Video: Karina and Maksim of DWTS and SYTYCD stars perform at the Emmys La la la dance (I feel on top of the world)

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From Fox Dance: “On the 61st Primetime Emmy® Awards live telecast, So You Think You Can Dance choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo choreographed a routine that showcased reality TV show dance and included some SYTYCD alumni. Season 4’s Joshua Allen, Katee Shean, and Mark Kanemura, and Season 3’s Hok Konishi and Dominic Sandoval danced on the Nokia Theater stage.”

“La la la” (I feel on top of the world) popularized by LMFAO from their album Party Rock. Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo choreographed this dance. Featuring Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff with Hok Konishi of SYTYCD.

Maksim Goes "Crazy" on Superstars, Clarifies Comment About Melissa

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy has yet to claim a Dancing with the Stars title, so what’s a pro dancer to do? Go for an even bigger title: the Superstars crown. Chmerkovskiy is one of eight celebrities who will be paired with eight athletes in the ABC series (premieres Tuesday, 8 pm/ET) to compete in sporting events to determine the best athlete in the world. “It’s an opportunity to do something outside of the dancing realm and to do something and not be judged,” he tells TVGuide.com. “Nobody can say [in Italian accent], ‘That was not very good!’ There’s no voting, there’s no Bruno, there’s no Len.” Chmerkovskiy, who will hit Broadway July 25 with fiancée Karina Smirnoff in Burn the Floor, is paired with freestyle skier Kristi Leskinen. See what he has to say about his first meeting with Leskinen, how wedding plans are coming along and his infamous remarks about Melissa Rycroft’s inclusion on Dancing last season.


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‘DWTS” Maksim & Karina Headed to Broadway

You can catch two of “Dancing with the Stars”‘ most famous lovebirds on the Great White Way this summer.

Engaged couple Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff are set to star in Burn the Floor, a Broadway dance showcase.

Maks and Karina will appear in the show for the first three weeks of its run, which kicks off on July 25 for previews and officially opens on August 2.

3/17 Dancing With The Stars Results, Go-Go-Gone

We are not sure if it is this year’s performers, that the show is not aging well or if we miss Chloris Leachman, but however you cut it, last night put us in snooze mode.  At least one of us found ourselves in dreamland before the show was over.

We couldn’t even do a recap on that show. But here it is in a 2 minute clip, without the 2-hour cumbersome huhumm…

What do you do if you have a show that puts your audience to sleep??  Take the worst possible performers and have them do it again in a dance-off.  Great idea!!  ZZZZZZ.

It came down to Steve Wozniak versus Belinda Carlisle in a dance off. As we watched, we were begging for Cloris Leachman, these two are so bad.

Belinda was awful and just has no grace when dancing ballroom, which is surprising considering her past in the Go-Go’s.  This week, we are sorry to say she is a Go Go Goner.  Wozniak lives for another week, but there is little doubt he will be gone next week.

Our favorites are Melissa & Tony, Gilles & Cheryl, and Shawn and Mark who come across as more than half professional.  These are likley to be the top 3 couples, and don’t see anyone catching them.

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3/9 Dancing With The Stars: Comparing Apples and Oranges, Oranges Win

1 Lil’ Kim & Derek – While being a bit awkward in her first week, Kim did quite well. She has glamour and style, but she is also sexy. There is also a personality that shines though that brings her to the front of the line. Major distraction is she is short relative to Derek, and it makes her legs look awkward. Our score for her (8/10)

2 Belinda & Jonathan – Belinda was energetic with the Go-Go’s and so we expected energy in her dance. It wasn’t there. The slow dance is difficult to pull off early because it is inherently boring to watch unless you are superb and Belinda wasn’t. We will be kind. (6/10)

3 Lawrence & Edyta – Lawrence was a big black post. Not much movement, no soul, no personality at least during the dance. He was stiff and awkward, and he proved that he could not tackle this challenge. (5/10)

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Derek Hough and Lil' Kim

4 Steve-O & Lacey – It must be tough to constantly be called the Jack Ass. Of course, it is the symbol of the Democratic Party, so perhaps it is in style. Steve-O was stiff, but he made the moves when he had to to keep from looking as bad as Lawrence did. Not great. (5/10)

