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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.

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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 13, Week 8: JR is a perfect 60

BURBANK, Los Angeles County, CA–Last night, was perfect for J.R. Martinez as he topped the leader board with perfect 30s for both his dances. That means, Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff had the first and second perfect scores of DWTS season 13.

The big breakthrough last night was Hope Solo. She finally was able to dance with heels and she received three nines for her quickstep. Solo, more than Lake, has the stamina. Solo and her professional dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy ended the night tied for second with Ricki Lake and her partner Derek Hough.

Solo and Chmerkovskiy scored one point better on their instant dance.

The instant dance favors the female celebrities. If they’ve finally learned how to follow, then their professional partner will lead. All the professional dancers have experience with instant dances because most competitions require heats where the music played isn’t chosen beforehand.

For that reason, Smirnoff’s strategy and Martinez’s accomplishment (receiving a perfect score) are particularly noteworthy. Yet we also want to give Robert Kardashian credit for his efforts to lead. It’s not an easy experience for a total novice dancer like Kardashian and Burke has did a good job preparing him for it.

Nancy Grace seems a bit lost. Sure she’s older than the other competitors, but she doesn’t take the stage or emote. There’s a lot of stiffness between moves and she doesn’t take advantage of the still moments. We think it’s time for Grace to go although we do love her partner Tristan MacManus and we’ve finally managed to get used to his lovely accent.

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Online voting will remain open until 11AM (Eastern Time)/ 8AM (Pacific Time) the following today, Tuesday, 8 November 2011. .
Leader Board
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 30+30=60
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 28+24=52
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy : 27+25=52
Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 27+24=51
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus :  24+20=44


J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
  • Waltz
  • “What the World Needs Now” by Burt Bacharach
  • Score: 30 (10, 10, 10)
Carrie Ann Inaba said that it went beyond his natural grace; Martinez and Smirnoff created "magic."

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough
  • Waltz
  • “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin
  • Score: 28 (9,9,10)

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Quickstep
  • Score: 27 (9,9,9)
  • “Valerie” by Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse

Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
  • Quickstep
  • Score: 27 (9,9,9)
  • “Take On Me” by A-ha

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus
  • Tango
  • Score: 24 (8,8,8)
  • “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane” by The Ames Brothers
The Instant Dance
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff
  • Jive
  • Score: 30
  • “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard

Tonioli said Martinez's timing was impeccable and Inaba said no one was close to them.
Goodman said he had the X-factor AND the feel-good factor.
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough
  • Jive
  • Score: 24 (8,8,8)
  • “Land of a Thousand Dances” by Wilson Pickett
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Jive
  • Score: 25 (8,9,8)
  • “The Best Damn Thing” by Avril Lavigne
Solo has a killer smile! She finally seems to have the hang of walking and dancing in heels.
Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
  • Jive
  • Score: 24 (8,8,8)
  • “Maneater” by Hall & Oates
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus :
  • Jive
  • Score: 20 (7,6,7)
  • “Upside Down” by Paloma Faith
What is it with cartwheels this season? If you’re going to do a cartwheel, do it well.
Inaba felt Grace got lost in the dance.
Online voting will remain open until 11AM (Eastern Time)/ 8AM (Pacific Time) the following today, Tuesday, 8 November 2011.

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

DWTS 13: Compare Jive

JIVE

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough — Team DRickilous 

  • Score: 23 (8, 7, 8) “Hey Ya!”—OutKast

Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani — Team ChynnaDove

  • Score: 22 (7, 7, 7) “The Boy Does Nothing”—Alesha Dixon

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff — Team Martinoff 

  • Score: 22 (7, 7, 8) “Jump, Jive an’ Wail”—The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke — Team CherBert 

  • Score: 21 (7, 7, 7) “Surfin’ Safari”—The Beach Boys
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus
  • Score: 21 (7, 7, 7)
  • “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by Charlie Daniels Band

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Team MakSolo 

  • Score: 19 (6, 7, 6) “Girlfriend”—Avril Lavigne

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya — Team CarsonAnna 

  • Score: 19 (6, 6, 7)
  • “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” by Wham!

