Dancing with the Stars 8: The Semis!

May 11, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Hey Everyone,

Welcome to the semi finals! I can’t believe we’re here already, it seems like our season just started, and next week it is all over until the fall. I can’t be too sad, though, because that means we get to start covering So You Think You Can Dance. It is a wonderful time to be a dance fan, isn’t it?

To start off our evening, there is a rousing pro number to “Should I Stay or Should I Go” that featured Louis Van Amstel, Dmitry Chaplin, and Genya Mazo, partnered with Karina Smirnoff, Aliona Vilani, and Chelsie Hightower. I loved it, but am a little confused why Chelsie was dancing when she has two routines to get through with Ty tonight as well. I hope it doesn’t put them at an additional disadvantage.

After the pro number, we do a segment with Melissa and Tony, where they chose their favorite smooth and Latin dances. They chose the foxtrot and the samba as their favorites. I thought then they would dance, but we are going to go through all the couples first. I assume this is meant to lengthen the show so that Castle’s season finale airs immediately after the close of our show, as it is on the bubble for renewal and showed a 40% increase in viewers last week when aired immediately after DWTS.

Gilles and Cheryl are second for the trip down memory lane, and they chose the foxtrot and the paso doble as their favorites. I was there the night of the paso doble, and I have never felt an energy in the ballroom like I did that night, it was like a rock concert! After the commercial break, we hear from Shawn and Mark. They choose the quickstep and the paso doble, both dances from last week. Interesting that Shawn finally felt she had a breakthrough just last week, as good as she has been throughout the competition! Last for this segment are Ty and Chelsie, and they choose the quickstep from week 2 and the Lindy hop. Chelsie really gives some helpful pointers to Ty during the voiceover for their segment. She is brilliant with the analysis and in telling him what he needs in their dances for this week. I really hope they invite both Chelsie and Dmitry back for next season, as both are positive additions to professional roster.

Melissa and Tony have the quickstep in the smooth round tonight. Melissa is intimidated by the footwork, because she knows Len is going to be watching her closely, and already isn’t a fan of her feet. WOW! That was so beautiful, so elegant, and so much fun all wrapped in one. I thought the footwork was beautiful, and I agree with Len about the musicality. The other two were nitpicky, as usual. Judges scores 9,10,9.

Gilles and Cheryl have the waltz in the smooth round. This has been a busy week for Cheryl, she opened her third dance studio in Laguna Nigel over the weekend. She wisely brought in Jonathan Roberts to help Gilles learn the elegance needed for the waltz, and he did a brilliant job. This was just amazing, all the way through. The song choice, costuming, and choreography combined to make one of the most beautiful waltzes I’ve seen on the show. Judges’ scores: 10,10,10.

Shawn and Mark are dancing the Argentine Tango in the smooth round. The pressure really seemed to be getting to them about the lifts in the practice footage, but the actual routine was just stunning. Mark really knows how to choreograph for Shawn’s strengths. Actually, he’s always done an amazing job of finding the essence of each of his partners and really making him shine. If the reports from this week come true and he and Derek take next season off, I think it will be a loss to the show in both cases, as both are brilliant dancers and choreographers. Judges scores: 10,10,10. Can you imagine what that feels like for her?

Ty and Chelsie are dancing the Viennese Waltz in the smooth round. But first, Ty needs to issue some payback for that rumba solo, and makes Chelsie ride a mechanical bull. She does brilliantly, but Ty mocking her for being too fluid was too funny! Sigh. I love Ty, and I love Chelsie more than I can say, but that was not very good. The musicality wasn’t there, and it was choppy throughout. There were points he ALMOST had it, but we didn’t quite get there. Judges’ scores: 8,9,8.

We’ll be dancing in the same order for the Latin round tonight, which means we’re back to Melissa and Tony. They have the cha-cha for the Latin round, and danced to my favorite Michael Buble song! I thought they did a wonderful job, but the judges were a bit critical of the footwork. Still, you can’t be perfect in every dance, one of them has to be your weak point. Judges’ scores: 9,9,9.

Gilles and Cheryl have the salsa in the Latin round tonight. Once again, a flawless routine. Gilles and Cheryl deserve to be in the finale, but with performances like this tonight, has he peaked too early? How much will they now have to put into the 3 dances for next week in order to sustain that level of intensity? Judges’ scores: 10,10,10.

Shawn and Mark are dancing the jive tonight, and it was a really fun routine. Mark needs to be careful, though, if they make the finale as expected. He doesn’t mean to do it, but he tends to outshine Shawn at times with the precision of his movements. I love to watch Mark dance, but it can make Shawn look less than when he doesn’t dial it back just a little. Judges’ scores: 9,8,9. Seriously? An 8?

Dancing last tonight are Ty and Chelsie, with the samba. It actually is pretty good, but I thought it was lacking in musicality. Ty’s stiffness works well for him with the samba rolls, though! He’s just so cute, and I have to say I am really proud of him for making sure he wasn’t leading with his heels. Judges’ scores: 8,7,8.

