Performer Tribute 4/20/12: Cher (El Centro, CA) original Tweet 10/11/11. Who inspired you to perform?

Cher1Performer Tribute 4/12/12: Cher (El Centro, CA) original Tweet 10/11/11

Consciously or sub-consciously, a performer or someone inspired you to perform. Think about it?

James Brown and Jackie Wilson inspired Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson inspired Usher, Hanson and a host of other generations of performers

Whitney Houston has inspired a generation of performers

Marilyn Monroe inspired many, many different performersCher2

Cute, little Willow Smith reminds me so much of a young Jada Pinkett or Will Smith

The late, great Dick Clark inspired Ryan Seacrest and many other popular TV & Radio hosts

The list goes on and on. And it makes me wonder who inspired me to dance?

Well, looking back, seems like I was a sucker and magnet for all things Rhinestone, bling, glitter & fringe – so let’s blame that on Tina Turner and Cher.

Cher3Also, I love big, wild Diva Wigs and trying to sing, so let’s blame that on Diana Ross and Cher.

I love dancing and watching performers who dance well in their stage shows, so let’s blame that on Debbie Allen and Cher.

I love costume designers with fabulous costumes and the performers who wear them like Bob Mackie and Cher.

Also I love glamorous, exotic make up so let’s blame that on Elizabeth Taylor and Cher

Cher4Hey, wait – let’s blame everything on Cher!!! The Diva who has it all: bling, wigs, singing, dancing, costumes makeup, etc.

Cher has it all!

I would LOVE to meet Cher in person one day and just look at her Wig Room and Costume Rooms. I’m not sure if she has been in a TV special where they show that, but I would love to see it.

Cher is a hero, from acting to singing to dancing to her wigs, to her costumes to her famous Vegas Shows to her movies! Wow! She has done it all.  And there are not that many performers around who have been able to change and keep up with all of the different music and fashion styles for many decades and generations like Cher, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin.  They have all survived my favorite music era: DISCO and keep up, stay in style and keep it moving and grooving.

Cher5I remember watching the Sony & Cher show back in the day. Little Chastity was so sweet back then. It was great when they showed her. I also loved it when she danced with the Jackson 5. Not many performers can pull that off, but Cher did and looked pretty cool doing it.

I follow Cher on Facebook and Twitter and it was so cool when Chaz was on Dancing with the Stars. It was exciting when they announced that Cher would be coming to support Chaz.

Underneath all that stage makeup, diva costumes, wigs and bling is a real human, a mother to Chaz and a former wife to Sony.

It would so cool for Cher to make a video for DIVA WANNABEs. Or have a Reality show called Cher’s Top Divas. I would certainly audition. Are you listening Cher?Cher8

 

I know it’s not Cher, but could not resist throwing in this one with Jackson 5 and Vicki Lawrence from The Carol Burnett show.  Who knew Mama from Mama’s Family could boogie dance so good with the J5?

 

Here is Cher with the J5

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Dancer Tribute 2/7/12: Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Odessa, Ukraine), What is your favorite dance or rant by Maksim Chmerkovskiy?

Maks1Dancer Tribute 2/7/12: Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Odessa, Ukraine)

Ahhh, the sweet, sexy eye candy, known as the Chmerkovskiy brothers Val & Maks) on Dancing with the Stars.  Maks you know you look hot!!!

My favorite quote from one of his dance partners was from Laila Ali, when she said something like, “don’t get no attitude with me, I said I want to do the step again.”  Stuff like that cracks me up, because Laila wasn’t taking no mess from Maks!!!

Maks hasn’t won the Mirror Ball trophy YET, but I think he came the closest to it with great dancers like Laila Ali, Mel B and Erin Andrews.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Kirstie Alley, but with some celebrities, they stay on longer, perhaps not due to talent, but due to ratings.  Those that come to mind are Bristol “dancesstiffasaboard” Palin and Chaz “hewillbeonDWTSbecauseCherannouncedsheiscoming” Bono!

There is a big difference in his facial expression when Maks is dancing with someone with TALENT (i.e. Laila, Mel, Erin) versus when he is dancing with someone who is struggling (i.e. Misty, Denise, Hope).

When Maks dances with Laila, I felt he was more relaxed and enjoyed dancing.  Same thing with Mel B., she almost outshone him as a dancer.  Talk about a flamboyant, show stealer!

