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DWTS Season 12, Week 7 – Dancing by the Numbers

:::sigh::: I will say, thank god for Ralph and Hines, because the show really wasn’t happening for me until they danced. The team dances were okay, but I thought that Team Hines was the clear favorite, both with the studio audience and certainly with me. Ya know, if both teams have technical issues, give an edge to the more entertaining team. For me that was certainly Hines’ team, even though I love Ralph.

Note to the judges – you are ONLY helping the low scoring dancers by giving everyone the same score on the team dance. When you add in that extra 180 points to the total and then divide that into the total score of each couple, you have roughly cut the spread in half. And with it goes the number of votes needed per million cast for a lesser dancer to stay over a better dancer. Essentially, for Romeo to “beat” Ralph, he only needs 16k votes, instead of 30k votes per million votes cast. That’s HUGE. I really don’t think these guys understand the impact of how they score. Are they really good actors that they can drum up faux outrage when a good dancer lands under the red light of doom? Not that I think Ralph is in any danger. I don’t. But they gave Kendra the old helping hand, didn’t they?

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

So, what does all this mean, when combined with my comments above about the team dance? Well, really, I think the only ones REALLY safe are the two at the very top of the leaderboard – Ralph and Hines. I would be surprised by NO ONE else going home. It will all hinge on how hard the fans voted. The problems I see in the near term are with Kirstie and Chelsea – Kirstie is not dancing well and may be wearing out her welcome, and judging by the comments here and elsewhere, Mark is DEFINITELY wearing out his welcome. How long is the average voter just going to vote for Kirstie because they love her and Maks together (like me)? How long are those who used to love Mark going to hold out and keep voting for bad behavior?? This is what I have to ask myself when I look at these numbers. Another problem, as I see it, is Kendra – I’m starting to like her again. She seems to have wrapped her head around ballroom and is having fun. I bet I’m not alone in that. What all this spells for me, still, is that Romeo in trouble, since I think Kirstie has one more week in her and Chelsea’s score MAY be high enough.

Anyway, down to the nitty gritty…Romeo and Kirstie are the low scorers of the night. What do they need in order to stick around? One or the other of them needs ONE of the following things to happen:

- One of them gets ONE more vote per million votes cast than the other, OR;
- One of them gets 2,660 more votes per million votes cast than Kendra, OR;
- One of them gets 10,650 more votes per million votes cast than Chelsea, OR (unlikely);
- One of them gets 16k more votes per million votes cast than either Ralph or Hines.

Now you can see why I am pretty sure that Ralph and Hines are safe. At the very least, I don’t think Romeo is going to pull that many more votes (in addition to everyone else getting way more votes) than Ralph or Hines in order for one of them to leave. Remember, not only does Romeo really have to score the votes for one of them to go, but everyone with a lesser score than them would ALSO have to get way more votes than them. But I skip ahead. :-) So, I’m calling Ralph and Hines safe. But what if Romeo, along with Kirstie, is charming the crowd like crazy (despite both having bad dances last night)?? What if they both get the votes to pass Kendra? Let’s say they both get the 2,660 votes each, per million, to pass her? What would it take for the “shocking elimination” of Chelsea to occur? ALL of the following would have to happen:

- Kendra gets 8,000 more votes per million votes cast than Chelsea, AND;
- Romeo and Kirstie BOTH have to get 10,650 more votes per million votes cast than Chelsea.

If all three of those people get those votes, Chelsea goes home, provided that she doesn’t get more votes than Hines and Ralph and I really don’t see that happening. But then, I don’t see Romeo getting the required votes to outlast Chelsea, so I think she’s safe.

Just for fun, let’s look at the requirements for a SSE – Seriously Shocking Elimination. :-) What would it take for either Hines or Ralph to go home?? For either of them to get the boot, ALL of the following would have to happen:

- Romeo AND Kirstie both get 16k more votes per million votes cast; AND,
- Kendra gets 13,300 more votes per million votes cast than one of them; AND,
- Chelsea gets 5,350 more votes per million votes cast than one of them; AND,
- One of them gets ONE more vote per million votes cast than the other one of them. :-)

Nah. Just don’t see it. My feeling is that it will come down to Kendra and Romeo with Romeo going home – of course, they’ll put Chelsea or Kirstie in “jeopardy”…probably because of Mark’s behavior or they want to boost Kirstie’s votes, which ever feeling is stronger in the producers guts. :-) That we’ll have to see about. I obliquely stated it above, but to clarify, for Kendra to leave both Kirstie and Romeo would have to get 2,660 more votes per million votes cast and all the other dancers get more votes than her as well. Kirstie? No problem, I don’t think (but one can never tell when charm won’t get you past bad dancing anymore). Romeo? Tough call. I like the guy. But is he more well liked that Kendra?? That’s really not very many votes, but Kendra has a more regular presence on TV than Romeo does and therefore, theoretically, more fans. Actually, by giving everyone the same score on the team dances, the judges helped Romeo as much as they did Kendra.

Very sad to say, I think we may have seen the last of Romeo…if not him, then Kendra. Kirstie? You are on notice, honey – you desperately need a good dance next week. Mark, straighten up, because 10k for Romeo and Kirstie isn’t out of the realm if you keep misbehaving. You never know what will make an audience turn on you. A part of me would NOT be surprised for you to be the “shocking elimination” this week. A small part. :-) I think you’re lucky Romeo had a bad dance. It will be interesting to see what happens if I’m wrong. ;-)

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Pure DWTS 12, Week 7 – Interviews After Dance Night (Videos)

George Pennacchio of ABC LA/On The Red Carpet reviews and interviewers our 6 dancing couples from last night after the show. Once again, he does such a good job and gets down to the nitty gritty of it all.