David Arquette  & Kym Johnson — Team Good Times 

  • Score: 18 (6, 6, 6) “Runaway Baby”—Bruno Mars

DWTS 13: Compare Quickstep

QUICKSTEP

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff (week 6)

  • Score: 29 (10,9,10)
  • “Hot Honey Rag” from “Chicago”

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough

  • Score: 29 (10,9,10) (week 6)
  • “Luck Be a Lady” from “Guys and Dolls.”
Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke – Quickstep (Week 8)

  • Song: “Take on Me” by Aha
  • Score: 27
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Quickstep (Week 8)

  • Song: “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse
  • Score: 27
David Arquette & Kym Johnson
  • Score: 23 (8,7,8)
  • “We Go Together” from Grease

Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas — Team KristinBalls

  • Score: 22 (8, 7, 7) “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”—Marilyn Monroe

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus — Team MacGrace 

  • Score 21 (6, 8, 7) “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”—The Andrews Sisters

Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy — Team Valisabetta 

  • Score: 21 (7, 7, 7) “Don’t Get Me Wrong”—The Pretenders

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya — Team CarsonAnna 

  • Score: 18 (6, 6, 6) “Walking Back to Happiness”—Helen Shapiro

Chaz Bono  & Lacey Schwimmer — Team Schwaz 

  • Score: 17 (6, 5, 6)
  • “Dancing in the Street” by Mick Jagger and David Bowie

DWTS 13 Week 4: Movie score week finds a leading lady

Tonight was movie score week on “Dancing with the Stars” and the night belonged to a certain leading lady: Ricki Lake and her partner Derek Hough were the first couple to receive a 10 this season.

Lake and Hough performed a tango to the theme of “Psycho” and only head judge Len Goodman thought they were less than perfect.

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Only one other team performed a tango tonight: Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani. They received a 21 for their performance to the theme from “Mission: Impossible.”  That was a hard tumble down from their 26 last week.

In second was J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff with a 26 for a foxtrot to the Theme from “The Pink Panther.” This is the same score the couple received last week.

Hope Solo and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy also received the same score they did last week (24) as did Rob Kardashian and his partner Cheryl Burke. Both teams performed a paso doble. Solo and Chmerkovskiy to “You’ve Got  a Friend” from “Toy Story” while Kardashian and Burke were dancing to the theme from “Superman.”

For a change, Chaz Bono and his partner Lacey Schwimmer weren’t at the bottom of the board. They were in a three-way tie for second to the bottom (with Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus and Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani). Bono and Schwimmer performed a paso doble to the theme from “Rocky.”

At the bottom was the master of camp, Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya for their Viennese waltz to “The Black Pearl” from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”

Will we be saying good-bye to Kressley and Trebunskaya? I hope not because they are the fun couple of the season.

LEADER BOARD

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 29

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 26

Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 24

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy : 24

David Arquette  & Kym Johnson : 23

Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani : 21

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus :  21

Chaz Bono  & Lacey Schwimmer  : 21

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya : 20

FOXTROT

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff — Team Martinoff 

  • 1-800-868-3410
  • TEXT: 3410
  • Score: 26 (8, 9, 0)
  • Theme from “The Pink Panther”

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Team MakSolo 

  • 1-800-868-3408
  • TEXT: 3408
  • Score: 24 (8,8,8)
  • “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story” by Randy Newman


PASO DOBLE

Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke — Team CherBert 

  • 1-800-868-3402
  • TEXT: 3402
  • Score: 24 (8,8,8)
  • Theme from “Superman”

David Arquette  & Kym Johnson — Team Good Times 

  • 1-800-868-3406
  • TEXT: 3406
  • Score: 24 (8,7,8)
  • “The Raiders March” from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus — Team MacGrace 

  • 1-800-868-3405
  • TEXT: 3405
  • Score 21 (7, 7, 7)
  • “Flash’s Theme” from “Flash Gordon” by Queen.