Okay, that’s it for tonight. We’ll see you tomorrow where we’ll learn together who makes the finals next week!

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Dancing with the Stars 8: WriterMarie426’s Recap

May 4, 2009 at 7:56 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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Hey Everyone,

Tink here! I’m more than a bit under the weather, so Marie has been kind enough to write us another awesome recap. Don’t forget to vote!

Good evening ballroom dance lovers, and welcome to Week 9 of Dancing With The Stars. We are at the point in the competition where our five remaining couples each have two individual dances to perform – one Ballroom Style and one Latin Style. In addition, during the Latin round each of our celebrities will need to perform a 15 second solo in their routines.

We open tonight’s show with a group pro dance choreographed by Louis Van Amstel, which showcases three of the Ballroom dances. Tom announces that the group will be back later to show us the Latin dances.

All of our couples descend the staircase with smiles on their faces, especially Melissa and Tony, who are back after last week’s injury. After everyone makes it safely down the stairs, we see a segment featuring our three judges breaking down what they need to see from each couple in the Ballroom round.

Our first couple to dance are Shawn and Mark with the Quick Step. Shawn states that at this point 8’s are no longer enough, they need to go for 10’s. Mark concentrates on teaching her the quirky movements, while also getting her to make it graceful. Shawn stresses about this week, knowing it is make or break. Their Quick Step is done in a fun, quirky style, with great footwork and big movements.

Len likes that it was fun, joyful, and carefree, but says they broke a rule…the couple can be apart at the beginning or end of the dance, but they broke their hold in the middle of it. Bruno says Shawn came across like Sporty Spice, and agrees with Len but also calls it great fun. Carrie Ann believes it was their best dance ever, but has to take a point off for breaking the rule.

As they wait for their scores backstage, Mark says he takes the blame for the rule violation, he just wanted to put on a great show for the audience.

Score: 27 (9,9,9)

Ty and Chelsie are up next with the Argentine Tango. Ty says during rehearsal how much he loves a good challenge, and he likes that in the A-Tango he can be strong and serious…and do lifts. Chelsie tells him to think about the hard work and dedication he has put into this competition and incorporate it into the dance. Ty has some solo footwork at the beginning of the dance, which he performs well, and they stay in serious character throughout the performance. They show off their excellent footwork and strong lifts.

Bruno says Ty shows strength and determination like a Power Ranger and likes the dance but would like more subtlety. Carrie Ann commends Ty for coming so far in the competition, but says she saw a stumble and that he lacked breath in motion. Len believes they captured the flavor and essence of the dance, calling it their best dance ever.

Score: 25 (8,9,8)

Our next performance is a Waltz by Lil’Kim and Derek. Kim feels the pressure to stay on top, especially when everyone’s scores are so close together. Derek realizes that Kim struggles on the slow dances, because she’d rather be wild and just break out. He works on making her the complete ballroom package. Their waltz is full of beautiful spins and really nice extensions.

Carrie Ann thinks Kim needs to extend her hands more and saw some missteps. Len says he knows that the Waltz is hard for her to learn since it is such a pure ballroom dance. He also saw the missteps, but is shocked at the quality of their dance. Bruno says Kim is trying to be a lady, but she is more comfortable being a tramp. After boos and groans from the audience, he says of course he means that in the nicest way. He also believes Kim didn’t look as comfortable as she usually does.

Score: 25 (8,9,8)

Gilles and Cheryl are out next with the Foxtrot. Gilles knows that his scores have gone down a little in the last couple of weeks, and he wants to finish strong. Cheryl works on creating memorable dances to keep the audience happy. Gilles has some trouble keeping his head up the right way…he needs to come across as elegant, not arrogant. Cheryl takes him to the Emerald Ball so he can see what a perfect Foxtrot looks like. They perform a Foxtrot that is sexy yet remains elegant, complete with Gilles blowing a kiss to Carrie Ann.

Len says it was very musical and he enjoyed the interpretation, but Gilles needs to straighten his legs more often for the proper rise and fall of the dance. Bruno likes the great sense of theater, saying the dance is in a class of its own. Carrie Ann thinks Len is crazy, and that performances like this get you into the semifinals.

Score: 29 (10,9,10)

After Gilles and Cheryl receive their scores, we are shown a preview of tomorrow night’s results show…the latest installment of DanceCenter with Kenny Mayne.

Our final dance of the Ballroom round is a Viennese Waltz from Melissa and Tony. Melissa was very disappointed that she couldn’t dance last week because of her rib injury. The new treatment is working well; she still feels pain but it is manageable. Tony takes it slow with her to start so she doesn’t make the injury worse, then works with her on footwork because he knows Len is watching that closely. Their Viennese Waltz is sweet and elegant, complete with wonderful leg extensions and smooth turns.

Bruno calls Melissa an ethereal vision, saying that her balletic moves are great for a waltz. Carrie Ann praises Melissa’s fluidity and natural grace, but says she needs to work on her upper body. Len likes the romance and musicality, but is still not crazy about her feet.