First Up, here is Kirstie and Maks on the most controversial scores of the Season and their characters for their dance. Maks explained what happened in rehearsal this past week. He doesn’t want to back off of Kirstie because he knows how well she can dance;

Romeo is defensive about his dance last night. He wants to come back next week to “show those judges”;

Hines and Kym talk on the pressure of a 4th judge added and a legend. But, Hines is having a blast and wants to continue to give it his all.

Karina and Ralph are much happier with their dance last night versus their dance last week. They loved the “10″ they received, but, Karina questions the “8″ Len gave them.

Kendra and Louis are in the middle and happy with this position. Kendra says they are slowly climbing their way to the top. (I’m starting to soften on her a little. Her attitude is a little better and she’s settling in more.)

Mark and Chelsea talk about the talent of his Mom and how she helped them this week with her honesty. Mark wasn’t happy with the scores the week (like always). He says “whatever”. (now these two I am not softening on in the least. I’m only more annoyed. Mark seems bitter and spoiled.)

Here is ET Online interviewing all of our couples. Kirstie talks about the planned kiss. Ralph and Hines talk on their 10′s. Kendra tells us that Louis designed her dress after Barbie(I liked it, did you?). Chelsea now knows where Mark gets his drive>>> from his MOM!

Access Hollywood interviewed our couples as well last night. Here is one I thought was particularly interesting. Maks talks about his experience during 9-11. More videos at the link.

Stay tuned to this spot. I may add more videos later. ;)

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DWTS12 Week 7 Power Rankings

*yawn* Well, I guess that about sums up “ballroom greats” night for me.  Which is unfortunate, because I was kinda excited about seeing some of my favorites, like Arunas & Katusha and Riccardo & Yulia.  Not sure what it was (maybe Donnie’s bad jokes, maybe some ugly costumes, maybe some lackluster performances), but overall I’m just left feeling a little blase about tonight. And even less enthused about the scoring, which leaves the door WIDE open for a surprise elim.  Yeah, those team scores? All they serve to do is make the points spread EVEN CLOSER…which means literally ANYONE could go home this week.  Even those at the top of the leaderboard.  Are you scared yet? You probably should be.  Pick up that phone while I break it down…

My take on the team dances: Overall, a big disappointment for me, from both teams.  Not too surprised that they tied – although it puts the couples in kind of a bad position, since it only serves to lessen the gap in points between them.  I thought Team Chelsea had the more difficult choreography & more interesting pattern changes, but they were out of sync at several points; I thought Team Hines’ choreo was a bit elementary and not quite as exciting, but they did have the cleaner, more synced-up execution of the two teams.  Neither team really “thrilled” me.  Overall, I doubt the team dances are really going to make a huge impact on voters this week, other than the fact that it might spur them to vote, period.  And vote they should – because this funky points spread this week is a breeding ground for a shock elimination!

1./2.) TIE: Ralph & Karina and Hines & Kym – They’re both tied for the highest score, and I bet they’re both gonna get a lot of votes this week.  Ralph had a comeback week (just like I said he would ;-)) with his quickstep, which I thought was pretty damn cute – entertaining concept, the right choreography, and pretty good execution…I say “pretty good” because Ralph did seem a bit tired to me tonight, or maybe he was just dancing carefully to avoid injuring himself.  Either way, I don’t think it was 10-worthy, but at this point the judges seem to be doling out 10′s so randomly these days that I can’t bring myself to care very much.  Hines is Mr. Consistent, so I imagine he’s consistently getting votes - even though this tango had the same not-100%-there feeling that I got from his Viennese waltz last week.  For me, he kinda alternated between moving crisply & confidently and kinda looking lost and unsure.  And for the first time, his frame kinda looked a little limp to me – not usually a problem Hines seems to have.  As for the team dances – valiant effort by Ralph, and he did better than I thought he would, but was still kinda awkward; Hines did about as well as he did for his first cha-cha, although he seems to have lost a bit of the sparkle that he had the first one – or maybe the novelty has just worn off for me.  Who knows.  I’m gonna cautiously call these two safe, because I think they’ve got the fanbase to stick around despite being in shock elim territory. 

3.) Kirstie & Maks – Eh, this jive could have been worse – she could have both fouled up footwork and been just completely boring to watch (you listening, Bristol? :-)).  Thankfully, she and Maks somehow managed to make what could have been an absolute disaster of a jive halfway entertaining.  Sure, they futzed around without doing any jive for far too long at the beginning, Kirstie completely lost track of her footwork in the side-by-side sections, and overall, there really wasn’t a whole lot of jive here.  Normally, I’d rip this routine a new one – but tonight was a wacky night, and I’m feeling forgiving, since they still managed to entertain me.  I would liken this routine to Niecy & Louis’ Argentine tango in season 10 – not a lot of technique or choreography, so they relied on comedy, and it worked.  Probably the weakest link on Team Hines, which isn’t saying a whole lot when Kendra wasn’t much better.  And really – Kirstie is the master of PR, and seems to be making more people fall in love with her each week, whether she does great or terrible.  Being that they’re tied with Romeo & Chelsie for the lowest score, I think fans are going to be spurred to vote even harder…so I’m gonna call these two safe as well.

