Shawn Johnson is the youngest competitor in the history of Dancing with the Stars. In tonight’s season ender, she makes history as the youngest competitor to ever win the coveted ‘mirror ball’ trophy along side season 6 winner professional dancer Mark Ballas.
Shawn is also the third Olympian medalist to win in Dancing with Stars in eight seasons. Well, they only had three ever and all three won! Is it their competitive spirit, focus and precision that sets these Olympians apart from other celebrities? Or is it America’s love for the Olympic sports that wins the votes for them? It is interesting to note that Figure skating Olympic champion Kristi” Yamaguchi was the season 6 celebrity champion and she won the title with Mark Ballas.
We thought for sure Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke would win. They are perfect partners and they came so close. Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani were at their best but it wasn’t enough for the fans.
Shawn Johnson + Mark Ballas = winning combination! Congratulations!
First a gold medal, now the DANCING WITH THE STARS trophy! Hollywood 411’s Megan Tevrizian talks to Shawn Johnson about her big win!
Tonight was not a close competition. Why? Because last week, they eliminated a real talent and left behind a wanna be. We like Ty, but he isn’t in the same league. Lil Kim was. We have no idea what the audience was thinking. All they did was make it easy to kick out Ty this week.
There were no surprises. Melissa came in next to last, and you know, in this competition, that is close to right. Melissa is spectacular. We think she has all the correct moves and the chance to be a professional, but in this instance, she is number 3.
Gilles and Shawn are the two stars here. And when they put it all on the line, there is not one person in DWS history that matches either of them.
That said, we love Shawn best. She is America’s sweetheart. She has only one problem, she is short, and she makes it up by hitting every stride and rhythm despite her shorter stature. It seems obvious to us that this competition comes down to Gilles and, well, it belonged to Gilles. Either way, we would be happy with the result. May the best ‘dancer’ win!
Lil Kim was our safe bet going into at least Top 4 in Dancing with the Stars. She has had some strong performances throughout the competition and been a consistent high scorer in the judges board. Being partnered with current professional champ Derek Hough should have also added to creating a winner out of her.
We can’t fathom how Ty Murray managed to outlast Chuck Wicks in April 28 results and now Lil Kim going into the semi-final rounds. Sure he is perhaps the most improved dancer but still that doesn’t make him one!
We didn’t realize a rodeo athlete could have so many fans over a rapper/singer and a country music singer! Or is it the Chelsie Hightower magic and “beginner’s luck” debuting into Dancing with the Stars as a professional partner? We’ll see but they must go.
A Gilles vs Melissa is more like it or perhaps a Gilles vs Shawn in the finale. We can see Gilles in the finals loud and clear but we’re seeing a battle between Shawn and Melissa for the Top 2 spot. Oh at least this is getting exciting! Our issue is that performance nights compete with 24 and results nights with American Idol, it’s very hard for us to follow this show!!
Last week, the Jack Ass was eliminated. He never had a chance, and now can go back to firing himself out of a cannon or whatever other crazy concocted silliness he can construe.
On the Performance Night Monday, it was all talent.
1. First was Melissa and Tony. We were worried about Melissa because of her first position, which is a position of doom- dancing first!! But she aced it with phenomenal leg work, so fast that sometimes we swear it was barely visible. If this gal is not a pro, she should be. (10/10)
2. Lawrence and Edyta – Lawrence took Edyta out for golf and showed her she had no prayer to do that, so it was difficult for him to do dance. OK, but that won’t make him better than the competition. Lawrence was stuff and weak in his performance. (6/10)
3. Lil Kim and Derek – Lil Kim is so amazing of late, she is shocking. She got a misplaced 8 from the geriatric judge while the other two judges gave her a 10. Because of that she tried to tone down her strong point, which is her sexy personality. It was a miss, but it won’t send her home. (8/10)
4. Chuck and Julianne – OK, tonight Chuck had it completely. He was confident and sexy. He had all the moves and was leading Julianne for a change. We loved it. His footwork was spot on . Even his outfit was great. (10/10)
5. Ty and Chelsie – Ty’s only hope is Lawrence. He was relatively graceful, but he looks like a guy dancing at a country western bar, not a pro. It isn’t fair, because riding bulls isn’t like riding Chelsie Hightower. But then, life isn’t fair and this is a dance competition. (7/10)
6. Shawn and Mark – Shawn has all the moves. And for her young age, she is every bit as sexy as every other woman in this competition. She has spectacular leg movement. She never misses a move. We caught her peeking at Mark once so we can’t give her a 10, but she was awesome. (9/10)
7. Gilles and Cheryl – Well, last week, Gilles wasn’t on his game and ended up lagging. So he came back to kill it, and he did. It is very clear he has had prior dance training, because he looks like as much of a pro as Cheryl. (10/10)
That is it, Lawrence was last, but Ty is at risk as well and would go next week anyway.
So, who would go home on Dancing With The Stars tonight? Would we be right? Let’s see.
No surprises. The bottom two were exactly as we called it. Ty and Lawrence. Lawrence goes back to playing golf and Ty gets one more week.
We feel kind of bad about David Alan Grier. He was eliminated tonight and he is much better than Lawrence Taylor or Ty Murray. His strange mannerisms, however, may have been his downfall in the voting of the audience which killed him despite getting top scores from the judges.
We expect Lawrence to be next to go. He dances like Frankenstein. Clumsy, stiff and straining from dance to dance, he just isn’t in this competition.
Gilles Marini is killing this crowd. He could be training other stars next year. We don’t believe he got this good this year and have to believe this man has danced professionally before. His consistent 9s and 10s could even take out Shawn Johnson and Lil Kim.
In the meantime, though, we will enjoy watching the three leading teams all the way to the final three and we are adding a fourth. Lil Kim, Shawn, Melissa and Gilles. We could just have gone to these four several weeks ago and saved time. They are two points above the others. And Gilles is a point above the other three. If he keeps it up, there is little question about the outcome.
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.