With ‘every beat of Gladys’s heart’ she pulsated Motown Night with her circuit, Tristan MacManus. They danced a Rumba to start the eve and ended in a Jive duel with Disney. No question Knight charmed us with her soul but her midnight train departed on Week 6 of Dancing with the Stars.
The two nights grooved live with legends Smokey Robinson whose face did not move but voice perfectly tuned. The Temptations who skipped up a little and Martha Reeves who had some overflow. Motown Philly’s back again with Boys II Men and Natasha Bedingfield was a ‘pocket full of sunshine’ with 17-year-old ballerina, Michaela DePrince who is a dream come true.
Shake that! Feel the Motown moves with these 7 acts. New England has been shufflin on DWTS since the very beginning with the ever so witty Tom Bergeron and the past few seasons with the beautiful Brooke Burke. And continues to shuffle with our girl, Maria Menounos, who is having an extra good time yet found herself in the bottom four this week. Maria continues to show how tough a Boston girl can be as she battles feet complications, a broken rib and a bruised chin. Probably helps having Derek Hough by your side? The two of them couldn’t be any better looking as they bring it week after week. Be it kissing or killing it! Go Maria Menounos!
Disney Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower out-dueled Knight and MacManus to end Motown week. There was no question Roshon was the better dancer. He may not have the fan base needed to win the Mirrorball Trophy but this kid can dance!
Is Katherine Jenkins really a professional dancer? I thought she was an Opera singer?! My goodness is she gorgeous, sweet and a natural. Katherine you got my vote. Jenkins and Mark Ballas are quit a pair. Mark has so much choreographer flair. They steam the room up and for sure a reflection of the Mirrorball Trophy awaits.
Donald catch this! You’re smooth, charming and can move! The way you lift Peta couldn’t be hotter. You can see Peta has complete confidence in the NFL star. The two make a sexy duo and heat up the floor. Melissa Gilbert and Maks can’t fake their improvement from Week 1. She sticks it with Maks as she continues to prairie her performances. Of course ABC is going to “highlight” Maks aggressiveness, it’s TV!
‘Did I do that’? Jaleel, you certainly did by stepping it up this week with partner Kym Johnson and scoring 10′s. While looking ever so dapper! Last week Jaleel and Kym strummed it out with Gavin DeGraw keeping the pair from eliminations.
Oh hellooo William Levy,
We saved the best performance for last. Can you blame me? I’m not sure if we were ready for this Rumba with the sizzling William and spicy Cherly Burke. And I’m pretty sure we’ll never be the same. All I know is the temperature here in Southie skyrocketed, so I can’t imagine being at Studio 46 live. Was it technically perfect? Who cares! This titillating performance had us begging for more. With moves like that, you got my vote! William doesn’t need to look in the mirror to know, the Mirrorball Trophy is in his hand.
With 7 couples left, Week 7 is on the horizon and we couldn’t be more bright for Monday night. Look for HEC’s coverage. Who will be the next couple to dance off?
On Thursday, July 14, the 2011 Emmy awards were announced, and more than a few New England connections were found, proving once again that Hollywood East has become a powerful force in the entertainment industry.
In the Outstanding Comedy Series category, “Glee” was once again nominated. The musical series was co-created by Newton native Brad Falchuk. The show will compete against the likes of “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” which stars Concord’s Steve Carell and Burlington’s Amy Poehler, respectively. Each were nominated for their own individual awards for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Comedy. Poehler will compete against Laura Linney from “The Big C”, and series that has been shooting in Connecticut. Carrell will compete against fellow Massachusetts native, Matt LeBlanc, for his role on “Episodes”. The former “Friends” star originally hails from Newton.
On the drama side, Kathy Bates was nominated for Outstanding Actress for her role in the new “Harry’s Law”, yet another lawyer-themed show from the Boston-educated David E. Kelley.
“Glee” star Jane Lynch was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy. The funnywoman got married in Massachusetts in 2010.
Connecticut resident Tom Bergeron was nominated for Outstanding Reality Host in his role “Dancing With the Stars” ringleader.