4.) Chelsea & Mark – As terrible as this sounds, a part of me ALMOST wants to see these two get sent home, just so Chelsea doesn’t have to deal with Mark’s seemingly volatile moods and in order to give Mark a chance to cool off.  Mark’s behavior has definitely raised my eyebrows this season, but man, I was downright appalled at his behavior tonight. Chelsea looked mortified as he rather defiantly rattled off the list of paso steps he used in their routine, and I could have sworn he made an obscene gesture as he & Chelsea walked to the celebraquarium.  But it’s Chelsea who’s getting scored, not Mark, so I’m going to try to focus on her.  Like pretty much everyone else tonight, I don’t think she was 100% in the pocket of her routine - like I predicted, she seemed to have trouble with the “aggressive” feel of the paso, and like Hines, I feel like she was more in her head than in the dance, and ended up looking more like she was counting steps rather than getting into character.  And choreography-wise, I don’t think the judges were so much upset with the lack of paso steps in the routine – because I actually saw plenty – but just the overall “feel” of the dance, since it was once again Mark being “edgy” and he should know by now that “edgy” and “modern” don’t usually sit well with the judges.  And on top of that – the dancing was just ok.  Definitely not Chelsea’s best, but she did look like she was really trying.  I would say she was probably the MVP of Team Chelsea, but I felt like Mark was once again outdancing her and seemed to be powering her through the moves – which is unfortunate, since I think she’s good enough on her own that she doesn’t really NEED to be powered through them.  Now when it comes down to it – I think these two are a possible “shock elim” tomorrow – possibly moreso than Romeo & Chelsie, since the latter at least has the boon of being tied for the lowest score, which may spur voters more.  I think fans may falsely assume that Chelsea’s ok based on her 4-point lead – and normally they would probably be right, but because of those damn team scores, that 4 point lead is basically peanuts. These two getting eliminated would not shock me at all, based on the numbers.

5.) Romeo & Chelsie – I think Heidi & I simultaneously tweeted something along the lines of “Romeo got the pimp spot? Iiiiiinteresting.” So it makes me wonder if he’s starting to gain momentum in the votes – if so, he could be safer than we think.  But based on this performance alone? Oy…he could be in trouble.  This was a non-event of a samba, just like I had feared – no hip action, low energy (save for a few portions of side-by-side gyrating), and basically Chelsie dancing circles around Romeo.  And it stinks, because I’ve really, really enjoyed Romeo’s performances the past few weeks.  Really & truly, I think they deserved their score – hell, I would even say they were a bit OVERSCORED.  The judges were being a bit kind tonight, IMO.  Had this been a regular week, I don’t think it would have gotten more than a 21.  As for the team dance – meh.  Just not very memorable for me, really.  Anywho, he’s tied for the bottom score, but I quickly did the numbers, and without giving too much away (saving it for Heidi’s post) – he doesn’t have to do much in order to catch up to Kendra.  He could EASILY surpass her in order to stay – as long as he has the votes.  Hell, if he’s really doing well, he could even surpass Chelsea.  He’s tied with Kirstie for the lowest score, but since she’s such a favorite, I don’t think she has anything to really worry about.  So the most likely scenario? It’ll come down to Romeo &…

6.) Kendra & Louis – You’ll have to forgive me – my DVR froze at the beginning of this routine, and I only caught the last 15 seconds or so of it.  What I saw wasn’t necessarily terrible – but it wasn’t necessarily good, either.  Just…odd.  Awkward & uncomfortable, but somehow still going through the motions.  I dunno…I’m not gonna really rely on my opinion of it too much, because I think this week will all come down to who’s got more fans.  A 1-point difference during a regular week? Meh, doesn’t mean much.  A 1-point difference during a 2-dance week? May as well be NOTHING.  I think she’s at a big disadvantage this week, because she’s got 2 people below her in scores (and less of a sense of urgency for people to vote hard for her), and probably doesn’t have enough votes to surpass the next person up (in this case, Chelsea).  And do I need to mention the gigantic target on her back from the past, oh, 3 weeks? :-) I’m wondering just how many Sugar & Spice, Dmitra, & Chericho fans are bitter and are giving their votes to other couples now – other couples that aren’t Kendra & Louis.  In general, I think the viewers may be getting tired of her as well – she’s reigned in the verbal diarrhea, which very well may have been part of her appeal, and is getting a bit…boring.  I wouldn’t say she’s for sure going home tomorrow (I’m bracing for a shock elim, myself)…but I would say she’s definitely in danger.  Hopefully….lord knows I cannot handle another “Bristol”!

Ok gang, how did you guys feel about “ballroom greats” week? Did you feel as apathetic about everything as I did, or were you thrilled? :-) Is Kendra’s number FINALLY up this week???? SOUND OFF!!!

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DWTS 12, Week 6 – The Cheesecake Awards!!

