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DWTS 11, Week 4 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Your Dances for the week are Argentine Tango and Rumba! And I imagine it will be a very telling week, for some. As for the dance order, I’ll add it when/if I find it. 🙂

Brandy and Maks – Rumba

Jennifer and Derek – Argentine Tango

Audrina and Tony – Argentine Tango

Kurt and Anna – Rumba; Dancing FIRST

Sitch and Karina – Argentine Tango

Florence and Corky – Rumba

Rick and Cheryl – Argentine Tango

Bristol and Mark – Rumba

Kyle and Lacey – Rumba

As Vogue mentioned earlier, it’s double score week (in addition to Acoustic in the Round night – anything else, producers??) – this could be the kiss of death for someone. There are some scores that popularity and votes will not overcome. Here’s a sketch of how the Ballroom is supposed to look – someone tweeted it to me so I can’t give you a source.

Tom tweeted a pic of the actual stage. Looks kinda cool.

ETA: Chelsie and Dmitry and dancing Rumba tonight as well.

Well, I think that Kyle and Bristol are going to have issues with the Rumba due to youth and a lack of real technique. This is not a dance were Kyle can use his goofy personality to get ahead. Bristol? Well, her novelty may be wearing off. We will see. But by having the double score, it will be the double death for both of them – but maybe more so for Kyle. He won’t able to shine personality-wise (unless miracles happen) and he’s not had great technique so far. As for Bristol, well, she may fare better in technique, but the rumba is going to require more than she may possess in terms of performance.

Florence – don’t really want to watch that particular rumba but I will do it for you guys. 🙂 She will probably do well performance-wise, but I imagine the technique will suffer. It’s a hard dance and she’s not a young woman.

In terms of Rumba, that leaves it between Brandy and Kurt – Brandy SHOULD have the edge and win the rumba group easily. But…well, I’ve been calling Brandy a winner all season to this point and I have yet to be proven right. Her Samba was an improvement over her previous 2 dances, but the rumba? I can’t wait to watch, for sure. As for Kurt – well, my mother and 2 sisters are in town visiting and they have all fallen in love with Kurt. In their eyes, he wins. 🙂 I imagine Brandy will win the night over all, for Rumba.

The Argentine Tango group could be much more competitive, with Jennifer, Rick and Audrina all going head to head. Frankly, I think it’s going to come down to Jennifer and Rick. Jennifer has shown that she’s got what it takes MOST of the time and Rick has Cheryl, who is recently trained in Buenos Aires in Argentine Tango and will be touring with Forever Tango once the show is over for the season. She has a leg up on the competition. Of course, the Pro’s superb skills don’t always translate to the celeb, but I think they have a serious shot. As for Audrina – well, this is where the rubber meets the road for her. She has to be obviously passionate and SHARP. She certainly has potential, but if she doesn’t bring the passion, look out. I think Jennifer will do well both in technique and performance, but I’m really not sure in terms of Rick and Audrina. I can’t wait to find out.

As for the Sitch – well, that boy is just in a league all his own. I love watching him. I enjoy him. But….well, you know. 🙂 Double score, performance and technique? The Sitch could be dead after this dance, figuratively speaking.

October 10, 2010 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 11, Week 3 – Blogger Alert

Mark Ballas, Brandy, and Margaret Cho all  blogged about their dances this week. Here’s just a couple of snippets. Be sure to click the source link below each to read more in detail from them.

From Brandy;

When we were told that we had to come up with a storyline for this week’s dance, we knew immediately that “The Bodyguard” was perfect for us. With all the different rumblings out there, no one knows how much Maks and I really do get along, and just how much we have in common. Once we decided on our theme, he came up with the amazing choreography that would incorporate both emotion and sensuality with the dance movements and intricate steps. It may have seemed a bit clichéd, but I believe that “The Bodyguard” movie — when it came out — struck a universal chord in everyone and that’s why it was such a big hit. Haven’t YOU ever loved someone who loved you back but the timing was just off and you couldn’t be together? This theme was perfect for me, as I know that I have definitely been in that position. For those of you wondering about Maks, you’ll have to ask him yourself J. Once we began to practice, things slipped into place and even though my ankle was bothering me, I was so into the dance Monday night that I hardly felt anything except happiness. By the end of our routine, I knew that I had given it my all and nailed it! As far as I’m concerned, the judges scoring of triple 8’s were great and the compliment that I was definitely ‘back on track’ just filled my heart with joy.

Much more HERE!!

From Mark Ballas;

What a nerve-shattering night! It really sucked to be saved last tonight. But then I remembered I won the string duel and it made everything better. Seriously though, I thought the judges were a little low on our score based on other dances from Monday and our overall progression from the previous weeks. But everything happens for a reason and Bristol is extremely motivated for this week’s dance, which is the Rumba.

Bristol’s not a dancer, but she really is a natural as she picks up the new dance steps rather quickly. We’re working on her facial expressions and selling the dance with her whole body, just like (judge) Bruno (Tonioli ) was advising.

We’re going to work harder than ever to prove that we’re contenders. I’m sure no other team will have seven hours of rehearsal in by noon on Wednesday! We certainly were the only team working tonight.

After we met with the press after Tuesday’s results show, we grabbed a bite to eat and immediately started the choreography. Bristol’s traveling to Fargo, N.D., Wednesday afternoon, so it was important that we started right away to get the base of the routine down.

