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DWTS Season 11 Casting Rumors – The Typecasting of Season 11, Part I

Prior to the cast announcement last season, some of you may remember me analyzing the typecasting of DWTS – basically, the patterns in celeb casting over the seasons which can help us to predict who we might see each season.  Interesting to note – last season’s cast fulfilled all 12 of my types (counting Nicole as both a “Teen Idol” and a “Singer”).  So why not examine those types again and see what we might get for this season? ;-)

The Olympian

Previous examples: Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson, Apolo Ohno, Natalie Coughlin, Misty May-Treanor, Maurice Greene, Louie Vito, Evan Lysacek

Advantages: The winningest of the 12 types, their obvious advantage is their athleticism – you won’t see these guys struggling with strength or endurance moves.  In addition, the same tireless work ethic that helped them medal in the Olympics will likely carry them through the toils of the competition.

Disadvantages: For those specializing in sports that are less “artistic” (i.e. swimming, running, volleyball), it might be a bit hard to really get into the character of the dance and truly perform to the crowd.  Previously incurred injuries (or the fear of incurring an injury that might hinder their participation in subsequent competitions in their sport, a la Misty May-Treanor) may also slow them down & limit their mobility.

Possible candidates this season: Johnny Weir fans (including Karina Smirnoff) have been tweeting like crazy trying to get him cast this season, but I don’t see them succeeding.  I see more possibilities with swimmer Greg Louganis, who has been trying to get on the show for several seasons now, or gymnast Nastia Liukin – a teammate of Shawn Johnson’s & an alleged former flame of Lysacek.

The Athlete

Previous examples: Chuck Liddell, Warren Sapp, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Helio Castroneves, Laila Ali, Floyd Mayweather, Ty Murray, Evander Holyfield, Jerry Rice, Clyde Drexler, Monica Seles, Jason Taylor, Lawrence Taylor, Chad Ochocinco

Advantages: As with the Olympians, their athleticism & work ethic make them well-suited to the competition.  An edge they might have over their Olympic counterparts: sports like football, auto racing, & mixed martial arts tend to have a larger, more mainstream following than some of the Olympic sports.

Disadvantages: Again, a lack of “artistic” experience & previous injury (especially with the football players, who have really taken a beating over the years). Some of the more muscular athletes in hard-hitting sports may also have difficulty with the refined, precise moves of some of the dances.

Possible candidates this season: At this point, the numerous (reputable) news outlets reporting that Kurt Warner is going to be on season 11, along with Kurt’s own coy dodging of questions regarding his participation, make him almost a lock for this season in my eyes.   Don’t see a whole lot of hope for wrestler Shelley Martinez. Landon Donovan is a toss-up for me – maybe, maybe not. We here at Pure DWTS would love to see a representative from a more unique sport – such as jockey Chantal SutherlandTroy Aikmen – nice try, but we’re pretty sure you’re just joshin’ us ;-)

The Model/Playmate/Beauty Queen

Previous examples: Kelly Monaco, Rachel Hunter, Tia Carrere, Shanna Moakler, Paulina Porizkova, Shandi Finnessey, Josie Maran, Albert Reed, Shannon Elizabeth, Brooke Burke, Holly Madison, Kathy Ireland, Joanna Krupa, Pam Anderson

Advantages: All the costumes seem to look fantastic on them (and they can get away with wearing the really skimpy ones) and so do their pro partners – easy to imagine a “showmance”, which always seems to grab votes.  Also seems to have cornered the votes of the small population of male viewers, for obvious reasons ;-)

Disadvantages: Despite making a career out of looking great posing & strutting down the runway, many of them have proven to be rather awkward movers outside of that context, and some seem to have a hard time carrying around their taller than average stature.  They also run the risk of “pretty girl backlash” – the female viewers may turn on them due to jealousy or perceived arrogance, or just never vote for them in the first place, instead giving their votes to the attractive male participants.

Possible candidates this season: Rumors have been flying about UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste, and True Beauty contestant Amy Schmoldt has been hinting that she’d like to do the show.

