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DWTS 15, Week 4: Paula Abdul is Going to Be “Judging from the Heart” Next Week

As many of you already know, Paula Abdul is going to be saddling up to the judges’ table as a guest judge next week.  She took a moment to chat with Access Hollywood after the show Tuesday night about what we can expect from her as a judge:

First impression? Paula’s a little out of it, as always, and from the way she makes it sound, she’s probably going to be pretty lenient in her scoring, since she doesn’t really have a background in ballroom…although that won’t likely matter this coming week, as no one is really doing “real ballroom”, save for Shawn & Derek. As I said to someone on Twitter last night – “I bet they don’t even bother giving her any paddle lower than an 8.5!” Other predictions? Her critiques are probably going to be kinda awkward & rambling, and I’m betting Tom is going to have to cut her off at least once.  Hope you’re armed with plenty of clever exit strategies, Berge ;-)  Later in the interview, they also ask Paula what she thinks about the current season of X-Factor (with new judges Demi Lovato & Britney Spears – replacements for Paula & Nicole Scherzinger) and the feuding between judges Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj on American Idol – both questions she politely dodges. :-P

For those of you who’ve expressed curiousity as to how the presence of an extra judge could affect the results this coming week, check out this “By the Numbers” post Heidi did back in week 7 of season 12 (“Ballroom Greats” week), when famed Latin dancer Donnie Burns was a guest judge. It pretty clearly illustrates how 3 judges vs. 4 judges can affect scoring. The biggest impact will be that the overall point total will increase – which will decrease the margins between points, and actually make it easier to cover the spread.  So for those of you hoping for Bristol to get ousted – I wouldn’t get your hopes up :-( But who knows…maybe Paula will be off her meds and really gouge Bristol’s score.  A girl can dream :-D

October 11, 2012 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

DWTS More Coverage Of Casa Dorada’s New Year’s Eve Barefoot Formal (Photos, Video)

The Zaring Group has sent us some awesome photos from Casa Dorada’s New Year’s Eve Barefoot Formal which, as most of you know from previous reports, took place in Cabo San Lucas this past weekend. Performers from three different reality shows, “Dancing with the Stars,” “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” collaborated to entertain guests at Casa Dorada’s New Year’s party.

The event was hosted by Mary Murphy (“So You Think You Can Dance” judge) and featured performances and entertainment by “Dancing with the Stars” Louis Van Amstel, Anna Trebunskaya, Jonathan Roberts, Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin; “American Idol’s” Michael Johns, Melinda Doolittle, Rickey Smith, LaToya London; “So You Think You Can Dance’s” Allison Holker and Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss.

According to The Zaring Group, everyone sang Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration” to close out the night and welcome in 2012 with a fireworks display over the Sea of Cortez.

Casa Dorada’s New Year’s Eve Barefoot Formal was produced by The Zaring Group. The stage show was presented by Jay D. Schwartz and Louis Van Amstel, with Louis choreographing as well as performing.

The photos below of Allison and tWitch, Jonathan, Chelsie, and Dmitry were taken by Enrique Morales. The photo with Anna and Louis was taken by Omar Wrtiz/Fernando Lugo.

Special thanks to Kathy of The Zaring Group for taking us there up close and personal!!

Also, below is a fun video of Chelise, Dmitry, and Stephen tWitch Boss performing and dancing to “Moves Like Jagger”. Thanks to the Dmitry Dream Team at facebook for the find.

I think I know where I’d like to go next New Year’s if they hold this event again! How about you? :)

ADDING: You can view another performance HERE of Jonathan Roberts, Mary Murphy, Dmitry Chaplin, Louis Van Amstel and Chelsie Hightower dancing to Melinda Doolittle and LaToya London’s “Proud Mary”.

January 3, 2012 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.

Dancers Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts To Host Ballroom With A Twist

It’s time to plan a trip to California if you are a fan to Anna Trebunskaya and husband, Jonathan Roberts. The two will be hosting “Ballroom With A Twist” on January 20th and 21st at the Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego. Below are some more details on all the performers….

Star Watch: It’s the who’s who of the dance and singing world, joining together for an evening of grace, athleticism, and passion. Dancing with the Stars hot-shot couple Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts host both nights of Ballroom with a Twist and are joined by vocals from LaKisha Jones, David Hernandez, Gina Glocksen, and Michael Sarver. The show is conceived and choreographed by Dancing with the Stars’ Emmy-nominated Louis van Amstel and conducted by Matthew Garbutt.

