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DWTS 16, Week 1 – Power Rankings

And so ends our first post-all-stars episode of DWTS! Gotta say – overall, I think I’m happy.  Granted, my standards were pretty low, but I think this season’s cast has a lot of personality and potential – aside from a few low points (D.L., Sean, and Len, who was a complete asshat tonight), there were some pleasant surprises (namely Wynonna & Andy) and some promising contenders (Jacoby, Kellie, Dorothy, and maybe Aly).  So let’s break it down, shall we?

1.) Jacoby & Karina – I will be surprised if this guy does not win this season, let me put that out there.  I know, I know – some of you think he’s cocky and his footwork is messy.  But as I recall, many of our readers said the same thing about Donald in week one of season 14, and he really grew on people as the season wore on – I expect that Jacoby will likely do the same, especially since Karina doesn’t seem like the type to tolerate arrogance, and I think Jacoby has already improved since his initial interviews.  He was definitely the most charistmatic one on the floor tonight, for me – absolutely no fear, total attack, and you could tell he was having a blast.  Yeah, the routine was a bit chaotic and his feet & posture were pretty bad – but the potential is definitely there, and I daresay he did better with only about a week’s worth of rehearsal than some other couples did with the full 3 weeks.  I think Karina was probably wise to make that cha-cha feel like a touchdown dance – if you’re limited on time, stick with what you know will work.  She did the same thing with The Situation and managed to get him past week 1 with only a limited amount of practice.  These two will be around for awhile, and I’m interested to see how they develop.

2.) Zendaya & Val – For a girl that’s only 16, she dances with a maturity greater than many of the ladies this season – and some of them are old enough to be her mother! She’s probably the most naturally-skilled dancer this season, judging from what we saw tonight – she was fluid, relaxed, comfortable, and really seemed to get in the pocket of the dance.  And god bless Val for finally reaching the potential I thought he had back in season 13 – for a pro that doesn’t really know contemporary, that was a great routine, and the emotion was appropriate: it was innocent and casual, and not overwrought with the sexual undertone that so many of his dances with Kelly had.  I think this may be the season that we really see him become a contender – maybe the fact that he’s not stuck in the shadow of big bro this time has taken a bit of the weight off his shoulders, and he can really focus on stretching his chops and really making his partner shine.  And shine she will – she’s a gorgeous girl, and those legs are a revelation.  Definitely a bright spot this season – I just hope that she’ll overcome the Disney curse and get viewers to pick up a phone! Read more..

March 18, 2013 I Written By

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DWTS Season 12 – Paparazzi, Twitter, And Facebook Round-up Before The Show Begins

Well, crunch time has finally arrived. How are all the celebrities and their pro partners feeling it right now? Take a look below.

From their official facebook page, Anna and Sugar are all smiles….

Louis yesterday pushing Kendra to her limits…..


I tested @kendrawilkinson how far i can push her,n I tell u its difficult stuff, but somehow kendra did it.I was impressed.its very exciting
@LouisVanAmstel
Louis Van Amstel

Dimity excited to be dancing to music with Petra….


Had an amazing rehearsal with @pnemcova. For the first time we’ve managed to dance together to music! Yay, I’m exited! :)
@dmitry_ch
Dmitry Chaplin

Wendy and Tony in New Jersey Friday before heading to California. I think he’s questioning the size of her make-up bag and if she really needs to carry that much lipstick everywhere she goes.

Kirstie’s reaction after Ronn Moss (of “Bold And The Beautiful”) told her to dance her “tanned butt off Monday” and that she’d do “wonderfully!”


@RonnMoss1 oh you’ll see it alright … Monday night on DWTS… I’ll be the Black Swan
@kirstiealley
Kirstie Alley

Chris Jericho begs, “Feets don’t fail me now”. I’d like to know how many times I’ve said that to myself. :)


Had a killer final rehearsal today! At this point It’s all over but the dancing!Feets don’t fail me now…#teamchericho
@IAmJericho
Chris Jericho

“Rometower…feel the power”….

Kym doesn’t say much at Twitter, but when she does, she does….


On my way back to LA after 2 amazing days with Hines in Vegas.. He is looking so good and I can’t wait for the first show…
@kym_johnson
kym johnson

Lacey and Mike “hard at work” or is it more like “hardly working” or maybe both and then some for things we really don’t want to know about? 8O

I wonder what this was all about?


#ificouldiwouldbringback My pride. I lost in the middle of today’s DWTS rehearsal.
@ChelseaKane
Chelsea Kane

Ralph feeling all the motions and emotions….


Awesome work last few days. Overwhelming, exciting, exhausting – body is aching but inspired 4 u all 2 c dwts Monday! Me & @Karina_Smirnoff
@ralphmacchio
Ralph Macchio

Lastly, here is the Paparazzi catching our couples with some last minute thoughts in the rehearsal parking lot this weekend….

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DWTS Season 12, Week 1 – Who’s Dancing What…And When??

Whoo Hooo, it’s almost time!! And I am absurdly excited for the show to get started when you consider my favorite boy won’t be present. :-) I hope these peeps give us Cheesecake material – really, is it possible there WON’T be some?? :-)

Anyway, our first dances of Season 12 are the Foxtrot and the Cha Cha Cha – who will be the poor sap to Cha Cha Cha onto the floor first?? Check back here often, I’ll add info as it becomes available. REMEMBER, just because someone is dancing first, it no longer is absolutely certain that will be their phone number. Last couple of seasons they’ve set the dance order, set the phone numbers, and then ended up switching up the dance order based on something they saw in camera blocking or for some other obscure reason.

Ralph and Karina – Foxtrot (per Karina’s twitter)
Voting Number: 800.VOTE4.08
Dancing 8th

Kenda and Louis – Cha Cha (per Louis’ twitter)
Voting Number: 800.VOTE4.07

Chelsea and Mark – Foxtrot (per Mark’s twitter)
Voting Number: 800.VOTE4.01

Mike and Lacey – Foxtrot (per Access Hollywood)
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.10 (does not necessarily mean they are dancing in the #10 spot)

Wendy and Tony – Cha Cha
Voting Number: 800.VOTE4.02

Kirstie and Maks – Cha Cha (per Maks’ Blog)
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.11

Romeo and Chelsie – Cha Cha (per Pap Video)
Voting Number: 800.VOTE4.05

Chris and Cheryl – Cha Cha
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.09

Hines and Kym – Cha Cha (per First Rehearsal Video)
Voting Number: 800.VOTE4.03

Sugar Ray and Anna – Foxtrot (per Sugar Ray’s Twitter)
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.06

Petra and Dmitry – Foxtrot
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.04

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