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Australian Dancer Michael Dameski Has Definitely Got The Goods

Watching the new season of World of Dance last night, it was impossible to ignore the amazing talent of dancer/actor Michael Dameski.

The 22-year-old from Sydney, Australia wowed the audience (and judges) with his spectacular, high-flying performance to Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy.”

At one point, the judges literally gasped as Dameski’s tight, lithe body leaped, twirled and flipped across the stage.

This isn’t Dameski’s first trip to the TV competition rodeo. In 2014, he competed and won the Australian edition of So You Think You Can Dance

Professionally, he’s also starred in the title role of the Australian and Broadway productions of Billy Elliot the Musical and appeared in the national touring company of Newsies as well as Travis Wall's acclaimed dance company Shaping Sound.

Dameski definitely has the goods - technique, passion, line, looks - to take home the $1 million prize on World of Dance.

Check out his amazing performance below.

 

By the way - did we mention he's a serious hottie?

 

 

Dear selfie, It's been a minute. Happy Friday

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A Big Gay Dance Party Will Welcome Mike Pence to Columbus, Ohio

On Friday, a big gay dance party will welcome Vice President Mike Pence to Columbus, Ohio.

That afternoon, Pence is scheduled to headline an event hosted by conservative nonprofit America First Policies at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel.

Sponsored in part by ProgressOhio, the event officially titled Big LGBTQ Dance Party will transpire from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. just outside the hotel, and will feature DJ Moxy, drag queens and more. Nearly 400 people are marked as “attending” the event as of this writing.

Pence is, of course, notoriously anti-LGBTQ+ rights. He has repeatedly voted against anti-hate crime legislation in Congress, and he’s expressed support for amending the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Pence also has allegedly expressed support for conversion therapy in the past, and earlier this year he got into an on-again off-again spat with Olympian Adam Rippon that never ceases to entertain.

Though this dance party sounds like a must for anyone in the Columbus area, it’s far from the first time LGBTQ+ activists have gracefully trolled the VP.

Last year, Werk For Peace attracted 200 people to a dance party at Pence’s rental home in D.C., and last December Pence and his family were greeted by neighbors with “Make America Gay Again” flags on a vacation to Aspen.

h/t: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2018/6/12/lgbt-dance-party-welcome-mike-pence-columbus-ohio

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/202327610490322/

Sean Hayes Busts A Move Filling In On ELLEN

Will & Grace star Sean Hayes filled in for Ellen DeGeneres today as guest-host for her talk show.

Explaining her absence, Hayes shared, "She tripped and fell and is trapped under the weight of her own wallet." He then admitted, "I really don't know where she is. I assume Home Depot - that's where all the lesbians go...?"

Along the way, Hayes reminded the audience that, although he hasn’t hosted a ‘talk show’ before, he does have some experience to draw upon.

“I do know my way around a television stage - I’m on a little show called Will & Grace.,” said the sitcom veteran. “And before that, I was on another show - called Will & Grace.”

“I’ve also been on Broadway. Maybe you’ve heard of the award-winning musical, Hamilton? (Applause) I saw that, too.”

Hayes assured the ELLEN audience that he’s “not going to change” anything in the show, except for that dancing thing.

“I don’t have anything prepared,” says Hayes. “And these shoes aren’t even good for dancing.”

Annnnnd, cue the music.

 

 

And The Winner Of "DWTS: Athletes" Is...?

SPOILER ALERT: On Monday night’s finale of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: Athletes edition, out Olympian and self-proclaimed "America's sweetheart" Adam Rippon took home the mirror-ball trophy becoming the Season 26 champion.

Rippon and his pro partner Jenna Johnson had to go head-to-head with fellow Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber, and Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess

Rippon and Johnson were tasked with two final dance styles: jazz and freestyle. 

The jazz dance (performed to the Broadway classic “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun), was a pure show biz routine that brought the audience to their feet and received a perfect score from the judges. 

