Dancing off the Edge

with Jenny T. Partridge

Dancing With The Stars – Even Stars are human too

Posted by ctanglefoot on March 25, 2008

Season Six of Dancing With The Stars extended open continued with a second round of first round dancing.  Are you confused yet?  It’s simple to follow, kind of like Mitch Miller’s bouncing ball if you can read.  Except in this version you don’t have to know how to dance and they do the math for you. This season opener covers two weeks of dancing, tonight’s scores and voting will be combined with last week’s scores and voting. Tomorrow night will offer up the first victims of the season when one male celeb and one female celeb are cut from the list.

Last week in the opening episodes Kristi Yamagutchi and Jason Taylor both threw down gauntlets that said, “Here, Take that and btw, catch me if you.”  Tonight the competition stepped up to the plate with little let down in comparison to the first dances.

Steve Guttenberg and Anna Trebunskaya opened the action with a Mambo.  Very enjoyable although he began a bit stiff he seemed to heat right up. 

The judges score: 6 – 5 – 5 for a 16, combined with last week’s 15, for a total 34 out of 60 points

Cristian De la Fuentè and Cheryl Burke danced a Quickstep that was spunky with good footwork and nice shoulders.

The judges score: 7 – 6 – 7 for a 20, combined with last week’s 21, for a total 41 out of 60 points

Monica Seles and Jonathan Roberts delivered  a Mambo that showed she was trying, I mean really trying.  But the poor girl doesn’t have a rhythmic muscle in her body and she is pigeon toed.

The judges score: Straight 5s for a 15, combined with last week’s 15, for a total 30 out of 60 points

Penn Jillette and Kym Johnson were dealt a Quickstep. This man is an entertainer, but try as he might he’s not a dancer. He is a bit flat footed, a lot droopy shoulder, but he always looks like he’s having fun.

The judges score: 6 – 5 – 6 for a 17, combined with last week’s 16, for a total 31 out of 60 points

Priscella Presley and Louis Van Amstel Mambo’d. Last week she wowed me, this week she put me to sleep.  I didn’t like her upper body attitude, she was stiff and had bad arms. The dance was boring.

The judges score: Straight 7s for a 21, combined with last week’s 24, for a total 45 out of 60 points

Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough danced a lively energetic Quickstep. What improvement, this dance definitely fitted her.  Good feet, good posture, her physical attitude was wonderful.

The judges score: Straight 8s for a 24, combined with last week’s 21, for a total 45 out of 60 points

Jason Taylor and Eydta Sliwinska Mambo’d, oh yes they did.  Very nice, very fluid, great musicality, sharp footwork, snappy turns and twist. I hope he brings these moves to the field next season.

The judges score: Straight 9s for a 27, combined with last week’s 22, for a total 49 out of 60 points

Marisa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovalani drew the Quickstep this week. I like this girl,she is so spirited and ready to conquer.  The dance had good energy, nice footwork, and was joyous. She needs to smile just a bit less, but I think that will be hard she is thrilled to be there.

The judges score: Straight 7s for a 21, combined with last week’s 18, for a total 39 out of 60 points

Adam Corolla and JulieAnn Hough danced an entertaining Mambo.  He really got into this dance and was much more fluid in his movement this week over last.

The judges score: 6 – 7 – 6 for a 19, combined with last week’s 15, for a total 34 out of 60 points

Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez Quickstepped tonight. Wow. Each week I think I am going to be wowed by her ability to dance despite a lack of music. Tonight’s Quickstep was entertaining, offered great action, nice footwork, nice body attitude, and musicality.

The judges score: Straight 8s for a 24, combined with last week’s 22, for a total 46 out of 60 points

Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas Mambo’d, and damn they’re good. I thought she missed some hand work, but the judges didn’t comment, but the footwork was great, their chemistry is great, good musicality.

The judges score: Straight 9s for a 27, combined with last week’s 27, for a total 54 out of 60 points

Mario and Karina Smirnoff ended the night with a Quickstep that offered up tight footwork, great energy, good shoulders.

The judges score: 9 – 8 – 9 for a 26, combined with last week’s 24, for a total 50 out of 60 points

The best of the week by scoring and in my opinion was Kristi and Mark, they are going to be hard to beat.  Those I think that are outside the bubble and contenders to go home based on my opinion and the scoring: Monica Seles and Jonathan Roberts; Adam Carolla and JulieAnn Hough or Penn Jillette and Kym Johnson.

Tomorrow night will tell all. Until then.

Sith,

Tanglefoot

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