You can read more at Sign On San Diego.

For ticket information, visit San Diego Symphony.

December 27, 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.

“A Cinderella Christmas” Opens For Second Year, DWTS Mark Ballas Choreographs

Back by popular demand this Christmas season in North Hollywood, CA is the stage show “Cinderella Christmas”. The Bonnie Lithgoe production features Baron HardUp as Willard, recording artist “Bean” as the fairy godmother, American Idol’s David Hernandez as Dandini, and more fun stars. Even more cool is that Dancing With The Stars pro Mark Ballas updated and choreographed the dancing. I would so like to see what he came up with for the songs below….

The production is helmed by Bonnie Lythgoe from So You Think You Can Dance (Australia) and choreographed by Dancing With the Stars’ Mark Ballas, with American Idol’s Michael Orland serving as Musical Director. Bonnie Lythgoe, Kris Lythgoe, and Becky Baeling are producers. An updated version of the classic tale, “A Cinderella Christmas” features family-friendly updates, a comedic twist and modern music, including “Let’s Get Loud” by Jennifer Lopez, “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga, Michael Buble’s “Just Haven’t Met You Yet” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway.”

You can read more on the show here as well as on information on how you can obtain tickets. “Cinderella Christmas” will run from December 22 to January 8 at the El Portal. Also, if interested, follow and watch this Facebook page closely as they may post coverage of the show and production as it unfolds more in the coming days.

December 11, 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.

Dancing With The Stars Pros To Perform In Cabo San Lucas, Mexico On New Year’s Eve

Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, near one of the “best swimmable beaches” in Cabu if not the world, will be holding their 2nd Annual Barefoot Formal on New Year’s Eve!! Dancing for the event are Louis Van Amstel, Anna Trebunskaya, Jonathan Roberts, Dmitry Chaplin and Chelsie Hightower!! Some American Idol’s will be singing as well Here are a few more details….

Hosted by Mary Murphy, the Queen of Scream from “So You Think You Can Dance”, the festivities will be held on the sand at Casa Dorada. The evening’s stage show will be presented by Jay D. Schwartz and Louis Van Amstel, with Van Amstel choreographing and performing with fellow “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancers Anna Trebunskaya, Jonathan Roberts, Dmitry Chaplin and Chelsie Hightower, as well as returning “American Idol” standouts Michael Johns, Melinda Doolittle and Rickey Smith, along with first-time Casa Dorada visitor LaToya London. “Idol’s” Michael Orland returns as the show’s musical director. The evening will conclude with an explosion of fireworks over the Sea of Cortez.

Casa Dorada’s GM Enrique Turcott offers, “Last year’s Barefoot Formal was the first time stars from “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol” had ever performed together in a stage show. This year we’ve added even more talent, bringing stars from “So You Think You Can Dance” as well.” Our guests are going to be blown away by all the talent on display!”

If you are interested in attending and for more information on this fun stage show, visit PR Web.

December 9, 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.

Dancing with the Stars Ranks 3rd in “Top Content Power Ratings”

Well, this may only be of interest to nerds like me, but I find it facinating; and I didn’t know it existed before today. It came up because “upfronts” are next week, which have to do with new show pilots – I guess they screen them and then the networks buy them or not. I have a friend who works on these – I suppose I could ask for more info, but that really isn’t the point of this post.

The Top Content Power Ratings are described in detail by Consumer Electronics Net (click to read the whole article):

NEW YORK, NY — (Marketwire) — 05/12/11 — For the fourth year in a row, American Idol has topped the Content Power Ratings report, followed by Glee, which moved into the No. 2 slot, after debuting at No. 9 on last year’s rankings.

Optimedia US (www.optimedia-us.com) created the report, which is in its fourth year and based on a proprietary metrics system that goes beyond traditional audience ratings to measure a show’s true commercial value and footprint. Content Power Ratings 4.0 factors in total cross-platform audience size, involvement, and advocacy — providing the industry’s only TV ranking system across three screens — TV, web and mobile.

This year, Optimedia reported a greater impact and influence in the rankings from the growth of social media.

While American Idol (#1) continued to dominate the popular culture across all three screens in 2010, Glee (#2) showed an impressive gain in terms of audience involvement, advocacy and overall search volume. It also has some 13 million Facebook fans and was the show that got the most press mentions in 2010. Dancing with the Stars ranked third, meaning that the top three shows in 2010 in terms of audience delivery, involvement and advocacy across multiple platforms had musical performance as their core offering.

