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Dancing with the Stars Season 27, Week FOUR – LIVE BLOG!

Hi all!! You’ll note that I didn’t do a “dancing by the numbers” this week, mainly because they’re using this weeks scores with last weeks votes and that means the DBTN post doesn’t reflect any large changes in scores. So, I’ll be keeping an eye on the numbers during the show and let you know where I think it’s going. Then, I’ll do a retrospective post as it’s needed if any weirdness happens. Cool?

That said, I think it could be any of Courtney’s bottom three to go home this week – I’m leaning more toward Mary Lou, but it’s really critical to see how badly Joe scores. If he’s low enough relative to everyone else, it could be him. All three of them will depend heavily on the scoring differences between them. We’ll see!

Ugh. Too much Val. Love how they introduced the couples with their trio partner. Very good to see some of them again…Nastia, Amy and Rashad….and Riker, to name a few.

Juan Pablo is up first. Will they horrendously over score him once again?? Is it him or is it Cheryl?? I seem to recall this is not the first time they ridiculously shoved one of her partners down our throat….he was a latino as well, I recall. Read more..

October 15, 2018 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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 27, Week 4: Who’s Dancing What, And When?

So given that  I was getting slammed with tweets about who so-and-so said was in their trio next week, Heidi thought we better start this early.  Below are the trio groups – I am aware that some of you have never heard of some of them and dislike that we have non-DWTS alums dancing in trios.  Preaching to the choir 🙂 Crash course: Jordan is another contestant from Joe’s season of The Bachelorette; Maddie Ziegler is a dancer from Dance Moms whose sister (that is definitely NOT a dancer!) is currently a contestant on DWTS Juniors; Scarlett Byrne is another actress from the Harry Potter series. Will update with more songs and dances when we get the press release.

Early thoughts: DeMarcus/Rashad and Milo/Riker are probably gonna slay.  Everyone else? I go from “probably pretty good” (Mary Lou/Nastia, Alexis/Maddie, Tinashe/Amy) to “Oof…could be trouble” (John/Joey and Joe/Jordan).

Update, 10/11/18, 4:01 PM EST: All songs and dance styles listed. Joe’s salsa trio looks to be a train wreck of epic proportions, not only due to the song, but the fact that as of yesterday, Jordan was only doing choreo by himself on IG. Tinashe & Alexis get the same style again…hmmm.  And it’s probably the hardest to do as a trio, as so much has to be done in hold. Apparently John & Emma won’t get to rehearse with Joey until Saturday, Morgan (from the troupe) has been in Nashville rehearsing with Bobby & Sharna because Lindsey is otherwise occupied, and Melissa only just headed to L.A. today.  The rest of the trios have been doing various degrees of rehearsing – I’d give DeMarcus/Lindsay/Rashad the “most dedicated” award, as they rehearsed together in L.A. the other day, and Shad even accompanied the group to the emergency room after De dislocated his finger before they all headed back to rehearse more; then Shad & Lindsay joined De in Denver last night to rehearse even more. I get the feeling the results of this little trio experiment are going to vary wildly…-Court-

John & Emma – Argentine tango (song: “Torn” by Nathan Lanier)
Trio w/Joey Fatone
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DeMarcus & Lindsay – paso doble (song: “Fire” by Barns Courtney)
Trio w/Rashad Jennings
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Alexis & Alan – tango (song: “Move Your Body” by Sia)
Trio w/Maddie Ziegler
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Joe & Jenna – salsa (song: “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred)
Trio w/Jordan Kimball
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Tinashe & Brandon – tango (song: “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” from Rock of Ages)
Trio w/Amy Purdy
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Milo & Witney – salsa (song: “Adrenalina” by Wisin feat. Jennifer Lopez & Ricky Martin)
Trio w/Riker Lynch
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Mary Lou & Sasha – Charleston (song: “V.E.S.P.A” by Dimie Cat)
Trio w/Nastia Liukin
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Juan Pablo & Cheryl – cha-cha (song: “Wavey” by CliQ feat. Alika)
Trio w/Melissa Rycroft
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Evanna & Keo – salsa (song: “Black Magic” by Little Mix)
Trio w/Scarlett Byrne
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Bobby & Sharna – cha-cha (song: “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer)
Trio w/Lindsay Sterling
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October 8, 2018 I Written By

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Dancing with the Stars Season 27, Week THREE – LIVE BLOG!

