Why hasn’t Henry Byalikov been promoted to a Pro yet on Dancing with the Stars?

Henry4Does anyone remember that show Superstars of Dance that aired back in January 2009?  That was a great chance to see elements of Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, but as an INTERNATIONAL dance competition.  Of course I rooted for the US Team and I loved Marguerite Derricks’ choreography from the Austin Powers movies.

But since I was already a big fan of DWTS and SYTYCD, I really enjoyed the Ballroom dances in that competition.

One dancer really stood out as my favorite and that was Henry Byalikov!

Why of why, haven’t the producers of Dancing with the Stars promoted Henry to Pro yet?  I just don’t understand why not.Henry3

Let me get on my bandwagon for just a few moments.  I’m glad they promoted Peta Murgatroyd  to Pro in Season 13.  I am still a huge fan of Peta.  She does something none of the other dancers do.  She GIVES a movement to the audience.  That sounds strange, but just compare her style of a typical dancer like Maks or Mark – who can come off as CONCEITED and full of themselves.  Oh look at how clever I dance when I show off.  And that’s fine to show off, but Peta “gives” a move to the audience watching.

Henry6I was really, really hoping that Henry would have had a chance to dance with Aly yesterday.  I was so looking forward to that.  But I am also glad that Mark is okay.  Would have rather seen Henry!!!!

I disagree with the show producers having Lindsay Arnold and Witney Carson on the show at all!  Lindsay should have NEVER been asked to be a pro before OKSANA DYMTRENKO!  That was just tacky, in my opinion, for DWTS to keep picking up 2nds from Henry8SYTYCD!  At least let the “newbies” start in the troupe first, not just go straight to pro!  BTW, more of the celebrities should “retire” like Maks did this season.  Hint, hint Cheryl, Derek, Kim – and let the younger troupe members shine!!!

The TROUPE is FANTASTIC this year, by the way!  This is the BEST year ever for the Troupe on DWTS!  I’m so glad that we get to see the spotlight dance clips now.

The Pros better watch out, because the TROUPE dancers (most of them) are constantly OUT-DANCING the pros.

Henry7I know that Mark should watch his back, Henry surely would have stolen some of his thunder, if given the chance to dance with Aly.  Not that this would have been the first time.  Of course, Henry has been featured before with the Celebrities and Pros.

It’s always such a nice treat to watch HENRY!  I love watching his facial expressions and the way he gives a “personal” touch to each dance.  Some fantastic gesture, eye moment.  I really like the ELEMENT OF SURPRISE of how he will give that personal touch.

Sure wish I could see more of Henry’s Dancing!  Guess I will have to wait until The Great Gatsby comes out!  CAN’T WAIT!

UPDATE:  Here is the petition for Henry to become a Pro!  Please sign.  Thanks Smile
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Casting Call: Which actors would you cast to play DWTS (Tom Bergeron, Brooke Burke), SYTYCD (Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy or Cat Deeley), or Buffy characters in the Movie Version of The Vampire Dancer Saga?

The Vampire Dancer SagaI’m working on having a script written for my newly published book, The Vampire Dancer Saga.  Who do you think will be great to cast in the spoofs of Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and Buffy the Vampire Slayer BTVS cast members?

Let’s see if you agree with my cast suggestions:

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
This casting is super EASY!  Let’s put most of the actors from the cancelled The Secret Circle back to work:

Mutant Weirdoes (SunniHell, CA)
Buff Dude (Vampire vanquisher)Chris Zylka
Angela (Vampire)
Zanadu (Glamour dancer)
Will Potter (Male witch from London)
Wiz (Werewolf)

Phoebe TonkinYou may have noticed that Buffy is now a Buff DUDE (she’s a man, baby) and Angel is now a GIRL (Angela).  Also Xander and Willow have switched genders as well.  With that in mind, here are my choices:

  • Buff Dude is now Chris Zylka (who played Jake Armstrong on The Secret Circle)
  • Angela is now Phoebe Tonkin (who played Faye Chamberlain on The Secret Circle)
  • Zanadu is now Shelley Hennig (who played Diana Meade on The Secret Circle)
    Will Potter is now Thomas Dekker (who played Adam Conant on The Secret Circle), hope you don’t mind a bit of red hair dye to look more like Willow, LOL
  • Wiz is now Gray Damon (who played Lee LaBeque on The Secret Circle)

Shelley HennigNext, let’s take a look at the “So You Think You Can Vamp” cast:

“Places everyone. Quiet please,” shouted host Bom Tergeron. With that, the judges, KarAnna, Blen & Runo from DWSDS and Ligel Nitchgow & Murph Mare from SYTYCV with special guest judge Triple T Debs took their places at the Judges Table.

