Dancing With the Stars Week Two, Night Two: “Latin Night”

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Monday night ended with the elimination of Barbara & Keo, but there are still twelve couples remaining.

They all faced off on Latin Night with some exceptional Latin dances and some great music to go along with them.

Here are Tuesday Night’s Scores:

Nikki & Artem
Dance: Samba
Song: “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee
Score: 18
#TeamSmackDown
*Lowest Score of the Night*
*Safe*

Victoria & Val
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Easy” – Sky Ferreira
Score: 20
#TeamViVa
*Safe*

Derek & Sharna
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “Diablo Rojo” – Rodrigo y Gabriela
Score: 19
#TeamHoopsandHeels
*Safe*

Sasha & Gleb
Dance: Samba
Song: “Most Girls” – Hailee Steinfeld
Score: 22
#TeamAteam
*Safe*

Nick & Peta
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “She’s a Lady” – Lion Babe
Score: 19
#TeamMomandPops
*Jeopardy*

Jordan & Lindsay
Dance: Samba
Song: “Mi Gente” – J Balvin & Willy William
Score: 24
#TeamFishUponAStar
*Safe*

Drew & Emma
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Lights Low Down” – MAX feat. gnash
Score: 21
#TeamHotProperty
*Safe*

Debbie & Alan
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Havana” – Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug
Score: 21
#TeamSonberst
*Eliminated*

Vanessa & Maks
Dance: Salsa
Song: “Instruction” – Jax Jones feat. Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don
Score: 23
#TeamBabiesAndBallroom
*Safe*

Terrell & Cheryl
Dance: Samba
Song: “Hot in Herre” – Nelly
Score: 19
#TeamGetchaPopcorn
*Safe*

Lindsey & Mark
Dance: Salsa
Song: “Mani Picao” – Ricky Campanelli
Score: 24
#TeamSTARK
*Safe*

Frankie & Witney
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Perm” – Bruno Mars
Score: 25
#TeamFrannyPack
*Highest Score of the Night*

The end of Latin night found Frankie & Witney at the top of the leader board with a score of 25, while Nikki & Artem had the lowest score of the night with 18.

It also meant the second elimination of the season.

This time, Nick & Peta and Debbie & Alan were the couples in jeopardy and, unfortunately, Debbie & Alan were sent home.

I think we will definitely see all the couples bringing it more than ever next week, particularly the couples who were in jeopardy (Nick & Peta, Terrell & Cheryl), and who pulled through to the next round.

Were you surprised by the elimination on Tuesday? Who are you rooting for?

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Dancing With the Stars Week Two, Night One: “Classic Ballroom Dances”

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Week Two of Dancing With the Stars finds the celebs having to learn two dances (already!) and facing not one, but two imminent eliminations.

The focus for this week was classic ballroom dances such Quickstep, Foxtrot, and Tango, amongst others.

They immediately kicked off the night with a quickstep by Debbie and Alan

Here are the scores from the first dances of Week Two:

Debbie & Alan
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “This is My Time” – Amy Stroup
Score: 20
#TeamSonberst
*Safe*

Nikki & Artem
Dance: Waltz
Song: “Come Away with Me” – Norah Jones
Score: 21
#TeamSmackDown
*Safe*

Lindsey & Mark
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Swing Set” – Jurassic 5
Score: 21
#TeamSTARK
*Safe*

Barbara & Keo
Dance: Tango
Song: “Whatever Lola Wants” – Sarah Vaughan
Score: 17
#TeamSharkeo
*Lowest Score of the Night*
*Eliminated*

Nick & Peta
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Mandy” – Barry Manilow
Score: 19
#TeamMomandPops
*Safe*

Drew & Emma
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” – Louis Prima
Score: 20
#TeamHotProperty
*Safe*

Vanessa & Maks
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Hit Me with a Hot Note” – Tami Tappan Damiano
Score: 24
#TeamBabiesAndBallroom
*Tied Highest Score of the Night*
*Safe*

Frankie & Witney
Dance: Tango
Song: “Whatever it Takes” – Imagine Dragons
Score: 23
#TeamFrannyPack
*Safe*

Terrell & Cheryl
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Pillowtalk” – Zayn
Score: 20
#TeamGetchaPopcorn
*Jeopardy*

Sasha & Gleb
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “I’m Going Down” – Rose Royce
Score: 23
#TeamAteam
*Safe*

Victoria & Val
Dance: Tango
Song: “Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift
Score: 24
#TeamViVa
*Tied Highest Score of the Night*
*Safe*

Derek & Sharna
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Hallelujah I Love Her So” – Ray Charles
Score: 19
#TeamHoopsandHeels
*Safe*

Jordan & Lindsay
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Count on Me” – Judah Kelly
Score: 24
#TeamFishUponAStar
*Tied Highest Score of the Night*
*Safe*

Three couples tied for the lead tonight: Jordan & Lindsay, Victoria & Val, and Vanessa & Maks, all with scores of 24. In last place, with a score of 17, were Barbara & Keo.

