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DWTS Season 28, Weeks 5 and 6 – Dancing by the Numbers!

I decided to run some numbers this week since no one was eliminated last week and this week’s scores and votes will be added together. We know the dancers a bit now, so I figured I would make some educated guesses on how they’ll do based on what they’re dancing Monday, then add them to this past weeks scores and run the numbers from there. Those with samba (Hannah, James) lost a point or two. Karamo lost a point due to rumba, while Lauren gained four due to contemporary. I also gave Sailor an additional three points because of Jazz. I dipped Ally a couple points because she’s dancing Quickstep this week while she had contemporary last week. Kel dipped a point because of Quickstep as well. I gave Kate an additional three points this week because she’s doing V. Waltz, at which she will likely excel. You know who stayed exactly the same, although he shouldn’t have had a 19 last week. More like a 15. I don’t expect the judges to do better this week, regardless of what good dancer we could lose.

Of course, because our judges have learned absolutely nothing from last season, I fully expect to be way off base in my guesses and some seriously wacky stuff will go down.

Anyway, in my scenario, Ally remains in first place by one point and there is a four-way tie for second place. Lauren moves up, Hannah moves down and Karamo and S___ are still the bottom two, at least score-wise. …Read more

October 19, 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 SIX – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Well, this week there is no theme that’s actually called out, but it seems like there should be one, when you look at the list of songs in the press release. 🙂

The show will open with the couples entering the ballroom to “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang. In addition, the cast of Dancing with the Stars – Live Tour 2020 will perform a dance choreographed by Emmy® Award-winning Mandy Moore. The nationwide tour kicks off Jan. 9 in Richmond, Virginia. To purchase tickets and get the full list of tour dates, please visit dwtstour.com.

Vying for America’s vote, each couple will dance to a variety of songs including Carrie Underwood’s “Southbound,” Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” Stevie Wonder’s “Part-Time Lover,” Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved,” among others.

I would say 80’s if not for Carrie Underwood. I would say classics…if not for Carrie Underwood. I would say…well, never mind. 🙂 I guess we’re doing contemporary and jazz every week now – if only all the pros could choreograph a decent one. I thought Hannah was the favored one – that’s what everyone keeps telling me. But she’s got the hardest dance this week and hasn’t had a “gimme” dance in a couple weeks – if ever. Interesting that Lauren and Sailor get the contemporary and jazz, respectively. Everyone else has their work cut out for them. Although I think Kate will do well. I think Karamo is probably screwed. James should be fine…hopefully.

Ally and Sasha – Quickstep

Kel and Witney – Quickstep

S___ and Lindsay – Viennese Waltz

Kate and Pasha – Viennese Waltz

James and Emma – Samba

Hannah and Alan – Samba

Sailor and Val – Jazz

Lauren and Gleb – Contemporary

Karamo and Jenna – Rumba

October 16, 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. :-)

Pure DWTS Season 28 Week 5 – Interviews, Recaps, Scores, Photos, And Extras

Wow, once again, the dances were all so good last night. Such great productions in each of them. I was especially impressed with Alan & Hanna, Gleb & Lauren, Kel & Witney, James & Emma, and Ally & Sasha. If you missed how the show went down, don’t miss Miss Heidi’s fun Live Blog. She included her Number Predictions too which I always love. Courtney’s Power Rankings are coming up too. So stay tuned.

So, let’s check out the scores from last night again. I have a feeling Sean is going home next week….

Scores:

Ally & Sasha 27 (9, 9, 9)
James & Emma 26 (9, 8, 9)
Kel & Witney 26 (9, 8, 9)
Hannah & Alan 25 (9, 7, 9)
Sailor & Val 24 (8, 8, 8)
Kate & Pasha 24 (8, 8, 8)
Lauren & Gleb 23 (8, 7, 8)
Karamo & Jenna 21 (7, 7, 7)
Sean & Lindsay 19 (7, 6, 6)

If you missed seeing the dances, see the official You Tube page. You can also view the dances at the official Facebook page.

