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DWTS Choreography…Technical breakdown!

I love when a celebrity performs a dance better than expected and I especially love when the choreography is something to remember! However, there are those times that a celebrity just cannot pick up a dance no matter how much practice time is given to them! So, until the new season starts on September 21st I’m going to post some of the most amazing dances since DWTS started, including the emmy nominated routine, and some of the worst dances that have been engraved in my mind!

In a previous post by Courtney, she listed the top 5 worst couple pairings so I have found dances from some of couples that truly shows that these pairings were not well thought out:

3 Train Wreck dances:

1: Season 2: Kenny Mayne and Andre Hale, Cha Cha
Kenny did more standing and walking than actually dancing! He was very heavy on his feet and needs to work on his hip movement…it is a latin dance!

2: Corky Ballas and Cloris Leachman: Season 7, cha cha
Oh Cloris! I loved watching her but she never had any technique…it was like a grandma at a club. But I do give her props on having fun with everything she did!

3: Steve Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff: Season 8, Samba
Steve tried really hard but he never got the feeling of the latin dance! He went through the moves but had no rthym. His worm was a good attempt but it wasn’t great by any means! And the ending was all over the place!

3 memorable dances!

1: Emmy nominated routine: Great Balls of Fire, Julianne and Derek Hough
technical perfection!

2: Stacy Keibler and Tony Dovolani: Season 2, Samba

3. Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke: Season 2, Paso Doble

More to come until September 21!!!!

August 31, 2009 I Written By

Top 5 Worst Celeb Partners in DWTS History

It’s something truly magical when a partnership on DWTS really “clicks”: the pro & celeb really seem to get along well, the synergy is great, the chemistry is great, and it produces great results in their performances (and sometimes their love lives too… *cough*Mark&Sabrina*cough*).  We remember their routines several seasons after they’ve been danced, collectively “awwwww” at their bonding during practice, come up with cutesy portmanteaus (I love that word!) of their names (anyone remember “Shark” & “Lancey”?), and contemplate how it could be humanly possible to create another pairing of their caliber & excellence.

And then there are the pairings that make us wish we had never tuned in.

Whether they were awkwardly matched, fought like cats & dogs, were loose cannons, or were just plain BAD – DWTS has definitely produced a few pairings that were real stinkers, and made us wonder what exactly the casting director was thinking (or imbibing!) that made him/her decide to create such a monstrosity.  And more often than not, it was the celeb who was the culprit – so we cringed in embarassment for the unfortunate pro that was forced to put up with them week after week. 

So in honor of those poor pros who got royally shafted in the partner department, I give you the top 5 Worst Celeb Partners in DWTS History…barf bag optional.

5.) TIE: Kenny Mayne (with Andrea Hale) or Tucker Carlson (with Elena Grinenko) - Under the category of “just plain BAD”: it was a draw for me when it came down to deciding which one of these first round cast-offs was worse.  Kenny’s wooden, deadpan cha-cha in season 2 was “demented” and “like Pinnochio chasing Jiminy Cricket across the dance floor” according to Bruno; the best Carrie Ann & Len could say was that he was “committed” and “a hard worker”.  Goofy-grinned Tucker’s cha-cha in season 3 consisted of him sitting down for the first 20 seconds, then more or less just walking through his routine with some awkward flailing arms – bad enough for Len to say he wished Tucker “had stayed sitting down for the whole dance”.  Despite their best efforts (which is debateable), both were gone after week one, leaving first-time pros Andrea & Elena out of the game before they really got to show America what they were made of.  Elena returned the following season and managed to pull out a slightly less painful (but still mediocre) 8th place finish with Clyde Drexler; however, neither of these ladies has been seen on the show since.  We salute your patience & tolerance, ladies – you left us far too soon! *sniff*

