Monday, September 30, 2013

DWTS Season 17: Week 3 Preview

It's Hollywood Night on DWTS tonight and there are already two injured celebs: Brant Daugherty and Bill Nye the Science Guy. It will be interesting to see how this plays out because Bill's knee looks really swollen and tender. I hope they are both feeling better soon. Brant's injury looks less serious, but how will both injuries play out in tonight's elimination?

Sharna Burgess is our guest this week and while we are sad to have her gone from the competition, we are thrilled to have her in studio with us at AfterBuzz TV. She's been a friend to our show since she was in the troupe and we are so happy to see all of her success on DWTS

So get those questions ready for Sharna by placing them in the comments below. 

Just a couple of things to remember:
1. Fan questions are a supplemental part of our show. We will get to as many as possible if there is time. AfterBuzz TV shows were reduced to 50 minutes this season because our studios are so busy and there is a show in our studio immediately following our DWTS show. 

2. If you are having trouble posting in the comments section, please clear your cache or the cookies on your computer. That usually does the trick!

Thanks! See you on Tuesday at 8pm PT on AfterBuzz will be a fun night!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Perlier Volcanic Thermo Scrub Review

iFabbo has done it again and sent me another great product. I've reviewed several items from the Perlier line and I'm a fan. So, let's take a look at this month's product which is the Volcanic Thermo Scrub from Perlier.

Description of the Product from the HSN website:

Say "spaaaah". Spa turns into "aaaah" with Perlier's exclusive beauty treatment scrub. Because you can't get to a spa every day, this scrub is sure to become your "BBF" (best beauty friend)!

Key Benefits:

  • Complex of key ingredients contains water from the hot spring concession located in the municipality of Abana Terme (Padua)
  • Helps optimize skin's elasticity for a more youthful appearance
  • Helps combat visible signs of aging such as the appearance of dull-looking skin
  • Formulated with key ingredients that are rich in mineral salts
  • Contains minerals of different particle size for dual rejuvenating and smoothing beauty action
  • Finer powders smooth skin and rough areas  
  • Made in Italy

Does It Work?: 
As someone with chronically dry skin, this is a great addition to my shower routine for those stubborn areas like my elbows and heels. It has a refreshing smell and the texture has a gel-like feel with tiny granules to get those dry areas smooth again. One note of caution: For anyone sensitive to color dyes, this scrub is dyed blue (See ingredients). 

Cost: $25

Where Is It Sold?: Head on over to HSN where it is available with a $5 off coupon on any Perlier purchase. Just use the code iFabbo5. (Expires 10/31/13)

If you want to learn more about Perlier, visit their social media pages--

Thursday, September 26, 2013

VIDEO: The Beat MS Dance Walk: Thank You!

A huge thank you to our supporters who helped us raise money for The Beat MS Dance Walk. Chloe West and I were inspired by Courtney Galiano's dedication and courage during her visit to our SYTYCD AfterBuzz TV show this summer. It was a fun day and we wanted to capture what we did with a lot of shaky camera work, but a whole lot of enthusiasm.

Thank you, Kaitlyn, Lois, Stacey, Michelle, my mom, and one mysterious donor.....we appreciate your generosity!

Here's the video...and stick around to the end for a few familiar SYTYCD faces!

To Donate to a great cause: The Beat MS site.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

AfterBuzz TV DWTS Season 17: Henry Byalikov

What a week! As you know, we always try to get Henry Byalikov on twice during the season. Hopefully, we will get him on closer to the end. There was so much to talk about with 12 dances, Bill Nye's injury, the opening number and the Emmys that we did not get to the fan questions. However, Henry stayed after and we audio-recorded the questions and answers for you. So make sure to send a big "THANK YOU" to Henry on social media for being so kind to do that for all of us.

Henry answers YOUR fan questions:
Two things to note:
1. Many of you had multiple questions. I asked one question per fan.
2. The questions came only from my blog. Due to time constraints, any questions on Twitter or Facebook were not answered.

Thanks for understanding!

