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Derek Hough Visits a Children’s Hospital While Conrad Green Touts his “Emmy Worthiness”

Derek and his dad, Bruce, did some golfing the other day for a worthy cause. That worthy cause was Primary Children’s Medical Center and the Forever Young Foundation founded by Steve Young. I’ll be posting a variety of pictures tweeted of them golfing with my usual Sunday round up, but here’s a bit of an article from ABC Channel 4 in Utah:

An emotional time as Sophie’s Place is unveiled in the hospital, a state of the art room where children will come for crafts, games and music therapy.

Friday’s celebration is the result of a partnership with the Forever Young Foundation and the Hospital Foundation.

But today the benefits are hitting a high note; doctors are even writing prescriptions for music therapy.

Progress that is drawing a star studded lineup to Friday’s celebration. Linkin Park, Stone Temple Pilots and Utah’s own Derek Hough from Dancing with the Stars were all in attendance.

“The fact they are bringing in music therapy to the hospital is a fantastic thing, I really believe in it, I think it’s beneficial and I think it’s going to help the kids,” said Derek Hough, from Dancing with the Stars.

Meanwhile, Conrad Green, the executive producer of DWTS spoke to the Tolcan Times (I assume there was a media junket of some sort) and Margie Barron wrote a great article about the show and Conrad’s comments. Click the link to read the entire article – very nice. I’ve put a relevant excerpt below. Conrad talks about how amazing the professional dancers are and how they work harder than most…but it is, of course, Derek that is at the forefront of his mind when discussing the Emmys and Choreography. As it should be. ;-)

But it’s the Choreography that deserves the most credit for creativity. The pro-dancers/choreographers have to teach awkward celebrities to learn new dances and compete. Plus the choreographers have passion projects they do, routines for Macy’s Stars of Dance. “Last season Derek Hough pulled off a Macy’s routine that took place in a revolving room. It was amazing, live, and flawless. He did that on top of teaching an amateur how to do two professional dances in less than a week. It’s an incredible feat. Derek has been nominated, but neither he nor any of our dancers have won an Emmy for Choreography. More than one Emmy can be given out for exceptional Choreography, and given how much more complicated our show is from almost every other live show, the recognition is well deserved,” Green insists.

No kidding, Conrad. My thoughts: for the past several years, it has been my opinion that NO ONE is more deserving of the Choreography Emmy than Derek – and I watch So You Think You Can Dance religiously. That show has had some great dances, but sorry kids, but Derek has you all beat this year. I don’t know if he will actually pull off a nomination (it would be a crime if he didn’t) or a win. I tend to think he will be nominated but will again be beaten by some contemporary routine. Why? Politics. Also, it’s a panel decision and I think that most dancers are contemporary dancers….and certainly most of the people voting…so that’s what they know and understand. Plus, I get the feeling that some (Nigel Lithgow, I’m looking at you) don’t appreciate the difficulty or the passion that goes into ballroom dancing. They don’t get it. I’m trying to think of a good analogy here…it’s kinda like the rapper and the opera singer. Is the rapper going to vote for the opera singer for record of the year?? Over other rappers? I doubt it. I’m sure there are some in both groups (contemporary dancers and rappers) that have a great appreciation for the ballroom dancers (and the opera singers) – but do they VOTE for them when they are more worthy than they have ever been?? Or do they stick with their clique?? Or is it just that most of them have a better shot at working on SYTYCD??

I guess we will find out, because this is Derek’s year more than any other. IF I understand the rules correctly (and it’s possible that I’ve missed some nuance), Derek is eligible for as many as four nominations – more than ever before. The rules say that the eligibility period is from June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013. Unfortunately, the entry deadline is May 3. A work has to have been entered by that date. If it’s in preparation but not completed, they still enter it then have until May 31st to complete it. HOWEVER, since DWTS is a live show and there is a required DVD submission by May 17th – EVERYTHING has to be aired and done before that date, not May 31st – I think. That means (if I understand it correctly) only dances completed and aired before May 17 can actually be nominated for an Emmy. And you all know what that means….no freestyle. I believe that if they enter Derek for a “body of work” nomination and he does a dance AFTER May 3 that is better than what they entered, I think they can substitute, but only up to May 17th. Something like Defying Gravity, which aired right after the deadline, was hopefully entered as a separate nomination with Jamie Goodwin before May 3rd – they should have made the DVD deadline easily on that one. It’s really hard to say and the rules are not that simple to understand – they are caveated all over the place. Like this caveat which is #2 on page one of the Emmy rules:

2. Entries made before the deadline may be modified by the entrant until 5:00 PM on May 31,
2013. An example of a modification would be the replacement of the episode submitted for judging
with another eligible episode

This gives me a tiny bit of hope that ALL of Derek’s dances are eligible. That said, as much as I loved that freestyle with Kellie, I don’t know if it can beat a contemorary dance done by contemporary dancers. I think Derek’s best hope lies in ballroom for body of work and for Defying Gravity.  Here is what I think he’s eligible for (and I sure would love it if he would correct any errors I make….or even TELL ME what he submitted :-) ):

* “body of work” on DWTS as a solo choreographer – this would cover selected dances with Kellie and Shawn from seasons 15 and 16 (up through one of those deadlines I outlined above). I believe they enter up to THREE individual dances by the solo choreographer for this one – how on earth they could limit it to three from the past two seasons of Shawn and Kellie dances I have NO idea.  The dances that stand out in my mind are Shawn’s Quickstep and Mambo (and Freestyle), and Kellie’s Jazz and Freestyle. ALL of them stand out and were excellent – this choice was likely hellish – but those are the dances that come to mind from the last two seasons.  If I were Derek I would likely pick Shawn’s Mambo OR Quickstep and Kellie’s Jazz and Freestyle. Or Kellie’s Jazz and Shawn’s Quickstep and Mambo. Hell.

