Not quite as much music on the results show, but a few songs that people might be interested in knowing about:
The Lion King-“Circle of Life” with the 2009 Las Vegas cast performing
Sean Kingston sang “Face Drop” with the Sean Kingston’s dancers
Not quite as much music on the results show, but a few songs that people might be interested in knowing about:
Lots of good stuff in this episode! I still love the Lion King number, but that may be because that’s one of the shows I’ve not seen in it’s entirety.
I thought the Adam Carolla bit about the Men’s Pep Talk was just hilarious. Very well done by all. :-)
The Patrick Swayze Tribute was beautifully done, however, I doubt I’ll get any argument when I say there is NO replacing the original. Farewell Patrick.
PopTV.com has several videos of the cast of DWTS. My hypocrisy rears it’s ugly head. :-) I have a mild crush on Pap Henry because he seems to be a kind, teddy bear Pap. There are others on this site that I won’t post because they seem rather…mean. But Henry is cool and treated all the celebs and pros very well last season. If you want to see the other vids (gluttons for punishment :-) ) go to PopTV.
Something is a little funky with this video – at least when I watched it. But it has Louie Vito who is just as cute as a bug. Or a Hobbit. :-)
A word to all viewers in the middle Tennessee area – or at least those of you who get DWTS on WKRN Channel 2. YOU WILL NOT BE SEEING the first half of the results show tonight because News 2 is broadcasting the Titans on 2 with Jeff Fisher. WTF, you might be saying? Yes, that is what I just said to a very nice lady who answered the phone at WKRN. She was sympathetic, but she says they are under contract with Jeff Fisher and they can’t avoid airing it. Apparently they can’t air it later at night because of said contract, because I asked. She also told me that DWTS has to give permission to re-air a show in its entirety later in the evening. Whether News 2 hasn’t asked, or DWTS refused, I have no idea. That’s Messed UP – those who watch News 2 will get the irony.
I am writing this blog to be helpful to other viewers, but also to put the utter and complete stupidity of this plan out there on the net. The only way to change things is to get pissed off and loud about it (ask Tom Delay). I often do this with regards to politics – I’m rather surprised that I have to for DWTS. Maybe Tom Delay was an omen. The nice lady on the phone put most of the blame on DWTS, of course, for not giving them a schedule or scheduling one thing and then changing – but ya know, that’s the freakin’ network and DWTS got 17.8 million viewers on Monday night. What the hell is wrong with a local station that locks themselves into local programming contracts that can affect a major network show? What business model said that was a good idea?
Heh – she’s already gotten quite a few calls. She told me she’s expecting quite the deluge at 7 pm. NO DOUBT. So…someone tweet me when they call Derek and Joanna, and Kelly and Louie safe, because odds are good I won’t get to see it, unless they make both couples sweat.
Also – I seriously doubt that WKRN is the only ABC affiliate that has a silly little plan like this one, so all of you with an NFL Team in your town and a local show where the coach talks about last weekend’s game better check your local listings. And then join me crying in my beer.
Holy Smokes! I was totally blown away by celebs that I thought wouldn’t last very long…Kelly Osbourne! Where did she come from! I was so touched by her performance and she looked beautiful! Aaron Carter…what! I knew he had rhythm but I think it’s a combination of him not be a little kid anymore and taking on such a sexy dance! Louie Vito…those eyes! He has great potential and he and Chelsie are adorable together! I never thought Macy Gray was going to be funny! And Heidi…Props to your man Derek and Joanna! HOT, HOT, HOT!!!! Even Debi Mazar was a surprise! Her arms killed me the entire night but her and Maks together could be a force to reckon with!
I have to go with Kelly and Louis’ first dance! It was so precious and the most technically correct dance! Her foot work was surprising remarkable and I couldn’t help smile throughout the entire performance because she was so elegant!
I have no problem putting Tom Delay here! I really hate that Cheryl goes from Gilles to Tom! Tom has a great heart and wants to do well, you can see that. But, he just doesn’t have any stamina, rhythm, strength, or musicality.
THE INCREDIBLY HOT!
For me, this spot was a toss up between Joanna and Aaron because they both showed sexiness and nailed the hip action that the Latin dances required of them! However, I am going to go with Derek and Joanna because she was so fluid and completely connected with the audience the whole time! Her hips were on fire, her lines were incredible, her footwork was there, and you could tell she had a lot of fun!
My mom always said, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. :-) Sometimes I live by that and sometimes…I don’t. I’m sorry, but I found the ladies Pro Dance underwhelming. The men seemed to have more actual dance moves and less…I dunno, leg lifts or something. I can’t explain, really, why it felt meh to me. And no John, I don’t think it’s because there were no boys for me to look at. :-) The men were just more energetic or something. Although, I do find Kym’s part dazzling – probably because of the bright smile, blond hair and very long legs.
Time to take a look at the list of music from the girls first performances on Dancing with the Stars season 9.
