Bruno Tonioli Goes Inside Derek Hough And Bethany Mota’s DWTS Rehearsals

Great advice!!! You can also see a picture of Derek and Bethany at OK! Magazine. Continue reading

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Derek Hough Writes On The DWTS Finals, The Freestyle, And More

Derek has written his new blog at TV Guide and it’s a goodie as always. He gives some teasers on he and Bethany’s Freestyle. Note that their “jive” is the “Judges Choice” dance.

With the freestyle, I feel like I’ve covered a lot of bases before and it’s like what’s next? It’s a sense of trying not to do something over and over again. I did the stripped-down contemporary with Kellie already. I’ve done the upbeat stuff. You can go with heart or a fun, lighthearted dance or something completely serious. With Bethany, I’m trying to figure out what the right thing for her is. What are her strengths and what’s going to make her shine? So I’ve settled on telling her story. It starts off slowly and lyrically with beautiful shapes and beautiful lines. There will be other dancers as the dance builds to show her Motavators behind her. It signifies her life and strength. She’s created her own brand and her own career — her own everything, really. When I look back at the season, I look back at the moments that showcase how tough and fierce she is, like the Argentine tango and paso doble. It’s strong and it’s a big song, like Inception. It’ll be like Hans Zimmer is there!

The judges picked the jive, which was our first dance, for us to redo. We’re adding 30 seconds and tweaking some things. I’m glad they picked something from early in the season because you can definitely see the growth in Bethany. We feel good so far. We’ll have a fusion dance on Tuesday, but none of us know what’s going on with that yet.

More at TV Guide including his thoughts on the other finalists and Tommy Chong.

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Bethany Mota Chats About Dancing With The Stars, Derek Hough, And More

Bethany was interviewed by Ryan Seacrest about Dancing With The Stars. What a doll! Thanks to Jill for the heads up!

ETA: Here is more! Derek joins them too….

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Thoughts For Derek Hough And Bethany Mota As They Prepare For The DWTS Season 19 Finals

When you think of Derek and Bethany, what words would you use to describe them…especially after seeing these new pictures and video below from DancingABC and Seventeen Magazine? I think of #LetLoveRule #LightUpTheWorld #Power #Depth #Fun #Joy !! Three more days and counting. Let’s send our positive power and thoughts to this beautiful couple as they prepare for Monday!! Derek and Bethany, we are with you all the way!!


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DWTS Season 19 Finale Show Details For Derek Hough And Bethany Mota

Read carefully, Everyone, and start getting your fingers ready to VOTE like you have never before!!! KEY KEY KEY!! From Broadway World via Abc

Episode 1911 & 1911A” – After ten weeks of competitive dancing spanning a variety of styles from the Cha Cha to the Quickstep to the Viennese Waltz and more, Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson, Bethany Mota & Derek Hough, Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas remain in the competition, but only one couple will be crowned “Dancing with The Stars” Season 19 champion. Will the injured frontrunner Alfonso Ribeiro break the two-and-a-half-year reign of women winning the Mirrorball? Or will Bethany Mota and record five-time winner Derek Hough bring home the trophy? With the four couples all receiving perfect scores from the judges this season, it is anyone’s game. In the two-part finale, all will have one last opportunity to impress the judges and viewers beginning on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) and concluding with the Season Finale, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

On MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), the four remaining couples will compete in two exciting rounds of dance. In the first round, each couple will take on the “Judges Pick” and perform a dance they previously performed this season that the judges have selected. In the second round, the couples take on the biggest competitive dance of the season, a Freestyle routine featuring special effects, additional dancers and unexpected surprises. The night continues by celebrating the new, contemporary spin on the classic show “Annie,” coming to movie theaters December 19th. “Annie” stars Oscar®-winner Jamie Foxx Continue reading

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DWTS Derek Hough And Bethany Mota: “A Long, But, Productive Day Yesterday” (New Pics)

Awww, the day is starting out nicely. :D If you’d like to see some more pics of Derek and Bethany from the picture set we showed you yesterday, see Just Jared Jr. They are both looking fine fine and ready for business! Are we ready for that Freestyle or what?

