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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you in comments!

December 14, 2020 I Written By

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and my other interests, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

PureDWTS Season 29, Week 6 – Power Rankings

Just for the record – I really have no idea what I’m doing anymore 😛

I mean, I obviously know how to write, and I know how to look at dances and determine whether they are decent or not; I guess I mean the conclusions I’m drawing are basically a roll of the dice these days, because the results of this show aren’t really making much sense to me anymore. In what universe does an Olympic figure skater somehow tumble into the bottom two with a Superbowl champ, while reality stars with marginal dance skills end up safe??? Last night’s results would have been unheard of ten years ago on this show – hell, even three years ago on this show. Granted, Vernon was not as adept as the majority of the NFL players we’ve had on this show, and Johnny got RIDICULOUSLY low-balled on his score this week – but I guess the only conclusion I can reasonably draw is that not many people are actually voting (or voting consistently), and it’s causing the results to become unpredictable from time to time. There’s also the fact that you can now vote ten times PER COUPLE, per voting method, which I think is muddling things – where people used to have to put all their eggs in one basket, they can now put the same amount of eggs in multiple baskets; this only adds to the total number of points (and thus diminishes the power of each vote) and just seems to result in the needle not moving as much when you combine scores and votes. Add to this the fact that TPTB seem intent on keeping Monica (or Val) around despite a mediocre performance thus far, and I’m not sure what to make of things anymore. I feel like the “perpetual present” that the pandemic has left us all stuck in is seeping into every aspect of my life: it’s hard to think about what’s going to happen in the future, when each day just seems like an interminable NOW with no end in sight. Christ, this pandemic has made me nihilistic.

So we’re past the halfway point of the season, and we’ve eliminated 1/3 of the cast – so what type of narrative seems to be taking shape for the finale? Hard to say. For once, I don’t feel confident claiming any one person will for sure win – I tend to think Kaitlyn (and probably AJ, too – unless they fall into the bottom together) are likely going to get saved by the judges no matter what, but when it comes to winning…all bets are off. Will Nev make the finals? Maybe…maybe not. Nelly, Justina, and Jeannie are all big question marks for me, too – I think it’s equally possible that any of them make the finals or get eliminated just short of them. My gut says they can’t protect Monica forever, and if Skai keeps having off-weeks, I don’t think she sticks around, either. No idea what to make of Chrishell anymore, as it feels like Gleb could walk center stage and take a dump and still get glowing reviews for their routine. And is Johnny being set up as a shock elim in the coming weeks??? Could be…or last night could have been an anomaly. And despite Derek usually making the right call, my confidence in the judges this season choosing the correct couple when saving from the bottom two has waned – I tend to think they may be getting instructed to “make things interesting” from the control room, and may vote in a way that they wouldn’t normally. Hence, Carrie Ann’s (downright idiotic) choice to save Vernon & Peta over Johnny & Britt.

So Derek graced the DWTS stage for the first time in 3 years, and I daresay that was probably the only glimmer of hope DWTS has for a possible choreo Emmy nomination next summer – and given that perennial heavy-hitter SYTYCD did not air this year, it’s possible DWTS could eke out a nod along with some of the routines from World of Dance. Or who knows, maybe they won’t even bother to nominate anyone in that category – seems like a very 2020 outcome 😉 Loved this paso, and it felt like the culmination of all the years Derek spent using DWTS and the MOVE tours as a “test kitchen” for some of his wilder choreography ideas. Paso was always his favorite dance to choreograph, so the choice made sense; it was also nice to see how far Hayley has come in her ballroom and Latin technique, as some of her early days dabbling in it were a bit…shaky. I daresay her Latin technique bests Allison’s now, though, so if they ever went shopping for female pros again in the future (if there is one…), I think she’s a logical choice.

As most of us had predicted, Vernon left us this week – and while it was disappointing, I caught a bit of his GMA appearance this morning, and he seemed to have a very upbeat attitude about his elim, and was generally grateful for the experience. I think he had plateaued in terms of his dancing, too, so I don’t know that he would have fared well when they would have started doing 2+ dances per week. Glad he got to go out on a positive note, though – his cha-cha was a fun tribute to his grandpa and I think he had a lot of fun. Read more..

October 21, 2020 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble.

DWTS 29 Week Six – Interviews, Recaps, Scores, TV Ratings, And Extras

ETA: Lots of updates below….

It’s hard to believe it’s the midway of the season. Time is flying fast for this season. The couples really need to impress now with no mistakes or anyone could leave. I was the most impressed with Kaitlyn & Artem last night. Just perfection. And how about Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert? Now that was an Emmy winning dance! I want more!!

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

AJ & Cheryl 27 (9, 9, 9)
Monica & Val 27 (9, 9, 9)
Kaitlyn & Artem 27 (9, 9, 9)
Justina & Sasha 27 (9, 9, 9)
Nev & Jenna 26 (9, 9, 8)
Jeannie & Brandon 25 (8, 8, 9)
Nelly & Daniella 24 (8, 8, 8)
Chrishell & Gleb 24 (8, 8, 8)
Johnny & Britt 22 (7, 8, 7)
Vernon & Peta 21 (7, 7, 7) Eliminated
Skai & Alan 18 (6, 6, 6)

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

Ok, now onto some interviews and recaps (and things released before the show). Thanks always for reading…. Read more..

