Tight-Knit Group: As the dancers continue to get eliminated, the group appears to be getting closer. Throughout the night, celebs and professional dancers were always reaching out to each other and giving hugs and pats on the back. Before the dance-off, Michael Irvin, his partner Anna Demidova, Louie Vito and his partner Chelsie Hightower exchanged big hugs with each other. What? No fights? “I thought about it, but this is a family show,” Vito joked.
A Ghoulish Night: Every Tuesday before the show goes live, the dance floor turns into a dance party for the guests of the show. Since Halloween is days away and it was the premiere of Michael Jackson’s This Is It, guests learned the steps to “Thriller” and performed it all the way through. Derek Hough, a fan of Jackson and who also performed the famous routine last week for the show’s tribute to the King of Pop, watched on from behind the stage.
Melissa/Mark and Louie/Chelsie with George Pennacchio at the LA Local ABC Affiliate:
I thought Tom Bergeron was GOD before this question he answered for AOL Television, but I really, really HOPE he’s on to something here:
Tom Bergeron, what do you think of the double elimination tonight?
Tom: I think, in all honesty, we learned that you can’t have 16 couples to start a season. We came out of the gate learning some things that I hope you’ll never see again. Having said that, though, I like the way this season is picking up. I think people are coming back. [Viewers] may have thought, “We don’t know who to support here because the body count is so high.”
Dang, I’m putting my favorite thing first. Our pros dancing to Taylor Swift’s Romeo and Juliet song (yeah, I know that’s not the real name) – dang. DANG!! That was one of the more romantic dances I’ve seen on this show. I love Taylor and I’ve loved this song (ear worm for real) since I first heard it – but she was having an off night and I was wondering if she caught Derek’s swine flu. I can’t rave enough for Cheryl, Tony, Maks, Edyta, Jonathan and Anna. Particularly Jonathan and Anna – they look absolutely gorgeous together. It’s funny – put Jonathan out there by himself and he looks the total dork…but put Anna next to him and they are simply sublime. Lordy. This pro dance made me a bit teary eyed – I am such a sap. But the costumes, the choreography – gads. Perfect. LOVED IT!!!!
I just love these little segments – yes, I am easily entertained sometimes. Call me crazy, but I am rooting for the sequined speedo. But then, I’ve had a glass of wine and my filter is gone. Seriously, the words “Derek” and “half naked” are words I can get behind. For that matter, I wish Mark and Melissa weren’t eliminated, because I can so see Mark in high heels. And I fear for Louis – Kelly has an evil streak that I love.
Regular readers know that I’m a hypocrite when it comes to paparazzi – I have a philosophical problem with what they do and how they make their living, yet occasionally I will use something they come up with. That said, nobody seems to mind Henry the Pap – he’s too cute and he’s NICE. So, if the celebs don’t mind, I’ll go with it.
Len MAKES this video – hilarious. OMG – cocktails or age? Little bit of everyone: Chelsie talking with gum in her mouth, Louis and Melissa being cute, Anna D. talking about her hair, Derek holding on to Joanna and his sister Marabeth and helping them across the street, Julianne, Kelly O, Louis, Jonathan and Anna T at the end.
ETA: If anyone is interested in seeing a few pictures from the party, they’re at PureDerekHough.
I threw that Season 8 in there because I found Gilles on E! News in a “European” swimsuit. Ahem. Yep, never voted for Gilles when he was on the show, but he is one hot hunk of man and he seems like a real sweetheart.
Donny and Kym on ET – Donny finds out that MJ’s kids are rooting for him. (Um, so what? They’re just KIDS! Geez. They’re kids I feel sorry for because of all the hype.)
Reality Chat Part 1 – DWTS Week 5 – Melissa Joan Hart talks to Sabrina and Rosie
I’m not going to post all of them, of course – they can all be found at TV Guides YouTube Page. I forgot to mention in my earlier post that there are a few bits that contain more Derek/Joanna and those are posted at PureDerekHough. (Scroll, scroll, I’m not doing multiple links because it’s Friday and I’m having beers.)
Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower! Cuteness cubed.
Here’s what I’m talking about with Mya and Dmitry – she looks at him at first, but then she’s totally apart from him and seems very cool. Everything she says seems very rehearsed. Maybe that’s not the real thing, but it doesn’t translate well. I’m afraid it could mean trouble down the line, when going up against Donny Osmond who, love him or hate him, exudes personality and vitality (and has a HUGE fanbase).
