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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

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Dancing with the Stars Season 29, Week 9 – LIVE BLOG

Hi all! Sorry for the lack of a “Who’s Dancing What?” post this week, but I am absolutely swamped at work, to the point I’ve worked the last several weekends. Big deadline coming soon and then hopefully all will be back to relative normal.

So, I have no clue who’s dancing to what tonight!! Should be interesting to go in with no advance knowledge. I will also warn you that I am exhausted, so it is unlikely that I will jump through the hoops to give you actual numbers tonight…not that it will matter, possibly. Nelly’s never been in the bottom two and he was low scorer by alot last week….so that’s very interesting. Could be anybody’s game!!

T-minus 48 minutes. 🙂

This Icon skit is fun. Bizarrely, this cast can act better than any cast in recent memory.

Tyrant for the second week in a row is wearing something it at is reasonably flattering.

Justina is up first with her icon, Madonna. She was obsessed with Madonna, apparently. She’s dancing a rumba to Crazy for You.

She starts out a bit slow, but she’s doing very well. Spins were nice. Kept those feet on the ground. Man, she’s doing great and she looks like she’s having fun.

Derek is David Bowie, I think, based on the guy liner. I got distracted, he says it needs more…something. Says it’s wonderful. Bruno says it’s the gentle side of Madonna. She did everything exactly. He agrees with Derek and says you have to really engage the hips, don’t hold back. Push it a bit further. CAI says she looks amazing. Some of her moves need to be extended out father.

Scores: 8, 8, 8 for a 24 out of 30.

Nelly is up next! His icon is tupac – who was much more handsome than I remember. Nelly is going to cover the song and dance to that – a Jazz to California Love.

Whoa, backflip. He’s having a bit of trouble with this, but it is jazz, so there are no rules. About midway through he seems to find his groove. That was kind of a weird routine, although I love him.

Bruno says jazz nelly style makes him smile. He had an ease about him. Says he missed a couple steps, and Nelly agrees. CAI says great job. Says it was fun and entertaining, she likes watching his journey. Derek loved the backflip, the charleston and everything. The joy, the fun was great.

Scores: 8, 8, 8 for a total of 24. Hm. That wasn’t nearly as good as Justina’s yet gets the same score. What’s going on here?

AJ and Cheryl up next, dancing to Queen…V. Waltz. Somebody to Love…love that song.

Dig the outfit. Freddie would approve. He’s doing great…oops missed a step and he’s still moving a bit small. The ending was very, very strange. Can’t figure out that move at all

CAI says that was a tough one, started out strong and then lost something in the turns (yep, saw it). Watch the arms. Derek says his heart bleeds for him, but it happens, says his frame was better. Then talks a lot about his face and tension. Bruno says the first image was amazing. So pumped up you got yourself into a jumble. Needs to soften the arms a bit.

Scores: 7, 8, 8 for a total of 23. So a dance with noticeable mistakes gets the same scores from Derek and Bruno as Justina with no mistakes and Nelly’s jazz which seems off at times?

Ha! This Bruno bit is hilarious.

Kaitlyn is up next dancing to Brittany Spears – Toxic. Argentine Tango…Hmmm…I think this has been done before. Team Tango or some such?

Nice start. Love the outfit. Nice lift down the stairs. She’s doing really well, mostly sharper than normal. Softened up a bit in the middle. Great job, although she lost some of the attack halfway through.

Derek loved it, he’s clapping. Lacked impact before, but she got it tonight. It met all his criteria. Bruno says hit me one more time. Great lines. Focus and intensity better than before. CAI gives her a standing O as well. Making excuses from previous bitchiness. Everything was in that routine.

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a total of 30. I would probably have given her two 10’s and a 9 just because she got a bit soft toward the end. She didn’t miss a step though.

Johnny is up next with Amy Winehouse. I love Johnny, he’s so full of joy. And I knew who his icon was as soon as I saw him 🙂 Quickstep!!

Great start, great run. Be careful dude and don’t get ahead of the music. He seems to rein it in a bit, as he was on the verge of getting out of control. But man, he’s killing it. Oh, broke hold. Not supposed to do that in the middle, but it might have been worth the risk. That was fast!! Loved it.