Photos From Getty:

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And now onto some interviews and recaps, etc… Read more..

October 15, 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.

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

What do I expect to see tonight?? A bunch of contemporary and jazz dances that are called by another name…like quickstep, samba, V.waltz and foxtrot…and possibly even Paso, although his song actually is a closer fit that many of the others.

What else do I expect to see? A decent dancer sent home instead of the person who should be going home.

T-minus 30 minutes to show time.

Great opening – love how they featured Pasha and Daniella. 🙂  Male pros had the best bit. Loved that…best opening in quite some time.

Sailor up first with Cinderella – nailed that one.  All your expected Disneyification in the packages.

Took a really long time to move across the floor. But  she seems to be doing quite well. Very princess-y VW.

Len: Light and fluffy like a soufle – would have liked more in hold. Makes a comment about her def back next week. Read more..

October 14, 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. :-)

DWTS Season 28 Midweek Media With Peta Murgatroyd, Erin Andrews, Ally Brooke, Hannah Brown, And Lots More

Congratulations to Dancing With The Stars Peta Murgatroyd! She is now officially a US citizen. Not only that, her and Maks want to have another baby soon. Lots more media below including interviews with Erin Andrews, Hannah Brown, Lauren Alaina, and Ally Brooke.

October 10, 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.

PureDWTS Season 28, Week 4: Power Rankings

Anyone else lightweight disappointed that we didn’t get to see Leah & Len come to complete fisticuffs on live national television? 😉 They were getting close there in the end, critiquing Karamo’s dance – and Leah (deservedly) called out Len’s suspicious nitpickery and also Carrie Ann’s sham lift policing, and I was generally kind of glad to have her on board last night – there were times when the judges needed reminding that some of these contestants are NOT dancers, they’re all working hard, and there’s no need to be mean or make things personal. Sure, some could argue that she was over-the-top and stole focus from time to time (which, to be fair, is kind of her brand), but given that it was usually when Len was talking, I’m not too upset – that man could use a bit of humbling these days, particularly when he’s going in on men of color for no good reason…

…and speaking of people of color, consider this me raising my eyebrows at bit at the bottom 2’s we’ve had so far. Mary, Ray, Lamar, Kel, Karamo…if Ally ends up there next week, we may need to have a “come to Jesus” (or whatever deity of your choice) meeting. I can understand Ray and Lamar – neither were very good dancers, and Ray had the added stench of a potentially murderous past. But Mary, Kel, and Karamo – they don’t suck, guys.  I partially blame some of the shenanigans from the judges, but is the viewing audience just far more besotted with snowy-white southern girls Hannah and Lauren, a certain conservative firebrand partnered with Lindsay, and family man/former teen idol James? Jury’s still out on Kate – she’s snowy white too, and from a popular TV show, but this show doesn’t tend to hold on long to women over the age of 40 (unless they’re paired with Derek). Just food for thought, y’all…

Anyway, scoring was all over the place last night, and it seemed like some of the viewers on my Twitter timeline were starting to buy into some of the poppycock that the judges were trying to pass off as fair and informed judging.  One thing I want to get very clear: just because the judges rip a dance to shreds does not necessarily mean it’s inherently bad, and just because the judges praise a dance to high heaven does not mean it’s a great dance that’s above reproach.  I would think by now, most viewers would realize that the judges’ job isn’t necessarily to honestly judge the dance they saw – we’ve seen plenty of instances over the years where they were clearly carrying out some sort of agenda, and their comments and scores didn’t align with what we actually saw on the floor. I recall ridiculous nitpicking of fantastic dancers (and eventual champs) like Jordan and Nicole, and over-the-top praise of generally-okay dancers like William Levy, who just so happened to be inking a deal with Univision (an ABC affiliate) around the time he was on the show. To quote Bing Crosby’s character in White Christmas, “Everybody’s working an angle.” When in doubt, remember this: the judges are getting paid to say what the producers want them to. Sometimes that aligns nicely with the truth; other times it’s nothing resembling it. Sometimes, they seem like they actually know what they’re talking about; other times, they seem about as credible as an Instagram model endorsing the Fyre Festival for a fat paycheck 😛

