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DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON: July 14, 2017

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON: July 14, 2017   GREAT NEWS! Dancing with the Stars just earned 7 Emmy Award nominations: 1-5:  “Outstanding” Costumes, Makeup, Hairstyling, Lighting,   Camera/Video Costumes for Variety Nonfiction or Reality Programming, Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (non-prosthetic) Technical Direction, Camera Work, Video Control for a Series   6-7:  “Outstanding Choreography”! Derek Hough, “Kairos” Mandy Moore, “On Top of the World” and “Carol of the Bells” We all know that everything Derek does is fabulous and that certain of his choreographies are absolutely mind blowing. What he accomplishes gives tribute to the stunning training that he (along with sister Julianne and Mark Ballas) received as children in Europe. He really deserves to win! And I don’t say that to take anything away from the awesome Mandy Moore. She, too, has become a dance legend in her own right. You don’t get chosen to choreograph for an entire show of a dozen or more dancers by not having your ducks in the best row possible. Both of these nominees are truly amazing and deserving. I’m not sure about your level of excitement, but I can’t wait to see whether one or both of them will win! If they do win, I hope that their winning choreographies will be shown on the Emmys, at least in part, so that we can be reminded visually of what’s winning and we can celebrate all the harder with them. MARK YOUR CALENDAR:  69th annual Emmy Awards–Sunday, September 17th—on CBS (not ABC, where DWTS shows). DWTS has tough competition again in “So You Think You Can Dance” and also in “The Real O’Neals,” so keep your fingers crossed.   DIDN’T RECEIVE MY POSTS?  If you know someone who signed up for this blog not long ago but has not received posts, please encourage that person to sign up again. A few days ago we discovered that some registrations recently were grabbed by our spam folder (no clue why), so we just instructed our e-mail program that all new user registrations must go only to our inbox. Thank you!        ...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: July 13, 2017

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: July 13, 2017 It’s official! Julianne Hough married Brooks Laich and Peta married Maksim Chmerkovskiy, both this past Saturday, July 8. Peta and Maks had advertised for many months that they would have a big and fancy wedding, and they did; they tied the knot at Oheka Castle on Long Island, NY. Can you imagine? An actual castle! “US Weekly” covered it. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Julianne and Brooks exchanged vows very simply in a field adjacent to Coeur D’Alene Lake in Idaho. “People” Magazine was there for this one. Both sound lovely, and you might find photos and narrative on them at those Web sites. Word #1 is that the brides’ dresses, arrangements, locations, etc. suited their personalities perfectly. Word #2 is that because Peta and Julianne run in different circles, there was very little difficulty about which well-wishers would go where. Of course, Val and Jenna attended Peta and Maksim’s wedding and showed some PDAs in the process. Will Carrie Ann be next? We hope to learn her and Robb’s plans soon. Not too long after that, I’d like to hear whether Emma and Sasha have reached some decisions for their own special wedding plans. Which pro(s) get your vote(s) to win a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Choreography on Dancing With The Stars? The qualifying nomination period seems to be from late spring 2016 to the end of the 2017 spring season. I think that Emma should be in there for sure, and a few others. Julianne and Derek’s special performance this spring also could be a contender. Write in about this and we’ll talk about it. Season 25 is only 2 months away! In mid-September Dancing With The Stars will return for a fall season, probably opening with the usual glitz and glamour and excitement. Isn’t that what we want? You bet it is! Do you have any DWTS news to share? Bring it on! See you back here very soon! Take care.  ...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: June 30, 2017

