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Dancing with the Stars Season 8 Score Totals and Combined Total

I always like to have a second look at the scores from Dancing with the Stars. They flash them on the screen so quickly, I can’t really think about how the various couples really ranked. So, here are the scores ordered from highest score to lowest score for both tonight’s performances and the combined total of the first 2 DWTS season 8 dances.

Scores from Tonight’s DWTS Performances
Gilles & Cheryl scored a 27
Melissa & Tony scored a 26
Shawn & Mark scored a 24
Lil’ Kim & Derek scored a 23
Denise & Maksim scored a 21
Chuck & Julianne scored a 20
Lawrence & Edyta scored a 20
Ty & Chelsie scored a 20
Holly & Dmitry scored a 18
Belinda & Jonathan scored a 18
David & Kym scored a 17
Steve & Karina scored a 17
Steve-O & Lacey scored a 14

Combined Total After 2 Dances
Gilles & Cheryl scored a total of 51
Melissa & Tony scored a total of 49
Shawn & Mark scored a total of 47
Lil’ Kim & Derek scored a total of 44
Chuck & Julianne scored a total of 40
Denise & Maksim scored a total of 39
David & Kym scored a total of 36
Holly & Dmitry scored a total of 36
Lawrence & Edyta scored a total of 36
Belinda & Jonathan scored a total of 35
Ty & Chelsie scored a total of 34
Steve-O & Lacey scored a total of 31
Steve & Karina scored a total of 30

Looks like the Woz better hope that Nerds unite to vote for him.

March 17, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 8 Music Part 2

As I’ve been doing for a couple Dancing with the Stars seasons now, I’m going to post all of the music from Dancing with the Stars. Below you’ll find the music from the second episode of Dancing with the Stars season 8. You can also go back and check the music from previous DWTS episodes.

You can either download the songs on iTunes(my iTunes link generator is broken right now), Amazon, or even buy the CD from Amazon for those who still like having the entire CD.

Holly & Dmitry danced a Quickstep to the song “We Are in Love”—Harry Connick Jr Harry Connick, Jr. - We Are In Love - We Are In Love
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David & Kym danced a Salsa to the song “El Cumbanchero”— Angel Melendez & The 911 Mambo Orchestra Angel Melendez & The 911 MAMBO Orchestra - Angel Melendez & The 911 Mambo Orchestra - El Cumbanchero
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Denise & Maksim danced a Quickstep to the song “We Go Together”—Grease Soundtrack John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John - Grease (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) - We Go Together
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Belinda & Jonathan danced a Salsa to the song “Higher”—Gloria Estefan Gloria Estefan - Destiny - Higher
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Ty & Chelsie danced a Quickstep to the song “Life Is a Highway”—Rascal Flatts Rascal Flatts - Cars - Life Is a Highway
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Shawn & Mark danced a Salsa to the song “Las Muchachas del cha-cha-cha”—La Sonora Matancera La Sonora Matancera - Baile Con La Sonora Matancera - Las Muchachas
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Steve & Karina danced a Quickstep to the song “Oh Boy”—Buddy Holly Buddy Holly & The Crickets - The "Chirping" Crickets - Oh, Boy!
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Chuck & Julianne danced a Salsa to the song “Say Hey (I Love You)”—Michael Franti & Spearhead Michael Franti & Spearhead - Say Hey - Single - Say Hey (I Love You)
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Lawrence & Edyta danced a Quickstep to the song “As Long As I’m Singing”—Brian Setzer Orchestra The Brian Setzer Orchestra - The Dirty Boogie - As Long as I'm Singin'

Steve-O & Lacey danced a Salsa to the song “Cobrastyle”—Teddybears Teddybears featuring Mad Cobra - Cobrastyle - EP - Cobrastyle
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Lil’ Kim & Derek danced a Quickstep to the song “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”—Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe - The Magic of Marilyn (Limited Edition) - Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
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Melissa & Tony danced a Salsa to the song “The Cup of Life”—Ricky Martin Ricky Martin - Music of the World Cup - Allez! Ola! Olé! - The Cup of Life (La Copa de la Vida) [The Official Song of the World Cup, France '98] {Remix - English Radio Edit}
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Gilles & Cheryl danced a Quickstep to the song “Kryptonite”—3 Doors Down E-Manuel - Punk Goes Crunk - Kryptonite
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Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Premiere Thoughts

I originally planned to do a full analysis of the new couple on DWTS similar to what I did for Belinda and Jonathan. Unfortunately, life got busy on me and I’m not going to have time to do a couple by couple post.

