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DWTS Season 14 – The Great “Previous Dance Experience” Debate, Part II

So last Wednesday, we took a look at the male contestants’ dancing pasts.  Today we’ll take a look at the women, who are arguably less talented (and more comical) this season ;-)

First up, we have the much buzzed-about Sherri Shepherd, who, aside from possibly taking some lessons at Dance with Me prior to the start of this season, also busted some moves in a choreographed hip-hop number at her wedding reception:

Court: She’s not stellar, but she’s keeping up pretty well – and paired with the extra practice she’s gotten prior to the show, I’d say she has a pretty good foundation.  What’s funnier to me about this clip is Elizabeth Hasselbeck – poor girl sticks out like a sore thumb in line :-P

Heidi: Heh. When the women are dancing it’s like “Dancing with America’s Next Top Model” they are so stiff. Thank god for the men – they’re killin’ it. :-)

Vogue: I sure hope Big Bird isn’t around as he might want to steal the wedding bride? 8O

The verdict: Sherri may have some hip-hop moves, but it looks like Val’s got his work cut out for him!

Now let’s take a look at Maria Menounos, who got an impromptu belly dancing lesson during a segment on Access Hollywood:

Heidi: :::whines::: Derek gets ALL the dancers. She’s such a ringer.

Vogue: Hmmm, I’m afraid for Derek now a little. Is anyone else?

Courtney: I think this clip just reiterates for me that her biggest obstacle likely won’t be the dances themselves, but just getting over feeling like a goober when she dances – you can tell she feels totally silly here, and it makes her look even more ridiculous.

The verdict: D’s on goober patrol this season.

Up next, we have Katherine Jenkins, who did a number from Carmen during her arena tour that involved some dancing:

Vogue: She’s got some dance skills for sure. What’s more, girl knows about theatrics and how they work. Mark is theatrical in his dancing as well. He’s going to be in heaven with this one.

Court: If she can overcome the potential fanbase problems I could see her having, she could be pretty good – hell, this dance even looks vaguely paso doble-y.

Heidi: Okay, so why is no one screaming “ringer” over this one? The Opera Singer does some actual dancing. Then again, odds are that Mark won’t focus on her in the choreography so it won’t matter. :-D

The verdict: Opera or no opera – Katherine could actually be kinda good.

Let’s move on to Gladys Knight, who admitted during the cast announcement that the Pips “never let her dance”! So admittedly, there really aren’t any videos of Gladys dancing…but I will never turn down the opportunity to listen to the Empress of Soul herself belt out the song that made her famous – “Midnight Train to Georgia”:

Courtney: I doubt the Pips would have taught Gladys anything truly worthwhile that would help her on this show :-P I mean, side-tap, other side-tap, walk backwards, walk forwards, gesture with your arms.  I’m pretty sure an orangutan with ADD could probably do it.  But I’m nonetheless excited to see what Gladys has up her sleeve :-P

Heidi: Er, well, sure me too…keeping in mind this video is probably from 30 years ago. :-)

Vogue: When Gladys is finished with Dancing With The Stars, she’ll be able to trade places with her back up singers. Nice moves!!

The verdict: Gladys may not have learned much from the Pips, but she could still be a contender.

Up next, we have this season’s “tough cookie”, Martina Navratilova –  and I must admit, I think I found the perfect video for her :-) Why? It’s very ironic…just watch:

Heidi:I certainly admire the thought behind this video – Martina trying to keep people on the move and active. But dancing?? A bit stiff. But then, that comes with age, especially for top ranked athletes.

Vogue: Martina is going to be fierce. I have a feeling when she gets the hip movement down for a Samba, she won’t need a racquet to play tennis anymore. :)

Court: Ok, maybe I’m in the minority here, but I’m not sold on Martina being as fierce on the dance floor as she is on the tennis court.  And in this clip, she actually doesn’t seem all that enthralled by dance to me – you could replace “dance” with “colonoscopy” and it would make more sense for me :-P But she does seem to have the right philosophy – even if it was scripted.  But check out the dude in the background…he’s cracking me up!

The verdict: Not sure about Martina, but the dude in the background LOVES to dance!

Last up, we have Melissa Gilbert, who is best known for playing Laura “Half Pint” Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie.  Here’s a cute clip of the episode where she stole Nellie’s music box and danced to it in the hay loft…although I doubt it played Adele:

Vogue: I’m utterly speechless. At this point in time, I’d say Maks (like Derek) is in trouble as well. 8O

Court: Granted, this clip is older than the hills, and I’m not sure that pioneer girls really had a whole lot of slick moves to bust.  But it’s cute, and it’s the only remotely dance-related clip of Melissa I could find :-P

Heidi: Heh, this could be one of those times that growing older is helpful. ;-)

The verdict: With age comes wisdom. :-)

March 6, 2012 I Written By

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DWTS 14 – Make Your Team Name Suggestions!