Heidi here – I found Courtney and she finally finished her part. :-) She made some excuse about being a good girlfriend – but for 24 hours?? Dayum. ;-) I will also say that I tried and tried and TRIED to come up with some form of “dirty old man” award for Len – that whole little voice over with the picture-in-picture thing he did for Hines and Kym on the “Road to the Finals” was just KILLING ME in it’s bizarre, chuckly tone. Seriously killing me. Killing me so bad that…I got nuthin’. :-) I wish I could think of a prize to give to the commenter who comes up with the best line…but I got nuthin’ there either. So, give it a shot just for fun. :-) On with the show…

The “Elephant in the Room” Award: Pia Toscano’s performance

Courtney: They hyped this one for all it was worth – the commercials, the near-constant mentions on the performance show. Hell, they even made a point of showing us Mark & Pia acting all “chummy” (with a sulking Karina off to the side) before the commerical break.  But don’t anyone DARE ask Pia about Mark, or vice-versa!!! No no no no…that’s not of our business, she’s just here because she’s so insanely talented that DWTS & Idol put aside their mutual hatred (and ironclad legal agreements)  in order to allow her to perform.  It has absolutely NOTHING to do with the fact she’s been spotted out on dates with him on several occasions – and that was only a happy accident that TMZ just happened to be at the same place at the same time…more than once.  Shame on us for even being curious!!! Did you guys sense the sarcasm there? :-) My point: don’t ram these two down our throats at every opportunity, and then act all taken aback when someone inquires about their liasion.  DWTS viewers are not dumb – they can smell when something’s rotten in the state of Denmark.

Heidi:Especially when Mark and Pia are pictured having dinner with Harry Levin of TMZ fame. :-) I felt bad for Tom – don’t think he really wanted to play their game. But it also occurs to me that the new singing show airing on NBC at the same time could be part of this deal. The Voice?? Why else would AI and DWTS team up? I can’t imagine they are that invested in pimping either Mark or Pia that much – and really AI wins more with that one. Don’t they have right of first refusal on record deals with the Top 10 or so? Sure does make sense to keep her in the public eye. Good lord I’m a cynic. :-) But yeah, Mark and Pia have really given up their right to act coy at this point. And I’m Sooooo over it. In any case, we’ll probably never see her with Mark again. At 11 mil viewers, the Voice is no threat to AI or DWTS. Mission accomplished.

Musical Guest We’d Most Like to See Back as a Contestant: Donnie Wahlberg

Courtney: When I first saw Peta tweeting about she & Anna performing with Donnie & Joey from NKOTB, I think I groaned aloud…something like “This oughta be good…NOT.” Then I actually saw it happen – and I have to admit, I was slack-jawed by the end of the short little routine they did and found myself wanting to see more of Donnie & Peta dancing! Did you guys see this guy’s hip action & arms??? INSANELY GOOD.  Especially if he only had a few hours of practice with Peta.  Hell, while Joey was (and still is) adorable, now I kinda wish they had gotten Donnie for season 1 of DWTS instead – he could have mopped the floor with Kelly Monaco.  Sadly, while there seem to be many others on Twitter campaigning for a Donnie & Peta partnership on DWTS13, I doubt it’s gonna happen anytime soon – he’s tied up with Blue Bloods, which is on CBS.  *sigh* Then again, DWTS seems to have climbed into bed with Idol (which is on Fox), so maybe it’s not completely out of the question…;-)

Heidi:Am I missing something? Why wouldn’t Donnie be considered just as big a ringer as Nicole, Sabrina, Mel B and Lance? I mean, people got on Nicole for Pussycat Dolls, Sabrina for Cheetah Girls and Mel B for that silly British Girl band, Girls Aloud…I mean Spice Girls. ;-) Why is the ringer label not popping up if it’s a boy band? Lance never got it much either. Don’t get it – they have the same experiences. I have a feeling this is another case of it being okay for the guys but not the girls. But then, as a music snob who dated musicians before I wised up, I know next to nothing about either BSB or NKOTB. :-) All THAT said – I don’t mind a ringer. Especially after this season.

Courtney: Oh I don’t doubt that there will be cries of “ringer!” if and when this does happen – and that’s a big IF.  But I daresay, with all the buzz I’m seeing on Twitter, it would not surprise me if his name cropped up in some of our DWTS13 Casting Rumors posts.  And I have no problems with that…Donnie seems like he’d be entertaining to watch.  And he’s still kinda eye-candyish…in a rugged, bad boy sorta way.  I think he’s made my “list”…yeah, THAT list ;-)

Heidi: Oh, I have no problem with ringers as long as EVERYONE gets the same criteria applied to them. Somehow, though, I think that someone is only truly a ringer if they happen to be dancing with Derek Hough. The problem for me was never that someone was a ringer, but the labeling of everyone Derek danced with a ringer. Which is just, sorry, ignorant. :-)

The Ego A-Go-Go Award: Donny Osmond

Courtney: For someone that won the show 3 SEASONS AGO, Donny is sure acting the part of a recent MBT trophy winner pretty well – he’s cropping up and offering his “commentary” to pretty much anyone that will listen, and by commentary, I mean him accusing this season’s male contestants of having a “big ego”…and reminding us that he won season 9. :-) I know, I know – many of you claim he’s “just joking”…but if that is indeed the case, it’s getting old…or rather, it’s already gotten old, and now it’s just kinda annoying.  Not quite sure why he keeps repeating this one…is it because he’s scared that he might loose his title of “last dude to win DWTS” to one of this season’s guys? Hmmmm…

Heidi:He needs a mirror check, fer real. Then he was saying that Chelsea looks like a pro to him – as if he’s qualified to know what pro dancing looks like. But then, he dances next to Marie 8 shows a week in Vegas – I bet Chelsea does look pretty good. :-D

Production Screw Up of the Week: the Camera work on Kirstie’s Samba Package

Heidi: Note to the producers – giving the camera to the field producer who shakes like he’s got DT’s is not a way to show that you are a high class operation. Dang, people, the shaking in the effort to get the shot made the whole thing nauseating. So, did someone have a hard night of partying? Undiagnosed Parkinson’s? What? Maybe an investment in a steadycam is a good idea.

