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Dancing with the Stars…

Posted by jennytpartridge on February 19, 2008

Cele has done a great job recapping Dance Wars, which I never got a chance to watch. See, there’s this job at a certain agency and it requires me to work nights and long hours…. No, it’s not the CIA. I KNOW you were thinking that….Jenny Partridge and the CIA. The two just go hand in hand….

Anyway, the announcement of the next lineup for DWTS was announced, as Cele said.

Actress Marlee Matlin

Magician Penn Jillette

Hairspray stage star Marissa Jaret Winokur

Radio host and actor Adam Carolla

Olympic ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi

Latin heartthrob Crisitian de la Fuente

Tennis star Monica Seles

Singer Mario

Actor Steve Guttenberg

NFL Dolphins Football star Jason Taylor

Actress Shannon Elizabeth

Actress Priscilla Presley

I think this is REALLY cool. The coolest lineup yet. I mean, if Penn Jillette’s partner makes him mad, will he make her disappear (or spurt blood?)? Do ice skating and dance REALLY have that much in common? Can you turn that many times without the aid of a blade and some ice? Can Marlee Matlin (one of my heroes) really hear the music, even though she’s deaf? All in all, it’s going to be great fun to watch.

So how about you? Any thoughts on the new lineup?

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the cover for POINTE AND SHOOT, the third Jenny T. Partridge Dance Mystery, coming out May 6 from Berkley Prime Crime.

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Dance War: Bruno vs CarrieAnn – The Reveal – or Thank goodness it’s over

Posted by ctanglefoot on February 19, 2008

I have to wonder if not for a writer’s strike would Dance War episodes have been as long? As a DJ, a lover of song, and as a former dance dreamer I love the concept of Dance War: Bruno vs CarrieAnn. But the reality of this show is that the episodes were too long with little content.

One of my biggest disappointments was that neither Bruno nor CarrieAnn, professional choreographers, choreographed a single move on this series.  They were the faces and the cheerleaders behind the teams and nothing more – I believe that is what is called a “producer.” And to my three friends who actually are or have produced in Hollywood, my apologies I don’t mean to make light of your vision, your talents, and you jobs. I just expected so much more out of this show.

Over twenty minutes went by before we were able to enjoy the first number of the night, a group rendition of Steppin’ Out featuring Drew Lachey. Enough said.

Team Bruno chose to relive These Boots Are Made For Walking, not my favorite performance by them. This time it was tighter than the first performance. The dancing was on spot; the singing was okay.

Team CarrieAnn revisited Papa Was A Rolling Stone. This was one of my favorites by them, but too much fog machine. The performance was definitely better the second time around.

Kenny Mane and Jerry Rice revived Dance Center with guest Lisa Rinna to announce the Dancing With The Stars Season Six cast beginning with…

Actress Marlee Matlin

Magician Penn Jillette

Hairspray stage star Marissa Jaret Winokur

Radio host and actor Adam Carolla

Olympic ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi

Latin heartthrob Crisitian de la Fuente

Tennis star Monica Seles

Singer Mario

Actor Steve Guttenberg

NFL Dolphins Football star Jason Taylor

Actress Shannon Elizabeth

Actress Priscilla Presley

Team Bruno returned to the stage to perform what will become their first single if they are to win the Dance War season one title… Falling In Love.  Catchy tune played up on their strengths and offers commercial appeal.

Team CarrieAnn performed what would be their single, Come With It. Not as good a song as Team Bruno’s, it doesn’t highlight the strong points and actually points out their weaknesses (in my own opinion.)

After 1000 hours of rehearsals, 40 live performances, three eliminations, and fourteen wasted hours of television viewing.

Team Bruno was named Dance War Victors

Team Bruno wins a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Their first single, Falling In Love, and that of Team CarrieAnn’s Come With It are now available for download. Note: I searched the ABC website and couldn’t find them.

Season Six of Dancing With The Stars begins with a two-night premiere, beginning March 17th; America begins voting March 25th.

Until then,

Sith,

Tanglefoot

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Dance War: Bruno vs. CarrieAnn – Latin Week

Posted by ctanglefoot on February 12, 2008

Just one more week remains; tonight’s voting at the end of the show is to pick America’s favorite team. But before that vote begins, a team must lose and eliminate a member. Will it be Team Bruno for the third week or will Team CarrieAnn get their first taste of defeat?

Latin week could be telling, and if the opening group number is any indication, we’re in trouble. The group number was a combination of Hernando’s Hideway and Dance With Me. To me the group number always underscores how they DO NOT work together; they are too segregated the rest of the time to integrate for one number. The audio was terrible, the choreography sad.

Up first in Latin week competition is Team CarrieAnn, who drew the Miami Sound Machine’s Conga! I have to say strong performance. Nice vocals, good choreography Team CarrieAnn kept it moving. I loved the lift; it was different and well performed.

Team Bruno took the stage for Michael Bublè’s Sway. I love this song. Kelsey is a hot performer. She doesn’t get a lot of notice, but her footwork and harmonies are superb. Phillip’s voice was great tonight, very full. Lacey and Zak – not so much. On the other hand the partnering was wonderful.

Team CarrieAnn’s second number of the night was Marc Anthony’s I Need To Know. I liked it; good harmonies, good vocals, but not as driven as CarrieAnn thought. The choreography was interesting, but they could have stepped up a notch.