“Content owners and advertisers are becoming increasingly aware of the influence that social media has on television viewing behavior. Content Power Ratings 4.0 is the most comprehensive measurement system in the marketplace today for evaluating the equity of television programs,” said Greg Kahn, EVP, Business Development at Optimedia US.

Maureen Bosetti, EVP, Broadcast Buying Director at Optimedia US, said, “Content Power Ratings gives dimension to the content available across multiple screens so we can more effectively place our clients’ creative in the right environments. This report enables us to tap into sponsorship opportunities across multiple platforms and amplify our client’s message where consumers are most engaged.”

I guess they are starting to realize – or maybe they have for a while – that the Nielsen ratings aren’t the end all be all of television. This is facinating, and it gives hope to shows that don’t seem to make the cut on the Nielsens but which have a strong online presence. Hollywood Reporter goes into more detail on the list itself:

NEW YORK – American Idol, Glee and Dancing with the Stars are the top three TV shows in the Content Power Ratings for 2010 that media agency Optimedia U.S. unveiled Thursday and that look at TV shows’ overall viewer equity based on audience delivery (across TV, Internet and mobile), involvement and advocacy, particularly in the social media realm.

South Park and Family Guy, ranked 211th and 88th in the Nielsen ratings, round out the top five, according to media agency, which announced its latest findings just ahead of upfront week.

Last year’s top five shows in the ranking, which the company has done since 2008, were Idol, Lost, Dancing, Grey’s Anatomy – which this year dropped to number 11 – and House – down to 14.

Two and a Half Men continues to have “real equity” and moved up from the 15th to the 10th spot last year as it performed well in all three measures, according to Optimedia.

Beyond the music-themed top shows, Boardwalk Empire was the top-ranked new show on the Optimedia list at number 21 as a rabid fan base made up for a relatively small audience. Hawaii Five-0 and The Event followed in the ranking of top new shows.

Most improved series in the overall rankings were The Big Bang Theory, which moved from the 24th into the eighth spot, Modern Family, which ranks 16th, up from spot 50, The Vampire Diaries (from 61 to 29), Cougar Town (95 to 42) and Breaking Bad (92 to 75).

South Park is the most-watched show online, and Family Guy has more Facebook friends than any other series, according to Optimedia.

Social media winners highlighted by Optimedia include Idol and Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, which the firm said has grown its ratings driven by high engagement on Twitter.

Positive social media buzz also helped such shows as Chuck, which took the top spot in this category, and The Game, which ranked sixth. Both shows avoided cancellation partially due to online buzz, Kahn highlighted.

Optimedia’s ranking of late-night shows put Saturday Night Live on top, followed by Conan and The Daily Show.

Idol last year showed its “unparalleled staying power,” even ahead of its new panel of judges, said Kahn. He pointed out its top Nielsen ratings position and its number one position in the number of Web visits and in the comScore mobile rating.

Meanwhile, Glee is a true “powerhouse” and the top challenger to Idol’s dominance thanks to such things as 13 million Facebook friends, its number one ranking in terms of press mentions and nearly all-positive online buzz, he said.

May 12, 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 Season 12 – Dancing With The Stars In Top 5 TV Ratings

For the week of March 28-April 3, here are the top 10 TV shows. As you can see, Dancing With The Stars came in at #2 and #4. Once again, our show is neck and neck with American Idol which is no surprise there. Did anyone catch the new drama with Dana Delany called “Body of Proof”? I was hooked with the first show. I just hope they don’t move it’s time slot because it’s perfect right after Dancing With The Stars.

1. “American Idol”, Fox, 24.18 million

2. “Dancing With the Stars”, ABC, 22.77 million

3. “American Idol”, Fox, 22.63 million

4. “Dancing With the Stars Results”, ABC, 19.3 million

5. “NCIS,” CBS, 18.73 million

6. NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Kentucky vs Connecticut, CBS, 16.72 million

7. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 15.34 million

8. “The Mentalist,” CBS, 14.27 million

9. “Body of Proof,” ABC, 13.94 million

10. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 13.09 million

Source: SF Gate

April 6, 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 2011 – Dancing With The Stars In The Top Five TV Programs (TV Ratings)

Here are the prime-time viewership numbers compiled by the Nielsen Co. for March 21-27. As you can see, Dancing With The Stars is in the “2″ spot after (and between) American Idol. I have to say, I bet these two shows will be neck and neck this Season because American Idol is at it’s hottest it’s ever been (in my opinion). So, what are your other favorite shows and do you see them on this list. Also, did anyone watch the new drama “Body Of Proof” with Dana Delany after the show last night? That is a good show. I was immediately hooked and plan to tune in every week. I hope it makes the ratings next week.

