First up, Maks in TV Guide – who has an awful lot to say this week. The title alone says a mouthful. Excerpts:
Dancing’s Maks: Celebs Need to Be Nice to Their Partners
Last time, I talked about Erin having trouble getting into character and exaggerating movements. This week, it’s all about acting, so I told her to build upon what we did in the foxtrot because it has to be that much bigger and that much more exaggerated. You’ll see why next week! Everybody is either going to absolutely love our waltz or not get what just happened. I’m not concerned with the judges. I know that what we are going to do is going to be technically savvy and the choreography is a very straightforward waltz. It’s Week 3 and I think what I need to have Erin do is to come out with a solid performance that doesn’t have to be “Oh my God!” The “Oh my God!” is going to be the story.
Len Goodman — Lord have mercy, you are the man! This week, he gets the lifetime achievement for what he said: Celebrities need to show up, keep up and shut up. I think it’s the most amazing thing to happen to us. People don’t realize that the pressure in its entirety is on us. The real pressure is not on the celebrities. They just have to do the dance. How fast they learn is all them, but everything else — the choreography, the costumes, the interpretation — no one has any idea how freaking hard it is to choreograph a number in four days and teach it to someone who’s never danced. Not only do you have to choreograph it, but you have to fight with them to prove that what you want them to do is going to be great. It is crazy! It is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life and I keep coming back twice a year because I’m a masochist! I just want to say to all the celebrities to be nice to your partners — obviously you’ll have frustrations and disagreements, but just be nice. Your success on the show depends on us. You just have to create a bond, create trust and figure out how to work together. Have fun!
Derek focuses more on himself and Nicole and less about other people in his OK! blog – although he does touch on Shannen’s elimination and Mark’s injury. An excerpt:
But seriously, while we were dancing on Monday night, I could tell it was going well because when Nicole performs, she makes noises. She goes,” Whoo! All right! Yeah!” She makes sounds to pump herself up and keep the dance going. As a matter of fact, we’re both very vocal. We’re both talking to each other throughout the dance. It’s nice to hear that.
However, I kept looking in her eyes and it’s unbelievable how nervous she is. Nicole plays it like she’s confident and strong but she has to get into gear like everybody else. Dancing is a scary experience for her. Also on Monday night, I felt I’ve never worked harder during a dance in my entire time on the show. It was extremely fast and I’m just glad the judges rewarded us.
Tuesday was a surprising elimination night with Shannen Doherty going home after she’d improved so much during the second week. But it seems like fate as her partner (and my close friend Mark Ballas) had a freak accident Monday during rehearsal and couldn’t have continued in the competition anyway.
I’m worried about Mark’s knee. He’s had problems with his knees for awhile but he’s a soldier and powers on through it. This time, the muscle came off the bone. But he’s a trouper — he’ll be back. Mark is taking it extra easy now to avoid having to have surgery. In season five, the same thing happened with his shoulder — he was injured, but he kept dancing on it and then it dislocated and it turned into this huge thing, so it’s best he rests his knee. As you all know, we are not only friends but we also perform in the Ballas Hough band together, so I need my buddy to be 100 percent! It’s a shame but it’s one of those things — this show is crazy, right?
Jake Pavelka (along with Chelsie), has posted a video blog on his official web site.
I did find Cheryl’s US Magazine Blog from Tuesday before the results show – any one know if this is a regular thing for her? I couldn’t tell. An excerpt:
Pro dancer Cheryl Burke is competing on her ninth season on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, performing with Cincinnati Bengals football player Chad Ochocinco. In an exclusive post-show blog, Burke tells Us her thoughts after she and Ochocinco performed a foxtrot March 29 that drew lukewarm reception from judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioni and a score of 16/20. Burke is blogging for UsMagazine.com:
After last night’s foxtrot, I wanted to hear constructive criticism, not bashing from the judges! I wanted to hear something we can really work with and improve and I’m not sure we heard that. During the routine, I could tell there were a few things in the middle where it wasn’t our best dance. But we gave it our all and Chad has so much potential. I hope the fans will have us back next week!