So, we’re going to continue comparing our Dancing of the Stars Champions, pitting two of them against the other using the first dance they did. We have 12 seasons, so we have a few more days (at least, haha). So last, we had Season 1 champ Kelly vs Season 2 champ Drew which you can see here. You can continue to vote which dance you prefer, Kelly or Drew.
Today, we will turn our attention to Season 3 Champ Emmitt Smith and Season 4 Champ Apolo Anton Ohno. Upcoming will see Helio vs Kristy, Brooke vs Shawn, Donny vs Nicole, Jennifer vs Hines. And at the end of our Champion Comparisons, I’m thinking of creating one mega post, pitting the 6 winners against each other using their Week 5 dance. Ultimately, only one can be DOD Champion, and we’ll post the final winner’s Freestyle. I could make this series go longer, but I do want to begin to focus on other things to feature in our Dance of the Day, such as favorite rumbas or quickstep or theme dance, randomly chosen, or dances requested in the comments.
It’s Emmitt and Apolo Day!!
SEASON 3: Emmitt Smith is a football player, and Carrie Ann’s original “Twinkle Toes.” His professional partner was Cheryl Burke, in her second season on the show. Season 3 was the first season I saw, and I’ve been hooked on the show since. Emmitt’s win made Cheryl the FIRST Professional dancer on DWTS to have 2 wins, and the first back to back winner.
SEASON 4: Apolo Anton Ohno is a speed skater, and a multiple Olympic gold medal winner. At the time he competed in DWTS, he was also actively training and racing in World Class speed skating, and he had to fit training for DWTS into his already hectic schedule for his speed skating. His professional partner was Julianne Hough in her first season of the show, she was 18 years old, the youngest professional dancer on the show. (She still holds that title, since Chelsie Hightower was 19 yo when she started on the show)
Without further ado, here’s our Champions in their first week
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke performed a cha cha on Week 1 to “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield.
Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough performed a cha cha on Week 1 to “Let’s Hear It For the Boy” by Deniece Williams
Again, we’ll take a Poll… Which dance did you prefer, Emmitt or Apolo? Tell us why in the comments!
I’m taking an idea from the comments, and trying to figure this out as I go. I am going to be honest and say that I am deciding how these posts will go, as I make them, and will use ideas and dances you want to see again, when they fit the post.
For now, let’s compare the Champions of each season, using their FIRST dance, and their first impression on the show.
Season 1 Champion is KELLY MONACO, with her professional partner, ALEC MAZO. They danced a Waltz to “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston.
Season 2 Champion is DREW LACHEY, with his professional partner, CHERYL BURKE. They danced a Cha-Cha, and I don’t have the song, so if you can place it, PLEASE tell us in the comments to the song “She Bangs” by Ricky Martin.
Let’s take a POLL! Which dance do you prefer, and why? Answer in the comments.
As reported earlier, “Ballroom With A Twist” is currently receiving some fantastic reviews and here’s yet another from LA Weekly.
One of Dancing With The Stars’ professional dancers, Louis Van Amstel, stages his own show after an illustrious 20-year career as a performer and competitive dancer. His fluidly staged, marvelously high-caliber entertainment (with a couple of also-ran American Idol singers (Gina Glocksen and David Hernandez) thrown into the mix, moves seamlessly from fast numbers to slow ballads, from dance to song and back again. Athletic bodies draped with Randall Designs’ gorgeous costumes cavort through Van Amstel’s well-orchestrated spectacle, which also celebrates diversity with its casting of various races and body shapes. Van Amstel hosts the evening, assisted by hilarious comedienne Niecy Nash (his partner from the most recent season of DWTS). She brings welcome humor when not tearing up the dance floor. The costumes are figure-hugging sexy, flowing and dazzling (with rhinestones) as well as casual and relaxed for some of the modern dance numbers. Van Amstel’s exceptional choreography feels liberated from the constraints and repetition of competitive ballroom regulations. Salsa, Paso Doble, Jitterbug, Quickstep, Waltz and Argentine Tango – Van Amstel name-checks every dance style, yet pairs each number with everything from slow ballad duets to clubby dance mixes of classic and contemporary tunes — something for everyone.
