After Buzz is doing such a good job at covering Dancing With The Stars this season. Below is another jewel they just posted….
Ai Ai Ai!!! If you are an overly sensitive fan of any of the couples, this post isn’t for you. What a crap ass night of scoring – the dancing was just fine and many couples excelled…but the judges made a secret trip to Columbia before the season started. And dropped a good bit of coin.
And really, you can’t get Derek and Maria’s phone number right?? Jesus – then you fix it (or try to) during Martina and Tony’s skybox chat..and, if I’m not mistaken, never show their number?? I try REALLY REALLY hard not to buy into conspiracy theories – the simplest explanation always being the best and all that (the simplest explanation is that some of the people working on this show are MUPPETS) – but when you so obviously overscore Sherri and (to a lesser extent) Roshon and then just totally screw over Melissa and Jack what do you expect me to do?? I can’t even describe my thoughts on William and Cheryl without using language that John doesn’t approve of. :-) I’ll just say…so William sticks his ass out and looks uncertain most of the time and he gets one of the higher scores of the night?? At least good old Len doesn’t have a vagina. I’m counting on him to keep it real where William is concerned. Now, if he would throw away the memo from the ABC brass that says “Score the family HIGH”, I would be so proud of him. Seriously, Martina would need well more than 22K votes more than William – they are VERY invested in protecting this guy.
Anyway, I could go on all day. Remember, the scores from last week and this week are added together for the couples total. The total number of points awarded is then divided into the couples total for their percentage of the judges scores. That counts for half of the couples total score. The other half is treated the same way – the total number of votes divided into the votes for a given couple. When you add the two percentages together, the couple with the lowest combined total goes home.
Let’s look at the couples and their percentages of the total:
The Judges Scores and Percentages
:::sigh::: It’s a great season and even the worst dancers are doing better than the best dancers in many other seasons…so why do the judges insist on playing crazy games?? Katherine did a great job, but in what universe does William get only one point less than her?? They weren’t even close. I don’t think William was even close to Maria. Roshon got the same score tonight as William – he is also not worthy of a point less than Katherine, but he was better than William by a good bit..and he’s such a little cutie. I didn’t think I would like him, but I really do! But he and Sherri’s status with ABC was really showing tonight. Melissa still has issues…but no way was she that much worse than Sherri who missed an entire pass. Who was appropriately scored, IMO?? Well, Gavin, Jaleel, Jack, Donald, Maria and Katherine – but when compared to how other couples were overscored (or in some cases underscored), I’m not so sure any more. Read more..
First, a warning: I kinda phoned it in on these rankings. For those of you not watching the drama of “U-Versegate” unfold on my Twitter, my tv & internet inexplicably crapped out right after Melissa & Maks danced – completely missed Jack & Gladys, & only saw part of Katherine before reader Nathan graciously sent me a link to an internet feed, which I could access at that point because my internet was back up. Long story short – I read the U-Verse customer service rep the riot act, and I have a tech coming out tomorrow morning to figure out the problem, but at this point I’m just kinda ready to be done with tonight. But a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone (jimmbboe, Will, Maria, @Team_MGMC, and of course Heidi!) who tracked down videos of the performances I missed – I don’t know what I would have done without you :-D
Well, overall, tonight kinda sucked ass :-P Wish I had a better way to put it, but there were very few moments that delighted me, and many that made me wish my internet had stayed disconnected. Both ridiculous over & underscoring going on, and some blatant pimping & shady business going on involving a certain couple…oh, and by the way, if you’re a William & Cheryl fan that isn’t mature enough to handle differing opinions, do us both a favor and skip this post. The “hold for moderation” list here at Pure is becoming more competitive than the VIP roster at Tao in Vegas – seems like some folks are just DYING to get on it ;-)
1/2.) TIE: Katherine & Mark and William & Cheryl – I think one of these couples deserves to be in the top spot; the other does not. I shouldn’t have to tell you which is which :-) I do think Katherine has been the most consistent of the past two weeks, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well she’s done – I was definitely worried about tonight, thinking that she would be stuck being the reserved English rose that couldn’t let loose in the jive. But she brought her A-game – and she not only looked like she was having fun, but she had the best jive technique of the night. Very energetic, sharp, & clean. And she actually did jive choreo, which is more than I can say for some of the couples doing jive tonight…ahem. I thought she looked gorgeous, too – like a young Twiggy :-) As for the other couple that I have in the lead – the only reason I have them here is because TPTB and the judges seem bound & determined to jam him down our throats as the hottest dancer this season at every turn, and some folks seem to be buying into the hype. I am not one of them – I thought his posture in his quickstep was atrocious (he was hunched over for most of it!), and he did loose his timing & footwork a few times…yet miraculously, no one seemed to point it out. Hmmm. And the guy still looks terrified to me when he’s dancing – like he’s afraid he might poop his pants. Once again, I reiterate – I’m sure William is a really nice guy. But all of this shameless promotion of him I’m seeing from TPTB, the judges, and even his partner (who I’ve lost some respect for) just turns me off completely. After the 3-ring publicity circus of the past 2 weeks, I would not even consider tossing a single vote in their direction this season. But hey, that’s ok, since they seem to be bogarting Maria & Derek’s votes now…and yes, I’m totally calling shenanigans on that one. Anywho…based on scores (and some creative promotion), I think these two ought to be safe from tomorrow’s elimination.