However, the night still had more to it and we saw the first elimination of the season.

Terrell & Cheryl and Barbara & Keo were the couples in jeopardy and the first couple to go home ended up being Barbara & Keo.

Barbara & Keo

Poor Keo just can’t catch a break can he?

The rest of the couples weren’t done yet though and returned Tuesday night to dance their second dances and face a second elimination.

Which couple are you rooting for? What did you think of Monday night’s elimination?

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Dancing with the Stars Season 25, Week One: Opening Dances Recap

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A new season of Dancing with the Stars is upon us once again and, while I was skeptical at first, I’m now very excited for this season. This year is extra special as it’s the 25th season of the show!

It’s quite a mix of celebrities they’ve got dancing this year and the couples are as follows:

Victoria Arlen & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev
Barbara Corcoran & Keo Motsepe
Derek Fisher & Sharna Burgess
Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold
Debbie Gibson & Alan Bernsten
Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd
Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson
Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke
Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko
Drew Scott & Emma Slater
Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas

Definitely an interesting mixture. You’ve got two married couples competing against each other, as well as the return of a former champ (yay Mark!) and a new pro stepping up to the plate as Alan Bernsten was promoted this season.

The night kicked off right away with a grand opening number and straight into it with the couples first meetings and first dances.

Here are the scores from the first week of season 25:

Terrell & Cheryl
Dance: Cha-Cha
Song: “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” – The Temptations
Score: 15
Terrell Owens – Former Wide Receiver for the NFL who played for the 49ers, the Cowboys, the Wranglers, and several others.
#TeamGetchaPopcorn

Debbie & Alan
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Lost in Your Eyes” – Debbie Gibson
Score: 17
Debbie Gibson – Former 80s icon who had several number one hits and now stars on Broadway
#TeamSonberst

Sasha & Gleb
Dance: Cha-Cha
Song: “Like That” – Fleur East
Score: 18
Sasha Pieterse – Actress and Singer best known for her role as Alison DiLaurentis in Pretty Little Liars
#TeamAteam

Drew & Emma
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Our House” – Madness
Score: 16
Drew Scott – Co-Host of reality home renovation show, Property Brothers, alongside his twin brother, Jonathan Scott
#TeamHotProperty

Barbara & Keo
Dance: Salsa
Song: “Money Maker” – Ludacris feat. Pharrell Williams
Score: 14
Barbara Corcoran – Shark Tank Panelist, Author, Columnist, and Founder of The Corcoran Group
#TeamSharkeo

Jordan & Lindsay
Dance: Tango
Song: “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” – Shawn Mendes
Score: 22
Jordan Fisher – Actor and Singer who released his EP in 2016 and has had roles in Teen Wolf, Secret Life of the American Teenager, and Broadway’s Hamilton.
#TeamFishUponAStar

Nick & Peta
Dance: Cha-Cha
Song: “Come Get it Bae” – Pharrell Williams
Score: 18
Nick Lachey – Lead Singer of 98 Degrees and star of the series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica alongside Jessica Simpson. He is now married to Vanessa who is competing with Maks.
#TeamMomandPops

Vanessa & Maks
Dance: Cha-Cha
Song: “Woman” – kesha feat. The Dap-Kings Horns
Score: 21
Vanessa Lachey – Miss Teen USA in 1998, model, and correspondant for Entertainment Tonight. She is married to Nick who is performing with Peta.
#TeamBabiesAndBallroom

Frankie & Witney
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Sign of the Times” – Harry Styles
Score: 19
Frankie Muniz – Actor, Musician, and Race Car Driver. Best known for his role as “Malcolm” in Malcolm in the Middle
#TeamFrannyPack

Nikki & Artem
Dance: Tango
Song: “So What” – Pink
Score: 20
Nikki Bella – Two time WWE Divas Champion and model who won Choice Female Athlete at the Teen Choice Awards 2016
#TeamSmackDown

Derek & Sharna
Dance: Salsa
Song: “Basketball” – Kurtis Blow
Score: 18
Derek Fisher – Former NBA Player who played for the Lakers, the Warriors, the Mavericks, amongst others. He then went on to coach the New York Knicks for two years
#TeamHoopsandHeels

Victoria & Val
Dance: Cha-Cha
Song: “Born Ready” – The Disco Fries feat. Hope Murphy
Score: 19
Victoria Arlen – Gold Medal Paralympic Swimmer who relearned to walk after being paralyzed from the waist down for almost a decade. She is now a Host for ESPN
#TeamViVa

Lindsey & Mark
Dance: Cha-Cha
Song: “Don’t Worry” – Madcon feat. Ray Dalton
Score: 22
Lindsey Stirling – Violinist and Composer who has released several albums and has amassed a large following on her Youtube channel where she posts videos performing both original work and covers
#TeamSTARK

What a night! Lindsey & Mark and Jordan & Lindsay are currently tied at the top of the leaderboard, while Barbara & Keo are in last place.

