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Pure DWTS 12 – Interviews After The Results Show & Preparing For Three Dances For Semi-Finals (Videos)

George Pennacchio interviewed all our dancing couples who have made the Semi-finals after the Results Show last night. They talk on the elimination, their dances, their partnerships, what’s to come with THREE dances next week (pay close attention to what Karina and Kym say on them), and MORE. George, as always, asks some amazing questions!!! The pressure and excitement for the semi-finals is starting to build in a ‘surreal’ way. Check it out.

Kirstie and Maks;

Ralph and Karina;

Kym and Hines;

Chelsea and Mark;

May 11, 2011 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.

SPOILERS!!!!! DWTS Season 12, Week 8 – The Results!

Well, kids, the DWTS gods did indeed spite me as requested. :-) Karma is MY bitch. :-) Courtney read my mind and just posted something similar to this on Twitter:

Attention fans of Kirstie, Hines and Chelsea – Ralph Macchio just got a SERIOUS number of votes and is officially a force to be reckoned with. Boyfriend needed AT LEAST 23,000 votes more than Romeo per 1 million votes cast. That is SERIOUS, ladies and gentlemen. Like I said, never underestimate the sympathy vote OR the typical DWTS demographic matching a dancer. Ralph’s best known movies put his fans square in that demographic – and they are likely to vote.

Take heed, Ralph fans. If you want him to stick NEXT week, you best get more verified accounts. If you were paying attention to the Berg tonight, there is a 3rd dance next week which is worth a 15 point bonus. Depending on how they use it and what the other couples are allotted, they can basically pick the person they definitely want in the final. I doubt it will be Ralph.

Very sad to see Romeo go home – very unfortunate and I would rather it be someone else, including Kirstie – much as I love her.

May 10, 2011 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 12, Week 8 – Dancing by the Numbers!

Lord save me from this season already! I was only impressed by the two at the bottom of the leaderboard and ya know? This tells me there is a bit of insurance policy writing going on. Chelsea and Hines both got a nice policy as did Kirstie, although to a lesser extent. Chelsea deserved hers more than Hines, but no way did she deserve that many 10s. Sorry, not buying it. Unless no one is voting for them Chelsea and Hines should be safe, while the judges seem to want to see the backside of Ralph as he leaves the building. No, he didn’t do perfect dances, but his dances were close to on par with anything that Kirstie and Romeo did for their second dances. No way in hell does Ralph fall 6 points below Romeo and 7 points below Kirstie. Don’t get me wrong – I love both Kirstie and Romeo, and I think Romeo’s Tango was the dance of the night…but 6 and 7 points?? Why don’t you just point at Ralph and say “Get the f@#k out.”

That said, I would prepare for a shocking elimination tonight. :-) Ralph has a HUGE hurdle to overcome, but it can be done. Don’t ever underestimate the sympathy vote. Not to mention that his age and the age of The Karate Kid movies intersects pretty perfectly with the main demo for DWTS. Unfortunately, the person who will suffer for it is the person who danced my favorite dance of the night – Romeo. The only person who I wouldn’t mind if they went home is Chelsea and Mark, although I give mad props to Chelsea for telling Mark basically what I’ve been saying since week 1 – you go girl!! Mad props. However, I don’t see her going home, not with Ralph that far down in the standings. :::sigh::: So, where are we?

The Judges Scores and Percentages

Place Celebrity Score Percentage
1. Chelsea 55 21.15
2. Hines 54 20.77
3. Kirstie 53 20.38
4. Romeo 52 20.00
5. Ralph 46 17.69

The problem for the judges (since they are the ones who created this mess – I think intentionally) is that IF Ralph manages to get what he needs to stick around, it seriously opens the door for a truly shocking elimination. Why? Because they’ve bunched all the other dancers somewhat close together, although the point spread between Romeo and Chelsea rather insulates her. They kinda hosed Romeo on his first dance and they were excessively mean to Ralph – which often results in rabid voting by those fanbases. Now, there was a lot of whining on twitter last night about how Chelsea was hosed (Seriously? She got two 10s. You want Len’s head up her…never mind. :-) ) but I saw just as much “we gotta vote for Ralph!!!” The potential losers in this situation are Romeo and Kirstie, and I think Kirstie can beat Romeo every time. Which leaves us with Romeo. The guy who, IMO, had the best dance of the night. Anyone who reads this site regularly knows I’ve been on the Kirstie/Ralph/Hines train since day one, so that should tell you something. Dancing, to me, isn’t just executing steps correctly – it’s the feel of the dance, the way the music combines with movement, the costuming – EVERYTHING, which in turn either does or doesn’t make an emotional connection with me. Romeo and Ralph did that for me last night, so to lose either of them is, for me, a total bummer.

Anyway, provided that Ralph doesn’t bow out (and I don’t think he will, since Karina was asking for votes last night), he has some serious work to do to stick around. He needs ONE of the following things to happen in order to stay on the show:

– He needs 23,080 more votes per million votes cast in order to pass Romeo, OR;
– He needs 26,930 more votes per million votes cast in order to pass Kirstie, OR;
– He needs 30,800 more votes per million votes cast in order to pass Hines, OR;
– He needs 34,650 more votes per million votes cast in order to pass Chelsea.

