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DWTS Season 12, Week 8 – Who’s Dancing What?

I dropped the “and what” off the title because most of the blabbermouths are off the show and even those who have talked in the past have been keeping the dance order quiet.  It’s very annoying. :-)

Eight different dances, five couples. I’m sure to SOMEONE that makes perfect sense. :::rolls eyes::: Here’s what I’ve gleaned:

Ralph and Karina - V. Waltz and Instant Cha Cha
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.08

Chelsea and Mark - Waltz and Instant Salsa
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.01

Kirstie and Maks - Argentine Tango, Instant Salsa
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.11

Romeo and Chelsie - Tango and Instant Salsa
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.05

Hines and Kym - Foxtrot and Instant Jive
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.03

Okay, this seems patently unfair to me – they have Hines and Ralph doing two completely different dances to everyone else for the instant dance. The Instant Jive??? Are you kidding me?? I will predict right now that Chelsea moves to the top of the leaderboard because the two best men are just hosed. Why not give EVERYONE Salsa?? Why? Unless you want to screw over the top 2 men. By the same token, though, I think those two men will do better with their V.Waltz and Foxtrot than Chelsea will with her Slow Waltz, but still. I find this highly annoying. No one has done Salsa yet so there is no excuse not to give that dance to everyone. Especially since everyone has a different dance in the regular round. This just feels like tinkering to me.

I am highly annoyed. But I will post these pics from last night anyway. :-)

May 8, 2011 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: Midseason 2010-11 TV Ratings – Dancing With The Stars 9th!

The Midseason TV Show Ratings have been announced! According to EW, Dancing With The Stars rates at #9!! Below is the Top 30! Be sure to view the link to see which other TV shows made the Top 50 (and bottom 50). Special Note (as Heidi just wrote me): DWTS hasn’t aired since November and that affects it’s standings in the midseason ratings and why it might not be rated even higher. All of the other shows listed have aired since November, so they benefit by the lack of DWTS. American Idol didn’t air at the same time as Dancing With The Stars, but, it probably has artificially high numbers due to the curiosity factor.

1. American Idol Wednesday (Fox, 9.9 rating/26 share)

2. American Idol Thursday (Fox, 8.2/22)

3. NFL Sunday Football (NBC, 8.0/20)

4. NFL Sunday Pre-kick (NBC, 5.6/15)

5. Modern Family (ABC, 5.0/13)

6. Overtime (Fox, 4.6/14)

7. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 4.6/12)

8. Two and A Half Men (CBS, 4.6/11)

9. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, 4.6/11)

10. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 4.5/13)

11. NCIS (CBS, 4.3/12)

12. Survivor: Nicaragua (CBS, 4.3/12)

13. The Office (NBC, 4.1/10)

14. Family Guy (Fox, 4.1/10)

15. Desperate Housewives (ABC, 4.1/9)

16. Glee (excludes special post-Super Bowl episode, Fox, 4.0/11)

17. Dancing with the Stars results (ABC, 4.0/10)

18. Criminal Minds (CBS, 3.9/10)

19. House (Fox, 3.9/10)

20. Football Night in America (NBC, 3.8/11)

21. The Amazing Race 17 (CBS, 3.8/9)

22. NCIS: LA (CBS, 3.8/10)

23. The Simpsons (Fox, 3.8/10)

24. How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 3.7/10)

25. Mr. Sunshine (ABC, 3.7/10)

26. Mike Molly (CBS, 3.7/9)

27. Undercover Boss (CBS, 3.7/9)

28. The Biggest Loser (NBC, 3.4/9)

29. Hawaii 5-0 (CBS, 3.4/9)

30. Cougar Town (ABC, 3.4/9)

So, do you see any of your favorite shows? Any surprises or disappointments? I was glad to see Hawaii Five-O make the Top 30. I was also glad to see Glee in the Top 10. I love that show (next to Dancing With The Stars” of course ;) )! House is one of my favorite shows as well.

February 21, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS – ‘Naked Mom’ Brooke Burke’s Book Promotion: Good Morning America & Ryan Seacrest

Brooke has been out and about promoting her new book, “Naked Mom“. This morning she was on Good Morning America. She discussed her book some of which includes her experiences with “Dancing With The Stars”. There is a spot in the interview where she talks about Florence Henderson and what she learned from her last Season. She also talks on Derek and what they went through to win the Mirror Ball Trophy and counseling was one thing. More below.

Here she is on Ryan Seacrest as well;

I also just ran onto an interview with Brooke at Amazon (where you can order a copy if interested). Here is a take.

Teresa: Which DWTS judge would you like to see naked? And which judge would most appreciate a great read?

Brooke: Bruno, because regardless, he’ll make you laugh; he’ll perform for you and he’s full of personality to keep you interested! Len would not only appreciate a great read, but I think he’d make a great read. I’d love to hear Len’s story.

Teresa: You sell post-pregnancy belly wraps. Are those made with lavash or tortilla? I’m hungry!

