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Dancing With The Stars 12, Week 5 – Las Vegas Odds Before Showtime

How are the Las Vegas Odds sitting this week before showtime? Take a look below. Take note all of the “ties” this week. They’ve got Hines leading the pack with Chelsea and Ralph tied close behind. Kirstie and Petra are tied as well and close behind Chelsea and Ralph. Once again, it seems it’s anyone’s ballgame. But, it’s getting crunch time as well.

1. Hines Ward 2/1
2. Chelsea Kane 7/2
2. Ralph Macchio 7/2
3. Kirsti Alley 15/2
3. Petra Nemcova 15/2
4. Chris Jericho 10/1
4. Lil’ Romeo 10/1
5. Kendra Wilkinson 18/1

Source: SportsBoDog

April 17, 2011 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 Season 12, Week 4 – The Cheesecake Awards!!

We gotta lotta turf to cover this week and I have to figure out how to express myself in a PG fashion. It won’t be easy. 😉 I think it’s safe to say that this edition of the Cheesecake Awards was cooked with SOUR cream, if you know what I’m saying. 🙂 We weren’t feelin’ it – just annoyed by the whole thing. You’ve been warned. On with the show…

Note: I am the one traveling this week so we may not get Dancing by the Numbers – I’m going to try to do it. We’ll see. 🙂

The “You’re New to this Show, aren’t you?” Award – Week 4: Oksana and her early stage entrance.

Heidi: Oh, if only she hadn’t done this she would have gotten through two whole shows with me not picking on her. 🙂 When they pan the celebrities and pros right after they are announced and walk on to the dance floor, you can see Oksana clearly start to walk out on stage for her pro dance with Kiki…Kaka…Kiri…whatever his name is; she realizes the mistake immediately, turns around and starts shoving Kiki backstage – kinda like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube is what it seemed like too. 🙂 Dude wasn’t moving easily. This is likely really the fault of the eye rolling stage manager dude in the black crew neck from last week – but it’s no fun to blame him. 🙂

Courtney: Great material for the DWTS Bloopers time-filling clip we’re bound to see later in the season.  🙂 I’m sure crewneck-sporting stage guy was not only rolling his eyes at them, but snapping at them in hushed tones, like “WTF are you two knuckleheads doing???! Are you deliberately TRYING to ruin the show?! Get your freshman asses back here!!!” At least Oksana can use the old “English as a 2nd language” defense…that it was hard for her to translate what Tom was saying so that she clearly knew when to set foot onstage. Not sure about Kiki…he seems like he’s been stateside longer than Oksana…maybe he can translate for her?

The Award for Most Blatant and Annoying hypocrisy – Week 4: Len Goodman, for chastising Romeo for removing his jacket, but not saying a word about Dmitry ripping off Petra’s skirt; (dis)Honorable Mention: Carrie Ann Innaba, for ONLY calling Romeo out for what turned out to be a lift riddled night of dancing.

Heidi: Man oh man, that annoyed me – well, both of them. Frankly, Petra’s skirt rippage was way more gratuitous and cheesey than Romeo’s jacket removal, although neither were necessary. But man, Len – call both of them out or neither of them out. Petra was way more exposed than Romeo, too. As for Carrie Ann – geez woman!! Almost every dance had feet coming off the floor but you only call out Romeo?? Particularly annoying when his dance was better than some of those with higher scores.

Courtney: The official Courtney hypothesis on this disparity: Petra is a genital-magnet.  For both sexes 🙂 She wakes up the sleeping giant (or maybe not so giant…) in Len’s pants that has likely been hibernating for the past 20 years (save for some pharmaceutical assistance), and she makes Carrie Ann want to sing “Come to My Window”.  Not that I can blame them – Petra is gorgeous, and an absolute sweetheart on top of that.   So the resulting cognitive dissonance likely makes the two of them think that Petra is a far better dancer than she really is, by virtue of her looks & charm, and makes them conveniently “miss” certain missteps & cheesy gimmicks.  As for Romeo – I feel like he might be getting punished for the sins of his father, god help him.  Can’t think of any other reason why he’s become such a whipping boy for the judges – the kid really isn’t bad at all, and seems to really be trying.  Perhaps the sight of the elder Miller has just scared the judges for life, to the point that they are blinded to decent dancing from any other member of his gene pool 😛

Most hilarious, but Cheesey as Hell Special Effects Gimmick: EXPELLIARMUS Bruno with his blowing up of Len.

