11/10 Dancing With The Stars: Analysis and Predictions

The Ballroom Round:

Cody & Edyta (8/10)

The Fox Trot went off well.  Cody was a little rigid, but hit every move with Edyta.  Being the least mature of the pairs together, it was impressive how well they did.  We liked the performance and think it was top notch, and may have scored it higher had it been later in the night.  Judges: 24.  Exact agreement.

Brooke & Derek (7/10)

Derek started off with a foot placement issue, but their tango looked elegant enough.  The dance didn’t come across as entertaining though.  We were bored so gave them a lower score. Judges always love them though.  So we expect the Judges to look the other way.  But tonight only one judge got it right.  28.  Two of the judges gave them 10s for their slow and awkward steps.  Not sure what that was about.  Cody and Edyta were better.

Maurice & Cheryl  (8/10)

A Paso Doble isn’t new to Maurice, so maybe he can pull this off.  Some great footwork which is Maurice’s talent.  Wanted more upper body movement.  The finish was all Cheryl.  Liked it.  Not spectacular.  Judges: 24.  Again, the judges are right on.  Can we be that wrong about how bad Brooke & Derek were but be this right about this dance?  Hmmm.

Lance & Lacey (7/10)

Catchy tune, but will it be enough.  We are part way through the dance and bored.  It just has no spark.  We were waiting for it all dance, and we just didn’t get it.  The judges gave better words than we would have.  Judges: 26.  Generous and lucky considering what we saw.

Warren & Kym (8/10)

A tango could be difficult for Warren.  Warren looks like he is trying to hard, but Kym is just smooth in everything she does.  A couple of fun leg moves in the mddle showed Warren practiced.  Warren was better this week.  We can do 8s for him.  Judges: 28.  No way.  A 10 for this team was a joke.  10 is supposed to be perfection.  This wasn’t it.

Our strongest disagreement on Brooke and Derek who we found rather weak.

Time for the second round.  In the second round, a solo has to be done for 15 seconds by the challenger.

Cody & Edyta (8/10)

Hot start.  Catchy over the back flip move.  Energetic job by Cody.  Looked professional.  Cody was nailing this dance, but he had a slight drop of Edyta right before the solo.  The solo was a tad corny at the end, but cute.  He ended up leaping on the judges desk.  We rate it pretty high.  The judges just completely missed the jump and early flip move.  Kind of sad really that they seem to have already judged this dance lower. Judges: 24.  Pretty much right on, if they aren’t generous with 10s in dances that don’t merit it.  Note that Julianne will be back next week.

Brooke & Derek (9/10)

Brooke had a great solo, which makes her stand out.  Fast hands, much better dance this than the first.  It was fun, fast energetic and Brooke she has moves.  This was their big dance and clearly moves them up in our rankings.  Judges: 27.  Closer to reality.

Maurice & Cheryl (8/10)

Paso Doble.  Lines look good, but we don’t like Maurice’s facial expression.  Nice cape exchange giving Maurice a chance to shine in his solo with a prop.  Nice ending.  Top notch.  Judges: 24. Once again, right on.

Lance & Lacey (7/10)

The Samba.  Lacy is great, but we are not sure about Lance.  The solo didn’t do it for us.  Lacey isn’t at fault, but we just can’t rate this as high.  This puts Lance at risk.  Can the judges see it differently?  Judges: 24.  Too generous after that solo.

But don’t miss tomorrow.  Benjie Schwimmer (2006 Winner of So you Think You can Dance) will be dancing with sister Lacey and they are always amazing.

Warren & Kym (7/10)

The Jive.  This is a dance Kym can pull off, but it makes Warren looked a bit silly.  His solo just looked like a spazzy end zone dance.  We thought it was cute, but boring overall and rather strained.  Judges: 26.  Way out of line.  It was just not good.  Unclear what they see in Warren.  We just don’t.

Our guess from the brown nosing the the judges did, Lance is at risk and we would send him packing.  However, the judges had Cody and Maurice at the bottom due to some ridiculously over-ratings of Warren and Brooke.

