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Dancing with the Stars – Season 7, Week 1

I’ve been trying to get my blog written but with three nights of DWTS, it was very difficult. I had a lot of t.v. watching to do.
A lot of couples to start the season out with. By now, as you know Jeffrey Ross and Edyta Sliwinska have been eliminated. I wish Edyta would have had a different partner. I really love watching her dance. I’m usually tired though after just one of her dances – I try to hold in my stomach the entire time. Not easy. Even at a young age, I never looked like that woman – and neither did you, right?

Back to Jeffrey. Not a dancer, easy to see why he was voted off first. And, I didn’t exactly understand his humor. Hope he doesn’t read this. I wouldn’t want to hurt his feelings.

Then Ted McGinley and his partner, newcomer Inna Brayer were politely asked to leave last night (9/24/08). I’ve never been a fan of his. He sort of melts into the wallpaper. But his DWTS stint sort of introduced me to him, and I was sorry to see him leave. Very handsome man – and loved the judge’s comment about Cary Grant (even though I don’t think anyone comes close to being the Cary Grant type).

The others for this season:
Cody Linley and Julianne Hough
He does nothing for me. Nice kid, trying his best. I do think Julianne is fantastic so would vote for them to keep her on.

Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer
Good dancers. She reminds me of a girl my son once dated – enough said. Lance is much better looking than I thought he was. I was too old when he was in N*SYNC so I don’t know much about him. I won’t be voting for them in the immediate future. I can change my mind anytime if I become mesmerized.

Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff
(isn’t that some sort of alcohol?) are good. I’m not a big fan of Karina’s based on past partners, but this is a good one for her. She is a great teacher and he seems to be a very willing, hard working partner. Good match. He was much cuter the second night.

Susan Lucci and Ton Dovolani
Oh Susan. The gain weight comment from the judges was right on. She is a pretty lady but very tiny and thin. I used to so badly want to be tiny and thin. I don’t think so. I won’t win any beauty contest, quite the contrary, but happier now with me. And ‘oh dear’, the woman can’t dance. She can do everything else though – so it seems.

Brooke Burke and Derek Hough
This woman made me a jealous and envious person when she was on her E show. Forgot the name of it. But now to find out she also has four children – two of them babies – has really ticked me off. She is so gorgeous. If I had – had her body before I had kids, I probably wouldn’t have had kids. She did and it didn’t matter, she’s still unreal. And Derek is so good and a great teacher. I may not vote for them either just because of the jealously and envy. Who knows? She has impressed me.

Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas
I’ve heard some complain because Cloris isn’t a great dancer and that she’s so silly. Marie Osmond couldn’t dance either but she got the votes. Perhaps the same people who are complaining are the ones who are still complaining that George Bush got the vote. I give her credit. I don’t think there are many 82 year olds around who could do what this woman is doing. Go Cloria and keep having fun. She gets a little carried away but so could my grandmother if she thought she was getting attention.
Cloris is an amazing actress. Go Cloris!

Cheryl Burke and Maurice Green
I really don’t have an opinion on Maurice yet. Seems like a very nice guy. I wasn’t real sure but it looks like Cheryl has put on a few pounds. I saw some videos of her during the summer where she’s drunk while partying. Booze will add weight. This is a wait and see for me.

Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson
I’m pretty sure Warren is a football player. I need to pay attention to the bios better. Unreal the way that man can move it. Kym is lovely. She always has a smile and is appears to have such good chemistry with her partners. She makes them look good because of the treatment she gives them. That’s a very good thing.

Kim Kardashian and Mark Ballas
This woman does absolutely nothing for me. And, it seemed more like Mark could have danced alone because it centered on him, taking attention away from her. She’s kind of a nothing person to me. I could be wrong, I’ll just keep watching to see. Not impressed.

Misty May-Treanor and Maksim Chmerkovskly
I really like Misty. She’s basically out of her element but she’s trying hard and doing well. Maks seems a bit aloof this year as though he doesn’t want to be there. I’ll probably throw some votes their way in the future if Misty does as well as she’s doing.