Score: 27 (9,9,9)

Backstage, Melissa says pain management is the key. Tony states that he knows how important it is to Melissa to dance well so she doesn’t let down the fans who are supporting her.

Before we get to the Latin round, Tom announces that the three remaining pros in the pro dancer competition for next season will dance tomorrow night with celebrity partners who are former DWTS contestants. We watch clips of their rehearsals with the celebrities: Cody Linley, Maurice Greene, and Lisa Rinna.

Our pro dance group led by Louis Van Amstel comes back out to perform a Latin dance medley before our couples start their Latin round. We also see another segment with the judges telling us what the couples need to do to score well in their Latin dances.

Shawn and Mark come back out for their Paso Doble. Shawn is worried about her solo, and Mark gets her to focus on being intense and aggressive by telling her to put on her Olympic face. Shawn does a great solo at the beginning of the routine, and keeps the character and intensity throughout the dance. Their Paso is filled with strong movements.

Carrie Ann says they had a difficult song to dance to, but they delivered the drama and nailed it. Len likes Shawn’s solo and the twist turns, but says the dance is not overly exciting. Bruno tells Shawn she had the killer instinct. Shawn comes over and kisses Bruno, then kisses Len and Carrie Ann as well.

Score: 29 (10,9,10) TOTAL FOR THE NIGHT: 56

Ty and Chelsie are up next with the Rumba. Chelsie tells Ty to let his pride and hard work show through the dance. Ty says he has his work cut out for him, but they will prove that they belong in the semifinals. They do a pretty good job with the quick turns in their Rumba, but the song is kind of fast for this particular type of dance. Ty looks a little nervous this time. The dance finishes with his solo, which he performs in right in front of his wife Jewel.

Len says they are charming and sweet, but in the first dance Ty was like a peacock and now he’s more like a feather duster. Bruno states that Ty is one of the most likable celebrities that have ever been on the show, but he just doesn’t have enough ability to go further. Carrie Ann wishes she could score them on the amount of improvement since the first week, but to her their dance was a little wooden.

Score: 21 (7,7,7) TOTAL FOR THE NIGHT: 46

Our third Latin dance comes from Lil’Kim and Derek with the Salsa. Derek says that normally he doesn’t go for putting too many tricks into a routine, but he feels that they really have to bring it with this dance. Kim says she will bring the heat and shake her bionic booty for Bruno. They perform a strong, sassy Salsa with a lot of passion. The tricks Derek put in the dance are great, and Kim does an amazing solo.

Bruno says that Kim is in her element and her booty can do no wrong, but he did see a little mistake. Carrie Ann states that she has never seen a booty shake like that before. She likes their energy, but thinks it got a little out of control. Len calls the dance delicious, but agrees with Bruno about the mistake.

Score: 27 (9,9,9) TOTAL FOR THE NIGHT: 52

Gilles and Cheryl bring us our second Rumba of the evening. Gilles says that his ultimate goal when he entered this competition was to be able to do the Rumba. Cheryl tells him the Latin lover in him needs to come out. He has a little trouble working on his solo, but Cheryl has him use his acting experience to get it right. Their dance starts with Gilles’ solo, which is very sexy. The entire dance is as well, with beautiful extensions and romantic moves.

Carrie Ann says that it was very hot, but the solo was a little odd for her and it looked like Gilles was trying too hard. Len calls the dance fantastic but agrees with Carrie Ann about the solo. Bruno likes the dance, saying it was very good but a bit uneven.

Score: 27 (9,9,9) TOTAL FOR THE NIGHT: 56

Our last dance of the night is Melissa and Tony’s Samba. Melissa likes that it’s a fun, crazy party dance. Tony notices her struggling when switching from the V-Waltz to the Samba, and Melissa gets nervous about her solo. Their dance begins with Melissa’s solo, which she performs well with a lot of great hip action. There is a fun energy to their Samba, with a good bounce and beautiful Samba rolls. At the end of the dance, Melissa has to cover up her top with her hands because her costume begins to give way, but she handles it well.

Len states that Tony and Melissa should 100% be here next week. Bruno says their Samba is everything anyone would want and more, and he was happy to watch it. Carrie Ann says she is there to point out flaws…then states that it was flawless!

As they wait for their scores, Melissa gives a big shout out to their fans, thanking them for keeping her on. She was glad they danced well so they could prove how much they want to be there.

Score: 30 (10,10,10) TOTAL FOR THE NIGHT: 57

Tony is excited, telling Samantha that he hasn’t seen scores like that since Season 2!

Our evening ends with a recap of all of the dances and a reminder to vote. No matter the scores, no one is safe…so please go vote for your favorites! Good night everybody!

Dancing with the Stars 8 Week 8: Tink’s Take

April 27, 2009 at 8:35 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Hey Everyone,

Let me confess right off the bat that my heart isn’t in this tonight after learning Melissa would not be dancing. I’m preoccupied with how to help Tony and Melissa stay in the competition for another week, because she doesn’t deserve to go out like this. I’m hoping you will help me by voting via phone at 1-800-868-3413, and via internet at http://www.abc.com. Phones are open until 30 minutes after the end of the show in your time zone, and internet voting is until noon EST tomorrow.

