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Not only did Rumer and Val win the MBT (and really, that icon says it all!) but the returnees for Survivor 31: Second Chance were announced last night, and my Pearl Islands favorite is in there!!

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/05/20/survivor-cambodia-second-chance-cast-revealed

That said, I'm amazed that Shane Powers didn't make the top 10 - I was sure he'd be bringing his own particular brand of crazy for a second season!!
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Just saw the gifset on tumblr, so had to go searching for the clip..... DWTS contestant Noah Galloway goes down on one knee during his backstage interview to propose to girlfriend Jamie!



The reactions are the best too - look at Sharna and Derek, and Demi Moore in the audience!
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If you follow me on tumblr, you may have guessed that I loved the pairing of Meryl and Maks on last year's DWTS, and this routine is one of my favourites that they did.

Kudos to Maks, who choreographed something that was actually recognisable as a proper Viennese Waltz, and the music choice was just inspired (as soon as I heard this song, I thought it'd be perfect for a VW, and I was right!)

Meryl & Maks - Viennese Waltz ("Just a Fool by Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton)

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Continuing on (and giving me 5 minutes of respite from what I'm calling "this effing case study assignment"!) here's another one of my favourite freestyles..... a worthy successor to Drew and Cheryl's country themed freestyle!

It's by no means a perfect dance (there's definitely one spot in the lifts where he goes badly wrong) but it was fun, it was high octane and one of those routines where they just left it all on the dancefloor!

Donald and Peta's Freestyle

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Just saw this online, new cast is as follows:


Noah Galloway with Sharna Burgess
Robert Herjavec with Kym Johnson
Patti LaBelle with Artem Chigvintsev
Nastia Liukin with Derek Hough
Riker Lynch with Allison Holker
Charlotte McKinney with Keo Motsepe
RedFoo with Emma Slater
Michael Sam with Peta Murgatroyd
Willow Shields with Mark Ballas
Suzanne Somers with Tony Dovolani
Rumer Willis with Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Still one more to be announced next week....

My reactions.....well, the first thing I saw was that Derek was no longer retired / sitting this one out and had been paired with Nastia Liukin....then a funny thing happened and I went deaf from a ringing sound in my ears....

Tony paired with Suzanne Somers...... of course he was!

Artem and Patti Labelle.... on one hand, she's Patti Freaking Labelle! On the other hand, I remember from SCD that Artem either doesn't like ladies of a certain age or doesn't like not having a Contender (Fern Cotton season anyone?) so depending on how she dances this could be interesting!

Am thrilled to see Kym back competing!

I may have more thoughts later, when I've learned who everyone else is......
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When I started this, I had a rule for myself that I wouldn't post two dances in a row from the same pairing, as I wanted some variety and not have the list be too samey. 

And then this happened. 




Alfonso + Witney + "It's Not Usual" + The Carlton Dance = SHEER DANCE PERFECTION. 

I have lost count of how many times I've watched this - it's just an absolute joy to watch!

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So, I had a semi-plan for this thing; lists, links to videos etc, etc..... 

I even had a good idea of what the next dance was going to be!

And then I watched this weeks DWTS premiere videos, and the list went to hell in a handbasket!!

This is the best week 1 dance I have ever seen, in either DWTS or SCD - and yes, you can argue that he's a ringer, he's got experience.... and you know what? I Don't Care!! After all, we're talking about a show that partnered PussycatDoll Nicole with GoldenBoy and gave themridiculously high scores for quickstep that was not a quickstep (check me out, four years later, still bitter as!)

So here you go, Alfonso and Witney's jive. AMAZING


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I'm sure that eventually, I will be able to speak coherently about today's DWTS cast reveal.

However, all I can focus on is encapsulated in the text I just sent [livejournal.com profile] helsinkibaby, which read:

CARLTON IS ON DANCING WITH THE STARS!!!! CARLTON IS ON DANCING WITH THE STARS!!!

In. All the way in.

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Think the icon says it all really....

Am absolutely thrilled and delighted with the result - now off to tumblr to reblog everything I can find and hopefully watch the reveal video - I think this one may beat Tony and Melissa's reaction to winning the All-Star season (which, lets face it, is the hands down best ever reaction from a pro to winning!!)

....

May. 20th, 2014 08:10 am
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Just watched Meryl and Maksims freestyle from last night..... Holy Mary Mother of God that was just breathtakingly beautiful!

Am at a loss to say anything other than if they don't win, it'll be an absolute travesty....

GIP

May. 13th, 2014 09:53 pm
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Love this couple, love the song, love the routine. FLAWLESS.
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My reaction to which can basically be summed up as: DOROTHY HAMILL!!!! DANCING WITH LOVELY IRISH TRISTAN!!

Full cast is:


Singer Wynonna Judd, dancing with Tony Dovolani

Actor D.L. Hughley, dancing with Cheryl Burke

NFL wide receiver Jacoby Jones, dancing with Karina Smirnoff

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump, dancing with Gleb Savchenko

Actor Andy Dick, dancing with Sharna Burgess

Boxer Victor Ortiz, dancing with Lindsay Arnold

Shake It Up! star Zendaya Coleman, dancing with Val Chmerkovskiy

Gymnast Aly Raisman, dancing with Mark Ballas

Actor Ingo Rademacher, dancing with Kym Johnson

Singer Kellie Pickler, dancing with Derek Hough

Figure skater Dorothy Hamill, dancing Tristan MacManus 

So no Maks, and a good few new pros..... I cannot wait!! Is it March 18th yet???
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Woke up this morning and reached for the phone, turned on Twitter to find out who won DWTS All-Stars..... colour me absolutely amazed and shocked and flabbergasted that Melissa and Tony were crowned champions!!

