Poor Damian Whitewood! For the past few days, some reports have been blaming him for the split between his former Australian dance partner, Danielle Spencer, and Russell Crowe. He sets things straight in the interview with ET Online below. NOT TRUE! It’s sad he even has to defend himself, but, maybe this interview will help stop the rumors and sensationalism.
As previously reported to you last week, pro Damian Whitewood and his partner Danielle Spencer made it to Grand Finals in the Austrialian version of Dancing With The Stars. Unfortunately they didn’t win, but, the two gave it their all and ended up placing SECOND in a Freestyle dance off at the end with X Factor finalist, Johnny Ruffo, and his dance partner, Luda Kroitor who won the mirror ball! The Sunshine Coast Daily has a review up on the night. Here is a take….
The grand final was a dance-off to the end between Johnny Ruffo, singer/songwriter Danielle Spencer and Packed to the Rafters star Zoe Cramond.
After scoring the lowest in her first dance for the night, dancing darling Cramond was the first finalist to be eliminated, leaving Spencer and Ruffo to battle it out in the freestyle round.
Judge Joshua Horner said the Cha Cha face-off highlighted the talent of our final three.
“Some people have a romance. Some blokes have a bromance. Right now, I have a showmance,” Horner said.
And after Ruffo ripped his shirt off during the performance, judge Helen Richey said she was impressed
“You should have taken your top off earlier darling,” she said.
Dancing With The Stars Australia’s official site is reporting that “after combing the judges scores with the viewer vote” the final scores were:
JOHNNY RUFFO & Luda Kroitor 28 (Foxtrot) + 26 (Cha Cha face off) + 30 (Freestyle Dance)
DANIELLE SPENCER & Damian Whitewood 28 (Jive) + 27 (Cha Cha face off ) + 29 (Freestyle Dance)
ZOE CRAMOND & Aric Yudekin 28 (Jive) + 27 (Cha Cha face off)
Below is some video coverage thanks to PriscellaDebra at You Tube. Damian and Danielle revisted their Jive for the Redemption dance. Next up, the top three danced a Sudden Death Cha Cha, and lastly, the final two couples dance their Freestyle. Great dances, but, it looks like Danielle’s nerves might have played an issue in the first dance the most? Let us know what you think?
You’ll be able to view more coverage on the entire night and see some new photos soon at Dancing With The Stars Australia’s official site. Stay tuned.
All eyes on much loved and fan favorite Dancing With The Stars pro Damian Whitewood. He and his partner Danielle Spencer have made the Grand Finals in the Australian version of Dancing With The Stars. Below is what their official site is reporting on their two dances, judges comments, and scoring. You can read the link for more on the night and how Danielle’s husband and Academy Award winning actor Russell Crowe (seen above with Danielle) made a surprise visit with the couple’s children Tennyson and Charlie at the end of the show.
Danielle’s Tango was slightly amiss tonight although the judge’s admitted her dancing left little room for error. “We just expect perfection from you guys because you’re capable of delivering it,” Todd said, while Helen said the dance was “close to perfect”.
In their second performances of the night, our celebrities raised the bar with knockout dances – Zoe taking out her second perfect score of 30 for the season, with Danielle one behind on 29.
Here is some video coverage of Damian and Danielle’s two dances. Her kids are sooo adorable! There are some new dance moves that I have never seen before. 8O Dame Edna makes an appearance to critique. She is a total crack up!
Have any of you been keeping up with Australia’s version of Dancing With The Stars? I’ve had several fans tweet me for how good it is this season. As you know from previous reportings, Spice Girl and season 5 contestant, Mel B is presenting on the show, but, not without some criticism. Below is a take from the Daily Mail for what happened last week when Mel B told the first eliminated contestant to go and “get wasted” after the show.
But it was her hosting on Sunday night’s show that prompted fans and viewers to complain about her, especially after she told the first eliminated celebrity, TV presenter and former Miss Australia Erin McNaught, to go and ‘get wasted’ after the show.
They took to Twitter and other social networks to express their outrage and dismay that she was co-hosting the show with one saying: ‘Risking disapproval here, but honestly, Mel is awful to watch on Dancing with the Stars. She’s classless and offers nothing.’
Another wrote: ‘Dancing with the Stars Australia is bloody awful. It’s so embarrassing, what on earth is Mel B doing with her life!?’
One viewer even said the show had gotten ‘so boring’ now she was hosting and another said: ‘Still unsure about Mel (spice) co-hosting Dancing with the Stars!!!! Her voice…’
Her presenting debut even prompted Paralympic triple gold medallist Evan O’Hanlon to write: ‘When Mel B comes on my television I want to throw my TV out the window! Why did they break Australian television like that???’
But Mel, 36, who was a contestant on the US show in 2007, said she doesn’t care what they say as she is having a great time – and getting paid for it.
She said: ‘I don’t care, I’m getting my pay cheque and I get to do my live show and I’m loving it. I get to wear gowns every week which is nice and I’m here to get the job done.
‘It’s only the second week and I’m always a bit nervous. I don’t mind a bit of nerves, it keeps me on my toes.
‘It’s live television and you saw we had some classic clangers and everyone loved it.’
Hmmm, not sure that behavior would fly here either? But, I’d take Mel B over Brooke any day. You can read more at the Daily Mail.
Also, I have to mention this too while we’re on the topic of Mel B. Below she is pictured with Dame Edna who was unveiled as the new face of Jenny Craig in Sydney this past week as well. Mel B recently lost 33 pounds on the Jenny Craig diet and Dame Edna took to Mel B for a kiss and some advice. The video below is a hoot. How about Dame Edna for Dancing With The Stars?
Back to the Australia’s version of Dancing With The Stars… Damian Whitewood, one of the most loved pros on the U.S. version of Dancing With The Stars, is dancing with singer, song writer Danielle Spencer. Here they are dancing the Viennese Waltz, the Jive, and the Samba for their first three dances. What do you think? Do they have what it takes to win?
Not bad I’d say! I especially loved their Samba to Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro”.
Much luck to Damian and I hope he’s asked to come back to the U.S. version of Dancing With The Stars some day. He has to be one of the most requested pros by fans to come back! TPTB, are you listening? ;)
Thanks to PureDWTS reader Carlos and @Edyta_and_Alec at twitter for the inspiration for this post. xx