Bruno says Amy would have loved it. Did it very, very well. Actual quickstep was excellent, light of touch, precise, well done. CAI says they’ve never seen a quickstep like that, great performer. Passion power and precision. Used the whole floor. Derek says he’s a perfect representation. Being who you are is great. Footwork was clean, great job.

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a total of 30. I would agree with that one! I didn’t see anything other that greatness.

Skai looks very beautiful, although I think either the hair color or makeup is aging her a bit. She’s gorgeous though. And she seems wise for someone so young. She’s dancing Paso Doble to Janet Jackson.

Was there supposed to be a commercial there?? And now Tyra has gone from classy to…ridiculous.

Skai…Great start. She had the same minor issue as Kaitlyn, that is losing the attack at times. Then she gets it back. Doing great, but looks a bit nervous in the middle right before the floor spin. And she threw that leg away. All in all great job though.

CAI thanks her for sharing her story, but more proud of the fierce Paso. Amazing. Derek says she’s strong, powerful, confident. Still a few moments where she’s tight. Too much tension in the arms at times. Overall great routine. Bruno says respect. Most grown up dance she’s had. Purpose, strength and beauty. Agrees with Derek on the arms.

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27. I would agree with that one as well, but considering who’s below her on the leaderboard, she might be in trouble. Nelly stayed out of the bottom two with a far lower score than others, AJ is a boy bander (too tired and too old to remember which one)

Nev is up next with his Elton John jive.

Starts off great. He’s a great dancer, but he’s not my favorite anymore. He seems to be fading into the woodwork for me. Not allowed to do a lift in a jive and I think that was one. Once again, I hate all the running up and down the stairs. It seems like cheating for time.

Derek says he’s seen growth through out the season. Lots of content, would like a bit more pump in the motion. Bruno loved the theatricality. Says the kicks and flicks retraction needs to be sharper (I think). CAI says it’s a pleasure to watch someone having fun. Feet need to be a bit more pointed.

Jenna looks amazing tonight. Scores after the break. Tyra is not even good at that “after the break” thing.

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

Nev is exempt from the dance off due to his high cumulative score.

Dance off is for two bonus points. Kaitlyn versus Justina is up first. They’re doing cha cha to Lady Gaga/Beyonce?? Talk about opposites in terms of style.

From the start kaitlyn has ore technique while Justina has more flavor. Justina catches up on content. Kaitlyn is so precise and the cha cha seems more loose like Justina is. Close call for me on this one.

Derek says he loves this. Really important to stand out and he feels like one of them was. Bruno plenty of latin fire from one couple, the other one was precision and elegance. CAI says it’s like sugar and spice. It is a tough call, but I think I would give it to Justina. She needs it more for sure.

CAI: Kaitlyn
Derek: Justina
Bruno: Justina

Justina gets two points that she needs in a big way. I hope the judges don’t approach all the dances as an equalizer no matter how well they do.

Skai and Nelly are doing Salsa to Ricki Martin. This is a similar matchup to Kaitlyn/Justina – swag versus precision, although Justina is a better dancer than Nelly and Kaitlyn is more consistent than Skai.

Damn, that one is a tough call. I think I would give it to Nelly. Both had great content and fun.

Bruno was distracted by Nelly’s shiftlessness. Says skai kept up with the rhythm. Both styles were effective. CAI both were non-stop action. New school versus old school, both did great. Derek says it was like a boxing match – both were on fire. Could go either way.

CAI: Skai
Derek: Nelly
Bruno: Skai

Don’t think I agree with that one too much, although I think Skai needs it more than Nelly does.

Gee, I wonder if we’ll magically end up with Nelly at the bottom of the leader board again. I’m sure it’s totally coincidental. Not. Watch this next dance off very carefully and see what you think. But if AJ wins over the better dancer in Johnny, I will once again wonder just how rigged this thing is.

Johnny and AJ getting ready to jive to Wham, Wake me up Before you Go Go.

Johnny started off much stronger with immediate content. they are perfectly in sync while AJ is sloppier. Johnny is doing amazing at this – should beat AJ by a mile but we’ll see.

CAI: Johnny
Derek: AJ
Bruno: AJ

Sorry, that is utter bullshit and I’m so disappointed in Derek in being involved in this bullshit.

I would love to see AJ and…someone in the bottom two. I suspect it might finally be Nelly, but I would love to see him called safe again early. If it is AJ and someone it may well be Skai, would make me sad.

