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Dancing with the Stars Season 27, Week FOUR – LIVE BLOG!

Hi all!! You’ll note that I didn’t do a “dancing by the numbers” this week, mainly because they’re using this weeks scores with last weeks votes and that means the DBTN post doesn’t reflect any large changes in scores. So, I’ll be keeping an eye on the numbers during the show and let you know where I think it’s going. Then, I’ll do a retrospective post as it’s needed if any weirdness happens. Cool?

That said, I think it could be any of Courtney’s bottom three to go home this week – I’m leaning more toward Mary Lou, but it’s really critical to see how badly Joe scores. If he’s low enough relative to everyone else, it could be him. All three of them will depend heavily on the scoring differences between them. We’ll see!

Ugh. Too much Val. Love how they introduced the couples with their trio partner. Very good to see some of them again…Nastia, Amy and Rashad….and Riker, to name a few.

Juan Pablo is up first. Will they horrendously over score him once again?? Is it him or is it Cheryl?? I seem to recall this is not the first time they ridiculously shoved one of her partners down our throat….he was a latino as well, I recall. Read more..

October 15, 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 DWTS Juniors Season 1 – Court’s Week 2 Post-Mortem

I wasn’t originally planning to do a post-mortem this week, but given the site issues we had last night (which should be fixed now – please let us know if you’re still getting a message about our security certificate being expired) and the fact that last night’s episode moved ridiculously fast, I thought I better sum up my feelings…

Trying to fit (10) dances into (1) hour was perhaps a bit ambitious. I could barely keep up on the live blog – I was trying to verbalize how I felt about a dance, while still keeping my ears peeled for what the judges were saying, and hopefully getting enough of the general gist of it before having to scramble to report the scores.  Last night moved at a breakneck speed – by the end of it, I felt like I had been shot out of a cannon. Made it hard to remember all of the dances…at least last week, the pace was a bit more leisurely, so we got a chance to really get to know the couples. I worry that the shows are going to continue to be rushed for at least the next few weeks – seems like things won’t calm down a bit until they narrow it down to at least six couples.

Judging felt rushed, so not sure anyone really improved. Since the judges were just as rushed as the show was, I’m not sure there was really even room for improvement – Val’s critiques felt even less focused this week (hell, even a passing “work on your technique” would have been better than the rushed “it was good” of this week), Mandy tried to stay on-topic (but she struggled to be concise), and Adam had a couple gems but mainly just a bunch of forgettable “it was great!”-type lines.  Part of me is thinking this is part of the reason why the judges picked feel like such an afterthought: TPTB knew there wouldn’t be a ton of time for them to actually judge, so they just said “F*ck it, let Val have his ‘judging’ position, throw Mandy & Adam in there, and be done with it. They’re only going to have a max of maybe 15 seconds to judge a dance, for the bulk of the season.”

However, judges’ critiques are NOT a time to call out your fellow pros for lack of content. This week, it was Cheryl on the receiving end of Val’s “tsk, tsk”-ing over lack of content.  Which is borderline hilarious, considering Val has become the king of time-wasting non-dancing on the regular show, and Cheryl has far more years of this show under her belt than Val.  But I digress – it’s not of ANY benefit to these kids to have the judges (or really just Val) picking on content, which they have no control over. If it really gets his goat, he can go pull the “offending” pro aside after the show to hash it out. Stick with critiquing the kids – especially since you have such a limited time to judge, anyway.

When you have TINY voting samples, unexpected things can happen. So needless to say, last night’s elim was…shocking. Shocking-ish, but when you consider that the amount of people voting is TINY compared to the regular show, it really puts things in perspective.  The audience capacity of the studio is 838 people; when you take into account that friends/family of the celebs/junior pros/pro mentors cannot vote, that number gets even smaller – it may be only 500 votes total determining who stays and who goes, so it could easily come down to only one vote determining who gets eliminated.  Hudson & Kami had four couples that were below them on the leaderboard, and two couples they were tied with; however, I’d argue that three of the four below them had big personalities that left a lasting impact, as did the two couples they tied with.  Hudson & Kami, while being cute and doing a good dance, seemed to fade into the woodwork a bit – and this microcosm of DWTS Juniors just really re-illustrates what we’ve been saying about the voting on the regular show: you’re better off being memorable, for better or worse, than you are being quiet, compliant, and potentially forgettable. But I think they did a respectable job, as did Hayley as their mentor.

