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DWTS Finale: A Fun Season

The show was over, champion crowned. Once again America didn’t vote for the best technical dancer (last time that happened was when Mario Lopez lost to Emmitt Smith). This time however I’m not even sure Helio was the most improved, but that doesn’t matter any more. It was a great season with lots of quality dances, tons of drama, and tremendous fun. Continue reading

DWTS The Finals: Freestyle

In the past seasons of Dancing with the Stars one thing seems to be always true: whoever wins the freestyle, wins. I don’t know if that is just coincidence or there is indeed some correlation. To me, a great ballroom choreographer is not necessarily a great freestyle choreographer, but if you are a great freestyle choreographer (in the context of DWTS), you are probably a great ballroom choreographer too. That’s just my theory.

If that trend continues, Helio/Julianne will win because they definitely had the best freestyle tonight. However I’m not sure that’s what it should be, because this is a ballroom dance show, not a freestyle show. It should reward whoever is the best ballroom dancer after 10 weeks.

Of course, that is if we live in a perfect world where there is no such thing called “fan voting”.

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DWTS Week 9 Results: Bummer

It doesn’t get any worse than this. My least favorite stayed and my most favorite went. I’ve decided a while back that I’m not going to get too opinionated when writing these posts, so let me just say, this is really disappointing. 8-)

The biggest reason I want Jennie/Derek in the finale is because I thought Derek would choreograph a great freestyle. Now let’s just hope Jonathan is up to the task.

Although I had to go to wikipedia to find out who Michael Flatley is, that performance they put on there was spectacular. I’ve never been so into a tap dance performance before. It was captivating.

In one of the packages someone finally said what I have always thought, “Tom Bergeron is probably the Greatest Live Host of All Time“. He makes it look so easy.

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DWTS Week 9: It’s Raining 10s

So judges were generous tonight, real generous. I think they were just trying to put up this atmosphere of “best semi-final ever” to hype people up. So everyone would rave “wow there were 5 perfect scores” then people will be more likely to watch the finale…

The Front Runner

Mel B got 30 for both her dances, so did Helio. Len said Helio/Julianne were the stand-out, I have to disagree. Mel is a much more polished dancer than Helio, and of course probably a bit more trained too. She moves very well and rarely looks awkward. The same can’t be said of Helio or any of the remaining celebrities.

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DWTS Week 8 Results: In No Particular Order

“Having combined the judges’ scores with your votes, we can now reveal, in no particular order, the next couple who will definitely return next week…”

They say that every time. In no particular order. Sometimes the most predictable couples went first, sometimes the most surprising ones (like tonight). It’s done to maximize the dramatic effect. Announce something unexpected in the beginning, keep you at the edge of your seat so you don’t go away during commercials. I think it should be called The Producers’ Order. :-)

With Cameron eliminated tonight, there now is only one man left, with three women. I do think Mel B is the favorite right now. And I’d like to see a finale without Marie/Jonathan because the other 3 pros (Derek, Julianne, Maks) are more capable of producing spectacular freestyles. Nothing against Jonathan but I’m not sure he’s up to the task, besides the fact Marie is the weakest dancer. I would be devastated to see Derek go; he’s got lots of great tricks it’d be really fun to see what’s in the bag.

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DWTS Week 8: Face, Lower, Feet

Other than a good Quickstep and an excellent Mambo, nothing really stood out for me tonight, except for some hilarious moments from Len Goodman and the always brilliant Tom Bergeron:

“If you’re in a romantic mood, just breathe heavily when you vote, that’d be lovely”

“And join me later tonight, on eBay…” (holding Helio’s cape left on the floor)

“I feel so objectified by them. Piece of meat. In a tie.” (on Mel and Maks’ constant harassing him)

Though the best one came from Len:

“As a young man, I used to look always at girls’ faces; As I got a bit older, my eyes started to go slightly lower; and now, all I’m doing is looking at your feet, to see if you’re doing the heels and toes… I’ve become a ‘foot man’!” 

Back to the dances.

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DWTS Week 7 Results: A Subdued Night

Because of the death of Marie’s father the show started off rather quietly and in a low spirit. Jonathan/Marie was announced safe and Mel/Max did the encore. LeAnn Rimes was performing with Tony/Julianne. This is the second time I see these two dance together, last time was last season. Julianne always has gorgeous lines and her extension goes on forever.

