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Dancing with the Stars 2011 Music List – Week 3

A nice mix of dance styles provides an interesting mix of music. Yep, a Foxtrot, Rumba, Samba, Waltz, Cha-Cha-Cha, and Paso Doble is quite a night of dancing. Below you’ll find the mix of Dancing with the Stars 2011 week 3 music. Be sure to check out all the previous week’s Dancing with the Stars music as well.

Wendy & Tony danced a Foxtrot to the song “Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life” Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life (In the Style of Seamus Haji feat. Kay Jay) [Karaoke Version With Backup Vocals] - Karaoke - Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life — Michael Cleveland
Chelsea & Mark danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Chelsea” Chelsea - Love Like This — The Summer Set
Chris & Cheryl danced a Rumba to the song “Let It Be” Let It Be (Documentary) - Let It Be — The Beatles
Kendra & Louis danced a Rumba to the song “You and Me” You and Me - Aijuswanaseing — Musiq Soulchild
Romeo & Chelsie danced a Rumba to the song “I’ll Be There” I'll Be There - Jackson 5: The Ultimate Collection — The Jackson 5
Hines & Kym danced a Samba to the song “Fantasy” Fantasy - Earth, Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits — Earth Wind and Fire
Petra & Dmitry danced a Waltz to the song “You Raise Me Up” You Raise Me Up - Closer — Josh Groban
Sugar Ray & Anna danced a Paso Doble to the song “My Prerogative” My Prerogative - Don't Be Cruel — Bobby Brown
Kirstie & Maks danced a Rumba to the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Alone in IZ World — Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Ralph & Karina danced a Rumba to the song “Stay Gold” Stay Gold - Additional Singles & Rarities — Stevie Wonder

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DWTS12 Week 3 Power Rankings

So story week, with the exception of a few cheesetastic moments, wasn’t terrible :-) At least not for me.  Only a few tears were shed, and I was impressed by just how pretty everyone looked – no totally weird costumes, which means no cheesecake material in the costume department, unfortunatley, but at least they were all nice to look at!

A few overall thoughts on tonight: Len is loco and sometimes scores with his pee-pee; Carrie Ann is still in heat and is scoring with her va-jay-jay more than ever; Petra & Kendra may not be getting enough votes; Ralph & Kirstie may be getting too many votes; annd Tom Bergeron still reigns supreme as king of off-the-cuff humor :-D

1.) Hines & Kym – If I were Ralph or Kirstie, I would be very, very afraid of Hines – because right now, he’s making some pretty tough choreography look like a piece of cake while they’re still struggling.  I think that may be his greatest asset – nothing seems hard for him.  And of all of the male contestants this season, I think he is the only one that (most of the time) actually leads Kym, rather than her doing a lot of backleading.  Now THAT is impressive :-) Plus, the guy is always smiling, and seems to really work hard during his practice sessions.  I was worried that the samba would be his Achilles heel – negative, ghostrider.  He may not have truly killed it like he did with his quickstep last week, but I daresay that was a pretty damn good samba for it only being week 3. Aside from having the highest score, I think the Steelers Nation is still very, very much a force in keeping these two safe – and they may be growing in number, with the amount of Terrible Towels I’m seeing each week :-)

2.) Ralph & Karina – I could almost tell by the look on Len’s face before he even opened his mouth that he had already chosen Ralph as one of his whipping boys this week.  Granted, I don’t think the rumba was Ralph’s best dance (and I do think there were stronger rumbas tonight), but that stodgy old coot Len went all Sugar Ray on him and tore that dance to shreds.  *sigh* Honestly, like Sugar Ray’s jive last week, I really don’t think this was that bad – I do think Karina let Ralph down a bit in the choreo department, and Ralph is still doing something funky with his hands and could have infused a bit more passion into the dance, but I don’t think it was 21-worthy.  I would have given it at least a 23.  My only guess is that maybe Ralph is getting HOARDS of votes, and this is the judges’ not-so-subtle way of trying to level the playing field once more.  Dancing in the Pimp Spot certainly won’t hurt him, but I daresay the Team Kamacchio fans will likely vote even harder this week to make up the difference, since he’s dropped a few points since last week.

3.) Kirstie & Maks – My heart just absolutely shattered when I saw these two go down :-( I couldn’t really tell what had happened, but at first I was like “Oh no! Poor Kirstie! Did she just lose her balance?” and it wasn’t until later that I saw that it was actually Maks’ leg that had given out – and then I got REALLY worried.  Most pros can dance through the pain – if it isn’t too bad.  But poor Maks just had “OUCH!” written all over his face.  I’m sure every news outlet is going to be replaying that fall tomorrow (ugh), but I have to give the judges and the hosts props for doing their best not to rub it in – I think everyone was really classy about it.  And from what I saw of the rumba they did do, I really liked it – it was simple, stripped down, and had a very honest, vulnerable quality to it.  Everything I like in a rumba :-) Now comes my suspicions: I have to wonder if the judges would have given Kirstie a 21 regardless, because from the looks on their faces when they whipped out those 7 paddles, I got the feeling they had almost planned those scores ahead of time.  Kirstie is definitely one of the more popular contestants this season, and I would venture a guess that she’s getting a good share of the votes – maybe this was another opportunity to “level the playing field”.  Or not…I could be a bit paranoid :-) Either way, I think the GMak fans will vote even harder after the little mishap tonight!

