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DWTS VIP Light Up the Night Winter Tour 17-18

DWTS VIP Light Up the Night Winter Tour 17-18

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I’ve had the pleasure of being a VIP for the last six Dancing with the Stars tours. From the first tour I participated in the VIP to this year’s tour I must say: It’s like night and day!  They have improved them tremendously!  So let’s talk about the details of the VIP!

Pre-Show: For my 1st show in Charlotte I did the Front Row VIP Pkg we received the email 4 days ahead of the show.  We had to arrive between 4:15-5:15 but, remember that varies by city so check your itinerary.   VIP Hosts this tour are Jeff & Sam (Lindsay’s hubby)

Entering VIP:   There were a lot of VIP’s but, the facility was awesome and let us in out of the cold so we could line up inside.  Once we signed in I got my ticket, the VIP bag with a tall mug inside and the signed tour program.  They did the lanyards with the letters on them again which is great so then they are only lining up small groups at a time for the photos.

Now on to the good stuff!  After check in we were directed upstairs.  We all grabbed a drink and met up with some other really nice fans.  At about 5:30-5:45 they lined up the first group for the photos and the cast came in.  Hayley and Brandon were in the mingle and Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie (all 3 will be consistent this tour) and then the other 2 will rotate and we had Emma & Keo. I will be keeping track so you can see if there is a pattern and potentially narrow down who might be in your city!  Photos did go a little quick this time but, they did have a ton of people.  You were still able to say hi to each person and say something quick.  Hayley and Brandon were super sweet in the mingle.  The lighting was tough where they were standing so I would suggest using flash when you have your photos taken if the lighting is tough.

http://lightscmemories.com/vip/vip-photo-list-dwts-light-night-winter-tour/

DWTS TourThe VIP Nation staff is also very kind, nobody is yelling at you it’s a pleasant experience.  You do have to leave your purse, bags and anything else on you at the table and you cannot ask for autographs etc. at the cast photo portion.   This year too it was one professional photo taken by VIP Nation host, no selfie options in the main photo.  You could however do selfies with the dancers in the Meet & Mingle.  They did have a GIF area this time.  I didn’t get a chance to get over there as I was catching up with friends but, will at a future show.  After the photos were done and the dancers all left to get ready for the show you could go to the merchandise stand and do some crowd free shopping which was also nice.

Please note on the pics:  the itinerary says up within to 2 weeks which drives all of the fans crazy because that is the one thing they all want and it took 5 days to post the Charlotte pics and I am beyond disappointed, the host clearly did not check them like they usually do because my eyes are completely shut in both pictures!  That is not ok, people spend a lot of money on these packages, I can’t print either of my pictures!  If I could change one thing in the VIP world it would be that the photos were up in 24-48 hours as that is the ONE thing the fans want to see more than anything but, the tour just started so we will see if the speed improves.  UPDATE:  I have done 3 more shows since opening night and I am happy to report that the host is now checking the photos before you walk away to be sure eyes are open.  I was much happier with my photo from the Verona show and the Mohegan shows.  I did want to mention though because it was brought to my attention that the fans in Boston will not be receiving their photos.  They received an email offering a $100 refund and an apology that they would not be receiving their photos due to a memory card error.  I know so many of you follow this page and I just wanted to say that I am so sorry to hear that happened to you.  In all my years of doing VIP I never heard of that happening to an entire city.  I know on one hand you have the memory of meeting them but, I also totally understand how disappointed you are not having the photo memory.

DWTS TourWhat to wear:  Be comfortable & wear what you want.  You will see everyone from dressed down to wearing beautiful dresses and everything in between.

Show time!  I will be doing another blog on the show itself after my next one.  I will say it’s really a great show.  Very minimal crowd interaction this time, only Alan goes out for less than a minute to start off a # in the crowd.  That was disappointing because fans love that so much.  Jordan and Frankie are a lot of fun and the Pro’s just knock it out of the park with their high energy performance.  More to come in a few weeks.

Suggestions for Tour Management:  This is something I have been thinking about.  For the Maks & Val Tour and the Derek & Julianne tours there was another top level tier package when you got pictures in the VIP and then got extra time with them backstage.  I know the VIP photos are with “select” dancers (4 the last 2 tours & 5 this tour) at each city but, many fans have voiced their disappointment when their “favorite” isn’t in their photo since it’s a random rotation.  I have heard many voice their displeasure at paying several hundred dollars but not getting a pic with their favorite.  What if you added another ticket tier or made it with the front row packages that you get your pic with the rest of the VIP’s and then you are either taken down just before the show or just after and get a photo with the full tour cast?  If you sold a very limited # of them it wouldn’t take that much extra time.  That way you those that truly want to meet them all would have the chance and it would then add another tier package for you.  I know I would sign up for that for sure!

If possible rotate the staff if you are doing two shows in one city.  Some of us like to go to both shows and it would be great to get pics with two sets of dancers since you are paying VIP at both.

Bravo & Thank you:  VIP Nation you always put together fantastic unique experiences and it doesn’t go unnoticed! Thank you so much to the tour staff:  Mandy Moore & Ashley Edens-Shaffer, Directors and our dance captains:  Jenna and Artem truly put together an amazing show that I think every fan should be sure they have a ticket for! The creative genius is obvious at every moment in the show.  The vision and layout for this tour is truly worth 10 Stars!  The crew and all the other behind the scenes individuals also deserve a shout out!  The Dancers (Sharna, Gleb, Artem, Lindsay, Sasha, Keo, Emma, Jenna, Hayley, Alan, Morgan and Brandon all truly leave it on the floor each night.  It’s emotional, it’s passionate, it’s raw, it’s FUN, it’s full of energy and I am so excited I will get to see this tour multiple times and have a new take away each night!

If you don’t have a ticket…Buy one today and if you are able to do VIP it’s worth the investment for this experience they have many different levels and price points too!  Here’s the link for tickets/VIP package! http://dwtstour.com/

Want to see more photos?  For many more pictures from the tour, past tours please follow me on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook @lightscmemories!  If you have any questions that I can help with please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Where do I love to shop for fun outfits for VIP pics!