1. “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 23.95 million.

2. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 22.66 million.

3. “American Idol” (Thursday), Fox, 21.3 million.

4. “NCIS,” CBS, 19.46 million.

5. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 16.56 million.

6. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 14.81 million.

7. “Castle,” ABC, 12.03 million.

8. “Undercover Boss,” CBS, 11.87 million.

9. “The Good Wife,” CBS, 11.7 million.

10. “CSI: Miami,” CBS, 11.19 million.

11. “Survivor: Redemption Island,” CBS, 11 million.

12. “Amazing Race 18,” CBS, 10.96 million.

13. “Modern Family,” ABC, 10.9 million.

14. NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Connecticut vs. Arizona, CBS, 10.82 million.

15. NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Kentucky vs. Ohio State, CBS, 10.71 million.

16. “Secret Millionaire,” ABC, 10.63 million.

17. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 10.28 million.

18. “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 10.01 million.

19. “Mike & Molly,” CBS, 9.7 million.

20. “House,” Fox, 9.49 million.

Source: SF Gate

March 30, 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.

Why Dial Idol Doesn’t Work For DWTS

It seems as though every season, some people either freak out or get excited over what they see on Dial Idol for DWTS - maybe their favorite is in the lead, maybe the couple they hate is in the bottom, maybe a high-scoring couple looks like they aren’t getting votes.  While I agree that it would be great to “pull back the curtain” and get a peek at what the volume of votes for each couple might actually be, I can tell you this right now: it’s a carefully-guarded secret, and TPTB have ways to keep it that way – despite the efforts of supposedly “genius” software like Dial Idol.  So let’s debunk this one, shall we?

First of all, a bit of background on Dial Idol. It’s a software program created in 2005 by Jim Hellriegel, a fan of American Idol, that uses your computer modem to automatically “speed-dial” in votes for your favorite contestant.  It then measures how often a busy signal bounces back on a particular contestant’s phone number, and, assuming that a greater number of busy signals bouncing back means that more people are trying to vote for a particular contestant, then the more votes a certain contestant must be getting. The idea was pretty clever (at the time), and despite efforts by the FOX legal team to get it shut down due to copyright infringement, it’s perfectly legal, and has correctly predicted the winners of 5 seasons of Idol.

So, you ask, why can’t the same program work for DWTS?

REASON #1: We have a limited number of votes.

Keep in mind, this software program was created for Idol, and on that show, there is no limit on the number of times you can vote; so, in theory, you could get hundreds of votes in for your favorite contestant before the phone lines closed.  Hence, the more votes you can dial in, the more often you either do or don’t get a busy signal, and the more accurate the Dial Idol results are going to be. We don’t have that luxury on DWTS – we get a small, limited amount of votes each week, meaning we have fewer opportunities to measure a potential busy signal.  For those with a bit of knowledge in statistics, the smaller your sample size is = the less accurate your results are going to be. And the sample size for DWTS is going to be much, much smaller than it is for Idol, due to the voting limit.  Really and truly, it almost seems like a waste of time to even use Dial Idol to get your phone votes in to begin with – you’d reach your limit pretty quickly, unless the phone lines are particularly busy (such as in the finale). 

REASON #2: We have a larger “window of opportunity” to vote.

The voting lines on Idol don’t open until the end of the show and are open for 2 hours after that; the voting lines on DWTS are open from the beginning of the show until 30 minutes after the show is over.  Not only do DWTS voters get an extra half-hour to vote by phone, but we’re not limited to waiting until we’ve seen all the performances before we cast our votes.  So what does that mean? Some smart “power voters” (like Heidi) will start voting for their favorites as soon as the show starts, when the phone lines aren’t so busy. Some viewers (like my mom) will wait until one performance catches her eye midway through the show and will give all her votes to them. And some voters will wait until the end of the show to cast their votes.  What does this mean? With a larger time window to vote, there’s also the potential for the voting to get “spread out” a bit more – meaning there’s less liklihood of getting a busy signal, even though there may be just as many votes being cast for a particular contestant. With Idol, everyone is scrambling to get their votes in at the same time – meaning busy signals galore, and a more accurate estimate of just how many people are voting for a particular contestant. With DWTS, there may be a bit of a scramble to get votes in after the show is over, but Dial Idol likely won’t pick up on votes that were made earlier in the show, when there wasn’t the same urgency to hurry up and get your votes in…and hence, fewer busy signals to measure. 

