Wow. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel, but I really, really liked it. Nice mixture of true MJ (Derek, Mark, Lacey) and ballroom. This was a tribute to the man’s music as much as it was his dance. His music was beautifully represented in the dances – kudos to all the choreographers.
Another, clearly misguided, blogger at E! made the crack that the professionals weren’t cool enough or young enough to represent MJ adequately. HELLO???!!! Michael Jackson was a year older than DONNY OSMOND when he died. OLDER. Therefore, it stands to reason that the older pros have just as much a clue about MJ as the younger ones. I hate stupid cracks like that – admit your bias, people. I admit mine – and I don’t care for SYTYCD. There, I said it. Others prefer SYTYCD. They are two completely different shows and shouldn’t be compared – I think I wrote a blog about this a while ago. John, find me a link.
Speaking of bias – seeing lots of comments on twitter about Derek as the blond MJ. Yes indeed, my favorite pro was front and center for a reason. While I generally prefer Derek’s dancing to the other pros, I thought they all were fantastic tonight – great job!!
Buff Daddy: While most people drop weight on Dancing, pro Tony Dovolani has been packing on the pounds — nearly 20 — since the end of season 8 in May. Dovolani, whose twins turned one earlier this month, tells PEOPLE he’s in training for a role in the upcoming independent film Pumping Up. Shooting stars in December and Dovolani has been working out every day. “I eat like a horse, five or six times a day, and I drink protein shakes, I eat protein bars,” he says. “Right now I’m 192. Usually I’m at 175.” In the movie, Dovolani plays “a character getting ready for a bodybuilding competition. He’s an Italian guy from Queens.”
Scaredy Cats: The show’s opening number was quite the grand entrance as the eight male pros descended from the ceiling on scaffolding. “I was scared wreckless,” Alec Mazo confesses. Even tough guy Maksim Chmerkovskiy couldn’t wait to get his feet firmly on the ground. “I did not like that at all, and Mark [Ballas] was shaking and rocking the [scaffolding],” Chmerkovskiy says. “I am so glad that is over. Never again.”
Snack Attack: Since it was ladies’ night on the dance floor, the men were able to relax and watch the show. Sitting side-by-side, snowboarder Louis Vito and football pro Michael Irvin shared a bag of gummy worms. Even former politician Tom DeLay was spotted dropping a worm into his mouth. At one point, all the guys were munching on something. “Candy, gummy worms and peanut M&Ms, and cookies and Altoids,” says Vito of his evening snacks. “It’s like watching a movie. How can you watch a movie without something to eat?”
Say What?: The Grammy-award winning singer Macy Gray had everyone on their toes, even the producers. After her first turn on the dance floor, Gray was asked how she felt. “I feel like I just busted my cherry.” While viewers struggled to figure out what she said, the audience roared with laughter. Tom DeLay was spotted wiping away tears from laughing so hard. A source added that backstage was no different: “Everyone was laughing, from the designers to production assistants!”
Natalie Coughlin isn’t quite a household name, but as an Olympic medalist in swimming, she’s at least athletic — and she’s paired with Alec Mazo, who’s been looking for a good partner ever since winning with Kelly Monaco in the first season of the show. Alec first worked to cure her of her tendency to grimace angrily while competing, then went on to teach her the salsa. At times, Natalie seemed to have the hang of it, but her hips aren’t quite built for Latin dancing just yet. She’s coordinated and athletic, but she still tends to look like she’s working a little too hard.
Singer Macy Gray is dancing with the lovely and frequently challenged Jonathan Roberts (who handled Marie Osmond’s fainting spell and Heather Mills’ missing leg), and it’s pretty clear that this is not the year things get easier for him. Roberts called Macy “a little bit eccentric” from the beginning, and indeed, she seemed as out of her element as anyone the show has ever featured. Macy managed to walk around the floor in time with the music when it came time for her “Viennese waltz,” but that was about it. Carrie Ann called the performance “beautiful in its own bizarre way,” which was clearly the strongest praise she could muster.
Model Joanna Krupa and past winner Derek Hough look like a great team when they’re standing in line waiting for the show to start — so how do they look in motion? In spite of wearing what appear to be pants made from Big Bird pelts, Joanna looked good dancing. Hers was the first salsa that looked genuinely sexy (her model appearance, of course, doesn’t hurt), and she definitely looks like a competitor to watch.
Last up was Louis van Amstel and Kelly Osbourne, who’s a naturally sympathetic figure, given her wacky family and her obvious insecurities about her looks, weight, and whether she’s got any sex appeal at all. In fact, Kelly explained that it was her eagerness to try something more feminine that led her to the show. Her natural fear that she’d be hopelessly clumsy did not come true at all: she turned out to have a lovely smile, plenty of grace, and much more natural ability than anyone (especially Kelly herself) expected. Looking like a likely fan favorite because she’s both talented and an underdog of sorts, Kelly hugged her wildly excited and weepy famous parents and received very nice praise from the judges. It was an obviously genuine moment, and precisely the kind of thing that keeps people tuning in to the show.
