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DWTS: Chubby men, Chaz, Cher and the cha cha cha

I am thankful that Chaz Bono was voted off–not because he was transgender, not because he was an overweight man, but because he could not dance. His dances lacked content and he lacked stage presence.

Hope Solo, who is famous in her own right because of her athletic skills as a soccer player, is ungainly and needs to learn how to walk in heels (I’m afraid she only knows heel lead and her pivoting skills are closer to basketball than ballroom), but she has a mega-watt smile. If she were really angry, she’s be frightening as well.

Bono had been treated kindly by the judges and he’s been whiny–about how much physical discipline hurts at his age. Yet he’s not the oldest person on stage. Ricki Lake is about the same age and overweight, but she can perform.  And you’d think with a war vet in the cast, Bono would zip his lip about his suffering.

Now Chaz Bono’s mother has jumped into the fray. Bono forgets that Bruno Tonioli was a professional dancer and he’s still in pretty good shape. He recently posed nude for a charity. I’m not sure why Cher decided to lash out at Len Goodman.



Enough time wasted on Bully Judge! The nite I was there I had GREAT TIME!I Loved watching every1! I was So excited ! Laughing,talking FUN!

As for the Older Gentleman ….every Show Needs A Grumpy Old Man !

Goodman and Tonioli have been kind, perhaps too kind to this Los Angeles-born kid who is acting spoiled. Tonioli didn’t call Bono a troll. He called him a penguin. A cute penguin. Men in tuxes have been called penguins before. Nothing new. Tonioli called someone else a penguin. You can see below.

Tonioli also called Bono an Ewok. That is the warmest and fuzziest creature in the Star Wars universe.

If this is seriously a question of talent, Cher should admit her son doesn’t have it. If not for his famous mother and father, he wouldn’t be there.

How did other chubby men get treated? Let’s look at a few of them.

Kyle Massey (b. 1991)

  • Season 11
  • Partner Lacey Schwimmer
  • Week 1: 23 (8,7,8) Cha cha cha
  • Week 2: 22 (8,7,7) Quickstep
  • Week 3: 23 (8,7,8) Waltz
  • Week 4:  18 (6,6,6) Rumba
  • Week 5: 20 (8,5,7) Foxtrot
  • Week 6: 23 (8,7,8) Tango
  • Week 7: 35 (10,9,8,8) Paso doble
  • Week 8: 27 (9,9,9) Viennese waltz
  • Week 8: 29 (10,9,10) Jive
  • Week 9: 29 (10,9,10) Samba
  • Week 9: 29 (10,9,10) Argentine tango
  • Week 10: 27 (9,9,9) Foxtrot
  • Week 10: 29 (10,9,10) Freestyle
Massey did well enough to make the finals and finished second. I don’t have time yet to check out Tonioli’s comments, but will try to post them later.

John Ratzenberger (b. 1947)

  • Season 4 (Spring 2007)
  • Partner Edyta Sliwinska
  • Sixth couple eliminated
  • Week 1: 17 (6,5,6) Cha cha cha
  • Week 2: 21 (7,7,7) Quickstep
  • Week 3: 20 (7,6,7) Tango
  • Week 4: 16 (6,5,5) Paso doble
  • Week 5: 18 (6,6,6) Samba
  • Week 6: 19 (7,6,6) Mambo
Ratzenberger had a week less time to prepare than his fellow competitors as a replacement. Carrie Ann Inaba called him “charismatic.” Tonioli and Goodman talked about heel lead, but thought he had content.
Ratzenberger was 60.  Tonioli said there was “plenty of life in the old wolf.” Inaba said he gave it pizzaz. Goodman was smiling, and said it was a great performance.
Goodman said Ratzenberger got into character well. Tonioli called it a mafioso tango.
Ratzenberger’s mother was sweet as apple pie.  Tonioli said he lacked Spanish lines and was a bit lost.  Goodman said he thought the dance didn’t suit him and the dance was “a bit of disaster.”
The samba wasn’t good either. Low on content. Tonioli said Ratzenberger “tapped into his inner child” and one of the “best worst” samba. Inaba stood and applauded him. Goodman thought he gave the character of the dance.
Inaba called him a “dancing teddy bear.” Goodman thought the actual routine was awful and that Ratzenberger waddled like a duck, but Goodman liked that he enjoyed himself. Tonioli compared the two to the owl and the pussycat.