Now besides noting the fairly large numbers that Ralph needs to stick around, note the fairly compact grouping of those numbers. That illustrates that once you get past Ralph, there isn’t that much spread between the dancers. IF Ralph can manage 24,000 votes, it could get interesting. :-) Sorry, but I’m hoping it DOES get interesting.

Ah, so what are the odds that Ralph beats out Romeo?? Even money, I think. Romeo only needed a tiny number of votes to beat out Kendra last week (was that only last week? It feels like a lifetime ago), and for all we know he only made it by one over a contestant who many were finding annoying, to say the least. Let’s take Ralph out of it and say that his fans killed themselves voting. What does Romeo need, in that case?

– He needs 3,850 more votes per million votes cast to pass Kirstie, OR;
– He needs 7,700 more votes per million votes cast to pass Hines, OR;
– He needs 11,550 more votes per million votes cast to pass Chelsea.

I don’t see him getting that many more than Chelsea, although I suppose it’s possible that he could get more than Kirstie. But I doubt that too. Unfortunately. Since there are only five people still in the competition, I’ll just show you the rest of the numbers. What does Kirstie need to beat Hines and Chelsea?

– She needs 3,850 more votes per million votes cast to beat Hines, and;
– She needs 7,700 more votes per million votes cast to beat Chelsea.

In order for Hines to beat Chelsea (if it comes to that), he needs only 3,850 more votes per million votes cast than her. This is why it could get interesting. For Chelsea to be the Audrina-style “shocking elimination”, ALL of the following needs to happen:

– Ralph gets 34,650 more votes per million votes cast, AND;
– Romeo gets 11,550 more votes per million votes cast, AND;
– Kirstie gets 7,700 more votes per million votes cast, AND;
– Hines gets 3,850 more votes per million votes cast.

I don’t really see the first two happening at all. But if they do? I can see the last two EASILY happening. Which means Chelsea would go home. Now, if she were dancing with Tony or Jonathan or Louis, she would be in serious trouble for a shocking elimination. But she’s not, she’s dancing with Mark, who’s fans are more rabid that either Maks’ or Derek’s. It’s not about numbers of fans, but how willing they are to stay up all night to get retribution for their wronged heroine. :-D I have a theory that rabidity is inversely proportional to age – remember, Derek is dating Cheryl Cole. I know from young, rabid fans. :-) For that reason, I think Chelsea is safe. Or course, since I’m dealing in generalities, one never knows.

So who do I think is going home? Well, I think it will come down to Romeo and Ralph, thanks to the judges. And my head is telling me Ralph can’t get the votes, but my gut is telling me he WILL get the votes. So which is correct? My head or my gut? I have no idea. :-) Maybe if I make the easy call and say Ralph will go home, the DWTS gods will smite me and send someone else packing. So…that’s what I’m doing. Working Karma to my advantage. ;-)

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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. :-)

Dancing With The Stars 12, Week 8 – Interviews After The Dance

Wow, what a great night it was last night. It was full of heart, guts, and stamina with our couples performing to two dances one, of which, they didn’t know the music for until showtime. But, they did it. George Pennacchio from KTLA/OnTheRedCarpet has some great interviews up showcasing and highlighting everything that went down.

First up, Chelsea and Mark are excited to be at the top of the leaderboard again, but, say there is no “security” in this competition. They hope to stick around.

Such class acts and humble as always which is Kym and Hines all the way. Hines was excited and honored to be compared to Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire which was how Kym was inspired for the dance.

Romeo repeats how he is in this thing for the kids and Chelsea. No matter what happens tonight, they just wanted to get out there and celebrate and have fun last night which they did.

In this interview, George starts out saying America’s heart broke for Ralph last night with his injury and he’s right! It did. They talk of the injury and how hard it was to dance, but, Ralph doesn’t want to quit after getting this far. George says Karina is a mother figure this Season. He says we are seeing a different Karina and it’s for all the right reasons. I so agree. They hope their fans will keep them in. Be sure to watch this all the way to the end for the comparisons to the Karate Kid. If you are like myself, it will bring tears to your eyes. I so hope these two make it and don’t have to pull out.

Below is Kirstie and Maks….goofy as always, but, they are proud of themselves. Kirstie talks about Maks being the best choreographer. Maks mentions how this was the hardest week of his life and Kirstie was stronger than he was. He explains why he threw his Mic off which was not at her. Kirstie says their dancing relationship is like a “great romance”. This is must see interview as well.

And that’s not all. Donny Osmond was a guest on Good Morning America today with his review of the night. Donny says Len is picking too much on Mark. He thinks Mark and Chelsea are the best couple this Season. He thinks Chelsea, Hines, and Kirstie will be the three to make it to the Finals. He doesn’t think Ralph will bow out of the competition and if he doesn’t, Romeo will be going home tonight. Hmm, we’ll see?

