Hines Ward finally got his redemption. Ok-it wasn’t another Super Bowl ring, but the Silent Assassin can now add “Season 12 Champion” to his unreal list of accomplishments. With 2 flawless dances and a just about perfect one; the undisputable MVP of this season visualized and got the mirrorball trophy. He and Kym performed a Quickstep that was full of excitement and entertainment; a Samba that showed the world (and his proud Mom) just how far he grew as a dancer;and a freestyle that was so uniquely inspired that all there was left to do was just tackle the honor. With the Steelers Nation and Georgia Bulldogs rallying behind him..it was hard not to fall in love with a man so truly worthy of the honor bestowed onto him. Here’s hoping that Kym rests and relaxes following that nerve wracking injury and Hines can take his Twinkle Toes back to Pittsburgh and show them what it’s all about. Congratulations. (Final Score: 89/90). Continue reading
If this were “The Karate Kid” and the ballroom was Johnny Lawrence…he definitely would have swiped the leg of our hero Ralph Macchio. With a valiant effort that started the season then began to deteriorate slowly; the end came finally as he and Karina were eliminated 1 week shy of The Finals. Showing class,courage, and humility that made him one of the more beloved contestants of all time; Ralph managed to performed an Argentine Tango with fun and intensity;if lacking technique. His Salsa was oozing “Scarface” (Pacino’s version) and may have sealed their fate when Bruno declared it too raunchy and vulgar (pot calls kettle what?). Overall..Ralph won his way back into the hearts of his adoring fans from back in the day..and if Hollywood has any common sense left-they would look into booking him somewhere..(Final score 48/60).
Hines/Kym: The big story of course was the injury that brought the Aussie Wonder down. Her neck was hurt during rehearsals when Hines toppled over her and came crunching down. It was painful to watch…but showing the spirit of a Steeler and a true warrior Kym made it through as the two deliverred an emotional performance of the Argentine Tango that clearly was the best dance of the season. Tears streamed down Hines’ face as he was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from the entire ballroom with a standing ovation 9even from the judges). It was a joy and a treat to watch..as for their Salsa…it was the mood lifter of the evening that made Len feel good watching it Their perfect evening finally happened..and if this is any inclination for The Finals…technically Hines is the one to beat. (60/60).
Chelsea/Mark: If anyone has a chance to make a clear,legitimate shot against Hines; the Disney star is the one to beat. Talk about a magical night-it was perfect all around..a Rumba that saw Len giving the approval the duo had been waiting for all season An Argentine Tango that was first class (and what do you people mean it was lacking leg action???); and finally-the additional bonus points awarded to them after pulling out all the stops for a Cha-cha-cha that reintroduced the fans to why Chelsea Kane is indeed this season’s It Girl. (73/75).
Kirstie/Maks: Finally! Vindication after last season’s stunning elimination! Maks has a lot of work ahead of him if he wants to pull the biggest coup and get that mirrorball trophy that has eluded him for so long. Kirstie thought she was in technically demanding hell? If she keeps her mouth shut..listens to Maks..and delivers…this could end up to be in her favor. Plus the fact she has a Hollywood Power Couple (John Travolta/Kelly Preston) in her corner and a huge fanbase is an advantage. Her weight loss has shown..and her fanbase is ridiculously high. Regardless of what happens next week..she proved again she is a survivor and can warrant any and all things thrown her way. (54/60).
Finally! After taking a week to process that Chris Jericho could have gone to the Finals but instead was the sacrificial lamb to a dance that was just missing a pole and a private room with a sofa; Kendra Wilkinson can now go back to being a mom, football player’s wife, and an occassional private video vixen. She did go out on a high..with Louis van Amstel proving yet again he can transform tabloid darlings into elegant ballroom dancers. Her Tango was on point with confidence and sophistication (31/40) and her Team Dance was sassy and loud (32/40). The Finals are in 3 weeks..it is anyone’s guess who can walk out of the ballroom with this trophy. World Dance Council head judge Donnie Burns was this week’s sepacial guest judge (I wasn’t available) and the shenanigans began there. Continue reading
Petra Nemcova was this week’s eliminated celebrity. The supermodel turned activist somehow managed to charm the judges one week with her lines and grace..but then the next was a different story. Case in point: her Quickstep with Dmitry was filled with stumbles and difficult choereography, But in the end-someone had to go and the fanbase wasn’t as strong as someone else’s who is now really beginning to wear out her welcome; more on that later. (22/30). It was America Week and each contestant rose to the challenge and the pressures of those purple mountain majesties. Continue reading
Just when you thought it was safely assumed who all the frontrunners were-it is
amazing how emotions can affect the outcome. This week:the challenge was to
interpret a personal story into their dance. When all was said and done..Wendy
Williams’ book ended its latest chapter after a Foxtrot that showed more
struggle for the media giant. Carrie-Ann Inaba’s post engagement glow never
strayed as she informed Wendy that it was a step back from last week. The lack
of fluidity and body movements said it all: never do a ballroom dance as
expressive as a Foxtrot to “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” (15/30). Well-here’s
hoping that next season..Tony Dovolani gets the trophy for just showing up and
After taking last season off, I have returned with a new outlook with this season’s cast…it’s back to the basics!