Brooke: Trust me, you wouldn’t want to eat your way to the middle! Remember how yucky you felt right after birth, all that extra baggy baby skin! Don’t we give enough as mothers–why do they take our bods too! Tauts is a compression garment that helps your tummy get back in shape fast!

Teresa: If I had won the coveted Dancing With the Stars mirror ball trophy and I looked like you, I would stare at the trophy and thus myself all day. Where do you keep that thing?

Brooke: No, you wouldn’t! It’s too painful to remember all the pulled and torn muscles…I keep it in my closet; not hiding, on my vanity. It used to rotate through my girls’ rooms. Everyone who visits wants a pic with it, not ME!

Not sure what to make about her trophy comment? Could you put a Mirror Ball trophy in the closet? :| Loved her comments about Len and Bruno though. lol
Heidi’s Comment: Dude, please. When Brooke Burke talks about her closet she is likely talking about a room twice as large as my bedroom in my condo. It’s not like it’s hidden on a shelf somewhere.

February 1, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Pure DWTS News Updates – Carrie Anne, Derek, Maks, Mark, Tony & More!!!

What have we got here? First, ABC has approved a new drama series called “Grace” which will premiere in May. Carrie Ann is said to be one of the master minds behind the new one hour show. Here is a take from EW.

The second one is dubbed Grace, a one-hour from Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy) and Carrie Ann Inaba (yep, that Inaba from Dancing with the Stars) that focuses on a dysfunctional family set in the world of professional dance. We trust it will boast a generous sequin budget and, with any luck, a cameo or two by Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

I don’t know about you, but this is sounding very cool to me so far.

This past Wednesday night Derek and Julianne showed up together for the Bvlgari Private Event honoring Simon Fuller And Paul Haggis benefitting “Save The Children” And “Artists For Peace And Justice“. You can see them below. More pictures >>> HERE. Thanks to Heidi and Pure Derek Hough for this news.

Speaking of, Maks has set himself up for some teasing when he sees Derek next time. Read what Derek told Mark Malkim of E Online at the benefit. lol

“I’m going to give him hell when I see him,” says fellow pro dancer Derek Hough.

Why? Because, as you may have heard, Maksim is the new Bachelor—in the Ukraine…

“I’m not going to lie,” Hough told me last night at the Bulgari benefit for Save the Children and Artists for Peace and Justice. “When I first found out, I was very surprised and kind of found it funny.

“Well, not funny, but I know Maks,” he continued. “It was like, ‘You’re going to do the Bachelor? And in the Ukraine?’ ”

Hough said he hopes Chmerkovskiy, who was once engaged to DWTS’ Karina Smirnoff, does find love in his native country. “But when I see him,” he laughed, “I’m going to be like, ‘Dude, you and [former Bachelor and DWTS celeb competitor] Jake Pavelka are in the same club now! Is there a clubhouse you go to? Do you have like Bachelor jackets, too?’ “

As most of you know, Tony is a judge for Miss America which is airing Saturday night on ABC (not last Saturday night like I made a mistake in telling you last week.). In a news conference, Tony talks about the first Miss America he saw crowned and what his life was like when he was younger in Yugoslavia (I didn’t realize he lost so much family when he was young. :( ).

Dovolani was a pre-teen Albanian when he began watching the Miss America broadcasts in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo of the former Yugoslavia.

When Miss America was crowned, “I thought she was like Mother Teresa,” said Dovolani. Mother Teresa, the Catholic nun who won the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize for her work with slum children in India, was part Albanian and part Indian. She died at age 87 in 1997.

Dovolani was 12 and took part in armed defense efforts when Serbs began the expulsion of more than 100,000 Albanians in Pristina in the 1980s.

“They were trying to take away our language,” said Dovolani, who was 16 and carrying a machine gun the day his family fled for Italy.

Thirty-six of his relatives died during the conflict: “17 young adults, and the rest were women and children,” he said.

Dovolani, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in the last year, said he was honored when asked to serve as a Miss America judge.

With the promotion of his new album this week, Mark gave The Day an interview on the phone. He discusses his new music and his dancing. Here is a little take from that interview. There is much more at the link.

On the first day of rehearsal, Bristol Palin couldn’t even walk in high heels. So how did Ballas get someone who was starting at ground zero to improve?

“Lots of hard work and patience and communication and making it fun. You can’t make this unenjoyable for someone who’s never done it. You have to take care of them and make sure they’re having a great time. We got along really well, and I love her to death, she’s awesome. She’a great person.”

The “Dancing with the Stars” pros have to work with celebs who possess a wide range of experience and abilities, so choreographing requires an ability to analyze and adjust:

“Well, you have to kind of see what feels natural to them, what they don’t look awkward doing, too. Everything kind of comes in groups, so there’s rhythm groups, turning groups, moving groups. Bristol looked great when she was moving – like in tango, she could cover a lot of ground, and in paso, she could cover a lot of ground. We would never do anything that was too, you know, turny, just because that wasn’t something that she took to as easily as everything else. She had a great sense of timing, and she would retain really well. You have to see what looks good on them and what looks awkward and just try to avoid anything awkward.”

