Since there still seems to be some confusion on what running order positions are “good” or “bad” (even though I feel like Heidi & I have repeated ourselves ad infinitum), I thought now might be a good time to give everyone a crash course in the “Courtney & Heidi Theory of Running Order” 🙂 I did more of an experimental post about running order back in 2010, but since then Heidi & I have honed our theory a bit more and it’s time for an update!
For those of you just wanting the Cliff’s Notes version, here’s the basic gist: the beginning, middle, and end of the show are the best positions, and it’s better to dance in the 2nd half of the show than the first. And why is that, you ask? The answer: ratings. If you’re still interested, read on…
So what makes going 1st an advantage? In theory, you’ve got the attention of all the folks that tuned in at 8 PM, before they lose interest and change the channel. The 8 PM-9PM time slot is quite possibly the most competitive weeknight time slot – most networks try to put their big-hitters with broad-spectrum appeal in this slot, as it’s the hour that families are most likely to be watching TV together, before the kids (and sometime grandma & grandpa) go to bed. It therefore stands to reason that TPTB would want to put a popular, attention-grabbing couple at the top of the first hour to try and hold viewers’ interest and keep them from changing the channel – say, to How I Met Your Mother on CBS or The Voice on NBC. How does it benefit the couple? Obviously they get some good exposure, but it also tends to benefit them in the voting. While we diehard viewers may start voting for a couple at the beginning of the show that may not actually be dancing until the end of the show, the average viewer may not start voting until they see a couple that really impresses them – my mom tends to vote this way. She’ll see a couple that she really likes, and even though the show might not be over yet, she’ll use all her votes on that particular couple (sometimes she’ll regret it later when she sees a couple she likes even more, but that’s neither here nor there ;-)). Going first can help a couple snare some impulse votes, before a viewer sees anyone else and change their mind. It also tends to keep them memorable, since they’re the first couple the viewers see. Read more..
Just some quick mentions to put on your “Don’t Forget/TV Reminder” list!!! Some of the Dancing With The Stars pro dancers made a show for “Extreme Make-Over” this past summer. Here is some info from it from Reality TV Magazine.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC has another exciting episode coming up on October 17, when they travel to Wisconsin to build a new home for the Arboleda family. Joining the design team will be Dancing With the Stars dancers Mark Ballas, Tony Dolovani, Chelsie Hightower, and Derek Hough. Read on to find out about the dancing connection…
On the October 17 episode, Ty Pennington and his Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team will be shown traveling to Wisconsin to help out the family of Rhex Arboleda, who has distinguished himself by establishing ‘Move To the Groove’, a program to help combat childhood obesity. The Arboleda family was thrilled to see that Ty and his team were accompanied by a group of dancers from Dancing With the Stars on Door Knock Day.
Derek Hough, Chelsie Hightower, Mark Ballas, and Tony Dolovani of Dancing With the Stars joined the build to show support, and also take part in a dancing demolition of the Arboleda’s 70 year-old home, which was compromising the health and welfare of Rhex and Claire Arboleda and their five children.
ET interviewed Derek about the upcoming episode. Here are a couple of snippets. Thanks to Heidi and PureDerekHough for this cool interview. Be sure to read the ET link for more.
Everyone who watches “Extreme Makeover” says it is emotional. Was it emotional for you?
Derek Hough: Absolutely. What made me want to do it in the first place was watching it and like everybody else getting emotional and seeing how fantastic it is to see these amazing families who do so much for the community but don’t really get anything back, to see their lives changed is phenomenal. To see it and be part of it … to see the whole process … and when they see their brand new house, it was a phenomenal experience.
How was being there and taking part in it? Was the experience as expected?
Derek Hough: It was amazing. I was really fortunate to be part of a build that was very successful and was, if anything, ahead of schedule. Talking to the designers, they have been on hundreds of builds and each one is unique because it is about the community and how they come together. It was really special to be a part of a build that was so amazing, so quick and so well-organized. It was a phenomenal experience. It mind-blowing to see something so amazing happen so quick.
Did you honestly believe when you were a kid that all this would be possible as a dancer? What exactly were you hoping when got into dance?
Derek Hough: I never just did dancing, I always did music and plays. I never really thought I would be a dancer person. I started playing drums before I did anything else in a [The] Beach Boys tribute band, so I thought I was going to be a rock star drummer. It is truly amazing to see how, especially with the show, it is absurd. To get a celebrity and put them in a rhinestone outfit and teach them how to do Latin or a ballroom dance in front of 23 million people, it is an absurd concept, but so fantastic, because it is so entertaining. It is cool to be part of, but, to be honest with you, I never thought I would be doing a cha-cha on live television.
What else is on your bucket list that you would want to accomplish?
Derek Hough: I have always done acting and theater growing up. I went to a theater arts college. For me, I want to do everything. I look at the late Patrick Swayze, and now, dancing with Jennifer [Grey] I am making comparisons. He is actually somebody who I look up to and would love to mold myself around. He was a dancer who then got onto a film, had dancing, on the soundtrack, he carried on to have a fabulous film career. For me, he is somebody I would definitely aspire to be like. I want to do it all. Also, direct things as well. Choreographing is virtually directing — just moving. You are creating a scene through movement. Kenny Ortega is a perfect example and Adam Shankman, who have become directors. I feel like I want to do it all, but everything I do, I would love to incorporate all aspects of entertainment. I think that is where we are at. It is a good time.
Here’s a preview of the show…
This “Extreme Make-Over” episode airs on this Sunday, Oct. 17th at 8:00pm ET.
Also, as reported earlier, Jennifer Grey is to guest on a HOUSE episode on Monday, 8:00 ET on FOX. Here is some information on this episode from TV Guide. Special thanks to fans ck410 & Kanani for helping with this information.
House Episode: “Unplanned Parenthood”
Season 7, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: The mother (Jennifer Grey) of a newborn with breathing difficulties and liver failure must make a very difficult decision that could affect her own health as well as her baby’s. Meanwhile, Cuddy tells House to hire a woman for his team, and he delegates the task to Foreman and Taub. Cuddy also asks House to babysit her daughter, Rachel, and he and Wilson learn a parenting lesson in the process. Original Air Date: Oct 18, 2010
The 50-year-old – who sprang to fame in the 1980s classic Dirty Dancing – will play a new mother in the episode Unplanned Parenthood, which is due to be screened in the US on October 18.
The story sees Jennifer’s character Abbey faced with some difficult decisions when her newborn daughter begins suffering breathing difficulties and liver failure.
They fall under the care of Dr Gregory House – played by actor Hugh Laurie – and his team, who quickly make an alarming discovery about the baby’s condition.
And ultimately, Grey’s character is faced with a treatment option which could affect her own life as well as that of her daughter.
By appearing on the show, the actress is following in the footsteps of her father, Oscar-winning actor Joel Grey.
The actress’ character Abbey discovers her own life may be at risk when her newborn baby becomes ill
The veteran star made a guest appearance in the 2006 episode Informed Consent as a man who wanted medical help to end his life.
Grey has been a regular fixture on the small screen over the past couple of decades, following a successful film career in the 1980s that also included appearances in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Cotton Club and Red Dawn as well as Dirty Dancing.
She has starred in a string of TV movies and made guest appearances in several hit shows including Friends.
However Dancing With The Stars has put her firmly back in the spotlight.