Dancing With the StarsSeason 11
Posted 02 November 2010 - 04:27 PM
Probably the best bit was seeing the all-time fan favorites -- Mel B, Emmitt, Kelly Osbourne, Gilles and Drew -- as guest judges. (I cannot bring myself to put Helio in this category -- I am STILL bitter that he beat Mel B in Season 5.) Seeing some of the greatest contestants from seasons past was unintentionally telling as their presence put into sharp relief the general dreariness of the show and the current contestants. Drew, in particular, harkened back to a better time when, as another poster wrote on a different board, the show was full of, "charm, innocent fun, spontaneity and unpredictability."
For the life of me, I cannot figure out what is going on with Jennifer Grey. She is SO emotional -- is this real or is she just being "actressy"? Honestly, I don't know if she will make it to the end even if she survives tonight.
We will see who goes tonight. I don't have a clue whose number is up . . .
Posted 02 November 2010 - 08:19 PM
Posted 03 November 2010 - 03:08 PM
1. She forgets steps in her routines too many times.
2. Although she has lovely legs and works them correctly, her upper body is always stiff and disengaged.
3. She doesn't really show much enthusiasm about being a contestant on the show. In fact if you put up a screencap of Bristal's face as she was about to get a root canal next to a screencap of her learning routines or actually dancing them on the show it would be the same darn face!
4. Based on confessional footage, she clearly does not want to be there. She's not having fun, she misses her kid and her family. She didn't come right out and say "Hey, stop voting for me. I WANT to go home!", but it was pretty darn close.
She seems like a sweet girl in over her head and uncomfortable as a contestant on the show. I think people should not vote for her next week and put her out of her obvious misery. Unfortunately, I don't think that's going to happen.
I love Maks but I just can't get behind Brandy. Girl seems too desperate. Jennifer Grey is a fighter but I think she's just breaking down little by little. It's a shame, she's a lovely dancer. Kurt has Anna,which is a big plus in my book! Nice guy, just not a good enough dancer to be in the semi-finals.
So that leaves Kyle. Not the best dancer out there by any means, but I'm actually rooting for him to win. He works hard, he's improving, he's charming and when he's on the dance floor magic happens. I know he's a long shot to even make the semi-finals, but he's the only one left I actually care about enough to vote for.
Posted 03 November 2010 - 04:17 PM
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
Rick has a nice personality and a good work ethic but he had reached the limit of what he was going to achieve. (The extreme height differential between Rick and Cheryl wasn't helping matters, either.) It wasn't his time -- Bristol for sure needed to go -- but, as he wasn't going to win in any event, his wasn't an unfair boot.
I still think Kurt and Bristol are headed to the Final 3 but I'm not so sure about Jennifer any more. She is so high strung at the moment -- people may not vote for her out of fear that continuing in the competition will cause some kind of nervous collapse!
Posted 04 November 2010 - 12:39 PM
Posted 04 November 2010 - 03:25 PM
Rick really got sunk with the show's gimmick of the week. The quickstep was always going to be difficult for him with the closed hold and the extreme height difference, but having to use Julianne and Helio's choreography really made it an almost impossible task. The choreography was really put together for relatively short, but well-matched dancers with uber-perky personalities and Rick and Cheryl are really the complete opposite. Without Cheryl being able to put something together more suited to Rick's strengths and weaknesses (and really her own strengths and weaknesses since Cheryl's not even close to as good a Standard dancer as Julianne), I thought there was a good possibility he might be going home.
As an aside, I was really amused by the apple boxes the producers must have been putting Cheryl on for the backstage interviews. It was fascinating seeing how Cheryl grew to be the same height as Derek Hough!
I can't remember if there is any judges vote in the final, but even if there is, the votes will be so close that the public vote will determine the winner. The judges are always pretty generous to whoever is in the final no matter how terrible they are. Actually, you can pretty much tell who is getting major public support because no matter how bad they are and how little they are improving, their judges comments become much more positive about halfway through the season. The producers don't like to come across as telling America that their favorites are not very good.
Posted 04 November 2010 - 04:03 PM
Posted 11 November 2010 - 04:26 PM
Kurt Warner and Anna Trubinskaya
Much like Rick Fox, Kurt was a hard worker and had a nice personality. But, he had reached the end of the line with what he was going to achieve (at least within the context of this show.) So, his was not an outrageous boot.
We (and the show) now face an interesting prospect -- Bristol Palin could win the mirrorball trophy. Based on what we have seen so far, she would be the least deserving contestant of the four who remain (and the least deserving winner ever.) In the past, the show has always managed to dodge the bullet of a clearly undeserving contestant winning it all on the back of a motivated voting bloc. Probably the closest the show has ever come to the nightmare scenario happening was when Sara Evans kept advancing despite being the worst dancer on the dancefloor. Mercifully, she quit before we found out how deep she would have gone.
If Bristol wins, I will be interested to see if it provokes a backlash from the casual viewer along the lines of "clearly, this show is just a popularity contest and has nothing to do with who is the best dancer." (In truth, the audience vote has never been entirely about dancing but the "best" dancer usually prevailed in the end -- except Season 5 when Helio STOLE the mirrorball trophy from Mel B!!!) In trying to bump up ratings by courting controversy through Bristol (because of her love-her-or-hate-her mother) the show may end up achieving a short-term gain at its own long-term expense. We'll see.
Posted 12 November 2010 - 08:01 AM
It shouldn't, as it's the "casual viewers" that keep voting for Bristol. Yeah, I keep forgetting that too.
Posted 12 November 2010 - 12:47 PM
Posted 12 November 2010 - 04:21 PM
Posted 12 November 2010 - 08:04 PM
I doubt it. This show has never been about the best dancer, and it's been quite obvious since the beginning when Kelly Monaco won on the back of a huge General Hospital fanbase. Actually, I think the "best" dancer has won a few times, but mediocre dancers have won just as often, and more than a few downright poor dancers have made it to the finals.
What I find interesting about Bristol is that as much as she is getting significant support for reasons other than her dancing, she seems to inspire a hostile reactions for non-dancing reasons as well. Bristol's not a very good dancer, but I think she's nowhere near the worst dancer ever on the show. Even if she won, I don't think she'd be the worst ever winner. Kelly Monaco really was very, very bad.
DWTS is actually quite studious about avoiding being characterized as a game-show. If you'll notice, the only thing the winners receive is the (worthless) mirrorball trophy; there is never anything that can be characterized as a prize of any real value. By staying on the "reality show," side of the FCC's dotted line, the producers are able to play fast and loose with the rules of the show (what are they?) and the judges don't have to maintain any consistency (my commentary on this is long and involved). This also gives them a lot of leeway on the issue of robo-calling and vote manipulation which has come up more than once on this show, and I'll be interested in seeing how this comes out if really is as big of an issue as some have alleged this year.
Posted 12 November 2010 - 08:18 PM
If Bristol wins, just think how it can be integrated into that OTHER reality TV show. Maybe Ms. Palin can ask her daughter if she feels differently now that she won the mirrorball trophy, and Bristol can say 'In what respect, Charley?'
Posted 16 November 2010 - 07:08 PM
Brandy and Maks Chermkovsky
Well, my prediction for the Final Three was two-thirds correct -- Jennifer and Bristol made it w/ Kyle filling Kurt's spot. I see Kyle placing third w/ the Dirty Dancing and Sarah Palin fanbases duking it out for first place. Poor Bristol -- she may be praying that she doesn't win!
Posted 16 November 2010 - 07:54 PM
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