Some of the bigger personalities that aren’t such great dancers seem to be making more of an impact than the better dancers that aren’t as outgoing. The three that come to mind in particular are Alanna, Akash, & Jason – probably the three weakest dancers left, but also EXTREMELY memorable and likeable. Sophia, on the other hand, is actually a great dancer, but is so shy that she’s barely a blip on the radar.  Kenzie has a weird hollowness to her dancing, where she’s doing the moves well, but almost seems robotic in her personality (kind of the same problem I’m currently having with Juan Pablo on regular DWTS).  Sky, Miles, & Mandla are slowly coming out of their shells, and also dancing well; Ariana (and really, Artyon too) is just an absolute firecracker that also is a great dancer. I hear a lot of talk about Alanna, Akash, Jason, and Ariana – not so much about Kenzie or Sophia.  Coincidence?

Any thoughts about last night’s show?

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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

PureDWTS Season 27, Week 3 – Power Rankings

Welp…so much for the agenda-free season. Judges’ scores and critiques were a bit of a mess Monday night, as some okay dances were hyped and overscored while some very good dances were nitpicked and underscored. To what end? I think there’s certain individuals that are getting oodles of votes and possibly running away with the competition, and the judges have no qualms pointing out the faults in their dances and docking points as they see fit, and “leveling the playing field”, so to speak; others seem to be struggling to connect and resonate with the audience, so I think they’re the ones the judges are reluctant to really score and critique realistically, lest the individual get eliminated “before their time”.

File under the category of “bad ideas that should be scrapped and never mentioned again”: that damn camera on the celebs they had inset over their rehearsal package, so we could voyeuristically enjoy watching the celebs reliving the traumas they had picked for their “most memorable year” packages. Things like this are what I like to refer to as “grief porn” – exploiting the contestants emotionally for a dramatic edit, a la poor Laurie’s grief over her grandma’s death.  It’s gross, it’s sneaky, and it’s a cheap stunt. Just when I think TPTB have hit rock bottom with their tactics, they find a sub-basement. 🙁

So, we lost Nancy this week, a development that both Heidi and I saw coming – and I’m a tad disappointed, because I feel like Nancy was actually a really cool person and was not a bad dancer at all.  But it brings me to my next point: why do the female celebs seem to be dropping like flies, while the male celebrities are doing just fine? We’ve lost three ladies so far – and all of the guys are still standing. Some seem to want to blame the show, claiming that “female celebs, especially ringers, get treated so poorly – none of them will ever win again and it’s not fair, WAHHHHH!” but I go back to this point I made in my preseason “Why Hayley Didn’t Get a Pro Spot This Season” post: the male pros, as a whole, are not serving their celebs well. Since the departure of Derek (and to a lesser degree, Mark), we’ve been left with a crop of male pros that just don’t seem to know how to  harness the talent of their female celebs – or cultivate some talent in celebs that have not danced before. It’s not that people dislike the female celebs or have a specific type of disdain for female ringers; it’s that the male pros just don’t know how to present their partners in a way that makes viewers care.  It’s possible to win with a female ringer or a female non-ringer – just ask Derek; it’s also possible to lose with a female ringer (Val’s done it a few times) or lose with a female non-ringer (basically every male pro at some point) if you don’t present them properly. It took TPTB doing some heavy-duty interfering to ensure the Chmerkovskiy boys each got their first MBT (and both brothers had ringers to begin with!), since Derek & Sharna turning amputee non-ringers into contenders during those respective seasons posted too grave a threat to Maks & Val’s trophies. Then you look at Emma, who has become an expert at turning turd partners into gold; and Lindsay, who seems to build such a successful working relationship with all of her partners anymore that she’s become a finale mainstay; or even Witney, who has blossomed as a choreographer these past few seasons and is developing a knack for pulling surprising stuff out of partners that didn’t seem like anything to sneeze at on the surface. Really and truly, the current lineup of female pros has paid their dues and really proven that they’ve got the juice to make their partners succeed; the current male pros (with the exception of Brandon, and to a lesser degree, Alan) seem to just be coasting, and hoping for ringers season after season so they can get a free pass to the finale (except that sometimes that doesn’t even happen – hello, season 24). The male pros are holding out for their window of opportunity to open; the female ones aren’t waiting for it to open – they’re grabbing a sledgehammer and making their own damn window. The three male pros we’ve lost this season suffered from a failure to make their partners stand out – even if their partner was demographically screwed regardless, there are ways to at least make them memorable…and that’s where the failure lies. So if you’re whining about not ever getting a female winner again, don’t whine at us – go whine at the male pros letting them down. Read more..

