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05/22/2012

'Dancing With the Stars' Champions Awarded Mirror Ball Trophy!

The “Dancing With the Stars” finale started off with all of the pros and the Dance Troupe performing a dance number to get the audience and pumped up for the final performances.  The stars from this season then joined their pro partners in the dance.  The remaining three couples took center stage and got ready to perform just one more time for additional judges’ scores.

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Len and the judges chose Donald Driver’s Freestyle dance to see again.  Cowboy Troy was back to perform as well.  It was great the second time around too!

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05/21/2012

Amazing Freestyle Performances on 'Dancing With the Stars'

In the final night of performances, each of the three remaining couples, Donald & Peta, William & Cheryl, and Katherine & Mark, had to compete in two dances. All three couples had to perform a dance chosen by the judges that they have previously performed, but incorporated new music and new choreography.  Then, each couple performed the unpredictable and highly anticipated no rules Freestyle dance to music they chose themselves.

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Bruno helped William & Cheryl perfect their Cha Cha.  This was a hit the first time around so I expected nothing but the best this time too.  His hip action is second to none!  The audience was screaming the whole time and you could tell Cheryl and William were both having a great time out there on the dance floor.  They did a great job and it was a great start to the show.  Len said it was as good as he’s ever seen in 14 seasons.  Bruno said it was an intoxicating Cuban cocktail!  He added that his hip action left him green with envy.  Carrie Ann said that the magic is still there and is joined with sophistication and added that William has grown miles since the season began.

Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 10, Len – 10, and Bruno -10, for a total of30 out of 30!  A perfect score!

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Three final couples prepare for Dancing with the Stars finale

 

05/20/2012

Last opportunity to impress the judges!

After 10 weeks of dancing, Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd, Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas and William Levy & Cheryl Burke have made it to the finals. However, only one couple can be crowned the winner. The finalists will have their last opportunity to impress the judges on Monday, when each of the couples will compete in two dances.

All three couples will have the chance to show their improvement over the course of the season by performing a dance chosen by the judges that they have previously performed.  This time, they will be able to incorporate new music and new choreography. Each couple will also perform the unpredictable freestyle to music they have chosen themselves.

Tuesday’s two-hour season finale opens with a stunning opening number with the entire cast and the Troupe. All  of this season’s eliminated couples will return to the ballroom to perform some of the most memorable routines. There may also be a few surprises!  Gladys Knight, will accompany a dance performance, and Kelly Clarkson will also sing a medley of her “Dark Side” and “Stronger,” and will be accompanied by Kym Johnson, Tony Dovolani, Anna Trebunskaya, Tristan MacManus and the Troupe.

As the last part of the competition on Tuesday, the three finalists will perform a new routine in the “24 Hour Challenge” – in which they will have had 24 hours to pair their dance style of choice to music given to them after Monday night’s show. This routine will be scored out of 30 and will round out the judges’ scores across both nights. Who will be the one to take home the Mirror Ball Trophy?

05/15/2012

Stunning Upset on 'Dancing With the Stars' Semifinals Results Show!

Four fantastic couples were whittled down to three on “Dancing With the Stars”.  The results show kicked off with the judges picking William and Cheryl’s Samba to see again.  They know how to choose a crowd pleaser!  William was back out there shaking it again.

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Then, they replayed Katherine’s part of the dance that caused an injury to her lower back apparently.  She said that something twinged in her back and the next thing she knew she fell down.  Fortunately, she will be able to continue on in the competition if America chose to keep her around…and they did!  They are in the finals!  Katherine was overjoyed and she and Mark carried her around on the stage.  Tom Bergeron said, “I’m no doctor but her back looks better now!”

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05/14/2012

The Final Four Compete in the Semifinals on 'Dancing With the Stars'!

It’s time for the final four in the semifinals tonight!  The final three will get to dance their Freestyle dance next week so the stakes are high as everyone loves to show off with that very popular segment.  I have to say that the final for left are really the crème of the crop this year.  They are all fantastic dancers and it seems that it will be tough work for the judges tonight.  There was an incident with Katherine Jenkins, but we’ll get to that later.

 

 

 

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Tonight, the semifinals kicked off with William and Cheryl and their Tango.  I love their intensity it’s always top notch.  The camera really did a great job of following their intricate footwork tonight.  He really took control of the dance and led Cheryl across the dance floor and the crowd responded!  It was a fantastic job overall, but I wonder if he seemed just a tad stiff during the dance.  Len said that overall it was terrific, and said that he would have liked a slightly tighter hold though and he seemed a little flat footed at times.  Bruno said he was full of animal magnetism and that he was like the dictator of the Tango!  Carrie Ann said that his lines and angles were gorgeous, and then she picked on his shimmies and one over-rotation on the drop.  I’m sure no one in the audience or at home for that matter really picked up on those subtleties.

Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 9, Len – 9, and Bruno – 10, for a total of 28 out of 30.  That’s a great way to start the night!

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05/13/2012

Which three couples will land in the finals?

