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Rick Fox: Dances

Rick Fox was doing well, consistently better than Bristol Palin, but dance fans, we were wrong and ABC executives were right. There’s a following out there for Bristol the Pistol. How else can one explain her continued presence on “Dancing with the Stars”? Fox and his partner Cheryl Burke were mismatched height-wise. I would have loved to have seen Fox dance with Edyta Sliwinska, who quit the show before the season (11) started.

Just for you to review Fox and Burke’s accomplishments, I’ve posted the videos below.

Fox and Burke at this time (3 November 2010) hold the best score for cha cha cha (27 along with Brandy and Kurt Warner), quickstep (27 along with Brandy), samba (along with Jennifer Grey and Brandy), rumba (24, along with Brandy who got two scores–technical and performance).  Fox and Burke do not have the low score for any dance.

Palin and Mark Ballas have the low score for the foxtrot with 19 and the rumba with her 14 performance score.

  • Week 1: 22 (8, 7, 7) Viennese waltz to “Crazy” by Aerosmith
  • Week 2: 21 (7, 7, 7) Jive to “Tush” by ZZ Top
  • Week 3: 24 (8, 8, 8) Samba to “Whine Up” by Kat DeLuna
  • Week 4: 19 (6, 7, 7) technique; 20 (6, 7, 7) performance for Argentine tango to”Violentango” by Astro Piazzola
  • Week 5: 24 (8, 8, 8) Rumba to “Theme from Hill Street Blues”
  • Week 6: 24 (8, 8, 8) Tango to “You Really Got Me” by Van Halen
  • Week 6: 6/10 for Rock n’ Roll marathon
  • Week 7: 24 (8, 8, 8) for Team cha cha cha to “Working Day and Night” by Michael Jackson
  • Week 7: 37/40 (10, 9, 9, 9) for Quickstep to “Hey Pachuco” by Royal Crown Revue.

DWTS tango routines compared (VIDEO)

Tango

  1. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: 37/40. 27 adjusted.
  2. Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: 35/40. 26 adjusted.
  3. Brandy Norwood and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 26 (8,9,9) Tango to “Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler
  4. Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke: 24 (8,8,8) Tango to “You Really Got Me” by Van Halen
  5. Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: 23 (8,7,8) Tango to “If I Had You” by Adam Lambert
  6. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: 23 (8,7,8) Tango to “According to You” by Orianthi
  7. *Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas: 21 (week 5)

Best of tango performances from previous seasons

Tango versus Argentine tango

During week 5, Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas performed the tango for a 21. They were eliminated that week.

Week 7, Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: 37 (10, 9, 9, 9) Tango to “Shut Up” by the Black Eye Peas. Adjusted score is 27.

Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: 35 (10, 9, 8, 8) Tango to “Simply Irresistible” by Robert Palmer. Adjusted to 25.

DTWS: Compare Argentine tango performances

Argentine tango (technique/performance)

  • Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: 27 (9,9,9) 29 (10,9,10)=56
  • Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani: 24 (8,8,8) 22 (8,7,7)=46
  • Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke: 19 (6,7,6) 20 (6,7,7)=39
  • Mike Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff:  12 (4,4,4) 16 (6,5,5)=28

Week 8, Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas performed the Argentine tango and received a score of 24.

Week 9, Brandy Norwood and Maksim Chmerkovskiy performed to “Taquito Militar” by Conjunto Tipico del Tango for a score of 30.

DWTS: Compare the sambas

Talk about sexy sambas? Three of the four teams were tied and Margaret Cho and her partner Louis van Amstel also failed in telling a clear story despite the storyline provided by the song itself.  Grey goofed on her samba and I didn’t particularly like the storyline.

Cho and van Amstel were eliminated.

Samba

  • Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: 24
  • Brandy Norwood and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24
  • Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke: 24
  • Margaret Cho and Louis van Amstel: 18

Week 8, Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas performed the samba for a score of 24 (8, 8, 8) to “Mas Que Nada” by Sergio Mendes.

Week 9, Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer performed a samba to “She’s Got Me Dancing” by Tommy Sparks for a score of 29 (10, 9, 10).

DWTS: Compare jive routines (VIDEOS)

The dance category had the high and low of the night. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough were the high, repeating their score from last week.  Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower would be the low.

People were critical of the dog house and making Bolton act the part of a dog, but seriously, folks…the guy can’t dance. His musicality is all in his voice.

The athletes, Rick Fox with Cheryl Burke and Kurt Warner with Anna Trebunskaya were a joy to watch.

Jive:

  • Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: 24 (8,8,8) “Shake It”
  • Brandy Norwood and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21 (7,7,7) “Magic”
  • Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke: 21 (7,7,7) “Tush” – ZZ Top
  • Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: 21 (7,7,7) “Danger Zone”
  • Margaret Cho and Louis van Amstel: 18 (6,6,6) “Dreaming”
  • Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower: 12 (4,5,3) “Hound Dog”

During week 5, Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas performed the jive to the theme from “The Monkees” for an 18.

Week 8, Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer danced to “Good Golly Miss Molly” by Little Richard for a score of 29 (10, 9, 10).

DWTS: Compare quickstep routines (VIDEOS)

Here’s a surprise, reality TV star Audrina Patridge was tops in the quickstep but not good enough to keep Tony Dovolani from waxing his legs.

