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DWTS12 Week 5 Power Rankings


I can say with complete honesty that I have never had such a miserable time watching the show as I did tonight.  The music? Horrible.  The costumes? Terrible.  The scoring? Completely assanine. To quote my mother, “Thank god the show was only 90 minutes tonight! I can’t take much more!” And to reiterate something Heidi and I agree upon on Twitter – the fool that thought “American Night” would be a super-duper idea needs to be fired and deported to Mexico (I think I originally said Canada, but Evaine informed us that Canada didn’t want him either :-)).  Anywho…guess it’s time to face the music…

1.) Hines & Kym – I think the judges must have literally just done some crack before watching this dance, because there was no way in hell it was “his best so far”, or even the best of the night.  I thought it was his worst – he barely moved, and the little bit of moving he did do was awkward.  Forget any sort of connection to the music – “Proud to be an American” is quite possibly the least sexy, romantic rumba I’ve ever heard on the show.  Even Hines & Kym themselves seemed shocked at the judges’ gushing – as if they themselves didn’t think it was that great. I just can’t figure out what the judges’ “angle” is for keeping him at the top week after week…are they gonna pull the rug out from underneath him in the semifinals and tell him he isn’t improving fast enough? Would make for a nice “shock” elim heading into the finals.  Or who knows – maybe they just really, really love Hines. Eeee gad…it boggles the mind.*shaking head* Luckily for Hines, he’s got a great score on a night with a decent points spread, and Steelers fans are now voting harder than ever before to counteract the efforts of some overzealous (and idiotic, I might add) Baltimore Ravens fans that are encouraging people to vote for “anyone but Hines” in order to get him voted off.  Ha.

2.)  Ralph & Karina – Ok, now on the flipside, what is the judges’ agenda for keeping Ralph from getting the top-scoring position week after week? This poor guy seems to have really turned into a punching bag…was that samba great, or Ralph’s best? Hell no.  But I think it was underscored by at least 2 points, given the crappy song he was given and the Herculean task Karina had in trying to merge samba with country.  He wasn’t terrible, and kept up reasonably well. For once, I was actually thankful for Carrie Ann – she pointed out how hard it was to do what they did, and how it fit in well with the theme of the week.  But alas, they are still part of the 3-way tie for last place – and you best believe TPTB are gonna milk that for all its worth.  “Early frontrunner tumbles into last place! Can the voters save him from flaming out?” Aaaand cue cheesy graphic of a firework fuse burning out.  I’m thinking that Ralph may be getting the lion’s share of the votes, hence the less generous scoring – but it’s also a boon, since I’m fairly certain that his fans are gonna vote that much harder tonight as a result.  I’m fairly certain he’ll be safe, but I hope TPTB know they’re playing with fire if they are indeed trying to make things more interesting…

3.) Kirstie & Maks – As nutty & off-the-wall as this foxtrot was, it came at a time in the show when I was really in need of a laugh & some entertainment – and thankfully, these two delivered, and they did so in a tongue-in-cheek fashion that made me think that they, too found this theme night just absolutely ridiculous and did this foxtrot in jest of the theme 🙂 I love the fact that these two don’t ever take themselves too seriously – I love the bond they’ve formed, and it’s great to see Maks so laid back and having fun with one of his partners.  As for the dance – not a great foxtrot, but definitely not the worst I’ve seen, and certainly not low on the entertainment factor. And praise Jeebus for John Travolta – the only person that could have salvaged the show from complete failure, and he certainly did. I think these two took the cake for most memorable performance tonight for me – and people continue to love Kirstie, so I don’t see these two going anywhere with a good score under their belt as well.

4.) Chelsea & Mark – *sigh* Just not sure what to make of these two anymore.  I find myself not totally loving their dances, but not totally hating them; and I vacillate between thinking that they could go all the way to the finale and thinking they could be in danger this week.  I guess I’m thankful that Mark at least tried to go the traditional route with this one (as traditional as one can go when dancing to a Miley Cyrus song), and Chelsea wasn’t a total failure – she seemed to at least try to get the hip action, and was thankfully aided by those fringed pants that seem to be kind to those who aren’t as skilled in the hip department.  It was fun, it was cute, it was fairly inoffensive.  I think their voters could possibly rally after last week’s whiplash scoring/critiquing, and their presence in the pimp spot tonight makes me wonder if last week’s stunt generated a lot of buzz for these two…and a good score certainly won’t hurt, either.