While on his promotional tour, Mark also stopped at Howland Middle School in Howland, Ohio to talk to the students there about ‘achieving their dreams’. With the spotlight being “teen bullying” here is what WYTV reports.

“When I was younger, I used to get a little stick at school because I was a dancer, but it never stopped me,” said Ballas. “I think it’s important that kids believe and enjoy what they do without having to constantly look over their shoulder, know what I mean?”

Ok, that is all for now. Have a safe and super weekend out there!!! If you haven’t done so yet, please take a look at the serious contenders for the upcoming season in the new posts below. Lorenzo Lamas? *fans self and passes out anyway* :)

January 15, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Awards: Controversy and Disappointing Elimination Awards

Which controversy caused the biggest stir on DWTS season 11?

Other Answers:
brandy eliminated instead of Bristol 1
brandy’s elimination 1
Brandy 1
maks in general 1
the haters of the palins causing such a vicious scene 1
Jennifer’s continued presence 1
Terribe treatment of Bristol Palin and Mark 1
BRANDY’S ELIMINATION 1

Heidi: LOL – someone wrote “maks in general”??? That’s hilarious. And it wasn’t me. :-) I see we have two people upset over the “vicious scene” the “haters of the palins” caused. LOL – and you guys are into politics? Seriously?

Voguerista: This year took the “controversy cake”. I am just glad Bristol didn’t win first or second or think of the controversy backlash in that? Understandable too why someone wrote “Brandy’s Elimination”. Fans on twitter were more vicious than I had ever seen them.

Courtney: No big surprises here – in fact, I think Bristol’s presence seemed to actually spawn a few controversies of its own (“Boogate” and Brandy’s elimination – assuming that Bristol would have gone home had Brandy stayed).  I think people wouldn’t have such a bad taste in their mouths post-season 11 had Bristol either gone home much earlier or perhaps hadn’t been on the show at all – it allowed politics to spill into something that is supposed to be fun and entertaining.  I did have to chuckle at the response of “Maks in general” as well, although I think Maks was pretty tame this season in comparison to some of the Bristol backlash going on; and “Jennifer’s continued presence”? Really? I can’t recall too many people who were up in arms about her staying week after week…not nearly as many those who were upset about Bristol.

Which couple were you most disappointed to see eliminated?

Other Answers:
Bristol 2
Margaret 1
none 1
The Situation and Karina 1
florence and corky 1
bristol and mark 1
Margaret and Louie 1
Mark and Bristol 1
Florence 1
Bristol and Mark 1

Heidi: So, four whole people were disappointed to see Bristol eliminated? What? You actually thought she should win? I want some of what you’re smoking please. :-)

Voguerista: I remember thinking the elimination of Audrina and Tony was bad and then came the elimination of Maks and Brandy. *CRIES*

Courtney: Honestly, I think all of the eliminations from Audrina & Tony to Brandy & Maks were disappointing, since it seemed like better dancers were getting sent home while mediocre ones (who shall remain unnamed ;-)) remained. But I agree that Brandy’s cut was the unkindest of all – I did think she deserved to be in the finale, and I wanted to see what she had up her sleeve for the freestyle.

Check out All the DWTS Awards results!

January 4, 2011 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Free Amazon Gift Card and Step Up 3 DVD/Blu-ray Combos

In case you missed it, today is the final day to enter the Step Up 3D DVD and Blu-ray Combo pack giveaway. Not to mention the chance to win an Amazon Gift card. It’s really easy to enter. Just Get a PasteAd link below and post it to Facebook, Twitter or email it to your friends and family. One click and you’re entered to win. Of course, you could also post it to ABC.com or other message board also. Doing so might drive enough traffic for you to win the Amazon gift card AND Step Up 3.

Start spreading the links and inviting your friends to click on the link and discover Pure DWTS!

December 29, 2010 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS – Dancing Media Before Christmas 2010

We’re inching closer and closer to Christmas. What are your plans for the holidays? I’ll be chilling at home with hubby and all of my pets. Did I tell you we took a stray cat in last summer? We promised she’d never have to fend for herself ever again and she’d always have a home. Well, she ended up being pregnant and had 3 kittens one month later in August. :o So, we’ve promised them too that they’d always have a home. lol Needless to say, we will be very busy caring and playing with them all this holiday and they are a gas. :)

In media things to start out your Christmas week, we have a cool new picture of Cheryl with her “Forever Tango” partner Jorge Antonio Ezequiel from the San Francisco Examiner.

Here is a nice take from the article.

“I had to work really hard and focus,” she says of the grueling three-week rehearsals. “I had to learn from the beginning — from learning how to walk and the Argentine tango hold and really just interpreting the music.”

But it was certainly worth the sweat. The Bay Area-native had a personal investment in being in the show. Burke was first inspired to further pursue dance after seeing a touring production of “Forever Tango” in The City when she was a kid.

“I’ve been ballroom dancing since I was 11 years old, ballet since I was 4,” she says, “but ‘Forever Tango’ inspired me to learn how to dance, especially partner dancing, and from then on, it’s been something I really wanted to do.”

It’s also been something millions want to see.

The original production was cheered by San Francisco audiences in 1994. It played an unprecedented 92 weeks. It later hit Broadway in 1997 and played for 14 months.

Bravo, its creator and director, was revered for how well he featured world-renowned dancers with musicians and for how it morphed into a hypnotic show-stopping sensation. It’s now the longest running tango show in Broadway history. It last graced The City back in 2008.

Bravo’s outing has 12 dancers, a vocalist and an 11-piece onstage orchestra, including the bandoneón — an accordion-like instrument that is a staple in tango music. Music, dance and vignettes trace the tango’s history — from the bordellos to acceptance in society.

“Argentine tango is very detailed,” Burke says. “It’s not just about learning the steps. It’s about how you move from foot to foot; how you interact with your partner. Every single thing you do has to tell a story and it has to be clear to the people that are watching.”

This show starts tomorrow in San Francisco and then it will travelling to Monterey, CA. Jan. 13th. Read The Californian for more details and ticket information.

Maks just posted a new picture of himself at an old Gladiator stadium on Twitter today. If anyone knows of where this stadium might be, let us know. He is looking well and happy, isn’t he?!

There is a new interview with Karina at I Need My Fix discussing her new work out video. She also talks of her future plans in clothing, costume design, being a Mom, and her dream to be like “Jennifer Lopez”. Here is a take. I didn’t realize she helped choreograph the dances in “Shall We Dance”…one of my favorite all time dance movies. Be sure to read the link for more.

INMF: Where do you see yourself in five years?
KARINA: With a couple of kids a boy and a girl. Dancing With The Stars, if it’s still around, something in this industry. I’m probably one of the biggest fans of Jennifer Lopez. I think she’s had an amazing career from dancer to singer to actress to business woman. I think she’s an inspiration, and it’s not like she came from a family where her dad was a producer and her mom was a studio executive. She came from the Bronx.

She came from a normal neighbourhood and she worked her butt off and she got to the very top and she’s gorgeous. I’m kind of hoping to follow her steps anyways possible even if they are just tiny little footsteps.

I actually got to meet her because I did ‘Shall We Dance’ the movie that she did with Richard Gere. I actually choreographed and I taught Jennifer and Richard Gere and I had a small part in it. I got to meet her and interact with her and even though it’s been so many years, I think the movie was out in 2001, and up until now, every time she sees me on the carpet or at the events she will come up and say hi. She is so down-to-earth.

I don’t want to come up to her and say ‘hey, do you remember me’ because I don’t know if she is busy or what. But she always waves or says hi or lets me know that she knows I’m there and says hi to me. I think it’s so admirable at the stature that she’s at, she’s SO down-to-earth.

And here is a picture of her showing off her engagement ring as well.

Speaking of cool pictures of our dancers, don’t miss seeing this Gallery of pics TV GUIDE released of “Season 11 Most Sexiest Looks” >>>> HERE . There are 13 fun pictures. If you were to pick your very favorite, which would it be? Mine would be a toss up between Maks and Brandy in #5 and Derek and Jen in #7(those leg splits will get me every time :) ). Thanks to Heidi and Pure Derek Hough for this tip.

Ok, more later! Dont stop with those Christmas Dreams, safe travels, and much love to All!! ;) xxx

December 20, 2010 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Awards: DWTS Music and DWTS Special Musical Guest Awards

Which DWTS musical guest did you enjoy most?

Other Answers:
Enrique Iglesias/enrique/enrique igleasis/Enrique Englasias/Eglasis/inrigue inglesia 11
Christina Aguilera/Christina Augulierra/christine aguillara/christina aquilara/christina agulara 8
Ne-Yo 5
Annie Lennox 5
Taio Cruz 4
None 2
John Legend 3
Bruno Marks 1
Rod Stewart 1
Shakira 2
Xtina 1
The little kids dancing 1
Santana/India Arie 1

Voguerista: Enrique by far! Sssss, where are your votes?

Courtney: I think I’d rather have a root canal than listen to Enrique shrieking on “I Like It”, lol.  But it looks like Santana & Daughtry was the most crowd-pleasing…although I still enjoyed Heart quite a bit.  Didn’t realize there were so many alternative spellings for Christina & Enrique’s names…one of the caveats of having the “other” category is the myriad of responses you get, hehe.

John: Well, this was probably my fault that we didn’t have Enrique and Christina on the poll. Even Ne-Yo and Annie Lennox would have likely done better if they were on the poll and not just a write in. Enrique will still be happy to know he has a lot of fans (even if they don’t know how to spell his name).

Who had the worst luck when it came to DWTS song choices?

Other answers:
Kyle 1
jennifer and derek with So what 1
Kyle and Lacey’s Foxtrto to the “Charlie’s Angels” theme 1
Jennifer and derek’s 1st paso to rock star 1
derek and jennifer shut up 1
Audrina 1
bristol and mark’s monkees 1

Voguerista: It seemed liked everyone was given a bad song choice at one time or another. I really wish officials would let the dancers and contestants pick their own songs. Sometimes it’s almost like they are setting some couples up to fail?

