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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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RIP Rob Stewart


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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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
Mozart in the Jungle

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


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
Hugh GrantFlorence Foster Jenkins
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:
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zuccini

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

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
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:
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
by the Sea

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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