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Train Performs on Dancing with the Stars

In case any of you were wondering, here’s the music that was performed by Train on tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars:

Train sang “Hey, Soul Sister” Train - Save Me, San Francisco (Bonus Track Version) - Hey, Soul Sister with Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Dmitry Chaplin, Tony Dovolani, Chelsie Hightower and Lacey Schwimmer performing.

Train sang “Drops of Jupiter” Train - Drops of Jupiter - Drops of Jupiter with Karina Smirnoff and Louis van Amstel performing.

I must admit that I was really glad to have Karina Smirnoff back on Dancing with the Stars. I’ve actually really missed her this season. I’m not exactly sure who I’d have her replace, but I love watching Karina dance and I also love watching her face. She can’t hide her reactions at all. Her emotions just come oozing out. I miss that.

Also, what did you guys think of the Viva Elvis by Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil? I want to go to that show. Cirque is awesome in general, but the Elvis stuff must be pretty special.

In case you missed it, here’s last night’s DWTS music and all the previous DWTS music.

May 4, 2010 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

SPOILERS!! DWTS 10, Week 7 – The Scorecard

Okay, I admit I was a little bit surprised at one couple in the bottom two. Erin and Maks. Does make me wonder if Maks is his own worst enemy, though. If it had been Evan or Nicole, I would say fans got too over confident…but Erin was in fourth place at the end of the night. Tom B kept making a point about them being in the “bottom 2″, so I don’t even think they were playing – except maybe at rallying her fans to get their crap together. :-) For those of you cussing me, waiting to find out who DID go home – Pam/Damian. My condolences, Courtney. I wish she were staying too, for what it’s worth. Of the six that remained, I found Nicole, Evan and Pam to be the most entertaining, for different reasons. As Tom said, the double entendre quotient will decrease significantly. The best part was – she made more than half of them herself!!

For those of you wondering just what the heck I was talking about when I was calling Elizabeth Hasselback nasty (but apropos) names —> Elizabeth is less than smart regarding Erin Way to set us back several decades, Liz!! <----sarcasm You know my fondness for Erin decreases with every week that passes, but that was totally uncalled for.

The Scorecard

Heidi: Called Pam exactly (and unfortunately) right. Was surprised to see Erin in the bottom 2, although I did point out that it could happen to anyone.

Courtney: Was working (unsuccessfully) the power of positive thinking and called Niecy going home with Pam in the bottom 2 with her.

Marianya predicted which couple would get what score – pre-dance, so it’s considerably more difficult. Here’s how she did this week:

Predicted/Actual
Evan – 27/30
Nicole – 27/27
Chad – 20/25
Erin – 25/27
Pam – 23/24
Niecy – 21/25

Marianya gave Team Gaga the edge (correct) and called Niecy/Chad as bottom two (incorrect). All things considered, Marianya did well since there was so much overscoring going on. :-)

Summary

Heidi: Hey!! Called it right again, but so NOT happy about it!! I think with Pam gone, and Erin having been in the bottom 2, it may finally be Niecy’s time next week. Erin’s fans will rally (unless Maks loses control again), I don’t think Chad was ever in danger, and if Nicole’s fans are smart they will realize how easy it would be to switch Erin for Nicole in that red light of doom.

Marianya: Ugh I totally forgot about the natural scoring curve up from the midpoint of the season onward. Ah well… it looks like that Erin’s scores aren’t going to help her without the fanbase… either that or people are just plain annoyed with her and Maks by now.

I’m upset that Pamela was sent home, I think she still has a lot of legs in her run than some of the other couples, plus I’m no where near as annoyed by her as I am with Chad and Erin. But I try not to let subjectivity take over

I still haven’t seen the show yesterday (after driving for two and a half hours straight I just wanted to go to bed) and tonight didn’t record so I have to catch up tomorrow… though from all the ranting that went on I’m wondering if it’s even worth it.