Chaz Bono  & Lacey Schwimmer — Team Schwaz 

  • 1-800-868-3412
  • TEXT: 3412
  • Score: 21, (7, 7, 7)
  • “Flash’s Theme” from “Flash Gordon” by Queen
VIENNESE WALTZ

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya — Team CarsonAnna 

  • 1-800-868-3409
  • TEXT: 3409
  • Score: 20 (7, 6, 7)
  • “The Black Pearl” from “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
TANGO

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough — Team DRickilous 

  • 1-800-868-3411
  • TEXT: 3411
  • Score: 29 (10, 9, 10)
  • Theme from “Psycho”

Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani — Team ChynnaDove

  • 1-800-868-3404
  • TEXT: 3404
  • Score: 21 (7, 7, 7)
  • Theme from “Mission: Impossible”

During the live shows, the judges will give each couple a score based on several factors, including technical execution. But the judges’ scores alone do not decide a couple’s fate.

Phone lines, text votes (AT&T customers only) and online voting will open at the top of each performance show so that viewers can vote for their favorites. Phone and text lines will stay open until 30 minutes after the end of the show in your local time zone. Online voting will remain open until 11AM (Eastern Time)/ 8AM (Pacific Time) the following day.

In the Dancing with the Stars Results Show, the couple with the lowest combined score from judges and viewer votes will be eliminated from the competition. The scoring is divided evenly between the judges and the viewers at home, ensuring unpredictable outcomes at the end of every show. When the final two couples remain, the ultimate dance-off will determine who wins the trophy.

Viewers can vote via phone and text message for their favorites ONLY on the night they perform; online voting ends at 11AM ET/8AM PT the day following the performances. The Dancing with the Stars Results Show will premiere the week of competition on Tuesday, September 20 at 8|7c.

To vote by text message, text the word “VOTE” to your favorite couple’s number below from your AT&T phone. Message and data rates may apply.


Lines open at the beginning of each show for viewers to phone and text vote for their favorite couples and will stay open for 30 minutes after the end of the show in each time zone. The whole country can vote.

One (or more) couple(s) will be knocked out of the competition each week there is a results show. The couple with the lowest overall score is knocked out of the competition.

The scoring and format of the show is unique to the series and is not based on a standard dance championship.

PROCEDURE FOR ELIMINATING COUPLES:

Each week every couple receives points from the judges and votes from the public. For every couple we determine the share they received of the total points given by the judges on the night of the performances, and the share they received of the public’s votes and add these two shares together. The couple with the lowest combined total is eliminated from the show.

For example if couples A, B and C respectively receive 38, 26 and 14 points from the judges, we calculate what share these points represent of the total awarded by the judges on the night. In this example the judges gave 78 points in total, and each couples’ share of 78 points breaks down as follows: A: 38 points = 48.72% of 78; B: 26 points = 33.33% of 78; C: 14 points = 17.95% of 78. Let’s suppose that when the public votes are tallied, each couple has the following shares: A= 20%, B=40%, C=40%. To determine who’s eliminated, we combine these two shares for the total:

Couple A: 20+48.72%= 68.72%
Couple B: 40+33.33%= 73.33%
Couple C: 40+17.95%= 57.95%

In this example, the bottom two couples would be A and C, and C would be eliminated.


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DWTS 13: Compare Cha cha cha

CHA CHA

  • Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy (week 3)
  • 24 (8,8,8)
  • “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)”by Enrique Iglesias

David Arquette & Kym Johnson

  • Score: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • “Abracadabra” by Steve Miller Band
  • Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
  • Score: 22 (8,7,7)
  • “Walk Like A Man” by The Four Seasons from Jersey Boys

Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas — Team KristinBalls

  • 1-800-868-3403
  • Score: 19 (7, 6, 6)
  • “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya — Team CarsonAnna 

  • 1-800-868-3409
  • Score: 17 (6, 5, 6)
  • “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera

Chaz Bono  & Lacey Schwimmer — Team Schwaz 

  • 1-800-868-3412
  • Score: 17 (6, 5, 6)
  • “Dancing in the Street” by Mick Jagger and David Bowie