VIDEO: Kristin McQuaid & Revolution Dance Company Red Carpet Interviews

I hit the red carpet on Saturday night to interview Kristin McQuaid with the Revolution Dance Company at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Audrey Case and Will Thomas not only shared their experience working with McQuaid, but they also answered a few fan questions. I also caught up with Sophia Lucia and Asia Monet Ray who prove that the next generation of dancers are going to be forces to be reckoned with.

See the red carpet interviews:

Scroll down to see Will and Audrey answer a few fan questions!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

VIDEO: Bill Nye the Science Guy Injured, See His Paso Doble on DWTS

One of Season 17's most popular contestants on Dancing With the Stars, Bill Nye the Science Guy, was injured last night during the show. At the time, the trip didn't seem that bad and he brushed it off when his pro Tyne Stecklein asked him if he was okay. However, it seems his fall was much worse than he portrayed to Tyne and host Tom Bergeron.

ABC has confirmed that Bill is currently seeking medical attention for his injury. 

In a statement, the network said, "We can confirm Bill Nye was injured during his performance last night and is currently seeking medical attention. We will continue to keep you posted on his progress."

RumorFix has reported that the injury involves his knee and he is having an MRI done. Depending on the severity of the injury, surgery is possible. 

If he does drop out of the competition, there will most likely be no elimination next week. Due to his popularity, Bill most likely would have stuck around a few more weeks in the competition. 

See his Paso Doble from last night. He falls just after the 3:06 mark. Bill does a great job of covering the fall though, he's a true performer.

Watch our DWTS show tonight at 8 p.m. PT live on AfterBuzz TV with guest Henry Byalikov. 

Who Wore It Best?: Taylor Petites Edition

Everyone once in awhile, someone steals my look. (Ha could have been their look first.) It's happened a few times before here and here.

Me and Jesse Heiman

I wrote about this dress from Taylor Petites and wore it to host the red carpet of the 1st Annual Geekie Awards. Now the most "adorkable" geek wore the same dress. (It's very affordable, too!) She looks great in the outfit since the color matches her eyes and it's a nice contrast to her brunette hair.

Look, it's Zooey Deschanel!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

VIDEO: 2013 Emmys: Nominated Choreographers Perform

I see a lot of you are searching my blog looking for the 2013 Emmys performance by the nominated choreographers. Here it is, thanks to my friend Al Kahn.

What a great night for dance! Congratulations, Derek Hough!

2013 Emmys Red Carpet: A Splash of Pretty

The Emmys were over three hours of a total hot mess. I can't even begin to tell you the worst moment. I tweeted over five hours of it. I'm exhausted.

So let's talk about the pretty.

1. Anna Gunn: If you're expected to win, always pick a classic gown that will look great 20 years from now. It's not the year to go avant garde or too haute couture. Gunn was spot on in her gorgeous  Romona Keveza dress. Congratulations on your win!

2. Christina Hendricks: She always strikes the right balance of enhancing her assets and not showing off too much. A perennial classy red carpet dresser and a top girl crush for me. Christian Siriano is her go-to designer and it's a great partnership.

3. Allison Williams: In a year littered with pastels and every shade of purple, it was refreshing to see this blue pop of color by the Girls star. The silhouette was extremely simple, but it worked in that perfect Ralph Lauren way.

4. Sarah Silverman: It might not be the night's most sophisticated gown, but it's definitely the most affordable dress on that red carpet tonight. The comedian wore a $110 Deadly Dames "Vamp" dress. Funny ladies aren't usually red carpet standouts, but I think she looks great. For shoe lovers, look at the curve of those sky-high!

5. Aaron Paul and wife Lauren Parsekian: I accidentally stumbled into their rehearsal dinner at Chateau Marmont earlier this year. Let me tell you that their constant lovebird gushing is not an act. They were the prettiest couple on the red carpet at the Emmys. In fact, he calls his wife "pretty bird." Swoon.

Fashion: Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Party

 Connie Britton

It's Emmys weekend, kids! Time to enjoy all of the beautiful fashions from the parties and the red carpet. There were some gorgeous looks from Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy party on Friday night at Scarpetta at The Montage in Beverly Hills.