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: June 30, 2017   Hi, again, Dancing With The Stars fans! I originally published this post on June 30 (except for the new Maria Menounos story that I just added), but I just discovered that it somehow was not distributed by the agency (another post must have knocked it out of the lineup). Here you go! Sometimes-pro Karina Smirnoff was at the Millennium Dance Sport Championships in Orlando this week. I like to see her back on Dancing With The Stars now and then. Judge Bruno Tonioli has been in London; says it’s hot there. It seems that Val and Jenna, too, are vacationing in Europe this week. Maks and Peta had lots of fun on their first father’s day with baby Shai. Peta says that Maks is the best dad and that they love their family sweat/workout sessions together. Reminder: They’ll get married next Saturday, July 8! Derek has been in Nantucket, RI this week and lovin’ it. He’ll have plenty to do at sister Julianne’s wedding next Saturday. One of Gleb and Elena’s favorite places is a horse farm in Sydney, Australia. She’s 34 weeks pregnant; so, probably due in July. On Tues., June 27, Dancing With The Stars host Tom Bergeron visited the Hot Summer Nights pros on tour in NYC. Surprise reunion! You can review the team’s tour schedule at our June 21 post. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba and her love, Robb Derringer, have been enjoying NYC this week. Today, she filled in for Kelly Ripa, co-hosting with Ryan Seacrest. Of course, her high-pitched giggle often rang out in the studio. Prayers for Maria Menounos, former DWTS contestant and a host of “E! Entertainment.” She just underwent a long surgery that removed nearly 100% of a benign brain tumor; also, her mother has stage-4 brain cancer. Being examined by a doctor shortly after she noticed symptoms of headaches, lightheadedness, and slurred speech was the smart thing to do! She’s keeping a highly optimistic attitude throughout the whole situation.   Before we know it, the pros will be back in the studio rehearsing with newly assigned celebs. I’ll pass along news of them and their celebs whenever I have it over the next several weeks. If you have ideas for DWTS topics on this blog or suggestions for how I can make blog posts easier to read, especially during fall and spring seasons, be sure to let me know. Note that, last season, I added the remaining dances that each...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: June 30, 2017

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: June 30, 2017   Sometimes-pro Karina Smirnoff was at the Millennium Dance Sport Championships in Orlando this week. I like to see her back on Dancing With The Stars now and then. Judge Bruno Tonioli has been in London; says it’s hot there. It seems that Val and Jenna, too, are vacationing in Europe this week. Maks and Peta had lots of fun on their first father’s day with baby Shai. Peta says that Maks is the best dad and that they love their family sweat/workout sessions together. Reminder: They’ll get married next Saturday! Derek has been in Nantucket, RI this week and lovin’ it. He’ll have plenty to do at sister Julianne’s wedding next Saturday. One of Gleb and Elena’s favorite places is a horse farm in Sydney, Australia. She’s 34 weeks pregnant; so, probably due in July. On Tues., June 27, host Tom Bergeron visited the Hot Summer Nights pros on tour in NYC. Surprise! You can review the team’s tour schedule at our June 21 post. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba and her love, Robb Derringer, have been enjoying NYC this week. Today, she filled in for Kelly Ripa, co-hosting with Ryan Seacrest. Of course, her high-pitched giggle often rang out in the studio.   Before we know it, the pros will be back in the studio rehearsing with newly assigned celebs. I’ll pass along news of them and their celebs whenever I have it over the next several weeks. If you have ideas for DWTS topics on this blog or suggestions for how I can make blog posts easier to read, especially during fall and spring seasons, be sure to let me know. Note that, last season, I added the remaining dances that each celebrity could be called upon to do; that helped us to keep track of performances. I’ll keep doing my best for all of us. Stay tuned!            ...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: June 27, 2017

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: June 27, 2017   New EP NOW Available!:  Yesterday was the widely advertised day that the new EP by Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas and his wife BC Jean (Alexander Jean), titled “High Enough,” was supposed to be available, but whenever I checked on Amazon and BestBuy.com under Mark’s name it was not shown. I’d thought it would be listed under both of their names; guess I should have checked hers, too. Today, www.alexanderjean.net says IT’S OUT! You can also have a quick listen there, check their tour schedule for your city, and buy your tickets to see them in concert with R5. Here’s the rest of their tour schedule, as shown on that site: June 27          Saint Andrews Hall                                       Detroit, MI          TODAY! June 28          The Phoenix Concert Theatre                      Toronto, CAN June 30          Paradise Rock Club                                     Boston, MA July 2              Theatre of Living Arts                                   Philadelphia, PA July 4              Baltimore Soundstage                                 Baltimore, MD July 5              The Underground                                          Charlotte, NC July 7              The Loft                                                          Atlanta, GA July 10            White Oak Music Hall                                   Houston, TX July 11            “Trees”                                                            Dallas, TX July 12            “Parish”                                                          Austin, TX   Reminder:  You can see Mark’s buddy Derek Hough every Tuesday this summer on “World of Dance with JLo and Ne-Yo, 10 p.m., NBC, right after “America’s Got Talent.” Keep your dance on!  More very soon . . .  ...

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