However, here’s some quick thoughts about each DWTS couple.

Belinda Carlisle is paired with Jonathan Roberts – see here
David Alan Grier is paired with Kym Johnson – I was a little diappointed by this couple.  I guess I just expect more from Kym.  She’s done so many wonderful things in the past.  David Alan Grier was smooth and natural on his feet, but it was almost too smooth for me.  I hope that Kym turns it back up a notch next week.  19 is not a bad start, but plenty of room to improve if Kym finally wants a mirror ball trophy.
Holly is paired with Dmitry Chaplin – While the show doesn’t change the scores based on the time to prepare, I do.  I think Holly is going to do well on the show and look great next to Dmitry.  However, you could kind of see that the routine just wasn’t as polished as some of the others.  I’m looking for great things next week from this couple and a big improvement over their score of 18.
Shawn Johnson is paired with Mark Ballas – Shawn was the real shocker of the night for me. She did so much better than Cody did last season. Cody looked like an 18 year old should. Shawn looked much older than her young 17. I give Mark a lot of credit for this. Also, all dressed up in her ball gown she looked so much older. 23 and her popularity as an olympic athlete means she’s a strong candidate to go all the way to the final 3.
Lil’ Kim is paired with Derek Hough – Lil’ Kim just made me laugh with her dedication.  I’m not sure how well that will do in getting her votes, but I’m all for second chances.  Lil’ Kim and Derek actually look better together than I would have expected.  She did seem to try to hard at points, but her 21 score is a decent sign for Derek and Lil’ Kim fans.
Gilles Marini is paired with Cheryl Burke – Gilles really surprised me. His dancing looked much better than I would have expected. I was a little shocked by him basically running his fingers down Cheryl’s chest, but then I remembered that he was French. His strong score of 24 means him and Cheryl will be around for a while to come.
Ty Murray is paired with Chelsie Hightower – Ty has gotten hammered way too much.  I don’t think he was as bad as everyone made it out to be.  I’m a huge fan because of the lashing he’s taken.  I’m sure his main motivation was to do this with Jewel and so it’s really unfortunate that she’s off the show.  I hope by some miracle he can stay another week.  People like him are what makes the show unique and interesting and I’d love to see him kind of grow as a ballroom dancer.
Steve-O is paired with Lacey Schwimmer – Samantha Harris finally asked a good question when she asked Lacey if she was going to bring out her bad girl side.  I missed Lacey’s edge and I think Steve-O’s fans want some edge as well.  Let’s hope they can provide it next week.  I will say that Steve-O brought a little man on the show and we love little men.
Melissa Rycroft puts her troubles behind her as she hits the dancefloor
Melissa is paired with Tony Dovolani – For 2 days she did great. I’m sure controversy will swirl around her being a trained dancer, but ballet and ballroom are quite different. Plus, she should have an advantage, because she only had 2 days to get ready. A lot of people are planning to vote for her out of sympathy. I guess a lot of girls can relate to being dumped by a guy.
Denise Richards is paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Similar to Kym, I expected more from Maks.  He’s one of the best and most entertaining choreographers, but him and Denise didn’t have that spark.  I’m not sure Denise ever will come out of it and show us something else.  I hope her acting kicks in and shows us some fire. 
Lawrence Taylor is paired with Edyta Sliwinska – I expected to not really fall in love with Lawrence and sure enough I’m left with a bland taste in my mouth.  I love Edyta, but this couple isn’t going to do anything for me this season.  Neither here nor there for me and I won’t have any problem when Lawrence is gone.
Chuck Wicks is paired with Julianne Hough – I’m sure that a number of Julianne fans will not like me saying this, but Chuck and Julianne really look good together.  Waltz was a perfect dance for showing off the “perfect” looking couple.  Chuck did seem quite tight through the dance.  I think that we underestimate how hard it will be for Julianne to be the teacher to Chuck.  Chuck needs to improve and relax if Julianne wants a third trophy, but 20′s a decent start.
Steve Wozniak is paired with Karina Smirnoff – So, you already know that I’m biased to Steve.  He is awkward and says crazy things, but that’s what makes him great.  The Woz is the Woz and nobody’s going to change that.  My favorite line from the night was when he said that 7000 kids at a robotics competition were yelling Vote Woz.  Don’t be surprised if the Woz lasts longer than you’d expect despite his low score of 13.

