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DWTS 15 Week 2: Sabrina Bryan quicksteps to top spot

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” was all about stamina as the teams faced the jive and the quickstep. Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel led with 26.0 points in quickstep. The low score of the night was Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas with 18.0 for their quickstep, but that doesn’t mean they will be out on Tuesday night.  You can still vote online through the ABC.com website or by Facebook.

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  1. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 26
  2. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5
  3. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 25.0
  4. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 24.5
  5. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 23.5
  6. Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 23.0
  7. Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: 22.5/Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 22.5
  8. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 22.0
  9. Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5
  10. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21.0
  11. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 18.0

Palin brings out the weird in Ballas and here it was the country quickstep. She had the smile, but those not quite daisy dukes aren’t doing her any favors. some of that footwork is pain ful to watch. The ending is ridiculous. Judge Bruno Tonioli called the routine, quickstep gangnam-style via wild, wild west.

Tonioli also commented there wasn’t much in-hold position and when the couple were in hold Palin’s frame wasn’t good. Carrie Anne Inaba reminded Ballas that according to the rules, once the couple is in hold, they must stay in hold. Goodman also commented that while he liked the enthusiasm, he didn’t like the break in the middle. “I liked the hoe down, but the technique was low down.”

During season 11, Palin and Ballas did the quickstep to “You Can’t Hurry Love” by the Supremes for a score of 22 (7, 8, 7). During that season, they posted the lowest score during week 5, 7, 8 and 9 and still made it to week 10, where they again posted the lowest score to finish third. That meant that week 5, Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas were eliminated instead. Week 7, it was former NBA forward Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke. Week 8, it was former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya who got the axe. And the worst elimination was Grammy Award-winning Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy during week 9.

This season, Palin and Ballas danced to “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson and received sixes. The team was the low score for their dance and for the entire night.

The high score, 26  was also in the quickstep with Bryan and van Amstel performing to “Black Betty” by Ram Jam. this team received the only nine of the night from Carrie Ann Inaba (9.0, 8.5, 8.5).

Tonioli thought this routine was a dazzler. Inaba thought the topline was incredible. Goodman liked the upper body was calm. Bryan looked glamorous and while I had doubts about this partnership, I like it better than the original Bryan and Ballas. She was elegant and vivacious and sharp.

The highest score awarded by head judge Len Goodman was 8.5 to the following teams: Bryan and van Amstel and Marini and Murgatroyd. Bruno Tonioli gave an 8.5 to Bryan and van Amstel and Marini and Murgatroyd as well as Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough. Bruno Tonioli gave an 8.5 to Bryan and van Amstel and Marini and Murgatroyd as well as Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough. Goodman awarded Johnson and Hough an 8.0.

Marini and Murgatroyd  performed the jive to “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen which started out with Marini at the piano. He was sporting a pompadour like Elvis and she was too. Marini decided to go shirtless which judge Inaba appreciated.  Murgatroyd was also showing a lot of skin (but not like the infamously uncovered Edyta Sliwinska) and swished that fringe.

Johnson and Hough performed their jive to “The Nicest Kids in Town” from “Hairspray.” Len Goodman wanted more content and that’s after host Tom Bergeron commented that Johnson wasn’t breathing hard, but Hough was. Bruno Tonioli felt differently. For him it was vibrant and eye-popping. Carrie Ann Inaba agreed and dubbed them the All-Stars sweethearts. It was a fun athletic routine that starts off with hairspray and a cartwheel (down the steps).

Kirstie Alley also at the bottom again. She was barely recognizable with that black bob wig. The theme was French streetwalker and the song was “Non Non Rien N’a Changé” by Les Poppys. Inaba had one suggestion–to match arm movements stylistically. Goodman called her flirty and dirty, but a great improvement over last week. Tonioli called her a raunchy mama.  I hope the curse of Palin doesn’t push Alley out of the competition while allowing Palin to continue.