October 10, 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 – Post Week 3 Media

Here are a few things I ran across while surfing. Please don’t complain about what I post – if your favorite has a video that you don’t see here, tweet it to me at the PDH account. Happy to post it, I just don’t have time to go hunting for a lot of stuff.

Here’s Milo and Witney on ET talking Kardashians, Salsa and Riker Lynch.

DeMarcus and Lindsay talking about his injury and their scores.

Bobby Bones and Sharna

Jenna blogs about Weeks 3 and 4 and Jordan Kimball – who is an actual nut bar that grew on me after a while. An excerpt is below…click the link to read the whole thing.

I think adding in the trio next week is an awesome opportunity for Joe especially since our partner is Jordan Kimball. He exudes confidence and charisma, and they are great friends. I think it will be awesome to have another male figure in the rehearsal room. He’s gonna bring this masculine energy out of Joe. I think Joe’s going to feel safe out there and he’s going to be super pumped to do our salsa.

October 9, 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 THREE – LIVE BLOG!

So, who’s it going to be?? Both Court and I have had our say in the Power Rankings and DBTN…are we in for a surprise??

Sorry folks, got to drinking wine and chatting with the neighbors so I’m running a bit behind. Hopefully I’ll catch up!!

Mary Lou chooses 1984 – no shock there! She apparently had knee surgery 6 weeks before. Wow.

I actually see a lot of improvement in Mary Lou, but I wish she would point her toes…it’s kinda distracting.

Should I skip the judges to catch up?? Perhaps….

She gets a 24 which seems about right to me.

Milo is next with 2018, because of his movie, etc.  This is concerning because he’s so young. Viewers are suckers…including me. But he’s so good that hopefully it won’t matter.

“Wittles”. LOL.  That’s good. Oh he has a lot to live up to with this song. So far, so good. Like the opening choreo. I also like that it’s a jive . This kid can really move and that backflip off the desk was terrifying. The only thing that gives him away as a non-pro is his hands. They are not bad, but they look like Witney’s instead of, say, Artem’s. 🙂

Oh, CAI….okay I agree about the arm. Otherwise, the judges are raving, as they should.

You know, if Erin would STFU, the kid could talk. Milo scores a 27 – well deserved.

So far, Marylou has the same score and Milo has gone up by a point – no impact,  most likely.

Nancy is up next with Lucas Graham singing and her year is 2006 the “year her family was complete”. She moved to a ranch and have great kids. That’s refreshing that it’s not about the TV show with her. She’s doing a rumba…and it annoys me how the live singers distract from the dance.

Her dress is beautiful. She’s making some pretty shapes, but it seems Val always makes his rumbas too hard.  He mistakes “slow” for “soft” and I don’t find the to be the same. But…that was a very lovely dance. I liked it!! But then, I like Nancy.

CAI loved it, and she gets the “hips” critique…and Val gets some Tea from Bruno which I love. 🙂

Trios next week!! Hold the phone – they “Make” the contestants watch the video. That seems like bullshit. This is one of those times that I wonder if Derek would have been there talking in his partners ear to distract or focus them.

Val, shut it.  Nancy scores a 22, which is two points higher than last week. This is a significant change – one that could save her if Joe stays the same. Stay tuned.