4.) Jeff Ross (with Edyta Sliwinska) – File this one under both “awkwardly matched” & “just plain bad” – we knew this partnership was doomed when jokester Jeff spent the majority of his first lesson with all-business Edyta in season 7 just trying to pronounce her name correctly.  He never really seemed to take the competition seriously, and it showed during his heavy-footed cha-cha in week 1 (for which still shares the record for the lowest scoring cha-cha - tied with two other celebs on our countdown!), in which he channeled his pirate side, donning a rhinestone eye patch in jest of a scratched cornea he suffered during dress rehearsal the night before. Definitely one of the more bizarre injuries sustained on the show, and probably an harbinger of doom for this odd couple – they almost seemed relieved to be let go after the first night.  Don’t cry too hard for Edyta, though – she got a sort of consolation prize, in the form of filling in as semifinalist Cody Linley’s partner later in the season when Julianne Hough underwent surgery. 

3.) Cloris Leachman (with Corky Ballas) - Under the heading of “awkwardly matched” & “loose cannon”, we have DWTS oldest contestant to date, the captain of the “Battleship Geriactrica” herself – season 7 celeb Cloris Leachman.  While some might argue that Cloris made for good tv and her antics kept her in the competition far longer than she should have been, for a such a decorated ballroom vet like Corky, keeping up with her unpredictable behavior had to be a nightmare.  Whether she was clowning around instead of practicing, keeping the censors busy with her colorful language on live shows, or trying to bribe the judges with cash, her body, or “favors” – Corky was forced to throw brilliant choreography & content out the window in favor of pandering to her outrageous hijinx (which is another word I love). I’ve had the good fortune to take a few group lessons with him, and let me tell you – the guy is truly BRILLIANT.  And when he buckled down and forced Cloris to pay attention, the results were great – remember their foxtrot the first week & paso the 2nd week? Cloris was actually quite good when she wasn’t too busy yukkin’ it up! So it made it that much harder to watch when Corky begrudgingly played along to crazy themes & slapstick comedy (remember their jive, in which Corky had to pretend to fart on Cloris? *shudder*) instead of creating solid, entertaining routines that showcased Cloris’ amazing physical abilities at her age.  If Corky ever were to return as a pro on DWTS, I hope that he’d get a partner that he could really display his skill with – but I worry that he may forever be “the guy that got freaky with that crazy old lady” to viewers.  Alas, poor Corky.

2.) Steve Wozniak (with Karina Smirnoff )- Here we have a prime specimen of another awkwardly-matched, just plain BAD pairing: the out-of-shape, out-of-style computer nerd & the smoldering, sinuous seductress of the dancefloor.  While Karina has been known to throw a lil ‘tude the judges way (anyone else remember the emphatic eye rolls & icy stares she gave the judges in season 5 when receiving her critiques with Mario?), we couldn’t help but cringe & feel sorry for our saucy Ukrainian in season 8 when “The Woz” huffed & puffed (and did, quite possibly, the most feeble attempt at “the worm” we’ve ever witnessed) through the lowest-scoring samba in DWTS history (10/30, in case you blocked it from memory out of trauma).  And to add insult to injury, fans seemed to latch onto the lovable-but-helpless Woz, keeping him in the competion for 4 agonizing weeks – and forcing Karina to grin & bear it through an equally as terrible cha-cha, quickstep, & Argentine tango.  Then real injury – a stress fracture in his right foot due to his weight, and a pulled hamstring sustained during rehearsals for the aforementioned samba of doom. A part of me wondered if there was anything else that could possibly go wrong with this couple (Allergic reaction to spray tan? Unfortunate rhinestone accident?) But for as truly helpless as Steve was, he was also one of the most affable, charming contestants I think the show has ever seen – truly grateful for each experience, both good & bad – so I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of regret (coupled with a big sense of relief!) when they were finally voted out in week 4.  But while the Woz may have been a big teddy bear – please, honey, do yourself, America (and especially Karina!) a favor and stay away from the dancefloor!

