I can’t believe Season 18 is here – seems like 17 just ended, to be honest. But only because I’ve been working my fingers to the bone. And now I’m sick, to top it all off.
Anyway. Let’s see…what do we know so far? That Maks loves Meryl and he calls her “Princess”. For real – not condescendingly, but genuinely. We heard it through the grapevine. It appears they are getting along very well – he is pleased that she’s hard working and she seems to respond well to his style of teaching. What we also know is that both Meryl and Charlie’s routines are looking REALLY GOOD – but I guess none of you are shocked by that, are ya??
We heard one other thing but I’ll save that for another time. Ahem. Nothing for you all to worry about. I’ll let Courtney share that one when she feels like it.
So, who’s dancing what? Well, since I’ve been getting killed at work and have managed to get sick, I’m going by Wiki and by DWTSGossip on the dances – I haven’t been able to keep up and Vogue is already doing so much for me that I didn’t want to bug her with this too. :-) The order shown below is my GUESS and until you see a dance order and phone number near the names, it’s not official. Spots 6 and 7 are likely the top of the 9 o’clock hour and is a good spot. Least good spot? Historically it’s been 3rd and 2nd – I believe in that order. Of course, there is no real pimp spot anymore since they end every show except the first one with an elimination. But it’s still the best place to be, IMO. Until we get past the halfway point in the season, these things seem to be true. Once we get past the halfway point, the order doesn’t really matter as much.
ETA: I was off by a bit with James. He gave his voting number and TYPICALLY this matches the dance order. Not always. Sometimes they switch people around on Monday for one reason or another. I’m leaving my guess number in there just to see how I do.
ETA2: As you can see, I’m sucking a bit at my first guess of the season.
ETA3: Hey, I was really close on Candace!!
ETA4: Just a reminder – every season except the last one, the phone number has been a sign of the dance order on the first night. So, while it’s likely that these are the dance numbers in addition to the phone numbers, it’s entirely possible it could get screwed up between now and tomorrow night. Think muppets.
ETA5: So if Meryl is really 6th…who is going last? Charlie? Cheryl straight up said that she and Drew are dancing 9th, so there’s that.
ETA6: Court hopping in to update Amy & Derek and Billy & Emma’s voting #s/positions. Should be interesting to see who gets the pimp spot – at this point, I’m leaning towards Charlie & Sharna. Also looks like the first hour has been loaded up with most of the “weaker” couples – the second hour looks to be pretty competitive. By the way, Happy Saint Patty’s Day and Happy DWTS Premiere Day, errebody
ETA7: Heidi here with Charlie’s dance number. Seems I had Charlie and Meryl pretty much reversed in my guesses. I guess Charlie beats Maks. LOL.
ETA8: List is complete as Cody’s mom tweets his voting #. I would assume that Candace & Mark are dancing 7th, as that’s the last spot left.
5. NeNe And Tony – Cha Cha Cha
Dancing 1st (this makes more sense, as they always seem to lead with a Cha cha. Pun intended :-))
4. James and Peta – Foxtrot
9. Danica and Val – Foxtrot
10. Sean and Karina – Contemporary
8. Billy and Emma – Cha Cha Cha
12. Meryl and Maks – Cha Cha Cha
2. Candace and Mark – Contemporary
Dancing 7th (process of elimination)
1. Cody and Witney – Cha Cha Cha
6. Drew and Cheryl – Foxtrot
11. Amy and Derek – Cha Cha Cha
3. Diana and Henry – Foxtrot
7. Charlie and Sharna – Contemporary
Watch this space! We’ll add more info as we get it.
ETA: a few photos. One is from Derek’s publicist, so I’m thinking that’s Derek and Amy. The other is Cody and Whitney.