3/4.) TIE: Maria & Derek and Jaleel & Kym – I’m gonna apologize in advance for multiple ties – but the scoring of these past 2 weeks just has me all discombulated and unsure of what to think 8O I’m still in disbelief that the judges honestly thought William & Cheryl’s quickstep was as good as Maria & Derek’s, which I found to be a bright spot in a dismal evening of routines. It was fun, it was clean, and Maria is starting to relax – and when you take into account that Maria actually hurt herself pretty bad, I think it’s even more impressive that she was able to pull off such an entertaining routine. I found her technique to be at least a point or 2 better than slouchy William. As for Jaleel – I feel bad for the guy, because I feel like they got shafted worst of all by their song tonight. That was one sh*tty jive song – can you blame them for looking a bit lackluster and low-energy when they have to dance a silly dance to a song that’s probably better suited to a rumba or waltz? I honestly wouldn’t have known what to do if tasked with doing jive to a song like that. So while I think it wasn’t as impressive as his foxtrot last week, I honestly can’t fault him (or Kym, for that matter) for doing a bit of a lackluster routine. Scoring-wise, I think they *should* be ok – but the spread is really funky this week. I suggest everyone keep their eyes peeled for Heidi’s numbers post tomorrow…it should be…interesting. Read more..
So we know from previous experience that the couples are either going to be jumping around with the Jive or kicking up their heels with the Quickstep. How do we know what they are going to be dancing? Well, if they danced the Foxtrot last week, they will be working on the Jive in Week 2… consequently if a couple danced the ChaCha last week they will be dancing the Quickstep this week.
So let’s see how the predicted numbers add up!
– Age: 21.423
– Occupation: 20.167
– Professional Partner: 21.333
Predicted Score / Rank: 21 / 7th
Comments: Gavin is towards the bottom of the leaderboard after last week’s Foxtrot, which means he will have a lot of ground to cover if he wants to stay in the competition (granted I’m not even counting fanbase votes). When it comes to the Jive, he seems to have a lot going for him between his age group and his partner, both ranking in the top half. However, for some reason singers have crazy trouble with the dance in the first third of the season… and being singers that are suppose to know how to keep time… why? Knowing all this, I’d say his predicted score should be fairly close to the real thing… strongly in the middle of the pack.
– Age: 21.792
– Occupation: 22.000
– Professional Partner: N/A (one time pros average: 22.000)
Predicted Score / Rank: 22 / 3rd
Comments: Donald seems to have a lot going for him in regards to how he should do on the Quickstep. Every NFL player that has done the Quickstep in the first third of the season have scored at least a 20. Add to that his age group (30s) and his score inches up a bit… unfortunately Peta has yet to do a Quickstep on the show… so looking at other female pros that have been on the show once it would seem that the Quickstep isn’t a bane either… so I would say that the predicted score is about par for the course based on the limited data available. Read more..
It’s the week that just might separate the men from the boys…pardon the expresssion. :-) The Jive and the Quickstep, two very fast dances when done properly. People will need grace and frame and speed for the quickstep and quick feet and sharp flicks and kicks for the Jive. And if you’re Katherine, there will likely be polka dots and spats involved. Maybe Buddy Holly glasses or suspenders. ;-) Keep checking back, we’ll add information as we know it.
ETA: Someone is doing a Jive to Proud Mary – but it’s not Gavin. Courtney is guessing Sherri or Jaleel. I will forever associate Proud Mary with Nicole. :-) People are being tight lipped with the running order, although it’s possible it’s not firmed up yet. I would imagine it’s not easy with everyone being pretty good.
ETA 2: Gee, what a shock, William has the pimp spot. Sure do hope he does more than let Cheryl dance around him this time.
ETA 3: Not so much surprised about Sherri going 2nd (doubt it means much right now), but I am surprised that they’re putting a jive 2nd – if they were alternating jives & quicksteps, I would think she would be in an odd-numbered position. So that means we’re going to have either back-to-back jives or back-to-back quicksteps at some point this evening.-Court-
ETA 4: Melissa going 3rd?? This is not a good plan, IMO. And bummer for Jack. -Heidi
ETA 5: Roshon Going first. I would imagine Jaleel is going close to the pimp spot again.
Roshon and Chelsie – Quickstep - Dancing 1st
Voting # 1-800-868-3405
Sherri and Val – Jive – Dancing 2nd
Voting # 1-800-868-3406
Melissa and Maks – Quickstep – Dancing 3rd
Voting # 1-800-868-3407
Jack and Anna -Jive – Dancing 4th
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Gavin and Karina – Jive
Voting # 1-800-868-3404
Katherine and Mark – Jive - Dancing 6th (Un-sourced rumor????)
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Martina and Tony – Jive
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Gladys and Tristan – Quickstep (Song: something by Phil Collins)
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Jaleel and Kym – Jive
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Maria and Derek – Quickstep – Dancing 8th (Maria “thinks”)
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Donald and Peta – Quickstep – Dancing 10th
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William and Cheryl -Quickstep – Dancing 12th
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Frankly, I’m curious to see William, Roshon and Donald manage the quickstep. This dance may just tell the tale on each of them. I think Jaleel will kill it. Maria looks great on her quickstep, provided that jump that Derek seems to have stuck in there is not categorized as a lift by CAI – she’s just idiotic enough to pull that, since Maria is a beautiful girl instead of a hot guy, if you know what I mean. William could fall down during his quickstep and still get a 9 from her. Anyway, I think Melissa will come back and I think Martina will be fine, provided that Tony gives her something exciting. Gladys will be adorable again, but adorable only lasts for so long, so I hope she’s learning to dance. I have a good bit of faith in Tristan, but Gladys isn’t as young as she used to be. Katherine, with her experience, should be fine. Gavin – almost forgot about him again and that’s not a good sign – but I can’t imagine either he or Sherri pulling off a good Jive, but one of them will likely prove me wrong. We’ll see!!