Welcome to the WABC's "The Mirror Ball: Dancing with the Stars" blog. This blog is written by Jennifer Matarese, a loyal viewer of "Dancing with the Stars" and a WABC employee. This season we'll watch the stars struggle to become pro dancers and compete for the mirror ball trophy! I look forward to hearing all of your opinions on who you think should win!

05/23/2013

Aly & Jacoby Appear on 'Live with Kelly & Michael'

Friday morning, Aly Raisman & Mark Ballas and Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff will appear on "Live with Kelly & Michael".  The third and fourth place couples will talk to Kelly and Michael about what it was like performing on "Dancing with the Stars".  Both couples came SO close to victory, but Aly didn't even get to do her final dance!

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Jacoby Jones meantime, got up close and personal with Kelly!  He took off his shirt!  You won't want to miss what happens next!  Tune in at 9 a.m. on Channel 7 Friday to find out!

05/22/2013

'DWTS' Champs and Runners-up Appear on 'Live with Kelly & Michael'

Earlier today, "Dancing with the Stars" season 16 champions Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough appeared on "Live with Kelly & Michael".

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Of course, they had to show of some of their winning moves!

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05/21/2013

And the Mirror Ball Trophy Goes To...

It’s a night that was 10 weeks in the making and it finally arrived: the big “Dancing with the Stars” finale!  Kellie & Derek were chosen by the viewers on Twitter to dance their very emotional Freestyle dance again.  It was just as beautiful as it was the first time.

 

 

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It was time for results right away!  I thought they were going to make us wait longer.  But, I wish they had because Aly & Mark were eliminated!  NO!  That’s not fair!  I thought she was so amazing!  I’m bummed because I thought that Jacoby wasn’t as good as she was last night, but I guess she didn’t have the fan votes.

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05/20/2013

Finale Dances 'Wow' with Freestyle Performances on 'DWTS'

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The “Dancing with the Stars” performance finale kicked off with performance by the Dance Troupe.  Jacoby & Karina were up first with a redo of the Jive.  Len helped Jacoby work on his footwork, so let’s hope that he learned enough to get some better scores than he did last time.  I think they started off slow.  He spent too much precious time walking around and doing splits.  I mean, come on, get to dancing!  His footwork did look much better, but he has to watch it because his butt kept sticking out way too far.  His timing was also a little off at times.  Len said that there was improvement and noticed the footwork was a bit better. Bruno said that Jacoby brings an unlimited supply of energy and charisma.  He said he missed the beat quite a few times and even went flat footed.  Carrie Ann said that he brought the swagger and that it was exciting to watch but she agreed with Bruno.

 

Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 9, Len – 9, and Bruno – 9, for a total of 27 out of 30.

 

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Finale Performances Tonight on 'Dancing With the Stars'

It's been 10 long weeks, and now it's all down to the final two-hours of performances on "Dancing with the Stars"!  Tonight, the remaining four couples, Derek & Kellie, Zendaya & Val, Jacoby & Karina, and Aly & Mark, will take on a new routine in a dance style that the judges would like to see again.

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Then, during round two, there will be a Cha Cha relay.  The pairs will dance to different sections of the same song, so that should be interesting!

 

Lastly, during round three, it's the part of the show that is almost everyone's favorite: Freestyle dancing!  This year, the couples can use special effects, additional dancers, and much more.  I can't wait to see what they come up with!

 

The fun begins tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC!  You won't want to miss it!

05/15/2013

Ingo & Kym on 'Live with Kelly & Michael'

I was so sad to see these two leave the show, but fear not, we can still get a mini dose of Ingo and Kym on "Live with Kelly & Michael" Thursday morning!  The recently ousted pair from "Dancing with the Stars" will be talking about their time on the show and how it feels to have come thisclose to the finals.

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Don't forget to watch "Live with Kelly & Michael" at 9 a.m. on Thursday!

05/14/2013

Final Four Head to Big Finale Next Week on 'DWTS'

It’s “Dancing with the Stars’” 300th episode!  It’s fitting that we find out who will be in the big finale next week!  They got right to the results and it was revealed that Jacoby and Karina were the first couple in the finals. Stars

 

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05/13/2013

Stars Go Full On for Semi-Finals!

Tonight the battle for the finals began with the big Semi-Finals competition!  Just five couples remain.  Kellie and Derek kicked off the first round with their Argentine Tango. 

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They started in front of a red screen and she had some amazing extending kicks.  She also proved how bendy her body could be!  They looked perfect and precise.  They certainly had the sex appeal going too.  It was a very steamy dance and they only did one lift, but it was amazing.  He spun her around very, very fast!  Len said that was a mix of pride in the technique and joy in the performance.  Bruno said “Welcome to the world of the sublime!”  He also called it pure perfection.  Carrie Ann said she can’t believe the level of perfection after just 8 or 9 weeks of her getting dance training from Derek.

Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 10, Len – 10, and Bruno – 10, for a perfect 30 out of 30!

 

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Stars Go Full On for Semi-Finals!

Tonight the battle for the finals began with the big Semi-Finals competition!  Just five couples remain.  Kellie and Derek kicked off the first round with their Argentine Tango. 

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They started in front of a red screen and she had some amazing extending kicks.  She also proved how bendy her body could be!  They looked perfect and precise.  They certainly had the sex appeal going too.  It was a very steamy dance and they only did one lift, but it was amazing.  He spun her around very, very fast!  Len said that was a mix of pride in the technique and joy in the performance.  Bruno said “Welcome to the world of the sublime!”  He also called it pure perfection.  Carrie Ann said she can’t believe the level of perfection after just 8 or 9 weeks of her getting dance training from Derek.

Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 10, Len – 10, and Bruno – 10, for a perfect 30 out of 30!

 

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05/09/2013

Sean and Peta on 'Live with Kelly & Michael' This Morning!

Sean and Peta will be on "Live with Kelly & Michael" this morning!

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The ousted "Bachelor" star and his pro dance partner will appear on the show to talk about their experience and what's next for them.  I hope Sean spills some more details about his upcoming wedding to Catherine! We'll have to wait and see.

 

You can watch it Thursday morning at 9 a.m. on ABC!

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