And now, without further ado, the most loathesome, awkward, excruciating to watch, absolute WORST celeb partner in DWTS history…

1.) Master P (with Ashly Delgrosso) – This partnership altogether defies catagorization, as it was simply all-around terrible and doomed from the get-go.  “P” filled in at the last minute for his son, Lil Romeo, who was originally supposed to be Ashly’s partner for season 2.  And that’s where the trouble began. He flat out refused to wear dance shoes.  Wouldn’t wear rhinestones, either.  Count out smiling (or showing any sort of emotion other than boredom) during performances.  Forget practicing for long hours – by week 4, he had only logged about 20 hours of practice, while other celebs had racked up over 100.  Don’t get me wrong, there was one thing that P did well – he managed to make each dance look as un-dancelike as possible, moving as minimally as possible to appear as if he was just walking rather than moving to any sort of rhythm…and he did it consistently, week after week, despite scolding from the judges & the absolute lowest score to date for ANY dance in DWTS history (an 8 for his painfully bad paso doble).  And the phenomenon of “Vote for the Worst” reared it’s ugly head – Ashly was forced to tolerate P’s obstinance for 4 weeks before being granted a reprieve when they were sent home.  And perhaps the most baffling thing of all about P was his “motivation” (or lack thereof) for doing the show, uttered during the judges’ critique of his apathetic cha-cha: “I’m doing this for all the Katrina victims in New Orleans.” I sure hope he was planning to donate his $200k to Katrina relief efforts, then – because he sure wasn’t inspiring anyone with his dancing! For her endless tolerance & patience, I hereby nominate Ashly for DWTS sainthood for putting up with his crap for a month – St. Ashly of Utah, patron saint of abused dance partners.  While Ashly maintains that she left the show to start a family (likely story! haha), I think we all know the real reason she hasn’t returned as a pro – she didn’t want another partner as awesomely bad as P. 

So there you have it…the 5 worst celeb partners in DWTS history.  Now you may be thinking to yourself, “Are you kidding me? There are far more than 5 terrible celeb partners that have been on DWTS!” To which I reply – of course there are! Which is why I wanna hear your opinions on some of the most marginal celebs to ever hit the floor.  Got any (dis)honorable mentions? Did a truly terrible celeb slip my mind? Let’s hear it!

August 28, 2009 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!

Cloris Leachman In Hospital with Pneumonia

Reuters is reporting that Cloris Leachman has been hospitalized with pneumonia.

Oscar winning actress Cloris Leachman, who saw a resurgence in her popularity recently on the TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” has been hospitalized for pneumonia, celebrity TV show Entertainment Tonight reported on Monday.

Leachman, 82, became the oldest contestant ever when she appeared on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars” in the United States, in which celebrities are paired with professional dancers and compete in ballroom dancing.

She won a large fan base for her good sense of humor on the program, but was eliminated sixth in the competition.

Some have asked if Dancing with the Stars has a curse with all of these people getting injured (see Misty May, Kim K, and many other injuries too numerous to list.

Of course, I don’t believe in curses in general. However, even if I did believe in curses, I think it’s easy to see while there are all these injuries. It’s called people who are not usually active and bending like gumby actually doing those things. Welcome to dancing!!

November 17, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Music from Dancing with the Stars Top 7

I think it’s about time that Cloris goes home. I wish the judges would just judge her properly. She didn’t even deserve 5′s this time. She was horrible. Corky deserves a high number, but Cloris nothing.

Maurice & Cheryl danced a Viennese Waltz to the song Gravity—John Mayer
John Mayer - Continuum - Gravity
Lance & Lacey danced a Jive to the song Tutti Frutti—Little Richard
Little Richard - Little Richard: All-Time Greatest Hits (Re-Recorded Versions) - Tutti-Frutti
Susan & Tony danced a Mambo to the song Si Señor-Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan - Mi Tierra - Si Senor!...
Brooke & Derek danced a Rumba to the song No Air—Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown
Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown - Jordin Sparks - No Air
No Air (Duet With Chris Brown) – Original Chris and Jordin music video
Cloris & Corky danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song Come See About Me—The Supremes
The Supremes - Number 1's: Diana Ross & The Supremes - Come See About Me
Cody & Julianne danced a Samba to the song Whine Up—Kat DeLuna and Elephant Man
Kat DeLuna featuring Elephant Man - Whine Up (Remixes) - EP - Whine Up
Whine Up (English Version) – Original Music Video
Warren & Kym danced a Rumba to the song Irreplaceable—Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé - B'Day - Irreplaceable
Irreplaceable – Original Beyonce music video
Dancing with the Stars Old School Hip Hop group dance to the song It Takes Two-Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock - Profilin' the Hits - It Takes Two

October 27, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Music October 20, 2008

Check out all the Dancing with the Stars music from October 20, 2008 where they introduced new dances and therefore an interesting mix of new music.

