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DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 10 FINALE!

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 10 FINALE! Dear DWTS Fans:  Welcome back!   It’s Week 10, night 2 of the FINALS, the FINALE of Season 25–Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 9-11 p.m.!  Tom and Erin hosted; as usual, Tom spent most of his time in the ballroom indoors while Erin spent most of hers at The Grove outdoors. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   THE CURRENT CAST:  Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm”) & pro Witney Carson (1-800-868-3405) Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher & pro Lindsay Arnold (1-800-868-3406) Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas*             (1-800-868-3407) *(2-Time MBT winner)   Ballroom & Latin Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Paso Doble.  “Learn the dance, learn the steps, then learn the character of it.” — Len Goodman Tues., Nov. 21, 2017:   All 13 couples return in a Christmas spectacular both at The Grove (outdoors) and in the ballroom, as usual, opening to “Dancing in the Street.” Each couple will do two dances: (1)  a repeat of their fave this season; (2) the usual “24-Hour Fusion Challenge” (a new routine fusing two contrasting dance styles, prepared just since last evening). FIRST DANCE:  FAVORITE!   Lindsey + Mark: Jive.   Judges 10.  Me 10.  Completely captivating in pajamas–cute, fun, joyous, peppy, sharp, and adorable. Loved it!   Frankie + Whitney: (Pirate) Arg. Tango.  Judges: 10. Me: 10.  Focused, intense, proper, even sexy, even better than the first time. Still adorable, too, because that’s just Frankie.   Kelsea Ballerini sang “Legends,” from her new country-music album, “Unapologetically,” accompanied by romantic pro couple Val and Jenna.   Jordan + Lindsay: Samba.  Judges: 10. Me: 10.  Loved it again—one of the best and one of 0my favorite Sambas I’ve ever seen on this show!   Some of the eliminated couples performed in the ballroom (or at The Grove), a bunch of the male dancers in Santa costumes performed shirtless on stage in The Grove, Lindsey Stirling played the violin while Becky G sang, Debbie Gibson and Jordan Fisher each sang a Christmas song.     MY #2 Dancing With The Stars DANCE OF THE NIGHT!  MY #1 Dancing With The Stars DANCE OF THE ENTIRE NIGHT!      SECOND DANCE:   FUSION! Lindsey + Mark: Cha-Cha/Tango.  Judges 10.  Me 10.   Proper hold, posture, hip/leg action and extensions, footwork in a fast number that seamlessly fused the two styles.  MY Dancing With The Stars DANCE OF THE NIGHT in...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 10 FINALS

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 10 FINALS Welcome back!   It’s Week 10, night 1 of the FINALE of Season 25–Monday, November 20, 2017!  Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judged THE FINALS!   THE CURRENT CAST:  “Property Brothers” Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater (1-800-868-3404) Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm”) & pro Witney Carson (1-800-868-3405) Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher & pro Lindsay Arnold (1-800-868-3406) Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas* (1-800-868-3407) *(2-Time MBT winner) Ballroom & Latin Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Paso Doble.  “Learn the dance, learn the steps, then learn the character of it.” — Len Goodman   Mon., Nov. 20, 2017:   The show opened with many pros and a few troupers dancing together to a number choreographed by Mandy Moore. Each couple will do two dances.   FIRST DANCE:  A Redemption Dance, Each Coached by One of the Judges   Drew Scott + Emma: Paso Doble with Bruno as Coach. Judges: 9. Me 9.  Drew  opened with 10 or 15 seconds of a solo, after which Emma danced in from across the floor and joined him.  Much improved in posture, Paso requirements, footwork, and confidence!  To me, he is the most improved. Watching them has given me much joy this season.   Frankie + Whitney: Foxtrot with CAI as Coach.  Judges: 10,9,10,9. Me: 9.5.  Frankie opened in an excellent solo to a Frank Sinatra song before being joined by Witney in a Golden Age of Hollywood Foxtrot. He looked quite accomplished, confident, and as cute and sweet as ever. Yes, it was adorable again and happy and smooth. Very enjoyable!   Pitbull and Fifth Harmony (including Normani Kordei, who competed with Val a season or two ago) performed together, singing Fifth’s latest single, “Por Favor,” accompanied by female pro dancers.   Jordan + Lindsay: Charleston with Len as Coach.  Judges: 10. Me: 10.   Talk about energetic and super-fast!  It was SO MUCH BETTER THAN THEIR FIRST CHARLESTON!  It was filled with Charleston content, except the knee-crossing, Lindy Hop, each of them jumping over the other’s shoulders from back to front, and more.  And the hot-pink outfits (shoes, too!)—loved it all!  In my opinion, Lindsay still has the best legs of all the female dancers.   Tom introduced longtime singer Lionel Richie, who will be one of three judges when “American Idol” returns 11 March 2018.  He announced the winner from among...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 9