Fun concert wear!

Bebe:  http://www.bebe.com/

Nordstrom:  http://shop.nordstrom.com/

White House Black Market:  https://www.whitehouseblackmarket.com/store/

Coach:  http://www.coach.com/shop/women-wristlets

 

Until next time,

XOXO

Heather

VIP Experience Blog

VIP Photo List DWTS Light Up the Night Winter Tour

 

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I will update this nightly for the DWTS Light Up the Night Tour so you can get an idea WHO might be in the photo in your city!

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Charlotte, NC:  M&G-Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Keo & Emma  (Mingle:  Hayley & Brandon)

Greenville, SC:  M&G-Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Sharna & Sasha (Mingle:  Jenna & Alan)

Atlanta:  M&G: Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Gleb & Artem (Mingle:  Brandon & Morgan)

Richmond:  M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Keo & Emma (Mingle:  Alan & Hayley)

Philadelphia:  M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Jenna & Sasha (Mingle:  Alan & Morgan)

Kitchener, ON:  M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Sharna & Artem (Mingle:  Hayley & Brandon)

Rama: Evening Show M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Alan & Gleb (Mingle:  Hayley & Jenna)

Rama:  Matinee Show:  M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Emma & Sasha (Mingle:   ??)

New Brunswick, NJ: M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Sharna & Keo (Mingle:  Morgan & Jenna)

Washington, DC:  M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Gleb & Alan (Mingle:  Hayley & Brandon  )

Bethlehem, PA: 1st Show   M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Emma & Sasha (Mingle:  Jenna & Morgan)

Bethlehem, PA:  2nd Show:  M&G:  Jordan, Frankie, Keo & Artem (Mingle:  Hayley & Brandon)

Lancaster:  Combined Matinee & Evening:  M&G:  Sharna, Gleb, Frankie & Jordan (Mingle:  Alan & Morgan)

Pittsburgh:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Frankie, Emma & Sasha (Mingle:  Morgan & Hayley)

New York City:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Frankie, Gleb & Sharna (Mingle:  Alan & Brandon)

Verona:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Frankie, Artem & Keo (Mingle:  Jenna & Hayley)

Windsor:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Frankie, Emma & Sasha (Mingle:  Alan & Morgan)

Buffalo:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Frankie, Alan &  Sharna (Mingle:  Keo & Brandon)

Bangor:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Frankie, Keo & Gleb (Mingle:  Jenna & Hayley)

Portland:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Frankie, Sasha & Emma (Mingle:  Alan & Morgan)

Boston:  M&G:  Jordan, Frankie, Keo & Artem (Mingle:  Hayley & Brandon)

Mohegan Night 1:  M&G:  Jordan, Frankie, Lindsay, Gleb & Sharna (Mingle:  Alan & Morgan)

Mohegan Night 2:  M&G:  Frankie, Lindsay, Sasha & Emma (Mingle: Hayley & Brandon)

Baltimore:  M&G:  Frankie, Lindsay, Gleb & Sharna (Mingle:  Alan & Jenna)

Cleveland:  M&G:  Frankie, Lindsay, Keo & Alan (Mingle:  Morgan & Brandon)

Columbus:  M&G:  Frankie, Lindsay, Artem & Gleb (Mingle:  Hayley & Jenna)

Cincinnati:  M&G:  Frankie, Lindsay, Emma & Sasha (Mingle:  Alan & Morgan)

Indianapolis:  M&G:  Frankie, Lindsay, Sharna & Keo (Mingle:  Alan & Jenna)

Rosemont:  M&G:  Frankie, Lindsay, Gleb & Artem (Mingle:  Hayley & Brandon)

Ames:  Cancelled due to bus accident

Rockford: M&G:  Frankie, Lindsay, Jordan, Emma & Sasha (Mingle:  Alan & Keo)

Fort Wayne:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Sharna & Alan (Mingle:  Morgan & Jenna)

Knoxville:  M&G:  Lindsay, Frankie, Jordan, Emma & Sasha (Mingle:  ??)

Birmingham:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Keo & Artem (Mingle: Brandon & Morgan)

Huntsville:  M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Sharna & Alan (Mingle:  Jenna & Brandon)

Nashville:  M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Gleb & Keo (Mingle:  Hayley & Morgan)

Sarasota:  M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Emma & Sasha (Mingle:  Jenna & Brandon)

Clearwater:  M&G:  Lindsay, Alan, Jordan & Gleb (Mingle:  ?

Hollywood:  M&G:  Lindsay, Frankie, Jordan, Keo & Artem (Mingle:  Jenna & Hayley)

Naples:  ?

Jacksonville:  ?

Orlando:  M&G:  Lindsay, Frankie, Jordan, Keo & Sharna (Mingle:  Brandon & Jenna)

 

 

XOXO

Heather

VIP Experience Blog

98 Degrees Christmas Tour 2017

98 Degrees

Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons & Justin Jeffre

December 2017

DPAC

98 degrees

 

 

Entering the 98 degrees VIP:

98 degrees had a fun VIP for their Christmas tour.  I was shocked when I signed in and found out I was the only one that had the Backstage experience.  I admit I was a little nervous.  They had us check in between 4-4:45, we were taken in for sound check around 5:15 and it started about 5:30.  That was a fun experience, Drew talked for a bit about the tour, the technical reasons they do the sound checks etc.  They did 2 full songs and then a snippet of a 3rd and then did a Q&A.  After that was finished we were added to the line for the group photos.  Only rules were no cell phone and no hugging the guys as they did not want to get sick on tour.

