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DWTS 15 All-Stars: The Great “Previous Dance Experience” Debate – Pam Anderson Edition

You know the drill by now, kids – go here if you want to see the previous editions of this series.  I’ve got 2 more editions to get through after this, and very little time to do it in before the premiere :-P

For Pam’s best dance, I picked her famous “9 to 5″ quickstep:

And for her worst dance, I picked her waltz:

I’ll be honest: I don’t think Pam is a GREAT dancer.  I’d even go so far as to say that, besides Kelly & Bristol, she is probably one of the weaker dancers this season.  But there is something about her that is just so FUN to watch – she may have been totally missing steps and getting off-time in that quickstep, but to see her bobbing around and smiling so big and having a great time doing it, I was mesmerized.  Ditto for any of her other dances – she got so into the character of her cha-cha, foxtrot, rumba, paso doble, and Argentine tango that it didn’t seem to matter as much to me if she was wobbling awkwardly or missing steps.  She was just fun to watch.  That’s not to say that I was completely able to overlook her snafus, though – on the whole, I really liked Pam, but she always struck me as a bit of a stiff mover, even though she was really quite flexible.  And when she wasn’t able to completely connect to the character of her dance (such as in her waltz), she seemed to look a bit aloof and lost.  Her waltz, while not technically bad, just felt bland and chilly to me.  I get the feeling that she’s someone whose performance hinges greatly upon playing a character – and if she can’t really play one, she’s just kinda…there.

Now unlike some of her cohorts this season, Pam has actually done something in the past year to hone her dance skills that I think may come in handy.  As Vogue (and reader Carlos) reported last summer, Pam competed on the Argentine version of DWTS,  Bailando por un Sueño, with Damian – here they are doing what looks to be a paso doble:

Granted, they did withdraw in week 4, but I still say that any contestant this season that has somehow managed to do some dancing within the last year or so (even better if they did more ballroom) is probably going to have at list a little bit of a leg up on those who haven’t danced at all since their original season.

Court’s verdict: Pam’s not the strongest dancer, but I do think she’s fun to watch – and that could keep her around for at least a little while.  Bonus points if she can connect well to both the dance and her partner.

What do you guys think of Pam? Is she going to stick around awhile…or be out early, as she was in the Argentine verison of the show?

 

September 19, 2012 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

DWTS All Stars, The Premiere – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Wow. Season 15 already! Can’t believe it. I wish they would draw dances out of a hat, and their dance order out of a hat as well, since I already see signs of some getting dances that favor them and others…not so much.

Everyone is dancing either Foxtrot or Cha Cha Cha. Sabrina’s challenge will be Foxtrot, so of course she gets Cha Cha. The reverse is true, possibly, for Drew and Foxtrot – meaning that he would also be a strong Cha Cha-er so he got Foxtrot. Good to see Kirstie get a Foxtrot, though, since all I remember about Kirstie is Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha.  And a lot of talking.

Keep your eyes on this post…in the coming weeks we’ll be adding phone numbers, songs and dance order, as we get them (if we get them). I’m going to go out on a limb and bet that they give Shawn the Foxtrot (they already have one petite blonde doing a cha cha), Joey a Cha Cha (cuz the other boy bander is doing a foxtrot), and the rest?? Foxtrot, I think, because we already have five Cha Chas, six if I’m right about Joey.

ETA: Thanks Court, for the screenshot showing twitter, where Apolo blurted out his song for Cha Cha – dang, lucky, lucky, lucky.  He’s going to be memorable with that song.

ETA2: Thanks, Vogue, for finding the video where Tristan says they’re dancing Cha Cha. :-)  Hmmm…good choice for Pam too, I’m thinking.

ETA3: Told you Shawn was dancing Foxtrot. :-D

ETA4: Finally, confirmation of the last two dances!

ETA5: Looks like Helio & Chelsie have finished camera blocking & know their running order position…which is probably not such a good one.  Then again, it may not matter too much this season…who knows.  -Court-

ETA6: As soon as I walk away from the computer, Tony tweets that he & Melissa are going 6th.  C’mon, guys, I need to get ready for date night with the bf! -Court-

ETA7: Heidi’s back!! And Gilles got a decent number!!

ETA8: What the hell?? Kelly and Val get 11?? WHY? Maybe they don’t want them gone too soon?

ETA9: Running order may not matter for most, but 3rd isn’t a good spot for Sabrina, I wouldn’t think.

ETA10: Does Cheryl have it written into her contract that she must get the pimp spot every season or what?? I can understand Kirstie’s order…but Emmett??

ETA11: Here comes the music!!  And really, I would have given Apolo the number 1 slot with that song. Hmm.

ETA12: Hmmmm…now I wonder if it’s actually going to be Apolo & Karina at the top of the 2nd hour. -Court-

ETA13:  Huh. Pimp spot AND a fantastic song. Really, people, tell me what’s in her contract??