The legendary sports hero (Sugar Ray Leonard)..the model (Petra Nemacova)..the actress (Kirstie Alley)..the 80s
heartthrob/fan favorite (Ralph Macchio)..the Playboy Playmate/Reality TV star (Kendra Wilkinson)..the virtual unknown (Mike Catherwood)..the Super Bowl MVP (Hines Ward)..the talk show host (Wendy Williams)..the pro wrestler (Chris Jericho)..the Disney tween actress (Chelsea Kane)..and the offspring of a former contestant (Romeo).
Dancing with the Stars…
The Name Drop-Coming in One Week
If it’s The Situation Jon Chattman throws up a little in his mouth.
So there you have it…the battle has officially begun for bragging rights and a kistchy mirrorball Continue reading
Jake Pavelka,for all intents and purposes,has finally taken off. After almost a year in the spotlight..the pilot turned bachelor turned potential ballroom dancer was actually rejected by someone..ok,a whole bunch of someones. Whether it was a lackluster rhythym-less Samba that he failed to connect to,or a Swing dance that he was booted from immediately;something finally made the fams say enough. (Final score-25) Which leaves only two men to rely soley on talent and testosterone to carry them to the finals in a month. This week the remaining dancers began their 2-dance nights with either the Argentine Tango or Samba & the Swing Dance Marathon. A subdued Donny Osmond sat in the audience looking on to see who will be his successor and since the events earlier this year with his family;it was so hard to watch and not think of the Donny he was 6 months ago.
1) Buzz Aldrin may not be able to dance..but is still a class act.
2) Just by bringing Charo in to help out should automatically save any contestant from the Bottom Two.
3) Kate Gosselin is becoming my worst nightmare Continue reading
In just the first 2 weeks of Season 10, there are a few things that I have learned:
1) Brooke Burke seamlessly made the transition to new cohost
2) Bruno Tonioli was in the video for Elton John’s 80′s smash “I’m Still Standing” (in Johnny Carson voice-I did not know that)
3) My hatred for Kate Gosselin intensified even more.
As Season 10 of “Dancing with the Stars” kicks off 3/22..so far only one professional dancer seems to be making up for this season’s loss of Dmitry Chaplin and Jonathan Roberts: Damian Whitewood. The former hairdresser turned dance pro has been tearing up the scene in the smash “Burn the Floor” with DWTS regulars Kym Johnson and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Paired with Pamela Anderson for his inaugural season, Damian’s credits including finshing as a semi-finalist at the Blackpool International Championships in the UK as well as touring with music legends James Brown,Shirley Bassey,and yes, Deep Purple. I look forward to seeing what this Aussie babe can do to the ladies.
-Pamela Anderson (world’s sexiest woman)
-Chad Ochocinco (name changing football player)
-Evan Lysacek (2010 Gold Medal Olympian and predicted winner..)
-Aidan Turner (“All My Children” hottie)
-Shannen Doherty (the original bad girl from “90210″)
-Erin Andrews (ESPN reporter)
-Niecy Nash (“RENO-911″/comedic actress)
-Buzz Aldrin (US Astronaut/original moonwalker)
-Kate Gosselin (Reality TV whore)
-Jake Pavelka (the current “The Bachelor”)
-Nicole Scherzinger (former Pussycat Doll)
The blogging begins in 3 weeks…see ya then!!!
Dear Powers That Be,
With all the hoopla surrounding the late night wars..is he/is he not retiring…the beginning of the end of your drama to end all dramas…and the sayanora of that Mexican soap import…I realized that while yes..there may be some people clamoring for work. Times are tough..life is hard…yada yada…but yet need we be reminded that on March 1st…all the important questions will be answered. So humor me as I respectfully submit to you (with a thought from my dear friend Jeanne as well) some people who definitely need a return to the spotlight as well as a place in our hearts..if only til mid-May… Continue reading
By Lisa Cannavo
Earlier this season..it was noted how the name Osmond carried so much weight in the industry. It holds true..even after the possible Last Tango on TV from this week (more on that in a moment). Apparently,after the surprising elimination of Joanna Krupa following 3 solidly consistent dances the name Osbourne holds just as more weight these days. I’m not knocking Kelly..she Continue reading