And last but not least, from Margaret Cho;

So it’s almost over! Today we go to NYC to dance on The View tomorrow. I had such a great time on Dancing with the Stars and I thank everyone for voting for us. It means a lot.

It’s going to be weird not to dance, but I want to keep up my physical fitness. I feel like I’ve gotten a great start on a new healthy life and I want to stay active. This has always been an issue for me because I am just not used to moving, but now that I am already in motion, it’s going to be easier to stay in motion. I learned so much through this journey and I am so glad that I got the opportunity. And it isn’t like I am going to get any time off to relax, as I am going right back out on tour this week! What I want first of all though is a pedicure. My feet are so hard and calloused – they are straight up Fred Flintstone. I could start a car with them. Yababdabba doo!


October 7, 2010 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS 11, Week 3 – Cheesecake Awards!!

Let them eat CAKE!!  Hope you all enjoy.  Personally, I feel like I didn’t drink enough booze before writing my parts. 🙂

Most Disappointing Chickening Out – Derek Hough, for wussing on the “wild” hair.

Heidi: I was so looking forward to a Billy Idol look because of all the pre-show speculation and Derek’s comment. Then he had to go and make it all ‘normal schoolboy’ looking.

Courtney: Maybe schoolboy hair is wacky to him, hehe. He’s already done the greaser hair that Tom likened to a bird sanctuary, and the faux-hawk…at this point, normal hair almost seems wackier on him. 😛

Biggest Cheesy Sap Award -Princess Heidi

Heidi: WHAT?? Edelweiss makes me misty EVERY time!! What of it??

Courtney: Dude, that song puts me to sleep.  And the actual flower edelweiss makes me sneeze like the dickens. Just take a Midol or something  😉

Heidi: Wine. I need wine.  Wait…that was the problem on Monday. 🙂

Cheesiest Choreographic Move of the Night – Anna Trebunskaya, for making Kurt Warner skip; (dis)honorable mention for Lacey’s bizarre windmill movement during her & Kyle’s waltz

Heidi: OMG – how much did I love Kurt in a tiara with his little girls. But Anna, big men don’t (or shouldn’t) skip. I know what you were going for, but he didn’t pull it off. I still love him though.

Courtney: I actually really liked the skipping 😛 Kurt’s just a big teddy bear to me! But that windmill step that went on FOREVER in Kyle & Lacey’s waltz? UGH.  One was plenty – Lacey did at least a bajillion.

Heidi: I forgot about that bizarre move. It might have been cooler if they had pulled it off.

Award for Choreography Creating the Highest Degree of Cognitive Dissonance – Louis Van Amstel

Heidi: All that talk pre-show about how emotional your story was, how good it made you feel, how it was about a girl who was overweight in high school but then became a successful showgirl – what the hell happened??  NONE of that came through in the actual dance. I kept waiting for some message. But the only thing was a big smile and rainbow fringe – which really only says I happily support gay people. That is fantastic – but it’s not what you said the dance was going to be about, and it’s not really a “story”. Color me confused – in every color of the rainbow.

Courtney: Sorry, but I could get barely get past the costumes – just gadawful.  She looked like giant parrot, and Louis brought to mind Rainbow Brite – if Rainbow Brite was a petite gay man who could dance his ass off.  Any smidgen of a story that there could have been was overshadowed by the blinding rainbow of pride we were visually assaulted with – and while I’m totally cool with them showing off their pride, I was kinda hoping they’d at least TRY to convey a story at the same time…which they didn’t.  Although I’m a bit unsure of just HOW they’d convey the story they were planning to…maybe have some kids off to the side heckling Margaret at the beginning of the dance, and then Margaret doffs her plain-looking attire to reveal her fabulous showgirl attire and begins a show-stopping rendition of “Copacabana” while those same hecklers look on in awe? And somehow Louis fits into the picture? I know, I know…I’m reaching.  The conclusion – while the message they were trying to convey was admirable, they probably should’ve gone with something that was easier to show.

Tom Bergeron Line ‘O Performance Night: – Mentioning “Stockholm Syndrome” in regard to Maks and Brandy; Honorable Mention for – “Audrina, Tony and the smoke monster from Lost”; “Len ‘Spanky’ Goodman”; and “It’s like high noon with spandex!”

Heidi: Bwahaha – he drops in these little, hysterical asides that often make me wonder how many people catch them. And if they catch them, do they get them?? I love me some smart Bergeron.  Seriously – that Stockholm Syndrome line was pure fucking genius.

Courtney: Tom was full of cerebral one-liners this week – and more often than not, I’m pretty sure they just come off the top of his head, which is even more impressive.  Less Brooke – more Tom 😉

Award for Couple Most Hosed by Producers – The Situation and Karina

Heidi: Black Eyed Peas for a FOXTROT??? Are you kidding me? I’m speechless. Karina looked amazing, and considering the music The Sitch didn’t do too bad – I was entertained. But I sure don’t blame him for not getting it.

