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DWTS Season 10, Week 4 – Media Part III

A whole bunch of videos (as usual) from the Local ABC Affiliate. I’ve put a selection below; visit the site to see all of them.

Tom Bergeron – my latest crush – I love this man. Yeah, he’s talking about Kate, but I still love him. :-)

The Musicians from Nuttin’ but Strings

Evan and Anna – yes, we know you want people to vote for you. :-)

Pam and Damian Post Results show

Erin and Maks – veeerrrrryyyy interesting

April 15, 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 10, Week 4 – Results Show Video

I don’t know why I forget this stuff every week…to many other things going on I guess. :-)

The encore by Pam and Damian – I’m really loving this couple. Surprise, surprise, I am on the Vive la Pam train. :-) I would have to say they’re my second favorite.

Sade – Baby Father. Danced by Chelsie and Damian.

The Pros, pre-DWTS. Hilarious.

The Young Ballroom Dancers

Sade – The Sweetest Taboo

The Elimination

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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. :-)

DWTS 10: Aiden Turner Sent Home

I hate that Aiden was sent home…he was just starting to come out of his shell!  He and Edyta were fabulous together and had such a great relationship.  And I think Edyta needs to win one of these seasons…she’s the only pro that’s been on DWTS since season 1 and hasn’t won!

Relive Aiden’s Dances
1. Week 1, Cha-Cha-Cha

2. Week 2: Foxtrot

Week 3: Quickstep

Week 4: Rumba

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DWTS 10, Week 4 – Media Part II

The Insider from Monday Night:

Entertainment Tonight from Monday Night:

TV Guide with Derek and Nicole – Derek makes a lot of pretty insightful comments about DWTS. All the way to the end of the video.

Aiden and Edyta – post results show

Niecy and Louis – this is just a weird interview all the way around. :-)

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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. :-)

DWTS 10, Week 4 – The Cheesecake Awards!!!

This week, it was nearly all the performance show. And there were almost too many things to comment on. :-)

Funniest Tom One-liner –“ Welcome to the fabric remnant showroom” (paraphrasing)
Heidi: Don’t drink red wine when you have light colored furniture.
Courtney: …lest it become one of Edyta’s costumes. Unless you’re Chad & Cheryl, in which case your costumes are made from the pantyhose I used to wear when I was a Hooters girl.

Most Stupid-assed, Cheesy Opening Segment – Buzz is blasted off from about mid-thigh up, out of the picture.
Heidi: Are you f@*king kidding me? Not only was that one of the cheesiest, stupidest things I’ve seen on this show, it’s also freakin’ disrespectful. The man is 80, and a damn astronaut. You people are pissing me off.
Courtney: If this is going to be a recurring theme during the intro, what the hell are they gonna do with the other celebs eliminated? Evan triple-lutzing out of the frame? Pam running away in slow-mo? If they’re gonna offend, they may as well be equal-opportunity offenders.

Most Snicker-worthy Production Screwup – Yeah, that double scoring scoreboard didn’t work so well on the first dance – it previewed the first dancer’s second score long before the judges had a chance to whip out their paddles. Took them a couple dances to fix it too. :-)
Heidi: Is it mean that I always laugh when they mess that stuff up?
Courtney: Not at all – if they’re going to do something as dumb as doing 2 scores, then they may as well mess it up while they’re at it. They must have really been having issues when Evan was getting his scores, because they didn’t even use that silly chart.

Most likely to moonlight as a Victoria’s Secret model – Nicole Scherzinger, Kym Johnson, & Edyta Sliwinska. (3-way tie)
Heidi: So, Nicole’s walking down the stairs with Derek and I thought that perhaps she had bought new boobs since the last show. Then I remember the miracle bra – mainly because I saw Kym Johnson wearing that and nearly nothing else, right after pondering Nicole’s situation(s).
Courtney: If I had a body half as good as these three, I would seriously go naked all day long. Maybe throw on some negligee to go to the grocery store or something. But I did notice that Nicole’s “ladies” were looking extra perky, and then noted how big of a difference there was in Edyta’s cleavage between the lead-in package to their actual performance. God bless the Miracle Bra!