The Legend

Previous examples: Cloris Leachman, Wayne Newton, Donny Osmond, Tatum O’Neal, Marie Osmond, Jane Seymour, Marlee Matlin, Susan Lucci

Advantages: These individuals are extremely well-known & respected in the entertainment business, with many years of experience (and fans) under their belts, as well as an award or two. Also masters of the stage & screen – perhaps the best at emulating the emotions of the dances.

Disadvantages: With many years of experience comes an older age than many of their competitors – which comes with an increased risk of injury & fatigue that could limit the difficulty of their routines.

Possible candidates this season: The Betty White rumor seems to be kaput, so that only leaves Ryan O’Neal, whose name we’ve heard only a few times as a possible contestant.

The Soap Star

Previous examples: Kelly Monaco, Cameron Mathison, Lisa Rinna, Susan Lucci, Aiden Turner

Advantages: The demographic of soap opera viewers overlaps heavily with the demographic of viewers of DWTS, and most soap opera viewers have been watching those shows for years (I started watching General Hospital when I was 6!), so they often have a fierce loyalty to their favorite characters (and the actors/actresses who portray them).

Disadvantages: This group likely has the most grueling schedule to contend with, as most soaps tape year-round, and some of them are taped in New York, forcing the stars (and sometimes their partners) to fly coast-to-coast several times a week to practice.  Many also have absolutely no background in any kind of sport, making them a real “project” for the pros to take on.

Possible candidates this season: The most likely is probably Nancy Lee Grahn, since she’s on an ABC soap.  Although I’d love to see Martha Byrne’s campaigners succeed in getting her on the show! As for the men – seems like the only name we’ve heard is Antonio Sabato Jr., and that really just seems more like wishful thinking on the part of his fans.

The Comedian

Previous examples: Penn Jillette, Jeff Ross, Adam Carolla, David Allen Grier, Ashley Hamilton, Niecy Nash

Advantages: Let’s face it, they’re fun to watch, and they definitely inject some much- needed hilarity into the show. 

Disadvantages: They often come across like they don’t take the competition seriously, instead favoring their usual schtick over actual dancing. Some of their on-show humor (Jeff Ross’ in particular) can also be rather polarizing – hilarious to some, offensive to others. And again – often no background in any sort of sport, let alone dancing.

Possible candidates this season: The only name we’ve heard is Heather McDonald, and we can’t even telling if she’s serious or kidding :-P

Tune in for part II, when I make my predictions for who we might see in the way of reality TV stars, teen idols, and much more!

August 25, 2010 I Written By

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DWTS 10 Week 6 Predictions

Another week has come and gone and with upcoming Monday’s show, comes new dances… in this case the fiesty Samba and the sultry Argentine Tango…

(Un)Fortunately, the Argentine Tango was introduced only two seasons ago as thus there is limited data available for analysis. But I will do with what I can…

Many thanks to Heidi for breaking down who is dancing what in tomorrow’s show

Pamela Anderson/Damian Whitewood – Argentine Tango
- Season 8 (Holly Madison/Dmitry Chaplin, Week 4): 16/30
Prediction: 23/30

Niecy Nash/Louis van Amstel – Argentine Tango
- Season 9 (w/ Kelly Osbourn, Week 10): 26/30
Prediction: 20/30

Chad Ochocinco/Cheryl Burke – Argentine Tango
- Season 8 (w/ Gilles Marini, Week 4): 30/30
- Season 8 (Lawrence Taylor/Edyta Sliwinska, Week 4): 19/30
Prediction: 21/30

The Samba on the other hand has been around since Season 1 of Dancing with the Stars, as thus there is much more data available for analysis:

Erin Andrews/Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Samba
- Season 2 (w/ Tia Carrere, Week 5): 22/30
- Season 4 (w/ Laila Ali, Week 7): 30/30
- Season 5 (w/ Melanie Brown, Week 5): 29/30
- Season 8 (w/ Denise Richards, Week 3): 16/30
- Season 9 (w/ Debi Mazar, Week 3): 17/30
Prediction: 22/30

Evan Lysacek/Anna Trebunskaya – Samba
- Season 2 (w/ Jerry Rice, Week 5): 23/30
- Season 9 (w/ Chuck Liddell, Week 3): 17/30
- Season 9 (w/ Mark Dacascos, Week 7): 19/30
and of course in comparison with that other figure skater…
- Season 6 (Kristi Yamaguchi/Mark Ballas, Week 8): 26/30
Prediction: 26/30