Here we go!
SAFE: Kaitlyn and Artem
SAFE: Skai and Alan
SAFE: Nev and Jenna
SAFE: Justina and Sasha
SAFE: Nelly and Daniella (whoa)

If they don’t save Johnny Imma….

Bruno: Johnny
Derek: AJ
CAI: Johnny

Derek is dead to me…for at least a week. Playing the corporate game. There is no way on god’s green earth that DEREK would truly pick AJ over Johnny. No way.

November 9, 2020 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 29, Week 8 – LIVE BLOG

Poor Jeannie – best wishes to her for a quick recovery. 🙁

In much better news, Lindsay had her baby!! All is reportedly well. I believe she said on instagram that she was at 39 weeks.

T-Minus 30 minutes…

Chrishell actually made me laugh in the cold open. 🙂

Good thing Tyra didn’t walk out while the pyro was going off – all that tulle would go up in an instant. That dress is ridiculous.

Jeannie had surgery last night for her Epiglotitis – a life-threatening condition, actually.

Kaitlyn going first – almost guaranteeing that she gets another low score. I wonder if they’re going to try to get rid of her (except Derek, who didn’t get the memo) because Hannah won last season? Jive should be a good dance for her, I think.

She looks great. She’s on time, I think, plenty of content, and she seems to be having a good time. You will NEVER see Chrishell doing this much dancing. Her kicks and flicks are good and they’re well in sync. CAI will go ape shit over the lifts, of course.

Derek seems happy, says she has so much content, jam packed. Amazing choreography. Says her arms and legs are beautiful but so long the asset may become a liability. Bruno says she has what it takes. Wants more passion, more attack and clearer finish. CAI says she’s come back with grace and energy. And of course bags on the lifts (which Derek and Bruno disagree with), says this is one of her best dances.

Scores: 8, 9, 8 for a total of 25 which seems underscored to me. Chrishell has scored better with far less content and don’t even get me started on Monica.

Nev up next with his V. Waltz. Cute kids!

Odd opening.But that was a choreographic choice. Seems like his butt is out too far. He and Derek have the same stylist, it seems. All in all, a pretty dance and he danced it very well, but it’s not that special.

Bruno says he was oozing charm and charism, and it shows that he led with control. Light on his feet. Don’t dig on the fall part of the rise and fall. CAI says bravo – very elegant, noting some weird spots and a loss of balance. Derek says the opening was odd (not his word) – lots of intention and clarity. Beautiful dance.

Scores: after the break….Tyrant is getting better at that transition. Only took 8 weeks.

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27…and I fail to see the difference between what Nev did and what Kaitlyn did, but Derek was the only one to score them the same.

Justina next with her Samba, which is likely right in her wheelhouse.

Opening move was stiff, but she cuts loose when she gets to the bottom of the stairs. Her arms are all wrong after the samba rolls – looked weird. But other than those little things, she did a great job.

CAI says it was so good, loves how she makes them all feel. Says there was a stumble in there…which I missed. Great energy, well done. Derek says she looks beautiful, says that song is sacred in the latin community, needs to articulate the feet a bit more. Fun to watch. Bruno loves watching her because of her joyful presence. All the content was there.

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

Nelly up next with his rumba. I have my fingers crossed for him. This story about his sister is heartbreaking.

So smooth and graceful, needs a bit more hips. His posture is improving. His arms are a bit extra. Daniella was doing more of the dancing, but the rumba does showcase the woman.

Derek asks how he’s feeling. Loves the show because of how it transcends scoring and all that. Derek thanks him. Bruno says the man is a frame in the rumba and he did that. He stepped it though more than dancing it. CAI is proud of how far he’s come. Level isn’t quite high enough, most of the shapes were from the arms instead of the hips.

Scores: 7, 7, 7 for a total of 21 – that feels a bit too low for me, but not by a huge amount.

Bit worried about Nelly – he’s about 20k votes behind Kaitlyn and I’ll legit be disappointed if he’s eliminated.

Chrishell is up next with her V. Waltz.

Of course it starts out on a bed with Gleb doing all the work. Then there’s rolling around on the floor.And they go back to bed. Lots of angsty acting. And the site is acting up so much that I can’t focus.

