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DWTS 15: Week 3 has Melissa Rycroft and Kelly Monaco tied for top spot

Last night (Monday, Oct. 8, 2012) on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” there was a tie for the top between  Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani and Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy. At the bottom again was Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas with 22.5. Tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 9) is a double elimination so there’s double trouble.

Palin and Ballas improved over their score from last week (18), but still were at the bottom of the leader board with 22.5 after performing the paso doble that originally was performed by Derek Hough and Joanna Krupa. That’s a controversial pairing–daughter of the family values Republican Sarah Palin and the Playboy model who has a reality TV celebrity habit and a live-in relationship still.

At least Ballas couldn’t go bonkers with this one. Still the oldest contestant, Kirstie Alley, scored better with a 24. She and Maksim Chmerkovskiy tied with Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya.

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough were in third place. Last week’s top scoring team, Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel were in a four-way tie for fourth with Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd, Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff and Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower.

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  1. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)
  2. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)
  3. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 26.5 (9.0,8.0,9.5)
  4. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
  5. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
  6. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 25.5 (9.0,8.0,8.5)
  7. Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
  8. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 25.0 (8.5,8.0,8.5)
  9. Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)
  10. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)
  11. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 22.5 (7.5,7.5,7.5)

Take iconic and be more iconic.

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkAI3LSuQYI]

Cha cha cha

Trebunskaya sexed it up with the costumes and stripping Lachey’s shirt.

Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)

  • Crazy in Love“—Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
  • Joey McIntyre & Ashly DelGrosso (Season 1)
  • Song: “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé
    Score: 20 (7,7,6)

Did you like Maksim with the long hair? Of course, we always like Maksim without the shirt. The strategy here was to improve the technique and camp it up.  This almost made iconic night worth it.

Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)

Foxtrot

Is it possible for Apolo Anton Ohno to be steamier than Gilles Marini? Marini and Burke received two tens when they performed this and here’s where being an actor really helps. Marini was suave but sexy as the devil. Ohno was sophisticated but not with the same intensity as Marini.

Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 25.5 (9.0,8.0,8.5)

Paso doble

With this dance and partner, Val finally rises out of the shadow of his brother Maksim. Kelly and Val have chemistry, but Kelly doesn’t bristle with the kind of powerful physicality that Laila Ali had–few women do. With Laila Ali, you thought that she and Maksim could punch it out and Maksim would lose. With Kelly and Maksim it’s more a match of forceful personalities.

Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)

Can Bristol Palin ever equal the sex appeal and technical skills of Joanna Krupa. You know the answer is no. Ballas goes kooky and they get to play white queen and black king. This is a chess metaphor and has nothing to do with race.

The judges felt it was their best dance of the season–that’s one out of three. It had the most content and attack.

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 22.5 (7.5,7.5,7.5)

Sabrina Bryan is a strong woman, even if she’s the youngest contestant. However, judge Carrie Ann Inaba thought this team brought nothing new artistically to this routine.

Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)

Scary Spice was definitely scarier than Sabrina Bryan. Bruno called her an “adrenaline charged dominatrix.”

With Emmitt Smith, there were some awkward moments, but he is already a commanding presence. There was a scary moment, but it all ends well.

Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 25.0 (8.5,8.0,8.5)

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke had already seen this paso doble–twice. He competed against Mario Lopez and won.

Quickstep

As expected Derek Hough decided to up the acrobatics and even included an illegal lift and a lot of drama at the end.

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 26.5 (9.0,8.0,9.5)

  • “Hey Pachuco”—Royal Crown Revue
  • Helio Castroneves & Julianne Hough (Season 5)
  • Score: 30

I think Johnson and Hough lacked the sophistication that Castroneves and Julianne had.  When Castroneves and Hightower performed their own quickstep it had an amazing amount of joy–even with the slight bobble when Castroneves stepped on Hightower’s dress.

Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)

I can’t choose. I love both versions and both sets of costumes.

Samba

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)

Of course, Martinez didn’t have to perform all the drops and turns that Rycroft did because he’s the guy.

Tango

Don’t you love Gilles Marini doing the tango. Menacing and erotic, Marini delivered another solid performance, but lost points for his hold and some footwork mishaps.

Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)

Week 1, it was Drew Lachey and his partner Anna Trebunskaya who were in the bottom two. Week 2, it was Hélio Castroneves and his partner Chelsie Hightower who survived the bottom two.

I’m hoping that Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas will be eliminated and most likely Drew Lachey will go as well. With Joey Fatone gone, the entertainment factor is low with this cast so I’m hoping that Kirstie Alley and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy will continue to dance.

