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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: 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


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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DWTS 14 Week 2: Katherine Jenkins in first

On the second night of competition, Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas again received the high score of the night to a total of 52 points. Jenkins and Ballas danced the jive to “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” by Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

Disney star Roshon Fegan and his partner Chelsie Hightower also received a 26 and that brought them up to tie for second place with Latin hunk William Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke who received a 25 for a total of 49 points. Fegan and Hightower were dancing the quickstep to “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” by Good Charlotte and were the top score for the quickstep. Levy and Burke were also dancing the quickstep, but got a low score from head judge Len Goodman, a 7, while the other two judges gave them nines. They danced to “Nice Work If You Can Get It” by George Gershwin.

The smooth Jaleel White fell to fourth when his jive routine with Kym Johnson only received a 22 for a total of 48 points. They danced the jive with an eight from Bruno Tonioli and two sevens from the other judges.

Although week 1 saw no team below 20, this week two teams were only teen worthy: Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani who received the lowest score of the night with 17 and Gladys Knight and her partner Tristan MacManus who were given a 19.

That left Navratilova and Dovolani with the lowest overall score.  Actress Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were only given a 20 for their quickstep, but that left them only three points ahead of Navratilova and Dovolani.

What do you say? I say Navratilova and Dovolani should be the first to go.

Cumulative scores

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26+26 = 52
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 24 + 25 = 49
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 23+26=49
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 26+22=48
Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 23+23 = 46
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 21+ 25 = 46
Donald Driver andPeta Murgatroyd: 21 + 24 = 45
Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 23+21 = 44
Gladys Knight andTristan McManus: 23+19 = 42
Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 20 + 21 = 41
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20+20=40
Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani: 20+ 17 = 37


  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26
  • Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 23
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 22
  • Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 21
  • Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 21
  • Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani: 17


  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 25
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 24
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20
  • Gladys Knight andTristan McManus: 19

Online voting 


Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd


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Gavin Degraw & Karina Smirnoff


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Gladys Knight & Tristan McManus


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Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya


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Jaleel White & Kym Johnson


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Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas


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Maria Menounos & Derek Hough


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Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani


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Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy


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Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower


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Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy


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William Levy & Cheryl Burke


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Vote online. 

DWTS 14: Jack Wagner

Soap opera fans will be familiar with Jack Wagner. He’s been in “General Hospital,” “Santa Barbara,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Melrose Place.”

Full name: Peter John “Jack” Wagner II

Partner: Anna Trebunskaya

Hometown: Washington, Missouri

Birthday: 3 October 1959

  • Age: 52
  • Libra

College: Attended University of Missouri for one year. Later attended the University of Arizona.

Wagner’s first role (as Clint Masterson) was in a cable soap opera called “A New Day in Eden” in 1982.  The soap was soon off the air, but it was co-produced by Susan Flannery who would be a fellow cast member on “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

A year later, he was Frisco Jones on “General Hospital (1983–1988, 1989–1991, 1994–95). Jones was a WSB secret agent, a former police detective and a former performer at Duke’s club. He was married to Felicia Scorpio Jones. Former DWTS contestant Tia Carrere was also on the show as Jade Soong. Carrere was on season two and danced with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Drew Lachey won that season with Cheryl Burke and Jerry Rice with Anna Trebunskaya came in second.

Wagner was on “Santa Barbara” from 1991-1993 playing Warren Lockridge, a Don Juan who does eventually fall in love but his sweetheart, Summer Blake is killed by a serial murderer. After several twists and turns, Warren becomes a journalist and his wedding it part of the final episode. The role of Warren was originally played by John Allen Nelson (later in the series “24”), then by Scott Jenkins and finally by Wagner.

Wagner was on the night time Fox network drama “Melrose Place” from 1994-1999 as Dr. Peter Burns. Burns was introduced during season three as the evil chief of staff of the Wilshire Hospital. Burns helped Amanda (Heather Locklear) take over D&D Advertising, bails Michael out of jail, and although Burns is married, he has an affair with Amanda. Peter steals money from the hospital and flees with Amanda for a surprise ending.

