easy and it’s not.

Bruno: Blah Blah Blah…what a quarter final this is going to be. What you did you did very well. Could have had more pump into the leg (agreed). Brilliant.

CAI: Achieved excellence. What I love is there a smoothness and a finesse. Ahead of the music at first but got it on the chorus.

Scores: 9, 9, 9, 9 for a total of 36 out of 40

S___ is up next. I’m going to be pissed all night, especially since Ally IS doing a Samba.

Plodding. That’s all I got. Off time. (I lied) No dancing required.

Joey: Not easy being green. I’ve watched, and you give it 110% Frame was good, but the feet…fluidity is stompy. You can go farther, if you can get that.

Bruno: Don’t cry for S__. You tried very hard. At this stage ….more of a Argentine struggle. (Trumpers don’t like the truth, Bruno)

CAI: I appreciate the effort. I know you want to prove you should be here. The artistry is missing, how you go between the pictures.

Len: The best thing about it is that it wasn’t very long. Just moving about. Just walking about.

Totally agree with Len’s comments, but if he gives a 6 or higher he needs to just STFU.

Scores: 7, 6, 7, 6 for a 26 out of 40

SERIOUSLY?? 6’s and 7’s for that utter crap?? Every other contestant better get 9s or higher.

Hannah up next, dancing Salsa to “No Scrubs”.

So far, so good, she seem to be having fun and is doing a pretty darn good job. Nice lifts!! No fear! And that dress! Wow.

Bruno: So good to see your confidence growing. You shine brighter with every dance. Lost a bit of timing. Just lost it a couple of times.

CAI: Fierce, love the attitude. Lifts were a bit out of sorts.

Len: thought the lifts were good, got a bit ahead of the music. Full of Rhythm.

Joey: A little sloppy on the lifts.

This is more fucking critique than S__ Has EVER gotten.

Scores: 8, 8, 8, 8 for a total of 32 out of 40

Jesus Christ. She get’s 8s and a serious critique of nitpicking and S___ gets four “great job”. This show deserves to be cancelled. On top of that, S___ isn’t even doing the originally assigned dance – Samba. Which Ally and Hannah and others have had to do.

Ally up next to dance her SAMBA to the Spice Girls.

Love this song, but it ain’t much of a Samba. Love her outfit. She’s going a very nice job – did this dance seem short to anyone else?

CAI: That was amazing. You’re so in sync. So good in your technique, flawless.

Len: Recognizable Samba. Great technique. Fantastic dance.

Joey: No Samba roll. Amazing job.

Bruno: I want more of that! Proper, absolutely right samba.

Scores: 10, 10, 10, 10 for a total of 40

I liked the dance a lot but I don’t think it was four points better than James, nor what is 8 points better than Hannah – but neither of those two have been to the bottom two twice. So, there you go.

Lauren up next with a quickstep to the Supremes. Again, I object to the term girl group being applied to them.

I like Lauren. I wish Gleb was a better choreographer. Love her outfit. Off time right at the beginning. She does better down on the floor. Pretty darn good job!! I liked it once she came down the steps.

Len: Love the spin turn etc. Once you do stuff like that I’m a sucker for it. There were a few moments that weren’t dead on point. I liked it.

Joey: Couple little foot issues, but over all I thought it was good. Energy was good, frame was off.

Bruno: Captured the feel of a timeless classic. Very complex routine and the precision has to be spot on, but there were a couple of times it wasn’t there.

Again, all kinds of detailed critique and S___ gets nothing.

CAI: I thought it was great. I loved it.

Scores: 9, 9, 8, 8 for a total of 34 our of 40.

Hmmmmm….Hannah and Lauren get more serious critique and neither goes to talk to Erin, getting their scores on the floor with Tom. I guess we know who they want in the bottom two. Or who they feel confident won’t end up there. One or the other.

Kel is up next, talking about being a youth pastor. He’s dancing a Paso.

I love him. He’s really getting the hang of this show and these dances. Love the section with the male pros. He’s seems so natural at this. Love it.

Joey: Great job, knees could have come up, but awesome job.

Bruno: Powerful performance. Be careful not to close in the lines, keep extending the lines.

CAI: Free your arms, really small – you have to dance big. Not little hands.

Len: too many gimmicks and not enough Paso Doble in my world.

What the actual fucking hell?? Again, CAI and Len (and Joey and Bruno) give all kinds of critique like they should in the quarter finals but they DON’T do that to S___ and on top of that….grrrr…

Scores: 8, 8, 9, 9 for a total of 34 out of 40. Ridiculous. I thought that was as good as Ally’s dance.

James is dancing to N’sync Bye Bye Bye – Jazz

This is pretty awesome, although I think he’s a bit ahead of the music. He’s probably a better dancer than N’Sync. 🙂 Well that was too short. I wanted it to go on longer. James is looking goooooood.

Len: That was too much of a boy band. I would like more together dancing. Too much aggression.

Dude, it’s JAZZ

Joey: If I could give 100 I would. It’s all about the attitude, that was amazing. Awesome.

Bruno: blah, blah…could have been a little more together. More content.

CAI: That was really good. Amazing ability to give 300%. Be a little careful of your elbows. Everything matters at this point (say that to SS, idiot).

Scores: 9, 8, 10, 9 for a total of 36 out of 40. Seriously Len?? You gave a 6 to S___.

Numbers Update: Did a bit of guessing on the rest of the second round scores and this is what I got.

Sean vs. Hannah 3.85% 38,462
Sean vs. Lauren/Kel 4.33% 43,269
Sean vs. James 4.81% 48,077
Sean vs. Ally 6.73% 67,308

Hannah dancing tango to BTS – that will get her some votes, probably. Showing some stress in the rehearsal – maybe that will help with the Tango.

Go girl. Gorgeous dress. Sharp, quick. Pretty intense for a normally smiley girl. Wow. I thought that was excellent!!

Joey: Well, I have nothing to say – fantastic. Best dance of the night for me. Awesome.

Bruno: Purring like a kitten. Pure pleasure. What you did so well, elegance and passion. You were killing it. Old School hollywood glamour.

CAI: There is a lot of pressure, but if you want to win you have to bring A game every time. Thank you for bringing back your A Game.

Len: Good posture, Well done. Got a little loose on occasion.

Scores: 10, 9, 10, 10 for a 39 out of 40 That’s more like it!

S___ up next. :::sigh:::

Bruno: No surprises there. Consistent. Technique always goes in one direction – reverse. Presented it well. Wasn’t fluid. A bit clumpy.

CAI: Unfortunately you lost your step in the middle.

CAI if you really had standards you would never give this guy a 7. Spare me.

I can’t even type Len’s critique – too bizarre.

Joey: Again with the 110%. More about the feeling and the journey. You need to step up, but again, great job!

Scores: 6, 6, 6, 6, for a total of 24 our of 40. Still too high, but an improvement.

Numbers Update:  Still have guesses in for Kel and Lauren, but here are the numbers with the scores so far (and those guesses):

Sean vs. Lauren/Kel 4.84% 48,426
Sean vs. Hannah 5.08% 50,847
Sean vs. James 5.33% 53,269
Sean vs. Ally 7.26% 72,639

Lauren and Gleb up next with a rumba – what the hell is Sasha doing in the background??

She looks gorgeous! She looks surprisingly comfortable with this dance. She’s holding up very well. Doing better than I expected, although Gleb didn’t give her that much to do, I don’t think.

CAI: I can’t believe how far you’ve come. Beautiful confidence and sensuality. Be careful – sometimes you hold your breath.

Len: I liked it very much, lovely fluid movement, well done.

Joey: the dancing you did was amazing. Really, really, really good.

Bruno: Smoky sultry. Lauren delivers (hot).

Scores: 9, 9, 9, 9 for a total of 36 out of 40.

Kel doing a V. Waltz…and he’s doing it very well!! He had one weird arm, but he seems to be leading and coping very, very well!

Len: I thought it was terrific, nice turns, put in the fleckle, really polished performance.

Joey: Really great job.

Bruno: You danced like a perfect gentleman, leading with a soft touch. Musical phrasing was great. Sensational.

