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DWTS Choreography…Technical breakdown!

I love when a celebrity performs a dance better than expected and I especially love when the choreography is something to remember! However, there are those times that a celebrity just cannot pick up a dance no matter how much practice time is given to them! So, until the new season starts on September 21st I’m going to post some of the most amazing dances since DWTS started, including the emmy nominated routine, and some of the worst dances that have been engraved in my mind!

In a previous post by Courtney, she listed the top 5 worst couple pairings so I have found dances from some of couples that truly shows that these pairings were not well thought out:

3 Train Wreck dances:

1: Season 2: Kenny Mayne and Andre Hale, Cha Cha
Kenny did more standing and walking than actually dancing! He was very heavy on his feet and needs to work on his hip movement…it is a latin dance!

2: Corky Ballas and Cloris Leachman: Season 7, cha cha
Oh Cloris! I loved watching her but she never had any technique…it was like a grandma at a club. But I do give her props on having fun with everything she did!

3: Steve Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff: Season 8, Samba
Steve tried really hard but he never got the feeling of the latin dance! He went through the moves but had no rthym. His worm was a good attempt but it wasn’t great by any means! And the ending was all over the place!

3 memorable dances!

1: Emmy nominated routine: Great Balls of Fire, Julianne and Derek Hough
technical perfection!

2: Stacy Keibler and Tony Dovolani: Season 2, Samba

3. Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke: Season 2, Paso Doble

More to come until September 21!!!!

August 31, 2009 I Written By

DWTS Season 9 News – Week of August 24, 2009

Someone asked, in the comments, why people might vote against Donny – the news for the week is one example. Almost all Donny – little bit of Joanna, Derek, Mark and Melissa and a nice piece on Debi Mazar, but three of the five videos are on Donny (and Marie).  Overkill and we’re still three weeks out.  :::sigh::: Keep in mind that I only put up what my Tivo picks up – it’s possible I may have missed some things.

August 30, 2009 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Season 9 Individual Cast Photos

Kelly OsbourneThat title doesn’t sound right to me. Hmmm. Anyway, Daemon’s TV has all the individual shots of the celebs and the pros – I uploaded some of the pairs previously, but these are new.  And I have to tell you, I find some of them very amusing.  For a variety of reasons. ;-)  Here are a few that I found interesting/amusing/strange – I’ll let you guess why I posted each one. :-) Well, I’ll tell you right now, I posted Kelly and Edyta because I thought both of them were beautiful.

Mark DacascosDonny OsmondMichael IrvinAlec MazoJonathan RobertsAnna TrebunskayaEdyta Season 9

August 29, 2009 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Girls, Girls, Girls…This is Why Dudes should Watch DWTS

This one’s for John. :-)  I stole the title wholesale because it is just perfect, and perfectly true. From the web site Funny Crave:

With the possible exception of Real Housewives of New Jersey or something, no show on television is more maligned by dudes than Dancing With the Stars.  Seriously, what kind of guy would watch that shit?  We dunno, maybe the kind who enjoys watching insanely hot women shimmying around with barely any clothes on?

Duh, right? :-) For all you dudes reading this, the site has about a dozen pictures that even a straight girl with a Derek Hough Crush can recognize as HOT. Karina’s pic, below, is one example.

Karina-Smirnoff-9

August 28, 2009 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Season 9 News from ET

According to Kym Johnson on ET, it’s the Country Two-step – which, of course, in my mind makes it WORSE. :-)

“The show is adding the country two-step and the Charleston,” Kym tells Donny & Marie. She goes on to explain that there will be the same number of dances. The show is just mixing things up a bit.

Then Kym watches the on-stage dance competition between the brother and sister team, and rates them both a 10.

“You’re a 10 because you’re fabulous,” Kym tells Marie. Then she jokes with Donny, “And you’re a 10 because you need 10 more hours of dance lessons.”

Not a good sign if Donny and Marie are already bugging me, right? :-)

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Season 9 Cast Pictures!!!

Yay, they’re finally here!! I’ll post a few – the rest are at Entertainment Tonight’s site. Go there and look and if you want larger versions.

Aaron and Karina Derek and JoannaMya and DmitryAnna and Michael I.Macy and JonathanMichael D and LaceyKelly and LouisDonny and KimDebi and Maks

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Top 5 Worst Celeb Partners in DWTS History

It’s something truly magical when a partnership on DWTS really “clicks”: the pro & celeb really seem to get along well, the synergy is great, the chemistry is great, and it produces great results in their performances (and sometimes their love lives too… *cough*Mark&Sabrina*cough*).  We remember their routines several seasons after they’ve been danced, collectively “awwwww” at their bonding during practice, come up with cutesy portmanteaus (I love that word!) of their names (anyone remember “Shark” & “Lancey”?), and contemplate how it could be humanly possible to create another pairing of their caliber & excellence.

