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DWTS9 Week 3 Power Rankings

Ummmm…wow.  Something strange sure was in the air tonight (no pun intended, in reference to Natalie’s song ;-)) – not sure it was love, but maybe loss of inhibitions? Kelly may have been right – the full moon (which was in Aries – the sign of primal desires!) over the weekend must have been doing all sorts of crazy things to the couples – makeout sessions with the judges, makeout sessions with each other, and all out sex on the floor – as well as some big shake-ups in the power rankings.  Anyone else feel like they need a cigarette (or a shower? ;-)) after tonight’s show?

1.) Donny & Kym – Not gonna lie – I thought their rumba this week was BOR-ING.  Donny had no hip action, no energy, and little to no chemistry with Kym – in fact, it was kind of icky to me to see them trying to be romantic with one another.  But not nearly as icky as the stunt he pulled with Bruno! Now, before anyone gets the wrong idea, I have absolutely NO ISSUES with two men kissing.  My issue with Donny is that I felt like he was compensating for lack of performance by pulling some outlandish stunt that is sure to get tongues wagging tomorrow.  Since his routine had no theme for him to play to, he had to make some big scene in order to remain memorable to the voters.  Tacky, tacky, tacky, Donny.  Did you see the way he was trying to snatch the mic from Tom? Nobody messes with my glorious Tom Bergeron! Not even Chuck Norris.  But, as tacky and over-the-top as I found it, it is bound to make its way into every media outlet possible tomorrow…the plague of the histrionic Osmonds continues…

2.) Louie & Chelsie – Again, another couple with marginal technique rises to the top – but for some reason, I really like these two…especially after that encounter that unfolded on the dance floor! I will say this about Louie’s technique: he was always there for Chelsie after each trick, and he did have one pretty good lunge.  But man – these two are the only ones who really nailed the chemistry aspect well in the the rumba tonight…maybe a bit too well! It’s quite obvious that Louie is pretty smitten with Chelsie, and I think she may be warming up to him as well.  And it’s likely to work to their advantage – sex sells, and the voters always seem to love a good showmance (since we haven’t seen one since Derek & Shannon in season 6!) If I were them, I would strategically start being seen together out in public, and act super touchy-feely at every opportunity on the show – really ride the wave of this showmance thing, guys! Cause let’s face it: it’s not Louie’s technique that’s going to pull him through…

3.) Kelly & Louis – The voters also seem to love a good “comeback kid” – as if they weren’t pulling for her already! I think her meltdown after the tango last week will likely garner quite a few sympathy votes – but her samba was not really that bad, either! Loved the interaction between those two – they had more chemistry in their samba than a lot of the couples had in their rumba! Kelly is still moving a bit small & timid, but hopefully she will build enough confidence to really do well further down the line…

4.) Mya & Dmitry – I’m a bit at odds with these two.  The rumba was decent (but not nearly as good as their jive last week), and Mya had a very good rumba walk, but their chemistry (or lack thereof) left me stone cold.  If Chelsie & Louie nailed the chemistry of the rumba, Mya & Dmitry nailed the technique – although I think the slow pace of the rumba may have exposed Mya’s weak leg action (she wasn’t really bending and straightening enough to get her hips moving).  While they may have lacked any chemistry (and the readers here will likely villify her for being “cold” & “boring”), the judges scores still factor into the determination of who goes and who stays – and they’re at the top of the leader board, and got the first two tens of the season.  Just sayin’…

5.) Joanna & Derek – I’m currently bracing for impact from Hurricane Heidi as I write this.  These two were actually rather blah for me this week.  Joanna didn’t seem to really find the characteristic “bounce” of the samba (then again, no one really did) and she looked a bit off-balance to me, likely due to taking too big steps.  The one shadow roll they did was great – but I wanted more! I didn’t really get the whole entrance on the rope (although I’m sure Heidi has a perfectly rational explanation for it! lol), and poor Joanna – that wig was just awful.  But I think these two will make a comeback next week with one of the new dances.  They ain’t goin’ anywhere ;-)…

6.) Aaron & Karina – The higher you climb, the further you fall.  Another stone cold rumba – with rather wonky arms, I might add.  I was a bit unpleasantly surprised by the way he flung them around – he looked like he might take Karina’s head off at one point – and the hips never really got a-rollin’.  Poor Aaron seemed to be so focused on the routine that he forgot to interact with Karina…after that rumba, I say “Poppycock!” to anyone perpetuating the rumor of a showmance between these two (we all know there can be only one showmance per season – and we already have Louie & Chelsie! :-D). But I think I may have figured out why he may rub some of you the wrong way: he’s just such a perfectionist.  Watching him beat himself up trying to get the steps right during the package leads me to believe that he might come off as a bit abrasive to some – and I blame his hip-hop background for the alleged “cocky-ness”.  Hoping these two bring it next week, cause I actually really like them…

7.) Natalie & Alec – Anyone else think that production is desperately trying to make these two seem not so blah? The most dramatic part of this rumba was the entrance (a smoke machine? REALLY????! :-(), and maybe the music.  The rest of it (aside from Natalie’s superb back bend at the end) was pretty cold for me.  Like everyone else, Natalie didn’t get the hip & leg action, and she still seems nervous & stiff to me when she dances.  All in all, I think they were a bit overscored…again, maybe production pulling the puppet strings??? ;-) Either way, I doubt these two are going home this week – despite being pretty boring & unmemorable, their scores are still probably good enough to keep them in…