Again – THIS is the Donny Osmond I could get behind on the show. If he could just tone it down and not go all crazy and loud.
This video is titled Melissa Joan Exit – freudian slip? I’m sorry, I just don’t like this girl for some reason. Katrina? Don’t watch this one.
Oh, there was some good stuff in the results show last night, in addition to the MJ Tribute. I really liked the “behind the scenes of a Monday” bit – kinda cool. Sure, it was all set up, but I still enjoyed seeing it.
I’m normally a big Nora Jones fan, and I liked her performances – but I can’t say it’s the best I’ve seen her:
LOVED Jonathan and Anna T’s dance to this song. Gorgeous.
Here’s a video of all the pre-tribute discussion from the pros and the Jackson family that I don’t think I posted before:
This was such a fun week of Latin dances!!!! I absolutely adore the paso doble and the Argentine tango because their fierce, sexy, powerful, and aggressive! Not to mention…HOT COSTUMES!!!! I loved Natalie’s homage to the USA, Karina and Aaron’s fiery red attire, Kym’s racy black dress, Lacey’s very Karina like ruby dress, and how could you not love Kelly and Louis’ outfits :) Now for the good, the bad, & the incredibly hot!!!! Any guesses
Aaron and Karina finally made the comeback we were all waiting for…well at least, I was waiting for! It was so nice to see him as a ‘men’ rather than a wild ‘boy’ from the past two weeks! His technique this week was outstanding but the only thing that got was his wrists! For instances, at the beginning of the dance when he has his hands behind his back, his wrists need to be tighter and fingers together. But it’s just a little thing
All the dancers did a good job this week so it was hard deciding who to put in the bad stop but I’m going to have to go with Anna and Michael again this week. I just can’t get down with these two. I don’t know what it is about them but I will say Anna’s choreography was MUCH better this time around!
THE INCREDIBLY HOT
The only pair that I thought would fit here is Chelsie and Louie because of their chemistry. I think these dance very well together and this weeks scores did not do them justice. I understand what the judges mean when they say Louie walks instead of dances. However, for the Argentine Tango, I think Louie was right on with the slow steps, long strides, and ankle flicks! The dance itself could have been sexier but I think Chelsie is playing hard to get with Louie
Several of the entertainment shows had DWTS stories that I’ve not previously posted – I’m sure I’ll have more tomorrow too. It never ends. Latest on Derek for those not following on Twitter – Joanna says that Derek wants to dance on Monday, but it’s still very much up in the air, because he’s still sick. I personally think he should take the day off and rest, but he is 24 and male, so what are the odds he’ll listen to me?
E! News from Wednesday, October 14, 2009. There is a second E! News Video at Pure Derek Hough.
Entertainment Tonight pimping Donny Osmond (again), and he talks about his broken toe. Also Mya and Dmitry.
Extra from October 15, 2009 – Randall Christensen, Chuck Liddell, Joanna Krupa, Derek Hough and Michael Irvin:
Extra from 10-13-09 – Donny Osmond again, plus others.
After catching up on last nights dwts, I am left baffled. I can’t pinpoint what is disappointing me at the moment but it was a weird night, I feel like. I didn’t enjoy the country two-step. I thought the couples that did the dance, danced it to the best of their abilities and had fun with it but I don’t think the dance fits with DWTS at all. My favorite was Chelsie and Louie…who doesn’t love those two
I kind of like the Charleston. I get that it is a 20s dance and everyone that danced it really got into character. I think Mark’s choreography was brilliant and it fit Melissa to a tee! I LOVED kim’s outfit! There’s nothing better than a red flapper dress with a matching head piece!
I liked the Bolero….nothing really stood out to me except that it was really, really slow. My favorite was Alec and Natalie! I really enjoy watching Natalie. I don’t know what it is about her but she’s amazing and she looks amazing when she dances…..minus her arms! But I’m sure Alec will fix them in the weeks to come!
I kind of liked the lambada. It was sexy and fun and Derek was shirtless so what else could you ask for! I didn’t like Joanna’s dress though…the fringe was too long and I would have liked to see the color more vibrant!