First tonight is Gilles and Cheryl, dancing the lindy hop. Gilles needs to get a cortisone shot in his injured shoulder to be able to handle those difficult lifts and kicks. Even after that, he looks like he is struggling with some of the moves in practice. They have some WILD costumes tonight. I thought it was a great routine, but they were out of sync at times. Judges scores: 9,9,9.

Second is Lil Kim and Derek, dancing the tango. Hmm. Since they are also on Team Tango, they will dance the same dance twice, but with different choreography. That almost seems like an advantage to me, since Kim will have more practice with this dance. They did a great tango, and you can see how much Kim has improved since the first week. Judges scores: 9,9,9.

Next is Chuck and Julianne, dancing a cha cha. As much as I hate to admit it, Chuck is improving. Julianne isn’t outdancing him as obviously as she was just 2 weeks ago. I’m not sure how or when he started to get it, but he’s getting there. Do we have to send anyone home? Yeah yeah, I know, that’s how it works. I just don’t WANT to. Judges scores: 9,9,8.

Shawn and Mark are dancing the samba. Mark’s mom, Shirley Ballas, helps Shawn get into the character of this party dance in the practice footage. Wow, they won the crappy song lottery tonight. I mean, “Get Down On It” isn’t a bad song, but it doesn’t say samba to me. Mark choreographed quite well for it though, I thought. Judges scores: 10,8,9. Way to be consistent, you three!

Melissa and Tony’s footage is next. Tom says Melissa is unable to dance tonight, and we will score her from their last practice, which was this morning, just like with Steve O. They earn 7s for their practice from this morning, when they were marking their dance, not dancing full out. This is enough to break my heart. Please, America, don’t let them go out this way. Take the time to vote! Phone number is 1-800-868-3413. You can vote via internet at abc.com until noon EST tomorrow, please help them make it to next week!

Ty and Chelsie are the last ones to dance individually tonight, and have the salsa. Chelsie brings Dmitry in to help coach Ty. HAHA! They finally got Ty in the spray tan booth this week. Too funny! Wow, Ty is doing really well tonight. I think he is channeling his inner Latino. Good job! Judges scores: 9,7,8.

Its time for the team dances! I really liked the addition of these dances last season, and hope they are enjoyable again this year. First is team Mambo, consisting of Tony and Melissa, with Lacey stepping in for Melissa, Shawn and Mark, and Chuck and Julianne. They are dancing to Beyonce’s Single Ladies. I love it! I can’t even begin to explain the ending of this dance, so I found it for you to watch:

Dancing in the final slot of the night is team Tango, consisting of Gilles and Cheryl, Ty and Chelsie, and Lil Kim and Derek. I enjoyed team tango, but preferred team mambo. I tried to find team Tango’s dance on YouTube, but had no success. Team Mambo had scores of 8,8,8. Team Tango had scores of 9,9,10.

Okay, that’s it this week for me. Please, guys, don’t make me watch my boss go home tomorrow night, vote for Tony and Melissa!

Dancing with the Stars 8: Dancing with the Wounded Stars…

March 23, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Hey Everyone,

Welcome to the third week of Dancing with the Stars season 8, or as I’m coming to call it, Waltzing with the Wounded! This week’s dances are the foxtrot and the samba. If you’d like to give these dances a shot in the comfort of your own home, come visit us at Ballroom Dance Channel, where you can learn from pros like Tony Dovolani!

First up tonight are Denise and Maks with the samba. Their rehearsal footage is hysterical tonight, with Maks in hot pink samba queen drag. Unfortunately, it didn’t help Denise learn. She had no bounce, and her footwork was messy. In their defense, the music choice was awful, and they had no control over that. Judges scores: 5,6,5. Ouch!

Dancing the first foxtrot of the night are Chuck and Julianne. She’s channeling her inner drill sergeant this week. Now I remember why she irritates me sometimes. I do have to say she gets good results when she uses this method, I just don’t like to watch her teach when she gets this way. Gosh, Chuck is awfully cute, and very charming in the smooth dances. However, their foxtrot tonight wasn’t quite as light and fluffy as it should be, in my opinion. Judges scores: 8,7,8.

Next to attempt the samba are Holly and Dmitry. I really like their chemistry together, and I really, REALLY like Dmitry. Poor Holly, she is so frustrated in their practice footage. I like that they show us that she is struggling, I think it will help women relate to her and want to see her stay longer. There are parts of this she gets SO right, and then she loses it. I didn’t expect to like Holly, I had preconceived notions about her, but I really am enjoying her on the show. I hope she doesn’t go home just yet, for no other reason than I enjoy getting to see the handsome Dmitry Chaplin every week! Judges scores: 5,6,6.