However, it’s only week one and who knows what will happen in the coming weeks.

Dancing with the Stars is airing Monday AND Tuesday next week, with two eliminations occurring. That’s right, going from 13 couples to 11 in week two!

I was pleasantly surprised by some of the dances performed on Monday night and can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings.

Personally I’m rooting for Lindsey & Mark and Frankie & Witney.

Who are you rooting for?

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The Walking Dead Review: “Hostiles and Calamities”

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For this episode we are back in The Sanctuary directly following Daryl’s escape. Dwight has just discovered Daryl got away and Negan has returned to The Sanctuary with his new prisoner: Eugene.

I’m not totally sure how I feel about this episode.

On one hand, it was great to see what was happening at The Sanctuary during the time we were seeing the group prepare to fight Negan. It was definitely vital for us to learn who had helped Daryl escape, what happened to that person, what Negan did to Dwight, and what happened to Eugene.

On the other hand, I’ve never been a huge fan of these types of episodes, at least not right off the bat. It took binging the seasons a few times before I could sit and watch the Governor-solo episodes and I feel like this is a similar situation.

These types of episodes work really well when watched consecutively back to back with the episodes before and after. On it’s own, when you have to wait a week between the last and the next, I always find these ones hard to sit through and find it difficult to concentrate.

That being said, there were several significant things that happened in tonight’s episode.

We learned that Dwight’s wife was the one who helped Daryl escape and has no ran from The Sanctuary herself.

We learned Dwight has some sort of memory issue. I’m guessing to people who have read the comics this might be something they already know, but to people who haven’t this is definitely interesting information.

We learned that everyone in The Sanctuary may or may not be there by choice and that it’s impossible to tell who can be trusted and who can’t. Seriously, what was with those girls Eugene was with? I couldn’t tell if they were really on his side or Negan’s and who they were playing.

And finally, we learned Eugene is either a bigger coward than we thought or a bigger genius than we thought.

At the very end of the episode, Eugene declares himself to be Negan. This could be an incredibly smart move on his part and might just be a means to survival.

However, like everyone else residing at The Sanctuary, I can’t tell if he can be trusted anymore. Eugene is a coward, that much is well known information by now.

While I would like to think he’s just covering himself until he can get back to the group, I also think it’s very possible Eugene has decided to give in to the pickles and video games and join the dark side.

Next week we’re back with Rick and the others and I honestly can’t wait. It looks like it’s going to be a great episode packed with action and walkers

Let me know what you thought of tonight’s episode!

Is Eugene really joining Negan or just trying to survive?

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RIP Rob Stewart

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Today I attended the funeral for Rob Stewart.

Rob was an environmentalist and filmmaker with a passion for sharks and a unique ability to make other people care about the same things he did.

The first time I heard of Rob Stewart was back in ninth grade when my science teacher showed the class Sharkwater. It completely changed my world.

I was lucky enoug to get to meet Rob once at a screening for his second film, Revolution. I was about fifteen at the time and beyond terrified to speak to him. How often do we get to meet someone we idolized and looked up to?

Despite my nerves, Rob was incredibly nice. He spoke to me for a few minutes, signed my copy of his book, and took a photo with me. It’s a moment in my life I’ve never forgotten and will cherish even more now.

When I heard the news Rob had gone missing I thought it had to be a joke. One of those horrible hoaxes you hear about on Facebook or Twitter. But then I realized it was his own page that had posted and it wasn’t a joke.

For those three days I constantly checked Facebook, the news, anywhere I could to see any updates about what was going on. I hoped beyond hope that he would be found safe.

When the news came on Friday that he had been found I was heartbroken. It didn’t feel real. I just couldn’t believe that this man who had had so much affect on the world and who still had so much left to do, was suddenly gone.

My heart goes out to his parents, sister, the rest of his family, and his friends.

It also goes out to everyone who admired Rob and all the work he did to affect change.

I would also like to thank his family for opening his funeral to the public. Being given the chance to hear everyone speak of him and say goodbye was something I didn’t think I would have the chance to do and it meant more than they will ever know.

Rest in Peace Rob Stewart

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The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premier: “Rock in the Road”

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7B is here! The Walking Dead returned tonight in an adrenaline packed episode that reunited old friends and introduced new ones.

