Queen of those Damned Vampires! Mardi Gras!

Vampire Queen

Queen of those Damned Vampires!

February, 2004; New Orleans, LA

Mardi Gras was in full swing around them and Team DWSDS/SYTYCV was having Rice & Easy Beans Jambalaya to celebrate. They couldn’t eat too much because they had the Ballroom dance to go to late, but you can’t go to New Orleans and not have jambalaya. While they ate though, they discussed their routine again. Benji Swimmer would partner with Laci Swimmer, Purtrid Andriod would dance with Beryl Clerk, and Herek Duff would glide across the floor with Geliana Girard at his side. Mad Max Prince Charming was the odd one out, but that worked perfectly for their routine. Mad Max would take turns stealing the female partners andMaks dancing with them. The others would pretend not to know where she had gone and her partner would search for her until Max let her go and she seemed to “reappear” to the group. Mad Max Prince Charming was really the best dancer of them all, so it would be the story of the strange man sweeping away the lady from her other lover. When they got back to their original partner, they wouldn’t be able to dance the same as they had before.

Just as they finished, they noticed a rather lavishly dressed woman walking by. Her gown was flamboyant and composed of very fine fabrics. The black was darker than any other material that anyone had ever seen and the red was such a deep color that it looked like she was wearing blood. Naturally she drew everyone’s attention and they could see many people taking pictures. A chill went through the collective group; they recognized her as the Vampire Queen. Cheryl BurkeThis could only mean trouble. The Vampire Queen only appeared publicly when she was about to do something. What could she possibly have up her sleeve? “Thank you, darlings for all of this delicious attention. If you want to see more of me, I’ll be at the Ballroom Dance competition tonight. I promise that no one will forget 2004 after my group’s performance.” Well that solved one problem; they knew where she would be and had an easy excuse to be there. But what was it she was planning?

The team spent the day worrying about what would come and Geliana cast several spells to keep an eye on what was going on. Finally, they entered the competition hall and the competition began. All eyes were on the Vampire Derek HoughQueen when it was her team’s turn to dance. She danced elegantly and everyone was enraptured, but Team DWSDS/SYTYCV focused on something else. She was using her dance moves to draw a spell pattern on the floor. Geliana had to strain to keep from screaming. The Vampire Queen was summoning Hurricane Katrina!

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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 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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