5.) Chris & Cheryl – Anyone else notice that the truly “patriotic” songs tonight seemed to get the best scores? I think this may have been a slight case of patriotic overscoring. 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Chris – he’s funny, he’s cute, and he’s working hard – but this was just good for me…not great.  He did seem a bit stiff at times, and when he’s uncomfortable he tends to plaster a smile on his face that can look like a grimace.  I probably would have given this a 24…but once again, I think the judges are hellbent on having the whole “it’s anyone’s game!” illusion, so they may have tacked on an extra point or two for good measure.  Bah…I dunno.  I like Chris, and I want to see him do well – but I want to see him really earn a good score, and not just get handed one for the sake of excitement.  We all know what happens when some couples get undeservingly overscored – they stick around longer and don’t improve.  But I’m glad Chris has Cheryl, because she does seem to be pushing him.  Between their high score and their combined fanbases, these two are gonna be safe for at least 2 more weeks.

6.) Romeo & Chelsie – This was the one performance tonight that really made me smile 🙂 Seeing Romeo out there jumping around excitedly brought back shades of the joy I got from watching Sugar Ray dance – I knew Romeo would really get good once he was able to let go and really enjoy himself out there! This was actually a pretty good foxtrot – traditional enough to please fuddy-duddy Len, but with enough exciting open work to make it memorable.  I think Romeo’s excitement may have gotten the better of him a few times, but overall it was a pretty clean, consistent perfomance. The only problem I’m seeing with these two is that Romeo seems to be blooming a bit late – I’m not sure enough, quick enough, to really rally people to vote for him.  He doesn’t have the fanbase of favorites like Hines, Kirstie, or Ralph, and he doesn’t seem to be getting quite as good scores as Chris & Chelsea.  I’m hoping he busts some major moves in the next few weeks to stick around!

7.) Kendra & Louis – I believe my exact words upon seeing this “foxtrot” (note the quotations) were something along the lines of “WTF is this???” I counted maybe 8 bars of actual foxtrot in this dance – the rest was just a silly mess of cheesy jazz hands with a little bit of polka peppered in.  The judges got on Karina’s case for not having enough samba in her samba – yet Louis got away with murder on this one.  The little bit of foxtrot that was there was done pretty sloppily – perhaps that’s why Louis kept them in open position most of the time. Don’t even get me started on Kendra’s fake drama in her package, or her constant blathering about her bodily functions – it’s just digging her deeper into the hole she’s been digging since day one.  Do I think these two are in danger? Yes.  Can I say definitively that they’re going home tomorrow? I wish 🙁 But I think their few-but-fervent voters could save them again, and instead we could lose…

8.) Petra & Dmitry – Now the scoring seems to have set up a possible Petra/Kendra bottom 2 (I highly doubt Ralph is going to be in any sort of danger of not getting the numbers), but I worry that in the end Petra is just not going to be able to scrounge up the votes to beat Kendra.  And it really stinks, but I think she may have finally been scored appropriately for the first time in a few weeks – it just unfortunately happened during a week where she got the same score as 2 more popular contestants 🙁 Her quickstep wasn’t terrible, but she just looked soooo stiff and wobbly – and slow.  Had this dance gotten much slower, she would have just been doing a foxtrot.  Petra fans, take heed: if I were you, I’d vote with all of your might tonight.  Go create several new online accounts to get your votes in, because I worry that it could come down to the wire and Kendra might be able to eek out another week on the show – and I think we’re all pretty sick of hearing about her period by now 🙂 So please…let’s all cross our fingers, and do a little booty-shaking dance to the DWTS gods and pray that it’s Kendra sent packing!

Phew! Glad that’s over…I’m glad to be able to put DWTS behind me tonight, and I’m hoping that they trash American Night permanently and NEVER bring it back again.  Am I the only one that hated tonight? Let me know! Oh, and a few quick PureDWTS PSA’s for this week: as many of you know, Heidi is out of town, and may or may not be able to get her “by the numbers” post done for tomorrow.  I may step in to assist, but let’s cross our fingers that she does it, because she’s just so darn good at it 🙂 Also, our server has a 30-minute outage scheduled for sometime between 10 PM – 5 AM Mountain time tomorrow night – this likely won’t affect those of us in the Eastern & Central zones (unless you’re a night owl), but it could affect those watching out west.  If you can’t get on the site – don’t be alarmed, just wait a little bit and keep trying…we promise we aren’t shutting down.  At least not without a fight 🙂

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DWTS Stats Class – Week 5

Patriot Night! Is everyone wearing their reds, whites, and blues tonight?

