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DWTS10 Week 3 Power Rankings

Before I commence with the rankings, a few overall thoughts…

 The 7 paddle is overrated.

 Story week was a GREAT idea.

 The judges are sanctimonious bigots. 

 Alright, I’ve said my piece.  Now on with it!

1.)    Evan & Anna – Another adorable & entertaining number, and I am really enjoying seeing Evan come out of his shell with each dance.  But I still feel like he gets a bit too much into his own headspace out there (especially towards the middle of the dance), and as a result the performance value goes down a bit…however, he does open up a bit more each week.  And he and Anna are, quite possible, the most harmonious & drama-free couple out there – they just seem so zen & agreeable during their practice sessions, likely as a result of Evan’s strength under pressure.  They did dance in the crap spot (first), but the sympathy votes from Evan’s broken toes will likely counteract any votes they may have lost from it (as if Evan wasn’t getting the bulk of the votes, anyway).  I only give them the edge over Nicole & Derek this week due to the latter’s drama with the judges, but I still think that Nicole is both the stronger technician and entertainer.

 2.)    Nicole & Derek – Never have I ever had the desire to put my foot through my flat screen more than I did when these two got their critique.  Carrie-Ann’s argument about breaking hold? Not a very intelligent one, since almost everyone broke hold at least once in their routines tonight.  The “lift”? Do the rules say anything about the guy getting lifted? ;-) Len saying there was “no real quickstep”? I don’t know what dance you were watching, geezer, but I saw PLENTY of quarter turns, forward locks, chasse reverse turns, and runs.  Echoing Heidi’s sentiments last week – I am astounded at how in sync these two are.  And with so much energy! Just…WOW.  By far the most entertaining and energetic of the night, and they had the boon of dancing in the money spot (last). Judges’ comments & low scores aside, I think fans will rally behind these two as a sort of rebellion…and I can’t help but wonder if the judges are just trying to make the playing field seem a bit more level (do they really need to? Evan is keeping up quite nicely…) but they will stay, and I sure hope the judges’ feet taste good in their mouths. Barbeque sauce, anyone?

 3.)    Erin & Maks – Ok, something is DEFINITELY going on between these two, whether they want to admit it or not.  The sexual tension in the beginning of their waltz was palpable (I love that word).  And despite the fact that I didn’t really understand the “story” behind this one (“I love you, but I like to wear blindfolds”? Maybe?), it was nonetheless very artistic & well-executed.  Smooth, crisp, and clean.  However, I’m going to agree with Len just a teensy bit – it did seem to take an agonizingly long time to get the blindfold on, and I kind of wished they had thought of a quicker or more creative way to put it on.  Definitely going to stick around another week, not only due to sympathy for Erin’s “courageous” decision to dance despite death threats (If I recall, this isn’t the first time this has happened on the show, and security at that place is tighter than the rush hour subway in Brooklyn) but also a possible burgeoning showmance…hmmmm…

 4.)    Pam & Damian – Did anyone else think Pam looked absolutely stunning this week? I loved her dress, I loved her makeup, and I loved her hair – even though I’m getting a bit tired of it flopping in her face and detracting from her performance. She actually managed to hold her on in the paso, despite looking a bit unsure of herself at times (I’m actually gonna blame the hair in the face for that one), and even managed to throw in just a smattering of that sex kitten she’s becoming known for.  Throwing in the “I’m against animal cruelty” card was probably a wise move as well.  But I’m still a little concerned – her frame is still wonky, the sexpot act is beginning to lose its luster (I would love to see a bit more vulnerability from her), and I feel like we still know little to nothing about Damian – he almost seems like he’s playing an extra to some of the other pro’s leading roles.  These two ought to be ok this week due to Pam fans rallying from last week’s scare, but I’m not so sure they’re going to last a whole lot longer…

 5.)    Jake & Chelsie – While Jake is a better dancer than I thought he’d be (ugh, it hurt to say that), he still seems whiney to me – and I don’t do whiney.  After last week’s tear-and-tantrum fest, I’m kind of over the couples fighting…so this just annoyed me.  The theme was cute, yes, and Chelsie did manage to creatively incorporate some Egyptian moves – but they seemed to have a lot of cheesy props, and Jake still seems squatty to me.  I could see Team Vienna keeping these two around for another week or two, but right now they’re just in the middle of the pack for me…

 6.)    Niecy & Louis – I really wanted to like this waltz, because I adore these two.  But I feel like they got so bogged down by the emotion of the story that it distracted their dancing.  I give them props for not relying on props (pun intended, hehe), but they did seem to stumble a bit and it all seemed a bit too slow & easy.  I’m a little worried about Louis’ comment regarding gay marriage as well – now before anyone gets up in arms, I am not criticizing his opinion in any way; he is entitled to it and I respect that totally.  But politics are a slippery slope, and just the fact that he brought it up may alienate some of the more conservative viewing audience (the same ones that might be shunning Pam).  I’m gonna put some faith in humanity and say that these two will be safe this week, because I think they’re going to have a lot to offer in the coming weeks…