Wagner also directed some episodes of “Melrose Place.”

 In 2003, he joined the cast of the CBS soap “The Bold and the Beautiful.” He plays Dominick Marone, a shareholder and investor of Jackie M. Designs. He resides in Marone Mansion which is supposed to be in Los Angeles.
As a singer, Wagner has recorded five albums and had singles that made the top 100. His best showing was in 1984 with “All I Need” which went to number two. Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” was number one. His albums are:
  • 1984: All I Need #44 Peak Billboard 200
  • 1985: Lighting Up the Night #150 / Peak Billboard 200
  • 1987: Don’t Give Up Your Day Job #151 Peak Billboard 200
  • 1993: Alone in the Crowd
  • 2005: Dancing in the Moonlight
  • 2012: Will The Rain Fall Down (Single)

Wagner also has done musical theater. He performed the lead in the Broadway show  “Jekyll & Hyde.” He was also in the cast of the national tour of “West Side Story” in 1987 as Tony and in Grease in 1988 as Danny Zuko.

Wagner was married to Kristina Wagner. They divorced in 2006. He has been dating Heather Locklear since 2007 and they became engaged last year in August. In November, Wagner met his 23-year-old biological daughter, Kerry. He has two sons from his marriage to Kristina Wagner (Peter and Harrison).

Kerry is his biological daughter who had been adopted.

Wagner is an avid golfer and in 1980 won the junior college championship for Missouri. He has a celebrity golf tournament named after himself that raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya


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DWTS 13, Week 5: JR on top; Kardashian and Arquette tie for second

Fire up the flux capacitor and bring back the big shoulders, big hair and bright colors for glam rockers of the 1980s. Yes, it was the 80’s week tonight on “Dancing with the Stars” and although Ricki Lake made it big in that decade, she fell from the top spot. It was J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff who were number one with Robert Kardashian and his partner and Cheryl Burke and David Arquette and Kym Johnson who were tied for second.

Lake made a splash on the silver screen as the lead in the 1988 “Hairspray.” She played a heavy set girl who could dance and changed the attitudes of others. Yet tonight, her foxtrot to Phil Collins’ “Easy Lover” only received 24 points.

J.R. Martinez was the only celebrity to receive a 10 (from Bruno Tonioli) with his samba to “Conga” by Gloria Estefan. His score was 28.

The big surprise of the night were the guys who came in second. Robert Kardashian with Cheryl Burke proved that he can dance with his rumba to “Hello” by Lionel Richie. Kardashian got a nine from Carrie Ann Inaba and eights from the other two judges. David Arquette who had a breakthrough last week in terms of characterization on the stage, turned in a 25 with a 9 from the tough head judge Len Goodman for his tango with Kym Johnson.


  • J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 28
  • Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 25
  • David Arquette Kym Johnson : 25
  • Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 24
  • Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy : 24
  • Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus : 21
  • Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer : 21
  • Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya : 19

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough — Team DRickilous 

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  • TEXT: 3411
  • Score: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • “Easy Lover”by Phil Collins


Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya — Team CarsonAnna 

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  • TEXT: 3409
  • Score: 19 (6, 6, 7)
  • “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” by Wham!


Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke — Team CherBert 

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  • Score: 25 (9,8,8)
  •  “Hello”by Lionel Richie

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus — Team MacGrace 

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  • Score 22 (7, 7, 8)
  • “True” by Spandau Ballet


J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff — Team Martinoff 

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  • Score: 28 (9, 9, 10)
  • “Conga” by Gloria Estefan

Chaz Bono  & Lacey Schwimmer — Team Schwaz 

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  • Score: 21, (7, 7, 7)
  • “Get Down on It” by Kool & the Gang

David Arquette  & Kym Johnson — Team Good Times 

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  • Score: 25 (8,9,8)
  • “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Team MakSolo 

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  • Score: 24  (8,8,8)
  • “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

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.