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DWTS Season 9 – Finale Week Media

Kelly and Louis on TV Guide Network

Final three on The View

The View exit interview

November 25, 2009 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. :-)

The Winner of DWTS Season 9 – Congratulations to…

…Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the best person won out of that final three. I never thought, at the beginning of this season, that I would be so ecstatic that an Osmond won the competition. But, while not the best dancer, Donny had heart, humility and passion for this show that was required to win. Sans the massive fanbase and ringer status, he still deserved to win over Mya and Kelly. The man got it done.

Why? Well, for me, it boiled down to Donny and Kelly. The two of them made me FEEL their dances – I cried when Kelly and Louis cried. Donny just plain entertained during his freestyle which Mya, with all her technical perfection, just couldn’t do. And, tonight, Donny made me feel all mushy and happy – yeah, he’s got too much of a mouth at times, but tonight when he was genuinely shocked that Kelly took third, and then he was over joyed when he won….well, he showed more excitement and heart than Mya showed all season. And that, my friends, is the key to winning Dancing with the Stars.

Congratulations again, to Donny and Kym.

November 24, 2009 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. :-)

Vote for the Winner of Dancing with the Stars Season 9

We did 2 polls after last week’s show to predict the winner of Dancing with the Stars Season 9. Here’s a link to see the results of those polls and their prediction of Mya as winner of Dancing with Stars season 9. Of course, that voting was done without knowing the scores from tonight’s show. So, let’s vote for the winner of Dancing with the Stars Season 9 now that we know the following scores:
Mya and Dmitry – 87
Donny and Kym – 85
Kelly and Louis – 76


Tomorrow, we’ll know the official winner of Dancing with the Stars season 9. The wait is over.

November 23, 2009 I Written By

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DWTS Season 9, Week 10 – BY THE NUMBERS

Okay, I got a pretty good response from my math lesson post from earlier this week, so I’ll break it down again.

Unfortunately, as with the last several finales, there is a dance on Tuesday that only the judges score – which has the potential to decide the winner if the votes are close. Which annoys me tremendously. But you all knew that. :-) Anyway, the judges sort of broke with tradition tonight and did not leave an even playing field. I am of two minds about this. Part of me agrees with Maks – let the VOTERS decide at this point in the season. But the other part of me realizes that Kelly had a couple mistakes that the judges couldn’t overlook (then again, she’s the only non-pro in the group). The judges started off badly by underscoring her Argentine Tango, so when her dances didn’t do better relative to the other two as she went along, she went into a hole. Mathematically, this makes it very hard for her.

The total points out of a possible 90 for the night:
Kelly = 76
Mya = 87
Donny = 85

The total of those three scores is 285. Based on those total points awarded, the following is each celebs share of the judges scores:
Kelly = 30.65
Mya = 35.08
Donny = 34.27

As you can see, there is almost no space between Donny and Mya; less than a point. Kelly is farther out with well more than four points between her and Mya and almost four between her and Donny. Now, that might not seem like much, but at the end of the day I don’t see her beating BOTH Donny and Mya. She was certainly charming enough, IMO, to get LOTS of votes, but I don’t see her getting higher than 3rd place. There are too many people who don’t vote until the last night of the season and odds are those votes will go to Mya and Donny.

Now, based on the Freestyle – well, this show is much poorer without a Hough or Ballas in the finale. Absent the sibs, Kym did an amazing job and they won the night, and possibly the show, with that Freestyle. Kym is only hampered by the fact of Donny’s age and his extreme schedule – no disrespect to Donny intended. He is doing an amazing job for being quite a bit older than Mya and Kelly both – and sorry, but Kym and Donny kicked Mya and Dmitry’s ass in the freestyle round. And, because he kicked their butts despite his age – well, he should take the trophy. And this is coming from a woman who despised the thought of another Osmond on the show – so it’s high praise indeed. I will add, that if not for her fall, Kelly would have easily taken second place – Mya and Dmitry simply did not do the work to win that round. Kelly had more risks and more excitement than Mya did. Yeah she fell – but she did a move that you could fall out of. Mya played it safe. And that pisses me off – what, you expect them to hand it to you?

