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DWTS 16 Preliminary Power Rankings – Part I

So it’s time once again for me to gaze into my crystal ball before the premiere and try to take a wild (but educated) guess at how things are gonna pan out this season – who’s gonna be good, who’s gonna be bad, who’s gonna stick around, and who might get sent packing early.  Admittedly, this kind of snuck up on me – after my prolonged hiatus after season 15, season 16 seems to have arrived at breakneck speed and I’m just struggling to keep up.  Guess that’s what happens when one bad season turns you off of a show completely…don’t know that I’ve been this dubious about a new season of my favorite show since season 5 of Nip/Tuck 8-O

For those just tuning in, a few words of explanation about how I arrive at these rankings.  It’s a combination of factors – how good (or bad) of a dancer I think they’ll be, how much of a fanbase I think they do or don’t have, how likeable/unlikeable I think they’ll be to viewers.  So all those factors considered – this is how I predict the eliminations to shake out.  And they can (and usually do) change after seeing the first episode :-P So in today’s edition, I tackle the bottom half of the couples: the ones I don’t see lasting past the middle of the competition.  Here we go…

12.) Lisa & Gleb – It pains me to say this, considering that they’re my favorite couple, but I’m afraid my favorite Real Housewife of Beverly Hills may be the first on the chopping block this season :-( There seems to be several factors working against them – and the one that concerns me the most is the fact that Lisa’s a reality star, and she’s a Real Housewife at that.  Considering that TPTB have avoided casting from that franchise like the plague until now, and that the Housewives seem to be some of the more maligned reality tv stars amongst DWTS fans (some DWTS fans reeeeeallllly don’t like Housewives – trust me, I’ve gotten tweets complaining, as if I have any control over casting!), I’m worried that some viewers have already written her off, sight unseen.  Then again, I could be completely wrong – since we have no precedent for a Real Housewife on DWTS, how do I know that RHOBH fans won’t tune in and vote in droves for our British lass? :-)  They’re also contending with the fact that Gleb is a brand new pro without much of a fanbase (and without the benefit of being visible to the DWTS viewers already, a la Sharna in the troupe or Lindsay on SYTYCD) – although I daresay Gleb’s stunning good looks certainly don’t seem to be hurting them ;-) Besides those two hurdles, I also worry that they’re just too laid back - their rehearsals are neither memorably good nor memorably bad, which could make them blend into the woodwork amongst some of the bigger personalities this season.  And we don’t really have any idea what Lisa’s dancing prowess is like, nor do we know what Gleb’s teaching/choreographing prowess is like – they could be really good, they could be really bad, they could just “be”.  I’m hoping that we’re in for a pleasant surprise with these two, but my gut’s telling me that they’re probably not going to make it past the first few weeks of the season. Read more..

March 15, 2013 I Written By

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Shawn Marion, Teresa Giudice, Tiffani Thiessen “No-Go’s” For Dancing With The Stars 13?

In the last few days, there have been reports that several celebrities were either approached from Dancing With The Stars to do the show or turned down by them when they expressed interest.

For one, TMZ is reporting Dancing With The Stars sent Shawn Marion of the Dallas Maverick’s had an offer to do the show, but, he turned them down (too bad. I would have loved to see him dance on the show! Would you?). Here’s more….

Mavericks star Shawn Marion isn’t taking any chances with the NBA lockout — in fact, he just turned down “Dancing with the Stars” … to make sure he’s free to practice with his team this fall.

Sources close to Shawn tell TMZ, “Dancing” sent him an official offer to appear on the show, but the NBA champ wants to make sure he’s 100% available in case the lockout ends early … so it’s a no go.

“Dancing” would end in November and NBA season usually starts in October — which could put Marion in a difficult position if the upcoming season isn’t put on ice.

The Huffington Post is reporting “Saved By The Bell” Tiffani Thiessen has also been approached by Dancing With The Stars a few times in the past and she’s always said “No”. She said she might do the show later when she’s 50.

“I’ve been asked a few times, but my response to that is that I am an actor, not a dancer,” Thiessen tells me.

Admitting she never watched her former best friend, Jennie Garth Cha-cha-cha on the dance floor, Thiessen says she may take her turn on the televised dance floor when she gets older.

“I think I would rather be one of those 50 and above and going back to get into shape. They can ask me then.”

However, “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice definitely wants to do the show, but, has been turned down. She said Dancing With The Stars doesn’t want ‘Housewives’ this season. But “Playmates are OK?” Here is more from Fox News. She sounds a little more than bitter.

In response to a fan’s recent tweet saying that she should be on the hit ABC competition dance show, Giudice wrote, “Would [love] to but they don’t want ‘Housewives’ this season. But Playmates are OK?” — a reference to past stints from Kendra Wilkinson, Holly Madison and Pamela Anderson.

Giudice’s seeming disappointment at being shut out of competing on the show came on the heels of her declaration to Us Weekly that “DWTS” is her favorite show.

The feisty Bravo star’s desire — and failure — to get on “DWTS” is turning into a yearly gripe.

Last year, she hinted on Twitter that she was asked to participate in the show.

“I am thinking about doing ‘Dancing With the Stars,’” she wrote in July 2010. “What do you guys think?”

She followed that tweet up with another, asking, “Who should I make them give me as a partner? [Dance pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy] is the hottest, no?”

Whatever producers decide on on her dancing future, please don’t put her with Maks!! Also, if they already have a reality star signed for this season, she needs to understand that one is enough. I would hope so anyway?

Special thanks to Vin for helping with this post!!!xxx

July 31, 2011 I Written By

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