Dancing With The Stars in Argentina has been off the hook this summer from what we keep hearing from @@isaiasalvez at twitter and dancing fans at Carlos’ Dancing With The Stars BR Facebook page. Two disabled contestants have touched hearts with their talent and amazing attitudes. Contestant Reinaldo Ojedaonly only has one leg and Aiyelen Barreiro has down syndrome. You can watch them in the videos below. Are they not amazing?!! Proof positive that when you make up your mind to do something and no matter what conditions, a person can do anything. To Reinaldo Ojedaonly and Aiyelen Barreiro! Carlos and Isaia, thanks for the heads up and keep us posted!!
ADDING: PureDWTS reader Lucas, tells us dwarf Noelia Pompa is also back to defend her title on Dancing With The Stars Argentina. You might remember Carlos telling us about her and her amazing journey last season. If not, see this inspiring and fun previous posting.
Guys, It’s with great pleasure that I write you to once again to say that Noelia and her partner Hernan Piquín won Bailando 2011! I haven’t watched all their final performances yet, but I’ve read some reviews and with “a little help from my friends”, I’m going to tell you how it went. Are you ready? Let’s go!
Well, let me start saying that this week was a little insane. There were 3 nights of dancing. Four couples danced for the two spots in the final. As I’ve mentioned on a previous post, Bailando debuted May, 17th, with 30 couples. Six of them gave up and were replaced.
On Monday, Dec. 19th, Noelia and Piquin danced the semifinal against Patrícia “Coki” Ramírez and Juan Leandro Nimo. The rhythms: Cumbia, Adagio Latino, Cha cha cha and Árabe.
The other semifinal was on Tuesday, Dec. 20th, with Paula Chaves and Paulo Juin against Héctor “Tito” Speranza and Nadia Hair. Rhythms: Cuarteto, Adagio de Novela, Disco and Axé. Winners: Tito and Nadia.
The final aired this past Thursday (December, 22th). The couples had to dance four times on the same day: Reggaeton, Adagio, Pop Latino and Electro Dance.
Note: both in the semifinals and finals, the couples just repeat the routines they had danced on earlier weeks.
The finals (and the semifinals) went like this: the five judges picked the best couple on each rhythm. The rhythm winner couple gets one point. The audience winner of the night earns 4 points, and then elimination takes place.
Noelia and Piquín won Reggaeton, Adagio and Electro Dance. Tito won Pop Latino. It gives you 3 X 1. Our dear Dwarf lady earned more 4 points from the 52.59% from audience vote against 47.41% Tito earned. Noelia was named the winner! =] Roughly 1,100,000 people voted via internet and text messages.
Do you remember when I mentioned that the original name of Bailando is “Bailando por un Sueño” and it means Dancing for a Dream? Well, Noelia was the dreamer of the couple and her dream was to buy a van to help the Escuela Especial de Pampa Del Infierno transport the children with special needs. If Tito had won, he’d have liked to build a sports court to the Club 2 de Abril de Misiones, who helps kids that live on the streets. Fortunately, a Volkswagen executive helped Noelia and the Governor of Misiones helped Tito. In the end Showmatch gave an extra $100,000 pesos (roughly 25,000 USD) to help Noelia’s charity.
More random notes: Noelia is a singer and entertainer. She had this dream to be on Bailando since a long time and she cried a lot when they announced that she’d be in during a popular TV Show. She never get the bottom 4 and never ever used the fact she is a dwarf to get votes. She was the second best avarage, losing just to Cinthia Fernandes who left the competition two dances/nights (not weeks) before the semifinal. Hernán Piquín is one of the greatest ballet dancers of Argentina. As the winners, they are automatically invited to be on next season of Bailando to defend their title. A lot of “stars”/couples always returns to Bailando; some of them had been on the show like twice before… In Bailando we don’t have clearly the figure of the “star” and the “pro”, but the “dreamer” and the pro or something equivalent. The pro doesn’t choreograph the dance: each couple has its own choreographer (you may see them when the two finalists receive their trophies). Tito was one of the bodyguards of TV personality (or something like that) Ricardo Fort, grandson of the founder of Feltfort Chocolate Company. How did he get to Bailando? I HAVE NO IDEA!!!! (So we blame Bristol Palin… LOL) Well, I haven’t seen many of his dances, but the news mentioned Tito was the most improved guy on competition and has a great personality.