Okay, enough with the editorializing. Donny, Mya and Kelly fans see what they have to do. It appears to be a shoot out between Mya and Donny. Now, lets speculate. Let’s say that the judges revert to type for the final dances tomorrow. Which I guess means:
Kelly = 27
Mya = 30
Donny = 28

Or something like that. I THINK that means the judges score gets added to the previous judges scores which then counts for 50% of the vote, which means:
Kelly = 103
Mya = 117
Donny = 114

For a total points awarded count of 333. Divide the individual score by the total points awarded to get the percentage for each celebrity:
Kelly = 30.93
Mya = 35.14
Donny = 33.93

As you see, that widens the gap between all the celebrities by a good bit. I suggest that Donny and Kelly fans seriously vote like crazy. Donny has the best shot of beating Mya. With Mya’s as the score to beat, Donny and Kelly need 1.21 and 4.21 percent MORE votes than Mya to beat her. As I said before, it’s anybody’s game. So – what will happen? I’ll go out on a limb and give it to Donny Osmond. :-) But – don’t count Mya out. Fans who assume that one or the other wins could end up losing.

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Follow the Latest Dancing with the Stars Season 9 Twitter Updates

Many of you probably already know about our list of Dancing with the Stars people on Twitter. We also have a “Twitter list” of those on Dancing with the Stars season 9 which is easy to follow as well. Now, if you want to know the reactions from the stars, pros, judges, etc that are on Dancing with the Stars Season 9, you can just check out the widget below for the latest updates about the show by people on the show and Pure DWTS tweets as well.

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Dancing with the Stars Season 9 Final Performance Music

We’re back again with the list of music from tonight’s DWTS season 9 performance music. Interesting songs. The freestyles always offer a nice little twist to the show. I’ll admit that I think that Dancing with the Stars swung for the fences on this season’s music. Some were big hits and some were big misses. You can see the full list of DWTS songs here. Now on to tonight’s music:

Kelly & Louis danced Argentine Tango to the song “Los Vino” Otros Aires - Vivo en Otros Aires - Los Vino—Otros Aires
Kelly & Louis danced Megamix to the song “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” Gabriella, Ryan, Sharpay & Troy - High School Musical - I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You—Frankie Valli/”Whenever, Wherever” Shakira - Laundry Service - Whenever, Wherever—Shakira/”Maniac” Michael Sembello - Number 1's: '80s Pop - Maniac—Michael Sembello
Kelly & Louis danced Freestyle to the song “I Will Survive” Gloria Gaynor - Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive: The Anthology - I Will Survive—Gloria Gaynor
Kelly & Louis danced Viennese Waltz to the song “Trouble” Ray LaMontagne - Trouble - Trouble—Ray LaMontagne
Mýa & Dmitry danced Paso Doble to the song “We Will Rock You” Queen - Queen: Greatest Hits I & II - We Will Rock You—Queen
Mýa & Dmitry danced Megamix to the song “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” Gabriella, Ryan, Sharpay & Troy - High School Musical - I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You—Frankie Valli/”Whenever, Wherever” Shakira - Laundry Service - Whenever, Wherever—Shakira/”Maniac” Michael Sembello - Number 1's: '80s Pop - Maniac—Michael Sembello
Mýa & Dmitry danced Freestyle to the song “You Can’t Stop the Beat” Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Elijah Kelly, John Travolta & Queen Latifah - Hairspray (Soundtrack to the Motion Picture) - You Can't Stop the Beat—from Hairspray
Mýa & Dmitry danced Jive to the song “Would You…?” Touch & Go - I Find You Very Attractive - Would You... ?—Touch and Go
Donny & Kym danced Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “September” Earth, Wind & Fire - Earth, Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits - September—Earth, Wind and Fire
Donny & Kym danced Megamix to the song “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” Gabriella, Ryan, Sharpay & Troy - High School Musical - I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You—Frankie Valli/”Whenever, Wherever” Shakira - Laundry Service - Whenever, Wherever—Shakira/”Maniac” Michael Sembello - Number 1's: '80s Pop - Maniac—Michael Sembello
Donny & Kym danced Freestyle to the song “Let The Good Times Roll” Ray Charles - The Genius of Ray Charles - Let the Good Times Roll—Ray Charles
Donny & Kym danced Argentine Tango to the song “Tango a Pugliese” Orquesta Color Tango de Roberto Alvarez - Tango a Pugliese Con Estilo para Bailar, Vol. 3 - Tango a Pugliese—Orquesta Color Tango de Roberto Alvarez