Remember, you can vote online until 8 a.m. PST by going to the ABC DWTS official page for voting or by using Facebook.

DWTS 15 Week 2: Sabrina Bryan quicksteps to top spot

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” was all about stamina as the teams faced the jive and the quickstep. Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel led with 26.0 points in quickstep. The low score of the night was Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas with 18.0 for their quickstep, but that doesn’t mean they will be out on Tuesday night.  You can still vote online through the ABC.com website or by Facebook.

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  1. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 26
  2. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5
  3. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 25.0
  4. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 24.5
  5. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 23.5
  6. Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 23.0
  7. Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: 22.5/Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 22.5
  8. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 22.0
  9. Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5
  10. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21.0
  11. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 18.0

Palin brings out the weird in Ballas and here it was the country quickstep. She had the smile, but those not quite daisy dukes aren’t doing her any favors. some of that footwork is pain ful to watch. The ending is ridiculous. Judge Bruno Tonioli called the routine, quickstep gangnam-style via wild, wild west.

Tonioli also commented there wasn’t much in-hold position and when the couple were in hold Palin’s frame wasn’t good. Carrie Anne Inaba reminded Ballas that according to the rules, once the couple is in hold, they must stay in hold. Goodman also commented that while he liked the enthusiasm, he didn’t like the break in the middle. “I liked the hoe down, but the technique was low down.”

During season 11, Palin and Ballas did the quickstep to “You Can’t Hurry Love” by the Supremes for a score of 22 (7, 8, 7). During that season, they posted the lowest score during week 5, 7, 8 and 9 and still made it to week 10, where they again posted the lowest score to finish third. That meant that week 5, Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas were eliminated instead. Week 7, it was former NBA forward Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke. Week 8, it was former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya who got the axe. And the worst elimination was Grammy Award-winning Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy during week 9.

This season, Palin and Ballas danced to “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson and received sixes. The team was the low score for their dance and for the entire night.

The high score, 26  was also in the quickstep with Bryan and van Amstel performing to “Black Betty” by Ram Jam. this team received the only nine of the night from Carrie Ann Inaba (9.0, 8.5, 8.5).

Tonioli thought this routine was a dazzler. Inaba thought the topline was incredible. Goodman liked the upper body was calm. Bryan looked glamorous and while I had doubts about this partnership, I like it better than the original Bryan and Ballas. She was elegant and vivacious and sharp.

The highest score awarded by head judge Len Goodman was 8.5 to the following teams: Bryan and van Amstel and Marini and Murgatroyd. Bruno Tonioli gave an 8.5 to Bryan and van Amstel and Marini and Murgatroyd as well as Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough. Bruno Tonioli gave an 8.5 to Bryan and van Amstel and Marini and Murgatroyd as well as Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough. Goodman awarded Johnson and Hough an 8.0.

Marini and Murgatroyd  performed the jive to “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen which started out with Marini at the piano. He was sporting a pompadour like Elvis and she was too. Marini decided to go shirtless which judge Inaba appreciated.  Murgatroyd was also showing a lot of skin (but not like the infamously uncovered Edyta Sliwinska) and swished that fringe.

Johnson and Hough performed their jive to “The Nicest Kids in Town” from “Hairspray.” Len Goodman wanted more content and that’s after host Tom Bergeron commented that Johnson wasn’t breathing hard, but Hough was. Bruno Tonioli felt differently. For him it was vibrant and eye-popping. Carrie Ann Inaba agreed and dubbed them the All-Stars sweethearts. It was a fun athletic routine that starts off with hairspray and a cartwheel (down the steps).

Kirstie Alley also at the bottom again. She was barely recognizable with that black bob wig. The theme was French streetwalker and the song was “Non Non Rien N’a Changé” by Les Poppys. Inaba had one suggestion–to match arm movements stylistically. Goodman called her flirty and dirty, but a great improvement over last week. Tonioli called her a raunchy mama.  I hope the curse of Palin doesn’t push Alley out of the competition while allowing Palin to continue.

Last week’s leaders, Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke went for a cool cat and played on Smiths fearlessness as far as color. Smith was in a fire engine red tux with tails with a leopard print bow tie and cumberbund while Burke had a long dress in matching leopard print. Goodman faulted Smith’s upper body movement in his quickstep. Tonioli noted a timing miss.

