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“Dancing with the Stars: Is it Fair for Athletes to Compete?”

BuddyTV.com asks the question – is it fair for athletes to compete? Complete with a poll. I think I subscribe to the idea that everyone comes into the show with advantages and disadvantages. But I have to say, in terms of conditioning and being accustomed to rigorous training, I think athletes do have an edge. Should they be barred from competing on the show? Nah.  Discuss.

Here’s an excerpt:

Week after week for 11 weeks, the dashing Gilles proved that he’s not just a good dancer; he’s also one of the front runners of season 8. He was a consistent leader on the score board and had the most number of perfect 30s than anyone in the competition. But sex appeal and graceful dance moves could only take him so far and at the end of the day, it’s also about popularity —and clearly Shawn has the most number of fans.

But the “popularity game” is not what’s troubling skeptics at the moment. There are now talks about whether Shawn or any other athlete should be allowed to join the show in the first place since athletes have an obvious advantage in this contest.

I was especially struck by season 4 winner Apolo Ohno’s parting words to Shawn prior to her final performance on Dancing with the Stars in which he said that “there’s no Olympian who’s made the finals who has not won the show.” Adding that Shawn brings “in a totally different mentality from the Olympic games and being a competitor that nobody else possesses and that’s gonna give [her] the edge on the competition.”

May 22, 2009 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Top Three on GMA

A series of videos of the Final Three on GMA the day after the Finale. I have to say, this was a good cast – very cute, all of them.

May 21, 2009 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Keep Up with Dancing with the Stars on Twitter

We just had a really great season of Dancing with the Stars. Sure, it ended on a bit of a sour note for many. Some hated the Jeffrey Ross DWTS roast. Fans of Melissa and Gilles were upset that Shawn won. Luckily, that’s pretty normal at the end of the DWTS season. This time it may have been a little more intense since the competition was so close and any of the top 3 could have been the Dancing with the Stars winner.

For those interested, you can continue to follow updates on Dancing with the Stars on this website of course or by following us on the Pure TV Network Twitter account. We’ll be doing updates all summer, so watch for both commentary and news on the twitter account. A lot of the commentary on Dancing with the Stars is happening on Twitter instead of on this site. So, go follow us on Twitter already.

Also, you can check out the various Dancing with the Stars celebrities on Twitter.

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Better known as Charlie.

Commercial featuring ABC Stars

ABC had a series of commercials last night that featured a lot of the stars from their biggests TV Shows. One in particular included stars from Desperate Housewives, Lost, Super Nanny, Extreme Makeover Home Edition…I’m sure I’m forgetting some. Several stars from DWTS were included, such as Derek Hough, Karina Schmirnoff, Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Innaba and Bruno Tonioli. Very cute and funny.

May 20, 2009 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Lady Gaga Special Guest Appearance on Dancing with the Stars Finale

Lady Gaga performed “Just Dance” Lady GaGa & Colby O'Donis - The Fame - Just Dance and “LoveGame” Lady GaGa - The Fame - LoveGame with the Lady Gaga Dancers as the special musical guest on the finale of Dancing with the Stars. I’m almost certain that the performance was pre-taped. Did you see how it would have been impossible to get the live band back on stage after the Lady Gaga performance. That’s one of the dirty little secrets of Dancing with the Stars.

I must admit that I’ve enjoyed some of the Lady Gaga music that’s been used on the show, but I wasn’t impressed at all with the Lady Gaga performance on the finals of Dancing with the Stars. Check out the 2 video performances:

I still really prefer when the professional ballroom dancers perform as opposed to the singer’s dancers. Also, check out the best of the Dancing with the Stars 2009 music.

May 19, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Pro Competition Winner – Anna Demidova

Check out the video from the Dancing with the Stars finale where they announce who will be the next professional dancer on season 9 of Dancing with the Stars. The best part of the video is that the winner dances.

You can read more of our coverage of both Anna Demidova and Mayo Alanen. There’s an especially good video of Anna Demidova before DWTS.

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Better known as Charlie.

Jeffrey Ross Roast on Dancing with the Stars Finale

I must admit that Jeffrey Ross’ Roast of the stars on Dancing with the Stars is one of my favorite parts of the finale of Dancing with the Stars. I guess a lot of people are up in arms about Jeffrey Ross going too far. No doubt it was all approved by ABC before it went on the air. Plus, I think people are just freaking out, because so much of it was so true. Kind of hit close to home I guess.

Check out the Jeffrey Ross roast:

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Better known as Charlie.

The Winner of Dancing with the Stars Season 8 is Announced

Congratulations again to the winners of Dancing with the Stars season 8!

How does everyone feel about the winner of Dancing with the Stars 2009?

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

And the Winner of DWTS Season 8 is…

UPDATE: You can watch the video announcing the Dancing with the Stars Season 8 Winner.

After announcing that less than 1% separated first and second place, the winner was announced.

Congratulations to Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas!!!!

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Luxe Life Blog – DWTS Winner all set for a Vegas Celebration?

This is a bit of counting your chickens, but I didn’t write the article (Robin Leach apparently did) so don’t shoot me. I also doubt that Cheryl is that certain she has it wrapped up.

Barring a last-minute upset of erratic TV viewer voting, it looks a certain bet that hot and handsome hunk Gilles Marini and dance partner Cheryl Burke, despite a judges’ scoring tie last night, will win the mirrored disco ball trophy on tonight’s Season 8 finale of Dancing With the Stars. The moment Cheryl wraps all the post-show press and multimedia interviews, she will head here Thursday night to celebrate.

Our pick is for Gilles and Cheryl to grab the win, with Shawn and Mark as the runners-up and Melissa and Tony winding up in third. If we’re correct, then we can go all the way back to week 1 of the season and proudly claim we were right all along! And this would be a record-setting third title for Cheryl!

DWTS Final Three

Oh god, I just noticed this last sentence in the blog. Please. No.

I’ve already heard rumblings that Luxor comedy headliner Carrot Top and Flamingo headliner singer Donny Osmond are being considered as celebrity participants!

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)