Courtney: I think the results of this one are very telling.  Sitch & Karina got absolutely HOSED when they were given “Boom Boom Pow” for a foxtrot, but they managed to turn it into a memorable routine that actually managed to get the encore for the week  – which to me illustrates the idea that a truly good pro can turn a crappy situation (no pun intended) into a decent routine.  I’ve noticed a lot of fans try to blame song choice when their favorite couple has a ho-hum routine…and while I agree that a song can really influence the way a dance turns out, I think it’s ultimately up to the pros to make the best of the situation and suck it up.  I really only think one of the above dances was truly bad – Margaret & Louis’ Viennese waltz – and I think that had more to do with the silliness going with the choreography than the music itself.  For those in the “other” category – it’s interesting that a few of you thought Jennifer’s 1st paso to “So What” was a bad song choice, considering it’s already been used for a paso once before on the show (I believe it was Shawn & Mark’s first paso in season 8 – which I recall they did pretty well on); as for the TV theme week dances, I think everyone was probably equally bad off with their songs, since TV themes are pretty cheesey to begin with :-)

Check out All the DWTS Awards results! Also, don’t forget to enter the special HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!!

December 18, 2010 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS – ‘Dance With Me’ Ho Ho, Can’t Get You Out Of My Head Media

Well, I hope you are really behaving yourselves now because Santa has a very close eye on all of you. Whether your dancing dreams come true or not remains to be seen. But, for now, he wants to know your “Dream Cast For Professional Dancers” for Season 12 and then he will see if he can make that wish come true. Pick 12 or 13 dancers. I will tell you my “Dream Cast” of pros at the end of this post.

And while you are thinking on that question (take your time because you don’t want to mess up and forget anyone :) ), here are some news bits out there. First, Brooke Burke talks sex and keeping fit in “Shape” magazine. Here is the cover and a take for what’s inside this current issue from Fox Entertainment.

“You need to be healthy,” Burke says. “That means exercising to relieve stress and build energy. It truly is good for your sex drive to work out.”

Of her relationship with her partner, actor David Charvet, she makes a confession:

“I’ll fess up here,” she said. “Sometimes we’re so tired, it’s just a glass of wine and a good night’s sleep. But the point is that we’re making a commitment to each other saying, ‘We love the kids, but we matter too,” she said.

She also confessed that she has done a few crazy diets in her day.

“I’ve tried just about every crazy diet you can imagine. But now I’ve learned what really works for my body. I also eat five small meals a day. And I never skip breakfast, even if it’s just a protein shake.”

Cheryl Burke has a new book coming out on Feb. 14th called “Dancing Lessons: How I Found Passion and Potential on the Dance Floor and in Life”. It chronicles her life as a dancer since she was 4. You can read more and pre-order it now at Amazon. Here is the cover.

In other Dancing things, here is Mark Ballas rehearsing and giving an interview in Houston for “Burn The Floor”. You can see his dance partner Giselle Peacock too. His dad Corky is interviewed as well. Corky talks about how he always thought Ballroom Dancing was a “sleeping giant”. So true!

Here Mark is debuting his new album “HurtLoveBox” as well. Not bad I must say for the little bit we’re hearing. What do you think?

Mark and Cheryl aren’t the only dancers with off season projects. As reported earlier, Edyta Sliwinska, Alec Mazo, Jonathan Roberts, and Anna Trebunskaya will be dancing in “Ballroom with a Twist” at the El Portal Theatre in LA from January 19-Feburary 13. Also, Gilles Marini and Jane Seymour will be rotating hosts during the LA premiere. You can read more and get ticket information at Theatre Mania.

Speaking of Edyta and Alec, she just posted this picture on her Twitter today. So cute. I miss these two on the show.

If you haven’t seen Maks’ “Dance With Me USA” site lately, be sure to take a look. You can see a cool video of him goofing around and dancing. Val, his brother, dances too and plays the violin. You can also read details for how to get private lessons with Tony Dovolani.

In other Maks news, he posted an update on his blog for why he is doing “The Bachelor” in the Ukraine currently. Personally, I don’t think he owes anyone as explanation on that. But, here is some of what he wrote. You can read it in full at the link.

First thing first. I AM doing the Ukrainian version of our “Bachelor”. The fact that I’ve turned down the American version has NOTHING to do with my ‘dislike’ of American women (the statement is so absurd that I can’t believe I’m even dignifying it with a reply). My reasons for doing it:

1) This is the first time since I was 15 that I have few months without any physical activity. I am truly tired. I’ve realized it this past season and can’t tell you how hard it was for me to get through it. The person that helped me was Brandy and for that I am forever grateful to her. She truly was god-sent and I will never forget everything she did for me. Without her help I would probably not have lasted though all the injuries, ‘media issues’ and my grandmother’s death.