Most Ridiculous Studio Decoration – The “HOT HOT HOT!!” flashing neon sign
Heidi: It’s a bad sign that when you have to hang a sign that states what you’re hoping the dances will convey on their own. What, were they afraid we wouldn’t get it?? Oh, wait…
Courtney: There are only 3 places in this world where neon flashing signage is actually effective: cheap casinos, bail bonds offices, and strip clubs. Last I checked, DWTS was not any of those 3 establishments. Well…2 out of 3…not gonna lie, I have had the urge to “tuck a buck” from time to time while watching the show ;-)

The “Heidi is Sick of Gimmicks” Cheese Award – the sob story for votes.
Heidi: Broken toes. Traveling while training. Dead relatives. Hurt back. Whaa whaa whaa – Evan double dips as two of those are his. Dude, spamming for votes AND two sob stories? No, he wasn’t really whining, but I’m with Erin – my favorites are those who get hurt and you never see any evidence of it on camera. Mark Ballas, for example, tore the hell out of his knee and danced on it without broadcasting it before the results show. Derek did the same thing two seasons in a row – and was photographed wearing a heating pad on his shoulder last week. While they were pimping the hell out of Melissa Rycroft’s ribs, Lil’ Kim had the exact same injury and we didn’t hear about it.
Courtney: If they’re in that much pain, I say they just start downing Vicodin a la Dr. House and then, after DWTS, they can do Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. It’s a two-fer! Totally, totally kidding. If you’re gonna whine repeatedly, you may as well just withdraw.

Best unintentional innuendo – Derek Hough, “This is my Love Hand.”
Heidi: :::spew::: Thank you, Baby Jesus. Dude. Right handed, eh? Visualizing, I’m visualing…I’m a bad girl. Even funnier was him realizing what he said, about 5 seconds too late. ;-)
Courtney: While he is indeed yummy, I don’t really wanna think about where that hand has been, hehe. I’d rather see Tony Dovolani’s “Hate Hand”, whereby he sticks a certain finger in Kate’s face after he’s just had enough of her nagging, complaining, and crying.

Most Egregious Vote Whore – Evan Lysacek.  (Dis)honorable Mention – Pam Anderson.
Heidi: Bad, bad Evan. It really sucks when the Olympian shoe-in is the worst about pimping himself for votes. I can at least understand Pam, since she actually hit the bottom two a couple weeks back.
Courtney: Evan is just kinda altogether annoying me right now, between the vote whoring and the whining about the toes. I’m gonna give Pam the “get out of jail free” card for the week, since she is prolly still reeling from being in the bottom 2 the first week. Plus I have a heterosexual woman-crush on her. Viva la Pam!

Best Use of a Prop We Never Thought We’d See Again - Jeff Ross’ rhinestone eye patch, worn by Aiden in the “Double O-Chocinco” fake trailer.
Courtney: Seriously, wardrobe must have peed their pants with excitement when they got to pull this out of storage. And the fact that it was worn by one of Edyta’s former partners (who happened to scratch his cornea) before being worn by Aiden (who got elbowed in the eye by Edyta during their foxtrot) is just an eerie coincidence…or is it? ;-)
Heidi: (tangent) Derek and his love hand and an eye patch………visualizing, I’m visualizing…..

Most Ironic Song Choice – “Wait a Minute” by the Pussycat Dolls for Evan’s tango
Courtney: You happen to choose a song by the group that your biggest competition on the show was the lead singer of…coincidence, or strategy?
Heidi: Or producers who are sick f@#ks. I pick door number 2, Monty. Seriously, they aren’t having much opportunity to pick their own songs this year. See, Nicole’s Jive, and her upcoming Tango (to Pretty Woman?? Fer REAL???)

Most Unexpected Chemistry - Chelsie and Damian during their dance to Sade
Courtney: I was very pleasantly surprised by Damian especially this week, after complaining about “knowing nothing about him” after last week’s show. He had a great rumba with Pam, and then a lovely, dramatic performance with Chelsie. Forget about rumors of Chelsie and Mark dating and Chelsie and Derek dating – I wouldn’t mind seeing Chelsie and Damian together!
Heidi: Who’s Damian?? You mean there is a guy dancing with Pam? You don’t say!! :-) Fer a straight girl, I have a very hard time looking away from Pam. Seriously, finally we get a glimpse at Damian – he’s been a shadow up to now.

