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DWTS11 Week 8 Power Rankings

Ok, so instant choreo wasn’t the trainwreck we all thought it would be.  I think all of the couples did decently well given the  circumstances, and the only indicator I could really see that flagged it as an “instant dance” to me was the fact that the music and the choreography didn’t always stop at the same time. 

I’m left in a definite quandry again tonight, as I don’t think anyone really & truly sucked – plus the eliminations have been so wonky, I never know who’s in danger and who couldn’t be safer.  Ooh wee…where to begin?

1 & 2.) TIE: Jennifer & Derek and Brandy & Maks – Prior to the Maks vs. Carrie Ann “Instantgate” at the close of the show, I would have put Brandy & Maks first…however, I think he may have put a few people off (including some of the pros…check out Lacey’s face as he talks about Carrie Ann observing their rehearsal) with some of the comments he made; or who knows, maybe Team BranDMC fans will rally because of it. Brandy did well tonight – I will say that.  While I found their waltz to be a bit overwrought with emotion, it was indeed a nice waltz, and I thought their cha-cha was cute – but I actually agree with Carrie Ann, it seemed to take quite awhile for them to actually start it.  I think it would have had just as much impact if they had taken 2 bars of music walking out onto the floor hand-in-hand, looking lovingly at each other. Thought Jennifer & Derek had a very pleasant, light, fluffy quickstep, but at times I could tell she was struggling with the pain in her knee.  LOVED the instant rumba – although I must say I’m appalled that they had never heard “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (god I love Foreigner…”I Wanna Know What Love Is” is my go-to karaoke song!).  They definitely nailed the connection that they were trying so hard for.  I don’t think there’s any doubt that these two ladies will be duking it out in the finale (barring any more “shock” eliminations…*shudder*), but both seem to have an Achilles heel.  For Jennifer, it’s injury – it seems like every week, the poor woman is experiencing some new sort of ache or pain to overcome.  This week I really noticed it in her quickstep.  Hopefully she can practice a bit of mind over matter and power through those injuries.  For Brandy (and this is something it’s taken me awhile to put my finger on), I almost feel like she’s desperate to win this competition – as if this is all she has going on right now and if she doesn’t win, she’ll be devastated.  I know everyone seems to complain about Jennifer crying week after week – but seriously, Brandy does it AFTER EVERY DANCE.  It’s really becoming bizarre for me.  I kinda wish she would maintain her work ethic, but really focus on having fun and letting loose. While I’m really reluctant at this point to declare anyone totally safe, I’m about 80% sure these two ladies have nothing to worry about tomorrow night…fingers crossed…

3.) Kyle & Lacey – Not a whole lot to say about these two – decent Viennese, fun jive.  I think it’s becoming clear that Kyle really excels in the Latin dances, and seems to struggle a bit more with the ballroom.  And he’s still the consumate entertainer – just a riot to watch.  Wish I had more to say, but overall, these two did well tonight.  I think he deserves to be in the finale, and hopefully he’ll make it through this week and next in order to be there.

4.) Bristol & Mark – Do I think she deserves to go home this week? Absolutely.  Do I think, based on historical evidence, that she will? No.  Thanks to the judges, who were pretty liberal in their scoring tonight, we have only 1 point separating her and Kurt, and that will mean little to nothing in the great voting game.  I actually think she was pretty damn good in her Argentine tango tonight – maybe she didn’t quite have the intensity that Jennifer had, but I was surprised we got as much heat out of her as we did.  Samba was pretty heavy on the fluff, and she did forget her steps and get a bit off-time once or twice (whether or not it was truly Mark’s fault, I don’t know)…thought she should’ve gotten docked at least 2 more points for that, but the judges were up to their usual wackadoo scoring tonight and only gave her 1 point less than Kurt, who did not get off time or forget any steps.  If she’s anything like Chad last season (who I didn’t think was that great, but managed to stick around to the semi finals nonetheless), I think she’s got one more week in her.

5.) Kurt & Anna – Thanks to the judges and their inability to score everyone relative to one another, my beloved redheaded Russian will probably be headed home this week along with her teddy bear quarterback partner.  Though they did every bit as good as Bristol and Mark in the ballroom round, and better than them in the instant choreography round.  I think they got the crappiest song pick of the night (seriously? Cha-cha to “Hella Good”? :-(), which didn’t quite seem believable as a cha-cha; but I loved that they salvaged the waltz song that Kyle & Lacey rejected during storytelling week (“Take it To the Limit” by the Eagles) and managed to create a very pleasant waltz with it.  I guess it will come down to Tea Party vs. NFL this week…who will prevail? I hope to god I’m wrong…I just want one more week of Anna, PUH-LEASE 😛

Alright kids, let’s hear it – were you impressed or horrified by instant choreography week? Lay it on me, because I will not be ranking next week due to being on vacay in Arizona 😉 In my absence, the fabulous Heidi will be doing the rankings…so be good to her.  I mean it! 😀

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DWTS Season 11, Week 8 – Media Roundup Before The Show

Just a few things to report to you before showtime. Are you ready? 😀

First up, we have a new rehearsal video of Lacey and Kyle and, as usual, them goofing around from ET Online. There is some fast footwork here. Look at it closely without the sound and any distractions.

Here is Brandy and Maks as well from ET Online. Brandy is really scared of the dances tonight as well she should be. I like what Maks says about being the “puppetmaster” this year (lol).