DWTS Female pro dancers did the pro intro to the song “She’s a Lady” -Tom Jones
Debi & Maksim danced a Salsa to the song “Complicacion” -Tito Puente
Melissa & Mark danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “The Time of My Life” —David Cook
Mýa & Dmitry danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Vision of Love” —Mariah Carey
Kathy & Tony danced a Salsa to the song “Mambo Gozon” —Tito Puente
Natalie & Alec danced a Salsa to the song 1 + 1 = 2 -Lou Bega
Macy & Jonathan danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” —Aretha Franklin
Joanna & Derek danced a Salsa to the song “Meddle” —Little Boots
Kelly & Louis danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Trouble (Ray LaMontagne song)” —Ray LaMontagne
Natalie & Alec, Kathy & Tony, Joanna & Derek, Debi & Maksim danced a Foxtrot to the song “The Best Is Yet To Come” – Michael Buble
Macy & Jonathan, Melissa & Mark, Mya & Dmitry, Kelly & Louis danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Centerfold” -The J. Geils Band
Feel free to take a look back at the previous DWTS season 9 music and that will also be updated with the latest DWTS music.
I apologize for posting this a little late. Sometimes life gets busy. However, as we’ve done for the past seasons of Dancing with the Stars, we’ll be listing all of the Dancing with the Stars music. Each episode, we’ll be posting the latest Dancing with the Stars season 9 music so check back regularly. Now a look at the music used for the premiere of Dancing with the Stars 2009 (the guys).
The Male Pro Dancers danced the Pro Intro to the song The Boys are Back in Town by Thin Lizzy
Aaron & Karina danced a Cha Cha Cha to the song Beggin’ by Madcon
Chuck & Anna T danced a Foxtrot to the song That’s Life by Frank Sinatra
Mark & Lacey danced a Cha Cha Cha to the song Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas
Ashley & Edyta danced a Foxtrot to the song Grace Kelly by Mika
Donny & Kym danced a Foxtrot to the song All That Jazz From Chicago
Louie & Chelsie danced a Foxtrot to the song It’s My Life by No Doubt
Michael & Anna D danced a Cha Cha Cha to the song I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown
Tom & Cheryl danced a Cha Cha Cha to the song Wild Thing by The Troggs
DWTS Relay Dances
Ashley & Edyta, Chuck & Anna, Donny & Kym, Louie & Chelsie danced a Salsa to the song Get Busy by Sean Paul
Aaron & Karina, Mark & Lacey, Tom & Cheryl, Michael & Anna D. danced a Viennese Waltz to the song I Am Your Man by Ryan Shaw
Can I just start off by saying that this season’s celeb ladies seem to be miles ahead of their male counterparts??? Aside from only 2 real duds that I can think of (see below), the rest of the ladies seem to really have a shot at doing well – I was far more impressed with the dancing tonight than I was with the dancing last night. The boys are going to have to really step it up if they want that trophy!
And on an unrelated side note – Tom Bergeron is, quite possibly, the best reality tv show host EVER. He’s funny, likeable, and thinks on his feet – only he could diffuse a dogfight between Len & Bruno with such wit. Remind me again why Jeff Probst won the Emmy for Best Reality TV Host…
Anyway, onto the rankings…I still have the 2nd half of House to watch and haven’t even started CSI: Miami! :-)
1.) Joanna & Derek – Someone is probably scraping Heidi off the ceiling right about now, cause these two were on FIRE tonight. Two VERY energetic routines – the sexiest salsa of the evening, and a very nice foxtrot (can’t say that I thought it was the best, but we’ll get to that later). They definitely have chemistry (can’t wait for the rumba!), and on top of that – Derek is a total ham, and Joanna seems to play off of that. Now here’s my problem with them: I don’t think Joanna’s technique is nearly as good as Mya or Kelly or even Natalie’s, and I noticed (especially during their salsa) that she seems to look to Derek for reassurance after each step – a sort of “Did I do that right???” look creeps over her face and detracts from her expression of the dance. I think their scores were a bit too high, and I can already see them becoming the “Judge’s Pets”, much like Brooke was in Season 7 – they can do no wrong in the eyes of the judges week after week. Oh well…straight through to the final with these two…and a happy season for Heidi, hehe.
2.) Kelly & Louis – I hereby retract any statements I made previously in which I doubted Kelly’s dance abilities. These two emerged as my favorite couple of the season tonight…why? 1 – Kelly actually has some of the best technique out of the girls, 2 – She can laugh at herself when she messes up, and 3 – She had the time of her life out there tonight, and it showed. She has definitely matured from the bratty, foul-mouthed teenager of The Osbournes into a classy, charming, media-savvy young woman – and who can really hate on a girl who absolutely loves her family? Aside from being downright lovable tonight, she actually has great dancing chops – her Viennese waltz was light & graceful, and she even had some great interaction with Louis at the beginning (which, despite Louis’ crush on my boyfriend, seemed to work for me!). Her salsa was fun and energetic – yes, she flubbed a few times, but she laughed it off and made up for it with some great leg work – she’s the only girl I saw that really closed her thighs together properly to really get good hip & leg action. Is she better than Mya? No, but she’s definitely more memorable, and that might keep her around longer.