CAI says it was graceful, elegant and sexy. Her arm out of hold is odd and her neck is cricking. Derek is a funny mess, can see her improving each week, tells her to watch her transitions, need more fluidity. Bruno is being Bruno. Says she has some very good moments, but she has to be able to sustain it.

Scores: 8, 8, 8 for a total of 24

Skai is up next with a Salsa which starts off a tiny bit sloppy. but then she transitions into killing it. 🙂 She still has some weird awkward spots, bt a vast improvement from early on. Great lifts too.

CAI says she didn’t quite nail the landings on the lifts. Derek says she seems more grounded and more balanced. Derek loves lifts and tricks but there were one or two too many (agreed), wants more dancing. Bruno agrees with CAI, looked a bit wobbly in places.

Scores: 8, 9, 8 for a total of 25

Numbers Update: There’s a good bit of space between a lot of the couples, so far. But that second dance will change a lot

Nelly vs. Chrishell 1.49% 14851.49
Nelly vs. Kaitlyn/Skai 1.98% 19801.98
Nelly vs. Nev/Justina 2.97% 29702.97
Chrishell vs. Kaitlyn/Skai 0.50% 4950.50
Chrishell vs. Nev/Justina 1.49% 14851.49

Nelly appears to be in real trouble, which makes me a bit sad.

Johnny up next with his foxtrot. I agree about Shawn Mendes. Hot.

I like Johnny’s look tonight ad I love how this dance starts off. There’s a weird spot towards the beginning, not sure what happened there. He’s doing a lovely job, IMO.

Derek says Shawn would be proud. Beautiful arms, great frame, needs to be a bit more gradual rise and fall. Bruno agrees with Derek. Says he has a wonderful sweeping movement. CAI loves the fashion choice, loves the artistry, also liked the jerky rise and fall, that it was an interesting choice.

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

They’re doing a nice package on Jeannie – scary situation. Aannndd Tyrant ruins it with her faux tears.

AJ is up last – and this week it is good to go last, since it’s not truly last due to the relay. His story about addiction is heartbreaking. Cute kids too!

Not sure how I feel about this dance. Seems like a story that doesn’t really fit the style. And that spin at the end seemed rough.

Bruno was so captivated by the intensity, the intent, the purpose. But he lost a lot of the rumba action (agreed), there wasn’t a lot of rumba in it. CAI agrees with Bruno, he was passionate, but there wasn’t enough content or hip action. She wants him to bust through, sloppy on the edges. Derek says a hero heals his own wounds and shows others how to as well. Sometimes you have to do your routine for you – agrees on the lack of content.

Scores: 8, 8, 8 for a total of 24

Numbers Update: I don’t know what happened to make all the numbers round. Fate?? Here’s the standings before the second round of dancing. I’ll be surprised if it’s not Nelly and Chrishell in the bottom, I guess

Nelly vs. Chrishell/AJ 1.50% 15000.00
Nelly vs. Kaitlyn/Skai 2.00% 20000.00
Nelly vs. Nev/Justina/Johnny 3.00% 30000.00
Chrishell/AJ vs. Kaitlyn/Skai 0.50% 5000.00
Chrishell/AJ vs. Nev/Justina/Johnny 1.50% 15000.00


Carrie Ann’s group is up first with a cha cha – Nev, Chrishell, and Nelly, in that order. This is set up for Nev to win. Nelly is likely toast after this.

Nev starts strong, with great form, but his years of experience should help that.

Chrishell is doing fine, but Nev really set a high bar. I thought they were getting different songs. chrishell got off time there at the end. Nelly is just having a ball, but also gets off time. His section seemed a lot shorter than Nev’s. I would rank them Nev, Nelly, Chrishell.

CAI says it was so fun, Nev started off weaker than she hoped for, nailed it once the pyro went off. Chrishell had more content, Nelly gets most improved, but he needs to keep his head up.

Nev’s chest looks like it’s been gardened.

Nev gets a 3, Chrishell gets a 2 and Nelly also gets a 2.

Derek is overseeing V. Walt trio with Justina and Johnny (and Jeannie). This one could be a tough call.

Justina stars of with wonky arms, but she gets them back in line quickly….and that was short. Johnny just has so much more style in this style of dance. His arms and hands are great.

Derek sends his love to Jeannie. Loves Justina but would have liked more energy. Derek says Johny was fantastic.

