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Dancing With The Stars – Week 4 – Lindy Hop & Argentine Tango

Posted by ctanglefoot on March 31, 2009

This week the couple’s worked the kinks out of their routines to two new dances for Dancing With The Stars; the Lindy Hop and the Argentine Tango tested the agility and passion of all on the dance floor. Pressure was on all of the couples to perform in light of this week’s double elimination for the ballroom.

David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson opened the night with a Lindy Hop. Known for it’s lifts and upbeat mood the Lindy Hop is the bigger brother of the Jitterbug. Strenght is definitely required to support the lifts and flips, Grier decidedly didn’t have the strength to throw is partner or add height to Kym’s flips and jumps. While not exciting, the dance was fun and suffered one or two unsynced moments. The judges cored them 8 – 7 – 7 for 22 on the night.

Li’ Kim and Derek Hough offered up the first Argentine Tango of the night. A passionate, fiery tangle between dueling lovers Kim and Derek executed the dance with sharp and dramatic movement and flair, the footwork was tight, the hold wonderful and strong. The judges scored them 9 – 8 – 10 for 27 on the night. It was the first ten to be scored of the season, but not the last to be scored on the night.

Chuck Wicks and Julieann Hough danced a Lindy Hop that offered up good energy and only suffered one miss step that I could note. While good it wasn’t great. The judges scored them 8 – 7 – 7 for 22 points.

Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska drew the Argentine Tango, a dance decidedly made for Edyta, but not so much for LT. His strength showed, his footwork while chunky was tight (inter-meshing well with Edyta’s,) but it was chunky. The judges scored them 7 – 5 – 7 for 25 points.

Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower did the Lindy Hop this week, and wow. Ty may still be shy but his dancing is coming out of the closet – itty bit stiff, but he is improving by leaps and bounds. Great choreography show cased his strength, offered great energy, great lifts, but he still needs to work on his transititions. The judges scored them 9 – 8 – 8 for 25 points.

Steve Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff danced the Argentine Tango. The dance wasn’t overly challenging, and yet was still a bit clunky. He needs to learn to glide to each movement, not step to each movement. But he’s better than last week, gave 110 percent. The judges gave them better marks this week with straight 4s for 12 points (2 up from the previous week.)

In a really nice note for the season, Mac Daily News is reporting that Karina has asked Woz to escort her down the aisle later this year when she marries Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Melissa Rykroff and Toni Dovalani offered up a fast paced Lindy Hop. It was fun, energetic, and very entertaining. The dance featured challenging choreography, you could tell they were really enjoying themselves. The judges liked it too scoring them 10 – 9 – 10 for 29 points, just below the perfect 30.

Holly Madison and Dmitri Chaplin attempted an Argentine Tango. The footwork was close, but off and often lethargic. Her nervious giggle drives me crazy. The judges scored them 5 – 6 – 5 for 16 points, and I’m sorry hey were not better than the Woz and Karina who were scored considerable lower.

Steve O and Lacey Schwimmer performed a Lindy Hop. I like Lacey’s choreography usually, but tonight’s dance was ackward and often off balanced… along with the timing. The judges gave then straight 5’s for 15 points.

Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke smoked up the room with their Argentine Tango. Wow! Smollering hot sex-appeal. The dancers were full of passion, anger, and smoking passion again. The footwork was fabulous, quick, tight, sharp. The holds! Wow! The judges liked it too awarding them the first perfect score of the season – straight tens for 30 points and the top of the leader board.

Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas closed the night with a Lindy Hop. While the dance was very energetic and full of tricks it was heavy footed. She definitely carried her weight, but needed to lighten up. An enteretaining dance. The judges scored them 8 – 8 – 9 for 25 points.

Two couples will leave the ballroom at the end of tomorrow night’s results show. Gilles and Cheryl lead the leader board with 30 points; Karina and Woz are at the bottom again, but this week with 12 points. Who will go? I’m betting it’s Holly Madison and Steve O – but time will tell, and you have to ask how long will Woz’s fans carry him?

Until tomorrow night,

Sith,

Tanglefoot.

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

Posted by ctanglefoot on March 25, 2009

The first welcomed surprise to me came in the first ten minutes when Steve Wozniack and Karina Smyrnoff were announced among the first four couples safe for the week.

It was couples dancing night affianced Karina Smyrnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy along with Tony Dovalani and Dmitri Chaplin accompanied musical guest Darryl Hall and John Oates to their classic Man Eater. Incredibly hot performance… by the dancers.
Corky Ballas and Cloris Leachman returned to the ballroom to demonstrate the two new dances that will challenge the couples next week: The Lindy Hop and the Argentine Tango. The second musical guest of the evening was the Grammy award winning, British phenom Adele singing the award winning Chasing Pavements accompanied by married couple Alex Maso and Edyta Sliwinskia.