Ok, that’s it for now Guys. Here’s to the results show! I can’t wait for Dance Center. ;) xxx (Heidi’s Note: Shut up, Donny. That is all.)

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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.

DWTS12 Week 8 Power Rankings

Gee, funny what happens when you don’t have a specific “theme” night – you actually get some pretty good dancing, across the board! I don’t think anyone really “sucked” tonight – granted, there were no “perfect” routines, but I think all the couples stepped their game up quite a bit this week. The question is – are the judges strategically scoring in order to keep their favorites safe and get rid of the others? After tonight, I have no doubt in my mind that that’s exactly what they’re doing.  Definite over and under-scoring going on.  And it all makes me want to go back previous seasons, when there were definite ringers and we didn’t have mediocre dancing rammed down our throats as being 10-worthy.  Hmph. On with it…

1.) Hines & Kym - I found myself laughing the hardest while watching Hines dance tonight – and unfortunately, I think I was laughing AT him, rather than WITH him.  The poor guy got not one, but TWO completely silly dances tonight, and by the end of the night I’m fairly certain he felt like a complete nincompoop, especially with his teammates watching :-) What likely soothed that blow to his ego was some definite overscoring from the judges.  I’m sorry, but a 28 for a foxtrot that, in my opinion, looked kinda jumpy & flaily? Negative, ghostrider.  MAYBE 26-worthy.  Granted, Hines did seem to be having quite a bit of fun, but it doesn’t change the fact that his feet were bad, his arms were out of control, and he seemed to be a bit rushed at times.  It was fun and it made me happy, but it was overscored…sorry, Steeler Nation.  As for his instant jive…*sigh*.  I couldn’t help but smile as I watched Hines try to muddle through that one looking like a little lost black/Korean leprechaun :-D I give him points for effort, but when he wasn’t missing steps, he was barely moving his feet; and when he was moving his feet, he was missing steps.  I guess I’m a bit spoiled, after that phenomenal instant jive Kyle did last season – seriously, go back and watch it on Youtube, then watch Hines’ and tell me with a straight face that Hines’ was as good or better than Kyle’s.  I DARE you.  Kyle was fearless and didn’t miss a beat.  Hines…not so much.  I do kinda feel for Hines, though – I worry that he may have peaked too early, and thus set the bar pretty damn high for himself…because these past few weeks, I’ve found myself going “He can do better than this.” Regardless of what I think, Hines has been Mr. Consistent this season (even if Hines’ consistent isn’t in the same ballpark as a J. Grey or Nicole “consistent”), and I doubt that’s going to change.  Plus he’s got a pretty damn good cushion to keep him safe – guess your plot worked, judges. *eye roll*

2.) Chelsea & Mark – As much as I LOVED that Chelsea stood up to Mark at the beginning of the show and made it clear that his outbursts shouldn’t be reflected as her own opinions about the show, I think these two were overscored as well.  Aaaand cue the “Mark hater!” accusations from the peanut gallery :-) But peanuts, beware – don’t come out swinging if you aren’t capable of having a mature, logical argument.  My trigger finger is comfortably rested on the “delete” button for those who chose to fling insults or try to tell people they’re wrong. Anyway…the waltz was a definite improvement, yes; but I have to agree with Len – the emotion was a bit over-the-top, and I could have done without the kiss…a kiss that early in the dance just says to me “I have nothing truly dynamic in my bag of tricks, so this is my one ‘Look at me!’ move!” It just reads as kind of desperate, and I would have preferred some sort of dramatic sweep across the floor or some well-executed spins from Chelsea instead.  What I did see from her was quite pretty – she turns well and extends her arms very nicely.  As for their salsa – let me put it this way: I know of no bona fide salseros that move with such staccato as Mark.  Didn’t the judges even say later on that salsa was supposed to be a relaxed, FLUID club dance? Mark was not moving fluidly at all, and it just made it hard to pay attention to Chelsea with him moving so spastically – plus it seemed to throw her off a bit. Yes, she did all her moves and threw some good attitude into it; but I kinda felt like she was just going though the motions of her routine, like in her head she was like “Ok, what’s next? Ok turn and look and arms and head and turn again and…” without any regard to the music.  I guess I just kinda hoped she could connect better with the music.  But hey, it doesn’t really matter what I think, because the judges have also done a quite nice job of shielding her from elimination as well. 

3.) Kirstie & Maks – As much as I love Kirstie, I would be lying if I said I didn’t think her A. tango was a bit overscored.  I was definitely impressed that Maks threw in a couple of lifts and it didn’t seem to phase Kirstie; they were smooth & well-executed.  I thought she kept up pretty well with the footwork – but there were a few moments of uncertainty, and overall I think the routine was a bit elementary.  Ditto for her salsa – I think she kept up semi-well for most of it, but it was also choreographically the least complicated of the 3 salsas we saw tonight.  She did do a pretty damn good job of getting into character, though – she smoldered in the tango and was sassy in the salsa.  But here’s my biggest problem: she’s starting to get a bit lost in the shuffle to me.  She’s neither failing miserably nor truly excelling, so I find myself with a bit of writer’s block with her – I just don’t have a whole lot to say.  What I can say, though, is that the judges clearly seem to want keep her around at least through this week (and possibly to the finale), with the way they’re scoring her.  The question is: do they love her as much as they seem to love Hines & Chelsea, or could she become a sacrificial lamb should Romeo or Ralph bust some serious moves next week? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see next week, since she too has a pretty good cushion from the judges, on top of her huge fanbase.