I’m not either… But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to enjoy tonight’s dances… well as long as they are good… I hope.

Ralph and Karina – Samba
– Age [40s]: 20.765
– Occupation [Actor]: 24.625
– Pro Partner: 23
Predicted Score: 22
Thoughts: After Ralph’s high scoring opening number… his been middle of the pack thus far in accordance to the judges… the Samba isn’t exactly an easy dance technically-wise, especially the hip action. I’m thinking his score is going to go down a little here.

Kirstie and Maks – Foxtrot
– Age [60s]: 23.667
– Occupation [Actress]: 23.125
– Pro Partner: 23.714
Predicted Score: 23
Thoughts: Ok… so it’s been four weeks and Kirstie has had a mishap in two of the four dances. Particularly the SLOW dances (Rumba, Waltz), Foxtrot is more middle of the road speed… so I’m thinking that she’s not going to has a mishap this time around… and if she does, it’s probably because things come in threes.

Romeo and Chelsie – Foxtrot
– Age [20s]: 23
– Occupation [Singer]: 22.25
– Pro Partner: 21
Predicted Score: 22
Thoughts: Ok… I’m liking Romeo a bit more, as opposed to the judges. I want him to be a man in this dance, to frame Chelsie and give her that gentlemanly masculinity that he’s more than capable of portraying. If he does that then I expect to see him around for another week.

Chris and Cheryl – Viennese Waltz
– Age [40s]: 21.4
– Occupation [Athlete]: 26
– Pro Partner: 24.5
Predicted Score: 24
Thoughts: Chris has been growing on me over the weeks. But unfortunately he hasn’t been all that memorable either. Here’s hoping for something solid to pin him down on (no pun intended).

Petra and Dmitry – Quickstep
– Age [30s]: 24.026
– Occupation [Model]: 21.2
– Pro Partner: 23.5
Predicted Score: 22
Thoughts: The Quickstep is a foot placement heavy dance. And with Petra’s tendency of dancing off her feet rather than on it, I’m thinking the score SHOULD be lower, but will it be?

Hines and Kym – Rumba
– Age [30s]: 24.653
– Occupation [NFL]: 23.5
– Pro Partner: 23.667
Predicted Score: 23
Thoughts: Hines has been on a hell of an uphill climb these past few weeks. His personality is rather infectious, but will it come out during something as slow and romantic as the Rumba? I’m not entirely convinced, but I could be proven wrong.

Chelsea and Mark – Samba
– Age [20s]: 26.615
– Occupation [Disney]: 25
– Pro Partner: 23.75
Predicted Score: 25
Thoughts: The upbeat Samba tends to favor the young (not necessarily the young at heart). Chelsea has been getting decent marks thus far… She could do well here AND get away with crazy personality in the process… dammit.

Kendra and Louis – Foxtrot
– Age [20s]: 23
– Occupation [Reality TV]: 19.857
– Pro Partner: 23.188
Predicted Score: 22
Thoughts: I got nothing, she shouldn’t EVEN be around. Foxtrot is an elegant dance with a flair of a personality thrown in. If Kendra doesn’t embrace the elegance I want her OUT. That’s all I got to say.

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Dancing With The Stars, Week 5 – Kendra Wilkinson Promises Fun Fox Trot

From MTV today, Kendra is not looking bad in this video. She’s much more positive too, but, what will tonight be like?

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DWTS 12, Week 5 – What Songs Will The Couples Dance To For Patriot Night?

PureDWTS reader Lori had a great idea in the “Yankie Doodle Dandy” Entertianment Post to quess which “American” themed songs our dancing couples might be dancing to tonight. Buttercup, one of our show informants, said to not assume the words “America” or “USA” are in the titles of the songs. She stated the songs could also be about a “State”. Buttercup also noted that the producers “are not in charge of how the couples portray their given song”.

So, below, we’ve compiled the guesses so far (from several threads) with links to videos for them. I also added several more songs I thought of when putting this post together. If you have more guesses (and even what songs each couple might be dancing to), mention them in the comment section and we’ll add them through out the day (time permitting). It will be fun to see if any of our choices are correct and are performed tonight, hmmm? Special thanks to all who have participated so far. 🙂

America America - 12 Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 by Neil Diamond
Born In The USA Born In the U.S.A. - Born In the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
American Woman American Woman - Lenny Kravitz: Greatest Hits by Lenny Kravitz
American Pie American Pie - Shining '70s - Best Of '70s Easy Rock by Don McClean or Madonna American Pie - Madonna's Greatest
Ballad of the Green Beret Ballad of the Green Berets (Re-Recorded) - Super Hits 1966 (Re-Recorded Versions) by SSgt Barry Sadler
Yankee Doodle Dandy Yankee Doodle Dandy - Paul Jabara's Greatest Hits...and Misses by ?
America the Beautiful America, the Beautiful - God Bless America performed by the Mormon Tabernackle Choir
New York State of Mind New York State of Mind - The Essential Billy Joel – Billy Joel
Weekend in New England Weekend In New England - Ultimate Manilow by Barry Manilow
I left my heart in San Francisco I Left My Heart In San Francisco - That San Francisco Sun by Tony Bennet
Mississippi Girl Mississippi Girl (Album Version) - Fireflies by Faith Hill
I Love New York River In My Blood - Popcorn Party (Classics From The Popcorn Years Vol. 3) by Steve Karmen
I Love New York I Love New York - Confessions On a Dance Floor by Madonna
Yellow Rose of Texas The Yellow Rose of Texas - The Essential Gene Autry by Gene Autry
New York, New York Theme from New York, New York - Nothing But the Best - The Frank Sinatra Collection (Remastered) by Frank Sinatra
Chicago Chicago - Frank Sinatra: The Complete Capitol Singles Collection by Frank Sinatra
Philadelphia Freedom Philadelphia Freedom - Rocket Man - Number Ones by Elton John
Rocky Mountain High Rocky Mountain High - The Essential John Denver by John Denver
Thank God, I’m a Country Boy Thank God I'm a Country Boy - The Essential John Denver by John Denver
Dirt Road Anthem Dirt Road Anthem (feat. Brantley Gilbert) - Ride Through the Country by Brantley Gilbert
Kick It In The Sticks by Brantley Gilbert
My Kind of Town (Chicago) My Kind of Town - Nothing But the Best - The Frank Sinatra Collection (Remastered) by Frank Sinatra
New York, New York New York, New York (It's a Wonderful Town) [From 'On the Town'] - A Tribute to Broadway Greatest Hits, Vol. 5 (Karaoke Version) by On the Town
Georgia on My Mind Georgia On My Mind - Genius - The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection by Ray Charles
Tennessee Waltz Tennessee Waltz - Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins - 40th Anniversary by Patsy Cline
Appalachian Spring Appalachian Spring (Original Version): Moderato - Copland Conducts Copland: Appalachan Spring, Lincoln Portrait, Billy the Kid by Aaron Copland
Sweet Home Alabama Sweet Home Alabama - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Lynyrd Skynyrd by Lynryd Skynrd
Pink Houses Pink Houses - Words & Music - John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits by John Mellencamp
God Bless The USA God Bless The U.S.A. - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Best of Lee Greenwood by Lee Greenwood
On Broadway On Broadway by The George Benson Collection by George Benson
American Woman American Woman - The Best of the Guess Who by The Guess Who
God Bless America God Bless America - God Bless America by Celine Dion
This Land is Your Land This Land Is Your Land - Folkways: The Original Vision by Woodie Guthrie
Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American) - Unleashed by Toby Keith
What A Wonderful World What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong: The Ultimate Collection (Box Set) by Louis Armstrong
Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning) - 34 Number Ones by Alan Jackson
Jack and Diane Jack and Diane - The Best That I Could Do - 1978-1988 by John Mellencamp
American Girl American Girl - Anthology - Through the Years by Tom Petty
Callin’ Baton Rouge Callin' Baton Rouge - The Greatest Hits - Volume 1 - Garth Brooks Tribute by Garth Brooks
Living in America Living In America - James Brown: Greatest Hits Fourth Decade by James Brown
Chattanooga Choo-Choo Chattanooga Choo-choo - In the Mood With by Glenn Miller
Pennsylvania 6-5000 Pennsylvania 6-5000 - Vavoom! (Domestic) by Brian Setzer
I’ve Been Everywhere I've Been Everywhere - The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show by Johnny Cash
When the Saints Go Marching In When the Saints Go Marchin' In - Grands succès : Du music hall au swing by Louis Armstrong

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Pure DWTS 12, Week 5 – Maksim Chmerkovskiy Wants Kirstie Alley To Be Satisfied

