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Last steps for Noah Galloway in ‘Dancing with the Stars’ finals

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Noah Galloway and trainer Sharna Burgess tango (again)
to “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne.

Noah Galloway has been an underdog throughout “Dancing with the Stars.” But this underdog made it to the finals, competing against the season’s leaders Riker Lynch and Rumer Willis.

Fan votes have played a key role in his week-to-week survival. It may again tonight.

The Alabaster trainer, paired with pro Sharna Burgess, stepped onto the floor for two final dances.

The first round was a reprise of their Argentine tango, which earned a 30 in Week 3. Tonight’s improved-but-uneven version earned 32 points out of 40 possible.

The second round was a freestyle dance to show Noah’s vulnerable side. The pair scored a perfect 40 out of 40, one of five perfect scores handed out this evening.

Their total 72 points put Noah and Sharna in third place, with Riker and Rumer tied for first with 80 points.

The standings for Week 10, with Round 3 on Tuesday:

  • 1. (tie) 80: Riker Lynch, Rumer Willis
  • 3. 72: Noah Galloway

The winner will be crowned during Tuesday’s 2-hour season finale, starting at 8 p.m. on ABC 33/40.

Noah Galloway

Noah Galloway

Noah Galloway, Sharna Burgess

Noah balances Sharna during their freestyle routine.

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess dance to a mashup of
“Titanium” and “Fix You.”

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Update May 19: Noah and Sharna dance the cha cha and Argentine tango to “Surrender” by Cash Cash for Round 3, the 24-hour fusion challenge. They earn 36 points out of 40, for a total of 108.

The final standings for Week 10, including Round 3 scores:

  • 1. (tie) 120: Riker Lynch, Rumer Willis
  • 3. 108: Noah Galloway

With audience votes, Noah and Sharna finish in third place, and Rumer wins “Dancing with the Stars.”

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess dance the cha cha and
Argentine tango in Round 3.

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Noah Galloway enters the ring on Week 9 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Noah Galloway and trainer Sharna Burgess perform the
Viennese waltz to David Cook’s “The Time of My Life.”

He may not win the trophy, but he did win his fiancée.

“Dancing with the Stars” entered the semifinals in Week 9 with four couples battling to make it to next week’s finale. Would perfect 10s rain down on Noah Galloway and partner Sharna Burgess?

The Alabaster trainer performed a Viennese waltz in the first round, earning 36 points out of a possible 40. Noah then turned to his girlfriend Jamie Boyd to pop the question, with cheers from the audience and fellow contestants.

The Judge’s Choice round put Noah and Sharna with Carrie Ann Inaba, who selected a paso doble. The dance earned a perfect 30 out of 30, bringing the duo’s total to 66 points for fourth place.

Nastia Liukin and Riker Lynch tied for first with perfect 70s, while Rumer Willis came in third with 68 points. It looks like it may come down to viewer votes.

The standings for Week 9:

  • 1. (tie) 70: Nastia Liukin, Riker Lynch
  • 3. 68: Rumer Willis
  • 4. 66: Noah Galloway

One team will be eliminated on Tuesday’s 7 p.m. show. The show returns next Monday with the final round of dancing, followed by the announcement of the winner on May 19.

The proposal

Noah Galloway, Jamie Boyd

Noah Galloway proposes to Jamie Boyd. (She said yes.)

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater salsa
to “Mr. Put It Down” by Ricky Martin featuring Pitbull.

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Update May 12: Gymnast Nastia Liukin was eliminated. Noah Galloway will compete in the finals on Monday.

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Double time for Noah Galloway on Week 8 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Tango time for Noah Galloway and trainer Sharna Burgess
to “Geronimo” by Sheppard.

America’s Choice Night on “Dancing with the Stars” led to big moves and perfect scores. But what about Noah Galloway and partner Sharna Burgess?

The two kicked off the first dance with a tango, earning 31 points out of a possible 40.

The second dance involved trios. Noah and Sharna teamed up with pro Emma Slater for a salsa, scoring 32 out of 40.

Combined with last week’s score of 38, the team landed in fourth place with a total of 101 points. The leaders Riker Lynch, Nastia Liukin and Rumer Willis earned scores of 39 and perfect 40s tonight.