And then there are the pairings that make us wish we had never tuned in.

Whether they were awkwardly matched, fought like cats & dogs, were loose cannons, or were just plain BAD – DWTS has definitely produced a few pairings that were real stinkers, and made us wonder what exactly the casting director was thinking (or imbibing!) that made him/her decide to create such a monstrosity.  And more often than not, it was the celeb who was the culprit – so we cringed in embarassment for the unfortunate pro that was forced to put up with them week after week. 

So in honor of those poor pros who got royally shafted in the partner department, I give you the top 5 Worst Celeb Partners in DWTS History…barf bag optional.

5.) TIE: Kenny Mayne (with Andrea Hale) or Tucker Carlson (with Elena Grinenko) - Under the category of “just plain BAD”: it was a draw for me when it came down to deciding which one of these first round cast-offs was worse.  Kenny’s wooden, deadpan cha-cha in season 2 was “demented” and “like Pinnochio chasing Jiminy Cricket across the dance floor” according to Bruno; the best Carrie Ann & Len could say was that he was “committed” and “a hard worker”.  Goofy-grinned Tucker’s cha-cha in season 3 consisted of him sitting down for the first 20 seconds, then more or less just walking through his routine with some awkward flailing arms – bad enough for Len to say he wished Tucker “had stayed sitting down for the whole dance”.  Despite their best efforts (which is debateable), both were gone after week one, leaving first-time pros Andrea & Elena out of the game before they really got to show America what they were made of.  Elena returned the following season and managed to pull out a slightly less painful (but still mediocre) 8th place finish with Clyde Drexler; however, neither of these ladies has been seen on the show since.  We salute your patience & tolerance, ladies – you left us far too soon! *sniff*

4.) Jeff Ross (with Edyta Sliwinska) – File this one under both “awkwardly matched” & “just plain bad” – we knew this partnership was doomed when jokester Jeff spent the majority of his first lesson with all-business Edyta in season 7 just trying to pronounce her name correctly.  He never really seemed to take the competition seriously, and it showed during his heavy-footed cha-cha in week 1 (for which still shares the record for the lowest scoring cha-cha – tied with two other celebs on our countdown!), in which he channeled his pirate side, donning a rhinestone eye patch in jest of a scratched cornea he suffered during dress rehearsal the night before. Definitely one of the more bizarre injuries sustained on the show, and probably an harbinger of doom for this odd couple – they almost seemed relieved to be let go after the first night.  Don’t cry too hard for Edyta, though – she got a sort of consolation prize, in the form of filling in as semifinalist Cody Linley’s partner later in the season when Julianne Hough underwent surgery. 

3.) Cloris Leachman (with Corky Ballas) - Under the heading of “awkwardly matched” & “loose cannon”, we have DWTS oldest contestant to date, the captain of the “Battleship Geriactrica” herself – season 7 celeb Cloris Leachman.  While some might argue that Cloris made for good tv and her antics kept her in the competition far longer than she should have been, for a such a decorated ballroom vet like Corky, keeping up with her unpredictable behavior had to be a nightmare.  Whether she was clowning around instead of practicing, keeping the censors busy with her colorful language on live shows, or trying to bribe the judges with cash, her body, or “favors” – Corky was forced to throw brilliant choreography & content out the window in favor of pandering to her outrageous hijinx (which is another word I love). I’ve had the good fortune to take a few group lessons with him, and let me tell you – the guy is truly BRILLIANT.  And when he buckled down and forced Cloris to pay attention, the results were great – remember their foxtrot the first week & paso the 2nd week? Cloris was actually quite good when she wasn’t too busy yukkin’ it up! So it made it that much harder to watch when Corky begrudgingly played along to crazy themes & slapstick comedy (remember their jive, in which Corky had to pretend to fart on Cloris? *shudder*) instead of creating solid, entertaining routines that showcased Cloris’ amazing physical abilities at her age.  If Corky ever were to return as a pro on DWTS, I hope that he’d get a partner that he could really display his skill with – but I worry that he may forever be “the guy that got freaky with that crazy old lady” to viewers.  Alas, poor Corky.

