Carrie Ann Inaba's DWTS Getting-Ready Diary: See How She Channeled Schitt's Creek's Moira Rose

Carrie Ann Inaba's DWTS Getting-Ready Diary: See How She Channeled Schitt's Creek's Moira Rose

October 20, 2020

Week 6: Is That You, Moira Rose?

According to Carrie Ann, week six took a turn both in the ballroom and in her dressing room.

“We are halfway through the season and episode 6 took a new, direct tone,” Carrie Ann tells PEOPLE. “The first half of the season I want to be there to encourage the contestants, the second half as we head to the finish line, I just want to give them very direct feedback so that they can improve. Also, because this year there is no live audience in the studio they only have our feedback so I wanted to be clear and direct with them.”

As for her look, she switched up her blonde do with “a little more dramatic” choice. “I have a history with the color red, it’s a passionate color and I chose to wear my hair red because I wanted to feel that passion,” she explains. 

She also did it to channel one of her favorite on-screen characters. “I felt Moira Rose from Schitt’s Creek on my shoulder all night. I am a huge fan of the show and it did help me through these past few months by making me smile. Tonight’s episode was in honor of Catherine O’Hara and the entire show and casts’ Emmy wins.”

Stylist Rhonda Spies chose a strong-shoulder Zhivago sparkly long-sleeve gown for the occasion and paired the look with Neil Lane jewels. 

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Week 6: The Hair

“With hair like cherry cola, Carrie Ann brought a modern edge to tonight’s look,” says hairstylist Glenn Nutley. “I smoothed her hair out with a the Harry Josh Pro Ceramic Styling Iron and finished with the Kadus Velvet Oil and R+Co Outer Space Flexible Hairspray. 

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Week 6: The Makeup

“We went for a strong makeup look to complement the graphic dress and smooth red bob,” says makeup artist Marylin Lee Spiegel. “A smokey eye with a silver sheen using Smith and Cult Glitterbaby Metallic-Shift Eyeshadow in Silver, and a bold lip by Nars in shade Ingrid made a statement. Then I sculpted her cheeks and gave her a lovely flush with Nars Wanted II Cheek Palette.”

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Week 6: Reflecting on the Night

“I was very sad to see Vernon [Davis] go home, he really had incredible potential and a gravitas to all his performances,” says Carrie Ann, adding that the highlight of the show was seeing Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert performing a Paso.

“For all the fans who have been with us from the beginning the moment was exciting and passionate and very artistic but oh so familiar. That Derek Hough signature style is very special and I love having him now as a judge. He brings a lot to the table and is a lovely human being aside from being a talented artist.”

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Week 5: Bringing Back the ’80s

“Wow, ’80s night was such a blast,” says Carrie Ann. “My own personal look was a cross between Debbie Harry, Berlin and of course the all time great Cyndi Lauper. We chose a fun purple dress, because in the ’80s my favorite outfit that I wore to dance class was a purple leotard with pink leg warmers; it was an outfit I loved to wear so I went with that purple and pink theme tonight.”

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Week 5: The Dress

To capture Carrie Ann’s throwback leotard days, stylist Rhonda Spies chose this high-shine one-shoulder Alexandre Vauthier dress. 

“We accessorized with a lucite Alexis Bittar necklace and Eriness and Dena Kemp rings. The look was complete with a sexy sparkly heel by Enrique Cuini,” says Spies. “We definitely took ’80s night to the max!”

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Week 5: Into the Groove

“Everyone did such an incredible job bringing the ’80s back to life,” Carrie Ann tells PEOPLE about the ballroom contestants. “So happy for all the breakthroughs we saw.”

She gave congratulations to Justina Machado and pro Sasha Farber for opening the night with “such a bang and a perfectly pitched jazz routine.”

“I am so proud of Johnny Weir for delivering such an incredible contemporary routine and really stepping up tonight. The dance was choreographed by Britt [Stewart] who is one of our newer pros, kudos to her. As a dancer who supports other dancers and their work she should be acknowledged for such an incredible piece of choreography.”

While Carri Ann was sorry to see Jesse Metcalfe go, she thinks big things are ahead for the actor. “He was just starting to open up but I still see a path for him, maybe on Broadway.”

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Week 5: The Makeup

“Oh yes it’s ’80s night and the feeling’s right! It was fun to play with color this week,” says makeup artist Marylin Lee Spiegel. “I gave her eyes a pop of blue and purple with Nyx Extreme Shine Eyeliner Pencils in Azure and Purple Blaze. Her cheekbones glowed thanks to Lime Crime’s Hi-Lite Palette in Opals. Her purple pout is courtesy of Mac Cosmetics Violetta lipstick topped with Dazzleglass gloss in Funtabulous. 

