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Nancy O’Dell and Tony Dovolani on DWTS

UPDATE: Nancy O’Dell won’t be competing on DWTS due to injury. Read more details about Nancy O’Dell’s injury.

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC

Nancy O’Dell is paired with Tony Dovolani on Dancing with the Stars 2009. I predict that Nancy O’Dell will do a lot better than most of the people from entertainment shows have done previously. I think Nancy is a very popular figure that people really find endearing. She probably has the best looking legs on this season of the show. I hope the show compares her legs with Edyta. Now that would be a tough competition to judge.

 

One other x-factor for Nancy is that she recently gave birth. This should really endear her to a lot of mom’s out there. Plus, it’s pretty amazing that she could give birth and return to such beautiful form. Many loved this about Brooke Burke last year and Nancy O’Dell should benefit from it this year.

Tony Dovolani has really been working hard in the background. Fans of Tony are very passionate and Tony has been doing a number of side projects which have included a fair amount of PR and should be a benefit for him in getting votes from fans.

Tony and Nancy’s look will be wonderful even if Nancy isn’t the best dancer. Tony will cater to her skills and they’ll look great regardless. This makes Nancy and Tony a very likely top 3 with a great shot at winning DWTS if Nancy is able to dance.

March 5, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Lawrence Taylor is paired with Edyta Sliwinska

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC


Lawrence Taylor is paired with Edyta Sliwinska for Dancing with the Stars 8. Lawrence Taylor was an amazing football player. My biggest unknown is that LT was a football player a long time ago. I’m pretty young and I still remember him, but I’m a pretty big sports fan. I’m not sure how much of the DWTS viewership will really remember LT.

Football is huge and having played in New York, millions of people in New York will remember who he was and so he’ll probably get a decent amount of the votes. I don’t see him as smooth as Emmitt Smith was on the dance floor, but I also don’t seem him as awkward as Maurice Green or even Jerry Rice.

Edyta is such a wonderful character and personality for the show. Her accent, her legs, her choreography are all wonderful. She actually shows her real emotions when she doesn’t get what she wants. I love her passion for wanting to win and I think many other people do too.

Look for Edyta and Lawrence Taylor to be near the top with an outside shot at making the top 3 if someone else has a bad week.

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer on DWTS

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC


Steve-O is paired with Lacey Schwimmer on Dancing with the Stars 2009. Steve-O is going to be a disaster on this show. Not because he’s going to be a horrible dancer. I have a feeling he’s actually going to be a serviceable dancer. However, that’s what’s going to be the downfall for Steve-O.

Steve-O really is in the worst position possible. If he actually dances well, he’ll alienate all his fans. If he dances horribly, then the judges will rip him and Lacey apart. Basically, he’s in trouble no matter what he does.

Lacey really attracts a fair amount of fans herself. I really think that Lacey needs to keep taking risks with Steve-O and do something so interesting and unique that as many Steve-O fans as possible will vote for him.

In the end, I’m guessing that Steve-O will dance pretty well and get decent, but not great scores from the judges. Lacey will add just enough uniqueness to the dance to save some fan votes. Look at Steve-O to be sent home about the half way point of DWTS.

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Steve Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff on DWTS

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC


Steve Wozniak is paired with Karina Smirnoff for Dancing with the Stars 2009. Woz (as he’s known in tech circles) is a hero of every nerd in the world (including myself). The guy is the one who I believe is truly the one who invented the computer as we know it today. He was the technical genius behind Apple and computers.

Idol worship aside, Woz is going to surprise people on the show. Not on the dance floor. I think there’s little doubt that he’s going to be horrible on the dance floor. However, he’s going to be fun and entertaining on the dance floor. See Jerry Springer and even Cloris Leachman to some extent on the dance floor. All of this though, won’t help him get scores with the judges. They’re going to love the man, but hate his dancing.

The key to Woz’s success is the incredibly power of the internet to unite the nerds behind a common hero. They’ve already started a twitter account to support Woz. If nerds truly unite behind Woz, then he’s going to really rake in the fan votes. Good thing that there is online voting. Even the most hapless nerds have an unlimited number of email addresses they can use to vote. I know I do. The question is only whether nerds care enough to do it.