Derek gives Justina 2 extra points and Johnny 3 extra points. I don’t think that changes anything for Nelly.

Numbers Update: Yeah, I can’t do these numbers fast enough to make a difference. It reorders the couples enough that I can’t redo the whole chart. Bottom line is, Nelly is still way at the bottom and needs lots of votes (15k) per million votes cast to get past Chrishell.

This relay is likely the most well matched. AJ first, then Kaitlyn and then Skai. Samba is the hardest dance of the three, however. My guess is that Kaitlyn will be on the bottom since latin isn’t her strong point.

AJ starts off and it’s okay. Kaitlyn is better than I expected, a bit sassy. She gets cheerleadery toward the end. Skai is killing it and then has an odd spot in the middle.

Sounds like Bruno liked Kaitlyn the best, then AJ and then Skai but it’s a tough call.

Bruno gives 3 to AJ, and 3 to Kaitlyn and 2 points to Skai. Yep…still Nelly…or maybe Chrishell… going home. If it’s someone else, I’ll try to do a numbers post this week. Can’t promise. Work is hell. 🙂

Seems like they could be running a bit short…plenty of time left in the show, so expect a lot of blathering.

Here we go:

SAFE: Nelly and Daniella – YAY
SAFE: Justina and Sasha
SAFE: AJ and Cheryl
SAFE: Kaitlyn and Artem
SAFE: Johnny and Britt – Yay!!
SAFE: Nev and Jenna

Okay, Skai is a little bit surprising. Derek is looking to the other judges. 🙂

CAI saves Skai
Bruno saves Skai

Chrishell hits the road. Derek says he would save Tyra. LOL. He says he would have saved Skai as well.

Thank you America – that was the right choice. I’m convinced that my votes for Nelly did the trick. 🙂

November 2, 2020 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 29, Week 7 – LIVE BLOG

So, what kind of craptastic bottom two are we going to get this week? Who’s going to be drastically overscored besides Monica?? And does AJ have any hope in hell of living up to the previous Psycho Tango? (Doubt it).

T-Minus 30 minutes…

Just ruined my salad for dinner with my neighbor’s banana pudding. Which I never ever tried before this past summer. It is awesome.

I like the scary opening…too much Tyra as per usual. Haha Bruno as Betteljuice. Tyra looks good for a change, but of course this show ISN’T ABOUT HER. Why don’t we get to see the much more talented judges?? I want to see Derek’s outfit, dammit.

Jeannie up next with her Hannibal Lecter…acting like she got to choose her villain. I love seeing Len, miss the old guy.

Jeannie is back in her sweet spot, playing a character that she can act and she’s doing quite a good job. curious to see if she will get low balled like Johnny did last week. I do love this song. She didn’t get a lot of spin on that…spin. She’s dancing a bit forward too, it seems like. But all in all, good job.

Derek doing a decent Jeckle/Hyde. 🙂 I think he liked it? 🙂 Mentioned her shoulders coming up. Bruno is incomprehensible as usual. But then says she has to work on extending her lines through her hands. CAI is a clown…literally and figuratively. Says Jeannie’s lines are off, she needs to tone down the energy because it’s making her hectic or something.

Scores: 8, 9, 8 for a 25. Definitely not lowballed but I don’t disagree with it.

Johnny up next! As Dracula…they’re showing the Bella Lugosi version. I wish I could say I was surprised by his story, but I’m not. So sadly common.

V. Waltz should be right up his alley…and Dracula’s. Off to a great start. Beautiful in hold the first time. Oh yeah, I”m loving this…..whoa the fog is out of control. Love his jacket….can I get one? Well, I thought that was excellent!

Bruno says it was very, very good. He ruled the dance floor. Has wonderful sweeping motion, gothic romance. He balanced it extremely well. CAI agrees, floated through it like a dream, great interpretation of the music. Derek says that’s what the show it about. Loved the whole thing, the theme, everything, says it was fantastic.

Scores: ….after the break. Do you suppose that Tyra is just incompetent at doing the whole “after the break” thing or are the producers just without a clue of what they’re doing.

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

Chrishell is up next as Maleficent – she does look a bit like Angelina Jolie when in the make up.

Love how Gleb always choreographs himself all the hard work. Not. That turn just below the stairs was weird. She’s just not doing much in this dance. She’s a bit off time and robotic. Not in a good way. color me unimpressed.