Overall, though, none of the styles really WOWED me…but I am excited to get back to the paso doble next week :) So here we go for this weeks….
I debated between Natalie and Mya for this spot because they both danced beautifully and nailed their choreography! However, I am going to go with Natalie because part of the reason that I love her is that dancing doesn’t come natural to her. I love seeing her progression from week to week and I thought this week her footwork was outstanding! Her arms kill me every week but with Bruno pointing it out the way he did I’m sure it’ll get fixed
I don’t have that many things to say about Michael and Anna except that there just isn’t any chemistry between the two of them. I know this is Anna’s first season on the show but I agree with the judges that she is not putting enough dancing into the routines. Maybe it’s because Michael can only do so much…that wouldn’t surprise. But I think she can put a few more elements in there!
THE INCREDIBLY HOT
Joanna and Derek…hands down! Who did not love that dance! I loved that he was shirtless :) Most of all, you could tell that they were having such a great time! Derek always has the most amazing choreography and Joanna picks up on it quickly. She performs very well and I can’t wait to see what they bring for the weeks to come!
The Washington Post is doing it’s usual hatchet job on numbers and math. Does it really matter if ratings are down if you’re beating your competition? Last I looked, DWTS was winning it’s time slot. This is kinda like saying “Obama’s approval rating is sinking!!” when he’s still well above 50% and the republicans are in the teens. Does it matter?? Anyway, shoddy reporting rant over. Here’s an excerpt of their somewhat interesting story.
the producers of “Dancing With the Stars” drop a brick on Tom DeLay’s feet when he became the show’s main story line and they saw where the ratings were heading?
DeLay resigned from “Dancing With the Stars” on Tuesday — and not a minute too soon as viewers continued to bail out in record numbers. Despite the best efforts of fellow washed-up-celebrity dancer Donny Osmond — efforts that included making out on-camera with the show’s judge Bruno Tonioli while Bruno yelled at him to “come over to the dark side!” — the popular dance competition series had turned into a medical soap opera about DeLay and his stress-fractured feet.
Every night it was on (“Dancing” airs Monday and Tuesday nights), it was:
Will Tom DeLay’s injuries prevent him from dancing?
Will one or two of our stars be leaving tonight? We’ll update you on the condition of Tom DeLay when we come back.
As the Fractured DeLay Feet drama became the main story line of the new season, viewers started their exodus.
Monday’s performance show attracted the smallest audience on record for a fall edition’s third performance episode. And Tuesday’s results show suffered the smallest audience on record for any regularly scheduled episode of the program in its entire history. This is the ninth edition of “Dancing With the Stars.”
And yet, DeLay continued to survive to dance another week because people were voting for him, leading to ruminations that people were voting for DeLay weren’t actually suffering through his performances each week.
Goodness knows the show’s three professional dance-competition judges didn’t want him to keep returning. Each week, he was awarded either the fewest votes by the judges or the second-fewest votes.
But in “Dancing,” the judges votes are combined with “viewer” votes, and the celebrity whose overall tally is smallest gets the old heave-ho.
“As long as people out there want to keep us on the show, it doesn’t matter what the judges say,” DeLay noted cynically on Tuesday’s show.
Entertainment Tonight on Debi and Tom’s exits:
The Insider has a video about Tom Delay, and it asks the question if there should be an age limit on DWTS. Some of the text is below. Visit the site to see the video.
Dancing with the Stars’” oldest competitor of the season, Tom DeLay, resigned from the show Tuesday night due to stress fractures in both of his feet. “The Insider”‘s Samantha Harris asked the stars and pros if an age limit should be imposed on the show.
Dancers responded with a unanimous, “No.” Mark Ballas said, “Dancing has no age.”
Past “Dancing” competitors have been older than DeLay and avoided injury. Louis Van Amstel recalled, “Priscilla [Presley] was 62. She did it. It was no problem.” Anna Trebunskaya posed the question, “Cloris Leachman did it for how many weeks and she was 80-something years old?”
Donny Osmond is sad to see DeLay exit the show because, he realized, “I’m now the oldest dancer.” He joked, “It doesn’t matter. I dance like a 15-year-old.”
One of the youngest competitors this season, Louis Vito, projected that, “When I’m old, I don’t want anyone telling me what to do.” He continued, “Age is a number. Who’s going to tell you that you’re old or young?”