Steve Gidlow has written about television and pop-culture since 1994, beginning in Australia. Since moving to Hollywood in 1997, Steve has focused on celebrity interviews for the weekly market.
Synergy was in the air last night, along with a little magic, on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars as the show paid tribute to the network’s parent company with a Disney themed night. Sadly for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne, though, the night’s festivities did not go according to plan. She had endured a difficult week of rehearsals, one that saw the usually abundantly confident star reduced to tears and questioning her ability to remain in the competition. And then Jayne didn’t get to perform a dance inspired by her favorite Disney character, Tinkerbell. But together with partner Gleb Savchenko she did execute an emotionally charged Viennese Waltz inspired by Finding Dory. (The two are pictured above.)
For the past two seasons of The CW series iZombie, star Rose McIver has managed to enjoy relative anonymity when the cameras stopped rolling. Thanks to the deathly pale zombie complexion and platinum wig of her character Liv (Olivia) Moore, the actress can “walk among us” virtually unrecognized, although from time-to-time she does encounter that look. “People really don’t tend to recognize me,” she revealed to me during a recent interview. “Occasionally I get a strange look and people think I went to high school with them, so that’s quite funny.” However, all that may change during Season 3, when Liv indulges in what’s known on the show a Tan & Dye: a process undertaken by zombies in which their paled features are altered to look more alive and allow them to blend in. “There’s some really fun stuff in those episodes,” McIver said of the Tan & Dye experience. “I don’t have to wear a wig, so that was a lot of fun.
Emotions ran high Monday night on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars as the contestants recalled the most memorable year of their lives and interpreted it into dance. The stories ranged from adoption and life-threatening injuries to the personal triumphs many of the celebrities have endured in their journey to stardom. No story was more emotional than that of famed footballer Rashad Jennings who, with partner Emma Slater, recalled his childhood and turbulent relationship with an often distant alcoholic father. There wasn’t a dry eye in the ballroom following his flawless contemporary routine, one fraught with raw emotion.