Just in time before showtime, Maks has penned a new blog for TV Guide. In his new writing he talks of Kirtie’s shoe last week and the reason why it fell off. She’s lost two sizes now. But, Kirstie is wanting to dance a clean dance tonight and get “satisfaction” for working so hard. He mentions the “haters” too. I don’t see how anyone could say the mishaps were planned on purpose. That is not Maks or Kirstie’s way. For anyone knowing a Capricorn (which Kirstie and Maks are), knows the hard work ethic and perfectionists they are. This and much more below and at the link. He mentions his new jewerly line too. I can’t wait for that. 🙂

Kirstie handled it all great, but neither of us want there to be anything to “handle” anymore. She’s funny and smart and witty, but she didn’t enter this competition as a comedian. She came here to win and I want to give it to her. People see us laughing and stuff, but we’re putting in the work day in and day out, and I just want Kirstie to get validated. She needs credit for the way she puts in work. The judges have been generous and the viewers have been kind, but I want her to be satisfied. The last two weeks, she can’t get the satisfaction out of her performance. You get close, but not all the way. I want this week to be trouble-free.

I love the fans. I love people’s opinions. Whether they believe it or not, I am aware of the comments. We’re here to entertain and we won’t know what people want if we don’t pay attention. At the same time, hearing what people are saying, it’s just fuel for hate. It’s hilarious. But the ratio is great. For 100 positive comments, there’s one, “Oh they’re doing this on purpose.” I’m like, “Wow.” People know me as very blunt. I’m too honest to choreograph a lie. Kirstie would never let me and I would never let myself do it. But it’s funny because we were sitting, like, “This probably would be a genius idea if we were purposely throwing it!” But we’re not. She’s taking it well, but she’s pissed. She hates the fact that everyone is like, “Aw, you fell.”

You can say the mishaps can be extra motivation, but it’s not like we weren’t motivated before. We’re hungry. We’ve been motivated since Day 1. We’re not adding or subtracting any motivation. It’s just about going out there and doing our best and we haven’t been able to do that the past two weeks. The way I look at is: This could be her one opportunity in life to do a rumba, and we fell. This could be her ne opportunity to do a waltz and my one opportunity in my life to do a waltz to Leo Delibes, and her shoe comes off. They were both unfortunate flukes, but can we please just have one week where we can dance straight out? If something happens on Monday, we will lock ourselves in a closet and won’t come out for a year.

We have the foxtrot. Kirstie is doing well. Every dance has its own challenges and it’s also all-American week. We have a song that’s weird for the foxtrot. I need to satisfy Len and his foxtrot-ness, and Bruno and Carrie Ann with the performance and showcase what Kirstie’s all about. It’s going to be powerful. It’s not your Fred and Ginger foxtrot. I have no idea what my costume is going to look like for this theme, but I’m afraid to find out!

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Dancing With The Stars 12 – Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin’s Quickstep Tonight Near And Dear To Them

In a new TV Guide interview, Petra gives us a teaser for what’s to come tonight. She says her and Dmitry’s Quickstep is a “thank you for all the opportunities” they’ve received by coming to the U.S.. Being they weren’t born in America, this night is “near and dear to their hearts”. Details below and at the link for more on her challenges and journey. Picture above from Dmitry’s twiiter.

How’s the quickstep coming?
Petra Nemcova: Very well. It’s different from the devilish paso doble! Now I can be smiley and more myself, which is definitely more enjoyable. But it’s all-American week and we want to say thank you. We accomplished our dreams because of the openness of everyone’s hearts here in America. My dream was to help children and I was fortunate to establish the Happy Hearts Fund. One of the greatest things about Americans is that there’s such a strong philanthropic identity in the DNA of the U.S. It’s such a charitable nation, so it’s a thank you for all the opportunities not only for my dreams, but for the dreams of children all around the world.

Are you telling a story throughout the dance?
Nemcova: We do have a story, but it’s not related to the thank you, because the song is about a special city in the U.S. There’s no other place like this city, so we kind of had to make it more themed about the city. The singer of the song is one of the greatest in history, so we’re very excited about it. I think it’s going to be great.

Did you have any trouble learning the choreography?
Nemcova: There are so many fast steps! I was a bit afraid of the quickstep because everyone said it was challenging. It’s definitely fast and it’s a challenge, but I’m enjoying it. I’m picking it up. I still have to work on many things. And the stamina — it’s crazy at the end, you’re just like, “Oh my God!” Dmitry needs extra energy, but I need new feet! They are burning! It’s a stamina dance, but it’s good to be able to smile through it.

Below is something else Petra posted on their tonight dance at her twitter. Note how Len helped them this week.

Edit to Add: A video from The Huffington Post today of the two playing around during rehearsals and make-up last week.

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