Dancing with the Stars Technically Superb with Nine Emmy Nominations

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“Macy’s Stars of Dance” returned for its final installment of the season, featuring Derek Hough and Jaimie Goodwin. Paying homage to a Fred Astaire classic — but with a modern twist — this mind-bending routine took place in a rotating room in yet another first for “Dancing with the Stars.”

The team behind Dancing with the Stars strives to make every show a special event, “and we are proud that the Television Academy has recognized the show we have been proud to present for more than 300 episodes,” says Conrad Green, executive producer of the BBC Worldwide Productions’ Dancing with the Stars, which has received nine 2013 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and for Tom Bergeron in the hosting category. “Live hosting is a special skill because there’s nowhere to hide. Tom has a great mind that stays engaged in the moment,” Green says in praise of Bergeron, who won last year.

The other nominations mark major recognition in the technical categories, “which are so competitive. Every show is the result of superb talent and top production values,” reports Green. The categories that are hoping to turn the nominations into trophies are Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming; Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series; Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series; Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic); Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special; and, perhaps the jewel in the DWTS crown, Outstanding Choreography, with Derek Hough nominated twice. Because the choreography category is a juried award, it is possible he could win two. Green’s praise of Hough is profuse, noting “his superb routines are so difficult to pull off technically, yet he does. Think about the concept of the rotating room for the ‘Walking on Air’ number. And I think all of our pros are recognized through Derek’s nominations.”

Karina Smirnoff and Jacoby Jones. Eight remaining couples hit the dance floor and paid tribute to singer, songwriter, and legend Stevie Wonder, on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

Karina Smirnoff and Jacoby Jones. Eight remaining couples hit the dance floor and paid tribute
to singer, songwriter, and legend Stevie Wonder, on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

 

For Art Direction, James Yarnell who made the incredible DWTS set has been nominated and says, “My contribution is the backdrop to create an exciting atmosphere. The set is meant to be a glamorous Hollywood ballroom. And the environment is constantly changing with every number, putting you in a jungle, or on a beach, or even a rotating room.” For Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series, Simon Miles has been nominated, and Yarnell says he works in tandem with Miles “to push the envelope with new looks for each dance on every show.”

Green adds the acknowledgement for Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series says a lot about “your peers appreciating the skill of your craft.” The team effort includes the categories of Hairstyling and Makeup, making everyone look so astonishing. “I think it is fun for those teams because you can play around with your skills and really go to town on our dancers with a lot of different looks,” Green says.

The nominations represent the whole range of the DWTS team and the layers of craftsmanship it takes to make an entertaining show. Fans can tune in the new DWTS Season 17, Sept. 16 on ABC. And you can anticipate something spectacular at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, Sept. 22, with Derek Hough helping to choreograph a dance number, and maybe taking home a couple of well-deserved trophies.

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