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Dance of the Day… Let’s RUMBA!!

We did it! We completed our quest to review our 12 DWTS Champions, so for now, we’re moving on to other things, and we will revisit our Champions shortly. Meanwhile, you can check back on past Dance of the Day posts, and watch the 12 during their Week 1 nerves and jitters.

Season 1 Kelly Monaco and Season 2 Drew Lachey
Season 3 Emmitt Smith and Season 4 Apolo Anton Ohno
Season 5 Helio Castroneves and Season 6 Kristi Yamaguchi
Season 7 Brooke Burke and Season 8 Shawn Johnson
Season 9 Donny Osmond and Season 10 Nicole Scherzinger
Season 11 Jennifer Grey and Season 12 Hines Ward
Here’s your LAST CHANCE to vote from this round, we will be closing the polls SHORTLY, and I’m currently trying to figure out how to do the next round while we review our Champions. While that is happening….

I picked the Rumba first. I went through the responses I got from my Plea For Help, and emails that I’ve gotten (Emailing off this page won’t go directly to me, but it will get to me eventually, don’t worry!) and am picking 3 at random… And there are PLENTY more, for more posts in the future. So if you don’t see your favorite now, DON’T WORRY! Keep coming back, and eventually, we (hopefully) will see it!

First up is……………….

OLYMPIC SNOWBOARDER, LOUIE VITO AND HIS PROFESSIONAL PARTNER, CHELSIE HIGHTOWER!

From Season 9, Week 3, here’s Louie and Chelsie’s Rumba to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. It received an 8, 5, 7 for a total of 20 points.

Second up is…..

ACTOR AND EVENTUAL EXTRA TV NEWSMAN, MARIO LOPEZ AND HIS PROFESSIONAL PARTNER, KARINA SMIRNOFF!

From Season 3, Week 5, here’s Mario and Karina’s Rumba to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Michael Buble. I know there’s an accent on the e, but I am not sure how to make them on my computer. It received a 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27 points.

Third up is……

SINGER AND PUSSYCAT DOLL NICOLE SCHERZINGER AND HER PROFESSIONAL PARTNER, DEREK HOUGH!

From Season 10 Week 4, here’s Nicole and Derek’s Rumba to “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” They also did a rumba in week 10, which was their Redemption Dance, instead of watching that one now, I chose to save it for another time. Each dance on this week of competition during Season 10 got 2 sets of scores. For Technical, it got 9, 8, 8 for 25 points. For Performance, it got 8, 8, 9 for a total of 25. The score for the night was 50 out of 60 points.

So…. Sound off in the comments. Which of these 3 rumbas was your favorite?

July 8, 2011 I Written By

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Dance of the Day…. Let’s compare Jennifer and Hines!

Can you believe that after this, we’ll have gone back and watched the first week of all 12 of our Champions? If you missed them, you can click right here and you’ll find the links for all of the posts. Each of the posts has a poll, you can still go and vote!

I know it’s not the most ideal thing, to compare 2 people doing different dances, but each of these are the first impressions that we got of them, in their seasons. Instead of comparing dances, we’re really comparing our first impressions of them.

As I said, this is the last of our Champions First Impressions. I do have plans to come back to our Champions, just because I am having fun. We’re going to claim a “winner” of all of our polls, and we’ll see how the winners progressed, by re-watching their Week 5 dances. Again, the dances might not match up, that they’re doing the same, but it will all be partway through their seasons, so we should be able to see some progress since their first week dance.

Season 11 brought us Jennifer Grey with her professional partner, Derek Hough. Jennifer was automatically labeled as the Ringer of the Season, since she had been in the movie, “Dirty Dancing,” which had been filmed her professional partner’s entire lifetime before. Before her season, Jennifer suffered from many health problems, the most immediate was 2 or 3 surgeries to get her healthy enough to compete. And I know that people got tired of having the producers “harp” on her constant health issues while they were competing, but I do think that she, and Derek, probably dealt with more health issues during the season, than any other competitor.