Mitsy Gaynor hosted the show on January 20th. She posted some fun photos of the night at her facebook account which you can see one photo below. Be sure to see more at the link.
Anna and Jonathan were interviewed by Ballroom Fantasy on “Ballroom With A Twist” and all of their past, current, and future projects (including personally). This is a great interview. They are so cute! I can’t embed the video. So be sure to see it >>>HERE.
I’m loving the costumes. Randall Christensen has done a good job for this show and I like his work on Dancing With The Stars for the most part too. Rachael Ray has been really critical of his work on her show. So much so, Randall sent her a letter and she apologized which you can see in the video below.
In other Ballroom news, next weekend the first Superstars of Ballroom Dance Camp will take place at the Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention Center on Feb. 4-6th. You can take classes with your favorite pros from Dancing With The Stars. Details below with pricing and more information at Dancing and Romancing.
On Friday, the dance scene will be hot and sexy with salsa classes with Paul Barris, cha cha with Dmitry Chaplin or Elena Grinenko and rumba witih Tony Dovolani. That will get you prepared for the salsa part that evening with Angel Lebron y su Sabor Latino.
Saturday, there will be more Latin dances (samba with Dmitry Chaplin, rumba with Corky Ballas, paso doble with Tony Dovolani and tango with Elena Grinenko). Chelsie Hightower will be giving waltz lessons, and Nick Kosovich will be teaching foxtrot and Vienesse waltz. For those who want something daring, there is a lift class and a spin, dip and variation class.
Saturday evening, there will be a dinner show and party with Dovolani, Hightower, Chaplin and Cheryl Burke performing. On Sunday, it’s West Coast swing, Cuban motion, Argentine tango, Lindy hop, jive (with Kym Johnson), Bolero and East Coast swing. As you can imagine, Sunday night is a swing party! As we reported earlier, private dance lessons with Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke have already sold out. Corky Ballas, who trained Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Julianne Hough has one slot left!
Monday Monday!! What’s up? We need our show back for this day, don’t we?
In a few things to share today, check out Edyta and Alec in this new “Ballroom With A Twist” interview from KTLA (posted by Edyta at her twitter).
Below is a picture of Jonathon and Anna at the “Ballroom With A Twist” Red Carpet last week. You can see pictures of Niecy, Louis, Edyta, and Alec too in cool gallery >>> HERE. They all look incredible.
“Ballroom With a Twist” is getting some great reviews. Check out this excerpt from Grigware. They are giving it 5 stars! The link is featuring some cool pics too and note how Randall Christensen (DWTS costume designer) designed the costumes.
Nash, known to TV audiences from Clean House, is one funny lady who is not afraid to go out on a limb and dances, as she did on Dancing with the Stars – not without whining – with partner, smooth Van Amstel, until she literally drops to the floor. In true diva style she takes mic in mind while still on the floor panting and motions for one of the dancers to help her to her feet. It’s a priceless moment. Van Amstel’s stamina is truly amazing! This company of dancers, in fact, all have sensational stamina and dexterity and are perhaps the prettiest group of people to be seen on a Hollywood stage. Scantily clad for many numbers, guys shirtless and gals showing plenty of leg and midriff, they create eye candy galore. It is surely not in vain that the opening song is Burt Bacharach’s “The Look of Love”, atmosphere which suits the entire sexy entourage. Featured dancers from Dancing With the Stars include: Alec Mazo, Jonathan Roberts, Edyta Sliwinska and Anna Trebunskaya, all demonstrating consistently terrific moves.
Twist shows the new spin on dancing which began with the TV show’s phenomenal presentation of the waltz, tango, merengue, samba, salsa, etc boldly executed with lots of acrobatic moves. It makes the dancers exciting – no, chilling – to watch. An added surprise in the stage show which comes in Act II is a dance lesson for and with the audience, taught by Van Amstel. Yep, folks, you’ll get up and shake your booty. If I can do it, so can you! Fun, fun, fun!
