As previously reported, Chelsie Hightower is now expanding her love for dance by opening her own dance and performing arts studio in Draper, Utah. The date is set for January 23rd. Below is a cute little promo she did for it….
Guys, It’s with great pleasure that I write you to once again to say that Noelia and her partner Hernan Piquín won Bailando 2011! I haven’t watched all their final performances yet, but I’ve read some reviews and with “a little help from my friends”, I’m going to tell you how it went. Are you ready? Let’s go!
Well, let me start saying that this week was a little insane. There were 3 nights of dancing. Four couples danced for the two spots in the final. As I’ve mentioned on a previous post, Bailando debuted May, 17th, with 30 couples. Six of them gave up and were replaced.
On Monday, Dec. 19th, Noelia and Piquin danced the semifinal against Patrícia “Coki” Ramírez and Juan Leandro Nimo. The rhythms: Cumbia, Adagio Latino, Cha cha cha and Árabe.
The other semifinal was on Tuesday, Dec. 20th, with Paula Chaves and Paulo Juin against Héctor “Tito” Speranza and Nadia Hair. Rhythms: Cuarteto, Adagio de Novela, Disco and Axé. Winners: Tito and Nadia.
The final aired this past Thursday (December, 22th). The couples had to dance four times on the same day: Reggaeton, Adagio, Pop Latino and Electro Dance.
Note: both in the semifinals and finals, the couples just repeat the routines they had danced on earlier weeks.
The finals (and the semifinals) went like this: the five judges picked the best couple on each rhythm. The rhythm winner couple gets one point. The audience winner of the night earns 4 points, and then elimination takes place.
Noelia and Piquín won Reggaeton, Adagio and Electro Dance. Tito won Pop Latino. It gives you 3 X 1. Our dear Dwarf lady earned more 4 points from the 52.59% from audience vote against 47.41% Tito earned. Noelia was named the winner! =] Roughly 1,100,000 people voted via internet and text messages.
Do you remember when I mentioned that the original name of Bailando is “Bailando por un Sueño” and it means Dancing for a Dream? Well, Noelia was the dreamer of the couple and her dream was to buy a van to help the Escuela Especial de Pampa Del Infierno transport the children with special needs. If Tito had won, he’d have liked to build a sports court to the Club 2 de Abril de Misiones, who helps kids that live on the streets. Fortunately, a Volkswagen executive helped Noelia and the Governor of Misiones helped Tito. In the end Showmatch gave an extra $100,000 pesos (roughly 25,000 USD) to help Noelia’s charity.
More random notes: Noelia is a singer and entertainer. She had this dream to be on Bailando since a long time and she cried a lot when they announced that she’d be in during a popular TV Show. She never get the bottom 4 and never ever used the fact she is a dwarf to get votes. She was the second best avarage, losing just to Cinthia Fernandes who left the competition two dances/nights (not weeks) before the semifinal. Hernán Piquín is one of the greatest ballet dancers of Argentina. As the winners, they are automatically invited to be on next season of Bailando to defend their title. A lot of “stars”/couples always returns to Bailando; some of them had been on the show like twice before… In Bailando we don’t have clearly the figure of the “star” and the “pro”, but the “dreamer” and the pro or something equivalent. The pro doesn’t choreograph the dance: each couple has its own choreographer (you may see them when the two finalists receive their trophies). Tito was one of the bodyguards of TV personality (or something like that) Ricardo Fort, grandson of the founder of Feltfort Chocolate Company. How did he get to Bailando? I HAVE NO IDEA!!!! (So we blame Bristol Palin… LOL) Well, I haven’t seen many of his dances, but the news mentioned Tito was the most improved guy on competition and has a great personality.
Thanks again to my friend Renata and all the brazilian DwtS fans crew. =]
People.com has a nice holiday piece up with Cheryl where she discloses her tips for staying in shape over the holidays. She also tells her plans for the off season as well as her dream partner for Season 14. I love who she mentions (*sigh*) and someone with a lot of “charisma” would be cool, wouldn’t it?
“It’s all about doing something fun, whether it’s an outdoor activity or yoga,” says Burke. “For me, Jazzercize works amazing. If you don’t have time, just run on a treadmill. It makes you want to eat better.”
“If I go a week without working out, it makes me feel that I might as well keep indulging,” she says. “If you really care about your body, then your mind starts to work better. So it’s important that it all stays balanced.”
Burke adds that she’ll keep busy during the show’s off season with endorsement deals, but that doesn’t mean she’s not thinking ahead to potential partners for next season.
Her dream pick? Says Burke: “I think anyone with lots of charisma, like Antonio Banderas, would be great.”
Hey All!!! How did your Christmas go? We hope it was fantastic!! 😉 Also, if you happened to miss the Nancy Grace Dancing Special Friday night, you can watch it in full below. Mark your calendars if interested. Part 2 will be shown this upcoming Friday night on Nancy’s show on HLN at 8:00pm ET.