I'm a fan of Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss' dress. The pop of color is perfect for a pre-Emmy event.

What look is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

I will be live blogging the red carpet and the Emmys beginning at 3 p.m. PT. Join me on Twitter!

Elisabeth Moss

 Jane Lynch

 Jenna Ushkowitz and Jessica Szhor

 Julie Bowen 

 Kat Graham

 Laura Prepon

Sarah Hyland

Photo credit: Imeh Akpanudosen, Wireimage

Friday, September 20, 2013

DWTS Season 17: Week 2 Preview

I hope you all like the photo.

Yes, Henry Byalikov is our guest on Tuesday. Many of you saw the announcement on Twitter earlier this week and you've been eagerly awaiting this post. It's been a busy week, but I finally had a free minute to get this up.

The wonderful thing about having Henry on the show is that it is great timing. He and Sharna Burgess are choreographing the opening number this week, so we will get the inside scoop on how it all came together.

The whole team is expected to be in studio this week: Anna, me, Jake and Suri.

Time to get those questions in! Fire away in the comments section below. We will see you all on Tuesday at 8pm PT on AfterBuzz TV.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

My Thoughts on Derek Hough

This number alone should win him the Emmy

I have always maintained that I believe that Derek Hough is going to be one of the defining choreographers of his generation. I don't take that statement lightly. As someone who has been a student of dance history, think of the names you would put in that category: George Balanchine, Agnes DeMille, Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, Martha Graham. There are more, but it's not a list of thousands or even hundreds. I don't say that about any other pro on the show.

With a statement like that, it should be understood that you also have to be a great dancer and teacher in order to be classified as a "defining choreographer of a generation." You can't just be one thing.

On AfterBuzz TV this week, we were talking about Val and Derek and their strengths. If I am going to pick the one quality that makes Derek stand out on the show...yep, it's choreography. For Val, it's teaching. Does it mean they don't have the other qualities? Nope.

We are a show about dance, talking about dancers and why we love it so much. We give opinions that you won't always agree with, but the one thing we all agree upon is that we love dance. I'm one of the hosts of the show and as a part of my job, I have to balance my love for Derek's work with my appreciation and support for what other pros on DWTS bring to the table.

Come Sunday, I hope it's Derek who is holding that Emmy.

Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below. I will respond to all comments here, but I'm going to keep the debate off of Twitter. Thanks, guys!  See you next week with our guest Henry Byalikov...who is also choreographing this week's opening number on DWTS with Sharna Burgess.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

AfterBuzz TV DWTS: Julz Tocker

Jake DuPree, Julz Tocker, Kristyn Burtt

The day is finally here! We are back in studio for Season 17 of DWTS. I thought Julz Tocker was a really fun first guest. I was so happy he was at the show the night before because he gave us insight that we wouldn't have normally had. With all of the changes, I think it was an important aspect to talk about.

A couple of things that I want to address from our show last night:
1. Tyne Stecklein: I've seen the forums. I've seen what everyone has said. I want to take a different approach to talking about the situation. It's her first year. The producers wanted her. She danced with MJ, so she can dance. Ballroom is not her background, but look....she's trying in front of 16.2 million of us on live television. Let's give her our support.

2. Troupe: I think we are seeing how important the troupe is for training, choreography and learning the rhythm of the show. The transition to pro was much easier for Sharna, Emma and Sasha...discuss.

3. Choreography: This season, I really want to hold the pros even more accountable for what they are putting out there each week. It's why some of the cast members have been nominated for Emmys. We made it a part of our discussion each week on SYTYCD for Season 10, so I would like to discuss it more on AfterBuzz TV this season. Do you agree?

Thanks for all of your support. We are so glad to be back with all of you. I'm working hard on a guest for next week!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Dance Chat With Kristyn Burtt: Episode 2

It's episode 2 of Dance Chat! It's such a big week in dance: SYTYCD just wrapped up, DWTS begins and the Primetime Emmys are next weekend. In addition to all of that, I will be participating in the Beat MS Dance Walk with Courtney Galiano and also covering Kristin McQuaid's dance performance with several SYTYCD alumni.  

