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Two Olympic gold medalists, an American Idol, a Disney Channel Star, a reality TV star and a football player. All that’s missing is the Playboy factor in this field of 11. American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler was one of the first “Dancing with the Stars” cast members leaked by the press, but the full announcement of the 11 new contestants and their professional dance partners was made this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The cast of stars are: NFL player Jacoby Jones, country music singer Wynonna Judd, stand-up comedian D.L. Hughley, Real Beverly Hills Housewife Lisa Vanderpump, comedian and rehab celeb Andy Dick, pro boxer Victor Ortiz, Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman, Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman, soap opera “General Hospital” star Ingo Rademacher, country singer Kellie Pickler and Olympic gold medal figure skater Dorothy Hamill.  Season 16 of DWTS begins on Monday, March 18 with a two-hour premiere  (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET) on ABC and will have a one-hour results show on March 26 (9 p.m. to 10:01 p.m.).

Probably the bigger surprise will be who isn’t returning among the professional dancers: Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Louis van Amstel, Anna Trebunskaya and Peta Murgatroyd. There will still be a Chmerkovskiy–Valentin. Derek Hough is back, despite reports that season 15 (All-Stars) was his last. New professional dancers are Lindsay Arnold who was a contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance” (season 9), Sharna Burgess and Gleb Savchenko.

Savchenko previously was on the DWTS Australia cast and was the Australian National Professional Latin-American Champion for 2011-2012. Burgess is also Australian and represented that country at the World Championship in both Standard and Latin when she was 15. She also performed at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony. She appeared in the UK tour of “Simply Ballroom” and in 2006 became a cast member of “Burn the Floor” which toured 30 countries and in 2009 was on Broadway where she was one of the lead female dancers.

Arnold was born in Provo, Utah and attended Timpview High School. Her specialty is Latin Ballroom.

  1. Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff
  2. Wynonna Judd & Tony Dovolani
  3. D.L. Hughley & Cheryl Burke
  4. Lisa Vanderpump & Gleb Savchenko
  5. Andy Dick & Sharna Burgess
  6. Victor Ortiz & Lindsay Arnold
  7. Zendaya Coleman & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
  8. Aly Raisman & Mark Ballas
  9. Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson
  10. Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough
  11. Dorothy Hamill & Tristan MacManus

Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (“Dancing with the Stars” Season Seven Champion), “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

“Dancing with the Stars” is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

“Dancing with the Stars” season 16 begins on Monday, March 18 with a two-hour premiere  (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET) on ABC and will have a one-hour results show on March 26 (9 p.m. to 10:01 p.m.).

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.

DWTS 15: Week 1

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” the level of the competition was high, but we also saw the network returning to the low of cheap sex sell tactics. Last season went on without a Playboy bunny. This season, they brought back the pin-up factor with Pamela Anderson. Is that working for you? It wasn’t working for the judges who put her at the bottom of the board. At the top, were some all time favorites. You can still vote online either using Facebook or by going to the ABC website.

Football players have been popular with DWTS fans, even when they can’t dance like Michael Irvin. But some football players can dance and have the kind of flair on the dance floor that you can’t teach.

Retired NFL running back Emmitt Smith is one of those and he was in fine form last night, taking the top spot on the leader board, but by the slimmest of margins in DWTS history–half a point.

Yes, you heard right. Half a point is all that separates first and second place on the leader board. This season, to make things crazier, the judges now can nitpick to within half a point. And the points aren’t coming easy. In second, behind Smith who was reunited with professional dance partner Cheryl Burke, is another Burke protege: Gilles Marini.

Marini is paired with Peta Murgatroyd. Murgatroyd has proven herself an astute judge of the judges and her celebrity. Although she was eliminated quickly the first time out. She was with the recently renamed Laker Metta World Peace and the first elimination. Last season, however, with football player Donald Driver, she took the mirrorball. With the ever-so-sexy Marini, anything is possible. Last night they went for suave in their foxtrot. He was in a white tux with black details. She was in a gorgeously glamorous white gown. It was like a breath of old Hollywood.

Smith and Burke had been more get down funky in their cha cha cha. Smith can dazzle with that smile and dared to wear bright blue shoes; Burke worked that curly mane she was wearing.