ETA14: Another song that makes you go “whuuut?”

ETA15: Pam and Tristan, Mark and Bristol! Finally we know their placement. ~Vogue

ETA16: Serious, TPTB, Adele as a foxtrot?? It ain’t the judges smoking crack this season. At least Melissa’s song is pretty neutral.  And Derek as the last holdout confirming his dance order? Why am I not surprised? Still feeling pangs of twitter aversion?? :-)

ETA17: Apparently Derek overcame his Twitter aversion and finally confirmed that he & Shawn are, indeed, going 2nd…in other news, fire is hot and water is wet. ;-) -Court-

ETA18: Special thanks to reader Glauber for the heads up on Bristol & Sabrina’s songs 8-) Very nice catch! The music department must have a sense of humor, considering they gave Bristol a song called “Blow Me”.  *snicker*

Joey/Kym – Cha Cha Cha (Song: P.Y.T. by Michael Jackson P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) - The Essential Michael Jackson)
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September 15, 2012 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS “Who Wore it Better”? – The Pre-Season 15 All-Star Edition, Part II!

So at long-last, we have EVERYONE’s pictures, since Kirstie & Sabrina’s were released last week.  We can definitely see the chosen color pattern for this season was blue, purple, and various shades of black, white, and silver - and after going through all these pictures with a fine-toothed comb, I can see that the costume department has been extra busy hacking apart, dying, and generally futzing around with pretty much any costume they can get their hands on.  The few costumes that seemed to escape the carnage probably could have stood to be altered a bit…needless to say, I’m becoming progressively less impressed with the costumes as the post-Randall seasons wear on.  Randall, are you out there? If so, can you please come back and slap the clowns in the costume department across the face with a raw trout and tell them to quit acting a fool? :-(

Anywho, if you’d like to repeat the magic of part I, you can check it out here.  And be kind, kids – this particular edition was an absolute betch to put together.  :-P

Battle of the black, see-through lace asymmetrical dress with silver bra/season 3 Emmitt & Cheryl vs. season 15 Emmitt & Cheryl: Emmitt & Cheryl’s season 3 promo photo vs. Emmitt & Cheryl’s season 15 promo photo vs. Cheryl’s cha-cha with Chris in season 12

Courtney: This one had me stumped for the longest time – and as I found with a lot of the costumes in this half of the pre-season 15 edition, I just happened to stumble upon the ditto whilst looking for other stuff :-P Praise the lord for happy accidents! Anywho, I think what throws me in Emmitt & Cheryl’s all-star promo photo is that he seems very laid back and happy-go-lucky – and she’s giving us this smoldering sexpot look.  Needless to say, there is a bit of a disconnect – which is why I like their season 3 promo photo better.  And I actually like her dress in her cha-cha with Chris better than I thought – maybe the pearls make it seem less…skankalicious.  :-P And the tousled hair with the tinsel was a fun touch.

Heidi: Heh – their promo has cognitive dissonance written all over it. :-)  I also like the version in the dance with Chris and I can’t quite put my finger on why.  You’re probably right about the pearls – but they are also very odd, considering the underlying style of the dress.  Just all around weirdness. :-)  I, too, liked Cheryl before her Kardashianification.  Clearly spending too much time with those girls, she is. :-)

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

Pamela Anderson Makes Appearance And Dances On TV Show In Brazil

Doesn’t Pam look fantastic? This week she made an appearance on a Brazil TV Show called “Caldeirão do Huck”. According to PureDWTS reader Lucas, she did some dancing and mostly sung a version of “Girl From Ipanema”. You can view more pics of her at the Daily Mail. A teaser for what’s to come for the US version of Dancing With The Stars. Go Pam! It’s going to be fun to see her dance again and I hope she does really good.

Thanks Lucas for the correction and filling us in.

September 14, 2012 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

J.R. Martinez Picks His Winners For The All Star Season of Dancing With The Stars (Video)

On Entertianment Tonight, Season 13 champ J.R. Martinez makes some predictions for the Dancing With The Stars All Stars season. He says Derek Hough and Shawn Johnson are going to be “sick”. He also thinks Apolo Ono is going to be good and same with Gilles Marini. He likes Sabrina Bryan, but, he’s going with Helio Castroneves or Shawn Johnson to win it. Apolo and Karina will be third cut. Below is more. See if you don’t agree with him? It’s great to see him again too. Stay tuned J.R. fans! He’ll be running in the New York City Marathon on November 4

September 13, 2012 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

ABC Releases New Promos For More Of DWTS All Star Couples (Videos)

Sweet! I’m loving the new promos ABC has released for the Dancing With The Stars All Star season far. And now they’ve released new promos for Tony & Melissa, Val and Kelly, Bristol and Mark, Cheryl and Emmitt, Drew and Anna, Apolo and Karina, and Chelsie and Helio. You can view what they’ve released at Dancing With The Stars Facebook here. They may add more, so keep checking back. ;)