Here is the breakdown on the episode
SYTYCD: 1:16
Primetime Emmys: 1:44
DWTS: 4:14

The question of the week: Do you like having Contemporary on the first week of DWTS or do you think it should be traditional ballroom?

Google Hangout: Let me know if you are interested in doing a Google Hangout about the Broadway documentary Every Little Step. If 10 or more people say "yes," then I will make that happen!

Links from the episode:

DONATE to Beat MS Dance Walk
Contact Me

Saturday, September 14, 2013

DWTS Season 17: Week 1 Preview

We are just days away from the kickoff episode of Season 17 of Dancing With the Stars. It's been a long summer without you, but a big "thanks" to those who joined me and Jake for Season 10 of SYTYCD. We had a blast with some amazing guests. We are hoping to keep that tradition going with this season of DWTS.

The entire crew is back on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. PT this season: me, Suri Serano, Jake DuPree, Anna Trebunskaya...and one small addition: Baby Bump Trebunskaya! We are so excited for our co-host and her exciting new adventure.

Our first guest is locked and ready to go, so get those questions in for Julian Tocker, one of Season 16's troupe members. Questions go in the comments section below.

You can watch the show live here on Tuesday at 8 p.m. PT on AfterBuzz TV.

Our guest list is published here so you can mark your calendars for your DWTS favorites.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

AfterBuzz TV SYTYCD: Neil Haskell

Ahhh, the season is over. After a lackluster Season 9, I thought it was going to be difficult to get revved up for Season 10. Boy, was I wrong. This has been one of the most exciting seasons in a long time. While I have been in the Jasmine camp for a long time, I am still happy for Amy. The Top 10 contestants are all incredibly talented and I think we are going to see many of them working post-tour.

I want to thank all of the SYTYCD guests who joined us this season because they made our show extra-special. Besides our epic tWitch and Allison Holker episode, Spencer Liff continues to be one of my favorite guests. I am excited to watch his climb to success as he choreographs his first Broadway show Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Neil Patrick Harris.

Team AfterBuzz TV will also be supporting Courtney Galiano's Beat MS Dance Walk on Sept. 22. If you would like to support us, here is our donation page. A big thanks to Kaitlyn and Lois for their generous donations. We appreciate it!

Thanks for a great season! Let me know in the comments below who your favorite AfterBuzz TV guest was for Season 10.

Monday, September 9, 2013

AfterBuzz TV SYTYCD: Final Results Preview

I cannot believe we are down to the very last show of So You Think You Can Dance. Season 10 has been such a great ride for all of us on AfterBuzz TV. Before we bid goodbye and before Jake and I head off to Dancing With the Stars for Season 17, we have one final guest for you. It's another fantastic All-Star from Season 3, Neil Haskell. So get those final questions in for our last show.

If you missed the fan questions from tWitch and Allison Holker, click here.

Most importantly, who do you think will win this week? Fik-Shun or Aaron? Jasmine or Amy?

Also, the AfterBuzz TV crew is supporting Courtney Galiano's Beat MS Dance Walk on Sept. 22. If you would like to donate to the cause, you can find our team page here.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

DWTS Season 17: The End of the Ringer Debate

Don't ever count out athletes like Keyshawn Johnson in this competition.

Since we are only eight days away from the Season 17 launch of Dancing With the Stars. I'd like this to the last time we talk about ringers this season. Last season was filled with talk about the lovely Zendaya and her "ringer" status. It's just a waste of time talking about this since the alleged ringer doesn't always win. Let's talk about dance and choreography and personality--things that matter to the show. There will always be some producer manipulation behind the scenes, but arguing about it is just exhausting.

Yep, that's Snooki during her gymnastic and cheerleading days.

Here's a sample of a few of the contestants who have had dance or movement training prior to joining the cast.

Start by watching the incredible Valerie Harper in this production number. It isn't available for embedding, but it's definitely worth watching.