2.) Steve Wozniak (with Karina Smirnoff )- Here we have a prime specimen of another awkwardly-matched, just plain BAD pairing: the out-of-shape, out-of-style computer nerd & the smoldering, sinuous seductress of the dancefloor.  While Karina has been known to throw a lil ‘tude the judges way (anyone else remember the emphatic eye rolls & icy stares she gave the judges in season 5 when receiving her critiques with Mario?), we couldn’t help but cringe & feel sorry for our saucy Ukrainian in season 8 when “The Woz” huffed & puffed (and did, quite possibly, the most feeble attempt at “the worm” we’ve ever witnessed) through the lowest-scoring samba in DWTS history (10/30, in case you blocked it from memory out of trauma).  And to add insult to injury, fans seemed to latch onto the lovable-but-helpless Woz, keeping him in the competion for 4 agonizing weeks – and forcing Karina to grin & bear it through an equally as terrible cha-cha, quickstep, & Argentine tango.  Then real injury – a stress fracture in his right foot due to his weight, and a pulled hamstring sustained during rehearsals for the aforementioned samba of doom. A part of me wondered if there was anything else that could possibly go wrong with this couple (Allergic reaction to spray tan? Unfortunate rhinestone accident?) But for as truly helpless as Steve was, he was also one of the most affable, charming contestants I think the show has ever seen – truly grateful for each experience, both good & bad – so I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of regret (coupled with a big sense of relief!) when they were finally voted out in week 4.  But while the Woz may have been a big teddy bear – please, honey, do yourself, America (and especially Karina!) a favor and stay away from the dancefloor!

And now, without further ado, the most loathesome, awkward, excruciating to watch, absolute WORST celeb partner in DWTS history…

1.) Master P (with Ashly Delgrosso) – This partnership altogether defies catagorization, as it was simply all-around terrible and doomed from the get-go.  “P” filled in at the last minute for his son, Lil Romeo, who was originally supposed to be Ashly’s partner for season 2.  And that’s where the trouble began. He flat out refused to wear dance shoes.  Wouldn’t wear rhinestones, either.  Count out smiling (or showing any sort of emotion other than boredom) during performances.  Forget practicing for long hours – by week 4, he had only logged about 20 hours of practice, while other celebs had racked up over 100.  Don’t get me wrong, there was one thing that P did well – he managed to make each dance look as un-dancelike as possible, moving as minimally as possible to appear as if he was just walking rather than moving to any sort of rhythm…and he did it consistently, week after week, despite scolding from the judges & the absolute lowest score to date for ANY dance in DWTS history (an 8 for his painfully bad paso doble).  And the phenomenon of “Vote for the Worst” reared it’s ugly head – Ashly was forced to tolerate P’s obstinance for 4 weeks before being granted a reprieve when they were sent home.  And perhaps the most baffling thing of all about P was his “motivation” (or lack thereof) for doing the show, uttered during the judges’ critique of his apathetic cha-cha: “I’m doing this for all the Katrina victims in New Orleans.” I sure hope he was planning to donate his $200k to Katrina relief efforts, then – because he sure wasn’t inspiring anyone with his dancing! For her endless tolerance & patience, I hereby nominate Ashly for DWTS sainthood for putting up with his crap for a month – St. Ashly of Utah, patron saint of abused dance partners.  While Ashly maintains that she left the show to start a family (likely story! haha), I think we all know the real reason she hasn’t returned as a pro – she didn’t want another partner as awesomely bad as P. 

So there you have it…the 5 worst celeb partners in DWTS history.  Now you may be thinking to yourself, “Are you kidding me? There are far more than 5 terrible celeb partners that have been on DWTS!” To which I reply – of course there are! Which is why I wanna hear your opinions on some of the most marginal celebs to ever hit the floor.  Got any (dis)honorable mentions? Did a truly terrible celeb slip my mind? Let’s hear it!

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DWTS Season 9 News

Lots of news and interviews out there on the web today.  E! News has a slightly different paparazzi video from what I’ve seen, in addition to a Marc Malkin article. A couple excerpts:

Professional snowboarder Louie Vito hopes his stint on the new season of Dancing With the Stars improves his luck with the ladies.

“If worse comes to worse, maybe if I go to a wedding or a club, I can bust out some of the moves,” he tells us. “I’ve gotta get those smooth moves that maybe aren’t that typical. I might have to bust out the salsa in the middle of a club.”

Just a few days before learning who she’d be paired with, Burke predicted she’d be matched with someone like the 62-year-old former congressman. “I’m due for the old guy,” she said. “It’s all right though. If I keep getting the good person then people will start being upset I think.”

Oh Cheryl, I love you (and how you dance with Derek :-)), but that struck me as a bit rude. The Old guy? Girl, I hate Tom DeLay – and for a moment I felt a twinge of sympathy. ::::shiver:::: Okay, I’m over it.

Mya’s very afraid of getting hurt – a very valid fear, but one that often leads to injury. According to MTV.com:

“So far, rehearsals have been really tough,” she told MTV News. “So it’s kind of like reversing my thinking, ’cause hip-hop is so loose and not structured, and tap is so loose and close to the ground and not structured, so it’s so different. I have a lot of work to do in reversing how I think. And I have a lot of partner work to do, so I hope it doesn’t hurt me. But I think music and musicality is going to help me stay on the beat.”