Steve O and Lacey are dancing the foxtrot tonight. I’m glad that he’s back again this week, but hope he isn’t doing too much damage to himself by pushing. I really do like him, though, way more than I thought I would. He was the contestant that I was literally angry they had cast when I first heard the news, but he’s won me over with his work ethic and determination to be good enough to be a real partner to Lacey. He is in obvious pain tonight, but I think he did a pretty credible job. I love the connection he and Lacey have made, you could see her asking him as they sat on the stage at the end of the dance if he was okay. Judges scores: 5,5,5. Hang in there Steve, I think the fans are behind you!

Lawrence and Edyta have the samba tonight. I really like that we are hearing more from Edyta this year, I think she has a wonderful personality and has a lot to share with the audience. They have a great song for a samba, but I never would have thought of it! Edyta has such a talent for coming up with choreography that distracts from her partner’s flaws, highlights his strengths, and doesn’t look too flashy. Judges scores: 7,6,7.

Shawn and Mark are dancing the foxtrot tonight. Ooh look, Mark is all scruffy…I think I like that! I love that Shawn isn’t afraid to make fun of herself, and these two have nice chemistry. I love her lines! I think that is one of the best things she brings to the competition from her background as a gymnast, is the ability to make beautiful shapes with her body. Mark definitely knows how to show that off to full potential! Judges scores: 9,9,9.

Gilles and Cheryl are dancing the samba. Cheryl is being really hard on him in practice this week, telling him that certain movements are horrible. We got to meet his mother this week, and she seems like such a sweet lady, who really loves her son and is proud of him. Um, hey…isn’t Gilles supposed to have less clothing on this week? Cheryl promised, I read it! Oh who cares, he’s hot even with his clothes on, and this man can BRING IT! I don’t think it matters that he isn’t as famous as the other contestants, he is clearly the top of the field for the guys. Judges scores: 9,9,9.

David and Kym have the foxtrot this evening. I am coming to like David, and think he has enormous potential. He was very endearing tonight during their practice footage, and really seems like he wants to impress the judges and do right by Kym. It was a beautiful foxtrot, and he has finall,y earned some praise from the judges. Its about time, because he’s been a good, solid dancer the first two weeks. Judges scores: 8,8,8.

Steve W and Karina are up, dancing a samba. I admire this man so much, he is so brave to dance with all these injuries he is sustaining. I love the attitude he brings to each and every dance. Unfortunately, he pulled a hamstring during practice, but is somehow pushing through the pain. You know, he’s never going to win this thing, but I just love him to pieces anyway, and want him to be on the show a bit longer. He makes me smile! Judges scores: 4,3,3. Ouch. That’s a bit harsh, don’t you think? And yet he still has a positive attitude. What a gentleman!

Melissa and Tony are dancing the foxtrot this week. She has amazed me so far with how naturally she is taking to all this. Melissa has such an amazing spirit, and is so willing to learn. I predict she’ll go far both in this competition and with whatever she chooses to do next. For those that say she has too much training, I’d like to point out that this is so different from any other form of dance she knows, she may be at a disadvantage, having to unlearn all she knew to be successful as a cheerleader. Once again, she does beautifully tonight, both during the dance and during the comments after the dance. You can see that she is really listening to the critiques and wanting to use them to improve. Judges scores: 9,9,9. Way to go, boss! It is so nice to see you calm and confident again.

Lil Kim and Derek are dancing the samba tonight. Now, since this is a party dance, I should think that this party girl will have a lot to bring to the dance. Kim certainly can work that fringe! I just wish she wouldn’t make that raunchy face while she’s dancing, it takes away from her dance to me. It wasn’t perfect, but I think she did a pretty good job tonight. Judges scores: 8,8,9. Good job! Kim, sweetie, watch the costuming, one of your pasties was showing.

Last, but not least, are Ty and Chelsie, dancing the foxtrot. Wow, Chelsie is just stunning in that dress. She is such a beautiful young lady, and I am very happy that they asked her to join the show. She is a definite asset, as is Dmitry. Come on, Ty! You can do this! There has to have been something on the floor, because they stumbled twice in what looked like the same spot. In spite of that, Ty was a calm and confident lead, with a beautiful strong frame. Carrie Ann, thanks for praising him for how he handled Chelsie’s stumble. Judges scores: 8,8,7. Way to go Ty! See, you CAN do this!!!!!!

Well, that’s it for tonight. Make sure you join us tomorrow for what should be a fun filled results show, right up until we have to send someone home. Am I alone in not really wanting to vote anyone off yet?

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ABC’s Press Release for 3/24 results show

March 20, 2009 at 6:43 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Uncategorized | 10 Comments
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Hey Everyone,

Just got a google alert about this press release, and I thought you might want to see what is in store. Looks like our dances this week are the samba or the foxtrot. If tradition holds, the couples that danced the salsa will have the foxtrot, and those that danced the quickstep will dance the samba. Remember to keep checking with Ballroom Dance Channel for your dance fix!