Oh goodie, Maddie Ziegler. :::rolls eyes:::  She’s announcing that she’s dancing in Alexis’ trio next week if they make it through. How great. :::sarcasm::: It’s pimp the Ziegler’s week.

Alexis’s MMY is 2014 when her mom got cancer and passed. Devastating. Why do they “make” them watch this? Despicable.  Alan is a good boy.

This is a beautiful dance with a great throw. Contemporary really suits her. Wow That actually made me cry. Beautiful. Great job, Allen.

Len giving her some great compliments, likes the lifts. Bruno raving, CAI talking legacies and elegance. She scores a 26 which should insulate her from the Joe’s and Bobby’s of the world.

This is a nice touch, all the pros talking about their most memorable years.

Next up is Evanna with Harry Potter.  2006 is when she booked it – can’t believe it’s been that long. Pen pals with J.K. Rowling. Jesus.  Saved her from an eating disorder.   Come on, Keo – live up to this music.

This music still gives me chills. I like how her dress reminds me of the Hogwarts robes. She’s having fun and she’s doing very well. She seems like she’s feeling the music. Well done!!

Damn, Bruno is up on his HP lingo!! He seems to like the dance a lot. He raves. CAI notes her performance has grown a lot – agreed. She hit all the notes on this one. Len calls it powerful but with the elegance. He says it was a magic performance. Yay!!

Scores: a 27!! And that should insulate her as well!! Excellent!  Three points higher than last week.

Okay, I think I’m caught up. Everything pretty much hinges on Bobby and Joe’s scores. Stay tuned!!

Here we go…Joe is up next. His MMY is this year, I guess obviously. Kendall is involved, of course. Being a long time bachelor watcher, I wonder how long after DWTS she dumps him. Or vice versa.

Oh, it’s not distracting at all to have those two singers standing up there next to you. Joe is actually sowing some improvement, but there’s still a problem that I can’t put my finger one. Maybe he’s thinking too hard. But it is better than it has been, and he’s moving more than he has in the past. If I was Jenna I’d be pissed about Leona’s dress being large and gorgeous.

CAI being very kind…and accurate. Len says he sees a more confident Joe (true) but he would like more VW. Bruno notes he got moving and he just needs to work on the quality of movement. Tom notes that he’s reached a level of comfort and ease and Joe says he feels better.

He gets an 18 which might seal his fate…or that of someone near him on the leader board.

Juan Pablo is up next, but first a mini numbers update. If Bobby gets the same score as last week, there is less than 4k votes between him and Joe. Nancy is now 15,500 votes ahead of Bobby. Safe? Hard to say.

Juan Pablo is dancing Samba and of corse he’s handling it very well, including the Samba rolls…but he still does nothing for me. No, I don’t know why. He’s just not connecting.

Judges over the top rave. Yeah, he did a great job. So what? A perfect score?? Yep, and all it does is make me wonder if he was in trouble with the voters. Hmmmm…..

Bwahahahahahah….sorry Jenna.

Oh, John – this is a sad story. I hate moms dying. I remember how it felt to lose my dad. Pain. No matter how old you are.

Lovely waltz, Emma once again shines making her partner look good. Seems to me that John is looking much better than he has in the past as well, and he’s putting a lot of emotion into it, although he rushed and raised his shoulders there for a moment.

Bruno calls it very moving, talks about his good touch, but wonderful. CAI is very touched as well…is she talking about a lift? No, his posture – this I noticed as well. Len likes the sentiment, and the elegance…and notes the music was tricky. Says he needs to polish.

I kinda love him, I think. 🙂  He scores a 21, which is only one point above last week.


Joe needs the following to be safe….currently:

11.4k more than John
15.2k more than Nancy
22.8 more than Mary Lou

Everything kinda hinges on Bobby right now. And he’s up next talking about his high school years. Before his mom died she got her GED because he graduated from High School.

The kid singer is a nice touch. He’s dancing contemporary which is a lucky break. He blows the sync a bit. I’m not getting a lot of emotion from the dance like I did from the package. Maybe I’m jaded? Why am I thinking about “Dear Evan Hansen”???

