If you thought there were a lot of people vying for the crown in season 1 of Game of Thrones, just wait till you get a load of season 2 (which premieres Sunday night on HBO). With approximately 3,749 characters milling about in the epic tale of greed, lust, and power, how is it possible to keep everyone and everything straight? EWs own Game of Thrones expert James Hibberd — who was on location with the show in Croatia — calls in to break it all down on the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast. What’s new in season 2? Will the show start to veer off from what happens in the books? And with all these different characters running around, who are the absolute best of the bunch? (Daenerys? Robb Stark? The Imp? King Joffrey?!?) Listen to our picks and then weigh in with your own! READ FULL STORY
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After forgetting some steps and “totally blowing it” during Monday Dancing with the Stars, tennis icon Martina Navratilova was so upset at the thought of going home that she teared up during the post-show press line and even walked out on some interviews. On Tuesday, her worst fears were realized when she and partner Tony Dovolani became the first couple to depart after scoring a 17 for their Jive and a 20 for last week’s Fox Trot.
They were joined at the bottom tonight with rocker Gavin DeGraw but fans ousted the athlete, instead.
“I blew it yesterday so I that’s what happens,” Navratilova said after the show. “I couldn’t make it up in the voting. I knew I’d be in jeopardy but I thought I had a shot at it with the popular vote. Gavin DeGraw is too popular, so I didn’t get it. But I gave it everything I had, that’s all I can ever do. I’m just thrilled that I gave it a go and it didn’t quite happen for me.”
Dovolani seemed to take it a bit harder, “[I’m] completely disappointed. I’m destroyed right now. I had so much fun working with Martina. I wanted her to last longer.”
So what went wrong with Monday’s botched Jive? “I’m not sure,” she said. “I haven’t watched a video of it yet. I think I got too fast with my step. I was anxious about the first fast step and I just got lost and I could never catch up.”
Though she’ll miss her partner greatly, Navratilova said she’s especially disappointed to be missing out next week’s theme, in which each star designs a dance around his or her personal story. Navratilova’s tale would have been her struggle with breast cancer in 2010; she wanted to encourage women to get screened “and show solidarity and now that’s not going to be shown. I’m most disappointed about that. I just wanted to get to week three and it didn’t happen.”
So, who is she rooting for now? “I think Roshon [Fegan] is so experienced and Katherine Jenkins has been dancing amazing well. I think it’s between those two.”
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‘DWTS': Len Goodman apologizes for under-marking Donald Driver
‘DWTS': Is crowd pleaser William Levy an early favorite?
Wonders never cease! Judge Len Goodman delivered a shocker on Dancing with the Stars Monday by admitting that he “under-marked” NFL Donald Driver for his premiere night Cha Cha. And then he apologized for it!
Goodman explained that after watching the episode, he realized he was wrong to give Driver a 7 for his crowd-pleasing Cha Cha. (Driver’s overall score of 21 left him close to the bottom of the leaderboard). “I apologize,” Goodman said during the show. “I under-marked you… I watched it back. You did a great job.” Goodman went on to explain that unlike in football when referees have access to instant playbacks on video screens, ballroom dancing is judged live and, well sometimes things happen!
Afterwards, Driver said the mea culpa felt good. “I think we both thought it was a low score, but we made history, so if we continue to make history, we’ll be good.” Driver and Partner Peta Murgatroyd scored a 24 Monday for their fierce Quick Step. “He’s a great judge,” Driver continued. “Len, he’s man enough to step up and say he made a mistake and you don’t really get that from too many people today. His integrity showed today. We are smiling ear-to-ear right now.”
“We’re very grateful,” added Murgatroyd. “He’s a very well-respected judge. Everything he says, we take on board, but that was just an added bonus tonight.”
Even fellow pro Mark Ballas gave Goodman a thumbs-up for admitting his mistake. “Len, for me, he’s the judge when he talks, you take it to heart. He’s a chairman. He has a lot of years in this business. I think that’s really big of him to say that he felt like he under-scored it. It’s so hard in the live room to see what you see on TV. But in real competitions in our world, you have to judge fast. There’s no rewinding it back. You just gotta judge and go.”
Going forward, Driver’s strategy is simple: Work hard and inch up that leaderboard ladder. “That’s what we want to do. We practiced hard. I told her week one, we’re not going home first and I still don’t think we’re going home.”
It’s only week two of Dancing with the Stars, but if the ballroom screams for Cuban soap star William Levy are any indication, the “Brad Pitt of Mexico” might be on his way to win the mirror ball trophy.
Bold statement? Sure, but until you sit near the studio where Dancing is taped and hear the catcalls from the audience, you can’t possibly understand how manic American women (and some men) are for Levy.
“I have no words to explain how good it feels,” Levy told reporters afterwards. “When I was a little boy and I was in Cuba, my dream was to come to America, like 3 years old. And today to be at this position in my life to receive this kind of love in this country, it’s amazing. It’s crazy.”
Levy scored a 25 Monday for his Quick Step, which put him at number two on the leaderboard behind Katherine Jenkins and Roshon Fegan, who both earned 26s. “We improved from last week and that’s my goal, to slowly climb up the leaderboard and that’s what we did,” said Levy’s partner Cheryl Burke. “I think he has both styles. He can really do the ballroom and the Latin really well. He obviously needs some work, but it’s only week two. This show is about if you’re good at both styles.”
