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Dancing With The Stars – Season 7 – Week 5 – The Results

Posted by ctanglefoot on October 29, 2008

Who will go tonight? Will it be Susan Lucci? Or Cloris Leachman? I think Vegas books are split on the odds.  But that’s just a guess.

The evening started off with an encore performance of the Group Hip Hop…

I have to take back what I said last night, it wasn’t Brooke who owned it, it was Lacey.

The Ballroom Kids featured:

                Craig and Samantha

                Simon and Lucy of San Jose – Samba’d

On a unanimous vote of the judges sister brother partnership Craig and Samantha move into the Ballroom Kids final at the end of the season.

The Pussycat Dolls and Missy Elliot offered up the musical entertainment portion of the evening with Whatcha Think About That?

Guest Judge Michael Flatley, The Lord of the Dance, burned up the dance floor with a presentation from his current production Celtic Tiger.

And moving into the bottom two for the week were:

                Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani

                Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas

Going home:  Cloris and Corky leave the dance floor tonight. And then there were six.  Until next week.

Sith

Tanglefoot

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DWTS Season 7 – Week – 6 – Hip Replacements

Posted by ctanglefoot on October 28, 2008

Guest Judge Michael Flately will dance tomorrow night from his new Celtic Tiger production, but tonight he showed he’s the same run of the mill judge who isn’t in touch and doesn’t want to hurt feelings. He was a lovely person but he didn’t ad much to the content of the competition as a temporary replacement for the errant Len Goodman. 

So how did the dancers do? 

Maurice Green and Cheryl Burke performed a Viennese Waltz.  Nice rise and fall, Maurice kept in character, had great shoulders, nice close footwork; Very Elegant.  The judges scored them straight 7s for 21 on the night.

Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer delivered a lively Jive (common it was a jive they are suppose to be lively.)  Lance showed his dancing chops, Lacey showed that Lance was an equal partner in the performance.  Good energy, good character, good choreography, great footwork.  Finally the judges recognized this and scored them straight 9s to give them the top of the leader board with 27 points.

Susan Lucci and Tony Dovaloni danced a Mambo.  She fell behind in the music through out the dance and always watches Tony for his direction, instead of being an equal partner in the dance. This isn’t Tony’s doing, this is her inabilities.  The judges generously scored them 8 – 8 -7 for 23 on the night.

Brooke Burke and Derreck Hough danced a sexy Rumba, nice and fluid, good chemistry, good footwork, good characters.  Per normal they excelled.  The judges scored them 8 – 10 – 8 for 26 on the night.

Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas delivered a cha cha cha.  She tries so hard, but sometimes her age holds her down.  The judges scored them straight 5s for the bottom of the leader board with 15 points.

Cody Lindley and JulieAnn Hough danced a sexy Samba showing good foot work, good partnering, and great musicality.  Julie and Derrek both shine in their choreography.  The judges scored them 8 – 8 – 7 for 23 on the night.

Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson ended the night with a Rumba. The dress was very distracting. He needed to dance more, but he had good technique, good character, good emotion. The judges scored them 8 – 9 – 8 fir 25 points on the night.

The injury plagued season has taken it’s toll on Jeff Ross (poked in the eye.) Misty May Trainer is out with a ruptured Achilles.  Susan Lucci is dancing with a fracture in her right foot.  Brooke Burke is dancing with a displaced tendon in her left foot. Now JulieAnn Hough will be out, first to have her appendix removed Wednesday, but she is also suffering endometriosis (extremely painful) she will be temporarily replaced by Edyta Sliwinskia, beginning Wednesday.

The group performed an old school hip hop. Did I say performed?  Brooke sold it, Lance brought it, Cody and Warren played their parts.  Susan was totally a fish out of water. Not the best group dance on Dancing With The Stars.

 Tomorrow guest Judge Michael Flately will perform from his current show Celetic Tiger- if you’ve never seen Michael Flatley perform you’re in for a treat.  Wednesday night also dishes up the next edition of Ballroom Kids, and another Celeb dancing off in to the wings.  Until then,

Sith,

Tanglefoot

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Dancing With The Stars – Season Seven – Week 5 – The Results

Posted by ctanglefoot on October 22, 2008

This week the dancers and celebs took on four new dances for Dancing With The Stars, next week Dancing with the Stars will take on a new judge, Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley will fill in for Len Goodman who is also a judge on the British version of Dancing With The Stars. But before he left for two week’s Len requested the

Encore Performance of the Week: Cody Lindley and JulieAnn Hough’s Jitterbug, courtesy of Youtube

Tonight’s musical guest Brian Setzer Band rocked the house with <I>Rockin’ This Town</I> accompanied by Katrina Smirnov and Louis Van Amstel.

Tonight’s Ballroom kids featured 10 olds Anthony and Alyssa from Los Angles dancing the Jive, against 12 year old Mitchell and 13 year old Maria, of Philadelphia who danced a Paso Dobles.  The latter, on a vote of 2 to 1 move into the dance eliminations at the end of the season.

The Macy’s Stars of Dance featured a major production of dance moves spanning from the 1930s into the future.  Choreographed by Rich and Tone, twenty six dancers honored the styles of the thirties, sixties, eighties, and some year in the future. It was, yawn, not up to the hype.

So which couples fell into the bottom two of the week, and who went home?  Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani, and Toni Braxton and Alec Maso.

Ciao Toni Braxton and Alec Maso.

Until Next Week,

Sith,

Tanglefoot

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Dancing With The Stars – Season Seven – Week 5 – 4 Brand New

Posted by ctanglefoot on October 21, 2008

It’s a group of new dances for Dancing With The Stars this week, the pros and the celebs take on the Jitterbug, Salsa, Hustle, and Western Swing.

Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer (a West Coast Swing champion) opened the night with the West Coast Swing. Lacey fell into the trap that several have fallen in before, she carried the load of the dance, when she should have shown off Lance. The dance wasn’t bad, but the judges jumped at the opportunity to down grade them.  Their dance was much better than the straight 7s they were awarded for 21 points.

Toni Braxton and Alec Maso were the second team to take on the West Coast Swing, again, Toni wasn’t the focal point of the dance. She wasn’t challenged, she walked through the dance that was far too slow.  The judges scored them 7 – 7 – 8 for 22 points.

Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani were the first to perform the Hustle on DWTS. She dances to each step, pauses and waits until she must dance to the next step.  It just didn’t do it for me.  The judges scored them 7 – 7 – 8 for 22 points.

Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson Hustled the dance floor.  Lively, upbeat, he danced through out the whole number.  One or two small movements, but it was a good dance, a good performance.  The judges scored them 8 – 9 – 9 for 25 points.

Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas took to the floor with the first Salsa of the show and the night.  She danced, not great, but not bad either. The judges scored them straight 7s on the night for 21 points.

Maurice Green and Cheryl Burke delivered a lively, not polished, but good Salsa.  He needs to work on his musicality and finish his movements.  The marks from the judges were far too high, straight 9s for 27 points.

Brooke Burke and Derryk Hough were the first of the sibling rivalry to Jitterbug.  They slammed it, a good dance, high energy (but it lost its momentum at the end) Brooke carried her end of the dance with pizzazz. The judges loved it scoring them 10 – 9 – 10 for 29 on the night.

Cody Lindley and JulieAnn Hough had the final Jitterbug and dance of the night.  In the best spirit of Lucy and Desi they had great fun and energy. The judges were boo’d for their low scores.  The judges scored them 10 – 9 – 9 for 28 points. (Their’s was better, but just barely.)

Well find out who gets the encore, who gets the boot, and who replaces the vacationing Len Goodman tomorrow night during Dancing With The Stars.

Until then,

Sith,

Tanglefoot

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DWTS – Season Seven – Week Four – The Results

Posted by ctanglefoot on October 15, 2008

Encore performance of the week: Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer’s Goethe Tango…thank you YouTube and Dance Dispatch for the video.

The week’s dance guest stars Los Vavancos could be best described as Flamenco meets Riverdance meets Chippendales, or as Tom Bergeron put it, seven guys with six packs.

