As we usually do, here are our preliminary polls for this season – just based on first impressions from the cast announcement. As always, if you are just here to bitch, moan, and make snotty remarks about how “we haven’t even seen them dance yet!!!”, then go away – this poll clearly isn’t for you. It’s also not for anyone clinging to the hope that there will be a “surprise 13th couple!” added (FYI: there won’t be). For the rest of us, it’s a fun way to see where the couples stand coming out of the gate – and in previous seasons, it’s often been a decent predictor of who will actually win, or at least who will make the finale. So please, vote – and tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did 🙂
For me, my favorite couple right now is Wanya & Lindsay – felt they really came out strong & confident at the cast announcement, and seemed like one of the few couples that didn’t feel totally awkward. And after Lindsay had such an impressive showing with Alek last season, I’m finding myself really pulling for her.
As for who will win – I think it’s going to come down to Jodie & Antonio, with an outside chance of Ginger if the pimpage continues at the pace it seems to be going. But then again, we’ve never had a season like this before – so someone could totally come from behind and knock the MBT out of any of their hands. It’s definitely not a cut-and-dry season, by any means…
I figured since the old switch post was getting a tad lengthy and redundant, I’d start a new one 🙂 Plus, we now have some adorable pix and banter of switch couples interacting to oogle 😉
I don’t know about you guys, but I am beyond thrilled that Emma got Alek 😀 And they both posted this pic of them catching a flight to Roseburg together last night – both seem pretty stoked to be paired together, and Alek even hashtagged his post with “#sexy” 😉 *raises eyebrows suggestively*
It’s that time again – to see what all of you made of what you saw on GMA this morning and try to predict who will win this season, as well as share with us who your favorite couple is, based on first impressions. DISCLAIMER: if you are just here to bitch & moan about “we haven’t even seen them dance yet!!!”, you are going to get deleted. Had about enough of snooty, holier-than-thou comments lately, and some of us are just here to have fun. You can go be unfun over there…the rest of us are having a party over here. 🙂
Be sure to let us know in the comments how you voted and why!
DWTSGossip dropped this interesting tidbit yesterday:
Which seems to point to Len finally bowing out as head judge, and some new blood being brought in to round out the panel. All signs seem to point to a male judge (not sure I could handle a panel of Carrie Ann “I Score with My Vagina, Not My Brain” Inaba, Bruno the Flamboyant, and Julianne, who can be a bit hit-or-miss), and a lot of folks seem to think it’s Tony – likely because he expressed interest in the position in an interview recently. Others are throwing out Louis & Maks’ names, and yet others are thinking it’s someone different altogether – I fall in the latter, as my gut is telling me that DWTS might borrow from another country’s version of the show and tap Jean Marc Genereaux from Danse avec les Stars in France (and DWTSGossip did mention that he/she had heard that DWTS France “would be involved in some way”). I think there’s also a possibility that DWTS may try to “borrow” one of the ballroom choreographers from SYTYCD (Jean Marc or Tony Meredith fit the bill), or we might see Corky’s name thrown back in the mix. I do think the new judge will likely be someone who specializes in ballroom, though, as Len’s shoes are big ones to fill in terms of ballroom experience.
So assuming all of this is true – who do you guys think the new judge might be, and why? Tell us in the poll and the comments!
They got one season to show us their stuff as a pro – and then we never saw them (as a pro) again. They’re the pros whose tenure on DWTS was woefully short, and for some of them, we wonder if things had been different if they had gotten a different partner, or had a bit more experience, etc. etc. etc. But I keep seeing a few names in particular that seem to pop up in the comments section, and it got me thinking: is it time for TPTB to revisit some of these names as pros again? Let’s hear what you think – which one of these one-and-done pros was your favorite? And which one would you like to see as a pro again?
For me, it was a no-brainer: Sasha. I think the dude’s only shortcoming (no pun intended) is that he’s simply too small in stature to be a suitable partner for the bulk of the female celebs that get cast. After seeing how great of a substitute partner he was to Nastia last season, and how he does whatever is asked of him without complaint – I’m convinced that we could see AMAZING things out of Sasha as a pro, if they would only give him another shot. I hear the Olsen twins are short…and not really up to much these days 😉
Oddly enough, the other pro I found myself curious about was Anna Demidova – I remember that she actually was quite good with Michael Irvin, and seemed to be a teacher that was very good at communicating with and motivating her partner. Found myself thinking of Gleb, too – he may not have really shined terribly brightly with Lisa, but once he moved over to DWTS Russia I think he really hit a nice stride. Would he be able to hang with our pros, though? Who knows…
So I was eating my lunch outside today (since it was the first day in quite some time that wasn’t rainy) with some coworkers, when the topic of my favorite DWTS contestant of all-time, Alfonso Ribeiro, came up. We had been talking about the celebrity golf tournament he was in this past weekend (Vogue reported on it here, if you haven’t seen it yet), and the fact that he did the Carlton, and I think I said “He’s probably the best male dancer they’ve ever had on the show!” To which another coworker replied “Nah, Corbin Bleu was the best dancer they’ve ever had on the show!” And of course, a debate commenced over who was the better technician, who was the better entertainer, who was more athletic, etc. etc. etc. We ended up agreeing to disagree, but it got me thinking: really & truly, out of the 20 seasons we’ve had – who is the best guy we’ve seen, and who’s the best girl?