Picking up from where I left things last night….I will never get it all, but I’ll try to hit the high points for ya’ll (Country Music night at the local sports bar with wireless ).
Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel on Ellen!
Aaron Carter on Bonnie Hunt – you know, I sorta like this kid.
Extra on DWTS Men, September 22, 2009
EW.com has a article I can relate to – it starts out with comments on the male pros.
‘Dancing With the Stars’ recap: We’ve Got Males
It’s season 9 (yes, really) of Dancing With the Stars, and the boys are back in town! I’ll get to last night’s competing men in a moment; first we need to focus on the eight swashbuckling stallions who have returned to Crazytown, U.S.A. Our beautiful male pros were back and ready to make loving eye contact with the camera in a rousing opening number. Maks even did a seductive eyebrow check for our viewing pleasure. They were both still there, as were all 500 billion hairs in Derek’s mop when he checked on its existence after the dance’s final flourish. Such fun! Excuse me, though: Who is this tall blonde lady who got to be the melted cheese in a Tony/Maks flatbread sandwich? I had no idea the season 9 premiere would feature the winner of a contest based on my ultimate fantasy.
That lucky lady was Tony’s wife – so she’s officially VERY lucky.
Is everyone ready to run down the first performances of the season 9 men? I feel like we should all submit photos of ourselves in mid-air, while attempting to execute fabulously contorted leaps, as a sign of solidarity before we proceed in this season’s DWTS recap journey together. Oh, well. Too much work. Here we go…
Kelly Osbourne stole the show on Tuesday night’s Dancing with the Stars with a Viennese waltz that visibly moved her mother Sharon and rock legend father Ozzy Osbourne. But it was model Joanna Krupa who took the surprising first place on the hit ABC reality show’s ladies’ night — and singer Mya also looks like she’ll be a standout on the dance floor for weeks to come.
While Macy Gray had everyone scratching their heads with her censored post-dance comment, Kelly thrilled the crowd with her graceful Viennese waltz with partner Louis Van Amstel, for which she received a score of 23. The reality star cried for joy, as did her mother Sharon, who gushed to friends after the show, “it’s like she’s a young woman, not a young girl anymore. It was gorgeous!”
Backstage, Kelly told OK!, “I’m so happy, I can’t even tell you. I feel incredible. When you work so hard at something—and it’s not just about the dancing — you have to be feminine, figure out what the dance means to you. That, in itself, is really hard for me and Louis has taught me so much.
“I was crying before I went onstage and then I pulled it together,” she confided. “Then I went, you can only do the best you can do… It made me cry to share that with my mom and dad.”
Meanwhile, Joanna and pro Derek Hough couldn’t be more thrilled backstage after landing on top of the leader board with a sizzling salsa that received a 24 score and an impressive 10-point foxtrot relay. “I’m shocked. I feel like this is a dream. I really wanted to break the ‘model curse,’“ Joanna said, referring to the fact that models have never done well on DWTS. “Just because you’re a model doesn’t mean you’re stiff and can’t move.” Joanna added to OK! that she loved her flamboyant yellow salsa pants that Derek picked.
Maks, Maks, Maks – you’re going to have people accusing me of a bias against you again, when you do it to yourself every time. :::sigh::: I will point all complainers to the extremely complimentary things I said about Maks’ choreography of the summer tour.
Entourage actress Debi Mazar, who earned a 16 for her salsa and a 6 for her relay foxtrot, told OK! “I had a really good time. My nerves were hard on me.” Partner Maks Chmerkovskiy commented, “we did a lot better in practice but the first week is very tough.”
According to Access Hollywood, Donny says NO to Ballroom training….but then he kinda sorta retracts it. You be the judge. I still call him a ringer. This one has more than just Donny – like Kelly, for example.
I went though my Tivo and pulled off that which was recorded, and then I surfed the net. No surprise, I got lots of stuff. First up, Melissa Rycroft’s story on GMA Monday morning.
The Local (LA) ABC Affiliate’s George Patacki (sp?):
Paparazzi Henry is on the case once again. This time he gets Tom Bergeron, in addition to several dancers. LOVE Tom. We also get Lacey, Melissa Joan Hart, Corky and Mark Ballas, Louis V, Chelsie and Aaron, among others.
E! News from 9-22-09 – the feature lots of different people, but of course Donny is always prominent. Shawn Johnson is their correspondent – very cute.
Entertainment Tonight – warning, they are using Marie all season as their representative. And of course they relentlessly pimp Donny. That whole “donny ripped out Kim’s extensions” thing – I wonder if that is where Derek got the hair?
All the celebs briefly, but a really cute bit with Debi Mazar and Maks (and Adrien Grenier from Entourage – hubba hubba).
