‘Dancing With the Stars’ will be one star short this season when professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer leaves the show. On Friday, Schwimmer confirmed via Twitter that she will not be returning to the show for another season.
In a tweet to her fans, she wrote, “Hey twitterbugs! I will not be doing DWTS this season. But be sure to tune in! <3." Soon after her initial tweet about leaving the show, Schwimmer wrote, "I'm off to bed! I'm sad I will not be on this season of dwts too yall! Biglove<3".
Schwimmer, a former 'So You Think You Can Dance' contestant, has been a member of the DWTS cast since 2008.
She has served as a dance partner to Lance Bass, Steve-O and Mark Dacascos. Schwimmer's highest finish was with Bass, who finished in third place during season 7.
We are not sure if it is this year’s performers, that the show is not aging well or if we miss Chloris Leachman, but however you cut it, last night put us in snooze mode. At least one of us found ourselves in dreamland before the show was over.
We couldn’t even do a recap on that show. But here it is in a 2 minute clip, without the 2-hour cumbersome huhumm…
What do you do if you have a show that puts your audience to sleep?? Take the worst possible performers and have them do it again in a dance-off. Great idea!! ZZZZZZ.
It came down to Steve Wozniak versus Belinda Carlisle in a dance off. As we watched, we were begging for Cloris Leachman, these two are so bad.
Belinda was awful and just has no grace when dancing ballroom, which is surprising considering her past in the Go-Go’s. This week, we are sorry to say she is a Go Go Goner. Wozniak lives for another week, but there is little doubt he will be gone next week.
Our favorites are Melissa & Tony, Gilles & Cheryl, and Shawn and Mark who come across as more than half professional. These are likley to be the top 3 couples, and don’t see anyone catching them.
1 Lil’ Kim & Derek – While being a bit awkward in her first week, Kim did quite well. She has glamour and style, but she is also sexy. There is also a personality that shines though that brings her to the front of the line. Major distraction is she is short relative to Derek, and it makes her legs look awkward. Our score for her (8/10)
2 Belinda & Jonathan – Belinda was energetic with the Go-Go’s and so we expected energy in her dance. It wasn’t there. The slow dance is difficult to pull off early because it is inherently boring to watch unless you are superb and Belinda wasn’t. We will be kind. (6/10)
3 Lawrence & Edyta – Lawrence was a big black post. Not much movement, no soul, no personality at least during the dance. He was stiff and awkward, and he proved that he could not tackle this challenge. (5/10)
4 Steve-O & Lacey – It must be tough to constantly be called the Jack Ass. Of course, it is the symbol of the Democratic Party, so perhaps it is in style. Steve-O was stiff, but he made the moves when he had to to keep from looking as bad as Lawrence did. Not great. (5/10)
5 Gilles & Cheryl – OK, we had trouble discerning which dancer was the teacher and which was the student in this performance. Gille was the best of the night and is incredible with his grace and coordination. We think we have a winner. (9/10)
6 Chuck & Julianne – Nicely done, albeit a bit boring. The couple never caught our interest, but we have to give some kudos for the quality of the dance. (7/10)
7 Holly & Dmitry – Not enough practice, and it was evident. We are huge fans of Dmitri’s style so we think he will bring Holly into this competition, but at this point, she kept seeming to forget what she was doing. One minute we would think she was on track and hot, and the next we had no idea what she was doing, but it didn’t seem like dance. Holly only had 48 hours to rehearse a replacement for Jewel, who had to withdraw, and because she had her moments, she could definitely come back from this performance. (6/10)
8 Ty & Chelsie – The judges were harsh on Ty. He has a real cowboy stiffness about him he has to chake though, to come across as a serious ball room dancer. He has the ability to remember the moves, but is so stiff like he had broken every bone in his body riding the bulls. He also has this odd thing going on with his hands that make
him look like he is snapping his fingers. Grace, unfortunately was lacking. (5/10)
9 Shawn & Mark – Shawn did not look like this during the Olympics. She has matured and looks every bit the woman the others in the competition do. She has elegance and grace and uses her ability to remember her gymnastics moves to her advantage when recalling her steps in the dance. She occasionally looks like she is completing a floor dance or other gymnastics performance, but overall, smooth. (7/10)
10 Steve & Karina – Steve dances like an Apple. He rolls around and is rotten to the core. By far, he was the worst of the night. Painful to watch. (3/10)
11 David & Kym – David and Kym ate up the floor, but the performance got a tad boring at times. David can move fairly gracefully and we like him, but he has to take himself more seriously for us to. Overall a commendable performance. (6/10)
12 Denise & Maks – Not happening for us. Denise was graceful in many ways, but just not in tune with the dance. We were not excited about the performance. (6/10)
13 Melissa & Tony – Melissa has dance training and it shows. She gets every move on point and, despite being a replacement and only having two days to prepare, she was on point and beautiful. Loved the performance, the outfit and the style. (8/10)
In order of score, with the worst first
1. Steve & Karina
2. Lawrence & Edyta
3. Steve-O & Lacey
4. Ty & Chelsie
5. David & Kym
6. Denise & Maks
7. Holly & Dmitry
8. Belinda & Jonathan
9. Shawn & Mark
10. Chuck & Julianne
11. Melissa & Tony
12. Lil’ Kim & Derek
13. Gilles & Cheryl
There you have it. The judges may have had it slightly different, but overall, we think everyone will agree, the first contestant to depart will have to “shuffle” out. Steve was awkward and comical to watch.
Dancing with the Stars painfully revealed their participants for the popular dance competition tonight on ABC. They spread the pain in commercial segments over three hours of ABC Sunday night programming. Whatever works to get folks to watch those commercials. TGFT (Thank God For Tivo!).
The competition begins March 9 (8/7c).
The contestants are, in the order we heard them:
1. L’il Kim – Grammy Award winning, American multi-platinum rapper and singer.
2. Steve-O – Daredevil performer and television personality, best known as one of the performers on the TV series Jackass and on Wildboyz.
3. Nancy O’Dell – won the Miss South Carolina pageant in 1987 and represented the state at Miss America 1988. co-host of Access Hollywood.
4. Lawrence Taylor – retired Hall of Fame American football player.
5. Shawn Johnson – Gymnast extraordinaire, 2008 Olympic women’s balance beam gold medalist, the individual all-around silver medalist,the 2007 all-around World Champion, and the 2007 and 2008 U.S. all-around champion.
6. Chuck Wick – American country music artist.
7. Gilles Marini – Actor
8. Denise Richards – American actress and former fashion model.
9. Belinda Carlisle – American singer and the lead vocalist of the all-female band The Go-Go’s.
10. David Alan Grier – American actor and comedian.
11. Steve Wozniak – American computer engineer who founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs.
12. Ty Murray – former champion rodeo cowboy.
13. Jewel – American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, and poet.
Confirmed Pros performing this season are Reigning champion Derek Hough, Season 6 winner Mark Ballas, and two-time winners Cheryl Burke and Julianne Hough (who will be paired with boyfriend and country singer Chuck Wicks).
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff are also returning on the show this season.
Former So You Think You Can Dance contenders Chelsie Hightower and Dmitry Chaplin will be joining Lacey Schwimmer, last season’s So You Think You Can Dance pro, who also returns this season.
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.
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.
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