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Dancing with the Stars Season 22, THE FINALE NIGHT TWO – Live Blog!! (Spoilers)

I’m back, I’ve watched the show… And what in the hell was Val thinking?   It started out OK and then it turned into a bad parody of Derek’s fox trot with Nicole that happened in like week three or four combined with the dumbed down version of his Singin’ in the Rain with Bethany. Good lord.  What happened to the good old days when bad freestyles actually got like 8s?? Cuz that was bad…and everyone was pretending it was great. How annoying can you get? …Read more

May 24, 2016 I Written By

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. :-)

DWTS Season 22, THE FINALE – Dancing by the Numbers WHO’S GONNA WIN??

Well, that’s somewhat surprising. At the end of the night there was a tie, but it was a tie for second, with Paige all alone at the top.  I didn’t get to see the show live, I am going on youtube and the scores with this commentary. I will likely get to watch the show before the finale-finale, but I need to write this before then.  🙂

I will just say…”the best dance ever on DWTS”??? Bullshit. Typical judge hyperbole and they say it at least once every season and it never means anything. It’s obvious when it’s actually true – very obvious. Sharna should know better than to buy into this – really, where have you been? The audience is MUCH smarter than this and this is the mistake people on this show continue to make every season. It’s ridiculous. Thanks for playing, try again.

Anyway, the scores do make me wonder if the judges really understand how the show works – and if they remembered that last weeks scores and votes count too. Do I really think they would rank it Paige – Ginger – Nyle and then give everyone a 30 on their freestyle if they knew it would result in this?

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No, I’m not sure I believe that the judges would allow Paige to be alone at the top with a four point cushion.  I think they might believe that Paige only has a one point lead and that they ranked them how they think they should finish. The crack is strong in these judges. 😉

Anyway, what this means is that if either Nyle or Ginger want to win, they have to get about 8,700 more votes per million votes cast than Paige does.

It’s really that simple. But what happens when they add points tomorrow?? I have a really hard time believing that the judges will change the rank – they RARELY change the spread or the rank after the votes have been cast. I don’t think they will do it tomorrow. I wager they will give everyone the same score – and this will reduce the margin.

How much? If everyone gets a 30 on their fusion, Ginger or Nyle will need 7,300 more votes per million votes cast to WIN over Paige.  It can certainly happen – someone can beat her.  Tony claimed that there was only three or four percent between the couples. But what does that mean? Between the couples with the combined score?? Between the couples votes? I have no idea what the context is on this. ETA in the morning: Saw a bit of the show, and Tom said after the judges scores and your votes were combined there is only a 3% difference between them. That means that it’s anyone’s game. Like it was before. 🙂

So what do I think will happen? I think that if the judges don’t tinker tomorrow, Paige will squeak out a win. If not her, then Nyle will take it. But I’m leaning towards Paige. The only thing that will really piss me off is if Ginger manages it.

But I don’t think she will…I think/hope/pray it will be Paige and Mark.

ETA:  and to show how schizophrenic I am, this morning when I woke up I was leaning toward Nyle squeaking out a win. That’s just how close it is.   Still praying for Paige though. 🙂

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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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, THE FINALE – Live Blog!! (Spoilers)

I am on the road and hopefully will be in my hotel room in time to watch the show…if not, Courtney will hopefully jump in. I can’t decide if me missing the show would be a good thing…or a bad thing. 🙂

T-minus 30 minutes…

I found out I can’t watch live, so Courtney will be at the helm this evening. Before I go, here’s the dance order per George Pennachio:

  1. Ginger
  2. Nyle
  3. Paige

Court reporting for duty 🙂 I’m currently trying to tweet, take notes for the power rankings, update this post, and make a gender reveal cake for a coworker.  Needless to say, I’m getting pretty adept at spreading myself too thin these days…thank god the show is only an hour tonight!

Erin looks kinda matronly in that dress tonight.  Really ages her.  I’m just kinda over Ginger, so none of this package is really resonating with me.

WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST WATCH???!!! What a bizarre, uninspired, un-cohesive mess.  It was like they did a half-assed freestyle (that was really just cherry-picked props and moves from other routines this season) and then decided to call it a contemporary.  And the judges are seriously gonna gush about how great it was?! Good god, I’m not sure I want to see what else is coming…

Pleasantly surprised that Carrie Ann & Bruno gave it 9’s (although I think that was even kind) while Len falls in line with the narrative and gives it a 10.  And I’ve already heard enough  about Ginger’s back spasms to last a lifetime.