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 9 Dear DWTS Fans:  Welcome back!   Welcome to Week 9 of Season 25–Monday, November 13, 2017!  Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged.  It’s Semifinals Night!   THE CURRENT CAST:  “Property Brothers” Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater (1-800-868-3404) Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm”) & pro Witney Carson (1-800-868-3405) Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher & pro Lindsay Arnold (1-800-868-3406) Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas* (1-800-868-3407) Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy (1-800-868-3413) *(2-Time MBT winner)   Ballroom & Latin Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Paso Doble.  “Learn the dance, learn the steps, then learn the character of it.” — Len Goodman Mon., Nov. 13, 2017:   Each couple will do two dances.  The pros were allowed to choose their first dances.  For each, the second dance will be performed as a reinterpretation of sorts of an iconic song that was done in a previous season; I say that this is unfair to current contestants whose dances will be compared with those of contestants who won their seasons involving this dance. FIRST DANCE Drew Scott + Emma: Tango (“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” The Proclaimers). Judges: 8. Me 8.  Drew wore a kilt and the rest of the Scottish getup to represent his heritage for this song/dance.  He always gives his all. The tempo of the song threw off his technique/posture and such; this usually happens when he dances to something other than a slow number. Also, this dance held none of the required obvious intensity, sexual or otherwise, between the two.  He’s due for:  Jazz, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba. Victoria + Val: Contemporary (“To Build a Home” [feat. Patrick Watson], Cinematic Orchestra).  Judges: 9.  Me: 9.  Creative, cohesive, graceful in representing her journey back to health with the amazing support of her parents.   She’s due for:  Waltz, Jive, Jazz; Samba, Salsa, Rumba. Jordan + Lindsay: Argentine Tango (“Brother” [feat. Gavin DeGraw], NEEDTOBREATHE).  This dance represents Jordan’s track record as a loving, supportive sibling in the family who adopted him and in his journey with Lindsay.   Judges: 9,9,10. Me: 9.5.  Loved it! He’s due for:  Waltz, Jive, Jazz; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa. Lindsey + Mark: Contemporary (“Head High,” Alexander Jean).   Judges 10,9,10.  Me 10.  They danced about triumph through adversity and freedom to be one’s self.  Talk about dancing, moving from primal instinct and the core! Raw, emotional vulnerability with...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 8