In third was the fans’ choice, Sabrina Bryan who was dancing with Louis van Amstel. We were worried about the chemistry between Bryn and van Amstel. Remember the chemical badness of Margaret Cho and van Amstel? Contrast that with the wonderful mentoring van Amstel performed on Kelly Osbourne, making that British bad child bloom like a rose. Bryan had originally been partnered with Mark Ballas during season 5 and had finished seventh. That was due to lack of fan support as opposed to bad dancing.

Bryan was chosen from a pool that included Disney kid Kyle Massey and the campy Carson Kressley.  Massey had competed during season 11 with Lacey Schwimmer and they finished second to Jennifer Grey and her partner Derek Hough. He and Schwimmer beat Bristol Palin and Ballas who were third. Palin is back and her mother was in the audience last night.

The zany Cressley had been partnered with Anna Trebunskaya during season 13. They finished eighth. War vet and soap opera actor J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff won that season with Rob Kardashian a surprise second place with Burke.

Massey and Bryan are both Disney stars and have natural performance ability. Massey was a delightful surprise, but Bryan should have made it to the semi-finals. Her elimination was a shocker and DWTS has brought her back into the fold. Of course, you have to remember that ABC is owned by Disney.

As a nod to the past, the very first mirrorball winner was back, actress and Playboy Playmate Kelly Monaco. Her original partner was Alex Mazo. But the show had definitely evolved since then. During season 1, there were only six celebrities and six weeks of dancing. Monaco won against fan favorite John O’Hurley and his partner Charlotte Jorgensen. Both Mazo and Jorgensen have retired from DWTS, but Louis van Amstel was partnered with Trista Sutter from “The Bachelor.” They were the first eliminated. Edyta Sliwinska and her partner professional boxer Evander Holyfield were the second elmination. Jonathan Roberts was paired with model Rachel Hunter. Joey McIntyre and Ashly DelGrosso finished third.

Monaco (who had the first wardrobe malfunction in DWTS history) danced the waltz week 1 for a score of 13 (5, 4, 4). For week 2, she did better with the rumba, 17 (5, 6, 6). Week 3, she and Mazo were given a 21 for their jive (6, 7, 8). Week 4, when they performed a samba, they were the high score with 26 (9, 9, 8). It was the first time they beat O’Hurley and Jorgensen who received a 21 (7, 8, 6). Week 5 Monaco and Mazo performed a foxtrot for a 22 and a paso doble for a 25, but O’Hurley and Jorgensen received 27s for both dances.

Week six, Monaco and Mazo were one point ahead of O’Hurley and Jorgensen and won. That upset viewers so much ABC had a special dance off between the two couples that ended with Monaco and Mazo were three points behind. This one-off special had the couples perform one unlearned Latin dance during the first round. In the second round the couples performed an unlearned ballroom dance. The last round was the freestyle. O’Hurley and Jorgensen won by three points.

DWTS has certainly evolved and the celebrities perform for 10 weeks instead of six. That means more dances to learn and more pressure.

This season there were no clear train wrecks on the dance floor, but there were some obvious underachievers such as Pamela Anderson who, with her new partner Tristan MacManus, ended up at the bottom of the board. MacManus can dance and he has that cute Irish accent that made third sound like turd to Nancy Grace, but his ability to showcase his celebrity isn’t impressive. Grace wasn’t that graceful, but when he had Gladys Knight some of the dips were not well suited to the Empress of Soul.

Here’s how it stood at the end of the evening:

Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 24.5

Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 24.0

Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 22.5

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 22.0

Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 22.0

Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 21.5

Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5

Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 21.5

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 21

Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: 20.5

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 19.5

Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 19

Pamela Anderson & Tristan MacManus: 17

It’s no surprise that Anderson ended up at the bottom. Only Bryan and Anderson had never made the semi-finals in this field of all-stars. Bryan definitely had the ability. Anderson looked worse in her performance with MacManus than she had done with her original partner (Damian Whitewood). MacManus choreographed a quick dip into a split move that looked good on other celebrities, but both times that Anderson performed it, she went into it bent-kneed and came out of if awkwardly. She seemed more involved, or self-involved, in her hairography–not the flipping, spinning type. Her hairography was more primp and look sexy like I just got out of bed. That might work for Playboy photo shoots, but not on the dance floor. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba cautioned Anderson to put in the work. Bruno Tonioli was kinder, but the message was the same.

