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Kelly Monaco: “DWTS makes you a different human being”

Sioux City Journal has an interview up with Kelly Monaco where she discusses what dancing was like the first time she danced on Dancing With The Stars. She tells them, “We kind of set the bar for what is now one of the biggest reality competition shows out there.” Below she explains what it’s like to dance now in 2012 which is much more challenging….

Back in the competition for the 2012 “All-Stars” season, Monaco says it’s impossible to compare her skills with those of the other contestants.

“I can’t even put myself in the same category as an athlete or a dancer or somebody that’s more skilled than me,” she says. “It’s apples and oranges. What I did the first season and what I’m doing now is competing against myself, trying to do better.”

That first season? It was only six weeks long. Dances weren’t as involved as they are now. Stakes weren’t as high.

Still, as many performers will attest, “Dancing with the Stars” can provide a pretty flashy calling card. Careers have been made, simply on the exposure.

The goal, though, has to be a personal one, Monaco says. “You get 99.9 percent credit for being fantastic, just by getting out there because you’re putting yourself in a position most people wouldn’t put themselves in. It’s so horrible…and you’re opening yourself up to criticism.”

Footwork aside, “DWTS” “makes you a different human being.”

Technically, she says, Apolo Ohno is a tough competitor — one to beat. “But you can’t go into a situation with that mindset. You’re just setting yourself up for disappointment.”

You can read more at the Sioux City Journal.

October 29, 2012 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.

DWTS Season 15, Week 2 – Dancing by the Numbers

Crack is wack…and BACK in the ballroom.  Everything Courtney said about the scoring – I said much the same. Overly kind to some couples, desperately trying to find fault with others.  What it boiled down to was a whole bunch of over scoring combined with some “just right” scoring. I don’t think anyone was underscored, really, but many were way too high. Including Bristol and Kirstie, despite them being at the bottom of the leader board.  It’s this kind of scoring that always leads to shocking eliminations. Do I really think that either Bristol or Kirstie will go home this week?  Read on…

The Judges Scores and Percentages

This is why this season is so tough – even with a pretty good break between Bristol and the rest, there is NO guarantee that she’s going home like there would be in a normal season. Like it or not, Bristol is on the show for a reason. Do I think she has a HUGE fanbase? Well, it’s never truly been tested. It will be tonight, to a degree. Now, I think Kelly and Drew both are in serious danger. HOWEVER, last week Bristol only needed 7,200 more votes per million votes cast than Drew in order for him to land in the bottom two. This week is a different story and will be a bit more of a test of her fanbase. What does Bristol need to have happen in order to stick around for another week? She needs at least ONE of the following things to happen:

-          Bristol needs 10,900 more votes per million votes cast than Kirstie, OR;

-          Bristol needs 14,500 more votes per million votes cast than Kelly, OR;

-          Bristol needs 16,310 more votes per million votes cast than Drew OR Joey OR Emmett, OR;

-          Bristol needs 18,120 more votes per million votes cast than Helio, OR;

-          Bristol needs 19,930 more votes per million votes cast than Melissa, OR;

-          Bristol needs 23,550 more votes per million votes cast than Apolo

Read more..

October 2, 2012 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 15, Week 1 – Dancing by the Numbers

All in all, a great start to the All Star season!! A whole bunch of fantastic dancing, with few exceptions, no doubt. And yet…we still have a couple instances of really hinky scoring and other hijinks. So, we’ll give Shawn and Kirstie extremely bad songs for foxtrots, give Gilles and other men PERFECT songs and then we’ll be extra sure and not only pimp Emmett, but overscore him as well. I love Gilles and think he was overscored relative to the other couples, but Emmett?? I smell fish. I’ll just echo Courtney and add…Gilles works for ABC, and Emmett is a football player scoring high on MONDAY Night. The female football audience?? Yeah, that’s not suspicious at all. :::rolls eyes:::

But, after all my moaning….those scores are essentially irrelevant because the exactly wrong person was the low scorer and by a significant margin. Anyway…

The Judges Scores and Percentages

As you probably deduced all on your own, Pam and Tristan are in real trouble. The judges were absolutely right when they called her out on her lack of preparation – seems clear they are paying attention to studio time this season, like they have occasionally in the past, and it’s going to be noted if you don’t do well AND you weren’t putting in the time. It’s the All Star Season. It’s to be expected.

Anyway, what does Pam have to do in order to survive to dance again? Pray. And hope that someone else (Drew? Helio?) is completely forgotten. In terms of votes she needs to do ONE of the following in order to be safe:

-          Pam has to get 7,340 more votes per million votes cast than Kirstie, OR;

-          She needs to get 9,050 more votes per million votes cast than Bristol, OR;

-          She needs to get 12,660 more votes per million votes cast than Joey, OR;

-          She needs to get 14,470 more votes per million votes cast than Melissa, OR,

-          She needs to get 16,280 more votes per million votes cast than either Drew, Helio or Kelly, OR;

-          She needs to get 18,100 more votes per million votes cast than either Shawn or Apolo

I could go on but I won’t. You get the picture. The only one of these that I could see happening is Melissa or Helio…with an outside shot of Drew.  I don’t think that Pam has the juice to get past either Bristol or Kirstie….or Joey….but I’m going to say right now that Melissa and Helio could be surprises. If there is such a thing as a surprise elimination this season.

Anyway, let’s say that by some miracle (and crazy Tristan fans :-) ) Pam survives.  Kirstie is the next lowest scorer. In order to stay in the event that Pam gets past her, she would need the ONE of the following:

-          Kirstie  has to get 1,810 more votes per million votes cast than Bristol, OR;

-          She needs to get  5,430 more votes per million votes cast than Joey, OR;

-          She needs to get 7,240 more votes per million votes cast than Melissa, OR,

-          She needs to get 9,050 more votes per million votes cast than either Drew, Helio or Kelly

Yeah, I think she can do all that easily. I don’t think she’s in trouble. Bristol? Needs ONE of the following to happen if both Kirstie and Bristol survive:

-          Bristol needs to get  3,620 more votes per million votes cast than Joey, OR;

-          She needs to get 5,430 more votes per million votes cast than Melissa, OR,

-          She needs to get 7,240 more votes per million votes cast than either Drew, Helio or Kelly

This is where I’m less sure. I don’t know if Bristol has it this season like she did in her original season. These are the all stars!!

I could go on and on, but at the end of the day, I think Pam is going home.  If there’s a shock, I think it will be Melissa.   If there is a real surprise that I don’t discuss here, I’ll do a numbers wrap up. :-)

September 25, 2012 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. :-)