Courtney: I gotta give these two MAJOR props this week – easily the worst song choice of the week, yet they somehow made it work and actually gave a performance that was oddly entertaining and memorable.  Add to that the fact that The Situation is still pretty hopeless – the fact that they got a halfway decent score (let alone the encore for the week!) is miraculous.  I almost wonder if the powers that be were sitting around thinking about who they wanted for the encore this week and said “Well the obvious choice would be Tony & Audrina, but since the results show is jam-packed with filler tonight, we may not have time to clear the smoke monster out before the next act.  Awww hell, we kinda screwed Sitch & Karina, and their set is easier to tear down…let’s go with them!”

Award for Most Shameful Cluelessness – Lacey Schwimmer, for not knowing the Eagles

Heidi: Who are the Eagles??? The EAGLES??? Lacey, you have NO fucking business “recording” a song. And your age is no excuse. If you are recording music, one would think you are passionate about music. If one were truly passionate about music, they would not be clueless on The Eagles!!

Courtney: I literally slapped my forehead and winced when those words passed her lips.  And Lacey isn’t really recording music…she’s just singing along karaoke style, and then they’re auto-tuning the hell out of it in post-production 😉 I’m sorry, but “Red Cup” is just AWFUL.

Heidi: :::snerk:::  I originally had a crack in there about auto tune but then I took it out.  I called you my equally evil twin last week. It seems I was correct. 🙂

Courtney: Indeed, m’dear! Muahahahaha 😉

The Cheesily Cute Couple of the Week Award – Rick Fox and Cheryl Burk for their package and mistakenly thinking they were safe when they weren’t.

Heidi: The two them were just totally cute when Cheryl responded to Rick with… “No, just trust” – I totally had a Yoda moment! “Trust me you must, young Jedi.” And then when the two of them realized they weren’t safe last night their response was just adorable. “Uhhh, shucks. Oops.”  Hilarious.

Courtney: I’m beginning to think that Rick is not only the “pretty” guy in this competition…but also a bit vacant.  I think when he’s at a loss for words, he just flashes those pearly whites and all is right in the world.  I am ok with this 😉

Heidi: Yeah, I really don’t see a problem with that at all. It’s better than Maks’ way of handling it which is getting a shovel and digging a big fucking hole (stay tuned for video of Maks saying shit that pisses me OFF – if Vogue doesn’t post it, I will. I advised her to do it because she would be NICER about it than I will be. 🙂 )

Award for Most Passionate Pro (aka The Most “Wooden” Pro Award) – Derek Hough, for being entirely too involved in, and enjoying, his childhood fantasy of the hot teacher. (See above-do I need to draw you a map?)

Heidi: Humina, Humina…that’s all I got. Cigarette?

Courtney: I don’t know what you’re looking at, m’dear, but I must say I’m impressed with how HARD the choreography in that samba was.  He’s clearly a FIRM believer in challenging his partner.  And props to Jennifer for maintaining the perfect dance frame, not too STIFF, but also not all limp & flaccid. No one likes a flaccid frame 😉 And the stamina of these two! They kept it up through quite a LONG routine…ok, should I stop now? 😉

Heidi: You said flaccid. That, m’dear, is a four-letter word, in this house. 😉

Brooke Burke Flub O’ the Week: Telling Kurt & Anna they had the highest score so far…when they actually got a point less than Jennifer & Derek

Courtney: Not sure if the lines she was being fed from the control booth got garbled, or her math was just off, but yah, Brooke…23 is less than 24. The best part is not actually Brooke, Kurt, or Anna’s reaction…if you watch Maks in the background, he gets a funny look on his face like “Wait a minute…that’s not right…” that is just priceless.

Heidi: Oh, now I’m going to have to watch it again cause I missed Maks’ reaction. Great. Garbled isn’t contagious through the TV is it??

Most Bizarre Prop: The picture of Tony in the Marine uniform

Courtney: I’m probably going to get hosed for this, but at first blush, I could have sworn I was looking at a picture of Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds. It was just a rather bizarre picture, and the “this picture was just taken backstage 10 minutes ago!” quality of it just made me chuckle.

Heidi: Courtney, you were supposed to be tearing up at the thought of this poor ceiling eyes…I mean, girl losing her husband and not being able to dance with him anymore. You mean to tell me that the smoke monster didn’t inspire sobs and hand wringing?? Heh. Me either.

Cheesiest Line O’ the Week: Mark Ballas & Val Chmerkovskiy’s exchange of “String it!” and “It’s already been strung!”

Courtney: Ugh…I’m not sure whether to blame the producers for that eyeroll-worthy exchange, or whether they came up with it themselves…but the subtle homage to Bring it On just made me cringe.  Just get on with it, already!

Heidi: The melodrama over all was just making me cackle unattractively. I really, really hope that was all tongue in cheek cheesy but a part of me (yes a very evil part) fears that that was Mark’s “I’m acting dramatic” face.

Kiss of Death Award: The uncomfortably long kiss at the end of Flo & Corky’s waltz; (dis)honorable mention for the replay of Donny & Bruno’s kiss during Donny’s street bit

Courtney: I was reduced to an uncomfortable 12-year-old watching a movie with a love scene when I had to witness that smooch – I literally averted my eyes and went “GROSS!!!” No likey…no likey one bit! And then they just HAD to go and replay the video of Donny dipping Bruno over the judges table and laying one on him.  Good grief, a year later that gag is still haunting me!