  • For Mare Thomas DekkerMurph, I would recommend an actress who can dance such as Summer Glau.  We’ve seen her dance in episodes of Firefly, Angel and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.  She is a bit young to be Mare, but I bet she can shout HOT TAMALE TRAIN just like Mary!
  • For Ligel Nitchgow, I would recommend Anthony Steward Head from Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  Anthony is only 5 years younger than the “real” Nigel, so that would be perfect.  What is he up to these days anyway?
  • For Bom Tergeron, I would recommend Sean Maher from Firefly, Warehouse 13 and The Playboy Club.  He is 20 years younger than the “real” Tom but with a bit of gray hairs (ala George Clooney), he will look very handsome.Gray Damon

Kat Dealy replaced Rook Rurke as the co-host alongside Bom Tergeron for the 3000 Vampire Olympics Finals.  “Welcome Hepcats to our 3000 Vampire Olympic Finals. Let’s give a big hand to our JEEJEDGES,” announced Kat as the Special Guest judges took their seat. Bom cracked and said, “No one can understand your cockney British accent Kat, why don’t you just say: Judges?”

  • ForSummer Glau Kat Dealy, I would recommend Kaley Cuoco from Charmed and The Big Bang Theory.
  • For Rook Rurke, I would recommend Morena Baccarin from Firefly, V and Serenity,

Wow!  I just can’t get Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly out of my head.  I love ANYTHING by the master producer JOSS WHEDON!!!

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Should Cheryl Burke take a break from DWTS? 5/23/12

Cheryl1Dancer Tribute 5/23/12: Cheryl Burke (San Francisco, CA)

What a great Finale on Dancing with the Stars last night!  I am so glad that DONALD DRIVER & PETA won!  I have been rooting for them since my blog on 3/20/12.

By comparison, last year I sort of rooted for Cheryl & Rob Kardashian.  This year I hoped & prayed that WILLIAM LEVY & CHERYL BURKE would NOT Win!!!

 

 

Cheryl2Why?

  • Too much over-scoring of basic dances done by William by the judges.
  • Too much William “PIMPING”
  • Too many lap dances, shirtless dancing and dancing around William
  • Not enough dance talent by William, even though the beefcake was nice
  • The Judge Pandering to ABC due to the Latin American TV deal made the over-scoring worse and the judges comments look fake
  • The judges lost their CREDIBILITY this season by obviously over-scoring William & Cheryl (The Royal Couple) while under-scoring Donald & Peta
  • I love all things DWTS and my favorite articles are by Pure Dancing with the Stars, especially when written by John and Courtney.

Cheryl3I noticed a lot of posts by this group and also message boards and forums that the JUDGES NEED TO BE REPLACED and that CHERYL BURKE needs to take a break for a season.

The worst thing about Cheryl’s choreography this season was that is was PREDICTABLE!  Even Donald Driver and Len Goodman mentioned this.  Also Katherine Jenkins remarks, “We’re not about taking off clothes.  It’s about the dancing for us.”

Being PREDICTABLE equals being BORING & STALE!  And being Boring is the worst thing any performer can do.  Why not bother watching a performer, if they are going to do the same thing again and again and again.

Cheryl4William & Cheryl’s dances this season were all about Cha Cha, Samba, ass-shaking, bump & grinds.  Which was cool the first time, but then the 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th time, I would just glance over it, yawn, and count the minutes until the next commercial break.  I’m sorry, but William’s good looks can only go so far when it comes to dancing.  Non-dancers noticed the lack of skill and easy, safe, predictable routines.  As a dancer, it really stood out, because I’m not so simple to just watch him and say he deserves 10s based on looks alone.

