Dancing With the Stars Winter Live Tour Full Schedule

Dancing with the Stars is bringing together 4 Stars and 10 Professional Dancers in a live tour all across North America in 38 days covering 37 cities beginning December 17, 2008 in California and culminating in Pennsylvania on February 8, 2009.

If you’re a fan, this is your chance to see the cast perform the show’s highlight of dances- unfortunately, you won’t get to see 2008 reigning champion, Brooke Burke in the tour.

The Cast

Lance Bass, Maurice Green, Toni Braxton and Marlee Matlin are the only stars performing. Multi-Grammy winner Toni Braxton promises not only to dance but sing her biggest hits as well. That should be a treat for the aficionados! We wonder if N’Sync member Lance Bass is singing too?

Maksim Chmerkovskiy leads the cast of professional dancers alongside Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, Kym Johnson, Alec Mazo, Fabian Sanchez, Edyta Sliwinska and Karina Smirnoff- all of whom are stars in their own rights.

New this season Lacey Schwimmer, best known as a reality TV contestant herself from Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) completes the roll. She is expected to attract not only DWS fans but fans of SYTYCD as well. She will be a refreshing addition to the tour with her unique style and choreography.

Date

Wednesday, December 17

Thursday, December 18

Friday, December 19

Sunday, December 21

Monday, December 22

Saturday, December 27

Sunday, December 28

Monday, December 29

Tuesday, December 30

Friday, January 2

Sunday, January 4

Monday, January 5

Wednesday, January 7

Thursday, January 8

Friday, January 9

Sunday, January 11

Monday, January 12

Tuesday, January 13

Thursday, January 15

Friday, January 16

Saturday, January 17

Sunday, January 18

Tuesday, January 20

Thursday, January 22

Friday, January 23

Saturday, January 24

Sunday, January 25

Tuesday, January 27

Wednesday, January 28

Thursday, January 29

Friday, January 30

Saturday, January 31

Monday, February 2

Tuesday, February 3

Wednesday, February 4

Friday, February 6

Saturday, February 7

Sunday, February 8

Venue

San Diego Sports Arena

Citizens Business Bank Arena

HP Pavilion

Reno Events Center

ARCO Arena

Staples Center

Jobing.com Arena

Orleans Arena

E Center

BOK Center

American Airlines Center

AT&T Center

Sprint Center

i wireless Center (Mark of the Quad Cities)
Allstate Arena

Joe Louis Arena

Air Canada Centre

Wolstein Center

Conseco Fieldhouse

Scottrade Center

US Bank Arena

Nationwide Arena

Sommet Center (Nashville Arena)

St. Pete Times Forum

BankAtlantic Center

Amway Arena (TD Waterhouse)

Gwinnett Center

Greensboro Coliseum

RBC Center

Verizon Center

Mohegan Sun Arena

Mohegan Sun Arena

Dunkin Donuts Center

Wachovia Arena

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Prudential Center

Boardwalk Hall

Wachovia Center

City

San Diego, California

Ontario, California

San Jose, California

Reno, Nevada

Sacramento, California

Los Angeles, California

Glendale, Arizona

Las Vegas, Nevada

Salt Lake City, Utah

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Kansas City, Missouri

Moline, Illinois

Rosemont, Illinois

Detroit, Michigan

Toronto, Ontario

Cleveland, Ohio

Indianapolis, Indiana

St. Louis, Missouri

Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Nashville, Tennessee

Tampa, Florida

Sunrise, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Greensboro, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Washington, DC

Uncasville, Connecticut

Uncasville, Connecticut

Providence, Rhode Island

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Uniondale, New York

Newark, New Jersey

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

11/25 Dancing With The Stars Finale. It is OVER! Winner gets Perfect Score!

Was there a way for Lance or Warren to come back from their deficit to Brooke going into the final night.  Brooke needed a 24 to win, and Warren and Lance could pull off that perfect score for a shocker ending.