2) The idea that I would find ‘the one’ on a TV show is something that I can’t ever fathom, but after speaking to producers I have realized that a show where characters are doing it solely for TV exposure simply would not work. Our audience would not understand it and the show would be a disaster. There has never been a show such as this in Ukraine and it makes me think that a first season would be the most ‘real’ as far as participant’s perception of ‘what its all about’ is concerned. I thought about everything VERY long. I’ve spoken to my family. I’ve spoken to people around me and decided that this might be something to try and see ‘how it’ll work’. I’m going into this with a thought of ‘why not?’. I know it’s hard to find someone you can connect to on a project like this, but nothing is impossible. For the sake of the show I can’t reveal anything, but I must say I am very pleasantly surprised so far.

3) I feel good about the fact that I can ‘give back’. My family and I left when I was very young and to have made something of myself. To come back here as a person to be looked up to is an amazing feeling. I have been speaking to lots of people for whom my family and I are an example of what is possible, and I feel great that I can help ‘direct’ young people’s drives to better themselves while the government here is figuring everything out. It is not an easy living here. Kids don’t have as many opportunities as I had and people aren’t looking at me with a frown but with pride.

4) This might be the most important reason of all. This is the first thing in a VERY LONG TIME that I’m doing for ME. For the first time I don’t really care what people think. First time that I’m not being ‘judged’, ‘placed’ or ‘criticized’ (well, maybe criticized, but you know what I mean). My profession required me to do things to ‘please’ others. Be it audience, judges, my coaches, etc. Maybe if I weren’t such a stubborn person and didn’t have such strong opinion about everything I would ‘please’ everyone better and would have achieved more in my life. But, I am who I am…

There isn’t much news to report on Derek right now and some of us are in serious Derek with drawals. lol. But, hey he made it to #10 in a “Best Celebrity Hair” Poll at the NowMagazine.com.

Top 10 Best Celebrity Hair

1. Harry Styles

2. Matt Cardle

3. Prince Harry

4. Mark Ronson

5. Olly Murs

6. Justin Bieber

7. Wagner

8. Jimmy Anderson

9. David Cameron

10. Derek Hough

Ok, that is all the DWTS news for now. So, have you thought of who you’d like for your “Dream cast” of Pro dancers in Season 12? Here’s my list. I can’t wait to see your list;

For the Guy Pros:
Derek Hough
Maks Chmerkovskiy
Val Chmerkovskiy (yes, how I would love to see Val brought on board. He’s equally as good as Maks is)
Damian Whitewood
Tony Dovolani
Jonathon Roberts
Alec Mazo

For the Female Pros:
Edyta Sliwinska
Peta Murgatroyd
Anna Trebunskaya
Kym Johnson
Julianne Hough
Elena Grinenko

December 17, 2010 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 11 – The Myth of Bristol

Okay, I threatened to do this a while ago and now I’m doing it. I’m putting my fingers to the key board to answer the question – how did Bristol last as long as she did? Was it really a Tea Party, or just dumb luck and silly judges?

This post isn’t really even about Bristol herself – it’s about the judges scores versus the voting. People always claim that the judges scores mean nothing. Well, bull, they’re worth 50% – it’s the judges who decide whether they mean very little or if they mean A LOT. The way the judges scored most of this season, they were irrelevant. When push came to shove, in the finale, they got their act together. I argue that it should happen sooner – like Week 7 or so.

Okay, with that out of the way, let’s get back to business with a recap:

Week 1 – The Departure of The Hoff

I consider this the first, and one of the bigger, shocks of the season.  But maybe German’s didn’t realize they can indeed vote on DWTS, if they are properly educated on how to do so. :-) Anyway, the bottom scorers this week were:

- The Hoff, 15
- The Sitch, 15
- Margaret, 15
- Michael, 16
- Florence, 18
- Bristol, 18

So, that one really shouldn’t have been a shock, as he was one of the low scorers.  No surprise that Bristol stayed, much surprise that Margaret stayed. :-)  Bristol had a whole lot of people with lower scores (and less infamy) than her.

Week 2 – Dog Houses are very, very bad.

Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower exit the competition after a thorough humiliation. One that was hard to watch indeed.  The bottom scorers were:

- Michael, 12
- Margaret, 18
- The Situation, 18
- Florence, 19

See, the judges were already giving Bristol 22 at this point for dancing that wasn’t that good. You expect me to believe that Bristol was only 2 points behind Jennifer Grey, who did a seriously kick ass jive?? Sorry, but nope.  In any case, Bristol was never in any danger thanks to overscoring AND people who were worse than her. Anyway, Michael was no great shock really, now that I think about it.  A 12 is very hard to overcome when the next lowest was an 18.  He had to get 27,000 more votes per million votes cast in order to stick around.

Week 3 – Rainbows are bad too??

Nah, not really. Louis was saying on Twitter that Margaret going the gay pride route was what did her in, but what I really think happened was that after that first dance no one took her seriously. She lasted as long as she did because The Hoff and The Bolton were so much worse.  I don’t think gay pride had anything to do with it – but maybe I’m naïve.   The bottom scorers were:

- Margaret, 18
- Bristol, 19
- Florence, 20
- The Sitch, 20

Now we see Bristol hit the bottom 2 in scores – but Margaret is the low scorer, here. No great stretch. Marge needed 4,500 votes to catch Bristol (chump change) and there is no way that was happening. No shocks here.

