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Dancing with the Stars 2009 Top 3

ABC and Dancing with the Stars made a great decision to keep the Dancing with the Stars 2009 top 3 final performances to only an hour. It was a great hour of entertainment. Any longer and they’d have been stretching for content. Here’s my review of the top 3 from tonight’s show.

Shawn Johnson – Anyone that watches Shawn has to just love her little girl innocence and her cute personality. Her detractors use that against her, but that’s a big plus for me. Sure, she doesn’t have that adult woman’s nuance in her dancing, but she’s so precise in her movements.

Shawn’s freestyle was far and away the best of the night. I was really disappointed that she didn’t pull at least a few tasteful gymnastics tricks, but it was still entertaining.

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC


Gilles Marini – Gilles’ paso doble was Gilles being Gilles. It was well done. He deserved good scores. I don’t think it was a 30 performance, but it was great. Gilles has been solid all around and Paso works really well for him.

Gilles freestyle was my least favorite of the night. The freestyle highlighted Cheryl instead of Gilles. If I was evaluating Cheryl, then I’d have given it a 10. Cheryl really danced it with some amazing personality. Plus, I think that Gilles should have stuck with the sensual stuff he started with. When he went to playful, he just didn’t pull it off very well. The effort was there, but it just felt awkward. I should also mention that I think it’s a joke that Len would mark down Melissa for her “choice of style” but would still give a 10 to Gilles who had much less dancing (see Carrie Anna and Bruno’s comments).

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC


Melissa Rycroft – I still wonder if it was a strategy for Melissa to wear 2 bikinis for her routine or if it was just coincidence. She did look pretty stunning. She did look a little awkward at a couple times in her Paso Doble. So, I think the scoring was accurate for her Paso.

I really enjoyed Melissa’s freestyle. It was occasionally disjointed, but unlike Len I really loved that she incorporated her cheerleading moves into the dance. It shows her versatility which is what I think freestyle should be all about. It’s just shameful that Len would mark down her score just because he didn’t like that style of dancing. Lesson for all those doing a freestyle in the future: add in at least some ballroom or get marked down by Len.

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC


Watch tomorrow for me to post my final Dancing with the Stars power rankings.

May 18, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Julianne Hough Will Return to Dancing with the Stars in Early 2010

Maxims 10th Annual Hot 100 Celebration - Red Carpet

I just found this short little story on People that talks about Julianne Hough not leaving Dancing with the Stars for good. Here’s the quote from the article where Julianne Hough talks:

In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Hough said: “I am appreciative to be taking this coming season of Dancing with the Stars off to focus on my other career paths like touring in support of my album and recording my next one. I look forward to returning to DWTS in early 2010.”

Dancing with the Stars executive producer, Conrad Green, is also quoted in the article talking about how they encourage the dancers to take a break. Check out Julianne Hough’s list of Tour dates and you can see she’s going to be busy without Dancing with the Stars.

Glad to know Julianne Hough will be back on Dancing with the Stars.

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Tweeting the Dancing with the Stars Finale

Yes, I am on the west coast, so the Dancing with the Stars finale is going on right now. For those interested in hearing some of my commentary on the Dancing with the Stars 2009 finale, you can follow my comments on my Dancing with the Stars twitter account. Go and check out some of my most recent comments like:

“I told everyone that the Dancing with the Stars finale is always a Love fest. They want to pump up the final 3 as part of the storyline.”
and
“I’m really disappointed Shawn Johnson isn’t going to use her gymnastics in the freestyle. It’s called FREE-style. Grrrrrr!”

Looking forward to seeing you on Twitter.

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars 2009 Finale Music

Check out the list of music from the Dancing with the Stars 2009 finale. Always fun to see what the stars bring to the table for the finale. Especially for the freestyle dance they do. I’ll update this as the Dancing with the Stars 2009 finale progresses.

Also, check out all of the Dancing with the Stars 2009 music.

Shawn & Mark, Melissa & Tony, Gilles & Cheryl danced a Paso Doble to the song “So What”—Pink P!nk - Funhouse (Deluxe Version) - So What
Shawn & Mark danced a Freestyle to the song “Do Your Thing”—Basement Jaxx Basement Jaxx - Rooty - Do Your Thing
Shawn & Mark danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”—Michael Jackson Michael Jackson - The Essential Michael Jackson - P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Melissa & Tony danced a Freestyle to the song “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”—C+C Music Factory C+C Music Factory - C+C Music Factory: Super Hits - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
Melissa & Tony danced a Samba to the song “Jaleo”—Ricky Martin Ricky Martin - Almas del Silencio - Jaleo
Gilles & Cheryl danced a Freestyle to the song “Flashdance (What a Feeling)”—Irene Cara Irene Cara - What a Feelin' - Flashdance - What a Feeling
Gilles & Cheryl danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Assassin’s Tango”—John Powell John Powell - Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Assassin's Tango

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 8 Twitter Choice Winner

UPDATE: You can watch the video announcing the Dancing with the Stars Season 8 Winner.

I just posted the results from the Pure Dancing with the Stars poll. However, I thought it would also be fun to take a look at other ways of determining who the most popular of the final 3 is (since at this point it really becomes a popularity contest).

I recently posted a list of the Dancing with the Stars twitter accounts. Since then, my stats program has tracked which twitter account link has been clicked on the most. Certainly not a scientific way to determine who is the most popular, but still fun fodder while we wait for tomorrow’s Dancing with the Stars finale.

Here is the ranking according to the number of clicks to the final 3’s twitter accounts:
1. Melissa Rycroft
2. Gilles Marini
3. Shawn Johnson

Interesting, no?

Of course, another way to look at it is by number of followers that each star has on their twitter account. Those would go like this:
1. Shawn Johnson – 6768 Twitter Followers
2.3. Gilles Marini – 1444 Twitter Followers
3.2. Melissa Rycroft – 258 Twitter Followers 4797 Twitter Followers

Granted, Shawn and Gilles definitely are using Twitter more than Melissa. Although, it is interesting that it’s the same as the poll results I just posted previously. [UPDATE: One of my twitter followers informed me that Melissa Rycroft has another twitter account with many more followers. I’ve updated the post to reflect the difference. I wondered why Melissa wasn’t updating the account I knew about. By the way, you can follow this website on Twitter as well.]

Any other cool ways that I should look at who will become the next Dancing with the Stars winner?

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Pure Dancing with the Stars 2009 Winner Results

UPDATE: You can watch the video announcing the Dancing with the Stars Season 8 Winner.

I recently invited readers of Pure Dancing with the Stars to vote for the Dancing with the Stars 2009 winner. I posted 2 polls asking “Who do you WANT to be the Dancing with the Stars 2009 winner?” and “Who WILL be the Dancing with the Stars 2009 Winner?”

The following are the predictions for will become the Dancing with the Stars 2009 winner:

Who do you WANT to be the Dancing with the Stars 2009 winner?
Dancing with the Stars 2009 Winner Voting Results

Who WILL be the Dancing with the Stars 2009 Winner?
DWTS 2009 Winner Voting Results

Looks like Shawn Johnson has a lot to look forward to on the finale of Dancing with the Stars season 8. Although, I have to admit that this has to be the closest race ever in the history of Dancing with the Stars. I said previously that it reminds me of back when Mario Lopez and Joey Fatone were really close.

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.