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DWTS 11, Week 5 – Power Rankings

Hello, everyone. Your regularly scheduled Power Ranker – Miss Courtney, as they say in the south – is unavailable this week so I am filling in for her. And, word to the wise, I am PISSED off. Totally and completely. Allow me to rant for a moment. First, the Tennessee Titans are on Monday night football, so I have to watch an internet feed to see the show. Second, Len is on F@#king crack almost the entire night. And when you analyze his crack moments, there is only one conclusion you can really come to and that is that Brandy ain’t getting the votes and Kyle is getting too many votes. Period. THEN, the producers don’t show us any actual dancing until more than half an hour AFTER the show has started. Boy oh boy – I’m trying not too rant to much here because I have to save something for the Cheesecake Awards. But it’s a struggle we will deal with throughout this post. I mean, gorillas? Seriously?? How am I supposed to hold that in until Thursday?? Yes, it is Thursday this week because Court and I are having real life issues. :-) We have JOBS that pay. :-) At least the Titans are winning going into half time. It’s the least they could do. Seriously. If they don’t win this game I may write letters.

OOookaaay. Here we go. I place little stock in the judges scores tonight frankly. Yeah, they matter, but I sensed some manipulation that bugs. I also suffer from the inability to rewind and watch again because of watching a live feed. So bear with me.

1.) Jennifer and Derek – Len is utterly full of crap. This may not be up to Jennifer’s usual standard, but it was a lovely dance with no mistakes and plenty of content. The very fact that Len loves Brandy and Bristol makes his comments on this dance highly suspect. You hear Tom Bergeron – he “loved” Bristol’s monkey suit. Then complaining about too much feather duster from Jennifer at the beginning of her dance? This after the time wasting at the beginning and end of Brandy’s dance? Seriously people – count how long it took for Brandy too cross the floor at the end of her dance. At the beginning of the dance, count how long she sat there with Maks. When Len docks Jennifer for a less egregious time wasting move after watching Brandy AND Bristol?? I call bulls#@t.

2.) Kurt and Anna – Yep, you read it here first. I think Kurt danced better than Brandy. He had one awkward move in an otherwise beautiful dance. But this isn’t just about who’s dancing best, it’s about who is pleasing the audience and, in polling my female relatives, Kurt is the real deal. Not to mention he danced a fine dance except for that one move. I just enjoy him and Anna all the way around. Plus, his score of 24 puts him in third place with the judges. But I would bet he ranks higher with the viewers. For that reason he takes second place.

3.) Brandy and Maks – For all my complaining about Brandy and Maks’ judges comments, I will say that they may have made strides today in the power rankings. I found their package to be totally endearing – they were very cute together. I thought their dance had too much non-dancing stuff at BOTH the beginning and at the end – really, that run across the entire length of the floor was not helpful. If they had done either the beginning OR the ending that way, instead of both, I wouldn’t think it was so bad. I also thought that the dance was not very musical – it seemed like a lot of the steps didn’t really go with the music. It seemed…disjointed. I don’t know what the judges were looking at, actually. By itself it was a fine dance, but after Len calls out Derek and Jennifer for time wasting stuff? Len need medication because Brandy’s dance was much more egregious in the time wasting department.

4.) Rick and Cheryl – I was actually tempted to put Rick and Cheryl ahead of Brandy and Maks. Power rankings aren’t just about scores and dance ability, but about who is popular with the voting public. You know what? Rick was popular with me. But I think the rumba couples might be at a slight disadvantage this week. That said, that dance was very good, smooth, with plenty of movement. Lots of musicality – and that is a big deal to me. I really enjoyed it.

5.) Audrina and Tony – Normally I am a big Audrina fan. But tonight just wasn’t her night and I can’t figure out why. Well, I think she was too stiff and lacked hip movement in her rumba, but I can’t figure out why that was an issue. All of her moves seemed abbreviated or truncated – unfinished. It seemed like she stopped short nearly every time. I think Audrina has the potential to make the final, but I can’t figure what is holding her back. Tonight wasn’t her night. If she was Jennifer Grey I would say that it didn’t matter. But she is Audrina Patridge and not a household name to this audience. She’s not to the point yet where she can afford a lackluster dance. She needs to get it together.