Friday, March 20, 2009
ABC Television Network
PRESS RELEASE – ENTERTAINMENT –
ON NEXT WEEK’S “DANCING” RESULTS SHOW (3/24)
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SECOND COUPLE ELIMINATED ON
“DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW,”
TUESDAY, MARCH 24 ON ABC

Darryl Hall & John Oates Perform

Grammy Award Winner Adele Performs

Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas Return

Bottom Two Couples Compete in the Live “Dance Off”

“Episode 803A” – After a night of samba and foxtrot, the second couple to be eliminated from the competition will be announced on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” TUESDAY,
MARCH 24 (9:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Famed duo Daryl Hall & John Oates take the “Dancing with the Stars” stage by storm with their Billboard No. 1 single, “Maneater,” from their 1982 album, “H2O,” accompanied by professional dancers Karina Smirnoff, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani and Dmitry Chaplin. According to the R.I.A.A, Daryl Hall & John Oates are the No. 1 selling duo in music history with their seven R.I.A.A. platinum albums and six R.I.A.A. gold albums, along with 29 No. 1 hits.

British singer-songwriter Adele takes to the “Dancing with the Stars” stage with her single, “Chasing Pavements,” from her first album, “19,” which debuted at No. 1 on the UK album chart and has since been certified platinum with sales of more than 500,000 copies in the UK and over 1,200,000 worldwide. Adele took home two Grammys, including “Best New Artist,” at this year’s 51st Grammy Awards. She will be accompanied on the stage by professional dancers Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo.

Former “Dancing with the Stars” favorite Cloris Leachman returns with her professional dance partner, Corky Ballas, to offer a sneak peek at how to perform next week’s dances — the argentine tango and the lindyhop.

This week the bottom two couples facing elimination, determined by the lowest combined viewer votes and judges’ scores from Monday’s performance, will “Dance Off” to determine who is dismissed. The couples will have a chance to perform Monday’s dance for new scores from the judges. The judges’ scores from the “Dance Off” performance will replace their Monday night scores. A combination of the new judges’ scores from the “Dance Off” dance, along with viewers votes from Monday’s show, will be calculated following the “Dance Off” to determine the eliminated couple.

By evening’s end one couple will be eliminated, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes. Who among the following 12 teams will leave the ballroom floor?

David Alan Grier (comedian and actor) and partner Kym Johnson
Shawn Johnson (Olympic gymnastics medalist) and partner Mark Ballas
Lil’ Kim (Grammy Award winning rapper) and partner, reigning champion Derek Hough
Holly Madison (reality television star) and partner, newcomer Dmitry Chaplin
Gilles Marini (model and actor) and partner Cheryl Burke
Ty Murray (“King of Cowboys”) and partner, newcomer Chelsie Hightower
Steve-O (star of “Jackass” and “Wildboyz”) and partner Lacey Schwimmer
Denise Richards (actress) and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Melissa Rycroft (from “The Bachelor”) and partner Tony Dovolani
Lawrence Taylor (National Football League Hall of Famer, a.k.a. “LT”) and partner Edyta Sliwinska
Chuck Wicks (country music star) and partner Julianne Hough
Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple, a.k.a. “The Woz) and partner Karina Smirnoff

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Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Samantha Harris (“The Insider”), the celebrities will perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

“Dancing with the Stars” is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Rob Wade and Matilda Zoltowski are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.

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DWTS The Results!

March 17, 2009 at 7:14 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Good evening Dancing With The Stars fans and welcome to the first results show of the season. The eliminated team will be determined by a dance off. so without further ado, here we are–LIVE!

MUSICAL GUEST AND PRO DANCE 1

The show opens with the Big Bad Voodoo Daddies perform with Lacey, Cheryl, Julianne, Derek, Mark and Tony dancing. The dancing is fun and the music is just fun and catchy. I love it!

UPDATE ON STEVE-O

Steve-O gives an update about his injury. He says nothing is broken and he plans on staying in the competition to make it up to Lacey–and this time listen to her!

RESULTS PART 1

After a recap of scores and dances, we get to some results. The first four couples who are safe are Lawrence and Edyta, Shawn and Mark, Chuck and Julianne and David and Kym.

After a segment about the new set and some commercials, we learn that Denise and Maks, Melissa and Tony, Lil’ Kim and Derek and Gilles and Cheryl will also be dancing another week.

Cameron Mathison gives us a segment about surviving the show. He says not to trip, always make friends in the red room (he tries to psych Shawn out there) make sure to cry in the elimination room, and always kiss up to the judges. Spray tanning is also on his list to survive. Also to avoid injury, don’t do the show.

MACY’S STARS OF DANCE

Macy’s Stars of Dance features some very showy and fun dancers. What I like about the performance is that it not only features people we don’t normally see, but also introduces us to some new styles of dance.

MUSICAL GUEST JEWEL

Jewel sings her cover of Somewhere Over The Rainbow from her new album Lullaby. Dmitry Chaplin and Chelsie Hightower dance a sensual rumba and for some reason Chelsie has no shoes on. I love the lifts they do and they seem to have good chemistry.

Tom reveals that the quickstep was picked for design a dance.

