A comment before we get to this weeks dances… if you claim you hate this site, and then copy what we write verbatim (or copy Courtney’s tweets verbatim), post it to your skating forum or Maks tumblr and take credit for the info, you are a sad, poor thing. Not only are you a hypocrite who spends way more time here than your little friends realize (thanks for the hits!!), but hopefully now your little friends know you got it all from here. Ya stole it with nary a mention of those of us who actually told you what to say. Tisk tisk. Do you think we don’t see?? Honeys, every time you visit the site, we know where you came from. We appreciate your visits…we’ll put you on blast next time, we appreciate you so much.
Now, on to some other stuff. NeNe is apparently playing a Madam trying to prevent the randy Tony from getting to her girls. Why do I sense multiple, scantily clad females in this dance? And why have all the dances suddenly become “super sized”?? Rarely do I like it. Val’s cups and saucers were cute and Derek’s wedding. That’s it.
Charlie has a song, apparently, that is not even remotely Latin. Why does this guy keep getting screwed?? I don’t get it. Can we have some normal music please? I don’t like Amy’s song either, so there you go.
Apparently, surprising exactly no one, Meryl is quiet as a church mouse in team rehearsals. And word on the street is, as you may have heard Courtney say in the comments, that we shouldn’t be so sure her team will win the team dance, although the dance is good, and fun.
My first team dance post was getting a bit lengthy…so I decided to carry on the discussion here I thought I’d take a look at several factors that may affect the outcome of the team dances – things that may affect scores and overall success on each of the teams. Join me, won’t you? And be sure to vote in the poll at the bottom!
Just as a reminder, the teams are:
Team Loca: Meryl & Maks, Danica & Val, Amy & Derek, Candace & Mark
Team Vida: Charlie & Sharna, James & Peta, NeNe & Tony
Pro Team Dance Experience:
Derek: 10 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses; average team dance score: 27.65
Mark: 2 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie; average team dance score: 24.6
Peta: 2 wins, 2 losses, 0 ties; average team dance score: 27
Maks: 2 wins, 3 losses, 1 tie; average team dance score: 25.5
Sharna: 1 win, 0 losses, 0 ties; average team dance score: 25
Tony: 1 win, 3 losses, 0 ties; average team dance score: 25.38
Val: 0 wins, 3 losses, 0 ties; average team dance score: 25.33
The writing is kinda on the wall with this one – Derek wins team dances, so he’s a real asset if he’s on your team. Peta may not have as many wins, but the teams she’s been on have pulled in high enough scores that her average team dance score is pretty high. Mark’s average team dance score may be a bit artificially low – it was hard to account for the 4th judges’ score in season 12, so I just removed it – that ended up throwing things off a bit.
Who’s got the edge: Team Loca
Number of couples:
Team Loca: 4 couples
Team Vida: 3 couples
We only have two precedents for this one – season 9 and season 14, and there are pros and cons for both. In season 9, Team Paso had 4 couples and Team Tango had 3; Team Tango beat Team Paso by 4 points, with Louis citing that having fewer couples was easier because there were “fewer egos” and it’s easier to get a smaller number of couples in synch. In season 14, Team Tango had 4 couples while Team Paso had 3 – Team Tango beat Team Paso by 1 point, and Derek said that having more couples allowed them to “create more cool patterns on the floor”. From what I’ve heard from Deep Throat so far, both teams are looking great – but it seems like Team Vida might be having an easier time with the synchronized group sections.
Who’s got the edge: Team Vida
This gets a bit tricky, as the team dances are freestyles once more and obviously, none of the current celebs have any experience with the freestyle yet. So which pros have experience with the freestyle?
Derek: 7 individual freestyles; 2 team freestyles
Mark: 5 individual freestyles; 0 team freestyles
Maks: 4 individual freestyles; 1 team freestyle
Tony: 3 individual freestyles; 2 team freestyles
Val: 2 individual freestyles; 2 team freestyles
Peta: 1 individual freestyle; 2 team freestyles
Sharna: 0 individual freestyles; 0 team freestyles
Even if they haven’t necessarily WON with every single freestyle they’ve done, I think it’s good for every pro to at least have some experience with the freestyle – and Team Loca has Team Vida beat in that respect.
Who’s got the edge: Team Loca
Team Loca: “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin
Team Vida: “The Cup of Life (La Copa de la Vida)” by Ricky Martin
This one is rather subjective, as it’s just a matter of opinion who got the “better” song. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” has been used once before, as Kendra & Louis’ samba in season 12; “The Cup of Life” has been used twice before – once as Melissa & Tony’s salsa in season 8, once as Maria & Derek’s salsa in season 14. Both songs are conducive to both a samba and a salsa beat; there are also certain sections of each that might work with paso doble & cha-cha. Personally, I think all of Ricky Martin’s stuff kinda starts to sound the same after awhile – so I don’t really think either one is better than the other.
Who’s got the edge: TIE
Average individual score:
Team Loca: 25.63
Team Vida: 25.11
This is kinda reaching, but since everyone on the same team gets the same score, it might be worthwhile to look at what their average individual score is as a team. Not a vast difference between them – I would not be surprised if whoever won this team dance won it by only 1 point.