Heidi: For some reason, I had far less problem with the Donny-Bruno kiss than I did with Florky’s.  Ick pooh.  I believe my exact words were “GACK GACK!!” Which, you might realize, aren’t actual words but inarticulate noises.

Innuendo of the Week: Rick Fox referring to a wardrobe malfunction “at home” 😉

Courtney: I think this may have gone over Brooke’s head, because she just kinda chuckled, but good ol’ Tom definitely raised an eyebrow and got a mischievous look in his eye.  Looks like Cheryl’s little impromptu clothing removal on Rick may have gotten him some action later that evening 😉 MEOW!

Heidi: At least he waited till he got home. I’m lookin’ at you, Derek Hough.  (pssst…feel free to GET UP to that sort of mischief every week, would ya? 😉 )

Courtney: Damn…nothing like a premature wardrobe malfunction to ruin one’s evening 😉

October 6, 2010 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 11 – How Much Does Costuming Effect Votes?

Well, for those that don’t know me well, I am fashion freak. So, watch out for many blogs in the future on Dancing with the Stars and their amazing or sometimes “too gawdy” costuming. lol  As some of you may know, the show’s Emmy-winning costumer is Randall Christensen. Last week, The Stylist asks him how he got inspired to come up with Florence Henderson’a ball gown. He writes;

 “What a sophisticated, glamorous — and yet sexy — look for our Queen Mom. Our inspiration came from various silhouettes of some of Hollywood’s most famous and glamorous stars: Cyd Charisse and Audrey Hepburn. And when Florence struck that opening pose, slit skirt peeled open… Need I say more? She took my breath away!”

You can read more on how he was inspired with Audrina’s, The Situation, and Jennifer’s costumes for week two HERE.

Then this week, Sir Christensen is asked on how he came up with…you might have guessed it…. “Margaret Cho’s flamboyant gay pride rainbow dress”. He says;

“Sparkle was everywhere. We were still putting it on moments before we went live on the East Coast.”


The look’s intended message was tolerance and acceptance. “I hope everyone understood that being happy and being who you are are the two most important elements of a beautiful life,” says Christensen. “How fun to have Margaret embrace the joy of dancing and express it through her costumes.”

In my opinion, Margaret and Louis’s costuming was a little too much. Especially the yellow head dress. I think it set off the voters some since many fans of the show didn’t understand the storyline (remember a lot of people out there don’t have Twitter or Facebook. They are only voting for what they see on TV). In fact, many times, I’ve wondered how much votes are effected by bad costuming? Any thoughts on that?

You can read more on how Randall Christiansen was inspired HERE for week three. There is also some good reading on how he was inspired for the other dances and dancers.

With that all said, feel free to tell which costumes you liked the most this week and which you liked the least.

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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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Margaret Cho and Louis Talk More on their Samba Today

Heidi Note: Vogue wrote this before the results show aired and as a result it doesn’t doesn’t reflect real time in terms of what happened on the show.

Today Margaret wrote a new blog which you can read below. Also Louis was out trying to clean up and explain as well at his Twitter and his Facebook page this afternoon where he wrote:

“Last night our storyline was NOT explained at all.It was Margaret’s personal story of discrimination 4 being overweight many years ago.She ended up in the hospital 4 anorexia n almost killed herself.We used the lyrics of Copacabana.Now Lola is a show girl n celebrates her new found confidence n inner beauty.A celebration of ending ANY discrimination.”

 He continues on with;

The reason for the rainbow colors was simply to celebrate and demonstrate it doesn’t matter what race,color,size,sexuality,religion, or gender u r,we all have the right to express n be treated w dignity.After all, 7 billion people live on this planet, ALL under the same rainbow!Let’s celebrate that fact…..

And then again with;

Since i didn’t have any opportunity to say anything ‘live’ last night i wanna give a shoot out to all families who lost their kids who committed suicide due to bullying.Our hearts go out to all of u.It’s horrible what’s going on w bullying.All the bullying!That was supposed to b our message last night, but it became very one sided n labeled.That’s not who i am n don’t believe how a better world is created.

Louis, your heart was in the right place for this idea. It was heart felt and magnificent. But, America only got the dance “after” you explained in my opinion. Otherwise what most of us saw were only colorful costumes. But, I applaud you and Margaret for your efforts and moving message anyway this week and I hope it helps all the victims out there who suffer from ignorance and hatefulness in our society …especially those who are pushed over the edge. If anything be proud of this dance if the two of you go home tonight for all of those reasons.

Here is Margaret’s new blog;

The Samba
by Margaret Cho
I am proud of our performance on Dancing with the Stars. We danced our collective ass off, represented the community with a fabulous rainbow flag and got a really important message of pride and self esteem across in a very exuberant way. Watching the show back, I actually didn’t notice he mistakes that I made! Perhaps I had learned it wrong to begin with! That might be it. I am not as hard on myself and am enjoying the process more, relaxing into it. Maybe that isn’t the way to go, but I want to have fun and not take it so seriously. Trying to do everything, both dancing and touring is very tough, and I’m so tired beyond anything I have ever experienced before. I felt great when the night was through. My feeling is dancing is a wonderful thing, but if you have a moment where you can tell the world something, something so vitally important that it is bursting out of your heart, you have to. I wanted to call an end to the gay teen suicides. I wanted to reach out to their families, prevent it from ever happening again. We will never heal from this loss, but we can protect our children from now on, strengthening them with messages of pride, loving them as hard as we can, making sure they are strong and happy with themselves and can face anything. I made my moment in the spotlight all about that, and that’s the best dance of all.