Jake Pavelka/Chelsie Hightower – Samba
- Season 8 (w/ Ty Murray, Week 10): 23/30
Since there is so little information in regards we look to other reality stars for additional data
- Season 8 (Holly Madison/Dmitry Chaplin, Week 3): 17/30
- Season 8 (Melissa Rycroft/Tony Dovolani, Week 9): 30/30
Prediction: 23/30

Nicole Scherzinger/Derek Hough – Samba
- Season 5 (w/ Jennie Garth, Week 5): 25/30
- Season 6 (w/ Shannon Elizabeth, Week 5): 23/30
- Season 7 (w/ Brooke Burke, Week 4): 26/30
- Season 7 (w/ Brooke Burke, Week 10): 28/30
- Season 8 (w/ Lil’ Kim, Week 3): 25/30
- Season 9 (w/ Joanna Krupa, Week 3): 23/30
Prediction: 27/30

As for who I think will leave the competition on Tuesday? According to several calculations, I believe that bottom two would be Niecy and Pam with Niecy going home… though I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if Jake is swapped with Pamela.

Those are my predictions, what are yours? :)

April 25, 2010 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does dancing fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =)

DWTS 10 Week 5 Predictions

Hola! Konnichiwa! Bonjour! Alo! I’m Marianya the newest blogger on the site. I’ve been a fan and following DWTS since Season 2. I have done some ballroom dancing myself and totally recommend it as a recreational activity for those that are fans of DWTS and would like to know how to dance… even just for fun!

In any case, Princess Heidi did an awesome write up that includes which dance each celeb/pro is doing, possible song choices, commentary, etc. What I’m attempting to do is take past scores and experiences of the pros (and in some cases past celebs that relate to a current celeb) and will attempt to predict what their scores are going to be tonight. I did not use scores from relays, or team dances. I also did not use scores of the Argentine Tango since it is a different dance from the Tango.

And now, in no particular order…

Evan Lysacek/Anna Trebunskya – Rumba
- Season 2 (w/ Jerry Rice, Week 7): 21/30
Since there is not enough information, I’m going to add include the scores of previous figure skaters:
- Season 6 (Kristi Yamaguchi/Mark Ballas, Week 5): 29/30
Prediction: 26/30

Jake Pavelka/Chelsie Hightower – ChaCha
- Season 8 (w/ Ty Murray, Week 1): 14/30
Since Chelsie has only done the ChaCha with Ty Murray, I’m going to pull data from previous reality stars.
- Season 8 (Holly Madison/Dmitry Chaplin, Week 1): 18/30
- Season 8 (Melissa Rycroft/Tony Dovolani, Week 10): 27/30
Prediction: 21/30

Chad Ochocinco/Cheryl Burke – Quickstep
- Season 2 (w/ Drew Lachey, Week 2): 27/30
- Season 3 (w/ Emmitt Smith, Week 2): 24/30
- Season 4 (w/ Ian Ziering, Week 2): 22/30
- Season 5 (w/ Wayne Newton, Week 2): 15/30
- Season 6 (w/ Cristian de la Fuente, Week 2): 20/30
- Season 7 (w/ Maurice Greene, Week 8): 24/30
- Season 8 (w/ Gilles Marini, Week 2): 27/30
Prediction: 22/30

Niecy Nash/Louis Van Amstel – Jive
- Season 2 (w/ Lisa Rinna, Week 3): 25/30
- Season 3 (w/ Monique Coleman, Week 3): 27/30
- Season 9 (w/ Kelly Osbourne, Week 8): 26/30
Prediction: 24/30

Kate Gosselin/Tony Dovolani – Foxtrot
- Season 2 (w/ Stacy Keibler, Week 4): 26/30
- Season 3 (w/ Sara Evans, Week 1): 15/30
- Season 4 (w/ Leeza Gibbons, Week 1): 15/30
- Season 5 (w/ Jane Seymour, Week 1): 24/30
- Season 6 (w/ Marissa Jaret Winokur, Week 8): 25/30
- Season 8 (w/ Melissa Rycroft, Week 3): 27/30
Prediction: 17/30