REASON #3: Dial Idol doesn’t take text message or online votes into account.

 Perhaps the biggest caveat of Dial Idol is that it only measures phone votes – and with more and more shows also opening up voting via text message and Internet (Idol included, as of this season), it’s going to become progressively less accurate.  There is absolutely no easy way to quantitatively measure text message or online votes – no busy signal to bounce back, no publicly-available statistics, etc. If you think about it, phone voting is possibly the LEAST convenient method of voting for a reality show anymore – if there’s a busy signal, you just have to wait and keep hitting redial; even though the call is toll-free, you still use up minutes if you call from a cell phone; and fewer and fewer homes have landlines anymore – leaving fewer avenues to dial in your votes.  I get the feeling that more and more viewers are resorting to voting online or via text – there’s no waiting, there’s a longer window of opportunity to vote (at least online), and you’re able “cheat” the system a bit by creating multiple accounts to vote online (I can’t vouch for Idol, but I think we’ve all seen what a boon online voting can be for some DWTS viewers!).  Why even waste time and money on slow phone voting when you can get the instant gratification of voting via text or Internet? And thus our Dial Idol “sample size” gets even smaller.

 REASON #4: Dial Idol gives itself a “safety net” of accuracy.

 Ever notice how sometimes the results at Dial Idol are different colors? You may have written it off as the web designer just trying to make the site more “visually pleasing”, but the colors do have some significance – it’s basically a way to show how confident they are in the results for each contestant.  And that’s where the sneaky yellow-colored results come in – officially, it’s a way to say that the results are “too close to call” between all of the contestants who’s results are yellow; unofficially, I think it’s a way for Dial Idol to save face in the event that they’re completely off-the-mark, and pad their accuracy percentage. :-) See the column that says “Dial Idol Range”? Those numbers from 1-whatever for each couple are where they’re predicted to be ranked in terms of votes.  And when those numbers are yellow, it means it’s too close to call, and the contestant could fall anywhere between those 2 numbers.  Let’s use this week’s DWTS results on Dial Idol as an example. Chelsea & Mark are in the lead with a Dial Idol score of 31.92.  But all of the couples’ scores are yellow, meaning it’s too close to call, and all of the couples could potentially be as low as 11th place.  What does that mean? That if there was an elimination this week, and Chelsea & Mark get sent home, it would still count as a “correct” prediction for Dial Idol, since they said it was too close to call and that Chelsea & Mark could be anywhere between 1-11th place. Inflated accuracy percentage much? Is your faith in Dial Idol wavering yet? :-) That sneaky yellow “too close to call” is what lulls a lot of people into a false sense of security – their favorite couple may be in the lead with their Dial Idol score, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re safe from elimination.  And even the green & red colors, which signify “likely safe” and “likely in danger”, respectively, are no guarantee – Dial Idol has been wrong about those before, too.  Why, you ask? Which brings me to my final point…

REASON #5: NOT EVERYONE USES DIAL IDOL TO GET THEIR VOTES IN!!!!

Remember what I said about sample size? The more people that use Dial Idol, the more accurate it becomes (in theory).  The problem is – we don’t know how many people are actually using Dial Idol to vote, and in order to get a decent representation of what kind of votes each of the contestants is getting, there has to be people using Dial Idol to vote for each of the contestants.  The same applies to any show that Dial Idol supports – how can it measure the busy signal for each contestant if there isn’t at least one person using it to vote for each contestant? Let’s say no one uses Dial Idol to vote for Chris & Cheryl.  Then there’s going to be no busy signals bouncing back, and to those who don’t know the particulars about how Dial Idol works, it’s going to appear as though they got the low score and are predicted to head home.  In reality, there simply isn’t any data to determine whether they’re going to stay, go, or how they stack up against other contestants.  Or, on the other hand, let’s say most of the people using Dial Idol are voting for Hines & Kym.  It’s going to result in an inflated score for them that may make it look like they’re safe, but without equally as diverse data for each of the other contestants, there’s no way to know for sure. 