Heidi: These people have never seen Harry Potter have they? 🙂 What they should have done is had Bruno wave his wand and all Len’s low numbered paddles go flying. Expelliarmus is a disarming spell, not an exploding one…unless you have a wand that is broken or….oh. Um. Never mind.

Courtney: I dunno, I wasn’t feeling the whole Harry Potter exchange between Len & Bruno – just felt forced and awkward.  I sincerely doubt either of them has read all the books cover-to-cover and have seen all the movies ten times apiece…and those are the individuals that would likely pick up on the specific “spells” like this.  But clearly Heidi is one of those individuals 😉

The “Will You STFU Already?!?” Award For Rude and Unprofessional Behavior: Mark Ballas for yelling over his partner in disagreement while she was talking to the camera.

Heidi: Dude, that was quite the shocking display – and it’s a bad sign that your amature partner is smarter than you are when it comes to what you’re doing on the show. For those that don’t remember, I will recap: Chelsea, in their VT, was talking to the camera about how she knows they’re taking risks, yadda yadda and Mark is behind her a good 5 or so feet. He starts yelling while she’s talking “we’re not taking risks, we’re NOT taking risks” – dude, yelling at your partner when she’s not even talking to you is kinda risky. As is doing the worm for the camera while Chelsea stands there in the background. Take it outside, away from the cameras.

Courtney: Two words: ATTENTION WHORE.  Strike that, 3 words – ARGUMENTATIVE ATTENTION WHORE.  Mark has literally become the male version of Lacey – disinclined to play by the rules, mouthy, and with an affinity for bizarre costuming.  Everything with him seems so “Me me me!” anymore – what HE wants in their routines, what HE wants to say to the cameras, what HE thinks about the judging – I’m just so OVER IT.  Chelsea must either be a saint or a shrinking violet for putting up with his behavior.  If I didn’t know better, I would almost think Mark is TRYING to get sent home early this season…likely so he can devote even more time to his music career. The Mark we see these days is a far cry from the Mark of the early days…the Mark who actually choreographed normal, judge-pleasing routines that really showcased his partners strengths.  If he’s gunning hard for a 3rd MBT…he’s going about it COMPLETELY the wrong way.  The fans may be on your side, Mark, but you need the judges too…

Celebrity Most Likely to be B*#ch-slapped By His/Her Pro Partner before they leave the show: Kendra Wilkinson for reasons too numerous to list.

Heidi: I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Louis or any other pro as mad at their partner as Louis was at Kendra the other night. If looks could kill. Of course, he then followed up on twitter with some nonsense about how he was glad they showed it, yadda yadda. :::rolls eyes:::

Courtney: Louis trying in vain to cover his ass in order to make everything between he & Kendra look like it’s all sunshine & rainbows.  Kendra must have apologized and given him some sort of gift – maybe another purse puppy or some more ladies’ Pumas for his elf feet, who knows.  I cannot believe some of the stuff that comes out of this girl’s mouth – saying she “doesn’t care” about elegance, blaming her period for her crappy performance, and taking a song about the heartbreak of separation and trying to make it about the Mafia??!! Wow….just…wow. Worst case of verbal diarrhea in DWTS history.  If Louis doesn’t slap some sense into her by season’s end – I sure will. Or better yet, I propose a radical idea to TPTB: how bout a mid-season partner switch? Give Kendra to Mark and Chelsea to Louis.  Kendra’s apathetic enough that she won’t resist or argue with Mark’s off-the-wall ideas, and Chelsea is good enough & willing enough to try and do well to satisfy Louis’ bravado.  BRILLIANT!