Tackiest “Love Props” - the heart pillows in the Celebraquarium, with (dis)honorable mentions for the feathers on the stage for Chad and Cheryl’s rumba and the grapes that Erin was dangling in the guys’ faces
Courtney: Those damn pillows reminded me of this tacky no-tell motel on the edge of town that has heart-shaped vibrating beds with satin sheets. And the fact that the celebs and pros alike were tossing them around ALL NIGHT LONG was just obnoxious. As was Erin dangling grapes in Maks and Jake’s faces (although I give her props for throwing one at Evan, hehe) and Chad and Cheryl collapsing into a big pile of goose down in the middle of the stage, which served no choreographic purpose other than to look romantic. We GET it, guys: it’s rumba and tango night. But do you really need pillows, feathers, and grapes to convey that???
Heidi: Of course they don’t need all that stuff, if it were just THEM. But us real stoopid people who sit at home with our hands in the front of our pants, belching might have missed all the passion floating around. That said, I too give Erin points for throwing a grape at Evan’s head. I also applaud anyone throwing a pillow at anyone else’s head as a way of saying, “Shut the f*&K up.” :-)

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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. :-)

DWTS Season 10, Week 4 Results Show – The Commercials

I could have put these commercials in the Cheesecake Awards, but I actually thought they were kinda funny. Evan, don’t quit your day job. Hell, that goes for the rest of you too. :-)

Double OchoCinco!

Glambo! LOL!!!

ChaChablanca

Tuesday the 13th!!

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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. :-)

DWTS 10, Week 4 – The First Batch of Media

Erin and Maks on TV Guide:

Derek and Nicole on TV Guide:

Niecy and Louis on TV Guide:

April 13, 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. :-)

Spoilers!!! Dancing with the Stars Season 10, Week 4 – The Scoreboard

Another week, another elimination.  This week, I was closer to getting it completely right. Weird thing is – Tom very specifically said that Nicey and Aiden weren’t necessarily the bottom two – which means that Niecy isn’t getting enough votes and they are generating sympathy for her. So who was in the real bottom two with Aiden (our unfortunate eliminated dancer)? Could still have been Jake. Could still have been Kate. I’m leaning toward Kate. Actually, it could have been Niecy too – you never know.

Okay, in summary:

Heidi said: Jake or Aiden with Niecy as a long shot. I was kinda leaning toward Jake, but mainly because I like Aiden better. To be more accurate, I need to listen more to my gut. :-)

Courtney said: Aiden in the Number 9 spot, with Kate in 8 and Niecy in 7.

Dang – we did pretty good this week. :-)  Without knowing who’s dancing what next week, it’s hard to make an advanced description, but I’m going to say that Jake and Kate are in trouble with Niecy still as a long shot. All that is subject to change depending on what dance they get.

Final thoughts-

Heidi: Personally, I think that Niecy is about at the end of her road as is Jake IF he doesn’t slip or do something else to garner sympathy.  I think that Nicole explained well why she was upset, but she has to get her shit together, as does Erin.  I think Derek is very experienced at getting criers (ahem, Shannon) to snap out of it – and Nicole is much more talented of a dancer than Shannon was. Hell, her Rumba was very well done, she just got so upset with herself! RELAX. Erin – needs to relax as well. Fortunately for her, she relates so well to Maks that he should be able to snap her out of it without making her pout.  Evan – runs the risk of getting lost in the drama, but how much of a risk is it, really? Not much. His only real risk is annoying the shit out of me by begging for votes.  Pam – don’t change a thing, doll. :-) Chad’s continued existence depends entirely on what dance he gets next week – but I am starting to like him a good bit.  Kate? Who the hell knows? I bet she lasts two more weeks. Which WILL Piss me off.

Courtney? Anything to add??

Courtney: WOOHOO! For the first time this season, I’ve actually been semi-correct in my predictions! :-D Even though reverse psychology didn’t work as I had hoped and Kate still lives to (attempt to) dance another day, I feel like it was Aiden’s time to go…the poor boy was still moving as awkwardly this week as he did the first week, and I feel like he just wasn’t improving fast enough. But I also think he & Edyta really got dealt a crappy hand when they got “Live Like We’re Dying” as their song – reminded me of last season when Mark & Lacey got “Don’t Lie” as their rumba – both were just screwed, because the songs really didn’t fit the feeling of the rumba.

As for Kate – I’ve almost given up on her getting sent home anytime soon. Clearly the voting audience likes train wrecks. Either that or Kate told her litter of 8 that she’d send them to bed without dinner if they didn’t call in their max amount of votes from their Fisher Price cell phones. Poor Tony – that man looks like he’d rather have a root canal than deal with her histrionics one more day.

