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Cha, Cha, Cha Edition: THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE INCREDIBLY HOT!

5 days until the premier of season 9!!!! According to twitter, our pros and celebs are brushing up on their first dances so I am taking the first four dance styles (Cha, Cha, Salsa, Viennese Waltz, and Foxtrot) and finding the best, the worst, and the incredible hot from all previous seasons! After these next four editions, we should know exactly what to look for when it comes show time!

THE GOOD

Season 3: Emmitt Smith
Emmit displays a lot of qualities that make a cha, cha, cha so hot! First of all, you can tell that he is having a blast by his expressions through out the dance. He always keeps up with Cheryl and is able to dance her choreo precisely and with only one noticeable slip up which was when he slide under her.

Season 4: Laila Ali
It is so nice to see the girly side of Laila! She looks like she is have such a ball with Maks! I am always impressed when a celeb can pick up footwork/technique! It’s got to be one of the hardest aspects of the show since it is so specific! However, Laila’s hands kill me!!!! Not her extension stops mid forearm and never extends through her hands or fingers! Overall, she was fabulous!

Helio Castroneves: Season 5
Helio always cracked me up! I loved that he got so excited about his performances :) I will say that this cha, cha, cha wasn’t the most exciting dance but it did earn them a 30 so I feel like I should pay tribute to them along with the other 30s :)

Season 6: Kristi Yamaguchi
Kristi was amazing to watch all season! I wish she would have come out of her shell just a little bit more and let America see her personality! I kind of felt like she was business all the time! However, Mark was a great teacher for her and the two of them had amazing chemistry together :) This cha, cha, cha was precise, articulate, and a lot of fun all around!

Season 8: Shawn Johnson
Shawn is so adorable! I can’t say enough about this little lady! You could tell that she had so a blast with Mark and this dance! Mark choreographed it so suit her so well and she performed it flawlessly!

THE BAD
Season 3: Tucker Charlson
A pretty good hint that a dance is going to be a train wreck is if the celeb is sitting in a chair for a good amount of time during the opening of the dance! I think Tucker looked like he was having fun but I feel like you could tell her was uncomfortable with the steps. He was very heavy on his feet and didn’t display the technique that the Cha Cha Cha requires.

THE INCREDIBLY HOT

Season 5: Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan is a classic and this song is great for a cha, cha, cha! And how can you not love Julianne, Kim, Mark, and Maks :)

September 16, 2009 I Written By

Rehearsal Videos from ABC – Part II

These HAVE to be from the first week. Have to be.

Ashley and Edyta

Donny and Kym. Still annoying. :-)

Aaron and Karina – I can’t decide. He’s either going to be really good…or a tool. ;-)

Alec and Natalie. Totally not an Alec fan. Natalie seems like she might have potential though.

Tom and Cheryl. Chery, I love you, but Tom? Gag. How is it that he seems to make fun of gay people while dancing? Why is it that he seems to imply that any guy who dances must be gay? Nice. Only not.

September 15, 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 9 News – Week of September 7, 2009

We have VARIETY this week!! At least one person we haven’t heard from before, and a video of another that rather defies expectations, I think. And then there are the things that make you go, ‘WTF?’ We’ll start with things that make you go ‘WTF’. Mark Ballas finding his way into People Online talking about Maks and Karina? In what universe is that appropriate? Bad Marky. :-) I know that Maks and Karina spent time at Derek and Shannon’s house, but I didn’t realize you two were so tight that you would discuss him with People. Derek and Cheryl also supposedly weighed in with a “it won’t affect the show, they’re professionals, blah blah blah” but that’s standard verbiage when asked questions by paparazzi. Mark goes a little further.

“He’s doing okay but he’s not happy,” says Ballas, who spoke to Chmerkovskiy Wednesday night for several hours. “I know he loved Karina. He loved her very much.”

Ballas says he doesn’t know why his fellow dancers split but was “shell-shocked” when he learned the news. “I don’t really know who made the decision but obviously he’s upset,” Ballas tells PEOPLE.

Other DWTS pros Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke said the split wouldn’t affect the hit show. “They have been dancing together for years, so they will be fine,” Burke says.

