Sorry about that, Sylvia. For some reason, your post didn't show up for me at the bottom of the thread. I didn't see it until I after I posted.
Johnny tweeted on Oct. 3rd that he & Britt are getting ready to "jive our booties off" to Elton John's "Crocodile Rock."“I bought my first home a couple of years ago in 2018,” he said. “I was living like a gypsy all over the place, and I didn’t know where my life was going to take me. I finally found where I wanted to put down roots outside of Philadelphia, and part of that process was making sure that I had enough space to build a cottage for my parents, so that they could retire and not worry about those sorts of things.”
Keeping them close has another advantage, he joked. Since he travels so much, he doesn’t need to worry about leaving an empty house with them there to keep an eye on everything.
Just like with the Rumba, the jive was a lot better and he seemed yet more relaxed. It appears that he's lost that lovely stretch that he had 10-15 years ago when he's competing. I wouldn't be surprised if he's got some early arthritis that's causing the stiffness. They certainly seem to be developing chemistry and growing as a team. My guess is that if he's careful, he'll get a lot of that flowiness back week after week.
I can't stand the show, but I'll watch the clips just to see what he does.
I was surprised at how stiff he looked vs. Evan (who was not exactly Mr. Flexibilty), but I think you might be right on arthritis. Evan did DWTS while he was still doing shows. Six more years have gone by, and I'd guess time is taking its toll on a lot of the skaters. He did look like he was having fun. Nice to see.
Ballroom dance has pretty strictly defined gender roles and presentations. I was wondering how that was going to fit with the boundary-stretching that Johnny likes to do - which I actually appreciate, but I can see the ballroom purists and traditionalists not being comfortable with it.Was worried about Johnny this week. The costume choice was gonna alienate a good portion of the DWTS fans - I know he was playing with gender, but does he want to stay? Glad He squeaked through but they have got to calibrate.
The voters skew older and more conservative, so it's not going to be their cup o tea. As long as he knows what the consequences are for his pro, I'm ok.Ballroom dance has pretty strictly defined gender roles and presentations. I was wondering how that was going to fit with the boundary-stretching that Johnny likes to do - which I actually appreciate, but I can see the ballroom purists and traditionalists not being comfortable with it.
But now that the Olympian is on to Halloween night, he is planning something special for his fans. Johnny’s most requested program that he’s ever done is “Creep,” which Britt is going to translate into a Viennese Waltz, but to keep it fresh, it will also be performed to a different cover than Johnny normally skates to. They will dance to a version by Vincent/Kimberly Nichole, with Johnny dressed in a costume inspired by Dracula.
Johnny has been skating to “Creep” on ice for about five years now and says it has brought joy and comfort to many people who may feel like outsiders.
“The things that make you feel like a creep or weirdo are actually the things that make you so special,” he added. “I love it on the ice. I’m so excited to bring it to the ballroom. Just hearing the first few chords of ‘Creep’ makes me well up with tears, so we’re going to bring that emotion, we’re going to bring beauty, and we’re going to make it so much more special than just Johnny in a vampire costume.”
Each week, Johnny has been progressing and growing so much. He has been exceeding my expectations and I want to continue to share him and his journey with our audience. I admire Johnny. He dares to be different, and is always his unique and authentic self in his performance, interviews and costuming. I do my best to showcase that in our choreography.
We both started rehearsal Tuesday on fire, with energy from being in the bottom two still running through our veins! We want to be back on top and are going into this week of rehearsals with that in mind.
This Halloween-themed week -- "Villains Night" -- we are doing a Viennese waltz to "Creep." This is a song that is extremely important to Johnny both professionally and personally.
Johnny's skating program to "Creep" is one of his most beloved and requested performances and one that is very special to him. Beyond that, he is personally connected to this piece of music. This song celebrates individuality and the beauty in being different! Can't be more Johnny than that!