Smith and Burke received a 22.5 to tie with Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson who performed a quickstep to a Hollywood Charlie Chaplin theme. Fatone

Quickstep:

  1. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 26
  2. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 24.5
  3. Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: 22.5/Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 22.5
  4. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 22.0
  5. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 18.0
  • Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 24.5
  • 24.5 (8.5,8.0,8.0)
  • “Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days”—Louis Prima
  • Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 22.5
  • 22.5 (7.5,7.5,7.5)
  • “A Cool Cat In Town”—Tape Five

Jive:

  1. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5
  2. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 25.0
  3. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 23.5
  4. Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 23.0
  5. Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5
  6. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21.0
  • Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 25.0
  • 25.0 (8.5,8.0,8.5)
  • “The Nicest Kids in Town”—from Hairspray

Remember, you can vote online until 8 a.m. PST by going to the ABC DWTS official page for voting or by using Facebook.

DWTS All-Stars: Foxtrot

The full leader board for Monday night:

  1. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 24.5
  2. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 24.0
  3. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 22.5
  4. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 22.0/Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 22.0
  5. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 21.5/Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5/Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 21.5
  6. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 21
  7. Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: 20.5
  8. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 19.5
  9. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 19
  10. Pamela Anderson & Tristan MacManus: 17

Foxtrot

Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 24.0

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 22.

Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5

Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 21.5

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 21

Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 19

DWTS 14 Week 3 results: A gentleman leaves the ballroom

With five out of 11 teams tied for the bottom spot, it was a hard call this week on “Dancing with the Stars.” Consider that no one scored below 20 this week so the competition was tough. There was the indie musician Gavin DeGraw, the TV icon Melissa Gilbert, the Empress of Soul Gladys Knight, the bubbly talk show host Sherri Shepherd and the singer and soap opera actor Jack Wagner.

  • Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 24(8, 8, 8)

Consider that Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy had the lowest average with 21. 3 for three dances, but DeGraw and his partner Karina Smirnoff were on a little bit ahead with 21.7. Gladys Knight, the oldest contestant, and her partner Tristan MacManus had a 22 point average. Not bad for a lady who sang while the Pips danced.  Of the five, this team had the lowest score–a 19 during week 2.

Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya had a 22.7 average and were behind Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy who had a 23.3 average. But average scores don’t really count during the eliminations. Fan voting does.

At the end of the night it was Jack Wagner and his partner Anna Trebunskaya who were eliminated. Wagner had his own style and wasn’t a bad dancer–there are not really bad dancers this season. He had a tendency to raise his shoulders instead of keeping them down and serene. He didn’t have crisp kicks and flicks in his jive. He didn’t snap his legs to their full extension and his hands were somewhat awkward. His arms didn’t transition with fluidity. He sometimes overdanced, but in another season, he would have had time to overcome that.

For me, it was a real toss up between Wagner and DeGraw, but DeGraw has that awkward puppy charm and his fans obviously came through last night.

DWTS routines

Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya:

Week 1: Foxtrot to “Sugar Town” by Nancy Sinatra 23 (8, 7, 8)

Week 2: Jive to “Gimme Some Lovin” by The Spencer Davis Group  21 (7, 7, 7)

Week 3: Samba to “Lighting Up the Night” by Jack Wagner 24 (8, 8, 8)

The samba is a touch dance for most men (maybe not William Levy) because it requires a lot of hip movement and straight knee to flexed knee. Len Goodman thought it was his best dance. His timing was much better. Wagner’s personal story was finding his biological 23-year-old daughter last year.

DWTS 14 Week 3: First tens of the season posted

How hot is the cast for this season’s “Dancing with the Stars”? Tonight, two celebrities received tens. Two went to the number one couple, Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas who finished the night in first place (29) and Latin lover William Levy with his partner Cheryl Burke received one ten with two nines for 28.
Of course those tens were from Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Head judge Len Goodman has get to give a perfect score of ten this season. His highest score of the night was nine. In all, 11 nines were awarded last night.
In second with straight nines was TV announcer Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (27). Five teams were tied at the bottom with eights straight across. This will be a hard elimination!
  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10)
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 27 (9, 9, 9)
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 26 (9, 8, 9)
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 25 (8, 8, 9)
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 25 (9, 8, 9)
  • Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 24(8, 8, 8)
  • Gladys Knight andTristan McManus: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Foxtrot
  • Gladys Knight andTristan McManus: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Knight has the third highest score for the foxtrot. She danced to “Cupid” by Sam Cooke.
Jive
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Dancing the jive to Jive “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine, Gilbert and Maksim received the second highest score for the jive.
Rumba
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 27 (9, 9, 9)
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 26 (9, 8, 9)
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 25 (9, 8, 9)
  • Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Salsa
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10)
Samba
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 25 (8, 8, 9)
  • Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 24(8, 8, 8)
Waltz
  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)

Online voting 

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Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd

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  • 800-868-3403
  • 800-VOTE4-03
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Gavin Degraw & Karina Smirnoff

