I am so excited! Summer has been so busy for some reason, you may have noticed I completely disappeared! Now that Dancing with the Stars is back, I am back! I have been at least been brainstorming different things for this blog, so there are new things to come!
The opening number was so different and like nothing I’ve ever seen before! The camerawork alone was incredible (was all of that really done with a single shot?!) and the choreography was wonderful.
I love Tom Bergeron. I don’t think there is a better host than Tom. I enjoy Erin as co-host and it’s nice to see Julianne back at thw judging table (I appreciate her notes on technique).
To the dances!
I’m back! I hope you all had a lovely summer, I have been busier than normal.
Today was a big announcement day in the Dancing with the Stars world: The season 23 cast was announced!
Unlike cast announcements in the past, it wasn’t a large production on Good Morning America. I’m not sure why, but it felt a little “off”. Here are the videos from this morning:
Here’s a nice clip from Entertainment Tonight, giving us a visual of all of the couples:
Here are the GMA tweets from this morning:
Season 23 Surprises (for me):
– The Return of Some Pros: I think these returns were the biggest surprise for me. First, it was Gleb’s return announced. It seemed like it was the next day that Maks was announced (a fantastic surprise)! Yesterday (or the day before), Derek was confirmed. And this morning, Cheryl! Oh, Allison and Emma are also back after a single-season break.
– The “Time Off” of Some Pros: I will miss seeing Tony, Keo, and Mark 😦 And Peta is very pregnant, so her absence is understandable. Kym Johnson also announced that she’s basically done with the show.
– Ryan Lochte: With making news headlines recently, I’m kind of surprised he came on the show. I have seen people comment that they are not going to watch the show because of him. I disagree with that “logic” (perhaps because I watch the show for the dancing and not the celebrities) … just don’t vote for him.
– Terra Jolé: I actually watch her show (very entertaining) and I was surprised and happy to finally see a little person on the show.
It’s Icons Week! I’m looking forward to some fun songs that everybody knows.
The intro was fun and it was nice to see some hustle on the show. It was pretty simple for an opening number, and not very grand. I watched the special 360 video that was made, and that was pretty cool! Watch it on your phone and move your phone around, it’s like you’re on the dance floor.
To the dancing…
I have a confession. This whole “Famous Dances” theme is not my favorite. I understand the concept, I just don’t know why it has to be done. I think the main reason why I don’t care for it is that it ends up being a night of endless jazz routines. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with jazz routines, but what draws me to the show are the partner dances. There have been some wonderful routines (like these 1 2 3 4), but I think even going back to the themes of the past (Rock, Classical, Guilty Pleasure Weeks were all fun). We’ll see, maybe I’ll change my mind on this week …
I enjoyed the opening number. I liked the classic stage choreography, costumes, and seemingly a nod to the the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals with a modern twist.
To the dancing…
At first I was unsure about Switch-Up Week when it first started in Dancing with the Stars’ 18th season. But I think it’s proven to be not only entertaining (producing incredible performances like my favorite Switch-Up dance to date) but also eye-opening and revealing with the couples’ student/teacher relationship.
I LOVED the opening number! So nice to see the whole cast involved and not just the pros.
Like Switch-Ups in the past, we were given an opportunity to vote on our choices. I’ll include my choice for each celebrity and see how I did!
To the dancing…