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!
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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.
Tonight’s episode had a little bit of a shock too it, but we’re still a couple episodes from the real shocking eliminations. However, what I think is impressive is that Dancing with the Stars was able to get a big name like Shakira on the show. Granted 14 million viewers and probably a chunk of cash will convince a lot of performers to come on the show.
Since I’m always listing the music from the show, Shakira performed “Did It Again” and “Hips Don’t Lie” with the Shakira dancers. I think I prefer when they use the pro ballroom dancers myself.
I have to admit that I thought Chuck’s teddy bear quality and also the UFC fan base would have carried him through a little farther. I guess UFC doesn’t really get into ballroom dancing. Although, it’s not revealing anything when I say that the NFL (Michael Irvin) has a bit larger audience than the UFC.
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!
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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!
Lots of Media, with a bit of variety too!! Well, only a little. First up, E! News from last Monday:
E! News on the eliminated couples, Melissa Jaret Winokur as the correspondent:
Chuck Liddell on Entertainment Tonight
The fallout from Aaron being a bonehead, on Extra!! Dmitry – still not good on the communication front.
More from Extra – Ashley Hamilton is the special correspondent. Paula Abdul is weird. Watch for Derek holding her in place at one point, and keep an eye on Debi Mazar’s face in the background.
Extra again – Heh, Derek says “dry humping”.
The Insider – this show has a new, panel format that I think I kinda like. Mainly because of this segment – I don’t agree with the guy who is arguing for an age limit, but I like how he seems to “win” his argument. :::crickets:::
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?”
Last night I was all kinds of weird with a little bit of fun! Len is starting to drive me crazy….his judging and critiques are all over the place. I wonder what he sees when the pros & celebs dance! Whatever it may be he’s still part of the crazy judging panel that ranks/scores our precious dancers!
At least the costumes were on point! I absolutely LOVED Chelsie’s dress and Louie’s latin hair Natalie sparkled in her outfit and Melissa made quite the comeback from last weeks polka dots! Debi was a little out there but out of all the outfits, that being the worst, not such a bad night!
Now on to the good, the bad, and the incredibly hot!!
Mya and Dmitry are so darn cute together but I really wish they had more chemistry! I don’t know what is holding Mya back from fully committing herself to Dmitry but I hope they figure it out because her technique is AMAZING!
For once I’m not even tempted to put Tom Delay in this spot! But it’s Michael Irvin this week…I think he wants it but the samba got the best of him this week. He fell out of the dance a couple of times and never could recover.
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I had to watch Chelsie and Louie’s rumba several times because it was so hot!! Now, he doesn’t have the best technique but chemistry is what sells and boy do he and Chelsie have chemistry! And the kiss in the middle of the dance…so cute I think they deserved a higher score but I’m sure they’ll surprise us again next week!!!!
Team Spirit: Oscar-nominated actor Mickey Rourke strolled into the ballroom Tuesday night. Seated in the front row, Rourke was there to cheer on pal Chuck Liddell. “He’s a friend of mine,” Liddell said. “I hope he had a good time here. I think he’s going to try to make it back in one of these times to see me dance.” The other big excitement in the ballroom happened before the show began. As he often does, warm-up entertainer Corey Almeida invited audience members to do some dancing of their own on the ballroom floor. Nearly 100 people jumped at the opportunity. When The Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.” came on, Michael Irvin,Tony Dovolani, Schwimmer and Chmerkovskiy helped him lead the masses. Now that’s team spirit!
Meanwhile, Tom and Sam announced Debi Mazar and Maks as the other of the ”bottom two” couples. What?! They so rarely announce the real bottom two that this seems suspicious. But you can’t argue with the English language (unless Bruno is speaking it), so yeah, Tom DeLay is officially more popular with the DWTS audience than Debi and Maksi. Louie Vito and Chelsie, by the way, were announced as ”in jeopardy” along with Debi/Maks and Kathy/Tony, but that was just for show; they could be anywhere in the pack.
For this week’s encore: Surprise! Baz picked Mya and Dmitry’s jive. I thought for sure ABC would want to trot out the Muppets again. In fact, I think to level the playing field next week, one Muppet should descend the technicolor staircase with each couple except Aaron and Karina. The Swedish Chef for Mark, Big Bird for Joanna, a disapproving Sam the Eagle for Tom DeLay. Definitely Janice for Louie, as they seem to share a similar ”Far out!” vibe. And so on.
