19May2015 Dancing With The Stars: SEASON 20 (Tenth-Year) FINALE: Who Won the Golden Mirrorball Trophy?

19May2015 Dancing With The Stars:  SEASON 20 (Tenth-Year) FINALE: Who Won the Golden Mirrorball Trophy? Riker, Rumer, and Noah in THE FINALS of “Dancing With The Stars”! Last night we watched as each contestant did two dances. Tonight each had to do another dance, a fusion that they devised in only 24 hours, to earn the judges’ top votes, with viewers’ votes counting for half. But first, tonight’s highlights: All of the eliminated contestants returned and performed, even two from last year (Sadie Robertson and winner Alfonso Ribeiri). With Alfonso by his side, Tom announced that he’s stepping down after 15 years as host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and Alfonso will take his place—the fun and great humor will continue. Congrats, Alfonso! Tom prefaced Robert and Kym’s cha-cha with another reminder of their amazing chemistry. When guest singer Jason Derulo performed, Emma was the key female with him; when they finished, Tom said, “In rehearsal Emma actually melted two wind machines” (LOL). Derek with former contestant Amy Purdy and Sharna with Noah performed together. Derek/Sasha and Nastia rehashed their darling subway dance; Derek probably will win an award for that choreography. Fifth Harmony girl singers performed “Worth It.” Derek and Julianne danced together as brother and sister to Sia’s “Elastic Heart”—intense and fabulous! RedFoo was as entertaining as ever, and the crabs returned. Noah Galloway: Cha-cha & Argentine Tango. Judges’ scores 10/9/9/9. My score 9.5. Noah did two amazing one-arm lifts—the first from their week-4 contemporary and the second from their week-3 Arg. Tango, I think.  All was merged well and beautiful.  Bruno said, “You are legend.”  Carrie Ann said, “You changed people’s lives forever.”  Afterward, Riker told Noah that he killed that dance.  What’s not to love?   Riker Lynch: Salsa & Quickstep. Judges’ scores 10/10/10/10. My score 10. Riker said, “I’ve done things I never really thought I could do.”  Their fusion was so cool, a seamless combo.  Loved it.  Carrie Ann said, “I have loved every moment of watching you dance.”  I have, too.  Who could have predicted that this sweet, dedicated young man could learn to dance so well and seemingly so easily?  He’s knocked our socks off all season long.  I’ve loved him and Allison since night one, and rooted for them and Rumer/Val, for obvious reasons, the entire season.  Again, although their freestyle last night was conceived, choreographed and performed superbly, and I think Allison was going for the “Wow–this hasn’t been done before!” factor, I still believe that a fusion of the...

18May2015 Dancing With The Stars: Week 10 FINALS Analysis

18May2015 Dancing With The Stars: Week 10 FINALS Analysis The “Road to the Finals” special that aired on Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m. showcased our three finalists–Riker, Rumer, and Noah–along the way, showed them answering questions for fans, and showed in unedited honesty the quality of their relationships with their pro partners.  We’d seen most of it before in bits over the weeks, but it was nice to see again.     Now, we’re watching THE FINALS of “Dancing With The Stars”! Each contestant did two dances tonight. America has a tough job to decide a winner, and the contestants have another dance, a fusion, to do on Tuesday night. I dialed and redialed and redialed in an attempt to submit my vote, until nearly 11:00, but I couldn’t get through. Noah Galloway: Argentine Tango/Freestyle. Judges’ scores 8/10. My scores 8/10. The positive: Arg. Tango: I could see nervousness in Noah’s face right before they hit the floor this time.  Noah and Sharna redid and improved upon their original Arg. Tango from week three.  Great technique and lifts, especially.  They were perfectly in sync nearly all the way, with Noah goofing just a little during the last while.  What chemistry! The negative: Arg. Tango: Too excited and happy, Noah couldn’t quite meet the requirement of showing dramatic facial expressions during the dance, but that’s okay. The positive:  Freestyle:  Again, the incredible choreo. involved several other dancers, both male and female, to assist in representing Noah’s story of struggle: intense, very physical but well controlled and timed, dramat. The warrior still reigns in every way.  Everyone appears to love Noah, one of the nicest guys I’ve ever seen on TV.  You were crying too, right?  At the moment, despite my extensive vocabulary, I can’t find the words to describe what this man has accomplished and how significantly he has affected others in his mild-mannered way with his life-altering story.  “Incredible” and “amazing” are overused.  How do you describe it?   Riker Lynch: ‘Pirate’ Paso/Freestyle. Judges’ scores 10/10. My scores 10/10. The positive: Paso: As we saw originally in week 5, the choreography, with Riker as pirate Jack Sparrow, was extremely difficult, sharp, crisp, intense, energetic, dramatic, passionate, every step in sync., and somehow even better than in week 5.  Top-drawer, expertly executed at pro level! I could see that Riker was pushing himself even harder than before.  Like Len, I was on my feet saying, “I loved it!”  Will watch it again and again! The positive: Freestyle: Like a scene...