Courtney: Looks like the B-squad of Muppet & primate camera operators are back in action in order to cut down the overhead costs…since they blew their budget on musical guests this past week.  I’m gonna blame Animal for this one – I bet he’s a huge Kirstie fan, and was excitedly chanting “SAMBA! SAMBA! SAMBA!” while trying to get the shot. :-)

Brooke Burke DUH! Line of the Week: “Were you hoping for 9′s?” Said to Kirstie and Maks AFTER their package clearly stated they were hoping for Nines.

Heidi: Sorry, Brooke fans, my eyes rolled right out of my head. No Brooke, I’m sure they were hoping for fives or sixes. Jaysus. I blame the voices in her head – they can’t be too sharp either or she would have better questions to ask.

Courtney: DEET-DAH-DEE.  The problem with canned responses – they don’t work if the context changes.  So if Kirstie mentions something beforehand about wanting all 9′s, you better have a backup response planned, Brookie…hell, you can always use the uber-generic “So how did it feel to get out there and perform this week?” or even “Do you guys want some cheesecake?” ;-) Just make sure you only use the backup phrase once in a broadcast, lest you look like a complete nincompoop. 

The “Don’t Screw With Me, I can go to Videotape at Anytime” Award for Revenge is a Dish Best Served…NOW!! – Tom Bergeron, for cutting to video of Bruno in Elton’s Video right after Bruno gets WAY too carried away with Kendra, calling her a stripper and waving dollar bills at her, among other things.

Heidi: Bwahahaha….this was seriously priceless, and should teach Bruno to reign it in a bit, as the producers can cut to that video AT ANY TIME. Dude, you best be careful with what you call people – we’ve seen your attire. I especially loved the black swimsuit number that looked like something out of a gay porn movie.

Courtney: What the hell WAS that black thing? Looked vaguely like a diaper onesie…that the biker from Village People would have worn had he been incontinent.  Some of those dance moves were something else, too…vaguely seizure-ish.  Is this where Gaga gets her inspiration? Anywho, I doubt Kendra is gonna go anywhere near Bruno with a ten-foot pole after seeing that video…not that she would have beforehand, anyway.  As far as Bruno’s concerned…he’d prolly rather leave Kendra and just take the 10 foot pole ;-) ZING!!! Too much?

Heidi: Too much? Are you kidding? ;-)

Tom Bergeron Line O’the Night: “Bruno said, after seeing his younger self, isn’t it a shame about gravity?” Honorable Mention: “It’s like having imaginary friends” said in reference to him reading his lines about the couples behind him and turning to see they weren’t there.

Heidi: Tommy was on a roll…and apparently Bruno displeased him at some point during the night, because he had a bullseye on his chest. :-) LOVED the line about gravity, but it was also especially hilarious to watch him on the results show turn to see no couples on the stage behind him. And turn again to find them still not there. And again…I think he turned around three times and none of the couples were ever there. It was hilarious. I expect to see a porn clip of the stage manager who caused this on next weeks show. :-) “Roll videotape!”

Courtney: Poor Tom.  First he was tasked with asking the uncomfortable “Mark & Pia” question, and then he had to stall for time when there were no couples behind him.  Luckily for us – Tom is a master time-filler ;-) And a master of putting judges on ego trips in their places.  He’s done it to Len and Bruno…the question is: will he have the cojones to dredge up footage of a topless Carrie Ann from her days as a bald pole-dancer on Madonna’s Girlie Show tour? Or how bout a clip from her turn as a *gasp* topless Vegas showgirl in Showgirls? And there’s always the footage of her playing naughty Japanese schoolgirl Fook Mi (or is it Fook Yu?) in the third Austin Powers movie.  If I were Carrie Ann, I’d be on my best behavior ;-)

The “It’s the Charleston, I can’t help myself” Award for Out Dancing Your Partner: Mark Ballas

Heidi: Sweetie, we know you’re a pro. And your dance with Chelsea was actually good – until we got to the Charleston section where you just cut loose and out dance her. Calm it down a bit, would ya? Chelsea is a GOOD dancer, but when you out dance her like that it makes her look less talented than she is. The plus side is, of course, that one can make a GREAT drinking game out of the moments where you out dance her. Some nights, the result is a slight buzz, other nights result in severe alcohol poisoning. This was a “slight buzz” night, so all hope is not lost. :-)

Courtney: Man…glad I didn’t try to play the Mark Ballas drinking game last season.  If I had, I’d probably be using this site to solicit a black-market liver donation :-) But man, Mark does seem to love the Charleston – or really any dance that gives him the excuse to do crazy legs and pull crazy faces.  And that section really did highlight the contrast between pro & celeb – poor Chelsea, god love her, was moving so gingerly, so as not to exacerbate Mark’s ankle injury; Mark was out there dancing like it was 1999 (I <3 Prince…another guilty pleasure ;-)).  I mean, I give the guy props for soldiering through his injury…but was it really necessary to go this balls-to-the-walls? He could have toned it down a bit and still had a great performance.

The Award for Saccharine Sweet Confessionals, Season 12: Hines and Kym

Heidi: I LIKE Saccharine Sweet!! Too much sugar makes me nauseous. :-) Seriously, since the beginning of the season Hines and Kym have been doing their own personal version of the end zone dance in the confessional and I keep meaning to mention how cute and endearing it is. Complete with “Whoop Whoop”s. :-) I think this is Hines getting it out of his system because he said his momma doesn’t like it when he does the real thing. :-) So cute.