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus — Team MacGrace 

  • 1-800-868-3405
  • Score 16 (5, 5, 6)
  • “Cry Baby” by Cee Lo Green

Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy — Team Valisabetta 

  • 1-800-868-3407
  • Score: 15 (5, 5, 5)
  • “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry

Metta World Peace (Ron Artest)  & Peta Murgatroyd — Team PetRon 

  • 1-800-868-3401
  • Score: 14 (5, 4, 5)
  • “Krazy” by Pitbull featuring Lil Jon

DWTS 13: Week 1 scores

The first night of “Dancing with the Stars” season 13, was full of surprises. At war vet and a singer were tied for the top spot for their Viennese waltzes: singer Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani and war vet and actor J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff with 22. At the bottom was the man with the new name: Laker forward Metta World Peace with a mere 14, dancing with new pro Peta Murgatroyd. Ouch.

Activist Chaz Bono and his partner Lacey Schwimmer didn’t do so bad. They finished in the middle of the pack 17 and tied with fashion police and talk show host Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya.

LEADER BOARD

Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani : 22

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 22

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy : 21

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 20

Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas : 19

David Arquette  & Kym Johnson : 18

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya : 17

Chaz Bono  & Lacey Schwimmer  : 17

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus :  16

Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 16

Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy: 15

Metta World Peace (Ron Artest)  & Peta Murgatroyd : 14

 

 

 

CHA CHA

Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas — Team KristinBalls

  • 1-800-868-3403
  • Score: 19 (7, 6, 6)
  • “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya — Team CarsonAnna 

  • 1-800-868-3409
  • Score: 17 (6, 5, 6)
  • “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera

Chaz Bono  & Lacey Schwimmer — Team Schwaz 

  • 1-800-868-3412
  • Score: 17 (6, 5, 6)
  • “Dancing in the Street” by Mick Jagger and David Bowie

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus — Team MacGrace 

  • 1-800-868-3405
  • Score 16 (5, 5, 6)
  • “Cry Baby” by Cee Lo Green

Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy — Team Valisabetta 

  • 1-800-868-3407
  • Score: 15 (5, 5, 5)
  • “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry

Metta World Peace (Ron Artest)  & Peta Murgatroyd — Team PetRon 

  • 1-800-868-3401
  • Score: 14 (5, 4, 5)
  • “Krazy” by Pitbull featuring Lil Jon

 

VIENNESE WALTZ

Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani — Team ChynnaDove

  • 1-800-868-3404
  • Score: 22 (8, 7, 7) “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff — Team Martinoff 

  • 1-800-868-3410
  • Score: 22 (8, 7, 7)
  • “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Team MakSolo 

  • 1-800-868-3408
  • Score: 21 (7, 7, 7)
  • “Satellite” by Dave Matthews Band

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough — Team DRickilous 

  • 1-800-868-3411
  • Score: 20 (7, 6, 7)
  • “This Year’s Love” by David Gray

David Arquette  & Kym Johnson — Team Good Times 

  • 1-800-868-3406
  • Score: 18 (6, 6, 6)
  • “Somebody to Love” by Queen

Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke — Team CherBert 

  • 1-800-868-3402
  • Score: 16 (6, 5, 5)
  • “Lake Michigan” by Rogue Wave

MEN

David Arquette  & Kym Johnson — Team Good Times 

  • 1-800-868-3406

Chaz Bono  & Lacey Schwimmer — Team Schwaz 

  • 1-800-868-3412

Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke — Team CherBert 

  • 1-800-868-3402

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya — Team CarsonAnna 

  • 1-800-868-3409

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff — Team Martinoff 

  • 1-800-868-3410

Metta World Peace (Ron Artest)  & Peta Murgatroyd — Team PetRon 

  • 1-800-868-3401

WOMEN

Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy — Team Valisabetta 

  • 1-800-868-3407

Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas — Team KristinBalls

  • 1-800-868-3403 

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus — Team MacGrace 

  • 1-800-868-3405

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough — Team DRickilous 

  • 1-800-868-3411

Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani — Team ChynnaDove

  • 1-800-868-3404

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Team MakSolo 

  • 1-800-868-3408

DWTS 13: Register and vote!