Dancing With The Stars: Week 9 Events & Analysis

11-12May2015 Dancing With The Stars: Week 9 Events & Analysis It’s SEMIFINALS Week on “Dancing With The Stars”! OUR FINAL FOUR:  Riker, Rumer, Noah, and Nastia! Each contestant did two dances; for each, one dance was at least partially choreographed and blessed by one of the judges. The entire night looked like the finals instead of the semi-finals. How is America supposed to choose who will be in the finals next week?  How can we choose one ‘winner’?  You won’t believe who was sent home! Actress Rumer Willis: V. Waltz/Contemp. Fusion. Judges’ scores 9.75/10. My scores 10/10. Her mom (Demi) was there; too bad that her dad (Bruce) had to be absent again. The positive: Viennese Waltz: Flowing, elegant, lyrical, graceful!  Stunningly beautiful! Perfect footwork/form/musicality/rhythm/sync.  Excellent acting. The negative: Viennese Waltz: A bit untraditional; unusually intense, passionate, sexy. The positive:  Contemporary Fusion: Bruno choreographed a “Swan Lake” ballet that showed moments of waltz, tango, and, if I recall, paso.  Very-difficult choreo—wow!  (Reminder:Bruno owns a ballet school.) Rumer’s arms and hands were especially graceful. Possibly the best choreo of the night. Again, excellent acting by Rumer, who looked like a pro in every way. Superb!  Must see it again!  Julianne said, “America has fallen in love with Rumer”—she’s right. The negative: Contemporary Fusion:  Nothing. On Tuesday, we were told that Rumer was in jeopardy.  What!  Cardiac paddles, stat!  My BP began to rise and the tone of my voice inched up the decibel scale.  I said, “If America voted her off, something is seriously wrong or fixed!”  (Slow, deep breath)  After a while, she joined Noah and Riker for the FINALS—yay!  (Smile)   Veteran Noah Galloway: Viennese Waltz/Paso.   Judges’ scores 9/10.     My scores 9/10. The positive: Viennese Waltz: Sharna’s choreography was lovely, musical, more relaxed, charming and magical.  Noah executed smoother rotations on his legs and used his left leg well for steps and certain rotations, all with excellent balance and form.  There was something extra-special about their performance tonight. The negative: Viennese Waltz: Only a few can’ts that detract a bit from Noah’s can’s. Afterward, backstage, Noah proposed marriage to his military girlfriend, his face so sincere and hopeful.  The place went berserk with cheers and tears, especially when she readily accepted. The positive:  Paso:  Carrie Ann choreoed the dance for them and, of course, was very emotional about it.  The incredible choreo. involved several other male dancers to assist in representing Noah’s story of struggle: intense, very physical but well controlled and timed, dramatic overall and in...