6.) Kyle and Lacey – Wow, that dance seemed pretty darn good to me. I was entertained. It was musical. This is another example of Len on crack – you can’t complain about Disco fever when you give them the Charlies Angels theme song. Crazy. I think Kyle is probably likeable enough that he’ll stick around, tonight at least. While I’ve had trouble with Kyle’s technique, I saw an improvement tonight and he’s certainly entertaining. Lacey laughing at their scores could be a problem, however. Some could take that the wrong way.

7.) Florence and Corky – Well, a tango to the Brady Bunch – pretty amazing that it worked, but it had that drum beat. But the disconnect is pretty huge with that song and what that dance is supposed to be. It was just too big of a disconnect and I just don’t know that if they can overcome that. Her steps are good, but it was a bit too weird. Corky can’t forgo the wacky -just dance it straight, dude.

8.) Bristol and Mark – What. The. F*@k. I mean really. What is Mark thinking? Bristol missed a bunch of steps at the beginning – and she didn’t get called on it. WTF? She didn’t move her feet much during most of the dance. She was off time most of the time. Mark did tone down the spastic, but Bristol just isn’t sharp enough for that dance. Len – still on crack – likes it? What the hell is going on with him tonight? Credibility? Lost. Bristol gets major points for unvarnished honesty – but it could cause the same problem it caused her mom.

Hope Courtney is back next week. I can assure you I have not done the math yet for tonight, so it will be interesting to see what the math gives me tomorrow.

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Dancing with the Stars TV Theme Music

Time for the list of Dancing witht he Stars music from tonight’s TV Theme music night. If you don’t follow us regularly, be sure to check the past list of Dancing with the Stars music.

Now, the full list of TV Theme music:
Brandy & Maksim danced a Quickstep to the TV Theme “I’ll Be There for You” I'll by The Rembrandts—Friends theme song
Florence & Corky danced a Tango to the TV Theme The Brady Bunch theme song Theme
Kurt & Anna danced a Quickstep to the TV Theme Bewitched theme song Theme
Audrina & Tony danced a Rumba to the TV Theme “Unwritten” Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield—The Hills theme song
Kyle & Lacey danced a Foxtrot to the TV Theme Charlie’s Angels theme song Charlie's
Rick & Cheryl danced a Rumba to the TV Theme Hill Street Blues theme song Hill
Bristol & Mark danced a Jive to the TV Theme The Monkees theme song The
Jennifer & Derek danced a Foxtrot to the TV Theme “Love and Marriage” Love by Frank Sinatra—Married… with Children

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Dancing with the Stars Vegas Odds – Season 11, Week 5: Who will win?

Ok Everyone, what do you think of these Dancing with the Stars odds?::

As of Closing Date: Oct 18, 2010 20:00 GMT -4
Option Win Odds

Jennifer Grey -143
Rick Fox +350
Audrina Patridge +750
Brandy +800
Kurt Warner +900
Kyle Massey +1200
Bristol Palin +4000
Florence Henderson +5000

USA Players

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS, Season 11, Week 5 – More Media Before The Show

Are you Guys ready for tonight? Here’s some things to maybe tie you over until then. :)

First of all, Maks was interviewed yesterday on the Tee-It-Up Golf Radio Network in LA. It’s one of the best interviews I’ve heard him do. He doesn’t speak about his recent loss(maybe this was recorded before that time?). But, he talks on his family’s immigration from Ukraine when he was only 14, how he become a dancer (even after not really wanting to dance at first) and what continually motivates him to this day, and yes, his game of golf. Be sure to go to the link to listen.

Rick Fox and Kurt Warner were interviewed by Good Morning America today. Check them out with their partners Ann and Cheryl preparing for the show tonight.

Here is fun interview from ET of Audrina and Tony. They call themselves “The Stress Free” couple. Watch this to see why.

Tony was also intervewed from TV Guide where he talks on this Season, their new dance tonight, Maks’ loss and more. Here’s a snippet from it. Be sure to read the link for more.

