Elimination 5: No more Marlee


The judges chose to start the show off by seeing a second performance of last nights confusing and chaotic group dance; it was no better the second time around.  Ashlee Simpson, sporting a tackily large engagement ring, is today’s special guest and sings (at least she didn’t fake it this time) as pros perform in very Timberlake-like outfits; kinda boring really. Time first results; the first safe couple of the night is Shannon & Derek and the first couple in the bottom two is Marlee & Fabian. Well at least Shannon can stop crying, the pity vote always wins big, right Marie?

Oh how the world needs more river dance, it is always cool to watch.  I don’t understand how their upper bodies never move while their feet are going at 100+ miles per hour; that is truly one of life’s great mysteries… sort of. The kids that are competing this week are thirteen and have therefore outgrown their cuteness, so I am not really that interested but they were both really good and the judges had a hard choice to make but I think they made the right one when the chose Brandon and Brittany. 

Time to get down to business; the next safe couples are Marissa & Tony and Cristian & Cheryl.  The final three couple learn their fates one at a time.  Kristi & Mark are safe and so are Jason & Edyta.  The bottom two couple are Mario & Karina Marlee & Fabian.  After a build up it is announced that Marlee and Fabian are going home.  She did a phenomenal job and really worked through all of her challenges with grace and class.  She will be missed.


April 22, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . dance, dancing with the stars, reality tv. Leave a comment.

“If you are in the bottom two, I will show my bum in the super market” Dance Week 6

It’s that time in the season when each couple will be performing two dances per show. The pressure is on now more than ever because they will not only have to take on a dance style that they have yet to try, they will also take the floor for the first group number of the season. Though the judges will not be judging the group numbers, it still takes valuable time and brain power away from the judged individual dances.


Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska are going to take on the spirited cha cha (cha).  Jason is not going to be able to rely on Edyta as much in this dance as he done in the past. Oh no, and Edyta forgot her pants! The dance was energetic and full of spins and body rolls.  Jason did not look as light on his feet as in weeks past the performance was good. The judges said that he did a good job but got a little off on his timing.  Score 24/30


Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough will take the rumba. The dance was mostly smooth, flowing, and romantic.  Perhaps they really are a couple now.  Shannon definitely rebounded from last week. The judges said that she had no hip action but had great chemistry.  Score 24/30


Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez have to reach for a big comeback after the footwork issues of last week.  The mambo should be a good one for the couple because Fabian is a former mambo champ. After a Henry Winkler pep talk the couple took the floor and delivered a spirited dance but a few of the same problems of last week.  There were a few timing issues and some foot missteps.  But they did do a better job than last week. The judges thought that she had many of the timing issues of last week and that they dance was disjointed.  Score 21/30


Cristian de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke are going to perform the fox trot. After last weeks bottom two performance they really need to impress the judges. The performance was leaps and bounds above last weeks.  They had chemistry and flowed, at times, effortlessly across the floor. The judges thought that it was his best dance so far and had excellent footwork. Score 27/30


Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani perform the very refined Viennese waltz to a very of song choice in Tom Jones’ Delilah. The dance was one of her best. It flowed well, she didn’t show any signs of being nervous, and moved easily across the floor. The judges loved said that she did her turns well and fixed all the issues she had in weeks past.  Score 26/30 (their best score yet)


Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Balias take on the jive sigh such enthusiasm that the judges should never again fault her for having no emotion. The dance was fun, quirky, and extremely fast paced. If that wasn’t a 30 I’m not sure what is.  Carrie Ann said that it was her favorite dance yet this season, Len said that the dance was a tasty morsel, they all agreed it was best hey have ever done.   Score 30/30 (woo hoo it is about time!!!)


Mario and Karina Smirnoff are going to end the individual numbers with a rumba to the tune of Let’s Get it On. The dance was hot and excited the audience who gave them a standing ovation.  The judges were split in their reviews.  Len thought that the dance was too raunchy but Bruno thought that it was fabulous (and some of what he said was blanked out).  They also performed an illegal lift.  Score 28/30 (their best score of the competition)



The group dance was built up all night long.  A country themed dances involving cowboy sheriffs and outlaws is sure to be entertaining… I hope. Even in rehearsals Mario seems to find a reason to keep his shirt unbuttoned and Edyta still refuses to wear pants; I just don’t get it, lol.  But that dance itself was fun and full of lifts and flips. Marissa was off beat for a lot of the dance and so was Marlee but oh well. The cast looked like they had a lot of fun but there were many mistakes.  The judges seemed entertained but pointed out craziness and missteps.


So tonight we got to see the first 30 of the season and Kristi more than deserved it this week. She really is soooo far ahead of the other celebs in skill level.  It is basically a race to see who can make it into the other two final three spots along side her.  Cristian is really making a move toward the front along with Mario and Jason is really going to have to fight to stay in the top.  Today’s weakest dancers were Marlee and Shannon.  One of them is going home tomorrow.  I am also concerned about Marissa.  She is really improving but I just hope that she has a big enough fan base to keep her around as long as she deserves.

April 21, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . dance, dancing with the stars, reality tv. Leave a comment.

Elimination 4: Priscilla on Her Way to the Heartbreak Hotel


After the usual recap the judges ask to see Kristi and Marks nearly flawless rumba from last night and it was even better the second time around.  After the dance Marlee and Shannon are interviewed backstage about the mistakes that they made last night.  Both give honest answers about the issues they had and said that if left to continue they will work hard to do better. The first safe couple is Kristi & Mark.  The first couple in the bottom two is Cristian & Cheryl. The kids have their time to shine in the jive and cha cha cha.  The couples are from the 8-10 year old division.  Both couples were amazing; they should give the celebs some tips. The next safe couple is Jason & Edyta.  