Toni Braxton and Alex Mazo
I admire Toni for going the DWTS route after being diagnosed with heart problems. But, it’s getting boring that her entire story is that. I keep worrying that she’s going to collapse so that’s a distraction from the dancing. I do watch Alec though. He’s a nice looking guy. He’s got to be to have Edyta. Oh gad, do I sound superficial or what? I doubt Toni will get any of my votes. I’m thinking her doctor wouldn’t have approved her doing such a strenuous activity like DWTS if she’s really, really sick?

Okay – that’s my take for the first week. So far – just not totally over the wall with enthusiasm. Sometimes that takes a couple of weeks till I get to know everyone and I see them dance and their progress.

September 26, 2008 Posted by | Dancing with the Stars, Favorite Sites | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Dancing with the Stars

I’ve been so excited all day that Dancing with the Stars will be starting tonight. Wrong. I’m a week off. It’s next Monday. Don’t you hate it when you do that? I was going to fix a special dinner, get ready to watch and then help kick off this season. I guess I can still fix a special dinner.

I can’t wait to see Cloris Leachman on there. For anyone who thinks they’re going to have to sit through a rickety 82 year old’s dancing, I think they’re so wrong. She is truly amazing for her age. Not only is her mind sharp, her physical health seems tops also.

I was feeling extremely intimated by some of the “older” folks on there … Priscilla Presley, Jane Seymour, John Ratzenberger from Cheers. They all impressed me.

I know there’s no way I could do all that they do but I did get the WWii “Dancing with the Stars” game. I haven’t done it yet, but will write later after I try it.

September 15, 2008 Posted by | Dancing with the Stars | , , , , | 2 Comments

Dancing with the Stars – Love that show!

Adam Carolla and Julianne HoughThe first two celebrity dancers have already left the show, and I’m just getting on to write about it. Penn and Monica. Who didn’t know they’d be the first to leave? I was so pleased for Monica Seles. She couldn’t dance, but I think she fulfilled her dream of dressing up girlie and actually danced. She wasn’t great, but if I’d been a contestant, she definitely wouldn’t have been the first to leave.
I am so impressed with the Houghs, Julianne and Derek. Both are so talented and good looking. Derek is a wonderful choreographer. I think he could even get me to dance okay. I’d only last about 4 seconds, but he could do it.
I always feel badly for the pros who get bounced early with their celebs. I’m sure they all want to last a little longer than one week.
I read someplace that Edyta Sliwinska had a nose job. I don’t think so. Karina Smirnoff did so perhaps someone has mistaken the two.
There are some really fun celebrities this season. I’ve already heard many say that they think Kristi is going to win. My friend Sandy and I compare notes each week on our thoughts. She asked me if I was blown away with Kristi Yamaguchi. I said “no”. I didn’t downplay how wonderful she was, but I expected it and wouldn’t have expected anything less. We’ve seen her in her beautiful ice skating outfits and performing routines – so surprised – not at all. It seemed the way I’m used to seeing her. Time has certainly stood still with her. I can’t believe she’s been away from skating as long as she has been, and she still looks the same as she did when she was skating. Unreal. I keep thinking of that line from When Harry Met Sally – “I’ll have what she’s having”.
Priscilla Presley looks good for her age. Of course she’s always been absolutely gorgeous. Friends have asked if I think her face looks weird. Yes, I read yesterday that she went to a Botox quack and this is how it left her. I do give her credit though. She’s out in public and it doesn’t seem to bother her. She still looks good for her age. Very good.
The Stars and their bios
The Professionals and their bios.
The judges and their bios.

March 28, 2008 Posted by | Dancing with the Stars | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Dancing with the Stars – The finale! Helio and Julianne!


I was a bit nervous about watching DWTS last night. I can’t believe I’ve allowed myself to get so hooked on this show. Perhaps it’s not that I’ve “allowed” myself but that it’s such a good show. It doesn’t seem like it was a little over ten weeks ago that the new stars who would compete in Season 5 were announced. I was so disappointed. I had gotten to know those who competed the year before and “my” couple had won (Apollo Ono and Julianne Hough). I didn’t really know anyone in the new group, and if I did know them, they weren’t anyone I’d like to cheer for. And then when the first week begins – everyone is a little stiff – they haven’t really bonded with their partners – just as I haven’t really bonded with them.