Dancing in the Stars an Indirect Tie-In to Dancing With The Stars

I forgot to tell everyone two weeks ago that my book has been published and is available.  As an indirect tie-in to Dancing With The Stars,  “Dancing in the Stars: Carroll Webster, International Dance Luminary of Vaudeville and Hollywood” gives a better understanding of the difficulties vaudevillians constantly faced. It contrasts the beauty of dance inside performance venues and Hollywood against the ugly desperation of the Great Depression and World War II. It begins with a handsome and talented eighteen-year-old orphan who longs for a vaudevillian dance career.  He has a real chance at stardom if he can survive America’s grueling dance marathons in the 1930s.  Accompanied by his attractive dance partner Diane, Carroll makes friends on the marathon floor with future stars Red Skelton and Tony Martin.  Before the decade is out, Tony Martin makes a movie with Fred Astaire and introduces him and Carroll.  Diane wants to be more than friends with Carroll, but giving in to that temptation could ruin their partnership and Carroll’s chance at happiness and a family with Mary, who could become the love of his life.  A tale of one man’s quest for fame and romance through the dark days of the Great Depression and World War II, “Dancing in the Stars” is Carroll Webster’s true search for what really matters. If you are interested in purchasing this book, please order from the publisher’s e-store, https://www.createspace.com/5311269 (secondarily from Amazon), with my thanks. Otherwise, let’s keep rooting on our favorites on DWTS, which will run two more weeks before the season ends.  My votes are for Rumer and Riker to win.  Who’s getting yours?  Any idea which celebs will be on the fall...

4-5 May2015 Dancing With The Stars: Week 8 Events & Analysis

4-5 May2015 Dancing With The Stars: Week 8 Events & Analysis It’s America’s Choice Week on Dancing WithThe Stars! Each contestant did two dances. Then, combining last week’s and this week’s votes, America decided whom to send home in a double elimination. Nearly every dancer stepped up his/her game. Chris, Noah, and Riker were nervous over the impending double elimination, Robert joked to Kym about the possibility of buying votes, and Rumer said that she and Val would continue their luck via traditional dancing methods and styles. On Tuesday night two dancers were sent home, a third-party dance troupe performed, and we were entertained by two singers. The always-funny threesome at Dance Center—cute/funny/endearing Jerry Rice, blasé/dry-wit Kenny Mayne, and deadpanned Len Goodman—cameoed on Monday and thoroughly entertained us on Tuesday. Veteran Noah Galloway: Tango/Salsa.                  Judges’ scores 8/8.  My scores 8/8. The positive: Tango: Sharna’s choreography was clever, very good.  Of course, it couldn’t have the perfect traditional movements due to Noah’s physical limitations, but Noah did a lot of leg and foot movements and he showed excellent balance and form in the process.  Bruno called him “the white, valiant knight.”  The duo did well and had a good time. The negative: Tango: For this intense dance, Noah should have shown more facial drama. The positive:  Salsa:  Emma accompanied them in this production, which was fun and celebratory.  The choreo. and timing were good, and the whole thing was very entertaining. Noah handled the two women and himself well. The funniest spot of the night occurred during the judges’ comments: Bruno—not Carrie Ann this time—fell off his chair; OMG, so funny! The negative: Salsa: Nothing noted.   “Bachelor” Chris Soules: Contemporary/Paso Doble. Judges’ scores 8.5/7.5.  My scores 8/7. The positive: Contemporary: Very pretty and graceful from the first chord!  WOW on the lifts!  His skills have improved tremendously, but I’m still surprised that he’s still here. The negative: Contemporary: I noticed nothing specific, and the judges cited nothing. The positive: Paso:  Lindsey assisted the pair.  Chris clearly concentrated very hard—too hard at points—and tried to appear intense. He danced the entire song and did a pretty-good job. The negative: Paso:  His timing was off now and again, and the dance appeared to be a bit clunky. His nervousness over the possibility of being voted off may have hampered his work.   Musician Riker Lynch: Viennese Waltz/Jazz.         Judges’ scores 9.75/10.  My scores 10/10. Both dances showed the second-best choreo of the night, tied with Val’s—no negatives! The positive: V....

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