98 degreesBackstage Experience:  After the group pictures they escorted me down to the backstage area.  I really was so nervous for some reason but, the guys were all so nice and so sweet.  We all sat on the couches and talked a lot about DWTS and Nick & Drew’s experiences, I shared what I do with photography and then just random other discussions about bands, music etc.  I really appreciated that they asked me questions to and they seemed interested.  It really was like hanging out with any of my guy friends and it was such a great experience.  Before I left the room we all did a champagne toast and I had to laugh when they all said eyes, eyes, eyes, it’s an old wives tale but, it made me laugh.  We took selfies, they did a few videos for me and that was it.  I couldn’t have asked for a better experience truly.  I hope they will do that on future tours.

The concert itself was great, they played a fantastic mix of Holiday songs and all of their hits over the years.  I really enjoyed myself. 98 degrees

Suggestions for his staff & CID Entertainment: I would just say what I often am writing here.  I know they say it can take up to 2 weeks for your pictures but, my experience is the really great hosts have them up in 24 hours because they get how important it is to fans and how much anticipation there is to see the photos.  98 degreesThis host took a week to post them and even had a bunch of us worried because she posted less than 20 one day and that was it and we all were wondering what happened to ours and then 2 days later the rest were posted.  Rock star hosts post them very quickly because they truly get it.

98 degreesVenue Comments:   I usually love attending events at DPAC but, it really soured my opinion this time.  About 4 songs in I had a security manager come up to me and tell me I couldn’t use my point and shoot camera.  I said but, it’s a point and shoot and he said it’s making the tour uncomfortable and truly wasn’t very nice about it.  98 degreesI have used that camera there for a ton of events and it fits under what is allowed.  I was not happy at all and it really ruined the first part of the show for me.  At intermission, I asked someone to get him and I showed him in the light that my camera was within the rules and I asked him to take it back and show the tour.  Sure enough he came out and said its fine you can take pics the rest of the show.  It was just really unnecessary and you don’t have to be so rude to people that spend a lot of money to attend these events.

Final Verdict: Definitely recommend 98 Degrees VIP!

Here are a few videos:

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=xErnX6TMSFI

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=tKvo9V5o2xU

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=D85H7cr75Sw

Fun concert wear!

Bebe:  http://www.bebe.com/

Nordstrom:  http://shop.nordstrom.com/

White House Black Market:  https://www.whitehouseblackmarket.com/store/

Coach:  http://www.coach.com/shop/women-wristlets

Until Next Time,

Xoxo

Heather

 

Entertainment Blog

Dancing with the Stars Season 25 Disney Week!

Dancing with the Stars Season 25 Disney Week!

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It’s DISNEY week!!!  Loved the opening # it was so cute!

 

Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy

#teamViVa

Jazz-“Steamboat Willie” from “Steamboat Willie”

Victoria’s personality totally matches Disney!  First of all how cute were their costumes.  I love seeing Val during week’s like this!  I thought the dance was so creative and fun.  Victoria is making big strides in all she is able to do on the show.  The performance in my opinion was light, fun, flawless and just the perfect way to kick off Disney Week!

 

Vanessa Lachey & Maks Chmerkovskiy

#teamBabiesandBallroom

Waltz-“Un Jour Mon Price Viendra” from “Snow White”

Their package was too funny.   I thought their dance was full of elegance and grace tonight.  Vanessa is a stunning dancer and continues to grow each week.  It was beautifully choreographed by Maks.   It was truly beautiful tonight and they should be proud of their performance.

 

Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas

#teamStark

Foxtrot-“When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio”

I thought they had a beautiful Foxtrot!  Loved Mickey playing the piano!  Nice touch!  There was a lot of great content in the in the dance and it was beautifully performed.   I wasn’t surprised at all that Len loved it.

 

Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd

#teamMomandPops

Quickstep-“The Bare Necessities” from “The Jungle Book”

Their package was absolutely precious and hilarious.  I really loved their dance tonight.  I really have not understood why Nick’s scores have been what they are this season.  I think he is exactly what this show should be about, learning how to dance, growing week after week.  He and Peta have always had a fun partnership and I really thought they absolutely nailed it tonight.  What a great job!  I thought it was a lot of fun and you could tell they were having a great time!  Again he was underscored by Carrie Ann and Bruno.  I just don’t get it night after night he’s underscored.

 

Drew Scott & Emma Slater

#teamHotProperty

Viennese Waltz-“Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie”

Drew is another one that has made great strides this season.  He is so much more in control and graceful.  I really enjoyed their dance, he’s become a true leading man.  It was light, creative and beautifully fit the theme.  That was really very good!  Great job!

 

Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko

#teamAteam

Rumba-“Kiss the Girl” from “The Little Mermaid”

I am loving these packages this week.  That is an amazing weight loss Sasha, you go girl!  I really enjoyed their dance.  It was fun, in character, had a lot of great Rumba content and was as sexy as you can be on Disney night.   Gleb did a beautiful job of creating the dance.  They are a great partnership and it’s obvious how much they truly are friends.  I thought they deserved higher scores again this week.

 

Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke

#teamGetchaPopcorn

Quickstep-“I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from “The Lion King”

Their dance was fun, creative and executed well.  They really incorporated the troupe and fellow dancers.   Terrell is growing each week.  Their scores to me were over-scored.

 

Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson

#teamFranneypack

Argentine Tango-“Angelica” from “Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides”

I think Frankie pulled off sexy really well.  I thought their dance had intensity, and lot of fun content and I really loved it!  Witney did another great job in putting together a wonderful performance.  Frankie is really continues to be one to watch! They totally deserved the 2 10’s that was great!

 

Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold

#teamFishUponAStar

Foxtrot-“You’re Welcome” from “Moana”

Another fantastic and flawless performance by Jordan and Lindsay.  It was a lot of fun to watch and Lindsay is truly doing a phenomenal job creating these masterpiece dances this season.  Jordan is a natural and his personality just shines in his dances.

 

Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev

#teamSmackDown

Jazz-“Remember Me” from Disney-Pixar’s upcoming movie “Coco”

Their package had me laughing too.  Artem really did a fabulous job of putting together this performance.  It was light, fun, hit all the cultural marks and it was filled with a ton of fun high energy.  I loved every moment of their dance!  Bravo!!!  Finally good scores for this team!  Very well deserved!

