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Flashback Friday: Dancing With The Stars Season 2

We’re back with more Flashback Friday!!  YAY!  I really enjoy looking back at the show, and would love to hear some of the things you remember from each season! Also, I am only posting one video per couple, and I’m trying to get as much variety of dances as I can.

All three of our judges were back for Season 2. Also back was Tom Bergeron. It’s not DWTS without Tom. :) Harold Wheeler and his Orchestra also returned, along with Pro dancers Louis Van Amstel, Ashly DelGrosso, Edyta Sliwinska and Jonathan Roberts.

Lisa Canning, Tom’s co-host for season 1 was replaced by Samantha Harris. Pro dancers Charlotte Jorgensen and Alec Mazo did not return for season 2. New pro dancers for season 2 were Andrea Hale, Nick Kosovich, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Cheryl Burke, and Anna Trebunskaya. Other changes was increasing the number of couples from 6 to 10, lengthening the show from 60 minutes to 90 minutes, and adding the Results Show.

KENNY MAYNE AND ANDREA HALE were the first couple eliminated, on January 6, 2006. They danced a cha cha, and here it is!

TATUM O’NEIL AND NICK KOSOVICH were the second couple eliminated, on January 13, 2006. They danced a waltz and a rumba. Here’s their waltz. Read more..

December 12, 2014 I Written By

Just a typical, ordinary DWTS fan..

DWTS13 Freestyle Retrospective: The Top 10 Worst Freestyles in DWTS History

So every season, as we draw nearer & nearer to the finale, it seems like the question on everyone’s lips is “What are they gonna do for their freestyle?” We debate which pros are the stronger freestyle choreographers, which celebs can handle the lifts, who’s got the most dance skills, who is going to struggle, etc. So Heidi & I decided to tackle the big question: what makes a good DWTS freestyle?

While everyone may argue over what works and what doesn’t, with 12 seasons under our belts, we have enough historical data to see some patterns – and there are definitely some things that all good freestyles seem to have in common, and some things that the bad freestyles have in common. Today we’re starting with the worst – these are examples of what this season’s finalists should likely avoid, and of which they should probably try to do the opposite :-)

A little insight into how we arrived at this list: I made a list of my own, and then bumped it against a list Heidi made and we looked for similarities. I also asked for suggestions on Twitter, to see if my finger was on the pulse of the more dedicated viewing audience; I polled my co-workers (likely more representative of the average viewer than most of us lurking on the Net ;-)) as well to get their thoughts. Turns out, most of you guys came up with the same examples of good & bad – which is good, since it shows that opinions on freestyles seem to be pretty universal. But without further ado, I give you the top 10 WORST freestyles in DWTS history:

10.) Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas, season 12

Courtney: This was one that a lot of you seemed divided on – some of you loved it, some of you hated it. I ultimately decided to include it in the “worst” list because it seemed to have something in common with a lot of the other freestyles on this list: it wasn’t reflective of the celeb it was meant to showcase. Yes, it was high-energy, it was well-executed (for the most part), and it was entertaining – but what did it really have to do with Chelsea? While she managed to keep up with Mark fairly well and got through the choreography, I never really got the feeling that it was a routine she really felt connected to, or that she even would have picked for herself. It was as if she had given Mark carte blanche with the routine and he chose everything – the music, the costumes, the theme, etc., and Chelsea was just along for the ride. I think choosing an obscure song didn’t help, and the choreo seemed to showcase Mark more than Chelsea – the poor girl just seemed to be trying to keep her head above water. Add to that some bland costumes and a wardrobe malfunction, and you’ve got a freestyle that’s overall just “Meh.” Definitely not 30-worthy, IMO.

Heidi: Well, this one I would have put in “dishonorable mentions” but it’s almost in that pile anyway, at slot #10. :-) The problem here, like you say, was Chelsea wasn’t connected to it (and similar ideas appear throughout this post). Not only that, but the music didn’t really match the costumes and none of it matched the choreo. It seemed all mixed up to me. It had a latin flavor, yet they were doing a light hip hop type choreo (I don’t really know how else to explain that) and their costumes matched neither. Then – why the lights and the bike?? I feel like I missed something on this one. There was also a section where it seemed like they just went from one cool trick to the next. The best freestyles (including some of Mark’s) had a good bit of actual ballroom dancing thrown in in places. This one is just a bit weird for me.