I agree with Heidi that Niecy is likely in danger – unless people tire of Kate’s antics, or Louis choreographs something dynamite, I think she could be the one to go next week. Jake could also have some problems, but I think Chelsie’s fans could keep him around for another week or two. I’m actually wondering if people will get sick of Erin & Maks – they’re all over the media, and I’m starting to see the diva side of Erin a bit during their lead-ins. Time will tell, I guess…but VIVA LA PAM!!! I am TOTALLY on board now ;-)

P.S. This results show was jam packed – check back here later or tomorrow for a whole bunch of video, including all the cheesy commercials. :-)

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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. :-)

DWTS Season 10, Week 4 – Dancing by the Numbers

There isn’t much to say this week – except to say I was right about a lot of stuff and wrong about others. :-)

Nicole is holding back (or it’s nerves getting the better of her), Erin is now in denial mode about having a relationship with Maks, Kate STILL has 8 kids, Niecy got too emotional and Louis broadcast too much, and Evan is so perfect that he’s in danger of getting lost in the shuffle of all this DRAMA. Also becoming a possibility – my long ago prediction that Pam could be the dark horse of this competition. I see Courtney is now on her bandwagon. ;-)

And what the hell is wrong with the judges? I thought both Erin, Nicole and Niecy might all burst into tears. What’s really funny is listening to the pros who aren’t on this season (Jonathan and Alec, mainly) talk about how wack the judges are – I had this visual of one of them (I think it was Jonathan) walking away from twitter in disgust after they scored Nicole’s dance. And Alec thought they were outrageous as well (now Alec is getting serious hell on twitter for saying Nicole is the best female in 10 seasons). Virtually across the board. I keep wondering if there is some sort of method to their madness. Are they being overly harsh on some to get them sympathy votes? Being nice to Kate (who did improve) to eliminate the sympathy for her? What? Anyway…

The MATH.

Here are the Judges Scores:

Dancer/Score
Evan/52
Nicole/50
Pam/47
Chad/44
Erin/39
Jake/38
Niecy/36
Aiden/33
Kate/32
Total Judges Points Awarded = 371

Oh boy. The judges didn’t do Aiden, Niecy or Jake ANY favors with the scores they handed out. Awful lot of bunching. I’m going to go on record right now and say that I think Kate is safe again. Erin is close to that group, but I think people are voting for romance, so I’m going to call her safe too.

Dividing the individual scores by the total points awarded gives you the following percentages:

Dancer/Percentage of Total
Evan/14.02
Nicole/13.48
Pam/12.67
Chad/11.86
Erin/10.51
Jake/10.24
Niecy/9.70
Aiden/8.89
Kate/8.63

Like I said last week, the Kate haters have to VOTE for someone else – like Aiden, Jake or Niecy – in order for Kate to go home. With this point spread (or lack thereof), I think she’s safe this week. I think it’s either Aiden or Jake – with Niecy as a long shot.

I’m doing the voting portion a bit differently than I have in the past – with a nod to a poster on Television Without Pity for giving me the idea. Here’s my current GUESS at how I think the voting might go, in order of most to least votes received:

Dancer/Votes
Evan– STILL far and away the ringer of the season based on fanbase and ability, I don’t see this changing unless he breaks a leg or Anna choreographs a total crap freestyle. His Tango was much better than his quickstep, for sure.

Pam – Four way tie for votes with Nicole, Erin and Chad. Great rumba – she may take over this competition if Nicole can’t relax, Evan gets too boring, and Erin falls apart.

Nicole – Danced very well, although she seemed afraid of either Derek or the dance. Or both. The judges being mean to her actually works in her favor, though, I think. She has GOT to get over her Len thing – there are 3 judges sitting up there and an audience to please. I think she (or Derek) still has the audience, but she risks losing Bruno and Carrie-Ann with the focus on Len. She needs to listen to what Bruno said – he pretty much put it out there. Plus, she could be perfect and Len would still give her an 8.

Erin –I think Erin can still rely on the chemistry factor, but I wonder if the bloom is a little off the rose. I don’t know, really. I have to fully agree with Bruno in his comments regarding the dance – very awkward, IMO. She, like Nicole, was far too worried about all the STUFF and just didn’t let go. In any case, I’m calling her safe this week.

Chad – Look out, people, Chad is starting to get the hang of this thing. Or maybe it’s just the rumba that worked for him.

Niecy – Tough call here. I agreed with the judges comments. And I’m not so sure she’s safe because she’s playing it too safe on the dance floor. It’s getting to be crunch time and I had never heard of her before this show, so does she have a big fanbase?? No idea. I think she’s a remote possibility for the bottom 2.

Kate – I think she did indeed have a mini-breakthrough like Bruno said. But still awful. And still safe.