“Dancing with the Stars” season 13 premieres tonight (19 September 2011) with 2-hours of live dancing on ABC at 8 p.m. Pacific Coast standard time and 7 p.m. central. The results show will be on Tuesday night (20 September 2011) on ABC at 8 p.m. Pacific standard time and 7 p.m. central.

If you want to vote though, don’t wait until then. Voting online requires that you be registered on the ABC website. So sign up now.

You can vote on your phone at the beginning of the show until 30 minutes after the endof the show in your local time zone. Online voting is open until 11 a.m. (Eastern) and 8 a.m. (Pacific).

 

Below is voting information and FAQ from ABC.

VOTING — HOW IT WORKS:

During the live shows, the judges will give each couple a score based on several factors, including technical execution. But the judges’ scores alone do not decide a couple’s fate.

Phone lines, text votes (AT&T customers only) and online voting will open at the top of each performance show so that viewers can vote for their favorites. Phone and text lines will stay open until 30 minutes after the end of the show in your local time zone. Online voting will remain open until 11AM (Eastern Time)/ 8AM (Pacific Time) the following day.

In the Dancing with the Stars Results Show, the couple with the lowest combined score from judges and viewer votes will be eliminated from the competition. The scoring is divided evenly between the judges and the viewers at home, ensuring unpredictable outcomes at the end of every show. When the final two couples remain, the ultimate dance-off will determine who wins the trophy.

Viewers can vote via phone and text message for their favorites ONLY on the night they perform; online voting ends at 11AM ET/8AM PT the day following the performances. The Dancing with the Stars Results Show will premiere the week of competition on Tuesday, September 20 at 8|7c.

PHONE/SMS NUMBERS:

COUPLE NAME PHONE NUMBER TEXT-IN CODE
Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya 800-868-3409
800-VOTE4-09
3409
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer 800-868-3412
800-VOTE4-12
3412
Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani 800-868-3404
800-VOTE4-04
3404
David Arquette & Kym Johnson 800-868-3406
800-VOTE4-06
3406
Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy 800-868-3407
800-VOTE4-07
3407
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy 800-868-3408
800-VOTE4-08
3408
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff 800-868-3410
800-VOTE4-10
3410
Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas 800-868-3403
800-VOTE4-03
3403
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus 800-868-3405
800-VOTE4-05
3405
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough 800-868-3411
800-VOTE4-11
3411
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke 800-868-3402
800-VOTE4-02
3402
Ron Artest & Peta Murgatroyd 800-868-3401
800-VOTE4-01
3401

To vote by text message, text the word “VOTE” to your favorite couple’s number below from your AT&T phone. Message and data rates may apply.


Lines open at the beginning of each show for viewers to phone and text vote for their favorite couples and will stay open for 30 minutes after the end of the show in each time zone. The whole country can vote.

One (or more) couple(s) will be knocked out of the competition each week there is a results show. The couple with the lowest overall score is knocked out of the competition.

The scoring and format of the show is unique to the series and is not based on a standard dance championship.


PROCEDURE FOR ELIMINATING COUPLES:

Each week every couple receives points from the judges and votes from the public. For every couple we determine the share they received of the total points given by the judges on the night of the performances, and the share they received of the public’s votes and add these two shares together. The couple with the lowest combined total is eliminated from the show.

For example if couples A, B and C respectively receive 38, 26 and 14 points from the judges, we calculate what share these points represent of the total awarded by the judges on the night. In this example the judges gave 78 points in total, and each couples’ share of 78 points breaks down as follows: A: 38 points = 48.72% of 78; B: 26 points = 33.33% of 78; C: 14 points = 17.95% of 78. Let’s suppose that when the public votes are tallied, each couple has the following shares: A= 20%, B=40%, C=40%. To determine who’s eliminated, we combine these two shares for the total:

Couple A: 20+48.72%= 68.72%
Couple B: 40+33.33%= 73.33%
Couple C: 40+17.95%= 57.95%

In this example, the bottom two couples would be A and C, and C would be eliminated.