9.) Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya, season 10

Heidi: PEOPLE, unless your pro is Dmitry – do NOT argue with them about choreography. At all. Geez. That said, this is another freestyle that was good on paper, but in execution just didn’t work for some reason. Clearly it worked in person, since the studio crowd loved it…but the dance didn’t seem to fit either Evan OR Footloose. When Derek did Grease with Brooke, there was a clear, but brief, homage to the movie. The dance went with the song and it worked perfectly for Brooke. When he did a song from Dirty Dancing with Jennifer – again, a subtle, brief homage to the movie and it worked for Jennifer because, of course – she was in the movie. I think by the time they get to the freestyle the pros are just drained and they forget to really tie it altogether – and if you pick an iconic song, you have to really tie it altogether so that the dancing fits the iconic song but also works for your partner. It seems like this dance doesn’t fit either. He didn’t dance it badly by any stretch, but neither did Gilles in their Flashdance freestyle. That doesn’t make it good.

Courtney: I was always a bit puzzled as to why they picked Footloose – did one of them really, really like the movie? Or was it just another easy, dance movie theme to go with? I think that’s the one big difference between a freestyle like Jennifer’s and a freestyle like Evan’s (or Mya’s, or Gilles’, or Stacy’s – see below) – relevance. Dirty Dancing was relevant to Jennifer; but was Footloose really relevant to Evan? I want a freestyle to basically sum up a partnership for me – I want it to feel like both the celeb & the pro connect to both the dance and each other, and for the routine to feel like a nice closure to their season together. For me, going with Footloose as their theme left more questions than answers. Ooh, and can I just say that I think bringing in an outside choreographer is the absolute kiss of death? It doesn’t see to mesh well with the chemistry the couple has forged over the course of the season, and usually leads to coupled being led dangerously out of their comfort zone. And both Evan & Anna seemed uncomfortable with this one – almost pained, at times. Read more..

November 16, 2011 I Written By

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Dancing With The Stars Past GROUP DANCE Review!

This is going to be quick, not much commentary, just the facts. Or rather, the videos. I’ve found myself much busier than I plan to be… But, to get us ready for the fun Group Dance, I’m searching for the videos of the group dances from past seasons. When possible, I’ll post the practice sessions, also.

Season 1, Viennese Waltz. Rachel Hunter and Jonathan Roberts, John O’Hurley and Charlotte Jorgensen, Kelly Monaco and Alec Mazo, Joey McIntyre and Ashly DelGrosso.

Season 2, Salsa. Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke, Jerry Rice and Anna Trebunskaya, Lisa Rinna and Louis Van Amstel, Stacy Keibler and Tony Dovolani, George Hamilton and Edyta Sliwinska, Tia Carrere and Maks Chmerkovskiy.

Season 3 Disco. Monique Coleman and Louis Van Amstel, Joey Lawrence and Edyta Sliwinska, Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff, Jerry Springer and Kym Johnson, Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke

Season 4 Swing. Laila Ali and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough, Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson, Billy Ray Cyrus and Karina Smirnoff, Heather Mills and Jonathan Roberts,John Ratzenberger and Edyta Sliwinska, Ian Ziering and Cheryl Burke

Season 5 Rock and Roll Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough, Jennie Garth and Derek Hough, Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas, Marie Osmond and Jonathan Roberts, Jane Seymour and Tony Dovolani, Cameron Mathison and Edyta Sliwinska, Mel B and Maks Chmerkovskiy

Season 6 Country Western. Sorry, my brain has melted, and I don’t remember the names of the people I’m seeing in the video….. I know them all, but their names are no longer connected. In my brain.

Season 7 Old School Hip Hop Thanks to Gitte and Elara for helping to find this one….

Season 8 1960’s.Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska, Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower, Lil Kim and Derek Hough, Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas, Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough, Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani, Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke

Season 9 Hustle. Louie Vito & Chelsie Hightower, Melissa Joan Hart & Mark Ballas, Kelly Osbourne & Louis Van Amstel, Mark Dacascos & Lacey Schwimmer, Aaron Carter & Karina Smirnoff, Donny Osmond & Kym Johnson, Joanna
Krupa & Maksim Chmerkovskiy (in the place of Derek Hough who was out with the flu), Mya & Dmitry Chaplin, Michael Irvin & Anna Demidova and Natalie Coughlin & Alec Mazo

I think that’s all…

October 24, 2011 I Written By

Just a typical, ordinary DWTS fan..

