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Dancing with the Stars Season 20, Week TWO – Let’s Discuss Tonight’s Show!! (Spoilers)

So, who will go home? Who will be in jeopardy? Will there be a real bottom two?? These questions and more, answered tonight on DWTS. :-)

More importantly, who will get the judges’ scorn and who will get pimped to high heaven?? Do we even need to ask these questions or is it a foregone conclusion? ;-)

Not a great dance from Chris, but not horrendous – thing I like about Chris is that he GOES for it. He really, really tries and he wants to do it.

At least I can handle the Tony and Suzanne wardrobe this week…vastly improved routine too, although I doubt any other celebs or pros will get away with that amount of fluff in the beginning and in the end.

I love Robert and Kym, that is all. :-)

LOL to Patti and Artem walking with Michael and Chris in Shades acting as body guards.

Aw, Charlotte, I love ya girl. And much better than last week. Amen to Julianne!

I liked Michael, but I liked his dance better last week.

“People are scared of us??” Well, Rumer, maybe you should be a bit scared. And humble. So, Len wants nmore recognizable Cha Cha but gives then an 8. This sounds familiar.

Vast improvement from Redfoo, but I don’t think I care for him at all. One point below Rumer?? Maybe he’s going home….

LOL…Mark is the perfect partner for Willow. And the 14 year old just did a pretty damn good AT.

Sharna is so beautiful. The hair/eye combo is amazing….and refreshing on this show.

I think Noah’s dance was also an improvement from last week!! But let’s not get carried away, Julianne.

Okay I’m crying. Wanna bet Nastia is next. They would put her after that.

Beautiful Rumba…beautiful. LOL Tom trying to skip CAI’s drama.

Who’s scared now, Rumer?? Watch your back for Willow and Nastia, hon.

Damn, Riker – well done. I’m impressed. Another contender.

OMG….I love Patti Labelle. The woman is COOL….

WhoooHOoooo Charlotte is safe!!

Chris and Witney are safe.

Redfoo is eliminated…it was NOT a real bottom two. Tryin’ to boost Suzanne’s votes a bit maybe….

March 23, 2015 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 Season 20 Week 2 Las Vegas Odds: Odds Makers Not Buying Pimp Job

The odds makers have placed their bets for week 2 of Dancing With The Stars Season 20 at Sports Bovada. Isn’t it interesting that Rumer and Val aren’t at the top? Even after all the pimping of them from the judges this past week and the media drinking the Kool Aid, the odds makers didn’t buy it. Ha!! Though if I was them, I would switch Rumer and Ryker. I’m shocked they have Willow so low. I’d put her more towards the top. Same with Redfoo. Take a look below and let us know what you think in comments. Read on to see what Miss Heidi and Court think too….

Nastia Liukin 6/5
Rumer Willis 5/1
Riker Lynch 6/1
Noah Galloway 7/1
Michael Sam 15/2
Robert Herjavec 10/1
Chris Soules 20/1
Patti LaBelle 20/1
Redfoo 33/1
Suzanne Somers 33/1
Willow Shields 33/1
Charlotte McKinney 50/1

Last week’s odds:

Nastia Liukin 2/1
Noah Galloway 4/1
Riker Lynch 7/1
Michael Sam 9/1
Charlotte McKinney 10/1
Patti LaBelle 12/1
Redfoo 12/1
Suzanne Somers 12/1
Willow Shields 12/1
Rumer Willis 16/1
Robert Herjavec 20/1

Heidi: Well, Rumer moved up, but only to 5/1 – and after all that pimpage she got! Going last, having the judges drool and proclaim her the winner…seems we weren’t the only ones who don’t buy it just yet. :-) Interesting that they have Nastia at 6/5 – I am still not convinced that she can win. Derek, after 5 wins, could choreograph 12 Emmy winning routines and still not win, plus they are pretty severely handicapped by being in NYC. Poor Nastia – Derek is a bit of an anchor with his track record and an audience who seems to think Pee-wee-baseball-everyone-gets-a-trophy is an acceptable way to hold a competition. Anyway, I think Michael is probably too low – and that Willow needs to be up with Robert. As for Noah, as much as I like him, I’m not so sure he’s going to finish as high as 4th place. It’s hard to say – Amy covered the inspiring territory, so do people expect him to dance as well as Amy? Are they inured to the injured? Is it different because he’s a veteran? Or did people even forget Amy was a double amputee because she was paired with Derek and did so well? What the general audience thinks is what will dictate how well he finishes. I don’t mean to sound callous…but people ARE callous as we saw with Amy. Of course, Amy threatened the precciousssssss….

