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Dancing With The Stars -- Broadway Week
Picked a good night to start watching again
It was a wild night. Lacey was the Queen of Mean. Maks went postal on the judges. And Brooke actually had some interesting interviews. It also seems like this is JR's contest to lose, but will fans hatred of Karina stop him from winning the mirror ball trophy?
This was actually the first episode I've watched all season. Amazing Race is the only reality show I'm watching these days. I've turned back to watching scripted TV. I've been watching ABCFamily dramas which have been good. Unfortunately, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Lying Game and Switched At Birth are all on hiatus at the moment. So it's back to Dancing With The Stars.
My first impressions: I liked the new intro and when did the dance show suddenly become like the results show with all these special guest stars?
Rob Kardashian was the first to dance. He doesn't seem to have the ick factor that his sisters do. He and Cheryl do a Cha-Cha to Walk Like A Man. His mama Kris showed up to inspire him.
Nancy and Tristan are next. She wants harder choreography, but complains when she gets it. They dance a fox trot to Spamelot's Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life. I thought she danced like an elephant in an evening gown. She was very heavy-footed.
On what planet is that dance worthy of a 9 or 10? When Brooke interviews her, Nancy can't stop bitching about not like Tristan's choreography and not understanding what all the turns were about. I bet Tristan will be glad when she finally gets eliminated and he no longer has to dance with her. I can't believe she's still in the contest. Thought she'd be one of the first ones to get the boot.
Kym and David are next. Boy, marriage to Courtney Cox has really aged him. If I didn't know who he was I wouldn't know who he was. David says he has too much energy which can make him frenetic and he needs to bring it down. He and Kym are dancing a quick step to Grease's We Go Together. They seemed a bit out of sync, like they were dancing to two different tunes.
Again, that performance was worth an 8? And what is Len's paddle stuck on a 7? Brooke's second interesting interview of the night was with David who was channeling her inner-Travolta and doing a pretty good John Travolta impersonation. It was obvious he just wasn't keeping her seriously. Good idea.
Ricki and Derek are next. They're dancing a quick step to Luck Be A Lady. I actually could recognize what dance they were dancing, unlike David and Kym. I thought they deserved the high scores they got. They were the first decent dance of the night.
Len: 9 [He can give a score other than a 10]
Chaz and Lacey are next. They're dancing a tango to The Phantom of the Opera. You know, people bitch about how mean and nasty Maks or Karina can be, but I've never seen either be as mean and nasty to a celebrity as Lacey was. She basically told him she had carried him through the contest with her dancing and she was tired of it and didn't intend to do it anymore. She even refused to keep demonstrating the dance for him. I hate to burst her ego, but odds are they were voting because of Cher and because of Chaz's lifestyle choice, not because of her dancing. Geez, sweetie, get over yourself. I truly felt sorry to for the guy and almost wanted to go and hug him and tell him it's okay; he just got stuck with a mean girl for his dance instructor.
I actually liked the tango, but I really don't think Lacey likes Chaz or can even stand being around him. After the performance she had this really cold smile on her face. Maybe she has issues with his lifestyle choices. She acted, and this is only the impression I got from her, like it repulsed her to even be near him. I hope that's not the case, because that would be horrible to try and learn how to dance from someone who feels like that about you.
I'm sorry, but I thought Chaz's dance was a lot better than Nancy Grace's heavy-footed fox trot. Yet she got much higher scores.
Maks and Hope are next. Their dancing a Rhumba to Rent. Hope feels everyone is losing faith in her, and Maks says if she doesn't start dancing he's going to start losing faith in her, too. He brings in the female dance troupe members to work with Hope and it seems to help, then when she's with Maks alone she falters again. What Maks said to Hope wasn't nice, but it was nowhere near as nasty as the treatment Chaz got from Lacey. Maks even tried to find a way to help her, while Lacey basically gave Chaz a shove, told him she's taught him all she intends to and he can sink or swim on his own.
You know, I didn't think the dance was that bad, and I actually liked it, but the judges didn't agree, and she got to be victimized by their erratic judging system.
Len blames Maks for the dance not being good, and this sets Maks off when Len talks about how many years he's been judging ballroom for years that maybe it's time for Len to retire. When the other two bobbleheads leaped to Lens defense, Maks took them on, as well.
In Brooke's third interesting interview of the evening, Maks was still going off on the judges. In a truly cringe-worthy moment Maks declared this was his show and he's made it what it is. You know, he's got a point. It's the professional dancers who have made the show what it is, not the judges, so he has a point. I also thought Maks had a good point when he talked about how hard all the dancers are working, but the judges give some celebs high scores just for making an effort, while their hard on other contestants and judge them harshly on their dancing skills. He's right. Hope moved with a much better fluidity than Nancy Grace and she got incredibly low scores, while Grace got ridiculously high scores. It isn't fair.
Karina and JR are last. Their dancing a quickstep. It's easily the best dance of the night. But viewers despise Karina and sometimes take that hatred out on her celebrity partner. I know Karina has been a pill in previous seasons, but I think she's really mellowed a lot and I've even started to like her, when before I wasn't a very big fan. Fans need to keep their biases out of it and just judge by the dance. If you can't do that, then don't vote.
Really, Len, a 9? Something tells me if Derek Hough had been dancing that dance, he would have scored it a 10 . Old Lenny seems to just be in love with Derek and can't say enough about his choreography.
I really didn't care for the group dance. They brought Carson back to be creative director of it. I also didn't think they needed Kristin Chenowith's performance to stretch it out for two hours. That's a performance that should have been saved for results night.
I have to say not watching this show, I really haven't missed it. I really think this show's shelf life may have expired.