March 13, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Interviews After the Premiere of Dancing with the Stars

After the taping of Dancing with the Stars, there’s this media circus that happens on the dance floor. All of the major entertainment shows bring out their video cameras and the hosts of the various shows interview the celebrities and professionals. It’s pretty fun to watch.

This time it looks like ABC decided to do some of its own interviews and have the videos posted for all to enjoy. Check out the following video interviews immediately after the premiere of Dancing with the Stars season 8.

March 10, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Call in Numbers and Scores

The following are the call in numbers to vote for your favorite Dancing with the Stars couple.
Lil’ Kim & Derek Hough 800-86834-01
800-VOTE4-01 3401
Belinda Carlisle & Jonathan Roberts 800-86834-02
800-VOTE4-02 3402
Lawrence Taylor & Edyta Sliwinska 800-86834-03
800-VOTE4-03 3403
Steve-O & Lacey Schwimmer 800-86834-04
800-VOTE4-04 3404
Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke 800-86834-05
800-VOTE4-05 3405
Chuck Wicks & Julianne Hough 800-86834-06
800-VOTE4-06 3406
Holly Madison and Dmitry Chaplin 800-86834-07
800-VOTE4-07 3407
Ty Murray & Chelsie Hightower 800-86834-08
800-VOTE4-08 3408
Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas 800-86834-09
800-VOTE4-09 3409
Steve Wozniak & Karina Smirnoff 800-86834-10
800-VOTE4-10 3410
David Alan Grier & Kym Johnson 800-86834-11
800-VOTE4-11 3411
Denise Richards & Maksim Chmerkovskiy 800-86834-12
800-VOTE4-12 3412
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani 800-86834-13
800-VOTE4-13 3413

The following is the list of scores from the premiere of Dancing with the Stars season 8. They are listed in order from highest score to lowest.
Gilles & Cheryl scored a 24
Shawn & Mark scored a 23
Melissa & Tony scored a 23
Kim & Derek scored a 21
Chuck & Julianne scored a 20
David & Kym scored a 19
Holly & Dmitry scored a 18
Denise & Maksim scored a 18
Belinda & Jonathan scored a 17
Steve-O & Lacey scored a 17
Lawrence & Edyta scored a 16
Ty & Chelsie scored a 14
Steve & Karina scored a 13

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Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 8 Music

As I’ve done the past seasons, I’ll be doing my best to list all of the music that is used on Dancing with the Stars. The following is the list of the music from the premiere of Dancing with the Stars season 8. Just click on the iTunes image to open iTunes and download the music or download the MP3 from Amazon using the Amazon music download link.

If you’re looking for the music from the latest episode, here’s a link to find the full list of Dancing with the Stars music.

Kim & Derek danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Nasty”—Janet Jackson Janet Jackson - Control - Nasty Download MP3 on Amazon

Belinda & Jonathan danced a Waltz to the song “What the World Needs Now”—Dionne Warwick Dionne Warwick - Golden Legends: Dionne Warwick Live - What the World Needs Now Download MP3 on Amazon

Lawrence & Edyta danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “25 Miles” sung by Edwin Starr Edwin Starr - The Very Best of Edwin Starr - 25 Miles Download MP3 on Amazon

Steve-O & Lacey danced a Waltz to the song Speak Softly Love “Vito’s Waltz” by 101 Strings Orchestra The New 101 Strings Orchestra - Ballroom Dance: Viennese & Slow Waltz - Vito's Waltz Download MP3 on Amazon

Gilles & Cheryl danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Addicted to Love”—Robert Palmer Robert Palmer - Riptide - Addicted to Love Download MP3 on Amazon