Courtney: First off, an apology – these odds are late because of moi, as I was out-of-town this weekend and haven’t had a chance to even look at these until right meow. I guess my overall feeling about them, like my power rankings last week, is “Hmmm.” I find it interesting that the oddsmakers didn’t seem to buy into the OTT praise heaped onto Rumer, and the obvious “this could be your season!” subliminal messaging thrown at Val.  As I told Heidi & Vogue – I think the oddsmakers’ BS detectors have gotten quite a bit better-calibrated over the seasons, and they probably recognize by now that that pimping doesn’t always work (hello, Vajanel). But they DID seem to buy into the nonsense the judges threw Michael about his feet – honestly, I think his performance was the most underrated of last week’s dances, and he got an incongruous amount of nitpicking from the judges.  That’s what puzzles me the most, because I actually think Michael could be the biggest threat to the big 3 (Rumer, Riker, & Nastia) at the moment.  I also think they aren’t quite sure what to make of Noah just yet – demographically-speaking, he should be a big draw; but ability-wise, he’s no Amy right off the bat.  I think we’ll see them get a bit more decisive with his odds over the next few weeks, as we see what he’s actually capable of.

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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.

DWTS Season 20, Week 1 – Dancing by the Numbers

So sorry that this has been much delayed this week – I’m still trying to catch up from my whirlwind trip to New York City. If anyone cares, I saw Book of Mormon, New York Spring Spectacular (twice) and Wicked. All were tremendous. As I was telling someone on Twitter, Derek actually sings as much as he dances in this show and that was a real treat. Great voice on that boy.  My favorite line from the very sacrilegious Book of Mormon??  “Jesus thinks you’re a dick.”  OMG, I laughed and laughed and laughed. Read more..

March 22, 2015 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. :-)

Dancing With The Stars All Access Behind The Scenes Archive March 15 – 21, 2015

Below is an archive of the Dancing With The Stars All Access Rehearsals for Season 20 from March 15 – 21, 2015. Thnaks to Storm Viking for recording them all. If you haven’t watched them yet, be sure to check them out.

Rumer Willis & Val Chmerkovskiy 3/20/15… by dwtsrehearsals

Redfoo & Emma Slater 3/20/15 Rehearsal (DWTS) by dwtsrehearsals

Riker Lynch & Allison Holker 3/20/15 Rehearsal… by dwtsrehearsals

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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.

The Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Switch-Up Dance Is Coming Up In The Near Future

Just a quick heads up: The Switch-up Dance is coming sometime in the near future. The Dancing With The Stars Official site is starting to get the page ready. You can view it at this link. Note: They or the links, etc might not be fully ready yet. So, don’t panic if you can’t get anything to work or if something on the page disappears. They’ll have it ready when they officially announce when it will take place and when it’s officially time to vote. Thanks to @mintstate68 for keeping a close eye.

March 20, 2015 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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 20, Week TWO – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Here we go again!! In order to avoid being scooped, we giving you everything we have at once. Bah humbug!! :-) Yeah, that’s right. I wrote this BEFORE decided to spoil our fun yet again. What, we’re going to have to spoil the show on Monday nights now?? Bastards. ;-)

Who’s idea was the cute play on song title for Rumer?? I imagine hers, since I like it. :-) Also LOVE Willow’s song.

ETA: Check this tweet from Tommy B:

Chris and Witney – Cha Cha (Song: “Time of our Lives” by Pitbull)
Dancing 1st

Charlotte and Keo – Cha Cha (Song: “California Gurls” by Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dog)
1-855-234-5601 Read more..

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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. :-)

The Dancing Poetry Corner – As The Curtain Rises

I was sitting in my easy chair pondering my Week One Poem. Staring into the television screen, I had this vision of a giant golden curtain rising to the cheers of millions of Dancing With the Stars viewers. On the other side would be a rousing Opening Number performed by the entire cast. Please join me:

As The Curtain Rises

Debut of Tenth Anniversary
Season 20
Dancing With The Stars

The curtain rises to a reveal a Mandy Moore-tastic revue
A Memory Book Wall heralds the 10th Anniversary debut

The Opening, a resounding, resplendent dazzling delight
Beats of perfection to begin the magical, marvelous night

The ballroom was rocking, the atmosphere was a party feel
The cast ready to dance delivering diverse, dynamic appeal