Lance & Lacey danced a West Coast Swing to the song “Breakin’ Dishes”—Rihanna
Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded - Breakin' Dishes
Toni & Alec danced a West Coast Swing to the song “The Way You Make Me Feel”—Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson - Essential Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel
The Way You Make Me Feel – Original Music Video
Susan & Tony danced a Hustle to the song “Upside Down”—Diana Ross
Diana Ross - Number 1's: Diana Ross & The Supremes - Upside Down
Warren & Kym danced a Hustle to the song “Funky Town”—Lipps Inc.
Lipps, Inc. - Shrek 2 - Funkytown
Cloris & Corky danced a Salsa to the song “Tres Deseos”—Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan - Dance With Me (Music from the Motion Picture) - Tres Deseos (Three Wishes)
Maurice & Cheryl danced a Salsa to the song “Everything I Can’t Have”—Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke - The Evolution of Robin Thicke (Deluxe Edition) - Everything I Can't Have
Brooke & Derek danced a Jitterbug to the song “Don’t Be Cruel”—Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - Don't Be Cruel
Cody & Julianne danced a Jitterbug to the song “Big Time Operator”—Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Big Time Operator

October 21, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Samba Music and Tango Music from Dancing with the Stars

Check out all the samba music and tango music from tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars.

Maurice & Cheryl danced a Samba to the song That’s the way I like it—K.C. & the Sunshine Band
KC & The Sunshine Band - The Best of KC & The Sunshine Band - That's the Way (I Like It)
Cody & Julianne danced a Tango to the song Bohemian Like You—The Dandy Warhols
The Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia - Bohemian Like You
Toni & Alec danced a Samba to the song Amor a la mexicana—Thalia
Thalia - Amor a la Mexicana - Amor a la Mexicana
Amor a la Mexicana – Original Music Video
Cloris & Corky danced a Tango to the song “The Big Date” from Addams Family Values—Mark Shaiman
Marc Shaiman - Addams Family Values - The Big Date
Rocco & Karina danced a Samba to the song I Go To Rio—Peter Allen
Peter Allen - The Very Best of Peter Allen: The Boy from Down Under - I Go to Rio
Susan & Tony danced a Tangoto the song “La Bohemia”—Electric Dub Tango
Electro Dub Tango - Electro Dub Tango - La Bohemia
Brooke & Derek danced a Samba to the song Hip Hip Chin Chin—Club des Belugas
Club Des Belugas - Night Over Rio - Latin Flavoured Lounge & Club Tunes - Hiphip Chinchin
Lance & Lacey danced a Tango to the song Disturbia—Rihanna
Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded - Disturbia
Disturbia – Original Music Video
Warren & Kym danced a Samba to the song Bounce With Me—Kreesha Turner
Kreesha Turner - Bounce With Me - Single - Bounce With Me

October 13, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Download all the Dancing with the Stars Music – Misty May Gone

UPDATE: All of the music from Dancing with the Stars will be posted as soon as possible at that link.

It was a sad day for true Dancing with the Stars fans, because Misty May is injured and no longer on the show. Still a ton of great competitors and we have no clue who is really going to win this year. However, I would have liked to see Misty May finish developing herself on the show. I felt like she never broke out in her dancing.

Ok, Misty May aside, here’s the list of all the Dancing with the Stars music from tonight’s episode of DWTS.