4.) Romeo & Chelsie – Poor Romeo certainly seemed like one of the judges’ favorite punching bags tonight.  He just couldn’t seem to catch a break – he does a tango that, in my opinion, was cleaner than Hines’ foxtrot and every bit as good as Chelsea’s waltz – and he gets scored lower than both, and Carrie Ann just can’t help but nitpick about some “iffy” footwork.  EVERYONE tonight had some moments of iffy footwork – it was just a matter of whether the judges chose to call them out on it or conveniently look the other way.  I thought his lead in the tango was great, and his head snaps were incredibly crisp and on-time.  He looked great during the pivots.  When it came to the instant dance, I have to say – I feel like Romeo was really the only one tonight that actually seemed to connect to the music, rather than just bulldozing through it.  Did he miss steps in his salsa? Of course.  But did it feel like he was actually trying to dance to the beat? YES. Plus the kid just seems to be having a blast out there – if I were in a salsa club and saw him grooving, I would definitely ask him to dance.  But alas, the judges just don’t seem to be feeling the Romeo love – by the way they scored this week, it looks to me like they’re definitely setting us up for a Ralph & Romeo bottom 2 tomorrow night.  Which sucks, because I feel like Romeo has probably improved the most of all the contestants left this season.  I think due to scoring, he’s at least cleared to make it to the semi-finals; but just watch, next week – he will be at the bottom of the scoreboard, regardless of how well he dances.  God I hate storyboarding.

5.) Ralph & Karina – I knew Ralph was going to have a rough night if he did indeed chose to dance – and I have to give him mad, mad props for doing so despite his injury.  However, what I didn’t expect was a near-complete lack of sympathy from the judges – both in scores and in critiques.  Aside from a few tiny moments of what had to be intense pain, I really didn’t notice any huge missteps in his Viennese waltz – he was still moving fluidly & extending those gorgeous arms of his.  And that smoldering pose at the end?! MAGIC.  I thought 25 was a decent score, but it wouldn’t have killed the judges to toss in an extra point for dancing injured or something.  Ralph was a SOLDIER out there tonight.  As for his instant cha-cha – cute, valiant effort by both Ralph & Karina, and like Romeo, Ralph actually seemed to let go and really have fun out there.  It was as if he just said “Y’know what? F*ck it. I’m just gonna enjoy myself…except for the pain in this leg.” :-) But man, the judges just seemed to love rubbing salt in Ralph’s wound after that dance – a fleeting moment of “nice try” followed by a barrage of “The technique wasn’t there, you got off time, yadda yadda yadda yadda…” It was all just too much for me, especially since they were soooo understanding of Kirstie’s fall & shoe malfunction…and that mess of a jive.  But hey, I guess that’s what happens when you aren’t one of the judges’ “chosen ones”.  Now I did a quick calculation of the numbers…and either I’ve done it completely wrong, or the judges really and truly screwed Ralph this time.  I mean, REALLY screwed the poor guy – I’m not sure his huge fanbase, which has saved him from the bottom several times now, could come close to overcoming it.  And then there’s my looming suspicion that Ralph may decide to withdraw tomorrow night – I know he said it’s an injury that is supposedly going to heal in a few days, but when you only have about 5 days to crank out 2 more dances, is it going to be enough? And will it be fully healed in time to deal with the demanding 4-dance schedule of the finale? I just don’t know…part of me is praying for a miracle, that Ralph’s fans manage to pull off the impossible; and part of me is kinda wishing he’d bow out gracefully and not risk injuring himself further.  It all just makes me very, very sad :-(

Well, kids, I guess that’s all I have left to say for tonight.  What did you guys think of tonight’s scoring?

May 9, 2011 I Written By

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DWTS Stats Class – Week 8

Ralph and Karina – Viennese Waltz
– Age [40s]: 21.4
– Occupation [Actor]: 27
– Pro Partner: 23.5
Averaged Predicted Score: 24
Thoughts: Ralph didn’t disappoint me last week, and I don’t expect him to disappoint this week. It’s a ballroom dance, and ballroom dances is more his strength. What I am more worried about is…

Ralph and Karina – ChaCha
– Age [40s]: 18.833
– Occupation [Actor]: 20.2
– Pro Partner: 19.625
Averaged Predicted Score: 19
Thoughts: This a fun and flirty dance and caters to those with good, strong personalities best. So as much as I’m worried about Ralph not doing as well in the Latin dances, this one I’m not as worried as long as he brings his personality onto the floor and loosens up a bit.

Kirstie and Maks – Argentine Tango
– Age [60s]: 22
– Occupation [Actress]: 24.333
– Pro Partner: 27.333
Averaged Predicted Score: 24
Thoughts: Here is a nice slower dance for Kirstie to start with. It requires a lot of passion and drama, and being an actress she should be ok with.

Kirstie and Maks – Salsa
– Age [60s]: 18.667
– Occupation [Actress]: 18.5
– Pro Partner: 16
Averaged Predicted Score: 17
Thoughts: Considering that the Salsa is a recent addition… there is only so much information that could be gleaned. However, it’s a Latin dance, and a bit fun and flirty which should help Kirstie a bit, however if it’s the second dance of the night that it could prove difficult for her stamina.

Romeo and Chelsie – Tango
– Age [20s]: 25.25
– Occupation [Singer]: 22.667
– Pro Partner: 23.5
Averaged Predicted Score: 23
Thoughts: Sometimes I feel that Romeo tries too hard to be too aggressive or too hard to be too fun loving… if that makes sense. The tango is one of those dances where he would have to be strong and masculine (a bit like the Paso Doble). Considering how well he’s been doing w/ the ballroom dances I’m not too worried.

Romeo and Chelsie – Salsa
– Age [20s]: 23
– Occupation [Singer]: 25.667
– Pro Partner: 24
Averaged Predicted Score: 24
Thoughts: As much as he’s improving on the ballroom dances, I felt that he’s become a bit stagnant with the Latin dances. After the first week’s chacha I didn’t feel like he has improved nearly as much as he did with the latin dances. Here’s hoping that I’m wrong.

Hines and Kym – Foctrot
– Age [30s]: 22.925
– Occupation [NFL]: 23.111
– Pro Partner: 23.571
Averaged Predicted Score: 23
Thoughts: Mr Personality gets to shine again. The personality that we all loved so much in the Latin dances gets to come out during the Foxtrot, and considering that he’s been strong in not only the Latin dances but the Ballroom dances as well, I’m not terribly worried about how he is going to progress.

Hines and Kym – Jive
– Age [30s]: 24.025
– Occupation [NFL]: 22.857
– Pro Partner: 26.2
Averaged Predicted Score: 24
Thoughts: There isn’t much more for me to add in regards to the Jive, just keep up the energy and the personality and he should be fine I think.

Chelsea and Mark – Waltz
– Age [20s]: 23.444
– Occupation [Disney]: 23.5
– Pro Partner: 23
Averaged Predicted Score: 23
Thoughts: I would say that with the waltz there is almost no way to make it cheesy, then I remember the Waltz w/ Bristol and how I rolled my eyes, and as thus stand corrected.

Chelsea and Mark – Salsa
– Age [20s]: 23
– Occupation [Disney]: 24
– Pro Partner: 24
Averaged Predicted Score: 23
Thoughts: Then again w/ the Salsa they could be as cheesy as they want to be, I think… I hope not though, b/c it would drive me batty.

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DWTS Season 12, Week 8 – Who’s Dancing What?

I dropped the “and what” off the title because most of the blabbermouths are off the show and even those who have talked in the past have been keeping the dance order quiet.  It’s very annoying. :-)

Eight different dances, five couples. I’m sure to SOMEONE that makes perfect sense. :::rolls eyes::: Here’s what I’ve gleaned:

Ralph and Karina – V. Waltz and Instant Cha Cha
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.08

Chelsea and Mark – Waltz and Instant Salsa
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.01

Kirstie and Maks – Argentine Tango, Instant Salsa
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.11

Romeo and Chelsie – Tango and Instant Salsa
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.05

Hines and Kym – Foxtrot and Instant Jive
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.03

Okay, this seems patently unfair to me – they have Hines and Ralph doing two completely different dances to everyone else for the instant dance. The Instant Jive??? Are you kidding me?? I will predict right now that Chelsea moves to the top of the leaderboard because the two best men are just hosed. Why not give EVERYONE Salsa?? Why? Unless you want to screw over the top 2 men. By the same token, though, I think those two men will do better with their V.Waltz and Foxtrot than Chelsea will with her Slow Waltz, but still. I find this highly annoying. No one has done Salsa yet so there is no excuse not to give that dance to everyone. Especially since everyone has a different dance in the regular round. This just feels like tinkering to me.

I am highly annoyed. But I will post these pics from last night anyway. :-)

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DWTS12 Week 7 – The Cheesecake Awards!!

Heidi here, again – I should change the author of the post to save myself the trouble. :-) Anyway, this would have been posted 4 hours ago except that I fell asleep while waiting for Courtney….okay, I’m kinda kidding. I did fall asleep but according to my time line, my nap coincided with her getting done.  Hey!! I busted my ass all morning long!! I cleaned out TWO closets, bagged stuff for Goodwill and made a trip to the dumpster. So there.  Anyway…on with the show…

The Salt in the Wound Award: Brooke Burke

Courtney: Everyone’s favorite flaky cohost had an uncanny way of asking questions this week that seemed to make the answerers feel like poop :-) She made sure to ask Ralph how it felt to be the old guy on Team Chelsea. She asked Romeo how it felt to be the last one picked.  She reminded Team Hines that Chelsie had referred to them as “old parents”.  Wow Brooke, you sure know how to make the contestants feel like a million bucks :-)

Heidi: Now that you mention it, I did find myself saying STFU an awful lot…

Len Goodman Creepy Old Guy Phrase O’ the Week: “And the boobie prize goes to…”

Courtney: Was I the only one that saw a moment of utter disgust on Kendra, Kirstie, & Kym’s faces when Len announced that their team had won the “Boobie Prize”? They all looked down at their ample bosoms (of which Kym’s Awesome Boobage still reigns supreme ;-)) and then looked up in horror.

Heidi:I feel dirty.

DWTS Sexual harassment Lawsuit Fodder O’ the Week: Romeo’s declaration of there being “a party in my pants…and everyone’s invited!”

Courtney: I’m sure Bruno has already RSVP’d.

Heidi: I’m sure the place will be packed.

The “You Started it!” Award, a.k.a. Payback is a Beyotch Award: The Tag Team of Len Goodman and Tom Bergeron for video of Mark confronting Len and the declaration of “I don’t know what he’s moaning about…Maybe it’s Youth”.

Heidi: Ya know, I gotta laugh at that, because when you act like a brat on this show, you have to know there will be consequences.  Last week Tom and the producers got Bruno with the Elton John video. This week was Mark’s turn – act pouty and sulky and make non-obscene gestures which everyone around you then has to explain away as a secret hand gesture between you and your father, confront Len, complain about Len – and well, gee, you have to know that there could be repercussions. :-)  Funny ones.  So, they show the “confrontation” and then Tom and Len proceed to talk about Mark. Tom essentially gives Len a platform to come back and Mark has to grin and bear it. But the VERY best part of the whole exchange was the declaration by Len: “I don’t know what he’s moaning about. Maybe it’s youth”. It made me think that perhaps Mark and Chelsea shouldn’t have excused all their varied activities (risks, etc.) on being young. :-D It might come back on you at some point. Of course, Tom had to come back with, “You don’t remember that, do you.” Great thing about Len is he can laugh when Tom makes cracks about him.

Courtney: I would be lying if I said I didn’t get a certain smug satisfaction from seeing Mark squirm uncomfortably as Tom & Len talked about him in the 3rd person :-) And yes, as “unfair” as the show may seem to some, karma always comes back to either reward or punish people – granted, it may take a season or two, but payback’s a bitch regardless…trust me, I know her personally ;-) But you’d think by now that most of these pros would be cognizant of the fact that the cameras catch EVERYTHING…and they’ll use that footage however they see fit to garner ratings.  Just like you have no room to bitch & moan if you know Len hates “edgy” and he gives you bad scores when you do “edgy”, you also can’t complain about being painted in a bad light due to the footage they choose to show of you.  Lessons to be learned in your “youth”, dear Mark…

Best Use of Chemistry (and I don’t mean drugs), Week 7: Hines and Kym for their confessional as shown on the results show.

Heidi: Seriously, what was Hines doing with another woman the other night when he and Kym are the cutest things ever? Their confessional was, once again, the cutest thing about the results show. Kym’s going on and on about how Hines “took control” of her, blah blah and he grabs her arm and yanks her toward him and she’s all “Oh hello” – was she purring? I might have. :-) Wait…is this more than you needed to know about me? ;-)

Courtney: Idk, as much flak as this is probably gonna get me, Hines is in the doghouse with me right now – not for the whole accidental run-in with the law nonsense, but because he was with some “mystery woman” and not She of the Awesome Boobage.  Seriously – if there’s anyone in the cast that I think is mere inches away from a tawdry late-night, post-rehearsal rendezvous at the Chateau Marmont, it’s these two.  Such cute, genuine chemistry between them – on the floor and off.  I am a total Hinenkym shipper.  Their cute kids would emerge from the womb ready to model for United Colors of Benetton. :-)

Best Excuse for Screwing Up a Dance, Season 7 thus far: Kirstie Ally – “I kissed you and everything’s a blur after that.”

Heidi: No wonder Maks loves her – who wouldn’t love a constant ego boost. :-) And she’s just so dang funny about it while seeming as straight forward as you can get. It’s quite endearing.

Courtney: Kirstie, you wise & wily little minx – you know quite well that flattery will get you everywhere when it comes to a certain virile, macho Russian.  And you know that comedy will get you everywhere with the audience – only you would be able to turn kissing & bad juju into acceptable excuses for poor performances. :-)

Award For Open Mic Moment That Was Most Reminiscent of a Porn Movie: Karina (and Ralph)

Heidi: Um, not that I watch porn. No siree, not me. Ahem. Anyway, when they replay parts of the dance with the mics open on the couple, Karina *squeals* when Ralph drags her over the bar, then you hear a lot of heavy breathing, then Ralph says, “You Okay” and Karina pants “Yes”. Come ON!! That is so porno. No wonder I love Ralph. ;-) Is this too much about me again? :-)

Courtney: Ahem.  Well, those of you that follow me on Twitter know that I am quite openly a fan of “adult films”.  But we’ll leave that at that for now.  Anywho! If Stevie Wonder had been watching-er, LISTENING to the show, he may have gotten the wrong idea, based on the exchange that was heard following the 2nd “fall heard round the world”.  Oh Ralphie, you stud you – you and that fire down below! :-P

Award for Stupidest Time Filler in the History (probably, so far) of the Show: Pros and their Celebs, One on One

Heidi: CUT THE SHOW TO AN HOUR. Please. I beg you. Don’t feed me any more crap like this craptastic crap-fest. Okay, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, the next two awards will be birthed from the crapfest, so while I beg you to STOP the f@#king melodrama, I also have to say thank you. :-)

Courtney: Dumb, scripted poppycock. I was waiting for a suitcase of cash and some drugs to exchange hands…or the Feds to burst in or something.  I was disappointed. :-(

Award for Best Rejection in the Stupidest Time Filler in History: Maksim Chmerkovskiy for his response to Kirstie Alley’s long winded request of what she needs for a good partnership followed by: “Deal?” Maks: “Probably not”.

Heidi: I got the feeling that Maks also thought it was the stupidest time filler in the history of the show. :-) When it’s Kirstie and Maks, he can say shit like this and make it the most endearing and funny thing ever. Context is everything.

Courtney: As I said previously in the season, I think these two were the first to really realize what a f*cking joke the show can be sometimes – and their brand of “playing along” involves some very tongue-in-cheek exchanges. This was no exception :-) I’m interested to see what kind of humor they bring to the table as the finale approaches…because we all know the amount of nonsense we’re made to sit through is directly proportional to how far along we are in the competition.  Yay.

Award for Best Ridicule of the Stupidest Time Filler in History: Tom Bergeron for “We had to kick out a poker tournament and 3 psychics to get that space!!”

Heidi: BURN. Well done, Tommy B. :-)

Courtney: Bah, I think Tom’s prolly exaggerating – Miss Cleo got shut down how many years ago? That room was probably bank-owned and sitting abandoned in a warehouse in Fresno –  I bet the location scout tasked with procuring a space for that bit nabbed it for pennies on the dollar and blew the rest of his budget on Cuervo. :-)

Tom Bergeron Line O’the Night: “Romeo has found that you’re never too imperiled to plug.” Honorable Mention: “The audience is all calmed down now that I’ve blamed everything on the producers.”

Heidi: Tom finally addressed what everyone noticed a while ago – that Romeo works this show like the media tool it was meant to be. :-) LOL. And then Tom sneaks in another dig at who REALLY makes him put people in jeopardy (and who are responsible for Pia pimpage, stupidest time filler in the history of the show, craptastic songs that don’t go with the dances they’re being used for, etc.) – those pesky producers. Tom was back in fine form after a week where everything (and not just him) seemed a bit forced.

Courtney: Hey, can’t blame the kid – if elimination is likely immenint, you may as well try to get people to come see you elsewhere :-) Sublimal message in Tom’s line about the producers: “Conrad Green is a turd. You will write many letters to the network demanding that he be replaced.  And you will protest outside the office of the Primetime Emmy Awards committee until they agree to fix the results of the Best Reality TV Host competition in my favor.”

Heidi: Man…EVERY year Tommy is robbed in favor of he of the massive dimples – The Probst.  Probst, sit out a season – you are massively edited to get the best results whereas Tom is LIVE every week and never misses a beat!!  The man is deserving!!

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DWTS Week 7 – The Celebrity Contestants Put Their Own Spin On Their Costumes This Week

The costume designer for Dancing With The Stars, Randall Christensen, told Stylist that he let the celebrities put their own “flirty” spin on their costumes this week. Read below and at the link for what happened behind the scenes in preperation for week 7. Note how they had last minute issues with Karina’s costume and they had to rework it. Kirstie added sparkle to her leggings an hour before showtime. What a rush they must have had.

Wilkinson: “Tango is typically danced in black or red and many times lace,” Christensen notes, but he went with a completely different vibe for the reality star. “It was fun to put a spin on that classic silhouette and do a crystal-studded fuchsia bustier.” He added a red, silk satin hip treatment and tiers of red, organza ruffles for a Spanish twist. “The wow factor was hard to miss,” he says.

Alley: The inspiration for her big flirt jive look was the “Cha Cha” character from “Grease.” Her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, ordered up the sparkling leggings for his partner. “We wanted to expose those naughty leopard bra straps and we covered her shoes in leopard on Friday,” Christensen says. After her first fitting, Christensen ripped off an over-skirt to expose the layers of tulle. Then, Alley asked for more sparkle on her leggings, which was applied an hour before show time. “Of course, I couldn’t deny her THAT.”

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: The football pro channeled James Bond in a tango hall, wearing a white dinner jacket, while his partner wore an ultra-sexy, one-shoulder lace gown with a seductive rose fastened at the skirt’s leg-baring hip slit. “The black lace over the nude mesh was the ultimate tango dress. And Hines was Bond — suave, sophisticated and masculine.”