CAI is raving…Joe is in trouble. Len talks about the “little guy” singing and not liking a bed in the dance, but he’s saying it’s Bobby’s best dance. Bruno calls it honest, real and that contemporary suits his body. They all like it.

He scores 23 which might take him out of reach of Joe. Let’s see….here we are.

Joe vs. John 1.12% 11,194
Joe vs. Nancy 1.49% 14,925
Joe vs. Bobby 1.87% 18,657
Joe vs. Mary Lou 2.24% 22,388
Joe vs. Alexis 2.99% 29,851
Joe vs. Milo/Evanna 3.36% 33,582

Now, provided that I haven’t made any errors in my haste to do this, it’s not looking good for Joe. When only DeMarcus and Tinashe are left, it’s likely decided.  It could still be Nancy, but it just got a lot harder. Possible that it’s John, since Val has a somewhat bigger fanbase than Emma. We’ll see!

Dang, Tinashe is a prodigy! A celebratory rumba?? This is a new idea, I think. Her parents are gorgeous, I can see where she got it from.

This is a lovely dance, although she might get the “more hips” critique from Len. She’s not extending it all the way out. But this was a beautiful dance, regardless.

Len saw lots of recognizable rumba and says it was her best dance. Bruno liked the tonality, elegance and the liquid movement. CAI gets the sense she is unstoppable – agreed.

She gets a 27 which I think may be a crime, that she’s three points below JP – makes me wonder all the more if he’s not getting the votes. Curious.

Anyway, that’s the same score Tinashe got last week so that has no impact on the numbers. Unless DeMarcus craters, I think the writing may be on the wall for Joe. If Joe is called safe, I would be worried for Nancy or John. Bobby is an outside shot.

DeMarcus and Lindsay doing a AT based on 2016…and there isn’t much time left so it’s going to be “wham bam thank you ma’am” once again at the end of the show.

Pregnancy troubles, adoption, they get pregnant (Yay!) and then he goes to the Super Bowl. Lovely story. They’re his driving force. Love it.

Wow. Powerful opening picture for this dance, and the lift was amazing!!!  Jesus. This dance is quite intense. Lindsay once again cements her states on this show. Best choreographer currently on the show. HOLY CRAP!! That was fantastic!! If that’s not a 30, I riot.

Bruno says that was super human and mind blowing, but he says he was stalking like a panther. CAI says it’s not typical, but she likes the interpretation. Len says the lifts were amazing, he’s never going to have a fight with him (good thing), but they were so great. He loves this whole evening, great dancing. He’s going to screw him over on the score.

And he scores….BULLSHIT!!! An 8!!!!! Len, are you kidding me?? The other two are no better with their 9’s. I see we’ve reached the bullshit portion of the season where Che…I mean JP needs to be protected. Give me a break.

Nancy and Val in Jeopardy.

Tinashe and Brandon in Jeopardy.

Everyone else is safe? Shit.

Eliminated: Nancy and Val.

I’m so unbelievably pissed at DeMarcus’ score that I almost can’t see straight. You??

October 8, 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 DWTS Juniors Season 1 – Court’s Premiere Post-Mortem

So last night was the premiere of DWTS Juniors – if you didn’t tune in live, you can get a synopsis of sorts from my live blog here. Even though I had an idea of what to expect headed in, there were of course some nuances that didn’t come to light until I actually got to watch the show myself.  So here’s my general impressions after watching last night’s show:

These kids are all giving it 110%. Every single one of those kids was giving it their best shot last night – even the ones that maybe aren’t natural performers. That’s something to be commended, as I can recall more than a few adult celebs on DWTS who clearly were not putting in their best effort during their seasons.  All of the junior celebs, all of the junior pros, and most of the pro mentors are really putting their hearts into this, which I appreciate.  It’s nice to watch a show where everyone’s so invested 🙂