Edyta posted this picture at her twitter account of her and Alec. It was taken before the “Fever” performance with Jonathan and Anna.
So now The Mirror is really getting on my nerves again. They’ve reported that Derek has quit the show (to spend more time with Cheryl). Yeah right! I’ll believe it when I see it. When will they ever stop with all the rumors already? It’s pathetic how they won’t leave him or Cheryl alone.
BESOTTED Derek Hough is planning to quit the hit American TV show Dancing With The Stars – so he can spend more time with girlfriend Cheryl Cole.
Derek, 25, has told friends he wants to leave the US version of Strictly Come Dancing to be at Cheryl’s side when she moves to Los Angeles in the spring.
Filming for the new series, in which Derek is current champion, starts in March – the same time Cheryl, 27, is due to move to the US to start work as a judge on the American X Factor.
A friend said: “Derek is keen to move on. He has won the show three times and thinks it is time for a change. And he wants to be there to help Cheryl settle into her new life.”
In other news on Derek, not sure what’s up, but Julianne just posted this tweet while I was writing this post up which makes me wonder on the rumor from the Mirror above now? But, my bet is that Derek and Julianne won’t be away in China too long. So, what do you think this new project could be about?
@OfficialDHough and I are doing a project in Hong kong, we start practicing today… Can’t wait… I haven’t danced with him in over 1.5 yrs
Lastly, Cheryl hosted the Joe Barry Memorial Cup Finals in Florida over the weekend. Startrack has a great Gallery of her at the event you won’t want to miss seeing. Here is a picture she tweeted too. Dad, I know. I’ve made your day.
Ok, that is all for now Dancettes. Have a super day!! xxxx
Hey, check out this new fun picture of Kym!! As you can see, she lit up the Australia Open on Friday. Some details below in a take from 10balls.com. (Novak Djokovic a DWTS contestant in the making maybe? How cool would that be? I’d love to see it. )
So, when Kym Johnson of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ fame – she was David Hasselhoff’s partner last season – happened to mention that she had tickets for Friday, she was asked if she wouldn’t mind bringing one of spangly frocks and maybe teaching a player a few moves. Out on Court 16. It was a match made in heaven: Kym and Novak (Novak Djokovic) strutting their stuff in the summer sunshine.
Kym put Djoko through his paces, teaching him the cha-cha-cha, while he showed off his muscles with a few lifts. Encouraged to take his shirt off by one of the photographers (and, really, it doesn’t take much to get Novak to get his kit off), he was happily swirling Kym around as if he had been practising this dancing lark for years. According to Kym, Novak is a fast learner. According to the look on Novak’s face, Kym could ask him to dance any time she liked. He even gave her a tennis lesson and Kym even managed to hit a ball or two. In a quiet week, Kym and Novak (hang on, wasn’t she a film star?) brightened up the Open nicely.
Lacey and Cheryl were in Florida this past week to help Christen the new “Disney Dream” cruise ship. Here they are visiting Pink, the ship’s “chic, champagne-inspired” lounge. I have to say I am liking Lacey’s new hair color a lot.
Also, featured below is a new professional shot of Lacey. She recently had some cool photos taken by “Cean One Photography“. You can see more of this shoot at her Twitter account.
Speaking of cool photo shoots, Peta has done an amazing spread for Brendan Vale Courture. Beautiful and I have a feeling John will love her hair.
Mark has been posting fan pictures as he tours for his new album “HurtLoveBox”. Here’s one taken of him and Chelsie at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs on Jan. 19th (Courtesy of fan Cindy Krumpet). You can see more pics at his Facebook page.
And here they are being interviewed and dancing….
Edyta tweeted a picture of Alec, Anna, and Jonathon at a coffee shop between their two “Ballroom With A Twist” performances yesterday.
Here is Anna and Edyta before the second show.
Louis also tweeted a “cast” picture right after the show.
Thanks Louis and Edyta. As reported earlier, Ballroom With A Twist began it’s run in Los Angeles, CA. Friday night. Details and ticket information at the link.