Fourth to go home this season:   Gleb & Sasha

This is another ridiculous bottom 2 this season. What is going on seriously!  As a viewer since Season 1 this is the most messed up and wrong elimination order I have ever seen on the show.  I really just don’t get it.

As I expected this season is packed with talent and great personalities.  Voting will be even more important than usual to keep your favorites coming back week after week!

The tour dates and cast was announced!!!  Excited for a good long tour this winter!!!  For more info and more VIP & regular tickets go to:  http://dwtstour.com/

For pictures from the tour this summer please visit my social media pages @lightscmemories!

 

 

Until next time,

XOXO

Heather

Entertainment Blog

Dancing with the Stars S25 Most Memorable Year!

Dancing with the Stars Season 25 Most Memorable Year!

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This is hands down my favorite week each season…Most Memorable Year.  The emotion behind the meaningful dances is just beauty in motion.  I cannot get enough!

Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson

#teamFranneypack

Quickstep

I absolutely loved what Frankie said in this package although it’s sad the reason why.  He has had many injuries and has suffered many TIA’s which are mini strokes and his memory has been affected over the years from all of it.  The TIA’s are absolutely not minor things.  My Dad had one several years ago and it was a really scary week not knowing if he would regain full function.  Being so young and dealing with them must be scary.   It’s a beautiful way to live being in the present.  I really adore Frankie and in so many ways he is one of my favorite reasons to watch this show.  He has a love for the dance.  I really liked their performance.  I thought it was solid, it was fun, beautiful and had a lot fun content included.

 

Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke

#teamGetchaPopcorn

Viennese Waltz

Terrell’s year was the year his Grandmother passed.  She was a huge part of his life stepping in as a main care giver in many ways in his life.  She was such a key part of his life and his inspiration.  He credits her for being the man that he is today.  Their dance was beautiful and I think one of the best they have done to date.  His height in this dance really was an asset because it allowed him to display beautiful lines.  It was really, really beautiful and the emotion was raw.

 

Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev

#teamSmackDown

Contemporary

Nikki’s year was the year she made a comeback to the ring.  She got an MRI and found out her neck was about to break in half.  She is one heck of a fighter and I agree with her sister’s reference that she is fearless.  She’s fierce in every way.  Artem has such an amazing talent to choreograph dances but, he truly excels at contemporary and pulling the emotion out of his partner.  Tonight it was a masterpiece performance.   Their dance was absolutely stunning in every word.  It was beautiful, artsy, powerful and a beautiful display of her story, her strength and I loved it!

 

Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd

#teamMomandPops

Contemporary

Nick’s most memorable year was the year he married Vanessa.  Such a beautiful love story, he has his family he always dreamed of.  Peta did an absolutely stunning job at putting together this dance tonight.  It truly allowed Nick to dance with his heart and it was evident in every single movement.  It was a beautiful masterpiece tonight and it was absolutely breathtaking.  I love watching dances where you can not only see the beauty but, feel the raw emotion and you absolutely could feel it tonight.   Len and Bruno’s scores were just wrong in my opinion.  They are consistently underscored this season in my opinion.

 

Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas

#teamStark

Viennese Waltz

Lindsey’s most memorable year was when her Dad got cancer and lost his life.  He seemed like he was such a light and fun character.  I loved what she said that instead of being angry at what she was losing she was grateful for what she had.   Their dance was light and beautiful and full of emotion.  There was so much creativity, imagination and heart in the performance.  Their scores were puzzling to me though, if another couple was lacking content of the dance they would not have been scored that high.

 

Derek Fisher & Sharna Burgess

#teamHoopsandHeels

Jazz

Derek’s dance was for his daughter who had a rare eye cancer.  They decided to try to save her eye through a new procedure.  He walked away from his contract because he had to be there for his daughter.  The surgery worked and really changed Derek.   Their dance was really light, bright and fun and a sweet way to celebrate that’s daughter’s surgery worked and she is thriving in life.  It had a lot of great energy and the moment after with his daughter was just so sweet.  I really liked it and it allowed you to see into Derek’s personality and see how much he loves his daughter.

 

Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold

#teamFishUponAStar

Contemporary

Jordan’s most memorable year was the year he was officially adopted by his grandparents.  It was such a beautiful story of love and listening to them describe it was just a great example of unconditional love.   I absolutely loved their performance.  It was just masterfully designed by Lindsay and beautifully portrayed by Jordan.  Oh my gosh that ending with his parents was just pure emotion in every meaning of the word.  The dance really was perfection and really defined why I love this week on the show.  Every movement had pure heart behind it.   They got the first 10’s of the season from Carrie Ann & Bruno!

 

Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko

#teamAteam

Foxtrot

Sasha’s year was the final year of Pretty Little Liars, struggling with her health but she also was able to discover love and getting engaged.  What a beautiful love story they have.  I love the story of one door closing and another one opening.  So often in life many will stare at the closed chapter/door but, it’s ok to turn your head to see what the new chapter will bring.  I really just adore Sasha, she’s just real and I think she is inspiring far more women than she may realize being on the show.  Their performance was so light, fun and a beautiful way to tell her story.  They really have developed a great friendship too which is so fun to watch.  It was filled with content, great happy energy and they should be very proud of this performance!

 

Vanessa Lachey & Maks Chmerkovskiy

#teamBabiesandBallroom

Rumba

Vanessa’s year was the story of the recent birth of her son.   I never knew Vanessa’s story that her mom left when she was young.  She and Nick really have a similar background which really shows why they both value family as much as they do.  With her last pregnancy she was on bedrest and went into Labor very early.   Thankfully their baby was able to survive and made their family complete.  Vanessa really is extremely graceful and you could feel the emotion in every movement of their dance tonight.  Their dance was really exquisitely performed and seeing the emotion on both she and Nick’s face was just heartbreaking.  It was filled with content

 

Drew Scott & Emma Slater

#teamHotProperty

Jive

Drew’s year was the year that changed his life and he went all in to chase his dreams of being an actor.  His spirit was broken because he wasn’t making it as an actor.  I loved his story on when he realized maybe I can combine my dreams of real estate and acting and that’s how Property Brothers was created.  That’s such a key to life rather than give up you figure it out and find a way to make it work! Drew has improved so much and I wondered how the Jive would look with his height and I thought he did fantastic.  What a fun moment to have Jonathan comes out and join them!   Now that is a trio dance!  So awesome!  I really loved their performance tonight.