So, who’s it going to be?? Both Court and I have had our say in the Power Rankings and DBTN…are we in for a surprise??

Sorry folks, got to drinking wine and chatting with the neighbors so I’m running a bit behind. Hopefully I’ll catch up!!

Mary Lou chooses 1984 – no shock there! She apparently had knee surgery 6 weeks before. Wow.

I actually see a lot of improvement in Mary Lou, but I wish she would point her toes…it’s kinda distracting.

Should I skip the judges to catch up?? Perhaps….

She gets a 24 which seems about right to me.

Milo is next with 2018, because of his movie, etc.  This is concerning because he’s so young. Viewers are suckers…including me. But he’s so good that hopefully it won’t matter.

“Wittles”. LOL.  That’s good. Oh he has a lot to live up to with this song. So far, so good. Like the opening choreo. I also like that it’s a jive . This kid can really move and that backflip off the desk was terrifying. The only thing that gives him away as a non-pro is his hands. They are not bad, but they look like Witney’s instead of, say, Artem’s. 🙂

Oh, CAI….okay I agree about the arm. Otherwise, the judges are raving, as they should.

You know, if Erin would STFU, the kid could talk. Milo scores a 27 – well deserved.

So far, Marylou has the same score and Milo has gone up by a point – no impact,  most likely.

Nancy is up next with Lucas Graham singing and her year is 2006 the “year her family was complete”. She moved to a ranch and have great kids. That’s refreshing that it’s not about the TV show with her. She’s doing a rumba…and it annoys me how the live singers distract from the dance.

Her dress is beautiful. She’s making some pretty shapes, but it seems Val always makes his rumbas too hard.  He mistakes “slow” for “soft” and I don’t find the to be the same. But…that was a very lovely dance. I liked it!! But then, I like Nancy.

CAI loved it, and she gets the “hips” critique…and Val gets some Tea from Bruno which I love. 🙂

Trios next week!! Hold the phone – they “Make” the contestants watch the video. That seems like bullshit. This is one of those times that I wonder if Derek would have been there talking in his partners ear to distract or focus them.

Val, shut it.  Nancy scores a 22, which is two points higher than last week. This is a significant change – one that could save her if Joe stays the same. Stay tuned.

Oh goodie, Maddie Ziegler. :::rolls eyes:::  She’s announcing that she’s dancing in Alexis’ trio next week if they make it through. How great. :::sarcasm::: It’s pimp the Ziegler’s week.

Alexis’s MMY is 2014 when her mom got cancer and passed. Devastating. Why do they “make” them watch this? Despicable.  Alan is a good boy.

This is a beautiful dance with a great throw. Contemporary really suits her. Wow That actually made me cry. Beautiful. Great job, Allen.

Len giving her some great compliments, likes the lifts. Bruno raving, CAI talking legacies and elegance. She scores a 26 which should insulate her from the Joe’s and Bobby’s of the world.

This is a nice touch, all the pros talking about their most memorable years.

Next up is Evanna with Harry Potter.  2006 is when she booked it – can’t believe it’s been that long. Pen pals with J.K. Rowling. Jesus.  Saved her from an eating disorder.   Come on, Keo – live up to this music.

This music still gives me chills. I like how her dress reminds me of the Hogwarts robes. She’s having fun and she’s doing very well. She seems like she’s feeling the music. Well done!!

Damn, Bruno is up on his HP lingo!! He seems to like the dance a lot. He raves. CAI notes her performance has grown a lot – agreed. She hit all the notes on this one. Len calls it powerful but with the elegance. He says it was a magic performance. Yay!!

Scores: a 27!! And that should insulate her as well!! Excellent!  Three points higher than last week.

Okay, I think I’m caught up. Everything pretty much hinges on Bobby and Joe’s scores. Stay tuned!!