The standings for Week 8:

  • 1. (tie) 117: Nastia Liukin, Rumer Willis
  • 3. 115: Riker Lynch
  • 4. 101: Noah Galloway
  • 5. 95: Chris Soules
  • 6. 93: Robert Herjavec

Two teams will be eliminated on Tuesday’s 7 p.m. show. The show returns next Monday with another round of dancing, followed the elimination show on May 12.

Emma slater, Noah Galloway, Sharna Burgess

It takes three to … salsa.

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater salsa
to “Mr. Put It Down” by Ricky Martin featuring Pitbull.

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Update May 5: Reality stars Robert Herjavec and Chris Soules were eliminated. Headed to the semifinals are Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough, Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy, Riker Lynch and Allison Holker, and Noah and Sharna.

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Noah Galloway gets his strut on for Week 7 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Noah Galloway and trainer Sharna Burgess try a jazz routine
to “Super Bad” by James Brown.

Confidence can be a key factor in dancing, whether to impress your partner, your fans or your judges.

Noah Galloway went full pimp for his jazz number on Eras Night of “Dancing with the Stars” … and it paid off big.

He and trainer Sharna Burgess burst onto the dance floor for James Brown’s “Super Bad,” earning his first perfect 10 from judge Carrie Ann Inaba. They scored 36 out of 40 points, picking up a bonus 2 points in the cha cha dance-off with Robert Herjavec and trainer Kym Johnson.

The 38-point total landed the pair in second place, with Nastia Liukin and trainer Sasha Farber in first place.

Actress Willow Shields became the sixth contestant eliminated.

The standings for Week 7:

  • 1. 41: Nastia Liukin
  • 2. 38: Noah Galloway
  • 3. (tie) 37: Riker Lynch, Rumer Willis
  • 5. (tie) 31: Chris Soules, Robert Herjavec

The show returns next Monday with the next round of dancing, followed a double elimination on the May 5 results show.

Noah Galloway, Sharna Burgess

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess end their ’70s jazz number
in style.

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess compete in the
cha cha dance-off.

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Noah Galloway, wet and wild on Week 6 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Noah Galloway and trainer Sharna Burgess dance the
rumba to “Waves” by Mr. Probz.

The judges loved his group dance but his spotlight number … not so much.

“Dancing with the Stars” went with a spring break theme, and Alabaster’s Noah Galloway and partner Sharna Burgess earned a near-perfect 39 out of 40 points in their group dance to “Wipeout.” The other group also earned 39 points.

In individual dances, the pair danced the rumba to “Waves,” with a slight pause near the end. The judges made note of it, giving Galloway 29 out of 40 points, for a total of 68 points. That combined score landed them in sixth place.

Singer Patti LaBelle became the fifth contestant eliminated.

The standings for Week 6:

  • 1. 76: Riker Lynch
  • 2. (tie) 73: Nastia Liukin, Willow Shields
  • 4. 71: Rumer Willis
  • 5. 70: Chris Soules
  • 6. 68: Noah Galloway
  • 7. 67: Robert Herjavec

The show returns next Monday with the next round of dancing, followed by the return of the results show on Tuesday.

Noah Galloway, Sharna Burgess

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess in their rumba routine

Noah Galloway’s group dances to “Wipeout.”

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Noah Galloway does Disney on Week 5 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Noah Galloway and trainer Sharna Burgess dance the foxtrot
to “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin.”

“Aladdin” has worked its musical magic for Birmingham hopefuls before. “A Whole New World” has a lot of old school charm on reality television.

In 2003, not only was it the most popular “American Idol” audition song, eventual winner Ruben Studdard sang it on Movie Night. Earlier this evening, Noah Galloway did the foxtrot to it for Disney Night on “Dancing with the Stars.”

The Alabaster contestant and Sharna Burgess earned 28 out of 40 points in Week 5 for fifth place.

Actress Suzanne Somers became the fourth contestant eliminated.

The standings for Week 5:

  • 1. 39: Rumer Willis
  • 2. (tie) 38: Nastia Liukin, Riker Lynch
  • 4. 34: Willow Shields
  • 5. 28: Noah Galloway
  • 6. (tie) 27: Patti LaBelle, Chris Soules
  • 8. 24: Robert Herjavec

The show returns next Monday with the voting results, the elimination and the next round of dancing.

Sharna Burgess, Noah Galloway

Sharna Burgess and Noah Galloway perform as
Jasmine and Aladdin on “Dancing with the Stars.”