Palin, who got to the semi-finals more on view voting than actual merit, is understandably also near the bottom. Mark Ballas is a skilled teacher, but their chemistry is almost toxic. During their original time together, Ballas went into his self-indulgent choreography funk. There was a real concern that Palin could win. We wonder if the campaign to get Palin off of DWTS will start up again. There’s an old Facebook page just for that cause.

Second from the bottom is an old favorite that we’d like to stay: Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Alley is the oldest contestant and the most in need of losing a few pounds. We love her chemistry with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and hope she doesn’t go tonight. Our choice would be Anderson, then Palin.

By dance, Smith and Burke had the top score for the cha cha cha and Anderson and MacManus had the low score. Marini and Murgatroyd were the high score for the foxtrot and Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy was at the bottom.

Online voting will remain open until 11 a.m. (Eastern Time)/ 8 a.m. (Pacific Time) today, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. You have 13 votes and spread them around, but spare the viewers from more performances by Anderson or Palin.

The results will be announced tonight, Tuesday, September 25 on the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars: The Results” show, 8 p.m. (7 p.m. Central) on ABC. One couple will be eliminated but before that, singing sensation Justin Bieber and Pitbull will perform.

DWTS 15: Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower

Did you know who Helio Castroneves was before he won “Dancing with the Stars” during season 5? Who thought an Indy 500 driver would be able to captivate an audience and have a fan base?

Teamed with Julianne Hough, he charmed. Julianne Hough won’t be returning, although we expect her to show up during training, so his new partner Chelsie Hightower is the right height, but does she have the right chemistry?  Does she have the experience to win? Her highest placement was with Ty Murray during season 8 when they made the semi-finals and finished fourth. During season 12, she was paired with Romeo for a fifth place finish. Roshon Fegan and Hightower finished sixth last season.

Hightower has had some judgement errors like the infamous dog house choreography with Michael Bolton.

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Season: 5

  • Winners: Hélio Castroneves and Julianne Hough
  • Second: Mel B. and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Third: Marie Osmond and Jonatan Roberts

Best dance:

  • Cha cha cha (30)
  • Foxtrot (30)

Worst dance:

  • Rumba (23)

Castroneves and Hough started season 5 with a 25 (8, 9, 8) for the foxtrot to “Bewitched” by Steve Lawrence. Castroneves was suave and had the high score for the men in a two-night (women first, then men) first-dance premiere. The only team that did better was Cheetah girl Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas with a 26 for their cha cha cha (9, 8, 9).

Week 2, Castroneves showed his Latin roots by earning a 27 (9, 9, 9) for a mambo to Santana’s “Para los Rumberos.”  That was the high score of the night. Bryan and Ballas were one point behind after received a 26 (9, 8, 9) for their quickstep to “They’re Red Hot” by Robert Johnson.

Week 3 was a different story. The quick moving jive wasn’t Castroneves’ dance and they earned a 24 (8, 8, 8) dancing to “Kids in America” by Kim Wilde. The high score that night was 27 in what was a three-way tie for first between Bryan and Ballas, Mel B. and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Jane Seymour and Tony Dovolani.

Week 4, Bryan and Ballas reigned supreme with a perfect score of 30/30 for their paso doble (to “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)) but Castroneves and Hough were tied for second with Jennie Garth and Derek Hough (paso doble) and Cameron Mathison and Edyta Sliwinska. Garth and Hough split the judges (8, 10, 9) with the paso doble to “Because We Can” by Fatboy Slim. Mathison and Sliwinska received all nines for their paso doble to the theme from the movie “Superman” by John Williams. Castroneves and Hough also received all nines for their Viennese waltz to “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls.

By week 6, Castroneves was able to gain the respect of head judge Len Goodman with his cha cha cha. Goodman gave him a 10 while the other judges oddly game him and Hough nines for their routine to “Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown. Castroneves wasn’t the high score during that week (Mel B. and Chmerkovskiy received a perfect 30) or week 7 when he and Hough were tied for third with Osmond and Roberts. Mel B. and Chmerkovskiy again had the lead with Garth and Derek Hough in third.

Week 8 and 9 were a different story. Mel B. and Chmerkovskiy was behind by one point after their tango to “Personal Jesus” by Depech Mode and mambo to “Mambo Jambo” by Perez Prado, receiing a 27 (9, 9, 9) and a 29 (9, 10, 10) respectively. Castroneves performed a paso doble to “Amparito Roca” by Unidad de Musica de la Guardia Real for a 27 (9, 9, 9) and their quickstep received a perfect 30.