Steve Wozniak (b. 1950)

  • Season 8 (Spring 2009)
  • Partner Karina Smirnoff
  • Fourth couple eliminated.
  • Week 1: 13 (5,4,4) cha cha cha
  • Week 2: 17 (6,5,6) Quickstep
  • Week 3: 10 (4,3,3) Samba
  • Week 4: 12 (4,4,4) Argentine tango
This dance was hard to watch. Goodman said he held his attention, but “overall it was a disaster.” Tonioli said it was “hilarious or delirious.” Inaba was encouraging. The Woz had fun.
The Woz had a fracture in his foot and wore a walking cast. Goodman thought he had the fun quality. Inaba enjoyed watching it. Tonioli compared him to WALL-E.
The Woz pulled a hamstring on Friday and still danced on Monday. Amazing. He did a knee walk and a worm. Inaba called him cute and adorable, but disliked the lack of content. Goodman thought the “dances are killing you” and the dance was terrible from start to finish. Tonioli called it the worst samba he had ever seen.
Inaba couldn’t find something positive to say. Goodman admired his spirit. Tonioli thought it “really stunk.”
Master P (b. 1967)
  • Season 2 (Winter 2006)
  • Partner Ashly DelGrosso
  • Fourth couple eliminated
  • Winner: Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke
  • Week 1: 12 (4,4,4) Cha cha cha
  • Week 2: 16 (6,5,5) Quickstep
  • Week 3: 14 (6,4,4) Jive
  • Week 4: 8 (4, 2, 2) Paso doble
  • Winner: Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough
Master P only had one week to prepare.  Tonioli compared Master P to an Emperor penguin.  Goodman thought he had good posture, but needed to practice. Goodman wanted to see Master P in ballroom shoes.
Goodman told him to get real dance shoes. Inaba called him heavy-footed. Tonioli said the “dancer is starting to emerge.”
Inaba thought he gave effort but not enough content. Tonioli found it was the “ghost of rock n’ roll” and not up to the level they were looking for. Goodman called it “ponderous” and thought it was time that this show and Master P parted.
Tonioli called it a nightmare as if Master P was a lost child on the dance floor. Goodman thought it was cruel to the judges and everyone for his fans to bring Master P back.
Buzz Aldrin (b. 1930)
  • Season 10 (Spring 2010)
  • Week 1: 14 (5,4,5) Cha cha cha
  • Week 2: 12 (4,4,4) Foxtrot
  • Week 3: 13 (5,4,4) Waltz
  • Winner: Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough
Goodman commended him for his bravery on the dance floor. Tonioli asked how could he criticize a hero, but commented it looked like Aldrin still had his moon boots on.
Inaba called it tender and charming. Goodman just said Aldrin inspired people. Tonioli thought Aldrin looked like he was avoiding moon craters on the dance floor.
Tonioli thought Aldrin was regal when he was standing still. Inaba thought the storytelling was touching. Goodman found it had an innocent charm but the technique was poor and the routine oversimplified.

Michael Bolton (b. 1953)

  • Season 11 (Fall 2010)
  • Partner Chelsea Hightower
  • Week 1: 16 (6,5,5) Viennese waltz
  • Week 2: 12 (4,5,3) Jive
  • Winner: Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
Inaba thought Bolton needed to smile and provide the frame. Goodman thought he had musicality and good posture. Tonioli told Bolton he needed to relax.
Goodman found the dance didn’t fit him. Tonioli said “it was a doggy mess of a jive” and this was the “worst jive in 11 seasons.”

Dancing with the Stars’ Disney stars at D23 Saturday

If you haven’t bought tickets for Saturday’s D23 Convention in Anaheim, then it’s too late because Saturday has completely sold out. Saturday four former Dancing with the Stars competitors from four different seasons will be appearing to promote their current Disney programs.

Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, stars of the new sitcom “Melissa & Joey,” will make an appearance at 10:40 a.m. at the Welcome Center. Joey Lawrence was paired with the lovely Edyta Sliwinska in 2006 for a third place finish during season 6. Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke took first with Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff finishing second. During week 9, Lawrency and Sliwinka earned a perfect 30 for their rumba to The Bangles “Eternal Flame.” They also turned in a 29 for the quickstep to “42nd Street” by Lee Roy Reams.

During week 3, his rumba had only scored a 24.

His quickstep was also an improvement.

Week 2, he didn’t impress the judges though.

Melissa Joan Hart competed during season 9 with Mark Ballas. They were the seventh team eliminated.  That season, entertainment legend Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson won with singer Mya and her partner Dmitry Chaplin in second and the delightful Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel in third. Hart and Ballas’ best performance was their Charleston during week 4. Not all teams performed the Charleston and it was the first season that the Charleston was performed.

They performed to “Charleston” by Bob Wilson and his Varsity Rhythm Boys.

At 3 p.m. Chelsea Kane and Kyle Massey will be at the Disney Channel Pavilion along with fellow “Fish Hooks” cast member Noah Z. Jones.

During season 11, Kyle Massey was a surprise contender who always entertained even if his technique was lacking. Massey and his partner Lacey Schwimmer finished second behind Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough. Massey and Schwimmer never got a perfect score, but they did get close.

Massey and Schwimmer were the high score in the jive (to “Good Golly Miss Molly” by Little Richard during Instant Choreography Week) and samba (during week 9 to “She’s Got Me Dancing” by Tommy Sparks).

The holdout was Len Goodman who gave them a nine.

Chelsea Kane was paired with Mark Ballas and finished third although she started the season as the favorite, particularly paired with Ballas who had won before with Kristi Yamaguchi and Shawn Johnson. Instead Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were second and Hines Ward and Kym Johnson won.

Kane and Ballas received a perfect score for the rumba, the Viennese waltz and the Freestyle. They were the high score for the waltz (29).

