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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.

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DWTS 15: Cha cha cha

The cha cha cha was first performed during week 1. The full leader board for week 1 is:

  1. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 24.5
  2. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 24.0
  3. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 22.5
  4. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 22.0/Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 22.0
  5. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 21.5/Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5/Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 21.5
  6. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 21
  7. Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: 20.5
  8. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 19.5
  9. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 19
  10. Pamela Anderson & Tristan MacManus: 17

For the cha cha cha:

Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 24.5

Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 22.5

Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 22.0

Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 21.5

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 19.5

Pamela Anderson & Tristan MacManus: 17

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.