Wednesday, May 22, 2013
How did Aly fare in the series finale?
Spoiler Alert: If you are not ready for the results, do not read below.
Needham's Olympic gold medallist was unfortunately knocked out before she could bring home the gold in ABC's dancing contest. All of the stars returned for last night's grand finale, as did guest stars Psy, Pitbull and Wynonna. The crowd fell silent as the results were announced: Aly Raisman was the first star to be sent home, putting the couple in fourth place. "This has been the best experience of my life," the Olympian said as she was eliminated. The crowd cheered wildly at her farewell. Host Tom Bergeron told her that she had made a real impression on the program and its fans. Partner Mark Ballas called her "the best partner I've had in my life." The team was sent off with hugs from the remaining competitors. With Aly eliminated …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Viewer votes now play a big role now in who wins the DWTS mirror ball trophy.
Aly Raisman won an Olympic gold medal for her gymnastics; will she be able to win that Dancing with the Stars mirror ball for her dancing? Aly and her dance partner Mark Ballas made it this far, to the season finale to Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars. They made it to to the final four. But that DWTS mirrorball could turn out to be out of reach without support from you, Aly's Needham-Newton-Burlington community and her other fans. The final four dancing teams — Aly and Mark, Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff, Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough and Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy — performed three times Monday night, including a cha-cha relay. Perhaps of biggest import score-wise: the freestyle. Aly & Mark won perfect scores for their …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Competition heats up as a near-perfect performance lands Needham Olympian Raisman in the final four couples on ABC's dance contest.
After a near-perfect performance, Needham's star and Olympian Aly Raisman is going on to the Dancing With the Stars finals. Last week, Raisman and her partner Mark Ballas danced the rhumba, which garnered a perfect 30 from the judges. Their perfect score was followed by an Afro Jazz dance, which netted 29 out of 30 points. That nearly-perfect performance tied for the top of last week's leaderboard. The duo with Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff also received 59 out of 60 possible points. In last Tuesday's results show, two couples were at the bottom of the field: Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy, who scored 55 Monday night, and Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson Bruno, who finished the semifinals with the lowest score of 51. Ultimately, …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson Bruno were sent home following Tuesday night's DWTS semifinals results show.
Needham Olympian Aly Raisman and partner Mark Ballas are headed to the Dancing With the Stars finals Monday, they found out during last night's semifinals results show. They vaulted into the finals after a near-perfect perfomance Monday night. Raisman and Ballas danced the rhumba, which garnered a perfect 30 from the judges, followed by an Afro Jazz dance, bringing in 29 out of 30 points. In a light moment during the results show Tuesday, Ballas revealed in an interview that Raisman likes to keep a few bangle bracelets from each performance. At the end of Monday night's show, Raisman and Ballas topped the leaderboard, tied with Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff, who also received 59 out of 60 possible points. Jones and Smirnoff were the …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
One judge says Aly Raisman has "exceeded all expectations" with her Dancing With the Stars performance.
Needham native and Olympian Aly Raisman and partner Mark Ballas turned in a near-perfect performance Monday night in the Dancing With the Stars semifinals, with a combined score of 59 out of 60 possible points. Raisman and Ballas started the night dancing the rhumba, which netted them across-the-board 10s from the three judges. Later in the show, the pair performed an Afro Jazz dance, which was also met with high praise. "I don't think people know how hard that dance was," said Judge Carrie Ann Inaba. "You guys were in perfect synch, you guys were just fantasic." Inaba and Bruno Tonioli both gave Raisman and Ballas scores of 10 on the Afro Jazz performance, while Judge Len Goodman gave the pair a 9 out of 10, saying he wished he'd seen "…
Monday, May 13, 2013
Two weeks left of Aly & Mark and four other celebrity-professional dancing couples vying to win the DWTS prize.
Dancing pairs have gotten picked off — by Dancing with the Stars judges and by viewership votes — for eight weeks. Now, let the semifinals begin! When last we saw Needham-based Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and her dancing partner, Mark Ballas, on last Tuesday's Results Show, they were one of five pairs who survived until Monday night's semifinals. The full list: DWTS viewers voted Afro Jazz as the dance Aly & Mark will tackle tonight for the semifinals. One more couple gets cut by the end of the results show Tuesday night. Dancing with the Stars airs tonight at 8 p.m., with the Results how Tuesday at 9 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Viewers vote for the dance she and her dance partner will do next week.
Aly Raisman has survived an eighth week on Dancing with the Stars, proving she may turn out to be as much of a champ on the dance floor as on the gym floor. Raisman and her dance partner Mark Ballas found out Tuesday night that they've made it to next week's Dancing with the Stars semifinals. DWTS viewers voted Afro Jazz as the dance Aly & Mark will undertake next week for the semifinals. Who did not make it to the semifinals: Sean & Peta (The Bachelor reality show star Sean Lowe and professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd). At the end of Week 8, Aly & Mark are in second place with a judges' score of 56 out of 60. The Needham gymnast and her partner did well in in Monday night's show, nailing a 29 out of 30 score with their their first dance…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Raisman and her partner did well on the Monday, May 6 edition of Dancing with the Stars.
Aly Raisman got near perfect scores on Monday's edition of Dancing with the Stars. Raisman, a Needhamite Olympian, and her partner Mark Ballas, during their first dance of the night, strutted their way to a 29 out of 30 score. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba gave the pair a 9 score, whereas Len Goodman and Bruno Tonilo each gave them a 10 score. For the second dance, Raisman, Ballas and a third dancer performed a trio dance which garnered them a score of 27 out of 30. Each judge gave Raisman a score of 9. In total, Raisman received 56 out of 60 possible points. Viewers still have time to vote. To vote for Mark and Aly, visit ABC's website and the DWTS Facebook page. Voting closes at 11 a.m. The Dancing with the Stars Results Show starts at 9 p.m…
Monday, May 6, 2013
One of the show's remaining actors went home last week, and the show announced a tribute to one Boston Marathon bombing victim.
Pineapple salsa won Aly Raisman another week in the "Dancing with the Stars" runnings. That is, a Salsa routine that involved pineapples. Which means that the Needhamite Olympian will be on the show again tonight, at the same old time and channel: ABC, 8 p.m. to 10:01 p.m. She was declared safe about a third of the way into last week's results program. However, the team that wasn't safe was that of actor Andy Dick and his partner Sharna Burgess, who went home. During last week's results show, Host Tom Bergeron announced that the program would also follow the recovery of Adrianne Haslet, a ballroom dancer and instructor who lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. Haslet is putting together a routine to perform on the show later in …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Needham's Olympic medalist survives another round of Dancing with the Stars, another star is not so lucky.
She's still dancing, and she's dancing for Boston. Aly Raisman, Needham's own gold-medaling Olympic gymnast, survived another round of ABC's Dancing With the Stars with her pineapple-throwing performance. "I never shimmied that much in my life." Raisman said behind the scenes, "and I liked it a lot." She was declared safe about a third of the way into last night's program. However, the judges and fans scores end up sending actor Andy Dick and his partner Sharna Burgess home. Burgess was reportedly angry about the judge's treatment of her partner. Following the Boston Marathon bombing, a ballroom dancer and instructor who lost her leg in the attack did announce her intention to dance for the competition. Host Tom Bergeron said they …