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DWTS Season 14, Week 7 – Who’s Dancing What…and when?

Well, another week, another set of dances.  I’ll be curious to see the running order this week, even though I don’t believe it means as much at this stage of the competition. Especially since the two team dances will either be first or last.  If they put them first and continue their trend of having certain celebrities in the last half of the show, I’ll cry foul again.  They are certainly doing everything they can for certain couples, while others dance in the first hour most of the time.  Maria, Melissa, Roshon and Jaleel have jumped all over the place, with Maria, Melissa and Roshon more heavily in the first hour. Donald has been in the second hour or the middle of the pack except for week 1. Jaleel made it to the second hour again last week likely due to having one of the better dances I’ve seen on this season so far. And that includes anything done by William or Katherine.

And that brings us back to our two favored children, William and Katherine.  The Royal couple. :::snicker:::  I do wonder if the British producers of this show see those two names and unconsciously pimp them or if they are just totally overt in wanting them to win and doing what they can to make it happen. :-) Katherine has actually danced in the first hour and has spent MOST of her time dancing at the top of the hour, which is also a good spot. William has never danced in the first hour. He’s the only celeb to get the pimp spot THREE times (and in 6 weeks, that’s pretty good).  I actually like Katherine, and William seems like an okay dude – but I can’t root for anyone who is so heavily favored at the expense of everyone else. Roshon got seriously hosed last week and Donald has yet to get a score that he deserves, relative to others – both are better dancers than William, IMO.  Never has this show felt more manipulative than it does right now. And why?

Maybe the ratings grabbers are going in the second hour??  Well, how do they know a particular person is grabbing ratings??  I don’t think they do, for sure, plus they MADE William into the ratings grabber – they pimped him heavily so that he got news, then that generated more news and hype – till he got the cover of People magazine.  I have to wonder if that was their goal all along.  Just the hype and “DWTS” on the cover of People magazine.  Actually, they did the exact same thing last season with JR – who was a very likable guy with a great backstory.  But not the amazing dancer that everyone claimed.  I’m starting to think that the producers see guys like JR and William and see people they can hype right on to the cover of magazines – which garners free PR for the show.  Yep, I’m cynical. :-) How can one not be with all the over scoring and dance duels and the double elimination coming soon?? And really, how long till it backfires and everyone sees the man behind the curtain?? This play for ratings is a plan with diminishing returns, IMO.

But I have to wonder…will they give William the first spot and put the team dances at the end of the show?? Because really, dancing the last individual dance isn’t going to be that good of a spot in the running order if they do the team dances last.  I will have to laugh, as I can hear it now – “William finally goes in the first hour!!”  Um, yeah, because he might get lost in the fun of the team dances….and we can’t have that. :-) I think I might even make that my guess…

ETA: SCORE!! Both William and Katherine in the first half of the show with the Team dances at the end…Team Paso going last. Gee, I’m so surprised. :-)

ETA 2: And after I hypothesize that going towards the end of the individual dances might not be good….we find Maria and Derek in the second to last position. At least Derek is excited about both dances….

Katherine and Mark – Rumba; Dancing 1st
Voting # 1-800-868-3410

Roshon and Chelsie – Argentine Tango
Voting # 1-800-868-3405

William and Cheryl – V. Waltz; Dancing 3rd
Voting # 1-800-868-3408

Melissa and Maks – Argentine Tango;
Voting # 1-800-868-3407

Donald and Peta – V. Waltz; Dancing 5th
Voting # 1-800-868-3403

Maria and Derek – Paso Doble; Dancing 6th
Voting # 1-800-868-3401

Jaleel and Kym – V. Waltz;
Voting # 1-800-868-3412

Team Tango:
Katherine/Mark
Maria/Derek
Roshon/Chelsie
Jaleel/Kym

Team Paso:
William/Cheryl
Melissa/Maks
Donald/Peta

If the running order ends up being something like that, above, then my money is on the team dances going last. If William is in the second half, again, then my money is on the team dances going first. They’ve only been first one other time, as I recall – Season 10?? Someone look it up for me. :-)

I predict right now that Katherine gets a 30 this week – whether she deserves it or not. :-)  William is tough. He’s doing the V. Waltz and Cheryl can’t sex it up.  Someone in the comments on another post predicted that the judges are going to start scoring him more realistically, and that they’ve shown signs of it already. I tend to agree with that. It will be interesting to see. I don’t think that the judges scoring always corresponds to the producer pimpage. The team dances?? Just on the face of it, Team Tango looks stronger. Not just because they have Derek, but because that team seems to have the better over all dancers. But they are handicapped by having four couples instead of three. Maria’s injuries also appear to be getting worse, so she might be an issue. Frankly, I wonder how much longer she can go on.

I’ve read that the dance duel this week (spare me the agony of another of these horrendous things, please) is rumba, although Wiki says Salsa. Either way, it’s guaranteed to suck, big time. No matter who’s doing it.

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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. :-)

Roshon Fegan On Dancing With The Stars: I’m just a little ant trying to just stick around”

People.com has a cute little article and video up of Chelsie and Roshon today. He talks of feeling like an ant last week. See why below and then see the link for more.