Superstar James Blunt performed his new single Carry You Home while the pros perform a beautifully choreographed dance.  Back to the results, the next two couple given at least one more week to dance are Mario & Karina and Marissa & Tony.  Three couple still do not know their fate and the first relieved couple of the group is Shannon & Derek.  The last safe couple is Marlee & Fabian, putting Priscilla& Louis in the bottom two with Cristian & Cheryl. Wow was I dead on with the predictions last night.  Going home this week is Priscilla& Louis.

April 15, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . dance, dancing with the stars, reality tv. Leave a comment.

“If your hips could talk we’d be censored tonight…”


We are halfway their folks; halfway to the crowning of a new celeb dance champ.  We had a few surprises last week with Priscilla plummeting and Marissa rebounding.  This week is sure to be an interesting one as well.  The couples are dancing the sexiest of the Latin dances, the rumba and the samba.


Mario and Karina Smirnoff have lost, and rightfully so, a bit of confidence over the last couple of weeks.  They took on the samba today and gave a spirited performance. Mario seemed to pay a bit more attention to technique this week and it helped in delivering a strong classic samba. The judges said that it was his best dance to so far and was nice clean and to the point. Score 27/30 (wow his best score yet)


Priscilla Presley and Louis Van Amstel have to win back the judges favor after their illegal lift last week.  They were in the bottom two much to the surprise of the viewers. The couple danced a very interesting rumba that involved a split from Priscilla and many isolation moves.  The dance was slow but seemed to be very difficult and strenuous. The judges said the slowness of the dance showed the technical flaws and lacked spontaneity. Score 21/30


Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani have to make last weeks performance a norm for them.  Last week’s paso earned them good marks with the judges and their samba has to do the same. The dance was full of energy and shimmies. The dance was a crowd pleaser and Tony showed off some very non-ballroom-like dancing.  The judges said that she gave her best performance by far and had more shakes than a cocktail bar.  Score 24/30


Cristian de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke have been a pleasant surprise this season.  Cristian started off weak and recently seems to keep improving with every week. The rumba proved a challenge for the couple, Christian didn’t move much throughout the dance and Cheryl did a lot dramatic spinning around him. The judges said that the performance was competent but not fantastic and they expected more. Score 23/30


Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez spent part of their week fitting deaf children with hearing aids and the other part in serious rehearsal.  The communication barrier seems to be getting to them a bit in practices and it did show in the samba a bit.  Marlee lost the timing from time to time, but then again she can’t hear the music. The dance was fun, fast, sexy, and well done. The judges did notice that she lost the timing in small parts but recovered well   Score 22/30


Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Balias have to be perfect from now on since the pack is encroaching on her lead. Their rumba was truly entertaining and romantic. The couple moved flawlessly across the floor.  The couple seemed to incorporate more turns and harder choreography that the couple before them. The judges said that she caste of the “shackles on inhibition” and they had true chemistry.  Score 29/30 (um can Carrie Ann give up a 10 please)


Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough again had to deal with Derek taking a trip to the hospital.  However, he is over his food poisoning and the dance, samba, must go on. Shannon struggles to learn to shake her hips in rehearsal an that continued into the performance.  The dance was good but she just looked awkward in parts. The judges said that it didn’t have enough hip action and the dance seemed to be too hard for her. Score 23/30


Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska are the couple who seems to have any real chance of taking on Kristi.  Their rumba was slow and sensual.  The couple defiantly has chemistry and, sadly, Jason has far better hip movement than Shannon.  The couple did some very original choreography and some risky moves. The judges thought that hips and lines were good and the chemistry was insane.

Score 27/30


The scores seem to be getting higher and higher and more couples are pulling 8’s. Kristi is still the obvious front runner and I am not sure why she has yet to receive a 30.  She has been perfect more than once, but I guess they don’t want to completely separate her from the rest of the pack yet. Mario showed that he is indeed in it to win it but Priscilla might continue her slide, not yet a fall, from grace. My pick for the bottom two are Priscilla and Cristian (or Marissa, can’t decide).  The Stay tuned for tomorrow’s results.

April 14, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . dance, dancing with the stars, reality tv. 2 comments.

Elimination 3: Unicycles Can’t Buy Happiness


Sheryl Crow is this week’s performing guest and she sings while the pros perform to All I Want to Do.  The judges chose Adam and Julianne to relive last night unicycle paso simple for the entertainment value of it all. It was just as odd and amusing the second time around. The first safe couples are Jason & Edyta and Kristi &Mark. It makes sense to get the best out of the way first.


The show has decided to have a youth ballroom competition this season and the contestants will be judged just like the celebs. Both youth couple were adorable thought the band made multiple mistakes on the first song.  The judges were very nice to them and only gave positive feedback. They chose the week’s winner by saying their names instead of scoring them.  Good thing they did it that way or there may have been a couple of crying nine year olds running around the set. The next couple given safety for the week is Marlee & Fabian shortly after Sheryl Crow performed a second number. The next two couples given the okay to dance next week are Cristian & Cheryl and Mario & Karina (I was wrong, I thought that he may be in the bottom again.) The final four couples are left in suspense and the hosts review the judges’ opinions on each of their dances last night. Priscilla& Louis are surprisingly in the bottom two,  Shannon & Derek are safe.  Adam & Julianne are in the bottom two, Marissa & Tony are safe.  Wow I had this all wrong. But at least the right was couple was eliminated: Adam and Julianne.  The show will miss the laughter and antics of Adam and everyone has loved Julianne since last season, hopefully next season she will pull another winner.   

April 8, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . dance, dancing with the stars, reality tv. Leave a comment.

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