Have to wait for tomorrow night.  DON’T MISS IT, BENJIE SCHWIMMER IS SOMEONE YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS ESPECIALLY DANCING WITH LACEY!


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UPDATED: 11/3 Dancing With The Stars: Recap, Prediction and Results

We are back as we said, now that Cloris is gone. That joke is over so we can move a bit in the real competition.

Warren & Kym (6/10)

Kym dances better than anyone, but Warren is huge. There is nothing else to say about that. He is strong, but extremely awkward. He looks like a guy trying hard at a wedding. One thing good tonight. He wore a vest to hide his stomach. Judges: Way too generous with a 21.

Susan & Tony (8/10)

Great outfits. Bullfighter style. Hand movement by Susan looks stiff. Kicks not very high. Some nice spins. A couple of interesting trick moves. Not sure if it was the outfits, but it was better. Judges: 24. Pretty accurate eh? The judges are getting better.

Maurice & Cheryl (8/10)

Nice start, playing up Maurice’s injury for all it is worth. Cheryl was the show. All eyes are on her as she moves to the max. Cheryl loses an earring, but it doesn’t phase them. As good as Susan and Tony. Judges: 25. Close again. Judges finally getting the gist of it.

Cody & Edyta (7/10)

Julianne had to have her appendix out, so a substitute was called in. Edyta would do what she could to keep Cody in the competition and we have to give them a break. The dance seemed well practiced, but not quite as smooth as we had come to expect from Cody. Steps were in time, some nice spins, but a simple dance. Good enough. If the judges give him a sympathy vote, we shall see. Judges: 22. Again, right on the money. The judges must be taking dance lessons.

Lance & Lacey (9/10)

Lacey had to duke it out with Lance for being a baby this past week, but hopefully they get it together. Nice lines in the dance. Lance complained about dancing barefoot, but did it nicely this week. Decent hand movement. Timing was great. We liked it best of the night.

Len shows he has no clue with his criticisms and disappoints us. We thought he was finally coming around. Judges: 25 (Len was the only 7 and an idiot, the other judges agreed with us).

Brooke & Derek (9/10)

Great swaggering start. Hands high and well formed. Timing right on, but kicks not knock out high. Graceful high leg drag and finale. We liked it too. Judges: 30. It was great. It wasn’t perfect. So perfect 10s is kind of silly, but still it was the best of the night.

Our choice for elimination: Warren & Kym (Can they keep Kym and just ship out Warren?).

But wait, we get a team competition where two teams of 6 get to dance 2 at a time go get an extra point in the scoring next week.

Team 1: (7/10)

The six teams together start very awkward and out of time. When they go into solos, they are OK, each team showing some strengths, but nothing knockout. Lance and Lacey came to the rescue at the end. Some moves were easily the highest quality of the night. Then the six went together again and it was once again awkward. Ending was the only thing in sync. Lance and Lacey saved the dance. Judges:20. Just about right. If it wasn’t for Lance and Lacey this could have been a disaster.

Team 2: (9/10)

Beautiful black gowns on the gals. Nice start in time. Much better timed thtan the first group. Warren was fighting for his life. Still don’t care for him much. But he was good tonight albeit a bit awkward. Maurice looked stiff and nervous, but the moves were hot with Cheryl. And Brooke and Derek topped it off with whipped cream. Finally of all 6 in sync. This almost looked professional. Judges: 29. A bit too generous, but they did win.

Still, despite this, Warren is the weak man in. But this could have place Cody at risk.

Results Night

So, we are down to the Final five and got a small surprise in the elimination.  We thought Cody would go after his poor performances both in the individual competition and the group dance.

The judges standings were:

6. Cody and Edyta
5. Susan and Tony
4. Lance and Lacey
3. Warren and Kym
2. Maurice and Cheryl
1. Brooke and Derek

But ultimately, the audience sent Susan Lucci packing.  Warren was saved by the Team dancing.  That second team was killer.