Who’s got the edge: Slight edge to Team Loca…but not by much
COURT’S OVERALL THOUGHTS: On paper, everything seems to be stacked in Team Loca’s favor: they’ve got great choreographers, great dancers, and are getting along well. Apparently Val is even refreshed at how good it feels to work as a team But I just can’t shake the feeling that Team Loca is being set up to lose – seems like a lot of emphasis is being placed on the fact that Derek has NEVER lost, and according to our sources, Team Vida is looking really good. We’re also at the point in the season where any potential dark horses (namely James, and to a lesser degree, Charlie) could have a bit of a growth arc and surge into the lead. Gotta love storyboarding. If they aren’t deliberately setting Team Loca up to lose, I would imagine the teams are going to be very, very close in score.
So what are your thoughts? Who do you think has the edge…and who do you think will actually end up winning?
In a new interview with US News, Meryl Davis talks all about her crazy schedule these days with ice dancing partner Charlie White. Where they use to get 8 hours of sleep of day preparing for the Olympics, now they only get 3 or 4 hours since they are touring and dancing on Dancing With The Stars. Below Meryl answers questions about the differences between dancing on the floor and the ice. She also answers a question for what it’s like dancing with a new person.
How is dancing on a floor on “DWTS” different from dancing on the ice?
It’s definitely an adjustment. I think the mechanics of movement are a little different – we’re used to taking a push and moving a certain amount of space, and what we’ve been accustomed to on the ice is certainly very different from what we’re doing on the floor. It’s been a big adjustment, but we have amazing teachers so we’re doing the best we can.
And we’ll absolutely be able to apply what we’re learning to the ice. From the different styles of dance to just performance, we’ll take it with us in the future – whether it’s on the ice or off.
You and Charlie have been a team for 17 years. What’s it like to be dancing with a new person?
It’s definitely different. But it’s a different dynamic already, because our partners on “DWTS” are also our instructors. So that’s very different from the dynamic Charlie and I have had in our career, just being partners.
How much sleep do you get these days?
Leading up to the Olympics, Charlie and I both tried to get around eight hours a night. But at this point, we’re getting closer to three or four. It’s been quite a change. And with both “DWTS” and “Stars on Ice” at the same time, we feel like we have two full-time jobs, so that doesn’t allow for a lot of down time when we’re not on the road. But we’re so excited to be part of both the tour and the show, so that really keeps us going.
A quick and important update! Deadline is reporting that Robe Wade has been tapped to be the new executive producer for Dancing With The Stars.
Rob Wade has been tapped to take over as showrunner of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars starting with the next 19th cycle, which has not been formally picked up but is fully expected to. Wade, a DWTS veteran, will succeed Conrad Green, the show’s executive producer/showrunner since its launch, who is departing after the 18th season finale next month to join new Fox series Utopia as executive producer. Wade was a producer on DWTS for the first 11 seasons, including a stint as co-executive producer under Green from Season 5 in 2007 to Season 11 in 2010. “Rob was a part of the DWTS family from the very beginning and in our mind, there was no one who made more sense to come aboard and take the show into its next era than him,” said Jane Tranter, head of BBC Worldwide Prods., which produces DWTS. Wade will serve as executive producer alongside Ashely Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur. “Dancing with the Stars is in great shape and I look forward to getting back in the ballroom and working with Joe and Ashley to take it to the next level,” Wade said.
Sounds good to me. What do you think?? To read more, see Deadline. Thanks to Lisa for the heads up!
Don’t miss visiting People.com. They posted a new Dancing With The Stars rehearsal video of Derek Hough and Amy Purdy from last week. Amy is also interviewed about her new prosthetics for dancing. It’s fascinating. After that, be sure to catch up with even more new interviews, pictures, and updates at Pure Derek Hough including viewing a NEW THEME!
“I wasn’t able to get the hip motion with my everyday feet,” she tells PEOPLE. “So I decided to try these other feet. I originally got these just thinking they were a little bit prettier and I could wear a taller heel and maybe for a tango.”
When she attached them, “It freed my hips up so that I could move how I wanted to,” she explains.
“Dirty Purdy” and partner Derek Hough have wowed the judges, consistently earning top scores – while keeping everything in perspective with a sense of humor.
“One of the good things is, you never hear her complain about her feet,” says Hough. “Normally it’s ‘Oh my feet, they’re killing me! My blisters are bleeding and I gotta to change my shoes! With Amy it’s no complaints. Brilliant.”
Wow, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget this move or her cartwheel. And look at those faces!!! *awww moment*
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba was a guest on Good Morning America today. She
helped to promote the first Cat Café and Purina’s 28 day Cat Challenge which you can read about and take part in here. So cute. Check out all of the cats….
ABC MediaNet has released official details for Dancing With The Stars this coming Monday!! Below is some info about Ricky Martin being a guest judge and helping to open the show. Also some dance details (for what we already know)…
Episode 1807” – Grammy® winner Ricky Martin joins “Dancing with the Stars” for “Latin Night” MONDAY, APRIL 28 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Martin kicks-off the night with a show-stopping opening performance of his 2014 World Cup song “Vida” accompanied by the Pro Dancers. He will then join Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba as a guest judge for the evening. Each couple will perform an individual dance to a song with a Latin theme. Additionally, the competition will include two Latin inspired team dances. At the end of the night, one couple will face elimination.
Below is NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani on the Arsenio Hall Show last night!! They talk of Dancing With The Stars and how much they are enjoying each other. Tony also talks of their fight last week and how the show bends the truth. More below including Nene talking about the Real Housewives.
These two seem to have so much fun together!! Dancing With The Stars partners Peta Murgatroyd and James Maslow attended Star Magazine’s Hollywood Rocks 2014 at the SupperClub Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. I love Peta’s shoes!