Kenny Mayne/Len Goodman/Jerry Rice’s Dance Center was surprisingly good. Thank you ABC for not bringing Jimmy Kimmel back. They must have read my blog :-) (see my post on week 4 results). I like Len Goodman’s sense of humor, even if it’s British.

Unlike last week, the right couple went home tonight.

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DWTS Week 7: Two Dances

Everyone is doing two dances this week, one ballroom and one latin. When you have twice as much dance to learn in the same amount of time, the average quality of each dance is bound to suffer a little. I think that was what happened tonight. With the exception of one or two dances.

  • I really, really liked Mel B’s Paso, more than I liked Sabrina’s Paso that got 30. It was very well choreographed. The perfect score was what I would give too. Continue reading

DWTS Week 6 Results: The Bizarre

I almost decided to skip tonight’s post. This is the most bizarre night I’ve ever seen. Is Halloween around the corner?

It went like this: Jane was safe. Surprise. Marie was safe. Another surprise. Sabrina in bottom two. Couldn’t believe it.

Then boom!

Sabrina was done.

It was so shocking that even Tom Bergeron lost his wit and couldn’t find anything better to say than “I’ve picked you in the finals”. When he said something that lame you knew it was bad.

I’m at loss for words too. See you next week.

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DWTS Week 6: Mel B

The Surprises

I can’t believe I’m saying this: I have just seen the best Rumba by a celebrity on Dancing with the Stars ever! It caught my attention right from the beginning move. It was so authentic. The dance was much better than their Samba last week because it was so technically sound. I’m really impressed by Mel B now. Continue reading

DWTS Week 5 Results: Ratings

Not much to write about tonight. In my post yesterday I initially wrote in my prediction that “Jane could be in bottom two”, then I edited it out. Just shows you one should always trust her first instinct. Never second guess.

Mark Cuban’s journey is over. My best wishes to him.  

Why did they keep replaying the Marie fainting moment over and over again? I know why. The producers wanted to capitalize on the dramatic, so more people would come watch the show. Did you read the news this morning? The Marie-fainting-on-DWTS story was all over the place (it was even on CNN’s Most Popular Stories). I’m sure lots of curious people who didn’t know about Dancing with the Stars or wasn’t watching the show before would tune in just to see what went on. The producers just took advantage of it and decided to play the drama card to the max, “look, what a dramatic, you-never-know-whats-gonna-happen, LIVE show this is!”. 

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DWTS Week 5: Latin Night

Samba and Rumba. Doesn’t get any better than that.

Let’s get right to the important stuffs:

  • I think everyone got a big scare when Marie dropped to the floor the way she did. Thank goodness it didn’t turn out as bad as it looked. This reminds me of what happened to Jessie on last season’s So You Think You Can Dance. The show producers are not gonna like this kind of things.
    You gotta hand it to Tom Bergeron though for still being able to fill in some humor when he commented that in movies it was romantic to swoon and on live TV it scared the hell out of him. Talking about speaking from the heart.
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DWTS Week 4 Results: Wade Robson

What an artist he is. The lighting, music, costume, staging, choreography, everything was so intriguing. He “creates” dances like nobody else. 

(If you like his choreographies like I do, I have a collection of best So You Think You Can Dance dance videos that have some of his best work for that show).

And this is the first time I see Wade dance. He seems to be a really good dancer, but having seen all 3 seasons of his work on So You Think You Can Dance, I think it’s safe to say however good dancer he is, he’s a much better choreographer, if not a genious one.

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DWTS Week 4: The Judges

  • What’s up with those judges tonight? All of a sudden Carrie Ann got into an anti-lift obsession. And once again they seemed to be determined to single out Sabrina as the front runner, as if we didn’t already get. That Paso Doble was great but not perfect.
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DWTS Week 3 Results: Bye Bye Drew

  • I had no idea Samantha Harris was coming back next week when I wrote last night that “Drew Lachey should be next season’s host if the decision were made based on merit”. I thought he was filling in for the season and Samantha was coming back for the next… oh well.
  • I like Jennie and Derek’s Argentine Tango more now having seen it for the second time. Also it’s interesting that some couple did the International Tango while some did the Argentine version. Wonder if ABC decided it or the pros did.
  • Wasn’t it funny that the lowest scoring female celebrity on Monday night still got higher score than the highest scoring male celeb? Soon this will be a no men’s land… no men’s left… Continue reading