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Dancing With The Stars – Season 9 Preview
The stars have been announced, all 16 of them! So many stars means 3 double eliminations
which will apparently be midway through the season. Personally I am hoping that at least one of
those double eliminations is early on in the season so we can lose the most
awful male and female star right away.
Though there still would likely be some hot messes left even with that;
after all, look how long we were frightened by Chloris Leachman! With the likelihood of Thanksgiving week off,
and the announced 3-days in a row the first week starting on Monday, September
21 that means the finale should be December 1.
Apparently the dances the first week are Salsa or Viennese Waltz with group
dances of Cha-Cha-Cha or Fox Trot.
The STARS are:
Known for: His singing career mostly, and he had a reality
show with his siblings.
Paired with: Karina Smirnoff
My thoughts: Karina has a better chance with him than Woz
at least, but that is not saying much.
He should do fairly well though since he has danced as part of his
singing career and at least has rhythm and won’t have to combat the discomfort
of moving his body in public. He is
relatively well known among pre-teen and teen girl’s, which gives him a pretty
good fan base.
Known for: Being an Olympic swimmer who has won gold
Paired with: Alec Mazo
My thoughts: If Alec can get Kelly Monaco on the winner’s
platform he can do almost anything! She
has athleticism going for her big time, so she should be able to easily handle
a rough training schedule. The question
is…does she have rhythm? Her fan base is
likely average, it is soon enough after the last Olympics for her name to still
be familiar, AND she will also benefit from the “hot chick” factor.
Known for: Hosting Iron
Paired with: Lacey Schwimmer
My thoughts: I love Lacey, but Len tends to be hard on her
because she definitely strays from traditional, so that is a factor. Mark has a background in Martial Arts, which I
think should serve him well when it comes to movement. He also may come equipped with a fan base
that won’t cross over with that of others, since he has been in many films not
in the mainstream, which is beneficial.
Known for: Being a politician, most notably his time
spent as the House Majority Leader until forced to resign from the position due
to suspected violation of campaign finance laws.
Paired with: Cheryl Burke
My thoughts: Poor Cheryl!!
He will likely do a passable job with ballroom styles; but no amount of
brilliance, not even Cheryl’s level of brilliance, is likely to make this man a
good dancer. As for fan base, I think it
is likely average.
Known for: Her singing career.
Paired with: Jonathan Roberts
My thoughts: I am not expecting much here, she always
strikes me as very awkward, and that does not bode well for dancing. Jonathan seems very patient, which will help,
and he is good at making the most out of what he is given (example: Marie Osmond), let’s just hope he doesn’t stray
into the same territory he strayed in to with Marie and their extremely awkward
and bizarre doll dance! She has a great
fan base, so that should help her some, at least in the beginning.
Known for: Being the son of George Hamilton, and being
briefly married to Shannen Doherty; though technically he is billed as an actor
Paired with: Edyta Sliwinska
My thoughts: He has no dancing background that I know of,
but Edyta has been known to work wonders.
He also has no real fan base though and will largely have to get by on
his good looks, unless there is a hidden dancer lurking in him.
Melissa Joan Hart
Known for: Playing Sabrina in Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Clarissa in Clarissa Explains it All
Paired with: Mark Ballas
My thoughts: I am unsure here. She has no dance background that I know of,
and yet I get the feeling that she will do well. Maybe it is because she has a confidence
about her that I think will serve her well.
Her fan base isn’t huge because she has not done a lot since Sabrina
ended, but her name has been kept out there.
Mark is great and knows how to choreograph to make someone look good.
Known for: Modeling
Paired with: Tony Dovolani
My thoughts: She has the benefit of being comfortable with
her body that you get from modeling.
Models, however, usually do not do well on the show. I am also pretty sure she does not have a
huge fan base, though she will likely get any votes from men in the 30 and
Known for: Playing football for the Dallas Cowboys and sports
casting following his retirement
Paired with: Anna Demidova
My thoughts: Football players tend to do well, I think
mostly due to arriving with a good fan base.
Anna is new this year, but did really well with Maurice Greene during
the competition during Season 8 that won her a spot as a pro this season, and
had him dancing getter than he did when he was competing in my opinion.
Known for: Modeling, and for being a contestant (paired
with Terrell Owens) on The Superstars
this past summer
Paired with: Derek Hough
My thoughts: I watched The
Superstars, she has a MOUTH on her!
She has no problem expressing herself and her frustrations and does not
seem to care who hears her, I can see her mouthing off to the judges if they criticize
her. That, and the model curse, don’t
bode well for her. But she is paired
with Derek who is a great choreographer, AND she has the fact that she was just
on a show going for her. People who like
mouthy girls may be inspired to vote for her I guess.
Known for: Being a fighter in the Ultimate Fighting
Championship or UFC
Paired with: Anna Trebunskaya
My thoughts: Well, my first thought was “Who?” I guess he may benefit from having a fan base
that is not likely to overlap with other people’s kind of like Ty last season. However, I am not expecting anything good out
of him. Anna did great work with Jerry
Rice, and managed to get more out of Steve Gutenberg than I expected, but I
still think this guy is doomed to be eliminated early.
Known for: Being an actress, most recently a recurring
role on Entourage
Paired with: Maksim Chmerkovskiy
My thoughts: Debi has a background in hip-hop dancing, so
she can definitely move. I see her
clashing some with Maks as she seems to be a very outspoken woman and Maks has
a major ego, but that seemed to serve his partnership with Mel B quite
well. I think her fan base is likely
pretty good too, with her current run on Entourage.
Known for: Singing and also acting
Paired with: Dmitry Chaplin
My thoughts: Mya has a background in various dance styles
as a child, and appeared in a couple of dancing movies and has the strongest
dance background of anyone on this season, so she should do really well,
especially since she also should bring with her a pretty good fan base. Dmitry is also a great choreographer and will
be able to help her a lot in her likely weaker area of ballroom.
Known for: Being the daughter of Ozzy Osbourne, and
being on the family’s reality show. She also
has a singing career.
Paired with: Louis Van Amstel
My thoughts: Kelly has come out and said she is not a
good dancer, so if she is right…well, there you have it. She has a lot of fans out there, so I think
that will carry her at least a little ways into the season, and Louis is a
great teacher from what I have seen of him on this show and on So You Think You Can Dance, so maybe she
will do better than she gives herself credit for.
Known for: His show with his sister Marie Osmond in
the 70s, and other film and TV work
Paired with: Kym Johnson
My thoughts: He did some dancing on his show with his
sister, and had I not seen how little that helped Marie I would say he has a
good chance. He will, however, likely
get a ton of the votes of women in their 40s and older which I am pretty sure
constitutes a large part of the show’s viewership, and Marie did get pretty
far. Kym seems to be very patient with
the men she is paired with, so we’ll see.
Known for: Snowboarding
Paired with: Chelsie Hightower
My thoughts: He was my second “Who?” for the season. Chelsie worked wonders with Ty Murray though,
and he likely will attract his own set of fans to the show who will only be
watching because of him and they will therefore be likely to vote for him.
am thinking the top 4 will end up being Mya,
Debi Mazar, Michael Irvin and Aaron Carter but that is solely based on
preconceived notions about these people’s potential skills and fan base, so I
am likely way off!