Nicole Sherzinger/Derek Hough – Tango
- Season 5 (w/ Jennie Garth, Week 3): 26/30
- Season 6 (w/ Shannon Elizabeth, Week 7): 27/30
- Season 7 (w/ Brooke Burke, Week 8): 28/30
Prediction: 26/30

Erin Andrews/Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Jive
- Season 3 (w/ Willa Ford, Week 3): 22/30
- Season 4 (w/ Laila Ali, Week 8): 26/30
- Season 5 (w/ Mel B, Week 3): 27/30
Prediction: 22/30

Pamela Anderson/Damian Whitewood – Quickstep
- Season 1 (Kelly Monaco/Alec Mazo, Dance Off): 24/30
- Season 8 (Holly Madison/Dmitry Chaplin, Week 2): 18/30
I’m comparing with the only data that would be relevant, which is via the celeb… Since this is later in the season, and Pamela is slowly doing better… and can act…
Prediction: 22/30

So those are my predictions for the night… What are your predictions? :D

Data Disclaimer: This was the best data I could find. Feel free to correct anything I might have gotten wrong so I can update the post.

April 19, 2010 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does dancing fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =)

The Good, The Bad, and the INCREDIBLY HOT choreography!

Time for the good, the bad, and the incredibly hot!  However, I also want to know what you guys think are the best or most memorable dances, the worst dances, and the incredibly hot dances! 

 

THE GOOD
Shawn Johnson: Season 8, Rumba
Shawn impressed me so much all season long but this dance really stood out to me.  The rumba is suppose to depict romance and a touch of sexiness.   The challenge Mark faced was Shawn being 17 but it was so tasteful and elegant!   The only thing I think Shawn could’ve done better is move her hips more but at 17 it’s such an awkward thing!  Over, the dance was beautiful :)

THE BAD
Holly Madison: Season 8, Samba
Poor Holly!  She so badly wanted to do amazing on this show but she just had no rthym.  This dance was very shift on Holly’s end…she tried to be sexy but thought about it to much!  Good effort but that’s about it!

INCREDIBLY HOT
I am a HUGE fan of Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Brian Friedman so I was very excited about this dance!  I love the electric aspect and the costumes to match!

September 2, 2009 I Written By

Lindy Hop and Argentine Tango Music from Dancing with the Stars 2009

Nice to see Lindy Hop grace the stage of Dancing with the Stars. I’m also a big fan of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy so nice to see them on the list below since they’re great for Lindy Hop music. Could you get 2 dances that were more different in both style and music?

I’m still working on finding a few of the songs, but I’ll update this page as I find them. Enjoy and let me know if you know one I’m missing or if I got any wrong. Thanks!

David & Kym danced a Lindy Hop to the music “Bandstand Boogie”—Barry Manilow Barry Manilow - Ultimate Manilow - Bandstand Boogie

Lil’ Kim & Derek danced a Argentine Tango to the music “Taquito Militar”—Conjunto Tipico Del Tango Conjunto Tipico Del Tango - Tango for Dancing - Taquito Militar

Chuck & Julianne danced a Lindy Hop to the music “Summertime Blues”—Brian Setzer Brian Setzer - The Brian Setzer Collection: 1981-1988 - Summertime Blues

Lawrence & Edyta danced a Argentine Tango to the music “Suite Punta Del Este” -Astor Piazzolla Astor Piazzolla - A Collection of Music Performances Tango By Astor Piazzolla - Suite Punta del Este

Ty & Chelsie danced a Lindy Hop to the music “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)”—Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)

Steve & Karina danced a Argentine Tango to the music “Cite Tango”—Gotan Project Gotan Project - Inspiración - Espiración - Cité Tango

Melissa & Tony danced a Lindy Hop to the music “Brown Derby Jump”—Cherry Poppin’ Daddies Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Zoot Suit Riot - Brown Derby Jump

Holly & Dmitry danced a Argentine Tango to the music “Libertango”—Bond Bond - Shine - Libertango

Steve-O & Lacey danced a Lindy Hop to the music “Dance Little Sister”—The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones - It's Only Rock 'N Roll (Remastered) - Dance Little Sister

Gilles & Cheryl danced a Argentine Tango to the music “Assassin’s Tango”—John Powell John Powell - Mr. & Mrs. Smith Score - El Tango de los Assassinos

Shawn & Mark danced a Lindy Hop to the music “Ready Teddy”—Little Richard Little Richard - The Very Best of Little Richard - Ready Teddy

As always, take a look back at past Dancing with the Stars music.

