Dancing off the Edge

with Jenny T. Partridge

Dancing With The Stars – Season Six – Week One the Ladies

Posted by ctanglefoot on March 19, 2008

Right off I have to say, “Wow! What a great first week to open a new season.” The women stepped it up and passed the guys, and truly I wasn’t sure that could happen. A few surprises were in store for us. So let’s get to it.

Shannon Elizabeth partnered with the ever so cute Derek Hough opened the night with the Cha Cha.  My first impression, “Wow, what long legs.”  She needs to loosen up a bit and step into the dance. She does more of a move/pose, but there is definite potential there if she can relax.

The judges scored them straight 7’s for a 21 total.

Monica Seles is dancing with Jonathan Roberts, the duo drew the Foxtrot, which for Monica is a lucky choice, the woman doesn’t have a dancing bone in her body.  What she does have is acting talent and sellability. The dance was lovely, had good musicality, she was a bit stiff but you could see her come un-stuck as the dance progressed.

The judges scored them straight 5’s for a total 15 points.

Marisa Jaret Winokur is dancing this season with debonair Tony Dovalani, their first dance the Cha Cha. I love her vitality, she just has so much joy in her, but she needs to tone down her animation to fit dance. It is nice to see a big person dance so well. But she tried a bit too hard and needs to move away from the Broadway over acting.

The judges scored them scored them straight 6’s for a total 18 points.

Priscilla Presley is dancing with Louis Van Amstel, choreographer for three Dancing With The Stars Tours.  The pair pulled the Foxtrot for their first routine of the season. I was amazed. Presley has nice physical attitude, lovely grace and lines, beautiful hands and toes.  And doesn’t she look like Jocelyn Jackson’s not as pretty much older sister? I’m just saying.

The judges scored them straight 8’s for a total of 24 points.

Kristi Yamaguchi is dancing with Mark Ballas (what a cutie.) This was a performance of magnificent joy.  Their Foxtrot drew total smiles from me, great musicality, great physical attitude. Yep, joy.

The judges scored them straight 9’s for 27 points. Great score for opening night.

Marlee Matlin is dancing with Fabian Sanches, their first number of the season, the Cha Cha. I’m sure the numbers are up in viewing this year for several reasons, but many will be watching just to see if a deaf person, excuse me a profoundly deaf person can dance. And the answer is a resounding yes. Matlin had good timing, good fluidity, one or two little miss steps or stops, but the performance was much more than I expected.

The judges scored them straight 7’s for 21 points.

At the end of the evening the leader board (from both nights) was as follows:

Kristi Yamaguchi & Mark Ballas:               27

Mario & Karina Smirnoff:                                24

Priscilla Presley & Louis Van Amstel:                       24

Marlee Matlin & Fabian Sanchez:                     22

Jason Taylor & Edyta Sliwinski:                    22

Cristian De la Fuentè & Cheryl Burke:            21

Shannon Elizabeth & Derek Hough:             21

Steve Gutenburg & Anna Trebunskaya:                18

Marisa Jaret Winokur & Tony Dovalani:            18

Penn Jillette & Kym Johnson:                     16

Monica Seles & Jonathan Roberts:                      15


The couples will dance one last dance Monday, March 24th, and then on Tuesday, March 25th Dancing With The Stars will have it’s first ever double elimination with two couples being pared from the competition.

Until then,




2 Responses to “Dancing With The Stars – Season Six – Week One the Ladies”

  1. Karin said

    I wasn’t going to watch this year, but damn if you haven’t hooked me!

  2. Cele said

    Karin I believe that is called Karma, seeing as how you’re the person who first got me stuck on DWTS.

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