PopTV.com has several videos of the cast of DWTS. My hypocrisy rears it’s ugly head. I have a mild crush on Pap Henry because he seems to be a kind, teddy bear Pap. There are others on this site that I won’t post because they seem rather…mean. But Henry is cool and treated all the celebs and pros very well last season. If you want to see the other vids (gluttons for punishment ) go to PopTV.
Something is a little funky with this video – at least when I watched it. But it has Louie Vito who is just as cute as a bug. Or a Hobbit.
Holy Smokes! I was totally blown away by celebs that I thought wouldn’t last very long…Kelly Osbourne! Where did she come from! I was so touched by her performance and she looked beautiful! Aaron Carter…what! I knew he had rhythm but I think it’s a combination of him not be a little kid anymore and taking on such a sexy dance! Louie Vito…those eyes! He has great potential and he and Chelsie are adorable together! I never thought Macy Gray was going to be funny! And Heidi…Props to your man Derek and Joanna! HOT, HOT, HOT!!!! Even Debi Mazar was a surprise! Her arms killed me the entire night but her and Maks together could be a force to reckon with!
I have to go with Kelly and Louis’ first dance! It was so precious and the most technically correct dance! Her foot work was surprising remarkable and I couldn’t help smile throughout the entire performance because she was so elegant!
I have no problem putting Tom Delay here! I really hate that Cheryl goes from Gilles to Tom! Tom has a great heart and wants to do well, you can see that. But, he just doesn’t have any stamina, rhythm, strength, or musicality.
THE INCREDIBLY HOT!
For me, this spot was a toss up between Joanna and Aaron because they both showed sexiness and nailed the hip action that the Latin dances required of them! However, I am going to go with Derek and Joanna because she was so fluid and completely connected with the audience the whole time! Her hips were on fire, her lines were incredible, her footwork was there, and you could tell she had a lot of fun!
Today’s edition is dedicated to the Viennese Waltz and the Foxtrot. I am not a ballroom girl, I much prefer the Latin dances; however, these are week one dances and I want everyone to be prepared to know what to look for
THE GOOD Season 4: Laila Ali; Viennese Waltz
Laila was never my favorite dancer but she was a joy to watch because she always wanted to do her best! Maks really pushed her and that’s how she got to level that she got to Laila has beautiful lines in this elegant dance and amazing foot work throughout! This is one of Mak’s best choreo pieces!
Season 7: Brooke Burke; Viennese Waltz I can’t say enough good things about Brooke! She was by far the most talented of the season 7 cast and Derek really took advantage of that with all of his choreo. I loved that Derek showcased her beautiful lines as much as he could! She really does look like a pro
Season 4: Joey Fatone; Foxtrot
Joey was a great surprise on the dance floor! We know he has ‘boy-band’ dancing skills but never would I have imagined his ballroom/latin skills! I was very impressed with his foot technique. I find that the guys have more difficulty grasping the technique concepts but he always was light on his feet and very precise! Kym gave him a great choreo piece here!
Season 7: Brooke Burke; Foxtrot
Just like her Viennese Waltz, Brooke is beautiful in the Foxtrot! You really can’t get better than Brooke’s technique with Derek’s Choreo!
THE BAD Season 5: Josie Maran; Viennese Waltz
The thing with Josie is that she was on her heels the whole time! This makes a dancer look very, very heavy in their foot work! Another think Josie did was stop her lines at her elbow which takes away from the elegance that the dance is suppose to give off! She looked beautiful but she didn’t dance beautifully.
Season 6: Adam Corolla; Foxtrot
I feel like Adam tried to do his best while on the show but I also feel like he thought it was a joke. I felt like he was always more concerned with being funny than becoming a decent dancer! His biggest down fall in this dance is walking the steps rather than dancing the steps.
THE INCREDIBLY HOT Season 4: Foxtrot
Not my favorite pro dance to watch because of the style but it’s still very nicely done.
Look for the Salsa Edition tomorrow! What dances are you predicting I show
It’s time for another edition of THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE INCREDIBLY HOT! All of your comments are SOOOOO helpful when I’m putting together this post and I’m kicking myself right now for not remember the hottest paso thus far!
THE GOOD Season 8: Ty Murray; Waltz
I am well aware that Ty was never an amazing dancer but he had so much heart! From all 8 seasons…he has the biggest heart and desire to do well This was my favorite dance of his
THE BAD Season 8: Steve-O; Foxtrot
Sticking with the Season 8 trend, I’ve chosen Steve-O’s fox trot for a number of reasons. First of all, clearly he was always one (or two) steps behind Lacey which was clearly noticeable at all times. Also, we know that he was hurt from the week before and we could see it on his face which is unfortunate because he has so much heart! I loved all of his comments about being able to do this without getting high! I think Lacey was a great partner for him but he just didn’t have the technique to go along with the heart
THE INCREDIBLY HOT! Season 8: Paso Doble
I love the three ladies and Derek in this dance! They are so precise and on point all of the time! Derek is, hands down, the hottest dancer and Julianne, Chelsie, and Lacey have got to be three of the sexiest pros on the show!