I was terribly disappointed with Wendy Williams. I thought she would be big, brazen and funny. Instead she began weepy and then weirdly more inhibited than one would have supposed. I’m glad she was eliminated tonight.
Williams was too flustered, too embarrassed and just too plain out of her element.
Luckily, she can go back to her talk show and be the media queen because she’s not going to be queen of the ballroom.
Here’s her three performances.
Week 1: 14 (5, 4, 5) cha cha cha to “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan
Week 2: 17 (6, 5, 6) quickstep to “Do Your Thing” by Basement Jaxx
Week 3: 15 (5, 5, 5) foxtrot to “Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life” by Michael Cleveland
Wendy Williams on Wendy Williams.
Williams was eliminated tonight, 5 April 2011.
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: 28 (10, 9, 9) to “Walkin’ on the Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves (Week 6 Guilty Pleasures Week)
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 36 (10, 9, 8, 9) or 26 adjusted to “Pencil Full Of Lead” by Paolo Nutini.
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 23
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: 23
Romeo Miller and Chelsie Hightower: 23
Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin: 22 (7, 7, 8) (week 5 American week)
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel: 19
Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani: 17
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 28 (9,9,10) to “This Will Be” by Natalie Cole
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 24 (8, 8, 8) to “Ain’t that a Kick in the Head” by Dean Martin.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 23 (8, 7, 8) to “American Woman” by The Guess Who (Week 5 American week)
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel: 22 (8, 7, 7) to “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (Week 5 American week)
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: 21 (7, 7, 7) to “King of Anything” by Sara Bareilles
Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin: 18 (6, 6, 6) to “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones
Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya: 17 (6, 5, 6) to “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News
Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani: 15 (5, 5, 5) to “Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life” by Michael Cleveland (week 3)
Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer: 13 (5, 4, 4) to “Cooler Than Me” by Mike Posner
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 23 (8, 7, 8) to “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green
*Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: 23 (7, 8, 8) to “Chelsea” by The Summer Set during week 3.
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 21 (7, 7, 7) to “Club Can’t Handle Me” by Flo Rida
Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff: 21 (7, 7, 7) to “Stuck In The Middle” by Stealers Wheel
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: 19 (7, 6, 6) to “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash
Romeo Miller and Chelsie Hightower: 19 (7, 6, 6) to “Romeo” by Basement Jaxx
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel: 18 (6, 6, 6) to “When Love Takes Over” by David Guetta & Kelly Rowland
Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani: 14 (5, 4, 5) to “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan
TEAM Cha cha routines
Talking to Mario Lopez.
Talking with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff when the two dancers were engaged.
This season (12) there are 11 celebrity contestants–five women and six men:
1. Kirstie Alley: Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress
2. Chelsea Kane (Staub): Disney actress
3. Petra Nemcova: Supermodel and humanitarian
4. Kendra Wilkinson: Playboy model and reality star
5. Wendy Williams: Talk show host
1. Mike Catherwood: Radio talk show host
2. Chris Jericho: WWE Wrestler
3. Sugar Ray Leonard: Boxer
4. Ralph Macchio: Actor
5. (Lil) Romeo Miller: Rapper and actor
6. Hines Ward: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver
From watching the videos, we know that Lil Romeo has timing and great abs, and that might help for the Latin dances, but what about the other ballroom dances that require smooth elegance? Ralph Macchio did some swing moves and that rhythm will help him some, but ballroom is more disciplined than the loose action of swing dancing and that was quite a few years ago.
We expect Hines Ward to do well enough–at least with the fan base voting. Football players have always had a healthy fan base on “Dancing with the Stars,” even when their dancing was bad (Remember Michael Irvin during season 9?).
Leonard at 54 is the oldest male contestant while Alley at 60 is the oldest female contestant. Jennifer Grey was 50, but despite her injury she was in great physical shape. The same can’t be said for Alley. Last season’s oldest female contestant, Florence Henderson, had been performing choreography on stage and was a fierce competitor and even outscored some of the younger contestants. Henderson was 76 during season 11 and just turned 77. Leonard has made many comebacks, so he seems to be dedicated to staying in shape, but that might make him light on his feet and give him stamina, but does he have grace?
Nemcova can pose and look beautiful in clothes, but can she dance? Models have not done well on this show. Coming through the Disney studio system, Kane does know how to dance to pop/rock style choreography so it will be up to her to translate that into ballroom. Videos of Wilkinson indicate that she has good muscle control, but she also has a family living in the Midwest and the morality police might turn against her, particularly with the recent revelations made in her autiobiography.
Williams is tall and talkative and she’ll need to work those legs and arms to her advantage. Catherwood can also talk, but what about dancing? These two radio personalities should make this a lively season at the very least.
Currently, the advantage should be with Kane, Wilkinson and Miller (Lil Romeo). If they start with the cha cha cha, it will be all about hip movement and that’s usually been a bigger problem for the men.