Anyway it’ll be interesting to see who is going to join Even and (most likely) Nicole in the finals… it could be Erin (closest in technique) or Chad (strong fan base) or Niecy (everything else?). Guess we’re going to have to wait and see.

Courtney, Marianya? What do you guys think?

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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 10, Week 7 – More Media

Are The Insider people superfreak tall or is Cheryl very short? As much as Erin’s ‘tude annoys me, Elizabeth Hasselbeck is an idiot for her comments regarding her. Stupid. As the Gawker said, “Feminism: You’re doing it WRONG.” Just sayin’.

Tony is a class act!! Helping Chad! Cheryl’s B-Day Party

ET After the Performance Show

The Odds, from ET

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 10, Week 7 – Post Show Interviews

Erin gets put in her place (deservedly so), Niecy is ecstatic over her 9 (good for her!), Nicole talks about her mirrorballs (hint – don’t think she’s referring to the trophy), and Evan is Evan. :-)

Can’t quite believe that people call Nicole the snotty one. Heh. 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 10 Top Twitter Beggars

I’ve wanted to do this all season. Many of you are familiar with our list of Dancing with the Stars Twitter accounts (and our DWTS season 10 twitter list). It’s a really fun way to see what’s happening with your favorite celebrities and pros that are on Dancing with the Stars.

The problem with following all of them on Twitter is that far too often they are found BEGGING people for votes. Yes, I used the word begging. It’s one thing to ask casually for some votes. For example, when the season started, Evan Lysacek was asking for people to vote for him over and over again. It was amazing. Granted it might not have been him actually tweeting, but he’s still responsible since that’s his account.

I decided to go through all the tweets from the celebrities and pros on DWTS season 10 for the past 2 days and see who were the top beggars on Twitter for this week’s show. Here are the results of who asked for votes the most times:
Pam Anderson – 12 times
Derek Hough – 2 times
Cheryl Burke – 2 times
Evan Lysacek – 2 times
Damian Whitewood – 1 time
Erin Andrews – 1 time

I actually was surprised that it wasn’t more. I’ll have to do this again at the beginning of next season. It seems like people have learned (including Evan) that begging tweeting for votes too often is annoying and can actually lose you votes.

However, it seems like Pam either doesn’t care or hasn’t learned that lesson. What’s also interesting is that Pam’s tweets are also on her Facebook fan page. So, she is begging for votes on Twitter AND on Facebook. I guess we’ll see if it works or not tonight.

I will give another special twitter award to Chad Ochocinco for being the most active twitter. You basically know how many times he’s gone to the bathroom. For some odd reason, I was completely captivated by what he might tweet next.

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Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 10, Week 7 – Dancing by the Numbers

First things first – everyone PLEASE give to the Red Cross, if you are able. Nashville has been hit by a 1000 year flood. Hundreds (thousands?) of homes are under water, downtown landmarks are taking on water – not only will homeowners be impacted for weeks or months to come, but Nashville’s tourism industry has taken a serious hit. Locales never before flooded are under water – like the Country Music Hall of Fame, historic Opryland Hotel and the Grand Ole Opry. One of our two water plants are under water, so it’s conservation time – pray the water doesn’t reach the other plant. It’s devastating. If you want to read about it, Channels 2, 4 and 5 out of Nashville all have websites which document a lot of the damage. It’s been a very sad few days here in Nashville.

Random Musings…

The Storyboarding was unbelievable last night. Erin’s best dance?? I see they are on crack once again!! Erin was off time from Maks, they broke hold, there were gimmicks. If anyone else had danced that dance (hello, Nicole) they would have been skewered. Certainly not worthy of a 27 – too sloppy, especially when compared to Nicole’s Waltz or Evan’s Tango.