The “WTF?” Costuming Choice of the Week: Kirstie Alley, for that crazy and not at all attractive dress.

Heidi: Note to Randall, do NOT let Kirstie take part in designing her own costumes. I love the woman, but that thing was BAD with a capital B. I even liked Mark’s better than that! And that’s saying something. 🙂

Courtney: The best thing I can liken it to is one of those generic genie costumes you see around Halloween time that has the mesh over the midriff for modesty’s sake.  Although I can’t really figure out how a genie theme would fit in with the song they were given…isn’t it the same song from the Dove chocolate commercial? Maks would have been better off putting her in a chocolate-hued silk gown – the subliminal link to chocolate consumption and the euphoria that follows is a powerful weapon 🙂

The Award for Highest Degree of Cognitive Dissonance – Week 4: Len and Bruno, for raving over Hines then giving him 8’s

Heidi: What the hell, boys, did you realize after your raving that giving Hines those 8’s wouldn’t fit in with your strategy of having a new leader board topper?? I mean, if I didn’t know that you wrote the scores BEFORE you did your comments, I would think you’re on crack. Wait…you’re still on crack. Did you forget what you wrote down? What?

Courtney: Yeah…nothing really to add here.  Just wish I had a buddy that worked for the DEA that I could send an anonymous tip to that there is some possible rampant drug use/trafficking going on at the DWTS set…

The Award for Most Obvious Backpedaling in a Single Week: Len Goodman, who apparently was told that Chelsea wasn’t getting the votes, judging by how he retracted all his previous comments about her performances.

Heidi: Was this not the most bizarre display we’ve seen in a good long while?? Tom gave him the chance to defend Chelsea and retract his previous remarks even before it was revealed who else was “in jeopardy” – the top of the show!! And since when do they do this? This whole thing was weird.  Of course, now Mark is all vindicated in his “out the box” choreography – this brings about a very interesting situation. Will Len continue to criticize or will he be too afraid of a “shocking elimination”?  Will Mark be defiant and continue to strive for “different” (because we all know that traditional, the way it’s been done VERY successfully for 11 seasons, is just horrible and boring :::rolls eyes::: ), or will he actually start to wonder if maybe he needs to dial it back a bit??  I can’t wait to see what happens next. 🙂

Courtney: I think all of the above are just going to end up leading to one big series of unfortunate events that is going to result in a shocking elimination – and the most likely candidate is going to be Chelsea & Mark.  I would feel very bad for Chelsea if that happened, because none of it is really in her control; but it would be a nice, great big slice of humble pie for Mark…or maybe not.  Knowing him, he’d probably cry foul about how the show discriminates against “fresh, new, YOUNG” ideas.  Crap.  I just don’t even wanna think about it…my head hurts now…

The “I am NOT DEFENSIVE, nope, not me, nuh uh, no siree!!” Award – Week 4: (Tie) Louis and Mark for their comments re: their choreography in that VT about old and tired choreography

Heidi: Okay, so they didn’t use old and tired, but gee, wasn’t that whole video an excuse for the show doing a whole bunch of weird ass themes and weird ass choreography this season? Then those two guys sure were acting defensive about using either difficult (Louis) or different (Mark) choreography – not so much what they said, but how they said it.  Ya know, the other pros who are staying in the box have produced some beautiful dances this season and, Hello, Derek doesn’t go outside the box very often and when he does he OWNS it. Saying that all the same moves are boring and old and the audience has seen it all seems rather insulting to people like Derek (and Karina, Kym, Anna and Cheryl, et al.) who can use all the same moves but in different combinations and with a high degree of musicality to make them entertaining as hell. Case in Point: The 50’s Paso. That thing was chock full of the “same old” Paso moves but it was genius. Seems to me that Derek and others have proved on several occassions that you can use the same old moves and produce fantastic dances – Anna and Evan also spring to mind. Derek’s acoustic argentine tango with Jennifer was also brilliant.  And didn’t Maks also produce some wonderful dances with Brandy? I don’t recall anything particularly risky.  As for Louis – dude hasn’t figured out how far is too far to push Kendra. That girl danced on Monday night like she was being tortured trying to remember all the teachings. What is going on here?  I don’t get it. Just because YOU’VE bought into this idea that Kendra can be pushed so high, it doesn’t mean it’s true. Scale it back, dude!