I would say I was sad to see Lamar go, but I’m generally happy that he went out on a high note – that Viennese waltz was his best dance yet, and he really did improve incrementally each week (even if the judges’ scores didn’t really reflect it). I think he was likely ready to go – it was hard for him to remember the choreography, and I got the impression that the judges’ critiques and scores never really stopped cutting him to the quick each week. Was glad Leah was there to throw him a bone with that “7” paddle, and to shame Len and Bruno for throwing up the “4” paddles for the third week in a row. But with Lamar now gone, there’s really only one obvious bit of “low-hanging fruit” still in the competition – and my gut says he’s still got at least a few weeks left in him, unless the judges decide to get really real and start whipping out the “4” paddles again. So that means we’re likely to start losing better dancers starting next week – how will the viewers react to a potential rehashing of last season’s three-ring circus of persistent mediocrity, starring Bones and Grocery Joe? I’d say next week is when we start getting a feel for whether this show even deserves another season… Read more..

October 9, 2019 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 28, Week FIVE – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Disney week. I can’t say it’s my favorite week. Too much production, too much BS.  But since this season has been remarkably low on all that stuff so far, perhaps I will enjoy it more.  We’ll see. Here’s what the press release says we can expect this week:

For the first time in the show’s history, the opening dance number will take place at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, in a pre-recorded segment and will feature the cast on Main Street, U.S.A. and in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, choreographed by the acclaimed Zach Woodlee (“Grease Live” and “Glee”). During the show, the celebrity contestants and their pros take over the Happiest Place on Earth as they seek inspiration for their dance numbers at Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. One lucky “Dancing with the Stars” couple will even get to travel to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and take the controls of the Millennium Falcon. From thrill attractions to favorite Disney characters and more, this will be a “Disney Night” to remember.

Vying for America’s vote, each couple will dance to a variety of beloved Disney songs including “We’re All in This Together” from “High School Musical,” “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid,” “A Spoonful of Sugar” from “Mary Poppins,” “Beauty and the Beast” from the live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from the live-action “The Lion King,” among others.

In addition, a special dance inspired by new song “Into the Unknown” from “Disney’s Frozen II” will be featured. And special looks from Disney+’s upcoming “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” and live-action “Lady and the Tramp” will be shown.

Here’s who’s dancing which dances…ugh, the first contemporary and jazz of the season. At least Ally and Kate got them, along with Kel. This I can live with. 🙂 What do those whining about Hannah’s dances have to say about that, eh?? That argument no longer holds. Sorry not sorry. Foxtrot should suit her, though. James should do fantastic with the Paso. Conversely, Lindsay is going to have to work a REAL miracle this week. I love her, but I hope it doesn’t happen. Sailor should do well, but I worry about Lauren and Karamo with the Samba. Hopefully their partners get it together for them.

ETA: See below for what is apparently the full song list. Hmmm…Hannah was sitting on Aladdin’s rug with Alan, but she also was shown with a light saber.  And she said “someone” is going to be a princess. I would hope her and not Alan. 🙂  But the Aladdin song and the Beauty and the Beast song are both crap for a foxtrot.  Sailor met Cinderella, apparently, which would imply the Cinderella song.  Ally was also in the Beast’s library – and that song would work for contemporary. And they would so totally make Kate do Mary Poppins. And because the producers are who they are, I’m guessing Karamo gets the Lion King song.  My GUESSES are below.  