Thanks again to my friend Renata and all the brazilian DwtS fans crew. =]
Do you recall in last season’s off season when PureDWTS reader Carlos Lustosa updated us on Dancing With The Stars in Argentina? He kept us up to speed on Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood’s dancing. He also introduced us to some of the other cool dance talents at the time which you can read about here again if you like. Now Carlos is back to give us more fun updates on Dancing With The Stars in Argentina which is continueing to stun audiences. Note the differences in how they do Dancing With The Stars in Argentina versus how they do the show in the United States. You’ll also notice they get a little more …uhhh “risque” (is this a good word to describe? ) in their dancing. It’s quite interesting and Carlos has this special way of taking us up, close, and personal. Enjoy and be sure to watch all the videos he’s attached. If you are like myself, it will be well worth your time especially if you are a lover of dance in general and how other cultures influence it, etc. Feel free to tell Carlos your thoughts and ask any questions if you have any. Carlos, from all of us at Pure Dancing With The Stars, we thank you for taking the time to update and report on the show from Argentina for us and we can’t wait for you to tell us how the competition turns out. So, without further ado, here’s Carlos….
Argentinean DwtS Brings More Than Just Dance To The Floor
Hello guys, I’m Carlos, a Brazilian fan of DwtS, but I’m here to talk about the Argentinean version of the show we love. Some of you may have read the comments I wrote that became posts that Vogue published about Bailando, when I talked about Pamela Anderson’s participation and some peculiarities about this show, that is, at fact, a part of the Showmatch, a variety TV show with a tone we call “Popularesco” – which would be geared towards the masses and the content would be full of innuendos… well, think “Jersey Shore”). This said, let’s talk about the dance they do in Argentina. Así se baila en Bailando:
Well, the show premiered on May 17th and will end in a couple weeks from now. Yes. Almost eight months. Do you think it’s too much? Wait till you learn that there are 36 couples who compete during the entire season. 30 couples started, 6 quit (Pamela Anderson and Mike Tyson, amongst them) and were replaced. There was a gay actor paired with a male pro, a “couple” that consisted of two sisters, and one of the celebs is a dwarf lady (my favorite dancer!). Now, the dances: there are a lot of them, of course, some of them as crazy as it can be, and many are very “freestyled”. In fact, some aren’t really a style of dance but named after a prop that you have to use while you are dancing. I’m going to list below the styles the couples danced this season and the huge, and when I say huge I mean HUGE, list of the dances that have appeared on the show during its seven seasons. As example, I’ll try to use the videos of my favorite contestant, the Dwarf singer, Noelia Pompa, and her partner Hernán Piquin. Now, tell me: isn’t she incredible? =]
Note: As David Arquette joked on Jimmy Kimmel about the steamy flavor the Argentinean version of DwtS has, some videos are – how can I say? – NOT kid-friendly, and NOT suitable for work. =p (I’ll let you know which ones)
1- Pop Latino – No big deal here. It’s a freestyle dance to a latin/latin-singer song.
2- Cha Cha Cha
3- Adagio – Similar to Rumba because it’s slow and romantic, but it’s more like freestyle. And you are allowed to do lifts.
4- Axé – This is when Pamela Anderson quit. Axé is a Brazilian street dance that may be similar to aerobics and, traditionally, it’s danced as the song ask you to do some moves. Example: “Put the hands on your knees, get down, shake your booty, etc).
5- Reggaeton – Puerto Rican hip hop
6- Cumbia – Remember Cuban salsa, which is different from the salsa in line (the sisters Escudero. Starts at 3:50) NOT kid-friendly, and NOT suitable for work! but very creative.