Courtney: “New & different” doesn’t always mean “better”, Louis & Mark.  There’s a reason these steps have been around for years upon years – they work.  And you can still incorporate them into routines with “newer” steps without looking ridiculous.  Yeah…what Heidi said…sorry guys, just not feeling super-inspired this week 🙁 Maybe I’m still mourning the loss of Sugar Ray and Anna, who knows…continue…

Award for Best DWTS Commentary by a Pro Not Dancing This season: Derek Hough for this –

Heidi: Okay, so I’m pimping my boy using MY video, get over it. 🙂 Seriously though, loved the cracks on Mark, the Karate Kid pose – and note the freudian slip at the end of that video. 🙂 He also mentioned that his favorite dances to choreograph are the Paso and Argentine Tango; there was actually a good bit of discussion on DWTS. Like how the producers like to tease him about who he’s getting, about how MOST people are “like a family” just like they say on the show, but occassionally there are a couple who are like that on TV but you get the feeling they might push you down the stairs at the rehearsal studio. 🙂 He also discussed a bit about how costuming your celebrity should be (and is for him) part of the strategy, that what a given celeb is wearing is important to how the dance is viewed. He actually shared a good bit about the process – most of which we, here, know but was interesting to hear him actually say.

Courtney: Props.  Cool video. 

The Mafia Princess Award for Wacky Analogies and All Around TMI: Kendra Baskett, Mafia Mama and Notorious Over-Sharer

Heidi: What the f*@k was she talking about? Like all week? I’m kinda confused. You know, this s*^t ain’t funny. It’s just…just…kinda stupid. Even Len’s Soprano joke was lame as hell. And what kind of moron comes on this show and complains about ballroom dancing?? Ohhhh…probably the same chick who complains that she can’t understand why the judges keep talking about her boobs, yet the very next week comes down the stairs with Louis and the boobs are on serious display. Hey, I gots no problem with that, but don’t complain when people talk about it. You know what else? I so do NOT need to hear about her bodily functions as an excuse for executing a dance poorly. Just say you weren’t feeling it. And you know what else? It’s a pretty rare thing that someone comes on this show that you like and you end up NOT liking them!! Just sayin’!

Courtney: If a woman’s “monthly time” is a legitimate excuse for sucking at life, then I’m gonna start deliberately f-ing stuff up at work and blaming my hormones 🙂 “Sorry I cost the company $10K with my accounting error, boss…but I was on my period!” *emphatic eyeroll* As for the Mafia waltz…*shaking my head*…I have no idea what kind of crack she was smoking when she thought of that one.  Oh wait, I know – the same crack the judges have been on since week 2.  Maybe the smoke from last week was laced with it.  Even Louis looked absolutely befuddled by the notion that such a beautiful song of heartbreak could somehow be related to organized crime…but I can’t blame him for rolling with it, since it seems nary impossible to light a fire of excitement under Kendra’s ass these days.  And as for the boobs – why get them done if you’re going to have a complex about people staring at them…especially since they always seem to be on display? Those boobs were in my face almost every week when she was on Girls Next Door – whether they were bare, covered with itty-bittle tassles, or peeking out through a thin shirt without the restictions of a bra, they were on near-constant display…so now I’m very confused.  Talking about boobs while you’re on E! = kosher, talking about boobs while you’re on ABC = soooo not okay? Nothing with Kendra ever makes sense…*sigh* 🙁

April 16, 2011 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 12 – Randall Christensen “Behind The Seams” Of Week 4

Stylist reports on Randall Christensen’s thoughts on Kirstie’s shoe mishap and how she handled it with “expected grace”. She didn’t skip a beat. He also dishes about how he was inspired to do this week’s costumes. More below in a take from the link. I love what he says about Kirstie and how she sketched her necklace-style neckline.