DWTS Alumni…. Where Are They Now? Our Past Pros

Hello everyone, I’m Lori, and I’ve been a fan of DWTS since season 3, and lately, I’ve been thinking of the people that everyone came to know and love – or hate – that have been on the show since way back in the Summer of 2005.

I want to thank Heidi and John, who took my suggestion and set it in my lap… :-) In this series, I’ll ATTEMPT to find out what all of the DWTS Alumni have been up to, since being on the show. To make things easier we’ll start with Past Professional Dancers and, eventually, work toward the celebrities. Since there are quite a few of both this can be ongoing for a while.

With the help of some friends, I’ve compiled a list of ALL of the Pros that have been on the show since the beginning. The numbers in parentheses are the season numbers that they appeared.

Louis VanAmstel (1,2,3,6,9,10,11)
*Edyta Sliwinska (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
*Jonathan Roberts (1,2,4,5,6,8,9)
*Ashly DelGrosso Costa (1,2,3,10)
*Charlotte Jorgensen (1)
*Alec Mazo (1,4,5,7,9)
*Andrea Hale (2)
*Nick Kosovich (2,3)
Maksim Chmerkovskiy (2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,11)
Tony Dovolani (2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11)
Anna Trebunskaya (2,5,6,9,10,11)
Cheryl Burke (2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11)
*Elena Grinenko (3,4)
*Jesse DeSoto (3)
Kym Johnson (3,4,5,6,7,8,9,11)
Karina Smirnoff (3,4,5,6,7,8,9,11)
*Brian Fortuna (4)
*Julianne Hough (4,5,6,7,8)
Mark Ballas (5,6,7,8,9,10,11)
Derek Hough (5,6,7,8,9,10,11)
*Fabian Sanchez (6)
*Inna Brayer (7)
Corky Ballas (7,11)
Lacey Schwimmer (7,8,9,11)
*Dmitry Chaplin (8,9)
Chelsie Hightower (8,9,10,11)
*Anna Demidova (9)
*Damian Whitewood (10)

THAT is the complete list of Professional Dancers for Dancing With The Stars, but we’re just going to be talking about the ones with the star by their names.

Next, we will find out where Charlotte Jorgensen and Andrea Hale are now, and what they’ve been up to since they left DWTS! AND! I need your help… I have decided that this can be a group effort for researching…. If you know of any websites that can help, or videos or photos that we can add, please let me know in the comments.

September 30, 2010 I Written By

Just a typical, ordinary DWTS fan..

DWTS Freestyles Season One & Dance Off

Check out the entire Dancing with the Stars Freestyle Videos Series as we cover the freestyle videos from every Season of DWTS!!

In honor of Season 10’s finals we are going to take you down a path of memory lane of past Freestyle dances of the finalists over the past nine seasons (and one dance off).

Many thanks to Lori for the idea.

Dancing with the Stars premiered in the Summer of 2005 to rave reviews. Season One only began with six celebs and six pros… (Trista Sutter & Louis van Amstel, Evander Holyfield & Edyta Sliwinska, Rachel Hunter & Jonathan Roberts, Joey McIntyre & Ashly Costa and the following two below).

Season 1: John O’Hurley & Charlotte Jørgensen
Song: I’m So Excited by the Pointer Sisters
Placement: 2nd Place

Season 1: Kelly Monaco & Alec Mazo
Song: Let’s Get Loud by Jennifer Lopez
Placement: 1st Place
Start at 1:50

After the winner of Season One was crowned there was a massive viewer outcry in regards to the judges overscoring Kelly due to her connection to ABC. So producers capitalized on the passion of the audience and created a Dance Off held over the span of two days in September. The exception is that the viewers have total control over voting…

Dance Off: Kelly Monaco & Alec Mazo
Song: Get the Party Started by Pink
Placement: 2nd Place
Start at 2:25

Dance Off: John O’Hurley & Charlotte Jørgensen
Song: I Am What I Am as sung by Gloria Gaynor
Placement: 1st Place

May 19, 2010 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does dancing fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =)