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Dancing with the Stars: Season 9 Week 3 OAD 10/5/09


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Poll: Who should leave Dancing with the Stars? (5 member(s) have cast votes)

Who should leave Dancing with the Stars?

  1. Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff (0 votes [0.00%])

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  2. Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo (0 votes [0.00%])

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  3. Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer (0 votes [0.00%])

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  4. Representative Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke (4 votes [80.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 80.00%

  5. Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas (0 votes [0.00%])

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  6. Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova (0 votes [0.00%])

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  7. Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough (0 votes [0.00%])

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  8. Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya (1 votes [20.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 20.00%

  9. Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (0 votes [0.00%])

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  10. Mýa and Dmitry Chaplin (0 votes [0.00%])

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  11. Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel (0 votes [0.00%])

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  12. Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson (0 votes [0.00%])

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  13. Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower (0 votes [0.00%])

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#1 ONLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 07:23 AM

Friends, this is going to be a long season. The fake drama is already beginning to build. Does anyone really think that the decision to let Rep. DeLay dance was made during the commercial break just before he went on? Really? Oh, his doctors told him not to. The producers told him not to. I say, horse hockey. If the doctors and producers told him not to, he would have been off the show.

Right off the bat, my vote to leave tonight goes to Representative DeLay for complicity in this little charade. But, on to the review.

This was Latin night, and I feel like it came too early. To be honest, none of the sambas were very good. It's a difficult dance and requires a level of performance that no one is really ready for. Unfortunately, instead of samba, we seem to have gotten a mix of disco, swing and a little foxtrot.

So far, the season's only genuine performer, Mýa, pulled off a smooth rumba that was still utterly undeserving of two tens from the judges. She clearly has great potential and the judges simply want to ensure she's not voted off. I'll agree, she has potential. Her score: 10/7/10.

Rising from the pack this week was Ms. Coughlin whose respectable rumba caught the judges' attention and earned her an almost-deserved 9/8/9. For my money, Ms. Coughlin is adorable but not terribly romantic. I hope she works on her maturity.

For the first time, Ms. Krupa showed some improvement. The rumba is clearly her dance. She knows instinctively how to move within it, and while Mr. Hough worked too hard to keep the spotlight on himself, the result was a respectable 7/8/8.

Also noticeable: Mr. Vito who seems to be a genuinely nice fellow especially when he gets his hair out of his face. As for the relationship between him and Ms. Hightower, I leave it to you to decide if it's a budding romance or just a "showmance." In the meantime, he stuck to fairly simple choreography and performed well, for a mid-pack 8/5/7. Keep combing your hair, Mr. Vito, keep trying to improve, and you may go far.

In the "oh, how the mighty have fallen" department, a quick look at last week's hopefuls show their stars may already be dimming. Mr. Dacascos, Mr. Osmond, and Mr. Carter all failed to impress this week, and their strictly mid-pack scores showed it. I forecast that Mr. Dacascos will take the challenge to heart and rise back up, but I don't know that the other two will be able to make up for lost time.

As in previous weeks, there were other competitors on the dance floor, and I applaud their effort, discipline, and spirit.
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#2 OFFLINE   Lee L

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 08:37 AM

What the heck was up with Len last night? He seemed especially contrary in his judging. Maybe he was trying to make up for the utter sameness when he was out last week?


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Posted 06 October 2009 - 11:30 AM

Good review Stuart. Unfortunately, we're "not enjoying" the show again this year. So, having too much to watch anyway, I'm dumping the three hours from my timers. I guess it's back to "America's Ballroom Challenge" on PBS in February.

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 11:37 AM

I'll admit it's harder for me to enjoy as well, without someone to root for, and with such a large pack of folks I really am not invested in.
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 12:44 PM

Still too many contestants. It'll get better once they clear the field a bit. At least that's what I'm hoping.
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 12:53 PM

I have to say, in the end I was glad to see two contestants leave. The sooner that we get down to a manageable ten contestants, the better.
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 02:30 PM

I don't know if ten will be enough Stuart, we can barely stomach the two good ones (Mya and Aaron) and the three so so ones (Donnie, Natalie, and Joanna)
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 11:44 PM

I'm on vacation and haven't watched the show yet, but I enjoyed reading everyone's comments. I will probably be at least a week behind, but I'll try to get a word in before too long. :D

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 02:58 PM

I'm on vacation and haven't watched the show yet, but I enjoyed reading everyone's comments. I will probably be at least a week behind, but I'll try to get a word in before too long. :D


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Posted 11 October 2009 - 08:20 AM

I'm visiting retired relatives in AR, and it's not as warm as it usually is for October--but I'll be returning to Wisconsin snow, so I'm not complaining. Getting in a little golf to end the golf season and actually playing pretty well (for me). :D We're leaving here tomorrow, so I'll be home before too long.

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 11:58 AM

Charise, perhaps you would be better off not trying to catch up and just starting live when you get home. This season has been too long already and if you start with 11-12 dancers left it might seem "just right."
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