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DWTS Season 19, Week 1 Discussed on Afterbuzz TV

I haven’t had a chance to listen to the whole thing yet, so I can’t give my full commentary. :-)

September 17, 2014 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 19 Week ONE RESULTS!! Let’s discuss tonight’s show! (Spoilers)

Yay – a results show!! Let’s hope for some great dancing!! Maybe material for cheesecake, if Courtney and I are feeling up to it. :-)

Once again, comment to your hearts contents, as long as you remember the show night rules.

  1. Our server gets totally hosed when people sit at their computer and click “refresh” constantly. Post a comment, then walk away for five minutes so that others have a chance…and so that Courtney and I can actually post on the site. :-)
  2. THIS SITE IS NOT TWITTER. Do not post like you are on twitter. You get one warning and then I put you in time out. :-) We need context and content. Believe it or not there are a lot of people who don’t watch the east coast feed of the show, so they don’t know what the hell you’re talking about when you post a comment that says, “Boy, that sucked.”  If you want to say “____ and ____’s dance was not good at all, crappy choreo” that’s fine. That would be context. It is good. :-D  Remember, if you post five one liners in five minutes, you’ve broken rule number 1. ;-)

Lots of fun ppl in the audience like…..RALPH MACCHIOOOOOOOOO !!! (I love him.)

Nice opening dance by the women – Allison and Whitney pretty much rule this style but they were all awesome. :-)

Thought for sure they were gonna call Betsey safe. That they didn’t makes me question whether she actually IS safe.

So, I guess we’re putting four in jeopardy? Lea? That’s just wrong.

Allison is just a BEAST.

Oh. My. God. Derek’s screen test. Best thing I’ve ever seen. And neither he nor Julianne had a clue what was going to be shown.

Okay….The four in jeopardy are:

Michael and Emma

Betsey and Tony

Lea and Artem

Lolo and Keo

And tonight, leaving the ballroom is…..(This was a REAL BOTTOM TWO with Betsey being the other half)

LOLO AND KEO

Courtney’s Pick: Lolo and Keo

Heidi’s Pick: Lolo and Keo

Vogue’s Pick: Lolo and Keo

September 16, 2014 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 19, Week 1 – Dancing by the Numbers!

Well, I have to say that I’m really pleased with the dancing we saw last night. The show as a whole was rather sloppy, but that’s somewhat typical for the first show of the season when it’s jam packed with people.  Anyway, I just loved it. Of course, Derek is my favorite, but I can’t really pick another favorite. Love Jonathan, Sadie, Tommy, Alfonso, Randy, Lea….and of course, Bethany.

For those of you new to this blog, this is the post where I figure out how many votes the various couples need in order to stick around.  The math is fairly simple: you add up the total number of points handed out over the night, divide that total into each couple’s individual score for their percentage of the judges scores. The viewer votes are handed the same way – the total number of votes is divided into a couples votes for a percentage. The two percentages are then added together and the couple with the lowest combined total goes home.

Let’s take a look at the scores and the percentages:

Table 1

Now, as much as I love Sadie, I don’t think she is only 2 points back from Alfonso and 2 points ahead of Bethany and Lea. And she’s certainly not that far ahead of Randy. Nope. But she probably has the weakest fanbase on the show of those who can actually dance, so they might be protecting her a tiny bit. Although I don’t think that’s necessary.

Why? Well, while we have some absurdly high scores for week 1, we also have some really low scores for week 1. And sadly, most were deserved. Personally, I enjoyed Betsey WAY more than Lolo – and I would bet the average viewer agrees with me.  But Betsey is at the bottom.  Here’s what she needs to do to stick around:

Table 2

She only needs, roughly, 5,400 votes per million votes cast in order to stay over Lolo. Call me crazy, but I think she gets those votes. And Lolo kinda did it to herself with the constant talking. I could certainly be wrong, but she took a dance that was hard to watch and turned it into a whole segment that was hard to watch. Thank god for Tom Bergeron. Yikes.  Anyway, I think Betsey gets past Lolo. Good thing, too, because I don’t think she’s going to make it past either Michael or Antonio – Antonio, while somewhat wooden, certainly has his fans. Michael is just adorable and I want him to stay forever. But I feel that way about half the cast right now.

For the sake of argument, let’s say that Betsey is totally safe. What does Lolo have to get in order to also be safe? She needs the following:

Table 3

She needs roughly 8,100 votes per million votes cast in order to beat either Michael or Antonio and honestly, I would be shocked if she got it. I feel very bad for Keo – I don’t want him to go. She needs 13,450 to get past Tommy and I don’t see that happening either.