Sure, sometimes we do like to hear/see our favorite performers do their hit song again and again.  I never get tired of Michael Jackson performing Smooth Criminal.  And what about watching Elizabeth Taylor’s entrance scene in Cleopatra?  What about Rita Moreno performing “A Boy Like That” in West Side Story?  I just love the side reference that she went to see a production of West Side Story on her new show Happily Divorced, and also so glad that the producers gave her a chance to Cheryl5sing in one of the episodes.

Anyhoo.  Sometimes I root for Cheryl in some seasons and sometimes I feel sorry for Cheryl when she gets saddled with “horrible” dancers like Wayne Newton and Tom DeLay.  That was so painful to watch.  Cheryl really got cheated in Season 11 when she & Rick Fox got the boot, and Bristol Palin had the NERVE to be in the Finals.  Another example of the judges being FAKE and over-scoring a non-talented performers to please the producers.

I’m so glad that actual DANCE TALENT prevailed this season.  The producers did great by letting the true Cheryl6dancers win – Donald & Peta.  I would have been so pissed off if William Levy won a dance content, based on looks and over-scoring. ‘

By the way, no way that MARIA & DEREK should have in 4th place.  In a real world, with no over-scoring and pimping the line up should have been:

  1. Donald and Peta, winner
  2. Maria & Derek, 1st runner up (or WINNER)
  3. Roshon & Chelsie, 2nd runner up
  4. Katherine & Mark, 3rd runner up

I don’t think that Cheryl & William even deserved 3rd place.  They should not have made it that far do to Judges over-scoring and pimping of the Royal Couple.  And truth be told, William should have left before Jaleel, if you are looking at dance talent alone.  MARIA & DEREK WERE ROBBED THIS SEASON!!!Cheryl7

Who do you think should have won this season & why?

All personal grudges aside from this season, I truly feel that CHERYL is the QUEEN dancer on Dancing with the Stars and LOUIS VAN AMSTEL is the KING or Alpha male dancer on Dancing with the Stars.  Sorry Maks.

Watch the costumes that are worn by Cheryl & Louis and the respect that the other dancers show them.  Also Cheryl has the best of the best of the best COSTUMES on DWTS!  She has the most beads, the most fringe and her costumes are the most ORNATE. Even her shoes seems to be more bedazzled.  Louis seems to do more group choreographies of all of the other dancers on the show.  And usually when it is the pros doing a choreography, he and Cheryl are paired together.

And when you are the QUEEN BEE, the last thing on your mind is taking a break.  But if you have a season of PREDICTABLE, BORING & STALE dances, then maybe you should consider some time off.

 

 

 

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Dancer Tribute 3/20/12: Peta Murgatroyd (Perth, Australia). What was your favorite dance on DWTS?

Petra1Dancer Tribute 3/20/12: Peta Murgatroyd (Perth, Australia)

Peta and Ron Artest were the first couple eliminated on last year’s Season 13 of Dancing with the Stars.

Peta was unlucky 13 last year, but boy did she come back fighting this year!!!

I sort of expected that Peta and her partner would be terrible last night.  I was in for a sweet surprise, they performed my favorite dance of the evening!   Their Cha Cha had me on the edge of my seat.  And when they got that HUGE standing ovation, I was in shock and clapping for them at home too.

I was shocked at the low scores for Peta and her partner Donald Driver.  DANG ON STINGY JUDGES!Petra2

They really deserved more than a score of 21.

Shame on you Carrie Ann, Len & Bruno!

Sometimes the judges on DWTS are too WIMPY when dishing out bad news to the truly BAD dancers who stink – are you listening MelissaGilbertisstiffasaboard and TonyDovolanialwaysgetshorribledancerslikeMartinaNavratilova!!!

Petra3Bless their poor hearts Melissa and Martina, I know ya’ll doing your best, but if the dancing is terrible, give them 4s and 5s the score they truly deserve.