Val is not very good at verbalizing what he wants to see as a judge. I know a lot of fans were insistent that Val would be “a great judge”, because “he’s so good with kids” (is he…?) and “he has competition experience” (so do most of the other pros), but for reals – he was probably the most vague of the three judges, and couldn’t seem to articulate specific critiques for the kids.  These aren’t adults that have enough experience with the subtleties of human language that they’re able to deduce less-than-obvious things that the judges may be trying to tell them – these are kids that need to have things very explicitly stated for them, in concrete, non-abstract terms.  You can’t really tell two 9-year-olds “work on your technique”; be specific: “I want to see more rise and fall and heel leads”, “work on your frame and keeping your posture up”, “I want to see you using your hips more”, etc. Even Len at the very least calls out specific examples when he’s complaining about technique.  Possibly the most confounding comment I heard from him last night: “I want you to embody the dance more.” It was said to Miles, after his salsa. I don’t think Miles knows enough about salsa to really understand what that means and apply it, and I’m guessing he probably thought he was “embodying” the dance because he performed the choreo he was given well. Even Maks, when he was at his pettiest and nitpickiest sitting behind that judges’ table, was more specific and lucid than that. And before anyone tries to pull the “but English isn’t Val’s first language!” bullsh*t: not buying it, have never bought it as a valid excuse for the many jerky things he’s said over the years, he’s been in this country over 20 years, and part of the responsibility of being a judge is being able communicate what it is you want to see – if he can’t do that, he has no business judging. I’ll be waiting to see if he improves as the season wears on…

Mandy is the saving grace of the judges’ panel. I may not always be the biggest fan of Mandy or her choreo, but my god – she was singlehandedly saving the whole panel last night, and was giving really supportive, helpful critiques to the kids. With Val being vague and Adam just kinda showboating and making flimsy analogies, it was nice to have a judge on the panel that both supported the kids AND gave them really clear, relevant tips on how to improve that the kids could understand.  I can’t remember who she said it to, but one of the junior celebs was getting ahead of the music – and Mandy gave him/her a very good tip: “if you feel like you’re getting ahead of the music, make your moves bigger – it will get you back on time.” These are the kinds of things the kids need to be hearing – very simple, concrete examples of what to do/what not to do. And Mandy was phrasing it in such a way that the kids still felt good about themselves, so her critiques were likely to be much better-received.  Also gave her props for being the only judge (and the only person on the show at all, really) to point out that Kenzie does, indeed, have dance experience. Which brings me to my next point…

Nobody is being fooled by the “Kenzie isn’t a dancer” act. Quite possibly the worst example of attempted gaslighting of the audience on this show I’ve seen in quite awhile 😛 The fact that they’re trying to bill Kenzie as a singer, and won’t even cop to her sister being a dancer (Maddie, a dance phenom, was conveniently referred to as “an artist”) is ridiculous to the point of it being almost comical – how far will they go to avoid mentioning that Kenzie has had quite a bit of dance training??? Are they going to come up with euphemisms for dance training? Is Kenzie “well-versed in rhythmic movements performed to music”? I think after she handled that “foxtrot” (in quotes ’cause after about 8 bars, Gleb basically said “f*ck it” and choreographed a Charleston/Lindy) quite easily, nobody was convinced she was a non-dancer that coincidentally managed to nail a dance on the first try. I’m interested to see if they try to keep this song-and-dance act going for the rest of the season – especially since Maddie is due to guest in Kenzie’s samba later on.  How are they going to introduce her? “Kenzie’s artist sister”? 😛

Jordan & Frankie were the right choice to host this show. While Tom & Erin’s more dry, sarcastic tone sits well with the adult version, the kids version needs a softer touch – and I think Jordan & Frankie are perfect. They’re both professional, but also have an exuberance to them that appeals to the kids and makes them not so intimidating. Frankie in particular seemed to be doing a nice job of interviewing the kids up in the box, and bringing some of shyer ones out of their shell. They also play off each other nicely, likely owing to the chemistry they built when they were on the same season AND while on tour together.

Kids sure do love the Fortnite dances. I saw quite a bit of “flossing” and “hyping” – as well as a few other dances that I’m fairly certain are from Fortnite.  It’s annoying when Bobby does it on the adult version, but I’ll give the kids a pass because those moves are likely very familiar and accessible to them 😉

Miles, Kenzie, Ariana, Sky, Sophia, & Akash seem like the ones to watch.  They’re the ones with the biggest personalities or skill sets, and some of them have both. Akash in particular has serious dark horse potential 😎

So what are your overall thoughts after the first episode??? Share ’em below 🙂

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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

DWTS Season 27, Week THREE – Dancing by the Numbers!