Mya admitted that, aside from learning the dances, she’s also scared she might hurt herself in the process. “I had to change my shoes yesterday, ’cause my heels were starting to hurt — and keep in mind that everything was in heels,” she said. “I had a foot fracture last year, and I’ve had injuries in the past. That’s what my worst fear is. To get injured … is something I’m nervous about.”

She might be nervous, but she’s also excited to get to know the other celebrities dancing this season — one of whom she was surprised to learn would be on the show. “I didn’t think it was in her personality to do something like this, but it’s great that she is,” she said of rock progeny Kelly Osbourne. “And I actually met her last night, and she’s very cute and funny, so she’s very sweet. I was just surprised, ’cause she’s more of a rebel to me.”

Mya

Hey – I think I like these odds. But since I don’t know anything about gambling, I can’t be sure. :-)

All the excitement is set to begin on September 21, 2009. Will the stars have enough fancy footwork to keep up with the professionals, or will they trip over their own feet and leave sooner than expected? Find out what kind of odds BetED sportsbook has on who will win the next Dancing With the Stars.

Natalie Coughlin +550
Joanna Krupa +600
Melissa Joan Hart +600
Mya +600
Donny Osmond +600
Mark Dacascos +600
Michael Irvin +600
Ashley Hamilton +700
Chuck Liddell +800
Kathy Ireland +800
Debi Mazar +700
Macy Gray +900
Kelly Osbourne +1000
Aaron Carter +1100
Louie Vito +1100
Tom DeLay +1200

August 27, 2009 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Costumes…Sparkle and Shine!

Hey Everyone! I’m a new blogger for DWTS so I thought I’d let you guys know what to expect from my blogs :) I will be blogging about the costumes featured on this season and the choreography/technique of the dances and how well (or not so well) each couple performed them! Now that we have that out of the way let me get started!

I absolutely love the costumes that the celebs and pros wear on DWTS and I first wondered how all the costumes got sewn and fitted in time! I googled Randall Christensen, the head wardrobe designer, and found that he only has 3 1/2 days to get costumes made! This has got to be a crazy time during the first weeks of competition since there are so many couples! I also found this AMAZING youtube video interviewing Mr. Christensen about the process:

To me, what makes are great costume is a combination of:

  • Is the material used appropriate for the dance style?
  • Is the costume suited for the celeb and pro as a couple?
  • Does the style of the costume match the style of the dance?
  • Are the sparkle and shine elements right on for the costume or not quite there?
  • Are the accessories perfect for the costume or are they to much or to little?
  • Overall, does the costume compliment the celebrity to showcase their dance strengths instead of their dance weaknesses.

With that said…here are my top 5 favorite costumes and my top 5 train wrecks!

TOP 5 FAVORITES (Season 4 – Present):

  1. Chelsie Hightower and Ty Murray: Season 8
    Chelsie Hightower and Ty Murray
  2. Cheryl Burke and Gilles Marini: Season 8
  3. Cheryl Burke and Gilles Marini

  4. Julianne Hough and Apolo Anton Ohno: Season 4
    Julianne Hough and Apolo Anton Ohno
  5. Cheryl Burke and Christian de la Fuenta: Season 6
    Cherly Burke and Christian de la Fuenta
  6. Brooke Burke and Derek Hough: Season 8
    Brooke Burke and Derek Hough

TOP 5 TRAIN WRECKS (Season 4 – Present):

  1. Cheryl Burke and Wayne Newton: Season 5
    Cheryl Burke and Wayne Newton
  2. Marie Osmand and Johnathan Roberts: Season 5
    Marie Osmond and Johnathan Roberts
  3. Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani: Season 7
    Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani
  4. Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks: Season 8
    Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks
  5. Karina Smirnoff and Steve Wozniak: Season 8
    Karina Smirnoff and Steve Wozniak

Now it’s your turn! What costumes stand out the most as favorites or train wrecks!

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DWTS Season 9 – A Whole Lotta Video

There was a cast party last night and as a result we have lots and lots of paparrazzi video to peruse.  First up is  PopTV – gang, these videos are LONG.  But they cover nearly every single celeb and pro, so you might find them interesting.  I confess, I have not watched them all yet. There aren’t enough hours in the day. The first one has some non-DWTS content. Be patient. :-)

 

Paparazzi Henry – a lot of the pros seem to have a good relationship with this dude:

Derek, Mark, Melissa and Joanna – having way too much fun.

Video of Derek and Joanna from Hollywood TV – no embed code so click THIS LINK

That’s all for now. If I find more, I’ll post it!!!

August 26, 2009 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)