Errrr…that was a pretty rough quickstep from Nyle.  Felt like he never got 100% on top of the beat, and was bouncing out of sync with Peta.  I really wish she had given him a better growth arc over the course of the season.

Paige just schooled both Ginger & Nyle on how to do a redemption dance. Mark also showed Peta & Val what a good choreographer can do.

Len’s critique is utter bullshit. Guess we know who he’s been instructed to prop up…*cough*GINGER*cough*…but 29/30 is still good.

Val, I’mma give you a piece of advice, free of charge: if you yourself do not know how to tap dance with any level of proficiency, DO NOT CHOREOGRAPH A FREESTYLE THAT HAS ANY LENGTH OF TAP DANCING IN IT!!!! That was almost comically bad to watch – Val flailing around doing a tap dance pantomime. The rest was pretty white bread, nothing remarkable. But it’ll prolly get a 30…

…and it does.  I guess the best we can hope for at this point is all 3 freestyles getting a perfect 30, and the judges tossing it to the audience. If they undeservingly shaft Paige, though, I’m guessing they’re reeeeallllly pushing hard for Ginger to win.

Not 100% sure how I felt about Nyle’s freestyle. He danced it well, but I feel like it’s just yet another angsty routine we’ve seen from him. Wish we could have seen something more fun, upbeat, and celebratory.

“Best dance on the show ever”, Carrie Ann? Bitch PLEASE. Go smoke some more crack.

Paige, PLEASE knock this outta the park…

…and she does 🙂 Just lovely.  Anyone else get the impression that we may have just witnessed Mark’s last freestyle on DWTS, though? I have never seen him get so emotional.

And now I’m stepping away for a bit, kids – look for the power rankings in a bit.  Also got a cake to finish.  Aaaaack.

 

May 23, 2016 I Written By

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. :-)

DWTS Season 22, Week 9 – Dancing by the Numbers

Since this past week won’t actually result in an elimination all on it’s own, I took my time writing this and I’m doing it on my new MacBook, so I’m learning at the same time.  🙂

Well, last Monday sucked pretty bad – the one bright spot being that Paige got through to the final which makes me very happy. Last Monday was the first week that I was mostly wrong on who was going home. Wanya was my third choice – bummed about that, but at least we lost Antonio. We still have someone in the final who really shouldn’t be there and that’s Ginger. I would say “that’s how it goes sometimes” but I won’t because the pimping has been relentless. The takeover of every single DWTS segment on GMA is one thing…but the DWTS official twitter accounts are sickening with their focus on Ginger. Have you seen their latest photo of the finalists with Ginger right out in front? It’s not even subtle any more. I don’t get it. She seems like a nice woman, sure – but she’s not all that as a dancer and Val is doing nothing for her in terms of choreography. Their motives are pretty transparent – she’s family. Read more..

May 22, 2016 I Written By

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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 9 – Live Blog!! (Spoilers)

Welp, I hope you all voted a LOT. I’m afraid tonight is going to turn the finale into one of the worst ever on the show. Losing the work of either Mark or Lindsay would be a damn shame, and their partners are awesome too. I think I will watch the entire show with my fingers crossed that we don’t get an Argentine Tango in the guise of a freestyle next week.

Bindi is the cohost on All Access for anyone interested. An appearance by her hot blond partner would definitely salvage this show for me right now. 🙂

Where’s my wine??

It would lead me to drink less if you all would remember to NOT constantly hit refresh while the show is airing in the east, and make sure you have more than a one liner for a comment.

Wait. Tonight’s the first time that the semifinal votes have counted for the winner? Yeah…I think I know why that is. People better VOTE.

Despite Hip Hip Chin Chin being horribly overused on this show, Mark found a different way and dang, Paige didn’t miss a step. Perfect. Read more..

May 16, 2016 I Written By

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. :-)

DWTS Season 22, Week 8 – Dancing by the Numbers

It is weeks like this where I seriously consider not watching this show any more. To make matters worse, this season follows a season like the one we had with Bindi. Good lord, I’m not even sure where to start.