March 30, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Music Season 8 Samba and Foxtrot Music

I’m a little late in posting the music from week 3 of Dancing with the Stars 2009 (Samba Music and Foxtrot Music). What can I say, my wife took me on a cruise for our birthdays and unfortunately there wasn’t any reasonable internet on the cruise ship. So, I’m a little late, but as they say “Better late than never.”

If you’re looking for previous DWTS music you can see the previous Dancing with the Stars 2009 music.

Denise & Maks danced a Samba to the song “Take a Picture”—Filter Filter - Title of Record - Take a Picture

Chuck & Julianne danced a Foxtrot to the song “All I Want To Do”—Sugarland Sugarland - Love On the Inside (Deluxe Fan Edition) - All I Want to Do

Holly & Dmitry danced a Samba to the song “Bananza (Belly Dancer)”—Akon Akon - Trouble - Bananza (Belly Dancer) [12" Version]

Steve-O & Lacey danced a Foxtrot to the song “I’m Yours”—Jason Mraz Jason Mraz - We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things - I'm Yours

Lawrence & Edyta danced a Samba to the song “I Can’t Get Next To You”—The Temptations The Temptations - My Girl: The Very Best of the Temptations - I Can't Get Next to You

Shawn & Mark danced a Foxtrot to the song “More Than This”—Charlie Hunter feat. Norah Jones Charlie Hunter featuring Norah Jones - Les grandes chansons d'amour - Soirées romantiques, vol. 1 - More Than This

Gilles & Cheryl danced a Samba to the song “El Matador”—Los Fabulosos Cadillacs Los Fabulosos Cadillacs - Vasos Vacios - El Matador

David & Kym danced a Foxtrot to the song “Come Rain or Come Shine”—Natalie Cole Natalie Cole - Still Unforgettable (Deluxe Edition) - Come Rain or Come Shine

Steve & Karina danced a Samba to the song “Jump In The Line (Shake, Senora)”—Harry Belafonte Harry Belafonte - Very Best of Harry Belafonte - Jump In the Line

Melissa & Tony danced a Foxtrot to the song “Recipe for Love”—Harry Connick, Jr. Harry Connick, Jr. - We Are In Love - Recipe for Love

Lil’ Kim & Derek danced a Samba to the song “Remedio P’al Corazon”—Alberto Plaza Alberto Plaza - Remedio Pa'l Corazón - Remedio Pa'l Corazón

Ty & Chelsie danced a Foxtrot to the song “Come Dance with Me”—Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra - Classic Sinatra - His Great Performances, 1953-1960 - Come Dance With Me

Also, since I’m so late I’ll cover the music from the special guest performances from the Dancing with the Stars results show.

Hall & Oates sang the song “Maneater” Hall & Oates - The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates - Maneater for Dancing with the Stars professionals Karina Smirnoff, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, and Dmitry Chaplin

Adele sang the song “Chasing Pavements” ADELE - 19 - Chasing Pavements for Dancing with the Stars professionals Edyta Śliwińska and Alec Mazo (Adele music video Chasing Pavements)

March 27, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Vote for Your Favorite Dancing with the Stars Celebrity

Now that we’ve had a chance to see each of the celebrities on Dancing with the Stars dance twice, it’s time to vote on who you think is going to win Dancing with the Stars season 8. You can vote for only one celebrity from Dancing with the Stars in this poll. I’ll look at doing a future Dancing with the Stars vote where you can vote for the top 3 and another one where you can vote for all of your favorite Dancing with the Stars celebrities.


March 18, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 8 Score Totals and Combined Total

I always like to have a second look at the scores from Dancing with the Stars. They flash them on the screen so quickly, I can’t really think about how the various couples really ranked. So, here are the scores ordered from highest score to lowest score for both tonight’s performances and the combined total of the first 2 DWTS season 8 dances.