Here are his celebrity dance partners for the past 11 seasons for DWTS:
Season 2: Tia Carrere, 6th place
Season 3: Willa Ford, 7th place
Season 4: Laila Ali, 3rd place
Season 5: Mel B, 2nd place
Season 7: Misty May Treanor, 10th place
Season 8: Denise Richards, 12th place
Season 9: Debi Mazar, 12th place
Season 10: Erin Andrews, 3rd place
Season 11: Brandy, 4th place
Season 12: Kirstie Alley, 2nd place
Season 13 Hope Solo, 4th place

I am opening my big mouth and putting my 2 cents in:
Season 2: Tia Carrere, Is it cheating to do the Tango that she did in True Lies!
Season 3: Willa Ford, Middle of the pack
Season 4: Laila Ali, WAS CHEATED, SHOULD HAVE WON!
Season 5: Mel B, WAS CHEATED, SHOULD HAVE WON!
Season 7: Misty May Treanor, she was too stiff
Season 8: Denise Richards, fraidy cat, too scared to dance
Season 9: Debi Mazar, some comedians should take the show more seriously
Season 10: Erin Andrews, she was a good dancer
Season 11: Brandy, Bad chemistry, no connection which is needed in dance
Season 12: Kirstie Alley, SO CLOSE TO THE PRIZE
Season 13 Hope Solo, She stayed in the contest waaaay too long

Wait – stop the presses!  Can I give a quick DANCE SHOUT OUT to the sexiest man in the world, Arnold Schwarzenegger, for doing the delicious Tango with Tia Carrere in one of my favorite movies, True Lies???

I’m glad that Maks is telling it like it is and ranting about DWTS.  As a fan of the show, you can easily see how some pros always get good dance partners (Derek Hough) 3-time winner with partners like Brooke Burke, Nicole Scherzinger and Jennifer Grey.  While some pros always get bad partners (Jonathan Roberts) with most all his partners including Heather “pleasestopturningthosedamnflipsthatmakeyourfakelegfalloff” Mills or Macy “yesshecansingbutherdancingishorrible” Gray.

I get mad and angry when I watch and someone who is completely stiff, or just can’t dance at all, stays so the show can get good ratings – hello Bristol & Chaz.  It seems like Mark told Bristol that she was getting better to boost her confidence, but that seemed to be fairy tale in her head only.  She didn’t even ATTEMPT or try to do better, just kept coming back week after week with the same horrible dancing.  Makes me shout in anger at DWTS at the TV!  Now at least Chaz TRIED.  He kept practicing and I loved the finale dance that he did with Buddy Schwimmer!

I am a true fan of Maks.  Actually I watch the show because of the PRO dancers, not the celebrities.  And sometimes I will vote for a couple because I like the pro dancer, such as Cheryl Burke, Maks, Louie Van Amstel, etc.

Keep ranting Maks, you have been cheated out of that mirror ball trophy at least twice.  I’ll be watching and rooting for you.  I hope you a good partner again and I hope this is your year to SHINE!

 

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Dancer Tribute 1/1/12: Lacey Schwimmer (Redlands, CA)

Lacey1Dancer Tribute 1/1/12: Lacey Schwimmer (Redlands, CA).  Happy New Year to all dancers of all dance styles.  I first saw Lacey Schwimmer in Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance 2007.  That season was my all time favorite, as I voted for Sabra Johnson, Danny Tidwell, Neil Haskell and Lacey Schwimmer throughout the Season.  The Sweet Dreams dance with Sabra & Neil is my favorite dance from all seasons on SYTYCD.  Mandy Moore was nominated for an Emmy for that routine and I think she should have won.  I also remember watching Lacey’s brother, Benji on Season 2 of SYTYCD and I really love his dancing as well.  I also love to watch Lacey’s father, Buddy dance.  He was on Dancing with the Stars this past season and he sure can cut a rug.  I loved the clip when Buddy was giving Chaz Bono some tips on dancing as well as his appearance in the Finale Dance with Chaz and Lacey.  I did not realize that Lacey’s mom was also a gifted dancer, Laurie Kaufmann.  I love her dancing as well.  The talent of dance was truly passed down from Mom & Dad to son & daughter.  They are the First Family of Dance!  What a talented group of dancers, all in the same family, amazing.  Congratulations to the talented Schwimmer family, I look forward to seeing them dance in 2012.

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Lacey’s peacock costume was my all-time favorite costume from Dancing with the Stars.