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DWTS10 Week 3 Power Rankings

Before I commence with the rankings, a few overall thoughts…

 The 7 paddle is overrated.

 Story week was a GREAT idea.

 The judges are sanctimonious bigots. 

 Alright, I’ve said my piece.  Now on with it!

1.)    Evan & Anna – Another adorable & entertaining number, and I am really enjoying seeing Evan come out of his shell with each dance.  But I still feel like he gets a bit too much into his own headspace out there (especially towards the middle of the dance), and as a result the performance value goes down a bit…however, he does open up a bit more each week.  And he and Anna are, quite possible, the most harmonious & drama-free couple out there – they just seem so zen & agreeable during their practice sessions, likely as a result of Evan’s strength under pressure.  They did dance in the crap spot (first), but the sympathy votes from Evan’s broken toes will likely counteract any votes they may have lost from it (as if Evan wasn’t getting the bulk of the votes, anyway).  I only give them the edge over Nicole & Derek this week due to the latter’s drama with the judges, but I still think that Nicole is both the stronger technician and entertainer.

 2.)    Nicole & Derek – Never have I ever had the desire to put my foot through my flat screen more than I did when these two got their critique.  Carrie-Ann’s argument about breaking hold? Not a very intelligent one, since almost everyone broke hold at least once in their routines tonight.  The “lift”? Do the rules say anything about the guy getting lifted? ;-) Len saying there was “no real quickstep”? I don’t know what dance you were watching, geezer, but I saw PLENTY of quarter turns, forward locks, chasse reverse turns, and runs.  Echoing Heidi’s sentiments last week – I am astounded at how in sync these two are.  And with so much energy! Just…WOW.  By far the most entertaining and energetic of the night, and they had the boon of dancing in the money spot (last). Judges’ comments & low scores aside, I think fans will rally behind these two as a sort of rebellion…and I can’t help but wonder if the judges are just trying to make the playing field seem a bit more level (do they really need to? Evan is keeping up quite nicely…) but they will stay, and I sure hope the judges’ feet taste good in their mouths. Barbeque sauce, anyone?

 3.)    Erin & Maks – Ok, something is DEFINITELY going on between these two, whether they want to admit it or not.  The sexual tension in the beginning of their waltz was palpable (I love that word).  And despite the fact that I didn’t really understand the “story” behind this one (“I love you, but I like to wear blindfolds”? Maybe?), it was nonetheless very artistic & well-executed.  Smooth, crisp, and clean.  However, I’m going to agree with Len just a teensy bit – it did seem to take an agonizingly long time to get the blindfold on, and I kind of wished they had thought of a quicker or more creative way to put it on.  Definitely going to stick around another week, not only due to sympathy for Erin’s “courageous” decision to dance despite death threats (If I recall, this isn’t the first time this has happened on the show, and security at that place is tighter than the rush hour subway in Brooklyn) but also a possible burgeoning showmance…hmmmm…

 4.)    Pam & Damian – Did anyone else think Pam looked absolutely stunning this week? I loved her dress, I loved her makeup, and I loved her hair – even though I’m getting a bit tired of it flopping in her face and detracting from her performance. She actually managed to hold her on in the paso, despite looking a bit unsure of herself at times (I’m actually gonna blame the hair in the face for that one), and even managed to throw in just a smattering of that sex kitten she’s becoming known for.  Throwing in the “I’m against animal cruelty” card was probably a wise move as well.  But I’m still a little concerned – her frame is still wonky, the sexpot act is beginning to lose its luster (I would love to see a bit more vulnerability from her), and I feel like we still know little to nothing about Damian – he almost seems like he’s playing an extra to some of the other pro’s leading roles.  These two ought to be ok this week due to Pam fans rallying from last week’s scare, but I’m not so sure they’re going to last a whole lot longer…

 5.)    Jake & Chelsie – While Jake is a better dancer than I thought he’d be (ugh, it hurt to say that), he still seems whiney to me – and I don’t do whiney.  After last week’s tear-and-tantrum fest, I’m kind of over the couples fighting…so this just annoyed me.  The theme was cute, yes, and Chelsie did manage to creatively incorporate some Egyptian moves – but they seemed to have a lot of cheesy props, and Jake still seems squatty to me.  I could see Team Vienna keeping these two around for another week or two, but right now they’re just in the middle of the pack for me…