All that came before the bottom of the hour and the announcement of Holly Madisen and Dmitri Chaplin along with Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy making the week’s dance off. Dmitri and Maks might think twice about dancing with the musical stars.

Repeating their Samba from the night before, Holly and Dmitri the couple improved their performance and score (by 1 point) receiving straight 6s for 18 points.

Denise and Maks reprised their Samba earning from the judges 6 – 7 – 7 for 20 points, 4 points better than last night. Not enough as Denise and Maks leave the ballroom.

Next week it will be a double elimination, yep, two stars will get the ax. Until then…

Sith,
Tanglefoot

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Dancing With The Stars – Season Eight – Week 3 – Samba & Foxtrot

Posted by ctanglefoot on March 24, 2009

The injuries continue. How Steve Wozniack made it through tonight’s dance I will never know, except it was with willpower, humor, and a zest for life. This man may never perfect it, but I’m not sure he can be out done when it comes to effort. He has a good American, never say die attitude. Bravo. On that note he may end up going home this week unless wiser brains prevail and Holly gets sent packing.

The ballroom dance of the week was the elegant and up beat Foxtrot; the Latin dance was the sexy, carnival flavored Samba. How did our couples match up?

Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy opened the competition with a less than sizzling Samba. We’ll truth be Maks always sizzles, Richards was just a fizzle it was boring and in Bruno Tomioli’s words “Flat.” The judges were generous scoring them 5 – 6 – 5 for 16 on the night.

Chuck Wicks and Julieann Hough gave the first Foxtrot of the evening. He was heads above his past two performances, elegant, fluid, and impressives. The judges liked them too, scoring the couple 8 – 7 – 8 for 23 points.

Holly Madison and Dmitri Chaplin attempted a Samba. Madison’s performance was as stiff and personality-less, she doesn’t have a dancing bone in her body and she whines. Constantly. Or as the hubby said, they were scored ten points too hight. The judges gave then 5 – 6 – 6 for 17 points.

Steve – O and Lacey Schwimmer danced a Foxtrot. Coming off of last week’s injured back he gave it a valiant effort just before he hurt himself again…twice. This time back and ankle. The judges scored them straight 5s for 15 points.

Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska Samba’d. The dance showed good foot work, good rhythm, good musicality, and they stayed in sync during some tricky footwork. The judges scored them 7 – 6 – 7 for 20 points.

Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas delivered an elegant Foxtrot. Beautiful and elegant. She had one movement that wasn’t right, but it was still beautiful. She has a definite polish to her movements despite fighting the gymnastic background. The judges loved it too, scoring them the first straight 9s on the night for 27 points.

Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke offered up a delicious Samba. Good syncronicity, good foot work and hip action. The judges scored them the second string of 9s on the night for 27 points.

David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson danced a wonderful Foxtrot. Kym smartly choreographed the opening to showcase her Celeb, and he did it right. The number offered a solid ability, nice musicality, good extensions, and turns. The judges didn’t see it the same way giving them a mere straight 8s for 24 points.

Steve Wozniack and Karina Smyrnoff danced a Samba… Woz did it with a pulled hamstring that sent him to the emergency room earlier in the week (I think the ambulance district is on ABC speed dial #1.) Despite his injuries and the offer to let him bow out of the competition gracefully, Woz danced with personality, vitality, and little ability. This man makes me tear up at his effort because of his determination and his joy; his dancing… well not so much. The judges weren’t kind scoring him 4 – 3 – 3 (come on three’s?) for 10 points. This man rocks.

Melissa Rykroff and Tony Dovalani danced an elegant Foxtrot. She is so charming and delightful to watch dance. The couple were elegant, upbeat, classy, and offered up great musicality. The judges loved it too, straight 9s for 27 points.

Lil’ Kim and Derek Hough danced a Samba. She’s good, but there is a bit of a disconnect between her upper body movement and attitude and her lower body. She definitely has hip action. The judges scored them 8 – 8 – 9 for 25 points.

Ty Murray and Chelsea Hightower offered up the final Foxtrot of the night. Wow, he’s improving by leaps and bounds. His movements were sooth and graceful. He shows a nice personality in his dance and interviews. The judges scored them 8 – 8 – 7 for 23 points.

Three couples tie for the top of the leader board with 27 points: Shawn and Mark, Gilles and Cheryl, and Melissa and Derek. Steve W and Karina are at the bottom of the leader board and on the verge of going home with a mere 10 points.