Kendra Wilkinson: Christensen’s team bedazzled a classic pinstripe fabric to execute Wilkinson’s mafia princess fantasy look. “Kendra had worn a fun gangster costume for Halloween, which was the inspiration for her costume this week,” he says. “The fabric was the perfect template to encrust with crystals.”

Kirstie Alley: The actress sketched the turquoise, necklace-style neckline of her shimmering lilac waltz frock on her own neck with lip liner and sent Christensen a photo. “We were actually planning something different, but it turned out to be such a fun collaboration,” he says. Alley also continues to request more fitted looks as dancing tones her frame. “Her waist is looking fantastic,” Christensen says.

Chelsea Kane: The Disney Star’s “Harry Potter”-inspired wizard princess look was among Christensen’s most ambitious designs of the week. Pewter embroidered netting was used to create the bodice while several kinds of fabric were layered to create the textured ruffles of her skirt for a performance that topped the leader board.

Petra Nemcova: The supermodel wore a red and black two-piece charmeuse number created for a classic Paso Doble. “We were going for an understated Carmen look,” Christensen explains. Red and gold stones along the waist and hematite stones on her corset added subtle sparkle. “I really thought the off-the-shoulder ruffles on her top were sexy,” he says.

The guys: Christensen’s favorite male celebrity costume this week was wrestler Chris Jericho’s copper lamé Paso Doble look. “The classic opera jacket in that fabric was the bomb,” he says.

Speaking of costumes and everything that goes into them, be sure to read about the Dancing With The Stars jewelry and take part in our new Yellow Swarovski Crystal Hoops Contest in you haven’t done so yet >>>>>HERE . The Hoops are gorgeous and just think, they could become yours. 🙂

So, which costumes were your favorites this week? I loved them all, but, I especially loved Petra and Anna’s costumes this time. They were breathtaking to say the least!

April 13, 2011 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.

Dancing With The Stars 12 – Anna Trebunskaya And Sugar Ray Leonard Make The Press Rounds On Their Journey (Videos)

Below are Sugar Ray and Anna on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and Good Morning America today to talk of their journey on Dancing With The Stars. What class acts and charming as always. Len described Sugar Ray as the “heart of the show” last night and I don’t think any of us could disagree!! The same is true for our Anna!

Edit to Add: Here they are being interviewed by ET last night as well.

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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.

Spoilers!!! DWTS Season 12, Week 4 – the Results!!

I must say, me and Courtney’s twitter feeds are not pretty. 🙂 I think I read a “you’re dead to me!” directed at Kendra after her comments tonight followed by Sugar Ray going home. That’s right, the sweetest guy in the competition and a real class act is taken out by the bunny. :::sigh::: Well, I was only off by one. Does this mean Courtney’s mom doesn’t like me any more?? 🙁

There is so much material there for Cheesecake that I hesitate to say anything more. But I will say that Kendra is nearly a lock to go home next week, but Petra better kill it. And Mark – you’ve been spanked but good. Let’s see how out of the box you get next week. 🙂

Recap – what this means is that Kendra got at least 14,600 more votes per million votes cast than Ray did – not a huge number at the end of the day, but surprising, at least to me.

April 12, 2011 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 12, Week 4 – Dancing by the Numbers!

Well, the judges are determined to make this show easy to predict, whether that is their intention or not. My question for the week – was Kendra REALLY 3 points below everyone else, in particular Ray, who has worse technique than Kendra but sure seems to be enjoying himself a whole lot more? I dunno. Yeah, she’s annoying, but really? Ray has a leg up in the likeablity factor, for sure, but 3 points?