Scores from Tonight’s DWTS Performances
Gilles & Cheryl scored a 27
Melissa & Tony scored a 26
Shawn & Mark scored a 24
Lil’ Kim & Derek scored a 23
Denise & Maksim scored a 21
Chuck & Julianne scored a 20
Lawrence & Edyta scored a 20
Ty & Chelsie scored a 20
Holly & Dmitry scored a 18
Belinda & Jonathan scored a 18
David & Kym scored a 17
Steve & Karina scored a 17
Steve-O & Lacey scored a 14

Combined Total After 2 Dances
Gilles & Cheryl scored a total of 51
Melissa & Tony scored a total of 49
Shawn & Mark scored a total of 47
Lil’ Kim & Derek scored a total of 44
Chuck & Julianne scored a total of 40
Denise & Maksim scored a total of 39
David & Kym scored a total of 36
Holly & Dmitry scored a total of 36
Lawrence & Edyta scored a total of 36
Belinda & Jonathan scored a total of 35
Ty & Chelsie scored a total of 34
Steve-O & Lacey scored a total of 31
Steve & Karina scored a total of 30

Looks like the Woz better hope that Nerds unite to vote for him.

March 17, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 8 Music Part 2

As I’ve been doing for a couple Dancing with the Stars seasons now, I’m going to post all of the music from Dancing with the Stars. Below you’ll find the music from the second episode of Dancing with the Stars season 8. You can also go back and check the music from previous DWTS episodes.

You can either download the songs on iTunes(my iTunes link generator is broken right now), Amazon, or even buy the CD from Amazon for those who still like having the entire CD.

Holly & Dmitry danced a Quickstep to the song “We Are in Love”—Harry Connick Jr Harry Connick, Jr. - We Are In Love - We Are In Love
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David & Kym danced a Salsa to the song “El Cumbanchero”— Angel Melendez & The 911 Mambo Orchestra Angel Melendez & The 911 MAMBO Orchestra - Angel Melendez & The 911 Mambo Orchestra - El Cumbanchero
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Denise & Maksim danced a Quickstep to the song “We Go Together”—Grease Soundtrack John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John - Grease (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) - We Go Together
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Belinda & Jonathan danced a Salsa to the song “Higher”—Gloria Estefan Gloria Estefan - Destiny - Higher
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Ty & Chelsie danced a Quickstep to the song “Life Is a Highway”—Rascal Flatts Rascal Flatts - Cars - Life Is a Highway
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Shawn & Mark danced a Salsa to the song “Las Muchachas del cha-cha-cha”—La Sonora Matancera La Sonora Matancera - Baile Con La Sonora Matancera - Las Muchachas
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Steve & Karina danced a Quickstep to the song “Oh Boy”—Buddy Holly Buddy Holly & The Crickets - The "Chirping" Crickets - Oh, Boy!
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Chuck & Julianne danced a Salsa to the song “Say Hey (I Love You)”—Michael Franti & Spearhead Michael Franti & Spearhead - Say Hey - Single - Say Hey (I Love You)
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Lawrence & Edyta danced a Quickstep to the song “As Long As I’m Singing”—Brian Setzer Orchestra The Brian Setzer Orchestra - The Dirty Boogie - As Long as I'm Singin'

Steve-O & Lacey danced a Salsa to the song “Cobrastyle”—Teddybears Teddybears featuring Mad Cobra - Cobrastyle - EP - Cobrastyle
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Lil’ Kim & Derek danced a Quickstep to the song “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”—Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe - The Magic of Marilyn (Limited Edition) - Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
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Melissa & Tony danced a Salsa to the song “The Cup of Life”—Ricky Martin Ricky Martin - Music of the World Cup - Allez! Ola! Olé! - The Cup of Life (La Copa de la Vida) [The Official Song of the World Cup, France '98] {Remix - English Radio Edit}
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Gilles & Cheryl danced a Quickstep to the song “Kryptonite”—3 Doors Down E-Manuel - Punk Goes Crunk - Kryptonite
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I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Premiere Thoughts

I originally planned to do a full analysis of the new couple on DWTS similar to what I did for Belinda and Jonathan. Unfortunately, life got busy on me and I’m not going to have time to do a couple by couple post.

However, here’s some quick thoughts about each DWTS couple.

