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DWTS Week 1 Power Rankings, Part I – The Guys

Due to the unique nature of this season (with the guys performing on the first night and the girls performing on the second night), I’ve decided to rank the guys separately, then the girls, and then an “overall” if you will…I would just wait to do them all at once, but then what fun would it be without you guys discussing it while it’s still fresh in your minds? :-)

Alright, I’m going to be as brief as I can…I still have House & CSI: Miami to watch!

1.) Donny & Kym – Donny really did knock it out of the park tonight.  While I don’t think he was technically as strong as Aaron or Mark, his footwork was clean, and of course, he played the best to the crowd. Kym definitely choreographed to his strengths – the Chicago-themed foxtrot was really a very clever choice.  He was also the strongest of the 4 in the salsa relay – while not as eye-catching as Louie & Chelsie or even Chuck & Anna, he had the best execution and showmanship.  And it’s likely his showmanship that will carry him straight through to the final…that, or the legion of screaming women in the audience!

2.) Aaron & Karina – Ok, I knew Aaron would be pretty good, but MAN – the kid even surprised me with some of the stuff he was pulling out! Definitely the strongest technically for me tonight – some of the hip action & arms I saw from him were truly amazing. He also had probably the highest degree of difficulty in his routines – his Viennese relay definitely had the most tricks (which executed very well).  He also comes across as a very likeable kid in the lead-ins – he has the same boyish charm that I think  made Cody Linley so endearing.  He does have one weakness, however: he doesn’t really let his face convey any sort of emotion while dancing.  Very deadpan – like he is really focusing hard on the task at hand.  I do see glimmers of “swagger” come through when he’s trying to be sexy, though ;-)

3.) Louie & Chelsie – These two really pleasantly surprised me! First off, they are too cute for words – they’re this season’s “vertically challenged” couple (to quote Mia from SYTYCD this season, when referring to another adorable pocket-sized couple – Randi & Evan), plus they’re both young and energetic.  And Louie actually seemed to nail the “flow” of the foxtrot – all with a brilliant smile on his face.  He got to show of his athleticism in his salsa – while it might not go over well with Len, flashy tricks & stunts always seem to be a hit with the viewers.  I can see America keeping them around for awhile, for the simple reason that they’re just adorable – like Aaron, Louie seems to have the impish boy-next-door act down pat!

4.) Mark & Lacey – While Mark was technically stronger than Louie, I felt that his energy wasn’t quite as strong or endearing – like Aaron, I can see him having issues with showmanship because he gets so much into his own head, trying to really nail the technical aspects of the dance.  That said, Mark probably has the best combination of strength and agility of all the guys on the show – that, and he has awesome pecs.  And abs.  And arms.  And an awesome bone structure. And when the bulk of the voting public is female – that’s a good skill set to have ;-)

5.) Michael & Anna – I fear that Anna has fallen into the trap of trying to add a lot of “filler” to their routines to try and conceal the fact that Michael is not a great dancer, rather than trying to help him improve.  Michael seems to have the opposite problem of Aaron & Mark – he is so much into the crowd interaction & “having fun” part of the dance that he tends to get a bit sloppy.  But man, is he fun to watch! And he & Anna seem to interact well during their practices – he’s definitely going to be the jokester of this bunch.  He has the same goofy energy that Warren Sapp had – but unfortunately, not the same level of skill.

6.) Tom & Cheryl – Yes, Tom was pretty bad.  But not nearly as bad as I expected him to be! What he lacked in technique (which was a lot) he made up for in energy & feeling…I actually enjoyed watching him dance, and found him to be (I can’t believe I’m saying this…*gulp*) rather charming, especially in the Viennese waltz relay.  The dude is 62 and he did a POWER SLIDE ACROSS THE FLOOR, PEOPLE!!! That takes guts, even if you’re young.  But alas, charm & energy can only carry you so far – and I don’t see Tom lasting any longer than week 3, tops.  He’s stiff, his footwork is sloppy, his shoulders are hunched, he can’t do the tricks that the younger competitors can do - and he’s still a disgraced politician.

7.) Chuck & Anna – Chuck maybe said a total of 20 words all night.  While he still may scare the crap outta me (and a good portion of America), I think it was Chuck who was quakin’ in his boots tonight – hence the intimidating silence, and overall lack of emotion.  His foxtrot was painful to watch – just as I feared, he is heavy on his feet, which results in rather stiff, stilted movement.  Having the fedora passed back & forth as a prop was cute, but I almost feel like it was just another thing for Chuck to worry about…he looked petrified every time it changed hands.  But man, Chuck certainly handled his woman during the salsa relay – his strength definitely showed every time he dipped, turned, and spun Anna.  Aaron & Louie might be the masters of acrobatics this season, but I think Chuck could easily outdo them both when it comes to lifts – which we don’t get to see until later in the competition :-( So unless he can pull out a smile (or really any kind of emotion) when he dances…I doubt we’ll be seeing those lifting abilities.