 7.)    Chad & Cheryl – Ok Chad, you stepped your game up this week, I’ll give you that.  You emoted a lot better than last week, and seemed to put just the teensiest bit more “oomph” into your steps.  But those steps were still rather deliberate & clumsy, and this routine wasn’t all that difficult – it was an awful lot of open work – and I’m still bothered by what seems to be a pretty big (and awkward) height difference between them. The story seemed to suit this partnership well, though – Chad seems hellbent on getting cozy with Cheryl, and she doesn’t seem too keen about the whole idea (although, if my lovable-but-crazy-mother is right, there may be at least one pic floating around the net of these two smooching at a Miami nightclub recently).  You will likely live to dance another week (thanks Bengals fans), but unless you continue to improve each week, you may have to settle for trying to get cozy with Cheryl off-set…

 8.)    Buzz & Ashly – I’ve given up on critiquing Buzz’s dancing – it almost feels criminal to bash the dancing of an 80-year-old former serviceman.  But I will commend these two for choosing a very age-appropriate theme (it would have been a bit hard to watch these two playing lovebirds) and keeping their choreography simple & somewhat easy for Buzz to attempt to follow.  I won’t lie – I got a little misty during this number, but I blame the song and my “daddy issues” for that one.  If Kate goes this week & Aiden goes next week like I think they will, Buzz should be able to stick around for 2 more weeks…but with a smaller cast a lot of decently strong dancers this season, it won’t be long before he’ll be weeded out in favor of stronger technicians.

 9.)    Aiden & Edyta – Ok, did anyone else notice the truly HEINOUS voice-cracking of the vocalist that was butchering “Hey Soul Sister”? I had to rewind it at least 4 times, not only because I couldn’t concentrate on these two dancing but because it had me tearing up, I was laughing so hard.  Aiden has improved in the last two weeks, no doubt – but this was just rather unmemorable for me, on the hole.  I thought some of the other couples had more dramatic storylines, and Aiden is still a rather awkward mover.  Unfortunately, more people will probably remember this one for the terrible singing (way to go, Harold Wheeler & company) than for outstanding dancing.  The soap junkies will likely be able to save him for one more week before he runs out of steam.

 10.)  Kate & Tony – I have absolutely NOTHING good to say about this dance, so if you’re a Kate fan – don’t read any further.  I thought the idea of using “Paparazzi” was indulgent (I think Kate is an A-list celebrity in her own mind), there was absolutely no emotion, she is still being whiney & difficult in rehearsal, and there was no degree of difficulty here.  If I didn’t know any better, I would almost say that Tony is trying to get them voted off so he doesn’t have to deal with her another week.  Vote for the Worst, I swear – if you keep her around another week, I’m making a voodoo doll for your entire site. 

  

Well…now that I’ve let off quite a bit of steam, I feel a lot better :-) Official prediction: Kate & Tony and Aiden & Edyta in the bottom; Kate gets the boot (good riddance).  But what about you guys? It’s your turn to let off steam!

 

April 5, 2010 I Written By

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DWTS10 Preliminary Power Rankings, Part II

Thank you guys so much for all the great feedback yesterday…I’m sure this is going to be a very interesting season with a lot of good discussions about who is going to win!

Now I give you the lower half of the list – those I don’t see faring quite as well this season.  I really did struggle with several of these, because we have some definite “wild cards” this season that could go either way – again, it should be intersting to see who sinks and who swims :-)

7.)    Buzz Aldrin & Ashly Delgrosso – I think it’s a safe bet to say that Buzz has cornered the “senior citizen” vote this season – much like Tom DeLay did last season & Cloris did in season 7.  This is a really good thing – I think a certain degree of respect comes when you’re the “old dog” in the competition, and people want to see you do well to prove that young age doesn’t always equate skill.  And unlike the dubious fame of Tom DeLay or the loose cannon that was Cloris Leachman – Buzz is a living legend: a NASA astronaut, the 2nd man to set foot on the moon, and a highly decorated military officer.  People LIKE him, and could very well keep him around for a little while even if he isn’t particularly good.  Ashly may also garner quite a bit of support since she has been absent since season 3, and had been a favorite for the first 3 seasons of the show – and I’m sure Utah is behind her as well, as the Delgrosso family is basically a dancing dynasty there and is extremely well-respected.  But there is one big concern, and it’s one that does seem to plague some of the “older” contestants: injury.  We can see how it sidelined Tom last season (I think he actually would have stuck around for another week or so had he not withdrawn), and hindered the Woz in season 8.  I hope that Buzz can dodge that hurdle and stay in the competition and be voted out, rather than having to drop out. 