Derek was interviewed at MSA Celebration this week. He was asked about who he’d like to see on the show. They throw out some names but he’s not sure who they are. lol
Lastly, if you’d like to read about Brooke’s take on her and Derek’s “Mirror Ball Trophey” story, go HERE to read an excerpt out of her new book “The Naked Mom”. Thanks to twitter friend @georgiagirlatl and @dwtsgossip for this tip.
Just a few things to share with you today. First of all and drum rolls please, “Dancing With The Stars” has been nominated for NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Reality Series” along with American Idol, America’s Next Top Model, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and Sunday Best. You can cast your vote (you have to be a NAACP Member or become one) HERE. The 42nd NAACP Image Awards will take place and air on FOX March 4th.
Speaking of award shows, Julianne Hough has been pictured at a Golden Globe pre-party this week. I wonder if we’ll ever see her dance on the show again now that she’s hit movie and music stardom? I hope so. The Golden Globes are taking place on Sunday on NBC. Maybe she will grace the Red Carpet with Ryan Seacrest on one arm and Derek on the other?
My google alerts have been filled with the US press finally catching the news that Maks is filming The Bachelor in the Ukraine which he announced last month. It’s funny how they are slow to catch on to this news. Erin Andrews said the same in this new interview on Access Hollywood. lol She also talks about her and Maks’ friendship and you can see a few of the clips of him om the show. Read more..
“You come out and show me a proper dance. I’m fed up, Maks, with shirts coming off.” – Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodman
Remember that one? LOL I am so missing this show, are you? It’s the “calm before the storm” though. I can feel it.
So, first up in some weekend updates, a reminder to watch “Miss America” Saturday night on ABC. Brooke Burke will be helping to host. Tony Dovolani will be one the judges. He’s going to have his work cut out for him. You can see some of the contestants below presenting themselves on the Las Vegas Strip outside of the Planet Hollywood with Boys To Men as the Master of Ceremony.
Cheryl has been so busy. Along with her “Forever Tango” tour, she’s also offering free dance lessons for local teens at Burke’s Mountain View, California ballroom on Jan. 12th. More details below and a promotional picture of her from Mountainview.patch.com. (are her shoes not cute, or what? )
Keep your dance card open for Monday, when “Dancing with the Stars” two-time champion Cheryl Burke and fellow dancers from the hit musical Forever Tango will appear at her Mountain View ballroom. From 6-11:30 p.m. Burke and her troupe will host free dance classes for teenagers from local schools. This fundraiser will benefit “The Dance Club Mountain View,” a program developed by the nonprofit Mountain View Police Activities League and Cheryl Burke Dance Mountain View.
For those of you missing Alec and Edyta like myself (cries, please bring these two back!!), here they are opening the show for the Everett Dance Competition in California last month.
Mark was interviewed by The News Herald this week in promotion for his new album “HurtLoveBox”. He also mentions dancing which you can read on below. Be sure to read the link for the full story and interview.
When asked what dance he would perform to each of his solo songs, Ballas graciously said “Faith” would be a rumba, while “The Way You Work” would be a tango. Welcome to Ballas’s world, where despite his best efforts to get his music career off the ground the reality is his popularity orbit remains steadfastly “Dancing With the Stars”-based.
There’s something about Ballas’ personality that has allowed him to become the go-to professional dancer for contestants with, if not baggage then, interesting pop culture history.
“I try to not pay attention to the media,” Ballas said. “When I meet the person I go in with a clean slate and just meet them and take them for what they really are and who they really are rather than what people perceive and write about them. So I had great partners. I’ve never had one rude or obnoxious.”
Mark also taught a “Master Class” for “Dare to Dance” in Cincinnati, Ohio while he was there this past week. The donations went to help his foundation which helps suicide preventation and mental health awareness.
And just a mention on Paula Abdul’s new show “Live To Dance” for those of you who watched the show this past week and were discussing it in other posts. Apparently the ratings weren’t very good on the second night. This source is calling it a “flop”. From Robot Celeb.