So, without belaboring the point, I think Lolo goes home. If it’s not Lolo, it will be Betsey – it’s possible that where I saw charming, many saw trainwreck. If there’s a shocker I will do a post results explanation of what I think happened.

One final point, with all the characters in this cast, there are a couple people who need to watch out. Janel is the big one, IMO. All the hype she and Val have been putting out there and I don’t think she lived up to it. Make no mistake – she’s a decent dancer. But she got off easy – they tagged Lea as the ringer when Janel has more recent experience and got off scott free. This pisses me off…but by the end of the show I had forgotten about her. This leads to dangerous, shocking elim territory in coming weeks. Unfortunately, there are a lot of good dancers that could fall in to this trap – Lea, maybe Sadie and possibly Bethany (although with Derek as a partner, she will stand out whether she wants to or not). I love all three of them, but they are going up against Tommy, Randy, Alfonso, Jonathan and Michael?? These guys are not necessarily better dancers but they command the screen. Even if they are not the best dancers, you grow to LOVE them. So watch out, girls – this is a tough season.

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 19 Week ONE!! Let’s discuss tonight’s show!

Hi kids!! Because there is a results show tomorrow night, this isn’t the usual spoiler post. But we thought you still might want someplace to discuss the show as it happens, etc. So here we are. As soon as Courtney gets her power rankings done, she will likely unstick this post from the top of the page and you can move over there to discuss if you like. Unless you’re off the topic of the couples….then you’ll probably want to stay here for a bit. :-) Either way, comment to your hearts contents, as long as you remember the show night rules.

  1. Our server gets totally hosed when people sit at their computer and click “refresh” constantly. Post a comment, then walk away for five minutes so that others have a chance…and so that Courtney and I can actually post on the site. :-)
  2. THIS SITE IS NOT TWITTER. Do not post like you are on twitter. You get one warning and then I put you in time out. :-) We need context and content. Believe it or not there are a lot of people who don’t watch the east coast feed of the show, so they don’t know what the hell you’re talking about when you post a comment that says, “Boy, that sucked.”  If you want to say “____ and ____’s dance was not good at all, crappy choreo” that’s fine. That would be context. It is good. :-D  Remember, if you post five one liners in five minutes, you’ve broken rule number 1. ;-)

My first comment of the night is: dammit, four live streams and a digital interview show?? Are you producers trying to hurt my poor little brain that just wants to watch a pretty dance show with hot boys?? SIMPLIFY people. Simplify. I don’t want to watch all that crap, but since I blog for two sites I feel obligated.

Thoughts so far:

Antonio – wooden

Lea – fantastic

Janel – over rated. They spent how much time on Lea’s experience and none on hers?? Not enough content – mugging at the camera, though.

Of course, TPTB put shipper tweets up on the screen for Val and Janel. And Val has started alluding to it. :::rolls eyes:::

Oh god, lolo.  Screw up and then talk too much.  Thank god for Tom Bergeron. I’m sorry, but the 6’s were generous.

Tony….PROPS ARE BAD. You and Betsey were doing so well up to then!!

Tavis did okay but I think Jules might have gotten into CAI’s crack. :-D

Sadie is soooo cute.

Rick Schroder in the audience…

Michael, I love you. “My onesie gave me a wedgie!”

OMG – I love Tommy Chong. That was amazing. Nice guest appearance by Cheech!!

Holy crap – Randy and Karina!! We got a competition, folks. Between the good dancers and the fun characters? Wow. Tough season.

Great job by Bethany!! And we had that freakin’ song right the first time!!!  Courtney texted me a “DAMMIT”. :-)  Very cute dance….I think she will be a contender if she can loosen up a bit.

Well, this could be a six way race to the trophy with Alfonso leading the way, followed by Randy, Lea, Sadie and Bethany.

Great first show everyone!! Courtney is coming up before too long with the Power Rankings!!

September 15, 2014 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 19 – “What do you mean I’m a ringer??” Update

Introduction

A couple of seasons ago, I created a set of criteria with which to measure the benefits some dancers on DWTS have compared to the other dancers. That is, ringers versus non-ringers. I attempted to be as logical and scientific as possible, although it’s impossible to remove all subjectivity from the issue. But it’s far better than simply saying “so and so isn’t a ringer, IMO”. In your opinion? If your opinion is purely subjective with no effort at logical or rational thought, then what good is it??