Chuck & Julianne danced a Waltz to the song “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”—Elvis Presley Elvis Presley - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - Are You Lonesome Tonight? Download MP3 on Amazon

Holly & Dmitry danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Just Dance”—Lady GaGa Lady GaGa & Colby O'Donis - The Fame - Just Dance Download MP3 on Amazon

Ty & Chelsie danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Train in Vain”—The Clash The Clash - London Calling - Train In Vain Download MP3 on Amazon

Shawn & Mark danced a Waltz to the song “It Is You (I Have Loved)”—Becky Jane Taylor Becky Jane Taylor - By Your Side - It Is You (I Have Loved) [From "Shrek"] Download MP3 on Amazon

Steve & Karina danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”—Bachman Turner Overdrive Bachman-Turner Overdrive - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bachman-Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet Download MP3 on Amazon

David & Kym danced a Waltz to the song “You Light Up My Life”—Whitney Houston Whitney  Houston - Just Whitney - You Light Up My Life Download MP3 on Amazon

Denise & Maksim danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Nothin’ but a Good Time”—Poison Poison - The Best of Poison - 20 Years of Rock - Nothin' But a Good Time Download MP3 from Amazon

Melissa & Tony danced a Waltz to the song “Moon River” Andy Williams - Andy Williams' Greatest Hits - Moon River Download MP3 on Amazon

March 9, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars 2009 Couples

I previously made my DWTS Season 8 Couples suggestions. Today they made the official announcement of the couples for season 8 of Dancing with the Stars. Check out the pairings below and then go vote for your favorite DWTS star.

Belinda Carlisle is paired with Jonathan Roberts
Singer and Band Member of The Go-Go’s

David Alan Grier is paired with Kym Johnson
Actor and Comedian

Jewel is paired with Dmitry Chaplin
Singer-Songwriter

Shawn Johnson is paired with Mark Ballas
2008 Gold Medalist Olympic Gymnast

Lil’ Kim is paired with Derek Hough
Grammy Award Winning Rapper

Gilles Marini is paired with Cheryl Burke
Sex and the City Actor

Ty Murray is paired with Chelsie Hightower
Rodeo Champion

Steve-O is paired with Lacey Schwimmer
Jackass and Wildboyz Reality Star

Nancy O’Dell is paired with Tony Dovolani
Access Hollywood Co-Anchor

Denise Richards is paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Television and Film Actress

Lawrence Taylor is paired with Edyta Sliwinska
Retired NFL Linebacker

Chuck Wicks is paired with Julianne Hough
Country Singer

Steve Wozniak is paired with Karina Smirnoff
Apple Co-Founder and Philanthropist

February 12, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS 2009 Couples Update

UPDATE: Check out the latest on Dancing with the Stars Season 8.

I previously posted my mostly sarcastic (and hopefully funny) Dancing with the Stars 2009 couples suggestions.  It looks like only 2 of the couples have officially been announced.  GMA had Denise Richards on the show this morning and introduced her to her partner Maks.  It was kind of fun to see Denise see her partner for the first time.  It was also funny that Denise and her house/family have affectionately named Maks, Maksy Pooh.  This looks like it could be fun.  She seems like the exact opposite of hard core Maks.  I can’t wait for their first confrontation.

The second couple People announced was Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough.  Imagine that!

Ok, so Chuck and Julianne being together isn’t a surprise at all.  Should be interesting to watch.  My wife and I went to the finale of the last season of Dancing with the Stars (thanks Julianne’s mom) and we had a chance to meet Chuck and Julianne backstage.  It was cute to see their young love.  We also were able to chat for a second with Chuck Wicks and he was super laid back and nice.  We’ll definitely be cheering for them both.

Here’s the picture we took at last year’s finale with Chuck Wicks.  Let’s hope he’s at the finale of next year holding up the mirror ball trophy.

Chuck Wicks at Dancing with the Stars Finale

Chuck Wicks at Dancing with the Stars Finale

An ABC spokesperson says the remaining professional dancer/celebrity pairings will be announced on Thursday, February 12.

Dancing with the Stars eighth season premieres March 9 on ABC.

