So with the Olympics in Rio drawing to a close this coming Sunday (and the pros starting to meet their partners later this week), there’s obviously been speculation that we’re going to see some Olympians on the show this season – seems like Ryan Lochte & Simone Biles are the two most talked-about when it comes to casting rumors. Which got the Pure Angels thinking about all the previous Olympians we’ve seen on the show, and how well (or not well…) they did. So why not take a look back at every Olympian (from both the summer AND winter games) that’s ever done DWTS, and see how they stack up?
The main rankings are mine, but Heidi, Vogue, & I all had slightly different rankings when it came to the top 10 – so you can see their individual top 10’s at the bottom. I’ve included videos of a few of the dances we mention, to jog memories – lord knows ours needed jogging from time to time 😯
Interesting patterns? Gymnasts and skaters seemed to fare the best, and tennis players and boxers tended not to leave much of an impression on any the three of us. I think we all universally agreed on at least the bottom 2 on the list – they were THAT bad 🙁 Read more..
Former Dancing With The Stars pro, Cheryl Burke, has a new dance show premiering in Japan called “Love On The Floor. You can read all about it at US Weekly. It stars Charlie White, Meryl Davis, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Daisuke Takahashi. Cheryl also talks on Dancing With The Stars and why she left which you can read about in the take below as well as how she’d like to bring “Love On The Floor” to Las Vegas and Broadway next. I so hope she can.
“Another reason why I felt like my time was up was because I wanted to achieve my goal as a performer. … I’m 32 years old. I felt like, ‘How about me? What can I do to make myself as a performer think outside the box and grow and motivate and inspire myself before my hips stop working?’” she continues.
“Now I’m dancing with kids — and now I know how the celebrities feel!” Burke says. “Not only am I directing, I’m creating, I’m editing the music, I’m coordinating everyone’s schedule — I feel like I’m running a start-up company!”
The dancer says performing with younger artists has also inspired her again after the lack of time to do anything new led her to think she wasn’t a great dancer. But she isn’t blaming her time on DWTS for creating the self-doubt.
“I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t done DWTS, and I love DWTS,” She says. “But everything is meant to be. DWTS has given me a platform to be able to do something like this.”
And after her Tokyo residency? Burke says she’d “love to take the show and do a residency in Vegas! I could see it on Broadway as well.”
@Idolxfactor1 was able to catch some video highlights of Paul Mitchell’s Shall We Dance that aired on ABC yesterday. Below are a few videos. To see more, go to Idol XFactor here. Thanks Al! I missed it and cant wait to watch!
Be sure to watch Paul Mitchell’s Shall We Dance on Ice this Saturday, February 13th or on Saturday February 27th on ABC. It includes Dancing With The Stars pros Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin, Anna Trebunskaya and Damian Whitewood. Rumer Willis, Meryl Davis, and Charlie White are also part of the show. Below is a fun promo.
So I was eating my lunch outside today (since it was the first day in quite some time that wasn’t rainy) with some coworkers, when the topic of my favorite DWTS contestant of all-time, Alfonso Ribeiro, came up. We had been talking about the celebrity golf tournament he was in this past weekend (Vogue reported on it here, if you haven’t seen it yet), and the fact that he did the Carlton, and I think I said “He’s probably the best male dancer they’ve ever had on the show!” To which another coworker replied “Nah, Corbin Bleu was the best dancer they’ve ever had on the show!” And of course, a debate commenced over who was the better technician, who was the better entertainer, who was more athletic, etc. etc. etc. We ended up agreeing to disagree, but it got me thinking: really & truly, out of the 20 seasons we’ve had – who is the best guy we’ve seen, and who’s the best girl?
I did a bit of a snap poll on Twitter, but I figured “Why not make it a bit more official?” and do an actual poll here? So below, I picked the most likely candidates for who would likely qualify for “best dancer” on DWTS – most would probably fall under the “ringer” category, but that’s kind of expected when we’re voting on dance skills alone. Keep in mind that it’s not about popularity, or how well-known they were when they did the show – just dance skills & presentation, period; and independent of any previous training they might have had – so no “Well so-and-so was better because they had no previous experience and were great and that’s what DWTS is all about!!!” Strictly voting on dance skills/showmanship alone, kids.
Obviously, I voted for Alfonso for the men – I think he was the most consistent of all the male ringers we’ve had, and also the best showman; I also think part of his appeal was that he was a really organic, natural mover that seemed to really get into the pocket of whatever dance was thrown his way, even if he had no previous experience with it. While I agreed with my coworker that Corbin was more athletic and likely had more refined technique than Alfonso, I think he wasn’t as much of a natural as Alfonso and had to work harder to appear at ease with the movement of some of the dances – which didn’t always work, and made him a lot less consistent throughout his season.
For the ladies, it wasn’t as cut-and-dry for me – my knee-jerk answer was Nicole, but then I remembered she had some ups-and-downs and some dances that she wasn’t naturally good at (her first rumba and her samba come to mind); then I thought of Meryl, but while her technique was usually flawless, I remember thinking she sometimes lacked in the showmanship department, and could be a timid mover at times. Then I thought of Kristi Yamaguchi, who was a strong dancer AND entertainer, but I remember thinking that she seemed to always have that skater’s “perma-smile” that made her look a tad cheesy at times. As surprising as this may be for some of you, I actually ended up picking Zendaya as the best female dancer we’ve seen on the show – for a lot of the same reasons I picked Alfonso: she was consistent, she was a showman, and she was a very NATURAL mover. Granted, I thought Val failed her in the choreography department on multiple occasions (which may have eventually prevented her from winning, I think), and I didn’t love every single dance; but I do think she probably had the best skill set to work with, and seemed the most comfortable out on the floor.
So what do YOU guys think? Vote in the polls below, and then tell us how you voted & why 🙂
In case you missed the “Shall We Dance On Ice” special yesterday, below is some video coverage of the dances. What a fantastic show. I hope they combine more ice and dancing shows like this in the future. Thanks to Codebear for sending. If you’d like to see more of the show, see his Daily Motion Channel.
Would you like to see more high quality photos of the “Shall We Dance On Ice” show starring Sharna Burgess, Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin, Louis Van Amstel, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and Meryl Davis? If so, see Diss On Skating Facebook. I’m especially loving this glorious take of Sharna. Lots of good stuff including videos at the link and don’t forget the show airs on these dates:
And would you believe Dancing With The Stars is rated higher than when he won an Olympic Gold Medal? Awww, I love this guy! Here is more with Charlie White at Team USA….
Joining “Dancing with the Stars.” First and foremost, learning how to dance from some of the best ballroom dancers in the world was an absolute treat! The fact that it was tied into one of the most popular TV shows in America just made it that much more of an experience. If there was one way to follow up such a successful run at the Olympics without feeling a crazy emotional drop-off, it was by joining “Dancing with the Stars.” What a wonderful time, and I’m grateful for every exhausting second.
Tonight Sharna Burgess and Maks Chmerkovksiy will be reunited with their Dancing With The Stars Season 18 partners Charlie White and Meryl Davis to dance in “Shall We Dance On ice”. If you’d like to see some photos of them in rehearsals, see US Cellular Coliseum Facebook. You can also see Dmitry Chaplin, Chelsie Hightower, and Louis Van Amstel.
Stay tuned. We’ll try and have more coverage tomorrow!!
ETA2: If you visit the links above again, you can view some coverage of the show last night. This Tumbler page also has some photos. Diss On Skating Twitter also has some pictures such as the pic below. Note that “Shall We Dance On Ice” will air in February. Read more..