Susan & Tony danced a Jive to the song Why Do Fools Fall in Love sung by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers - Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 4 - Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Lance & Lacey danced a Viennese Waltz to the song Let Me Leave sung by Marc Broussard
Marc Broussard - Carencro - Let Me Leave
Maurice & Cheryl danced a Jive to the song Rock Around the Clock sung by Bill Haley & His Comets
Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around the Clock - Rock Around the Clock
Rocco & Karina danced a Viennese Waltz to the song What’s New Pussycat? sung by Tom Jones
Tom Jones - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tom Jones - What's New Pussycat?
Warren & Kym danced a Viennese Waltz to the song Lovin’ U sung by Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys - Songs In A Minor - Lovin' U
Cody & Julianne danced a Jive to the song Call Me The Breeze sung by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Second Helping - Call Me the Breeze
Toni & Alec danced a Viennese Waltz to the song Für Elise sung by Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven - Brahms' Lullaby and Other Classical Music for Children - Fur Elise
Cloris & Corky danced a Jive to the song The Girl Can’t Help It sung by Little Richard
Little Richard - The Georgia Peach - The Girl Can't Help It
Brooke & Derek danced a Viennese Waltz to the song Daughters sung by John Mayer
John Mayer - Heavier Things - Daughters
John Mayer - Video Triple Play - Daughters – Original Music Video
Check out all the previous songs from Dancing with the Stars.

October 6, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Elimination Show – September 30,2008

Check out Jessica Simpson on Dancing with the Stars. She’s gone country…ok enough of that. The Judges Choice was by far the most memorable dance from last night. I think the black pleather and Kym’s ability to lean back like the Matrix makes the Matrix dance the best.

September 30, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Videos

Tonight was an awesome night on Dancing with the Stars. I think it was the fact that it was Rhumba and Paso Doble night on Dancing with the Stars. Very sexy and very beautiful. I’ve already posted the Dancing with the Stars music for your reference.


**Click on the arrows on the sides to skip to the next dance

Which dancers or routines are your favorite?

September 29, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Music September 29, 2008 – Week 2

Check out the Dancing with the Stars music from tonight’s episode that contains some great Rumba music and Paso Doble music. Check out all the previous dancing with the stars music here.

Toni & Alec danced the Rumba to the DWTS song I Can’t Make You Love Me sung by Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt - The Best of Bonnie Raitt - I Can't Make You Love Me
Brooke & Derek danced the Paso Doble to the DWTS song Palladio, first movement sung by Karl Jenkins
Karl Jenkins, London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Smith Quartet - Karl Jenkins & Adiemus: The Essential Collection - Palladio (1st Movement) From Diamond Music (De Beers Ad)
Rocco & Karina danced the Rumba to the DWTS song You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine sung by Lou Rawls
Lou Rawls - Lou Rawls: Love Songs - You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
Lance & Lacey danced the Paso Doble to the DWTS song I Kissed a Girl sung by Katy Perry
Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl - Single - I Kissed a Girl
I Kissed a Girl – Original Music Video
Kim & Mark danced the Rumba to the DWTS song You Give Me Something sung by James Morrison
James Morrison - Undiscovered - You Give Me Something
You Give Me Something – Original Music Video
Misty & Maksim danced the Paso Doble to the DWTS song Take Me Out sung by Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Take Me Out – Original Music Video
Maurice & Cheryl danced the Rumba to the DWTS song Mercy, Mercy Me sung by Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On - Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
Cloris & Corky danced the Paso Doble to the DWTS song Bolero sung by Ravel
Maurice Ravel - Opera Chill Out Volumen Dos - Bolero
Susan & Tony danced the Rumba to the DWTS song Waiting on the World to Change sung by John Mayer
John Mayer - Continuum - Waiting On the World to Change
John Mayer - Video Triple Play - Waiting On the World to Change – Original Music Video
Warren & Kym danced the Paso Doble to the DWTS song Malagueña sung by Ernesto Lecuona
Ernesto Lecuona - Cuban Originals - Malagueña
Cody & Julianne danced the Rumba to the DWTS song Bleeding Love sung by Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love - Single - Bleeding Love
Leona Lewis - Spirit (Deluxe Version) - Bleeding Love – Original Music Video

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.