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Heidi says…John says – Kelly Osbourne on DWTS Season 9

Heidi says…
I just love Kelly Osbourne, and that shocks the hell out of me. She’s what the show is all about; a B or C-list celebrity comes in and is paired with a professional partner and she LEARNS how to dance. And dance pretty well. No, she’s not perfect – that’s not the point of the show. She learned how to dance and she is charming as all get out. What’s interesting to me is that once she decided to do this show, she threw herself into it and worked for it. She even went so far as to go to the producers before rehearsals started and told them they better give her a pro she couldn’t push around; she was originally supposed to get Mark Ballas and they switched it up and put her with Louis (yes, this says something about Mark and Louis, but that’s another post :-) ) – that speaks to Kelly’s desire to do well. And she has. I think she stands a good chance to win this thing because she is seen as the non-dancer and people love her – it often doesn’t take more than that. Just listen to Rosanna Tvarez of Reality Chat – I bet there are a whole bunch of people like Rosanna out there.

John says…
What scares me is that I think you’re right. There are a lot of people that like Kelly on DWTS and I can’t for the life of me figure out why. Sure, there have been people on Dancing with the Stars that I can’t believe I ended up liking (Joey Lawrence did that for me), but Kelly just annoys the heck out of me. The crazy part is that much like you can’t explain why you like her I have a hard time explaining why I don’t like her. Let me give it a try.

She’s just absolutely awkward on the floor. Her lines are the worst to watch. When I watch her dance, I feel like she’s only going half way. Yes, I’ve seen her talk about how hard she’s trying, but on the dance floor she just feels like she’s only going half way in all her movements. It’s like she’s afraid to go all the way and finish the move. However, the thing that bothers me most is her face. I’m not even sure why, but it’s just so unattractive for me to watch and makes me cringe every time she gets up to dance.

Yes, I know how un-American it is for me to not like the underdog, but this will be the first time I’m not with the underdog. She seems like a sweet girl, but if she hoists the mirror ball I’ll be really disappointed with this season.

Heidi says…
Don’t worry, John, she’s still the long shot, even though she has a shot. I would agree with you in terms of awkward and her face up until the last two weeks or so – I think the fact that she visibly over came those problems is one of the reasons that Joanna went home instead of her. If she’d had another night where she danced like you describe, I think she would have gone home.  But, she’s getting stronger. She seems like she had something of a breakthrough. Be afraid of America’s Sweetheart – not to mention we are total suckers for a British accent. :-)

John says…
That’s what’s so crazy. I usually LOVE to see people who overcame bad dancing (see Ty from last season) and I’m also a huge sucker for girls with accents (see Cat Deeley…Yummy!). Not to mention my love of blondes. You’d think that Kelly would be my absolute favorite. That’s why it’s so amazing that she couldn’t find a way into my heart. I hope you’re right and that she does get sent home. I predict the judges will give her higher scores than she deserves and possibly lower scores for the other 2 just to keep things interesting.

Heidi says…
Nah, if the judges stick to their usual finale script, you won’t see a huge difference in the scoring unless someone falls down and breaks something. Unless of course, Len is so pissed about Gilles losing last season he gives all 8’s to Kelly and Donny and all 10’s to Mya. Could happen. But as I showed in a previous post – that might not be enough to give her the win. :-)

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John says…Heidi says – Mya on DWTS Season 9

John says…
Let me introduce my comments about Mya with the fact that I knew nothing about Mya before they announced she’d be in the show and I think I’ve been spending too much time at home on paternity leave since whenever I see or hear the name Mya I start singing the song from the PBS kids show “Mya y Miguel.” Yes, I need help.

Those feelings aside, it just doesn’t feel right that Mya’s even in this competition. I know this may sound a bit hypocritical, but hear me out. Sure, I didn’t hold Melissa Rycroft accountable for her ballet experience, but that was forever ago (granted many others weren’t as generous). I’m also fine with entertainers like Donny Osmond who have kind of danced on stage a few times. Even gymnasts like Shawn Johnson are fine with me since gymnastics is far different than ballroom. Honestly, I didn’t held it against Mya in the beginning either. However, that changed in one of the early dances where they showed Mya helping Dmitry with the choreography. I think that says something about Dmitry also, but it just felt wrong for the star being the one helping with the choreography. I want my star to be at the mercy of their professional partner because this is foreign to them.