CAI is raving…which I don’t get. Then says it was simple, but executed beautifully. Derek says it was cinematic, there was sparseness, there was space. He says there were moments where she was off balance. Bruno loves her when she’s bad, says it was mesmerizing. She lost then fluidity some times…says she was “terminator” aka robotic.

They worked pretty hard to make “simple and sparse” sound like it’s a good thing.

Scores: 9, 9, 8 for a total of 26. I think that was overscored by two points. Like Gleb needs that ego stroked any more.

Oh for fucks sake, I just saw a Christmas commercial.

Monica up next. I fully expect her to get all 10s since Johnny got three 9s.

The box thing is funny…these people aren’t horrible actors. 🙂

Anyway, Monica is next…she looks good in that green. It’s starting to seem like “most memorable” is every fucking week…and not just for Monica, but for everyone. And of course she got the easiest dance of the week.

Starts off a bit awkward, but she starts to get more into it…Val can’t choreograph a jazz that doesn’t look like some odd ballroom amalgamation. Okay that was a good lift, takes a strong core. She finally does a pretty good dance so I expect she’ll get a 30. Even though it’s only worth a 27.

Derek likes the musicality, the transitions and the lifts. Says tonight it’s about the character, which she lost a bit in the side by side. Bruno got a mild chill from it, because the jazz has to come from the body, not the eyes. Has to come out of every part of her body. I guess they decided they didn’t need to protect her anymore? CAI agrees with Bruno – says the intention behind the movement wasn’t there.

I thought this was her best dance…can’t figure out their motives, although Derek is still on the Monica train. Weirdness. She’s so monotone and usually rather boring.

Scores: 7, 8, 7 for a total of 22 and absolute whiplash. They definitely decided that they didn’t need to protect her anymore. Perhaps the whole Johnny thing shocked them?

AJ up next with Psycho. Okay, if he’s dressing as the mom they should be far enough away from what Derek did. Wow, that fall was brutal. But of course she’s dancing. Spare me the faux drama.

The dance it’s self is remarkably similar to what Derek did, but there’s not much choice with that music. After the half way point she changes it up quite a bit…a whole lotta weird choices in the choreo. Can’t say as I’m a fan, but then that would have been impossible.

CAI says she’s amazed, he brought light and shade. She says he needs a bit of work on the posture. Derek loved the intro, nice and creepy, says the foot work was good, intricate. Says he’s muscling it a bit in the sharp turns. Needs to be from the core not the arms. Bruno raves. But says both CAI and Derek are right. Sort out the frame.

Scores: 9, 8, 8 for a total of 26…I would have gone with a 25, but it’s not too bad.

Numbers Update: Of course, a lot hinges on the rest of the dancers, but I do wonder if the judges have convinced the audience that Monica is a great dancer and she doesn’t fall into the bottom two this week.  Could be her and Skai and  they save Monica. Depends on if Skai can shake off her stage fright.  In any case, there aren’t currently huge numbers to overcome

Monica vs. Jeannie 0.80% 8,032
Monica vs. Chrishell/AJ 1.20% 12,048
Monica vs. Johnny 1.61% 16,064

LOL…I have to say, the Bruno bit is amusing. 🙂 Tyra has changed clothing into another number that isn’t too horrendous.

Nelly and Daniella up next and he looks scary. Wow, his gf is gorgeous.

Daniella is stunning as usual. And she gives him work. He’s got his chest out! Good. Little too much swag, but damn he’s doing really wall at this dance!! Good job!

CAI – by far your best dance. Dramatic, urgent, the dynamics, the footwork, great. Derek says that was not a nightmare, good partner to Dani, would have liked a bit more AT footwork (or Hyde did). Bruno says he looks awful. 🙂 Says he killed that AT. His whole stance was different tonight. I’m going to have to add some votes for him.

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for 27 out of 30. I’d agree with that.

Justina up next….and they both looks scary!! Dancing Tango.

Dig the set and the costume/makeup. Like how Sasha has her doing a solo (opposite of Gleb). Love Bruno’s reaction to that scream. This seems kind of soft for a tango. And she got off step after that second scream, I believe. Not horrible, though!