 

Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy

#teamViVa

Foxtrot

It still amazes me every week to know what Victoria has gone through and to see all she has done since.  It’s nothing short of a miracle but, what I love about her even more is her spirit.  She never allowed it to break her and her positivity just exudes every week.  I cannot imagine how hard for her parents this was as well to watch all that Victoria has gone through.  I love what she said at the end too that she doesn’t like to sit now that she can stand.    I really loved their Foxtrot.  Val was able to create a dance that just perfectly displayed her triumph and all she accomplished.  It’s just simply incredible!  Their dance was just stunning in every moment, every step was just perfection in motion.  Watching Victoria should make everyone believe you can achieve anything in life.

Third to go home this season:   Sharna & Derek Fisher

I seriously do not get it this season.  The last 2 eliminations were just flat out wrong in my humble opinion.  I am blown away yet again absolutely wrong bottom 2 again.  Plus the scoring this season has had me really scratching my head.  Some are consistently being over scored and others consistently underscored even with great performances and/improvement.   As a viewer I am having a real issue with that this season.

As I expected this season is packed with talent and great personalities.  Voting will be even more important than usual to keep your favorites coming back week after week!

The tour dates and cast was announced!!!  Excited for a good long tour this winter!!!  For more info and more VIP & regular tickets go to:  http://dwtstour.com/

For pictures from the tour this summer please visit my social media pages @lightscmemories!

 

 

Until next time,

XOXO

Heather

Entertainment Blog

Dancing with the Stars Season 25 Wk 2 Ballroom & Latin nights!

Dancing with the Stars Season 25 Ballroom & Latin Nights!

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Can I just give a major shout out to the DWTS Costume Department!  So beautiful, creative and amazing both last week and this week!  What a fun week to have 2 DWTS shows!  I decided to combine them into one blog!  Another huge kudos to Mandy Moore on that killer opening number for Latin Night!

Debbie Gibson & Alan Bersten

#teamSonBerst

Ballroom:  Quickstep

Alan and Debbie are so great together.  I am glad she mentioned the health issue.  Not that it isn’t valid but, I don’t want her packages to be about that each week so the viewers can get to know her and focus on this great partnership.  Their quickstep was super high energy and a lot of fun to watch.  I thought Debbie looked so comfortable on the dance floor tonight and seemed to be having a blast!

Latin:  Argentine Tango

Debbie is awesome and seems like a lot of fun!  That dance was just red hot, sexy and they brought the fire to the dance floor tonight.  Debbie is also improving week after week and each week I am thinking that is her best dance! I really loved it and Alan really is doing a fantastic job as a Pro!

 

Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev

#teamSmackDown

Ballroom:  Waltz

What a precious story about Nikki and her Nana.  I really love this partnership.  Nikki and Artem were absolutely stunning, elegant and just memorizing tonight.  Nikki truly succeeded with showing us all another part of her.  Their performance was absolutely beautiful.    The smile on Artem’s face after the performance showed just how proud he was.

Latin:  Samba

One word for their Samba, HOT!  Nikki and Artem turned up the sizzle factor for Latin night!  Nikki has such a presence about her and its totally human to be nervous, this is something you have never done before.  The performance had it all the heat, hip action and that spice that Latin night needs.  Artem excellent job on the choreography!  I thought they were scored too low.

 

Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas

#teamStark

Ballroom:  Quickstep

Mark’s creativity was on full display tonight.  I thought they did well.  Definitely full of energy and their attire really was creative.  I was thinking what Len said that it seemed on ballroom night they should have been hold a lot more than they were.

Latin:  Salsa

Lindsey was great again tonight.  Always brings the high energy, fun and her technical ability.  That was a really fantastic performance.

 

 

Barbara Corcoran & Keo Motsepe

#teamSharkeo

Ballroom:  Tango

It made me sad to see Barbara’s package.  No matter what happens you have to give it your best and I really felt that she did that tonight.  Is she the strongest dancer maybe not but, she has heart, she has drive and she’s working hard at learning technique and I saw an improvement this week.

 

Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd

#teamMomandPops

Ballroom:  Foxtrot

Nick and Peta seem to have really developed a good friendship and it shows in their dancing.  I thought their dance was light, beautiful and so elegant.  I really think Nick has a lot of potential in this competition. They had a wardrobe issue which threw them off a bit tonight.  I think they have to stop doing the married couple segments every single show only because I see the chatter online about it and I don’t want to see that hurt either Nick or Vanessa with the viewers.

Latin:  Argentine Tango

Peta is phenomenal at Latin dances and she absolutely choreographed a smoking hot performance for Nick tonight.  I thought it was very good.  Nick really had great technique, the hip action and the total package.  Loved their performance tonight!

 

 

Drew Scott & Emma Slater

#teamHotProperty

Ballroom:  Quickstep

Emma is so cute, saying she wants Len to see that this fixer upper is under construction.  Drew injured his hamstring too this week.  I thought Drew was more in control this week and I really enjoyed watching their dance.  A ton of fun great energy and a big improvement this week in the performance and they should be proud of themselves.

Latin:  Rumba

I really think that was Drew’s best performance to date.  It was so controlled, had good technique, flow and really just a beautiful performance overall.  I love watching the stars grow and improve week after week and Emma is just an amazing coach.

 

 

Vanessa Lachey & Maks Chmerkovskiy

#teamBabiesandBallroom

Ballroom:  Foxtrot

Vanessa had a painful toe injury this week and it must not have been comfortable for her dancing.  Vanessa is very good at getting into character and that adds to her performance.  I thought they had another great performance this week.  Vanessa is talented and will go far.

Latin:  Salsa

Vanessa really exudes confidence on the dance floor.  Their performance was super fun, high energy and she really is shining week after week.  They definitely are ones to watch this season!

 

 

 

 

Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson

#teamFranneypack

Ballroom:  Tango

I love that Frankie fell in love with dancing and dealing with back injury and dancing no easy task.   It’s also nice to see Witney have a partner again that can really allow her creativity to shine.   There is someth

ing so incredibly endearing about Frankie and it’s apparent he is dancing with his heart completely.  I loved their dance tonight it was really fantastic.

Latin:  Cha Cha

I know I keep saying it but, Frankie’s enthusiasm is just off the hook.  It’s so obvious how much fun he is having and it’s great to watch.  I loved their Cha Cha.  It was so fun to watch, had crazy good energy and Frankie is shining bright!

 

 

 

Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke

#teamGetchaPopcorn

Ballroom:  Foxtrot

Their package was let’s say interesting.  Terrell definitely seemed a lot more comfortable this week.   I thought they were better this week and showed improvement.  I am not seeing the connection grow between them as much as other couples yet.

Latin:  Samba

I thought Terrell showed growth tonight and seems to be getting comfortable on the dance floor.  I still can’t put my finger on what is not clicking for me with this duo.

 

 

 

 

Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko

#teamAteam

Ballroom:  Viennese Waltz

This is another partnership that seems to have developed into a great friendship.   Sasha’s parents are amazing dancers!  Sasha really showed a lot of improvement in her expressions.  I thought they did a beautiful job this week.  It was a lot more relaxed, the content really shined through in every movement and I think she really shined this week and a real improvement.  Gleb’s excitement with the scores was too cute!

Latin:  Samba

I am so sorry for what Sasha has been going through and I think so many women can totally relate to that.  Just remember you are beautiful.  I thought the dance was fantastic tonight.  Sasha is improving every week and it shows!  The excitement with the scores was awesome!  You are rocking it girl!

 

 

Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy

#teamViVa

Ballroom:  Tango

I really love Victoria.  She is amazingly strong and her attitude just shines.   I loved their dance it was absolutely fierce, strong, intense and Victoria is another one that really does a great job of getting into character.  Val is doing a phenomenal job of creating dances that truly highlight Victoria, you can’t help but, keep totally focused on her.

Latin:  Rumba

Val cracked me up in the package.  He’s right many women would love to be in that position.  I really liked their dance and I think again Victoria was totally able to get into the character.  I am in awe of Victoria and how she is able to perform to this level and not have feeling in her legs.  I didn’t agree with Len at all tonight.  What a special way for Victoria to spend her birthday too!

 

Derek Fisher & Sharna Burgess

#teamHoopsandHeels

Ballroom:  Foxtrot

Derek is so light on his feet and full of grace.  Absolutely continue to be another partnership to watch. I really enjoyed their dance tonight, it was fun, light, and a lot of fun to watch from home.  I didn’t see what the judges mentioned that he danced small.  I really liked it.  His Mom is a real hoot too!

Latin:  Paso Doble

Derek really got into the character of the matador!  Excellent performance!  He was in command of the dance floor tonight.  Sharna continues to shine with her choreography in highlighting Derek and they are growing with each performance.

 

 

 

Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold

#teamFishUponAStar

Ballroom:  Viennese Waltz

They are an adorable partnership.  Jordan absolutely has the talent to go far in this competition.  I think it’s really allowing Lindsay to push her creativity even higher.  Their dance was fabulous and quite the way to end the night.  Jordan really has grace in his movement.

Latin:  Samba

Holy Smokes!  That was one red hot amazing performance!  The technique, the heat was off the charts for this early in the competition.  Jordan really has a natural talent and rhythm.  It’s awesome seeing Lindsay so excited too!

 

 

First to go home this season:   Barbara and Keo

Second to go home this season:  Debbie and Alan (My mouth is still on the floor on this one)

Barbara really improved a lot this week and she should be very proud of herself.  I think if she had been on past seasons she would have been able to work at it and stay but, this season is so full of talent.  I do think the bottom 2 are the ones that should have been there and I just adore Keo.

Debbie and Alan absolutely should NOT have been the ones to go tonight.  This is why votes matter everyone.  Debbie was doing great and improving week after week.  The one that should have gone home tonight wasn’t in the bottom 2.  My mouth is still on the floor after that elimination.  Sad for Alan too, he was doing a great job as a Pro and this is the wrong result tonight.

I am attending the live show next week so my blog will be a day or two later but, I will have a lot more to share so stay tuned!

Votes are super important this season with so much talent!

For pictures from the tour this summer please visit my social media pages @lightscmemories!

Until next time,

XOXO

Heather

Entertainment Blog

Dancing with the Stars Season 25 Premiere!

Dancing with the Stars Season 25 Premiere!

#dwts

#dwts25

I could not be more excited for this season!  It’s a really great cast and I think it’s going to be a competitive season!  Crazy it’s up to 25 seasons.  I have watched since Season 1 and seen the changes over the years and this one should be special!

What an opening night!  That was absolutely amazing!  Bravo Mandy Moore!

We will miss Julianne as a judge this season but, nice to see Len, Bruno and Carrie Ann back.  I have to say in a way I am glad the judges are scoring a bit low tonight.  This gives all the partnerships room to grow and improve.

 

Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke

#teamGetchaPopcorn

Cha Cha

Wow I didn’t realize this was Cheryl’s 20th season!  I thought they were good, the height difference made it a bit interesting to watch and Terrell seemed maybe a bit nervous but it is the opening night.  It was fun and energetic.  I think with his personality and Cheryl’s coaching you will see him improve and loosen up as the season goes on.

 

 

 

Debbie Gibson & Alan Bersten

#teamSonBerst

Foxtrot

I am so excited for Alan to finally be a Pro!  I think Debbie was the perfect person to match him with this season!  I grew up listening to Debbie’s music and she has a fun personality!  On a personal note I can understand part of Debbie’s struggle with Lyme disease.  I went for an annual skin check and they found the bull’s eye on my arm it was in a spot I could see and for 3 months they loaded me up with antibiotics but, the symptoms you go through are absolutely awful and really you can’t understand until you have gone through it.  They performed a beautiful Foxtrot!  It was light, beautiful, and elegant and I really think this will be a partnership to watch this season.

 

Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko

#teamAteam

Cha Cha

I think this will also be a fun partnership.  They seemed to have already formed a nice friendship.  I thought they did well for the first week.  Cha Cha is not an easy first dance to learn and I thought they did good.  I thought it was fun, and it showed off Sasha’s fun, fierce and fabulous personality.  I think you will see this partnership continue to improve and grow as the weeks go on.

 

 

Drew Scott & Emma Slater

#teamHotProperty

Foxtrot

You could not find a better match in personalities than these two!  No pressure Drew, Emma won last season but, I think he is totally up for the challenge!  Drew definitely came out full of energy and he is so animated which is fun to watch.  It was fun, light and very energetic!  I think first night energy might have got the best of him just a bit but, I think they will do good this season and continue to improve.  BTW I loved Emma’s dress!

 

Barbara Corcoran & Keo Motsepe  #teamSharkeo

Salsa

Keo and Barbara are just too funny together.  This combo is going to be fun!  Barbara definitely had the basic technique/steps of the Salsa down.  It was a ton of fun to watch, they have a lot of fun energy and I think she exceeded expectations tonight.

 

 

Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold

#teamFishUponAStar

Tango

Lindsay definitely has a partner she could go all the way to the end with this season!  That was a killer first week performance and they should be excited with that performance.  Lindsay is so creative and I think this will be another team to watch this season!  They should be thrilled with their performance tonight!

 

 

 

Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd

#teamMomandPops

Cha Cha

I really like Nick and Peta partnered up.  I thought they were really good tonight.  They absolutely have potential to go far in this competition.  Nick definitely has some moves!  He is right 98 degrees wasn’t known for their dancing but, he was really good tonight.   A lot of fun energy, hip action and good technique for the first week.  Peta is such a good teacher and I think couple that was his determination and they will go far!

 

 

Vanessa Lachey & Maks Chmerkovskiy

#teamBabiesandBallroom

Cha Cha

Maks and Vanessa will be a great match up personality wise.   Vanessa was really good.  She absolutely learned the technique of the dance and they are going to be a great partnership.  They brought the sizzle, the energy, fun and I was impressed!  I liked to hear what Maks said too about working hard.  Maks is another fabulous teacher and working hard will take you far!

 

Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson

#teamFranneypack

Foxtrot

First up can we talk about Witney’s dress, gorgeous!   They are such a cute partnership.  I thought they did really good.  Frankie was light on his feet, they seem to be perfectly matched for each other and they should be very proud of their performance tonight.  It was beautiful and endearing.  I love it when you can feel the emotion in the dance.

 

 

 

Nikki Bella & Artem Chiigvintsev

#teamSmackDown

Tango

First of all I love how excited Artem is this season!  This is such a great match up!  They were crazy good tonight!  Nikki is very powerful and a strong presence!  Nikki does what I do when I dance too it’s hard to look up when you are learning.  Artem is such a great teacher too so I think they will do great this season!  Artem might need some massages this season with all the body slamming.

 

Derek Fisher & Sharna Burgess

#teamHoopsandHeels

Salsa

Derek Fisher has the moves!  I think he and Sharna will be fantastic this season!  Their dance was fun, filled with good content and they absolutely made a huge impression tonight.   He has a real presence on the dance floor and I think as he continues to learn from Sharna they will be a team to watch.

 

 

 

Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy

#teamViVa

Cha Cha

Victoria’s story is nothing short of amazing and inspirational.  I am so happy she is matched with Val.   She has an amazing spirit that just shines right through.    They blew the roof off the studio tonight!  Victoria should be so proud of herself that was amazing!  Crazy high energy, great technique and her personality literally just lit up the room.  Bravo!

 

 

Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas

#teamStark

Cha Cha

I thought Lindsey was good and with two very creative personalities I am sure they will be bringing us some great performances.  I am a little unclear if Lindsey has dance experience or not so someone please correct me on that.  I know she was in a video with Derek Hough in the past.  They absolutely had a great performance tonight.

As I expected this season is packed with talent and great personalities.  Voting will be even more important than usual to keep your favorites coming back week after week!

For pictures from the tour this summer please visit my social media pages @lightscmemories!

Until next time,

XOXO

Heather

VIP Experience Blog

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Soul 2 Soul Tour

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Soul 2 Soul Tour

September 2017 Cincinnati, OH

Ultimate Soul2Soul Experience

#Soul2SoulTour

#TimMcGraw

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill have a very good VIP program.  I had wanted to meet Tim for so many years but, he is definitely one of the more difficult to meet artists.  I literally cannot say enough about the experience.  The staff was so incredibly kind, organized and let us all know the rules ahead of time (No cell phones/autographs) and then said this is your Meet & Greet make it what you want it to be.  I so wish all artists would say that.  Tim & Faith were both extremely kind, genuine and warm and you were able to speak to them for a few minutes and then pose for a photo.  They had great lighting too which was a wonderful touch!

What was included in package?