The hosts, the judges, the audience clamored for the show
Season 20, a special, spectacular, sparkling, spirited glow

The Curtain Calls:

Curtain Call Number One
Willow and Mark – Cha-Cha-Cha

A lively delight, sophistication of youth
Sassy, refreshing, sparkling, bubbly
Effervescent like a bottle of Alka Seltzer

Curtain Call Number Two
Robert and Kym – Cha-Cha-Cha
A Shark Tank Troupe Assist

A Shark Tank attack, fabulous and fun
Cashing in with pizzazz, crispy, clean
Loaded with infectious energy and speed

Curtain Call Number Three
Riker and Allison – Jive

A rocking out, rousing, spirited revue
Full of speed, high-stepping, disco feel
Explosive, energetic, exciting display

Curtain Call Number Four
Charlotte and Keo – Jive
With a Dance Band

A shake-em-up, step-it-up showcase
Full of fun, energy, with a jive flair
With fast, flicky, kicky, leggy action

Curtain Call Number Five
Patti and Artem – Foxtrot

24 caret golden, glamorous, glittering
A gorgeous, graceful goddess, a legend
Exquisite excellence from an exceptional lady

Curtain Call Number Six
Chris and Witney – Jive

With a farmer’s flair, country boy charm
Fun, rough, rugged, full of charisma
A happy, snappy, hoe-down Hullabaloo

Curtain Call Number Seven
Michael and Peta – Cha-Cha-Cha

Full-on attack, as a football field of funky fun
Hippy, happy, gorgeous man flying across the floor
A smile as wide as an end-zone celebration

Curtain Call Number Eight
Nastia and Derek – Foxtrot
Broadway Revue with The Troupe

A flavor of flirtiness, with fantastic flair
Sweet and delicious like The Big Apple
Explosive, entertaining homage to New York

Curtain Call Number Nine
Redfoo and Emma – Cha-Cha-Cha
With A Juicy Assist by The Troupe

Jiggling, juicy, jubilant, jumping bean jive
Flavorful fun, a wiggly, jiggly show of speed
A Kolorful Kaliedoscope of Kicky Kamp

Curtain Call Number Ten
Noah and Sharna – Cha-Cha-Cha

A true testament of courage, strength, and beauty
Challenge of a champion, broadening scope of dance
Standing ovation of cheers, tears, a profound moment

Curtain Call Number Eleven
Suzanne and Tony – Cha-Cha-Cha
With a Thigh Master Assist from The Troupe

A gym-tastic, thigh-tastic master class
Colorful, contagious fun, ray of sunshine
An ageless, timeless, beautiful treasure

Curtain Call Number Twelve
Rumer and Val – Foxtrot

A technical triumph, intense and fierce
A vivacious vision, a dynamic, dynamite delight
Powerful, stylish, spectacular, sensational

The Curtain Calls met with resounding applause and cheers for all
10th Anniversary celebration debut now in the Memory Book Wall!

Written By Lois A Troutman, March 17, 2015

The 10th Anniversary Celebration now in the Memory Book Wall!
Next Monday Night the Celebration will have another Curtain Call!

March 18, 2015 I Written By

Resident DWTS Poet

Afterbuzz TV Reviews Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Week 1

Kristyn Burtt and the gang are back with their first Afterbuzz TV show of Dancing With The Stars Season 20. See if you agree or disagree with them and let us know in comments. I hope to watch it a little later….

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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.

Carrie Ann Inaba Blogs About The Premiere of Dancing With The Stars Season 20 And The “Most-Remembered”

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba has written her first blog for Dancing With The Stars Season 20 at Parade. Below are the couples who stood out the most to her and who she thinks will be the “most-remembered” for opening this season.

1. Rumer and Val Chmerkovskiy — Their foxtrot was uniquely passionate and intense. I loved the drama and her competitive drive. She didn’t just perform the steps beautifully, she performed them with a vengeance. As the other competitors came out on stage to get ready for their final marks, you could feel that they were all suddenly, re-thinking their approach.

2. Riker Lynch and Allison Hoker — Their jive was edgy and exciting. His musicality is incredible and he moves really well. It must be in the genes. (He is a cousin of Derek and Julianne Hough). But he’s got a cool skater style going on. It’s a different type of athleticism and way of moving. We haven’t had many on the show with his vibe. He’s precise but cool, appealing to the young girls, and his energy is contagious and effective. I’m looking forward to seeing him do a ballroom dance.