Well, on to our prediction for next week?  Hmmm.

If Cody doesn’t get back his original partner, he could go.  Warren could too.  Maurice is a big swing kind of performer.  Sometimes great, sometimes sad.  If he has one bad week, he could get sent packing.

Still, they made the top 5!!  Thankfully Cloris didn’t.

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UPDATED: 10/13 Dancing With the Stars Predictions, Who Will Go Home?

Updated: October 15, 2008

After last night’s results 10/14, Rocco Dispirito goes home to his kitchen while Cloris Leachman stays for another week. See you all in two weeks!

Maurice & Cheryl (7/10)

Corny outfits and corny choreography just didn’t help the dance. The moves were OK, but it wasn’t our favorite dance by this duo. Judges: 20. Just about right.

Cody & Julianne (7/10)

Lots of energy, but a couple of stumbles. No gimmicks, straight dance. Judges: 23, OK, we thought the stumbles deserved more of a demerit.

Toni & Alec (7/10)

Once again, Toni is the Belle of the Ball. Where does she get these outfits? At first she didn’t look comfortable. The dance looked simple. Very basis Samba. Kind of boring. Judges: 22,Pretty much right on.

Cloris and Corky (5/10)

Once again a stiff awkward performance. Corky tries to make Cloris look less comical, but she is a stumbler. She gets the elderly sympathy cheer if she does anything right. She was better this week. That isn’t saying much. Judges: 22. OK, we will not be covering next week. The judges are retarded. Until Cloris is gone, this show is a joke.

Rocco and Karina (7/10)

Rocco looks queer in a red frilly shirt. It just doesn’t fit at all. The outfit made the dance look clownish. But the moves are better than last week, so we have to give him a few points for effort. We liked it overall. Judges: 18. To place Rocco behind Cloris in this competition explains why we need a week off from this foolishness.

Susan & Tony (7/10)

Susan is too stiff for the moves they are attempted. She doesn’t have the leg lift so it just looks like she is trying to kick somebody. Some interesting moves, but nothing spectacular. Not a standout. Judges: 24. Again, the judges have no clue. This was nothing special and certainly not the best of the night.

Brooke & Derek (8/10)

They killed it last week and started fast and furious tonight. Derek can kick better than many of the girls. This was the best of the night. Judges 26. How can the judges do this one right on and miss the others so badly? This is the team to beat for the finals.

Lance & Lacey (7/10)

Can Lacey save Lance? This had a clear feel of So You Think You Can Dance. Same style of choreography. Lacey is the show, Lance is just there for the ride. Some great moves, but they didn’t make up for the fact Lacey did 80% of the work. Judges 26. Now we are surprised because Lacey and Lance were better in past weeks and the judges were absurdly hard on them. Hmmmm

Warren & Kym (7/10)

Kym is our favorite dancer of the pros, but Warren is awkward and big. We just have not liked his performances. The judges are seeing something in Warren we just plainly do not see. Watching Warrens belly bounce takes away a bunch from the dance. But Kym could dance with anything or anyone and make them look great. Warren looked effeminate at times, if that is possible for an NFL player. Judges: 22. We can see that. But realize they tied Cloris.

See you in two weeks. Hopefully by then, Cloris will be gone. We figure Rocco is gone tomorrow night with the Cloris sympathy vote. Cloris should go home, but Rocco likely will go back to cooking.

10/7 Dancing with the Stars Results. Who Went Home?

No one goes home tonight, because of the forced departure of Misty May-Treanor due to her injury, but the judges scores will be additive next week, so the low couple at the bottom of the totem pole will have ground to make up in the votes next week.

It comes down to who “WOULD” have been going home rather than who will… for now.

In no particular order, they call out the names, only saying that the last couple has the lowest point total.

