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DWTS Finale – What the Media has to Say

E! News on the Winner of DWTS and the Finale as a whole:

Marc Malkin, from E! Online, is none to pleased that his favorite didn’t win:

From ET Online:

On Tuesday night’s thrilling “Dancing with the Stars” finale Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas walked away with the coveted mirror ball trophy — and ET was backstage to celebrate with the season eight champions!

“It feels amazing,” Shawn Johnson says about the victory. “I don’t know how we did it. I guess we like to save things for the last second. We worked really hard, I feel like I’ve grown so much. I can officially say I am a dancer and that is amazing to me, I never imagined that.”

“To be on the stage especially next to Gilles [Marini] and Cheryl [Burke] and Melissa [Rycroft] and Tony [Dovolani] was amazing,” Mark says. “I’m just so honored to have had Shawn as a partner and to take her this far. Thank you to the fans for voting for us. Thank you.”

May 20, 2009 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 Top 3 Miscellaneous News Reports

I picked up a couple of DWTS stories on various entertainment news shows and thought I’d share. ;-)

Extra

Access Hollywood – Ty cracks me up!! As does the Gilles/Tony Bromance. Does this make me a shipper? ;-)

May 16, 2009 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. :-)

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Thanks for your help. Also, I’m sticking with my Dancing with the Stars rankings and predicting that Ty and Chelsie will be sent home tonight. Also, we’re lucky that tonight we’ll get to see Maks and Anna Demidova and Kym Johnson and Mayo Alanen battle it out for the new professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars Season 9. The special guest performer is Raphael Saadiq.

May 12, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars 2009 Top 4 Music

UPDATE: Check out all the latest Dancing with the Stars Music.

The following is a list of all the music from the 2 hour Dancing with the Stars top 4. If you’re looking for music from previous episodes, you can find the entire list here.

Dancing with the Stars Top 4 Music List
Melissa & Tony danced a Quickstep to the song “I Got Rhythm”—Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George & Ira Gershwin Song Book - I Got Rhythm
Melissa & Tony danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Save the Last Dance for Me”—Michael Bublé Michael Bublé - It's Time - Save the Last Dance for Me
Gilles & Cheryl danced a Waltz to the song “Come Away with Me”—Norah Jones Norah Jones - Come Away With Me - Come Away With Me
Gilles & Cheryl danced a Salsa to the song “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”—Pitbull Pitbull - I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) - EP - I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) [More English Extended Mix]
Shawn & Mark danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre)”—Gotan Project Gotan Project - Shall We Dance? - Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre)
Shawn & Mark danced a Jive to the song “Reet Petite”—Jackie Wilson Jackie Wilson - Jackie Wilson: 20 Greatest Hits - Reet Petite
Ty & Chelsie danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Tuesday’s Gone”—Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd - The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd - Tuesday's Gone
Ty & Chelsie danced a Samba to the song “Concrete and Clay”—Martin Plaza Unit 4 + 2 - Rushmore - Concrete and Clay

The following were the songs and dances chosen as their favorite dances:
Melissa & Tony chose their favorite dances as Foxtrot to the song “Recipe for Love” Harry Connick, Jr. - We Are In Love - Recipe for Love—Harry Connick, Jr. and Samba to the song “Jaleo” Ricky Martin - Almas del Silencio - Jaleo—Ricky Martin

Gilles & Cheryl chose their favorite dances as Foxtrot to the song “Fever” Peggy Lee - The Best of Miss Peggy Lee - Fever—Peggy Lee and Paso Doble to the song “Habanera” Charlotte Church, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera & Sian Edwards - Prelude - The Best of Charlotte Church - Habañera—Charlotte Church

Shawn & Mark chose their favorite dances as Quickstep to the song “Friend Like Me” Robin Williams - Aladdin (Original Soundtrack) - Friend Like Me—Robin Williams (from Aladdin) and Paso Doble to the song “Gotta Get thru This” Daniel Bedingfield - Gotta Get Thru This - Gotta Get Thru This—Daniel Bedingfield

Ty & Chelsie chose their favorite dances as Quickstep to the song “Life Is a Highway” Rascal Flatts - Cars - Life Is a Highway—Rascal Flatts and Lindy Hop to the song “You and Me and the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)—Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

May 11, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Power Rankings Week 10

We’re back again with another week of my Dancing with the Stars power rankings. Last week’s Dancing with the Stars power rankings got rocked a little when Lil’ Kim and Derek Hough were sent packing. From the looks of the boards and other online sources, it seems like a lot of people were surprised that Derek and Lil’ Kim were sent home.