If I weren’t so lazy, I would go back and dig up half a dozen videos of CAI and the other bozos saying stuff like “You screwed up your footwork, but I don’t care!!” and then rewarding them with a 9 or a 10. I’m positive there’s a video out there of CAI commenting on how a dance was so entertaining she had to reward it with a high score, even though there was a slip up, or a lift, or some other issue. This is where they really pull back the curtain and you see it’s just an old dude at the controls and not some magical wizard – the manipulation is clear. Yeah, Wanya screwed up. But I would be WAY MORE okay with his scores if I wasn’t positive that worse dancing has been given higher scores when the dancer is one of the chosen.  But Wanya isn’t one of the chosen. He gets the Bethany tone of voice along with the Nastia packages. I said it back when Bethany was on the show – just watch CAI’s body language and listen to her tone of voice when she’s talking to either Bethany or Wanya. It like they committed a capital offense. It’s all designed to show or imply to the viewer that the recipient just ain’t all that and they don’t deserve your votes. Bitch please. You aren’t in a position to be that condescending – you won the night in the Team dance, but that bar was pretty low.

And that clown Antonio is worthy of ass kissing and high scores despite the fact that he’s barely rehearsed until recently and threw Sharna under a bus? Yeah, not cool.  If he’d been killing himself in rehearsal all this time, I MIGHT have a different opinion – but we know that isn’t the case. And spare me on the “he has another job” bs. Wanya has been touring this whole time and CANCELLED stuff so that he could rehearse more. Read more..

May 13, 2016 I Written By

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. :-)

Derek Hough, Shawn Johnson and other Celebrities Play Wheelchair Rugby at Invictus Games 2016

This was a blast to watch – great fun and all for a good cause. Derek plays great, but Shawn SLAYS!! Thanks to Al for this video.

May 11, 2016 I Written By

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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 9 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Well, prepare for me to be pissed off the remainder of the season. 🙂 They’ve overscored Ginger and Antonio to the point that the people who have been consistently performing all season long may not make it to the finale along with Nyle. One bad dance shouldn’t take out a man who’s been out performing both Ginger and Antonio for WEEKS now. My numbers post will likely be bitter. 🙂

ETA: AcCam says that E! said that Artem is in a trio with Ginger.

ETA2: According to People, Wanya and Lindsay have a Charleston for their Trio dance. ~ Vogue

ETA3: Apparently, Mark said on Afterbuzz that their trio partner is Alan. ~Heidi

ETA4: According to Extra, Antonio and Sharna have a Contemporary dance. Sharna also said they are allowed to do lifts this week. ~Vogue

ETA5: The rest of the dance info has been filled in via Disney ABC.

ETA5: Vogue again with a dancing order update.

ETA6: Here’s the full dance order per George Pennachio

ETA7: And the Trios are FIRST per George.

Paige & Mark
Individual Dance: Argentine Tango (song: “One Time” by Marian Hill)
Trio with Alan : Samba (song: “Hip Hip Chin Chin” by Club Des Belugas)
Phone # 1-800-868-3410
Dancing 1st

Antonio & Sharna
Individual Dance: Contemporary (song: “Hall of Fame” by The Script)
Trio with Hayley: Argentine Tango (song: “Mi Confesion” by Gotan Project)
Phone # 1-800-868-3401
Dancing 2nd

Wanya & Lindsay
Individual Dance: Charleston (song: “Shame on Me” by Avicii)
Trio with Witney Carson : Paso Doblé (song: “Explosive” by David Garrett and Franck Heijden and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Phone # 1-800-868-3412
Dancing 3rd

Nyle & Peta
Individual Dance: Argentine Tango (song: “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors)
Trio with Jenna Johnson: Jive (song: “Hit the Road Jack” – Hermes House Band)
Phone # 1-800-868-3409
Dancing 4th

Ginger & Val
Individual Dance: Quickstep (song: “Fire Under My Feet” by Leona Lewis)
Trio with Artem : Paso Doble (song: “Shot Me Down” by David Guetta)
Phone # – 1-800-868-3404
Dancing 5th

May 10, 2016 I Written By

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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 8 – Live Blog!! (Spoilers)

I can’t believe we’re in week 8 already and the season is nearly over!! Shocking how fast this spring is flying by. I guess it’s all the sooner that I get to fly to NYC and see Derek on Broadway. 🙂 Speaking of Derek – Bindi is going to be in the audience tonight and, I suspect, next week as well since her family is having the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in LA on May 21 – Tom Bergeron is the MC for the event and Derek will be there, as will BC Jean, who is performing. With or without Mark, I guess depending on if he’s in the finale or not.  You can get tickets, if you’re in LA.

40 Minutes to show time. About. 😉

Hm. Opening number started great, had a TON of potential, great song…but it kinda fizzled towards the end and I’m not sure why.

Jaysus, starting with the stupid jeopardy call right at the beginning of the show.

Nyle and Peta are SAFE.

Peta is taking a pretty big risk here with the sound dropping out during their dance. I think it’s a brilliant idea but I’m a tad nervous. If they pull it off, they could well win the show.

Okay, that was freakin’ amazing. Still a little bit of a posture problem. It also seemed like the producers cheated a bit – they just turned off all the studio mics and didn’t stop the audience from clapping. Really though – he attacked it and I dug it.

I confess that the silence did choke me up a bit too.  Aaannnnd…that score is about right.

Oh man, please tell me that Lindsay isn’t using the same staging as Derek did for Amber….

This is stupid.  But YAY Paige and Mark are safe!!

Jodie and Keo are in jeopardy.

Antonio and Sharna also in jeopardy.

Well, that was a pretty good dance from Antonio but it started with Sharna doing all the work. And his arms were really weird.

Jodie and Keo – dude should stop reading this site.

Good Jive content, but were there a lot of breaks in that dance or was it just me?? Also wearing sneakers is a tad of a cheat.

All that gushing makes me think Jodie is leaving.

You mean to tell me that Jodie’s dance was a good as Paige’s last week and deserved a 30?  No freakin’ way.

Mark does resemble Jon Snow a bit…

Not sure how I felt about that V. Waltz – it was pretty and then I got a bit confused by the choreo. I guess they were getting “frozen”?? Paige is an excellent dancer though. And I’m really glad that Mark didn’t go to crazy with the production. Very glad that CAI didn’t call that jump/lift thing they did. Risky.

And again, if Jodie gets a perfect score, Paige should be getting a 40.

Ginger and Val are safe. Wanya and Lindsay in jeopardy. And that should be the end of Ginger next week.

Ginger did a good job with that AT, but it wasn’t terribly exciting. It reminded me of Rumer, with the black costumes. I suspect they’ll give her 10’s to get her into the finale.

Glad we have another dance coming up. Val finally finds his choreo 8 weeks in and they’ll get her into the finale over someone like Paige who’s been amazing all the way through.

If you are fans of Wanya or Paige, you best be voting your fingers off. If Ginger gets a perfect score on the second dance, she’ll go to the finale unless you all kill it.

Fun package – very funny.

DAMN it. Slipped on the rag. Was going so well. Fun choreography, fast – enjoyed it…and then the slip.

Shut up, CAI. His mistakes all happened AFTER that slip. He recovered like a pro.

Why are people like Ginger not getting comments about pushing themselves?? Ginger’s been playing it safe since week 1.

I give up.

Bruno’s dance was fantastic – I love how the women danced together, then the men danced together and then Nyle and Jodie did as well. Jodie didn’t have enough attack and missed a step towards the end.  I sure hope we’re not going to do the ridiculous “everyone gets a 10” BS. I’d give that one straight nines.

If they give Team Len 10’s I cry foul. That dance was just…blah. Not even Wanya could fix it. I kinda feel like we’ve been tricked – if we want Wanya to do well, we have to reward Ginger’s lack of latin hips.

This is seriously ridiculous. If the judges don’t have the balls to actually score each other, then they shouldn’t do this challenge.

Good dance from Team CAI – not quite as good as Team Bruno, I don’t think. It kinda ran out of steam at the end I thought.

Now for the elimination.

Antonio and Sharna are safe.

ELIMINATED: Jodie and Keo

Jodie goes out with a great deal of class.

How did we do?

Heidi: Said Jodie was leaving

Courtney: Said Jodie was leaving

Vogue: Said Jodie was leaving

NEXT WEEK Is double elimination. It’s going to be ugly folks. If you are a fan of either Wanya or Paige, I can’t stress voting enough.

May 9, 2016 I Written By

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. :-)

Derek and Julianne Hough, Paula Abdul, Vanessa Hudgens and More Team UP – “Dancers Against Cancer”

This is a great cause, with some great people supporting it!  Dancers Against Cancer is:

…a non-profit organization which provides financial support to dance educators, dancers and parents impacted by cancer, the entertainers filmed a PSA with dancers Ruby Kaufman, Chloe Frank and Ahna Rasmussen, and are using their star power to raise awareness leading up to the charity’s Industry Dance Awards in August.

If you would like to support this organization head over to “I’m a Dancer Against Cancer”. You can also read more and see photographs of the dancers at People.com.

May 6, 2016 I Written By

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. :-)