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DWTS 15: Week 3 has Melissa Rycroft and Kelly Monaco tied for top spot

Last night (Monday, Oct. 8, 2012) on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” there was a tie for the top between  Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani and Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy. At the bottom again was Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas with 22.5. Tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 9) is a double elimination so there’s double trouble.

Palin and Ballas improved over their score from last week (18), but still were at the bottom of the leader board with 22.5 after performing the paso doble that originally was performed by Derek Hough and Joanna Krupa. That’s a controversial pairing–daughter of the family values Republican Sarah Palin and the Playboy model who has a reality TV celebrity habit and a live-in relationship still.

At least Ballas couldn’t go bonkers with this one. Still the oldest contestant, Kirstie Alley, scored better with a 24. She and Maksim Chmerkovskiy tied with Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya.

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough were in third place. Last week’s top scoring team, Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel were in a four-way tie for fourth with Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd, Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff and Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower.

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  1. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)
  2. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)
  3. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 26.5 (9.0,8.0,9.5)
  4. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
  5. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
  6. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 25.5 (9.0,8.0,8.5)
  7. Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
  8. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 25.0 (8.5,8.0,8.5)
  9. Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)
  10. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)
  11. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 22.5 (7.5,7.5,7.5)

Take iconic and be more iconic.


Cha cha cha

Trebunskaya sexed it up with the costumes and stripping Lachey’s shirt.

Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)

  • Crazy in Love“—Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
  • Joey McIntyre & Ashly DelGrosso (Season 1)
  • Song: “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé
    Score: 20 (7,7,6)

Did you like Maksim with the long hair? Of course, we always like Maksim without the shirt. The strategy here was to improve the technique and camp it up.  This almost made iconic night worth it.

Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)


Is it possible for Apolo Anton Ohno to be steamier than Gilles Marini? Marini and Burke received two tens when they performed this and here’s where being an actor really helps. Marini was suave but sexy as the devil. Ohno was sophisticated but not with the same intensity as Marini.

Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 25.5 (9.0,8.0,8.5)

Paso doble

With this dance and partner, Val finally rises out of the shadow of his brother Maksim. Kelly and Val have chemistry, but Kelly doesn’t bristle with the kind of powerful physicality that Laila Ali had–few women do. With Laila Ali, you thought that she and Maksim could punch it out and Maksim would lose. With Kelly and Maksim it’s more a match of forceful personalities.

Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)

Can Bristol Palin ever equal the sex appeal and technical skills of Joanna Krupa. You know the answer is no. Ballas goes kooky and they get to play white queen and black king. This is a chess metaphor and has nothing to do with race.

The judges felt it was their best dance of the season–that’s one out of three. It had the most content and attack.

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 22.5 (7.5,7.5,7.5)

Sabrina Bryan is a strong woman, even if she’s the youngest contestant. However, judge Carrie Ann Inaba thought this team brought nothing new artistically to this routine.

Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)

Scary Spice was definitely scarier than Sabrina Bryan. Bruno called her an “adrenaline charged dominatrix.”

With Emmitt Smith, there were some awkward moments, but he is already a commanding presence. There was a scary moment, but it all ends well.

Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 25.0 (8.5,8.0,8.5)

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke had already seen this paso doble–twice. He competed against Mario Lopez and won.


As expected Derek Hough decided to up the acrobatics and even included an illegal lift and a lot of drama at the end.

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 26.5 (9.0,8.0,9.5)

  • “Hey Pachuco”—Royal Crown Revue
  • Helio Castroneves & Julianne Hough (Season 5)
  • Score: 30

I think Johnson and Hough lacked the sophistication that Castroneves and Julianne had.  When Castroneves and Hightower performed their own quickstep it had an amazing amount of joy–even with the slight bobble when Castroneves stepped on Hightower’s dress.

Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)

I can’t choose. I love both versions and both sets of costumes.


Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)

Of course, Martinez didn’t have to perform all the drops and turns that Rycroft did because he’s the guy.


Don’t you love Gilles Marini doing the tango. Menacing and erotic, Marini delivered another solid performance, but lost points for his hold and some footwork mishaps.

Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)

Week 1, it was Drew Lachey and his partner Anna Trebunskaya who were in the bottom two. Week 2, it was Hélio Castroneves and his partner Chelsie Hightower who survived the bottom two.

I’m hoping that Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas will be eliminated and most likely Drew Lachey will go as well. With Joey Fatone gone, the entertainment factor is low with this cast so I’m hoping that Kirstie Alley and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy will continue to dance.

Remember, you can vote online until 8 a.m. PST by going to the ABC DWTS official page for voting or by using Facebook.


DWTS season 13 cast?

BURBANK, Los Angeles, CA–ABC will be announcing the next celebrity cast for season 13 of “Dancing with the Stars”  Monday, 29 August 2011, during that evening’s episode of their sleazy “Bachelor Pad.” Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke once again host the live unveiling of the all-star cast, but just who will fill all those categories?

