Category Archives: Professional Dancers
Last season (13), there wasn’t a Disney star in place, but Roshon Fegan fills the spot that Chelsea Kane filled during season 12 for a third place finish with Mark Ballas and Kyle Massey during season 11 with Lacey Schwimmer for a second place finish.
Roshon Fegan has to be talented to be a Disney Channel star. He’s an actor, songwriter, producer, dancer and rapper. He played Sander Loyer in the Jonas Brothers movie franchise “Camp Rock” and he also played Ty Blue in “Shake It Up!” Fegan already has dance credentials. “Shake It Up” is a TV sitcom about background dancers Cece Jones (Bella Thorne) and Rocky Blue (Zendaya) for a Chicago dance show called “Shake It Up Chicago.” Fegan plays Rocky’s brother. Disney star and Bieber girlfriend Selena Gomez performs the theme song.
Fegan’s father, Roy Fegan, is an actor, producer and director. The older Fegan has acted on various TV series including: The Shield, Will & Grace, The Jamie Foxx Show, Matlock, Touched by an Angel, Martin, Married… with Children and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. Fegan’s mother is Filipina.
Roshon Fegan plays the piano, guitar, and ukelele.
Full name: Roshon Bernard Fegan
Partner: Chelsie Hightower
Birthday: 6 October 1991
- Age: 20
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower
- Text-in Code: 3405
Born in Los Angeles, Gilbert was the adopted child of actor Paul Gilbert and his dancer/actress wife Barbara Crane. The couple also adopted Jonathan Gilbert who would play Willie Oleson on “Little House on the Prairie.” Jonathan went on to earn a BA at Hamilton College and a MBA from Baruch College.
Paul Gilbert and Crane divorced with Crane remarrying Harold Abeles and having a daughter who became actor Sara Gilbert.
This could make things interesting. Is there a “Little House on the Prairie” reunion in the making? Melissa Gilbert keeps regular contact with the woman who played Laura Ingalls’ nemesis, Nellie Oleson–Alison Arngrim. Arngrim still gets into touch with her inner Nellie Oleson, with Nasty Nellie Tours.
What about some action from Sara Gilbert’s show, “The Talk.” Sara Gilbert, who starred in “Roseanne” as the smart middle child (1988-1997) and had a recurring role in the hit comedy series “The Big Bang Theory, is the co-host and executive producer of the talk show, “The Talk” on CBS.
Gilbert was the queen of the mini-series in the late 1970s.
Gilbert was married to a cousin of Randy and Dennis Quaid, Bo Brinkman (1988-1992), also an actor. They divorced in 1992. She then married Bruce Boxleitner (1995-2011).
How dance worthy is Melissa Gilbert? Gilbert had a spinal disc replaced and her lower spine fused in 2010.
Full name: Melissa Ellen Gilbert
Partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Birthday: 8 May 1964
- Age: 47
Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
- Text-in Code: 3407
Etta James in 2009 on DWTS with Maksim and Karina dancing.
James died today, 20 January 2012 (Friday) in Riverside, CA., from complications with leukemia. She was 73. Her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons were with her.
BURBANK, Los Angeles County, CA–Hometown advantage didn’t work for Ricki Lake and Derek Hough had won every time he had made the finals until tonight.
Lake seemed like a sure thing. First she was partnered with Derek Hough and some people were voting for him as well as her. Lake and Hough turned in the highest overall average of (26.6). When they made the finals, how could they miss? Hough had also made the finals with Brooke Burke, Nicole Scherzinger, and Jennifer Grey and went on to win the mirrorball.
Yet early on the results show, the bad news came: Lake and Hough were the third place couple.
That meant war vet and soap actor JR Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff would be shaking their hips against reality TV celebrity Rob Kardashian and his partner Cheryl Burke in the instant samba dance off.
Martinez, we know, is cool under fire, but not so Smirnoff who seemed to lose her composure during the dress rehearsals from the package shown on Monday night. Martinez was also recovering from a bad sprained ankle from last week. Monday night, his cha cha cha performance got mixed reviews. Still soap opera fans are a loyal bunch and he also likely had the support of some military men as well.
His opponent Kardashian is Los Angeles-born and raised, graduating from USC. He had hometown advantage, but then her also had a handicap. It wasn’t his dancing, it was his sister’s decision to divorce. There was a national backlash against his sister. Would that result in fewer votes for the Rob Kardashian who was peaking at the right time?
Tuesday night, each finalist performed their favorite routine. Kardashian and Burke received a 26 for his foxtrot to “Fly Me to the Moon.”
Martinez and Smirnoff received a 28 for his jive to “Jump, Jive, an’ Wail” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra.
Then the two couples faced off on the samba and both earned perfect scores to “Shake Your Bon-Bon” by Ricky Martin.
This is how the two pairs stood point-wise.
JR Martinez and Karina Smirnoff: 112
- Cha Cha Cha = 24 (Monday night)
- Freestyle = 30 (Monday night)
- Jive = 28
- Samba = 30
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke: 113
- Waltz = 27 (Monday night)
- Freestyle = 30 (Monday night)
- Foxtrot = 26
- Samba = 30
Kardashian and Burke were one point ahead with the judges, but had a 25.1 average over the season. Martinez and Smirnoff had a 26.4.
Of course, to fill the time up and to increase the suspense, there were performances by the eliminated celebrity contestants. Didn’t you miss Carson Kressley?
A re-do is not Mission: Impossible for Chynna Phillips.
Yet at the end of the night, JR Martinez and Karina Smirnoff won the mirrorball, giving Smirnoff’s her first win. Tonight was truly a Cinderfella story for two men: JR Martinez and Rob Kardashian. For them to finish one and two is sort of a fairy tale ending, isn’t it?
Tonight, Rob Kardashian received his first perfect score for his freestyle performance. J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff also received a 30 for their freestyle, but it was Kardashian and his professional partner’s 27 for their waltz that gave them the lead with a score of 57.
- Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 27+30=57
- J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 24+30=54
- Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 27+27=54
While Martinez and Smirnoff got full points for their freestyle routine, their cha cha cha got mixed reviews. Head judge Len Goodman gave them his lowest score of the night with a 7. Carrie Ann Inaba liked them slightly better with an 8. Bruno Tonioli gave the pair a nine.
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough were good enough to get nines from all the judges for their cha cha cha and also for their freestyle.
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Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff
As expected the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Goalkeeper, Hope Solo was the person who left the ballroom. Solo had the lowest score Monday night and also had a sour grape comment.
In reality, Hope Solo had never realized a good dance frame and never seemed comfortable in heels. Her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy had a verbal altercation with judge Len Goodman earlier in the season as well. Solo and Chmerkovskiy had 49 points for their three dances on Monday night, compared to Ricki Lake and Derek Hough’s 67.
Solo and Chmerkovskiy were the best score (with David Arquette and Kym Johnson) for the cha cha cha with 24. The same score tied them with Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus, Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke and Ricki Lake and Derek Hough for the low score in the foxtrot. Solo and Chmerkovskiy were also the low score for the paso doble, tied with Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer and Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus with 21. Solo and Chmerkovskiy were the low score for the Argentine tango (24) and for the cha cha cha relay (4).
That means the three couples in the finals are:
- Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 67
- J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 56
- Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke: 65
Last night on “Dancing with the Stars,” there were some surprises and some heroics. At the end of the evening, Ricki Lake and Derek Hough were the top scoring team after three dances with 67 points. In second was Robert Kardashian and Cheryl Burke with 65 points.
With the final four, we only two locals: Los Angeles-born reality TV personality Rob Kardashian who attended USC and current Los Angeles resident Ricki Lake.
Lake was born in Hastings-on-Hudson in New York, but after her divorce, she had moved to Los Angeles. In September of 2010, her rented Malibu home burned down although she escaped without injury. In a way, Lake is exactly like the character who made her famous, Tracy Turnblad, a heavyset girl who could dance. She’s about 30 pounds lighter now and can she dance!
Lake and Hough scored a perfect 30 for their saucy samba. Kardashian and Burke got a 10 from judge Carrie Ann Inaba who must have been impressed by the butt shaking. Their samba performance tied them with J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff who also scored a 28.
This week in the Argentine tango, they tied for second with J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff. However, Kardashian’s routine had more actual dance content. Also DWTS allows lifts in the Argentine tango, at the local Emerald Ball competition, no lifts are allowed in that dance.
Martinez and Smirnoff had little footwork and it was mostly stunts (lifts, dips and other tricks). The judges noted that for a non-dancer to perform such lifts was a real accomplishment, but that isn’t really what Argentine tango is about.
Los Angeles professional Argentine tango dancers Sandor and Parissa performed (along with DWTS pros Tony Dovolani, Kym Johnson, Kiki Nyemcheck, Sasha Faber, Oksana Dmytrenko, Anna Trebunskaya), but it was essentially stunt after stunt and didn’t give the audience any idea of the more nuanced aspects of the dance. Kardashian’s routine had more actual dance content than Martinez’s.
Hope Solo might have had difficulty with the higher Latin heel if she was using them, but her Argentine tango routine was also a series of tricks and without smooth transitions. Yet doing lifts and tricks with shoulder pain isn’t easy.
Kardashian and Burke were the top team in the cha cha cha relay and were also the last couple to perform.
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were the lowest scoring team of the night. Solo’s frame isn’t good–her shoulders are always forward and she still seems uncomfortable in heels. Both J.R. Martinez and Solo have problems with flexed feet but Solo’s is one that is more obvious.
Yet one must give credit to both Solo and Martinez. Martinez twisted his ankle badly on Saturday and yet soldiered through three routines without whining. Imagine Chaz Bono doing that. Solo has an old shoulder injury which she feels every time she’s holding a dance frame and had to take some pain management shots.
- Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 30+29+8=67
- Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 28+27=10=65
- J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 23+27+6=56
- Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy : 21+24+4=49
Ricki Lake as a winner would also be a triumph for a woman of a certain age and a heavier frame. And we love that fellow USC graduate Kardashian is showing how much confidence dancing can bring.
We hope the two locals, Lake and Kardashian, make it to the finals along with J.R. Martinez.
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough – Argentine Tango
- Song: ?
- Score: 29 (9,10,10)
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff – Argentine Tango (Week 9 )
- Song: “Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan
- Score: 27
- Song: “Libertango” by Bond
- Score: 27
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Argentine Tango
- Song: “Whatever Lola Wants” by Sarah Vaughan
- Score: 24
DWTS pros and Sandor and Parissa:
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff – Instant Jive (Week 8)
- Song: “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard
- Score: 30
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Instant Jive (Week 8)
- Song: “The Best Damn Thing” by Avril Lavigne
- Score: 25 (8,9,8)
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough – Instant Jive (Week 8)
- Song: “Land Of A Thousand Dances” by Wilson Pickett
- Score: 24
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke – Instant Jive (Week 8)
- Song: “Maneater” by Hall & Oates
- Score: 24
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus – Instant Jive (Week 8)
- Song: “Upside Down” by Paloma Faith
- Score: 20 (7,6,7)
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff – Waltz (Week 8)
- Song: “What the World Needs Now” by Burt Bacharach
- Score: 30
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough – Waltz (Week 8)
- Song: “You Make Me Feel” by Aretha Franklin
- Score: 28 (9,9,10)
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus – Waltz (Week 3)
- Song: “Moon River” by Andy Williams
- Score: 21