WHAT THE COMPETITORS SAY

The contestants talk about their competition and actually have nothing but good things to say about each other. I love Shawn’s reaction about Gilles (HOT!) Belinda thinks its funny she is competing against Shawn, who is the same age as her son. It is so nice to see everyone be so positive toward each other without giving up their competitive edge. Steve W. says he turned down the Naked Man role! HA!

MORE RESULTS

Holly and Dmitry, Ty and Chelsie and Steve-O and Lacey are safe, leaving Belinda and Jonathan and Steve and Karina in the dance off.

DANCE OFF
Each couple will re-dance their favorite dance and be judged on it. Their scores will be combined with their original scores to give them each a new total.

Belinda and Jonathan re-do their salsa. I love how she always sings along as she dances. She does a pretty good job, but still seems a bit nervous out there. However, she seems like she is having SO much fun.

Len tells her she has more hip action, but there are still some mistakes.

Bruno agrees, saying she lost a lot of her footwork.

Carrie Ann thinks her performance level was much better but she lost it in the middle of the routine.

Score: 17 (5,6,6)

Steve and Karina reprise their quickstep. I have to admire him for trying so hard. He seems to do a better job tonight and his spirit is contagious!

Bruno says he admires him.

Carrie Ann thinks he improved but lost it in the middle.

Len thinks he improved as well but not a lot.

Score: 17 (6,5,6) Hahaha, Bruno had his paddle backwards!

AND THE COUPLE WITH THE LOWEST COMBINED SCORES AND THEREFORE GOING HOME RIGHT NOW……

Belinda and Jonathan are going home. She says she had a lot of fun and Jonathan is a great teacher. Jonathan is going to miss her fun attitude and hopes to see more hip action at her next concert.

As they take the floor for their last dance, everyone comes out to give them hugs and kisses.

Join us next week for our couples to take the stage with either a samba or foxtrot. Goodnight everybody!

Dancing with the Stars 8: Oh No, Steve O!

March 16, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Hey Everyone,

Welcome to week 2 of Dancing with the Stars, season 8. This week, our couples have either the quickstep or the salsa. Remember that if you’d like to learn the spicy salsa, we have lessons for that dance and many others at Ballroom Dance Channel. If you’d like to take your dance on the go, you can visit us at the ITunes App store. For the month of March only, all four of our dances at the App store are FREE!

We have 13 couples to get through in two hours, so let’s get started! As I told you earlier, Steve O has been injured earlier today, and will not be dancing this evening. Our first couple on the floor tonight is Holly Madison and Dmitry Chaplin. They will be dancing the quickstep. We got our first chance to really get to know both Holly and Dmitry tonight, and they are a very likable couple. Holly is a pretty quick study, because she is moving through this quickstep with grace and ease, and she’s still only had just over a week of training! Holly has plenty of work ahead of her, but this week, I see the potential. Judges scores: 6,6,6. Two week total: 36/60.

David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson will be the first couple to dance the salsa this week. WOW! David was funny in the practice piece making fun of Bruno, but I’ll tell you what, this man can dance. I’m very impressed, and I hope that he is around for a while so we can see him grow as he gets more comfortable. Is it just me, or does Kym’s dress look like a shorter version of her foxtrot one from last season with Warren Sapp? Judges scores: 6,5,6. Two week total: 36/60.

Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are up next, dancing a quickstep. Denise is having a bit of difficultly with the posture in the quickstep practice. Okay, I like Grease as much as the next person, but I really don’t think this is good quickstep music. Denise is doing quite well given the music choice, I think, and she certainly looked more confident on the floor. Judges scores: 7,7,7. Two week total: 39/60.

Next on the floor are Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts. They will dance the salsa tonight. I think I’d like to give my vote to this couple for most improved in a week, okay? The change in her is amazing, maybe the trouble was just with those spins in the Viennese Waltz. Judges scores: 6,6,6. Two week total: 35/60.

Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower are dancing the quickstep tonight. Ty is one of those people you really want to root for, because he’s trying so hard to do this well, but he’s so out of his element. I want him to succeed, and I don’t want him to go home tomorrow night! Ty, Chelsie, if you see this, know that you did AWESOME tonight! I think smooth is Ty’s strength, and Chelsie has figured out how to show him off to his full potential. Judges scores: 7,6,7. Two week total: 34/60.

Shawn Johnston and Mark Ballas are dancing the salsa tonight. LOL! Their practice footage is so funny tonight, Shawn is having a hard time loosening up for the salsa. Mark dancing the woman’s part so Shawn could see it was cute. It is a good thing he isn’t afraid to look silly to help her learn, because this team is turning in one hot salsa tonight. Mark also does a great job of using every bit of Shawn’s flexibility to their advantage, and they have great chemistry! Judges scores: 8,8,8. Two week total: 47/60.

Steve Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff have the quickstep tonight, and Steve is dancing on a fractured foot. I like this man so much, and I really want to see him have some more time here to learn. He’s not the best dancer, but like Rocco DiSpirito last season, he has the pure love of ballroom in his heart, and I love to watch him try. Judges scores: 6,5,6. Two week total: 30/60.

Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough are dancing the salsa tonight. I’m not going to hit you over the head with the fact that I don’t like that this real life couple is dancing together. This is hard for me, because I like Chuck a lot, but I think Julianne sold out in coming back this season. Ooh, Chuck is stiff, not a good thing in the salsa. Julianne just isn’t the most skilled at hiding her partner’s flaws, she always looks like she is just trying to show herself off, it doesn’t look like a partnership, and this is a problem I’ve noticed with her since her winning season with Helio Castroneves. Judges scores: 6,7,7. Two week total: 40/60.

Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska are dancing the quickstep tonight. I sure hope that LT has stepped it up, because Edyta deserves more out of her partner. I’m glad to hear in the practice footage that he is willing to keep trying. Unfortunately, he doesn’t look particularly light on his feet to me, although this is definitely a step up performance wise from last week. Judges scores: 7,6,7. Two week total: 36/60.

Poor Steve O! He has been struggling with back and neck problems all week, and up until dress rehearsal, was planning on dancing tonight. Unfortunately, he fell today during rehearsal, and is not competing tonight. Instead, we will be viewing, and the judges will comment and score on the dress rehearsal. I really hope this isn’t what takes him out of the competition, because he is the contestant this season that I didn’t think I would like, and ended up loving. He looked a little stiff, and in pain, but I really liked the routine, even if it was just practice. It appears his injury tonight stems from the landing at the end of the routine, when he landed on his mic pack. Judges scores: 5,4,5. Two week total: 31/60.

Lil Kim and Derek Hough are dancing the quickstep tonight. They have done a great job dressing Kim up like a lady, but can she back the looks up with the correct posture and carriage for this smooth, elegant dance? I have to admit she is floating across the floor with more ease than I thought she would, but she hits some of the moves much harder than she should have. Judges scores: 8,7,8. Two week total: 44/60.

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani are up next with a salsa. I wonder if Tony showed Melissa our salsa lessons as part of her training? There has been a lot of fuss made in the media this last week about Melissa’s dance training in ballet and as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, but she hasn’t had any more training than any of the other past contestants, and ballroom is such a different form. It was clear that she is just putting the work in like the rest of the contestants from the practice footage. Judges scores: 9,8,9. Let me quote Drew Lachey here….”WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” Two week total: 49/60. Hey boss, if you hoist the trophy, do I get to hold it? Pretty please?

Our final couple of the night is Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke, dancing the quickstep. Listening to Cheryl during the practice footage, I kept waiting for her to tell him he had spaghetti arms! I didn’t think Gilles would be as adept at the smooth dances, but he’s doing a great job with this number! I never would have thought of this song for a quickstep, but it really worked, and I loved the Clark Kent/Superman turn. Judges scores: 9,9,9. Two week total: 51/60.

That’s it for tonight, we’ll see you back here tomorrow for the results recap.

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“Exclusive: Holly Madison on DWTS, Vegas and being in ‘a good state of mind’ ” by Robin Leach: Luxe Life | Vegas Deluxe

March 16, 2009 at 10:40 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance | Leave a comment
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What a great interview with Holly Madison!  You can’t help but like her, and admire her for stepping in at the last minute.  Enjoy!

“Exclusive: Holly Madison on DWTS, Vegas and being in ‘a good state of mind’ ” by Robin Leach: Luxe Life | Vegas Deluxe.

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Dancing with the Stars 8: Has Holly Madison had prior ballroom training?

March 11, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Hmmmm….according to the following article I found at Trans World News, it appears that Holly Madison has had some prior ballroom training, although there are no real details given about what type. Normally I would be screaming that prior training of this type is an unfair advantage, but I think the serious deficit in training time more than makes up for any advantage a prior class would give her! Stay tuned to Ballroom Dance Channel for all the best news on Dancing with the Stars!

Atlanta, GA 3/11/2009 02:58 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

Hugh Hefner and Holly Madison might have ended their relationship, but the Playboy mogul is still rooting for his former girlfriend as she competes on Dancing with the Stars.

Hefner says he is the one who revealed to Madison that she had been chosen to replace country singer Jewel, who had to drop out of the competition because of an injury. “I called her and gave her the news on Monday. She had a week to prepare, less than a week,” he tells People magazine.

Hefner says he thinks Madison did a “spectacular job” with her performance on Monday’s premiere. “I’m very, very proud of her,” he added.

Also rooting for Madison is her Girls Next Door co-stars Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson.

“I think that fact that she’s had ballroom dancing classes before and was a cheerleader in high school, I think that will bring a lot to the table. I know she has tenacity. I know she’ll stick with it and give it her all,” says Marquardt.

“I think people get on her and think she doesn’t know how to dance – but hip hop dances she needs to work on, but ballroom dancing she’s great at, she has great feet,” Wilkinson added.

Well, what do you think? Tell us in the comments below!

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Dancing with the Stars 8: Who will join the first to go home club?

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