Anyway, this week it will most likely come down to Ray and Kendra – I would consider anyone else leaving a surprise at this time. I think next week could be VERY interesting if Kendra goes this week. Will the judges continue to make it clear who they think should go? Because next week we venture into the territory of there being decent dancers who have little fanbase to speak of (Petra), versus not great dancers who are charming as hell who happen to also be sports legends (Sugar Ray) – then a whole lot of uncertainty in the middle. Is Chris really hitting it off with the audience like I think he is, in addition to being a pretty good dancer? Is Kirstie as popular as I suspect she is, despite having mishap after mishap on the dance floor?? Things could get very sticky next week and if they are too harsh with Ray they could send Petra packing on a Ray-sympathy vote – and if they continue to ridiculously inflate her scores? I might have to start tweeting them. 🙂 Anyway, let’s look at the scoring for this week:

The Judges Scores and Percentages

Place Celebrity Score Percentage
1. Chelsea 26 12.62
2. Hines 25 12.14
3. Ralph 25 12.14
4. Chris 23 11.17
5. Petra 23 11.17
6. Romeo 23 11.17
7. Kirstie 22 10.68
8. Ray 21 10.19
9. Kendra 18 8.74

As you can see, Kendra is 3 points below her nearest competitor. Normally on this show, 3 points isn’t a huge deal. Well, it is if your name is Kendra. People who are popular with the E! set don’t have a stellar track record of being vote getters – of course, none so far have been great dancers either. 🙂 So, while those 3 points only translates to 14.6k votes per million votes cast, that’s a pretty high number when going against Sugar Ray Leonard. How does Kendra stack up against all the other dancers? What would it take for her to stay? One of the following would have to happen:

– Kendra gets 14,600 more votes per million votes cast than Ray, or;
– Kendra gets 19,450 more votes per million votes cast than Kirstie, or;
– Kendra gets 24,300 more votes per million votes cast than Petra/Chris/Romeo, or;
– Kendra gets 34k more votes per million votes cast than Ralph/Hines,OR;
– Kendra gets 38,900 more votes per million votes cast than Chelsea.

As you can see, from the above, it’s relatively unlikely that anyone other than Kendra or Ray goes home. Why not Kirstie? Well, she’s Kirstie and I think she’s winning hearts with who she is and not so much with her dancing. For her to go home, both Kendra and Ray would have to beat her in votes by the required spread. Now, if she doesn’t do a clean dance next week, we may be having a different discussion. At the end of the day, Kendra needs to beat at least Ray and I don’t see that happening. If she does much better with voters than I expect, I think Ray will go home because I don’t think Ray can catch Kirstie. If Kendra gets lucky and does much better with the voters than Ray does, in order for Ray to stick around he needs the following:

– Ray needs 4,900 more votes per million votes cast than Kirstie,OR;
– 9,750 more votes per million votes cast than Petra/Chris/Romeo,OR;
– 19,450 more votes per million votes cast than Ralph/Hines.

Yeah. I don’t see that last one happening either. Looking at the other two sets of numbers, however, you will see why I think next week will be very, very interesting indeed – unless the judges continue to force a big spread between the pack and the weakest dancer. That’s not a whole lot of votes, statistically, between Ray and Kirstie, Petra, Chris and Romeo. Who would be the possible loser in that fight other than Ray? Petra and Romeo, I think. Provided that it goes like I think it will tonight, we’ll have that discussion next week. 🙂

So, who’s going home? I’m saying Kendra, and probably easily. Although I’ve been wrong before, so It could be Ray instead. But my money’s on Kendra.

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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 12, Week 4 – Reviews, Recaps, And Interviews After Dance Night (Videos)

George Pennacchio of ABC in LA and Tony Dovolani on Good Morning America help us put the show in perspective with some reviews, recaps, and some interviews. These two are both so good and be sure to see who Tony thinks will go home tonight (2nd video). More below….

Some recaps.

Kirstie and Maks on the shoe malfunction. Kirstie makes the best of it and is so cute and funny as always. Maks has to turn around because he can’t stop laughing at her. Priceless!

See how Karina was inspired for their choreography and look.

George tries to get Kendra to talk on the positive. If they make it tonight, I hope they listen to George! HE KNOWS!

Petra and Dmitry on the ending of their dance and more.

Romeo discusses why “trying” is important and he “tried” to put everything out there last night.