In week 9, Mel B. and Chmerkovskiy (Viennese waltz and paso doble) and Castroneves and Hough (foxtrot and cha cha cha) received a perfect 60/60. The Viennese waltz was to Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and the paso doble was to The Stones “OI Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Castoneves and Hough danced to “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” by Dean Martin for their foxtrot and to the Ohio Players’ “Love Rollercoaster.”

The judges would give Mel B. and Chmerkovskiy a one point edge during the finals, but it was the viewers who decided on Castroneves and Hough. Mel B. performed a cha cha cha (to “Car Wash” by Rose Royce, a mambo to “Mambo Jambo” by Perez Prado and their freestyle to “The Way I Are” by Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson and D.O.E. Castroneves and Hough went for stamina with their lively jive to “Let’s Twist Again” by Chubby Checkers” and a quickstep to “Hey Pachuco” and their freestyle to “Land of 1000 Dances.”

Castroneves had definite chemistry with Hough, but we’ll have to see if Chelsie Hightower can push Castroneves to be competitive and take advantage of his natural charm.  He’s a solid dancers with stamina and he knows how to strategize and pace himself.

DWTS 15: Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel

Sabrina Bryan gets a reprieve and one that was voted on by Dancing with the Stars’ fans. She was chosen over another Disney kid, Kyle Massey, and the king of dance floor camp, Carson Kressley. When Bryan competed during season 5, she was paired with Mark Ballas, but finished a dismal seventh.

That, unlike Pamela Anderson, didn’t have anything to do with her scores. Bryan was in the 2003 Disney channel original movie “The Cheetah Girls” about a group of girls who could sing and dance.

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Season: 5

  • Winners: Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough
  • Second: Mel B and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Third: Marie Osmond and Jonathan Roberts
  • Sixth: Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas

Best dance:

  • Paso doble (30)
  • Rumba (28)
  • Jive (27)

Worst dance:

  • Cha cha cha (26)
  • Quickstep (26)
  • Foxtrot  (25)

What went wrong with the team of Bryan and Ballas was the audience voting. They had the high score for week 1 with a 26 (9, 8, 9) to “Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls. They were second in week 2 after their quickstep to “They’re Red Hot” by Robert Johnson. .

Week 3 saw them in a three-way tie for first with 27 (with Mel B. and Jane Seymour). Bryan and Ballas performed a jive to “Shake, Rattle and Roll” by Huey Lewis and the News. Mel B. and Chmerkovskiy also performed a jive (“Sweet Soul Music” by Sam & Dave). Seymour and Dovolani tangoed to “Perfida” from “Shall We Dance”?

Week 4, the team had the top score with a perfect 30/30 for their paso doble to “You Spin Me round (Like a Record)” by Dead or Alive). Week 5, they finished second with a 28 to Mel B. and Chmerkovskiy’s 29. That was for their rumba to “Me & Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul.

Week 6, they performed to “I’m a Woman” by Peggy Lee. They won over Carrie Ann Inaba for a 9, but the rest were eights. They got a low score of 25 for the foxtrot which still beat Seymour and Dovolani (22) and Osmond and Roberts (23). But Osmond had a bigger fan base. Osmond and Roberts would finish in third place.

Bryan has the ability, but we wonder if she’ll have the chemistry with van Amstel. Van Amstel. Van Amstel and Monique Coleman (“High School Musical”) made it to the semi-finals but were eliminated to finish fourth during season 3. Season 9, he was paired with Kelly Osbourne and they finished third. That was his highest finish on “Dancing with the Stars.” He was paired with Kendra Wilkinson during season 12 and Wilkinson had critical comments after the show. If he can capture the magic he had with Osbourne who really blossomed in their partnership, then their dancing will certainly be worth watching. However, you have to wonder if Bryan and van Amstel have the fan base that can take a mediocre dancer to the semi-finals.

With “Dancing with the Stars: All Stars,” there’s not much room for missteps because six celebrities have won, three have placed second and two have placed third.

One couple will be eliminated on Tuesday night on “Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show.” Justin Bieber and Pitbull will perform on the show.

“Dancing with the Stars” premieres tonight, Monday, September 24, on ABC at  8 p.m.  and the “Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show” premieres Tuesday, September 25 at 8 p.m.  on ABC.

 

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.