3.) Mya & Dmitry – I stand by my statement that Mya would be the best dancer out of the girls this season. Her technique is IMPECCABLE…her turns were clean and butter-smooth, and she has the best arm extensions I’ve seen out of any celeb, male or female, on DWTS. What she has in technique, however, she lacks in expression. I think a lot of it has to do with her whole R&B singer persona, which I noticed in her lead-in – Mya was cool and slick, and probably wasn’t used to showing the kind of emotional vulnerability that one needs to exude in romantic dances like the Viennese waltz. But that same slickness & sexiness worked to her advantage in the salsa – I barely noticed Dmitry because Mya was the one stealing the show! Great energy, great technique – I just wish she’d let down her guard a bit more. If she manages to do that, she could be the wild card in the finale – the one that slips through at the last minute after a rollercoaster season.
4.) Natalie & Alec – What an athlete! This girl is strong, and it shows in her movement – she really “finishes” each move, and punctuates it well. I actually think her & Alec’s foxtrot relay was better than Joanna & Derek’s. Her salsa was great in some parts (she’s really getting the hang of the leg action), and not so great in others (she tends to let her arms get a bit flimsy, which makes her look awkward). And, on like Mya, she seems to have a hard time connecting with the audience – although I think Natalie’s struggle is more motivated by nervousness…she tends to really get into her head too much and overthink the steps, and forgets to have fun. But that smile of hers is glorious, the few times it does creep out – if she can couple that with her great technique, she might stick around to the semi-finals.
5.) Melissa & Mark – I like Melissa, I really do. But she just kinda faded into the background for me tonight :-( Both of her dances felt too “soft” – she never really got grounded in the beat, and tended to move very small. It was especially noticeable in her Viennese, which is supposed to really move across the floor, while Melissa just seemed to stroll across it. Her salsa was equally as unmemorable for me, but I blame that more on Mark – none of the choreography really seemed to “pop”. Like Natalie, I think she gets too focused on the steps and the result is a rather bland performance that doesn’t really leave an impression. But Melissa is the girl next door, and people like her – and Mark seems to have the same teenybopper following that Derek does (no Heidi, this is not a dig on you – I have just seen too many BHB shows where the majority of the audience was squealing 13-year-olds!). Don’t know if that popularity is enough to keep them around, so hopefully Melissa will step it up and learn to relax on the floor.
6.) Debi & Maks – I have to say, I respect the heck out of Debi’s work ethic – she really seems to want to do well on the show. However, that same drive to win and attention to detail tends to seep into her dancing, which results in her looking like she is, to quote Len, “muscle-ing through” each move. She appeared very tense & stiff in both her salsa & foxtrot. But all is not lost! I see glimmers of good technique in there – her footwork is actually very good, and she is the only lady that did actually manage to do a traditional feather step with heel turn in her foxtrot (which is actually a step in international foxtrot, which is quite a bit harder than the American version!). Her focus & attention to detail is fantastic. Now she just needs to channel that focus into loosening up!
7.) Macy & Jonathan – Erm, I think Macy would be a shoo-in for the trophy if they awarded it based on eccentricty! I didn’t quite know what to make of her most of the time – she seemed fidgety and aloof during the lead-ins, and then a bit feisty and goofy while dancing (she had her mouth open like a large-mouth bass most of the time!). But unfortunately, mostly just aloof. While she pales in comparison to the apathy of Master P, she really doesn’t seem like she wants to be there – she even admitted it in a roundabout way during her intro, when she said she was doing it “because her mom wanted her to”. Alas, poor Jonathan – he seems to have gotten stuck with another stinker this season. But Macy does have 2 things going for her: she actually stays on time while dancing (er, if you can even call it that…it’s more like “grooving”), and she got bleeped on live tv. The folks at “Vote for the Worst” are probably jumping for joy right about now – they just found this season’s Cloris. While she lacks Cloris’ energy and boldness, she still is quirky. That might be just enough to get her through this week!
8.) Kathy & Tony – The curse of the models continues. While Joanna seems to have escaped it, Kathy is unfortunately fitting into the mold that most of the models that have done the show have formed over time: awkward, timid movers that don’t seem to be comfortable moving with their height. For someone with legs as long as hers, she was moving so small – 5’2″ Kelly was moving far more than she was, and Kathy is 5’11”. Her foxtrot was much better than her salsa – but it was still nowhere near as good as Joanna’s or Natalie’s. She also seems to have inherited the same blank “deer in the headlights” expression that so many of the models have developed over the years – painted on smile with nothing behind it. I don’t know if anyone else noticed it, but she also seemed to come across as a bit pageanty and rehearsed when interacting with some of the others – maybe it was just me, but it was a bit off-putting. Either way, I don’t think she was memorable enough to stick around this week…sorry Kathy :-(
So officially, my predictions for who’s getting booted during the double elimination tomorrow – Ashley & Edyta and Kathy & Tony, regardless of whether or not it’s a male and a female or just the bottom 2 vote-getters. Feel a bit bad that Edyta seems to be getting shafted again – she either is the one that almost wins it, or the one that gets sent home the first week. I have a feeling I’m not alone in this sentiment *cough*John*cough…oh well, maybe next season…
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! :-)