I feel like Karina Smirnoff will not like this partnership. She’s going to look awkward in every interview with Woz. She does a horrible job hiding her true feelings. She’s not going to like dancing with Woz. However, Karina is a fan favorite. Do a search for Karina and check out the pictures of her bending back. It’s incredible.

All in all, Woz will stay a round or two more than he should (like Mark Cuban). He’ll give us all a good laugh and make every nerds dream come true of dancing with someone as beautiful as Karina Smirnoff.

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy on DWTS

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC


Denise Richards is paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy for Dancing with the Stars season 8. Denise has been in so many movies. She’s got a lot of name recognition from that which will help her be successful on DWTS. Looking at the list of movies though, I don’t see any huge blockbusters that make her an epic star.

Denise is beautiful and will look nice next to Mad Maks. I expect her to have smooth lines and move around the stage really well. Maks will do a great job getting the most out of her and stretch her to do things that surprise even her.

Maks has some of the most devoted fans on the show. The ones who will vote 50150 times and spend the evening convincing their aunts, uncles, grandma, sisters, brothers, etc to vote for Maks as well. Plus, Maks’ choreography is a fan favorite as well. Makes sense why they chose him to choreograph the Dancing with the Stars tour.

Denise and Maks will be a nice pair with a reasonable shot at making the top 3. Maks making the top 3 and Karina not will make for an interesting dynamic for their relationship.

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower on DWTS

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC


Ty Murray is paired with Chelsie Hightower for Dancing with the Stars 2009. This honestly looks like the most disastrous pair on this season’s DWTS. Nothing against either person. I think Ty Murray is a stud. Chelsie Hightower was beautiful on So You Think You Can Dance and incredibly sexy. However, I’m just scared of what they could be like on this show.

I’m afraid this tough cowboy, Ty, will be bow legged and just look unnatural and awkward on the dance floor. I really hope I’m wrong, but I haven’t seen many graceful cowboys out there. One wild card is that rodeo and in particular the PBR have grown quite large and have a large fan following. It will be interesting to see how many of these fans will support Ty on the show.

Chelsie really is a beautiful dancer with incredible lines for such a little girl. However, being her first time on the show and being so young, it will be interesting to see how well she does choreographing for the show. The dance floor on DWTS is rather small and I believe takes a little time to figure out what you can and can’t do to make it work. Plus, I think Chelsie will find it a challenge working with such raw dancing talent.

I’m very excited to see Chelsie back on the dance floor again and I think Chelsie and Ty might be one of the most entertaining couples to watch on the show. However, I’m afraid that Ty might receive a lot of criticism from the judges on the show. I’m predicting that Chelsie and Ty will be watching Jewel from the audience.

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke on DWTS

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC


Gilles Marini is paired with Cheryl Burke on the 8th season of Dancing with the Stars. Giles is an interesting choice of star. Off the top of my head I can’t really think of another star that’s been on the show that’s of a similar stardom. This makes it hard for me to know how well he’ll do on the show. Certainly Sex and the City was HUGE, but I’m not sure if Gilles Marini was really that huge. Probably a few devoted female fans, but nothing like some of the other stars.

I’ll also knock Gilles down a little bit because he’s French. I don’t have anything personally against the French, but ever since we started naming French Fries Freedom Fries I knew the French would never be the same in the US.

Cheryl Burke has quite a few fans of her own. However, she won seasons 2 and 3 of DWTS before fans really knew much about the professional dancers on the show. I’m not sure exactly why Cheryl isn’t the incredible star that she could have been. A part of it could be some bad partners (she just looked awkward next to Maurice Green). Either way, she’ll bring more votes than say Jonathan Roberts, but is getting blown out by the Houghs, Karina and Edyta.

Cheryl’s choreography is still really nice and enjoyable to watch. However, I just don’t see Gilles doing anything that really makes anyone remember him the next day. This couple doesn’t have the water cooler quality to vault them to the top. I’m predicting middle of the pack at best. He’ll be out even earlier if Gilles turns out to dance like Jerry Springer.

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.