Here we go…Joe is up next. His MMY is this year, I guess obviously. Kendall is involved, of course. Being a long time bachelor watcher, I wonder how long after DWTS she dumps him. Or vice versa.

Oh, it’s not distracting at all to have those two singers standing up there next to you. Joe is actually sowing some improvement, but there’s still a problem that I can’t put my finger one. Maybe he’s thinking too hard. But it is better than it has been, and he’s moving more than he has in the past. If I was Jenna I’d be pissed about Leona’s dress being large and gorgeous.

CAI being very kind…and accurate. Len says he sees a more confident Joe (true) but he would like more VW. Bruno notes he got moving and he just needs to work on the quality of movement. Tom notes that he’s reached a level of comfort and ease and Joe says he feels better.

He gets an 18 which might seal his fate…or that of someone near him on the leader board.

Juan Pablo is up next, but first a mini numbers update. If Bobby gets the same score as last week, there is less than 4k votes between him and Joe. Nancy is now 15,500 votes ahead of Bobby. Safe? Hard to say.

Juan Pablo is dancing Samba and of corse he’s handling it very well, including the Samba rolls…but he still does nothing for me. No, I don’t know why. He’s just not connecting.

Judges over the top rave. Yeah, he did a great job. So what? A perfect score?? Yep, and all it does is make me wonder if he was in trouble with the voters. Hmmmm…..

Bwahahahahahah….sorry Jenna.

Oh, John – this is a sad story. I hate moms dying. I remember how it felt to lose my dad. Pain. No matter how old you are.

Lovely waltz, Emma once again shines making her partner look good. Seems to me that John is looking much better than he has in the past as well, and he’s putting a lot of emotion into it, although he rushed and raised his shoulders there for a moment.

Bruno calls it very moving, talks about his good touch, but wonderful. CAI is very touched as well…is she talking about a lift? No, his posture – this I noticed as well. Len likes the sentiment, and the elegance…and notes the music was tricky. Says he needs to polish.

I kinda love him, I think. 🙂  He scores a 21, which is only one point above last week.

NUMBERS UPDATE!

Joe needs the following to be safe….currently:

11.4k more than John
15.2k more than Nancy
22.8 more than Mary Lou

Everything kinda hinges on Bobby right now. And he’s up next talking about his high school years. Before his mom died she got her GED because he graduated from High School.

The kid singer is a nice touch. He’s dancing contemporary which is a lucky break. He blows the sync a bit. I’m not getting a lot of emotion from the dance like I did from the package. Maybe I’m jaded? Why am I thinking about “Dear Evan Hansen”???

CAI is raving…Joe is in trouble. Len talks about the “little guy” singing and not liking a bed in the dance, but he’s saying it’s Bobby’s best dance. Bruno calls it honest, real and that contemporary suits his body. They all like it.

He scores 23 which might take him out of reach of Joe. Let’s see….here we are.

Joe vs. John 1.12% 11,194
Joe vs. Nancy 1.49% 14,925
Joe vs. Bobby 1.87% 18,657
Joe vs. Mary Lou 2.24% 22,388
Joe vs. Alexis 2.99% 29,851
Joe vs. Milo/Evanna 3.36% 33,582

Now, provided that I haven’t made any errors in my haste to do this, it’s not looking good for Joe. When only DeMarcus and Tinashe are left, it’s likely decided.  It could still be Nancy, but it just got a lot harder. Possible that it’s John, since Val has a somewhat bigger fanbase than Emma. We’ll see!

Dang, Tinashe is a prodigy! A celebratory rumba?? This is a new idea, I think. Her parents are gorgeous, I can see where she got it from.

This is a lovely dance, although she might get the “more hips” critique from Len. She’s not extending it all the way out. But this was a beautiful dance, regardless.

Len saw lots of recognizable rumba and says it was her best dance. Bruno liked the tonality, elegance and the liquid movement. CAI gets the sense she is unstoppable – agreed.

She gets a 27 which I think may be a crime, that she’s three points below JP – makes me wonder all the more if he’s not getting the votes. Curious.

Anyway, that’s the same score Tinashe got last week so that has no impact on the numbers. Unless DeMarcus craters, I think the writing may be on the wall for Joe. If Joe is called safe, I would be worried for Nancy or John. Bobby is an outside shot.