Week 4 – Here’s the Situation as I see it

Poor Situation, and by extension, poor Courtney. :-) He did well making it to the fourth week though, I have to say. The bottom scorers this week were:

- Situation, 28
- Bristol, 32
- Florence, 34
- Kurt, 35

Again, we see Bristol insulated by a 4 point cushion – not a huge number, but she’s not the low scorer and Sitch was a worse dancer. For the Situation to stay, he had to get 11,200 more votes than Bristol per 1 million votes cast.  Say thank you to your judges, because they are charting the course of Season 11 history here.  That 4 points isn’t huge – but it still counts.  No great shock that Bristol stuck around when put up against a relative unknown (to DWTS audience) guy who is 4 points behind her. And him being the worse dancer helped. :-)

Week 5 – Serious Monkey Business

This is the week where the wheels fell off, IMO.  I dare say that Michael Bolton was more than a little irate to see Bristol wear a Monkey suit and still get an 18.  I dare say that any pro who’s gotten scolded pretty harshly from Len for use of a prop (Maks, Derek, Dmitry…) was more than a little irate at the end of this night as well.  Remember when Nicole and Derek did a FANTASTIC quickstep that broke a ton of rules? Len gave them a 6. Then Len turns around this season and gives Bristol a 6 after forgetting most of her steps and wearing a Monkey suit. And you still wanna know why Bristol is still around at this point? :-) Hint: it ain’t the Tea Party – unless of course Len whipped out his silver tea set on the commercial break. :-) Check out this weeks scores:

- Bristol, 18
- Kyle, 20
- Florence, 21
- Audrina, 23

Kyle the Popular is only TWO points ahead of a girl who danced in a monkey suit. TWO.  And Audrina, who dances better on her worst day than Bristol does on her best, is only 5 points ahead of girl in monkey suit.  Florence is only three points ahead of Bristol – and three points ain’t nothing particularly when 8 or 7 people are getting votes. The voting is spread out over more people than it is in later weeks. Florence ultimately goes home, which means that:

Kyle got 5,500 more votes per million votes cast than she did, AND;

Bristol got 16,500 more votes per million votes cast than she did.

That may seem like a lot for Bristol to achieve, but in reality it is only 1.65 percent – a tiny number. Here’s another way to look at it: this was the week where you got 8 votes per phone and 8 votes per email address. So say the average person uses one phone and one email – that means only about 1,000 more people needed to vote for Bristol than they did for Florence. Of course not everyone who watches votes…but everyone who votes doesn’t use ONLY two accounts. We’re dealing in what could be very small numbers, here.

Week 6 – The Real Shocker

Okay, THIS was a shocking elimination – but after you really think about it for a bit, you realize maybe not.   Audrina is in the top two for judge’s scores and goes home. Because of Bristol? Hardly. There was a lot more at play here.  These were the scores for the week:

- Kurt, 22
- Bristol, 28
- Jennifer, 29
- Rick and Kyle, 30
- Audrina, 32
- Brandy, 36

There are FIVE people with lower scores than Audrina going into the audience vote. Five. The spread between the low scorer and Audrina is TEN points. Now that is a nice big number.  But is it shocking that Bristol stayed and Audrina when home? No – there is only 4 points between them, while Kurt is 10 points behind her.  When the second highest scorer goes home when there are 7 dancers?? It means that person wasn’t getting votes, period, not that Kurt and Bristol had huge fanbases. It wasn’t just Bristol that beat her, after all.  Kurt had to get nearly 5% more of the vote than her, or 48,500 more votes per million votes cast. Bristol only needed 1.93% – her highest margin of the season up until the finale. And of course, Jennifer, Rick and Kyle all had to make up a difference as well.

Audrina suffered from the model curse, IMO. Very beautiful but relatively unknown to the DWTS voters. Combine that with being paired with Tony and having a high score that week and you can kiss her goodbye. People continue to assume that if a dancer has a high score they are safe. Several of us on this blog had expressed concern about her longevity for these reasons. Put Audrina up against the movie icon, the fun Disney kid, the daughter of an infamous political figure, and two well liked (and well known) athletes? Then pair her with Tony instead of Derek and her odds get worse. Nothing against Tony, but, like it or not, Derek can make a model stick around longer – Joanna Krupa was far more unpopular than Audrina was popular.  With all these conditions, Audrina was never destined to go higher.