Belinda Carlisle is paired with Jonathan Roberts – see here
David Alan Grier is paired with Kym Johnson – I was a little diappointed by this couple.  I guess I just expect more from Kym.  She’s done so many wonderful things in the past.  David Alan Grier was smooth and natural on his feet, but it was almost too smooth for me.  I hope that Kym turns it back up a notch next week.  19 is not a bad start, but plenty of room to improve if Kym finally wants a mirror ball trophy.
Holly is paired with Dmitry Chaplin – While the show doesn’t change the scores based on the time to prepare, I do.  I think Holly is going to do well on the show and look great next to Dmitry.  However, you could kind of see that the routine just wasn’t as polished as some of the others.  I’m looking for great things next week from this couple and a big improvement over their score of 18.
Shawn Johnson is paired with Mark Ballas – Shawn was the real shocker of the night for me. She did so much better than Cody did last season. Cody looked like an 18 year old should. Shawn looked much older than her young 17. I give Mark a lot of credit for this. Also, all dressed up in her ball gown she looked so much older. 23 and her popularity as an olympic athlete means she’s a strong candidate to go all the way to the final 3.
Lil’ Kim is paired with Derek Hough – Lil’ Kim just made me laugh with her dedication.  I’m not sure how well that will do in getting her votes, but I’m all for second chances.  Lil’ Kim and Derek actually look better together than I would have expected.  She did seem to try to hard at points, but her 21 score is a decent sign for Derek and Lil’ Kim fans.
Gilles Marini is paired with Cheryl Burke – Gilles really surprised me. His dancing looked much better than I would have expected. I was a little shocked by him basically running his fingers down Cheryl’s chest, but then I remembered that he was French. His strong score of 24 means him and Cheryl will be around for a while to come.
Ty Murray is paired with Chelsie Hightower – Ty has gotten hammered way too much.  I don’t think he was as bad as everyone made it out to be.  I’m a huge fan because of the lashing he’s taken.  I’m sure his main motivation was to do this with Jewel and so it’s really unfortunate that she’s off the show.  I hope by some miracle he can stay another week.  People like him are what makes the show unique and interesting and I’d love to see him kind of grow as a ballroom dancer.
Steve-O is paired with Lacey Schwimmer – Samantha Harris finally asked a good question when she asked Lacey if she was going to bring out her bad girl side.  I missed Lacey’s edge and I think Steve-O’s fans want some edge as well.  Let’s hope they can provide it next week.  I will say that Steve-O brought a little man on the show and we love little men.
Melissa Rycroft puts her troubles behind her as she hits the dancefloor
Melissa is paired with Tony Dovolani – For 2 days she did great. I’m sure controversy will swirl around her being a trained dancer, but ballet and ballroom are quite different. Plus, she should have an advantage, because she only had 2 days to get ready. A lot of people are planning to vote for her out of sympathy. I guess a lot of girls can relate to being dumped by a guy.
Denise Richards is paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Similar to Kym, I expected more from Maks.  He’s one of the best and most entertaining choreographers, but him and Denise didn’t have that spark.  I’m not sure Denise ever will come out of it and show us something else.  I hope her acting kicks in and shows us some fire. 
Lawrence Taylor is paired with Edyta Sliwinska – I expected to not really fall in love with Lawrence and sure enough I’m left with a bland taste in my mouth.  I love Edyta, but this couple isn’t going to do anything for me this season.  Neither here nor there for me and I won’t have any problem when Lawrence is gone.
Chuck Wicks is paired with Julianne Hough – I’m sure that a number of Julianne fans will not like me saying this, but Chuck and Julianne really look good together.  Waltz was a perfect dance for showing off the “perfect” looking couple.  Chuck did seem quite tight through the dance.  I think that we underestimate how hard it will be for Julianne to be the teacher to Chuck.  Chuck needs to improve and relax if Julianne wants a third trophy, but 20′s a decent start.
Steve Wozniak is paired with Karina Smirnoff – So, you already know that I’m biased to Steve.  He is awkward and says crazy things, but that’s what makes him great.  The Woz is the Woz and nobody’s going to change that.  My favorite line from the night was when he said that 7000 kids at a robotics competition were yelling Vote Woz.  Don’t be surprised if the Woz lasts longer than you’d expect despite his low score of 13.

March 13, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.