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  • 800-868-3404
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Gladys Knight & Tristan McManus

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  • 800-868-3411
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Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya

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Jaleel White & Kym Johnson

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  • 800-868-3412
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Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas

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  • 800-868-3410
  • 800-VOTE4-10
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Maria Menounos & Derek Hough

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  • 800-868-3401
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Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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  • 800-868-3407
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Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower

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  • 800-868-3405
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Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy

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  • 800-868-3406
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William Levy & Cheryl Burke

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  • 800-868-3408
  • 800-VOTE4-08
  • Text-in Code: 3408

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Jive

Quickstep

WEEK 1

Foxtrot

Cha cha cha

DWTS 14 Week 2: Jack Wagner rocks his jive (VIDEO)

You got to give it to Jack Wagner. He’s trying hard and he has to lead! What he didn’t seem to realize, at least physically, on his jive was that there’s a difference between nightclub dancing and ballroom dancing.

Jack Wagner was definitely willing to get down as he danced to “Gimme Some Lovin” by The Spencer Davis Group. Funny, I always thought the song was “Give Me Summer Loving” and I’ve been singing it wrong for a while.

Wagner is loose and full of energy, but that translates as a bit sloppy for the jive.

Len Goodman commented that he liked the content of the performance and Wagner’s attitude and energy, but lamented the loss of control. Wagner’s performance was deemed acceptable.

Bruno Tonioli commented that those bedeviling kicks and flicks weren’t on the beat.

Carrie Ann Inaba thought Wagner had overdanced it which put him out of sync with the music and Trebunskaya.

I don’t think Wagner will be going home despite this team being third from the bottom. Soap opera fans should keep him in for next week. We like him and think he has possibilities. He definitely has been dance skills than Gavin DeGraw who with his partner Karina Smirnoff received the same score (21) for the jive.

Cumulative scores

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26+26 = 52
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 24 + 25 = 49
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 23+26=49
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 26+22=48
Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 23+23 = 46
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 21+ 25 = 46
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 21 + 24 = 45
Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 23+21 = 44
Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 23+19 = 42
Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 20 + 21 = 41
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20+20=40
Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani: 20+ 17 = 37

Jive

  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26
  • Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 23
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 22
  • Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 21
  • Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 21
  • Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani: 17

Quickstep

  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 25
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 24
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20
  • Gladys Knight andTristan McManus: 19

Online voting 

DWTS 14 Week 1: Jack Wagner delights

Jack Wagner didn’t have a strong start– I blame the overly cute choreography of Anna Trebunskaya, but the couple had a light and airy feel to their foxtrot last night on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Wagner has experience in musical theater, but he didn’t always move with authority and his footwork seems a bit tentative. His shoulders weren’t always down and he leaned forward–hard to miss since he is so lanky. This made everything seem loose and casual.
Bruno Tonioli felt the performance was “beautifully acted, beautifully danced” and seemed generally happpy.
Carrie Ann Inaba told Wagner, “You just took me to a happy place” and loved the
“synchronized kicking” that I hated.
Len Goodman started out nice, saying “the feel of the dance was fantastic” and the overall effect was a0″ feel good factor” but also pointed out that Wagner didn’t always hold his posture. He was, according to Goodman, “over the top a bit” and Goodman found Wagner’s footwork “hapharzard.”
Wagner and Trebunskaya were dancing to Sugar Town” by Nancy Sinatra and the theme was bright as a turquoise blue sky. The couple ended the night in a four-way tie for fourth with 23 points. That grouping included the youngest contestant (Roshon Fegan) and the oldest (Gladys Knight). Age isn’t everything, at least, not this week.
  • Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas: 26
  • Jaleel White & Kym Johnson: 26
  • William Levy & Cheryl Burke: 24
  • Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya: 23
  • Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower: 23
  • Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy: 23
  • Gladys Knight &Tristan McManus: 23
  • Maria Menounos & Derek Hough: 21
  • Donald Driver &Peta Murgatroyd: 21
  • Gavin Degraw & Karina Smirnoff: 20
  • Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20
  • Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani: 20

Foxtrot

Cha cha cha

Online voting 

DWTS 14: Jack Wagner

Soap opera fans will be familiar with Jack Wagner. He’s been in “General Hospital,” “Santa Barbara,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Melrose Place.”

Full name: Peter John “Jack” Wagner II

Partner: Anna Trebunskaya

Hometown: Washington, Missouri

Birthday: 3 October 1959

  • Age: 52
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College: Attended University of Missouri for one year. Later attended the University of Arizona.