5 Gilles & Cheryl – OK, we had trouble discerning which dancer was the teacher and which was the student in this performance. Gille was the best of the night and is incredible with his grace and coordination. We think we have a winner. (9/10)

6 Chuck & Julianne – Nicely done, albeit a bit boring. The couple never caught our interest, but we have to give some kudos for the quality of the dance. (7/10)

7 Holly & Dmitry – Not enough practice, and it was evident. We are huge fans of Dmitri’s style so we think he will bring Holly into this competition, but at this point, she kept seeming to forget what she was doing. One minute we would think she was on track and hot, and the next we had no idea what she was doing, but it didn’t seem like dance. Holly only had 48 hours to rehearse a replacement for Jewel, who had to withdraw, and because she had her moments, she could definitely come back from this performance. (6/10)

8 Ty & Chelsie – The judges were harsh on Ty. He has a real cowboy stiffness about him he has to chake though, to come across as a serious ball room dancer. He has the ability to remember the moves, but is so stiff like he had broken every bone in his body riding the bulls. He also has this odd thing going on with his hands that make
him look like he is snapping his fingers. Grace, unfortunately was lacking. (5/10)

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Tony Dovolani and Melissa Rycroft

9 Shawn & Mark – Shawn did not look like this during the Olympics. She has matured and looks every bit the woman the others in the competition do. She has elegance and grace and uses her ability to remember her gymnastics moves to her advantage when recalling her steps in the dance. She occasionally looks like she is completing a floor dance or other gymnastics performance, but overall, smooth. (7/10)

10 Steve & Karina – Steve dances like an Apple. He rolls around and is rotten to the core. By far, he was the worst of the night. Painful to watch. (3/10)

11 David & Kym – David and Kym ate up the floor, but the performance got a tad boring at times. David can move fairly gracefully and we like him, but he has to take himself more seriously for us to. Overall a commendable performance. (6/10)

12 Denise & Maks – Not happening for us. Denise was graceful in many ways, but just not in tune with the dance. We were not excited about the performance. (6/10)

13 Melissa & Tony – Melissa has dance training and it shows. She gets every move on point and, despite being a replacement and only having two days to prepare, she was on point and beautiful. Loved the performance, the outfit and the style. (8/10)

In order of score, with the worst first

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Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke

1. Steve & Karina
2. Lawrence & Edyta
3. Steve-O & Lacey
4. Ty & Chelsie
5. David & Kym
6. Denise & Maks
7. Holly & Dmitry
8. Belinda & Jonathan
9. Shawn & Mark
10. Chuck & Julianne
11. Melissa & Tony
12. Lil’ Kim & Derek
13. Gilles & Cheryl

There you have it. The judges may have had it slightly different, but overall, we think everyone will agree, the first contestant to depart will have to “shuffle” out. Steve was awkward and comical to watch.

2/8 Dancing With The Stars Reveals Contestants For Season 8

Dancing with the Stars painfully revealed their participants for the popular dance competition tonight on ABC. They spread the pain in commercial segments over three hours of ABC Sunday night programming. Whatever works to get folks to watch those commercials. TGFT (Thank God For Tivo!).

The competition begins March 9 (8/7c).

The contestants are, in the order we heard them:

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1. L’il Kim – Grammy Award winning, American multi-platinum rapper and singer.

2. Steve-O – Daredevil performer and television personality, best known as one of the performers on the TV series Jackass and on Wildboyz.

3. Nancy O’Dell – won the Miss South Carolina pageant in 1987 and represented the state at Miss America 1988. co-host of Access Hollywood.

4. Lawrence Taylor – retired Hall of Fame American football player.

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5. Shawn Johnson – Gymnast extraordinaire, 2008 Olympic women’s balance beam gold medalist, the individual all-around silver medalist,the 2007 all-around World Champion, and the 2007 and 2008 U.S. all-around champion.

6. Chuck Wick – American country music artist.

7. Gilles Marini – Actor

8. Denise Richards – American actress and former fashion model.

Denise Richards9. Belinda Carlisle – American singer and the lead vocalist of the all-female band The Go-Go’s.