TVGuide.com: It paid off. You’re the only couple to have dethroned Jennifer and Derek.Dovolani: We were so involved in that story of the waltz and paying tribute to the soldiers that we didn’t even realize we were the leaders. The next day, Jennifer said to me, “How does it feel being at the top?” Honestly, I didn’t think about it because it meant so much to do that for the soldiers. I come from a war country [Kosovo] and American soldiers are the reason why I’m able to go back home and to come here. That’s just my way of saying thank you. I didn’t care about the score.

TVGuide.com: How’s your rumba coming along?Dovolani: Great. She’s doing an amazing job. It is weird to dance a rumba to the Hills theme. It’s a sexy dance and the song is so upbeat, but we’re both very happy with what we came up with. You better watch the beginning of it! We’re really working her using her soles, having hip action and finishing her lines. If she does that, she’s gold.

TVGuide.com: The judges commented on her not pointing her toes last week. Are you working on that?Dovolani: Yes. She’s probably the best student I’ve ever had. I never have to tell her to do something twice because she’s already beaten me to it. She worked on her toes for the 50th time today and I said, “You know, you’ve done this 50 times.” She goes, “I know, but I’ve got to get it!” That’s what I love about her.

TVGuide.com: I did the math and you guys have the third best average behind Jennifer and Brandy. That could very well be the final three.Dovolani: Yeah, I would love to be back in the final. Everybody’s doing well. It’s hard to see who the end couples are going to be, but I’ll be honest. Based on the work ethic and her attitude, I truly feel like we have a really great chance of going all the way. I think anybody can take it. Jennifer is the front-runner. I can’t say nobody else has a chance. It’s a marathon. We have to save up our energy to sprint at the end. And Maks [Chmerkovskiy] and I would love to be in the final together.

TVGuide.com: Maks said in his blog that you guys have really rallied around him after his grandmother died.Dovolani: I was supposed to go to an event that night but canceled it to be with Maks. He’s my best friend and I had to be there for him. It wasn’t so much cheering him up, but just being there next to the boy. My heart goes out to him. It’s hard enough to lose anybody, let alone your grandma. We’re all going through it together.

Mark Ballas told Wet Paint that he thinks the judges are being too hard on Bristol and everyone. Here’s a take from that interview.

“I think they’re being tough on everybody,” Mark said to Us. “The scoring is all over the place. I don’t know if it’s the traveling back and forth for the judges or maybe they’re just not seeing what they want to see. But they were way too hard on Bristol last week. Especially Carrie Ann.”

But does Mark think that Bristol’s sexy Rumba was too sexy for a teenager? “It wasn’t that it was too sexy. The judges just thought that when I took off my shirt it was a distraction. I’ve danced the Rumba with Shawn Johnson who was 17 and it was not a problem. It’s like if you don’t wanna see a risque dance, then don’t watch it. You don’t like horror movies? Don’t go to one. I was doing the Rumba when I was nine!”

We’re sure his father approved, which makes you wonder, is there any competition between Mark and Corky on the show this season? “My dad and I have a very close relationship. It’s always scary when one of us gets saved first, waiting for the other one to get saved and we’re nervous for each other. At the end of the day, he’ll always want me to do the best I can.”

Sarah Palin also talked to Zap2it and here is what she said on Bristol and her dancing. Note how it’s Bristol’s 20th birthday today.

“She’s having a ball,” says her mother. “What she said — and it’s kind of a life lesson for all of us, I think — she said, ‘Mom, no matter what I do, I’m going to get criticized, so I might as well go dance.’ I’m like, ‘Right on, go dance.’ She’s having a ball.

“Bristol loves [fellow competitor] Florence Henderson, and she says she relates to Florence more than anybody else. But she has not one complaint about anybody. Everything is positive, and she’s just amazed how helpful and kind and gracious everybody is. It’s been really good for her.”

The young mother — who turns 20 on Monday, Oct. 18, the night she hits the floor for the fifth time on “Dancing With the Stars” — has earned some positive comments from the judges for her dancing technique while also negative ones for her performance skills.

“It’s just fine,” says Sarah Palin, “for never having danced at all, in her life.”

Lastly, I’ve got to post this picture of Jennifer. She tweeted this lastnight on Twitter. Apparently, Rick Fox took this picture of her stretching before the show last week. How many 50 year old women can do this? :o

Ok, that’s it for now. Here’s to the show tonight everyone! :)

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.