JENNIFER GREY AND DEREK HOUGH SEASON 11 WEEK 1

They danced a Viennese Waltz to These Arms of Mine

Hines Ward was our Season 12 Champion, and I won’t spend much time on him, since he’s our reigning champion, and he’s still fresh in our minds. My husband is a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, he’s been cheering them on since he was a young boy. When we got married, he still had an (empty) can of Steelers Beer, with a photo of the team, including Terry Bradshaw. So… You know who he was rooting for to win… And he did surprise me with his smiles, and charms, and grace. Hines and Kym’s win gave Kym a record among ALL of the DWTS shows, world wide. She is (I am pretty sure) the SECOND Professional to earn 3 trophies, and the ONLY Professional to win DWTS in 2 different countries! Yes, she was a Champion on DWTS in her native Australia, before she came to our show, and she’s won with Donny, and Hines gave her the 3rd trophy (but only the 2nd on our show).

HINES WARD AND KYM JOHNSON SEASON 12 WEEK 1

They danced a cha cha cha to Club Can’t Handle Me by Flo Rida

Which one made a better first impression for you, Jennifer or Hines?

July 3, 2011 I Written By

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Dance of the Day… I need your help!!!

Here’s the thing… I have a lot of kids, and they’re all home from school for the summer. Silly me, thinking that I would have more computer time while they are out of school, and it’s not that way. Today (Tuesday 6/28/11) is Day 2 of Summer Vacation, and I don’t think I’ve really sat down much at all yet. School doesn’t start until September 7th.

In other words, it is going to take me time to go through you tube and looking for dances we want to see again, and again, and again, and again….. And, I simply don’t have it. Pretty soon, we’re going to be done watching all of our Champions dance their first time, and I do have plans to work us down to our one “favorite”… But I also want to revisit other things, and that’s where I need your help. I know it is going to take me some time to go through suggestions, and to post.

So, in order to help me with future Dance of the Day posts, please answer the following questions in the comments….

1.) What is your favorite Rumba/Bolero?

2.) What is your favorite Quickstep/Charleston?

3.) What is your favorite Waltz/Viennese Waltz?

4.) What is your favorite Tango/Argentine Tango?

5.) What is your favorite jive/jitterbug/or another similar dance? Please be specific, since I am not totally adept at dance names…

6.) What is your favorite Salsa/Samba/Mambo?

7.) What would you like to see in this feature?

8.) I know I’m missing anything, feel free to add….

June 30, 2011 I Written By

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Dance of the Day… Let’s compare Donny and Nicole!

It’s definitely getting more difficult in choosing my favorites! It’s been said over the seasons, that the quality of the dancing has been improving, as the seasons go on, and I am seeing that! What do you think? We’re almost done, and shortly, we’ll move on to compare other things, and then come back to this. I want everyone time to watch and vote for their favorites, so when we get through the 12 seasons, we’ll come back to finish. Meanwhile, if you’ve not watched and voted for your favorites, here’s what we’re doing…

We are watching our DWTS Champions on their first week’s dancing, and comparing our first impressions of them. So far, we’ve seen Kelly Monaco and Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith and Apolo Anton Ohno, Helio Castroneves and Kristi Yamaguchi, and Brooke Burke and Shawn Johnson. Today, we will see Donny Osmond and Nicole Scherzinger, and then following, Jennifer Grey and Hines Ward.

When we’re done, I’ll move on for a time to allow people to vote in the above polls, and we can compare rumbas and foxtrots before coming back to here. We’ll take the 6 poll winners, and put them against each other, in 2 groups of 3, and we will watch their Week 5 dances. Then we’ll take the winner of each of those, and they’ll battle it out with their Freestyles! When I announce the winners, we’ll see some randomly selected dances that we’ve not reviewed yet. Does that make sense?

Anyway, onward we go! DONNY VS NICOLE!!!

Season 9 brought us Donny Osmond with his professional partner, Kym Johnson. Donny’s sister, Marie, was a contestant on Season 5, and she made it to 3rd place, and had the infamous doll dance. I had thought about using it on a day we were rewatching dances we didn’t want to relive, but instead, if you want to see it, just click the link. Donny had a show in Vegas with his sister, while he was also training and competing on DWTS.

DONNY AND KYM SEASON 9 WEEK 1, Foxtrot to All That Jazz.

Nicole Scherzinger came to us during a Season which brought us several competitors who all had the ability to win…. If they weren’t all competing against each other. However, her biggest competitor was herself, as she was the ultimate perfectionist. Tom has a great line, after the critiquing of Nicole and Derek, about parallel universes…. You’ll hear it when you watch. Bruno and Carrie Ann gave glowing critiques, while Len sat and picked it apart, showing the flaws…. I do think some critique is necessary, so that the celebrity can grow as a dancer, but couching it so that it doesn’t come across like they are a terrible dancer is important… But, Len obviously saw Nicole’s potential, and decided to make her work toward that.

