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!

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Carrie Ann Inaba blogs ‘DWTS,’ week 2 | PopWatch Blog | EW.com

March 18, 2009 at 5:46 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Gasp!  Not only did I agree with Carrie Ann this week, if she keeps blogging like this for EW, I may grow to (wait for it) LIKE her!  Remember to stay tuned to Ballroom Dance Channel for all the news on Dancing with the Stars!

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

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Dancing with the Stars 8: Season Premiere

March 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Hi everyone,

Welcome to the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars! If you want to cha cha and waltz like the stars you’ve seen tonight, please visit us at Ballroom Dance Channel. With our All Access Pass, you can learn as many dances as you’d like at your own pace, for under $10 a month! If you want to take our lessons on the go, please visit us at the ITunes App Store . Now, on with the show!

Wow! The makeover for the ballroom is simply stunning! The new staircases are so pretty, and I hear that they added about 200 more seats. Hopefully this will mean more of the fans of the show that wait for hours to see if they will get in will be able to attend the show tapings!

Our first couple tonight is Lil Kim and Derek Hough. They are dancing the cha cha this evening, and next week will dance the quickstep. Kim looks like she can move quite well, but when they are doing their dance, she seems choppy to me, moving from segment to segment with no fluidity and grace. Maybe I’m just spoiled from seeing Derek with last season’s champion, Brooke Burke, who had a natural, flowing grace from week one! Judges Scores: 7,7,7.

Dancing second tonight are Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts. I missed Jonathan last season much more than I thought I would, but I am very happy for him that he went back and competed and won a title with new partner Valentina! Belinda has a hard time with spins the same way that Kelly Monaco did in season 1, but she seems to be powering through it nicely in the beginning of their Viennese waltz. She needs to relax and let Jonathan lead her, she is far too stiff and choppy, she really needs to finish her extensions. Maybe next week’s salsa will be more her style! Judges Scores: 6,6,5.

Our third couple is Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska. He’s dressed like Emmitt Smith, but I don’t get the same warmth or sincerity from him that Emmitt gives. I also wasn’t real fond of his trash talking Jason Taylor, who I still have a soft spot for! He does a credible job tonight, but needs more finesse and polish to break out from the crowd. Edyta carried him throughout the dance, showing him off as only she knows how! Judges scores: 6,5,5. Step it up, LT, Edyta deserves a better partner!

Next up is the duo of Steve O and Lacey Schwimmer. This pairing initially troubled me greatly. Lacey is one of my favorite pros, and Steve O didn’t have the world’s best reputation, so I was worried. Since the couples have been announced, I’ve been reading about their practices, and Steve’s work ethic impresses me. They are dancing the waltz tonight. I love Lacey’s costume! Steve is a bit too stiff, like he is overly concerned with his frame, but he does a very credible job, and I have to say he actually has very nice lines. I don’t know that he’s headed for the finals, but I have no objection to him being on the dance floor for the next several weeks. Judges scores: 6,5,6.

Ooh, is it hot in here? Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke are dancing next, a cha cha tonight, if you please. WOW! Gilles has some really nice lines tonight. I’m impressed, and he seems to be funny and charming, as well. Cheryl looks beautiful, her hair is beautiful at that length. I think this couple is going to be in it for quite some time, they have all the right elements! Judges scores: 8,8,8.

Sigh. Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough are up. Oh, and they are dressed like they belong on the top of a wedding cake. I’m not thrilled about this pairing, and haven’t been since they announced it. I don’t think it is right to allow a real life pairing to compete together on this show, because if nothing else, they have a built in chemistry that the other couples cannot draw from. I’ll try and focus just on their dancing, I promise. Chuck seems to be a very capable lead, and Julianne has choreographed a routine that clearly plays to that strength, but I have seen a couple of missteps, and there was a very obvious lift at the end of the number. Let’s see if the lift police bust them for it! Judges Scores: 6,7,7.

Holly Madison is stepping in to replace Jewel with Dmitry Chaplin. Right off the bat, I have to give Holly props and stepping up on such short notice. Holly has had 5 days of training, and really put her all into the routine. It really is a testament to what a good teacher Dmitry is that Holly did so well with so little training. Next week they will have the quickstep, and she will have had some more time to learn what she needs to continue in the competition. Judges scores: 6,6,6.

After Holly and Dmitry dance, we learn that Ballroom Dance Channel’s own Tony Dovolani will be paired with Melissa Rycroft, who has stepped in on 48 hours notice! Following this announcement, we meet our next couple, Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower. Ty is a rodeo champion, and Chelsie will look very familiar to fans of So You Think You Can Dance. They have the cha cha tonight. Ty’s a real cutie, and he tried very hard, but he isn’t a natural dancer, and it showed. I think he’ll be more comfortable in the smooth quickstep next week. Chelsie gave it her all, and I hope America remembers why they loved her so much last summer and supports this couple with their votes. Judges scores: 5,4,5. Ty, stop being so hard on yourself, and I hope America stands behind you!