Elizabeth Berkley:

Amber Riley:

Christina Milian:

Bill Nye, The Science Guy:

Corbin Bleu:

DWTS on AfterBuzz TV premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 17 with me, Anna Trebunskaya, Suri Serano and Jake DuPree at 8 p.m. PT. Watch here

Saturday, September 7, 2013

SYTYCD All-Stars tWitch & Allison Holker Answer Fan Questions

We didn't have time for the fan Q&A segment this week, so I've uploaded the audio recording we did with tWitch and Allison Holker after the show. They kindly stayed and answered every single one of your questions...that's how awesome they are!

Listen to the segment below:

Here is the piece that tWitch was talking about from Season 4, Top 4 with Courtney Galiano. Now that you have the inside scoop on what really happened, the ending is pretty funny. They did a great job of hiding their momentary confusion.

If you missed last week's SYTYCD AfterBuzz TV show, you can watch it here.

Also, the AfterBuzz TV crew is supporting Courtney Galiano's Beat MS Dance Walk on Sept. 22. If you would like to donate to the cause, you can find our team page here.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

AfterBuzz TV SYTYCD: tWitch & Allison Holker

Oh, what a night! This was a dream come true for us at AfterBuzz TV. We were so excited to have tWitch and Allison in the studio. I wish I could share all of the texts between me, Jake, Chloe and AJ. It was kind of like Christmas morning when you were three years old.

I'm here to tell you that these two are the real deal: nice, funny, totally in love and incredibly talented. They are great ambassadors of dance and they represent SYTYCD so well.

We ran out of time for fan questions, so I audio-recorded them. I hope to have it up here on my site by this weekend. Stay tuned!

One thing you might not know about our group of hosts is that we all really like each other. After each show we hang out in the studio on the couches and chat about anything and everything. Last night, tWitch and Allison joined us for over an hour. We had a blast and I promise you...we were loud!  It was a fun night.

If you missed the show last night, watch it below. One more show left. Next week, it's All-Star Neil Haskell.

If you haven't seen Allison and Derek Hough's Emmy-nominated dance pieces, click here.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

SPOILER ALERT: DWTS Season 17 Updated Pro List

Okay, there have been a few shake-ups in the DWTS world. We've all been fed information about the pros. The list looked really solid and then it started to fall apart less than 24 hours before the big reveal.

You know what? It happens. ABC is clamping down on loose lips around the network especially after multiple seasons of The Bachelor/Bachelorette being spoiled.

I spoke with a reliable source and I believe this is your pro list for Season 17:


Tyne Stecklein-NEW name. Follow her on Twitter!!!

Troupe: Will perform every episode!

Tyne's Wikipedia bio--Dancer on the ill-fated Michael Jackson This Is It tour, so you know this girl can DANCE!
Tyne's IMDB page

See Tyne in action:

Disclaimer: This is what I was told. We all know things are subject to change and there could be errors here. We all run the risk of that when we publish spoilers. However, my source is solid, so I feel comfortable publishing this list. 

Photo Credit: ABC/

AfterBuzz TV SYTYCD: Top 4 Preview

What else can I say? It's tWitch and Allison Holker week! Emmys, Step Up 5, All-stars on SYTYCD ...where do we begin? Get those questions in now, it's going to be an epic week of SYTYCD on AfterBuzz TV.

If you missed my first episode of Dance Chat, click here.

Photo credit:  Joe Toreno

Monday, September 2, 2013

Dance Chat With Kristyn Burtt: Episode 1

It's such a big dance week, I couldn't resist! Let's talk DWTS, SYTYCD and Derek Hough! I hit a few hot topics on the two dance shows. Watch the whole show or drop in on your favorite segment. Here's how the show breaks down:

SYTYCD: 00:20
DWTS: 03:32
Derek Hough: 10:05

And the articles I refer are the links:
Christina Milian Instagram ScreenCap:
Travis Wall Article:
Sonya Tayeh Article:

Don't forget to join the chat and share your comments below. Let me know if you want me to do these regularly and what hot topics you want to discuss.

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