Sugar Ray on his progression. Dancing is just like boxing in many ways.

George tells Cheryl how good she is about showcasing Chris and not overpowering him.

Kym feels like she is dancing with a professional with Hines. They are pleased with the outcome especially with all of their traveling time taking time away from rehearsals this week.

Chelsea and Mark and how they don’t rehearse without shoes until she’s got the dance. George questions them on Len and his traditonal ways.

Here’s to the results show tonight! 😉

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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.

DWTS 12, Week 4 – The Dancers Discuss Kirstie Alley’s Shoe Malfunction (Videos)

How unfortunate Kirstie had to experience another mishap on the show lastnight. She’s starting to think the “Dance Gods” are upset with her. But, seriously, this isn’t the first time and things can go wrong with shoes a lot. The dancers talk about it below.

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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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 12, Week 4 – Power Rankings

Filling in for Courtney gives me a migraine and makes me want to drink copious…oh, wait, I am drinking copious amounts. 🙂 :::sigh::: The judging does drive me to drink, but I’m not truly capable of copious amounts. Wishful thinking. It’s very hard for me to separate what I understand of the math for my Numbers post from this post.

I get why some were calling it movie night now. 🙂 TWO songs from Harry Potter (one inappropriate for a Paso), one from Romeo and Juliette, one from the Nutcracker and so on. Loved the orchestra and loved most of the music very much even if it might not have been good for a particular dance. Some of you music people help me out here – Harry Potter music is beautiful and mostly very orchestral – but when I think Classical, I think…well, Classical. Beethoven, etc. They had a bit of Carmen and a bit of the William Tell Overture in there, if I am remembering correctly – but Harry Potter?

It was also another wacky night from a scoring perspective, when nearly every dance had feet off the floor but only Romeo gets called for it and when it sure appears that they are targeting Kendra for elimination. Very heavy handed, although I do sort of agree that she is next to go. The inexplicable high scoring for Petra continues and it actually makes me a tad concerned for her longevity on the show. Anyway, on with the show.

1) Hines and Kym – This, for me, was the dance of the night and I hereby declare Hines the winner of Season 12. 🙂 I don’t see anyone other than maybe Ralph catching him – they’ll have a charm off. 🙂 Kym Johnson can choreograph a great Paso, maybe second only to Derek. It was entertaining, it was sharp, it was clean – everything I need. Throw in the Steeler Nation and a good score? Numero Uno. Unfortunately, the judges raved and then cramped up with it came to dealing the appropriate paddles. Undercored by two points, IMO. I’m not quite sure what the judges are thinking. This will be a recurring theme. 🙂 Crack is whack.

2) Ralph and Karina – What a beautifully choreographed and executed dance!! Props to Karina for incorporating the Romeo and Juliette theme so well. Improved from last week, he mostly lost the weird hands. I just love this guy, he’s so charming. I can’t help but think that lots and lots of people love him, mainly because I love him so much. I also tend to freakishly represent the mainstream in these sorts of things, much to my chagrin. 😉 In terms of likely popularity and ability, Hines and Ralph are the guys to beat. But here’s where it gets tricky…

Three-way tie between Kirstie, Chelsea and Chris!! But I did still put them in a chronological order.

3) Chelsea and Mark – I honestly don’t know what to make of this dance. When it started I thought “Oh god, Mark’s gone over the top again and Len is going to crucify him” – and at the very beginning it would have been justified, but they quickly pulled it together and got a lot of V. Waltz content in there. But between the costuming and the Harry Potter Theme…well, I just don’t know what to make of it. I guess my jury is out on them – it kinda felt like a whole lotta Mark and some girl. The V. Waltz content was very well executed, but I must say – if I’m having this much trouble connecting to them, who else is?? I just don’t get the same jazzed feeling from watching them as I do from watching Hines and Ralph and, to a much lesser extent this week, Kirstie.