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Noah Galloway shares a soldier’s story on Week 4 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Noah Galloway and trainer Sharna Burgess dance to
“American Soldier” by Toby Keith.

They danced last, but did they dance best?

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess did an interpretive routine to Toby Keith’s “American Soldier” for Week 4. The pair landed in sixth place with 32 out of 40 points. It wasn’t for lack of practice: Burgess accidentally kicked out one of Galloway’s teeth during rehearsals.

NFL player Michael Sam became the third contestant eliminated.

Sharna Burgess, Noah Galloway

The standings for Week 4:

  • 1. 39 points: Willow Shields
  • 2. 36 points: Nastia Liukin
  • 3. 35 points: Rumer Willis
  • 4. (tie) 34 points: Robert Herjavec, Riker Lynch
  • 6. 32 points: Noah Galloway
  • 7. 30 points: Patti LaBelle
  • 8. 28 points: Suzanne Somers
  • 9. 27 points: Chris Soules

The show returns next Monday with the voting results, the elimination and the next round of dancing.

Sharna Burgess, Noah Galloway, Nightline

Sharna Burgess and Noah Galloway take a break
during rehearsals to talk with “Nightline.”

“Nightline” profile of Noah Galloway

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Tango time for Noah Galloway on Week 3 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Noah Galloway and trainer Sharna Burgess tango to
“Rather Be” by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne.

The judges loved Noah Galloway and trainer Sharna Burgess on Latin Night. The Week 3 tango led to fifth place with a score of 30 out of 40 points.

However, the duo had a close call during eliminations, caught in the Bottom Three. Actress/model Charlotte McKinney was the second contestant sent home.

The standings for Week 3:

  • 1. (tie) 34 points: Nastia Liukin, Riker Lynch
  • 3. 33 points: Rumer Willis
  • 4. 32 points: Willow Shields
  • 5. 30 points: Noah Galloway
  • 6. 29 points: Robert Herjavec
  • 7. 28 points: Chris Soules
  • 8. 25 points: Suzanne Somers
  • 9. 24 points: Michael Sam
  • 10. 22 points: Patti LaBelle

The show returns next Monday with the voting results, the elimination and the next round of dancing.

Noah Galloway, Sharna Burgess, JR Martinez, Dancing with the Stars week 3

From left, Noah Galloway, Sharna Burgess and
season 13 “Dancing” champ JR Martinez

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Country-western samba for Noah Galloway on Week 2 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Noah Galloway and trainer Sharna Burgess dance
to Darius Rucker’s “Homegrown Honey.”

Noah Galloway went bare chested for Week 2 on “Dancing with the Stars.” The Alabaster trainer with partner Sharna Burgess danced to Darius Rucker’s country single, “Homegrown Honey.” A nice bonus: His finacée Jamie Boyd popped in after the scores.

The couple scored 27 out of 40 points, placing them in ninth place. Redfoo of the group LMFAO was the first contestant eliminated.

The standings for Week 2:

  • 1. 34 points: Nastia Liukin
  • 2. (tie) 32 points: Riker Lynch, Willow Shields, Rumer Willis
  • 5. (tie) 28 points: Robert Herjavec, Patti LaBelle, Michael Sam, Suzanne Somers
  • 9. 27 points: Noah Galloway
  • 10. 26 points: Charlotte McKinney
  • 11. 21 points: Chris Soules

The show returns next Monday with the voting results, the elimination and the next round of dancing.

Sharna Burgess, Noah Galloway, Jamie Boyd

From left, Sharna Burgess, Noah Galloway and fiancée Jamie Boyd

Bonus video: Noah Galloway in the new commercial
for Kenneth Cole’s Mankind Ultimate fragrance.

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The Birmingham channel: Everywhere you look

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

A look at Birmingham in videos …

A beautiful time-lapse showcase of Birmingham. From Dunlap Productions.

Informational video on sickle cell anemia from January 2012. From Sickle Cell Foundation.

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess practice in Birmingham (I recognize the studio) for tonight’s Week 2 competition on “Dancing with the Stars.” From VIVA.

The men’s 4 x 400m relay during a collegiate championship track meet at the CrossPlex in Five Points West. From Dexter Lee.

Carlos Santana opens his show last week at the BJCC Concert Hall. From Vladimir Fuerte.

UAB upsets Iowa State Thursday in the NCAA men’s tournament. From NCAA March Madness.