No good at all, actually. The original series sprung from an effort to debunk the old, tired and stupid claim that the only reason Derek does well is because he gets all the good partners and no one else gets them. Utter BS, of course. It would be a good idea to read that series before starting this one as I can’t guarantee that I’ll include all the same rationale this second time around and I don’t take well to discussing a subject with someone who is so rude as to not read the blogs. Read more..

September 14, 2014 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 19 – Who’s Dancing What….and When? (Song Spoilers)

Ahhh…here we are again. Who’s dancing what, when and to what song?? We do have song spoilers….but I’m going to make you wait for most of them. :-)

Note…the order listed below is NOT the dance order. As soon as a number (order and phone) appears below a couples name, then you know the order they are dancing in. Even though I suck at guessing dance order, the order below is my guess as to how Monday night will shake out. Also, until you hear the song on Monday night, we have to caution that something could change. And we might have one song reversed with another song. :-) Read more..

September 10, 2014 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 19 – Cast Announcement Live Blog!!

Here we are again with another live blog for an announcement of some kind. This time the cast.  We’re pretty sure we already have the cast and their pros, as you may have seen on a previous post, so this should be just a formality.  Of course, there’s the possibility that one or two are wrong, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. :-)

Okay…let’s watch and see what happens…

See below for the live blog portion. If you missed it all and want to cut to the chase, our spoilers were 100% correct!! Here’s a helpful table to illustrate who’s dancing with who and their heights:

Betsy Johnson 5ft. 4in. 6ft. 1in. Tony
Lolo Jones 5ft. 9in. 6ft. 3in.?? Keo
Sadie Robertson 5ft. 6in. 5ft. 8in Mark
Bethany Mota 5ft. 4in. 5ft. 10in. Derek
Janel Parrish 5ft. 2in. 5ft. 9.5in. Val
Lea Thompson 5ft. 4in. 5ft. 11in. Artem
Antonio Sabato Jr   6ft. 1in. 5ft. 4in. Cheryl
Randy Couture 6ft. 1in 5ft. 5in. Karina
Tommy Chong 6ft. 1in. 5ft. 7in. Peta
Tavis Smiley 6ft. 1in. 5ft. 5in. Sharna
Michael Waltrip 6ft. 5in. 5ft. 5in. Emma
Alfonso Riberio 5ft. 6in. 5ft. 4in. Whitney
Jonathan Bennett  6ft. 2in. 5ft. 3in. Allison

Read more..

September 4, 2014 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. :-)

Mark Ballas Discusses Julianne Hough’s New Judge Role

And he thinks it’s a great idea!  Gee, what a shock. Not.  :-)

Turns out, the pros – in particular, one who was so “wronged” by her – don’t seem all that worked up by Julianne getting hired.  In fact, this particular pro thinks it’s great because she’s actually won the show and is a trained ballroom dancer, unlike two of the other judges on the panel.   Hell, Mark wasn’t even sure if it was a full time job because, unlike some, he has a life. :-)  I can hear it now – “Oh, they’re like family so of course he’s not mad.”  Ya can’t have it both way, folks – he was the recipient of one of Julianne’s supposedly controversial comments and he’s cool.

Perhaps some should take notes of a mature, realistic reaction…. Mark talks to Perez Hilton.

Also – listen to the whole video. Mark says he called the other day to figure out his schedule and the producers haven’t finished pairing celebs with pros yet. So, with the exception of those who might have gotten requested, they selected their professional dancers without them having a partner in mind. This seems very unusual.

August 22, 2014 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. :-)

Tommy Chong “Picked” to be on Dancing with the Stars Season 19?? Real or joke??

Or an attempt to start a real rumor? Who knows with Tommy Chong? :-)  But it’s from his facebook page.  So….is he kidding? Is he high? :-)  I didn’t look through all the comments but the 200 or so that I saw seemed to think it was for real. Who knows?

 

tommy chong

August 19, 2014 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 19, Cast SPECULATION – Colton Smith

So, I saw this this evening and if it weren’t 3 weeks from the cast announcement (also known as just the right time), I would have thought nothing of it. But it is only 3 weeks to the announcement….

Colton Smith UFC

Colton Smith appears to be a mixed martial arts fighter who won UFC 16 – which means most of the pros on this show already know who he is. :-) But he’s really not the caliber of cast member they need to give them ratings similar to last season – at least, I don’t think so.  What do you think? Dancing with the Stars or something like Wipeout??  Survivor?

I had to put it out there just in case. Last time I kept something to myself was when I found out a Pittsburgh Steeler was dancing WEEKS before he was announced or leaked. :-)

August 14, 2014 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. :-)