NICOLE AND DEREK SEASON 10 WEEK 1, Viennese Waltz to Hold You In My Arms by Ray LaMontagne

So, which Week 1 dance did you like better? Donny or Nicole?

June 28, 2011 I Written By

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Dance of the Day…. Let’s compare Brooke and Shawn!

I want to apologize, I’m getting this off and posted much later than I meant to. I am finding it a LOT more difficult to sit down and do stuff I want to do, now that the kids are on Summer Vacation. I’ve got a bunch, at several different levels, and this past week was their last week, and unfortunately, my most hectic. I was hoping them NOT having school would mean I could have more time for here, but it’s starting to look less likely.

And when I am looking for videos for this feature, I search for what I’m looking for, and in the list, I do look for one specific user name, and will choose that one first. If I don’t see that one specific person, I will choose the one with the most time listed.

We’re already at the halfway point of our journey, to compare our 12 DWTS Champions on their very first week of competition, in their respective Seasons. We’ve seen Kelly and Alec VS Drew and Cheryl, and Emmitt and Cheryl VS Apolo and Julianne, and Helio and Julianne VS Kristi and Mark. If you’ve not watched and voted for your favorites for the first half of our Champions, click, watch, and vote!

Now, we’re up to Season 7 VS Season 8!

Our Season 7 Champ is Brooke Burke, with her professional partner, Derek Hough. Brooke eventually returned to the ballroom, in Season 10, replacing DWTS hostess and foil for Tom, Samantha Harris.

Our Season 8 Champ is Shawn Johnson, with her professional partner, Mark Ballas. Shawn was our youngest competitor ever on the show, being all of 17 years old when she competed. And, she was fresh from the Olympics! She and Gilles Marini battled it out as the Final 2, and at the winners announcement, he said that they had the smallest difference ever, between the top 2.

Which one do you prefer, Brooke or Shawn?

June 26, 2011 I Written By

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Former DWTS Pro Julianne Hough is a Busy Bee!

I’m trying to figure how to write this, and where do I start? Since she left DWTS, shes been extremely busy, and lately, it seems like things are going fast and furious for her.

Currently, she’s busy shooting a movie, like her brother Derek. She’s in Miami, and will be working until sometime in August, and Derek’s in Toronto, and could be wrapping up shortly! When Julianne finishes filming this movie, she’ll be gearing up to promote her second movie, Footloose, which will be in theatres on October 14th. And the first trailer is out…. NOW!!!! Julianne plays Ariel Moore, the preacher’s daughter. And other than that, I have no words…. Just watch the trailer…

Monday, though, she was in New York City for a very worthy cause, to raise awareness of therapy dogs, and helped to kick off the first ever American Hero Dog awards voting. She was fortunate enough to perform an acoustic concert for some Military Vets, and meet with the wonderful therapy dogs that were there. And there was quite a bit of press at the event, and they didn’t just talk with her about the reason she came. She answered questions about co-star Tom Cruise, her relationship and why it works so well, her own dogs, Lexi and Harley, what she took from the Harry Potter set that she wasn’t supposed to take with her….  You can read those HERE or HERE or HERE. The last one has a video, click to go see it. If you want any more information about those topics, you’ll have to click and read for yourself, because they don’t really have to do with DWTS, and I don’t want to waste too much space here. :)

More importantly, she was asked if she was ever going to return to Dancing with the Stars, and she said…

Can fans expect her to return to the ballroom on Dancing With the Stars?
“You never know — maybe. I would love to go back to one of the results shows where they bring back people to dance and maybe get to dance with my brother again. I’m dancing here and there. It’s hard because my path has changed a little bit, but I dance a little bit in Rock of Ages, so I’m still rockin’ and rollin’.”

Here’s a video that explains a little bit about the Hero Dog Awards. I know it’s not DWTS related, but it’s a good cause, I think. Every vote will help therapy dogs. And just click here if you want more info.

Heidi’s Note: Since we’re talking Houghs, I must add this picture, because I love it so much. :-)

June 22, 2011 I Written By

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Dance of the Day… Let’s compare Helio and Kristi!

