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Lil’ Kim and Derek Hough on DWTS

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC


Lil’ Kim is paired with Derek Hough on Dancing with the Stars 8. I vote this the most odd couple of the group. The pretty boy Derek with the rapper girl Lil’ Kim. I could be wrong, but I’m guessing there’s not that many crossover fans between rap and ballroom dancing. Maybe Lil’ Kim will be able to cross the divide, but I think this is an uphill battle for her.

The good news for Lil’ Kim is that she has some rhythm and what I think is natural dance skill. I think she’s going to be able to hit stuff hard when she needs to and create smooth lines as well. Derek seems to be the master at teaching his partner how to look good. This should really benefit Lil’ Kim who I’m predicting will pick it up really quickly. I do wonder though, if Lil’ Kim will really be a performer on stage. I have a feeling she might be a great dancer technically, but will be so focused on the steps that she will lose valuable points from the judges when it comes to performance quality.

Derek is really becoming a star in his own right. I don’t think he’s as big and popular as his sister (oh I do love sibling rivalry), but he’s definitely got a huge fan following. Being the front man for Ballas Hough band has also been creating a really loyal fan following. I’m actually very familiar with this fan following and they are true fanatics when it comes to Derek. That means a lot of votes for Derek and Lil’ Kim because of Derek.

Despite Derek’s strong fan base and Lil’ Kim’s technical dancing, I expect Derek and Lil’ Kim to be stuck just outside the top 3. A good showing that they’ll both be proud of in the end. I will predict that Lil’ Kim and Derek will be dancing to the most eclectic music yet to grace the DWTS stage.

March 6, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough on DWTS

Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough on DWTS
Chuck Wicks is paired with Julianne Hough will be on Dancing with the Stars 8. The most star power that could probably exist in a pair. Kind of crazy to think that Julianne might have more star power than Chuck does. However, Chuck at least has more hit songs than Julianne (for now).

I met Chuck at the finale of last season’s Dancing with the Stars and he was one of the most kind and easy to talk to people I’ve met. He’s as down to earth as any star I’ve seen. In fact, it was a nice breathe of fresh air compared to many of the other stars I met. Not that anything was bad or wrong with the stars we met, but Chuck was just relaxed and really put my wife and I at ease. Not sure how this helps him on the show, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

Chuck does have faithful country fans. I think country fans are probably the best fan voters out there. Chuck has a slender frame and Julianne should really bring the most out of it. [Country] Fans will also love any “love” songs or sensual songs that can show off Julianne and Chuck’s true feelings for each other. We all want the 2 little love birds to live happily ever after.

Julianne is beautiful, a great choreographer, a bubbly personality, and a star in her own right. There’s no doubt she’s the most popular professional in the list. It’s no wonder why she was on every entertainment show leading up to last season. She’s the media darling and in many ways the image of DWTS. Anyway, she’s definitely a power house on the show and Chuck will really benefit from her expertise and fan power.

I’m predicting a final 3 from Julianne and Chuck. Chuck will have a rough week or two, but in the end will be really polished and the pair will have 2-3 of the most memorable dances in DWTS history.

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Nancy O’Dell and Jewel Out of DWTS – Holly Madison In

I’d been reading rumors about Nancy O’Dell and Jewel being out of Dancing with the Stars. I even posted about Jewel’s injury previously, but it’s now official that both Nancy and Jewel are out of Dancing with the Stars.

Let’s take a look at a number of quotes I found around the web from Jewel and Nancy O’Dell about not being able to compete on Dancing with the Stars.

First a quote from Jewel about her injury and Jewel’s ongoing participation on DWTS.

“I originally thought it was tendinitis or ligament strains,” Jewel said before a concert appearance Thursday night in Highland, Calif. — which she would do sitting down. “It was painful enough for a doctor to put me on cortisone. When I went in for an MRI, it turned out to be something else. I had no idea something like this was possible.”

Jewel’s stress fractures are just below her knees, which had been swelling from a practice regimen of up to eight hours a day. They’ll heal in six to nine weeks, says Jewel, who is using crutches to get around.

“Hopefully I’ll get to sing on the show and come back and (compete) again,” Jewel says.

Now, a quote describing Nancy O’Dell’s injury:

“Beyond disappointment doesn’t even being to describe how I feel about not being able to continue on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ It has been one of my favorite shows since season one!” O’Dell revealed. “But I have torn the meniscus in my knee in two places, which requires surgery. According to the doctor, one is a ‘significant’ tear and it will require my getting knee surgery within the next couple of weeks.”

Looks like Nancy O’Dell might return to another season of Dancing with the Stars and still enjoyed the short time she did have with Tony:

“DWTS’ was a great experience. I’ll miss working with my partner, Tony Dovolani, and all the other wonderful people on the amazing production that is ‘Dancing With the Stars,’” O’Dell added. “Tony has been an amazing teacher and dance partner and I feel horrible I can’t continue for him… Although short, it was a great experience. I challenged myself to take risk at doing something I had never done before!”

And don’t rule out a possible return to the show somewhere down the line.

“After I have surgery and eight weeks of rehab, my doctor tells me my knee will be back to how it was,” O’Dell said. “So that means if I have the opportunity to go back, I could!”

Dancing with the Stars executive producer Conrad Green said the following about injuries on Dancing with the Stars:

“We’ll re-look next season to limit the training in the early weeks, because I don’t want people to get injured,” he says. The 15-week-long show “is a marathon, not a sprint.”

There have been a number of injuries to stars and the professionals on Dancing with the stars. Among DWTS celebrities injured in previous seasons: Olympic volleyball player Misty May-Treanor (torn Achilles tendon); comic Jeffrey Ross (eye injury); actress Susan Lucci (fractured foot); and actor Cristián de la Fuente (torn arm tendon). Also, Julianne Hough had an operation, Derek Hough was taken to the hospital and Karina Smirnoff had some ankle or back issues if I’m remembering correctly. Seems like there was one other I’m leaving out.

Reports are saying that Holly Madison from Girls Next Door will be one of the replacements, but producers of the show are keeping quiet until the DWTS premiere on Monday. The report says that Bridget Marquardt (Holly’s costar on Girls Next Door) let it slip on live TV. This is what Bridget Marquardt had to say about it:

“I’m so excited for her,” Marquardt — who next stars in a Travel Channel show called Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches — told FOX’s Strategy Room Wednesday.

“She’s wanted to do it for so long,” Marquardt added. “It just never worked with her schedule and Hef was always like ‘I don’t want you to do that,’ and now it’s her time, so I’m really happy for her.”

Jewel and Nancy O’Dell are suppose to be at the premiere. Should be an exciting premiere, but I’ll admit that I’m personally sad that these 2 are off the show. They were 2 of the stars I was most excited to see on the show. They’ll definitely be missed. It will also be interesting to see how the judges score the 2 replacements who will have had less time to practice their dances for the show.

The Dancing with the Stars Premiere’s on Monday!

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.