4.) Chris & Cheryl – As some of you may have seen me declare on Twitter “I like Chris more and more each week.” :-) And not just because he’s a nice guy that has a softer side – I actually do see improvement in him from week to week.  I get the feeling that Chris is putting 110% of himself into doing well.  I think this may have been my favorite rumba of the night, and here’s why: Chris was the guy that managed to do more than just stand there while their partner danced around them (ahem, Karina & Chelsie) and was still there for their partner at every moment.  Chris still managed to look exciting while standing still, and never took his eyes off Cheryl.  Plus there was a vulnerability to him tonight that I absolutely loved :-D And I know I’ve said it many times before, but I’ll say it again: Chris has a BIG edge in having Cheryl as his partner.  I think these two are a lock for at least the semi-final at this point. And I can’t wait to see what he can really do!

5.) Chelsie & Mark – Surprise, surprise – Mark overdanced yet again. But luckily, I think Chelsea is the first partner he’s had that has really been able to keep up in both the energy and the face-pulling department, hehe ;-) This was a cute cha-cha – a bit frantic at times, but cute nonetheless.  I’m glad they went for a more traditional cha-cha, despite a more rock-type song.  Chelsea still seems like she’s a little afraid to really extend her legs and arms, which is hopefully something that will diminish as the season rolls on. It kinda sucks, but I really don’t have a whole lot more to say about these two. Hopefully that’s not a sign that they’re already becoming forgettable to me :-/

6.) Romeo & Chelsie – AKA, Len’s Whipping Boy #2.  Another unwarranted rant from Len…grrrr.  Was this rumba perfect? Hell no.  But I do think it was an improvement, and was underscored by a point or 2.  I liked seeing Romeo more vulnerable and even a bit nervous – the bravado seems to slowly be creeping away, folks. I think Chelsie may have let him down a bit with the choreo, though – this was another instance of the female pro just blantantly dancing circles around their partner.  I kinda wish she had involved him a bit more in the dance, like Cheryl did with Chris – but then again, maybe Romeo couldn’t have handled it at this stage of the competition. I’m wondering if Romeo is going to be one of those guys that are better at the ballroom dances, since they aren’t so “frou-frou” and don’t require him to let loose as much.  I think these 2 ought to be safe this week, just due to there still being crappier dancers with a dubious fanbase to vote for them…

7.) Kendra & Louis – Ok judges, I give up: what is it that is so damn great about Kendra? Seriously, what is it? Because I’m baffled as to why she’s been overscored 2 weeks in a row now.  Yes, the song she danced to was lovely and she looked very nice, but she still looks very wobbly to me, and definitely got off-time a few times in this routine.  And she always seemed to have a rather lost expression on her face – like she was looking to Louis for reassurance after each step.  The one thing I did like? The did some pretty cool tricks – probably the best of any of the couples tonight…but we all know a good routine is more than just a “hodgepodge of flashy tricks”, as Len would say.  I think this may be yet another instance of the judges trying to equalize again – judging from Kendra’s crappy running order positions the past 2 weeks, I’m thinking she’s one of the less popular contestants…and may not be getting the votes TPTB think she should.  Hence, a bit of a boost from the judges.  She will likely stick around another week or two, but if I were her I would start improving by leaps & bounds if I wanna last longer.

8.) Petra & Dmitry – Can’t decide if the scoring on this one was a) an attempt to make things more equal among the contestants, b) Len following the urges of his loins, or c) collective lunacy on the part of the judges.  A 25??? REALLY?!!! No way in HELL this was anywhere near as good as Hines’ samba, with which it tied for highest score (if memory serves…too lazy to look it up right now :-P). I will admit, it has been Petra’s best dance thus far; but she’s still shuffling her feet, missing steps, and “making weird shapes” with her body.  And dadgummit, she can’t manage to keep those long legs of hers on the floor when Dmitry does anything that could remotely be construed as a lift? Then again, the Lift Police seems to be too busy enjoying her engagement and scoring with her genitals to notice.  Grrrr.  I have to wonder if the outrageous score was a byproduct of the field-leveling and it being almost impossible to hate Petra.  The woman is an absolute DOLL. But again, I’m wondering if she’s just not getting the votes, and needs a little help from the judges to stick around a bit longer…