And here is Kurt in a new TV Guide interview. He says he is “dumbfounded” by the instant dance and more. Here is a take. Be sure to read the link for more from him. This week, you have two dances and the Instant Dance for one of them. I think getting your music 20 minutes before the show is kind of sadistic. What do you think?Warner: I guess, being the celebrity, I don’t really understand why. It’s hard enough to learn two dances — well, it’s hard learning one — but to learn two different kinds and to throw this wrench into it, I don’t understand the purpose. For me, it’s so hard to hear the music because I’ve never done that before. Maybe it’ll be an advantage because I don’t hear the music anyway, or maybe it’s going to be harder since I usually pick up some of the timing by hearing music during the week. I’m just kind of dumbfounded of what the purpose is. It’s just like, “We’re going to try to freak them out at the last minute.” How does Anna feel about it?Warner: She kind of feels the same way, like, “I don’t really understand it.” We’ll make it work and go with it. I think the big question is: When you get your music, does it mean you adjust your routine? For us, it’s not like we can go, “OK, take Part 3 and make it 1.” You’re working on muscle memory, too. But we’re all in the same boat. The judges have been harsh on your technique — last week was your head sticking forward. Were you glad Emmitt pointed out that it’s a habit of football players?Warner: [Laughs] Yeah. So much of what athletes do is about momentum and moving the whole body in the same direction, and so much of dance is the opposite. I always tell Anna, “That’s not right. It’s counterproductive.” My upper body’s twisting one way and my legs move in another direction. … I don’t expect to be a perfect dancer. I have no problem being criticized, especially the other night. The way they did it was, “You were great, but you can work on this.” It’s like, “OK, no problem.” I think that’s what the show should be about, pointing out things that you can really apply for the next week to try to get better, but everybody leaves with a good feeling about their performance.

Speaking of Kurt and Anna, here is a cute and funny picture she posted on her Facebook page.

Mark updated his Journal on USA Today with some hints about their dances tonight. I wonder what this “secret” trip was all about?

It’s 6:00 a.m. and it’s been a long week. Actually, it’s been a long month … okay, it’s been a long season! I’m checking in from the airport t, but my destination is a secret. Bristol and I are traveling for the show this weekend, but it’s a short trip as I’m gone for only 30 hours or so.

After we rehearse all day and night Friday and all morning and afternoon on Saturday, I fly back to Los Angeles Saturday evening. I’m heading back for my fitting for Monday’s show, and also to see Florence (Henderson) and The Machine perform at The Wiltern Theatre.

Remember a few weeks back when they performed on DWTS? I’m a huge fan and can’t wait for this show on Saturday night.

Last entry, I told you that our first dance for Week 8 is the Argentine Tango. We were in the dance studio choreographing and learning that routine for eight hours Wednesday, followed up by another long day on Thursday. I now know what our second dance is — the Samba.

While Bristol picked up the Argentine Tango quickly (remember how well she did with a similar dance two weeks ago with Tango, earning us the encore?) the Samba provides a new challenge to her.

We learn of our music at the beginning of the rehearsal week, but we won’t know our Samba song until 20 minutes before we have to dance it live in front of 20 million people. Think about that for a moment. It’s genuinely terrifying to a non-dancer. But I’m used to it because that’s how all ballroom competitions are. I try to downplay not having the music in rehearsal though, because it’s really not a big deal. Bristol has musicality, so I know she can adapt to whatever song they give us.

Don’t miss these two on The Ellen Show today on NBC before the show.

Lastly, this past week, KiisFM in LA gave away dance lessons by Cheryl and Derek to some lucky winners listening to their station. They’ve disabled the embedding, but you can see a great video here:: KIIS FM Video !! Thanks to Heidi and Pure Derek Hough for this information. We have to post a picture too because they are just too cute.

Ok, here’s to the show tonight Guys. Get your reviews ready and be sure to post them in Courtney’s “Power Rankings” post

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DWTS Season 11 – Las Vegas Odds A Mixed Bag

Here is how our Las Vegas odds are favoring our dancing celebrities this week. These figures are from Online Betting Guide who was shocked by Rick’s elimation last week.

Jennifer Grey 1.73

Brandy 2.87

Kurt Warner 10

Bristol Palin 17

Kyle Massey 41

Here is what Bodog is predicting;

Brandy 2/1

Jennifer Grey 2/3

Kurt Warner 7/1

Bristol Palin 10/1

Kyle Massey 18/1

Gambling911 is raving about Bristol saying she is “defying all odds” and is favored 8/1. They also think it’s The Tea Party keeping her in this competition. Here is take for what they are reporting.

Bristol Palin appears to be defying all odds during this season’s Dancing With The Stars. Coming into Season 11, her odds of winning were second longest. Now Palin had her shortest odds yet at 8/1 with the field dwindled down to just five contestants. Can she actually win?

The bigger question: Could the Tea Party be aiding the daughter of Sarah Palin?

“The Tea Party wave that swept Republicans to a U.S. House majority may also be shielding Bristol Palin from elimination on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars,” suggests Andy Fixmer of Bloomberg News.

Her Viennese waltz received the judges’ worst score last week.

“There’s a strong popular movement behind Sarah Palin at the moment and she’s receiving a lot of support from the Tea Party,” Conrad Green, executive producer of the program, said in an interview. “It’s entirely possible some of those people are behind Bristol for political reasons.”

Payton O’Brien, Senior Editor of, says that Palin at 8/1 odds presents some extraordinary value.

“A $10 bet pays $80,” O’Brien points out. “She originally was listed with odds that would pay a few hundred dollars on a $10 bet, but 8/1 odds is still great value.”

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