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Dancing With The Stars – Week 4 – Double Elimination

Posted by ctanglefoot on April 1, 2009

The writing was on the wall, although I easily thought who left the ballroom this week was toss up between three couples. But only two left? Who, stay tuned?


The evening began with the return of the Encore Dance. What better way to start the show than with Gilles and Cheryl’s smoking hot, sexy Argentine Tango. Hot.


The first couple announced into the bottom three, no surprise, Holly Madison and Dmitri Chaplin.


Musical guest Kevin Rudolph performed his current single, Let It Rock accompanied by Chelsie, Julianne, Lacey, Derek, Maksim, and someone else who’s name I missed.


The second couple to be placed in the bottom three, no surprise, Steve O and Lacey Schwimmer.


Last season professional Louis Van Amstel choreographed a beautiful waltz presentation (the things little girls dream of, and some of us big girls too.)


The final couple going into the bottom three, no surprise, Steve Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff.


The final musical guest of the evening was the 1990s legendary Motown trio, Boyz II Men singing a medley of Motown hits to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Hitsville USA.  Boyz II Men were companied by Cheryl, Kym, Tony, and Dmitri.


No dance off tonight just getting to business, the first couple to leave the ballroom tonight was Holly Madison and Dmitri Chaplin; the second couple to leave, the popular Steve Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff.


Until next Monday night,




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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,



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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…


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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,


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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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Dancing With The Stars Engagement

Posted by ctanglefoot on January 4, 2009

E! News is reporting  Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are looking to perfect their pas de deux.

The Dancing With the Stars pros took the whole ringing in the New Year literally, getting engaged just before the calendar flipped to Jan. 1, a source close to the couple confirms to E! News. Chmerkovsky sealed the deal with a Harry Winston number.

No official comment so far from the hoofers’ respective camps.

The betrothal came between DWTS tour dates in Salt Lake City and Tulsa, Okla.—and a little more than six months after Smirnoff, 30, announced she and former Dancing partner Mario Lopez had ended their two-year relationship.

She and fellow Ukraine native Chmerkovskiy, 28, hooked up shortly thereafter.

Chermkovskiy joined DWTS in season two and last season partnered with Misty May-Treanor. Smirnoff has been on since season three, most recently teaming with Rocco DiSpirito.

Karina and Maksim will not be the first of Dancing With The Stars pros to marry. In September of 2007, Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo tied the knot between season of Dancing With The Stars.

No word on a wedding date, but both are expected back when season eight kicks off March 9.

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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….



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


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….

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Thursday’s AYD–Stacey Glumm

Posted by jennytpartridge on January 10, 2008

Thirteen-year-old Stacey Glumm. Beautiful lines, very flexible, and with great control. This girl has a future. VERY good dancer, good song, nice costume.

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Not the Model Dancer?

Posted by ctanglefoot on October 3, 2007

A night of Mambo and Quickstep delivered entertainment Monday night, and some second week expected


The encore dance of the night, Helio and Juliann’s Mambo was as hot and sexy the second time around as the first time. 

A fan of the English version of Dancing With The Stars, Jane Seymour’s mother had inspired her to dance in this season’s competition.  After the Monday night show Jane Seymour found out her mother had passed away.  Seymour was absent from the results show, but will continue to compete, after being safe in the voting to dance again. 

Bottom two… 

Wayne and Cheryl

Albert and Anna garnered the fewest viewer votes for the lowest combined score. Sad because Albert showed great potential; Anna on the other hand seemed kind of brittle. 

In my opinion this is where the lack of fan base comes into play. Albert was definately a cut above several other Celebrity dancers.


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When the feets gots to dance, the feets got to dance

Posted by jennytpartridge on August 20, 2007

These videos show that, truly, when you HAVE TO DANCE, you just HAVE TO DANCE.

 Nuff said.

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