Jennie Garth was one of the kids who had been in the t.v. series, 90210. I thought she was a rather plain girl, perhaps that’s not the right description. She just wasn’t a standout. Sweet, wholesome and ordinary. But she has really blossomed into a beautiful, young woman. I chose her from week one. I split my votes between Jennie and also Helio. How could anyone not adore Helio with that gorgeous smile and big dimples? l did think Mel B and Sabrina were both great. Extremley talented. I was shocked when Sabrina was voted off. I think everyone was. I thought Mel B had such a good sense of humor and was really cute, it was hard to want someone else to win. Evidently many thought the same thing.

I was so relieved that Marie was the one first chosen to leave last night. I think the show would have been lop-sided, and wouldn’t have had the same feeling at the end. It worked out perfectly with two very talented people ending the show. Either could have won and those watching would have agreed with the results.

I don’t know when I’ve ever had so much fun watching a t.v. show before. It was absolutely perfect. Tom Bergeron is so funny and a perfect host. He makes me laugh outloud and that’s not easy. All of the contestents were fun and entertaining. The evening reminded me of those times you remember so well throughout life – the last day of school, the prom, occasions while raising your kids – all those special times.

Stay tuned – I’ll bring you more of Dancing with the Stars in March!

November 28, 2007 Posted by | Dancing with the Stars | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Helio and Julianne and Mel B and Maksim get my vote on Dancing with the Stars

I can’t even begin to express how disappointed I was when Jennie Garth and Derek Hough were voted off Dancing with the Stars. I’d been voting for them each week. Jennie really blossomed into a great dancer and brought so much class to the routines. Derek is so talented and such a great choreographer. Then there’s Marie Osmond. It didn’t make me happy that she zz24ed1b07.jpgwas going to be with the top three. I know there are some who think her smiling and clowning around are as much entertainment as actually knowing how to dance. I don’t watch the show for that. I got tired of her mentioning her age each show and laughing constantly at her own jokes. She did surprise me that she did as well as she did, but she wasn’t even close to the level of many of the dancers. I think what she did was sell herself and do one heck of a good PR campaign. She was on tribute shows with two of the biggest interviewers – Oprah and Larry King. On Oprah there wasn’t as much tribute as there was watching Donny and Marie perform. I suppose that was their tribute. Donny went on Entertainment Tonight and the Insider plugging Marie every chance he got. They gave him lots of air time. Marie had seemed so surprised that her son’s rehab was being mentioned. Let me tell you, with Marie’s knowledge of the business, and the businesswoman she is, there is no way that would have been brought up without her permission.

Marie does know how to work the crowd. There are actually a lot of doll collectors out there who really think that Marie creates the dolls sold by her company. Marie calls herself a “doll designer”. What she has is a $100 million doll company. Because the doll market got a little crazy, the really talented doll artists ended up creating dolls for big companies, like Marie’s. Marie signs the back of the doll’s head, but she didn’t sculpt it. She has sculpted a few perhaps, but they only sell because she did not. The artistry isn’t that of a Ping Lau or a Karen Scott. The very talented Karen Scott sculpted the Oprah doll in less than two weeks. I wish credit would have been given to her on the Oprah show.

I guess I bring her doll background up because of her now selling her Dancing with the Stars dolls. They are cute, but I think they’re overpriced. Just my opinion. Because Marie is in the doll business, I thought that was a great move to offer the dolls for sale. But when I saw that next being “hawked” were replicas of Marie’s earrings worn on the show which were designed by Nolan Miller and offered on QVC, I really thought a new low in tackiness has surfaced. Those who do compete on the show do experience a great publicity move (not always, but often), sell cd’s and dvd’s, do the Star’s Tour – but nothing as blatant as the earrings. I worried what was next.

Tonight I hope the two last competitors are Helio and Julianne and Mel B and Maksim. Otherwise, to me – the show is taking a direction that isn’t what I enjoy watching. I guess it seems I’ve been “Marie bashing” when basically I just wanted to say that I wasn’t crazy about what’s been happening this season on DWTS. It has a different feel.