When the judges REWARD BAD DANCERS, that is when I really hate watching Dancing with the Stars.  They show so much FAVORITISM and will encourage a bad dancer with good scores, when they need to encourage the good dancers with good scores.

Like then they kept theoriginalstiffboarddancerBristolPalin on for weeks and weeks and ilovehimbutstayedlongerbecauseCherwascomingBono!

DWTS Judges, be fair, be honest, it is such as turn off then the judges play favorites.  Even though Peta was eliminated 1st last year, give her a fighting change because she is doing really good and deserves better scores than 21!!!

By the way, I loved how Peta’s costume top looked very similar to a Belly Dance costume, so perhaps I’m a bit biased too, sorry.

I am proud to love #teamdrivingmisspeta, and I will be voting next week for Peta again, VOTE 1-800-868-3403

 

 

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Belly Dancer Tribute 3/19/12: Didem Kinali (Turkey). Is it wrong to mix dance styles like Turkish & Flamenco?

Didem1Belly Dancer Tribute 3/19/12: Didem Kinali (Kuştepe, Turkey)

I subscribe to many belly dance videos on YouTube and was going through my new videos today and caught a new video by one my favorite dancers in the world:  Didem Kinali.

I happened to view some of the comments on one of her YouTube videos and was a bit shocked at the complaints about her dancing to Flamenco style music,

Didem2Say what, is there a Dance Police out there who is saying thou must only dance to one dance style during one routine?  So if you are a Turkish dancer, your set must contain only Turkish music?  Or if you are an Egyptian dancer, your set must contain only Egyptian music?  Thou must not ever, never mix music style, for example using Greek & Turkish songs in the same set.  Or using Arabic & Lebanese music in the same set.

BLAH!  What ever happened to artistic license, individuality, freedom of (dance) speech?  Not to mention BOREDOM, only using one style of music or using the style of music set forth by the Dance Police?

I like to MIX things up.  If you are dancing at a Greek restaurant, what’s wrong with using both Greek & Turkish music?  What about songs like Amayaguena by the Trans Arabian Band that has elements of Spanish and Arabic style?  What we are not supposed to ever Didem3mix dance styles?

I love the Flamenco music and steps performed by Didem.  Rock on Didem, you are one of the best dancers in the WORLD!  Pay no attention to the “negative” comments by the naysaying Dance Police.   Keep on doing those great dances, using any dance style mix that you like!

The wait is over!  Tonight is the Season 14 premiere of Dancing with the Stars at 8/7 Central!  I can’t wait to see Steve Urkel dance!  Then Castle is doing a dance-related episode at 10/9 Central.  This will be fantastic night of dancing for any all dance styles that you love, whether it’s ballroom, bellydance, Turkish, Flamenco.  Dancing makes the world a better place to live in.

 

 

 

 

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Dance Step Tribute 3/2/12: The Twist (circa 1960), What is your favorite dance memory of The Twist?

Twist1Dance Step Tribute 3/2/12: The Twist (circa 1960)

Where were you in 1960?  I know, I know, most of you were not born yet.

I’m not claiming to be as old as Methuselah, but hey I was there back in the early 1960s.

I watched my Mom & Dad dance back then, because back then they were young and cool.  So the kids tried to be like them and imitate stuff they did.  Some imitated stuff was good, some not so good.  I envied the grown ups drinking coffee during the day and my Dad drinking beer with my uncles later that night in our garage.  I used to steal sneaks of coffee as well as beer.  Maybe that explains why I still drink coffee and beer today, LOL.  Our garage had the first MAN CAVE I ever seen.  We lived on 34th & Flora and the garage had the popcorn ceiling with the gold glitter.  Popcorn ceilings are tacky now, but back then I loved the glitter and of course later on being a Belly Dancer, anything with Bling, Shimmer & Shine!  I still have dreams about being in that garage and watching my Dad drink Miller Beer with Uncle Nathaniel, Jackie, and the rest of the gang.Twist2

My family danced!  Mom & dad, my aunts and uncles.  So when they did the newest dances like the Twist, the Funky Chicken the Jerk, whatever, the kids imitated them.  My Aunts Forestine and Ernestine were younger than Mom & Dad, so they brought the newest steps to the family and after the kids learned the “new” dances, we tried to get attention by performing them.  So the first dance that I remember performing for attention was the TWIST.  Boy, if only the “cool” uncle that had the only video camera could have filmed us back then.  You know that all 8 mm and that to be developed and used for only very special occasions, not something as common as the kids trying to dance.