1. Brooke & Derek

2. Cloris and Corky (Please!)

3. Maurice & Cheryl

4. Susan and Tony

5. Cody and Julianne

6. Lacey and Lance

7. Warren & Kim

8. Toni and Alec

9. Rocco and Karina (dead last, but they survive)

This show is really getting boorish. We are kind of sick of the show dragging along Cloris. It is a sad joke that is either being supported by the show by fixing the vote for publicity, or it is announcing that this show is the replacement for Lawrence Welk.

If Cloris survives next week, we will take a week off from coverage until she is hopefully gone.


10/6 Dancing in a Bar Review and Recap, Analysis and Sexual Innuendo

Misty May-Treanor is done. She sprained her ankle in practice. She wouldn’t win, so it was a good time to get out. She ruptured her Achilles tendon. So, that is a pretty major injury. And what is interesting about it is that she is the most athletic of anyone here. We hope it wont hurt Misty in volleyball. We know she is competitive, but her age is catching up.

Susan & Tony (7/10)

Susan looks so amateurish. Her movements are like she is dancing karaoke. She looks like someone learning how to dance. Tony, of course, is great, and leads her about, which helps, but she isn’t very good. Her leg lifts get all of six inches off the floor. Tony can throw her around because she is petite, but she doesn’t have it quite. Tony’s legs are much faster and hide her flaws well. And you have to give the gal a point for having fun and effort. Judges: 21.

Lance & Lacey (8/10)

Last week the judges said they didn’t want to see Lacey’s tricks. Stupid, but hey, you have to play by their nonsense rules even if it makes it less fun for the audience. The “tricks” are the art. But the judges aren’t very good so you have to cater to them. They cooled it down for the Waltz this week, leading into very subtle, well choreographed moves with great chemistry. If the judges call these tricks, they should be sent home themselves. Judges: 22 The two judges that gave the 7s are stupid and have it in for Lacey.

Maurice & Cheryl (9/10)

Cheryl looked killer and knew the moves. Maurice came to play. He was using his athleticism jumping over Cheryl’s head. Tons of energy, which is what the Jibe is all about. Maurice failed to impress us in past weeks, but this week, he was all that. Cheryl was still the lead in the dance. If you watch it closely, she actually is throwing him around. Oh, this woman is great. We were wrong, she is better than Lacey. There were some awkward moves where Cheryl had to cover up for Maurice in the middle. He just didn’t know which way to turn. But the finish was dazzling and we had our winner this week. Judges 24. To put in perspective how stupid this is, look at some of the 24s from prior weeks. This was the best dance of the show thus far. But at least they didn’t fall asleep.

Rocco & Karina (6/10)

Rocco tried to start off in a blindfold. We wanted to borrow it for the rest of the dance. It looked like a dance at a wedding dance. They just couldn’t pull it off. Some lame applause from the audience that was obviously bored. It just had nothing going for it despite some cornball shenanigans and nice finish by Karina. Judges: 20. Overdone.

Warren & Kym (8/10)

We believe Warren is the most overrated dancer in this competition next to Cloris. He is somewhat graceful, but his physique is out of touch and awkward. Kym though, is killer and she is on par with Cheryl. And her dress this week was a designer dream. The dress was designed to dance, where some moves were done with the dress rather than with Kym’s hands. Warren looked stiff and like a trainee. He has one advantage. He is strong so when Kym wants to make a move that involves trust in her partner, she knows Warren won’t drop her. But it is a bit difficult watching Warren do a pirouette without laughing. Kym leads Warren so well that it is almost seamless. Kym had Warren dancing on her every whim. She is a classic. If you can make a fat man like Warren look good in dance, you can do anything. Judges: 25. That is kind of close, but Maurice did a better job than Warren ever could. They underscored Maurice and over-scored Warren.

Cody & Julianne (8/10)

Lots of energy, like you would expect from the youngest pair in the competition. Cody didn’t have the legwork down though. He was hopping about but Julianne was the only one dancing in parts. As they progressed, Cody loosened up and got more fun and showed in some moves he has great flexibility. There were parts that could have been great where Cody plays Julianne like a guitar, but he made such stupid faces, he lost the magic of it. Still, this is no elimination couple. Judges: 21. OK. Not good judging in comparison to others, but it keeps them in the running.