“It’s like [being] an ant – an ant in a big world,” Fegan, 20, tells PEOPLE. “[I'm] just trying to hang out in the picnic basket. Everybody’s oh, so giant. I’m just a little ant trying to just stick around.”

Up against what he calls “big, giant, sexy guys” like William Levy, Fegan always has his Michael Jackson-style dance moves that earlier impressed the judges.

“I just don’t have the same thing going on,” he says. “But I’m hangin’ in there. I’m proud to be who I am, and I’m definitely working on it.”

He may not have the same thing going on, but, that’s why I like him. :)

UPDATE: Below is Roshon on 933 FM in San Diego this morning…

UPDATE 2: And finally the new KTLA interview which you can see here.

UPDATE 3: Here they are in rehearsals. A good promo push for Roshon and Chelsie today. I hope it works.

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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 Peta Murgatroyd And Donald Driver Fine Tuning Viennese Waltz And More

Donald writes that he and Peta have “the waltz down pat” and they are gunning for three “10’s” tomorrow night on Dancing With The Stars. It’s been an exciting few days. Read why….

It’s been an exciting few days out here in LA. Yesterday Peta and I were guests on the “Ellen” show and today I feel like we really got the waltz down pat. Going on the Ellen DeGeneres show was really special for me because she’s a favorite of both my mom and my mother in law. They were so excited when they found out they were going to get to watch me on one of their favorite shows. Peta and I had a great time on the show — we had some laughs and even did one of our dance routines. I’m not going to tell you which one … you’ll have to watch the show when it airs on Monday to find out!

Monday is also our next DWTS performance. Like I said, I’m feeling really good about where we’re at with our waltz. Peta and I are going to spend lots of extra time fine-tuning all the little details because we want those triple 10s. Make sure you tune in and vote this week, Packer Nation.

You can read more at JS Online. Here is a little preview for what’s to come on The Ellen Show tomorrow. Be sure to tune in!

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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.

Mel B and Damian Whitewood Making A Big Splash On Australia’s Version Of Dancing With The Stars

…but, not without some big waves!!

Have any of you been keeping up with Australia’s version of Dancing With The Stars? I’ve had several fans tweet me for how good it is this season. As you know from previous reportings, Spice Girl and season 5 contestant, Mel B is presenting on the show, but, not without some criticism. Below is a take from the Daily Mail for what happened last week when Mel B told the first eliminated contestant to go and “get wasted” after the show.

But it was her hosting on Sunday night’s show that prompted fans and viewers to complain about her, especially after she told the first eliminated celebrity, TV presenter and former Miss Australia Erin McNaught, to go and ‘get wasted’ after the show.

They took to Twitter and other social networks to express their outrage and dismay that she was co-hosting the show with one saying: ‘Risking disapproval here, but honestly, Mel is awful to watch on Dancing with the Stars. She’s classless and offers nothing.’

Another wrote: ‘Dancing with the Stars Australia is bloody awful. It’s so embarrassing, what on earth is Mel B doing with her life!?’

One viewer even said the show had gotten ‘so boring’ now she was hosting and another said: ‘Still unsure about Mel (spice) co-hosting Dancing with the Stars!!!! Her voice…’

Her presenting debut even prompted Paralympic triple gold medallist Evan O’Hanlon to write: ‘When Mel B comes on my television I want to throw my TV out the window! Why did they break Australian television like that???’
But Mel, 36, who was a contestant on the US show in 2007, said she doesn’t care what they say as she is having a great time – and getting paid for it.

She said: ‘I don’t care, I’m getting my pay cheque and I get to do my live show and I’m loving it. I get to wear gowns every week which is nice and I’m here to get the job done.

‘It’s only the second week and I’m always a bit nervous. I don’t mind a bit of nerves, it keeps me on my toes.

‘It’s live television and you saw we had some classic clangers and everyone loved it.’

Hmmm, not sure that behavior would fly here either? But, I’d take Mel B over Brooke any day. You can read more at the Daily Mail.

Also, I have to mention this too while we’re on the topic of Mel B. Below she is pictured with Dame Edna who was unveiled as the new face of Jenny Craig in Sydney this past week as well. Mel B recently lost 33 pounds on the Jenny Craig diet and Dame Edna took to Mel B for a kiss and some advice. The video below is a hoot. How about Dame Edna for Dancing With The Stars?

Back to the Australia’s version of Dancing With The Stars… Damian Whitewood, one of the most loved pros on the U.S. version of Dancing With The Stars, is dancing with singer, song writer Danielle Spencer. Here they are dancing the Viennese Waltz, the Jive, and the Samba for their first three dances. What do you think? Do they have what it takes to win?

Not bad I’d say! I especially loved their Samba to Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro”.

Much luck to Damian and I hope he’s asked to come back to the U.S. version of Dancing With The Stars some day. He has to be one of the most requested pros by fans to come back! TPTB, are you listening? ;)

Thanks to PureDWTS reader Carlos and @Edyta_and_Alec at twitter for the inspiration for this post. xx

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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.