I had hoped for a Kelly and Val win, but I am beyond thrilled for Tony - in all seriousness, how can you not be? He's had shitty partners, he's had Kate Gosselin (as befitting a partner who inspired a whole line of "Free Tony" merchandise at CafePress, he deserves the MBT for that season alone!), and no matter what, he keeps smiling, keeps doing his best. And his sheer and utter shock and joy when their names were called out was just the best reaction from a pro ever!!


 

What amazed me most was obviously the fact that they beat Derek and Shawn.... I had fully expected last night to be a coronation for Shawn and the beatification of Saint Derek of the Ballroom.... I have never been so happy to be wrong!!

 

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone. Edited to include video!


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+ KELLY AND VAL ARE GOING TO THE FINALS!!!! Seriously, this is brilliant news to wake up to on a dark Wednesday morning! I have absolutely no doubt that Golden Boy is going to win another mirrorball trophy, but I would love to see either Kelly/Val or Melissa/Tony cause a huge upset next week....

+ I've started watching some soaps on YT again.... GH is really kicking ass and taking names these sweeps, AJ's return has really impressed me and it feels like a soap again, if that makes any sense at all! Am DREADING watching yesterday's clips though - seeing the gifsets on tumblr have already made me teary!

+ Greg Vaughan started on Days of our Lives last week, so I've been YTing his scenes as well - I've mostly given up on Days, because as a fan of Jack Devereaux and Matt Ashford, there are really only so many times you can watch your favourite character be killed off. (I can't believe I just typed that sentence....) But I like what I've seen of his Eric so far, and the sibling chemistry he has with Ali Sweeney was nothing short of adorable. Unfortunately, they're telegraphing the story like crazy - if this isn't Days take on The Thorn Birds, I'll eat my hat! (Though I did love Meggie and Father Ralph!!)

+ Have been listening to "Just a Fool", the Blake Shelton - Christina Aguilera duet on repeat since last week because it's so damn good, delighted to see them perform it on The Voice this week! You all need to listen to this one!



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Given that 13 is meant to be an unlucky number, and that I titled this series Strictly Come Dancing With The Stars: The Good, The Bad and the God-awful, I figure it's time we took a flying leap into the godawful. 

And there were a few to choose from! Quentin Wilson's disastrous cha-cha perhaps, or Carol Vorderman's rumba?? (Actually, scrap that last one. I never want to see it again, never mind inflict it one someone else!!)

So, that left this. 

Kate and Tony - Jive - I'm Still Standing



Or, one of the biggest clusterf***s I have ever seen on the dancefloor. 

I really wish Craig judged the US version to see what he'd make of this....other than complete dance disaster!! The only thing I can ever say whenever I watch this is "Poor Tony. Poor, poor Tony." In this dance, Kate was off time, she totally forgot all her steps - you can see him coaching her on the floor. And on the subject of the BTS drama and his walkout, I don't think that was staged at all - I think he'd had enough and he was DONE. 

And of course, the music doomed it to failure for me, when you consider this is the song used for Jill's Jive (also known as my favourite SCD routine ever!)

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So after blubbing my eyes out to her routine this week (and that one is going to be included in this list, have no fear!!) the next item on the list had to include the first routine Karina ever did that made me cry (and as an avowed Team Maks supporter, this was a Big Deal)

JR & Karina - Rumba - If You're Reading This




I've rambled on about this many times before, so at the risk of repeating myself - one of the best male celebrity rumbas I've ever seen, coupled with gorgeous storytelling and real emotion.
Simply stunning.
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So, I was browsing digitalspy during my tea-break at work, looking to read reactions to last night's Emmerdale Live, when the following headline reached out and smacked me over the head. 

'Dancing with the Stars': Anna Trebunskaya to divorce Jonathan Roberts.


Gast. Flabbered. 

They said in their statement, "We have enjoyed more than a decade of a very loving, loyal and happy relationship, but after much soul searching, we have decided to end our marriage. We are committed to staying friends and dance partners. We have immense respect for each other as people and performers.”

I'm absolutely shocked at this - I would have said that they were rock solid. 

Here they are from earlier this year, dancing a spotlight dance in a tribute to their friend and dance colleague Julia Ivleva following her diagnosis with stage 4 lung cancer
:




From this, I would never have thought I'd be reading that statement a few months later. 
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However, in the case of Kelly and Val, I am making an exception. 

I blame [livejournal.com profile] leobrat and her bad influence (it was the same with John and Taylor.....)

Here's an absolutely gorgeous fic from [livejournal.com profile] shealynn88 - If You Never Try Then You'll Never Know.

Gorgeously written, deliciously angsty push pull going on here, and I loved every second of it!!


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or, how I spent my breaks today....

Kelly & Val - Contemporary Dance - Fix You

I commented on [livejournal.com profile] leobrat's journal that if they danced to Fix You, I would be thrilled. I would be weeping, but I would be thrilled. 

Right on both counts. 

This dance was amazing. Okay, it's not technically perfect (and given that Kelly is battling a fever, congestion and a broken toe, I'm amazed she can walk, never mind dance!) and given that none of the DWTS pro's are experienced in choreographing contemporary routines..... it is nonetheless amazing. The passion, the emotion..... I just loved it. 




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Given that it's Strictly and DTWS season, I should be posting a lot more to this challenge!! So here's a brand new routine from this week that leobrat and I have been squeeing over.....

Kelly and Val's Paso Doble

This is just gorgeous - it's an old school, proper paso and she dances it brilliantly. (Though every time I watch it I want to shoot the director / camera operator who missed Val's appel - keep your eye out at about 1.14 on this vid and you'll see what I mean.)

But even allowing for that, it's just stunning. 




*points to shiny new icon* Why yes, I did spend rather a lot of time watching and capping the routine to make this icon. It's a hard life.....

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