* Team Nomination with Allison Holker for that Contemporary Piece to “Heart Cry” – I thought this one had a great shot until I saw “Defying Gravity” :-)

* Team Nomination with Mark Ballas for the Contemporary Spaceman Piece – my dancer bud Courtney thinks this was a great shot for Derek and Mark…but again, that was before Defying Gravity

* Team Nomination with Jamie Goodwin for Defying Gravity

I have no idea where his dance with Brilynn Rakes falls in this, if that is a separate Team (he and Brilynn) or if that is a solo number.

Unfortunately, DWTS once AGAIN brought Derek’s main competition into the DWTS ballroom – Stacey Tookey, Jason Gilkison, Allison Holker with Twitch…I’m sure there are more. And I’ll tell you what, if choreography by a non-DWTS pro AGAIN takes Derek (or any other DWTS pro) spot on the Emmy nomination list, I’m gonna be very, very angry. This dance deserves an award. A big, fat, EMMY.

21 comments to Derek Hough Visits a Children’s Hospital While Conrad Green Touts his “Emmy Worthiness”

  • Voguerista

    *watching the Defying Gravity dance again: if that isn’t “brilliance”, I don’t know what is??

  • Voguerista

    Excellent post. I couldn’t agree more Heidi. I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Derek for an Emmy (or should I say EMMYS) and it’s about time. Let’s hope it happens. Awesome awesome post!!

    And that Defying Gravity dance was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. All I could think of at the time was how much Michael Jackson would have loved it since he was trying to defy gravity in his dances before he died.

  • TonyDanza

    So much of the stuff he’s done has been Emmy worthy over the course of the 11 seasons, in many cases moreso than the categories that everyone cares about, like acting etc. One can also say he’s clearly paid his dues by now too. Sending him all the good vibes I possibly could for this year..

  • Grace

    All of Derek’s work is Emmy worthy!!!AND IT IS PAST TIME FOR A WIN!!!!!

  • mimi f. acworth

    I think Astaires was actually shot in segments over several days. What Derek, and the crew, cameramen and everyone did–Live–I just don’t think people realize…. just like CGreen said they make it look so effortless and its amazing it happened at all, let alone, flawlessly.

  • Sharon

    I too agree Derek deserves at least one Emmy. Defying Gravity was for me the tops and I agree until he did that dance with Jamie I would have picked the Mambo with Shawn, loved that one and also Kellie’s freestyle but was thinking it wouldn’t be considered this year because of the timeframe.

    If he doesn’t get one this year then that would be a disservice to a wonderful young choreographer who brings so much life and beauty to dance. It could also mean that the judges are to one sided to contemporary and don’t appreciate ballroom.

    Mimi – ditto to all you said.

  • The most significant thing about Defying Gravity was that it was choreographed in three days and then done LIVE on TV with a partner. Astaire, while the originator of that concept, had months to prepare and I don’t think it was shot live.

  • mimi f. acworth

    Conrad Greens comments are very affirming and hopefully the sheer reality of how much of Derek’s work deserves recognition will force it to finally happen. Hell, he has deserved nominations for dances a couple of years back and didn’t get them. And he has stepped up the quality, content and presentation 100% in especially the last 2 seasons. 4 wins and I can remember almost everything from every dance he did with both Shawn and Kellie. As for the “room” dance, every bit as historic as Astaires because not only did he choreo the room and himself but a partner was added…so definitely a “first” and historic and it was flawless. Also agree with Green that the production dept deserves Emmy for that one. And Brilynn, ppl have seemed to not realize with her visual restriction, when she doesn’t dance alone, which is what she does primarily I think, it is challenging to try to co-ordinate and to do moves smoothly with another person.

    I have read a lot about how Gene Kelly spent endless amounts of time agonizing on how to depict dance on film and tv so it would be as moving and personal for the audience as it was for ppl seeing it in person. Derek is a MASTER at capturing moments, shooting the correct angles and distances in dances he designs for the most impact. He deserves MULTIPLE Emmys and if he doesn’t get at least 2, there is something seriously flawed about the whole Emmy process. I guess it is easier to overlook someone who just gets about the work, doesn’t complain. It truly is hard to believe what a genius he is. I mean, look at him! Gorgeous, a great person, fun! Guess it’s easy to write him off or even consider that there is a lot of depth not only to his range of talent but also to his personality, philosophys and life. Take a CLOSER look, people who control these messages, award processes and trends being pushed in programming !! You are overlooking a true visionary and Renaiisance Man in Derek Hough !! Congratulations Derek, such beautiful work and greatly appreciated!!! Love you always…

    • DW

      Mimi, you beautifully captured and expressed the genius that Derek is, on so many levels. I agree with your sentiments and hope TPTB award many Emmys to this amazingly talented artist.

  • nobleze

    I sooo agree that Derek deserves an Emmy. He’s up against a tough obstacle-politics in the nomination/voting process, but, dang! The dances/performances you mentioned, Miss Heidi, are all worthy! I fervently hope that our Derek receives one this year.

  • Jennifer

    I agree Heidi. This dance deserves 10 emmys. Loved it.

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