Promotional interviews for Anesthesia Services of Birmingham. From Means Advertising.

Miranda Lambert performs at her show Thursday at the BJCC Legacy Arena downtown. From Mark Metcalf.

A short pre-incident film showing the new fire suppression system at the Grayson Lumber company in 1965, followed by the massive fire in 1966. From Kevin Mcgough.

Birmingham-born John Ball sings “Come Thou Fount” for his Kickstarter campaign. From Jamie Jean.

A look from and inside the top floor of the City Federal building downtown. From Top of City Federal.

Training Alexis. From Wayne Heard.

A short educational clip from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. From Northern Light Productions.

See Noah Galloway’s debut on “Dancing with the Stars.”

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Noah Galloway tries cha cha on Week 1 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Noah Galloway and trainer Sharna Burgess dance
to OneRepublic’s “I Lived.”

Alabaster’s Noah Galloway strutted onto the reality competition stage earlier this evening for the 20th season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars.” Paired with trainer Sharna Burgess, he danced the cha cha to the praise of the four judges.

The couple scored 26 out of 40 points, placing them in a tie for fifth place.

The standings for Week 1:

  • 1. 32 points: Rumer Willis
  • 2. 31 points: Riker Lynch
  • 3. 30 points: Nastia Liukin
  • 4. 28 points: Robert Herjavec
  • 5. (tie) 26 points:Noah Galloway, Michael Sam, Chris Soules
  • 8. (tie) 25 points: Patti LaBelle, Willow Shields, Suzanne Somers
  • 11. (tie) 22 points: Charlotte McKinney, Redfoo

The show returns next Monday with the voting results, the elimination and the next round of dancing.

Sharna Burgess, Noah Galloway, Dancing with the Stars

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Wade on March 2008

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Then and now

Flushed away: Jefferson County is broke, and getting broker by the minute. The commission sent representatives to New York to meet with financial brokers to find a way to pay off the $3.2 billion in interest payments.

It all started with a broken-down sewer system, which led to court-ordered fixes, which led to bonds to raise funds, which led to unsupervised hiring of contractors, which led to corruption and payoffs, which led to bond swaps to get supposedly better deals.

On Thursday, the commission rejected a proposed plan from Merrill Lynch to create an independent oversight board. Naturally, the commission is paying Merrill Lynch $75,000 a month to make proposals for it to reject.

If the commission doesn’t come up with a plan by Aug. 1, it will default on $100 million in payments. Not to mention the possibility of filing for bankruptcy, the largest in U.S. history.

So much for solvency. So much more for leadership.

More on festivals, war and schools, after the jump …

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Heads up: Three left feet

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez

Hosts Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris, left, boot
Marlee Matlin and Hoover’s Fabian Sanchez
from “Dancing With the Stars.”

On Tuesday’s episode of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” actress Marlee Matlin and her professional partner, Fabian Sanchez of Hoover, were eliminated. Week 5 saw the pair perform the mambo, earning a score of 21 from the judges, the lowest among the seven competing couples.

Ironically, Sanchez won the 2006 national championship in … mambo.

Oh well, that’s the way the ballroom bounces. What’s the sign for “failure”?

Video of the messy mambo, after the jump …

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Heads up: Feet, don’t fail him now

Monday, March 24th, 2008

fabian sanchez Hoover dance instructor and 2006 national mambo champion Fabian Sanchez has partnered with Oscar winner Marlee Matlin. Not for a movie, but for something more glamorous: the sixth season of ABC’s reality competition, “Dancing With the Stars.” The show premiered last Monday.

Sanchez, a newcomer among the show’s professionals, and Matlin, the first deaf competitor, scored 22 in the first round, good enough to tie for fourth place among the 12 couples. The pair performed a cha-cha-cha and a quickstep.

He started dancing in 1992 and serves as co-owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studio with his wife, Jacqueline.

The round continues from 7 to 9 tonight, with a recap at 7 p.m. Tuesday and the results following at 8 p.m., all on ABC 33/40.

Update: The Comedy Club Stardome [map] will hold a free viewing party tonight. Doors open at 6, with free dance lessons from 9 to 10.

Speaking of ABC reality, the Gaudet family of Mobile moved into a new house in February after Katrina wrecked the old one, courtesy of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The episode, which aired Sunday, is available online.
The Birmingham News: Birmingham man dances way to TV

See Sanchez with his celebrity partner, after the jump …

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