 6.)    Niecy & Louis – I really wanted to like this waltz, because I adore these two.  But I feel like they got so bogged down by the emotion of the story that it distracted their dancing.  I give them props for not relying on props (pun intended, hehe), but they did seem to stumble a bit and it all seemed a bit too slow & easy.  I’m a little worried about Louis’ comment regarding gay marriage as well – now before anyone gets up in arms, I am not criticizing his opinion in any way; he is entitled to it and I respect that totally.  But politics are a slippery slope, and just the fact that he brought it up may alienate some of the more conservative viewing audience (the same ones that might be shunning Pam).  I’m gonna put some faith in humanity and say that these two will be safe this week, because I think they’re going to have a lot to offer in the coming weeks…

 7.)    Chad & Cheryl – Ok Chad, you stepped your game up this week, I’ll give you that.  You emoted a lot better than last week, and seemed to put just the teensiest bit more “oomph” into your steps.  But those steps were still rather deliberate & clumsy, and this routine wasn’t all that difficult – it was an awful lot of open work – and I’m still bothered by what seems to be a pretty big (and awkward) height difference between them. The story seemed to suit this partnership well, though – Chad seems hellbent on getting cozy with Cheryl, and she doesn’t seem too keen about the whole idea (although, if my lovable-but-crazy-mother is right, there may be at least one pic floating around the net of these two smooching at a Miami nightclub recently).  You will likely live to dance another week (thanks Bengals fans), but unless you continue to improve each week, you may have to settle for trying to get cozy with Cheryl off-set…

 8.)    Buzz & Ashly – I’ve given up on critiquing Buzz’s dancing – it almost feels criminal to bash the dancing of an 80-year-old former serviceman.  But I will commend these two for choosing a very age-appropriate theme (it would have been a bit hard to watch these two playing lovebirds) and keeping their choreography simple & somewhat easy for Buzz to attempt to follow.  I won’t lie – I got a little misty during this number, but I blame the song and my “daddy issues” for that one.  If Kate goes this week & Aiden goes next week like I think they will, Buzz should be able to stick around for 2 more weeks…but with a smaller cast a lot of decently strong dancers this season, it won’t be long before he’ll be weeded out in favor of stronger technicians.

 9.)    Aiden & Edyta – Ok, did anyone else notice the truly HEINOUS voice-cracking of the vocalist that was butchering “Hey Soul Sister”? I had to rewind it at least 4 times, not only because I couldn’t concentrate on these two dancing but because it had me tearing up, I was laughing so hard.  Aiden has improved in the last two weeks, no doubt – but this was just rather unmemorable for me, on the hole.  I thought some of the other couples had more dramatic storylines, and Aiden is still a rather awkward mover.  Unfortunately, more people will probably remember this one for the terrible singing (way to go, Harold Wheeler & company) than for outstanding dancing.  The soap junkies will likely be able to save him for one more week before he runs out of steam.

 10.)  Kate & Tony – I have absolutely NOTHING good to say about this dance, so if you’re a Kate fan – don’t read any further.  I thought the idea of using “Paparazzi” was indulgent (I think Kate is an A-list celebrity in her own mind), there was absolutely no emotion, she is still being whiney & difficult in rehearsal, and there was no degree of difficulty here.  If I didn’t know any better, I would almost say that Tony is trying to get them voted off so he doesn’t have to deal with her another week.  Vote for the Worst, I swear – if you keep her around another week, I’m making a voodoo doll for your entire site. 

  

Well…now that I’ve let off quite a bit of steam, I feel a lot better :-) Official prediction: Kate & Tony and Aiden & Edyta in the bottom; Kate gets the boot (good riddance).  But what about you guys? It’s your turn to let off steam!

