Carrie Ann Inaba’s Dancing With the Stars, All-Stars Blog: Week Eight

November 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm , by

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Last night’s show was a two-part special. We started out with some wonderful dances to celebrate Veteran’s Day. The performances were exciting and paid beautiful tribute to our country’s service men and women. To have so many of them in our audience was quite an honor and a lot of fun—they were yelling and cheering more than our usual audience does! You have to take a moment to consider how lucky we are to live in this country and have the liberties we do. And we have to thank our men and women of service who keep us safe back at home. Looking around the room and seeing so many young and brave faces, I was really humbled. They really enjoyed those first seven performances and were truly touched by Kirstie Alley and Shawn Johnson’s performances, both of which had a special emotional touch. I also think Melissa’s number was fantastic this week and really ended the Veteran’s day celebration on a high note!

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The second part of the show was all about trios. Len and I got into it about Shawn’s dance, which I thought was incredible. This season is really about pushing boundaries and taking risks. And when you take creative risks, you can fail or you can blow us all away. And as seen by Shawn’s trio performance with Mark Ballas and Derek Hough, you can also get mixed reactions, but that is what’s so great about our panel. Len, Bruno and I can agree to disagree. We can get so heated in the moment and by commercial break, we are all laughing and hugging again. That’s what we’re there for, to bring our different opinions to the panel. I look at the performance as a whole: Is it effective? Does it cause a reaction in the audience? Do you draw us in, complete a creative and emotional thought, and are your movements of the right quality for the dance? Is your technique correct—your posture, your frame, your musicality, the angle of your head… I look at it all. But technique and steps alone are not going to get you to the finals this season.

This year it’s all about finding new ways to excite and thrill us while still showing good technique. It’s about pushing the envelope and then delivering. Dancing with The Stars is not a standard ballroom competition. It’s a hybrid dance competition and a television show designed for entertainment. We aren’t trying to make professional ballroom dancers. We aren’t that show. ;) (Even though I also love that show, and support all dance shows on TV). For me, dance is always going to be about self-expression, communication and entertainment. The technique and format are there as a means to put on an amazing performance. Len comes from the ballroom world and he looks for the classic ballroom styles and looks for spot-on technique. That’s where we sometimes disagree. Throw Bruno into the mix, and you’ve got a party of different opinions. And that’s part of the challenge for our contestants. When they can please all three of us with our different backgrounds and standards, they’ve struck gold. Last night, it happened on a few occasions—GOLD! There was lots of gold last night and it was well deserved!

I hope the contestants all enjoyed last night as much as we did, because tonight is a double elimination, and it’s not going to be fun. For now though, it’s time to spend some quality time with my furry kids who are patiently sitting next to me as I write this, waiting for a treat. :) My two rescue dogs, Cookie and Peanut, are ready for some play time! Oh, and just a reminder, it’s Adopt a Senior Pet month, so if you’re out looking for a new pet, don’t forget to consider the older ones who have already lived a little life and have a lot of love left to give. I can tell you from experience, no matter where they are in life, they will give you more love than you could ask for.

One Response to “Carrie Ann Inaba’s Dancing With the Stars, All-Stars Blog: Week Eight”

  1. Fourteen dances. This blog mentions three of them then Carrie Ann spends the rest talking about herself and the other two judges. That’s what’s become wrong with the show in a nutshell–the ever-increasing role of the judges unto blimp-like proportions. The judging table has become a clown car and if the producers want to know why the ratings are dropping they need look no further. Maks C. misspoke a couple of seasons back when he said “this is my show”. What he meant to say was that the show is about the dancers. Viewers don’t tune in to see the judges. He was right then and he still is.