We’re down to the Dancing with the Stars final 4. This is a big week, because making it to the finale of Dancing with the Stars is an achievement in itself. This is even more true for the professional dancers who get paid more the farther they go. Without further ado, here’s my Dancing with the Stars top 4 power rankings.

1. Shawn & Mark – I’m still putting my money on Shawn because of popularity. As expected the top 3 were within a point of each other which basically means it comes down to America’s vote. Watch for the same type of scoring this week.

2. Gilles & Cheryl – Gilles is lucky to have the waltz this week. It’s a perfect dance for his frame and posture. Expect it to be a highlight of the show. Salsa is just a fun dance that should get him and Cheryl a few extra votes from the fans as well.

3. Melissa & Tony – I almost placed Melissa above Gilles, because Melissa fans have really been doing amazing things. Seems like all the bitter women are still providing Melissa the sympathy vote. However, Melissa has the dreaded Quickstep which is hard dance to do and score well. So, expect her judges scores for the quickstep to be lower.

4. Ty & Chelsie – I shouldn’t bet against the cowboy, but his time has come. The other three are just so good that I think it will be difficult for Ty to overcome what will be poor scoring. Yes, I am saying that Ty’s samba butt shaking is going to score low.

Anyone care to disagree with my Dancing with the Stars power rankings?

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Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Special Guest Jamie Cullum

The amazing cowboy somehow sticks around again. If he makes it to the finals, he’ll be the biggest long shot ever on Dancing with the Stars. That would be unbelievable. I’m sad to see Lil’ Kim and Derek Hough go. Derek was getting the most out of Lil’ Kim’s performances. The following is the music from the DWTS results show:

Jamie Cullum sang the song “I Get a Kick out of You” Jamie Cullum - Twenty Something - I Get a Kick Out of You with Agnieszka Kazmierczak and Urs Gaisenhainer dancing.

Pro Dancer Competition music
Afton & Cody danced a Samba to the song “Hips Don’t Lie” Shakira - Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 - Hips Don't Lie (feat. Wyclef Jean)—Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean
Mayo & Lisa danced a Quickstep to the song “Walking On Sunshine” Katrina & The Waves - Anthology - Walking On Sunshine
Anna & Maurice danced a Tango to the song

May 5, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars 2009 Music – 2 Dance Night

We’re down to the final 5 and each couple now is dancing 2 dances each on the show. This is a real challenge for the stars to be able to remember 2 often very different dances.

Check out the Dancing with the Stars music from tonight’s episode or look back at the previous Dancing with the Stars music:

Shawn & Mark danced a Quickstep to the song “Friend Like Me”—Robin Williams Robin Williams - Aladdin (Original Soundtrack) - Friend Like Me Amazon MP3

Shawn & Mark danced a Paso Doble to the song “Gotta Get thru This”—Daniel Bedingfield Daniel Bedingfield - Gotta Get Thru This - Gotta Get Thru This Amazon MP3

Ty & Chelsie danced a Argentine Tango to the song “Amor Que Se Baila”—Otros Aires Otros Aires - Buddha Bar IX - Amor Que Se Baila

Ty & Chelsie danced a Rumba to the song “Free Fallin’”—Tom Petty Tom Petty - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits - Free Fallin' Amazon MP3

Lil’ Kim & Derek danced a Waltz to the song “When I Need You”—Leo Sayer Leo Sayer - The Very Best of Leo Sayer - When I Need You Amazon MP3

Lil’ Kim & Derek danced a Salsa to the song “Por Arriba, Por Abajo”—Ricky Martin Ricky Martin - Vuelve - Por Arriba, por Abajo Amazon MP3

Gilles & Cheryl danced a Foxtrot to the song “Fever”—Peggy Lee Peggy Lee - The Best of Miss Peggy Lee - Fever Amazon MP3