The ballroom kids competition features 11 year old Mitchell and 10 year old Jessica dancing the Cha Cha

And 11 year old Kirilla and 10 year old Hannah dancing the Samba. When the dust settled, the judges put forward Kirilla and Hannah to dance another day in the Ballroom kids competition.

Rocko Dispirito and Karina Smirrnov were the first couple voted into the bottom two early in the evening. Later it was Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas joimg them in the bottom two. But it was Rocko and Karina who departed the dance floor. 

Coming up next week are four new dances not before performed on Dancing With The Stars: Jitterbug, West Coast Swing, Salsa, and the Hustle.

 Until then,

Sith,

Cele

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DWTS – Season Seven – Week 4 – Samba and Tango

Posted by ctanglefoot on October 14, 2008

I’m going to say up front, the judges and I don’t see eye to eye, in fact I think they either need to dance by Braille or get a seeing eye dog, because they are blind in more cases than one…er once again that was editorializing. 

Rocko Dispirito is on a week’s reprieve because of the medical departure of Misty Mae Traynor due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. Ergo, the scores from last week carry over to this week and are paired with this week’s scores. And the lowest vote getter/tally will leave the dance floor.

The dancers faced two dynamically diverse dances, the tango and the Samba.  Up first…

Maurice Green and Cheryl Burke danced a Samba, while he had some very fluid moments they’d flow right into a segment where is action and body movements were square. He lost his place in the dance more than once.  The judges scored them 6 – 7 – 7 for 20 points, paired with last week’s 24 they have a combined  44 points.

Cody Linley and JulieAnn Hough danced the tango. The music was distracting. She almost fell one. Good shoulders, good holds, nice lines and attitudes.  The judges score them 7 – 8 – 8 for 23 on the night, combined with last weeks’ 21 and they have a total 44 points.

Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo delivered a Samba with great charisma, she really sells the dance, but lost it one moment to regain it again. She needs some longer extensions of her lines but the woman can dance.  Not that you can tell by the judges scores 7 – 7- 8 for 22 points, paired with last week’s 22 they have a 44 total.

Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas performed a Tango for the week.  Kudos to her attituide, she lost her steps a few times, but she really worked it and gave her all.  Not that she dance well but she dance with heart and attitude.  The judges generously gave them 8 – 7 – 7 for 22 points, combined with last week’s 16 for a total 38 points.

Rocko Dispirito and Karina Smirnov danced a Samba. I didn’t like the dance, it had musicality, but no talent.  The judges scored them 6 -6 – 6 for 18 points, combined with last week’s 20 for a total 38 points.

Susan Lucci and Tony Dovaloni drew the Tango this week. I thought it would be a dance that she could nail, the judges thought she did; I thought it lacked sharpeness and authority, although it had some close footwork.  The judges scored them straight 8’s for 24 points, with last week’s 21 they have a combined 45 points.

Brooke Burke and Derreck Hough Samba’d for all they were worth.  Normally I think they are over scored, tonight they earned every point, and maybe deserved better than they got.  She might have been ahead once in the dance, but they offered great rhythm, musicality, and character. The judges scored them 9 – 8 – 9 for 26 combined with last week’s 28 points for a 54 total and the leader board.

Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer danced a Tango. The dance was quirky and hot. Great character, good musicality, fabulous footwork, great shoulders and carriage. They stole the show and the judges sounded like they agreed…for once, scoring them 9 – 8 – 9 for 26 points, combined with last week’s 22 points for a 48 point total.

Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson wrapped up the night with a Samba.  Great musicality, but he didn’t do a lot of dancing, he did keep up.  He needs to work more on his extensions and lines.  The judges scored them 8 – 7 – 7 for 22 points paired with last week’s 25, for a 47 point total.

Who should go is Cloris Leachman, who will go (most likely – my Magic 8 Ball is broken) is Rocko Dispirito. Tomorrow night we’ll know for certain.  Tomorrow night will also feature the return of the Junior Dance off.

Until then,

Sith,

Tanglefoot

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Dancing With The Stars – Season 7 – Week 3 – The Results

Posted by ctanglefoot on October 8, 2008

So far in season seven of Dancing with the Stars we’ve seen the departure of Jeffery Ross and Edyta Sliwinska left the ballroom.  Ted McGinty and  Inna Breyer were the next to go. And then Kim Kardasian and Mark Ballas said Adieu to the dance floor.

Tonight no one will be going home. With the weekend injury of Misty May Traynor, she and her professional partner Makim Chmerkovskiy leave the competition.  Friday night Traynor ruptured her Achilles tendon while rehearsing for this week’s show. This morning Traynor under went corrective surgery to repair the tendon.

Tonight’s show featured the musical stylins of eighties disco dance phenom Kool and the Gang performing a medley of their hits, accompanied by Maks and Edyta on the dance floor.  Major digression, when I grow up or come back in a better body, I want it to be at least half as good as Edyta’s. 

The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes performed during this week’s Macy’s Stars of Dance.  Jennifer Hudson’s performance was made hotter by JulieAnn and Derreck’s dance collaberation.

Three of today’s hottest choreographers ran through a laundry list of why Dancing With The Stars and ballroom is so hard.  Dave Scott, Brian Friedman, and Travis Payne discussed what is so hard, and why the professional dancers on Dancing With The Stars have the hardest job in the business.

So if there had been a celeb going home, it would have been Rocko Dipirito and his dance partner Karina Smirnoff.  This week’s scores will be added to next week’s talliest before the next pink slip is handed down.

Until then,

Sith,

Tanglefoot

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Dancing With The Stars – Season Seven – Week Three – Jive & Viennese Waltz

Posted by ctanglefoot on October 7, 2008

Life has a way of stepping in and taking over.  Life didn’t allow me to blog DWTS for the first two weeks of the season, but I was able to check out a few of the dances, just not enough to blog. 

I have noticed a few things. First off Cloris Leachman will be funny to her grave. The woman entertains. Lance Bass is getting short riffed by the judges, and personally I think Brook Burke is getting credit she doesn’t deserve.  So Let’s see how they did this week with the Jive and the Viennese Waltz.

Susan Lucci and Tony Dovalani opened the night with a lack luster Jive.  Don’t get me wrong, Tony sparkled per normal, but Susan absolutely no spark.  No energy to her moves, her kicks were dull, she has no sense of music.  The Judges on the other hand were quite nice with straight 7s for 21 points.

Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer danced a Viennese Waltz. A lovely dance, they’ve been stiffed by the judges and were again tonight, but this performance had lovely lines, great attitude, flowing footwork.  Not that the judges noticed.  8 – 7 – 7 for 22 points.

Maurice Green & Cheryl Burke danced a Jive.  Good energy, good personality, but I wasn’t sold.  Straight 8s from the judges for 24 points.

Rocko Dispirito and Karina Sminoff danced a Viennese Waltz.  I didn’t like the dance, not a lot of waltzing, some flat moments.  The judges gave them 7 – 7 – 6 for 20 on the night.

Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson danced a Viennese waltz that showed a big man can be light and romantic on his feet. Good feet, good shoulders, good rhythm, and great up and down flow.  The judges gave them 9 – 8 – 8 .

Cody Lindley and JulieAnn Hough Jived tonight.  The dance showed good energy, good feet, good legs, and his kicks were lively and sharp.  The guitar thing was a bit much, biting her knees?  The judges scored them straight 7’s for 21 on the night.

Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo took the Viennesed Waltz back to the naughty days of Marie Annoinette.  Weird music, interesting dance and character.  The judges scored them 8 – 7 – 7 for 22 points.

Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas performed an OHMIGAWD! Jive.  While she may not be able to and she is most assuredly an entertainer through and through.  The  judges gave her 5 – 5 – 5 for a 16.

Brooke Burke and Derrick Hough danced a Viennese Waltz. Lovely.  While I don’t think she’s as good a dancer as they give her credit, tonight she was elegant, lovely and lyrical.  The judges scored her 9 – 10 – 9 for 28 points.

Going home?  I’m thinking Susan Lucci, but we’ll see.

Sith,

Cele

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