Next thing you know, they’re going to bring Julianne Hough on the show as a “star” singer and partner her with Derek Hough. Would that seem to fair to anyone? While Mya’s not in Julianne’s category, there are similarities to how I feel about Mya.

Heidi says…
Well, I can’t find anything to argue about. :-) You pretty much sum it up. The girl was in Chicago, fer cryin’ out loud. I will add that Mya and Dmitry, up until last week, really had no personality plus all this talk about sleeping in the studio and having food brought in – well, it just strikes me as much too much.

I will say that both Shawn and Kristi kind of annoyed me – not them personally, but their presence in the ballroom – simply from the stand point that they aren’t your typical “olympians” from where I sit. I’m the typical Olympics viewer – rather casual. I had heard of Apollo, but not of any of the other Olympians on the show. But Shawn and Kristi are/were extremely popular young women in extremely popular sports followed by lots of young women. HUGE advantage going in – and I really don’t like to know who’s going to win on the front end. Now, Mya doesn’t fit this category – I think she was predicted to be good, but then as soon as you started looking at her bio…well, it just rubs me the wrong way.

And please, Mya fans, save the whole “but Joanna was a ballerina” crap for people who don’t know better. If you can’t distinguish between someone who took ballet as a *pre-teen* and someone who has been dancing her whole life, there’s no help for ya.

John says…
I actually like Dmitry and have liked him since SYTYCD. However, he really hasn’t shown to be as good of a choreographer on DWTS as even when he would choreograph for SYTYCD. It doesn’t seem he knows how to bring the best out of his partner. I still like him, but he should bring much more than he’s doing with someone as talented as Mya. I also can’t not mention something about Mya. Is it just me or does her head look like a Rat? Sure, that’s not a reason she shouldn’t win, but I just can’t get over it when I see her dancing.

At the end of the day, Mya has been smooth and consistent. However, have any of her performances been absolutely memorable? I can’t think of any. To me that means she’s not worthy of a mirror ball trophy.

Heidi says…
The answer is no – none of her performance are going to be remembered down the line. That honor goes to the futuristic paso doble – and no, I don’t think that’s my bias showing. Love it or hate it – you won’t *forget* it.

Dmitry is too quiet for me, and he clearly never watched DWTS before. Dude, everyone in the world knows that Len doesn’t like gimicks! Everyone on the message boards – even huge Dmitry fans – said they started screaming at the TV when Mya started dusting. If he had only done it once, it would be one thing – but to do it a few times and then claim you don’t know what Len’s problem is? Really? I think he has figured it out, now, but geez. It’s not just the SYTYCD thing – I don’t think Chelsie had this problem last season, although I clearly remember that Lacey got the Len treatment when she was with Lance Bass. I also seem to recall that was another instance where the celeb had too much input – that is the issue with Dmitry as well.

That’s a horrible thing to say about Mya’s head, John. Shame on you. ;-)

John says…
Glad we agree.

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John Says…Heidi Says – Donny Osmond on DWTS

This is the beginning of a little back and forth banter about the 3 finalists on Dancing with the Stars. First up is Donny Osmond.

John says…
Donny Osmond was called the biggest ringer to ever be on Dancing with the Stars. I think he’s actually lived up to that billing. His dance and performance ability has shown through and there’s no arguing his popularity after a lifetime in the entertainment industry. However, what’s been most amazing to me is that Donny has been able to reasonably battle his “ringer” status and even converted a new set of fans that were destined to hate him. This is why Donny has an amazing chance of hoisting the mirror ball trophy.