After last week’s nerve-racking double elimination, the four remaining couples will face off in the semifinals. This week, the four couples will be performing one new Ballroom and one new Latin dance in order to determine which three couples will land in the finals.

On Tuesday’s results show, Carrie Underwood and Alanis  Morissette will hit the stage.

Carrie Underwood will be performing “Good Girl”, and will be accompanied by Tristan McManus, Sharna Burgess, Henry Byalikov and Emma Slater.  Alanis Morissette will be performing her new single “Guardian” and will be accompanied by Blake McGrath and Tyne Stecklein. Also on Tuesday, Julianne Hough and her co-star Diego Boneta will be performing from the upcoming release “Rock of Ages”, which is set to hit theaters on June 15th.

Tuesday also marks the last “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance of the season.  Two yet-to-be-named Dancing with the Stars professionals will perform a Samba to “End of Time”. All season long, fans have voted on the performance song, style, costumes and pro dancers for the season’s Macy’s Design-a-Dance.

By Tuesday evening’s end, one couple will be eliminated, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes on dances performed on Monday’s performance show. Who among the four couples will be the next to leave the ballroom?

05/08/2012

Down to the Final Four

The stage is set for the final four and the semi-final round of Dancing With The Stars Season 14.

In something of a shocker, Disney star Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower got the boot in the first half of the double elimination results show.  Fegan and Hightower scored high on the judges' scorecards, but apparently not on the audience scorecards.

 "I am happy to add ballroom dancing to my superduper dance moves," Fegan said.

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(Courtesy ABC-TV)

The second couple to exit was not a surprise as Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy also got the boot.  They were the lowest scoring couple in Monday's ballroom dance and threesomes, despite winning praise from the judges for giving their best performance of the season.

Gilbert, who celebrated her 48th birthday today, said, "It's been a real blessing and a joy." She also praised Maks as an incredible teacher and friend.

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(Courtesy ABC-TV)

The results show also featured Chris Brown and an American Bandstand tribute to Dick Clark, who died last month.

The four remaining stars going into next week's semi-finals are Donald Driver, Maria Menounos, William Levy and Katherine Jenkins.   Be sure to tune in Monday night at 8:00 on ABC 7!

05/07/2012

Another perfect night for one couple

A double dance night ahead of a double elimination night on Tuesday featured the second perfect score of the season and some disappointing scores for others.   The couples danced either a fox trot or a Viennese waltz to open the show, then each celebrity had to perform as part of a trio for the second dance.

William Levy earned a perfect score in his first dance of the night with Cheryl Burke.  The couple finished with a 57, the highest of the night.

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The audience seemed to love Donald Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd in their tango and in their second dance, a jive with Karina Smirnov.   The judges awarded them a 27 and a 28 respectively for a second place tie at 56.

Roshon Fegan was compared to a young Mickey Rooney in his opening fox trot with Chelsie Hightower.   They picked up a pair of 10s, but Len short-changed them for perfection with a 9.  They also finished with a 56.

Not far behind is Katherine Jenkins and USA TODAY blogger Mark Ballas.   Their opening dance scored only a 26, but they bounced back with a solid 29 in the threesomes, Katherine dancing a cha cha with Mark and Tristan MacManus.

Maria Menounos performed a romantic Viennese waltz with Derek Hough, and came off the dance floor with tears in her eyes.   They scored a 28, but then faltered in the threesomes with Henry Byalikov in a Bollywood-themed Samba.  Len said if he was scoring Bollywood, it would be a ten, but where was the Samba?   They ended up with a 53.

Melissa Gilbert finds herself at the bottom of the pile again, despite giving what the judges described as her best performances of the season so far.   She ended up with a 51.  The rehearsal video with Maksim Chmerkovskiy seemed very tense, at one point telling Melissa, "You are making me look like a terrorist!"  Yikes!

On Tuesday night, the two lowest scoring contestants will be eliminated, setting the stage for the semi-finals next week.

The final show airs on May 22nd.

05/06/2012

Dancers Get Ready for a Ballroom Dance and the Trio

There will be two rounds of competitive dance performances on Monday - a ballroom dance and the Trio dance. Both dances will be a style that the dancers have not performed yet.  The Trio dance is a Dancing with the Stars first, and will allow each couple to add an extra professional dancer to their routine. The judges will be paying special attention to how well the celebrity is showcased in the performance with the extra dancer added to the mix.

On Tuesday night, Grammy Award winner Chris Brown will be performing his hit song, “Turn up the Music,” which is the first single off of his new album, “Fortune”.

 Also on Tuesday, Dmitry Chaplin and Anya Garnis will perform a routine from the “Dancing with the Stars Live in Las Vegas Show” to “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”

 “Macy’s Stars of Dance” will be an American Bandstand tribute to the Dick Clark, and will feature a huge dance number with Karina Smirnoff, Tony Dovolani and the Troupe. The performance pay homage to four decades of American Bandstand, and many of the original “Bandstand” regulars will be in the audience.  

 At the end of the night on Tuesday, one couple will be eliminated, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes on dances performed on Monday’s performance show. who among the six couples will be voted out of the ballroom?  

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