Shawn Johnston and Mark Ballas are up next, and they also have the Viennese Waltz this week. Wow, Mark looks so TALL! I’ve read a lot of places where Shawn is picked to be the winner this year. I think technically she will be superb, but she will struggle with her emotion just like Kristi Yamaguchi did. She said it in their practice footage, that in sport, emotion is weakness. Shawn and Mark are a stunning couple on the floor, and she is doing a lovely job of showing emotion tonight, and with such a romantic dance, they played it well without going over the top. Judges scores: 8,8,7.

Next are Steve “IWoz” Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff. I’m looking forward to seeing how IWoz can do. He seems like such a big teddy bear of a man who really wants to learn and do this well. I’ve developed a soft spot for him the more I have read about him, and I hope he has some ability to go with that infectious smile. I can imagine that this must be very hard for an analytical mind like his! I think he did a credible job, but he has some work to do in order to stay in the competition. Judges scores: 5,4,4. Like Ty, I think the Woz will have strength in the smooth dances.

David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson is our next couple to dance the Viennese Waltz. David seems to be one of those people that everyone is going to assume is just a big goof, but will be very good. He’s taking this very seriously, as are all the competitors this season. David has beautiful extensions, and naturally flows from movement to movement with grace and style. Judges scores: 6,7,6.

Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are dancing the cha cha tonight. Denise is coming into the competition with no formal dance training. I wasn’t sure what to make of her when she called Maks “Maksipoo” on Good Morning America, but she’s growing on me, because she isn’t afraid to be real. WOW! Denise has some real potential, but Maks is right, she’s got to stop apologizing, and just start learning. I think she’ll get there, she just has to trust herself a little more. It is clear she trusts Maks, she just needs to believe in herself a little more. Judges scores: 6,6,6. Not bad!

Last, but not least, are Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani. Come on, boss, show us what you’ve got! This is a real test to who Tony is as an instructor, but at least they have found a capable woman to step in at the very last minute. Melissa has trained in ballet and is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. I’m thinking that means she’ll have the grace to pull off the smooth dances, and the cheekiness needed for the Latins. One thing is for sure, this couple looks beautiful together! They are a good physical match with the height and coloring. 2 DAYS! 2 DAYS, and that was hands down the performance of the night! She was all teary at the end, and so am I. Melissa has beautiful lines, amazing extensions, and unlimited potential. Judges scores: 8,7,8. Good job, you two, and Melissa, thank you so much for stepping in!

Well, that’s it for tonight. We will see you back here next Monday for the second round of competition, and a week from tomorrow for our first results show, which will feature Jewel as our guest singer. Thanks for reading!

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Belinda Carlisle Reveals Her Dancing Problem — Spinning – PEOPLE TV Watch

March 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Poor Belinda!  I wonder if the spinning will present the same challenge for her that it did for Season 1 Champ Kelly Monaco?  Read the details by following the link below, and remember, for a dance fix, visit us at Ballroom Dance Channel!

Belinda Carlisle Reveals Her Dancing Problem — Spinning – PEOPLE TV Watch.

Dancing’s Belinda Carlisle: No More Playboy for Me – E! Online

March 3, 2009 at 10:08 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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We hope you’ll enjoy this article about Belinda Carlisle!  For a ballroom dance fix between now and Monday, please visit us at www.ballroomdancechannel.com.

Dancing’s Belinda Carlisle: No More Playboy for Me – E! Online.

Dancing with the Stars 8: Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts

March 3, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Hi Everyone,

Sorry the posting is so late today, I fell a bit behind! Today we’re featuring the duo of Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts. I can’t believe we are less than a week from the new season’s start. For a dance fix, please visit us at Ballroom Dance Channel, or to take your lessons on the go, visit us at the ITunes App Store.

Belinda Carlisle is best known as the lead vocalist for the rock & roll band The Go-Gos. She has also had several solo hits.

Did you know?

-Belinda has modeled for Almay cosmetics.
-In 1997, she released a cover of “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” from Disney’s Hercules as part of that movie’s distribution in Europe. The single was only released in France and Germany.
-Her husband, Morgan Mason, is the son of James Mason.
-Belinda was a cheerleader at Newbury Park High School in Thousand Oaks, California.

Jonathan Roberts is a professional dancer married to former partner Anna Trebunskya. He has been on seasons 1,2,4,5,6, and the upcoming season 8 of Dancing with the Stars. He sat out season 7 to return to his competitive roots, dancing with new partner Valentina Kostenko and winning the 2008 Professional Smooth Championship.

Jonathan’s competitive accomplishments include:

• 2008 US National Professional Smooth Champion, with Valentina Kostenko
• 2004 US National Professional Rising Star Latin Champion, with Anna Trebunskaya
• 2003 Blackpool Professional Rising Star Latin Champion, with Anna Trebunskaya
• 1997 US National Professional Rising Star Ballroom Champion, with Roberta Sun
• USA pro-am 10 dance champion
• USA pro-am Latin champion
• USA pro-am American Ballroom champion

Belinda Carlisle Has The ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Beat

February 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Finally there is some news about Belinda Carlisle!  There really hasn’t been much reported about her yet.  Enjoy the video at this link for more info.

Belinda Carlisle Has The ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Beat.

Keep Dancing,

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