October 5, 2010 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

SPOILERS!!! DWTS Season 11, Week 3 – The Results

I had forgotten that I typically did a “who got eliminated and how did the bloggers do in their predictions” post after every results show. So busy!! But now that we have Vogue picking up some of my duties (Thank you baby Jesus), I may have more time to remember stuff. 🙂

Anyway, as many of you know, Margaret and Louis left us tonight. How did we bloggers do??

Heidi (me): Predicted Margaret and Louis (I finally picked one right!!)

Courtney: Predicted Florence and Corky

Marianya….did you make a prediction Marianya?? I don’t think you did. But you took the hard road in predicting the scores. 🙂

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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 11, Week 3 – Media Bits

I had to post this because I just found it way too funny, and probably accurate. TV Guide has an article about backstage this season. Here is an excerpt (bolding mine):

What? The Situation sticking to the dancing drill and keeping his shirt on? “I was never a good dancer,” he says after his fox trot Monday night, which earned a respectable 20 points. “So not only was it a privilege for me to learn from a professional like Karina (Smirnoff), but I also wanted to show America that I am well-rounded, that I am intelligent, that I am generous and sweet to people.”

He’s not particularly sweet to women on Jersey Shore. “It’s all done with humor, and meant to be entertaining, not harmful,” says Sorrentino. “I do have a mother and a sister. I love my mother. I love my sister. What you see on Dancing With the Stars is the real person. I’m putting in the work. And people are starting to say, ‘Hey, we’re rooting for you. You’re the underdog and you’re awesome. You’re a nice kid, contrary to what we’ve seen on that MTV show.'”

So, no fireworks. Dancing’s producers must want to kill him.

I give a “bwahaha” to Lisa De Moraes from the Washington Post:

It’s “Every Dance Must Tell a Story” week on “Dancing with the Stars.” The bar was set very high last season when Kate Gosselin gave a tour de force performance as Boris Karloff, in character as Frankenstein, dancing to the Lady Gaga tune “Paparazzi.” Can any of this season’s celebrities hope to top that?

and I give her another “bwahaha” to her for this (I think Derek was thinking about “waxing the floor” too):

This season’s front-runner Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough kick things off with a samba. The story: An English schoolboy in a school where the teachers are cross-dressing flamenco dancers falls asleep at his desk and dreams that he must wax the floor with his teacher. The judges, Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli, love it but feel compelled to note they got tangled up in each other once or twice. Even so, all three award her 8 points for a total or 24 points out of a possible 30. This week, unlike last, 24 is a fine score.

OMG – the whole article is full of gems. Read it. 🙂

Comic Margaret Cho and partner Louis Van Amstel do a samba. The story: A man pursues a slow-moving, brightly colored piñata around a party, but it proves hard to pop despite his efforts to forcefully squeeze and drag it.

Abstinence advocate Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas do a foxtrot. But first, in a taped bit, Bristol makes her pitch for abstinence as we see her addressing an audience on the road, and all of America – at least all of us watching “Dancing with the Stars” – get to hear her best argument: You can’t get pregnant. The story: A talented but homeless dancer living in a packing crate is lifted up to high social status by a well-dressed woman but in a tragic twist she turns out to be easy to tip over, and he must give up dancing for very careful, slow paced walking.

Disney star Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer do a waltz. The story: A man in a Hooters restaurant feels an instant attraction to a waitress and expresses his love by wheeling her around the place, and she reciprocates with a surprising wind-milling gesture. Because cute goes a long way, the judges bestow 23 points on them.

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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 11, Week 3 – Dancing by the Numbers

I’m going to complain right off the bat. Was I hearing things or did Tom say “Accoustic Night” and “TV night”….and how many more freakin’ theme nights are we going to have? Just Dance, damn it.

Okay, with that out of the way I will say that for the most part, I enjoyed Story night. There are a few people I’m getting tired of and a few I really genuinely like, although I don’t think they’re good dancers. But let’s talk about numbers. As regular readers know, every week I figure out what it will take for someone to stay and how big the risk is for others.

Here’s how it works: The judges give everyone a score. All the scores handed out are added up to a total. That total is then divided into an individual couples score to determine their percentage of the judges scores. The voting goes the same way. Total number of votes cast is added up and divided into the votes for a given couple to determine their percentage of the vote. The two percentages are added together. The couple with the lowest combined total goes home. Of course, this makes the judges scores misleading. You might think someone who has 2 judges points more than another person makes them safe – but no. When there are a large number of couples, and a pretty decent range of scores, it’s easier to narrow down who goes home because the math does work in the first place couples favor. Frighteningly enough, the scores are getting closer (although in many cases they shouldn’t be). But there is still enough disparity to narrow it down to a few “in danger” couples. So, what are those percentages?