DeMarcus and Lindsay doing a AT based on 2016…and there isn’t much time left so it’s going to be “wham bam thank you ma’am” once again at the end of the show.

Pregnancy troubles, adoption, they get pregnant (Yay!) and then he goes to the Super Bowl. Lovely story. They’re his driving force. Love it.

Wow. Powerful opening picture for this dance, and the lift was amazing!!!  Jesus. This dance is quite intense. Lindsay once again cements her states on this show. Best choreographer currently on the show. HOLY CRAP!! That was fantastic!! If that’s not a 30, I riot.

Bruno says that was super human and mind blowing, but he says he was stalking like a panther. CAI says it’s not typical, but she likes the interpretation. Len says the lifts were amazing, he’s never going to have a fight with him (good thing), but they were so great. He loves this whole evening, great dancing. He’s going to screw him over on the score.

And he scores….BULLSHIT!!! An 8!!!!! Len, are you kidding me?? The other two are no better with their 9’s. I see we’ve reached the bullshit portion of the season where Che…I mean JP needs to be protected. Give me a break.

Nancy and Val in Jeopardy.

Tinashe and Brandon in Jeopardy.

Everyone else is safe? Shit.

Eliminated: Nancy and Val.

I’m so unbelievably pissed at DeMarcus’ score that I almost can’t see straight. You??

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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 Season 27, Week THREE – Dancing by the Numbers!

Okay, so DBTN is a bit different going forward. Since the eliminations are now going to be last weeks votes and this coming weeks scores, that means that it’s much more “guessing” than it was before. We have to assume that most of the couples are going to score similarly to what they did this past week. And a lot of the time that’s not too far off base. But one thing I always wonder about with a set up like this is…if Len, at least, knows who’s going home, will he score them HIGHER or the SAME as he did last week. Or lower, to make him look prescient?? I guess we won’t know until the end of the season.

Anyway….

Based on last week’s scores, we have who you might expect at the top of the leaderboard: Milo, Juan Pablo and Tinashe. I personally think that DeMarcus should be up there with them – anyone else notice how many footballers have been consistently under scored for weeks in years past?? I sure do. In any case, I doubt he’s in any danger. If Milo, Juan Pablo and Tinashe score similarly to what they did last week, they will also likely be safe. Read more..

October 7, 2018 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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 27, Week 3: Who’s Dancing What, And When?

It’s “Most Memorable” night, yipee!  That was only slightly sarcastic. 😉

From the press release:

Calum Scott and Leona Lewis Will Perform Live Alongside Grocery Store Joe and Jenna

The Third Elimination of the Season Will Take Place at the End of the Show

Also according to the press release, the bottom couple will be eliminated based on last weeks votes and this weeks scores – makes it hard to do Dancing by the Numbers….

John & Emma – Waltz  (Song: “Smile” by Ray Chew Live)
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DeMarcus & Lindsay –  Argentine Tango  (Song: “Lux Aeterna” by Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet)
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Nancy & Val – Rumba  (Song: “Love Someone” by Lukas Graham)
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Alexis & Alan – Contemporary  (Song: “How to Save a Life” by Ray Chew Live)
1-800-868-3401

Joe & Jenna – Viennese Waltz  (Song: “You are the Reason” featuring a live performance by Calum Scott and Leona Lewis)
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Tinashe & Brandon – Rumba  (Song: “2 On” by Tinashe)
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Milo & Witney –  Jive (Song: “Can You Do This” by Aloe Blacc)
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Mary Lou & Sasha – Viennese Waltz (Song: “We are the Champions” by Ray Chew Live)
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Juan Pablo & Cheryl – Samba  (Song: “Ni Tu Ni Yo” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Gente de Zona)
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Evanna & Keo –  Viennese Waltz (Song: “Hedwig’s Theme” by John Williams)
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Bobby & Sharna – Contemporary  (Song: “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman”)
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October 4, 2018 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 Post- Results Media – Week 2

Here are a few things I ran across on twitter…not a comprehensive list by any means, but have at it. 🙂

Sharna and Bobby talk to Access Hollywood

All the Contestants on AOL.com Read more..