 8.)    Shannen Doherty & Mark Ballas – I’m sure I’m going to spark another debate with this one, but as I mentioned as comment on part 1, I think Shannen is going to have some demographical voting issues – voting issues stemming from her reputation as a bit of a “witch” ;-) John brought up a good point – Shannen is well-known for her TV roles as Brenda on 90210 and Prue on Charmed (and also to some degree her role in the movie Heathers); however, what some people may not remember is that she left both shows unceremoniously, due mainly to tensions with producers & co-stars.  She also had brief, tumultuous marriages to both Ashley Hamilton (remember him? First guy voted off last season?) and Rick Salomon (who also co-starred in a sex tape with a certain blonde heiress, and ironically was also married to Pam Anderson for a few months back in ’07 – wow, I could totally play “Six Degrees of DWTS” this season!), and both ended in very messy, very public break-ups.  There was also a DUI thrown in there somewhere, all which adds up to Shannen’s infamy as a bit of a bad girl.  My point? Female viewers tend not to like pretty women of questionable virtue (sort of ties into my Pretty Girl Backlash Theory), and thus don’t vote for them.  Granted, Shannen could be the greatest dancer on the show this season; but that doesn’t mean she’s going to get votes week after week.  I also fear that Mark’s sometimes overbearing nature might clash with Shannen’s obviously “strong” personality – these two could be the second coming of Debi vs. Maks.  I don’t see them going home the first week; but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were in the bottom 3, due to what I’ve mentioned above…it may take some time for the female viewing audience to really “warm up” to Shannen L

 9.)    Aiden Turner & Edyta Sliwinska – I may have had the hardest time placing this couple, next to my struggles with Jake & Chelsie.  On one hand, Aiden is a hunky soap star that likely has quite a following from his role on All My Children; on the other hand, he isn’t as well-known and hasn’t been on the show as long as Susan Lucci or Cameron Mathison, and doesn’t have an additional “claim to fame” like General Hospital Playmate Kelly Monaco.   Having Edyta as his partner could also be both a blessing and a curse – she’s a fan favorite (due to her tenure on all 10 seasons of the show), but also seems prone to having some boring choreography and a history of early eliminations.  In the end, my pessimistic side wins out – I think Aiden’s name might be the least well-known of this season’s celebs at first glance (even I had to look him up, and I have been known to watch AMC on occasion!), and in the few practice sessions I’ve seen of he & Edyta, he looks like he could be a bit of an awkward mover.  Aiden, please, prove me wrong – we need another cute guy to stick around to put doofy Jake in his place!

 10.)                        Kate Gosselin & Tony Dovolani – I solemnly swear I am going to make an honest effort to try and give Kate a chance this season – however, I’m not sure America is going to be willing to do the same.  Many have (understandably) questioned Kate’s choice to undertake such a big time commitment while being the primary custodian of 8 kids, and amid the media firestorm surrounding her divorce.  And while Kate comes out as more of the “victim” in her situation with Jon – some cite her volatile temper in episodes of Jon & Kate Plus 8 prior to the divorce as a possible contributing factor for it.  In other words – Kate may be dealing with the same “witch” syndrome as Shannen.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: female viewers do not like mean girls.  Granted, she’s a mean girl with kids and a smarmy ex-husband – but a mean girl nonetheless.  There are already rumors swirling about her “diva-like” behavior on-set (although I don’t know that I fully believe it, there may be some partial truth to it). I don’t know that Tony is going to be much of a help either – his support seems to run hot & cold, depending on who he is dancing with.  But Kate is allegedly in pretty good shape, and does quite a bit of running & yoga, so she might not be half-bad…I think viewers may keep her around for a week or two just to see how she fares – but will ultimately tire of her.

 11.)                        Pamela Anderson & Damian Whitehood – This is probably going to come as the biggest shocker for many of you who said that Pam may be the “big surprise” this season – but before you crucify me, hear me out ;-) I totally agree that Pam may be one of the better dancers this season – I really & truly would love to see her do well.  But I think the deck could not be stacked against her more with the female viewing audience – she’s a textbook example of my “Pretty Girl Backlash Theory”: female viewers feel jealous and/or threatened by attractive women (especially overtly sexy ones with questionable reputations) and hence, do not vote.  They find reasons to dislike their dancing in order to justify their animosity – it’s unfortunate, but true.  Women are CATTY.  And I think Pam unfortunately has enough scandal under her belt to add fuel to the fire – she’s appeared in Playboy multiple times (and I’m sure many viewers’ husbands have salivated over those pictures); she has not one, but TWO sex tapes (you can see what good it did for Kim Kardashian only having one!); a string of failed marriages to ahem, “questionable” men (Tommy Lee, Kid Rock, and Rick Salomon); and a wardrobe of rather suggestive ensembles.  While I personally couldn’t care less about all of it – I doubt it will sit well with some of the more conservative viewing audience.  Her charity work with PETA and the American Liver Foundation is somewhat redeeming, but I’m afraid it’s often overlooked in favor of her more scandalous activities.  She also has a disadvantage in having a new pro – he has no fan base yet.  Unless Pam proves to be the best dancer this season and starts knocking perfect 10s outta the park every week – I just don’t see her sticking around for long L

 

Alright, my predictions for the season are officially made…I’m excited to see how things pan out, and I really hope I’m proved wrong on some of these.  I certainly was last season! Now let’s here some more good debates from you guys: who do you think will be the first to go?

 

March 21, 2010 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!