The Judges Scores and Percentages

Place Celebrity Score Percentage
1. Audrina 26 11.76
2. Jennifer 24 10.86
3. Brandy 24 10.86
4. Rick 24 10.86
5. Kyle 23 10.41
6. Kurt 23 10.41
7. The Sitch 20 9.05
8. Florence 20 9.05
9. Bristol 19 8.6
10. Margaret 18 8.14

Last week, we saw Jennifer under scored by 2 points, IMO. Well, this week I think she gets the correct score, but Audrina is OVER scored by 2 points. Beautiful dance from Audrina, and a charming dance from Jennifer, but there is no way that Audrina was 2 points better. Nope, not even with a boo boo from Jennifer.

I would also knock a point off Brandy for having wimpy arms, and a couple points off Kyle for having NO footwork at all. Not to mention the frat boy humor is starting to wear very thin. Yer wearing me out, Kyle – tone it down and try dancing. The request for a new song doesn’t bother me – what bothers me is that the pros can’t pick their own music to begin with, so if they want to demand a new song, go for it. If people could pick their own music, we wouldn’t have gotten the bizarre dance from The Sitch – but then again we also wouldn’t have gotten that brilliant 50’s Paso out of Derek last season. So I guess there are pros and cons. 🙂

Anyway, despite my gripes with the scores, they are what they are and we have to live with them. Or die with them, as the case may be. 🙂 This week, it’s a four way race for last place between Marge, Bristol, The Sitch and Florence. Who will go home? I’m betting Margaret, but I’ve been wrong before and I’ll be wrong again.

Here’s what it takes for Margaret to STAY on the show:
Marge needs approximately 4,550 more votes per 1 million votes cast to pass Bristol
Marge needs approximately 9,100 more votes per 1 million votes cast to pass either Sitch OR Florence

What are the odds of any of these scenarios happening? I don’t see her getting the votes to beat Bristol or The Situation, but I could see her getting the votes to beat Florence. Remember, she only has to get that many more votes than ONE of them in order to stay on the show.

What would it take for a “shocking” elimination?? In this case I think it would be shocking for any of those with a score of 24 or higher to get sent packing. Is this a possibility? Well, it’s always possible. Kyle and Audrina started this thing with two of the smallest fanbases, but their dancing is either good (Audrina) or they have personality out the wazoo (Kyle). Here’s what it would take, numbers-wise for Audrina and Kyle to be in danger – not only would every single other contestant have to get the requisite votes to close the gap created by Audrina’s higher score, but Marge would have to get 36,200 more votes than her per 1 million votes cast. No way in hell. Sorry Marge.

Kyle, with a score of 23 – if all the contestants below him in score close the gap with more votes AND Marge gets 22,625 more votes than him per 1 million votes cast, he would go home. Again, no way in hell. Just increase the number of more votes per 1 million votes cast to 27,165 and you have what it would take for Marge to beat either Jennifer, Rick or Brandy – and I honestly don’t see it happening for them because it would also mean that everyone else below them in score got enough votes to close the gap and then some. Nope.

What does all this mean? Well, since we don’t know how the actual voting is going, and we can only go off anecdotal evidence it’s all really playing the odds using numbers. What are the odds that Margaret can get the required number of votes to close the gap and surpass any of the others she’s competing against? I keep coming back to Florence as the only one that she has a real shot of beating.

So who’s it going to be? Margaret or Florence?? Or are my odds way off on someone else and how they are doing vote-wise? Could the Situation have worn out his welcome?? Is Bristol’s conservative backing weaker than I think?

I’m going to say Margaret will be leaving us. We will see. 🙂

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DWTS11 Week 3 Power Rankings

Let me just preface these rankings with this warning: I’m suffering from, quite possibly, the worst bout of hayfever I’ve had in years, and I think the judges smoked a whole lotta something strong before taking to the table tonight, because the scoring was just WHACK.  Translation: I’m kinda miserable and probably going to be doing some bitching & moaning.  Capeesh? 😉

1.) Audrina & Tony – RIDICULOUSLY overscored, in my opinion, but that score will likely make them untouchable this week.  It was a very nice, pretty waltz, but I don’t think it was worthy of two 9’s.  Audrina is still pretty tentative in her movement and seems to get this vacant stare from time to time that really keeps her from connecting 100% to the dance.  I give them props for doing a decent job of telling a story (on a night where I think a lot of the couples seem to forget the whole TELL A STORY part…), and Audrina really does seem to be a sweet girl who gets along well with her partner.  But I think she’s running the risk of becoming unmemorable unless she really starts to shake things up a bit.  These two got a good running order position (midpoint of the show), a great score, and are still riding the coattails of the whole leg waxing gag…they’re safe.

2.) Jennifer & Derek – Man, all that speculation over what song they were gonna use – only to have them dance to a minor hit that really didn’t have anything to do with teachers & students! But this was still totally adorable, and I gotta be honest – I actually think this samba was better than the one Nicole did.  Don’t know if it was the choreography, the theme, or Jen’s damn good execution, but even with the mistake I thought it was a really strong performance.  Loved that they redid it on the fly – and redid it perfectly 😉 Interested to see if they get rumba or Argentine tango next week – I’m sure they’ll knock either one out of the park, but I think I’d rather see them challenged a bit more with the tango, since they’ve already done one really romantic dance (their Viennese waltz).  Good running order, good score (although I think they were STILL underscored by a point), and Jennifer’s developing quite a following on her own.  Carry on, Jenougher 😉