Ah, Memories!!! One thing that I’ve noticed while watching older seasons of DWTS, is how much the JUDGES have changed! Or, NOT! They seem like the same people we see now on the judging panel, only….. Not as much! It’s like as the season passed, they’ve all become stronger versions of themselves, so that they can have the spotlight on them…. (Heidi’s Note: I’m still working on the series discussing the Judges and their “growth” or “devolution”, depending on your perspective, and Season 7 will be posted soon. Season 5 and Season 6 were posted during the last hiatus, if you want to catch up.)

We’ve been taking the time, and revisiting our twelve DWTS Champions on their first week of their Seasons. These were our first impressions that we had of them, and we’re comparing them, two at a time. Once we get through all 12 seasons, I’ve got a couple ideas rolling around inside my head. First, we saw Season 1’s Kelly Monaco and Season 2’s Drew Lachey, and you can see that post here. Next, we saw Season 3’s Emmitt Smith and Season 4’s Apolo Anton Ohno, and you can see that post here.

Onward we move and today we get to revisit our first impressions of Season 5’s Helio Castroneves, and Season 6’s Kristy Yamaguchi.

Helio’s professional partner for Season 5 was Julianne Hough, who had also won the previous season with Apolo Anton Ohno. He was the third athlete in a row to win DWTS, following Emmitt and Apolo. He’s the only race car driver that’s competed on DWTS, and had won the Indianapolis 500 twice at the time he competed. Since then, he’s added another Indy 500 win!

Kristy’s professional partner for Season 6 was Mark Ballas. She is an Olympic Gold Medalist in Women’s Figure Skating, and was one of those contestants where I was sure couldn’t be the age she said she was, she had to be younger. Yet, grow up she did, with a wonderful Professional Hockey player-husband, and the sweetest little kids….

HELIO CASTRONEVES AND JULIANNE HOUGH Season 5 Week 1. They danced a foxtrot to the TV Theme to Bewitched. This is the season where Samantha Harris took a few weeks off at the beginning of the season to bring her first daughter into the world, Drew Lachey took over guest host duties during her (way too brief) maternity leave.

KRISTI YAMAGUCHI AND MARK BALLAS Season 6 Week 1. I must apologize, because I’ve been misspelling her name, and I’m too lazy to go back and correct them all… Normally, misspelling names really bothers me. They danced a foxtrot, and the song isn’t in the info… (Heidi’s Note: Michael Buble’s “The More I See You” according to Wiki)

June 21, 2011 I Written By

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Dance of the Day…. Let’s compare Emmitt and Apolo!

So, we’re going to continue comparing our Dancing of the Stars Champions, pitting two of them against the other using the first dance they did. We have 12 seasons, so we have a few more days (at least, haha). So last, we had Season 1 champ Kelly vs Season 2 champ Drew which you can see here. You can continue to vote which dance you prefer, Kelly or Drew.

Today, we will turn our attention to Season 3 Champ Emmitt Smith and Season 4 Champ Apolo Anton Ohno. Upcoming will see Helio vs Kristy, Brooke vs Shawn, Donny vs Nicole, Jennifer vs Hines. And at the end of our Champion Comparisons, I’m thinking of creating one mega post, pitting the 6 winners against each other using their Week 5 dance. Ultimately, only one can be DOD Champion, and we’ll post the final winner’s Freestyle. I could make this series go longer, but I do want to begin to focus on other things to feature in our Dance of the Day, such as favorite rumbas or quickstep or theme dance, randomly chosen, or dances requested in the comments.

It’s Emmitt and Apolo Day!!

SEASON 3: Emmitt Smith is a football player, and Carrie Ann’s original “Twinkle Toes.” His professional partner was Cheryl Burke, in her second season on the show. Season 3 was the first season I saw, and I’ve been hooked on the show since. Emmitt’s win made Cheryl the FIRST Professional dancer on DWTS to have 2 wins, and the first back to back winner.

SEASON 4: Apolo Anton Ohno is a speed skater, and a multiple Olympic gold medal winner. At the time he competed in DWTS, he was also actively training and racing in World Class speed skating, and he had to fit training for DWTS into his already hectic schedule for his speed skating. His professional partner was Julianne Hough in her first season of the show, she was 18 years old, the youngest professional dancer on the show. (She still holds that title, since Chelsie Hightower was 19 yo when she started on the show)

Without further ado, here’s our Champions in their first week

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke performed a cha cha on Week 1 to “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield.

Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough performed a cha cha on Week 1 to “Let’s Hear It For the Boy” by Deniece Williams

Again, we’ll take a Poll… Which dance did you prefer, Emmitt or Apolo? Tell us why in the comments!

June 18, 2011 I Written By

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Another DWTS Pro Branches Out….Lacey Schwimmer

I really think that if the Producers want to keep the Pros we still have, they need to figure out how to allow them time to grow and to grow, and expand, and to pursue their careers in directions other than simply Dancing With The Stars.

One by one, or more than one by one, we find the Pros branching out, and expanding, and going in more directions.

We know Julianne Hough…. She went into Country Music, released one album, and has another album completely finished, and ready for when she has time to devote to promote it the way it should be. Meanwhile, she had a (minor) part in Burlesque, is the lead Ariel in Footloose, which will be released in October, and is currently working on filming Rock of Ages, where she is playing the lead of Sherrie.

And, we know that Derek Hough also went into music, he and Mark had their band, Ballas Hough Band, which produced an album. Due to circumstances I don’t know and won’t talk about here, things didn’t seem to work out with the band. And, Derek focused on dance and choreography, and has been featured in (and choreographed) more than one music video or dance for TV, recently for his former gf, Cheryl Cole.
And, Derek was absent for Season 12, since he was preparing for, and filming, his feature film. He has the LEAD MALE ROLE of Donny in the Musical/Dance film Cobu 3D.

As I mentioned, Mark Ballas began the band, Ballas Hough Band with Derek, but the way things worked, Mark ended up focusing on his solo music career, and he is serious about it. His album is called HurtLoveBox, and is out NOW.

We have pros, like Tony, who have been in movies (some pretty recently, but i don’t have more information at this time). We have pros such as Maks and Cheryl who have opened studios. And Tony has joined Maks as a partner. We have several pros who have released exercise DVDs. We have professional choreographers who have choreographed Ballroom With A Twist, and SYTYCD, and shows on Vegas, and…. And, we have at least one author in the group!

Lacey Schwimmer is the latest one to add her name into the MUSICIAN bracket, her first single, Love Soundz, will be released on June 21 on iTunes, and was debuted on June 16th on Ryan Seacrests radio show.

While she wasn’t ON the show, he did talk about the conversation he had with her, which led me to make the further realization that Julianne (who happens to be friends with Lacey) will never be back…. Ryan asked his favorite question that he loves to ask those who visit his radio show from DWTS. I think he needs to trust his girlfriend.

The full text, and the audio of Lacey’s song, can be found here.

Here’s some of what she says…

    Lacey says “Singing has been her other musical passion since she was a kid and it’s ‘crazy’ that she is finally getting a chance to do both.”

    Now, more importantly were there any hook ups on “Dancing with The Stars” that Lacey could reveal to us? Lacey confirmed that there were a few secret liaisons that she knew about.

    “It’s hard not to get it on with all that bumpin’ n’ grindin’ 24/7″ Lacey explained, but didn’t say who “Because I don’t want to get in any trouble.”

Click the link above to listen to Lacey’s new song. Personally, I don’t care for it, and I am trying to keep an open mind about it, but I can’t. It feels very processed, and canned…. And, the song itself? My kids range in age from almost 7yo, to 20yo, and I don’t think I want my kids to listen to it. I know my oldest won’t listen to it, since he is into different music, but this is one song i WON’T be guiding my 17yo daughter toward. And as a person, I do like Lacey.

June 17, 2011 I Written By

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Dance of the Day… Let’s compare Kelly and Drew

I’m taking an idea from the comments, and trying to figure this out as I go. I am going to be honest and say that I am deciding how these posts will go, as I make them, and will use ideas and dances you want to see again, when they fit the post.

For now, let’s compare the Champions of each season, using their FIRST dance, and their first impression on the show.

Season 1 Champion is KELLY MONACO, with her professional partner, ALEC MAZO. They danced a Waltz to “I Have Nothing” I Have Nothing - The Bodyguard (Original Soundtrack Album) by Whitney Houston.

Season 2 Champion is DREW LACHEY, with his professional partner, CHERYL BURKE. They danced a Cha-Cha, and I don’t have the song, so if you can place it, PLEASE tell us in the comments to the song “She Bangs” She Bangs (English Version) - Sound Loaded by Ricky Martin.

Let’s take a POLL! Which dance do you prefer, and why? Answer in the comments.

June 16, 2011 I Written By

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