3. Patti LaBelle and Artem Chignintsev — There was something very special about her performance. Sometimes less is indeed more, and I think this dance was a perfect-pitched approach for the queen of soul. She really dazzled me with her presence and her poise. She was graceful and danced as if she was floating on air. I worry about the faster dances that will be coming up for her but she’s got the right attitude—“70 years young.” She is naturally gifted with beautiful musicality and an inherent grace.

4. Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess — Everyone remembers Amy Purdy, the inspirational double-leg amputee from season 18. Her amputations due to meningitis were so different than Noah, an Iraq war veteran who lost his left arm and leg serving our country. Without the ability to lead with the left hand or the ability to bend his left leg, Sharna faces big challenges in creating choreography that will excite us as judges while showcasing Noah’s strengths. Last night was an excellent example of just that. What stood out to me was his incredible balance and strength. His focus was mesmerizing. And you could feel his passion and determination. He has a special ability to be focused with power, not force. His power is quiet and grounded which draws you in. It will be fascinating to see what’s to come during his journey in the ballroom.

Everyone else showed a lot of promise but these four stood out to me. They are going to be the most-remembered dances of our season 20 opening night.

More at Parade.

My thoughts: To each his own, but, how could Derek and Nastia not be on her list? They were show stopping in my opinion. Oh well….

March 17, 2015 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.

PureDWTS Season 20, Week 1 – Power Rankings

Hmmmm.  I guess that’s the best way to sum up the feelings I’m left with after watching last night’s show…just “hmmmm”.  Ok, I guess I’ll go with the positives, first: loved the new opening credits.  Definitely an improvement from the trippy kaleidoscopic intros of years past, or the complete lack of opening credits the past few years.  I also thought all the celebs gave it their best shot – there were no D.L. Hughley’s or Master P’s that were out there not even trying.  Even if some of them kinda missed the mark – I applaud everyone for sticking with it and not phoning it in. The costuming was a positive, too – I actually found myself liking quite a bit of it (major props to Kym, Sharna, & Witney, who all looked spot-on last night!)

Aaaaand the negatives – I guess the big one for me was the scoring.  I’m happy to be wrong about the judges whipping out the “9” paddles in a fit of excitement; however, there still seemed to be quite a bit of disparity between the quality of dance I was seeing  and the scores being given for each dance.  Definite high & low-balling (we’ll get into that later).  Then there was the fact that somehow time got away from them, and they were left absolutely scrambling at the end of the show – to the point where I don’t think anyone had any time to do anything  but heap praise on Rumer and begin the “it’s Val’s season” narrative.  I like the season to develop its own narrative, thankyouverymuch…don’t need one to be pre-chosen for me. If they’re really THAT good, it will show – you don’t really need to drive the point home with OTT praise and subtle pimping.

1.) Rumer & Val – Just putting this out there: had Derek (or any other pro, really) performed this exact same routine, he would have gotten ripped a new one by not only the judges, but the viewers.  Yes, the song wasn’t very foxtrot-y, but at the same time, Val is not the only pro that has gotten saddled with a song that wasn’t exactly dance appropriate, and the others took their lumps when called out on non-dance-appropriate choreography.  While Rumer danced what she was given very well, I think they should both thank their lucky stars that there was so little time left in the show by the time they danced that Len didn’t get a chance to throw his usual “what was on the label wasn’t in the tin” lecture. Rumer did very, very well – but I have to wonder whether the narrative that seemed to be set up last night (“Rumer’s the one to beat! Val, this could be your season!”) is going to help her or hurt her in the long run.  With Nastia & Riker being every bit as good as Rumer (and Michael nipping at their heels), I think it’s going to be a good fight this season – just hope the storyboarding doesn’t get in the way. And just judging from some of the tension I saw in their rehearsal package – I’m predicting at least one of them storming out of rehearsal at some point this season.  Rumer seems like the type that isn’t going to take a whole lot of crap from her partner…which I kinda like. :-)

2.) Nastia & Derek – Unfortunately for Nastia, I think TPTB had already determined that Rumer was to be the “golden girl” of last night’s show, and consequently, Nastia was relegated to a lukewarm, middle-of-the-night running order and a pickier critique for a routine that was every bit as good as Rumer’s.  Had they switched the running order to Rumer in the middle and Nastia at the end – I think THIS would be the routine everyone would be gushing about.  Funny how much running order can play a role in how a routine is perceived.  Loved the energy level of this foxtrot, and the fact that it was a bona fide, Broadway-inspired foxtrot.  If I had one critique, it’s that Nastia did look like she adopted the stoic, almost blank-faced gymnast’s expression from time to time – and that’s a complaint I’ve had about every single gymnast they’ve had on the show.  So I guess showmanship is something she should work on, because the technique is there.  Demographics-wise, I think she may have the edge over Rumer – Olympic gymnast seems to trump “daughter of two Hollywood heavyweights” in terms of voter appeal, if we look at the history of the show.  Then again, if there are enough lemmings that buy into the “Val has never won, let him win!” philosophy that the show is already pushing, it could turn the precedent on its head.  Food for thought.