Third Place:

Lance & Lacey – Lance needed a perfect score to have a prayer.  They didn’t get it.  The audience didn’t give them the votes for that hip hop last night.

Second Place

Warren & Kym  –  Amazing Warren could get this far at 300 pounds, but Kym would have had to lift him over her head to win.

First Place

Brooke & Derek – Perfect score from the judges two nights running?  You can’t beat that.  Brooke takes the ugliest trophy in show business.

Our reader’s choice to win this year’s Dancing with the Stars with 54% of the votes is also Brooke Burke!

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11/24 Dancing With The Stars Finale, A Clear Winner Emerges, and a Hip Hop Flop

T hey started the show reminding us of some of the best dances each couple had performed earlier in the season, and it was a great segment, because it reminded us of all the competitive pieces we had forgotten that brought the dancers to the finals.

Last week, Lance was the top of the heap. We felt he had a great chance this week and this was his competition to lose.

Tonight’s votes will count for half the total. Tomorrow in a final chance, the judges get to score the other half.

They had to draw numbers to see who would go first. Brooke drew the short straw and had to go first. If she wins going first, she deserves it.

Lance drew going second and Warren gets the finale dance of the night.

So, we will skip all the fluff and get to the competition. The first dance was a combo dance with all three couples dancing the Samba in the Samba Smackdown!

1. Brooke & Derek (8/10)

Derek started great, but Brooke was flat-footed and still. Then they started moving about a minute into the dance. Then, it started to get fun, but Brooke didn’t do it for us. Her knees wee bent and none of the splits or moves looked finale quality to us.

2. Lance & Lacey (9/10)

This is Lacey’s strong point, and she brings Lance into an almost Benjie style. He obviously has more style than any of the other dancers in this segment and the choreography by Lacey is spectacular.

3. Warren & Kym (7/10)

This dance is just too fast for Warren to keep up. He looks awkard and silly, and without Kym to offset his moves he wouldn’t be in the finals. People like his lovable personality, and we have to admit he won us over. But this is a dancing contest, not a personality contest.

Now the judges got in their 2c.

1. Brooke & Derek (28/30)

Way over the top scoring. How you could give that bent knees performance a 10, we have no idea. Lance was way better in this segment, so the judges stole away Lance’s chance if the audience listens to their influence.

2. Lance & Lacey (26/30)

This was sad. Lacey and Lance won this segment of the competition easily. It was more entertaining, better choreographed and had more style than Brooke & Derek. Could they possibly come back after winning a segment, and then losing in the judges’ eyes?

3. Warren & Kym (25/30)

Now, Warren & Kym did lose this round. No question! And it wasn’t close. The scores should have truly differentiated Lance from Warren here. They didn’t.

At this juncture, we had Lance in the lead, Brooke second and Warren a distant third.

So let’s get to the next segment. Free style. The couples get to choose their own dance. And the key here is to pick a memorable song and a dance that the audience has fun with.

1. Brooke & Derek (10/10)

Brooke & Derek chose to dance to “You’re The One I Want” from Grease. Their start was so cute with Brooke using her hand to look like a beating heart in Derek’s shirt. The moves were beyond cute after that; they were professional. Brooke was not missing a step. You have to see the performance to understand how professional this looked. Brooke was leaping off of the judges stands into Derek’s arms, spinning upside down in the very next move with a huge smile on her face as she realized she nailed it. The finale works into a dual tumbling role we cannot describe, so we will show it. Brooke didn’t miss anything; everything was perfect, fun and gave us a chill. We have not given any couple a 10 all season, and we have been under-whelmed by some of Brooke’s earlier performances. Not this time. It was the best dance we have seen on the show. Period. Judges gave all 10s, they agree, it was stupendous.