Then Chad – who I think actually did better than Erin – gets a 9 from Len? Boy, are they desperate to make this into a horserace or what? Then Nicole does a near perfect dance so she should get 10’s right, since they overscored everyone else so far? HELL NO. I suppose they will give Niecy a 10? No, but they give her a point better than Pam which is crap. But, in hindsight, how it shakes out after the group dances it’s almost like they knew what the teams would get. Hmmm…say it ain’t so! I will say that I thought Evan did a great job and deserved a 30. The only reason it pisses me off is because Len should have given Nicole a ten long before now – like for her perfect Tango. But part of the reason Evan gets a 30 is so that he can have an “amazing comeback!!!!” That said, Evan had the most crowd pleasing type of dance of the night AND the dance best suited to his abilities – the only Argentine Tango of the night. Going up against waltzes and mediocre quicksteps, of course he will shine.

Carrie Ann saying that Nicole is the best dancer ever on the show is like the kiss of death – or Carrie knows she’s not getting the votes so she thought she’d get that out there just in case.

All these other sites or people that act surprised that Evan is now up there with Nicole – wake up, people. He’s always been up there with Nicole and he’s always been destined to win because of his own talent and because of his fanbase. It amazes me that there are still people who honestly (or not so honestly) think the best dancer (Nicole) wins. Not true – the biggest fanbase wins and that is still Evan (probably). The only reason Evan was down at 21 last week was because of more judge storyboarding. His dance was worth more than a 21, easily.

The Math:

After the individual dances, the celebrities were ranked in this order:
Evan/30
Nicole /27
Erin/27
Chad/25
Niecy/25
Pam/24

Courtney and I should post a transcript of our conversation (via Twitter) during the show because I am a great prognosticator (when it comes to the judges, anyway) and she’s not too shabby herself. :-) It was SO easy to predict what the judges were going to do. I even said, “If Team Madonna gets a 24, that will put Evan/Nicole in a tie for first place” – which is exactly what they want and exactly what happened. It also knocked Erin/Maks down a couple pegs and Niecy into last place where they want her.

The Team Dance Scores
Team Gaga/27
Team Madonna/24

Add the two scores together for each celeb, then add all the scores together to get the total judges points awarded (311). Then you divide a celebs score by the total points awarded to get their judges percentage:
Evan/17.36
Nicole/17.36
Chad/16.72
Pam/16.4
Erin/16.4
Niecy/15.76

It’s weeks like this where the results show can be very interesting, where someone popular could go home if their fans assume they are safe. There is just a tiny difference between Evan/Nicole and Niecy – not many more votes for Nicole to go home instead of one of the lower scorers. Or Erin to get bumped. Do I think that will happen this week? Not really, but you never know. How did the fans of those already booted vote? Did they go for Niecy? Pam? If they do in large numbers –well, no one is safe.

For Niecy to stay and for someone else to go, she needs to get approximately 6,450 votes more than either Pam or Erin per 1 million votes cast. That is not very many, depending on how many people actually vote. If only 500k vote every week, that number shrinks to 3,225. I will say right now that I don’t think Erin is going anywhere. Pam on the other hand, is in danger. This is a toss-up, really, because neither woman danced particularly well last night. But where are Jake’s fans, Aiden’s fans and the others likely to put their votes (if they still vote)?? Probably NOT to Pam.

What about the potential for a “shocking” (not really) elimination? Evan and Nicole are tied for first place – what would it take for either one of them to be eliminated? Well, ALL the people below them would have to get more votes, obviously, which adds up to:

Niecy – 16,100 votes per 1 million
Pam – 9,700 votes per 1 million
Erin – 9,700 votes per 1 million
Chad – 6,430 votes per 1 million

So, if 1 million people vote, the above numbers represent how many MORE votes each contestant has to get than either Nicole or Evan for Nicole or Evan to be eliminated. Now, do you think this is possible? Well, I refuse to believe that Evan won’t win, but I think it could happen to Nicole. Probably not this week, but next week? Nicole/Derek fans better be stepping it up.

I’m sad to say that I think Pam will be leaving us tonight and that Niecy lives to dance another day. Sorry Courtney. But I would not be surprised if anyone left (other than Evan), with the scores as tight as they are.

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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. :-)