Speaking of, have you seen Derek’s latest instagram (see below)? Stunning, isn’t it?! He posted this picture with the quote: “First and last ones in the Studio today . What a long but productive day with this special girl . @bethanynoelm #freestyle #finals #dwts #rehearsal


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Afterbuzz TV And Mandy Moore Review Derek Hough And Bethany Mota

Not sure how many of you would like to listen to the new Afterbuzz TV show. As always, there is some controversy with some of their comments, but, there are some positive comments and love for Derek and Bethany too. Mandy Moore was their special guest this week. It’s interesting listening to her since she announces that she is “Performance Producer” for Dancing With The Stars this season. In one part (at the 17:00 mark), she talks on the differences between Val and Derek’s choreography. She mentions how Val is a more passionate dancer than Derek. Really? I have to disagree on that. During their discussion on Derek and Bethany’s first dance (a the 10:12 mark), Mandy talks of how much Bethany has grown from the beginning until now. She also talked of what the dynamics are like with them in rehearsals which is fascinating. You can also listen to them talk on Derek and Bethany’s 2nd dance(at the 32:12 mark). There is lots of praise and yet, some remark how it wasn’t their favorite dance of the night. Lot’s to take in from all of them. Let Heidi and I know what you think if interested. We always love your comments.

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Derek Hough and Bethany Mota – DWTS Season 19, Week 10 Screencaps (Part 1)

Note: I’m traveling today through Friday morning, so there will be a bit of a lag on the rest of these. :-) I’m about traveled out.

Derek Beth Wk 10 Samba 7 Continue reading

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Pre-Order Amy Purdy’s New Book “On My Own Two Feet”

Hey All!! Derek’s Dancing With The Stars Season 18 partner, Amy Purdy, is releasing a new book called “On My Own Two Feet” on December 3Oth. I have a feeling there will be lots of “Derek Hough” and Dancing With The Stars mentions in it. Below is a synopsis from Amazon (where I plan to pre-order my copy). See this link at Amy’s official site as it lists all the sites where it will be available to order or you can buy it in your nearest book store. The cover is beyond lovely. She’s also planning a book tour. How I’d love to go see her in Denver.

Amy Purdy, who inspired a nation on Dancing with the Stars and has been called a hero by Oprah Winfrey, reveals the intimate details of her triumphant comeback from the brink of death to making history as a Paralympic snowboarder.

In this poignant and uplifting memoir, Dancing With the Stars sensation Amy Purdy reveals the story of how losing her legs led her to find a spiritual path. When the Las Vegas native was just nineteen, she contracted bacterial meningitis and was given less than a two percent chance of survival. In a near-death experience, she saw three figures who told her: “You can come with us, or you can stay. No matter what happens in your life, it’s all going to make sense in the end.” In that moment, Amy chose to live.

Her glimpse of the afterlife—coupled with a mysterious premonition she’d had a month before —became the defining experiences that put Amy’s life on a Continue reading

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Dancing With The Stars Carrie Ann Inaba Calls Bethany Mota A “Dark Horse”

Carrie Ann Inaba has written a new blog at Parade. Sometimes I’m not sure how to take her blogs? She sounds positive on Bethany and Derek and yet throws in a little shade. I also don’t agree that Alfonso and Janel are the best dancers. It’s the other way around that Sadie and Bethany are the best dancers in my opinion. Let us know what you think in comments.

In my mind, the best two dancers—the ones with the most polish and highest scores so far—are Janel Parrish and Alfonso Ribeiro. The two dark horses are Bethany Mota and Sadie Robertson. But this is an interesting year. Our social media presence has grown and people are voting and getting involved in our show in new ways. We have a broader audience now, a younger one to enhance our extremely steadfast family of viewers who have stayed with us all these years. (And I thank you for that!) We love our fans. They have become our family!

But the two dark horses have big fan bases that are younger and more social media savvy.


Bethany Mota and Derek Hough
Her secret weapon is her ever-growing confidence. Also, she has Derek as a partner. He is an incredible choreographer who knows exactly how to showcase his partner in the best light. But he does stress himself out sometimes. But she is a dynamic and exciting performer. Each time she performs, I see more depth from her. (Last night’s Samba was an exception.) It was not Derek’s best choreography but hey, it wasn’t bad! Let’s keep it in perspective. She has a great ear for the music and she really feels the music. I think she let’s herself get lost in the performance which is what is so exciting to watch. She’s got a style that is edgy, and she’s also able to perform the characterizations with so much charisma and charm. Her weakness is that sometimes you can see her pause to think. Every once in a while, she will come out of character or not finish a move. She is a teeny-tiny bit inconsistent. It’s to be expected of a person who has never danced before. But if she can find that focus, and stay focused intensely, she’s definitely got a great shot to win.

You can read the full blog at Parade. Adding: as DM said in comments after reading this blog: WE MUST VOTE LIKE NEVER BEFORE!!!

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