Quickstep:

  • Brandy Norwood and Maksim Chermkovskiy: 27
  • Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke: 37 (10, 9, 9, 9) or 27 adjusted.
  • Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: 24
  • Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani: 23 (8,8,7) “Love Machine” – Girls Aloud
  • Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: 22 (8,7,7) “I Want You To”
  • Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: 22 (7,8,7) “You Can’t Hurry Love”
  • Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas: 19 (7,6,6) “Suddenly I See” – KT Tunstall
  • Mike Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff: 18 (6,6,6) “We No Speak Americano”

During Week 5, Brandy Norwood and Maksim Chermkovskiy received a 27 (9,9,9)  for their quickstep.

During week 5, Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya dance to the theme song for “Bewitched.” They received a 24.

Week 7, Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke: 37 (10, 9, 9, 9) Quickstep to “Hey Pachuco” by Royal Crown Revue. Adjusted score: 27. They were eliminated.

During week 8, Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough danced to “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” by Frank Sinatra for a score of 27 (9, 9, 9)

Dancing with the Stars: Cheryl Burke

Born Cheryl Bautista Burke, the 26-year-old professional dancer was raised in Atherton, California. Of Pilipina, Russian and Irish descent, her family had a dance floor at home. She began with ballet lessons at 4 years of age and began taking standard ballroom and Latin. She was 13 when she began competing.

Burke along with fellow DWTS pros Louis van Amstel, Ashly DelGrosso and Lacey Schwimmer was featured on “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” a Disney Channel series.

Her dancing achievements include:

  • 2005 World Cup Professional Rising Star Latin Champion
  • 2005 San Francisco Latin Champion
  • 2005 Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Latin Champion

In 2008, Burke opened the first Cheryl Burke Dance studio in San Francisco at what had been the Metronome Ballroom. She soon opened two others, one in Sunnyvale and another in Laguna Niguel.

AGE: 26

BIRTH DATE: 3 May 1984 (Aries)

FORMER PARTNERS:

  • Drew Lachey (Season 2)-Won
  • Emmitt Smith (Season 3)- Won
  • Ian Ziering (Season 4)
  • Wayne Newton (Season 5)
  • Cristian de la Fuente (Season 6)
  • Maurice Green (Season 7)
  • Gilles Marini (Season 8 )
  • Tom DeLay (Season 9)
  • Chad Ochocinco (Season 10)

CURRENT PARTNER: Rick Fox

Website: www.StrictlyCheryl.com

Can Rick Fox lose his death grip of fear? (VIDEO)

Cheryl Burke has already mentioned that she and her celebrity partner, former Laker Rick Fox,  have a very basic problem: their height disparity. She’s dancing with his chest and not his face. What short girl hasn’t done that?

What you don’t want is the death grip of fear. That’s usually the woman, but in this case, Fox is holding on a bit too tight.

Can he relax and be elegant for the Viennese waltz? Let’s hope so. At the very least, Fox has a sense of humor and should look elegant in a tux (if that’s what he’s wearing).

“Dancing with the Stars” premieres on Monday, 20 September 2010.

Dancing with the Stars Season 11: Rick Fox rehearsal photos

Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke will dance the cha cha cha and the foxtrot. Massey is grouped with Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer, David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson, Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas, Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolan, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff.


Viennese Waltz

1. Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower
2. Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
3. Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel
4. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
5. Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas
6. Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya

Cha cha cha

1. Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
2. David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson
3. Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
4. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
5. Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani
6. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff

Salsa

1. Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower
2. Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
3. Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel
4. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
5. Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas
6. Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya

Foxtrot

1. Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
2. David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson
3. Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
4. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
5. Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani
6. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff

“Dancing with the Stars” season 11 premieres 20 September 2010 on ABC.

Photo: ABC/Greg Zabilski.

Dancing with the Stars season 11 Q&A

This interview was taken before the pairs were revealed, but find out who was willing to get naked to be on the show, who has some great stripper moves and who has better abs.

OK, really, not all the answers to those questions will be revealed, but the competition for best abs is on between David Hasselhoff, Mike Sorrentino and how can we forget Maksim Chmerkovskiy?

Oddly when the cast was asked if any of them had dance training, none of them replied. Did any of the reporters do any homework?

Kate Gosselin was there as a reporter. Is that a comment on the sad state of American journalism?

You know that isn’t true. After all, check out my profiles on each of the contestants at the links below.

Women:

1. Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
2. Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel
3. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
4. Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas
5. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
6. Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani

The men:

1. Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower
2. Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
3. David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson
4. Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
5. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff
6. Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya

Cheryl Burke has won the mirrorball trophy twice during season two and three (singer Drew Lachey and former NFL player Emmitt Smith, respectively). She finished second during the hotly contested season eight when she danced with French actor Gilles Marini. Season six, she was third with actor Cristian de la Fuente.

Mark Ballas won during seasons six and eight (Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson, respectively).

Derek Hough has also won the mirrorball trophy twice–once with current co-host actress Brooke Burke during season seven and then last season, season ten, with Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger.

Kym Johnson has been second twice (seasons four and seven) when she danced with singer Joey Fatone and Warren Sapp, but won with singer/entertainer Donny Osmond during season ten.

“Dancing with the Stars” season 11 premieres on 20 September 2010.

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