October 3, 2018 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 27, Week TWO, Night 2 – LIVE BLOG!

Feeling much better this evening, but I sure do hope this is the last week of four hours of DWTS – I ain’t got THAT much time, people!  🙂

T-minus ten minutes…

Loved that opening number, despite the very nearly crashing couples. Loved Blue Man Group being included. One of my first thoughts was…thank god the women aren’t all blonde anymore. They’re only half blonde. 🙂

Love all the outfits except Nancy’s…dear lord. Tom is still saying ONE couple, so maybe our intel was wrong. He did say that the scores and votes tonight would determine who is eliminated next week. Read more..

October 2, 2018 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 Season 27, Week TWO – Dancing by the Numbers!

Well, here we are again! I feel like I’m finally back in the swing of things. 🙂 Last night’s show wasn’t bad at all, except for the music that some of the couples had that totally didn’t match the style. That always takes something away from the dance for me, particularly when it’s an argentine tango. Other than that, I think everyone did quite well. Not only that, we have a nice spread on the scores which seems more realistic. I wasn’t terribly upset by anyone’s score, for a change, although there are one or two couples who are a bit too high relative to their competitors.

My current favorites? DeMarcus, Alexis, Evanna, Tinashe and Milo. I feel for Danelle and I like all the rest just fine, but that’s my top 5. 🙂 How did they all do? Read more..

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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 27, Week TWO – LIVE BLOG!

Well. Sore throat? Check. Tiredness? Check.  :::sigh:::  It’s as if I’m being punished for taking a vacation.  This show better be good tonight, if I’m going to stay out of bed. 🙂

T-minus ten minutes….

New York City Night  :::rolls eyes:::

The need to open with Val I will never understand. Of course, they’re also sucking up to the shippers who are just too easy, fawning over both Val/Jenna and Emma/Sasha…

Hey, who are these tappers….and why is Val there too?? Give it a rest. Ain’t nothing there I want to see. Tiler Peck, I believe is the ballerina?? Didn’t I see where she was going to be on the show?

Here we go with DeMarcus!! Love that smile! “Chocolate piece of steel…” LOL Read more..

October 1, 2018 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 Season 27, Week ONE – Dancing by the Numbers Retrospective

Okay, so I’ve been in Italy. And before that I was tied up with World of Dance and a heavy work load. But now I’m ready for DWTS. 🙂

Of course, before I can talk about the numbers, I have to actually watch the show.  Here are a few of my thoughts as I watched Night ONE:

  1. Who are all these people in the opening number? Don’t get me wrong – it was a good opening number, but I didn’t recognize ANYONE mainly because there were TOO MANY people.
  2. Brandon and Tinashe make a very gorgeous couple.
  3. Why do they have both lapel mics and desk mics on the judges?? Is it really necessary that we hear them that well when so much of what they say is utter BS?
  4. Milo is cuuuuute. But dang, Disney?? We have to have Disney every season?  Good dancer though!!
  5. Hold the fucking phone: Mary Lou gets a *7* from Len and Milo gets a 6?? Are we going to start the bullshit so soon??  And don’t get me started on Evanna. Len has always been the designated field leveler, but I don’t recall it being this obvious this soon.  Gotta keep the Disney kid and the Potter kid down and make this thing a competition.  There was NOTHING in Evanna’s dance that said 5. That is just unbelievable.
  6. Robert Roldan….::::SWOOOOONNNN::::  I luf him.
  7. Some of these contestants opening sound more scripted than usual.
  8. Sharna is the first pro to pull in the troupe this season…and possibly the first pro to NEED the troupe. Love the Nashville background though.
  9. Cheryl Burke looks amazing and it’s good to have her back in the ballroom.
  10. Nikki is pretty funny….but so completely unknown.
  11. Alexis dances better than most models….but we won’t find out until week 2 or 3 if she’s more Brooke Burke or Joanna Krupa.
  12. Very good first outing for Brandon.
  13. Demarcus Ware is HOT. And he may well win this season.

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September 30, 2018 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. :-)