October 20, 2020 I Written By

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and my other interests, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

Carrie Ann Inaba Talks On Dancing With The Stars, Her New Boyfriend, and More On Live With Kelly and Ryan

Today, Carrie Ann Inaba was a guest on Live With Kelly and Ryan. Below she talks on all the wigs she’s been wearing on Dancing With The Stars this season. She also talks on her new boyfriend who is ….hmmmm…”very special” to her. It’s good to see her so happy. Lots more below….

October 14, 2020 I Written By

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and my other interests, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

PureDWTS Season 29, Week 5 – Power Rankings

Soooo…I can’t be the only one who wonders what the Russian pros (minus Artem, he’s an angel) did to piss off the hair department this week, right? 😛 What in the name of Party City Clearance Bin was on Gleb & Val’s heads??? I think the conclusion Mama Spence and I came to was some unholy abomination born of Mandy Patinkin in The Princess Bride, the owner of the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders, and this man looking for love in an 80’s dating service video:

 

Alan only got off marginally better than the other two, with what looks to be a discount version of Vicki Lawrence’s wig from Mama’s Family:

I don’t know if Tyrant is becoming more tolerable, or if everything else in this year is such a flaming dumpster fire by comparison and I’m just getting used to her particular brand of annoyance, but I found her MILDLY less annoying this week. MILDLY. But I will say I found it super-duper sketch when she brought up the whole elimination gaffe from last week again, and it makes me wonder if there’s more to it than simply being a control room “whoops”. Sis seemed awfully defensive about it, and eager to “set the record straight” – to which I say “Sure, Jan.” And so far, everyone that has fallen into the bottom two and been saved has ended up in the bottom two again and gotten flushed out the following week. But this week, Monica manages to avoid it altogether, owing to some awfully generous scoring for what I would consider a fairly weak tango? Just makes my brain itch. I don’t know to what end strings are being pulled, but it just adds to the stench of this season for me.

Well, in the aforementioned unexpected twist, Monica managed to stay completely safe this week, and it was Vernon and Jesse who took a tumble into the “Danger Zone” (seriously – of all the songs they could have resurrected for 80’s week, why not this one???).  Jesse was ultimately flushed out in a unanimous vote by the judges, and while I feel like he had plateaued (and even backslid) in the past two weeks, I am still a skosh disappointed that we lost him, because I do feel like he was trying; I feel like the one thing that gave Vernon a leg up over him, though, is that Vernon seems to take criticism from the judges and let it fuel him, while Jesse only seemed drained by it. Maybe it was for the best that he left sooner rather than later, as the weekly criticism seemed to be taking its toll on Jesse; but it still irks me that he and Sharna got screwed with music at least half the time, and I feel like that did play a major role in some of their dances being a bit lackluster. Their song this week had some really strange tempo changes that even Mama Spence noticed (and she will be the first to tell you she lacks all rhythm), so I’m inclined to cut them a bit of a break for some of their more awkward routines.

Given that it was a theme week, we of course had some songs that weren’t ideal for the dance that was being done to them, and most of the pros had to sacrifice a bit of content in favor of upholding the “spirit” of 80’s week…so I’m being a bit more lenient on filler/time wasters this week. I also have beaucoup gifs this week, so bear with me 😉 Read more..

October 13, 2020 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble.

DWTS 29 Week Five – Interviews, Recaps, Scores, TV Ratings, And Extras

ETA2: Access interviews added and more…

ETA: Updated below with GMA interview with Sharna and Jesse.

Two words….Johnny & Britt! Nev & Jenna and Artem & Kaitlyn were so good last night too, but, Johnny & Brit hit it to another level and world! What a beautiful and emotional contemporary dance and one for the Dancing With The Stars history books! And can you imagine Britt winning her first season as a pro? It would be so cool.

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

Johnny & Britt 29 (10, 10, 9)
Kaitlyn & Artem 27 (9, 9, 9)
Nev & Jenna 26 (8, 9, 9)
Monica & Val 26 (9, 9, 8)
Justina & Sasha 24 (8, 8, 8)
Jeannie & Brandon 24 (8, 8, 8)
AJ & Cheryl 24 (8, 8, 8)
Skai & Alan 24 (8, 8, 8)
Nelly & Daniella 24 (8, 8, 8)
Vernon & Peta 21 (7, 7, 7)
Chrishell & Gleb 19 (6, 6, 7)
Jesse & Sharna 19 (7, 6, 6) Eliminated

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

Ok, now onto some interviews and recaps (and things released before the show). Thanks always for reading and following this site…. Read more..

I Written By

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and my other interests, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

PureDWTS Season 29, Week 4 – Power Rankings

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

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

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

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

October 6, 2020 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble.

DWTS 29 Week Four – Interviews, Recaps, Scores, Ratings, And Extras

ETA: More added below including new Access interviews…

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

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

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

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

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

I Written By

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and my other interests, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

PureDWTS Season 29, Week 3 – Power Rankings

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

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

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

Read more..

September 30, 2020 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble.

DWTS 29 Week Three – Interviews, Recaps, Scores, And Extras

ETA2: More interviews added.

ETA: GMA interview with Carole and Pasha added below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 29, 2020 I Written By

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and my other interests, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.