Who will go home won’t be known until tomorrow night. Until then,

Sith,
Tanglefoot

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Dancing With The Stars: Week One – The Results

Posted by ctanglefoot on March 18, 2009

The first of this season’s celebs leave the dance floor tonight, but not for a dance off between the bottom two vote getting couples. The highlight of the night (imo) was Jewel’s rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow accompanied by Chelsea Hightower and Dimitry Chaplin on the dance floor. Heavenly.

 

The first stage of the Design a Dance feature has been closed, voting viewers selected the Quickstep as the dance this season. Now viewers are being asked to decide the song that a dance will be designed for.

 

In the first ever Dancing With The Stars dance of, the bottom two couples at the end of two week’s of opening competition and view voting were Belinda Carlisle & Jonathan Roberts and Steve Wosniack &  Karina Smrynoff.   Belinda and Jonathan chose to dance their Salsa and receive a second round of mark from the judges: 5 – 6 – 6 for 17 points.  Steve and Karina revisited their Quickstep receiving 6 – 5 – 6 from the judges for 17 points. A tie. Adding in the viewer’s votes and the totals prior to tonight to break the tie, sending Belinda and Jonathan to the Hall of Shame and home.

 

Next week the couples will be dancing either the Samba or the Foxtrot.

 

Until then,

Sith,

Tanglefoot

 

 

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Dancing With The Stars – Season Eight – Week #2

Posted by ctanglefoot on March 17, 2009

Should we watch the leader board or the injury board? Time will tell, the leader board maybe what to watch, but the injury board is gaining momentum.

 

Tonight marked the second night of the season’s competition. The scores from tonight’s dances will be combined with last week’s judging scores and the view votes from both nights. The two lowest vote getting couples will dance fight to remain on the show through a dance off.

 

So how did their fare against the Salsa and the Quickstep? Here’s my thoughts…

 

Holly Madison and Dimity Chapin danced a Quickstep – He looked like he was dragging her across the dance floor. Blah footwork, although the judges liked the footwork, they received straight sixes for 18 points on the night, combined with last week’s 18 points for a total of 36.

 

David Alan Grier (or Davy G) and Kym Johnson danced a Salsa. Good foot work, nice body attitude.  I think he did better than the judges scored them 6 – 5 – 6 for 17 on the night combined with last week’s 19 points for a total of 36.

 

Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy drew the Quickstep for the night.  Kind of stiff legged, but nice footwork.  Much better performance than last week.  The judges scored them straight 7s (at this point David Alan Grier was robbed) for 21 points on the night, combined with last week’s 18 for a total of 39 points.

 

Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts danced a Salsa. She got lost in the dance, as in where she was in the dance, it lacked musicality.  The judges scored them straight 6s  for 18 on the night combined with last week’s 17 points for a total of 35.

 

Ty Murray and Chelsea Hightower danced a Quickstep. Murray deserves the most improved for the week acknowledgement, a complete 180 in his comfort zone and ability.  I totally enjoyed the dance it had great energy, good body attitude, good footwork. His shoulders should come up just a little bit.  The judges scored them 7 – 6 – 7 for 20 on the night combined with last week’s 14 points for a total of 34.

 

Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas danced a Salsa.  Personally not enough hip action for me.  Good foot work, nice finished movement. The judges scored them straight 8s for 24 on the night combined with last week’s 23 points for a total of 47.

 

Steve Wosniack and Karina Smrynoff Quicksteped. I have to say he can’t dance but I adore Steve Wosniack (and I’m a PC person) he has great attitude and joy. He can’t dance but he’s having a great time. Wosniack is dancing through the pain of a disintegrating bone in his foot (injury two on the night.) The judges scored them 6 – 5 – 6 for 17 on the night combined with last week’s 13 points for a total of 30.

 

Chuck Wicks and JulieAnn Hough Salsa’d. Not bad, but I ended up watching her more than him. I have no idea what he did, the judges said it was all her. The judges scored them 6 – 7 – 7 for 20 on the night combined with last week’s 20 points for a total of 40.

 

Lawrence Taylor  and Edtya Sliwinska Quickstepped.  My husband bemoans he missed it. The judges liked it, I thought it was blah. The judges scored them 7 – 6 – 7 for 20 on the night combined with last week’s 16 points for a total of 36.

 

Steve O  could not be with us tonight, but his partner Lacey Schwimmer faced the heat of the judges alone.  The couple we to have danced a Salsa but in dress rehearsal Steve O did a forward flip onto his back… on top of his mic pak. The dance was to quote Bruno Tomioli, “A series of unfortunate event….where was the Salsa.” Based on the dress rehearsal performance the judges scored them 5 – 4 – 5 for 14 on the night combined with last week’s 17 points for a total of 31.