Jake – Attitude adjustment time for Jake – was it in time? I doubt it. Jake was in the bottom two last week, which means I over estimated the power of the Bachelor (or at least, THIS Bachelor). Question is, was it lazy fans who will pour it on this week, or do people just not like him? I think he might be in trouble.

Aiden – Poor Aiden. I think. No love from the judges. On the bright side, being the soap stud is probably helping. But I’m afraid he’s running out of time. It may be him and Jake in the bottom two tonight.

Okay, revisting the bottom four dancers in terms of judges scores, we have:
Jake/10.24
Niecy/9.70
Aiden/8.89
Kate/8.63

Kate is only 0.27 percentage points behind Aiden. What this means is, in order to stay over Aiden is that she has to get 2,700 more votes than Aiden per 1 million votes cast. That is nothing, if millions are voting – and Tom implied last week they were. So, for that reason, I think Kate will be with us for another week, at least.

What about Jake? Can Kate leapfrog above Jake leaving a bottom three of Niecy, Aiden and Jake? Kate is 1.62 % behind Jake, meaning she has to get 16, 200 more votes per 1 million votes cast to pass Jake. Sounds like a lot, but relatively speaking, it’s actually not. I think she can and will do it. Thank the housewives who relate to her.

The next question is: who is getting the votes between Aiden, Niecy and Jake? I would bet (not real money :-)) that Aiden can beat Jake at the very least. Aiden is 1.35 % behind Jake, meaning that he has to get 13,500 votes more than Jake for every 1 million votes cast. What do you think? Is it possible. Judging each guy on their own merits, I think most women are going to pick Aiden over Jake. Aiden only has to beat one person to stay in the competition.

Just for the sake of argument, let’s look at how Kate stacks up against Pam – a current judge favorite, at least, but she has been under the red light of doom. Pam is 4.04% ahead of Kate in the judges scoring, which means that Kate would have to get 40,400 votes more than Pam for every 1 million votes cast. You think she can’t? Read the comments for article like this one, where her fans spam for her.

I guess I’ve convinced myself, at least, that Jake and Aiden are still the two in trouble. But it could be Niecy because she’s not as endearing on camera as she once was, plus they gave her slow dances and a crap dance spot.

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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. :-)

DWTS10 Week 4 Power Rankings

Tonight’s show has made me very, very crabby – odds are because I feel like I’m living in a parallel universe.  The people who usually stink did decently well, while the people who usually do decently well kinda stunk (except maybe Evan, but he’s so friggin’ safe it doesn’t really matter); the costumes sucked; the music sucked; and this two-score system sucked.  Let’s not even talk about the fact that Kim from The Real Housewives of Atlanta was sitting in the audience. I’m left with an overall feeling of SUCK. Not a happy camper…but let’s get on with it, I guess…

1.)    Evan & Anna – I actually wasn’t wowed by this tango – the choreo felt rather boring, and I am still getting a cold feeling from Evan.  He is improving each week, yes; but I am still not getting enough from him performance-wise.  Thought the choice of song was a bit ironic; wasn’t wild about the costumes, either.  But he didn’t foul up, and he got the highest scores of the night – and like Heidi, I am still fairly certain he is getting the biggest piece of the voting pie.  I don’t think they’ll get the encore for a second week in a row (I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be either Pam or Chad), but I sincerely doubt they’re even remotely close to being in danger…so you can rest your Twitter finger this week, Evan ;-)

 2.)    Pam & Damian – Ok, I’m putting it out there: these two are my faves this season.  I was so proud of Pam this week (and not just because she was wearing a shirt from Express that I also happen to own ;-) ) – she managed to wow the judges without being over-the-top sexy, and even managed pull out a sort of subtle vulnerability.  Granted, her rumba may not have been as difficult as Nicole’s, and her hair is still obscuring her face; but I found myself enjoying it the most out of all the rumbas because it felt sincere.  And while I hated most of the costumes tonight, I would have to say Pam’s is the one I would be most likely to don myself – she looked very pretty. Add to that the magical powers of the money spot (for the second time this season…hmmmm), and I’d say these two are pretty safe this week – and will hopefully get the encore ;-)

  3.)    Nicole & Derek – Oh dear Heidi, I’m afraid your suspicions about Nicole “throwing cold water” all over that rumba weren’t unwarranted – something was seriously wrong with homegirl tonight.  Perhaps nervous about giving everyone the “wrong idea”? Whatever it was, it managed to make what could have been a really good rumba just ok.  She seemed really hesitant with her hip action and almost uncomfortable looking Derek in the eye; but I was really impressed by her demonstrations of flexibility and that managed to redeem her a bit for me.  Definitely felt a lot more heat from Derek than from her on this one – but are we really that surprised? ;-) I think they’ll be safe this week, but hopefully they’ll get something really up-tempo (and not the least bit intimate) next week to help them climb back up the leaderboard.