On Tuesday night the show debuted to 10.3 million viewers. That is about half the size of the audience that American Idol gets, but still it was a decent number and not a terrible starting place. On Wednesday the show aired the second half of the premiere and finished off the first round of auditions. It also lost about 23% of its audience. Viewership plummeted to around 8 million viewers. It finished fourth in its timeslot behind The People’s Choice Awards, Modern Family and Law & Order: SVU. Worse yet was its collapse in ratings among the much coveted 18-49 year old demographic. Here it dropped about 25% from a 2.4 rating on Tuesday to a 1.8 on Wednesday. Essentially, that means that almost all of their loss in viewers was in the 18-49 age range. Not a good sign.
I would expect it to get worse in coming weeks. In two weeks the show will play head to head with the much anticipated debut of American Idol. That will most likely draw more of her viewers away.
If there is a silver lining to the clouds it is that that Live to Dance is just a short run show scheduled to end in mid-February so the odds are that they won’t cancel her mid-season. No matter how badly things could get they will probably let her finish out the full season. They have already committed much of the money by building her the dome building and finding the contestants. What is left will be pretty cheap in comparison.
I don’t know that this loss is ratings is the announcement of the death of Live to Dance, but it certainly proves one thing for sure. Paula Abdul clearly didn’t have the much of an influence on the success of American Idol.
Ok Dancettes, that is all for now!! Have a super weekend! xxx
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. 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
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
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:
Val Chmerkovskiy (yes, how I would love to see Val brought on board. He’s equally as good as Maks is)
For the Female Pros:
If you were following last season, I tried to predict scores for the stars before they actually started dancing. Well here I am again, using a more “advanced” statistical analysis to try to predict where each celeb will ultimately end up.
These calculations are based on three factors:
- Age Group: Taking the average of all the placements of all past celebrities and breaking them down by age group (teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, etc), it came to pass that those in their teens through 30s tend to do better than those in their 40s on up. As in on average three placements better. That being said, the celebs (on average) place lower in accordance with their age… with one notable exception: those in their 60s tend to place higher than those in their 50s.
- Occupation: Again taking the average of all the placements of all past celebrities and breaking them down by occupation. I know there are a lot of celebs that work in multiple mediums, however, I am focusing on the medium that they are best know for. David Hasselhoff is known for Baywatch thus he’s known as an actor. Brandy is best known for her music thus she’s in the singer category. And yes Reality stars have their own category and those like Bristol Palin are found in the “other” category.
- Professional Dancer: And yes, I even went so far as to calculate the average placement of all the professional partners through all the seasons. I tried to normalize the result as much as possible, but obviously as much as I try to make this a scientific calculation, it is only half the battle.
After averaging all three of the above factors out I come up with a fairly decent representation of how the celebs could be placed in competition. Granted things will change with every passing season, but we’ll see how things go.
In Part II of the DWTS Stat Class: Who has the Edge? I will present the above three factors in action and give a bit of an analysis of each factor as well as my thoughts, and then follow that with a final averaged placement.
So for your reading enjoyment… I will give you the ranking of the pros (including Alec, Edyta, and Julianne for nostalgia’s sake) in order of ranking from highest to lowest.
The professional dancers (dancers participating on Season 11 are in bold):
1.) Derek Hough – 6 Seasons
2.) Julianne Hough – 5 Seasons
3.) Cheryl Burke – 9 Seasons
4.) Lacey Schwimmer – 3 Seasons
5.) Kym Johnson – 7 Seasons
6.) Chelsie Hightower – 3 Seasons
7.) Dmitry Chaplin – 2 Seasons
8.) Karina Smirnoff – 7 Seasons
9.) Louis van Amstel – 6 Seasons
10.) Mark Ballas – 6 Seasons
11.) Tony Dovolani – 9 Seasons
12.) Corky Ballas – 1 Season
13.) Maksim Chmerkovskiy – 8 Seasons
14.) Anna Trebunskaya – 5 Seasons
15.) Edyta Sliwinska – 10 Seasons
16.) Alec Mazo – 5 Seasons
17.) Ashly Costa (nee DelGrosso) – 4 Seasons
18.) Jonathan Roberts – 7 Seasons