DWTS 15: Pamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus

With the inclusion of Pamela Anderson on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” you know ABC is back to the formula of include Playboy bunny for sex appeal. Have they forgotten the lessons of season 10 and season 9?

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Season: 10

  • Winners: Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough
  • Second: Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya
  • Third: Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Sixth: Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood

Best dance:

  • Waltz (24)
  • Rumba (24)

Worst dance:

  • Cha cha cha (21)
  • Paso doble (21)
  • Foxtrot (22)
  • Argentine tango (22)

Season 9 had Joanna Krupa who was paired with Derek Hough. She finished fourth. If she had finished first, that might have been uneasy times for the ABC/Disney connection. After the season ended, she was the model of a PETA add that left little to the imagination and managed to anger the Catholic church. Krupa will be one of the housewives in “The Real Housewives of Miami.”

Pamela Anderson is more infamous than Krupa, but that didn’t help her dancing. During week 1, she received a 21 for her cha cha cha to “Gimme All Your Lovin/” by ZZ Top (7, 6, 8). Week 2, she tried to channel Marilyn Monroe for her foxtrot to “I Wanna Be Loved B You” and received a 22 (7, 7, 8). She wasn’t the low score of the night, but she ended up in the bottom two. She outscored Chad Ochocinco (16), Aiden Turner (19), Shannen Doherty (20), Buzz Aldrin (12), Jake Pavelka (20)  and Kate Gosselin (15). Doherty was eliminated.

Week 3, the team did better with a 21 for their paso doble (7, 7, 7) to “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by The Animals. Week 4, saw the team perform a very sexy rumba for a double score 23 (7, 8, 8) for technique and 24 (8, 7, 9) for performance. They danced to “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt.

Week 5 was Movie Week and Anderson performed to the Dolly Parton tune “9 to 5” for a scored that divided the judges, 21 (7, 6, 8). She wasn’t winning over head judge Len Goodman and she didn’t win over the fans. She was in the bottom two. Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani were eliminated; they had the lowest score, 15 (5, 5, 5). Goodman was only a little bit more impressed the following week when Anderson and Whitewood performed the Argentine tango to “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode. The team received a 22 (7, 7, 8).  Pavelka was eliminated.

In their final week of competition, Anderson and Whitewood performed the waltz for a 24 (8, 8, 8). Goodman was finally impressed, but the fans were not. Anderson and Whitewood were in the bottom two (with Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy who had scored a 27 for their quickstep) and had the lowest score for their individual dance.

Anderson and Disney star Sabrina Bryan are the only two out of the 12 who did not make the finals. Bryan competed with Mark Ballas during season 5 and had higher scores for the six weeks she danced, including one perfect score for her paso doble (to “You Spin Me Round Like a Record”).

I wouldn’t fault her chemistry with Whitewood either. MacManus is a problem. He doesn’t actively promote himself like Maksim Chmerkovskiy. His previous celebrity dance partners were Nancy Grace during season 13 and Gladys Knight during season 14.  Despite her last name, Grace was less than graceful. The teams average score was 21.3. With Knight his team had only a slightly better average, 21.5, but I often felt he didn’t know how to show Knight off to her best advantage, particularly in the dips.

Grace and MacManus were out in the eight week. Knight and MacManus were eliminated during the fifth week.

We don’t expect Pamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus to last long, particularly if the emphasis is on technique.

About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on September 24, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars: Season 15, Pamela Anderson, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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