Courtney: Methinks it’s only a matter of time before they’re doing the end zone dance…in the bedroom. ;-) HIYOOOO!

The Award for the Worst Unintended (I think) Innuendo in the History of the Show: Hines Ward for a comment SO bad that I can’t actually explain it here. :-)

Heidi: Does anyone know what I’m talking about, or am I the only one with an extremely dirty mind?? I seriously can’t repeat it. I will just say that Hines was talking about singing in the shower, and his fans…and he uses a word that, well, puts the conversation in a very dirty context. Puts a whole different spin on…showers. The producers didn’t show it in his package with Kym, but it did slip through in one of those deals where they show clips of various celebs rehearsing right before they go to commercial. I watched it three times, because I couldn’t quite believe I heard it. I’m STILL wondering if I actually heard it. Help me. :-)

Courtney: Oh no – you certainly weren’t all alone in that one.  Watching DWTS this week quickly went from PG to X-rated after I heard that one…and I’m not even sure the clean interpretation of what he said really makes sense.  Maybe Hines is lonely…he’s made it clear he wants to smooch on Kym, he got up close & personal with a pillow while practicing last week, and then there’s this phrase.  Sounds to me like homeboy needs some loving.  ;-)

The Blatant Honesty is the Best Comedy Award, Week 6: Kendra Wilkinson for her “My boobs aren’t what God gave me.”

Heidi: I have to give the girl props – her response to Louis was just priceless. I laughed out loud. Now, the jury is out on whether she was intentionally hilarious, or it was just a fortunate accident, but I will give her the benefit of the doubt. :-) This is one of those times that the lack of a filter paid off in a big way.

Courtney: I’m gonna go with “happy accident” on this one.  But one thing I have to credit Kendra with is not being ashamed of having some work done…there are women in the entertainment industry who are seen on a Monday with B-cups and then again on a Friday with D-cups (and no assistance from a bra, mind you)…and they swear up and down that they haven’t had implants.  Rigggght…you just had a growth spurt. A really fast one. At age 34. :-) Kendra, props to you for not denying your silicone friends. And for your verbal diarrhea actually paying the dividends this time :-)

The TMI Award – Week 6: Chelsie Hightower for her “I have to pee” in the behind the scenes of the performance show.

Heidi: This was actually a cute exchange. Chelsie looks at the producer right before she and Romeo dance and says “I have to pee”. His response? “Now is really not a good time”. The part that struck me funniest was her “I’m aware of that” in response to him. LOL – but girl, why did you TELL him you had to pee if you knew there was nothing either you or he could do about it? Just a random observation you felt like you had to share? :-)

Courtney: Court’s conspiracy theory: she had a sinking feeling that Romes was gonna pull something during their waltz (in this case, a kiss), and this was a last-ditch effort to get out of it.  Not that a delay while Chelsie peed would have stopped him – that boy seems like he’s head-over-heels for Chelsie and is bound & determined to win her affections.  Kinda cute – but kinda uncomfortable for Chelsie, obviously.  Lord knows I’ve made my fair share of dumb excuses in order to avoid spending time with guys who’s affections I didn’t always return…”Sorry dude, I’d love to go to dinner with you, but I’ve gotta clean the grout in my bathroom.”

The Inigo Montoya “Inconceivable” Award for Not Knowing what A Word Actually Means: Bristol Palin and “advice”

Heidi: So, Bristol’s advice to Chelsea? Make it to the final. Ummmm….how do we explain this word “advice” to Bristol? By saying that making it to the final is the RESULT of good advice, not the advice itself?? Like, “always have fun when dancing” or “bitch slap Mark when he over dances you” or “don’t talk about giving the middle finger to ‘haters’” is good advice?

Courtney: That advice is second in crappiness only to the ultimate in useless advice: “Win the MBT.” Makes me laugh that they even decided to have Bristol give her commentary, since she only made it to the final based on sympathy from the judges and some particularly passionate voters…as opposed to the dance skills of some of her fellow commentators.

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DWTS Stats Class – Week 7

“Ballroom Greats” Theme Night…? Er?

See Guilty Pleasure Night I totally agreed with, that was nice. Hell I wouldn’t mind a “One Hit Wonders” Night to bring back some good old fashioned memories, but puhlease!

ANYWAY! To the predictions

Ralph and Karina – Quickstep
- Age [40s]: 22.412
- Occupation [Actor]: 24.333
- Pro Partner: 21.143
Averaged Predicted Score: 22
Thoughts: Ok, I’m a little excited about this dance, mainly because I loved his Foxtrot in the opening week and the magic that came with it and I REALLY want to see that spark again. They captured the spark last week had it not been for the mishap, I’m hoping that the sparkle stays this week.

Kirstie and Maks – Jive
- Age [60s]: 21
- Occupation [Actress]: 21
- Pro Partner: 23.6
Averaged Predicted Score: 21
Thoughts: Umm, help? I don’t know if this is a very good choice for Kirstie considering how winded she has been after dancing. I’m worried, very very worried, but if anything she’s had time to build up some stamina along the way, so here’s hoping.

Romeo and Chelsie – Samba
- Age [20s]: 26.615
- Occupation [Singer]: 25.222
- Pro Partner: 22
Averaged Predicted Score: 24
Thoughts: Romeo is continuing his uphill climb on the leaderboard tying for first last week. Is he peaking too early or just right? Only time will tell.

Hines and Kym – Tango
- Age [30s]: 25.283
- Occupation [NFL]: 23.5
- Pro Partner: 24.8
Averaged Predicted Score: 24
Thoughts: Hines is probably one of the few celebrities that is pretty strong in both ballroom and latin dances. He’s that fantastic balance. I expect him to do decently well in the Tango, just how well? I don’t know

Chelsea and Mark – Paso Doble
- Age [20s]: 26.8
- Occupation [Disney]: 26
- Pro Partner: 28.6
Averaged Predicted Score: 27
Thoughts: Ok, I’ll admit it, she is grudgingly rubbing off on me and I don’t like it. But the numbers show that she is slowly climbing up the leaderboard as well. Still I prefer Romeo/Chelsie pairing over the Chelsea/Mark pairing. But considering this is a Quickstep I expect her scores to go sky high.

Kendra and Louis – Tango
- Age [20s]: 25.25
- Occupation [Reality TV]: 20.5
- Pro Partner: 24.25
Averaged Predicted Score: 23
Thoughts: I’m going to repeat what I said last week: Why the frack is she still around? Can’t we cut her out please? Like now? I’ve got nothing to say about her, she’s not improving in my opinion, and her comments come off as odd for me. So yeah, gone… like now… like last week. Now aside from all that, I’ll grudgingly admit, she seemed to have fun with her Samba last week, granted that table dance was a bit over the top, and she seemed far too comfortable up there, regardless, unless she gets over her phobia over the more elegant dances, I really don’t want to watch her.

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DWTS Season 12, Week 7 – Who’s Dancing What…When?

Ah, time for the Team Dancings once again. :-) I usually like the team dances…we’ll see if this season holds up for me.

Also, once again, we have a random assemblage of dances which I assume is due to the stupid-ass theme weeks they keep foisting on us. This week it’s “Ballroom Greats” or some such thing. Hey, here’s an idea!! How about we have a week (or several) where you give the couples actual songs that go with the actual dances – and then everyone dances. Preferably one of two dances on a given night. How’s that for a “theme”?? :::rolls eyes::: We should be so lucky. I think once they start down the road to stupid, it’s hard to do a U Turn.

Anyway…who’s dancing what?? Oh, and I’d like to thank Louis Van Amstel for his big mouth and sharing “Team Ham” with us. :-)

Ralph and Karina – Quickstep
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.08

Kenda and Louis – Tango
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.07

Chelsea and Mark – Paso Doble
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.01

Kirstie and Maks – Jive
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.11

Kirstie and Maks had fun up on stage at the Prince concert last night:

Romeo and Chelsie – Samba
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.05

Chelsie with her family after rehearsal yesterday:

Hines and Kym – Tango
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.03

For some reason, Louis called his Cha Cha team Team HAM. Why this makes sense, since the team consists of Hines/Kym, Kendra/Louis and Kirstie/Maks, I don’t know. Someone want to clue me in? :-)

That leaves the other team consisting of Ralph/Karina, Chelsea/Mark and Romeo/Chelsie. Well. I dunno, based on choreography, I have to go with Team Ham – and I’d be okay with that, if we could switch Ralph with Kendra. :-) Based on past team performances, I just think that Maks, Kym and Louis have the edge, even if they don’t have the “best” partners, other than Hines. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how the judges are feeling this week and if they’re smoking high grade stuff or not. :-)

As for the individual dances? I think Romeo and Hines are probably in good shape. Chelsea and Ralph probably are also, although more Ralph than Chelsea. I have a hard time seeing smiley Chelsea in the the passionate Paso. Kirstie and Kendra? Oh dear. For different reasons. I know it’s very hard to remember that Kirstie Alley is 60 years old, but 60 she is – and the Jive is hard. Kirstie is way older than me and I don’t know if *I* could do the Jive for 90 seconds. I’m hoping that several weeks of dancing has increased her stamina. As for Kendra – well, she’s a wild card at this point, but I think it’s safe to say that she better pull it off or she could be in trouble. But a Tango? Man…can’t see this one either.

There weren’t many (any?) pictures of the couples competing this week, so I’m doing a little update on those no longer on the show…for one reason or another. :-) Derek had fun at the UFC Fights in Toronto with some of his gang from Cobu 3D, including Allison Holker from SYTYCD and Napoleon of Napoleon and Tabitha who are two of the apparently several choreographers on the movie.

And I couldn’t resist this picture of Julianne and her babies in Miami for filming “Rock of Ages”:

Anna and Jonathan at the Race to Erase MS event the other night. Anna commented that they looked like they were at prom. :-)

WOW – she looks AMAZING.

And you all recognize this lovely lady – Edyta Slwinska with the Willmington Baseball team’s Mascot; Edyta threw out the first pitch, apparently.