ETA2: Just saw Lauren’s tweet with mermaids in it. 🙂

Ally and Sasha – Contemporary (“Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast)

Kel and Witney – Jazz (“We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical)

S___ and Lindsay – Quickstep (“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story 4)

Kate and Pasha – Jazz (“A Spoonful of Sugar” from Mary Poppins)

James and Emma – Paso doble (“He’s a Pirate” from Pirates of the Caribbean)

Hannah and Alan – Foxtrot (“A Whole New World” from Aladdin)

Sailor and Val – Viennese Waltz (“A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella)

Lauren and Gleb – Samba (“Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid)

Karamo and Jenna – Samba (“I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from The Lion King)

Thanks to R2M in the comments for the heads up on a Disney fansite that claims to have the complete song list – see below:

  • A Whole New World from Aladdin (Zayn and Zhavia)
  • A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes from Cinderella
  • Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid
  • A Spoonful of Sugar from Mary Poppins
  • Beauty and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast (John Legend & Ariana Grande)
  • You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story 4
  • We’re All in This Together from High School Musical
  • I Just Can’t Wait to Be King from The Lion King (2019)
  • He’s a Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
October 8, 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. :-)

Pure DWTS Season 28 Week 4 – Interviews, Recaps, Scores, Photos, And Extras

What another great show last night!!! Once again, Ally and Sasha were my favorites. I loved Gleb & Lauren, James & Emma, and Sailor & Val too!!! Also, applauds to Leah Remini on her guest judging and mixing things up. I love how she tried to shoot some confidence into those who needed it while scolding the other judges at times if they went too far. In case you missed the show, don’t miss reading how it all went down minute by minute in Miss Heidi’s Live Blog post. Court’s new Power Rankings will be published soon too. So, be on the look out.

So, let’s check out the scores from last night again…..

Scores:

Ally & Sasha 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) Jive “Proud Mary”—Tina Turner
Kel & Witney 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) Cha-cha-cha
Hannah & Alan 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) Paso doble
Lauren & Gleb 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) Foxtrot
Sailor & Val 31 (7, 8, 8, 8) Cha-cha-cha
James & Emma 28 (7, 7, 7, 7) Quickstep
Karamo & Jenna 28 (7, 7, 7, 7) Tango
Kate & Pasha 26 (7, 7, 6, 6) Argentine tango
Sean & Lindsay 21 (5, 6, 5, 5) Paso doble “Bamboléo”—Gipsy Kings
Lamar & Peta 20 (5, 7, 4, 4) Viennese waltz Eliminated

If you missed seeing the dances, see the official Your Tube page. You can also view the dances at the official Facebook page.

Photos From Getty:

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See more HERE.

And now onto some interviews and recaps, etc… Read more..

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.

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

Well, folks, here we are at week four and the two worst dancers are still with us.  If you could be so kind as to VOTE such that one will be eliminated sooner rather than later, I would greatly appreciate it. I think you know which one. 😉

If you have some time to kill before the show starts, you can read Courtney’s power rankings.  I didn’t do a numbers post this week – seemed like it would be…redundant. If another good dancer is in the bottom, I may do a numbers post just so I have a place to rant.  Anyway, T-minus 30 minutes to show time. Don’t be surprised if I’m a little late – got small children to play with. 🙂

How is it that it went from 91 on saturday to 60 today?? Yeah, I know, Climate change – but I feel a bit robbed of fall. Hopefully the rest of the week is a bit better.

Leah is looking great! Funny as ever.  Len is looking a little red.

“Hey look ma I made it.” Eh. Bruno cha cha-ing out in front of everyone.   Hey, did they wax the opening number to that song? Why? Two fewer stars and they’re afraid of the show running long? Read more..

October 7, 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. :-)

New Promo For Dancing With The Stars Season 28 Week 4

Are you ready for another night of dancing? Below is a new fun promo. Also, don’t forget to vote first thing for all of your favorites. Stay tuned for Miss Heidi’s Live Blog for fun commentary.

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.