3.) Brandy & Maks – Oh man, I’m putting this out there now: this time tomorrow people will be talking “smack-gate”.  I personally couldn’t care much less if he slaps Brandy’s butt or hands – as long as Brandy’s ok with it, more power to him.  It seemed to work, as Brandy was back on her game this week and seemed comfortable and on-beat with their samba this week.  I think Jennifer’s technique was stronger, but Brandy definitely gave her a run for her money – she was holding her on in this one, and I actually really liked the whole Bodyguard theme.  One glaring instance of crack smokage by the judges tonight – what didn’t they get about the storyline? Maks was there, doing what bodyguards do – surveying the perimeter and being stoic.  What the hell did they want him to do, walk out in front of her before every step and slap some obsessed fans’ hands out of the way? Jeebus.  ANYWHO, I still think their combined popularity and decent score will keep them safe for many weeks to come – as long as they can keep up the momentum.

4.) Kurt & Anna – Ok, I think this may have been my favorite performance of the night 🙂 Just made me smile and go “Awwww!” from the first step to the last – Kurt is really just the sweetest, calmest, most charming guy ever.  If The Sitch is the lovable dork, then Kurt is the teddy bear of the show – the bit with his twin girls just made me melt.  And dude – he improved MAJORLY this week! I was afraid that he’d revert back to his nervous awkwardness from the first week, since he had a ballroom dance this week – but he must’ve really buckled down and worked with Anna, because I thought this was just lovely.  And I found myself shouting obscenities at the TV when Bruno got a smug look on his face and threw up the “7” paddle.  I’m really starting to hate that guy.  Still a good score, and a vast improvement – the only thing that worries me is their running order.  Why the hell do they keep getting shoved to 2nd & 3rd position? It’s bad news bears territory…but luckily for them, I think there are still couples who are weaker and not as well liked that need to go home before Kurt even touches the danger zone (no pun intended ;-))

5.) Rick & Cheryl – One of the couples I had a bit of a beef with, due to the fact that they really didn’t do much to convey their storyline (seriously? Loser in a bar just gets hit on by a hot chick out of the blue and dances a sexy dance, despite losing an NBA championship?), but at least they made up for it with some pretty good dancing.  Rick still continues to wow me with his ability to tackle very fine movements despite his height, and the ass shakin’ was not too shabby, hehe.  I think I preferred his jive to this samba, but I’m wondering what he’s gonna pull out next week – I think he’s gonna be better off with the tango, but I’m getting the sinking feeling he might get the rumba instead.  Hmmm.  Anywho, this season’s ladies’ man got the pimp spot and a pretty good score, so he ain’t goin’ anywhere this week.

6.) Kyle & Lacey – Ok, another couple I have a beef with, but for a different reason.  So apparently you can now demand a better song if you don’t like the one you’re dealt??? I thought it was a bit of a cop-out on their part – I think a good choreographer (and an open-minded partner!) can make any song work for them, given enough effort.  That said – this was a pretty good waltz.  Kyle continues to be the actor, really getting into the character of each dance; his technique seems to be improving a TEENSY bit, but I daresay the judges are becoming progressively less swayed by his charisma and are beginning to notice his footwork more.  Luckily, they had a good score and a cute storyline, so they should be good – but Lacey, a warning: you have GOT to focus on Kyle’s technique.  The energy you two generate is only going to carry you so far!

7.) The Situation & Karina – I gotta hand it to the Sitch – I feel like the poor guy is really giving it his all, and very well might turn out to be the “little engine that could” this season.  He’s a terribly awkward mover, yes; but I do notice a bit of improvement each week, and at least this week he managed to stay on time.  And props to them for dealing with the crappiest song assignment of the night – take heed, Kyle & Lacey! – and managing to make something oddly entertaining out of it.  The one thing that worries me is that he actually seemed to let nerves get the better of him tonight – I almost like him better when he’s a bit more of a trainwreck, but at least he’s laughing and smiling.  Maybe I’m being optimistic, but I think he’ll be okay again this week – he seems to be gaining more supporters with each goofy comment, and the fact that they keep putting him towards the end of the show seems like an encouraging sign.  🙂

8.) Margaret & Louis – Y’know, these two always seem to start out strong…and then abandon good dancing altogether and generally seem to shoot themselves in the foot for the other 2/3 of the dance.  What a freaking disaster.  How many actual samba steps were in this one? And how many of them did Margaret actually do on time? Forget a storyline – there wasn’t one.  And while I admire them for standing up for their cause – I’m not sure this was the best way to do it, and I’m not sure how well-received it’s going to be.  However, these two seem to be stayin’ alive so far, so they must have a pretty strong voting fanbase, so I don’t think these two will be leaving us this week, despite that trainwreck of a samba.  But man, as we weed out some of the less popular dancers, they better be ready to work if they want to stick around.