10. David Alan Grier – American actor and comedian.

11. Steve Wozniak – American computer engineer who founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs.

12. Ty Murray – former champion rodeo cowboy.

13. Jewel – American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, and poet.

chelsie-hightowerConfirmed Pros performing this season are Reigning champion Derek Hough, Season 6 winner Mark Ballas, and two-time winners Cheryl Burke and Julianne Hough (who will be paired with boyfriend and country singer Chuck Wicks).

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff are also returning on the show this season.

Former So You Think You Can Dance contenders Chelsie Hightower and Dmitry Chaplin will be joining Lacey Schwimmer, last season’s So You Think You Can Dance pro, who also returns this season.

Dancing With the Stars Winter Live Tour Full Schedule

Dancing with the Stars is bringing together 4 Stars and 10 Professional Dancers in a live tour all across North America in 38 days covering 37 cities beginning December 17, 2008 in California and culminating in Pennsylvania on February 8, 2009.

If you’re a fan, this is your chance to see the cast perform the show’s highlight of dances- unfortunately, you won’t get to see 2008 reigning champion, Brooke Burke in the tour.

The Cast

Lance Bass, Maurice Green, Toni Braxton and Marlee Matlin are the only stars performing. Multi-Grammy winner Toni Braxton promises not only to dance but sing her biggest hits as well. That should be a treat for the aficionados! We wonder if N’Sync member Lance Bass is singing too?

Maksim Chmerkovskiy leads the cast of professional dancers alongside Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, Kym Johnson, Alec Mazo, Fabian Sanchez, Edyta Sliwinska and Karina Smirnoff- all of whom are stars in their own rights.

New this season Lacey Schwimmer, best known as a reality TV contestant herself from Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) completes the roll. She is expected to attract not only DWS fans but fans of SYTYCD as well. She will be a refreshing addition to the tour with her unique style and choreography.

Date

Wednesday, December 17

Thursday, December 18

Friday, December 19

Sunday, December 21

Monday, December 22

Saturday, December 27

Sunday, December 28

Monday, December 29

Tuesday, December 30

Friday, January 2

Sunday, January 4

Monday, January 5

Wednesday, January 7

Thursday, January 8

Friday, January 9

Sunday, January 11

Monday, January 12

Tuesday, January 13

Thursday, January 15

Friday, January 16

Saturday, January 17

Sunday, January 18

Tuesday, January 20

Thursday, January 22

Friday, January 23

Saturday, January 24

Sunday, January 25

Tuesday, January 27

Wednesday, January 28

Thursday, January 29

Friday, January 30

Saturday, January 31

Monday, February 2

Tuesday, February 3

Wednesday, February 4

Friday, February 6

Saturday, February 7

Sunday, February 8

Venue

San Diego Sports Arena

Citizens Business Bank Arena

HP Pavilion

Reno Events Center

ARCO Arena

Staples Center

Jobing.com Arena

Orleans Arena

E Center

BOK Center

American Airlines Center

AT&T Center

Sprint Center

i wireless Center (Mark of the Quad Cities)
Allstate Arena

Joe Louis Arena

Air Canada Centre

Wolstein Center

Conseco Fieldhouse

Scottrade Center

US Bank Arena

Nationwide Arena

Sommet Center (Nashville Arena)

St. Pete Times Forum

BankAtlantic Center

Amway Arena (TD Waterhouse)

Gwinnett Center

Greensboro Coliseum

RBC Center

Verizon Center

Mohegan Sun Arena

Mohegan Sun Arena

Dunkin Donuts Center

Wachovia Arena

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Prudential Center

Boardwalk Hall

Wachovia Center

City

San Diego, California

Ontario, California

San Jose, California

Reno, Nevada

Sacramento, California

Los Angeles, California

Glendale, Arizona

Las Vegas, Nevada

Salt Lake City, Utah

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Kansas City, Missouri

Moline, Illinois

Rosemont, Illinois

Detroit, Michigan

Toronto, Ontario

Cleveland, Ohio

Indianapolis, Indiana

St. Louis, Missouri

Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Nashville, Tennessee

Tampa, Florida

Sunrise, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Greensboro, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Washington, DC

Uncasville, Connecticut

Uncasville, Connecticut

Providence, Rhode Island

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Uniondale, New York

Newark, New Jersey

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania