Dancing With The Stars

As the show winds down toward the finale in four weeks, it’s getting dicey, with the couples having to dance two dances instead of just one, and it really did show some cracks in the veneer of even the strong couples.

First: my absolute head-over-heels favorite dance of the night was Jonny & Marie’s Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy routine. It was certainly her best routine so far, and a triumphant moment. Also… boy, I think the dancing and practice they do must be a great exercise workout. She really looks like she’s losing weight! So does Mel B..

But I also like Helio and Julianne’s Samba routine and Maks and Mel’s Paso Doble.

I loved how all of the dancers were wearing little ‘Cheetah paw’ fake tattoos as a show of support for Sabrina and Mark, and on an entirely different note, apparently Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas are dating! Their ‘words of love’ when they got kicked off were apparently sincere. That’s really sweet.

So… who goes tonight? I dunno. I’ve given up trying to guess after last week’s fiasco. Cameron was awful… completely out of sync with Edyta in their first dance. Jennie was wooden on her first dance, but then did her best dance so far with Derek on the Rhumba. Apparently it could be anyone!

Now, with the writer’s strike on, let’s see if the hosts and judges get more or less witty; maybe they’ll find they don’t need writers?

Although… Len Goodman trod on uneven ground, didn’t he, with his snarky comment about presidents from Texas? Heavens, if he was one of the Dixie Chicks he’d be getting death threats about now, wouldn’t he? Or perhaps that was the point. He’s a Brit; perhaps he’s aware of the Natalie Maine comment in London, England several years ago that resulted in her being threatened, harassed and pilloried by such intellectual heavyweights as Toby Keith, and was trying to make a point. I doubt it, though. I think he was trying to be funny, emphasis on the ‘trying‘, since what he said didn’t even particularly make sense. I’ll be interested to see if there is any fallout over his remark.

And on a completely different topic… who the heck chooses the music for the dances on DWTS, and does he/she have any familiarity with the dances? Really, “Walk The Line”? I know, I know, Jane wanted to do it. Someone should have said no, and boy, do I sound cranky!

And “Why Can’t I Be You” by The Cure for Cameron and Edyta? Sheesh. I think the songs sometimes set the dancers up to fail. For Latin, stay with latin-flavored music; there is a lot of really great modern latin music with the right beat. And for Ballroom… well, anything but what they sometimes choose! I know they’re trying to be all cool, and everything (heavy irony there) but it does not work!

Repeat it again; it does not work!

Well, we’ll see what happens tonight!!!

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