Ok, so reminiscing about past team names and trying to come up with ones for this season’s couples in another thread just seemed to clarify for me “We need a separate post for this.” :-)

It’s pretty self-explanatory – we wanna hear your suggestions for this season’s team names.  Keep in mind that the team names USUALLY are a sort of portmanteau of the celeb & the pro’s names (“Evanna” for Evan & Anna, “Florky” for Florence & Corky, “Kanenball” for Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas), although they can also consist of nicknames (“Sugar & Spice” for Sugar Ray & Anna) or make no sense whatsoever (“Team Schmurgles” for Kyle & Lacey…still trying to figure that one out!).  And let’s avoid anything too vulgar – if you can’t say it on tv, there’s really not much of a point in saying it here :-)

Heidi mentioned something about tweeting a link to this post to all of the teams to help them brainstorm their names – so make ‘em good, guys, ’cause you never know if Maks, Kym, Tristan, etc. might be reading this! ;-) Keep in mind that this is the name that goes on the t-shirts that the couples tend to wear in rehearsal, around the studio, etc…so if they like your name, you’ll be seeing it everywhere.

ETA #1: We’ve compiled a list of names you guys have suggested for each couple thus far…keep ‘em coming, though! :-D

Just to refresh your memory, here’s a list of the couples again, along with some hints that may help you in creating your names:

Jack Wagner (best known for his role as Frisco Jones on General Hospital) & Anna Trebunskaya:

Team Friskaya

Team General Ginger

Team TrebunSco

Team Wagskaya

Team Jumping Jack

Gavin DeGraw (musician) & Karina Smirnoff:

Team KarDegraw

Team Gavina

Team DeGrawsome

Team DeSmirnoff

Team GKRhythm

Team GaRina

Team KaVin

Team Smirnoffin

Martina Navratilova (tennis player) & Tony Dovolani:

Team LovaLani

Team MarTony

Team Novratilani

Team Dovalova

Team NovDov

Team Tonnis

Team Narvaloni

Team Dovatina

Roshon Fegan (plays Ty Blue on the Disney Channel series Shake it Up) & Chelsie Hightower:

Team BlueTower

Team ShonTower

Team RoShel

Team Dancing Rosh

Team Roshie

Donald Driver (plays for the Green Bay Packers, writes childrens’ books about a character named Quickie) & Peta Murgatroyd:

Team PetaPackers

Team PetaPack

Team BayTroyd

Team Drivertroyd

Team DonaTroyd

Team Donapetia

Team Donaltroyd

Jaleel White (played Steve Urkel on Family Matters) & Kym Johnson:

Team UrKym

Team Leel-Kym

Team Kurkel

Team Did I Do That?

Team Kymeel

Melissa Gilbert (played Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie) & Maksim Chmerkovskiy:

Team Gilskiy

Team Ingallskiy

Team Half-Pintskiy

Team MGM

Team MaksPint

Team Prairie on a Stick

Team MeMak

Team MelMak

Team Maksy & Melly

Team Melliskiy

Maria Menouos (tv presenter for Access Hollywood & Extra) & Derek Hough:

Team MenHough

Team Marek

Team MariDer

Team Houghounos

William Levy (model, considered the “Mexican Brad Pitt”) & Cheryl Burke:

Team WilliBu

Team Levyl

Team WillChe

Team CheWill

Team WilBur

Team WillBurk

Sherri Shepherd (cohost from The View) & Val Chmerkovskiy:

Team EnWyCee

Team Sherkovskiy

Team Sherval

Team Valsherri

Team Shmear

Team Valeopard

Gladys Knight (singer, considered “The Empress of Soul”) & Tristan MacManus:

Team Lucky Pips

Team Gladys Knight & the Irish Pip

Team Knight Tristan

Team Lucky Knights

Team MacKnight

Team G&T

Team MacKnightus

Team Trips

Team Gladyator

Team GladMan

Team MidKnight Tryst

Katherine Jenkins (Welsh operatic soprano) & Mark Ballas:

Team Markins

Team Katnass

Team KatMar

Team KatBalls

Team Ballkins

I’ll go ahead and share two of my favorites :-) The first I actually have to credit @Lannatexasgal for coming up with, and it’s for Melissa & Maks – Team MelMak.  Reminds me of ALF :-D The 2nd I came up with this afternoon and it’s really super dumb…but you know how Gladys Knight performed with the Pips? Well for she & Tristan’s team name…how bout Gladys Knight & The Irish Pip? I know, point & laugh…it’s dumb. :-P

Now ready…set…NAME AWAY!!! 8-)

February 28, 2012 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!