3) Kirstie and Maks – Are these two cursed or is it just me?? Kirstie is wrong if she thinks she’s the only one to lose a shoe – Lance lost one in the middle of a dance and Derek did most of a…Tango?…with his shoe half off. So it happens, but she covered it reasonably well. But damn, I felt sorry for her. The two of them can’t catch a break recently – but I think that will help them with the voters. I also think there is something to be said for having a partner who is acting charming as hell. Who the heck is this version of Maks and can we keep him?? Because if Derek doesn’t come back, this is the guy who I will be watching the show for! Hilarious and sweet. The two of them together are magic – even if Kirstie’s laryngitis is making her sound like a man. 🙂 Anyway, power rankings are about a whole combination of factors – likely votes, score, likeability etc. – so despite their troubles I put them in a 3-way tie for 3rd place. Heck, because of their troubles I put them there.

3) Chris and Cheryl – Chris Jericho is another one that I just love – there is something about his personality that is just so engaging and charming. I also think this couple is one of the few that got the right score tonight. It was a really good Paso, but it wasn’t as crisp and sharp as it could have been, but very entertaining. I have a feeling he is scoring with the audience as well. Such a cutie.

6) Petra and Dmitry – Overscored yet again. I don’t get it. She’s a lovely, wonderful woman, but that was stiff and a bit wobbly. Not horrible, but not nearly worthy of a 23. Romeo’s dance was better, as was Chris’. I believe her feet also came off the ground at one point but CAI is only calling lifts on Romeo tonight. Petra is a wonderful, charming girl, but I can only think she isn’t getting the votes. I think part of the issue here is her doing better than the judges expected – Len said as much. But doing better than expected shouldn’t put you ahead of better dancers in scores. And interesting that he castigates Romeo for removing his shirt, but Dmitry does this stupid, awkward move of removing Petra’s skirt and no one says a word. That was less fitting to the dance and Romeo’s shirt/jacket!!

7) Romeo and Chelsie – Romeo and Chelsie did a fantastic job on this dance. I agree with Len that Romeo needs a bit of refinement but he has the performance down and he looked good. I wager he spent some time on YouTube watching other Paso Dobles done on the show – I would guess Maks and Derek’s, to be specific. Of course, it could be that they were dancing to Derek and Brooke’s Paso music that put Derek at the front of my brain. 🙂 Or it could be that ending jump which Derek used in his Paso with Jennifer. In any case, I hope he sticks around because I think he has serious potential – the problem is he might be getting lost in the shuffle. Maybe Chelsie needs to start breaking more rules and being crazy, like her buddy Mark. 🙂

8 ) Ray and Anna – Crazy technique, but I have to agree with the judges – what an entertaining sweetheart! A little too much posing for my taste, but they did disguise it with charm. I am also biased because I just adore all the music from The Nutcracker. Reminds me of when I was little and my mom would take me to the ballet every Christmas. In any case, I adore Sugar Ray and I hope and think he dodged a bullet this week, mainly because the judges seem to have targeted Kendra for elimination this week.

9) Kendra and Louis – Boy oh boy – a friend of mine on Twitter (Hi Dona) commented that Kendra looked like she was being tortured while dancing and that was exactly what I was trying to verbalize but couldn’t find a way. Not that she did badly – just that she just had this look and feel to the dance that was painful. Then Carrie Ann also nailed it when she said Kendra is afraid of the elegance and is holding herself back. Exactly. Add in a slight mess up and awkward turns, plus the low score? I dunno. Not good. I think part of the issue is not that she’s a bad dancer – she’s not – but that it’s difficult to watch her being uncomfortable. She’s probably technically better than Ray, but where Ray is charming she’s just awkward. She also needs to stop talking when the judges are talking – that’s just off putting and I doubt I am the only one with that issue. If she makes it through, she really needs to just let go.

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Dancing With The Stars 12 – Can Petra Nemcova Bring Out Her Passion In The Paso Doble? (Videos)

As always, Petra is so cute and her behavior is not any different in these new interviews. She and Dmitry are all smiles and joking, but, I have a feeling they are going to be all serious, powerful, and full of passion tonight for their Paso Doble. What do you think?

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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.