Last week’s leaders, Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke went for a cool cat and played on Smiths fearlessness as far as color. Smith was in a fire engine red tux with tails with a leopard print bow tie and cumberbund while Burke had a long dress in matching leopard print. Goodman faulted Smith’s upper body movement in his quickstep. Tonioli noted a timing miss.

Smith and Burke received a 22.5 to tie with Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson who performed a quickstep to a Hollywood Charlie Chaplin theme. Fatone

Quickstep:

  1. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 26
  2. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 24.5
  3. Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: 22.5/Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 22.5
  4. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 22.0
  5. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 18.0
  • Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 24.5
  • 24.5 (8.5,8.0,8.0)
  • “Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days”—Louis Prima
  • Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 22.5
  • 22.5 (7.5,7.5,7.5)
  • “A Cool Cat In Town”—Tape Five

Jive:

  1. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5
  2. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 25.0
  3. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 23.5
  4. Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 23.0
  5. Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5
  6. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21.0
  • Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 25.0
  • 25.0 (8.5,8.0,8.5)
  • “The Nicest Kids in Town”—from Hairspray

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

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DWTS 13, Week 7 Results: David Arquette quits the dance floor

David Arquette & Kym Johnson are gone. Arquette and Johnson are tied for the best cha cha cha of the season with 24 points. However, they are also the worst score for the jive with 18 points; Ricki Lake and Derek Hough are the highest scoring team with 23.

By average, Arquette and Johnson have a 22.3 average which is is above Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus with 21.1.  Grace and MacManus were actually the lowest scoring team of the week with 44. Arquette and Johnson had 47 points.

Week 1: Viennese waltz

  • Score: 18 (6, 6, 6)
  • “Somebody to Love” by Queen
Week 2: Jive
  • Score: 18 (6, 6, 6)
  • “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars
Week 3: Rumba (Memorable Year Week)
  • Score: 24 (8,8,8)
  • “O-o-h Child” by Five Stairsteps
Week 4:  Paso doble (Movie Week)
  • Score: 23 (8,7,8)
  • “The Raiders March” from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
Week 5: Tango
  • Score: 25 (8,9,8)
  • “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell
Week 6: Quickstep (Broadway week)
  • Score: 23 (8,7,8)
  • “We Go Together” by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John from “Grease”
Week 7: Cha cha cha (Halloween Week)
  • Score: 24 (8,8,8)
  • “Abracadabra” by Steve Miller Band

DWTS 12: Pretty Petra Nemcova gone!

I will miss pretty Petra Nemcova. Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin were a cute couple and she seemed so sweet and sensitive.

Week 1: foxtrot to “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones

Score: 18 (6, 6, 6)

Week 2: jive to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen.

Score: 18 (6, 6, 6)

Week 3: waltz to “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban.

Score: 25 (8, 9, 8)

Week 4: paso doble to “Les Voici! Voici La Quadrille!” from “Carmen” by Georges Bizet.

Score: 23 (8, 7, 8)

Week 5: quickstep to “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley

Score: 22 (7, 7, 8)

Chocolate and a Glass and a Half Full

Glass and a Half Full is an in-house production company for the British chocolate company Cadbury. Cadbury has been promoting a chocolate bar called Cadbury Dairy Milk since 1905, but Glass and a Half has been producing adverts only since 2007.

Their 2009 commercial with the highly choreographed eyebrows is up for an award. Here are the others.

2007

  • Phil Collins
  • “In the Air Tonight”

The gorilla isn’t eating chocolate, but you’re supposed to have this good feeling when you eat the chocolate.

2008

  • Queen
  • “Don’t Stop Me Now”

This came out at the same time Heathrow was having baggage handling problems.

2008

The gorilla returns with a different song.

  • Bonnie Tyler
  • “Total Eclipse of the Heart”
  • Bon Jovi
  • “Livin’ on a Prayer”

2009

  • Freestyle
  • “Don’t Stop the Rock”

Spoof of the Cadbury eyebrow commercial for Comic Relief

2010

Cadbury charmer

  • The Charlatans
  • “The Only One I Know”