Toni & Alec (7/10)

Toni came out wearing a full gown that looked like it was worn by Marie Antoinette. It made for an elegant dance. But it made it very difficult for her to move and for us to see her move despite how loud they made the music. We don’t see elimination, but this was not up to Toni’s usual standards. Judges: 22. Pretty close.

Cloris & Corky (4/10)

Time for the joke of the competition. Should have been eliminated in week one or two. Either this is a setup for entertainment factor or she is drawing a sympathy vote. It ain’t talent. Cloris has to act up to get anything done. Trying to be funny. Every move looks like she belongs in a geriatric ward. She has fun, and we give her credit for still standing afterwards, but she doesn’t compare to the rest of the crowd. At the end her wig came off. It was awful. Judges: 16. Way too generous. Let’s cut the patronizing nonsense.

Brooke & Derek (8/10)

Brooke is elegant and the dress was stunning. Woman have a alight advantage because the professional men can really lead them. Brooke though has very nice lines and very pretty arm movement. The end had Brooke kissing her daughter for a nice heart warming touch. We liked this dance. Judges: 28. Now, we liked this a bunch. But that is way over the top. Still, we liked it and we think Brooke is earning big numbers.


Misty May-Treanor and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy

9/30 Dancing With The Stars Elimination Shocker And Absurd Result

The show was entertaining, but watching it is better than reading it about it, so we won’t waste much time.

Couples that got through:

Toni & Alec

Rocco and Karina

Cody & Julianne

Brooke & Derek

Susan & Tony

Warren and Kym

Maurice and Cheryl

Lance & Lacey

Misty & Maks

Cloris & Corky

Eliminated

Kim and Mark

What can we say. Cloris makes it again. We do not know who would vote for this dancing disaster over Kim, but it doesn’t seem like anyone with any smarts would.

Kim couldn’t have won anyway, so it isn’t too sad, but Cloris should have been gone in week 1-2.

9/29 Dancing With The Stars: Performances and Prediction. Will Cloris Stay Another Week? We Hope Not!

1.      Toni & Alec (8/10)

Toni this week was untouchable in her gown.  She was the bell of the ball by so far, it was seriously unfair.  The only reason anyone would vote against her would be jealousy.  The dance was slow, provocative and sensual.   Judges score: 23.  A slight understatement by the judges, but overall, right on.

2.      Brooke and Derek (7/10)

Great outfits, but the dance was stiff.  They started getting it on in the middle, but there was little chemistry, minimal eye contact, just lots of flash.  Nice finish.  Entertaining, but not as good as Toni and Alec.  Judges score: 24, an overstatement by the judges, but close enough.

3.      Rocco & Karina (6/10)

Last week, Rocco must have cooked his special recipe for the judges to get the score he did.  It was silly. Let’s see what he can do this week.  Karina’s got the moves, but Rocco seems to be mediocre at best.  The choreography was fun with a tray of gems being served up.  Judges score: 16.  Wow, we were generous on this one.  But only by a point or two.  If Rocco survives, he will need a much better recipe next week.

4.      Lance & Lacey (8/10)

OK, we have the couple dancing to “I Kissed A Girl”.  Lance, for you, shouldn’t it be “I Kissed A Boy?”.  Lance did look great, even though the exaggerated lips on his collar looked a big corny.  Good entrance.  The job here is to exploit the fact that Lacey can dance better than anyone in the competition.  Some great moves, between the leg slides, almost SYTYCD quality choreography.   Ending kiss was corny though.  Judges: 20, these judges are way too hard on Lacey.   Won’t hurt much this week though.  If they give Cloris 24 we will just stop watching the show period.

5.      Kim & Mark (6/10)

Kim looked spectacular, but she has had continual problems with her dance having no passion.  She looks like she is just going though the motions; it just doesn’t look right.  There is absolutely no chemistry with Mark. Judges: 17.  Finally, the judges show some aptitude for dance.