 

April 5, 2010 I Written By

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DWTS 2010 Week 3 (or is this 2) Music

Another long week has past and we’re back again with this week’s list of DWTS 2010 music. I’m not sure if we call this week 2 or week 3 since it’s the second week of eliminations, but the third week of shows. Either way, the week between shows has been extra long for me. Has this happened for anyone else?

Enough about that, now on to this weeks list of DWTS music and as always check back each week (or twice a week) to see the latest DWTS 2010 music list.

Evan & Anna danced a Quickstep to the song “Hot Honey Rag” Musical Cast Recording - Chicago - Hot Honey Rag—from Chicago soundtrack
Buzz & Ashly danced a Waltz to the song “What a Wonderful World” Louis Armstrong - Louis Armstrong's All-Time Greatest Hits - What a Wonderful World—Louis Armstrong
Jake & Chelsie danced a Quickstep to the song “Walk Like An Egyptian” The Bangles - Bangles: Greatest Hits - Walk Like an Egyptian—The Bangles
Niecy & Louis danced a Waltz to the song “With You I’m Born Again” Billy Preston & Syreeta - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Best of Motown '80s, Vol. 2 - With You I'm Born Again—Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright
Chad & Cheryl danced a Paso Doble to the song “Cancion Del Mariachi” Los Lobos & Antonio Banderas - Desperado (The Soundtrack) - Cancion del Mariachi (Morena de Mi Corazon)—Los Lobos & Antonio Banderas
Pamela & Damian danced a Paso Doble to the song “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” The Animals - Retrospective - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood—The Animals
Aiden & Edyta danced a Quickstep to the song “Hey Soul Sister” Train - Save Me, San Francisco (Bonus Track Version) - Hey, Soul Sister—Train
Erin & Maksim danced a Waltz to the song “See The Day” Dee C. Lee - Shrine - See the Day—Dee C. Lee
Kate & Tony danced a Paso Doble to the song “Paparazzi” Lady GaGa - The Fame - Paparazzi—Lady Gaga
Nicole & Derek danced a Quickstep to the song “Anything Goes” Cole Porter with Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks - It's de Lovely: The Authentic Cole Porter Collection - Anything Goes—Cole Porter

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Reba McEntire and Mark Ballas Perform on Dancing with the Stars

ABC has announced that Reba McEntire and Mark Ballas (yes, that Mark Ballas) will be performing on tomorrow night’s Dancing with the Stars results show. Here’s what I believe they’ll be singing/playing on DWTS and which professionals will be performing:
Reba McEntire will sing “I Want a Cowboy” Reba McEntire - Keep On Loving You (Bonus Track Version) - I Want a Cowboy with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Val Chmerkovskiy, Snejana Petrova and Edyta Śliwińska dancing.
Reba McEntire will sing “Consider Me Gone” Reba McEntire - Keep On Loving You (Bonus Track Version) - Consider Me Gone with Dmitry Chaplin and Lacey Schwimmer dancing.

Mark Ballas will play an acoustic “Malague–a” with Chelsie Hightower and Derek Hough dancing.

Looks like Dmitry and Lacey fans will be watching tomorrow night. Princess Heidi also posted this AWESOME picture of Derek Hough and Chelsie Hightower which has me really excited to see them dance together.

I also just realized that I never posted the music from the past DWTS musical performers. Well, I can’t find them all, but I did find the Beach Boys list:
The Beach Boys featuring John Stamos sang “California Girls” The Beach Boys - Sounds of Summer - The Very Best of the Beach Boys - California Girls, “Kokomo” The Beach Boys - Sounds of Summer - The Very Best of the Beach Boys - Kokomo, and “Fun, Fun, Fun” The Beach Boys - Sounds of Summer - The Very Best of the Beach Boys - Fun, Fun, Fun with Cheryl Burke, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ashly Costa, Anna Trebunskaya, Louis van Amstel and Damian Whitewood dancing.

I’d love to figure out the song that Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine and the Haitian dancers performed on DWTS as well.(UPDATE: The Haiti dancers performed to: “Hips Don’t Lie” Shakira - Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 - Hips Don't Lie (feat. Wyclef Jean) Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean. Thanks Courtney!)

As always check back later tonight to see the latest DWTS 2010 music.

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