Derek says it was awesome, loved the screaming, says her frame is great, travels across the floor great. Watch the turns at the end, keep the legs close together. Bruno says she stormed through it like a woman possessed. Be careful about being hoppy or steps, can’t shuffle. CAI agrees with Bruno, one of the best dancers, like how she uses the space. Goes small sometimes.

Scores after the break.

Scores: 9, 9, 8 for a total of 26 out of 30.

Nev is up next with Black Swan (goooood movie) Paso Doble.

He’s doing a great job, although his arms look weird from time to time. Very good job, although I think the music made it seem too soft. Well done!

Bruno says it was perfect. He loved it. CAI says he exceeded expectations, his lines, changing characters were excellent. Derek says it was too good, his shaping was excellent. He’s going to get a perfect score, I think.

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a perfect score! I’m not mad at it!

Skai Jackson has to follow that with Bride of Chuckie? Also, there must have been a sale on the hard core halloween contact lenses – every couple has been wearing them, just about.

Numbers Update: This could be interesting. Well, it has been almost every week. Right now, it all hinges on Skai. I’ll be curious to see if it really is Monica and Jeannie or if Skai finally lands in the bottom. How many weeks can have tons of mistakes and still stay out of the bottom. Next week could spell doom for some combo of Skai/Jeannie/Chrishell/Monica – everything depending on scores so I don’t think that many people vote anymore.

Monica vs. Jeannie 0.78% 7,843
Monica vs. Chrishell/AJ/Justina 1.18% 11,765
Monica vs. Johnny/Nelly 1.57% 15,686
Monica vs. Nev 2.75% 27,451
Jeannie vs Chrishell/AJ/Justina 0.39% 3,922
Jeannie vs. Johnny/Nelly 0.78% 7,843
Jeannie vs. Nev 1.96% 19,608

Two dances to go with the double elimination next week!

Come on, Skai, kill this AT! Starts okay. Great lifts. Perhaps too many of them. But she’s doing the in hold parts well. DAmn, high lift and the exit is great. Wow. She did very, very well on that dance. That last lift was clunky but damn, well done. Happy for her.

CAI is proud of her, she came back stronger. Did a great job, one little wobble, but the power was mesmerizing. Derek says he feels her this week, she was on a mission, killed that routine. Amazing lifts. Gorgeous. Bruno says there was not a bad step in that tango. Extended the shapes. Best placement she’s had.

Scores; 9, 9, 9 for a 27. I would agree with that score…but now all bets are off for the elimination. 🙂 Kaitlyn looks great!

As for the elimination, I feel like it could be any of the bottom 5 except AJ. I really should have done a numbers post this past week because Skai was the low scorer but didn’t see the bottom.

Kaitlyn as Cruella is dancing Paso Doble. Wow…what she does for these dogs is so awesome. Speaking of babies…has everyone seen pictures of Artem’s baby? I swear that is the most beautiful child I’ve ever seen.

I love Kaitlyn and I think over all she’s doing a great job with this dance but her attack could still be a bit stronger. Same for Skai and all the women though, really.

Derek says Kaitlyn is reliable, always dancing her butt of with so much content, he thanks her for that. Good job. Bruno is with Derek. Bruno is feeling his makeup. Bruno says it was a bit rushed and it wasn’t as refined as it should be. CAI says she’s a good dancer, lift didn’t go well, and she’s not resisting enough – I think that’s what I mean by it being too soft. Has a moment of chaos. This is still a better dance that the first 6 that Monica did and that got raved over.

Scores: 7, 9, 8 for a total of 24. Not sure what that does to the numbers. I would be surprised if she was in the bottom due to Bachelor Nation.

Well, I was going to have a last numbers update, but there is a problem with my spreadsheet that I probably won’t be able to figure out fast enough.

Numbers Update: Here’s part of it anyway. Figured out the problem, but can only give the low tier

Monica vs. Kaitlyn 0.38% 3,831
Monica vs. Jeannie 0.77% 7,663
Monica vs. Chrishell/AJ/Justina 1.15% 11,494
Monica vs. Johnny/Nelly/Skai 1.53% 15,326
Monica vs. Nev 2.68% 26,820


Tyra killing a bit of time instead of talking to the bootee.

SAFE: Nev and Jenna
SAFE: Johnny and Britt
SAFE: Skai and Alan
SAFE: Nelly and Daniella
SAFE: Chrishell and Gleb
SAFE: Justina and Sasha
SAFE: AJ and Cheryl
SAFE: Kaitlyn and Artem

Monica and Jeannie in the bottom two. Imma be pissed….