The bottom line? Short of forcing everyone voting on the show to use Dial Idol to phone in their votes, giving us limitless votes, and making us wait until AFTER the show is over to vote, and finding a way to measure the impact of online voting & text message voting, Dial Idol is NEVER going to have the same success on DWTS that it has had on Idol up to this point.  I say “up to this point” because now Idol also has online voting, and I think that will impact the results even more.  So who knows, Dial Idol may become obsolete soon…yet another reason not to put too much stock in it ;-)

March 23, 2011 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

DWTS Season 10, Week 7 – The Cheesecake Awards!

I’m feeling quite snarky this week. Courtney’s in a bad mood – you’ve been warned. :-)

Most Bizarre Costuming – Cheryl & Chad’s see-through ensemble
Heidi: So, this was like 1820’s porn or something? She’s wearing the hoop but not the actual dress over the top?
Courtney: I think I was more perturbed by Chad’s matching see-through sport jacket with no shirt underneath. I think there was a method to their madness – Chad is admittedly better at the Latin dances, so they figured if they made their costumes feel more like Latin costumes than ballroom ones, they might fare better…hehe. Well, something must’ve worked, because they got undeservedly high scores…AGAIN.
Heidi: Don’t worry, the judges will make up for it next week when they have their “off the meds” week.

Most Improved Tweeter – Evan Lysacek
Heidi: Hey!!! Evan stopped spamming me about voting for him. He’s like down to two tweets on show day!! Now, if he would stop talking about his freakin’ private jets…it just occurred to me that he probably gets paid for those tweet.
Courtney: I’ll have to take your word for it – I stopped following Evan after tweet number 1,475,236 asking me to vote for him. Thankfully, Anna has left the begging to Evan, and has only tweeted a few times asking for votes. Good girl :-)

Biggest “Get Out of Jail Free” Card – Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Heidi: So, he removes clothing (gimmick) and breaks hold in a quickstep, his partner is off time (and correct in calling him a five year old) and he still gets a 9 from Len?? Gee, Derek and Nicole broke hold, had gimmicks did a BETTER DANCE and got a 7 from Len. And people wonder why I throw my Blackberry at the TV. Edited: Okay, so maybe “free pass” was a poor choice of words…perhaps the bottom two was payback? :-)
Courtney: Week 2 of Maks the Petulant Asshole. Last week he threw a tantrum while getting his scores – then proceeded to bitch and moan about it all week in the media. Erin practically BEGS him to not take his clothes off this week, he drops 4+ F-bombs in a matter of seconds, and storms out – and STILL insists on removing his clothing during their quickstep, which I still think is what threw Erin off at the beginning. And then, karma strikes – they end up in the bottom 2. But of course, they get a stay of execution and we lose Pam instead. All I have to say is that Maks had better be really, really, REALLY thankful that he’s around next week, after the crap he’s been pulling. NOT COOL.

The Cheesiest “I told you so” Moment: Tom B calls Evan the “comeback kid”.
Heidi: Not Tom’s fault – producers/script writers, you are SO fucking predictable!!!
Courtney: Oh, but it has such a nice ring to it ;-) Kidding! Just another glaring example of storyboarding – right down to what the hosts are saying…which is why Brooke still sounds stilted and awkward. She’s trying to rememember the wording they told her to use to explain Evan’s rise back to the top! Thankfully, we have Tom to also throw in perfect little gems off the top of his head…

Funniest Side Note: Tom B – “Cause that’s how we roll” in reaction to audience boos.
Heidi: LOL – I love the man’s ad libs – I can’t help it!!
Courtney: In that moment, I think Tom & Chad became homeboys.

Best Celeb “Shell Removal” – Evan Lysacek
Heidi: dude is coming out of his shell in a big way. Omega Sheep?? Dude, she’s RUSSIAN!! Don’t be talking like that to her, she could remove your balls with a fingernail. Hilarious.
Courtney: Tread carefully, my friend – not only is she Russian, she’s a redhead. A REDHEAD. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Pro Least Ready to be Back on the Dance Floor – Mark Ballas
Heidi: Dude, big slip like you had in that pro dance after a knee injury – not good. Surely you could have sat out another week or two for your own good? And so Derek could take your place in the dance? :-) Just a little selfish, I’m being.
Courtney: Ugh. The spaz came back. And the fact that they had him paired with Chelsie? Oy. But that’s not the only thing wrong with that dance…

