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DWTS 15: Pamela Anderson is gone

Is this really a shocker?  Pamela Anderson may be sexy, but on Monday night (Sept. 24, 2012) she shambled through her routine with Tristan MacManus and received the lowest score of the night, 17 on the premiere week of “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars.” Boobs and an I-just-got-out-of-bed look doesn’t get you good marks on the dance floor as it would in the Playboy Mansion.

Anderson performed her cha cha cha to “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse. Was she attempting to portray the tragedy that was Winehouse? If so, it didn’t work as well as her Dolly Parton during her original run on DWTS with Damian Whitewood.

If you look at the billboard for the show, she’s dressed in white and at the center of the celebrity V-shaped formation.

Her 2010 (spring) outing on DWTS wasn’t her only appearance in the franchise. She also appeared in the Argentinian version “Bailando por un sueño” the next year and that was a bit more intensive, going on for 24 weeks as compared to 10. She wasn’t the only American in the mix. Mike Tyson also competing.

Both Americans withdrew. Tyson was replaced by television producer Jorge “Negrito” Luengo. When Anderson left, model Paula Chaves replaced her and made the semi-finals.

Anderson’s week 1 cha cha cha for her American “Dancing with the Stars” season 10 was her first dance and she received a 21 (7, 6, 8).  Compare that to her moves and performance this week with Tristan MacManus.

MacManus is a good dancer and has a following as is apparent from the searches online, but as a celebrity choreographer he has a lot to learn. I found his choreography for the wonderful Gladys Knight last season had some unflattering poses for that lovely lady. Knight has natural rhythm and is a seasoned performer, but she thick in the waist and not very flexible.

Compare his choreography to Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s for Kirstie Alley who has the same general problem. Alley is back and she knows how to work her assets. (Her smooch to congratulate host Tom Bergeron for his Emmy made news).

Then whatever the producers may think of Anderson, she and Whitewood were in the bottom two week 2 when they didn’t turn in the lowest score. With 22 points, they were higher than:

  • Niecy Nash and Louis van Amstel: 21
  • Shannon Doherty and Mark Ballas: 20
  • Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower: 20
  • Aiden Turner and Edyta Sliwinka: 19
  • Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke: 16
  • Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani: 15
  • Buzz Aldrin and Ashly Costa: 12

Doherty and Ballas were eliminated.

Who was in the bottom two wasn’t revealed during weeks 3 and 4. We were given who was the last to be called safe. Week 5, Anderson and Whitewood didn’t post the lowest score, but they were again in the bottom two. This time, it was Gosselin and Dovolani who were eliminated, but they had a 15/30. Anderson and Whitewood had a 21/30 (7, 6, 8).

Week 6, her team wasn’t in the bottom-two (Jake who was eliminated and Niecy Nash). She and Whitewood were back in the bottom two week 7 (with Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy) and were eliminated. Anderson and Whitewood had received a 24 (8, 8, 8) and an additional 27 for a team score. That placed them in a tie with Andrews and Chmerkovskiy who received a 27 for their individual dance performance but a 24 for the team score.

This might not be the last DWTS appearance of the 45-year-old Anderson, but as the judges commented, she needs to put more work into the dance floor instead of trying to coast on her looks.

Also featured on the show was the YouTube discovery rags-to-riches Justin Bieber.  Talking about looks, I don’t like the look of the low-hanging “slouch” pants, but it is the fashion and Bieber was rocking it. Pitbull also appeared.

What was the shocker last night: Drew Lachey and his new partner Anna Trebunskaya were in the bottom two. Lachey and Trebunkaya scored 21.5 and were in a three-way tie for sixth place with Hélio Castroneves (and Chelsie Hightower) and Kelly Monaco (and Val Chmerkovskiy). Maybe her studio can help with the votes. Lachey isn’t one of my favorites, but he’s a lot of fun to watch on the dance floor. Of course, if one has a choice between Lachey and Gilles Marini, we’d both go for the latter.

Justin Bieber’s ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’

Yes, here’s an old classic sung by Justin Bieber using Animagic (really Rankin/Bass stop-motion techniques).

Music video by Justin Bieber performing Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. (C) 2011 The Island Def Jam Music Group.

Here Bieber become part of the classic Rankin-Bass TV special “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.”

Here’s a clip from the ending of the feature.

This isn’t the first time animation has been used for this song:

The actual song was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie in 1934, debuting in November on Eddie Cantor’s radio show. The TV special was produced in 1970 with Fred Astaire narrating. It tells the original story of Santa Claus.

Rankin/Bass used stop-motion. Their characters were dolls with spheroid body parts. The company which began as Videocraft International, Ltd., and was also known as Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment and Rankin/Bass Productions, Inc., was founded in 1960 but eventually was merged into Warner Bros.