 

Lil’ Kim and Derek Hough danced a Quickstep – a quickstep with no physical contact. She needs to watch her mouth movements. Nice footwork, she was a bit off balance at one point towards the end. But not bad.  Marking them down on their lack of body contact in a close dance the judges scored them 6 – 7 – 7 for 20 on the night combined with last week’s 20 points for a total of 40.

 

Melissa Rykroff and Tony Dovolani Salsa’d – great energy, great hips, great feet work, great joy, and it had definite musicality.  The judges scored them 9 – 8 – 9 for 26 on the night combined with last week’s 23 points for a total of 49.

 

Gilles (pronounced Jeee-illes) and Cheryl Burke danced a Quickstep.  Gilles separated his shoulder last Monday morning (injury three on the night.) Terrible music selection for the first half of the dance, great for the second.  Good footwork, good frame, good attitude. The judges scored them the first straight 9s of the season for 27 on the night combined with last week’s 24 points for a total of 51, to lead the leader board.

 

With two crutches up Jewel was the first out, but Nancy O’Dell leads the injury board – her torn meniscus required surgery last Thursday.  Adding to tonight’s injury board we have….

 

Jewel – two fractured tibia – out

Nancy O’Dell – torn meniscus  – out

Steve O – injured back – hospitalized

Steve Wosniack – broken bone in his foot

Gilles Marini – separated shoulder.

 

Until tomorrow night,

Sith,

Tanglefoot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dancing With The Stars – Season Eight – Premiere Night #1

Posted by ctanglefoot on March 10, 2009

The injuries that plagued last season showed up before the season of Dancing With The Stars could premiere, taking two competitors out of the running and throwing two replacements in to the fray. 

First out of the dancing was pop/folk singer songwriter Jewel, who was to have made Dancing With the Stars history along with her pro-rodeo husband Ty Murray who’s also in the competition. Breaking both Tibia Jewel had to bow out last Thursday, leaving her replacement, reality star/Playboy Playmate Holly Madison to fill Jewel’s shoes. Madison and her professional partner, newcomer Dimitri Chaplin, had three days to practice.

As Jewel’s departure was announced and her replacement rumored, Nancy O’Dell of TV’s Insider had to drop out of the season with a torn Meniscus tendon in her knee.  O’Dell goes under the knife Thursday to repair the rupture. Jilted on national TV last week by the Bachelor that shan’t be named here, Melissa Rykroff, was announced as O’Dell’s replacement – she and her professional partner had approximately 48 hours to learn and rehearse their waltz, keep that in mind it becomes important later on.

Season nine of Dancing With The Stars sports several new professional dancers, Chelsea Hightower and Dimitri Chaplin; the recently engaged Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff; and the first mixed couple (meaning a pro and a celeb) in Julianne Hough and her boyfriend country singer, Chuck Wicks (who are competing together. The season also will have a dance off between the two lowest vote getting couples on elimination night.

So how did the competition unfold in night one? To be honest I missed the opening number because of work…

Lil’ Kym and Derek Hough opened the competition with a cha cha. The recap clip showed a stiff Lil’ Kym (but it was just a five second clip.)  The judges awarded them straight sevens for 21 points on the night.  Those points will be combined with next Monday night’s competition points and the viewer votes from both night, before the first elimination night on Tuesday, March 17th.

Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts waltzed. Lovely dance with nice up and down movement.  But her feet were heavy and there was no polished movements in her feet and toes. The judges scored them 6 – 6 – 5 for a total 17 points.

Lawrence Taylor and  Edyta Sliwinska cha cha’d for their first dance of the competition.  He was a little stiff, but better than I expected.  Ending was a bit awkward. The judges scored them 6 – 5 – 5 for 16 points.

Steve-O (Jackass) and Lacey Schwimmer danced a waltz. His feet were a little fast, not a lot of up and down waltz movement, strange start, but really not a bad dance.  The judges scored them 6 – 5 – 6 for 17 points.

Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke, first I have to say his name is pronounced Je-illes, I’m going to have problems with that, cha cha’d for their first dance.  Nice hips, good chemistry, but maybe a little to relaxed. They are definitely working on hot – back stage rumors say these to are hot for each other, but that is just a rumor.  Nice fingers and toes. The judges scored them straight 8’s for 24 points and the leader board for the first week.

Chuck Wicks and Julieann Hough waltz. Nice lovely lines, nice foot work, weird chemistry for two people in love (he kept looking up and away.) Some of the footwork was a bit too fast, but it was tight foot work. The judges scored them  6 – 7 – 7  for 20 points.