Okay, so DBTN is a bit different going forward. Since the eliminations are now going to be last weeks votes and this coming weeks scores, that means that it’s much more “guessing” than it was before. We have to assume that most of the couples are going to score similarly to what they did this past week. And a lot of the time that’s not too far off base. But one thing I always wonder about with a set up like this is…if Len, at least, knows who’s going home, will he score them HIGHER or the SAME as he did last week. Or lower, to make him look prescient?? I guess we won’t know until the end of the season.


Based on last week’s scores, we have who you might expect at the top of the leaderboard: Milo, Juan Pablo and Tinashe. I personally think that DeMarcus should be up there with them – anyone else notice how many footballers have been consistently under scored for weeks in years past?? I sure do. In any case, I doubt he’s in any danger. If Milo, Juan Pablo and Tinashe score similarly to what they did last week, they will also likely be safe. Read more..

October 7, 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 2, Night 2 – Power Rankings

As usual, I apologize for the tardiness 😛 This has been a rather rough season for my asthma, as the constantly vacillating temperatures here in the Midwest have created the perfect storm of mold, pollen, and other allergens – I’ve been medicating pretty heavily and not always super sharp and able to write.  Let us all pray that it gets cool and stays cool soon, for the sake of my lungs AND brain!

Seems like many of you have some strong feelings and a lot of questions about Tuesday night’s show. One question that seems to be on everyone’s lips: what the hell happened with the phone votes??? For those that missed it, Tom mentioned (rather in passing, as the show was ending) that the phone votes from Monday night “were not available” and thus only the online votes and scores from Monday night were counted towards Tuesday’s elimination. I was too busy on Monday evening to even carve out time to vote, so I can’t personally vouch for anything hinky happening with the phone voting; but I vaguely remember maybe one person tweeting me to say they were getting a weird message on the online voting number…? Anyway, for whatever reason, phone votes either weren’t available (or weren’t counted), so only online votes and scores determined Tuesday night’s eliminee – which happened to be Danelle.  I’ve said this on Twitter, but I’ll repeat it again here: I tend to think Danelle was headed home regardless, and I really doubt the phone votes could have saved her. I’ve heard all manner of outrage on Twitter and IG about how “unfair” the vote was to Danelle, and how people think she was screwed over by the phone votes getting thrown out, how she would still be here if they had included the phone votes, etc. – but those same people also seem to be the ones answering “Well, no, but” when I ask if they actually voted for her. Danelle was in the bottom 5 last week in votes and scores, and was consistently one of the lowest scorers in her two dances last week and the two she did this week.  Is it really that much of a stretch to assume she was probably a goner no matter what??? Both Heidi & I called it, and this was before we even heard about the voting issues.  “But Court, her story is so inspirational – surely she was getting a ton of votes!” Was she, though? Again, bottom 5 last week, and then I go back to my inspirational story fatigue theory from the pre-season.  Additionally, the one difference I noticed between Danelle’s journey on the show and other “inspirational” celebs? Amy, Noah, Nyle, and Victoria all seemed to have these triumphant moments after their dances where they felt like they really persevered – I never really got that vibe from Danelle, and she always seemed to have a certain air of uncertainty and fear about her after she was done dancing.  She was more “Well, I got through it, but it was scary” than “I killed that dance and I feel so proud of myself!” And who can blame her? She really had to be completely reliant on other people to maintain her safety, and probably felt pretty lost and alone at times when she was out on the floor.  It had to be incredibly frightening to her, and I don’t feel like her experience on DWTS was always fun or rewarding for her.  And I feel like the viewers can sense that – I’ll admit, it was hard to watch her sometimes, because it seemed like she was trying so hard but was really frustrated and anxious. Sometimes, seeing those celebs having a hard time get sent home is almost a relief – unless it’s one of the Bachelors (or Nick Lachey), who can act completely miserable, and yet seem to linger week after week 😛