The song was “Eyes on Fire” by Blue Foundation.

This week 10 performance was in improvement from the first time they performed it during week 4 (“Hedwig’s Theme” by John Williams).

The song is “Latinos” by Proyecto Uno.

For season 13 of DWTS, who will be the Disney star? We’ll find out on 29 August 2011.

There are still tickets for D23 on Sunday when the cast of “Shake It up” will give a live performance.

Tickets to the D23 Expo are available at Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 Expo, including the Disney Legends Ceremony, and can be purchased for single days or for the full three days of festivities. Admission is $47 for a one-day adult ticket and $37 for children 3-12. Three-day passes are $136 for adults and $106 for children. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will receive a discount for up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 Expo for themselves and their guests.

About D23 Expo 2011
The D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Event for Fans and Families—brings the entire world of Disney under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center, providing guests with unprecedented access to Disney films, television and theme parks.

About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official community for fans in Disney’s 88-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication Disney twenty-three; a rich website at; a collectibles line, The Walt Disney Archives Collection; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year, highlighted by the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, August 19-21, 2011.

Fans can join D23 at, select shops at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort and To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us “DisneyD23” on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

DWTS: Instant cha cha cha finale

For the instant cha cha cha, the scores were as follows:

  1. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: 28 (9, 9, 10)
  2. Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: 28 (9, 9, 10)
  3. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: 27 (9, 9, 9)

DWTS Finals: Freestyle

Derek Hough and Jennifer Grey

  • Week 10
  • “Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)” by The Contours
  • Score: 30

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer

  • Week 10
  • “Tootsee Roll” by 69 Boyz
  • Score: 29 (10, 9, 10)

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas

  • Week 10
  • “Cell Block Tango”
  • Score: 25 (8, 9, 8)

DWTS Finals: Paso doble

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: 30 (Week 10),

  • Week 6
  • “So What” by Pink
  • Score: 20 (6, 7, 7)
  • Week 10
  • “Habañera” by Charlotte Church
  • Score: 30

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer

  • Week 7
  • “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue
  • Score: 34/40 (24 adjusted)

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas:

  • Week 9
  • “Gimme More” by Britney Spears
  • Score: 27 (9, 9, 9)

DWTS Finals: Compare Foxtrot

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: 27 (Week 10), 20 (Week 5)

  • Week 5
  • “Charlie’s Angels Theme”
  • Score: 20 (8, 5, 7)
  • Week 10
  • “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone
  • Score: 27 (9, 9, 9)

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough:

  • Week 5
  • “Love and Marriage” by Frank Sinatra
  • Score: 25 (8, 8, 9)

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas:19 (6, 6, 7)

  • Week 3
  • “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
  • Score: 19 (6, 6, 7)

DWTS finals: Compare jive routines

  1. Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: 29 (10, 9, 10) to “Good Golly Miss Molly” by Little Richard
  2. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: 18 (Week 5); 27 (Week 10)
  3. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: 24 (8,8,8) “Shake It”

Redemption dance: Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas to “Move” by Jennifer Hudson

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer

  • Week 8
  • Jive
  • “Good Golly Miss Molly” by Little Richard
  • Score: 29 (10, 9, 10)

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas

  • Week 5
  • Jive
  • “The Monkees” by The Monkees
  • Score: 18

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas

  • Week 10
  • Jive
  • “Move” by Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce and Anika Noni Rose.
  • Score: 27 (9, 9, 9)

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough

Week 2


“Shake It” by Metro Station

Score: 24

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmers Week 9 dances

Kyle Massey improved enough to get tens from Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, but not from Len Goodman.

  • Week 9
  • Samba
  • “She’s Got Me Dancing” by Tommy Sparks
  • Score: 29 (10, 9, 10)

Since when did “Jai Ho” become an Argentine tango song? Aren’t there enough Argentine tango songs for DWTS?

  • Week 9
  • Argentine tango
  • “Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)” by the Pussycat Dolls
  • Score: 29 (10, 9, 10)

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer’s week 8 dances

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer improved while Schwimmer got harder “like an angry little baby.”

  • Week 8
  • Viennese waltz
  • “Breathe (2 a.m.)” by Anna Nalick
  • Score: 27 (9, 9, 9)
  • Week 8
  • Jive
  • “Good Golly Miss Molly” by Little Richard
  • Score: 29 (10, 9, 10)


DWTS paso doble routines compared (VIDEO)

Paso Doble

  1. Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: 35/40 or 25 adjusted.
  2. Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani: 24 (8,8,8) Paso Doble to “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen
  3. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: 20 (6,7,7) Paso Doble to “So What” by Pink
  4. Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: 18 (6,6,6) Paso Doble to “The Final Countdown” by Europe

Best paso doble performances of past seasons

During the special 200th episode (week 7), Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: 35 (10, 9, 8, 8) Paso Doble to “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue. Adjusted score is 25 without the celebrity judge’s score.

Week 9, Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas performed the paso doble to “Gimme More” by Britney Spears for a score of 27 (9, 9, 9).

Week 9, Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy performed a paso doble for a score of 27 (9, 9, 9)  to Katy Perry’s “Firework.”