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DWTS Season 11, Week 2 – Blogging with the Contestants

Once again, it’s Saturday and I’ve only got TWO blogs. Do these people have something better to do?? Geez, people, get those blogs out!! :-) Seriously, if you see blogs from Derek, Cheryl and Anna (those that also had blogs or Q&As last week) let me know in the comments and I will update. Thx.

Brandy is blogging for Access Hollywood and it’s a good one!! Excerpts below, visit their site to read it all.

I had the chance to chat with both Florence and Jennifer and I have to say that they are two of the most gracious women that I have ever met. Florence and I spoke about the ‘toughness’ of the dancing and the tremendous toll it takes on you physically. Since I had a slight ache in my ankle all night on Monday, I was happy to hear her advice on how she continues to move through it all and keep smiling while she’s doing it!

Jennifer and I spoke and she reminded me that we are all a part of this wonderful journey and that some of my best memories will be made here….with my partner Maks and the whole “Dancing with the Stars” family. Overall, everyone I spoke to just reminded me more and more of why I signed up to do this. It really was more than just about conquering my fear. It was also about grabbing the chance of a lifetime to try something different in my life with a completely new group of people with whom I might not ever otherwise have the chance to work.

You see, I’ve realized something — What you see on the show is really only part of this journey. My life and my memories are filled with great experiences and amazing people whom I’ve met along the way. The opportunity to broaden my horizons and try all of these different types of dances (while learning from the Masters, they truly are ‘Pros’) is something that I will remember for the rest of my life. Life really is about these special ‘moments’ and maybe I just needed a reminder about that to help calm my nerves and really make me see the ‘fun’ in being a part of all of this.

Maks tweeted that this was his new blog, but I think it’s actually an article, because it’s not tagged like the rest of his blogs. I dunno – this one is short and I’m hoping for something longer. This one is all about the supposed fight. While I agree that people went way overboard, Maks does seem to miss the point completely that it was the live show and not the package that caused the problems. TV Guide:

“We don’t fight. We’re very good friends. I don’t know how to say it so that people will believe me, but we have a great relationship,” he says. “I really like Brandy. I don’t want to get eliminated and I think we have a good shot at winning. Why would I work my a– off if I wanted to leave?”

The report came days after the ABC series aired a tense and dramatic video package of the pair’s jive rehearsals — which was not reflective of their relationship, Chmerkovskiy says.

“We are one of the friendliest couples this season,” he says. “I would love for you guys to see how we are in rehearsal. We joke around and talk all the time and have so much in common. If they air that, great. If they don’t, that’s OK too, but don’t manufacture it into something it’s not. That’s how fake stories like this get started.”

Chmerkovskiy says he talked to producers about the package afterward, and they agreed it went overboard.

ETA: I was right!! That wasn’t a real blog from Maks. His real blog is now on TV Guide. Excerpt below.

First, I want to address this right off the bat: Brandy and I get along great. She did not throw me under the bus at all on Monday’s show when she said it was “my fault” during the judges’ critiques. Nobody threw anybody under the bus! It’s called humor. I got it, and it’s really unfortunate that her quip has now turned into us supposedly hating each other. I think it all snowballed with the dramatic video package they showed for our rehearsal on for our confessional. In the confessional video, we were going back and forth about being mad and we started laughing at the end, but they didn’t show that on TV. I totally get that producers have to create story lines for everyone each week, but all of that, I think, went a little too far. They tried to force a fight and drama that weren’t there. I talked to the producers afterward and they agreed it was too much.

Right on, with the last two paragraphs, especially about the show feeling weird on Tuesday.

What Bruno said Tuesday was right — that he has to judge dancing without looking at who the person is. But you have to choose your words well. Tell people what they did wrong. The critique should not be about putting him down. This falls in line with the judges being inconsistent. He gave Michael a 3. Fine, but give a deserving mark to somebody who was just as bad. Don’t try to find the positive in others when you try to find the negative in someone else. Michael’s jive was bad. But there were people who were just as bad and they got a lot better scores. For the last couple of days, I’ve been answering phone calls and texts asking if the judges are scripted. They’re not. “How come this got this and somebody else got this?” I can’t answer that. For my own piece of mind, I want to be naïve and believe they’re not scripted. If it’s true or not, I don’t know.

Honestly, I think the whole feel of Tuesday’s show as off. They spent time on Bruno calling out Michael and then the whole thing Sarah Palin. I was talking to Derek and he said it just felt weird and there were too many things going on. That all just took attention away from the dancing. I hope that changes next week.

Cheryl’s Blog on MSN is up as well!! The picture she included is below.

If you watched “Dancing With the Stars” this week, you saw a piece about pre-show rituals and superstitions each of the dancers have. Mine was hand sanitizer under my arms. Well, truth be told that was just a joke!

I actually don’t have any superstitions or pre-show rituals. Maybe that makes me more odd than joking about the hand sanitizer!

Anyways, I definitely think that this week there were some surprises.

Jennifer proved that she’s a force to be reckoned with.

Kyle continues to entertain and Bristol looked so graceful.

I think that Rick really proved that tall men can dance! Everyone was expecting him to be heavy and awkward with the Jive and he really impressed people. Carrie-Ann even labeled him a contender.

October 2, 2010 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 11, Week 2 Media – Part IV

Okay, I hated what Bruno said….but Michael, get over it already. Entertainment Tonight:

Audrina on ET – this Michael thing ain’t going away anytime soon.

The Situation – Paparazzi are bizarre people.

Chelsie on her charity work and Latisse…and the Situation. She’s a cutie, for sure.

Jennifer on Ellen

Jennifer and Derek on Ellen

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. :-)