I did a bit of a snap poll on Twitter, but I figured “Why not make it a bit more official?” and do an actual poll here? So below, I picked the most likely candidates for who would likely qualify for “best dancer” on DWTS – most would probably fall under the “ringer” category, but that’s kind of expected when we’re voting on dance skills alone. Keep in mind that it’s not about popularity, or how well-known they were when they did the show – just dance skills & presentation, period; and independent of any previous training they might have had – so no “Well so-and-so was better because they had no previous experience and were great and that’s what DWTS is all about!!!” Strictly voting on dance skills/showmanship alone, kids.
Obviously, I voted for Alfonso for the men – I think he was the most consistent of all the male ringers we’ve had, and also the best showman; I also think part of his appeal was that he was a really organic, natural mover that seemed to really get into the pocket of whatever dance was thrown his way, even if he had no previous experience with it. While I agreed with my coworker that Corbin was more athletic and likely had more refined technique than Alfonso, I think he wasn’t as much of a natural as Alfonso and had to work harder to appear at ease with the movement of some of the dances – which didn’t always work, and made him a lot less consistent throughout his season.
For the ladies, it wasn’t as cut-and-dry for me – my knee-jerk answer was Nicole, but then I remembered she had some ups-and-downs and some dances that she wasn’t naturally good at (her first rumba and her samba come to mind); then I thought of Meryl, but while her technique was usually flawless, I remember thinking she sometimes lacked in the showmanship department, and could be a timid mover at times. Then I thought of Kristi Yamaguchi, who was a strong dancer AND entertainer, but I remember thinking that she seemed to always have that skater’s “perma-smile” that made her look a tad cheesy at times. As surprising as this may be for some of you, I actually ended up picking Zendaya as the best female dancer we’ve seen on the show – for a lot of the same reasons I picked Alfonso: she was consistent, she was a showman, and she was a very NATURAL mover. Granted, I thought Val failed her in the choreography department on multiple occasions (which may have eventually prevented her from winning, I think), and I didn’t love every single dance; but I do think she probably had the best skill set to work with, and seemed the most comfortable out on the floor.
So what do YOU guys think? Vote in the polls below, and then tell us how you voted & why 🙂
Here it is – our seasonal “first impressions” poll 🙂 Based on the results of previous seasons’ polls, our readers are often pretty accurate in predicting finalists and winners – last year, the top 4 in the “who will win?” poll ended up being the four finalists (but not in the right order). Please, spare me if you’re of the “but we haven’t even seen them dance yet!” group that doesn’t even think we should be voting – this is strictly on first impressions, without dance experience factoring in. Don’t like it? Don’t vote. Easy. 🙂
I went ahead and included Chris Soules & Witney in the poll – Tom was anything but subtle when hinting about Witney’s partner. 🙂 And if you need a refresher, here’s the link to the cast announcement live blog.
Did you approve of Kevin Hart’s judging last night? VOTE in our new Poll and let us know what you think and how you voted in comments.
My thoughts: I thought Kevin was fantastic. What I love about the guest judges is that they judge on the “entertainment” factor much like we would do. I think it’s nice to have a perspective like that added to the judges panel just to cover all bases since this competition is not always about ‘technique”. He was so funny and entertaining too. I love how he screamed out the scores in his own way too. Hilarious.
Now that all of the pairings have been verified, we want your initial thoughts: who’s your early favorite, and who’s the early favorite to win? Yes, we’re aware that we “haven’t even seen them dance yet!”, but considering that there’s so much more to success on DWTS than how well a couple dances, does it really matter? We just wanna know your first impressions 🙂 And sometimes, they’re pretty spot-on – just look at the results of last season’s preliminary poll.
Ok, you’ve made your selections in our first round in the “Battle of the 3rd Place Finishers! Laila Ali & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas, Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy won! Now it’s time to VOTE and determine who is the final winning couple from the three! VOTE in the new poll below and then let us know who you voted for in comments. Thanks All!!