1. How do I vote?
Well, we have three convenient ways for you to keep your favorite stars dancing. You can vote by phone, text message or simply go online.

2. When exactly can we vote?
Phone and text voting is open in your local time zone from the beginning of the Monday show until 30 minutes after the end of the Monday show. Online voting is open from the beginning of the Monday show until 11AM ET / 8AM PT the next day.

3. What do I need to do to vote online?
A username and a valid email address are a must. We’ve hopefully made the process pretty easy for you. In fact, if you already have a Facebook or Twitter account, you can sign in with one of those accounts, connect it to an ABC account and you’re ready to go. If you don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account, you can simply sign up for an ABC account at ABC.com.

4. I have an existing ABC account, why do I need to validate my email address?
The short answer is that we’ve changed our registration system for the better. When you log into your ABC account, you will be sent a confirmation email. Just click on the link inside. Once your account is validated, you’re all set to vote for the season. We recommend you validate your account now so you’re ready to roll come Dancing premiere night. You canclick here to sign in and validate your account.

5. I didn’t get the email to validate my account. What should I do?
Please be patient! Sometimes it may take a few minutes for the validation email to be delivered. Also, be sure to check your “spam” folder to make sure the email didn’t land there.

6. Help! I forgot my username and/or password.
Fear not! We can help. If you need to get your member name, click here. If you forgot your password, click here. Told ya we could help.

7. How do I change the email address associated with my account?
Just follow the directions on this page.

8. How are votes scored?
We have all the details on how scores from the judges combine with the public votes on ourAbout the Vote page. You can read all about it there!

9. Other members of my house would like to vote. Can they?
Sure! Just make sure to log out after you finish voting, then have your other household members log in with their Facebook, Twitter or ABC.com accounts. It’s perfectly fine to vote on the same computer.

10. Is there a minimum age to vote?
Yes, you must be 13 years old in order to vote. Sorry, tweens!

Links provided below are to team pages.

MEN

David Arquette  & Kym Johnson — Team Good Times 

  • 1-800-868-3406

Chaz Bono  & Lacey Schwimmer — Team Schwaz 

  • 1-800-868-3412

Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke — Team CherBert 

  • 1-800-868-3402

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya — Team CarsonAnna 

  • 1-800-868-3409

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff — Team Martinoff 

  • 1-800-868-3410

Metta World Peace (Ron Artest)  & Peta Murgatroyd — Team PetRon 

  • 1-800-868-3401

WOMEN

Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy — Team Valisabetta 

  • 1-800-868-3407

Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas — Team KristinBalls

  • 1-800-868-3403 

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus — Team MacGrace 

  • 1-800-868-3405

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough — Team DRickilous 

  • 1-800-868-3411

Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani — Team ChynnaDove

  • 1-800-868-3404

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Team MakSolo 

  • 1-800-868-3408

Chaz Bono, Renee Richards and transsexual rights

When I first learned that Chaz Bono was one of the celebrities competing on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars” I was disappointed. Where is a Renee Richards when you need her?

Renee Richards, is, I learned from Wikipedia, still alive and well. The 6-foot-2 left-handed former professional tennis player is now 77. She retired from playing tennis in 1981. Her highest ranking was number 20 in February 1979.

Richards was born Richard Raskind in New York City and as Richard, he played tennis, making the top 10 Eastern and the National juniors. He was captain of the Horace Mann School tennis team during high school and when he was 15, he won the Eastern Private Schools interscholastic  singles. From there, he went on to Yale where he competed on the singles tennis team and, in 1954, he was captain.

Richards attended medical school and served in the U.S. Navy as an officer (lieutenant commander) and became an opthamologist. He did marry and have a son, but in 1975, he transitioned with the help of surgery, into a new life as Renee Richards, a woman.