3.) Riker & Allison – After watching these two tonight, I’m predicting that I’m going to have a bit of a hard time with them this season.  Why? Because I actually feel like Riker might be more experienced in ballroom & Latin than Allison.  His jive technique is fantastic – he was kicking and flicking and bouncing at the skill level of an amateur Latin dancer competing at least at the silver syllabus level.  Allison, while not terrible, felt quite a bit heavier on her feet to me – and I feel like that’s really the dividing line between someone with some sort of mastery of jive vs. someone who’s still learning: the former can look incredibly light on their feet; the latter tends to look a bit more…deliberate.  I also thought Allison’s choreography was a tad repetitive – and I think I had similar complaints about her choreography for Jonathan last season.  I just still feel like she’s not on-par with the experience level of the other pros on the show – she needs a few more years of polish before I feel like she’ll even be in the same ballpark.  Riker? No major complaints here, other than the fact that needs need to wash his hair and stop trying to downplay his dance experience.  I still think the major sticking point in this pairing for me, though, is going to be Allison.

4.) Michael & Peta – Ok, Michael was pretty damn good – definitely better than Robert, who scored a full 2 points higher.  But man – why were the judges so damn fixated on his feet??? I get it, they need work – but for f*ck’s sake, it’s week 1.  I’m happy if they can just remember their doggone choreography and manage to at least look like they’re having some degree of fun while dancing it! I have to wonder if, like Redfoo, the judges decided that they needed to keep Michael’s score from getting too high – and so they decided to fixate on one rather minute facet of the routine and just really harp on it.  Saw some good hip action here, and he managed to actually keep up with Peta’s energy level – I think he’s got potential, for sure, and he seems like a REALLY hard worker, which I can appreciate.  I could see him being kind of a cross between Donald & Jacoby – a hard-working nice guy like the former, but with the showmanship and natural groove of the latter.  Michael gained a fan in me tonight. :-)

5.) Noah & Sharna – If I was in awe of Amy two seasons ago and how she was able to manage with two prosthetic legs, then my mind was absolutely blown last night with how Noah handled his cha-cha with a bionic knee and no left arm to lead with.  I also have to credit Sharna with coming up with some clever choreography to distract from the fact that Noah has no arm. I think the part I loved most was the fact that he & Sharna have such SYNERGY – they know how to make the most of their partnership, and how to compliment each other’s teaching/learning styles.  I think this is going to be a very good learning/growth experience for both of them – will definitely be interesting to see how they’re able to handle Noah’s new prosthetic arm.  I just hope that they’re able to get past the fact that Noah is an amputee and are able to appreciate him as a good dancer, period – not just “a good dancer, for being an amputee”.

6.) Willow & Mark – Like a lot of others, I’m left without a whole lot to say about these two – it was an odd, non-event cha-cha for me, unfortunately.  And I’m not even so sure that it was just because they went first – I think this dance probably would have gotten lost in the shuffle anywhere in the show. This just seemed uncharacteristically low-energy for Marc – even his week 1 cha-chas usually come out of the gate strong, but this choreography seemed to lack impact.  I’m not sure if he’s having to reign himself in due to Willow’s age or what, or he’s just trying not to overwhelm her, but I was left feeling pretty “meh” about the whole thing.  Willow isn’t BAD; but she’s definitely no Sadie, and I just think her lack of maturity making it hard for her to really sell the dance.  This, unfortunately, could be an ongoing problem this season – she just doesn’t have the experience necessary to really sell these dances convincingly.  I think Mark has his work cut out for him.