The judges certainly like what they see in Levy. “I’ve never seen anything like it before,” Carrie Ann Inaba said about the crowd reaction. “You’re the Harry Connick Jr. of the ballroom!” Bruno Tonioli called Levy “matinee idol” who reminded him of Jean Dujardin from The Artist.
Levy hasn’t seen the Oscar-winning movie, but he appreciates the kudos from Tonioli. “He’s a great guy. He’s really fun. It’s fun. We’re here to have fun. To have him saying the things, is a good thing, you know?”
“The last time [I wore a dress] was 1990, but I might be wrong,” she told reporters after she and partner Tony Dovolani came in at the bottom of the leaderboard with a 20 for their Fox Trot. “The first day here, I put on the little black dress and I went, ‘look at my legs!’ I didn’t know those legs were there. So I felt sexy right away. And, this is more feminine, but not sexy. We’ll do the sexy later. When the dance calls for it, you’ll see more skin.”
Dovolani helped Navratilova tap her inner lady by designing her elegant, cut-out dress. “The good thing about Martina is she’s embracing everything. I saw Martina transform in front of my eyes right from the word go. When she first walked into the studio, I was like, oh, this is really foreign for her. Then to see her blossom in front of me and to embrace the entire transformation into the dress, the hair, and the makeup and then the dance, to really be a soft, beautiful dancer, for me, it was quite rewarding. This is what I love doing.”
So, could Navratilova get used to her oh-so-feminine alter-ego? “Absolutely. Why not?” But once DWTS is over, don’t expect the openly gay athlete to keep wearing those fancy togs. “My girlfriend has been trying to get me to wear a dress, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen. Maybe high heels. But not a dress!”
Season 14 of Dancing with the Stars kicked off Monday with a few shockeroos – like no score lower than a 20 and declarations by judge Len Goodman and host Tom Bergeron that it was a winning opener. “Without a doubt, this is the best first show of any season,” boasted Goodman, while Bergeron said it was his “favorite season premiere ever” and that the “charisma factor” was “pretty good this first night.”
Amd how about those scores? This year’s B- and C-level celebs earned the highest ever for a season starter. Actor Jaleel White and U.K. opera star Katherine Jenkins posted tying scores of 26 while the “Mexican Brad Pitt” William Levy nabbed a 24 for second place. Even the low scores were high: Three 20s went to rocker Gavin DeGraw, actress Melissa Gilbert, and tennis star Martina Navratilova. With such generous marks, it’s hard to not think: Were the judges unusually kind to the amateurs to help generate excitement for an otherwise lackluster cast?
When asked about the week one scores, Jenkins’ partner Mark Ballas said, “It’s definitely up there, but I think the standard this season is great. I don’t think there was a 5 given. Usually there’s a 5. This is probably the highest scoring, like, all around, though. Dancing wise, there wasn’t a routine I was watching where I was like, wanted to turn away. I was like, ah, ah, ah, after every single one. This is gonna be good.” Added his partner Jenkins, “Honestly, I’m just overwhelmed. Backstage I was getting myself into quite a mess, getting myself stressed out. I just couldn’t believe how lovely the judges were.”
The pair’s next dance, the Jive, might be troublesome as the reserved Jenkins is not used to jiggling what her mamma gave her. “I’m panicking,” she admitted. “I’ll be shaking my bits and I don’t feel comfortable with that.” READ FULL STORY
Gosh, it only seems like yesterday that Hope Solo looked like she wanted to smack Maksim Chermkovskiy upside the head!
It’s already time for season 14 (!) of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Here are the 12 new “celebrities” and their professional partners, who will don the Danskins come March 19.
Jaleel White, actor. (Partner is Kym Johnson). He’s appeared in shows like Grown Ups and Step by Step, but you know him best as Urkel from Family Matters.
Gavin DeGraw, singer-songwriter. (Partner is Karina Smirnoff). He’s the crooner behind such songs as “Not Over You,” “In Love With a Girl,” and the theme song from One Tree Hill.
Jack Wagner, actor. (Partner is Anna Trebunskaya). He’s either recognizable as a costar on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful or the ex-beau of Heather Locklear. READ FULL STORY
It’s crossed the minds of every Dancing with the Stars fan, especially over the last two seasons: Is it time for Maksim Chermkovskiy to go?
He certainly didn’t endear himself to the judges last season when he made arrogant quips to Len Goodman about how the elder statesman should leave the ballroom — all while claiming that “this is my show, you know.” Even some fans turned on the hot-headed Ukrainian-American when he was filmed striking partner Hope Solo during a rehearsal. An exasperated Solo responded by saying, “would you stop being you?”
Chermkovskiy has also hinted in seasons past that maybe the time has come to search for greener pastures (or better partners), which has fueled speculation that maybe his days on the show are numbered. So what will happen come March 19? As is usually the case, the DWTS producers won’t reveal which pros will return for the 14th (!!) season until they announce the latest round of celebrities. (That happens Feb. 28 on Good Morning America.). Since we can’t wait until then, we’ve decided to give five reasons why we’d like to see Maks stay for as long as the show lasts. And the reasons are…
1. Because he’s (almost) an original member of the show. Viewers love continuity, and they get that from Chermkovskiy, who joined DWTS in season two as the pro assigned to Tia Carrere. They came in sixth place (but his long hair deserved a special prize of its own).
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