The episode picked up exactly where 7A left off: with the group at The Hilltop trying to convince Gregory he needed to join them in their fight against Negan.

While this didn’t work, hope was still there as Jesus introduced the group to King Ezekiel at The Kingdom. Unfortunately, this also didn’t work.

This whole interaction was a long time coming and as a viewer it was incredibly exciting to see these three communities come together (I mean, not really, but they all know the others exist now).

We made it almost all the way through the episode thinking that things might actually be starting to look up. Surely The Hilltop and The Kingdom will eventually be convinced to join Rick and the others and they’ll defeat Negan.

They finally had one up on the Saviours. Negan and his men don’t know the three groups know about each other.

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Not only that, but Team Family managed to get their hands on some explosives that were set up and meant to protect The Sanctuary from Walkers, but will now be used against them instead.

Then, in true Walking Dead style, in the last ten seconds the group once again seems to be in immediate danger (though it seems Rick disagrees).

While out looking for Gabriel the group is surrounded by an even larger group of people.

At first I thought they were Saviours, but then realized the weapons were all wrong. Then I thought it was that group Tara had met, but then saw there were men and knew it couldn’t be them either.

And, despite Rick smiling and seeming very happy, I was definitely yelling at my screen by the time the credits rolled.

The only thing this episode was missing was a reunion between Carol and the others. Though, with Daryl now staying The Kingdom, I suspect that will happen sooner rather than later.

Next weeks episode looks amazing and I can’t wait for next Sunday to get here.

Let me know what you thought of the episode!

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74th Annual Golden Globes

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A night full of talented stars, awkward jokes, and too-long acceptance speeches. Yes, the Golden Globes are here again!

The event kicked off with an amazing opening number (seriously, how amazing were the kids from Stranger Things?!). This was followed by a monologue that was equal parts awkward and hilarious.

There were, of course, jokes made about Donald Trump and what an awful year 2016 was.

And then it was onto the awards!

Best Supporting Actor:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel – Lion

Best Actor in a TV Drama:
Billy Bob Thornton – Goliath
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan

Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy:
Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish
Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce
Issa Rae – Insecure
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Best Musical or Comedy
Atlanta
Black-ish
Mozart in the Jungle
Transparent
Veep

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Film;$
Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Felicity Huffman – American Crime
Riley Keough – The Girlfriend Experience
Charlotte Rampling – London Spy
Kerry Washington – Confirmation

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Best Miniseries or TV Film:
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
American Crime
The Dresser
The Night Manager
The Night Of

Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie:
Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager
Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
John Lithgow – The Crown
Christian Slater – Mr. Robot
John Travolta – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Original Score:
Justin Hurwitz – La La Land
Nicholas Britell – Moonlight
Johann Johannsson – Arrival
Dustin O’Halloran & Hauschka – Lion
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, & Benjamin Wallifisch – Hidden Figures

Best Original Song:
“City of Stars” – La La Land
“Can’t Stop This Feeling!” – Trolls
“Faith” – Sing
“Gold” – Gold
“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
Viola DavisFences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
NicoleKidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Film:
Olivia Colman – The Night Manager
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
Chrissy Metz – This is Us
Mandy Moore – This is Us
Thandie Newton – Westworld

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy:
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Colin Farrell – The Lobster
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Jonah Hill – War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Best Screenplay:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

Best Animated Film:
Zootopia
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zuccini
Sing

Between the awards there was a beautiful tribute to Carrie Fischer and Debbie Reynolds, a pair whose deaths truly shook the world.

Best Foreign Language Film:
Elle (France)
Divines (France)
Neruda (Chile)
The Salesman (Iran/France)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film:
Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager
Riz Ahmed – The Night Of
Bryan Cranston – All the Way
John Turturro – The Night Of
Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Actress in a Drama Series:
Claire Foy – The Crown
Winona Ryder – Stranger Things
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
Keri Russell – The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Best Drama Series:
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Meryl Streep was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement and delivered the most heartfelt and powerful speech I have ever heard. She urged people to hold those in positions of power accountable for their actions and it was crystal clear who she was talking about.

Best Director:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Londergan – Manchester by the Sea

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy:
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle
Nick Nolte – Gravest
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy:
Emma Stone – La La Land
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Musical or Comedy:
La La Land
20th Century Women
Deadpool
Florence
Foster Jenkins
Sing Street

Best Actor in a Drama:
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Actress in a Drama:
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Amy Adams – Arrival
Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie

Best Drama:
Moonlight
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Lion
Manchester
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What a truly spectacular night it was! So many amazing actors and actresses won some very well deserved awards and gave some fantastic speeches. Meryl Streep’s in particular is one I believe people will be talking about all year.

Awards Season is officially upon us and I’m incredibly excited to see how the rest of it goes.

Were there any award winners you were surprised by?

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