The controversial Reelz channel miniseries, “The Kennedys” racked up a number of nominations, including Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie and Tom Wilkinson for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
Brookline’s Conan O’Brien earned himself a little redemption, getting a nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series for his TBS talk show, “Conan”. The late-night funnyman found himself hoisted from a short stint as host of the “Tonight Show” only to be replaced by its former host, Jay Leno in early 2010, only to reemerge on basic cable this past November. Leno and the “Tonight Show” did not receive any nominations this year.
For a complete list of the nominations, check out the official Emmy website. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 18th, at 8 p.m. on Fox.
★ Jessica Simpson gets engaged to Needham, MA born, Yale University educated NFL star Eric Johnson.
★ TLC’s “Cake Boss” comes to Connecticut.
★ On a recent interview for E News regarding her successes on “Dancing With the Stars”, Bristol Palin confirms the story that first broke early last year; that she was named in part for the town in Connecticut ESPN is based in.
★ New Englander Tom Bergeron appears on “Chelsea Lately.”
★ A first look at the promotional poster for the Kennedy biopic, starring Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear.
On Monday night, the new season of “Dancing With the Stars” debuted on ABC, featuring, everyone from 76 year old Florence Henderson and 19 year old Bristol Palin, and everyone in between. The Connecticut contingent of Hollywood East was well-represented, as Greenwich resident Tom Bergeron (who was born in Haverhill, MA), once again hosted the popular show, which is now in its 11th season.
Competing this season is Michael Bolton, the multiple Grammy-winning singer and songwriter, who got his first record deal at 16, growing up in New Haven, Connecticut.
Known for his raspy voice, the 57 year old remarked, “Dancing is something I had been avoiding. I finally felt like it was something to take on. Chelsea is an amazing dancer, but I have shoes older than her,” in regards to his professional partner, 21 year old Chelsie Hightower.
In their first dance, the pair performed a Viennese waltz, with Bolton wearing a dark suit with a black tie. When it came time to stand before the judges, Carrie Ann Inaba told Bolton “You need to lead more, and be the frame for Chelsea.”
Judge Len Goodman said “You had good musicality, and you moved around the dance floor well, but you need to lift up a little more. The important thing in the first week is that you got through it!”
Judge Bruno Tonioli remarked “Anytime you try something new it can be a little painful. You’re a performer, remember to relax and enjoy it.”
Bolton ended up receiving a 16/30, placing him close to the bottom. He was, however, cheered on by Kittery, Maine born, and Connecticut resident, actor John O’Hurley, who was a runner-up on season 1 of the show, and then declared the eventual winner after a re-match with soap-opera star Kelly Monaco.
He’s kept Whoopi Goldberg confined to the center square in “Hollywood Squares”, helped people across the country see the lighter side of getting hit in the crotch on”America’s Funniest Home Videos”, and talked up the tango on “Dancing with the Stars”.
Yes, Tom Bergeron is very comfortable in his role as “host with the most” on some of America’s most popular and successful TV shows. Now, the ebullient entertainer has put pen to paper with I’m Hosting as Fast as I Can!: Zen and the Art of Staying Sane in Hollywood. The Haverhill, MA born fill-in host for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” can thank his New England roots for helping him along. First, as a radio DJ for southern New Hampshire, Bergeron went on to host a local game show, before moving to the metro- Boston area market on the WBZ-TV network as an on-air personality. There, his hosting duties ranged from the local morning show to announcing the Massachusetts State Lottery. His success grew amongst the locals as he became a staple on both TV and radio.
In 1994, Bergeron left the network for cable, before landing his first high-profile gig as host of the new revival of “Hollywood Squares”. Amidst these and other biographical highlights, in his book, Bergeron discusses his struggles with an explosive temper, and describes his meditative techniques for dealing with it. These days, the man is described as one of the most unflappable fellows on live TV. Not a bad thing when in an environment where almost anything can happen and millions of people are watching. No matter what, Bergeron always manages to coax a laugh.
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