4.)    Chad & Cheryl – Ugh.  I wanted to hate this rumba soooo much.  And while I still think it was really, really tacky – the feathers, the man-handling, all that god-awful fabric – Chad did improve, and these two are still riding high on the showmance gravy train.  I saw more coverage of this odd couple this week than any other couple on the show, and they’re still playing awfully coy about the whole thing, throwing out the  “are we or aren’t we?” card whenever they can.  Blech.  These two aren’t going home this week…thanks again Bengals fans, and thanks to you showmance fans too…now excuse me while I barf. 

5.)    Jake & Chelsie – Remember last season when Aaron & Karina danced a quickstep with Muppets? Well, from the way Jake was cheesing during this tango, I felt like maybe the Muppets had come back for another cameo this season.  Cracked me UP.  In all honesty, though, I actually thought he did pretty damn good (even better than Erin) – up until the part where he tripped.  TWICE.  Oy.  But he did get a pretty good song, which seemed to help, and his fans will rally this week after last week’s scare.  Enjoy your free pass this week, Jakey. 

6.)    Erin & Maks – Big disappointment this week.  Erin was the most awkward I’ve seen her all season – worse even than her cha-cha on the first night.  She’s still really struggling with her frame, and tonight’s “sexy times” with Maks didn’t feel steamy & alluring like they did during last week’s waltz – they just felt fake & forced.  Kind of surprising coming off the tails of their lovey-dovey spread in People last week.  I thought Maks did a good job of putting a lot of “meaty” tango content into the routine, but all-in-all, it all just kinda fell flat for me.  Even the costume – I loathe gowns with built-in gloves.  No help from running order either – they got stuck in the crap spot. I’m gonna say these two are PROBABLY okay this week, based on a few residual sympathy votes from Erin’s continued death threats (*yawn*) and of course, the magazine attention – but I’m crossing my fingers that they give Erin another Latin dance next week (samba, perhaps?) that she can use to bounce back. 

7.)    Niecy & Louis – Niecy, Niecy, Niecy.  I am just always left wanting a little bit more from your performances.  Yet another night where you had such simple choreography, yet still managed to get lost in the emotion of the dance.  Please, for your sake & mine, let’s hope you get a fun, flirty dance next week where you don’t have to show any sort of deep-seated emotion.  I mean, you’re not bad, but you’re not great, either – if you don’t pick up the pace, you may take Chad’s place as the most disappointing cast member this season for me.  I think there’s a slight chance these two could be in danger, but I’m gonna cross my fingers that the bottom two this week are correct… 

8.)    Kate & Tony – What better way for you to start the lead-in package than whining & complaining some more, Kate? I swear, I see a little more of Tony die each time I see him interacting with this infernal woman.  While Kate wasn’t completely unbearable to watch this week (I will admit, she did move around just a tiny bit more in the tango than in the paso), she still was a brick wall emotionally, and looked as though she would rather be anywhere but back on the dance floor again.  Hate to say it, Kate, but even Adam Lambert couldn’t inject any feeling into that tango.  I still want to see her go home – but everytime I predict that she does, she sticks around another week.  So, in a desperate act of reverse psychology, I’m going to predict that you DON’T go home, hoping that the opposite in fact occurs.  See? Perfect logic at work there ;-) 

9.)    Aiden & Edyta – Who did these two piss off in order to get the crappiest rumba song of the night? It certainly didn’t do them any favors, as Aiden still needs all the help he can get out there on the floor – he’s still the most awkward mover this season, and let’s face it – he was still just a prop out there, with Edyta gyrating around him.  Now don’t get me wrong, I really like the guy, and there are certain nameless people I would much rather see go home than him.  But I don’t think even the power of All My Children is going to save him this week after that non-event of a rumba.  Then again, he (hopefully) might just end up in danger, only to have his fans rally next week and keep him around a bit longer.  Here’s to believing in reverse psychology – get thee to a nunnery, Kate!

 Ugh.  I need to go lay down now, after such a crummy & disappointing night of dancing.  Are you guys equally as disappointed, or do I just need a nightcap? ;-) HOLLER!

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