Fans have been asked to suggest their ideal DWTS cast members on the discussion boards. The official categories are: Actor/Actress, Singer, Athlete, Reality Star, Comedian, Model and Other, but in reality, there are those other categories that perhaps is covered by “Other” such as the Disney star, Playboy porn star, older celebrity and ringer?

ABC and Disney are essentially the same company. ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company as part of the Disney-ABC Television Group (ABC Television Network including ABC Daytime, ABC Entertainment Group and ABC News divisions; the Disney Channels Worldwide global kids’ TV business including  Playhouse Disney and Disney XD; ABC Family and SOAPnet; television distribution divisions Disney-ABC Domestic Television and Disney ABC ESPN Television).

DWTS recently had Kyle Massey from the Disney Channel “That’s So Raven” and the spin-off “Cory in the House.” Massey was paired with Lacey Schwimmer during season 11 and finished second.  Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough finished first. Massey is one of the featured voices on the Disney Channel animated TV series “Fish Hooks” along with Chelsea Kane. Kane finished third on season 12 of DWTS. Kane’s partner was Mark Ballas.

Usually a former or current Playboy “model” is included although that can backfire. Holly Madison from Playboy’s “The Girl Next Door” as one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends was on season 8 and was the third celebrity eliminated (after Belinda Carlisle and Denise Richards).  Her partner was Dmitry Chaplin. Kendra Wilkinson also a former Hugh Hefner girlfriend and a star of “The Girls Next Door” competed last season. Wilkinson with her partner Louis van Amstel was the 6th celebrity eliminated. Both Madison and Wilkinson could be regarded as reality stars. Pamela Anderson was also a former Playboy-related star although she had also been on regular network TV programs (“Home Improvement” and “Baywatch”). Anderson who was partnered with Damian Whitewood wasn’t popular with the DWTS fans and finished sixth. Then there was Joanna Krupa for season 9 who partnered with Derek Hough to finish fourth.

Then there’s always the older celebrity. Keep in mind that the oldest winner to date was Donny Osmond at 51 with his partner Kym Johnson. He wasn’t the oldest celebrity during season  nine. That was Tom DeLay who had to withdraw due to injuries. DeLay is a decade older than Osmond. The oldest woman to win was Jennifer Grey at 50 with her partner Mark Ballas during season 11. The oldest competitor during season 11 was Florence Henderson who was partnered with Corky Ballas.

During season 12, Kirstie Alley was the oldest competitor at 60 and the most overweight. But Alley and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy showed they could make magic on stage and Alley finished several pounds lighter in third place. She’s the oldest celebrity to make it to the finals.

We expect there to be a football star, particularly after Hines Ward won last season and proved to be quite nimble on his feet. His partner was Kym Johnson. Even when former football players aren’t very good (remember Michael Irvin during season 9?) the fans support them further than the judges scores alone would. So we suspect that the cast will include a football star (current or retired) and another athlete, mostly likely one with Olympic competition status.

We also feel that political figures have proven to be popular. Think of Tom DeLay. Imagine how far he could have gone with all his political friends voting for him? Bristol Palin with her partner Mark Ballas proved to be so popular that despite low judges scores, she made it to the finals while Brandy and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy finished fourth. That’s not so surprising when you consider that no black woman has ever won DWTS.

There are already over a thousand comments. Suggested stars include:

  • Justin Bieber (Singer)
  • Bruce Boxleitner (“Scarecrow and Mrs. King” and “Babylon 5” and “Tron”)
  • Linda Carter (“Wonder Woman”)
  • Phoebe Cates (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Gremlins”)
  • Miley Cyrus (Singer)
  • Barbara Eden (“I Dream of Jeannie”)
  • Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia from “Star Wars”)
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)
  • Bruce Jenner (Gold medalist for decathlon in the Montreal 1976 Summer Olympics)
  • Don Johnson (“Miami Vice” and “Nash Bridges”)
  • Engelbert Humperdinck (singer who is 75 years old)
  • Donna Mills (“Knott’s Landing”)
  • Alfonso Ribeira (“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”)
  • Stephanie Powers (“Hart to Hart”)
  • Raven Symone (“The Cosby Show,” “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” and the Disney show “That’s So Raven.”)
  • Kathleen Turner (“Body Heat,” “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Romancing the Stone” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”)
  • Lindsay Wagner (“Bionic Woman”)

The stars, the drama, the glamour and the glitter are back on ABC! “Dancing with the Stars” returns for Season 13 on Monday, 19 September 2011 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) with a sensational two-hour season premiere.

On Tuesday, 20 September, there will be two hours of original programming, beginning with “Dancing with the Stars: Meet the Cast” (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), followed by the premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET).

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

Who do you want to see on DWTS?