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.
I COULD TEACH HIS LITTLE ARM WAVING ASS SOME MANNERS ! Critique CHAZ’S DANCE STYLE, MOVEMENTS ETC,.BUT DON’T MAKE FUN OF MY CHILD ON NAT.TV
IS IT DWTS Or LOOKING PERFECT WTS? ITS EASY 4 HIM 2 TAKE CHEAP SHOTS AT CHAZ ! LET HIM COME 2 “MY” STAGE
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
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
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
- 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
- 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
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
Maksim Chmerkovskiy bills himself as the bad boy of the ballroom, but he knows what he’s talking about. Haven’t fans been a little uneasy since Bristol Palin? So he had something to say last night on “Dancing with the Stars,” when Len Goodman told his celebrity partner Hope Solo that she had just performed her worst dance of the season.
That rumba wasn’t great, it wasn’t sexy, but at least Solo looks happy. She has such an electric smile, but it’s her footwork that is hard to watch.
So what exactly did Chmerkovskiy say?
It began with Goodman commenting, “This is your worst dance of the whole season.” He continued, after admonishing Chmerkovskiy for encouraging the audience boos, by saying, “I’ve been in this business for nearly 50 years…”
Chmerkovskiy couldn’t resist adding, “Maybe it’s time to get out…”
At which time, Carrie Ann Inaba told Chmerkovskiy, “Don’t be disrespectful like that.”
Chmerkovskiy defended his comment by saying it hurts when the dancers and celebrities “hear you guys a little judgmental comment.” I think we can fault his English, but perhaps the comments of the judges go a bit far out of line.
Chmervkovskiy later said, “This is my show…I helped make it what it is” and he was tired of having the celebrities “judged on their so-called potential.”
We also had high hopes for Hope Solo and didn’t figure out that her biggest challenge was learning to walk in high heels and be girly.
Yet, don’t you think the judges are being a little bit too easy on someone like Chaz Bono? We found Bono a little whiny, particularly since he’s not the oldest contestant. He’s also not the first overweight contestant either.
See the clips from “Access Hollywood” with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover
“Cute little penguin,” is what judge Bruno Tonioli called Bono and I thought that was kind. Bono and Schwimmer feel that the judges have a personal dislike of him. Seriously? Tonioli might have been unnecessarily cruel to singer Michael Bolton (“It was a doggy mess of a jive. You did it all very, very, very badly”), but he’s been quite kind and even indulgent to Bono in my opinion.
I think Goodman could have been stricter with Bono. Bono doesn’t have much personality on stage.
Remember, Chmerkovskiy spoke out about that season when the dancers and the celebrities were being overworked. That was the season Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson won the mirrorball. Season 9 the contestants were asked to perform: cha cha cha, jive, rumba, tango, paso doble, samba, waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, Argentine tango, Viennese waltz, salsa, salsa/Viennese waltz relay, foxtrot/cha cha cha relay, two-step/Charleston/bolero/lambada, hustle group, mambo marathon, team paso doble/tango, megamix and freestyle. Compare that to season 5. Marie Osmond made it to the semi-finals, but consider there were only these dances: cha cha cha, foxtrot, quickstep, mambo, jive, tango, Viennese waltz, paso doble, rumba, samba, and freestyle. That’s 11 dances during season 5 compared to 20.
Season 11 had only 15 dances, including one team and a winner-take-all cha cha cha. That season was won by Jennifer Grey who sometimes got tens when there were obvious missteps, but the judging seemed to be more generous when it became clear that Bristol Palin was going to make it to the semi-finals.
Chmerkovskiy’s partner that season was Grammy Award-winning singer Brandy. Brandy was cut, but Palin moved to the finals. Luckily the energetic and ever entertaining Kyle Massey with Lacey Schwimmer finished second. Chmerkovskiy’s partner during season 5 was Mel B who finished second behind Helio Castroneves (with Julianne Hough).
There are personalities that make DWTS interesting and certainly Maksim Chmerkovskiy is one of them. He makes the show interesting–in terms of choreography and his clashes with his partners.
Without personalities like Chmerkovskiy, Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke, I don’t think the show would have been successful.
And when things get a bit dull, it’s good to have pros who liven up the situation (or even a judge like Bruno Tonioli).