Guess which dancing family this little one belongs to. It’s all in the eyes… :-)

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Dancing With The Stars Week 7 – Las Vegas Odds Before The Show

It’s that time again to see how our couples stack up for the Las Vegas odds. What a crazy, unpredictable year. It seems the odds makers can never call it right. They had Chris, who was picked to go, tied with Romeo last week in 4th place. I hope they are wrong again because I don’t like Kirstie’s position which was next to the last before this week. But, that’s ok because Girl keeps defying the odds and everyone else. :D So, here’s to the new Las Vegas odds (which are placed in order from first to last). Let’s take a sip of wine (and pray it’s Kendra’s week to go this week. :idea: ), relax, and enjoy the showdown. :)

1. Hines Ward 5/4
2. Chelsea Kane 11/4
3. Lil’ Romeo 5/1
4. Ralph Macchio 15/2
5. Kirstie Alley 8/1
6. Kendra Wilkinson 18/1

Source: SportsBoDog

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DWTS 12, Week6 – The Dancing With The Stars Unaired Confessionals (Video)

Kirstie feels like it’s Christmas (LOL to Mak’s expressions!! So funny!). Chris was disappointed. Romeo still wants to buy diamonds for Chelsie. Mark and Chelsea rap to “28″ (more like an “undeserved 28″ in my opinion). Kendra is yellow and on a uprise like the sun. Hines is a true MVP of the ballroom and Kym’s heart too I think. Ralph is not ready to give up on this journey. All this and more below for what ABC didn’t show us on Tuesday.

Don’t miss seeing some our couples getting ready for this week’s shows at the DWTS Make up Facebook page too.

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DWTS Season 12, Week 6 – No Rest For The Weary (Videos)

Usually, our dancing couples party after the Results show. Well, this wasn’t the case last night. Right after the show, the remaining couples went straight to rehearsals to practice their team dances. They didn’t finish until after midnight. PopTvDotCom caught them arriving and leaving rehearsals. Corky Ballas and Joey McIntyre are also interviewed in the second video.

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DWTS 12 “Guilty Pleasures” Week – Skimpy, Cut-out, Beaded Costumes Dominated The Dance Floor

Stylist takes us backstage with Randall Christensen once again to discuss this week’s costume highlights and how he and his crew were inspired. I love what he says about Kirstie and how they have to keep taking in her costumes every week. He addresses the costume issue in Karina’s fall too and more.

Kendra Wilkinson: For her booty-shaking Samba the reality star and her partner, Louis van Amstel wanted “to express “Livin La Vida Loca” and beaded fringe did it,” says Christensen. “Of course the cut of the dress — sexy neckline, bare sides, micro miniskirt — lent itself to those steamy nights in Rio de Janeiro.” The look produced the desired reaction: Judge Bruno Tonioli described the performance as “attack of the killer boobs” and Wilkinson earned her best score.

Kirstie Alley: The 60-year-old actress recently proclaimed she’s almost danced her way into a size 6 and the short, copper, fringe-accented Samba dress Christensen created was a celebration of her toned figure. “I love dressing curvy women and accentuating those feminine curves was a blast,” says Christensen who used short bands of fringe to smother Alley’s skirt with shades of copper and brown. “Kirstie is quite literally melting away and we are taking in her costumes every week. That beautiful transformation of slimming down by toning up is wonderful to witness.”

Ralph Macchio: Smirnoff told co-host Brooke Burke after a week spent worrying if Macchio could manage his dramatic paso doble cape, she tripped on it. Before performing in his royal blue, gold and hot pink opera jacket, “Ralph actually practiced with a cape skirt to familiarize himself with the extra movement the cape would make,” Christensen says. And the couples’ dress rehearsal went off without a hitch: “I’m always biting my nails during dress rehearsal — which is only two hours before we go live on the East Coast — to make sure the costumes function properly without interfering with the performance.” He gave Macchio kudos for his “chivalrous recovery.”

Chelsea Kane: Thirty-five yards of silk chiffon were used to execute Kane’s vision of a flirty, bedazzled “schoolgirl on a field trip” dress.

Romeo: For his “Titanic” themed waltz, Christensen created a flowing, feminine, turn-of-the-century inspired multi-colored ballgown for partner Chelsie Hightower, while dressing the rapper in a replica of Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Jack” costume. The ruched midriff and square neckline on Hightower’s dress were in keeping with the couples’ romantic vision.

The Miami Herald has a great new interview up with Randall as well this week. Below he addresses the wildest costume he ever had to design for the show, Kirstie’s shoe mishap, and more. Be sure to read the rest of the interview at the link because he also talks about why women over 40 are “so hot”.

What is the wildest outfit you ever created?
I would have to say dressing Toni Braxton in a Marie Antoinette “cage’’ gown . . . in four days! That was our biggest challenge and our most over-the-top costume. Another would be Joana Kruppa’s “Futuristic Paso Doble’’ and wiring the lights all over her costume, and keeping them working while she danced a strenuous routine.

Kirstie Alley had a shoe mishap. Is that common?
Losing a shoe is one of those freak accidents. When she was being spun across the floor, Kirstie made sure her foot did not come off the floor; thereby being penalized for doing a “lift.’’ She put a lot of pressure on her foot to maintain contact with the floor. Unfortunately, her toes slipped out.

How do you choose the high heels? Aren’t they hard to dance in?
Typically, a 2.5 to a 3 inch heel is the best height for proper balance and skeletal alignment. The shoes we use [made from a company in Beverly Hills] are specially made for a dance floor with suede soles. They are quite lightweight yet still have a strong steel shank to support the arch and heel.

Do celebs have any choice in what they wear?
Definitely. All of the contestants are in on each design session. They need to feel their most confident, and it is my job to get inside their head and find out what makes them tick, what makes them happy.

So, which costumes did you like the most this week? Once again, I have to give this honor to Chelsie and Romeo. Chelsie was gorgeous in purple chiffon. I loved Maks and Kirstie’s costumes too. I was hoping she’d choose something dark and with long fringes. They need to be careful about giving her bright colors.

More photos (like the photos above) at OnTheRedCarpet.com.

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