8.) Ashley & Edyta – These two were a non-event for me.  I am having a hard time remembering anything truly memorable they did, and I even took notes on all the performances! Ashley’s not great, but he wasn’t bad either – I think he actually had one of the better foxtrots of the night, as he seemed to really get the fluid motion of it.  His salsa was boring.  Period.  I have a strong feeling these two will be gone come Wednesday, for the simple reason that they got lost in the shuffle – nothing, good or bad, made them stand out.

Alright guys, let’s hear what you think…I’m off to enjoy the rest of fall premiere week! :-)

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Dancing with the Stars Season 9 Lists

For those of you that have just found Pure Dancing with the Stars or took a break in between seasons, I want to point out to you some of the great stuff we’ve been working on during the off season. Heidi’s been rocking the Dancing with the Stars Season 9 cast announcement and other Dancing with the Stars rumors. It’s been pretty amazing how well Heidi was at finding out all the information before anything was even announced.

On top of that a number of new bloggers have joined Pure DWTS that have created some really amazing posts about Dancing with the Stars season 9. Take a look.
Dancing with the Stars Season 9 Preliminary Power Rankings
New DWTS 2009 Dances
Top 5 Things I Want to See on DWTS Season 9
Top 3 Things to Change on Dancing with the Stars Season 9
Mya and Louie Vito Talk About DWTS Season 9 and the DWTS Season 9 Odds
Dancing with the Stars Season 9 Winner Predicted

Vote in some of our Dancing with the Stars Season 9 Polls
Vote for the Dancing with the Stars Season 9 Winner
Which Dance is your favorite on Dancing with the Stars?
Vote for First to Go Home on DWTS Season 9
Favorite Past DWTS Winner

We also created a number of interesting lists looking back at past seasons of Dancing with the Stars:
Top 5 Worst Celebrity Partners in DWTS History
Top 5 Favorite Costumes and Top 5 Train Wreck Costumes
Best and Worst Choreography/Dances

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DWTS Music Suggestions

Time again to get ready to list all of the music from Dancing with the Stars as we’ve done in past years. We’ll be updating the list of Dancing with the Stars music here. That said, below I’m going to make a list of music suggestions that could be cool to hear on Dancing with the Stars.

Falling Slowly The Frames - The Cost (Deluxe Edition) - Falling Slowly by The Frames
Don’t Let Your Feet Touch Ground Ash Koley - Don't Let Your Feet Touch Ground - Single - Don't Let Your Feet Touch Ground by Ash Koley
Untouched The Veronicas - Hook Me Up - Untouched by The Veronicas
Breathe Me Sia - Colour the Small One - Breathe Me by Sia
Belief Gavin DeGraw - Chariot - Stripped - Belief by Gavin DeGraw
Great DJ The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing - Great DJ by The Ting Tings
Winter Song Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson - The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs - Winter Song by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
Slow Me Down Emmy Rossum - Inside Out - Slow Me Down by Emmy Rossum
Jungle Drum Emiliana Torrini - Me and Armini - Jungle Drum by Emiliana Torrini
Make You Feel My Love ADELE - 19 - Make You Feel My Love by ADELE
Lost Anouk - Hotel New York - Lost by Anouk
Moonburn Craig Lyons - On Reflection - Moonburn by Craig Lyons
Nobody Ne-Yo - Year of the Gentleman (Bonus Track Version) - Nobody by Ne-Yo
Coldfront Amie Miriello - I Came Around - Coldfront by Amie Miriello
Toxic Yael Naïm - Yael Naïm - Toxic by Yael Naïm
Pollen and Salt Daphne Loves Derby - On the Strength of All Convinced - Pollen and Salt by Daphne Loves Derby
Walking On Army of Me - Citizen - Walking On by Army of Me
Habanera Kate Nash - Foundations - EP - Habanera by Kate Nash
Dance With Me Old 97's - Blame It on Gravity - Dance With Me by Old 97′s

Is there any other music you’d like to see danced to on Dancing with the Stars? Let’s hear about it in the comments.

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Vote for Dancing with the Stars Season 9 Winner

UPDATE: Vote for the Dancing with the Stars 2009 finale couples.

Tonight is the premiere of Dancing with the Stars season 9. So, it’s time to get a feel for which stars are the most popular. Vote in the following poll for who you think will be the Dancing with the Stars season 9 winner.


Tomorrow, we’ll follow up with another poll asking who you want to be the next Dancing with the Stars winner.

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DWTS at the Emmy’s

Maks and Karina were on the Emmy’s last night and they were amazing. Apparently NappyTab from SYTYCD choreographed and I recognized some so the other dancers from SYTYCD as well. Cat Deely (SYTYCD host) was also on hand to give out an award. Sadly, Tom Bergeron lost to Jeff Probst as best reality host.

P.S. It’s MONDAY!! Season 9 is finally here!!!

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