My Night at Dancing with the Stars LIVE Taping & Meeting the Couples Cast #ABCTVEvent #DWTS #BigHero6Event

Attending a LIVE taping of a show is such an amazing experience. So during my Disney ABCTV trip, I was trilled to attend a live taping of Dancing with the Stars episode that aired Monday night, November 3, 2014 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on ABC.

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Note: Thanks to Disney and ABC TV, who invited me on this all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Big Hero 6 Event and ABC TV Event. While I will share about the different events and activities during this trip, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Can I just tell you that the "Dancing with the Stars" set is gorgeous! It's really a glamorous ballroom set with a crystal ball in the center, a light up dance floor and an arched way back drop. It's exactly like you see on TV but grander. Much much grander.

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Our group of 25 bloggers had the chance to take a group photo on stage. Yes the same place the celebrity dance couples stand!

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We were also able to pose in front of the judges desk. Just imagine that's where they make the decisions on how to grade the dance couples.

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photo credit: ABC : Two-time Mirrorball champion and actress Julianne Hough joins Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges’ desk.

Our time on stage was short and sweet because they had to prep for the start of the show. Did I mention it was LIVE. From our seats we watch all the behind the scene activities that goes into preparing the show. Let me tell you it's a lot! Then the count down started and each dance couple came out and did their routine.

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After so much excitement, our group need to relax and get ready for a tweet up for the West coast airing of the show. We headed over to Mixology, a very cool restaurant, where we were joined by some of the Dancing with the Stars couples!

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I had fun just hanging out and chatting with the couples. Everyone was so sweet while talking about being on the #DWTS show and how it's affected their lives. A common theme among the stars was how amazing they felt being in shape for the show. This is something many of them will continue after their time on the show comes to an end.

For the dancers, they shared a bit about how they started dancing and how impressed they are with their celebrity partners. They know the dancing competition isn't easy and they push their partners but it's really from a place of love and support. They are so proud of how far their celebrity partners have come with them in the competition.

To me they have all done such an amazing job getting this far in the competition.

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During the LIVE taping I attended, the couples danced to the following “Plugged/Unplugged” songs:
  • Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd - “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell and “unplugged” version by Hannah Peel
  • Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy - “Blame” by Calvin Harris, featuring a guest “unplugged” performance by Time For Three
  • Bethany Mota & Derek Hough - “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5 and “unplugged” version by The Civil Wars
  • Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson - “Love Runs Out” by One Republic, featuring a guest “unplugged” performance by Christina Grimmie
  • Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas - “Problem” by Ariana Grande, featuring guest “unplugged” performance by Noah Guthrie

If you watched the DANCING WITH THE STARS - "Episode 1908" either on TV or streaming from #DWTSAllAccess, available to watch every Monday -- then you know the dance couples paid tribute to well-known twosomes, both real and fictional, during "dynamic duo" night.

The duo dance styles included Jazz, Cha Cha, Contemporary and the Rumba. Additionally and for the first time this season, the couple with the highest overall score for the night was granted immunity from elimination. The duos who did not receive immunity then competed in a dance-off to earn extra judges' points in an effort to increase their overall score.

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The competition was intense but sadly at the end one couple was sent home.

I really enjoyed seeing a LIVE taping and then meeting the couples. Such a fun night!

The Dancing with the Stars: Live! Tour will launch December 27th and run through February 15th. Tickets are on sale now at

During the official 90-minute show “Dancing with the Stars” dancers will choreograph brand new never-before-seen numbers and re-create some of the show’s most memorable moments. Mark Ballas, Witney Carson, Sasha Farber, Keo Motsepe and two-time champion Kym Johnson will be on the tour. Further announcements will be made throughout the season.

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  1. That is SO exciting and I am totally jealous. I love DWTS!

  2. Oh my gosh. That looks like so much fun! I would love to be able to do this.

  3. How awesome is that! I love watching DWTS!

  4. This looks like it was so much fun! I used to watch DWTS all the time!

  5. What an exciting experience. Love that show!

  6. I can only imagine all the bustling that goes on during commercials. What a fabulous experience.

  7. You are SO lucky! What an experience to remember.

  8. How awesome! DWTS is my guilty pleasure, and I think I have a little crush on Val. This must have been so much fun!

  9. Wow what a fun time that would be! Such a treat. So awesome I bet it was just fabulous to see love

  10. I have to admit that I've only seen this show once. Looks like you had a great time there and it must have been fun meeting the "stars".

  11. I am SO incredibly jealous and excited for you! What an amazing experience to watch a live taping - and to hang out with them!! I love DWTS. :)

  12. Wow, you must have had a fabulous time. DWTS is such a popular program and what a thrill for you to be part of that.

  13. I've always wanted to go to a live viewing of a TV show. Looks like you had a great time!

  14. Wow! What a terrific experience and something I am sure that you will never forget! We love to watch DWTS here in our house. I love that they let you take pictures like this.

  15. What an AMAZING opportunity! And can I just say that you look fantastic?!

  16. Lucky you! Looks like you had a really great time! I haven't seen the US version of "Dancing with the Stars", but I really liked the Estonian one and the Spanish one wasn't bad either.

  17. I am so jealous: I would love to attend a Dancing with the stars behind the scenes. Love your pics and your outfit

  18. This looks like an amazing trip. I am so jealous i love Dancing with the Stars.

  19. So jealous! My mom and I watch this religiously! That must of been a great experience. Loving the outfit as well.

  20. What an exciting opportunity. I wish I was so lucky.

  21. Oh, how cool for you! We love Dancing With The Stars.

  22. That is so exciting. Sadie Robertson is so cute and such a great role model for young women.

  23. Amazing! I would have love to attend a live taping of Dancing with The Stars! Lucky you!!

  24. That's a fun, fun, fun trip. I'd love to go and see a live DWTS show. How super cool you got to go, and you look great!

  25. This was such a fantastic opportunity! Your pictures are amazing! Thanks for sharing a behind the scenes recap of DWTS.

  26. What an awesome opportunity!! I can't even imagine how much fun you must have had!

  27. It sounds like such a fun time! I'm so sad Mickey Waltrip went hoome, love him!

  28. OMG what an awesome opportunity! Looks like a fab night out. Well done