February 9, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars 2009 Couples Suggestions

Tonight, they announced the official Dancing with the Stars cast. They still haven’t announced the couples that will be dancing on Dancing with the Stars 2009. Until we hear the official announcement of couples, here’s my take on who might be good partners for the stars on Dancing with the Stars 2009. To make things simple, I just used the professionals from last season even though I’m pretty sure that at least a couple of the professional dancers will be different this season as well.

Chuck Wicks and Lacey Schwimmer just because just think how jealous Julianne would be if this happens. Actually I’ll be surprised if Chuck dances with anyone other than Julianne Hough. I know if I were Julianne I wouldn’t let Chuck dance on the show without me. However, that pick was too easy so I took Lacey to replace Julianne.

Denise Richards and Alec Mazo because Alec always seems to get really attractive stars for his partners. I wonder if that’s just to make Edyta jealous.

Gilles Marini and Inna Brayer because people barely know Gilles Marini and they barely know Inna Brayer. Sounds like a perfect match for failure to me.

Lawrence Taylor and Karina Smirnoff because she deserves to be with a popular football player. Too bad Lawrence Taylor isn’t really all that popular and is way past his prime. He’s definitely not Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice or Jason Taylor. Too bad Karina, another year of not doing very well.

Lil’ Kim and Corky Ballas just because it would be the funniest looking couple. Actually, I’m guessing Corky won’t be back for this season, but just imagine him and Lil’ Kim together and you’ll realize that Dancing with the Stars is actually a comedy.

Nancy O’Dell and Maks Chmerkovskiy because they would just make the best couple. 2 beautiful and tall dancers would be great to watch.

Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas Jr. since Shawn is really short and Mark is probably the shortest professional dancer.

Steve-O and Edyta Sliwinska because Edyta always loves to make the oddest faces when her partners do something weird. Just wait to see her reactions after being around Steve-O.

Steve Wozniak and Kym Johnson because Kym always gets screwed by having a partner that can’t dance. Plus, just having Woz and Kym together would make nerds all over the world proud to be a nerd.

Belinda Carlisle and Tony Dovolani because Tony always seems to get stuck with the old ladies. Not that Belinda’s that old, but this group is relatively young.

David Alan Grier and Cheryl Burke because David is likely to come up with something like “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” and Cheryl will wonder how she went from winning so many mirror ball trophies to this. Plus, the producers won’t want Cheryl to win too many times and so this would pretty much guarantee she won’t.

Ty Murray and Julianne Hough since Ty seems to like country singers.

Jewel and Derek Hough because 2 beautiful blonds provide an interesting story. Blonds might be stupid, but I’m guessing that Derek and Jewel would prove that blonds can dance!

As you can tell, this was a real scientific method for selecting the possibly Dancing with the Stars season 8 couples.

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Better known as Charlie.

Misty May’s Return to Dancing with the Stars

12th Annual Entertainment Tonight & People Magazine's Emmy Party

I recently saw a rumor that Misty May-Treanor would be returning to be a member of the Dancing with the Stars Season 8 cast. Dancing with the Stars fans will certainly remember that Misty May-Treanor had to leave season 7 of Dancing with the Stars due to injury.

How fun would it be for Misty to be able to go back on the show and see how well she’d do. It did feel kind of wrong for her to have to quit because of injury. I personally would like to see Misty’s partner on the show Kerri Walsh. Unfortunately, I found this quote from Kerri talking about Misty’s experience on Dancing with the Stars and whether we’ll get to enjoy Kerri Walsh on Dancing with the Stars also.

“She had so much fun. She only made it two episodes in before she got hurt, and Misty was doing very well prior to this. She was one of the ringers, and she was doing a great job. Her main motivation is to get healthy and go back out there and dance.”

Has Walsh ever thought about being on the show?

“Absolutely not,” Walsh laughed. “Misty’s the brave one. She’s such a ham. She grew up dancing, and she puts herself out there. I’m a little more reserved than that.”

That’s too bad. I’d love to see Kerri Walsh on the show. Why not have a couples Dancing with the Stars and bring on celebrity couples to compete against each other?

Also, rumors that Cindy McCain was going to be on Dancing with the Stars have been reported as not true. Wouldn’t that have been interesting. Ok, not really. I’ve seen enough of McCain to last a lifetime.

January 26, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.