9.) Bristol & Mark – I actually felt really, really bad for Bristol this week – I felt like she got raked across the coals for a dance that wasn’t really all that bad and wasn’t necessarily her fault for being mediocre.  Was this a super electrifying foxtrot? No, but it wasn’t painful to watch either, and she stayed on time and did manage to convey some emotion.  I’m a bit irked with Mark, though, because Len’s complaint that the dance was “too contemporary” seems to be something that’s really more his fault – wasn’t a fan of his who little dance solo at the beginning.  Yes, she needs to come out of her shell, but really – I can think of 2 other acts tonight that I thought were overall worse, and I actually think she’s a better dancer than the Situation.  That being said – she could be in trouble.  I’m not quite sure how much of a voting fanbase she has, but I think her continued presence is the result of a combo of decent scores and decent voting…and now that the scores have slipped, I’m not sure the votes can compensate for it.  Guess we’ll have to wait and see…

10.) Florence & Corky – Snooze, barf, cringe, snooze again.  Repeat! When I’m not comparing watching these two move in slo-mo to watching grass grow (the latter is more entertaining, IMO), I’m upchucking my Claritin watching them do gimmicky crap like kissing.  I didn’t think the dance told a story, I didn’t think there was any real technique or improvement from last week, I didn’t even think the choreo was good – and these two are dancing in the crap spot AGAIN, so I’m thinking they could be the next to go.  Or maybe I’m hoping they’ll be the next to go, because they’ve really just been plain weird this season.  Arrrgghhh…who knows.  I have to pick someone to go home, and I think they’re the most likely candidates.  Sorry Mrs. Brady.

So on the whole – did you guys love or hate storytelling week? Have any favorite/least favorite performances? Any bets on whether Boltongate has died down enough for Michael to perform this week without a heckling from Bruno? 😉 Cure me of my hayfever by hollering at me! 😀

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DWTS 11 Stat Class: Week 3 (Storytelling Night)

Tonight is the first “themed” night of the show… each dance is required to tell a ‘story’…

How do you think they would do? Thanks to Heidi for provided who is dancing what for this week.

Jennifer & Derek
– Derek & Jennie Garth (Season 5/Week 5): 25/30
– Derek & Shannon Elizabeth (Season 6/Week 5): 23/30
– Derek & Brooke Burke (Season 7/Week 4): 26/30
– Derek & Lil Kim (Season 8/Week 3): 25/30
– Derek & Joanna Krupe (Season 9/Week 3): 23/30
– Derek & Nicole Scherzinger (Season 10/Week 6): 26/30
Prediction: 24/30

Rick & Cheryl
– Cheryl & Drew Lachey (Season 2/Week 5): 27/30
– Cheryl & Emmitt Smith (Season 3/Week 5): 27/30
– Cheryl & Ian Ziering (Season 4/Week 5): 24/30
– Cheryl & Cristian de la Fuente (Season 6/Week 7): 21/30
– Cheryl & Maurice Greene (Season 7/Week 4): 20/30
– Cheryl & Gilles Marini (Season 8/Week 3): 27/30
– Cheryl & Tom DeLay (Season 9/Week 3): 15/30
– Cheryl & Chad Ochocinco (Season 10/Week 9): 25/30
Prediction: 23/30

Margaret & Louis
– Louis & Lisa Rinna (Season 2/Week 5): 25/30
– Louis & Monique Coleman (Season 3/Week 6): 23/30
– Louis & Kelly Osbourne (Season 9/Week 3): 20/30
Prediction: 20/30

Kyle & Lacey
– Lacey & Steve-O (Season 8/Week 1): 17/30
Since there isn’t enough data… let’s look at other Disney stars…
– Louis & Monique Coleman (Season 3/Week 4): 24/30
Hmm… still not enough info…. other teens?
– Mark & Shawn Johnson (Season 8/Week 1): 23/30
Prediction: 21/30

Florence & Corky
Since this is Corky’s first time w/ the Waltz… how did other actresses do?
– Maksim & Tia Carrere (Season 2/Week 1): 20/30
– Nick & Tatum O’Neal (Season 2/Week 1): 23/30
– Mark & Melissa (Season 9/Week 6): 20/30
– Damian & Pamela Anderson (Season 10/Week 7): 24/30
Prediction: 21/30

Audrina & Tony
– Tony & Stacy Keibler (Season 2/Week 1): 22/30
– Tony & Melissa Rycroft (Season 8/Week 1): 23/30
Hmm… what about other reality stars?
– Louis & Trista Sutter (Season 1/Week 1): 14/30
– Lacey & Steve-O (Season 8/Week 1): 17/30
Prediction: 21/30

Kurt & Anna
– Anna & Jerry Rice (Season 2/Week 4): 24/30
– Anna & Steve Guttenberg (Season 6/Week 1): 18/30
– Anna & Chuck Liddell (Season 9/Week 1): 16/30
– Anna & Evan Lysacek (Season 10/Week 9): 29/30
Prediction: 21/30

Mike & Karina
– Karina & Mario Lopez (Season 3/Week 7): 29/30
– Karina & Billy Ray Cyrus (Season 4/Week 8): 18/30
– Karina & Mario (Season 6/Week 7): 24/30
– Karina & Rocco DiSpirito (Season 7/Week 1): 14/30
– Karina & Aaron Carter (Season 9/Week 8): 23/30
Prediction: 21/30

Bristol & Mark
– Mark & Sabrina Bryan (Season 5/Week 6): 25/30
– Mark & Kristi Yamaguchi (Season 6/Week 1): 27/30
– Mark & Kim Kardashian (Season 7/Week 1): 19/30
– Mark & Shawn Johnson (Season 8/Week 3): 27/30
Prediction: 21/30

So how off do you think I’m going to be this week? Stay tuned and find out tonight! 😀

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