7.) Suzanne & Tony – Despite getting off-time and maybe coming across a bit timid, I think Suzanne actually showed some potential last night – the steps were there; they just need a little more panache behind them.  And like some of the other couples that probably fell victim to props and set-ups, I think the Thighmaster bit at the beginning wasted a little too much time and interrupted the momentum of the routine. I actually really like her and Tony together – and to Tony’s credit, he’s actually become kind of awesome the past few seasons, really embracing the idea of “the journey” on the show for his celeb and not focusing so much on “win, win, win”.  I actually think Suzanne could have some staying power this season, if she can shake of the nerves and not get caught up in any gimmicks that production might try to con her into – please, no more Thighmaster references.  Although Suzanne’s thighs do look FANTASTIC. :-)

8.) Patti & Artem – Given that I had heard that Patti was “really struggling” in rehearsals, I was actually pleasantly surprised that she managed to make it through her dance last night without any major struggles.  Granted, it was some verrrrrry basic choreography – “Walk-walk-walk-POSE! Walk-walk-walk-TURN!” as Mama Spence described it :-P But she stayed on-time, she didn’t stumble all over her feet, and she sold the dance pretty well (aside from a few bewildered facial expressions).  I think the big struggle Artem is gonna have with Patti this season is just helping her to remember her choreography – as Patti reminded us multiple times last night, she’s 70 years old, and might not be quite as quick to pick up steps.  I don’t think she’ll necessarily be a contender this season, but I also don’t see her being absolutely terrible, either – as long as Artem doesn’t try to throw too much her at once.

9.) Robert & Kym – I’m wondering if there was a bit of a “Yay, Kym’s back!!!” kind of high at the judges table, because while I was thoroughly-entertained and enjoyed this cha-cha, I have to admit – it was overscored, especially with respect to Michael, who I thought had more difficult choreography and better mastery of it. I think the appeal of these two lies more in the fact that they’re so daggone nice and pleasant to watch interacting.  I doubt they’re going to be one of the huge contenders in terms of skill, but they could stick around for awhile as one of the “warm fuzzy” couples.  Can’t recall too much about Robert’s dancing – admittedly, I was more fixated on Kym and her rad costume – but I’m going to venture a guess that, like most of the other male competitors this year, his feet and his hip action probably need some work.  Guess I’ll just pay more attention next week :-)

10.) Chris & Witney – I think the way I described Chris on Twitter last night was “what he lacks in musicality, he more than makes up for in heart” – and it’s true: he may not be a natural dancer, but he works HARD.  And he actually didn’t do too shabby with this jive – sure, his feet could use some work, and the posture wasn’t stellar, but he still managed to stay on top of the beat and look like he was having fun. Thought the choreography was cute, and while I wasn’t a huge fan of the truck as a prop, I don’t think they relied too heavily on it.  Loved the country theme, too – Witney looked adorable.  Ultimately, though, I think he may get lost in the shuffle when the competition really heats up – and I’m having a hard time telling if the viewing demographic is suffering from Bachelor oversaturation or not.  Time will tell.

11.) Redfoo & Emma – Really kind of puzzled as to why this one got raked over the coals like he did – sure, there was quite a bit of “messin’ about” in his routine, but I think he stayed on-time and managed to churn out a pretty entertaining dance.  He was certainly better than Charlotte, so I felt like he was underscored relative to her; I also feel like he kept up better (and was more energetic) than Suzanne, so he should have been scored more on-par with her.  I’m not sure if they were trying to make an example of him as the “don’t be messin’ about too much!” poster child or what, but this score (and Michael’s) were the two biggest head-scratchers of the evening for me.  I think Foo should be ok next week, because Charlotte doesn’t seem to have much of a fanbase at all, but I kinda wonder just how many people are actually voting for Redfoo – seems like a demographic that doesn’t quite align with the main viewing demographic of the show.

12.) Charlotte & Keo – Ok, say what you will about “not liking Charlotte’s attitude” or “not liking how Keo acts around her” (both are legit complaints I’ve seen about them from those who’ve watched the rehearsals), but I have to give Charlotte credit for soldiering through and finishing her routine despite it going completely sideways early on, and then managing to avoid spectacularly self-destructing afterward, a la Lolo.  Sure, it was off-time, limp, and kinda awkward, but she suited up and showed up – and even if she would have actually done well, I think the writing was unfortunately on the wall for these two since day 1: they were bound to be an early out just due to lack of fanbase alone.  Oh well – hopefully Charlotte will get to redeem herself a bit with her dance next week and at least leave on a high note.  I really didn’t have any issues with her – call it “busty gal solidarity” or whatever, but I was kinda rooting for Charlotte on the inside :-)

So those are my thoughts on last night’s show – what are yours?

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