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November 27, 2007 Posted by | Dancing with the Stars | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DWTS – Week 8 – Bye Cameron and Edyta

c_e.jpgCameron will never be able to say he had regrets about not giving his best on DWTS. He surely did. And he was working in New York on his soap at the same time. Applause for Cameron and Edyta. It’s not that anyone is losing. It’s that someone has to go each week. What an experience appearing on this show is for even those who are there one week. They all seem to really care about the others who are still left. Sure I think they’re glad they’re the ones not leaving, but they still seem to feel a bit sad when they find out who’s leaving for that week. Anyone at this point should just feel great that they’ve made it this long.

I hate to say it but I basically fast forwarded through tonight’s show. I do like seeing what goes on behind the scenes.

On to a little gossip. Well, I guess it’s not gossip since it was on one of those magazine shows with Karina Smirnoff having surgery that was filmed. She had a nose job and the results were stunning. I think she was very attractive before but this slight change really becomes her. She had broken her nose twice and was having difficulty breathing. She’ll be on DWTS soon so we can all see!

Until next week.

November 14, 2007 Posted by | Dancing with the Stars | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dancing with the Stars – Week 8

j_h.jpgI have no idea what happened but Monday night I fell asleep in front of the t.v. at 7:30pm. I was tired, but I love my Dancing with the Stars each week. I love to vote for my favorites, and then there is the anticipation to find out on Tuesday night who goes home. I have to say that I’m absolutely hooked. I woke up at my usual time on Tuesday morning totally panicked that I wouldn’t have time to watch DWTS before the results show. Thank goodness for my DV-R that I could still watch it. Can’t imagine the panic if I didn’t know it was being saved.

I quit work early to give myself plenty of time to watch the entire show. I’m so glad I did. I did worry a bit that those I would have voted for would have to go home because they didn’t get my votes. I surely place a lot of importance on myself.

Jenny and Derek – Jive – 24
Fox Trot – 26
I wasn’t impressed with Jenny’s costume for the Jive. Tom Bergeron made a comment about craving vegetables after seeing her – and I would have to agree on that. I think she usually performs much better than the judges give her credit for. Her movements were a little wild at times but the 24 points was better than 21 points.

The fox trot – beautiful. I’m so impressed with Derek also. The first week I saw him, he seemed to be a kid. But he really has great confidence and talent that you soon forget how old he must be. The same with Julianne. I thought Jenny’s dress was really pretty.

Cameron and Edyta – Viennese Waltz – 27
Cha Cha – 24
I’m just not a Cameron fan. He is a very good looking man, he’s trying so hard and puts so much into it, but he just doesn’t ring any bells for me. Not that I still have any bells left – but there is nothing. I had to agree with Len about the open shirt on the Waltz. He looked so handsome – their costumes beautiful, but he looked sloppy. A bow tie would have been a nice touch.

Confession – I fast forwarded through the Cha Cha so that should tell all on that.

Marie and Jonathan – Rumba – 24
Jive – 25
Another unmemorable dance. I didn’t like their costumes. All I could think of was the line of DWTS dolls Marie is selling and how the dress wouldn’t look that good on a doll.
Len mentioned it and I did think of it when I saw the routine that it seemed very similar to the Sara Evans cowgirl costume and routine. Marie isn’t a great dancer, but I truly give her credit for doing as well as she is. I think she would have been voted off long ago if she didn’t have such a huge fan base. I do like her so much more than I did before DWTS. And, I send my condolences on the loss of her father. That family is amazing.

Helio and Julianne – Paso Dobles – 27
Quick Step – 30
These two are great. I thought there was too much cape and worried the entire dance that someone was going to trip on it. Helio is adorable. What a smile. And I am so impressed with Julianne. She’s absolutely wonderful.

Helio shined! I think this is my favorite dance of the season. The costumes were great – Helio looked so great in his banana-yellow zoot suit even though I kept thinking of Warren Beatty as Dick Tracy! They really deserved perfect 10’s on that one.

Mel and Maksim – Tango – 26
Mambo – 29
Mel is definitely the best celebrity dancer. She and Maksim really dance well together. He’s a great teacher – she has her Spice Girl background. There is just something though that doesn’t make me root for them. I admire their work, I think they’re fantastic – but that’s it. She’s funny – he’s adorable. I have no idea why I feel this way.

I missed writing my blog last week. I just wanted to mention that I was glad it was Jane who left.

I am in awe at the body changes that occur on that show. Marie looked very matronly in the beginning and now has knocked 15 years off and looks so great. If she does have to leave, she won’t leave a loser (except weight) because she gained a complete makeover. The same is true with many of the stars. But, when a pencil thin, spindly person like Jane goes around on shows telling all that she lost 22 lbs., that is NOT a good thing. She is a bit too thin and should have been drinking Ensure to keep her weight up. That was not a dig. The 15 years that Marie lost by losing weight, Jane gained by losing weight. Go figure.

November 14, 2007 Posted by | Dancing with the Stars | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dancing with the Stars – Who will you vote for?

Who would you like to win the trophy for this season’s Dancing with the Stars? Here are some cute items to help others know who your favorite is. Just click here!


October 31, 2007 Posted by | Dancing with the Stars | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dancing with the Stars – Week 6 Shocking Results Show!

mark_sabrina.jpgI’m still in shock at tonight’s Dancing with the Stars results show. OMG. I had it pegged that it would be Marie or Jane to leave tonight. But Jane was up in the top two. Both are pleasant people but they’re just not the best dancers. Sabrina was considered the best. Anytime you talked with someone else who watches DWTS, they immediately said that Sabrina and Mel were the best. I think in all of my years watching DWTS, this was the biggest shock of all. I think Sabrina and Mark were totally shocked also. It just goes to show that no one should get too confident.

Again . . . wow.

Can anyone honestly say they saw this coming? Tom Bergeron and the judges all appeared to be shocked by it. And Marie and Jonathon seemed shocked when they weren’t in the bottom two.

I personally think there were many who didn’t vote for Sabrina because they thought she was too professional and is a dancer on her Cheetah Girls show. Perhaps the voting public likes to see those who started slowly, worked hard and have improved immensely.

Oh yeah, and Barry Manilow was the guest performer.

October 31, 2007 Posted by | Dancing with the Stars | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Dancing with the Stars – week 6. Marie doesn’t faint.

I am amazed this show gets better and better because the dancers get better and better. I am in awe of every person who even does one week of this show. And those who keep going … amazing!

Last night my favorites were Helio and Julianne (28). Helio is so cute, sexy and talented. It’s hard to believe he hasn’t been dancing most of his life. I’m so glad they got the judges’ positive reactions.

My second favorites were Jennie and Derek (27). Jennie isn’t a frontrunner but I think she tries hard and really performs well. I remember during the first few weeks, she was very stiff and awkward being with Derek. She kept her distance. But now she’s so relaxed and it’s really helping them perform their routines better. I’m glad they had good points.

Mel and Maxim (30) and Sabrina and Mark (25) are excellent. I never expect less. It’s amazing that Mel and Maxim were in the bottom two Week 4. I think it’s more difficult if you start at the top though and there’s nothing new or exciting. Both Mel and Sabrina are used to performing though so I expected them to do well.

Edyta and Cameron (25) are gorgeous together. Cameron has improved so much. I didn’t really care for the Pocahontas wear or the routine though.

Jane and Tony (22) weren’t as good as some weeks, but the judges were right, it just wasn’t for Jane. She is a better dancer with the more classical routines. Jane’s very competitive, and I’m sure being the low scorer wasn’t easy for her. And Marie and Jonathan (23), well, Marie’s just not a dancer. She does do some good moves that are impressive but she’s competing with some very talented dancers.

The group dance was fantastic. I don’t see how they all learned the routine from one day’s practice. They should all be proud of their part. Very entertaining. It gets more fun at this point when everyone gets to know each other and the camaraderie is strong.

Several people I’ve heard from are predicting either Jane or Marie will be leaving tonight. We shall see. week-6.jpg

October 31, 2007 Posted by | Dancing with the Stars | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment