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Artem Chigvintsev Opens Up About ‘Dancing With The Stars’


After finishing in eighth place during season 23 of ABC’s A Dancing With The Stars with his celebrity partner Maureen McCormick, Russian dance professional Artem Chigvintsev has a lot to say. Here, he opens up about leaving the UK to film in America, his everyday inspiration, and what’s next for him with DWTS

Cliché: How did your involvement with Dancing With The Stars begin?
Artem Chigvintsev: I was doing a world tour for a broadway show called Burn the Floor and I got a call about the UK show Strictly Come Dancing, and I said yes. There was no audition; I just started immediately. After three years, DWTS contacted me to come to the US to do the American version.

What would you say is your most memorable and most embarrassing moment being on the show?
I won a mirrorball trophy on Strictly Come Dancing, so that’s the most memorable for sure! The most embarrassing moments are like forgetting steps or slipping on skirts. Things happen!

If you were not part of this show, where would you want to be?
I can’t imagine a life where I’m not dancing. If I weren’t on the show, I’d still be doing something within the dance industry.

Every dancer has a reason why they dance. What is yours?
My parents wanted me to dance since I was a little kid. I did it because they wanted me to. It just happened to work out for me!

Life is full of lessons and setbacks. What would you say your greatest life lesson or experience has been that has made you who you are today?
Moving away from my parents when I was 15 years old forced me to grow up very quickly. Being able to travel the world and live in different countries has given me a different life perspective. I feel very fortunate.

I can’t imagine a life where I’m not dancing. If I weren’t on the show, I’d still be doing something within the dance industry.

Who is your biggest inspiration?
My mom and dad are my biggest inspiration. They gave everything they have for me to be here: their time, their money, support, and emotions. They are my biggest inspirations.

How would you describe yourself to someone that’s never met you?
I would say I am very simple. I am a regular guy. People can be very intimidated upon meeting me, but I am the complete opposite.

What’s next for you?
The DWTS National Tour, which will run all the way up to the next season of DWTS!

What is the best piece of advice you would give your younger self?
Learn everything you can when you’re young. Strive to be better and strive to learn it all. The older you get, the less time you have.

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Artem Chigvintsev Opens Up About ‘Dancing With The Stars’: Photographed by Vince Trupsin

Lindsay Arnold Cusick Chats ‘Dancing With The Stars’


Going down as the second youngest pro dancer in Dancing With The Stars history, the 22-year-old Utah native Lindsay Arnold Cusick is taking the dance world by storm and showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. From favorite performances, toughest eliminations, to life and love outside of filming, Cusick sat down with us and revealed it all.

Cliché: Between being on So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars, what do you attribute your success to?
Lindsay Arnold Cusick: I attribute all my success to my family. Without their love and support throughout the years, I truly would not be where I am today. They give me the confidence I need to achieve my goals, and without them, I would have no one to share my success with and it would not be meaningful.

On Season 22 of DWTS, you took fourth place, and just recently on Season 23, you took third. What’s your motivation to keep pushing for that top spot?
Each season, it is my goal to reach new levels whether that means placing higher than I ever have, creating new choreography that hasn’t been done before, or helping my partner become a stronger, more confident dancer/person. To me, winning isn’t about the mirrorball, but about giving my celebrity the best experience and helping them realize something about themselves they didn’t know they had in them. Obviously, I am always striving for that mirrorball win, and I believe that if I continue to do what I am doing, it will happen one day. [Winks]

To this day, what has been your favorite performance?
My favorite was definitely my freestyle with Alek Skarlatos. That was the first freestyle I have had the opportunity to choreograph and it truly was one of my proudest moments as a choreographer. I really wanted to push the boundaries and take risks, which is terrifying, but it paid off and was so worth it.

You married your high school sweetheart in 2015 and even had some of the DWTS cast in your wedding. What does that bond with them mean to you?
DWTS is truly a family and I have gained lifelong friends from this show. Having my closest friends there from the show was so meaningful to me, and I am so glad they were there to share in my favorite day.

What has been your toughest elimination?
My toughest elimination was season 22 with Wanyá. I truly believed he should have been in the finals and to see that not happen was very hard on me as a pro. I wanted him to make it there and I put so much into getting him there, so it was tough when we didn’t quite make it!

I have always felt that dance is where I can truly let go of any and all stresses in life and just be me.

I know you shouldn’t pick favorites, but who was your favorite dance partner? If you could choose you next dance partner, who would it be and why?
Honestly, I can’t answer that because each partner has been a favorite for a different reason. The best thing about the show is that each season is night and day different. You get to learn and adapt to new teaching methods, different personalities, and adjust your approach to the season based on that person. I have always joked that I would love to dance with Zac Efron or Channing Tatum, but that might be wishful thinking. [Winks]

As a dancer myself, we all have a reason as to why we dance. What’s yours?
I have always felt that dance is where I can truly let go of any and all stresses in life and just be me. I can display my emotions through my routine and truly show what I am feeling. I have been so blessed to have my passion become my job.

If you weren’t dancing, what do you think you’d be doing?
I would definitely be in school studying to become a physical therapist. I had a scholarship to go to college before I made it on SYTYCD and was going to study physical therapy.

What quote do you live by every day to get you through?
Not really a quote, but more of a motto. I always try to put things in perspective of what is truly important and what is just extra stresses that I don’t need. I try to focus on the things that matter in the long run, such as family, marriage, friendships, and my career. I try to focus on those things rather than get caught up in the day to day stresses that truly don’t matter.

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Lindsay Arnold Cusick Chats ‘Dancing With The Stars’: Photographed by Jessica Janae

Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars Kicks Off with a Bang


It’s time to move it, move it and slip into those dancing shoes! Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars is here and if you missed last night’s premiere, we’ve got you covered!

This season of DWTS welcomes back straight shooter judge Len Goodman, after being missed last season, and alongside the beloved judge were none other than Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

Cast of Season 22 includes:

1. Kim Fields and Sasha Farber dancing the Cha Cha (20 points)
2. Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas dancing the Foxtrot (21 points)
3. Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff dancing the Foxtrot (15 points)
4. Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe dancing the Tango (20 points)
5. Geraldo Rivera and Edyta Sliwinska dancing the Cha Cha (13 points)
6. Marla Naples and Tony Dovolani dancing the Quick Step (21 points)
7. Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold dancing the Cha Cha (23 points)
8. Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy dancing the Jive (23 points)
9. Mischa Barton and Artem Chigvintsev dancing the Tango (16 points)
10. Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd dancing the Cha Cha (23 points)
11. Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess dancing the Quick Step (21points)
12. Von Miller and Whitney Carson dancing the Foxtrot (21 points)


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The night started off with a bang as actress Kim Fields and her partner Sasha Farber spiced up the dance floor with a sexy and sassy Cha Cha routine, setting the tone for the rest of the night after a score of 21/30. Some couples rose to the challenge tying up the scores and others came out feet a blazing with three couples — Boys II Men member Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold, TV personality Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy, and deaf model Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd — surpassing the duo with high scores of 23/30 for the night.

As amazing of a start to the season it was, not everyone could be great. Lowest scores of the night included actress Mischa Barton’s painfully awkward Tango with Artem Chigvintsev receiving a 16/30, former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff’s not-so-smooth foxtrot scoring a 15/30 and coming in at the tail end was a rather stiff yet heartwarming performance from 72-year-old reporter/TV show host Geraldo Rivera and Edyta Sliwinska with an earned score of 13/30.

All in all, there is a lot of talent this season and the judges, especially Carrie Ann Inaba — who couldn’t contain her excitement all night, are ready to see what these dancers have in store! Remember, the judges scores only count for part of how results turn out, so make sure you vote to ensure your favorite couples stick around!

You can catch Dancing with the Stars on ABC every Monday at 8/7c.

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Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars Kicks Off with a Bang: Featured image courtesy of Heidi Gutman/ABC

How to Get ‘DWTS’ Pro Witney Carson’s Romantic Wedding Hair



Dancing with the Stars professional Witney Carson got married on New Year’s Eve, and it wasn’t just her gorgeous wedding dress we were gawking at, but her hair! The new bride looked absolutely stunning with glossy and touchable romantic waves, which fit perfectly with her classic lace dress. Luckily, her celebrity hairstylist, InStyler’s Global Artist Dean Banowetz, is giving us tips on how to recreate this timeless look for ourselves, using the InStyler MAX 2-Way Rotating Iron.