6.      Misty & Maks (8/10)

Misty looked mean in the black outfit.  Almost S&M folks.  Would she lead Maks by the leash?  It started stiff.  But the athleticism kicked in and the confidence Misty has showed became evident.  There was a great flip move near the end.  If there were some whips, we would have given an extra point.  Judges: 21.  The judges praised these guys, but ranked Brooke and Derek higher?  Wow.

7.      Maurice & Cheryl (7/10)

Cheryl is incredible as a dancer.  Once she starts moving, you know you are looking at true talent.  Maurice?  Not so much.  He fakes it OK.  This was all Cheryl with Maurice along for the ride.  Judges: 19, just about right.

8.      Cloris & Corky (4/10)

Cloris wore a wig and elaborate Spanish dress to hide her figure.  Good thing.  She is so stiff and awkward.  Corky is good, but this isn’t about him.  Cloris looks like a woman that would struggle to cross the street.  It is just pathetic she is still here.  We gave her an extra point for the dress.  Judges: 15, and that was generous big time.  Risk Elimination!

9.      Susan & Tony (7/10)

Graceful at the start.  Susan fit the dress well, and was better than last week.  Still, she doesn’t excite us when we watch her.  There are no chills.  We give her one thing, there is chemistry with Tony.  Judges: 21, exactly what we thought.

10.  Warren & Kim (6/10)

Kim was over the top in her make-up.  She is so stunning, but this week looked rather Trick or Treat.  She can dance unbelievably though.  The black outfits gave the bullfighter feel.  Warren looked stiff.  Nice walk in the middle towards the front of the stage.  Warren looked like a fat ballerina for most of the rest.  Even Kim couldn’t save it.  Not good, but Kim, fantastic.  Judges: 24, idiotic.  Warren must have threatened or bribed them.  The fact the judges gave them the highest score of the night was complete comedy.

11.  Cody & Julianne (9/10)

Smooth start, nice moves.  Julianne has the body for the short dress she was wearing and Cody looked like he fit with her.  The chemistry and timing were there.  They were our favorite of the night.  Judges: 21.  You would rate Warren Sapp above this dance?  Wow.  We hope the judges have a chance to study dance before this gets too far along.  We would hate to see them ruin the competition with their inconsistency.



9/24 Dancing With the Stars Results, A Sad Joke on America

This will be short and sweet. We covered everything in tonights show last night.

Our feelings about the performances are no different.

They started by letting Jeffrey & Edyta do a goodbye dance. They were cute. Next.

The couples passed through to next week…

1. Cloris & Corky

This was a sad joke on America. There is no way this couple got to the next round legitimately, unless this was some kind of elderly sympathy act. Absolutely pathetic that it will result in the elimination of someone with actual talent.

2. Maurice & Cheryl

Cheryl saved the day!! Maurice will live to dance another day.

3. Misty & Maksim

They get another one right!!

4. Warren & Kym

OK. Warren was much better last night and Kym is so incredible, it is hard to not include her in the competition.

5. Susan & Tony

Marginally in our list to survive.

6. Rocco & Karina

OK, they were mediocre, so we wouldn’t have eliminated them.

8. Lance & Lacey

If they had sent these two packing, we would have stopped covering the show right here and now.

9. Cody & Julianne

Not dissatisfied with this choice.

10.Toni & Alec

If they were indeed in the bottom 2, this was either fixed, or America was off hook. Cloris over Toni Braxton? Is that totally stupid or what?

Ted and Inna go home. All our favorites from last night made it. Cloris, our least favorite, survived, and we know she will remain our least favorite going forward.

Ted and Inna wouldn’t have survived anyway. They tied for worst with several other couples next to the absolute worst, Cloris. Ted was too stiff and Inna just doesn’t have the look of the other women. But to have dangled Toni as next to last was stupid, they were great and our favorite of the night. And to pass through Cloris was a sad joke on America. We really don’t want to see her dance again. *TGFFF.

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