9.) Sugar Ray & Anna – You notice I added the “Sugar” back in front of Ray’s name? I can’t resist – this guy is just so damn sweet :-) And while the debate on Twitter seems to be between Sugar Ray & Wendy on who’s going home, I will just say this: I got far more enjoyment watching Ray cheese his way through his paso routine tonight than I got from Wendy’s bizarre facial expressions during her foxtrot. Really, I didn’t think his paso was terrible – gimmicky, yes, but it seemed to work in his favor.  Poor Ray just seems to move so small – I can’t decide if it’s years of boxing injuries that have limited his mobility or what, but I think he’d be light-years better if he could just move BIGGER. I’m not sure these two have much time left on the show, but I hope they can at least outlast…

10.) Wendy & Tony – I don’t think I need to reiterate any further my disdain for Wendy, so I’ll try to keep this brief: Wendy’s a non-event for me.  I think I’d rather watch paint dry/grass grow/water boil/etc. than watch another one of her low-energy, slow-moving dances.  This was the 2nd week in a row that her dance felt more like a leisurely stroll across the floor, and she too seemed to get a bit lost if Tony wasn’t in her line of sight. And let’s just say her mannerisms off the floor just irk me. ‘Nuff said.  I hope that America gets it right this week and sends her packing…from the look on his face, I think Tony hopes so too :-(

Alright, my beautiful little monsters, discuss: who’s going home tomorrow night? Who sank and who swam tonight? Did you enjoy storytelling week or hate it? And while you discuss, might I make a suggestion? It certainly wouldn’t hurt to tweet some encouraging words to both Maks & Kirstie…both just looked heartbroken after their dance.  If you’re a GMak fan, let them know you care; if you’re not, maybe just send some positive energy their way.  Good karma never hurt anyone :-D

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DWTS Stats Class: Week 3

Another week another set of dances, though I actually expected to have two dances going on tonight per norm… apparently the producers are choosing to buck the trend and try something new.

I will just say right now that I’m not exactly thrilled, but I’m a bit of a purist. Anyway… I digress.

Thanks to Heidi’s post earlier on who was dancing what… here are the calculated predictions for tonight. I apologize for the tardiness, I was on an extended weekend trip at the east coast and recently arrived just a few hours ago… :D

Ralph and Karina – Rumba
– Age [40s]: 19.409
– Occupation [Actor]: 24.667
– Pro Partner: 21.8
Predicted Score: 22
Thoughts: With the past two dances, Ralph has been able to surprise the judges and America with his ability to pick up dances. Could he make that three? Possibly, he’s pretty smooth on the dancefloor thus far, and Rumba’s a smooth dance, but it’s rather slow too.

Kendra and Louis – Rumba
– Age [20s]: 24.643
– Occupation [Reality TV]: 20.4
– Pro Partner: 21
Predicted Score: 22
Thoughts: As one could expect this is a dance that caters to the youth, as thus the expectation can be considered high for Kendra to meet expectations, except she seemed to have a nasty habit of being underwhelming, maybe the Rumba would help her strive for something more?

Kirstie and Maks – Rumba
– Age [60s]: 21.667
– Occupation [Actress]: 21.667
– Pro Partner: 26.2
Predicted Score: 23
Thoughts: What is there to say? She’s been great, gotta love her and she’s been a doll. It’s a slow dance, but it is also fairly hard on the bottle in other ways. But she’s been capable to pull out all the stops when necessary, could she do it again?

Romeo and Chelsie – Rumba
– Age [20s]: 24.643
– Occupation [Singer]: 23.75
– Pro Partner: 22
Predicted Score: 23
Thoughts: A young couple with a romantic dance? As long as it’s not as hammy as Marky Mark tends to be (shirtless last season anyone? *vomits*), I’ll be happy.

Chris and Cheryl – Rumba
– Age [40s]: 19.409
– Occupation [Athlete]: 21.5
– Pro Partner: 20.5
Predicted Score: 20
Thoughts: Chris was a heck of a surprise last week, I’m tempted to say that he could make it two for two, especially with Cheryl as his partner. Here’s hoping.

Chelsea and Mark – ChaCha
– Age [20s]: 21.778
– Occupation [Disney]: 22.333
– Pro Partner: 25
Predicted Score: 23
Thoughts: Wow, I forgot that Mark is fairly strong in the ChaCha, but considering that the Cha Cha is considered a flirty dance and well this is Mark afterall.

Sugar Ray & Anna – Paso Doble
– Age [50s]: 22.833
– Occupation [Boxer]: 22
– Pro Partner: 23.667
Predicted Score: 22
Thoughts: As a Boxer, they are constantly bouncing on their feet and hunched in. In the Paso Doble they have to expand and in some ways strut around the dance floor. Old habits die hard, and Anna’s got her work ahead of her to knock them out for Sugar Ray.