It was so cool when Mom & Dad would call upon you to dance.  Not my brothers & sisters, but me –  ha, ha.  Sometimes they called another kids to dance and brag about said kid and ask the whole family to watch, so when you got your turn to dance the newest dance, you better do your best or next time, they might not ask you.  Hmmm, no wonder I wanted to go to dance school and then later on became a belly dancer.

Twist3I loved watching Len Goodman dance the Twist on Dancing with the Stars.  It was a treat to see Chubby Checker performing after 50 years.  Damn, has it been that long?  Rock on Len Goodman!  Rock on Chubby Checkers!  Rock on The TWIST!!!

 

 

The Twist was a dance inspired by rock and roll music. It became the first worldwide dance craze in the early 1960s, enjoying immense popularity among young people and drawing fire from critics who felt it was too provocative. It inspired dances such as the Jerk, the Pony, the Watusi, the Mashed Potato, the Monkey and the Funky Chicken, although none were as popular. The dance was inspired by “The Twist,” Chubby Checker‘s 1960 cover of the B-side of Hank Ballard & The Midnighters‘ 1959 single, “Teardrops on Your Letter”. From Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twist_(dance)

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Dancer Tribute 2/25/12: Carrie Ann Inaba (Honolulu, HI). What is your favorite dance scene or judging comment by Carrie Ann Inaba?

Carrie1WHERE WERE YOU IN 1990?

I was probably plunked down on my sofa in front of the TV waiting to watch one of my all-time favorite shows, In Living Color.

I already LOVED some favorites on the show like Keenan Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, and Kim Wayans.  But who know that the people in that show who were “unknown” sort of back then, would become so POPULAR TODAY?  Like:

 

  • Jim Carrey
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Jamie Foxx
  • David Allen Grier
  • Carrie Ann Inaba

Hey Carrie Ann, you were jamming those dance moves back in the 1990s.  You need to teach us some of smooth moves, LOL.

Carrie4All kidding aside.  I like watching Carrie Ann as a judge on Dancing with the Stars.  I know that sometimes she can be mean, bitchy, snarky or even seem FAKE, LOL.  But what I love most about her is 2 things:

  1. 1.  She always has the other judges backs.  She took up for Len when Maks was disrespectful and made a comment to Maks to show respect.  I respect her for demanding respect.
  2. 2.  She gives encouragement to the dancers who are really trying to put forth the effort, even if their dance ability does not show it yet.  At home, we might be wishing that celebrity will be the first to go.  And I love it when Carrie Ann is the last judge to give a comment.  Especially when Bruno and Len have been brutal. She seems to take the dancer’s fragile ego in mind and cut them a bit of slack by giving them some hope, rather than tearing them to shreds.  Not to say Carrie Ann, won’t get real and tell ‘em how bad they are in a minute.

Carrie3But those who are really trying, I can’t imagine how horrible they must feel inside.  They are worried about remembering the choreography, costume mishaps, falling, dancing in front of millions of people.

I love it when Carrie Ann shows kindness and sympathy because sometimes as a dancer you need that encouragement and hope, 100 times more than hearing what you did wrong.  She puts a POSITIVE spin on her critiques by saying what they did RIGHT!  Right on Carrie Ann.

TRIVIA QUESTION:  Who played one of the twins, fook me fook yu, in the movie, Austin Powers. The Spy Who Shagged Me?

 

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Dance Choreographer Tribute 2/13/12: Napoleon & Tabitha “NappyTaps” (Sherman Oaks, CA). What is your favorite dance by the Napoleon & Tabitha “NappyTaps”? Does Lady Gaga hate NappyTaps?

