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DANCING WITH THE STARS News February 9, 2018

DANCING WITH THE STARS News    February 9, 2018   Hi, Dancing with the Stars fans!   Are you making it through the winter okay?  Here’s a brief DWTS update to help you along.  I tried to post it numerous times earlier today but, for unknown reasons, could not get an Internet connection.   The DWTS “Light Up the Night” tour hit a dangerous and frightening snag last week.  During the snowstorm that plagued the Great Plains, the Midwest and beyond, their tour bus was involved in a multi-vehicle pileup on one of Iowa’s snowy highways.  The cast and crew were shaken up, and a few minor injuries were reported, but they’re okay.  In fact, after resting on the night of the accident, they continued onward and then wowed fans the next day as though nothing had happened.  The old showbiz mantra, “The show must go on,” is alive and well.  The tour will finish on March 18 in Los Angeles.  http://www.dancingwiththestarslivetickets.com/   http://www.etonline.com/maksim-val-chmerkovskiy-and-peta-murgatroyd-announce-new-dance-tour-featuring-baby-shai-exclusive Watch out!  The Chmerkovskiys from Dancing with the Stars are hitting the road to perform and promote Maks, Val & Peta Live on Tour: Confidential!   Maksim (Maks) and wife/pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd will have their one-year-old son Shai along on their tour bus, sure to be quite a challenge.  They seemed to indicate that brother Valentin (Val) will travel separately.  Val’s girlfriend, pro Jenna Johnson, will not participate but will visit.  The tour is scheduled to dazzle about 50 cities; it “begins on March 19 in Springfield, Missouri, and ends on May 16 in Las Vegas.  For more information on tickets and tour dates, go to www.maksandvaltour.com.”   It’s MOVIE time!   “The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of A Terrorist, A Train, and  Three American Heroes” opens in theaters across the country TODAY!  It stars the three American friends who actually helped to subdue the terrorist onboard the fast-moving train that had 500-plus passengers.  Shortly after the harrowing incident, Alek Skarlatos, one of the two military friends, made it to the Dancing with the Stars finals with pro Lindsay Arnold on Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars.  I got to meet and be photographed with Alek during their subsequent “Dance All Night” tour in January of 2016.  What a sweet guy!  Get the whole story—don’t miss the movie!  I’m going to read the book, too; it arrived today. Till next time and always, keep your dancing shoes...

DANCING WITH THE STARS: EXCITING NEWS! 18 January 2018

EXCITING DANCING WITH THE STARS NEWS   18 January 2018   Hello, Dancing with the Stars fans!   Time for lots of news!   Preparations for the holidays were intense and extremely time consuming, further encumbered by emergencies, illnesses, and other unexpected happenings while little actual dancing news seemed to be available.  Along the way I heard rumors and wondered what we truly should expect to happen for the spring season of Dancing with the Stars.  The wait has brought more real news and, just within the past day, what seems to be concrete, reliable information from the producers for the spring.  So, in my usual fashion, I am organizing info by topics below so that you can skim or read more easily.   SPRING SHOW FORMAT I just learned from TVGuide.com that during the fall 2017 finale Tom and Erin supposedly referenced the spring 2018 show format; if that’s true, I totally missed it and haven’t known anyone who did hear it.  You may recall that the original plan for this spring, which I mentioned a few times last summer/fall, was to have a Dancing With The Stars Junior edition.  I thought it was odd that I didn’t hear anymore about that after Season 25 ended.  Did you wonder? Well, “TV Guide” recently asked some pointed questions to the President of ABC Entertainment, Channing Dungey.  It turns out that casting and scheduling for “Junior” couldn’t be done fast enough, but it’s still planned for the future.  Meanwhile, an all-sports/all-athletes edition will replace it this spring. A 13-week show schedule is tough to arrange around athletes’ tight schedules.  Working around ABC’s spring evening lineup, especially as we move later into the season, and around the end of the DWTS LIVE tour in mid-March, seems to be equally difficult.  When will we see it? That depends on “American Idol,” which ABC picked up, again starring the friendly Ryan Seacrest.  It is said that “Idol” will premiere on Sunday and Monday nights, starting on March 11, keeping its usual two-nights-per-week schedule for several weeks.  Then, on April 29, it will move to a Sunday nights-only format for the remainder of the season.  So, DWTS’s athletes edition will start on Monday, April 30 with “a mix of active and retired athletes” and will run for only four consecutive weeks instead of 13.  Newly-reigning pro Mirrorball champ Lindsay Arnold will participate—after attending a highly-anticipated wedding (read on, please). The months-long lack of certainty surrounding the spring show has been very surprising for us as fans. ...

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...

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