Ballas, who has been friends with Chmerkovskiy for 14 years, says reports that Chmerkovskiy’s family did not warm up to Smirnoff were untrue.

“I highly doubt that,” he says. “Neither his dad or his mom really speak English. I don’t know where that come from.”

Despite sounding “low” during their phone conversation, Ballas says, Chmerkovskiy is finding joy in his new dancing partner.

Next? Maks and Karina speak for themselves on Entertainment Tonight:

Stars past and present handicap this seasons celebs on Extra:

Next up – Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani on Extra!! She’s seems like such a nice woman, but I’m afraid for her on this show. She claims she’s “clumsy”. Not good.

As most of you have probably heard, Derek Hough and Julianne Hough were up for an Outstanding Choreography Emmy and did not win. But, Derek was correct yesterday when he said it was an honor to be included in that event:

Met Derek Hough at yesterday’s Creative Arts Emmys and decided he was too cute not to make my Morning Man today.

Derek was nominated for his Dancing With the Stars choreography but lost out to some dude from So You Think You Can Dance.

Derek said of his Emmy chances: “I’m not expecting to win, I’m just very happy to be here. It’s an honor. I’m honored and privileged to be a part of such a fantastic show and to be able to create and choreograph these things out of thin air is a lot of fun and I love it.”

I reminded Derek that some of the contestants got injured last season so would be take it a little easier on the choreography?

“No, on the contrary,” he said. “We always have to kind of up our game and make it a bit more daring and exciting each season. I think we should take care of ourselves a little bit more that’s all.”

He went with Joanna Krupa and lord knows they looked Gorgeous, both of them. One photo below, a whole bunch more at PureDerekHough.

2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, California

Speaking of Joanna, she’s heavily featured in this paparazzi video from Friday night when she was out with Derek and another friend. She actually seems like a cool girl, IMO. I’d hang out with her. You have to listen to a couple non-DWTS people and then Derek kisses the women good night and we have Joanna. And Derek being a responsible boy and taking a cab home. :-)

September 13, 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. :-)

Behind the Scenes of the Title Shoot – DWTS Season 9

Disturbingly heavy in some stars (Donny), and very light in other (MJH and Joanna, to name two). Are they favoring people already? Oh. Wait. Of course they are!! :-)

September 10, 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. :-)

Girls, Girls, Girls…This is Why Dudes should Watch DWTS

This one’s for John. :-)  I stole the title wholesale because it is just perfect, and perfectly true. From the web site Funny Crave:

With the possible exception of Real Housewives of New Jersey or something, no show on television is more maligned by dudes than Dancing With the Stars.  Seriously, what kind of guy would watch that shit?  We dunno, maybe the kind who enjoys watching insanely hot women shimmying around with barely any clothes on?

Duh, right? :-) For all you dudes reading this, the site has about a dozen pictures that even a straight girl with a Derek Hough Crush can recognize as HOT. Karina’s pic, below, is one example.

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August 28, 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 9 Partner Prognostications – The Women

Okay, I tried my hand at guessing which female celeb will get which male pro. Not really a guess in some instances because I do know a couple things, such as:

  • Natalie got Alec, per her twitter
  • Kelly O finds out on Friday
  • Mya found out today
  • Derek finds out tomorrow – correction, Derek has found out but not revealed his partner
  • Macy Gray is 6′ tall
  • Kathy Ireland is 5’10″ tall
  • Louis is 5’7″ and Mark is 5’8″ tall

Sooooo…..based on this, and of course subject to change, here are my thoughts:

  • Macy Gray and Maks – Maks is the tallest pro and has a ‘tude and Macy is the tallest celeb and has a ‘tude. :-)
  • Kelly Osborne and Mark Ballas – both brits, both on the short side, see below why not Derek or Louis
  • Debi Mazar and Louis Van Amstel – it will be close on the height side, but it works in terms of age better than Derek
  • Natalie and Alec Mazo – because Natalie said so

Okay, those were the easier ones – from here on out, who knows. And yes, I could be wrong about the ones above. :-)

  • Logic says that Kathy Ireland is paired with Demetri, but the age factor may not work – so I picked Demetri/Mya- tentatively confirmed
  • I put Kathy with Jonathan for reasons I can’t explain – that’s what was left, I guess
  • That leaves us with MJH and Joanna and Derek/Tony.  I gave Tony Joanna because she’s taller and has attitude.  I gave Derek MJH because she’s closer to his normal type and she’s only 5’2″ tall and Tony is 6′.

To sum up, I think it will be: Updated at 11:10 eastern time…

Natalie/Alec – confirmed via Natalie
Debi Mazar/Maks – per Access Hollywood
Kelly O/Mark
Melissa Joan Heart/Louis
Mya/Demetri – confirmed via twitter/ABC
Kathy/Jonathan
Macy/Tony
Joanna/Derek

Okay, there is a problem here – if Debi has Maks, and demetri has Mya – then who has Macy Gray???  It pretty much leaves Tony and Jonathan for Kathy and Macy. My pics are above.  And it moves Derek to Joanna.  Sheesh. :-)

August 18, 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. :-)

Another Rumor – Dan Cortese on DWTS Season 9

Twitter is becoming a very fun tool. :-) Dan Cortese, recently of Superstars, tweeted Maksim last night:

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Seriously, three days before the announcement they are still figuring out the cast? People, you’ve had all summer. :-) Or did Dan not make the cut and they haven’t told him yet. Maks response? None, so far. :-)

August 15, 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. :-)

The Latest Dancing with the Stars Season 9 Cast Rumor – LaToya Jackson

Oh dear. :::sigh::: This season’s rumors just get stranger and stranger. I don’t know how I feel about this one, but my immediate reaction was displeasure. :-) According to US Magazine on line:

“[La Toya is] in serious discussions to join the show,” the source tells Us.

The source adds that the hit ABC show has put out a firm offer for her to be a contestant on the ninth installment and La Toya is just deciding what she wants to do.

“She’s a big fan of the show, and being from a musical family, it would be a good fit,” her rep said when contacted by Us.

LaToya Jackson

August 11, 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 Season 9 – The “Twist” and Cast Rumors & Implications

I reported on this possibility some time ago – now it’s confirmed. Dancing with the Stars is starting with 16 – yes, 16 – celebrities. On the plus side – every one should get to see their favorite pro (maybe). Maybe I’m just crabby, but dang!! With 16 celebs this show could be exhausting to watch!  If a large percentage of them can’t dance…ugh.  :-)  Anyway, ET is reporting this story. Here are a few exerpts:

“This is going to be our biggest-ever cast,” he [Conrad Green] tells ET. “We are going to start big, and then about halfway through, we are going to do three double eliminations back-to-back. The middle of the season is going to be brutal when half of our cast goes in three weeks.”

In order to have enough professional dancers to partner with the stars, Green says he will be adding Anna Demidova this season, but no one new — the show already has used Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin and Lacey Schwimmer — from “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Green goes on to explain that the reason for so many competitors this season is twofold: 1) he needs to fill the two-hour timeslot, and 2) he feels it is important to change up the show from season to season. As a result, there will be more athletes, with some new sports represented, some very big personalities, some slightly eccentric personalities [think Cloris Leachman], and a couple of names where people will go, “What is that person doing dancing?”

He goes on to basically say that it’s up to Paula if she wants to be on the show or not! That is the only person he sort of implies has an offer – and he seems to imply that Donny and Lou Ferrigno are NOT going to be on the show. 

Well, what do you all think? Is it just me who gets tired just thinking about 16 couples dancing?  And the mid-season brutal double eliminations?  Eeek.  :-)

August 10, 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. :-)

Wild Dancing with the Stars Season 9 Cast Rumor/Speculation – Kelly Osborne?

Kelly Osborne? I find the idea very interesting. Lil’ Kim-interesting.  This is completely twitter related, and as such I could be WAY off base, but Kelly says she has been offered a TV show she never thought she would do:

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Several people have asked if she’s talking about DWTS. What do you all think? And would she get Mark or Derek? She’s Mark-short, isn’t she? Remember – this is the speculation game. I’m finding little bits of info and putting it out there on the off chance it’s true.

 

Kelly Osborne Twitter

August 4, 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. :-)