 

 

“It was so exquisitely theatrical,” judge Bruno Tonioli gushed. “Technically, it was brilliant. Your timing and partner work is flawless.”

But the Asian-inspired freestyle fan dance (set to DJ Kass’ “Scooby Doo Pa Pa”) complete with vogueing, fan-snapping and more received a slightly mixed reaction scoring 9s and 10s for a 28 out of 30.

The judges read on the freestyle was perplexing in that it was full of very specific style and Team Rippon were definitely on fire from the get-go.

 

 

As a dancer and choreographer myself, I was floored at the complexity of the dance routines. And not only Team Rippon’s.

NFL-er Josh Norman absolutely killed in his football-inspired freestyle to “Walk On Water” by 30 Seconds To Mars. Not only difficult choreography, but he was dancing in formations with several other dancers and totally on point!

And it didn’t hurt that he performed the number shirtless and ended up under a shower ;)

Even Tonya Harding came out guns blazing with her disco-themed turn to “Hush Hush; Hush Hush” by The Pussycat Dolls.

But in the end, the prophecy of the season’s first night cha-cha to RuPaul’s “Sissy That Walk” came to fruition as Adam and Jenna were named the champions. 

This is Johnson’s first win on DWTS in only two seasons with the dance show.

“The Mirrorball has now taken on a new meaning, someone like me is accepted and I feel loved,” Rippon shared before his freestyle routine.

Rippon is the first openly gay winner of Dancing with the Stars. Congrats, Adam!

DWTS: Adam Rippon Soars To The Top With Stunning Contemporary Dance

Believe it or not, we have just one week left in this “Athletes-only” edition of Dancing with the Stars, and Olympic bronze medalist (and self-proclaimed “America’s sweetheart”) Adam Rippon is crushing it.

I’ve been pulling for Adam from day one and he hasn’t disappointed. 

Charming, self-deprecating and hard-working as hell, Rippon has been everything the TV show’s producers could have wanted.

Performing a contemporary dance last night to “O” by Coldplay (which Adam knows uber-well since he skated to it at the Winter Olympics), Team Rippon came to slay, and slay they did.

Gorgeous choreography (I’m glad Carrie Ann pointed out later how deceptively challenging the steps were), complete commitment and detailed execution made the bird-inspired dance take flight.

And the judges agreed.

DWTS season 24 runner-up David Ross: “By far my favorite dance of the night.”

Judge Len Goodman: “It had great control mixed with flair. It’s the best dance I’ve seen tonight. Well done.”

Judge Bruno Tonioli: “You were like two birds of paradise - mesmerizing and enchanting. It’s impossible to tell who is the professional. This is a masterpiece of a dance.”

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba: “I love that you push yourself that hard. I just wanted to thank you. This is why artists create - to have moments like this. Where it’s just pure perfection.”

Team Adam received the evening’s high-score 39-of-40, which he dedicated to his mom, saying afterward: “The only thing that I’m thankful for is that I’m a beautiful crier.”

From where I stand, the mirror-ball trophy is Adam’s to lose. He’ll face off in the finals next week against fellow-figure skater Tonya Harding, and Washington Redskins defensive back Josh Norman.

Watch Adam and Jenna’s contemporary dance below:

 

 

Last night also featured a salsa “ballroom battle” between woofy Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer and the NFL’s Josh Norman.

Both did great but how could I pass up a another chance to gaze again upon Mazdzer’s furry goodness? 

He knows what he’s working with. Just saying…

 

 

Telling A Gay Love Story, Ireland's Eurovision Entry Heads To Finals

Always a huge deal in Europe, the 63rd annual Eurovision Song Contest is currently underway in Lisbon, Portugal, with 43 countries vying for this year’s title.

Representing Ireland this year, former Britain’s Got Talent finalist Ryan O’Shaughnessy took to the big stage to perform his single, “Together.”