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 8 Dear DWTS Fans:  Welcome back, with our sincere thanks for being loyal to our blog! Welcome to Week 8 of Season 25–Monday, November 6, 2017! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged.  It’s Trio Night!   THE CURRENT CAST:  “Property Brothers” Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater (1-800-868-3404) Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm”) & pro Witney Carson (1-800-868-3405) Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher & pro Lindsay Arnold (1-800-868-3406) Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas* (1-800-868-3407)5. Retired NFL Receiver Terrell Owens & pro Cheryl Burke* (1-800-868-3411) Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy (1-800-868-3413) *(2-Time MBT winner)   Ballroom & Latin Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Paso Doble.  “Learn the dance, learn the steps, then learn the character of it.” — Len Goodman Mon., Nov. 6, 2017:   Pros and troupe opened with guest dancers (former winners) dancing. FIRST DANCE Terrell + Cheryl: Charleston.  Judges: 9.  Me: 9.   Cute, peppy, proper, fun, fab footwork and timing, well done, really enjoyable.  He’s due for:  Waltz, Arg. Jazz, Contemp.; Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble. Drew Scott + Emma: Waltz. Judges: 7,7,8.  Me: 8.5.  Beautiful, smooth, fluid and well in hold most of the time, elegant, fab choreo. Very enjoyable.  I still like him a lot.  He’s due for:  Tango, Jazz, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba. Victoria + Val: Arg. Tango.   Judges: 8.  Me: 8.5.  Graceful and smooth and flowing with good lines and hold, yet also mandatorily sharp and fairly well intense; pretty. Not as sexy/intense as it should have been, though, from Victoria; not to the level of what Val danced with Rumer Willis.  She’s an adorable and sweet girl with a heartfelt story and surprising skills, as someone who can’t feel her legs; but I’m tired of the powers-that-be coddling her, which equates to at least subliminally encouraging America to vote for her (we’re intelligent and can figure out on our own whom to vote for).  I’ve met Val and he’s very nice, but they do give him/Victoria more interview time than they give most others.  She’s due for:  Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Contemporary; Samba, Salsa, Rumba. Lindsey + Mark: Samba. Judges 9,8,9.  Me 9. She has been healing from a  blunt rib  injury and possible separation, which she sustained in rehearsal last week.  Len and CAI saw what I saw: Very creative, a different samba that is so different from what...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 7

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 7 Dear DWTS Fans:  Thank you for enjoying our blog!   Welcome to Week 7 of Season 25–Monday, October 30, 2017! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged.  It’s Halloween Night!   THE CURRENT CAST:  “Property Brothers” Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater (1-800-868-3404) Retired NFL Receiver Terrell Owens & pro Cheryl Burke* (1-800-868-3411) Vanessa Lachey & pro Maks Chmerkovskiy (1-800-868-3412) WWE Wrestler Nikki Bella & pro Artem Chigvintsev (1-800-868-3409) Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher & pro Lindsay Arnold (1-800-868-3406) Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy (1-800-868-3413) Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm”) & pro Witney Carson (1-800-868-3405) Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas* (1-800-868-3407) *(2-Time MBT winner) The Possible Ballroom & Latin Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Paso Doble.    “Learn the dance, learn the steps, then learn the character of it.” — Len Goodman Mon., Oct. 30, 2017:   Pros and troupe opened, dancing in scary getup. FIRST DANCE Victoria + Val: Viennese Waltz (“The Night We Met,” Lord Huron)      Judges: 9.  Me: 9.  Graceful, smooth, flowing, very pretty in beautiful attire; great hold/close connection and finished/graceful arms/hands.  She’s due for:  Waltz, Arg. Tango, Jive, Jazz, Contemporary; Samba, Salsa, Rumba.   2.  Jordan + Lindsay: Paso Doblé (“Animals,” Martin Garrix)             Judges: 10. Me: 10. An untraditional but creatively cool and impressive Paso that contained all expected aggressive, large, rounded movements.   Outstanding choreo, Lindsay! Loved it! In the pre-dance package, Lindsay said that Mark Ballas taught her to dance when she was a little girl. He’s due for:  Quickstep, Waltz, Arg. Tango, Jive, Jazz; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa.   Nikki + Artem: Jive (“I Put a Spell on You,” Bette Midler [“Hocus Pocus”]). Judges: 8.  Me: 8. A cute coffee-shop routine that was pretty good. Not quite as energetic, exciting, and musically connected (Nikki) as it could have been; kicks/flicks could have been even sharper, and they should have included traditional sideways and backwards kicks. She’s due for:  Foxtrot, Quickstep, Charleston, Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Paso Doble.   Vanessa + Maks: Paso Doblé (“Game of Survival,” Ruelle)               Judges: 8  Me: 8.5. Maks moved marvelously, and Vanessa did pretty well while being mauled by zombies (including Maks). They had fun, but Vanessa’s Paso lacked sufficient expected large and rounded movements (it was aggressive, though). She’s due for:  Vien. Waltz, Tango, Arg. Tango, Jive, Charleston, Contemp.; Samba, Salsa. Terrell + Cheryl: Tango...

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