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: Climbed to the top of the leader board in a kelly green roaring ’20s inspired ensemble that produced as much drama backstage as it did in the ballroom. Christensen had to rework Smirnoff’s look hours before the live show after fringe for a planned skirt was sent out for dye and came back the wrong color. “It was a moss green, yikes,” says Christensen. “Karina was a real trooper trusting us to bring the newly conceived skirt idea to reality.”

Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: Her head-to-toe lace body stocking wasn’t exactly a typical Paso Doble look. Nor were the edgy goth details on partner Ballas’ jacket, but Christensen is game for the young Disney star’s desire for unusual costumes. “Traditional paso doble? No! Perfectly appropriate for her age, music and talent? Absolutely!”

The Dancing With The Stars Hairteam at Facebook has pics of some of the ladies costumes up close. Below is Chelsea and Karina’s costumes. The detail is amazing when you think about how fast they have to put these together. More at the link.

And below is Kym getting her make-up fine tuned before the show.

So, who had your favorite costumes this week? I was fond of Kendra’s, Kym’s, and Chelsea’s costumes the most this time.

May 5, 2011 I Written By

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DWTS Season 12, Week 7 – What if??

What if? What if Donny hadn’t been around to muck up the scoring?? What if there hadn’t been a team dance? Well, that second one is less interesting because Donny caused issues all by himself. :-) Seriously, there is always a team dance, so I won’t really talk about that unless someone is desperate to know. Anyway, Courtney said to me, on Twitter – hey, you know, we should have a numbers post showing what the impact was of Donny and the Team dances. My response? Well, gee, I already ran those numbers. :-)

So, you remember the actual scores right?? Kendra ended up going home, which meant that Romeo and Kirstie both got at least 2,660 more votes per million votes cast than she did – not a huge number by any stretch of the imagination. I figured that Kirstie was easily safe, but the question was between Romeo and Kendra – which one had more fans?? Had Romeo really gained a fanbase? Had Kendra turned people off?? Well, really, when you look at that number of 2,660 that is NOT a lot. It doesn’t truly require that Kendra have turned people off or Romeo gaining a huge fanbase. We’ve had similar discussions regarding Bristol and it’s not a huge effort to get that number – literally only 0.26 percent difference in this case, between Kendra and Romeo. That could be five people working really hard. :-) Here are the numbers WITH Donny’s scores and the team dances included:

The Judges Scores and Percentages

Place Celebrity Score Percentage
1. Ralph 66 17.51
2. Hines 66 17.51
3. Chelsea 64 16.98
4. Kendra 61 16.18
5. Kirstie 60 15.92
6. Romeo 60 15.92

Now, look at the exact same table with Donny’s scores removed completely:

The Judges Scores and Percentages, Sans Donny

Place Celebrity Score Percentage
1. Hines 50 17.79
2. Ralph 48 17.08
3. Chelsea 48 17.08
4. Kendra 46 16.37
5. Romeo 45 16.01
6. Kirstie 44 15.66

As you can see, removing Donny’s scores makes a difference. Part of the difference is that the extra score increases the total and therefore decreases the spread. BUT, the fact of the matter is that Donny gave a few wacky scores that impacted the overall positioning of the couples. Here’s what Donny did:

The Donny Effect

Celebrity Score
Hines 9
Ralph 10
Chelsea 8
Kendra 8
Romeo 7
Kirstie 9

Now, I love Kirstie, but that 9 is Cuh-razy. Donny is essentially responsible with putting Ralph in first place and seriously reducing the number of votes Kirstie and Romeo needed to stay over Kendra. Would him not being there have changed who went home? We will never know – but we can speculate. :-) With the Donny-free total scores, Kirstie is the new last place finisher and needs the following to stick around:

– Kirstie needs 3,600 more votes per million votes cast in order to stay over Romeo, OR;
– Kirstie needs 7,200 more votes per million votes cast in order to stay over Kendra.

Now, what do you think?? The way it ACTUALLY played out she only needed ONE more vote than Romeo OR 2,660 more votes per million than Kendra. That’s a pretty sizable difference…unless your name is Kirstie, IMO. Remember, she only needs to achieve ONE of those goals above, not both. I think she still would have managed Romeo, easily, but you just never know. What about Romeo? What happens to his chances of going home?? Romeo needs the following to still stick around:

– Romeo needs Kirstie to NOT get 3,600 more votes per million votes cast than him, OR;
– Romeo needs to get 3,600 more votes per million votes cast than Kendra.

This, I’m not sure about. The difference is that he’s ahead of Kirstie by a nice cushion – but the difference between him and Kendra is larger by a thousand or so votes and I have a feeling that it was pretty close between them. We *know* that he got at least 2,660 more votes per million than Kendra did and we know that Kirstie did too…but what about that extra thousand??

My instinct is that nothing would have actually changed. But 7,200 is a good bit more than 2,660. Like I said, we will never know – but what do you think?

May 4, 2011 I Written By

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