How to Get ‘DWTS’ Pro Witney Carson’s Romantic Wedding Hair

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  • Prep hair by taking 1 inch sections and wrapping them around the barrel *Dean’s tip: Make sure not to curl the last 1/2 inch of the ends to give your hair a relaxed look
  • Alternate each section with the 1 1/4 inch and 3/4 inch MAX 2-Way Rotating Iron to give a more natural, effortless look
  • After the entire head has been curled, take small pieces and pin them in place under some of the hair in the back to conceal the bobby pins
  • Finish with hairspray and a refining mist for texture, shine and hold

What do you think of Witney Carson’s wedding hairstyle? Let us know in the comments!

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Tutorial courtesy of Dean Banowetz and InStyler; featured image courtesy of Witney Carson

Melanie Mills Interview


Her last name might be Mills, but Melanie is no run-of-the-mill makeup artist. In fact, this Emmy-award winning celebrity makeup and skincare expert has a rather impressive résumé, including stints on hit TV shows, films, and fashion shows. Still not impressed? How about working as the head of makeup for Dancing with the Stars for years? During her time at DWTS, Mills perfected GLEAM, a velvety and radiant face and body cream that gives ladies of all skin tones an enviable summer glow. GLEAM now features a full line of high-pigmented long-lasting lip glosses as well as a stunningly radiant body dust. We got the chance to catch up with her for our Melanie Mills Interview, and she shared some of her all-time favorite makeup looks and tips from behind the scenes, including some of her new products from the fabulous GLEAM line.

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Cliché: What makes the GLEAM line of beauty products so effective for both celebrity clients and your everyday makeup lovers?
Melanie Mills: For the pros and celebrities, it’s how gorgeous, airbrushed, and flawless the skin looks on camera. For the everyday makeup lovers, it’s how easy it is to use. A makeup and moisturizer all in one, it glides on and hydrates the skin, yet doesn’t get all over the place. All in all, every shade works on all skin tones with many different end results. Go for a simple glow with a natural kiss of color or instantly bronzed, luscious skin.

After working in this business for years, what are some classic makeup looks that you think have transcended time? What makes these looks so timeless?
Obviously the classic pinup look: flawless skin, full arched eyebrows, wing tip eyeliner, false eyelashes, and a beautiful red pout. Timeless! From pinup to rockabilly, this look is ultra sexy and glamorous. I also love the bronzy dewy skin, smoky eye, and a nude glossy lip look. Even though it’s a more modern look, it will definitely be a timeless classic. Both of these looks are especially flattering.

You’ve worked with a slew of celebrities and at tons of high-profile events. Which celebs/events are the most fun to do makeup for and why?
I love live television—the energy, the live audience, and the celebrities always made work so much fun. Even more so, I love intimate photoshoots where we get to transform someone and create art. Celebs that are fun but down to earth are great to work with, especially when they are  confident in their own skin.

Top 3 Behind-the-Scenes Makeup Tricks
1) Primer: Helps keep shine down, smooths out the skin, and helps the foundation last.
2) Epicurean Eye Makeup Remover (with a latex sponge): Can take anything off quickly, including glitter, and then you can build makeup right back on top.
3) The Beauty Blender: The best tool to smooth out foundation and concealer for a flawless finish.

Tips for Extending Your Summer Glow into the Fall Season
1) Hydrate inside and out!
2) Gleam: The best body makeup moisturizer and glow all in one. It adds a kiss of color or bronze anytime, anywhere.
3) Gleam Radiant Dust Bronzer: Dust anywhere desired on the face or body. It’s a beautiful loose powder that glides on. Use bronze gold or deep gold for that stunning summer glow.

Top 5 Shades for Fall-Inspired Beauty:
Bronze, Rust, Brown, Black, and Purple!

Images courtesy of GLEAM by Melanie Mills