Two random but noteworthy points from last night: First, Tom’s improvised joke that ”Kym and Samantha kind of look like sexy Chia Pets, just a little” didn’t seem to go over as well on Planet Mirrorballus as it did on my sofa. Second, I’m so glad famous wrestler Mickey Rourke, who was in the audience to cheer on his fighter buddy Chuck Liddell, decided to don an open shirt and sparkly cap in an effort to seamlessly assimilate into the ballroom culture.
Interview with Baz Luhrmann. Cool dude.
Couple of Vids from George Pennachio at the ABC Affiliate in LA – this guy gives good interview. If you want to see them all, visit ABC7.com!
Buff Daddy: While most people drop weight on Dancing, pro Tony Dovolani has been packing on the pounds — nearly 20 — since the end of season 8 in May. Dovolani, whose twins turned one earlier this month, tells PEOPLE he’s in training for a role in the upcoming independent film Pumping Up. Shooting stars in December and Dovolani has been working out every day. “I eat like a horse, five or six times a day, and I drink protein shakes, I eat protein bars,” he says. “Right now I’m 192. Usually I’m at 175.” In the movie, Dovolani plays “a character getting ready for a bodybuilding competition. He’s an Italian guy from Queens.”
Scaredy Cats: The show’s opening number was quite the grand entrance as the eight male pros descended from the ceiling on scaffolding. “I was scared wreckless,” Alec Mazo confesses. Even tough guy Maksim Chmerkovskiy couldn’t wait to get his feet firmly on the ground. “I did not like that at all, and Mark [Ballas] was shaking and rocking the [scaffolding],” Chmerkovskiy says. “I am so glad that is over. Never again.”
Snack Attack: Since it was ladies’ night on the dance floor, the men were able to relax and watch the show. Sitting side-by-side, snowboarder Louis Vito and football pro Michael Irvin shared a bag of gummy worms. Even former politician Tom DeLay was spotted dropping a worm into his mouth. At one point, all the guys were munching on something. “Candy, gummy worms and peanut M&Ms, and cookies and Altoids,” says Vito of his evening snacks. “It’s like watching a movie. How can you watch a movie without something to eat?”
Say What?: The Grammy-award winning singer Macy Gray had everyone on their toes, even the producers. After her first turn on the dance floor, Gray was asked how she felt. “I feel like I just busted my cherry.” While viewers struggled to figure out what she said, the audience roared with laughter. Tom DeLay was spotted wiping away tears from laughing so hard. A source added that backstage was no different: “Everyone was laughing, from the designers to production assistants!”
Natalie Coughlin isn’t quite a household name, but as an Olympic medalist in swimming, she’s at least athletic — and she’s paired with Alec Mazo, who’s been looking for a good partner ever since winning with Kelly Monaco in the first season of the show. Alec first worked to cure her of her tendency to grimace angrily while competing, then went on to teach her the salsa. At times, Natalie seemed to have the hang of it, but her hips aren’t quite built for Latin dancing just yet. She’s coordinated and athletic, but she still tends to look like she’s working a little too hard.
Singer Macy Gray is dancing with the lovely and frequently challenged Jonathan Roberts (who handled Marie Osmond’s fainting spell and Heather Mills’ missing leg), and it’s pretty clear that this is not the year things get easier for him. Roberts called Macy “a little bit eccentric” from the beginning, and indeed, she seemed as out of her element as anyone the show has ever featured. Macy managed to walk around the floor in time with the music when it came time for her “Viennese waltz,” but that was about it. Carrie Ann called the performance “beautiful in its own bizarre way,” which was clearly the strongest praise she could muster.
Model Joanna Krupa and past winner Derek Hough look like a great team when they’re standing in line waiting for the show to start — so how do they look in motion? In spite of wearing what appear to be pants made from Big Bird pelts, Joanna looked good dancing. Hers was the first salsa that looked genuinely sexy (her model appearance, of course, doesn’t hurt), and she definitely looks like a competitor to watch.
Last up was Louis van Amstel and Kelly Osbourne, who’s a naturally sympathetic figure, given her wacky family and her obvious insecurities about her looks, weight, and whether she’s got any sex appeal at all. In fact, Kelly explained that it was her eagerness to try something more feminine that led her to the show. Her natural fear that she’d be hopelessly clumsy did not come true at all: she turned out to have a lovely smile, plenty of grace, and much more natural ability than anyone (especially Kelly herself) expected. Looking like a likely fan favorite because she’s both talented and an underdog of sorts, Kelly hugged her wildly excited and weepy famous parents and received very nice praise from the judges. It was an obviously genuine moment, and precisely the kind of thing that keeps people tuning in to the show.