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

More Photos Of Stars Arriving For Dancing With The Stars 15 Rehearsals And Taking Breaks

The Daily Mail has a feature up on some of the stars of Dancing With The Stars arriving to rehearsals and taking a break. Here are just a few pictures today of Kelly Monaco and Kym Johnson (gorgeous as always) in Los Angeles and Cheryl Burke in Dallas (I don’t know why, and not that I have issues with it, but, I’m shocked to see her smoking). You can see more pics at the link. I Need My fix has some as well of some of the other celebs. Be sure to see lots of fun takes of Derek and Shawn at Pure Derek Hough as well as Miss Heidi delivers. :D

September 12, 2012 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Pamela Anderson’s Mother Is So Excited For DWTS All Stars, Fan Homage To The Show

USA Today interviewed Pamela Anderson. As you know, she’s vowed off men for the Dancing With The Stars All Stars season. However, Tristan isn’t making that an easy vow to keep. And did you know Pam’s mother hoped she’d get Tristan as a partner? So cute! More below including Pam’s plans of taking Tristan to Rio. Be sure to read the link for more.

Ironically, it was Anderson’s mother Carol who was originally the fan of MacManus, the thick-accented professional dancer from Bray, County Wicklow. MacManus has danced with Nancy Grace and singer Gladys Knight in previous seasons of DWTSand earned instant heartthrob status with his charm and looks.

“We were talking about partners and it was my mother who said, ‘I hope you get Tristan, because he’s sexy. You’ll like him.’ ” says Anderson. “And here I am. (My mother) is so excited. She’s coming to the first show.”

Anderson is off to Rio Wednesday with MacManus along for the ride. “I’m going to take my sweaty Irishman down there,” she laughs, pointing out that it’s a work visit.

But it doesn’t stop her from dreaming. “I’m 45 he’s 30. But maybe that’s how it’s supposed to be,” says Anderson, before catching herself. “Not good. Not good.”

12 more days, All!! I’m with Pam’s Mom. I’m excited. Speaking of, enjoy this awesome homage to the new season by PureDWTS reader Linde this morning!! This is too fun. See if you don’t agree…

And to prove the point, my traditional (does the fifth time out count as tradition?) homage to the season, with a hefty nod to Freddie Mercury:

Joey has danced
night after night
Melissa is ready
and committed to fight
Kirstie and Pam
Apolo too
have had their share of sand kicked on their shoes
and all came through

These are the All Stars – my friends
and Shawn keeps on dancing – ’til the end
these are the All Stars
these are the All Stars
no time for Bristol
’cause these are the All Stars… on the floor

Helio’s had time
and Kelly as well
to know that life and living and everything that goes with it
all goes to hell

Sabrina’s returning
in redemption shoes
Drew considers it a challenge, but rise to it he will
while Gilles prays not to lose

These are the All Stars – my friends
and Emmitt will keep dancing – ’til he’s spent
these are the All Stars
these are the All Stars
no time for hoofers
’cause these are the All Stars – my friends

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Times, New App, And New Voting Information For Dancing With The Stars All Star Season

ABCMedia Net has posted an official release that mentions the date and time of the show. They’ve also released some new information on “voting”. Note how fans will be able to vote at the official Dancing With The Stars Facebook account with a custom Facebook app. With the custom app, fans will be able to watch the Dancing With The Stars After Party and more as well. Details below and at the link. Thanks to Heidi and Pure Derek Hough for the heads up.

Also new this year, in addition to voting online at ABC.com, fans can now vote on Facebook www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars. A custom Facebook app sponsored by AT&T will let fans vote, share whom they voted for and why, as well as see whom friends voted for. They can also access the “After Party: Dancing with the Stars” live stream, the “DWTS” Social Buzz page and the AT&T Spotlight Performance and Casting Call from the app.

Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (“Dancing with the Stars” Season Seven Champion), “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” premieres MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) followed by the premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba all return with the following celebrity contestants: Kirstie Alley, Pamela Anderson, Sabrina Bryan, Helio Castroneves, Joey Fatone, Shawn Johnson, Drew Lachey, Gilles Marini, Kelly Monaco, Apolo Anton Ohno, Bristol Palin, Melissa Rycroft and Emmitt Smith.

13 more days, Everyone!

September 11, 2012 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Tristan MacManus Says “So Far, So Good” On DWTS All Star Rehearsals With Pamela Anderson

We haven’t seen much of Tristan MacManus and Pamela Anderson being she has been travelling, but, here they are below arriving for rehearsals yesterday thanks to PopTVDotCom. Tristan says, “So far, so good” when he’s asked about their dancing. They ask Pam if dancing is easier the second time around and she says, “Not yet”. You can view more fun takes of them at the Daily Mail too today.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.