However, I will say that I think that the double elim we had heard about was originally supposed to be Tuesday night – but given the phone vote debacle, I think they opted to just do a single…especially if the other individual in the bottom 2 with Danelle was an aberration.  TPTB can see who the votes were going to last week – if someone that was quite safe and was getting oodles of votes last week suddenly landed in the bottom 2, owing to the absence of phone votes, I’d say that would be a good case for opting out of eliminating them this week. If this is indeed a case of TPTB trying to prevent an otherwise-popular contestant from going home, my guess is that it’s someone that appeals to the older demographic of the show, as they’re more likely to be voting via phone, rather than online – my guess is Mary Lou, although I’ve heard a few others thinking it’s Nancy (simply because TPTB “want to keep Val around longer”). By the same logic, it could also be John, although I get the feeling he may actually be getting more mainstream votes than we probably think; I doubt it’s DeMarcus, as he seems to have enough broad-spectrum appeal that he’s likely getting plenty of both online AND phone votes.  Tinashe, Milo, Evanna, & Alexis seem like they’re more likely to be getting online votes than phone ones; no idea what to think about Juan Pablo & Joe. I’ve heard some asking “Why eliminate anyone at all, if the votes were messed up?” And my one guess is this: we’re already dealing with a shortened season (9 weeks instead of 10 or 11), and with as much bitching and moaning as I hear from fans about how much they HATE double elims, I’m guessing TPTB were trying to avoid having to do another one.  Right now, we’ve got 11 couples left, and 6 weeks to whittle them down to at least 4 – which means we’re already going to have to have at least one double elim somewhere in the mix (if they’re aiming for a 3-couple final, we’ve gotta have TWO double elims).  Had they not eliminated anyone Tuesday night, we’d be on the hook for TWO double elims, possibly three. Additionally, the “extras” we see from week to week on the shows (guest performances, special segments, the length of dances, the length of rehearsal packages, etc.) vastly depend on having x number of couples to fit in the show.  If they’ve suddenly got to fit (12) couples into Monday night’s show again, we may be dealing with another week of shortened dances, or maybe a musical guest that was originally booked to perform gets bumped. It’s a bit of a logistical nightmare, I think – so I can understand why they opted to do at least a single elim this week. Read more..

October 5, 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

PureDWTS Season 27, Week 3: Who’s Dancing What, And When?

It’s “Most Memorable” night, yipee!  That was only slightly sarcastic. 😉

From the press release:

Calum Scott and Leona Lewis Will Perform Live Alongside Grocery Store Joe and Jenna

The Third Elimination of the Season Will Take Place at the End of the Show

Also according to the press release, the bottom couple will be eliminated based on last weeks votes and this weeks scores – makes it hard to do Dancing by the Numbers….

John & Emma – Waltz  (Song: “Smile” by Ray Chew Live)

DeMarcus & Lindsay –  Argentine Tango  (Song: “Lux Aeterna” by Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet)

Nancy & Val – Rumba  (Song: “Love Someone” by Lukas Graham)

Alexis & Alan – Contemporary  (Song: “How to Save a Life” by Ray Chew Live)

Joe & Jenna – Viennese Waltz  (Song: “You are the Reason” featuring a live performance by Calum Scott and Leona Lewis)

Tinashe & Brandon – Rumba  (Song: “2 On” by Tinashe)

Milo & Witney –  Jive (Song: “Can You Do This” by Aloe Blacc)

Mary Lou & Sasha – Viennese Waltz (Song: “We are the Champions” by Ray Chew Live)

Juan Pablo & Cheryl – Samba  (Song: “Ni Tu Ni Yo” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Gente de Zona)

Evanna & Keo –  Viennese Waltz (Song: “Hedwig’s Theme” by John Williams)

Bobby & Sharna – Contemporary  (Song: “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman”)


October 4, 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 Post- Results Media – Week 2

Here are a few things I ran across on twitter…not a comprehensive list by any means, but have at it. 🙂

Sharna and Bobby talk to Access Hollywood

All the Contestants on Read more..

October 3, 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. :-)