Gilles & Cheryl danced a Rumba to the song “Sexual Healing”—Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye - Midnight Love & the Sexual Healing Sessions - Sexual Healing Amazon MP3

Melissa & Tony danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Angel”—Sarah McLachlan Sarah McLachlan - Closer - The Best of Sarah McLachlan (Deluxe Version) - Angel Amazon MP3

Melissa & Tony danced a Samba to the song “Jaleo”—Ricky Martin Ricky Martin - Almas del Silencio - Jaleo Amazon MP3

May 4, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Power Rankings

This is my first edition of the Dancing with the Stars power rankings. It’s basically a copy of ESPN’s power rankings that they do for the various professional sports teams. Since the show is tonight and I just came up with this idea, so this one is shooting from the hip just a little bit. Expect even more research and analysis next week. I should mention that these power rankings are heavily influenced to where we’re at in the show. The scores at this point in the show basically start to even out and so relative fan base becomes much more important.

Here’s the first ever Pure Dancing with the Stars power rankings:
1. Shawn & Mark – Shawn blows everyone else out of the water when it comes to popularity. The Olympic popularity really can’t be argued with. As we get nearer to the end of the show, the scores start to become closer and popularity matters more. Plus, I expect Shawn to really break out in one of these next dances. Not to mention I predict her freestyle will be off the charts.

2. Gilles & Cheryl – Most consistent couple without a doubt. They’re going to get high scores regardless since Gilles is a great dancer paired with possibly the best teacher on the show, Cheryl. Only problem is that Gilles was a relative unknown before the show. He’s grew a nice following and Cheryl has a passionate following, but not as large as Shawn and Mark.

3. Lil’ Kim & Derek – Derek has been working wonders with Lil’ Kim. There scores have shown it. I almost dropped their power ranking down because of Derek’s knee injury, but I expect Derek will dance and we won’t even notice it.

4. Ty & Chelsie – These two just keep surprising everyone. I thought Ty was going to be sent home the second week of the show and he’s still around and kicking. Hard for me to bet against the cowboy now.

5. Melissa & Tony – Melissa should follow up with a better performance this week. I could have ranked them a little higher because of this, but I have a feeling the sympathy votes for Melissa are nearing an end.

Anyone disagree with these rankings? If you do, let’s see your Dancing with the Stars rankings in the comments and reasons why they should be ranked differently.

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Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Ballroom Dancers of Genius

Check out the nice take off of the Real Men of Genius video from Dancing with the Stars featuring Lil’ Kim, Gilles, Ty and Shawn.

April 30, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars 2009 Week 8 Music

Another wonderful selection of music and dances. Plus, Team Mambo went up against Team Tango. Turns out that was also Beyonce up against Britney Spears. Easy to say that Beyonce would easily win that battle. The following is the music from tonight’s show or check out all the previous Dancing with the Stars 2009 music.

Gilles & Cheryl danced a Lindy Hop to the song “Go Daddy-O”Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Go Daddy-O—Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Lil’ Kim & Derek danced a Paso Doble to the song “El gato montes”Manuel Penella - Guitar Orchestra: Arpeggio Gitarzenekar: Barangolás - El Gato Montes—Manuel Penella

Chuck & Julianne danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “I’m Outta Love”Anastacia - Not That Kind - I'm Outta Love—Anastacia

Shawn & Mark danced a Samba to the song “Get Down On It”Kool & The Gang - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kool & The Gang - Get Down on It—Kool and the Gang

Melissa & Tony danced a Jive to the song “We Got the Beat”The Go-Go's - Beauty and the Beat - We Got the Beat—The Go-Go’s

Ty & Chelsie danced a Salsa to the song “Vehicle”The Ides Of March - Ideology: Version 11.0 - Vehicle—The Ides of March

Shawn & Mark, Lacey & Tony, and Chuck & Julianne danced as Team Mambo to the song “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”Beyoncé - I Am... Sasha Fierce (Deluxe Version) - Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)—Beyoncé

Lil’ Kim & Derek, Gilles & Cheryl, and Ty & Chelsie danced as Team Tango to the song “Womanizer”Britney Spears - Circus (Deluxe Version) - Womanizer—Britney Spears

April 27, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.