Team Bruno’s final number of the night was Wind It Up (I don’t know the artist – and I don’t care.) The song was uninspiring and definitely not Latin. The choreography was good, but the difference between four and six team members definitely stands out.

America’s vote from last week’s show goes to Team Bruno, an announcement that brought Bruno Tonioli to his knees and tears to CarrieAnn Inaba’s eyes.

Personally I think it is CarrieAnn’s stylist that should get the boot, but no, it’s a team member that must go. Making the bottom two by a tearful CarrieAnn…

Chris and Alyssa. And maybe Alyssa’s own words foreshadowed and were her doom, when earlier in the program she was caught saying on camera that she has to watch out for herself because it’s a competition.

Good-bye Alyssa.

Tonight America votes for the first champion of Dance War: Bruno vs. CarrieAnn. The winning team will be announced next Monday night and so will the next roster of celebrity competitors for Dancing With The Stars: Season Six.

Until next week,

Sith,

Tanglefoot

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Newsletter updates from Natalie M. Roberts

Posted by jennytpartridge on February 5, 2008

Hello all,

It’s been a while since I sent out a newsletter. All my spare time, which isn’t a lot, is going to writing, as I plot my escape to Islamorada. “Huh?” you might ask. “Islamorada?” you might think. “Where and what is that?”

On New Year’s Eve, I was home, writing away, working on THE TIES THAT BIND, a book for St. Martin’s. My children were portioned out to various friends’ houses, and since I’m not big into the party scene, I was using the time to write.

I was also wishing myself far, far, away. Somewhere warm, since Utah has been slammed this year with snow storm after snow storm. Hasn’t everyone wanted to start their life over, somewhere new, at one point or another. Especially when you live in the North Pole and your name AIN’T Santa Claus….

Example:

 

I took this picture a few weeks ago, and it was just one of MANY storms to hit us. On my computer desktop, I have a weather thingie that tells me what to expect, weather-wise, and also tells me where people are having MUCH MORE FUN than I am. Well, it doesn’t say that, but it might as well. It should just flash THESE PEOPLE ARE SITTING ON THE BEACH DRINKING PINA COLADAS AND YOU AREN’T. Stupid weather thingie. That night, the warmest spot in the United States was Marathon Shores, Florida. Curious, and easily distracted, I wandered off to Google and did a search. I discovered Marathon Shores is in the Florida Keys. I’ve been to Key West ONE time, for a few hours (cruise) and I loved it.

 
So I spent the next few hou…er, minutes, perusing the pages of the Florida Keys. Islamorada became my hot spot, just because the NAME is so exotic, and of course, the place sounds pretty cool itself.

 
And I began to weave this story of myself, in Islamorada, escaping from the rigors of life, lounging on the beach.

 It’s a dream but hey, it could become reality. Or maybe even a BOOK. That research would be fun!

I know, I know, spring will come soon enough.

On the writing scene,  POINTE AND SHOOT is coming out in May. This is my favorite book in the series, and I think you will like it, too. Jenny grows up a little more, still finds herself in some serious hot water, and discovers that life as a dance teacher is tantamount to working in a loony bin. Or close.

To help you stay warm, here’s a hot cocoa recipe my Mormon mother swears by. She’s a cocoa connoisseur, so this one HAS to be good.

Hot Cocoa

RECIPE INGREDIENTS:

2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer
1/8 teaspoon salt

1. Measure all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk them until they are evenly blended.
2. Store the mix in a tightly covered container at room temperature until you’re ready to package it. Makes about 4 cups of mix.

Well, that’s all for now, but I wish you all a MUCH WARMER and DRYER winter than we are having. Until next time….
–Natalie
www.nataliercollins.com
www.nataliemroberts.com
www.jennytpartridge.com

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Posted by ctanglefoot on February 5, 2008

Hopefully I’ll get to see the opening cast number on You-Tube because I missed it.  Overall I thought tonight’s performances were split, each team gave a great performance and an on the fence performance. At the end of the night, one person had to go home.

Team competition opened with Team CarrieAnn’s cover of the Southern Rock classic The Devil Went Down To Georgia. Good choreography, good props, and very entertaining. The acoustics in that place suck, despite that face Qis’ voice stood out, the harmonies were great, and each team member’s characteristics stood out.

Team Bruno countered with a cover of Life Is A Highway. To me it really showed both Phil and Zak’s weak vocals, the choreography was so-so, but the harmonies were very nice.

Speaking of bad acoustics in the building, their non-existence was underscored by how bad Taylor Swift sounded at the half.

Round two of the night opened with Team CarrieAnn performing Black Horse and the Cherry Tree. First off to the stylist, Alyssa’s top, terrible, made only worse by her weak vocals in this performance. The performance was sultry, but the audio just didn’t sound right.

Team Bruno offered up These Boots Are Made For Walking. Kelsey rocked; Lacey opened weak, but regained her strength.  The choreography fit the song.

Based on performances tonight, again my vote goes to Team CarrieAnn.

First I have to wonder if the show would be 90 minutes long if there was no writer’s strike. Big, Greedy Powers That Be give in already.

Team CarrieAnn won America’s vote for the second week in a row but if America votes on CarrieAnn’s dress this week they are going to lose big time.  Face with a brutal decision Bruno whined how unfair it all is and then placed (wisely) Zak and Tony in the bottom two.  The sang off tonight pitted the two against each other with the only country song of the night If Tomorrow Never Comes, a song that suited Zak. Ergo, Tony was the loser on the night.

Until next week,

Sith,

Tanglefoot

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