2. Lance & Lacey (8/10)

Lance & Lacey chose to do a hip hop in the free style. It is so out of character with the typical dance style in the show, and it just didn’t fit. Lacey can pull this kind of dance off, but hip hop for men has to have some butch moves, and honestly, Lance just isn’t butch. It starts off cute with some dancing behind the judges’ stand, but it went downhill from there. The dance never grabbed us. It had no strong theme, Lance couldn’t hit hip hop like we would expect if they really thought this was a finale dance, and most of all, it was just the wrong dance style for this competition. Judges: 27. They were kind.

3. Warren & Kym (9/10)

Warren & Kym did a more formal dance, at least at the start. Kym knows Warren is very strong. Lifting her is effortless, so the couple focused on lifts to get the most out of the dance. The way he can effortlessly spin Kym around made this a winner and placed them ahead of a hapless Lance in this round. Half way through the dance they changed costumes and picked up the pace. And the lifts, flips and moves were fast and furious. Every lift move was killer. Another dance you just have to see to believe. Judges: 28. Pretty much right on.

So who won?

Brooke brought it tonight. She won the night hands down on that last dance. Lance had his chance, but the hip hop choice in the freestyle was all wrong and done like an amateur. Warren showed us how powerful he really us, but it really served more to dress up Kym than to demonstrate his dance style.

We are calling Brooke the hands down winner tonight. It really wasn’t as close as the judges made it. If she doesn’t screw up badly tomorrow, Brooke takes home the trophy, but Lance and Warren are waiting to steal if it she does.

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11/18 Dancing With The Stars Results, No Shocker Here. Finals Time.

Cody is done.

There isn’t much to say. He was in a dead heat with Brooke last night, but Brooke had been more consistent and strong coming into the week.

Lance is the man to beat, and Lacey isn’t going to let him go quietly. Time for the Finals.

Recap of the dances from last night.

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11/17 Dancing With The Stars: Analysis and Prediction

This is a huge week. Four teams left and each of them with a personality all their own.  We felt Lance was very weak last week.   He could have easily ended up on the plane ride home instead of Maurice.

Cody has been holding on, but is typically at the bottom and comes across as immature which can be offish to the type of audience this show attracts.  He has had to change partners two times.  That makes this a much more difficult task.

Brooke has been fantastic, but we don’t get a personality out of her.  She is just a dancer to us.  But she does have talent and flexibility that makes her look rather professional, albeit anonymous.

We finally realized what it is Warren portrays when he performs.  It had escaped us, but the lovable, awkward large character he portrays is a living Shrek.  He dances just like we would expect Shrek to dance in Shrek 5.   It makes him lovable, albeit of minimal dance talent.  He has a smooth technique, but the judges have been overly generous with him.  We don’t think that with any dancer other than Kym, he would have gotten this far.

So, let’s get into it.

Round 1:

Dance 1:  Brooke & Derek (7/10)

The couple had to dance the Jive, and it was energetic and fun.  Brooke falls off some stairs backwards into Derek’s arms, which is very difficult to master.  But from there on in the dance didn’t grab us.  In some places it looked like moves could have been missed, and even if they weren’t, the move that resulted wasn’t impressive.  This wasn’t up to Brooke’s standard.  Judges: 21.  Exactly on the mark, and we may have been generous.

Dance 2: Cody & Julianne (7/10)

Time for a Paso Doble.  Very unique choreography, but it didn’t help Cody loosen up.  And in fact, it was very difficult to identify what dance they were doing.  Sometimes, it looked right, other times it just looked like a free style or perhaps contemporary dance.  Cody was not perfectly in step either, which made it difficult to give him top scores.   He did some interesting moves, but they had little to do with the dance.  We think with the couple being back together after Julianne missing two dances, they should have stuck to basics.  Judges: 22

Dance 3: Warren (Shrek) and Kym (8/10)

Kym is the one that catches your eyes and makes the dance.  They give a ton of credit to Warren for capturing the audience, but without Kym, he is just a big relatively awkward guy that dances kind of flat footed.  But we give them credit.  They kept the dance what it was.  They didn’t get too tricky with leaps and throws.  They did a Mamba, which is what they were supposed to dance.  Judges: 24.  So far, the judges are in direct agreement with us.  That doesn’t happen too often.