The founder Arthur Rankin, Jr. is still alive (born July 19, 1924) and lives in New York.  The co-founder Jules Bass (born September 16, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) lives in New York and Paris and now writes children’s books.

Feature films

 Animated TV specials

Super Bowl ads: Glee versus Justin Bieber

Justin may look cool dressed up as a Tron:Legacy citizen, but he’s not dancing. There’s a little bit of dancing in the extended version of the commercial. The “Glee” add for Chevy is splashier.

The Osmonds versus the Osbournes

You can compare these two Ozzy Osbourne spots.

Super Bowl 2011 for Best Buy with Justin Bieber

Donny and Marie Osmond and Ozzy Osbourne in the 2006 Pepsi Twist commercial.


Donny Osmond does his Ozzy Osbourne impression.

Justin Bieber and Ozzy Osbourne Super Bowl ad

There’s no dancing here (except in the extended version), but a reference to “Tron: Legacy” and old rock and new talent.

Justin Bieber performs at VMA 2010 (VIDEO)

The teen sensation Justin Bieber performed a medley of his hits (“U Smile,” “Baby” and “Somebody to Love”) and, of course, besides there being screaming fans, he danced with his group of b-boys and played the drums.

What more can you ask from a YouTube sensation?

The Canadian singer Bieber, Jerry Duplessis, Arden Altino, and Dan August Rigo wrote”U Smile” and the song was released on his debut album this year in March.

“Baby” was written by Bieber,  Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, Terius “The-Dream” Nash, Christopher Bridges, Christina Milian.

“Somebody to Love” was released this year in April and was written by Bieber, Heather Bright, and The Stereotypes. That video features Poreotics and Beat Freaks as well as Bieber’s mentor, Usher.

Justin Bieber and Shaq bowling (VIDEO)

Shaq not only sang and danced with YouTube sensation Justin Bieber, he went bowling. See the clip below.

Shaq originally challenged Bieber in Arizona, using his FB (facial recognition) to get into the stadium. Shaq did used to rock. Shaq got a bit of a shock. He was almost literally invisible to the Justin Bieber fans.

Shaq challenged Bieber to dancing, singing, bowling and a few other challenges like basketball. There’s some singing and dancing at the bowling alley. You have to watch the full episode to see that.

For those who don’t know, “Shaq Vs.” is an ABC reality show in its first season. The show which premiered on 18 August 2009 takes basketball star Shaquille O’Neal and had him challenge “top athletes in their own sports.” This season, season two, has non-sporting matches.

In the show, UFC play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg gives us a description of the action and serves as one of the co-hosts.  Charissa Thompson is the co-host and sideline Thompson. Shaq negotiates a handicap and, of course, does some trash talking. Actually, Shaq’s commentary is really funny.

The Justin Bieber challenge aired last night, 31 August 2010 and included Shaq challenging Jimmy Kimmel in Hollywood. Shaq revealed that this wasn’t really a challenge, but a chance to become the number one dad of the world. Shaq commented, “You just given me the advantage to give them extra chores and extra homework.” This challenge was more of a win-win.

You can view the complete episode at ABC.

Shaq Vs. Justin Bieber (VIDEO)

Yes, it’s true. The bigger-than-life Shaq has taken on teen YouTube sensation Justin Bieber to a dance off and a sing-off. We already know how Shaq sounds when he’s singing. Check out how he dances.

Shaq originally challenged Bieber in Arizona, using his FB (facial recognition) to get into the stadium. Shaq did used to rock. Shaq got a bit of a shock. He was almost literally invisible to the Justin Bieber fans.

Shaq challenged Bieber to dancing, singing, bowling and a few other challenges like basketball. There’s some singing and dancing at the bowling alley. You have to watch the full episode to see that.

For those who don’t know, “Shaq Vs.” is an ABC reality show in its first season. The show which premiered on 18 August 2009 takes basketball star Shaquille O’Neal and had him challenge “top athletes in their own sports.” This season, season two, has non-sporting matches.

In the show, UFC play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg gives us a description of the action and serves as one of the co-hosts.  Charissa Thompson is the co-host and sideline Thompson. Shaq negotiates a handicap and, of course, does some trash talking. Actually, Shaq’s commentary is really funny.

The Justin Bieber challenge aired last night, 31 August 2010 and included Shaq challenging Jimmy Kimmel in Hollywood. Shaq revealed that this wasn’t really a challenge, but a chance to become the number one dad of the world. Shaq commented, “You just given me the advantage to give them extra chores and extra homework.” This challenge was more of a win-win.

You can view the complete episode at ABC.

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