Petra and Dmitry – Waltz
– Age [30s]: 20.7
– Occupation [Model]: 21.667
– Pro Partner: 28
Predicted Score: 23
Thoughts: Am I really surprised that Petra, a model, gets a ballroom dance? Not just any ballroom dance, but the waltz? Something smooth and graceful for her to float across the floor. *Yawn*

Wendy and Tony – Foxtrot
– Age [40s]: 19.455
– Occupation [Host]: 23
– Pro Partner: 21.4
Predicted Score: 21
Thoughts: Wendy had trouble with dancing that required moving around quite a bit, and considering that her considerable assets tend to detract from the performance, here’s hoping that a dance that requires more smoothness than energy would help her out.

Hines and Kym – Samba
– Age [30s]: 23.385
– Occupation [NFL]: 21.2
– Pro Partner: 24.167
Predicted Score: 23
Thoughts: Hines has been another celeb that’s been surprising the judges and America with his infectious personality. With an upbeat dance like the Samba, that personality could shine through, but I’m not quite as convinced with the dance itself… but the numbers tell me otherwise.

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DWTS12 – A Little Taste Into Cheryl Burke and Chris Jericho’s ‘Emotional’ Rumba

I’ll let the video do the talking this time from ET Online. My Dad is going to be in heaven tonight! :)

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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.

Dancing With The Stars 12 – Maksim Chmerkovskiy Helps Raise Money For The Much Love Organization (Video)

This last weekend, Maks helped raise money for the Much Love Organization which helps get neglected animals off the streets and into loving homes. Below you can watch he and other stars talk about their dogs and the event. Maks talks about his Bulldog “Sleep” (pictured above). It’s so cute. There is a slideshow HERE as well. If you’d like to contribute to the Much Love Organization, you can do so >>>>Here.

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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 12, Week 3 – Kendra Gets A Stand-in Husband For Her Dance Tonight

Dancing With The Stars Night! Who’s ready? I’m ready but, not too sure if I’m ready to see Louis stand in for Kendra’s husband NFL free agent Hank Basket? We’ll see. Here’s a sneek peak from Zap2it into their dance tonight.

“You’ll have to use your imagination for that one,” Van Amstel told Zap2it after the last elimination show. But Kendra isn’t worried about her partner filling her husband’s shoes. She’s trying to ease her nerves.

“I just hope I get this rumba down and really nail it,” she says. “I feel like I’m getting the nerves out of the way, so that’s been good.”

Those nerves were somewhat soothed by her performance in week 2, when she took the floor for a graceful Quickstep. “I was a lady,” she says. “It was very emotional for me.”

Fans might be surprised with Wilkinson’s many admissions of insecurity on “DWTS.” And when we asked if she thought her journey might be inspiring other women, she agreed… partially.

“I think Kirstie Alley wins with the women,” she says, laughing, “but I win with the tomboy girls and the girls that want to break out of their shell. It feels good.”

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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.

Dancing With The Stars 12, Week 3 – Sugar Ray Leonard To Portray Painful Life Moment in Paso Doble Tonight

TV Guide has a great interview up with Anna. Anna discusses the judges scores last week, what she thinks about the other dancers, and gives us a peak into what tonight’s dance will be like with her partner Sugar Ray. Here is a little take from the interview. I hope these two show everyone what they are really made of tonight. Come on Sugar, you can do it!!

How’s the paso doble coming?
Trebunskaya: Good. Ray as a person is a very laid-back guy. He’s very much not [aggressive like you need to be] in the paso doble. But he’s also a boxer, so he has that aggression in him. I have to draw it out of him for the paso doble. We’re going spend more time on polishing things and try to go out there and maybe surprise people. He’s a natural born performer. His DNA is wired to entertain. I’m not concerned about that, but I need to address the technique.

What’s your story?
Trebunskaya: Our story has something to do with Ray’s boxing. He chose the story and the music and I have to tell that story in the paso doble format. Hopefully we’ll be successful at that. He chose a particular moment in his life, which was quite painful for him. He had to overcome a lot emotionally. It tells a lot about Ray and who he is and what kind of person he is.

He’s your fourth athlete in a row and fifth total, but he’s your first boxer. How does he compare to your past partners?
Trebunskaya: Well, the athletes, they get are always so good at what they do. That means they have a lot of habits. With Ray, he hunches down, [has his] shoulders up to protect himself. You know — don’t get beaten up in the face. Don’t expose yourself. For dancing, it’s the complete opposite. We always want proper posture and form. That has been the hardest challenge. On the other hand, Evan [Lysacek], being a figure skater, is used to being a showman like that. … Ray is a much more visual learner. He has to look in the mirror to see what he’s doing it to learn it. He also has a great sense of rhythm. He’s right on the beat. A lot of athletes ignore the music and try to do technical stuff, but he’s the opposite. He’s light on his feet.

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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.