Dance 4: Lance & Lacey (9/10)

Time for another Mambo, Lance & Lacey broke out in step and did a very hot Mambo.  The dance wasn’t overdone, which we like.  No crazy over the top moves out of chracter with the dance.  Lance was totally believable in his moves and was actually NSYNC (whoops, couldn’t resist).  He has also picked up some of Lacey’s style, which makes him stand out as unique.  Finally, his facial expressions come across as fun and endearing without being corny looking like Cody.  This was clearly the best of the four teams.  Judges: 28

Round 2

Dance 1: Brooke & Derek (8/10)

The Salsa can be hot, but it shouldn’t be too crazed.  There was a smart choice of costumes that had flash but not too much glitz.  The moves weren’t the best we have seen, but clearly Brooke was better this time and more in the groove with Derek.   There were no obvious major flaws except the spin at the end was too much and nearly broke off Brooke’s arm.  Judges: 28 (Over the top, just not that good, a 10 was way out of line)

Dance 2: Cody & Julianne (8/10)

The Salsa once again, and Cody started stiff.  They were in step, but the moves Cody performs, especially when he shakes his hips, just don’t do it for us.  There were a couple of missed moves, but some spins that required difficult hand moves and complex lifts and Cody pulled them off wonderfully, so he made up for the minor slips.  Finale was excellent.  Judges: 24.  Not fair that the judges differentiated Dance 1 & 2 by four points.  Major blunder and totally unfair.  The judges tend to lead the  audience and we don’t like it when they play favorites for no reason.

Dance 3: Warren & Kym (8/10)

Time for the Jitterbug.  Warren did some moves that once again made us think of Shrek.  Once again, Kym steals the show.  But warren was keeping up OK.  And he is very strong, which helps.  Kym exploits that strength to make some daring moves knowing Warren can handle it.  In the middle, Warren just looked awkward to Kym’s grace.  But he finished well.  Still very flat footed.  Judges: 25

Dance 4: Lance & Lacey (9/10)

This week is Lance’s to lose.  Can they Jitterbug to the finale?  Once again, Lacey choreographed a dance that was pure Jitterbug.  Fun moves, but no major deviations from what we would expect in the dance.  That is very smart here.  Don’t overdo it.  A lot of the Jitterbug is expression, and that is Lance’s strong point.  Fast footwork didn’t hurt until he was so fast, HE LOST HIS SHOE!!  He kicked the shoe out of the way and kept right no going without missing a beat. End was great.  We loved it.  Judges: 28

RESULTS:

OK, we are pretty much in agreement with the judges.  They severely overrated Brooke’s second dance though.  Our scores put Lance way out in front, Warren second, and had Brooke and Cody in a dead heat for going home.  The judges gave the edge to Brooke, which we really did not agree with this week.

We think the judges wills way the audience enough to send Cody home, and if you sum up past weeks, Brooke had better scores, so in the tie breaker, even we would send Cody packing.

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Are You Ready for American Idol Season 8?

American Idol, television’s undisputed number one reality television show announces its return for the Eight Season with a two-night, four-hour premiere extravaganza!

This season they’ve created a new twist to the show by adding a fourth judge! That could go either way – a detriment or an advantage! We’ll find out…

Tune in for more news and info. Meanwhile, keep the dates:

Eight Season Premiere

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, January 13 and 14

8/7pm on FOX

Remember the past seven Idol winners?

Season 1: Kelly Clarkson, 20, from Burleson, TX

Season 2: Ruben Studdard, 25, from Birmingham, AL

Season 3: Fantasia, 19, from High Point, NC

Season 4: Carrie Underwood, 21, from Checotah, OK

Season 5: Taylor Hicks, 29, from Birmingham, AL

Season 6: Jordin Sparks, 17, from Glendale, AZ

Season 7: David Cook, 25, from Blue Springs, MO

Season 8: ????



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