Bruno: saves Jeannie
Derek: saves Monica (you are dead to me Derek)
CAI: saves Jeannie

Just kidding about Derek being dead to me. I’m sure they discuss this ahead of time. Last week CAI was the dissenter, this week it was Derek. But the right person (finally) went home. Should have gone home weeks ago so we could still have Vernon. But that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

October 26, 2020 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 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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 29, Week 6 – LIVE BLOG

Hooray for Derek dancing tonight. His and Hayley’s dance looks like it should be good.

T-minus 25 Minutes…

It is week 6, isn’t it? I think I’m confused because I’ve worked the last four weekends. Yesterday was my first day off in a month. That’s my excuse if I start screwing things up. 🙂

Now THIS is a cold open. I love it. But we still get the Tyrant cat walk. Why does she always pick somewhat unflattering things to wear? Dang, I can’t hear Derek or Tyrant talk over the fake audience. The whole advantage of a fake audience is that YOU control the volume. This is why they never win emmys for Sound mixing. Read more..

October 19, 2020 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 29, Week 6 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

They finally stopped calling it a cold open, but still Tyra is a focus of the show. She walks out every week – why is this an event?

The show will start with host Tyra Banks walking out to the ballroom to “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross. In addition, judge Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert will dance a special Paso Doble to “Uccen” by Taalbi Brothers.

According to the Futon Critic, the November 2 show will feature a double elimination. Buckle your seat belts!!

Here’s who’s dancing what this week. Looks to me like only Vernon, AJ, Skai, Johnny, Nev and possibly Kaitlyn got dance styles in their wheelhouse. Everyone else could be in trouble. Except possibly Chrishell who got contemporary…which has no rules and Gleb can sex it up to the max.

Nelly & Daniella – Viennese Waltz (“Humble & Kind” by Tim McGraw)

Monica & Val – Rumba (“Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart)

Vernon & Peta – Cha Cha (“Celebration” by Kool & The Gang)

Justina & Sasha – Viennese Waltz (“She’s Always a Woman” by Billy Joel)

Jeannie & Brandon – Rumba (“You Gotta Be” by Des’ree)

AJ & Cheryl – Samba (“Mi Gente” by J Balvin and Willy William)

Skai & Alan – Cha Cha (“Say So” by Dojo Cat, featuring Nicki Minaj)

Johnny & Britt – Salsa (“On The Floor” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull)

Nev & Jenna – Jazz (“Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch)

Chrishell & Gleb – Contemporary (“Stars” by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals)

Kaitlyn & Artem – Samba (“Sorry” by Justin Bieber)

Who Danced it better….first up, Nancy Kerrigan dancing Waltz to “She’s Always a Woman”. Justina is doing V. Waltz and I don’t think the slow dances are her strong suit. And I love Nancy’s dress!

I didn’t find “Have I told You Lately” on youtube…and I searched BOTH DWTS and Dancing with the Stars. 🙂 I also had trouble with “Celebration”…found lots of celebration related stuff, but not the actual song. I did find a very sweet waltz by David and Lindsay to “Humble and Kind”…and another gorgeous dress. Nelly is a better dancer (by a little) than David, but can he handle and V. Waltz??

I also didn’t find “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree. Keep in mind, me not finding it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, it just means that my casual search did not turn up a video. But, here is an excellent Samba by Jordan and Lindsay to “Mi Gente”…doubt very much AJ can live up to this one.

I found nothing on “Say So” by Dojo Cat, but I guess I should expect to since the official video was only posted on youtube 7 months ago. I also didn’t see “On the Floor” on youtube…I saw tons of Pitbull (obviously) and I saw a bit of Jennifer, including a pro dance choregraphed by Derek, but nothing with this particular song. Man, I’m striking out a lot…cuz I couldn’t find “Good Vibrations” or “Stars” either. But of COURSE I found Ginger and Val dancing to a latin remix of “Sorry” by Justin Bieber. I could barely watch the whole thing as I’m still traumatized from having Ginger shoved down my throat to this day when it comes to GMA and DWTS. Ugh. I feel very confident that Kaitlyn and Artem will do it better.

October 16, 2020 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. :-)

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.