THE ULTIMATE SOUL2SOUL EXPERIENCE

One Incredible Top Price Reserved Floor Ticket in the Front Row *

One Exclusive Meet & Greet with Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

One Individual Photo Opportunity with Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

ULTRA-Exclusive, Autographed, Limited Edition Soul2Soul Tour Lithograph

Autographed by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill and Personalized With Your Name

  • Designed Exclusively for VIP’s and Comes with an Official Certificate of Authenticity

Exclusive Access to the Official Soul2Soul VIP Lounge

  • Full Dinner Buffet (Complimentary Selection of Fresh Foods, Including Desserts)
  • Deluxe Cash Bar (Includes Complimentary Water and Soft Drinks)
  • Espresso & Coffee Bar with Complimentary Coffee, Lattes, Teas and More!
  • Variety of Comfortable Seating Options to Enjoy Food & Beverage

On-Site VIP Perks

  • VIP Preferred Parking (One Parking Pass Per Order, Where Available)
  • Crowd-Free VIP Merchandise Shopping Opportunity
  • On-Site VIP Concierge
  • VIP Priority Check-In
  • Separate VIP Entrance

The Essential Soul2Soul VIP Gift Bag

  • VIP Gift Bag Designed Exclusively for Soul2Soul Ultimate VIPs
  • Includes Special Soul2Soul Themed VIP Tour Merchandise
  • Each VIP Gift Bag Also Includes a Commemorative Soul2Soul VIP Tour Laminate and Matching Lanyard

Entering the VIP: They let us in right on time, we went through security, signed in to get our ticket and appropriate wrist bands and then were brought to the special Merchandise booth and then led into the party. The party included a buffet dinner, soft drinks and water and a cash bar.

One thing we didn’t receive the VIP merchandise ahead of the event but, truly that worked out for me as they had my old address and I was able to update that.  Below are the 2 pictures are all of the VIP items I received.  I must say I was very, very impressed with the quality, the packaging and all of the different and unique items that were included.  They absolutely get 5 stars fro me on that!

Final Verdict: Definitely recommend Tim & Faith’s VIP!

Fun concert wear!

http://www.coach.com/shop/women-wristlets

 

Until Next Time,

Xoxo

Heather

 

VIP Experience Blog

Luke Pell-Raleigh NC

Luke Pell

MOTORCO-Raleigh

August 2017

Luke Pell

Entering the VIP:

We didn’t receive any email before the event saying when Luke Pell VIP was etc.  I asked around on twitter and everyone said be there at 6 pm.  I rushed around to get there by 6 pm and was not happy to be let in and just sit around for nearly 2 hours.  Nobody seemed to know what was going on, when it would be happening, where we should meet to go to VIP etc.  If you are going to have a VIP you need to email info to those that paid for that upgrade and be sure the staff knows what is happening.

Luke PellShow/VIP:  Once we finally were told where to meet we lined up for the VIP.  I will say Luke was super sweet, it wasn’t rushed in any way, he did autographs if you wanted one, chatted for a bit, took photos etc.  Due to all the disorganization with the VIP by the management it was unfortunate because we ended up with not a good spot for the actual show, the lighting in the venue was poor.

Luke PellFinal Verdict: Luke Pell is a super sweet guy, he gave a really great performance and the VIP interaction was great with Luke.  I would suggest the management get organized and start doing VIP’s in an efficient way as that will give everyone a much better experience.  Also hold the VIP early enough that those that paid the upgrade can still get a good spot for the show, not so late that they are left standing in the back.

 

Fun concert wear!

Bebe:  http://www.bebe.com/

Nordstrom:  http://shop.nordstrom.com/

White House Black Market:  https://www.whitehouseblackmarket.com/store/

Coach:  http://www.coach.com/shop/women-wristlets

 

 

Until Next Time,

Xoxo

Heather

VIP Experience Blog

Luke Bryan HFE Tour VIP 2017

Luke Bryan

August 2017 Syracuse, NY

Lake View Amphitheater

#lukebryan

#hfetour

Luke Bryan has a very good VIP program. I was lucky enough to win a meet and great for the second time for the Syracuse, NY show. He is incredibly nice and it’s always a great experience to meet him in person. Like many country artists, Luke has a fan club entry to win his meet and greats.  Luke has such a kind, humble, fun personality and truly makes each fan that he interacts with feel special.

I understand why a lot of country artists do this: accessible for all fans vs. only those who can afford it. That makes the process a great thing.

Entering the VIP: You sign in,  receive a red bag and a 2-3 song acoustic set and some finger snacks. The VIP area is very intimate and Luke performs really well.  He really is so laid back and fun in these performances.

Suggestions for his staff & CID Entertainment: I have been saying this one for a few years now number the wrist bands given out when you enter and possibly allow groups of 50 in at a time. But when it’s time to enter the acoustic tent area, make them line up in order by bracelet number. That will seriously cut down on the insane running, pushing, coming up from the back that occurs and keeps it fair, if you get there on time you go in first. Tim McGraw’s VIP staff does that and it works very well. It didn’t take much time at all to get everyone in number order.  Plus who wants to have to run like crazy to get into an event when you were among the first 20 in line? One other suggestion would be to offer a limited # of VIP Meet & Greet tickets for purchase to compliment the fan club meet and greet contest. Keith Urban did that last tour and I believe sold 5 or 6 per show, we got the party, M&G and there was a roped off up front spot in the pit we were escorted into.  I know a few friends of mine would love to meet Luke but, have not been lucky enough to win yet and with Luke’s ever growing popularity it will be harder.

Venue Comments:  This was my first time attending an event at the Lakeview Amphitheater.  I thought the venue itself was very nice.  Getting in wasn’t bad, I had a family member drop us off.  Getting out was miserable.  1st they need way more lighting, the ground is very uneven in spots and you couldn’t see where you were walking.  We had heard it was fast to take the Centro buses downtown after.  That didn’t work out to be a fast option because they did not have a bus only lane so the bus got stuck in all the traffic.  They should have a car lane and a bus lane so the buses going downtown and to the parking lots could easily move in and out and be way more efficient.  The prices were also outrageous compared to other venues I have attended.  $7 for a soda/water, $15 for a drink.  I am not sure if attending events at this venue will be top of my list to return to.

Videos:

 

Final Verdict: Definitely recommend Luke’s VIP!

Fun concert wear!

http://www.coach.com/shop/women-wristlets

 

Until Next Time,

Xoxo

Heather