Holly Madison and Dimitri Chaplin drew the cha cha. Remember 3 days only to practice, not bad for limited time. But she does move like a model, and her nervous laugh – argh.  The judges scored them straight sixes for 18 points.

Ty Murray and Chelsea Hightower danced a Cha Cha.  Kind of a stiff dance from him, but he had the twirling of his partner down pat. Maybe Bruno said it best, “It was like an Army drill, left, right, left.” The judges scored them 5 – 4 – 5 for 14 points.

Shawn Johnson is the youngest competitor ever on Dancing With the Stars and is partnered with Mark Ballas they drew the waltz.  She has delightful polished movements in her hands and feet, but she also has “gymnastic arms” too fast instead of drawn out elegance. Beautiful body attitude, lovely smile but she needs more emotional connection to the music and her partner.  The judges scored them 8 – 8 – 7 for 23 points.

Steve Wozniak and Karnia Smirnoff Cha Cha’d. He gave it his all. Not elegant, not really good…at all, but he was exuberant and joyous. The judges gave then 5 – 4 – 4 for 13 points and the bottom of the leader board.

David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson Waltz. Lovely, wonderful lines, he needs to work on his shoulders and chemistry with Kym.  Nice footwork.  The judges scored them 6 – 7 – 6 for 19 points.

Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Cha Cha’d. She gave it a good go, but I think nerves made her get lost in the number. He was a little bit stiff and had small movements. On the other hand she looked great.  The judges scored them straight sixes for 18 points.

Melissa Rykroff and Tony Dovolani waltzed. Remember they only had 48 or so hours to get their routine memorized and refined. It was 48 hours well spent. Watch out she has the potential to be very good in this competition if tonight’s waltz is any indicator.  Very nice lines. The judges scored them 8 – 7 – 8 for 23 points.

Again, tonight’s scores and viewer votes will be added to the judge’s scores and view votes from next Monday night’s second night of dances.  Tuesday night the voting will reveal which two couples made it into the bottom round. Those two couples will have a dance off with the loser being crowned the first to leave season 9 of Dancing With The Stars.

Until then,

Sith,

Tanglefoot

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Jewel’s Dancing Advice to Holly, “Pace Yourself.”

Posted by ctanglefoot on March 6, 2009

E! Entertainment News, Marc Malkin

Jewel’s doctor couldn’t have been more clear when he told her to quit Dancing With the Stars.

“He said, ‘You’re done,’” Jewel says. “You’re not going to dance and you’re not going to walk! You’re on crutches.”

It was announced today that the singer was stepping away from the eighth season of DWTS because her training has left her with fractured tibiae in both legs. She’ll be on crutches for about six weeks. (Also out because of leg injuries is Access Hollywood cohost Nancy O’Dell.)

I caught up with Jewel this afternoon before her gig tonight in Highland, CA. Yes, she planned to perform sitting down…

“My doctor said under no circumstances could I continue because if the fractures get worse we were looking at longterm damage like arthritis at a young age or pins in my legs,” Jewel said. “Neither of those were an option.”

She first told her professional bullrider husband Ty Murray, who is also competing this season on DWTS, the bad news and then she had to break it to her dance partner Dmitry Chaplin. “I dreaded telling my partner,” she said. “He and I were so well matched. We got along so great. We were so into it.”

Chaplin will now be dancing with Girl Next Door Holly Madison, which I exclusively confirmed with Hugh Hefner earlier today.

Jewel hasn’t spoken to Madison yet, but she does have some advice for the buxom blonde: “Listen to your dance partner, don’t have an attitude and pace yourself.”

Jewel says she has every intention of making a comeback. Not only does she intend to sing a song or two from her upcoming album, Lullaby, this season, but she actually wants to dance again. “Hopefully, they’ll have me back and team me up with Dmitry again so we can finish what we started,” she said. “I’ll just need to go slower next time.”

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Jewel & Nancy O’Dell Drop Out Of Dancing With The Stars

Posted by ctanglefoot on March 6, 2009

Associated Press     

LOS ANGELES – Pop star Jewell and TV host Nancy O’Dell are dropping out of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” The network says both women sustained injuries during training for the show that prevent them from continuing the competition. Jewel was diagnosed with a fractured tibia in both legs, while the “Access Hollywood” host will need surgery to repair a torn knee cartilage, the network says. Both are still slated to appear on the show’s season premiere Monday, when “additional changes to the cast” will be announced. Jewel’s husband, rodeo champ Ty Murray, remains a contestant on the program.

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