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Week 5: The Hair

Hairstylist Glenn Nutley gave Carrie Ann a “totally radical” look for the night. 

“What says ’80s more than crimped hair? So tonight I crimped her hair with a Hot Tools crimper iron, and brushed it out afterwards to soften and break up the crimp,” he explains. “Then I teased the roots and added R&Co Zig Zag Root Teasing Spray.”

He added clip-in colored extensions from The Hair Shop then finished with some Oribe Superfine Hairspray. 

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Week 4: The Dress Switch-Up

“Since this was the week following my Disney Pink Princess look we wanted to go a very different route,” Carrie Ann tells PEOPLE about her high-shine dress choice. “A little secret, I had a very different dress picked out for the night but it was so constricting that I was worried I wouldn’t be able to breathe well, and when you cannot breathe well you know what happens, you faint. So at the last minute we pulled a dress that was going to be used for a later show.”

“I want to thank my team for being able to roll with the punches and adapt so quickly to change. I do believe that it’s a gift we have all started to learn in the pandemic, that we now have to be able to be less attached to certain outcomes and just go with what is happening in the here and now. In the end it worked out well as Tyra [Banks] and I ended up both wearing a one-shoulder dress and it was a fun connection.”

The overall message of the dress swap was not lost on Carrie Ann. “Lesson of the night is when you allow things to change rather than pushing an outcome that you want or are stuck on in your head you end up with great solutions,” she shares. “And in those new inevitable solutions we find we get positive results.”

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Week 4: The Dress

Stylist Rhonda Spies switched things up fast for Carrie Ann and chose this silver and bronze sequin gown from Ivan Bitton and accessorized with Lydia Courteille diamond earrings and gunmetal rings by Via Saviene for that “edgy finish.”

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Week 4: The Hair

To create a “gunmetal goddess” look on Carrie Ann, hairstylist Glenn Nutley says he styled her rooted blonde bob and gave it a rough textured look by bending the mid-lengths with the Harry Josh 3-in-1, 1.25-inch curling iron. “I tousled with the R&Co Zig Zag Root Teasing + Texture Spray and broke it up the Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray.”

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Week 4: The Makeup

For her glam, it was all about the lashes in week 4. “I doubled up her top lashes, and added lower individual lashes from the House of Lashes x Patrick Ta collection in She Doesn’t Need Much,” says makeup artist Marylin Lee Spiegel.

“Her eyelids sparkled with Rituelle de Fille Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Golden Age, topped with Jouer Ultra Foil Shimmer Shadow in Magic Hour. I gave her exposed arm a glorious sheen with Girlactik Creme De La Glow Body Shimmer in Soleil buffed on with the Body Blender sponge by Beauty Blender.”

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Week 3: Disney Magic

“Last night as we headed into Disney Week it was time to channel my inner princess,” Carrie Ann tells PEOPLE. “Pink is my favorite color and also the color of the heart chakra. I wanted to celebrate love and joy, the world needs more of it, so pink was the theme and so fitting.”

“Since Disney is all about princesses I brought a crown to work (doesn’t everyone do that every now and then?) and thankfully my team made it work with my look. I love when the magic of Disney fills the ballroom with each and every season; it never gets old.”

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Week 3: Bring on the Fun

Carrie Ann also gave a special shout-out to DWTS host, Tyra Banks, for inspiring her look.

“Tonight felt celebratory and it felt so good. We are having fun, and I want to thank Tyra for creating the space to have fun and try new things,” says Carrie Ann. “I am having such a great time this season with exploring new looks from the outfits to the glam to the wigs.”

Although she was sad to see this week’s contestant go (Tiger King‘s Carole Baskin) she’s looking forward to next week. 

“As an animal lover myself I want to give a shout out to Carole and all she does for the animals,” adds Carrie Ann. “I cannot wait for next week to see what the week brings to us with our looks and the dances. In the meantime stay safe, and remember to be kind.”

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Week 3: The Dress

Stylist Rhonda Spies definitely captured Disney Princess vibes with Carrie Ann’s look.

“Carrie Ann was enchanting in a beautiful Steven Khalil pink tulle gown threaded with silver, which really reflected the brightness of the Dena Kemp and LaFonn diamonds,” says Spies. “Definitely Queen status!”

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Week 3: The Makeup

To achieve that “pink princess” vibe, makeup artist Marylin Lee Spiegel used Smith & Cult Cancelled Light Diffusing concealer on her skin and Smith & Cult Flash Flush Cream Velvet Blush in Warm Pink on the cheeks, and brought a shimmer to her eyes with colors from the LimeCrime’s Venus XL palette, and added extra sparkle with MAC Cosmetics Dazzleshadow liquid in Every Day is Sunshine.