The music video for the song, which chronicles the breakup of a couple, features way cute dancers Kevin O’Dwyer and Alan McGrath falling in and out of a tender, romantic dance on the streets of Dublin.

The choreography by Ciaran Connolly is uber-charming as the flirtation between the young men is always the focus and the steps never overwhelm the storytelling.

On Tuesday night, the dancers joined O’Shaughnessy onstage, reprising their roles - and the moment the spotlight hit the duo the crowd roared with approval.

Did I mention the dancers are way cute?

The result? Oh yes, Ireland moves on into the finals!  Let's hear it for sweet pop songs and cute boys!

You can watch the 2018 Eurovision Grand Final this Saturday on Logo, May 12 at 3pm ET/12pm PT.

In reviewing the finalists, The Guardian had this to say about the performance:

“The great surprise of Tuesday’s first semi-final was easily Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy. His 'Together' doesn’t sound impressive on first listen – a cliche-stuffed love song (“I thought we’d be together ’til we die”) – but in Lisbon it soared, a real tear-jerker. It was helped by great staging: a young couple dancing with each other on a park bench, and twirling around a lamp-post in the snow. Who are the couple? Two men. That might not go down well in Russia with its “gay propaganda” ban, but should everywhere else.”

Watch O’Shaughnessy and company in their Eurovision performance below:

 

 

And here’s the original music video with romantical dance moves:

 

 

And if you want to know just how seriously some folks take the annual Eurovision competitions, check out this Irish fan who loses it when he finds out his country made the finals:

Adam Rippon's High-Flying DWTS Quickstep Lands At The Top Of The Scoreboard

Out figure skater Adam Rippon and partner Jenna Johnson took on the uber-challenging Quickstep in serious style on last night’s episode of Dancing with the Stars.

In the pre-performance video, Rippon shared that his grueling ‘Stars on Ice’ tour schedule has him flying all over the country while Johnson travels with him everywhere to rehearse. 

It’s airports, hotels, skating performances, 5 hour dance rehearsals, 3-4 hours of sleep a night, then rinse and repeat. 

But a busy schedule and sleep deprivation did not stand in the mighty Rippon’s way. 

Set to “Make Way” by Aloe Blacc, the duo delivered near perfection receiving 37 out of a possible 40 points. That made for a tie, with skating pal Mirai Nagasu and her pro partner Alan Bersten, for the night’s high score.

 

 

The judges gushed.

Bruno Tonioli: “No messing around, no distractions! Absolutely fantastic dancing all the way through. Your timing is impeccable.”

Len Goodman: “So much content, so much speed, but so much clarity of movement. Well done!”

Carrie-Ann Inaba: “You better work. So tight!”

“That was stunning," said guest judge Rashad Jennings. Although Adam’s snazzy red and black suit took the former NFL player aback: “This outfit though. Did you pick this outfit?”

“I actually stole it from your trailer,” sassed Rippon without missing a beat. “We’re the same size. Nobody knew that.”

After the performance, Rippons told Fox News his new fine Finnish boyfriend, Jussi-Pekka Kajaala, will be moving from Finland to Los Angeles to be with him.

"I live here in L.A. already but he's in the process of moving here. He lives in Helsinki right now," Rippon explained.

"He's coming as soon as the ['DWTS'] show is over. He's been to L.A. a bunch of times since the Olympics."

 

Good boys Finnish first

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Flashback: Video Of Two Men Dancing Is Tugs at Our Hearts

We posted this last year in July, but with the weather getting warmer and us getting into summer loving mode soon!  But this looks more than just a summer fling.  There's emotion in those moves. We want what they have! 


Have a look see at what these two men are capable of conveying on the dance floor.

 

We have no idea if they are together, just dance partners, or just good friends having fun. 

What we do know is that it is beautiful, inspirational, and heartwarming. How can something this moving and uplifting be so wrong?

Thanks for bringing us a great moment of happiness to start our weekend.

And thanks to one of our readers for sharing the entire video seen below.

h/t: Disponivel.com