Wagner’s first role (as Clint Masterson) was in a cable soap opera called “A New Day in Eden” in 1982.  The soap was soon off the air, but it was co-produced by Susan Flannery who would be a fellow cast member on “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

A year later, he was Frisco Jones on “General Hospital (1983–1988, 1989–1991, 1994–95). Jones was a WSB secret agent, a former police detective and a former performer at Duke’s club. He was married to Felicia Scorpio Jones. Former DWTS contestant Tia Carrere was also on the show as Jade Soong. Carrere was on season two and danced with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Drew Lachey won that season with Cheryl Burke and Jerry Rice with Anna Trebunskaya came in second.

Wagner was on “Santa Barbara” from 1991-1993 playing Warren Lockridge, a Don Juan who does eventually fall in love but his sweetheart, Summer Blake is killed by a serial murderer. After several twists and turns, Warren becomes a journalist and his wedding it part of the final episode. The role of Warren was originally played by John Allen Nelson (later in the series “24”), then by Scott Jenkins and finally by Wagner.

Wagner was on the night time Fox network drama “Melrose Place” from 1994-1999 as Dr. Peter Burns. Burns was introduced during season three as the evil chief of staff of the Wilshire Hospital. Burns helped Amanda (Heather Locklear) take over D&D Advertising, bails Michael out of jail, and although Burns is married, he has an affair with Amanda. Peter steals money from the hospital and flees with Amanda for a surprise ending.

Wagner also directed some episodes of “Melrose Place.”

 In 2003, he joined the cast of the CBS soap “The Bold and the Beautiful.” He plays Dominick Marone, a shareholder and investor of Jackie M. Designs. He resides in Marone Mansion which is supposed to be in Los Angeles.
As a singer, Wagner has recorded five albums and had singles that made the top 100. His best showing was in 1984 with “All I Need” which went to number two. Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” was number one. His albums are:
  • 1984: All I Need #44 Peak Billboard 200
  • 1985: Lighting Up the Night #150 / Peak Billboard 200
  • 1987: Don’t Give Up Your Day Job #151 Peak Billboard 200
  • 1993: Alone in the Crowd
  • 2005: Dancing in the Moonlight
  • 2012: Will The Rain Fall Down (Single)

Wagner also has done musical theater. He performed the lead in the Broadway show  “Jekyll & Hyde.” He was also in the cast of the national tour of “West Side Story” in 1987 as Tony and in Grease in 1988 as Danny Zuko.

Wagner was married to Kristina Wagner. They divorced in 2006. He has been dating Heather Locklear since 2007 and they became engaged last year in August. In November, Wagner met his 23-year-old biological daughter, Kerry. He has two sons from his marriage to Kristina Wagner (Peter and Harrison).

Kerry is his biological daughter who had been adopted.

Wagner is an avid golfer and in 1980 won the junior college championship for Missouri. He has a celebrity golf tournament named after himself that raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya

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DWTS 13, Week 9 (semifinals): So long to Hope Solo?

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
Hope Solo should go tonight. We love her energy, her determination and her smile, but she’s had problems dancing in heels and keeping a dance frame.
We hope J.R. Martinez will be able to continue and that his ankle will improve. If he won, it would be a DWTS Cinderfella story.  Yet ankle injuries to soft tissue heal slowly and while, unlike the women, he doesn’t have to wear heels, he does have to be stable enough to do lifts, pivot and lead. He seemed to be compensating by losing his frame and sticking his bum out. JR Martinez will be the Grand Marshall for the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena for 2012.

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.

DWTS 13: Compare Tango

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough

  • Score: 29 (10,9,10) Week 4
  • Theme from: “Psycho”
Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
  • Score: 25 (9, 8, 8)
  • The Addams Family Theme”—from The Addams Family
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff
  • Score: 25 (9,8,8)
  • “Ghostbusters Theme” by Ray Parker Jr.
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Score: 24 (8, 8, 8) Week 5
  • “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
David Arquette & Kym Johnson
  • Score: 25 (8,9,8) Week 5
  • “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus – Tango (Week 8)

  • Song: “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane” by The Ames Brothers
  • Score: 24

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya

  • Score: 23 (8,7,8) Week 3
  • “It’s My Life” by No Doubt
Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani
  • Score: 21 (7,7,7) Week 4
  • Theme from: Mission: Impossible
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer
  • Score: 19 (7,6,6)
  • “The Phantom of the Opera” from “The Phantom of the Opera”
Team tango: David Arquette & Kym Johnson, Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus,
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff
  • Score: 23 (8,7,8)
  • “Disturbia” by Rihanna
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