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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)
1-800-868-3406

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 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
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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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 27 – Post Week 5 Media

Here’s all kinds of post Week 5 media for your viewing pleasure. 🙂 Let me know if I missed anything important.

October 24, 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 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

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 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

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

DWTS Season 27, Week Four – Dancing by the Numbers RETROSPECTIVE!

As I promised during the live blog, we’ll take a look at exactly what led to Tinashe’s elimination this past Monday. Beyond just a lack of votes, that is.

Of course, that’s what it all comes down to – she wasn’t getting the votes. It’s not necessarily that Joe was getting a ton of votes, it’s just as likely that she wasn’t getting votes.  Yes, there is a difference there. We have no way of knowing if Joe is next in line to leave or if he’s going to make it to the end – this elimination is in no way predictive, no matter what his sadly misguided fans like to claim. 🙂  And before you go crazy and try to tell me that the show is a popularity contest, not a dance contest – just stop. The show is whatever the viewer wants or needs it to be – it’s not up to you to make that determination for other people. The clash comes when the Bachelor Fan’s wants don’t coincide with other viewers wants. I WANT the show to have great dancing. I want the show to show someone who might not have been great to start grow into someone really good or great (see Bindi Irwin, for one).  I like a fun journey. And sorry kids, Joe doesn’t provide any of those things for me. Tinashe did. So quit your bitching about how some of us want Joe gone – deal with it. We certainly have to deal with JOE, so suck it up.

Anyway, Joe had to climb a serious hill in order to stay on the show over Tinashe.  We’ll really only look at Joe and Tinashe to start with, because he was the very bottom of the leader board, while she was the one who was eliminated. No, this is not the first time this has happened and it’s unlikely to be the last.  Audrina, Chynna, Brandy, Sabrina….the worst of all being Audrina who was way in the lead and got beat by Kurt Warner…who was eliminated two weeks later.  Kurt Warner had to get 48,400 more votes per million votes cast than Audrina and he did it. She went home.  Tinashe is in second place in the hardest elimination of all time. Joe had to get 47,415 more votes per million votes cast than Tinashe. And he clearly did.

Does that mean he’s killing it in the votes? Nope. This is hard to explain…let’s break it down and see if you can follow my logic, and the math. First, who got what scores? Read more..

October 21, 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 5: Who’s Dancing What, And When?

Disney Night. :::sigh:::  Who will likely do well?? Alexis, Milo, Evanna are the three who I can see really doing well with their dances and corresponding themes. DeMarcus likely will, but a charleston could be interesting. Will they continue to lowball the hell out of him?  JP…question is, can Cheryl finally make him happen??  Bobby will be interesting to watch. Can he harness all that energy into a beautiful waltz??

ETA: Updated with running order.  Right off the bat, good to see Milo closing the show – I think that’s a good sign for him. Juan Pablo going 2nd is concerning – especially since he went first last week and was a bit of a non-event. Joe likely dancing at the top of the 2nd hour makes me think he’s probably not headed home. -Court-

Alexis & Alan – Foxtrot  (Song: “Just Around the Riverbend” from Pocahontas)
1-800-868-3401
Dancing 1st

Juan Pablo & Cheryl – V. Waltz  (Song: “Gaston” from Beauty and the Beast)
1-800-868-3408
Dancing 2nd

DeMarcus & Lindsay –  Charleston  (Song: “A Star is Born” from Hercules)
1-800-868-3404
Dancing 3rd

Evanna & Keo –  Jazz (Song: “When Will My Life Begin” from Tangled)
1-800-868-3405
Dancing 4th

Joe & Jenna – Jive  (Song: “Zero” from Ralph Breaks the Internet)
1-800-868-3406
Dancing 5th

Mary Lou & Sasha – Contemporary (Song: “Reflection” from Mulan)
1-800-868-3409
Dancing 6th

John & Emma – Quickstep  (Song: “I Wan’na Be Like You” from The Jungle Book (seriously?))
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Dancing 7th

Bobby & Sharna – Waltz  (Song: “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid”)
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Dancing 8th

Milo & Witney –  Quickstep (Song: “Incredits 2” from Incredibles 2)
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Dancing 9th

 

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October 17, 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 – Post Elimination Media

Still not happy with last night’s elimination, but what can you do…besides VOTE?

Lindsey!!

Milo, Witney and Riker

October 16, 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 4 – Power Rankings

Oof. For the first time in a looooong time, I am speechless at the results. We lost an extremely talented dancer paired with probably the most promising male pro we’ve had in quite awhile, and for what? To keep some slouch that doesn’t even appear to be trying anymore, just because a niche fanbase has a hard-on for this guy??? There’s more to unpack here than just the fact that folks (inexplicably) seem to love Joe, but that’s probably the most outwardly frustrating part. I think back to Bill Engvall’s season, when so many seemed to complain about him sticking around while better dancers got sent packing.  But at the very least with Bill, I always got the impression that he wanted to be there, he was doing his best, and Emma was putting in 110% each and every week to help him improve.  Wish I could say the same for Joe, but judging from the appallingly bad trio he gave us this week (which he just seemed to laugh about and shrug off), I don’t really think he cares whether he stays or goes.  I think Jenna was praying they got sent packing this week, judging from how mortified she appeared to be when they got called safe. Bachelor Nation, if you’re reading this (and you probably are) – put them out of their misery.  STOP VOTING FOR THEM. This show is already struggling, without your nonsense.

As for other extenuating circumstances that may have lead to Tinashe’s elimination – once again, the “DWTS viewers hate female ringers” argument has popped up again. I still have a hard time believing that one 100%, given that female ringers have gone on to win this show (and make the finals); I absolutely believe that some viewers think that way, but I don’t know that it’s necessarily the majority of voters. However, Heidi did point out that with viewership down, voting might also be down – which gives more power to those that do vote, since the totals are much smaller, and makes the prospect of a “shocking” elim much more likely. I can’t help but draw parallels between voting on DWTS vs. voting in the midterm elections next month – currently, it’s a relatively small but determined demographic dominating the polls (white Baby Boomers); however, if the disenfranchised demographic that isn’t getting to the polls (Millennials & minorities) would make a big push to actually get out and vote, we could upend norms that have persisted for decades. I cannot emphasize the importance of voting – whether its on DWTS or in the midterm elections. I’m hearing a lot of “Tinashe got Sabrina’d!”, but I would actually go with “Tinashe got Hillary’d” – some voters fixated on a fabricated, non-existent problem as justification for not voting for her.  Tinashe’s “emails” were the imaginary “attitude problem” some seemed to have with her – I never saw it, as she always struck me as very calm and just enjoying the ride. But was that same chill demeanor ultimately the problem…? I know I mentioned in my week 2 power rankings that I thought Nancy may be in trouble because she was simply so laid-back that at the end of the night, it was hard to remember her dances.  Did Tinashe suffer the same fate? When you’ve got Bones bouncing around like a lawn dart, Joe being memorably terrible, John being unexpectedly genuine and down-to-earth, Milo dancing surprisingly well and being sheepishly charming, DeMarcus just being an incredibly hard worker, and Alexis showing vulnerability about her past…do you really forget about an otherwise-great dancer that maybe just wasn’t as dramatic as the other celebs? Part of me also wonders if her “Most Memorable Year” dance may have also just not struck as much of a chord with viewers as Alexis’, Bobby’s, DeMarcus’, & John’s did – we’ve often said that if you don’t go the weepy route during MMY week, you run the risk of getting lost in the shuffle, regardless of how well you actually dance. Is it more of a memorability problem than anything else? Or can a season only sustain x number of ringers? We had said over and over that this season probably couldn’t handle both Alexis AND Tinashe for long – I guess I just always assumed that Alexis would be more likely to go first; but who knows, maybe the dance about her mom earned her some votes. I could go on and on about potential contributing factors – but at the end of the day, it comes down to votes: she wasn’t getting them. So if you don’t want to see that happen again, you’ve gotta phone it in and interweb it in – the votes matter.

One factor I don’t blame in any of this: Brandon. He was the one male pro that I was really betting it all on to lead the guys out of this post-Ballas/Hough talent drought.  That tango had serious shades of Derek in it – and Brandon probably got dealt the toughest hand this week: a dance that’s already tough to do as a trio (tango) with a celeb that has some limitations to consider (Amy).  And I think he knocked it out of the park – which is pretty admirable for his first outing as a pro, considering it seems to take the male pros in particular a season or two before they hit a stride (and even then, some of them still don’t quite get it – looking at YOU, Gleb). Producers, he better have a spot for the foreseeable future – ’cause I think he’s gonna pay the dividends in a big way.

So some of you seemed rather perplexed about some of the trios we ended up with – admittedly, I did too. I saw speculation that there was an agenda at play – while I don’t really have any solid tea here, I don’t really think that there was much of an agenda…except maybe for including Maddie, which when taken into account with the fact that her sister is a contestant on Juniors, seems to indicate an attempt to insinuate one or both of the Ziegler girls into DWTS in some capacity. To what end? I’m not sure – part of me wonders if they’re trying to angle to get Maddie employed by DWTS in some capacity (pro? troupe? JUDGE?!) in the future; part of me thinks this could have been part of a quid pro quo for Kenzie doing Juniors (“If you make Kenzie a contestant and give her exposure for her music, I’ll avail myself to you guys in some capacity!”) Kenzie on Juniors just seems very, very strategic – more beneficial for her than for the show itself, I think. But I digress – the rest of the trios just seem like a hodgepodge of former contestants that they managed to convince to come back, with gaps filled in by other randos where appropriate. Shad, Joey, and Melissa seem to avail themselves to the show whenever they’re needed (all-stars, tours, guest judging, hosting, celebrity space filler in the audience, etc.); Nastia, Riker, and Lindsey seem like fan faves they were just fortunate enough to convince to help out for a week.  As for Scarlett and Jordan – the latter just seems like catnip for the Bachelor nation; as for Scarlett, a little bird insinuated to me that she may have been a backup for a former DWTS celeb that had to back out for whatever reason (my knee jerk guess was Jodie – probably the only one of Keo’s former partners worth inviting back, but also a potential conflict of interest, given that her costar is currently a contestant on DWTS). Honestly, I think the decision-making process for who got who in trios probably went something like this: “Ok, who can we convince to come back? Remember, we’ve got Maddie – Maddie needs to fit in one of these trios. So Shad, Melissa, Joey, Riker, Nastia, Lindsey, and Amy all said yes? Ok, now who can we plausibly pair them up with? And what should we do about the remaining two couples that need trio members? Bah, just tell them to invite a friend. What’s the worst that could happen???” Well, I think only one trio truly benefited from having their third person (Milo/Witney/Riker), while the rest were either neutral (Juan Pablo/Cheryl/Melissa, Bobby/Sharna/Lindsey) or were somewhat disadvantaged (pretty much everyone else). Honestly, I think the trios were just the result of the usual flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-planning we’ve come to expect from DWTS 😛 Read more..

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