CAI: Agree with all the judges, but what impressed me most was you took direction about the arms. Well done. That was beautiful.

Scores: 10, 10, 10, 10 for a perfect score of 40

Numbers UPDATE: If Ally gets another perfect score – which they might do to try to save her – this is how it will end up. This would be a big get if S__ survives.

Sean vs. Lauren 4.80% 47,962
Sean vs. Hannah 5.04% 50,360
Sean vs. James 5.28% 52,758
Sean vs. Kel 5.76% 57,554
Sean vs. Ally 7.19% 71,942

 

And doing a jazz to NKOTB means Ally should be able to land another 40. Girl, it’s not you that’s the problem and why you might get eliminated. She’s pretty much killing it although I thought I saw something weird at the beginning. I was only half watching. I really loved this dance – great job!!

Joey: Well done! I love the story telling, so much fun. Amazing – a great way to end the show.

Bruno: MTV awards, reminded me of Paula Abdul.

CAI: Just flawless, that felt like the finals and it was your freestyle. So much fun.

Len: Such a bubbly personality and it was reflected in the dance. The whole package.

Scores: 10, 10, 10, 10 for another perfect score. And my previous numbers remain accurate. Could be a record if Ally lands in the bottom again.  I hope you all voted.

Here we goooo…Len blowing nose on camera. Great.

SAFE: Ally and Sasha

SAFE: Kel and Witney

SAFE: James and Emma

SAFE: Hannah and Alan

FINALLY, praise jesus.

CAI: (STFU) Lauren

Bruno: Lauren (thanks Sean because he’s been entertaining)

And S___ is eliminated.  And it’s about time.

You guys saw the numbers – not really surprised because those were huge numbers to overcome. I don’t think it’s ever happened before. Lauren was likely only vulnerable because she had the lowest score after S___.

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Dancing with the Stars Season 28, Week NINE – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Well, I just realized that I didn’t do this post this past week. I was in New Orleans working and having fun also and not thinking about blogs. 🙂  Better late than never I suppose. So, here’s what we’re going to see tonight on DWTS:

“Boy Band & Girl Group Night” – Six celebrity and pro-dancer couples return to the ballroom to compete on the ninth week of the 2019 season of “Dancing with the Stars,” live, MONDAY, NOV. 11 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

Choreographed by Brooke Wendle and Rodrigo Basurto, the show will open with a medley of songs from some of the most popular boy bands and girl groups in history. For this week, there will be two rounds of competitive dance performances.  In the first round, couples will dance to music from girl groups like TLC, Spice Girls, En Vogue and The Pointer Sisters, among others; the second round will be music from boy bands like Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and *NSYNC. For the first time ever and joining Len, Bruno and Carrie Ann, two guest judges in the ballroom will be Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) of the Spice Girls and Joey Fatone of *NSYNC and “Dancing” alum. Emma will judge the girl group dances, while Joey will judge the boy band dances.

Vying for America’s vote, each couple will dance to a variety of songs including The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love,” Spice Girls’ “Wannabe,” En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind,” The Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited,” Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” New Kids on the Block’s “Step by Step,” and Jonas Brothers’ “Only Human,” among others.

I personally think this theme is kinda dumb, but we’ll see how it plays on TV. And I wonder if Mel B wasn’t available – is she on another network? She was on America’s Got Talent, but I don’t think she is anymore. Anyway…I think Lauren may struggle this week cuz Rumba. S___ should be a trainwreck of major proportions – will it matter? Not until the judges give out appropriate scores for him relative to every other couple still on the show. If Lauren does struggle and gets 8s on her rumba, this is STILL no way in HELL that S___ should get anything higher than a 5. But apparently the judges lack courage. Hopefully, the Hannah of last week is still present – if she is she won’t have too much trouble. If she’s not, she might. I think Kel, James and Ally are probably fine. We will see!!

Kel and Witney – Paso and V. Waltz

James and Emma – Jive and Jazz

Ally and Sasha – Samba and Jazz

Hannah and Alan – Salsa and Tango

Lauren and Gleb – Quickstep and Rumba

S___ and Lindsay – Argentine Tango and Samba

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