Heidi says…
You say “lived up to that billing” like ringer status is a good thing.  It’s so not!  I hate it when better dancers leave because one dancer not only has a huge fanbase, but is not the best dancer – that unbalances the show right from the start. Gained new fans? Perhaps – there is no way to actually measure that. I’m sure I’m not the only one that wants to pull my ears off my head when he makes his grab for the microphone. He battles his ringer status because he’s not a good dancer at the end of the day – that makes his ringer status easier to tolerate (and it lulls viewers into underestimating the power of his fanbase – me included). But, for me, right when Donny does something to make me like him, he pulls a stunt like he did on Larry King Live the other night – dude, shut the hell up. Not everything is about YOU. Donny has a great chance of hoisting the MBT all right – but NOT because of his dancing. He’s all performance and mouth, little technique. All that said…I love Kym Johnson, so I have to root for them (her).

John says…
Well, I’m glad to see we agree about Kym. Kym is fantastic and Donny is lucky to have her as a partner. I can’t imagine Donny with anyone else. Karina would have flipped out on him. Edyta would have just rolled his eyes when he spoke. Lacey or Chelsie would have been too many mormons. Ok, I digress.

I’m not saying I’m a HUGE fan of Donny either. He’s always a bit awkward to me on the floor and when he’s talking. However, I love that he is himself. Certainly there’s a bit of acting, but I honestly think that Donny is like he is on the show in real life. He was brought up that way since before he knew what the word actor meant and so he knows nothing else. His grab for the microphone is annoying and he’s got to stop that.

However, I do like it when someone lives up to their ringer status. I don’t care if a better dancer goes home because they’re not as popular as long as they’re not my favorite;-) Seriously though, it’s just a feature of the show and something that everyone involves knows is going to happen. I wonder how much of that is figured into what they’re paid to be on the show. If the show really wanted the best dancer, then they’d weight the judges score to be more than the audience vote.

Yes, Donny has a great chance at hoisting the MBT because of his performance, mouth and little technique and not because of his dancing. What’s so wrong with that? The trophy doesn’t represent great dancing. It’s not even “America’s Favorite Dancer” like So You Think You Can Dance. It’s just a ball that represents…well nothing. So, I’m good with it representing mouth, performance, and little technique.

Heidi says…
Well, you’re the one that mentioned “dance and performance ability” in your original comment, that’s what I was responding to. I really don’t care if the best dancer doesn’t win – I often don’t vote for the best dancer. I won’t be voting for the best dancer tonight, either. :-)  Let’s talk about Mya and see if you still love someone living up to that “ringer status”. Heh.

John says…
I think very few people actually vote based on dance ability. Although, a great, memorable dance I think does encourage more people to vote. If you’re voting for Kelly tonight, I might have to just vote for Donny to counteract your votes. Not that I’m a huge fan of Donny, but I can’t handle Kelly winning.

Let’s talk about Mya’s ringer status. The difference is that Mya is a ringer that’s a DANCER. I don’t like this, but that’s because I think the premise of the show is to take stars that can’t dance and see them try. Mya was helping with the choreography for goodness sakes. Donny is a different story since he doesn’t have the dance skills. He’s using the other qualities he has to try and enhance his performance. I like that.

Heidi says…
We won’t argue about Mya. :-) I don’t know who I’m voting for tonight – either Kelly or Donny and it’s going to depend heavily on the choreography. I’ll vote for what excites me. Based on Louis’s “Pricilla Queen of the Desert” tweets, I’m just not sure. :-)

John says…
I know who I’m voting for…

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Dancing with the Stars Season 9 Winner Prediction

After the final 3 were announced last week, we posted two polls for readers of this site to vote for the winner of Dancing with the Stars season 9. It’s time to check out the results and see who we predict as the winner of Dancing with the Stars season 9.

The first poll asked “Who do you want to be the winner of Dancing with the Stars season 9?”
Who do you want to be the winner of Dancing with the Stars season 9?

The second poll asked “Who do you think will be the winner of Dancing with the Stars season 9?”
Who do you think will be the winner of Dancing with the Stars season 9?

From the looks of the polls, both of them are predicting Mya to be the winner of Dancing with the Stars. I find it interesting that it’s MUCH closer when you talk about who people WANT to be the winner. Basically, shows a nice split in the fan bases, but even fans of other people think that Mya has this one in the bag.

One likely bias in the polls is that I’m pretty sure that many of Donny’s fans aren’t online and visiting websites like this one. We’ll see how the scores go tonight, but if you read Heidi’s post on Dancing with the Stars scoring, then you’ll realize that it’s the voting that will matter most and not the judges scores.

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