8.) Mark & Lacey – I had such high hopes for these two!!! But again, they left me with really nothing memorable.  I didn’t like (or really understand) the costumes, I hated the music (those two must have done something to get on production’s bad side with that pick), and I hated the choreography because I didn’t remember it at all.  Mark did seem a bit less stiff this week, but he is still, overall, STIFF.  Oh, and did I mention there was little to no interaction between these two? I can’t even comment on chemistry, because they were barely making eye contact.  Being the first to dance didn’t seem to help them, either.  Here’s hoping that Lacey’s fanbase pulls them through another week…and that Lacey gets her “edge” back…

9.) Chuck & Anna – I am really beginning to adore Chuck Liddell.  I stand by my comment about his being a “gentle giant” – I loved seeing him get a pedicure with his daughter in the package! And he did manage to crack a smile this week during his samba – which, I might add, was not bad! He was still shuffle-y, and dropped his frame, but all in all, he managed to stay on time, and seemed to have a bit more energy behind his moves this week.  I actually enjoyed watching him this week, as opposed to cringing, lol.  And I have to say – as intimidating as they may come across, I don’t really think they could have picked a better pro for Chuck.  He & Anna’s personalities really seem to mesh well.  And I feel as though I have grossly underestimated his UFC fanbase in the past few weeks…I would honestly be surprised if these two went home this week…

10.) Tom & Cheryl – As much as some may love to hate this guy, I gotta give him props – he seems to genuinely want to do well, and he does.  The man managed to pull off a pretty watchable samba, despite 2 stress fractures.  He stayed on time, he did the steps – I can’t really say that he was the worst tonight.  The energy of the routine did seem a bit low, but they did chose a pretty clever theme that will likely stick in voter’s minds – that, and voters seem to sympathize with injured cast members.  His days are likely numbered (if he doesn’t withdraw from the competition first), but I am pretty sure his journey won’t end this week…

11.) Michael & Anna – The whole “I stink as a dancer, but I’m having fun!” schtick seems to be getting a bit old.  I see little to no improvement in his dancing week-to-week, and honestly, all of he & Anna’s routines are starting to feel the same to me – similar music, similar costumes, similar choreography.  I did see a few glimmers of good technique here and there – he did pretty good whisks – but overall, I felt like it was just him out there yukkin’ it up. But maybe that yukkin’ will pull him through one more week…

12.) Melissa & Mark – Here’s another couple that may or may not be getting assistance from production (although they aren’t the “chosen ones” like Natalie & Alec) – tiki torches? REALLY???!! That was the only thing that was on fire (literally) about their samba – Melissa is still moving small, and looking timid.  And for some reason, I just have the hardest time remembering anything significant about she & Mark’s routines.  I think these two could be in trouble, for the simple fact that there is nothing memorable or exciting about their routines. But on a slightly unrelated note – did anyone else feel like Mark’s costume was totally out of place? He looked like he was about to do a foxtrot, not a samba! :-(

13.) Debi & Maks – I’m afraid these two have reached the end of the road.  After falling into the bottom 2 last week, they really need to make a good impression this week – and I think they fell short.  Carrie-Ann was right – their choreography was a bit “safe” (much like Kathy & Tony’s last week…hmmm…;-)) and the steps they did do seemed sloppy and timid.  And that skirt they had Debi in was god-awful…were they hoping to distract us from her poor technique??? And once again, I’m left remembering absolutely nothing about their routine, other than the fact that I didn’t like it. 

So official prediction: Debi & Maks headed home.  Goodbye and godspeed, guys! :-) And I apologize for the brevity of some of my analyses…I am currently fighting off a sinus infection and am not at 100% capacity :-( Wash your hands, people, it’s flu season! And let’s hear what you think!

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Week 3 Dancing with the Stars Music

Time again to help out those that are looking for the music that was used on tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars. Lots of music with this many DWTS couples. Also, make sure to check out the full list of DWTS music from previous episodes.

Mark & Lacey danced a Rumba to the song “Don’t Lie” Black Eyed Peas - Monkey Business - Don't Lie — Black Eyed Peas
Joanna & Derek danced a Samba to the song “La Bomba” King Africa - La Bomba - Single - La Bomba — King Africa
Mya & Dmitry danced a Rumba to the song “Underneath Your Clothes” Shakira - Laundry Service - Underneath Your Clothes — Shakira
Melissa & Mark danced a Samba to the song “Turn Me On” Kevin Lyttle - Turn Me On - Single - Turn Me On — Kevin Lyttle
Louie & Chelsie danced a Rumba to the song “Total Eclipse of the Heart” Bonnie Tyler - Mullets Rock! Too! - Mullets In Love - Total Eclipse of the Heart — Bonnie Tyler
Debi & Maksim danced a Samba to the song “Love Is In The Air” John Paul Young - American Teen (Music from the Motion Picture) - Love Is In the Air — John Paul Young
Donny & Kym danced a Rumba to the song “Endless Love” Lionel Richie & Diana Ross - Lionel Richie: The Definitive Collection - Endless Love — Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
Michael & Anna D. danced a Samba to the song “Hard to Handle” The Black Crowes - Greatest Hits 1990-1999 - A Tribute to a Work In Progress - Hard to Handle — The Black Crowes
Natalie & Alec danced a Rumba to the song “In The Air Tonight” Phil Collins - ...Hits - In the Air Tonight — Phil Collins
Chuck & Anna T. danced a Samba to the song “Mas Que Nada” Sergio Mendes - Timeless - Mas Que Nada (feat. The Black Eyed Peas) — Sergio Mendes
Aaron & Karina danced a Rumba to the song “Spotlight” Jennifer Hudson - Spotlight - Single - Spotlight — Jennifer Hudson
Tom & Cheryl danced a Samba to the song “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” War - Why Can't We Be Friends? - Why Can't We Be Friends? — War
Kelly & Louis danced a Samba to the song “LoveGame” Lady GaGa - The Fame - LoveGame– Lady Gaga

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