Week 7 – The Athletes Split the Votes

That’s one of my theories anyway. People who are inclined to go the athlete route had two to choose from.  Still think it’s Bristol’s fault? Nah.  This is only the second time that Bristol has been the low scorer and it isn’t by that much:

- Bristol, 57
- Kyle, 59
- Rick/Kurt, 61
- Jennifer/Brandy, 64

There is a significant problem here. First, when you hand out that many points in a week (366) and still keep the margin at 7 points between the top and bottom you actually decrease the percentage the low scorer needs to stick around. If they did the typical 30 point possible and had a spread between the top scorer and the bottom scorer of 7 points, the bottom scorer would need more than 5% to beat the top scorer. In this week, with a total points awarded of 366, there was ONLY a spread of 1.91% between Bristol and Brandy/Jennifer.  When you are talking less than a percent between the bottom FOUR scorers, of course it’s going to be anyone’s game.  Did Rick’s fans assume he was safe because of that four point cushion? Who knows? Were Kyle and Bristol fans really, really worried?? Probably. If those two sets of fans are worried, how hard do they really have to work? Kyle’s fans had to get 0.55% more and Bristol’s fans had to get 1.01% more.  Piece. Of. Cake. Odds are always good that the low scorers fans are going to vote like maniacs and it doesn’t take many maniacs to make up 1.01%.

Week 8 – Well, I think it was Close.

Seriously, Kurt versus Bristol with Bristol being the low scorer – but only by a point. We know what a point really means at this point, don’t we? Nothing. In this case, it was obviously going to be one of the two of them and I wager it was very close. Of course, I base that on what happened in the finale, so of course hind sight is 20-20.  Here were the scores for Week 8:

- Bristol, 47
- Kurt, 48
- Kyle, 57
- Brandy/Jennifer, 58

Much better point spread this week between the top and the bottom – but still that 10 points only means that Bristol is 3.77 percent behind Brandy/Jennifer.  That’s a small number and it’s again the result of a higher number of points awarded.  So, if there is only 3.77 % between the top and bottom, it’s not hard to believe that there is only 0.38% between Bristol and Kurt – that’s no spread at all. I will say it again – Bristol didn’t need a miracle to stay over Kurt. Not at all. She only needed a couple dozen more fans than Kurt who were passionate about her staying. Maybe not even that many if they were power voting.

Week 9 – Tragedy

Well, I think it was a tragedy, anyway. Even though my favorite won, I would have liked to see a real competition. Brandy/Kyle/Jennifer would have been great.  But the question is – did Bristol play spoiler? Hmmm…Maybe for the first time.  But how much of it was Bristol and how much of it was Brandy herself? How much of it was the judges?? Again, the judges had a great deal of influence – look at the scores:

- Bristol, 53
- Brandy, 57
- Kyle, 58
- Jennifer, 60

Bristol only 4 points behind Brandy? Seriously?? People keep saying the judges scores mean nothing, but I think they’ve got it backwards – the judges scores mean everything, just  not in a good way. By scoring Bristol relative only to herself, THEY give her more potential to stick around longer.  Now, I understand doing that early on – but this was the 9th week and it was time to turn into a hard ass and they all FAILED.  Sometimes I think the judges think they are being tough, like above, giving Bristol a 53. Problem is, they don’t really get how the scoring and the audience vote works out either – or it doesn’t appear so, anyway. Because that 4 points equals 1.75%. How many time have I said how little 4 points amounts to? It’s a pittance. When you have Kyle being a likeable teddy bear, Jennifer Grey being JENNIFER GREY and Bristol getting all the buzz (plus the Vote for the Worst crew), Brandy is going to need more than that 4 points – she wasn’t getting any attention that week. No attention = kiss of death.

Week 10 – The Finale Tells the Tale.

And Bristol takes 3rd. And in doing so we learn the limits of her voting fanbase.   The final scores were:

- Bristol, 104
- Kyle, 110
- Jennifer, 118

Again, because so many points were awarded, the spread between them goes down even though the points difference seems greater.  That six points between Kyle and Bristol only equates to 2.75%, which is not that much greater than the spread between her and Brandy. But it is clearly enough to knock Bristol out of the game. I think there were a few things at work here – the judges finally started scoring them relative to each other, or seriously ranking them. When they do that, it makes an impact. But that wasn’t all – people finally figured out that if they didn’t want Bristol to win, they had to vote like hell for someone else. The highest number of votes in the history of the show isn’t going to benefit Bristol, as much as the Tea Party would like to think otherwise – hey, DWTS mirrors real life!! ;-)

At the end of the day, Bristol was eliminated because she couldn’t get past the 2.75% between her and Kyle. That was the largest spread she ever had to overcome over the entire 10 weeks of the competition.   Here’s a summation of where Bristol was each week – if she was the low scorer, I put the margin she had to overcome.

-          Week 1 – Not in the bottom 4

-          Week 2 – Not in the bottom 5

-          Week 3 – Margaret was low scorer, Margaret went home

-          Week 4 – Sitch was low scorer, Sitch went home

-          Week 5 – 1.65%

-          Week 6 – Kurt was low score by 6 points, Audrina went home

-          Week 7 – 1.01%

-          Week 8 – 0.38%

-          Week 9 – 1.75%

-          Week 10 – 2.75% – Bristol is eliminated first.

Now, do you still think that it’s surprising that Bristol lasted as long as she did?? I would hope not. I would also hope that people realize they have to vote for their favorite because the judges don’t put in enough of a spread between the dancers to amount to anything.

The moral of the story is – the judges scores mean everything, when they actually rank the contestants. ;-) But if they don’t?? You best vote.

December 16, 2010 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. :-)