“Her lips are given even more pout with Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in The Duchess, topped with Rodial Collagen Boost Lip Laquer in Champagne Showers,” Spiegel says.

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Week 3: The Hair

Before hairstylist Glenn Nutley topped off Carrie Ann’s magical look with a very fitting accessory (a crown!), he gave her hair a “lived in look” first.

“I gave it some subtle random bends with the Harry Josh Pro Travel Curling Iron, blasted the root a little with R&Co Zig Zag Root Teasing + Texturize Spray and finished the look off with a Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray,” he explains. 

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Week 2: Back with a Bang

“Tonight was the first elimination so I wanted to lighten things up with bangs and blonde hair,” Carrie Ann tells PEOPLE. “I had a vision a while back of being a golden goddess dripping with gold from head to toe and my wonderful team brought that to life. At 52, I decided it was time to just be playful with my looks and have a bit more fun.”

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Week 2: The Dress

“Carrie Ann brightened up the ballroom in a gold Alex Perry gown that sparkled from every angle,” says stylist Rhonda Spies. “We accentuated the color-changing sequins with stunning gold jewelry from Neil Lane.”

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Week 2: The Hair

“Blonde bombshell Carrie Ann returns with a bang!” says hairstylist Glenn Nutley. He prepped the look with R&Co Pinstripe Detangler and Dallas Thickening Spray, then did a soft blowout with Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000 and finished with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and Oribe Superfine Hairspray. 

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Week 2: The Makeup

Makeup artist Marylin Lee Spiegel says Carrie Ann “channeled a ’60s golden goddess” on the show.

“I used products from Mac Cosmetics to bring out the bronzey golden glow,” she explains. “Dazzleglass Liquid shadow in Blinking Brilliant gave a bronze sparkle to her eyes. On her lips, Dazzleglass gloss in Go For Gold gave a sparkly sheen. On the inner corners of her eyes, I used Liquidlast liner in Naked Bond, smudged and blended it. Her cheekbones and skin were given major glow with Mac Hyper Real Glow palette.”

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Week 2: Staying Healthy

“I appreciate the glam team so much as we have such a special bond and our health relies on each other in this COVID world,” Carrie Ann says. “Together we are creating a lot of fun looks and it’s fun to be ‘banging.'”

Want more behind-the-scenes scoop? “Each week I am also doing a DWTS diary on Carrie Ann Conversations, where I get more in-depth on all that goes on with DWTS from the judges point of view as well as what my day is like going from The Talk to DWTS and how I manage it and stay healthy, which for me is a priority.”

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Week 1: Carrie’s Back

“It felt so great to be back in the ballroom with my DWTS family,” Carrie Ann tells PEOPLE. “This season I have decided to have more fun with my look, take some risks — I even went blonde tonight. I have an incredible team and we worked hard together to creatively put together a look that made me feel good and also was different than anything I had done in seasons past. Season 29 is the season where I wanted to take some risks, I wanted to take it, as Tyra Banks says ‘to the next level’ and I think we did just that.”

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Week 1: The Dress

“The race for the coveted Mirrorball began tonight as Carrie Ann sparkled her way back into the ballroom with a slinky silver gown by WONÁ Concept,” says stylist Rhonda Spies, who accessorized with jewelry from Cirari and Dena Kemp. “More is more and less is a bore when it comes to Dancing with the Stars,” Spies added.

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Week 1: The Makeup

“For the premiere of Season 29, we kept her makeup soft, with a little DWTS glitz of course,” says makeup artist Marylin Lee Spiegel. “A little sparkle on her eyelid using Smith & Cult Glitterbaby metallic-shift eye shadow in Bronze, and a glow on her cheeks using Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette in Ghost. Her peachy lips are topped off with Mac Lipglass in Good Juju.”

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Week 1: The Hair

Dancing with the Stars wasn’t the only thing premiering tonight. It was also the debut of the new blonde bombshell Carrie Ann!” says hairstylist Glenn Nutley. To accentuate her long length, he prepped her hair using R&Co Dallas Thickening Spray. Then he gave Carrie Ann a loose wave with a “very large” curling iron and finished with Oribe Superfine Hairspray. 

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Week 1: Return to the Ballroom

“To sit in my seat again and hold my paddles felt like home,” Carrie Ann shares. “After all, it’s been 29 seasons, I haven’t missed a show, neither has Bruno [Tonioli]. It was great to bring back old family members and to welcome new family members to the show.”

“It’s exciting to see how the show is evolving and I am proud to be a part of TV history bringing DWTS to air during these unprecedented times. We are taking all precautions to ensure things are shot in a safe way and are determined to be able to bring joy to folks at home who need it. I feel so grateful to be a part of the DWTS family and I am so thankful for our amazing DWTS crew.”

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