NappyTaps1Dance Choreographer Tribute 2/13/12: Napoleon & Tabitha “NappyTaps” (Sherman Oaks, CA)

I love shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars so much.  Why?  Because it gives professional, amateur and celebrity (sometimes non-dancers) a chance to dance and shine with the best choreographers and dancers in the country.

When I watch both shows, I know in advance that I am watching and waiting for my favorite dancers and choreographers to shine.  On Dancing with the Stars I know that anything “touched” by Louie Van Amstel, Cheryl Burke, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Mark Ballas and Lacey Schwimmer is going to please and entertain me, regardless of their partners.

And on So You Think You Can Dance, my favorite choreographers are Doriana Sanchez, Napoleon & Tabitha  AKA NappyTaps,  Sonya Tayeh, Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin and Nakul Dev Mahajan.  I am usually ALWAYS going to love their choreography, unless the dancer really, really screw it up.  Some other choreographers that I enjoy on the show are Travis Wall, Tyce Diorio, Mandy Moore &  Nigel Lythgoe.  Wait, what – Nigel Lythgoe???  Nigel is brilliant when he choreographs and performs Tap Dance!!!  Tyce “stopusingthesamestepsandmakingtheBroadwaydanceslookjustlikeBobFossechoreographies” Tyson!

I am so glad that SYTYCD makes Disco and Bollywood Dance available for the masses and allows these unique dance forms on the show.  I hope they add Belly Dance to show show one day, Nigel – hint, hint!

I was SHOCKED when I watched an episode of SYTYCD last July when Lady Gaga was a guest Judge.  Boy, she really did not like Napoleon & Tabitha (NappyTaps)!  She was hating on them and talking trash.  I wonder why?  But more importantly that was not the time and place to air any personal grudges.  I thought it was very unprofessional and as an audience member, I felt very uncomfortable when she starting her negative comments.

What did they do to piss off Lady Gaga?  And why is she hating on NappyTaps? Does anyone know?

By the way, I love the new show Mobbed, featuring choreography by the darling and talented dance duo NappyTabs, be sure to catch it this week on FOX.

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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 1/6/12: Mark Ballas (Houston, TX)

Mark ShawnDancer Tribute 1/6/12: Mark Ballas (Houston, TX).  I have Mark Ballas on my mind today.  I was just watching him on HGTV Hollywood at Home and today I was reading my daily DWTS blog and ran across his name.  One of my all-time favorite dances on Dancing with the Stars was Mark & Chelsea Kane performing the Viennese Waltz on Season 12 Week 4 April 11, 2011, to ,music from Harry Potter "Hedwig’s Theme" by John Williams.  I did not realize that Mark was nominated for an Emmy Award for that choreography.  It was a great dance, lots of fun, I loved the way Mark captured the spirit of the movie in the dance.  I was shocked that Len Goodman did not like it.  He only gave them an 8, and they got a 9 each from Carrie and Bruno.  I think he should have gotten 10-10-10.  I wonder if Len ever thought that choreography would be nominated for an Emmy when he was complaining about it?  I love it when Mark’s parents are on DWTS.  I love, love, loved Corky Ballas, especially when he was paired with Cloris Leachman and Florence Henderson.  Cloris was so funny on DWTS, she was not the best dancer, but she was certainly the best entertainer.  I wish she had made to the finals, I would have tuned in each week just to watch.  And it was good to see the sensuous side of Florence Henderson after playing goody-2-shoes mom Carol Brady all those years.  I thought that Florence and Corky did a great job on their Rhumba to “Yesterday” even though it shocked some people to see the sexy side of Carol Brady.  Corky has trained many of Dancing with the Stars professionals including Karina Smirnoff, Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Tony Dovolani, Edyta Sliwinska, Alec Mazo, Brian Fortuna, Jonathan Roberts, Anna Trebunskaya, Jessie DeSoto and, his son, Mark Ballas.   I also loved it when Shirley Ballas appeared on Dancing with the Stars 2011 week 7 to mentor Romeo & Chelsie on the Samba.  Whoops, I got off track about Mark.  Any who, I love his dancing and love to see him play guitar almost just as much.  Mark is a very talented young man from a very talented family!

 

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