Song that Should NEVER Be Heard on DWTS Again: “Hey Soul Sister” by Train
Courtney: First, they laid ruin to it vocally when they had Peter Brady sing it (rather, warble it) for Aiden & Edyta’s quickstep. Then, they had a random assortment of pros dancing a positively bizarre mashup to it – did they let Mark choreograph that monstrosity while he was still coming off the anesthesia? It started off with Mark & Chelsie doing something kinda slow & lyrical, then all of a sudden, Dmitry & Lacey are doing a frantic jive. Tony & Cheryl show up at some point and do something sort of samba-y, and then they’re all doing this cheesy, weird, jazzy/show choir/seizure choreography. I literally said “WTF is this crap?!” out loud.
Heidi: It was just very, very strange. I don’t know what to say, really. And I like Train, usually. I will say, in all seriousness, if Mark is trying to get out of DWTS, there are less painful ways than dancing way too soon on a knee injury that was described so seriously a few weeks ago. Of course, this show isn’t prone to DRAMA or anything…

The “So Perky, it’s a Whole New Level of Cheese” Award: Melissa Rycroft
Heidi: Help me, sugar shock, throat is closing up…I’d tell her “don’t quit your day job” if I thought she had a day job. :-) Seriously, Melissa is okay, she’s just too cheerleader for me sometimes. Like today.
Courtney: Hang in there, Heidi – I know it’s hard to be cheerful right now! She may be irritatingly peppy, but at least she can form insightful thoughts on the fly – unlike some hosts I know.

Most Impressive Demonstration of Flexibility – Louis’ full split, honorable mention for Anna’s split lift with Evan
Heidi: Dear lord, Louis, I don’t have “family jewels” but I twinged in sympathy anyway.
Courtney: Back in the day, when Louis was still competing as a pro, he was known for his flexibilty – no other male pro out there could stretch as far as that little Dutch rubber band. I got a little nostalgic last night when I could see him going for it :-) And while women are built to be more flexible, I have to give Anna props for the split lift she did with Evan – she kept those legs straight & spread and didn’t falter for a second.

Most Welcome Return to the Ballroom: Karina Smirnoff
Heidi: That was an excellent pro dance. Oh Karina, how I’ve missed thee.
Courtney: I feel like we don’t have enough female pros on the show anymore that are true TECHNICIANS – Karina’s feet, legs, torso, arms, and head are always in perfect position for every dance she’s doing. She’s so damn precise, and she wrings every last bit of energy out of every move she makes. Electrifying. They’d be foolish not to bring her back next season!

Most Shudder Inducing Commercial: The Bachelorette
Heidi: Oh ick. Court, yell at me when you realize I’m watching that trash.
Courtney: Not a problem, dearie – if I recall, I think I scolded you for watching Jake when he was still on The Bachelor, hehe. Is it just me, or does Allie look like she’s 12 years old? I won’t go any further…I know John has a thing for blondes, so he prolly thinks she’s cute as a button ;-)
Heidi: sigh…yes, you yelled at me. But I have this thing for trainwrecks and lack of fun shit to do on Monday nights.

The Ryan Seacrest Cheeseball Award: The DWTS script writers for the blatant rip off of Ryan’s pre-commercial tease “…when we come back.”
Heidi: Geez, people, don’t imitate the crap show with the falling ratings, ‘k??
Courtney: And actually, Seacrest has been catching some flack this season too – his standoffs with Simon, off-color comments, and generally drunk behavior has been raising eyebrows for weeks now. Guess he picked up the cray-cray right where Paula left off, eh?
Heidi: Did you see the results show tonight (yes, I had to see Gaga and Harry)?? Did you HEAR what Ryan said to Harry? I don’t think I can actually repeat it in polite company. Well, yeah, okay, I can. Harry is joking with Ellen about a play rivaly and Harry says, to Ellen: “Eyes away from me” and Ryan pops in with “Eyes away from his organ” – Yo, Harry wasn’t playing an organ, and there was no other way to take that comment in that context. Dude is on some crack or he’s got one job too many. Or he has a huge crush on Harry and that was what ya call a Freudian Slip. Take your pick. :-)

Well, that’s all for this week folks. Tune in next week for more snark, the occassional swoon, and just plain bitching. It’s what we do. :-)

May 5, 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. :-)