Richards sued the U.S. Tennis Associatin after being barred from playing as a woman at the U.S. Open in 1976 and won the right to play in 1977. She coached Martina Navratilova. Richards wrote two autobiographies, the 1986 “Second Serve” (in the 1986 TV movie Vanessa Redgrave played Richards) and the 2007 “No Way Renee: The Second Half of My Notorious Life.” Like Chaz Bono, Richards has a documentary about her life, simply called “Renée” that premiered in April.

Chaz Bono was born Chastity Sun Bono to Sonny Bono and Cher. Bono legally completed his transition to male in May of last year to be renamed Chaz Salvatore Bono and his documentary “Becoming Chaz” premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Oprah Winfrey’s Network owns the rights to the Emmy-nominated documentary which aired this year in May. Bono’s latest book “Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man” also came out in May.

Bono is 42 and not in particularly good shape. Having written two books, the 1998 “Family Outing: A Guide to the Coming Out Process for Gays, Lesbians and their Families” and the 2003 “The End of Innocence,” Bono is a prominent member of the LGBT community,and has served as the Entertainment Media Director for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, but much of his fame or Q score is reflected glory from his parents.

Since DWTS decided to go international (think Gilles Marini or Heather Mills or this season’s Elisabetta Canalis), why not Dana International (Sharon Cohen), an Israeli pop singer who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998 with the song “Diva”? She’s one of Israel’s most successful musical acts and represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011. At 39, International has a successful career and looks to be in better shape than Chaz Bono.

And what about Nong Tum, a male-to-female transgendered person, who is also a former Thai boxing champion, model and actor. In 2003, Nong Tum’s story was made into a movie “Beautiful Boxer.” Her story was included in the book, “Ladyboys: The Secret of Thailand’s Third Gender” and the 2003 National Geographic documentary “Hidden Genders.”  She was in the 2006 “Mercury Man.”

DWTS had Mark Dacascos on during season 9 (paired with Lacey Schwimmer). The current trend in street dancing includes a heavy martial arts influence and Dacascos brought a lot of martial arts flair and fun to his dancing.

As the first amputee, Heather Mills (McCartney) was physically fit although because of her dubious personal life Mills was not a fan favorite. Her claim to celebrity was officially charity campaigner and not Paul McCartney’s soon-to-be ex or reviled gold digger.

Sure Elisabetta Canalis is good-looking, but as an actress and model, the 32-year-old has the 2005 “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” as her biggest U.S. audience credit. She’s also a recurring character in the TNT drama series “Leverage” but perhaps her relationship with George Clooney which officially ended in June of this year is what gives her a Q-score.

For the first transgender/transsexual DWTS contestant, I have preferred Nong Tum or Dana International to Chaz Bono because I think they are famous in their own right and because they would have been physically better contenders for the mirrorball. At 77,  Renée Richards might be considered a little old to take to the dance floor although during season 7, Cloris Leachman was 82 (paired with Corky Ballas).  A 77-year-old Richards would have been a phenomenal choice given her athletic ability and career and athletic achievements.

The American Family Association has initiated a boycott against DWTS. GMA took an exclusive interview, but the interviewer was under-prepared. (Really, he asked what Chaz Bono’s best dance was at this stage?!). They note that the skimpy costumes and provocative dance routines had already turned away viewers, but not the inclusion of former Playboy Playmates and Hugh Hefner and even his former girlfriends?

They found the inclusion of Carson Kressley and Chaz Bono as “completely unacceptable and Christians should not watch the show, no excuses!”

Chaz Bono might be an excuse for the whole cast to break out into Rocky Horror-esque routines because fellow cast member David Arquette has experience playing Dr. Frank-n-Furter for the on-stage musical “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”  Wouldn’t that be a Halloween scream?

This season, I think Carson Kressley will add entertainment value and I’m looking forward to seeing how he does. But I don’t consider Chaz Bono the best choice for the show’s first transsexual celebrity contestant because I’d rather have a person who looked like he or she had more dancing potential, but perhaps Bono will surprise us all.

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