Taking off your shirt does wonders for your status. Derek’s always been popular, but I love the media focus and random mentions this week. I’ve included a few below. There will be more, later, I’m sure.
From Buddy TV, regarding the Michael Jackson Tribute planned for the next results show:
Following the Dancing with the Stars tribute to Patrick Swayze, next week’s results show will feature a massive tribute to Michael Jackson, performed by 16 professional dancers and choreographed by seven of the show’s pros, including Derek Hough and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
People Magazine Online, also about the MJ Tribute:
Michael Jackson will receive a 16-dancer salute on the Oct. 20 live results show of Dancing with the Stars. Executive producer Conrad Green tells PEOPLE that the show’s professional dancers have been preparing a special tribute to three of Jackson’s most iconic songs.
“A lot of our dancers were very upset when he died. He was an inspiration to them and they wanted to do something fitting to honor him,” Green says.
Jackson’s music has been featured “like 13 or 14 times during the course of the show,” he says. “This is quite personal for a lot of our dancers and our production.”
The number will be choreographed by several of the DWTS pros, including Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke.
Derek is being such a guy – I love it. Can you imagine the duo of Maks and Derek out on the town together? That’s a whole lotta hot and something for everyone – with either fair haired or dark haired preferences. Also from People Magazine Online:
• Maksim Chmerkovskiy made sure to avoid ex -fiancée Karina Smirnoff during a night out at Teddy’s inside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Instead, the dancing pro hung by buddy Derek Hough, and the two were on the lookout for some ladies. After watching several female clubgoers on the dancefloor, and pointing and whispering, the guys approached two women and chatted them up. Hough was also busy dancing like crazy, while Chmerkovskiy played it cooler, leaning against a post and watching the action on the dancefloor. Smirnoff, meanwhile, sat with some girlfriends and texted before calling it an early night.
Little Team DJ tidbit from Film.com that I really enjoyed. The last line in particular.
Lambada: There was opportunity here for any dancer who wasn’t afraid to sell a sexual image — Carrie Ann Inaba put it bluntly when she informed viewers that the lambada “is fueled by the crotch area.” So it was no surprise to see both Aaron Carter and Joanna Krupa jump all over this. Carter’s fall from grace is now almost complete; after high scores the first two weeks, he was nearly eliminated last week and could only manage an 18 Monday despite landing a backflip he had labored over in rehearsal. Carter executed a nice lift of partner Karina Smirnoff, but came apart near the end and overall seemed to be hyper. Krupa also came uncomfortably close to elimination last week, but she and Derek Hough (who danced barechested OMG!) should be very safe this week after a human interest segment that showed the pair working on behalf of animal adoption, followed by a difficult and intricately performed routine that matched any this season for sexual sizzle. If the lambada really is fueled by the crotch area, these two could probably keep every home in Alaska heated all winter long.