DWTS 15: Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Kirstie Alley is back and this Emmy Award-winning actress has the fans and fun factor. We like her chemistry with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

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Season: 12

  • Winners: Hines Ward and Kym Johnson
  • Second: Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Third: Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas

Best dance:

  • Cha cha cha (30)
  • Paso doble (27)

Worst dance:

  • Waltz (22)
  • Rumba (21)
  • Jive (21)
  • Quickstep (20)

The first time Alley and Chmerkovskiy danced the cha cha cha it was the first week to “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green. They earned a 23 (8, 7, 8). It was the second highest score of the night. Week 2 was when they received their lowest score, 20 (7, 6, 7) for the quickstep to “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall.

Week 2 wasn’t much better with a 21 (7, 7, 7) for the rumba to “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, but the pair also had a fall. Chmerkovskiy was apologetic. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba perhaps made an overstatement by saying, “Sometimes tragedy leads to an amazingly beautiful moment.” It wasn’t exactly a tragedy because no one was hurt, but Inaba also noted that after that mishap  “something magical happened.”

Week 3 was the waltz for a 22 (7, 7, 8) to “The Flower Duet” by Leo Delibes and only judge Bruno Tonioli on their side. Alley had a slight problem with her shoe during the performance, but ever the trooper, she was able to get it back on.

The team improved the next week (America Week) with a foxtrot to “American Woman” by the Guess Who for a 23 (8, 7, 8). Did a visit from the Dance Doctor (John Travolta) help?Head judge Len Goodman will couldn’t get behind the team.

Yet during Guilty Pleasure Week, Alley and Chmerkovskiy scored a 26 (8, 9, 9) with a nine from Goodman and Tonioli for their samba to Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time.” The next week featured four judges (Donnie Burns was the guest judge) and the team performed the jive for 30/40 points (9, 7, 6, 8) to “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens. Consider that only Tonioli gave them a good score. Goodman gave the team a 6. So a revised score would make this a 21.

Week 8 saw the team do much better; they received their first perfect score from Tonioli for their Argentine tango with a total of 28 (9, 9, 10) to Astor Piazzolla’s “Cite Tango.” Their instant dance (salsa) also received a respectable score of 25 (8, 9, 8) with Goodman giving them their highest score (“Cobrastyle” by Teddybears ft. Mad Cobra).

In the semi-finals they beat Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff who scored 25 and 23 (Argentine tango and salsa respectively). For their Viennese waltz to Adele’s “One and Only,” they received a 27 (9, 9, 9) and for the paso doble to Cream’s “White Room” they earned the same score.

During the finale, they would have the lowest score from the judges: 27 (9, 9, 9) for both the samba (“Magalenha” by Sergio Mendes) and freestyle (“Perfect” by Pink). The last night, they revisited their cha cha cha routine.

We like the chemistry between Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy; she brought out the tender side of the bad boy of the ballroom. According to USA Today, Chermkovskiy will be quitting the show after this contract is up at the end of next year. It makes sense for him to pursue whatever he can with his current fame.

This time around, Alley will not have the energy problems she suffered from before when she seemed almost near collapse because of her dieting. She still has to contend with celebrities who are much younger and can do more daring moves. Who can compete with an Olympic caliber gymnast? So style and technique are going to be particularly important for this team. Their first dance will be the foxtrot.

One couple will be eliminated on Tuesday night on “Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show.” Justin Bieber and Pitbull will perform on the show.

“Dancing with the Stars” premieres tonight, Monday, September 24, on ABC at  8 p.m.  and the “Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show” premieres Tuesday, September 25 at 8 p.m.  on ABC.

Week 1 

Foxtrot to “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele

19 (6.5, 6, 6.5)

DWTS: Week 1 preview

The premiere of season 15 of “Dancing with the Stars” is Monday,  Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. Central). We have some guesses as to the order and the dances to be performed.

  1. Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson
  2. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough
  3. Sabrina Bryan & Louis van Amstel
  4. Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower
  5. Pamela Anderson & Tristan MacManus
  6. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani
  7. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff
  8. Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya
  9. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas
  10. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd
  11. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy
  12. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  13. Emmit Smith & Cheryl Burke

Dances:

Foxtrot
Kirstie Alley & Maks Chmerkovskiy
Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani
Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough
Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd
Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower
Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya

Cha Cha Cha
Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff
Emmit Smith & Cheryl Burke
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas
Sabrina Bryan & Louis VanAmstel
Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy
Pamela Anderson & Tristan MacManus
Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson

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