It’s not everyday that you get to realize a dream by actually having it come true. See, I dream all the time that I’m floating across a ballroom floor with flair and finesse and Derek Hough is holding me up as we do a dip and a spin and we cha-cha-cha or Salsa or Rumba to my little heart’s content. A girl can dream, ya know…
I danced with Derek in my dreams, but the reality is that at least I actually got to see Derek Hough and my favorite Dancing With Stars stars get busy on the ballroom dance floor during a live taping earlier this month in Los Angeles for the Disney #ABCTVEvent!Talk about heart-palpating excitement, clapping until your palms perspire and shaking your groove thang while watching the taping of Dancing With the Stars front and center! I was there! I saw Alfonso and Witney get down with it, Saw Sadie and Mark do the forbidden fruit dance and Bethany and Derek do an homage to I Love Lucy and I LOVED every minute of it! I was dressed to the nines and feeling fine!
Check me out with blogger Onica Cupido having a great time!
The set was just as glitzy and glamorous as you see on TV and it’s quite big. Behind the scenes there’s a whole lot of bustling and prepping and changing out the set that goes on. I whisked past Erin Andrews getting her hair primped, saw the DWTS staff roll a car on set and even host Tom Bergeron swung from a vine like Tarzan. Entertaining indeed! And there were some sultry and sexy dancers taping a promo for the Dancing With The Stars 10 year celebration that will air sometime soon. Check it out. (video courtesy of Cori’s Cozy Corner)
The episode I saw was “Episode 1908” – and “Dancing with the Stars” paid tribute to well-known twosomes, both real and fictional, during “dynamic duo” night Monday November 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on ABC. My fan favorite is Alfonso Ribeiro. Boy can he boogie!
The duo dance styles included Jazz, Cha Cha, Contemporary and the Rumba. Additionally and for the first time this season, the couple with the highest overall score for the night was granted immunity from elimination. The duos who did not receive immunity then competed in a dance-off to earn extra judges’ points in an effort to increase their overall score.
Michael and Emma bid everyone farewell.
Now, five remaining couples advance to the Semi-Finals and perform two routines during plugged/unplugged, on “Dancing with the Stars,” tonight MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET). The semi-finalists including Tommy Chong, Bethany Mota, Janel Parrish, Alfonso Ribeiro, and Sadie Robertson will perform to two different versions of the same song. In the first round of the competition, the couples will perform a Jazz, Quickstep, Samba, Paso Doble or Argentine Tango to an original or “plugged” version of their selected song. In round two of the competition, the couples will perform an Argentine Tango, Rumba, or Contemporary routine to an acoustic or “unplugged” version of that same song. Special musical guests will accompany the unplugged performances including singer Christina Grimmie, who will perform “Love Runs Out,” Time For Three, who will perform “Blame,” and YouTube sensation Noah Guthrie, who will perform his cover of “Problem.” At the end of the night, one couple will be eliminated and four couples will move on to the finals.
Couples will be dancing to the following “Plugged/Unplugged” songs:
- Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd – “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell and “unplugged” version by Hannah Peel
- Bethany Mota & Derek Hough – “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5 and “unplugged” version by The Civil Wars
- Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – “Blame” by Calvin Harris, featuring a guest “unplugged” performance by Time For Three
- Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson – “Love Runs Out” by One Republic, featuring a guest “unplugged” performance by Christina Grimmie
- Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas – “Problem” by Ariana Grande, featuring guest “unplugged” performance by Noah Guthrie
After the Dancing With the Stars experience I actually got to hang out with the stars Lea, Val, Mark, Sadie and many more! We hung out at Mixology 101 in LA. Imagine lounging and chilling with LA’s finest foot-steppers!
And then my blogger bud Vera took a pic of me as I photobombed Bruno! LOL
Mixology 101 was the perfect, sultry backdrop to get drinks and mix and mingle with the stars. It was a fun, culminating activity to an exciting night.
This year is unprecedented in terms of the level of interactivity. #DWTSAllAccess is available to watch every Monday on ABC.com/dancing and offers six live streams from key positions at the show venue, allowing fans to choose views of the Red Room, judges’ table, Sky Box, make-up mirror, a wide angle of the dance floor and a feed hosted by Dominic Bowden and DWTS alum Lacey Schwimmer that highlights relevant social media conversations. Viewers on the West coast are able to live chat with Bowden and Schwimmer during the broadcast. Throughout the season, fans have opportunities to participate in the outcome of the show, using social media to weigh in on everything from songs, dance styles, and even partners.
Be sure to watch tonight!
Two-time Mirrorball champion and actress Julianne Hough joins Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges’ desk. Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Erin Andrews (sports host & “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10 finalist), “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines vying for a chance to win the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.
Thank you to Disney/ABC for all access during this wonderful trip! All opinions are mine.